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.
Alexandra Palace here in leafy north London is over 100 years old.
It survived two World Wars and a couple of fires but like the phoenix
rising from the ashes, it's still a major entertainment centre today.
And that's good news for us
because the main exhibition hall is full to the brim
with the hottest antiques and collectables money can buy.
Here are the numbers.
Each team gets £300... an hour to shop...
with two experts... to hopefully find three objects to sell on
at auction and make a profit.
Let's hope they don't get their fingers burnt!
For the Reds today we've got Daniel and Lewis
and Blues are Piers and Philip.
Welcome to Bargain Hunt.
Now Daniel, you're good friends with Lewis but it's a bit more
than just a good friendship, isn't it?
Yes. We've been married for three years.
-Have you? Congratulations.
-Thank you very much.
Now I can tell from your voice you don't come from round here.
-Where do you come from?
-From America, from Boston.
Were you married in America?
-In America, yeah.
And, Lewis, you particularly wanted to be a Red Team player today?
Yeah, definitely. Red is my favourite colour.
Now you're an extremely tall man but if we look down,
we can see that there is another reason why you're fond of red?
The Wizard of Oz is one of my favourite movies.
After I came out of the closet, I decided to do a drag queen show
based on Dorothy and that's where the red shoes come from.
-Wizard of Oz?
-Wizard of Oz...
-And they are therefore Dorothy's shoes?
And what do you collect, Lewis?
I used to collect coins but actually after the European Union,
everything got a bit boring because every country had the same coins.
-Yes, this wretched Euro.
-Yeah. I decided to give to my cousin.
-The whole collection?
-The whole collection!
That is a big mistake, Lewis.
-You shouldn't give anything away.
We don't want anything given away today!
-Good luck, you chaps.
-Now, the best of friends, Piers and Philip.
Piers, you're really into your music, aren't you?
Yes, that's right. I'm a music promoter and I've always been
in bands and stuff throughout my life.
And what about all the clobber that goes with it?
Keen on the equipment?
I've got rather too much of that as well, it has to be said.
I've got a sort of massive clutter of guitars and effects
and in particular bulky reel-to-reel recorders
which I've got too many of.
Well, I wouldn't know what a reel-to-reel was
if it hit me sideways, if I'm being perfectly frank.
It's kind of obsolete recording equipment.
-Fine. Old electric junk, really?
Lovely. OK, got that clear.
But you like to watch Bargain Hunt, don't you?
Yeah, well being a music promoter obviously it's late to bed
and late to rise.
So you get up about noon?
Well, I like to think I get up a bit earlier than that,
but you know, by the time I've had a cuppa and a bit of breakfast,
Bargain Hunt might be creeping on!
Half the student population, the first thing they watch
when they get up is Bargain Hunt!
It's a great way to start the day!
But you've been mates for a long time, haven't you?
Yes, it's been over 20 years now that we've known each other.
Some people get less for murder!
Now you're supposed to have the Midas Touch, is that correct?
Sometimes, yes, yes, I've always been lucky in life and, yeah,
usually I do.
But the Midas Touch has left you occasionally, hasn't it?
It has. One time I did put a guitar into an auction and the bidding
wasn't going particularly well so I thought I would nudge it along a bit
and ended up buying my own guitar.
-A costly little mistake!
-Rather a naughty thing to do!
What sort of things do you collect?
Well, I worked as a print designer for a while
and I work with Disney, so I've got a collection of Mickey Mouse annuals
from the 40s and 50s.
Basically graphic-related material?
Graphic-related material, with a bit of age to it.
Well, you never know what you'll find
in a lovely fair like we have today.
Now, the money moment - £300 apiece, there you go. Your experts await.
Normally I would send you running off, but today we're going to do
something rather different.
Take it away, Dorothy!
There is no place like Bargain Hunt, there is no place like Bargain Hunt,
there is no place like Bargain Hunt!
# We're off to see the Wizard The wonderful Wizard of Oz
# We hear he is a whiz of a wiz If ever a wiz there was
# If ever, oh ever, a wiz there was The Wizard of Oz is one because
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# Because... #
Right, archive films over, lads.
Will the Blue Team's Midas Touch turn everything to gold
or will the Reds shine on?
Your hour starts...now.
-So what are you particularly looking at?
-I don't know.
I'd like to find a bit of silver...
-something with a bit of natural value in it.
-To be on the safe side.
That's great. It's a dog collar.
-You wanted silver?
You see I love these.
-Yes, but you've got to like it, not me!
Let's find something you guys like.
Right, let's get onto the stall over here.
What do you think about this?
-Quite different, isn't it?
-No it's actually...
No, no, less of that and a bit more of that, I think!
-All right, that's great!
-Why do you like that?
-I like Guinness!
-You like Guinness! Yeah, yeah, yeah.
It's an advertising clothes brush and I think it's just great!
It's absolutely wicked and I actually think...
I'm going to whisper cos I don't want them to hear...
-it's quite cheap!
-It's actually quite cheap.
What about asking them whether they think of going...
I can see that making between £15 and £30.
-Which in Bargain Hunt terms is like the best result of all time!
-So are you going to ask him how much...
-I'm going for.
-A bit cheap, I think.
All right. He said it's £12.
How much can we buy this?
-How much do I have on it? 12?
I could do it for 8 for you.
-Oh, no, give him the money!
-All right, all right!
-Give him the money!
-OK, definitely, definitely I will go for it!
-All right. £8, that's fine.
He's from Brazil! He's from Brazil, yeah!
I get that cheaper!
That's the first item for the Reds.
It's cheap and cheerful
but they should have a brush with a profit at auction.
Let's see what's caught David's eye for the Blue Team.
-Here we are.
-OK, let's have a look.
-What do you think?
-There is something about it, there is, yeah.
-It's quite appealing.
-From the graphic art point of view,
-it's quite good.
What I like about this, it's still functional.
It's a desk tidy.
Could have been made for a child,
so they could put their crayons there or their pens there
and maybe it's the brother or the father had a small business
and they've actually done this inlay here which is beautifully done
and rather nice for a child, the sort of cockerel for getting up
in the morning and the owl for going to bed, it's a nice combination.
-I think this is good. I like this immensely.
-It is, very good.
Hello. How are you?
What's the price on that, darling?
-How about 90?
-Is there any chance you might just
take it down a bit, as that's a big chunk of our money?
-Yes, I know.
-I'd like to see it round about 60.
How about 75?
-Split the difference at 70?
-Now what do you think?
-Well, it's useful.
-I think it's useful.
-Look, it's quirky!
-How much could you see it making, though?
I think it could make close on a hundred - I hope so.
-Let's go for it!
-What do you think?
I dunno. I'd quite like to have a little look round but it might go.
-I think it's good.
-Well, I'm nothing if not a democrat, so let's go with it.
-Two to one.
-Let's do the deal.
-Where has she gone?
-At £50, that's very good!
Ooh, David, you cheeky boy!
The first item down for the Blues - not bad for ten minutes' work!
-Do you know what it's for?
-I like it.
-How much is it?
-It's lovely, isn't it?
-It's a spittoon!
-How much is this?
-How much is it, sir?
-I think my very, very best is 380.
Out of our price-range, but it's lovely.
-Isn't that a great thing!
Now guys, our time is rocking on so we've got to wander on.
How are you getting on?
-Quite well, not bad so far.
-We've bought our first thing.
-We have indeed!
-Listen, you've done a quarter of an hour, right,
so you've got three quarters of an hour to go.
Well, these guys are into arts and crafts.
That's great, isn't it?
Yes, they're very crafty and very arty!
-Oh, very good!
See you, Dave.
-It doesn't work!
-Here today, gone tomorrow, eh, Phil?
I think we're quite happy to spend most of the money.
Well, we want to leave him some, don't we?
Yeah, leave him some!
A couple of quid!
Do you think you've got the Midas Touch?
Have you got a fancy pair of shoes you want to show off on telly?
If you have, then contact us at...
I love globes, chaps.
-Yeah, this one.
Does it light up, or something?
I've no idea...
-It's a radio, isn't it!
-It's a radio, yeah.
-Is it working?
-Let's just see if we can see what's on, shall we?
Apparently we get all sorts of letters...
I can't stand that old-fashioned stuff, can you?
-It's awful! We'll switch that off!
Don't know who that was.
I don't know who that was at all. Let's have a look...
How old do you think it is?
I was just going to have a look.
Transistor Six Fleetwood.
I think it's definitely... It's gotta be early '60s, hasn't it?
-Something like that, '60s or '70s?
-I think it's really good and it works... We've proved that.
We've got Radio Wonnacott on it.
What do you think? What's the price on it?
The price is £60.
-A big ooooh! But it's a cool thing, isn't it?
What do you think it would grab at auction?
-I think at auction that is £30 to £50 worth.
So you need to have a word with the dealer and see if he'll help you.
-I think it's a bit of fun.
It is quite nice, yeah. Something different.
-Do you want to buy it?
-Yeah, let's go for it.
It is different.
-We need to get that price down.
-I'll go over this time.
I'll leave it to Daniel.
-I'll see what I can do.
-I can sense blood! I'm going to leave you alone!
-Let's go, Dan.
-Let's go and see.
At £45 for the globe radio,
those boys sure seem tuned in to a bargain.
Over to the Blues, now, and it's all about good wood.
It's like a Black Forest detail.
-Yeah, it looks German to me.
-That's not bad. That's quite nice, actually.
I like the bear. The bear is good.
There's an old drinking buddy!
Yes. Again it's wood, though.
I mean we keep looking at wood.
Phil knows what he doesn't want, but with half an hour gone,
is there time for him to find out what he's actually looking for?
Are these robots?
Yeah, they've got that look.
-It's the last thing, I must confess, I would have picked up.
It's wonderful when you open it up, isn't it?
You see all the sort of interior.
-I like the look.
Well, it's very emblematic of the sort of 1950s, 1960s, isn't it?
-It is, yeah, and...
-All those movies like Forbidden Planet
and The Thing From Outer Space, yeah.
Sci-fi, it's evil-looking, it's great!
-It's all part and parcel, isn't it?
-It's a little bit 'Metropolis'.
Like the Fritz Lang type thing.
It's nicely aged. I find it quite an incredible piece.
Yeah, I like that...it's got style.
I think we should go for it, but we've got to get it for a good price.
-OK, what's the asking price?
They do appear in price guides...
I've seen them...
but it's not in my interests.
-So I can't really advise you.
If you've got experience and you know what to negotiate,
go ahead and buy it.
It has got that look but I think we need to get it down quite a bit.
Yeah. Let's put it down and go away and think about it.
-We'll have a think...
-And see if...
I'm quite sold on it, but...
I like it, I like it, too.
-It's got that good look.
-I would say your first gut reactions...
if you're interested, go for it.
-Guys, we're going to have to go at a bit of a pace.
With the Blues dithering, the Reds struggling to find anything
and only 20 minutes left, it's time to make some decisions, lads.
I like the look, l like it, but we need to get it right down.
Right, what do we want to pay for it, then? It's on for 95.
I think if we could get it for about 65. Do you think you can do that?
-I'll have a go.
-Well, come on, let's go.
After all that umming and aahing, the Blues manage to knock a whopping
£30 off the robot, but time is ticking on.
Both teams have 15 minutes left.
Have you got anything in mind for your third buy,
because you're going to have to get on?
We're still looking, we've still got a little more to go.
-Only a quarter of an hour.
-We're on the case.
-These boys are cool.
-Only a quarter of an hour!
-Stop worrying me!
-It's only a quarter of an hour.
-Sorry, we'll get there.
-Do you feel the pressure?
-I do a bit, yeah.
-I really do now.
-An hour is not long enough.
-And Philip drags us everywhere!
-He drags you everywhere!
-Philip drags you everywhere!
He certainly does! You never know what he's going to drag out next!
I quite like these boats,
because having a narrow boat myself, I...
That's not a narrow boat, is it?
-With aspirations for a yacht!
What, an ocean-going yacht?
So, Phil, when you've got your yacht,
would you have these in the state room?
I think they could make £50.
What do you think? It's up to you?
If we were to buy both of these boats, what's your best price?
The very best would be...
£54, which would be 10%, yeah?
-OK. Well, let's have a think, maybe pop back.
OK, that's good.
-We'll have a discussion. Thank you.
The boat sailed away from the Blue Team, so they still have
to find their final item,
but with only five minutes, has the pressure finally got to Phil?
This looks like it's... quite different.
-I think it's a cool bit of furniture.
Do you sit on it?
It's a little telephone table, but this is a real gamble, all right?
This is some sort of a gamble because...
I mean, the upholstery is still all right.
Well, it's probably been replaced.
What it's missing here, it should have, I would think...
-Yeah, rubber stoppers there.
-Yeah, rubber pads.
But it's not too onerous to get those.
It's priced up at 115 quid. I think if you have a real bad day
in the sale room, it's like £40 worth, £50 worth.
If you have a result, and two people take a shine to it, you know,
it might make a bit more, but there's another issue coming
and the other issue is, we've got about five minutes left.
We'll take a gamble.
Have a word with the dealer
and hope he's really going to help you.
So let's call him.
-Excuse me, sir.
Can you do any better than 115 on the price for this?
I can do 95.
-Not less than that?
-I'm afraid not.
-I'm here to make a profit, too, lads.
-Yeah, absolutely right, yes.
-It's a very stylish thing.
-It's retro, for people who want...
Perfectly upholstered for the Red Team!
That's why they're...
If you're lucky, you might make a smidgeon of a profit.
If you're unlucky, you take a bath!
-Let's go for it.
I like it. I think we have a fighting chance yeah, definitely.
-All right, so £95 it is.
95, great. Thank you very much. Thank you.
Good lord, chaps! I do hope you know what you're doing!
We're running a bit low on time, aren't we? We're going to have to find something soon.
-You've already done exceedingly well.
-Do you think so?
-I'm not so sure!
Something has caught Piers's eye, but with only a couple of minutes
remaining, he's after some guidance from David.
We're getting short on time.
We've got to make a decision. I do like them - they're very stylish.
-It says quality.
-Yeah, I really like the look of them.
What I like about them is the style.
-Yeah, they've got the look, haven't they?
-They have got the look.
They're not conventional.
-Now you were talking earlier on about sort of Fritz Lang's
This is slap bang in that period.
The hallmark is Sheffield and it's Thomas Bradbury & Sons, 1926.
I think if we can get it for the right price we should go for it.
I like them.
For me, it's between these and the yachts that we saw,
and I think we need to get guided by you.
-All right. Out of all of them, yachts are fun, they're cheap.
This is quality.
Yeah, I think we should go with this.
Right. Well, if you're interested, go for them and negotiate.
Right, how much are they on for?
-They're on for £95. You need to get them around about sort of 75, 70, less if you can manage.
-I like them. Let's do it.
Best of luck.
Phew! Just in time!
The Blues got their silver for £65.
Look, time's up. Let's remind ourselves what the Reds bought.
Bottoms up, Daniel and Lewis, paid £8 for the advertising brush.
Turn on, tune in but for heaven's sake don't drop out...
£45 for the retro radio.
And finally, I think I'll need to sit down
after they spent £95 on this monster!
Now, Lewis and Daniel, did you have a good time?
-Yeah, great time.
Now which is your favourite piece, Lewis?
It was the golden globe radio.
Golden globe radio... What about you, Daniel?
-The Guinness clothes brush.
-OK. Which piece is going to bring the biggest profit?
I believe the Guinness.
All right, you're certain on that? Good. You spent £148.
Now you're giving me £152 of leftover lolly.
There you go.
There we go, £152.
Thank you very much. Now, Philip,
different day for you, I would have thought?
Oh, yes! I'm thinking of getting some red sparkly high-heel shoes
but I'm not really sure I've got the calves for it!
And also you might find, old boy, difficult to get that kind
-of extra wide fitting, do you know what I mean?
-Yeah, yeah, yeah.
So any ideas what you're going to go and buy?
I'm going to lighten their darkness.
-I think there's a bit of a hint, there.
-Well, you never know.
-There usually is.
Good luck, Phil, anyway. Let's us check out what the Blues bought.
This artsy-crafty desk tidy cost £70,
but will there be a tidy profit for Philip and Piers come auction time?
They weren't sure about the robot but they loved it anyway...for £65.
And every cloud has a silver lining... £65 for the cutlery set.
Now, Philip and Piers, did you have a good time?
-Really good fun.
Which is your favourite piece?
I think it has to be the robot.
That's your favourite?
-OK. What about you, Piers?
-I'd go with the robot as well, I think.
All right, fine. Which piece is going to bring the biggest profit?
-I think the spoon and fork.
-The silver spoon and fork - it's quality.
Well, if you agree - brilliant!
That's very clever. Anyway, you spent £200 which is fine.
£100 of leftover lolly...
you don't like passing it over, Philip, do you?
David, what are you going to do?
Well, I've got an idea, actually.
These guys are very, very pleasant to be with.
If you wanted drinking partners, let's say on a Tuesday evening,
these are the chaps you'd go for.
Full of interests and they've had so much activity in their lives,
-they ought to write a book.
-I think they'd be good at it.
Excellent, particularly on music.
Anyway, good luck with your bonus buy, David.
I'm off for a stroll down the Cromwell Road, to the Victoria and Albert Museum. Stand by!
Today I'm at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and ahead of me
is the Cromwell Road facade.
The great archway was designed to reflect and celebrate
the magnificent achievements of the world's arts and craftsmen.
I've come here specifically today to look at the work of an artist
who is certainly worthy of being celebrated.
He's an Englishmen, an architect and often described as the finest
of the Victorian art architects. His name...William Burges.
Burges embarked on an extensive tour throughout Europe
and what he saw affected his designs,
in particular the way in which he approached furniture.
In this, the celebrated Yatman cabinet, we can see
Medievalism oozing from every pore.
Look at that steeply pitched roof, the detailing on the front.
You almost feel as if you could be in the heart of Medieval Bruges.
But if you think this cabinet is good, you ain't seen nothing yet!
Burges totally rejected mechanical forms of furniture production.
What he wanted was Medievalism, a return to the Medieval guild system
where individual craftsmen belonged to a guild where they became expert
and then the guilds co-operated in the production of luxury products,
like this washstand which was made and designed by Burges in 1880.
The top pediment here is castellated as if we were in a Medieval fortress
with two round turrets on the corners,
as if about to repel all borders.
The next section is very gothic, with these cusped,
quatrefoiled, mirrored-back apertures
and in between, long-tailed green lizards crawling through foliage.
The next section has a series of platforms, each of which are inset
with gorgeous Algerian onyx
and down below, sitting in an Algerian onyx surface,
is the marble washbasin itself.
This looks like a piece of ordinary Rosso Antico marble,
but look carefully, because Burgess has got here
an inlaid solid silver butterfly and below, two carp, swimming away
at the bottom of the bowl.
But probably the tour de force is the tap,
because here is a goat, stooping as if to drink from the basin.
It's got cloven feet and spewing out of its mouth is the supply pipe.
The best bit of all has to be its body, inlaid with solid gold spots,
so it's a kind of hybrid goat cheetah...
Totally bizarre, totally original and totally William Burges.
This is what they call "the business".
The big question today is, of course, are our teams going to do
"the business" over at the auction?
Well, it's lovely to be in my home county, West Sussex...
Wisborough Green, to be exact.
Bellmans Sale Room with Jonathan Pratt Good morning, Jonathan.
-Great to be here.
-Great place to live this, isn't it?
-Oh, it's superb!
Daniel and Lewis, their first item is the Guinness brush,
found by Lewis.
What do you think he paid for it?
I mean personally, if he paid a tenner for it...
-He paid 8, actually.
-Paid £8, did he?
So, not a lot of money but it's a collectable, isn't it?
-It reminds me of my grandmother, that.
-At 11 o'clock every day she'd have a Guinness!
-Would she really?
And by the time she got to lunch, she'd had a few, had she?
Yes, she was on the champagne by then, anyway!
So if you had to put an estimate on that, what would you put on it?
-Well, my estimate, let's say, on that is...
-Yes, your estimate...
Because obviously our minimum bid is £10, I feel we'll
probably be able to get the minimum bid, just about, for it.
-It's just a bit of fun.
-Now the next object is this monster...
this chromium plated jobby which certainly ain't 1930s?
Ah, well, personally I think has a sort of '60s feel,
bit of Modernism going in there.
People like modern style, don't they, but I don't know...
it's in living memory.
Do people want to put this in their house again?
-£20 to £40 I reckon.
£95 paid by Philip Serrell for this.
I think it's going to be difficult, don't you?
I think so.
I'm getting a very tight feeling coming on.
OK, nurse, nurse!
Now the next fab item is this little spherical transistor radio.
This is what a teenager would have been gagging for in the '60s!
-Philip thought it was really fab, man!
-Frankly, I don't really rate it very much.
-Yeah, you don't? What's your estimate?
£10...£10 to £20.
£20, right. £45 paid on that, so we've got some whopping great gaps
here, haven't we, really, what with the radio and the telephone table?
Their only beacon of hope is the £8 Guinness brush,
which is not going to help them out of their £148 hole, I wouldn't say!
So they're gonna need their bonus buy. Let's go and have a look at it.
Daniel and Lewis, you spent £148.
-Leaving Philip Serrell with £152. What did he spend it on?
I'm going to light their darkness, Tim. Look at that!
A little wooden table lamp but, a little wooden table lamp
-with a mouse on it.
Oh! That's the gentleman that makes those chairs!
That is that gentleman that makes those chairs
and he is known as Mouseman, surprisingly enough!
Robert Thompson of Kilburn and he sort of produced this type of ware
throughout the 20th century and you can probably go and buy these today
but I paid £110 for that and his stuff is very, very collectable.
I think it will make anywhere between £100 and £150.
-That's my shop for you.
-Let's see it.
I think the first thing to notice is how crisp it is, isn't it?
-Yes, it is.
-Look how crisply carved the thing is!
-So, guys, do you like it?
-Does it appeal?
To me it does, yeah.
Yeah? What about you, Lewis?
It's not my cup of tea, but I can go for it.
-You can go for it?
-Yeah. I mean we've got to take a risk.
If it was made out of Brazilian hardwood, that would have really got you going!
I'm sure it will.
Well, I'm sorry about that, but you don't decide right now...
but after the sale of your first three items,
but for the viewers at home,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about a bit of Mouseman.
Well, there we go... a bit of Mouseman for you.
Well, there's a great collectors' market for this and he did very well
in his lifetime.
He started off as poor as a church mouse and ended up...
-Rich as a...fat cat!
The fact that the mouse is in high relief is a nice tough.
Often later pieces of furniture had them in low relief,
so literally they were sitting inside the wood a little bit more,
but you can buy this on the internet for about £100 today.
Oh, can you? Oh, can you?
-Well, old Serrell paid £110... it's his bonus buy.
-So, do you think he's going to be lucky to get £110?
-What's your estimate?
-£50 to £80.
Well, I'll tell you what we'll do. We'll put it on the telephone table.
Perhaps that will attract somebody. Anyway, that's it for the Reds.
Now, for the Blues...
Piers and Philip. What about that arts and craftsy bit?
I think that's really fantastic, actually. I like the look...
-Sort of real carved-out piece of walnut and this inlay is really quite nicely done.
It would work terribly well with paperclips and odd pencils and pens
and things you've got drifting around on your Arts and Crafts desk.
What's your estimate?
-£40 to £60.
-They paid £70.
But I've got a funny feeling about this.
I think if there's anybody about with any taste and discernment,
I can see that making £100.
Somebody will think it's just me, gotta have it.
Lots of Arts and Crafts houses in West Sussex, too.
I mean you never know!
Now, the tinplate toy - what a whacky thing to have next door
to the Arts and Crafts dish, isn't it?
What a contrast, eh? I like this.
This is a 1960s Japanese tinplate robot.
You could quite happily put this on your mantelpiece, in a cabinet next
to another work of art and see this as being sort of iconic of the '60s.
I quite agree with you. What do you think it's worth?
I would say between £50 and £80.
£65 paid, so I think that's quite a sensible amount to pay.
What about the spoon and fork?
Well, aren't they great!
If that were a dinner service, a complete service,
that would be fantastic.
-That Modernist style would be superb and really sought-after.
Yes...but even those two pieces are good fun.
I've priced it at £30 to £50.
Well, there you go.
Three very individual and slightly zany objects sitting next door
to one another, all with potential, but they might need the bonus buy,
so let's go and have a look at it.
Philip and Piers,
you spent £200, which is fantastic. You gave £100 to David Barby.
-Has he blown the lot...or not?
-Oooh! Well, I wanted something...
do you remember I said "writing their life story",
so I thought they could buy a desk and have this as an inkwell on it.
-Do you like it?
-Pretty big desk!
-Yes, Victorian mansion.
-Can we have a look at it?
Coalminer's sort of palace, or something like that.
Something that Frankenstein might have had in his place?
-Yes, yes, cobwebs, and that sort of thing.
-Ready for Jonathan Hawker...
-Cruella de Vil...
It's got a little bit of damage here.
I think that can easily be replaced, quite honestly, if you want to, yes.
And the staining around here?
-It's part and parcel of its history.
Want something perfect?
All right, how much did you pay for it?
I think it's an impressive lump.
And how old is it, again?
Probably middle of the Victorian period, but I think it's such an imposing piece.
Well, there's certainly a lot of it!
-Well, there is!
-We'll think about that, I think!
I think we'll have to...
Well, that's the big thing.
You don't have to decide right now, you'll decide later,
but for viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks
about David's little inkwell.
Well, there's a monster!
Isn't it a real hoofing monster!
It certainly is!
I mean, you can see Frankenstein in his study, all right.
He's got this socking great desk, where does Frankenstein keep his ink? In an inkwell like this.
He's going to write a letter to his mum?
Yes, saying, "Send more blood!"
-"I need a new ear!"
-"I want more stakes!" Give us an estimate on it.
-£30 to £40.
-Yeah, 30 to 40 is it, is it?
£25 - David Barby went for that,
and as you know, he's an enthusiastic guy so he's looking for
a profit on that and I really, really hope that he makes it.
It might go down well here in West Sussex!
-Oh, yeah! You might find the bed it's missing from!
-Well, good luck.
-So, Daniel and Lewis, are you excited?
I mean you had to wait such a long time to get to the auction,
and you wait and you wait and you're never quite sure
how it's going to work out. Is that a nice experience?
-Only if it makes you more anxious, yeah!
Are you feeling anxious, Lewis?
So, the first lot up is the Guinness brush, here it comes.
We have a painted wood advertising clothes brush modelled
as a bottle of Guinness!
Who will start me at £20 this?
£15 then? 10 then?
£10 on the left standing at 10. Do I see 12? At 10 it is. At 10. At 10...
-To the lady, thank you.
I don't think it's got the bottle we're gonna need!
£12 for the bottle. At £12. At £12 it is, at 12.
Are we all done, last chance at £12?
£12 is £8 plus £4, so that's an excellent start, so well done, lads.
Now, the retro glass table.
Lot 1571A, a modern chrome-framed stool with curved supports.
-Starting with me, I'm bid £15.
With me at £15.
-At £15 to start...
-They paid 95.
£18 and £20. 22, 25, and £28 clears the commission at 28.
Do I see £30, though?
£28 here in the centre at £28.
Looking for 30. At £28 and I'll sell it. At £28, all done?
Last chance, £28?
£28 is two shy of 30 which is 62...
you are minus £67, all right.
Not so brilliant, minus £67?
-Not at all.
-You had a profit of 4, so you're minus £63...
£63 down the drain.
Never mind! Here comes Mr Fleetwood and his radio set.
The 1960s globe radio
and I can start straight in at £10 is bid with me, at £10.
OK 15 and 20, 25 and 30, 35 and 40, 45 clears commission.
On the right now at 45. Do you want to bid 50?
45 seated, right, then at £45. 50 back at the room, new face.
£55 then seated at the front here at £55 and I'm selling at £55, all done?
-£55, that is so good.
What are you going to do about the bonus buy?
-I'll go for it.
-Are you sure?
-I have no doubts about it.
-Let's do it.
-You're gonna do it?
-Let's do it.
-You're gonna go with it.
-If you win, you win... if not...
That's really brave.
We're going with the bonus buy. Here it comes.
Everyone wants this, charming little lot, starting at £50,
it's bid at £50 with me, at £50, and I'll take 5?
£50, 55, and 60, 65, and 70.
75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100. At £100, at £100 you can bid 5 if you like.
-£100 against you, at £100?
-Oh, come on!
5 anywhere else? At £100 it is, at £100, and 5 if you like then, and 10.
£110, who wants to bid 15?
£110 it is, then. Still against you all, then, at £110 on the book.
Commission at £110, last chance. £110.
-Well, done, Phil, wiped your face!
-Just got there. I mean this tension is amazing, isn't it?
£110, well done, Phil.
-Good job done!
That's a relief!
Anyway, minus £53 is the overall score.
Like I say, on Bargain Hunt that's not a terrible score.
-It could be a winning score. Just don't tell the Blues!
-You've had a good time, haven't you?
-How are you feeling about your three pieces? Feeling confident, Piers?
Well, I don't know.
It's on the day, yeah, I've got no idea, but we'll see, we'll see.
-Good crowd in this room.
-Great crowd, yeah.
I mean they're interested in interesting things.
The first lot up, then, is the Arts and Crafts tray, and here it comes.
Lot 1600, an arts and crafts walnut and inlaid desk tidy
and I've got to start at £40...
£45, 50 I've got.
I've got £140 bid, bids over £140.
-Oh, yeah of little faith!
-£140, bid, looking for 150, now.
£140, are you bidding? 150, 160, 170, 180.
£180 still with me on the book then at £180. £180, 90 anyone?
-Commission bid against you all at £180.
-Come on, come on, more, more!
-Last chance then at 180 and selling, last chance at £180.
£180. That is plus £110. That's the business, all right.
That is a good score.
The next lot up is this robot.
Ooh, this is the one I'm looking at.
With great interest.
We have a 1960s Japanese tinplate toy robot and who will start me at £40?
It's got to be worth £40 for this? At £40?
-Ooh, he's struggling!
-£20 is bid, thank you, at £20.
22 with the lady. 25, sir?
25 is gone. 28, 30...
£30. Still at £30.
Is there anyone else? 32.
-Do you want 35?
-It's all in the cliff-hanger there!
-35 he does.
-£38 against you, sir! At £38...you'll regret it!
Selling on the left at £38.
That is minus £27, bad luck.
-I don't think the robot moment has arrived in West Sussex...
yet! Now, the salad servers.
We have an Art Deco silver fork and spoon, Sheffield, 1924.
Very fancy lot this. I've got to start at £40 is bid...
£40 straight in, straight in.
£40 and I'll take 5?
£40, 45 and 50, 55 if you wish?
55 and 60, 65 if you like?
£60 against you then at £60. At £60, 5 anywhere else?
At £60 then, no further interest at £60? One more might do it!
At £60 then, at 60 against you on the commission at £60.
So, that's a £5 loss, which still leaves you with £78 profit.
Now what are you going to do about this oak and brass bedstead?
It's a very difficult one because he's been so good.
-Are you going to be offended if we don't take it?
-No, of course not!
-We'll buy you a pint.
-I think that's the most sensible attitude to take!
We're not going to take it.
-We have a decision. We're not going to take it?
No, Piers, we're not? We're not, Phil?
Well, we're gonna sell it anyway, and here it comes.
Doesn't it look so good!
A mid-19th century carved oak and brass inkwell.
Start me at £40 for this lot? £40?
20 then? £20?
£20 is bid here in the front here at £20. At £20, looking for 2 now?
At £20 it is at £20. 22 far left, 25, 28, 30. At 30 I'll sell.
Last chance at £30...
Well, they could have made another fiver, but the Blues still walk away
with a £78 profit. Not bad!
So, have you been talking, you guys?
-Have the Reds been talking with the Blues?
Great, because we want to keep the excitement going
until the very end, so neither team knows
how the others have done.
Well, there is of course poles of difference between the teams today,
which the audience know all about, but you guys don't,
and I have to tell you the runners-up today by a long chalk are...the Reds.
It ain't gone well, has it?
It started off beautifully with your £4 profit on the old Guinness,
a little profit on the transistor radio,
but nothing like enough to make up the whopping loss on that ghastly...
I mean on that lovely old telephone table, and overall you finish up
with minus £53.
It just goes to show how you can be torpedoed by one single object,
and that was the baby that let you down, I tell you...
But the Blues, on the other hand, bought so sensibly across the board.
I mean great taste, so I'm going to give you £78 profit.
Thanks very much.
I don't give out much in the way of profits, so congratulations.
-Have you had a great day?
Brilliant, thanks ever so much, I've really enjoyed it.
-And it's been good for you, David?
-I've loved every minute!
Super duper. Thanks all around again, though.
-Join us soon for some more bargain hunting. Yes?
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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.