Mark Franks vs David Harper: Auction Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is


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Mark Franks vs David Harper: Auction

Antiques challenge. Experts Mark Franks and David Harper square up to each other at a Surrey auction house for another round of buying and selling.


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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, pitching TV's antiques experts against each other

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and giving you the inside view on the secrets of the trade.

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Coming up: our experts show you what to go for when buying at auction.

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The best ones to try to bag are ones with no bids.

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How secrecy is the key to success.

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I'll be very careful what I say.

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And just how crucial it is to check before you buy.

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They can sell for £200 or £300...

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Today's duel is at an auction

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pitching "Devilish" David Harper

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against the hero of the haggle,

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Mark "Franksy" Franks,

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to see who can make the most profit from buying and selling antiques.

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The stakes couldn't be higher.

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-It's the northerner with know-how...

-I'm just waiting for you to perform.

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-..versus the likely lad from London.

-Have another cup of tea.

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Risking their reputations and their own hard-earned cash

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in a battle that will test their knowledge to the limit.

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Our duelling duo have up to £1,000 of their own money to spend.

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Their mission is to make the most profit over a week of challenges, all of which goes to charity.

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Today's battleground is the fine art sale at John Nicholson's in Surrey,

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where more than 1,500 antiques and collectables are under the hammer.

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In the battle for profit, there can be only one winner. Mark Franks and David Harper -

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put your money where your mouth is.

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-Here we are, West Sussex.

-Look at that big bird over there.

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Now I've got two grand to spend!

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Right, we've got £1,000 to spend, but take into account commission,

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which is running currently here at 20%, then VAT on the 20%.

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-So you've got to take off about 25% leaving us with...

-765.

-OK.

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-Well, it's all exciting, all to go for. Any plans?

-I have one plan.

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-And this is it. Ready?

-Yeah.

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-Silver.

-I'll be looking at silver today. What are you looking at?

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-Anything and everything. Anything with a profit. Ready?

-Let's do it.

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So our duelling dealers burst into the sale room with two vastly different strategies.

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David will be looking at every piece, but has already put some time into refining his search.

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A great tip at any auction is put as much time as you can in the viewing, including online at home.

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That gives you an idea of what you want to home in on at the auction room.

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Now David is hurtling through the rest of the lots using his keen eye for profit-turning pieces.

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Franksy has already refined his search and there's a cunning reason behind his strategy.

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Guess what. Some of my best friends are top London silver dealers.

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So I've got the market waiting for me to bring it to them.

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So there you have it. Our well-connected wheeler-dealer will be buying up silver.

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Let's see if this strategy will allow him to magnify his profits.

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I spy you hiding behind that cabinet. A magnifying glass - all the lens is damaged.

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Bit of a shame. How charming is that? Solid silver, made in England.

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I won't be buying this. Why? My silver buyer is very fussy.

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He will not buy damaged goods. This, even though it could be repaired,

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has a small split. That, unfortunately, would put me off.

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Lots of good silversmiths could repair this,

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but if you're in the trade, you would know it's been done, so it's rejectable.

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So the magnifying glass is not for Franksy. With more than two decades of dealing on his CV,

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he knows which items will turn a profit and which ones to steer well clear of.

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See the damage on the enamel?

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To me, that damage kills this set stone dead.

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Mark Franks, a man in his element,

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employing all his nous to sort out the wheat from the chaff.

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He'll need to be on top form as David is homing in on something special.

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It's an ice pail. Rings like a bell, so it's got no chips,

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no cracks. Looks very plain. Estimated at 80-120,

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but the great thing about this that not many people would notice

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is if you look very closely on the base, it's stamped Tiffany and Co.

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Who hasn't heard of Tiffany? New York jeweller and retailer.

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Very high-end, top quality stuff.

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This thing will sell on name alone.

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And the ring.

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The auction is about to begin and Mark and David are limbering up for a fierce bidding war

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that will be the ultimate test of their experience.

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Both our boys have cast their beady eyes over today's high-quality lots.

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-An awful lot of very good, high-end stock here. That I like.

-Yeah.

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-If you won the pools, you could spend it here.

-All in one day.

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With competition coming from other bidders in the room, as well as the phones and online,

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David and Mark won't just be battling with each other.

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First to leap into the fray is the devilish one.

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Lot 508 is this lovely silver-mounted vase.

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At £55.

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60. 62 with me. 5 if you like. Thank you. 65.

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At £65, then. Selling at the back of the room at 65.

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-Get in there! Thank you very much.

-Well done.

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Fantastic. David Harper explodes off the starting blocks.

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With sale room fees and taxes added, he spent just over £80 on this Art Nouveau vase.

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-And the sweet smell of early success sets up a bidding bonanza for David.

-£75 for the pair of lustres.

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80, thank you.

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Mr Harper is blazing a trail through the sale room,

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buying a pair of cut-glass table lustres for just under £99

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and without breaking stride he picks up the Tiffany ice pail from earlier for just under £105.

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I love it, I love it!

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There's no holding this demon dealer back. In the first five minutes,

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David has already picked up three lots. Mark, on the other hand, hasn't even raised his hand to bid.

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-You get a thrill out of spending money.

-My thrill is MAKING money, not wasting money.

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Oh, I see. He's getting jealous. Getting jealous.

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Maybe, or maybe Franksy is just biding his time and waiting to strike.

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And it's not long before the time is right.

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£5 for the goblet. Thank you. 5 bid. At £5. Take 8 now.

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Selling it at the back at 5.

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-228, thank you.

-I just bought a lump of glass for a fiver.

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It's part of my strategy. A few cheap items, big profits.

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I could quadruple my money and then buy some silver. Big money.

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David might be taking the Mickey, but Mark bags his first buy -

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an engraved glass goblet for just over £6.

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The London lad certainly knows what he's doing. It had an estimate of £10-£20, but when he saw no interest

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our crafty connoisseur bid and bought in the blink of an eye.

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No slouch, Devilish David is itching to carry on his early morning spending spree.

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Amethyst-coloured dolphin candlesticks. One slightly damaged.

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60. 70 bid.

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-80 I'll take. At £70. At £70.

-They seem cheap. I'll have a go at that.

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-75.

-It's been quite a while since he's bid.

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-Ah, I feel better.

-You all right?

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A quick impersonation.

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Mm, a little word of advice, Franksy - focus on the antiques and leave impressions to a professional.

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In his quest to grab another quick, deal, David has won the pair of dolphin candlesticks

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for a little over £90. Just half the price of the top estimate. It's almost too good to be true.

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I've got to admit I've made a slight mistake here.

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I rushed in and dived in and bought on price. I didn't look at these, but I've had them before.

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They can sell for £200 or £300.

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And that's exactly the reason why I thought I'd made a mistake.

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One of them was described in the catalogue listing as AF.

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AF stands for "as found". I didn't see that. When I picked them up, I realised someone had smashed it

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and then glued it. There you go. Fools rush in, eh?

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David Harper, breaking new ground in the antiques trade.

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It's a setback, but it hasn't diminished his hunger for victory.

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Selling at the back at 45.

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221.

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He pays just over £55 for a restored 19th-century Derby porcelain vase.

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At lunchtime I'll buy you some haddock to go with all those chips.

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Franksy might well scoff, but it's not stopping David.

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A 19th-century, porcelain-encrusted mirror bought for just under £31.

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The best ones to bag are the ones getting no bids. They can slip through the net.

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He may be watching from the sidelines, but nothing slips past Franksy's eagle eye.

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-It's not long before he spots his next bargain contender.

-10 bid. 15, sir?

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Thank you. 15. 20. And 5?

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No. At £20, then, and selling at the back at 20.

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Mark bags his second deal of the day.

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He's paid just under £25 for three 18th-century tea bowls and saucers.

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It's all part of his masterplan. He's keeping his hand in the game,

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but saving the lion's share of his kitty for the silver which comes up later on.

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-15 anywhere?

-And that has given Franksy a real thirst for more.

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He's in action.

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He snaps up a blacksmith figure for just under £19.

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He snags this figure of a boy for just under £25.

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And follows it up with a Royal Doulton figure of a flower girl, costing just over £12.

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He does like his naff figurines. I'd love to see his house!

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Well, they might not be your bag, Mr H, but Franksy wouldn't shell out unless he was sure of a profit.

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Next up, three Staffordshire pastille burners. David's got them marked down as moneymakers.

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Lovely little novelty things. They used to make £200...

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-Wakey wakey, Mr Harper! The lot is selling now.

-They'll be cheap.

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-60 anywhere?

-Yeah, 50 or 60 quid would be good. I'm on. Are we...?

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I missed it! I can't believe it!

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David! Keep your eyes on the prize. You missed the lot you wanted!

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Today's buying derby is galloping towards the finish, so as we head to the final furlong,

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who's got their nose in front and who's coming up on the outside?

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Mark and David each began the day with £1,000 of their own money.

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Mark is still waiting for the silver and has bought cheaply,

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so far buying five items for just under £86.50.

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That leaves him with a pot of just over £913.50 still to spend.

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David, meanwhile, has already six items in the bag and has spent just over £463.

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That leaves him with just under £537 in his kitty.

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Today's auction contest is far from over.

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They both have up to £1,000 of their own money to spend

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buying antiques to sell for profit, but which one will make the most cash in this battle of the best?

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Earlier today, our competing dealers hit the viewing room. Franksy's eyes are on the silver.

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One item has him cooing like a baby.

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(Come close, come close.)

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Now this is a quiet one. There's a few silver dealers here so I'll be careful what I say.

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A child's rattle. Beautiful little bells.

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A piece of coral coming off the top to teethe on when you've got new teeth and a whistle...

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-TOOT

-..at the bottom. What a charming thing.

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Condition's fairly good. There's a tiny split down the bottom, but I can live with that.

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The marks are not bad. A bit rubbed.

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Then again, how long has this been shoving around a baby's mouth?

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This is my star buy.

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(If I can buy this, I'll be very happy.)

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And he'll be even happier if no one else spots the rattle and he secures it for its estimate of £100-£150.

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As this item is an antique, legislation doesn't apply to the coral it contains.

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In his hunt for treasure, David's spotted a familiar name.

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Let me show you a real Ming jar. This dates to the Ming period, between about 1350 and 1650.

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A Chinese provincial pot. Missing its lid, as most are.

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Decorated with river scenes and people going about their business.

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This thing, a pot that's between 300 and 600 years old is estimated at £80-£120.

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I tell you what, what a fabulous decorator's piece that is. Wonderful.

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Well, the jar appeals to the interior design guru in David, but can he buy it at the right price?

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Our dealers know exactly what they want, but with more than 800 lots before any silver comes on,

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Franksy's got nothing on his hands but time.

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# So tired, tired of waiting

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# Tired of waiting for you... #

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David, though, has set a lightning quick pace all day and with the Ming jar up next,

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he's got no intention of taking his foot off the gas.

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1109. I'm bid 50 there.

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60. 60.

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-75. Your bid, sir.

-Just got it at 75 quid.

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-221.

-Thank you. £75. I think that's a cracking buy.

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Fabulous. Very pleased.

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Mark Franks will be very jealous.

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Well, he doesn't look very jealous. The devilish one bags the Ming dynasty ginger jar

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for just under £93. But he's not finished yet.

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-Earlier on, David lost out on his chance to bid on three Staffordshire pastille burners.

-I missed it!

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But determination is the cornerstone of dealing

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and Mr Harper isn't about to give up just yet.

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-Were there any bids on it?

-No. There was a reserve of £60.

-£60.

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-OK, estimate £60-£80. Can we get them any cheaper?

-I have a small measure of discretion. £50.

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Plus the old commission. OK. Put them down to me, please. Thank you.

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A real trade secret revealed by a true expert - missing a sale doesn't need to be the end of it.

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David snaps up the pastille burners he missed for just under £62.

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Mr Harper still has just under £400 to spend. He's sniffing around a French serpentine stone carving

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with a whopping great price tag of £300-£500.

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1158. The French serpentine figure of a wolf.

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This is rather nice.

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150. 200. 250 anywhere?

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-225?

-200. I'll take 225.

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At 225.

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I've just had a bid on 225-worth of bronze. That could be me gone.

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I've just bought it. And he's not a wolf, he's a dog. Adds value.

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Either way, it's a pedigree purchase for David, costing him just under £278 including fees.

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Well, here is my very heavy and fabulous-quality French, 19th-century, serpentine carving.

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Absolutely magnificent quality, beautifully carved.

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He's had some restoration. It was estimated at £300-£500. Could easily sell for £600 or £700,

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plus commission, so at £225 plus commission, this one I feel is my star buy of the day.

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From the off, our northern whippet shot out of the traps and after spending big, his work here is done.

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As they say in Vegas, Elvis has left the building.

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It's been a great day. I bought some fabulous pieces. It's now time to start selling them.

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I'll leave my new mate Mark to it. Hope he enjoys himself. Bon voyage.

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Well, David may have gone, but there's still heavy competition for Franksy to contend with.

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For just under £31, he picks up item number six, a shagreen or sharkskin cigarette case.

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The sale of antique sharkskin is not restricted, so Mark is on safe ground,

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-but he's really waiting for the silver.

-Patience is a virtue.

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# Have a little patience, yeah... #

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Yes, good things come to those who wait. For Franksy, his patience has been a virtue.

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Now the pressure is on. With other silver dealers hovering, Mark's got no guarantees

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he'll acquire any of his items. He'll need all his guile to make sure he's not going home

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with only a few low-cost items.

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Wish me luck.

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1761. 30 bid.

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40 I'll take. 40. 50 now.

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50.

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60. 70.

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At 70. Your bid, Clive.

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80. At 80. Your bid, sir.

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At £80.

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-228.

-80 quid.

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Hmm. All the money.

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So Mark picks up an early-20th century continental silver box for a total of just under £99,

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including fees. With rival bidders pushing prices up, our boy bursts into action.

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-228.

-Yes! ..I'm pleased about that.

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He snaps up three silver boxes for just over £148...

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228.

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..before picking up this Victorian silver hip flask for just over £74.

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It's all been worth the wait. I've got some lots I hoped to get.

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One more and I'll be over the moon.

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And now the critical piece of Franksy's silver puzzle - the Victorian silver baby's rattle,

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estimated at £100-£150. Can he outbid the competition?

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Can he seize the day? Can he stop his nerves rattling?

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1795.

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The rattle.

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100. 150. 2 I'll take.

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160.

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Franksy makes his move.

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180.

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200.

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220.

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-Oh, he's got competition...

-220 on the phone. 240.

-..from a phone bidder.

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280.

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280. The bid's in the room, against the phones.

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At 280. Your bid, sir.

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At 280.

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-228.

-Yes!

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-Worth the wait.

-And he's done it!

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Franksy's gone toe-to-toe with a mystery phone bidder and won.

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For just under £346, including fees, he's going home with the rattle.

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Mark got what he came for and he's as pleased as punch.

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With Franksy's dealing done, it's time to tot up today's totals.

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How did our duelling dealers do with their kitty of £1,000 each?

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After a slow start, Mark went for a big finish.

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With four major silver purchases,

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he spend a grand total of just over £784 on a haul of ten items.

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David did the opposite and sprinted straight off the blocks,

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clocking up nine buys for a total of just under £895.50.

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Throughout today's gruelling contest, our dealers have used their experience to buy the items

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they believe will make the most profit. It's now up to Mark and David to sell their items.

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Their quest is to net as much profit as possible on each piece.

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Mark will be selling...

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a glass goblet with Sunningdale engraving, three 18th-century English tea bowls and saucers,

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a Lladro-style blacksmith figure,

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a Nao figure of a boy,

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a Royal Doulton figure of a girl,

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a shagreen cigarette case, three antique silver boxes,

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this continental silver box and silver hip flask

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and a Victorian silver and coral baby's rattle. David must sell...

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a green Art Nouveau Lutz-style vase,

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a pair of cut-glass table lustres,

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a Tiffany ice pail, this pair of dolphin candlesticks - one in need of repair,

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a 19th-century, twin-handled Derby vase,

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this German porcelain-encrusted mirror from the 19th century,

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three Staffordshire Pottery pastille burners, a Ming dynasty ginger jar

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and a 19th-century French serpentine figure of a dog.

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With their arsenal of antiques complete, the challenge now is to sell their purchases

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to make the biggest possible profit.

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They'll both be pulling out all the stops to find buyers, doing deals left, right and centre

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on the phone and by email.

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But until they've shaken on it and hard cash has changed hands, no deal is truly sealed.

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Well, here we go. Another day, another potential dollar.

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I could work 16 hours flat out and not earn a penny,

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so it's case of going to the shop where all my gorgeous things are stored, hit the phone, my contacts,

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and see if we can create some lovely jubbly sales.

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So the devilish one is whizzing off to pick up his pieces and start trying to seal those crucial deals.

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He'll need his wits about him if he wants to reign victorious over Franksy in today's challenge.

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Mark is starting off his quest for profit in London's West End.

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He's off to visit a silver-restoring mate who can add value to a couple of pieces and add to his chances.

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-Hello, Greg.

-Hello, mate.

-How you doing?

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-I've got a couple of little beauties. You know what will be wrong with that.

-Holes.

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Polished to death. You can see the light through the topper there.

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-That's not going to be a problem.

-And the other thing,

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-if you take your glasses off, it don't look too bad.

-Glasses off.

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Oh, it's great. Nothing needs doing.

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-You've got a split there.

-Yeah.

-And a bit of a solder on here.

-Yeah.

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-What are we looking at for the pair?

-50 quid.

-30 quid.

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-OK.

-Yeah?

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Mark has known Greg for years and it's not just what you know, it's who you know

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that enables you to cut money-saving deals, especially when it comes to restoration work before a sale.

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In Barnard Castle, David's taken his pastille or incense burners that cost a shade under £62

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to his friend and part-time dealer Anthony, hoping for the sweet smell of success.

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-Careful now, lad.

-Can you believe the things I do to try to make money?

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OK, it's going to work now. Look at that!

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-It's just drawing beautifully.

-That is fantastic.

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-Come on, then. Let's do some money dealing.

-OK, I'll sell you those

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for £125.

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OK...

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Well, I know little about these, David. I'm fascinated, charmed with them.

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-What about 90?

-How about 110?

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-I know what you're going to say.

-Well, we have to.

-I think so.

-We'll both be happy. £100?

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-You're done. Brilliant.

-Now these two have haggled out a price,

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David's up and running with a first profit of just over £38.

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I love making profit. I've just done it and I'm free of goods full of money!

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David's delighted, but a dealer's life is full of ups and downs.

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After that definite up, Mr Harper is facing something of a down.

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His pair of cut-glass table lustres have been broken in transit.

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So the Put Your Money games masters have decided to reimburse him for them at cost price.

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David has hatched a devilishly clever plan to resurrect another casualty - his candlesticks!

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Remember this little disaster?

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Well, David's brought them to Anne-Marie, the owner of a company that designs and manufactures

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-awards and trophies.

-I hope you'll give them a new lease of life.

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-Have you any ideas?

-As it happens, I've done some artistic impressions for you. Shall I show you?

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Go and get them. I'm very excited.

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That has got to be a very good sign if she's put work into it already.

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Here we are.

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-My gosh!

-I've done a few visuals and a few ideas. They're quite sellable for me.

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I'd like to know what price you're after for them, with the damage.

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I bought them in auction and paid £75, plus commission.

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I'm not looking for a profit. Just to get out. They owe me £90-something.

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What do you think?

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95?

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-Are you happy at that?

-I'd be happy.

-Are you sure?

-Yeah.

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I'll recreate these into beautiful trophies and make a profit myself.

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-It's a nice project for me.

-Well, the devilish one triumphs over adversity

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and he's even managed to make £2.37 profit.

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Not much, but better than a loss. Back in London's West End,

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Mark's silver is being restored to its former glory.

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# Hi-ho, silver lining Anywhere you go

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# Well, baby I see your sun is shining... #

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And Franksy's reliving some former glories of his own.

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Queen's Town Road, Battersea. Number 57 was my first shop in about '86, '87.

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Yes, I was nothing but a slip of a lad, buying and selling antiques.

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Ah! A misty-eyed Mark there, thinking of days gone by,

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but he doesn't have time for reminiscing as he's on his way to see old friend Georgia.

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Royal Doulton, good make. Her name's Wendy. She has a basket of flowers.

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-I saw her pretty face and thought of you.

-How sweet.

-I'll let you have it for 40 quid. How's that?

0:29:020:29:08

-Oh, no. 20 quid?

-30?

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No...

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-25.

-Is that it?

-Yeah.

-We'll have a deal at 25. Can I get a free bunch of flowers?

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On your bike, mate!

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A profit of just over £12.50 for the Royal Doulton figure

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won't be enough to seal victory, but every penny counts.

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These pennies keep tumbling in with a profit of just under £4 for his glass goblet.

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But a loss of just over £10 from his tea bowls and saucers means he has to stay on his toes.

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Something David is all too aware of. He's pounding the pavements of Barnard Castle to a clothes shop.

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He's hoping owner Claire will be interested in his mirror.

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If I said to you 130,

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I think you're getting something of great quality for not very much money.

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-Right. I'm going to start at 100.

-Hmm. That gives me a margin.

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-It's damaged.

-But it does add to the appeal.

-What'll we do, then?

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125.

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-It's too high, isn't it, really?

-I don't know.

-You were at 130. I'm quite happy with 100 and...

-40.

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15.

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-Do it for 120 and we're done.

-Are we still going to be friends?

-Always.

-At 120?

-Yes.

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-Go.

-Give us a kiss.

-Mwah!

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Nicely done, David. The sale of the mirror adds just over £89 profit to his coffers

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and he's racked up his third sale. Right now, Franksy is lagging behind his rival.

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He's only sold one item and really needs to pick up the pace.

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He's back to collect his restored silver pieces.

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Let's do the acid test.

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Brilliant. Fantastic. Beautiful.

0:30:580:31:00

-That looks just like the one I gave you.

-I think it might be.

0:31:000:31:05

-Is that the same one?

-Yeah.

-That is a miracle. Look at that.

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I'm so impressed. I'm speechless. Greg, you're a top geezer.

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-Thank you very much.

-I owe you a beer.

-Thank you. See you.

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With his silver hip flask and small box restored,

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Mark's increased the saleability and potential profit margins.

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With both our experts working their socks off, who's racing ahead and who is stuck in a jam?

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Mark has it all to do. He's sold three items for £50,

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but netted just under £7 in profit.

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David is way out in front.

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He's sold £315-worth of goods

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and bagged himself just under £130 of profit.

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Remember, today's champion will be the dealer who makes the most profit.

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Franksy's hopes rest almost entirely on his collection of silver.

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He shelled out £30 to restore, revitalise and reinvigorate his hip flask and a small box.

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He's now taking his whole collection to Daniel, one of London's top silver dealers,

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but there's no guarantees he'll part with enough hard cash to keep our London lad in contention.

0:32:150:32:22

-Right. I've got the hip flask here.

-I've had it restored.

-OK.

0:32:220:32:26

From the colour, you can just tell and see that it's been to a silversmith.

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And also it's quite white inside there. Heat's been applied to it.

0:32:320:32:36

Nothing wrong with it, but it's not something I would sell.

0:32:360:32:41

-I just like everything to be...

-Proper.

-Well, perfect.

0:32:410:32:46

Our boy looks gutted. Although the restoration work on the flask is top quality,

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it's simply not for Daniel. Will Mark fare any better with this?

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You've got lots of marks on the base. You have English import marks.

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These are Dutch pseudo marks, not genuine Dutch marks.

0:33:010:33:05

They're trying to portray it as made in the 18th century. It was imported into Sheffield and then was sold.

0:33:050:33:13

-This box can be £175.

-Okey-dokey.

-Right.

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That's more like it. That's a profit of just over £76 for the Dutch box.

0:33:180:33:23

Next is the repaired box, which was bought in a group of three.

0:33:230:33:28

-You can just see little bits of solder there.

-Shall I put that one away?

-Yeah, I'll give that back.

0:33:280:33:34

-It goes in the bag.

-This is an emotional rollercoaster ride!

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The two remaining small boxes sell for a total of £290. Mark's now in profit on the three boxes,

0:33:390:33:46

but will he be able to sell the restored box and bump up his profits even further?

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Finally, it's the baby's rattle that set Mark back just over £345.

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It's not a bad example at all. And it's got all the bells on. Cos they're never soldered on.

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The amount of rattles I've seen with bells missing. There must be people with bells inside them!

0:34:050:34:11

No, that's lovely. It's good, a nice piece of coral on it.

0:34:110:34:16

There's a very tiny little split up the side there. It does make a difference having that split.

0:34:160:34:22

It can be forgiven because the rest is good.

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I see that at £425.

0:34:260:34:28

-I think we've got ourselves a deal.

-Shall we tot this up?

-Why not?

0:34:280:34:33

That's got to be a big relief for Franksy. His star item rattles up just over £79 profit.

0:34:330:34:39

890. You don't want to round it up to 900, make life easy for you?

0:34:390:34:43

-I don't normally, but we'll round it up.

-You're a gentleman.

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He just couldn't resist pushing for that extra tenner. As usual, our cheeky chappie wins out.

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He's made a total profit of just over £155 from the Dutch box and the rattle

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-and he goes sailing into the lead.

-Mr Harper, how are you getting on?

0:35:010:35:05

Oh? Not as good as me? There's no surprise.

0:35:050:35:09

And with those taunts, the pressure is right back on David.

0:35:090:35:13

He's off to see fellow dealer Yvonne with his Art Nouveau vase. He needs a storming result to get back in it.

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Unfortunately, I would say that it isn't Lutz.

0:35:210:35:25

-It's in the style of, in the manner of.

-In the style of, yes.

0:35:250:35:29

-It's one of the other Bohemian glass factories.

-Absolutely right.

0:35:290:35:33

-But it's a nice piece.

-What would it ideally need to be for you?

-120.

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-Would you really?

-Hmm.

0:35:380:35:40

-You're being a bit hard there, Yvonne.

-It's a hard business.

0:35:400:35:44

Do you want to make me 140?

0:35:440:35:47

-No!

-You don't?

-No.

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I'll meet you halfway.

0:35:500:35:53

-I don't want to take it home. I'd rather have money.

-Do we have a deal, then?

-Thank you.

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That's a healthy profit of just under £50

0:35:590:36:03

and he goes on to sell his Crown Derby vase to interior designer George.

0:36:030:36:08

-Deal done.

-75?

-75.

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Making a little over £19 profit.

0:36:100:36:13

Next he sells his Ming dynasty ginger jar to local dealer Robert.

0:36:130:36:18

-115?

-115.

-Good man. Thanks.

0:36:180:36:21

That nets him a profit of just over £22.

0:36:210:36:25

After that round of dealing, David's right back in the game.

0:36:250:36:29

Turnover is absolutely vital. I've got a little bit of profit, so I'm on my way.

0:36:290:36:35

In London, Mark has decided to put an end to his silver saga

0:36:350:36:40

by putting his two restored pieces into auction.

0:36:400:36:43

We'll find out later if this plan proves to be a winner.

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As we near the end of today's battle royale, Mark heads to Surrey.

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He's headed for Black Barn Forge to meet blacksmith James.

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He's hoping for a deal that will make sparks fly.

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-I emailed you a picture of this. Do you remember?

-Yes, I do.

0:37:060:37:11

-I can do it for £60.

-I'll give you about 30.

-What about 40?

0:37:110:37:15

35?

0:37:150:37:16

Go on, then. 35. Thanks, James.

0:37:170:37:19

That's just under £16.50 profit for Franksy.

0:37:190:37:24

It's not going to set the world alight, but it does stoke the fires of his campaign.

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It's been a long and winding road for the hip flask and silver box, but their journey is at an end.

0:37:300:37:37

Mark's returned to the auction house to see how they performed.

0:37:370:37:42

How you doing? All right?

0:37:420:37:44

-Your items made £151.25.

-I think there's a little profit in that.

0:37:440:37:49

-Cheque's in the post?

-Yeah, will be.

-Lovely, OK.

0:37:490:37:53

Thanks. Take care, mate.

0:37:530:37:55

Mark's finely-restored hip flask netted him just under £35 profit.

0:37:550:38:00

Having already sold two of the three boxes earlier to the silver dealer,

0:38:000:38:05

Mark makes a total profit on all three boxes of just over £154.

0:38:050:38:10

That is a tidy little profit. Another two items sold and gone.

0:38:100:38:15

Devilish David's thundering through Derbyshire with the aim of selling his two remaining pieces -

0:38:150:38:21

the Tiffany ice pail and his 18th-century serpentine figure.

0:38:210:38:26

He's visiting fellow dealer George, who is also an old mate, but will he be interested?

0:38:260:38:33

-Wow. Has it been restored? Is there any damage?

-Yeah.

0:38:330:38:37

Right across its body, one of its legs, and it's missing a little chip here.

0:38:370:38:43

-Out of his top lip.

-What's it going to cost?

0:38:430:38:46

That, George, to you at £440 will be me giving you a birthday present.

0:38:460:38:52

Look me in the eye. You've got more chance of me paying 400-odd quid

0:38:520:38:56

than seeing Lord Lucan ride Shergar past my shop window.

0:38:560:39:00

-Really?

-So I'm looking around about the 300 quid mark.

-Yeah. Mm. I couldn't do it.

0:39:000:39:07

-425.

-No, no.

0:39:070:39:10

I'm looking more at three-and-a-half hundred quid, David.

0:39:100:39:15

-Make it 395...

-No.

-What are we going to do? We're 45 quid away.

0:39:150:39:21

-Shall we spin a coin?

-No. We did that last time and I lost.

0:39:220:39:27

-But I rarely win.

-I tell you what we'll do. Watch very carefully.

0:39:270:39:32

-Ready?

-Yeah.

-Which hand is it in?

0:39:320:39:35

-375.

-And if I choose the wrong hand?

-350.

0:39:350:39:39

George, I'm going to go...

0:39:400:39:43

-..for that one.

-I always lose!

0:39:430:39:46

I always lose!

0:39:460:39:48

-375.

-Good man. It's always a pleasure.

0:39:480:39:52

David pulls it off and with a fantastic profit of just over £97 under his belt

0:39:520:39:58

he's right back in contention for today's title.

0:39:580:40:02

Now he only has the Tiffany ice pail left to sell.

0:40:020:40:06

George has introduced him to colleague John. Will Devilish David's run of luck continue?

0:40:060:40:13

Good, clean glass. Fairly modern.

0:40:130:40:15

-Yeah, quite modern.

-Probably 20-30 years old.

0:40:150:40:19

-Have a look at the base, John.

-Oh! What's this I see? ..Is that genuine?

-Absolutely genuine.

0:40:190:40:27

-That would interest me. I've got different things.

-OK.

-Haven't got a posh ice bucket.

0:40:270:40:34

-Everybody, John, needs a posh ice bucket. If you can find one that says Tiffany...

-I know.

0:40:340:40:40

-I'm impressed.

-I was impressed.

-What's it going to cost me?

-David has captured John's interest,

0:40:400:40:48

but can he make enough profit to clinch victory? Or will Franksy have the upper hand?

0:40:480:40:54

We'll find out shortly because it's now time to tot up the totals.

0:40:540:40:59

Mark "Franksy" Franks spent a total of just over £784 at auction

0:40:590:41:04

and a further £30 on restoration.

0:41:040:41:07

Devilish David Harper spent a little over £895 altogether.

0:41:070:41:12

Over one week of challenges, all of the profit they make goes to the charities of their choice.

0:41:120:41:19

So without further ado, it's time to find out which one made the most cash.

0:41:190:41:24

-Here he is.

-Welcome to London.

-Thank you very much.

0:41:240:41:29

This is the Thames, Tower Bridge and that building behind, looks like an egg, Boris Johnson. Wave.

0:41:290:41:35

-Boris!

-You know him, do you?

-We're like that.

-You are amazing.

-I know.

0:41:350:41:41

-Shall we reveal?

-Go on, then. Three, two, one.

0:41:410:41:45

Oooh! I've just, just got you.

0:41:460:41:50

-Well done, well done.

-Good for us both.

-Both raised money for charity.

0:41:500:41:55

-Absolutely wonderful. Show me Tower Bridge.

-I'm going to take you on my boat.

0:41:550:42:01

It was a close-run thing, but the Tiffany ice pail did it.

0:42:010:42:06

-155.

-Go on. You've done a deal.

0:42:060:42:09

David snatches victory with a profit of just over £50.

0:42:090:42:14

Unfortunately for Mark, he was unable to cut deals for his cigarette case or the young boy,

0:42:150:42:22

leaving him with a loss of just over £55.

0:42:220:42:26

Unfortunately, all my hard work and effort didn't quite pay off, but quite a respectable amount.

0:42:260:42:33

Here we are in London, in Mark's backyard, and I've beaten him!

0:42:330:42:38

He could have got me with one or two good sales.

0:42:380:42:41

A hair's breadth between them today, but there's more challenges to come before our boys bank their profit.

0:42:410:42:49

-Tomorrow David and Mark will do battle at a car boot sale.

-The cheapest stuff ever is here.

0:42:490:42:56

I want something to leap out at me.

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Collectables experts Mark Franks and David Harper square up to each other at a Surrey auction house for another competitive round of buying and selling. Who will find the best bargains and make the most money for charity?