In a special programme originally shown in 2010 to celebrate Bargain Hunt's 10th birthday, four of the show's regular experts compete against one another in Edinburgh.
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# Happy birthday to you... #
It's party time on Bargain Hunt this week, as we look back
over 10 wonderful years, looking at the favourite bits
and enjoying all that fun and laughter.
But that's not all. We're going to pit our experts
against one another to find out who can really spot a winner.
I can't wait. Let's go bargain hunting!
Today, we're in Scotland
for our celebrations.
The rules remain the same as on the Bargain Hunt that you know and love,
except, of course, we have got experts versus experts
just to spice up the rivalry. What fun!
And there are plenty of other goodies coming up in the party bags.
Paul takes time to reminisce.
£70, down to a charitable bid of a fiver. Ouch!
There you go. Bargain Hunt gold.
But back at the fair, he sees red, when he lets teammate, David take control.
You're not going to introduce more chance to this lottery, are you?
We'll get to find out what Mark Stacey does in his spare time.
'I used to be the world's worst cook.'
You know, if I did baked beans on toast, I'd struggle to get the beans out of the toaster!
How he handles colleagues in a professional situation.
The bellows look as if they're in good condition.
They don't excite me, Mark.
What would excite you, Catherine?
-Oh, you just being quiet for five minutes.
'And we dip into the Bargain Hunt archives.'
But before all that, let's go and meet our teams.
For the Red team today, we have as headstrong
a pair of experts as you're likely to find on Bargain Hunt, Paul Laidlaw and David Harper.
And for the Blues, we've got a couple who are sure to come up fighting,
it's Catherine Southon and Mark Stacey.
They love each other really. Good.
-Now, you two, this is exciting, isn't it?
-It's brilliant, isn't it?
-Expert Bargain Hunt!
This is your opportunity to get your own back, which is great.
Paul, you started out on Bargain Hunt as an auctioneer and then, you developed into an expert,
not that you weren't an expert to start off with! But do you remember your first time as an auctioneer?
I do indeed. Really, hugely exciting, but I've got to say,
relatively easy to put the boot in to the experts.
Yeah, we noticed that!
Before I became one of them!
Because we stood in your saleroom in Carlisle, right, and you examined these items.
I don't think you were particularly rude, you just gave an honest opinion.
He was rude. Remember that head I brought in, that concrete head?
-Yeah, I do remember that.
-You and him were both very rude about that.
Well, frankly, my dear...
So, opinions come cheap, but results are what count.
David, you've been on the programme, how long?
-Three and a half years, Tim.
-Gosh, you're hardly out of shorts.
-You've got your long trousers on at last!
Are you confident that you and Paul can lash up the opposition?
I think I've got a good teammate here.
I mean, far better, I think, than Dr Who over there, anyway.
What, you mean our gentlemen in the blue suit, here?
This is my Bargain Hunt birthday suit.
Well, I'm going to ask you, then, about the suit, because it's a brilliantly colourful suit, that.
I thought "I'm the Blue team" so I'd wear blue
-and I'm very proud to tell you, Tim, I've had this suit for 13 years.
-And I can still get into it. I'm breathing a lot.
-That's a miracle, isn't it?
Those corsets that they wind up like that are just marvellous.
-I know what the Victorians feel like!
-Mark, have you learned anything
-in all the years that you've been advising people on the show?
-Absolutely not, no.
I've loved every minute, eight wonderful years.
How many years have you worked on Bargain Hunt?
About three and a half years, but it does feel like a lifetime, Tim.
It's lovely though, isn't it, really?
-Are there any moments that stick out in your memory, Catherine?
-Oh, I' have so many, Tim.
Let me think. Probably one of the celebrity ones, that was good fun,
working with Nicki Chapman and Vanessa Feltz, I enjoyed that.
We made a profit on absolutely everything, which is a miracle for me.
-It's all very difficult and the boot today is on the other foot.
-I know, I know.
Because you chaps have to perform. So, standby, that's all I can say.
Now, this is your traditional money moment.
-There's your £300.
-Thank you, Tim.
-You've seen this a million times before.
You know the rules, there are no experts waiting for you, so off you go and very, very, very good luck.
So will it be our expert Reds or our expertly turned out Blues who are victorious today?
Well, they'd better be careful what they buy
because any profits that they do make will be donated to charity.
Today's programme is sure to be a cracker.
Now, while they're off shopping, let's take the opportunity to have a look back over the last decade.
Did you know that Bargain Hunt is shown in over 50 countries all around the world?
We've filmed at fairs and auctions at home and abroad
and there have always been two aims, to entertain you, our loyal viewers, and, of course, to find a bargain!
Don't we look good? You're jealous of these scarves, aren't you? Yeah!
-It is for sale, yeah!
-It is indeed.
David, you're supposed to be buying, not selling.
Look at that dog, Catherine.
What is it about you and dogs? Ooh, look at those glass eyes!
They are real glass eyes, aren't they?
Oh, I love it. And I think...
Are they real glass eyes? They look like it.
Oh, he's lovely, Catherine, isn't he?
Let's hope there aren't any more scary surprises in store for the Blue team.
That's quite big, isn't it, that big vase there?
-No, I think it's Langley Lovett, actually?
-How much is it?
-I should think that's quite expensive.
Shall we think about that? It's a lovely big lump.
-Is it in superb condition?
-Yes, it is and it's got...
Careful, it will be heavy, Catherine.
It is quite striking, isn't it?
Well, it's a lovely design.
-It's not Doulton.
-But it's got that Doulton look...
-..hasn't it, about it? I think it's an impressive piece.
It's quite impressive.
Shall we've a think? Dare we say 100?
I was going to say, shall we say 100?
You couldn't do it for 100, could you?
This is our birthday special, you see?
This is our 10th anniversary. Not together!
No, no, we've been together many years longer than that.
# Sisters... #
My goodness, you break my heart.
-Are we breaking your heart? Sorry.
-Oh, darling, Come on, I will give you a kiss.
That's lovely. Thank you very much.
You're welcome. And I hope you beat the other team.
-I'm sure it'll be lovely, thank you so much.
-That's very quick.
We've done about... That's about one minute and one item!
That's unheard of. Have we done the right thing?
Fret not, Catherine, you're off to a cracking start,
having spent £100 on an Art Nouveau vase in the first few minutes.
Will the Red team be just as swift off the mark?
Tell us about your glass.
-Is it Murano, yeah?
-It is Murano glass.
You see, Murano's good stuff, isn't it? It's arty. Any markings on this one?
They weren't always markings on the Murano glass.
-Sometimes you get the nice stickers, that says Murano?
-God bless them!
-God bless them.
-Lovely, isn't it?
-What would be the trade on that one?
I could do that one for...40.
-It's not for you, is it?
-Do you not love it?
Look at his face, does he look excited?
-I could do a bit on it for you.
Could you? OK, well, let's have a look.
-What about that Murano? We're looking at profit, if we buy for 20 quid.
-It's going to make profit.
-For 20 quid, you double your money.
I'm cool with that. On that basis it does it for me.
Well, do you want me to bid her 20 quid?
-Blame it all on me.
-Can I do that?
-Blame it all on me. Just say, "He hates it, but..."
Oh, right. That's good.
-I could work with that.
-Go for it on that basis.
So I would look nice and you would look horrible. All right!
David heads off to work a bit of that Harper magic.
Meanwhile, Catherine's expert eye has spotted something special.
-Have a little look at these.
-Oh, that's lovely.
-See they're French Prisoner Of War, circa 1820 and look at this, I just love the staining here.
-I love that.
All the different little colours. And it's complete with its little die.
Can you imagine these people working under the conditions, prisoners of war, and they're working...
And they literally used bones and things to make...
-And they swapped it for things like soap and their little luxuries, didn't they?
-You really are touching a piece of history there.
1820s, Napoleonic, Prisoner Of War.
-These are so hard to find.
-You do not see...
These used to come... You used to get them quite often, but I don't...
You hardly see them now.
Well, if we buy that, we've already spent 100, that's 280, we'll only have £20 left.
That's a bit...
-A bit risky.
-Let's ask him to keep it?
Excuse me, sir, would you mind...?
-Would you come down slightly on 180?
-180's the very best. 180's a good price, believe me.
Well, let's keep it...
-Think about it.
-If the gentleman will keep it for us...
-You'll keep it, yeah?
-And we'll come back and let you know as soon as we can.
-Sure, yeah, no bother.
Looks like there's no budging on the price for the dominoes.
Let's hope Harper's having better luck.
What's the absolute death trade?
-Well, if it's going to...
-No, don't be ridiculous!
-It's going to a good home.
I can't. Can't. 25.
Where's... Where's my pal?
What if we spun a coin, 20 or 25?
-Yeah, shall we do that?
-OK, let's do that.
You're not going to introduce more chance to this lottery, are you?
I'm going to have to, because we've come to a deadlock.
20 or 25. Are you happy?
On a coin? It's a bit of fun, come on in.
Come on in and enjoy the spectacle. Are you ready?
-Ready for anything.
-OK. What was your name?
-Jackie, you call, right?
Right, heads... Heads, it's 25, tails it's 20.
-Tails us, heads you.
-It's an omen!
-25. Are we going to... Thank you, thank you, thank you.
-You're welcome, you're welcome.
-Well, it's one in the bag.
-Thanks, that was a hoot.
David takes a gamble on the glass bowl and the Reds have their first item of the day.
Paul Laidlaw's one of the newer kids on Bargain Hunt.
As it's our 10th birthday, let's take a look at what he gets up to at home.
'My life, cheesy, though this is bound to sound, it's stating the obvious, revolves round my family.'
Maureen and I've a gorgeous daughter, Aurora, who is seven,
and we have two twin boys, Francis and James, who are two and a half.
'Everything revolves round us as a wee family. It's the best thing in the world.'
Come on, you!
'I was terrified of having twins.
'I just had visions of The Shining, you know? Twins, not for me, really.'
What a blessing. It is the best thing in the world.
People struggle to differentiate them, and I've just got
to the stage, two years later, where I can differentiate them myself.
As if telling the little Laidlaws apart wasn't challenge enough
for Paul, he's also spent the last two and a half years
pitting his wits against the clock on Bargain Hunt.
-Yes, of course.
I think you have spotted something rather sexy indeed.
His first ever show coincided with the birth of the twins and wasn't at first all he had hoped.
I hated the experience. I got asked halfway through, "How's it going?"
I said, "I don't mind telling you, I hate this."
-We're in this for a profit.
-Who's going to do the work? Some haggling?
-I will. Oh, go on.
I hated it. But, see driving home, the best thing in the world.
You know, "I've just done that, can you believe it?
"have just been on Bargain Hunt!"
'Man, there's a rollercoaster'
and driving home to the hospital to see my three-day-old twins.
There's a weekend for you!
And when he's not being a family man, Paul spends time on his lifelong obsession.
Come on, Paul, confess all.
'I do have the collector gene,'
I don't mind telling you. I've always collected.
It was shells when I was a boy and then it was bottles, and so on.
Now my passion is for arms and armour, I'm afraid.
'And I have one piece from the very late 15th century,
'and then the 16th and 17th century up to the time of the Civil Wars.'
So, there you go, my weakness!
Your weakness is Bargain Hunt's strength, Paul, and you're not our only antiques geek.
Mark Stacey is a dealer and auctioneer turned TV expert too.
I was reading the Antiques Trade Gazette one day
and there was an advert in the back, by the BBC, asking for new experts
and I duly sent off my CV with a photograph and I went down all the way from Chichester on the train.
'I was disappointed, actually, because, all this build up'
and I got to the auction room, I answered basic questions on antiques,
and they said, "We'll let you know."
And I was expecting fanfares to say we've found our new star!
And the rest, as they say, is antiques history!
Mark's bargain hunting talents might have made TV history, but how does he cope with the trappings of fame?
I love going to auctions. I mean, I can't...
Sometimes, I put a hat on and dark glasses, but people still recognise who I am.
And that's not the only thing that's changed.
The last eight years have been really momentous for me.
Not only, of course, the fantastic experience of being on television
and being part of the successful Bargain Hunt team, but around about the time that I started,
I met a new partner, Santiago, who comes from Spain, Pamplona, where they run the bulls every year.
Well, it might not be the Costa Del Sol, but Mark
and Santiago have lived, for the past two years, in Brighton on the south coast.
We love entertaining. We love cooking and I've learnt a lot on the Spanish way of cooking.
'I mean, I used to be the world's worst cook.'
You know, if I did baked beans on toast I'd struggle to get the beans out of the toaster!
But now, if people turn up unexpectedly, I can open the fridge and rustle up something.
I can't guarantee it's tasty, mind you, but I'll rustle it up.
Sounds delightful, Mark. I might pop round for a Martini myself.
Let's get back to today's Bargain Hunt battle now and Paul's been thinking about the opposition.
I'm sure they're having a hoot. Mark's a riot.
I bet you Catherine is just laughing herself senseless.
I bet you they're having a ball.
Well, I wouldn't call it a ball, exactly.
-Don't start moaning at me, Mark.
-I AM moaning at you, Catherine.
The bellows look as if they're in good condition.
They don't excite me, Mark.
-You don't like it?
-No, I don't like that.
What would excite you, Catherine?
-Oh, you just being quiet for five minutes.
Oh! By contrast, all appears very civil in the Red camp.
-He is rather, isn't he?
And that's tickety-boo. That's got a decent visage there.
-Yeah. Young officer.
No pun intended, what's the death on this soldier?
65. It's got to be 65.
My problem is, we like it, but it's old-fashioned, isn't it?
And that's the worst thing you can say about a decorator's piece.
-It's got a niche following.
-I'm sorry, I disagree with you.
-Well, that's cool.
I mean, would 40 get it?
No, it can't be 40. I can't do it.
-Are we miles away?
-How many miles?
25 miles away.
Drawing a line in the sand there.
-Help us a wee bit.
Take sympathy on them.
They need to make money. Give him 50 quid.
-Thank you, sir.
Well done. Well done. Thank you very much.
Harry, you're always giving my stuff away.
-Thank you both.
-It's been nice seeing you.
Before they upset anyone else, Paul and David move on, the proud owners of a bronzed figure.
What do you think the other team are doing?
-They're probably done.
They're probably done, having a cup of tea and they've probably just spent about £30.
What, that much?
Not quite, Catherine, but you're not far off the truth and don't they look pleased with themselves?
We're in the zone, are we not, Mr Harper? We're in the zone!
15 minutes, two items done.
We can go home early today, I reckon.
-Looking good, looking good. This one's in the bag.
-Remember, lads, pride comes before a fall.
Sometimes, my eye gets taken by an object about which there is an awful lot more to learn.
Let's have a look at a find that I found at a fair in Oswestry.
I found the most extraordinary little bit of memorabilia.
A piece of waxed paper,
it's been inscribed "May 25th '67", for 1867.
And it says, in pen and ink, "To dear Mrs Thorneycroft,
"fervently wishing you many happy returns of the day".
And it's signed JD, and underneath that, it says Digger,
and underneath that, it says Emu Creek.
The digger would have been a miner.
That was the term that was used for those prospectors who left Europe in vast numbers, heading for Australia,
in the hope that they would find some gold and riches.
Let's undo the little parcel, shall we, and see what's inside?
Once upon a time, it was sealed with red sealing wax
because JD didn't want anybody to open up this little parcel
that he so fervently wanted to get to Mrs Thorneycroft.
And inside that is another wee piece of paper and if I carefully unfold,
it reveals four little pieces of gold.
This is prospector's gold.
You can imagine the scene on Emu Creek, JD and his mates are panning with those big pans
in the muddy water, looking for alluvial gold
and he found a bit and he sent it back to Mrs Thorneycroft.
I suspect this is quite a rare survival and likely to be worth quite a lot of money.
What does the dealer here, on the Welsh borders, want for it?
£125. Is that cheap?
I don't know. We'll have to ask one of our cousins down under.
Which is exactly what I did. You'll never guess who bought those nuggets.
It was the Canberra National Museum.
So those little bits of gold, found by moi in Oswestry, will now be in a national collection.
Today, we're hoping Edinburgh will prove something of a goldmine. Now, how are the teams doing?
Is it straight?
-What's that got to do with it?
It needs to be dead straight. You can't have it bowed.
It's got to be the right height. That's quite low.
-This is the right height for me.
-Yeah, but you're short.
Oh, Catherine's getting personal again and I sense dissension in the Blue ranks.
The Reds, by contrast, are going about their task with military precision.
-What are you looking at?
-I'm just scanning.
But on the other side of the hall, Mark might have spotted the Blues' second buy of the day.
Oh, that's nice. It's a pen.
It's a pen, yes.
-That's nice though.
-It's a whippet.
Oh, has got a little... Is its little ear broken off or is it just bent back?
I think it... No, because whippets are very nervous, aren't they, so they...
Oh, you know your dogs. I like that.
-I think that's sweet.
-I like that.
Oh, he's got little glass eyes, you know?
-I wonder why it's got this little bit on, though.
-Here, the little...
-Well, that's his collar.
-Oh, I see.
-That's meant to be his little collar, dear, with a little bell on it.
I'm not into dogs.
It's a bit low down though. It should be a bit further up.
Whippets have got long necks, Catherine.
-I don't know my dogs.
-Then, keep quiet on it.
I'll keep quiet. But I do like it.
-I think it's rather sweet.
-Is it walnut?
-It's fruit wood, yes.
-What would you do that for?
How much has it got on it?
-No, it hasn't!
We're not telling you. 86.
-No, you're right, it's 85.
OK, 75, but that is it.
-That's a lot of money. And then we wouldn't be able to get the POW.
-No, we wouldn't.
Could you not come down a little bit more on that?
70, but honestly, that's it.
70. We should use another 10 minutes looking and then we can make a final decision.
OK, but if we went for that at £70, so that leaves us with 230. 130 rather.
Which we'll find something for.
-Thank you so much.
-With a bit of messing and a lot of bickering,
Mark and Catherine get the pen down to £70, but leave it behind for now.
So, any concerns, Blue team?
Well, look, Catherine, we've had 25 minutes, so we've got 35 minutes left.
-We've bought one item, we're not doing terribly well.
-We're not doing very well.
Come on, Mark, don't be downhearted, it's our 10th birthday celebrations!
Now, do you remember one of your favourite teams?
Two lovely students.
One of them just, I mean, it was a freezing cold day and he just wore shorts and flip-flops.
They wanted desperately to find a musical instrument,
at least one of them did, and we found this violin and it looked very nice, it was in its case.
But how much is it? That's quite a big gamble.
190. It's quite a big gamble.
We've got a lot of money left, but it's still quite a big gamble.
Yeah. It's quite a lot for what potentially could be a bit of junk.
Yeah. If we can just get it down a bit, then, who knows?
The dealer was very fair and reduced it to 150 and I just said to them,
"This is either going to fly or it's not."
Now, the violin.
A very fine violin and two bows in a case. I shall start this lot at £60.
And of course, you know, we got it to auction and it just flew.
540. 560. 580.
I'll take £600.
Phone's out. We are selling.
We were delighted and I didn't even get a drink out of it!
Look, it's all about the contestants.
It's absolutely all about those guys. Is their call.
'One just...off like a hare, following her nose,'
found this hideous pair of late Dresden-type candelabra,
floral-encrusted porcelain, but cheesy beyond belief.
I can't stand the sight of them.
-Really, what don't you like about them?
-Just nasty, awful.
I think the passionate punter, who was having these at all cost,
didn't like me being so critical.
You absolutely wouldn't do 75 because he's not going to let us take them.
-Thank you very much indeed.
-It was just awful, what can I say?
But, look, you see, at auction, you just don't know.
-Someone bid, I need to get home tonight!
No takers anywhere for £5?
Thank you, sir. God bless you.
Five, I'm bid. Don't let him leave the room.
There you go, Bargain Hunt gold.
And that's why you should always listen to your expert.
Back to today's fair, there's just 10 minutes left.
That's ticking boxes for me.
Something that cries out Scottish, doesn't it?
Polished hard stones set in silver and bright-cut that silver, as well.
I mean, it's clean.
Is that not a wearable piece?
Dead right, it is. It's very funky.
-It's very now, I think.
It could be very trendy and very stylish.
-But could it be very cheap, that's the big question?
-There's not a lot of room on that one.
I've priced that one quite close.
-I think I've got it marked at 98, yeah?
-You've got 95.
-95 on it.
-I could do it for 85.
-If we can get that, and don't leap across the table at me,
if we can get that at 40 or 50 squids, we're in the money.
60 is the death.
-I think I paid that on it.
-OK. Well, we're just too far away on price.
Now, what about the WMF?
I mean, could that be trade, substantially less than that?
There is a bit of room on that,
but not that much room.
How much have I got on it?
-Trade? Trade, uh...?
-Nice stamp on it.
Trade, I could go 150. It's well-marked. It's a nice piece.
Yes, it's got a bit of damage and repair there. What.
-Yeah, it has a bit of damage.
-This stuff sells because it's sexiness for me.
-You don't think she's sexy, though?
-It's not doing it for me.
-She's doing for me!
While Paul and David take a moment to debate their taste in women,
the Blue team are doing a great job of losing their way completely.
Hold on, have we been down this one? Is this where we bought the...
-No, it's that side we bought the lump, wasn't it? Yes.
-No, we haven't been down here.
-We haven't been down this one.
-Well, it's just I don't want to lose time, Catherine, waiting.
No, I know, I know. Just calm down.
You haven't done up there. Do you want to go there and have a look first?
-Yeah, let's go round here and then...
-Round a bit further.
Come on, let's run now. Panic stations!
Meanwhile, the boys are having trouble focusing on the matter in hand too.
If she was a foxier lady, it would swing it.
I am THAT serious about...
Foxy ladies and swinging?
What are you talking about? We're not on a... We're on a different show here, Paul.
I've got my car keys!
-Shall we just have a little catch up? We've got, literally...
-We'll be back in a minute.
-We've got four minutes.
We're not hoofing it now. It's going to have to be one of them, isn't it?
100 quid for the WMF, or...
40 quid, 45 quid for the hardstone bracelet.
-I think profit-wise, the bracelet's probably got more of a chance.
The Reds are looking cucumber-cool, even with just minutes to go.
The Blues, on the other hand, are looking decidedly hot and bothered.
So what are we... Listen, come on, let's be serious a minute.
I want to get the dog because I like the dog.
And you're happy with it at 70?
-I really like those POW dominoes.
-Well, we can't have both, can we?
You think there's no way we could push him down?
He won't go to 130, Catherine.
Oh, I can't believe this has just all gone horribly wrong.
Yeah, it sure has, Catherine, and with just two minutes left, it really is time to panic.
Mark? Where's he gone?
Look at that. This wonderful ornamental letter opener from Japan.
-No, I don't like that, Mark.
-But it's quality, Catherine.
Why is that great quality? Feel it.
Catherine, look at the detailing of that bronze and the gilt work and all that lovely chasing.
It's Japanese, late 19th century and I think the chap is willing to negotiate a bit.
Shall I see if I can get it...?
If I can get it for less than 100, we'll go with this. OK.
-What about that?
-All right. On your head be it.
You're a brave man, Mark. Meanwhile, the Red team have finally moved on from the Art Nouveau woman
and have set their sights on the 1950s bracelet.
-40 on the '50s bracelet.
-50 is the base on that, it really is.
-Let's spin a coin.
Let's spin a coin.
I love spinning... Come on.
-Go for it.
-45, 50 in an old box.
-No. You can get a box that's...
-In a box.
Do you want to call? You call.
I can't believe it.
50, thanks a lot, mate.
David loses the toss again, but the Reds win the race
because they're all done and dusted,
which is more than can be said for those Blues, who still have only one item.
-What's the deal?
-I've failed you, Catherine.
I could only get it for 100, but I think we've got to go with it.
-Look at the object.
-Have you bought it?
I've said yes. Look at it, it's Meiji period.
It's 1870, 1880, and, you know, look at those lovely scrolls and even gilded underneath.
That's a sign of quality, Catherine.
The more I look at it, the more I like it. You did the right thing.
-No, you did.
If it goes horribly wrong, on your head be it.
-You'll cut my head off.
I'm not so sure she's joking, Mark!
Dog pen, dog pen, dog pen!
-Where's the dog pen?
-Where is it? Woof, woof!
With just 15 seconds to go, let's hope the pen is still there.
-I hope she's kept it for us.
-I hope she's kept it for us.
Where is she? It's this gentleman, as well.
Yes. You kept our pen, didn't you?
-I've never been so pleased to see a dog!
Time's up, teams. What a finish, and by the skin of their teeth!
Now, all you regulars know about the bonus buy.
That's the secret item that's bought by the experts with the leftover lolly
that pitches up later at the auction.
There, the teams decide whether to gamble or not,
because, if it makes a profit, that's great, but if it doesn't make a profit,
it can't just wipe them out.
But as we have no experts, there's only one person left to do the job and that's moi.
Each day this week, I'm going to go out and find that bonus buy,
but instead of using the leftover lolly,
I've been allowed £100 to spend on each team.
I'm feeling the pressure, so let's see if the Reds will actually need my bonus buy.
They took a gamble on a Murano glass bowl for £25.
Just 10 minutes later, they were on the attack again
and battled hard for a bronze statue of a soldier.
And after much idle discussion on the virtues of the female form,
the boys plumped for a 1950s bracelet.
The Blues didn't give themselves, or each other, an easy time,
but they did bag a Langley vase in the first few minutes.
Ignoring Catherine's protests,
Mark went on to seal the deal on a Japanese letter opener.
Then, with time snapping at their heels,
the Blues raced back to the charming 19th century doggy pen.
Not a bad haul from our experts, eh?
Over the last 10 years, I have visited the most amazing stately homes, country houses, museums,
galleries and collections, during my time on Bargain Hunt.
And sometimes, I've been looking at not exactly traditional antiques.
I have been known to nose around the odd motoring fair in Kent.
'Take to the open road in style in Sussex.'
All in all, I've been allowed to handle some very precious motoring machinery.
If I say Rolls-Royce, the feature that probably springs to mind
is the distinctive radiator grille and the glorious mascot on the top.
That mascot is often referred to as the Flying Lady, but strictly speaking,
her title is the Spirit Of Ecstasy and she is a fascinating woman.
How is it that this thing has become the icon of motoring history?
Well, the story is a mixture of controversy,
comedy and more than a little bit of romance along the road.
Originally, in the early 1900s, there were no mascots, but some owners started adding their own.
Reports were received of devils, black cats
and even one German businessman added a sausage up front to advertise his business.
Anyway, Rolls-Royce found all this very distasteful and in 1910, they commissioned their own mascot,
which they hoped that owners would find irresistible.
The lady she was supposedly modelled on was certainly irresistible to one important Rolls-Royce owner.
At the world headquarters of Rolls-Royce, I found that Lord Montagu of Beaulieu's secretary,
Eleanor Thornton, was the likely inspiration for the mascot.
The sculptor was Charles Sykes and if you look carefully,
you can see his signature inscribed on the base of the figure.
He described her as, "A delightful little goddess."
His daughter claimed that there were several female models for this figure, but that could have been
a smokescreen to cover up the fact that she was Lord Montagu's lover.
Eleanor, sadly, died in 1915 when she was travelling to India
with Lord Montagu on the SS Persia.
The vessel was torpedoed,
but Lord Montagu ensured that the mascot remained
as a testament to her lasting beauty.
But for the 21st century, she's got one final secret up her skirt.
She's retractable to keep her out of thieving hands, but I think I'm going to keep her up, let the wind
blow in her hair one last time, as I head off to the auction.
And let's hope our teams motor on home today with some nice profits for charity.
So, Anita, how lovely to be here in Glasgow.
-Oh, welcome again, Tim, welcome.
-Thank you very much.
Now, your big test comes on Friday, when you're the expert competitor on the anniversary programme.
-With Phillip Serrell.
Rather you than me.
But, right now, though, Anita, let's look at today's competitors.
Paul and David, they're first up with the piece of Murano glass.
-Now, do you think that's Murano, Anita?
-Well, it's European at any rate.
It has a good weight, it has a nice polished base, it's big and it's colourful.
-That's true. And what's it going to bring, do you think?
-Well, estimate on that, 25 to 40.
-They'll be chuffed about that because they only paid £25.
-Glass is very popular just now.
Well, it'll be interesting to see what happens.
Now, the bronzed figure.
I mean, a handsome military man, but I guess not very old, what do you think?
No. Certainly in the latter part of the 20th century at any rate.
Yes. It's what I used to call brand Harry spankers, but perhaps we're being kind to it.
-We do want to be kind to it.
-He is a quite an attractive chap.
-Yes, nice moustache.
-People will be drawn to him.
I think he's got a chance.
What sort of money do you think, Anita?
-I've estimated 60 to 80.
-Well, that's great, £50 is paid.
I might have been a wee bit generous on that one.
Oh, Lord! We're getting a bit of a warning signal there.
Now, lastly is this, I think, rather cleverly-bought silver and stone mounted bracelet.
In Scotland, we love our polished pebble jewellery and this is a particularly nice one.
-This has a Glasgow hallmark and the Glasgow people will like that.
-What do you think it's going to bring?
-Estimate 40 to 60.
-Well, they paid 50. You never know.
-That's not bad.
With your persuasive tongue, I expect they'll get away with it.
Now, the big question is are they going to need my bonus buy, so let's go and have a look at it.
So, boys, the moment of the bonus buy.
My moment of dread in these programmes!
Anyway, you spent overall £125, which is completely miserable.
I know, I know. We're tactical players, as you know, Tim.
-Is that what it is?
-Well, you're both very cunning.
So I'm not given the leftover lolly, I'm given £100
to find your bonus buy which I've done, and I invite you, Mr Laidlaw, to remove the cloth.
Thank you, sir.
-Oh, like it.
-Look at that.
I get a lovely reaction from our TWEEDY team.
Very unusual. Bronze.
Yeah, they're bronze, but have you ever seen a park bench applied with pretty little birds like this?
-It's an unusual composition, isn't it?
The birds are gilt and then that thing next door is a sort of waste paper bin, don't you think?
-It is, it is.
-A park-like waste paper bin that makes your ink well.
And then you've got this nice polished stone bottom to it. It doesn't seem to be damaged.
It seems to be, you know, pretty well spot on.
-But I think the big question, Tim...
-Is how much did you pay for it?
-£100, bang on?
-I had to spend my 100.
I negotiated pretty hard to get it down to 100.
-That's the best I could find.
-No, it's very nice and we'll think about it.
Yeah, do think about it because you don't have to choose until the sale of your first three items,
but for the audience at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about my bonus buy.
So, look at this, Anita. Twit twoo! Do you like it?
I think that it's absolutely charming.
I think it's a wee bit later than 1930s, maybe 1940s, 1950s.
In the '50s, they were looking back to the Art Deco style.
What makes this particularly charming are these gorgeous wee plump birdies.
I'm really chuffed by this and I quite rate it.
I think it will do well. I think it's so charming, it's so appealing, I think it might take a wee flyer.
-Might it? What's your estimate?
-My estimate is 70 to 100.
Oh, dear. I paid £100 for it.
-Sometimes, estimating conservatively is a good tactical move.
-It encourages the bidding.
-Right. Well, I need a bit of encouragement.
Anyway, that's that, Anita, and indeed, that's it for the Reds. Now, for the Blues.
Mark, rather predictably, has gone for this baluster pot.
He's a bit of a traditional type of chap, isn't he?
Well, in some respect!
-Langley. We have a lot of Langley collectors out there.
There is a Langley Collectors Club.
-So hopefully, they will pick up on the internet on this vase.
This pattern might be a little bit out of favour for these times,
but I think that this lovely singing cobalt blue will help it on.
-Yes, it goes rather well with your jacket.
So what's your estimate, darling?
Estimate 80 to 120.
OK, they paid £100, so they're just about in the frame with that.
Now, they've gone completely off piste with this nice Japanese letter opener.
I love this. I think this is absolutely wonderful.
We have here, this mythical creature
with what we might call a gilded loincloth.
He's clasping on to this large fish which is regurgitating this cat-like devil.
-So it's telling a story.
-I think it's wonderful.
-There's quality in this piece.
-And what do you think it's worth, Anita?
I've estimated it between 100 and 200, which is quite a wide estimate.
-It certainly is.
-But I think this is the type of quirky item that could really sail away.
Yes, well, £100 to £200 is brilliant because they paid 100.
Similarly, really, with this wee fruit wood novelty pen.
Isn't... Isn't that just so sweet?
Isn't that just so lovely?
The carving of whippet's head is very delicate, it's very well done,
so people will appreciate the quality and the craftsmanship in it.
-I suppose it's Black Forest, isn't it?
-Yes. It's lovely.
My estimate on that is 80 to 120.
Oh, that's brilliant. She spent £70 on it. I think they deserve,
on the basis of their bravery, in going with these two quite obscure, oddball items, to do quite well.
-In which case they won't need my bonus buy, but we're going to go and have a look at it anyway.
-Well, hi, Blues. How are you?
-Not half as excited as we're about your tights, Catherine.
I mean, that is... That's an amazingly good look, darling.
-Are you trying to captivate the audience, or just the presenter?
-You, of course, Tim.
-You, of course. Now, look, as it's a special programme, I'm going to ask you
-to reveal my bonus buy, so would you remove my cloth for me?
Are you ready for this, Mark?
-Here we go. Oh, lovely.
-Oh, I like those.
-Do you like those?
-Yes, I do.
-Oh, there's a nice bit of weight to them as well.
You two have been like lovebirds,
so I thought "All I can do is to buy a couple of lovebirds."
-Oh, they're sweet.
-I mean, they're budgerigars, strictly, I think.
-Austrian, yes, absolutely. Cold-painted bronze Austrian jobs.
Oh, they're lovely. I like them.
-Do you like those?
-I love them.
That's what I love about this team, they're so enthusiastic.
-This is lovely, actually. The detail is very nice.
-They're filthy too.
They want a jolly good scrub-a-dub because most of the paint is there.
-It's just got grubby.
They've got their tails are intactus. Mostly those tails get bent and knocked off, as you know.
They can be quite vulnerable, so I was really, really, really chuffed to find those.
-What did you pay for them, Tim?
-Do you want to know?
-We do, don't we?
-You're quite sharp on the money.
Well, I didn't spend the 100, spent 70. £35 each.
That's very good.
Is that what you called a S-N-I-P?
-I think absolutely.
-Then it's cheap as...?
As inexpensive fried potatoes!
To be honest, I think if you'd have got these for 100, I think that was...
-I think they're worth £120 each. Absolutely.
-I think there are great.
-Oh, I'm so excited.
-Well, that's good, isn't it?
On the other hand, don't get too carried away,
because as we know, in this game, anything can happen and I have to take on the chin
if they don't make £70, I have to look at the camera and say, "Oh, that's all right. "
It's not at all, I'm livid, but we shall see, all right?
-I love them, Tim.
Very happy, guys. Well, we've got two happy expert contestants.
Let us find out what our happy auctioneer thinks about my pairs of budgies, aah!
So, tweet tweet.
Over to you and out of your cage!
A pair of loving birds, or a loving budgies.
I think these are absolutely lovely and Austrian cold-painted bronzes have never gone out of fashion.
These are beautifully moulded, they're very, very sweet
-and we still have got a wee bit of colour in them.
-So I think they're lovely.
I was really chuffed to pay £70 for the pair.
-They're desirable objects, aren't they?
People like this sort of thing. Estimate, 80 to 120.
-Well, that would be perfect. I mean, anything more than £70 will help anyway.
I know we can rely on you, Anita.
I will do my best. I'm looking forward to selling all this stuff.
Very good. Thank you.
-Well, the boot is definitely on the other foot today, isn't it?
I tell you. I am so pleased we're in this supremely-good saleroom, though, because look at this crowd.
-Safe hands, Tim.
-Well, let's hope so.
Paul, how are you feeling, are you feeling confident?
I am. I don't want to be cocky, but, yeah, I think...
-I think we're looking at a good deal.
-Are you on the cocky end of...
-I have been accused of being cocky in the past, yeah. Probably true.
-Yes, but today specifically?
Well, you watch out because our friend up there's got his eye on you, all right?
First up is the Murano glass bowl and here it comes.
Lot 138 is that superb Murano glass dish...
She's bigging it up, bigging it up.
A beautiful colour of fine-quality glass.
Can we say £80?
-Go on! Go on.
-60? Start me at £20.
-Oh, no! Don't start at £20.
-20 bid. Any advance on 20? 30.
-With you, madam, at 30 for the Murano.
40. £40. Mrs Gillespie at 40. 50.
-Get in there!
-60. Any advance on £60? £60?
-Yes! Get in there.
-Well, that is excellent, isn't it?
-£60 is 25...
30... Is £35. £35 you made on it.
139, what a good looking guy.
He's a French bronze figure of a military officer.
Can we say 150 for the bronze figure? 100? Start me at 50.
30 bid. Any advance on 30?
-Oh, come on.
-No, no, no.
-Any advance on 30? 40.
-Oh, no, come on.
-50. Any advance on £50? All done at £50.
Oh, there's more, there's more!
55, fresh bidder. Paul at 55.
Any advance on 55?
All done at 55? 55.
Well, by the skin of your teeth then, £55.
You are plus £5 on that. You're £40 up, lads.
You are plus 40.
Lot 140, again one of my favourite pieces.
It's a Scottish silver bracelet with the polished agate.
-It has the Glasgow hallmark.
-Can we say £100?
-£50? Start me at 30.
-30 bid. 40.
Any advance on 40?
50. I'll catch you all in a minute.
-£50. 60. 70.
80. 90. 100. £100.
-All done at £100? 110.
-Here we go, here we go.
With you, sir, at 110.
All done at 110? All done at 110?
Well, how brilliant is that? £110.
-And you'll believe this, look, £110 is plus 60 on that.
You had 40 before. You are plus £100.
You have £100 profit.
Are you going to risk a £100?
Oh, well, I just don't know, I just don't know!
-Is this guy any good?
I'm not going to take it agin you if you don't because quite frankly anything could happen.
-We're going with it, you know we are.
-I don't think they... Oh, OK.
-It was always going to happen.
-OK, well this is a brown trouser moment for me.
Because these two lads are arch winners, right?
They are going to go with my bonus buy. They have £100 and they're going to risk £100 on this object.
How cool is that?
I'm feeling a bit flushed, actually. OK, here it comes.
This is ooh la la!
It's a French Art Deco ink stand
modelled with these delightful little plump birds.
They're sat upon a bench.
Will you start me at £100?
Are you feeling the pressure, Tim, or what?
For the French Art Deco ink stand.
Any advance on £50 for the Art Deco lot?
This is where I've just lost £50.
70. 80. 90.
-It was never a problem!
-110. 120. 130.
-Oh, look at this! This is getting a bit more like it.
Any advance on £130, all done at 130?
-Well, that's good, isn't it?
I think I've been quite jammy there, I have to say.
But anyway, £130, all right.
-Don't say a word to the Blues.
-No, we don't speak to them.
-Not one word to your colleagues.
Anyway, good luck. Well done. Smashing job.
We see a lot of rare and precious things on Bargain Hunt,
but sometimes the value is not so much what it's made of, but who owned it.
Now, do you remember these?
This is a pair of bloomers.
Enormous, aren't they?
Actually, this is only half of a pair of bloomers.
That is the bloomers in their full scale
and no ordinary bloomers, these.
These belong to a queen. I mean it. Queen Victoria.
Look, it says VR, Victoria Regina.
It had has created an international storm of interest.
There are numerous telephone lines booked and the estimate is £200 to £300.
Do you know what Queen Victoria would have said about all of this?
"We are not amused."
It must be lot 402, you've all seen them...
We've got lots of media interest in her bloomers.
Remember, the estimate is £200 to £300 and apparently she really did wear them. Here we go.
A rare pair of Queen Victoria's white cotton hand-sewn bloomers
of circa 1880, embroidered crown and a very personal social thing
-to really handle, and we're delighted.
Lots of interest and I shall start this lot at 900.
Thank you for coming. 900.
14. 16. 18. 2,000. 22.
24. 26. 28. 3,000.
42, sir? No, £4,000 bid.
£4,000 bid for the bloomers.
Fair warning, going once.
I'll take 41. 41.
42. One more, sir? 43.
No, sir? 4,200 on the phone.
I'll take 43. Going once, they're sold.
4,200. Isn't that extraordinary?
£4,200, that's £2,100 per leg.
Queen Victoria would be proud of him and, frankly, for 4,200 I think I'd drop mine.
Who could possibly have thought that Queen Victoria's undies could have brought quite that much?
Just for a pair of bloomers!
Let's hope we get that lucky today, but I wouldn't bet my Y-fronts on it.
-Been chatting to the Reds then, have we?
-Not a dickie bird.
-No, not a thing? Good, well, we like that.
We don't want you to know because it might spoil the competition.
So, the experience is unusual this, isn't it?
-It's brilliant though.
-In the competition.
-It's good fun.
-And we had a laugh. We had two seconds left before we had to...
-Finish our buying, so it was on the skin of our teeth, really.
You're looking terribly well bonded up you two,
and first up is your Langley pot and here it comes.
this superb Lovett's Langley leadless glazed stoneware vase.
Can we say £200 for the Art Nouveau vase?
-It would be lovely if she could!
-150? Will you start me at £100?
-Come on, please.
-Start me at 100.
-£50. Any advance on £50?
-60. 70. 80. 90. 100.
Oh, we have... We have...
For the Art Nouveau vase. All done at 100? 100.
That's wiped its face.
-No profit, no loss, no shame.
-No, but that's good, actually.
A superb item. It's the Japanese Meiji-period letter opener,
Will you give me £100? 50 then.
-50 bid. Any advance on 50?
60. 70. 80. 90.
With you, sir, at £100.
We need to make a bit of profit here.
-This is awful.
Done at 100? 100.
That's a second wiped face.
We haven't had two wiped face for years.
We don't want to wipe faces.
162 is the sweetest little 19th-century carved fruitwood nib.
Isn't that the sweetest little thing? 100.
Start me at 50. 50 bid.
-Oh, come on.
-60. 70. 80. 90.
-At least it's a profit.
-Any advance on 90 for this rare pen? £90.
Well done, plus £20.
You have made a profit of £20.
How good is that? Two wiped faces and a £20 profit.
-I know, but it's not...
-It's not good, is it?
What do you mean it's not good? You know how this programme works!
-Well, that's true actually.
-You know how many losses we get. You have not made a loss.
Well, what are you going to do about the old birdies?
-Oh, undoubtedly we have to go with these.
-Do you have to go with them?
-Are they cheap cheap?
-They are cheap cheap.
-Is that awful?
Oh, dear, that something you got out of the bottom of the cage!
-No, thank you, we love those, I think.
-You love them?
-And you're going to go with them.
Now we have a pair
of Austrian cold-painted bronze groups of budgerigars.
Can we say £300 for the pair? 200?
Will you start me at £100? 100 bid.
-110. 120. 130.
-Oh, they like these budgies.
Hang on, hang on, hang on!
150. It's still cheap...
-At £150. 160, fresh bidder.
160, what a good girl she is.
You're saving our bacon here.
Well, I don't know about that. 160.
-She's a brilliant woman.
It's all down to that woman, I tell you. £160. That is great.
So, it's plus £90. You got 20, that's plus 110, all right?
-That is £110.
You're in three figures, you guys!
-How about that?
-It's pretty sexy.
-Thank you, Tim.
-No, not at all. I don't want to shake your hand!
-I was going to say, let's have a kiss.
-o, well done. Well, that's great. Don't tell the Reds a thing.
-That could be a winning score.
-Oh, it'd be nice, wouldn't it?
Well, well, what fun!
I can reveal that there is of course barely a sheet of Bronco between our teams today.
-It is so close and you've not been chatting with one another, have you?
-No, no, not at all.
-No. Well, of course, sadly we have to have
a runner up, but the contributions to charity in terms of winnings are nothing short of phenomenal.
And the runners up today, I regret to say, are the Blues.
-Yeah, but there's, as they say, nothing in it.
You washed your face twice, yes?
-You made a £20 profit and then my bonus buy made £90 profit.
-Which took you guys to £110 worth of profit.
So there's your £110, which is pretty good.
You can hang on to that but I'm going to gather it up in a minute.
But the victors today by...
-Winning making a profit of only £130, so there is very little in it
I have to say, but they made solid profits throughout.
They made a profit of £35, a profit of £5, a profit of £60,
I contributed £30 to that little total there, so £130, all right?
-So it's a win, win, win, win,
-It's a double win.
-Have you had a good time?
-Join us soon for some more bargain hunting yes?
Join us tomorrow for more birthday fun and games when we see how well our experts get on under pressure...
-You got it without me?
-I just said "yes", it was just automatic!
-No, I won't.
-Let's be a team.
-You've let me down.
..And how they take time to relax at home.
We also delve into 10 years of Bargain Hunt highlights.
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To celebrate 10 years of Bargain Hunt, Tim Wonnacott lays down a challenge to the programme's antiques experts.
Experts Paul Laidlaw and David Harper compete against Catherine Southon and Mark Stacey to buy three antiques or collectables at Edinburgh's Ingliston Centre. They then have to see if they can make a profit when the items go under the hammer at auction. Any proceeds from the sale will go to charity.
Tim also looks back at some of his best finds over the years, and we find out what the experts get up to away from the cameras.