Liverpool 17 Bargain Hunt


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Liverpool 17

The teams compete at Aintree Racecourse with a little help from experts Jonathan Pratt and Henry Meadows, while Tim Wonnacott visits Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery.


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We're at the home of one great British institution,

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the Grand National!

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Time for another! Let's go Bargain Hunting!

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Today, Aintree swaps runners and riders for wheelers and dealers!

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But will our teams go the full distance?

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Will our teams stumble at the first hurdle?

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Let's go and find out.

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Our runners today...

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10-1 shot Kerry is lively and prone to overenthusiastic outbursts...

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I'm quite excited about that, really.

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At 40-1, John is rank outsider

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but will show form when the prize is high.

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Would you like it gift-wrapped, sir?

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Please, yes. If that was possible.

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Paul is the only grey in the field.

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His 30-1 odds reflect he's easily led astray.

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Would you be willing to take a risk on that, Henry?

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-I would if you could get it for less.

-OK.

-Shall we see if we can do a deal on it?

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Hot favourite is Gary,

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quick out of the stalls, but can peak too early.

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We don't want to be racing and buy something stupid in the last five minutes.

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So let's get them under starter's orders!

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-Now, John, how did you two meet?

-We met in a bar about five years ago through mutual friends.

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Yeah, we just share the same interests,

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and we go to gigs and stuff together, and we've just become friends since then, really.

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-Now, Kerry, you run a dance group.

-Yeah.

-Is that a strenuous activity?

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I wouldn't say it was strenuous, it's more fun.

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But, yeah...it's a dance troupe called the Debauchery Dolls...

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-Oh, Lord!

-Basically I audition them and put them together and we dance at local events,

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doing things like acrobatic pole dancing, fire-eating, and things like that.

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Have you got any clothes on at the time?

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Not myself...but they do.

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Oh, I see. You don't wear clothes, but they do.

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-I do! I don't do any of the dancing.

-You don't? You just organise it?

-Yeah. Organise it and hire them out.

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I think you're pretty cute, Kerry. I think you're going to do very well today. Now, John...

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-it's just as well you're wearing red today, yes?

-Yeah, I happen to be a Liverpool fan,

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always have been, born and bred, it's a family thing. So, yeah, I go to the games.

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-The family have got a season ticket, so I go to the games, yeah.

-You take it quite seriously?

-Yeah.

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And you're looking forward to today. Are you going to win?

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-Definitely, yeah.

-Oh, definitely. That's fighting talk. Anyway...good luck.

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-You look scared, you boys.

-Petrified.

-Excellent.

-Trembling.

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Paul, you're brothers but you're also great friends.

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We are indeed. We're very, very good friends, and we've got closer as we've got older.

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Gary was pretty much like a father figure to me in my early years,

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-and I didn't like him too much then, he was a bit of a...hindrance.

-Was he strict with you?

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-Oh, extremely, extremely.

-Bossy?

-He laid the law down.

-Bossy?

-Very bossy.

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-Difficult?

-Keep going! All those sort of words, yeah! That's him!

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-Now, Gary, you're pleased to be in blue.

-Very much so.

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In this city you're either red or blue, there's no in-between!

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Yeah, brilliant.

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-Now, you incorporate your PR campaign for Liverpool in your job, don't you?

-Yes.

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I set up my own company called Heart Of The City.

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Basically I wanted to do a good PR job for the city and bring people in and show them the real Liverpool,

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-so I'll take them round certain parts of Liverpool...

-So it's like a glorified tour guide?

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-Yeah...

-But more.

-I like to look after people and show them what we Scousers are really like.

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This is the friendliest city, it's a great city,

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and there's a lot more to it, and I love meeting people.

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-So, presumably, Gary, you'll have no problem in winning Bargain Hunt today?

-Not at all.

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That's rather what I thought you were going to say! Now, the money moment, £300 apiece, there you go.

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£300. £300. You know the rules. Your experts await and off you go!

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And very, very good luck.

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Cor! What great teams!

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And every great team needs a great trainer.

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Today we have them in the form of two young bucks...

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for the Reds...

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and for the Blues...

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Here we are at the race course.

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- Thanks, Jonathan. Best of luck. - Thank you very much.

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- Let's hope we don't fall at the first hurdle. - Thank you very much!

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Come on, let's get out of here!

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Oh, dear, Henry! I hope your advice isn't as lame as your jokes!

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-Right, guys, our hour has started.

-Yeah.

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Fill your boots, have a look around. See what you can find. Anything that's interesting, point it out.

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-What are your tactics for today?

-We need to get two good-quality products and something quirky.

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-Let's go inside, I think, actually.

-Yeah.

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-You've got to start somewhere.

-Yeah, why not there?

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-This is like painted wood.

-How much are they asking for it?

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-150.

-But it is period. And a bit of damage that doesn't really matter so much.

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-It gives it character.

-It shows it's original, that's the thing.

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You can see there's a few blemishes on the chrome, the glass...

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everything about it is original. And that's important.

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It's quite a versatile table. It's functional, it's good-looking, but it's a lot of money!

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A lot of our money, yeah!

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Let's stick to our anticlockwise route.

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Well, you've got £300, Jonathan.

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Boys, have you got expensive tastes too?

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£445.

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-Yeah, that exceeds our...

-Next stall!

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-£100.

-That's a wee bit too much.

-Too much.

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-How much is it?

-That's 120, that.

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Er...come on...

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That'll be a yes, then?

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"London & North Eastern Railway". Things like this railway iron are quite good.

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Train plates, nameplates off engines make thousands of pounds,

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and there are people who kit places out completely with this sort of thing.

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What would you take for it?

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-65.

-That's all right.

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The gentleman says we can have it for £65.

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And it's original, it's not fake. Cos there's lot of fakes, but that's original.

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Would you take 50?

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Well, if it's 65, right, we're going to split the difference and say 60.

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I would say there is a fair chance of that making quite a bit.

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I would say that. I sell this kind of thing quite a lot.

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With the auction house being near Crewe which is massive for railways...

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-Yeah.

-Yes.

-We'd have a lot of punt, maybe.

-Exactly.

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That would be quite good, and I think there's money in it.

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-I'd be surprised to see it lose.

-I'm quite excited about that, really.

-Shake the man's hand!

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- OK. - Would you like it gift-wrapped, sir?

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Please, yes. If that was possible.

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I'd just settle for a profit, eh, John?

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Thank you very much indeed. Hope you're happy with that. Bye.

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But at least you're on track. Now, boys, have you finally found something within budget?

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-Obviously, I think the terminal on the spoon suggests it's Indian.

-Yeah.

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Almost certainly silver.

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The Indians tended not to assay their particular items.

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What's the gold round the edges, that sort of tinting?

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-It looks like it's been gilded at some stage.

-Gilded...

-Yeah.

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So obviously it was quite a common thing to do, really,

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to replicate gold. Do you like it?

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-I like it, but it depends on...

-55. Obviously, he'd have to come down...

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-I think at auction you'd probably get sort of £30-£40 for it.

-Really?

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That's the level we'd have to be looking at, really.

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-What's the best price you'd do on this?

-40 would be the best.

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-Not 35?

-I mean, you've got to really like it, I think.

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-I like the handle. The handle's unusual, isn't it?

-Could we have it for 37?

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-I'll check with the boss.

-I like your style.

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- Yeah, OK. - We can do it for 37.

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-£37.

-That's a decent deal.

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Teams, you're neck and neck after the first fence.

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-This is lovely. What sort of period is this?

-Deco, isn't it?

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-Well, it's very, very late deco.

-Is it?

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-I'd say it's probably into the... it's almost... probably into the war period.

-Yeah.

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If we can get something like this for a lot less money than that, we will stand to make a profit.

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But it's the right idea, certainly.

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We've got a silver-plated chamber stick with the etched-glass shade.

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-I have to say, as an auctioneer, I haven't seen one with a shade before.

-Right.

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The only thing I would say is they're the sort of things

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that are fundamentally useless in today's society with electricity.

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Fundamentally useless? In that case, give me two!

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-But, you know, it's different.

-Oh, well, Blues, at least you're sticking together!

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Unlike the Reds who've lost their expert!

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-Have you seen Jonathan?

-No, he seems to have disappeared.

-I'll go and find him.

-Yeah, go and find him.

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Ah! There you are, Jonathan!

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Happily oblivious!

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£50. It's not out of the way, but... Shall we have a look at it?

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I thought it was fundamentally useless, Henry!

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This is electroplated, so what it is it's silver-plate that's fused on to an alloy or copper, for example...

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-Hence the colour.

-Hence the colour... And very often, when it's polished,

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it exposes the copper beneath.

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-Well, what can I say about it?

-No hallmarks?

-Well, it won't be because it's electroplated.

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So...it's a bit sort of Wee Willie Winkie style, isn't it really? But unusual.

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Would you be willing to take a risk on that, Henry?

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-I would if you could get it for less.

-OK.

-Shall we see if we can do a deal on it?

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-Have a word with the stallholder.

-Excuse me?

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You've got this down as 50, but would you be interested in taking £30 for that?

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40's the lowest I can go on that.

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What about 35?

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I'll do you 37...37.

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-What do you reckon, Paul?

-I think it's well worth risking.

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I like it, it's different. And as you say, Henry, you haven't seen it with this on before, have you?

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-It's quirky enough.

-36?

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-37's final.

-I think 37's OK.

-OK, 37.

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Not the last of the big spenders, are you, Blues?

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But at least that's two for the pot.

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Looking at this piece of... it's presumably... is it hallmarked silver?

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Can't see anything on it, but I'm pretty sure it is. Go on, you look.

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-Thanks very much.

-I really like that.

-That's a piece... these are sort of jaspers,

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like stones from the Cairngorms, in silver, and then you've got this Isle of Man motif.

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I've not seen one with that motif on. They always tend to do rather well at auction.

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There's a bit of damage there, isn't there, on that little chap...

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No there's not. It's just the silver is patternated.

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I think the patternation of it makes it look worse than it actually is.

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I think really brightly cleaned up, it will look much nicer.

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-Hello, kids, how are you getting on? All right?

-Well, one under the belt so far, Tim.

-Are you pleased?

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-I see you've got some lipstick on your cheek.

-Yeah, sadly it's not yours!

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-Mr Wonnacott...

-I've only had 14 kisses so far this morning.

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-It's rather good, isn't it? Are all Liverpool people like this, a bit fresh?

-Oh, yeah!

-Are they?

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-How are you getting on, Jonathan?

-Well, I've only had the one kiss this morning!

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-No, seriously, down to business. What have you bought?

-I just picked this up.

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-I know you're not supposed to guide us, but Scottish Cairngorms, Isle of Man...

-Isle of Man.

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I think the patternation makes it look worse than it actually is.

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-But if they were resold...

-Do you fancy that?

-I think it's a nice thing.

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The legs of Man. When was the last time you saw a legs of Man one on a Scottish pebble?

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-I'm not going to let you convince us, Tim.

-I'm not allowed to say anyway...

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-£20 doesn't seem a lot, does it? Do you like it?

-I love it.

-What do you think, John?

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-Yeah, again with the local interest.

-You've got a lovely team here.

-I have, I've been lucky today.

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-I can't influence you, so I'll shove off...

-Shove off!

-Good luck!

-See you.

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-Where's the lady gone?

-She's back there.

-To be cheeky, would you take 15?

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-15?

-Shall we go for it? Number two under our belt!

-Yeah.

-We'll take that, then, please. Thank you.

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Wonderful. Thank you very much.

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-Oh, this is easy, isn't it?

-Yeah!

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-I'm pleased you're so confident, Jonathan!

-Good, good, good!

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-I mean, this is luxury.

-Yeah, we're cruising!

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And the nice thing is there's quite a nice selection of stuff,

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-so it's not that difficult to find things.

-Yeah.

-We're doing all right. I think we're doing really well.

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We're still OK with time, so...

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Plenty of dolls, but no Debauchery Dolls!

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BUGLE BLAST

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-Is that how it's meant to sound?

-Yes.

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Good! Everyone's confidence is brimming over,

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so it's my turn to check out the fair.

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I feel something tribal coming on, don't you?

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I mean, how good is this? Here, in the middle of Aintree Racecourse,

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we've got an ethnographic dealer who's brought his incredible stock with him,

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and my favourite trio out of what he's brought us today include these three fellows...

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Each of them has got a typical trumpet-formed base, look.

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This one's pierced with a hole through the middle of the stem.

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That would be so you could put a leather thong through the hole and cart it around with you.

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Because if you're in a tribe, and it's a tribe that moves from place to place, you travel light.

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You haven't got much furniture. You want to be able to carry things easily.

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And this is an absolute essential.

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This piece is at least 50-100 or 150 years old.

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But what would these three things have been used for?

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Well, you haven't got any furniture,

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but you might have an elaborate hairdo.

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And for the ladies who are watching,

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they know that an elaborate hairdo is a very precious possession!

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And if you haven't got a bed and you have to lie on the floor,

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what you're not going to want to do is to mess up your elaborate hairdo!

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So this is actually a native pillow.

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This shaped bar at the top is designed to go round the back of your neck,

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so that when you're lying on the floor,

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your head is elevated and your elaborate hairdo will not be disturbed.

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The neck pillow.

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And they come from Namibia. What are they worth?

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Well, not an arm and a leg, just a pain in the neck!

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That's £100 each to you and me.

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And talking of pain, time to rein in the fun and push on to the finish.

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Maybe something there.

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-More pressure. We bought the first thing in the first 10 minutes...

-We've been cruising too much.

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We have, but there is so much to see...

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Where's your confidence now, then, Jonathan?

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-We don't want to be racing and buy something stupid in the last five minutes.

-No.

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-You like the '50s.

-Yeah.

-There's quite a lot of that sort of thing around here, that retro stuff.

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It would be quite nice to find something that's your choice, yeah?

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So I'm not going to put the pressure on, but let's just keep walking and looking,

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-but this one's down to you if you can.

-Oh!

-No pressure!

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Ooh, Jonathan! Upping the stakes in the final furlong.

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-How about that?

-It's musical.

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It depends how much it is, though.

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-That's a...

-Does it play, that?

-How much is this, please?

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Very best price, I'll do you 85.

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-Er...

-Shall we do that?

-It stands a chance.

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-It's a very good musical mech in that one.

-They're basically sort of 1930s...

-Where is Widdicombe?

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-Down in...

-Somerset.

-Somerset.

-Somerset.

-Down Devon way.

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We sold one in our last auction on Tuesday and we got £75 for it,

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-so, at 85, it's borderline, really.

-Yeah.

-But we're running out of time.

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So are Kerry and John, Henry.

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OK, look for a stall that you think might catch your eye and then just go for it.

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-I can't. I feel as if I've got pressure on me now.

-You're all right.

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Yes, yes, yes!

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Keep moving, keep moving.

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Are you specifically looking for anything in particular now, do you think?

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No, I want something that catches my eye.

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-Would you take a risk?

-I'd take a risk at it.

-Could we have this for 70?

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I couldn't do that, I'm afraid.

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How much?

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-A tenner.

-That's kind of like Austrian Loetz.

-It is Loetz.

-It is Loetz? Is it with damage?

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-On the top rim.

-Oh, yeah. There's a big chunk out.

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-Yeah.

-OK. Sorry!

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I mean, a tenner would be...straightforward.

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-There's a chunk out the top.

-Yeah.

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Someone might go to the trouble of doing that. If it was in good condition, it would get £200.

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-I'd stick that back up there if I were you. It's here, if we have to rush back, it's an easy tenner.

-OK.

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-Cos I would like...

-I'll put the chip on the outside to put people off.

-Shall we go down that way?

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I like your style, Kerry!

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I'll tell you what, I'll do it at 80, and that'll be my absolute best deal. That'll give you a fighting chance.

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I honestly think if you bought that, the gentleman's right, you'd have a fighting chance.

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-Right, OK.

-Right. OK, I've got a good feeling about this.

-OK.

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-We'll deal with the 80.

-Thank you very much.

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OK, how much is that?

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Er...absolutely definitely it would be 180.

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That's a really big spend,

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-but this sort of thing can be quite collectible in the right market.

-Yeah.

-The verse is...what's it say?

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"When I was young I...

0:17:490:17:53

-"Thought..."

-The spelling's not perfect!

-"I little thought that...

0:17:530:17:58

-"Learning...

-Was so easily taught."

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That's quite...that's quite funny.

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It's quite a bit of early comedy, really.

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-Er...

-Do we go out and buy it?

-Yeah!

-Rock bottoms, you wouldn't take just another tenner...?

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If you take that, I'll give you the Loetz for free.

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Well, if you're going to chuck that in for free, it's not quite in the rules...

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-I'm always in favour of that...

-No rules!

-Since then, Jonathan?

-Let's break the rules.

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So we're doing it.

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-Thank you very much. Brilliant.

-Thank you.

-Thank you.

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I was destined to be on Bargain Hunt today, I knew it!

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-It's exciting.

-I'm excited as well, actually.

-Yeah! It'll be good.

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They've crossed the finish.

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Just as well, really, because time's up!

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Mmm...so what did those Reds buy?

0:18:450:18:48

They settled quickly on an iron railway sign for...

0:18:480:18:52

There's got to be a £20-£30 profit in that, I really see it...

0:18:520:18:54

Then Jonathan picked up a silver and agate brooch...

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and in the dying minutes they landed a sampler

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and a chipped Loetz vase for...

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-I'm always in favour of that...

-No rules!

0:19:050:19:08

So what did you finish up by spending?

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-We spent 255, leaving us with £45.

-£45 left over. Who's got that?

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-Me.

-£45 left over to me, please.

-There's 40...and there's 5 Queens.

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Lovely. I trust you. Millions wouldn't.

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-Yeah, I know!

-Which is your favourite piece, Kerry?

0:19:220:19:26

Er...definitely the tapestry.

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-That's your favourite?

-Yeah. That's something that I'd actually have at home.

0:19:280:19:33

Here's your £45. What are you going to do with this, old fruit?

0:19:330:19:36

-Oh...

-Got any ideas? Have you got a plan?

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Well, I feel a little bit guilty because Kerry's not had a retro, vintage type thing,

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so I'm going to look for something along that sort of line so you have something you really like.

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-I just want to please the lady.

-Is that what you want to do?

0:19:520:19:55

Well, nothing's new, then, is it, Jonathan? Anyway, very, very good luck!

0:19:550:19:59

Meanwhile, why don't we check out what the Blue team bought?

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They got underway with the gilt spoon for...

0:20:030:20:07

Then Gary felt an Edwardian chamber stick was worth a punt.

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And they thought the Widdicombe Fair musical jug would sing at auction.

0:20:120:20:16

-Right, OK.

-Right. OK, I've got a good feeling about this.

-OK.

0:20:160:20:19

How much have you spent overall?

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-154...was it? 154?

-I think so.

-Sounds about right.

0:20:220:20:28

-£146. Who's got the £146?

-I have.

0:20:280:20:30

-Thank you very much, Paul. That's lovely.

-Some coins here.

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-There you go.

-You're a gent. That's supposed to be 6 in there with all those 50p, is it?

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We'll believe you. Anyway, here we go, Henry.

0:20:390:20:42

-Thank you.

-Here's a vast amount of money for you.

-My tip?

-It's your pocket money, actually!

0:20:420:20:47

-What are you going to spend it on, Henry?

-Not too sure yet.

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Perhaps some boys' toys or something like that, you never know!

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Well, there's plenty of scope to go for, and very, very good luck!

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Meanwhile we're heading off to a place of excellence,

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the Walker Art Gallery just down the road in Liverpool.

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The Walker Art Gallery opened its doors in 1877,

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and before long its walls, halls and galleries were all crammed with works of art,

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generously provided by Liverpudlians who were keen on showing off their artistic side...

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like.

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These benefactors splashed the cash to ensure that, by the 1890s,

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the Walker was arguably the greatest gallery outside London.

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And one of the finest jewels in the gallery's crown

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is its collection of sculpture.

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And some would say that the very finest piece of sculpture in the collection is this...

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John Gibson's Venus...

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known as The Tinted Venus.

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If you look at her face, she quite obviously has got pink lips and blue eyes,

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if you look at her hair, that most certainly is blonde.

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And it's tied up in a hairnet that's got bright blue stripes on it.

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When he completed this figure in 1856, he so loved it, he wouldn't allow it to be seen,

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or even leave his workshop.

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When it did go out after 1860, it created a furore.

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It was perfectly acceptable

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to have large areas of flesh in sculpture

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even in prudish mid-Victorian times,

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but by introducing the colour scheme it was thought to have gone beyond the pale.

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However the nation's tastes for classically inspired pieces of sculpture like this

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was just about to change.

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By the 1870s, a raw, brash group of sculptors entered the scene.

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They were looking for movement, muscularity...

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They wanted to throw the conventions of classical sculpture out of the window!

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And one of the sculptors who embraced the principles of the New Sculpture movement

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was Edward Onslow Ford

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who created this statue, entitled Peace.

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He was a sculptor who was particularly interested in symbolism,

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and in this figure we've got a young girl who's holding in the one hand a frond of palm,

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emblematic of victory, and in her other hand she's releasing the dove of peace.

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I love the way that Onslow Ford has got some movement here.

0:23:490:23:54

There's nothing classical about this piece.

0:23:540:23:57

Her body is inclining to the right,

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but yet it's counterbalanced by this delicious spray of palm from above.

0:24:000:24:07

Gorgeous!

0:24:070:24:09

One of the leading exponents of the New Sculpture movement was William Hamo Thornycroft

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who, particularly in this figure, personifies the pursuit of realism in sculpture.

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One day in 1881, he was travelling up the Thames by boat

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and spotted an agricultural labourer on the bank.

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He was so inspired by this, he sketched the theme and ultimately worked up this piece of sculpture

0:24:470:24:54

which is entitled The Mower.

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This is not copying some earlier classical pose,

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this is raw, this is tough life itself

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as it was at the end of the 19th century.

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The big question today is of course

0:25:120:25:14

how tough is life going to be for our teams over at the auction?

0:25:140:25:19

Hopefully not too tough

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as we hotfoot it south to Nantwich in Cheshire,

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where auctioneer Robert Stones is waiting for us.

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We've got this rather handsome railway plate. What do you know about that, Robert?

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Well, I think it's quite an interesting thing that somebody's bought here.

0:25:360:25:39

We've got LNER, the well-known railway that went up the East Coast of England.

0:25:390:25:45

LNER was established in 1923 and was actually nationalised in 1948,

0:25:450:25:49

-so it only had a small span of time it was actually in use, so, nice interesting thing.

-Good.

0:25:490:25:54

-Brilliant. What sort of estimate have you put on it?

-50-80.

-They paid 60.

-Well...

0:25:540:25:59

-Slap-bang in the middle.

-Could be in the money.

-Could be in the money.

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Now, what about this little oddball brooch?

0:26:020:26:05

Well, interesting thing for sure. Cornelian and bloodstone stones in it.

0:26:050:26:10

It's a white metal.

0:26:100:26:12

Manx three legs in the centre there which is quite a nice thing.

0:26:120:26:17

Generally these sort of semiprecious stone things are made in Scotland,

0:26:170:26:20

but the unfortunate thing about it is, if you turn it over, it's been repaired, which is not good.

0:26:200:26:26

-The condition is unfortunate, isn't it?

-Doesn't help it.

0:26:260:26:29

-But our team only paid £15 for it.

-Did they?

-Will it make £15?

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-They could be into profit with that. We've put 20-40 on it.

-Have you? That's very sound.

0:26:330:26:37

Excellent. Now, a complicated lot, this...

0:26:370:26:41

-because it comes in two parts.

-Ah?

0:26:410:26:43

Our cunning, negotiating Jonathan Pratt didn't get a discount,

0:26:430:26:48

he got the glass pot instead.

0:26:480:26:50

-So we start off, let's say, with the sampler...

-Yes.

-Do you rate that?

0:26:500:26:55

I think it's a terrific thing.

0:26:550:26:57

1855, the date on it.

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Condition is everything with these, so it has to be said there's a certain amount of damp

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or water damage that's got into it. It wouldn't take a lot of effort to get that sorted out,

0:27:030:27:09

-and it could look quite nice.

-Yeah, I think so too.

0:27:090:27:11

And the colours, you know... those pinks and reds and what-not are quite vibrant, aren't they?

0:27:110:27:16

-Yeah, I agree.

-So a candidate for restoration?

-Yeah.

-And what's your estimate on that?

0:27:160:27:20

-50-80.

-Is that all?

-Yeah.

-Cos they paid 180 for it.

0:27:200:27:24

-Did they really? My goodness!

-£180. They fell in love with it.

0:27:240:27:28

-Well, it might just take off.

-Well, I wish them luck with it, cos it has great potential, it's a nice thing.

0:27:280:27:32

Well, that's very sweet of you to say so, and then the discount bit

0:27:320:27:36

-took the form of this chipped little Austrian vase pot.

-Yes...

0:27:360:27:42

Which I'm afraid you're going to have to offer for sale.

0:27:420:27:45

Well, we'll do our damnedest, but it has to be said with glass, if it's damaged, and that is damaged,

0:27:450:27:52

it's got a big chunk out of it...

0:27:520:27:54

it really does make a big difference to the value. So something like that I think is going to be

0:27:540:27:59

-quite a struggle. We'll see what we can do...

-Excellent. Anyway...

0:27:590:28:03

depending on how all this malarkey sorts out, the team probably will need their bonus buy,

0:28:030:28:09

so let's go and have a look at it.

0:28:090:28:12

Kerry and John, the bonus buy moment.

0:28:120:28:15

-Are you excited about this?

-Yeah, very.

-What has JP got under his little red rag?

0:28:150:28:21

You gave him £45. What did you buy, JP?

0:28:210:28:25

Well...

0:28:250:28:26

-OK.

-A brooch.

-A brooch. I'll pass it straight over.

0:28:280:28:32

When I spied that, I looked at it, thinking, "This is a good piece of Victorian jewellery."

0:28:320:28:37

It's not set with gems, although it's multicoloured paste, but set in silver,

0:28:370:28:43

-so there's a lot of work gone into making that.

-Yeah.

-But it's a very pretty brooch, I think.

0:28:430:28:49

-How much did you pay for that?

-I paid £40.

-Oh?

0:28:490:28:51

And are you pleased to have paid £40?

0:28:510:28:54

Do you feel quite chuffed with yourself that you got it just for £40?

0:28:540:28:58

Er... Well, look, you know, buying the bonus buy is a difficult exercise,

0:28:580:29:03

and I sometimes fret about my purchases, but having seen it again this morning I'm really pleased.

0:29:030:29:08

-I've done rather well actually, I think.

-It's definitely something I would buy.

-It's very neat.

0:29:080:29:14

They say diamonds are a girl's best friend! This is the nearest thing. Anyway...

0:29:140:29:18

thank you very much. You'll decide later,

0:29:180:29:20

but for the audience at home let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Jonathan's brooch.

0:29:200:29:25

Well, Robert, look at that.

0:29:260:29:28

Love it! I think this is a really charming little basket of flowers.

0:29:290:29:33

It's got paste stones in there which is lovely.

0:29:330:29:37

And what more can you say about it? The condition is super.

0:29:370:29:40

And, quite honestly, I think this sort of jewellery is really underrated.

0:29:400:29:44

It's not fashionable perhaps to have brooches these days,

0:29:440:29:47

but quite honestly any lady would really love that.

0:29:470:29:50

-A great object.

-He's such a good salesman, Robert, isn't he?

0:29:500:29:53

You should be in the jewellery-selling business, Robert!

0:29:530:29:56

-What do you think for this?

-We're saying £15-£30, but I think it's great value and should make more.

0:29:560:30:04

Well, Jonathan paid 40.

0:30:040:30:05

-Did he? Well, it deserves to do that and better.

-Doesn't it? Well, if anybody can sell it

0:30:050:30:10

-to its best advantage, it'll be you.

-We'll do our best.

-Now, that's it for the Reds.

0:30:100:30:14

Now for the Blues.

0:30:140:30:16

Their first item is the spoon.

0:30:160:30:19

This is rather nice. It's difficult to know with these quite what the silver content is, if any,

0:30:190:30:24

and of course none of these things are marked, so it makes it rather difficult to trace it back.

0:30:240:30:28

But it's a good decorative thing,

0:30:280:30:30

which, you know, I think is quite a pleasing little thing to be selling, really.

0:30:300:30:34

-How much?

-We're saying 10-20. So not a lot of money, but it's good value for money.

0:30:340:30:40

Bit of a tempting estimate, I'd say!

0:30:400:30:42

-£37 they paid for it.

-37?

-Yeah.

-OK. We'll have to do our best.

0:30:420:30:46

-We'll have to get weaving with that one.

-Excellent.

0:30:460:30:49

Now, the little hurricane chamber lamp.

0:30:490:30:51

I mean, you are in a seriously draughty house with this, aren't you?

0:30:510:30:56

You've stuck your candle in the middle of that, and you're heading off to the north wing,

0:30:560:31:00

but, unfortunately, you've got to go through 3 open courtyards and 19 outside staircases

0:31:000:31:06

before you get up to your room! Hence this glass protector.

0:31:060:31:10

-Well, I think you're getting a bit carried away...

-All right.

-Nonetheless, it's a good thing.

0:31:100:31:16

The thing I like about it is the quality. All this cutting here on the shade is great quality,

0:31:160:31:22

-so, from that point of view, I would say about 30-50.

-£37.

0:31:220:31:27

They paid £37 for the first item, they paid £37 for the second item.

0:31:270:31:32

-No, well, that's excellent, isn't it? £30-50.

-Nice thing.

-You could get £60 for that, easy.

0:31:320:31:37

-Yeah.

-They'd be very pleased.

0:31:370:31:39

-Now, we're a long way from Devon, all right?

-We are indeed.

0:31:390:31:43

So how do Crown Devon musical Widdicombe Fair musical jugs fare in Cheshire?

0:31:430:31:50

Well...

0:31:500:31:52

-I'm not too familiar with what goes on in Devon, unlike you...

-Are you not?

0:31:520:31:58

But it would be fair to say that these jugs have all sorts of different musical boxes inside them.

0:31:580:32:06

It seems to be in pretty good order all round, made in about 1930, something like that,

0:32:060:32:10

-and of course produced in Stoke-on-Trent...

-Yes.

-So it's something we see fairly regularly.

0:32:100:32:15

-How much do you think you're going to get for it?

-50-80.

-Very good.

0:32:150:32:19

£80 they paid. So that's pretty well spot on. If you can sell that well, they won't need their bonus buy.

0:32:190:32:25

If it doesn't go so hot, they're going to need it, so let's go and have a look at it.

0:32:250:32:29

You gave Henry £146.

0:32:300:32:35

Henry, what did you spend it on?

0:32:350:32:37

Well, what do you think to this?

0:32:370:32:40

-What is it?

-It's a walnut box and it's made from the beam of the HMS Arethusa.

0:32:400:32:47

It was a 50-gun frigate which served out in the Crimea during 1854-56,

0:32:470:32:53

and it was broken up in 1933.

0:32:530:32:57

-What do you think?

-Really nice.

-You certainly don't see too many of these every day.

0:32:570:33:02

Built from a ship, from the remains of a ship.

0:33:020:33:05

It looks like a 1930s box. You wouldn't, without the plaque, make any connection with the Royal Navy,

0:33:050:33:11

and certainly not a vessel that dates from the 1840s.

0:33:110:33:15

So from all that point of view it is interesting.

0:33:150:33:19

-I'd say it's highly speculative, but, er...

-Well, that depends on...

0:33:190:33:23

How much is it? What have you paid for it?

0:33:230:33:25

It cost me £38.

0:33:250:33:28

Oh, wow, so we still have quite a bit to spare, then.

0:33:280:33:30

It's the sort of thing... People collect Naval memorabilia.

0:33:300:33:34

-You never know. Hopefully, it'll do well.

-I don't think it'll sink.

-I don't think it'll sink either.

0:33:340:33:41

Anyway, you don't pick now, you pick later.

0:33:410:33:42

For the audience at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Henry's box.

0:33:420:33:46

Here we go, look. A little test of your knowledge of marine history. Robert?

0:33:480:33:53

Well, Tim, to be honest, you don't need to know a great deal about this because it's all on the plaque!

0:33:530:33:59

And it was an all-wooden boat. It was the last Royal Navy boat to go into a warship situation

0:33:590:34:06

-under sail only.

-Really?

-Quite extraordinary. It was then scrapped

0:34:060:34:12

or broken down in Woolwich and that's when, of course, the timbers would have been used to make...

0:34:120:34:16

well, I've seen furniture and all sorts of things made out of timbers taken from ships.

0:34:160:34:20

So this is little box that was made out of those timbers. It's a pleasant enough thing.

0:34:200:34:24

-And what do you think it's worth?

-We're looking about £10-20 on it.

0:34:240:34:28

-Is that all?

-How much did they pay for it?

-£38 did our new boy 'Enery.

0:34:280:34:34

-He thought it was pretty wizard.

-Mmm...we're going to have to get weaving, aren't we?

-You are!

0:34:340:34:39

What's the name of your local river?

0:34:390:34:41

-The Weaver!

-There you go.

0:34:410:34:43

That's why you're going to get weaving!

0:34:430:34:45

-Anyway, thank you very much.

-Thanks very much indeed.

-Thanks, Robert.

-Thanks, Tim.

0:34:450:34:49

55 anywhere now, do I hear?

0:34:490:34:51

55 there. 60's with me.

0:34:510:34:52

65 is the bid. Your bid at 65.

0:34:520:34:55

At 65, then.

0:34:550:34:57

-How are you feeling? All right?

-Yeah.

-Pretty zappy?

-Excited.

-Nervous as well.

0:34:570:35:02

-What have you got to be nervous about?

-I don't know... I don't know how we're going to do.

0:35:020:35:07

Sounding rather frightened!

0:35:070:35:10

This isn't like the Kerry we know, is it, JP?

0:35:100:35:14

-Ah...

-What happened to that super confident person?

-I don't know, she's now...

-A crumbling wreck!

0:35:140:35:20

-Crumbling!

-I don't know. You've got nothing to worry about.

0:35:200:35:23

You've got you railway sign, right? You paid £60 for that. And here it comes!

0:35:230:35:27

Lot number 50, ladies and gentlemen, the LNER railway sign, cast iron.

0:35:270:35:32

A lovely thing. £50 I'm bid for this straightaway.

0:35:320:35:34

55 anywhere now, do I hear?

0:35:340:35:37

55 there. 60's with me.

0:35:370:35:39

65 your bid. 70 anywhere else?

0:35:390:35:42

-Come on, come on!

-At £65 and will be sold at 65, then...

0:35:420:35:45

A fiver. That's a good start.

0:35:460:35:48

-£65, plus £5.

-I'm happy with that.

-Well, it's better than nowt!

0:35:480:35:51

Here we go, here comes Manx.

0:35:510:35:53

Legs of Man brooch. And I've got £20 bid for this straightaway at 20. 5?

0:35:530:35:59

25 there.

0:35:590:36:00

30 on commission. Your bid at 35. 40 anywhere else?

0:36:000:36:04

I have 35, a super thing. I have £35 there... 40.

0:36:040:36:08

45. 50 now.

0:36:080:36:09

50. Don't go away. 50? 45, your bid at 45.

0:36:090:36:13

All quietened down at £45.

0:36:130:36:15

-That is plus £30!

-Get in there!

-That is plus £35.

0:36:150:36:20

-Now, King Solomon's Temple.

-# We're in the money! #

0:36:200:36:23

Lot number 54, ladies and gentlemen,

0:36:230:36:25

is the sampler. Several commissions on this. I can start at £100.

0:36:250:36:30

£100 I'm bid. 105 now, do I hear?

0:36:300:36:32

At £100 with me. At 105 now anywhere do I hear?

0:36:320:36:36

It's great value for money at this. Come along now.

0:36:360:36:38

At £100 I'm bid. 105 anywhere?

0:36:380:36:41

Come on!

0:36:410:36:43

That's it, then, it's going to be sold on one bid then at £100.

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If you're all finished. At 100.

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-£100.

-That is awful!

-Oh, dear, £100, minus 80...

0:36:480:36:53

You've got your 35. You're at minus £45, all right.

0:36:530:36:57

Lot number 53, ladies and gentlemen. The glass vase, £5 to start it off.

0:36:570:37:02

£5 I'm bid. 10 is the now.

0:37:020:37:05

-10 anywhere?

-Go to be more than a fiver.

-£10 I'm bid.

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£10 in the doorway.

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Will be sold. At £10 only then.

0:37:110:37:14

The freebie gives you plus £10 which means overall you are...

0:37:140:37:18

-minus £35.

-OK, sorry guys.

-It's all right.

-Nothing to be sorry about.

0:37:180:37:23

This is good. What about this brooch, then?

0:37:230:37:25

-Yeah, I'm a gambler.

-Yeah?

-Yeah.

-Here it comes.

0:37:250:37:30

Lot number 56. This absolutely delightful silver brooch.

0:37:300:37:35

Now, I really like this. £20 to start it off. It's worth every cent.

0:37:350:37:38

20 bid straightaway. And 5 now do I hear?

0:37:380:37:40

At £20, the bid's there.

0:37:400:37:41

5 anywhere now? 25. Well done. 30 now you're bidding.

0:37:410:37:45

35. 40 now?

0:37:450:37:47

40 bid. 45?

0:37:470:37:49

-50?

-One more, madam!

-At 45, your bid. 45. 50 anywhere?

0:37:490:37:54

On the internet at 50? 50 bid. 55? 55. 60 on the internet?

0:37:540:38:00

-Go on!

-Go on, internet!

0:38:000:38:02

Come on, internet! That's what we're saying! 60?

0:38:020:38:05

55's in the room at £55. At £55.

0:38:050:38:08

All finished and done at 55. Going to be sold at 55.

0:38:080:38:10

Yeah!

0:38:110:38:13

55.

0:38:130:38:15

Thank you very much.

0:38:150:38:17

Which means overall you're minus £20, which is no shame. I've seen a lot worse than that.

0:38:170:38:22

-All right? Minus 20 is your final score. Don't tell the Blues a thing.

-We won't.

-Hush-hush!

0:38:220:38:28

-Now, Gary and Paul, do you know how the Reds got on?

-No, don't know yet.

-No idea?

0:38:320:38:36

You won't want to know, I tell you!

0:38:360:38:39

The first lot up is your spoon and here it comes.

0:38:390:38:42

Lot number 71 showing there. The white metal spoon.

0:38:420:38:46

£10 to start it off, somebody? 10 is the now.

0:38:460:38:49

15 in the doorway. 20 now?

0:38:490:38:52

£15, I'm bid at 15. 20 anywhere? At £15.

0:38:520:38:55

Bid's there. £15, then.

0:38:550:38:57

-Oh, 15!

-Didn't fancy that one anyway!

0:38:570:38:59

That is minus £22, so that's not so hot, is it?

0:38:590:39:01

Anyway, next up is your Edwardian chamber candlestick, here it comes.

0:39:010:39:06

Lot number 72, showing now. The Edwardian chamber stick.

0:39:060:39:10

That's the one. Super quality.

0:39:100:39:12

Don't pass this one over. I'm bid £30 for it, straightaway £30.

0:39:120:39:15

35 is the now. 35 now do I hear?

0:39:150:39:18

35. 40 is the now, 35 your bid.

0:39:180:39:21

40 on the internet. 45 is the now. 45. 45?

0:39:210:39:24

£50 on the internet?

0:39:240:39:26

45 bid is there and will be sold.

0:39:260:39:28

50, just in time. 55? At 50 it's your bid.

0:39:280:39:32

At £50, then it will be sold. At £50, then.

0:39:320:39:36

-That's a good profit.

-£50 is good, that's plus 13.

0:39:360:39:40

That means overall you are minus £9.

0:39:400:39:43

Now, what about Widdicombe Fair?

0:39:430:39:47

Lot number 73, Crown Devon Widdicombe Fair musical jug.

0:39:470:39:52

£40 I'm bid straightaway. It's on commission at £40.

0:39:520:39:54

45 is the now. 45 anywhere now, do I hear?

0:39:540:39:57

45 there.

0:39:570:39:58

50 with me. Your bid at 55.

0:39:580:40:01

-60 do I hear? 55 bid's there.

-Come on!

-At £55. 60?

0:40:010:40:05

At 55, bid's there and will be sold at 55.

0:40:050:40:08

£55. 5 off 60, that's minus 25.

0:40:090:40:13

Minus £34... Minus £34 overall.

0:40:130:40:17

Oh, dear! This is not working for you at all, I have to say.

0:40:170:40:21

Minus £34. What are you going to do about the old box?

0:40:210:40:23

We're going to break even with the box at the very least.

0:40:230:40:26

-It's a team game. Henry's going to navigate us to get some money back!

-The pressure's on.

0:40:260:40:30

-You don't have to go with this box.

-We're going with it.

0:40:300:40:32

-He's not going to burst into tears if you don't.

-Henry's the man.

-Is he?

-Am I?

-You're going with it.

0:40:320:40:37

Well, there's the decision, then. Determined to go with this box. Here it comes.

0:40:370:40:42

Lot number 77. This mahogany box, absolutely super thing,

0:40:420:40:47

with the plaque on the top of it. What may we say?

0:40:470:40:49

-I've got £20 bid for it straightaway on commission.

-That's a good start!

0:40:490:40:54

25? 25. 30 now, do I hear?

0:40:540:40:56

£30. £35? Worth every penny. 35.

0:40:560:40:59

-40 now.

-Come on.

-At 40 now. Your bid at 35. Looking for 40.

0:40:590:41:03

Come on!

0:41:030:41:06

Come on, you can hear them begging you from the back!

0:41:060:41:08

This man's going in the Mersey!

0:41:080:41:11

At 35!

0:41:110:41:13

40 anywhere else?

0:41:130:41:15

I'm nervous now.

0:41:150:41:17

-40! It's worth a round of applause, that! 40 is bid!

-Saved him!

0:41:170:41:21

50 now? 45 it's your bid. The bid's there at 45. It's your bid.

0:41:210:41:25

Will be sold at £45.

0:41:250:41:27

-Brilliant.

-Well done.

-Thanks.

-Excellent!

0:41:270:41:32

-We're pleased!

-Plus 7.

0:41:320:41:35

You had to hold it in your hand!

0:41:350:41:37

You are still minus £27.

0:41:370:41:40

Now, listen, lads, that could be a winning score. Don't say a word to those naughty Reds, all right?

0:41:400:41:44

-Well, teams, have we been chatting at all?

-No.

0:41:500:41:52

-No communication? You have no idea how close you are today?

-No.

0:41:520:41:58

There is £7 only between our teams.

0:41:580:42:02

The similarities are remarkable. Both teams went with the bonus buy and made a profit

0:42:020:42:08

with the bonus buy. Both of our experts are walking tall and feeling proud today,

0:42:080:42:13

because they'd done their stuff with the bonus buy, but, sadly, to the tune of only £7,

0:42:130:42:18

one team's behind and that team is...

0:42:180:42:20

-the Blues!

-Oh!

-Yes!

0:42:200:42:23

You lose today by only losing £27, yeah?

0:42:230:42:29

-Look at the emotion!

-That's a real sore one.

0:42:290:42:33

Do you feel really sore about this? You don't?

0:42:330:42:35

-No.

-I don't want it to ruin your day, Gary, because you've been a great team.

0:42:350:42:40

-But you are, sadly, the runners-up today. But the winners, the Reds!

-Yes!

0:42:400:42:43

This is really peachy, isn't it?

0:42:430:42:46

-You've won by only losing £20.

-Winning loses!

0:42:460:42:50

-Yeah, we're really quite pleased with that, aren't we?

-I don't blame you.

0:42:500:42:54

That little brooch was a peach. What let you down was the sampler.

0:42:540:42:58

Were it not for the sampler, you'd be taking home folding money!

0:42:580:43:01

Which is a pity, really. But nevertheless you cracked it.

0:43:010:43:05

-You've won today and I hope you've enjoyed it.

-Yeah, very much so.

0:43:050:43:08

Well done, JP, on your profit.

0:43:080:43:10

-Great day! Join us soon for some more Bargain Hunting! Yes?

-Yes!

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0:43:210:43:25

The two teams are let loose at Aintree Racecourse, where they search for profitable objects in a bustling antiques fair with a little help from experts Jonathan Pratt and Henry Meadows. Presenter Tim Wonnacott takes a competition break to go in search of the New English Sculpture Movement in Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery.