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'Here are today's Bargain Hunt headlines.'
It has been confirmed
that Catherine Southon is helping the Red team.
News has just come in that Thomas Plant is supporting the Blues.
And now, finally,
let's go Bargain Hunting!
'The venue for our show - Lewes in the heart of Sussex.'
'Catherine can't get her own way.'
I really hate it. That would be my worst nightmare.
'Thomas cracks the whip.'
'And it's all thrills and spills at the auction.'
-Got a bargain.
-Come on, come on!
-That's a hell of a loss.
I think it's about time we met those teams, don't you?
Paul, how did you two meet?
We met in a china shop in Brighton.
I'd relocated from Devon to Brighton
and in the move, my entire crockery case was smashed.
So I went in to this shop in North Street, Brighton,
and out of a thunderbolt or a strike of lightning, there he was. That's how met.
-And you're married?
-We've had a civil partnership ceremony, yes.
-Yeah. That's fantastic.
-Terry, you're in property management, is that right?
-Tell us about that.
-I would call myself a private housekeeper, a posher title.
I go in, I clean, shop, do ironing...
These are for people who aren't necessarily living full-time in their properties.
Full-time people that are working all day.
-I go in and I've got keys to the properties and...
-I do whatever they need to be done.
-Paul, there's nothing you like more that rummaging around in the market.
-I do like a good rummage.
My best success would be the purchase of a walnut sideboard
in Torquay for £75, and I sold it for £500.
-An experience which we hope you're going to replicate today.
-So do I, sir.
-Any profit would be nice.
-That's the spirit, that's what we like to hear.
-Very good luck with that.
Now, Val, how did you two meet?
We met when I was directing Bloody Jack for Rustington Players.
Patsy was the prompt and she held it all together for me.
-So you're both Thespians, are you?
-We're both Thespians, yeah.
-And you collect a range of things, Val.
-Yes, I do.
-Including some oddball items.
-Yes, would you like to see them?
-Yes, let's have a bird's eye.
-I brought some small ones. They're called hagstones.
And if you see, it must take a hell of a long time
for those holes to appear in the stones.
And they take a lot of finding on the beach.
Yes. So you wander up and down the beach trying to find stones with holes in them?
I'm trying to find the perfect hagstone. And it's quite cosmic.
-Patsy, what are your tactics going to be today?
-Buy what we like.
-Not let Val bully me into buying what she likes.
-So resisting Val is a big part of your strategy?
-So we'll have a bit of sparking between you?
-We are, by the looks of it.
-That's what I like the sound of.
Anyway, here's the money moment. Here's your £300. You know the rules, your experts await,
-and off you go and very, very, very good luck!
WESTERN FILM STYLE MUSIC
-Hello! Have a nice shop.
-OK, see you later.
-See you later. Bye!
-Oh, it's like an Aladdin's cave.
-That little silver buckle.
-Let's look for something a little bit bolder.
-I don't want silver.
-So you're going to be rebellious, are you?
-We are, yes.
-Of course we are. We'll spend every penny.
-Oh! This is James Dixon & Sons, a good maker.
-We've got a hunting flask, a hip flask.
-We've got a little thing there for your little sarnies.
Is it marked at all? Is it silver or...?
-It's probably plated, yeah.
I love the fact that it's shaped like the case. It's beautiful.
-It's a lovely quality one.
Ouch, it's a bit... What can you do on that? It's £160.
-The best trade on it would be 140.
-It should be 145, but we'll make it 140.
-No, no. 140.
-It was worth a shot, wasn't it?
-That is nice. What do you think of the price, though?
-I think it's lovely.
But I'm not sure if it would make a profit, really.
-But lovely quality. It's something to remember.
-It was nice.
'Well, you'll certainly remember the price, Catherine.'
'You keep them in line, Thomas.
'There must be something pretty around here.'
-That's quirky. I like that.
-How much is that?
-Isn't that marvellous?
-It's marvellous. That is... Hee-hee-hee! Love it.
The Margaret Thatcher teapot by Luck and Flaw.
It's another Spitting Image character.
They had Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan as well.
They are quite widely collected within the political world, and there are political collectors.
-Circa 1980, so it's 31 years old.
-I love it.
It's good fun, isn't it? Whatever you think of her, it's great.
-I admired her, actually.
-Of course, yeah. Absolutely.
I think that is brilliant. What's the price?
It's a lot of money. These always are a lot of money.
-They're £175, I mean, it is far too...
-But we have £300.
-You have £300, yeah.
But do you want to blow that much on...
-We wouldn't pay that.
-Yeah, but you're not going to get him down to...
-What would we get him down to?
-They always sell at between 120 and 180. That's what they sell at.
-So we'd need to get it for 100. He's not going to come down £75.
-I would be surprised if he does.
I personally think that's too much of a gamble.
-But it's great fun. Do you want me to go and ask?
-Yes, please do.
'Get on with it then, Thomas. Val and Patsy are racing ahead.'
-I like those.
-So do I.
-What do you think?
-I do. I do like them.
-That's too expensive.
-I think it's too expensive, but I quite like it.
-Let's have the bad news first.
-There's no bad news.
-Good news and good news!
-There's no bad news. £125.
-What do you think?
-That's 50 quid off. That's not bad.
-What do you think?
-I like it, but it's a team effort.
-Do you want to go for Mrs T?
-Do you feel she represents you?
-Yeah. We're good.
-Yes, yes! We're quirky.
-Cos you're fun.
-Brilliant, we'll do it.
'You certainly are, Val.
'First purchase for the Blue team.'
'Nothing yet for the Reds. Can you smell a bargain, Catherine?'
-Leather-cased enamel top bottle. Can you see it's like an engine-turned...?
-Yeah, it's engine-turned and it's got that nice little pattern on it.
-That's nice, isn't it?
-And the stopper looks original.
-It is, isn't it?
-It fits nicely.
-I wonder what his best price would...
-What would your best be on...?
-No, I can't, really.
£43. I think it's worth £40-50.
-Shall we think?
-Shall me move on?
'Putting it off again, boys? Oh dear, oh dear.
'The girls are lining up another item already.'
-It's a powder...
-Is it for talcum powder?
-It's Deco, isn't it? A lovely finial.
-That is nice.
This would be for your dressing table. You put your rings in there, or anything.
It's properly cut, yeah. Proper piece of cut glass and definitely Deco.
Look at that lovely finial. Lovely cut design.
-Isn't that great?
-Good-looking thing, isn't it?
-Do you want to ask about the price or do you want to carry on looking?
-No, I think we like that.
-We like it.
-If we can get it for £20.
-You like it, do you?
-OK, we might get two items quite quickly.
-We could spend a bit of time on the third item.
-If it comes out at us, we could buy it.
-It's jumped out.
-This jar and cover, you've got £25 on it.
-What's the best on that?
-I think 20 quid is reasonable.
-20 quid. That's not bad, actually.
-It looks in good condition as well.
-It will be, yes.
-That's good. Good thing, that.
-What do you want to do, girls?
-Go for it. Thank you.
-Another one down.
-Yes. Thank you very much.
'Well, I never. The Blues have already got their second buy. You're falling behind, Reds!'
-The lowest, lowest, lowest you could go.
-£100. I say yes.
-You just said no!
-I changed my mind.
-Do you think we should go and buy that first bottle?
-How much was that?
-See if you can get it for £40.
'Give it a go, boys, eh?'
Would you go to £40?
-He won't go any lower than £43, but we think yes, let's go for it.
OK, let's go for it. Then we've got one item.
'Hurrah! That's the Reds on their way.
'Now, come and have a look at what I found. I might even save you some money.'
Do you ever get fed up with paying huge amounts of money
for curtain material and wallpaper?
Well, if you do, you should come and mosey around some of these antiques stands.
Because you could be doing it yourself.
Take this fellow. It's soft wood. It's been carved out of the solid
with these incredibly intricate designs.
Not only have you cut out this pattern,
which seems to be the stalk and foliage of a small plant,
but you've also cut down into the block
so that each one of these designs stands well proud.
You then cover the surface in ink.
In this case, last time it was used, it was red ink,
and then simply apply the wet-inked block to the surface of material,
plonk it down and then remove it, hey presto,
revealing the beginning of your design.
Included in this group is this block. Similar technique, look,
except this time, carved out of the solid, we've got a stylized tree
that has been printed in black.
If you fancied a more striped effect, have a look at this block.
We've got three lines of taut foliage,
effectively making borders.
And if you were to apply this to your walls,
you'd create a series of Regency stripes.
But what would these things cost you?
Well, if you were lucky, you'd do a deal with the storeholder,
who'd let you have all three for £15 each.
And while you're on the story, why not simply pick up
another decorative block? Not used for printing purposes,
but used originally in an Indian or Middle Eastern interior
as a bit of coffering to decorate a timber ceiling.
Look at the surface.
I mean, how many times has this been decorated in oil paint?
This panel must be at least 150 years old.
And how much would an antique block like this cost you?
Well, that too could be yours for £15.
You see, it's all a question of identifying
the correct chip of the old block.
'Right then, boys! Spotted anything yet?'
-£115 is a lot of money.
Now, what's this here?
-Is there anything up there?
-No, let's get out of here.
I'm actually loving this one today, although Paul is a little indecisive.
One minute he's a definite yes, then he's a, "No, I don't think I like that."
But I think we're going to buy these quite easily.
THEY SING AND GIGGLE
-Look at that!
-It's the wrong colour, darling.
-I think it's quite nice, that mint green.
They're brilliant, aren't they? Full of energy. They're great fun.
And quick decision-makers. If they like something, they're going to go for it.
-How are you doing, then?
-So, Southon... Well, we've bought two items.
-We've bought one.
-Really? What have you bought?
A very nice thing. You'll see it at the auction.
-You're not going to tell me? Not let me into a secret?
-No, no, no.
-Is it ceramic? Metal?
-No, I'm not telling you anything, Thomas. You'll just have to wait and see.
'Play nicely, you two.'
-Oh, I say.
-Art Deco, 1930s...
-Yes. I would have that for...
-Would you? You'd buy that?
-I would definitely buy that.
-Does it work?
Well, the chime obviously works. It just needs to be reset.
I'm not sure that it is 1930s, actually. It might be later.
-It has got the style.
-That's the main thing, isn't it?
-You would buy that, would you?
-Not at that price,
but as time is running out...
What about all that damage around there?
From a distance...
That's it, Tel. There you go. What damage, where?
We've just got to shimmy along a bit, haven't we?
-So I'm saying yes on that.
-Do you like it?
-We both do. You don't have to, but we do.
-See what you think of this.
-Shall I come as well?
-Or is it just the girlfriend?
-Come on, Thomas.
-So this is it? This is what I've been dragged to see?
-No, no, it's OK.
He's got a bit of age, hasn't he?
-He's missing one stirrup.
-I hadn't noticed that.
It's not the end of the world. He's marked up at £89.
He's got lovely little eyes, look. He's got a sweet little face.
I think they're probably replacements.
Yeah, that's a replacement. One is glass and one is plastic.
What do you like about it?
-I've got a new grandchild, and I just thought, you know...
They are very emotive. I mean, it is a lovely thing,
but we've got a bit more time,
-so we can keep it as a sort of backstop.
-What is your best price?
-What's the asking price?
It should be £40. We'll do £35 on it.
-Oh dear... You couldn't go to £30? Oh, go on.
-but as it's you, 30 quid.
-£30. You'll get a return on that.
-Do you really like it?
-Go for it, then.
-That's a yes.
-Thank you very much.
'Paul takes charge. That's the Reds' second item.'
I hate that clock.
I really hate it. That would be my worst nightmare.
But they're happy, so what can you do?
It's a portrait miniature of a young girl,
-probably done in the 1920s, 1930s. More 1930s, this dress.
-That's the style of the hair.
-Lovely face, nice tulips.
It's an engagement one as well,
cos she's got an engagement ring just there, you see?
"Miniature on ivory, 1930s."
-We can buy ivory from this date, cos it's pre-1947.
Yeah, so it's old enough to be bought.
It's a good thing. It's quite pretty.
It's not signed by anybody. It's probably the family's portrait artist.
This was a travelling one.
-Does it come out of the case?
-It will come out.
If it's in the catalogue and there's no famous names,
is it going to attract any attention?
No, cos they're quite popular, these miniatures,
and it's of a pretty girl. £185.
-We haven't got that.
-What's the very best on that?
-You couldn't do a bit more?
-No, can't go that far.
-Can't go 140?
-We'll go between. 145.
145. What do you want to do?
At 145 you've got an opportunity of making a profit.
-A small profit, not a big profit.
-It's a lovely item.
-And she's beautiful.
-We'll go for it.
-You want to go for it?
-Yeah, we're hungry.
-We're going to go for it. Yes.
-Thank you very much. Brilliant.
-She is beautiful.
-So that's three items done.
-And you've £290, and you've left me with a tenner.
'That's the Blues all done. But £10 for your bonus buy?
'No pressure, Tom!'
-This would have been a better buy. I hate that clock.
-Well, in your opinion.
-Nice little lid.
You're not convinced, are you? Refracting telescope.
Three-draw. It's got a name on there, Chadburn Bros. £25.
-Is there a profit in it?
-I think we could get a profit in that.
Whereas I would rather go back and have a look at the Dixon...
The James Dixon & Sons flask?
-It is a bit of a risk one.
-Yeah, but we like to take a risk.
What's your final decision - this or the James Dixon?
-Off we go, tally-ho!
-Let's go for the Dixon. Tally-ho!
'Nice and decisive, Terry.
'Good to see you're both focused on the bargains.'
-Come on, Paul!
-I'm talking to the dog!
-We've only got about eight minutes!
-'Hmm... Spoke to soon.'
-I love it, I absolutely love it.
-She does, she absolutely loves it.
-But the price puts me off.
-What would be your best?
-Your lowest price possible?
-The trade on it is £145, but...
-We can go down to 140.
-Can we do 130?
-No, unfortunately we can only do 140. WHISPERS:
-OK. Take a risk!
-Well, if we've got one minute... We've got no time.
-Yes, but I'm happy to take that.
-Yes, please. Thank you very much, sir.
'Finally, the Red team have done it. All three items ready for the auction.'
Now the shopping's over, the experts can head out to find their bonus buys,
spending all that leftover lolly, but how much cash will the teams leave each expert?
First up, the Reds.
'For £43 there could be a splash of profit
'with the gentleman's scent bottle.
'Catherine's least favourite mantel clock cost them £30.
'And last of all, £140 bought them the leather hunting case.'
-Guys, what that a good shop or not?
-It was fun.
-How much did you spend?
-Would that be £87 of leftover lolly, then?
-I do hope so, sir.
-Oh, look at that.
-And there's your change.
-Thank you very much.
Which piece is going to bring the biggest profit, Terry?
-I would like to say the Dixon's sandwich and flask set.
-You would like to say that.
-But it might not.
-It might not, yeah.
-So what are you going to say, then?
-The Dixon & Sons flask.
-Here you go, Catherine.
-There's your pile of dosh, darling.
I should go inside and warm up, love, cos it's getting rather cold.
Anyway, good luck with that, guys. Why don't we check out what the Blue team bought?
'At £125, I hope this lady is for turning...a profit.'
'They were quick off the mark with the cut-glass powder bowl for £20.'
'And will the Art Deco miniature be a BOOTY at the auction for £145?'
You spent nearly all the dosh. How much?
-That's really good going, that's really good.
And tell me, which is your favourite piece?
I liked the crystal powder bowl.
Out of both of you. What about you, Val?
The Maggie Thatcher teapot. It's just so quirky!
-OK. That's your favourite. Which is going to bring the biggest profit?
-The powder bowl.
-Most probably right.
-Most probably right.
Who's got the £10 of leftover lolly, please?
-THEY ALL LAUGH
I take the money from a girl and I give it to you, like the taxman.
-You take it with one hand and give it back with the other.
-That's not much, Tom, is it?
-Not much at all, but you know,
I've met some really nice people in the antique shops.
-I'm sure they'll do me a deal on something.
-Good luck, girls. Good luck, Tom.
Meanwhile, I'm heading off west to Brighton, just up the coast.
Somewhere really regal.
In the early 19th century, George Prince of Wales created a pleasure palace
here in the centre of Brighton.
200 years on, it's still going strong.
'Not bad, eh?'
'Head indoors, and it's clear that George loved the finer things in life.'
And he created a banqueting hall fit for a king, or at least a king-in-waiting.
The banqueting room is essentially, in decorative terms, the creation of Robert Jones.
The walls are dominated by a series of paintings with oriental themes.
The dome above is utterly sublime.
What we have here is a series of fronds of foliage
that are from the plantain tree,
essentially an exotic, eastern tree,
which would have reminded the Prince Regent
of his empire in the East.
As if he needed reminding, though.
Look at the elaborate and extraordinary structures
that go to make up these chandeliers,
the centre one weighing over a ton, and again designed by Robert Jones.
But these aren't the only light fittings in this extraordinary room.
Because running up either side of the banqueting room
are these magnificent standard lamps,
the like of which you are not going to find anywhere else in the world.
We've got a combination of materials here,
between porcelain and gilt bronze, the porcelain being made by Spode
and the metalwork being made by Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy,
the celebrated metalworker and clock case maker.
Seriously bonkers and glitzy.
But the glitz here at Brighton simply goes on and on,
because the sideboards here in the banqueting room
are just laden with silver gilt.
Now, the Prince Regent loved everything gilt.
He loved his silver not plain silvery, but covered in gold.
He even had the rigging on the royal yacht gilt,
he loved it so much.
The pieces that we see on display here today
are what are called ambassadorial plate.
Because in the old days,
if you were an ambassador or envoy representing your sovereign abroad,
you were presented, at the time that you went off on your mission,
with silver plate to take with you.
It was provided by Rundell, Bridge and Rundell
and has the hallmark of Paul Storr.
And quite frankly, you don't get any better than that.
Interestingly, during this period,
if you were the ambassador and you retired from your position abroad,
you were allowed to keep the silver gilt.
It was called a perquisite, hence the word, today, "perk".
A big question today is, of course,
are there going to be many perks for our teams over at the auction?
Well, it's a treat to be here in Wisborough Green at Bellmans Saleroom,
-with my old mucker Jonathan Pratt. Good morning, Jonathan.
-Lovely to be here.
Now, first up with Terry and Paul
is this wee gentleman's square leather-cased perfume bottle.
I quite like this.
I like the quality that they make in their leather boxes
to fit these things. It's nice quality.
It's made to be durable. Silver would be better.
There's a slight blemish to the enamel, otherwise it's in nice condition.
There's a tear running slightly down the side of the...
A tear in the leather, yeah.
It's limited in its value because you want it to be silver.
-What's your estimate?
-Terry found it, he loved it.
Anyway, it's not looking good.
Next is this archetypical 1930s mantel clock, isn't it?
It's really late Deco with the chromed metal numbers on the front.
It just looks the part.
And there is a retro feel going on in the market at the moment,
so who knows?
-Where do you come from money-wise?
£30 paid, so they paid the right price for it.
The next thing I really like.
I think this is just the most super thing.
-Do you like it?
-It's great quality.
-Dixons are good makers.
-Good Sheffield maker.
I like the fact that the shape to the spirit flask is really sweet
to make it fit in to that domed case. A lot of thought goes into it.
You're going to have to be quite brave with your estimate with this.
Because Catherine's going what they call quite strongly on it.
Who's going to buy it? You're not going to use it, particularly.
So my estimate is coming from the practical sense of it all.
It's historically interesting, but it's £40-60.
I think she's coming from the romantic end of it all,
-and it said £140.
-So we've got pragmatist and romantic.
Whether the twain shall meet
will determine whether this team do well or not.
If not, they're going to need their bonus buy.
Let's go and have a look at it.
-Chaps, how are you feeling?
-Good, thank you.
-This is the leftover lolly moment.
Catherine is going to reveal, did she spend the £87 or not? Catherine?
-Are you ready? You are going to love me.
-Yes, I know.
-Oh, my God...
-Thank you. We thought you would.
-What do you mean you thought she would?
It's the one thing we said we didn't like very much at all.
-It's a nice four-draw telescope.
If you're going to buy a telescope, that's quite a nice one to buy,
cos it's got a nice little cap on the end.
-And how much?
-And for £22.
-That was good.
-That is going to make money.
-Will it make a profit?
It's going to make probably about £40.
Any day, this is worth £40.
-Would that be doubling your money, then?
-I think it should be.
-You should be really happy about this.
-You hate this, don't you?
Inwardly, I'm filled with joy.
-Not a chance.
-Not a chance. No, seriously,
-it surely won't make less than £22, will it, Catherine?
-I really hope not, Tim.
-On your life.
-Anyway, you don't decide right now. You decide after the sale of the first three items.
But for the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Catherine's scope.
-There you go, Jonathan. Something to get your eye in.
It's a very pretty little thing that, isn't it? It's a nice...
Nice little size with the mahogany sleeve,
and it's signed by the maker Chadburn Bros. of Sheffield.
Were they any good?
They were makers to the late Prince Consort, Prince Albert.
So it obviously had a certain merit. It's nice quality, isn't it?
I like the colour of the metal, don't you? When brass is old...
-It's not been cleaned.
-It's got a little bit of patination to it.
-What's your estimate?
Really? Catherine's done terribly well. She only paid £22. Good on her.
That's it for the Reds, and now for the Blues,
where it gets even more wacky with Margaret Thatcher.
The collector's piece for this is the Spitting Image connection.
-It's not an unlimited edition or anything, is it?
But if you have the rubber mask and it was used on the programme,
there's only the one. What do you pay for a mass-produced teapot?
My value for that is £20-30.
-You're joking, aren't you?
-Not at all.
£125 they paid. Frankly, if you're right,
this is going to be an absolute disaster for our girls.
Anyway, next up is the powder bowl. That's handsome, isn't it?
-An interesting shape, piece of glass.
But it's not overtly 1920s. OK, the stepped top and whatnot,
-but otherwise, it's just a cut-glass bowl, isn't it?
I've been generous at £20-30, I think.
That's fine. Don't worry. They only paid £20.
Where are we going to go with this not particularly great miniature?
Yeah, personally, I don't think it's painted on ivory.
I think it's some sort of celluloid or something.
The way that this is painted is a bit weak.
There's some Sellotape mark at the top, which is a bit of a pain.
I don't rate it very highly, to be honest.
Where's your estimate coming from?
-OK, £145 paid.
So we have another chasm. In fact, such a huge chasm
there was hardly any bonus buy money left to hand over to the Planter.
But let's see what Thomas Plant spent it on!
-Valery et Patsy...
You only gave the poor boy £10 of leftover lolly.
-What did you spend it on, Tom?
-I didn't spend it all.
I spent £8 on a little treen nail buff.
You unscrew it, and inside is a nail buff
for buffing your nails, and it's lavender flavour or whatever it is.
It's something for the girls, nails... £8, but a bit of treen...
I think it's quite good. This is of boxwood, a little cylindrical vial.
Early 20th century. It's got a bit of nice advertising on there.
-£8! You only gave me a tenner.
-I know. We didn't do very...
-It's quite a girly choice, isn't it?
I had two beautiful girls.
It's quite quirky, actually.
-You like it, Val?
-It grabs my imagination.
-What about you, Pat?
-Yeah, I think we might need it.
Do you? Oh dear, that's a confident start to the proceedings.
Anyway, hold that thought. £8 paid. He thinks you'll make a small profit on it.
-Meanwhile, for the viewers at home,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Thomas's nail buff.
Well, Jonathan, what do you make of that?
-Nicely turned little box.
-It is, a little boxwood box,
-There we go.
A little crayon. "Les fleurs" for polishing "ze nails".
These things are always included with other items in a lot at auction.
-Well, 40 other items.
Nice to have seen it with that sort of Mauchline ware type,
maybe some sort of regional transfer on the outside.
That would have made the difference,
where it turns it from a straightforward tenner, you know...
But you've done this job, haven't you?
I mean, it's a tenner. That's all he had, £10.
And you've had that moment, where you only get the £10 to spend
to find something to bring along.
-What do you think you'll get for it?
Well, Planter paid £8. We'll look forward to that. Thank you very much.
220, 230... 240. At 240 by the pillar.
-Tel and Paul, how are you feeling?
-Very well, thank you.
-Yes, yes, yes.
-You're going to win today?
-Yes, why not?
Here comes the gent's scent bottle, and we are on!
Lot 17-19 A.
An early 20th century gentlemen's square glass scent bottle.
I've got £35.
-With me at £35.
-Yes, yes, yes!
-40, 45. £50 at the back of the room.
-We're in profit.
Hey, Terry, you've got the eye.
All done at £50. Any more at £50? It's going, at the back of the room.
At £50 and selling, all done?
-Plus £7. How good is that?
Lot 17-20 A. A late Art Deco walnut and chrome metal mantel clock,
circa 1940. Nice-looking lot this.
And I have two matching bids...
of £10. Who will bid me 12?
Is bid, thank you, at 12. Looking for 15. Surely worth more.
15, 18, 20...
-25 with the lady behind. Do I see 28?
-Come on, come on, come on!
-£25 in the centre, at £25.
-He's going to sell it.
-Any more at 25?
-Oh, bad luck, Paul. £25.
-It's minus £5.
You're still plus £2, though.
-That's a pound each.
-Now, James Dixon.
-Here it comes.
-A silver-plated hunting case by James Dixon & Sons,
circa 1900. You've the sandwich box, you've got the spirit flask.
And I've got a lot of interest.
I want a lot, a lot, a lot of interest.
Against my estimation, 60, 70, 80...
Here we go, £140. Straight in at £140. £140, who'll bid me 150?
-Look at this, Catherine! Yes!
-Yay, well done!
Do I see 180? On the left at £170. Any more?
-£170, I'll sell, all done at 170?
-You brilliant woman! How good is that?
Is she brilliant or is she not brilliant?
So that is plus £30, all right?
You were plus £2 before. You are plus £32.
What are you going to do about the telescope? Are you going to go with the telescope?
-That took a nanosecond.
-Are you sure? Cos this, I mean it could...
-Are you happy to go with this?
-Yes, I like it.
-It should, but it might not.
-I don't care. It's a nice telescope.
We've got a universal opinion here. We're going with the bonus buy,
-and here it comes.
-Lot 17-24 A.
19th century brass and mahogany four-draw telescope
inscribed Chadburn Bros. of Sheffield.
-I can start at £45.
-Look at that!
Who'll bid me 50 now? It's £45. Looking for 50.
-Surely worth another 5?
-Come on, one more!
Any more at £45? Are we all done? Straight in, maiden bid.
-So that is plus £23. 3, 4, 5...
That is £55 of profit.
-Wow, that's great.
-Entirely, almost, down to the lovely Catherine Southon.
-So well done for that.
The big trick now, boys, is not to say a word to the Blues. All right?
-Do you know how the Reds got on?
-Do you know how those naughty boys did?
No. You don't want to either, I tell you.
Anyway, how confident are you, girls?
OK. First up is the Margaret Thatcher teapot, and here it comes.
We have a Luck and Flaw pottery teapot
modelled as Margaret Thatcher, circa 1980...
-So cheeky, isn't it?
-And bids I have,
starting at 30, 35, 40, £45.
-Looking for 50. Bid at £45. Who'll bid 50?
Any further interest at £45? It's 45 against you all, then.
-Commission bid at 45.
-I don't like the look of this.
No further interest? At 45 and selling, all done?
£45 is, I'm afraid...
-That's a hell of a loss.
-That's a hell of a loss.
-£80 down the drain.
I'll do the washing up.
-OK, the powder bowl. Here it comes.
powder bowl and cover with that interesting finial. Someone start me.
Surely start me at £20, someone? £10, then?
-THEY ALL SIGH
10 I'm bid. Let's go up now. Looking for 12.
-It's £12 in the centre.
-12, thank you. 12.
-Got a bargain.
-I'll go twos if you like, 22.
-We're going to break even.
-25, madam? 25.
-Yes, good girl!
-Go on. One more.
It's £25, then. 28 by the pillar.
-LAUGHS: The tension...
Any more at £28? I'll sell it at £28.
It's £28, all done?
Nice bit of auctioneering, that.
-That is plus £8.
-He's good, isn't he?
You are at the moment minus £72.
-So... Here comes the miniature.
-The miniature, yes.
36 A, a 1920s portrait miniature of a pretty young lady...
-She's very attractive.
-In a nice leather case.
-It could have been me.
-And I have bids to 85... 80, 85...
-I've got £90.
-There you go!
-Oh, we're getting there!
-And 5 and 10.
-Oh, go on. He's going to want it.
-And 20 and 30. £130 against you.
-Go on. A few more, a few more.
£130. £130 against you all, at 130. Commission bid at 130. Anyone else?
It's £130 and selling, all done?
How annoying. Very close, and much better than people thought.
So well done for that.
That's minus £15. 72, 82... Minus £87.
Minus £87. So what are you going to do?
-Are you going with the bonus buy?
-I think you should do.
If I can get £8 for your nail buff, I think it's rather good fun.
Thomas is a bit of a buff himself, so that's all very nice, isn't it?
You're going with the bonus buy,
and here it comes.
We have a boxwood cylindrical container
enclosing a Boots nail polishing crayon.
I have nothing, so start me at £10, someone.
Any interest at £10? Start me at 10. I can't go lower than a tenner.
Any interest at 10? £10, surely?
Cor blimey... You're a tough bunch now.
-It's like tumbleweed, isn't it?
-Any interest at 8? 5?
£5. Come on, £5. Jill? You'll do a fiver, thank you very much.
-£5 is bid.
-Well done, Jill.
-Well done, Jill.
-Let's go up.
There we go. £5 is bid. £6, someone?
5. Let's go upwards. It's £5 at the front. Are we all done?
Your nails are all far too tidy, then. It's £5 and selling.
-There we go.
-£5, minus £3.
I'm not suggesting for a minute yours aren't. I'm sorry, Jill.
-It's not quite a record, then.
-Nice round number though, isn't it?
-It's just ghastly!
-Well, I have to say, £90 could be a winning score.
Could be. It's happened before. We've had losses of more than £90, I promise you.
Substantially more, so there's no shame in that, I can tell you.
Anyway, the big thing is, don't mention it to the Reds.
All will be revealed in a moment.
Well, what a programme of contrasts today!
-Have you been chatting at all, the boys and the girls?
-No, we haven't.
-Not a word.
Well, this is the exciting moment, because who is ahead?
We don't have losers any more, we only have runners-up,
and the runners-up today are, I'm sad to say,
The girls are runners-up because they managed to lose £90.
-Largely made up by the Margaret Thatcher teapot, I have to say.
That substantial loss was a difficult moment to recover from, so bad luck, girls.
-Have you had a nice time?
-We've loved having you on the show.
It's been brilliant. But the victors today,
-who are going home with £55 in cash...
-Look at this!
-Thank you very much indeed, sir.
-There is £55 coming over.
Congratulations. I hope you've enjoyed it.
We've loved having you on the show.
Join us soon for some more Bargain Hunting, yes?
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