Cheltenham 27 Bargain Hunt


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Cheltenham 27

Bargain Hunt comes from Cheltenham Racecourse, where James Lewis and Colin Young are under starter's orders to help their teams find the best buys at an antiques fair.


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-'Attention, could Tim Wonnacott come to lost and found to collect today's teams?'

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Are they lost already? Typical. Let's go bargain hunting!

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You find us today at the racetrack.

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Cheltenham, to be precise.

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Do you fancy a flutter on the Reds or the Blues?

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What exactly is their form? Have they got good legs?

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Let's find out.

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Coming up in today's programme -

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Colin Young has trouble keeping his team in order.

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-You've already bought it?

-We got carried away.

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James Lewis backs a broken vase.

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Almost totally smashed - but in the right sale there's a profit in them.

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-And the excitement spills over at the auction.

-Yes!

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Hello, everyone.

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-Hello.

-Hello.

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Now Jennifer, tell me, how did you and your mate, Annette, meet?

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Annette and I met a few years ago,

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quite a few years ago, at a hotel I was managing with my husband.

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Annette works as a receptionist and secretary for us at the hotel.

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-It says here that you particularly love your job, darling.

-Yes, I do.

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I'm a sales negotiator and we deal with a lot of very, very nice people

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looking to buy houses and we try and match the people to the properties.

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Find out their needs and match them to the most suitable houses.

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When it actually happens, is it a thrill?

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Oh, it's wonderful. Wonderful, Tim!

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Now Annette, you have a couple of dodgy habits outside work.

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-Tell us about them.

-Well, they're not exactly dodgy, Tim.

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I like doing pottery. I've done several courses

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and I have made some items that are usable - flower vases and bowls.

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I just love all the different glazes. And also flowers -

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I have a passion for flowers.

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And what are your tactics going to be today, Annette?

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We are looking for a statement piece, something with impact.

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We're looking for an Art Nouveau, little, silver photo frame,

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if there is one, something of that line.

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And perhaps a lighting piece. A chandelier, something like that.

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-Gosh, you are focused up, aren't you?

-We hope so.

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You really do have a good idea as to what you're going to do

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because I promise you, on Bargain Hunt, we get folk on here

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who have not got the faintest idea what they're up to

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and you girls most certainly do.

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This is going to be fun, I tell you.

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OK. Well done.

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Now, Lucinda, how did you and your friend, Barbara, become friends?

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Through our dogs.

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I've got a little Jack Russell called Eddie

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and Barbara's got a Lab called Poppy and we met through dog walking.

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-And Eddie and Poppy got on all right?

-Yes. Yes.

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-And their owners got on all right, did they?

-Yes.

-How sweet.

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Anyway, you spent your early working life down in my neck of the woods?

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Yes, yes, I was at agricultural college in Devon.

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-Are you an agriculturalist today?

-Not now. I was for a long time.

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I used to milk cows and I also worked for the milk marketing board.

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I stopped that a few years ago to teach windsurfing.

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-A complete change.

-What, you gave up the udder and you took up the board?

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-Yes. Exactly.

-That's very good, isn't it?

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But now you do something different?

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Yes, I'm now a holistic therapist.

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-Gosh.

-Doing massage, aromatherapy, reflexology - which is another thing

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that Barbara and I have got in common as well.

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Now, Barbara, it says here that "feet unite your two careers?"

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Well, they do, Tim, that's a fact.

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In my younger days, I was a professional dancer.

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In my later years, I decided to become a surgical chiropodist.

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I see to people's feet and their many problems that they have.

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So, yes, the two are linked. I'm also a complementary practitioner.

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Does that mean that you do it for free?

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No, indeed not. Certainly not.

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-No, no. One has to earn a crust, you know.

-No, no, quite. Good.

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-OK, you are standing by for a bit of fun.

-We are indeed.

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We are looking forward to your performance.

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-Now, girls, the money moment. This is what you ladies like.

-Wow.

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A bit of a shopping opportunity with somebody else's cash. £300 a piece.

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You know the rules.

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Your experts await and off you go and very, very good luck.

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the Reds waste no time in telling Colin exactly what they want.

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-A silver photo frame with Art Deco style.

-Great.

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And we're looking for a statement piece that might be wonderful

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in a house that might look amazing.

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-What do you want?

-Maybe a light fitting. Some type of chandelier.

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Very specific. Are the Blues as exacting?

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Something quirky.

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Something different.

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Something where you can't just look the price up in a book.

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Is that it? You've narrowed it down to quirky.

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The Reds have a shopping list, you know.

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-£120.

-All right, I have got nice taste then, haven't I?

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You do.

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Somebody's carefully cut these all out and stuck them in.

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Oh, stop mucking about. There's work to do.

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The Blues have already found a pair of 19th century, Chinese vases.

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One's pristine, the other...less so.

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-What would be your best on the pair of vases?

-£220.

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They're a massive chunk of our budget. They're over £200.

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But I sold one of those for £420.

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Oh my word!

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But £200 - that leaves us £100 to get two items.

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How much is it?

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-It's priced at £105.

-They can keep that one, Colin.

-Not for you?

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-Absolutely not, no. That's very masculine.

-Fine. Let's keep going.

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Well, those girls know what they're after and they won't be put off.

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Meanwhile, the Blues are exploring Africa's treasures.

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My husband is South African so we've got a lot of African stuff at home.

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Ethiopian headrest.

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The nomadic people - this would be swung around their waist

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and they would travel from location to location

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with their herds of goats and you would smear this with goat fat.

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You would literally just rest your head on it when you sleep.

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The goat fat was to prevent nasty insects coming up

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and going to bed in your ear.

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But they're different.

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-They are tactile, again.

-It is tactile, yeah.

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Is there any age to them?

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They've got a bit of age.

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A lot of things that are being imported now are buried

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in cow manure for a couple of years to give them more age.

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They have a patination to them and they have got some age.

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Shall we try them out?

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Yeah, I'm keen.

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-It's £40 for two or will you do £20 for one?

-£21 for one.

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-I prefer that one.

-I prefer that one.

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-Do you want that one?

-Yes.

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-Let's make a decision, come on. Time's going on.

-OK, £21.

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First buy goes to the Blues then. Come on Reds. Keep up!

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-How much is that Colin?

-It is priced at £95.

-I quite like that.

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You could put a plant in it.

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Or you could put a flower arrangement in it. It is quite country.

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Do you think there would be a margin in that, Colin?

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It is priced at £95. I think if you can get a deal done on that,

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-I think that's probably...

-We have got a small damage...

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What's going to happen here is all of the hardened collectors

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are not going to come out and be giving you £300, £400 or £500.

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But it's attractive. I quite like that actually.

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-Who is head negotiator?

-Jennifer, have a go.

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You can negotiate.

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Hello.

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We like the scene on this and we like the glaze, the picture.

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We know that there is some cracking here in the sky.

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We know it's priced for that

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but we wonder if you can do something better for us?

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I can do £75.

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Er...

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Well, erm...

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I'd rather it was more £65.

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'Ow, tough one.'

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£70.

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£67?

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Yes, £67.

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-Is that all right with everybody?

-Yes. Good.

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Nice bargaining, Reds. And that's one thing off the shopping list.

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We've got the statement piece. Silver next. Silver photo frame.

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-OK.

-Art Deco.

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Cor, these Reds are really focused.

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There's a statement piece of lighting.

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-But we can't afford it.

-No.

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-That's nice.

-Royal Worcester.

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-What on earth is it?

-It's a water dropper.

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It's Chinese, early 20th century.

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I haven't got as far as asking pricing on it.

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-What do you do with it?

-You pop your water in there.

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-What for?

-Your brushes.

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-Oh right, for painting?

-Yes.

-Right.

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-You're not impressed, are you?

-No.

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-In anyway shape or form.

-No.

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-That way round, there we go. Hang on. You're not sure either?

-No.

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I suppose it must go around the side of it.

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-If you put half a lemon in there.

-I think that's rather cute.

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-We were just going to buy it.

-We were going to buy this.

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It's a lemon squeezer and we can have it for £25. It's Victorian.

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-You're not impressed, are you?

-No.

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Think about the fashions for kitchens at the moment.

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Is it a fashion to put loads of stuff in it and copper and brass?

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Or is it minimalist?

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I like it but the thing is, you want to buy what's fashionable.

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Not what isn't.

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I've seen those things do pretty well.

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James, we'll see. Now, talking of good buys.

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On the face of it, sitting on a stand down there,

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this is not terribly interesting.

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In fact, it's a dead bore.

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But turn it round and give it a proper viewing

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and you have an object of rare and incredible beauty.

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How's that?

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How can one thin slither of polished slate

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morph from that into that?

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The answer is pietre dure - that's hard stones -

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and an incredible amount of skill and craftsmanship.

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If you're partial to a hybrid tea rose

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and you grow them in the garden, you know how incredibly complicated

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the folded, delicate nature of the petals are. Here, if you look,

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you'll see that we've got not only one piece of stone,

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but one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven -

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we've got at least 15 different pieces of stone making up one bloom.

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They're just a thin piece of veneer laid into the black background

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and that black background is terribly thin.

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This is so skilful it takes your breath away.

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It's a mount that's come off some Victorian blotter or photo frame.

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A novelty piece of something exported from Italy,

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maybe around 1880 to 1910.

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What's it worth? Well, framed up, retail £400.

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What would it cost you here?

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When displayed, that way up, on a stand down there

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it could be yours for £18.

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Now that's what I call blooming marvellous.

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There are bargains here but our teams still only have one item each.

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-How much time have you got left?

-20 minutes.

-20 minutes left.

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Right, outside then. Quickly outside.

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What do you feel about that?

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-What have you got there then?

-It's just a pin dish.

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-Presumably hat pins from that era?

-It would be, yes.

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-How do you feel style wise?

-Style wise - a very good looking thing.

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-And is it something people would buy.

-It is.

-It says it's bronze.

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-That's bronze.

-It is.

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Bronze is basically an alloy which brass is part of that alloy.

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-It is as simple as that.

-Right.

-It's good looking.

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What sort of money are we on? £80.

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-We've got money left.

-Yes.

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Do you want to leave this one on the list?

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Well, we keep leaving them, don't we? I think we need to start buying.

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-Well, shall we put it as a possible?

-Let's put this as the last possible.

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We have viewed the potential purchases we have got

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and then come up with a plan.

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-Do you remember having a plan?

-Yes, yes, we've still got it!

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Ah, outside on planet blue,

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it's dawning on James that he needs to gee up his team.

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We've just bought one thing?

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Yep, Blues you have only got one item. Get a move on, eh.

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-No.

-No.

-No.

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The fire screen.

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A nasal appliance.

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OK.

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And still they dither.

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I really don't know.

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Meanwhile, the Red team are on the up.

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I think Jennifer's found a touch of real class.

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That caught my eye. It's a bit of money but we could get it down.

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I love the blue on it. I love the gold background

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and I think it's a very attractive thing.

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It's got a bit of cracking there but it's a nice thing.

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-Well spotted.

-It caught my eye. It must be the colour again.

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The shape is lovely. It feels very nice, Annette.

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-It has got a really nice feel.

-Is it china at the bottom?

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It is, yes. It's porcellaneous base.

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We have a little bit of a nibbling there.

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A silver hallmark around the edge - Birmingham Assay, little F.

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That's going to date it probably around 1906 or thereabouts.

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-I think it is lovely.

-1905, not a bad guess.

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-I like it.

-I like it.

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-Who is chief negotiator then?

-Are you looking at me, Colin?

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-I think we might be, Annette.

-I wonder why.

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We're looking at this because it caught our eye.

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-It's rather attractive.

-It's beautiful, isn't it?

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I'm just wondering what you can do in having a lower price than that?

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£120 is a very good price to start off with.

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I can take a little bit off.

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£110. You will definitely sell it.

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£110 is a very fair price.

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-Could you do £100?

-I'm afraid I can't.

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£105?

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I can do it for £105. That's the absolute bottom, yeah.

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-Do you like it?

-Yes.

-I think it's great. I think it's great.

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If you like it, there will be plenty of other people that will want it

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-so I would suggest, if it's a team decision, let's go for it.

-Yes.

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-Thank you.

-Those Reds are on target.

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OK, not a photo frame, but they can tick silver off their list.

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Impressive or what? the Blues are back indoors.

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I've still got the lemon squeezer.

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With time running out, James wants them to reconsider those sweet-and-sour vases.

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They are quite a lot of money.

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-Yes.

-£220 is...

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Another bad purchase that he is going to drag you into.

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-Don't trust this man.

-We're just having a history lesson, Colin.

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They are Chinese, Canton, famille rose vases that are 19th century.

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A pair. The other one is almost totally smashed. Almost had it.

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It's such a shame, isn't it?

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In the right sale there's a profit in them.

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-Even with the damage?

-Yeah.

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You see, that can be converted into a lamp stand or something like that.

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So, there's £30 or £40 there. And this one, 1850, 1860 in date.

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The gilding is in nice order. It's not too rubbed.

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-It doesn't look damaged does it?

-No.

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And the Chinese are buying back a lot of their stuff now, aren't they?

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-Let's bite the bullet and say OK.

-We haven't got much time.

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We've got a bit left to buy the lemon squeezer.

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-£210?

-£210?

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-Go on!

-No!

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-£220 is really the bottom.

-Your rock bottom? OK.

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He's been fair. And he's got to make a profit.

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-I'll give you a nice cardboard box to put them in.

-Yes, yes, yes.

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Wow. Done deal.

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-Less than ten minutes and...

-We haven't got a lot of money left.

-No.

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-You said no to my lemon squeezer.

-If you like it, you buy it.

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The Reds are on a mission. Forget the plan, it's decision time.

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The water dropper or the bronze dish?

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You go and negotiate on the bronze.

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-Yes.

-I will go and ask a price on the water dropper.

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-What was the original price on the water dropper?

-It was £48.

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I will go and ask a price.

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I'll come and join you while you're doing your negotiations.

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And then I'll put you in jeopardy as to which way you're going to go.

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-Thank you, Colin.

-Good luck.

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So it's a new plan to avert disaster.

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Hopefully.

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Are we going to buy the lemon squeezer

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because we've got no money, no time?

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Finally, the Blues have a sense of urgency.

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-Do you remember where it was?

-Or perhaps not.

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Four minutes, girls. Come on!

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At this rate they'll only have two items in the auction.

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Colin's gone fishing for a bargain. It will have to be superb

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to convince these girls, who look pretty determined.

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Colin has gone up there to look at something else

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and try and do a deal on something else up there.

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So, us getting this, depends on what you can do for us on that price.

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£60 which is less than trade for you. £60.

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Is that your very, very lowest?

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You couldn't do it for £50?

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You literally...

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-Could you do £55?

-Go on then.

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-Let's meet in the middle.

-Meet in the middle.

-£55 it is.

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-This could be trouble.

-I've got some excellent news for you.

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The water dropper £25, how does that sound?

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Very good but this is £80. £60 was her bottom price.

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I managed to do a deal and shake hands at £55.

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-You've already bought it?

-Yes, I'm afraid I got carried away.

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I think you should be all right. I think you'll be all right.

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We do love it.

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That's the key to it all then.

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That's the key. Ignore the expert!

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Good luck at the auction, girls.

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But those Blues have finally got back to that French press.

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Even now, Lucinda is still browsing.

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-What's your very best?

-£25.

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£25 is not good. It's not good.

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We really liked this because it was quirky and it's unusual

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-and it is old and...

-I'm the one who is championing it.

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And you're championing it.

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£25 is too much.

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I'll tell you what I think it will make at auction. £5 to £10.

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-That's what I think it's worth.

-Well, you never know, do you?

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-£15?

-No. I'll take £20.

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-£17?

-£18, I'll take.

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-We're running out of time.

-It's not going to make any money though.

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Let's go and have another look around the entire fair(!)

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20 seconds!

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-20 seconds.

-Are we going to go for it?

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-Just keep the guys on tenterhooks.

-Unless you see something else...

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Come along! There just isn't time for all this faffing.

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You've got no choice, James but to step in.

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Deal done. Deal done.

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That was close. Five seconds to spare.

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Now, how much left over lolly is going to be

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given by the teams to the expert to go and find that bonus buy.

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First up, it's the Reds.

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The Reds bought the jolly jardiniere

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but it may not be all it's cracked up to at £67.

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A pretty, but pretty pricey, inkwell which cost them £105.

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And the bronze dish which they're pinning their hopes on for £55.

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-We liked them.

-They're dead elegant these girls shopping, aren't they?

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They were on a mission, Tim.

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-Annette, how much did you spend, darling.

-Sorry, remind me...

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-£227.

-He's the director. The director has to do that!

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-£227. That's a good number. Isn't it?

-It is, yes.

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-Which it your favourite piece?

-The pot.

-Is it?

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-Yeah, colours.

-Goes with your nails.

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-Yeah.

-Which is your favourite piece, Annette?

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I think the bronze pin dish because it's very Art Nouveau.

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You are so arty. Who's got the left over lolly?

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-I have.

-You have. Very good.

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-Thank you very much. That's it. £73. Is that right?

-It is.

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-I'm sure I can do something with that.

-I'm sure you can, Colin.

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There have been a couple of things out there that I have seen which

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I think will set the team up well when it comes to auction.

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You are such a tease, Colin.

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Thank you very much, girls. Have a nice cup of tea.

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Why don't we remind ourselves what the Blues bought.

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The Blues bought some tribal art.

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An African headrest which shouldn't be a sleeper - ho ho! - at £21.

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The Chinese vases which James loved, despite the £220 price tag

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and the major damage.

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We'll see.

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The girls weren't pressed into buying the antique kitchen gadget

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and they even squeezed the price to £18.

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-Now listen, what did you spend overall, Lucinda?

-£259.

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I would like £41 back please.

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I don't normally have this much money on me!

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Are you proud of us, Tim? It's a lot of money for us.

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-It's a serious amount of money.

-Is it?

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Well, it's lovely to see you spend up a bit.

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But which piece is going to bring the biggest profit?

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I've changed my mind. I was going to say James' cracked Chinese vases,

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but we've also bought a nice African headrest

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covered in goat fat and that will probably make a lot more money.

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I must say you have a way of presenting these goods

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that is so attractive! The goat's fat all over your head.

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-It has a pungent aroma.

-It does. It's a nice smell.

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Here we go. £41.

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Thank you.

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Well, you spent most of that money and that's fair enough.

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£41. You'll find something nice for that, won't you?

0:23:400:23:43

-We'll certainly try.

-OK, girls, stand by. This is exciting.

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Meanwhile, we're off to the middle of nowhere - to Snowshill Manor.

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How gorgeous.

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Snowshill Manor, in the Cotswolds, is a house whose foundations date

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back to the 15th century.

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Today, it's owned by the National Trust, but in 1919

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it was bought by Charles Paget Wade, who'd inherited the family fortune.

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It's filled with items

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amassed during his lifetime hobby of collecting.

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His collection began with simple items, usually made in England

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but progressed to European furniture and items from the Far East.

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So, what started off this, what some would describe as, obsessional collecting habit?

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Well, apparently, it all began with this cabinet.

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On the face of it, not particularly impressive.

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It's a perfectly nice, early 18th century, Chinese export cabinet

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of a type that were commonly imported, sometimes in a tea chest

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so that the layer of tea would protect it from any damage.

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Of course, you could then sell the cabinet and tea and make a profit.

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The secret with this cabinet is the magnificence that lies within.

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Look at that. Isn't that gorgeous?

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It's gorgeous to my eye right now,

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but if you can transport yourself mentally into the place

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where an excitable and inquiring seven-year-old would be -

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because Wade was about seven when he went off to stay with his grandmother in Great Yarmouth.

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As a very special treat, if he was a good little boy,

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once a week on a Sunday, he was allowed to open this cabinet and look at the treasures inside.

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The cabinet contains some 25 or 27 drawers and they're placed

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around an arrangement of platforms - with balustrades outside

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and inner balustrades with inner sanctums in the form of a shrine.

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Not only was the cabinet fascinating to the seven-year-old

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but it was also the contents that got him going.

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We know for certain that this pair of late Georgian, solid silver spectacle frames

0:26:230:26:30

were in the cabinet.

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And if his grandma had explained to him

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that the outer green, scaly covering to the spectacle case

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had been stripped from the back of a shark, before being stained green,

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as any gruesomely, blood thirsty seven-year-old will tell you,

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they are always very interested in stuff like that.

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She might have pointed out the little, ivory gadget there.

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A Spinning Jenny.

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He might have been allowed to wind the handle which turned the cog,

0:27:030:27:07

that turns the wheel, that turns the lady doing the spinning -

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which I'm not allowed to do today because it is too fragile.

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It really is no wonder that this captivating cabinet stimulated

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a lifelong compulsion to collect.

0:27:230:27:26

Of course, the big question today is how much stimulation

0:27:260:27:30

will our teams be requiring over at the auction?

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Well, we've whizzed from Cheltenham to Stratford-upon-Avon

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to be at Bigwood's Auction House with Christopher Ironmonger.

0:27:450:27:48

-Good morning, Christopher.

-Good morning, Tim.

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Jennifer and Annette - their first item is this stag jardiniere.

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-Do you rate it?

-It's an attractive piece.

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A little comment on the condition is appropriate.

0:28:020:28:05

It is a little bit crazed and knocked around

0:28:050:28:09

but these pieces often were.

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Its colouration is a little unusual.

0:28:120:28:14

The sort of puce colour on the side is not everybody's cup of tea

0:28:140:28:18

-but nevertheless - £40 to £60.

-£67 paid.

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So, they are more or less in the frame.

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I agree with you. Looking inside that, it looks what my mother would call disgusting.

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-Next up is the inkwell.

-Yes.

-With its silver top.

0:28:290:28:33

-That is very clean and ready to go condition, isn't it?

-It is.

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It's Birmingham 1903.

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An attractive base with the foliage and the gilt.

0:28:400:28:43

We're perhaps being a little bit on the mean side. £25 to £45.

0:28:430:28:46

I think it will do better than that.

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A little bit on the mean side? £105 they paid for this(!)

0:28:480:28:53

£25 to £35?

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Because of the silver prices it will probably be pushed on more.

0:28:560:28:59

£25 to £40?!

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All right, we're being mean(!)

0:29:010:29:03

No, we'll see. Exciting.

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Now what about this bronze dish? The Art Nouveau bronze dish.

0:29:070:29:11

Looking at it, we are a little uncertain as to

0:29:110:29:14

whether it has got a great deal of age and, for that reason,

0:29:140:29:18

we've estimated £5 to £10.

0:29:180:29:20

£55 paid. This is going terribly well at the moment.

0:29:200:29:22

They are going to need their bonus buy so let's have a look at it.

0:29:220:29:26

Jennifer and Annette - you gave the boy £73 of left over lolly.

0:29:280:29:33

-Colin, what did you spend it on?

-Something not too big.

0:29:330:29:36

Not too pricey.

0:29:360:29:39

I spent it on...

0:29:390:29:41

Yes, I knew you would!

0:29:410:29:44

-I just had an inkling about that.

-Really?

0:29:440:29:47

Because you liked it so much, yes.

0:29:470:29:49

I shouldn't buy just the things that I like but it just seemed so cheap.

0:29:490:29:54

A little water dropper or ink pot, we know it is not old

0:29:560:30:01

so it won't make thousands of pounds.

0:30:010:30:03

It's not going to make hundreds of pounds

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but it is definitely going to make tens of pounds.

0:30:050:30:08

-You gave me £73 to spend.

-Yes, what did you pay for that, Colin?

0:30:080:30:12

£25 spent.

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OK, are you predicting much of a profit? Not really.

0:30:140:30:17

I am predicting a little bit of a profit.

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I'm not going to keep carping on about it.

0:30:200:30:23

I think we should just see what happens during the sale.

0:30:230:30:27

Treasure those memories. Meanwhile, why don't we find out

0:30:270:30:30

what the auctioneer thinks about Colin's little carp.

0:30:300:30:34

This is a bit fishy.

0:30:370:30:38

Yes, erm...

0:30:380:30:40

I suppose order of the day, these little Chinese pieces at the moment.

0:30:400:30:46

A fish is quite attractive

0:30:470:30:51

but we've said £10 to £15.

0:30:510:30:53

It is a nice, little thing. £25 paid by Colin. That's it for the Reds.

0:30:530:30:58

Now for the Blues. What a collection they've got.

0:30:580:31:02

Now, first up, tribal art. Are you hot on tribal art?

0:31:020:31:06

I wouldn't say necessarily.

0:31:060:31:08

We have had a few pieces in over the last year or so.

0:31:080:31:11

We did have another headrest that came in that sold very well.

0:31:110:31:14

That was a Zulu one but this one is turn of the century perhaps.

0:31:140:31:20

-It doesn't look terribly comfy, does it?

-Well, they never were.

0:31:200:31:25

I suppose if you've got nothing to lie on.

0:31:250:31:28

-Probably £30 to £40.

-Brilliant. £21 paid.

0:31:280:31:33

Next up, James found these Cantonese pots.

0:31:340:31:38

The condition of that one is not so hot, is it?

0:31:380:31:41

It's had a bit of a battering at the top there.

0:31:410:31:45

Somebody's attacked it with a hammer.

0:31:450:31:47

It's such a shame because the other one is in somewhat better order.

0:31:470:31:52

They sell well, these Canton vases.

0:31:520:31:56

We've had some larger ones than these in, that made £600,000 each.

0:31:560:32:01

We've said £150 to £250.

0:32:010:32:04

-So that takes into account the condition.

-It does, yes.

0:32:040:32:07

£220 they paid. So that's pretty good.

0:32:070:32:10

-I think we're on the right side there.

-What about this press then?

0:32:100:32:13

-These bits of kitchenalia are popular?

-They are.

0:32:130:32:16

There's a lot of people collecting that.

0:32:160:32:19

That's something they will see as a little bit different.

0:32:190:32:22

-Yes.

-Probably going to make £30 or £40.

0:32:220:32:25

£18 was paid.

0:32:250:32:28

I've a funny feeling that this team is going to do massively well.

0:32:280:32:31

In which case, they won't need their bonus buy.

0:32:310:32:34

Let's go and have a look at it anyway.

0:32:340:32:36

OK, girls. What do you suppose James Lewis spent your £41 on?

0:32:360:32:42

-Something very big and expensive.

-That's why he's holding it proudly!

0:32:420:32:47

Something very quirky.

0:32:470:32:48

-Possibly African.

-Really?

0:32:480:32:52

-Well, he's going to reveal all.

-Or Chinese.

0:32:520:32:56

-Oh!

-Or Chinese?

0:32:560:32:58

You're right. It's Chinese and quirky.

0:32:580:33:00

There we go. I saw that and I thought it's different.

0:33:000:33:03

Just a bit of fun really.

0:33:030:33:04

It's a water dropper bottle.

0:33:040:33:06

-Oh right.

-You fill it up and the air would escape out of there.

0:33:060:33:10

Put your finger over.

0:33:100:33:11

-Water for what?

-For art. For pictures.

0:33:130:33:17

This whole business of Chinese water colours which are frightfully wishy-washy

0:33:170:33:22

and they get wishy-washy because they soak the paper during the painting process.

0:33:220:33:28

Shove a few blobs of ink on.

0:33:280:33:30

I've got to check with my pendulum

0:33:300:33:32

whether this is going to be a good buy.

0:33:320:33:36

I have to have a little... hang on...

0:33:360:33:37

I think it's a boy.

0:33:390:33:41

-Is that good or no?

-This is very positive. Very positive, James.

0:33:410:33:46

It's going to make money, in other words?

0:33:460:33:49

-Is that what it means?

-Yes. It's going to make money.

0:33:490:33:52

We can have two predictions here.

0:33:520:33:54

-First of all, you have to tell us how much you paid?

-OK.

0:33:540:33:58

What do you think it's worth?

0:33:580:33:59

-I think £20, £30?

-£40?

0:33:590:34:02

£20, £30, £40?

0:34:020:34:03

That's quite precise, isn't it?!

0:34:030:34:06

£7.50.

0:34:060:34:07

-Oh, wow.

-It's chipped.

0:34:070:34:10

It's probably about 100 years old, something like that.

0:34:100:34:13

-It's tactile.

-It's different.

0:34:130:34:17

You don't have to decide right now. You decide after the sale of the first three items.

0:34:170:34:22

For the viewers at home let's find out

0:34:220:34:24

what the auctioneer thinks about James' water dropper.

0:34:240:34:27

There we go, Christopher. Yet another piece of Chinese green.

0:34:290:34:34

Well, it is attractive.

0:34:340:34:36

You see quite a lot of these at the moment.

0:34:360:34:38

Everybody does seem to be sort of going in this direction.

0:34:380:34:43

We've said £10 to £20. It's a little decorative object.

0:34:430:34:46

Obviously it has a function

0:34:460:34:47

but somebody will buy it as a decorative collectible.

0:34:470:34:50

James Lewis only paid £7.50. And that's the secret.

0:34:500:34:54

If you pay the right price you're going to make a small profit.

0:34:540:34:58

Well, he can't lose much on that.

0:34:580:35:00

Well, you can lose £7.50 and he didn't have that much money left.

0:35:000:35:05

That's a sensible buy.

0:35:050:35:06

We'll stand by, hopefully, to make some massive profits, Christopher. No pressure.

0:35:060:35:11

We'll do our best.

0:35:110:35:12

-Are you excited?

-Absolutely. I can't wait.

0:35:210:35:24

It is a moment, isn't it?

0:35:240:35:26

We've got a nice crowd of people in this room

0:35:260:35:29

and I am sure they're all gagging to buy your lots.

0:35:290:35:32

-We do hope so.

-The first lot up is the jardiniere and here it comes.

0:35:320:35:35

-AUCTIONEER:

-A 20th century majolica jardiniere.

0:35:350:35:39

A very nice one with the stag and the landscape setting there.

0:35:390:35:42

Who's going to start me at £40?

0:35:420:35:46

£30 to start then. £25 to start.

0:35:460:35:49

It is not dear at this price, is it?

0:35:490:35:51

£20 I'm bid. 20, and five do I hear? At £20 the maiden bid. 25.

0:35:510:35:56

£30, sir? 30. £35? £30. There at £30. And five, if you like?

0:35:560:36:01

At £30 only. It's going to be sold at £30, make no mistake. At £30...

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GAVEL STRIKES

0:36:050:36:07

-Minus £37.

-We got a bargain.

0:36:080:36:11

-AUCTIONEER:

-It is the Edwardian silver mounted earthenware ink well.

0:36:110:36:16

Birmingham 1903 and I've got multiple bids.

0:36:160:36:19

I can start at 50 on the book. At 50, at 50, and £60 now. At £50,

0:36:190:36:23

£60 and I'm clear. £70 do I hear? £80? £90. £100?

0:36:230:36:30

£100 on the stairs, £110 at the back. £120, sir?

0:36:300:36:34

-£110 the lady's bid.

-Ooh! A profit!

0:36:340:36:37

At £110...

0:36:370:36:40

GAVEL STRIKES

0:36:400:36:41

-Result!

-Yes!

0:36:410:36:44

Plus £5 is very good which means you are minus £32 overall.

0:36:480:36:52

But here comes your bronze dish.

0:36:520:36:54

-AUCTIONEER:

-The Art Nouveau caster brass style dish.

0:36:540:36:59

I can start at £15. £20 in the room?

0:36:590:37:02

At £15, £15. £18, £20, £22.

0:37:020:37:06

£24. £26. £28, madam?

0:37:060:37:09

£28, the lady's bid. You are in at £28.

0:37:090:37:14

Are we done and finished at £28?

0:37:160:37:18

I'm pleased.

0:37:180:37:21

That's minus £27 which means overall, you are minus £59.

0:37:210:37:27

-That's not too bad. It could have been a lot worse.

-It could have been a lot worse!

0:37:270:37:32

So what are you doing about the bonus buy then? It's £25 at risk.

0:37:320:37:38

I really don't want to.

0:37:380:37:39

I don't really want to add to what we've already lost.

0:37:390:37:43

I would be inclined to say give it a go.

0:37:430:37:46

We have a bit of a split between our teams here.

0:37:460:37:50

The thing is they're great friends

0:37:500:37:52

but they've also got very strong wills...

0:37:520:37:54

both of you. Annette, you're going to give way?

0:37:540:37:58

I am, yes.

0:37:580:37:59

-You are going to give way.

-She did well on the ink well.

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So, I think on that basis...

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You're going to let her marketing experience sway you.

0:38:040:38:07

We're going to sell it anyway and here it comes.

0:38:070:38:11

-AUCTIONEER:

-An oriental, porcelain water dropper. Nice, little item.

0:38:110:38:14

Fashioned as a carp on its side.

0:38:140:38:16

£20, I am bid. £22, if you like. 22.

0:38:160:38:20

£24? £24. £26?

0:38:200:38:23

The gentleman here at £24.

0:38:230:38:25

This is close.

0:38:250:38:27

At £24...

0:38:270:38:29

-You saved us a £1.

-Minus £1.

0:38:310:38:35

And you didn't go with it anyway. That's tremendously close.

0:38:350:38:40

It might be a winning score so don't say a word to the Blues.

0:38:400:38:47

-Do you know how the Reds got on?

-No.

-We don't want you to.

0:38:520:38:56

-They wouldn't tell us at all.

-They weren't spilling any beans.

0:38:560:38:59

James, your favourite subject.

0:38:590:39:02

-The first item up which is the African. Impressed?

-Yes.

0:39:020:39:06

You paid £21 for that, which was a result

0:39:060:39:09

because he's estimated £30 to £40.

0:39:090:39:12

That's good, isn't it?

0:39:120:39:14

So you could double your money on that which is a very fair beginning.

0:39:140:39:17

-AUCTIONEER:

-The headrest, very interesting

0:39:170:39:21

chevron tool there. Who's going to give me £30?

0:39:210:39:25

Quite collectible, tribal art. £20 to start me then. £20?

0:39:250:39:31

At £20, it's a maiden bid of £20.

0:39:310:39:34

And £30. Standing at £30.

0:39:340:39:37

It's going to be sold at £30.

0:39:370:39:39

Are we done at £30?

0:39:390:39:42

Very good. Plus £9. That's fair enough.

0:39:420:39:45

-AUCTIONEER:

-Nice pair of late 19th century, Chinese, porcelain vases.

0:39:450:39:50

It ought to be a couple of hundred pounds. £150 to start me.

0:39:500:39:56

£150? Come on. Well, £100 then.

0:39:560:40:01

£100, I am bid.

0:40:010:40:02

The bid is here at £100.

0:40:020:40:05

At £120. At £100. £110, he says.

0:40:050:40:10

£120 down here. At £120.

0:40:100:40:14

I'll take £130. Don't give up easily,

0:40:140:40:16

At £120 in the front row. £120, are we sure?

0:40:160:40:20

GAVEL STRIKES

0:40:200:40:21

-It is minus £100, lads.

-No way. Absolutely bonkers.

0:40:210:40:28

-AUCTIONEER:

-A lemon squeezer. I am going to ask for £30.

0:40:280:40:33

£20 to get me going. £20 I'm bid. £30, sir.

0:40:330:40:38

£40, £40 and five?

0:40:380:40:42

£40 it is. Seated over there at £40. It's going to be sold at £40.

0:40:420:40:46

Are we done? Yours for £40.

0:40:460:40:48

You are minus £69.

0:40:480:40:51

What would you like to do about the water dropper?

0:40:510:40:54

There weren't any buyers for the last Chinese things so there might not be any for this.

0:40:540:40:58

-We haven't made any money.

-It's more available at that price.

0:40:580:41:03

Oh, dear me.

0:41:030:41:05

-Are you going to go with it?

-Yes.

-Very good.

0:41:050:41:08

You're going with the bonus buy and here it comes.

0:41:080:41:11

-AUCTIONEER:

-The green glazed water dropper. Bulb form, moulded

0:41:110:41:15

with a climbing creature, inside signature.

0:41:150:41:18

Who's going to give me £20 for this one? £20 I am bid.

0:41:180:41:23

£25, £30, £35, £40, £45? £40. It is going at £40.

0:41:230:41:29

Are we done at £40?

0:41:290:41:31

The man is a genius.

0:41:320:41:34

That makes you minus £36.50 but it could be a winning score.

0:41:350:41:38

We shan't be going out for lunch to celebrate...

0:41:380:41:41

..or dinner, or coffee or a burger!

0:41:410:41:44

We might have a glass of wine.

0:41:440:41:46

The truth of the matter is, sadly, nobody is going home

0:41:510:41:54

with any cash today and there's not much between you all, I have to say.

0:41:540:41:59

-Oh.

-But the team that is slightly behind...

0:41:590:42:03

-are the Reds.

-Aww.

0:42:030:42:06

Minus £59 is your score. I think the prize has to go to Jennifer

0:42:060:42:13

because you made a £5 profit, darling, on your ink well

0:42:130:42:16

and then you made the right decision not to go with the bonus buy,

0:42:160:42:19

but only by a marginal pound. You must be pretty pleased.

0:42:190:42:23

Yes, very.

0:42:230:42:24

I hope you had a nice time too, Annette. Because we loved having you on the show.

0:42:240:42:29

Now, the victors today, who win by only losing £36.50,

0:42:290:42:35

largely because, in a very exciting sense,

0:42:350:42:39

James contributed £32.50 profit

0:42:390:42:42

on his bonus buy - which was very good. So, well done for that James.

0:42:420:42:46

-But £100 loss on the vases as well!

-Don't worry about that.

0:42:460:42:49

The fact of the matter is that, were it not for the bonus buy,

0:42:490:42:52

you girls would be trailing today.

0:42:520:42:55

-We would.

-You would. So be grateful to the man. Revel in it! Enjoy it!

0:42:550:42:59

In fact, join us soon for some more bargain hunting. Yes? Yes!

0:42:590:43:03

Bargain Hunt comes from Cheltenham Racecourse, where experts James Lewis and Colin Young are under starter's orders to help their teams find the best buys at an antiques fair. Among the items picked out are a pair of Chinese vases which have seen better days and an African headrest. Presenter Tim Wonnacott heads for Snowshill Manor in the Cotswolds and explores 'granny's cabinet' filled with family treasures, which inspired a life-time of collecting by Charles Paget Wade.