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If today's Bargain Hunt was being made into a Hollywood classic,
would it be called the Colour Of Money or maybe Black Beauty?
Either way, we're looking for a box-office smash
so let's go bargain hunting!
Welcome to the Mona Showground in Anglesey. Coming up...
..best friends Gail and Wendy pile on the pressure.
If we don't make a profit, it's your fault.
Father and daughter George and Clare tell it like it is.
-Let's have a look at this fellow. That's Japanese.
-It's very ugly.
Yes, it is.
And the contest gets ugly over at the auction.
The rules are simple. The challenge is not.
Our teams each have an hour and £300
to source three items to sell on later at auction.
Let's meet today's stars of the show.
-And on the Red team today we've got Gail and Wendy. Hi, girls.
-Gail, how did you two meet?
-We met in a local supermarket.
Wendy was a cashier and, as I was going through, she said,
" Oh, you're the lady that's moved up the road from me."
Nothing moves in your village then.
Nothing at all. No, it's very boring.
So you kept up with one another.
-Best friends. Yes, more like sisters than friends.
-Isn't that lovely, out of a chance supermarket meeting?
Lovely. Wendy, what's your approach to finding
a bargain when you're out and about?
Oh, I'm a rummager. I tend to find boxes and go through them,
-Any old boxes?
-Any old box will do!
-Are we talking all actions, car boots, what are we talking?
Have you got a strategy between you for today's show?
Yes, to buy something that doesn't cost a lot
that we can get a good profit on.
So you're intending to spend as little as possible?
As little as possible for a good profit.
Seems to me you've got the right idea.
There are going to be quaking over here. George, are you quaking?
-No, not yet.
-Not at all, because you've got a passion for antiques, haven't you?
-What do you get up to?
-We go around the car boot sales
and charity shops with my grandson.
We look to see if there any bargains around and if we see one, we get it.
-What sorts of things have you bought?
-Well, mostly figurines, Royal Doulton, Coalport.
Anything old and beautiful.
-Just like my wife.
-God bless her.
Now, you and your boy, Clare, have picked up George's love of antiques.
-Tell us about that.
Sometimes he gives good advice but he took my son to the auction
and told him to buy two World War Two aircraft paintings,
he said, "They're oil paintings."
-And when we got them home, they weren't. They were prints.
But my son was still happy with them.
So not 100% reliable, George, in your advice?
-No, no, no.
Is it your intention to make a huge profit today too on Bargain Hunt?
Oh yes, definitely.
Oh, fighting talk here. Now the money moment.
-There's your £300.
-Thanks very much.
-You know the rules.
Your experts await. And off you go.
Very, very, very good luck.
Ready and waiting for the Red team, Mark Stacey.
Planning ahead for the Blues, Jeremy Lamond.
-What's our strategy for the day, do you think?
Something that catches the eye.
But the key word for us is what?
-Yes, I think we are going to have a lot of fun.
So, George and Clare,
what's our tactics? What do we want to do?
-Yes, something different, unusual.
Where we can buy them cheap and sell them dear.
Now, that's a strategy, George.
That's quite interesting, isn't it? This is a 19th-century one.
With these, always look at the price first.
Oh, there's no price on there.
He has put the name, William Smith and Co.
Now those are about mid-19th century. 1850 or so.
-Actually, I quite like that.
-It's lovely, isn't it?
-It goes with my...
-I love that, actually.
-Do you like it?
-I love it. I really do.
What about you?
-Not too sure. I'd like to have a look around first.
-Can we have a look around first?
-Absolutely. Of course we can.
-We can come back and see if we can knock him down a bit.
Well, there is plenty of time ... for now.
Look, let's get our skates on.
I should have thought of that, Jeremy.
I think I had some of those when I was younger.
-These are Batman skates, aren't they? Look at those.
-Oh yes, yes.
These'll get you going.
I suppose we could stop clowning about.
Oh dear, viewers, I can only apologise.
-Quite fun, isn't it?
-Little shell dish?
-It's Royal Worcester. See the mark there?
It's very plain.
-It's quite nice, dainty, but, you know...
-Plain can be good, you know.
-..it's not to my taste, but it is nice.
-Will it be to the buyers' taste?
-Because Royal Worcester is a good name, isn't it?
-It is, yeah.
-Um, something we can think about.
-# This indecision's buggin' me
-Esta undecision me molesta
# If you don't want me set me free... #
Jeremy, can you just look at these?
Can you get more quirky than that?
Well, yeah, this is a little page marker, isn't it,
in the form of a knife? You can see, you put that on the page.
A little Victorian one, isn't it?
-It is. If you check the patent number...
-Oh, it's got a patent number.
-Just under the string...
-It's around about 1880.
What do you think of those? You've the pair of them.
-What's the price?
-Is that 12 the pair?
-£15 for the pair.
-For the pair.
If you can't make a profit on that...
-They're great, George, that's a good buy.
-I like those.
-It's quirky. Shall we go for that?
-We'll have those.
-Number one buy.
-That's £15, yeah?
Shake on it? That's if you don't drop your guitar.
He's going to drop his guitar.
-There you go.
-Thank you very much. Thank you.
The Blues are off. George is sticking to the plan.
First quirky item bagged.
-That was a good first buy.
-I think it was marvellous.
-If we didn't make a profit on those, we would be unlucky, I think.
Time for the rabbit's foot then, Jeremy.
I hope the Reds aren't relying on luck.
-How much is that?
-Asking 35 on that.
-Oh, silver, is it?
-The mark's a bit rubbed as far as the date's concerned...
I've got a little magic aid here. I forgot my normal eyeglass
so I'm going to look a bit like Inspector Clouseau.
Oh yes, the marks. You can just see Victoria's head, can't you?
-And the other marks.
-There's an N.
If it's Chester, I think it's 1878,
if it's Birmingham, it's 1880 something.
-I think it's probably from a little bachelor's tea set.
A single teapot, with a small cream jug and a small sugar bowl.
That's what it's originally for. And it's got a reasonable weight to it.
Quite well made. What was the price?
-That's the very best.
-Yes, it would be 50 normally.
-Do you like it?
-I do like it. It's elegant, isn't it?
-It's not a bad buy at 35.
-I like that. That's nice.
Would you like to go for that for your first buy?
BELL TOLLS, TIM YAWNS
Any time today, ladies?
You have to make a decision eventually, ladies.
-This is called Bargain Hunt, not Bargain Think About It.
So if we don't make a profit, it's your fault.
You see, I knew there was going to be trouble.
I did warn you about that one.
-I think you have to try and...
-Yes, I do like that.
Yes, that's nice, that. That is nice. We'll go for that one.
-I think so, yeah.
And we've only had 55 minutes.
That was painful but at least they are under way.
Let's have a look this fellow.
That's Japanese. He's, um...
-He's very ugly.
-Yeah, it is.
That's you told, Jeremy.
-I think this is quite pretty, this chair, actually.
-It's quite nice.
I like the carving on this. It's quite ornate and this at the bottom.
-It's lovely, isn't it?
-Yeah. It's unusual.
Well, you pointed out, I have to tell you, all the right details here
because we are looking at a chair which, at first glance, you'd think
this was by Hepplewhite or Sheraton,
somebody like that, from the last quarter of the 18th century.
But it's far too small for that. And it's not quite up in that echelon.
I would say this is about 1900-1910.
-It's what we tend to refer to as Sheraton revival furniture.
This would have been from a drawing room suite.
But the quality is very good.
You pointed out these lovely details
like little ribbons at the top there. You've got the swag.
They haven't just stopped at this little satinwood inlaid roundel
with the urn in there. They've put this lovely beading around it.
You've got these lovely little sunflower bursts.
Again, everything about it is actually quite good quality.
And in an elegant hallway or a bedroom or landing,
this would look absolutely stunning, actually.
Yes. What price is it?
-Well, we've got 90 on it, which is pretty cheap.
I could do it at 80.
-That would be the max.
-Go on, 75.
-Go on then.
-Oh, you're wonderful, thank you very much.
-Am I needed on this show?
-I think I've just been made...
She did warn you she was not going to take any notice.
I think I've just be made redundant.
-I don't take prisoners.
I'll just go back to the green room for a cuppa, I think. 75 quid.
-Thank you very much.
-Is that fine?
Cor, the Reds have come over all decisive but don't collect your
P45 just yet, Mark.
You need one more bargain.
Now, come over and have a look at this.
# There's a hole in my bucket Dear Liza, dear Liza
# There's a hole in my bucket Dear Liza, a hole. #
Actually, there isn't a hole in my bucket.
What I've got is one of these in my bucket.
The big question is,
what is it? Well, for a kick-off, look at the metal.
If you look at the shaft on this thing it's that gorgeous greenish
brown colour that bronze goes
when it exposed to the atmosphere,
water or weather conditions over a long period of time.
And what the cunning dealer's done is to put some furniture polish,
simple beeswax, on to the dry, green metal and polish it up a bit.
And that's how you get this gorgeous sheen and depth of patination.
But what is it?
Well, just look at the gauge of the metal.
First of all, it unscrews.
Good telly, this.
And if you do this unscrewing process, you can see that
it's beautifully engineered.
It's not only beautifully engineered,
it's massively engineered.
Look how thick this expensive bronze is.
It's that thick because it's got to take some wellington.
It's going to be used
in an industrial sense, but what is it, I hear you ask?
Well, if I'm being honest, I'm not 100% sure
but I will tell you what the dealer says it is.
At the time that you had steam engines requiring massive amounts of
water to fill their boilers,
you had a device like this on the end of a pipe
so that when you were extracting water you would insert this
into the reservoir and suck the water through these perforations,
effectively removing any bits before the bits got into your steam boiler.
And that is what this thing is supposed to be.
Crazy, isn't it?
Well, not that crazy
cos the woman's asking £100 for it.
Stick that in your filter.
Right, Blue team, you've only bought one thing.
What are you up to, Jezza?
What we've got here is a pair of silver mounted late-Victorian
decanters that have been mould- blown here with blown-glass stoppers
and they've also been polished out so that's a good sign if quality.
-We just want to check that they fit tightly. No damage.
-And you've got a pair of them, haven't you?
-I like those a lot.
Are they original stoppers?
As far as I'm aware, yes.
You can test the stoppers by turning them in the top,
lift the decanters, they fit snug.
Everyone can use a decanter, can't they?
-So, what have they got to...?
I've got 120 on the pair.
Fighting talk, 80?
-Would you go to 70?
No, I'll do 80 and that's it.
They are 1897 silver, original decanters.
I like them. I like them.
-Shall we have a drink on it?
-Yeah, do you want a drink on it?
I'll take a whisky.
Oh, that's handy!
-It had better be full.
-It is. It is.
Here we are, help yourself to a tot.
Goodness me. I turn my back for two minutes and...
-Tell me when.
-A little bit.
That will do. Thank you very much.
And you did say 80, didn't you, not 70?
-80, I'm smiling. 80.
Nice try, Georgie.
-Shall I show you something very interesting?
-Yeah, go on.
What do you think that is?
Chinese Ming dynasty?
Do you know what it was used for?
It's called a bourdaloue.
It's a lady's chamber pot.
And it was called after a French man.
A French vicar, I suppose, who gave such long sermons,
they created these to go under the dresses
-while they were listening to the sermons.
Might be useful while you're waiting for these girls
to make their next decision, Mark.
And that one is priced at £250.
Unless we can get it for 35, put it back.
I have a feeling you're not going to.
-We could try.
-I like your optimism.
Stand by. I think Jeremy is about to embrace his feminine side.
Here we are, a little ladies' Art Deco compact.
Lots going on with it. We've got this faux tortoiseshell here
and these beautiful sleek lines.
And if you open it up here you've got a little powder mirror,
a little powder box.
And then, just next to it, because you're getting bored as
you're powdering your nose, you've got a music box.
And then, let's not forget a bit of lipstick at the end here.
Is there anything in the lipstick or is that...?
Afraid not. It's all gone. 1928, it went.
Probably not your colour anyway, Jeremy.
Ah, a jardiniere stand.
If we'd just put it up here so we can actually see it,
the detailing of it.
So you've got all the sort of carved work here, the leaves and the flowers.
Yes, and its good quality carving.
You can just imagine somebody sitting and carving it.
And you've got faux bamboo legs coming down here terminating.
This is hard wood, like a Chinese rosewood.
Chinese things are quite popular at auction at the moment.
-I like it because it's very decorative.
And the marble inset at the top here, which is rather nice.
-I would probably put it early-20th century.
-70, 80, 90 years old, something like that.
I think that's quite unusual.
I haven't seen one before.
It's lovely. It's not gold. I think that's a fascinating object
-but the big question is, what's it going to be?
..I'll do 120.
It's quite full because
although there are lots of things going on with it, it's not gold.
There might be a profit in it but, at 120, you're on the edge a bit.
-Shall we leave it then and maybe come back?
-We've got to make a profit on it, unfortunately.
Oh, what's this?
-An extra compartment.
-You missed that bit.
We missed that bit. A little manicure set.
That, to me, is the piece de resistance.
What are we going to do then? Are we going to go for it?
I really do like that. For 110, I like that.
11,0 cash on the nail?
-No, it's got to be 120.
-Shall we go for it anyway?
-I think so, yeah.
-Have we got a deal?
-Yes, we've got a deal.
-Thank you very much.
And the Blues bagged their final item.
But what about the Red team?
-And what is on it? 150.
-Is that the best price you'd do?
Could you knock another tenner off?
-Can we go a bit lower?
-Another ten and that's it.
-Can't do less.
-I think that's quite reasonable, actually.
-Yes, I like that.
If we get it for 120,
you've spent 110 already, so that's 230.
-It leaves you with 70 quid.
-Which is a reasonable sum of money to try and find you something.
-And you've got three items which you're pleased with?
-But the best thing is all of them fit into our category
of buying quality items and having a bit of a laugh, yeah?
-Yes, that's nice, that. I love the top.
-Shall we say yes?
-Yes. Why not?
Wonder of wonders, the Reds have finished!
Do you know something, time's up.
£35 bought the cream of Victorian silver jugs.
Can they rest easy with the mahogany Sheraton chair at £75?
And finally, they threw caution to the wind, spending £120
on the jardiniere stand.
-Well, Mark, you look as if you've got a couple of satisfied girls here.
-Are you happy with your shopping?
-Which is your favourite piece?
-The silver jug.
Yes. I think we'll probably make a profit on that, if we're lucky.
I'm pleased about that.
And which piece is going to bring the biggest profit?
-Hopefully the chair.
-Well, that's good. There are some predictions.
And how much did you spend overall?
That is just so mature, isn't it?
£230. That's £70 of left-over lolly, please, coming from somewhere or other.
Lovely. That goes straight across to the mastermind here.
-Mark, what are you going to spend your £70 on?
-I have to be honest.
-No idea whatsoever.
-Have you not?
But it's a good fair. I'm sure I can find something decent.
I think it's so tough on you guys, so good luck, Mark.
And have a lovely time, girls.
For us, though, why don't we check out what the Blue team bought, eh?
Two page markers for £15. Wow!
Two decanters for £80. Wow! Wow!
A Deco combination powder compact for £120. Wow! Wow! Wow!
So, George and Clare, how was that shopping for you?
-It was really, really good.
Really good. Really enjoyed it.
Did you bond up with Jeremy all right?
Yeah, he's fine, he's fine.
He's done us proud.
-He was good.
-No better accolade than that, I'd say.
-Thank you very much.
-We're all looking a bit blue but for all the right reasons.
And how much did you spend overall?
-215. I'd like £85 of left-over lolly, please.
There we go, comes from Dad.
Very good, Jeremy. So how are you finding this fair?
-Are you finding it tough going around that?
There are things with potential, but we'll see, won't we,
what kind of potential it is when we get to Wilson's.
Yes. There's a bit of pressure on you here.
A bit of pressure as the new boy.
-Good luck, Jeremy, anyway.
-We trust him.
Good luck, team. That's your first big mistake!
Anyway, we're heading off to Droitwich,
to a really splendid house.
Hanbury Hall started life as a modest manor house,
but at the turn of the century it was transformed
into an extraordinary mansion by a man with quite a lot to prove.
Thomas Vernon might have been a successful London lawyer but he was no peer or senior aristocrat,
and building this place, and furnishing it so extravagantly,
was his way of telling the world that he'd arrived.
And this was Thomas Vernon's piece de resistance.
The must-have, Flash Harry, I-have-made-it
staircase of the 1710 period.
All the neighbours around here would have had simple, plain painted
wall surfaces going up their staircases,
but that was not good enough for Thomas Vernon.
He employed the most fashionable of fresco painters, James Thornhill,
who came here to create this magnificent effect.
Thornhill went on to paint the dome of St Paul's.
Vernon must have been in heaven.
And the wall paintings themselves tell the story from Greek mythology
Now, in this wall painting we see Achilles in his most girly mode,
because you'll remember from the myth that his mother,
the sea nymph Thetis, did not want him to go to war.
First of all she dipped him in water to make him invulnerable.
The only bit that didn't get dipped being his heel.
And later she dressed him as a girl.
This is the moment in the female court, after some jewellery
and valuables have been delivered, where all the girls went mad,
grabbing the jewellery and so forth.
But Achilles discovered a shield and a spear.
He grabbed that instead and gave the game away.
Anyway, having been rumbled, Achilles has to go off to war.
And a bit later on he decides he needs a super-duper set of armour.
And in this painting we see these Cyclopean forgers at the forge,
making his suit of armour.
Of course, it didn't do Achilles that much good
because ultimately, of course, he died
when the unprotected heel was pierced by Paris's arrow.
Now, how do we know that this series of fresco paintings by Thornhill
was done around 1710?
Well, if we go back up to the ceiling, you can see up there
that being held up is a black and white pamphlet.
And on that pamphlet you've got an image of a Dr Sacheverell.
Now, Dr Sacheverell was an arch- Tory and was also a preacher.
And he preached a sermon in 1710 in St Paul's Cathedral
that the Whig government considered was sedition.
Thomas Vernon was very pro-Whig.
Therefore, when he had this fresco painted,
he identified his political allegiance
by having the anti-Sacheverell pamphlet
held up and recorded on the ceiling of his hallway.
The big question is today, how much sedition is there going to be
over at the auction?
Well, we've had a motor, I tell you, all the way from Anglesey
to Nantwich to Peter Wilson's sale room, where we've been greeted
by the proprietor, Robert Stones. Good morning, Robert.
-Good morning, Tim.
-Lovely to be here.
-Nice to see you.
Now, first up, for Gail, is this little silver cream jug,
looking a bit lonely there.
-How do you rate that?
Nice double-scroll handle on it, half-fluted decoration.
A little tip here, if you just breathe on the hallmark,
it means that you can bring out the hallmark more easily to read it.
And we've now read the hallmark as being 1887,
so that's a little bit of a bonus.
Nice shape, very attractive thing. So we quite like that.
-Good. What's your estimate?
Good, £35 paid.
So they may well double their money straight up on that.
Now, we've got the Sheraton revival mahogany inlaid chair.
-Where could that be?
-You're sitting on it, Tim.
Wow! Look at that.
As if by magic, we reveal this little revival chair.
So, Robert, how do you rate that?
I love furniture. The big thing about furniture is,
you've got to really look at it carefully, particularly chairs.
Because if they're damaged it's a real problem.
If you just happen to put your knee on something, and push on the back,
I can feel that's flexing a little bit, Tim.
So if you look carefully at the joint down here,
we can see there are some little tacks that have been put in.
So it's had a repair at some stage, so a little bit dangerous.
But let's face it, a chair like this is generally used as a bedroom chair.
It doesn't really get sat on very often. So it can't be too bad.
Lovely splat, a beautiful decoration in satinwood in the back there.
-Brilliant. What's your estimate?
-Is that all?
£75 they paid.
Well, if this thing is insecure, as insecure as me,
I'm certainly not going to sit on it. I'll have this one.
-Thank you, Robert.
-Now is this one OK to sit on?
Yeah, Queen Anne repro, we know all about them. Right, here we go.
And lastly for this team, they've got this Chinese hardwood,
what we used to call huanghuali,
then it became blackwood. What's it called these days?
-Fair enough. It's just morphed, hasn't it?
OK, so, how much for this baby?
-Well, we quite like that, but 60-80.
-Anyway, they're going to need their bonus buy,
so let's go and have a look at it.
-Gail and Wendy, are you up for this?
This is our leftover lolly moment.
You spent £230. You gave £70 of leftover lolly to Mark Stacey.
-What did he buy?
Da-dah! It's a little Art Nouveau...
That should be down, it's a little Art Nouveau desk stand, really.
You put your envelopes and papers in there.
And you open this, and you keep your stamps in there.
Its brass, obviously. And I think it's rather decorative, actually.
It's lovely. How much was that?
Well, I got it for a very reasonable £20.
-That's very good.
Which I thought was quite reasonable.
How much do you think we could make?
I hope it would make £30 or £40.
That is absolutely gorgeous.
They're very fashionable.
That would look nice on my desk.
Well, you can't have it.
On the other hand, you may not need to choose it at all.
I think it's lovely. It is really lovely. That's nice.
Nearly as nice as you!
Gail, settle down, girl.
It's only early.
Can't take her anywhere, you know.
-That's nice, you got a bit of a hit with your team.
-I hope so.
In more ways than one!
On that happy note, for the audience at home,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Mark's desk tidy.
Now, Robert, what do you make of that?
We've got a classic little desk tidy here, of course.
In about 1900, when this was made, everybody was writing letters
and wanting things to keep envelopes and postcards in.
This one here is quite nice, this Art Nouveau decoration here.
And also a little place to keep stamps in the base.
Or paperclips, that's quite nice, it's what we call a patent design,
so this is all spring-loaded.
We quite like it, we think £20-30 for that.
-Mark Stacey paid £20. He rates it.
He sees a small profit. I think he's right.
-It's a charming little object.
Whether you write that many letters, you could stick your bills in there.
-There's enough of those!
That's it for the Reds.
Now for the Blues, George and Claire.
Their first item, these two page markers.
Yes. These are charming little things, made out of brass,
they're stamped, they've a little patent mark on them as well.
Nice little collectors' thing. Unusual being a pair of them.
Not exactly the most useful thing today.
-But, if you've got the time to read your book in your drawing room
and you're never going to take the book in your suitcase
and go on your travels, then it's quite a handy thing, isn't it?
-What's your estimate?
-They paid £15.
I bet they get their money back, that'll be all right.
What about the decanters with the silver mounts?
I like these. Having silver mounts on them is rather nice.
And they do match.
The stoppers are right,
these are the things you've got to look very carefully at
when you're buying decanters.
-But they're not really that fashionable these days.
So many of them that have got silver tops on are cut bases, aren't they?
Yes. They're spectacularly well-produced bottoms.
Those bottoms look a bit like Woolworths to me.
They're not too bad, are they?
They're a pair, that's the big thing about them.
-So what's your estimate?
-60 - 80.
-Brilliant. £80 paid, actually.
-Lastly the musical compact, which is a strange thing, isn't it?
I actually quite like this, because people are very enthusiastic about vintage costume,
and it's a great accessory to go with vintage costume.
So I think this has really improved in value.
We think this will do reasonably well.
Rather nice condition, and of course it works,
so that's a real big bonus.
It is extraordinary how stuff like this has come back.
-Lipstick cases, compacts,
all the little things that went into girls' handbags
-in the '30s, '40s, '50s are so collectible.
-What's your estimate, Robert?
-Do they stand any chance of getting to £120, do you think?
We're on the internet for bidding, so we'll see what happens.
Bit of a risk though, isn't it?
Based on that estimate, they'll need their bonus buy,
so let's go and have a look at it.
So, George and Claire, you gave £85 to the lovely Jeremy,
who's blown it on an object which is supposed to be your bonus buy.
Jeremy, what did you spend it on?
I've gone a bit potty, Tim.
You bought a pot.
It's Pilkington's Lancastrian,
that's a pottery from the north-west.
And it's the first period of production, this.
So, very early, round about 1910-1915.
And it's got a good early mark on the bottom here. £50.
And, best of all with a pot, it's not cracked.
How much do you think it's going to make?
Oh, two, three, 4,000?
-Such a wag!
Claire, take it, darling. Hold it.
Feel it, because so many of these pots are the better for the handling, aren't they?
-They are. Look at the colour. I thought of you.
-I like the colour.
-There we are, a blue pot.
-What happens if I drop it now?
That's the end of the bonus.
-You'll have to pay for it.
-Very nice, Jeremy.
Yeah, quite like that.
You don't have to choose now. You can choose later.
But for the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Jeremy's bonus buy.
Well, Roberto, there we go. That's a nice, clean little pot.
Nice dribble glaze on this one, nice mark on the base of it.
We like that a lot. It's not the greatest glaze in the world,
but at the end of the day, people that collect Pilkington
will be interested in buying this. It's a nice example, in good nick.
-Yeah. Made not far from here?
-That's true, in Manchester.
The ones with the lustre glazes make the most, don't they?
They do indeed. Yes.
-The brightly-coloured ones. How do you rate this?
-£30 - £50.
Jeremy Lamond, our new boy on the block,
he's really hoping that it's going to do well. He paid £50 for it.
-I hope it does well for him.
-It's a nice thing.
£30 - £50 is a nice, tempting estimate.
That's brilliant. Thank you very much.
-Feeling nervous, you two?
-No, very confident.
Look at this room, stuffed up with people.
There is not a square centimetre for another person.
-I know, plenty of money.
-They're all here to buy your lots.
-We live in hope.
-If you believe that, you'll believe anything.
It is a very enthusiastic crowd here.
-Is there anything you wish you hadn't bought?
-The jardiniere table.
-The jardiniere table?
-You feel badly about that?
-I think it's going to struggle.
-Do you really think so?
You paid £120 for it, Mark found it.
There is a peculiar thing happening in the Chinese market place,
I have to tell you.
The auctioneer's estimate is only £60-80 on that jardiniere table.
-I think he could be wrong. I could see that making £150.
-Yeah, I could.
So let's not do it down till it's actually happened, all right?
First up though, is your Victorian cream jug, and here it comes.
Lot number 50, ladies and gentlemen, is the Victorian silver cream jug.
What may we say for it? Give me a starter. Surely £50 to start it off?
This lovely little cream jug, at 50? £50 anywhere now?
50 I'm bid straightaway.
At £50, that's all I'm bid.
£50 is what I have. At 50, and it will be sold.
-That's good, isn't it?
That's plus £15.
Thank you very much. We wouldn't say boo to that.
Now here comes your chair.
Delightful Sheraton revival mahogany framed single chair.
Lovely quality, what's it worth to you?
£30 I'm bid straightaway. 35 is there now?
Come on, come on.
40, yes? 40 on the telephone. 45. It's a nice thing.
50 now. £50, yes. 50 bid. 55 now?
At £50, it's on the telephone.
-Come on, where are you? 55.
-Come on, come on.
-60 is there now?
60, yes? At 60. 60 bid.
-75, 80 now? 80 bid.
You're in profit.
Super piece of furniture, at £80, bid's here at 80.
-Going to be sold at £80.
How brilliant is that?
That's plus five. Oh, my gosh.
Now, stand by for the jardiniere.
Chinese carved hardwood plant stand, ladies and gentlemen.
Several commissions on this one.
I can start the bidding on this at £60.
£60 straightaway. 65 now, do I hear? 65, 70, 75...
-Keep going, keep going.
-80 bid. 85. 90 now, do I hear?
90? 90 on the internet. At £90. 95 here.
95. 100 on the internet? 100 bid.
105 here with me.
110 on the internet? Yes? 110?
Come on, please.
-105, then, on commission.
-On commission, it will be sold at 105.
105, that is minus £15 for that. But that does mean you are plus five.
-Fish and chip supper.
What are you going to do about the letter rack?
We're hoping that Mark's got one here for us to win a bit more.
-That's the decision, is it?
-I tell you what, we'll cross everything.
You're going with the bonus buy and here it comes.
-Good on you, girls.
-56 is the lot number.
This lovely little desktop letter rack.
I can start the bidding at £20.
25 bid, 30 with me. 35 now?
Look at Mark Stacey's face!
40, 45 now. 45? 45.
-50 anywhere else? 50, I have.
50 is your bid. 55 anywhere else? At £50, it's going to be sold at 50.
Isn't he a brilliant man?
And you as well.
I didn't do anything. Ha! Anyway, listen, £30 up on that.
That's super. You had £5 before.
You are plus £35,
and do us a favour, don't mention a word to the Blues.
-We'll keep it secret.
35 there, 35.
-George and Claire, how are you feeling?
-Do you know how the Reds got on?
-Perfect. We don't want you to, either.
-£120 for the compact is quite a lot, isn't it?
-But it's beautiful.
-I still like it.
-If the worst comes to the worst, you've always got the Pilkingtons pot to fall back on.
Carefully selected by our Jeremy.
Anyway, first up though are the page markers, and here they come.
67 is the lot number, ladies and gentlemen.
The pair of late-Victorian brass page markers, a lovely lot for somebody.
What may we say for them? £10 bid straightaway.
15 is there now? 15 bid there. 20 with me. 25 bid now?
-Look at this.
-At 25, the bid's there.
30, I'll take anywhere else?
At 25, going to be sold at £25.
£25 is plus £10.
My gosh, he's a good auctioneer. Now, the decanters.
This delightful pair of silver mounted decanters.
London, 1897, what may we say for these?
A couple of commissions left on them, 50 I'm bid straight away.
55 is there now? 55 anywhere now?
Is that a bid? 55. 60, 65, 70, 75 your bid. 75.
-80 anywhere else?
80 there. 85 now.
-Nice things. 90 bid.
95. 100 now? 95, your bid.
At 95, going to be sold, 95.
Yes! That's good, plus £15 on that.
That's smashing. You are £25 up.
Plus 25, I love it.
Lot number 69, ladies and gentlemen.
-Five commissions on this,
but don't let that put you off, ladies and gentlemen.
50 is the starting bid. 55 now? 55?
Very up and coming collectors' thing.
£50 is the bid here with me.
55, well done. 55. 60 is here. 65 now?
65, 70's with me. 75?
Still reasonable at 70. Come on! 75 anywhere else?
At £70. All quiet at £70?
£70, I'm very sorry, that's minus 50.
You had 25, you are now minus 25.
Such is the helter-skelter of Bargain Hunt life.
I had a horrible feeling about that.
-You certainly did.
-I'm sorry I had the feeling, too.
What are you going to do about the Pilkingtons pot?
I think we go with it.
-We'll trust him.
-You trust him?
-You can't not trust that face, can you?
-Well, you can't, no.
Here comes your Lancastrian pot then and good luck, Jeremy.
Lot number 73, ladies and gentlemen, coming up here.
This terrific Pilkington's Royal Lancastrian vase.
I've got £25 bid for it straightaway. 30 is there now?
30 bid straightaway. A nice example of Pilkingtons' pottery.
35, there. 40? Did I see somebody else bid 40?
35, your bid. 40 anywhere else?
40 over there. 45 anywhere else?
At £40, bid's there, at 40, going to be sold. Last chance at £40.
Oh dear. Bad luck, Jeremy.
£40 is minus 10, which overall gives you minus £35.
Listen, that could be a winning score.
-Don't say a word to the Reds, right?
Well, what a show we've had today. Such similarities between our teams.
Extremely nice teams both sides of the divide, that's true.
Very competent experts both sides of the divide, that's true.
Both teams went with the bonus buy, which is lovely.
But such a pole of difference between them
when it comes to the score.
In fact, exactly the same number of score,
except for the Blues it's minus 35!
-And for the Reds it's plus 35.
I mean, who could organise that?
Bad luck. Did you have a good time, though, Claire?
-I loved it.
-Was it good, George?
Thank you very much for joining us, you've been really good sports.
But you chaps, you were pretty solid.
So I'm going to be handing you out cash for a change.
-This is a rare moment. £35.
-Thank you very much.
-There you go.
What are you going to spend it on?
-Ooh, we'll go for a meal, shall we?
-Just the two of us.
-Leave the kids at home.
-The three of us!
-OK, the three of us.
The three of you. Have a great time!
-Anyway, join us soon for some more Bargain Hunting, yes?
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