Tim Wonnacott presents a hunt for bargains from the Jaguar Antiques and Collectors Fair at Wetherby Racecourse, with experts Paul Laidlaw and Thomas Plant.
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Today we're at the Jaguar Antiques and Collectors Fair at Wetherby Racecourse.
So we're under starter's orders, all bets are on,
but which team will pick up the jackpot? Let's go bargain hunting! Yeah!
Let's take a peek at all the fun and games coming up later.
'The Red Team leave it all to the last minute.'
Sell us something.
'While the Blues need a guiding hand.'
Where are they going?
'And who will be celebrating after the auction?'
Here at the races, our two teams each have £300
to flutter on three items in only one hour.
Then they're off to the auction.
The team wins that makes the most profits.
But who will pull up short of the finish?
Who will progress and romp home to victory?
-Let's go and meet them.
-Now, Helen, you are great-aunt to Chris.
-So explain this family connection.
-I am married to his great-uncle.
-Well, that explains it.
-It does, perfectly.
-And you get on well, do you?
-Oh, he's a lovely boy.
You're a retired head teacher. What do you do with your time now, Helen?
Oh, I do lots of things. I do lots of charity work,
I'm in the local dramatics society, I know it's hard to believe,
and the operatic society and I raise money for charity by telling people's fortunes.
-Do you? So do I have to cross your palm with silver before I get a response?
-How do you see things going for you today?
-Have you read...
-I have read the cards. The wheel of fortune.
Chris, I understand that you work in props.
Yes, I currently work in props. It's a relatively new job, I've only been there three months.
-Er, it's working at a different TV production company to this.
-But it's mainly involving moving scenery around,
refilling pint glasses and making sure that something's in the right hand and not the wrong hand.
-So you're the continuity master.
-Kind of, yeah. In a sense.
You said it's a relatively new job, so what were you doing before doing props
with this incredibly successful country-based programme that happens to have "dale" in its title?
Previous to working there, I worked at Warwick Castle as a Trebuchet Master,
which is a medieval catapult.
I delivered tours and talks. And I was once even a children's entertainer as a jester.
-So I very much enjoy that side of it, as well.
-What sort of a team do you think you're going to make with your aunt?
-I think I'll be the calming factor.
-I'm quite laidback.
-You think your auntie's a bit excitable?
-Well, you know what these headmistresses are like.
-Anyway, very, very good luck.
Meanwhile, we've got the father and daughter combo from heaven, Adrian and Jess.
-How are you, kids?
-BOTH: Good, thank you.
-So, Tottenham Hotspur is your team.
In my case, since birth, and in the kids' case,
they either support Spurs or live elsewhere. That was the choice.
That's fair enough. Now, when not supporting Spurs what do you get up to, Adrian?
Well, sadly and boringly, football also.
I'm heavily involved in running a semi-pro football team in West Yorkshire
down at Guiseley, which is only about 20 miles away from here.
Yeah. Are you coach or what?
I have been on that side, but I'm more or less general manager now
so dealing with players and development of the club.
-Do you collect anything, Adrian?
-Yes. I'm very keen on militaria
but I'm also very keen on history books.
Post-French Revolution, European History by and large.
-My wife counts them on a regular basis and I think we've just passed 600.
-That's a lot of shelf space.
-Now, Jess, tell me about yourself. What do you do for a living?
-I am a trainee assistant manager at a pub
in Keighley which happens to be a sports bar, so I get paid to watch football.
-Is it quite fun, this bar?
-Yeah, it's really good fun. I'm a very sociable person and a bit of a flirt
-so I'm getting to do the things I like to do.
-And get paid for it.
-Good. Do you know anything about antiques?
Little bits. The house is full of them so my dad sort of taught me bits,
but no, just interested in the sort of things that catch my eye. Fun.
Well, that's what we want. Some fun, eye-catching objects.
And now your money moment. Here we go, £300 a piece. Your £300.
You know the rules. Your experts await. And off you go! And very, very, very good luck.
Gosh, whatever's going to happen today?
'Waiting in the paddocks today are our two experts.
'Under starter's orders for the Reds, it's Paul Laidlaw.
'And saddled up and ready to go for the Blues is Thomas Plant.'
-Here be bargains.
-Are we ready? Are we fired up?
-No, not really.
-No? Not seen anything?
-I used to play the violin.
I gave it up. The world was grateful.
Bronze figure on a marble base.
It's of a Grecian lady in diaphanous robes.
-Diaphanous means they're see-through.
-We always like ladies in see-through clothes.
-How old would that be?
-It's Art Deco.
-1920s. It's heavy.
-I quite like that. I think that's one to think about. How much is it?
Yeah, but I'm sure a deal can be struck.
-I'm sure a deal could be struck for a bit of brass.
-I'm sure it could be.
We could have a conversation.
-What do you think, Adrian? Do you like that?
-It's very pretty.
-Do you think that'd sell in our area?
-Art Deco sells.
-Deco does sell. Is it for fags?
I'm not entirely sure.
-I don't think so.
-I tell you what, it's an inkwell.
That's what it was. There would've been glass liners in there.
-It's very nice.
-What's your very best on that?
-I was more thinking a little bit less.
Well, £130 is the very lowest.
I can't do it any lower. No, I paid good money for it.
-What do you think, Jess?
-I'd like to have a look around, I think.
No, no, I'm just getting a price. No, I think that's quite understandable.
-£130 is what we've got on it.
What I think the tactic should be is that we'll have a look at things and price them up
-and then we can decide. Is that all right?
-Because we have only got the hour.
-It is a very nice thing.
-Thank you very much.
'So, the Blues already have a lady in waiting, but what about the Reds?'
-What have you spied, my man?
-Comic cuts and comic cuttings.
-They're right up your street.
-Various cuttings from newspapers.
Is there a theme or is it random?
It looks random. There doesn't seem to be any comics. There's newspaper, stock markets.
-There was some racing. That's hounds.
-Fox hunting in the Lake District.
Alleged theft of an umbrella! Shocking!
-By a dog! By a dog!
-Oh, no! THEY LAUGH
-And it's got jesters on it!
-It's got jesters on it.
It's sending us all the right messages.
-Is it dear? Is that a price tag in your hand?
That's going to make £10 or £20 on any day of the week in any auction
and it could do 20 to 30 because of the field sports and how well it presents itself.
I think it's a no-brainer. I don't like spending no money
but this programme is called Bargain Hunt and that's a bargain.
And we quite like spending no money. HE LAUGHS
-But you're loving this, yeah?
-I absolutely love it, especially the little gold figures
'Go on, Chris! Strike a deal! Let's hope they don't laugh at your offer, though.'
-I saw quite an interesting bracelet over here.
-Oh, did you?
-What did you see, Jess?
-This bracelet. I thought it was quite quirky and interesting.
-And why did you like it?
-Well, I quite like stuff like this myself.
-It's something I'd wear.
-It's quite cool, isn't it?
It's bone. The reason we can tell it's bone is because you see these little blood vessels here?
-Can you see the bone has blood running through it?
And it's great. It's really quite... It's got a real retro look to it.
-What's the price on it? £48. Gaming pieces made up into a bracelet.
And the discolouration, is that just age?
Yeah, discolouration, good point. It is age, yeah. Absolutely.
-I'd wear it.
-Go on, put it on.
-Let's see what it's like on.
-That's why I picked it up.
-It's quite nice to see that you've picked something out... That's quite cool, actually, isn't it?
-Do you want to get a price on that?
-Yeah. Excuse me, can we just have a...
What have we got here?
-OK, well, I'll go down to 40.
Can you not go any lower? 35?
Well, we could split the difference maybe. 38.
-What do you think?
-Well, it's a good thing. 38, that's not bad.
I'd prefer it at 35.
-OK, today we'll go for 35.
-What do you want to do?
-We'll say yes, thank you.
-You want it?
-Well, Jess has said yes, 35.
-That's quick, isn't it?
-Thank you very much.
-Well done you. I think we'd better go on and find the next two.
-I hope they're that easy!
-Thank you very much.
'So, the Blues have got off to a start with the bone bracelet. Let's hope it's an ace up their sleeve!
'Now, how did Chris get on with that scrapbook?'
-What was the bottom line in the end?
-The bottom line was £5.
She offered me six and I got her down to five.
-One down, two to go.
'Only £5? Last of the big spenders. Not.'
We've been shopping for about half an hour, maybe a bit longer.
If we go inside, we've got another half an hour. If we stay out here, we've got to make a decision.
-I like that Deco figure if we can get it at a reasonable price. Do you agree, Jess?
-Can we go back and have a look?
-Do you want to go round and buy it if we can for the right money?
-And then go inside for one more item?
-All right, let's go.
'Well, you better back up, because these look like stormy skies.'
-What did we get to before? 130?
-150 we got to.
-We thought we got to 130.
-Go on, we'll do it for 130, then.
-Can you knock another fiver off, perhaps?
-So we can take it off your hands? It is rather heavy.
-I have to pay for the diesel to get home.
-125, go on.
-Yep! Thank you.
-I think I'm actually losing money on that!
I'll just get out the violins, eh?
'Music to Thomas's ears. Could tune up to a nice bargain, this.'
-Fantastic. So that's 125 and you spent 35, so that's 160.
Well done. So we've still got 140 left to spend, a little bit left over for me.
-The heavens are really going to start opening. Let's rush inside. Come on.
I don't know if you're fond of your garden,
but just look at this thing that I found. Isn't this marvellous?
One of the really irritating things, I think, about irrigating your garden with a hosepipe
is coiling up the hosepipe and keeping everything neat and tidy.
Now, go to your local DIY store today and they'll sell you some hideous plastic device
which doesn't really work properly and after two seasons, starts to crack and fall apart.
Well, this is the way the continentals addressed the problem
a cool 100 years ago.
Because this cast iron stand which takes the tap, and this is a modern replacement tap,
which is piped up through the square shaft,
allows the tap to drip into a drip tray down below,
you could put your watering can or anything on this metal stand.
But the bit I really like is the hose coil reel on the back.
All integrated, all fitted into a unit
and done 100 years ago.
What's it worth? Well, the dealer has only just bought it
and he hasn't decided what price to ask yet.
But if I was estimating it for sale at auction,
I think this thing could bring between £250 and £400.
And at that, I think it could make quite a splash.
'Ha-ha. Back to the shopping and it's 2-1 to the Blues.
'But Paul has found something which might just balance the score.'
We know exactly what we're looking at here and they're not uncommon.
And this is all bad news. They used to sell really well
but that was then and this is now
and demand for such things, be they counter-top or pocket sovereign scales,
it's diminished greatly. But you work within that environment
and these, for my money, are smart for this reason.
Not too big, not too small. Desk size, display size.
Love the turning here. Tapering upright,
these lovely little turnings.
It appears to be all there. That's cool.
-Yeah, that's dead right.
That's what elevates them for the exercise.
OK? Made by Avery, still a business name.
Mahogany base. Watermarked. Old flake there.
It's beautifully made and it's not huge
so you can see it either in a modern home or a Victorian home.
-Let me cut to the chase. They're worth £20 to £40 at auction.
What did I say about what we need to buy it for?
-You buy it at low estimate.
You've heard all of this. Utterly transparent.
-Is there any way... I want to buy those for £20.
-I'll do them for £20.
-Thank you. Lovely to meet you.
-Thank you so much.
-Pleasure to do business with you.
-Shall I carry those?
-Yeah, I'm frightened to cross you now. You could really sort me out.
-Right then, guys, onwards and upwards. Two down, one more to go.
'Well, well, Reds, looks like it's all hanging in the balance.'
Where are they going?
It's a sort of gay abandon. Just off, walking down the aisle.
'Well, give them a guiding hand then, Tom. That's what you're there for, boy.'
Come and have a look. There you are, just off with abandon, not looking at anything. Come on.
Again, this is the problem. What's happened is, we've come inside
and it is a huge assault and they don't know what's happening
because there's so much stuff to look at.
But I'm trying to point them on this stand to something. It's an Art Deco lamp base.
And, you know, I want them to spot it, not me.
But Art Deco does well at this sale room, so that's the item they should be looking at.
-What about the lamp?
-I was going to say the lamp, yeah.
-Yeah, it's quite funky.
-Yeah, I like that.
-Eureka! Right, let's have a look at the lamp.
-It's classic, isn't it?
-Yeah. OK, let's have a look at this.
What happens about... Don't we need to plug it in?
Ah, well, I can tell you all about that. So here we are.
-I really like that.
-What do you think?
-It's simple, stylish.
-It's something I'd have in my room and it's retro and for the...
-How much is it?
I don't know yet. What's your best on that?
-It's got to be worth a risk.
-Do you think?
-Do you like it?
-I want it myself.
-And this is a screw-off thing.
This screws off.
That will screw off, so that's quite a good fitting.
It's a moulded fitting.
Love this shaft. I think it's wonderful. What do you want to do?
-I like it.
-You want to go for it?
-We like that, yeah.
-You in for it?
-Yes, let's do it.
-Who's going to tell the dealer? Who's going to say, "We'll have it"?
-Go on, Dad.
-We'll have it. Thank you.
'Lighten up, Thomas. The Blues are done.
'The Reds, on the other hand, have lost their sense of direction. They're at the end of the road.'
-What's up here? Nothing.
-Stalls that way.
-Is that where we came from?
-We had better sprint.
-I don't think we've got any option.
Sell us something. Seriously, we're running out of time.
We're sort of panicking. We've got a budget. We're looking for something with individuality.
But is there anything you can help us with on price?
Is there anything you want to sell that you're sick of seeing?
-Yes. Apart from your husband.
-Had it too long...
-All of it.
You beat me to that one. How about this?
-Yeah, that little...
-For scent or snuff.
I could do that for 25.
-It's 1922 and it's still got its original...
-Yeah, that's not unattractive.
-And there are no nibbles on the glass.
-Can I have a feel?
It's a pretty little thing and it's a very fair price for the end user.
-I don't think we've got wow.
-No. We've got three minutes.
Anything more substantial? Have you got something bigger, more wow, that you could maybe compromise on?
-I saw that. That's so sweet.
-No compromise on that.
-Engine-turned, nine-carat banding.
-Condition is sweet.
-Lovely lenticular section.
Lovely price of...? Never mind what you've got on it, just tell us what it could be.
-You hold the perfume.
-I'll hold the perfume.
-That really is smart, isn't it? That is really smart.
-And it could be a card case.
If you want to win it, if you want to win the programme, and you buy that,
-if you don't mind me saying, it's a modest little perfume.
I think you'll break even with that. This is panic territory. We've got less than a minute.
I think if you're unlucky, you'll lose £20 on that.
Please, please, please, please, please, and we will stump up, I'm sure I can convince you,
please, please, please, with icing,
-please take £70 for it. I beg you.
-80 is the absolute death on it.
-It's a gamble.
-What do you think?
-It's a gamble.
-I think we haven't got much time left.
-I'm happy with that. I like it.
-I think it's really nice.
-We'll go with that.
-Shake on it.
-Thank you very much. Well done, team.
-Thank you very much.
That's it. Time's up. Their 60 minutes has elapsed.
Next they're going to have to hand the leftover lolly to their experts.
But first, let's have a bird's-eye at what the Red Team bought.
'At £5, they could be playing their joker with this scrapbook.
'Weighing in at £20 are these apothecary scales.
'And at £80, are they taking a gamble
'with this silver and gold cigarette case?'
-What's all this about a bacon sandwich? I'd quite like a bacon sandwich.
-I'm afraid you missed it.
-I missed it.
-You missed it.
-So, hell's bells, how's that shopping?
Interesting. Quite tiring. But I think, possibly, profitable.
Is it like going around with a crowd of three-year-olds, going around with this lot?
-It's slightly worse.
-Worse than a schoolroom experience?
-Yes, children do what you tell them. These two don't.
-Chris, was it good for you?
Yes, I very much enjoyed it. Looking forward to seeing how much my comic book with cuttings in it makes.
-Will it bring the biggest profit?
-I don't think it will because we didn't spend the most on it.
-But it should make a profit.
-You didn't spend very much, did you?
-It's the combination of a Yorkshire lass and a Scottish expert.
-Fatal. What was the total?
-We spent £105.
So someone has got £195 somewhere.
-It's my hurt look.
-It's your hurt look, is that what it is?
This is a large wodge of money going to you, Laidlaw. What are you going to spend it all on, I hope?
Do you know, I've no idea. I've been so focused on this exercise.
-You have, yeah.
-There's nothing in the periphery, nothing banked. It's all to play for.
Well, good luck with that, Paul. Have a nice cup of tea and let's check out what the Blue Team bought.
'Jess thinks she has come up trumps
'with this playing card bracelet for £35.
'They paid £125 for the bronze and marble inkstand.
'And they were positively lit up by the Art Deco lamp.'
Well, this is a happy tribe, isn't it? It's enough to send you barking round these parts.
-Listen, you had a good shop?
-We did, yes.
What was your favourite bit in the shopping, Dad?
Er, Jessica spotted a little tiny bone bracelet
-which was embossed with playing cards which was quirky and relatively cheap.
-Well done for that. Is that your favourite piece?
-It's definitely my favourite piece.
-Is that going to bring the biggest profit, do you think?
-No. I think the lamp will.
-Do you agree with that?
-I must say, the lamp was a late spot and we started to panic.
But, yes, given what we managed to get it for, we think it might well, and we're advised by Thomas...
-The ever-reliable Thomas Plant.
-Ever-reliable. I think I told you to look a bit harder.
-Yes, look a bit harder.
-And what did that lot cost you?
-£185 in total.
-£185 in total. Then I'd like, please, £115 of leftover lolly.
-There you are, good sir.
-That's beautifully presented. Straight across to the Planter.
This is the moment he likes very much. Look how he brightens up with having £115.
-What are you going to spend it on?
-Erm, something from the Far East.
Good luck with that, Tom. And have a nice cup of tea, teams.
Meanwhile, we're heading off to Ormesby Hall in North Yorkshire.
Ooh-ah, how lovely!
'Set in stunning park land, this is Ormesby Hall,
'an unexpected architectural delight
'hidden away in a rural enclave in the suburbs of Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire.
'And for nearly 400 years, Ormesby was the home of one family, the Pennymans.'
In the early 17th century one James Pennyman bought land here.
He was clearly a man of substance.
In the middle of the 17th century, after the civil war, the family were awarded a baronetcy
in recognition of their loyalty to the royalist cause.
Subsequent generations, often called Sir James, have made their mark on the place.
'The main house you see today was built adjacent to the old hall
'and was constructed for James Pennyman and his wife Dorothy in the 1740s,
'in a simple yet striking version of the then-modern Palladian style.
'Both outside and in, James and Dorothy both put their stamp on the place.
'But they weren't the only ones to do so.'
The drawing room here at Ormesby has certainly seen its fair share of changes through the generations
because in the 18th century, for Dorothy Pennyman,
this space was described as the best eating room.
It got its upgrade with the 6th Baronet in 1770,
when he introduced all this elaborate Adam plasterwork,
this neo-classical decoration on the ceiling,
and also all these plaster enrichments that run around the room.
And it wasn't until the 1870s
that a family member converted it into a withdrawing room,
the form which we see it in today.
Interestingly, it's this piece of furniture
that could have sat here perfectly happily in the 18th century when the room was a dining room,
as well as in the 19th century when it was a drawing room.
And it's called a commode.
Now, you say to any self-respecting Brit "commode" and what does it conjure up?
A gadget that resembles some sort of lavatory.
But for the French, it's derived from the word "suitable" or "appropriate".
And in furniture terms, it's a low cupboard or chest of drawers.
And this is, of course, a French piece of furniture.
It was made by the celebrated French ebeniste Pierre Roussel,
I guess around about 1750.
It's Rococo in form, that means it's curvilinear.
And what I love about it is its absolute complexity.
You've got all these conflicting curves and shapes
that the cabinet maker has to carefully craft his veneered surfaces over.
And the veneered surfaces are extremely complicated, too,
because what we've got here is called cube parquetry.
And it deceives your eye with the geometry of all these different shapes.
If you're fond of your period metalwork, you'll love the way that these cast handles
and the shoots and sabots, the other metal details, have been made.
And having been cast and formed, the metal is covered in ormolu,
giving you, after a couple of hundred years, this lovely mellow, deep gold colour.
Of course, the big question today is,
which of our teams are going to be going for gold over at the auction?
Well, it's very nice to be at Calder Valley Auctions with Ian Peace.
-Ian, good morning.
-Good morning, Tim. Nice to see you.
-Very nice to be here, too.
Now, for Helen and Chris, their first item is this scrapbook. How do you rate that?
Not very well at all, I'm afraid. It's a fairly boring lot.
Erm, lovely cover, but gets worse when you go inside.
Oh, dear. So what's it worth?
-£5 to £10.
-Well, I'm sorry, but our team paid £5 for it. Chris loved it.
If it makes £5 to £10, that will be brilliant. If it makes £1, they might not be so pleased.
Next up though, we have got a genuine, proper antique
in the way of this apothecary's balance. What do you think about that, Ian?
Well, I like it because it is genuine, it is a period item. It's 19th century, early 19th century,
with a drawer, with some weights. It's all complete.
But it's not the fashionable desk toy it was 15, 20 years ago.
-What's your estimate?
-Erm, my estimate is £30 to £45.
Oh, well, that's marvellous. They only paid £20.
-There's a bit of a profit coming on here, which is great.
And their last item is the silver and little slither of gold cigarette case. Is that any good?
I love it. I love it. It's pristine condition, the engine turn decorations are very precise,
and the border with the gold is lovely. I think £75 to £100.
I think that will possibly fetch £100, £110.
-Really? That's lovely. £80 was paid.
-Well, overall, I'm getting a nice warm feeling here.
I don't think they'll need their bonus buy. But let's have a look, anyway.
Your leftover lolly moment.
Paul Laidlaw was given the princely sum of £195.
What did you spend it all on, Paul Laidlaw?
I didn't blow the budget but I guarantee you I have grown you a profit if you go with it.
-Do you know what that is?
-I haven't a clue.
-Can you tell me anything? What's your reaction?
Is it an ice cream scoop?
Ah, good guess. It looks like it belongs on a boat.
Picture that beside one's bed with one's pocket watch here.
-Oh, of course!
-Oh! TIM LAUGHS You are wonderful.
-Well, wait and see, don't count any chickens.
-Hang on a minute, £15?
-Was that the deposit then? And you're sending in the rest later?
-I've got to go back there.
Whether you pick it or not is up to you but let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about it.
Well, there we are. Looks a bit like a ship's binnacle, doesn't it?
Yeah, it does. Or a hearing aid.
-The deaf auctioneer.
-But it's definitely a little bit different.
I haven't seen one like it for years.
But, no, it all works. It's got a little bit of Arts and Crafts style about it.
-I like it, it's unusual.
-What's your estimate?
-£30 to £45.
-Well, that's jolly good. That extremely cunning Paul Laidlaw only paid £15.
So that's good, if the team decide to go with the bonus buy, which of course they might not.
Next up it's the Blues. First up for Adrian and Jess is this little bracelet
and the first question I have to ask you here, Ian, is what's it made of?
Well, it's either a bone or ivory.
We have tested it because there's a possibility it might have been plastic material.
-It seems to have survived that test. A little bit novel.
-What's it worth, then?
-£20 to £30.
-OK, £35 they paid, so they've overcooked that.
Next, Adrian went very strongly for this encrier.
-Now, how do you rate that, Ian?
-I like it. I do like it very much.
The top, the woman, is of cast bronze,
could be 19th century, possibly mid-19th century,
so the Art Deco cataloguing possibly is incorrect.
-So I think that's got possibilities.
-How exciting! What's your estimate?
-£80 to £120.
-Well, that's a bit of a tease estimate, isn't it?
Because the team paid £125. If you're right and it makes £80 to £100,
-they're going to make a small loss.
The last item, completely different, is this aluminium table lamp.
-I mean, there's half a spitfire in that, isn't there?
-It's quirky, it's fun, it will go into modern living.
-Somebody's apartment or whatever.
-What my mother would call hideous.
But that's my mother, isn't it? What's it worth?
-£30 to £40, without sounding repetitive.
-That's all right, don't worry about the repetitive syndrome.
We've all got that. £25 they paid.
-So that's OK. Brilliant.
Well, all of this is going to hinge on how well the Regency or not Regency inkwell does,
which will determine whether they need the bonus buy. But let's have a look at it, anyway.
So, Adrian and Jess. The leftover lolly moment.
You gave the lovely TP £115. What did you spend it on, Thomas Plant?
I spent it on a very fine jade and gold pendant.
It's Chinese. It's got a beautiful detail here, it's pierced.
For £90, it's a steal and right now it's hot, hot, hot!
-It's very pretty.
-I think Jess loves it.
-Look at that.
-I do like that. Would you expect that to make a profit?
Yeah, if they have Chinese objects here and it's on the internet, yes.
-And it's a 14-carat gold little swing, as well.
-It's a lovely thing, isn't it?
-It is gorgeous.
Now, Jessie, is that something you'd wear, baby?
-But it's something I'd have. I like it. It's very pretty.
Hang onto that gen, all right? Remember all that when you have to pick,
after the sale of your first three items.
But right now, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Thomas Plant's locket.
Well, there we go, Ian. That's rather handsome, isn't it? Do you like that?
I do. Erm...
My assistant and myself were cataloguing this and I would have put this at a higher price.
But it's relatively modern. We sold one very similar for £300 in a recent sale.
Erm, but the fact it's modern, I pulled the estimate down, £45 to £60.
-I think it's going to do a lot better.
-£45 to £60, is that all?
Thomas Plant has paid £90.
He really rates that thing as his bonus buy. But anything could happen, couldn't it?
-I would like to see it go over £100 and I hope I have under-estimated it.
-So do I!
So does Thomas Plant. So does the Blue Team.
That depends on them actually taking it when their opportunity comes, which they may not do.
-Anyway, exciting stuff.
-Are you taking the sale today?
-I am indeed.
-We're in safe hands.
-Are you feeling a bit nervy then, Jess?
-A little bit, yeah, my heart's going slightly.
I don't know. I don't want to make a fool of myself and make a massive loss.
I shouldn't worry about that. Hundreds have before you.
The first lot is your bracelet, Jess, and here it comes.
Early 20th century bone bracelet made up of gaming pieces.
What am I bid for this lot here? 30?
20? 15 to open? Right at the back at 10.
And 12.50. 15.
At £22.50, the lady at the back there. At 22.50.
Anybody else now? At 22.50.
Oh, no. I can't bear this, Jess. Don't cry, honey, don't cry.
Anyway, 22.50. That means you are minus £12.50 on that.
But not to worry. Here comes the inkstand.
19th century Art Deco bronze and marbled inkstand
in the style of Thomas Hope. I'm going to open this at £80. 80?
At £80. At 80. At 80. At 90.
I have £100. At £100. All done at £100?
£110 second row. £120 on commission bid. At 120.
-130. At £130.
-Well done, Dad.
130, second row. Any further bids?
At £130, all done?
-That, old fruit, is plus £5.
-Well, a profit is a profit.
-But I fancy there's a bit more profit in that, don't you?
Next up is the aluminium Deco table lamp. Here it comes.
Right, what am I bid for lot 63? 20? 15.
17.50 anywhere? It's unusual. £15.
Anybody else now at £15? Quite quirky. 17.50.
20, the lady there. 20. 22.50.
At 22.50. 25.
-You're in profit.
-On my right then, it's going at 27.50.
Well done. That's a profit again. Excellent.
So that's plus £2.50 on that, which means your profits are £7.50
and your losses are £12.50, which means overall you're minus a fiver.
-Now listen, there's no shame in that, is there?
-No shame in that at all.
-What are you going to do about the bonus buy, though?
-Go with it.
-Liked it so we'll go with it.
-I like your positivity about it.
-No pressure here, Tom.
-OK, we're definitely going with the bonus buy.
-It's a lovely thing.
The decision is made, let's see what happens.
The 14-carat gold mounted jade pendant.
£30. Jade pendant, £30. 20 then, 20.
20 I'm bid. At £20. At 20. And five anywhere?
So far only one bid. There you are, 25.
30 there. 35 in the corner. 35.
-At 45. 45, then.
-Disappointing. It's a disaster.
-Well, I am sorry, people.
-It was still a lovely thing.
-Well, it is still a lovely thing.
How can that be? Minus £45?
With the gold and the whatnot. Surely there's more than £45 worth of gold there!
Anyway, overall you are minus £50.
-Now, minus £50 might be a winning score, so don't talk to the Reds.
-So how are you, guys?
-Yeah, very good. We're quite excited.
We're being quite quiet because the auctioneer's quite quiet.
-Well, it really annoys me when you have noisy contestants.
-You don't like noisy contestants.
-The viewers do like to hear what's going on though, which is fair enough.
-It's like assembly.
Television, that's what it's called.
The first item is the scrapbook. And here it comes.
The Victorian scrapbook. 15.
£10. 10. Open me at 5.
£5 I'm bid. At £5.
-The scrapbook at 5.
At £5. Any advance on 5?
And 7 here. And 9. 11.
13. 13 in the second row.
£13. And 15 the lady at the back. At 15. 17.
-£17. Any further bids?
-It's a charming little book.
At £17. Second row. We're going at 17. All done.
Right. Now, the scales.
Start me at 10. £10. Here we go. 10 at the back. £10.
At 12.50 do I see?
At 10. At 12.50. At 15.
-I don't like the look of this.
I have 20, the lady's bid there, £20. 22.50.
At 22.50. Are we all done? At 22.50.
Plus £2.50. But there's a lot of money in that still.
Now, the cigarette case.
Fine silver and gold edge cigarette case
and I have a bit of interest here so I'm opening the bidding at £100.
120. At £120. At 120. £130.
130. £130. I'll take 5 now.
At 130, the gentleman in the middle of the room.
That's brilliant. Plus £50. Plus £50. 50.
£64.50 you are up.
-That is brilliant, isn't it?
You spend £105 and you make £64 profit on £105. That is very good.
Well done, team. Now, what are you going to do about the watch stand?
-You are going to risk the £15?
-You know we are.
-You know we are!
-You know we are!
We're going with the bonus buy and here comes the watch stand.
Start me at 10. £10.
£10. 10 I'm bid, thank you. And 12.
14. I have 14, gentleman over there.
14. 16. 18.
32. 34. 36. 38.
£40. At 40 second row.
At £40. Any further bids? At £40 it's going.
£40. Well done. It's a profit.
It's plus £25. That's added to the total
but I fancy there's a bit more profit in that, don't you, Mr Laidlaw?
Anyway, there we are. 64. 84.
-That's plus £89.50.
-What about that?
-OK, £89.50 up.
The big thing now, apart from being congratulated,
-is not to say a word to the Blues, all right?
-Not a word. Thank you very much.
Well, well, well, what fun we've had. Now, you teams been chatting at all?
-Going through the results? Have you resisted?
-I'm proud of you.
Well, it's a close run thing. Actually, it's not at all.
There's a vast gap between the two teams today, and it should come as no surprise
-that the winners today are the Reds.
You have managed to win by taking home a profit of £89.50.
£89.50 is coming out of the pocket here.
Rarely have I handed out quite so much dosh.
And, of course, you managed to make a profit on every single item,
including a chunky profit on the bonus buy, so congratulations to Paul on that.
Which means that I am able to award you the golden gavel.
So will you take a pin, Helen? Thank you. Christoph, take a pin.
And Paul Laidlaw, a pin to go with your collection.
-A profit on each lot. Incredible.
On the other hand, turning to the Blues,
sadly you guys are going away with minus 50.
It was that bonus buy that dragged you back.
And the less we say about that, Thomas, I think the better.
Anyway, enough of this dribbling on. We've had such a nice time.
-You ought to join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
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Tim Wonnacott presents a hunt for bargains from the Jaguar Antiques and Collectors Fair at Wetherby Racecourse. The reds are a great-aunt-and-nephew team led by expert Paul Laidlaw, and the blues are a football-mad father-and-daughter combo led by expert Thomas Plant. Items going to auction include a bone bracelet and a set of apothecary scales. Tim takes time out to discover the delights of the magnificent Ormesby Hall.