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Alexandra Palace plays host to the teams which include a Wizard of Oz fanatic and a collector of musical equipment. Tim Wonnacott visits the Victoria and Albert Museum.


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Ah, there you are. It's time to get up and go bargain hunting.

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Alexandra Palace here in leafy north London is over 100 years old.

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It survived two World Wars and a couple of fires but like the phoenix

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rising from the ashes, it's still a major entertainment centre today.

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And that's good news for us

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because the main exhibition hall is full to the brim

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with the hottest antiques and collectables money can buy.

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Here are the numbers.

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Each team gets £300... an hour to shop...

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with two experts... to hopefully find three objects to sell on

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at auction and make a profit.

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Let's hope they don't get their fingers burnt!

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For the Reds today we've got Daniel and Lewis

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and Blues are Piers and Philip.

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Welcome to Bargain Hunt.

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Now Daniel, you're good friends with Lewis but it's a bit more

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than just a good friendship, isn't it?

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Yes. We've been married for three years.

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-Have you? Congratulations.

-Thank you very much.

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Now I can tell from your voice you don't come from round here.

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-Where do you come from?

-From America, from Boston.

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Were you married in America?

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-In America, yeah.

-Oh, brilliant!

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And, Lewis, you particularly wanted to be a Red Team player today?

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Yeah, definitely. Red is my favourite colour.

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Now you're an extremely tall man but if we look down,

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we can see that there is another reason why you're fond of red?

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The Wizard of Oz is one of my favourite movies.

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After I came out of the closet, I decided to do a drag queen show

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based on Dorothy and that's where the red shoes come from.

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-Wizard of Oz?

-Wizard of Oz...

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-And they are therefore Dorothy's shoes?

-Yeah, definitely.

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And what do you collect, Lewis?

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I used to collect coins but actually after the European Union,

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everything got a bit boring because every country had the same coins.

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-Yes, this wretched Euro.

-Yeah. I decided to give to my cousin.

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-The whole collection?

-The whole collection!

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That is a big mistake, Lewis.

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-Maybe.

-You shouldn't give anything away.

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We don't want anything given away today!

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-No problem.

-Good luck, you chaps.

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-Thanks.

-Now, the best of friends, Piers and Philip.

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Piers, you're really into your music, aren't you?

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Yes, that's right. I'm a music promoter and I've always been

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in bands and stuff throughout my life.

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And what about all the clobber that goes with it?

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Keen on the equipment?

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I've got rather too much of that as well, it has to be said.

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I've got a sort of massive clutter of guitars and effects

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and in particular bulky reel-to-reel recorders

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which I've got too many of.

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Well, I wouldn't know what a reel-to-reel was

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if it hit me sideways, if I'm being perfectly frank.

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It's kind of obsolete recording equipment.

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-Fine. Old electric junk, really?

-Yes.

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Lovely. OK, got that clear.

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But you like to watch Bargain Hunt, don't you?

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Yeah, well being a music promoter obviously it's late to bed

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and late to rise.

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So you get up about noon?

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Well, I like to think I get up a bit earlier than that,

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but you know, by the time I've had a cuppa and a bit of breakfast,

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Bargain Hunt might be creeping on!

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Half the student population, the first thing they watch

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when they get up is Bargain Hunt!

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It's a great way to start the day!

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But you've been mates for a long time, haven't you?

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Yes, it's been over 20 years now that we've known each other.

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Some people get less for murder!

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Now you're supposed to have the Midas Touch, is that correct?

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Sometimes, yes, yes, I've always been lucky in life and, yeah,

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usually I do.

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But the Midas Touch has left you occasionally, hasn't it?

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It has. One time I did put a guitar into an auction and the bidding

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wasn't going particularly well so I thought I would nudge it along a bit

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and ended up buying my own guitar.

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-Did you?

-A costly little mistake!

-Rather a naughty thing to do!

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What sort of things do you collect?

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Well, I worked as a print designer for a while

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and I work with Disney, so I've got a collection of Mickey Mouse annuals

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from the 40s and 50s.

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Basically graphic-related material?

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Graphic-related material, with a bit of age to it.

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Well, you never know what you'll find

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in a lovely fair like we have today.

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Now, the money moment - £300 apiece, there you go. Your experts await.

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Normally I would send you running off, but today we're going to do

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something rather different.

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Take it away, Dorothy!

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There is no place like Bargain Hunt, there is no place like Bargain Hunt,

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there is no place like Bargain Hunt!

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Wizard!

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# We're off to see the Wizard The wonderful Wizard of Oz

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# We hear he is a whiz of a wiz If ever a wiz there was

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# If ever, oh ever, a wiz there was The Wizard of Oz is one because

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# Because, because Because, because

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# Because... #

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Right, archive films over, lads.

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Will the Blue Team's Midas Touch turn everything to gold

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or will the Reds shine on?

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Your hour starts...now.

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-So what are you particularly looking at?

-I don't know.

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I'd like to find a bit of silver...

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-something with a bit of natural value in it.

-OK, OK.

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-To be on the safe side.

-Right.

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That's great. It's a dog collar.

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-Dog collar?

-Yeah.

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135!

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-You wanted silver?

-Yes.

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That's £195.

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You see I love these.

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-£35!

-Yes, but you've got to like it, not me!

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Let's find something you guys like.

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Right, let's get onto the stall over here.

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What do you think about this?

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-Quite different, isn't it?

-That's interesting.

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Guinness!

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-No it's actually...

-Polish!

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No, no, less of that and a bit more of that, I think!

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-All right, that's great!

-Why do you like that?

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-I like Guinness!

-You like Guinness! Yeah, yeah, yeah.

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It's an advertising clothes brush and I think it's just great!

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It's absolutely wicked and I actually think...

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I'm going to whisper cos I don't want them to hear...

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-it's quite cheap!

-Yeah, £12!

-It's actually quite cheap.

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What about asking them whether they think of going...

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I can see that making between £15 and £30.

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-Really?

-Which in Bargain Hunt terms is like the best result of all time!

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Exactly, exactly.

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-So are you going to ask him how much...

-Definitely.

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-I'm going for.

-A bit cheap, I think.

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All right. He said it's £12.

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How much can we buy this?

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-How much do I have on it? 12?

-Yeah.

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I could do it for 8 for you.

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-£8.

-8?

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-6?

-Oh, no, give him the money!

-All right, all right!

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-Give him the money!

-OK, definitely, definitely I will go for it!

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-All right. £8, that's fine.

-OK.

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He's from Brazil! He's from Brazil, yeah!

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I get that cheaper!

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That's the first item for the Reds.

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It's cheap and cheerful

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but they should have a brush with a profit at auction.

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Let's see what's caught David's eye for the Blue Team.

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-Here we are.

-OK, let's have a look.

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-What do you think?

-There is something about it, there is, yeah.

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-It's quite appealing.

-From the graphic art point of view,

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-it's quite good.

-It's stylish...

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What I like about this, it's still functional.

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It's a desk tidy.

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Could have been made for a child,

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so they could put their crayons there or their pens there

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and maybe it's the brother or the father had a small business

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and they've actually done this inlay here which is beautifully done

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and rather nice for a child, the sort of cockerel for getting up

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in the morning and the owl for going to bed, it's a nice combination.

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-I think this is good. I like this immensely.

-It is, very good.

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Hello. How are you?

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What's the price on that, darling?

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-How about 90?

-Is there any chance you might just

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take it down a bit, as that's a big chunk of our money?

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-Yes, I know.

-I'd like to see it round about 60.

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How about 75?

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-Split the difference at 70?

-OK.

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-He's good!

-Now what do you think?

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-Well, it's useful.

-I think it's useful.

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-Look, it's quirky!

-How much could you see it making, though?

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I think it could make close on a hundred - I hope so.

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-Let's go for it!

-What do you think?

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I dunno. I'd quite like to have a little look round but it might go.

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-I think it's good.

-Yeah?

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-Well, I'm nothing if not a democrat, so let's go with it.

-Two to one.

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-Let's do the deal.

-Where has she gone?

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-At £50, that's very good!

-THEY LAUGH

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Ooh, David, you cheeky boy!

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The first item down for the Blues - not bad for ten minutes' work!

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-Do you know what it's for?

-Flowers.

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-Ah, really?

-Spittoon.

-I like it.

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-How much is it?

-It's lovely, isn't it?

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-It's a spittoon!

-How much is this?

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-How much is it, sir?

-I think my very, very best is 380.

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Out of our price-range, but it's lovely.

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-Isn't that a great thing!

-Yeah.

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Now guys, our time is rocking on so we've got to wander on.

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How are you getting on?

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-Quite well, not bad so far.

-We've bought our first thing.

-You haven't!

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-We have indeed!

-Listen, you've done a quarter of an hour, right,

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so you've got three quarters of an hour to go.

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Well, these guys are into arts and crafts.

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That's great, isn't it?

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Yes, they're very crafty and very arty!

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-THEY LAUGH

-Oh, very good!

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See you, Dave.

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Instant profit!

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-It doesn't work!

-Here today, gone tomorrow, eh, Phil?

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I think we're quite happy to spend most of the money.

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Well, we want to leave him some, don't we?

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Yeah, leave him some!

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A couple of quid!

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Do you think you've got the Midas Touch?

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Have you got a fancy pair of shoes you want to show off on telly?

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If you have, then contact us at...

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Got it?

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I love globes, chaps.

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-Yeah, this one.

-Yeah?

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Interesting.

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Does it light up, or something?

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I've no idea...

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-It's a radio, isn't it!

-It's a radio, yeah.

-Is it working?

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-Interesting.

-Let's just see if we can see what's on, shall we?

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Apparently we get all sorts of letters...

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I can't stand that old-fashioned stuff, can you?

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-It's awful! We'll switch that off!

-Disgusting!

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Don't know who that was.

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I don't know who that was at all. Let's have a look...

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How old do you think it is?

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I was just going to have a look.

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Transistor Six Fleetwood.

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I think it's definitely... It's gotta be early '60s, hasn't it?

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-OK.

-Something like that, '60s or '70s?

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-Yeah.

-I think it's really good and it works... We've proved that.

-Aha.

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We've got Radio Wonnacott on it.

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What do you think? What's the price on it?

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The price is £60.

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Ooh, £60.

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-A big ooooh! But it's a cool thing, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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What do you think it would grab at auction?

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-I think at auction that is £30 to £50 worth.

-Really? OK.

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So you need to have a word with the dealer and see if he'll help you.

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-I think it's a bit of fun.

-Yeah.

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It is quite nice, yeah. Something different.

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-Do you want to buy it?

-Yeah, let's go for it.

-Yeah.

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It is different.

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-We need to get that price down.

-OK.

-Definitely.

-I'll go over this time.

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I'll leave it to Daniel.

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-I'll see what I can do.

-I can sense blood! I'm going to leave you alone!

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-Thanks.

-Let's go, Dan.

-Let's go and see.

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At £45 for the globe radio,

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those boys sure seem tuned in to a bargain.

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Over to the Blues, now, and it's all about good wood.

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It's like a Black Forest detail.

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-Yeah, it looks German to me.

-It is.

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-£75.

-That's not bad. That's quite nice, actually.

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I like the bear. The bear is good.

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There's an old drinking buddy!

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Yes. Again it's wood, though.

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I mean we keep looking at wood.

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Phil knows what he doesn't want, but with half an hour gone,

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is there time for him to find out what he's actually looking for?

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Are these robots?

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Yeah, they've got that look.

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-It's the last thing, I must confess, I would have picked up.

-Right.

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It's wonderful when you open it up, isn't it?

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You see all the sort of interior.

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-Yeah.

-I like the look.

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Well, it's very emblematic of the sort of 1950s, 1960s, isn't it?

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-It is, yeah, and...

-All those movies like Forbidden Planet

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and The Thing From Outer Space, yeah.

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Sci-fi, it's evil-looking, it's great!

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-It's all part and parcel, isn't it?

-It's a little bit 'Metropolis'.

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Like the Fritz Lang type thing.

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It's nicely aged. I find it quite an incredible piece.

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Yeah, I like that...it's got style.

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I think we should go for it, but we've got to get it for a good price.

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-OK, what's the asking price?

-95.

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-£95? OK.

-Yes.

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They do appear in price guides...

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I've seen them...

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but it's not in my interests.

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-Right.

-So I can't really advise you.

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If you've got experience and you know what to negotiate,

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go ahead and buy it.

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It has got that look but I think we need to get it down quite a bit.

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Yeah. Let's put it down and go away and think about it.

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-We'll have a think...

-OK.

-And see if...

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I'm quite sold on it, but...

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I like it, I like it, too.

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-It's got that good look.

-I would say your first gut reactions...

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if you're interested, go for it.

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-Guys, we're going to have to go at a bit of a pace.

-OK.

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With the Blues dithering, the Reds struggling to find anything

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and only 20 minutes left, it's time to make some decisions, lads.

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I like the look, l like it, but we need to get it right down.

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Right, what do we want to pay for it, then? It's on for 95.

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I think if we could get it for about 65. Do you think you can do that?

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-I'll have a go.

-Well, come on, let's go.

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After all that umming and aahing, the Blues manage to knock a whopping

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£30 off the robot, but time is ticking on.

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Both teams have 15 minutes left.

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Have you got anything in mind for your third buy,

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because you're going to have to get on?

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We're still looking, we've still got a little more to go.

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-Yeah...

-Only a quarter of an hour.

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-We're on the case.

-Yeah, yeah.

-These boys are cool.

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-Only a quarter of an hour!

-OK.

-Stop worrying me!

-I'm not!

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-You are!

-It's only a quarter of an hour.

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-Sorry, we'll get there.

-Do you feel the pressure?

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-I do a bit, yeah.

-I really do now.

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-It's terrible.

-It is.

-An hour is not long enough.

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-And Philip drags us everywhere!

-He drags you everywhere!

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-Philip drags you everywhere!

-Everywhere!

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He certainly does! You never know what he's going to drag out next!

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I quite like these boats,

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because having a narrow boat myself, I...

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That's not a narrow boat, is it?

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-No, no...

-With aspirations for a yacht!

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What, an ocean-going yacht?

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So, Phil, when you've got your yacht,

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would you have these in the state room?

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Quite possibly!

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I think they could make £50.

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What do you think? It's up to you?

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If we were to buy both of these boats, what's your best price?

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The very best would be...

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£54, which would be 10%, yeah?

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-54.

-OK. Well, let's have a think, maybe pop back.

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OK, that's good.

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-We'll have a discussion. Thank you.

-OK.

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The boat sailed away from the Blue Team, so they still have

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to find their final item,

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but with only five minutes, has the pressure finally got to Phil?

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This looks like it's... quite different.

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-I think it's a cool bit of furniture.

-Yeah, yeah.

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Do you sit on it?

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It's a little telephone table, but this is a real gamble, all right?

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Yeah.

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This is some sort of a gamble because...

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I mean, the upholstery is still all right.

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Well, it's probably been replaced.

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OK.

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What it's missing here, it should have, I would think...

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-Yeah, rubber stoppers there.

-Yeah, rubber pads.

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But it's not too onerous to get those.

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It's priced up at 115 quid. I think if you have a real bad day

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in the sale room, it's like £40 worth, £50 worth.

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If you have a result, and two people take a shine to it, you know,

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it might make a bit more, but there's another issue coming

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and the other issue is, we've got about five minutes left.

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We'll take a gamble.

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Have a word with the dealer

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and hope he's really going to help you.

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-OK.

-Uh-huh.

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So let's call him.

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-Excuse me, sir.

-Hi.

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Can you do any better than 115 on the price for this?

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I can do 95.

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-Not less than that?

-I'm afraid not.

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-I'm here to make a profit, too, lads.

-Yeah, absolutely right, yes.

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-It's a very stylish thing.

-It's retro, for people who want...

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Perfectly upholstered for the Red Team!

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That's why they're...

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If you're lucky, you might make a smidgeon of a profit.

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If you're unlucky, you take a bath!

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-Let's go for it.

-Yeah?

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I like it. I think we have a fighting chance yeah, definitely.

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-Yeah.

-All right, so £95 it is.

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95, great. Thank you very much. Thank you.

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Good lord, chaps! I do hope you know what you're doing!

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We're running a bit low on time, aren't we? We're going to have to find something soon.

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-You've already done exceedingly well.

-Do you think so?

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-Indeed so!

-I'm not so sure!

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Something has caught Piers's eye, but with only a couple of minutes

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remaining, he's after some guidance from David.

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We're getting short on time.

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We've got to make a decision. I do like them - they're very stylish.

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-It says quality.

-Yeah, I really like the look of them.

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What I like about them is the style.

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-Yeah, they've got the look, haven't they?

-They have got the look.

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They're not conventional.

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-No.

-Now you were talking earlier on about sort of Fritz Lang's

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-film, Metropolis?

-Yeah.

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This is slap bang in that period.

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The hallmark is Sheffield and it's Thomas Bradbury & Sons, 1926.

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I think if we can get it for the right price we should go for it.

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I like them.

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For me, it's between these and the yachts that we saw,

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and I think we need to get guided by you.

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-All right. Out of all of them, yachts are fun, they're cheap.

-Yep.

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This is quality.

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Yeah, I think we should go with this.

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Right. Well, if you're interested, go for them and negotiate.

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Right, how much are they on for?

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-They're on for £95. You need to get them around about sort of 75, 70, less if you can manage.

-Right.

0:19:050:19:11

-I like them. Let's do it.

-Let's go.

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Best of luck.

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Phew! Just in time!

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The Blues got their silver for £65.

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Look, time's up. Let's remind ourselves what the Reds bought.

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Bottoms up, Daniel and Lewis, paid £8 for the advertising brush.

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Turn on, tune in but for heaven's sake don't drop out...

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£45 for the retro radio.

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And finally, I think I'll need to sit down

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after they spent £95 on this monster!

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Now, Lewis and Daniel, did you have a good time?

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-Yeah, great time.

-Great, thanks.

-Oh, great.

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Now which is your favourite piece, Lewis?

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It was the golden globe radio.

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Golden globe radio... What about you, Daniel?

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-The Guinness clothes brush.

-OK. Which piece is going to bring the biggest profit?

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I believe the Guinness.

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-The Guinness?

-Definitely.

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All right, you're certain on that? Good. You spent £148.

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Now you're giving me £152 of leftover lolly.

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All right.

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There you go.

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There we go, £152.

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Thank you very much. Now, Philip,

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different day for you, I would have thought?

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Oh, yes! I'm thinking of getting some red sparkly high-heel shoes

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but I'm not really sure I've got the calves for it!

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And also you might find, old boy, difficult to get that kind

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-of extra wide fitting, do you know what I mean?

-Yeah, yeah, yeah.

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So any ideas what you're going to go and buy?

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I'm going to lighten their darkness.

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-Are you?

-Mmm.

-I think there's a bit of a hint, there.

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-Well, you never know.

-There usually is.

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Good luck, Phil, anyway. Let's us check out what the Blues bought.

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This artsy-crafty desk tidy cost £70,

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but will there be a tidy profit for Philip and Piers come auction time?

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They weren't sure about the robot but they loved it anyway...for £65.

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And every cloud has a silver lining... £65 for the cutlery set.

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Now, Philip and Piers, did you have a good time?

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-Absolutely brilliant.

-Really good fun.

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Which is your favourite piece?

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I think it has to be the robot.

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That's your favourite?

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-OK. What about you, Piers?

-I'd go with the robot as well, I think.

0:21:220:21:25

All right, fine. Which piece is going to bring the biggest profit?

0:21:250:21:28

-I think the spoon and fork.

-Yep.

0:21:280:21:30

-The silver spoon and fork - it's quality.

-Mm-hm.

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Well, if you agree - brilliant!

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That's very clever. Anyway, you spent £200 which is fine.

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£100 of leftover lolly...

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you don't like passing it over, Philip, do you?

0:21:410:21:43

David, what are you going to do?

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Well, I've got an idea, actually.

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These guys are very, very pleasant to be with.

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If you wanted drinking partners, let's say on a Tuesday evening,

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these are the chaps you'd go for.

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Full of interests and they've had so much activity in their lives,

0:21:540:21:57

-they ought to write a book.

-I think they'd be good at it.

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Excellent, particularly on music.

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Anyway, good luck with your bonus buy, David.

0:22:030:22:05

I'm off for a stroll down the Cromwell Road, to the Victoria and Albert Museum. Stand by!

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Today I'm at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and ahead of me

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is the Cromwell Road facade.

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The great archway was designed to reflect and celebrate

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the magnificent achievements of the world's arts and craftsmen.

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I've come here specifically today to look at the work of an artist

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who is certainly worthy of being celebrated.

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He's an Englishmen, an architect and often described as the finest

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of the Victorian art architects. His name...William Burges.

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Burges embarked on an extensive tour throughout Europe

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and what he saw affected his designs,

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in particular the way in which he approached furniture.

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In this, the celebrated Yatman cabinet, we can see

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Medievalism oozing from every pore.

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Look at that steeply pitched roof, the detailing on the front.

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You almost feel as if you could be in the heart of Medieval Bruges.

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But if you think this cabinet is good, you ain't seen nothing yet!

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Burges totally rejected mechanical forms of furniture production.

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What he wanted was Medievalism, a return to the Medieval guild system

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where individual craftsmen belonged to a guild where they became expert

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and then the guilds co-operated in the production of luxury products,

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like this washstand which was made and designed by Burges in 1880.

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The top pediment here is castellated as if we were in a Medieval fortress

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with two round turrets on the corners,

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as if about to repel all borders.

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The next section is very gothic, with these cusped,

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quatrefoiled, mirrored-back apertures

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and in between, long-tailed green lizards crawling through foliage.

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The next section has a series of platforms, each of which are inset

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with gorgeous Algerian onyx

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and down below, sitting in an Algerian onyx surface,

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is the marble washbasin itself.

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This looks like a piece of ordinary Rosso Antico marble,

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but look carefully, because Burgess has got here

0:24:520:24:55

an inlaid solid silver butterfly and below, two carp, swimming away

0:24:550:25:01

at the bottom of the bowl.

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But probably the tour de force is the tap,

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because here is a goat, stooping as if to drink from the basin.

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It's got cloven feet and spewing out of its mouth is the supply pipe.

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The best bit of all has to be its body, inlaid with solid gold spots,

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so it's a kind of hybrid goat cheetah...

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Totally bizarre, totally original and totally William Burges.

0:25:280:25:34

This is what they call "the business".

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The big question today is, of course, are our teams going to do

0:25:380:25:41

"the business" over at the auction?

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Aww!

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Well, it's lovely to be in my home county, West Sussex...

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Wisborough Green, to be exact.

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Bellmans Sale Room with Jonathan Pratt Good morning, Jonathan.

0:26:000:26:04

-Good morning.

-Great to be here.

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-Great place to live this, isn't it?

-Oh, it's superb!

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Daniel and Lewis, their first item is the Guinness brush,

0:26:080:26:13

found by Lewis.

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What do you think he paid for it?

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I mean personally, if he paid a tenner for it...

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-He paid 8, actually.

-Paid £8, did he?

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So, not a lot of money but it's a collectable, isn't it?

0:26:210:26:24

-It reminds me of my grandmother, that.

-Really?

0:26:240:26:27

-At 11 o'clock every day she'd have a Guinness!

-Would she really?

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And by the time she got to lunch, she'd had a few, had she?

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Yes, she was on the champagne by then, anyway!

0:26:340:26:36

So if you had to put an estimate on that, what would you put on it?

0:26:360:26:39

-Well, my estimate, let's say, on that is...

-Yes, your estimate...

0:26:390:26:43

Because obviously our minimum bid is £10, I feel we'll

0:26:430:26:45

probably be able to get the minimum bid, just about, for it.

0:26:450:26:48

-About £10?

-Yeah.

-It's just a bit of fun.

0:26:480:26:50

-Absolutely.

-Now the next object is this monster...

0:26:500:26:53

this chromium plated jobby which certainly ain't 1930s?

0:26:530:26:57

Ah, well, personally I think has a sort of '60s feel,

0:26:570:27:02

bit of Modernism going in there.

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People like modern style, don't they, but I don't know...

0:27:040:27:07

it's in living memory.

0:27:070:27:09

Do people want to put this in their house again?

0:27:090:27:11

-£20 to £40 I reckon.

-Really?

0:27:110:27:14

£95 paid by Philip Serrell for this.

0:27:140:27:18

I think it's going to be difficult, don't you?

0:27:180:27:20

I think so.

0:27:200:27:22

I'm getting a very tight feeling coming on.

0:27:220:27:24

OK, nurse, nurse!

0:27:240:27:26

Now the next fab item is this little spherical transistor radio.

0:27:260:27:32

This is what a teenager would have been gagging for in the '60s!

0:27:320:27:36

-Wow!

-Philip thought it was really fab, man!

0:27:360:27:38

-Frankly, I don't really rate it very much.

-Yeah, you don't? What's your estimate?

0:27:380:27:43

£10...£10 to £20.

0:27:430:27:45

£20, right. £45 paid on that, so we've got some whopping great gaps

0:27:450:27:49

here, haven't we, really, what with the radio and the telephone table?

0:27:490:27:53

Their only beacon of hope is the £8 Guinness brush,

0:27:530:27:56

which is not going to help them out of their £148 hole, I wouldn't say!

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So they're gonna need their bonus buy. Let's go and have a look at it.

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Daniel and Lewis, you spent £148.

0:28:060:28:10

-Correct.

-Leaving Philip Serrell with £152. What did he spend it on?

0:28:100:28:14

I'm going to light their darkness, Tim. Look at that!

0:28:140:28:16

A little wooden table lamp but, a little wooden table lamp

0:28:160:28:21

-with a mouse on it.

-Aah!

0:28:210:28:22

Oh! That's the gentleman that makes those chairs!

0:28:220:28:26

That is that gentleman that makes those chairs

0:28:260:28:29

and he is known as Mouseman, surprisingly enough!

0:28:290:28:32

Robert Thompson of Kilburn and he sort of produced this type of ware

0:28:320:28:37

throughout the 20th century and you can probably go and buy these today

0:28:370:28:41

but I paid £110 for that and his stuff is very, very collectable.

0:28:410:28:44

Very collectable.

0:28:440:28:45

I think it will make anywhere between £100 and £150.

0:28:450:28:49

-OK.

-That's my shop for you.

0:28:490:28:50

-Let's see it.

-It's different.

0:28:500:28:52

I think the first thing to notice is how crisp it is, isn't it?

0:28:520:28:56

-Yes, it is.

-Look how crisply carved the thing is!

-Yeah.

0:28:560:28:59

-So, guys, do you like it?

-It's different.

-Does it appeal?

0:28:590:29:02

To me it does, yeah.

0:29:020:29:03

Yeah? What about you, Lewis?

0:29:030:29:05

It's not my cup of tea, but I can go for it.

0:29:050:29:09

-You can go for it?

-Yeah. I mean we've got to take a risk.

0:29:090:29:12

If it was made out of Brazilian hardwood, that would have really got you going!

0:29:120:29:15

I'm sure it will.

0:29:150:29:16

Well, I'm sorry about that, but you don't decide right now...

0:29:160:29:19

but after the sale of your first three items,

0:29:190:29:21

but for the viewers at home,

0:29:210:29:23

let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about a bit of Mouseman.

0:29:230:29:26

Well, there we go... a bit of Mouseman for you.

0:29:260:29:29

Well, there's a great collectors' market for this and he did very well

0:29:290:29:33

in his lifetime.

0:29:330:29:34

He started off as poor as a church mouse and ended up...

0:29:340:29:37

-Rich as a...fat cat!

-Yeah, exactly!

0:29:370:29:39

The fact that the mouse is in high relief is a nice tough.

0:29:390:29:43

Often later pieces of furniture had them in low relief,

0:29:430:29:46

so literally they were sitting inside the wood a little bit more,

0:29:460:29:49

but you can buy this on the internet for about £100 today.

0:29:490:29:53

Oh, can you? Oh, can you?

0:29:530:29:55

-Yeah.

-Well, old Serrell paid £110... it's his bonus buy.

0:29:550:29:58

-Yeah.

-So, do you think he's going to be lucky to get £110?

0:29:580:30:02

-What's your estimate?

-£50 to £80.

0:30:020:30:05

Well, I'll tell you what we'll do. We'll put it on the telephone table.

0:30:050:30:09

Perhaps that will attract somebody. Anyway, that's it for the Reds.

0:30:090:30:12

Now, for the Blues...

0:30:120:30:14

Piers and Philip. What about that arts and craftsy bit?

0:30:140:30:18

I think that's really fantastic, actually. I like the look...

0:30:180:30:21

-Good.

-Sort of real carved-out piece of walnut and this inlay is really quite nicely done.

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It would work terribly well with paperclips and odd pencils and pens

0:30:270:30:31

and things you've got drifting around on your Arts and Crafts desk.

0:30:310:30:36

What's your estimate?

0:30:360:30:38

-£40 to £60.

-They paid £70.

-OK.

0:30:380:30:39

But I've got a funny feeling about this.

0:30:390:30:41

I think if there's anybody about with any taste and discernment,

0:30:410:30:45

I can see that making £100.

0:30:450:30:46

Somebody will think it's just me, gotta have it.

0:30:460:30:49

Lots of Arts and Crafts houses in West Sussex, too.

0:30:490:30:52

I mean you never know!

0:30:520:30:53

Now, the tinplate toy - what a whacky thing to have next door

0:30:530:30:58

to the Arts and Crafts dish, isn't it?

0:30:580:31:00

What a contrast, eh? I like this.

0:31:000:31:02

This is a 1960s Japanese tinplate robot.

0:31:020:31:05

You could quite happily put this on your mantelpiece, in a cabinet next

0:31:050:31:10

to another work of art and see this as being sort of iconic of the '60s.

0:31:100:31:14

I quite agree with you. What do you think it's worth?

0:31:140:31:17

I would say between £50 and £80.

0:31:170:31:19

£65 paid, so I think that's quite a sensible amount to pay.

0:31:190:31:22

What about the spoon and fork?

0:31:220:31:26

Well, aren't they great!

0:31:260:31:28

If that were a dinner service, a complete service,

0:31:280:31:31

that would be fantastic.

0:31:310:31:32

-Yeah.

-That Modernist style would be superb and really sought-after.

0:31:320:31:36

Yes...but even those two pieces are good fun.

0:31:360:31:39

-Mmm.

-£65 paid.

0:31:390:31:41

I've priced it at £30 to £50.

0:31:410:31:42

Well, there you go.

0:31:420:31:43

Three very individual and slightly zany objects sitting next door

0:31:430:31:47

to one another, all with potential, but they might need the bonus buy,

0:31:470:31:51

so let's go and have a look at it.

0:31:510:31:53

Philip and Piers,

0:31:530:31:55

you spent £200, which is fantastic. You gave £100 to David Barby.

0:31:550:32:00

-Has he blown the lot...or not?

-Oooh! Well, I wanted something...

0:32:000:32:04

do you remember I said "writing their life story",

0:32:040:32:06

so I thought they could buy a desk and have this as an inkwell on it.

0:32:060:32:11

-Yep, yep..

-Do you like it?

-Pretty big desk!

0:32:110:32:14

-Yes, Victorian mansion.

-Can we have a look at it?

0:32:140:32:17

Coalminer's sort of palace, or something like that.

0:32:170:32:20

Something that Frankenstein might have had in his place?

0:32:200:32:23

-Yes, yes, cobwebs, and that sort of thing.

-Yeah...

0:32:230:32:26

-Ready for Jonathan Hawker...

-Cruella de Vil...

0:32:260:32:29

It's got a little bit of damage here.

0:32:290:32:32

I think that can easily be replaced, quite honestly, if you want to, yes.

0:32:320:32:36

And the staining around here?

0:32:360:32:37

-It's part and parcel of its history.

-So...

0:32:370:32:39

Want something perfect?

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All right, how much did you pay for it?

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-£25.

-How much?

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I think it's an impressive lump.

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And how old is it, again?

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Probably middle of the Victorian period, but I think it's such an imposing piece.

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Well, there's certainly a lot of it!

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-Well, there is!

-We'll think about that, I think!

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I think we'll have to...

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Well, that's the big thing.

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You don't have to decide right now, you'll decide later,

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but for viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks

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about David's little inkwell.

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Well, there's a monster!

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Isn't it a real hoofing monster!

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It certainly is!

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I mean, you can see Frankenstein in his study, all right.

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He's got this socking great desk, where does Frankenstein keep his ink? In an inkwell like this.

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He's going to write a letter to his mum?

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Yes, saying, "Send more blood!"

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-"I need a new ear!"

-"I want more stakes!" Give us an estimate on it.

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-£30 to £40.

-Yeah, 30 to 40 is it, is it?

-Yeah.

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£25 - David Barby went for that,

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and as you know, he's an enthusiastic guy so he's looking for

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a profit on that and I really, really hope that he makes it.

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It might go down well here in West Sussex!

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-Oh, yeah! You might find the bed it's missing from!

-Well, good luck.

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-So, Daniel and Lewis, are you excited?

-Yes, very.

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I mean you had to wait such a long time to get to the auction,

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and you wait and you wait and you're never quite sure

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how it's going to work out. Is that a nice experience?

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-To wait?

-Yes.

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-Only if it makes you more anxious, yeah!

-Yeah?

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Are you feeling anxious, Lewis?

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-Definitely!

-Are you?

-Yeah.

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So, the first lot up is the Guinness brush, here it comes.

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We have a painted wood advertising clothes brush modelled

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as a bottle of Guinness!

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Who will start me at £20 this?

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£15 then? 10 then?

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£10 on the left standing at 10. Do I see 12? At 10 it is. At 10. At 10...

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-Profit!

-To the lady, thank you.

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I don't think it's got the bottle we're gonna need!

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£12 for the bottle. At £12. At £12 it is, at 12.

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Are we all done, last chance at £12?

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£12 is £8 plus £4, so that's an excellent start, so well done, lads.

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Now, the retro glass table.

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Lot 1571A, a modern chrome-framed stool with curved supports.

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-Starting with me, I'm bid £15.

-Ouch!

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With me at £15.

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-At £15 to start...

-They paid 95.

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£18 and £20. 22, 25, and £28 clears the commission at 28.

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Do I see £30, though?

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£28 here in the centre at £28.

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Looking for 30. At £28 and I'll sell it. At £28, all done?

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Last chance, £28?

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£28 is two shy of 30 which is 62...

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you are minus £67, all right.

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Not so brilliant, minus £67?

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-Not at all.

-You had a profit of 4, so you're minus £63...

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£63 down the drain.

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Never mind! Here comes Mr Fleetwood and his radio set.

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The 1960s globe radio

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and I can start straight in at £10 is bid with me, at £10.

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OK 15 and 20, 25 and 30, 35 and 40, 45 clears commission.

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On the right now at 45. Do you want to bid 50?

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45 seated, right, then at £45. 50 back at the room, new face.

0:35:590:36:03

-Yes, yes!

-55?

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£55 then seated at the front here at £55 and I'm selling at £55, all done?

0:36:050:36:10

-Well, done!

-Not bad!

-£55, that is so good.

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What are you going to do about the bonus buy?

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-I'll go for it.

-Yeah?

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-Are you sure?

-I have no doubts about it.

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-No doubts?

-Let's do it.

-You're gonna do it?

-Let's do it.

0:36:200:36:23

-You're gonna go with it.

-If you win, you win... if not...

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That's really brave.

0:36:260:36:28

We're going with the bonus buy. Here it comes.

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Everyone wants this, charming little lot, starting at £50,

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it's bid at £50 with me, at £50, and I'll take 5?

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£50, 55, and 60, 65, and 70.

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75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100. At £100, at £100 you can bid 5 if you like.

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-£100 against you, at £100?

-Oh, come on!

0:36:480:36:51

5 anywhere else? At £100 it is, at £100, and 5 if you like then, and 10.

0:36:510:36:55

£110, who wants to bid 15?

0:36:550:36:58

£110 it is, then. Still against you all, then, at £110 on the book.

0:36:580:37:01

Commission at £110, last chance. £110.

0:37:010:37:04

-Well, done, Phil, wiped your face!

-Excellent!

0:37:040:37:08

-Just got there. I mean this tension is amazing, isn't it?

-That's great.

0:37:080:37:13

£110, well done, Phil.

0:37:130:37:15

-Good job!

-Good job done!

0:37:150:37:18

That's a relief!

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Anyway, minus £53 is the overall score.

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Like I say, on Bargain Hunt that's not a terrible score.

0:37:250:37:28

-It could be a winning score. Just don't tell the Blues!

-OK.

0:37:280:37:31

-You've had a good time, haven't you?

-Yep.

0:37:450:37:47

-Brilliant!

-How are you feeling about your three pieces? Feeling confident, Piers?

0:37:470:37:51

Well, I don't know.

0:37:510:37:53

It's on the day, yeah, I've got no idea, but we'll see, we'll see.

0:37:530:37:56

-Good crowd in this room.

-Great crowd, yeah.

0:37:560:37:59

I mean they're interested in interesting things.

0:37:590:38:02

The first lot up, then, is the Arts and Crafts tray, and here it comes.

0:38:020:38:07

Lot 1600, an arts and crafts walnut and inlaid desk tidy

0:38:070:38:11

and I've got to start at £40...

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£45, 50 I've got.

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I've got £140 bid, bids over £140.

0:38:160:38:21

-Oh, yeah of little faith!

-£140, bid, looking for 150, now.

0:38:210:38:24

£140, are you bidding? 150, 160, 170, 180.

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£180 still with me on the book then at £180. £180, 90 anyone?

0:38:270:38:32

-Commission bid against you all at £180.

-Come on, come on, more, more!

0:38:320:38:36

At £180.

0:38:360:38:38

-Last chance then at 180 and selling, last chance at £180.

-Yes!

0:38:380:38:43

£180. That is plus £110. That's the business, all right.

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That is a good score.

0:38:470:38:49

The next lot up is this robot.

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Ooh, this is the one I'm looking at.

0:38:520:38:54

With great interest.

0:38:540:38:55

We have a 1960s Japanese tinplate toy robot and who will start me at £40?

0:38:550:39:01

It's got to be worth £40 for this? At £40?

0:39:010:39:05

-20 then?

-Ooh, he's struggling!

-£20 is bid, thank you, at £20.

0:39:050:39:09

22 with the lady. 25, sir?

0:39:090:39:11

25 is gone. 28, 30...

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£30. Still at £30.

0:39:150:39:17

Is there anyone else? 32.

0:39:170:39:20

-Do you want 35?

-It's all in the cliff-hanger there!

-35 he does.

0:39:200:39:24

-38.

-40.

0:39:240:39:26

-Come on!

-£38 against you, sir! At £38...you'll regret it!

0:39:260:39:30

Selling on the left at £38.

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That is minus £27, bad luck.

0:39:320:39:35

-Never mind.

-I don't think the robot moment has arrived in West Sussex...

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yet! Now, the salad servers.

0:39:400:39:43

We have an Art Deco silver fork and spoon, Sheffield, 1924.

0:39:430:39:47

Very fancy lot this. I've got to start at £40 is bid...

0:39:470:39:52

£40 straight in, straight in.

0:39:520:39:54

£40 and I'll take 5?

0:39:540:39:55

£40, 45 and 50, 55 if you wish?

0:39:550:39:59

55 and 60, 65 if you like?

0:39:590:40:02

£60 against you then at £60. At £60, 5 anywhere else?

0:40:020:40:05

At £60 then, no further interest at £60? One more might do it!

0:40:050:40:10

At £60 then, at 60 against you on the commission at £60.

0:40:100:40:13

So, that's a £5 loss, which still leaves you with £78 profit.

0:40:130:40:19

Now what are you going to do about this oak and brass bedstead?

0:40:190:40:23

It's a very difficult one because he's been so good.

0:40:230:40:27

-Are you going to be offended if we don't take it?

-No, of course not!

0:40:270:40:32

-We'll buy you a pint.

-I think that's the most sensible attitude to take!

0:40:320:40:36

We're not going to take it.

0:40:360:40:38

-We have a decision. We're not going to take it?

-No.

0:40:380:40:40

No, Piers, we're not? We're not, Phil?

0:40:400:40:42

Well, we're gonna sell it anyway, and here it comes.

0:40:420:40:45

Doesn't it look so good!

0:40:450:40:46

A mid-19th century carved oak and brass inkwell.

0:40:460:40:48

Start me at £40 for this lot? £40?

0:40:480:40:52

20 then? £20?

0:40:520:40:55

£20 is bid here in the front here at £20. At £20, looking for 2 now?

0:40:550:40:59

At £20 it is at £20. 22 far left, 25, 28, 30. At 30 I'll sell.

0:40:590:41:06

Last chance at £30...

0:41:060:41:09

Well, they could have made another fiver, but the Blues still walk away

0:41:090:41:14

with a £78 profit. Not bad!

0:41:140:41:17

So, have you been talking, you guys?

0:41:220:41:24

-No.

-Have the Reds been talking with the Blues?

0:41:240:41:27

Great, because we want to keep the excitement going

0:41:270:41:29

until the very end, so neither team knows

0:41:290:41:32

how the others have done.

0:41:320:41:35

Well, there is of course poles of difference between the teams today,

0:41:350:41:38

which the audience know all about, but you guys don't,

0:41:380:41:41

and I have to tell you the runners-up today by a long chalk are...the Reds.

0:41:410:41:46

It ain't gone well, has it?

0:41:460:41:49

It started off beautifully with your £4 profit on the old Guinness,

0:41:490:41:53

a little profit on the transistor radio,

0:41:530:41:55

but nothing like enough to make up the whopping loss on that ghastly...

0:41:550:42:00

I mean on that lovely old telephone table, and overall you finish up

0:42:000:42:05

with minus £53.

0:42:050:42:06

It just goes to show how you can be torpedoed by one single object,

0:42:060:42:11

and that was the baby that let you down, I tell you...

0:42:110:42:14

But the Blues, on the other hand, bought so sensibly across the board.

0:42:140:42:19

I mean great taste, so I'm going to give you £78 profit.

0:42:190:42:24

Thanks very much.

0:42:240:42:25

I don't give out much in the way of profits, so congratulations.

0:42:250:42:28

-Have you had a great day?

-Brilliant!

0:42:280:42:30

Brilliant, thanks ever so much, I've really enjoyed it.

0:42:300:42:33

-And it's been good for you, David?

-I've loved every minute!

0:42:330:42:37

Super duper. Thanks all around again, though.

0:42:370:42:40

-Join us soon for some more bargain hunting. Yes?

-Yes!

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For more information about Bargain Hunt,

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including how the programme was made, visit the website at bbc.co.uk

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0:42:520:42:55

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0:42:550:42:58

Alexandra Palace plays host to the teams, which include a Wizard of Oz fanatic and a collector of obsolete musical equipment. Guiding the Reds and the Blues are experts Philip Serrell and David Barby. When the items go under the hammer at auction will they make a wizard win or hit a bum note?

Tim Wonnacott visits the Victoria and Albert Museum to take a look one of its many remarkable exhibits.