Peterborough 23 Bargain Hunt


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Peterborough 23

Antiques challenge. A father and daughter duo take on a team of childhood friends at the Peterborough East of England Showground antiques fair.


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Ah, Cambridgeshire! Let's go bargain hunting!

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Park up, James.

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To help our teams navigate through the fair

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are two boys with the Knowledge.

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First up, Nick Hall.

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Diehard Nottingham Forest fan.

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His opponent, David Harper.

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Should be quite a contest!

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Coming up on today's show, Emily takes control of the Red purse.

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-It's my turn now.

-Right. OK. That's fair.

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I want something pretty and little, and not brown.

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And no-one is in control of the Blues.

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I've got the cash, David. To the beer tent!

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Thirsty, guys? Time to dig a little deeper.

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Well, on today's Red Team we have father and daughter,

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who happen to be extremely good friends,

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-Christopher and Emily.

-Hello.

-Hi.

-Very nice to see you both.

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Emily, you've just finished studying. What's your dream job?

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Um, something to do with art and photography,

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maybe setting up my own business, that kind of thing, yeah.

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-You also like to get your skates on.

-Yeah.

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I skate with Peterborough ice-skating association, yes,

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and do that about five times a week. Before school, I used to do it.

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-Five times a week!

-Yeah.

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Christopher, you're taking some time out of work.

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That's right. I've worked for 26 years, since leaving university,

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so I thought it was time I had a late gap year or sabbatical year,

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and I'm studying for a French diploma with the Open University.

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Oh, good for you. But your collecting tastes

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-also lean towards the continent.

-Yes, slightly continental.

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We've been inspired, my wife and I, to start collecting German pieces

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from just after the war, some so-called Fat Lava vases

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and suchlike - the antiques of the future, perhaps.

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-Perhaps.

-Perhaps.

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So, how is all this ice-skating and sabbatical stuff

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going to translate into Bargain Hunt for you today?

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I don't know. I'm youthful and you've got the experience.

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Experience, maybe a bit of financial brainpower,

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-and we'll do our best.

-You can't ask for more than that.

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-No, exactly.

-Well, I hope you have a great time. Good luck.

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Now for the Blues. Luke and Ron - firm friends, right?

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-Indeed.

-So, how long have you known each other, you two?

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Practically since we were born, so 25, 30 years now.

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-Really?

-Yeah.

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Luke, shall I call you Luke or Ossifer?

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It depends what you've been up to, Tim, really.

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-How long have you been a policeman?

-Six and a half years,

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Leicestershire Constabulary. Thoroughly enjoyed it so far,

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-and hopefully continue.

-It's good, isn't it?

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-Good.

-My other passion is football.

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-Is it?

-Yeah.

-What do you support?

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I support Leicester City, and try and play every now and then

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-on a Sunday morning for the White Lions.

-So, Ron,

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do you share Luke's passion for the old football?

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Yeah, absolutely. We've always played together, really.

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-Ron was top goal-scorer one year.

-How many goals?

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-Seven own goals.

-THEY LAUGH

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-Prolific defender.

-I can see you've got a budding career

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as a footballer. You're a bit like twins, you two, right.

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Are you going to agree today on what you buy on Bargain Hunt?

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I think we will. We've thought about what we're going to buy.

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-Really? You've got a plan?

-We have indeed.

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Just. Doubt we'll stick to it, though.

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I'll believe that! Anyway, now the money moment.

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You get your £300. Here comes the £300.

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-£300 that-a-way.

-Lovely.

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And £300, Emily, coming your way. Look at all this dosh!

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Whoops! Oh, we lost another note!

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-We need the money.

-All these tenners drifting around!

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Anyway, you know the rules. Your experts await,

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and off you go! And very, very, very good luck.

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So, the Reds are arty and into languages,

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and the Blues... like to kick a ball around.

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I know who my money's on.

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Any strategies, any plans?

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Well, we've made a little map.

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So we've looked at the outside of the building,

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-and this is our strategy.

-You are kidding, surely!

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No. I like cufflinks, so something silver,

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along that kind of lines. I like gold.

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-Unique bits of large furniture.

-OK. Stuffed animals, weapons.

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That's not really a good thing, is it?

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-That was things not to buy.

-Oh, not to buy. OK. Very good.

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-The clock has started.

-Oh, let's go.

-OK!

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Oh, very organised!

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These boys could be better at this than I thought.

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-Who's got the cash?

-I've got the cash, David.

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-To the beer tent!

-Oh, the kind of guys I like!

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Marvellous!

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No, I'm still with the Reds.

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OK, go!

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-Five seconds already.

-Do we have to start manic running already?

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Let's go down here. Come on.

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Slow down! You'll never last the hour.

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What about that?

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That's unique.

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Ah, the boys' specialist subject!

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I don't know if it's worth anything. It's not exactly great.

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-It just looked different.

-I tell you what -

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it's only 25 quid. Are you with me?

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Yes, but one of the goals is missing.

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In football, two goals is quite vital.

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-Right.

-THEY LAUGH

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-Oh, really? Is it?

-THEY LAUGH

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You have to have a certain amount of players, do you?

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There's not enough players on that.

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I think, to be fair, it's quirky, but I think it's not for this.

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Are you sure? I mean, I love antiques,

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and I shouldn't point you at this, but there's something about it.

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-Maybe one to come back to.

-All right. OK.

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'Sorry, David. They're not ready to play ball.

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'The Reds seem a bit lost.'

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-THEY LAUGH

-I'm not sure that the right...

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I've got everything for your restoration work.

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This is restoration.

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These are perhaps a bit too modern, Nick, I think.

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We've wandered into the car-boot end.

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I'm not sure we're going to find what we're looking for here.

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-We have to push on even further and get back to the main drag.

-Yeah.

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'Car boot? Sorry! He means "vintage".

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'Probably wise to move on, Nick.'

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-Tell me why you like them.

-I like the reclining look.

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Try one out and see if it fits you.

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I think that's going to suit my bum. Oh, it does, as well, actually!

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I could easily sit and watch the footie like that.

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NICK LAUGHS

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-This is quite interesting.

-Yeah.

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Classic Art Deco, and it's got, I think,

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rather a nice shape and a good look to it,

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and I love these chrome mounts set in on the top there.

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Let's have a look at the back,

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because I'm quite keen to see what sort of movement it's got.

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-What the mechanism is, and...

-Yeah.

-I do like the shape of it.

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-I'm not sure about it.

-You're not keen at all?

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-We haven't convinced you yet?

-No.

-It's a pretty standard movement,

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but it's all there. You've got the pendulum.

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You've got these long struts of metal which are the gongs,

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so it strikes, which is a nice feature with a clock.

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Let's just spin it back round and have another look.

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-Do you know what sort of wood?

-It's a walnut veneer.

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-Oh, yes, I can see that.

-It's a stylish thing.

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People that collect Art Deco furniture and furnishings

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will enjoy something like that to set within the living room.

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Yeah. I guess it's a practical thing.

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We need to find out how much they want for it.

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-Shall I go and find him?

-Go and sweet-talk him.

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-Get his best price.

-His very, very best.

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But it's a stylish thing.

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-And I like the styling of the...

-The font of the...

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The font of the numerals. It's very, very unusual.

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-So, what's the deal?

-I got him down to 70.

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That's not bad, you know. I can see a margin in that.

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Yeah. I reckon go for it. First one in the bag.

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You both like it? 70 quid? You've still got that cash, haven't you?

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-It's still in here.

-Go and put £70 in that man's hand.

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Let's get this packed up and we'll move straight on.

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Brilliant. Come on.

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'We're off! With Emily in charge of negotiations,

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'we've got a purchase - this smart clock for £70.

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'Good going!'

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Now, what about a nice pair of cufflinks?

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-Try that.

-And what are they made out of?

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They look like they're glass, don't they?

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They got a little figure of a dog that's been silvered

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or maybe even hand-painted, then I think behind glass.

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What's the glass front on? What's the backing?

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Gilt metal, so it's probably just a copper.

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-OK.

-But I just think they're very good quality,

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they're novelty, and they're doggy.

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Doggy things are always very good news,

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-because people are crazy about dogs.

-So, what kind of money for that?

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-We've got 38 on them. But hold them, tell me if you like them.

-Yeah.

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I think they're nice, definitely nice.

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-They've got good aspect to them.

-They're not heavy.

-They're light.

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-OK. So, are you interested?

-I think so.

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-This is your part of the tactics.

-I definitely like them.

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-There's good quality to them.

-Let me get a price.

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-What would be the absolute death on these?

-30.

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-Yeah.

-He'd do 30.

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-Will they do better at auction?

-There's a good possibility.

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Even if they said 20 to 30, someone might end up paying 50 for them.

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-OK. It's a good start.

-And you've got something that's on the list.

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-Yeah. It's on the checklist. Let's go for it.

-We'll go for it.

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Are you happy? Cufflinks was your bit.

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-Yeah.

-Well done. Thank you very much.

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'Luke just wasn't biting, but David worked doggedly,

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'so Ron's got his cufflinks for £30.

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'Woof!'

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-This is in line with your Fat Lava.

-Oh, yes, it is.

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-Look at those big ones!

-Oh, they're fantastic.

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-They are quite impressive.

-They are. Lovely.

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Out of the two, which one do you favour?

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-I like that one more.

-That one?

-Yeah.

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-Very sculptural, isn't it?

-I do like that.

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They've been lamp bases. That's got some of the top.

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That one's been taken out. They're quite big pieces.

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-I might need a hand lifting that.

-Of course.

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-Get the muscles going, shall we?

-I think you should step in.

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-Who's got the muscles?

-NICK GRUNTS

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-I tell you what...

-Oh, yes.

-Hold that up.

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-It's like we've won the cup already.

-Yes.

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-THEY LAUGH

-But it's sculpturally all there.

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It looks good, and it looks in good shape.

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I love how the colours go from dark to light and dark again.

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Yeah, it's really nice. And it's textured, as well.

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-Price-wise, I think we've got 25 on the top there.

-25.

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-See if we can get it down a bit.

-I tell you what. Hang on to that.

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Let's see if we can get the chap here.

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Excuse me, sir. Bearing in mind it is part of a lamp,

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not the whole lamp, would the price be negotiable?

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-Yes.

-How negotiable would it be?

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-I could do it for 15.

-15 quid?

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-Yeah.

-You happy with that, guys?

-I think that would be really good.

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If you hold on to that, I can perhaps get the magic money...

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-There we go.

-..which I've been very... I've been allowed to keep.

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Put the notes in his hand. There you go.

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'Another item off the wish-list.

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'Christopher gets his Fat Lava for £15.

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'Someone's got to love it, I suppose!'

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Right. So, we've got two items. We've had 20 minutes.

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-My turn now.

-Right.

-That's fair.

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I want something pretty and little, and not brown.

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-OK, you're the boss.

-Is she always this bossy?

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-Often, yes.

-Rubbish!

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Well, you're the boss, so let's go and find something pretty.

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'Ooh, I do love a diva! You tell 'em, girl!

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'So, the Reds are on the hunt for just one more item,

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'and the boys in blue need two, so buck up!'

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Are you sure you don't want that football thing?

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-We could go for a coffee.

-No! That is a bad part of the strategy.

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Come on. Next one.

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-Lots of pretty little bits of jewellery here.

-Yeah.

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-We've got quite a big budget left, so you can even look at some of the gem-set jewellery.

-Yes.

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-Do you like amethysts?

-I like that pink one.

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I wonder if it's in our budget. It's a pretty-looking thing.

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-Worth asking?

-Yeah. Why not?

-Let's get the stallholder in.

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Hello!

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We've been enticed by your glittering array of jewellery.

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Could we have a look at that one?

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-You can, but I don't think it'll be in budget.

-Really?

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-That sounds ominous.

-I have expensive tastes.

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-It's rubies and diamonds, 18 carat.

-Oh, I don't think it will be.

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Go on, frighten me. How much?

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-Well, I've got 580 on it.

-NICK GASPS

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Right. No, it is out of reach for our budget.

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But it is lovely!

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'I think Emily is on the verge of splashing some serious cash.

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'Go, girl!'

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-Are you two worrying a bit?

-No, not at all.

-Are you sure?

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We're just looking. We're searching for inspiration.

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-Hello! How are you? Are you well?

-I'm well. What you buying?

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-Oh, you know, I never stop buying.

-Rubbish!

-I do not buy rubbish.

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-I can't believe you said that. I can't believe it.

-You do.

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'How could she possibly say that,

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'particularly when they've hardly bought anything?'

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This is a lot cheaper, this,

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because this one is silver gilt.

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Ah, right.

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-That one's 95.

-It's pretty.

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-Do you like that?

-Yeah.

-Have a look.

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I like rings. That's really nice. What do you think?

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-What's it look like on? Does it fit? Does it fit?

-Not really.

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-Vaguely.

-It's very pretty.

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Let's have a closer look. Let's get one of these little loops out.

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This is where we need an expert, you see.

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The amethysts are nice and clear. They're a good size, nice cut.

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They're going to be rhinestones rather than diamonds,

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but that's why it's £95 and not £150.

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Yeah.

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It's going to be 1920s, '30s, '40s, that sort of era, isn't it?

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-I think from the '20s.

-Around the second war, that sort of period.

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It's growing on me. I really like it.

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-Do you like it? What would be your best price on it?

-80.

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-£80. What do you think about that?

-Is that the...the death?

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It is, because I think that's quite reasonable for what it is.

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Would 70 buy it?

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75.

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And that's the... What do you think? 75. Is that the double death?

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-The double death.

-Yes, the double death.

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-THEY LAUGH

-Leave her something to work with.

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-Let's do it for 75.

-Shall I find the money?

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-So that's a deal, then.

-Yes. Thank you.

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-And I've just got to count out 20...

-I hope you do well with it.

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60, 70...

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-Five.

-75. Well done.

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-Thank you very much indeed.

-Thank you.

-Thank you.

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'So the Reds complete their shopping list with Emily's choice,

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'a bit of amethyst bling.

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'Now, Luke, Ron, all eyes are on you with 15 minutes to go.

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'No pressure!'

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-What are you thinking?

-That looks really pretty.

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-Yeah.

-What sort of money is it?

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It's...

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It's got 115 on it,

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but open to offers.

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Go on. Sell it to them!

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Walnut veneer, mirror backed.

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OK? It's a display cabinet. It's 1920s to 1930s,

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Art Deco. The best on it is 85.

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-85.

-OK.

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I think it's a bargain at that if this is what you want,

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but again, we're going into an auction,

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and we've got to be very cautious. What do you reckon?

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I'll give you another ten percent off. I'll give you 80.

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-80.

-80. That gives you a really good chance, then.

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If you tell me what the auction is, I'll come and buy it from you.

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THEY LAUGH Could you get nearer 65, or...

0:16:430:16:46

You could get near 70.

0:16:460:16:48

-I think we could get 65. We've got to...

-Come on, then.

0:16:480:16:52

-Yeah!

-Yeah? Good man.

-Always a pleasure.

0:16:520:16:55

'Good work! And they're spending again -

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'£65 on this Deco display cabinet.'

0:16:580:17:01

'What are the Reds buying now?

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'Ah, bacon butties!'

0:17:060:17:08

I can't believe we did it so well. Thank you very much.

0:17:080:17:12

-And so quickly, as well.

-Yeah.

-Let's go and tuck into these.

0:17:120:17:15

'Well, you relax. Stop dribbling.

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'But time's running out for our boys in blue.'

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What have we got in the back of our minds?

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Is there anything you might buy in the last minute?

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-The football.

-The football could be still there as an option.

0:17:280:17:31

-It's funny. It's quirky.

-But the players are broken.

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-It doesn't matter!

-It's about as good as you and me nowadays.

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-But it would suit you two.

-No, I really can't.

0:17:380:17:41

I can't convince you? I just think it's wild, personally.

0:17:410:17:45

I want something a bit like that but a bit better condition.

0:17:450:17:48

Have we got £150?

0:17:480:17:50

Yeah, but we don't have very much time.

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'You tell 'em, Dave! Four minutes, to be precise.'

0:17:530:17:56

-OK, four minutes. Four minutes.

-That's a bit...

0:17:570:18:01

-Come on, boys. Come on. OK.

-Yeah.

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-HE LAUGHS

-What you laughing at?

0:18:030:18:05

I don't know.

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We need to find something quick.

0:18:070:18:10

'Yep, it's pretty tense! Ah, what's David spotted?'

0:18:100:18:14

Right, right, right. Time, time, time, time, time.

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You've got three minutes - rather I've got three minutes

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-to sell you this. Can I tell you what it is?

-Yes.

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It's a mirror, yeah, but it's an Edwardian one,

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and a very high-quality one. Made from oak,

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it's got that lovely shield mirror, and it's bevelled cut.

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Made about 1905, 1910. And it's marquetry-inlaid.

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Just run your finger over that decoration there.

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Can you feel that it's raised?

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It's not painted. It's not transfer-printed.

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-Top quality.

-It's top quality. It's actually cut in with satinwood

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-and fruitwood. Any questions?

-Yeah, about the mark just here.

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-That's shrinkage.

-Right.

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Over its 105, 110-year life, with central heating,

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it's just shrunk a little. Less than two minutes.

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-How am I doing so far?

-I think go with it.

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-Hang on.

-Go with it.

-We need a price first.

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Hi, there. Sorry. Can I just grab you?

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Yes.

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-He's always very accommodating and charming.

-I am.

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What would be the absolute double death on this one?

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Double death would be...

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20.

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-20.

-RON HISSES

0:19:220:19:24

-Oh, listen to the deep intake...

-You sound like a plumber.

0:19:240:19:27

Can you stretch it a bit further for us?

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18 is the absolute best I can do.

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-Ooh, have it, for goodness' sake!

-Yeah.

0:19:360:19:39

-Oh, go on, then.

-Good man.

-Give the man the money.

0:19:390:19:43

'Phew, finished! What would they have done without you, David, eh?

0:19:430:19:47

'You deserve a medal. Well, at least a cuppa.'

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-£2 change. Thank you very much.

-Nice doing business with you.

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-And you.

-Thanks a lot. See you next time.

0:19:530:19:56

-That way is the coffee shop.

-The beer tent.

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We'll go there as well.

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Right! That's it.

0:20:010:20:03

Stop the clock. Our teams are shopped out.

0:20:030:20:07

Emily and Christopher wasted no time

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and grabbed this Deco mantel clock with both hands, for £70.

0:20:100:20:15

Christopher came over all retro and paid £15

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for this Fat Lava lamp base.

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Emily chose this pretty amethyst ring for £75.

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And they bought bacon butties, but they used their own coppers.

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-Afternoon, folks.

-Hiya!

-How much did you spend overall?

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-160 overall.

-£140 of leftover lolly for me, then.

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-Which I think is in here, if I've got it safe and sound.

-Yes.

0:20:400:20:43

-140. Thank you very much.

-140 for you.

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-Which is your favourite piece, Emily?

-The ring.

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-The ring.

-Definitely.

-Will that bring the biggest profit?

0:20:480:20:51

-No. I think the Fat Lava will.

-You reckon it will?

0:20:510:20:54

-You have faith in your father?

-I do.

0:20:540:20:56

-THEY LAUGH

-She's good.

0:20:560:20:58

-How lovely! Now, talking of faith...

-Yes.

-..£140 goes to you.

0:20:580:21:03

-Is it going to be hope or charity?

-There's some choice items out there.

0:21:030:21:07

But my favourite thing today so far was the bacon roll.

0:21:070:21:11

-The bacon roll.

-THEY LAUGH

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Things don't change, now, do they? Have a great time. Good luck, Nick.

0:21:130:21:16

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

0:21:160:21:19

Despite having it all mapped out,

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Luke and Ron needed David as their satnav.

0:21:220:21:25

He led the way to those doggy cufflinks for £30.

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The boys got on board and bought this Art Deco cabinet.

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£65 paid.

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And David steered them to their final destination

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in the dying minutes, when this oak mirror,

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for £18, ended their shop.

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-11 seconds.

-Whoa!

0:21:450:21:47

-Is that true? 11 seconds?

-11 seconds.

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-It was close, that was.

-Tight, tight, tight!

-Very good.

0:21:500:21:53

-How much have you spent? £113?

-£113 in total.

0:21:530:21:56

-I'd like £187, please.

-You're very good.

-£187.

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There we go. That's five, and two is seven,

0:21:590:22:02

and I trust you for the rest of it. Straight across to Mr Harper.

0:22:020:22:05

Can I just dump the mirror, the final purchase there?

0:22:050:22:09

-Oh, yeah.

-I mean in the nicest possible way.

0:22:090:22:12

I'll pass that straight on. What are you going to do with all that cash?

0:22:120:22:16

These two want me to blow the lot, but you're just too wild, you two.

0:22:160:22:20

-They said just spend it.

-But that's the whole attitude.

0:22:200:22:24

-Is it?

-Yeah, it is!

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Go out there and chance your arm, mate.

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Exciting! Meanwhile, we're heading off to Oxfordshire -

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that's with an O - where we're going to go to Stonor Park. Ooh-ah!

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Hidden in a fold of the Chilterns

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is a house dating back to the 13th century.

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It's belonged to the same family, the Stonors, for 850 years -

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but only just.

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The first major challenge happened

0:22:520:22:55

when old Henry VIII decided to wage war on the Catholics.

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The Stonor family here paid a heavy price,

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not only in fines but in imprisonment

0:23:010:23:04

and general humiliation. Even the church was ransacked.

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But did they give up? Oh, no. They hung onto their faith

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as well as their house.

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The family prospered, and in 1710,

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Thomas was the first Stonor to hold the title of Lord Camoys.

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But in the 20th century, they faced a new enemy - the tax man.

0:23:210:23:27

Shortly before his death,

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the sixth Lord Camoys sold anything not screwed down

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and put the house up for sale.

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His son Thomas, the seventh Lord Camoys,

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was determined to keep the house in the family,

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and in a last-ditch attempt, he managed to secure the emptied house

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for his family.

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The furnishings that now fill the rooms at Stonor

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are an eclectic mix of inherited, rescued, donated

0:23:530:23:57

and recovered fixtures and fittings.

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Nowhere is this more apparent than in the library.

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So, how do you go about furnishing an enormous house like this,

0:24:040:24:10

that's been stripped practically bare?

0:24:100:24:12

Well, in a room like this, the library, you can just get lucky.

0:24:120:24:17

And they did,

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because this magnificent set of mahogany library bookcases

0:24:190:24:23

which line the room never actually left.

0:24:230:24:27

Their association and connection with the house is good

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because they were made by the Catholic cabinetmaker from Liverpool, George Bullock,

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and I guess they were so securely attached to the walls,

0:24:360:24:39

they literally weren't ripped off and didn't go away for sale.

0:24:390:24:45

Sometimes you can just get lucky by being sharp

0:24:450:24:48

around the streets of London.

0:24:480:24:50

Lord Camoys was walking along Bond Street one day

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and a dealer said to him, "I've got something for you, milord,"

0:24:530:24:56

and showed him this picture - a picture of Alexander Pope,

0:24:560:25:00

a most appropriate picture to reacquire and hang here

0:25:000:25:04

because Pope visited Stonor Park

0:25:040:25:07

and it was quite likely that he presented this picture

0:25:070:25:11

to Thomas Stonor at the time.

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So it's really wonderful that the thing has got back here.

0:25:140:25:18

Now, some came from their earlier house.

0:25:180:25:21

They had a fully furnished house in Suffolk,

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hence the set of 17th-century tall-back chairs,

0:25:240:25:27

the refectory table, arrived by that route.

0:25:270:25:31

Perhaps the most spectacular pieces

0:25:310:25:35

are the pair of sculptures here at the end of the library.

0:25:350:25:39

They represent something that is particularly appropriate

0:25:390:25:43

to a Catholic household - a pair of saints,

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but carved in the most vigorous and bold manner.

0:25:470:25:52

And what I like about them is their sense of movement.

0:25:520:25:55

The sculptor has taken a great block of walnut or lime wood,

0:25:550:26:00

one single piece, and he's attacked it with his broad chisel,

0:26:000:26:05

hacking at these vestments

0:26:050:26:08

so that they literally seem to be flowing

0:26:080:26:11

as you have a look at them.

0:26:110:26:13

These came by inheritance,

0:26:130:26:15

and they represent probably the very best

0:26:150:26:19

of 18th-century international Catholicism.

0:26:190:26:23

The one on the left is thought to be St Ignatius as a young man,

0:26:230:26:27

and here he is as an old boy.

0:26:270:26:30

The big question is, will God be shining down

0:26:300:26:35

on our teams' efforts today over at the auction? Oh, Lordy!

0:26:350:26:40

And we've travelled to Golding Young and Thomas Mawer in Lincoln

0:26:420:26:46

to meet the auctioneer, Colin Young.

0:26:460:26:48

So, the Red Team, Emily and Christopher,

0:26:480:26:51

went for this chiming mantel clock.

0:26:510:26:54

-That just screams '30s, doesn't it?

-It does. Wonderful Deco piece,

0:26:540:26:58

and charming as well as chiming.

0:26:580:27:01

What sort of money is it worth, Col?

0:27:010:27:03

I would have thought you've got to be looking at £50 to £80, that sort of range, for it.

0:27:030:27:07

-They paid 70, actually.

-Did they? I don't think that's a bad buy at that sort of money.

0:27:070:27:12

My guess is it'll make £110, all right?

0:27:120:27:14

But, then, I'm always optimistic. Actually, not always,

0:27:140:27:18

thinking of the next lot, which is that thing.

0:27:180:27:21

There's the belief, with this type of ware,

0:27:210:27:24

-that it is becoming the next great thing.

-Yeah.

0:27:240:27:29

-I haven't quite seen it yet.

-No. It only cost £15.

0:27:290:27:32

I think it's incredibly ugly, and I don't like it personally,

0:27:320:27:36

but if you wanted a big chunky lamp base,

0:27:360:27:39

15 smackers is not a lot, is it?

0:27:390:27:40

No. There's got to be a little bit of profit in it.

0:27:400:27:43

-How much? Will it make £20?

-It should make £20 or £30.

0:27:430:27:46

Fair enough. Now, their last item, the sublime to the ridiculous,

0:27:460:27:51

is this late-Victorian amethyst wee ring.

0:27:510:27:54

-Yes.

-Do you rate that?

0:27:540:27:56

I think it's a nice little knuckleduster.

0:27:560:27:59

There's plenty of stones on it. It's well made,

0:27:590:28:01

-but the problem is, it's going to be £40 to £60, that sort of range.

-OK.

0:28:010:28:06

Quite agree. £75 they paid. They're going to need their bonus buy,

0:28:060:28:10

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

0:28:100:28:13

Now, Ems and Christopher, you excited about this?

0:28:130:28:16

-Very excited.

-You spent 160.

0:28:160:28:17

You gave Nick Hall £140.

0:28:170:28:20

What did naughty Nicholas spend it on?

0:28:200:28:23

-I think I've been very prudent. Look at that.

-Oh, wow!

0:28:230:28:27

-I wasn't expecting that.

-I wasn't!

-I know you two like your art.

0:28:270:28:31

You're quite artistic. Isn't that the most wonderful enamel plaque

0:28:310:28:35

-you've seen?

-It's beautiful. Do you like that?

0:28:350:28:38

-Mm.

-It's Spanish.

0:28:380:28:40

Now, it's got this wonderful spurious plaque on there

0:28:400:28:44

that says "I Nonell". If this is anything to do with Isidre Nonell,

0:28:440:28:48

-this could be quite a valuable thing.

-OK.

0:28:480:28:51

It's not a name I'm familiar with,

0:28:510:28:54

so it's somebody you feel confident about?

0:28:540:28:56

It would need to be taken out of the frame and researched,

0:28:560:29:00

and see if there's any marks, monograms, on the back of the plaque

0:29:000:29:04

so at the moment, it's a tenuous, possible maybe.

0:29:040:29:07

-It's still a lovely object.

-Yeah.

0:29:070:29:09

-Do you want to know what I paid?

-Oh, yes, we need to know.

-£45.

0:29:090:29:13

-Excellent. That sounds promising. And you're happy.

-How much do you think it'll make?

0:29:130:29:17

Good for you, Ems. You get straight in there, darling.

0:29:170:29:21

It depends on the art collectors, whether they think it actually is by the hand of Nonell.

0:29:210:29:25

or after or school-of. I mean, it's in the lap of the gods.

0:29:250:29:30

-But it's got potential.

-Yeah.

0:29:300:29:32

I think it's an incredibly interesting find, Nick.

0:29:320:29:35

We'll see what happens. It's exciting, isn't it?

0:29:350:29:37

Your moment to decide is after the sale of your first three items

0:29:370:29:41

but for the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Nick's plaque.

0:29:410:29:45

-There you go.

-Thank you.

-Get your teeth into that.

0:29:470:29:50

-That's a lovely smile, isn't it?

-Yep. Makes you feel jollier the more you look.

0:29:500:29:54

It does. I think it's a lovely thing. The colours on the enamel are good.

0:29:540:29:58

Just seems to be a little bit of either scraping around the top here

0:29:580:30:03

or a fault with the enamel, but apart from that,

0:30:030:30:07

it's a good-looking thing, well framed.

0:30:070:30:10

Yeah, I think there's going to be a few people queuing up for that. We've put an estimate of £50 to £80

0:30:100:30:15

but I wouldn't be surprised if it made over £100.

0:30:150:30:18

Nick Hall paid £45, I think, very cleverly.

0:30:180:30:22

It's a very, very speculative object and that's what makes it exciting.

0:30:220:30:26

Anyway, that's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues. First up is a pair of cufflinks.

0:30:260:30:31

Are the cufflinks made of a precious metal? No. Are they made of tin? Yes.

0:30:310:30:36

They're all right. You see plenty of them through the sales. A fairly standard thing.

0:30:360:30:40

You'd lot them up, people will bid for them,

0:30:400:30:43

-but they're all going to stop at the same time.

-About £8 worth.

0:30:430:30:47

-Could be. We've put an estimate of £10 to £20.

-Generous!

0:30:470:30:51

Well, we'd hope we'd be getting nearer the higher end,

0:30:510:30:54

but I think your £8 is probably going to be the case.

0:30:540:30:57

Anyway, the team paid £30. As you say, it takes all sorts.

0:30:570:31:00

Next is the Art Deco cabinet.

0:31:000:31:03

That's going to excite you as an auctioneer. Not.

0:31:030:31:08

But only on the basis that I've probably sold about 20,000 of the things over the years,

0:31:080:31:14

so it's one of those markets that you do tend to know what the price is for them.

0:31:140:31:19

Again, trying to find positives, it's got a nice convex back to it with shaped shelves.

0:31:190:31:24

That does take it away from the standard model.

0:31:240:31:27

So I've upped the estimate to £25 to £40.

0:31:270:31:29

£65 our lot paid.

0:31:290:31:31

Yep, I think that's probably going to see a little bit of pain.

0:31:310:31:35

That on top of the painful cufflinks is becoming an agony.

0:31:350:31:39

-Right.

-Their last ray of hope is this shield-shaped Edwardian mirror.

0:31:390:31:44

The best thing about that is the shape, I guess.

0:31:440:31:47

It is. I think it's something that's been cobbled together.

0:31:470:31:52

It works together as a mirror, it's fine,

0:31:520:31:54

but that's going to mean it's just nominal value as part of a bigger piece, really.

0:31:540:31:59

-How much?

-We've put an estimate of £30 to £40.

-Have you really?

0:31:590:32:03

-Mm.

-Good Lord! £18 is all they paid.

0:32:030:32:06

-Oh, that's not bad.

-There is a ray of hope!

-This is.

-They could make a profit on it!

0:32:060:32:10

Well, I'd be astonished. Good luck.

0:32:100:32:13

-I think we're going to need it on the first couple.

-You are.

0:32:130:32:16

And they're going to need their bonus buy, so let's have a look at it.

0:32:160:32:20

Now, Luke and Ron, this is the bonus buy.

0:32:200:32:23

£113 was spent in the fair.

0:32:230:32:26

You gave David £187. What did you spend it on?

0:32:260:32:30

OK, here we go. Something to match you two chaps, gentlemen of the world.

0:32:300:32:34

-Indeed.

-If we were to transport ourselves back 100 years or so,

0:32:340:32:38

this is exactly the kind of thing that you two would own.

0:32:380:32:41

-Open it up.

-Let's see what we've got.

-Oh, very nice.

0:32:410:32:44

-And then take it out. There's your lovely gentleman's watch.

-Beautiful.

0:32:440:32:48

-It's nice and heavy.

-Isn't it? And its case, both hallmarked, Birmingham.

0:32:480:32:53

The watch I think is 1905.

0:32:530:32:55

And then that would just sit on your bedside table

0:32:550:33:00

-and it would be a travelling clock.

-Like a travel clock.

-Yeah.

0:33:000:33:04

-So what do you think?

-I like. I like a lot.

-Yes?

0:33:040:33:07

-Well, the question is...

-Go on, the big question.

0:33:070:33:11

-Two questions.

-Oh, go on, then. Two questions.

0:33:110:33:15

-How much have you paid for it?

-What's the second question?

-Do you think it'll make any money?

0:33:150:33:20

I paid £60 for it.

0:33:200:33:22

-Less than I thought it was going to be.

-OK, that's good.

0:33:220:33:26

And I think there's every chance it should make a profit.

0:33:260:33:30

-I mean, I think it's a bargain.

-Every chance.

-Every chance.

0:33:300:33:34

-So get enthused about it.

-No, I am enthused.

-I'm up for it.

0:33:340:33:37

-You can't believe how enthused I am.

-I can't believe how enthused you are.

0:33:370:33:41

-Well, it's very nice to know you're enthused.

-Yes!

-Very nice, Luke.

0:33:410:33:44

-I wouldn't like to see him not enthused.

-No, quite.

0:33:440:33:47

Don't deflate too much. Meanwhile, for the audience at home,

0:33:470:33:50

let's see what the auctioneer thinks about Dave's travelling watch.

0:33:500:33:54

-Here you go, Colin. That's rather fun, isn't it?

-What a lovely little combination.

0:33:550:33:59

Nice silver watch, enamel dial.

0:33:590:34:02

I think that's a great little watch on its own.

0:34:020:34:05

And this case looks to me like a great little case.

0:34:050:34:08

A few dents in it, but often these are just hanging off the leather,

0:34:080:34:13

the leather's all rotted away. That leather's all right.

0:34:130:34:16

You put a bit of boot polish on that, it'll be perfectly all right.

0:34:160:34:20

So you're happy with the watch, I'm happy with the case.

0:34:200:34:23

You're looking at £60, £100. Again, you wouldn't be surprised if you got over the £100 mark for the pairing.

0:34:230:34:29

-I think it's a very good item.

-There you go, that's David Harper for you. He paid £60.

0:34:290:34:34

So if the team go with that, they may claw back something

0:34:340:34:38

out of this loss-filled pit that they'll otherwise find themselves in.

0:34:380:34:43

-Indeed.

-And we don't like that, do we?

0:34:430:34:45

We'll try and fill the pits as best we can.

0:34:450:34:48

Christopher, how are you feeling about all this?

0:34:560:34:59

Confident at the moment. If I'm not confident now, I'm never going to be confident.

0:34:590:35:03

I may not be confident after the sale.

0:35:030:35:05

-Ems, how you feeling?

-I'm really excited. I've never been to an auction.

0:35:050:35:09

-You've never been to one?

-No.

-This is a lovely auction room, isn't it?

-Yeah.

0:35:090:35:13

-It's a beautiful building and it's crammed full of people busting a gut to buy your objects.

-I'm sure.

0:35:130:35:19

We hope. Anyway, first up is the chiming mantel clock,

0:35:190:35:23

-and it's coming up now.

-OK, jolly good.

0:35:230:35:26

Lot number 134 is a walnut Art Deco mantel clock. What shall we say?

0:35:260:35:31

£100 for it? 100. 80. Who's coming in? 50.

0:35:310:35:34

-40 to go then, surely. £40 anybody?

-He's going the wrong way.

0:35:340:35:38

With you, £30 bid. Five anywhere else now?

0:35:380:35:40

£30. Five now. 35. 35 bid. 40. 40.

0:35:400:35:43

45 do I see now? 50. 50. Five anywhere else?

0:35:430:35:47

-I can't believe this.

-Five surely. £50 bid.

0:35:470:35:49

-Five now do I see? At 50.

-Got to be worth more than that!

0:35:490:35:53

It's in the room and I'm selling at £50.

0:35:530:35:57

-Minus £20.

-Somebody's got a bargain there.

-Yes.

0:35:570:36:01

I just... I can't bear it, really.

0:36:010:36:04

-Now, here comes the Lava lamp base.

-This is the boy.

0:36:040:36:07

Lot 135. Always very popular this, West German...

0:36:070:36:11

-You like this one.

-I like this one.

0:36:110:36:14

30. 20 to go, then, surely. £20 anyone?

0:36:140:36:17

20. £10 then. 10. £10.

0:36:170:36:21

Thank you, 10 bid. 12 anywhere else now? 12 do I see?

0:36:210:36:26

On my right at 10. 10 bid. 12 anywhere else?

0:36:260:36:28

Maiden bid has it. All done and finished at £10.

0:36:280:36:31

£10. That's minus five. I can't believe that.

0:36:310:36:34

-That's another bargain.

-Another one going back to Germany.

0:36:340:36:37

Lot number 136 is an amethyst and rhinestone dress ring

0:36:370:36:41

set in silver gilt. Very fine ring.

0:36:410:36:44

Who'll start me at £50? 50. 30 to go.

0:36:440:36:47

£30 anybody? 20?

0:36:470:36:49

£20 anybody? £20 bid. Two now make it.

0:36:490:36:52

Two bid. Five. Now five. 28 bid. 30 bid.

0:36:520:36:55

It'll have to be two. 32. 35.

0:36:550:36:57

-Moving slowly.

-At 35. 38.

0:36:570:37:01

35, last call. Going at £35.

0:37:010:37:04

-£35.

-That's a downer.

-That's minus £40, I'm afraid.

0:37:040:37:08

Minus 40. Minus 65, I'm afraid. What are we going to do?

0:37:080:37:13

-Are we going to go with the plaque?

-Got to go for it.

0:37:130:37:15

I'm not used to being in the red, Tim, so we've got to go for it.

0:37:150:37:19

-And we do love that plaque.

-We love it.

-We all love that plaque.

0:37:190:37:22

-This guy knows his stuff, so we'll go for it.

-OK, we're going with the plaque. Happy?

-Yes.

0:37:220:37:27

-Here it comes.

-Lot 140 is the Spanish enamelled plaque.

0:37:270:37:31

What shall we say for this? 100? 80 to go. 80.

0:37:310:37:35

50 if you like. £50 anybody? 50.

0:37:350:37:37

-£50 to go.

-Come on, not again.

-30.

0:37:370:37:40

-£30.

-I'm going to cry.

-Yeah, I'm going to cry.

0:37:400:37:43

35 with you. At 35. 40. 45 bid.

0:37:430:37:46

50 now do I see? 50.

0:37:460:37:48

-£50 bid.

-It's in profit.

-At £50 here.

0:37:480:37:51

Five anywhere else? £50, last call. Going, all done, at £50.

0:37:510:37:56

-Well done, Nick.

-That's good if it's a profit.

0:37:560:37:58

-We like a profit.

-Not enough.

0:37:580:38:02

Not enough. It's minus £60 overall.

0:38:020:38:06

-The big thing now is, don't talk to the Blues.

-We won't.

-Go out looking very jolly.

0:38:060:38:11

-OK, boys, have you been chatting to the Reds?

-Yes.

0:38:200:38:23

-You have?

-Yeah.

-What, about the items they sold?

0:38:230:38:26

-Oh, no, no.

-Not that, no.

-Nice bunch.

0:38:260:38:28

-Oh, yes.

-Friendly bunch, we are.

-Oh, yes. Right, then, standing by.

0:38:280:38:32

First up are your doggy-dog cufflinks, and here they come.

0:38:320:38:36

Lot number 155 is a pair of early to mid-20th century

0:38:360:38:41

gold-plated cufflinks. £30 anybody? 20 to go, surely. 20.

0:38:410:38:44

10 to go, then. £10 anybody? 10. £10.

0:38:440:38:48

Thank you, 10 down now. 10 bid. 12 anywhere else now?

0:38:480:38:52

12 bid. 15 now do I see? 15 now?

0:38:520:38:55

-12 bid. 15? All done and finished and selling at £12.

-No!

0:38:550:39:00

Bad luck. That is minus £18.

0:39:000:39:04

-Not a great start.

-That's a shocker.

-It's a shocker.

0:39:040:39:07

Lot number 156, there we go, the Art Deco-style display cabinet.

0:39:070:39:11

Start me at £50 for it. 50. £30 anybody? 30?

0:39:110:39:15

-20? £20 anybody? 20 I'm bid.

-Uh-oh.

-22 now. Two anywhere?

-Oh, dear.

0:39:150:39:20

No? 20 bid. 22 there. 25.

0:39:200:39:22

28. 30. 32 now. £30. 32 anywhere else?

0:39:220:39:26

At £30 bid. 32 bid. 35. 38.

0:39:260:39:30

38 bid, surely. No? 35, all done and finished? Selling at £35.

0:39:300:39:35

-Ohh!

-He knows his values on these things, you see?

0:39:350:39:38

£35. You're minus £30 on that.

0:39:380:39:40

-It was £115 at the fair.

-Look out, here comes this mirror.

0:39:400:39:44

Lot number 150 showing there

0:39:440:39:46

is the Edwardian rectangular oak, rosewood and marquetry wall mirror.

0:39:460:39:50

Very nice, too. Start me at £30 for it. 30. 20 to go, then. £20.

0:39:500:39:54

10 to go, surely. £10. 10 bid. 12 anywhere else?

0:39:540:39:56

12 bid. 15 bid. 18 bid.

0:39:560:39:59

-Come on.

-And 20? No. £18 bid.

-We need a bit of profit.

0:39:590:40:03

At 18. 20 or not now?

0:40:030:40:05

Going, all done and finished at £18.

0:40:050:40:08

-Wiped its face.

-Wiped its face well and truly.

0:40:080:40:11

-Good job we bargained well for that extra £2.

-It is. Got £2 off.

0:40:110:40:15

-You're on minus 48.

-Flipping heck.

0:40:150:40:18

What you going to do about this travelling watch?

0:40:180:40:20

-Definitely go with it.

-We have to go with it, don't we?

0:40:200:40:23

-We need to turn a profit on something.

-Definitely go with it.

-Go with it.

0:40:230:40:27

161 is an Edwardian silver-mounted rectangular travelling watch case

0:40:270:40:32

with easel back, and for good measure,

0:40:320:40:34

you get a good lever-movement watch, as well. Start me at £100. 50 to go.

0:40:340:40:39

-50. 30 if you like. £30 anyone to go?

-Ooh.

-Oh, dear.

0:40:390:40:43

30 bid. Two now. 30 bid. Two anywhere else? 32.

0:40:430:40:46

35. 35. 38. 38 bid. 40. 40 bid.

0:40:460:40:49

42 now. 42. 45. 48 bid. 48 bid. 50 bid. Five.

0:40:490:40:53

-Come on.

-52 then.

-Come on!

0:40:550:40:57

52 bid. Five anywhere else? All done and finished?

0:40:570:41:00

Fresh bidder, 55. 58 now? On my right, selling at £55.

0:41:000:41:04

-Ohh!

-£55.

0:41:040:41:07

£55 is minus £5.

0:41:070:41:09

I mean, you can't predict anything, can you?

0:41:090:41:12

-48 is minus 53.

-Ohh.

0:41:120:41:14

-Bad luck.

-So we've lost money.

0:41:140:41:17

-But you've done it well.

-Not a good day at the office.

0:41:170:41:20

-You've done it with style.

-THEY LAUGH

0:41:200:41:22

On the other hand, minus £53 could be a winning score, right?

0:41:220:41:26

Don't talk about it with the Reds and all will be revealed in a moment.

0:41:260:41:30

I knew I should've gone on Weakest Link!

0:41:300:41:32

Well, what fun we've had today, haven't we?

0:41:420:41:44

And it's lovely to come out into this brilliant sunshine in the cathedral city of Lincoln.

0:41:440:41:49

So, teams, what communication's been going on between you lot?

0:41:490:41:53

-Nothing.

-You've not been talking about it?

0:41:530:41:56

-No. Emily's been communicating on the web, though.

-Has she?

0:41:560:41:59

-Have you been taking any statements?

-I might have to, I think, depending on the result.

0:41:590:42:03

Anyway, there we are. I can reveal that there's only £7 between the teams today.

0:42:030:42:08

And, unfortunately, the runners-up today by only a fraction

0:42:080:42:12

-just happen to be the Reds.

-Ohh!

0:42:120:42:16

-Yay!

-THEY LAUGH

0:42:160:42:18

-Don't be doing that to me!

-THEY LAUGH

0:42:180:42:21

What is going on here? Settle down, you boys.

0:42:210:42:24

I mean, it was the ring really, wasn't it,

0:42:240:42:28

that let you down, darling.

0:42:280:42:30

-Minus £60 is your score, which doesn't sound too bad if you say it quickly.

-No.

0:42:300:42:35

-Are you terribly disappointed?

-Yeah.

-Yes.

0:42:350:42:38

I'm disappointed for you, because it should've been different.

0:42:380:42:41

-I hope you've enjoyed it, though.

-Yeah, it's been really good.

-Lovely to have you. Thank you.

0:42:410:42:46

Now, the victors today totalled minus 53,

0:42:460:42:49

but it was nevertheless just enough to keep you ahead of the Blues.

0:42:490:42:53

-Have you had a nice time?

-Yes, beautiful. Lovely day.

0:42:530:42:56

-Good for you, Ron?

-Yeah, great stuff.

-We've loved having you.

0:42:560:43:00

It's been so nice. You should come and join us soon

0:43:000:43:03

-for some more bargain hunting, yes?

-Yes!

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A father and daughter duo take on a team of childhood friends at the Peterborough East of England Showground antiques fair. Nick Hall helps the red team tick off their shopping list, while David Harper has to remind the laid-back blues about the one hour time limit.

Before the auction, Tim Wonnacott visits a house dating back to the 13th century that has belonged to the same family for 850 years - but only just.