Antiques challenge. A mother-and-son team take on a mother-and-daughter in Kedleston. On a visit to Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum, Tim uncovers a Dutch masterpiece.
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Pre-title tease, take one.
This is what we call a pre-title tease.
Do you feel suitably titled and teased?
If so, let's go bargain hunting.
Let me introduce you to some yummy mummies and their kids -
Carol with her boy, Andrew, and Sandy with her daughter, Melody.
But where are we?
We're at the Jaguar Antiques Fair at Kedleston Hall.
Our teams have been fed and watered
and are ready for the off.
'Ah. Sandy and Melody are dawdling. What's going on, Jonathan?'
It's my fault, actually, that we're running late.
Right, blinkers on now. Thank you. We may well come back.
We haven't bought a single thing yet.
'Carol and Andrew bring a smile to Mark Stacey's face.'
We're ahead of schedule. Normally, we're frantic.
I think we're on a winning streak.
'It sounds as if he's got the appetite for a win - or cake.'
-We'll get the fondant fancies later.
-That'll be good.
-Shall we go here?
'Anyway, it's time to meet those teams.'
-Hi, everybody. Lovely to see you.
-Carol, you've got some interesting artefacts.
Some odd things have been passed down the family. I accept them.
Everybody else says, "No thank you." We have a desk.
The two front legs are emu legs.
-Which was put together by a Great Uncle Duncan from the Scottish line.
What did he do? Kill an emu and rip its legs off?
-And stick it on a desk?
-We hope not. It's not terribly PC nowadays.
People either love it or hate it.
It's a weird thing. I've never heard of that. When do you think it was put together?
In the 19th century. We had relatives in the Antipodes.
We have an idea that they sent them back
-and thought, "What shall I do with a pair of emu legs?"
-I'll make a desk!
-Brilliant. Andrew, your career has taken an interesting path.
-Yeah. I originally studied languages.
But I've been moving towards Chinese medicine,
so I practise acupuncture and massage now.
Professionally? You're at it?
-I saw something on Bargain Hunt the other day.
A massive Chinese figure covered in hundreds of little numbered squares,
which was an old - I think 18th century -
acupuncturist's dummy, I suppose.
-Have you ever seen one?
-Oh, yeah. We use them when we're training.
You can buy a large ear with all the points marked on, hands and feet.
-Do you feel squeamish, sticking these needles in your customers?
-You get used to it.
It's quite good fun, actually, after a while. Yes.
I think you'll be well qualified to do well on Bargain Hunt.
-I bet the blues are quaking in their boots.
-Melody, what do you do, darling?
-I'm a police officer.
-'Ello, 'ello. Are you really?
Are you on the beat?
-What policing do you do?
-At the moment, I'm office bound.
I'm normally a response officer. You ring 999.
-We're the guys that turn up.
-You've got other ambitions, yes?
My ultimate ambition is to be a Mountie, a Canadian Mountie!
-I think the hat and the jacket would suit me.
-Yeah. Very good.
Would you seriously emigrate to Canada to get on a horse and be a policewoman?
-Yes. Tomorrow, if I could.
-Well, there we are. Ha-ha.
Sandy, you're attached, also, to animals, but not particularly the four-legged type.
-No. I had a bird, a parrot called Beep...
-What happens when you have Beep in the house?
-He has a shower with me every morning.
-He has to have the same bubbles.
-He showers with you?
-How does THAT work?
-He sits on my head
-and I rub bubbles on him!
-This is seriously strange, you know.
-What happened to Beep, then?
-When I moved into a flat,
he had to go to an aviary, a bird sanctuary.
-No good having a parrot in a flat?
-No. It's too restricted.
Talking about birds, we seem to have a bit of an Alfred Hitchcock moment.
Do you think they're related to Beep?
There's something strange happening, but that's rather lovely.
How are you two going to get on today?
All right, as long as we don't have an argument!
-What are you going for?
-I'm going to look for the unusual.
-Is that going to go with your personality or what?
-Yes. I hope.
I think this is going to be an interesting show.
Here we go. £300 apiece.
Your experts await. You know the rules so off you go.
And very, very, very good luck.
You know the expression "away with the fairies".
Now we're away with the birds.
So, they have their money and one hour to find three items.
What are they after?
-I like glass.
-We like glass.
-I like pictures and art.
We'll try and see what we can find. There's plenty of choice.
-We can let go of each other now.
'Maybe they don't want to, Jonathan, eh? Ha-ha.'
-I quite like that.
-Oh, the cake stand.
-< For the camera, please.
Oh, it folds up! That's good!
It might be worth thinking about. We'll get the fondant fancies later.
'You keep your fondant fancies to yourself, Stacey.
'Right, pussycats, what have you found?
'A lesser spotted snow leopard.'
That'll wipe out all our money in one go!
-Is this wood?
Can I have a look at your snuffbox?
'Melody and Sandy could be here all day. What are Carol and Andrew up to?'
Mdina glass, from the isle of Malta.
-Very Mediterranean. How much is it?
-It hasn't got a price on.
-Oh, it's free!
It's nice that it's got the label.
It looks as if it's a '70s or '80s label. It's got a bit of age to it.
-Do you think it would make a profit?
-Well, it's not very much.
In a general sale, there's going to be a market for it.
How about nine, cos...? < No way!
Come on. Dig deep!
-Shall we go for that?
-I think so.
We're going to spend the first of our purchases with you, madam.
-Did we say £9?
-She is mean, isn't she?
-It's just not on, really!
'Red buy number one, all done at £10.
'..still on the first stall.'
-I like pretty things.
-I'm a complete magpie.
-Anything sparkly and pretty.
It's very easy to lose time.
It's my fault that we're running so late.
Right. Blinkers on now.
Thank you. We may well come back.
-We haven't bought a single thing yet.
Let's get our shopping heads on.
-This is quite pretty.
-What is that? Is that a lacquered box?
There's a lot of work in that,
if you look at the design of it.
It's cloisonne. It's on a wooden base. This is brass, I'd imagine.
-It's been filled, has it?
-Yes. It's been filled with wire work.
The hinges are all quite nice. You've got to be aware of chips.
It's quite an elegant little box. It's probably 20th century.
-The design is rather appealing.
-I wonder how much it is.
-I don't know. Should we...?
How much is this?
-Oh, no. We may have to put that back.
-We'll have to put that back.
'160 might be too much, eh? How about something cheaper?'
That's rather grand. It's a plated set.
It's nice quality, with all the beading and a nice handle,
the reeded handle, which matches in with this.
-It hasn't had anything put on the...
-The cartouches. No. Which is nice.
We've got the milk jug, the two-handled sugar bowl.
This is the teapot, again, with all the matching design.
I like the details around here.
The coffee pot I think is lovely as well.
How old do you think it is?
I would say, stylistically, it's probably around 1870, 1880.
-How much is it?
If that was silver, we'd be adding noughts to that!
It is nice. I'm quite impressed that it's in its original box.
-Is that the best price?
-This is the lady it belongs to, so ask her.
It's a family heirloom. It was Grandma's!
-Look at the nose growing!
< Perhaps if we could offer 100...
-I'd take 100.
-I think that's not bad.
-Would you be happy with 100?
-I like it a lot.
I like the fact you've got the box.
We've got a nice gilt handle on there, showing sign of wear.
The box must be worth £20 or £30.
'That's buy number two for a ton. Mark must be happy.'
I can't believe it. We're ahead of schedule. Normally, we're frantic.
We've got over half an hour left, so it's time to be leisurely.
We've still got the box in mind. I think we're on a winning streak.
'And on a streak of nothing bought so far -
-Will it need a lot of work on it?
They're not designed for comfort. They're for the porter to sit on.
You don't want him to sit on it for too long.
I suppose it's fitting in the modern home now.
People are mixing up styles and bringing wood back in.
-I like that.
-This is probably later.
-I can see that.
-I mean, this brass nail work.
-So it's not...
-The chair would be nice without the bit in the middle.
It's very typically Victorian from about 18..70 - 1860, 1870.
-More 1870, probably. They said they'd do 40 for us?
-Do you like it?
-I like it. Don't you?
-It's not my thing.
-Are you going to get it?
I think £40 is a fair price for it. I like mahogany. I like wood.
-We should have more of it in the home now.
-I'd be very happy for you guys to buy it.
-You're going to say, "£40, thank you very much"?
Number one under the belt 35 minutes into the game.
'At last! They finally got their feet wet with a buy.
'I have just the thing to dry them off.'
It's a lovely day today, but the weather isn't always quite so hot.
One thing that I just cannot abide
if I go out on a wet day, is having wet feet.
If you don't like wet feet, you're going to like this gadget.
In its original case, this is called the Ronning footwear dryer.
What I think's amazing
is that these footwear dryers are in their original wrapping
and are as good as new.
There you go, look. Isn't that super?
Says "Made in London".
This runs on an 8-watt principle.
Stick them into your wet wellington boots,
plug them in to a light fitting or a socket.
In fact, bung a plug on the end, put them into your wet boots right now
and, hey presto, you'd be as warm as toast.
But just look at the condition.
These have never been used.
They're a little collectable
from either just before or just after the Second World War.
They could be 1938. More likely to be, perhaps, around 1950.
So what are they worth? £50, I hear you say. No.
Actually, you could buy them off a stall up there today for £3.
Now, THAT is toastingly good.
'With only ten minutes of shopping time left, our teams had better pick up their heels.
'Oi! Melody, Sandy, have you got the measure of this programme yet?'
That's quite nice. Are they weights?
They are, and the unusual thing is that they are all there. >
Usually, the little foil ones, >
first puff of breeze and they're gone.
Those are all there and all genuine. >
I quite like that.
It's probably about 1880s.
I'd date it turn of the century, by the box. >
Well, I like it.
So, for them to survive intact... >
£40 is a generous offer. I think, let's...
-Have a cruise around, come back and see the lady.
-I'm sure we will.
'Both teams are boxing clever. Can they get that knock-down price?'
-We need a decision.
-Let's check the price of the box with that lady.
-If she's not there, let's leg it into the tent.
-We're back. Any joy?
She said, for you, and while it's you, £100.
-I think a much nicer figure would be 80.
Would you take 85?
Come on. 85.
-Let's go with it. Shall we go with it, And?
-Thank you very much.
'Reds, you are done.
'Blues, I'll have two items in ten minutes, please.'
We haven't got a lot of time.
-I would probably go for it.
-I like that.
-Is that a brooch?
-A brooch, yeah.
-Can we have a look at that, please?
-The shovel and the...?
-The miner's tools.
Yeah. It's unusual.
Why I always look at these things is because novelties sell.
You get more money than gold value for a novelty.
On the back of the shovel, you can see a fitting for a brooch.
-So it's not in original condition.
-Will that devalue it?
Everything in original condition is what people want.
It's interesting. What's the best price for that?
-Would we make any anything?
At 15-carat gold, the gold's worth £90.
-It's a touch on top, so, yes, probably will.
-We haven't got long.
-I hope my box hasn't gone.
-Do you want the box?
If you go and do that, get that sorted out,
maybe we can have a look at a few more bits and pieces, come back.
We do then need to make a decision on one more object. So off you go.
Right, I want that box.
-I told you I'd have my way!
-I like a lady who knows her own mind.
We will have the box at £40, please.
'One deal done and is that another?'
-That's my very best.
Thank you. We've got four minutes left.
-And everything's nice and tickety-boo.
-We'll have that one.
-We'll have it, please.
Tickety-boo indeed, Jonathan.
Now the shopping's over, how much leftover lolly will be given to the experts to find their Bonus Buy?
First up, the reds.
'Mother and son Carol and Andrew swooped on this Mdina vase.'
-I thought it was Mdina.
That's rather grand.
'Mark spotted the silver-plated tea set.
'And after a lot of dithering, they plumped for the Japanese box.'
I'm very impressed. You got three very interesting things. Well done.
Well done, indeed. Excuse me butting in.
We're at the leftover lolly moment,
where you're going to give me the money that you didn't spend.
-You spent £195.
So I'd like £105 of leftover lolly. Andrew's got that. Perfect.
Mark, this is your big moment. £105. You can seriously save their bacon.
Or ruin the show, depending on how you get on.
-It's a lot of money.
-I'll do my best. A big responsibility.
Very good luck. Why don't we check out what the blues bought, eh?
'Mother and daughter Sandy and Melody bought their first item,
'a Victorian hall chair.'
Number one under the belt, 35 minutes into the game.
'Melody went for the pharmaceutical weights.'
I quite like that.
'Their final buy was the gold digger's shovel and pick brooch.'
-Well, we got there.
-What's this about record time? I love records.
-Actually, we finished quite late.
Four minutes to go. We were still relaxed at the fourth minute.
-Was it fun?
-It was brilliant fun.
Your eye shadow is just the job for this weather!
I bet you got some bargains. Just fluttered those.
-Of course. I just smiled sweetly.
-That's the look!
How much did you spend overall, Ma?
Who's got the £110 of leftover lolly, then?
You don't like this.
It's like taking blood from a stone, I tell you!
-There we go, Jonathan, £110. That's a lot of money.
-It's quite a lot.
-Are you going to be safe with it? Do you need a police escort?
-One or two, I don't mind.
-You're always greedy, aren't you?
Have a great time.
'I'm sure he will, but so will I,
'at the Fitzwilliam museum in Cambridge.
'It's got everything from Egyptian artefacts, ancient armour,
'porcelain from around the world, to walls covered with masterpieces.'
The thing I like about museums
is the hidden treasures that are often sitting inside.
If you look at this cabinet, which dates from the 1640s
and was made in the Low Countries around Antwerp,
on the face of it, it looks incredibly dull.
Fine, it's a nice example of 17th-century cabinet work,
but there's nothing spectacular about it.
And what's it doing in this gallery full of old master paintings?
Well, surprise, surprise. The secret lies inside.
If I lift up the lid, you can see a long rectangular oil painting.
If I open the doors on either side,
lo and behold,
there is a spectacular array of art.
It's a rich person's box, made to contain precious items.
These paintings were painted at the time the cabinet was made
in Antwerp around 1640 or so.
They tell the parable of the prodigal son from the New Testament.
The large panel on this side shows the prodigal son
in all his 17th-century dandy clothing
saying goodbye to his father and mother.
This is not the gap year of the time.
This is the boy shoving off for ever with his share of the family cash.
The far panel on this side shows the boy
getting up to all sorts of nonsense.
He's at a table laden with food and drink.
He's got not one, but two birds.
There's a naughty boy, a pickpocket, picking his pocket
while he's having a great time.
There's no fun to be had without music
and there are two musicians in the background.
All of this costs money and, of course,
the prodigal son runs out of cash and goes through some hard times.
Here we've got the boy being driven out of a pub
cos he can't pay his debts.
He has to earn some money.
You see him here as a swineherd, droving pigs up the road.
In the end, he realises the error of his ways.
He returns home and his father,
with great generosity, embraces him and welcomes home the prodigal son.
The elder son, who stayed behind doing the work is not too pleased,
but his father says to him, "You have me all the time.
"And everything that I have is yours."
The central panel shows the old couple, the father and mother,
at the end of an avenue of trees.
The figure in the distance is the prodigal son returning.
Even this panel contains a secret.
If I pull on the key, this architectural section opens up,
and we've got yet another delight.
A little trompe l'oeil, a trick of the eye, and if you look inside,
you see it's lined with mirrors and ivory columns.
At the far end, there's a vertical wall pointing towards us.
If you align your face appropriately on one side or the other,
you can see two pictures of a lady and gentleman
on that vertical wall.
The reflection of those pictures is shown in the mirror
to give you yet another form of entertainment.
In short, this Antwerp cabinet is an absolute peach.
The big question today is, over at the auction
with our parents and children, are any of the children going to be provident or prodigal or both?
'While I was at Cambridge,
'our experts have been hunting for their Bonus Buys.
'Mark is particularly excited about his.
'Whatever can it be?'
Andrew and Carol, you rather brilliantly spent £195.
You gave £105 to Mark Stacey to go and invest on your behalf.
What did you come up with?
A small glass plate.
I found it really tricky. I wanted to buy something of nice quality.
It's one of my favourite glass designers, Rene Lalique. Made about 1925, a fairly ordinary pattern.
-It's dandelion leaves.
-In frosted glass. I think it's lovely.
It's signed, in perfect condition and I paid a lot of money for it.
-Which is quite a lot.
What do you think it might make?
On a good day, we might make a fiver or tenner on it.
But Lalique is a name and sometimes people get carried away. It's often one of the nicer pieces in the sale.
I think you've got a hit here, Mark. I think you've got a couple,
mother and son, who think this is good.
Nice to span the generations like this. It's what Lalique does.
Don't decide now. You decide after the sale of your first three items.
For the viewers at home, let's see what the auctioneeress thinks about Mark's little plate.
How nice is this, to be at Bamfords auction house
-with Annabel Lewis.
-Lovely to see you.
-That's nice, isn't it?
-Yes. Nice bit of Lalique.
Common pattern. Always sells well in the auction.
Fairly standardised prices, though, for this type of thing.
That's the raised R Lalique mark, which is a later mark.
-Is that '30s?
-Probably 1930s. 25, 30.
Mark paid £75 for that. Do you think he'll get his money back?
Our estimate was 50 to 70. Hopefully, it will make the top end.
Well, let's be positive.
The next item is this Mdina glass.
-It's not a paperweight. It's a vase.
-Just a little tourist vase, I think.
-Go to Malta, buy one of these. Difficult to sell?
We wouldn't normally have that as a single lot.
Minimum bid, it's not worthy of putting in.
What's it worth, then? £5 or £10?
-£10 on a good day.
-Well, they paid £10.
You might struggle with that. The next item is visually exciting.
-The plated tea set. Unfortunately, incomplete.
With the box, you think it's going to be better than what it is.
It's a very good quality plated one but missing a piece,
so who's going to want three pieces without the fourth?
-Who's going to want a plated tea set?
-If it's silver, it's another matter, isn't it?
I think that's going to be awkward. What estimate have you put on it?
-£60 to £100.
-£100 paid so they're not so far off.
-You might be able to tempt somebody.
This little shocker intrigues me.
Cos it's just a straightforward late piece of cloisonne.
It is. Probably a cigarette box or table box.
Again, tourist quality, I think, so worth VERY little.
-£30 to £50 or something.
-On a good day?
-On a good day. Yes.
-£85 they paid.
-Far too much!
I'd have thought you'd be lucky to get £20 for it.
I don't think it'll get anywhere near £85.
Now, that's it for the reds. Next, the blues, Melody and Sandy.
-They bought the hall chair.
-Not a bad example.
-It has got that extra studding and decoration.
It's never my favourite type of piece of furniture.
Not the late ones, anyway. 18th-century hall chairs are great.
Those Victorian fellows... Still, they only paid 40.
-£30 to £50, our estimate.
-So they're right in the middle. That's OK.
Next is the pharmaceutical weights, which seem to be complete.
-Yes, but fairly...boring, really. What do you do with it? Who wants it?
-I don't know.
-It's those scientific instrument collectors...
..who've got the beam balance and they want weights to go with it.
-20 to 30.
£40. Moving on very swiftly
to the last item, which I think is charming. Do you like that?
I can see its positives but, personally, I would never wear it. It's not my sort of jewellery.
-Not unless you were married to a miner.
-But it has got that prospector's gold type feel to it.
You've got a nugget. You've got other bits of nugget on the shovel.
The pick itself has a bit of gold implanted.
-Somebody's crafted that well.
-They have. Yes.
It has lost its pin on the back.
It has got a bit of solder, which devalues it slightly.
I've only put £60 to £90 on it because of that.
They paid 110. I've a funny feeling it may do better than we think.
Then I have funny feelings all the time.
-Anyway, to be certain, let's have a look at their Bonus Buy.
Melody and Sandy, you spent £190.
You gave £110 of leftover lolly to JP. What did you spend it on, JP?
-Just trying to deceive you!
-A little silver spoon.
It IS cute.
I do admire this sort of thing when it's handmade.
It's Continental silver with a lower purity than sterling.
Nonetheless, it has a silver content.
The handle of it, you can see that it's been cut. It's a bit wobbly.
It's the way it's been depicted. A beaten bowl. I like all that.
It tops off with a finial and a cabochon garnet. A pretty thing.
I didn't spend a lot of money on it.
-Out of my £110, I spent 30.
It is a bit speculative. It's not a great investment.
-I think it's really sweet.
-Is there a profit?
-I thought you'd ask that.
I haven't ploughed the full budget into it.
If I'd put £110, you'd be worried. At £30 it's worth a punt.
If it sells for 15, you've lost 15. If it sells for 45, you've made 15.
It's in that...
-A gambling one, this one.
-Are the buyers going to be queuing up?
-Of course they will.
-It's what you have to decide, you gorgeous girls. I'll leave you to cogitate.
Meanwhile, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Jonathan's little spoon.
-There we go.
-Small is supposed to be beautiful.
-It's not worth an awful lot.
-Is it 900 standard?
-It's Continental somewhere.
It's got this little cabochon stone.
-That's probably the best bit.
-Is it worth a £10 note?
-Could be. 15 to 20.
£30 paid by Jonathan. He's optimistic. We're all optimistic.
-Thank you very much, Annabel.
18, 20, two, 25 in front. 28?
At £25. Eight, is it? At 25...
-Andrew and Carol, how are you feeling?
Cautiously optimistic. We'll see.
First up is the Mdina glass jug vase.
839 is the Mdina glass globular vase. £10 please for it?
Ten. Ten for the Mdina. £10 for it? Got to be worth £10.
Ten is bid, thank you. 12 for it? 12?
< Make it 12, anyone...? It's worth more than that.
..£10? It is, then, maiden bid at ten.
Wiped its face. No profit, no loss. No shame. No gain.
Silver-plated teapot, hot water jug in the chest. Nice group there.
£60 for it, please? 60's bid. Five. 70. Five.
80. Five. 90. Five. 100.
And five? 105? It's at £100. Five.
110. 120. 130? That's 120 then.
At £120. Are you all done at 120?
Well done, Mark. You spotted that. That's a considerable achievement.
The rectangular cloisonne casket, Japanese one.
£30 please for it? 30?
< 30 anywhere...? We worked hard to get this one!
..32. 35. 38.
At £35 right at the back. Eight is it? 38...
..40. And two? 42 with the cap? At £40. 42. 45?
At 42, then, right at the back. In the cap at 42...
That's minus £43.
-Which is minus £23 overall.
-It's not that bad.
-It's quite a good score.
-In this game, that's not bad.
What are you going to do about the Bonus Buy? Ring-fence the minus 23 or risk it
for the £75 Lalique jobby?
We both liked it. Yeah.
-Go with it.
-Go with Mark's choice.
It is a lovely thing, isn't it?
845 is the Lalique circular dish
circa 1925, and we have bids on commission here.
-< It starts with me at £55...
-Come on. A bit more.
,,60? It's at £55 on commission. 60 anywhere?
Surely? At 55. 60...?
..£55 on commission. Are you all done? At £55.
-I don't understand that.
-That should have done a bit more.
I'm afraid to say, minus £43
-is the overall score, which could be a winning score.
-It could be.
-So don't say a word to the blues.
-Thank you very much.
'Before the blues sold their items,
'I'd like to shine some light on something I found in the saleroom.'
If you went on your holidays in 1930 to Cornwall,
what might you bring back as a souvenir?
Possibly, one of these fellows.
A local product made out of something called serpentine marble,
except it's not a true marble, it's polished granite.
Somewhere around Land's End they'd have picked up a lump of rock like this,
all rough on the outside, spun it on a lathe
so that it finishes up with these perfect tapering forms,
and the lantern-like projection on top,
where the light would have been hidden.
Don't ask me which lighthouse this represents.
Doesn't really matter whether it exactly looks like a lighthouse.
If you were on your holidays, you'd buy this as a lovely reminder of a smashing time in Cornwall.
It is great, isn't it?
Next year, you popped off to Cornwall
and you bought another one
of these fellows, very, very nice.
You're getting a bit more prosperous
so the next year you bring back another lighthouse.
These things are getting bigger, you're doing better and better.
By the time you'd been there five years, you're getting a bit bored
but decide on your ultimate trip to Cornwall to buy the sixth,
which is even bigger.
What are you going to get in the sale today
for all six, because they're lotted in one lot?
833 is six serpentine lighthouse paperweights.
Two bids here. £45 is bid.
45 and 50. 50 for them? 50? 50. Five.
60. 60 takes it. Five is it? At £60 now. In the room at 60...
-So, Melody and Sandy, have you been chatting to the reds?
-You don't know how they got on?
-Melody, you liked those scales, didn't you?
-How excited are you feeling?
-I'm really excited.
Look at those eyes fluttering! Green eyes today.
£20 to £30 is her estimate on your scales, which is pretty miserable.
They're complete, ready to go. I don't understand £20 to £30.
You paid £40. I think you'll make a small profit. Ought to make £50.
First lot is your hall chair, Sandy.
861 is the Victorian mahogany hall chair, circa 1860.
£30 is bid on commission. And two?
32. 35. 38...
..42, is it? >
At £40, still on commission. Two is it? At 40...
-Wiped its face, Sandy. £40.
-She built it up and it stopped!
Look out. Here come your weights.
A set of late 19th century brass and alloy gram weights.
£20 for the gram weights? 20? £20? 20's bid.
22? 22. 25? 25.
28? 28. And 30? At £28, lady's bid. 30 is it?
At £28. Are you all done?
I can't believe it! £28 is minus 12. Now, the brooch.
I do hope this does well.
Four bids on this. It starts with me at £65.
And 70? 70 for the brooch? 70 is it? At £65.
70 anywhere? 70. Five. 80.
Five. 90? 90 for it? It's £85. 90, is it?
-Don't like the sound of this.
£85 is 15 short. It's minus £25.
-What can I say?
-That's gold weight. It scraps at that.
-That's a dreadful result.
-You're minus 37.
No new shoes for me, then!
Minus 37, that could be a winning score. Don't despair.
-What are you going to do about that spoon?
-Go for it.
-You are such a lovely couple!
Aren't they gorgeous?
You're going with the Bonus Buy and here it comes.
The Continental Arts and Crafts silver spoon.
A nice cabochon on the end. £10 for it.
Ten, surely? For the cabochon spoon. Arts and Crafts silver one.
At £10? Anybody wants it? £10.
£10 is bid. 12 for it?
£10, then. Maiden bid. 12 is it? >
At £10. Are you all done at ten?
If I had a gun I'd shoot myself.
-I wouldn't go that far.
Minus 57. OK. That's not so bad.
LAUGHTER He says!
Stiffen up, girls. Don't say a word to the reds.
All will be revealed as to who has won today's competition in a moment.
This has been a bit of a turn-up.
-Have you been talking at all?
You have no idea exactly how badly everybody's done?
Because everybody has done particularly badly today.
Anyway, overall, the runners-up are the blues.
Not by much. Minus £57.
Minus £57, that's not too bad.
Because the reds managed to lose only £43.
There ain't much in it. Have you had a nice time?
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