Oswestry 18 Bargain Hunt


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Oswestry 18

Antiques challenge. There is a battle of the boozers, as a landlord and barmaids from rival pubs go head to head at Oswestry Showground.


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Here's a bit of a brainteaser for you to get the grey matter going.

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What do you do if you've got a spare hour? You've got £300

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in your back pocket, and you're in a fair crammed with goodies!

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Well, you go bargain-hunting, of course! Hah!

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Boy, have our teams got a challenge on their hands today!

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The Oswestry Showground is packed with hundreds of stalls.

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Our teams will have to get their skates on.

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Why don't you relax and get comfortable?

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The Red Team are on a mission.

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We've got to win this one, Phil.

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And the Blue Team will do anything for a bargain.

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These two girls are going to stare deep into your soul.

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-I'll make you the best offer you've ever had.

-Ooh!

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-Yes!

-Yes!

-THEY CHATTER

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'But who will be the winners and the losers at today's auction?

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'Let's meet our contestants.'

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Today we have a team of friends for the Reds, Nick and Rob.

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And for the Blues we've got aunt and niece Helen and Laura. Hi, guys.

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-Hello!

-Hi, Tim.

-Lovely to see you all.

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-So, Rob, you met in Nick's pub, yeah?

-Indeed we did,

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-about 18 months ago.

-You obviously had a good time.

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-Well, yeah. He keeps good real ale.

-Is that what it is?

-That's the secret.

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-You watch Bargain Hunt in the pub?

-I do, because I work night shift.

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I pop in for a pint when Bargain Hunt's on, and Nick and I watch it,

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-and we got quite good at saying, "They paid too much for that."

-Yes.

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-Or, "That'll make a few bob."

-It's very easy

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to be an armchair critic, though, isn't it, as we'll discover today.

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Now, Nick, you're in the pub trade. What's it about this real ale?

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It's difficult stuff to keep well, and it's one of the few things

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the supermarkets can't provide, cask-conditioned real ale.

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Unfortunately the pub industry is in decline.

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-It's one sector of the pub industry which is seeing a resurgence.

-Yes.

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People like it. It's organic, it's natural,

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and we're proud of the stuff that we keep.

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So what are your team tactics going to be today, lads?

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We're going to be looking for quality. That seems to do well.

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-Maybe a bit of furniture.

-Spend the money. That's the point.

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-I think so.

-Some really stonking stuff, yeah?

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-Yeah.

-Smashing job. Lovely team. Now, girls,

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-are you quaking in your boots?

-No.

-No!

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-You're both in the pub industry too.

-Yeah. We are.

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-You're not rival pubs by any chance?

-More or less.

-We might be!

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-Are you?

-We're about two miles apart.

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-Really?

-Yeah.

-This is going to be the war of the pubs!

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I love it! So, what's your favourite aspect of working in a pub?

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-It's the banter with the customers.

-Is it?

-Oh, yeah.

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-Definitely.

-We've got a high wall, and when they're sat in the garden

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I'll pour water over them. They think it's the dog having a wee.

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-HE LAUGHS

-I love the banter.

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I like having a good dance behind the bar when the music channels are on.

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Oh, yeah? So, what are your team tactics today?

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To spend as little as possible and make a big profit.

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-Is that it?

-Yeah.

-Haggle, haggle, haggle.

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-THEY LAUGH

-Well, very, very, very good luck.

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Now, the dough-re-mi. Here we go, look. There's your £300.

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-Thank you.

-Thank you very much.

-You know the rules.

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

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Do you know what I feel like? A drink!

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And I'm not alone. Our rival pub teams are warming up.

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-Cheers, Phil.

-Cheers.

-Cheers, Phil.

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Will Philip Serrell be toasting victory with the Reds...

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-Cheers.

-Cheers.

-Cheers.

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..or could David Harper be celebrating with the Blues?

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Right! The clock has started.

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-So, girls, are we nervous?

-A little bit.

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-Are we excited?

-Very!

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-Got a plan?

-Um, yeah. I think quality, quality, quality.

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-Are we going to go blow some money?

-Oh, yes.

-Come on, then. One hour!

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A bit of pub pride in this, if the opposition's another local.

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-We've got to win this one, Phil.

-I just saw the price tag.

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-I nearly fell over!

-Don't touch it if it's too expensive to break!

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THEY LAUGH

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Right. Come on, then.

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-Are you feeling a bit blinded by it all?

-I am, actually.

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-Yeah! It does get that way.

-It's not as easy as it looks!

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-Especially when the clock is ticking.

-I know.

-I was looking at that.

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Yeah, let's have a look at that. What on earth is it, do we think?

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Um, it's a little bit small for a bread bin,

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-unless it's for, like, a milk roll.

-THEY LAUGH

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It could be for biscuits, I suppose. Is it a biscuit barrel?

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-It's got a padlock.

-Yes, it has.

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So it's probably for keeping savings in or special things in kitchen.

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-Yes, it could be, couldn't it?

-Yeah.

-So you could keep biscuits in there.

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You could keep tea in there. Now, it looks Continental to me,

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-and so do you. Did it come from the Continent?

-No.

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THEY LAUGH

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-I bought it in Swansea.

-Is Swansea on the Continent?

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You might need a passport to get there.

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Well, I think I was right. It may have been bought in Swansea,

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but if you look at the base, we've got some markings. Just numbers,

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reference numbers, and it looks very '60s, '50s, even.

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-It's a bit funky and retro. What sort of money is it?

-20.

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-20. It's a bit wacky, isn't it?

-It is a bit wacky.

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I think it's wacky. I was drawn to it when I saw it.

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-It's quite groovy, isn't it?

-It is groovy.

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-Could it be drastically cheaper?

-£18.

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-18.

-15.

-Oh, she's in already.

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-SHE LAUGHS

-15 great British pounds.

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-Go on!

-Go on. Yes.

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You've done a deal. Well done. Thank you very much. 15 quid.

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I think that's the best 15 quid anybody could ever spend.

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There's nothing wrong in that at all. A nice quick purchase,

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-within about three minutes. I love you two!

-Get in, Hel!

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-Come on.

-Let's go.

-We could do really well.

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Get in, indeed! A cracking start.

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Reds, are you hot on their heels? Because I am.

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This is quite late because of these turnings,

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so it's sort of 1900, 1890, 1900-ish.

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If it was early, they'd have actual turnings there.

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And these things used to be... I dunno, £300, £400, £500.

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They've completely fallen out of bed. I don't know how much that is now.

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130. I imagine we'd do a bit better than that.

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If you wanted to buy that and make a profit on it,

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-it's got to be... An auction estimate on that today is £60 to £90.

-Yeah.

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Excuse me. What about the whatnot? What's the best we can do on it?

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Best price I can do for 60.

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-She's probably not dear at that.

-OK. Thank you very much.

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What do you mean, "thank you very much"? You haven't started yet.

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-Have you bought anything yet?

-We're sort of...

-Meandering?

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-We're cogitating.

-Cogitating?

-Isn't that cheap at 60 quid?

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-£60?

-Yeah.

-Is that per shelf, or what?

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£60... It doesn't seem expensive to me.

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-No, it doesn't.

-Not that I'm saying anything!

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I'm not allowed to express an opinion.

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I'm only muttering a few thoughts while I wander my way out of here.

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Bye, lads!

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-At 60 quid, I think that's cheap.

-Shall we get it, then?

-Dive in.

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-We'll have that.

-We'll take that. Thanks very much.

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-Yeah?

-Yes.

-Right. Onwards and upwards, chaps.

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Thank you, Mr Wonnacott, for that little bit of help there.

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Just a little nudge. Has it nudged him over the cliff, or are we all right? I think we are.

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'Are you questioning my judgement there, Philip?'

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It's a mass-produced thing, probably from the '70s, looking at it.

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But it's jazzy, isn't it? Sort of thing you'd have in your bathroom.

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-Yeah.

-With bubbly things in.

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Or you could fill it with... fantastic, probably cheap perfume.

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-So we smell high-class!

-Or mix them all together.

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That's what I do, yeah. Have you noticed?

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How lovely is this?

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Just chilling out on a grassy bank in the sunshine.

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Those teams are off bustling about, doing what they must do,

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and this is the moment when I do what I do,

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which is to find something to chat to you about.

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And today I've found three beautiful objects.

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Are these bells really beautiful?

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Well, the funny thing is

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that since the worldwide increase in metal prices,

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if you were to take these three bells and go and weigh them,

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they're worth about £500 in scrap.

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Because the very best bells are cast in bronze,

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which is exactly what these things are.

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And if they're hung in a belfry for long enough,

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they get this gorgeous dark green, rather dusty patination.

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Now, I guess the oldest bell of this trio is this fellow.

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You can see that it's got that dark-green colour,

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but on the outer surface, there's some flaky grey paint.

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Most of the grey paint has come off now,

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but look at the green that exists underneath the grey paint.

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This bell had been knocking around for 100 or 200 years

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before the grey paint was put on a hundred years ago,

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so it's potentially 17th or 18th century.

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That is the oldest bell of the three.

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Now, this fella is a standard bell that you'd find in a belfry

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with about eight other fellow bells.

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I guess that bell is probably early 19th century.

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But this big fella in the middle I think has the most practical purpose

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for anybody today. If you imagine this thing set up on its frame -

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there are the two ferrules perfectly balanced and placed like this -

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it would violently swing the bell like this,

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and you get this lovely chiming noise.

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Oh, my Lord! I feel a bit like Quasimodo here.

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Anyway, three charming examples.

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We know there's £500 worth of bronze,

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were you to want to go and melt them down.

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I suspect individually

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each of these bells is worth about £500.

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So, the asking price -

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these could be yours for £650. Does that ring your bell or what?

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It's a cocktail shaker,

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and it's electroplated nickel on silver.

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What I love about this one is just the way it's engraved.

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-How old would you put it?

-Um, I would think it's...

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first half of the 20th century, isn't it?

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-Might be 1930s.

-What do you reckon?

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-I don't know. How much is it?

-35 quid, the ticket price is.

-35?

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-You've got the action, haven't you?

-Yeah, I'm there.

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-Look at him.

-I'm Tom Cruise.

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Tom Cruise? Very impressive. So, what's the verdict?

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-I think it's a nice thing.

-Yeah. Maybe come back to it.

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-Maybe come back, possibly.

-Right. Come on, then.

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-Come on, girls.

-I don't know a lot about cars.

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Now we're talking. It's a 1965 or 1966, ladies. It's a Super Minx,

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-the right colour, with a red trim, manual gearbox...

-Look at that!

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-Shall we go for a spin, David?

-Oh, I love it! Don't you love it?

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-I've now got three Super Minxes. One, two, three.

-Get in!

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David, you old charmer!

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-You look the part. He does look the part.

-Hello, hello, hello!

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-No. I think it's more goodbye, goodbye, goodbye.

-Do you?

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Nick! You should be nicked for that gag.

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-So you know exactly what it is, don't you?

-Yeah.

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-It's a desktop thing for, like, ink and your pens.

-Yes.

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-Quills!

-Your quills. Exactly.

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Date-wise, what sort of date would you put on that?

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-Um, um, er...

-Don't look at the ticket!

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Um...

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I don't know. Maybe '30s or something?

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-No. Earlier.

-Earlier?

-Oh, yeah. 1880.

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-Look at the dovetail joins.

-Oh, yeah.

-See how fine they are?

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Real high-quality thing, but something that was mass produced,

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because anybody who was a clerk, or you were running a business,

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or keeping paperwork at home, you would need something like this.

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-Er, £65.

-I do like it, but not for 65.

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No. It might make, um... What's the trade on this one?

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-What have we got on it?

-65 on there.

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-I'll do it for 50 and that's it.

-Is that the trade price, yeah?

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I think it might do that in auction,

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but I don't think there's going to be any profit in it.

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-I'll make you the best offer you've ever had.

-Ooh!

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-And this is on camera?

-THEY LAUGH

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-£30.

-No, I couldn't do it. I'm sorry.

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You've got to be willing to go lower than 50.

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-49.99.

-40? 40?

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-49.

-Come on. 40 English pounds.

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No. Really rock bottom would be 45. I could not go below that.

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All right. Go on. Tell him, then! Tell him... You've won!

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-45.

-How can you?

-But the smile's gone.

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Smile's gone, look. Well, I'll live with that, anyway.

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You've got a nice piece, and I'll think of you when it's on television.

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THEY LAUGH Thank you very much. Well done.

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-Do you like that?

-I think it's interesting, Phil, yeah.

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It's an old sort of, er, blotter.

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And you can see here, stationery would have gone in there,

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various letters that you've replied to or got to reply to.

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This is like a Tunbridge Ware band around there,

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and Tunbridge Ware is lots of little pieces of wood,

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different colours, glued together then sliced off and laid on there to form a pattern.

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But then you've got these stylised dolphins, this figure here.

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I think it's a smart thing.

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It's not Tunbridge Ware. Any idea where it's from?

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Er, no. You say it's not Tunbridge Ware?

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No, no, no. To give us a clue, look...

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Ah! It'll be Sorrento, then.

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Sorrento were famous for producing these inlaid wooden wares,

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little trays... They were done for the tourist market.

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But this is like a Rolls Royce of Sorrento Ware, really.

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I think it's a smart thing. If that came into auction,

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you could put 60 to 90, 80 to £120 on it. Do you like it?

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I think you've got the collectors of Tunbridge Ware,

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and, as you say, it's a nice thing and it's usable.

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Well, I think we need to get a price on it, maybe.

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-What's the best price on this?

-I can do it for a one-er.

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-A one-er? There's 120 on it.

-That's the death.

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-Couldn't do it for 90?

-No.

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-What do you think, Phil?

-It's up to you guys.

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-It's really up to you guys.

-I think it's a nice thing.

-Yeah?

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-I'd say so. Yeah. We'll take it.

-Thank you very much.

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-Done.

-It's a deal.

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£100 spent, but will it soak up a profit?

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We'll see.

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-It could be almost anything you want it to be, couldn't it?

-Yeah.

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-What's on the books here? Sorry, I didn't see.

-40.

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-40. Shall I tell you what I think it is?

-Yeah.

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Well, on the inside here is enamel,

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almost a cloisonné, so I think it's a Chinese piece.

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And this, I think, is cinnabar lacquer.

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Now, cinnabar lacquer is a sap from a tree,

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a lacquer from a tree, and it's put on in layers.

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It can take many months to build up the right layers.

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Then, when you've got a box with a few millimetres of lacquer,

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then the craftsman - this is mind-boggling -

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-will hand-cut and chisel out the decoration.

-Oh, my God.

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It's absolutely bonkers. It's a wonderful thing.

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-That is definitely hand carved.

-Oh, my gosh!

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I'm unsure of its age, and this is the thing with Chinese items.

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-It's difficult...

-Yeah.

-..to tell. I don't think it's ancient,

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-but it could be early 20th century. What would be the trade on this? Sorry to interrupt.

-35.

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-35? Is that the absolute death?

-Yeah.

-Really?

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Um, OK. Thanks for that. Thanks.

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I want you to tell me if you like it.

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I think, if it is a cinnabar lacquer, which I'm quite sure,

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it's an absolute bargain, 35 quid.

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Personally I think you've got to have it.

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-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-That should be a guaranteed profit-maker.

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-If it doesn't, then, you know -

-On your head be it,

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and you'll have to buy us the car and take us on a road trip.

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-You have to buy us a Super Minx!

-I will come up with loads of excuses.

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Don't worry. I will be blaming anybody but myself.

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Go and try and work a bit of magic. Every pound counts. Go on.

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It certainly does, David. Don't you agree, boys?

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-Do you like the Vesta case?

-I do, but it's too much money.

0:17:540:17:57

-I think it's a stonking thing.

-Let me just see what I can do.

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-All right.

-Yeah.

-When I tell you, that will be...

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-OK.

-If I can do it and make a turnover, I'll do it.

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-Of course.

-Absolutely.

-I think that's lovely.

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Let's just have a chat, guys. Where has he gone?

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I talked to the wrong one then.

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-TIM LAUGHS

-Keep it together, Phil!

0:18:170:18:19

What you got there, Rob?

0:18:190:18:22

It's all go. How's the bargaining going, girls?

0:18:240:18:27

-Would you take £20?

-No, I wouldn't.

-Please?

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That was an interesting question. Try another one.

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-Higher. Higher.

-Lower!

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-Higher!

-THEY LAUGH

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-All right. A maximum of 25.

-No. 28.

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28?

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-28. Come on.

-Give him some money.

0:18:440:18:47

THEY LAUGH Well done. Thanks very much.

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-Thank you.

-It's worth £33,000, that.

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THEY LAUGH

0:18:520:18:55

Not a bad buy!

0:18:550:18:57

Thank you very much. That's brilliant.

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-And you two are done.

-Great!

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Boys, you need to regroup and close the deal fast.

0:19:050:19:09

We have lost him. Do you like it?

0:19:090:19:12

I think it's lovely. I think it's unusual, yeah.

0:19:120:19:15

I'll get you a price on it. I'll do it for 60 quid, then you've a chance.

0:19:150:19:20

I think that's a really nice thing. As Vesta cases go,

0:19:200:19:23

you'll struggle to find a better one, because this is meant to look like a miniature cigar case,

0:19:230:19:28

and then your Vestas are in here. So it's the Rolls Royce of Vesta cases.

0:19:280:19:33

-So... Where have you been?

-I was looking at something up there.

0:19:330:19:36

-What?

-A little silver toast rack.

-How much is it?

0:19:360:19:40

-It's £55.

-So you got a little silver toast rack for £55...

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-Or this one for 60.

-That's 60 quid. Do you like that?

0:19:430:19:47

-I do like it, yeah.

-I think that's a nice thing.

0:19:470:19:51

I think that's lovely. You'll find 101 toast racks all over the world.

0:19:510:19:55

-I think that's cute. You've got five minutes left.

-It's unusual.

0:19:550:19:58

-You've got five minutes left.

-How much is it?

-It's 60 quid.

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-Down from 89 quid.

-It's a deal.

0:20:020:20:06

-It's a deal?

-Yes.

-Five minutes. Stop the clock.

0:20:060:20:08

Yeah, I think we'll take that. Thanks very much.

0:20:080:20:12

Right! No more haggling. Time's up.

0:20:150:20:18

But before we find out how much leftover lolly our experts have

0:20:210:20:26

for their bonus buys, let's remind ourselves what the Reds have got.

0:20:260:20:29

We've got to win this one.

0:20:290:20:31

They all agreed the walnut whatnot was a bargain at £60.

0:20:310:20:35

Then Philip found a Sorrento Ware desk blotter,

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and he set them on fire with his silver Vesta case.

0:20:400:20:44

-So how was it? Was it good, Rob?

-It was good. It was very good, yes.

0:20:440:20:48

-Up to expectations, Nicholas?

-Yes, very good.

0:20:480:20:52

You spent £220, I'm told.

0:20:520:20:54

-That means you've got £80 of leftover lolly somewhere.

-£80.

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£80. There you go, then. That's a good round for you, isn't it?

0:20:570:21:01

-Off down the pub.

-Good luck, chaps.

0:21:010:21:04

Why don't we check out what the Blue team bought, eh?

0:21:040:21:07

THEY LAUGH

0:21:070:21:09

15 quid. I think that's the best 15 quid anybody could ever spend.

0:21:090:21:12

David is confident the decorative box will return a profit.

0:21:120:21:16

-I'll make you the best offer you've ever had.

-Ooh!

0:21:170:21:21

Helen worked hard to drive down the price of the Victorian inkwell.

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That should be a guaranteed profit-maker.

0:21:260:21:29

And finally, will David's prediction prove correct?

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They paid £28 for the cinnabar trinket box.

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-There's a heck of a lot of laughing going on.

-Oh, yeah.

0:21:390:21:43

Too much joy on Bargain Hunt, I'd say.

0:21:430:21:45

So, you've obviously had a very, very good shop, haven't you?

0:21:450:21:49

-Oh, yes.

-What did you spend overall, then?

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-£88.

-You mean that's the leftover lolly?

0:21:520:21:54

No, that's how much we spent. We've got 212 left.

0:21:540:21:57

212? Just terrible! £212...

0:21:570:22:01

Why do we bother giving you 300? That's what I want to know.

0:22:010:22:04

-What's going on here? What are you going to do, Dave?

-I don't know.

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I'll need a lot of time. That's a lot of money for me to go and blow.

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-Find something super-profitable, like you're so good at doing.

-Right.

0:22:110:22:16

Very good luck to you trio. The rest of us are going to shove off now.

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We're going to go somewhere really, really interesting.

0:22:200:22:23

Welcome to Bantock House -

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no grand stately home, but an unassuming Georgian farmhouse

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set in the suburbs of Wolverhampton.

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It's a house that's been lived in and loved by the bourgeoisie,

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local industrialists rather than aristocrats, lords and ladies.

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You won't find hanging on the walls of this house

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works by the great and old masters -

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no Titians, no Stubbs.

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But what you will find are a series of paintings

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painted by the Cranbrook Colony. Have you ever heard of 'em?

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The Cranbrook Colony were a group of artists

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headed up by GB O'Neill, who painted these two pictures,

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based in Cranbrook in Kent.

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And they produced a style of genre painting

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which was particularly popular amongst the industrialists

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of the West Midlands and the Northwest,

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the sort of paintings that might have hung in this house originally.

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Now, what's exquisite about the Cranbrook Colony pictures

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is their depiction of an idealised life and children.

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Here we've got two little kiddiewinks,

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and they raked up some hay, and they've made a little nest,

0:23:550:23:59

hence the title, Nestlings.

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But somebody, some naughty little girl or boy,

0:24:020:24:06

is burrowing away under the hay here,

0:24:060:24:09

and you can see their face just tucking out.

0:24:090:24:13

A seriously naughty boy is here on the outside

0:24:130:24:16

gathering up a kind of ball of stuff, which you just know

0:24:160:24:20

he's going to throw over the girls.

0:24:200:24:23

Over here we've got another girl-boy subject,

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here a naughty boy sitting in the corner dribbling.

0:24:260:24:29

At his feet he's got his slate,

0:24:290:24:32

on which he should have been doing his letters,

0:24:320:24:35

and a book discarded on the floor. He's obviously in disgrace,

0:24:350:24:38

but this girl is coming around the corner bearing a plate of fruit.

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It's as if she's coming to say, "Well, cheer up, old man."

0:24:430:24:46

"It can't be as bad as all that."

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Some would say that these paintings are incredibly sentimental,

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which of course they are - and that's the point,

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because the patrons, the rich industrialists from Wolverhampton

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who so loved these pictures liked to have them in their house

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because it reminded them of happy, clean,

0:25:060:25:10

wholesome and healthy childhood...

0:25:100:25:12

..a way of life threatened as a result of the Industrial Revolution.

0:25:140:25:19

Right. Let's get to the auction house.

0:25:240:25:27

We're meeting up at Marshall's saleroom,

0:25:290:25:32

except for Rob on the Red Team. He's decided that Bargain Hunt is not for him.

0:25:320:25:36

Undeterred, Philip Serrell has arrived with his bonus buy.

0:25:360:25:41

£220 was spent by you and Rob, £80 going to your man.

0:25:420:25:47

What did you spend the cash on, Serrell?

0:25:470:25:50

Well, just a... I bought these,

0:25:500:25:53

which are boxwood, and they would have contained sort of...

0:25:530:25:58

medicine bottles or pots or whatever. I just think they're quite nice,

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-and they were £20 the two.

-I've got you trained, Phil.

0:26:020:26:06

-Absolutely right.

-Not like you.

-No. Unusual for me, these.

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I'd be really disappointed if they didn't make you a profit.

0:26:090:26:13

-You could put your paper clips in them.

-I think they're rather nice.

0:26:130:26:17

-You could put your takings from the pub in it.

-We have a few more than that,

0:26:170:26:21

to be honest with you, but we do have some slack days.

0:26:210:26:24

-Well, there you go, you see.

-Maybe the tips for the girls.

0:26:240:26:28

-Perfect.

-I paid £20 for them.

0:26:280:26:31

I would be very surprised if they made less than...

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30, and I don't think they'll make over 55.

0:26:340:26:38

-I think between 30 and 55.

-You're confident there's a profit?

0:26:380:26:41

-Yeah.

-OK. Excellent.

0:26:410:26:43

-Right?

-Good stuff.

-Nick, you don't choose now.

0:26:430:26:46

You choose later if you want to go with them or not.

0:26:460:26:49

But for the audience at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Philip's little pots.

0:26:490:26:54

Nick, how do you rate those? Do you think they're anything to do with medicine?

0:26:540:26:58

No. They're not apothecary pieces. They're a nice bit of turned treen,

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I suspect for the dressing table. Little powder pots.

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But they're well turned, and people like treen.

0:27:050:27:07

Yeah. I used to do things like that in the lower-fourth woodwork class,

0:27:070:27:12

-on a little lathe.

-Did you, now? And did you get top marks?

0:27:120:27:16

-Not bad marks, actually.

-No detention?

0:27:160:27:19

Oh, never any detention, no. I didn't like getting smacked.

0:27:190:27:22

-Now, how much?

-Er, £30 or so.

0:27:220:27:25

-OK. £20 paid.

-That's fair enough.

-They're a bonus buy,

0:27:250:27:29

but I don't see a lot of profit in those.

0:27:290:27:31

Anyway, next is the handsome, and, I fancy,

0:27:310:27:34

-greatly undervalued walnut whatnot.

-They've dropped hugely in value.

0:27:340:27:38

It's still a nice example of its type,

0:27:380:27:41

but they fetch a fraction of what we used to get.

0:27:410:27:44

-I mean, that was £200 to £300 standing on your head.

-Oh, easily.

0:27:440:27:48

Structurally it's sound. Nice bit of inlay. It's OK.

0:27:480:27:51

-What's your estimate, then?

-80-120.

-OK. £60 paid.

0:27:510:27:54

-It should turn a profit.

-Yeah, I think so.

-Good. Good.

0:27:540:27:58

-Next is the Italian blotter...

-Mm!

0:27:580:28:01

..which you have to admit has got a lot of work in it.

0:28:010:28:04

Yeah. I mean, it's one of those touristy pieces, really.

0:28:040:28:07

Ideally you want it to be a nice bit of English marquetry or Tunbridge Ware,

0:28:070:28:11

then the market would be buoyant. It's not a great seller. It's decorative.

0:28:110:28:15

-That's always got a chance.

-Somebody will love it.

0:28:150:28:18

-How much?

-50 to 80.

-£100 paid.

0:28:180:28:21

-That could be their dark hole.

-Ouch!

-It could be the Sorrento pit

0:28:210:28:26

into which they're about to descend.

0:28:260:28:28

-HE CHUCKLES

-Lastly they got their Vesta case.

0:28:280:28:31

Solid silver, look! Very nice. Hallmarked.

0:28:310:28:34

Always collectible. Nice hallmarks. Good shape with the fluting.

0:28:340:28:38

-Good little collectible item.

-What do you think a Vesta collector is going to pay for that one?

0:28:380:28:43

-40 to 60.

-£60 they paid.

0:28:430:28:45

So they paid towards the top end on that.

0:28:450:28:48

They'll need all the profit they can generate out of that whatnot,

0:28:480:28:52

and it may not even then be enough. Anyway, that's it for the Reds.

0:28:520:28:56

Now for the Blues, and this is an engaging trio. Just look at that!

0:28:560:29:00

-Nice mix.

-Kicking off with this Secessionist box.

0:29:000:29:04

It's very much, as you say, right in that Vienna Secessionist style.

0:29:040:29:10

The decoration is transfer-printed rather than painted or tube-lined

0:29:100:29:14

that we see in other factories. I think it's a basic workman's piece,

0:29:140:29:18

-a sandwich box, something of that type.

-Really?

0:29:180:29:22

You see a workman taking it out on the fields?

0:29:220:29:25

-Well, it's not...

-Walking up all those steep hills in Austria?

0:29:250:29:28

It's not airtight, as you'd expect a biscuit or -

0:29:280:29:31

-In leather trousers?

-HE CHUCKLES

0:29:310:29:33

-So what's your estimate, then, Nick?

-£40 or so.

0:29:330:29:37

-OK. £15 paid.

-That's good. There should be profit in that.

0:29:370:29:40

-There definitely ought to be.

-Good.

-Next is the encrier,

0:29:400:29:44

this rather dull Victorian two-bottle inkstand.

0:29:440:29:49

Yeah. It's not the best of its type, but inkstands do sell well.

0:29:490:29:54

Oh, good. Well, I'm reassured, because that's quite a black, dark, dank mid-Victorian one to my eye,

0:29:540:30:01

but it all boils down to the price, doesn't it? They paid £45.

0:30:010:30:05

I don't think that's too bad. It just needs a bit of spit and polish.

0:30:050:30:08

-Got the two inkwells there, which is good.

-That's a big factor.

0:30:080:30:12

-I'd like to see it make £80 or so.

-They might double their money?

0:30:120:30:15

-Could do.

-That would be exciting.

0:30:150:30:17

What about this Chinese cinnabar-lacquer-style box?

0:30:170:30:21

-Do you think that's any good?

-That magic word "style", isn't it?

0:30:210:30:25

It's got a cinnabar look about it.

0:30:250:30:28

I think it's probably machine cut rather than hand cut.

0:30:280:30:30

Bit of age to it, early 20th century,

0:30:300:30:33

-but a good, decorative bit of Chinese art.

-How well will this do?

0:30:330:30:36

-We've put 60-plus on it.

-£28 paid.

0:30:360:30:39

Here we've got three items bought way below the low estimate

0:30:390:30:45

-in the auction.

-It's that canny David again, isn't it?

0:30:450:30:48

It's that canny David, stiffening up his team.

0:30:480:30:51

They won't need their bonus buy, but anyway we're going to go and have a look at it.

0:30:510:30:55

-The sale's on for you. We've got the punters coming in, which is lovely. You excited?

-Oh, yeah. Very.

0:30:560:31:01

You won't be excited about the £88 you spent. How cheap is that?!

0:31:010:31:05

-We gave you 300.

-It's called Bargain Hunt for a reason!

0:31:050:31:09

-Ooh!

-THEY LAUGH

0:31:090:31:11

She's right. £88 - is that the right strategy,

0:31:110:31:14

because £212 went across to David Harper.

0:31:140:31:19

-And what did you blow it on?

-I think you'll like this.

-OK.

0:31:190:31:23

Tell me what you think. It's not a camera!

0:31:230:31:26

It's a novelty table lighter. It's got its original box,

0:31:260:31:30

-which is fantastic. It's called a Photo Flash table lighter.

-Oh!

0:31:300:31:35

Oh, it's getting better. Did you like the "flash" bit?

0:31:350:31:38

THEY LAUGH

0:31:380:31:39

Probably 1960s, I think. I'm not over-sure.

0:31:390:31:42

I've never bought one before. I've seen them but never owned one,

0:31:420:31:46

and I just thought it was really funky and jazzy and wacky.

0:31:460:31:50

The first thing to do is to take it out of the box.

0:31:500:31:54

So there is your camera set up in 1960.

0:31:540:31:57

-It's very James Bond!

-Very, but just in case you're lost

0:31:570:32:00

in your sitting room, and you can't find where the fags are,

0:32:000:32:05

-you've got a little compass!

-Yes. It's good fun.

0:32:050:32:08

I mean, it's a seriously wacky Japanese novelty item.

0:32:080:32:13

-Do you like it?

-I don't know.

0:32:130:32:15

-Oh.

-I'll have to have a think. I'll have to have a think about it.

0:32:150:32:19

-How much do you think I paid for it?

-Not a clue. Really wouldn't know.

0:32:190:32:24

The best price I could get it for was £55. That was it.

0:32:240:32:27

The big thing is, would you pay £55 for it? Honestly?

0:32:270:32:31

-Probably not.

-Yeah.

-THEY LAUGH

0:32:310:32:34

Anyway, you don't decide right now. You decide later,

0:32:340:32:37

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

0:32:370:32:42

-There we go. It's a lot of fun.

-There it is.

0:32:420:32:46

A sweet little thing, really. There is a collector's market for these.

0:32:460:32:50

-Yes. I mean, you got the box. Look.

-All the component parts are here.

0:32:500:32:54

The condition's not great, which is a massive factor in these things.

0:32:540:32:58

Yes. Somebody who smoked 40 a day, and lit them all with that lighter

0:32:580:33:03

-for a lifetime.

-Yeah. But it's a quirky collector's item,

0:33:030:33:07

so there is a market for it. It's an internet-based sale,

0:33:070:33:10

-and it will be an internet purchase, I'm sure.

-What sort of price?

0:33:100:33:13

-40 to 60.

-OK. £55 paid, so they're pretty well spot on.

0:33:130:33:17

-Of course, they may not take it.

-They might not.

0:33:170:33:19

The big trick is to achieve these massive estimates.

0:33:190:33:22

-Are you taking the sale today?

-I shall be, Tim.

0:33:220:33:25

We're in safe hands.

0:33:250:33:27

So, Nick, here we are. Excited?

0:33:330:33:36

I am, yeah. Quite excited, Tim. Yeah.

0:33:360:33:39

You never know what will happen in an auction.

0:33:390:33:42

-That's the fun of the thing, really.

-Plenty of people here.

0:33:420:33:45

Plenty, which is a good sign. First up is the whatnot. Here it comes.

0:33:450:33:50

Lot 84 is the Victorian marquetry-inlaid walnut-veneered four-tier whatnot.

0:33:500:33:56

Good classic design. Nice condition as well.

0:33:560:33:58

I've got commissioned interest, you'll be pleased to know.

0:33:580:34:02

I can start the bidding straight in at... Wait for it...£100.

0:34:020:34:06

-Oh, well done!

-Well done, you.

-Fingers crossed.

0:34:060:34:09

Any advance, now? £100 bid. You coming in, sir? 110.

0:34:090:34:12

120. 120, I'm holding. Worth another one, surely.

0:34:120:34:15

130. 140 with me. Going to try one more, sir?

0:34:150:34:19

140 I'm holding. On commission with me. You're out. 140 I'm bid.

0:34:190:34:22

With me at £140. Any further bids? Have you all done?

0:34:220:34:26

150 online. 160 now. The bid's with me on commission. 160.

0:34:260:34:30

£160. If you're out online I'm selling now.

0:34:300:34:34

-160!

-I'm in the wrong job.

0:34:340:34:37

-Oops!

-Good stuff.

0:34:370:34:39

-That's £100 profit.

-Nearly £100 lost.

0:34:390:34:42

-Plus £100 on the first item!

-Well done, you.

-This never happens!

0:34:420:34:46

-I might lose this for you.

-Now, here comes your blotter, Phil.

0:34:460:34:50

Lot 85 is the Italian grand-tour revival

0:34:500:34:54

Sorrento Ware desk-top stationery folio.

0:34:540:34:57

Bit of interest, as well. I'm going to come in on commission at £100.

0:34:570:35:02

-That's good.

-I take my hat off.

0:35:020:35:05

110 now. 110 now. Any further bids in the room?

0:35:050:35:09

110 online. Commission's out. It's all online.

0:35:090:35:12

-110 now. At £110.

-I told you it was a nice thing.

0:35:120:35:15

Make no mistake, the bid's online at £110.

0:35:150:35:19

£110, so that's plus £10, which means you've now got £110

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of your own profit. Cor! Right!

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Six is the Edwardian hallmarked silver Vesta case.

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Nice decoration, this, with the fluting

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almost simulating the cigars. We're going to say 40 for it.

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£40 anywhere? £40? 35? 30?

0:35:380:35:40

Thank you, madam. 30 bid in the front row. 30 offered.

0:35:400:35:43

Five anywhere? Five behind you. Thank you, sir. Bidding, madam? 40.

0:35:430:35:47

40 bid. Five behind you. Bidding, madam?

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£50, front row. At £50. The bid's in the front row.

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-Come on! Yes!

-In the front row. At £50, all done.

0:35:540:35:57

-At £50 I'm selling.

-That wipes out your £10,

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which leaves you with plus 100. Now, what you going to do?

0:36:000:36:03

All the responsibility is yours.

0:36:030:36:05

Are you going to go with the two medicine bottles?

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The worst I can do is lose 20 quid, and I like them, Phil.

0:36:100:36:13

-Good. So the decision is made.

-If they wipe their face,

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-I'll be quite happy, Tim.

-All right. Fine.

0:36:160:36:19

Lot 90 is the 1920s turned boxwood ladies' dressing-table receptacle.

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Two of them in the lot. That'll be £30.

0:36:240:36:27

25? £20? £20 anywhere?

0:36:270:36:30

£15? Tenner? For the two, not each! Thank you, sir. Ten bid.

0:36:300:36:34

Any advance on a tenner? Got to go. Selling at £10.

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-£10.

-Cost you a tenner. I'm sorry about that.

-Not to worry.

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Minus ten... That is plus 90.

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Had to bring some respectability to your score. You got far too much.

0:36:430:36:47

-There you go. Plus 90, all right?

-Not too bad. Not too bad at all.

0:36:470:36:51

Don't tell the Blues a thing. No point in spoiling their day.

0:36:510:36:55

-Happy?

-Yeah.

-Do you know how the Reds got on?

0:37:030:37:06

-No. Haven't got a clue.

-Good. We don't want you to know, actually.

0:37:060:37:10

First up is your biscuit barrel, and here it comes.

0:37:100:37:12

Lot 105 is the 1920s Vienna Secessionist ceramic-and-metal box.

0:37:120:37:18

Nicely decorated. We're going to go £40 for it.

0:37:180:37:21

Nice bit of Vienna Secessionism. £40 for it.

0:37:210:37:24

-35. 30, surely.

-Oh, no...

-Come on!

0:37:240:37:28

Someone recognise the quality of this for £30.

0:37:280:37:31

£20. We're going the wrong way! £20, surely! Someone bid me £20.

0:37:310:37:35

-Come on!

-Smart little box. 20 online. 25.

0:37:350:37:37

30. Bids online now. They've all been waiting online.

0:37:370:37:40

-Just woken up. Five now.

-Yes!

-35 online.

0:37:400:37:43

-It'll be Austria.

-Come along. Don't stop now. Nice little lot, this.

0:37:430:37:47

You all done? Selling online. It's against you all in the room.

0:37:470:37:51

-Selling online at £35.

-£35. I don't care.

0:37:510:37:54

-That's still plus 20.

-I am happy.

-I'm happy with that.

0:37:540:37:58

Lot 106 is the Victorian ebonised and walnut desk stand

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with two nice little glass inkwells in there. 60 for it.

0:38:030:38:07

50. £40 if you like. £40. £40 anywhere? £40.

0:38:080:38:12

Thank you, sir. 40 bid. Any advance on 40?

0:38:120:38:16

-Come on!

-45 online.

-Yes!

0:38:160:38:19

-Keep going. £50.

-Yes!

0:38:190:38:21

Bids in the room, £50. Any online? Five online.

0:38:210:38:24

-Yes! Good online.

-55 online. You sure, sir?

0:38:240:38:27

It's 55 against you. You sure? You all out? The bid's online,

0:38:270:38:30

-£55. All finished?

-That's £10.

-I'm happy.

0:38:300:38:34

That is a profit. You have got two profits.

0:38:340:38:37

-What is going to happen with your third item?

-A very good item.

0:38:370:38:41

Nice-quality lot, this bit of Chinese export ware, red lacquer

0:38:410:38:44

and carved panelling. What am I going to say - 50 for it? 45?

0:38:440:38:50

40 to start me. Anywhere, somewhere. £40, surely. Who's coming in?

0:38:500:38:53

-The bid's online.

-£40 online. Thank God for online!

0:38:530:38:57

Ought to make a bit more, I'm sure. I'm bid 45.

0:38:570:39:01

And 50. Still going.

0:39:010:39:03

-55. Any advance on 55?

-Should be 100.

-You finished? Done?

0:39:030:39:07

Online at 55. The hammer's hovering. I'm going at £55.

0:39:070:39:11

£55. That's very good. That's two off 30.

0:39:110:39:14

That's 25. That's plus 27.

0:39:140:39:16

27 and ten is 37, plus 20 is 57. That is plus 57.

0:39:160:39:22

-That is not bad.

-£57! How about that?

0:39:220:39:25

What are you going to do about the bonus buy? This is a bit chancy,

0:39:250:39:29

because... We know it's chancy. What are you going to do?

0:39:290:39:33

-You can stick.

-God, here we go.

0:39:330:39:36

Or you've got £57 to stick in there.

0:39:360:39:38

-What do you think?

-Yes.

-Are you going with it?

0:39:380:39:42

-OK, no.

-You're not going with it. It's coming up now anyway.

0:39:420:39:46

-I can't believe it!

-Lot 111

0:39:460:39:48

is the 1960s KKW Photo Flash novelty table lighter.

0:39:480:39:54

Got the original box with it, which is nice.

0:39:540:39:56

£40 anywhere? 35.

0:39:560:39:59

30. Someone snap it up. Thank you, sir. 30 bid.

0:39:590:40:03

Right at the back. 30 offered. Any further bid? It's in the room,

0:40:030:40:06

-standing at £30. Anyone online?

-Get online!

0:40:060:40:10

The bid's in the room. £30, if you're all sure that's all.

0:40:100:40:14

-At £30, selling...

-Yes! It's sold for £30.

0:40:140:40:17

-Oh, thank God!

-It's minus 25.

-What do you mean, "Yes! It's sold"?

0:40:170:40:21

-HE LAUGHS

-Well, I can tell you, girls,

0:40:210:40:24

this is a special moment on Bargain Hunt. Don't talk to the Reds at all,

0:40:240:40:28

because you have made a profit on all three items.

0:40:280:40:32

-All right?

-Yes!

0:40:320:40:34

The golden gavel that once ruled supreme on this programme

0:40:340:40:38

makes its comeback, because we found some more golden gavels,

0:40:380:40:42

and you are the first team that have won a golden gavel

0:40:420:40:45

-for absolutely yonks.

-Yes!

-Get in!

0:40:450:40:48

-Thank you!

-Thank you! Ooh!

0:40:480:40:52

-Got a snog then!

-Oh, sorry! That was a plus!

0:40:520:40:55

-Why are you thanking him?

-I helped in the beginning!

0:40:550:40:58

-Do you want a snog as well?

-What? I want one too.

0:40:580:41:02

-THEY LAUGH

-Don't talk to the Reds.

0:41:020:41:05

What an incredible programme we've had today! Both teams making stellar profits.

0:41:140:41:19

-Oh!

-Get in there!

0:41:190:41:22

-But have these teams been talking to one another?

-No.

-No.

0:41:220:41:25

Well, sadly we do have to have a runner-up on Bargain Hunt,

0:41:250:41:29

and the runners-up today are...the Blues.

0:41:290:41:32

-Oh, no!

-Get in there!

0:41:320:41:35

-Oh!

-The Blues have managed to lose by winning £57.

0:41:350:41:40

-Oh, well...

-Which is a pretty queer old kettle of fish, I have to say.

0:41:400:41:44

Anyway, £57 coming across here. You didn't go with the bonus buy,

0:41:440:41:49

-which was one of your wisest moves today.

-Well done.

0:41:490:41:52

As a result, not only did you take £57 in the way of profit,

0:41:520:41:56

but you made a profit on each of the things you bought between you,

0:41:560:42:00

and as a result, I'm going to be able to present you

0:42:000:42:03

-with a golden gavel.

-I've never seen one.

-No.

0:42:030:42:06

Well, the new golden gavels come in the form of a pin.

0:42:060:42:10

-Oh!

-All right? This is something for each of you girls

0:42:100:42:14

to wear with pride, and because we've had such a stellar performance

0:42:140:42:18

-from you, my friend...

-No, Tim! Not me as well?

0:42:180:42:21

-Yes, you as well.

-Oh!

0:42:210:42:23

A successful expert in a golden-gavel occupation

0:42:230:42:27

is allowed to have his very own pin,

0:42:270:42:30

so you can pin that to your bosom, David - careful as you go -

0:42:300:42:34

-and wear it with pride.

-I will.

-Congratulations,

0:42:340:42:37

and I hope you've had a great time. You've got money and something to show for it.

0:42:370:42:41

But the big winners are over here. £90 of profit,

0:42:410:42:45

-which is phenomenal, isn't it?

-Thanks very much, Tim.

0:42:450:42:48

£100 off that whatnot, for a kick-off,

0:42:480:42:51

was a considerable effort, wasn't it?

0:42:510:42:54

And you got a nice profit out of the Sorrento blotter,

0:42:540:42:57

so well done for that, Phil. But not a profit on each item,

0:42:570:43:01

which is what makes that performance very clever.

0:43:010:43:03

But there you go. What are you giggling at?

0:43:030:43:06

He can share it with us. We'll go up for a drink.

0:43:060:43:09

Well, same town. What could be better? We've had a great day.

0:43:090:43:12

-Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?

-Yes!

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