Antiques challenge. Two teams of young professionals with a love of the 1960s have to haggle hard to bag a bargain at a glittering London antiques centre.
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It's raining in London, but we're snug indoors at Alfies Antique Market.
MUSIC: I Fought The Law by The Clash
Our teams certainly know how to play the game.
It's not our style really.
Is that not for you?
Of course they do - they're lawyers.
One hour and £300 for a team of solicitors?
Sounds cheap to me.
Who will win at auction?
The jury's out.
-Hello, you two sisters.
Now, Blanche, what made you want to come on the programme?
Rach and I just love antiques.
Our parents are into antiques. Our farmhouse is a bit like Lovejoy Antiques.
-It's stacked to the rafters with stuff.
-It says on my card that you wanted to thrash your work colleagues here.
-Is that not right?
-It's Damian who wants to thrash us.
You know each other - lovely. So are you all lawyers?
No, I'm the only non-lawyer, but I'm Blanche's sister.
-A sister, not a solicitor.
-I work for a PR firm.
-Well done. What does that mean?
I'm an account manager and basically I just get my clients in the media.
-I write articles and get them on TV, radio.
That's fun. What do you collect?
We've got similar taste. We both like Art Deco
and vintage '60s and '70s clothes and jewellery.
-And ceramics as well.
-And '50s, yeah.
I'm told that in this fantastic building at Alfies on the top floor,
-is a little period hairdressing salon. Fancy it?
Any particular style?
-We like the '60s.
-You like a bit of beehive.
Something to look forward to. What's going to happen next?
Now, Damian, how are you on the old beehive?
-I'm going to pass on that.
-Yes, no, very good.
What branch of the law are you involved with?
I work in what's known as counter-fraud, Tim.
When someone might say they've been in an accident and they've not,
I'll be instructed to look at it, investigate it and hopefully repudiate any claim they make.
So you are the Inspector Clouseau of the legal profession?
That's a very fair way of summarising, it, Tim, yeah.
So, Hannah, are you a fraud investigator too?
No, I do contentious litigation, so all sorts of disputes between people,
but mostly revolving around explosions and fires.
-So if it's gone bang or gone up in smoke, you get the job.
Any other special talents that will help you win today?
Actually, Tim, I have.
I can read palms,
and if I might read your palm, it might tell us how today will go.
-It will be a pleasure. Right or left?
There we go. Glad I washed this morning.
This is a very interesting palm.
-Very interesting indeed.
-You were a bit of a lothario in your early days.
-But you've been a one-woman man since.
Also... What's that? It looks as though
the blue team are going to win.
You are brilliant. Isn't that lovely?
Now, the money moment. You get your £300 apiece.
There you go, there's your 300.
You know the rules. Your experts await. Off you go, and very good luck.
Gosh, what fun we're going to have today, what?
Looking for clues with the red team is Charlie Hanson.
And hoping to see the light with the Blues, Anita Manning.
MUSIC: Green Onions by Booker T And The MGs
Girls, you look hot to trot.
-Thank you, Charles.
-The beehive hairstyle is fantastic.
-You're looking very dapper yourself.
-The other guys have given beehives, but we could give bonnets.
-Try them on.
The hat's the right look, isn't it?
It's the best look of the lot!
OK, guys, we're now off, OK?
We were thinking maybe a print.
A print? OK. Let's have a look at some Chelsea prints.
OK, Chelsea hospital or Regent's Street maybe.
I like the Regent's Street one. I think it's really smart.
Yeah, that is really nice.
Not convinced, Charles?
MUSIC: Uptight (Everything's Alright) by Stevie Wonder
-Look at that!
-Can you play the cornet?
-No, but I'm happy to give it a go.
-Has it got a mouthpiece?
-It has, yes. Go ahead.
When's it from?
Probably about 1940.
HE MAKES A LOUD NOISE
Don't give up the day job!
-I thought that was quite good! Want a go?
Come on, give it a go!
-It'll ruin her lipstick!
-I have to get the pout right.
SHE PLAYS THREE NOTES
-Like, I'm not sure... Is it in full working order?
Full working order!
Yeah, that'll be the problem.
I think Damian was better than you were!
Anita, I can't believe it!
Still looking at pictures, girls?
That's quite nice.
Yeah, that one's quite nice.
I thought the Regent's Street one was quite nice.
What do you think? Why pictures? Why the prints?
We're thinking about things that people would...
I think people at this auction will know how to dress their house.
You're high-flying girls, OK?
You're sisters with similar tastes. As such, I bow to your judgement.
So if you feel that's what we ought to go for, I'm behind you.
Should we get one that's framed?
I think framed and ready to go in the retail market is all-important.
HE MAKES A LOUD NOISE
Blowing your own trumpet, eh, Damian?
Damian, why were you drawn to this instrument?
It's a bit niche, a bit different.
It's a wee bit quirky, and the market's good for quirky items.
-It's got B&H, so it must be...
-Boosey and Hawkes, yes.
Boosey and Hawkes was one of the best makers of wind instruments.
-Question, how much is it?
-Do you like it enough?
I don't... I like it, but I don't £60 like it.
How much do you like it?
Remember, you're dealing with a lawyer.
I think I... £35-ish like it.
HE DRAWS BREATH SHARPLY
I'm being really good now to you.
Damian, you're the...
I... Maybe if we stretch to 40.
Oh, go on!
Anita, you're a devil.
-A wee devil!
-She's our lucky mascot.
-A wee devil, yes.
-Go on, then.
I'll see you all right, darling.
-I think that's a good buy.
-I'm happy with that.
-Are you happy?
-Yes. The other team won't have one.
-It'll be the only cornet.
-You can have as many silly haircuts as you like.
This is good fun, ladies.
Here you've got a plate from a book entitled Swearing At Highgate.
-If you come round here.
-Yes, we like that.
-Look at that.
So you've got this hand-tinted coaching scene outside the pub,
Swearing At Highgate,
this 18th-century gent in a green frock jacket
-doesn't look overly happy.
-I quite like it.
Dated 1796, published by Allen and West.
-And it's hand coloured?
-It's hand tinted.
It's quite humorous. It could be up in your bathroom.
-The paper's a little...
-It's a bit warped, isn't it?
Well, I suppose when this was printed and tinted,
only seven years after the French Revolution,
that sort of age, you're bound to have a few knocks and tears.
-I wonder how much it is.
-Shall we ask?
It says £85.
So what's your best price?
-There you go, not a bad start, £20 off.
Would you do it for 50?
No, it's too much.
I think we should think about it.
-Yeah, we'll think about it, won't we?
-Then we'll come back.
Waltz on. Thank you, we may come back in a short while.
Here we go, ladies, OK? Let's go.
-That's quite a nice telescope.
-It is a nice telescope.
I've seen a few in my time.
Look through it, see if it's working. See if everything's there.
-What can you see through it?
Not much actually, but it is... You can see through that.
There's an array of items here which are good fodder,
meaning good material for a good sale.
I quite like the teapot and the coffee, yeah.
-The four-piece set?
-Also that tray's nice.
I prefer the tray.
It's 1930s, '40s and a bit more "Wow".
Do you think that teapot and the coffee pot is more mass-produced?
It's standard, it's four-piece, it's Regency in style,
it's a boat-shaped form and do you know what?
It's a bit boring.
-But if you think there's some...
-I think it's quite stylish.
I like it. I don't... Let's find out how much it is.
Didn't you say it was boring?
Is this a real diamond?
Because if it is...
You'll go for it!
-For £10, that's pretty good.
-Can I swap my partner, please?
We're just admiring your very nice four-piece tea set.
It's silver plate with Bakelite handles.
-OK. So if...
-they're Bakelite, that puts them more towards 1920, 1925.
OK. What's it worth, without asking the lady?
Test your knowledge. You enjoy Bargain Hunt.
What would you pay for it?
-What do you think?
-I've got £115 on it.
£95 is best on it.
And it's teapot, milk, sugar, and they're all in good condition.
And 95 is a def'?
I'll do 75.
-Can we also ask about the tray?
-The white handles are very nice.
-This is really stylish.
It's got the hint of a neo-classical.
-It's got 145 on it. Best on it is 100.
-Would you do the tea set for 70?
-Yeah, 70 would be good.
-If it helps you, yes, I will.
-That's really kind of you.
What do you think, Charles, if we get it for 70?
-Ladies, look, you know, you're...
-Can we have a look at it?
I still think it's stylish. You'd want it on your sideboard.
If I value this,
I'd say it could fetch anything from £40
up to £80.
70 is still a bit steep.
I know it's a terrible mark-down for you coming down to 60 and you probably won't do it.
-She's going once.
-She's going twice.
We could look around for some others but I like this one.
-The hour's ticking.
-Maybe we need to buy the first.
-Let's go for this for 65.
I think it's complete, it's on the money.
I can tell by your eyes you think it's got potential.
-And I'm behind you.
-It'll go well in Chelsea.
-If your friends believe the same,
-let's see it roll away.
-That's our first buy done.
OK, guys, that's half an hour, one item, not bad.
But we've got to seriously push on.
-Let's try down here.
-I'm looking for something for that garden party.
-That's really nice!
-We can't go dress shopping, ladies. We're antiques shopping.
-These are antiques!
Come on! I know it's only half time, but there's still two objects to find.
Nice try, Charles.
This is older than my dad!
Now, I've found something your mum might remember.
This thing looks a bit like a ladies' overnight bag.
But actually it's not.
Look at this!
This is a piece of hairdressing heaven!
We've got a Ronson hairdryer,
complete with its plastic hanging strap.
So I guess that Madam in 1962
would hang the set round her neck like this,
and then she'd plug it in to the old 13-amp power point
on the end of this incredibly long cable like that
and then she'd refer to the instruction manual,
because what she'd really like to do is look a bit like her.
Kind of Dusty Springfield. Don't you feel Dusty coming on?
Anyway, according to the brochure, she has used a damp setting,
which is really handy.
But look at these accessories. We've got this nice tube,
so you've got your connector on the end of the hair blower,
and then this marigold-covered plastic bag
which, if she's having a damp set, she'd plug in on top like this.
Then you've got your heat control,
which is this fellow here. If you twiddle this knob,
that line goes up the plastic what-not up to hot
or not so hot. Stick it back there like that.
Isn't that marvellous?
This is a piece of British electronic history,
made in Cheshire around 1962,
complete with all its bits and bobs.
What's a gadget like this going to cost you?
It could be yours for £60.
-Are you OK?
-OK. Come on, there's no time for this.
-You've got 18 minutes left and two items to buy.
We'll go this way, through here.
No trader there, you're wasting time.
Laying down the law, eh, Anita?
What I do like, Blanche, Raquel, is this here.
Look at this. I've never seen one before.
I've only been in antiques 15 years but this really is exquisite.
It's a stationery set in its original Morocco case.
We've got here some sort of quill pen, the paper knife with the ivory blade.
This delightful champleve white enamel engine-turned ornament
on each handle with some sort of pencil here, perhaps, and also a seal,
which would all sit on your desk.
If we look at the design of this, the young almost Deco girl from the early '20s,
radiating out, and she appears to be feeding the birds.
It's about 1915, 1920.
What's important with this - its condition.
Critically, it's the enamel.
We just roll each implement around
and we can see condition appears to be good.
I rate this because it's of a quality which you rarely see.
Rarity will always help value.
You haven't seen anything like this before?
I'm a young head hopefully on wise shoulders,
and it's not something I've come across before.
The only problem is it's £185. We've got two items left to buy. We can't afford that.
We'll have to see what the best price is.
The best price on your delightful set is?
-140, and that is the bottom.
I think at 140, which is £45 off...
Is there any way you could go to 120, because we still have...
I can do 130 but I paid 100 for it, so I have to make something.
We've come a long way together. You've had your traditional,
-fairly mundane four-piece set.
What do you think, Blanche?
I think if Charles is backing it, and he's obviously excited about this find,
I think... Rach, what do you think?
OK, well, you know, it would be nice if we could get something a little more unusual.
-Shall we go for it?
Let's try and find out the best price.
-130 is the best price.
-It is. That's a good buy.
Yes, OK, we'll go for it at 130.
-Salt and pepper?
I think they're really pretty.
I think they're pretty as well. I like those.
-What's on the bottom?
-"Hand painted, made in Germany".
-I think those are very attractive, and these are not old.
-What kind of date are they?
-I'd say 1950s.
But they are sweet.
I quite... I really like them. I would buy them.
Tell me, Hannah, why do you like them?
Because they're unusual, they're pretty.
But you can tell... They're... I don't know.
-They're very feminine, aren't they?
-Yeah, they are.
-Do you think they suit Hannah?
-They certainly suit you.
-Thank you. How much are they?
They've got a price of £34.
I'll do those for you for 25, how's that?
25. Will you take 20?
-It'd make us feel better.
-I'll make it 20.
-That's so kind, thank you.
-Do you like them, Damian?
-I love them.
-I really like them.
-I like the way they've got the boy and the girl on.
-Maybe that's their wedding carriage.
-You're a romantic, aren't you?
Very touching, but time's ticking away.
I quite like the Doulton Lambeth jardinieres over there. See them?
Is that plate the fruit-decorated plate signed one?
I like the puddle ball in the centre.
I'm not sure. I'm not keen.
Is that not for you?
It's not our style really.
I don't think there's anything here.
-We can always...
-Let's move on.
Ten minutes to go. Come on, guys!
-Shall we get the prints?
-Yes, we have to get the prints.
-We might have to run.
Where are we going?
-Let's go downstairs.
-It's not as easy as you think.
-It was through here.
-It was, and turn right.
-Ten minutes to go.
-We're struggling to find things that we like.
-There's that one, or do we get the Swearing At Highgate? I like that one.
-What's going on here?
-Are you departing?
We haven't finished yet, Tim.
Wow, look at these hairdos!
They've deflated a little with all the stress.
This is something else, isn't it?
What about these candlesticks?
These are nice, with the telescopic mechanism.
We've got five minutes. We're going to get the print.
I'm getting out of here. I can't take my eyes off you.
Silver plate's absolutely fine. Candlesticks are always popular.
-Thank you, Tim. Yeah, the Swearing At Highgate one.
-Where's it gone?
What you have underneath is a copper base and that's good.
That shows some quality.
-Yes, that's it.
-Swearing At Highgate.
Time's nearly up.
Can we go for, say, 30?
From 85? Definitely not.
It's 85. Please will you do it for 50?
I can do those for 60.
It's heads, and tails it's 55.
If you do this, you buy it, OK?
Can you do them for 50?
I'll say heads.
Oh, no, it's tails.
Because your good lady likes them and you like them, I'll do 50.
OK, so we've got it for 55.
-Three minutes to go. We've done it.
-We came good in the end.
I was trying to finish early. More grey hairs all the time.
-We're going to beat the Reds.
-We're going to beat the Reds. You never know.
-Let's go get it packed.
Now what did the Reds end up with?
Against Charles' better judgement,
the girls were determined to buy the four-piece tea set.
Then he persuaded them the desk set was a rare and quality find,
despite its high price tag.
But he was powerless to resist
when they finally chose an 18th-century hand-tinted engraving.
-Flew by, didn't it?
-The pressure was on at the end.
-This is good, isn't it?
-Did you have a good time?
-Yeah, we did.
-Wonderful, thank you.
-Which is your favourite piece?
-I quite like the Art-Deco tea set.
I think it's quite stylish. It will look cool in someone's home.
-What about you, Blanche?
-The stationery set because I think the enamel's beautiful.
-That is a favourite.
-Yes. We did um and aah a little.
We were worried about whether it would sell.
I've been told you ummed and oohed and aahed a lot.
You spent overall £250 and I'd like £50 of leftover lolly, please.
-And £50 goes to Charles.
-You've been in safe hands with Carlos. I hope you enjoyed it.
-Yes, it was fun.
You'll see how great he is when he spends his £50, right?
Correct, Tim. They've been so glamorous, now it's for me to bring back the glitz and glory.
-Put a bit of Brylcreem into it.
-OK, I will.
Good luck, Charles. Why don't we check out how the Blues are getting on?
Damian showed off his musical talents
and bargained hard to get the cornet at just £40.
The romance of the 1950s salt and pepper shakers
captured Hannah's heart.
And they both think they could see a profit
in the pair of telescopic candlesticks.
Three minutes to spare. I think the Reds are in trouble.
I just love it. A covey of lawyers congratulating themselves.
-Had a good time?
-It was a fun day. Anita really helped us.
-Good, I'm so pleased.
-How much did you spend?
-Is that all?
-Dear, oh, dear, I'm disappointed about that.
So who's got the £190 of leftover lolly?
That goes straight to Anita. Good luck, Anita.
Good luck, teams.
Meanwhile, we're heading off to Buckinghamshire, to West Wycombe Park.
In 1724, Francis Dashwood became master of this estate
at the tender age of 16.
Two years later he went off on the first of many grand tours,
collecting works of art from all over the world.
And in this rather naive painting,
we see Sir Francis, surrounded
by a group of his friends, all of whom
are founding members of the Dilettanti Society, which he founded
for the promotion of classical art and taste.
Their mission was to visit classical sites. And indeed,
they're holding a chart of the Mediterranean, planning the next leg of their grand tour.
The grand tour, of course, was, in the 18th century, the equivalent of the gap year.
Some gap year this,
because it added up in toto to some 17 years.
British country houses
were greatly enriched as a result of the grand tourists' visits
throughout Europe in the 18th century.
They were rich and intelligent, and wanted to acquire
art and objects to bring back to enrich their homes here.
But what would happen if the art
that you admired in Italy
was painted on the wall of a building? A fresco?
You couldn't exactly bring the building back to Britain with you, could you?
But you could bring back the artist.
Which is exactly what Sir Francis Dashwood did.
In 1750, he encountered the artist
and he invited him back here to West Wycombe Park to decorate the house.
And here we've got his interpretation
of Raphael's Banquet Of The Gods.
Indeed, old Guiseppe lived here for the rest of his life, painting away
until 1761, when he died, falling from a ladder.
Bit of an occupational hazard if you happened to be a ceiling painter.
The big question today is, of course, will it be a question of snakes and ladders
for our teams, over at the auction?
We're at Lots Road Auctions in Chelsea,
where Nick Carter is selling our items.
MUSIC: London Calling by The Clash
-Very nice to see you, Tim.
-Very nice to be here.
Now, the most un-saleable
quartet of objects,
they seem to have selected to kick off with.
The four-piece plated tea set.
This stuff is not easy to sell.
It's not easy to sell.
We do sell it from time to time.
It sells very badly wherever we go.
-What's your estimate, Nick?
-60 to 120, Tim.
OK. Well our team paid £65 for it, we shall see.
Next is the Austro-German desk set, enamelled.
-How do you rate that?
-It's got a lot of problems.
Initially when you look at it, straightaway you can see the case is in terrible condition.
And when you start to look at it more closely,
look at this piece here,
the top of it is severely damaged.
-So, how much?
-60 to 90.
They paid 130.
So, we'll see what happens there. And finally,
we've got the Georgian
tinted or watercoloured engraving.
Do you know about the swearing at Highgate?
I don't. No.
It was an oath that was taken
by people who were entering Highgate
and they were given certain privileges after making that oath,
one of which was to kiss the fairest maiden in the pub.
They had the right to kick a pig out of a piggery
-if they needed somewhere to sleep.
-What's it worth?
I think it's worth 20 to 30.
They paid £55.
This team are on a hiding to nothing. They're going to need their bonus buy.
-OK. Blanche and Rach, happy?
£50 was given to the young pretender.
What has he spent it on?
-I'm not quite sure about this one.
-Not quite sure?
It has great style, and my girls, Tim, they have great style.
This object just reminded me
of your bee-hive hair style. Look at that.
-It's really nice.
-I like it.
-Do you really?
Is it Art Deco? It's lovely.
Tim, they're learning. Art Deco. 1930s.
It's got that sort of tropical, palm-tree feel about it.
Now, country of origin. Where's it from?
Think Paris, you're quite right.
It's beautifully moulded.
It is marked with a maker or manufacturer called Oreor's.
I've never heard of it. But it's in that Sabino or Lalique idiom
of the mid-20s and '30s.
-It's just very stylish.
-It's pretty heavy. I like the colour as well. It's really cool.
-It is stylish.
-The rim's OK. It hasn't been cut down. The foot rim's good.
It is like Lalique. Did you spend all the money?
-How much was that?
Yes, I did.
-I really love it.
-I really like it.
I think it's lovely.
We all think it's lovely.
Make a change.
Whether it'll make any money is another matter.
You don't have to choose right now,
you choose after the sale of your first three items.
For the audience at home, let's see what the auctioneer thinks of Charles' pot.
Charles Hanson had £50 of leftover lolly and he spent the lot.
-What do you make of it?
-I think it's actually
quite a nice thing. Sort of naturalistic form, etc.
Signed there, Oreor. I think I've got plenty
of clients here that
would like this sort of thing.
-I think it will do very well.
-What do you think it's worth?
80 to 150.
Right, £50 they paid.
I think Hanson's done well.
Anyway, that's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues.
Damian went with the Boosey and Hawkes instrument.
I don't think they had a good look at it.
It's actually got quite a lot of damage on the trumpet.
I think that's going to knock it for six.
-What are you going to get for it?
Our team paid 40.
If it wipes its face, fair enough.
Next, the salt and peppers. 1950s are they?
They are. They're made by Thomas of Germany.
It's quite a good maker.
Not sure how many buys I'm going to have for those.
-£20 they paid. What will you get?
-We'll get 10-20.
It's neither here nor there, really.
Lastly, the telescopic
Sheffield plated candlesticks.
I think... they are pretty standard.
They are old. They're 18th century. Plating showing through a little bit.
-But I think they'll sell.
-Overall, I don't think they're going to do too badly.
They only spent £110 overall.
But let's go and have a look at the bonus buy.
Hannah and Damian,
how are you feeling?
-Are you? And that's before you've seen the bonus buy.
You only spent £110, which meant that Anita Manning was let loose with 190.
Anita, what did you buy? What's under your little rag?
I'll let you have a look at it and tell me what you think.
Step back and have a look at that.
Wow! It's really colourful. It's huge.
-Is it an oil painting?
-It's an oil on board.
It's probably from maybe the 1970s.
The auctioneer has called it Greek school. Maybe he knows something I don't.
I'm hoping that it will appeal to the buyers down there, but...
it could get £20,
it could get £200. I don't know. You've got to make up your mind.
-Do you like it?
-I do like the colours.
I could see someone buying it. Do you know anything about
-Nothing at all.
-It's all Greek to us.
I like the look of it.
It is very colourful.
And as you say, it could go for anything, couldn't it?
I don't think you're convinced, Damie!
-How much did you pay for it?
I don't know. I don't know.
It seems to have taken your breath away, Hannah.
That's exactly what I was hoping for.
Anyway, the trick is,
you don't have to decide now, you decide later,
after the sale of your first three items.
For the audience at home, let's see what the auctioneer thinks of Anita's big old daub.
Nick, you're a picture man.
You'll be delighted with Anita Manning's bonus buy,
the yellow composition abstract. How do you rate that?
When you said delighted, Tim, was it ironic?
Not really, no. It's a big old slab, isn't it?
It is a big old slab and it's a big old slab of colour.
We do tend to sell big canvases,
colour canvases, quite well.
This is unsigned.
It does have some lettering on the back which is in Greek.
-I don't think it's a name, so it's completely un-ascribed.
It's purely a decorative thing.
Bit of colour, spray it around, looks fantastic.
-At the right price, somebody will buy it.
-What would that price be?
-I think it would be 100-200.
-Perfect. Anita Manning
-has managed to find it for £100.
-I think she's done incredibly well.
If you're rating it 100-200,
potentially doubling the money,
we'll have to hope that her team see the sense of going with the bonus buy.
And that's the fun of the game.
We'll find out in a moment. Thanks, Nick.
Blanche and Rachel, how are you feeling, you chickens?
-A little bit nervous.
-What have you got to be nervous about?
Your first item, coming up, is the intriguing silver-plated tea set. Here it comes.
-Link arms, there we go.
Right, we have the silver-plated tea set there.
It's a four-piece one, 20th century.
I can start the bidding off now at £40 on this lot.
20 then, anyone? £20 anyone? 20 bid.
20 bid. 25 bid. 30.
30 bid. Any advance on 30?
Anyone going 40?
Once at 30, twice at 30.
-Three times at 30.
-That's such a bargain for someone.
Buyer 92 at 30.
-That is minus £35.
-Next is the enamelled desk set.
-Which I really like.
-I shall start the bidding off on this lot at £10.
Ten bid. 20 bid.
-20 bid. 20 bid. 30 bid now.
-He should have started higher.
Any advance on 30? It's the commissions at 30.
Are we done? At £30.
-I'm never a sore loser, but that's bad.
Three times. £30 commission buyer.
That's so upsetting.
-It's a beautiful item.
It's a joke. It was sold as a joke.
Now here comes the Swearing At Highgate.
The Swearing At Highgate. Ten. Ten pounds.
Ten pounds bid.
What about 15? 15 bid.
15 bid. 20. Any advance on that?
£20 is now bid, any advance on that? Otherwise...
25 now bid.
Any more for any more?
Going, going, gone.
£25, that's minus 30.
Yeah. It's 135, minus 165.
Look, girls, I'm really sorry about this.
I'm sorry team, about this.
-Are you going with his bonus buy?
-Even if we were winning we'd still go for it.
Now you've made your decision,
I can tell you the auctioneer's estimate is £80-£150
on this item that Charles paid £50 for.
There we go. Here it is.
We go to market together.
We've now got this piece of art glass from the '30s-'40s.
I can start the bidding off at £30 this lot.
£30. £30. £30 anywhere?
30 bid. 30 bid. 40 bid. 50.
-50 bid. 50 bid. 60's here.
-Any advance on 60?
-We're still losing.
Anyone want to go 90, otherwise I'm selling at 80. Are we all done at 80?
Once, twice, three times at 80.
Going, going, gone.
Plus 30. Which takes your final score to minus 135.
-That's not too bad.
-Not too bad.
-It's not too good.
Well, there is a result with Charles and his pot, which is good.
Who knows, at this rate, £135 could be a winning score.
-How are you feeling?
-I'm feeling quite nervous.
Is it a bit like going into court?
It's not entirely dissimilar, Tim.
There is this hush and anticipation.
Absolutely, and a bit of excitement as well.
Do you know how the Reds got on?
-We have no idea.
-Your great rivals.
Badly, I would expect.
Well, there's optimism for you.
First up is the Boosey and Hawkes cornet and here it comes.
Lot number 510.
-We have the Boosey and Hawkes cornet.
-You are quite tense.
I'm sure you've seen it. Who'll start me at £20?
Anyone going to bid me 20?
£20 there with you, sir. At 20.
30 at the back of the room.
Do you want to go 40, sir?
40 is bid. 50 here with commissions.
60 at the back of the room. £60. Do you want to go 70?
-He's a legend.
I'm selling, then, at £60.
Back of the room at 60. 381 at 60.
Going once, going twice, going three times.
-Well done, Damian.
-That is plus 20.
-So cool. Marvellous.
-Now, next up is your shakers.
-I feel the pressure now.
511. The salt and pepper shakers. Nice lots these.
I'm going to start the bidding off now at, who'll bid me
£5 for that pair of salt and pepper shakers?
£5. Five anywhere? Five bid. Ten bid. Ten bid.
Any advance on ten?
Anyone want to go for any more than ten?
-I'm going to sell at ten.
-12 bid. Any advance on 12?
I'm at £12. Any advance on 12? I'm going to sell with commissions at £12. Going. Going.
-You're still plus 12.
-It could have been worse.
You'll have to live with it!
Now, here comes the candlesticks.
512. We've got the telescopic candlesticks.
These are silver plated. At £50.
Anyone going to go 50?
60 bid on the candlesticks. 60's now bid. What about 70?
70 is now bid. What about 80?
80's now bid. What about 90?
I'm at £80. Any advance on 80?
I'm selling at 80.
Going. Going. And gone for the third time.
-That's pretty good.
-This is good.
-That is plus 30 on that item.
-So you are now plus 42.
What are you going to do about the oil-on-board composition?
I don't know. It's hard. It might go, but then it might jeopardize the profit we've made.
Can I be honest? I think 42 could well be a winning score.
Be careful. £42, money's in your pocket.
-So, you're going to park it?
-No bonus buy?
-We're not going with the bonus buy.
Well, now you've made that decision I have to tell you the auctioneer's estimate is £100-£200.
He really rates it.
That doesn't mean it's going to make it.
We're going to see the thing sold anyway.
You've made your decision, you've got your £42. That could be a winning score.
But I want to find out whether this abstract's worth 100-200, which is his estimate.
So, here it comes anyway. Just for the fun of it.
I'm going to start the bidding off on that lot
at £50. 50.
Anyone going to bid me 60?
50. 60 bid. 70.
£70 bid. 80 front row.
90's here, sir. Is it 100?
100 is bid. 120 is here. Do we see 140?
Is it 140, sir?
140 is now bid. It's the gentleman's bid.
Seated down here at 140.
Anyone going 160?
Otherwise I am selling at 140.
Going. Going. Gone.
-Well, look at that. Congratulations, Anita.
Very nice to know that your eye is absolutely in on that.
-And bad luck, team.
-And us doubting Thomases, you deserve better.
-It could have gone either way.
-We should have trusted you.
No, don't get yourself into a row. £42 - a good profit. It could have gone the other way.
-Yep. I'm pleased with 42.
-You've got your 42, that's good.
-Don't say a word to the Reds, OK? 42 could be a winning score.
-Excellent. Well done.
Well, well, well. What a day we have had today, haven't we kids?
-Good was it? Everybody enjoy it?
-Lots of fun.
So, have you been talking to one another, teams?
No idea as to where we stand with the score?
Well, I have to say, there is
a world of difference between the two teams.
And unfortunately - we don't have losers any more on Bargain Hunt, we only have runners-up -
-and the runners-up are...
-We just took too many risks.
-We were too adventurous.
-We are risk takers.
-Minus £135 is a bit of a score.
We can't afford any more hairspray now.
We have loved having you on the programme.
Thank you for being so brilliant.
I'm sorry you're runners-up.
But the victors are actually going to go home with money.
They're going to go home with 42 smackers. There you go.
This is going to be £21 each. Here's a £2 one.
-How do you feel about that, Hannah?
Very excited. Very pleased.
You didn't go with the bonus buy, which is your big error.
-The bonus buy made another £40.
It could have been twice as bad for you girls.
-Congratulations. Really good.
Lovely result for us and for you.
I'm pleased you had a good time.
-Anyway, we had a great day, so join us soon for some more bargain hunting. Yes?
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Two teams of young professionals with a love of the 1960s have to haggle hard to bag a bargain at a glittering London antiques centre, before heading off to auction in Chelsea. Experts Anita Manning and Charles Hanson try their best to guide them, while presenter Tim Wonnacott finds a little bit of Italy in Buckinghamshire.