Antiques challenge. The teams visit one of the biggest indoor antiques centres in the country, where experts Anita Manning and Charles Hanson offer their expertise.
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A couple of clementines, a couple of Royal Galas,
thank you very much.
-How much would that lot be?
-60p. Do it for 50?
-Yeah, not a problem. Go on.
Thank you very much, squire. There you go.
These people know a thing or two about bargaining.
The big question is, though, how will our teams get on today?
Cos let's go bargain hunting!
This part of London is a Mecca for all sorts of bargain hunters
and we're bringing our teams today to Alfies Antiques Market,
one of the largest covered markets in the country.
Because as they say round here, "Alfie, don't be so filthy!
"Use your hankie!"
We've got a show of ups and downs.
And some more downs.
-The Blues get lost.
-Can't we get down this way?
-The Reds get stuck in.
Will they make a profit in the sale room?
Let's find out.
Well, it's happy families today.
For the Reds we've got Philip and Ellie, father and daughter.
-Lovely to see you.
-Now, Philip. You're going to be just fine with buying and selling, aren't you?
-I hope so, yeah.
-What do you do?
-I sell pickles and jams and cheeses at markets and shows around the country.
-Really? You're Mr Pickle man, are you?
One of my favourite foods is pickle.
It's a good way of jollying up some cold dish, isn't it?
They go with all sorts of things,
with cold dishes, with hot foods, as well.
Quite right, too. Keep pushing it, that's what I say.
But you've made a bit of a name for yourself in your village.
I guess that really comes from the calendar.
We did a calendar to support breast cancer in the village
and 12 of us got together with a number of tractors
-and took our clothes off.
-You posed naked with your tractor?
-Yes. Behind the wheel.
-We raised something like £9-10,000 for breast cancer.
-I mean, it's a scream, isn't it?
-It was a good laugh.
-You had to be quite brave, though.
Now, Ellie, we're shopping indoors today
-but your great love is the outdoors, isn't it?
I work at the moment as a bar and restaurant manager
but my true love is horticulture and landscape gardening.
So what's the ideal job, then, after the bar work?
Well, I lived in New Zealand for a year,
where I did a bit of conservation work working in a botanic gardens.
I'd like to go back and do a bit more conservation work,
specialising in endangered plants and things like that.
-Well, good luck with that.
Now, for the Blues, the mother and daughter combo.
Now, Jackie, you're no stranger to being in the limelight.
-Well, I have my moments.
-You have your moments. You're very modest.
Tell us about it.
Well, a number of years ago I started doing background work in films.
Unbeknown to a lot of people, I am, in another life, a Ministry wizard.
-I've done a few Harry Potter films and it was great fun.
-Horrendously long hours.
-A bit like Bargain Hunt, really - not.
I'm finding out!
Ann, you're going to have particular fun, I hope, today,
shopping in this environment.
Well, I should do because I like modernist pieces, 1920s, '30s, '40s.
and I guess this is a perfect place to hunt for them.
Now, apart from liking things that look beautiful,
-you're also keen on the beautiful sound, aren't you?
-I am, exactly.
I've been volunteering at a radio station.
-New career opening up?
-A new career, hopefully, in audio production...
-There you are.
-..radio programmes, maybe sound installations, so...
-So what job do you do at the moment?
-I don't have a job.
I'm one of those lucky few or majority
that are looking for a job at the moment.
It's a nightmare for you, so don't be dispirited.
-We look forward to some good news...
..on the employment front, hopefully.
Now, the money moment. Here we go. £300 apiece.
Here's your £300. The bit you're waiting for, Phil. Look at that.
Oh, yes, the market trader. Here we go.
£300 apiece. You know the rules. Your experts await
and off you go and very, very, very good luck.
Gosh! What charming family teams.
From our happy family of experts,
introducing golden boy Charlie Hanson
and sparkling Anita Manning.
We're now on the stairway to heaven, OK? The stairway to big profit.
It's all about, the hour goes very quickly,
look at the object, work the object, look hard, play hard
-and figure it out, OK?
Girls, we've got plenty of choice here.
But what is it we're looking for? What do you want to buy?
I think some classic items, 20th century,
but also functional pieces for the domestic environment.
-Shall we go and have a look?
# I'm going in for the kill
# I'm doing it for a thrill
# I'm hoping you'd understand
# And now let go of my hand. #
-Anita, is that what you'd call a Toby jug?
-Yes. Do you like it?
It's very cheeky, isn't it? LAUGHTER
-I just wondered how much that is.
It's Carlton Ware, 1930s, part of the novelty range.
Have I not priced him yet? Yes, I've got £295 on him.
-The best price on it, I can do 200. It's an unusual piece.
-It's a real one and that's why it's expensive.
-It's an original.
I love it. I can see it in my kitchen on a shelf.
-I'm very keen on that.
-OK, so keep that in mind.
'Seems a lot to shell out to me, girls.
'Bit early for that, Phil.'
-Yes, were you calling me?
It's marked EPNS. It's electroplate nickel silver.
-It's very nice.
-It is nice
but I guess we should go for real silver.
Yeah, it's got to be in good condition
-and real silver, exactly.
-It's a nutcracker.
-Is this a nutcracker?
-What you have is a collectable piece of Black Forest carving.
It will appeal to the dog collectors
and also nutcracker collectors
and Black Forest collectors.
The nice thing about that is that it still has the original glass eyes
and these eyes move.
In actual fact, they follow you as you move around...
They follow you as you move around the room.
-And that one is...?
-It's got 75 on it.
The best price I can do on it, it should be 60, I'll do 50
because I've had a good day.
Novelties always make money because you've always got somebody with a warped sense of humour.
-Yes, like you and me.
-That's very good. Some nutter.
-There you are.
-It took you a long time to get that one, ladies.
-I got it!
'You're barking mad!'
-What's this? A cigar holder?
-It's a cigar holder.
-A cigar holder?
-Isn't that neat, eh?
-I like that.
-I like it. I like it. Have a feel.
You're not a smoker, are you, Ellie?
A wine bottle. You could have that hidden in with all your wine
and your missus would never know if you're smoking a couple of cigars on the side.
-Is there any more movement on that?
-Er, let me see what I can do.
-I've had a good day, so 40.
Have you forgotten about Humpty?
What was your best of the best of the best for the two?
-Tell me what you're thinking and don't say 150.
-I wasn't going to.
I was sort of going to meet you somewhere in the middle, maybe,
between 150 and 200.
-How about 190?
-No. That wasn't quite the middle.
-Well, I've got to make a profit as well.
-I know, I know,
but we're nice people and you're a nice lady.
Oh, you smooth talker!
-175 for the two.
-God, you're a hard woman. Go on, then.
-Do you reckon?
-175, girls. You have just bought two items.
Crikey! Good work.
Now, guys, over here. Look at this.
-What do you think it is?
-Have a guess.
-A magic wand.
Well, it could almost be a magic wand.
In fact, you think, well, what's up with it?
-What's up with it?
-Is there something missing from the end?
-And where is that?
-So watch, I undo this...
-And then this attachment is on like that...
And, of course, it's a conductor's baton.
-Isn't it great?
We like objects with pedigree and this long, extending baton -
that's the top part there,
the mushroom, silver, chased cover goes on like so -
and we can see on it, it's inscribed and dated.
It reads, "Presented to Mr Scaife by the Wandsworth Male Voice Choir,
Each tip is full hallmarked, it's an ebonised, tapered shaft
and what makes it unusual is it's in three pieces.
And you can take it all apart like that.
It's in three detachable bits
and what is so nice, it also has its original case.
-I like it.
-I think it's different.
-Can I ask, dare I ask how much?
What's it worth? Well...
'Good question, Ellie.'
-£95. I like it.
OK, now, in a sale room, what's it worth?
Because it's in three divisions, I would suggest to a client up north,
where things are a bit cheaper because of the north-south divide,
it would carry a guide price of between £80-£120.
-OK, that's my thought on value.
We're going to Chelsea, love,
we're going to the big market on a Sunday in a retail environment,
it might make a bit more.
-I like it.
-It fits in with what you said about something nice and stylish.
-Any chance of 90, at all?
-I'd buy it.
-I'd buy it.
-Because I like it.
-I've not seen anything like that before.
-It's got provenance.
-You could even make a romantic story up about it.
Yes, you could, and on that note, we'll take it.
-Happy with that?
-Are you sure, Dad?
Yep, I love it. I think it's brilliant.
-We've done it. OK. That's our first one down.
-These light fittings are really astonishing.
I would say that these things are Italian.
The Italians have always had great style.
Mm, speaking of style...
This is a beautiful place, you know,
and even the furniture, is, oh, I don't know - comfortable.
It's attractive to look at, it's practical and comfy.
And what I love are
some of these decorative objects just sitting around,
dating from the 1950s and 1960s.
Take these two dishes.
Now, this one is shaped rather like a chip of wood that's warped.
It's actually made of bronze or brass, or at least the core is,
and there's been some incredibly complicated technical treatment
to create this decorative effect.
To make this lovely rippled, almost striped grain within the enamel,
they've had to apply silver foil onto the brass or bronze ground,
cut it into strips and then apply this opaque orange enamel on top.
But for the last third, there hasn't been any enamelling
on the silver-foil ground.
They've simply created by casting
this oddball, geometric arrangement of divided cubes
with a crizzled skin type ground on the outside,
something that is abstract and utterly delightful.
Now, the complementing dish is even more peculiarly shaped.
Look at that. You hold that up like that.
You've got that curve on that plane and that curve on that plane
It has a similar form of decoration,
except the geometric band on this side
is of a different shape
and if we turn it upside down,
you can see that it's been enamelled on the back
and we get a mark.
That mark within a shaped pyramid says Del Campo,
which indicates who the manufacturer was in Italy.
In 1952, a group of enamellers, art students,
founded a loose association and two of those left that association
in 1957 to set up the Del Campo works.
So we know that these dishes date from around 1957 to 1960.
They're in perfect condition.
They are, truly, the antiques of the future
and I think it's remarkable that you can buy
something of this quality for only
And who knows what sort of a deal you might get
if you walked in here with pound notes.
HE SPEAKS ITALIAN
Look at these great pillars here. Have a guess how much?
They are from a villa on Lake Como.
-OK, all that romance.
-And that's provenance, isn't it?
-You pay for the experience of being taken back to Italy.
And that's all, OK?
Oh, never mind the romance, Carlos. Get shopping!
At least you Blues know where you're going.
-..downstairs but can we get there?
-The way we came?
-Or maybe not.
-Can't we get down this way?
-Shall we go the way we came?
-I think so.
Ah, that's more like it.
Wait a minute.
Who's that handsome fellow?
-We're just enquiring, sir. How much is it?
Is that £250?
Yeah, OK. We'll leave it.
-We'll move on, thank you.
Quick march, Reds, you're way behind.
This is what really caught my eye, the little girl and the boy
and they're a set.
-German Art Nouveau.
-I just think that they're charming.
-They are delightful, though...
-Oh, yes, absolutely.
You've got the key. Hooray.
You girls really know what you're after.
-But can you get it?
-No, that's too big.
-That's too big, is it?
Right, guys, don't panic, you know, it's tough at the moment.
We bought the first item the best part of half an hour ago now
but don't panic because it does happen.
OK, ah, there we are.
-And they're in!
There you are, Anita, and let's have a look at the boy.
-These are actually for hanging on the wall.
They've very sweet. The subjects are good. They're romantic, again.
The little girl and the little boy. Children always sell.
They are very Germanic. They're in traditional dress, aren't they?
Can I ask you what price the pair are?
We have a price of something like... Sorry.
280 for the pair.
We can do it for about £100
but we can't do it for any less than that.
-So £200 was for the pair...
-..but you can sell them for £100, the pair?
Well, what do you think, Anita?
Well, I think that they're very pretty items.
I think £100 is not expensive.
They're probably not late 19th, early 20th century.
They're probably a little bit later
-but the style carries them through.
I think they're very nice and I think £100 is a good price.
Yes. I like the pair.
It makes me smile.
That's what we like to see on Bargain Hunt.
-Exactly. Smile, smile, smile.
-Thank you very much.
Good work! You're done.
Come on, Reds. You're two down.
I wonder, madam, may we have a look at this nice cigarette case?
-That's not silver.
-Oh, is it? What a shame.
-There we are.
-Isn't that gorgeous?
-It's a lovely colour.
-Ellie, look at that.
-A vibrant cigarette case.
-It's of great quality.
It is electroplate nickel silver. We can see it marked there.
But look at the form, look at the skyscraper effect. Can you see that?
-In that columnar, enamel champleve inset.
I love this engine turning on the blue
and importantly, what's so good about it, Phil?
-Exactly, exactly. Look at the condition.
-Do people still buy cigarette cases?
-It makes for a nice 18th or 21st birthday present.
The quality is divine.
It's on at £85.
-It's a bit steep if it's not silver.
-It's a bit too much.
-I'll see what I can do.
-Oh, thank you.
£60. That's a nice discount.
OK, and I would guide that between, at auction, 50 and 70.
So it's not a massive sort of margin but with time of the essence...
We're OK but it's worthy of thought.
-What's that case up there for?
-That's nice, isn't it?
-Little cameo case.
-Yeah, is it a cameo case?
That's sweet, isn't it? And that's the original box for it.
Isn't that gorgeous?
That is a wonderful neoclassical, gilt, bellflower gilded case
-and that lovely photo frame, is it?
-Which comes out. That's gorgeous, isn't it?
-Is it double-sided, as well?
So in fact you could have your loved one on either side
or maybe a lock of hair on one side and a portrait of your partner,
-lover, husband, wife...
-Depends who it is, yeah.
-..on the other.
It's probably around 1900, 1910.
So it's high Edwardian elegance.
-What's the best price, madam?
If we bought the two lots together...
what would the best price be for the two?
-I'd take off another 15.
-So it would be 195, is that right?
-How about 180?
-All right, I'll make it 190.
What do you think? Phil, talk to me.
Well, they're both great items. They're both stunning.
-Ten minutes to go.
I'm very taken with that. I'm very taken with that.
But I still feel 150's a little too high.
-Is there any...?
-Can you squeeze another ten for us?
-I'll take another ten off to help you.
-At £140, this has enough quality to make a bit more.
I have to say, I prefer the pair. Let's go for both of them.
-Let's do it. Let's do it.
There's nothing else you like more? These are my top two choices
of what we've seen so far.
I've only met you today but I trust you already, so, yes.
-That's always bad news, isn't it?
-It's all on you, then.
-And, really, 140's the lowest?
-You're a star.
135 and 40 makes £175.
Right, that's it. Time's up.
OK, you 'orrible Reds, let's check out what you bought.
The silver-topped conductor's baton really struck a chord
with Phil and Ellie.
They wanted style and they found it in the enamelled cigarette case.
And it's pretty as a picture
but can the cameo case make a profit in the sale room?
-I'm really happy.
-I love the things we bought.
-It's always nice to finish, isn't it?
That's what I like about happy families, Charles.
You're so good at looking after your team. Congratulations, anyway.
-So that's well shopped, isn't it?
-Very well shopped.
-What did you spend overall, then?
-Who's got the £35 smackers?
-I want that.
-No, you're not allowed out on your own.
-There you go.
-£35. Thank you. There you go, Charles.
-What are you going to do with that?
-Well, I think the gardening influence is difficult here
but I think something wooden, something stick-like.
-In other words...
-..a golf club.
I don't know. Something with a hard edge.
-We're looking for something a bit raw and unrefined...
..and we can take it out to Chelsea.
OK, well, I like the sound of all of this.
Anyway, you've had a great time. Thanks, Charles. Super-duper.
We're going to check out what the Blue team bought, what?
They kicked off with a cracking Toby jug
in the shape of Humpty Dumpty.
And then they snapped up the Black Forest nutcracker
at the bargain price of £30.
A pair of wall plaques decorated with children
completes the picture.
-That was great fun, wasn't it?
-It was good fun, yeah.
It's comfy down here on the family settee.
-How was your shop? Pretty good?
-Good. Very good.
-Fast and furious.
-Yeah. Within half an hour, I was told.
Absolutely. No messing.
I hope you haven't been too speedy about this.
What did you spend overall?
Er, we spent, what? £275.
-OK, who's got the 25 smackers?
-Thank you. Can I have it?
-There you go.
-Thank you. £25.
-Here you are, Anita Manning. Here's your £25.
Do you stand any chance of finding anything for £25?
Of course I'll find something for £25.
That's tons of money.
There's lots of nice little bits and pieces for very modest prices.
OK, fine, well, we'll leave that with you, Anita.
Meanwhile, we're heading off to Buckinghamshire,
to West Wycombe Park, no less.
The estate was passed between various kings, bishops and queens
until 1706, when it was acquired by a successful merchant
by the name of Dashwood.
Things got really interesting here, though, when his son inherited
and decided to give the place a makeover
and created a magnificent Palladian mansion.
But this place is no museum. Oh, no.
There's one room
that perfectly synthesises historic house with family home
and it's just over here.
And it's called, surprise, surprise, the Tapestry Room,
because it's completely contained by Brussels tapestries,
which were produced early in the 18th century.
They were originally bought by the Duke of Marlborough
and distributed to his friends and colleagues
to celebrate his successful battles in the Netherlands.
These were given to the Earl of Westmorland,
who subsequently left them to the Dashwoods in the 1760s,
which is when they were hung in this room.
They depict a series of scenes
taken from paintings by Teniers the Younger
and the scene behind me shows a fish market.
On the right-hand side we've got the fisherman themselves
drawing their nets
and if you progress up the pier itself,
you see the progress of the cod,
until you get to the fishmonger and the fishwife at the end
doing a bit of filleting.
Now, the tapestry along the end wall here shows a bowls match.
And, indeed, the characters who are about to set about the bowling
look completely miserable.
Quite why they're looking so miserable, though, I can't tell you
because the entire left-hand section of the tapestry
has been cut about.
When they arrived here, the Dashwoods would have recognised
that the full length up above fits the wall perfectly
but unfortunately, the doorway and fireplace are in the way,
so they simply cut up the old tapestry
to fit around the fire and the door.
Huh! Some would say that this is a wanton act of vandalism
but you have to place this in the context of the time.
These tapestries, when they were hung, would have been 50 years old.
They wouldn't have been revered as early 18th century Brussels tapestries.
They'd be probably looked at as rather old-fashioned
and therefore, no big deal to cut that lump out.
The vision on the far wall is complete
and it depicts the return of the harvest.
Of course, the big question today is
are our teams about to harvest a bumper crop over at the auction?
It's time to find out.
We're at Lots Road sale room in Chelsea,
where auctioneer Nick Carter is wielding the gavel.
Now, Ellie and Phil have gone with their baton. How do you rate that?
I think it's a lovely thing. Silver mounts on it. Very nice indeed.
-OK, £90 paid.
£90 paid. I wouldn't be surprised if we see it going reasonably up
that £100-£200 scale.
Now, what about the plated and enamel cigarette case?
Cigarette cases are not that desirable nowadays, obviously.
It's in reasonable condition. The enamel is pretty much untouched.
-A bit of scratching on the surface but no chips.
I would think we're going to see £20-£40 on it.
They paid £40, so that's about it.
Their last item is the miniature frame,
-which I think is only gilt metal, isn't it?
-It is only gilt metal.
A lovely, leather, outer folding case but no miniature.
No miniature but it would be a lovely thing
to have an image in there - a photograph of yourself, Tim, maybe -
-..and you can put it down by the side of the bed,
-see you all the time.
-A two-faced photograph.
Perfect. How much do you think
one of your wealthy punters here in Chelsea will pay?
I think it's worth £60-£90.
Is that all? Because they paid £135, you know.
-They went out on a limb for this.
I think if you're buying a gift for somebody
and you're buying it retail, £135 isn't terrible
-but at auction, it's £60-£90.
-To buy and resell. OK, fair enough.
You know your market.
And the estimate at £60-£90 is a tease, isn't it?
It's saying, "Come and buy me."
Still, depending on how that strategy works,
will determine whether they need the bonus buy or not,
so let's go and have a look at it.
Well, you spent £265,
you gave £35 to Charles Handsome.
What did you spend it on, handsome?
Here we go. Look at that.
There is nothing like monkey business, OK?
We had some monkey business in our hour
and this is just novelty
and novelty when it comes to decorative art from the early 20th century,
all those factors in unison play very well together.
-What do you think?
-Do you really want to know?
-You know we're meant to make a profit, don't you?
Absolutely and this, I like a lot because it's in good condition.
Look at that monkey, those eyes, smiling at you.
It's saying, "Take me on. I'll make a profit."
Marked on the base. There's your all-important shape number, the Bretby mark.
Made in England, so we know it's after 1921
and I love the glaze.
I think it's good fun.
-Dare we ask how much you paid for it?
-It cost me £30.
And I would be surprised if it didn't make between 40 and 60.
Only a small profit but that is the name of the game
and that's my job today.
-It's worth thinking about.
Are Bretby still producing now?
-Aren't Bretby in Derbyshire?
-Is that why you went for it?
-Bretby are in Burton-on-Trent,
-off the A511...
-..between Derby and Burton.
-Not far from your sale room.
-Tim, about 11.5 miles away.
-There we go. Anyway, very, very good for that, yes?
You don't pick it now, you pick it later but for the audience at home,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Charles Hanson's Bretby monkey.
-That's a bit of fun.
-Isn't that marvellous?
It's interesting, isn't it? But it's a little bit ugly, Tim, isn't it?
There are collectors for this type of thing.
-What's your estimate?
-25 to 50.
-OK, £30 paid by Charles Hanson.
Derbyshire man, he'll know his local pottery.
Anyway, that's it for the Reds, now for the Blues.
First up, another novelty piece of ceramic, look - Humpty Dumpty.
From the Carlton Ware factory, which is in Stoke-on-Trent.
Again, they were well-known for making these novelty pieces
with garish colours.
There are collectors for these,
not as many around as there used to be,
but it's an interesting thing.
It is Humpty Dumpty, he's not broken.
-Is he going to have a great fall?
-Is he going to have a great fall?
I don't know how much they paid for him
but I would suggest that we're looking at 40 to 60.
-I have to tell you, he's had a great fall.
He's completely smashed. £145 they paid.
-Yeah, there we go.
-Dear, oh dear, oh dear.
Yes, I think that was a bit too much.
Next is the nutcracker.
The nutcracker. It's a very sort of pedestrian thing.
You see a lot of this sort of Black Forest carved woodwork
around and about and it turns up for sale.
-It never does particularly well.
-It boils down to age, doesn't it?
If you've got Black Forest stuff from the early period,
late 19th, early 20th century,
the mid period, maybe, the '30s...
-I think that that's more like 1950s, 1960s.
-What's your estimate?
-20 to 40.
-I think that's right. They paid 30.
They didn't pay too much but it isn't going to make a big profit.
What about these white metal plaques?
-Do you fancy those?
-They're not my cup of tea, really, Tim.
They're Continental, probably Austrian.
I think that really they would have been a set of four
and they're representing the seasons.
I think they will do OK. They'll do OK.
Somebody will buy those as an interesting, decorative thing.
They're bright and breezy. Glitzy things.
-So, how much?
-30 to 50.
-Not good enough. £100 they paid.
So they've apparently overpaid for the plaques,
they've apparently overpaid for Humpty Dumpty
and they're going to need their bonus buy. Let's have a look.
Now, Jackie and Ann, the leftover lolly moment.
You only gave Anita £25. What did you spend it on, Anita?
-Is that shock?
It's a 1970s spherical, plastic and chrome
-Have a look at it.
-I've never seen a spherical one before.
-It's for spherical ice cubes.
-And how much did that cost?
-That's the important question.
I didn't have a lot of money to play with
but I thought that that had a good look, a vintage look, 1970s.
-This type of material is popular just now in the market,
plastic - there is nothing wrong with plastic, Tim.
No. Lovely. What do you think?
-It's very tactile, isn't it?
-Yes, it's, erm...
-Like a football, really.
-It's like a mirror, wherever you are.
-It's like a mirror.
-So how much did you spend, did you say?
-And what sort of figure would it go for?
-I would expect that to make perhaps 30.
-We don't know.
-We don't know.
It's not an exact science. We won't know until the hammer falls.
-We could get £10, we could get 50.
Well, perhaps not 50.
-We live in hope.
Meanwhile, for the viewers at home, let's find out how optimistic
the auctioneer's going to be about Anita's ice bucket.
OK, Nick, one lump or two?
-Oh, isn't it an ice bucket, not a sugar bowl?
One lump of ice or two.
It's very stylish, isn't it?
You put ice in there, your friends come round,
you dip in there to put something in their G&T.
-How much? Not a lot, is it? 30 to 50.
-I mean, it has got some age.
It's probably 1970s.
Amazing, isn't it? A cheaply made plastic, spherical ice container.
£30-£50 the estimate, Anita paid 20.
She'll be delighted if you get a price even approaching that.
Stand by your beds.
Ellie, you're looking tense.
My heart is racing like the clappers, absolutely.
-Are you nervous about something?
-Not nervous, just adrenaline.
-Is that what it is?
-It's adrenaline I think, yes.
-Oh. What about you, Phil?
-Eager anticipation, I think.
-Is that what it is?
-Twitching with anticipation.
You never know what's going to happen. Anyway, exciting.
Different things, exciting things.
Let's see what happens. The first lot up is now.
This is the conductor's baton.
A very nice piece. Let's start it at £50.
At 50. Anyone want to bid me 60?
60 is yours, sir. 70's here.
80? £80 anywhere?
£70. 80 is bid. Any advance on 80?
-Are we all done at 80?
-I can't believe it.
I'm going to sell it at £80.
-Any more for that now?
90 is bid now. 90 is bid now.
-What about 100? £100 is bid, front row.
Anyone want to go 10? It's 456, well done, sir. Nice thing.
456 at £100...
-Well done. Plus £10.
-A profit, anyway.
-We can't complain.
-No, it's a profit.
381, this cigarette case, there.
I can start the bidding off there at £10.
Who'll bid me ten for that pretty case there? £10?
Who'll bid me 10? 10, anywhere?
-Ten anywhere now? Ten's bid.
Anyone going to go 15 now? 15 anywhere now?
-Otherwise it's £10.
-It's the gentleman's bid at ten.
Anyone want to go 15 now?
-Otherwise I am selling to you, sir.
-You do want to go 15.
-One, two, three at ten.
That's minus £30. Wicked.
382, the twin portrait case. I like this. Very pretty.
Let's start the bidding off on this lot at £20.
At 20, 5, 30.
Any advance on 30?
£50. Any advance on 50?
-Any more for any more?
Any advance on 60?
I'm going to sell it at £60, then. Going, going, gone at 60.
-Dear, oh dear.
Of course, made a profit of £10, that means overall you're minus £95.
What are you going to do about the Bretby monkey?
-Because on this form it's going to do terribly well!
-It's going to dive.
We've already made such a big loss, that...
-Go on, let's do it.
-We'll do it.
We're going with the bonus buy. Here's the monkey.
Lot number 386.
We're ending on a high. It's our finale.
We now have the pottery ash tray, there.
I'm going to start the bidding off on this Bretby piece.
-Who'll start me at £10 for this?
10 is yours, sir. 15 is here. Is it 20?
20 is the gentleman's bid. Any advance on £20?
-Come on. It's unique. You'll never see anything like it again.
It's going at 20, once, twice, three times.
-Minus £10. Bad luck.
That means overall you are minus £105.
The big thing is, don't tell the Blues anything.
-So, Jacks and Ann, have you talked to the Reds?
-You haven't talked to them at all?
First up is Humpty Dumpty and here he comes.
Lot number 402.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
but this one's not got any damage, it's rather nice and very colourful.
I can start the bidding off on this lot at, let's say...
Who'll start me at £10? Who'll start me at ten? Ten's yours, sir.
15 is here, sir. Is it 20?
20, five, 30.
Two's against you.
35. Any advance on 35?
Unless I see any more I am selling. Once, twice, three times...
£110 minus, I'm afraid on that.
Now, Ann, here comes the nutcracker.
Start me at ten for the nutcracker. £10.
Anyone going to go 15, now?
10, 15, 15, 20.
£20. £20. 22, commissions.
25 anywhere? Otherwise I am selling at 22. Are we done?
At £22 and selling. Going, going, gone.
Minus £8 on that.
Now the wall plaques.
And I can start the bidding off on that lot at let's say £10.
Anyone going to bid me ten on these? Ten for the pair.
Ten for the pair. Ten bid. What about 20?
-Anyone advance on 20?
Anyone going to go 30 now? Otherwise, it's at £20.
-Anyone going to go 30? £20. 25 bid. 30 bid.
Any advance on 30? Anyone going to go for any more?
Otherwise I'm selling at 30. One, two, three at 30.
-So that is minus 188. 188 overall.
-That's too terrible.
Don't worry about it. It's a bad day. The buyers aren't here for it.
What about the ice bucket? Are you going to have a go at that?
-We have to.
-You have to.
-We might make even more of a loss, though.
-Oh, I think we owe it to Anita.
-OK, Anita, we'll do it for you.
-We'll do it for you.
-You've made a decision to go with this.
The estimate is 30 to 50. Let's see what happens.
Ah, this ice bucket! I really like this.
Very, very stylish. I'm going to start the bidding off at £10.
I think this undervalued. Ten. Who's going to bid me 20?
Ten. £20, £20. Any advance on 20?
Are we all done? Anyone going to go for any more or I'm selling at 20?
-Once at 20, twice at 20... £30 is bid now, front row.
£30, new buyer.
456 is at 30 and buying it.
One, two, three... Well done, sir.
-£30. Well done, Anita.
-Good for Anita.
So overall, that makes your score minus 178.
-The big thing now is not to mention a word to the Reds.
-Because minus 178...
-..could be a winning score.
-Well, teams, have you been chatting to one another?
-Not at all.
Well, there are some extraordinary similarities with our teams today.
Both teams made a socking great loss
but one team has made substantially larger losses than the other
and today, that is the Blue team.
-You are behind by 178...
-Well done, girls.
..which is not so hot, is it, really?
-A bit cold.
A bit cold but it doesn't matter one little scrap.
Those items on another day in another sale room
could have made a completely different amount.
So just fortify yourself with that truth,
because it is the truth.
-It just wasn't your day...
-..and I'm sorry for that.
And I have to say, nor was it your day
because they managed to lose £105, so, you know, no shame, you Blues.
-But nevertheless, you came forcing through, Philip, didn't you?
Er,. £105 is your losing winning score...
which is the joy of this programme.
Anyway, we've had such a good day.
Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
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Tim Wonnacott and the teams visit one of the biggest indoor antiques centres in the country, as they shop for bargains in London. Experts Anita Manning and Charles Hanson are on hand to help.