Peterborough 25 Bargain Hunt


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Peterborough 25

The blue team creates a competition within a competition, as Thomas Plant goes head-to-head with his own team-mate, while the red team make David Barby nervous.


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Do you know something? This show isn't all about fairs, it's not all about the auctions,

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it's not all about me. It is, though, all about the bargains

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and today there are simply thousands of them out there! SO let's go bargain hunting!

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Welcome to Peterborough.

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We're at the East of England Showground and, boy, have I got something to show you.

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There are bargains galore here, but the Blues can't agree tactics.

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You won't win the game buying bits of thin glass at £5.

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-No.

-No.

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The Reds have a race against time.

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-Right, I think the panic will start...

-Any minute now.

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Aaah!

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And it's all oohs and aahs at the auction.

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-Wow!

-Yeah!

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Ooh!

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Come on, come on. We'll say sale.

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But before all that, let's meet today's teams of bargain hunters.

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We've got friends Walter and Lesley for the Reds

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and aunt and niece Joan and Claire for the Blues.

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Welcome to Bargain Hunt, all. Lovely to see you.

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You two live on the same street, but met in an unconventional way.

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-It was over a cat.

-Was it?

-I had to go and ask Walter who it belonged to. It had lived there before us.

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The former owners of the house, it was their cat.

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-So it lived with us for 20 years.

-Did it?

-Yeah.

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-Are you fond of cats?

-Not really.

-No.

-I grew to love this one.

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-What are your passions?

-I love to entertain, to have a laugh, to have friends round.

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They call me Queen of the Sunday dinners.

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-You're kind of a bountiful maiden.

-Do you reckon?

-By the sound of it!

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-We've only just met! You've had a varied career.

-I have.

-What have you got involved with?

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If I tell you, I might have to kill you!

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-You're a secret agent, really?

-Well...

-You were an immigration officer.

-Yes.

-On the Mexican border.

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-That's right.

-Do they let Brits run the immigration?

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I'm not telling you or I will have to kill you.

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-Now, Walter, you've clearly chummied up with an incredibly multi-faceted partner.

-Indeed, yes.

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-So you rate your chances?

-Oh, indeed, yes. We're an ideal combination of brains and beauty.

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Yeah. All wrapped in one person!

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-No, no, no, only joking, Walter.

-I love the antiques programmes. I've watched them for many years.

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Hopefully, I've picked up a bit of knowledge and experience.

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-And what sort of things do you think you might be going for?

-Perhaps some Art Deco or...

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-Quirky!

-Quirky items.

-It's going to be fascinating to see how you two get on. Very good luck.

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-Now the Blues. You two are related?

-Absolutely. Jo is my auntie.

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-Have you been close?

-Oh, we have. Right from, well...

-The day I was born!

-That's right.

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Can you see any problems today for you two?

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-No, I think we'll work well.

-We've had a little talk on that.

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-Yeah, Joan likes her plates.

-I've not to touch them.

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But I think we're after a bargain today.

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So, Claire, is it horses that you ride or race?

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-I used to ride horses.

-What happened?

-Well, it got costly.

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And I put my efforts more into my dogs.

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-But you had four horses.

-I know.

-That's quite a commitment.

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-It's very expensive.

-Yes.

-And I worked with horses, so they got free board.

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-Were you a stable hand?

-Yes.

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Now, Joan, are you a collector of anything apart from plates?

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Not really. I have liked jewellery. That was the other thing.

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-But you're keen on getting out.

-I love walking and my friend and I go touring all around.

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She does the driving, I navigate. Wherever we are, we go walking.

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It says you like Scottish road trips, Thelma and Louise-style.

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That's what we call ourselves. There we are in these cars.

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A couple of years ago we did go up to Scotland, island hopping.

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-So you'll be as fit as a flea.

-Well, hopefully! Keep going!

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That's the secret. Now the money moment. £300 apiece. There's £300.

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You know the rules. Your experts await, And off you go! Good luck!

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Well, I never did.

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Let's remind ourselves of the rules.

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Each team takes £300, has 60 minutes to shop and must buy three items.

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The team with the biggest profit at auction is the victorious winner.

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Giving the Blues a little guidance today is Thomas Plant.

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And with the Reds we have the delightful David Barby.

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-And they're off!

-Lesley, what are you looking for?

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-Some nice jewellery. Silver.

-Good. What about you, Walter?

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-Maybe Arts and Crafts, pottery.

-My God, you know your subject.

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Hot on the heels of the Reds, it's those Blues.

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-OK, girls, got any team tactics?

-Well, we want a bargain.

-Bargains.

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-And we've got to beat the Reds.

-Absolutely.

-Well, let's have our first foray into Bargain Hunt.

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-What do you think? Do you like Ruskin?

-It's nice.

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I saw one sold recently.

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-Was it lustre?

-It wasn't.

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-It's quite nice.

-It's a possibility. What's the one at the back?

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That's similar, isn't it?

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-You haven't said a word.

-What would you like me to say? It's OK.

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-You have to be enthusiastic.

-I'm not.

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Well, that's a nail in the coffin.

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Oh, dear. Not off to a great start.

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Maybe the Blues are having more luck.

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-I quite like that. It's glass, but...

-There's nothing wrong with glass. It's pretty.

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-I like that.

-Do you really want to buy something for £5?

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-Let's have a look on this.

-I want to talk to you. Claire is obviously a bargain shopper.

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-She is, she really is.

-But you're not going to win buying bits of thin glass at £5.

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-No.

-Please!

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I'll get that for a fiver, you get what you like, Joan gets what she likes.

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-And let's see who makes the most.

-Look, we've only started.

-Wasting your breath, Thomas!

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-There's more here for £5.

-No!

-You need to talk to your friend.

-I will do, I will talk to her.

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-£5...

-Is ridiculous.

-..is not playing the game.

-Too right!

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-These items are not going anywhere.

-I bet they do.

-They won't.

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I've seen so many.

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-Oh! That's lovely.

-That's the first response we've had from Lesley.

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-That is absolutely lovely.

-What would you do with it?

-I'd put cupcakes on it.

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Do people have tea these days?

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-Sir Hugh Casson.

-It's beautiful.

-A great designer of the 1950s.

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This is Midwinter pottery.

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The first impact of ceramic design after WWII came from America.

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This is called fashion shape - square with rounded sections.

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Did he say his best was on it? 50?

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-His best price is 50.

-Is there a few nibbles there?

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It's OK. I like it immensely because I like the 1950s. It reminds me of my parents' home.

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-Would a cake stand appeal?

-It appeals to me!

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-I think it's quite nice, actually. I'd like it less than 50.

-If we can get it for 40, maybe?

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-Yes. Robert?

-Come into the fold.

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We really want a very good deal.

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-Would you do £40?

-No! What about 45?

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-Split the difference at 45?

-48. And that's got to be it.

-45.

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Go on then, 45. That's great.

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-Well done.

-You'll make money.

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-Give him a kiss, Lesley.

-Thank you.

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Well done!

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Mmm. Things are hotting up, eh? But the mood in the Blue team is still frosty.

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You're not a fan? Why not?

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-Who'd hang them?

-They're quite funky, aren't they?

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-There's no pleasing you, is there?

-No. Well there is if we go back and buy that vase for a fiver.

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Cor! She's a determined lady, eh? What do you think, Thomas?

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£5 shop?

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What's all that about? We've got £300 to spend.

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Why are we looking at £5 decanters? I do not understand it.

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It's driving me up the wall!

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Poor old Thomas.

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I know, let's have a sing-song.

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-# What can I do?

-What can I say? #

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LESLEY HUMS

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-Anything take your fancy here?

-Not really.

-Not really. OK.

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Except Mr Barby, I suspect.

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-You've got to fall in love with something!

-I have.

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OK...

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Lesley, you tease!

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25 minutes gone. Come on, Blues. Let's splash some cash!

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-What do you think about that?

-Definitely not! It's horrible!

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-Here's a bit of silver. A trinket box.

-That's quite nice.

-First thing that's been quite nice!

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-How much is the trinket box?

-£40.

-35?

-No.

-Go on.

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-Nice box. Again, I don't like the price.

-It's not bad. It's silver gilded. It's not unattractive.

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-Can I have a look?

-I like that one.

-So do I, but I don't like the price.

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-See what his best offer is.

-That was.

-Is that really your best?

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35 and a cup of tea? And two sugars.

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-You reckon?

-Yeah. It's not bad at £35. It's a nice bit of silver.

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-Good chasing here. The cartouche. A little pill box, very pretty.

-I like that.

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-Expert?

-Silver...

-I still want that for a fiver.

-No!

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-Come on, let's move on. Do you want to go for it?

-Yes.

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-Yes, yes.

-That's 25 minutes probably for our first item.

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-We'll get two in the last half hour.

-Now we know what we're looking for. That's our silver.

-You're very kind.

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Thank goodness for that! Cor, I ain't half parched!

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Do you fancy a drink? Well, this does look a bit like a drinks flask.

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Something you might take to an antiques fair or a speedway track and have a quick swig.

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But it's not a drinks flask at all. It's a petrol cigarette lighter, but a massive one!

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This was made by Alfred Dunhill and Co, prestigious makers of smoking requisites,

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and you simply raise this rather iconic-looking arm, revealing the wick.

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Next door to that is this band.

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Spin that and it rubs against the flint inside and the thing would burst into flame.

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Cigarette lighters of this type are avidly collected.

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This particular type is called a giant.

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And it's got a practical use today. You could always turn to it for a light for the fire or whatever.

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I guess a giant lighter of this type is worth £300-£400.

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Except that if I spin it round, it's got a most interesting inscription.

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It says, "WH Fell. July, 1953."

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And underneath it says, "From..." and a great catalogue of people.

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The only name I could recognise is Brian Trubshaw. Remember him?

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He was the test pilot that landed the first prototype of the British Concorde in Bristol.

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From my research so far,

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it would appear that all these characters were in the test pilot business

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and WH Fell, apparently, was a radio operator

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and all these characters who took the machines into the sky would have bonded up closely.

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Hence, the wireless operator would be their very best friend.

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And that's the whole point. The provenance makes it much more important and I reckon that this,

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as a slice of British aeronautical history, in the correct sale,

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could take off and make as much as a grand.

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Not bad for 175.

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What's the little cheroot holder?

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-Is that reasonably priced?

-£30.

-Is it silver?

-Yep.

-Is that your very best?

-I think so.

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-What do you think of that?

-Shall I bring my...?

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You always want to use that!

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-What's the price of the little box there?

-140.

-Birmingham?

-Chester.

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-Chester's nice.

-That's a very nice box at 140.

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-Is that the very best on that?

-Yes.

-I'd like to see it around 120.

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-Shall we think and come back to it?

-Let's think about it.

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-I want you to think about this also.

-The cheroot holder.

-The cheroot holder.

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-This gentleman will take £25 for it.

-Yeah.

-Solid silver.

-OK.

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I like it as an object, but it's a bit early to commit.

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-We've only just started looking at silver things.

-OK.

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We'll come back on those two. Thank you very much for being so considerate.

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Those Reds are getting nowhere.

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Let's go find the Blue team.

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-Yellow?

-Wrong colour. We said to avoid yellow.

-You're avoiding yellow?

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-Only in pottery.

-It's unlucky.

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-20 quid.

-20 quid each?

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-In the case?

-We're listening to the...

-I like these glass eyes.

-Why?

-Look at them.

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Great fun, really decorative and from a decorative point of view they're quite good sellers.

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-He'd do the lot for 150.

-No! On your head be it.

-But who'd want them?

-Who would buy them?

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-There's a real good decorative market.

-Can I have a look?

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-She's not convinced.

-They're beautiful.

-£150 is a lot of money.

-I reckon you've got a profit.

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-A good profit there.

-And I reckon not.

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We could have them and your £5 thing to even everything out.

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-I'm only going by...

-All right. You buy them for 150, I'll buy my vase for £5. See who makes the most.

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-How's that?

-Interesting thought.

-And Joan's silver trinket kit in the middle.

-I'm happy with that.

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-You've got a deal.

-Roll on the auction!

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I am positive I will make a profit on these.

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That's all you're allowed to spend - £5. On whatever you want.

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-She can have her £5 that she wanted.

-Whatever you want, you can buy, but I'll have these.

-The bet's on.

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-OK, then.

-OK.

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My gosh! Claire and Thomas finally seeing eye to eye!

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Now we have to make a decision.

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Of the objects we've seen, it's either got to be the Ruskin or it's got to be the silver box

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or the cheroot holder.

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You're sounding a bit nervy, David.

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-Right, I think the panic will start...

-Any minute now.

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Aaaah!

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-So not only are we making bets against each other...

-We are.

-We sure are.

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-The game is afoot!

-Absolutely. The game is on.

-So are you up for this?

-Yeah!

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Now what are you up to, Walter?

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Can I have another look at the Chester box, please?

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-What's your absolute best on the box?

-I'm not moving any more.

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-OK, we'll have it for 140.

-Yeah.

-OK, thank you very much.

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I'm not sure your team-mates will be very impressed with that.

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Are you still keen on this, this decanter for £5?

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-Mmm, that might tip me... I quite like that.

-What have you seen?

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Bring it out, let's have a look.

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-I quite like the price as well.

-That's nice.

-You like that, do you?

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-What do you like about it?

-I like the colour, I like glass. That stopper fits lovely.

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-It sort of screws off.

-Yeah.

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-Has it got...?

-It's just unusual.

-Yeah, that's nice.

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-You want to change the bet?

-I'll see if I can get that for a fiver.

-You could ask. It's at £18.

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-They might give you something off.

-What's your opinion?

-People collect scent bottles, glass is attractive.

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-But it's brand new.

-Right.

-It's made probably 20, 30 years ago.

-Right.

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-But it is nice. Art Deco style.

-I'll ask what's his best. ..What would your best be?

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-I'll do it for 10.

-I'll give you that for your bet.

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-You reckon?

-If you want.

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You haven't got much time. Either that decanter - it won't have gone, it's £5!

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-No more arguing. That or...

-£9.50. Then on a tenner I make 50p.

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-Yeah, go on, then.

-Thank you.

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-I think the bet is still on! Well done, you.

-Oh, it is.

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Well done. It's very pretty.

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And not much more than £5, is it? Only £4.50 over £5.

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I hope he wins the bet and we make more money!

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Unity at last! The Blues are done.

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Come along, Reds. Clock's ticking.

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-They're sailors, aren't they?

-David...

-Yes?

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-I've done the deal.

-How much? How much?

-140.

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-Ohh, Walter!

-Ohh!

-I'm surprised at you.

-He wouldn't budge, but I really love this little box.

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You've bought something you like. I find these intriguing.

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They're late-19th-century novelties.

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The actual figures are in cast metal, bronze-based,

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but the bodies are nutmegs. Two sailors there, holding hands.

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And this little one here, could be the captain, raising his cutlass. They are novelty.

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-We wanted quirky items.

-Indeed.

-Yes.

-I think those fit the bill beautifully.

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-I think they would do.

-Ask him how much they are, shall we?

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-Do you like them?

-Yeah...

-Are they quirky enough? Lesley?

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They may be collectables, but I wouldn't have them in my house!

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-What's the best price on these?

-Er, 50 is the best price.

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Surely you can do a bit better than that.

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No...40?

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-£40? You couldn't do any less?

-I couldn't.

-35?

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-OK.

-35.

-Fantastic.

-Thank you very much.

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That's marvellous. We've only got 5 minutes left.

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-What do you want to do in 5 minutes?

-There's a question!

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-How about a bacon butty?

-That's a marvellous idea!

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OK, let's go on.

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After a sprint finish, time's up. Thank goodness. Let's remind ourselves what our teams bought.

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The Reds picked up a Midwinter cake stand for a lipsmacking £45.

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Walter snuck off and secured the Chester silver box for £140.

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And they sailed away with the bronze and nutmeg figures for £35.

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-Gosh, that was tight!

-Yeah.

-Five minutes to go. Are you happy, Lesley?

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-As happy as we'll ever be.

-As happy as I'll ever be, yes.

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How can you be happy having given all those kisses away for nothing?

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I know, but what can you do when you don't know a lot?

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-You could charge per kiss.

-Why didn't you tell me to do that?

-I thought you WERE charging!

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-What did you spend overall?

-220.

-£220 is such a mature amount of money.

-Yeah.

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-OK, I'd like £80, please.

-There you go.

-£80 of leftover lolly.

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-There you go, David.

-Thank you.

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-You love this moment.

-I do indeed. I wish it was my money.

-Which is your favourite piece, darling?

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-The tiered cake stand. That's my favourite.

-What about you, Walt?

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Mine is the silver box, the Chester silver box. But I'm a bit worried.

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-Are you worried?

-We might have paid too much for it.

-He's worried.

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It's early days for worrying. The big worry is what will Mr Barby find for £80. Got any plans?

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I've spent an hour with this couple. They're not married. I thought I'd get something weird and quirky.

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Well, nobody better qualified in the world to find the weird and quirky than David Barby.

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But why don't we check out what the Blues have bought?

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Agreement was eventually reached

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on a £35 pill box.

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Thomas spotted the glass eye collection for 150 - "eye, eye"!

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And Claire smelt success in an Art Deco style scent bottle

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for less than a tenner.

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-Not only are we against the Reds, we're against each other now.

-Absolutely.

-We are.

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I love it. It's just so special when we see a team that gets on so well with its expert(!)

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-So, you have had a lovely time?

-Absolutely.

-Really you are friends?

-Yes, we are friends really.

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-Good.

-We're still competitors though, aren't we?

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So, tell me, you've spent something ridiculous like 195 or 194...?

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-194.50, I think.

-That's right.

-194.50.

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I would like £105.50, please.

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It's in my sticky mitts. I'll just get the 50p. There you go.

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-Which goes to Planter. Planter, you take that.

-Don't spend it all.

-That's for your bonus buy.

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Now he can do what he wants. He's not being told what to do.

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-Tim, Claire - £5 girl, constantly looking at the £5 tables.

-Yes.

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You know, ushering her away...

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-I'm going to play the game and spend the lot.

-Are you? He loves blowing all that cash.

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-Good luck, girls.

-Thank you.

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Meanwhile, we're heading off somewhere extremely special.

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We're going to Canons Ashby south-west from here in sunny Northamptonshire.

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It's come out too!

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In 1837, Sir Henry Dryden inherited Canons Ashby.

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He was only 19 years of age.

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He might have been young, but he was no Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

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Young Henry was a stranger to the idea of changing rooms

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and had no desire to make over his new house.

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He just liked it as it was.

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But he did make one exception here in the former billiard room

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where he created his very own book room.

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Sir Henry was an obsessive collector.

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Over the 62 years he lived at the house, he acquired hundreds of old books, medieval manuscripts

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and ancient artefacts, earning himself the snappy nickname "Henry the Antiquary".

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So what exactly is an antiquary?

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Well, it's not a person who is necessarily interested in antiques.

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That's a relatively modern term.

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It's a man who is interested, usually obsessively,

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in all old objects.

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Antiquarians corresponded with one another

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and they went about their collecting and observing of objects very meticulously.

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For example, these five watercolours all relate to objects

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that Henry had either found or had observed elsewhere.

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The reason he's done this is to produce an accurate record of objects from the past.

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Look at this beautiful drawing that he's created of a medieval jewel.

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He says it's "real size".

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He says that he recorded it in June 1843

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and that it was once in the ownership of a Mr Inship of Shefford, which is just up the road.

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So he would have gone to see the owner of this jewel and simply recorded it

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because he wanted everybody to know exactly what this discovery looked like. Clever, isn't it?

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Upon his death, there were thousands of these records,

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all given to the Central Library in Northampton.

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And what's so lovely about this room is, of course, this is probably where Henry sat

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to create these drawings with all his lovely bits and pieces,

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his glasses, his magnifying glass and whatnot all about him.

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The other thing that Henry liked to do was to make use of his guests when they came to visit.

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In the bottom of this particular cupboard, we've got his tool area.

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Nails, screws, glass and so forth for running repairs in the house,

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but the bottom shelf itself is actually full of gardening tools

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because Henry liked to get his visitors involved in the herbaceous border.

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How lovely is that!

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The big question is, today, will our teams be forking over much in the way of a profit over at the auction?

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We've come 60 miles up the road to the outskirts of Derby to Charles Hanson's auction.

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-Very nice to be here, Charles. You've got a crowded room.

-It's very busy.

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Walter and Lesley have an oddball mixture. The Midwinter cake stand -

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there's something to whet your 20th century appetite.

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For decorative art, condition is everything. It's in good condition.

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Midwinter really became important in the 1950s and I like it very much.

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It's pleasing on the eye. What are you going to put on it?

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It's an emerging market. Things are taking off slowly, slowly, slowly.

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-Hopefully, it'll make between £30 and £40.

-£45 paid. That'll be a bit of a disappointment.

-Yes.

-Never mind.

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-Now, the silver box, something traditional.

-This cartouche shape is always collectable.

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It's silver, it's Chester, it's 1908. It's 102 years old and it's a snuff box.

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-Pinch of snuff and off you go.

-Yes, and it was incredibly popular in the 19th century.

-Indeed.

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They never stopped sneezing! So what do you think that's worth, Carlos?

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-We are cautious. We want to create an atmosphere.

-Of course you do.

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Our guide price is low at between 40 and 60. I'd like it to creep up to £100-plus.

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-How creepy are you feeling because they paid 140?

-OK.

-That's quite a creep.

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-That is a bit top-heavy.

-That's interesting to know, Charles.

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Now, this last item, found by David, these have got nutmegs in the centre

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with these jolly sailors attached. What's going on here?

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It combines exploration and travel and they are quite speculative.

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I think they're 1880. Are they bronze? They're bronze-coated. Are they cola nuts? I don't know.

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-I think they are nutmeg nutmegs.

-Yes.

-What's your estimate?

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My guide price is between 40 and 60, but they could make up to £100.

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-That is spicy, isn't it?

-Yes.

-Because he paid £35.

-Good.

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Depending on how the silver box gets on, they may or may not need the bonus buy, but let's look at it.

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Now, Walter and Lesley, you spent £220, which is quite magnificent.

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-You gave £80 to David Barby. What has he spent the £80 on?

-Now here we go - this.

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The look on your face is incredible! I wanted to buy something antique and still useful and practical.

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This is from the Regency period. It's a clock bracket. I paid £60.

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-60?

-£60.

-Did you not get the clock?

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LAUGHTER

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-It's a very nice piece. There's brass inlay here.

-That's very nice.

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-I think Walter likes it.

-Do you like it, Walter?

-Yeah.

-I think he's fond of it.

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-I like the inlay on it.

-I've got every confidence in you, darling.

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-What do you think it'll make?

-It ought to make close on 100-plus.

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Is the bracket clock that sits on this worth £2,000 to £3,000 or £3,000 to £5,000?

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-Exactly.

-As a minimum. And you paid how much, David?

-£60.

-£60.

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To go with the multi-thousand-pound clock which I think is pretty good.

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But don't let that influence your decision.

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You don't have to decide until after the sale of the first three items,

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but for the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about David's little bracket.

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Charles, here's a magnificent period piece. Isn't that gorgeous?

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-Look at those fine, brass inlaid lines.

-Yes.

-Pretty good, isn't it?

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-You don't have to have a clock to go on that.

-It's a really fine fitment.

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The man that made this did not want this bracket to fall off the wall

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because it probably had a Vulliamy Regency bracket clock sitting on it.

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It's just a question of finding the right buyer. That cunning monkey Barby paid £60 for this.

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He's a cute guy, isn't he?

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-How do you rate this?

-A guide price ought to be between 80 and 120.

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-I think that's absolutely right. If you get the right person, who knows where you might finish up?

-Yes.

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That's it for the Reds. Now for the lovely Blues. What do you think about that pill box?

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I like it. It's Birmingham, 1895. It's sweet.

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-It's in that great William and Mary style.

-It is. What's your estimate?

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-My guide price would be between £20 and £30.

-They paid 35. It might get that.

-It ought to make that.

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-Next is this oddball collection of eyes.

-I looked at them and wondered if they were German, but they're not.

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-There's all sorts of coloured eyes, attractive eyes. How would you date them?

-I think about 1900?

-Hmm.

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-I'd come from the First World War period.

-Indeed. It's a scientific revolution with these eyes.

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The whole point is that an oculist did not want to go round with a socket,

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-so they made every shape of eye and the oculist could match up the missing eye with the real eye.

-Yes.

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-I think they're great works of art.

-And we never see them, hence, what are they worth?

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-It's a difficult one.

-I'd suggest a fairly wide estimate of between £50 and £100

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and let the market pull at them and see what response we get.

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Thomas Plant felt paying £150 was in focus,

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but unlocking that value in a general sale could be a problem.

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Charles, we can't do more, my dear fellow.

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The last item is this Art Deco scent bottle.

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It's stylish and to a lady of leisure, it's an ideal purchase.

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-And we have seen on Bargain Hunt spectacular results for scent bottles.

-Indeed.

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-Really wacky amounts.

-It's iconic of its age, it looks a delight.

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What would it cost today to buy this from a top retailer of such fine quality?

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-How much?

-About £30.

-Very nice. £9.50 was paid.

-Crikey! Good.

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That Claire has got a good eye. We've got great hope there.

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Depending on whether the eyes are shining or not will determine whether they need their bonus buy,

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but let's have a look at it anyway.

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Claire and Joan, you spent £194.50.

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That means you gave Tom £105.50. Have you spent the lot, Tom?

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Not at all. Only a fraction.

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I bought a very nice Tyrolean needle case, carved in boxwood.

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It's sort of 1900s.

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-Where do you put the needles?

-Lift off the little chap.

-Can I do it?

-Yeah.

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-You put your needles in there. It's very nicely carved.

-That's gorgeous. I like that.

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-Big question - how much did you spend?

-£85.

-Right.

-There is a split in the boxwood.

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I bought it because sewing-related items are very popular.

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There are people who collect needle cases and people who collect Black Forest carved items as well,

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so a number of different collectors are interested in the subject.

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-It has got that split on it...

-A bit of damage on the hat as well.

-Oh, my word!

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-Where is that, darling?

-There, look. You'll make about a tenner.

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-I'm not saying anything.

-Let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Tom's little fellow.

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-So, Charles, are you a skiing man yourself?

-I am, Tim. I've been... for my second year this time.

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-Do you come across any Swiss people looking like this geezer? He's got leather trousers with braces.

-Yes.

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-He's also got a dirty great chip on his cap.

-Yes.

-That's not so funny, is it?

-No.

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-Have a look at the goods. I believe it's a needle case.

-Yeah. Age?

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-1920s?

-Yes.

0:34:550:34:57

-Could be.

-Yeah.

-Could be 1880, but I think it's more likely to be 1920 in box.

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But the damage is not great. I think it's a very difficult thing to value in this state.

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-For the auction, our guide price will be between £30 and £40.

-£85 was paid by Planter.

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I think it's too much. If I had to push an estimate, I might say between 60 and 80, but no more than that.

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You never know, the team may not go with Thomas Plant's item

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cos if they do, I fancy they'll get planted.

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-Are you taking the sale?

-I am.

-Excellent.

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They are a pair, solid silver...

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-Walter and Lesley, how excited are you?

-I'm so excited.

-Ecstatic.

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Just look how crowded this room is, which is a very good sign.

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First up is the cake stand and here it comes.

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There we are - a very fine and stylish, 1950s, Midwinter,

0:35:500:35:54

three-tiered cake stand.

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We have one, two, three, four, five commission bids. Where do we start?

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I will start this lot at £28.

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Do I see 30, please?

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28. 30. 2. 5. 8.

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40. I'm out. I'll take 2 now.

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-40. I'll take 2. Come on.

-Come on!

-40 once, twice, three times.

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Do I see 2? Fair warning. All done? We say "sale".

0:36:150:36:18

Well, not bad - minus £5. All right? That's not too bad, is it?

0:36:180:36:23

-That's fine.

-Here we go, here we go.

0:36:230:36:26

Very fine Edwardian, silver snuff box. Silver gilt interior.

0:36:260:36:30

Chester, 1908. Where do we start? Four bids.

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-Four bids.

-I'm bid here straight in at £45.

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50. And 5. 60. 5. 70.

0:36:360:36:39

-Come on!

-75. 80. 5. 90.

0:36:390:36:42

I've got one more. 5. 100. I'm out.

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At £100. Do I see 105? Come on.

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Do I see 105? Fair warning, all done? The gavel will fall...

0:36:470:36:51

Minus £40, bad luck. Minus 40, I'm afraid.

0:36:510:36:56

-Now your nuts.

-The bronze figures.

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They're quite interesting and speculative.

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Bronze, nutmeg body, novelty sailors. Probably 1880, 1890.

0:37:010:37:06

Where do we start? I am only bid 25.

0:37:060:37:09

-30. Do I see 5 now? Come on.

-Oh, come on!

0:37:090:37:12

-35, surely? They're interesting things.

-I can't believe it.

0:37:120:37:16

-30. I'll take 5? Come on. 30. Where's 5?

-Oh, Christopher Columbus!

0:37:160:37:20

Do I see 5? I'll take 2 if it helps you. 30. Where's 2?

0:37:200:37:24

5. 8? One more?

0:37:240:37:27

Fair warning. I'm in and you're out.

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We say "sale" at £35. All done, once, twice and three times. Gone.

0:37:300:37:35

£35, wiped your face. No shame in that.

0:37:350:37:38

Overall, you are minus £45. What are you going to do about this rosewood bracket?

0:37:380:37:44

You're £45 down the toilet. That might be a winning score.

0:37:440:37:48

-Are you going to go with the bonus buy or not?

-I think we should go with it. What do you think? David?

0:37:480:37:54

-He's such a little gem. Why not?

-Yes.

-Thank you very much for your faith.

0:37:540:37:59

OK, fine, here it comes.

0:37:590:38:01

It's a very fine 1815, late George III clock bracket.

0:38:010:38:05

I am bid £35 for a fine thing.

0:38:050:38:08

Do I see 40, please? At £35 now. Do I see 40?

0:38:080:38:13

-35. Do I see 40, surely?

-He's struggling.

-At £35.

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-40, come on, surely!

-This is ridiculous.

0:38:170:38:21

At £35. This is a fine thing.

0:38:210:38:23

The phones are out, you're all out.

0:38:230:38:25

Make no mistake, it's got to go at £35.

0:38:250:38:29

-Yes, we are selling it.

-Minus £25.

0:38:290:38:31

-Somebody's got a bargain.

-It's tragic.

-They have.

0:38:310:38:35

They have got an absolute... what they call a snip there.

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That's the market today in those things, which is a great shame.

0:38:390:38:43

Overall, it's minus £70. That could be a winning score, so don't go crying into your beer.

0:38:430:38:49

-And don't say a thing to the Blues.

-No.

-As if we would!

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70. 80. 90...

0:38:550:38:57

-Claire and Joan, do you know how the Reds got on?

-No.

-No.

-You have no idea. That's how we like to keep it.

0:39:030:39:09

-Joan, your pill box...

-Right.

-£35 you paid for that. His estimate is £20 to £30.

0:39:090:39:15

-There's a lot of silver buyers here. I fancy it will do perfectly well.

-Good.

0:39:150:39:20

Here comes your pill box.

0:39:200:39:23

It's a very fine gadrooned box. 1895, lovely box.

0:39:230:39:26

I'm only bid £20. Do I see 2 now? 2. 5. 8. 30. And 2.

0:39:260:39:30

I'm out. Where's 5? 32. 5.

0:39:300:39:32

38? One more, sir? Are you sure?

0:39:320:39:35

38. 40. 5.

0:39:350:39:37

50. 5? Are you sure, sir? One more?

0:39:370:39:40

It could be yours. 50. Fair warning.

0:39:400:39:43

I'll take 5 now? 50, we say "sale", back of the room.

0:39:430:39:46

-That's marvellous, plus £15.

-I didn't expect that. Brilliant.

0:39:460:39:50

Now stand by for the eyes!

0:39:500:39:53

We see all sorts in a sale.

0:39:530:39:55

A selection of 26 late Victorian glass eyes. Where do we start?

0:39:550:40:00

Lots of interest here. One, two, three, four bids.

0:40:000:40:03

I will start this lot at £65.

0:40:030:40:06

70. 5. 80. 5. 90.

0:40:060:40:09

5. 100. I've got 110. 120?

0:40:090:40:13

-Do I see 120? Come on.

-Come on!

-115. These are rare things. Surely 120?

0:40:130:40:18

Fair warning. We say "sale" at £115.

0:40:180:40:21

-Minus £35. It's not right.

-Pretty disappointing.

-Now it's your bottle.

0:40:210:40:26

We've got this Art Deco, blue tinted scent bottle. It's so stylish.

0:40:260:40:30

- I'm only bid £15. - That's cool. I've won!

0:40:300:40:33

At 18. 20. And 2. I'm out. Where's 5? Come on.

0:40:330:40:36

25. 28. 30. 2.

0:40:360:40:39

-Wow!

-Well done, you.

-Yeah!

0:40:390:40:42

5? One more, sir? Are you sure? 5. 38?

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Shall we say "sale" at £35? To you, sir.

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-£35 is brilliant.

-Well done!

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That is £25.50 profit,

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which means you are £5.50 overall.

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-A loss or profit?

-Profit.

-We're not going with it then, are we?

0:40:590:41:03

-You're not going with the bonus buy.

-Absolutely not.

-Extremely sensible.

0:41:030:41:08

No bonus buy. We'll sell it anyway, just to see what happens.

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Early 20th century, Bavarian, wooden needle case figure.

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I'm bid nothing. LAUGHTER

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Do I see £10? I'm out. 10. Come on! Where's 12? It's a fine thing.

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12. £15? 15 in green. 18. 20.

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2. Come on, it's a fine thing. It opens up. 22. 25. 28?

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-Bless him!

-She likes it.

0:41:310:41:33

£25. Do I see 8 now? 28. 30.

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5. 40? At £35 now.

0:41:360:41:39

Do I see 40? Come on. All out?

0:41:390:41:41

We say "sale" to you, sir. Thanks for coming.

0:41:410:41:45

Minus £50 on that, Tom. Bad luck.

0:41:450:41:47

You didn't go with it, so overall, your score is £5.50. Well done.

0:41:470:41:52

-Don't tell the Reds a thing.

-No.

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460. 480.

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We say "sale"...

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Some days, it's good days and some days, it's bad days,

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and today happens to be a very, very bad day for the Reds.

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I'm sorry to tell you this. Every single item that you touched during this programme turned to a disaster

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-with the exception of David's nutmeg jobbies which just managed to wipe their face.

-Well done, David.

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But you have been a stellar team and we've loved having you here.

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-We've loved being here.

-We hope you've enjoyed it.

-Yes.

0:42:300:42:34

-Who cares about winning? Well, actually, the Blues do.

-Yes, we do.

0:42:340:42:38

-They really do care about winning, the Blues.

-I know.

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-Isn't it lovely, if you really care about winning, to win?

-Absolutely.

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Those that don't worry about winning have also had a jolly good time.

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-You're going to go home with £5.50.

-Wow!

-How about that?

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-Which is an achievement. Congratulations. I hope you've had a good time.

-Brilliant.

-Super.

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-Join us soon for more bargain hunting. Yes?

-Yes!

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The blue team creates a competition within a competition on Bargain Hunt, as Thomas Plant goes head-to-head with his own team-mate. David Barby's team make him rather nervous at the fair, but that's nothing compared with the nerves they face at auction. Meanwhile, Tim Wonnacott finds out the true meaning of antiquary.