Ardingly Bargain Hunt


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Antiques challenge. The size of Ardingly antiques fair causes problems for one of the teams, and as a result there is a last-minute scramble to find their final item.


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I'm just down the road from Gatwick Airport at the Ardingly Antiques Fair.

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So, hang on to your hats, all aboard, cos let's go bargain hunting!

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At this fair, our teams are never stuck for choice,

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but they gonna have to put their running shoes on

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if they gonna cover all the ground.

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Plenty to look forward to on today's programme...

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including lots of laughs...

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Always good.

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A last-minute scramble...

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..and possibly some bad decisions.

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Today, we have medical students Joseph and Alex

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for the Reds, welcome, and partners Melissa and Samuel for the Blues.

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-Welcome to Bargain Hunt.

-Thank you very much.

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What do you hope to do when qualified?

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I hope to be a doctor in the RAF, that's the route I'm going down.

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I'm with the University of London Air Squadron, learning to fly.

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-That's very nice, isn't it?

-It's fun.

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-You don't have to fly to be a doctor in the army?

-No.

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-But it is nice to do anyway.

-Yeah, and somebody else is paying for it.

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-Exactly. Shh.

-Super.

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Do you enjoy shopping for antiques?

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I do a bit with my grandma.

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I bought a top hat from the early 1900s which was very nice,

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mainly to go with a set of tails that my dad got.

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And also I have a few canes.

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It started from my great-great-grandpa on my grandma's side.

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He gave me - not personally - I got a cane from him with an ivory handle

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and a gold band on that, which is my favourite one.

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They are a good collectible, good fun too.

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Alex, what do hope to do when you've completed your training?

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Originally, I was thinking about doing psychiatry,

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but I think I'm leaning more towards a paediatric sort of route now.

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My parents have fostered so there's always been children around.

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-I get on with children.

-How are you with babies?

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I get on with babies all right, they don't scream at me too much.

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So why not do paediatrics? Quite.

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That's a good enough reason. What do you get up to in your spare time?

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Pretty much all of my spare time is taken up rowing.

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We are training almost every day.

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Three days a week, we're on the water - there's land training in all but one other day.

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Which is heavy weights in the gym and that.

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Some weights, some on the rowing machine.

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So you're gonna get beefier and beefier. You'll need plenty of strength today at Ardingly

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because it's a big old fair to get around.

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Now, for the partners, how did you first meet?

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We met when we were at university.

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I was at Goldsmiths doing drama, Sam was at Chelsea College of Art doing fine art.

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-So you're an actress?

-Yes, well, struggling.

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How is it going?

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Really good. I've just finished a tour of a play in the Midlands,

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and I've just done a couple of adverts and things like that.

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-It isn't easy, is it?

-Not at all, it's very competitive.

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-Are you what they call "resting" at the moment?

-Yes, I think so. I like to think so.

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Not after this programme, you won't, with any luck.

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I hope you have a good time today, because it's a tough profession that you are in.

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Samuel, do you have equally enormous ambitions?

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I'd like to be a portrait painter one day if possible.

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At the moment, I'm teaching literacy and numeracy to support that.

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Are you? You've had to bite the commercial bullet

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that's enabling you to live?

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Yes, if you like, yeah.

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It's always a shame, that, isn't it?

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I think portrait painters, some 20th-century portrait painters, have done enormously well, haven't they?

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They have, yes. There is a thriving modern art market,

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but I'm not in it yet.

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-Just a question of breaking in, isn't it?

-That's right, yeah.

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Do you enjoy shopping for antiques?

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We're both novices, but we enjoy having a look around the markets where we live.

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We live just off Brick Lane, Spitalfields at the moment. We do enjoy it.

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-That is a great part of London, isn't it?

-It is fantastic, very vibrant.

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-You never know what you're gonna find.

-No, it's brilliant.

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It's just like Ardingly today. What fun.

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£300 apiece for our lovely young teams,

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who need to be fit to dash off.

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You know the rules, your experts await,

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and off you go, and very good luck.

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Will the Reds' scientific approach pay off,

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or will the Blues simply be a harder act to follow?

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As usual, our teams get 60 minutes to peruse the stalls and purchase

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their items, which will then be sold on at auction in Chiswick.

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With a bit of luck, both of our teams will make some money,

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but they will need some help, so...

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Searching in every nook and cranny for the Reds is Anita Manning,

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and helping the Blues get the best deal is Catherine Southon.

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Excellent.

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Any aircraft memorabilia?

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I was drawn towards this, because I know you said

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you wanted something decorative, thinking about dressing up a house or flat or something like this.

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It's actually pony skin, you can see on here.

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It is quite nice and early, probably 1830s, 1840s in date.

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-I love this studded pattern around here.

-We really like it, don't we?

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We do really like it.

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Slightly worried about the price for the condition of it.

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Yes, the price is asking 128,

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which is very high, I think.

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It has got wear, but that adds to its appeal, I think?

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Its charm. It's not the sort of item you could restore, is it?

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No. I don't think you would, you'd just leave it.

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-You'd leave it as it is.

-Yeah.

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It's got a crack inside, does that go right through?

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-It does, yeah.

-It does go right through?

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And there's woodworm.

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Not happy with the price, or the woodworm,

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Melissa and Sam continue to browse, while Catherine hangs back

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to have a word about the trunk.

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-These are from the 1930s.

-OK.

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So they are collectible,

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it is useful and lighting always makes reasonable prices.

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-What I like about this one here is that it's a miniature one.

-It's a small size, yeah.

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It's a miniature one.

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-It's not one that sits on top of something like that...

-Yeah.

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..it has been a hanging light.

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You would hook chains which come from these three hooks here.

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I don't know, what would it be for?

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A bijou residence?

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-Or a very small room?

-A very small room, uh-huh.

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Would many people have the fittings to hang and use it?

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Well, all it really needs is a chain.

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Would they lower the price? They are quite rusted.

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No, no, no, no, no.

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-That lets us know that it is an original one.

-Original, yeah.

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And it's very nicely coloured.

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If you look at this lovely green and blue and pink on the inside,

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if you hold that up to the light,

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that is going to glow a beautiful...

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-When the light shines through.

-When the light shines down.

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I think it's a nice wee item.

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Tell me what you think.

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-It's not the colours I'd choose for our house.

-Right, OK.

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But I understand how, with the light shining through,

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it would create more of an atmosphere in the room rather than just a light bulb.

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Uh-huh. What do you think?

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You said it was smaller than a standard one...

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-The standard one is that size.

-Will there be more interest

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-because it's miniature...

-Exactly!

-..or less use for it?

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It could be a combination of the two!

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But I think that it's more interesting because it is miniature.

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It has £30 on the ticket.

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Try and get it down to... if you get it about 20,

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or even below that, we might have a chance here.

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-OK, thank you very much.

-We'll see what we can do.

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Their team work paid off. The boys bought the lampshade for £15.

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Fast work, guys.

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So the Reds have got off to a good start.

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Now, after some tough negotiation from Catherine,

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the Blues can have the trunk for £75.

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Let's see what they make of that.

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-I do really like it.

-Shall we bag it as our first item?

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-Yeah, why not?

-Are you sure? I don't wanna push you into this?

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No, let's do it, let's go for it.

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-You're wavering.

-I'm wavering slightly.

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-Maybe if we could just walk down and come back...

-Sure.

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..because it takes a chunk out of the money, doesn't it?

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-Quite a considerable chunk.

-Mmm.

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-Decision time.

-You want to get it, don't you?

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Clock's ticking.

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-Actually, there's a nice feeling about it, isn't there?

-Yes.

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-Good. You said yes straightaway.

-Sure?

-Yeah, let's get it.

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Agreed, let's go.

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There's nothing like a good confab.

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OK, I have spoken to your governor, your boss -

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she said we can have it for £75.

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-Very cheap.

-Well, let's hope so. Deal?

-Deal.

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-Thank you very much. Thank you.

-Brilliant. Thank you very much.

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Come on, we've still got bargains to find.

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-No, no. Horrible, horrible!

-THEY LAUGH

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I quite like this piece.

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It's a mirror and a matching... matching comb with it.

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I just like the effect of the enamel on the back.

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-I see it being a matching pair. Might bring...

-Yeah.

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I love the combination of silver and enamelled work,

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and I particularly like this very bonnie blue.

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I always like that combination.

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But when you're looking at enamel work,

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-you've got to make sure that it's not chipped.

-OK.

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-Very difficult and very expensive to restore.

-To repair.

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So we've got to... Do we have it in perfect condition?

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The comb looks in good condition.

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-The enamel on this looks pretty perfect as well.

-Excellent.

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A couple of chips on the teeth.

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I don't think we need to worry too much

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about the actual teeth of the comb.

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It's the enamel work. Let me have a look at it.

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There's a hallmark on the side.

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I can just see it's been... it's well rubbed,

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-which means it's been polished and looked after.

-OK.

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-By having two pieces, I think it'll draw interest.

-You've got two pieces together.

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We're really looking for two pieces for the price of one.

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-Always good.

-Yeah, OK. Price, what's the price on it?

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85, it's priced.

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I think it's well worthwhile having a go at it.

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-Thank you.

-Ask the stallholder.

-We'll see if we can get money off.

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Excuse me.

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Can I help?

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We're interested in this collection piece.

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Would you be able to, be willing to take some money off the price?

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Yes, I can do you a discount.

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-Let me have a look at this.

-85, it's at.

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At the very best, last price is 65.

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Can you take another couple of pounds off?

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No, sorry, that's it.

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-What do you think?

-You've been very generous,

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thank you very much, that's wonderful.

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This Red Team don't hang about making decisions, oh, no.

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With two out of their three items already bought,

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over half an hour left on the clock and still £220 to spend,

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I'd say they're doing all right.

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I also think I've done rather well spotting something a little unusual.

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Joseph of Nazareth has nothing on this. Just look at that plane.

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Isn't it fantastic?

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Technically, you'd call this, I suppose, a jack plane.

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It was made, I think, in Holland

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around about 1680 to 1700.

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This is the sort of plane that a shipwright would have used

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when plying his trade, building, literally, warships,

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merchant vessels. And he'd have needed an enormous plane like this

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to run down a long balk of timber

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and shape it into the appropriate shape.

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What's great about it, I think, is this carving.

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If you look at this fellow on the front here, it's a fishy form,

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I think it's trying to be a dolphin, except, of course,

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it's got scales and dolphin don't have scales.

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But that's the sort of form of it

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that gives you the marine element to this plane.

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On the end of it, it's got this completely wacky, flat nose.

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So it's a species that doesn't really exist. It's a mythical sea creature.

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Nothing more appropriate

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for a 17th-century shipwright to have as an emblem

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carved on his enormous plane.

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Down at this end, to give you super, extra power,

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there's an additional handle.

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But above that,

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in typical 17th-century style, is carved a couple of fruit.

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The thing is quite badly wormed, it's made probably of pear wood

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or box wood, which is delicious to woodworm,

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and therefore, they've had a good gnaw at certain parts of it.

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But basically, this thing is in extremely good condition.

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The buyer of this object

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is probably a person who's interested in marine history.

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It's got a historic merit to it as well. I love it to bits.

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I was amazed to find it here at Ardingly,

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priced up at £450.

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Try slicing that.

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The clock never stops ticking on Bargain Hunt.

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So with 20 minutes to go, how are our teams getting on?

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-That's a bit bling-bling, isn't it?

-Awful.

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That's absolutely frightful.

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Anybody needing a nice cup of tea?

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It's pretty cold, I could use one.

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-A helmet, I'm sure.

-Yup.

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-Shall we sort of shimmy around here?

-Yeah.

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There you go.

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We missed that on the way in.

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It's a bit large to miss.

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-This will get us going, boys.

-Yeah.

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You're the guys that know about aircraft

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who have been waiting for this piece all afternoon.

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-You tell me about it.

-Well, it's a propeller, it's wooden.

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Is that right? OK.

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I'm not sure if it's an actual one that has been used before.

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It doesn't... I'm not sure how airworthy that one is.

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How airworthy it is, uh-huh.

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It's a very well-made thing. Look at these strips here.

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I'm not sure that that would have been the airplane clock.

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I think that has been put on at a later date.

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Looks a bit fanciful to be inside the vehicle.

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It's a nice grain as well.

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Different colours there.

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So, possibilities.

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-Does the fact that the clock isn't working effect it?

-No, that won't affect it at all.

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That clock won't affect it.

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The clock has got nothing to do with it.

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Boys, I think this might be the item that we've been looking for for the last hour.

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THEY LAUGH

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Let's find out how much it costs.

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Excuse me.

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We're interested in this propeller.

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These lads are into flying.

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This laddie here wants to join the Air Force.

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So we thought this propeller might help him fly.

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How much is it?

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65 is really...

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65. Is that the best that you can do for us?

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£60, if that will help.

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You're a darling.

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Thank you so much.

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The Reds look as pleased as punch, and so they should be.

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They've bought all their items with 15 minutes to spare.

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The Blues, however, look like they're starting to feel the pressure.

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OK, the panic is setting in now.

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We have 12 minutes left, two items to find.

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I'm not finding anything, I must admit.

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I feel that there's a lot of cheaper items that

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aren't really going to make us any money, or very expensive.

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Do we want to go for the more, sort of, expensive quality items?

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-I think so, yeah.

-Shall we have a change of tactics?

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-Yeah.

-You mentioned something over here.

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-What's this?

-We saw this photo album.

-I like that.

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It's really nice but it's got some damage, though, as well.

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OK, so we've got this nice, diamond, mother of pearl inlay on the top,

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sorry, overlay on the top, and on the other side that's nice.

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There's a few fragments missing around here. It's got a great weight to it, hasn't it?

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-It does, yeah. it's got some interesting photos in it.

-Has it?

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I like that.

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Do you get all the photos?

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Yeah, yeah.

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-Let's have a look. How much are they asking?

-125.

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That's too much.

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Let's see what we can get. Excuse me. Hi.

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Can I just have a word with you about the mother of pearl?

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-You like this, Samuel.

-I do like this, yeah.

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A little bit of damage here.

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More so on here.

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The spine, yes. It's a really heavy book.

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It's nice because it's got original photographs.

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That's what makes it interesting.

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There's some missing as well. Would you be willing to do anything on the price for that?

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I've got 125 on it.

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I'd do it for 100.

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I'm thinking more about £80.

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Yes, that's actually what I paid for it. 90.

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I understand you've got to make a profit as well.

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We understand that. Can we meet halfway and say 85?

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Ouch, this is getting a bit arm up the back time.

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We'll take it off your hands.

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Go on, take it for 85.

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Are you happy with that? You found it, didn't you? Are you happy?

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I hope you do well with it.

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Thank you very much. Right, let's go.

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Well, that was a good deal.

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There's another covered building up there.

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So they've now bought two items and have £140 left.

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But they've only got a few minutes to spend it in.

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Our Blues are feeling the strain.

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Keep a clear head on you or you'll never find that last item.

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It might be time for a strategy.

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Split up. OK, you go that way, I'll go this way and let's get together in a few minutes

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to see what we've found.

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Have you found anything?

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Maybe a watch.

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No, OK. Let's move.

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After much frantic searching, Catherine leads the blues to something she's just spotted.

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Let me just tell you something about it.

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It's actually made by Charles Horner.

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You can see the initials there.

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-Charles Horner. Can you see that?

-Yep.

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There's the hallmark, which I actually couldn't read because it's quite dusty.

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My friend tells me it's...

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-What did you say it was? Sorry.

-Approximately 1908.

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1908. It's quite nice and early. It's not in perfect condition.

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It's Art Nouveau in style.

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There's a slight bit of damage to the enamel there and there.

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In perfect condition, this would probably make about 100 or £150.

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The lady's asking for 85.

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I've had a word and we can get it for about 62.

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Can we get it for 60 so it's a nice round number?

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-You can try.

-We can try.

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-We can have it for 60?

-That'll do nicely.

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-Yes.

-Shall we go for it?

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-I think we'll go for it.

-Are you happy with that? We've spent oodles of cash.

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-We have.

-But hopefully we've bought good pieces.

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-Nice Charles Horner brooch.

-Yes.

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-Yes. Yes?

-Well, I don't know, Catherine.

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It still leaves you with £80 to spend on a bonus buy.

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-HE HONKS HIS HORN

-It's time to stop the clock. There's no time left to shop.

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Let's check out what the Reds bought.

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The boys switched on their charm and bought the small lampshade for £15.

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They took a shine to the silver enamelled mirror and comb set.

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It cost them £65.

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The time certainly was ticking along when they stumbled upon

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the propeller clock. £60 paid.

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OK, chaps. Which is your favourite piece, Joe?

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-My personal favourite piece is the wooden propeller and clock.

-Yes. Lovely. What about you, Alex?

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-I'd say the glass light shade, cos we got it so cheap.

-That's why it's your favourite?

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-Yes.

-And it's your prediction for the greatest profit?

-Yes.

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-What about you, Jim?

-I think the same. We managed to knock it down to half price.

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-OK, great. You spent £140.

-Yes.

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-Which is kind of average. Can I have £160 of leftover lolly?

-There you go, Anita.

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That's very handsome, isn't it?

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These boys were a pair of sweethearts.

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Sometimes I can be a wee bit of a sweetheart myself.

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That's a hint.

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Oh, Lord. I'm not sure I'd better go there, Anita.

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You'd better go off and get your sweetheart, whatever it is,

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while we remind ourselves what the blues bought.

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At £75, the blues are hoping the pony skin trunk

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will race away at the auction.

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Sam found the mother of pearl photo album and after

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a bit of negotiation, settled on a price of £85.

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The Charles Horner silver brooch was bought with

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just a couple of minutes to spare - £60 paid.

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-Mellissa and Samuel. You had fun, didn't you?

-We did, yes. We really had good fun.

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Which is your favourite piece?

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-Mine would have to be the photo album.

-The photo album?

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-Yes.

-I like the photo album as well.

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There are some really nice photos in there. But I think the pony chest is my favourite.

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-Which is going to bring the biggest profit, Melissa?

-Probably the brooch.

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The brooch. Do you agree with that, Simon?

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No, I think the pony chest has got an excellent chance.

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You're well co-ordinated anyway, which is brilliant.

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You spent a great £220, giving £80 of leftover lolly

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to go to Catherine Sullivan for the bonus buy.

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-Thank you, Tim.

-Did you have a good time with them?

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They were great. They're fun and trendy and I want to get them something retro.

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-Really?

-Something they can shout about.

-All right.

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-An interior peace.

-I think there's a bit of hinting going on here.

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-I know just the baby.

-Good for you.

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I'm about to follow in the footsteps of some really famous people. Wanna join me?

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Leeds Castle has had a very colourful history over the last 1,000 years.

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It's withstood sieges, it's seen hangings from its chain drawbridge

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and at various times it's been used as a prison, as a hospital

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and even as a refuge from the plague of London. Wow!

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During that time, the rooms inside the castle had been continuously altered to reflect its changing use.

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Lady Baillie, the castle's last private owner, was a perennial socialite.

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She adapted the rooms to create a luxurious party venue in the 1920s.

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This space is the chapel, but in Lady Baillie's time

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she used it to store her collection of gramophone records.

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She must have had quite a collection and the music

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was piped from here into the adjoining banqueting hall for the benefit of her guests.

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The space has now been reconsecrated as a chapel and I think one of

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the most spectacular works of art in this area

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are these four carved wooden panels.

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Strictly speaking these would have formed the reredos or back panel of an altar piece.

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They were made in Ulm which is in Bavaria, about 60 miles from Munich, and are most unusual.

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The scale of the panels themselves is extraordinary.

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What we got here is pear wood, which is dense, light and relatively easy to carve,

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which is probably a sandwich of three layers, so that you don't get much warpage,

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and then this has been carved alto-relievo.

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Alto-relievo means that the carving is very bold

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and stands out from the background.

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Overall they tell a story. We have the annunciation, we've got the nativity,

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we've got the adoration and we've got the presentation of our Lord.

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But my favourite, I think, is the adoration.

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Don't you just love the expression on all these faces?

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Here we've got the three kings making their presentation.

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Over the back wall is a character, probably a shepherd, looking over

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to see the presentation of the gold, frankincense and myrrh.

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These were created around 1500, which makes them 500-odd years old.

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All in all, the four panels make up an incredibly important work of art.

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The big question today is, will any of our teams' works of art turn out to be incredibly important?

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I doubt it.

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We've come 40 miles-ish north-ish to west London.

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Chiswick Auction Rooms is our venue today, with our auctioneer William Rouse.

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-Glad to have you here, Tim.

-Very nice to be here.

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For the red team, Joseph and Alex, they've gone with this light shade, found by Anita.

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-Do you fancy that at all?

-I think...

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The merit is, it's a bit smaller than usual, so there is something quite interesting about that.

0:27:090:27:15

Plafonnier is the word that we use to describe it.

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Good. Does that make it worth...?

0:27:200:27:22

-Probably not.

-More than £15, hopefully.

0:27:220:27:25

I'm sure it will fetch more than £15.

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I think we probably reckon £25 - £40 or something like that.

0:27:270:27:30

Brilliant. Well, Anita will be delighted about that.

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Next is the enamelled mirror and comb.

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Nicely engine turned and bright blue and in good nick.

0:27:370:27:42

I like that very much.

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The critical thing with enamel is that if it's chipped it's no good because it's so difficult to repair.

0:27:450:27:51

Any lady would find that a useful little thing to have in the handbag, I'm sure.

0:27:510:27:55

Yes, quite. I'm sure, too.

0:27:550:27:57

How sure are you, though?

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What's it worth, do you reckon?

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I think we've put about £50 - £80 on it.

0:28:010:28:04

Very good. £65 paid. What about this aircraft propeller timepiece?

0:28:040:28:10

Well, I can't help thinking it must have come from a very small aircraft, cos it's a tiny propeller.

0:28:100:28:15

So often they are such a lot bigger. But it's got an interesting conversion

0:28:150:28:20

with a quartz concealed movement inside.

0:28:200:28:23

Oh, yes. That's very special, that.

0:28:230:28:27

-Yes. Perhaps a more recent edition.

-Still, there we go. Interesting.

0:28:270:28:30

-What's it worth?

-I think it's definitely worth £50 to or £80.

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OK, £60 paid. So, on prediction, there should be a small profit

0:28:340:28:38

on all three of these items, and they may not need their bonus buy.

0:28:380:28:41

But let's go and have a look at it anyway.

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Now, Alex and Joseph, this is the bonus buy.

0:28:440:28:47

You spent £140, you gave Anita £160.

0:28:470:28:50

-Did she blow the lot?

-No, I didn't.

0:28:500:28:53

-Let's have a look at what I bought.

-It's very nice.

0:28:530:28:57

I wanted to buy something with an RAF connection.

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And this little brooch is called a sweetheart brooch.

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And it was given to RAF servicemen to their wives or girlfriends.

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It's silver, with enamel.

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-And it's a very pretty thing. People collect them.

-How much did you spend on it?

-£20.

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It's just about the right price for it.

0:29:200:29:21

-We might make a couple of pounds profit.

-It looks in good condition.

-It is.

0:29:210:29:26

Alex is giving it the forensic approach.

0:29:260:29:29

-Scientific.

-Yes, scientific. The dissection from our medic is taking place here.

0:29:290:29:34

I don't think it'd sell for so much if I dissected it.

0:29:340:29:37

You don't have to decide right now. You decide later, after the sale of the first three items.

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But for the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Anita's RAF brooch.

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So, William. Does this stir the cockles of your heart? Feel the Dam Busters music ringing in your ears?

0:29:470:29:54

-Does it do it for you?

-I can't say it gets me terribly excited.

0:29:540:29:59

-It does say silver on the back, which implies that it isn't even English.

-It may not have been.

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Made cheaply abroad and then imported for distribution amongst the boys in blue.

0:30:050:30:10

Does it mean it's going to make any money at auction, though?

0:30:100:30:13

Probably not a huge amount. £20, £30.

0:30:130:30:16

Anything over £20 will see us soaring into profit. Thank you, William.

0:30:160:30:20

That's it for the Reds. Now, for the Blues, Melissa and Samuel.

0:30:200:30:25

Their first item is the pony skin covered trunk.

0:30:250:30:29

This is pretty horrid, really.

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One can't help wondering if it looked rather nicer 150 years ago.

0:30:320:30:35

Definitely. Unfortunate about the condition, but there we are.

0:30:350:30:39

What do you think it's worth?

0:30:390:30:41

I think I've put about £50 on it.

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Have you? £75 was paid.

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So that could be a bit of a loss.

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Next up is the mother of pearl encrusted photo album, which is a handsome example.

0:30:480:30:52

I think this is a good thing, actually.

0:30:520:30:56

So often one sees card cases with mother of pearl on, with bits missing. At the very least,

0:30:560:31:00

there's an awful lot of material there for restoration, if you were a restorer.

0:31:000:31:05

-Yeah. Well on that happy note, what do you think it's worth?

-I think we put about £100, £150.

0:31:050:31:10

£80 was paid. What about the Charles Horner enamel brooch?

0:31:100:31:14

It's a very small, discreet little thing.

0:31:140:31:17

-Yeah.

-Quite sweet.

0:31:170:31:19

I mean, it's got the Arts And Crafts look to it, hasn't it?

0:31:190:31:22

And I love that green enamel. I think it's the most exciting colour scheme.

0:31:220:31:27

-And of course, Horner is a good maker.

-It's a sweet thing.

0:31:270:31:30

-£50 - £80?

-£60 paid. Can't argue with that.

-Well, there's plenty of leeway there.

0:31:300:31:36

It's this old pony that's going to let them down. That's the trouble with it.

0:31:360:31:40

-Better go and have a look at their bonus buy, eh?

-Yep.

0:31:400:31:44

Now, Melissa and Sam, you spent £220. You gave £80 to Catherine.

0:31:440:31:49

What did she spend the £80 on? This all looks a bit delicate.

0:31:490:31:52

I'm going to need some assistance.

0:31:520:31:54

I'm going to whip it off. Oh, my God! There it goes. Look at that.

0:31:540:31:58

Don't you think that's fantastic?

0:31:580:32:00

-What is it?

-This is a drinking set.

0:32:000:32:04

It speaks for itself. It's funky.

0:32:040:32:06

Just like you guys. I know you wanted something retro.

0:32:060:32:09

We have got so much for our money here.

0:32:090:32:12

I paid £25 for this. This is going to make us money.

0:32:120:32:16

What do you think it will make then?

0:32:160:32:17

I think they should make about £50.

0:32:170:32:21

-Profit?

-No, Tim!

0:32:210:32:23

Come on.

0:32:230:32:25

Why not, frankly?

0:32:250:32:29

You've got five pieces, all in brilliant condition.

0:32:290:32:32

Stoneware. And it's got a kind of contemporary look to it, hasn't it?

0:32:320:32:36

What do you think, Melissa? Do you like them?

0:32:360:32:38

Yeah, I do. I really like a pattern. I like the blue colour.

0:32:380:32:40

-They're like nice little coffee cups or something.

-Beakers.

-Anyway, there you go.

0:32:400:32:45

£25 is what we've got.

0:32:450:32:46

We've got a prediction of maybe making £25 profit.

0:32:460:32:49

That's what the girl said.

0:32:490:32:52

That's what she said. We watched her lips.

0:32:520:32:56

Hold that thought. Because for viewers at home,

0:32:560:32:58

let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Catherine's drink set.

0:32:580:33:02

Well, there we go. A nice little set, isn't it, William?

0:33:020:33:06

It is. Very stylish. I like this diamond design.

0:33:060:33:09

-And of course, Stoneware, so it's kind of bullet proof.

-That's right.

0:33:090:33:13

But who's going to buy this, do you think?

0:33:130:33:16

Well, it's quite a practical water jug, with four unchipped, perfect tumblers.

0:33:160:33:22

I can tell you like this, William. How much then, do you think?

0:33:220:33:26

£70 - £100?

0:33:260:33:27

Catherine will be over the moon. She paid £25 for it.

0:33:270:33:30

Goodness me. I'm sure we can improve on that.

0:33:300:33:32

She could triple her money on this.

0:33:320:33:34

-Who knows?

-That's if the team go with her bonus buy.

0:33:340:33:38

-We'll find out about that when the auction starts, eh?

-Absolutely.

0:33:380:33:42

-OK, boys, you up for this?

-Yes.

-It's a long wait before you get to the auction.

0:33:580:34:02

-It is a bit, yeah.

-But it's the most exciting part.

0:34:020:34:05

First up is the glass lampshade, and here it comes.

0:34:050:34:09

172a, a small marbled glass satin plafonnier.

0:34:090:34:14

172a. Little one there. Is it worth £10?

0:34:140:34:18

£10, surely, for the plafonnier?

0:34:180:34:20

Anybody want it for a tenner?

0:34:200:34:23

10, I'm bid. A maiden bid of £10. We're in for £10.

0:34:230:34:27

And 12, I'll take from somebody else. At £10 then, is all I'm bid.

0:34:270:34:30

10 pounds? It's going for £10.

0:34:300:34:32

Selling it for £10, nobody else. £10.

0:34:320:34:35

It's not good.

0:34:350:34:37

It's minus £5.

0:34:370:34:40

Next lot up is the nit comb and the mirror. Here it comes.

0:34:400:34:43

Lot 173a. It's a lady's handbag mirror and comb, 173a.

0:34:430:34:50

What's it worth? Start me for £30.

0:34:500:34:52

A pretty thing for £30. £20 then, to go.

0:34:520:34:55

£20 I'm bid, I thought so, at 20.

0:34:550:34:56

And 22 I'll take. Bidding 22? No, bidding there at £20.

0:34:560:34:59

A maiden bid of £20. Anybody else?

0:34:590:35:01

At £20 for the enamel, for £20.

0:35:010:35:05

£20, it's going there for £20. £22.

0:35:050:35:08

£24. £26. £28. £28 down there.

0:35:080:35:13

£28, it's still cheap at £28. I'm selling it then £28.

0:35:130:35:16

Minus £42 overall, you've got the propeller clock to go for.

0:35:160:35:20

All right? That is pretty shocking so far.

0:35:200:35:22

It's not doing well.

0:35:220:35:24

I'm not going to lie. It might buck up. Here we come.

0:35:240:35:28

174a, it's a laminated wood propeller.

0:35:280:35:31

Set for the clock, 174a.

0:35:310:35:34

What's it worth, start me for £30, a bit of fun there for £30.

0:35:340:35:36

£20 to go then. £20 I'm bid everywhere.

0:35:360:35:38

20 there, £22, £24, £26, £28, £30,

0:35:380:35:43

£32, £34, £36, £38, £40, £40 there.

0:35:430:35:49

£45, fresh bidding. £45 there. £50.

0:35:510:35:56

Is that a no? £45 I'm bid then. At £45. At £45.

0:35:560:36:00

Anybody else, at £45? It's going for £45 then.

0:36:000:36:03

£45, minus £15.

0:36:030:36:06

Which means overall you are minus £57.

0:36:060:36:10

-That's not bad.

-Could have done worse.

0:36:100:36:14

Not much! So what are you going to do about the sweetheart brooch?

0:36:140:36:18

-Are you going to go with the bonus buy?

-We might as well.

0:36:180:36:21

On current form, you can't do a lot worse, can you?

0:36:210:36:25

Anyway, you're going to go with the bonus buy.

0:36:250:36:28

-We are.

-You are going with the bonus buy, and here comes Anita's brooch.

0:36:280:36:31

Lot 177a is the little white metal and enamel RAF brooch.

0:36:310:36:36

177a. Is it worth £10?

0:36:360:36:39

A little brooch for £10.

0:36:390:36:42

Surely somebody for £10?

0:36:420:36:43

It must be worth £10. £5 then, surely?

0:36:430:36:47

Oh dear, we are not doing very well. £5 I'm bid. £6, anybody?

0:36:470:36:51

For £5 with the lady.

0:36:510:36:53

I thought you might. £6?

0:36:530:36:56

You want £7, madam? £7?

0:36:560:37:00

£8? No, £8.

0:37:000:37:03

I'm bid in the red here at £8. And £8 it goes.

0:37:030:37:06

For £8 for the brooch, at £8.

0:37:060:37:09

Not many sweethearts here.

0:37:090:37:11

Minus £69, I think.

0:37:150:37:17

-An impressive figure.

-Minus 69?

-Oh, I didn't hear the minus.

0:37:170:37:21

You only spent £160 and you're already minus £69.

0:37:210:37:26

Anyway, let's park this.

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Don't tell the Blues a thing. Keep your chin up, walk tall.

0:37:280:37:31

-Will do.

-Lovely.

0:37:310:37:33

So, Melissa and Samuel. How do you think the Reds got on, do you know?

0:37:380:37:41

-I don't know.

-We've got no idea.

0:37:410:37:44

-Hopefully well, though.

-Well, not too well!

0:37:440:37:48

-That's very sporting.

-You're a lovely bloke. Sweet.

0:37:480:37:54

First lot up is the old pony skin covered trunk, and here it comes.

0:37:540:37:59

Lot 192a is a Georgian pony skin dome top drunk.

0:37:590:38:03

Where shall we start that?

0:38:030:38:05

£20 for it, surely? £20 I'm bid, straight off.

0:38:050:38:08

£20 I'm bid at £20. £22.

0:38:080:38:10

£24. £26, £28, £28, here at £28.

0:38:100:38:16

Anybody else at £28? That's £30 there. £32.

0:38:160:38:19

£34. £36.

0:38:190:38:22

£38. £38, to the lady at £38 then.

0:38:220:38:25

I can sell it for £38. Anybody else want to come in for £38 then?

0:38:250:38:29

£38, old thing, then. Selling for £38.

0:38:290:38:34

-£38, it canters off into the sunset.

-You were right, and I was wrong.

0:38:340:38:38

It got some bidding interest though, didn't it?

0:38:380:38:41

That's £37 down the drain so far.

0:38:410:38:45

Next up is the pearl covered album, and here it comes.

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193a is a Victorian mother of pearl carte de visite album, 193a.

0:38:490:38:56

Let's start me for £50 for it.

0:38:560:38:57

It must be worth £50 for the carte de visite. Surely, for £50?

0:38:570:39:00

40, then to go. £40 I'm bid.

0:39:000:39:02

£45, £50, £55, it's very cheap for £45. £50 I'll take.

0:39:020:39:06

At £45, I can't believe it. At £45.

0:39:060:39:10

All I'm bid for £45.

0:39:100:39:12

Anybody else want to come in for 45?

0:39:120:39:14

£50, just in time there. £50, we're crawling along at £50.

0:39:140:39:18

Anybody else for £50? It's half money at £50.

0:39:180:39:20

It's crawling, isn't it? For £50, I'm going to sell it for £50, then.

0:39:200:39:25

I'm sorry, but that's another minus £35.

0:39:250:39:29

Now, Charles Horner.

0:39:290:39:31

194a is an Art Nouveau silver and enamel oval-shaped brooch, 194a.

0:39:310:39:37

There it is.

0:39:370:39:39

Is it worth £20?

0:39:390:39:40

Surely for the little brooch at 20. 20 I'm bid. I thought so. £22.

0:39:400:39:44

£24. £26.

0:39:440:39:47

£28. £30. £32. £34.

0:39:470:39:50

I can only do two at once, I'll come to you in a second.

0:39:500:39:53

£34. £36.

0:39:530:39:55

£38.

0:39:550:39:56

£38. Would you like 40, madam? £40.

0:39:560:39:59

£45. £50. £55.

0:39:590:40:02

£55, there at £55. £55.

0:40:020:40:06

Anybody else for 55? Then it goes at £55.

0:40:060:40:08

Oh no, £55. That's tight, isn't it?

0:40:080:40:11

Minus £5, which means overall you are minus £77.

0:40:110:40:16

Minus 77.

0:40:180:40:20

After all that prediction of joy.

0:40:200:40:22

I know! It was looking so good.

0:40:220:40:24

It was looking so good.

0:40:240:40:26

Anyway, what are you going to do about the old drinks set.

0:40:260:40:29

-I think we'll take it.

-We've got nothing to lose.

0:40:290:40:32

You could lose another £25. But you're going with the drinks set.

0:40:320:40:36

197a is this Goebels jug with four tumblers. 197a.

0:40:360:40:41

Decorative lot. Must be worth £50.

0:40:410:40:45

Start me for £40 for the lot, please, for £40 for it.

0:40:450:40:48

For the jug - for £40.

0:40:480:40:50

No?

0:40:500:40:52

Surely somebody wants this for £40.

0:40:520:40:54

£30 then to get me going? 30 then, anybody?

0:40:540:40:57

Surely for 30?

0:40:570:40:58

£20, then? Goodness me. £20 I'm bid.

0:40:580:41:02

Dear, oh, dear. £20. Anybody else?

0:41:020:41:05

It's surely worth more than this for £20. It's here to be sold.

0:41:050:41:08

Anybody want it? £20 I'm bid, with a maiden bid of £20.

0:41:080:41:12

-It's going then for £20, it goes for 20 then.

-There we go, £20.

0:41:120:41:15

So overall you are minus £82.

0:41:150:41:20

-It is a tragedy.

-It is.

0:41:200:41:21

Now, minus £82 could be a winning score.

0:41:210:41:24

THEY LAUGH

0:41:240:41:26

So don't tell the Reds a scrap. OK?

0:41:260:41:30

Not a word out of those old lips.

0:41:300:41:32

OK.

0:41:320:41:34

-Been talking? Communicating at all?

-No.

0:41:370:41:40

Absolutely not. Well, I had to tell you that the scale of today's losses are pretty massive.

0:41:400:41:45

This should come as no secret to either of the teams.

0:41:450:41:48

It's simply a question of scale.

0:41:480:41:51

And the one with the serious whopper is, of course, the Blues.

0:41:510:41:55

THEY LAUGH

0:41:550:41:57

-£82. Pretty good, isn't it?

-It's pretty bad.

0:41:570:42:01

I make that minus, minus throughout.

0:42:010:42:03

I don't know what happened in there, but

0:42:030:42:05

they were predicting some profits that just never materialised.

0:42:050:42:09

-They were.

-Bad luck all round.

0:42:090:42:11

-I thought we were gonna be all right.

-I thought so, too.

0:42:110:42:13

Everybody thought you were gonna do all right. It goes to show that you just can't tell.

0:42:130:42:18

You've been a great couple. We've loved having you, all of you on the programme.

0:42:180:42:22

It's been great.

0:42:220:42:24

Before we all burst into tears, let's get really miserable.

0:42:240:42:28

The Reds, who didn't do that much better, they managed to lose £69.

0:42:280:42:32

And every single one of your items is a minus score as well.

0:42:320:42:36

Even though the prediction was there for reasonable profits.

0:42:360:42:41

They again didn't materialise. Sometimes an auction is just like that.

0:42:410:42:46

But I hope you've had a good time, because we've loved having you on the programme.

0:42:460:42:50

-Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?

-ALL: Yes!

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0:43:010:43:05

The sheer size of Ardingly antiques fair causes problems for one of the teams, and as a result there is a last-minute scramble to find their third and final item.

Anita Manning and Catherine Southon are the experts on hand, while presenter Tim Wonnacott takes a trip to Leeds Castle in Maidstone.