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,
two sausage sandwiches, three cheeseburgers
-and one coffee with eight sugars.
-OK, thank you.
Lovely, thank you.
I have the most terrible time feeding the crew and the contestants
but that little breakfast is just for David Barby!
Tim, I've got such an insatiable appetite.
That's not the only thing that's insatiable about you.
Let's go bargain hunting.
Welcome to the antique and collectors' fair
here at the Mona Show Ground on Anglesey.
The teams, the crew, have all been watered and fed now
and everyone is generally ready for the off.
James Lewis and reds Angela and Jeff treat the shopping like a race.
Hey, you guys. You're pretty Speedy Gonzalez, aren't you?
It's slow progress, though, for David Barby
with blues Pauline and Rachel.
-Is this the sort of glass you're looking for?
-I love this. It's fab.
The coloured glass we're looking at is modern. Thank you.
And we're going to get no profit on it.
320, now. 320, 350...
So will the hare or the tortoise win at auction?
-And here we are. Hello, everyone.
-Great to see you.
-Now, Jeff, Ange is your oldest sister, right?
-And has that ever caused you any problems?
-Lots of problems, Tim.
I think Ange wished I was a little sister
-because she used to dress me up as a girl.
Make-up, the works - dresses.
-Has that damaged you psychologically at all?
-Do you ever get a longing for tights?
-Er, lipstick but not tights.
Lipstick, not tights. That's sensible.
-Now, Jeff, what's your main passion in life?
I've always been into it. I got involved with Liverpool Football Club.
I started a football collection from it.
Every time I used to go, picking up bits of memorabilia, programmes.
-They're lovely mementoes.
-And whether they win or lose...
-Well, they used to win when I was a child.
-but not any more.
-Well, things can always change.
-That's what's so brilliant.
-Angela, do you collect anything?
Yes, I do. I collect mainly Enid Blyton books.
-I've got quite a few first editions.
And other books, as well.
I've got The Count Of Monte Cristo, an old copy of that.
I've got a set of Charles Dickens that are over 100 years old.
That's a really nice thing to do.
And every time you come to a fair or a car boot,
-there's always old books.
-People don't know what's there.
You find them in charity shops, as well. They can be 10p.
So if you find an Enid Blyton first edition out there today...
-..will you be able to resist keeping it for yourself
-or will you give it to the programme?
-No, I'll keep it.
You're not allowed to admit that.
-Anyway, I hope you have a lovely time.
Now, blues. How do you two know each other?
Me and Pauline are both custodians at Plas Mawr,
which is the finest Elizabethan townhouse in the country.
Really? Now, Pauline, I gather that Plas Mawr's got a ghost.
There were some visitors who went upstairs to the attic rooms
and they came rushing down, they were all white-faced and rushing about,
saying they'd heard this ghost saying, "Leave. Leave."
Leave? That's not friendly, is it? Especially as they'd paid to come in.
-Exactly. I thought, "I'm not going up by myself."
In case it told me to leave. So I asked Rachel to go with me.
And it turned out it was just the fire alarm system.
-Now, talking about spirits, Rachel, you're partial to a glass, aren't you?
I've been making homemade wine for the past ten years or so.
-On one occasion I was making rice and raisin wine. It had fermented.
I'd sieved it and just put the pulp in the bin.
And it was three days later, an elderly neighbour came to me
and asked why there was a flock of seagulls staggering around the street and falling off rooftops.
They'd eaten the pulp and that's got alcohol in it,
so they were sozzled and couldn't fly for a week.
How very funny.
-Pauline, you're a great fan of birds, though, aren't you?
-Yes, I am.
-Any one in particular?
-What is it with you and chickens?
-We had chickens when I was little.
-And I found on one of the internet sites
a place where you get rescue chickens.
-Yes, from battery chickens.
-Really? From out of the oven?
Get 'em out... What do you do, give them the kiss of life?
They don't have many feathers, so you can knit them little jumpers.
Get away! What, this is a registered charity?
We're going to have the most super programme today, aren't we?
Anyway, here we go, look. Here's the £300.
Take the £300, you know the rules, your experts await and off you go
and very, very, very good luck.
Well, I don't know. Bald chickens?
Where do we get them from?
Right, teams, your hour starts now.
What are you after?
Some small silver, like vesta cases or something like that.
Something with dogs on.
Any coloured glass.
I really like silver but I'm not sure that'll sell well.
-A silver dog, then.
-Let's go and have a look.
-Are those salt and pepper things?
-Yeas but they're very ordinary.
Guys, what do you think to Moorcroft?
-That can be yours for £1,495.
-Is that all?
We've got 300, it's a bit out of our price range.
-Those are popular. What do you think to those?
-Is it a jug and bowl?
-Yes, it is a milk jug and bowl.
-Jug and bowl together.
Please don't drop them.
There's a reason why I don't often look at ceramics.
If you drop a bronze, it dents the floor.
If you drop these, it's curtains.
-How old is this?
-This is going to be about 1935.
It's nice and early.
You've got two bits instead of one.
-He's just on his way.
-Is he? OK. The stallholder's coming.
What could you do those two for?
One and a half.
One and a half. 150 quid. You've got two pieces.
-I think that's a really good price.
120 would be better. Can you do it?
It would be better for you, not for me.
I know, I know.
Go on, just for you. 120.
-If you're happy with it, I'll go with it.
-120 quid? Deal, deal?
Well, there could be a chance of profit here for the reds.
Of course, any blue team profits will be turned into knitwear
for Pauline's bald chickens.
I'm going to buy some wool and some needles, so I should be all right.
So, should get a good few jumpers out of it.
-No, just jumpers.
Little bobbly hats.
Of course, the only way I like a chicken dressed
is with a nice bit of gravy.
Hey, you guys. You're pretty Speedy Gonzalez, aren't you?
We're trying our best, Tim.
You've bought something in six minutes, right?
And then you got a thumping great reduction.
-I've been filled in with all the details.
-Spying on us already.
We're up there watching, you know.
-So how are you feeling, Ange? Are you all right?
-I'm enjoying it.
-It's lovely to see everything here.
It's such of feast of objects. Always something interesting.
What have you found there?
"Great Eastern Steam Ship.
"Tons, 24,000, length, 692."
-Get away. Look at that.
It's a little bit of memorabilia
relating to what was the largest iron-built ship in the world
at that moment.
I'm not sure if the Great Eastern was a paddle or a single screw
but it laid cables all round the world.
-Is that what it did?
-Just at the moment that telegraph cables were being laid everywhere
and then it was very useful for that.
They had a huge problem in getting a length of wire
that would go across the Atlantic.
-You can imagine, really!
-What you need
is 2,500 miles of wire on one vessel
in a series of rolls
and the Great Eastern was able to do that.
I think it did very well on that front.
That cowry shell could've come from the Caribbean, couldn't it?
Somebody's etched that or carved it.
I mean, he's the man. It's no wonder he does so well.
-Was that on that table?
-How much is it?
-That's not a lot of money, is it?
-When would that have been made?
-That's mid 19th century.
This is a bit of high Victorian engineering, it's an important part
of Brunel, Britain, all that made this country great,
a century and a half ago.
It's all wrapped up in a shell that somebody's carved.
How can I influence them any more?
Let's see what he'll take for it.
-What would be your best?
-I'll do that for 25, sir.
-I'm happy with that.
-I'm happy with that?
Profit in it for both of us. Thank you. Deal.
That's two deals in 11 minutes. Slow down, reds!
This is no race.
I've just dug this out of a casket.
Now, what do you think?
-It's a lovely shape, isn't it?
-Feel the weight.
It's not an early one. It's a lump of silver.
But it's a very functional piece.
Breathe on it there.
-Do you see the mark come up?
It's fully hallmarked, there.
It's a fairly late mark. What's the date on it?
It's 1971 and I don't think it's ever been used.
-It's not dented or anything, is it?
I've got to get out of the idea of thinking everything has to be old.
-Some things modern in a Georgian style are very acceptable.
Rachel, feel the weight.
-Yeah, there's some weight in it.
-It is good.
-It's nice, isn't it?
Substantial. That's what I like about it.
-It looks class.
-It does look class.
Like us. What's the price on that?
It's priced at £120. He'll take 80 for it.
Do you think we'd make much of a profit on that?
Ooh, I think it's all its money at auction.
-I don't think you'll make a profit on it.
-You could do. That's a risk you'd have to take.
I'm not going to say it's a bargain at £80.
-Is it worth going for it?
-Well, I'll have a go if...
-Yeah, I think we'll have a go. Yes.
-You'll have a go?
-We'll have a go.
Right, I'll go and settle up.
Well, it's about time you did have a go, girls,
because the reds might have found their last buy.
That little box, there, the wooden one.
-Do you want to have a look at it?
Hi. Could we have a look at the boxwood card case, please?
-Is that what it is?
-It's a visiting-card case.
-How much is it? Oh! It's £155.
-Too much money.
-It's a card holder, is it?
It's Chinese Canton boxwood.
How old do you think that is?
It's likely to have been made between 1870 and 1900,
when the trade links between England and China were at their strongest.
-How frequently are these in auction?
-Oh, are they?
-So it's not that rare?
-It's not rare but they are doing well.
-OK, so how much are these going for?
-Totally different kettle of fish,
I saw a tortoiseshell one, about the same quality as this,
-make 3,500 the other day.
I've seen boxwood ones of nicer quality making £400, 500.
-Do you think that's got age to it?
-It's not a modern reproduction?
Again, the work that's gone into that.
-Do you see where the edges are slightly proud?
-Do you see there's a shine on them?
-Is that wear?
-That's 100 years of that
-and where it's too deep, there's a matt finish.
-Did you buy it well?
-Nice ones are never cheap.
-No, they're not.
-Does it owe you a lot of money?
-I'm afraid it does, yeah.
-I can help a little. What have we got?
I could do it for 120.
What do you think? Is that the very best?
Erm, yes, it is, really, yes.
-No chance of a little bit less?
-Perhaps a fiver more.
Would you take 100 for it? That would give us a fighting chance.
Erm, it's leaving very little but yeah, I'll do £100.
-There's still a little profit in there?
He's had a profit, it gives us a fighting chance.
-Go for it. I think we should go for this.
-Go on, then.
-You chose it.
-I'm happy to go for it.
-It's your show.
Well, that, I think was a record shop.
We did it in about half the time. I'll buy you a drink.
But will it be a case of too much haste, James?
Talking of cases, the blues have got one.
Rachel, this is about the only thing you've indicated you like.
Why do you like that?
It's just quite an interesting little piece, really.
-Do you like mother-of-pearl?
-Do you have jewellery with mother-of-pearl in it?
-Only one very small piece
from my grandmother.
That's a little ring box. Can you open it up?
And it's lined with ivory.
I don't think this has ever, ever been used
because it's got its original silk.
Just fraying slightly there but that indicates its age.
Nothing to worry about. I think that's rather nice.
-I quite like that.
-Yes, I think it's lovely.
And the ivory is all right because it is Victorian, you say?
It is Victorian, it's not post 1947.
-And all the pieces are there.
-Yeah, there's nothing...
And it's got its little feet and if you look underneath,
it's got its original lacquered paper.
-So it's quite nice.
-It's amazing, that.
A lot of these things do come off
because they've been stored where it's damp
and the glue underneath lifts.
But I think that's quite a nice little box.
-If we can get it for round about 60 or something like that?
We'll make a bit of profit on that then?
We'll make a reasonable profit but not a vast amount.
You haven't got one of these items that's going to bring you £200, £300 profit.
OK. I quite like that.
-Shall we have a go with that? You happy with that?
-Yes, I am.
I can do it for 65.
Any less? 60?
I paid, what was it? 62.
-Are you quite happy with 62?
-It's a nice box.
-It's halfway, isn't it?
-Yeah. It's a nice box.
-Well, let's pay up and move on.
Now, don't drop off
because I've spied something interesting outside.
Do you know what it is?
It's a tricky object, I have to tell you.
You won't believe it but this thing is made of solid brass.
Just look on that edge there. See?
It's all brassy underneath this paint effect.
Down this end, we've got a turned wooden bit,
which is the handle,
and through the handle you've got a hole
and it would have had a thong set in there,
a length of leather which came out of it here
that you'd have around your wrist,
so that this thing could be about your person
or on your horse.
Think about it.
Why have you got a solid brass tube,
covered in a brown, blotchy paint job, with a wooden handle,
that's capable of being hung from your horse?
The secret is, of course,
that the brown paint job is camouflage.
Because the person who used this didn't want it shining in the sunlight,
giving away their position,
and the secret becomes more obvious if I twist this little flange on the top
and reveal that bit - it's a mirror.
And if I tweak the bottom bit through that flange,
it reveals another mirror.
So, if I was in the Boer War,
which is when this thing dates from,
and I wanted to find whether one of those beastly Boers
were over the top of a ridge,
what I'd do is I'd get off my horse,
I'd go up to the ridge, I'd stick this periscope up
and I'd have a little squint through there.
Oh, I say!
There, you see?
It's got a civilian application even today.
What would such a relic from Britain's military and empire past
cost you today?
It could be yours for under £50.
Now, back to the blues shopping for their final item
and a rather frustrated David Barby.
They've looked at so many other pieces
and I don't get any comeback, any enthusiasm.
Put the beans in there, seal it up,
and put that in there...
and the burner would roast the beans.
Pauline's appreciating the history behind the objects,
particularly that little coffee grinder, which is brilliant.
-You don't like it?
-It's very different, isn't it?
I know it's quirky and I know it's different
-You specifically said quirky items.
Rachel doesn't like that and she's now looking for coloured glass.
-Is this the sort of glass you're looking for?
-I love this. This is fab.
The coloured glass we're looking at is modern
and we're going to get no profit on it.
No such frustration for James.
Oh, no. He's all done. Only one thing on his mind.
Do you have a really big sausage?
I understand that James Lewis has finished now.
I wish I had that opportunity
but it's excitement, isn't it, until the last minute?
That last second.
So, we'll see how it goes.
Well, if it's glass Rachel wants, it's glass she'll get.
So this is an interesting shape.
This is probably by Powell and Co., it's Birmingham,
and they specialised in these sort of tear drops at the side.
Rachel. Glass, glass.
-Does your hand tremble with excitement?
-Yes, it does.
Well, it is hallmarked. The price is £60.
-What do you think?
-And it is silver?
It looks organic, to me. Does it look organic to you?
-It looks very much like a sort of Powell glass.
-Yes, it does.
-What you want is a green blob in there.
-I know, I know.
-What do you think, girls?
-I quite like it.
-I like it.
-And you're passionate about glassware?
I'm just the bearer of bad news, really, because time's running out.
You've not done a lot in the last half an hour.
-I mean, you have done lots but we've got to buy the stuff or...
-£60. I think that's a great price.
-You think so?
-Let's go for it.
-Let's go for it.
At last they agree!
But is our Rachel happy?
-Are you excited about it?
-I am excited, yes.
-Can you not tell?
Oh, I am excited!
Oh, calm down, David. You're not in a disco.
Now our experts have to shop for their teams' bonus buys
with the leftover lolly.
How much? Let's find out.
Jeff and Angela raced to their first buy,
two pieces of Moorcroft for £120.
Minutes later, they had this engraved shell for a mere 25.
And they finished their shop with this boxwood card case for 100.
So what's this? Treats and rewards is it?
I mean, there you go, 20-minute shop.
-We don't hang around, Tim.
-You certainly don't hang around.
-Well, we were decisive.
-So what did you spend, then, actually?
£245. That is such a good number.
-£245. So I want £55 back, don't I? £55.
-There you go, Tim.
-Here's your £55.
-What are you going to do with that, Jimmy?
-I'm going to try and find something oriental.
Because you love it, don't you? So I'm going to go in search of something like that.
And it can sell very well at auction. So good luck with that.
Take your sandwich with you. Perfect.
Now we're going to remind ourselves what the blue team bought.
Pauline and Rachel bought the sauce boat first for £80.
They then plumped for the mother-of-pearl casket at 62.
And in the last few minutes, they found this vase for £60.
You've missed out on the scoff and the tea because you took so long.
We took the precise hour, Tim, that we were allotted,
-did we not, girls?
And the others have had their sausage sandwiches and cha.
But never mind. You could have stolen the march on them
and got the biggest bargain of all.
-How much did you spend?
-202? That's a good number, isn't it?
-2:2. Like David's degree.
OK, you tutus, I'd like £98 then, please.
98 smackers coming. That's lovely.
That goes straight across to David Barby.
What are you going to do with all that smackerage?
I quite honestly do not know.
-It's one of those things.
I'm going to spot something and go, "Right, that's Rach or that's Pauline."
It's their choice. I want something that will make them happy.
Yeah, make them happy but what would make them best happy is the biggest profit.
And profit is the point of this game.
We'll find out how much later at the auction.
For now, let's take a short trip to the home of Lord Anglesey,
In the past, a grand house like this
would have sat in the heart of an estate,
acres of land as far as the eye could see.
The family's estates in the 1780s extended to some 100,000 acres.
You think about it - 100,000 acres.
How many tenants, exactly, would you have on 100,000 acres?
Well, if the average size of each farm was, say, 50 acres,
on 100,000 acres you'd have over 2,000 tenants.
And what happened to those 2,000 tenants?
Well, every single quarter day, that's four times a year,
they'd foregather in the agent's office.
And they'd sit around a table like this
and each of those tenants would be eyeballed by the agent
and he'd say, "What's your name?"
And the tenant would say, "My name's Burke."
And he'd say, "Ah, now, Burke. Right."
And he'd twizzle the rent table around
until you get to the right drawer.
They've got the alphabet inlaid on them
and he'd take out the tenancy agreement for Burke.
"Right," he'd say, "Burke. Let me see."
The tenancy agreement says that on every quarter day -
and quarter days were Christmas Day, Midsummer's Day,
Lady Day, which is in March,
and Michaelmas, which is in September -
and on each of those days each of the tenants would have to come in to the office.
The agent would remove the centre section on a rent table like this
and he's day, "OK, fine, here's your tenancy agreement.
"You owe a quarter's rent, that's one pound eight and sixpence."
He'd initial that one pound eight and sixpence had been paid,
post the money into the middle
and, hey presto, your quarter's rent was paid up.
Now, this is a relic of those rent-paying days
that would, originally, have sat in the agent's office
in rather a humble position in the house.
But today, the Trust have it here on Anglesey on public display
in a grand room,
just as an example of bygone days and how these things happened.
The big question is today, of course,
are our teams likely or even able to do the business
over at the auction?
'And our auction today is in the market town of Nantwich,
'under the direction of Robert Stones.
'Now, what will he think of James' bonus buy?'
-Now, Jeff, no Ange?
-No Ange, I'm afraid. She's in Boston.
-Business or pleasure?
-Ah, we'll let her off, then.
£55 of leftover lolly went from you and Ange to James Lewis.
-Did he blow the lot? James?
-Not quite but the majority of it.
What do you think to that?
-That's me with an moustache, I think!
I just looked at that and I thought, "People are either going to love it or hate it."
-What is it?
-It's actually a mask. A miniature Japanese mask.
-It's been framed around 1890 to 1900,
so it's a Meiji period mask
that somebody has thought was great fun, had it framed.
It's never been out of its frame, so that's in its favour.
It's in lovely condition.
It is a sort of macabre-looking thing, isn't it?
But I must say, the frame has done it a great favour
in keeping it in brilliant nick, hasn't it?
Whether you like this frame or not, it is all sealed up.
-These things are called Noh masks.
Also "no", because they have no chance of making a profit, I think.
Well, I've got to say, I do like its unusualness.
They'd be set up as puppets, these things
and you'd then do a performance, like Punch and Judy,
but with 60 or 80 characters all running around in their costumes.
-How much did you pay again?
Any money in it, do you think? If there's Japanese collectors there.
-I think it's worth £35-40. I don't see a lot of profit in it.
What do you think Ange would think about it?
-Do you want to ring her up in Boston?
-What time is it in Boston?
-She can phone me.
-I love that.
-I think she'd be laughing about it, that's for sure.
The responsibility is yours but for the audience,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about James' Noh mask.
Well, he's an odd-looking fellow, isn't he?
Wouldn't want to meet him on a dark night, I tell you.
I don't know quite what to say about this, to be honest.
It's always difficult when you see something like this that's sealed.
Although I have tried to get inside this sealed box,
-I can't get into it.
So I'm not entirely sure if this Noh figurehead is porcelain or not because I can't check it.
-It could be wood, couldn't it?
-Sometimes they are.
But odd things can do better than average, can't they?
Well, we'll see.
You clearly love it, Robert.
-What is your estimate?
-20 to 40.
Very good. £32 was paid by James,
who's a genius when it comes to finding the oddball,
and we'll hope for the best.
Now, a subject close to your heart.
Moorcroft made in Cobridge, which is about ten miles from here,
so there's a great following for it and people love the stuff.
These are two particularly plain and ordinary pieces, though, aren't they?
-I know but they're going to do OK.
-I think so.
I like your reassurance, there.
Well, how much is OK, then?
-Well, we think £80 to 120.
-OK. £120 paid.
-So they're pretty well at the top end of the range.
We'll be relying on you, Robert, but we trust you.
-Now, what about the Great Eastern Steam Ship...?
Probably a souvenir, if you like, of the Great Eastern shipping line.
And it's got the tonnage
and the length of the ship on the shell as well,
Yeah, and of course, people do collect things which relate to the great Victorian vessels
-What do you think it might bring?
-15 to 25.
£25 paid, so they're pretty well spot-on with that, too.
Finally, the little Chinese export card case.
I like to see these in ivory, myself.
-I'm not so keen on the wooden ones.
-Yeah, I have to agree with you.
If it was made out of ivory, it would be a beautiful thing
but it is what it is, it's carved out of wood.
It's in great condition, it's not been knocked about,
as so often they can be,
with the fine carving being so delicate.
-We're saying 30 to 50.
So I think if there's a dark hole, it will revolve around the card case.
-So we've all learnt something from that.
That's it for the reds, now for the blues,
-which look much more conventional.
This should be a walk in the park, I think.
A very nice silver sauce boat.
It's unfortunately not very old. It's a relatively modern thing
but silver prices are very buoyant at the moment.
It's a very conventional shape.
I think we might do OK with that.
-Like, how well?
-90 to 120.
Perfect. £80 paid.
And what about the little ring casket?
I think it's extremely difficult to age this.
The condition of it is incredible.
Everything about it is absolutely pristine.
-Brand Harry spankers, then, potentially?
But there may be somebody that likes it.
It's almost too good to be true.
-What would your estimate be?
-40 to 60.
Fair enough. £62 paid. So they're in the frame, more or less.
The last item is quite fun.
I like these tear drop, solifleur,
these kind of single flower head type vases.
-Does that appeal to you?
-Yes, it's not a bad piece.
The big thing about this is that the glass is in good condition.
The downside is,
it's actually got a silver foot on it, which is good,
but you if you look carefully, you can see that frosted...
You can see that overenthusiastic housewife 200 yards away, can't you?
"I've got to clean that up. I'll get out one of those oven-cleaning pads."
-"Give it a good scouring."
-What's your estimate on it?
-On that one, we've said 40 to 60.
-OK, £60. So they're not far off on any of it, really.
-No. In with a sporting chance.
They may not need their bonus buy
but we're going to have a look at it, anyway.
Now, Rach and Pauline, you spent a clear 202.
You gave David Barby 98 smackers. What did he spend it on?
Well, I didn't spend the lot.
I spent £40 on this very special piece of glass.
-Now, you wanted glass.
-I did want glass - coloured glass.
This is coloured as well.
Now, there was one factory in central Europe called Loetz
who specialised in this green, iridescent glass.
This is in the manner of Loetz, it's not necessarily Loetz itself.
But what I like about it is it has this gilt metal collar,
which is loose, but anybody can restore it.
But that little collar round there has a sort of art nouveau design.
So we're looking at probably just before the First World War.
Remember that the top is loose.
-So much did you actually pay?
-Do you like the colours, Rach?
-I do like the colours, yeah.
It is an interesting piece.
-Pauline, what do you think, darling?
-I do like it as well, yeah.
Profit, though, do you think?
I think it's probably going to make only five or 10 pounds.
We watched his lips. He's predicting five or ten pounds.
-Hold that thought until the auction...
For the audience at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks.
There we go, Robert. That looks rather colourful.
Nice piece of Bohemian glass, Austrian, Hungarian area.
And you can see here how the colour plays on it
-and that's what people like.
-What's the estimate?
-20 to 40.
-Ah. £40 paid.
-By David Barby.
So he's rating it as his bonus buy
-but he may just have paid a tad too much.
-We'll see in a moment.
-You're in good voice?
-Absolutely ready to go.
-Have you been on the phone to Ange, then?
-Yeah. Transatlantic calls.
-Ah, nothing's spared on this programme.
-Keeping her informed.
Have you told her about the bonus buy? Have you told her what you might be doing with it?
-I couldn't describe it, to be honest.
-No, well, you don't want her to feel ill.
-Not on a business trip.
-No, you don't want any negative calls.
First up, though, is the Moorcroft pansy pots
and here they come.
Moorcroft pottery, jug and bowl. There we are.
I've got several commissions on this. I can start at £80.
85. At 85, there. 90 on commission. 95?
95, 100, I'm bid. And 5?
£100 with me. And 5 I'm bid in a fresh place. At 105.
-110 anywhere else? 110, fresh bidder.
At 110. 115 anywhere else?
At £110. All done at 110?
GAVEL BANGS I can't bear it. £120 paid.
-That's 110. You're minus £10.
-I hate Moorcroft.
139, ladies and gentlemen, there we are.
Of shipping interest, of course. This is the cameo.
This is a good thing.
Great Eastern Steam Ship, 1860.
£10 I'm bid straightaway. At 10.
12? 10 is all I have. At 10. 12. 15 is the next bid.
15, 18, 20, 22, 25? 25.
28. 30? At 28 here.
30, your bid. 32. 35? 35. 38?
38. 40, now. 42.
£40. It's here. £40 only, then, at 40...
£40. It's a profit, though, James. Well done.
That's plus 15, which means that overall you're plus 5.
-You're £5 up and it comes to this case.
-Now we're in trouble.
Lot number 140, ladies and gentlemen,
is the Chinese carved hardwood case. There we are.
£20 now do I hear? At £20 anywhere. Straightaway, £20.
I'm bid 20. 22 is the now. Super thing.
-At £20. 22.
-25. 28. 30 now?
28 here. At £28 there. £28.
30 anywhere else? Come along, now. 30 on the internet.
-35 on the internet.
35. Are you bidding? At 35 on the internet.
38. 40 now do I hear on the internet?
40. 40, if you like. 40? 40 bid there.
42, 45? 45. 48? 48?
48. 50, now? 50, bid. 52. I'll take 52 off you.
£52, it's going to be sold. At 52...
-£52, then. It's gone.
-That is not good.
You're minus 48 on that, which means overall, you're minus 43.
What are you going to do about the Noh mask?
Are you going to say yes or no?
-It's unusual, isn't it? Come on! Yeah.
-You're going to do it?
-It's a comedy piece, so we'll go with it.
OK, we're going for the Noh mask.
The Japanese Noh. There we are. It's a porcelain mask.
What's it worth to you, ladies and gentlemen?
£20 to start it off, somebody, at £20.
At £20, anybody, at £20?
At £20, do I hear now, at 20?
20 anywhere now do I hear?
At £20. There's a deathly silence in the room and I don't like it.
Come on, now.
10, somebody. £10 now do I hear?
10 I'm bid, thank you very much indeed.
-I've got not a lot of faith in this.
-12 is the now.
12 anywhere now? £10 only, at 10.
12 on the internet.
12 on the internet. 15 now, Alan?
A lonely bid on the internet there. At £12 only, it will be sold.
-Minus 20. Minus 20.
-What a dreadful day.
-Gives minus 63.
-I am sorry.
-It's all right.
-They're just not bidding.
Minus 63 could be a winning score
because if they're not bidding for you, they won't be bidding for the blues.
Are you predicting any great profits on any particular item, Rach?
-Who can say? I hope so.
-I really do hope so.
That's a good shifty answer, that.
If there's anything that's listed to make a decent profit,
it's that sauce boat and it's the first object up and here it comes.
Georgian design silver sauce boat, Sheffield, 1971.
What may we say for it? £80 I'm bid straightaway.
At £80. 85 is the now.
At 80 to have. £80. 85 is the now.
At £80, then, I'm bid at £80.
85 there, now. At 85. 90 is the now.
-One more go.
-At 85. It should be more than this, surely?
At £85. Bid's there at £85. I'm going to sell it at 85.
Last chance at £85. Your bid.
-But still plus five.
Nothing the matter with that. Now your ring casket.
The mid 19th century mother-of-pearl ring casket.
I've got £30 bid for this straightaway.
At £30 with me. 2, there. At 32. Your bid at 32.
35 is the now. At £32 only.
At 32. 35. 38. 40, now.
-40 bid. 42.
-It's going up slowly.
At £42. Bid's there at £42.
Bid's there at £42. Last chance at 42.
Bad luck. You're minus 20 on that, so overall, you're minus 15.
Now, the bud vase.
Powell vase, there we are.
Early 20th century Powell and Co vase.
£30 I'm bid straightaway.
Worth a lot more in my opinion but £30 we'll start it at.
At £30, the bid's here. At £30.
At 32. Your bid at 32.
35 anywhere now? 35. 38?
-38 your bid.
48? 45, there. 48, yes?
45. I'm going to sell at 45.
-You never know.
-48. 50, now?
I still think it's reasonable. At £48, bid's there.
At £48, I can't look at you any harder.
£48 is minus 12 on that, which means you're minus 27.
Minus 27. That's nothing.
That is not a bad tally. Don't be depressed.
What are you going to do about the Loetz vase?
-Are you going to risk it?
-Go on, then.
-It is 40 smackers spent.
-We'll go with Pauline. Pauline wants to.
-You like it, do you?
-Yes, I do.
-OK, this is Pauline's choice.
Let's be quite clear. No pressure, Pauline.
The Loetz iridescent glass posy holder
and I have a commission on this, in fact I have more than one,
and I can start the bidding at £40.
-I'm straight it at 40. 42 is the now.
42 anywhere do I hear? At £40, the bid's here.
At £40. 42, 45, 48, 50, bid.
55 is the next bid.
-At £50. Still with me on commission.
55 anywhere else?
At 50. Bid's with me at £50.
And it will be sold, make no mistake. At 50.
On commission at 50.
-£50, eh, Pauline?
-That's plus ten. That's very good.
That makes you only minus 17 and that could be a winning score,
-so don't talk to the reds.
-Well done, Pauline.
-Well done, David.
-Thank you, David.
-Well done, Rach.
The sound of cooing pigeons in the adjacent churchyard.
Now who got buried today in the auction?
Have you lot been chatting to one another?
-Not at all?
Well, the runners up today are the reds.
Or should I say "the red"?
There's a lot of minus signs on your side of the water, I'm afraid,
and they total minus 63.
You did get a little profit on the Scrimshawed cowry shell,
though that should've been more.
-You were a bit robbed, there.
But you're a good sport and very broad-shouldered
-to bear the burden without your sister.
-It's a lot to take on.
It's a lot to take on but I hope you had a lovely time.
-It's been fantastic.
-And thank you very much, James, too.
-But the victors are the blues.
-And you win by only losing £17.
It's good that, isn't it? Only 17.
It started off so nicely with that £5 profit on your sauce boat
but it gradually went down the old lavatory
until you came to the bonus buy, David,
and a £10 profit on that little green vase helped.
Anyway, you've won. Minus £17, which is not a bad score.
In fact, join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
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