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Do you enjoy watching people going shopping for three items to take away
and sell and make a profit at auction? I certainly do. So let's go bargain hunting!
'We're in Shrewsbury today at the Shropshire and West Midlands Showground.'
With all of this Shrewsbury fair to explore and find bargains in,
today's experts, Colin Young...
..and David Harper...
should have this bargain hunting lark all sewn up.
Or will they?
-'We've got a student and her gran.'
-Can you do better than 70?
-'And another student and his mum.'
-Not shiny enough!
'Can they pick three objects capable of making a profit at auction?
'£300 to play with. Will they use it wisely? Let's go and meet 'em.'
On today's team we have Sophie and her grandmother Maureen.
-Not too bad.
-Now you get on particularly well with your gran.
-I do! She lives next door to me.
-Right next door?
-Does she keep an eye on what you get up to?
-You would, wouldn't you?
-I like to know.
-Quite right, too. A protective umbrella.
You've started your career on a particularly fashionable path.
Yeah, I just finished my foundation course at St Martin's in London.
Now I'm going to go off to Manchester to study textile design.
It is an exciting thing, fashion.
Yeah, I can't wait to get stuck in. I want to become like a buyer.
-Yeah. Will it influence your choices on Bargain Hunt?
Definitely. I'll look out for some vintage clothing.
-Yes, and jewellery.
-Maureen, do you follow Soph's passion for design?
I love design, but interior design.
-You're a bit of a raver, aren't you? You like to make all the right moves.
-Ohh...where's this leading?
Well, you're a dancer!
I...yes. Yes, I love to dance.
-What sort of dancing?
-I like the salsa and, em, I like to dance.
And have you got the right moves between you to find the bargains?
-I think so.
-We shall try.
-We'll try our best.
-You'll make a delightful couple of contestants.
Good luck. Now for the Blues, who are quaking in their boots here!
Mother and son combo, Kay and Mitchell. Welcome. Very nice to see you. So, Kay,
-you go car booting together?
-Yeah, we have done.
-We go skiing, we still go on family holidays.
-That's lovely, isn't it?
You're passionate about your career.
I've been nursing for 25 years now.
I'm still a practising nurse, but I moved into education. I work in a Faculty of Health.
I'm principal lecturer there and I'm currently doing my doctorate in education.
-It says here you're incredibly active, whatever that might mean!
-I'm not sure! Quite active.
-Tell us about your activities.
-I go to the gym, I'm just starting a Zumba class.
-Zumba?! What's Zumba?
It's supposed to be a mixture of salsa and fitness dancing.
Mitchell, have you inherited the gene of all this active, outdoor stuff from your mum?
Of course! Yes, indeed. I'm a fitness instructor now.
I go to the gym quite a bit and I'm going on another course.
-But my main sport is rugby.
-Yes. And I've been playing since around the age of ten.
-Where do you play?
-Wolverhampton Rugby Club. I've been playing there for a long time now.
-Just come back off tour and we won.
-Are you going to be any good at this bargain hunting lark?
-Yes, let's hope so.
My mum's got the eye for the intricate detail then I'll decide.
-Lovely. Now the money moment. Here we go - £300 apiece.
You know the rules. Your experts await. And off you go! And very, very good luck.
Gosh, what charming teams we've got today.
-What do you like?
-I don't know. Lots of different things.
-Anything? No plan?
No plan, no agenda. Let's just get on with it.
-What are you looking for? Kay?
-Maybe some sort of jewellery.
-A bit of bling?
Something possibly to do with sport? But keeping the price low.
-A man after my own heart!
-The price low, not the sport bit!
We've got one hour. Let's go.
-..what model it is?
-As a little table piece.
-What do you think?
-No? Is it the damage?
-I think so. That puts me off.
-What do you reckon? A fireman's helmet.
-I quite like that.
-Yeah, that's interesting.
Portmeirion. It's very retro.
That's probably '60s, '70s. Ten years ago,
it would have been worthless. Now anything Portmeirion from that period...
-It's got that youth. You like it?
-It's got a bit of a modern look.
-A great modern look.
-There's no cup.
-Oh, we're missing a cup?
-It broke in transit and I've been trying to replace it.
-I can't get one.
-What's your best on that one?
-I could do 50 on that set, if that's any good.
I think I'll think about it because it's not a set.
- Is that OK? - Yeah, that's fine.
No buy there, then.
-What are the Reds up to?
-How about that? That doesn't look "two deer"?
-Oh, funny, ha-ha(!)
-Deco, good repro piece.
-Quite nice. Is this spelter?
-It is spelter, yeah.
-I like that. Do you?
-Yeah, I like it.
-Do you want to find out how much it is?
-Go and ask him, then.
Oh, yeah. You're in charge.
Hiya! I'm just wondering how much this is?
- That's 70 to you. - 60?
- Come on... - A hard bargain! Go on, then.
-Do you like it?
-I think it's OK. It's one of those lots that's bold. You might do OK with it.
-It ain't gonna race away.
-But it's not too bad at 60.
-And it's pretty, isn't it?
-Do you want to spend the money or would you rather come back?
-Do you want to think on it?
They're as indecisive as the Blues.
-It's not blingy enough for you.
-Not shiny enough!
Well, Kay is being decisive now.
-Do you like it?
-No, he doesn't.
Still nothing bought by either team.
-What about that cylinder top desk at the back?
-Do you like that?
-Yeah, that's nice.
-It's not very old, is it?
-Yeah, it's Edwardian.
-How much? 175.
In that case, we'll go in and have a look.
The wood that it is is mahogany and it's got satinwood or boxwood stringing in it.
Nice cylinder. It's in good order and these often warp.
And, hopefully, this drawer will come out and turn it into a writing table. It does - fantastic.
Drawer linings are OK on it. Everything's stacking up so far as being OK.
-And the very, very lowest?
-150 you wouldn't do?
-Couldn't do 150.
-It would have to be 160.
-That's nice of you.
-It is a nice piece.
-It is a nice piece, isn't it?
-Yeah, go for it.
-Looks like the deal is done.
-Excellent, then. 160?
You'd better get that money out of your pocket.
Well done. You've got the Reds up and running,
but David can't persuade Kay and Mitch he's spotted a profit maker.
You don't like that? Surprise(!)
-Is it you or not?
-It's up to you. I don't particularly...
-Honestly, these two!
Lady's jewellery box.
It's leather-bound, embossed around the edges.
-1870, maybe. Something like that.
-Good pitch, David!
-What do you think?
-I personally prefer the tea set rather than that.
Oh, dear. Come on, the clock's ticking.
That's quite interesting.
-What is it?
-A trivet. Something you would stand something hot on, like a kettle or a pot.
19th century. Really well made. You see these things all over.
What's unusual is that - the Star of David? That could do well, particularly online.
If anyone collects anything with a Jewish feel, that could be very good news. It's only six quid.
-It's one of those chancy numbers.
-You can have it for five.
-Marvellous! We've done a deal.
-Always good to do a deal!
Right, come on. Well done, we've bought something! We've spent some money.
So they've only got £295 left. Meanwhile,
-what are Sophie and Mo doing with their remaining 140?
A flapper's dress! Go on, you lead the way. Looks like you found something you want.
The question is, is it old?
-Should we ask?
-I think we should.
Er, it's 1960s.
-OK, so it's more of a sort of Quant-type thing.
It's reasonably priced at £20.
-That's lovely, Sophie. Do you like that?
-Ah! A name to conjure with as well.
-Is that a name you know?
-Not that I know of.
-It must be somebody...
-What do you think, Sophie? Do you like it?
-I really like it.
-Doesn't it say 12 in there? Or is that the size?
-Oh, that's a shame. OK.
We always lie about sizes, so how about 14? Is that any good?
-15 and that is it.
-15, that's good.
-An odd size.
-Shall we go with it?
-Yes, you'd like that. You pleased with that, Colin? Would you wear it?
-In the evening.
-It's not really my sort of day thing.
15. Thank you very much.
Sophie was absolutely sure about that. Can Mitch match her?
-What about your coffee set?
-I'm still thinking about that.
If we could get it down to 40, it would be a definite.
-Kay? It's literally over there. If it's 40, can I have it?
-Right, come on.
-I'll try my best.
-Go on. It's a woman.
Charm her. Come on.
OK! Bargaining techniques. Will masculine charm work on a female stallholder?
Right, go on, do your stuff.
-We're back again.
-We've been thinking about the tea set.
-It's a coffee set.
-I knew what you meant.
I was wondering... if you could possibly do it for 40?
And that would be a definite.
-Go on, then. £40.
-Thank you very much.
-I'm very impressed.
It does! Both teams have two items and I've found some nifty Irish woodwork.
Just look at that. Is that weird or what?
If we look carefully on this side, it's Mr Punch,
with his great big hooter and his little pointy cap.
Now these type of root sticks come from Ireland.
And they're called shillelaghs.
The root wood, of course, would have come out of the ground like this
so the roots are buried under the earth.
And it's the stem that's cut somewhere up here. The more convoluted the roots are,
the better the Irish like it.
What would it cost you? Well, if you're lucky, you could pick one up for £120.
It wants a bit of restoration, but at the end of the day, properly restored,
this thing could be worth as much as £500.
Top o' the mornin' to ya!
Can we have a look at that?
Scrimshaw. It's transfer printed. A very nice piece of treen.
What does it hold? Absolutely nothing, but one of those general wares
sometimes called Mauchline wares.
But this is actually a German-manufactured one.
Transfer printed with the Bank of England.
-If it was ten, you'd have it now. Do you go for good old safety, spending 15...
-Let's get the deer.
They've got a plan.
-Have the Blues?
-Do you like that?
-It's funky. Is it you?
-I don't really...
-Not you, Mitchell?
-I'm trying my best.
-Another rejection by the Blues.
As the Reds hunt down the deer, which I seem to remember were marked at £60.
If you get it to 50, that's a safer option.
I'll go for it. ..Hiya. Is the deer still here?
- The thing we looked at before. - It is, yeah.
-- It was 50... - It wasn't.
-No, it was 60.
-We'll beg 5 if that's a possibility.
-Cos we do really like it.
-That's my bottom line.
-We want it, though, don't we?
-It's our last thing to buy.
-Shall we do the last begging?
-It's a quality item, madam.
We'll beg for 58 if we can get away with it.
£2 makes the world of difference to us. Is that possible, sir?
-The pleading technique, eh?
-Yeah, go on.
That's the Reds all done! Will the Blues make it with 6 minutes to go?
-It's been relined in the Victorian period.
- It looks quite dark. - It will lighten once it's cleaned.
The colours will shine through, but that is how dealers like to buy them,
rather than sparkling and new.
Do you think it'll make a profit?
-Well, it's got every chance.
-I think it will. I do think it will.
-Do you like it?
-70 or 90 on the toss of a coin.
-80 or 90.
-80 or 90. Happy?
-The frame will cost you!
Have you got a coin?
-Good man. You call.
-That's an old Harper trick, that, tossing a coin.
Marvellous! Well, you didn't half perform there!
-Three minutes to go.
-Just in time.
-Just in time.
-On the spin of a coin. Isn't that exciting?
-And it worked out well for us.
-We've done it!
Right, that's it.
Time's up. Let's go tot up what the teams spent their cash on.
Sophie and Mo pulled in a writing desk for £160.
A flapper-style dress came off the hanger for £15.
And the Art Deco deer were rounded up for £58.
-Now, Mo, have you had a great time?
-Yes, really good.
-The shopping is fantastic fun.
-Which is your favourite piece, Soph?
-Definitely the flapper's dress.
-Cos you found it.
-Which piece will bring you the biggest profit?
-The writing desk.
-The writing desk.
-How much did you spend all round?
-That is a good number.
-May I have £67 of leftover lolly, please?
Dredging... Oh! Lots of little coins. How very nice.
That goes straight across to your man, Colin Young.
What'll you spend the £67 on, Col?
-Not sure, but I'm determined to spend as much as I can.
That's the right positive attitude. Well done and good luck, Colin.
Why don't we remind ourselves what the Blue team bought?
A brass trivet cost them just a fiver.
They spent £40 on a stylish coffee set.
And a toss of a coin allowed them to pick up a painting for £80.
-Have you had a nice time?
-Shopping is great.
-It is, yes.
-Which is your favourite piece?
-I think...the coffee set.
-Same for you, Mitch?
-Yes, I think so, yes.
-But which piece will bring the biggest profit?
-Well, I think the painting hopefully will.
-Your expert is wincing here.
-Do you agree with that, Kay?
-I think that first item.
-The trivet, yes.
-You fancy that?
-We didn't pay much for that.
And what was your overall spend? What did you spend in total?
We spent £125.
That's easy. 175 leftover lolly. have you got that? Thank you very much, Kay.
This is the bit David Harper likes, hoovering up the cash.
-Just give me the money, Tim.
-Well, what are you likely to spend it on?
-Today we were looking for silver and something sporting.
And we didn't get anything like silver or anything sporting!
-You haven't got any idea.
-Not really! Silver or sporting.
-We'll trust him.
Meanwhile, we're heading off somewhere absolutely fabulous.
I'm off to North Yorkshire to investigate the fading fortunes
of a family and their belongings.
Richard Graham inherited Nunnington Manor from his uncle.
In 1675, he became MP for Cockermouth
and a valued servant of King Charles II.
He was appointed envoy extraordinaire to the Court of France in Versailles,
a sort of posh spy, actually.
He claimed that his post was opened twice - on each side of the Channel.
He described the job as "difficult", but it did allow him to come back with some handsome souvenirs,
which should have been kept out of sunlight. Surviving to this day,
out of the original house furnishings from Richard Graham's period
are this series of magnificent tapestries.
They depict the life of Achilles,
the hero from the Trojan Wars who was dipped in the River Styx
and we can see this moment in this particular tapestry.
You can notice that his mother is hanging on to his heel during the immersion,
meaning that his heel was not protected and that ultimately, of course, led to his downfall.
And in the drawing room there are some more tapestries, but in a completely different style.
The ones on the staircase are narrative, they tell that story.
These are called verdure tapestries, made at about the same period
at the end of the 17th century, but densely, densely woven,
always with trees and foliage. If you look at the detail, you can see that predominantly
the colour scheme is bright blue.
That's because the indigo dyes have hardly faded at all.
If you look in these other spaces that look pale yellow and cream now,
and they're dotted all over the tapestry, originally you would have had pale greens
and a much more subtle range of colours throughout the whole piece.
The problem is that those softer colours fade
and you have no idea the destructive effect of direct sunlight.
But my all-time favourite object in this room
is the tea caddy.
We've got laid out here some tea equipage
and in a period drawing room you'd have one of these handsome boxes to contain
at least two, and in this case it does contain two, compartments
for the two types of tea that you would be serving.
But it's the decoration on this thing that is so extraordinary.
Some people call this stuff quill work.
Some people simply call it curled paper work.
Cos that's what it is, strictly.
Look at the top. There are thousands of these tiny little parchment scrolls,
which have been cut up by smart women in drawing rooms like this in the 18th century
and then arranged in patterns and coloured.
But the problem is that these, too, are subject to fading.
If you look at the colour scheme on the top, there is some colour,
but by and large it's rather bland and brown because it's been in the sun.
But if we look at the colour scheme on the sides,
how handsome is that?
Particularly on the back where it's been most sheltered and protected.
A quite extraordinary survival.
If you ever come across a two-division tea caddy covered in this stuff on Bargain Hunt
for £100, my advice is buy it.
Of course, the big question today is will the sun be shining on our teams over at the auction?
'And we're returning to Shrewsbury to Hall's sale room, in the company of Jeremy Lamond.'
Now for the Red team, they have gone with this Edwardian strung cylinder bureau.
The middle brown furniture market, which is the space this desk occupies, is quite tricky.
And it's also a cylinder bureau.
Equally unpopular. And it's bleached and you can't really get your laptop inside it.
So on all those counts it's a difficult thing to sell.
-What's it likely to bring?
-We think £80-£120.
-Our guys paid £160.
I would say they don't stand what they used to call a snowflake's chance.
But we could be wrong. Next is the flapper-style dress.
I think it's very ritzy and glitzy and it's the sort of thing that people like wearing nowadays.
-I think there will be a market for it. Not one I understand, but...
-Do you think it's old?
-Yeah, it's a Josselyn dress from the 1950s or '60s.
-What's it worth?
-We think £20-£30.
-Very good. £15 paid.
-£15 for a frock is not much.
-Can't go wrong.
-Next is the Art Deco group of these little fellas.
-How do you rate them?
-Well, they're bronzed spelter on a variegated plinth.
-They're pretty good models. Nicely fashioned things.
-What's your estimate?
OK, £58 paid. So they should be a banker.
If they've got a dark hole opening up, it's that cylinder bureau and they will need their Bonus Buy.
Let's go and have a look at it.
Now, Mo-Mo, Soph, you spent, you petals, £233.
You gave your man £67 for the Bonus Buy. Colin, what did you buy with £67?
Are you ready for the reveal?
-Oh, the rug!
Oh, well done.
-I think you've got two underwhelmed people here.
-No, I love it.
-You do like it?
-No, I do like it, actually.
-It's a rug which is copying an earlier period.
It's probably 1940s, 1950s. So it's around that mid-20th century sort of period.
It's a design that comes from the Northern Caucasus area.
Nice geometric patterns. Standard colours of the blue, red, but it is that little bit later.
-So how much did you have to pay for it?
-I saved £7 for good luck.
But £60 and I think a rug such as this, in pretty good order,
just a little bit of fraying,
I would hope that it would make over £100. It won't make a fortune,
but I think at £60 that's a pretty good Bonus Buy.
-This is something I'd buy for myself anyway.
-You can't buy it, but you might select it,
after the sale of your first three items. Right now, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks of it.
Well, we think it is £40-£60-worth.
Colin Young paid £60.
Your estimate is £40-£60, so it may be a good buy. That's it for the Reds. Now the Blues.
First up is this bell metal trivet.
-It's quite distinctive.
You don't get many with a symbol like that. The Star of David, Victorian, a bit of wear.
-A bit of a novelty one. We see lots of trivets, but not one shaped like that.
-How much do you think it'll bring?
-We think £15-£20.
-Smashing. £5 paid. For £5 in a fair...
-it's not bad, is it?
Now how do you rate this iconic '60s set?
Well, yet another coffee service. We see a lot of these.
The only difference with this one is it's a chocolate brown. Mostly they're black.
There might be collector's appeal. Good condition. £30-£50.
Good. £40 paid.
And last is the quintessentially Victorian-looking painting of a Welsh interior.
Well, this has seen a bit of life. What's happened here is this craquelure suggests to me
that the bitumen in the oil paint has begun to decompose
or distress. So it's not in a great condition
and the painting itself has been done in the dark.
-It's got a nice frame, which is what's going to sell it.
-What do you think it's worth?
-What, the frame?
-For the frame.
-Oh, right. Disregard the painting, then?
-It'll look nice with a mirror.
That's a novel prediction. I've a funny feeling they'll need their Bonus Buy, so let's have a look.
-Now Mitch and Kay, you spent £125.
-You gave David Harper £175.
-And what you've got is quite small.
-It is. Thank you very much.
-Kay, we were looking for silver.
-And something a bit sporty, as he's obviously sporty.
I might have got a combination. Have a look at that.
It's silver, quite obviously. And it's real silver, hallmarked, 1905. It's an import piece.
It's of British standard quality. Very good quality thing.
-And does the fish count as being sporty?
-Is it like a matchbox?
-It's a vesta case.
A matchbox holder.
But quite a modern one.
It's good quality, very expensive to buy new.
And it's nice to find new things in old quality. That's something you might find in the 19th century.
-How much did you pay?
-Straight to the money! £20.
£100? £150? I would imagine, probably.
-Can you see it making a profit?
-Definitely. Definitely. It should make a profit.
Well done, David. Well, remember that advice.
For the audience at home, we'll find out what the auctioneer thinks about the match case.
Here we are. Links of London.
-You couldn't get much more modern.
-No. Set up in 1990, I think.
-A restaurant owner wanted to give cufflinks to his customers
-and he commissioned them. From that, the snowball ran.
-Is that a fact? Interesting.
I never knew that. Well, there we are. He branched out from cufflinks
-into match cases.
-That's right. And it's a pretty well-made, top-quality thing.
-£20 or £30 we thought.
-Perfect. Old Harper paid 20, cunning monkey.
He should get out of it.
Anyway, all will be revealed in a moment. Thank you.
130. A telephone bid...
-OK, Soph and Mo-Mo, how are you feeling, kids?
-But you were so cool before!
What's happened to you, darling? Are you worried about anything in particular?
My dress. I'm really worried about my dress.
Listen, you only paid £15 for it.
-He's estimated £20-£30.
-He knows about the label.
He's looked it up. You'll be fine.
-The cylinder writing desk is your big number. You spend £160 on that.
-Yes, we did.
He says various things about it.
And he's put £80-£120 on it.
Your Deco group of the deer, though, I think is super.
-I can see that thing making £100.
-Or £120. Yeah, I can.
And it may just save your bacon on your cylinder bureau.
-Or we could all be absolutely wrong and you'll need to go with the Persian rug.
Anyway, here we go, girls. We're starting with your cylinder writing desk. Here it comes.
Now we have this delightful Edwardian mahogany and boxwood strung cylinder bureau.
Plenty of interest in it. Nice size.
-And I can start this at £120.
At 120. Who'll go more?
At 120. 130. It's a telephone bid.
At £130 now.
130 - on the telephone!
140 in the room. At 140.
Against the telephone. 150.
-At 160 in the room. 170.
At 180 in the room.
At 180. 190. At 190.
£200. At 200. The bid is in the room. On the aisle at £200.
Are we all finished? At £200. Internet, you are out.
Well done. £200 is plus 40. That is a proper result, isn't it?
We're all going to have to apologise.
-A flapper-style dress.
Showing for you here. Bit of interest if you're going out.
I can tell you I am bid already £20.
At 20. £20 is bid.
At 20. 22. 25.
£40. It's a commission bid. At £40. Any more?
At £40 to a commission bid.
Are we all finished? At £40.
I got into a flap about that! Anyway, plus £25. That is very nice.
You are £65 up, girls. Now, here comes the little deer.
Various commissions here. I am bid £60.
You're in profit again!
At £60 to a commission. At £60.
-All finished? At 60.
That's disappointing, but a profit. £60 is plus £2.
You are £67 up, girls.
You've got a profit on every item, which is a really good thing.
-Are you going to go with the Bonus Buy or not?
-Yes. What do you think?
-Sophie, darling, do you want to win the competition?
-And go home with money?
-GO with the rug or not?
-Are you sure?
-Yes, let's do it.
-You're going with the Bonus Buy. The decision is made.
-A very smart rug there.
I have interest in it already and I can bid £35. At 35.
It's to a commission. 40. 45 against you.
50. Commission's out. 5. 55. Gentleman here.
At £55. 60 at the back. 5.
-70. 5. 80.
-Hey, look out!
-Look at this, girls!
120. 130. 140. 150.
With you, sir, at £170.
-Are we all done at 170?
-Did he say 170? He said £170.
That is so brilliant. Everybody take their toupee off to Colin.
That is plus 110. Yes?
Which means you are plus £177.
-Well done, Sophie. You can have that for your holiday.
-Any pre-match nerves, Mitch?
-A little bit, but I'm confident.
-What about you, Ma?
-I'm not confident!
-You look a bit shifty, love.
Feeling a bit shifty? Is it the painting that's doing it?
Your Welsh interior. I'll put you out of your agony.
He's estimated £60-£80 on it.
Now you paid £80 for it.
I have to say it is one of the darkest, gloomiest things I've seen in a long while.
But he's very positive about it because it has a smashing frame.
He says somebody will pay more for that and stick a mirror in it, than they would for the picture.
If you park that one, your coffee set, which you paid 40 for,
he's estimated 330-£40. You're OK with that.
And the trivet, he thinks that's really rare. You paid a fiver. He's put £15-£20.
And if all else fails, you've got Harper's reserve fund,
which is the match case cover, to fall back on.
Anyway, first up is the Star of David trivet. Very unusual. And here it comes.
We have the Victorian brass trivet with the Star of David. Unusual.
What about that? Who'll bid me £15 to start it?
10. 10 is bid.
Who'll go 12? At £10 it is.
12 anywhere? At £10.
I will sell it at £10 if there is no further interest.
-It's still a result. You still doubled your money.
-It's a profit.
-We'll take it.
1960s Portmeirion Greek pattern coffee service. Susan Williams Ellis.
I am bid already £30.
-At £35. 35.
At 35, I am selling it. At £35.
-£35. You had £5 profit. You've now just lost £5.
So you have absolutely nothing.
Welsh cottage interior. Showing there in an impressive gilt frame.
£60 I am bid already. At 60.
5. 80. 5. Commissions out.
£85. It's a room bid. At £85. Any more?
At £85. I'm selling it.
At £85 to you, sir. 85.
Well, isn't that amazing? You had a £5 profit, you lost it.
You just made £5 again. £5 profit.
How extraordinary is that? You are plus £5. What will you do?
-Going to have a go at this piece of silver?
We have a sterling silver vesta holder. Set with a leaping fish.
By Links of London. I am bid £25.
25. 30. 32.
35. At 35. The bid is in the room.
At £35. 35 it is. Here in the room at £35.
38. £38. One more? 40.
42. 45. It's an internet bid now.
45 here. 48 at the back.
At £48. Are we all done at 48?
Well, that's amazing, isn't it?
£48 is plus £28, which means...
you are plus 33. Now listen, girls and boys.
-This could be a winning score.
-Don't say a word to the Reds. All will be revealed.
-Congratulations, David. Well done.
There is a buzz of excitement because we have two teams of winners! Isn't that gorgeous?
Both teams are going to go home with oodles of cash,
which is unusual enough, I can tell you. But which team has nudged ahead?
Well, the runners-up today, I regret to tell you, are the Blues.
The Blues are the runners-up, yet they go home with £33.
-That's right. She said thank you. Look at Kay, grabbing the cash.
-It's going to Mitch.
-You had this switch back.
You made £5, you lost £5. You made £5 and then along came David Harper
with his vesta doo-dah and you made £28.
-So you must be very pleased.
-We're pleased, too. That's a splendid result.
-Congratulations. Have you had a nice time?
-And you go home with money.
Well, Mitchell... Has it not always been thus in a mother/son relationship?
We've loved having you on, but the victors today by a big chalk
-are the Reds who are going home with £177.
-Oh, my lord!
Now this is £177 plus, because they made a profit on each item,
-you get the Golden Order of the Gavel.
We've run out of gavels, so these days we present you with lovely stickpins.
Take one out, darling. For you to keep forever.
-Here's one for Gran.
-And one's fallen out in my pocket for Uncle Colin.
Because Uncle Colin gets one, too.
And what is very appropriate for Uncle Colin is
-that he's largely responsible for this wodge of cash. Right?
Because his Bonus Buy contributed £110 of profits. How about that for a Bonus Buy? Look at that.
-Do you get to keep this, Soph?
-She's having a holiday.
-I love it!
The same thing applies, Kay! It goes straight to the ever-open hand.
-Have you enjoyed it?
-it's been really good.
We've loved having you two. Join us soon for some more bargain hunting! Yes!
Subtitles by Subtext for Red Bee Media Ltd - 2011
The antiques challenge comes from Shrewsbury, where one student in red is helped by her gran and expert Colin Young, while a student in blue has his mum behind him and expert David Harper alongside. Tim Wonnacott pops up to Nunnington Hall in North Yorkshire to see how precious objects can suffer from sunlight.