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Have you got a pen and paper to hand, perchance?
No? Well, you've got about 30 seconds to go and find some
cos let's go Bargain Hunting!
Have you got your pen, then? Good.
Because if you fancy this Bargain Hunting lark at all,
make a note of this website address:
And let us know why you want to be on the show.
In the meanwhile, though, kick off your slippers, relax,
enjoy the fun as we let loose our teams here in Lewes.
Where Catherine Southon and her team are searching for animal magic.
I'm seeing birds, dogs, cats, mice.
Thomas Plant and his team are seeking a Eureka moment.
What do you think of that? It's horrible.
It's horrible? OK, that's fine, I just saw it.
And I head off to Brighton Pavilion
to find out about the two faces of George IV.
Today we've got two teams of married couples
playing head to head.
For the Reds, we've got Maggie and Bill
and for the Blues we've got Claire and Jonathan. Welcome.
So, Bill, you're retired now but you were a policeman for 30 years.
That's right. All of those 30 years in Sussex.
We're both Sussex born and bred. Yes.
And I enjoyed it. I've been retired now for 12 years.
Have you really? Yes.
I don't look that old, do I? You don't. I know.
That's why they call you the Old Bill. This is true.
I'm Young Bill from the Old Bill. That's right.
It was a good time. I enjoyed it.
Any particular achievements in your time on the force?
Well, I suppose... I finished up as a Detective Chief Inspector
down at Eastbourne. Did you?
Gosh, that's a senior rank, isn't it? I suppose it is.
You must be very proud of him. Extremely proud.
Maggie, you own this pet shop... Yes. ..and presumably you adore animals.
I'm passionate about them. Absolutely passionate.
And what are your favourites? Dogs. Dogs. Yes.
Any particular breed? No, I love all dogs.
What do you own yourself? We have two very, very nosy pugs.
Pugs? Yes. Black ones or apricot ones?
I have an apricot and a fawn. Do you? Yes.
And they are delicious. I bet they are.
You specialise and you go to dog shows now, you set up dog shows.
Tell us about that. Yes, I am secretary of a single breed club
but we also are championship judges of a number of breeds
and Bill has been judging more than I have
because he is more, I would say, the senior judge.
He has actually judged at Crufts. Oh, have you? Absolutely.
That is the absolute accolade. I think so.
So what are you going to buy together, you two, today?
What sort of things are you going for? Nothing too big.
You're quite right, too. Very good luck. I hope you have a great time.
Now for the Blues. How did you two love birds meet?
We were paired up as lab partners in A level chemistry.
We didn't have any choice. We were put together.
So you were both still in shorts, almost? Yes, absolutely.
Just about in long trousers. Absolutely. In the chemistry lab?
Yes. I did have my eye on somebody else
but I wasn't allowed to choose my lab partner at the time.
So you got... He grew on me, though.
You got lumbered with Jonathan but it worked. It did.
In our chemistry lab, all we were interested in was making big bangs and lots of smells.
Presumably you had lots of bangs and lots of smells. Absolutely.
So, Jonathan, did your love of science lead you down a particular career path?
Yes, I work in the business that makes equipment for semiconductors.
We make the chips and sell equipment to people like IBM and Intel,
those sorts of customers, and it's all over the world.
And science has given you a jolly good living. It has, yes.
A most interesting living. It's wonderful to work with clever people
and be stimulated and be learning anew all the time.
And let's not be too modest about it, be one of those clever people.
Claire, you're involved in a large restoration project.
Yes. Eight years ago we bought a Grade II listed property in Horsham
and we've been slowly restoring it to its former glory. Brilliant.
We're nearly there, now. About another year's work, we reckon.
But good fun. Absolutely. And it's beautiful now, so we're happy.
What are your tactics going to be today, you scientists?
We'd like to spend all the money. Leave nothing for Thomas Plant.
That's the secret. Well, very good luck. Thank you.
Now it is indeed the money moment.
You get your ?300. There's your 300. ?300 apiece.
You know the rules. Your experts await and off you go
and very, very, very good luck.
Well, what unusual and delightful teams we've got today.
So it's doggy-lovers versus scientists.
Ready? I'm ready. Let's go.
And they're off!
Raring to go? Raring to go.
Carry on and have a good look and I'll have a rummage myself.
What about in these cabinets?
There was this figure. What do you think of that?
It's horrible. It's horrible? OK, that's fine. I just saw it.
What do you think of that pincushion that's in there?
Oh, the piggy? No, it's not actually a pincushion.
This is the glasses moment. I can see why you thought it was.
It's actually a pen wipe, with the bristles.
It is brass, isn't it? Yes, it's brass.
Not brilliantly made, I wouldn't say.
It's not of the finest quality but it's quite novel, isn't it?
People like novelties. They do and you like animals.
I do. I love all animals.
Is it a lot of money? It's ?29. I think we can get that down a bit.
Do you like that? Yeah, I do. You do? Then you can have it.
You're so nice. I go very cheap, you see. You're a lovely wife.
We've still got two to go. We have. We'd better have a word with her.
You go and have a word whilst we look.
See if you can get about 15 or something.
Go on, Bill.
Have you formulated a result yet, scientists?
I'm not seeing anything that really ticks my box at the moment, are you? No.
That'll be a negative, then.
From 29 we're down to 20.
Yeah? I don't think that's unreasonable. Don't you?
Oh, OK, we'll go for it, then.
And the worst we're going to do is lose ?20, isn't it?
I'm with you, Bill, I'm with you. Sold. Sold to the man in red.
Sold to the man in red, yes.
The first item in... That was about two minutes, wasn't it?
Fantastic. That's good.
Gosh, it's hard, isn't it? You betcha!
So what have you got here? You've got a little leather box.
That is quality. Good quality.
It's in good condition, isn't it?
And then these glass...
They're all there
and they unscrew.
Ah! Little stoppers.
The originals? Yeah, they all fit in rather well.
Can I pick one up? Yeah, go ahead, of course you can.
We're all going to have a turn, are we? Fiddle on. Why not?
Is that going to...? No, it's fine.
Check they've all got their stoppers. That's what I'm doing.
They'll designed to have a stopper. And it's there, it's all perfect.
It's quite sweet. That ticks a lot of boxes. It's nice, isn't it?
It's in good condition. It feels quality.
It is quality, actually. Isn't it beautiful?
What do you think would be the value at auction?
You see, he's got 145. Yes.
You see, I just think that's slightly sort of top dollar. Yes.
In my opinion, it's slightly top dollar.
I would... What can be done on that? The best would be 95.
95? You see, that's a much better price at 95.
That's a much better price. What do you want to do?
Yeah, I like it. The box is in great condition. That's a yes.
That's a yes, I think, yes.
Blues, finally underway.
I'm seeing birds, dogs, cats, mice. How lovely. Wonderful.
# How much is that doggy in the window?
# Woof, woof... # Maggie, are you being led astray?
What have you found? The hound. That hound. What's that made of?
You've found a hound. We have. I wonder if it's cast iron.
Grab your hound.
Oh, it's heavy. It's heavy. Mm.
It's heavy. He likes heavy. I think that's metal. It is.
I'm sure it's metal. Because the way that it's been... Cast. Yeah.
It's the way the paint's coming away. The paint looks original.
Is it what they call cold painted? It could be cold painted.
It's rather smart. The expression on the face is all important on dogs
and that's an intelligent... You know, you know!
That's an intelligent expression.
'I like to think I have one of those.'
Very intelligent. It's a clever dog. It's in lovely proportion.
I think that would grace my mantelpiece very well.
If it was perfect it wouldn't have the appeal to me. Oh, really? No.
OK. I like that because it looks like it's got a bit of age.
So we paid, what, 20 for the pig? We did.
So really we'd be looking at what, about 30 ish? Not much more.
Yeah. Not much more. 35 top whack. Top whack 35.
That would be a fair price. It's 55. 55.
Have to go some with that. You're going to really have to go.
So these might be strange, might be strange,
but pens are so collectable.
The reason is that you've got the power of the internet
and these are so easy to sell online to send round the world. Yes.
There are pen collectors out there.
Commercially, I can see the value in these. Right. That's interesting.
In my experience, these sell for between ?20 and ?25 each
and these ones here are between ?10 and ?15. Right.
So there are... I think they're Parker 61s, 51s
and this is a slightly later one in date,
that one there with the stainless steel cap to it.
What age do you think they are? They're '50s, '60s, aren't they?
OK. That's what they are.
We could sort of ask if we could do a deal on the three.
We could ask, couldn't we, and then we could always see if it's a good price.
Absolutely. It could be a good price.
Could you give us your best price on those three together, please?
They could be 45.
Could you do it for 40?
Yes. Yeah? So you think that's a good price for the three?
I'd go for that. You know, I think it's a good...
OK, again, I think it's... Yes.
Yeah? Do you want to do that one? I think we should. Definitely.
I think you've got a good buy.
Yes but have our doggy loving Reds?
What's your very best on that you could do?
Normal trade would be ?50. No, I couldn't, no, no.
?45? No. How about 35?
That's a bit... It has got one or two little scratches on,
to the tail.
Yeah. Mainly the tail but... 40. If we could meet in the middle.
What do you think, Bill? Well, 35's better sounding.
Yes. Normally, it would be 50.
How about 36? Could you make 36? 36?
I think that's fair. 36 would be wonderful. Lovely.
I do so love him. OK, 36. 36 is a good price. 36.
Oh, well done. That's fabulous. Well done. That's excellent.
Woof, woof. I thought these two were going to be putty in my hands
and I would tell them what to buy.
They are so decisive. They know what they want
and if they don't like it, they say no.
They... They're tough. Tough.
# Up in the morning and out to school
# The teacher is teaching the golden rule. #
Did you enjoy learning history at school? I know I did.
Now, look at this image, which shows a cartoon
of two Ancient Britons racing down a hillside,
trying out their brand new chariot, circa BC98.
Sitting on the side of the road is a goody-goody Ancient Briton
and the nasty boys are whooshing down the hill
with one of those spear-like things coming off the wheel
and they've just sliced his head off.
All eight-year-old children love bloodthirsty events
and they're bound to remember what the Ancient Britons looked like
from a cartoon like this.
In the next cartoon, we've got another scene
that's inscribed, "The Romans finally left Britain in AD246.
"Then came the Scottish invasion."
In short, things got worse.
Amazing, aren't they?
Now, these things look like simple prints
but they're actually not.
This is the original artwork
for illustrations that have been created
for a history textbook,
the textbook being called History Made Easy.
In this illustration, we've got a trial by ordeal.
This is the scene where the red-hot poker
would be thrust at the guilty party
and if he squealed he was guilty, if he was quiet he was innocent.
All incredibly unfair.
So what might they be worth?
I would have thought an amusing ?100 each at least.
What's the price to you and me today here in Lewes?
They could be yours for ?10 each.
?30 to ?300.
Now, that's a no-brainer.
Now, where have those teams got to?
Two items in 15 minutes. I love you two.
Not bad going.
I bet you do, Catherine. You're more of a mad dash at the end, girl.
How much is it and what one did you see? We've seen this one.
Yeah, OK, OK. Good, good, good.
What do you like about it, first? I like the wood.
Yeah. And the dial. Yeah.
It looks in reasonably good nick from here. Yeah.
It's not too fussy. It's interesting but not too fussy.
OK. There's the key. You just hold on to that
and let's just lift this up.
Let's have a look. Put in on the chair, there.
Well, I think I might hold it for a second. OK.
So you've got a steel dial with the slow fast movements
and the chime and silent and it's chiming at the moment.
And it's Sir John Bennett Ltd... Is that a known maker? ..Cheapside, London.
Yeah, I'm sure it is. I haven't seen it.
The dial could do with a little bit of a clean but it's OK.
There's some slight splitting to the top of the pediment
and the price at 170.
I don't think it's been spruced up since it was bought
in, I'd say, the 1920s, 1930s.
Erm... It is quite attractive, though. Yes.
What do you think, Claire? Let's see what we can get
and if we've got a bit of time left... Who wants to do that?
So far it's been me! I'll do it. Do you want to go and do it, Jonathan?
Yes. Go and ask the chap in charge. It's the John Bennett clock.
Yeah, the John Bennett clock. Good luck, Jonathan.
I quite like the look of that Tunbridge ware.
Oh, the pincushion.
Finally, something that's not an animal.
You did want a pincushion, didn't you? It looks new on the top.
That looks like it's been recovered. Would that detract?
I wonder if we could just have a little look at it? Yeah.
Let's just open it up.
I'm going to hand it to you, straight to you.
Do you like Tunbridge ware? I do. I find it quite attractive.
Yeah, I think pincushions are quite collectable and that's...
You wanted a pincushion, didn't you? Yes. What's on it?
85 at the moment. Ooh, at the moment!
He's a decisive man. Wow. He is, isn't he?
It's the boy against the girls. Well, I think you did really well. I'd better withdraw quietly.
Bill... No, no. ..go and try and see what you can get off it.
No, I wouldn't want... ..and we can discuss from there.
The final deal to be settled by the men.
I wonder if you could just give me an idea
what might be the very, very best price you could do on that?
You've got 170 on it but what would be your best?
75 would be the normal trade discount. Yes.
But 65 for a Bargain Hunter.
So 145 is your very best? It's a set price for that. OK.
OK. That's good, at 55.
# Let's hear it for the boy
# Let's give the boy a hand... #
OK, so he said 145 is his very best.
I tried to push him down but that's his very best. OK.
So what do you think? Yeah. I think so, yes.
You want to do it? Yeah. I think so. Why not?
I'm interested now to see how much it makes.
She'll do it for 55. That's good. That's very generous.
I think so but she's a very nice lady. She is a very nice lady.
I think that would be a good buy. OK. Final purchase?
Final purchase. That's it. Final purchase. Well done.
Great team, great team.
Well, they've shopped till they've dropped, their time is up.
Let's see what the Reds settled on.
They got off to a cracking start with a pig pen wipe.
I'm with you, Bill, I'm with you. Sold to the man in red.
Sold to the man in red.
Then Maggie took a shine to a cold-painted bronze hound.
Deal. That's fabulous. Thank you very much.
And finally, Bill got his way and a Tunbridge ware pincushion
Final purchase? Final purchase. That's it. Final purchase.
Well done. Great team, great team.
I'm glad you're happy because you had your own way, I think. Oh, no.
I can't believe Bill always has his own way.
That's right. He does. Does he always have his own way?
Well, 99.9% because I'm a forgiving lady.
There you are, you see.
Now, you spent how much? ?111. Is that all? That's all. ?111.
Good value for nice things. Good Lord.
What, for all three items? Yes. Correct.
They bartered very well. I'm disappointed by that.
?111 is nine short of 20, so I'd like ?189.
I'm afraid that's all I've got. Which would be ?189. ?189.
Well, you look like an honest fellow. Oh, no!
Anyway, ?189. Thank you very much. There you go, Catherine.
You could buy up half of Lewes with that. I could, I could.
I tell you what, though, I'm definitely not buying a dog
or any animal, come to that. No animals at all.
Animals are off. Good luck with that, Catherine.
Why don't we check out what the Blue Team bought, eh?
The Blues were equally quick off the blocks
with a trio of scent bottles.
That's a yes. That's a yes, I think, yes. Right.
Thank you very much, sir.
It might be strange but pens are getting so collectable.
Followed by a trio of Parkers for ?40.
And they finished on time, with a mantel clock.
I'm interested now to see how much it makes.
So, guys, how do you feel about that? Fantastic. Very good.
Yeah. Very enjoyable. You didn't um and ah. None of that.
A very good performance, that's all I can say
and you spent most of the money. We spent ?280.
That is absolutely marvellous. Just what you wanted to do.
Exactly. Which is your favourite bit?
I think it's the clock, actually. The clock. Yes.
Do you agree with that? I do, yes.
Which piece is going to bring the biggest profit?
I don't know, actually. I feel very good about them all.
Have confidence in these scientists. The pens, I think.
I think the pens will do well. The old Parker 51s. Yes.
OK, fine, so I'd like ?20, please.
Thank you. Lovely.
Just the one note this time, Charles. Just the one note.
How are you going to manage?
I try and look for something which reflects the contestants.
I've got two scientists, so I might find a slide rule,
maybe marked up at ?25 and see if I can get it for 20.
It really is a lottery when you're looking for something for 20 quid.
And good luck with that.
Meanwhile, we're heading off somewhere positively regal just up the coast.
Guess where? Brighton.
I've come to discover one of its delights.
And no, before you ask,
it does not involve me taking a twirl on the ice.
I'm here, of course, to see the Royal Pavilion.
Architect John Nash created this fantastical monument
in the early 19th century for the Prince Regent, George.
Conceived as a pleasure palace, it lived up to its name.
At lavish banquets, prepared by a celebrity chef,
the future king had a whale of a time in Brighton.
This is the official portrait of George IV,
seen here in his coronation robes.
as recorded in the original painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence.
Actually, George sent a copy of the Lawrence painting
to Pope Pius VII, who sent him back in return this interpretation,
which is made of micro mosaic.
It's literally hundreds of thousands
of tiny pieces of different coloured stone,
put together to record this extraordinary image.
Official of the images of the monarch
weren't only recorded in oil paint on canvas
or micro mosaic.
They were also provided as a form of sculpture,
which is what we have here -
a bust of George IV at his most senatorial
He's wearing a toga as if he was a Roman emperor
and indeed, on the bottom of the inscribed plinth here,
it says in Latin "father of the nation".
In this piece of sculpture,
George IV looks like a resolute, fit and capable
leader of the nation.
The truth, though, was somewhat different
and such was the extraordinary liberalism that existed
in Britain at the end of the 18th
and the early part of the 19th century
that it permitted print sellers to sell images like this.
It's a caricature lampooning the royal family
and in particular George IV.
It's entitled "The Great Joss and his Playthings",
joss being a term to describe an oriental idol.
So here we have the idol himself,
the 17-stone, corpulent George IV, puffing away at a pipe
but in the form of the initial C.
And that's significant
because within these caricatures there are crammed so many details
that are often critical of their subject
and which you have to parse or analyse correctly.
The smoke coming out of his pipe says, "Oh, 'tis love, 'tis love, 'tis love."
What's all that about?
Well, George IV famously had an affair with a Lady Cunningham
and Lady Cunningham is represented by the C-shape of the pipe.
This particular satirical caricature was created by Robert Seymour
and he, alongside others such as Gillray and Cruikshank,
created literally thousands of these images,
which are very much collected today.
The big question is, though, are our teams going to be lampooned
over at the auction?
So, let's hotfoot it to West Sussex,
because I've got a date with auctioneer Jonathan Pratt.
So, Catherine, did you follow your own advice?
Now, Mags and Bill, are you OK? Are you excited?
Absolutely. Deliciously. Deliciously excited.
I love that expression, don't you? Deliciously excited. Good.
Anyway, you spent ?111.
You gave La Catherine Southon ?189 to find your bonus buy.
What did you spend it on? Looks like a turkey.
I am so excited about this, I just... Can't control yourself.
What is the one thing I said I wouldn't buy you? A dog.
Ah! Whoo! Look at this little pooch! Yes, it's lovely.
I just think he's absolutely adorable. He is.
It looks "ruff" to me.
Well, he's a lovely thing.
I only spent ?25 on him, which I thought was a bargain.
?25? Yes. Don't you think he's adorable?
Erm... I think he's barking.
Now, this is a Crufts judge, here, right?
So asking the Crufts judge what he thinks
about this in terms of its confirmation and whatnot...
Is it going to make any money, do you think? Of course.
I think lots of people are going to be excited by him
and maybe you won't get a huge profit but you'll get a profit.
What, ?10 or ?20, something like that? Yeah. As much as that?
That's great. My children would love him.
And our grandchildren would, so, yes, we like it. We do. Good.
Well, you don't need to decide now, you decide later,
but for the viewers, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Catherine's pooch.
Do you like this, Jonathan? Ooh, get away from my scent bottles.
What do you think about that? I half expect it to explode into flames.
This surely doesn't have any fire safety label with it.
No, absolutely not.
I mean, I don't know. Is it 1950s? Something like that.
It looks authentic, all the paintwork.
The flashing eyes were good, weren't they? It's a bit spooky.
The thing is, you know, it is good fun and someone will buy it
purely because it's working
and they probably remember this as a child, something like this.
Could be but there we go. Still traumatised by it.
How much, then? ?20 or ?30. OK, ?25 was paid.
Catherine rated it.
She got it because she knows they're so keen on the animals.
It's got a chance. I can see it making ?30 or ?40. It might well do.
Maggie and Bill have gone with this little piggy.
That little piggy at the market. Aye. Do you rate it?
Er, they are collector's objects, these pen wipes
and I had a big collection of them only a year or so ago.
It's kind of entry level, isn't it?
It's not the finest example you could probably get.
I'd say this is a little swine, actually.
I don't rate it at all
because the casting of the brass is terrible.
It's done by a three-year-old, I'd say.
But people love pigs. Yes, that's true.
You don't have to be a farmer to love a pig. How much?
Well, I'd say ?20 or ?30. OK. ?20 paid.
So they paid the right price... Yes. ..and good luck to you on the rostrum with that.
Continuing the animal theme,
surprise, surprise, with Maggie and Bill,
you've got yourself a hound. You'd want it to be cold-painted bronze.
It would be Austrian and it would be collectable.
Looks just like one. It does but it's just on lead.
But it's got the age and the paint's in not too bad a condition
and it's not broken - it's a very brittle metal.
It's a hunting dog. There'll be interest, we're in hunting country.
Yeah. How much? ?20-30. ?36 paid.
It might make ?40, mightn't it? It might.
It's relatively small amounts of money, difficult to tell.
A collector. Who knows what two of them are willing to pay? Quite.
If they one of these hounds knocking around, how lovely.
What about the Tunbridge ware pincushion?
I quite... It always performs quite well.
I like it. It's useful. If you're going to be doing some sewing, you can use it. Yeah.
And it is decorative and it can sit out and be on display
and you can collect them, as well. There's a lot of interest in them.
It's difficult to price, he says,
trying to get out of the responsibility
because you would often sell it with other items in the sale.
Stop being shifty. How much? OK. ?20-?30. OK. ?55 paid.
OK, well, that's it for the Reds. Moving on. Now, for the Blues.
First up for them is the cased bottle set.
It's fairly straightforward - glass bottle inside,
with the enamel tops on base metal.
I mean... Not brilliant enamelling, is it? It's a quality leather case
in nice condition.
?30-?50, I'm sorry. Is that what it is? Yes. ?30-?50.
?95 paid. Mm. Yeah. There is a smell about.
Now, three Parker pens. Do you have buyers for these?
We do. Again, we normally sell pens in a larger quantity.
But the Parker 51 is a classic.
It won awards and whatever, didn't it? Oh, yeah.
These aren't boxed.
There are a couple of little dings on the lids.
I thought ?30, a tenner each, seems fair, really. Yes.
Well, they paid 40. I don't think there's a great deal of opportunity left in that.
Now, what about this classic oak mantel clock?
It's a nice architectural case in oak. Crisply carved. Yeah.
It's not too dark. It could be a lot browner, blacker than that,
so it has a bit more warmth to the colour of it.
A silver dial is always quite nice.
It chimes and it tells the time, so it's a proper clock.
And it's got presence. It could sit on the mantelpiece.
But it's not all that old. It's a late Victorian piece.
My opinion is ?50-?70.
?145 they spent. I don't think it has a chance of getting that.
Well, we shall see. I'll do my best. I know you will.
But it'll torpedo their chances if it only makes your estimate,
in which case, they're going to need their bonus buy, so let's have a look at it.
So, Claire and Jonathan, the bonus buy.
What has your genius, Thomas Plant, gone and spent the ?20 on?
Tom? You flatter me, Tim. Genius, am I?
This is a Danish-style pendant
in the manner of somebody called Georg Jensen,
who was a very famous jeweller... Oh, yes?
..in the early part of the 20th century.
It's still going today - not Georg himself but his factory
and his designs are still going.
This is a similar silver pendant in the design of.
Very nice. And did you spend the full ?20? I spent it all.
And what do you think it would make? Oh, at least ?30-?50.
It's lovely. It's gorgeous. Very nice.
Beautiful. Did you say silver? It is silver, yeah.
I think it's 835 silver, so it's not a 925 silver,
which means it's a lower grade. Not sterling silver. Yeah.
And would you wear this, Claire? I would, yes. There you go.
With a nice top, lovely. Anyway, you don't choose now, you decide later,
as if there's any choice to be made
but whatever you do, you do it later
but for the viewers, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Thomas' Danish pendant.
There we go, JP. That's right up your street.
That is... Jewellery. Yeah. 20th century. Silver.
You can see why he thinks it's Jensen.
This sort of plant, this flower bud is very typical of his.
You see that terminal on teaspoons by Jensen,
certainly of people who worked around him at that time.
It's not Jensen but it's of the period that he was making these.
It is definitely Scandinavian.
I think it's probably worth at auction ?50-?70.
Good Lord. He only paid ?20. It could make more than that.
Now, that will claw back their chances if they go with it.
Anyway, you're taking the sale today? Absolutely. We're in safe hands.
60, now. 65, 70.
?250. I'll take 260.
OK, Mags and Bill, how are you feeling? Wonderful. Excited.
Looking forward to the competition? It's exciting.
All we need is an animal lover from Tunbridge.
Yes. Well, you never know. It's not far from Tunbridge. It isn't.
Somebody will be over.
First up, though, is your piggy-wiggy-wig pen wipe
and here it comes.
We have a brass pen wipe modelled as a pig.
?20 to start me. At ?20.
?20. I'll take 2. 22, 25.
It's exciting! 28, 30.
?35. Back of the room at ?35. Look at this. It's wonderful.
She's a good girl, this one. 35. Do I see 40?
I'll take 38. Come on! It's exciting. Going at ?35. All done?
It's your last chance. At 35... GAVEL BANGS
Well done. ?35. She's a star, isn't she? She really is.
Plus ?15. I'm so excited.
Now, are you going to perform as well, Bill? Well, I'll try.
Here comes your beagle.
A cold-painted cast lead figure of a beagle.
There he is with his tail up. Start me at ?20?
?20 for the beagle? Come on. Come on, you dog lovers.
?20. Thank you, sir, in the hat at 20. 20's bid. Looking for two.
All you dog lovers. Come on.
Do I see two?
It's ?20. At 20 I'll sell. It's going at ?20. Any more?
That's cheap. At ?20...
THEY GROAN ?20. Never mind.
Minus ?16, which means overall, you're minus ?1. I can't bear it.
That's wiped out your winnings.
A Tunbridge ware and rosewood square pincushion, tapering sides.
A nice example. 40. ?40. Excellent, excellent.
45, 50, 55. Come on. You are a star.
60 now. Well done! 65, 70.
75. 75, standing at the back, then. At ?75. Do I see 80?
This is exciting. Come on! Is there any more? At ?75.
I'm selling. Last chance. ?75. GAVEL BANGS
Yes! Well done. So that is plus 20, minus the one. You are plus ?19.
You are ?19 in the bank. How good is that? Well done.
Now, what are you going to do about the dog?
It's ?25 at risk... You don't have to. ..of your ?19 of profit.
I don't... I think we're staying with what we have. I apologise
but I don't think... We don't really, no. No?
No. No? Definitely.
You're not going with the bonus buy, that's your decision. Yes.
We're going to sell it anyway, so let's see what the bow-wow makes.
Here he is. Lot...
Lot 755a. We've got this little chap here.
How could you reject him?
Battery-operated toy puppy. ?18 I have.
At ?18. I'm bid ?18. Surely worth 20?
For this little chap here. At ?20. Anyone want to bid ?20?
Look at him there.
?20 anyone? Look at him!
At ?18. Against you all at ?18. Any more? ?18.
I'm trying hard here. He certainly is. It's ?18.
I'm going to sell it, then, at ?18.
Completely barking. You did the right thing. So sorry.
?18 is minus ?7 but no matter. No. You didn't go with it.
You did the right thing. You banked your ?19.
The big thing now is not to talk to the Blues. Absolutely not.
Not a word. No. OK. That what we like to see.
So, do you know how the Reds got on? No. No?
The long arm of the law has not got to you?
No, it hasn't. We just want to beat the law today.
Ah, beat the Bill. Beat the Bill, if we can. Yes, quite.
First up are the three screw-top bottles.
A set of three glass and coloured enamel-mounted scent bottles
in a lovely brown leather case.
?70. With me at ?70. I'll take five, now.
?70. Five, anyone?
Against you all at ?70. 75, 80.
Ooh! 85 is bid. Do I see 90?
?85, then. Back in the room at ?85. Any more?
It's your last chance at ?85.
That's brilliant. It could have been worse. It could.
It's only minus ?10. Fantastic. Only?
That was our hardest lot, so... Yes. You can relax a bit now, can't you?
Two Parker 51s and another Parker fountain pen, there.
Straight in at ?45. Yes! Fantastic. Well done.
Looking for 50, now. 50, five. 60, five,
70 at the back. Do I see five?
At 70. Five anywhere else?
Going then. Back of the room at ?70. All done? At 70...
GAVEL BANGS Plus 30. Thomas, well done. Well done, Thomas.
Fantastic. You are a star, Thomas. Well...
You think I'm a star. Don't deny it, just ooze it up while it's about, all right?
Ooze it? Ooze it up.
Now, Claire, it's your big test coming up, darling, the old clock.
A Victorian oak-cased eight-day mantel clock,
inscribed Bennett, Cheapside, London.
Straight in at ?110. Goodness.
Looking for 120, now. That's ?110.
Against you all at ?110 on commission. Do see ?120?
Come on. Must be more. I've got ?110. Is that it? I'll sell it.
At ?110. Last chance.
110. ?110 is minus 35. Oh, dear.
We add plus 20, so you're now at minus 15.
What a helter skelter of a scoring.
I can't bear this. Minus ?15, then.
We were anticipating something very much worse. I think so.
You've done really, really well. What about the pendant?
Is this a no-brainer or not? It's a no-brainer. A no-brainer.
You're having it? Absolutely. Love it.
OK, fine. It's sure to do well. So we are going with the bonus buy.
Now I can tell you that the auctioneer has estimated ?50-?70
on this. 50 to 70? Thomas only paid 20.
He's estimated ?50-70.
If this auctioneer's got it right, you could be back in the money.
Anyway, here we go.
A Danish silver pendant in the manner of Georg Jensen.
Tear-drop form. Very pretty flowers on there.
I can start at ?25.
Oh, right. Good, good. That's a good start.
With me at ?25. And 30. 35?
40, 45? Fantastic.
It's ?45 with me. Against you, then, at ?45.
At ?45. Do I see 50?
Against you all at ?45. Let's make 50.
Commission bid at 45 and selling. All done at ?45?
Well done. Hooray! Well done. Well done.
That is plus ?25. That is what you call a bonus buy
and that has bounced you from ?15 worth of losses
into ?10 worth of profits. Yes!
Now, plus ?10 could be a winning score... Right.
..so don't say a word to the Reds, right? Absolutely. Right.
Gosh, what fun we've had today, hey? What a great programme.
Now, have you been chatting at all? No. No. No. No, not at all.
Well, there is hardly a sheet of Bronco between these two teams.
How lovely to be giving both teams cash to go home with. Ooh!
I mean, it's as close as that, lads,
and you don't know quite where you're up to, which is a thrill.
We can't have two winners, so we'll have one winner
and some runners-up
and the runners-up are the Blues. Oh! Oh!
But there is no shame in this because it is, as I say,
Now, Blues, you've got to be duly grateful to Thomas Plant
for his ?30 profit, thank you very much, on the Parker pens
and his ?25 profit on the Jensen lookalike pendant,
which is really very good, Tom, so you can walk tall.
And I'm very pleased to give you, Claire, ?10. Thank you very much.
Have you had a good time? Fantastic. Fantastic, yes. Yeah.
Well, we've loved having you on the programme
and it's nice to give the runners-up some cash.
Whereas when we turn to the Reds, who've won by winning ?19,
so there's not much between you,
you did really rather well, didn't you?
We think so. You think so.
So just following your animal theme didn't do you any harm. Not at all.
So, good. Now, there's that, Mags, and I give you a few coins as well.
And as Bill said, it's almost enough for a bottle of bubbly...
Absolutely. ..which you will enjoy. I will.
Have you enjoyed being on the programme? It's been a blast.
It's been wonderful. Very good. What about you, Bill?
With these two ladies, how can I not? Half the population is envious.
Anyway, join us soon for some more Bargain Hunting, yes?
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