Antiques challenge. Tim Wonnacott and the teams go hunting for bargains at one of London's premier antiques hotspots, with Charles Hanson and Anita Manning.
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I do just love a spot of bargain hunting, don't you? Roll the titles!
Right, before the shopping commences,
I need to track down the teams.
So why don't you just take a gander at what's coming up
while I go and find them?
'It's miserable outside, but there's a party atmosphere inside!'
Who's going to make the cocktails and who's going to sip them?
-I'll make them.
-I'll sip them. Sounds good to me!
'Until Charles rains on their parade.'
-OK, guys, we have had 20 minutes.
The honeymoon now is over, right?
'Let's meet these girls!'
So today for the Reds, we have good friends,
-at least they are at the moment, Amber and Jamie. Good morning.
-BOTH: Good morning!
-You are our international team.
-Would that be because you've got a bit of a g'day going on here?
-Yeah, we can g'day all day.
-Where do you come from in Australia?
-I come from a small town outside Melbourne called Cockatoo.
-Yeah, which is just down the road from Jamie's town, Emerald.
-So what are you doing here?
-I work for a charity.
-And what do you do for them?
-I publish their health and social care information.
Hm. And is that something you did in Aus?
No, in Australia, I worked in Alice Springs for an indigenous publishing house in the desert.
-In the desert?
-So this is all a bit different for you.
-It is quite a change.
-We get rain and snow.
-I know, amazing.
-You are a founder member of an interesting society.
Some former colleagues of mine and I have founded the real ale and whisky education society.
-For educational purposes.
-And how are you getting on with your scotches?
-I'm slowly learning about scotch.
I find that the more they taste like dirt and smoke, the more I enjoy them.
So, Jamie, you like to relax with a fine single malt, do you?
Yeah. Mostly ales, though. I'm big on that side of the society.
-Yeah. Cos there are some great pubs in London, aren't there?
Tell me about this military keep-fit run that you've been involved in.
Ah, yes, the challenge. Yeah, just signed up for a new 5K run,
got pretty good out of the starting gates and ended up coming fifth,
-which was not too bad.
-Out of how many.
-I think the girls was 160.
-160 sheilas and you came fifth?
-That's seriously good, isn't it?
-I would've come a bit closer, but I got stuck on a fence and ripped my pants.
-It was that sort of run, was it?
-Oh, right, cross-country. Not some piece of cake going round a piece of tarmac?
-Up and down.
-Have you got, Jamie, what it takes to win this one-hour competition?
Well, I think I do. I've definitely got some charm.
-Amber's got the business. So we are the business.
-You are the business. I love it.
I hope you have a great time. I think you should do really well today.
And I guess our Blues are seriously scared. Are you scared about this?
-A little bit.
-It's very nice to see you.
-Nicky and Fatima, welcome.
-So, Fatima, how did you two meet?
It's quite a funny story. I was shopping in the supermarket and Nicky broke her heel, basically.
-Just fell off?
-Yeah, she was walking, shopping around,
-and it just broke and I came to her rescue.
-Did you really?
-How did the rescue go?
Well, I have lots of stuff that I carry in my bag just for emergencies.
-The superglue came in handy.
-I don't believe this.
-You have superglue for emergencies in your handbag?
-Just in case.
-And you come across a damsel in distress and glue her heel on.
-That's it. And we had a coffee.
-And now she's your sister-in-law.
-Well, something stuck together, didn't it?
-What sort of things do you like to collect, Nicky?
-I've got a few antique perfume bottles,
but I was in a really tiny flat before, so I had three.
Now we've moved somewhere bigger, I'm going to fill it up with them.
-Why perfume bottles? Do you like the design of them?
-Yeah, it's just cos they're really pretty
-and for girls.
-So what's your plan otherwise, Nicky, for today's shopping?
Just to get out there, try and get the lowest price we can and win.
And win. Oh, I like this! The Antipodeans are quaking here.
Anyway, this is the money moment. Here is your £300. Great big wodges of cash today.
You know the rules. Your experts await and off you go! And very, very, very good luck.
Boy, or should I say girl, am I going to enjoy today's show!
-The hour starts now.
-This is it.
-What you've got down here is the epitome of a good English antique.
It's cluttery, it's floral, it's pretty.
'Charles Hanson's with our girls from Aus.'
-This is priced at £600.
-That's quite a lot.
'He's got expensive taste.'
They're 450 plus £1,000.
-So they're £1,450.
'And Anita Manning is with our local ladies.'
-Nothing too expensive.
-And to haggle.
-Girls, I think you've got it!
'Are their fingers on the pulse of the London market?
-What do you think of that tea tray over there?
That's great fun. It's very 50s, 60s.
-Is that 68?
It's got a wonderful retro look.
It's 1950s, 1960s, and that's the type of thing which is hot just now.
-The colour's nice, as well.
-The colour's great!
-What do you think?
-I like it. It's not something I'd have in my house.
-Would you have it in your house, Fatima?
I like it, like Nicky, but it wouldn't go with my decor.
-It wouldn't go with your decor?
-Let's see if we can get a...
-We wanted to ask you about your trolley.
It's got £68 written there.
What could you actually do on that trolley, do you think?
-If it helps you, I can do 55.
-How about we say 40?
-How about 45?
-Oh, that would be...
-40 is good.
-Go on, then.
-Thank you so much!
-My first of the day's sales.
-You're a natural!
'You go, Fatima! Retro, eh? May be a smart move for our city bidders.'
Oh, I love that. Are you not?
-That's quite nice, isn't it?
-No, that's grim.
-Oh, no, it's no good. OK, let's keep looking.
-I love it.
I love it. We can't afford it.
'These girls know what they don't like.'
'And what they do.'
Ooh, look, how lovely. An art gallery here at Alfies.
But what sort of painting do you get attracted to in a gallery like this?
For me, this painting is the business.
The style of the painting is impressionistic.
This is not an artist who has done a detailed representation of a group of pelicans,
he's simple gone out, and in a very loose and impressionistic way,
daubed his paint.
Now, the great thing about this gallery is that paintings like this aren't over-restored.
If it had been cleaned and particularly cleaned badly,
you lose the sharpness of those thick, blobby bits of paint.
The colours are very subtle.
The water itself is represented by this greenish-brown,
but yet the bank where the birds are standing
is neither snow nor grass,
it's perhaps the ledge in a zoo,
where the artist is observing the birds from above.
Who might the artist be? Frankly, the gallery owner doesn't know
and they're simply listing it as German School circa 1920.
And that could set you off on a mission, a little research mission,
to try and determine who was the artist who actually created this work.
And what is all this fun going to cost you?
Well, according to the label on the wall, this picture could be yours
-It's a snip really, isn't it?
-OK, guys, we have had 20 minutes.
-The honeymoon now is over.
-'Charles, you heartbreaker.'
The coloured Waterford glasses,
-there are six of them in a set.
-Yeah, there's a story to these.
They're not actually Waterford.
I read the label and it says Watford.
-So what age would they be, then?
-I think about 1960s.
-And they're liqueur classes, aren't they?
-I think they're really quite nice.
-I reckon they're nice, too.
I just think they have a great look about them.
-I would have them in my house.
-And they're all cut, aren't they?
I think they're really quite nice because they're all coloured and I just think...
-They're quite eye-catching.
-They're quite quirky, as well.
-They're going for 72 off the ticket.
Right. So what you're really saying is more like 40.
-How about 48?
-I reckon that's a...
-That's a buy.
-Hello, calling down under. Can you hear me?
-You said you liked them. You said they were quite nice.
-But we hadn't talked about price. Doesn't matter.
-I've shaken hands with the man now.
-It's a done deal.
-Nice work, guys. One down, two to go.
'I love it when a team are working so well together.'
I mean, it's beautiful.
If you were having a posh cocktail party, that's what you'd want, really.
'Bit of a boozy theme going on here.'
Is that a cocktail shaker up there?
-What do you think?
Well, you would put your liquor in here
-and pour it from here.
-The other one was just at the top.
-Oh, that's a massive drop.
-It's a very good company that's actually from.
Maple and Company, London.
-Yeah, it was a very good shop at the time.
-The quality is there.
I like this one. I like this better than the other one.
It's from the 1930s. We've got that wonderful 1930s shape.
We've got our pourer mixers in there, but we have the spout
-and that makes it a little bit more interesting.
-I love this.
-What do you think?
-I think we should definitely go for it.
-So you want to go for it, girls?
-OK. That's great.
-Give the man the money.
-Away we go.
'Ah, team work! These girls make it look so easy!
'Now, are the Reds in sync?'
-What about that blue folding-looking glass guy?
-That's quite nice.
-That's what we call a handkerchief vase.
-I'll grab one, you grab the other.
-On the surface or on the base.
-They've got age.
-I love them.
-Swing it over, Jamie. Just look for some minor wear of the foot rim.
Look at that lovely wear there. On that base, you've got a lovely, circular rim which is good age
and we know they're about 60 years old. A nice pair.
-Little imperfections, but I'm not concerned.
-I think they're gorgeous.
-Ooh, that one's got a ding.
-Has it? You've found a ding?
That will affect value, because they are good, decorative vase, but a small ding...
-Is that a ding?
-You're quite right, that's a small ding.
-It's to do with age.
-Like you. Aww.
-I like them.
-What kind of price difference do you think this ding's going to...
-What kind of impact?
-What's your best price?
-45 for the pair. It's not much.
I would say, at auction, they're worth between 40 and 60, and they could do quite well.
If our gentleman was perhaps going to do them for 45 or 40, even, I would buy them.
We could take two of them off you right now for £40.
-This is a good day for everyone!
-Oh, dear. OK.
-Thank you, sir!
'At last, they've gelled. Purchase two with a ding for £40.'
They are hallmarked London. The hallmark is about 1885.
-Oh, look at that!
-Oh, that is really cute!
-I like that.
Having the little stopper is very, very important.
-Is that silver?
-Er, do you know your silver, girls? How you tell your silver?
-Uh-huh. What do you see? Do you want to have a wee look through?
-Is that the lion?
-Let's have a wee look.
-Yeah, I can see the lion.
-I can see an anchor, I think.
-Yes, that means it was assayed in Birmingham.
And I can see a bee.
I would say it's probably the turn of the century. Let me see the lid.
The lid has a slightly Art Nouveau influence
and I can't see any damage. There's no damage on it.
-What's the price on it?
See if we can do something on that?
-Do you want to ask, Nicky?
-What do you think?
-I'd have to get 130.
-What do you think, Anita?
You've got a chance at 130.
-You've got a chance.
-We said to remember we weren't going to...
-I know, but then we have to think about our timing.
-Could you go a bit lower on that?
-120, otherwise I'm not making a thing.
-At 120, there is a chance.
If it was coming into auction, I would estimate it £100 to £150.
-I know, but if the item is of quality, then there is a chance.
-And I think you've got a chance there.
-You said you liked it
-and that is what I said I wanted to go for.
-You liked it, as well.
-I think we should just go for it.
-We'll take a chance.
# Take a chance on me
'Oh, you chancers!'
OK, well done, girls, you have both come to agreement
and I think that you've made a good choice.
Let's go and give the chap the money.
'So, gambling on the scent bottle. And they're done!'
-'Hang on a minute.'
-What do you think about this? I really like it.
-I think it's beautiful.
-So much detail there.
-'They've fallen for something else! Anita, help!'
-OK, girls, what...
-We were thinking maybe we'd swap the perfume bottle,
-because it's in the middle of the estimates for auction.
-And we might have more chance with this. What do you think?
-Erm, I like both of them.
-I like both of them.
-It's 185, though.
-Do you want to stick with our original items or swap one of them for this?
-We should keep them.
-We're not going to look back and think, "Oh, why didn't we?"
-Of course we are.
-You'll do that anyway!
-But we're going to do it more if we change.
-We'd better stick with our original, cos that way...
-OK, we're going to stick.
'A-ha! They're sticking with the scent bottle.'
-It's very nice. Thank you.
-'Don't look at anything else.
'Step away from the antiques.'
'Right, girls, one item. Keep it simple. Time is short.'
-Come on, Amber.
-OK, what about this guy?
-15 to go.
-With this floral thing?
-Is that grim?
It's about 1950. It's Art Deco. How much?
I've got 65 on it. I can do that for a very reasonable price.
-I'll give you that for 45.
-Ooh. How do you feel about that?
I like it and I would say guide price would be between £30 and £50.
-So if Beth said, "OK, Mr Hanson, we'll give you..."
-Handsome or Hanson?
-Well, thanks, Beth.
If you said, "Yes, have that for £30," we might buy it.
-Oh! £10 off!
-I like it!
-But I just don't know if it says Chelsea.
-Beth, is it in good condition?
-It's absolutely perfect, which makes a hell of a difference,
-and it's got a silver-plated surround.
-It's not silver metallic glaze, it's plated.
-It's proper silver.
-It's a plated band on brass.
-Great. I like it.
-It's nice because it's bright.
-You're too easily pleased, Hanson.
So the absolute best is 35?
-Oh, my God! It's going at £32.
-I really like it. I think it's gorgeous.
-My mum would love it.
-Handle it first, double-check its condition.
We can see the enamelling is all hand-applied over print.
There's your all-important Royal Winton Grimwades mark. Made in England, so we know it's after 1921.
-Let's do it. Let's buy it!
-It's going. It's gone.
-I have been, I'm sure.
-Enjoy, and I hope you make lots of money.
-I hope so, too.
'And I hope you do, too. Time's up! So, here's Team Red's line-up.
'Charles is frozen out of deal one
'as Jamie and Amber take a shot at the liqueur glasses for £45.
'But they worked as a team to secure these handkerchief vases for £40.
'And they wrapped things up with a bowl for £32,
'leaving Charles a whopping £183 to spend on his bonus buy.
'Off you go, Charlie!
'Don't know about that, mate.
'Nicola and Fatima went plastic fantastic,
'buying this tea trolley for 40.
'They parted with another £40 on a Deco cocktail shaker.
'Then they gambled £120 on this scent bottle.'
And I think you've got a chance.
'Leaving Anita £100 of leftover lolly to spend.
'We'll find out what Anita and Charles found at the auction,
'but first, come with me to a pretty fancy family home.'
When Sir Francis Dashwood, 1st Baronet,
took over the West Wycombe Park estate in 1706,
he replaced the existing manor house with a modest Queen Anne dwelling on higher ground.
All was well until his son got his hands on it.
'The 2nd Baronet set to work to jazz up his modest abode.
'No expense was spared in this transformation.
'The result - stunning.'
The first thing that really strikes you when you come into this, the saloon, has to be the door case.
Just look at that! Solid marble.
You've got two-colour marble. Carrara is the white-grey streaked stuff
and Sienna marble, the yellow.
The sculptor was no less than Sir Henry Cheere,
who installed it here at West Wycombe Park in 1751.
It typifies the incredible attention to detail and expenditure
that the family have lavished on this property over the years.
Your eye, however, is next drawn to these extraordinary windows.
Look at this series of huge arched-top windows,
all of which have been embellished with the use of Victorian stained glass.
This is not stained glass that's taking small sections of coloured glass
and inserting them into lead surrounds,
but sheets of glass that have been especially enamelled and decorated.
There's been an incident in recent years with this central roundel.
The poor old window cleaner, when having a go,
managed to break that central roundel.
That was not a particularly popular move.
But after some difficulty, they managed to remove the coloured section
and then they've squashed that in a sandwich of two sheets of clear glass
and have popped it back up there again.
If you look carefully, you can see there is a bit of a crack in it.
And overall, I think these windows look so much better
as a result of the placing of the sculpture.
We've got four carved French early 18th century sculptures here
representing spring, summer, autumn and winter,
but what I'm particularly impressed by are these stands.
Just look at those. Marvellous carved pieces of stone.
No. Actually, they're made of moulded clay,
something called Coade stone,
an artificial form of stone
made from moulded clay by a woman called Eleanor Coade.
She was clever, Eleanor Coade,
because her patent mix,
the actually earthenware that she used and baked,
was capable of withstanding frost and could be used outside.
And, indeed, certain elements, architectural elements, for the exterior decoration of buildings
were made of Eleanor's Coade stone.
Of course, the big question today is,
are our teams over at the auction going to crack under the pressure?
Today we're in Lots Road Auctions in the heart of Chelsea
-with Nick Carter, our auctioneer. Nick, good morning.
Thank you very much. Lovely to be here.
First off, we've got some rare Watford cut-crystal liqueur tots.
I've heard of Waterford glass, I've never heard of Watford glass.
All I can think of is
they're quite pretty, a little bit camp and they're from Watford.
We get a lot of celebrity buyers down here, so if Elton John comes down this weekend, we'll sell them.
-Brilliant. What do you think they're going to make?
-I think £30 to £50.
-£45 was paid. So they might just wipe their face.
-Which is good.
Now, the handkerchief glasses. Do you like those?
Do I like them? They're very modern designer pieces, but I'm not convinced by them.
I'm looking at them and thinking, "What can you do with them?"
You could maybe put cufflinks in them, something like that,
-but I'm a little bit short on ideas of what you can do with them.
-What's your estimate?
-£30 to £50.
-And what do you make of this pot?
-It's Royal Winton, isn't it?
I think that is Chesterfield, not Chelsea. It's really not a Chelsea thing.
I can't remember the last time I went into a house in Chelsea and spoke to somebody
who was in desperate need of a pansy bowl.
Of course, it's not for pansies, is it? It's a fruit bowl.
That's why it's got the plated rim on the top, so if you had a server, a salad server or fruit server,
-some utensils would've sat within that.
-I think, pansies or fruits,
-it's going to be a struggle to sell.
-What's your estimate?
-Only £15 to £30.
OK. They only paid £32, so they're not going to lose a fortune on it, but they might struggle, as you say.
Let's go and have a look at the bonus buy.
-Jamie and Amber, how are you feeling, girls?
-Are you excited?
I have to tell you, you spent £117.
That gave Charles Hanson a whopping £183 to spend. Charles, what did you spend it on?
Well, Amber and Jamie, I bought this.
-Look at that. Now...
-What is it?
-What do you call that, Charles?
Well, it's a wonderful oak, plated cider jug.
It would date to around 1880, 1890, but it would've been a cider jug.
-Do you get cider in Australia?
-We get cider.
Cider's a drink made by pressing apples,
a great Victorian drink. This would be of the high Victorian period.
And I like it. I know you girls enjoy a drink or two.
I thought it reflected your interests and going out and...
-Who do you think it would've belonged to?
-Well, I think it would've been a good middle-upper-class market.
It's 130 or so years old.
You could have had your crest or monogram applied on that nice shield cartouche.
The quality of the casting I like very much.
Look at the little mask on the spout here. It's quality.
-What's the price tag?
-What's it worth?
-Less than 80.
-The question is...
-Plus 100, makes 180 bucks.
Look at the quality of the oak. I rate this jug.
Listen, cobber, you know the question to ask.
-What's it going to get us?
-Yes! What's it going to get us?
Speculate, OK? I think there's mileage both ways,
-up and under.
-We're talking cash.
-I would value this delightful jug,
in my sale room, at between £150 and £250.
And knowing a few of my great buyers, I could see it making 220, 240.
You girls need a profit, you've got to speculate. We can't speculate with a £30 or £40 lot.
-You left me all that money and I spent it.
-The thing is, Charles,
you can't make a horse drink. We've got two fillies here who are at the trough right now.
They don't look so terribly thirsty to me, but you never know,
-they might get a bit parched before we go to the auction.
-This auction business is certainly thirsty work.
-Feels functional. This is true.
On that basis, think about it. You don't pick it now, you choose after the sale of your first three items.
For the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Charles' jug.
There you go, Nick. Feeling thirsty?
Why not? I actually really like this. I don't know why. I really do like it.
The first thing that came to mind was, I can just imagine Lady Philippa
asking you round for a barbecue lunch
and producing this with some nice, cool cider in it on a sunny afternoon.
I think it's really quite a nice thing. It's unusual.
-It's not fantastic quality, but it looks a lot better than it is and I think it'll do quite well.
-120 to 180.
It's a bonus buy. Charles Hanson taking quite a punt on this.
-Could be a substantial loss.
-Depends on whether they take the bonus buy or not.
That's what's so exciting about this show. Anyway, that's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues.
Their first item is the magnificent chromium-plated and plastic two-tier trolley.
-Look at that.
It's an interesting thing. You might look at it and think, "Who would want that?"
-but I think it'll be quite popular here.
-It's glowing, isn't it?
It looks like a 50-year-old piece of plastic,
which is amazing, really, because the maker of that
never saw it surviving as an icon of a decade,
they just simply made a cheaply-produced tubular and plastic structure.
-It was made in Italy and I think it's actually a good, stylish piece.
Excellent. Well, we all love it. How much?
-80 to 150.
-There you go. £40 paid.
-They're going to do well on that.
-They should do.
-Now, what about the cocktail shaker?
-The cocktail shaker, again, I love.
I can just imagine, Saturday night, you're in Claridge's Bar
and you meet Bryan Ferry and he asks you if you want to go back for cocktails afterwards,
-he's going to produce it in something like that.
-His will be silver.
But I think it's a wonderful thing. It's very, very Chelsea.
It's good, it's decorative, but it's got a use, as well.
People can actually use that. I think it'll do incredibly well.
And people do drink cocktails more than they ever used to.
I think it's very much on the rise. You can't beat a good mojito.
-I think we're going to see 50 to 80.
Very good. £40 paid. And then we shift to the late Victorian classic scent bottle.
They're quite contrasting, the styles of these things.
-Is that going to find a good buyer here?
-It will find a buyer. We see a lot of them.
They're not really rare things, so there's no rarity value to it.
And it's reasonably well made.
The silver isn't too bad. The glass is not quite so good.
-But I think it'll find a buyer.
-60 to 90.
-£120 paid. So they've made it, if you like, at one end of it
by going for 20th century objects,
and slightly spoiled it on the end with their scent bottle.
Anyway, it ain't all over till the fat lady does the necessary,
so let's go and have a look at the bonus buy.
Now, girls, you spent £200 and you gave £100 to Anita Manning.
And what has she spent it on? Anita.
Well, I hope I'm going to give these girls...a lovely surprise!
How did you get that?
Oh, my God, Anita!
-This is a favourite, isn't it?
-We wanted to buy this!
When we were buying, they were undecided whether to buy a little scent bottle or this.
But they couldn't quite afford this one and they went for the scent bottle.
I went back afterwards.
The trader realised how much you loved this, so he gave it to me for £100.
-Are you happy?
BOTH: Very! ANITA LAUGHS
-This was one of our favourites.
The girls did most of the work. They were so enthusiastic about it.
-You're so modest.
-It's fairly nice quality.
It's a silver-plate, of course, it's not silver,
but it's decorative, it's pretty and it has reasonable quality.
-And nice and flashy for the London market.
-And we love it.
-Well, that's why I bought it, girls.
-Thank you so much.
You decide later, but for the audience at home,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Anita's claret jug.
There we go, look. Nice wee claret jug.
-Anita bought this, yes?
I think it's actually a good standard item.
It's an item you can sell very, very often.
And I think it's a reasonable thing, yeah.
You produce that on a Sunday afternoon with the roast, with the wine in there, absolutely wonderful.
-I think it's going to get 80 to 150.
-OK. £100 Anita paid.
-I think that's a reasonable amount of money for her to have paid for it.
I don't think... She may make a small profit.
-Well, we'll find out very, very shortly. Thank you, Nick.
-I'm going to try my best.
Start it at £50. 60's yours. 70's here. 80's bid.
Any advance on 80? 90's bid now.
What about 100? £100 is bid.
At £100. £100.
Going. Going. Gone.
Now, Amber, Jamie, attention. We are incredibly optimistic on your behalf.
You have been a fantastic team. The first item, which is the Watford liqueur glasses, are coming up now.
This is the Watford liqueur glasses.
There are six in the lot.
£30 I'm going to start the bidding at. £30.
-Yeah, go on.
-Get behind us.
Any advance on 40? I'm with 482 at 40.
-Any more for any more.
-At £40 unless I see more.
-5 is here.
-50 is bid now.
£50 bid. Any advance on 50? I'm selling with 482 at 50.
Once with 482 at 50.
Twice with 482 at 50.
Three times, back of the room, gone for 50.
-50. That's a £5 profit.
Be nice to them. £5.
Now, handkerchief vases.
-These handkerchief vases...
-Aren't they fetching?
-£10 for this pair of vases.
-What's going on?
-That's not good.
-This is a crisis situation.
20? I'm at 10. 20 bid now.
And advance on 20? Anyone want to go for any more than 20? 5 is bid.
25 is bid. 92 is at 25. Are we all done?
-I can't believe it.
-92 at 25.
I thought they would make more. Buyer 92 at 25.
Going, going, gone.
-That is bad.
Minus £15 on that. Here comes the pansy bowl.
The Royal Winton pansy bowl.
I'm going to start the bidding on this lot at £5.
-Anyone want to bid me 10? I'm at 5.
-Thanks. I'm fired.
-£5. Anyone going to go 10?
10 bid. 10 bid. Any advance on 10?
Anyone want to go for any more? Otherwise it's £10 and I'm selling.
Are we all done? It's going to a commission bidder at 10. All done?
-One. Two. Three.
-Crazy. Crazy. I can't believe it.
-That's minus 22, babes.
-22. 32. 37. Less 5 is 32.
-You're minus 32.
-Do you want to go for...
Let's name the things we have to lose at this point.
-So... We'll take your crazy ancient thermos.
-You were right there in one sense.
-Knowing that we're going to get smashed on it...
It's difficult today. I'm tempted to say stick, the market's so weak.
-You might win with that score. But, trust me, I'm an expert, you never know.
-Trust me, I'm an expert, you never know? That's not helping.
-It's about winning.
Hang on. Are you going to go with this bonus buy or not?
-Nope. We're not having it.
-You're not having it?
-I think it's a very wise move. Not going with the bonus buy and here it comes.
-Here we go.
This is one of my favourite lots in the sale.
-This is a cider jug.
-You're going to be lucky to get out alive.
-Shh, shh, shh.
-I think we're going to start the bidding at £40.
-Oh, come on!
£40 I'm bid. 50's bid.
50's bid. 60's bid.
60's bid. 70's bid.
80 is bid. 80 is bid. What about 90 now?
-£80. Are we all done at 80?
-Yeah, we're done.
-Anyone want to go 90?
Anyone going to go 100?
-£100. 100 is bid now.
-100 is bid now.
-Anyone want 20?
I'm at £100. Unless I see 20 now, I am selling it at 100.
-10 is your last offer. Once at 100.
-Twice at 100.
-Thanks for coming.
-Three times at £100.
It's going at £100. Gone!
So, overall, you don't have a bad score here.
Minus £32. This could be a winning score,
so not a word to the Blues. Not a word.
-Not a word.
-Don't say anything. Go out looking terribly confident.
-Fake it. Go on.
-OK, girls, how are you feeling?
-Are you feeling confident, Nicola?
-What about you, Fatima?
So, first up is your uranium orange trolley. There we go.
Lot number 446, the tea trolley.
£30. Anyone going to bid me 40 now on this? Made in Italy.
I'm at 30. Anyone want to go 40 now?
Otherwise I'm at 30. 40's bid. 40's bid.
At 50 now. 50 now.
-Any advance on 50?
I'm going to sell it at 50 unless I see 60 now.
£50, it's going. One, two, three at 50.
-Well done, Nicola. Plus £10.
That's a start! That's what I like.
Cocktail shaker there. Very stylish piece.
I'm going to start the bidding off at £30. £30. What about 35? 35 bid.
35 bid. 40 bid.
45 bid, sir. 50 bid. I know you've got class, sir.
At £50 bid. I'm here at 50.
-Are you going 60? 60 is the gentleman's bid.
5 against you. 70 does it, yes or no? £70, ma'am?
£70 is now the lady's bid. On my right at 70.
80 is now bid. 80 is the gentleman's bid. 90, ma'am?
-90 is now bid.
-100, sir? It's a good old piece.
At £90. You're 90, ma'am, is that right? You are.
Are you going 100 at the back? No. I am selling to the lady at £90.
-Once, twice, three times.
You've both got money and taste but you win it, ma'am. 361.
-I could do with a drink!
£90. That's plus 50.
So you are £60 up. This is very cool.
-Now, the scent bottle.
-Oh, God, here we go.
Cut crystal, embossed. 30.
I'm at 30. Will anyone give me £30?
At 30. Anyone bid me 30? Yes or no? £30 bid.
5. £40 here. £40 here. 45.
-45. 50, sir. It's the lady's bid. Back of the room at £45.
Are we all done at 45?
Once at 45. Twice at 45.
-Selling. Gone. You got it.
-You had 60, to just lost 75.
You're minus £15 overall. That is nothing and it's really bad luck.
You were doing so well, girls.
-What are you going to do about the claret jug?
-Be very careful because you've got a loss of £15
but that's not a big loss. It could be a winning score.
Silver isn't doing too well in this sale,
so be careful. I can't tell you what to do, but be careful.
Shall we leave it at a £15 loss?
-I don't know.
-Shall we leave it?
I don't know.
-Are you going to go with the claret jug or not?
-Leave it. Shall we leave it?
-We'll leave it.
-You're not going with the bonus buy?
-That's a definite decision?
-Yeah. I'm happy with that.
-Right. Fine. Very good.
We're not going ahead with the bonus buy,
but we're going to sell it anyway, so let's see what it brings.
452, quite nice claret jug.
I'm going to start the bidding on this lot at £30.
£30. Anyone want to go 40? 40 is yours, sir. 5, sir. 5, sir.
50, sir? Yes or no? No.
I'm at 45. Anyone want to go 50 now? 50 at the back.
-5's against you, sir. 60?
60 buys it. £60. Any advance on 60? Back of the room at 60.
Anyone want to go for any more? Otherwise I'm selling to you, sir,
at 60. Buyer 500 at 60. Going, going, gone.
Excellent. You made the right decision, girls. Well done.
You certainly did. So your overall score is minus £15,
-which could be a winning score. Don't go talking to the Reds.
-BOTH: We won't!
Well, girls, it's been fun, hasn't it?
-Have you been chatting about the scores?
-You have no idea. Strangely enough, there's hardly a gap between our two teams today.
You can't credit it, can you? You've been so taut and close,
such has been the spirit of our competition today.
But I have to reveal that the runners-up, cos we don't have losers any more on Bargain Hunt,
-are, very marginally, the Reds.
-How did this happen?
I mean, you started off so well with your Watford glasses.
-But your smartest move was not going with the bonus buy.
-Which managed to ring-fence your losses at only £32.
-Minus £32, which is quite cool.
-I've seen worse.
-You've seen worse.
Yeah. I've seen a lot worse. Thank you very much for coming on the programme.
-But the victors today, who've won by only losing £15...
You, too, started off so brilliantly.
The £50 from Fatima on the cocktail shaker!
-What can I say?
-A £50 profit! Did you enjoy your day, Nicola?
-It was brilliant.
-We've loved having you on the show.
Join us soon for some more Bargain Hunting, yes?
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