Tim Wonnacott and the team head to Ardingly. Helping the contestants are experts Catherine Southon and Anita Manning, and there is a treat in store at Chiswick House.
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My, am I going to serve you up a treat today!
So draw up a chair and let me entertain you and let's go bargain hunting!
Today, we're at Ardingly Antiques Fair in sunny West Sussex.
Coming up, the Blues are getting flirty.
-He kissed me!
-I've got a stitch.
-And the Reds are downright cheeky.
-You want to get to the gym more often.
The rules are simple. Each team has £300 to spend and an hour to shop for three items.
The winner is the team that makes the biggest profit or least loss.
This is amazing.
So, a tasty lunchtime show is in store today.
Hmm, delicious! Now let's go and meet today's teams.
On today's show, we have two teams of married couples.
We've got Andy and Kate for the Reds and we've got Val and Terry for the Blues.
Welcome. And by an amazing coincidence, we have discovered
that both of our teams come from the same village, but Kate, you do recognise Terry, don't you?
I do, yeah. I take my daughter Frankie down to the local pleasure park
and when I see Terry, I see that it was the driver.
-You recognised me, didn't you?
-You recognised Kate. Isn't that lovely?
What do you drive down at the amusement place?
-A small, miniature train.
-Are you Terry the Tank Engine?
No, I'm either Charlie or Mr Diddly.
-Charlie or Mr Diddly.
-Mr Diddly is the name, really. That's the name of the train.
It's all happy families on this show. Kate, you had an unusual meeting with Andy, didn't you?
Yes, I was on the M1 services and all of a sudden, I've spotted him
and thought, "I'll give him my number cos we were looking at each other."
I went over there, introduced myself, swapped numbers and that's it, really. He texted me.
-And that's it.
-I think that's rather sweet, don't you?
-Now you've got your daughter Frankie. But you're very experienced with dealing with children?
-Yeah, I was a nursery nurse for about eight years.
-What's it like having your own?
-A nightmare cos you can't give 'em back to anyone!
Andy, when you're not working, what do you enjoy doing?
A bit of sailing, bit of golf,
-if I'm allowed to spend the weekend walking in the sunshine.
-That's an excuse, though.
I am that transparent, I know.
No, but the 19th hole is a great temptation
-for you golfers.
What do you enjoy collecting?
Anything small - model trains, model cars, model boats and model planes.
-Will you be looking out for anything like that today?
-Yes, I've got a bit of a keen eye for the model trains.
We like to hear that. I should say your fellow villagers are quaking in their boots.
-I don't think so.
-Now, Valerie, you're awfully keen on dabbling, aren't you?
-Yes, I am.
-Tell us about it.
-More collectables, rather than antiques.
Well, it started off about 15 years ago. My sister and I used to go to auctions.
And there was always something we fancied each in a box of bric-a-brac. Just one item.
So what do we do with the rest of the stuff that's in the box? Sell it.
Now, Terry, it says here that you're also an old romantic.
-Yeah, I've always been a little bit that way cos we've been married nearly 49 years.
-That is remarkable.
-You married as children, didn't you(?)
-Val was 17. I came out of the army. I was 21.
We worked at the same firm. That's where I met her. Fell in love straight away.
-She actually proposed in a tent next to a lake.
-So you proposed, Val?
Yes, I did, but I can't remember what I said.
It was something like, "We should do this more often," or "on a more regular basis".
Camping, I mean! LAUGHTER
Now, the money moment. Here we go, £300 apiece.
You know the rules. Your experts await. Off you go and very, very good luck!
Well, whatever next?
Running around with the Red Team is Catherine Southon.
And dashing about with the Blue Team is Anita Manning.
-Let's go and have a look.
-Let's go that way.
-Let's go bargain hunting.
Hey, that's my line!
Just 30 seconds into their shopping, something has already caught Catherine's eagle eye.
-What have you seen?
-I'm just looking at that walking cane.
A bit of ivory on the top there. I think the ivory is probably late 19th century.
-May I have a look?
-That's quite nicely made.
-How much is it?
-It's quite simple. ..£85. A bit too much money.
I think that's what it would make at auction. I just thought that was a nice one.
-It is nice.
-We could actually try and barter him down.
-I just think that's nice quality. What's your best price on your walking cane?
-What's your best price on your walking cane?
-I think it's 85.
Maybe do a little better for us, sir? A bit of a haggle perhaps?
-That's quite high.
-I think maybe if we could get that for 50...
Go on, do 55 and I'll give you a great big smile.
-I think we'll go for 60.
-Yeah, we'll take that for 60. >
-Shall we have that for 60?
-It's a bargain, isn't it?
How many minutes have we been...? We have been about one minute.
-We've done really well.
-Is she like this when you go...?
-Yes, she's like this wherever we go. It's your...
I've never been with somebody who sees something in two minutes
and says, "Yeah, we'll have that, that'll do. Next!"
-What do you think? It's your call.
-Shall we keep looking?
-Why don't you? Cos it's literally two minutes.
-Why don't we pop back?
We've got 58 minutes to go. We can always come back to this.
Trust your instincts. That's what I always say.
Kate, I love you. You're my new best friend!
I have never met anybody on Bargain Hunt quite like you
who just says, "Yeah, that'll do, that's fine."
-Do you want to make any money?
-Yes, I do.
"Souvenir de Paris."
So it's a French box.
-It's probably turn of the century.
-And what's this for then?
Let's open it up and have a wee look.
You open this here,
put that up there...
It's for, like, slides, pictures?
It's a stereoscope.
A stereoscope, that's it.
And this part here comes down there.
It's a wee bit fiddly.
-Here is our cinematographer.
-Show us how it works.
-I know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
That's a good starting point.
You put your image here which would be a double image of the same thing.
And this slides to and fro, so you get it in focus.
Then when you look through there...
-It's in 3D?
-Yeah, 3D, and you just see one image.
They're making digital cameras quite like it now where you can have that double image which converts to one.
But it's about 1880s.
And people would have gone on their grand tour.
They would have bought one of these and would have bought a series of cards, perhaps the Folies Bergere.
-Or perhaps scenes of the Seine.
But for me, the interest is actually in this box.
This is quite a substantial instrument and it is an instrument.
It has got some damage cos the catch is off.
That's what I like to hear. Did you hear that? We've got a wee bit of damage.
Six-million-dollar question... How much is it?
I think it's worth about 150 quid, but if you want it, you can have it for 110.
-Seems too high to me.
-Well, how near can you get?
-Hold on, can I call the police?
75 quid is the lowest I can go.
-And if you want a bit of bubble wrap, I can sell you a bit for £1.
He's a wonderful guy!
What an offer!
One of the things you hope to find in your local fair is local pottery
and here in Ardingly in Sussex,
one of the famous local potteries that you might expect to find is the Farnham Pottery
which is renowned for producing its little owl jugs.
Imagine how my pulses started to race when I saw this little fellow
on a shelf around the corner.
Classic Farnham owl form, you might think.
A wee jug, look, with its handle
and the vestige of a spout above its beak
and very, very nice too.
Much more surprising, though, when I turned it upside down, was to find this scratched signature,
which says, "Baron, Barnstaple."
This is a piece of North Devon pottery.
Baron was a pottery that operated off Rolle Quay in Barnstaple
between about 1899 and about 1920.
Quite how this little West Country owl found its way to the south-east, I cannot tell you.
But what I can tell you is the colour scheme is incredibly unusual.
You'd never dream that this was a Baron piece of pottery from North Devon
and as such, at only £45,
this fellow is something of a bargain.
He looks really old.
How much is your wee box?
-That could be £60.
-It's quite a fun wee thing.
-I've closed it and I can't get it open again!
There's a button on the front. If you just push the front...
-There's a little button underneath.
-I take it this is brass?
-That'd clean up lovely.
-It would be the type of thing that you would carry in your travelling case...
Along with your bottles of powder and so on.
And you would have that little ink set to write your letters home.
So if we push this button here,
it will reveal this little inkwell.
And it's good that the bottles are still there.
Oh, yeah. It's complete.
These little things here are to rest your pen.
-That's really nice.
Again we're looking at something which is a wee bit unusual,
-which will make the bidders go that extra bit.
Valerie, see what you can do. Ask him how much it is.
Good-looking young man...
-Which one's going to come forward?
-It's you that came forward.
How much did you say? £60.
I'll give you 40. > £50.
-< I can't do a lot on it.
-I still think there's a profit in that.
-I think there's a profit in that.
-< I think there is.
So what was it again? 50 quid.
The Blues have now made two of their three purchases.
Despite their initial bravado, the Reds are not doing so well.
-OK, we've had 25 minutes and we haven't bought anything.
-Do you want to buy that walking stick?
I've come about the walking stick. Is it possible at all?
I really need it for 55.
-I've got an item.
-I had to give him 60. He wouldn't take any less.
-One down, two to go.
-She gave him a bit of stick, eh?
-Can I just show you two something?
This little stamp here, can I just have a look at that little ivory handle?
-Is that an auctioneer's gavel?
-It certainly is.
-Auctioneers' gavels are very collectable.
Particularly ones in ivory and in nice condition.
-If it is an auctioneer's gavel, as long as it's not the handle of something...
The ivory itself looks probably late 19th century.
It's turned beautifully.
-It's a bit small for a gavel.
-Perhaps it might be the handle from a bathroom chain.
-A bathroom chain!
-This little bit worries me.
-Is there evidence of a hole in the middle?
-That worries you, doesn't it?
-How much do you want for that?
Do you think it is supposed to be a gavel? First of all, the handle is not very big.
I do know it is because it came from an auctioneer. He had a collection of them.
-Why would it have a hole in it?
-No idea. Probably been there for years.
-Perhaps it's just a quirky one.
-You hold it as a man. It's great for a lady.
I thought at first it was some sort of stamp for perhaps wax on the back of an envelope.
-But it hasn't got the...
-There's no indentation on it.
-Shall we think about that? What's your best price?
30. You won't go any lower? > No.
We'll stick it on the side and we shall have a little think.
So this is another one you're going to think about. Great(!)
And there's me thinking you were a decisive pair.
What's that shiny thing, Anita?
25 is not dear for a silver box.
But you've got to look at this
and say the fact that we have this symbol
which is depicting a cinema association...
-It's Rank, isn't it?
-Will that make it more desirable?
Or will it make it less desirable?
-"25 Year Club."
-There's a silver mark.
What year is it?
It's made in Birmingham. It's got the silver mark here.
But it's not an early one.
It's in good condition. Have a look at it.
It's Regent Street.
-Let's have a...
-That's the maker's name.
Garrard & Company, Regent Street.
-That is a prestigious company.
(So you've got to take it, you've got to take it, Garrard & Company.)
-Somebody speaks very, very quietly.
-What are you up to?
-We don't want anybody to hear.
-I'm sorry, I'm here and I heard.
-You've found something nice?
-A little silver box.
-Yes, look at that.
-The Rank Organisation symbol on it.
-How many items have you bought so far?
-We're doing really, really well.
-They're a wonderful team.
-You're in safe hands, aren't you?
-Best hands possible.
-I've hands all morning.
-Settle down, Terry.
-Will you negotiate?
-Do you want to speak man to man?
-Man to man.
While our Tel is off to have a quiet word with the dealer,
the Reds have spotted a potential bargain.
-What is it?
-< It's a strop for sharpening your own razors.
-Oh, how lovely!
-Isn't that lovely?
-I think that's really nice.
So this is a strop. A gentleman would have used this for sharpening his cut-throat razor.
Yeah, you can see there all the markings.
What is lovely is that monogram. Isn't that beautiful?
-So this was made for a particular gentleman. That's a sign of quality.
-Yeah, beautiful quality.
We're looking at probably late 19th century. It looks Victorian.
Late Victorian, I would have thought. Why has a girl like you gone for something like that?
Do you know why? I absolutely love it because it's the ivory.
-Is that why you looked at it?
-Yes, because we've been looking at some ivory bits.
It's quite a pleasant little thing.
-I like that.
-How much is on that? 50.
-Would you take...
-..30 quid for that?
Oh, no, darling. 35? >
65's on it, isn't it?
-It's got 50 on it. That's not much I'm asking off.
I shouldn't price it at four in the morning, should I?
-I'll give you 40.
-It's got to be 40.
Go on then. Oh, brilliant!
Nothing like some cut-throat negotiation!
But don't panic about all this ivory, folks.
Although it's not to everyone's taste, if it pre-dates 1947, it's legal to buy and sell.
-I hope he's good at negotiating.
-He's better when it's a woman.
-He's better when it's a woman?
-We'll see how it goes.
-Excuse me, ladies.
-You've got it?
-I got it for £20.
-Yes! I'm delighted. Well done.
-He kissed me!
It's nearly a tongue sandwich for the Blues, but the Reds are still looking for their final purchase.
So there's no time for any monkey business!
-He's a Merrythought which is a very, very good name.
One of the eyes looks a bit funny.
Can you see that? One has got black inside and the other one hasn't.
-Do you think anyone would notice? Yeah, they would.
-Whose stall is this, please?
-Who owns the monkey?
-They're not here and we're going to run out of time.
Shall we leave it then and go and get that other thing cos we're running out of time?
-Do you want to?
-Let's get... What's it called? The gavel.
Where have we got to go? I feel like Anneka Rice!
-It's the next one.
-I've got a stitch.
You want to get to the gym more often!
This one up here, look.
You're good at running, aren't you?
Have you got the gavel, please?
Oh, there we go. There it is, look.
-Are you sure you want to go for this?
-Yes. Can I just say... What's the lowest price?
< 50 as you're running out of time.
35 now. 20. 35? It's going up! >
You're going down. £30. £30, yeah, go on then. >
-Are you sure?
-It's a gamble.
-We'll take the gamble.
-We'll take it.
And if not, we'll have to look for a cupboard with only three handles.
The hammer's gone down.
That's it then. Time's up!
'Let's remind ourselves what our teams bought
'and find out how much cash will be left for their experts' bonus buy.'
After some deliberation Kate paid £60 for the walking stick.
The gentleman's razor strop was sliced down to £40.
And £30 was paid for the ivory gavel.
Or could it be an 'andle?
Now £130 you spent. That's £170 of leftover lolly
-which goes straight to Catherine.
-This is your favourite moment.
-Absolutely. These two have been a joy, so I think they'll be happy.
Have a fab time doing that. Let's check out what the Blues bought.
Will the Blues see a profit on this stereoscope, bought for £75?
Valerie drove the travelling inkwell down to £50.
And Terry negotiated the cigarette box with the silver screen logo
down to £20!
-How much did you spend, Val?
-We spent... What was it?
-£145? On all three items?
That'll be £155 of leftover lolly.
-Who's got it?
-Not me! I'm never allowed the money.
-Are they a great team?
-They were absolutely wonderful.
-We finished in jig time!
-That's good. You can have a cup of tea,
but you've got to take £155 and go and find a Bonus Buy.
-I've got a couple of things in mind.
-Isn't it fantastic? Weather's grand, thousands of people...
Good luck, Anita!
But I've got to whizz up to London to Chiswick, but not to have a look at the flyover.
Chiswick House in West London was built 300 years ago
by the 3rd Earl of Burlington, but this was not his home.
It was built to showcase his art collection and as a venue to entertain his friends.
Of course, any person of any quality would have entered the villa at Chiswick from the first floor
because this is, essentially, the piano nobile - this is the noble floor.
So the quality came in via that elaborate front staircase
into this, the central hall.
And if we go up to this elaborately decorated dome
it is built in tribute to those early Roman buildings.
One of the really nice things about this octagonal shape is
that you're able to move from one side of the room to the other
and as you do so
you can easily view at least three to four pictures.
One of the problems about viewing large paintings along a long corridor is
a) you have to walk a long way to see the pictures,
but also the angle at which you are able to view them often, if they're big,
means getting a crick in your neck.
Not the case with this octagonal shape.
One of my favourites is this.
It dates from around 1680 and it shows the Judgment of Paris.
And what's happening here is a beauty parade. Paris, wrapped in simply a loin cloth,
holding the golden fruit,
is being advised by Mercury to make the choice
between Minerva and Venus as to which is the most beautiful.
And these girls do represent the epitome of beauty
at the end of the 17th century.
Lots of quivering white flesh!
We've got Minerva on the right
who's giving us a nearly naked posterior view.
She's identified by her helmet lying on the floor.
She's not got a lot else on.
And her opponent in the beauty parade is Venus, assisted by a Cupid at her side.
Surprise, surprise. Venus wins the competition.
The big question is today,
of course, which of our teams today over at the auction
are going to win our competition? Let's just hope they keep their kit on!
Well, talking of kit, Anita and Catherine have had enough time
to find their bonus buys, so I'm keen to see what the auctioneer makes of it all.
We strolled down the dreaded A272, round about 20 miles westward,
and we find ourselves at Bellman's sale room with Jonathan Pratt.
-How are you?
-Very well, thank you.
-We're really chuffed to be here.
Andy and Kate went first off with this walking stick,
-which is kind of clean, isn't it?
-Yeah. You go to the country house and there's a stick stand
-and that's quite a nice one.
-How much do you think it's worth?
-I think £60-£80.
-Brilliant. £60 paid. They're fine with that.
-Next is the strop.
-The strop, yes...
Well, it's interesting, isn't it? I suppose it's collectable to some,
-but I can't see it being of great practical use.
-Lugging that around to India, to South America,
so that you can hone your razor is quite an extravagance.
-There's a razor strop mushroom.
It's a fungus and they used it to sharpen their blades on.
-You're a mine of information!
-No, very interesting,
but what's your estimate on this strop?
-£40 they paid.
-So they might make their money back.
Lastly, is this little fellow, who looks like one of your stroppy mushrooms
-but is supposed to be a gavel.
-That's artistic licence.
-I think it's just a lump of ivory!
-It's not very well-proportioned.
I wouldn't want to use it. THAT is an ivory gavel.
-That's a pukka job.
-So put that next door to that. Look at the colour.
That lovely yellow colour and this anaemic, wishy-washy miserable little wart of a thing!
-That's beautifully turned. Is that something you carry?
-No, we're selling it this afternoon.
-What's your estimate on it?
-And on this runt?
-Perfectly sound response, that. £30 they paid.
They'll need their Bonus Buy. Let's have a look at it.
Now you spent, guys, £130. You gave Catherine £170.
-What did you spend it on?
Thinking along the ivory theme, as we were, I have brought you some dressing table bottles.
Silver top with a little ivory.
-What do you think?
-They don't look terribly clean!
-Oh, you're so fussy!
-I thought that. They look a little...
-That doesn't matter at all.
-What I like about them...
-They've got a hallmark. Oh, sorry.
No, they have, you're right. Each one is hallmarked.
These two are 1906. That one may be slightly later. All are Birmingham.
-Big question - how much?
-Well, I paid £58.
Let's just hope it makes a profit, then I'll be happy.
Anyway, you pick after the sale of your first three items, but let's find out if the auctioneer
is going to be happy.
-Now Catherine had £170 to spend on a Bonus Buy.
-Yes. And decided to invest £58 in these.
-A good move?
-That's just below my top estimate. I've got £40-£60.
-And you could be struggling at £20 for these.
-They want the rest of the case!
-Well, they do sell for the dressing table,
-but normally with enamel tops.
-Something like that. These are a bit plain, with ivory.
Personally, I think if we come away with £35-£40, it's job done, really.
I slightly hope that the team don't take this Bonus Buy, but don't tell anybody!
Right. Good. That's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues.
Valerie and Terry. Their first item is this French stereoscopic viewer.
These are very collectable. People do like them, but they need cards.
The cards are what people go for. Those interesting subjects.
If you've got the cards at home and want a nice viewer, there's a coming together.
We just don't have them here.
-But it's not a bad example.
-No, I quite agree with you. And the glasses are present and correct.
Without any cards, what is somebody going to pay?
-My reckoning is £30-£40.
-I think so.
I would say zut alors!
-£75 they paid.
-Bit of a bad price.
-Next up is the wee inkwell.
-Again I don't think...
-You don't like it that much.
-But I've been in their situation...
-And you get pushed on.
-Rather scathingly, I've stuck £10-£15 on it.
Last up is this little fag box.
I mean, cigarettes are not very fashionable any more. I always look at them
and think we'll be calling them collar stud boxes or something.
It's not particularly decorative and it's personalised as well,
but it is for the Rank Organisation and I quite liked it because I remember watching Sunday films
and you'd got this chap here smacking the gong.
-His name is Bombardier Billy Wells.
-He was a boxer.
-And he had this physique that J Arthur Rank thought, "This is the boy for me.
"He's going to do the big gong bang at the beginning of my movies."
-Yes. So, after all that flim flam, what's it worth?
-I've put £20-£30 on it.
-They only paid £20, so they may claw something back,
but the other two look dodgy so they're likely to need their Bonus Buy.
-Now, Val and Tel, you spent £145, right?
You gave Anita Manning, the genius, £155 to go and blow on something.
It's so heavy, I'm going to hold it and Anita will remove the rag...
-Is that not one of the most hideous things you've seen this year?
-I wouldn't say that.
-You said it!
-I was drawn to this thing which was lying on its side amid tons of rubbish.
-Although it looks a wee bit tatty...
-A wee bit tatty?!
-..and in need of some love and attention.
-And some restoration.
-Lots of restoration!
-Other than that...(!)
-It is, in fact, quite a beautiful object.
-What is it?
Take the lid off, love.
-It is a coal box, so we have a liner here.
There's no spiders and beasties.
You say it can be cleaned up. What's it actually made of?
It's made of copper. And we have this wonderful Art Nouveau motif
with these stylised organic flowers and these little medieval studs.
It's maybe about 1900, 1910.
How much did you pay...
-I paid £30.
-Look at his face.
-Now I have described it in glowing terms,
but...this could either fly or it could get a pound.
Your moment comes after the sale of the first three items. Then you pick this or not.
Let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Anita's little box.
So, Jonathan, here we go. A little bit of a barn discovery.
When I was cataloguing this lot, I thought, "This looks like something Anita would buy,"
because she's from Scotland and I saw this as almost Rennie Mackintosh inspired. Sort of Arts and Crafts.
Just don't polish it up! But that's the point, isn't it?
If you do have brass or copper that's had half a century in the wet, it looks like this.
-For some people, it's attractive. What is your most ambitious estimate?
-That's brilliant. Anita only paid £30.
-She will be so chuffed.
-I may be wrong! But I like it.
-You're not usually wrong.
Well, we'll find out in a minute.
-How excited are you about this?
How do you rate your chances? Going to make a smashing profit?
Do you know what? Catherine's been brilliant and I think - hope - we'll get a profit.
-We've got some good stuff.
-You with her on this?
-Minimal loss if nothing else!
First up is your walking stick.
A 19th-century ebony walking cane with ivory pommel.
Somebody start me at £20? £20?
Any interest at £20? 10, then.
Is bid. At 10. I'll take 12.
10 it is, then. 12, anywhere?
A maiden bid of £10. Surely worth more. 12, there we go. 15.
Warming up now. 18.
£18, seated right there.
-20 anywhere else?
-I can't believe it.
I'll sell at £18. It's going. On my right at £18.
-That's minus £42.
-I can't believe that.
-That was a nice thing.
-That's your fault!
A Victorian leather and ivory gentleman's razor strop.
I'm going to get in a strop.
Someone start me again. £30 to start me for this? £30?
20, then. If you must, £10.
Away at 10 at the front here. 12.
Looking for 15 now. £12 in the fourth row.
-I can't believe this!
-It's not looking pretty, this.
-Going to go at £12.
-Not even a close shave. £12.
-That's minus £28.
You're £70 down.
-I really thought we'd do all right.
-It's your last item.
Lot 1703A - an ivory small gavel.
I've got interest to start me at 20, 30,
£40 to start.
With me at 40. 5 anywhere?
On the book at 40. One more might do it. And 5.
This is the thing, though.
-Against you, then, at 50.
-£50! Look at it go!
-Yes, you've done it. Well done!
Plus £20 on that.
40, 50, 60, 70... You're 50. Minus 50.
-That's not too bad, is it? What about these dressing table bottles?
-Go for it!
-We've got to go for that.
-Are you sure? Quickly!
Just do it!
All right. Going hell for leather. The decision is made.
I've got three dressing table bottles. Someone start me at £40 for these. Three bottles.
20, then. Surely worth £20.
There we go. Thank you, sir. I'll take 2. Yours, sir, at 20.
-Any other interest at 22? How much?
£25, gentleman there.
Any further bidding? £25 and selling. All done.
That is minus £33. Overall, you are minus £83.
Could be a winning score. Don't say a word to the Blues.
-Go out walking tall and strutting your stuff.
Next up, the Blue team.
-So, Val and Tel, have you been chatting to the Reds?
-You've no idea?
-None at all.
-No, I'm not. I'm quite comfortable, actually.
-You never know.
-You've watched this before. You know what can happen.
Your first lot is coming up.
-A 19th-century French stereoscopic viewer.
Interest in this lot
to start me at 35, 45...
£50. I'll start at £50. I'll take 5.
55. And 60. 65. And 70.
75. And 80. £85. Clears the commissions.
At £85 and selling. All done at £85?
That is...plus £10.
Plus £10. You could knock me out with that!
Your second item is the inkwell.
An early 20th-century inkwell.
Tenner I'm bid. I'll take 12. 12.
There we go.
15 at the back.
15 at the back. At 15. £15. Anything more than £15?
I'll sell it at 15. All done? Last chance. Going...at £15.
That is minus £35.
-That is not so hot.
-Not so hot!
-Not hot at all, actually.
Next up is the silver box. Here it comes.
A silver rectangular box.
Someone start me at £10. It's bid.
At 10. 12. 15. 18. 20.
2. Shaking of her head there.
£22 at the back. At £22.
5 anywhere else? 25, new face.
-Do you want to go 32?
-No, she doesn't.
£30, seated. 32 anywhere else? Gentleman's bid at £30.
It's selling. £30.
-That is minus £15.
-What are you going to do about that clapped-out coal box?
-Go for it.
-Be very careful.
-No, no, no.
-I've got confidence.
-In for a penny.
We're going with the Bonus Buy. The die is cast.
A copper coal box. Art Nouveau design. Late 19th century.
Someone start me at £40.
20, then. Surely worth £20.
No? £10, then. Who'll give me 10?
On the right at 10. 12 anywhere? 15 anyone? It's a tenner! 15.
20? Thinking about it. Go on.
Any further bids at £25? All done?
-Going at £25.
-Oh, dear. That's another minus £5.
-You are minus £20 overall.
-That's not too bad.
-The big thing is don't say a word to the Reds.
-Have you been chatting?
Cos you've got on terribly well.
Haven't you? Both teams bonded nicely, but it's a competition.
And it's no secret to either team that they made stonking losses!
See what I mean? And the team that has made the largest loss today is the Red team.
Minus £83 is a...good number.
And you have done this with some style. And I hope you have enjoyed yourselves.
Do you know, it's been absolutely brilliant. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
Really good it's been. Thank you.
Thank you for joining us. But the victors today
by only managing to lose £20...
are Valerie and Terry. Well done.
-Had a good time, too?
Join us soon for some more bargain hunting!
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Tim Wonnacott and the Bargain Hunt team head to Ardingly. Helping the Blues and Reds are experts Catherine Southon and Anita Manning. The auction is a real roller coaster, and there is a treat in store at Chiswick House in west London.