Tim Wonnacott presents from Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire. Experts Anita Manning and Philip Serrell are on hand to guide two pairs of teams through the antiques fair.
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On today's show we have two teams of best friends
battling it out for the coveted Bargain Hunt crown,
but which team will be going home grinning with the winnings?
I don't know, but I can't wait to find out, so let's go bargain hunting!
Time to take a quick peek at what's coming up in the show.
Alarm bells are ringing for the Blue team.
Is that because I broke that, sorry.
While some favouritism might help the Reds.
-Well, I always like the Red team, anyway, so...
-Up the Red team!
-Phil can't get a word in edgeways.
-Hang on. Why don't you ask me first what I think it'll make at auction?
We're at Kedleston Hall in the heart of Derbyshire
at the Jaguar Antiques Fair.
Now the Bargain Hunt rules could not be simpler.
The two teams are each given £300 and an hour to shop here in the fair
for the most delectable items to take away and sell at auction.
The team wins that makes the most profit at auction,
and that's pretty simple, isn't it? Got it?
Well, I should jolly well hope so! Here we go.
And without further ado, let's meet the teams.
On the Red side, we've got friends Gina and Shenna,
and for the Blues we've got Peggy and Glynis who, too, are friends. Hi, girls.
Now, Gina, how did you two meet?
-At a women's network that I helped to set up called WHOOSH...
-What does WHOOSH stand for?
It stands for Women Have Opportunities Outside Sad Housework.
-And are you anti-housework fundamentally, or just...?
-I'm allergic to it.
-Yes. As soon as I see a Hoover, I go all twitchy.
Now, Shenna, what do you do, darling?
I manage a team of family support workers in Derbyshire.
Brilliant. And what do you collect?
I used to collect a lot of vintage clothing and I still like to, you know...still like vintage clothing.
What do you like about vintage clothing?
I just think because it's evocative of the period
and it gives you a whole feel of what things were like in those days and...
So you fancy yourself as Vera Lynn, do you, and get into the fox cape and...
-Well, more of a Rita Hayworth, actually.
-A Rita Hayworth! Yes!
Ah, we all know about Rita Hayworth. Now, for our second pair of friends.
Have you known each other for long, Pegs?
Yes, we've known each other about 12 years.
-We work together.
-Oh, do you?
-Well, we did do, we're both retired now.
-But we did work together.
-What's all this business about retiring early?
-I know, oh.
-What's happening here?
I mean, you could only have done about ten or 12 years in employment and then you just gave it up?
You're so kind.
You're both a bit accident prone, aren't you?
-Yes, we are. Definitely.
So, Glynis, tell us about your accidents, love.
The one that springs to mind was on holiday, deserted beach, just myself walking down to the sea
and I heard a little voice saying, "Excuse me," and I thought, "Oh, I've obviously heard something."
Carried on and the voice came again, very loud, "Excuse me," and above me was a hang glider.
Of all the deserted beach, he was trying to come down on the bit where I was and I couldn't move, I froze,
and luckily the wing just went over my head. It was really funny.
You nearly got run down by a hang glider on a beach.
A deserted beach, even.
On an otherwise deserted beach. Pegs, what about your accidents?
Well, we used to go skiing, not always very well,
because coming down the slope, doing a snowplough...
-And I absolutely obliterated a line of Germans that were having a lesson!
And there was hats, gloves, skis and I'm sure a lot of language,
but because it was German I couldn't understand what they were saying!
No, quite. So how many Germans did you wipe out in one swipe?
-It must have been about ten.
-Ten, I know.
Now, the money moment, here we go, here's your £300 apiece.
You know the rules, your experts await and off you go, and very, very, very good luck.
Helping our teams today are our two experts.
Marching to the front for the Reds, Anita Manning.
While standing to attention for the Blues -
well, almost - it's Philip Serrell.
And they'll need to be on their guard today,
as they'll be helping not one, but two pairs of Reds and Blues.
-Right, do you want some advice?
Right, first, we've got to walk quicker or we're never going to get round!
-They're nice. Oh, Milton tiles.
They actually were on the back of the Sainsbury's food hall.
-Oh, gosh, yeah.
-And how much are they?
Well, I always like the Red team, anyway, so...
-Hooray for the Reds!
-Up the Reds!
-So, I'll do them at 22 quid each.
-That's, like, 90 quid for the four.
Yeah, it's a lot.
-Say we wanted those two.
-For the two.
-Could you do them for 30?
-You could. The Red team.
-She always gets away with it, doesn't she?
-30 quid. I think that's not bad at £30.
Well done, Reds, but how's Phil getting on with the Blues?
I'd think we've probably had ten minutes.
-Sorry. We've got to get a move on, haven't we?
-You've bought nothing.
You've talked a lot,
so it's effort - ten out of ten, achievement - zilch.
What's that made of, though?
-What is it made of?
-Is brass good at the moment or not so good?
-Brass and copper's awful.
But that's got an Arts and Crafts look to it.
It all depends on price, doesn't it?
-But I'd ask him if he'd reserve it for you for an hour...
-Without the guarantee that you'll buy it.
-Then you've got a bit of a banker put by.
And then the other thing I would do is I'd be really mean,
because he's a really good guy and he'll help you anyway. Low, low.
40? We couldn't possibly pay 75.
-Don't you just love it? She's good, isn't she?
-Would it be possible to have it for £35?
-Look at the colour drain from his face.
-Yeah, I need a...
I'm going to be on his side because you're being really wicked to him.
-What's the lowest you honestly think you could do?
-£55 on that.
-Did he say 45?
-I think he did, actually.
-45 would be really good.
-See these hands?
It's easy if you tell me you're the one that did it, then it's too young. I want something...
No, that's two hours of hard work. Give me your hand.
-We'd have preferred it unpolished.
-We definitely would.
You wouldn't have looked at that twice if it was.
-You could probably agree at 50 quid.
What about 50? If you reserve that and think, it's the first sale of the day.
-Go on, I will.
-Thank you, mate.
-Lovely. Thank you.
-Give him a kiss.
One man beaten into submission, and I don't think it'll be the last.
Back to the Reds now who've gone and p-p-p-picked up a penguin!
-Would you like to see the back stamp?
-All right, ah-ha.
-Poole pottery. Poole is always good. How much is he?
Penguins are quite popular.
We're thinking profit here.
-Not what we like.
-What would be a good price?
-What do you think?
-Go on, then.
-Oh, well done!
-Are you happy with him?
-I'm very happy with him.
-OK. I'll go with you.
-You have next choice.
You're right, it's not whether I like it, it's whether we'll win with it or not.
It's Poole, and Poole pottery is a good factory.
And my granddaughter loves penguins, so I'm afraid...
-Maybe it was shouting at you.
Well, your granddaughter might like penguins, Gina, but will the auctioneer?
Well, the Reds might be buying off plan, but at least they're buying.
Come on, Blues, we haven't got all day! 30 minutes have already gone.
-How much is that?
I just think that is absolutely beautiful.
Yeah, I like that.
-Why not ask the man how old he thinks it is?
It's hard to say, really, but...
I think it's 1900 at best, really.
-Well, beauty's in the eye of the beholder.
And you're beholding it and I'm running away like hell at the minute.
What is the very best you could do for that? 85...
Hang on. Why don't you ask me first what I think it'll make at auction?
-I'm so sorry.
-No, no! Isn't she just lovely?
-She's so polite, isn't she?
-What would you think it would make?
About 45 at auction.
That could make 20 or 25 quid.
The best I will do it is 45.
I think you will lose money on it.
-I really, really do.
-And I do believe you very much, sir.
But if you want... Isn't she just so polite, isn't she just lovely?
I do like it, is that OK, Peg?
-If we can agree with that.
What are they doing?
-What are they doing?
-I'm so sorry.
They don't even pause for breath, do they?
One buy down and another man floored by the girls' incessant bargaining.
I think they've come and they've gone...
Look, they might have something else already!
I do think it's very nice, Peggy, yes, I do.
I think at auction that's going to make between probably £15 and £25.
-Now, it's 38. If you really like it, if we got it for...
20, would that be worth it or not, because we've already done one mess-up.
-Let's have a look at it.
-Is it sellable?
It's Doulton Burslem.
It was made in about 1890ish.
It's a printed design with these floral back prints around here.
I think that's quite nice.
-We've got to ask your permission...
-Would you accept...?
Just look at you two!
Would you accept £20 for that?
-No. The best I could do on it is 30.
28. I mean, it's not a lot, a cup of coffee. £2.
-Oh, go on, then. 28, I will do.
-Shall we take it for 28?
-I'll take these shopping more often.
-So, quickly say we'll have that, then.
-I think so.
-You like that, don't you?
-I like it.
-Yes. So, yes, thank you.
-May we please have that for £28? Excellent.
Dealer number three hammered, speechless.
Now, the Reds have shopped the fair, but with time running out,
will they find their final buy under canvas?
Oh, this looks good, doesn't it?
They can smell a deal in the air.
Chanel No 5.
A girl should never move without it.
-That is beautiful.
-Is that silver?
-This is all cut crystal here and it's in good condition.
-It's in mint condition and you have this star cut here,
-which again is an indication of quality.
Very often in these bottles the stopper is missing
and the stopper is still there and it's not damaged.
What would be your best price on that?
I don't know, 60 quid for trade.
Yeah, but if you said 50 we'd have it off you now, we'll take it.
Well, it's your decision here. It's your decision.
OK, then. Yeah, they've talked me into it...
- For £50. - 55.
OK, we had to try, didn't we? For 55.
-So, have you finally decided, girls?
-Yes, we have, yes.
-What a negotiation.
-What about the dealer, are you happy, sir?
-Are you happy?
-What, with 55?
-We've done all right, then.
-You've driven him to within an inch of his life, anyway.
Shopping to within an inch of their lives are the Blues,
but can they shut their mouths long enough to close a deal before the time runs out? Oh, dear!
I think it's £20 worth.
-I like that.
-If you can get it for the right price.
This could take a long time. I'll just rest the bones a little bit.
So, what did you think about that?
I think it's probably £20 worth.
-I think if you could buy it for 25 you might have a chance.
I think at auction it's £20 to £35 worth at auction.
-That's what I think.
-I quite like that.
-Shall we try?
-I quite like that.
-Here we go.
-Have you got any headache tablets?
30 is the lowest I can go on that otherwise I'll lose money on it.
Have you no shame at all, woman?
28? Go on, then, 29.
I'll let you have it for 29.
-Brilliant. Thank you very much.
I think you got out of that quite lightly!
So do I. At least they've left one man standing. Shopping's done.
Let's remind ourselves what the teams bought.
First up for the Reds were a pair of Minton tiles for £30.
They're hoping this penguin, bought for £15,
will fly out of the saleroom.
They don't fly, penguins.
And they followed their noses
to this cut crystal perfume bottle for £55.
Well, that was fun, wasn't it? Now, how much did you spend overall?
-That's lovely, isn't it?
You've got £200 of leftover lolly?
-I have, yes.
-There we go.
There's the £200. Always a ticklish moment this, isn't it, Anita?
Well, it's towards the end of the day, Tim,
all the bargains may have gone,
so I'll have to have a really good rummage and a really good search,
but I'm sure I'll come up with something with that amount of money.
No better person to do it, Anita, and very, very good luck.
Now, let's check out how the Blues are getting on.
Now, how much did you spend overall?
-£102, is that all? We want £198 of leftover lolly, please.
£198 of leftover lolly, which goes straight across to our Phil.
-That's a lot of cash, isn't it?
-Oh, off to spend.
-Are you off to spend?
-And he's gone.
Well, it's really wonderful to be at Bamfords Saleroom in Derby with the proprietor,
-our leader today, James Lewis. How are you?
-Very well. It's great to have you here.
It's lovely to be back.
-First item for the Reds are these two Minton tiles.
-Do you rate those, James?
-No, I don't, sorry. It's...
They should have been in a big panel on the back of a washstand
or either side of a fire surround and, at the end of the day, if they were in the washstand
the entire washstand would probably only be worth £30 to £50 so a couple of tiles, £5 or £10.
-So, maybe ten...
-Maybe £10 to £15 together, then.
Well, they sadly paid £30.
-Gina paid £30. She went bonkers.
-OK, fine. So, that could be a bit of a problem.
-And what about the Poole pottery penguin?
-Yeah, I like that. I like penguins.
It's quite a late one.
-But there we are, it is what it is and I think it should sell. It should make £10 or £20.
So somebody will p-p-p-pick up a penguin?
-I'm sure they will.
-Yeah. They paid £15, actually, so that's not...
Good. Next is the silver mounted scent bottle.
There we go. Handsome.
-Yeah, I like it. A good saleable object, as well.
-And ready to go.
-£40 to £60?
-They paid 55.
So, there are some grey areas here.
They could be in difficulty, so let's go and have a look at the bonus buy.
-What is it?
It's a lovely wee silver spoon.
-And what I liked about the spoon was it's probably
totally useless because it's got this boat on the end of it.
-And people will like that.
It's in very nice condition. It's hallmarked silver.
It is later 20th century, but I think it's still nice and I do like this paddle steamer here.
It looks as if it's about to paddle down to your tea.
-How much did you spend?
-We like that!
-You spent... You spent a tenner!
Our sort of price, I think.
You canny wee Scotswoman, you.
Well, I was wanting to spend as much as I possibly could,
but this took my eye and I couldn't resist it, it was so silly.
Well, Anita, I think you've done rather well. I think the team like it.
Let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Anita's little spoon.
-Odd, but fun.
-But I can't work it out, can you?
No, it's strange.
It's almost as if it's been added at a later date, isn't it?
That wee Anita Manning, she only paid a tenner for it.
-Will she get her money back as a bonus buy?
-It'll be a challenge but we'll give it a go.
He didn't answer that question straight, did he?
OK, so, that's it for the Reds, now for the Blues and what a heap they've got!
First off then is the folding cot job.
-Well, it's got something about it, I guess.
-It's... It folds and it's a cot.
-Other than that, not a lot, I don't think.
It's badly made, cheaply made out of beech.
-It's got a bit of age to it. 100 years old, I guess.
-The canvas is all clapped out.
How much do you think then, James?
-I'll try and get £30 to £40 for it.
You'll have to try hard because I see that as a £20 note,
I see it as firewood, and they paid £45.
-I thought I was being generous at 30 to 40.
Next is the Burslem bowl.
It should come with about eight other pieces, but we've just got the surviving bowl.
-How do you rate that, Jimmy?
-I mean, wash sets in general are so out of fashion,
nobody wants them at all, so as soon as you've got a bowl from a wash set then it becomes very difficult.
So, £20 to £30.
-£28 they paid.
-Oh, OK, fine.
-So, you might just get them out of trouble.
-Yeah, hope so.
-And then we've got this dreadful, cheap, little hoop back child's stool.
I guess if you're a teddy bear or a doll collector, you know, it's the sort of thing you might want.
-I certainly wouldn't want to put my child in that chair.
But £15 to £20.
-Good, £29 paid.
I'm confidently predicting that they will make socking great losses on everything,
so they're going to need their bonus buy so let's go and have a look at it.
-Now, what a surprise!
-So, you've seen it before.
-We did. We did see it before, yes.
-It was the first thing that we'd seen.
And that was the thing that we asked them to hold on to in case we didn't see three other things.
In my view, it's going to make...
You might lose a tenner, you might make 15, 20 quid. It's that sort of ballpark figure.
-Did you say it was hand... All hand done?
-I think it's hand beaten, yes.
What age do you think it is?
-I would think it's probably 1920s, something like that.
You decide later whether you're going to go with it or not, but for the audience at home
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Phil's tray.
Gosh, yes. It's home-made, isn't it?
It's got a bit of style about it, hasn't it?
-Don't you think?
OK. It's not going to be a huge amount of money.
-I would have £30 to £40.
-OK, £50 Phil paid.
-You'll be lucky, James, today and excite two people to pay a profit on £50 on it.
-I'll try. I'll try very hard.
-It's seriously over to you.
-I don't want to upset Phil.
None of us want to do that.
MUSIC: "Digital Love" by Daft Punk
-Gina, Shenna, how are you feeling, girls?
-Well, it's good fun this, isn't it?
Two Minton tiles, here they come.
Lot number 833, the pair of Minton tiles.
And probably from a fire surround. There we are. 19th century ones.
And where should we start them?
£30 for them? 30? 20, then.
Ten. £10 bid, standing. 12 here. 15.
18? 18. And 20.
Shakes his head at 20. At £18.
19 if you like. 19. 20?
20 and two.
-A wee bit more.
£22, second row. 24 now. At £22.
At 22. 22.
£22. You are minus eight. Oh, dear.
Now, here comes the penguin.
There it is, great fun. A little Poole model of a penguin.
And it's £20 for it. 20? Oh, surely it's worth that.
For the Poole penguin. It's got to be worth £20. 20 bid.
Thank you. Lady's bid at 20.
And two now. At £20. 22?
22 by the column. 25.
-28. No? At 25 with the lady. 28 do I see?
At £25. Any advance?
-It's a profit of £10.
-Do I see 28 anywhere?
No, he's sold it for £25.
You got a £10 profit on that, darling,
which means overall you're plus two.
-Well, that's not bad.
Your perfume bottle, this is your next job.
Really lovely quality, this scent bottle. I'll start it at 35. 40 now.
40 do I see? 40 on the phone.
-On the telephone.
No? At 55 with me. 60 now.
At £55 with me. And 60 do I see?
At 55. Any advance?
Sticking at 55, I don't believe this.
£55. It's wiped its face.
You wiped your face, Shenna.
No profit, no loss. You are plus £2 overall after all that lot.
So what are you going to do about the silver spoon, Anita's spoon?
-Oh, we're def... We're definitely going with it.
-Yes, we like the spoon.
We're going with the bonus buy.
Going with the bonus buy, going with the spoon. Decision made, here it comes.
Lot number 839, the 20th century silver spoon,
gilt, silvergilt with the paddle steamer on it.
-An interesting little spoon this one. A Sheffield hallmark.
-And where shall I start it? £20 for it? 20?
Do you know a local paddle steamer?
Anybody want it for 15?
Please, please, please!
The teaspoon's worth ten,
but with a paddle steamer it's got to be worth 15. Anybody for 15? 12?
Come on, come on.
£12, thank you.
£12 in the second row. At 12. 13 anywhere?
That's a close-run thing!
Anybody else? At 12.
It's yours, well done.
You just got away with that, Anita, and only just!
That's another £2 giving you a grand total of £4.
Plus £4. That's very, very good.
Well, that's twice as much as you had before Anita stuck her pole in, so that's good.
Anyway, £4 profit. Don't tell the Blues a thing, all right?
-Because that could be a winning score.
Now, Pegs and Glynis, do you know how the Reds got on?
-You've not been chatting, have you?
-Good. Anyway, the first lot up is the folding cot.
854 is the early 20th century child's folding cot
with the concertina sides, possibly American, circa 1870 to 1890.
And £25 for it, please.
Yes, come on.
-20 bid. 20. And two now.
I'm amazed already.
I'll be with you in a second. 22. 25.
28. And 30. 32?
32? At £30. 32, go on, one more.
32. 35. 38.
Are we all done? It's with you, selling in the room.
Are you sure? Do you want 38? At £35 it's yours, well done. 339.
Not bad, you're minus £10, but fair enough,
it's more than £30 which is great.
-You look so surprised.
-Now, Glynis, well done.
Pegs, here comes your bowl.
Gilt lined, by Doulton, circa 1880, 1890.
It really is a good bowl.
Where shall we start it, £40?
£30? Who wants it?
A big Doulton bowl. 20, then?
Nobody wants it at 20?
£20, in the centre. 22, now. 22.
28, and 30?
No? At 28.
At the back at £28. 30 do I see?
30 anywhere? At 28. Are we all sure?
At £28. Are you thinking?
No. At 28. It's yours.
Wiped its face. Well done, Pegs.
£28. Now, your chair, Glynis.
The little child's bow back chair,
19th century one and good if you're a teddy bear or a doll collector.
-And £20 for it, please. £20 straight in. 22, now. 22. 25? 25.
28? 28. And 30? 30 here. 30. And two.
-Against you at £30 here.
32, new place. 35?
34, if you like. 34, no?
At £32, standing at the back.
At 32. 34 do I see? At £32.
-You made a profit! Well done!
You have a profit of £3. Look at that!
You got £3 profit on that.
And what are you going to do about this tea set,
this hammered brass tea set?
You do have a score of minus £7, which could be a winning score.
Or, are you going to go with the old Arts and Crafts for 50 quid?
-Shall we go with it?
-He's tried his best.
-He's tried his little best, and you've been brilliant, so we'll go with you.
-Yes, we're definitely going with you.
-Oh, it's coming up now.
They're going with the bonus buy, apparently.
Lot 816 is this really stylish Arts and Crafts tea service,
the lions on the teapot, it's a really good thing.
I like the pot a lot. Anyway, there it is.
And I can start the bidding at 32.
35 now. At 32. 35 do I see?
At £32. And five. At 35. 38. And 40.
It's against you. At £38. One more, go on.
I'll start... I'll start the car.
-I'm off, I'll see you later.
-No, no, you hang on, you.
At £38. And 40, now.
That's minus £12. Bad luck, Phil.
Which means overall, girls, you're minus £19, OK?
Just don't tell the Reds a scrap.
So, bad luck for the Blues,
who made a small loss of £19,
making the Reds the winners
as, remember, they made a tiny profit of £4.
Coming up, two more teams go in search of bargains.
Back at the Jaguar Antiques Fair,
time to meet our new teams of Reds and Blues.
Today on the Red team we've got friends and sisters-in-law Diane and Kay.
And for the Blues, we've got friends and brothers-in-law, John and Jim. Welcome. Very good to see you.
Now, Diane, what do you do for a job of work, darling?
I'm an orthopaedic staff nurse so I work in theatres, help to mend bones.
Now, Kay, you married Diane's brother and met him in rather a peculiar way, did you?
Well, yeah, some people think it's peculiar.
-We happened to meet on a bus...
Yeah, it was very bizarre cos neither of us ever caught the bus at all.
We were both let down on lifts, and I got on the bus,
the bus was packed with one seat spare.
I had to sit next to Lee - no choice!
So, after chatting, we ended up going on a few dates and got engaged and married fairly quickly after.
Well, isn't that brilliant. Very romantic to meet on a bus.
-But you're up for the challenge today, right?
-We're going to have a bit of fun, aren't we?
-Good. Thank you.
Now, boys. John, why did you want to come on Bargain Hunt?
-Who persuaded you?
-Well, my missus. She applied to come on,
but unfortunately, in January, she passed away,
so when I got the phone call, I explained everything and, er...
they said, do I want to carry on? I said, "Yeah," and so Jim...
Ah, that's very brave of you.
-So Jim's come on with me, which is her brother.
So we're going to have a pop at it.
As if your wife was here today, you're going to go through with it.
She'll be up there telling us off, don't worry about that!
Well, how sweet.
What sort of things will you be looking out for today, Jim?
-Something that can sell in auction for a profit.
So something that's old, maybe something that somebody today wants.
What do you do for a job of work?
I'm a commercial window fitter,
so if you want something really big in glass, I'm your man.
-Anyway, you're up for the challenge, yes?
-Indeed we are.
-Going to do well, you boys?
-Boys versus girls - very good stuff.
Now, here's your £300.
You know the rules, your experts await, and off you go!
And very, very, very good luck.
There's plenty to choose from so our teams shouldn't have any trouble finding their three items.
And the Reds soon hone in on their favourite colour.
-These plates are nice.
-Is it just because it's red?
I think it's because it's bright and colourful and it stands out.
-Yeah, it's a piece that stands out.
-You love it?
I know. Well, this is a piece of Poole pottery,
and this was made in the late '60s so it's a bit of retro.
It's what we call 20th-century design and it's quite in vogue now.
I think I prefer the yellow one.
-You like that colour?
-Yeah. I think it's a bit more vibrant and it would go in a lot more people's homes.
-Uh-huh. But isn't that wonderful?
-It is nice.
I like the markings on it.
That one's £45.
£45. Could you bring that to 20?
-25 would be my death.
What about 22.50? That's halfway, in between.
Ohh! Because it's Anita, my favourite...
Oh, give us a kiss!
I bet he says that to all the experts, and snogs 'em!
-It's a bargain.
-It's a bargain!
Hm! We'll see about that at the auction, girls.
Don't get ahead of yourselves.
Let's get on with it.
While the Reds are looking for their second item,
the Blues are on the hunt for their first,
and John's spied something he likes.
-What is that?
-That's for pumping water out.
It's a stirrup pump.
That's wicked, that is. So that goes into a bucket.
-Look at this.
-This is John, our new expert.
-The leg goes like that.
So you put that on there, put your hose on there...
And Jim's there fighting the fire!
-I can remember using one.
-We had them in the Army.
My father had one for the garden.
-Are you going to buy it?
-Yeah, why not?
-What's it going to make?
-I don't know. That's why you're here.
I think that's really nice.
If you could buy that for 10 or 15, that'd be wonderful.
-Come on, then, let's do a bit of haggling.
-Oh, dear me.
What have I got on it?
It's 25 on it. What do you want me to say?
Cos I've had it professionally cleaned.
What do I want you to say? I want you to say £2.50.
- That'd be a nice thing to say. - I'll do it for 18.
How about 15?
Look at this, eh? Smokin'!
-Smokin'! I like that a lot.
I think that's cool and I think you'll make a profit, I really do.
-I hope so.
-Thank you so much. You're a lovely lady.
-Good stuff, boys. Onto the next.
Gordon Bennett! Look at that.
I'm not used to manual labour.
While Phil's having a quick work-out, Anita's thinking of home.
-Girls, what do you think? Does it suit me?
-Is it me?
Although they should be thinking of spending more money.
What do you think of this?
-Ditchfield glass over there.
-Oh, right, uh-huh.
Are paperweights still things that people go for?
-What they're going for is the name...
-Oh, it's more the name.
..Ditchfield. It's superb quality in the first place.
This is typical of John Ditchfield's work, a typical paperweight.
And people love them.
See these wonderful iridescent colours.
They're absolutely gorgeous.
Is there any negotiation in price on these?
Um...I could do a little bit better.
What can we do on that wee frog there?
-The wee frog.
The best buy would be the spider because there might only be two or three in the country at the moment,
so when it goes to the auction, people will not have seen one of those before.
You might not like it that much.
-I like the spider.
-It's got 80 on it.
-It's still signed.
-It's signed, yeah.
And these are silver.
-They are silver?
-They are, yes.
-What do you think? Do you think that would be a good buy?
-I think it's worth a go at it.
I wouldn't, um...
You definitely won't budge from 70?
I'm sorry, no. I know that will be sold today.
It's the only one I've got.
I think because it's a spider and it's unique and it's new, I think we'll have a good chance.
-I think so, yeah.
-Yeah, I think we will.
For £70, we'll take a risk on it.
-Thank you very much.
Risky indeed, but it could work.
One item left to get and they've only spent £95.
It's mother-of-pearl, quite nicely shaped, almost to imitate stag horn,
and this is a silver blade dated 3rd of August 1910,
so it's a birthday present or a present for someone.
They're quite collectible, these.
This has one problem with it in that someone -
as everybody does with knives -
has either used it to try and turn a screw or whatever,
but I think that's quite sweet.
I've had a word with the dealer.
The very best he can do with it is 20 quid, I think that's all right.
How much do you think that's worth at auction?
Well, these things are collectible,
and a decent one of these is anywhere between 20 and 40 quid.
-Do you like that?
-Yeah, there's a lot of weight in it!
I just think it's a really nice thing. Yeah?
-£20. You'd better give me £20 of your money and I'll go for pay for it, then...if you want it.
But we've only got 20 minutes left now so we really are under the cosh.
We're going to have that.
OK. So you're going to do that.
I'll go and pay this man and you wander down there gently.
It's been very relaxed, but now both teams
have to get their final items with only 17 minutes to go.
I like these because they're going to last forever, aren't they?
-How much are they?
-They are £70.
Let's just have a look at them.
What we're looking for is any mark on the bottom, or any design feature.
All we've got there is "Made In Italy"
which gives us a fair clue that they are in fact Italian,
-um...but I think they're lovely.
-As a pair, you're going to make...
Well, let me just say to you where I'm coming from with these, right?
Sit down, chaps, and listen to the bard.
Listen to the bard!
I think that...
they're £70 each, right?
So that's £140 for the two.
I think, if you had a real bad day at the auction, you could get 40 or 50 quid for those.
If you have a good day at the auction,
you might get somebody to pay you anywhere between £100 and £150.
If he can give us the pair for 100 quid, I'll shake his hand.
No, I can't. There's nothing in it for me, then.
£110 for both chairs and we'll take them away now.
-It's got to be 120.
-Has it really?
-It's got to be 120, yes.
Give him the other tenner, Jim.
There you go, sir. £120.
Thanks very much. Thank you.
The Blues are taking brand-new chairs to an antiques auction. Whatever next?
Now, what's Anita found?
These wee vases - these are silver.
They look sort of beginning of the 20th century.
-Could we buy these from you?
Can we pay you £35 for these?
Unfortunately, you can't.
-Oh, go on, Michael.
-No, the best would be 55.
Oh, come on, Michael, we've only got two minutes left.
Well, at £27.50 each, they don't seem dear.
-But the bottom's missing, Michael.
-No, they've only got to be filled.
-You can take them home when you're doing nothing tonight and fill them with plaster of Paris.
-Or chewing gum, yeah, would be fine.
-Have to chew a lot of gum.
They are old, turn of the century, and they're silver.
Aye, they're a bit... The hallmarks are a bit rubbed.
Yeah, but that's called "kissed by the beauty of age".
Michael, could you come right down on these for these girls?
-Say £20 each.
-I tell you what we'll do.
Hold out your hand and we'll have a deal - £45, end of story.
Thank you, Michael, that's great.
With just seconds to spare, the Reds have their final item.
Let's remind ourselves what the teams bought.
The Reds parted with £22.50 for the Poole pottery dish.
They're relying on John Ditchfield collectors at the auction
with the £70 paperweight.
And with less than two minutes left,
they settled on the £45 deal for the two silver vases.
So, girls, you've got those nice pair of urns,
which we hope are going to be a pair of earners for you, don't we?
-Yes, we certainly do.
-How much did you spend again?
-£137.50, so I want £162.50. Is that right?
-Yes, there's the money.
£162.50. There we go, Anita.
-That's quite a lot, isn't it?
Well, have you got your eye on something?
No, I have absolutely no idea, but I've got plenty of money there,
so I'll have quite a lot of choice.
-And we've bought all the best things already.
It's a disgrace, isn't it, really? Well, you'd better run on, Anita,
cos there's lots of people here and we don't want to run out of goods.
-So good luck with that.
Now, let's remind ourselves what the Blues are up to.
The Blues picked a wild card with the stirrup pump,
but will it pump a profit on the £15 they spent?
Philip thinks the pen-knife is a little gem so they spent £20.
I hope he's right.
With only £35 spent, the Blues had a lot to play with
so blew £120 on the two modern chairs.
How much did you spend overall?
-£155. I want £145 of left-over lolly, please.
-Is that that lot there? £145.
That goes straight to Phil Serrell.
Right, now, have you got confidence in him before he clears off?
Have you got confidence in him that he's going to find you the best Bonus Buy you ever did see?
Without a doubt, he'll find us the best thing here.
-What did you say?
-Without a doubt.
-What do you say?
Oh, well, that's a good commendation that is, isn't it?
As if by magic, we find ourselves at Bamfords Auctioneers in Derby,
just down the road from Kedleston, with James Lewis, proprietor.
-It's great to have you.
-Lovely to be here, James.
Now, first up for the Reds, they've got this Poole Delphis dish.
You look at it and it screams 1960s, 1970s.
It is what it is and, for that, I quite like it.
-What's it worth, do you think?
-I think it's worth £20-£30.
They paid £22.50 so they're pretty well spot on with that.
Diane will be delighted.
Next is the John Ditchfield little paperweight.
Yeah, these things sell every time.
We always have four or five bids on them and I've put an estimate
of £50-£70 on it, and I think it might even do slightly better.
Well, it needs to, quite frankly, cos they paid 70.
Good luck with that.
Next is a couple of little earners, we hope - the mini silver urns. How much for those, James?
Well, they've got a style about them, they're very thin, they've had a few dents in the past, so £30-£40.
OK, fine. £45 they paid,
so they might just get out of trouble with them.
Depending on how you get on with the Ditchfield,
I guess they're going to be all right,
but just in case, let's go and have a look at the Bonus Buy.
Oh, that's pretty.
It's a little silver dish which would sit on your dressing table
and you could put your rings and wee bits on.
In actual fact, it would've been an ashtray for bridge at one point,
and you would've had the hearts, spades and so on.
I thought you girls were so nice, just a pair of sweethearts,
and when I looked at this wee heart-shaped thing, I thought,
"That's the thing for the girls," and I couldn't resist it.
I think it's something that I would perhaps have on my dressing table.
-Although not for smoking!
-Has it got any age to it?
-Yes, I would say that it's the first half of the 20th century.
-Oh, right, OK.
Quite a good buy for £162.50, I'd say. What do you think, girls?
What did we spend?
-£10! That is brilliant.
What a woman, eh? I mean, that's something else, isn't it?
£10 for a solid silver little dish like that.
I thought it would appeal to you.
-I like that.
-Yeah, I think we like it.
I think you've done well there, Anita.
Let's find out, for the audience at home,
what the auctioneer thinks about Anita's little dish.
I reckon that is part of a set of four for playing cards.
-Yes, the bridge set.
-Little tokens and coins and things, do you think?
-Could be. Not very old.
-OK, Anita paid £10. It's a Bonus Buy.
-You'll probably be able to get her out of trouble with that.
That's it for the Reds.
Now for the Blues, and something completely different.
How many stirrup pumps do you get in a sale these day, James?
You know, not many, not many!
It dates from the early part of the war, do you think?
Yeah. We've got a G VI R cipher, so for George VI, and November 1939.
-So it's military issue, then? Yes.
-Yeah, it's great.
I really like it, actually. It's a good practical thing.
It might attract the people who collect war-related items.
-Do you? £15 they paid.
-So John will be pleased about that.
Next is the little pen-knife, silver blade. How much for that?
Well, it's a standard object, isn't it? With a little mother-of-pearl casing to it. £15-£25.
Well, they paid £20 so that's about it, really.
Good. And lastly, the big high-risk factor for this team
are the pair of Italian reproduction chairs.
I think the design is fantastic.
I really like them, but they are seen all over the place
in these modern-design shops these days
-and they're not hard to come by.
You're warming me up here for a bit of a disappointment. I can feel this.
-I'm worried if they paid a lot of money for them. £60-£90.
-They paid 120.
-I think it's too much.
-Yeah, well, there's the problem, you see.
So no matter how good the stirrup pump does,
I don't think it's going to make up for the bonfire that's happening
-over there with those chairs. No?
They're going to need their Bonus Buy. Let's go and have a look at it.
It's a little desk set, WMF, and I paid £50 for it,
which I think was quite cheap
cos I think that it's got to be worth £20 apiece.
I think that's a great blotter for a gentleman's desk, isn't it?
What do you think?
How old did you say it would be?
I would think this is probably '30s.
I think, paid £50 for it, got to be worth £20 apiece surely,
so that sort of puts it at 60, 65 quid, I think.
Well, and it's the look of the thing too, isn't it?
And quite frankly, you've got three pieces which match, all right?
Very often, they get split up, these things. It's not terrible WMF cheap stamped-out stuff, so...
I think it's got a chance.
Anyway, you don't decide right now, you decide later.
But, for the audience at home,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Phil's set.
Well, good points and bad points. It's fairly cheaply made.
-It's thin, it's not great quality, but it has got a style about it.
Um, and it's WMF, so a good maker as well.
£40-£60. Philip paid 50 so you're spot on I'd say there, James.
I think he's got a chance.
If the team decide to go with it.
Very interesting. Thank you very much, Mr Lewis.
-As usual, a lovely summary.
12, 15, 18. 18 for you. 18, 20, 22...
22, 25 now. 22, 25, 28...
All sure at £28?
-Now, Diane and Kay...
-Yes, we're very excited.
-You're both looking a bit giggly today.
-Is it? Is that what it is?
First up is Diane's Delphis dish, and here it comes.
Poole Delphis-ware spear-shaped plate,
and I can start the bidding at £25, and 30 now.
30, 5, 40, 5, 50... 48 if it helps you.
At 45 with me, and 48 do I see?
At £45, absentee bid.
-At £45, any advance?
-That's very good.
At £45, all sure?
For sure. You paid £22.50, you've just made £22.50.
You good little chick. Now, over to your mate.
John Ditchfield, always a popular lot and I've got one, two, three, four,
five, six, seven bids on it, and £58 starts it.
60, 5, 70, 5, 80 has it.
In the room at 80, and 5 now.
At £80, and 5 do I see?
At £80 and 5 anywhere?
At 80, all done at £80...
-£80 is plus £10, thank you very much.
That's £32.50 so far, and building.
There we are, and we've got lots of interest on these,
and I've got a bid of 35, a bid of 42,
a bid of 45 will start them with me.
45, 50 on the phone first.
-50, 5, 60...
-Yes! Telephone bids!
..5, 70... 70 at the back.
-Hang on, he's not finished.
Against you? No.
With me at 75...
£75 is another £30 profit.
You are such clever chicks.
-That's a pair of shoes each.
-That's pretty good, isn't it?
-That's great, yes.
-Happy about that?
-What about this dish, then?
-Are you going to invest another £10, her £10?
-I think so.
-You trust Anita for a tenner?
-We do, yeah, definitely.
We're going with the Bonus Buy, and here it comes.
Pretty little lot, there it is, and I've got bidding on it.
Only one bid, so I'll start it at £10, 12 do I see?
£10, and 12 anywhere?
At 10, 12 do I see? 12? 12, 15, 18...
At £15 with me, and 18 for you.
At 15, 18 and 20.
£18, second row. 20, do I see?
At £18 and selling... At 18...
-Well done, Anita.
Another £8 which takes you up very nicely to £70 and 50p.
How good is that? Anyway, we're off down to the cash machine
to get your winnings, but don't tell the Blues a thing, right?
-Our lips are sealed.
So, J-Js, have you been talking to the Reds?
-Talked to those girls?
-They want to beat you today. How do you feel about that?
First up, though, is the stirrup pump - your stirrup pump, John. Here it comes.
What a brilliant lot. There it is.
It is the World War II pump.
Where shall we start it? £40?
20, then? £20 bid. 20 and 2 do I see?
At £20, 22, 25? 25, 28?
28, and 30? 30 and 2...
£30 has it. 32 now. Is that all?
£30? It's worth more than that.
At 32, 35, 38...
And 40, 42...
At £40 still. One more?
At £40, down the centre at 40.
At £40 only, anybody else? 40?
£40 is plus 25. Well done.
Plus £25. That's very fair, John.
Now, fruit knife, Phil.
897, the silver and mother-of-pearl fruit knife, and £18 is bid.
A really pretty little fruit knife.
20, 22, 25, 28 and 30...
32, 35... Or 34 if it helps you.
34 has it at the front.
At 34...anybody else?
34. Well done, Phil. That's £14 on that.
This is like shelling peas, innit?
Until we come to the armchairs!
The pair of really stylish chairs,
great lot, and I've got one, two, three, four, five bids on them.
-65 starts them...
-That's a result.
At 70... At 65, and 70 anywhere?
At 65, foot of the rostrum here.
-At £65, and 70 do I see?
All absentee bids. At 65, 70, 5,
Oh, look out.
No. £85. Are you sure?
At 85...against you. At 85...
£85, I make is £35 off, right.
£35. You were £39 up, you've just lost £35.
You have four notes, right?
That's what you've got between you. Well, the three of you!
I think that's a result, really.
I'm quite happy with that.
That's very philosophic of you, John, cos you were £39 up.
Anyway, that's not too bad.
What are you going to do about the brass desk set, because £4 could be a winning score?
You could beat the girls with £4,
or you could risk the £50 on the brass set.
It is only four quid, isn't it?
-Yeah, flip a coin?
Heads or tails?
-It's a head. We'll go for it.
You're going with the Bonus Buy. Here it comes.
Lot number 902 is the WMF, three-piece brass desk set,
and I can start the bidding at £35.
38 do I see? At 35, 38 now?
38 and 40 and 2, 42, 45, 48, and 50 and 5...
Look at this! Look at this.
55 is it, for the WMF desk set?
At £50 with me. 55 do I see?
-Oh, hang on.
-He's on 50.
Phil, you wiped your face. £50.
What a roller coaster this programme is. £50 and wiped its face.
You are still plus £4, all right?
That was bad luck, wasn't it? I thought he'd got the 55.
He hadn't, he's asking for 55 and he sold it for 50. Bad luck.
-So are you happy, you teams?
As well you ought to be because, of course, today both teams have made a profit!
So we have to have a runner-up, and today's runners-up,
even though they've made profits, are the Blues.
It's true. You made a profit of £4 overall.
You've got £4 coming your way, and I'm going to give you the £4 now.
We hope you had a good day.
But the winners today, the girls, to whom you were so rude,
are going to go home with £70 and 50p. Look at that Diane's face.
I've never seen such a happy face in years.
We've had a great show.
-Join us soon for some more bargain-hunting, yes?
The lovely grounds of Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire provide the setting for a special hour-long edition of the antiques challenge. Experts Anita Manning and Philip Serrell are on hand to guide two red teams and two blue teams through the antiques fair and then off to auction. Presenter Tim Wonnacott pays a visit to the hall to discover its many treasures.