Antiques challenge. In Lincoln, two married couples go head-to-head, and sometimes hand-in-hand. But will there be too much marital stress over at the auction?
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Hello! Let's go Bargain Hunting.
We Bargain Hunters have come to the Lincoln Fair,
literally hundreds of stalls stuffed with antiques and collectables.
But how are our contestants going to cope with all this choice?
Our two married teams are looking for bargains from around the world.
The Zulu had these around their necks.
It's a bit of African tribal art, probably from Swaziland.
-Am I talking you into it?
And this lot want the world.
We've got Ceylon. That's now Sri Lanka.
-Kenny, you just keep looking at the atlas.
And I visit an intriguing London house
to meet a remarkable Bargain Hunt guest.
But for now, let's meet those teams.
-And here they all are. How lovely. Hi, everyone.
-Lauren, how did you meet Kenny?
-When we were about 14 or 15,
-myself and my friends - not Kenny, he's ten years older than me...
We used to hang about at the top of the street where his work was.
It sounds quite sinister but it's not.
And he was a lorry driver and he used to wave and we used to wave back.
But later, I worked in a bar and that's where we met.
-And he said what?
-"Have you grown out of sitting on street corners now?"
-That was his chat-up line.
-That was a good chat-up line.
-So you pulled him another quick half and that was that.
-Now, Kenny, you've got a couple of kids, yeah?
-And a dog.
Oh, Rufus, yes, he's a barrel of fun.
And you like to take him out for walkies and all that?
-Yes, he loves a run.
-Yes, he does like chasing cows.
I took him in the field one night and he decided to round them up
and herd them towards me.
-So I was...
-In the dark?
-Yes, so I was running away, chased by cows.
-And the dog.
-You were lucky.
So how do you think you're going to get on with the missus as a team?
-We'll be great.
-It might look like we're falling out but we're not really.
-No, this is happily married life.
Oh, yeah. Every day.
-How many years have you been together?
-11 years, now.
-Married for eight.
It's going to be a test today, I can tell you.
Now, Barry and Sheila. How did you and Barry meet?
-We were at the theatre in Leicester.
-Oh, were you?
Barry was acting because he's the big actor.
He was playing the village idiot.
-I thought he was a very good actor and then I married him and realised it wasn't acting.
That's brave talk, that is, for the television. You'll be in trouble later.
So you were seriously theatrical in your youth, were you?
Yes, I was an actor. I was in rep.
Then I got married and I decided that marriage and theatre don't really go together.
It can be difficult, moving around, and so I became a drama teacher.
-Oh, did you?
But you've had great success, haven't you? You mixed with the stars.
In repertory days I worked with people like John Shrapnel,
Eric Idle, Richard Eyre, Jonathan Lynn.
They went on to do great and wonderful things.
I got married.
-And you went on to teach, which is very nice.
So what are your strengths going to be today then, Sheila,
in your team with your artistically talented and well-coordinated husband?
-Ordering him around and keeping him under control, really.
-The controlling presence.
-I'm the organiser.
-Does that mean you're going to take the money?
It's the money moment. £300, look. There you go.
£300. You know the rules. Your experts await.
And off you go and very, very, very good luck.
So who's counselling our married couples today?
Hoping to keep the divorce rate down for the Reds is David Harper.
And making the bonds of marriage secure for the Blues,
it's James Lewis.
Let the ceremonies begin.
Right, now, a married couple. Do you fall out?
-Not very often.
-What are you looking for?
-China, pottery, that sort of thing.
-Both of you?
-Yes, ceramics, silver.
-Shall we just agree with Lauren?
-That's probably best, yes.
Come on, then.
-I like that.
-Mass produced as a series ware, so it's not rare.
Well spotted, Kenny. I think it's quite stylish, actually.
-Are these covered in paper?
-Yes, it's paper lined. It's almost like wallpaper.
Date wise, a very good way, if it's not dated on the globe itself,
of dating an atlas will be to look at the countries
because country names change, don't they?
So think of a country that you know has changed its name.
We've got Ceylon. That's now Sri Lanka.
So when did Ceylon become Sri Lanka?
'There might be a quiz at the end of this, viewers!'
-It was the '50s, wasn't it?
-I would have thought so. After the Second World War.
'1972, to be precise.'
Africa's always a great one.
Southern Rhodesia became Rhodesia in the '60s and then Zimbabwe in 1980.
So it's pre-1960s.
Oh, hang on. Philips' Challenge Globe. It's dated there. 1959.
So there you go.
'Now that's why we call them experts!'
It's teak. Got a bit of an art deco feel going to it
but it's a definite '50s slant.
What have we got on the globe?
-Could be 90.
-Could be 90, yeah?
Now, Lauren, what do you think about it? You tell me.
It's handsome to look at but...
-We're not talking about me, Lauren.
-Oh, such a charmer!
Erm, I like it if Kenny likes it.
-Would you take 60 at all, for it?
-I'll take 80.
-Meet in the middle at 75.
-No, we're going for... Sh!
You just keep looking at the atlas.
75, yeah? Is that agreed?
-Do you like 75?
-75's brilliant. That's great.
'Ah, Kenny, you can get a say, as long as it's the same as Lauren's.'
'Now, I'm training my beady eyes on you guys. What have you got?'
So what we've got is basically an oval slab of hard stone,
probably an agate,
and then this is cut-card work that's engraved and chased afterwards.
Now, I think it looks Continental
but there's one thing that screams quality here.
-If you look on the lip there, do you see the name?
Betjeman's. Betjeman's were a 19th century company
that specialised in unusual patents
and here we've got that and that.
And that's what makes it a Betjeman's patent.
-I love the design on the top. I do like that.
It's in a French style but it's English.
The date, I guess, is about 1860, 1870.
What could he do on that for us? 60?
Would you do it at 50?
-Shall we go?
-Yes, OK, we will.
-I think at 60 we've got a deal.
-Happy with that, guys?
The great thing about Barry and Sheila is they're good fun
but they're really open-minded.
They don't have minds set in stone.
How's the marriage holding out on the Red side?
-They are beyond revolting.
-You know who that is, don't you?
-I'm not sure I want to look.
-Is that Napoleon?
-Yeah, and there is Josephine.
Yes. That could be you two, couldn't it?
-Are you trying to buy things?
-No, no, not without your expertise.
Oh, but it's nice to see you're still holding hands.
There's time yet.
Now, James, what are you holding?
-What is it?
-I would have thought a surveyor's level or something.
But the ball, I think, at some stage, has been added.
-I think that's probably a 19th-century bowling ball,
-It's somebody from a bowling club that's had it.
-A bit too quirky.
-I agree with you.
-What do we think about the lamp?
-I like the shape.
And I do like the pattern
but I would have liked the curves, the lines in it, to have been more blue,
rather than the lilac.
Eh, what a demanding woman.
You get used to it.
It's a piece that you might refer to as an end-of-day.
There's bits and pieces of leftover stuff
made into a lamp.
I mean, look at the wiring and look at that top.
That looks very '50s. '50s and '60s pieces are so retro, so popular.
They're doing very well.
-What have you got on that? Is it...?
Oh, really? As much as that?
-The best I could do is 45 quid.
On a good day, it could do quite nicely and make 10 or 20 quid
but on a bad day, you're going to lose 10 or 20 quid.
-It's a chance you take, isn't it?
-It's always the chance you take.
-Kenny, have a feel of it. Is it talking to you?
-Do you like it?
'Kenny, she's letting you speak again!'
-I do, actually.
-What about 35?
-I couldn't, honestly.
-Yeah, 40 quid, yeah.
-I think we've done the deal.
-Thanks, we'll have that.
I think of our buys so far, my favourite is the globe
as a potential profit maker.
The glass lamp, in actual fact, is the one I would want to take home
because you do rewire that and you do put a shade on
and it will look absolutely stunning.
That was bad English.
Sounded fine to me, David,
but let's take a look at an object what I got.
Nowadays, if you're having a cup of tea...
and you take a bit of sugar,
all you do is take one of these hideous plastic spoons,
white sugar, look, dunk it in, give it a bit of a stir up - lovely.
Now, that would not be acceptable behaviour
in genteel society.
Smart people in 1900 had their sugar in cubes
and if you had cubed sugar, you needed one of these jokers.
I've picked up these solid silver sugar nips to share with you
the beauty of their design.
If you look at this semicircular piece here
it almost looks like a bit of industrial art,
with these rivets.
It's very much turn of the century, Jugendstil style,
this is 1900, Austrian influence, and it's an extraordinary feature.
I love the end of the nips themselves.
Do you see that? They've been bifurcated.
Further up you can see more of this Viennese influence
in the plunger part
and on the end it says patent and a registration number.
And all round, these nips are in good condition.
What would a pair of sugar nips like this cost you?
Out there in the fair today they could be yours for £65.
What might they make in a specialist sale?
Well, they could bring, I don't know, £120, something like that.
In fact, I think I might nip off and buy them.
-What is it?
-They're tobacco gourds or snuff bottles.
These sort of snuff bottles were used all over the world.
The Zulu were said to have these around their necks before the Battle of Rorke's Drift.
The idea was they'd have their cannabis mixed with other herbs and spices
-and they would take that before battle.
And they'd have them around their necks.
Some are actually pinned into ears like that in South American tribes.
-These things are a bit of fun. Slightly unusual.
-What do you think?
-Well, I think if we can get him down a bit...
-A quirky object.
-They're worth 20 quid to me. Let's ask.
-He says 25.
-I think they're worth that.
-But is there a profit? My heart says buy them...
-You don't think there is?
-..my head says leave them and think.
-We could leave them and come back.
-They might have gone. That's life.
-Then we won't have them.
So they're sniffy over the price of the snuffy.
You've only got one buy, Barry and Sheila, and 20 minutes left.
The Reds are still holding hands. That won't last.
Now, this is a wonderful object. It's a bit of African tribal art.
'Oh, cripes, here we go again.'
It's probably from Swaziland or Zulu Natal
and it's a milking pail.
They sometimes come on three legs or just a plain rim like that.
-But it's nice and early. It's got a good colour.
Well, tribal art is very difficult to date
but this one is certainly 60 or 70 years old.
It's lost its cover but it's 45 quid.
Will it sell?
Oh, this is just it. If I was there and allowed to buy, yes, it would
and I would also pay more than £45 for it.
-Am I talking you into it?
Is it a bit of tribal art the right thing to sell in Lincolnshire?
-Am I going to be the only person in the auction room that likes it?
-Am I going to say, "Sorry, guys, I've made you a loss"?
-Shall we put it down and think about it?
It sounded like a definite no to me, James, but what do I know?
-He is not ugly! How could you say he's ugly?
Lauren, you don't think he's ugly, do you?
-You're not dumfounded again?
No, well, I am, I'm sorry. How old is he?
He's Bretby. He will be late 19th century.
Normally they mark Bretby with a sunburst.
-What sort of money is he?
-But I will do him for 40.
-He looks reliable, doesn't he?
-Now, what breed is he?
-It's a shar-pei.
Well, there you go. I wouldn't know that.
So let's think there's a couple of shar-pei owners in there.
They're going to want to buy him desperately, aren't they?
He's fairly cute.
It's not exactly the ancient thing that you're looking for
but he's got the 100 years to him, I would say.
With those wrinkles, I'd say 100 plus.
Let's leave Lauren to ponder.
Right, now, what does that say to you?
-Ugly piece of brass, if you don't like it.
Erm, I don't know - matches, cigarettes.
-Exactly what it is.
-What's his mouth for, then?
Imagine you're a smoker and a drinker from the 19th century
and you've had a hard day at work.
You go to your local bar or tavern with your cigar
and you haven't got your matches.
No such thing as buying a lighter from the bar.
You would go along and this would be plumbed into the mains gas supply
and out of his mouth would be a flame lit from mains gas.
You would take your light from one side, light it from the mouth,
light your cigar and put it back in here.
And where would this have been made? It could be English or Continental
but looking at him, he's almost like a gold prospector or a miner.
So you can imagine this would have been in the Wild West
on one of those bars with those prospectors and men of real courage,
going and lighting their cigars from that.
Quite a story behind this, I think.
-And what's it made from, brass?
-Cast brass. £45.
-What do you think? Profit in it?
-It's got to be worth 35 quid.
I can see it making 60 or 70 in a good sale,
so if we can get for 35, that's a double money situation.
While they're off bargaining, let's see if that wrinkly doggy has some new owners.
He is quite handsome, isn't he?
Now, if he can be confirmed as being a Bretby piece,
it's a stonking bargain at 40 quid.
Lauren, we've got nine minutes left.
Talk to the dog. Are you going to take him home or not?
I quite like him and I will agree to buy him if I can name him.
OK. What are we going to call him?
-Straight there. Definite Graham.
Right, OK. Are we going to have him for 40 quid?
-I think he's the best buy of the day.
-Thank you. We'll have him.
So wrinkly Graham is theirs and they are done.
Now, have Barry and Sheila bargained hard enough for their tavern lighter?
-We've had a word with the stallholder...
..and he said that he would let us have this for £35.
So I think we should go for it.
-So let's have him.
-It's a deal.
-It's a deal.
-Let's move on.
Move on indeed, Blues. You only have a few minutes left.
-Five minutes. I think we've got to go and get the Swaziland bucket.
Right, it looks like we can have it for £35 because he's not here...
At this rate, we could have it for nothing.
Unfortunately, it doesn't work like that, James. Anyway, job done.
Lauren and Kenny first navigated their way to the globe.
David then persuaded them to gamble on this 1950s lamp
and finally, they're walking Graham, the wrinkly shar-pei, to auction.
I hope he don't bite!
-You've had fun, haven't you?
It's like going round having a drinks party with you lot.
Kenny, which is your favourite piece? Old smiler?
-Graham's my favourite.
-What about you, Lauren? Which is your favourite?
-And how much did you spend all round?
I get £145 of leftover lolly, please.
-That's for you, my love.
-£145. It goes straight to the man.
-Thank you very much.
-What are you going to do with that, David?
I think something shining and blingy, especially for Lauren.
Ah! How sweet.
-You don't mind me saying that?
-No, no, not at all.
There's going to be trouble, I can see.
Good luck with that.
Why don't we remind ourselves what the Blue team bought, eh?
Barry and Sheila first parted with cash for the inkstand.
Will there be gold in them there hills
for the American prospector lighter?
Finally, they ran the length of the fair
to grab the African milk stool but almost ran out of time.
How much money did you spend, actually, Sheila?
-£130. So I'd like £170 of leftover lolly from someone.
-Lovely. £170 going across to you, James.
James' task is now to spend all that money. Got anything in mind?
-Do you know, I'm just going to try and blow the lot.
Because I'm so mean normally, I'm just going to go for it.
Anyway, very good luck to you. Meanwhile, we're off.
We're off somewhere incredibly special
and I tell you, it's not local.
I'm in London today to meet a rather special Bargain Hunt guest,
who's waiting for me inside this building,
the Linley Sambourne House.
Our guest is the great-grandson of Linley Sambourne,
a Victorian cartoonist for Punch magazine.
His grandson knows this house very well indeed.
He is Lord Snowdon.
It's extremely kind of you to come here and join us at Linley Sambourne House today,
which of course occupies a very special place in your heart,
I'm very, very fond of it. It's fairly chaotic.
It has its special atmosphere, though, doesn't it, still?
Nothing's changed at all since my great-grandfather was here.
Your mother was instrumental in saving this house, wasn't she?
'Inspired by this house,
'the Countess of Rosse formed the Victorian Society,
'along with a group of influential friends,
'in order to preserve Victorian art and architecture.'
Don't forget, all Victorian things were very unpopular for a long time
and it was due to people like John Betjeman and my mother
to get it going again.
And she loved this house and it shows.
Does it have any special childhood memories for you?
Yes, it was always immensely gloomy...
and it shouldn't look lit.
No. Of course, as your great-grandfather was a photographer
and you're a photographer, you know all about light, don't you?
-I don't use them.
-You don't use them at all?
Do you think there are any similarities between Linley Sambourne's photography
and your works?
He was very talented.
If some of that talent brushed off on me, I'd be delighted.
Well, I think it has done, for certain.
Sambourne took pictures of himself and his family
posing as the satirical characters he wanted to portray.
He then used them to help create his famous cartoons.
He used the upstairs bathroom as his darkroom
to develop the prints,
although Lord Snowdon remembers the bath for different reasons.
Oh, I loved the bath. It's just slabs of solid marble.
So what you had to do was you had to run it twice,
once to heat the marble and the other time to heat your bum.
Do you have any favourite pieces in the house that you particularly like?
I wouldn't like to pick out one particular thing.
-I think the whole point of it is really being en masse.
So if you isolate any...
it doesn't work.
-Where did you get your tie from?
-I've got hundreds of them.
-I have, actually.
-You always wear a bowtie?
I feel quite undressed without it.
Don't show me.
Well, thank you very much for joining us.
-A great pleasure.
Lord Snowdon's absolutely right, isn't he?
This is the most extraordinary house.
100 years of multi-layered family history,
all still contained
in a building where absolutely nothing has been thrown away.
And yet it's open to the public to be able to enjoy it
in this fragile environment.
Of course the big question today is
which of our teams over at the auction
is going to turn out to be particularly fragile?
Well, it's lovely to have popped down the road to Golding Young and Thomas Mawer
to be with Colin Young.
-Colin, good morning.
-Good morning, Tim.
Anyway, first off for Lauren and Kenny is this globe,
which I see is dated 1959.
-How do you rate that, Colin?
-I think it's fine.
Most schools would have that type of globe as a good educational tool for their geography classes
and today it's got some age, it's, what, 50 years old,
so I would have thought somebody would be pleased to relive their youth
and have that in their study.
-What's it worth?
-Well, I've put an estimate of £30-50 on it.
Well, you'll be popular. They paid £75.
-I mean, they do make funny amounts, globes, don't they?
-They can sell quite well.
-I'd regard your estimate at 30-50 as a bit of a tease.
Now, this art glass lamp.
-I don't think it's particularly art glass, do you?
I'll be honest, it does look to be probably Venetian.
It does have that British look about it - they've mentioned that it's British -
but I would have thought that's a mass-produced thing from Italy.
-And the only British thing is the electric fitting.
-A nice piece of chrome.
-I see it's got a hairline crack.
-Yes, next to the drilled hole.
-That's not so hot, is it?
-Cracked glass is not a good buy.
-No, it's not.
-What's your estimate?
-20-40. It's safe at that sort of money.
-OK, they paid £40, so they're on the edge.
Excellent. And lastly, we come up with this shar-pei fellow here.
It looks pretty grotesque
but on the other hand, grotesque things are popular.
They can often sell quite well.
It came in listed as being Bretby.
I can't find anything in past results for a Bretby example like that,
-so we've catalogued it as "style of".
-That's the safe way to do it.
-And Bretby were pretty good at marking everything.
It's a factory that's been well researched,
so if you can't find it, it probably isn't Bretby.
-But it's got the look.
-It has. The estimate's 30-50.
-OK, £40 paid.
-I'm sure there'll be somebody out there
that's got a shar-pei that wants a little mate for it.
On that basis, I fancy, depending on what happens with shar-pei,
they're going to need their bonus buy, so let's have a look at it.
Now, Lauren and Kenny, you spent £155, you gave the boy 145.
What did David Harper blow it on?
Well, as you know, Tim, I was thinking of Lauren with these purchases.
-Very kind of you.
-A little bit of bling, I think.
-Take one each.
-What are they?
-Very well done.
-And they've got liners.
-Recently used liners. There's still salt in there.
Have a look at the base. Nicely marked in Chester,
which is a rarer hallmark.
So we've got 1919 and 1920, very elegant and a pair.
-They are pretty.
-They are. They're growing on me.
-That's good, then.
-Guess how much I paid for them.
-I think you paid 85.
-Oh, even better.
-Oh, my word. Oh, well, congratulations.
-Well, thank you very much.
-That's great, isn't it?
-Now they really love them.
-Yeah, they're amazing.
I do think they should double their money and maybe a bit more.
On that happy note, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about David's salts.
There we go.
-Salt or mustard?
-I would go with salt.
-I'd go with mustard.
-We're perfectly matched here, Colin.
-Solid silver, Chester, yeah?
Good marks on them. Clean. Liners are in reasonably good order.
This one's a bit nibbled around the edge.
Slightly different dates. One might have been done in December 1919
and one done in January 1920.
-At least they're adjoining years.
It won't matter once they're on the table.
All silver buyers are going to go for these.
-There will be a price for them.
-Good old Harper because he only paid £15.
Anyway, that's it for the Reds, now for the Blues.
The cunning James Lewis has gone with the Betjeman patented inkwell,
-which looks a handsome object, Colin.
-It sits very well on the desk.
And would have been expensive when it was made in 1880 or something like that.
It would. It certainly would have come from a high-class retailer.
It's interesting the patent that's on there.
I must admit I've never come across it before.
I think it will add interest to it but not necessarily too much value.
-I would put an estimate on it of 80-120.
-James will be delighted.
-£60 paid. I think that's very reasonable.
-OK, next is this bar match-holder device.
-Said to be American.
And it purports to be circa 1870. I don't know what you think.
I would have thought it's a lot newer than that,
purely because of the quality of it.
-Just the casting of the base is very poor quality.
We've still put an estimate on it of £40-60, that level.
-I couldn't see it going beyond that.
-James only paid a modest £35.
Now, I know you love the old ethnographic stuff.
-Tribal is a favourite.
What do you make of our so-called Zulu milk pail?
Erm, I think it's quite a fun thing
and it was great to do a little bit of research, find out a little bit more about them
and then once you know what it is to have a little bit of disappointment coming in.
-It's been catalogued well. It's gone out to the world.
Tribal art buyers have shown great interest in it
and they've told us it's been cut down and they're not interested.
What, it's only for half a pint rather than a whole pint?
It is. I'm afraid the quality's been creamed off that.
-What's it worth?
-I would think it's going to be make, 10, £30, 50.
That sort of range. It's going to be low tens.
It's not as exciting as we'd hoped.
-OK, £35 is what he paid.
So he's pretty well on the cusp for two of them
and the inkwell should do well, so they may not need their bonus buy but let's have a look, anyway.
Now, Sheila and Barry, you spent £130 - pretty miserable, really.
£170 of leftover lolly went to James Lewis,
who's looking very pleased with himself
and what did you spend it on, Jimmy?
You're going to be disappointed because I only spent not very much
on a pair of wonderful gourds.
-I remember those.
We looked and left.
-What, you've rejected them already?
-I just couldn't resist.
Oriental works of art are doing so well at the moment.
Chinese is doing very well, Japanese, still OK.
But it's the really big thing at the moment
and they weren't expensive,
-so I thought let's have a go.
-How much did you pay?
How much are they worth? Are they going to make a profit?
I thought I'd got away with that one.
Er, I think they should make £45-50.
-I'm hoping so.
-Do you like them?
-Yes, actually. Yeah.
Yes, I think so.
I like them. Whether they're going to make a profit, I'm not so sure.
-Oh! Have faith.
-Well, Sheila, you don't have to decide now.
You'll decide after the sale of your first three items.
But for the audience at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about James' gourds.
-There you go, Colin.
-Little something for the weekend.
-Little bit of a storage device, there.
-Yeah, what - snuff?
Er, it's big for snuff in the first place.
I mean, this one's 20 a day, here. You've got a 10 a day pack.
-That's a lot of snuff, isn't it?
-It is, yeah.
-Anyway, there we go.
Whatever it had in it,
it's quite a handsome little storage container.
-No, they are quite nice.
-Perfectly nice little chaps.
-And what are they worth?
-I would have thought £30-50.
-Yeah, I would have thought plenty of people would have a punt.
-I wouldn't sniff at that, I tell you.
-I think that should be reasonably safe.
-£12.50 each. That's not so much.
For all the labours that have gone into it, it isn't a lot of money.
We look forward to hopefully seeing some profit. Thank you, Colin.
-So how are you feeling, guys?
-Are you nervous, Lauren?
-What about you, Kenny?
-You look a bit nervous, old fruit.
First lot up is your globe and here it comes.
There we go. This is a 1950s desk globe.
Who's going to start me at £30 for it?
30? 20 to go then. £20, anybody? Come on, ladies and gentlemen, £20.
-10 to go then, surely?
-£10. £10 down there. At 10 bid. At 10. I'll take 12 then.
12 bid. 15. 18. 20. At 20 bid, 22, five.
5 bid, 28. 30 bid.
At 32, 35, 38, 40, 2. 42.
-45. 48. 50.
-It's doing OK.
-And 5. Bid 60?
£60 anywhere now?
70. 70. At £70 bid. Five anywhere else now?
-At £70 bid. Any more? I'll take 2.
No? 70 at the back of the room, then. Selling at £70.
-Not quite good enough. It's minus five.
But it looked really dodgy, didn't it? Oh, dear.
Lot 1082 is an art glass lamp base, circa 1950.
Who's going to start me at £40 for that? 30 to go, then.
£30, anybody? 30? 20, if we must, then. £20, anybody?
£10. 10 bid. 12 anywhere else, now? 12 bid.
15 bid. 18 bid.
20 now. £20 bid. 22?
22. 25. 28, now.
No? At 25 at the back of the room. At 25 bid.
-28. Anybody else going to see the light?
-Going at £25.
-25 is minus 15. Bad luck on that, chaps.
-Come on, Graham.
-So now... Come on, Graham.
There we go. This is an early 20th century, treacle-glazed pottery
model of a dog, possibly Bretby.
We're fairly sure it's a shar-pei.
Who's going to start me at £50 for it? 50?
-50? 30 to go, then. 30?
-20 to go. £20.
Thank you. £20 bid. It looks reluctant, as well.
-No! He's so lovely.
Not good, is it? Not good.
20 bid. 22 on the internet.
25. 28 now.
28 bid. 28, 30. 30 bid.
32 do I see? 32.
35. 38 now?
Just look at those sad eyes. TIM SOBS
Of the auctioneer, not the dog. 38? 36, then? No?
Last call, then, going. All done at £35.
-That's minus £5.
-Bad luck, guys.
-That is minus 25 tally. A small loss on each piece, I'm afraid.
-So what are you going to do about these salts?
-We shall take them.
Every faith. We have every faith in them.
Well, that was worth it.
Goodness only knows what will happen when you make a profit.
-So are we going to go with the bonus buy?
-Are you sure?
-Decision made. Here come the two salts.
A pair of George V silver circular salts
with the blue glass liners.
Who's going to start me at £50 for them? £30 to go, then. 30?
20 will do, then. £20. Only £10 each.
-We're in profit.
20 bid and now 2 and five, 25. 28? 28, 30.
32, 35? No? 32 bid. Five, surely?
At 32 bid. Any more bids? We're down here and we're selling at £32.
-You have made £17 at a stroke.
Which is very good. So 25 less 17 is eight.
-You're minus £8.
-Which is nothing is it, really?
I mean, it really is nothing, minus £8.
The big thing is now, don't talk to the Blues at all, right?
-Well done, Kenny.
-Have you been talking to the Reds?
-What, and they wouldn't communicate?
-Not at all.
-They're pretty tight-lipped, aren't they?
-Husband and wife, you see. You know what it's all about.
The first item is the inkwell and here it comes.
A Victorian ormolu and agate inkstand.
Who's going to start me at £100 for it? 100.
80 to go, then. 80.
50 will do, then. £50, anybody? 50. And five, now?
At £50 bid. Five now, surely? 55. 60. And five?
-You're in profit.
80? Five. 90.
Five. 100 now.
-At 95 bid.
-100 now, surely?
At 95 bid. I'll take £100 surely? No?
At 95 in the middle of the room, then. At £95.
-Well done, James.
£95 is plus 35. There's still money in that, James, but there you go.
There we go. 1104 is a cast-brass novelty match holder
and cigar lighter.
Who's going to start me at £50 for him? 30 to go, then.
£30? 20 to go, then, surely? £20, anybody?
Ten? Ten bid. 15 now do I see?
15, 20. At 20 bid. Five? 25 bid. 30? At 30 bid. 35?
Bid 40 and five. Bid 50 and five.
60 now? 60.
And five. £70, gentleman's bid at 70.
Five anywhere else? Then going. All done at £70.
£70. You've doubled your money on that. Plus 35 on that one.
-Now, the milk pail.
-You had faith in my pail.
A piece of tribal art. There we go. This is a carved wooden milk pail,
possibly Swazi, possibly Zulu.
£30 for it. £20 to go then, surely? £20, anybody?
10 to go then, surely? 10, anybody?
-£10. 10 bid. 12 bid.
15 bid. 18.
20 now, surely? 22 again?
22, fresh bidder. 25 bid.
28, now. 28 bid. 30 again, surely? 30? Can we draw another one?
-At 30, surely?
28 bid. 30. No prizes for guessing where this one's from.
30 bid. 32 anywhere else, now?
-At 32 bid.
35, then? Going at £32.
Better than I expected.
Well, that's minus £3. That's £70 of profit, less the three is £67 up.
-What are we doing?
-What are you going to do about the gourds?
-You can park them. James won't mind.
-You don't have to take them.
Or risk £25 on the snuff gourds?
I can see those on somebody's stand at £30-£35 each,
so I think somebody's going to rate them at 70.
I certainly don't think they're going to make less than 25.
-And that's what you paid for them?
-We'll go for it.
-Are you sure?
-There's a potential profit.
I'll forget the bucket and we'll go for it.
-Are you sure about this?
-We'll go for it.
We're going with the bonus buy and here it comes.
There we go. Lot 1109. Two Japanese gourd bottles this time.
Good gourd! Who's going to start me at £50? 30 to go.
20 to go then, surely? £20, anybody?
£20 on the internet. 20 bid. Two anywhere else now?
At £20 bid. The bid's from China. At £20 bid. And two now, surely?
-At £20 bid.
At 20 bid. Two, surely? At 22. The excitement continues.
-25. At 25 bid.
At 25 bid. You can all join in in the room, if you like.
At 25, internet buyers take it, then, and we are selling at £25.
-Well done, James.
Wiped its face. Good.
-So you preserved, just, your £67 of profit.
-We're in profit!
Which is really good and such a rare occurrence, too.
-Just don't say a word to the Reds.
-No, no, no.
-Not a word to the Reds.
-Well done, guys. Well done, James.
-Everybody happy? Yes?
Jolly good. That's what we like to see. Been chatting at all?
-No, not at all.
Well, on Bargain Hunt we don't have losers but we do have runners up
and the runners up today are the Reds.
-GROANING AND LAUGHTER
I mean, you did pretty nicely. You lost on the first three items.
But then you went with the bonus buy, which was your big, big moment.
-£17 profit on that.
-Which is pretty good, yeah? Lovely.
Which reduced your losses to only minus 8.
-But have you had a nice time, Kenny?
-It's been marvellous.
-You had a good time?
-Thanks for joining us.
But the victors today, who are going to take folding money home,
serious doh-ray-mi, £67.
-How about that? That's 65. Here's your two.
-You can have that.
-That's super, isn't it?
-Have you got anybody in particular to thank?
-Yes. James, definitely.
Well, credit where credit's due. Well done, James.
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