The antiques challenge comes from Detling Antiques Fair in Kent. Two male partners face an aunt and niece, and experts David Barby and James Braxton are on hand to advise.
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£300 can go an awfully long way.
Well, this lot has gone all the way to Kent.
Let's go bargain-hunting.
I've only got one hour to shop for three items with two teams
longing to rise to the challenge.
Fancy a sneak preview?
On the Red team, we have Kyle and Gary who are taking haggling
to a new level.
-In 30 years, I've never gone down to pennies.
And we have Auntie Jan and niece Jemma on the Blue team,
or is it the Pink team?
Do you really like that?
It's pink and shiny...!
I think we'd better meet these teams, don't you?
-And here we are. Hello everyone.
-Very nice to see.
Now, Kyle, apart from being civil partners, you've also made
another considerable commitment, haven't you?
We have. We are foster carers for two young boys.
-And we've been doing that for 18 months now.
-How's it going?
-What sort of age are these boys?
-7 and 16.
-Right, quite a spread there.
But really good fun.
We only foster children with additional needs,
maybe special needs, so our youngest has a power chair,
so he whizzes round taking skirting boards off and door frames.
Driving's not his strong suit, then?
Not his strong point at the moment. We're working on his reversing at the moment.
Bit of a bull in a china shop.
-And then you'll be redecorating the house?
-Is the eldest one at college?
-He's just doing his GCSEs at the moment.
-Then hopefully, he will go off to college.
-Gary, you're surrounded by children at home and at work?
Yes, I'm the head teacher of a local primary school in Dartford.
How many little nippers you got?
-Last count, 480.
-3- to 11-year-olds.
-I've been teaching for 17 years now.
So who's going to be in charge
-of your shopping today between you two?
OK, we're going to have trouble.
Anyway, how are you two, all right?
-Good, thank you.
-Jem, is it easy to find a career?
I did struggle a little bit. I'm quite settled now, though.
I went through lots of different jobs before I ended up where I am at the moment.
Tell us about it. What jobs did you get through?
All sorts of things, to be honest. I started off as a lifeguard, did a bit of waitressing -
accidentally called somebody a trout when I was serving them
fish one day and was politely asked to leave.
Were they quite elderly?
Yes, they were.
You'll find older people don't like being called an old trout.
I mean, they're just strange like that.
I put the fish down in front of her husband and had one left
-and said, "You must be the trout, then." It didn't go down very well.
-Oh, that's very spoilsport.
I went through quite a few different jobs.
-What are you doing now?
-I work as the PR officer for Leeds Castle.
-Which I absolutely love doing
and I'm out and about all the time
meeting different people, and it's really good fun.
So, Auntie Jan, you used to be a hostess with the mostest?
Yes, part of the red hat brigade
when the hovercraft was still in existence down in Dover.
I just loved it. It wasn't like work at all, any day.
-What did you like best? The uniform, I bet.
-I liked being in uniform.
When I really first started, donkey's years ago,
we actually had beautiful blue Dior uniforms
and a red bowler, which was a really lovely uniform.
We had to kneel down on the ground, and the senior stewardess
used to measure two inches from the ground above our legs
so that we all had a mini skirt two inches above our knees.
They wanted you to wear a short skirt -
two inches above your knees was the requirement?
What happened if you had terrible legs, then?
-You weren't employed! That's the secret to that.
-Didn't get the job.
-Now, you two, will you make a great team, do you think?
-I think we will.
I think we will, though we may have a few blonde moments along the way.
Oh, really? Can you guarantee that?
-Yeah, we can.
-Good for you.
Now the money moment. Here we go - £300 apiece. Your £300.
You know the rules.
Your experts await, and off you go, and very, very good luck.
Oh, dear, I'd love to have gone on one of those hovercrafts, wouldn't you?
And hovering around our teams today are two top experts.
For the Reds, its James Braxton.
And for the Blues, David Barby.
Now some strategy from the man with a blonde on each arm.
I know you girls are after pink things,
but what sort of pink things do you want?
-Anything pink, really.
-Not too fussed.
Who's thinking the boys may be better at this?
Let's sneak into their camp and hear their thoughts.
-Maybe gardening things.
-Useful things, things we can use at home.
I think that's very sound.
Yeah. Useful, practical. These teams are a world apart.
-Oh, that's pink.
-Found something pink already.
-That is pretty, I like that.
-Look, it's Baron Barnstable.
-Is that someone's name?
-Yeah, he's a good potter.
-I rather like that.
-It's pretty, isn't it?
-That is very nice.
What about that it's just one?
That's Baron Barnstable, that's a little cream jug. Three quid.
-I really quite like that.
-Seems like a bargain, doesn't it?
-We could make up a lot, I think, of odds and ends.
This is a Craven Dunnill and Company from Jackfield, Shropshire,
and that's Art Nouveau.
Yes, I like that very much.
Mr Barby bringing expertise to bear.
Can the Braxton boys match it?
What about these eggs?
They look like Easter chocolate eggs, don't they?
-There chocolate moulds, I would have thought.
But are we going to be making our own Easter eggs? I don't think so.
-Don't tell me you're Raymond Blanc as well, are you?
Chocolate Easter egg moulds. Are they practical? Are they useful?
No. I don't think...
-A nice sound.
I like that. That's 15 quid.
-Those are £3.
-I really like it.
I'm going to take these to the stall holder and see what I can negotiate.
-Can you have a look round and see if there's anything else?
Cos I really think this is great fun.
Barby's bashing on - no clock-watching for him,
unlike some people.
What about the mirror? Gary, get in there.
-It's quite good condition, actually.
-It's nice, though, it's different.
It's different. It hasn't got a lot of age,
but I don't think that really matters.
-Shall we see how much it is?
-I'll go off and find out.
Time for James to test his mettle.
How's David done with his stall holder?
-Don't do that!
-Right, hold that bowl.
-I've got it.
So there's that,
Which we love.
..these pieces, three pieces, and we can have this as well.
-That is really cute.
-Isn't that nice?
-I really like that.
-The whole lot - £20.
-Ooh, I love you.
-That's brilliant, thank you.
-It's a nice little collection there.
Thank you so much.
I'm just going off to get them gift-wrapped.
-In pink, please.
-With a bow.
So, in just 10 minutes,
the Blues have something to show for all that hovering.
How much would YOU like to pay for it? What do you think?
-I've got a price from the man.
-50 quid. He's slightly more than that.
-How much more?
-I think that's quite fair.
-I think we could do 60.
I think it's a speculative item and...
Well done, you two, I would thoroughly recommend it.
-Gary, I think you're the treasurer, aren't you?
-I've got the money.
-20, 40, 60, there you go.
-Thank you very much. I'll see the man.
-First one done.
-We've got one - brilliant.
OK, each team has one item in the bag.
Can the girls get back in the lead?
# Pink It's my new obsession... #
-You see those funny-shaped plates over there?
-These ones here, the ones with the pink tint.
-Oh, that's foul.
Here's pink glass -
is there anything on there that looks vaguely like it might be any good?
-Do you really like that?
-It's pink and shiny...!
-No, I don't think that a good idea.
-That's a very polite way of saying it's awful.
David Barby's looking nice and pink and shiny, and the boys are getting decisive.
I really like this - it remains me of an episode of Doctor Who.
-Are you big fans, then?
-It reminds me of the Weeping Angel.
-Is it a heavy fellow?
-It says it's lead.
-Is it really heavy?
-There you go.
-Don't drop it.
There's some weight to that - it's heavier than...
-It is. Lead is one of those materials.
-Is it very old?
I don't know. It looks as though it has a bit of age, doesn't it?
We've got a price tag.
It says 45, but I think that's a bit ambitious, really.
-We could trim that a bit.
-I like that, I'm glad you saw that.
-35 is the best I can do.
-35. What you think, James?
Yeah, I think...
-Maybe we could come back.
-I think it's fun.
Let's walk down the row, but you're interested in that.
I think that's a rather fun item.
-Thanks a lot.
-I do like it.
-I like it, but is it just cos we're Doctor Who fans?
Perhaps not quite decisive enough.
It is nice, though, and we're after quirky.
It's got a nice look, hasn't it?
-It's got a look greater than its actual age.
-Come on, let's go back.
-Shall we just get it?
So they're not going to be exterminated by the ladies.
There we go, 35. Thank you very much.
-Two down, one to go.
The Reds have leapt ahead, leaving the Blue team to undertake
a bit of window-shopping... round window-shopping.
-Oh, it's lovely against the light, isn't it?
-That's really pretty.
-Bit of damage there.
-That's easily restorable.
I really rather like that.
Does it come from an old 1930s house or something?
I think it's probably 1930s that's been demolished.
How much would you pay for a stained piece of glass like that?
I really couldn't say. Lots.
Let's find out how much it is.
Can you tell me how much...? £50.
What do you reckon? You're the expert.
I think it's fine.
If there's somebody in Rye where it's being sold
that's renovating a property...
-I completely agree. I think it's lovely.
-Shall we go for it?
Let's settle up.
-So that's two.
-Two in the bag now.
Two down, one to go.
OK, girls. Two items for each team and plenty of time in hand.
Who do you think will come up trumps?
We've spent about 17...18 minutes now,
so we've got over half an hour.
-OK, that's a good thing.
-What are we going for?
-We can have a look for some jewellery, maybe?
OK, I think maybe if we go over to the pavilions more, we'll get something.
I feel a blonde moment may be round the corner
and I've discovered another pair of blonde stunners.
The really lovely thing about these fairs is that, occasionally,
you can come across something that is absolutely
the world's most supreme finest example of a particular object.
Take these two fellows -
you could not fail but to feel better every day
if you happen to look at this woman's smiling bouche.
All teeth with rosy cheeks.
This colour scheme would indicate to me
that probably these pottery objects
were made in Scotland between, say, 1820 and 1840.
So they're quite early. But what would they be used for?
Well, the most common type of window
in Georgian and Victorian houses was the sash window.
But for those of us who lived in those Georgian and Victorian houses,
you know that sometimes the sash cords can break,
in which case, you need to prop the window open.
And if I turn these two fellows sideways like this,
you can see how they'd work.
Because if the sash window was descending,
it could sit on the platform provided by these fellows.
So they're sash window stops
and, quite frankly, very rare survivors.
In their day, these things would have cost literally pennies.
What are they worth today?
I told you they were good, so you're all warmed up for this, right?
Yes, THAT good.
Wow. Now, we employ our experts for a reason,
and the teams find their pearls of wisdom a crucial part of the game-playing.
It's quite sensible sometimes to just stop and stare for a while.
Sometimes you can rush along and miss stuff.
-But I don't...!
-Not today, not today.
Thanks for that, James. Perhaps you've too much time on your hands, boys.
Maybe the girls are more focused.
-If you want to judge jewellery, try it on.
She won't take it off now - that was a real mistake!
We have to buy them, cos she won't take them off.
It's a little bit girly, David, isn't it?
-You think that's too much, don't you?
I don't think it has much of a profit margin.
-I'm going to make a note to come back on these.
-Can I do that?
-Of course you can, yes.
-That's very kind of you.
He's going to make a note of this.
-It's number 21.
-What about the wooden bowl, James?
-That's a nice item, isn't it?
They used to be called mazers.
You can imagine somebody mixing flour in it.
It's a kitchen utensil,
but they look great on the table or for throwing your keys in.
Make it easier for the burglar.
That's a nice item.
What sort of age on it, do you think, James?
I think it's got age, don't you?
I always think, when something's been repaired -
I noticed a repair -
I would say it's got a bit of age and it was loved.
-Have a feel.
-I do like it.
-How much...what does the label say?
-It says £50.
If you could get that for 30, I would almost eat my hat
if you didn't make a profit.
-Shall I ask him?
-Just a cheeky offer, Kyle.
-I really like this.
-I was going to say 25.
-Can't do that.
-Would you meet somewhere in the middle?
40 is honestly the best on it.
I don't like rounded numbers, because then, at the auction...
-41 - how's that?
-I was thinking more 36.
Then at the auction, they're going to go up in fives.
Yes. Thank you very much.
-In 30 years, I've never gone down to pennies.
So, great haggling, chaps. You've saved yourselves 101 pence,
and that's all three of your items bought in half the time.
-We really like it.
-We've just spotted this and we love it.
-It's all original there.
-Really useful as well - you could still use that now.
That's a little bit dented at the bottom there, can you see?
What's the best price you can do on that?
Right, so we've got to weigh that up against the earrings.
We've got about 15 minutes, so we add this to the list.
That's right, David. Keep a note. Saves arguments later, eh?
But is there a Braxton plot afoot?
He's made a headstart on the bonus buy front.
I think that's rather against the rules, don't you?
This could be my secret buy at £18.
Big bit of brass there.
A perfectly hideous folding stand, though.
-How much are those earrings there, those baroque hearings?
-And those are in gold?
-Oh, yes, of course.
Yes, and they're natural pearls.
And what's the best you can do on these, please?
40, and that will be my absolute best, 40.
I mean, you've got some lovely earrings.
The pearls are just beautiful. They're natural pearls.
Can we put these in a box, please, and come back to those?
-Because you've seen one pair, and I want to have a conflab with you.
Now, the advantage of committing everything to paper.
I've made a whole list of things you've looked at.
We've got the earrings at £60,
the manicure set over there at 55,
and then we have these gold earrings at 40 but will not negotiate
and when I walked away...
-She said she'd do them for 30.
-And put them in a little box.
-So what do you think?
-I like the pearl earrings.
-We like the pearl earrings.
And the pearl earrings hit the jackpot.
-Let's do it.
-Do you want it?
Yes, let's do it.
Let's go shopping.
Off you go.
-I've put them in a box for you.
That's lovely, we really like them, thank you.
We appreciate it, thank you so much. It's really kind.
So with the free box thrown in, that's the girls' final item bought.
Right, they've picked their bargains, the deals are done.
Here's a quick reminder of what the Red team bought.
First, the chaps went for the novelty mirror for £60.
After much reflection, they took the lead angel for £35.
And finally, the old wooden bowl for £38.99.
There's nothing about doing it too early, is there?
You're not worried, are you?
We knew what we wanted.
-How much did you spend overall?
-£133 and 99 pence.
Oh, no, not one of those again.
Would that be £160 and a penny?
£166 and one penny.
-I can't do the maths. £166 and a penny.
-Just give me the penny, Tim.
I'll give you the lot. Anyway, very good luck, team.
Why don't we remind ourselves what the Blues bought.
Barby and the ladies started off with a job lot fit for a tea party,
then they spied a 1930s window in the round for 50.
Finally, some beautiful pearl earrings for a flirty 30.
How's your auntie been getting on? Has she been good?
Very well, she's been behaving.
-Has Jem been good?
-No, she's never good.
Has David been good?
-He's been wonderful.
-How much did it cost you to get her to say that?
-What did you spend overall?
-We spent £100 altogether.
Exactly £100? That's not much, is it?
No, it wasn't, but it wasn't intentional.
-It's just how it worked out.
-Good for us.
-Who's got the 200?
-You've got the 200.
-I think it's stuck in my pocket.
-Thank you, Jan.
You've got £200 - you'll get on well with that, I hope.
-And good luck. Good luck, girls.
Meanwhile, we're heading off to Scotney Castle,
which is just down the road here in Kent and it's absolutely fab.
In the early 1700s,
if you wanted your garden to look absolutely bang up-to-date,
you'd have it surrounded by perfectly manicured lawns,
acres of them,
planted with complicated parterre and the like.
But as the century drew on, tastes changed,
and in particular, championed by writer and keen traveller
the Reverend William Gilpin.
He expounded the view that actually your place ought to represent
more of rural Britain.
It ought to be more picturesque.
It ought to be edgy, it ought to have drama.
It ought perhaps to have the crumbling medieval ruins of a castle.
In 1835, local squire, Edward Hussey III, decided to move back
to his Kent estate, Scotney,
and, with the guidance of architect Anthony Salvin,
built a new mansion there.
The former home, the castle, was transformed into a quaint ruin
to form the centrepiece of a painterly garden.
So what Edward Hussey III did to create the new house
was to take some of the crumbling medieval stone from the old castle
and combine it with a whole lot of stone which he took
from this immense quarry.
The whole lot of which was removed
and used by Salvin to build the new house.
And instead of worrying about the pit in the ground
that he'd made in the landscape, he simply, with imaginative planting,
including these magnificent acers,
transformed it into a part of the picturesque view.
Beautiful, isn't it?
The amazing scenery can of course be enjoyed from the house,
but it's once you're in the garden that you really appreciate its many features.
Fortified towers don't get much more picturesque than this.
Crumbling gateways don't get much more crumbly than this.
Venetian wellheads don't get much more Venetian than this.
When looking at this mossy tiled roof,
you could be excused
in thinking that this is simply some rustic ordinary outbuilding.
Well, you'd be wrong.
Here we've got a log cabin with deliberately rough-hewn logs
applied on the outside.
And supporting the tiled roof is this gable end -
cut and deeply chamfered, simply to make this building
look more picturesque.
In fact, it looks as if we've been transported to Switzerland.
Fancy a Gluhwein?
Not so much Gluhwein - whoops!
More guano, really.
by dinghy, it's about...
250 miles to the auction.
So, as they say,
Get on. Stupid goose.
Well, it's very nice to be with Kevin Wall
in the Rye Auction Galleries again.
-Good morning, Tim.
-How's business going on?
-Very busy at this moment.
Lots of people about, lots of noise, that's what we like.
-Lots of them viewing, of course.
-Lots of viewers today.
Well, they can't look at our contestants' lots right now, cos we're going to have an examination.
What do you make of this steel-framed modern mirror?
Very modern. We've got a fairly low estimate on this one.
-I believe about 25-35, somewhere around that mark.
Hopefully, we'll get it away at that.
-They stumped up £60 for it, actually.
Next is the cast lead figure of the weeping angel.
Weeping angels good down here in Sussex?
I haven't seen one in this form for quite a long time.
-Crude, isn't it?
It's very crude. It could be from old fishing weights.
It could be from a local church roof.
-I'm not sure.
Again, it is something that we probably estimated
on the low side, at £10 to £20.
-Well, on a good day, we might get there.
The last item is this wooden bowl.
-I think this probably comes from Egypt.
-and probably put into a shipping container two weeks ago.
-You mean an Egyptian was wandering
-up the Nile with this on his head?
-It possibly could have been.
Got a little repair on it, hasn't it?
-A little bit of repair, but I don't think it's of great age.
Therefore we've put an estimate on it of £20 to £30.
Our lot paid £38.99.
-It was obviously a tight deal for them.
-It's possible we could reach that mark.
-Quite possible, isn't it?
I think they're going to need their bonus buy, so let's go and have a look at it.
Now, Kyle and Gary, here we come with the bonus buy -
potentially the most important thing you might ever do in your lives
is to either go with James's bonus buy or not.
James had £166 and a penny.
James, you're known to be frugal, but you can be very extravagant.
You have this dichotomy in your life.
-You can be one or the other - what are you today?
Very little grey area, Tim. Here you are. May I reveal it?
It's not that...
-That is a visual joke.
-It IS a joke!
It's this. A very nice Damascus tray.
A bit of the lovely Middle East. Very trendy - everybody loves this North African stuff.
-This is what you need.
-Big question, then - how much did you pay for it?
I paid £16 for it.
-You could scrap it for that.
-For the lot, stand and all?
-Stand and all.
-It's really heavy.
-They don't call me the reducer for nothing.
I mean, that's something else, isn't it, boys? £16.
-Look at this script going on.
-What do you think it will make in the auction if you spent £16?
I am a sucker for these. I would definitely put £30 to £50 on it.
-I'd probably lead £50 on it.
-Somebody might well think a bit more.
-You're looking at your hero with admiration, I can see.
-Bit of a no-brainer, really.
Hang on to that information but for the audience at home, let's find out
what the auctioneer thinks about James's Eastern table.
Well, here we go, Kevin. All the way from Cairo.
Got a bit of a theme going here, what with the Egyptian bowl
and the Egyptian tray.
We get a lot coming in the sale room of these.
There are a lot of them about at this moment -
if you go to a lot of the fares, they're everywhere.
Again, there's no great age to this one,
and the base doesn't do it any justice at all.
I really don't know where to go with this.
We'd put another low estimate onto it of £30 to £40.
Don't worry about that. Don't worry about that. That cunning monkey Braxton paid £16.
-We should be all right.
-Should be all right, and it's his bonus buy,
-so his reputation is hanging on it.
-Anyway, that's it for the Reds.
-Now for the Blues.
-First up is this group of ceramics.
-An unusual grouping, I should think.
They're quite a mixture, aren't they? The colours and all that.
Not of great value, I should think. Amongst them all,
the most important piece here is the Watcombe Pottery teapot stand.
Bit of motto ware.
Bit of motto ware. We've estimated £20 to £30.
They paid £20.
Jolly good. I think we can do that today.
Next is the circular leaded light in its frame over there.
-Not a very interesting example, is it?
-No, it's quite boring.
-Not many colours to it either.
-No. And loads of them about.
-There are loads about. We've put an estimate of £60 to £80 on it.
-Oh, brilliant -
they only paid 50. That's good, isn't it?
-We should get that for that.
-We're happy with that. Lovely. Smashing job.
Next is the pair of earrings.
-Not quite your style, Kevin.
-Not for weekends anyway.
Not for weekends. We've had a look at them,
and they ARE gold...and we've got an estimate on them of £20 to £30.
They only paid £30.
So I reckon this team has done jolly well.
On the basis of the estimates, we're pretty well there.
They may not need their bonus buy, but let's have a look at it anyway.
Now, Jems and Janet, this is your moment to impress your experts.
You gave him £200 to invest on your behalf.
David Barby, what have you done?
Well, it's one of those panic situations.
-You're looking round for something pink.
-That's a good start.
-This is what I came off with.
You were looking at Moorcroft, and I know you like Moorcroft
and that was the nearest to pink that I could get.
-That's lovely, we like it.
-It is nice.
The design is Hibiscus, which is quite common.
Most importantly, inside, there's a little label
that states "Potters to the late Queen Mary",
and we have the same label on the bottom there.
So we're looking at the 1950s.
Nice little piece. I paid £190 for it.
So we've got to guarantee there are some very keen Moorcroft buyers
in the room to make a profit on it.
You must think it's definitely worth that?
I like Moorcroft, I always have, because of the technique which is the slip decorating on the top.
It's filled in with colour.
Did he answer that question?
-What was the question?
-You clearly like it. You then described the decoration on the piece
in a very political way, David Barby,
slipping away from the question -
a slippery little eel dressed in blue.
You're showing your true colours here, David Barby.
-Are we going to allow him to get away with it?
-I love it.
-I really like it.
I think it's one of those things if we see how the auction's going,
then we'll see whether people are picking that much...
-That is a very good point you've made.
-You're so right, Jan.
You're not going to pick it now. You can pick it later if you want to,
but we're going to find out, for the audience at home, what the auctioneer thinks
about David's Moorcroft powder bowl and cover.
Kevin, I don't know quite how the old Moorcroft goes in your sale room.
-Is it hot down here?
-Sometimes it does very well.
The good thing about this piece is both pieces
seem to have their original labels.
That's nice, isn't it?
It is very good, but the pattern is not the best of patterns in Moorcroft.
We've put a low estimate of £60 to £80 on it.
-£60 to £80.
-£60 to £80?
-Old Barby paid 190.
This could be a disaster if the teams go with it.
-They were doing apparently quite well up to now.
-I think the best way is to stay away from it.
Maybe they won't take it - that'll be fortunate. Are you taking the sale?
-I am, Tim.
-Very good - we're in safe hands.
-So, boys, how are you feeling?
What have you got to be nervous about, Kyle?
-I think we overspent on some of them, maybe the mirror.
-The mirror's great.
The Mirror's going to be really, really popular.
-Have we got some bickering in the camp here, do we think?
-I've no idea.
-No bickering - all right, fine.
The steel mirror you paid £60 for. Here it comes.
Here we are then, lot number 51
is the novelty hammered steel mirror
with chapter ring frame.
Cracking little mirror there. Come in at £30.
Away with 10 then, 10 I start. 10, do I see 12? 12.
15, 18, 20 on the net. 22, 25 on the internet, 28 do I see?
We all done?
28, new bidder in the room now. It's creeping up. 30 on the net, 32.
-It's a lovely mirror.
-It is a lovely mirror.
-32 in the room. 35 on the net.
-Come on, come on, come on.
At 35 then, on the internet at 35.
-Minus £25, but it could have been a whole lot worse.
-It could have been.
OK. Now a weeping angel.
Lot number 52 is the 20th-century cast lead figure
of a praying angel.
Nice easy start, £10 then.
£10 I am bid, thank you.
12 upstairs, is it, sir?
15, no, 12 in the middle.
-It's praying for mercy here.
-I'm praying for mercy, I tell you.
-Minus £23. This is not going so well.
Lot number 53 is the large,
hand-carved, hard wooden mazer, showing there.
£10 I am actually bid, do I see 12?
12 and 15, 18, sir. 18 I'm out, do I see 20?
Have we all finished here?
At £18, we're all done then, at 18.
That is minus £20.99, giving you a grand total of minuses of £68.99.
We've done well. Well!
So what are you going to do about the Damascus tray?
-Are you going to go with that?
-It's a risk.
-It's a risk!
-We'll go for it.
-We can't lose much more money, to be honest, can we?
-Our average price is over £16 - I'd go for it.
-We're going to go for it.
This is a decision made, the die is cast.
Play a game with James's tray-top table, and here it comes.
Lot number 57 is the large brass Damascus tray-top table,
here it is. Where are we starting,
somebody's coming in at £40. 20 then.
£10 I'm bid. At £10 only, it is not a lot, is it? At £10.
12 upstairs, they're waking up now.
12 I am bid, at £12, are we all done here? At £12.
It's not sounding good!
Minus £4. That is minus £72.99.
-You have maintained a consistent record.
-At least we're consistent.
You're not in the RED team for nothing.
-Don't say a word to the Blues.
Try and go out looking confident.
-So, girls, this is exciting, isn't it?
First up, my darlings, is the mixed lot of pottery
and here it comes with an estimate of £20 to £30.
Lot number 73 is the mixed lot here.
Start the bidding at £15.
18, 20, 22, 25,
Oh, so cheap!
25 I have. At 25, do I see 28? At 25.
That is not expensive, but it is plus five,
so let's not moan about it.
Now the leaded light - here we go.
Lot number 74 is the 1920s circular lead-lined window panel.
Somebody got £60 to start me?
20 then. Let's get it going.
20, 22, 25, 28, 30,
32, 35, 38, 40,
42, 45, 48, 50, 55.
Yes, you're in profit. You are brilliant.
At 55 on my right-hand side, we're all done here?
-60 on the left.
-60 on the left!
-65 I have,
65 in the room. 70 on the net, is it?
70 on the net. At £70.
That's another plus of £20. You are good, you girls and boy.
Now, can you make a profit on the earrings?
Lot 75 is a pair
of 20th-century, baroque, pearl and gold stud earrings.
These are very pretty here. I have £10 bid.
A £10 bid to start. 12, we go here.
15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 28,
30 here then. 32.
-Yes, you're in profit.
42 here. Do I see 45?
The internet's gone to sleep. At £42.
45, sir. 48, 50.
At 48 on my right. Are we all done now, then?
That is plus 18. Well done, girls.
So 20, 38...£43 - you have 43 smackers plus.
-That's folding money to take home.
-All thanks to David.
-Well, credit where credit's due.
Listen, girls, what are you going to do about the bonus buy? Are you going to chance?
We love it, but we don't think it will make that much money here.
I think you're quite wise in that decision.
I think you've been quite rational about that.
-So that is the decision, is it?
-That's the decision?
The die is cast. We're going to sell it anyway.
You've ring-fenced your wonderful profit of £43,
but let's see what happens.
Lot number 79 is the 1950s William Moorcroft covered bowl
with Hibiscus decoration.
Got £100 to start me?
50 then, let's get it going.
50 I'm bid, 55, 60, 65, 70,
75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100,
110. 100 here.
110, 120, 130, 140,
150? 140 here.
140, do I see 150? At £140.
£140 would have made you a loss of £50.
It would have completely wiped out your £43 profit,
so that was a good decision.
Anyway, girls, you've got £43.
The best thing to do is not to talk to the Reds,
because plus £43 could be a winning score.
Well, well, well.
There is a world, nay,
I say, a void of difference between our teams today.
And the runners-up - most thumpingly - are the Reds.
The Reds who managed to lose £72.99,
-which is quite a convincing thumping loss, isn't it?
I'm not going to go over every single item
which you lost on, because there's no point in drawing out the agony.
All I have to ask you two is did you have a nice time?
Well, we've loved having you on the show,
and I'm glad you had fun, but bad luck in the auction.
But good luck shone on the girls...
..who are going to go home with £43. There we go.
-43 smackers coming up.
That's pretty good, isn't it?
So you have the phenomenal good fortune of making a profit
on your three items, and as such, it is my pleasure to present you
with the order of the golden gavel.
As you know, we've run out of golden gavels,
so what you get is a chromium-plated lapel pin
called the golden gavel award.
-Now, take one of those, darling.
-That's for you, Jems.
There you are, Jan, and of course your expert, who is largely
responsible for your making this total, also gets his little pin.
-We would like you to wear those with pride.
Anyway, congratulations. We've loved having you on the show.
In fact, we've had so much fun,
why don't you join us soon for some more bargain-hunting, yes?
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The antiques challenge comes from Detling Antiques Fair in Kent. Two male partners play a canny game in the expert company of James Braxton, while David Barby leads an aunt and niece through a heady array of shiny objects. Tim Wonnacott heads to Scotney Castle in nearby Royal Tunbridge Wells.