At the Three Counties Showground, Colin Young tries to convince the reds that all that glitters might not be gold, and Anita Manning hopes to lead a dancing duo to victory.
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We've got the beautiful setting,
we've got the beautiful antiques, we've got the tools of the trade!
Let's go bargain hunting!
We are right by the historic spa of Malvern.
They say that the waters round these parts have magical properties,
so, will our teams be toasting success in a moment?
In today's programme, the Reds experience the highs of the auction.
-It's a miracle!
And the lows.
Who's got £20?
While the Blues give us a masterclass in beating down the price.
-Will you take 30?
-Is there another bit of movement in them?
Is that your best price?
I'll give you 20 to take it, shall I?
But who will be today's victors?
You'll have to watch to the very end to find out.
Rules are simple. But like me, really.
Each team gets £300 and an hour to shop for three items,
and the team wins that makes the most profit at auction.
So, let's go and meet today's team, shall we?
So, today, for the Reds, we've got best mates Andy and Chris
and for the Blues, we have mother and daughter combo, Karen and Jenny.
Hello, girls. Hi, boys. Lovely to see you.
-Andy, what do you do for a living?
-Electrician. Rewire houses, buildings, things like that.
-But you are accident prone?
-Very much so.
I managed to break my nose a couple of months back on a barbecue, just moving the barbecue.
Beer in one hand and a spatula in the other,
trying to move the barbecue, and the barbecue fell over onto the grass,
coal everywhere and I managed to smash myself in the face with the spatula thing!
-Well, it's repaired beautifully.
-Thank you very much.
Nobody would know. It's just as well that you're a student nurse, if your best mate's accident prone!
It does come in quite handy with Andy,
but I'm a mental health student nurse.
-How did you get into nursing, Chris?
-From college. I just got a Saturday job in a nursing home,
enjoyed it and just took it from there.
-Have you any experience in finding a bargain and making a profit?
-We have tried a few times.
The main was we tried to buy and sell a few cars.
We didn't really make that much money, did we?
No, the money we did make, we just went down the pub.
Hard day's work, couple of pints!
What about tactics today, then?
-See what catches our eye.
-Have you any experience in buying and selling antiques?
-Not really, no.
-No experience in collecting antiques or anything to do with antiques?
We just show an interest in what we see on TV and things like that.
All you got to do is watch Bargain Hunt!
-That's all you will ever need to know!
This team is going to go far, I tell you, they are well qualified.
-Are you girls quaking in your boot?
-No, definitely not.
So, Jen, what do you do for a living?
I work for a gas company. An account manager/customer service.
So do you do a lot of chatting on the phone?
-I certainly do, and a lot of people ring up just for a chat.
A lot of people want to chat to somebody.
You also like swimming. Tell us about that.
I did. When we lived in South Africa, I went to boarding school
and joined the swimming team at the school and did tryouts for South Africa,
and I ended up swimming under 18s for South Africa, Olympic team.
-My biggest achievement is I came second against Germany in a very big competition,
so I think that was a very good achievement.
Karen, did you go to South Africa with the daughter or stay in England?
We went as a family. Jenny was four, my daughter Sarah was two.
-We emigrated, with my husband.
-And did you work when you were in Africa?
-Yes, I had a dance school there.
-Do you keep the dancing up here?
-Yes, still got a dance school.
-Do you collect anything, Karen?
I like boxes, unusual boxes.
-Any old boxes?
-Yeah, any box.
-Why would that be, do you think?
When I was born and came home from hospital,
I believe my cot wasn't ready, so I had to live in a drawer for a few weeks.
-So you might buy a box or two today?
-Do you think you're be able to win today?
-I think you are like two peas in a pod. Now, here we go, look.
£300 apiece. Their's your £300. You know the rules. Your experts await, and off you go!
Very, very good luck.
Gosh, what fun!
Let's meet our experts.
He's always popular. The Reds are advised by Colin Young.
And I'm a big fan of the Blues expert. It's Anita Manning.
Do you teach fan dancing?
This antiques fair is overflowing with goodies,
so plenty for our teams to choose from.
So, Chris, Andy, glorious sunshine in Worcestershire.
What are you going to buy today, then?
-Something a bit different, maybe. No idea, really.
-What sort of thing?
-Something that catches the eye, something that shines.
-What sort of thing do you want to go for?
We're in the middle of the glorious countryside,
something that catches the eye, sparkles and tickles your fancy, so to speak.
That's an interesting tactic!
If it sparkles, buy it! Colin, you've got your hands full, mate.
At least Jenny and Karen are using their heads, and not being swayed by emotion.
-Oops, spoke too soon!
-OK, girls, what are we looking for today?
Bit of silver, and a box. I quite like the look of that.
-That's a big box!
-Very big box. How old do you think it is?
It's probably not terribly old, or it's been redone or something.
-What do you think?
-Tell me why you wanted a box.
-I just like boxes.
Mum's always liked boxes, little trinket boxes and just...
they're conventional to put things in and I think this would be ideal in somebody's home.
I could see this being in my home,
at the end of the bed to put your linen in.
I think it's a very good piece.
I like boxes as well because you can always fill them full of junk!
-And this is a functional one. Let's look at the wee drawers down here.
So, quite a handy piece of furniture.
It's based on the old type of trunk,
which was a Saratoga trunk, which would have been a tin one
with an arched top, and possibly metal banding.
-This type of thing, it's a modern item.
-Do you think it would sell?
I think it would sell. If it was an older one, it would be better.
It is a reproduction, we know that. But we do like boxes.
The girls really like it.
Especially the mum. The mum really likes it.
But we noticed that there's a buckle missing on the front.
What's your best price? Would you take 30?
Can you meet us halfway? £32.50, please?
-Oh, brilliant. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Thank you very much.
Now watch out, the Reds have spotted something shiny!
I hope Colin can persuade them that all that glistens is not gold,
and that certainly ain't gold.
-It has got a bit of damage on it. What's the price?
-I'll do that for 45.
-£45. Would you buy it even with damage?
-I don't think so, no. It sparkled nicely.
But once you looked under the gloss, you're not so happy.
We've still got virtually an hour to shop.
-It's the first thing you've looked at.
-OK. Thank you very much.
How much is that, then?
It's got to be 280.
It's too expensive for us, then.
It's well worth it, though, because it's plenty of colour
and in beautiful condition.
I quite like that and that.
Let's see whether it's actually going to be within our sort of budget.
-What sort of money are you looking for?
-I'm looking for £180.
That is a really good item, and at £180, on the face of it,
it's an absolute snip at the price.
-That is easily worth... minimum £600-£800.
-It's a fake.
No, it's not a fake. It's absolutely fine.
The negative is because of the restoration that's happened around the neck,
for what you're trying to achieve, it's not going to work.
A good lesson from Colin. Thank you.
Stick to the quality items in top-notch condition. Thanks.
What about this little box here?
-Oh, yeah, you're still on boxes, girls!
-Boxes, boxes, boxes.
Now even the boys have caught the box bug.
I like that. That's nice. Hello there.
-It's quirky, it's nice.
You see so many of these with no interior in them
and they make £2-£5 sale in, sale out.
To actually have a fitted interior is an absolute bonus.
Looks like the lock at some stage has come out.
-Is it something that could be fixed?
-Yeah, it is.
I wouldn't worry too much about it because it's one of those problems that you expect there to be.
-Is it worth asking the question of price?
-Yeah, what are you looking for for this?
-I like it. It gets my seal of approval.
-I reckon we go for it, then.
-Do you want to go for it?
-Do you want to negotiate the price?
-I'll have a word with the lady.
Can you meet us halfway? 25.
No, I can't.
-It's got to be 30 and that's it.
-Well, we'll take that then for £30.
-Thank you very much.
-Well, that stall holder sure knew how to stand her ground.
Maybe you guys need a lesson in haggling from the Anita and girl team.
25 minutes gone, and they've finally moved on from boxes to china.
-Do like that type of colourful item?
-It just took my eye, though.
-You like patterns?
-Quite bold patterns.
-Poole always used very good designers.
These were done in the 1960s and the 1970s.
You had Poole and Aegean. We've got a mixture there.
People like that type of thing.
Everything's £10 an item on the table.
Everything £10 an item on the table?
I'm thinking that there's lots of things that are nice for £10, really.
I'd probably buy them in a set, then I'd hang them on the wall together.
A set is obviously better.
If we did by them as a set,
would you be able to do a better price - cos it's £10 each - than £40?
-I could do them for £30.
-What do you think, Anita?
I love that stuff anyway.
And I know that it's popular, and you're getting four of them for £30.
Is there another bit of movement in them because of the wee flaws?
-I'll go 28.
-You can't say better than that, can you?
-We can't say better than that.
-I think it's a bargain. Shall we go for it?
-I want you to like them.
-Do you think there's a profit in that?
-I think it's a good buy at that.
You've got a good name, you've got good design,
and this lady has given us a good price. I think that's good.
As long as you love them, I think it's a good buy.
Thank you very much.
Look at that, four pieces of colourful '60s Poole pottery for £20.
Jenny is haggle-tastic!
My goodness, a bare bottom on Bargain Hunt!
Chris, stop wasting your time looking at things like that!
Keep moving, lads!
These are the kind of mahogany long legs you won't get into trouble with.
-What do you think to that?
-That's very smart.
Let me tell you about it. Edwardian, period 1900 to 1910.
Mahogany with boxwood stringing.
The thing that sets this one apart from the mass -
and believe me, the mass usually make 20 quid -
is that you've got a double-layer shelf,
but it's this unusual dogleg arrangement on the legs.
It's just a very, very different piece. What do you think to it?
I think anything that catches someone's eye is worth putting in auction,
cos it's caught someone's eye already.
-If it's different from the rest, it will stand out more.
-Are you interested in discussing price?
What sort of money would that hope to bring?
The bog-standard version of this, with the straight legs
and the single shelf, makes £20 to £30.
This one should make double that.
As a retail price, that's about the mark,
but you're buying to make a profit at auction.
So have a chat with the owner and see if you can strike a deal.
You've got 80 on that.
I can do it 55.
Could you come down a little more, maybe 45?
I can't go 45. 50.
It's well worth that. I'm good for £50.
-It's not a lot of money so I'm happy.
-Try and negotiate to 48.
-Go on then.
That's the kind of eye-catching item that could just turn out
to be Bargain Hunt gold.
Our teams have two items apiece, and while they search high and low,
I've found an item that's a real grabber.
So what's this joker, then?
Would you use it for picking fruit from a tree?
Actually, you could use it for picking more or less anything.
Because this has got quite a sophisticated arrangement
in cast brass, at this end.
Look carefully, there's a serrated edge inside the jaws of this gadget.
Then we've got a long beechwood shaft,
and buried in the shaft is a bit of wire, and down this end
the village blacksmith's had a go, and he's constructed a handle.
So if I squeeze the handle,
you notice that the jaws at the other end shut.
Technically, this thing is called a library long-arm,
because you're in the library,
and there's an inconvenient small book at the top of the shelf,
so you pick this up, open up the jaws, and right off that top shelf,
you grip the volume and bring it down, and - hey presto -
it saves you getting the ladder out.
So, library long-arm, technically,
except that this one, with its beechwood shaft, ain't quite posh enough
for your standard early-Victorian library.
The beechwood to me would indicate that this thing
actually went into a haberdasher's shop.
It's the sort of thing that if you got a library,
and you want all the accoutrements that go with the period library,
you've just got to have one of these things.
And what's it worth?
Well, in a fairground you can find it for 50,
in a specialist English furniture sale, you can sell it for 400.
That's what you call top-shelf profit.
Let's stay on top and catch up with the girls.
-That's nice, the egg.
And I love that in the little purple box.
Let's have a wee look at that.
-Is that expensive?
-That is 165.
I love opals. I think it's pretty, and I think the combination of ruby and opals
is absolutely lovely here.
-And it's very fresh.
-Has it got age on it?
Maybe the latter half of the 20th century. Is it tempting you?
-It's tempting me, but not Mum.
I just don't think there's much profit in it, really.
OK. You can always come back.
I wouldn't discard it.
And I know that you like it because of the stones and the design.
-So we might have a think.
Well, I can see Anita loves that brooch.
I hope she's not too disappointed at leaving it behind.
15 minutes to go,
and the Reds split up in the hunt for that elusive third item.
And it looks like Chris has spotted something interesting. And yes, it's shiny.
-What have you found for us?
-I found a nice piece of silver cutlery.
A nice box set. It's a bit expensive, but it looks classy.
Lead the way, let's have a look.
Marked at 155. What do I feel we are going to make
when it comes to the auction?
Should they make £100? Yes, every day of the week.
Will they make any more than that?
That's where the pain's going to be. So you're on that margin.
If they can knock a good chunk out of it, you stand a chance.
If it's only going to be margins, then there is no point.
We can always ask.
The spoons LOOK good, but you need to get haggling, boys.
The team are looking at those very fine silver pair.
But we just have a slight problem with that.
-Is there anything you can do for us that helps us along?
-Not a lot.
-You know the price of silver, anyway.
-I do, that's the problem. The margins are going to be tight.
-135. That's it.
-135, yeah. We're a bit tight on time now.
I think if we have a nice word with the lady, about £120?
-I can't do that.
-Can you manage 125?
-I would do 125.
Is this a team decision? Are we going to go 125 for that?
If I don't agree, he's going to beat me up,
so I think we'll go over them.
Thank you very much. Pleasure.
That wasn't bad, but just watch the girls at work.
That's quite a nice wee thing there.
What is it, if you don't mind me asking?
-It's for little sweetmeats on your table.
-MAN: It's signed WMF underneath.
-OK. Which is a mark of quality. What sort of price is on that?
-Is that your best price on that?
-Could you do 20?
I could do 30.
Go on then.
-What do you think, at 25?
-I think that's a nice thing.
MAN: There's no damage. The little pots are really nice.
-Is it silver?
-It's not silver.
-No, it's plated.
Tell me what you think about it.
I'd have liked it if it was silver.
-Well, you wouldn't be getting it for £25!
-what do you think it'll go for in auction?
I'd say £25 to £40.
But in an auction, you don't know. You don't know.
Is just on the day, what people want.
It's understated, but it has a classic elegance.
-Want to go for it?
-Could you go 22 on it?
I'll give you 20 to take it, shall I?!
-Could you do 22 on it?
-Yeah, go on then.
-You're a darling!
-It's a deal then.
-Thank you very much.
I wish we had slow motion, to see that again!
Squeezing that extra £3 off could make all the difference.
Well done, girls.
There's BARELY any time left. In fact, time's up.
Let's remind ourselves what the Red team bought, eh, Ted?
Andy and Chris
hope the travelling wardrobe will be a DRAWER at the auction.
Who writes this stuff?! £30 paid.
They laid out £40 for the Edwardian mahogany table.
And the shiny pair of silver serving spoons were priced at £125.
-Which is your favourite piece?
-Probably the suitcase, to be honest.
-The suitcase. Do you agree with that?
-I like the table.
-Is that going to bring the biggest profit?
-I hope so.
-What did you spend all round?
-So who's got the £97?
-I've got it.
Thank you very much. There's your £97.
Colin will be looking forward to going out to buy your bonus buy.
Good luck, good luck, good luck, good luck.
Let's go and check out what the Blue team bought.
Our Blues, Karen and Jenny, haggled hard on all their items.
They paid £32 for the wooden trunk.
They did a deal on the four pieces of Poole pottery. £28 paid.
And they negotiated well down to £22 for that WMF silver-plated dish.
So, which is your favourite piece?
-My favourite piece was the Poole dishes.
-The Poole dishes.
-Do you agree?
-No, the trunk.
-And is that going to bring the biggest profit?
-Probably the dishes.
You agree with your daughter there. Very sensible.
-How much did you spend?
-£82. And I would like £218, please. 218, just like that.
-There you go.
-Well, Anita, a massive fortune for you.
Any ideas what you're going to spend it on?
-Oh, something beautiful and expensive.
-Good. I like that.
Philip will like it too. Anyway, good luck, girls, good luck, Anita.
Meanwhile, we're heading off to Castle Howard -
one of the most beautiful properties in Britain.
Castle Howard in North Yorkshire boasts many beautiful works of art.
But one member of the dynasty, George Howard, the ninth Earl of Carlisle,
was a fine and accomplished artist in his own right.
And his formal portrait in the house even shows him painting.
Situated just off one of Castle Howard's grand staterooms
is a temporary exhibition space that's been set up at this present time
with an exhibition of George Howard's works.
Here we've got a selection of sketches that he's done of friends
and acquaintances, Ruskin, Burne-Jones, Legros,
and his good friend William Morris with his characteristic woolly hairdo.
But he is far less well-known than them.
That's because he was an aristocrat,
there was no economic necessity for him to exhibit and sell his works.
He simply painted because he loved painting.
You can see a number of George Howard's works in this exhibition,
including the oil on canvas of the Sacred Lake at Karnak in Egypt,
which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1888.
But there's another side to George Howard's talent.
This, rather tatty scrap book, contains examples of personal artistry
adorning a series of envelopes he sent to his beloved son Kit.
Towards the end of the 19th century,
there was a Victorian fashion for decorating envelopes,
and what we've got glued into the interior of the album are a succession sent
to Kit Howard by his dad at variety of addresses throughout the UK.
In this one, we've got an envelope addressed to Kit at St Leonards-on-Sea in Sussex.
Looking suitably seaside-ish with a bell tent pitched on the sands
with a little boy emerging from inside.
And the stamp, the Victorian Penny Red,
has been inserted into the picture deliberately by George Howard
so that it's both decorative and a part of the picture.
I think this one's my favourite though and it shows St George slaying the dragon,
just the sort of thing that a seven-year-old would enjoy.
But if you look at St George himself, he's wearing a bowler hat and bears a passing resemblance
to his father, George Howard, his hero no doubt.
These intimate drawings are proof that George Howard's art
was motivated by love rather than a desire for fame or fortune.
The question today is
whether our teams will make their fortune over at the auction.
This is where we find out.
Remember our Reds knew little about antiques but bought items
that caught their eye, while the Blues haggled hard for everything.
So which tactic will win out in Philip Serrell Sale Room? Let's ask him.
-Phil, how are you?
-I'm good. Good to see you, Tim.
-Isn't it lovely to do the shopping down the road and then pop here.
-It's handy, isn't it?
We've got a complicated group from Andy and Chris.
They start off with the travelling wardrobe, do you like that?
I think it's one of those things that it's great fun,
-great to talk about, I just don't know what you'd do with it.
-And for me, it's like £10 or £15.
-It's a bit of a lump, isn't it. £30 they paid,
so there may be a small loss there.
The Edwardian mahogany centre table, this three-tier job here.
How's Edwardian furniture going, do you find, at the moment?
Well, it's not flying out, but I just think that, as a centre table,
-is a cheap piece of furniture at £40 to £60. I think it'll be all right.
-Well, our lot paid £48.
-I think they're all right.
-They should be fine.
I think they're all right with that.
Now, the lovely Britannia standard serving spoons
that I swear have never been out of this case.
No. Fantastic quality.
We put £80 - £120 on those and the price of silver just keeps going up and up,
I think they should be all right.
Well, £125 was paid, but I'd be disappointed
if they didn't make 130 or 140 quite honestly.
Yeah, you would.
On that basis, we've got one or two small dark holes with this,
they may or may not need the bonus buy, but let's have a look at it anyway.
Well, chaps, you spent £203.
£97 went to the maestro Colin, what did he spend it on? Colin.
-What do you think to that?
-So you like it?
-It's different, yeah.
Well, it's a design, what's known as the Tulip Chair,
which is a real design icon from the '50s.
It was designed by Saarinen for Knoll of New York.
And it's copied right up until this day, you can still buy versions to this very day.
This is a vintage example, and we do actually have four of them.
-All the same?
-All the same. This is actually the one in the worst condition.
-What do you think they were?
-50 quid, OK. What do you think?
Well, that's good then because the figure that was paid was £67 for a set of four.
-There's always a negative, isn't there?
The upholstery on the seat potentially doesn't comply
with the 1988 Fire And Furnishing Regulations Act.
But there are exemptions for that for items which are an antique or collectable nature.
And there are also exemptions for items that are going to be used in an office environment.
-So no problems really.
But we've got four of these jokers, £67, we haven't asked him
how much the four might make with the wind up their tail today, here in Malvern.
The last set of four I sold...
with a table admittedly, made £210.
-So, take the table out, I hope we might make the £100.
-I think you're interested lads, aren't you?
-I quite like them.
The more Colin keeps dribbling on about them, the better they seem.
Let's find out what Philip Serrell, who's renowned for his love
of mint 20th century objects, is going to make of these four chairs.
And now for something completely different, a set of four of these jokers.
The cushions that were on them, they don't conform to fire regs,
anything manufactured after 1950 for the domestic environment
has to have a little label on it saying it conforms to the regs.
Those don't, so we've taken them off for the sale.
They're still going to make £50-£70, something like that,
because they're quite trendy.
-But I'm not sure I can see it, really.
-I mean, I don't know, Phil.
£67, Colin paid.
It depends on whether the team go with them or not - that's the exciting thing.
-Anyway, that's it for the Reds, now for the Blues.
They're gone with the dome-topped trunk.
-That left me a bit cold, really. Because it's no age.
And I suppose if you want a chunk like that, fine.
I mean, I just see that at £15 to £20 pounds worth.
£32 they paid, so that's a bit of a hole, but nothing like the hole
that might open up underneath these Poole Pottery saucers.
-Well, we put £20 - £30 on them. It's, what, 5 quid each?
-I know. £28 they paid.
I mean, they are Delphis range, there are collectors of them. Are you connected up with the internet?
We've got live bidding so it should do well, fingers crossed.
-And that'll help also with the bit of WMF.
-Yeah. That's quite sweet.
-We put £20 to £30 on that. I don't know what they paid for it.
-£22. So they paid no money.
I mean, they paid the right price really. Anyway, on that happy note,
we'll find out about the bonus buy.
Jenny and Karen, the left-over lolly moment. You only spent £82.
-Yes, we did.
-And £218 went to the legend Anita Manning.
Anita, did you blow the lot?
Well, I bought something that I think the girls will absolutely love.
Oh, my God, it's the brooch!
They girls, we looked at this and they fell in love with it
and I thought, "I'm just going to go for it because I know that they loved it to bits."
-We don't want to sell it.
-Can we not take it home?!
It's made of nine carat gold. It's not an old item
but it's an old design.
And we have these rubies and quite nice fiery opals.
-Are you happy, girls?
-How much did you pay for it?
-Now, I managed to get it to £100.
-Yes! Get in.
-How much do you think it's going to make?
-Well, it should do over £100.
-Yeah, it's fantastic that.
What is it in particular that you like about that brooch, then?
To be very honest, it reminds me of my great-gran,
and I think it was something that my great-gran,
with her being a lady of elegance, would've worn on a scarf or on a little coat.
And it just really reminds me of my great-gran, to be honest, so... We don't want to sell it!
-I'm afraid you're not allowed to buy it, either!
-But I'm glad I've made you happy.
-You've made us very happy, thank you.
You'll make them even happier if you make a profit, Anita.
Let's see, for the audience at home, what Philip Serrell makes of Anita's brooch.
Now, a little opal-encrusted brooch.
-How do you rate that?
-I quite like that.
To me, it's around £100. I think it's £80-120 estimate, we'd put on it. On a good day,
it might go and do 120, 140.
-It's a cheap piece of jewellery for someone.
-Certainly is. £100, Anita paid.
-I think she'll be all right.
-I do too.
210, 220, 230... Thank you.
-Andrew, Christopher, how are you feeling?
-Little bit curious.
-How do you feel curious?
Well, curious, apprehensive. Just curious what's going on today.
Well, the travelling wardrobe, that funny old trunk. P Serrell did not like that.
He put £10-15 on it. You paid 30, so he's not too happy with you.
-The Edwardian centre table, he really rates. Paid 48, he's put 40-60, should make a bit more.
The Britannia standard silver spoons are gorgeous.
You paid £125. He's only put 80-120 on them, but he rates them.
I think his estimate is low.
If the worst comes to the worst,
you've got your plastic chairs to fall back on, which is always nice.
First up, then, is the travelling wardrobe and here it comes.
Lot number 375, travelling wardrobe. Who's got a tenner, chaps?
Now, these are rare things.
10, I'm bid. At 10 bid, at 10.
£10, £10, £10.
At £10, I'm only bid 12 on the net bid at 12.
12 bid, 15, 15. At 15, 18, 20 on the net bid, 20.
20 bid. 20 in the room, at 20, 20 bid.
At 5 on the net, 25.
30, now, 30 bid.
At £30, then... 35, 40, 40 bid.
I told you, I said it was the one to go for.
Back to the room and done at 40...and done.
How brilliant is that! You got a profit of £10.
Lot 376 is the little Edwardian mahogany centre table.
I think this is a really pretty thing.
Will you bid me £50 or £60 to start?
Was that 50 or 60 or all of them, sir?
-That'll do. 50, I'm bid. At 50...60.
-Look at the profit you're in!
At 70... 80, 90.
-Doubled your money.
It's the shape that makes the world of difference.
Dear, oh, dear, oh, dear!
This is the brown furniture market that everybody talks about.
At £240, I'll sell, at 240 and done. And your number, please?
-Look out, lads!
The silver spoons, absolutely stunning quality.
90, I'm bid. At 90, 90 bid.
At £90 for the spoons. Any more?
-A bit more.
5 anywhere? At £90, there's the bid.
At £90, and I sell, then, at £90 and done. Thank you.
So, that's £167 profit,
which is very respectable.
Disappointing about the spoons,
but congratulate Colin while the going's good.
-What are you going to do about the chairs?
-Play it safe?
-We're pretty good on profit.
-We can only lose £67 tops. We'll still walk away £100 up.
-What do you think, Colin?
-He can't say.
-His lips are sealed.
-What do you think, then?
-I can't say, my lips are sealed. The decision is yours.
-Will you park £167 of profit...?
-We can't lose that much.
Don't let Gamblor get the better of you!
-Are you going to park it?
-I think so.
-Are you going to go with it?
-I want to.
-What are you going to do?
-We'll go for it.
They're going with the bonus. We'll see it sold anyway.
Lot number 381 is the four contemporary chairs. There you are.
Bid me £50 to start, someone.
50. Give me £40.
Bid me 30, the price of one of them.
-20! We cannot go on till we've sold these.
It's going to be a long old night. 20!
Who's got £20? Don't all look at your shoes.
-Told you you shouldn't have gone with them(!)
Will someone please put their hand up at a fiver?
5, I'm bid.
At £5 only, at 5, 5 bid.
£5. Is there any more?
Malvern is not ready for these!
At £5, there's the bid and I sell, then, at £5 and done.
That is minus £62.
Disaster on those! I can't believe it, but there we go.
It's happened. Don't tell the Blues a thing.
All will be revealed in a moment.
'So, Colin's bonus buy pushes our Reds
'back to a £105 total profit. Now for the Blues.'
-Now, Jenny, Karen... How are you feelings, girls?
-Very nervous! Do you know how the Reds got on?
-We have no idea.
Best not to know. Leather dome-topped trunk.
-15-20 is Philip's estimate.
Could be a bit sticky, that.
The four Poole Pottery Delphis little dishes,
20-30, he's put on those. £28 paid, so that's close enough, isn't it?
And then the three-section sweetmeat dish, he's put 20-30 on it.
I think that's pretty mean.
I mean, somewhere else, on another day, I can see that at £60-90.
-It's a lovely, lovely, lovely thing.
-And perfect, with the glass. Quite an unusual object.
-Then the brooch to fall back on.
-So, don't be nervous.
First up is the trunk and here it comes.
Lot number 396, well,
I never cease to be amazed, but I have two commission bids.
There we go, two commission bids. I start off at £25 bid, 35 and 40.
40 bid with me.
-At £40, I won't be so rude next time.
£45 on the net bid. At £45. Is there any more at all?
Where? 50, 50 bid.
At 50, £50 only. 5, on the net bid.
At 55, one more? 60, 60 bid.
5, 65, 70, 70 bid.
-At £70, in the room...
-This is wicked, isn't it?
At £70 and done, thank you.
-That is plus 38, guys.
-That was your choice, excellent!
-You're a clever chicken!
Four little bits of Poole, start me off. What are they worth?
A tenner each, £40.
Give me 20 for the four.
20, £10 for the four, quickly.
10, I'm bid. 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, lady's bid seated at 20.
At £20 seated, is there any more?
30, 5 on the net bid. 35.
-Bless the internet!
And done, then, at 35 and done, thank you.
Plus £7, that's two profits.
Now, what about this WMF joker?
This rather nice WMF dish, there you are.
All complete and up together.
Who's got £40?
Bid me 20 to start, quickly. Who's got a tenner, someone?
10, at 10, 12, 15, 18...
20, 20 bid.
And 5 now? 25 bid.
At £25, I sell, at 25 and done, thank you.
Three profits on the trot,
that was very, very good. You are very pleased with yourselves.
38 plus 3 is 41, plus 7 is 48.
You are plus 48, girls.
I love it. Now, are you going to risk that by going with the brooch?
-Are you sure, girls?
-Yes, we trust you.
Yes, we're going.
-We're going for it.
We're going with the bonus buy and here it comes. Good luck, girls.
It's a little brooch. This is a lovely thing.
Bid me £100 to start. Bid me 80.
80 bid, at 80.
80 bid. 85, 85, on the net at 85.
Is there any more at all? At £85 only.
At £85, and I sell, then.
At £85 and done, thank you.
-That is minus £15.
It's only £15, so that takes you down to plus £33.
-You are plus £33 and that is a result, isn't it?
You paid only £82 in total, right.
You made £48 profit on £82,
which just got netted down to 33.
-Oh, that's my fault.
-That's not bad, though, is it? Good stuff.
-Are you happy?
Could be a winning score. All will be revealed in a moment.
-Don't talk to the others.
-We won't, promise.
We've had some extraordinary results over the years on Bargain Hunt,
but today has to be one of the strangest.
-You teams have been chatting?
You both go home with substantial sums of money, lovely.
It's just a question of the scale of the winnings today.
And, sadly, the team that's running up are the Blues.
You managed to score a profit of £48,
which is extraordinary, when you consider that you only spent £82.
That is a real achievement.
Sadly, the bonus buy didn't perform quite as it might for you.
That reduced the overall profit to £33.
Therefore, the £33 is coming your way.
-Another couple of little tackers coming.
Well done, Karen.
Excellent! And, because you made a profit on the three items you shopped for,
you can be entered to the venerable and ancient order of the Golden Gavellers.
Out comes the black pad with your special clips. Well done.
-Anita, something to add to your collection.
Wear those with pride and congratulations for entering the order of the Golden Gavellers.
Thank you very much.
But the team that's going home with serious cash,
of course, are the Reds.
I'm very happy to hand over £105.
It might've been substantially more, had you not gone with the bonus buy, the lovely plastic chairs,
which managed to lose you £62.
But, then, Colin Young did so well by making £192 profit on the centre table,
it has been truly a game of snakes and ladders, hasn't it?
-You've had a good day, I guess?
-We've loved having you. Fantastic performance, Colin.
Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
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Bargain Hunt comes from the Three Counties Showground, nestled in the Worcestershire countryside. Expert Colin Young struggles to convince the reds that all that glitters might not be gold, while Anita Manning attempts to lead a dancing duo to victory.
Tim Wonnacott takes a look at the real meaning behind George Howard's artwork at Castle Howard, before we find out if our teams will be running for the hills after the auction at Phillip Serrell's in Malvern.