Shepton Mallet 8 Bargain Hunt


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Shepton Mallet 8

Antiques challenge. At Shepton Mallet the red and blue teams go all-out for some unusual bargains. Will their quirky taste prove to be a winner at the auction?


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Mother and daughter versus father and son.

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Let's go Bargain Hunting!

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CROWD CHEERS Goal!

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Today's setting for Bargain Hunt is glorious Shepton Mallet.

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Our teams today have to sniff out

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three excellent bargains to take away and sell at auction.

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Just like bloodhounds on a trail.

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The team that makes most or loses least wins. Got it?

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'On today's show, Anita Manning gets neck ache.'

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He's a great wee trier.

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'Philip Serrell gets brain ache.'

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I've no idea what it is, where it's from or what you do with it.

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'And will there be heartache at the auction?'

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For the red team, we have the dream mother-and-daughter combo of Carol and Nicky.

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Welcome. Thank you. You're obviously close, mother and daughter.

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Who's going to be the driving force? I'm the bossy one.

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Mum's away with the fairies. Oh, charming(!)

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You have got a car obsession. I have. Tell us about that.

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I've got two Volkswagen Beetles. I have a 1966 one-owner-from-new like NEW VW.

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And one scrappy 1972 Beetle. Two campervans.

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Have you got the same passion for antiques? Not quite as passionate about antiques as about Volkswagens.

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Carol, you're on a break from the rat race. What mischief do you get up to? I write fairy stories.

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I perform comic poetry when it suits me. I take pictures of wildlife.

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I've been blessed with seeing some fantastic wildlife in the garden.

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I got a stag taking an apple off the tree!

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Where's it going to be, Africa next?

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I haven't thought that far ahead.

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First of all, you've got to win Bargain Hunt. That would be good.

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I should think the blue team's quaking in their boots.

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No, Tim. We're not.

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Now, you're partners in crime but also obsessed with antiques, Keith.

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That is correct, Tim. We went to a wedding and on the way to a venue we went past an antiques shop.

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Saw a pair of vases. I said to Russell, "I want to buy them."

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I got them for ?8. Trouble was, we were late for the wedding.

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We had to sneak in and make out we were there all the time. But lovely vases?

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Yes. You've had a few careers, haven't you?

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Yes. When I left school, I started in hairdressing.

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Then I went to build helicopters. Then I built three-piece suites.

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Now, I'm a caretaker of a school.

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Russell, you're an avid watcher of Bargain Hunt. Yeah.

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What do you like about the show? You, Tim.

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Is that it? I don't really have a choice.

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I'm an aerial fitter so once I've been up on the chimney, come down,

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set all the tellies up, it's half past 11 so I leave Bargain Hunt on. That's brilliant.

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I think you TV aerial engineers are pretty brave.

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You have to scrabble around at height.

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Just so you're on TV! We should be very grateful. We should have a whip round

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Yeah. We don't get paid enough. It's a hard life.

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Are you going to beat the reds? Of course we are.

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There's family tension building up.

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Now, the money moment. ?300 apiece. Thank you. You know the rules.

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

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Let's hope their family values include making a profit.

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Got a plan? Well, we're going to look for something we like.

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I fancy a bit of Art Deco.

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Some silver. A bit of Art Nouveau.

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Maybe an old Volkswagen.

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This is going to be fun. Let's go.

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You could get wedged in that if you were generously proportioned.

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Are you talking about me? Not at all.

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It's maybe '50s and it's probably French.

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Could you do 20 on it? Come on. It's French!

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Why do you like the bath? It's different. It's quirky.

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Where do they get these people from?

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Is that Poole Pottery? Do you like Poole? I do.

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Dad, what do you think? OK. It's not my choice.

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It's popular just now. Let's look at that one. What's the price on that?

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I think that's a bit too... Is it not colourful enough for you?

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What we have is a 1960s, 1970s piece of Poole.

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This is called the Aegean pattern.

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What makes Poole such an exciting pottery

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is that they always had their eye on what was happening in fashion

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around about them.

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That's why younger people love this stuff today.

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They love this retro pattern.

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So I think that COULD be a winner at auction.

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But all depends on the price.

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28's not bad.

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It does kind of remind me of my grandmother's.

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Your granny's? Don't knock that, Russell!

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If your granny had that, she was a woman of great taste.

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Who's good at bargaining?

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Russell. He is brilliant at bargaining.

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Shall I go for that one? Yeah.

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What's the best you'd do on that?

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15?

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18. 18?

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Is it done? Yeah. He's done the deed.

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?18. This boy takes no prisoners.

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'That's what we like to see! Quick sharp decisions.'

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PHILIP: I like those paddles. Do you like those?

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Different. That's a good way of saying no.

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That was wonderful. We got a good price on it.

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We got a good price on it. The boy did no' bad.

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What about the boat? I was looking at that. How much is it, my love?

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?34.

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Bring her over here. Let's see if we can launch her off.

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It's even got all the...crab net and everything.

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Sorry? What did she say? Crab net!

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It doesn't look very seaworthy to me.

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There's two types of pond yacht people will buy.

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If this was a real good pond yacht at this size

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it would be ?300 to ?500.

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Then there's this sort from abroad somewhere.

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It's really a tourist item, a memento of your holiday.

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Do you like it?

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It would make a nice ornament for somebody. I wouldn't have it myself!

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That's a no, then. Where's the person running this stall?

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Is this you, good sir? It is.

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What's the best you can do to launch this into profit for us?

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What have I got on it? ?3.40.

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Oh, no. ?34. Ten out of ten for effort!

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I'd go 28.

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20 quid would be better.

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?20 would be much better. 20 quid it's a deal.

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STALLHOLDER: 25 sounds really good. I think that's quite fun. Do you?

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Yeah. 25 for a boat, then?

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It's a deal. You haven't asked me a question and it's a bit late now.

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The question I would have asked me is how much will it make?

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That's a good question. It's a bit late now cos you've bought it.

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What do you think this would make at auction, Phil?

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I would be disappointed if that didn't make 30 or 40 quid.

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I think you've done well there. It's a bit of fun.

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And it's different.

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'Let's hope it goes well in the SALE. Geddit?

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'Mainsail. Jib.'

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What do you think that is? I think it's Karl Marx.

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How's the weight? Not very heavy.

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Ha! It's because you're a big lad!

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I was expecting it to be heavier. It's not solid bronze. It's not.

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'Hm. On your MARKS.'

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Let's have a look at the back. It's Russian.

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1928. I like this object.

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I can see quality in it.

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It's finely cast. In reproductions, we're not getting good casts.

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This is a period one. It's a very nice item.

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I do quite like that. I do, too.

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What's the price?

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?75.

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I don't know. We're in the ballpark definitely.

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We're talking about a good item. I think that's a reasonable buy.

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Have a go.

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I'm thinking about 45. Oh, no, no, no!

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He's a great wee trier, isn't he? A great wee trier.

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I can do 65 and that's the death. 55? No.

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65.

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60? All right.

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60? Do you want to put my arm there?

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Ah, thank you very much.

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He's a hero of mine. Are you a fan of Karl Marx? I am now.

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If he brings us a profit, I'm definitely a fan.

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'Good work, comrades.

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'Da svidanya.'

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This is a little gem.

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Believe it or not, this is a bloke.

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They used to wear their hair like that at the end of the 17th century

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and the early part of the 18th century.

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He's got gorgeous chestnut hair,

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the sort of hair a girl would die for.

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This looks like a miniature. It's not a miniature, in a strict sense.

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Miniatures are painted either on ivory or on vellum.

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All this is, is a small picture.

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But what's it painted on?

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You need to give it the temperature test.

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If you shove it against your skin

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it tells you whether it's warm or cold.

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I'm getting cold on my chinny win win.

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If I turn the picture over and put that against my chin,

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that is much, much warmer.

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So, if this was painted on oak,

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it would feel the same temperature on either side. It doesn't.

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That means there's a sandwich of metal in here.

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Because the painter who painted this around 1700,

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310 years ago,

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decided to paint it on copper.

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Copper is stable. It won't shrink or crack and, as a result,

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the surface of the oil paint isn't covered in nasty cracks and chips.

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It's survived in remarkably good condition.

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Now, who is this a painting of?

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Well, if we turn it over, joy of joy, it's got a name written

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in ink on the oak.

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It says Lord Godolphin.

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Now, if you look up the Godolphin family,

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you'll find that they're an ancient Cornish lot.

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One became the first Earl Godolphin

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at the end of the 17th century.

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I can't tell you which Godolphin it is. I've got to do more research.

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The third interesting discussion point relates to the artist

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that might have painted this picture.

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In the period, there are two ideal candidates.

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One is Godfrey Knellor, the other is Peter Lely.

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If you could prove that their hand

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had been involved in painting this picture,

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there would be a further enhancement as to value.

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What could you buy it for in Shepton Mallet today?

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It would cost you ?220.

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What might it be worth

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if all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle come together

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and we get a result?

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It could be worth as much as ?1,500.

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Nothing miniature about that! Oh, no!

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'Speaking of miniatures, how are you getting on, Anita?'

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I'm very pleased with both of you. Well done.

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Well done, boys. No, well done to you.

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Ew!

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That's a strange carving.

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Look at this for Hallowe'en, Phil.

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CAROL LAUGHS

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You ARE strange, you two. It looks like a witches' party.

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It does, doesn't it? That could be quite good fun!

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Do you really like that? I do, but I'm not sure it'd be saleable.

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There might be somebody as odd as me at the auction.

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No, no. That's never going to happen. That's amazing.

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Do YOU like it? It's really... I don't know what to say!

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I've never seen anything like that. It beats a lot of the ordinary.

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Shall we keep it in mind? No, no. Far from it.

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I said that you should have ownership of things.

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Does that do it to you more than anything else you've seen? Yeah.

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It is so unusual.

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It's totally out of the ordinary. Let's be sensible.

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We've got an ebonised frame. A bit scabby, but it doesn't matter.

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Flip him over.

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It's an old piece of plaster.

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It's been put in here. That's been done a long time.

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So it's probably...

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..pre 1900, isn't it? I would think so.

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Flip it back over.

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Let's look at it. We've got a row of skeletons.

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We've got some scared cat.

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A dragon or griffin.

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A row of coffins

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with skulls in them.

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A devil, a dog playing a bagpipe - God alone knows why!

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I've absolutely no idea

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what it's worth, what it is, where it's from or what you do with it.

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Having said all of that, there are...

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The occult's quite a strong collecting area.

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How much is this one, my love? The best on it is 70.

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My very lowest.

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It wouldn't surprise me if it made ?30.

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It wouldn't surprise me if it made ?150. It's a scary thing that is.

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I think it's great.

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It's sold. You two bother me, you really do bother me.

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CACKLING

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WHINING

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'Lordy. Back to business, then.'

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280?

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I can't afford that, either.

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That's Carlton Ware. It will be an expensive piece to buy.

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WHISTLES

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'They're not pets, Anita, but they do need to go fetch the next item.'

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I love these little miners' tobacco boxes.

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This is not craftsman made. The local blacksmith's knocked this up.

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I love this as a piece of social history.

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It belonged to William Harris.

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He was just a yeoman worker and that was his tobacco box.

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Going into their pocket all those times...

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The other thing is people think that "patina" relates to furniture.

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But patina relates to silver and metalware as well.

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I think that's really lovely.

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What's the best you could do that for? What's it got? 35. ?30.

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This man's got some really interesting things. Yeah.

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'Show some enthusiasm, girls.'

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Not pocket size. That's a table snuffbox.

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It's earlier this one, isn't it?

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Did you want my magnifying glass? Look at this! Tell me what it says.

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I can't even read it with that.

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How's your Dutch? You could do a bulk buy here.

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Cos we could maybe sell them as...

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Sell them as one lot. That's a good idea.

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'That was almost a decision!

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'The reds are going for quantity. The blues are going for quality.'

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She whistled at us. Whistle at her.

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WHISTLES

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What is it, darlings?

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Clarice Cliff? Is it in your price range? I ain't asked yet.

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Yeah. We can't afford that. How much is it? 425. Forget it!

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And don't drop it!

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No! Does she go out much?

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Not enough.

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Can we be serious, please? What do you think of those as a lot?

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That is nice. They're really touchy feely.

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You've got bags of time. Do you want to spend 20 minutes looking round?

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Or do you want to buy those two?

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If the gent's happy to put them aside we'll wander round the corner.

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Are you happy to do that, sir? Would that be OK? Fabulous.

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I've got a feeling you're going to buy those. I think I might.

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'I've never seen a team so relaxed!'

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Lovely. Lovely. Lovely things.

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I'm normally rushing round like an idiot!

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Don't let's lose each other.

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Do you like these rugs? They'd be better on a cow.

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I forgot about that. Moving on.

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We've only got ten minutes. Let's press on. Let's press on.

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'Good work, Keith. That's the spirit.'

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What about this bowl?

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Hibiscus pattern.

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Maybe not quite as good as pansies or pomegranates. Still a good one.

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If we look on the back we have a signature. It's Walter Moorcroft.

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So it's a later piece but it still is signed. I like it.

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I like it. I do.

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Price on it? I could sell that for ?120.

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90? Got to give us a chance. I'll meet you at ?100.

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Go for it.

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I'm the oldest. I'm taking the executive decision. Well done.

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You're not bad at bargaining either. ?20 off. A winning team.

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'Don't count your chickens, Anita.'

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We're going to go for the snuffboxes. Go for it, then.

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We've run out of time.

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Hiya. We would like to buy the snuffboxes, please.

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Excellent. Thank you.

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These will be very nice.

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They say that time waits for no man. It hasn't hung about for our teams today.

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Let's go and check out how the reds splashed their cash.

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'Will the yacht wreck their chances?

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'?70 bought the terrifying witchy panel.

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'Could it be magic at auction?

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'They bought not one but two brass tobacco boxes.'

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You're looking very pleased for yourselves, sunning yourselves.

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Was it all right for you? Good fun.

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What's your favourite piece?

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It's got to be the witches' party. Yeah. The plaque.

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Absolutely. It made me laugh. You spent ?165.

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?135, which goes across to Philip Serrell. Thank you.

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Now, Caroley, you have composed, milliseconds ago,

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a poem that encapsulates the leftover lolly moment.

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Are you going to read it out? OK.

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We took expert Phil around Some interesting bargains we found

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Now he's gonna splash The rest of our cash

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On something he finds round the grounds.

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What's your retort, Phil?

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By gosh and by golly I'm off with the lolly!

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Lovely! We're all poets and we don't know it. Good luck.

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Why don't we remind ourselves what the blues bought?

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'The 1970s Poole plate cost the blues a cool...

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'Groovy! Will Karl Marx send the blues bust? Ha!

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'And they were bowled over by this piece of Hibiscus Moorcroft.'

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We all know, Anita, that you're petite. I'm not so petite.

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But I'm feeling very small today. How did you get on? Pretty good.

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How much did you spend? ?178. ?178?

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So, I'd like ?122, please.

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There you are, Tim. Thank you very much, Keith-o.

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Which is your favourite piece, Russell? The Moorcroft. What about you, Keith? Karl Marx.

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Karl Marx? Goodness only knows what's going to happen, Anita.

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There's 122. Thank you. You can start a revolution.

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What are you going to spend that cash on, baby?

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I have an idea of what I'd like to buy

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and I'm hoping that it's still there.

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I'm not sure if the guys will go for it, but we'll see.

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But you're confident? I'm...fairly confident.

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LAUGHTER OK, I've got the message.

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Very good luck, all. We're heading off somewhere far, far away.

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In the heart of London. It's going to be, for us, I hope, a treat.

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What am I talking about? It's going to be a treat!

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'Look at this! Architect Sir John Soane transformed the exterior

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'of this townhouse over 200 years ago.'

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Not content with leaving his mark on the outside,

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he went absolutely wild within.

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Sir John Soane was the consummate architect.

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For over 60 years he was in practice in London

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between about 1775

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and about 1830.

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And he loved solving problems.

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He was fully aware of the problems in London domestic architecture.

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Those problems are with us to this very day.

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In other words, the houses are always relatively narrow and relatively tall.

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Therefore, how do you maximise your accommodation?

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For example, on the ground floor in a space like this?

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He needed a dining room.

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If you look around this space,

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it is the quintessential dining room shape.

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You've got your dining table and chairs,

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but occasionally you want a thumping great big party.

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This room simply isn't big enough.

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What you do is this.

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Soane's design enables

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a division between the two spaces

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where the function of the dining room sits back there,

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and for the front part, you have the most deliciously appointed library.

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Strangely enough, were you to come here to a grand dinner,

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where the table was extended through the length of the room,

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you wouldn't feel you were in some knock-through arrangement

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because the appointment of this library part is so exquisite.

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These stiles that run up the intervening sections

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are filled with mirror.

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The section at the top of the bookcase is filled with mirror.

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Above the fireplace, as you'd expect, is an over-mantel mirror.

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Look how cleverly Soane has sorted out the division between the spaces.

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You've got this mirrored section.

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Then the archway itself.

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This forms no structural purpose.

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It's simply there for its harmonious effect.

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One of the coolest things about Soane is the way in which he seems to embrace modernism.

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Look at this fireplace surround. It's in Carrara marble.

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Doesn't it look as if it might have been designed

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in the Art Deco period?

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Look at the detail. It's exquisite.

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We've got fluting but at the bottom of the fluting

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there's a "stop flute",

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which is incredibly difficult for the person who's carving the marble.

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Yet Soane, in his design, gets the harmony of it just perfectly.

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It's like these bookcases.

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Why does that bookcase sit an inch and a half

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inside that bookcase?

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Because the indented nature of this front

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is designed by Soane to draw your eye in to the focal point,

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which is the fireplace.

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As you can tell, I'm quite keen on John Soane.

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The big question is, am I going to be quite so keen on our contestants' items at the auction?

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'Lawrence's Auctioneers is the venue for today's sale.

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'Our man on the podium is Richard Kay. Let's see what he thinks of our bargain hunting.'

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I want you to cast off all your inhibitions

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and think big when it comes to our vessel.

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I think that's a rather good-looking thing.

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Unfortunately, it's simply for decoration, not the sort of boat

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one would be advised to put on a pond.

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It's nicely made but it's not brilliantly made.

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This has the feeling of a model that's been assembled.

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What do you think it's worth? ?20 to ?30. They paid ?25.

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Exactly the right price. Yeah. The next item is really weird.

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This black painted moulded plaster...vision from hell.

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I'm not sure it's got a great deal of appeal.

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It's painted plaster, as you say. The frame nudges the 20th century.

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The difference is neither here nor there.

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As a painted plaster plaque with such a grotesque subject

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the appeal might be rather limited.

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How much? I've probably been over-cautious. ?10 to ?20.

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I don't think it's got a great deal of charm. They paid ?70.

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If it was carved wood it would be much more desirable. I agree.

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Their last item are the brass tobacco boxes.

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That one is old. Yes, it is.

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18th century, but very badly rubbed.

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Very, very worn.

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Then the little snuffbox is the usual

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West Country brass

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artisan-made job. The bulk of the money is in the larger one.

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How much for the two? I should think ?40 to ?60.

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?70 they paid. That seems fair enough. They might get there.

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The big deep dark black hole is this plaque. I think it is.

0:28:310:28:36

They'll need their bonus buy so let's go and have a look at it.

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Carol and Nicks, you spent ?165. You gave Philip Serrell ?135.

0:28:410:28:42

Carol and Nicks, you spent ?165. You gave Philip Serrell ?135.

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What did he spend it on?

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I just really like that. It's a really well-made thing.

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If you were charitable, it's got a hint of Arts and Crafts look.

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It's a nice sturdy piece. It cost me ?45. Bargain.

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How old do you think it is?

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I think it's probably 1910, 1920.

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Do you think it will make any money? If there's any justice, it ought to make...

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I would hope, ?60 or ?70.

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That's a sort of mahogany, hard wood.

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It's got a lovely colour to it. It's a sort of mid-nutty colour.

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It could go into a modern house very easily.

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By the telephone or by your armchair.

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Cup of coffee on it, Radio Times. Looking up when Bargain Hunt's on.

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1215 every day.

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Yes? Do you agree? I like it. You like it? I like it.

0:29:400:29:44

They like it, Phil. You're predicting a ?20 profit if all goes well.

0:29:440:29:49

Don't decide right now. Let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Phil Serrell's little brown stool.

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OK, Richard, this is what we've all been longing for.

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A rustic stool. Nicely made. Shows signs of how it's put together.

0:30:000:30:05

Part of the Arts and Crafts tradition.

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Dates from when, do you think? 1920s, 1930s, something like that.

0:30:080:30:13

What's your estimate? I think we'd get ?30 to ?40 for that.

0:30:130:30:17

Typical cunning Serrell-type purchase. ?45 paid.

0:30:170:30:21

He rates it and who knows? It may well take off. Now, moving on.

0:30:210:30:27

We have the Poole Pottery Aegean plate.

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I'm renowned for not liking Poole Pottery much.

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It never sells well. We have to be careful about what we say.

0:30:330:30:38

We see a lot of it, since Dorset is the neighbouring county.

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Certain objects from Poole are more desirable than others.

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Some pieces are making very high prices. It's become a big area for collectors.

0:30:460:30:52

This mustardy coloured glaze on this one, very '60s in style,

0:30:520:30:57

is not, perhaps, going to be as popular as some.

0:30:570:31:00

Not going to cut the mustard. I knew I could rely on you for a pun!

0:31:000:31:06

It's worth, I should think, ?10 to ?15.

0:31:060:31:09

Great. Our lot only paid ?18. We may be lucky. Yeah.

0:31:090:31:13

Now, how do you rate that bust? Well, it's well-made.

0:31:130:31:18

But, goodness me, I think it's got limited appeal as far as subject matter.

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A Russian bronze of Karl Marx

0:31:230:31:25

is not perhaps what people want on their mantelpiece. In Somerset.

0:31:250:31:30

In Somerset! I'm not sure how many hard-line communists we've got

0:31:300:31:35

coming along to the auction!

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I do think it's got some quality to it. It is well-made.

0:31:370:31:42

I've probably been a little bit more optimistic than it deserves.

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I say ?75 to ?100.

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That is pushing the boat out cos they only paid ?60.

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Why not? You have to say it as you see it.

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Lastly, the Moorcroft bowl.

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Distinctively Moorcroft, a nice size, in good condition,

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which is important, of course.

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Moorcroft being a very collectable factory,

0:32:050:32:09

there are buyers for pieces that would cost them a great deal more

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if they were to buy one retail.

0:32:140:32:16

I think that's got enough impact as a Moorcroft piece to make ?60 to ?80. OK. They paid 100.

0:32:160:32:23

That's a great estimate. They won't need their bonus buy, perhaps, but let's have a look at it anyway.

0:32:230:32:30

Keith and Russell, you spent ?178. You gave Anita ?122.

0:32:300:32:34

Did you blow the lot, Anita?

0:32:340:32:37

Not quite! Look at at that!

0:32:370:32:41

I think it's the sweetest little item, a child's travelling case.

0:32:410:32:47

When Mum and Dad went on holiday with their cases,

0:32:470:32:50

then the wee child would have that wee thing.

0:32:500:32:54

Isn't that sweet? She's got a little mirror and a little button hook.

0:32:540:33:00

Her brushes. You have bought, uniquely, the smallest case

0:33:000:33:06

for two of our largest contestants ever.

0:33:060:33:09

How are our big boys here going to react to this little novelty?

0:33:090:33:15

How much? ?70.

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ANITA LAUGHS

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OK. Leather cases are really doing well just now,

0:33:210:33:25

and a miniature one might just tickle someone's fancy.

0:33:250:33:30

Does it tickle yours? No.

0:33:300:33:33

Russell's quite emphatic about that. Does it tickle yours, Keith?

0:33:330:33:38

Um...

0:33:380:33:40

Yes. It does? It does.

0:33:400:33:43

I can see my granddaughter walking down the road with this.

0:33:430:33:47

I found it irresistible.

0:33:470:33:48

I found it irresistible.

0:33:480:33:49

It's so beautifully made. There is quality there.

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You're underwhelmed.

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I'M overwhelmed.

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Well, we'll see during the auction. We might get a wee surprise.

0:33:570:34:02

On that happy note, why don't we find out what the auctioneer thinks about Anita's little case?

0:34:020:34:10

Richard, have you ever seen such a charming piece of leather luggage?

0:34:110:34:16

It is delightful. It's almost nicer to see it unopened.

0:34:160:34:21

It's so beautifully made and in lovely original condition.

0:34:210:34:25

With the gold letters for a young man. RW.

0:34:250:34:28

And inside...

0:34:280:34:31

It's complete, which is remarkable for things like this.

0:34:310:34:36

The scissors might be later.

0:34:360:34:38

They're not in the same gilt metal.

0:34:380:34:41

Otherwise, it's all there. I think it's charming.

0:34:410:34:45

A glimpse of the care that the Edwardians would expend

0:34:450:34:49

on making things for the young gentleman.

0:34:490:34:53

This would be 1910-ish? A bit later perhaps.

0:34:530:34:56

I can see no seven or eight-year-old going off on their holidays

0:34:560:35:01

taking this... Not unless it fits their music machine!

0:35:010:35:06

But it's worth, I should think, ?15 to ?25?

0:35:060:35:10

Is that all? Oh. Anita will be mortified. She paid ?70.

0:35:100:35:14

And clearly rates it. Anyway, it's all in the eye of the beholder.

0:35:140:35:20

Yeah. That's the joy of the auction. Good luck. Thank you.

0:35:200:35:25

Carol and Nicks, how are you feeling? Nervous. Nervous.

0:35:310:35:35

Any particular piece that you wish you hadn't bought?

0:35:350:35:39

No.

0:35:390:35:40

Yes. No, I think... What? The witches.

0:35:400:35:44

We like the witches, Phil. We thought they were hilarious.

0:35:440:35:48

You paid ?70. The auctioneer thinks they're hideous and has put ?10 to ?20.

0:35:480:35:54

THEY GASP

0:35:540:35:56

We thought we had the find of the century. Good.

0:35:560:36:00

We'll find out any minute now.

0:36:000:36:02

You've always got the stool to fall back on.

0:36:020:36:06

First up is the sailing boat. Here it comes.

0:36:060:36:09

A wooden model of a sailing boat. ?20 for it?

0:36:090:36:14

?20 for this? ?20 for it?

0:36:140:36:17

15, then? 15 is bid. At ?15. Can I say 18 anywhere? 18.

0:36:170:36:22

20? No? ?20...

0:36:220:36:26

Go on! Come on! Come on!

0:36:260:36:29

..Last time at 20. BANGS GAVEL

0:36:290:36:31

Not a complete capsize, is it?

0:36:310:36:34

No. Definitely not.

0:36:340:36:36

Lot 195 is this plaster panel

0:36:360:36:39

featuring witches, coffins and skulls.

0:36:390:36:43

?10 for it? ?10 for this? ?10 anywhere?

0:36:430:36:47

Five, then? ?5 is bid.

0:36:490:36:51

I'll sell at five. Who'll say eight for it?

0:36:510:36:55

Five then, and selling. BANGS GAVEL

0:36:550:36:58

I don't believe it!

0:36:580:37:00

Lot 96 is the brass tobacco box. ?25 is bid for that.

0:37:010:37:05

30. Five. 40.

0:37:050:37:08

Five. 50. I'm out. ?50, now.

0:37:080:37:10

55. 60.

0:37:100:37:13

Five. ?65. It's to my left at 65.

0:37:130:37:16

70, now? ?70 to my right. I'm selling at 70. At ?70.

0:37:160:37:22

Selling at 70. Last time at 70...

0:37:220:37:25

Wiped its face. Lovely.

0:37:250:37:27

?70. What are you going to do about the stool?

0:37:270:37:31

We've got to go with Philip's stool. Can we have your stool, Philip?

0:37:310:37:35

Yes. That witches thing...!

0:37:350:37:37

We're going with it? Yes. I think that's a very wise move.

0:37:370:37:42

?45 paid. The auctioneer's estimate is ?30 to ?40.

0:37:420:37:46

That's a modest estimate on that thing.

0:37:460:37:49

If it doesn't make ?60, I shall be surprised.

0:37:490:37:53

That's my prediction. Here it comes.

0:37:530:37:56

Lot 202 is this Arts and Crafts style mahogany rectangular stool.

0:37:560:38:02

Bids start me here at ?35. ?35 is bid. It's on commission.

0:38:020:38:08

At ?35? I'll sell at 35.

0:38:080:38:11

Last time, at ?35. All done, at 35? BANGS GAVEL

0:38:110:38:16

Ridiculous! ?35.

0:38:160:38:18

You said you'd be surprised. I am surprised.

0:38:180:38:22

I'm very disappointed, actually. Not half as disappointed as I am!

0:38:220:38:27

You've got to take it on the chin.

0:38:270:38:29

That's the price here at this precise moment for that particular object.

0:38:290:38:35

Another day it might have made a different price.

0:38:350:38:39

Anyway, don't despair. You're only minus ?80 overall.

0:38:390:38:43

It WAS going very well but, nevertheless, it could still be a winning score.

0:38:430:38:48

So don't say a thing to those brutes the blues. We'll go in smiling.

0:38:480:38:53

Do you know how the reds got on? No. No. Good.

0:38:590:39:02

Let's see how we get on. First is the Aegean plate.

0:39:020:39:06

?10 for it? ?10 for it?

0:39:060:39:09

Ten is bid. I'm selling at ten. Who'll say 12? 12 now.

0:39:090:39:14

15? 18? 20? ?20 in the back of the room.

0:39:140:39:19

I'm selling at ?20. All done at 20?

0:39:190:39:22

Yes! Plus ?2.

0:39:220:39:25

I said 20 quid!

0:39:250:39:27

Lot 219 is the Russian bronze of Karl Marx.

0:39:270:39:31

Showing on the far right, rather than the far left, of the room.

0:39:310:39:35

Lot 219. Bids start me here at ?60.

0:39:350:39:40

?60 is bid. 65? 70. Five? 80.

0:39:400:39:44

?80. It's still with me. At ?80 on commission.

0:39:440:39:48

At ?80, and I'm selling at 80.

0:39:480:39:51

Well done, Anita.

0:39:520:39:54

That's my boys!

0:39:540:39:56

Moorcroft fruit bowl... We really want a profit on this.

0:39:560:40:00

..Bids here start me at ?60. ?60 is bid.

0:40:000:40:04

It's on commission at 60.

0:40:040:40:06

65. 70. Five. 80.

0:40:060:40:09

Five. 90. Shake of the head. ?90 with me...

0:40:090:40:13

Go on! Go on!

0:40:130:40:15

..I'm selling at 90 on commission. Last time.

0:40:150:40:19

Oh, bad luck. Oh!

0:40:190:40:21

That's minus ?10.

0:40:210:40:23

You were plus 22. You are now plus 12.

0:40:230:40:27

That is a good position to be in. Be careful, boys.

0:40:270:40:32

Are you going to go with the travel case? No.

0:40:320:40:35

What do you think? No.

0:40:350:40:38

No? No. You're not going with the bonus buy.

0:40:380:40:42

The auctioneer's estimate is ?15 to ?25. Sorry, Anita.

0:40:420:40:45

We're going to sell it anyway. Here it comes.

0:40:450:40:49

Lot 225 is a little Edwardian child's leather travel case.

0:40:490:40:54

?15 for it? ?15 for it?

0:40:540:40:56

15 is bid. ?15 is bid.

0:40:560:40:58

18, now. 20. Five.

0:40:580:41:03

30. Five. 40. Five.

0:41:030:41:05

?45. Lady's bid at 45.

0:41:050:41:08

At ?45 and I'm selling. Last time.

0:41:080:41:12

Yes! ?45 is five short of 50...

0:41:120:41:16

Well, it wasn't as bad as predicted.

0:41:160:41:18

But you did well, chaps. You preserved your profit at ?12.

0:41:180:41:24

Who knows? That could be a winning score. Hope so. I hope so.

0:41:240:41:28

Don't tell the reds. We won't say a word.

0:41:280:41:30

So, guys, had a nice time? Great. Brilliant. Good fun all round.

0:41:350:41:41

I have to reveal at this sad moment that one team has made incredibly large losses

0:41:410:41:47

and one team's done rather well, so which team's which?

0:41:470:41:51

Sadly, the runners-up are the reds.

0:41:510:41:54

Minus ?80 is the overall score. You made no profit on anything anywhere along the line.

0:41:540:42:01

Which is bad luck, isn't it? Shame. Would you have a poem about this?

0:42:010:42:06

Even though we haven't won The whole thing's been a lot of fun.

0:42:060:42:10

There you are! I promise, she didn't know I was going to ask her.

0:42:100:42:15

If it wasn't for the witches' plaque things would be very different.

0:42:150:42:20

We all learn by our...experience.

0:42:200:42:23

The right buyer wasn't there today. Quite right, too.

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Bad luck, but we've loved having you on the show.

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The victors today, who are taking home ?12... ?12 coming your way.

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That's ?6 each, if Anita doesn't charge you any commission.

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There's your ?12, which is brilliant.

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You didn't go with the bonus buy. That was a wise move. Well done, chaps.

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Join us soon for some more Bargain Hunting, yes?

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YES!

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