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This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, the show that takes
the titans of the antiques trade and pitches them against each other,
to see who can make the most money from buying and selling.
It's amazing. Truly amazing.
Today, Maverick Mark Stacey takes on Kate "The Diamond" Bateman,
in an all-out battle for profit, giving you
the inside view on the secrets of the trade.
Coming up, this odd couple will fight tooth and nail for victory.
You're an auctioneer, Kate.
You know you've got to get your hand up quicker than that.
Our dealers show you how to be saleroom savvy.
Write your top estimate and what you're going to bid and stick to it.
And just how far will these two go to clinch a sale?
This is Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
Today's battle features two top class antiques athletes.
Mark "The Maverick" Stacey and Kate "The Diamond" Bateman.
They'll be sprinting around the saleroom in a race
to make the most profit from buying and selling antiques.
In one corner, it's smooth-talking Brighton boy Stacey.
He's got a contacts book as thick as his arm
and will go to any length to strike fear into his rival.
Either they know something you don't or you know something they don't.
Facing him across the auction room is Diamond Bateman,
the lady who brings the glamour to Put Your Money
with a sparkling exterior that hides a will of steel.
Mark Stacey got that. Oh, I should have bid against him.
Our warriors have put their reputations and their own cash on the line, as they fight
to make as much profit as possible for their chosen charities.
They each have £1,000 of their own money to spend, and today's battle
takes place at Thompsons Auctioneers in Harrogate.
So, with a room of treasures to trawl, will victory belong
to Maverick or The Diamond? Mark Stacey and Kate Bateman,
it's is time to Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
-Good morning, Mr Stacey.
-Good morning, Miss Bateman. How are you?
-It's a chilly morning in Harrogate.
-It is a chilly morning, but exciting. We're at the auction.
-Look at all this stuff.
-Somewhere in here there is a bargain
-As long as I find it and you don't, I'll be all right.
-I hope not!
Yes, this pair are bloodthirsty for victory,
but will the Brighton Titan crack our Diamond Ice Queen?
They both have plenty of saleroom experience,
and go haring off the starting blocks
to unearth as many items as possible before the bidding begins.
Maverick is sussing out his hunting ground.
When you come to a general sale like this,
this is the perfect place for finding things hidden in boxes.
They take items in for three or four days, turn it round in a day,
and you only get the morning to view. So it's starting to fill up here.
Maverick is trawling the boxes like a vulture circling its prey.
He's got stiff competition from a room full of buyers,
and of course his nemesis, whose mind is racing with tactics.
One tip when buying at auction - look around, use viewing days.
There's lots of time before the sale to have a look.
Write your top estimate and what you'll bid, and stick to it.
Because, in the cold light of day, you can look at it and think,
"Would I pay £50 for that before fee?" It's easy to get carried away.
But I'm going to be really reserved, stick to my guns,
I've written all my estimates here, top end, and I'll stick to it.
Unless it gets to 5 o'clock and I haven't bought anything,
and then I'll bid like crazy.
Wise words from The Diamond,
but it's treasures not talk that will secure victory today.
For the gentleman who has everything and likes playing snooker,
we've got the ultimate in luxury - a little silver-cased chalk.
This is not terribly old. It is hallmarked.
It's hallmarked for Birmingham 1982.
This is engine turned, this little design here,
but I'm not sure I'll chalk up 147.
Maverick thinks he's spotted a corker,
but what's this? The Diamond is hot on his tail.
I think that's quite a fun novelty item.
What I'd buy for my husband, cos I can't think of anything else,
so, hopefully, I can find a buyer. I'll go for it. I think it's fun.
Great minds and great enemies think alike. It's going to be
an almighty tussle for triumph, as our duo slug it out in the saleroom.
-It's the glamorous Diamond Diva...
-What's that you say, Mark?
You haven't found anything? That's brilliant!
..squaring up to muscle-bound Maverick!
She might need some help. "Discovering Antiques."
Victory is everything to these gold-hunting goliaths.
There's a box of trophies here that we might need to get engraved for Mark Stacey, consolation prize.
And there can only be one winner.
It's a desperate race to find the best bargains,
and it's Maverick who's next to swoop.
This is really rather a sweet little table ink stand.
The date on this, I suppose 1900, 1910.
It might be a little bit later.
There's no marks or registration numbers to give us a clue.
But it looks nice, it feels nice in the hand.
It's very decorative. They look a very sophisticated bunch around here,
and they probably like their nice little twee items in Harrogate.
But who knows? I'll mark it down.
Maverick has sniffed out a genuine antique,
but Diamond Bateman is hot on his heels.
I have got a...well, it says,
"Gentleman's 1920s Bakelite fountain pen".
We've got a Wyvern Perfect Pen, it's made in England,
but these sort of mottled ones - this is early plastic, really -
are really collectible, a huge genre of people collect fountain pens.
It's only £10 or £20, so there's got to be a profit in that somewhere.
It's a specialist field, but with some internet research,
you should find a buyer, so I might have a go at that one.
Canny Kate is never one to miss a bargain.
Her family have run an auction house for a decade,
so she knows every trick in the book.
I'm having a quick proof-read through the catalogue.
I'm looking for things that have been misspelt.
Sometimes things on the internet are picked out with key word searches,
so people often misspell words like sovereign, Wedgwood,
mainly trade and designers' names and people searching for that word,
and it's been misspelled in the auction catalogue, won't pick it up.
So this catalogue has got a Vivienne Westwood ring, and they've misspelt
the word "Vivienne", so I'm going to give that a go, lot 79.
Yep, it's got the initials on.
I'm trying to see if it's silver or white gold.
I think it's silver gilt on the inside.
It's good to go for the big names that people have heard of.
Vivienne Westwood is one of our iconic British designers.
You can't mistake her style. It's really cool.
This is the sceptre that she has on all of her clothing ranges.
That's pretty cheap for £40-£50, there's some diamonds
and some silver in that and, for a bit of bling,
I think you can't go too far wrong.
Nicely done, Diamond! Trust our Kate to pounce on a potential profit!
Talking of pouncing, Maverick is in heaven.
# It's raining men Hallelujah, it's raining men... #
I found a couple of stoneware torsos
which are made out of reconstituted stone,
so they're meant to look like they're marble.
It won't be everyone's cup of tea,
but if my hunch is right, if I can get it for £20-£30,
I think I might be able to make a profit on that.
The auction is about to kick off. The nerves, the anticipation,
it's the Brighton Bounty Hunter up against the Auction House Assassin.
Which of these antiques gladiators will be the winner?
The sale kicks off. As if the pressure wasn't enough,
auctioneer Lawrence flies at the speed of light.
20, 22, 25...
He's a really quick auctioneer, you've got to bid very quickly.
This auctioneer is fast, he must be doing about 250 an hour.
Let battle commence. The Diamond is first into the fray,
with a modern, pine-framed mirror.
-Fire away, £5...?
-Oh, lot 30 - fiver...
Five I have, at £5. Any advance on five? All done, selling at five...
It's a pine mirror for a fiver.
What? £5 for that? Did Kate really buy that mirror?
What was she doing? I can see she's going for cheap and tacky.
Miaow! The gloves are off! Maverick may be scathing,
but Kate bags the mirror for just over £6, including sale room fees.
Sharp-tongued Stacey is hot on her heels,
as the brass inkwell goes under the hammer.
Start the bidding with me at £35. 38 anywhere?
-No, that's too much.
-It's a bad start for Stacey,
as the bidding storms over his top limit.
But what about his next lot?
Ivory pill or snuff box. Start the bidding with me at £28.
-30 anywhere? 35 in the room.
-I'd go one.
-38, 40, 42...
-45? New bidder.
-48, 50, 55...
-I'm selling, at 55...
Yet again, the bidding is racing away from Mark. What is going on?
It's going really well today. It's been going about 20 minutes,
and I haven't bought a sausage yet.
Two losses in a row, Maverick is on the ropes already!
He's got to fight back as the snooker chalk holder
is about to go under the hammer.
-I do like this. It's not old...
-But he's not the only one poised to bid.
Next up is that silver snooker chalk holder.
It's fun, I've never seen anything like it. so we'll give it a go.
They're both going for the same super-hot lot. This is war!
-Nice little lot. Start with me at top commission of £25.
28, I have, 30, 32...
-The Maverick's straight in.
-40, 42, 45...
-But what's happened to his nemesis?
That was my top.
She's left the field wide open, and Mark's taking no prisoners.
42. Any advance on £42?
-All done at 42...
Got one - at last!
Yes, Mark pots his first purchase for just over £52, with costs.
The Diamond's plans are dashed.
Oh...! Mark Stacey got that! Ooh, I should have bid against him.
I will have my revenge, Stacey, don't worry.
Oh, I can't believe that.
And just six lots later, the Diamond gets her chance for revenge.
Next up is the ring. The estimate is 40-50. I think
I might have to go up to 80 or 90. Hopefully, I'll get it.
Start the bidding with me at £45. 48 anywhere?
48, 50, 52, 55, 58. 58 in the room...
It's with me at 58.
-Don't anyone dare bid, you bad people.
-Selling at 58.
-I was going to be terribly mean then and bid 60.
I wish I had now.
At nearly £72 with fees, it's the biggest buy so far.
It's a colossal victory for our diamond diva
and she shows no signs of stopping.
We're coming up to the fountain pen now.
Probably go to top estimate. Maybe £20 or something like that,
cos I'm sure I can find a buyer. It's great condition.
Start the bidding at 10, 12?
-10, 12, 15, 18. 18 in the room.
-18 with me.
20 new bidder.
25. 28. 30?
No? 28 with the lady.
Still with me at 28.
Are we all done? Selling at £28. 11575.
-So I got that for £28. It did go a bit higher,
but I'm sure I can find a buyer for that. It's a nice thing.
Our rock hard diamond takes a calculated risk,
going over her original limit and, with fees, that's just under £35.
This ice queen is bagging lots left, right and centre,
and now she has her eye on a retro British Railway sign.
We're coming up to the retro,
so basically brand-new London British Railways sign,
but if I can get it for £10 or £15, something like that, that's fine.
But wait a minute! Our titans are going to clash again.
I have a friend who's a train driver.
If it goes quite cheaply, I might go for that.
Start the bidding at 12, 15, anywhere?
15 I have. Any advance on 15?
-I don't want to go 18, really.
It was Mark!
I bought that. I hope I didn't upset her by buying that.
-I wouldn't want to do that, you know that.
Oh, look, he's giving me a smarmy grin!
Right, Stacey, the gloves are off. Let's go accost him.
Yes, the Diamond isn't going to take this lying down.
Maverick swoops in and bags the sign for just under £19, including costs.
His opponent is fuming!
-I didn't realise it was you. I would have bid.
-You got that for 15?
You're an auctioneer, Kate. You've got to get your hand up a lot quicker than that.
Our odd couple may be smiling, but the gloves are off.
It's every dealer for themselves.
Now can Maverick bag his first stone torso?
346, stone male torso.
The bid is with me at £25.
Good lord! Why am I not surprised he's bidding?
Selling at 28.
You got yourself a rock hard man there.
# It's raining men! Hallelujah... #
The Diamond may scoff, but Maverick is a dealer who always gets his man,
spending just under £35 with costs.
Mark and Kate both started the day with £1,000 of their own cash.
Mark bought three lots and spent a tad over £105,
leaving him just under £895 in his kitty.
Kate has also bought three items, but spent slightly more,
coming in at nearly £113,
leaving her over £887 still to spend.
So far, our dealers have barely made a dent in their budgets.
Round two, and our duo are poised and ready for action.
They say keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
With these sparring Titans standing together,
it's going to turn into a right fist fight.
Kate is first to throw herself into the fray.
I'm going for one. Come on. 352, a foot scraper.
Don't you dare! Yes. Get out.
-All done, selling at £20.
-Gloating is so far beneath me.
-But you manage to do it so well!
Our duelling dealers are desperate to score points off each other.
With costs, that set Kate back just under £25,
and, later in the day, she gets the chance to have a closer look.
Imagine the scene.
You're coming home. You've had a muddy walk with the dogs.
Get to the back door, need to scrape your boots off. Perfect.
I bought this for £20. I think that's a bargain.
I think somebody's got an older piece of iron work
that they've cemented into this nice bit of cut stone.
I'm sure I can sell that for more than £20.
Wipe my feet on it like I'm going to wipe my feet with Mark Stacey.
Yes, fighting talk from our Diamond girl.
With the bit between her teeth,
Kate's desperate to put some space between herself and her nemesis.
She's spotted a carpet and she's going for it.
Persian patterned rug, 363, I'm 10 bid, 12 now.
Yeah! £12, you're kidding me.
-Are we finished selling at 12?
I'm so pleased. £12 for a carpet!
-I thought the carpet market was on the floor at the moment.
Ooh, Stacey's seeing red!
After costs, that's still just under £15.
And now our rug-buying tornado
-is going for another two.
-Selling at 55...
-Oh, no, 60!
Bagging the pair for just over £68 with fees.
Maverick isn't impressed.
Either they know something you don't or you know something they don't.
Which is it, Kate?
I suspect it's the former, not the latter.
I hope not, for your sake.
Hmm, Sneaky Stacey is trying to unsettle his opponent,
but cool-headed Kate heads straight over to inspect her trio.
I'm really happy. I've just bought one rug for £12,
and these two up here, two for £55.
That's £28 each. They are hand knotted.
That's ridiculously cheap!
Yes, Kate's sure she's found a diamond in the rough today.
She better watch her back though,
as Maverick Mark won't stand for second place.
Kate, I've got marked down, 502, decorative framed oval mirror.
Now it's not old, but it is very decorative. It's George III style.
You're thinking of buying a modern mirror...
-Yeah, I'm not...
-..Mark, after mocking my £5 modern mirror?
I'm not talking about a £5 pine mirror here, Kate.
I'm talking something with decorative appeal.
Diamond's getting right under Maverick's skin.
He should keep his game plan under wraps.
502, decorative framed oval mirror. I'm 35 bid. 40 now.
40, 5, one more, 50 in the room.
Gentleman's bid at 50. Do I see 55?
-Selling at 50.
Maverick splashed the cash on his priciest purchase so far,
at £62, including fees.
Later in the day, he reflects on his success.
Well, I'm pleased I secured this mirror. The estimate was £40-60.
I paid bang in the middle, 50 quid for it.
So even with the bits and pieces on top,
I'm rather hoping that a nice hotel I know in Brighton
will be happy to find a spot in their entrance hall,
or somewhere in the hotel and give me a reasonable profit on it.
Our Brighton gent has the whiff of victory,
and he's poised to make it a double,
as a second stone torso is going under the hammer.
-Are you after the stone figure coming up?
-What do you think?
-My guess is yes.
-Here it is now, 505.
I am 25, 30 bid. 32.
35, 38 in the room.
-Selling at 38.
At just over £47 with fees, it's a testosterone typhoon.
# It's raining men! Hallelujah, it's raining men... #
Their muscle-bound torsos kick-start a bidding bonanza
and Mark is back in the game.
First he bids on a retro sewing table and lamp...
Selling at 15.
..for just under £19 including costs.
Swiftly followed by an Art Deco bedside cabinet...
How am I doing? I'm pleased with that.
..for just under £56 with fees.
Talk about a saleroom stone. As the gavel falls on
the final lot of the day,
Mark heads straight over to check out those last-minute buys.
This is a really decorative 1970s sewing box,
but of course this is the piece de resistance.
Who knows? I could light up a really good profit here.
Yes, the Maverick is sounding confident.
With the auction over, Kate's in a desperate situation.
With just six lots in the bag and masses of cash burning
a hole in her pocket, she decides to take drastic action.
The auction's over and I still need one more item.
But there's one piece of jewellery that didn't sell.
I've had a word with the auctioneer and he says I can have it for £15.
I'm going to go for it. It's lot 124. Let's go and sort that out.
Quick thinking from the sharp-edged Diamond,
who swiftly pulls off a deal on the jewellery.
Here we are - lot 124. This is the one I bought just after the sale.
They are really nice. It's silver, turquoise, they're polished stones.
I'm really pleased with that. It's coming home with me.
At just under £19 with fees, auctioneer Kate sneaks in
a last-minute purchase before the final whistle.
But Maverick is feeling triumphant about his final buy as well.
It's one of my favourite pieces. I am delighted with this Art Deco styling.
It's firstly decorated in a rather exotic grain of wood.
We've got this rather nice tray that goes across the top.
You can put your lamp on there and your bedside glass of water.
We've got the original handles. This one, unfortunately, is broken.
I don't think I'm going to make a huge amount on it, but I reckon
the buyer I've got in mind is going to love it just as much as I do.
Maverick has been dazzled by the Deco, but will it pay off?
Mark and Kate arrived at the auction with £1,000 each.
Mark ended up spending a little under £289 including fees
on the seven lots he bought. Kate also bought seven lots,
spending even more modestly at just over £239 with costs.
Before our Lord and Lady go their separate ways to sell,
they get one final chance to suss out the competition.
-I've made a few really good buys and a few real misses.
-Point them out.
The rugs I'm really happy with. I know you knock my rugs, but they're all hand knotted.
-I'm not a rug man. I don't do rugs.
To me, they look machine done. Sorry, it all looks too uniform to me.
-I might be wrong, I might be wrong.
-In this case,
-I know my rugs, they're definitely hand knotted.
-I'll hold you to that.
I didn't notice the Vivienne Westwood ring
has lost one of the little diamonds.
-So come on - worst lot, what do you regret?
-What do I regret?
Honestly, Kate, I like all the items I bought.
The torsos are a bit of fun. They are rather cheeky.
I just saw those. I knew you'd go for those.
Anyway, we've got to go and sell these items now.
-Let me just correct you. YOU'VE got to go and sell your items.
-My buyers are already lined up.
For our pair of protagonists, that auction was just
the start of a mammoth mission. Now the Maverick and the Diamond
must scour their contact books and use every trick of the trade
to outsell their rival in pursuit of victory.
Profit is everything. And the Lincolnshire belle
who's lived and breathed antiques all her life
is oozing confidence as she inspects her wares.
I think I'm going to prove that you can buy real bargains at auctions,
especially general sales.
I'm so pleased about the rugs. £5 for the mirror plus some commission.
I'm going to give it a lick of paint, maybe make it shabby chic.
I got this lovely foot scraper. The vintage designer ring.
That retails at around £135, so I think I got a bargain at 55.
The silver jewellery was the after-sale. The pen, which I love,
but I've discovered a bit of a problem with it since the auction.
It doesn't have the right nib. It should be a Wyvern body and nib.
So, all in all, I think I did pretty well.
I think I've probably got the more traditional stuff.
He got some very odd things, like those composite men,
er, but I'm sure he's got a plan up his sleeve.
Mmm, the Diamond's packing the punches already.
But has she spotted an Achilles heel in her Brighton-based rival?
There are, unfortunately,
a couple of potential black holes in my auction purchases.
The 1970s work table and also the stone torsos,
which I thought I might be able to sell particularly here in Brighton very well, no joy at the moment.
I bought this very large decorative mirror at the auction,
but I have to tell you, I've had a little bit of a mishap with it
and I've actually chipped some of the gilding here,
so I'm just going to try and repair it, stick them back on,
and use a bit of gilding to touch over it. I also bought
a modern copy of a 1950s railway advertising sign in enamel,
a nice 1930s Art Deco period bedside cabinet
and the piece de resistance - a silver cue chalk holder.
The Maverick is feeling the pressure,
but this challenge is like a red rag to a bull
and his years of experience and that fighting spirit are ready to rage.
Hold tight, riders, this is set to be a rollercoaster of a rumble
as our antiques antagonists prepare to sell, sell, sell.
But remember, until they've shaken on it and money's changed hands,
no deal is truly sealed. Our rivals hit the phones
and raid their every resource in this all-out battle of wits,
but it's the Diamond who's first to strike.
In her home county of Northamptonshire, she's tracked down
her old English teacher Megan, owner of puppy, Dogface.
Kate's dead set on persuading her to buy the foot scraper.
She paid just under £25 - can she make a profit?
Stylistically, it looks Victorian, but I think it is a bit later.
It's probably been cast off an original Victorian one.
-But it's probably a bit more modern.
-It looks good.
I was hoping for somewhere around the £60 mark.
-That's a big lump of...
-That's a big lump of stone there.
I'm going to lift it up and weigh it by value alone.
It probably does not weigh £60, but how about 20?
20?! That's nowhere close. I can't. It's got to make some money.
My absolute last price honestly would be 30 quid. What you think?
-35. Every penny counts. 35.
-That's tiniest profit from me.
-She's definitely going for it.
-Dogface needs somewhere to tie the lead to. Come on!
-Yeah, OK, 35.
-Thank you. We'd better take him for a walk.
-OK, let's do that.
Diamond hard haggler Kate pockets more than £10 profit
and rewards yourself by accompanying Megan
and puppy Dogface on a very energetic walk.
This antiques assailant is off and running,
but it's a rude awakening to the hard-core task ahead.
She was tough. She beat me hard on price. I was expecting more for it.
It goes to show antiques is not a walk in the park.
It certainly isn't. And down south,
the Brighton Titan is also squaring up for a fight
as he takes his Art Deco bedside cabinet, which cost just under £56, to cafe owner Maggie.
-Do you like it?
-I like it. I'd like it if there was two.
-Like most things in life, there's only one.
-Pairs are always better.
I was hoping for somewhere around...
-Is that too much?
-It IS too much.
-It is! It's too much.
Way, way too much! Let's start from half of that and see what we can do.
-Come on. Be fair. Let's start at 70.
-We can start,
-but we have to go up now.
If you were looking at 100, there'd be a little bit of room for me.
-Go on, Mark.
-It's a deal.
Phew. It took everything the Maverick had
and more to seal the deal with tough negotiator Maggie.
But the Maverick emerges victorious with just over £44 in the bank.
That's put that one to bed and it's brewed up a rather nice profit.
It's one-all in this heavyweight match and both our warriors
are using all their powers of persuasion to try and win the game.
On her home turf in Northamptonshire,
the Diamond takes the jewellery set to stallholder Jean...
-It's a deal. Thanks.
..and walks away with over £9 profit.
Competition is fierce in this all-out antiques extravaganza
and the Brighton Battler has been working hard as he seeks
to outwit his ravishing rival,
but will the damage to his £62 gilt-framed mirror
jeopardise his chances of a sale to hotel manager Justin?
-It's got a Georgian look about it with this sort of outer mirror.
-Then the inner mirror. Good for a hotel.
-I think it'll work very well.
-We have quite a few mirrors.
-I know. You can never have too many mirrors.
-I do have to be honest with you about something.
-It fell over.
-And caused some damage, but I've actually repaired it myself
and I don't think you can see them, but I do have to point it out to you.
-Right. Dropping antiques, Mark.
I can't believe it. That's what dealers do sometimes.
Bearing in mind the damage I've pointed out to you, Justin,
-are you still happy to make an offer on it?
I am going to take it, Justin. That is really kind of you.
The Brighton bruiser, with his super-selling powers,
pulls off a whopping £58 profit on his damaged mirror,
which looks right at home in a glamorous hotel.
He's on a roll and, whilst he's at it, sews up just over
£6 profit on his sewing table and lamp.
the rock hard Diamond is using every contact at her disposal.
Our formidable fashionista is taking her ring,
which cost just over £70, to Vivienne Westwood fanatic Vicky.
-Oh! Oh, you tease.
-First impressions, what do you think?
-It's stunning, isn't it? Absolutely fantastic.
-Have you got one?
-I know you've got other things?
-I don't actually have a ring.
That is fantastic. I love it.
I will fess up and say there is one little diamond missing.
-I have noticed.
I was hoping with that in mind for around about the £110 mark. £100?
-Still a little steep for me.
-But you're a collector.
-You are a lover of Vivienne Westwood.
-I am a lover and I am,
-but the reason I don't have one is cos I can't afford to.
-Where do you think it would be for you?
-"I match your other items!"
Well, 90 sounds better, I have to say. That's less than my £100.
Shall we meet in the middle and go for 85?
I need every penny, how about 88? Come on. Let's do it.
Proving diamonds really are a girl's best friend,
the glamorous gladiator pulls in a glittering profit of over £16.
That was a result all round. The Diamond has done it again.
Back in Brighton, Kate's arch rival has been struggling to find
a buyer for his pair of distinctive male torsos.
But he's finally made a breakthrough and arrives at Oceana nightclub
hoping to present hen night and male dance troupe organiser, David,
that they're worth at least the £80 he spent on them.
I just thought these might be a bit of extra adornment and decorations
-for the show.
-Yeah, I suppose we could put them on the stage.
-I was hoping for around £100?
-I was thinking £10.
-I didn't realise they were 100!
-Shall we barter?
-We can try and barter.
-We'll be here all night, David.
-We could be.
I'll tell you what I'm going to do.
I'll give you 85, but that's my final offer.
I'll take it, cos there's no way I'm carrying these back out.
It's a mighty blow for the Maverick
as he only manages to scrape a tiny profit of just over £3.
-Wonderful. I'm going to put that in there.
But I'm clearly absolutely useless at antiques dealing. I want to know...
-I need a new profession. Where are your dancers?
-They are through there.
-Shall we go?
# I need a hero
# I'm holding out for a hero till the end of the night
# He's gotta be strong and he's gotta be fast
# And he's got to be fresh from the fight... #
And I reckon if antiques don't work out for me
after four years in the gym, stand back, you two,
-I'll be centre stage.
-Yes(!) Don't give up the day job just yet.
We've reached the halfway stage in this selling bonanza
and it's been an epic battle of brains and brawn.
Maverick Stacey has sold five of his seven items
and, despite a close call with his torsos,
his profit pot is bulging at just under £112.
Diamond diva Kate has sold three of her seven items.
Her profit stands at a little under £36. But it's not over yet.
As the bell tolls for round two, our duellers redouble their efforts
and muster every bit of fighting spirit they have to claim victory.
In Cambridge, the Diamond is steeling herself for a vital sale
and hoping to avenge her rival in the process.
Mark Stacey was really rude about my three rugs. But I've brought them
to this antique shop in Cambridge and I'm pretty sure they'll sell.
I'm trying to get at least £100 for the three.
And one rug in particular quickly grabs dealer Bill's attention.
-This is a nice piece.
-It's an Afghan Bukhara.
This rug has been washed at some time, so it's faded,
but this brighter colour is what we call an abrash.
When they dye the wool to make a rug, they don't always dye enough,
so when they re-dye the wools, it's never exactly the same colour,
-so that's when you get different shadings.
-That's quite desirable, isn't it?
-Some people would see that in a modern rug as a fault.
-But it's really desirable in antique rugs.
-That's quite nice.
-What are you thinking about?
-How about 123? I'd be really happy with that.
Then I wouldn't have to re-sell just the one on its own.
I don't really like that.
-I'd go 110.
-110. I'm not even go to argue at that,
-cos I'd rather sell all three at once, so it's a deal.
-It's a deal.
The Lincolnshire lass pulls it off.
Not only does she pocket almost £27 profit,
but where the Maverick scorned, she succeeded.
Mark, you had no faith I'd make a profit, but this proves you wrong.
Unaware of the Diamond's result, down on the south coast,
Maverick Stacey is banking on potting a healthy profit of his own
on an item he managed to snatch from right under his opposition's nose.
I've come over to Worthing today to meet a chap called Frank,
who apparently is obsessed with all things related to billiards
and has a shrine in his garden, so I'm not heading to the house,
I'm heading to the potting shed. But I'm not good to do any gardening,
cos I'm hoping to sell him that snooker chalk holder that I bought
for just over £50, and I'm hoping to chalk up a very respectable profit.
As an avid collector of all things snooker and billiards,
Frank's potting shed is an Aladdin's cave of goodies.
Even selling machine Maverick is quickly distracted.
Here's a pretty comprehensive set, really.
You've got everything from porcelains to silver.
-I love the tile. Can I pick it up?
I've never seen a Victorian tile decorated with a snooker theme.
-Probably about 1890, something like that.
-I would have thought so.
-Surely people weren't playing billiards then?
-Good heavens, yes.
It's detailed in various writings,
more particularly from about the middle of the 15th century.
Mostly in France.
The actual game came into prevalence over there,
the game of billiards, from the early part of the 19th century.
But pocketing a profit suddenly looks less likely as it turns out
Frank has already got an impressive chalk holder collection.
That's an interesting little collection.
What about this one? This is unusual. It's in white.
-I've never seen a white chalk before.
Chalk was originally developed as a powdered version
from the cliffs of Dorset around 1830 by a man called John Carr.
Burroughes and Watts began to sell the stuff round about 1860s, 1870s.
-Does this date from then?
-This is one of the original pieces.
-There can't be many of those around?
-I have only ever seen that one.
This, of course, is the item that I wanted to show you.
It's not as unique, I'm afraid, as the white chalk, but is nicely made.
It's a silver-mounted chalk. Quite a typical example.
-You've got one very similar there, haven't you?
-Hmm, yes. Hmm...
-Ooh, it's not the reaction he was hoping for.
But can the Mighty Maverick pull off a profit or is he snookered?
We'll find out later.
Now, our collectables queen is in Kent, desperately hoping
to persuade pen specialist Andy to buy her Bakelite fountain pen
for more than the £34.72 she paid for it.
The Wyvern company was founded around 1895.
This is probably late 40s, early 50s.
-It was said that King George V used a Wyvern pen.
-Royalty, connections to royalty.
-That's right, it's English.
-Pretensions of grandeur.
It would have had a Wyvern 14 carat nib originally.
I do need to sell it, but I was hoping for around the £50 mark.
Well, I was thinking more the sort of £20 mark.
Oh, my goodness. I'd make a serious loss at £20. I got to sell it for...
-How about 40?
-I could probably do 30.
I've got to be tough. Every penny counts for me.
-Yeah, all right, 35.
-Yeah. That's fair enough.
-I'll take that.
-I will shake your hand at 35. Thank you.
-OK. Thanks very much.
Ballsy Bateman fought bravely,
but only walks away with a tiny 28p profit.
I'm a bit gutted, but what can you do?
-But do not write me off just yet.
-Kate knows she has one last chance
to deal a crushing blow to the Maverick
as she heads to Cambridgeshire with her final item.
Having painted the pine mirror for a shabby chic look,
Kate's hoping costume hire company owner Graham will snap it up.
On the proviso that I'm allowed to try some costumes on.
-That would be a deal.
-In that case, 25?
-25 and a few costumes.
-It's a showbiz deal. Thank you.
-It's a pleasure.
More than tripling her money
our dazzling damsel pulls off nearly £19 profit on the mirror
and she gets to play dress up into the bargain.
What girl could resist?
# Let me entertain you. #
Mark Stacey, your money or your life.
It's purely about the money for the Maverick.
With the finishing line in sight, the Brighton bruiser is also doing
everything in his power to rake in last-minute profits
and he's headed west for his final big push.
I've located a buyer here in Devon who is a bit of a train enthusiast.
There's something lurking in his garden.
I've sent him a photograph of the sign
that I bought for just under £20 and he really quite likes it.
Am I on track for a big profit? Let's go in and find out.
MUSIC: Theme from "Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends"
Train enthusiast Don is an old friend of the Maverick,
-but can he be steamrolled into a sale?
-I love it!
This is a grown man's toy.
It IS a grown man's toy, but what's the fascination with railways?
-I love trains, all sorts of trains.
-You also have something
to do with the local Okehampton railway, don't you?
I'm a trainee guardsman.
I have a whistle and a flag and I play at trains on Saturdays.
That's what has brought me all the way down to Devon -
-to show you this lovely sign.
It's great, isn't it? It really harks back to the golden age, the 50s.
It is a reproduction. It's not an original poster, unfortunately.
It's done on metal as you can see. I was hoping to get between 40
-and £50 for it.
-As a tight-fisted clerk, that's a bit generous,
but I'm sure we could do something of a deal on that sort of figure.
-really would like it, cos I know the very place I want to put it.
What would you think is a sensible price?
-£48? We've got a deal.
-Thank you, Mark.
-Pleasure, thank you.
-I think that was a first-class deal, don't you?
-Just in time for the train.
And a first-class profit at just over £29.
It's a high-speed finish for Stacey
and he gets to see his sign in its rightful place.
I can just imagine thousands of tourists looking at it and wondering
where it's come from and it's come from me!
It gives me great joy.
It's been a bout of callous combat throughout
and our brave warriors have battled hard for supremacy.
They both started off with £1,000 of the loan money.
Kate picked up seven items and spent a total of just over £239.
The Maverick also bought seven items
but splashed slightly more cash, spending just under £289.
But now it's all down to profit.
All of the money that Mark and Kate have made
from today's challenge will be going to a charity of their choice.
So, without further ado, it's time to reveal who is today's Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion.
I'm intrigued to see how we've done, because I had such a nightmare with most of my items.
Did you? I didn't do very well at all.
-I made some pretty appalling profits.
-Really? Well you mocked my rugs.
They were the only ones that gave me a really good profit.
-But let's have a look. I'm desperate to see.
-I don't think I'm going to be in double figures.
-One, two, three.
-Oh, a thrashing.
-Gosh, Kate, I wasn't expecting that.
That was a fairly comprehensive thrashing on that one.
-I wouldn't say badly.
-You came second, which is good.
-Out of two.
-Oh, yes, thanks for pointing that out(!)
So a tough task for our duo,
but the mighty Maverick takes today's race by just over £72.
But just how big a part did his snooker chalk holder play?
65, could we say? Is that pushing you too far?
You see, that's a blue.
I shall feel black and blue if we're not careful!
-We'll shake hands on that.
-Stubborn Stacey stood his ground,
but only potted just under £13 profit.
But it still contributed to his overall victory.
The auction turned out to be quite a success for me.
I was disappointed with what I bought, but I managed to make a very good profit on the mirror
and a good profit on the Art Deco bedside cabinets.
A couple of my items let me down. The pen was a disappointment.
I thought I'd make more profit than that on it.
But I did well with my rugs as I knew I would.
So, er, yeah, this one is to Mark, I'm afraid. Well done, Mark.
Tomorrow is another day
and Kate gets a chance to get her own back when our duo
put their money where their mouths are at Swinderby Antiques Fair.
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