Anglesey 15 Bargain Hunt


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Anglesey 15

In Anglesey, the blue team are hoping to win big so they can knit jumpers for bald chickens. Look out for James Lewis's bonus buy - it's a horror!


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Please may I have eight bacon sandwiches,

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two sausage sandwiches, three cheeseburgers

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-and one coffee with eight sugars.

-OK, thank you.

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Lovely, thank you.

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I have the most terrible time feeding the crew and the contestants

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but that little breakfast is just for David Barby!

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Tim, I've got such an insatiable appetite.

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That's not the only thing that's insatiable about you.

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Let's go bargain hunting.

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Welcome to the antique and collectors' fair

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here at the Mona Show Ground on Anglesey.

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The teams, the crew, have all been watered and fed now

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and everyone is generally ready for the off.

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James Lewis and reds Angela and Jeff treat the shopping like a race.

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Hey, you guys. You're pretty Speedy Gonzalez, aren't you?

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It's slow progress, though, for David Barby

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with blues Pauline and Rachel.

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-Is this the sort of glass you're looking for?

-I love this. It's fab.

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The coloured glass we're looking at is modern. Thank you.

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And we're going to get no profit on it.

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320, now. 320, 350...

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So will the hare or the tortoise win at auction?

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-And here we are. Hello, everyone.

-Hello.

-Great to see you.

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-Now, Jeff, Ange is your oldest sister, right?

-She is.

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-And has that ever caused you any problems?

-Lots of problems, Tim.

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I think Ange wished I was a little sister

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-because she used to dress me up as a girl.

-Did she?

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Make-up, the works - dresses.

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-Has that damaged you psychologically at all?

-Hopefully not.

-No?

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-Do you ever get a longing for tights?

-Er, lipstick but not tights.

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Lipstick, not tights. That's sensible.

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-Now, Jeff, what's your main passion in life?

-Football.

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I've always been into it. I got involved with Liverpool Football Club.

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I started a football collection from it.

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Every time I used to go, picking up bits of memorabilia, programmes.

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-They're lovely mementoes.

-They're fantastic.

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-And whether they win or lose...

-Well, they used to win when I was a child.

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-but not any more.

-Well, things can always change.

-They will.

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-That's what's so brilliant.

-They will.

-Angela, do you collect anything?

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Yes, I do. I collect mainly Enid Blyton books.

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-I've got quite a few first editions.

-Have you?

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And other books, as well.

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I've got The Count Of Monte Cristo, an old copy of that.

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I've got a set of Charles Dickens that are over 100 years old.

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That's a really nice thing to do.

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And every time you come to a fair or a car boot,

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-there's always old books.

-Oh, yeah.

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-People don't know what's there.

-They don't.

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You find them in charity shops, as well. They can be 10p.

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So if you find an Enid Blyton first edition out there today...

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-Yeah.

-..will you be able to resist keeping it for yourself

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-or will you give it to the programme?

-No, I'll keep it.

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You're not allowed to admit that.

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-Anyway, I hope you have a lovely time.

-Thank you.

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Now, blues. How do you two know each other?

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Me and Pauline are both custodians at Plas Mawr,

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which is the finest Elizabethan townhouse in the country.

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Really? Now, Pauline, I gather that Plas Mawr's got a ghost.

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Well, yes.

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There were some visitors who went upstairs to the attic rooms

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and they came rushing down, they were all white-faced and rushing about,

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saying they'd heard this ghost saying, "Leave. Leave."

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Leave? That's not friendly, is it? Especially as they'd paid to come in.

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-Exactly. I thought, "I'm not going up by myself."

-No!

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In case it told me to leave. So I asked Rachel to go with me.

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And it turned out it was just the fire alarm system.

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-Now, talking about spirits, Rachel, you're partial to a glass, aren't you?

-I am.

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I've been making homemade wine for the past ten years or so.

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-On one occasion I was making rice and raisin wine. It had fermented.

-Lovely.

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I'd sieved it and just put the pulp in the bin.

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And it was three days later, an elderly neighbour came to me

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and asked why there was a flock of seagulls staggering around the street and falling off rooftops.

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They'd eaten the pulp and that's got alcohol in it,

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so they were sozzled and couldn't fly for a week.

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How very funny.

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-Pauline, you're a great fan of birds, though, aren't you?

-Yes, I am.

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-Any one in particular?

-Chickens.

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-What is it with you and chickens?

-We had chickens when I was little.

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-Yeah?

-And I found on one of the internet sites

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a place where you get rescue chickens.

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-Rescued chickens?

-Yes, from battery chickens.

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-Really? From out of the oven?

-No!

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Get 'em out... What do you do, give them the kiss of life?

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They don't have many feathers, so you can knit them little jumpers.

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Get away! What, this is a registered charity?

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-Yes!

-Is it?

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We're going to have the most super programme today, aren't we?

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Anyway, here we go, look. Here's the £300.

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Take the £300, you know the rules, your experts await and off you go

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and very, very, very good luck.

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Well, I don't know. Bald chickens?

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Drunken seagulls?

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Where do we get them from?

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Right, teams, your hour starts now.

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What are you after?

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Some small silver, like vesta cases or something like that.

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Something with dogs on.

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Any coloured glass.

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I really like silver but I'm not sure that'll sell well.

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-A silver dog, then.

-Maybe.

-Let's go and have a look.

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-Are those salt and pepper things?

-Yeas but they're very ordinary.

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Guys, what do you think to Moorcroft?

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-That can be yours for £1,495.

-Is that all?

-Yeah.

-Really.

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We've got 300, it's a bit out of our price range.

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-Those are popular. What do you think to those?

-Is it a jug and bowl?

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-Yes, it is a milk jug and bowl.

-Jug and bowl together.

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Please don't drop them.

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There's a reason why I don't often look at ceramics.

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If you drop a bronze, it dents the floor.

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If you drop these, it's curtains.

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-How old is this?

-This is going to be about 1935.

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It's nice and early.

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You've got two bits instead of one.

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-Erm...

-He's just on his way.

-Is he? OK. The stallholder's coming.

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What could you do those two for?

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One and a half.

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One and a half. 150 quid. You've got two pieces.

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-Mm.

-I think that's a really good price.

-Do you?

-Yeah.

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120 would be better. Can you do it?

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It would be better for you, not for me.

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I know, I know.

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Go on, just for you. 120.

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-If you're happy with it, I'll go with it.

-Yeah.

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-120 quid? Deal, deal?

-Fine.

-Thank you.

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Well, there could be a chance of profit here for the reds.

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Of course, any blue team profits will be turned into knitwear

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for Pauline's bald chickens.

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I'm going to buy some wool and some needles, so I should be all right.

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So, should get a good few jumpers out of it.

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-Cardigans, scarves...

-No, just jumpers.

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Gilets.

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Leg warmers.

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Little bobbly hats.

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Sweat bands.

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TIM SQUAWKS

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Of course, the only way I like a chicken dressed

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is with a nice bit of gravy.

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Ah!

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Hey, you guys. You're pretty Speedy Gonzalez, aren't you?

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We're trying our best, Tim.

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You've bought something in six minutes, right?

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And then you got a thumping great reduction.

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-I've been filled in with all the details.

-Spying on us already.

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We're up there watching, you know.

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-So how are you feeling, Ange? Are you all right?

-I'm enjoying it.

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-It's lovely to see everything here.

-Isn't it?

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It's such of feast of objects. Always something interesting.

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What have you found there?

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"Great Eastern Steam Ship.

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"Tons, 24,000, length, 692."

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-Really?

-Get away. Look at that.

-Mm.

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It's a little bit of memorabilia

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relating to what was the largest iron-built ship in the world

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at that moment.

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I'm not sure if the Great Eastern was a paddle or a single screw

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but it laid cables all round the world.

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-Is that what it did?

-Just at the moment that telegraph cables were being laid everywhere

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and then it was very useful for that.

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They had a huge problem in getting a length of wire

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that would go across the Atlantic.

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-You can imagine, really!

-What you need

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is 2,500 miles of wire on one vessel

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in a series of rolls

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and the Great Eastern was able to do that.

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I think it did very well on that front.

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That cowry shell could've come from the Caribbean, couldn't it?

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Somebody's etched that or carved it.

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I mean, he's the man. It's no wonder he does so well.

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-Was that on that table?

-Yeah.

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-How much is it?

-£28.

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-£28.

-That's not a lot of money, is it?

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-When would that have been made?

-That's mid 19th century.

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This is a bit of high Victorian engineering, it's an important part

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of Brunel, Britain, all that made this country great,

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a century and a half ago.

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It's all wrapped up in a shell that somebody's carved.

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How can I influence them any more?

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Let's see what he'll take for it.

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-What would be your best?

-I'll do that for 25, sir.

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-25. Yes?

-I'm happy with that.

-I'm happy with that?

-Yeah, definitely.

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Profit in it for both of us. Thank you. Deal.

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That's two deals in 11 minutes. Slow down, reds!

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This is no race.

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I've just dug this out of a casket.

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Now, what do you think?

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-It's a lovely shape, isn't it?

-Feel the weight.

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It's not an early one. It's a lump of silver.

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But it's a very functional piece.

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Breathe on it there.

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-Do you see the mark come up?

-Yeah.

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It's fully hallmarked, there.

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It's a fairly late mark. What's the date on it?

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It's 1971 and I don't think it's ever been used.

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-It's not dented or anything, is it?

-It's late.

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I've got to get out of the idea of thinking everything has to be old.

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-Some things modern in a Georgian style are very acceptable.

-Mm-hm.

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Rachel, feel the weight.

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-Yeah, there's some weight in it.

-It is good.

-It's nice, isn't it?

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Substantial. That's what I like about it.

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-It looks class.

-It does look class.

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Like us. What's the price on that?

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It's priced at £120. He'll take 80 for it.

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Do you think we'd make much of a profit on that?

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Ooh, I think it's all its money at auction.

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-I don't think you'll make a profit on it.

-OK.

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-You could do. That's a risk you'd have to take.

-Mm.

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I'm not going to say it's a bargain at £80.

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-Is it worth going for it?

-Well, I'll have a go if...

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-Yeah, I think we'll have a go. Yes.

-You'll have a go?

-We'll have a go.

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Right, I'll go and settle up.

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Well, it's about time you did have a go, girls,

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because the reds might have found their last buy.

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That little box, there, the wooden one.

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-Do you want to have a look at it?

-Could we?

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Hi. Could we have a look at the boxwood card case, please?

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-Is that what it is?

-It's a visiting-card case.

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-This one?

-Thank you.

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-How much is it? Oh! It's £155.

-Too much money.

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-It's a card holder, is it?

-Yeah.

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It's Chinese Canton boxwood.

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How old do you think that is?

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It's likely to have been made between 1870 and 1900,

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when the trade links between England and China were at their strongest.

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-How frequently are these in auction?

-Regularly.

-Oh, are they?

-Right.

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-So it's not that rare?

-It's not rare but they are doing well.

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-OK, so how much are these going for?

-Totally different kettle of fish,

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I saw a tortoiseshell one, about the same quality as this,

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-make 3,500 the other day.

-Really?

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I've seen boxwood ones of nicer quality making £400, 500.

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-Right.

-Do you think that's got age to it?

-Yeah.

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-It's not a modern reproduction?

-No.

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Again, the work that's gone into that.

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-Do you see where the edges are slightly proud?

-Yeah.

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-Do you see there's a shine on them?

-Yeah.

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-Is that wear?

-That's 100 years of that

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-and where it's too deep, there's a matt finish.

-Yeah.

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-Did you buy it well?

-Yes, absolutely.

-It's a...

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-Nice ones are never cheap.

-No, they're not.

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-Does it owe you a lot of money?

-I'm afraid it does, yeah.

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-I can help a little. What have we got?

-155.

-155.

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I could do it for 120.

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120.

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What do you think? Is that the very best?

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Erm, yes, it is, really, yes.

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-No chance of a little bit less?

-Perhaps a fiver more.

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Would you take 100 for it? That would give us a fighting chance.

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Erm, it's leaving very little but yeah, I'll do £100.

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-There's still a little profit in there?

-Very small.

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He's had a profit, it gives us a fighting chance.

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-Go for it. I think we should go for this.

-Go on, then.

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-I'm happy.

-You chose it.

-Yeah!

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-I'm happy to go for it.

-It's your show.

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Well, that, I think was a record shop.

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We did it in about half the time. I'll buy you a drink.

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But will it be a case of too much haste, James?

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Talking of cases, the blues have got one.

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Rachel, this is about the only thing you've indicated you like.

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Why do you like that?

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It's just quite an interesting little piece, really.

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-Do you like mother-of-pearl?

-I do.

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-Do you have jewellery with mother-of-pearl in it?

-Only one very small piece

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from my grandmother.

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That's a little ring box. Can you open it up?

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And it's lined with ivory.

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I don't think this has ever, ever been used

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because it's got its original silk.

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Just fraying slightly there but that indicates its age.

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Nothing to worry about. I think that's rather nice.

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-I quite like that.

-Yes, I think it's lovely.

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And the ivory is all right because it is Victorian, you say?

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It is Victorian, it's not post 1947.

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-And all the pieces are there.

-Yeah, there's nothing...

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And it's got its little feet and if you look underneath,

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it's got its original lacquered paper.

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-So it's quite nice.

-It's amazing, that.

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A lot of these things do come off

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because they've been stored where it's damp

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and the glue underneath lifts.

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But I think that's quite a nice little box.

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-If we can get it for round about 60 or something like that?

-Yeah.

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We'll make a bit of profit on that then?

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We'll make a reasonable profit but not a vast amount.

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You haven't got one of these items that's going to bring you £200, £300 profit.

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OK. I quite like that.

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-Shall we have a go with that? You happy with that?

-Yes, I am.

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I can do it for 65.

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Any less? 60?

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I paid, what was it? 62.

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62.

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-Are you quite happy with 62?

-Yeah.

-It's a nice box.

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-It's halfway, isn't it?

-Yeah.

-OK.

-Yeah. It's a nice box.

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-Well, let's pay up and move on.

-Yeah.

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Now, don't drop off

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because I've spied something interesting outside.

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Do you know what it is?

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It's a tricky object, I have to tell you.

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You won't believe it but this thing is made of solid brass.

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Just look on that edge there. See?

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It's all brassy underneath this paint effect.

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Down this end, we've got a turned wooden bit,

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which is the handle,

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and through the handle you've got a hole

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and it would have had a thong set in there,

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a length of leather which came out of it here

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that you'd have around your wrist,

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so that this thing could be about your person

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or on your horse.

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Think about it.

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Why have you got a solid brass tube,

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covered in a brown, blotchy paint job, with a wooden handle,

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that's capable of being hung from your horse?

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The secret is, of course,

0:17:170:17:19

that the brown paint job is camouflage.

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Because the person who used this didn't want it shining in the sunlight,

0:17:220:17:27

giving away their position,

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and the secret becomes more obvious if I twist this little flange on the top

0:17:300:17:36

and reveal that bit - it's a mirror.

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And if I tweak the bottom bit through that flange,

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it reveals another mirror.

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So, if I was in the Boer War,

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which is when this thing dates from,

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and I wanted to find whether one of those beastly Boers

0:17:520:17:56

were over the top of a ridge,

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what I'd do is I'd get off my horse,

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I'd go up to the ridge, I'd stick this periscope up

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and I'd have a little squint through there.

0:18:040:18:06

Oh, I say!

0:18:090:18:11

There, you see?

0:18:110:18:13

It's got a civilian application even today.

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What would such a relic from Britain's military and empire past

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cost you today?

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It could be yours for under £50.

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Now, back to the blues shopping for their final item

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and a rather frustrated David Barby.

0:18:330:18:35

They've looked at so many other pieces

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and I don't get any comeback, any enthusiasm.

0:18:390:18:43

Put the beans in there, seal it up,

0:18:430:18:47

and put that in there...

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and the burner would roast the beans.

0:18:490:18:52

That's lovely.

0:18:520:18:53

Pauline's appreciating the history behind the objects,

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particularly that little coffee grinder, which is brilliant.

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-You don't like it?

-No.

-It's very different, isn't it?

0:19:010:19:05

I know it's quirky and I know it's different

0:19:050:19:07

-but it's...

-You specifically said quirky items.

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Rachel doesn't like that and she's now looking for coloured glass.

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-Is this the sort of glass you're looking for?

-I love this. This is fab.

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The coloured glass we're looking at is modern

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and we're going to get no profit on it.

0:19:220:19:24

No such frustration for James.

0:19:240:19:27

Oh, no. He's all done. Only one thing on his mind.

0:19:270:19:30

Do you have a really big sausage?

0:19:300:19:32

I understand that James Lewis has finished now.

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I wish I had that opportunity

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but it's excitement, isn't it, until the last minute?

0:19:370:19:40

That last second.

0:19:400:19:42

So, we'll see how it goes.

0:19:420:19:44

Well, if it's glass Rachel wants, it's glass she'll get.

0:19:440:19:49

So this is an interesting shape.

0:19:490:19:51

This is probably by Powell and Co., it's Birmingham,

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and they specialised in these sort of tear drops at the side.

0:19:540:19:57

Rachel. Glass, glass.

0:19:570:19:59

-Glass.

-Does your hand tremble with excitement?

-Yes, it does.

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Well, it is hallmarked. The price is £60.

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-What do you think?

-And it is silver?

-Silver base.

0:20:090:20:13

It looks organic, to me. Does it look organic to you?

0:20:130:20:16

-It looks very much like a sort of Powell glass.

-Yes, it does.

0:20:160:20:20

-What you want is a green blob in there.

-I know, I know.

0:20:200:20:23

-What do you think, girls?

-I quite like it.

-I like it.

0:20:230:20:26

-And you're passionate about glassware?

-I am.

-She is.

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I'm just the bearer of bad news, really, because time's running out.

0:20:290:20:32

You've not done a lot in the last half an hour.

0:20:320:20:35

-I mean, you have done lots but we've got to buy the stuff or...

-Tim?

0:20:350:20:38

-What's that?

-Goodbye.

-Oh, thanks.

0:20:380:20:40

-Right...

-£60. I think that's a great price.

-Yeah.

0:20:440:20:46

-You think so?

-Yeah.

-Let's go for it.

-Let's go for it.

-Yeah.

0:20:460:20:50

At last they agree!

0:20:500:20:53

But is our Rachel happy?

0:20:530:20:55

-Are you excited about it?

-I am excited, yes.

0:20:560:20:58

-Can you not tell?

-No. No.

0:20:580:21:01

Look excited!

0:21:010:21:03

Oh, I am excited!

0:21:030:21:06

Oh, calm down, David. You're not in a disco.

0:21:060:21:09

Now our experts have to shop for their teams' bonus buys

0:21:090:21:13

with the leftover lolly.

0:21:130:21:14

How much? Let's find out.

0:21:140:21:16

Jeff and Angela raced to their first buy,

0:21:180:21:21

two pieces of Moorcroft for £120.

0:21:210:21:25

Minutes later, they had this engraved shell for a mere 25.

0:21:270:21:31

And they finished their shop with this boxwood card case for 100.

0:21:320:21:37

So what's this? Treats and rewards is it?

0:21:400:21:43

I mean, there you go, 20-minute shop.

0:21:430:21:46

-We don't hang around, Tim.

-You certainly don't hang around.

-Well, we were decisive.

0:21:460:21:52

-So what did you spend, then, actually?

-£245.

0:21:520:21:56

£245. That is such a good number.

0:21:560:21:58

-£245. So I want £55 back, don't I? £55.

-There you go, Tim.

0:21:580:22:03

-Here's your £55.

-Thank you.

0:22:030:22:05

-What are you going to do with that, Jimmy?

-I'm going to try and find something oriental.

0:22:050:22:10

Because you love it, don't you? So I'm going to go in search of something like that.

0:22:100:22:14

And it can sell very well at auction. So good luck with that.

0:22:140:22:17

Take your sandwich with you. Perfect.

0:22:170:22:20

Now we're going to remind ourselves what the blue team bought.

0:22:200:22:24

Pauline and Rachel bought the sauce boat first for £80.

0:22:260:22:29

They then plumped for the mother-of-pearl casket at 62.

0:22:320:22:36

And in the last few minutes, they found this vase for £60.

0:22:360:22:40

You've missed out on the scoff and the tea because you took so long.

0:22:430:22:47

We took the precise hour, Tim, that we were allotted,

0:22:470:22:50

-did we not, girls?

-We did.

0:22:500:22:51

And the others have had their sausage sandwiches and cha.

0:22:510:22:55

But never mind. You could have stolen the march on them

0:22:550:22:58

and got the biggest bargain of all.

0:22:580:23:00

-How much did you spend?

-202.

0:23:000:23:03

-202? That's a good number, isn't it?

-It is.

-2:2. Like David's degree.

0:23:030:23:07

OK, you tutus, I'd like £98 then, please.

0:23:090:23:14

98 smackers coming. That's lovely.

0:23:140:23:16

That goes straight across to David Barby.

0:23:160:23:18

What are you going to do with all that smackerage?

0:23:180:23:21

I quite honestly do not know.

0:23:210:23:23

-Really?

-It's one of those things.

0:23:230:23:25

I'm going to spot something and go, "Right, that's Rach or that's Pauline."

0:23:250:23:30

It's their choice. I want something that will make them happy.

0:23:300:23:33

Yeah, make them happy but what would make them best happy is the biggest profit.

0:23:330:23:37

And profit is the point of this game.

0:23:380:23:41

We'll find out how much later at the auction.

0:23:410:23:43

For now, let's take a short trip to the home of Lord Anglesey,

0:23:430:23:47

Plas Newydd.

0:23:470:23:49

In the past, a grand house like this

0:23:570:24:00

would have sat in the heart of an estate,

0:24:000:24:02

acres of land as far as the eye could see.

0:24:020:24:05

The family's estates in the 1780s extended to some 100,000 acres.

0:24:100:24:17

You think about it - 100,000 acres.

0:24:170:24:20

How many tenants, exactly, would you have on 100,000 acres?

0:24:200:24:25

Well, if the average size of each farm was, say, 50 acres,

0:24:250:24:30

on 100,000 acres you'd have over 2,000 tenants.

0:24:300:24:35

And what happened to those 2,000 tenants?

0:24:350:24:39

Well, every single quarter day, that's four times a year,

0:24:390:24:43

they'd foregather in the agent's office.

0:24:430:24:46

And they'd sit around a table like this

0:24:460:24:48

and each of those tenants would be eyeballed by the agent

0:24:480:24:52

and he'd say, "What's your name?"

0:24:520:24:54

And the tenant would say, "My name's Burke."

0:24:540:24:57

And he'd say, "Ah, now, Burke. Right."

0:24:570:25:00

And he'd twizzle the rent table around

0:25:000:25:02

until you get to the right drawer.

0:25:020:25:04

They've got the alphabet inlaid on them

0:25:040:25:07

and he'd take out the tenancy agreement for Burke.

0:25:070:25:11

"Right," he'd say, "Burke. Let me see."

0:25:110:25:15

The tenancy agreement says that on every quarter day -

0:25:150:25:18

and quarter days were Christmas Day, Midsummer's Day,

0:25:180:25:22

Lady Day, which is in March,

0:25:220:25:25

and Michaelmas, which is in September -

0:25:250:25:27

and on each of those days each of the tenants would have to come in to the office.

0:25:270:25:31

The agent would remove the centre section on a rent table like this

0:25:310:25:37

and he's day, "OK, fine, here's your tenancy agreement.

0:25:370:25:40

"You owe a quarter's rent, that's one pound eight and sixpence."

0:25:400:25:44

He'd initial that one pound eight and sixpence had been paid,

0:25:440:25:48

post the money into the middle

0:25:480:25:50

and, hey presto, your quarter's rent was paid up.

0:25:500:25:54

Now, this is a relic of those rent-paying days

0:25:540:25:58

that would, originally, have sat in the agent's office

0:25:580:26:02

in rather a humble position in the house.

0:26:020:26:04

But today, the Trust have it here on Anglesey on public display

0:26:040:26:09

in a grand room,

0:26:090:26:11

just as an example of bygone days and how these things happened.

0:26:110:26:16

The big question is today, of course,

0:26:160:26:19

are our teams likely or even able to do the business

0:26:190:26:23

over at the auction?

0:26:230:26:25

'And our auction today is in the market town of Nantwich,

0:26:290:26:34

'under the direction of Robert Stones.

0:26:340:26:36

'Now, what will he think of James' bonus buy?'

0:26:380:26:42

-Now, Jeff, no Ange?

-No Ange, I'm afraid. She's in Boston.

0:26:470:26:51

-Is she?

-She is.

-Business or pleasure?

-Business.

0:26:510:26:55

-Ah, we'll let her off, then.

-Only just.

0:26:550:26:57

£55 of leftover lolly went from you and Ange to James Lewis.

0:26:570:27:02

-Did he blow the lot? James?

-Not quite but the majority of it.

0:27:020:27:06

-Oh!

-LAUGHTER

0:27:060:27:09

What do you think to that?

0:27:090:27:11

-Well...

-That's me with an moustache, I think!

0:27:110:27:14

I just looked at that and I thought, "People are either going to love it or hate it."

0:27:140:27:19

-What is it?

-It's actually a mask. A miniature Japanese mask.

0:27:190:27:24

-Oh, right.

-It's been framed around 1890 to 1900,

0:27:240:27:29

so it's a Meiji period mask

0:27:290:27:30

that somebody has thought was great fun, had it framed.

0:27:300:27:33

It's never been out of its frame, so that's in its favour.

0:27:330:27:37

It's in lovely condition.

0:27:370:27:38

It is a sort of macabre-looking thing, isn't it?

0:27:380:27:41

But I must say, the frame has done it a great favour

0:27:410:27:44

in keeping it in brilliant nick, hasn't it?

0:27:440:27:46

Whether you like this frame or not, it is all sealed up.

0:27:460:27:50

-These things are called Noh masks.

-Oh, right.

-N-O-H masks.

0:27:500:27:53

Also "no", because they have no chance of making a profit, I think.

0:27:530:27:57

Well, I've got to say, I do like its unusualness.

0:27:590:28:01

They'd be set up as puppets, these things

0:28:010:28:04

and you'd then do a performance, like Punch and Judy,

0:28:040:28:07

but with 60 or 80 characters all running around in their costumes.

0:28:070:28:11

-How much did you pay again?

-£32.

-£32.

0:28:110:28:13

Any money in it, do you think? If there's Japanese collectors there.

0:28:130:28:17

-I think it's worth £35-40. I don't see a lot of profit in it.

-No.

0:28:170:28:22

What do you think Ange would think about it?

0:28:220:28:24

-Erm...

-Do you want to ring her up in Boston?

0:28:240:28:27

-No.

-What time is it in Boston?

-She can phone me.

0:28:270:28:30

-I love that.

-I think she'd be laughing about it, that's for sure.

0:28:320:28:35

The responsibility is yours but for the audience,

0:28:350:28:38

let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about James' Noh mask.

0:28:380:28:42

Well, he's an odd-looking fellow, isn't he?

0:28:440:28:46

Well, er...

0:28:470:28:48

Wouldn't want to meet him on a dark night, I tell you.

0:28:480:28:51

I don't know quite what to say about this, to be honest.

0:28:510:28:53

It's always difficult when you see something like this that's sealed.

0:28:530:28:57

Ah, yes.

0:28:570:28:59

Although I have tried to get inside this sealed box,

0:28:590:29:03

-I can't get into it.

-Yes.

0:29:030:29:05

So I'm not entirely sure if this Noh figurehead is porcelain or not because I can't check it.

0:29:050:29:12

-It could be wood, couldn't it?

-It could.

-Sometimes they are.

0:29:120:29:16

But odd things can do better than average, can't they?

0:29:160:29:19

Well, we'll see.

0:29:190:29:21

You clearly love it, Robert.

0:29:210:29:24

-What is your estimate?

-20 to 40.

0:29:240:29:26

Very good. £32 was paid by James,

0:29:260:29:29

who's a genius when it comes to finding the oddball,

0:29:290:29:32

and we'll hope for the best.

0:29:320:29:33

Now, a subject close to your heart.

0:29:330:29:36

-Moorcroft.

-Absolutely.

0:29:360:29:38

Moorcroft made in Cobridge, which is about ten miles from here,

0:29:380:29:43

so there's a great following for it and people love the stuff.

0:29:430:29:47

These are two particularly plain and ordinary pieces, though, aren't they?

0:29:470:29:52

-I know but they're going to do OK.

-Are they?

-I think so.

0:29:520:29:55

I like your reassurance, there.

0:29:550:29:57

Well, how much is OK, then?

0:29:570:29:58

-Well, we think £80 to 120.

-OK. £120 paid.

0:29:580:30:03

-So they're pretty well at the top end of the range.

-Yeah.

0:30:030:30:07

We'll be relying on you, Robert, but we trust you.

0:30:070:30:10

-Now, what about the Great Eastern Steam Ship...?

-Little shell.

0:30:100:30:15

Probably a souvenir, if you like, of the Great Eastern shipping line.

0:30:150:30:20

And it's got the tonnage

0:30:200:30:22

and the length of the ship on the shell as well,

0:30:220:30:26

acid etched.

0:30:260:30:27

Yeah, and of course, people do collect things which relate to the great Victorian vessels

0:30:270:30:33

-What do you think it might bring?

-15 to 25.

0:30:330:30:35

£25 paid, so they're pretty well spot-on with that, too.

0:30:350:30:38

Finally, the little Chinese export card case.

0:30:380:30:43

I like to see these in ivory, myself.

0:30:430:30:46

-I'm not so keen on the wooden ones.

-Yeah, I have to agree with you.

0:30:460:30:49

If it was made out of ivory, it would be a beautiful thing

0:30:490:30:53

but it is what it is, it's carved out of wood.

0:30:530:30:55

It's in great condition, it's not been knocked about,

0:30:550:30:58

as so often they can be,

0:30:580:31:00

with the fine carving being so delicate.

0:31:000:31:02

-We're saying 30 to 50.

-£100 paid.

0:31:020:31:05

So I think if there's a dark hole, it will revolve around the card case.

0:31:050:31:10

-So we've all learnt something from that.

-Mm.

0:31:100:31:12

That's it for the reds, now for the blues,

0:31:120:31:15

-which look much more conventional.

-Yeah.

0:31:150:31:18

This should be a walk in the park, I think.

0:31:180:31:20

A very nice silver sauce boat.

0:31:200:31:23

It's unfortunately not very old. It's a relatively modern thing

0:31:230:31:27

but silver prices are very buoyant at the moment.

0:31:270:31:30

It's a very conventional shape.

0:31:300:31:32

I think we might do OK with that.

0:31:320:31:34

-Like, how well?

-90 to 120.

0:31:340:31:36

Perfect. £80 paid.

0:31:360:31:38

And what about the little ring casket?

0:31:380:31:41

I think it's extremely difficult to age this.

0:31:410:31:44

The condition of it is incredible.

0:31:440:31:46

Everything about it is absolutely pristine.

0:31:460:31:49

-Brand Harry spankers, then, potentially?

-Could be.

0:31:490:31:52

But there may be somebody that likes it.

0:31:520:31:54

It's almost too good to be true.

0:31:540:31:56

-What would your estimate be?

-40 to 60.

0:31:560:31:58

Fair enough. £62 paid. So they're in the frame, more or less.

0:31:580:32:02

The last item is quite fun.

0:32:020:32:04

I like these tear drop, solifleur,

0:32:040:32:08

these kind of single flower head type vases.

0:32:080:32:10

-Does that appeal to you?

-Yes, it's not a bad piece.

0:32:100:32:14

The big thing about this is that the glass is in good condition.

0:32:140:32:18

The downside is,

0:32:180:32:19

it's actually got a silver foot on it, which is good,

0:32:190:32:22

but you if you look carefully, you can see that frosted...

0:32:220:32:26

You can see that overenthusiastic housewife 200 yards away, can't you?

0:32:260:32:30

"I've got to clean that up. I'll get out one of those oven-cleaning pads."

0:32:300:32:34

-Absolutely fatal.

-"Give it a good scouring."

0:32:340:32:36

-What's your estimate on it?

-On that one, we've said 40 to 60.

0:32:360:32:40

-OK, £60. So they're not far off on any of it, really.

-No. In with a sporting chance.

0:32:400:32:45

They may not need their bonus buy

0:32:450:32:46

but we're going to have a look at it, anyway.

0:32:460:32:49

Now, Rach and Pauline, you spent a clear 202.

0:32:500:32:53

You gave David Barby 98 smackers. What did he spend it on?

0:32:530:32:58

Well, I didn't spend the lot.

0:32:580:33:00

I spent £40 on this very special piece of glass.

0:33:000:33:04

-Now, you wanted glass.

-I did want glass - coloured glass.

0:33:050:33:08

This is coloured as well.

0:33:080:33:09

Now, there was one factory in central Europe called Loetz

0:33:090:33:13

who specialised in this green, iridescent glass.

0:33:130:33:16

This is in the manner of Loetz, it's not necessarily Loetz itself.

0:33:160:33:20

But what I like about it is it has this gilt metal collar,

0:33:200:33:24

which is loose, but anybody can restore it.

0:33:240:33:28

But that little collar round there has a sort of art nouveau design.

0:33:280:33:32

So we're looking at probably just before the First World War.

0:33:320:33:37

Remember that the top is loose.

0:33:380:33:41

Steady!

0:33:410:33:42

-So much did you actually pay?

-£40.

0:33:420:33:45

-Do you like the colours, Rach?

-I do like the colours, yeah.

0:33:450:33:48

It is an interesting piece.

0:33:480:33:50

-Pauline, what do you think, darling?

-I do like it as well, yeah.

0:33:500:33:53

Profit, though, do you think?

0:33:530:33:55

I think it's probably going to make only five or 10 pounds.

0:33:550:33:59

We watched his lips. He's predicting five or ten pounds.

0:33:590:34:02

-Hold that thought until the auction...

-Mmm.

0:34:020:34:05

For the audience at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks.

0:34:050:34:09

There we go, Robert. That looks rather colourful.

0:34:100:34:14

Nice piece of Bohemian glass, Austrian, Hungarian area.

0:34:140:34:17

And you can see here how the colour plays on it

0:34:170:34:20

-and that's what people like.

-Yes, gorgeous.

0:34:200:34:23

-What's the estimate?

-20 to 40.

0:34:230:34:25

-Ah. £40 paid.

-Oh, really?

-By David Barby.

0:34:250:34:28

So he's rating it as his bonus buy

0:34:280:34:31

-but he may just have paid a tad too much.

-Mm.

0:34:310:34:35

-We'll see in a moment.

-We will.

0:34:350:34:36

-You're in good voice?

-Absolutely ready to go.

-Lovely.

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-Have you been on the phone to Ange, then?

-Yeah. Transatlantic calls.

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-Ah, nothing's spared on this programme.

-Keeping her informed.

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Have you told her about the bonus buy? Have you told her what you might be doing with it?

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-I couldn't describe it, to be honest.

-No, well, you don't want her to feel ill.

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-Not on a business trip.

-No, you don't want any negative calls.

-No, quite.

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First up, though, is the Moorcroft pansy pots

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and here they come.

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Moorcroft pottery, jug and bowl. There we are.

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I've got several commissions on this. I can start at £80.

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85. At 85, there. 90 on commission. 95?

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95, 100, I'm bid. And 5?

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£100 with me. And 5 I'm bid in a fresh place. At 105.

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-Come on.

-110 anywhere else? 110, fresh bidder.

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At 110. 115 anywhere else?

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At £110. All done at 110?

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GAVEL BANGS I can't bear it. £120 paid.

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-That's 110. You're minus £10.

-Not bad.

-I hate Moorcroft.

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139, ladies and gentlemen, there we are.

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Of shipping interest, of course. This is the cameo.

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This is a good thing.

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Great Eastern Steam Ship, 1860.

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£10 I'm bid straightaway. At 10.

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12? 10 is all I have. At 10. 12. 15 is the next bid.

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15, 18, 20, 22, 25? 25.

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28. 30? At 28 here.

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-30. 32?

-Come on.

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30, your bid. 32. 35? 35. 38?

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38. 40, now. 42.

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£40. It's here. £40 only, then, at 40...

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£40. It's a profit, though, James. Well done.

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That's plus 15, which means that overall you're plus 5.

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-You're £5 up and it comes to this case.

-Now we're in trouble.

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Lot number 140, ladies and gentlemen,

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is the Chinese carved hardwood case. There we are.

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£20 now do I hear? At £20 anywhere. Straightaway, £20.

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I'm bid 20. 22 is the now. Super thing.

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-At £20. 22.

-Come on.

-25. 28. 30 now?

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28 here. At £28 there. £28.

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30 anywhere else? Come along, now. 30 on the internet.

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-Ooh, internet.

-35 on the internet.

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35. Are you bidding? At 35 on the internet.

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38. 40 now do I hear on the internet?

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40. 40, if you like. 40? 40 bid there.

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42, 45? 45. 48? 48?

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48. 50, now? 50, bid. 52. I'll take 52 off you.

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£52, it's going to be sold. At 52...

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-£52, then. It's gone.

-Not good.

-That is not good.

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You're minus 48 on that, which means overall, you're minus 43.

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What are you going to do about the Noh mask?

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Are you going to say yes or no?

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-Yes.

-Yes?

-It's unusual, isn't it? Come on! Yeah.

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-You're going to do it?

-It's a comedy piece, so we'll go with it.

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OK, we're going for the Noh mask.

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The Japanese Noh. There we are. It's a porcelain mask.

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What's it worth to you, ladies and gentlemen?

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£20 to start it off, somebody, at £20.

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At £20, anybody, at £20?

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At £20, do I hear now, at 20?

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20 anywhere now do I hear?

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At £20. There's a deathly silence in the room and I don't like it.

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Come on, now.

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10, somebody. £10 now do I hear?

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10 I'm bid, thank you very much indeed.

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-I've got not a lot of faith in this.

-12 is the now.

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12 anywhere now? £10 only, at 10.

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12 on the internet.

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12 on the internet. 15 now, Alan?

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LAUGHTER

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A lonely bid on the internet there. At £12 only, it will be sold.

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-At 12.

-GAVEL BANGS

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-Minus 20. Minus 20.

-What a dreadful day.

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-Gives minus 63.

-I am sorry.

-It's all right.

-They're just not bidding.

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Minus 63 could be a winning score

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because if they're not bidding for you, they won't be bidding for the blues.

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Are you predicting any great profits on any particular item, Rach?

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-Who can say? I hope so.

-Yeah.

-I really do hope so.

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That's a good shifty answer, that.

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If there's anything that's listed to make a decent profit,

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it's that sauce boat and it's the first object up and here it comes.

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Georgian design silver sauce boat, Sheffield, 1971.

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What may we say for it? £80 I'm bid straightaway.

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At £80. 85 is the now.

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At 80 to have. £80. 85 is the now.

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At £80, then, I'm bid at £80.

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85 there, now. At 85. 90 is the now.

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-One more go.

-At 85. It should be more than this, surely?

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At £85. Bid's there at £85. I'm going to sell it at 85.

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Last chance at £85. Your bid.

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-£85.

-Disappointing.

-But still plus five.

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Nothing the matter with that. Now your ring casket.

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The mid 19th century mother-of-pearl ring casket.

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I've got £30 bid for this straightaway.

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At £30 with me. 2, there. At 32. Your bid at 32.

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35 is the now. At £32 only.

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At 32. 35. 38. 40, now.

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-40 bid. 42.

-It's going up slowly.

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At £42. Bid's there at £42.

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Bid's there at £42. Last chance at 42.

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-£42.

-Oh!

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Bad luck. You're minus 20 on that, so overall, you're minus 15.

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Now, the bud vase.

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Powell vase, there we are.

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Early 20th century Powell and Co vase.

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£30 I'm bid straightaway.

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Worth a lot more in my opinion but £30 we'll start it at.

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At £30, the bid's here. At £30.

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At 32. Your bid at 32.

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35 anywhere now? 35. 38?

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-38 your bid.

-Come on.

-At £38.

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40. 42?

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-42.

-Oh!

-45. 45.

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48? 45, there. 48, yes?

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45. I'm going to sell at 45.

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-At 45.

-You never know.

-48. 50, now?

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I still think it's reasonable. At £48, bid's there.

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At £48, I can't look at you any harder.

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£48 is minus 12 on that, which means you're minus 27.

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Minus 27. That's nothing.

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That is not a bad tally. Don't be depressed.

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What are you going to do about the Loetz vase?

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-Are you going to risk it?

-Yeah.

-Go on, then.

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-It is 40 smackers spent.

-We'll go with Pauline. Pauline wants to.

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-You like it, do you?

-Yes, I do.

-OK, this is Pauline's choice.

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Let's be quite clear. No pressure, Pauline.

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The Loetz iridescent glass posy holder

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and I have a commission on this, in fact I have more than one,

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and I can start the bidding at £40.

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-Whoo!

-I'm straight it at 40. 42 is the now.

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42 anywhere do I hear? At £40, the bid's here.

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At £40. 42, 45, 48, 50, bid.

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55 is the next bid.

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-At £50. Still with me on commission.

-Hey, Pauline!

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55 anywhere else?

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At 50. Bid's with me at £50.

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And it will be sold, make no mistake. At 50.

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On commission at 50.

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-Yes!

-£50, eh, Pauline?

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-Well done.

-That's plus ten. That's very good.

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That makes you only minus 17 and that could be a winning score,

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-so don't talk to the reds.

-OK.

-Well done, Pauline.

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-Well done, David.

-Thank you, David.

-Well done, Rach.

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Thank you!

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PIGEONS COOING

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The sound of cooing pigeons in the adjacent churchyard.

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Now who got buried today in the auction?

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Have you lot been chatting to one another?

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-No.

-Not at all?

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Well, the runners up today are the reds.

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HE GROANS

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Or should I say "the red"?

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There's a lot of minus signs on your side of the water, I'm afraid,

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and they total minus 63.

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You did get a little profit on the Scrimshawed cowry shell,

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though that should've been more.

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-You were a bit robbed, there.

-Yeah.

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But you're a good sport and very broad-shouldered

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-to bear the burden without your sister.

-It's a lot to take on.

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It's a lot to take on but I hope you had a lovely time.

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-It's been fantastic.

-And thank you very much, James, too.

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-But the victors are the blues.

-Yes!

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-And you win by only losing £17.

-Yes!

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It's good that, isn't it? Only 17.

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It started off so nicely with that £5 profit on your sauce boat

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but it gradually went down the old lavatory

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until you came to the bonus buy, David,

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and a £10 profit on that little green vase helped.

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Anyway, you've won. Minus £17, which is not a bad score.

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In fact, join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?

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Yes!

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