Antiques challenge. Mark Stacey and Jeremy Lamond lead their teams at the Mona Showground on Anglesey. Tim Wonnacott takes a shine to some family silver at Hanbury Hall.
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I wonder what's on the telly at lunchtime.
Oh, look, c'est moi!
Let's go bargain hunting!
'We're on the Isle of Anglesey today, and it may be wet and windy,
'but that won't stop our fun.
'Here's a peek at what's coming up.
-'The Reds just can't decide.'
-I've never run out of time before.
You have 20 seconds to make a decision.
-Right, ladies, are you excited?
'The Blues just can't stop talking!'
-I would've thought that was foreign.
'And the auction is full of surprises.'
'So, let's crack on with the show.'
Today, we have Andy and Leanne for the Reds
-and Jane and Doreen for the Blues. Hello, everyone.
-ALL: Hello, Tim.
So, Andy, you have a pretty responsible job. Tell me about it.
I work for the Environment Agency in flood risk management across North Wales, so it's local.
-It's a pretty wet place, North Wales, too.
I gather Bargain Hunt is one of the loves of your life.
-What do you like particularly about it?
-I love the thrill of finding a bargain but, to be honest,
this is the priceless object in my life.
I think I'm going to cry!
-Leanne, he's obviously a pretty soppy old fella.
-You're a sales negotiator with an estate agent.
-What does that involve?
-Well, just the first point of contact, really, between buyers and sellers.
-What's the best house you've ever sold?
-I'd say the best property would be the most expensive one.
-You must have been popular for doing that.
-And the commission.
So, the tactics. What are your tactics today?
-Find a bargain.
-Yep, find a bargain, buy low.
-I've got my lucky Santa pants, even though it's not Christmas.
I think you're going to be very happy. OK. Anyway, good luck with that.
-You met at teacher training college.
And did you both finish up teaching?
No. I finished up teaching,
but Doreen dipped out after the first six months.
I didn't have the temperament, put it that way, so I became a probation officer,
-working with offenders instead of children.
-Now, you've recently moved to North Wales from Liverpool.
I took early retirement in Liverpool
and we just wanted to move away and have a different way of life.
-And have you found it?
-Oh, yes, definitely.
-Now, Doreen, I hear that you went on a date with a Beatle.
I was 14 and we used to congregate in the home of a certain friend and he was 15.
We would play Little Richard records at full volume
and John Lennon would go into the kitchen,
get the pan lids out
and bang them together, using them as cymbals, in time.
-Did he ever sign any pan lids?
-No, I don't think so!
You're missing out on a fortune here.
Now the money moment. £300 apiece. There's your £300. You know the rules.
Your experts await and off you go! And very good luck.
John Lennon, eh? Imagine.
'Let's meet the experts that will guide our teams.
'Charting a course for the Reds is Mark Stacey.
'And mapping a route of the Blues, Jeremy Lamond.'
One hour to shop, £300 to spend, three items to find.
Now you know the rules, let's get on with it. Ready, steady, go!
-Are we going to win?
-I think we will.
-Definitely. You've got to win.
-Right, ladies, are you excited?
-Are you going to try it on?
-Hey! For the wedding!
I love anything Moorish. Anything Moroccan.
-Anything with tassels, tiles, beads.
-Ooh, look, it fits me perfectly.
-Condition-wise, would you say we should...
-Me or the hat?
Carlton Ware. Carlton Ware.
Carlton ware is a trade name. 1894 it started, Carlton Ware.
This sort of ware was made in the 1930s.
-£38. I don't think there's much profit in that.
Something colourful, something different.
1860s. Quite decorative cup and saucer,
but they don't tend to make huge amounts of money singularly at auction.
OK. Keep looking, baby.
It's 1860. And I love the lions.
-1840 to 1860.
Is it something that's speaking to you?
-It's something different. I quite like it.
-Shall we think about it?
Yeah, we'll have a think about that and come back. Thank you.
-God, you two are going to be difficult to please.
-We're fussy people.
Let's get indoors and see if anything speaks to Leanne.
These are Portuguese Majolica.
And they're 1900-ish, but they're copying a design by Bernard Palissy,
which was way back in the 15th, 16th century.
-But I love them. And the more creepy crawlies they have on them,
-the better they are.
-What would they be used for?
They're just decorative. You can get big ewers and things.
But I think they're rather charming.
-I'll give you those for 80.
-For the pair?
-That's quite reasonable.
-Would you do 60 for the pair,
-seeing that we're on a...
I think that's quite reasonable.
-Do you like them?
-I do, cos they're unusual.
-I like creepy crawlies, Leanne doesn't like creepy crawlies.
-I quite like them, though.
-You're not buying them for yourself. That is just about to eat the snake.
There's a big chunk missing that somebody's had a go at restoring,
but I think, in fairness, the price for two of these reflects the damage on it.
Would you take 65 as it's damaged?
-You'll have to ask the boss.
-Are you sure?
-I think they've got to be worth the chance.
-Thank you very much.
-That's very kind of you. Thank you very much indeed.
-I think you've really got a good chance of making a profit on those.
'Ooh, Andy, you red-hot bargain hunter, you!'
I can't see without my glasses. What does that say?
It looks like Slovenia. Slo...
-Anything else on the bottom?
Amphora, OK. That's good.
That's a nice thing. Amphora. This was made after 1918,
because Czechoslovakia didn't exist until 1918.
So we know it's post-1918.
It's probably 1920s.
And Amphora is a well-known factory for Czechoslovakia.
Also, it's quite striking, isn't it, with this heron on it and this tube line decoration.
-I think that decoration is really attractive.
-It is. It's unusual.
-That's a possibility.
-What's the price on that?
-There isn't one.
-There's no price on that.
-I'll see if I can find out how much it is.
If I can find somebody belonging to this stall.
Oh, hi. This on your stall, is it?
-What would it be worth to you?
-Considering it doesn't really float my boat,
I'd be expecting 30 quid.
-Don't tell me, let me tell you. £25.
-No, it's 18.
-But that is the bottom line. She won't come down any more.
-I think that's really worth a go.
-It's certainly a bargain.
It's a bargain. It's something I know nothing about, so it's really in your hands.
-The onus is on Jeremy.
-Well, I would take a punt on that.
'No pressure then, J!
'"Vays, vars, vors." There we go.'
What I love about collecting pottery and porcelain
is that you can find two wee pots like these
that were made very, very close together in Britain,
they were made at exactly the same period, around 1905,
but yet they're so completely different.
If you take this one, which is a classic tear-drop type shape,
this was made in the Pilkington Tile Works
just to the northwest of Manchester.
This one is decorated by a man called Mycock
and you can see his initials, MSM, on the bottom.
And if you look at the decoration on this piece,
you'll see that it's got these lovely silver resist designs
of flowers and foliage running in spirals up the side
in the red and green grounds.
Now, next door to it, we've got a pot made about 50 miles to the south
in Stoke-on-Trent by the renowned firm of Minton's.
Again, made in 1905,
this stuff is called Secessionist ware.
Extraordinary, though, isn't it? The difference between them, like chalk and cheese.
The other difference in the price.
Because this Pilkington wee pot
you could buy here today for £300.
What might it bring in a specialised sale?
Well, I'd be disappointed if it didn't bring 600. So there's a good profit in that.
The Secessionist pot from Minton's, however,
would cost you here today £80.
What might it bring on a good day with the wind up its tail?
Do you know something? I'm completely potty about pots.
-What about that Shelley tea set?
-That is pretty.
-Is that a full set?
-Well, it's six.
-You can buy as many as you want of these.
-When do they date back?
-These are 1930s.
-It's 1930s, transfer-printed and then hand-painted over.
Shelley are quite well-known for this type of china. They made a series of wares.
The very expensive ones are the ones with the triangular handles.
This is quite a nice design. You've got six cups, saucers and plates,
cream jug and sugar bowl and a sandwich plate.
-I'm not sure if this is separate.
-I can throw that in.
-You'd throw it in? So... Hold on, don't start negotiating yet.
-You go too fast, Andy.
-You go too fast for us.
I want to get Leanne's opinion. What do you think of it?
-I think they're really pretty. Really nice design.
-It's very flash with the bright blue.
It's a nice colour, nice design, clean, fresh lines.
-And the design of the handles I think is quite cute.
-They are really pretty.
-Shall we have word?
-Give it a go.
What's your lowest price on this tea set, please?
-Well, I had 95 on that, but I'd be willing to throw that in.
-That's quite steep.
It would be lovely if we could just get you to be very kind to us.
-Would you do...
-Hang on, Andy.
-He's asking his wife.
-Would you do 60?
-Would you meet us halfway?
-No. I paid more than that.
-He's trying! He's a trier!
-Do you think that's...
-I think it's quite nice.
-I do really like that.
-Leanne's come alive.
-That's my moment.
-Let's do 75. Thank you very much.
-Brilliant. Thank you.
Funny little flute for nine and a half quid.
That is unusual. Can you blow it? Are you allowed to give it a blow?
Give us a tune, Jeremy.
-That was Happy Birthday To You.
-Oh, is that what it was?
-You get a lot of carving for £9.50.
-You do get a lot of carving, yes. Where do you think that's made?
This is probably a north Welsh flute, because it's a bit of vernacular carving.
Look at all this. This is what's called chip carving.
This may well have been carved by a chap for his sweetheart.
I would say it's probably late Victorian. They did this sort of work in Wales.
-You've got the Welsh love spoons, as well.
-Oh, that's right.
The other place that did all this sort of intricate work is Polynesia.
-But it's not Polynesian.
-Right. I would've thought that was foreign with the carving.
-North African or something.
-They also did this sort of thing in the South Tyrol.
At the end of the day, for a tenner, at least you can play it if you can't sell it.
-We may even get a couple of quid knocked off that.
-That would be cheap.
-If you can get it for a fiver...
-What do you reckon?
-On your way.
-Start below half price.
Hello. What is your best on it?
-My best on that?
-You've got £9.50 on it.
-My best on it would be 8.
-Well, that's money off, so I think that's fine.
-I think we've got a deal.
-Thank you very much indeed.
-I'm going to learn to play it now.
'Blue Team, you are in tune.
'Andy and Leanne, are you singing from the same hymn sheet?'
No, I don't like them, to be honest.
He doesn't like what I look at, that's his problem.
Andy's very enthusiastic. He loves car-booting so I think he's in his element here.
Leanne, at the moment, is being a little bit reticent.
She's being a bit shy. She's looking for bling. So we'll see whether she finds it.
-Where's Doreen gone?
-Erm, she's over there.
I found it quite attractive.
Could we just have a look at this little green case here?
And can you tell us anything about it?
-Is it silver or is it...
-It's in good condition. This is Guilloche enamel.
And it's got what I call a piano hinge. The French were very good at hinges like this.
This is a very good quality hinge and it's a nice design in the middle.
-We don't know the price.
-We haven't got that much left.
It's exciting, but not...
-Thank you very much.
'No pressure, but the hour is ticking away, guys.'
Right, shall we go up to the top again?
-I think we should go up.
-Do you want to go right back again?
-I don't think there's anything there.
-We should, cos there's nothing here.
'I hope their engagement can take the strain.'
-Jeremy's just spotted this.
-And he said this is selling really well, it's really popular.
-Oh, I like it.
-It's a Bohemian overlay vase.
-Yeah. It's beautifully made.
-Round about 1900, 1920, early 20th century.
-You've got this opaline glass on top, which is decorated,
and then cut away to make these little lenses here so you can see through it.
So it's quite a bold idea.
-This is a navette shape, a sort of boat-shaped vase.
-I haven't heard that expression before.
-It's attractive from every angle.
-It is, yeah.
-It's lovely from underneath and the sides
-and from the top.
-And it's not expensive.
-Do you think we could get...
Would you agree on that, that we make a bid perhaps?
If we can get something off the price, yes.
Shall we try for 40? I think it's a winner.
Let me just ask you about this. Right.
We do find it attractive.
It's beautiful, isn't it? Lovely piece.
You've got 48 on it.
-We were just wondering...
-What would be your very best on that?
-Just to help us, give us a little lift for Bargain Hunt.
-I'll give you it for 40.
Er, yes, on your advice, I'll go with that.
-Just in the nick of time.
-Well done. Well done. Cheers. Thank you!
-I just think we need to find anything, really.
-I've never run out of time before.
-Candle holders? No?
-Look, what about these vases?
Cloisonne vases. They're Chinese. We're running out of time, Andy.
You haven't got much time here.
-How much are they?
-Well, they're marked at 120.
They're decorative, they've got a pair, they're Chinese, probably about 1900.
If we could get them for 100. See if they'll do it for 100 for us.
-It's this or nothing.
Will that sell at auction? What sort of estimate on that?
-You have 20 seconds, Andy, to make a decision.
-Andy, I think we'll go for it.
-I'm really sorry about this.
-It's all right.
-We're desperately running out of time.
-You've got 120 on these. Is there any chance...
-Go on, try me.
-80? Can you do 80, please?
-Brilliant. Thank you very much.
-I think I'm redundant.
-I think we did that with about one second to spare.
-That was pushing it.
-And that really was pushing it.
-So well done.
-Gone red now!
Phew! They're going to be exhausted after that shop.
Just as well time's up.
'So, to recap, here's what the Reds found.
'For starters, they got a pair of Palissy style plates
'for £65. Spooky.
'Let's hope it will be tea all round with the Shelley service.
'And they left it late, but finally found a pair of 20th century
Just finished. What was our favourite piece?
-I've never been in that position.
-That was scary.
-What, position 49? Really?
Look at his face! Such a monkey.
-Have you had a nice time?
-We have, yes.
-He's really naughty.
-He's very naughty but very clever.
-Yeah, naughty but nice.
-Tell me, how much did you spend overall?
-We spent £225.
£225, that's an excellent number. £75 of leftover lolly, please.
I trust you, Leanne. Millions wouldn't.
And here it comes, Mark. £75 for you. What are you going to spend it on?
Well, I think I'm going to try and spend it wisely to help them make a bit of a profit.
-Are you worried?
-A little bit.
-You are a bit worried.
-A little bit.
-You're not the only one that's worried. Good luck, teams.
Why don't we remind ourselves what the Blues bought, eh?
'First in the basket was a Czechoslovakian tube lined vase.'
It's a very nice vase for the money.
It's a good factory, Amphora, and that's in cracking condition.
I think that should do well. I think it's a good buy.
Give us a tune, Jeremy.
'Next, an £8 penny whistle that could go for a song. Ha!
'And last but not least, a cranberry pedestal vase
-'set them back 40 smackers.'
We just got there in the nick of time and I think we've done well.
Nick being the operative word, I have to say.
-I mean, how much have you spent?
You spent £66. We give them £300, they spend £66. What is going on?
Anyway, somebody has got £234.
Thank you. £234.
I'll sign a cheque for it later. As will you, Jeremy.
-This is a whole week's wages for you.
I do hope you're going to go and spend the whole lot on your bonus buy.
This is a very good lunch. So I'll see you later.
-Spend it wisely.
-Have you spotted anything?
I've spotted one or two and this will buy them for me.
Very good luck with that, J. Have a lovely time, girls.
For me, though, I'm heading off to Droitwich to Hanbury Hall,
which is simply wonderful.
'This Worcestershire stately pile
'has been in the hands of the Vernon family for the last 250 years.'
I love it, don't you? 250 years worth of family life
by a single family in a single house.
And here in the dining room, we've got an array of the family silver.
The earliest piece is this covered vessel called a porringer
and, I have to say, it is a particularly magnificent example.
It's hallmarked 1678
and was commissioned by Thomas Vernon for this house.
The idea with these vessels is, with their two handles,
that you pass them from person to person around the table
and they'd contain some delicious spiced mead,
something that could be enjoyed communally
at some sort of celebration.
But the cover is a particularly nice example.
If you look at the crispness of this acanthus leafage on the outside,
that's created by hammering from within, called repousse work,
and normally on a piece of silver that's getting on for 300 years old,
the amount of polishing that's happened polishes away the pattern.
In this case, it's as crisp as the day it was made.
If we scroll forward now to the middle of the 19th century,
we come across this wacky and oddball piece of Victoriana,
something that's called a six-egg cruet.
You could've removed your individual egg cup,
with its egg in it, and what's nice about this piece,
which was made by Hancock's in London in 1856,
is it comes with its integral stand
for the egg spoons, which are clustered around that centre stem.
Now, the last Vernon to occupy this house
was Sir George Vernon, who died in 1940.
And it was his bequest that gave it to the National Trust.
Now he had, how can I put it, a colourful life.
He spent a lot of his time in the Caribbean whizzing around
and he was quite clearly pretty keen on a piece of horse flesh.
And hence, in 1930, he commissioned the celebrated London firm
the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company,
to cast in solid silver two models of his favourite horses.
One was called Javali and the other Carrasco.
Rather sweetly, Sir George has simply had inscribed on each of these,
"Winners of many races," which is rather a modest way of putting it,
and I suspect they may have just won a few point-to-points here in Worcestershire.
And I think they look particularly handsome on the dining table.
Looking like this, they could almost be sniffing each other and having a chat.
Perhaps they're saying, "Which team will trot off with the profit today
"on Bargain Hunt over at the auction?"
'We travelled to Cheshire to Peter Wilson Sale Room in Nantwich.
'And I'm joined by auctioneer Robert Stone.'
Now, Andy and Leanne have gone with these Palissy style dishes. Do they grab you?
Yeah, I think they're quite commercial, and very funny, if you look at it closely, quite comical.
Yeah. Quite what Bernard Palissy was doing
in the 17th century churning this stuff out I don't know.
-He must have been on some serious mushrooms.
-This is all very strange.
-But, anyway, here they are.
I suppose around about the turn of the century, around 1900.
-What's your estimate?
-£50 to £80.
-£65 they paid. They might get their money back.
-I think it could do all right.
-Not so far off.
Next up is the Shelley tea set. We've just got a bit here.
29 pieces in total.
How do you find this 1930s ceramics is going?
This sort of Shelley is actually very good,
but, of course, the trouble with this lot is that it's actually got the wrong decoration.
People really want that deco decoration and this is the Regent shape,
which is a good shape, but it's the transfer decoration that lets it down.
Not so much pink and blue pastel flowers,
-more jazzy zig-zags and oranges and reds.
-So, how much for the lot, 29 pieces?
-£60 to £80.
-Oh, lord. £75 paid.
-That's not so good.
-Well, lastly, we've got the Chinese fellas here. How do you rate these?
Unusual shape, the square section shape I quite like,
and in particularly good condition, so that's a real bonus.
-Not such a bad pair of vases, really. I quite like them.
-I'm building up for a big estimate.
-£60 to £80.
So we're a bit shy on that. So we have three objects which, uniquely,
are just a bit shy of the estimates. They'll need their bonus buy. Let's go and have a look at it.
Now, Andy and Leanne, you spent 225 magnificent pounds.
£75 went to the lovely Mark. What's he blown it on?
Ta-da. Something very small but very delicate and very pretty.
It's a little silver bonbon dish. It's almost got an Art Nouveau design.
-I thought it was rather nice.
-Where's the silver? Where is it made?
I think it's a Birmingham hallmark. There's a little anchor on there.
-So it's just a pretty little bonbon dish. And I didn't pay £75 for it.
-What did you pay?
-I don't think there's a huge profit in it,
but maybe £5, £10, £15 if we're lucky.
-Anyway, you happy?
-You don't pick it now, you pick it after the sale of your items.
For the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Mark's bonbon dish.
That's not going to break your wrist when you pick it up. Is that lightweight or what?
Very lightweight, I'm afraid. Stamped out, mass-produced piece of silver.
The saving grace is that silver is doing particularly well at the moment.
Its value has improved a lot, so they may just get away with this one.
-OK, how much?
-£30 to £40.
That's OK. Mark Stacey's a pretty cunning operator, I have to say. So, we'll cross our legs there.
Anyway, that's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues.
-A complete mixture of objects.
How do you rate that for a good shaped vase?
Well, I can't say I'm over-enthusiastic about it.
I normally try to build things up with some enthusiasm, but this I'm struggling with.
-It's just a fairly ordinary looking vase.
-So what's your estimate?
-We've put £20 to £40 on it.
-Well, that's generous, cos they only paid £18.
But, anyway, good luck. Next is this little chip-carved whistle. Where do you think that comes from?
We think it's probably continental, probably Black Forest, a souvenir from the continent.
We've had a go at playing it. It doesn't work very well.
I guess Jane and Doreen have gone out on a mission to spend as little as possible here,
cos they only paid £8 for that. Might it make £10 or £20?
-That's exactly what we've said.
-Is it? Well, that's lovely.
Good luck with that. You can always play your own tune here, can't you?
And, lastly, is this white overlaid cranberry boat-shaped dish.
Fantastic condition. And the thing about this is, it's quite a clever way that it's made.
It's two sheets of glass that are put together and then cameo cut out.
-So quite a nice little example, but extraordinarily good condition.
-Do you think suspiciously good?
-Sadly, I think you're right. I'm not happy about the fact that it's just like the day it was made.
I'm just suspicious that there might not be a container somewhere with a few hundred thousand of these
-lurking about and they're about to hit our shores.
-£50 to £80.
-Good! £40 paid.
That's cunning Jeremy Lamond again.
-Well, it has to convert.
You have to do this for us from the rostrum. You're the vital man!
-We'll do our best.
But they are going to need their bonus buy, I fancy, so let's have a look at it.
So, smilers, you managed to spend a pathetic £66,
which is the most ridiculous total we've ever had on Bargain Hunt,
giving Jeremy £234 of leftover lolly, which is a huge wodge.
-What did you buy, Jeremy?
-Well, you may think I've been a bit of a mug.
-This is a particularly wonderful
early 19th century frog mug.
When you drank out of it for the first time
and you didn't know these pottery lizard and frog were inside...
-You'd have a heart attack.
-You would. It's quite funny.
And it's a typical 1820s frog mug. Perfect condition. And I just thought it was a bit of fun.
I mean, how rare is that, J, to have the newt
-or frog and lizard in a combo? It's quite unusual.
You're more likely to get a frog mug rather than a frog and a lizard.
Jeremy, how much did you pay for that?
-Are you serious?
I think Doreen's really impressed with that.
-Is it going to make a profit?
-It could do.
It could do. On the edge, but I think it's nice, it's in good condition,
it's got all its enamel colours, it's not lost any colour at all.
All right, girls, you happy with that? You don't pick it now, you pick it later.
But for the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Jeremy's rare mug.
Well, look at that, Robert. What a lovely thing that is.
A wonderful piece of pottery, no doubt about it. Unusual having a frog and a newt inside it.
And absolutely spot-on condition for 1830, I suppose, 1830, 1840.
-How much, then?
-£40 to £60.
-It's Jeremy Lamond's bonus buy. He's paid £120.
-Has he? By Jove.
-Yeah, he really rates it.
-I wish him luck.
-I wish him luck, too.
-Are you going to be taking the auction?
-I will indeed.
-We're in safe hands.
£110 now. £110 now, if you're all happy at £100. £100 it is. Sold.
-Are you excited?
Anything that you wished you hadn't bought?
I wish we'd had a bit more time to consider the final lot.
OK, fine. First up is the Palissy dishes. Here they come.
All creep crawlies.
Lot 84, a pair of plaques there.
Palissy type. What may we say for these?
Rather nice things. Really collectable things. £40 to start.
£40 anywhere do I hear? At £40 I'm bid straight away.
A bid at 40. 5 now do I hear? At £40. 45 there.
50 now do I hear? 45 the bid's there.
At 45. Looking for 50. At £45.
50 anywhere now? At £45. Bid's there at £45.
Will be sold at... 50 on the internet. 55. 60 on the internet.
60 on the internet. Oh, yes, here comes the internet.
At 60, yes or no? 60 bid.
65 now. 65 in the room?
-65? 65. 70 on the internet.
-At 70 on the internet.
70 bid. 75.
At 70 on the internet. £70 with you, Stephen, on the internet.
£70. 75 anywhere else? At £70, then.
Going to be sold at 70. All finished and done at 70?
You got away with it, kids. Plus five. Lovely jubbly.
-Lot 85, the part Shelley tea set.
There we are, 29 pieces altogether. What may we say for this lot?
£50 to start it off. A lovely lot here. What may we say for it?
£50 anywhere now for it? Money for nothing, I'll tell you now.
What about this? £50 anywhere for the Shelley? At 50. 50 do I hear?
-50 I'm bid. 50 I have. 55 now.
55 on the internet. 60. 65 on the internet? 65. 65 on the internet.
65. 70 now. 65, the bid's over here at 65. 70 now do I hear?
At £65 and it will be sold at £65. Any further takers?
At £65, 65.
£65, bad luck. That's minus £10. You're minus five overall.
-Come on. Here come the Cloisonne.
-I need my fish and chips.
86 are the pair of Oriental Cloisonne vases.
Those are the ones there. £60 a bid straight away. 65 do I hear?
£60. A bid at 60. 5 do I hear, surely? 65 anywhere now?
At £60, the bid's on commission. 65? 65 bid.
-70 I have.
-At £70 the bid, still on commission at 70.
75 anywhere else? At £70. The bid's here with me at £70.
-75 now, quickly?
-I don't like it.
-£70. You're minus 15 on that.
Overall, minus 20. What are you going to do about the bonbon dish?
-Get it in.
-Get it in.
-Go for it.
-Something's got to give.
-Going to do it?
-Go for it.
-Get it in.
-Get it in!
I want a couple of noughts on the end of this one.
-Not something I say very often.
In the modern parlance, get it in.
90 is the lot number. There we are, the silver bonbon dish.
That's the one. A lovely thing. 1983, Birmingham.
How much may we say for this? I've got £30 straight away for it.
£30 I'm bid. 35 is there now? 35. 40? Yes? 40 bid.
45 now. 45 here? 40 is over there. Your bid at 40.
At £40. 45 now do I hear? At £40 and will be sold.
At £40 only, if we're all finished. At 40, going to be sold.
Gosh, that was close. 45.
-Go on. Go on.
-Your bid now at £45. 50 now?
At £45. Bid is there at £45 and will be sold at 45.
-We broke even!
Look at that. Plus 20.
You have, overall, wiped your face.
-There's no shame in that, I tell you.
And, in fact, being absolutely nowhere at the end of this programme could be a winning score.
-Now, Jane and Doreen, have you been talking to the Reds?
Haven't said a word? That's perfect.
Are you nervous about anything? Can you be when you've only spent £66?
-We haven't got a lot to lose.
-You certainly haven't.
And, in fact, I'm happy to tell you that on all three items,
-that auctioneer has estimated more than the miserable amount that you paid.
Anyway, first up is the Amphora Czechoslovakian tube lined vase,
which is truly repulsive and for which you paid £18. Here it comes.
Lot 101 is this Amphora vase. That's the one for you.
£20 will start it off, surely. Straight away at £20.
-I chose this.
-At £20. 25 is there now? Come on, now. £20 the bid.
25 there. 30 you're bidding. 30 bid. At £30.
At 30. 5 anywhere else?
At £30 and will be sold at £30. All done at 30?
-Look at that!
-Well done, Doreen! Look. That's £12 straight up.
-Eat your words!
Lot 102 is this delightful Black Forest whistle.
There we are. What may we say for it? £10 anywhere now?
Surely at 10. Come on, now.
-Oh, come on!
I told you!
-All right, two.
We've got 5.
How about 7? 7 on the internet.
8. 9. 10.
Be daring. 15.
15, the bid's there. 16!
35. It doesn't seem fair, this. 35? 35.
The bid's there at £35. At £35. If you're all finished and done.
-At £35, being sold.
-That's plus 27!
Very good. Such a good auctioneer. Plus £27.
This Bohemian overlaid basket-shaped vase.
That's the one for you. £40. Start me off on this piece at £40.
A nice thing. At £40 anywhere? Do I hear £40? Lovely piece of glass.
At £40. And absolutely perfect. At £40.
At £40. That's all I'm asking. £40.
At 40. Who's with me at £40? £40 bid.
45 is there now? It's your bid. £40.
-At £40. 45 do I hear?
-At £40 only. 45 anywhere?
At 45 and waiting. At £40 only, if we're all finished and done.
Going to be sold at £40 only. One bid and one bid alone at 40.
-Wiped its face.
£40. It's wiped its face.
27, 37. £39. You are plus 39.
-We're plus 39!
-You're plus 39 and you spent £66.
And you've finished up with nigh on £40 in your back pocket.
-That's pretty good.
Two Scousers. She said it.
What are you going to do about the frog?
Are you going to hang onto the £39
or are you going to chance it for the mug?
Oh, Jeremy, we're just staying put, if that's OK.
We think it's delightful, we think it's a lovely object, but we're not sure if this is the right auction.
-Definitely not going with the bonus buy?
-We're going to sell it anyway and here it comes.
107 is the Scottish mug. There we are.
This lovely frog mug with a newt inside, as well.
Absolutely super condition. £40 I'm bid for it.
That's £40 with me on commission. Your bid at 45.
50 anywhere now do I hear? 45 there. I'm looking for 50.
50. 55. 60.
55 your bid. At 55. 60 now do I hear? At £55. The bid's there.
At £55 and will be sold.
-All quiet and done at 55? 55.
-55. That's minus 65.
I think you girls made the right decision today,
although, I have to say in Jeremy's defence,
-that is a very smart mug.
-We loved it.
On another day in another sale, that would've made a profit for you.
But there we are. We are here today and you girls have preserved your profit of £39,
-but I don't want you to tell those kids anything.
-Don't mention a word to them.
-We'll go out looking really down in the dumps.
You're an actress, as well as being an extremely clever person.
Well done, Doreen. Well done, Jane.
Well, we've had an extraordinary result today, haven't we?
-Have you lot been chatting?
-No conversations going on?
I'm pleased to hear that, because today, we have two teams
who are just so close I can't tell you.
And the runners up today by making no profit and no loss at all are the Reds.
Ohh! THEY LAUGH
You have the ultimate wiped face. You were minus £20,
you had no chance at all, and along came Mr Stacey, galloping in from the sunset
with a £20 profit, which then finished up with a wiped face, which is really exciting.
-Did you have a good time?
-Lovely to have you on the show. Good luck with everything.
But the victors today who are actually going to go home with some money...
How can these chickens just spend £66
but yet go away with £39 worth of profit? Is that not just marvellous?
As a special feature today,
we are going to award you with the equivalent of the golden gavel,
which is now known as the silvery pin.
Normally, you would get one of these to wear with pride
if you'd made a profit on all three items,
but as you made a profit on two items and you got a wiped face,
which is nearly a profit on three items,
you pin that on your bosom and nobody will understand what's going on.
-We've had a great show. Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
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Experts Mark Stacey and Jeremy Lamond lead their teams at the Mona Showground on Anglesey. It is a hard fought contest but all is revealed at the auction.
Tim Wonnacott takes a shine to some family silver at Hanbury Hall.