Stamford 12 Bargain Hunt


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Stamford 12

Antiques challenge. Experts Nick Hall and Catherine Southon enjoy the drama when there is a bidding frenzy at the auction in Stamford, Lincolnshire.


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Fancy a stroll across a meadow looking for wildlife?

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QUACKING

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No?

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Then let's go bargain hunting!

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Stamford Meadows may provide the scenic backdrop to today's fair,

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but our teams can't afford to hang about,

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because their shopping experience only lasts one hour.

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Here's what's coming up.

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Our teams get stuck in.

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What's this?

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-These old Saxon relics.

-Can I have a feel?

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Thank you, sir. We will be back.

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It gets exciting at auction.

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100, 200, 300...

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He's like the cat that got the cream!

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THEY CHEER

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Who wins? Not telling!

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So, it's age versus beauty today.

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-We'll come to the beauty bit later and start with these two old boys.

-Thank you.

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Gerard, was it football that brought you two together?

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It was. Stephen used to play in the same football team as me, only the year below.

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-It's a job, your football, isn't it?

-It is now, yes.

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-I'm assistant manager for Weldon United.

-Gosh.

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And what do you collect? Bit of silver? Bit of jewellery?

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-Bit of silver, bit of jewellery.

-Bit of football?

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Football memorabilia I enjoy as well.

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Stephen, now, I hear you're pretty handy on the pitch.

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It's not for me to say, but yeah, I'm not too bad.

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It says here you're a minor celebrity in Stamford.

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-I mean, that's an accolade, isn't it?

-Yes.

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I used to play for Stamford Football Club a few years ago.

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Semi-professionally. Don't hide your whatnot under a bushel, mate.

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I'm just too modest to boast about such a thing.

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-And your nickname is Eggy.

-It is, yes.

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Why is that? Is it Egg on Facebook?

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I can never remember 100% where it came from.

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It's just a name that stuck with me and I've had it ever since.

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What do you do for a living, Eggy?

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I'm an electrical engineer for a shopfitting firm.

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We build make-up stands.

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You get to go up and down the country.

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I'm actually, next week, going to Madrid to do a job, so...

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That must be a real struggle(!)

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Yeah, it's a hard job but someone's got to do it.

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Now, you've got the gift of the gab, it says here.

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-Is that the strategy? He's the negotiator?

-Yes.

-And you're going to go in for the kill?

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I'm the tactician. I'll finish it off once Eggy's done the hard work.

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I tell you, this is a phenomenal team.

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-Now we come across to the beauty department.

-Oh, thank you, Tim.

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Which make-up store do you work in, darling?

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I'd like to work in Eggy's.

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THEY LAUGH

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That's a very good response, I must say, Mavis.

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-No wonder they call you "Mave the Rave" in the trade.

-That's right.

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Now, Mavis, seriously, a keyboard brought you two together.

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-That's right.

-Tell me about it.

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-I bought a keyboard off the television.

-Oh, yeah?

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I couldn't play it so I looked in the paper for somewhere I could learn,

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-and I've been with Pauline about four years, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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So you've only been playing the keyboard for four years.

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What sort of grade have you got up to?

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-Her diploma. She's done her grades.

-I've done all the grades.

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-You've done all the grades?

-Yeah, and now I'm up to diploma standard.

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-Pauline, you must be the most brilliant teacher!

-Sure!

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"Sure", she says, very modestly!

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-Now, you're a lady of leisure.

-Oh, I am.

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-All you do is watch Bargain Hunt and go to fairs.

-Yes.

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-Is that true?

-No.

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-What do you do?

-I watch Bargain Hunt every day religiously.

-You've got great taste.

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And I go swimming four or five times a week, with Pauline.

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-Pauline, you go off to these fairs too, don't you, darling?

-Oh, yes.

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Do you fight over things when you spot something you both like?

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Occasionally.

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-She usually wins, though.

-SHE LAUGHS

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I like that!

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-What things do you collect, Pauline?

-Hummels, paintings...

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-Hummel figures?

-Yes.

-Those little German figures?

-Yes.

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-Very jolly, aren't they?

-They are, very.

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What are you looking out for particularly

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today on the shopping?

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Well, I like those nude bronze ladies.

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I love those.

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-Right...

-THEY LAUGH

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Now, the money moment. Here we go.

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Look - £300 apiece.

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-Oh!

-Pauline's perked up on that.

-Thank you, sir.

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Well done, Gez. You know the rules. Your experts await.

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And off you go!

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And very, very, very good luck.

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Playing referee for the footie boys is Catherine Southon.

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And having a rave with Pauline and Mave is Nick Hall.

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Good luck to you, mate!

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-What about sparkly things?

-Oh, yes.

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-You like silver and jewellery?

-Yes. Silver and jewellery. Victorian jewellery is nice.

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Victorian jewellery? Always a good seller.

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-So we're thinking retro?

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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Oh, goody!

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-Look at these weird little things.

-What are they?

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The sort of thing you dig up with a metal detector.

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-These are from the Saxon period. They're loom weights.

-That's where we dug YOU from.

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What do you think about these old Saxon relics?

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Can I have a feel?

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Have a feel, she said.

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-There's another one.

-"Spindle whorle", it says.

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-With antiques, you don't get anything much earlier than stuff from the Saxon era.

-No.

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-And they're quirky.

-What do you think? Shall we?

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-It's not something we'd planned on.

-No, not at all.

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It's like the metal detector's just stumbling across them.

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Well, WE'RE relics, so I think we've probably taken to them.

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-Two old relics.

-But priceless, surely.

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There's a whole load of these. Maybe you can buy a bundle of them.

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That's what I was thinking. If we buy all of them...

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You've got a lot of history in your hands.

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What would be your best deal on those for us, please?

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-The whole lot?

-£18?

-Can we do that?

-Course you can.

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THEY CONFER

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-£18? Deal?

-£18? Deal.

-Deal.

-We're done.

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-Thank you very much.

-You happy?

-Yeah, very happy.

-Thanks very much.

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You didn't have a chance against these two.

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-HE LAUGHS

-Thank you.

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-So, what do we do?

-Pack these up, give this chap some money and go and find two more things.

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-OK.

-Come on. Well done, you.

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And with £282 left, ladies, the fair's your oyster.

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Grrr!

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Have our boys scored yet?

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-We've had ten minutes. We haven't even got a smidge of interest.

-No.

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What about railwayana?

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All that stuff would be quite collectible.

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-Yeah. Railwayana.

-£275?!

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That's very uncool. Very uncool.

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Oh, I like it! Very unCoole! Very good.

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Choo-choo, Gez, eh? Ooh!

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-Anything floating your boat?

-Just the telephone.

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Yes, ever so buoyant, phones.

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-Excited about that?

-It's excited me more than anything else so far.

-OK.

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-We've still got plenty of time, haven't we?

-It's quite a narrow market for something like that.

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-RINGING It's working.

-There we are. Hello!

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-Hello?

-BELL CLANGS

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It's telling you, "Come and buy me."

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-Probably better to look inside before we make this purchase.

-Yeah, let's carry on.

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-I like this sapphire one.

-Yeah, or these amber.

-Lovely, aren't they?

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Presumably the settings are modern

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but the amber, of course, is exceptionally old.

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-They're a lovely colour.

-They are beautiful things.

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-People do like amber, of course.

-Yeah.

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Are you tempted to have a go at a bit of amber, maybe?

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I like this one. What do you think?

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Actually, that's jumping out at me.

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-Do you mind if we have a look at it?

-Of course you can.

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-Mavis, what do you think?

-It is nice, isn't it?

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-How much is that?

-£30.

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-Ooh, no.

-No.

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What can you tell us about the certificates and the authenticity of the amber?

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This amber came from Poland. It was brought over by a Polish friend who married an Englishman.

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She brought over a lot of this stuff. It's all designer-made.

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-Do you like it enough?

-Do you like this enough?

-Yeah, I do like it.

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-What would be your best price on here?

-Let me have a look, please. Thank you.

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I could do it for £27, but I couldn't go any lower than that.

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-HE WHISPERS

-Try £20.

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-What about £20?

-Sorry.

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£25?

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Go on, then. I'll do it for £25. OK?

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-Item two bought?

-£25.

-Well done. What a team.

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Somewhere to go, Nick?

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Come on, slow down, ladies. We'll have no show at this rate.

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Fifteen minutes gone.

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-You sound like you're losing the will to live.

-Just haven't found anything yet.

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-If I buy something, I'll be happy.

-Don't worry, you will.

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Once you buy your first item, your spirits are lifted.

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You go, coach!

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We've got a lot of time and money left, so...

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Yeah, £257 of it, to be precise.

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Why don't we look at some of the punchier stalls with a bigger, more expensive variety of things?

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-See if there's something you can find, and maybe we can have a look at that.

-Yeah.

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-Caught my eye straightaway when I came in.

-It's attractive.

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It is very attractive.

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Don't drop it, Stephen.

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-It's a transfer print. Is there anything underneath?

-There is a marking.

-Can't quite see.

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-Underneath.

-Continental.

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Probably not much more than 40 years old.

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Bought it in a sale, but very pretty.

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-It's very decorative.

-It is.

-Very, very decorative.

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-Pricewise I can do...

-I'm really surprised at that.

-£75.

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-Yeah. This is brass, isn't it, on the side?

-Yes.

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The thing it's got going for it is it looks very beautiful and it looks older than it actually is.

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-I'm surprised you went for this because you said you liked retro.

-I know. I'm capable of anything.

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Not really retro.

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It is very pretty, very decorative, but it's about 40, 50 years old.

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Can you not try and come down a bit more on that?

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I will do £70, but that is...

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Don't even ask any more.

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-£68?

-No!

-SHE LAUGHS

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-It does look nice but...

-It looks the part but...

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-Whether it's going to fetch anything in an auction...

-£69. I've met you halfway.

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-I've got to make something on it.

-I think we should take the risk.

-That's fair enough.

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-Do you really like that?

-Yeah, I do like it.

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It's not what I thought you would go for in the slightest, but there we are.

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-Full of surprises.

-You are, totally.

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-Let's do this.

-Let's do this.

-OK, let's go for it.

-For £69.

-First item.

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-First item?

-Yes.

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£69? Deal.

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So, Gez gets the ball rolling for the Reds. Hah! Not retro but repro.

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Yesterday.

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Oh! A little doodah.

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What is this, please?

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-Well, you know the stereo viewers, where you look through two...

-Yeah.

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Well, this one's got a curved mirror,

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-so if you look through there...

-Oh, yeah!

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-Can you see that it looks 3-D?

-Yes.

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-"London. Bank and Royal Exchange."

-Yeah!

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Oh, yeah. Lovely. Where's Nick?

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-Oh, you found us.

-What have you got?

-Victorian old doodahs. You know.

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-A Victorian old doodah. Is that a technical term?

-Yeah.

-I've not come across that one.

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-It's a fabulous old thing.

-It's a bit out of our reach.

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-I think we'll have to push on. Come on.

-Thank you.

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Not going for the Victorian doodah, then?

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We've had 20 minutes. We've bought one item. We still have a lot of work to do.

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Hello, hello, chaps. How's it going?

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Oh, it's going fine, thanks, Tim.

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-How many things have you bought?

-One so far and we're 20 minutes in.

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-One per 20 minutes.

-It's on target.

-You're just about on target.

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-Is there anything you can point us in the direction of?

-Am I allowed to do that?

-No!

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-It was worth an ask.

-More than my job's worth!

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-I like these.

-Yeah.

-They are... Oh!

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They're heavy. They're wonderful and there's a pair of them, but they're a lot of money.

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Japanese ceramics is doing quite well at the minute.

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Oriental works of art generally are doing well.

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And to have a pair is good.

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-Are they both the same pattern?

-Will you hold one? Let's have a look.

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Careful. They're smart things.

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-What would you put in them?

-You wouldn't put anything in them.

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You'd put them on a mantelpiece or a shelf. They're ornamental. There's no function.

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-Are they both the same pattern?

-You can see the thickness of the potting on there.

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-There's a good quality about them.

-Feel that, Pauline.

-I think they're gorgeous.

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-They're nice things. There's a price here on them.

-What does the ticket say?

-£265.

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How much?!

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-How much does the auction man say?

-But everything's negotiable.

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And you've got £250-odd to spend.

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-It's whether you like them or not.

-I do. I think they're gorgeous.

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-They're Manchurian.

-Yeah, which is one of the Japanese periods.

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-1932, the year I was born.

-There you are. That's a good omen.

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You need to have a chat and just see...

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What's your best deal?

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The very, very, very, very best...

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-I'll have to look.

-THEY LAUGH

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-Wait for it.

-She's got to consult the oracle.

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Ah, the suspense!

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-Art Deco. You wanted Art Deco, didn't you?

-We did, actually, yeah.

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-Full working order.

-£75.

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Not bad.

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It's got the steps.

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Geometric Art Deco 1930s look.

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-I just feel it's a bit...

-You want a bit more from it.

-Yeah.

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Um... Our best is £200.

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-Ooh.

-Couldn't do it for £180, could you?

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TIM: You go, Mave!

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It'd be lovely if you could. It's a bit too much for us.

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How about if we split the difference and we do them for £190?

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-What do you think, Nick?

-What do you reckon?

-Would £185 clinch it?

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-OK, Nick, £185.

-What do you think?

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An important decision. It's up to you.

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£185 for the pair. What do you think?

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-Yeah?

-Are you going to do it?

-Yeah.

-Are you sure?

-Deal.

-Go on.

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The Oriental vases complete Mave and Pauline's trio.

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You have done so well. That's all three buys in half an hour.

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Whoopee!

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I don't know why I bother giving some people an hour.

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-That gives us time now to go and find a coffee.

-Wonderful.

-Brilliant.

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Well shopped.

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Well, we'll see about that at the auction, Nick, old boy.

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BIG BEN CHIMES

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Ah! Time to rejoin our Reds.

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-Enchanting.

-VENDOR:

-Beautiful period chimes.

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-It's so 1930s, isn't it?

-It is, yes.

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-I like it, Catherine. I think that's a good find, Eggy.

-Do you?

-Yeah.

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I'd be prepared to pay £50.

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Would you, Catherine?

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Yes, it's perfectly fine,

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but it's just that... it's not uncommon, is what I would say.

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But if you like it...

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It's totally different from that ostentatious...

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-We keep going back to the jug.

-The jug. What would you like to do?

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-Go for it, Stephen. That's one all. We've got one each then.

-OK.

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Deal. Thank you.

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So, Eggy scores an equaliser.

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Now, will you have a shot, Catherine?

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What's this?

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-TIM MIMICS HER

-"What's this?"

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You're on fire now.

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You wanted retro. Look at that. A little egg-cup stand.

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There's no enthusiasm, is there?

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1930s Bakelite.

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This splits so easily, and these are all in lovely condition.

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I think that's quite rare.

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-What's your best on that?

-£45.

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-Can you come down a bit more on that?

-No, I won't.

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I quite like it, so I don't mind if I don't sell it.

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-Have a look.

-It's a team decision.

0:16:130:16:15

I think, if that was on the internet,

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people might get excited about it.

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-You're really not excited about it.

-He's not.

-There's no enthusiasm.

0:16:200:16:24

-I actually quite like it.

-I'm excited that you're excited.

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-VENDOR:

-You want to try one for size?

0:16:270:16:29

How lovely is that!

0:16:290:16:31

-It fits.

-It fits beautifully, nice and snug.

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-I hope it's not a fake.

-Gez is not keen.

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-I'm prepared to take a risk.

-I really, really thought you'd go for these because of the retro.

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And you've gone for some ostentatious, Continental,

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not particularly old pitcher and jug.

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-This is really...

-Sorry I've let you down.

-No, no!

0:16:510:16:55

-We're going to have a look.

-We're going to have a look.

-I'm quite happy to come back.

0:16:550:17:00

Thank you, sir. We will be back.

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It's been lovely, hasn't it?

0:17:040:17:05

We whipped round there like greased lightning, the three of us.

0:17:050:17:09

Yeah, you just chillax.

0:17:100:17:12

I liked the phone that we'd seen earlier on.

0:17:120:17:14

Oh, your Bakelite...

0:17:140:17:15

See, that was Bakelite. That's why I thought... Bakelite.

0:17:150:17:19

See? I've got an eye for it but...

0:17:190:17:22

Did you prefer that phone?

0:17:220:17:25

-No, I did not prefer that phone.

-No, no.

0:17:250:17:27

I just think that's so much more commercial, don't you think?

0:17:270:17:31

Cor, that girl's persuasive!

0:17:310:17:34

-I'm happy with the egg cups.

-Your choice.

-Team decision.

-Team decision.

0:17:340:17:38

Well, let's take a vote.

0:17:380:17:41

I'm with egg cups.

0:17:410:17:42

-Catherine?

-I'm with egg cups.

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I guess it doesn't matter what I think, then.

0:17:440:17:47

-Bit of a rout.

-Yeah, egg cups is my vote. Let's go for the egg cups.

0:17:470:17:51

Excuse me, sir. We would like to purchase these for £45.

0:17:530:17:56

-Your beautiful egg cups.

-Thank you.

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Well done, chaps. Put it there.

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-Thank you.

-Put it there. We are done, with ten minutes to spare.

0:18:020:18:06

I'm happy with that. Come on, let's go and have a cup of tea.

0:18:060:18:10

Goal! The Reds have got their hat trick.

0:18:100:18:13

And, as the final whistle blows...

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WHISTLE

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..here's the replay.

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Gerard kicked things off,

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spending £69 on the jug and bowl.

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CROWD CHEERS

0:18:250:18:27

-Then Stephen struck...

-WHISTLE

0:18:270:18:29

..a deal on the Deco clock.

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Then Catherine fell...

0:18:320:18:34

for the egg cups, at £45.

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CROWD CHEERS

0:18:360:18:38

-I think you're pretty hard-boiled about this, you two.

-THEY LAUGH

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I don't see any double-yolkers here anyway.

0:18:410:18:44

-Now, are these egg cups going to do any good or not?

-Yes! You would love them.

-Apparently so.

0:18:440:18:49

-"Apparently so"? Ye Doubting Thomas.

-Yes.

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-Which is your favourite piece?

-Mine is the jug.

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-What about you, Stephen?

-I like the clock.

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-You're all against me now!

-No, they're not.

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-The cups are a close second.

-They love you, really.

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-How much did you spend overall?

-We spent £164.

-Well done, Gerard.

0:19:040:19:08

-So, £164. I want £136, please.

-Got it right here.

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£136 is an average amount, I suppose.

0:19:110:19:14

It's still a lot, I think.

0:19:140:19:16

-Thank you. Plus the small change. This is going straight to you, Catherine.

-Thank you.

0:19:160:19:21

I hope you're going to go and spend it all.

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-Buy something that they really don't want.

-Do us proud.

0:19:230:19:27

No, I will do them proud, actually. That's what I'm going to do.

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I'll be particularly nice because they have been so well-behaved.

0:19:310:19:34

-You're too kind.

-I'm glad you had a good time. Good luck, Catherine.

0:19:340:19:39

We're going to remind ourselves right now what the Blues bought.

0:19:390:19:42

Mavis and Pauline dealt out a massive £18

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for medieval loom weights.

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Wow.

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Pauline got the amber bracelet

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for a knock-down price of £25.

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Then the girls splashed out, spending £185

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on not one but two Oriental vases.

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We're very pleased.

0:20:060:20:07

You're not getting too self-congratulatory about how wonderfully well you've done?

0:20:070:20:12

-No.

-No.

-No?

-Of course not.

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Which is your favourite piece?

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My favourite piece is the Japanese vases.

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OK. What about you, Mave the Rave?

0:20:200:20:22

I couldn't make up my mind between the vases and the stones. I think I'll stick with the vases.

0:20:220:20:27

-You're not going with those stones?

-No. Unless they make us a lot.

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-In which case you'll change your mind.

-They're a bit ancient, like me.

0:20:310:20:35

Oh, I don't know. I think you're in the first flush, Mave.

0:20:350:20:38

-Were they difficult to control, these girls?

-They were an absolute breeze, but naughty. Very naughty.

0:20:380:20:44

-Funny, the older they get, the naughtier they become.

-The worse they come.

0:20:440:20:49

Must be something in the water.

0:20:490:20:51

-How much did you spend, girls?

-£228.

0:20:510:20:54

You spent £228. I would like £72 of leftover lolly, please.

0:20:540:20:58

-I thought we kept that for ourselves.

-No, no, you don't keep that for yourself.

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THEY LAUGH

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See what I mean? Getting worse, this.

0:21:030:21:06

-£72.

-Thank you, Tim.

0:21:060:21:08

You're going to detach yourself from your team for a few precious moments, Nick, to find a bonus buy.

0:21:080:21:13

-Very good luck with that.

-Get something good!

0:21:130:21:17

-I bet you girls will go off and have a quick sherry now.

-We will.

-I thought so.

0:21:170:21:21

Good luck with that. We're heading off to the flatlands of Cheshire.

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Descendants of the Warburton family

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have lived at Arley for more than 500 years.

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In 1774, Sir Peter Warburton

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inherited Arley Hall and its estate.

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Just look at the scale of this portrait of Sir Peter Warburton.

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This is the ultimate in sophisticated late-18th-century portraiture.

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Here we see Sir Peter as what he was,

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a solid and reliable local landowner.

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Painted by the sophisticated portrait painter, Sir William Beechey,

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this is a man who sits in his estates in Cheshire

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and is proud of his position.

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He looks like a solid and reliable fellow,

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and I particularly like his Denis Healey eyebrows.

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And just look at what a good silken ankle he turns.

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One of the lovely things about ancestral portraits in a place like Arley

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is that they have such variety.

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In this room we've got a lovely run

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of four relatively naively painted pictures

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by a local artist, Thomas Stringer.

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He was based in Knutsford

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and specialised in equine - or horsey - subjects.

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All four of these pictures, therefore,

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record horses in a variety of situations.

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They're naively painted because, if you look at them,

0:23:050:23:08

the brushwork and detail

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is nothing like as fine, say, as that Beechey portrait.

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But the link between them is Sir Peter Warburton.

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The squire commissioned Stringer to paint all four of these pictures,

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and, as a hunting Cheshire man,

0:23:240:23:27

he went out with the local hounds all the time.

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In these two pictures,

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we've got hunters being restrained by their grooms.

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Stringer is known to have painted horses outside the local pub,

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and Sir Peter is known to have ridden into Knutsford after hunting

0:23:430:23:47

to refresh himself.

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So it's quite likely that either one or both of these horses

0:23:490:23:54

were used by Sir Peter to come back to Arley

0:23:540:23:57

after he'd finished in the pub.

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No breathalyser. Ah!

0:24:000:24:02

The two pictures on this side

0:24:020:24:05

show Sir Peter's sister and his brother-in-law,

0:24:050:24:08

rather more sophisticated poses, particularly her.

0:24:080:24:13

And what I like about Stringer's portrayal of her chestnut is,

0:24:130:24:18

just look at the size of that horse's head.

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And the size of the head indicates that Stringer was aware

0:24:210:24:26

of the Arab bloodline that first came into Britain in the 1720s

0:24:260:24:32

with, for example, the Godolphin Arab stallion.

0:24:320:24:36

The time has come, methinks,

0:24:360:24:39

for us to saddle up and trot off to the auction

0:24:390:24:43

-and see how our teams are getting on.

-HE NEIGHS

0:24:430:24:46

We've trotted down to Market Harborough

0:24:540:24:56

-to be with Mark Gilding, our auctioneer. Mark, good morning.

-Good morning, Tim.

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First up is this so-called flamboyant metal-mounted jug and basin set.

0:25:000:25:06

Well, it's good-looking. Not very old.

0:25:060:25:08

-Where do you think it was made?

-In the Far East somewhere.

0:25:080:25:12

-Yesterday?

-Yes. Or the day before.

-Day before yesterday.

0:25:120:25:16

-What's your saleroom estimate?

-£40 to £60.

0:25:160:25:19

Oh, Lord. It gets worse, then.

0:25:190:25:22

-Yes. I think that'll be a struggle.

-Dear, oh dear.

0:25:220:25:24

-Next is the Art Deco clock.

-OK.

0:25:240:25:28

Very much of the suburban 1930s.

0:25:280:25:31

It is, yeah. Good chime.

0:25:310:25:33

-How much for that one?

-£40 to £60.

-OK. They paid £50.

0:25:330:25:36

-There we go. Sort of on the cusp.

-Yeah.

0:25:360:25:38

And same period, something to thrill the Bakelite collectors.

0:25:380:25:43

-Look at that.

-Yeah. It doesn't thrill me.

0:25:430:25:47

At least it's got some colour to it.

0:25:470:25:49

And there is something of the style icon about it.

0:25:490:25:53

-I see where you're coming from.

-I like a two-minute egg myself.

0:25:530:25:57

-How much, then?

-£20 to £30.

-£45 they've paid.

-Oh, dear.

0:25:570:26:01

I think it'll be a struggle for them and they'll need their bonus buy,

0:26:010:26:05

so let's have a look at it.

0:26:050:26:07

-Now, Stephen and Gerard, you spent £164, yes?

-Correct.

0:26:080:26:13

£136 went to Catherine Southon. She has bought something stunning.

0:26:130:26:17

Now, Gerard, would you do us a favour and flip the rag off

0:26:170:26:21

to reveal what Catherine has spent the £164 on?

0:26:210:26:25

Now, this is what one...

0:26:250:26:27

-Can I ask you to hold it? Are you all right holding? It's pretty heavy.

-I've got it.

0:26:270:26:31

This is what one would call - it's silver-plated -

0:26:310:26:34

an entree dish or a serving dish.

0:26:340:26:37

So if we take this off here, we can see that it's got its original...

0:26:370:26:41

which is rather nice.

0:26:410:26:42

-This bit comes out.

-The glass liner.

-All that comes off,

0:26:420:26:45

and that comes off.

0:26:450:26:46

And that's its little burner.

0:26:460:26:49

So, Catherine, correct me. You put that with the Pyrex lining in it,

0:26:490:26:53

bung that thing back on top,

0:26:530:26:56

and there it will remain,

0:26:560:26:58

-perfectly toasted, until you're ready to eat.

-Nice and warm.

0:26:580:27:01

I think this is probably 1930s in date, Art Deco.

0:27:010:27:04

Do you like it? I think it's really stylish.

0:27:040:27:07

-I like it.

-How do you feel about it?

0:27:070:27:09

It... seems like a nice piece. I'm quite happy with it.

0:27:090:27:13

Do you need to ask Catherine how much profit it's going to make?

0:27:130:27:16

Is it going to make us a profit?

0:27:160:27:18

I spent a nice round £100 on it, which is quite a lot of money.

0:27:180:27:23

It is quite punchy,

0:27:230:27:24

but I think, if we've got the right crowd here, it might do well.

0:27:240:27:27

And in my experience these have done well at auction.

0:27:270:27:30

-Really?

-Yes.

-You don't sound too confident.

-No, I am, honestly!

0:27:300:27:34

Quietly confident. I think it might just take off.

0:27:340:27:37

You don't have to decide now.

0:27:370:27:38

You decide later, after you've sold your first three items.

0:27:380:27:41

For the audience at home,

0:27:410:27:43

let's hear what the auctioneer thinks of Catherine's entree dish.

0:27:430:27:47

A bit of kedgeree, Mark?

0:27:470:27:49

-Yeah, This is a fairly typical entree dish.

-It certainly is.

0:27:490:27:52

You've got the glass liner, though, and you've got the burner.

0:27:520:27:56

-The problem is, it's only in silver plate.

-Yeah, it is.

0:27:560:27:59

And, frankly, who is going to have that all set up?

0:27:590:28:03

-Do you think it's a runner?

-I don't, no.

0:28:030:28:06

I think formal dining is very much out at the minute

0:28:060:28:09

and these things are difficult to find buyers for.

0:28:090:28:11

There you go. That's got that well and truly sorted.

0:28:110:28:14

So how much do you think, Mark, in the auction?

0:28:140:28:17

£30. On a good day, £40.

0:28:170:28:19

£100 Catherine paid.

0:28:190:28:21

-Well...

-£100. So, with any luck, the team won't go with it.

0:28:210:28:25

Anyway, that's it for the Reds.

0:28:250:28:27

Now for the Blues.

0:28:270:28:29

First item for them is these so-called Saxon lead weights.

0:28:290:28:33

-Yes.

-Said to be from weaving.

-Could be from anything.

0:28:340:28:38

-Could be from fishing.

-They could be from fishing.

0:28:380:28:41

-One thing's for certain: they're weights.

-They are weights.

0:28:410:28:44

And they are made of lead.

0:28:440:28:46

-They could be medieval.

-Yeah.

0:28:460:28:49

Or they could be... I don't know... 1920s.

0:28:490:28:51

It's so difficult to tell the age of these things.

0:28:510:28:54

-What's the estimate?

-£20 to £30.

-Very sensible. £18 paid.

0:28:540:28:57

-So it's not a lot, is it?

-No.

0:28:570:28:59

-Next is the amber and silver little bracelet.

-Yes.

0:28:590:29:03

-How old is that, do you think?

-Not very old at all.

0:29:030:29:06

-Certainly not medieval, though.

-No, certainly not medieval.

0:29:060:29:09

Perhaps 10 or 15 years ago? Maybe last year?

0:29:090:29:13

-I think that's a fair assumption.

-OK. Pretty little bracelet.

0:29:130:29:16

-How much for it?

-£40 to £60.

-OK. £25 paid.

0:29:160:29:19

-So there is some hope there.

-Absolutely.

0:29:190:29:21

Then, lastly, we've got these dirty great Japanese gourd vases.

0:29:210:29:26

-Do they appeal to you, Mark?

-They don't appeal to me.

-No.

0:29:260:29:30

Of course, the Oriental market is very hot at the moment, isn't it?

0:29:300:29:34

It is very strong.

0:29:340:29:35

But they are looking for older pieces.

0:29:350:29:38

-They are, but then that drags up all of the market.

-That's true.

0:29:380:29:42

-What's your most positive estimate?

-£80 to £120.

-Oh.

0:29:420:29:46

-£185 paid.

-Oh, no.

0:29:460:29:49

Pauline went very strongly on these.

0:29:490:29:52

I think it was that gourd shape that got her going.

0:29:520:29:55

-£185 is a pretty massive price, isn't it?

-It is, yeah.

0:29:550:30:00

Do you know something?

0:30:000:30:01

They're going to need their bonus buy - badly!

0:30:010:30:04

Now, Mave the Rave, Pauline,

0:30:060:30:07

you spent £228. Magnificent.

0:30:070:30:10

You gave Nicholas Hall £72 to blow.

0:30:100:30:15

-What did you buy as a bonus buy, Nick?

-Be ready to be impressed.

0:30:150:30:19

-Look at that!

-Ooh!

-That's nice.

-Very.

0:30:190:30:22

It's 18th century, by the glorious factory of Worcester,

0:30:220:30:26

the Royal Lily pattern.

0:30:260:30:27

I paid £70.

0:30:270:30:29

-That's not bad. Can I have a feel?

-You haven't held back yet. Go on.

0:30:290:30:34

-Don't call you Mave the Rave for nothing.

-You're right.

0:30:340:30:37

-What would you put in it? Sweeties?

-No, you just display it.

0:30:370:30:40

-Just display it?

-Yeah. £70. It wasn't the cheapest Worcester dish in the world.

0:30:400:30:45

We've lost, so we might as well have it.

0:30:450:30:47

You have to wait and see, Pauline, till the end of the doodahs.

0:30:470:30:52

You do wait till the doodahs are over.

0:30:520:30:54

THEY GIGGLE

0:30:540:30:56

But right now, for the audience at home,

0:30:560:30:58

let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about the plate before the doodahs.

0:30:580:31:03

One early, nice, Worcester dish.

0:31:060:31:09

Yes, good bit of 18th century Worcester.

0:31:090:31:12

A bit of wear, as you expect. Generally it's sound.

0:31:120:31:15

And how well is a dish like that on its own in isolation likely to do?

0:31:150:31:20

-It's likely to do £30 or £40.

-Is that all?

0:31:200:31:23

Nick paid £70 for it.

0:31:230:31:25

They're just not as sought-after as they were maybe ten years ago.

0:31:250:31:28

So, once again, maybe the teams won't go with their bonus buy.

0:31:280:31:32

You never know your luck.

0:31:320:31:33

Thanks a lot, Mark.

0:31:330:31:35

So, guys, how are we feeling? All right?

0:31:410:31:44

-A little bit nervous.

-What have you got to be nervous about, Stephen?

0:31:440:31:47

Is it kind of like shame? Or what are you afraid of here?

0:31:470:31:51

-Shame.

-With all your mates?

-Yeah.

-You know they'll all be watching.

0:31:510:31:55

-I'm confident.

-That's very nice to know, Gerard.

0:31:550:31:59

And if the worst comes to the worst,

0:31:590:32:01

you can always go with the entree dish

0:32:010:32:03

-with the heater underneath for your kidneys.

-Yeah.

0:32:030:32:07

Anyway, first up is the flamboyant bowl and jug, and here it comes.

0:32:070:32:11

This ewer and basin,

0:32:110:32:12

with gilt mounds and decorative flowers.

0:32:120:32:15

Bidding has to start at £35-£40.

0:32:150:32:17

Come on.

0:32:170:32:19

£40. £45. £50.

0:32:190:32:21

£55. £60. £65. £70.

0:32:210:32:24

Well done!

0:32:240:32:26

On the front here at £80.

0:32:260:32:28

£85 with the internet.

0:32:280:32:29

-£90.

-SHE GASPS

0:32:290:32:31

£90. £95.

0:32:310:32:33

£100. £100 bid.

0:32:330:32:34

And £105. £110.

0:32:340:32:36

I said this was a good bowl and jug set.

0:32:360:32:38

-I was the only one that had faith in it.

-You were.

0:32:380:32:41

£140.

0:32:410:32:42

I can't believe it!

0:32:420:32:44

I'm bid £140 with the internet. £140.

0:32:440:32:46

Fair warning. I will sell at £140.

0:32:460:32:49

£140 is plus £71. That is a lovely number.

0:32:500:32:54

I'm going to take that all back.

0:32:540:32:56

Hang on. Here comes the Deco clock.

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An Art Deco walnut case mantel clock,

0:32:590:33:02

striking on five gongs.

0:33:020:33:03

Opening bid, £35.

0:33:030:33:05

£40. £40 I am bid.

0:33:060:33:08

Come on.

0:33:080:33:09

£40. Bid at £40. Selling at £40.

0:33:090:33:12

£40 is minus £10.

0:33:130:33:15

Minus £10.

0:33:150:33:17

-He's a cocky one.

-He's like the cat that got the cream.

0:33:170:33:20

It's the Bakelite now.

0:33:200:33:21

Here's a Bakelite egg cruet.

0:33:210:33:23

Lots of interest in this one. £10, £20, 30 I'm bid.

0:33:230:33:26

-Come on, come on.

-MARK:

-£30 bid here. £30.

0:33:260:33:29

£35 I'll take. At £30. I'm bid £30 for the egg cruet here.

0:33:290:33:33

-At £30 I will sell.

-Oh, no.

0:33:340:33:37

-£30 is minus £15 on that. All right.

-Unlucky.

0:33:370:33:41

So £15...

0:33:410:33:43

Which means overall you are £46 up.

0:33:430:33:47

-Congratulations, Gerard.

-I can't believe it.

-That is so good.

0:33:470:33:51

Now, what are you going to do about the £100 silver-plated entree dish?

0:33:510:33:56

-What do you want to do?

-No, I'm going to knock that on you.

0:33:560:33:59

-You're the top man now.

-Is he your hero?

-Yeah.

-He's MY hero.

0:33:590:34:04

-What do you think?

-I don't think you should trust me ever again.

0:34:040:34:08

-We're going to cut and run.

-You're not going to go with it?

-No.

0:34:080:34:11

-That is the definitive final answer?

-Yeah. We think that's enough to take.

-You are fantastic.

0:34:110:34:16

-Here it comes.

-An Art Deco silver-plated food warmer.

0:34:160:34:19

Bidding opens at £18.

0:34:190:34:22

-£18.

-£18 for the silver-plated...

0:34:220:34:24

£18. £20. £22. £25. £28. £30.

0:34:240:34:28

-Come on.

-MARK:

-Bid at £30.

0:34:280:34:29

£30. £32. New bidding at £32. £35.

0:34:290:34:31

£38. £40. £42.

0:34:310:34:34

£45. £48. £50.

0:34:340:34:36

£50. In the middle at £50.

0:34:360:34:38

£50, then. Selling at £50.

0:34:380:34:41

-Good decision.

-£50, was it?

0:34:410:34:43

-Minus £50.

-You did the right thing.

0:34:430:34:45

But it doesn't matter. You ring-fenced it.

0:34:450:34:48

Now, do us a favour. Don't say a word to the Blues.

0:34:480:34:51

-Of course.

-Mum's the word?

-Mum's the word.

0:34:510:34:53

Solid. Very good.

0:34:530:34:55

Ah... Well done.

0:34:550:34:58

-So, girls, you've been talking to the Reds, those big boys?

-No.

0:35:050:35:08

-You don't know how they've done?

-No.

-Good. We like to keep all this secret.

0:35:080:35:12

We've got Chinese walls here. Lovely.

0:35:120:35:14

So, Pauline, darling, how are you feeling? Nervy?

0:35:140:35:17

No. I'm feeling pretty good.

0:35:170:35:19

-We're going to make a million.

-Make a million?

-Yeah.

0:35:190:35:23

You ARE feeling pretty good.

0:35:230:35:25

How much money are you predicting you'll make, Mave the Rave?

0:35:250:35:29

Oh... I don't know.

0:35:290:35:31

Enough to take you out to dinner.

0:35:310:35:34

Quite a lot, then.

0:35:340:35:36

Ooh, you're a one, you are, Mavis, I tell you.

0:35:360:35:39

-If the worst comes to the worst, you've got the Worcester dish to fall back on.

-Oh, that's lovely.

0:35:390:35:44

Good. First up, though, come the lead weights, and here they come.

0:35:440:35:49

Seven very Saxon medieval loom weights or spindle whorls

0:35:490:35:53

or fishing-line weights or whatever you want them to be.

0:35:530:35:56

You've been talking to him!

0:35:560:35:57

£5 bid.

0:35:570:35:59

-£5. £8. £10.

-Be brave, Mavis.

-Come on, keep going.

0:35:590:36:02

£10. I'm bid £10. £12. £15 here. Bid of £15.

0:36:020:36:06

£18. Bid of £18. Now at £18.

0:36:060:36:08

£18 bid on the front. Now at £18. £20 I'll take.

0:36:080:36:11

£18 I'm bid, and selling at £18.

0:36:110:36:13

-Aw!

-It's wiped its face. That's very good.

0:36:140:36:17

Don't you worry about that, baby.

0:36:170:36:19

Now, Mave, here comes your bracelet.

0:36:190:36:21

A modern wire and metal bracelet, stamp 9.25, the links with amber.

0:36:210:36:25

I have to open the bidding at £20.

0:36:250:36:28

£22. £25. £28. £30.

0:36:280:36:30

You're in profit, Mave. How good is that!

0:36:300:36:33

£32. £35 are you bidding?

0:36:330:36:35

-He's shaking his head at £35 now.

-Come on, keep going.

0:36:350:36:38

£35. Standing at £35.

0:36:380:36:41

£25. That is a profit of £10.

0:36:410:36:44

You are a brilliant woman, Mave.

0:36:440:36:46

-Well done.

-That is lovely.

0:36:460:36:48

-Now, Japanese vases. Stand by, Pauline.

-Oh, they're lovely.

0:36:480:36:51

A pair of Japanese vases.

0:36:510:36:53

I have to open the bidding at £60.

0:36:530:36:56

-Oh, that's not bad.

-£65. £70.

0:36:560:36:58

£75 in the room.

0:36:580:37:00

-Come on.

-£80 are you bidding?

0:37:000:37:01

£85. £90. £95.

0:37:010:37:05

Oh, no, a bit more.

0:37:050:37:07

£100 new bidding here.

0:37:070:37:09

-£110.

-They're on the telephone.

-Could be China.

0:37:090:37:11

£120. £130.

0:37:110:37:13

-Look out.

-£140. £150.

0:37:130:37:15

-£160.

-Something's happening.

0:37:150:37:17

-How many?

-MAN:

-£200.

-£200?

0:37:170:37:20

Ooh!

0:37:200:37:21

£210. £220.

0:37:220:37:25

THEY GIGGLE

0:37:250:37:27

£230. £240.

0:37:270:37:30

£250.

0:37:300:37:32

THEY GASP

0:37:320:37:33

We're in folding money, girls.

0:37:330:37:36

£270. £280.

0:37:360:37:38

£290. £300.

0:37:380:37:40

Brilliant!

0:37:400:37:41

-£320.

-Oooh!

0:37:410:37:43

-£340.

-Mavis!

0:37:430:37:45

-£360. £380.

-Who said this was difficult?

-I can't believe it.

0:37:450:37:49

£400. £420.

0:37:490:37:52

We're going out for a heck of a dinner!

0:37:520:37:54

£460. £480. £500.

0:37:540:37:57

£550.

0:37:570:37:58

And £600. And £650.

0:37:580:38:03

-£700.

-I don't believe it!

0:38:030:38:05

£700.

0:38:060:38:08

-£700 I'm bid. Last look round the room. Are you bidding?

-Hang on.

0:38:080:38:12

£700. I will sell at £700.

0:38:120:38:14

THEY CHEER

0:38:150:38:17

-£700!

-Ooh, lovely!

0:38:180:38:20

-Well, I never!

-I don't believe it!

0:38:220:38:25

Something very extraordinary is happening.

0:38:250:38:27

-Thank you!

-Thank you!

0:38:270:38:29

Dear, oh dear! You have £515 profit.

0:38:310:38:35

That's £515 profit!

0:38:350:38:38

THEY CHEER

0:38:380:38:40

That is something else!

0:38:410:38:43

-I can't believe it!

-Steady, girls. Shh.

0:38:430:38:46

You are £525 up, girls.

0:38:460:38:51

Brilliant.

0:38:510:38:52

-The big question now is...

-You going down the cashpoint?

-No.

0:38:520:38:55

-Are you going with the bonus buy or not?

-Oh, yes.

-Yes.

0:38:550:38:58

-Are you sure?

-Yes.

-Hang on a minute, girls.

0:38:580:39:00

Now hang on a minute, girls.

0:39:000:39:02

You've got yourself £525 in your back pocket

0:39:020:39:07

to split three ways.

0:39:070:39:10

Three ways?! What do you mean?

0:39:100:39:13

You said you'd take me out to dinner if you made a decent profit.

0:39:130:39:18

I didn't put it in writing, though.

0:39:180:39:20

Are you going with the bonus buy or not?

0:39:200:39:22

If you just hang on in there, you can just preserve the £525.

0:39:220:39:25

-You're going to risk another £70.

-That's all right. We don't mind losing £70 for Nick.

0:39:250:39:31

-Not for Nick. It's for yourselves.

-That's all right.

0:39:310:39:34

-Are you going with the bonus buy or not?

-Yes.

-Did you say no?

-No, we said yes.

0:39:340:39:39

-You said no.

-No, we said yes.

-All right, they're going with the bonus buy.

0:39:390:39:42

They're two punters, these girls.

0:39:420:39:44

Here we go. Here it comes. This is your bonus buy.

0:39:440:39:47

This is the 18th-century Worcester Royal Lily pattern circular dish.

0:39:470:39:51

Bidding starts at £20.

0:39:510:39:53

£22. £25.

0:39:530:39:55

£28.

0:39:550:39:56

£30 are you bidding? Thank you. £30. £32. On the end at £35.

0:39:560:40:00

£38. £40.

0:40:000:40:01

£42.

0:40:010:40:03

-£42. Selling now at £42.

-Come on, a bit more.

0:40:030:40:05

-£28.

-Not to worry.

-£28 down on that.

-That's all right.

0:40:060:40:11

So that means you are £497 up.

0:40:110:40:16

This is going to be tough, girls,

0:40:160:40:18

-but try not to tell anybody about this, all right?

-No.

0:40:180:40:22

-Particularly those Reds.

-Right, yes.

0:40:220:40:25

I don't want you making any international telephone calls or sending telegrams.

0:40:250:40:29

Keep really quiet about this.

0:40:290:40:31

Well, teams, have we been chatting at all?

0:40:390:40:41

-No.

-No.

-You haven't been chatting to one another?

0:40:410:40:44

Well, the audience knows that one of the teams today

0:40:440:40:47

is well into profit,

0:40:470:40:49

which is a rare occurrence, I have to say, on Bargain Hunt.

0:40:490:40:53

Sadly, every programme has to have a runner-up,

0:40:530:40:56

and in today's show the runners-up are...

0:40:560:41:01

the Reds.

0:41:010:41:03

HE CACKLES

0:41:030:41:05

-You didn't reckon this, did you, Reds?

-No.

-No.

0:41:050:41:07

-No, not at all.

-It's a shock.

0:41:070:41:09

I mean, you have a profit of £46,

0:41:090:41:13

which is, on Bargain Hunt, a substantial chunk of money

0:41:130:41:17

by anybody's standards,

0:41:170:41:19

largely made up out of Gerard's spectacular £71 win

0:41:190:41:25

-on the flamboyant bowl and jug, so congratulations on that.

-Thank you very much.

0:41:250:41:30

-Have you had a good time?

-We've had a great time.

-We've loved having you on the show.

0:41:300:41:34

But... our winners today...

0:41:340:41:38

by a big chalk...

0:41:380:41:40

You are going to walk home with £497 worth of profit.

0:41:400:41:46

That is £497 worth of profit!

0:41:470:41:53

Yes!

0:41:540:41:56

-Our Mave the Rave!

-CATHERINE:

-That's very good.

0:41:560:41:59

Who would have thought, Pauline, that your gourd-shaped vases...

0:41:590:42:04

They were fantastic.

0:42:040:42:05

..which I was so sniffy about...

0:42:050:42:07

-Yes, you were.

-I was. I own up to it.

0:42:070:42:10

I was sniffy about them.

0:42:100:42:12

..would make £515 worth of profit?

0:42:120:42:15

-So, girls, what does it feel like being a big winner?

-Oh, wonderful.

0:42:150:42:18

And how has it been for you, Nick?

0:42:180:42:20

It's been an absolute blast. And what a fantastic team I had. Couldn't have been better.

0:42:200:42:25

We used to lob out golden gavels

0:42:250:42:27

for teams who got a profit on every single item.

0:42:270:42:30

But nowadays what we lob out are these little fellows.

0:42:300:42:34

They're like golden gavels but they're pins.

0:42:340:42:36

If you make a profit or wipe your face on your three items,

0:42:360:42:41

you get one of these.

0:42:410:42:43

-And because the expert is very special, he gets one too.

-Thank you very much.

0:42:430:42:47

-Have you had a great time?

-Oh, wonderful. We've had a fabulous time.

0:42:470:42:51

-Fantastic. What about you, Pauline?

-Fantastic.

-And well done, Nick.

0:42:510:42:55

Join us soon for some more bargain hunting. Yes?

0:42:550:42:58

ALL: Yes!

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0:43:200:43:22

There is a bidding frenzy at the auction in Stamford, Lincolnshire, and nobody is more surprised than the contestants. Experts Catherine Southon and Nick Hall enjoy the drama, while equestrian paintings catch Tim Wonnacott's eye at Arley Hall in Cheshire.