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Builth Wells 1

Two teams of fiercely-competitive friends do battle on the antiques challenge. Kate Bliss and Jonathan Pratt are the experts stuck in the middle.


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Oh, I do love a good read. I love a good book, particularly if it's got a happy ending.

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Is there going to be a happy ending today?

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You're just going to have to wait and see as we go bargain hunting.

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Four friends divided by rivalry,

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passionate about history,

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consumed with the desire to win - this story is a cracker.

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Where's it set?

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In the heart of Wales, at the Royal Welsh Showground, in fact here.

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Coming up, Fiona and Anna run around like headless chickens

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while Zoe and Loll put their feet up.

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And I head off to the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

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Right, let's get on with it.

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I am surrounded by friends, literally surrounded by friends.

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We've got sisters Zoe and Loll-Loll for the Reds,

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and we've got Ann-Ann and Fifi for the Blues.

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-Sounds like a panda convention but actually they're all bosom buddies, is that right?

-Yes.

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Were you all at the same school together?

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In junior schools, yes. In secondary school, us three were together.

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-So there's lots of cross-pollination here?

-There is.

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You're all great buddies, right? But you're sisters?

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-We are.

-Yes.

-And you're great friends?

-We are.

-It's wonderful.

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Were you close then, when you grew up, Loll?

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We've not always been close.

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-Oh.

-When I was younger, Zoe and my eldest sister Julia used to gang up on me quite often

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-and dress up as ugly old women and pretend to come and take me away.

-Oh!

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-So were you traumatised by lovely Zozo?

-Definitely.

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-Perhaps this is not going to be such a happy...

-But we're really close.

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-You patched it up after that.

-Yes.

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-Zozo, you have a penchant for dressing up?

-I do, yes.

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You also have another rather unusual hobby.

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Yes, I'm a qualified blacksmith and welder.

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Just what exactly is your knowledge of antiques?

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-We used to go to auctions with my dad when we were little...

-I see.

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..and I kind of liked dabbling for a while, so we'll see.

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Well, we'll find out as we go along and very good luck.

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-Now, Fiona you're determined to give these girls a run for their money?

-Absolutely,

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Fiona, where does your knowledge of antiques come from?

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Some years ago, I bought a gypsy caravan, which made me interested in getting stuff from auctions.

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But you don't restrict your travel just to caravans?

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No, I've been to a few places.

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I travelled in India for six months with my daughter when she was five.

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-Did you?

-I like to go places that are warm.

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-Anna, are you as well travelled as Fifi?

-No, not as well travelled.

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-No. I lived in France for a time, did a bit of nannying and interpreting.

-Oh, yes.

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There's been a few disasters, notably when I went to a friend's wedding

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and to spend New Year in Germany and left my suitcase in the car.

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-Does chaos follow you?

-Pretty much.

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I knocked myself out in a cookery lesson with a wooden rolling pin, pretending to be a weightlifter,

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-dropped it on my head.

-Lovely.

-Yes. Most days are like that really.

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We have a health and safety officer on the show today everybody will be glad to hear. They will be alerted.

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Anna, what are your tactics today to beat your mates?

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I'll do anything to beat them because they are determined that they're going to win, and so are we.

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I love it. The battle of the wills. Anyway, we come to the money moment.

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-Here you go, 300 smackers apiece.

-Lovely, thank you.

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You know the rules, your experts await, off you go and good luck.

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Two determined pairs of friends - we've got a fight on our hands today.

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Our two teams need two experts.

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Counting the cash for the Blues is Kate Bliss.

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And wringing out the notes for the Reds is Jonathan Pratt.

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So what do the teams think of each other's chances?

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Well, Anna's taste is just appalling.

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They'll find something very gaudy.

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They'll think it's worth a fortune and it's not.

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-We're streets ahead really, we're going to win this.

-We are.

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This drama really is kicking off, but the big question is are they going to stick to the rules?

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They got £300 and an hour to buy three items. Let's find out.

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On your marks, get set, go.

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-We've got £300. Are you thinking you might blow the lot or just keep a lid on it?

-We'll leave you a bit, Kate.

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Yes, we'll leave you a bit About £2.50.

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OK! At least we know where we stand!

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-So it's quirky and unusual?

-Yes.

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And garden ornaments. OK, let's have a look in here.

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What about China?

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Not overly keen on China, to be honest.

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Quirky and unusual - that doesn't narrow it down.

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No, it doesn't. I quite like these actually.

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Well, that's quirky and unusual.

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Quite sweet, isn't it? They were made during the war for...

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It's made by someone in the Yorkshire Regiment

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and it says, "Remember me," so it's a sort of memento.

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-Because it's in the shape of a heart, it's sentimental as well, isn't it?

-Yes.

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-This is machine made, but it's right for the late-19th century. It is certainly quirky.

-Yes.

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I quite like that actually. We've only been going a couple of minutes,

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but do you want to have a chat with someone about a price?

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-Yes.

-Because it's quite good to get one tucked aside.

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-Even more relaxed then.

-Yes.

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Zoe and Loll could take the lead here. Watch out, Fiona and Anna.

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I'd like to look at those spoons. Those spoons are quite unusual.

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-These ones here, the gilt ones?

-Yes.

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Georg Jensen spoons. They produced

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a series of commemorative spoons, one each year, starting with 1971.

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They are fully hallmarked and they're dated as well.

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They did a run, I think it was for 12 years, and they're a very good name, very collectable.

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-Georg Jensen is very collectable, but it is relatively modern Georg Jensen.

-Right.

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As opposed to the earlier 20th century pieces.

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-Is that not as popular?

-It's just not quite as commercial.

-OK.

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-Do you like that piece, Fiona?

-I think it's very nice, unusual.

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This is the little mark that you're looking for, which is the oval mark with the name Georg Jensen on it.

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-Right.

-That's really important.

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This is Danish silver and then gilded, and this flower is depicted in enamel.

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It's not an antique as such but it is something which collectors will like it because it's Georg Jensen.

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But it just depends on the price, and we've got here 75.

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-It's quite a lot isn't it?

-What would be a fair price to pay at an auction for that?

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I think between 30 to 50.

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-That's quite a lot to ask him to come down.

-It is, but we can see what he could do.

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-Yes, and then we can always come back, can't we?

-We can.

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Girls, you're not going to win the game without making snappy decisions.

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-Is it a pair?

-I think it is, it looks the same.

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What you call a three tier, obviously, ceiling light with faceted prism drops. Circa 1900.

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He's got them marked as £110 each for these two, but they are a pair

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and it seems sensible to buy them as the two -

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there's much more call for pairs and they don't come up at auction that often. They're really lovely.

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They're good for a small bedroom, in modern houses, they are a good size.

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And you often find it's the private buyers that go for them.

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They know how much it's going to cost to buy them from a shop and it would be quite a bit more than that.

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Who owns this one? I'll just quickly ask him.

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The Red team on a roll here. Have Fiona and Anna bought anything yet?

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That I can do for 50 and leave a little bit for me

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and a little bit for you, hopefully.

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I'd like to wander around a bit more.

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Come on, Fifi, you need to decide, girl.

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Right, ladies, they could do the pair for £90 each,

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that's £180 for the pair, which I don't think is that bad.

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I'd be surprised if you don't get more than £200 for them,

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-and he'll do another fiver on the Valentine.

-Oh, great.

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So that's £180 for those, £50 for those, £230 in total.

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-Two objects bought.

-That sounds good, yes, that sounds good to me.

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We can just go and chill out now,

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-then find that last item, maybe a gardening piece, and just enjoy it have a nice walk around.

-Brilliant.

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The red team take the lead, two down.

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Fiona and Anna, are you still at the same silver stall?

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-I really like that.

-That is lovely.

-How much is your hip flask?

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We've 135 on that, my best discount on that can take it to 110.

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OK, can we have a little look?

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-That's a really neat one, isn't it?

-That's lovely.

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The hallmark's slightly rubbed, but you just make it out.

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-It's a great thing to have in your hand or your pocket.

-How old is it?

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It's 1915, it's George V, is that right? Yes.

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-That's lovely.

-What do you think?

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-Yes.

-It's a nice little thing, isn't it?

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-Big enough for you?

-No.

-I had a feeling you were going to say that!

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It may have had an inscription at some point but it's been erased.

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That can be done, and you just need to see if the silver is thin.

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But to be honest with you, I don't think there are any problems there, nothing to worry about.

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These make great presents for... wedding presents, christening presents,

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and I think that's just a really neat example.

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I wouldn't want to pay 110 though.

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-No.

-Perhaps £80.

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-80 sounds a bit mean, I think. I'm probably going to be a bit tight on 80.

-OK.

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I can probably meet you at 100, take the 35 off.

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We're after a profit, you see.

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90, meet you halfway?

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90 will just about do it.

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-Yes, OK, we'll do 90.

-Yes.

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-I think it might stand a chance.

-OK.

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Great, item number one. Let's keep going.

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Fi and Anna are back in the game,

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but let's leave them for a moment and come and see what I've found.

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We all know what a bit of lippo is, right? That's the lipstick or lip gloss that the ladies put on,

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but have you ever come across a lip chair?

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Well, that is what this thing is.

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These are called lip chairs.

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They look just like Orkney chairs,

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and the Orkneys and certain parts of Wales

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are where this type of constructed chair comes from.

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What we've got here is, basically,

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a whole lot of relatively narrow rolls of straw.

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The thong-like things are all bark that had been stripped off a thorn,

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so great long strands of this skin have been used instead of string.

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You tie up and bind each of these sausages of straw

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and then you weave those together to form this curricle,

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or rather winged, chair-shaped back.

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But the clever bit is this because, underneath, if you have a look,

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you can see a whole framework here of pine.

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The person that made this chair started off with a sturdy stool

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so that no matter how big a person sits in this chair,

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their weight is all borne by these thick wooden supports.

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It's like a type of straw cladding that's been put on the outside.

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Now these straw chairs were made, as I say, in Scotland and Wales

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but over a very long period of time from the medieval period, it is thought,

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right up until the end of the 19th century, which is when this Welsh lip chair dates from.

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So the big question is, what is a big lipped chair like this worth?

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It's Welsh, it's being sold here in the heart of Wales

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and, not surprisingly, the price is £1,250.

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Is that lip enough for you?

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That's lovely, really sweet.

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-What have you found, girls?

-Just looking at this here, it's like a sort of trowel thing, very unusual.

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What are they?

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It's a little bookmark actually. You do get some modern ones,

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but if you've got a period one with a hallmark, that tends to sell much better.

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-Is it all right if I have a look?

-Oh, yes, by all means.

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This one is hallmarked, which is lovely, and it's Victorian, which is great.

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It's 1895, and the handle

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looks as if it is agate actually, which is rather nice, isn't it?

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-That's a sweet little thing.

-It is lovely, it's really nice.

-Quite unusual.

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They do sell quite well in my experience, fingers crossed.

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-58, hm...

-Is that a bit...

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-I'd like to see it nearer 40, to be honest.

-Or less.

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We can see what he'll say, especially with the agate handle, that's a really nice feature.

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Do you want to flutter your eyelids, Anna, this time?

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-OK, where's the man?

-See what sort of price.

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Let's be having you.

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What would your best price be on that?

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-What have we got on that?

-58.

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-55, I'll do it for £50.

-50.

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You couldn't go further down?

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No, I won't come any lower.

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It's a nice little piece and nice unusual handle.

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-Yes.

-And it's nicely hallmarked.

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-It's a gamble. I think £50 is a fair price here.

-It could be its money though, couldn't it?

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But an auctioneer would probably put 40 to 60 on it, so you're in with a chance. Can you do 48 just as a push?

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That'd be 20%, no £50.

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I'll sell at £50.

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Oh, he's hard, isn't he?

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He is hard.

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I've come down £8.

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It's not a walk in the park this, you know.

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Can you not knock off that two pounds?

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No, absolutely not. I need to eat tonight.

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Oh, Fiona, you're a tough woman too.

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-Shall we do it?

-Yes.

-Come on.

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-Lovely, thank you very much.

-Thank you.

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At last, two in the bag.

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Now, what's happened to Zo and Loll?

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Oh, here they are, relaxing, hey?

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Cappuccino, latte, hot chocolate, or tea?

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-Ooh, latte please.

-OK, two latte.

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This is the life, isn't it?

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Ladies, you won't beat your friends while sitting in a caff.

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-You love your looking around, you girls, don't you?

-We do, yes.

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Listen, you've bought two items.

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-Yes.

-How's it going so far, Kate?

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Well, I can't keep up with them.

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Are they incorrigible?

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I had to leave at one point, it was getting embarrassing.

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It must be getting embarrassing.

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That happens quite a lot with us.

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So what, is it all double entendre, innuendo, naughtiness?

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No, they were actually really hammering a hard bargain.

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-Are they?

-The poor chap got such a beating, he thought they were never going to leave him alone.

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-It didn't work, though.

-But we have bought two things.

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You've bought two things. How much have you spent so far?

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-£140.

-Well done.

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-£140, so you've got £160 left.

-Yes.

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So there's plenty to go for for the last item, isn't it?

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I'm sure we'll see a lot knowing these two.

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I think I'll get out of here while I'm still alive.

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SHE LAUGHS

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So which way next, girls?

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The clock is still ticking, stop dawdling, Reds.

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It's almost like a lava one, isn't it?

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It's a German lava-style lamp from the '60s.

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Yes.

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Quite grotesque, but quite brilliant.

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It is just that, it's like basalt.

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-Yes, it's a nice studio print.

-It's kind of quite cool, isn't it?

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-Yes.

-You can exfoliate your hands whilst turning the light on.

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You could make a water feature out of it.

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I like it, I'm just wondering what sort of shade you'd put on it.

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-It would have to be about that big, wouldn't it?

-Yes, it would.

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-What about the chap on the end?

-That is really quite attractive.

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-It is.

-And this is still German, the one at the end?

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West Germany, yes.

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All the same price? This one you've got 55 on.

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-Yes.

-Is that the same for all of them?

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-That's 30 at the end.

-The one at the end is £30?

-Yes.

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-Is that advertised as 30 or 30 your best price 30?

-25.

-£25.

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25. It says West Germany on the bottom.

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-£30, £25.

-That's pretty good.

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Is that just the remnants of a sticker or something? I think it is actually.

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-That's a big lump for not very much money.

-It is, yes.

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-West German and it's quite nice this sort of oily look to it.

-Yes.

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It is quite fashionable, isn't it?

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You could even have it as like an umbrella stand in the hall or something.

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-Yes, I think you could. I like that.

-£25 is not a lot of money really.

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It's not a lot of money at all, is it?

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It's not something I'd buy. I wouldn't have it in my own home.

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-How do you think it will sell at auction?

-I saw a West German

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lava pottery of that size for I think about £75 or £80 recently,

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because it is modern design and there's a lot of people interested in that sort of thing.

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I think it's a new market. For £25, I'd be surprised if we don't make a tenner on it.

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So we've got ten minutes left.

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We'll just wander down there, see if we can see anything else,

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and then just come back and buy it on the wire.

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-Would you be happy?

-Yes. Yes. I think so.

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-See you in five minutes.

-OK. Cheers.

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So our battling friends sprint to the finish.

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-That's a sprint, Reds!

-This way, guys.

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We've got about just under 20 minutes.

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-OK.

-So I think we better really crack on a bit.

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It's getting a bit wet out there.

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Just up here, come and have a look.

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Isn't that the stall Zoe and Loll started on?

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-"Picquot"?

-French?

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It is not French, it says, "Made in England."

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SHE LAUGHS

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Very good, Anna, well spotted.

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What have you found? Ah!

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So we found something retro after all.

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It's a great shape, really streamlined.

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This is... You can see "Picquot Ware" on the bottom here, made in England.

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The French do something similar but this is very definitely an English shape.

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They started making them around 1947.

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This, I would say, is '50s, perhaps '60s,

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so fairly early in the run of them and quite an unusual size.

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-Two minutes we've got apparently.

-How much?

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-Two minutes.

-No, how much does it cost?

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-Don't know. Don't know where the stallholder is.

-Let's find out.

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There are only two minutes left, make a decision.

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Now!

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Can we take that, please?

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-And that's on the nail, last minute, fantastic.

-£25.

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-25 quid?

-Yes.

-Job done. Happy?

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How much did he want?

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-It's got to be 55.

-That's fine, we're out of time anyway.

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We are out of time. Happy?

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Yes, it's lovely thing, I'm very happy with that.

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Well done. Fantastic!

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Now they've hunted, they've haggled,

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and they've finally purchased, and their time is up.

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Let's take another look at what the Reds bought.

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Zoe fell in love with a Valentine cushion,

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they all liked the price on the pair of chandeliers,

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and finally settled on the West German vase for £25.

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I think we did extremely well, and we had time for tea, as well.

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-We did.

-I don't know about this self-congratulation,

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where is this "I think we did very well" coming from?

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-Is that from him?

-It's from all of us.

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-You all think you've done very well.

-Team building, you see.

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-Is that what it is? Good, how much did you spend actually?

-£255.

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£255, how much is there left, £45?

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-£45.

-You got the £45 roll? There we go very beautifully clutched.

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Which piece will bring the biggest profit do you think, Zo-Zo?

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-I think the vase.

-The vase?

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We're all over the shop today, aren't we? I'm not going to

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ask you your opinion, Jonathan, you're already looking very pleased.

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I'm going to give you £45 and wish you bon voyage in your search...

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Merci.

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..for a lucrative bonus buy. Good luck.

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Why don't we check out what the Blues bought, hey?

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The silver hip flask caught their eye at £90.

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Fiona dug deep for a silver bookmark trowel,

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and they paid £55 for a Picquot ware kettle.

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I think you were pretty last-minute there, girls.

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-There was a little bit of a...

-A bit of a rush wash?

-Yes.

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You had had plenty of time and then it just ran away with you?

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-That's right.

-Had to keep her under control, that's why.

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-Keeping her under control.

-Keep pulling her back.

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It's like calling a pot black.

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-It might be.

-Thank you, Tim.

-Thank you, Fifi.

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Now tell me, darling, which is your favourite piece, your bestest best?

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-I really like the kettle.

-The kettle. What about you darlin'?

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-The kettle definitely.

-Right we're double kettle wonder here,

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and how much did you spend overall?

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-195.

-OK, please, may I have £105?

-There it is.

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By the way, which piece is going to bring the biggest profit?

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If any of them do, the kettle.

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-The kettle. I would've thought so.

-Kettle obsessed.

-We are.

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-Anyway here we go, lovely Kate.

-Thank very much.

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£105 for you to spend.

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-Lovely.

-Is it all there? Just check.

-I think so, yes.

-Do us proud!

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On that happy note, girls, I shall leave you.

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But we will head off to Port Sunlight

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for something really rather tasty.

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Welcome to the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

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It is the creation of soap baron William Hesketh Lever

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who built the place in 1922

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when he ran out of wall space at home to hang his art collection.

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'Lever didn't catch the collecting bug until he was in his 40s,

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'but once he started, he couldn't stop.

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'Over 30 years, he bought 20,000 works of art.'

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Lever finished up by furnishing no less than 13 of his houses,

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but they weren't just ordinary houses.

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Look at these period photographs from the turn of the 20th century.

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Here we've got an image of the music room

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at his Number One Cheshire house up the Wirral,

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down the road at Thornton Hough.

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This is the music room, which was built for Lord Lever

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in the, what he liked to call, "Christopher Wren-style"

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and crammed with Georgian and French furniture and, of course,

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a never-ending series of most expensive Chinese pots

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lining the room.

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Take a look at this photograph. This is the Hill in Hampstead Heath,

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one of his London properties. The scale of the room is breathtaking.

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Lots of Georgian furniture again and the Chinese pots lined up

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all the way round, almost as if they are in a saleroom.

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Also at the Hill is this, the Adams-style drawing room.

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We've got Adam-style mouldings in the ceiling and this is a room

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that is filled with Sheraton and Hepplewhite furniture

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and, of course, lots and lots of watercolours.

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But the crunch moment happened for Lever in 1913.

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His houses were full to the brim with treasures and then he realised

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he needed yet more space, because he bought a monster painting.

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This picture is some 19 feet long

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and it certainly would have encouraged Lever

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to set up the Lady Lever Art Gallery

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for the permanent display of some of these monster works.

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The gallery provided the perfect backdrop for the finest pieces in his collection.

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Lever's transformation from casual art buyer to serious collector was complete.

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Of course the big question today is, over at the auction, are our teams

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going to be able to transform their objects into cash?

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Well, we've trotted north-northeast to Shrewsbury

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to be with Jeremy LeMond our auctioneer today

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-at Hall's excellent saleroom. Jeremy.

-Hi, Tim.

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-Good to see you.

-Very nice to see you again too.

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Anyway for our lucky teams Zoe and Loll,

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their first item is the Valentine's Day pincushion.

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Now, that has got a story I guess, has it?

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Yes, it's the Princess Alexandra,

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Princess of Wales, own Yorkshire Regiment and she presented

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the battalion colours to the battalion in 1875,

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and this is dated 1875, in Sheffield.

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Assuming it wasn't stuck on in 1975.

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HE CHUCKLES

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Well, we have to rely on you in that respect.

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But seriously, it looks absolutely fine, doesn't it?

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It does, it looks good. It's in tremendous condition.

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-How much do you think it's going to bring?

-We thought £30-£50.

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£50 was paid. So you need to crack on, Jeremy, if we're going to show much of a profit there,

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but it's an interesting object and, quite frankly, anything can happen.

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Next was a pair of light fittings,

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I wouldn't exactly call them chandeliers, would you?

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We'd call from waterfall chandeliers, because of the style of them.

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-This rippling shower of pendants.

-Little chandeliers, we see them all the time.

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Prismatic drops - quite bright and sparkly.

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It could have been made at any time really.

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-Yes, I mean they're down as listed as being 1920s for our team.

-Style.

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Style, isn't it? Because those could be 1960s, 1980s or anything really.

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They haven't gone out of fashion at all.

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No. Are they desirable?

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A pair like that, does that make your heart tremble when you see it.

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Good decorators pieces, so yes, they could do well, £60-£80 for the pair.

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-How much?

-£60-£80.

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-Our guys are paid £180 for the pair.

-Well, they obviously like them.

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-Have they gone completely bonkers?

-Yes.

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Thank you for that honest answer.

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OK. That's a big dark hole they're about to fall into

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with these fellows, we fancy.

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Lastly though, is the gigantic almost lava-like vase on the floor.

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How do you rate that? It's a big pot, isn't it?

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Yes, that's by Shurik Keramik.

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German firm, West German, late '60s.

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The style is not quite fat lava, which is very popular at the moment.

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So they've done well to spot it.

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Late '60s early '70s, and it's an up-and-coming market.

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All the books on fat lava and that sort of genre of West German ceramics art - unobtainable

0:28:350:28:40

at the moment, so they've picked the market just at the beginning of it.

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-Well, they paid a keen £25 for it, which is not much for lump is it?

-They should get that back.

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-Would they?

-Yes.

-What's your estimate?

0:28:490:28:51

Well, is 30 to 50, but that's a market that I think will take off.

0:28:510:28:55

Ah, well that's intriguing.

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You mean it might bring in more than £50?

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-Give it five years.

-Oh, I see.

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Actually we are here today, Jeremy.

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Buy it.

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On the face of it, they're going to need their bonus buy, let's go and have a look at it.

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Now Zozo and Loll, this is the leftover loll-loll moment, Loll,

0:29:100:29:14

because you gave Jonathan Pratt £45 to go off and find something spectacular - his bonus buy.

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Let's have a look at it, Jonathan, what have you done?

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-I bought an aneroid barometer.

-Oh.

-Look at Tim's face, he loves it.

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It's by Short and Mason, mahogany, boxwood and ebony strung, every home should have one.

0:29:330:29:39

Take it from Jonathan and have a feel. I think actually handling an object, seeing how heavy it is,

0:29:390:29:44

how beautifully made it is and all the rest of it is interesting.

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People are moving back to a traditional style in the modern interior now.

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-Yes.

-And that's it, I think it's a nice useful practical object

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and I didn't pay too much for it. I wasn't given too much money actually!

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-Well, you were given £45 actually.

-Yes, a real lot. Yes.

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What do you think is the date for it, somewhere around 1935 or 1940?

0:30:030:30:06

I think it's a bit of a crossover really, the way it's laid out inside

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-and the geometry because it's in an octagon.

-Angular.

-Angular,

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which kind of says '20s, so I think it probably is a bit of a '20s thing.

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Says "Copyright 1930" on it, so it can't be before that.

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-Thank you, Tim. Can I borrow your glasses?

-What do you think, Loll?

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-I don't think you'll like it very much, do you?

-Don't you love it, Loll?

-It's not my cup of tea.

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-Is that not what you'd spend your leftover lolly on, then, Loll?

-No.

-OK, fine.

0:30:330:30:39

Well, we seem to have a moderate reaction to that, Jonathan. Of course the trick is, girls,

0:30:390:30:44

you don't have to take this if you don't want to.

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For the audience at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Jonathan's little barometer.

0:30:470:30:52

Right then, Jeremy, the pressure rising here in the saleroom. How do you rate that?

0:30:520:30:58

I think that is Short and Mason, £30-£50 we'd put on it.

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Good barometer, nice commercial shape, octagonal shape, good dial, does what it says on the tin.

0:31:020:31:08

Yes, that's fair enough, isn't it?

0:31:080:31:10

John paid £45, he spent all his bonus-buy money on it, he rates it.

0:31:100:31:16

-He should get it back.

-A small profit.

-Yes.

-Good.

0:31:160:31:18

IF the team decide to go with it... which is the million dollar question.

0:31:180:31:23

Next the Blue team, led by your neighbour Kate Bliss, she comes in these parts, doesn't she?

0:31:230:31:29

-Yes, she does.

-Close down the road.

0:31:290:31:30

The silver little hip flask.

0:31:300:31:33

Well, silver is all right at the moment, precious metals are up in the market.

0:31:330:31:37

-What's your estimate?

-£30 to £50.

0:31:370:31:39

£90 paid. Stand a chance?

0:31:390:31:42

-It will sell.

-It will sell, everything sells.

-It will sell.

0:31:420:31:46

-Difficult to make a profit on £90.

-Yes, tricky.

0:31:460:31:48

Next is the little silver bookmarker,

0:31:480:31:51

which is kind of a standard little Edwardian bit of nonsense in a way.

0:31:510:31:58

-Novelty really.

-Yes.

0:31:580:31:59

I can remember seeing those things marked up in bric-a-brac type shops for £15 to £20.

0:31:590:32:05

-I think that's about right.

-They paid £50.

0:32:050:32:08

That's enough, really, but it is a novelty, I haven't seen one recently so they might be lucky.

0:32:080:32:14

-Brilliant, so what's your estimate on the little bookmarker?

-£25 to £35.

-Well, another uphill struggle.

0:32:140:32:20

We've got two uphill struggles but you know what they say about tea and sympathy?

0:32:200:32:24

Their last item is a kettle.

0:32:240:32:26

Yes, by Berridge and Boyd, the manufacturers of the non-electric vacuum cleaner.

0:32:260:32:32

-Really?

-In 1932.

0:32:320:32:34

You are a mine of information I have to say.

0:32:340:32:37

-We know it as Picquot-ware which sounds French.

-It does.

-Northampton.

-Is it?

-Mmm.

0:32:370:32:43

Nothing very French about Northampton, I tell you.

0:32:430:32:46

But very stylish.

0:32:460:32:48

Very stylish and still going.

0:32:480:32:50

-Are they?

-Still going.

-We are picking up some vital facts today.

0:32:500:32:54

Most important thing is, though, what's it worth?

0:32:540:32:57

It is worth £20 or £30.

0:32:570:33:00

-£55 they paid.

-Yes, that's fine retail.

0:33:000:33:03

That's fine retail, they seem to have paid three very fine retail prices for their three items.

0:33:030:33:09

They'll struggle at the auction and, by jingo, they are going to need their bonus buy.

0:33:090:33:14

Now, Fifi and Anna, you've have spent £195, you gave Kate Bliss £105. What did she spend it on?

0:33:140:33:22

-I hope I've done the right thing here because I know you girls were disappointed...

-Ahh...

0:33:220:33:27

-..to leave that spoon behind, weren't you?

-We were.

0:33:270:33:30

We talked about it quite a bit in the shop so you know quite a bit about it

0:33:300:33:34

but it is obviously George Jensen and silver gilt so with a lovely layer of gilt over the top.

0:33:340:33:40

It's not an antique, it's 1971, but as a piece of George Jensen for a collector,

0:33:400:33:47

it's a nice affordable piece. Have a little look.

0:33:470:33:50

How much did you pay for that?

0:33:500:33:52

I managed to go and negotiate an even better deal.

0:33:520:33:55

-Did you?

-I managed to get it for £45.

0:33:550:33:58

Ooh, that is good. Yes, it's lovely, Kate, I like that.

0:33:580:34:01

The year I was born, 1971.

0:34:010:34:04

Me too.

0:34:040:34:06

You're shockers, you girls, I tell you.

0:34:070:34:10

You need to ask Kate one last final question.

0:34:100:34:14

-Do you think is going to make any profit?

-I think it's got the chance of making £50 at auction.

0:34:140:34:21

-OK.

-It depends if the right collector is there, so I think it's got a chance.

-OK.

0:34:210:34:25

Thank you, Kate. For the viewers at home,

0:34:250:34:27

let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about the Jensen spoon.

0:34:270:34:31

-Well, that's pretty glitz.

-Isn't it?

0:34:310:34:33

-And always lovely to have that Jensen name stamped on a bit of silver.

-Yes.

0:34:330:34:38

-Yes. Artist designed, Rigmor Andersen and Annalise Bjorne.

-These are two girls, aren't they?

0:34:380:34:43

Yes, they are, one sadly no longer with us.

0:34:430:34:46

They were well known for floral flatware.

0:34:460:34:49

-What is a single piece like that are worth, do you think?

-Like this? £20 or £30.

0:34:490:34:54

Kate paid £45, it's her bonus buy she is relying on it to make huge profits

0:34:540:34:59

-and dig them out of three huge black holes that they've got ahead of them.

-Well, I've been wrong before.

0:34:590:35:05

-There you are, the modesty of the man, charming. Anyway you're taking the sale today?

-Yes.

0:35:050:35:10

We are in safe hands.

0:35:100:35:11

OK, so how are you feeling, sweetie?

0:35:160:35:18

-Really nervous.

-Are you? What have you got to be nervous about?

0:35:180:35:22

-I don't know, I just want to make some money.

-Are you all right, Loll?

-Yes, I'm OK.

0:35:220:35:29

You look a bit frightened actually.

0:35:290:35:31

-I feel a bit nervous.

-Are you?

0:35:310:35:34

You spend a lot of time to get to the cliff face - what is going to happen?

0:35:340:35:39

And if the worst comes to the worst you, you've got the barometer to fall back on.

0:35:390:35:43

Anyway, first lot up, it's the Valentine.

0:35:430:35:45

The soldier's Valentine, Alexandra

0:35:450:35:47

Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment).

0:35:470:35:50

Already I have interest on commission at £30.

0:35:500:35:55

Starting at 30, at £30 it is, 40, five, on the internet at 45.

0:35:550:35:59

-Come on.

-On the internet at 50...

0:35:590:36:04

Come on, internet. Come on, internet.

0:36:040:36:07

At 50, it is now... £50 I'm selling it,

0:36:070:36:10

the internet is out... At £50...

0:36:100:36:13

Brilliant, it's wiped its face.

0:36:130:36:15

No profit no loss, no shame no gain.

0:36:150:36:18

The pair of 1920s style glass waterfall style chandeliers,

0:36:180:36:22

commission bids at £90 already, 100 in the doorway...

0:36:220:36:25

110...

0:36:250:36:27

120, 130 now...

0:36:270:36:29

130 with the lady, at £130...

0:36:290:36:33

any more at £130, selling.

0:36:330:36:36

Oh, no. £130, that is minus £50.

0:36:360:36:43

The West German Shurik vase. At £25 start me...

0:36:430:36:48

at 25, where is £25? At 25 bid me?

0:36:480:36:53

-£25.

-£20, start it, then.

0:36:530:36:55

Oh, Lord.

0:36:550:36:57

Who wants it at £20?

0:36:570:36:59

£20? £15, then, to go...

0:36:590:37:01

£15 bid here, at £15, I'll sell it.

0:37:010:37:05

Maiden bid at £15 and selling.

0:37:050:37:10

Oh, OK. £15, that is not a result.

0:37:100:37:13

Minus £10 on that, so you are overall minus 60 smackers, girls.

0:37:130:37:18

All right. Well, I'm sorry about that because that German vase was set to sail away.

0:37:180:37:24

And you've done a lot better with the chandeliers than I thought you would do.

0:37:240:37:30

The big decision now is what you're going to do with the barometer? Do you fancy going with it, Loll?

0:37:300:37:35

-I think we got to go for it.

-Yes.

-Minus 60 could be a winning score.

0:37:350:37:38

We've got nothing to lose. We'll go for it.

0:37:380:37:41

You're going to have a go, well, I don't blame you. Why not?

0:37:410:37:45

We're going with the bonus buy. Jonathan paid £45 for the barometer. Here it is.

0:37:450:37:49

The mahogany and boxwood strung aneroid barometer by Short and Mason, Lot 56.

0:37:490:37:53

Mason is a good make.

0:37:530:37:55

Who will start me up £20? £20... a good barometer at £20,

0:37:550:38:01

20 bid internet... I'm selling to an internet bidder at £20...

0:38:010:38:05

Using the internet...

0:38:050:38:06

At £20, it is to an internet bid. All sure at 20?

0:38:060:38:12

-Oh, no.

-£20, we've compounded the error here with another £25.

0:38:130:38:20

You are overall minus £85.

0:38:200:38:23

Oh, no. It could have been worse.

0:38:230:38:26

Well, it could have been, really, with those waterfall chandeliers.

0:38:260:38:30

Anyway, bad luck, but on the other hand this could be a winning score, no shame in minus £85.

0:38:300:38:35

-Don't say a word to the Blues.

-No.

0:38:350:38:38

-Even though you've got a chummy with them.

-OK.

-Lips are sealed. Thank you very much, kids.

0:38:380:38:43

-Do you know how the Reds got on?

-No.

0:38:490:38:50

-No idea? Lovely.

-Not a clue.

0:38:500:38:52

OK, fine. How do you reckon they did?

0:38:520:38:54

-Not very well.

-Not very well?

-No.

-How do you reckon you're going to do?

0:38:540:38:58

-Erm...

-Bit of a mixed bag.

-Just look at busy this room is.

-Well, yes.

0:38:580:39:02

They've got internet bidding here, don't be depressed, that's the secret.

0:39:020:39:06

And if all else fails, you got that silver gilt spoon.

0:39:060:39:10

Of course you have, now first up is Kate's flask and here it comes.

0:39:100:39:15

72 is the silver hip flask here William Neill and Son,

0:39:150:39:19

Birmingham 1915, starting at £55...

0:39:190:39:22

60 in the door, five commission...

0:39:220:39:25

At 65 it's a commission bid, at £65 are we all done?

0:39:250:39:29

It could go a bit stronger than that.

0:39:290:39:31

At £65 and selling to a commission bidder, at 65.

0:39:310:39:34

-Sorry, girls.

-Dear me, 65, you are minus £25 on that, that's disappointing, Kate.

0:39:360:39:40

-It is, isn't it?

-Anyway, here comes the bookmark.

0:39:400:39:44

Lot 73, again various commissions here 25, 35 here.

0:39:450:39:48

At £35 on commission...

0:39:480:39:50

At £35, I will sell at £35... You're all finished in the room, and 35...

0:39:500:39:56

He's doing it again.

0:39:560:39:58

-£35, we are minus £15.

-Very cheap.

-This is not looking good, girls.

0:39:580:40:03

-It's not.

-OK, let's hope it's all in the kettle.

0:40:030:40:05

Here is the Picquot-ware 1960s magnalium kettle with wooden handle,

0:40:050:40:10

Lot 74, again various commissions here as £20, £22, £25, at 25...

0:40:100:40:16

-At £25...

-Come on.

0:40:160:40:18

For the Picault, 25 I've got...

0:40:180:40:20

28, at £28... 30 now,

0:40:200:40:25

30 in the room against you.

0:40:250:40:27

It's coming to the boil!

0:40:270:40:30

At £30, selling.

0:40:300:40:31

£30, that is minus 25. 25 and 25 is 50. I make that minus £65.

0:40:310:40:39

-It could have been worse.

-It's difficult because this could be a winning score.

0:40:390:40:43

Going on the prices that we've realised so far, it's all been pretty low, hasn't it? Think about that.

0:40:430:40:50

-We are going for it.

-Yes.

-Are you going to go with this bonus buy?

-Yes. Yes.

0:40:500:40:54

-Are you really going to go with the bonus buy? Look at me, are you going to go with the bonus buy?

-Yes.

0:40:540:41:00

-You don't have to do go with it, you know.

-We really want to.

-You want to?

0:41:000:41:03

All right you are going to go with the bonus buy, the decision is made, here we go.

0:41:030:41:08

Jensen, dated spoon, 1971, designed by Andersen and Annelise Bjorne,

0:41:080:41:15

20 start me, at £20...

0:41:150:41:17

Where's £20 for it? £20 to start...

0:41:170:41:20

20? 20 bid me... 20 bid front row, in the room, then, at £20...

0:41:200:41:27

-Not looking good.

-Internet 25, 30 with you...

0:41:270:41:31

at 30 front row against the internet...

0:41:310:41:34

all done 30 pounds?

0:41:340:41:37

£30, that is minus £15, 65, 75, you are minus £80.

0:41:370:41:45

Minus £80, girls.

0:41:450:41:47

-I congratulate you because you are a couple of punters, aren't you?

-Absolutely.

0:41:470:41:51

-You were determined to go with that, absolutely determined.

-Yeah.

0:41:510:41:55

And look what happened, you lost £15. But never mind, don't talk to those Reds.

0:41:550:42:00

-No.

-And all will be revealed in the moment, because this could be the winning score.

0:42:000:42:07

Well, it's no secret to the teams that we have had some disgraceful results today,

0:42:130:42:18

-but do you know any specifics? Have you been talking to one another at all?

-No.

0:42:180:42:23

Absolutely not. Well, there are some whopping losses about and the team with marginally more losses,

0:42:230:42:29

and there is only £5 between the two teams today. It happens to be...the runners-up, the Reds.

0:42:290:42:37

No!

0:42:370:42:39

Minus £85, which by today's standards is not a bad score, I have to say.

0:42:410:42:47

But the victors today who have won by only losing £80 are the Blues.

0:42:470:42:52

Congratulations, I bet they look pleased about it.

0:42:520:42:56

I do not propose to go through the scores - they are all so appalling.

0:42:560:43:00

I'll ask the question, though, have you had a nice time?

0:43:000:43:03

-Brilliant.

-Have you had a nice time?

-Fab.

-We've all had a great time,

0:43:030:43:06

-so join us soon for some more Bargain Hunting, yes?

-Yes!

0:43:060:43:11

Two teams of fiercely-competitive friends do battle on the antiques challenge. Kate Bliss and Jonathan Pratt are the experts stuck in the middle, while Tim Wonnacott makes a swift exit and heads north to the Lady Lever Art Gallery in The Wirral.