Peterborough 26 Bargain Hunt


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Peterborough 26

In Peterborough, a middle-aged Goth sends David Barby on a very scary Bargain Hunt. Thomas Plant, meanwhile, is staking his reputation on one bargain.


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Hello, where did this horrible thing come from?

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Do you think it means that on today's show we've got a mature Goth and it's crawled off her?

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How repulsive, I hate spiders.

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Let's go bargain hunting instead.

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You could easily lose yourself in a busy place like this,

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so they'd better have their wits about them.

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Especially David Barby.

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He's on a macabre mission for the Red team, Carlos and his Gothic fiance Alison.

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-Cloven hoof double.

-Very nice.

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The devil worship. I mustn't go on about this.

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They get the fright of their lives at the sale room.

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-I'm only bid £10.

-This is turning out to be a bloodbath.

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Blue team Chris and Betty have Thomas Plant staking his reputation on a clothes brush.

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It is a bit expensive, Thomas.

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-It is the clothes brush of all clothes brushes.

-Yes.

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But Thomas gets the brush off.

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-£10.

-We might as well give it away.

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It is time to meet those teams.

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-Hello, everyone.

-Hi, Tim.

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Alison, when did you decide you wanted to be a Goth?

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That would be from the age of about 33.

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-Quite young then?

-Quite young.

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What do your friends and family think about all this 'Gothicism'.

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My mum, she thought I was barmy to start being a Goth at 33.

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33, a late developer.

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She said, then again, I know my daughter so that would probably fit and my son is 32...

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and he absolutely thinks it is hysterical. He really does.

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-You are clearly very happy in your skin which is lovely.

-Yes, yes.

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Carlos, where did you and Alison meet?

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We used to work at the same building together. I saw her coming down for a bit and thought, "she's nice".

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Didn't do nothing about it and there was a mate of mine who egged me on.

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How did you propose to Alison in the end, Carlos?

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-It was quite emotional for you, wasn't it?

-Quite emotional.

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I went to a flower shop, ordered some flowers, got them delivered

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where she was working and I got a card and I wrote, one more surprise to come.

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I waited outside, got down on one knee and asked her to marry me.

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-How long have you been engaged for now?

-Five years.

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Lovely. What is going to be the big incentive for making the last leap?

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Might it happen on Bargain Hunt today?

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It might do, you never know.

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-It could do.

-Make a big profit, you could take a big leap.

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Never had a Gothic wedding on the show ever.

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This could be a first. Brilliant. Very good luck.

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Now, by all accounts, you two should get on extremely well as you have been together for 25 years.

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That is right, we have.

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-Chris, apart from your wife, what are your other passions?

-I love fishing.

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Nothing better than being by the waterside, mist rolling off the water, birds singing, fabulous.

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Betty, you're going to do some volunteering now in your spare time?

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Yes I am. I'm going to help out at the hospital.

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Just on the wards and making tea and just...

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-Giving out sympathy.

-Yeah, and chatting to the patients really.

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-I think you will be a very good at that.

-I do hope so.

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Chris, I hear you're a bit of a collector.

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Yes, a little bit.

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I like antique vesta cases, silver.

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I've got eight and I have a papier mache Georgian box and a little bit of World War I memorabilia.

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Where did this interest in World War One memorabilia come from?

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I went to France with my son-in-law Tim who is an avid First World War collector and

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we went field walking and then we used to go in a bar called Le Tommy.

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One night we went in there, had a few beers, I noticed

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this shell on the counter, a French 75 millimetre shrapnel shell.

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After two bottles of claret,

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I thought about buying it and after four bottles of claret...

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-You didn't know where you were?

-No, but I did buy it for 30 Euros.

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I brought it home and it is in pride of place on the mantelpiece.

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How are you on First World War shells, love?

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I've got a few actually.

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-We've got at least three on the hearth at the moment.

-Are you fond of them too?

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They are OK.

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-You are going to have to keep him under control you know that, don't you?

-Absolutely.

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Now the money moment. £300 apiece.

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Your experts await, off you go and very, very, good luck.

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Alison, what are you going to look for?

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Basically, I shall be looking for jewellery.

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Silver cases or snuff boxes.

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I like ceramics, glass, silver.

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What about you?

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Glass, Laliques. If we can get cheap Lalique.

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I have never seen cheap Lalique yet!

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As ever our two teams have to follow a well known set of rules.

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In fact the whole world knows these rules or should do.

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Each team has only one hour to shop.

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They give them £300 to spend.

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Each team must buy three items.

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There you have it, the wonderful world of Bargain Hunt.

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£395.

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That is quite nice.

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It is actually. What is the price?

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-I'll do it for 30.

-25?

-28.

-Do you want to consider it?

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-We'll come back to it shall we?

-We've only started. What a lot.

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This is a little vesta.

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I love vestas.

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You would hang it on your watch chain like that.

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It is on a watch chain and you would have your watch on the other end.

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It is in the form of a cloven hoof.

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-Yes!

-A cloven hoof - the devil.

-Very nice.

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-That is the little striker there.

-That is beautiful.

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'The Queen of Darkness likes it. No surprise there.'

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This would have been silver plated at some stage and it has gone off now.

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What is the price on that?

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The price is 110 and he will come down to 80.

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-I said 90.

-Did you, I'm so sorry.

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I will split the difference at 85.

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That is as good as I can go.

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How much do you think it would make at auction?

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It is either going to take off because there are vesta collectors in the room,

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or it could sell for just 50.

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What date would you put on that?

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-I would think around 1880.

-Yes, I think that is quite good.

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-A cloven foot.

-Well-spotted, David. What shall we do?

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Shall we go for this?

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-Shall we?

-Shall we?

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David?

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Leave it till 10 minutes before the final choice.

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-I agree with that.

-Thank you very much indeed, sir.

-Very sensible.

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Lovely couple. I get on extremely well with them.

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It is trying to find something within the narrow field that they are interested in.

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I don't want to palm off a little piece of silver which they are not interested in.

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I want them to make the choice.

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While the Reds are finding their way inside, Thomas has high hopes for the open air.

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-Have you seen anything Chris?

-No.

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We've only just started, haven't we?

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I like being outside, I feel I get a better deal outside.

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There is more space and also the stallholders are a little more receptive outside.

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This is quite fun.

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It is a brush, isn't it?

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A clothes brush.

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Clothes, come table brush.

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It is a fun thing with these continental marks on.

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It's Elkington.

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£85.

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Is it a clothes brush? Yes. It is rather handsome as a clothes brush.

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-It is.

-Nice shape to it.

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-The best price you could probably get for this is £60.

-Right.

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It is a bit expensive, Thomas.

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You might think it is expensive but find me another one of that quality.

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Elkington, the best makers. The actual bristles, look how good they are.

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-How old do you think it is?

-It is probably 1920s, 1930s,

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might even be earlier.

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So, it's Art Nouveau?

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-It's got that...

-It has got that look about it.

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British Art Nouveau is 1900 - 1914.

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First World War happens, that stops. Really, it is Deco. It is luxurious.

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There are collectors for that, is there?

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There are collectors, people still use them. That is the kind of thing I could see in...

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It would be something that you would use not just to collect and have on show.

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I'm also thinking about the resale, where is it going to be?

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Is it going to be in London, in a gentleman's outfitters? It is that kind of prop.

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There is something there to be had.

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I do like it. I think it is a fantastic shape.

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It is a really interesting shape.

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-Shall we do it?

-Let's go for it.

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-Yes.

-Great.

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£60, thank you.

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Two to go, let's come on.

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That is one item bought. What d'you think, Thomas?

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We've got one item - something I found.

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I want them to be a little more pushy picking up a few more things, looking at a few more items.

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Oh dear, blue team could do better.

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Are the Reds still on the hunt for something scary?

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I love those Mrs Thatcher.

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I love them.

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-Not my scene, David.

-Not politics.

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How about some lovely glass to calm the nerves.

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-Just feel that.

-Murano. That is beautiful. I love the colours.

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-That's heavy.

-Can I feel?

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-Got it?

-Yeah.

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-Wow.

-That is nice, I like that.

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-That is mega heavy. What is the price on that, David?

-48.

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-48?

-I think it is quite nice.

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-It is nice that.

-It is not a bad price.

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It is not damaged anywhere, is it?

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No... When you look at glass,

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for ageing, can you see the scratch marks on the bottom?

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That is indicative of its age.

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It has been on top of the table.

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This is naturally blown, naturally hand-worked and then they have

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smoothed off the bottom and cut it so you have it cut straight across.

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It has been on top of the table, moved around, it is scratched.

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Will that affect the price?

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Yes, it will, that is why it is 48 quid. Look at that.

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Beautiful colours in there, really nice.

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-Do you want to go and ask the lady the price, it is £48.

-OK.

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It is badly scratched at the bottom.

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For a collector, that can always be polished out.

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-What is the best price you can do on that?

-38?

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38.

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-Could you come down any more on that?

-35.

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What about 30, please?

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It is quite scratched underneath.

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-32.

-Split the difference at 31.

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'David, you rogue.'

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-Go on then.

-Do you want to do that?

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Shall we? Thank you.

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So, half an hour in, how is it going?

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We are going in the right direction.

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There is so many stalls here and it is taking so long to go down one particular avenue,

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that I feel we will probably run out of time and have to rush back

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to find if there are still objects available that we looked at earlier.

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Oh, the heat is on.

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Now where is that thermometer?

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If I give it a twist, like this,

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the whole of that inner case spins around and reveals inside,

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the tiny thermometer in the middle.

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If you look at the bottom of this, it is perforated as if it was for pepper.

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Actually, it is for the sugar refining trade.

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If you have got sure sugar cane and you were boiling it in a vat, you would want to boil it

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to a certain temperature before refining it into hard grain sugar.

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Then you would have had an industrial thermometer,

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the case of which would look rather like this miniature.

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Silver hallmark, London, 1898.

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This thing was made for Mr Tate or Mr Lyle or

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the equivalent who was in the sugar manufacturing trade

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and they had it on the end of their watch chain as a little token of the business they were in.

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Don't think for a moment that you should shove this inside a vat of burning sugar because you shouldn't.

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It is simply a bit of fun.

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It is a toy, if you like,

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a rich man's toy.

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What is it worth?

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You could buy it for £190.

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What might you get for it on the right day to the right collector?

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At least 3-400.

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Is that sweet enough for you?

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I'd say so.

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Where are you bargain hunters?

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What about this? This is a bit of Royal Crown Derby.

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As we are selling in Derby, it would be good to get some Royal Crown Derby.

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These are paperweights and there are lots of different variations.

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You get bigger ones, smaller ones.

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What do you think of that?

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I like them very much. I like the wren I spotted.

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-This wren here? What do you like about that?

-That is lovely.

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-The gilding is very good on it.

-It is pretty, isn't it?

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-Yes. It's so sweet.

-No chips. It's nice.

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These things are quite collectible.

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You can see on the back stamp it is marked Royal Crown Derby.

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This is a stopper.

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You take it out, fill it with sand and put the stopper back in.

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I like the gilding, I like the shape of the wren.

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It looks in perfect order.

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It is. There is rubbing to the gild. But that's not a problem, it's going to happen.

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-What is your real best on this?

-35 that one is.

-Can you do it for 30?

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I really can't.

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-Go for it?

-I quite like that.

-You like that, you are into it?

-Yes.

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-That was a quick decision. Thinking about other things and then suddenly, "I like that."

-I like it.

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So, how are the red team getting on with their Gothic hunt?

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Gothic, Gothic.

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Victorian jugs, Gothic shapes.

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I'm looking, David! I'm looking, seriously.

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It is just the sort of devil worship.

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I mustn't go on about this.

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We're not going to find anything, are we?

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Yes, we are.

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Anything else you have seen you like?

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-We quite like the toddy ladle.

-What do you like about that?

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It is very tactile, nice shape, nice twist to the handle.

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I like the work on it as well.

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-What is this made out of?

-It is not a metal, is it?

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-It is whale bone.

-Whale bone?

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Turned at the end. Quite nice.

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This would be silver here, it has a bit of a patch there.

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It's got the cartouche with "MP" there.

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The coin is 1793 and it looks to me like it is a Dutch coin.

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-Definitely continental.

-How much was that? 40?

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-£45.

-Do you think she will do it for less than that?

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I did get a little bit off that, actually, before. I have come down.

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I think it is lovely. I would buy that.

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For something which is 1790s, there are a few patches on it,

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but for that money, you have a good chance of making a profit on that.

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-Do you think we have?

-Absolutely.

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I am convinced that you have a good chance of making a profit.

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I think we should go for that.

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I like your consensus because Betty, you ask Chris and Chris says yes and

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you have this conversation together and you are united in your decision.

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That bond is quite interesting and strong.

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-That would look nice in our living room, actually.

-It would.

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You're not buying it for that!

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-In the dining room, yes it would.

-I think we should have it.

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I like it very much.

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Brilliant. Go for it.

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Wow, 40 minutes and the Blues are done.

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Reds, your time is running out.

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That is absolutely stunning.

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-It is damaged.

-Oh, it's damaged!

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I think they are jinxed.

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-Quick, quick.

-You'd better be quick!

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-William Wallace.

-William Wallace!

-Have a look at it.

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-It's beautiful.

-It is a little... what they term a clansman, great item.

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That's the Scottish symbol, the thistle, for Edinburgh,

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and then you have the date letter and the maker's mark.

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It is from 1904.

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We are not in Scotland to sell,

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-but there are people who collect tartans and Scottish memorabilia.

-I like it, I think that's nice.

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-What is the price, sir?

-The best trade price would be £90.

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Could you be slightly more considerate?

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The very best would be 85.

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-85.

-85.

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I think if we went for that and the little cloven hoof.

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What would you say, David?

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This is quite interesting and it is a nice silver model.

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£85, I think you stand a chance of making a profit on it.

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-Shall we do that?

-I think that is going to be our second purchase.

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-Second purchase? I think we're happy with that.

-I am happy with that, David.

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-OK.

-£85, I think that is a fair price.

-Thank you very much indeed.

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Now, do you remember what David said earlier?

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We will probably run out of time and have to rush back

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to find if there are still objects available that we looked at earlier.

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It is a jinx, isn't it?

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-Will that cloven hoof still be there?

-Where was it?

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Down there at the start.

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Right, we are here. Final decision.

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Blame me if it all goes pear-shaped.

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Right.

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There we are, the cloven hoof.

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And we have no time left, so that's it.

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-That's it then.

-OK?

-That's the one.

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Right, thank you very much, Sam.

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Can you gift-wrap it for us? What colour of ribbon?

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-Oh, any!

-Hand delivered?

-Thank you very much.

-Thank you.

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That's it then, shopping's done.

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Now our experts can look for a bonus buy which might get their team out of a tight spot at the auction,

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but how much money will they have to spend?

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Alison and Carlos bought the Murano glass for £31.

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The Scottish silver miniature caught their eye at 85.

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And finally they went for the cloven hoof vesta case, again at 85.

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-£99, yes we have, yes.

-That's a good sum to play around with.

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-Did I hear £99 being mentioned?

-Yes.

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-Is that the leftover lolly, then?

-It is.

-Let's be having it.

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-So was that good fun?

-It was awesome, yes.

-Awesome fun.

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So what was so awesome about it?

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Actually going round and looking for the bits.

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-You enjoyed that, did you?

-Yes, very much so.

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The individuality of what we've bought is quite good, I think.

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-Were you happy with that, Alison?

-Yes, I was.

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Anyway, £99 goes straight to the maestro.

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-Oh dear.

-Now listen, are you converted into a Gothicist?

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I don't see anything Gothic about you, old fruit.

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-He's very Gothic.

-I've always been interested in the sort of supernatural.

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When I was a child I read Dennis Wheatley, The Haunting of Toby Jugg, and Alison's read that as well.

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Really? And how many stakes have you had driven through your heart?

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None as yet, I still survive.

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-I will survive!

-Your task now is to go off and find a bonus buy, and very good luck with that, David.

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But for us, why don't we check out what the Blues have bought, eh?

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Chris and Betty plumped for a silver-plated clothes brush at £60.

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They picked up a little birdie for a cheap-cheap 35,

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and finally opted for this toddy ladle at 45.

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Bottoms up, eh?

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-Well they look like a very happy couple, Thomas, you must be congratulated.

-Thank you, Tim.

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-They were always united in their decision.

-Yes.

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If they didn't like it, they didn't like it together, or Betty told Christopher he shouldn't like it.

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But when they wanted it, they both wanted it, or Betty told Christopher he should have it.

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Yes, this seems like a happily married couple to me!

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I think I know that recipe. You had a good time though, didn't you?

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-We've had a marvellous time, Tim.

-I'd like £160 of leftover lolly.

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Thank you very much, 160. So which is your favourite bit so far?

0:22:110:22:16

-The ladle.

-The ladle?

-Definitely.

-Do you agree with that, Christopher?

-Toddy ladle, yes.

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You do, best not to disagree.

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Lovely, here's the left over lolly, Thomas, you know the rules.

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Very good luck when you find your bonus buy.

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But for me, I'm heading off, and I thought it might be rather nice if we took a trip together.

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Canons Ashby is an Elizabethan manor house tucked away in a corner of Northamptonshire.

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It's pretty gorgeous on the outside, but the interior - that's to die for.

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For nearly half a century, the owners of this country pile,

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the Dryden family, splashed their cash on creating what was the height of 17th century interior design,

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and today, the results are still breathtaking.

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Sir Erasmus Dryden was the man who seriously splashed some cash in this house,

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creating a first-floor saloon, within which the most obvious

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and immediate feature is this extraordinary fireplace.

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This was constructed in the 1590s, and it absolutely would have smacked

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the neighbours in Northamptonshire in the face.

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This they would not have seen in this locality

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unless they had visited a Royal Palace or a seriously grand house.

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Because it's the ultimate in Tudor fireplace design.

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Fantastic interlaced creatures decorate the underside of the mantelpiece and the frieze above.

0:24:030:24:09

The family crests are proudly on display, complete with their motto, "Ancient As The Druids".

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At various times in the hearth itself, there have been alterations.

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At one time it was filled in and a small fire grate fitted at the front, and in the 19th century,

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the whole thing started to sag alarmingly, hence the iron columns were inserted.

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Now, if you were seriously rich and you were building a fireplace like this in Italy

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earlier in the century, the materials that you would have had to use

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would have been extremely expensive polished stones.

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But here in Northamptonshire they didn't have those materials, so Sir Erasmus went for the cheaper option.

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He went for a paint job, and originally, that column would have looked just like

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a solid slab of porphyry, which is a purplish stone with little white dots in it,

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and you can vaguely sense that purple colour scheme looking at it today.

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The columns up above are trying to look like fossilised stone.

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They're simply plain stone with a paint effect on them, vaguely greyish,

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with these little flecks which are supposed to be frozen fossils

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within this expensive stone - all very clever.

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But Sir Erasmus was outdone by his son, Sir John, because in the 1630s,

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Sir John took Erasmus's perfectly straightforward curved, barrelled ceiling,

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and built this extraordinary plaster ceiling

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inside the original barrelled job, and he created this

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with a series of laths - lath and plaster -

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and built up these beautiful designs.

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Now, the use of plaster in the 17th century is a phenomenon.

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It's a phenomenon because they added hair and urine to the gypsum to make it cloy and stick,

0:26:110:26:18

then of course, the craftsperson carefully cut

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and built up these layers and created the designs.

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The whole thing rises to a central boss,

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from which, no doubt, at one time, a chandelier would hang.

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Showing off to the locals?

0:26:360:26:38

Of course, the big question today is, how much showing off

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is there going to be from our teams over at the auction?

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Well, David and Thomas have had enough time to buy their bonus buys, so let's get to that auction!

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So, we find ourselves on the outskirts of Derby in Mackworth at Hanson's saleroom

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with the proprietor and supremo, Charles himself.

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-Charles, good morning.

-Tim, a pleasure to have you here.

-Always nice to be with you, Charles.

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-Alison and Carlos kicked off with this Murano bowl.

-Yes.

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It's an interesting thing because it's got this graded colour to it, and this folded-over lip.

0:27:120:27:19

It's nice, it's stylish, it's modern, it would suit most homes, but it's got a standard price.

0:27:190:27:24

-Yes?

-It's got one price.

-What is that price?

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-£25.

-Is it?

-Approximately.

0:27:260:27:29

£31 was paid by Carlos.

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Now, what about this miniature silver fellow?

0:27:320:27:35

Well, Tim, I like him.

0:27:350:27:37

Obviously a great Scottish knight, William Wallace,

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hallmarked Edinburgh 1904, and it's novel.

0:27:410:27:45

-Quite. People do just collect Scottish silver.

-Yes, they do.

0:27:450:27:48

There it is, it's a period piece, it's over 100 years old...

0:27:480:27:51

-Absolutely.

-It's in good condition, it's crisply cast. So, what's your estimate?

0:27:510:27:56

Guide price is between £40 and £60, but I wouldn't be surprised

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-to see it tinkle on and maybe hit 80 or 90.

-Good luck, that's all I can say.

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-Yes.

-Now, the last item is the hoof vesta.

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People love novelty vestas, don't they?

0:28:070:28:09

Yes, they do, Tim, that wonderful golden period of the 1890-1915 was a great period for such novelty items.

0:28:090:28:15

-The only thing is, it's made of tin, isn't it? Or metal, gilt metal.

-Yes.

0:28:150:28:20

That in silver, as a novelty, would make a lot of money, wouldn't it?

0:28:200:28:24

-Yes, it would.

-£400 or £500, something crackers like that?

0:28:240:28:27

-Indeed.

-What do you think it's worth in gilt metal?

0:28:270:28:30

My guide price is between £30 and £40.

0:28:300:28:34

-Well, Alison paid £85.

-Right.

0:28:340:28:36

There is a question mark over that thing, I have to say,

0:28:360:28:39

and on that basis they may well need their bonus buy, so let's go and have a look at it.

0:28:390:28:44

Now, Alison and Carlos, you spent £201, giving David a handsome £99.

0:28:440:28:49

Now, did he blow the lot? Show us your goods.

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I didn't blow the lot, what I did get was this absolutely exquisite piece of animalia sculpture.

0:28:530:29:00

This little piece is in bronze, and it's a pen tray to stand on a desk.

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It's in the form of an elongated, almost like a Cos lettuce, with a little rabbit there, munching away.

0:29:040:29:11

-Aw!

-I think this is lovely.

0:29:110:29:14

I looked underneath this because so many of these are reproduced,

0:29:140:29:17

and you look for evidence of wear, which is here, where it's rested on the desk,

0:29:170:29:21

and also you look at these two screw sections which hold the rabbit in place.

0:29:210:29:27

And they are of some age.

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So this piece, I think, dates from the middle to around about the sort of 1880 period.

0:29:310:29:37

-I think it's exquisite.

-It's beautiful, isn't it?

0:29:370:29:39

I think that's going to do us very proud.

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So what did you spend on that?

0:29:430:29:45

-60 quid.

-60?

-Well, 60 pounds!

-And what do you think of the profit?

0:29:450:29:49

I'd like to see it go for over £100.

0:29:490:29:53

That is absolutely stunning.

0:29:530:29:56

-I think we might be onto a nice little winner there, if we need to.

-We'll see how we go, first.

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I think it's a super thing, and I'm very jealous that you got there before me, David.

0:30:010:30:05

Ha-ha-ha!

0:30:050:30:07

There we are, a happy note!

0:30:070:30:09

Let's find out for the viewers at home what the auctioneer thinks about David's little rabbit.

0:30:090:30:14

Well, there you go, I like a bit of lettuce meself!

0:30:160:30:19

Along with the rabbits, of course.

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This I like very much, because first and foremost, this leafy, veined form is very, very good.

0:30:220:30:27

That sort of quality, 1900? A tad earlier?

0:30:270:30:30

It's all there, and that thing would sit on your desk

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and you'd put your pen or something like that in it, and it really does work, doesn't it?

0:30:340:30:40

-Yes.

-How much?

-Well, I would suggest, Tim,

0:30:400:30:43

its market value would be between £40 and £60, based on the crispness not being quite as good as it could be.

0:30:430:30:49

OK, £60 paid by the Barby, and he rates it.

0:30:490:30:51

Anyway, that's it for the Reds, now for the Blues.

0:30:510:30:55

And what a cross-section we've got.

0:30:550:30:57

How do you rate that Elkington clothes brush?

0:30:570:31:00

Well, Tim, it's one I have never seen before of this form.

0:31:000:31:04

Elkington, a great name, a great factory, what age would this be?

0:31:040:31:08

-Is it '50s and Scandinavian influence? It isn't, it's more like 1910, isn't it?

-Yes, absolutely.

0:31:080:31:14

I think it's a straight Edwardian piece of country house kit.

0:31:140:31:17

-But wacky, and that's what the market likes, wacky.

-Marvellous, isn't it? What's it worth?

0:31:170:31:22

Tim, I think I can be quite bold and say on a really good day, it might make £50.

0:31:220:31:27

My guide price it is between £30 and £40, because it is what it is, but the style will hopefully take it up.

0:31:270:31:33

They paid 60, so they may just be a bit shy there, but I agree with you, it's got potential.

0:31:330:31:37

-Yes.

-Next is the wren paperweight. This is Derby, just down the road, so you know all about this, Charles.

0:31:370:31:43

Tim, it's flown home to us, it's flown home.

0:31:430:31:45

She's nice, in good condition, the gilding, the enamelling is good.

0:31:450:31:49

-Of course, Derby, Royal Crown Derby, and massively collected across the world.

-Massively.

0:31:490:31:54

-But it is brand new.

-It doesn't matter.

-Oh.

0:31:540:31:56

When it comes to a quality collectible, these objects,

0:31:560:31:58

they won't hold their retail value, at retail today this might be £78.

0:31:580:32:02

-Would it?

-But she's such a fine bird, she'll make, I hope, £30.

0:32:020:32:07

Will she? £35 paid, so they might just be a bit shy on that.

0:32:070:32:10

So they're a bit shy on the brush, they're a bit shy on the bird. Now, what about this toddy ladle?

0:32:100:32:15

Yes, again, when we handle antiques and objects, a toddy ladle to me is a true antique.

0:32:150:32:20

It's of a type gone today, we don't use such objects, purely for display,

0:32:200:32:25

and of course, the toddy, back in years gone bike was a popular...

0:32:250:32:29

-Punch, really.

-Yes it was.

-You'd have a punch party.

0:32:290:32:32

Whalebone handle in good condition, well gadrooned to the rim, inset with a coin of 1797,

0:32:320:32:39

-I like it very much, Tim.

-How much do you like it?

0:32:390:32:42

I like it, Tim, between £50 and £80.

0:32:420:32:44

-Gosh, £45 paid.

-Good.

-That's very good, isn't it?

0:32:440:32:47

So they've got two dodgy ones, they may need their bonus buy, let's go and have a look at it.

0:32:470:32:53

Now, Chris and Betty. You spend £140, which is modest.

0:32:530:32:56

You gave Thomas £160, what did he spend it on?

0:32:560:33:00

-I nearly spent it all on a very nice silver fish slice.

-Very nice.

0:33:000:33:07

It's William IV, 1835, two years before Victoria's reign, solid silver,

0:33:070:33:13

-London, just a nice, quality item.

-It's very nice.

0:33:130:33:17

The price I thought was quite reasonable - £130.

0:33:170:33:21

BOTH GASP

0:33:210:33:22

But before you suck in your breath and all this,

0:33:220:33:25

what you've got to realise is, 1835, you've probably got at least eight ounces of silver there, maybe seven.

0:33:250:33:32

So you're already looking at £70, full stop, scrap weight.

0:33:320:33:35

-But then 1835, find me another.

-Is there a profit in it, Thomas?

-Definitely.

0:33:350:33:40

-Definitely?

-You watched his lips.

-I hope so.

0:33:400:33:43

-That is a confident prediction.

-It is, absolutely.

-Do you like it, Betty?

-I do like it, actually.

0:33:430:33:47

-I think it's very nice. I like it a lot.

-That's good.

-It sounds a lot of money, though.

0:33:470:33:52

It may all be on the money, but you don't decide now, you decide later.

0:33:520:33:55

For the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Tom's slice.

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There you go, Charles. Handsome.

0:34:000:34:02

-Fine quality, Tim, it really is handsome.

-Heavy.

0:34:020:34:04

We often see fish forks and knives in their cases, melamine handled,

0:34:040:34:08

and we advise our clients, thanks for coming, but they're worth very little.

0:34:080:34:12

-This is a different kettle of fish, quite literally.

-It is.

0:34:120:34:15

Beautifully pierced, this design, beautifully mounted with this crown coronet, made in the year 1835.

0:34:150:34:22

A hallmark for London and the quality is there to really justify it being for high, highbrow clientele.

0:34:220:34:28

-This is creme de la creme.

-Creme de la creme.

0:34:280:34:31

On a really good day, Tim, this will make £100.

0:34:310:34:33

-Well, Thomas paid £130 for it.

-Ha-ha-ha!

-£130!

0:34:330:34:37

-A man of taste.

-A man of taste! I think there's some fishy business going on here.

0:34:370:34:41

-Are you taking the sale?

-I will be, Tim.

-Good.

0:34:410:34:45

Now, Alison, Carlos, here we are on the edge of the auction. You feeling good?

0:34:530:34:58

Yes, very nervous.

0:34:580:35:00

-Yeah, snap.

-Well, there we go. It's exciting though, isn't it?

0:35:000:35:04

-We've got a crammed saleroom.

-It's packed.

0:35:040:35:06

You couldn't get any more people in here. Here we go with your bowl.

0:35:060:35:10

There we are, a lovely 1950s glass bowl.

0:35:100:35:12

Could be '60s, possibly Murano, I am going straight in at £15 bid.

0:35:120:35:18

18, do I see? For a very fine Murano bowl. Come on, you're all here.

0:35:180:35:22

18, 20 and 22, ma'am. I'm out, do I see five now, surely?

0:35:220:35:25

At £22, do I see five?

0:35:250:35:27

Look at it, surely one more.

0:35:270:35:30

At £22, five is is there?

0:35:300:35:32

Surely one more, look at me.

0:35:320:35:33

Fair warning all done, at £22, once, twice and three times to the lady.

0:35:330:35:40

-Yours.

-That's minus £9, bad luck.

0:35:400:35:43

-Now, here comes Wallace.

-A very fine early 20th century

0:35:430:35:46

Scottish silver model William Wallace. The great knight.

0:35:460:35:49

I've got one, two, three, four bids here, and I will start at 35, 45...

0:35:490:35:53

£55, do I see 60 for him, please?

0:35:530:35:57

At £55, 65, 70, I'm out.

0:35:570:36:01

Do I see five now, come on!

0:36:010:36:02

Do I see five, surely? 70, I'll take five, surely, five, come on!

0:36:020:36:08

70, where's five? It's silver, it's Scottish.

0:36:080:36:10

At £75 all out, we go out and we say to you sir, sale at £75.

0:36:100:36:17

-What a shame.

-Minus £10.

0:36:170:36:20

-It is a shame.

-He's sold it for 75.

0:36:200:36:22

Now, the vesta hoof.

0:36:220:36:24

There we are, early 20th century patinated novelty vesta,

0:36:240:36:29

bronzed with a D on the end. I'm only bid £20.

0:36:290:36:31

-Oh, what?

-Do I see two now? £20, come on.

0:36:310:36:36

-No way!

-This is turning out to be a bloodbath!

0:36:360:36:38

20, I'll take two, five, eight, 30, 35, 40, 45...

0:36:380:36:43

One more, sir, are you sure?

0:36:430:36:45

40, I'll take five, surely five?

0:36:450:36:48

All done at £40, the gavel is falling now. Yours.

0:36:480:36:52

Oh, dear. Minus 45. Overall, 45, 55... 64. Minus £64.

0:36:520:36:59

-Well, what can I say, David?

-Well, it's devastating, isn't it?

0:36:590:37:04

-It's devastating.

-Never mind. The right people weren't here on the day.

0:37:040:37:08

-So, what are you going to do about the dish, are you going to do it?

-We talked about this.

0:37:080:37:12

-We discussed it.

-If it was a profit or a loss, we're going to go for it.

0:37:120:37:16

We've had a good day, we came with nothing and we've had a good day.

0:37:160:37:19

-So far, you're going away with minus 64.

-That's right.

0:37:190:37:22

Definitely going to do it? You trust David with this.

0:37:220:37:24

So, here we go, here comes the bonus buy,

0:37:240:37:28

here comes bunny on his lettuce.

0:37:280:37:31

Delightful, isn't it? Very nice, I've got one, two, three, four bids,

0:37:310:37:35

and I will start this lot straight in,

0:37:350:37:37

with interest on my book, at £65.

0:37:370:37:41

Do I see 70, please?

0:37:410:37:43

£65, do I see 70, 75, 80... I've got five, ma'am, 90, and I'm out.

0:37:430:37:50

90, the lady on the third row, do I see five? Come on,

0:37:500:37:53

surely one more.

0:37:530:37:55

That's not what it's worth, it's worth more.

0:37:550:37:57

I'll take five, once, twice and three times, we're selling to a lady

0:37:570:38:00

at £90, the gavel is falling, at 90 you're all out.

0:38:000:38:03

-Plus 30.

-That's good.

0:38:030:38:06

-Well, that has slashed your earlier losses by 50%.

-Well done, David.

0:38:060:38:10

So overall then, you are minus £34, which could be a winning score, I have to say.

0:38:100:38:15

-Don't say a thing to the Blues.

-Nope, schtum.

0:38:150:38:18

-Now, Christopher and Betts.

-Yes?

0:38:290:38:31

Do you know how the Reds got on?

0:38:310:38:33

-No.

-Not at all. Good, we're glad about that.

0:38:330:38:37

Are you feeling all right?

0:38:370:38:38

Yeah, just excited about it all, yeah.

0:38:380:38:41

Any particular piece, Chris, that you wish you hadn't bought?

0:38:410:38:45

-The clothes brush.

-Oh!

-The clothes brush.

0:38:450:38:47

It's the clothes brush of all clothes brushes!

0:38:470:38:49

Yes. And here it comes.

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£10. 10 I'm out, where's 12, come on, I will take 12 now.

0:38:510:38:55

-Look at it, for £12.

-You might as well give it away.

-I'll take 12...

0:38:550:38:59

12! 15, 18, sir.

0:38:590:39:02

20, madam? Come on, one more.

0:39:020:39:04

22, look at me, sir.

0:39:040:39:07

22? No, thank you very much, it all helps.

0:39:070:39:09

The lady all in at £20, we say sale at £20.

0:39:090:39:14

-I can't believe it.

-Shocking.

0:39:140:39:16

-I can't believe it.

-Minus £40.

0:39:160:39:18

Our next lot, we've got the very nice Crown Derby wren.

0:39:180:39:23

There it is, will it fly away? We hope so. Where do we start?

0:39:230:39:26

I'm bid £20, do I see two, now?

0:39:260:39:29

22, 25, 28, I've got 30, and two?

0:39:290:39:32

And I'll be out, one more, sir, if it helps you?

0:39:320:39:35

I'm out, do I see five now? Come on, at £32, do I see five?

0:39:350:39:40

Make a name for yourself. At £32, do I see five now?

0:39:400:39:43

Fair warning, all done, we say sell to you, sir.

0:39:430:39:45

At £32, yes we are, it's yours.

0:39:450:39:47

-£32.

-Very close.

0:39:470:39:50

-Not bad.

-Not bad.

-That's not far off.

-No.

0:39:500:39:52

-Now your toddy ladle, darling. Is this going to save the bacon?

-Oh, please!

0:39:520:39:56

18th century silver toddy ladle, straight in at £45.

0:39:560:40:00

-Oh! You're in the profit!

-Do I see 50 now?

0:40:000:40:03

Come on, at 45, 50, I'm out, where's five, come on.

0:40:030:40:07

50, I'll take five, 60, sir?

0:40:070:40:10

65, madam? 70, sir?

0:40:100:40:11

One more. 70, from Chesterfield, you've come so far? He says no!

0:40:110:40:16

At £65, the lady in the stripes, fair warning, I'll take 70.

0:40:160:40:20

-Good girl.

-Well done, brilliant.

-At £65, we say sale to the lady.

0:40:200:40:24

That's 20, so overall, you're minus 23, which is not too bad.

0:40:240:40:28

That could be a winning score, minus 23.

0:40:280:40:31

It could be a winning score, minus 23.

0:40:310:40:34

Or you could go with the fish slice, what are you going to do?

0:40:340:40:37

-No.

-Not going for the fish slice?

-You're going to stick?

-We're going to stick.

0:40:370:40:41

Do you know, I think you're probably a little bit sensible here.

0:40:410:40:45

By gauging the way that things have been going, I think that is a very good choice.

0:40:450:40:49

-Thank you.

-Good, I hope.

-Anyway, that's it, no bonus buy?

0:40:490:40:52

-No.

-OK, fine, well, we're going to sell it anyway, here it comes.

0:40:520:40:56

A fish slice, look at that. It's a wonderful item of great quality.

0:40:560:41:02

I am bid £35.

0:41:020:41:04

Do you know, that's offensive.

0:41:040:41:06

45, 55, 60, one more, sir, come on.

0:41:060:41:09

65, 70? Come on, one more. £65 there, do I see 70? It's solid silver.

0:41:090:41:14

You made the right decision.

0:41:140:41:16

Do I see 70 now?

0:41:160:41:18

65, 70, five?

0:41:180:41:21

70, you're in, sir, right? 70, I'll take five, 80? One more, sir?

0:41:210:41:26

-At £75, I will take 80, all right, at £75, all out, we say sale.

-£75.

0:41:260:41:32

We did right to do that, didn't we?

0:41:320:41:34

-You certainly did.

-I am surprised we're only minus 23.

0:41:340:41:39

So that 's minus 55, but you didn't go with it, so your overall score is minus £23.

0:41:390:41:44

That's not bad, is it?

0:41:440:41:45

It's not bad, actually. It could be a winning score and all will be revealed in a moment.

0:41:450:41:50

Well, you children, have you been talking to one another?

0:41:570:42:00

-ALL: No.

-Well, it's no surprise to either of the teams that neither of them are going home with money!

0:42:000:42:06

But, there is only £10 between them.

0:42:060:42:10

-ALL: Ooooh!

-So this is a needle match and I'm afraid to say that the runners up are the Reds.

0:42:100:42:16

Yes!

0:42:160:42:18

Which is surprising.

0:42:180:42:20

This is surprising, because David Barby did contribute a £30 profit with that bronze.

0:42:200:42:27

-Yes, very good, very good.

-He did, thank you, David.

0:42:270:42:30

Might have thought that would claw it back for you, but it was not sufficient

0:42:300:42:34

-to stem the tide of the Blues.

-Well done!

0:42:340:42:37

-Thank you.

-And the Blues' success was principally made up by Betty's toddy ladle.

-I knew, I knew!

0:42:370:42:44

Your responsibility, therefore you're minus 23, and you're minus 34.

0:42:440:42:49

That's how it works. Have you had a good time?

0:42:490:42:51

-Fantastic.

-We've loved having you on the show.

0:42:510:42:53

Join as soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?

0:42:530:42:55

ALL: Yes!

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In Peterborough, a middle-aged Goth sends David Barby on a very scary Bargain Hunt. Thomas Plant, meanwhile, is staking his reputation on one bargain that could either lead to a cracking victory or a crushing defeat. Tim Wonnacott tries to keep some sort of order.