Builth Wells Bargain Hunt


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Builth Wells

Antiques challenge. In Wales, a pair of mediums hope their gifts will guide them to victory, but can they predict a win at auction? Presented by Tim Wonnacott.


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Do you ever read those personal columns in the newspaper?

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The ones next door to 'lost and found'.

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Just listen to this one.

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(HE READS) "Cast and crew of top-rated TV programme

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"would like to meet charming, dark-haired intelligent presenter

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"for midday fun and frolics.

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"Must have GSOH and excellent legs."

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(HE LAUGHS) I think I might apply.

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Let's go bargain hunting.

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Today our teams will be tooling around the Royal Welsh Showground

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here at Builth Wells.

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There are literally thousands of stands

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to choose their antiques and collectables from.

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So they'd better have their wits about them!

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Ha! On the Red team, psychic mediums Jasmine and Pat have the spirits leading them a merry dance.

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-How much time have we got left?

-To run all the way up there again?

-Eight minutes.

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-Come along.

-I'm with you.

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While on the Blues, Rachel and Les have good spirits on their mind.

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-Shall we have it?

-I think while we've both got you agreeing, from what I've heard, we should go for it.

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But will these teams be haunted by any of their decisions?

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-Do you really think these are gonna make us money, Jasmine?

-I guarantee it.

-(BOTH LAUGH)

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-Yeah.

-It's "On your head be it," so she says.

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Cripes.

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The rules of this game are so simple even our crew know them.

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-ALL: Oh, no, we don't!

-Oh, yes, you do!

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How many pounds does each team have?

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ALL: 300!

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-How many objects do they buy?

-ALL: Three!

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-How long do they have to shop?

-ALL: One hour!

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There you are, you DO know!

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ALL: Oh, no, we don't!

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Ooh, who'd ever work with children and animals?

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And they're a scruffy lot, aren't they?

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Unlike our teams. Ha!

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-Ah, here you all are. Hello, everyone.

-ALL: Hi, Tim.

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Lovely to see you. Now, Jasmine, how did you and Pat meet?

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Well, we were both on our way, separately, to Eastbourne for a psychic mediumship course.

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Pat was actually in my way, so I nearly barged her off the platform in Eastbourne.

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There could have been a memento and her talking to me from the other side.

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Well, quite. And there'd have been a lot more twitching on the table.

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So, how did you get interested in the medium world, then, Pat?

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Well, I've always had a general interest, really,

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but it was a strange thing.

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-My friend had lost her dead dog.

-Lost a dog?

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And she was really sad about it and she asked me just if I thought doggies come back.

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-Do doggies come back?

-Yes, of course they do.

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-Do they?

-Definitely.

-Do they come back and bark at you?

-This one was twitching.

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Is somebody in the spirit world gonna be helping you today?

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Most definitely so. I'm sure they're rooting for us.

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One of the things that we can do is to take an object

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and, by using psychometry,

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then you pick up on the vibration of that object

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and then you can hopefully tell the history of it.

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-From the vibrations?

-From the vibration.

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Do you get a lot of vibrations, then?

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-On a Friday night after a few jars.

-Oh, yeah. Anything can happen.

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Patricia, what I want to know is, what are the sprits saying to you today

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about your winning potential?

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I'm gonna shine while everyone else glimmers.

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(HE LAUGHS) You're gonna shine while everybody else glimmers. I do love a prediction.

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-Seriously, though, I wish you very good luck.

-Thank you, Tim.

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And we shall see what happens in a moment.

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But I would think, if I was the Blues, I'd be quaking in my boots.

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Don't think we stand a chance, do we?

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So, Rachel, explain to me, darling, how is it that you come here today?

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-We applied five years ago.

-Never.

-Yeah.

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-I'm ashamed.

-And we had a phone call and I didn't believe them.

-No.

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-So what did you say? "Stop winding me up"?

-Yeah.

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-A colleague said, "Bargain Hunt want you." I said, "Don't be ridiculous."

-That's what I'd say.

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-Five years later.

-Yes.

-But the two of you, what's your relationship?

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-Do you go out together, or what?

-Ooh, no. He's my stepfather.

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-He's your what?!

-Yeah.

-He's your stepfather?!

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-There's 19 years between us.

-Get away!

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I either look old or he looks young.

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Leslie, what do you do? Take tablets, or what?

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-It's the spirits.

-Is it?

-(ALL LAUGH)

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-What? Scotch, gin?

-Yeah.

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And how do you think you're gonna get on today, Rachel?

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I think we might argue.

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-Why's that, then? Do you normally argue?

-Well, we bicker.

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-You bicker.

-Yeah, cos I'm normally right and he's normally wrong.

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-Is that right?

-No, I'm usually right, she's usually wrong.

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I can see we're gonna have trouble today. This is gonna be a riot.

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OK, children, here's your £300 apiece. There you go. You know the rules.

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Your experts await. And off you go! And very good luck.

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Two psychic mediums, eh? Who would have predicted that?

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Time to start the shopping,

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and Jasmine's already had a message from the other side.

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And I've got in mind a wooden box with maybe brass corner pieces on it, not too large, but...

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This is something that you've...

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Yes, yes, that's come to me and I really would like to see if we can get a piece today.

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(HE GROANS) Les and Rachel can't decide if they're even on the same side.

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He'll go that way and I'll go that way.

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Well, let's start together, shall we? Over here.

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Ah, Jasmine's found her boxes.

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-MAN: Is that all brass inlay?

-I think it's painted on.

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I mean, they're just trying to simulate the brass inlay, are they?

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No.

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This was obviously a card box at some point.

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There's another one over there.

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-We're probably looking too hard. It will probably jump out at you.

-It will do.

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Let's look for other things and then it will find you.

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Can you see that in your crystal ball, then, Jonathan?

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Look out, Les and Rachel are being drawn to the world of spirits.

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-Does that little bottle tag come with it?

-MAN: Yeah.

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Lovely. So, what we've got, this is the tantalus, and a brass top here.

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-And it's locked here at the side.

-Oh, right.

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Cos, of course, liquor is and was a pretty valuable commodity.

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So it was locked in, and the top would open up and you can get the decanters out.

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And I did notice one of them has a wee bit of a chip

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just to the side, there.

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Do you see that? But, I have to say, they're really nice, heavy cut glass.

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Cos that's really important, cos the cheaper decanter is moulded glass rather than cut,

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but you can feel with your hand it's got really sharp facet edges there.

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The stoppers fit well, and the stoppers are all matching, which is nice.

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-What do you think?

-Very nice. How much is it?

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-175.

-175.

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That's quite a lot of our budget, isn't it?

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What's your best for us, sir?

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-Come down to 150.

-150?

-That's dead on half, then, isn't it?

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-It's the first stall we've been to.

-Do you think we'd make something on the auction at 150?

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At 150? It's a tricky one.

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The good things are you've got a nice set,

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and at auction I would probably estimate it at 80 to 120, something like that.

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-You wouldn't go any lower?

-125.

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125. That's quite good, isn't it?

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-Yeah. I do like it. I do like it.

-Yeah, I do like it as well.

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Can you do a nice round hundred?

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Seeing as it's Bargain Hunt, I'll do 110.

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-Shall we have it?

-I think, while we've both got you agreeing, from what I've heard, we should go for it.

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Happy spirits. (HE HICCUPS) Those Blues.

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Do you know what that is? It says it's for papers.

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-Do you know how it's decorated?

-No.

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-That is what you call pokerwork.

-Oh, right.

-They used to burn the pattern in with a hot poker.

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-Right.

-It's quite nicely done. I mean, you know, it's kind of quirky.

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The influence is sort of the Art Nouveau of the late 19th century.

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Everyone was doing arts and crafts at home,

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so this is the sort of thing someone would have made.

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It's a bit dark, perhaps, maybe.

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For the modern taste. No price on it whatsoever.

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Just before I asked you ladies what you thought of it,

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the chap said he'd do it for £45.

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-I don't dislike that, I must admit.

-Yeah.

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-But it's only an idea.

-It's a pity it's so dark.

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-I like the way that they've continued that onto there.

-Yes, exactly.

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-Could we come back to that?

-Of course.

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-We might knock him down a bit more.

-We might knock him down.

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-Might HAVE to knock him down.

-Yeah, that's right.

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Hmm, did they get any vibrations off it, I wonder.

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-I love things like that.

-The card case. That's very nice.

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-That is lovely.

-It's quite a lot of money, still, though, and we have just spent quite a bit.

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It's up to you. We can look at it, certainly.

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We have 165 on that. It's Birmingham 1907.

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Lovely. Thanks.

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It's really nice, clear hallmarks just inside there,

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but it's great-quality engraving all around it.

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And a lovely little shape. And it would have been for calling cards.

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So, when you went visiting in 1907 and the lady of the house wasn't in, you would leave your card.

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-Oh, right. I haven't seen one of those before.

-That's lovely.

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Yeah. (HE GROANS) Here we go again, "That's lovely."

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-Do you like it, Les?

-Well, actually, I do.

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-But the price is the trouble.

-Yes.

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It does sound a lot of money, doesn't it? But that is English silver, it's over a hundred years old.

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It's hallmarked, also, on both sections.

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Can you see? Just on the top there and on the bottom.

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And engraved all the way on the back, there, these lovely floral leafage scrolls.

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I love that sort of thing. But it is expensive, isn't it? For our budget.

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What can you do? The lady's fallen in love.

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Oh, well, lady's in love, right.

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The very best I can do on that would be 140.

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-I can take £25 reduction, yes.

-Off.

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-Would you like to have a think?

-Yeah, in case there's something else.

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-Yeah. It is quite a chunk, isn't it?

-Yeah.

-But it's a really nice, quality piece.

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It's a possible. Meanwhile, Jasmine's got another feeling coming on.

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That's rather nice, actually.

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-It's got two hands.

-MAN: The three for a hundred. They're all silver.

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-Do they work?

-We don't know.

-OK.

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That's rather pretty, that is.

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Get three watches for £100.

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You wanna buy three watches for £100?

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This is what the offer is. That's rather a pretty one.

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-If I said 75...

-Yeah.

-It's a gift.

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-Are the dials in good condition?

-That one isn't.

-A chip on the outside.

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Why buy a watch? Is it something else you thought?

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-Yes, yes. And I think that they're...

-It makes it interesting.

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And if anything you buy has come from some sort of an inspiration

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then we'll go for it and I'll just see how you do.

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I'll tell you what I'll do with you.

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You wanna gamble? Would you like a gamble?

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-(SHE LAUGHS)

-Would you say yes to a gamble?

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-Possibly.

-Give me 60 for the three.

-60 for the three?

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I think that's a fair gamble, seeing as they're silver.

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-Do you wanna consult Pat?

-I want to consult Pat.

-Or we just buy it?

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Or, I say, do YOU want to buy it anyway?

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-No.

-He's not gonna do £60 if you walk away, I expect, so maybe you should just part with the money.

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-No, it's quoted.

-Do you want to make that decision?

-Yes, I'll make that decision on those three watches.

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-Fine. Job done. Won.

-Thank you very much, sir. Thank you.

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-Beautiful.

-Thank you.

-Wonderful.

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Pat! (SHE LAUGHS)

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-I've bought three watches, £60, sorry.

-Oh, my God.

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-I think they're beautiful. £100 to start with, I got him down to £60.

-Well, very good.

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-Now, this one isn't working.

-Oh.

-But... (SHE LAUGHS)

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Those two are. I just thought they'd look absolutely beautiful, maybe.

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-Yeah, you really think these are gonna make us money, Jasmine?

-I guarantee it. I guarantee it.

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Now, what does Jonathan think about Jasmine's guarantee?

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My prediction is about 35 quid.

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There's a £25 loss in them. If we make more than 60, I'm a monkey's uncle.

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Only time will tell, Jonathan. Cheeky monkey.

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What do you think about her?

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Is she one of the ugliest people you ever did come across?

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Once upon a time, this was a perfectly plain creamware oval plaque.

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On the back, it's been initialled by the artist, JNG, in an oval.

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And up above that is a little identification mark for a specific artist.

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An artist who is as yet unknown.

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If we look at the front, what he's created is

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a charming, mystical Eastern view with this incredibly ugly girl in the middle.

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All of that's enamelled by hand, and then the whole plaque has gone into a reduced kiln

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and, at low temperature, the colours have been fired onto the ceramic.

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So, this simple, incredibly ugly picture

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has actually involved a considerable amount of work,

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and that's where I think it gets interesting.

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Because nobody would be doing this without some purpose. I rather like it.

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I think it's got potential.

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I think she's so ugly that she's really rather lovely.

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The other nice thing about it is the price.

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All that work, all that intrigue, all that mystery, all that research to be done

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could be yours for 45 quid.

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Now, from one ugly old mug to another. Not you, Kate.

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-He's well-armed, isn't he?

-He is.

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-Looks in good condition.

-And these are always titled at the back.

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This is impressed 'The Guardsman'. And we've got the Royal Doulton mark on the bottom, here.

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And these character jugs, I mean, they're quite fun novelties, really.

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This one, part of a series.

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Here we go, Character Jugs from Williamsburg, that was the series, here.

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They've all got a serial number, but he hasn't got a great deal of age.

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You can tell from this mark, here, he's a relatively later one.

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-There's no cracks on him, is there?

-He's in good condition.

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Let's ask the lady what she could do for us on it.

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-Do you like that, do you?

-Yeah.

-It's shiny.

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-Hi. What can you do on this for us?

-What have I got on it?

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-You've got 55, I think.

-I could go to 50.

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-He's not an old one, is he?

-No, he's not. He's the second series.

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-So it's gonna be '60s.

-It is.

-Yeah, indeed.

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Right. So, 1960s.

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The older '30s, or '20s, '30s, ones are the more commercial ones, aren't they?

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-And they would cost...

-A lot more.

-So 45, is that your really very best?

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We could probably only afford about 35.

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Oh, I can do it for 40, but it's my lowest.

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Up to you. I mean, I know you like it. I have to say to you, my feeling is you're not gonna make much profit.

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Well, that's what you want to do, isn't it? So...I don't like it at all.

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Let's have a think.

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-All right, then, 35. And that is my final offer.

-35?

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-Yeah.

-I like him. I want him, yeah.

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-35 it is, chaps.

-Yeah.

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It's "On your head be it," so she says.

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-(HE LAUGHS)

-That's exactly what that face means, yeah.

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Oh, dear. It's not easy.

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-Possibly to match this.

-These would be little match... little vesta cases, I think.

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-They are indeed vesta cases.

-What are they?

-For matches.

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People collect them, so they are perfectly...

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-Are they silver?

-Perfectly saleable, yeah.

-Yeah, I'd have said so.

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-I think the paper stand is a better choice.

-Right.

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OK, that makes two out of three with not a lot of time left.

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No. I think we'd better get a move on.

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-OK.

-Well, I can run.

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-Ooh, here it is.

-Go on, get it, Pat.

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-What do you think?

-Yes, go on. We liked it first time round.

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Let's get it. Is this yours, sir?

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-It is, yeah.

-What's the best you could do that for, please?

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You can have it for 40.

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-38?

-OK.

-Lovely. Thank you very much.

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-Thank you.

-OK.

-Thank you very much, sir.

-Thank you very much.

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Now Les and Rachel need to make a decision, as well.

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Vesta boxes were exactly that, little holders for matches.

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Now, this is a really nice one, cos you can see that the hinged lid is really neatly done.

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-What do you think, Les?

-I really like the card case.

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We'll probably make more money on auction than with this one.

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-Well, we've got about eight minutes actually, so we can't hang about.

-No, especially not if it's gone.

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OK, guys. Better hurry up, hey?

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-Was it up here?

-Yeah, it was by the doors, wasn't it?

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-Can we look at the card case again?

-Of course.

-Please. Thank you.

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-Oh, yeah.

-And what was your best price?

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-It needs to be 140. I can take 25 off.

-140.

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-Do you still like it?

-Yes.

-I think we'll have it, then, yeah?

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-Definitely.

-You agree?

-We're out of time, so I think...

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-Yeah. Definitely. Thank you.

-OK. You're very welcome. Thank you.

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Has there been anything that you like that you...

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Well, other than I liked the silver vesta things, and stuff like that.

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Do you wanna do that? If nothing's catching your eye, you're never gonna find it in five minutes.

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-That's the only thing I've seen.

-How much time have we got left now?

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-To run all the way up there?

-Eight minutes. We've gotta walk back.

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-Yes. Go on. Go on.

-This is like The Benny Hill Show, you know.

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-Jump on the back of a van.

-I'm late for a very important date.

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-Keep looking as you go.

-I'm late for an important date.

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That case was right across the fairground, girls.

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-Come along.

-I'm with you.

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What? In mind, body and spirit, Jasmine?

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Steady on, old girl.

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-(SHE LAUGHS) You all right?

-(SHE PANTS)

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-MAN: 80's the best I'll do.

-It's monogrammed.

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-Is that good or bad?

-Let's have a quick look at it for you.

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Well, I'll have a quick look at this. Where's the full marks?

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-Or I could buy one of the cheap ones.

-'Deakin & Francis' is on there.

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-You know...

-Hey? What are you saying? No good?

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I'm not saying that. What I'm saying is it's very straightforward and I would be inclined to go for novelty.

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-He's not too impressed, old Jonathan.

-It's dented, as well.

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-Well, you know...

-It IS dented. It's dented.

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I'm not gonna influence you too much. You like it you buy it.

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Is it a bit battered, but?

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You know, I don't think it's going to win you a great deal of money.

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-MAN: One minute to go.

-But with 60 seconds to go...

-Come on.

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-Perhaps that, then.

-Don't look at me when you say it. Decide.

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-Well, we can't go with nothing.

-Yeah.

-OK, is that the case you want?

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-Deal done?

-Yes.

-OK, deal done.

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Right, everyone, shopping's done.

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Time for our teams to hand over any leftover lolly to their experts,

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who've been sharpening an eye for what to buy.

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First, let's remind ourselves what the Reds bought.

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Jasmine bought these three watches, without telling Pat, for £60.

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They ran the length of the fair for this paper rack at 38,

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then they ran it again to get the sovereign case for 80.

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-Did you have a good time, Pat?

-Fantastic.

-What about you, Jasmine?

-Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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-But we had to run for the last few minutes.

-I know.

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It's something to warm up anyway. How much did you spend all round?

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-£178.

-£178. That's rather good, isn't it?

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-What's your favourite piece, Jas?

-Those were the pieces that I bought. Three watches for £60.

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-I gather you're the leader of the pack round here.

-Definitely.

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Is that the truth? Did you get a look-in sideways, Jonathan?

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-No, no, I wasn't...

-Part of the shopping.

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-..part of the shopping.

-Just there as an observer.

-Yes.

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-Now, what exactly are you fondling?

-I've got a silver guinea holder here.

-Yes.

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But I do believe it was owned by a northern industrialist,

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and he's saying his brass bought more than brass.

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-Oh, lordy.

-That's what I'm getting.

-And would you see a lot of profit in a thing like that?

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-Well, we would hope to make a little profit on it.

-Would you? How much profit is the vibration telling you?

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-I like detail here.

-Not enough.

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-And what did you pay for it?

-We paid £80 for it.

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-How much?

-£80.

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And you're getting a vibration of profit coming out of that? Yes?

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-I live in hope.

-Yes, absolutely. Now, I would like £122 of leftover lolly, if that's all right.

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-There you are, Tim. There you are. And there's your £2.

-Look, that's a decent amount, isn't it?

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It's nice to have some decent cash for once.

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You'll be able to find something splendid to thrill us with later with your bonus buy.

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-I will try.

-We'll rely on you. Thank you very much, Jonathan.

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Meanwhile, let's check out how the Blues are getting on.

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Les and Rachel agreed on this tantalus at £110...

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..then disagreed on Les's choice of the toby jug for 35.

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Finally, they staked 140 on this little silver card case.

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-So, are you happy? What do you think?

-You're all looking rather serious.

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So, Rachel, why are you such a toby jug hater, though?

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Oh, it's just random. It's not even anybody in particular. It's just random.

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It's a nice character. It's a great toby jug. It's gonna make some money, Tim, I guarantee it.

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And they're supposed to be welded together and happy, these two.

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Well, we have differences of opinion when he's wrong and I'm right.

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I can hear that. OK, very good.

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-So, how much did you spend, Leslie?

-£285.

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£285. That's £15 left over for Bliss. That's lovely.

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And which is your favourite piece apart from the toby jug?

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-Oh, it's gotta be the card case, then.

-OK. Do you agree with that?

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-I do, yeah.

-Oh, at last we've got some family agreement here.

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-£15, then, Kate.

-Thank you.

-A little challenge for you.

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-It's quite an expensive fair, this, isn't it?

-I'm gonna be hard-pushed.

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Hard-pushed, but you always rise to the challenge. And good luck with that, Kate.

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For the rest of us, though, we're going to tool off to the north-west of Britain

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and we're going to go to the Lady Lever Art Gallery, which is gonna be a rare old treat, I fancy.

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I'm going to play a little game with you today.

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Let's pretend that I'm allowed to take two pieces from this gallery that I really fancy

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and stick them in the back of the Volvo.

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What am I gonna choose?

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(HE LAUGHS) What fun!

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Hmm. Not my type, I'm afraid.

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Of course, it's an impossible task.

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Having to pick two items out of this multitude of treasures?

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So I think I'll just go for one.

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What do you think about this cabinet?

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From where you're standing it looks like a Georgian two-door cabinet, doesn't it?

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With perhaps some oval decorated panels on it?

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After Gainsborough at the front

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and Angelica Kauffmann on the sides.

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They're actually prints which have been hand-watercoloured and then glazed over with varnish

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to make them look like real pictures.

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But it's the technique that's been used to decorate every other surface

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which is so fascinating.

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And you have to come in here to see that properly.

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Take a look at this blue area, for example.

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That blue area is made up, literally, of hundreds of tiny scrolls of paper

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which have been tightly rolled up one against the other

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and then inserted against the flat surface.

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Extraordinary, isn't it?

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And that's just this blue patterned bit.

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Multiply that by the number of patterned areas over, for example,

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just this front door,

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and it's extraordinary.

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This process was called, in the 18th century, quilling,

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and smart ladies did it.

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They did it in their drawing rooms instead of doing needlework

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or decorating china.

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And the interesting highlighted area on the door

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is made up of this string of real freshwater pearls,

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which are used to make up this ribbon-tied swag

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as a pendant to the oval below.

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But it isn't until when I open it up

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that you can appreciate quite the sublime beauty of this thing

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when it was first made about 230 years ago.

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The inside surfaces of these drawers haven't been discoloured by the light or pollution.

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You get a semblance of how bright and breezy the outside would have looked.

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Just look at these delicious turquoises,

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the greens, the yellows,

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and the intricate patterns and designs throughout.

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How long would it have taken a smart gentlewoman to have decorated the entire surface?

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I would guess some years.

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The central door, here, has little beads of bright cut steel inserted.

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And 230 years ago, these would have been glittering

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and utterly entertaining for the eye.

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The big question today is, of course,

0:26:420:26:44

are our teams going to be bright and glittering

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and thoroughly entertaining over at the auction?

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And today's auction is just across the border in Shrewsbury

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with auctioneer Jeremy Lamond.

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-Good morning, Jeremy.

-Welcome.

-Thank you very much for having us. Lovely to be here.

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Now, Jasmine and Pat, their first item is

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this trio of key-wound Swiss cylinder ladies' fob watches.

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Less common than a Singer sewing machine, but not rare objects.

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So, not gonna light the cockles of you auctioneers' hearts?

0:27:200:27:23

Not really. A mass-produced movement is something that doesn't warm our cockles.

0:27:230:27:28

No. Having said that, they are in reasonable condition.

0:27:280:27:32

-What do you they might bring, Jeremy?

-I think £60 to £80 would about do it, really.

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Really? Well, that's great. £60 was paid. Jasmine was very, very hot for them.

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So she's probably done the right thing.

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Talking about hot, we've got the pokerworked paper rack.

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-It's useful, isn't it?

-It's a tour de force of pokerwork.

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-And it's English rather than 'papier'.

-Yes.

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And it's quite nice to look at and it's useful.

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So I think it will be a seller.

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I mean, all you need is a pipe and a pair of slippers to go with this

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and it's every bloke's set-up, isn't it?

0:28:050:28:07

-And a newspaper.

-And a newspaper to go in there. Absolutely.

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-How much?

-30 to 50.

-Great. £38 was paid.

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-Not bad.

-They didn't pay a big price for it.

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Anyway, that's that for that.

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-Lastly, this lovely little object, the double sovereign case.

-Yes.

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-In silver.

-1931, so just when we were coming off the gold standard.

0:28:220:28:27

-So quite a late production for a sovereign case.

-Yes, absolutely.

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And what it holds now, sovereigns, are very collectable at the moment,

0:28:310:28:35

so a good collectable silver object still.

0:28:350:28:38

Really nice. And how much, then, for that?

0:28:380:28:40

-I think we have said £30 to £50.

-Have you?

-Yeah.

0:28:400:28:44

They paid 80. I mean, I don't know.

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-It's a desirable thing.

-Mmm, could be.

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-You might just be slightly on the lean side, there.

-We might be.

-But bit of a tempter.

0:28:490:28:53

-Yeah.

-Good.

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There we go. They've done pretty well, I reckon. All depending on how the sovereign case does pan out.

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They may or may not need the bonus buy, but let's go and have a look at it.

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OK, Jasmine, Pat, you gave Jonathan £122 of leftover lolly, which is absolutely dazzling.

0:29:050:29:11

-What did you do with it?

-Look at that.

-Oh, wow. That, I like.

0:29:110:29:15

Immediately as I saw it I loved the style.

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It's this contrast of blue and white and the sunflowers that sort of drew me to it.

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When picking it up, I saw it's Doulton Lambeth.

0:29:210:29:24

Good late 19th-century studio potters producing a lot of commercial wares,

0:29:240:29:28

but there's different influences in this.

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Absolutely love the colour. That's gorgeous.

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You couldn't use it as a vase. Why the cutaway here?

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I understand that it's probably the base for an oil lamp.

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You'd have something on the top. It would be difficult to picture.

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But it maybe would have had, like, a convex domed sort of shade.

0:29:430:29:46

It was about style. I was looking at something which would be good for interiors.

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Limited in use, but you could put dried flowers in there

0:29:500:29:53

and keep it as an ornament.

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Or have it as a lamp. If you put a wooden plug in there or an electric light bulb in it, what a great lamp.

0:29:550:30:00

An up light, and then a bit out the side. Quite sweet.

0:30:000:30:03

-I paid...

-How much?

-(THEY LAUGH)

0:30:030:30:07

-I paid £100 for it.

-OK.

-And will it make a profit?

0:30:070:30:09

-I really like to think so.

-What do you think, Patricia?

-It's really nice.

0:30:090:30:13

You give us a prediction from your cosmic-influenced feeling, handling, spiritual sense,

0:30:130:30:18

what is this gonna bring in the way of a profit?

0:30:180:30:21

-A prediction, please, Patricia.

-It's gonna make £20.

-Profit?

-Yes.

0:30:210:30:25

-Oh, that's a relief.

-That's absolutely what I thought as well.

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-You're agreeing with that?

-Yes.

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There we go. We've got the cosmic prophetesses. If you go with it.

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But, for the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Jonathan's cosmic vase.

0:30:340:30:39

-OK, J, here's a chunk for you.

-OK.

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Well, this is very bright and breezy, isn't it?

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The big thing is don't try and fill it up with water. It won't be used as a flower vase.

0:30:460:30:50

I think you'd be caught out. We've called it a lamp base.

0:30:500:30:53

There is a hole in the bottom for a cord,

0:30:530:30:57

and, as you rightly say, if you put flowers in it and water later on

0:30:570:31:01

then you'll have a very wet bottom.

0:31:010:31:04

-A very nasty accident.

-But it's a pretty thing, in good condition.

0:31:040:31:08

-I think £60 to £80, it should make.

-Brilliant. £100 was paid. It's supposed to be a bonus buy.

0:31:080:31:13

May not be that profitable, if the teams decide to go with it.

0:31:130:31:16

Anyway, that's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues, Rachel and Les.

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And they kick off with the tantalus.

0:31:200:31:22

Very handy object in late 19th-century Britain

0:31:220:31:25

either to stop you drinking or to stop the servants drinking what you are about to drink.

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Not an uncommon object, especially in oak with brass fittings.

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Hobnail cut glass decanters but also chipped hobnail cut glass decanters.

0:31:330:31:39

Doesn't help, although I suppose you can replace them.

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And it may be that these have been replaced anyway.

0:31:430:31:45

-So, what's your estimate, Jeremy?

-60 to 80.

-OK, brilliant. £110, they paid.

0:31:450:31:50

It's interesting with these things, because tantaluses are up and down.

0:31:500:31:54

They vary in quality. Difficult to know how it's going to finish.

0:31:540:31:57

-But I bet you they won't be too far off.

-On a good day they can make a couple of hundred pounds, a good one.

0:31:570:32:02

-But these are chipped, so we've been a bit cautious.

-And I don't blame you, quite frankly, old fruit.

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Next, the Doulton character jug.

0:32:080:32:10

I think one of the gloomiest-looking people, I have to say. He's not florid, he looks rather sad.

0:32:100:32:16

Trouble is, these large Doulton character jugs at the moment are not performing too well in the market

0:32:160:32:21

unless it's a rare or a pilot figure, and he certainly isn't one.

0:32:210:32:25

Even though they're not being produced any more. So we put a lowly £20 to £30 on him.

0:32:250:32:31

Just to encourage the others. £35, they paid.

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I mean, you've got quite a lot of 20th-century ceramics in the sale, haven't you?

0:32:350:32:39

So you should have a good crowd to go for a bit of Doulton.

0:32:390:32:42

Now, lastly, where they put their money most definitely where their mouths are

0:32:420:32:46

is this silver Edwardian calling card case.

0:32:460:32:50

Well, it's a pretty object, in good condition. Floral leaf, flat, chaste, 1907, so a good Edwardian object.

0:32:500:32:56

But really, again, not a rare object, so 40 to 60, I would say, at auction.

0:32:560:33:01

£140, they paid. Now, £140 is getting towards something that you'd have a bit of casting in it.

0:33:010:33:07

One of those rather more decorated card cases that can make some money.

0:33:070:33:11

-This is not one of them.

-And this isn't one of them.

0:33:110:33:14

I would think a difficult thing to sell, and I'm with you, £40 to £60, something like that.

0:33:140:33:18

They're almost certainly gonna need their bonus buy. Let's look at it.

0:33:180:33:22

Now, Raquel and Leslie, you spent £285,

0:33:240:33:28

you gave Kate Bliss 15 smackers only to find your bonus buy.

0:33:280:33:32

Kate, you poor thing, what did you do?

0:33:320:33:35

Panicked. And then I found something which I'm not sure is your cup of tea.

0:33:350:33:40

But it was £15, let's just get that bit out of the way first, tell you the money bit.

0:33:400:33:44

It's late 19th-century, so it's got a bit of age to it,

0:33:440:33:48

and it is a bottle coaster.

0:33:480:33:49

It's turned mahogany and big enough, I think, to take a magnum

0:33:490:33:54

rather than your average bottle of claret.

0:33:540:33:56

-Does it grab you, darling?

-No.

-What I was thinking was profit, Rachel.

0:33:560:34:00

I mean, I know it's not your sort of thing, having got to know you, but I was thinking of profit.

0:34:000:34:05

And I would hope, on a good day, it would make a few pounds' profit.

0:34:050:34:09

-Was it £15, was it?

-It was £15.

0:34:090:34:12

And the thing is it could just be a tad earlier than late 19th century.

0:34:120:34:16

-Georgian. It could be Georgian, couldn't it?

-It's got the feel.

0:34:160:34:20

And it would have had its little baize pad on the bottom.

0:34:200:34:23

-It's a nice thing.

-Sometimes when it looks ugly it might make more money.

0:34:230:34:27

Ooh, I love you, Leslie.

0:34:270:34:29

-(HE LAUGHS)

-Anyway, there we go. We hope it's going to make a few bob for you.

0:34:290:34:33

But let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Kate's coaster.

0:34:330:34:37

There you go, Jeremy. You've got £15 left, you're an expert, you have to find the bonus buy.

0:34:380:34:43

-That's what Kate has served us up.

-Well, yeah, 19th century.

0:34:430:34:47

It's turned, there's not a great deal wrong with it, so she'll get her money back, I would think.

0:34:470:34:51

£10 or £20, it could make.

0:34:510:34:53

Well, 15, as I say, was paid. I mean, I quite like these late Georgian little bits.

0:34:530:34:59

That would have had, I think, a pad of baize on it, wouldn't it?

0:34:590:35:03

So that when it coasted over your Georgian dining table you don't get any scratching.

0:35:030:35:07

But the problem for me is that that lump there,

0:35:070:35:10

which is where the discoloured piece of timber is, is replaced.

0:35:100:35:14

Character, though.

0:35:140:35:15

Character, but some joker's got hold of that with his thumb and pulled off that original gallery.

0:35:150:35:20

But at least they didn't throw it away.

0:35:200:35:22

No. Maybe it was just a riot of a party, and that's part of its charm.

0:35:220:35:26

-Like at your place.

-Absolutely.

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-We'll look forward to a riot of an auction in just a moment, Jeremy. Thank you.

-Thank you.

0:35:290:35:33

200 bid. 220.

0:35:370:35:39

-OK, team, happy?

-WOMEN: Yes.

0:35:390:35:41

Patricia, you're looking particularly perky here.

0:35:410:35:45

-Of course. Bargain Hunt.

-Bargain Hunt.

0:35:450:35:47

Yes, that's what we like!

0:35:470:35:49

-What about you, Jasmine?

-Fairly confident.

0:35:490:35:52

-Fairly confident.

-That's what I like to hear.

0:35:520:35:55

It's teamwork, isn't it? The whole thing is a team effort.

0:35:550:35:58

So, what piece do you think is going to do particularly well?

0:35:580:36:01

I would hope it's going to be the watches.

0:36:010:36:03

-I only wish I could buy those watches myself.

-Sadly, you can't do that.

0:36:030:36:07

Let's hope there's people who want to have a go, cos you paid £60.

0:36:070:36:10

JEREMY: Three silver-cased ladies' fob watches.

0:36:100:36:13

White enamel dials and Roman numerals, showing there.

0:36:130:36:16

Who'll start me? £40. The three at 40. At £40.

0:36:160:36:19

-Where's 40? Bid me £40.

-Oh, gosh.

0:36:190:36:21

40? 30 to go, then. £30.

0:36:210:36:24

Start me £30, £10 each. 30's bid. At 30.

0:36:240:36:27

At 30. 5 if you like. At £30 now.

0:36:270:36:30

-At £30 I'll sell them.

-Oh, come on.

0:36:300:36:32

-It's your bid at 30. (HE BANGS GAVEL)

-£10 each, then. £30.

0:36:320:36:35

Well, I'm afraid it didn't make its estimate.

0:36:350:36:38

Late 19th-century carved paper rack, inscribed M. Cook. £20 to start me.

0:36:380:36:43

20 for the paper rack.

0:36:430:36:44

-Useful object at £20.

-Good for the kitchen.

-£20. 20.

0:36:440:36:48

Bid me £20 for it. Anybody have 20?

0:36:480:36:51

20 is bid at the back of the room. At £20, I'm bid.

0:36:510:36:54

Are you sure? Maiden bid, then. £20. All done?

0:36:540:36:57

-(HE BANGS GAVEL)

-Maiden and divorced.

0:36:570:36:59

-£20. It's -£18.

-Internet makes all the difference.

0:36:590:37:03

Birmingham 1931, at £25. At 25.

0:37:030:37:07

-Oh, £25?!

-£25. 25.

0:37:070:37:09

At 28. At £28, it is. At £28.

0:37:090:37:13

-Got it.

-Your bid. 30 in the doorway.

0:37:130:37:15

At £30. 32, against you. 35. 38.

0:37:150:37:18

40. No? 40 in the door, then.

0:37:180:37:22

At £40, the bid. At 40. All done at 40.

0:37:220:37:25

-Isn't that disappointing?

-They all want something for nothing.

0:37:250:37:28

(MIMICS PAT) Well, 'tis a bootiful little thing.

0:37:280:37:32

Bootiful, it was.

0:37:320:37:34

-I'm ever so disappointed.

-That doesn't sound right.

0:37:340:37:38

-You do it better than I do.

-We've gotta pick ourselves up now.

0:37:380:37:41

We've been dressed down, here. You're -88, yeah? What are we gonna do about this lamp base?

0:37:410:37:48

£100 is what was paid on that, but it's just a question of teamwork.

0:37:480:37:52

What do you wanna do? Do you wanna twist or stick?

0:37:520:37:55

-I wanna go with it.

-Yes.

-Yeah, we'll go with it.

-Let's go for it.

0:37:550:37:59

-Yes, it's a good show.

-It's a good show.

0:37:590:38:03

Yeah, but...seriously, then?

0:38:030:38:06

-Yes!

-Yes, go on. In for a penny, in for a pound.

0:38:060:38:09

JEREMY: The Doulton Lambeth pottery lamp base, or vase. £50 for it. 50.

0:38:090:38:14

50 I'll take. At £50, any bid? At £50. Lot 188.

0:38:140:38:18

-At £50. 40, then.

-Oh, come on.

0:38:180:38:20

£40. 40. Start me. 40.

0:38:200:38:22

Surely, £40 for it. 30, then.

0:38:220:38:25

-£30. 30's bid, front row.

-Thank you.

-Lady in the front row.

0:38:250:38:30

You're out now, internet is in. 45. With you at 45. Internet is out.

0:38:300:38:33

-At £45.

-Here we go. 45. Come on.

0:38:330:38:37

Keep going, keep going, keep going.

0:38:370:38:39

And I'm selling at 45. Are you sure at £45?

0:38:390:38:41

-55. 5 and 8 is 13.

0:38:410:38:46

-9, 14, 143. -143.

-They got a bargain there.

0:38:460:38:51

They did get a bargain there, you're absolutely right.

0:38:510:38:54

The thing is, girls, go out there looking very happy and don't say a word to the Blues.

0:38:540:38:58

-Of course not.

-Thank you very much.

0:38:580:39:00

Right, then, petal, do you know how the Reds got on?

0:39:090:39:12

-No.

-No.

-Great.

0:39:120:39:14

How do you think they got on?

0:39:140:39:16

-They looked pleased with themselves.

-Did they look a bit cocky?

0:39:160:39:19

-Yeah.

-Yeah. Could be a double ploy, that.

0:39:190:39:22

Now, your tantalus, right, you both loved that. £110, you paid.

0:39:220:39:26

He's estimated £60 to £80, cos there's a bit of chipping, right?

0:39:260:39:29

The early 20th-century oak and brass mounted tantalus.

0:39:290:39:33

Three mallet-shaped decanters. At £40. Start me at 40. At 40.

0:39:330:39:38

-At £40. At 40?

-Oh, come on.

0:39:380:39:40

£40 for it. At the very back of the room, 40 I've got.

0:39:400:39:42

At £40. I'll take 5. At £40 for it, the tantalus.

0:39:420:39:46

5 now.

0:39:460:39:47

45. 50. £50 at the very back. At £50. One more?

0:39:470:39:52

At £50. The bid is at the back.

0:39:520:39:54

At £50. I'm selling at 50. (HE BANGS GAVEL)

0:39:540:39:58

-£50. Oh, dear.

-That's crazy.

0:39:580:39:59

-It did not tantalise. That's -60.

-Sorry, chaps.

0:39:590:40:03

RACHEL: Oh, here we go.

0:40:030:40:05

From Williamsburg, 'Guardsman'. Already I'm bid £20.

0:40:050:40:09

20 is bid. At £20, it's a commission bid. At £20 now.

0:40:090:40:13

At 20. 22. 25.

0:40:130:40:15

28. 30. 30, still here. Commission bid.

0:40:150:40:19

At £30 for 'The Guardsman'. Selling at 30.

0:40:190:40:21

(HE BANGS GAVEL)

0:40:210:40:23

-Oh, it's £30.

-Oh, so close.

0:40:230:40:25

That's -£5. Bad luck, Les.

0:40:250:40:28

Now, the card case.

0:40:280:40:29

Calling card case. Birmingham 1907. Again, interest here.

0:40:290:40:33

35. 40. 45.

0:40:330:40:35

At £45. I've got 55. 65. Still on commission, at £65.

0:40:350:40:40

-For the calling card case, at 65.

-Come on.

0:40:400:40:43

-(HE BANGS GAVEL)

-Oh, dear, baby.

0:40:430:40:45

-65 is -75.

-It's a bit of a kick in the teeth.

0:40:450:40:51

-140. -140 doesn't sound too bad if you say it quickly.

0:40:510:40:55

-What about this coaster?

-We're gonna have to go for it.

0:40:550:40:58

-We might as well.

-I mean, it's £15, right? I mean, 140 could be a winning score.

0:40:580:41:03

-Are you gonna have a little tickle at the coaster?

-Yeah, we might as well now.

0:41:030:41:08

-Kate's confident, aren't you, Kate?

-I don't know, with this market.

0:41:080:41:11

I don't think I'm confident about anything.

0:41:110:41:14

It's not all about the winning, is it?

0:41:140:41:16

-It's all about the losing.

-Isn't it?

0:41:160:41:19

Isn't it all about the winning? That's why I'm here.

0:41:190:41:23

What are you gonna do? Gonna have a little tickle?

0:41:230:41:26

-We'll go for it.

-You're gonna go with it.

0:41:260:41:28

We're going with the coaster, and here it comes.

0:41:280:41:31

19th-century turned mahogany bottle coaster, there.

0:41:310:41:34

Bid me £10 for it. 10! A tenner. Nice useful object.

0:41:340:41:37

£10 he's bid already. At £10, I've got. 10?

0:41:370:41:40

One and only, then. 10.

0:41:400:41:42

12 at the back. 15.

0:41:420:41:44

15 here, then. At 15. 18 behind you.

0:41:440:41:46

20. At 20 here, then. At £20.

0:41:460:41:48

-Well done, Kate.

-Small mercies.

0:41:480:41:51

-(HE BANGS GAVEL)

-£20. Well done, Kate. That's +£5.

0:41:510:41:54

Overall, then, you're -135. That could be a winning score.

0:41:540:41:58

Don't mention a word to the Reds. Thank you.

0:41:580:42:00

Well, what an exciting show we've had today.

0:42:090:42:12

I mean, appalling losses all round,

0:42:120:42:14

but there is actually only £8 between the victors and the runners-up today.

0:42:140:42:19

So, have you chaps been chatting at all?

0:42:190:42:22

-ALL: No.

-No. So you have no idea who's ahead and who's behind.

-No.

0:42:220:42:27

Well, the team that's behind are the Reds.

0:42:270:42:31

You managed to lose £143, all right?

0:42:310:42:35

I'm not going into a lot of detail,

0:42:350:42:37

just suffice to say that every single mortal thing that you touched did not make a profit.

0:42:370:42:42

-But have you had a nice time?

-Absolutely fantastic.

0:42:420:42:45

We've loved having you on the show.

0:42:450:42:47

Bad luck, team. You were so close.

0:42:470:42:49

But £135 minus is the winning score today from Rachel and Leslie. Well done.

0:42:490:42:55

-BOTH: Thank you.

-Have you had a nice time?

-Lovely. Great time.

0:42:550:42:58

It was lovely, the fiver profit on the bottle coaster from Kate.

0:42:580:43:02

-Exactly.

-That was a stellar moment.

-Makes up for everything else.

0:43:020:43:07

We've loved having you on the programme.

0:43:070:43:09

In fact, join us soon for some more Bargain Hunting, yes?!

0:43:090:43:12

ALL: Yes!

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