The Bargain Hunters are at Wetherby and, after a busy shopping round, there is high drama as expert Philip Serrell is left to fly solo at auction. Has his team chosen wisely?
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Today I find myself by junction 44 of the M1 surrounded by
a treasure trove of antiques and I know which way I'm going.
I'm going Bargain Hunting.
I'm at Wetherby racecourse in Yorkshire
with the Red team and the Blue Team, who are gagging to get out there
and at it. First, let's have a sneak preview of what's coming up, shall we?
The Blue team have a rather unique taste in bargains.
Monkeys with cigarettes, that's brilliant.
And the Reds give their expert a run for his money.
Wurttemburgische Metallwaren Fabrik.
You can't say that on daytime television!
Will youth or maturity win the day at auction?
And I visit Newby Hall just up the road, to show you a statue with a double life.
All that's to come but first, let's meet the teams.
So, today we have husband-and-wife team Pam and Richard,
and for the Blues, girlfriend-boyfriend Sam and Tess.
Welcome to Bargain Hunt. Lovely to see you.
Now, how did you two meet?
We met through church. It wasn't very serious then.
But a few months after that, I had a very serious car accident.
I was badly smashed up. I lived on my own.
-So Richard moved into the spare room and looked after me.
And was a brilliant nurse. He was fantastic.
And that the end of that time he asked me to marry him.
And I did love him, but he said he would do the ironing as well, so I agreed!
-And has that continued?
-I have never lifted the iron up since.
Now, you are both retired.
-And what do you get up to in your spare time apart from watching him doing the ironing?
Well, we help to train police constables, PCSOs and specials by doing role play.
-Yes. We go along and they can give us any situation.
We can be the victim or the offender and we do exactly what they tell us.
And it is such good fun. And I can cry at will.
Can you? Give us a cry now.
I don't know if I can right now... HE FAKES SOBBING
You're laughing. Give us a cry!
-I am a very good drunk.
-I can probably do a better drunk!
It is before lunch so you can hardly be drunk.
What an extraordinary thing to do as an occupation.
Ricardo, tell me what it is you're gripping in your hot, sweaty palm.
I have in my hot hand a little poem what I have writ for you.
It lays out the rules of the game.
If you want the show that is the most, with TV's most suave and
sophisticated host, where you go along to an antiques fair, and you are given £300 when you're there
to buy, with expert help, three objects to sell, at an auction later, where you hope to do well.
Any leftover lolly your expert will use, to find a bonus buy to try to help you not to lose.
If you make a profit the money is yours, and that's the kind of show I like, of course.
If you want to come along and take a punt, the name
of the show is Bargain Hunt, and the name of the host, who's got the lot, TV's one and only Mr Tim Wonacott.
Well, you certainly know how to butter up a presenter, that's what I can say.
You should do very well on this programme and I should think the Blues are quaking in their boots?
-Just a bit, yeah.
-Listen, you two lovebirds, how did you two meet?
Depends who you ask.
I would say that I found Tess, she would probably say that she found me.
But we were both out in Spain at a music festival.
She was with her friends, I was with mine.
And our paths crossed and I don't think we've ever looked back.
So we came back to England and I dragged her up to Leeds, where I am, from London.
Good for you. Now, what do you do for a living, Simon?
I work in a vintage shop selling vintage clothes and anything, really, just all the way across the board.
Do you care about the period? Are we talking about Victorian
things, Edwardian things, '60s stuff, what?
We go all the way from '60s
to things that are probably less than five years old.
Right. Tess, I've got to ask you about your hat.
Give us a little mannequin display of the hat, give us a turn.
That's very nice. Is that a period hat?
Does it date from the '60s? Something like that?
-Is that something you found with Simon?
We found this last weekend actually when we went to Hemswell.
Looks extremely smart.
It's a 40 - 50 year old hat and it's getting a second breath.
And that is quite a green thing, isn't it? Anyway, we'll stand by for this competition.
It's going to be great fun. We are spanning the generations here on Bargain Hunt and now,
here's the £300 moment. There's the £300.
Pam's grabbing that like a good 'un. Uh-oh! You know the rules.
The experts await. And off you go, and very, very good luck.
Boy, are we going to have some fun today!
Enter our experts.
The fabulously photogenic Phil Serrell,
and the boyish charmer, Charles Hanson.
Ready, steady, go!
-Got any plans as to what we're going to do?
-We do have a shopping list.
But we don't have to stick to it.
-It's only a short one.
-It's not the big Friday shop, is it?
No. It's silver we particularly like.
Always beware a woman with a list!
MUSIC: Shopping, shopping, shopping.
-Keen for a bargain?
-Let's go. Follow me.
-Do you like those?
What are they? Are they bookends?
-Marble bookends - do you like them?
-I personally don't.
We are of a certain age, right?
And we of a certain age, buy all of this sort of stuff.
And them that's younger than us, they buy
younger, trendier things. It's just the way the market's changed.
-We could always come back.
-The real reason why we ought to leave them
is that, if memory serves correctly, they weren't on your list, were they?
-They weren't, but we're open...
Yes, Pam and Richard are open to anything - just as long as it's on their list.
Now, those Blues.
They're up to some monkey business.
He's good, isn't he?
Yes, he is nice. Bretby. Midland factory. Not far from me.
He's quite nice. I'm hoping on the base there might be a sunburst mark,
which there is, and the sunburst mark is an early 20th century Bretby mark.
It would date to around 1900, 1910, and what you have found is something novel, i.e.
With a monkey, something which is a fashion from a bygone time, smoking.
Collectible, isn't it? And isn't he just fun, yeah?
-He's good fun.
-I really like him.
-What do you think, Simon?
Monkeys with cigarettes, brilliant.
Hmm. Yes. What it worth?
It says £95 on the ticket. Why don't we try and...?
It is something which is a bit specialist here.
Realistically, the guide price would be between £50 and £80.
It could race away and make 120, or it could fall flat and sell for 40.
-May we ask you a question?
-By all means.
We're just admiring the little monkey ashtray. It's priced at £95.
-My colleagues adore him.
-He is lovely.
What's the kiss of goodbye for it?
-I like him.
-Shall we go for it?
-Up to you.
-Yes, shall we do it?
We'll do it, yes, we'll go for it.
Fine. We'll go for it. Thank you. Thank you very much.
Let's hope there are some monkey collectors at the auction.
The Blue team's first item is bought in a quarter of an hour. And the Reds?
Phil? I found something over here.
Something silver. Is it a Vesta case?
Yeah, yeah, can I have a look?
What do you think? It's quite small, isn't it?
These are normally hallmarked in Birmingham and there's an anchor there. They are called toys
and Birmingham specialised in producing toys.
Toys weren't children's toys - toys were small bits of silver.
And what's interesting about this, this would have had a ring just there which has broken off.
-That would decrease its value then?
-Well, yeah, it would.
I thought it was inexpensive when you handed it to me and
at £20, I would have told you to have bought it but that is just a problem.
That's right. And it's got initials on as well.
-That's not that much of an issue, really.
Could we find something that's...?
You could almost do a bit of a job lot, couldn't you?
These are little mother-of-pearl.
It's got a hallmarked blade.
I've heard the word "job lot".
That's quite nice because he's all together, isn't he?
That one's got a hole in him.
And that one, the blade's a bit iffy-diffy, isn't it?
No, no, no, no.
You've got 18, 18 and 20.
Which is 56 quid.
And I was thinking 30 quid.
But then my thoughts have always been a bit off.
-That was my thought as well!
-What's your best price?
Let me go, I would normally say, if somebody was buying that that's 18, and say 15.
And I would say the same for that.
-I can't. 38?
Don't look at me - do you like them?
I like them, yes. They're very nice, very pretty.
Yes. That'd be lovely.
And the Reds are in the game.
So we've got our silver. We've got the shopping list.
Let me just have this.
Liberty, WMF, Cranberry, Silver chest, that's the one, isn't it?
-Cross that off.
-Done that. Thank you so much.
-Is it a decanter of some sort?
Is it a decanter?
What kind of decanter?
I don't know, it just really caught my eye because it's really different.
-Scandinavian, 1960, 70?
It's got almost a sort of torpedo feel about it.
Very fast living. What price on it?
-Bear it in mind.
Can we think about it?
-We might come back.
Hmm. Charlie's not so keen on fast living, then.
Best just stick to something traditional.
And talking of traditional, ah, the Reds.
-Do you like it?
-Deco style, yes.
You could put nuts or something or bonbons in it.
-The cranberry glass is quite...
-What have you got?
-Cranberry glass was on our shopping list.
Give me the list. Give me the list.
I don't actually like the shape.
Give me the list, just give me the list. Where's cranberry glass?
Are you scrubbing it?
It's no longer on the list.
-Thank you so much!
And if it's off the list it's not going in the shopping trolley.
Come on, Charlie. Youth is on your side, but time is not.
These are nice, aren't they? Look at these. Hello, madam, I am admiring your sticks. Very nice.
You have very fine sticks.
I think they must be in that great classical period of the 18th century.
They epitomise elegance in the home.
250 years ago.
Aren't they delightful? And they are completely period.
I'm thinking Tennants, Grand Auction House, grand entrance, check out the sticks.
I'm thinking Cluedo!
What's the best price on them, madam?
Could I just have a look at the one with the price on?
120 for the pair.
You're obviously modern people, I'm old-fashioned, but I think these are great. They're just
-Is it one to bear in mind?
What's your best price, madam? £90?
-For the sticks? Thank you for your time.
-It's a pleasure.
Give me a while and a little think and we might come back.
So, the blues in the fair with the candlestick holders, may not be the answer.
Charlie's traditional tastes just aren't hitting the spot.
Almost any object around and about us could be classified as a collectible.
What do you imagine is the collectible associated with this?
The common or garden pin.
Well, try this one on for size. Mad, isn't it?
What we've got here is a white metal miniature in the form of a shoe,
a shoe that would have been the height of fashion in 1880.
Except that applied to the sole is a set of roller skates,
because the craze for roller skating was a real passion at the end of the
19th century and all sorts of girls and boys wanted to take part.
Of course the padded bit on the top is designed to receive a pin.
There you go, look. The pin sits happily on the top.
This extremely rare form of pincushion has another novelty feature -
and that is that it contains within a little tape measure
which winds up using a lever underneath the sole.
Isn't that just intriguing?
If you're intrigued enough by that, imagine my glee
when I found on a separate stand this little fellow.
It's another pincushion.
This time in the form of a Victorian settee.
It's made of cast brass.
It was made around 1840.
And of course the settee's got a padded seat into which you can thrust the pin. Super, aren't they?
So, what would two rare pincushion collectibles cost you in the fair today?
This one is priced at £165.
This one is priced at £65.
Which do you prefer?
Well, the teams have two more items to pin down, so it's back to the shopping.
Now, what's this?
Madam, tell me, this medal belonged to this gentleman?
-And who's this gentleman?
And they almost certainly go together.
-Isn't it gorgeous?
-I like it.
-I really like it.
-History, isn't it?
That's the original case for it.
And the gilt brass frame with a Laurel leaf border
with the hand-painted World War I gentleman and a victory medal.
There's that. What's the best price, madam? Absolute best.
110 is definitely the best.
What about a round 100?
-I couldn't, sorry.
That is worth that on its own.
I love it. I think it's a lovely, lovely miniature.
-I love it.
-I love it.
-We'll have a think about it.
-Thank you for your time.
You've got some great things. But you won't budge from 110?
OK. Fine, thank you.
-We've got, what, 20 minutes to go?
-You tell me.
-And two items to find still.
-Better get a move on.
Yeah, get your skates on, Carlos.
What on earth is that?
It's an old dog. That's 35.
What do you think to this, Phil?
Come on, Phil, 35 for the old dog.
-I think you're going to be selling this.
-I think you're going to be struggling.
I do, yeah.
Phil's no fan of Rover
and the Blues only have a smoking monkey.
So we have spent, so far, 70, we have 230 to play with.
Which means we could buy at 110 the miniature.
-I really do like the miniature.
-And we could also buy the sticks at 90.
Which is £200. We have got 15 minutes to go so we could always have a quick wander round to make double sure.
We will have a look because they are quite close together, aren't they?
OK. See you guys. Quick.
-Really, really quick.
-Like, the inner ear.
-What do you think?
-That's not to my taste.
-There you go. Your legs OK?
-Think we'll move on.
Was it up here?
Oh, no, wait.
The Blues look lost and the Reds look panicky.
I do love it when they run out of time.
-I think we've got to go and buy something.
How's about we get the dog? We both like that.
We both like that, don't we?
-We've got two and the pressure's not so much.
Where's Phil gone?
The Reds are going off-piste - without a guide!
It has got quite a nice natural look to it, hasn't it?
-What's your best price?
The best. Please.
My granddaughter said, if you say please, they can't refuse.
-Could you do 30?
30, and it's a deal.
-You have bought the dog?
-Really? How much did you pay for it?
-Let's have a look.
-How old is he, do you think?
-Probably not that old.
-That's all relative, isn't it?
-If somebody likes this...
-What do you reckon?
I don't think he's that old. I think he's probably later than that.
It is a pot dog, isn't it?
-A pot dog.
You've been overruled this time, Phil. But over on the blue team,
Charles is becoming ever so masterful.
We love your sticks. We really do.
Classical, elegant, refined.
I appreciate the age of them but I wanted to get something that was a bit more to my taste.
But we will go with the expert.
Yeah, I just wondered if you could do us any more favours with the price.
We'll give you a kiss as well.
That's terribly tempting!
Well, you see, it really depends on what I paid for them.
-Can I have a look at it?
-Of course you can. Yes.
We will wait here and deliberate, thanks.
-I think they're charming, I really do. I stand by them.
-Just like you.
Oh, thank you. Tess, thanks. Do come again.
-I think, that's a deal.
That's the best. Honestly. I'm not pulling your leg or anything.
-It's a done deal.
Shall I give her a kiss, then?
Give her a kiss.
-Right, five minutes to go and both teams need to bag one more bargain.
-Do you like that?
That is really nice. It looks arts and crafts.
What do you know about WMF?
You can't say that on daytime television!
I'm glad you said that and not me.
Well, it's got a little emu on it.
Oh, that must be OK, then, mustn't it?
-Ostrich, is it?
-Is that your interest, or did you look it up before you came on the programme?
I looked it up. I do my research.
-He's a walking encyclopaedia.
-The ostrich is the trademark.
-I'm impressed by that.
-1900-1914, they acquired two further companies.
-He's good, isn't he?
-He is good.
Get you, Richard! A future as an expert on Bargain Hunt beckons.
Now, the Blues are back.
-We're going to go for that, if that's OK. Yeah, yeah.
It's charming. I think it's... something which is of great
historical merit to collectors. Going to a good auction house...
-And we like it?
-Yes, it's a lovely piece. You won't be disappointed.
OK, we'll have a go at that, then.
-110. It's a deal.
-OK, thank you.
And the Blues are home and dry!
The red team need one more item and there are only three minutes to go.
It's on at 145, isn't it?
When you're on the old t'internet, did you come up with any numbers for these things?
I didn't, because it depends very much on the piece and it's difficult to generalise but I would
think probably 100 to 150.
See me, I'd think 50-80.
-Yeah, but I'm guessing, to be truthful with you.
-It is early.
And what's more, it's number two on our shopping list - WMF.
-How good is that?
-Go and have a word with the dealer.
-I'm going to stand here.
-I'll go and have a word.
But remember, these guys have all got to make profits.
-Don't be too hard.
I'll keep this shopping list.
What is your very best that you can do on this?
The very, very best would be 110.
You couldn't come down to 100?
I'm sorry, no. Really, 110 is the very bottom prize.
And it is a very stylised tray.
It should give you a good chance, I think.
Arts and crafts are very popular just now.
-They are, aren't they? 110?
Thanks very much. Thank you.
At last! Now, let's re-cap.
First on their list was a job lot of penknives and a silver vesta case.
The Royal Doulton labrador was £30.
And in the nick of time, they went for the copper tray.
Well, that was great, wasn't it?
Fantastic. We really enjoyed it.
-Now, have you got your shopping list?
-I've got my shopping list.
Have we ever had a shopping list on Bargain Hunt before?
She's got so many things on there we didn't tick off.
-I'm really organised.
-Now, listen. The shopping experience was good.
-How much did you spend, again?
£177? That's a pretty good total.
-So please may I have £123 of leftover lolly?
Have you got that, Richard? You don't like this bit, do you?
OK, I want all of it, thank you very much.
Which piece is going to bring the biggest profit, then, do you think, old fruit?
I think probably some silverware that we bought.
-You think the silverware? Do you agree with that?
-Yes, I would agree.
Well done. Best thing is to agree with the old man.
Do you agree with that, Philip?
I'm going to have to go and consult the list. I'll be back.
That's marvellous, isn't it?
Meanwhile, why don't we remind ourselves what the Blues bought, eh?
The Bretby monkey ashtray charmed them into parting with £70.
£85 was paid for the brass candlesticks.
And finally, the miniature and the medal cost 110.
Well, that was exciting, wasn't it?
-Did you have a good time?
-You spent how much?
-£265. These are professionals.
That's a proper sum of money, is £265.
-And you do have stylish eyes, don't you?
-Very stylish eyes.
I mean, you know what you want, you went for it...
Did you get a look-in at all, Charles?
I did, Tim. I enjoyed it.
Yes, we went retro. We did all sorts, really.
-It was good.
265. Who's got the 35 notes?
-I've got it here.
-(???) There's 30.
-You've got the fiver.
We now give the dosh to Charles.
What are you going to do with the £35? You could buy a lot of sweets with that.
Well, Tim, I enjoy my sweets but I think,
-with Tess and Simon, something a bit retro, something a bit...
-Wacky-funky and cool.
And why do you do this hip movement, boy, when you do the wacky-funky?
It's my pre-match nerves before I go and do the job.
Oh, it's a warm-up arrangement, is it?
I had no idea that it was your warm-up.
Anyway, very good luck and good luck, kids, because our next port of call is Newby Hall.
This neo-classical pile was once described as the finest house in Yorkshire.
Back in the middle of the 18th century, Newby Hall passed into
the hands of William Weddall and it simply couldn't have had a more attentive owner.
In 1765, William Weddall headed off to Italy on his grand tour.
Along with so many other aristocrats and wealthy Brits, he was infatuated
by neo-classicism and just had to get to the seat of the Renaissance to increase his studies.
He spent some years there, but all the while he was thinking of Newby Hall.
Indeed, he'd employed Robert Adam to create this sculpture gallery for
him, which loosely follows the form of a Roman house, with the central
rotunda flanked on either side by rectangular rooms
which are ideal for the display of sculpture.
He brought back no less than 17 wooden cases of sculpture,
which we see about us on display today.
But by far the most important piece was this, the Barbarini Venus.
Or rather I should say, it used to be the most important piece in the collection.
The original Barbarini Venus was sold in 2002, when it made £8 million.
That's it, £8 million.
To run and maintain an estate of this type, with such exquisite
works of art throughout the house, is an expensive process.
And it's not surprising that occasionally
you need to sell something to inject a serious lump of capital.
And what did the family do?
They commissioned a replacement statue, which is what this is.
It's been carved out of Carrara marble, the marble that would have been used for the original,
and if you look at it, every single blemish that was on the original...
The fact that she's lost her toe-toes, look.
She's got a nasty crack and repair across her leg.
Look at her bottom... Oh, dear.
There's a dirty great crack running up the side, here.
So clever is this replica that all those blemishes which exist
on the original Venus have been replicated.
It's an extremely clever mechanical digital laser process that's been
used that has, in the round, created this facsimile.
Some would say this is better than the original.
And of course, to have a brilliant copy like this sitting inside
its niche, designed by Robert Adam,
for the original, surrounded by all these other glorious pieces of sculpture, is still a real treat.
The big question today is, of course, are we about to a real treat with our teams, over at the auction?
So, we've come 35 miles or so north to Yorkshire,
to Layburn, to be with Rodney Tennant at Tennant's Auctioneers.
-Rodney, it's smashing to be here.
-Always nice to welcome you, Tim.
For our team Pam and Richard, their first item are these penknives and the vesta case.
-Bit of a mixed lot, what?
-It is. It's rather old-fashioned, yesterday's antiques.
Nobody uses any of those any more.
But being silver, they do have a certain value.
Probably 30, £40 for the three bits.
OK, £37, they paid. They might just make a profit, which would be good.
The Royal Doulton model of the yellow lab.
Is that a clever purchase to bring to Yorkshire, home of hunting...shooting?
Commercially, there seem to be more collectors out there for Beswick and I'm always surprised that
-the equivalent things in Doulton sometimes make a lot less.
-OK, £30 paid.
The last item is this shiny, or not so shiny, copper tray. How do you rate that?
It's collectible, is WMF, but it's got to be a pretty object.
I tell you what I think's wacky about it,
you've got this copper bit, right, and on it we've got these very sophisticated cast brass...
-They're good handles, aren't they?
-So we've got great handles and a lousy tray.
-That's not a happy combo. How do you rate it?
£40ish, I would have thought.
-Maybe a little bit more if there are some WMF collectors in, but...it is copper.
You'll need a bus full of them, I tell you, because they paid £110.
-£110. That means there's a potential disaster there.
They're going to need their bonus buy. Let's go and have a look at it.
Now, Ricardo and Pam, you spent £177. You gave Philip £123.
What did he spend it on? Phil, reveal all.
-This is going to be awfully predictable and I apologise.
It's a Worcester little jug.
It's in gilded ivory, decorated with a bird in the style of a man called Hopwell.
It dates to about 1870-ish.
-I paid £80 for that.
And I think that that in auction anywhere, is going to make 120, 180.
-Yeah. Knowing Rodney as I do, bless his cotton socks, my guess is that he'll estimate that
at 30 to 50 quid and sell it for 100 and something, but we'll have to find that out, won't we?
-So is it in good condition?
-Yeah, you're always going to check for porcelain with restoration.
-I think this is fine.
-It looks beautiful.
-Examine the goods.
-So, Ricardo, how do you feel about this jug?
-Do you feel happy about it?
-I think it's a lovely object.
-I'm quite happy to own that.
You might have to!
No. Not in today's sale. What about you, Pambo, what do you think?
I think it's lovely. Very unusual.
-I love the shape.
-I think you've done well there, Serrell.
But for the audience at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Philip's little jug.
So, Philip Surrell's very partial to a bit of Worcester and - surprise, surprise - that's his bonus buy.
Well, it's in good order.
Looking for damage to start with, restoration.
It's not... The gilding's rubbed on it so it probably will hold it back a little bit.
50-70, but Phil does get carried away with the Worcester a bit, doesn't it?
-£80, he paid.
-Yes. He may get that.
OK, fine. We've got the sale estimate there.
It's looking hopeful. So that's it for the Reds.
Now for the Blues. Simon and Tessa.
Their first item is this seriously wacky ashtray.
Well, I'm amused by this, really, but this was made at Henry Tooth,
the Bretby art pottery factory, down in Burton-on-Trent.
Charles Hanson. He's a Derbyshire lad.
-So he knows about this Bretby stuff down there.
-Yes, he will.
And I guess he rates that.
Is it going to do well here?
Funnily enough, this Bretby art pottery never makes as much as I think it should.
-50-70, perhaps, it will make.
-All right, fine. £70 was paid.
-Yes, that's good.
-So off to go.
Next is the brass cast candlesticks.
I don't know about you, Rodney, but I find it difficult to date these things.
Well, this is the classic Corinthian column, 18th century style.
But I wouldn't buy those as being 18th century.
Did they buy them as 18th century?
They did. They bought them as old.
What will they bring in the sale today?
If they are 18th century, they'd make more, but I would have thought 50 to 70 would be my estimate.
Well, Charles paid £85. Now, lastly, First World War interest.
-We've got this little miniature.
And a medal. I am very suspicious about this because I think that that miniature is of an officer
and the only thing makes us think it might be anything to do with Private Woods is that medal.
Who's to say that somebody just hasn't put that medal with that miniature? What do you think?
I think I agree with you.
-Without question, that is an officer's uniform.
This is a private. So, I think, yes, that's appeared and someone thought, "Let's give it a little bit of clout
-"with a victory medal with it".
-I think the miniature is quite nice.
It's very good quality. And I wouldn't discard the fact that that doesn't go with that.
I think the value is in the miniature anyway.
That is probably £50 to £70.
-OK, they paid £110.
-Well, that's a retail price.
I will try my hardest.
As you always do.
On the face of it, I think they're going to need their Bonus Bye.
I think we'd better go and have a look at it. Right now.
Well, Simon and Tess, you spent a magnificent £265.
I'm so proud of you. You gave £35 to The Young Pretender, Carlos. What did you spend the cash on?
Well, knowing my interest in my hometown, Derby, and also my interest in sport, I thought the two together
would go well. Here we've got two teddy bears, but more importantly, they're very nice Royal Crown Derby
teddy bear footballing paperweights or ornaments.
Good collectables in good condition.
-I like them. Do you like them?
They're a nice pair. They'll do quite well and he's in blue.
How much did you pay for these?
Have a guess. What would you pay for if you saw them in good condition?
OK. Well, they were £20.
That's £10 each and to me, in a sale room, they are worth at least £30.
So, there's hopefully a good guarantee of a profit.
-There best be.
Do you see that menace there?
She looks so sweet but underneath, that was lethal, Charles.
You're going to have to do well.
Anyway, the idea is, you don't choose right now,
you choose after the sale of your first three items.
But let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about
the little teddy-bear paperweight ornament Crown Derby jobbies.
What are you going to say about these?
Well, they're modern Royal Crown Derby ornaments.
The problem is they should have little gold stoppers in the bottom.
-That is quite a crucial thing.
So, two of those, they could be a bargain buy at round about £20-ish.
For the two? That's what they paid?
Right! Well, we're not going to be far off with that.
OK, fine. So, not much of a huge profit on that, but he won't lose money on them?
No, he shouldn't lose money.
£10 each for a bit of Royal Crown Derby.
-For nothing, really.
-You taking the sale?
We're in safe hands.
Now, Pamela and Richard, how are you feeling, nervy?
Aren't we all excited?
Any particular piece you wish you hadn't bought?
We're a bit concerned about the tray.
The ostrich mark tray?
Well, I have to say that Mr Tennant didn't like that one little bit.
-No. But you may have a bit of a dark hole there.
But if all comes to fail, you've got the Royal Worcester jug to fall back on.
First lot up are two knives and the Vesta case and here they come.
Lot 100. The two silver and mother of pearl penknives
and the silver Vesta case, £40. £20, then? £20 bid.
-£30. £40. £50 there.
-You paid £37, look at that.
All done this time, it's £50 in the third row at £50. All done.
£50, he does scoot along. That is plus £13. Good start.
The Royal Doulton figure of a labrador. £30.
£20. Top factory.
Any labrador buyers here today?
Keepers, £30. £30 right in the middle of the room and £30.
Look round for the last time, all done at £30.
Very good. £30.
-You're out of trouble now.
-This might be trouble.
-A WMF copper tray
with the ostrich mark on it and the good brass handles. £100. £50.
£20, then. Mark, WMF, £20.
£10. £10, £20, £30, £40, £50, £60.
£60. Right at the very back of the room at £60. No, it's £60.
All done selling this time at £60.
Minus £50, that was.
So overall, you are a minus £37.
And it started off so beautifully, didn't it?
-So what are we going to do about the Royal Worcester tusk?
-We're going with it.
-You're going with it?
-Yes, we're going with that.
Why are you laughing?
-Help. Start the car, I'm off.
-We trust you.
The decision is made, you're going with the Royal Worcester. Yes.
Brilliant. OK, fine.
Right? Well, here we go then, and hear it comes.
The Royal Worcester gilded ivory jug
decorated with birds and foliage, stop me where you will, £100. £100.
£50, then. In good order. £20.
£20 bid. Right here at £20. £30.
£40. £50. £60. £70, will you?
-You sure? £60, right here.
Royal Worcester, £60. The bid is on my lap. All done this time at £60.
Look round for the last time, £70.
£80. Are we sure this time?
£80, back down to our original bidders. All done at £80.
Your bid, 572. Thank you.
£80, Philip Surrey, you jammy devil.
Well, that's marvellous. You have preserved your losses.
You've ring-fenced your losses at minus £37.
And that could be a winning score.
-It could be.
-So, don't say a scrap to the Blues.
-Not a word.
-So, guys, do you know how the Reds got on?
No idea. We don't want you to.
Now, do you regret buying any of the three items that you acquired?
Maybe having doubts about the ashtray.
Not in the ashtray but just the money that we'd raise.
I have to tell you that the auctioneer absolutely loved it.
He's put £50 to £70 on it.
You paid £70. It's the first lot coming up and here it comes.
Lot 122, the Bretby novelty ashtray.
It could be a very rare thing indeed. Start me at £100.
£100, made by the Bretby Art Pottery.
£50, then. Very scarce piece of Bretby. £50.
A £20 bid, a £20 only bid.
£20. £30. £40. £50. £60. £70.
£70, right over there at £70.
Any advance at all? At £70.
£70. Wiped his face in it.
-No profit, no loss.
-No shame, no pain.
Lot 123, the pair of George III brass candlesticks.
They're booked in as that, I think myself they maybe later.
You decide yourself as to the age of them.
£50, pair of Corinthian column brass candlesticks. £50. £20.
£20 bid right over there. £20.
-Come on, go!
-£50, right over there on my right.
Away this time at £50.
-All done at £50.
-That's your fault, Charles.
-It was my fault, I admit that.
Now, the miniature.
Lot 124, the miniature portrait of a soldier, £100.
And an extra victory medal thrown in with it. £50, then. £50 bid.
Thank you at £50 pound only bid.
-£60. £70. £80.
At £80. Once more, the bid right here at £80.
£80 is minus £30.
You are overall minus £65.
-I cannot believe it.
What are we doing with the teddy-bear what-nots?
In for a penny, in for a pound.
In for a penny, in for a teddy. You happy with that, Tess?
You going to do it? All right, we're going with the Bonus Bye.
There is a decision. And here come the teddies.
We have these two rather charming little Royal Crown Derby teddy
football figures here.
£50 for the two. £20, then.
-Come on. Come on.
-£20. £20 bid.
-Right there at £20. £30.
£40. Pair of them.
That's £40, right in the middle.
Seated in the middle at £40.
Are you all done selling at £40?
-Your bid. Yes!
-Very good. Nice, Charles, well done.
-£20 up on that, but overall, you're minus £45.
That could be a winning score, all right? No joking apart.
Minus £45 could be a winning score. Don't say a word to the Reds.
So, teams, been chatting, have we, over lunch?
-No communication? Well, of course we know on Bargain Hunt,
we don't have losers anymore, we simply have winners and runners up.
-And it is my duty to say today that the runners up, most sadly, are the Blues.
-I'm sorry, team.
You wiped your face, right?
You went with the Bonus Bye. That was the only good thing to go with.
£20 on those little footballers.
But sadly, overall, you are minus £45.
Which is not a bad score.
Ordinarily on Bargain Hunt, I promise you, that would be
a winning score, but today, you are up against the phenomenal Reds.
Who have managed to win by losing £37.
-So, as my mother would say, there's a sheet of Bronco between you.
Not a very wide sheet of Bronco.
You made £13.
It started off so beautifully with that pen knife, didn't it?
Then you wiped your face not once, but twice.
You went with the Bonus Buy, you got nowhere with that.
And that wretched tray lost you 50 smackers.
Anyway, overall, you are minus £37, but congratulations for winning.
-How good is that? Whoever dreamt up this format was a nutcase.
Anyway, join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
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The Bargain Hunters are at Wetherby and, after a busy shopping round, there is high drama as expert Phillip Serrell is left to fly solo at auction. Has his team chosen wisely, or will Charles Hanson thrash him?