Identical twin sisters go up against a psychic and his wife in their search for bargains, aided by experts Mark Stacey and David Harper. Tim Wonnacott visits Belton House.
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The mists are clearing, I can see figures.
Some are in red, some are in blue.
They're in an antiques fair in Nottinghamshire.
What can this mean?
It can only mean one thing.
Let's go Bargain Hunting!
Today on Bargain Hunt, we've got ESP, extra-sensory perception
and psychic powers to help our teams.
By golly, they're going to need it.
We're at Newark in Nottinghamshire for Europe's largest antiques event,
with 4,000 stalls and 84 acres to cover,
my gosh, they're going to need some ESP.
Today, Nottinghamshire, tomorrow, the world!
For just one hectic hour, I'll let the teams loose
with their expert to find three antiques or collectibles.
They then shove off to the auction and go head-to-head
and the team that makes the most profit or the least loss wins.
Oh, yes. One more thing.
Any money left over from that original stash
will be given to their expert to find a bonus buy.
That's it...I think.
All that's left, before we start the game, is to meet the teams.
And here they are. For the Reds,
we've got husband-and-wife team, David and Joan.
And for the Blues, we've got Gina and Gabriella.
David, you have a unique and special gift?
-Yeah, Tim, I'm an intuitive psychic.
That means that I do things like palm readings,
tarot card readings and other psychic phenomena.
Joan, you don't originally come from these shores, do you?
No, I don't. I come from Nebraska, in the very middle of America.
What sort of things will you be looking out for?
Different items of silver, handmade items,
crafty kind of things.
With those ideas and your psychic connections,
you should be absolutely fine.
Now, girls, have you got psychic connections between you two twins?
We have, to a degree, because we do say the same things sometimes at the same time, and we've sent
identical birthday cards to each other and they've swapped in the post.
Really? The same cards?
Have you got any collections?
I collect modern pieces,
particularly, from friends who are artists and sculptors.
-And you've got lots of arty friends?
-I've got arty friends, yes.
Gina, what sort of things do you get up to in your spare time?
I've written a novel, which is completed.
What's it about?
A marvellous lady from the Edwardian era.
I've also written a screenplay with my dear twin here.
So you write together?
-Oh, yes. That's when we're very telepathic.
-I think these girls are going to do terribly well today.
The qualifications that the teams have are quite extraordinary.
It's the money moment. £300 apiece.
You know the rules, your experts await,
and very, very, very good luck.
I think the experts are going to need all the help that they can get.
So, let's meet the team
Looking into the future with the Reds is David Harper.
And forging a connection with the Blues is Mark Stacey.
A nurses belt buckle, with those lovely angels of mercy on the front.
There's the anchor, so it was made in Birmingham.
Probably... late 1890s, early 1900s.
I think people WILL buy that.
-Jim, how much could you do us on that buckle?
-Can you make it 30?
-Meet us halfway at 40?
-Go on, then you've got a sale?
-Let's agree 45...
-Go on, 45.
The Reds have made their first deal. Good job, guys.
But it looks like there's a psychic connection going on
between the two teams, as the Blues find something similar.
What about this, girls?
it's hallmarked here with a full set of marks
and each corresponding piece has a little date mark,
It's a belt.
There's the clasp open and you just simply close it there.
-Now, how much?
That's a lot.
It's quite a lot, but I think...
-Why don't we try?
-Well, if you like it...
I love it, I think it's beautiful.
Well, why don't you two glamorous twin sisters,
why don't you smile sweetly at the dealer
and get it as reasonably as you can?
I think he's just over there.
That's it, leave it to the girls, Mark.
They're much prettier than you.
We're very taken with this,
-but we do note...
-That it's £165.
My normal trade on that price is 130.
-You wouldn't take 120?
I don't know, you see...
I'd take 125.
-Let's go for it!
-That will give me a very small profit.
-I don't think so.
-Do you think not?
-I think 120.
-Yeah, all right, 120.
-Our last offer.
So, Gina and Gabriella doubled up on the charm
and closed the deal on their first item.
Now, what else have they got their eye on?
These are called okimono and it just means a little ivory carving.
What do you think about ivory?
As long as it's over 100 years old, I don't mind.
It has to be before 1947 to legally sell it.
I mean, this piece is going to be about 1890, 1900.
You see how delicate the hand is?
-What's she carrying?
-It's a little parasol.
-Let's have a look at the back.
-In the other hand...
She's carrying a little urn.
I think if we were putting this into auction,
we'd be looking at 80 to £120.
It's marked up at 175, so we'd need to get that down a bit.
What's your best price?
What do you think? You tell me.
If I was actually being honest, I'd probably put,
the auctioneers' cliche, I'd say that it was 80 to £120.
OK, well, you can take that away for 70 quid.
I think it's perfect for you.
-Sold! Sold, yes.
-Thank you very much.
The Blues bagged themselves a bargain.
They're going great guns with £110 left for their final item.
You carry on with David...
With 30 minutes gone, the Reds have only bought one item.
What is that? A little children's tea set?
I think they're early 20th century, 1925, 1930.
-I think it's gorgeous.
-I like that.
-I like the sound
that you both like it. I like it.
Whether it's going to make any profit, who knows?
It's got to be a good omen with my name on it.
Let's see how much we can get it for.
The omens were good. They picked up the child's tea set for £60.
Now, after going with the Japanese ivory,
the Blues have spotted something more African-ish.
I think he's lovely.
Look at the uniformity of the patterning.
You see, we've got that crisp moulding again.
And look at the mane. It all screams mid-19th century, 1860 or so.
I love the face, I have to say.
I think he's quite handsome.
If I was putting it into auction,
I love these things, so I'm a little bit biased,
but I'd probably put it in at 70 to 90.
-Shall we try?
Could you do anything on the price for us if we were interested in buying it?
Would you do it for 80?
Split it, make it £82.50.
Tim's going to love the 50p!
-He is, isn't he?
-I think you've fallen in love with it, haven't you?
-Beautiful, I love it.
-So, let's go for it.
You need to pay the charming lady, don't you?
£82.50. £90, thank you very much.
I haven't got the 50, you'll win by 50p!
We've gained an extra 50p! Thank you very much.
It might not seem like much but 50p could make all the difference in this game.
So that's three out of three for the Blues.
Elsewhere, the Reds are finding it too hard to make a decision.
-That's very nice.
-What is it?
-It's WMF. A really high quality art nouveau German maker.
1890, maybe 1900.
What sort of price is this?
£70. Do you want it?
I do but, you know, I've got no money. That's my problem.
-I know it's your problem.
-What's the very best?
I can give you another 10 off. 60 quid.
You couldn't do it for 40, could you?
No, I can't. No chance.
How about meet us halfway? Make it 50.
I keep it for me.
-How about keep it for me at 50?
-Over to you.
I think if you can get it for 55,
that seems fair and hopefully we'll be able to make some money on it.
-OK, £55. Good man. Thank you.
OK, guys, we are done.
Just in the nick of time, though.
That's the hour over.
The Reds can join the Blues for a rest
while we recap on what they've bought.
Buckle up because we might be in for a bumpy ride
with the £45 silver nurse's buckle.
Will the love be shared at the auction
with the £60 child's tea set? We will find out very soon.
The Reds only got their final item by the skin of their teeth,
playing £55 for the art nouveau tray.
Now, that psychic ability came in handy with the tea set.
But not buying the last item to the last minute, that was a bit risky.
Did you have a good time though?
Which is your favourite piece, Joanie?
I have to say the child's tea set.
Child's tea set. Same for you, David?
No, I like the nurse's belt buckle.
Nurse's belt. Which will bring the biggest profit?
-The tea set.
-You're determined about that.
And I am determined with my belt buckle.
Oh, Lordy, so that's that organised.
You spent 160, not too bad.
Please may I have £140 of leftover lolly to go to David Harper to buy that bonus buy.
-The bonus buy.
-Have you got anything in mind?
A couple of things I saw on our travels.
I'll go back and see if they're still there.
Good luck with that. Let's remind ourselves what the Reds are against,
here's what the Blues bought.
Gina and Gabriella paired up to buy the Edwardian belt for £120.
With £70 spent on the antique ivory girl,
money well spent, let's hope so.
The twins didn't get a pair of antiques
but they did get the Staffordshire zebra for £82.
Now, you naughty girls.
You are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable which is lovely.
-Which is your favourite piece, sweet pea?
-Definitely the ivory. Beautiful.
-The ivory is your favourite. Sister?
-The silver belt.
Which piece is going to bring the biggest profit?
-You agree with that, Sis?
-Yes, I'll agree with it.
You spent £272 which is quite magnificent, girls.
I want £28 of leftover lolly.
There's the £28, lovely green gloves.
Here we go. £28. That's not much, is it?
It's not much, Tim, and I have got to get a pair.
A matching pair. Well, we have all been looking for a matching pair.
Good luck, that is all I can say.
-Thank you, Tim.
-Have a lovely time.
Well, it's great to be at Grantham
at Golding Young's saleroom with Colin Young, the proprietor.
-Morning, Tim, how are you?
-Very fit. How are you?
-I'm very well.
-Lovely to be here. Thank you for having us.
First up is our little nurse's belt buckle.
Well, we sell plenty of them, a fairly stable market for them.
They usually make £20 to £40.
Not a lot more you can say about it.
£45 they paid. What about the child's tea set?
Yep, always very popular.
We get quite a few of them through the sale and again, good stable market. £20 to £40.
£60 is what they paid.
What about this little tray?
Yep, a very nice little tray.
A good art nouveau piece.
It's not marked and for that reason we've put an estimate of £30 to £50.
-£55 they paid. It's decorative, it is of that period.
I don't see it as £55 worth, I have to say.
They're going to need that bonus buy, definitely, and here it comes.
I spent it on a bit of glamour, one each.
Silver, hallmarked candlesticks.
-Silver or silver plate?
Hallmarked Sheffield 1908.
Very good quality when made,
a bit knocked about in places, but they've got a really good look.
-What have you spent on them?
-How much do you think?
Very good, 70.
-What do you guess they're going to bring?
-Should do 100 quid.
That's the point.
You pick these or not, after the sale of your first three items,
but for the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about David's candlesticks.
Nice annulated rings around them. Plain form.
-I'd put an estimate of £60 to £80.
-Candlesticks always sell well.
-Harper will be delighted.
He paid £70 only.
He may get a small profit on that.
That's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues.
First up is their Edwardian silver art nouveau belt.
That's a good thing.
It is very nice. Style-wise, the face that's on all the individual button
links to it and it's just exquisite.
We've put an estimate of 60 to 90.
-Is that not good?
-120 they paid, these girls.
What about the little ivory okimono?
-Yeah, it is.
It's late Meiji period because of the darkened eyes.
Condition is pretty good on it as well.
We've placed an estimate of £60 to £90.
I can't believe have cheap these things are.
£70 they paid, so you estimate is in the middle of that.
Lastly, we've got this rather equine-looking zebra.
Yeah, he does look like he's a horse mould that has had a few stripes put on him.
Seriously, something like that certainly should realise 40 to £60 at auction.
Gina paid £82 for this.
That's probably pushing it a little bit.
They're going to need their bonus buy, let's go and have a look at it.
I'll hand them over.
I thought I was with a quality pair.
I bought something quite up market.
-These are to go on your wine bottle to stop them dripping.
They've got little velvet linings so it soaks up the drips.
They're quite modern, but are silver. They cost me the full £28.
They're nice to put on your bottle to show your breeding.
Girls, you don't decide right now, you decide later.
For the audience at home,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks of Mark's little drips.
Just wondering if it's actually a napkin ring with a bit of felt in it.
That wouldn't be a bad idea, would it?
Napkin rings sell quite well.
Going to re-catalogue them as napkin rings?
I just might.
If I'm struggling, I'll decide what they're going to be called when
-I'm selling them, if they aren't going well.
-What's your estimate?
-Estimate, 20 to 30.
-£28, Mr Stacey paid for these.
Good luck to you on the rostrum.
-Thank you, I'm going to need it.
Any nervous anticipation about any of your lots in particular
or are you just gung-ho about the lot?
No, we're going to do well.
So, the first lot up is the nurse's belt and here it comes.
170 is A Victorian, cast silver nurse's buckle.
Rococo scrolling form,
each clasp embossed with the five angels pattern.
Who's going to start me at £20? At £20 bid. At 25, do I see 25?
30, 35, 40, 45, 50, at 50 bid.
At £50 in the far corner.
Any more now? I'll take two as a last call if anybody wants to join in.
They do. 52.
55, 52. Third row has it. We're done, we're finished, we're going.
Third row at £52.
That's plus £7 and entirely unpredicted.
A 1950s Art Deco nursery tea set this time. Who's going to start me at £50?
30 will do. 20 if we must.
10 to go, surely. 10 bid, 12 anyone else?
An ideal purchase for you, madam with the child.
12 bid, 15,
18, I have to cultivate this bidder.
20 now, 22, keep going, 25, 28, no?
At 25. The last
call for the nursery set going at £25.
At 28 bid.
It's a child's bid at 28,
30 if you wish, sir.
Don't worry, I take anything as a bid when I'm desperate.
At 28 bid, 30.
It's the young child's bid over there at £28.
-That was good fun.
But it's minus £32. Back to reality.
Lot 172 is an art nouveau embossed pewter plaque this time.
Who's going to start me at £50?
30 to go, 20.
20, at 20 bid.
22, 25, 28, 30, 32.
35, at 35 bid.
38 bid, 40, 42, 45,
48, 50 and five, 60, 65, 70,
75 on the book. 80 anywhere else?
80 or not, last call, then going...
80 on the internet.
85 commission bid.
90 bid on the net. At 90.
Any more now? At 90.
Five anywhere else? Going at £90!
£90. That is brilliant, isn't it?
You are £35 up on that item.
You were minus £25 before, which means overall you are plus £10.
-What a roller-coaster!
The Sheffield-plated candlesticks. What you going to do with them?
-We're going to go for it.
They're going to go with the bonus buy, and here come the candlesticks.
Lot 176, a pair of Edwardian silver candlesticks.
Who's going to start me at £50 for them? 50? 30 to go, then, surely?
£30? Who's first in at 30? 20?
20 bid. Five? 30? Five? And 40?
35 bid. 38 if you like.
38 bid. 40? 40 bid. 42? 45?
48 bid. 50? And five? 60? And five.
65. 70? Five?
Bid 80. And five?
90? No? 85 bid.
Any more now. At £85. Any more bids?
Last call. Going at £85!
90 on the internet!
And two, if you like? At £90.
It's on the internet at 90.
Net bid has it, then. 92 do I see from the floor?
Selling at £90!
-Plus 20. That's brilliant.
Overall, you are plus £30.
That is a really good result.
Seriously good result.
-We're very pleased.
-Don't tell the Blues a thing.
-Mum's the word.
Gina and Gabriella! Two girls ready to go on the trot.
-Is that right?
-I'm not sure really?
-Are you excited?
I can tell you are. A couple of fillies raring to go.
-First up, your belt.
-Lot 195 is an Edwardian art nouveau silver belt.
Who's going to start me at £100?
100? 80 to go, then? 50? £50.
Let's get on. £50? 30, then?
40? Five? 50? Five? 60? Five? 70?
Five? 80? Five?
100? 10? 120? 110 bid. Any more?
I've got 115 on the book. So 120?
120. Five anywhere else? On 120.
-Third row has it, then. We're selling at £120.
-Wiped its nose.
Wiped its face, actually!
Wiped its nose!
196 is a Japanese carved ivory okimono figure
of a young female wearing kimono, holding a parasol and a vase.
We're going to start at bottom estimate of £60.
At 60. Five anywhere else? £60 bid. Five do you have for me now?
65. 70 with me. 75 now? 75 bid. 80?
-95? Go on, have another one! 95?
Thank you. 95.
100? And ten, do I see? At 100 bid.
Ten, surely? At £100 bid. Five if it helps.
No? Doesn't help this time.
All done and finished and going, then, at £100.
Plus £30, girls.
That's several euros.
Lot 197 is a Victorian Staffordshire flat-back figure depicting a zebra.
Who's going to start me at £50? 50? 30 to go, then surely? £30?
£30? At 30 bid. Five anywhere else?
At 30 bid, five? 40? Five? 50?
50 do I see? 55? 50 bid. Five? 55.
60? At 60 bid. Five? 65? 70? Five?
80. And five? 85 now?
No? 82 do I see?
At 80 bid. Two anywhere else? The bid is with me at £80.
I will take two as a last shot...
Commission bid has it. We're selling at £80.
Look at that, girls!
£80. Look at Gina's face!
Pure pleasure. So you're just minus £2 on that, but overall you're plus £28.
That is so brilliant, isn't it?
-Is that brilliant or is that brilliant?
It's absolutely...I'm so delighted!
And your gee-gee... I'm sorry, your zebra - it did the business.
I actually am astounded.
No more astounded than me, I promise you.
-I'm not astounded by the ivory.
-You loved that, don't you?
-I loved that.
What are you going to do about the drips?
-We're not going to go with the bonus buy. Bad luck.
Let's see what happens anyway with the drips.
Lot 201, next.
A pair of modern, silver,
wine bottle neck drips.
Who is going to start me at £20? 20?
Ten to go, then, surely? £10? Fine-looking items. £10?
He's got 10, so that's even better.
12? 12 bid. 15 bid.
15 on the internet surely? 15.
No? At 12 bid down here.
15 bid. 18 bid. 20 now?
20 if you like. Have another one!
Yes! 20 bid. 22? 25 now? 25?
25, surely? I've got 22 down here, then.
-Five anywhere else?
-Such a good auctioneer!
First call, then. Selling at £22.
Good call, girls. That would have been minus £6.
And he is such a good auctioneer.
He just teases it out.
They did more than I thought they would.
Wonderful quick silver tongue!
That's what he does - boom, boom, boom! The thing is, you are £28 up.
You've ring-fenced your profits.
Don't tell the Reds a thing.
-We'll reveal all in a moment.
-Mum's the word.
I do love it when there's hardly a sheet of Bronco between the teams.
Such fun, isn't it, when they're that close.
You teams have not been talking to one another, have you?
You have no idea? I can reveal that you both made profits!
-That, in its own right is an amazing achievement.
There's just a marginal difference between you.
-I'm sorry to have to tell you that the team with marginally less profits today are the Blues.
I got you there!
I got you there, girls.
You made a profit of £28, which is really good, actually.
Happy about that, girls? Absolutely.
£28. There we go. Look at that.
Taking that so beautifully.
-Lovely. You happy?
You have been stupendous company.
I shall be sorry to say goodbye to you.
But the victors today are the Reds, who managed to achieve £30 profit.
£2 between you.
-There is no shame in that.
£30 it is.
Here's your 30 smackers. There you go, David.
£30 versus £28 - no shame in that.
-We've had a wonderful programme. Join us soon for some more Bargain Hunting. Yes?
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Presenter Tim Wonnacott visits Belton House in Lincolnshire and discovers an ingenious way of protecting the stately pile's treasures. Identical twin sisters go up against a psychic and his wife in their search for bargains. They are advised and guided by experts Mark Stacey and David Harper, but will their items make any profit when they are sold at auction?