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Now, you might be wondering what I'm searching for,
but many centuries ago, Lincoln had its own mint,
so I'm in search of a bit of their old money.
No luck yet!
It's all happening!
Wow! In all my days,
I never thought I'd set my eyes on one of these.
So, it's heavy, it's gold and it's inscribed.
It says here, "Let's go bargain hunting."
So let's do it. Let's go bargain hunting.
Well, our teams will be wanting to make the biggest
profit from the three items they find amongst the stalls.
DETECTOR BUZZES Wahey! But the question is,
will they win one of these?
That would be telling. But here's a taste of what's coming up.
The Reds struggle to contain their excitement...
..the Blues strut their stuff...
# My old man's a dustman, he wears a dustman's hat
# He wears cor blimey trousers... #
..everyone tries keeping up at the auction...
-Oh, come on!
-Will it, get your hands out, come on.
..and who is the man who found time to amass one of the best
collections that I've ever seen?
I'm getting short of words, because quite simply they're breathtaking.
But before all that, let's meet our teams.
And our Red team today, we've got friends Judy and Mary,
and our Blues are Mr and Mrs, who are Kathleen and Stephen.
-So, hello! ALL:
-Hello. Well, Judy, can I start with you?
Because you're not going to be camera-shy today, are you?
Well, I do quite a bit of TV and film extra work, which is great fun.
I've worked on Downton Abbey, right through until the end of the series.
-I've worked with Tom Cruise, who was really lovely.
-Tom Cruise, no less?
-And that was in Edge Of Tomorrow.
I can see you're wearing some very interesting, sort of vintage...
Dare I use the word vintage? ..jewellery and...
Now, you're into all that?
Yes, we both are, very into this. This is actually how we met.
Judy needed a model for a fashion show,
and I stepped in, and we did a very successful fashion show, didn't we?
And that's led on to re-enacting, 1930s and 1940s particularly.
And any excuse to dress up and have a lot of fun.
-I'm with you on that one!
Now, turning my attention to the Blues.
Stephen, tell me, you're very keen on fishing?
Oh, I love my fishing. I love going out fishing.
Just the quietness of the river bank or the lake.
I go mainly after the larger fish.
My record's a 32lb carp.
How big, with your hands, show me how big is a 32...
-32... It's about that long and that deep.
-You know when you pick it up!
I know exactly - they're that long and that big, so you are a fisherman.
Kathleen, something I've learnt about you,
you're very nimble on your feet.
USED to be nimble on my feet.
No, no, I don't know about that. Um, because you're into tap dancing?
I was lucky enough to go to a stage school, and we did lots of theatre
and dance and things there, and it was brilliant, absolutely brilliant.
Come on, give us a twirl... Give us a...
-Oh, well, what do we think, a round of applause!
-I must give you Michael Flatley's telephone number.
All right, we've got £300 each for you.
I want you to go off there, buy those three items
and I want you to go now and find your respective experts.
So, good luck! And I think we're in for a bit of fun.
So, which experts are joining our two sets of teams today?
He's been good, so we'll let him out early.
Richard Madley does time with the Reds.
And buckle up, Blues, you're in for a wild ride! It's Charlie Ross.
-Kath, Steve, come to me!
Oh, lovely to see you.
-Lovely to see you.
-Now, what are you going to be looking for today?
-So, losing your hat already?
-Have you come here today with some tactics in mind?
-Yes, we have.
-A bit of silver, maybe.
-A bit of silver?
-And for you, Kath?
-Whatever takes my eye.
I don't want to choose something
-and then not be able to find it within the hour.
Something that can be used inside and outside.
Well, I'm sorry, teams, there's no time for tea
because your 60 minutes are about to begin.
-Hang on to your hats,
let's go shopping.
-Excitement! Come on, let's have it.
-All of those!
Well, the skies may be grey,
but our teams are braving the elements.
-Look! A wonderful stall! Let's get cracking.
-May I look at your inkwell, please?
-What about that? Good grief!
-That's a big weight.
-Kath, feel the weight of that! He said.
That is rather delicious. No mark on it, is there, though?
There will be a mark on it, you trust me. There we are.
A little shield with a leopard's head in it. Where was it made?
-Is that Sheffield?
-Well done, well done.
-Go to the top of the class.
-And this is 1893.
Do you know what that's worth?
-The ticket says...
-What does the ticket say?
-No, no, I like that, "The ticket says..."
But our new best friend, Greg,
he's going to come down a bit from that for us,
-I would think.
-You can't do any better than 130?
-I could squeeze in another five.
-Squeeze a five! I think we're very early into our shop.
If that Red team come here, tell them it's 200 quid.
And a note for everything.
I can tell you lot aren't to be trusted.
I think the Reds have something else in mind anyway.
-I quite like militaria, but...
-Yeah, militaria is a good subject.
Talking about militaria...
There's something that catches my eye.
I've also seen something else that catches my eye,
but we'll start on the drum.
-Is there any age to this?
-Yes, First World War.
-First World War?
Yes, the Officers' Training Corps,
which is before the Combined Cadet Force,
which was the school... It's my old school.
-You were at Denstone College?
The old-school drum.
-Was it Army cadets?
So, could we enquire about the price?
-£150 would be the cheapest.
-£150. It's a good-looking thing.
I've got to say, it is a good-looking thing,
but it would be half your budget.
Put it on the maybe list, you've still got 45 minutes left,
and there's plenty out there, even if it is a little soggy.
-The weather's really coming in now.
-It's coming in, isn't it? I know.
That'll keep the rain out!
No time for clowning around, Charlie, you need to buy something.
-You best get on the case!
-Ooh, I quite like that.
Yes, I do quite like it.
-Well, we've seen something you like!
We're getting there at last! We've only had about two hours shopping.
-More like 20 minutes!
-Do you want to ask how much it is?
My Kath would love that if it was ever so cheap,
because she'd pretend that somebody could make it into a coffee table.
I have a champagne taste, pale ale pocket.
-Well, disregarding that, it's still £35.
-Not untoward, is it?
-No. No. No.
-That is definitely an old trunk.
Whether the labels are old is anybody's guess.
But, whoever did it, if they aren't old, has done them very cleverly,
-because they've ripped bits off...
-I like it, it looks the part.
-Answer an honest question?
-Did you put the labels on?
-Of course I did.
-Yeah, of course. You see!
Isn't that wonderful, when people are honest? There you are.
-The very best price on that being...?
-I can do that for 30.
-Happy with 30 quid?
-Yeah, happy at 30.
-Shake the man's hand.
-But don't stop now.
You've got two lots to go, and just over 30 minutes left.
Anything on that inside/outside theme you'd like to pursue?
-They just caught my eye. They caught my eye.
-What do you think of this one, Mary?
-They look like horses.
-Half a horse, half... serpentine-like.
This has caught our eye.
The price is usually 65, I'll do it for 55.
-And what is it?
-It's a hippocampus.
Which is a mythical creature from Greek mythology.
-And it's like a ridge tile? Ridge tile.
They're all... I really like the dragons, as well,
but I just think this two-headed one
-has got something about it.
-That's my favourite.
Do you have these made for you,
they're available in the marketplace?
-We make them ourselves.
-You make them yourself?
Can we just squeeze it a little bit lower?
How close can you get to me?
-48? Yeah, I'll settle on that. 48.
-Could you do 45?
-Got a deal there at 48!
I'll tell you what, we'll spin a coin, 45 or 48.
-You can call, Mary.
-Toss the coin.
-Heads or tails?
-We go on the ground?
-It's not a double-headed one, is it?
Good old double-tailed coin, it never fails.
I promise you it's a real one.
That's it, the first deal is done. Excellent. In the bag.
-Thank you very much indeed, sir.
You can't win them all, Reds,
but at £48 the hippocampus could still be a steal.
I'm going to give you a caution -
you've less than half an hour to go.
We've got one purchase in the bag.
I'd have liked to see have seen a little bit more.
Maybe one and a half, but we have got the drum, haven't we?
-How many things have we bought?
-How many have we got to buy?
-Are we worried?
-You're right, three in all.
Come on, let's go and look at that drum.
You'll have to work your magic on that £150 price tag.
It's still there.
-Can I turn it over?
-Yes, turn it over.
Might need a bit of help with this, Mary.
-It's all right on the bottom?
-Yeah, how does it sound?
But I've got just one question to ask you, sir - would £140 buy it?
No, I'm afraid it wouldn't.
I asked you the same price that I wanted, and it's a fair deal.
-In that case, sir, we'd like to buy your drum.
-Thank you very much. Deal.
-I love your hat.
-Thank you very much.
You're getting into the rhythm now, Reds, which requires perfect timing.
Talking of which, this is your 15-minute warning.
Have you found your second item yet, Blues?
Something sparkly and sophisticated perhaps?
-I like this one.
You like a knackered old malt shovel, do you?
I feel a bit like a knackered old malt shovel,
to be honest, perfectly honest.
Looks nice, it's got a nice bit of age to it.
-I like it.
-It's got age?
I love the repair.
I love the hallmarked silver repair on it.
-It's particularly nice.
-It's delicate, isn't it?
I think if it was free, I would go for it.
-90, but for you, 30.
-90 would be... What, pence?!
I love it, but would somebody pay more than 30 quid at auction?
-No, they wouldn't.
Which is a shame, but on the other hand...
# My old man's a dustman, he wears a dustman's hat
# He wears cor blimey trousers... #
-..because you play.
22! I want it for a tenner,
because I think it will make 14 quid at auction. She's going to play it.
-She's going to strum to me.
-You know what?
-Because I like you, make it 20.
-I like it.
I'm just going to say one thing...
I'm going to hand over the money, and if that makes a loss,
-don't blame me.
So, you're a gentleman and a player.
You have made a £20 profit on that lot.
-I love it. I'd give you 20 quid.
-Thank you very much indeed.
It's not the most glamorous object I've ever seen, but who knows?
It may get you out of a hole at the auction.
Both teams now need their final buys,
and have just under ten minutes.
Found any jewellery, Reds?
-Over the course of...
-There we go.
-There we go.
-Mary, there's jewellery over there.
-Is that enamel?
Enamelled and silver are nice, as well.
-I know it's not jewellery, it's just rather decorative.
I don't know if it has any real use, but it's rather nice.
-Letter opener, isn't it?
Think about it, take it back to the money man?
Don't take too long. Five minutes and counting.
What do we want to do?
-I think we'll go back and get that inkwell.
-An actual antique.
-A proper antique.
It would be nice to have just a splash...
-A bit of quality.
-A splash of quality. Come on, then.
Now, whilst the Reds were looking for jewellery,
they're now hunting for something else.
-Have we lost Richard?
The ladies are looking for you, Mr Madley.
Get the impression we've been here before?
-Now, have you still got the inkwell, sir?
-I have, sir, yes.
-He's still got the inkwell.
-Look at that.
-Isn't that magnificent?
-I do still really like it.
You really like it, you really like it. 130?
-Yeah. Sure that is the very best?
Being an honest man, I think we agreed on 125.
-I think we did, as well.
-You're a good man, Greg.
So, the Blues are done and dusted. How about the Reds?
All we've seen so far is the letter opener.
I like it. I'd like to get the price down on it.
OK, let's go in and look at it.
Let's hope it's first-class, as you, teams, need to post a profit.
-We've done well.
-That's my quality item.
And we've finished within time.
Come on. Show me some more dance moves.
Loving your moves, Blues.
Maybe the Reds should try out a quickstep,
as they're running out of time.
What do you think of that, Richard?
-I think it's very nice.
-OK. It's different, isn't it?
-And functional. A bit Nouveau.
-A bit Art Nouveau.
Yeah, peacocks. Always a good design.
-It's almost Japanese. It's probably 1890...
I think, yeah, Japanese... Well, Japonesque is a term that is
used for things of a Japanese influence.
The price is £17.
We can get it for £15, so...
And you'd be happy with that?
You think we'd make a bit of a profit on that?
-I think we will.
-Yeah, I think so.
-Should we go for this?
-We're short of time.
It's lovely, actually. It's a lovely item, I think.
Good. Thank you. We'll have it.
That means, teams, your 60 minutes are up.
That was a rush, wasn't it?
It's now time to sell,
and we've hopped over to Golding, Young & Mawer auctioneers.
First, let's remind ourselves what the Red team bought.
The Reds hope this hippocampus ridge tile
will raise the roof at the auction. It cost them £48.
£150 was paid for this military drum,
but will the punters stand to attention
when it goes under the hammer?
And the gilt brass letter opener was just £15.
Fingers crossed it delivers.
Well, Judy and Mary, I have to compliment you
because you spent a very credible £213,
leaving Mr Richard Madley here with £87 to go out and spend.
And, Richard, I'd be intrigued to see what you've got for the money.
Well, for these two stylish ladies, I wanted something
sparkly and silvery, and I found you...
-A double "ooh".
A Victorian heart-shaped silver pin tray.
Maker's mark is SC, made in London
around about 1895 to 1905.
So, it's late Victorian, Edwardian.
This would fit on anybody's dressing table,
I'm sure you'd find space for it.
-Just right for earrings.
-And I bought it for 30.
-That's pretty good.
So, I was happy with that. Are you happy with that?
-And I've got a feeling that there is a little bit of profit
-left in that.
-How much would you think?
We might make a 50% profit.
Well, the Reds are rather smitten with Richard's heart-shaped dish.
But will they commit to it at auction? We'll find out later.
Now for the Blues. Let's remind ourselves what they bought
with their round of cash.
The labels may be fake, but they still closed the deal on this trunk.
Will people dig deep to get their hands on this wooden malt shovel?
It cost the Blues £20.
And Charlie thought the Victorian inkwell
was something to write home about.
But at £125, could it blot his team's copybook?
Kathleen and Stephen, you went out and spent the best part of £175,
which meant that Mr Charles Ross here had the sum of £125
to play with. What did you come up with?
It's much bigger than an ordinary dressing table pin tray.
It is silver, it's English,
it's got a wonderful gadroon border to it,
but it's got other things going on.
It's got this Rococo decoration,
it's got an acanthus leaf swirl to it,
it's got this wonderful mask.
Look at him, do you like him?
-Just feel the weight.
You see, it's got real weight, and it's solid silver.
There's an awful lot of work in there, isn't there?
A huge amount of work, yeah.
-It's not my cup of tea, but will it make us money?
-Well, it cost £120,
but I think it stands a sporting chance
because it is a cut above the average example.
A sterling effort by Mr Ross,
but we'll see whether he's managed to persuade the Blues before long.
Now then, we're off to auction.
Colin Young is at the helm and he's ready to sell.
So, ladies, have you been to many auctions in your time, or...?
-I've only been to one.
-I've been to several.
-You've been to several?
-Yes, I do like them, yes.
-You're quite seasoned in it.
-She's a professional, yes.
We've got your decorative ridge tile coming up now.
You both loved this, didn't you?
-I want to take it home with me.
Look, it's just about to come up,
so hang on to your hats and all systems go.
There we go, the ridge tile, hippocampus. £50.
£30. 20 to go, then, £20, everybody.
20 bid, two bid, five, 28, 28, 30, 32, 32 now, 35.
Two, 45, 48, bid 50, 50 bid.
-50, surely, 50 bid?
-Five, five, 60.
-We're in profit.
-55 bid. 60, do I see?
-60 bid, 65.
70 bid, 75.
80 now, 80 bid, 85.
-85! Come on!
-Are we all done at 80?
Come on! Come on, you Reds!
-Any of you? Nope, £80.
-We should have bid, too.
Going with £80. Any more?
-Sold at 80.
-Yes! Whoa, crikey!
Good start, ladies. Right, well, you're plus £32 on that.
Excellent, I think we're making history today.
OK, all right, the drum.
Who's going to start me at £100? £100, anyone, 100?
50, if you like, then. £50, anyone? 60, 70?
80, 90, 100.
At 90 bid, I'll take five now.
At £90, the bid's down here, then, at £90.
Five for anybody else, then? Selling at £90.
-I knew, I knew...
Well, I'm afraid minus 60 is getting us down to
a minus 28, so, you know,
take one step forward and two steps back. There's your opener.
You thought this was going to give you the most profit.
£10, anybody. 10 at the back of the room. 12 now, do I see?
12 on the internet. 15 bid. 18 now.
At 15. 18, 18 bid. 20, at 18, 20 surely.
At £18 bid. Last call, then. It's on the internet.
All the room is out. Back in the room at 20.
22 now, may I say? 20 bid.
There's these two people on the net, hovering. Are you going to bid?
No, they've both gone away. At 20. Two now, may I say?
-Selling in the room at 20.
Listen, it's £5, and it's in your pocket,
so you're going in the right direction. Minus 23.
The question is, are you going to go with the bonus buy?
-Are you sure about that?
-We really like it.
-We think it's so pretty.
-We like it.
-Let's find out.
Who's going to start me at £50 for it? 50, anybody? 50.
30 to go, then, surely. 30, 20 to go. I'll take 10.
£10 for a bit of silver.
10, 12, 15, 18, 20, two, five, 28,
30, two, 35, 38. 35 standing here.
-At 35 bid. 38, surely. 38 bid. 40 now.
42. £40 bid. 42?
-You know you want to.
42 now. At £40. 42,
45 now. Do I see 45?
You know you want to. Never works twice, does it?
Well, it might do.
45. At 45. Phew! Lightning.
At 45. 48 now? No, it didn't work twice with you.
45. Eight or not, then? Selling, lady's bid standing here at £45.
I'm plus £15.
But we're in a total, I think, of minus £8.
That can be a winning score, girls, I can assure you.
So, um, you know, take heart, if you will.
OK, Blues. Hello, Kathleen, hello, Stephen.
Your first item that's coming up is the trunk.
-It's a good-looking thing, isn't it? Are you excited?
-So am I.
Hang on, everybody, this could be a rocky ride.
Let's hope it's going to be a nice, smooth crossing.
-Who's going to start me at £50 for it?
30 to go, then. £30, anybody. 30. 10 to go, then.
Ideal for interior decor. 10 bid. 12 now.
12 bid, surely. 12 bid.
Do I see 12, surely? 10 is here. At 10.
You're not looking very excited about it. At 10 bid.
12 now, may I say? £10 bid. Any more now? At 10.
12 on the internet. 15 there.
-18 here. 20 bid.
-At £20 bid. Two, surely. At £20 bid.
Last call for everybody, then.
On my left here. Original bid is in at £20.
Oh, minus 10. Minus £10.
OK, it's not the end of the world.
You've got three lots to play with here. If you go with the bonus...
-You'll love this. You loved this, didn't you?
Who's going to start me at £30 for it? 30. 20.
£10. £10, anybody.
-Surely £10 for a malt shovel.
10 up. Five, surely. £5, anybody.
£5, anybody? Five bid. Five. Any more now? Six, surely.
At £5 bid. Six now, do I see? At £5. Six now.
Surely somebody else can dig it.
£6 bid. Six, eight, eight bid, 10 bid.
-11 bid. 12 bid. 13. 13, do I see?
-He's going in ones!
13, 13, pay attention.
Last call at 12.
That made minus eight, so we're in a minus 18 now.
-So the next two lots could turn things around.
-This is a proper lot.
£100, anyone? 100. 50 if you like. Who's coming in at £50?
50. 50 bid, 50.
Five now, may I say? We're on the market at 50. 55.
Bid 60. Five now.
At 65. 70. Five now.
75. Quickly now. 75. £70 bid.
I'll take two as a last call. At 70. £70, are we all done?
Last call, then. Done, finished on two?
No. Selling in the room, at 72 on the net. At 72, 75, 75, 78 now.
75, last call at £75.
-Oh, £75. Minus 50.
-What's the damage, Eric?
-Minus 68 at the moment.
-Is that all?
-Don't worry, don't worry.
-I think it's that moment of truth. Do we go with the bonus buy?
-We'll trust our expert, Charlie.
-You do that.
It's a really good, crisp, bold hallmark.
Salaman & Levi, Birmingham, 1900.
I'm hoping he'll big it up when he's up there,
because you've gone with it now.
-We've found the hallmark on this...
..which is 1900.
It is Levi & Salaman, so there we go. Quite a nice dish there.
Who's going to start me at £100? It will be easily over £100 for it.
80 to go, then. 80. £50 bid. 50.
Five anywhere else now? We've got 50. Five?
55 at the back of the room. At 55. 60,
five, 70, 70...
-Will it. Get your hands out.
-Will it, will it.
-Five, 80, five.
80. Five, surely. At £80 bid. At 80.
We've nearly reached scrap value.
85, 90. At 90 bid.
We're into market value now. 92, 95, 98 in the room. 98 now, surely.
-98, do I see? 95 on the internet. 95.
Is anybody else going to bid? 90.
Very pretty dish. All done and finished at £95.
Sold at 95, thank you very much.
It was a noble effort, which has sadly resulted
in a £25 loss.
However, however, you know,
at least we're keeping a common theme going there.
So, I reckon we've done minus 93, if my maths is correct.
And the most important thing to remember, don't talk to the Reds.
-OK. All right?
-I don't think they'll want to.
Unfortunately, neither team is going home with cash,
but hats off to the Reds who have today's winning score.
Coming up, will our next two teams be up to the challenge?
Meanwhile, I'm off to hear about one of Lincoln's jewels,
and I'm not talking about its castle.
But the gem I'm here to learn about wasn't made from stone,
but flesh and blood.
James Ward Usher was a jeweller who ran this shop in Lincoln.
He was a shrewd businessman who didn't miss a trick.
And in the late 19th century, he made his fortune after
spotting the moneymaking potential of a Lincolnshire legend.
The story goes, Satan sent two unruly creatures called imps
to Lincoln to create mischief and mayhem.
The two imps found their way into the cathedral and ran riot.
And it's said that an angel appeared and turned one of them into stone.
The legend goes that the imp was imprisoned here forever.
And there he is.
Usher exploited the tale of the Lincoln imp to his advantage.
He made all sorts of souvenirs featuring the mischievous creature,
and sold them to Lincoln's tourists.
As the sole supplier of imp memorabilia,
Usher watched the money roll in.
This meant he could afford to indulge in his real passion.
And that passion was collecting.
Usher amassed a huge collection of treasures from all around the world.
But he didn't forget his roots,
and his heart always belonged to Lincoln.
Well, there's no doubting that James Ward Usher had a good eye
and impeccable taste.
And when he died, he left his collection
to the good people of Lincoln.
And on top of that, he left them
enough money to build the Usher Gallery.
Andrea Martin is the curator and can tell me
more about this wonderful place and the man who made it possible.
He seems to have concentrated primarily on objects?
Yes, very much an object man.
So, ceramics, silver, watches, enamels.
As well as being jewellers, the Usher family were talented
clock and watchmakers, which meant James had an incredible eye
for things that go tick, tock.
So the first watch we've got here is one of Usher's favourite watches,
made by a watchmaker called Rigby, so it's a 19th-century watch.
But, actually, on the back,
we have some beautiful blue enamelling.
-With a star of diamonds, I can see.
And when you twist it in the light,
it's a sort of semi-translucent, deep, cobalt blue, that enamel,
and picks up what appears to be like an engine turning.
I mean, you think of people like Faberge,
amongst others, using that method.
-But I'd think twice about taking that out of the safe,
never mind taking it out of the house.
And then they get smaller.
I mean, a little watch on a ring.
It's only 18 millimetres in diameter.
It was made by a watchmaker called John Arnold,
and it was reputedly made for George III.
Provenance is everything. Isn't it? You know, the royal connection.
The royal connection is the thing
that really, truly makes that one.
I think that would have sold it strongly to Usher.
I'm getting short of words because, quite simply, they're breathtaking.
There's no time to relax.
We need to get back to the antiques fair to see
whether our next set of bargain hunters have what it takes to
pick well and make a profit at auction.
Will the Reds be laughing all the way to the bank?
-They are very good.
-They are funky.
And do the Blues ever break a sweat?
You're lazy. Come on, guys, we want a bit of action.
Let's meet them.
Our Red team today are twin sisters and that's Penny and Pat.
And our Blues are friends Michael and Harry.
-So, hello. ALL:
Hello. Starting with our Reds.
Penny and Pat, you're working at the moment
but you've got great plans for your retirement.
Yes, in two years' time, I plan to retire and I'm going to buy
a Dutch barge and cruise down through Europe into the Med.
-Have you got a boat at the moment?
-Yes, we do. This is our fifth boat.
But the first boat we ever bought,
we'd never, neither of us, driven a boat in our lives.
Didn't even know how to start, stop or anything
and we had to ring the bloke up to tell us how to do it.
-Pat, you don't mind getting wet, do you?
-No, I love getting wet.
I'm a diver. I first started when I was 53 and I love it.
-So you've dived in some amazing places?
I've dived all over the world.
I've dived Malta, Egypt,
-but I think my best dive was in England, which is surprising.
But it was down in Cornwall and it was a beautiful dive.
She took me into this cave,
all jewelled anemones on the top of the cave.
-It was fantastic, absolutely brilliant.
-So, any tactics?
-I'm going to find something I like.
-I'm going to find something
-Then we're going to buy something that's got profit in it.
All right. Now, that's a very interesting tactic,
but I'm going to turn my attention to the gentlemen.
-It's Michael and Harry, and you're friends.
But I know for a fact there was a time
you were anything BUT friends. In fact, you were rivals.
Yeah, we were.
This is my arch-nemesis, playing for rival football teams.
We had matches abandoned against each other for dirty tackles.
-His dad was the referee.
He pulled his team off the pitch.
In the end, we signed for the same football team.
I didn't speak to him for about a month, then he cracked a joke
and I broke and I laughed and started speaking to him
-and ever since then, like a house on fire.
-The rest is history.
So, Harry, I believe you're bit of a whizz
when it comes to doing deals, etc,
cos you use an interesting method at which you excel.
Yeah, we use rock, paper, scissors to settle a lot of stuff.
-If I remember rightly, it's... TOGETHER:
-One, two, three.
-Yeah, so rock beats scissors.
-Rock beats scissors, does it? Right, OK.
When we're all in the pub, it's a bit of banter
to see who gets the next round,
so it's like, try and get a few free drinks out of my mates.
Basically, I will play for the next round and I've got a running joke
where 85% of the time, I always go rock,
so I get in their head a bit so they think I'll go rock,
I go scissors and I just keep beating them.
It's like taking candy off a baby, really.
That might come in useful.
-What about you, Michael? What's your plan of attack?
-Just go big.
-Go big or go home. Win or bust.
-All eggs, one basket.
-All eggs, one basket.
Well, all eggs, one basket, one life, one Bargain Hunt, I suppose.
-We're only here once.
-OK, so let me give you the money.
£300 each team. Go and shop till you drop and off you go.
So this is a game of tactics, tactics, tactics.
-You excited, guys?
-Going to be spending?
-All of it.
What are we going to buy today?
I'd like something owls or certainly animal related.
Anything that catches my eye. Something unusual.
I'd like something nautical but maybe a nice bit of silver.
Right, teams, your 60 minutes starts now.
ALARM CLOCK RINGS
I think I know where we'll start.
Come on then, let's go and see some silver.
These first few minutes are a golden opportunity to have a nose around
-but the Reds are diving straight in.
-I like the toadstools.
-Yeah, they are metal.
-They certainly are. Hand-crafted.
Oh, I like them! "Tattoos removed."
I like them, they're good.
-They are very good.
-They are funky!
-These are not... They're vintage saws.
-The saws are old, yeah.
The saws are old, the decoration is "later". Later.
-But, hey, they are fun, aren't they?
-Catch your eye, don't they?
They do and they make you smile. I think that's very important.
-They would be quite interesting.
Now, we've got the smaller ones here.
-There's a bigger one over there, which I like.
-I didn't see that one.
If you're going to go for one,
-you'd better go for the grandfather of tattoo removals.
So I guess the saw could be 40 or 50 years old.
-It might even be a bit older.
And the decoration could even be done by the owner.
-Probably, cos they all look the same, don't they?
-They do indeed.
So shall we find out how much they want? Would you like to go and ask?
-I'll go and ask.
-Go on, then.
That would get rid of your "I love Mum" tattoo.
Could you tell us how much the saws are, please?
The small ones are £15, the large one is £30.
-Shall we go for that one?
-Is that your best price?
That is, I'm afraid. That is.
-Do you like that?
-I like that.
-I like that.
-I think it's a bit of fun.
-I like that.
-In that case, we'd like to buy it.
-We'll buy it.
We're sold. Thank you very much.
Blimey, Reds, that could be the fastest deal
in Bargain Hunt history!
A minute, come on, and we're 1-0 up.
This is a result. I like that. Excellent!
I'm very keen to see how that saw does at the auction.
Over to the Blues, and Charlie is sticking to the shopping list.
-What did you say you wanted to buy?
Well, there must be 100 or 200 pieces of silver here.
-What about these that are in a pair?
-They're fairly standard.
-It would be nice for you
to find something that perhaps you haven't seen before.
Time to take a look at something else, then.
-The Reds are now trawling the stalls for item number two.
Would that be original whale bone or something else?
No, that would be a copy of a scrimshawed whale tooth.
-It was probably made in the last few years.
-The original would be worth probably thousands.
OK, teams, you have just hit the ten-minute mark.
Found anything, Blues?
-They're very "sailable".
Oh, dear, I think there's more where that came from.
Look at that!
It looks like you're having a "wheely" good time there, mate.
-Oh... I'm not...
-Oh, no, I can't bear it.
I'm trying to "steer" him in the right direction.
Oh, keep going, keep going!
No, please, that's more than enough!
-That's a fabulous old ship's wheel.
And I should think that's about 1900 in date.
-I know you want to spend big, boys.
-But we haven't probably got enough.
-Do you know how much this is?
-A lot more...
-Have a guess?
-I did say £120, but I think more than that.
-I thought about £100.
-This is £350.
That's sunk their hopes of buying it
but I think these boys won't be rushed into anything,
despite Charlie's efforts.
Anyway, it's plain sailing for Mr Madley, though.
Ooh, yeah, it does fit into your nautical theme.
That would be the name of the ship.
-And that's probably when it first launched.
-How does it sound?
BELL RINGS CLEARLY
Shall we just enquire as to how much it is?
-We haven't got to...
-No, we can come back to it.
-It could be a bargain.
Exactly, we can still come back. Let's go and ask the owner.
The ship's bell. A price for it, please.
-Best on the ship's bell, £120.
That's going to be about its top level for an auction.
-I think that will be its price.
Yeah, I think it's a fair price.
-It's a fair price but it's the top level.
What's the best price?
-The very best price is £100.
-It's tight, but we'll do it.
-Thank you very much.
ERIC: What a gentleman!
The deal has been done. The hands have been shaken. We're out of this!
-She wanted a bell.
-She wanted it.
-She wanted nautical.
-I've always wanted a ship's bell.
-Not a lot of choice.
-Yeah, always wanted a ship's bell.
-We wanted something nautical.
Now all I want is a ship that goes with it.
That will cost you a lot more than £95, Penny.
Right, that's it.
2-0 up, 20 minutes down, 40 minutes to go.
You can take it easy then, Reds. It's the Blues I'm worried about.
-Not having much luck, are we?
-Seen a few things.
-In a nutshell.
Hopefully, Lady Luck will cross your path soon.
With under 30 minutes left on the clock,
the Blues are yet to splash any cash.
Was I really put on this planet to be made this harassed?
35 minutes with two delightful guys
who have not a clue what they want to buy.
Seen a few items and then there's always other bargains out there.
I'm not sure they want to buy anything at all!
I don't know what we're going to do.
-I'm not going to sweat yet.
Glad you're feeling relaxed, boys.
I can't say the same for poor old Charlie.
What do you think of that, guys?
It's beautifully inlaid with olivewood and satinwood and boxwood.
It has an enamel dial which has no damage.
Opens at the top. You can see here there was a maker's name on there.
Now, I suspect that the movement is French-made
but, again, made for export but put into an English case.
-This was 80 quid, wasn't it?
And I think that is a handsome clock.
I can tell that neither of you like it, do you?
I don't think they do, Rosco.
-Tomorrow that will be £120.
We weren't planning to be here then,
but it could take this lot that long to buy something.
People often ask me what I collect and they're often surprised.
I've been buying these globes probably for the last ten years.
I've got about 50 of them. For years, my wife said,
"What on earth are we going to do with those?"
Then when we moved house, we had a unit, a bookcase unit,
and we filled it with globes.
-And they look great.
But I don't think your team are keen, Richard. Back to the Blues.
Has something finally got their attention?
-Hi, guys, I've got a radio here.
I'm worried about the lack of expert supervision here.
It's in its original box. 1950s. Perfect working order.
-That's all right.
-No cracks. £60.
We've only got £45.
That's a naughty fib.
You've still got £300 in your pocket.
I can't do it for £45, though.
-What's your best price?
-Meet you in the middle.
-Do you want it?
-Yeah, I'm happy with that. I'm happy with that, yeah.
Do you think you should have asked Charlie
before shaking this man's hand?
-What have you found, guys?
-We've just bought a radio.
-Have you bought a radio?
-We thought we don't really need you.
-Brilliant! A Bush radio!
-Of course we need you!
-How much was it?
-In its original box.
-You haven't bought it?
-Sharpen up, guys!
-May I look at it, sir?
-You certainly can.
-Tell us what we've bought.
-I'll tell you what you bought.
-You've bought a 1950s...
-Was it '57?
-Is it £50-worth?
-In its original box.
-God, it's fab!
This is the sort of radio I used to have at home.
-It works. It's out of my own private collection.
-If you put that on, you'll get the news from the war.
-You'll double your money on that.
-It's wonderful. It's in amazing condition.
-It's out of my own private collection.
But is it worth £50?
I have to say it's not a bad starting price.
But they shook on £50.
Although maybe Harry could use his special talent to get a lower price.
-Might we do £40 or £60, rock, paper, scissors?
-It's got to be £50.
-But it could be £60 if you win.
-Have you ever played rock, paper, scissors?
If you win, we'll buy it for £60, if you lose, we'll buy it for £40.
That's quite fun, isn't it? I'd like to witness this.
-Go on! Love it!
I'm scared to watch as well, Michael.
-One, two, three.
One, two, three.
LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE
Harry told me rock always wins, so the Blues get the radio for £40.
Just two buys to get in the final 15 minutes, then.
The Reds only need one.
What have you seen there?
-A Doulton figurine?
-Fishing? No, cooking his fish.
-Cooking his fish.
With an HN number.
Now, the HN number will tell you when it was produced
and, ultimately, the lower the HN number the earlier it is
and the more valuable it is. What I'm most concerned about is...
-Damage or whether it's been repaired.
-We want to check...
-Felt round his head.
Check the extremities, that's the important thing.
-Around his head here.
-And his fingers.
-And around his frying pan.
He seems to be in good shape to me.
-Now, I don't think he's particularly old.
-But that doesn't matter.
It's a collector's market.
He is rather charming.
Now, he's got a price on of £48.
I was thinking more like £25, £30.
-Oh, were you?
Do you think it might be worth me
-asking the owner what his friendliest price might be?
While Richard has a word, Charlie needs the boys to step up a gear.
Come on, guys. We want a bit of action. Come on, guys. Come on.
You've got ten minutes to get two lots!
Now, any news on the figurine?
Right, well, I've been to ask the dealer
what he said the best price he'd do on it.
It's marked at £48. He'll give us a discount down to £40.
As much as I do like it, I would love to get it just under that
if I could. Do you think that...?
Well, I think I've taken it as far as I can.
-If you think you can just shave him a couple of pounds...
-So, you stay.
-..without risking losing the sale.
-Let's leave it with you.
Good luck, Penny - although I think Rosco needs it more.
Look, a bit of militaria here. See that old case?
It's got a strap there to put it on your belt. And what is it?
First World War compass, I think.
And in working order...
..and intact, too. It doesn't appear to be damaged.
Quite an interesting piece of history.
-Excuse me, sir. How much is your military compass?
-We have got about five minutes left.
-VENDOR: All right, 40 quid.
-Yeah, 40 quid.
-Are you happy?
-Go on, buy it! Buy it!
You may have got your second buy but there's no time to waste.
You've five minutes and counting. Try and keep up.
No need for Penny to run. Looks like she's done a deal.
-Well done. Excellent.
-That's our third item.
-Third item, over, done and sold. Fantastic.
-How about a nice cup of tea?
-How about let's go to the pub?
All right, the pub!
I know Charlie will need a drink after all this sprinting!
The boys not so much.
And with time nearly up, I think Rosco's come back for the clock.
Oh, glad to see you've turned up, boys. Don't bust a gut.
-Don't rush yourselves.
-A wizard arrives precisely when he means to.
Now, you're going to see a master at work here. This was £80, wasn't it?
-But you'll take £70 off me cos you've known me so long.
-£75 and we've got a deal.
-That was a bit sharp.
-To say I'm relieved is an understatement.
ALARM CLOCK RINGS
Teams, your 60 minutes are up.
Such a nerve-racking hour in my life with you two.
-You are cool dudes, aren't you?
-I've been pretty laidback.
-PRETTY laidback? Nevertheless...
-But we got there in the end.
Yes, you got there, but now we need to be off again.
We are going back to the auction to sell our items.
But first, let's have a reminder of what the Red team bought.
I'm hoping this is going to be used as advertised. £30 paid.
The ship's bell was £95,
but will it leave the ladies drowning in a profit?
And the River Boy figurine from Royal Doulton was theirs for £38.
Let's hope it makes a splash at the auction.
Well, Penny and Pat,
you went out there and you've gone and spent £163.
But that left Mr Richard Madeley here
with the best part of £137 to spend.
Richard, you boldly went and bought what?
I went a long way from here. I went to....
A Chinese double gourd sang de boeuf vase.
Sounds very posh. Double gourd. Two nuts.
Sang de boeuf, that blood red.
And underneath, the mark.
The Chien Lung period.
So an 18th century mark.
But don't believe all that you see.
So, it's later. And it will tell you, it's a lot later.
-How much is it worth?
-I gave £30 for it.
-Ah, yes. We'd go with that.
Well, don't be too quick to decide, Reds.
You have until after your third item has sold.
But now, let's have a look at the Blue team's three items.
Harry conquered the dealer at rock, paper, scissors
to get a decent discount on this 1950s radio. £40 paid.
The boys lacked direction during their shop,
so maybe they should have bought one of these a bit earlier.
The brass compass was £40.
And time had nearly run out
when the team paid £75 for this Victorian clock.
Let's hope it hands them a profit when it goes under the hammer.
So, the Blue team, yes, Michael and Harry.
I see that you spent £155
and, Charlie, you had the princely sum of £145 to go out and spend.
-And what did you come up with?
To be perfectly honest, I was so terrified by these two boys.
They are so confident they are going to win a golden gavel,
-I thought, "I don't want to ruin this for them."
-I just thought one word.
It's a cheroot holder case.
This is probably a male one.
This would have been an amber holder, probably,
into which you put your cheroot.
It's solid silver, it's Birmingham, it's 1916
and, I have to say, it wasn't overly expensive.
-What's it worth, guys?
-That's a bargain.
-All right, boys, what do you think of it?
-I'm a fan.
I think £15's a steal and I think it will make profit.
It fits the mould of getting profit off every item, definitely.
If you don't go with this bonus buy, you are bonkers!
Confidence indeed. Don't feel too pressurised, though, Blues.
You have a little time to decide.
Right, then. The auctioneer, Colin Young,
has his gavel in hand and is raring to go, so let's sell.
-Penny and Pat, you Reds.
-Is the auction room your natural habitat?
-I've been before.
-You have been before?
-At least it was with me.
-Ah, that's true.
But, Richard, we've got every faith in yourselves, haven't you?
-Absolutely. Total confidence.
-Said with authority.
First off is the vintage-style tattoo sign. Here it comes.
Start me at £20. £20, anyone? 20? 10 to go then, surely.
10, do we have 10? 10 bid.
-12? 12 bid. 15. 18, 18, 20.
22, 25. 28. And 30? 30 bid now?
-28. 30 bid. 32. 35 do I see now?
38 on the book. 40 in the room now. 40 bid?
Thank you, 40 bid. 42? At 42.
At £48, are we all done? 50 again now?
-£50 bid. That's £50. My bid's in the room.
Are we all done? Last call for everybody here.
Last call for the net. Selling in the room at £50.
AUCTIONEER BANGS GAVEL Down comes the hammer. £50.
Good start, ladies! Plus £20 already.
-So, here's the bell.
-Lot number 126 is a brass ship's bell. There we go.
-I'll take 50 to go, surely. £50. Who's going to be first in?
30 then. 30. It's not a lot of money for a bell. 30 bid.
32. 35. 38 bid. 40.
And 2. 42 now. 45.
48 bid. 50. 55.
-At 55. Do I see 60?
-Last call then.
Selling at 55. Front row has it, selling at 55.
-AUCTIONEER BANGS GAVEL 55.
Pay attention, girls, OK.
Minus 40, so we're in a minus £20 situation, OK.
So we go to lot number 127.
Royal Doulton figure.
This is River Boy, designed by Peggy Davies.
Who's going to start me at 30 for it? 30? 30 I'll take.
30? 20 to go then. £20 anybody?
-Come on, it's worth more than that.
At 10 bid down here. Make it 15.
15. 15. 20? At 20. 25 bid. 30? 30 bid.
35 bid. 40? 40, I've got a bid.
5. And 50? 50 bid. 50. And 5?
50 I've got. 5 anywhere else, surely? At £50, are we all done?
-55. 60 now? 60 I've got.
-Last call, then.
-It's going, then, at £60 and sells.
-AUCTIONEER BANGS GAVEL
£60. You're back into profit, girls.
-You're back into profit. You're plus £2.
-So you're going to go with the bonus buy? TOGETHER:
-I think that could be a wise move.
-I think so.
-Here we go.
-Lot 131 is the Chinese sang de boeuf double gourd vase.
£50. Who's going to put me in at £50 for it?
50. All right, then, 30 to go.
50 already on the net. 50. 55 now do I see? 55.
60 do I see now? 60 on the net. 65 in the room?
-At £60 bid, back on the internet.
All the room's out and there's a heck of a lot of pot there for £60.
Are we all done? Last call, then, selling at £60.
-AUCTIONEER BANGS GAVEL
We now have a total profit of £32. It could be a winning score.
What I need to tell you more than anything else
is that you've not got to talk to the Blues, OK? All right.
OK, Blue team, Michael and Harry, it's the moment of truth,
as they might say. We've got your radio coming up now.
-You both agreed it was going to give you the biggest profit.
-We got 100% guarantee off the guy we bought it off.
He said, "If you don't make profit, come back."
-There we go.
-Lot number 147 is the 1950s Bush.
Who's going to start me at £50 for it? 40 to go then, surely?
-£40 anyone? 40? 30?
-That box is quite important.
-There's a few...
20's down here. 22 there.
25. 28 bid. 30. 32.
35. 38 bid. 40. 2.
At 55. Last call for the room then, last call for the net.
-Selling at 55.
-AUCTIONEER BANGS GAVEL
-You need a better poker face.
I was cool. I was waiting.
I was, like, "Come on then, let's go, let's go."
A £15 profit, boys. Good start. OK. Straight off with the compass.
Lot number 148 is a military issue brass MK III compass.
Who's going to start me at £50? 50.
40 to go then. 40.
30, if you like then. £30 anybody?
20 to go then. £20, who's first in?
20 in the front row. At 20 bid.
2, surely. 22. 25. 28.
30. 32 now. And another one.
-At £30 bid. £30 all done.
It's down here in the front row then, going at £30.
AUCTIONEER BANGS GAVEL £30. Ooh, where are we?
Um... OK, it sold for £30. You lost £10.
You're now in a plus £5 situation, OK.
-Here comes the clock.
-OK. Here's the clock.
Lot 149 is a late Victorian mahogany and marquetry lancet clock.
Best part of £100, surely? £100, anybody? 100?
-80 to go then, surely? 80? 50?
-No, that's a nice clock!
30? Got to be £30!
£20? 20 at the back of the room.
30 anywhere else now? I'll take 5.
-30. 5. 35 bid. 40.
5 bid. 50. 5. 60.
5. 70. 5. 80.
85. 90. 95. 100.
And 10. 120. 130 now anywhere else?
At 120, last call then. Last look for the room, any more for the net?
-All done. I will sell at £120.
-AUCTIONEER BANGS GAVEL
-You were sweating so bad. Sweating. I was like...
£45 worth of profit, so you are £50 into profit at the moment.
-Are you going to go for the bonus buy?
Here it is.
Lot number 153 is a George V silver cheroot holder case.
Who's going to start me at £30 for it? 30.
-£20, anyone? 20? I'll take 10.
10's there. 12 again now? At 10 bid.
12 again now, do I see? 12 bid.
15 bid. 18 bid. 20 bid?
20 now, do I see? 20 bid.
22 bid. 25 bid. 28.
-And 30. And 2.
-You're riding a winner here, Charlie.
Are we all done? Selling then, on my left here, at £30.
AUCTIONEER BANGS GAVEL
Double your money without any hitch.
You are in a plus £65 situation, fellas. Are you happy with that?
I'm not happy about not getting the golden gavel.
-We've gone for a clean sweep today.
-You can't have everything in life.
Look, Charlie, take them away, give them a cup of coffee.
Put it on my account, all right?
Well, it was all exciting stuff but, there again, I'm easily excited.
But having said that, the good news for both you teams
-is you're both going home with money!
Yes, you are both in profit.
The bad news for one team is the team making the least profit,
coming in at number two, just happens to be...
-..the Reds. ALL:
Well, ladies, you did give it your best
and we can't ask for more than that from you.
The ship's bell, that really let you down.
So, don't spend it all at once, ladies. There is a profit of £32.
-Not to be scoffed at.
But all things being equal, boys,
I feel I'm having an out-of-body experience
telling you that you've won.
I'm not being unkind but you just got it right, didn't you?
-You got it right. But you had...
-We had a bit of help.
this man who is a legend in certain parts of Bicester.
When it comes to profit, you are walking away, gentlemen,
with a very acceptable £65.
So, all things being equal...
Yes, I think they're worth a bit of applause there.
-You've all had fun, yes? ALL:
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