Ardingly 32 Bargain Hunt


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Ardingly 32

Tim Wonnacott hosts as the bargain hunters have 1,700 stalls to check out at the Ardingly fair, will they succeed in their mission to buy low and sell high?


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Today, we've got two married couples who vowed to be together for richer, for poorer.

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Let's hope it's going to be for richer.

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Let's go bargain hunting!

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Our teams today

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are going to have to have their wits about them.

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We've got 1,700 stalls at Ardingly,

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and spotting those hidden gems ain't gonna be easy.

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'On today's show...

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'..the blue team are decisive.'

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We'll take it.

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She's quick off the mark!

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'The red team have trouble staying together.'

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-Where's Reg?

-I don't know.

-Reg?

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-Where's he run off to?

-There he is. Come back.

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'And I discover a macabre secret at Ranger's House in London.'

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Walking down the Bargain Hunt aisle are Reg and Cheryl for the reds,

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and Brian and Yvonne for the blues.

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I hope that's crystal clear.

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Now, Cheryl, you're our newlyweds today.

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-How did you meet Reg?

-I met Reg on the internet.

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He looked really lovely with a droopy bow-tie, so I wrote to him.

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And the rest is history.

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-Why the droopy bow-tie?

-I wanted to make it straight. I had this urge to straighten the tie.

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Is mine straight?

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-It will do.

-Well, do it if you're...

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-That's better.

-I could tell you were itching to do something.

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You've got a special gift, Cheryl.

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-Tell us about it.

-I'm a clairvoyant, medium and reiki person.

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I've been like it all my life... Mind your hat!

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It certainly stirs up the wind, doesn't it?

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ALL LAUGH

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I feel the spirits moving all around me!

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-Absolutely.

-You sent out that puff, didn't you?

-Well!

-Scary, man!

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-You have an alter ego, don't you?

-I do.

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I'm Reg E Mental. I'm a children's entertainer and magician.

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-How did that start?

-By accident. I started doing a bit of magic.

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It grew from that. It was a hobby that turned into a job.

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-What do you like most?

-It's nice to see the children have a good time.

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Knowing I can do that is very satisfying.

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Very, very, very good luck today. Now, for the blues.

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-Yvonne, you are now old-hand at this married lark.

-Just a little, Tim.

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-How long have you been married?

-36 years.

-A good number.

-It is.

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-Ne'er a day too long?

-Definitely not.

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-How did you meet?

-We met at college studying librarianship.

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About three months in, we went on a Christmas pub crawl, ended up together, and the rest is history.

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That's amazing. You're both librarians?

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-That's right.

-Brian, have you had a lifetime's urge to be a librarian?

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Not really, Tim. When I left school, I was unsure what to do.

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The choice seemed to come down to banking or librarianship.

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I wasn't very good at figures but I could read OK.

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-I thought I'd better take that.

-You love it now?

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I do. And thinking back, I ended up being responsible for a budget of £5 million.

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I had to deal with figures in the end.

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Funny the way it works out.

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-So, what are your tactics?

-Tactics?

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Not to spend too much money, and take some heed of our expert.

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We'll remember those words when we head off shopping.

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Right now, it's the money moment. £300 each. You know the rules.

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

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I like a pert bow-tie myself.

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'Need a hand, anyone?

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'Mark Stacey is reflecting on the bargains for the reds.

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'Catherine Southon is fairest of them all for the blues.'

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The rules of this game are simple.

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Each team gets one hour to shop, £300 and three objects to find.

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Piece of cake, eh? Where's the cake, then?

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-Are we going to spend lots of money?

-Not too much.

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-What's our plan?

-Buy lots of lovely things.

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-And spend lots of money.

-That's a very inaccurate plan!

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If we stick to that, we'll make lots of losses.

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-Shall we start outside?

-Oh!

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What? She's quick off the mark!

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-This one?

-She can be!

-Isn't that lovely?

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That's very retro, isn't it? How much is your flying saucer?

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-£90. >

-Can you do any better on that?

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£80. It's very trendy. >

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-I know it's very trendy! Is it in perfect condition?

-Yes.

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You wouldn't do it for 70? Please?

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75, sorry.

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-I still love it.

-You love it. Go for it.

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-First item in the bag in five seconds!

-Good choice.

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I am so proud of you two. You're cool. Very cool.

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'Cor! Catherine, your luck's in. How about yours, Mark?'

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We have no idea so we'll be guided by you.

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-Why do I always get these ones?

-THEY LAUGH

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We like coins.

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Just looking at that corkscrew with the lady's legs. That's super.

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-But it's £365, so I don't think...

-BRIAN LAUGHS

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That's lovely.

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-Victorian beadwork.

-Yeah.

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-The pineapples are for friendship.

-Are they?

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What's in the box?

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Nothing.

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'The secret to a good marriage is communication. Isn't it, reds?'

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We're looking for a sewing related item.

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-Sailing?

-Sewing.

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-Sailing boats.

-Not sailing, sewing.

-Oh, sewing!

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'See what I mean?'

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It's pretty.

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-Inside...

-It's just a purse. It's a bit damaged.

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-That's quite fun.

-I like that. Would you put lights in there?

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Yes, I think so. Little candles. It's probably Continental, bronze.

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What I like about it is it's quite well modelled.

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He's obviously holding what would be oars or poles.

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These sort of things are quite sought-after in a fine art sale.

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It's got a signature there.

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-Sir, how much have you got on this?

-320.

-Oh!

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That's why we like it.

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-It's above our budget.

-< How much above?

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-I can make you a cheeky offer.

-< Be cheeky.

-100 quid.

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-< No. That's too cheeky. 220, you can have it.

-Oh, 220, no.

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-It IS bronze.

-< And it's an old one.

-150.

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I'll take 180. Cost me 150.

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-Get it to 160

-I can't do it. I need 180.

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< Put it in your sale. Get 250.

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We live by the sea. >

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If I was going to put something in my house, that's what I'd put in it.

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-Shall we ask him to hold it for us?

-< Ten minutes then I'll put it back.

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How much would you pay for that at auction?

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-Something that size, probably about 30, 40.

-Yeah. £30, £40.

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-What's their price on it?

-55.

-Probably still a bit chancey.

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There's a little beadwork thing. You like beadwork.

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I love it. I've never seen it before today.

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-Maybe we started a new craze.

-You might have done.

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-Liberty inkwell.

-Oh, right.

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A hefty price, though. Have a look at some other bits and pieces.

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What about that little horn snuffbox? It's in perfect condition.

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-Are there collectors?

-There are collectors for snuffboxes.

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A cartouche where you engrave your initials.

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What date would that be?

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It's got to be, I would have thought, late 19th century.

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I'll give you a price on it. >

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OK.

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You don't like it, do you?

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That doesn't matter. I'm not buying something for me.

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-40, that's it. 40. >

-35.

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No. 40 would be it. > Not even 39?

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No. > What do you think?

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I think for £40, that's probably quite reasonable.

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If you want to hold it...?

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-Decisions.

-We'll take it.

-She's so decisive.

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You can come again.

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Well, you know what they say.

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Never work with children and animals.

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I've just tempted this stallholder's collie over

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with this piece of log.

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This dog is bonkers about bits of log.

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There you go!

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Oh, my gosh! Do you see what I mean?

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Dogs, dogs everywhere.

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How do you control them and get rid of the strays?

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In the old days, they used to control them with these.

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This thing has to be the roughest,

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most naively carved two sticks you ever did see in all your life.

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We've got the end of a bolt.

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If you follow that through, at that end, that's a piece of iron

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that a blacksmith has simply thumped a few times with a chisel

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and has formed it, squeezing open the ends of that iron bar,

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so that it forms a joint between these two bits of wood.

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Then they've taken these two shafts of ash

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and have cut these little notches

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with one intention, and one intention alone.

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If I put my hands at either end of the sticks, see what that does?

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It makes a perfect hinge.

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If, in the 17th or 18th century,

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you wanted to get hold of one of those snarling woofers,

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you go...like that.

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You get it by the leg and give it an oik, put it in your cart

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and it goes down to the dogs' pound,

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the equivalent of a Battersea Dogs Home.

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Is that a rare survival or is it a rare survival?

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What does a pair of 17th or 18th century dog catcher's crutches cost?

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Try and say that quickly!

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They could be yours here at Ardingly for £20.

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-Here, doggy.

-WHISTLES

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-You've got chickens in your kitchen.

-Everything is chickens.

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-That looks like the Courage one.

-It IS a brewery thing.

-Is it?

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It says, "Off dray."

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It's a fun thing. Is that something you'd want to negotiate on?

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I love it but I don't think it would sell. I don't think it would.

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I love it cos I like chickens.

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It's a fire!

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I love that! I think that's brilliant.

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-You might be on your own there.

-Right.

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We're coming up to ten minutes since we've seen the fisherman's lamp.

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We promised the dealer we'd decide in ten minutes.

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-I would go for a yes, actually.

-Yes. Let's do it.

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-If it really bombs, it's down to Cheryl.

-Blame me!

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We're back again.

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-Would you... Ooh!

-CLINK

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< You're breaking my stall?

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It's perfectly fine. I don't think we CAN get him down any more.

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-No.

-"Over my dead body would I give you another £10 off."

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< Cost me more.

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-LAUGHTER

-Look at the nose!

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We'll take it,

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then call Victim Support cos we've been robbed.

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-That's 180 spent, yes?

-Yes.

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-We're either fools or geniuses.

-Geniuses.

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'If you say so.'

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-I quite like them.

-Very stylish.

-I know why he likes them!

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'Ah! Newlyweds!

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'Bottoms up.'

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-Or the smaller ones?

-Don't like that.

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They're not pretty enough, Brian.

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-Why would I be married to you if I didn't like nice things?

-That's a lovely thing to say!

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That's quite camp!

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She's obviously double-jointed!

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LAUGHTER

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-THAT's lovely.

-It's trying to be Moorcroft but I don't think it is.

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-It would be lovely if it was for £20!

-Wouldn't it be nice?

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-No, it is fab.

-She could ride a rocking horse.

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-How are you at running?

-Not brilliant.

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-Do you remember them?

-I do, but I'd rather forget them.

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Now we have to do a bit of running. We need to focus.

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-We need to get our...

-Get a wiggle on.

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-We still need to find two items.

-It's going really well.

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Except I'd like us to buy something quicker. Fast.

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-Put it down.

-I'm doing that.

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Let's go!

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-Drag you away!

-He's so tactful!

-LAUGHTER

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-I know you like scent bottles.

-It's blue.

-It is!

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I thought that was the reflection.

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I don't know if blue's good or bad.

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-That's real Art Deco.

-I find that quite attractive.

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It certainly catches the light.

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Far too much. 78. What's the best you could possibly do?

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You've got 78, which is a bit too much.

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Ooh. I knew it would be!

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We have got to make a profit. Of course. We all have.

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The very best I can do for you is £60.

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< It is in perfect order.

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There's quite a lot of nice Art Deco things here.

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-Yes.

-Have a look round.

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'Ooh, blues! You've turned all indecisive.'

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-There's a dolphin vase there. Where's Reg?

-I don't know.

-Reg?

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-Where's he run off to?

-There he is. Come back.

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I was looking on the silver stall.

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-Goodness sake, Reg.

-Do you want Reg?

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-He's Reg.

-Oh. Hello, Reg. Pleased to meet you. I'm Reg.

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-Is this your stall?

-Reg's stall.

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-Who's Reg, then?

-I'm Reg!

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-It's your stall?

-Yes!

-Are you confused, cos I am?!

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I don't know where to go.

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-No.

-You've got a thing against WMF?

-It never makes a profit.

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-No. You're right.

-We've watched the show for too long.

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'Ooh, Yvonne. That WAS one of our favourites.

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The little oriental one, yes.

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-Is it oriental?

-< Indian, I believe.

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She's picking the tea. There's a little mark which I can't read.

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What do you think of it, Reg?

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It's beautiful. It's very nicely embossed.

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-Quite a nice quality.

-It is.

-The best news?

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There's no price. It must be free.

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Can you please do it very, very reasonably for us?

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I've got a feeling I paid 20. I'll take 25.

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You see, I think I'd...

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I'd be happy if we could force you back to the 20.

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What about the toss of a coin?

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-He tosses the coin, or you toss the coin.

-I'll toss the coin.

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-He calls...

-Are you ready?

-Hold on. We haven't decided yet.

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The choice is we pay 25 now.

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If we win the toss, we get it for 20. Are you happy to pay 25?

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-Tails.

-Here we go.

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< I never win.

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Ah!

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-Do I get to keep the pound?

-No.

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-You did say you're happy to pay 25.

-Let's go for it.

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'Finally, reds, you're on the home straight.

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'Blue team, stop wasting time.'

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What does this smell of? Alcohol or perfume?

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It doesn't smell of anything much. It smells old.

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-You might smell after 100 years.

-What's your price?

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It's £100 on the ticket. So what would you do?

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75.>

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-We need to make a decision.

-Yes.

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-Catherine?

-Oh! Let's just go with this, shall we?

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-You've got it in your hand.

-Oh!

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-Dent at the top.

-Perhaps not, then.

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It's Clarice Cliff, My Garden.

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It's not the most popular Clarice Cliff but I like that vivid handle.

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-It's got 125 on it. We need to get it at £70 or £80.

-OK.

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-Nearer to 60 or 70 if possible. Shall I speak to her?

-Yes.

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'Catherine, you're out of options. How's that scent bottle smelling?'

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50. I'll split the difference. 55.

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-55.

-I think that's...a yes.

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That's a very nice piece. I just wish I could buy it.

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Well done! Well done!

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-Do you want the good news or the bad news?

-Good news first.

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-The good news is I did get another fiver off.

-Well done.

-75.

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The bad news is I wanted to get it for 60.

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That is a bit cheeky, isn't it?

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It is a strong piece. You've got a strong handle.

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If we get it for 75, you've left me with...?

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-20 quid, haven't we?

-Is that right?

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-Are we doing it?

-Go for it.

-Yes.

-I think it's "strong", I do.

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Just as well the teams have finished.

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Time's up. Let's have a gander at what the red team's bought.

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'Cheryl the peril fell for the French lamp.'

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If I was going to put something in my house, that's what I'd put in it.

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'A toss of the coin decided the price of the silver caddy spoon.

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'And Mark negotiated hard for the Clarice Cliff jug.'

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-We just made it.

-Well done.

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-You only just made it with the money, too.

-Yes.

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280, wasn't it? Who's got the £20?

0:20:110:20:14

-Me.

-Ah. Very good.

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You know about these things. What's your prediction on the profit?

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Cheryl, can you look into your crystal ball?

0:20:200:20:24

-Do a bit of mumbo jumbo.

-Probably about £40, but watch me be wrong.

0:20:240:20:30

You think £40 so far on what you spent at 280? There we go.

0:20:300:20:35

If you do that well, I shall be jumping up and down.

0:20:350:20:39

There's your £20, Mark. Very good luck.

0:20:390:20:42

Why don't we check out what the blues bought? Eh?

0:20:420:20:45

'Yvonne got them off to a flying start with the retro light shade.

0:20:450:20:51

'They decisively agreed on a 19th-century horn snuff box.

0:20:510:20:56

'And in the dying minutes spent £55 on an Art Deco scent bottle.'

0:20:570:21:03

The flying saucer was terrific. Made a flying start!

0:21:040:21:08

There's certainly enough flying around going on.

0:21:080:21:12

-It was good for you?

-Terrific fun.

0:21:120:21:14

-Not too hot?

-No. It was lovely.

0:21:140:21:18

Now, tell me. Which piece is going to bring the biggest profit?

0:21:180:21:22

Probably the one we listened to our expert on. The snuff box.

0:21:220:21:28

I hope you're right!

0:21:280:21:31

-How much did you spend, Brian?

-£170.

0:21:310:21:34

-I'd like £130 of leftover lolly.

-I want to go round the fair with it.

0:21:340:21:38

I'm afraid that pleasure is going to Catherine.

0:21:380:21:41

Well, we trust Catherine.

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-Thank you.

-We know she'll buy something lovely.

0:21:430:21:46

-She's got to find something that makes a profit.

-That's right.

0:21:460:21:51

We hope so. Well, good luck.

0:21:510:21:53

We're heading off to Ranger's House in Greenwich, which is gr-eat!

0:21:530:21:58

'If you made an absolute fortune, how would you spend it?

0:22:040:22:08

'Inside this house is one of the finest collections of European art

0:22:090:22:14

'bought by diamond merchant Julius Wernher just over 100 years ago.'

0:22:140:22:20

Julius Wernher certainly knew what he liked.

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Here, we have a reconstruction of his favourite red room.

0:22:240:22:30

It rather reminds me of a kunstkammer,

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a space where the most precious of an avid collector's collection

0:22:330:22:40

is stored to be shared with only the most intimate of friends.

0:22:400:22:46

What Julius Wernher really loved was Renaissance works of art.

0:22:460:22:51

He could have been seduced by all the juicy pleasures

0:22:510:22:55

of those flashy pictures and objects produced during the Victorian period.

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But that was not for him.

0:23:010:23:03

What he was fond of, nay, passionate about,

0:23:030:23:07

were objects like this -

0:23:070:23:10

really early carved ivory pieces.

0:23:100:23:14

If I pluck this girl here.

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This is a figure of a lady

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carved out of ivory, probably Flemish,

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and it dates from around about 1500 to 1520.

0:23:240:23:30

This is a positive vision of Gothic desirable womanhood.

0:23:300:23:35

A lovely young girl wearing a chain, with her hands clasped.

0:23:350:23:40

And, look, a little pet dog just popping out

0:23:400:23:44

from under her arm.

0:23:440:23:46

Everything is not what it appears, though.

0:23:460:23:50

If I turn it round... Look at that!

0:23:500:23:55

Death!

0:23:550:23:56

Not an attractive sight.

0:23:560:23:59

The body is beginning to decompose.

0:23:590:24:02

The skull appears

0:24:020:24:04

and these creepy crawly things have invaded the coffin

0:24:040:24:08

to remove the flesh.

0:24:080:24:11

How easy it is to spin from the flush of youth

0:24:110:24:15

to the ugliness of death.

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It acts as a mementa mori, a reminder of our mortality,

0:24:180:24:23

that, ultimately, we are all going to die.

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A bit further down the line, we've got a lovely bronze lamp.

0:24:270:24:32

This face, with the distended lower lip,

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is designed to take a reservoir of oil.

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You'd have a wick coming out of his mouth, which you'd ignite

0:24:400:24:44

to provide some light.

0:24:440:24:46

What's desirable about these early Paduan bronzes is the patination.

0:24:460:24:51

That brownish colour is the colour of the bronze itself.

0:24:510:24:55

But the thick black matted stuff

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which, in this case, is nearly 450 years' worth

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of polish and grime,

0:25:030:25:06

is the look that Wernher would have been turned on by.

0:25:060:25:11

Another extremely rare and early piece is this little teapot.

0:25:110:25:16

Now, that looks absolutely oriental, doesn't it?

0:25:160:25:22

Dating from around about 1700 to 1710,

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it was not made in China or Japan.

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It was made in Germany.

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This is called redware,

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and is the very earliest form of European porcelain.

0:25:340:25:38

It's in the kunstkammer

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because it's so incredibly early and precious.

0:25:420:25:46

So early that it's been mounted

0:25:460:25:49

with these gold and enamel details -

0:25:490:25:53

the spout in green, the finial in the form of a leaping cherub.

0:25:530:25:59

Can you believe that anybody would brew a cup of tea out of such a tiny pot?

0:25:590:26:07

The big question today is, what size is the pot going to be for our teams over at the auction?

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'We're about to find out in Canterbury,

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'where Michael Roberts is selling our wares.

0:26:180:26:21

'First, I'm itching to see Mark's bonus buy.'

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Now, Reg E Mental, stand to attention.

0:26:280:26:32

This is your bonus buy moment.

0:26:320:26:34

You spent 280. You gave Mark 20. What did you find?

0:26:340:26:37

I'm delighted with this. It's a little inkwell.

0:26:370:26:41

Probably French bronze with a little bit of champleve enamel.

0:26:410:26:46

It was just £20. The dealer was very kind.

0:26:460:26:50

I think it's really nice quality.

0:26:500:26:53

I know, because you bought good quality pieces,

0:26:530:26:56

that you like nice objects.

0:26:560:26:59

-Isn't it gorgeous?

-It's lovely. How old is it?

0:26:590:27:04

It's probably about 1900.

0:27:040:27:06

-1890, 1900.

-How do you feel about it?

-That's really nice.

0:27:060:27:11

-It's a bargain for £20.

-We didn't leave you much money, did we?

-No.

0:27:110:27:17

-The colour of that enamel almost matches your bracelet.

-It does!

0:27:170:27:21

-There you are!

-An added bonus.

0:27:210:27:24

-It's a winner.

-That's got to double its money.

0:27:240:27:28

-You've got to get £40, I would hope.

-I'm pleased with that.

-Yes.

0:27:280:27:32

-Mark, you've given so much pleasure.

-In such a little object!

0:27:320:27:37

Which is marvellous. Hold on to that thought.

0:27:370:27:41

Let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Mark's little pot.

0:27:410:27:46

There's a little peach for you.

0:27:470:27:49

It's not bad. Nice quality. Champleve enamel decoration.

0:27:490:27:55

It does lack its liner.

0:27:550:27:57

Glass or porcelain liner. But it's French, late 19th century.

0:27:570:28:03

Amazing how much better the French enamelling is

0:28:030:28:06

than anything else of this period.

0:28:060:28:09

Lovely turquoise and royal blue

0:28:090:28:11

-and terracotta red, it's a lovely design.

-Fantastic.

0:28:110:28:15

-I rate that.

-How much do you think it'll bring? £50 to £70 in its current condition.

-Really?

-Yeah.

0:28:150:28:21

-£20 paid.

-That's not bad.

-That was a snip.

-Absolutely.

0:28:210:28:26

Mark Stacey, the cunning monkey.

0:28:260:28:28

Anyway, Reg and Cheryl for the reds went with this bronze lamp,

0:28:280:28:33

-which is all very nautical.

-It is indeed.

0:28:330:28:37

It would have been better if he'd held paddles.

0:28:370:28:40

-Rather than these two bits of pipe?

-Not sure what they relate to.

0:28:400:28:45

But it's nice quality so, fundamentally, it's not a bad thing.

0:28:450:28:50

-What's your estimate?

-80 to 120.

-They paid £180.

-Right.

0:28:500:28:55

-They've invested here, big time.

-They have.

0:28:550:28:58

The second item is this so-called Indian caddy spoon.

0:28:580:29:03

I reckon it's Dutch. We have a Dutch word on the back.

0:29:030:29:07

-Do you think it's silver or some cheap metal?

-It's difficult to tell.

0:29:070:29:11

There's no hallmarks but Continental things don't bear a full hallmark.

0:29:110:29:17

-It would appear to be silver.

-What's your estimate.

-£20 to £30.

0:29:170:29:21

-Brilliant. £25 paid.

-Fine.

0:29:210:29:24

Their last item is the Clarice Cliff jug.

0:29:240:29:28

-Does everything that says Clarice Cliff make a fortune?

-No.

0:29:280:29:31

I thought you might say that. How do you rate this yellow fellow?

0:29:310:29:37

This is a fairly standard example, My Garden pattern,

0:29:370:29:42

in reasonable condition.

0:29:420:29:45

There's nothing wrong with it. What's it worth?

0:29:450:29:49

-£40 to £60.

-£75 paid. That could be a struggle. That's it for the reds.

0:29:490:29:54

Now for the blues, Yvonne and Brian.

0:29:540:29:57

Their first item is this Sputnik-related jobby.

0:29:570:30:00

Uranium orange, nice bit of chrome.

0:30:000:30:05

-Yes.

-Does this light up your youthful heart?

0:30:050:30:09

CHUCKLES I don't think I'd have it in MY house, put it like that.

0:30:090:30:14

It's fairly poor quality. There's no names on it.

0:30:140:30:19

-It's not something we'll sell with any great success.

-No?

0:30:190:30:23

I thought this stuff was all trendy, young style-led.

0:30:230:30:26

-It is but we need a name. It's all about name.

-All right.

0:30:260:30:30

-How much?

-Our estimate is £20 to £30.

-Is that all?

-Afraid so.

0:30:300:30:35

-They got swept away at 75.

-Oh, dear.

0:30:350:30:38

We go from the ridiculous to the sublime, with the snuffbox.

0:30:380:30:43

-This is a really nice little horn box.

-It is. Yeah.

0:30:430:30:47

The ultimate traditional antique.

0:30:470:30:50

-Do you like it?

-I do. It's a nice quality thing in good condition.

0:30:500:30:55

Probably Scottish.

0:30:550:30:59

Has a little cartouche which isn't marked but possibly is silver.

0:30:590:31:03

Physically, in good order. There's no damage to the rim.

0:31:030:31:07

Yes, it's a nice thing.

0:31:070:31:10

-What do you think it'll bring?

-£50 to £70.

-Great, £40 paid.

0:31:100:31:14

Lastly, the scent bottle.

0:31:140:31:17

-Do you think that's old?

-A lot are coming from China.

0:31:170:31:21

And to a good standard as well, good quality standard.

0:31:210:31:26

My feeling is this is early 20th century Czech.

0:31:260:31:30

There is an etch mark to the bottom.

0:31:300:31:34

I think it's probably in very good condition rather than modern.

0:31:340:31:38

-Which makes it worth a lot.

-A bit.

0:31:380:31:40

Our estimate is £30 to £40.

0:31:400:31:43

£55 paid. So they probably paid a little bit too much.

0:31:430:31:47

On balance, they'll need their bonus buy so let's have a look at it.

0:31:470:31:52

Yvonne and Brian, you spent 170. You gave £130 to Catherine. What did you get?

0:31:520:31:58

Some more little perfume bottles for you, Yvonne.

0:32:010:32:05

-I know you like your perfume bottles.

-They're beautiful.

0:32:050:32:09

-The stoppers, are they original?

-I think they're fine.

0:32:090:32:13

This is all hallmarked for Birmingham 1901.

0:32:130:32:18

How much of our money did you spend?

0:32:180:32:21

Well, I have got another bonus that she threw in. She felt sorry for me!

0:32:210:32:27

This little pounce pot.

0:32:270:32:29

It's for sprinkling your powder over your handwriting to dry it.

0:32:290:32:36

-Before the days of blotting paper.

-A bonus buy and a bonus!

0:32:360:32:41

Yeah. Exactly.

0:32:410:32:43

-This was £50.

-What sort of money do you anticipate it making, Catherine?

0:32:430:32:49

-I'd like to see a bit of profit.

-So would we!

0:32:490:32:54

I can see us getting £10, £20 profit.

0:32:540:32:57

Let us hope you have the sweet smell of success.

0:32:570:32:59

Let's find out what our auctioneer thinks about Catherine's perfume set.

0:32:590:33:05

-That's rather neat.

-Yes.

0:33:050:33:08

And you get this rather odd-ball silver-topped shaker.

0:33:080:33:13

Oh, fantastic. Just as well.

0:33:130:33:15

Interesting, this scent bottle holder. The collars are marked.

0:33:150:33:20

They have got their hallmarks. The holder hasn't.

0:33:200:33:24

But it's a reasonable thing.

0:33:240:33:27

Pretty little thing. I don't know who has them these days, much.

0:33:270:33:33

-That's the issue, really.

-Plus you get the pepperette.

0:33:330:33:39

How much do you think?

0:33:390:33:41

-Our estimate is £40 to £60.

-£50, Catherine paid.

-Right.

0:33:410:33:45

She may be in the money, if the team decide to go with it.

0:33:450:33:49

-Are you taking the sale?

-I am.

-We're in safe hands.

0:33:490:33:53

90 at the back.

0:33:550:33:58

Which is your favourite beverage?

0:34:000:34:03

Tea or coffee?

0:34:030:34:05

If you're a tea drinker, you might be interested in knowing

0:34:050:34:10

that you're in great company.

0:34:100:34:12

Ever since the early 18th century, it has been our national beverage.

0:34:120:34:17

Occasionally, you come across a series of pictures

0:34:170:34:21

that describe the production of the tea itself.

0:34:210:34:25

This is Chinese tea production,

0:34:250:34:28

which has been painted on rice paper.

0:34:280:34:32

The paper behind here is literally rice pith,

0:34:320:34:36

which has been mixed and rolled into incredibly thin sheets.

0:34:360:34:41

What we've got here is a group going out planting some tea trees.

0:34:410:34:46

There's a fella with a dibber. He's making the holes.

0:34:460:34:50

And these fellas are shoving the saplings into the ground.

0:34:500:34:54

Naturally, the chap in a long skirt is in management.

0:34:540:35:00

The next picture shows tea picking.

0:35:000:35:03

Because women have more nimble fingers, that's what they're doing.

0:35:030:35:07

The next picture shows the tea being taken through some sorting process.

0:35:070:35:12

And here is a scene that's quite extraordinary.

0:35:120:35:16

We've got two fellas doing some kind of weird dance

0:35:160:35:21

whilst stamping on bags of tea. That's tea bags.

0:35:210:35:25

But not like we know tea bags. They look like pillow cases.

0:35:250:35:31

It must be some crushing process.

0:35:310:35:33

With a lady coming in from one side with more baskets on a yoke.

0:35:330:35:38

And the last painting in this series of nine included in the lot

0:35:380:35:43

is the deal that's being done at the end of the day.

0:35:430:35:47

Management in the background,

0:35:470:35:50

looking dreamy in the eye department, smoking a pipe.

0:35:500:35:55

The sealed-up boxes of tea are being brought to a table.

0:35:550:36:00

There's clearly heavy negotiating going on.

0:36:000:36:03

This series of rice paintings would have been produced in the 1920s.

0:36:030:36:08

They've been framed in Europe,

0:36:080:36:11

hence this chinoiserie style of frame, I would guess in the 1930s.

0:36:110:36:17

Somebody's probably brought them back from their tour in Hong Kong.

0:36:170:36:22

What are they worth? Well, the auction estimate is £400 to £600.

0:36:220:36:26

Is that a keen price or not? We'll find out in a minute.

0:36:260:36:31

-Reg and Cheryl, how are you feeling?

-Excited.

-Nervous, excited.

0:36:390:36:43

-Is it like one of your gigs with a room full of kids about to attack you?

-This is more nerve-racking.

0:36:430:36:50

First up is the French lamp.

0:36:500:36:54

Bronze two-light electric lamp.

0:36:540:36:56

Who'll start me at £60? £60? Bronze lamp. 60 I'm bid.

0:36:560:37:01

Who's 70? £70 now, anyone? 70 where?

0:37:010:37:05

Any more bids? If not, at 60 I'll sell.

0:37:050:37:09

-That was terribly cheap!

-Oh, no!

-That is minus 120!

0:37:100:37:15

-Oh, dear.

-Look out.

-Oh, dear.

0:37:150:37:18

Dutch silver metal caddy spoon.

0:37:180:37:22

Who'll start me at £10? £10 I'm bid. 20. 30. 40. 50?

0:37:220:37:26

-< Who's 50 now...?

-That's better.

0:37:260:37:28

£50 where? At £40 and selling. BANGS GAVEL

0:37:280:37:31

-BOTH: Yes!

-That's £15 up.

-Yes.

0:37:310:37:35

A Clarice Cliff My Garden jug. Who's £20?

0:37:350:37:39

< 20? Clarice Cliff here.

0:37:390:37:41

£20 I'm bid. Who's 30?

0:37:410:37:44

Nothing wrong with it. Clarice Cliff. £30 where? 30?

0:37:440:37:48

40. 50 now? Who's 50? For £40.

0:37:480:37:52

At 40 and selling. BANGS GAVEL

0:37:520:37:55

-You are overall, team, minus 140.

-Oops!

0:37:550:37:59

-Which is really tight, isn't it?

-Yeah.

0:37:590:38:02

-Are you going to go with the champleve pot?

-We are.

-Yes.

0:38:020:38:07

-We are.

-You're going to do that?

-Absolutely.

0:38:070:38:10

French bronze and champleve enamel ink stand. Lot 338.

0:38:100:38:15

Who's £30? £30 where?

0:38:150:38:17

£30 now? 30.

0:38:170:38:20

Who's 40? 40. 50.

0:38:200:38:22

60 now? Anyone at 60? £50 and selling.

0:38:220:38:26

-That is plus 30.

-It's still a profit.

-Well done.

0:38:260:38:30

The only profit we made!

0:38:300:38:32

Overall, this has not been so hot.

0:38:320:38:35

-You are minus £110.

-Oooh!

-Oh, dear.

0:38:350:38:38

-It could be a winning score so don't say a word to the blues.

-Lips are sealed.

0:38:380:38:43

'So much for YOUR £40 psychic prediction, eh, Cheryl?'

0:38:450:38:50

Next up are the Chinese whatnots and here they are.

0:38:560:39:00

Nine watercolours on rice paper, Story Of Tea.

0:39:000:39:04

Starting at £520 on commission. £520.

0:39:040:39:08

Looking for 540 now. 540 where? On the phone, 540?

0:39:080:39:12

540 anybody else? Is that too much for you?

0:39:120:39:16

520 on commission and selling. BANGS GAVEL

0:39:160:39:19

£520. That's not much each, is it?

0:39:190:39:24

-Are you ready for this?

-Ready.

-Here comes the flying saucer!

0:39:280:39:32

1970s orange and white plastic flying saucer light shade...

0:39:320:39:38

-Doesn't it look good?

-Looks very impressive.

-It is.

0:39:380:39:42

-..Who'll start me at £10...?

-Come on!

0:39:420:39:47

..£10. Thank you. Who's 20? £20 where? Any more?

0:39:470:39:52

Sorry?

0:39:520:39:54

Going in tens. Do you want 20...?

0:39:540:39:57

-Go on. 20.

-Please?

0:39:570:39:59

..£20. There we are. 30, madam? Yes, 30.

0:39:590:40:03

40 at the back? No. At £30 and selling.

0:40:030:40:06

-Oh!

-Minus 45. Bad luck, team.

0:40:060:40:09

The Scottish horn oval snuff box. Who'll start me at £30?

0:40:090:40:14

£30 where?

0:40:140:40:16

30 I'm bid. Who's 40? £40 where?

0:40:160:40:20

40. 50? 60 now? Who's £60? Any more?

0:40:200:40:24

50 and selling, right at the front. BANGS GAVEL

0:40:240:40:27

Profit of £10. Nothing the matter with that, Catherine.

0:40:270:40:31

The Czech cut glass scent bottle of Art Deco design.

0:40:310:40:36

Start at £40 on commission. Looking for 50.

0:40:360:40:39

£50 where? Czech bottle. 50.

0:40:390:40:43

-60? No. At 50 right at the front...

-One more! Come on!

0:40:430:40:47

..Any more? No? At 50 and selling. BANGS GAVEL

0:40:470:40:51

£50 is minus £5.

0:40:510:40:53

Which means, overall, you are minus £40.

0:40:530:40:57

-We'll go with the bonus buy, then.

-Which is not so bad.

-Shame.

0:40:570:41:01

-What are you going to do with the three bottles?

-We're going for it.

0:41:010:41:05

-Are you sure?

-Catherine's item made a profit.

-Definitely going for it.

0:41:050:41:10

Silver metal stand with the fitments.

0:41:100:41:14

Who'll start me at £20? £20 where?

0:41:140:41:17

£20 madam. Thank you. £30 now?

0:41:170:41:21

Anyone? 30? 30. 40?

0:41:210:41:25

£50 now? Any more at 50?

0:41:250:41:28

-Anybody else? We'll sell at £40...

-Come on!

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-BANGS GAVEL

-That's so disappointing. Minus £10.

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-Overall, you're minus 50.

-It's a round figure!

-A round figure.

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-Minus 50 might be a winning score so don't say a word.

-We won't.

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My lovely team.

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-What fun! Have you been communicating?

-Not at all.

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Well, I have to own up that the runners-up today, I'm afraid,

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are the reds.

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By quite a wodge, I can tell you!

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That £120 down the drain with that French androgynous figure

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-didn't help, did it?

-No.

-Minus 120. Minus £110 is where you finished up.

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-But you don't feel too bad, Cheryl?

-No. I loved everything we bought.

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-You had a great day, Reg?

-Wonderful.

-We loved having you, too.

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The victors, who won today by only losing £50.

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-LAUGHTER

-Which is pretty good, isn't it?

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-You librarians, you're made of stern stuff.

-We should come back.

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The written word is stronger than the pound!

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Anyway, join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?

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ALL: Yes!

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Tim Wonnacott hosts as the bargain hunters have a job on their hands. With 1,700 stalls to check out at the Ardingly fair, will they succeed in their mission to buy low and sell high? Experts Catherine Southon and Mark Stacey are on hand to guide them in their quest. Plus Tim discovers a macabre secret at Ranger's House in London.