Antiques challenge. Two teams battle it out in Lincoln with the help of experts James Lewis and David Harper. Also, Tim Wonnacott casts his eye over a Victorian spy camera.
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Hello. Do you read your horoscope?
I do. Mine says I'm going to have a day full of thrills and excitement,
which is perfectly true, so let's go bargain hunting!
Today, we've come to Lincoln, one of the largest fairs in Europe,
but will all this choice simply befuddle our teams?
'Well, it's certainly given the Reds some strange ideas.'
-What are you looking at now?
-I just saw a pig on a tractor.
-That really appeals to you, Tom?
'And you'll never guess what the Blue team get up to!'
Keep going. Keep going.
You've hit the spot.
'Oh, Lord! Will the good vibrations shake 'em up at auction?'
It's worth that in weight.
I think we should meet those teams, don't you?
-And here they are. Hello, everybody.
-Lovely to see you.
-Nabil, how did you two first meet?
-I first met Tom when I was 16 when I went to school with him.
You left your schooling quite late, didn't you? Oh, you'd been somewhere else before!
-But at 16, you came together and you hit it off?
-Yes, as best friends. It was friendship at first sight.
-So it goes right back to those schooldays and you've kept up ever since?
So much so that I was Tom's best man and we had quite a good stag do before his recent marriage.
We went to the Norfolk Broads and hired two boats, ten blokes on each.
And my lasting memory was seeing three friends... I won't name them.
But I do remember John and Manj stark naked on top of the boats.
Yes. Those boisterous stag nights are like that, aren't they?
-Yes, they can be.
-Did you have a camera with you?
Well, that's a dirty shame.
-Your nickname is Nobby.
-Does that go back to your schooldays?
I keep trying to leave it there, but it seems to keep following me.
-It's a good nickname.
-It's a classic nickname.
-Good luck, both of you.
-Jane, how did you and James meet?
Well, we met through mutual friends.
-Some sort of party, was it?
-But now you're in business together?
So partners in more sense than one?
-What's your business?
-We have a riding school and livery yard.
-So horse-riding is a passion of yours then, Jane?
-Yes, yes, since a child.
-You've got various things about your person to prove this?
-I do. I have a tattoo of my horse Simon.
-Simon. Yes, I have a tattoo of Simon.
On my back.
-As it's on your back, have you ever seen it?
-I can see it in the mirror. When I'm getting out of the bath.
Do you often go and admire your back and see how Simon's getting on?
-Make sure he isn't fading?
-No, he's not fading.
-Or putting on weight or anything like that?
If it came to the choice between Simon and James...
-If it ever came to that moment...
-I'd be packing my bag.
-And you had to pick, what would happen?
-Simon is a defenceless animal. I have to look after him. He's in my care.
What's the big ambition for you both?
-We want to...
-While we're still young enough to go and try something, we want to go to France.
-And set up a stable business?
-We're up for sale at the minute.
We just want to buy somewhere, a smallholding with a few acres,
and grow a few things and live off the land.
-Don't, for goodness sake, sell up before we've had our auction!
We don't want that to happen. To help you on your way, we'll invest £300 apiece.
-There you go, £300.
You know the rules, your experts await and off you go! And very, very good luck.
'They have their money and an hour on the clock. Now all they need is their experts.'
It's best to stay indoors. It looks a bit grey out there.
James Lewis is a big softie. He's indoors because it's too cold.
-What do you want to buy?
-Something sporting maybe?
-One hour to find the items. Let's go. Go, go, go!
-It's a stationery box, isn't it?
-This is more Nobby's...
-Come on, Nobby. Tell us all about this.
This is a fabulous piece, actually.
'Hang on a minute. Who's the expert here then?'
It's got original leather or original material.
-The whole thing moves out. You've got somewhere where you'd file away your letters, you've got a bureau.
-You've got somewhere where you can advertise maybe, your correspondence as well.
-How much is it?
I think we might struggle, guys.
-I think the condition is putting me off.
-OK. Is it putting you off as well?
-That's a shame.
'Right, James, a starter for ten.'
-These are Worcester.
-18th century, but they're cracked.
-Worcester collectors are very fussy.
-There's quite a bit of damage, isn't there?
That's chipped and cracked as well. Worcester is so difficult to sell at all when they're damaged.
But they're early.
The blue mark on the back denotes an early one, does it?
Worcester, Dr Wall period. These are 1775.
The crescent mark is used on Caughley and on Worcester.
-Worcester was one of the first factories that made porcelain in England.
This is 25 years after we started making porcelain in this country, so they're nice and early.
-What do you think?
-What would be your best on those?
-50 for the two.
I don't think they'd make 50.
Will you take 40 quid for them?
-Then I'll go for it, but that... Yeah?
-Are you sure?
Deal. Thank you very much.
-£40, brilliant. 20 quid each. There's got to be a break-even, slight profit in them.
'That's a classic buy, team. Now are you feeling traditional, boys?'
-That's a tractor seat, isn't it?
-It is, yeah.
-That's an unusual thing.
-# How bizarre, how bizarre... #
-What are you looking at now?
-I just saw a pig on a tractor.
-A pig on a tractor really appeals to you, Tom?
-Well... Is it a pig?
-It looks like a pig.
-Again it's quite unusual.
It's quite sweet. These things can do really well.
-I'm not too sure about the age on that.
-Still quite modern?
-I think it could be.
-Just in poor condition?
-No, but made to look like it's in poor condition.
These 1920s, '30s cast toys are just fantastic news.
They are just brilliant to buy and sell,
but the worry is that copies are made and that may well be one.
But it's a great stall. This is really quirky.
-Some great stuff here.
-I like it.
-Do you like it?
-You like that?
-I like the pig. It's got to be...
-Where is she? What have we got on piggy on a tractor?
-Could you do 10?
-Look at these two! Young bucks, I'm sure they could woo you.
# Je t'aime, je t'aime... #
'Young bucks indeed!'
# Moi non plus... #
If he chucked another couple of quid in, would that help?
Well, 15 is my best price.
-Do you think he's got a chance?
-Tom, this is all about what you feel.
-Go on, go for it.
-I think piggy should go to auction.
-Piggy's going to auction.
'But will the little piggy go wee-wee-wee all the way home?'
It's a desk weight. It's practical. It was made in Ashford in Derbyshire. Ashford marble.
See that little stone with the purple stripes?
-Blue John. Blue John Cavern.
So it's fairly local.
But there's not a lot of profit in it. But it's a nice thing.
-It could be a panther if you want it to be.
What do you think about this, James?
-He's quite nice, isn't he?
He's nicely cast.
-He's got some age to him as well, I think.
-Is it solid?
-It's hollow. If you...
But it is bronze.
I think he's nicely cast.
-You think it's a polar bear?
-I do. He's got a very big back end.
'Not the only one, James!'
-He's smaller at the front.
-And he's long.
-The patination of it is nice.
-It looks like it's been handled a lot.
-Because of the shiny bits and...
The stallholder just said 55 for it. So do you think that's worth...?
-I like him.
-I like him too.
-Whether there's a profit in it...
-Go with your gut instinct. Would it be OK to get that?
I think you've picked up a really lovely object.
And I think... It's got quality.
-I like it.
-It's got an appeal.
-It's a gut instinct thing.
-Let's go for it.
'That's two items in 30 minutes, Blues.
'James must be pleased.'
What a pleasure to deal with these guys! Jane and James are a perfect pair for bargain-hunting.
They both have a really good eye.
That polar bear? If I'd spotted that, I'd have been thrilled.
'A very happy chappy.
'Are there any more thrills in store, I wonder?'
-Do I want to?
-Have you got a bad back?
-'Ah, a back massager! Phew!'
-How does that feel?
-Yeah, that's working. That's good.
Keep going. Keep going.
You've hit the spot.
-How did that feel?
-That was good for me.
'I'm sure it was, Jane. Now I've found something thrilling too.'
What do you know about Japanese martial arts?
Not a lot? Well, stand by
because this is a most peculiar object.
What we've got here is a plate of bronze or copper
and on to it has been applied a cut-out in silver
in the form of somebody practising kendo.
Now, kendo is a form of samurai exercise between friends
where you get hold of a shinai, which is a length of bamboo,
and you wear a costume which is called a bogu.
This has been beautifully made and if you look at the bottom of the cut-out silver,
it says "sterling".
This is not something that was hallmarked in Britain, otherwise it would have a British hallmark,
but "sterling" would indicate that it might perhaps have been made in America.
But if you look at the colour of the silver and the colour of the copper,
this thing has been hanging around for ages.
On the back side, it's got a strange clip arrangement,
so behind the tongue of the hanger is a clip,
which if I raise the bar behind, it grips with its teeth inside,
so that if I was to put it on a garment like that,
that thing is not going to fall off.
You could wear it as a piece of jewellery.
All in all, this is a very, very odd object.
It could be yours for £80.
'OK, OK, I know. Over to you, Red Team.'
That would fit on the front of a car bumper. Or what they call the bar.
-The chrome bar at the front?
-The badge bar.
-You see a lot of people with the "AA".
There's the old one. It fits on to a proper bar in front of the grille,
to put your roadside assistance badge or something you're connected to like the Royal Air Force.
-It is beautiful.
-1950s, I'd have thought.
It's enamel, a bit knocked about, but we're all interested in cars.
You've got the Air Force connection in this part of the world. Possible? I don't know.
-There's lots of RAF bases. It's a nice piece.
-I like it.
Someone's going to go, "Yeah, that's something for me."
-If you put one of those on your car, everyone would think you were...
-A good driver. It's all smashed up!
"I am a rubbish driver," that says(!)
-What sort of money is that?
-It can be 20 quid.
If you wanted the two, 25 quid on the two.
-Can you do 18 for both?
He's really suffering, this one, now. Poor bloke!
-We'll take the two for 20.
-Yeah? Lovely. Thanks a lot.
'You boys have picked a right bunch of odds and sods. Cor!'
The great thing about this business is you have no idea what's going to crop up.
Come on, a cast-iron pig on a tractor? And the motoring signs are just fantastic.
So really quirky, out of the ordinary, and that's perfect for me, so absolutely delighted.
Not exactly antiques. Who cares? They're novelty.
Hello, you two. Aren't you just lovely, eh?
'On that note, let's catch up with the Blues.'
Are you lot stopping for tea then?
-You've got your tea caddy.
-Yeah, unfortunately, empty.
-Do you quite fancy that as an object?
-Yeah, I think it's a good example.
It's a nice, clean one. The inlays are period. The handle's there.
-It just needs a bit of...
-A bit of tickling up.
-But it's a good object.
What I like is where you get this 3D effect where sand has been put on there, red-hot sand,
to burn that leading edge of that piece of wood. How much is it?
It's coming down slowly.
-You're not going to reveal. You're obviously in mid-point...
-We're in negotiations.
-I will shove off.
OK, so Tim likes it. I love it.
I think it's a very simple, nice-looking piece.
How much was it?
She's come down to, I think, £65.
I would put 120-180 on it as an auction estimate.
-I would hope on a good day it might make two.
-Oh, go for it then.
-Let's go for it.
-And it's 65 quid.
-Let's go for it, shall we?
-I'll see if it's the best price.
-Work your magic.
-That's a ship's compass there. Does it work?
-Of course it works.
-Would you trust it in mid-Atlantic?
-I have done.
That should be at New York's Antiques Festival(!)
-Do you want the good news or the good news?
-The good news.
-The good news is I bought it.
-The good news is she also glued the handle in for me.
-Doesn't it look great?
-I'm so pleased with that.
-Very effective. Very nice piece.
If that doesn't make a profit, I quit. I quit!
'Promises, promises, James.
'Ah, the Reds are coming in from the cold.'
-What do you want to do?
-We want silver, a nice piece of silver.
We've got a lot of money to spend, so let's find something quite good.
So you two are good friends, aren't you?
It's a loving cup. You share it.
Put a bit of wine in there, invite some girls round, and the pair of you have a sip out of there.
-The girls then suddenly run away.
But it is a nice thing. A London maker, I think.
-It's a loving cup, sometimes called a porringer.
-A porringer. OK.
It would be nicer in a box, ideally. It's a good weight. Feel the weight.
-Being assayed in London, it's nice. It's rarer than the standard Birmingham thing.
That's a lovely piece.
It is a lovely piece. It's £80. That is the trade price.
It's worth £80 all day long.
It's not going to make you a load of money, but it's not going to lose a load either.
-What else have you got silver-wise?
-The only thing is this nice little coffee set made by Mappin & Webb.
-How much is it?
-I can let that go for 80.
Mappin & Webb, really good, high quality.
That's got a real Art Deco look to it.
-So that will date it to about 1930, am I right?
-Yes, 1930, yeah.
-What do you reckon?
I like that, but it is only silver plate.
The cup's silver, isn't it? The cup is silver.
Let's have a look at this one again.
For me, although I'm not a big silver plate lover, I adore that because it's Art Deco.
But that is pure silver and you'd be getting the silver buyers and dealers wanting that.
-Shall we go for...?
-I think so.
-We'll go for the loving cup.
-You want to go for the loving cup?
-Are you sure? And is that the death, 80 quid?
-Yes, I'm afraid so.
You'll have to have the loving cup.
That's it. Time's up.
So how much leftover lolly is there going to be to give the experts?
First up, the Reds.
Tom and Nobby plumped for this perky, porky pig for £15.
They drove a hard bargain for these two motor car badges at £20.
And they were united over the silver "lurving" cup for 80.
-So what did you spend overall then, Tom?
-We spent £115.
115. That's not a huge amount. What's going on here, Nobby?
-We tried our very best. We just couldn't get the high prices.
-Could you not?
-David magicked them down.
They were even saying, "We want something more expensive. It's too cheap. Can we pay more?"
This is going to be your role now cos there's a lot of leftover lolly.
-There's £185 of leftover lolly. Have you got that, Tom?
-Here we go.
-What are you going to do with all that dosh?
-I'm going to buy these boys something manly and virile.
That'll get our lunchtime ladies going! Good luck. Why don't we check out what the Blue Team's bought?
Jane and James snapped up this pair of 18th century Worcester plates
Jane found the bronze bear for 55.
And their final buy was this George III tea caddy for £65.
-Would you rather be on Bargain Hunt or would you rather be in your stables?
No greater tribute have we got from our equestrian team than that!
-Anyway, how much did you spend all round then, Jane?
That's a respectable amount.
I'd like the leftover lolly, please. You spent 160, so there's £140 there. Very good.
You're a bit of a brute when it comes to this bonus buy lark, James.
You've got a very good reputation with finding things, sourcing it.
-It's not easy, this job, from now on in, is it?
-No, it's the end of the day. People have started to pack up.
-But there still should be something out there.
-Yes, with £160 burning a hole in your pocket. Very good luck.
And while our experts scour the fair for their bonus buys,
let's, you and I, go to London together, shall we?
I've come to take a peek at this place,
Number 18, Stafford Terrace.
It's the well-preserved home of Victorian cartoonist Linley Sambourne
who drew political sketches for the satirical magazine Punch.
The problem for Linley Sambourne and the other artists employed by Punch magazine was that it was a weekly.
That meant that usually on a Wednesday,
the editorial decisions as to what the drawn satirical content was going to be would have been decided
and that just left two short days for the artists to create their images.
And when you consider how densely illustrated with drawings the Punch magazine used to be,
that would have been a considerable pressure point.
And the method that he used to overcome all these logistical problems
And this is his stand camera.
Some purists would say that it's all wrong
for an artist to have photographic assistance
to enable him to rapidly transfer the form of an image
from a photograph into a pen-and-ink, hand-drawn, satirical cartoon.
Like this, a classic piece of Linley Sambourne Punch artwork.
What we've got are three attractive women on a bicycle made for three
with Punch at the front there giving a sly sideways glimpse
to illustrate the frontispiece of Volume 109 of Punch.
What Linley Sambourne actually did was to employ a professional model,
Miss Cornwallis, and here you see her gripping a piece of bent iron
as if she's getting hold of the handlebars.
And I suppose Miss Cornwallis is the lady that you see here in profile.
But in his photographic sessions,
he also liked to introduce the female form
for artistic purposes only, you understand,
so that he could understand the curve of a lady's back,
were she leaning forward to mount a bicycle.
At the time of his death,
some 20,000 photographic images were here in this house
in his archive.
Just before we leave Sambourne's studio,
there is something rather ingenious I want to show you.
One of the methods that Linley Sambourne used to take his subjects unwittingly
was using a device like this - a so-called detective's camera.
It's got a pair of eyepieces here and, apparently, a pair of lenses here.
What this clever camera does
is to turn the light at right angles inside
because the photographic lens is there.
So if I spot an attractive subject that I want to take a snap of,
I don't point the camera at her, I point the camera over here,
but I take the picture of her at right angles.
Clever stuff, eh?
Of course, the big question today is,
what are our teams' kit going to be worth over at the auction?
'We're off to Grantham where auctioneer Colin Young is going to give us the lowdown on our bargains,
'but first up, let's see what David Harper bought with his pile of leftover lolly.'
Now, Tom and Nobby, you spent £115.
You gave David Harper £185, a considerable wodge.
-What did he blow it on? David?
-Something very manly, boys, very manly indeed.
-I recognised the antlers.
You are the David Attenborough of Bargain Hunt.
-Isn't he a beauty? Isn't he a fine specimen?
-He is. Is he brass?
-He's bronze? Even better.
-How old is it?
-Early 20th century. German or Austrian. It's cold-painted bronze.
He's got a bit of damage. Will that affect the value?
You noticed that, did you?
The ear has been off, but it's now on, not particularly well, and it's quite obvious.
-So that will, you know, reflect, I suppose.
-What did you spend?
-A £10 note.
-A £10 note?
Is that a laugh of being deeply impressed or...?
-I'm deeply impressed.
-You didn't spend all £185?
-No, I didn't. I ran off with the rest(!)
-How much is he going to make?
-He'll make profit. In mint condition, these things make up to 100 quid.
With a bit of damage, I think he might just...
You always try and make me fall into the trap.
Go on, make a prediction. You're an expert!
-Two to three times its purchase price.
-Does that mean £30?
-Ish. You watched his lips, all right?
-He only paid £10 and he's predicting 20 or 30. Just hold that thought.
Because right now, for the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Dave's stag.
There we go, look - Bambi's dad.
Well, the first thing I see on it is the repaired ear.
-Looks to me as if it's been in rut.
-It may have been in full rut.
-And yeah, just lost the ear.
-What's it worth?
Probably £30 to £50 with that level of damage.
-30 to 50?
-Well, David Harper only paid £10, so he's absolutely delighted.
Now, Tom and Nabil's first item is this little cast-iron toy.
-How do you rate that?
-Not greatly. There's plenty of them out there.
-These cast things have been coming in from the Far East for the last 20 years.
-It's modern rust, is it?
Modern rust, yeah. It's not got a great deal of age. It's probably been aged, rather than having any.
All right. On that jolly note, what's it worth?
£10 to £30 as a piece of fun.
-That's a good estimate - £10 to £30.
-Yeah, it's quite wide, isn't it?
-Might it only bring a £5 note?
-It may well do, so it might be quite wrong.
OK, Tom paid £15, so there it is.
-Next up are the two car mascots.
-Both of which have seen better days.
-A lot better days.
-Will anybody buy these things, Colin, in that state?
They will. I mean, we've put an estimate of 10 to 30 on.
Will the serious collectors be looking for them? No.
Will anybody be bidding for them because they appear to be cheap?
Yes. And I suppose all we can do is just wind up the enthusiasm when the auction starts.
-Yeah, well, good luck with that. £10 to £30 estimate?
-So they could just make a £5 note.
-That could happen as well.
-Our guys paid £20.
Their last item is this so-called loving cup. It looks like a golf trophy.
-Or a darts trophy.
-Some kind of trophy, isn't it?
-Or a quaich that's a bit saggy at the bottom.
-Yeah, a thirsty Scotsman.
-I think 50 to 80. I don't think it's going to be a large one.
-No. £80 paid. So that could be their loser.
And that is it for the Reds. Now for the Blues.
And their first item are these two Worcester bowls.
-Shallow dishes, plates.
-Nice cabinet plates.
And date-wise, you're looking probably about 1770.
Lovely cone pattern on them. Quite a common pattern,
so collectors will certainly want to add into their groupings and their collections
-with one of the more common patterns that they'll find.
-You are such an enthusiast.
-I love Worcester.
So what are they worth?
£30 to £50 for something of that quality and of that age.
-That's a dirty shame, though. Weren't they worth £100 each?
-Easily. Easily over that.
They've got some cracks and hairlines in them,
so again, even though people want them to add to services,
they won't be putting them at the top of the shopping list.
-Next up is the Japanese bear. It's not very well cast, is it?
-No, it's not.
Fairly poor. We've put 30 to 50 on it, which reflects that lack of quality in the casting.
-So they'll be lucky if they get 55?
-They'll be lucky, yeah.
Jane will be disappointed with that.
They're all pinning their hopes on the little Sheraton tea box.
-Two division tea box.
Got a messed-up lock, but apart from that, it's pretty clean, isn't it?
Yeah, there's a bit of splitting round the back and I think it's been through the mill
because some of the cross-banding doesn't follow all the way round,
so I think at some stage there's been some damage on the lower edge
which has been covered over by cross-banding, but it's still a good-looking lot.
-We've put an estimate of 50 to 80 on it which reflects all of those points.
-OK, £65 paid.
-I think they'll be fine with that.
If all else fails, they can fall back on the bonus buy. Let's go and have a look at it.
J, J, J - Jane, James, James...
-You spent £160.
You gave James...James £140. What did you spend it on, James?
-Well, there we are. What do you think to that?
-What is it exactly?
-It is known... It's a rather unfortunate name. It's known as a dump.
Most people call them paperweights. They're easier to sell that way.
But it's a north of England Stourbridge glass dump
and these centres come in various forms.
Some of the more extravagant ones have sulphur inclusions
with flowers and sometimes portraits of Victoria and that sort of thing.
They were used either as a paperweight or as a doorstop.
-It's a big lump of green glass, but they are quite sought after.
-How much did you pay for it?
-What do you think it's worth?
-Ten quid. Yeah?
-I'm glad you're not bidding today
because I paid 25 for it.
-You thought it was worth £10. Don't say, "Oh, well..."
-Anything less than a tenner would have been all right.
-They were worried you'd spent £140!
-That's what they were really worried about.
-Will it make a profit?
-It should make £60.
-Paperweights are quite collectable.
-You pick after the sale of your first three items.
But for the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about James's...paperweight.
-There you go. That's what you've always wanted, Colin.
A very fine piece of Victoriana. Plenty of people will go for that.
I think that's going to be a bit of a winner. What was paid for it?
-That seems very good. We've put an estimate of 30 to 50.
Glass dumps or end-of-day glass pieces like this are often well-received at sales
-and I think we'll have them queueing up for it.
-As long as they don't dump on you.
-Let's just hope they're feeling a little bit flush.
Thank you, Colin(!)
-So how do you rate your chances then, Jane?
-We'll keep our fingers crossed.
-What about you, James?
-I'm forever the sceptic.
-You always failed at the examination until the results came out?
-I'm slightly that way too.
First up are the Worcester plates.
1191, there we go, a lovely pair of Worcester plates
in the pine cone decoration and palette.
And a lot of interest in these already. Who will start me at £50?
30 to go then? Who's coming in? I'll take the room first.
30 bid. 32? At £30 bid. 2 may I say?
At £30 bid. 32 bid. 35 bid. 38.
40 bid. 42. 45.
50? 50 I have in the room.
At £50 bid. Any more now?
Any more bids? 55 bid. 60.
At 60. 5 or not? All done and finished at £60...
Well done. Well done. £60 is plus 20. Excellent.
There is some justice.
The early 20th century bronze model of a bear.
Brown patination, possibly Japanese. Who will start me at 80?
80? 50 to go then? 50?
30 will do then. £30, anybody?
20? £20? 10. 10 bid. 12 anywhere? It's your bid at 10.
Anybody else going to join in? At 10. Everyone now. 12 bid. 15 bid.
18 bid. I have 20 in the middle. 22 bid. 25 bid. At £25...
-I love that bear.
-I love that bear.
28 on the internet. Another new bidder. 28.
They're coming from everywhere. That's good news, Mrs Knowles. 30.
32 now. Trust me, I'm an auctioneer.
35 now do I see? 35 in the middle of the room. At 35. 38 now do I see?
-38 bid. 40?
I shan't ask you again. That was a definite "no". 38. 40, last call?
We sell at £38...
That is minus £17. You were plus 20, which means you're plus 3.
1193 is the George III, inlaid, mahogany, rectangular tea caddy.
A very nice one with the oval shell patera.
We've got multiple bids and we start the bidding at 30. At 30. And 5?
35. Bid 40. 45. 50. And 5?
At £50 bid. This is nowhere yet. At £50 bid. And 5 surely?
-And 5. 65.
65 bid. 70 is the last call. At 65. 68 as the last shout?
68, fresh bidder anyway. 68. 70. Have another one? No.
68 bid. 70 or not? 68 bid. 70 is the last call.
Second row has it at £68...
-Look at that, plus 3.
-Stumbled at the last...
Yes, plus 3, so overall you are plus 6. How about that?
-Plus is better than minus.
-You're absolutely right.
-On this programme, we know all about pluses.
-I'm gobsmacked at the bear.
-What are you going to do about the dump?
-I think we'll go with the dump. We'll take your advice.
-We'll have the dump, yeah.
-You're going to risk the £25?
-May as well.
-You'll chance the £25?
-Go for it.
-OK, here it comes.
The Victorian, green glass dump weight. Good little lot.
Start me at £50? 50? 50?
30 to go then, surely? £30? 20? 10?
10. 12. 15. 18. 20. 2 bid. 5.
28. 30. 32. 35. 38. 40.
2. 5. 48. At 48 bid.
50 now surely? 50? No? At 48 bid. 50 again now may I say? At 48.
We're selling, make no mistake, at £48...
£48 is plus 23,
is plus 29 overall.
-£29 profit is very respectable.
-Well done, James.
-Well done, James.
-Good choice there with the dump.
-That was excellent.
-Don't say a word to the Reds.
-Not a word.
-Mum is the word.
-How are you feeling?
-We've got high expectations.
-We've already spent the money.
You've spent the profits. I love it!
Anyway, here comes the Looney Tunes tractor.
A very sweet little lot. Who's going to start me at £30?
-No? £10. 10 on the net.
-On the net!
At 12 bid. 15 now do I see?
-12 bid. 15 now anywhere else?
-Go on, break even.
Any more bids? 15 bid.
15 bid. Anybody in the room going to join in?
At 15 bid. Any more now? At £15. It's the last call then.
-It goes then at 15.
-£15, you wiped its face. That's all right.
Now here comes the mascots.
Two mid-20th century enamel car badges this time.
One is for the Royal Air Forces Association.
The other one is for the Institute of Advanced Motorists.
Who's going to start me at £30? 30? £20 to go then, surely?
£20? 20? £10, anybody?
-Thank you. 10 at the back. 10 bid. 12 anywhere else?
At 10. Who's going to join in now? 12 bid. 15 bid.
18 bid now? 18 surely? I have 15 at the back of the room. At 15.
I'll take 16... because they're desperate.
-16 now? 15 bid.
16 or not then? 16 bid. 17.
18? 18. 19? At 19 bid. 20 anywhere else now? At £19.
We're selling at the back of the room. It's yours at 19.
Bad luck. That's minus £1.
All that bartering!
The George V, silver, two-handled, pedestal loving cup.
-Multiple bids on the book.
-And we have to start the bidding at £5.
Any more bids? 8 bid. 10 bid. 12 bid.
15. 20. 5 bid. 30. And 5 bid. 40.
And 5. 50. And 5. 60. And 5.
-At 65. Any more now? 65. 68. 70.
2. 75. 78 bid. 80? 80 do I see?
-It's worth that in weight.
-Oh, come on.
-80 over there, fresh bidder.
-We need one more pound.
90? £90 then? No. 88 on the edge of the row.
90 is our last call. Sells at £88...
'It's not enough, boys.
'Any hope of victory now rests with that broken-eared stag.'
-What are you going to do about the stag face?
-I reckon we have to unleash the secret weapon.
-Set him free.
-You're going to go with the bonus buy?
They want to go with the stag and here it comes.
Lot 1175 is an early 20th century, continental,
cold-painted model of a stag.
Possibly Austrian. When I spoke to it earlier, it was speaking German.
Who's going to start me at £30? 20 to go then? £20 is no money for it. £20?
-Yes, come on.
At 20 bid. 2 now? 22. 25 now? I've got 22 in the room. 25 bid.
28 bid. 30 now.
30 bid. 32. 35 on the net. 38 on the net.
-This is the net.
42 now? At 40 in the room. At 42.
45 now? 45 bid.
At 45. 48 now do I see?
48 bid. They're having a good old rut on here!
At 48 bid.
50 bid. 5 anywhere else now? £50 bid. 5 now surely?
Very good, Dave.
At 50. 55. Any more bids? 60.
And 5 now. 70. £70 bid. We're done.
-We're finished... No, we're not. 75.
80 bid. 80 bid. And 5 now.
Just talk amongst yourselves for a while. 90 bid.
The suspense is killing us.
There we go. £90.
That is plus 80.
-That's a bit of luck.
-Saved your bacon, hasn't it?
So, overall, chaps, you are plus 87 smackers.
-Don't say a word to the Blues.
-I can't believe it.
-Not a word to the Blues. Go out looking miserable!
So, chaps, what a spectacular day we have had!
I mean, Bargain Hunt with double profits is phenomenal.
It's just a question of scale, though, isn't it? Yes?
I mean, there was one pound between these teams at half-time
until along came the bonus buys.
And as a result, well, the runners-up today, I'm afraid, are the Blues.
Nevertheless, the Blues are going to take home £29. Better than a kick in the old proverbial!
-Did you have a good time?
-Was it good for you, James?
-Was it good for you, James?
-For you, Jane?
-It's a triple J show! Anyway, the victors who are going to go home with £87...
-Thank you very much.
-Did you see your way to 87 notes today? Not really, frankly.
There's your seven. Congratulations, team, cos that's a big old score.
-Anyway, join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
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The teams are feeling the pressure in Lincoln. James Lewis has to give the blue team a massage while David Harper's red team buys the oddest things. Meanwhile Tim Wonnacott casts an eye over a Victorian spy camera.