Norfolk 26 Bargain Hunt


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Norfolk 26

Norfolk's Antiques and Collectors Fair is the venue for the bargain hunters. Tim Wonnacott pays a visit to the Usher Gallery in Lincolnshire.


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Welcome to rainy Norfolk,

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which just over 1,000 years ago was a battle zone.

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The Vikings were fighting the Saxons

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and nearby Norwich got burnt to the ground.

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Fortunately, today, we're only hoping to raise some profits.

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So let's go bargain hunting, yeah!

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Today, we're at the relatively peaceful Norfolk Showground.

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Where we've got teams made up of a son and a daughter

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with their respective fathers.

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So, will it be a question of "Dad knows best",

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or will the kids rule?

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On today's show, Barby has his work cut out with the Blues.

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-I don't like it.

-Thank you, but not at that price, David.

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-I think we'll move on, David, don't you?

-Well, OK.

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But there's no holding the Reds back

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because girl power rules!

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Could we get the one for 30? 115? Meet me halfway at 65?

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I can't believe it. I'm going to take you shopping with ME!

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However, who'll be boss down at the auction?

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This fella.

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-GAVEL BANGS

-Let's meet the teams.

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So, we seem to have the Generation Game on Bargain Hunt today.

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For the Reds,

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we've got father and daughter Mike and Polly

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and for the Blues, we've got son Neil and father Paul, welcome.

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-Nice to see you, sir.

-Very nice to see you too.

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So, Michael, I believe I'll be in good hands today if I keel over.

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-Absolutely.

-I'm not planning to do so but, em, why would that be?

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-I'm a GP.

-Jolly good. So, do you get to watch Bargain Hunt a bit?

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Well, funnily enough, my secretary rather likes Bargain Hunt

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and she tends to make us break at about 12.20.

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So you just miss the beginning.

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-I just miss the beginning.

-We're into the body of the show.

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-Yes, yes.

-So no patients...

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-No patients.

-..between 12.15 and one o'clock.

-Correct.

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Quite right too. She's got things organised, this secretary.

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-Now, Polly, you're at University at the moment.

-Yes.

-Tell us about that.

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I'm at Kings College University of London. I study biomedical sciences.

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I've just finished my first year, which I just found out I passed.

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-Oh, well done.

-So, that's pretty good.

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And what do you do with all your copious time when you're not at uni?

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Well, I work as a lifeguard in a swimming pool near where I live.

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-Do you?

-Yes. And then also I do a lot of dancing.

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I do ballet classes and a bit of jazz.

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-It's a very good way of keeping fit, isn't it?

-Yeah, yeah, I enjoy it.

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So, do you two reckon you're going to dance off with a profit today?

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-Yeah.

-Definitely.

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-Pretty confident about that?

-Yeah, definitely.

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It will be interesting to see how you get on.

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Lovely to meet you anyway. Now, for the Blues.

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So, Paul, you enjoy rather far-flung holidays, don't you?

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Yes, When I get the chance,

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but they can be dangerous can far-flung holidays.

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-How come?

-Well, many years ago I decided to go to a holiday resort,

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called the Philippines.

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And on the Saturday morning I met a young lady.

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And on the Monday morning I got engaged to her.

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-Oh, gosh!

-We got married two years later and this is one of the results.

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Well, isn't that brilliant! What a lovely story.

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-Now, Paul, have you ever been on TV before?

-I have, Tim, yes.

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I was once on the well-known TV programme the Weakest Link

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with the deadly Anne Robinson.

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Paul, in history,

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who was the British monarch throughout the First World War?

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George V.

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That is the correct answer.

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That means, gorgeous Paul, you're today's strongest link

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and you go away with £2,500.

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Well, well done, Paul, that's extraordinary.

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The winner, that'll make you scared over there on the Reds.

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So, Neil, when you're not watching your father on the television,

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what you get up to?

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Mainly working. I've got two jobs at the minute.

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I also love to tinker with cars and motorbikes, things like that.

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-I enjoy the odd bit of kickboxing as well.

-Do you?

-I do.

-Kickboxing!

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-Kickboxing, yeah.

-I won't be arguing with you then.

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Watch out, the stallholders, that's all I can say!

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What are your tactics going to be on the show, chaps?

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We're just in it to win, aren't we?

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Basically, anything we think will make us a fat profit

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and defeat the opposition into the ground.

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-We'll kick them into the ground.

-Kick them into the ground?

-Absolutely.

-Don't worry!

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You're up against a very fit girl here, you know - she's a dancer.

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-She'll give me a run for my money.

-Good for you.

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Anyway, the money moment. Here it comes - your £300 apiece.

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You know the rules. Your experts await.

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

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Gosh, whatever will happen next?

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So let's meet today's experts.

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A man of many talents -

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David Harper can also juggle lemons.

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He's never juggled lemons,

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but David Barby can spot a bargain at 50 paces...we think.

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So, father and daughter, are we going to agree on anything?

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-Well, we don't usually!

-I don't know.

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-What are you looking for, Paul?

-Ceramics are the main interest.

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Now, you know we've only got 60 minutes, that's it.

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And it'll go by in a nano.

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I like motorbikes, I like cars.

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So, possibly some sort of memorabilia?

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-Are you ready, Polly?

-Yeah, I think so.

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-Dad, are we ready?

-Yeah, go for it.

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Right you are, lovely.

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So, our Blues have completely different tastes.

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Just scan the stalls.

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And the Reds probably won't agree on anything.

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This should be fun(!)

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Hello.

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Morning, morning!

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OK, so, anything on here?

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-You know what it is?

-Czechoslovakian.

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Um...it's not my bag, but, you know,

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sometimes it's a very good idea to buy things that aren't your bag.

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-Because if you concentrate on...

-Stuff that you like...

-You're restricting the market.

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-But I don't think we're over-excited by this?

-No, I don't like it.

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Well, at least the Reds agree on what they don't like.

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Now, has David found something for Neil?

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Neil, you said you wanted something like this. There's a book stall here.

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Look - Motor magazine! What's the date on that?

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That's half a crown, so before decimalisation. Um...

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-1969.

-That's before my time.

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I wouldn't have thought it would sell for much. We don't know the price.

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-It's interesting, but I don't think there will be great demand for it.

-No.

-OK.

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OK, let's continue.

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Now, what about canes? Look at that for a collection.

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-Polly, do you like walking sticks, or...

-I quite like this one.

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-Do you? Are you left-handed, Polly?

-No, I'm not.

-Ah.

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-Mike, are you a left-hander?

-I am actually cross-laterality, but...

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But I would actually hold it in my left...

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Cross-lateral... I'm going to have to write that down

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-and use it at some point!

-Cross-laterality.

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It means I write with my right hand, I kick with my left foot

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and I bowl with my left hand.

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You know, just sort of generally mixed-up.

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-DAVID LAUGHS

-A mixed-up kid!

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So, maybe a no.

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Lordy, you can tell we've got a doctor on board today!

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I think they would screw onto the wall...

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You'd pull those down and I think you'd put a candle on it.

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-A bit fussy. What do you think?

-Um...

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I don't like it. I don't. I don't like it.

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-Well...

-OK. Er...

-Shall we come back to it then?

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-Yes. It's good to say things like that rather than go through the whole rigmarole.

-Yes.

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Yes, but you still have to buy three items,

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which, with these two, could be tricky.

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-What do you think about those?

-What are they?

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Well, look at the plaque on there.

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-That is a Panzer tank, isn't it?

-Right.

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-Second World War.

-Do they come as a pair?

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-You can buy them as a pair.

-Well, there's two of them!

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They're really unusual for stick collectors.

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I mean, they're not the finest quality,

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but I love that, with the tiger colouration.

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I like that one more than this.

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-Yes. So, your tank commander would do all that stuff with it.

-Yeah.

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-What kind of money, guys?

-£50 on each of them...at the moment.

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-Oh! Really?

-Well, have you seen another one?

-Yeah, there.

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THEY LAUGH

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The best I can do the pair would be...

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-70 for the pair.

-70 for the pair.

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The more I look at it, the more I like it.

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Could you do 60 for the pair?

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-She's a good girl.

-She is.

-She's a good girl.

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What about 65? You said 70 before. Meet me halfway with 65.

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-Go on, 65 quid.

-She's on a roll, this one.

-You've done the deal.

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That's it. Done the deal. Thank you, guys.

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I feel nervous now, I don't know...

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Yes, I think Polly surprised herself there,

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discovering a natural talent for haggling.

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-One down, Reds.

-Well, that's good.

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I mean, you did that in good, quick time as well. Well done.

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See why I brought her now!

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Now, how's our strongest link getting on?

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That's very kind of you, thank you.

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-That's very pretty.

-What's the price on that, sir?

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-£20 to us.

-I wish! 60.

-So do we!

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So, a quick time check -

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can you believe 20 minutes have gone already?

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-Yeah.

-Oh, no!

-It's like that, isn't it?

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I'm glad to see our science buffs are keeping their eyes on the time.

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Look at that.

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-Do you want to lift that down and have a look at it?

-Yes. I'd like to have a look at that.

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-Let's have a look at the mark underneath.

-That's a funny looking piece, isn't it?

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There's the marks. Berlin.

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-Yes.

-Very modern, but it's such a nice piece of porcelain.

-It is.

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Feel that, Neil, feel that.

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-Don't drop it.

-It's lovely isn't it?

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If you stick that on, I might buy it.

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-I think that is lovely, I like it.

-It's a lovely piece, isn't it?

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Humorous shape anyways.

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Well, I think that's humorous and people do like collecting bears.

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Don't tell me Barby's found something they both like!

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-£75, that's what you'd pay in a shop for it.

-Right. Absolutely, yeah.

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So unless it comes down to around about 45.

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Let's have a word with the dealer.

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Sir, love the bear.

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£75 is a little on the top side.

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It's comparatively modern.

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Erm...

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65?

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I was thinking around about sort of 45.

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55.

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55, would that be worth it, do you think?

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Don't ask me now you've made the offer!

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I'm saying to you would you think 55 would be worth a punt,

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-and then I'll make the offer.

-I said 45

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and I think we stand a chance.

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Come on.

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£50.

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£50. Right, have a look at it, Paul.

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RINGING

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-Oh, is it OK?

-I can't see any damage. It sounds all right.

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Oh, the stallholder won't like that!

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-You don't tap it with a gold ring.

-No.

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Hmm, thought not.

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Can you not...45? Dave is such a lovely bloke, and I'm not too bad.

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I'm just thinking of what I was paying for it

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and to help the Blue team...

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-Hey-hey!

-I'm going to go to 48.

-OK. Let's go for it.

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OK, done. Thank you.

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And with that, the Blues have scratched up their first buy

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and drawn level with the Reds.

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-Oh, we've made our first purchase, that's marvellous.

-Hey!

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A bit of silver here. Bit of silver for you, Polly?

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So anything in there you fancy?

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-Erm, well, there's the little snuff box which I think's quite cute.

-Oh, that's nice.

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-Do you like snuff boxes?

-Erm, I don't really...

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-You don't take snuff then?

-No.

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Not anymore.

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Who is that?

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I mean, It's dated 1806.

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So that's George III period, but it's not George III.

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-Although, it's very Romanesque, isn't it?

-Yes.

-Sort of...

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Let's have a feel of it, yeah?

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Enamelled... Oh, here we go, what does that say?

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"Intrepid champion of freedom.

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"Enlightened advocate of peace."

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-OK, so that is somebody that we don't know.

-A hero.

-Yeah.

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Charles Fox. I really like that.

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What sort of a price have you got on him?

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54.

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-I think that's a really nice thing. I would buy it.

-Yeah.

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What are you thinking, Mike?

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Whisper a number to me.

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I'd pay 30 quid for it.

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-I'll go 35 on it, that's it.

-35. What do you think, Polly?

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I'm not 100% convinced, but I'm not the expert, so...

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Right. The lady's not convinced,

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so it had better go back in.

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-But we can leave it in reserve.

-Is that all right?

-Of course.

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Thank you, yeah.

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Never mind, Doctor Mike, take a look at this instead.

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They say that in the blood of every Englishman

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there's more than a pinch of salt coursing round the old stream.

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That's because, of course, we're an island race.

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And boats and ships in the sea have been a part of our life forever.

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That's why I think marine collectables like this

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have such a poignant significance.

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What we've got here

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is a particular type of fishing craft

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that's called a coble.

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And this one, you can see, is identified

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as having been presented by J W Chapman, Boat Builder, Filey.

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What we see here

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is a representation of a vessel that Mr Chapman would've built.

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Now, Mr Chapman's had great fun making this half model.

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Not only is it to scale,

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he's also included some oars and some rigging,

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and then, in a delightfully naive style,

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he's painted the background.

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He's painted the Yorkshire coast.

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He's done it in oil paint on panel,

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and this thing I would date at around 1914.

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And quite frankly,

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if you find one of these things in a fair like this for £75,

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you really ought to buy it.

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Because not only is there a decent profit in the thing -

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in a specialist marine sale you might get 300-400 for it -

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but because it's simply a jolly nice thing.

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That's lovely. Early Worcester. Yummy, yummy, yummy, yummy, yummy.

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Oh! Royal Worcester.

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375. Beautiful, but...

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Too expensive. Keep looking, Paul.

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So what's that then?

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-I think it looks like an inkwell.

-Well done, yeah, it is. Yeah.

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-Lovely shape.

-Yeah.

-Shape of a bell.

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Mike?

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A Novelty inkwell.

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Oh, nice...

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Oh, there we go.

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Look at that, tell me what that says.

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Asprey London.

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Asprey London.

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There you go, there's the brand.

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Gorgeous, quality maker. And it's novelty, which is very, very good.

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-What's it worth?

-Well...

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I know what I'd like to get it for.

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Time to unleash your secret weapon, Reds - Polly power!

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What's the best price you can go on that?

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-What have we got on that?

-It says 160.

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Could you go 110?

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I would go 120 with you, and that's a good buy.

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-Meet halfway - 115?

-No.

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-117.

-I've got to make a profit, haven't I?

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Are you sure you couldn't go 117?

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-She's desperate!

-Are you sure?

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I can't, I'm so sorry.

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-You can't. At 118?

-Go on, 117.

-117.

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I can't believe this!

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Atta girl!

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I can't believe it. I'm going to take you shopping with me.

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-That was your lovely smile, wasn't it?

-Thank you very much.

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-I've got a lovely smile.

-Yeah, but you're not as good as her!

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That's true.

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Polly's done the Reds proud again with their second purchase.

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I like this.

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What do you think this was used for?

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It's jolly heavy.

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It's some kind of a camera, isn't it, yeah?

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This catch releases and there's your cartridge inside.

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Ah. Oh, right.

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Oh, look, and it's got the War Office.

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Yeah, I see that, yeah.

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So there's the War Office mark,

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so we can assume it's from the Second World War.

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OK, and this would be mounted in the actual aircraft

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and as it was being fired - the gun -

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they would actually record what was being hit.

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-Oh, really?

-Amazing, isn't it?

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-Yeah, it's brilliant.

-Can you feel the weight of it?

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Oh, yeah, it is heavy, isn't it?

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-And did you study Second World War history at school?

-I did, it was one of my favourite subjects.

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-And now you're handling a physical element.

-Yes, exactly.

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That's quite good.

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Right. All we've got to do is establish the price now.

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Your very, very best price, sir, please.

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-£5?

-50, sir.

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-NEIL LAUGHS

-Go on.

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-45.

-45, go on then.

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-As it's you.

-45.

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-Shake his hand.

-Thank you.

-Shake the man's hand.

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And I'll do it as well. OK, and that's it. Item number two, David.

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-Right, I'm very pleased about that. Are you happy?

-I'm very happy.

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Glad to hear it. Now, get a move on.

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Right, ten minutes left. There's something a bit girly.

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What do we know about this thing, then?

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I think it's a 1910-1920s set.

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Obviously they're not real diamonds, are they? Can I test them?

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Oh, look at this, I love these bits of kit.

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-This is like a medical bit of kit.

-What is it? Yes, yes.

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You simply put the prong

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on the top of what you might think is a diamond...

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Obviously not.

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If it's a diamond, it'll go, "Bleep, bleep." Have you got any real diamonds?

0:18:380:18:42

-Those emeralds there?

-That one? Are they diamonds? Here you go. Ready?

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BLEEP!

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Yes!

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That's the sound you'll want to hear.

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Thank you very much. We are wasting loads of time here.

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You said it.

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Right, we've got to quicken up, chaps.

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Lovely, lovely. Pricey.

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Have a look at this.

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-How much is that?

-That's 180.

-Oh, sh...

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You mean £1.80, don't you?

0:19:080:19:11

It winds up.

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So what date are we talking about - 1960?

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-Early '50s.

-Early '50s?

-Yep.

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-I like it.

-What's the very best?

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Erm, 160.

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I wouldn't pay more than, say, £50.

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I know it sounds silly, but to me that's all it'd be worth.

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My instinct is, "Thank you, but not at that price, David."

0:19:290:19:32

OK, we'll put that back.

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Careful, Paul, Barby might vote you off your own team.

0:19:330:19:38

Quick decision. Go on.

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-You don't like the jewellery, do you?

-No.

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-Shall we go with the snuff box, then?

-I like the snuff box.

0:19:420:19:45

-Shall we go with the snuff box?

-Let's go and get the snuff box.

0:19:450:19:49

-I'm getting slightly panicky.

-I'm getting more than slightly panicky!

0:19:500:19:54

-We've got to rush round, so come on, let's do it.

-Right. OK, let's go.

0:19:540:19:57

The clock's ticking, guys.

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We do only have minutes. Hi.

0:20:020:20:04

The Georgian snuff, please.

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If you don't mind.

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Unless you were going to try and be horrible again, Polly.

0:20:080:20:11

-No, no, you guys can... I'm happy with that.

-Are you sure you're happy?

0:20:110:20:14

-Thank you very much.

-Thank you.

-Marvellous, thank you.

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And for £35 our medical team has it all sewn up.

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But the Blues could fast become our weakest link.

0:20:220:20:25

-David, I'm panicking...

-So am I.

0:20:250:20:28

Browsing time's over, boys. Just grab something, Barby!

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Right, have a look at that. Check for repairs.

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-Oh.

-Check for damage. We've got three minutes. Three minutes.

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-Right.

-There are Doulton, these are Slaters Patent.

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And what's so good about this - feel the texture.

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It's lovely, isn't it?

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The design is taken from lace which is pressed into the wet clay.

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-Right, OK.

-It's removed and then it's fired

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and then all the enamel colours and the gilt

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was applied when it was fired.

0:20:570:20:59

-It's amazing, isn't it?

-So this is all quality, quality, quality.

-Yeah, beautiful.

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These are standard fare for the Doulton factory

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for middle class homes round about the...1910, that sort of period.

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-BOTH: Right.

-We've got to go for these, haven't we?

0:21:110:21:14

So how much are the...?

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-They're £165.

-£165. Is that your very best?

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We've only got a short time and limited finance.

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-145...would be the very best.

-145.

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-They're fresh to the market.

-140, that's what we can afford.

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I'll spin you - 140, 145.

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OK.

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What are you calling?

0:21:390:21:41

-Heads.

-Oh, you've lost!

0:21:410:21:43

HE CHUCKLES Never mind!

0:21:430:21:45

-140.

-140.

-Thank you very much.

-No problem at all.

0:21:450:21:48

-Cheers.

-Thank you. Good sportsman.

-And with that toss of the coin...

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Halt the hunt. Time's up.

0:21:510:21:54

Let's go and see what the teams have bought.

0:21:540:21:57

Polly led the assault for the Reds,

0:21:580:22:01

haggling these Panzer dress canes down to £65.

0:22:010:22:06

Then she charmed the stallholder out of his novelty inkwell for £117,

0:22:060:22:13

before Dad got the snuffbox he liked for 35.

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Well, look at that!

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-What a lovely way of finishing! Did you have fun?

-Great fun.

0:22:200:22:24

-Brilliant.

-Really good.

-Super.

0:22:240:22:26

Now, what did you spend all round, Polly?

0:22:260:22:28

£217.

0:22:280:22:30

£217, so that means I want £83 leftover lolly.

0:22:300:22:34

-Have you got £83?

-Yep.

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-That's 80 and 3.

-Jolly good.

0:22:360:22:38

David, you obviously had a masterful tour with this brilliant couple.

0:22:380:22:41

-Yes.

-Yes?

-Yes, I have.

0:22:410:22:43

We've bought a real eclectic mix,

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so I think the challenge for me

0:22:450:22:47

is to buy something even more eclectic!

0:22:470:22:50

Oh, well!

0:22:500:22:51

Good luck with that. Enjoy your cup of tea.

0:22:510:22:53

Meanwhile, we're going to check out what the Blues bought.

0:22:530:22:56

The Blues found something they both liked

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in this porcelain bear for £48.

0:23:010:23:03

Neil went for the World War Two aircraft-mounted camera at 45.

0:23:030:23:08

And in a last-minute scramble,

0:23:080:23:10

the Blues ended up with a Doulton vase each for £140.

0:23:100:23:15

-We've done the worst!

-You've done your best!

-Well!

0:23:150:23:18

-I hope you haven't done your worst!

-Well!

-We want the very best!

0:23:180:23:22

Neil, have you had a nice time?

0:23:220:23:23

-We've had a brilliant time.

-Brilliant.

-Has the boy been good?

0:23:230:23:27

-He's not been so bad. We couldn't have done it without David.

-Absolutely.

0:23:270:23:30

That's what we hear all the time. Now, how much did you spend all round?

0:23:300:23:34

233.

0:23:340:23:35

230 - that is a really good number.

0:23:350:23:37

-£67 leftover lolly, please.

-67 leftover lolly.

0:23:370:23:40

-Have you got that?

-I've got it.

-Well done, Neil. Thank you.

0:23:400:23:43

David Barby's very keen on the odd £2.

0:23:430:23:46

-Absolutely.

-You'll be counting that, won't you, David?

0:23:460:23:49

There you go, old boy. Anyway, good luck with your search, David.

0:23:490:23:52

Meanwhile, we're heading off to the heart of Lincoln,

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to the lovely Usher Gallery.

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The Usher Gallery in Lincoln was the last wish of James Ward Usher,

0:24:030:24:08

who, from a young age,

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showed a keen interest in collecting antiques and works of art.

0:24:090:24:13

James Ward Usher turned out to be an extremely astute businessman,

0:24:130:24:19

becoming extraordinarily wealthy.

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But all of his business profits

0:24:220:24:24

he ploughed back into his obsession with art.

0:24:240:24:29

He would travel tirelessly thousands of miles

0:24:290:24:33

in order to find exactly the right piece to add to his collection.

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The Usher Art Gallery was completed in 1927,

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six years after his death.

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It is Lincolnshire's premier art gallery.

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And his collection included ceramics, silvery, jewellery,

0:25:020:25:07

miniature paintings and enamels.

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And I've selected a few

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from the delightful collection of enamels to show you.

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Each of these pieces date from

0:25:150:25:19

the middle of the 18th century

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to the early part of the 19th century.

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And one fun object is this curious case.

0:25:230:25:26

Looking at the outside, we've got two cartouches,

0:25:260:25:29

which are these painted panels.

0:25:290:25:33

If I press the button on the end,

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it hinges open to reveal a series of tools.

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And this little enamel box is called an etuille.

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And if I take this little piece out, you can see

0:25:420:25:47

that it's sharp-pointed down one end,

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that you might use to help you in some needlework capacity,

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and a shallow-dished end which, curiously,

0:25:530:25:58

a genteel 18th-century Englishwoman would have used

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to clear the wax out from her ear hole.

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Also included in the Usher collection are a wonderful group on watches,

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and I've selected this one not because it's a jolly good example

0:26:100:26:14

of a pear-cased verge watch

0:26:140:26:16

but because this particular case is of spectacular quality.

0:26:160:26:21

It's made of gold, it's been jewelled,

0:26:210:26:25

but also incorporates a panel of enamel.

0:26:250:26:29

This enamel, however, wasn't made in Britain -

0:26:290:26:32

it was made in either France or Switzerland.

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And if I put the very best of British enamels

0:26:360:26:42

next door to the very best of Continental enamels,

0:26:420:26:45

you can see that there is a shocking disparity.

0:26:450:26:48

The British variety, from Staffordshire,

0:26:480:26:51

is crude and rather lifeless.

0:26:510:26:54

Whereas the Continental example is of supreme quality.

0:26:540:26:59

The most glorious box of all, though, has to be this fellow.

0:26:590:27:02

This thing is made of solid gold

0:27:020:27:05

and it has a multitude of functions.

0:27:050:27:09

If I lift that cover, it reveals an empty interior,

0:27:090:27:13

and that would have been used for snuff.

0:27:130:27:17

The two panels on either side are enamelled with landscapes,

0:27:170:27:20

and if I lift the left-hand one, inside there are two dials,

0:27:200:27:24

because inside this end rectangle is a watch movement.

0:27:240:27:28

The end compartment contains something that's really fun -

0:27:280:27:31

an automaton,

0:27:310:27:34

a clockwork device which, if it were working,

0:27:340:27:36

would revolve the windmill.

0:27:360:27:40

In short, two complicated pieces of mechanical clockwork

0:27:400:27:44

contained within a box designed to hold snuff

0:27:440:27:49

that just happens

0:27:490:27:50

to be made of solid gold and covered in exquisite enamel.

0:27:500:27:54

Hm! What could be more perfect?

0:27:540:27:57

The big question today is,

0:27:570:27:59

for our teams over at the auction,

0:27:590:28:01

will any of their objects turn out to be so perfect?

0:28:010:28:05

So we've trotted from Norfolk to Essex -

0:28:130:28:17

Stansted Mountfitchet, to be precise, just the outskirts -

0:28:170:28:21

to be at Sworders Saleroom, with our auctioneer, John Black.

0:28:210:28:24

-Good morning.

-Good morning.

0:28:240:28:26

Now, for Polly and Mike, first up,

0:28:260:28:28

so-called Panzer sticks. How do you rate these?

0:28:280:28:31

They are a bit later than World War Two period.

0:28:310:28:34

The inscriptions and the make-up of the canes

0:28:340:28:38

look a little bit later.

0:28:380:28:40

We've only put 30 to 50 on.

0:28:400:28:42

I don't blame you, quite frankly, cos these bits

0:28:420:28:45

look as if they're stamped out of cheap tin yesterday.

0:28:450:28:48

-Mm-hm.

-OK.

0:28:480:28:49

-30 to 50's your estimate.

-Mm-hm.

-£65 was paid.

0:28:490:28:52

So they may be a bit of a dark hole there.

0:28:520:28:56

Next up is the novelty silvery inkwell.

0:28:560:28:58

I think we're on safe territory here, aren't we?

0:28:580:29:01

We are. Asprey's is a good maker. 1910, bell-shaped. It's a lovely lot.

0:29:010:29:07

100 to 150, should easily do that.

0:29:070:29:09

OK. £117 paid, so we're on the cusp of making a profit on that.

0:29:090:29:14

And what about Charles Fox and the snuffbox?

0:29:140:29:18

-Again, it's a reproduction.

-Yes. Well, I entirely agree with you.

0:29:180:29:23

I mean, all this green gunge here has been artificially simulated

0:29:230:29:27

to make it look as if it's old.

0:29:270:29:29

-Anyway, how much?

-10 to 20.

-OK. £35 paid.

0:29:290:29:33

Anyway, for a dead cert, in my mind,

0:29:330:29:35

they're going to need their bonus buy,

0:29:350:29:38

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

0:29:380:29:40

So the leftover lolly moment. £83 went to David Harper.

0:29:400:29:45

What did you spend it on, David?

0:29:450:29:47

Something probably more suited to you, Polly, and I hope you like this.

0:29:470:29:51

-I DO like it!

-Good! Have a feel of that.

0:29:510:29:55

-Weigh that up.

-That is quite heavy, actually.

0:29:550:29:57

-Isn't that lovely?

-Have a hold.

-But the great thing with that is its weight.

0:29:570:30:02

You can see it's quality.

0:30:020:30:04

And if you just turn it over - this is absolutely fantastic.

0:30:040:30:08

-Can you read that?

-"Daum, France".

-Yeah.

0:30:080:30:10

-Nancy in France.

-Yep, yep.

0:30:100:30:12

Very good quality, founded in the late 19th century.

0:30:120:30:16

Still producing today. Stylish, refined and sophisticated piece of glass.

0:30:160:30:21

-Right up our street!

-What, you mean refined, sophisticated?

0:30:210:30:24

-That's it!

-That's right!

0:30:240:30:26

You've had the great build-up.

0:30:260:30:28

-What you haven't asked him is how much did he spend?

-How much?

0:30:280:30:31

-20 quid.

-Oh, wow!

-20 quid is very, very...

0:30:310:30:34

I don't want to say cheap, because that cheapens the product.

0:30:340:30:37

-Very reasonable price.

-Good value.

-Yeah.

-Well done.

0:30:370:30:40

You get a chance to pick it after the sale of your first three items.

0:30:400:30:43

But right now, let's find out, for the viewers at home,

0:30:430:30:46

what the auctioneer thinks about the Daum glass.

0:30:460:30:50

This is a lump, isn't it, John?

0:30:500:30:52

-It is.

-And right up your street.

-It is.

0:30:520:30:54

A Daum Nancy bowl or ashtray

0:30:540:30:57

-with these little indentations on, but are petal-shaped as well.

-OK. What's your estimate?

0:30:570:31:03

-30 to 50.

-OK - £20 paid.

0:31:030:31:06

-Mm-hm.

-That's a good bonus buy, if the team decide to go with it.

0:31:060:31:10

And well done, David. Now, that's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues.

0:31:100:31:14

What a mixture they've got. My gosh!

0:31:140:31:17

-We've got a KPM Berlin bear scratching itself.

-Mm-hm. In the right place.

0:31:170:31:23

-When you've got to scratch, you've got to scratch, I suppose!

-Mm-hm.

0:31:230:31:27

-Not very old, that, is it?

-It isn't, but a good little lot, quite fun.

0:31:270:31:33

And decorative - £50 to £100.

0:31:330:31:35

-OK - £48 paid.

-Mm-hm.

-So, we're in for a small profit there, probably.

0:31:350:31:40

Now, what about this camera?

0:31:400:31:42

Have you got anything interesting you can tell us about that?

0:31:420:31:45

Well, we've had a look at it

0:31:450:31:47

and the code and everything relate to a Spitfire.

0:31:470:31:50

-Does it?

-World War Two period.

0:31:500:31:52

And they were fitted to all Fighter Command Spitfires and Hurricanes.

0:31:520:31:56

Wow!

0:31:560:31:58

So it is an original.

0:31:580:31:59

I mean, you just say Spitfire, Hurricane - don't pound signs come up?

0:31:590:32:05

-It's an interesting lot. It's not going to be worth a great deal.

-Right.

0:32:050:32:10

-We've only put 20 to £30 on it.

-OK, fine.

0:32:100:32:12

Well, that deflates that idea! £45 was paid.

0:32:120:32:17

Lastly, and for something completely different, a pair of Doulton vases.

0:32:170:32:21

They're a nice pair of vases.

0:32:210:32:23

The decoration is slightly out of taste now, but 70 to 100...

0:32:230:32:29

OK. £140 paid.

0:32:290:32:31

And on that basis, they're going to need their bonus buy,

0:32:310:32:34

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

0:32:340:32:36

Neil and Paul, the sympathy vote goes to David Barby today,

0:32:370:32:40

who's had a nasty fall, haven't you, David?

0:32:400:32:43

-I have, look at that.

-ALL: Oooh.

0:32:430:32:45

On a garden bench.

0:32:450:32:46

You are such a trooper to pitch up to work

0:32:460:32:49

and do your performance for us today.

0:32:490:32:52

-We take our hat off to you.

-How very kind of you to say that.

-Not at all.

0:32:520:32:55

You could have just said, "I'm not coming." But you've turned up, straight from A&E,

0:32:550:32:59

and here we go. Anyway, you had, David Barby, £67.

0:32:590:33:04

Before the fall, what did you buy?

0:33:040:33:07

-Well, I bought something I hope the guys will like.

-Oh, yes.

0:33:070:33:12

-This is a silver-cased fountain pen by Sheaffer.

-Ah.

0:33:120:33:16

And it has a lovely ribbed body. You can actually grip this.

0:33:160:33:19

It's gold-washed at the top there.

0:33:190:33:22

-It's such an elegant piece of writing equipment.

-Can I...? Lovely.

0:33:220:33:26

-Oh, that is absolutely fantastic.

-It is lovely.

-Just feel that, Neil.

0:33:260:33:31

-That's really nice.

-It is quality.

-How old is it?

0:33:310:33:34

-It's probably 1950s, 1960s.

-Oh, right.

0:33:340:33:37

-How much do you think that's worth?

-Well, I paid £50 for it.

0:33:370:33:42

And I think, for a pen collector, they may pay up to about £80 to 100.

0:33:420:33:46

-Oooh, let's hope so. It's very nice.

-Anyway, treasure that opinion.

0:33:460:33:50

But right now, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about David's pen.

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-That's handsome, isn't it?

-It is. It's a nice Sheaffer fountain pen.

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There is a little bit of damage if you look along the ribbing.

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-A few dents, isn't there?

-There are.

-But it is solid silver, isn't it?

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So, it's a nice quality thing. So, how much do you think for that one?

0:34:070:34:11

-We have put £30 to £50 on.

-£50 paid by David.

-OK.

0:34:110:34:14

-It might just scrape that, mightn't it?

-Mm-hm.

-Yes. We shall see.

0:34:140:34:18

Thank you very much.

0:34:180:34:19

-So, Mike, how is it with you? You're not having a palpitation?

-No, no.

0:34:260:34:30

-That's all right. "No, no!"

-I've got pills for that!

-How about you, Pol?

0:34:300:34:35

-How are you?

-Yeah, I'm good. I'm excited to see what happens.

0:34:350:34:39

First lot up are the stakes. Here they come.

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A pair of World War II Germany Army dress canes,

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each with a plaque, showing a tank. There we are.

0:34:480:34:50

It's a low start at £20. Any advance on 20?

0:34:500:34:54

I'll take 22, if you wish. At £20. 22. 25.

0:34:540:34:58

28. At £28. 30.

0:34:580:35:02

-Thank you, sir. At £30.

-Come on.

-32, are you sure?

-Oh, go on.

0:35:020:35:06

-No?

-Could have been better.

-£30.

0:35:060:35:08

-Dead ahead, in front.

-I don't like this.

-£30 only, and I'll sell.

0:35:080:35:12

-Make an effort. Minus £35.

-Sorry, guys.

0:35:120:35:15

You say that quickly, it's not too bad. Moving on, now the inkwell.

0:35:150:35:19

This is going to make it all back.

0:35:190:35:21

Good quality item there by Asprey of London. It's a low start at £70. 75.

0:35:210:35:27

80. 85. 90.

0:35:270:35:29

-95. 100.

-Bidders all over the place.

-110. 120.

0:35:290:35:35

-Yes.

-130.

-Look at that. You need this profit.

0:35:350:35:38

-130. 140. 150.

-You need all this profit.

0:35:380:35:41

-Yes, that's more like it. That's quite right.

-160.

0:35:410:35:43

-In the centre there, £160. 170 anywhere now?

-Go on, go on, go on.

0:35:430:35:48

I'm going to sell. £160.

0:35:480:35:51

Yes, that's plus £43. We like that very much.

0:35:520:35:55

So you knock off 35, you're plus eight. This is great.

0:35:550:36:00

Here comes the box.

0:36:000:36:01

Commemorating the life of Charles Fox.

0:36:010:36:05

Little age there. All the same, a pretty little lot.

0:36:050:36:08

-I've got to start here at £15.

-Oh, good!

0:36:080:36:11

I've got some interest here at 15. 18. 20. 22. 25.

0:36:110:36:16

-We need 35.

-28. 30.

0:36:160:36:18

-Hang on.

-32. 35.

-ALL: Yes!

0:36:180:36:23

-38. Lady's bid at £38.

-You're in profit, well done.

0:36:230:36:26

-Keep going.

-42. 45.

-How lovely is that?

0:36:260:36:30

-Come on.

-48. 50.

0:36:300:36:32

-Yes.

-£50 on the count. £50 now.

0:36:320:36:36

-All done, and I'm selling...

-£50.

0:36:360:36:39

-Marvellous.

-Good.

-£50. Bet they don't know it's made of plastic.

0:36:390:36:43

Anyway, that's OK, who cares? It's plus 15, that's all that matters.

0:36:430:36:47

Plus your eight means you're plus 23.

0:36:470:36:49

That is a very respectable score.

0:36:490:36:52

Now, what are you two going to do about the bowl?

0:36:520:36:55

-What are you going to do about that?

-I think we should go for it.

0:36:550:36:59

-We have immense confidence in David.

-Yeah. Definitely.

0:36:590:37:03

-We all have immense confidence.

-Fools, fools!

0:37:030:37:06

We're going with the bonus buy and here it is.

0:37:060:37:09

It's etchmarked, Daum, France, on the base as well.

0:37:090:37:12

We'll start the bidding here at £15. 15 I'm bid.

0:37:120:37:16

-Here we go, £15.

-Any advance? 18. 20. 22. 25. 28.

0:37:160:37:21

-At 28, lady's bid.

-Come on.

-You're in profit.

0:37:210:37:24

-Any advance on £28? 30 anywhere?

-There's somebody else.

-32.

-Yes.

0:37:240:37:30

-Go on.

-Well done, David.

-35 to bid, sir?

-Go on.

-35. 38.

0:37:300:37:34

-Yes.

-40. 42.

0:37:340:37:38

-45. 48.

-Lovely!

0:37:380:37:40

-50.

-Yes.

-Look at this.

-£55.

-How does he do it?

-With the lady now.

0:37:400:37:46

-Hang on.

-£55, or I'm going to sell. Make no mistake, 55...

0:37:460:37:50

It's plus £35.

0:37:500:37:53

-Nice one.

-Brilliant.

-It is brilliant. And he said it was brilliant.

0:37:530:37:56

If the man himself says it is brilliant, it is brilliant.

0:37:560:37:59

No shadow of a doubt about it. Thank you very much for that. That means that you are £58 up.

0:37:590:38:04

-That is a very wholesome profit to be walking away with. You must be very pleased.

-Yes.

0:38:040:38:09

The big thing now is don't say a word to the Blues.

0:38:090:38:11

-So, Neil, Paul, how you feeling, OK?

-Yes. More or less.

0:38:190:38:22

What do you mean, more or less? What's the less bit?

0:38:220:38:24

I think we've done well on one, so-so on the other one,

0:38:240:38:27

and I think we're going to bomb on the third one.

0:38:270:38:31

-Which is the bomber?

-The vases.

-Well, you could be right. You paid £140.

0:38:310:38:36

His estimate is 70 to 100.

0:38:360:38:38

-He thinks that they're not going to do that well.

-No, no.

0:38:380:38:41

-But you never know. It's a busy saleroom, isn't it?

-It is, very packed out today.

0:38:410:38:45

First is the bear scratching itself. Here we go.

0:38:450:38:48

We have a KPM Berlin porcelain figure of a bear scratching.

0:38:480:38:53

There we are. It's a lovely figure there.

0:38:530:38:55

We can start the bidding here at £50.

0:38:550:38:58

-50 I'm bid.

-Yes.

-Any advance on 50?

0:38:580:39:01

Any advance at £50? 55. 60.

0:39:010:39:05

-Look at this.

-70. 75.

0:39:050:39:08

-Well done, Paul, you spotted it.

-Keep going.

-We all done there? 80.

0:39:080:39:12

-That's what we like.

-Fresh bidding. 85. 90.

0:39:120:39:15

-Great!

-95. 110.

0:39:150:39:18

Out in the room, on commission, £110, I'm going to sell.

0:39:180:39:23

Make no mistake, at £110...

0:39:230:39:26

-Yes!

-That is plus £62. Nice bit of auctioneering, nice object.

0:39:260:39:30

-Good auctioneering.

-Now...

-Wait till the next lot!

0:39:300:39:33

Moving along to 161,

0:39:330:39:36

we have the World War Two aircraft gun-mounted camera.

0:39:360:39:40

The G45. It was slung underneath the Hurricanes

0:39:400:39:43

and Spitfires during the war.

0:39:430:39:45

We'll start the bidding at £20 for it.

0:39:450:39:49

20 is bid. At £20. Any advance?

0:39:490:39:53

It's a wing-mounted camera. At £20. Any further interest? 22.

0:39:530:39:58

25. 28. 30. 32.

0:39:580:40:02

35. 38. 40.

0:40:020:40:05

42. 45.

0:40:050:40:07

-45. 48, sir?

-48, we're in.

-At 48? It's on the pillar.

0:40:070:40:15

-£48, I'm going to sell now.

-Doesn't seem a lot, does it?

0:40:150:40:18

But it's plus £3, you can't sniff at that. There we go.

0:40:180:40:23

-Now the Doulton vases.

-Oh!

0:40:230:40:25

A pair of early 20th century Doulton mantle vases. There we are.

0:40:250:40:31

We can start the bidding here at £40. At 40. Any advance on £40 now?

0:40:310:40:38

-I'll take two if you wish anywhere. Any interest there?

-Oh, dear.

0:40:380:40:41

42. 45.

0:40:410:40:43

-48. Thank you very much. At £48.

-Oh, dear.

-Any further interest?

0:40:430:40:49

50 anywhere now? At £48.

0:40:490:40:51

-We all done? Selling now. £48.

-Oh, dear. I can't bear it.

0:40:510:40:57

48. It's two shy of 50, which is 90 down. It's £92, minus £92.

0:40:570:41:04

-70. That's 22. Which means you're minus £27.

-Oh, no!

0:41:040:41:08

That is such a disappointing position to be in.

0:41:080:41:11

What are you going to do about this pen?

0:41:110:41:14

-Are you going to go with the bonus buy?

-Yeah. Definitely.

0:41:140:41:17

It was a nice piece.

0:41:170:41:18

We're going with the bonus buy and here comes the pen.

0:41:180:41:21

Sheaffer fountain pen. 1930s. Ribbed case. Marked 95 sterling.

0:41:210:41:25

There we are. We have some interest here.

0:41:250:41:28

-I can start the bidding at £35. £35.

-That's what we like.

0:41:280:41:32

-Any advance on 35? 40 I'll take, if you wish, anywhere?

-Oh, yes.

0:41:320:41:36

-All over the place.

-45.

-Look. Come on.

-55.

-Yes.

-55, lady's bid now.

0:41:360:41:42

-Well done, David, you're in profit.

-Any advance on £55?

-Come on.

0:41:420:41:46

£55. I'm going to sell, make no mistake, at 55.

0:41:460:41:50

It's plus £5. Nothing the matter with that. It's a £5 profit.

0:41:510:41:54

-It's a profit.

-It's a step-up on his estimate, anyway.

-Yes.

0:41:540:41:58

Minus 27 becomes suddenly minus 22.

0:41:580:42:01

-Minus 22 doesn't sound too bad, does it?

-Not too bad.

-Not if you say it quickly.

0:42:010:42:05

You don't tell the Reds and all will be revealed in a moment.

0:42:050:42:08

-Everybody happy, then? Yes?

-ALL: Yes.

0:42:140:42:17

You jolly well ought to be cos we've had a great programme.

0:42:170:42:20

-Any talk of scores? Have you been chatting? Personal best scores?

-ALL: No.

0:42:200:42:25

Just as well. Sadly, on Bargain Hunt, we can't all be winners, we have to have runners-up.

0:42:250:42:29

We never have losers, of course, just runners-up.

0:42:290:42:32

-The runners-up today are the Blues.

-Yes!

-BOTH: Oh!

0:42:320:42:35

In a way, the Blues were robbed.

0:42:350:42:39

Minus £22 is the score that you walk away with today.

0:42:390:42:42

-But I hope you've had a nice time.

-Brilliant.

-Very good.

0:42:420:42:45

We've loved having you on the show. The victors today are actually going home with money - £58 worth.

0:42:450:42:51

And the £58 is coming up right now. There we go.

0:42:510:42:54

And £3 to make up the eight. Polly, I hope you've had a nice time.

0:42:540:42:58

-Yes, it's been really good.

-You should all be beaming with pleasure.

0:42:580:43:02

-We're beaming.

-Plus £58, well done, team. Excellent.

0:43:020:43:06

In fact, it's been so good,

0:43:060:43:08

-why don't you join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?

-ALL: Yes!

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0:43:310:43:34

Norfolk's Antiques and Collectors Fair is the venue for the bargain hunters. A father and son with very different tastes team up with David Barby for the blues, and David Harper finds he has a brilliant haggler on the red team.

Tim Wonnacott pays a visit to the Usher Gallery in Lincolnshire to take a closer look at some of the treasures that can be found there.