Tim Wonnacott goes bargain hunting at Australia's oldest and largest antiques centre and visits Sydney's State Mitchell Library. With Paul Laidlaw and David Barby.
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Do you fancy some sun, sea and shopping?
Well, you're on the right programme,
because we've come down under to Sydney.
So let's go Bargain Hunting.
Yes, you heard me right, bargain hunters,
we're in Sydney, Australia,
10,500 miles away from good old Blighty.
I just can't wait to see what treasures we'll find here today.
Our venue for the shopping in Oz is the Sydney Antiques Centre.
Now, it may be crammed full of goodies,
but will our teams be able to spot the bargains?
Let's have a sneak preview, shall we?
Today, we've got two teams of Aussie bargain hunters.
The Reds don't always seem to see eye to eye.
I just looked across and this caught my eye.
To be frank with you, I think it's junk.
And the blues unleash a British charm offensive.
Tammy, nice to meet you.
Nice to meet you as well.
And I get a chance to go behind the scenes
at Sydney's prestigious State library
and discover some of their Australian treasures.
But before that,
let's meet our contestants from Down Under.
Well, we've got a truly family affair today,
because for the reds,
we've got Peter and Damien, father and son, welcome.
And Alison and Toni, sisters for the blues.
Really nice to see you all.
Damien, you've had a long wait to come on the show?
That's right, Tim.
A few years ago, in 2008, my father and I went on a trip to Europe
and I e-mailed the show hoping to get on whilst in London.
I was lucky enough to get the e-mail a few months ago and here we are.
-That's fantastic, isn't it?
And very exciting for us to be here too.
Peter, you've worked in the airline industry for 35 years.
Initially, I was at airport dispatch
which was practical handling of aircraft.
Later on in marketing and sales and things like that.
I've since retired which is a lot of fun
and now I'm involving myself with what I will.
And what will you do most of the time?
I actually like astronomy and recently got a telescope
which my sons provided me with for my 60th birthday.
I'm going out to look at the stars.
So, what are your tactics going to be today?
Bargain hard and buy quality.
Maybe even find some Australiana.
-That would be nice, wouldn't it?
-It would be great.
-Good luck chaps.
Now, for the girls, are you quaking in your boots?
But you grew up in an unusual place, didn't you? Papua New Guinea.
-Where about exactly is that?
That's just north of Australia.
Now, you used to go to things called singsings in Papua New Guinea.
If we were lucky enough.
When we were much younger, we did, in the Highlands.
That's where lots of tribes would get together
in their traditional costumes.
Have a rave up?
Yes, amazing headdress and do cultural dancers.
-Did you get your grass skirt on?
So you've an unusual collection, don't you?
I collect scales. I love collecting scales.
Lots of different types of scales.
And lamps, kerosene lamps.
Is that because you don't have electricity or what?
I mean you do have a lot of electricity, don't you?
Yes, I probably just for the aesthetics of them, I think.
So, will you be buying scales and lamps today
to make a profit on them on Bargain Hunt?
We'll have a little look around and see what we can find.
There's a set of scales in the cupboard behind us.
She's got her eye open.
Anyway, the many moment. 500 each.
There you go guys.
500, you know the rules, your experts await and off you go
and very, very, good luck.
Gosh, this is fun.
Our Australian teams will need experts,
so we've flown out a couple.
But will they sink or swim in this foreign land?
Smooth Scot, Paul Laidlaw, is helping the reds
and quintessential Brit, David Barby, is assisting the blues.
The rules are the same here in Oz as they are at home.
Each team gets 500, the equivalent of £300,
which they'll use to buy three items in one hour
in the hope that they can turn a profit at auction.
That's no mean feat.
Those Aussies sure stack the shelves high and the clock is ticking.
Welcome to the shortest hour of your lives today.
What are you going to look for?
A bit of jewellery, maybe some glass,
along those lines at this point in time.
We need to get to the right price. That's the bottom line, my friend.
What about the foundation of Australia?
-That far back?
Shall we have a look?
Good, everyone's got their thinking caps on,
so let's see how our Australian cousins handle Bargain Hunt.
I looked across and this caught my eye.
It says there, the 150th anniversary of the First Fleet.
-It doesn't take much explaining that one, does it?
-What do you think?
I'm going to be really frank. I think it's junk.
Don't mix your words, Paul.
-Would you buy that?
Can I say this much? I think you're in a minority.
I suspect that is worth 20 to 40.
Wow. We won't do it. Next?
Where is next? Left, right? You show me.
Yes, you're the expert, Paul.
Lead the way.
So, blues, are you faring any better?
This at the back here, that's typical Australian work.
That's done using pokers, scorching and then hand colouring.
-I like that nut bowl, actually.
-That would be a nut bowl, would it?
Yes, that is a nut bowl, so you'd crack the nut on the top there.
-You need a gavel.
-I see what that is.
The nuts are underneath and you'd use that.
What's the price? 258.
-Quite high. Is it worth considering?
-I'd like to consider it, yes.
I'll go and get the chap to open the cabinet up.
Excellent blues. This sounds promising.
Are you thinking dull as dish water
or are you thinking, what's going on there?
I like it because it's a different sheen.
That's planishing, which is hammering away.
It's so subtle that it's a shimmer almost.
My word, I adore that.
250, is that doing anything?
I think we should have a look at it.
-My first concern, the price.
-We needed to have a feel.
I so love the way you think.
Shall we get somebody with a key?
Sounds like an awesome plan, Paul.
And talking of which, the blue team look like they're
about to get their hands on that nut bowl.
-That's the one, yes.
-What's the price?
What's the very best you can do on this?
Let's say 150.
Hold on, can you see that there?
There's a crack in it that goes all the way round.
Even with your generous offer, I think we're going to decline this.
-It's a no-go.
-You'll have to keep looking.
Thank you very much indeed.
Well spotted Barby, you've got your eye on the ball.
Reds, looks like you have to.
That's not a dimple or anything?
Yes, this isn't good.
The good news is, that comes out a treat
if you're a highly skilled silver smith.
-It certainly depicts the value.
-Absolutely it does.
I'm sorry to be tediously bland in my estimation,
but I'm going to say 120 to 180.
You're sitting at 250. I want that half price.
I can ask the dealer and I can come back to you.
He's left this open. Has anybody got a carrier bag?
Careful Paul, you don't want to get us deported.
Where are we going? Silver, jewellery, wood, Chinese?
Let's go to jewellery and then the Chinese.
That direction then.
Right, off we go, we've only got three-quarters of an hour.
Oh David, don't be such a panicker. You've got plenty of time.
Back with some happy news.
I talked to the vendor and 145 is all right.
Beautiful, thank you.
-Thank you, Simon.
-I appreciate that.
That's Chester, 1901.
-That's pretty. Condiments jar.
-I love that.
I shouldn't be saying, I love that, should I?
It is very pretty.
It is beautiful though.
What I like is the combination of crystal and silver combined.
This is really an art piece of glass,
dating from around the turn of the century, 1901
and probably made by Powell & Company.
-What's the price on it?
-It doesn't have a price.
What would you think about a price?
It may be around about 150 or something.
If that's the case, we ought to try and get it down.
If I give that to Alison, she's our bargaining expert.
Have you already agreed between you?
We could do it together.
-You've been elected, have you?
-Yes, because she's much better.
I think you could have a dual assault,
that might be more impressive.
We'll see how we go.
We were wandering about the price of this.
That really is out of our price range.
What's the very best you can do? The very best.
That doesn't leave us with all that much.
120 and we have a deal.
-120 is fine.
-I think so.
-You've done well. 120.
-Well done, thank you very much.
Our first buy, that's excellent. Right, let's pay.
Cor, these Aussies are fast workers.
Both teams now have one item a piece.
-Look at these propellers there.
-Are they a letter openers?
I wonder. That would make sense to me.
They're laminate. There's a ply there.
If I had to hazard a guess,
I should say we encounter a number of objects
made from wrecked propeller blades
and the giveaway is always its laminate nature
and that is what we see there.
Isn't the former exquisite?
But, is the price?
I'd want the two for that
and even then I wouldn't bet on you turning a profit.
Look, if you're interested,
I would commend them to you on this ground if no other.
Get me another pair. They're arguably, unique.
I've not seen any like this.
We'll give it a crack.
We'll keep looking, shall we? Good luck.
-You obviously like that.
-Only because of the shape of it.
I'm a real fan of that shape.
It's got kookaburras on it. That's so sweet.
-It's so basic.
-It is very basic.
It is cheap.
I love the idea that it's Australian with a Kookaburra.
I think that's quite good.
I think anyone collecting Australiana... terrible word,
I think they might be interested in that.
Shall we keep it in the back of our mind and come back to it?
-Keep it in the back of the mind.
-I think so.
I hope it's not going to be the case.
I hope we find something. Right.
How did you get on with the propellers, Peter?
I got the pair for 55.
-You bought them?
Get in, that'll do.
That's what we said. Get in, super.
25 minutes remaining with one thing to buy.
-Let's do it.
A result, reds. Two down, you're flying.
What have you guys found?
It's a box with inlay. It's beautiful.
-It is a mosaic inlay.
-That's what it is.
It's a wooden mosaic but the most important element
is this little label stuck on the bottom.
This is Edmund Nye Manufacturers and they're from Tunbridge Wells
and we call this ware, back in England, Tunbridge Ware.
Can we just have a quick look with our magnifying glass?
It's actually quite effective.
Edmund Nye, one of the leading manufacturers of this type of ware
in Tunbridge Wells.
I just had a word with the dealer
and the price on that is 50.
You can't go any lower than 50.
Shall we say yes?
I think it's a good bargain.
Yes, I think so too.
Who'd have thought it?
Even Down Under, Tunbridge Ware rears it's pretty face.
But will it sell as well here as it does back home?
This is close.
Both teams neck and neck with one final item to find.
I like that. I like it for various reasons.
I said, find a bargain.
Do you know, I've never seen one before and I like that feeling.
Displayed as a washing board.
That's your action surely, isn't it?
Yes, it is. Well done.
A good night in with one of those.
You've washed things before in Scotland?
-Without any further ado, I like that.
-Your immediate response?
-Yes, gut reaction is favourable.
-What does your gut say to 95?
-I'd say 50.
I'm not going to buy it but I'm going to get a price.
Loose cannon that one.
Dad's on a mission again.
Girls, we've got 15 minutes left. What are we looking for?
Are we looking for jewellery, clothing, what?
I think jewellery.
Let's pop into this retro place here, have a quick look there
-and maybe double back in that direction.
Peter negotiated 50 for the washboard but son, Damien,
wants to look at one final item before they commit.
I just like this compass.
What a lovely, interesting lacquered brass dial.
Bearing the name, Short and Mason
who're prestigious instrument makers.
That's brand new, just off the boat from India.
What do you think of that?
Yours for 75. Where does that leave us?
-Back to that.
Thank you very much, my man. Damien, loving your work.
Well done. You're done.
Barby, you've got less than 10 minutes left.
Time to take those girls in hand.
Right, girls, lovely, lovely top-quality jewellery here.
We've got 10 minutes to buy something.
It's got to make a profit at auction.
Thank you very much.
-You're very welcome.
-I like that one.
-I love the way it's built up.
-It's very 1950s.
It's got that Asian feel as well.
Will it have appeal?
I do. It depends on the price though.
Let's have a look at it on your finger.
I think that's the only one it'll fit on. That's beautiful.
Could we talk about the price and the stones?
I don't know what the stones are.
The stones are rose cut diamonds.
That's a natural cut and it's the earliest of all cut diamonds.
-The rose cut which is its natural format.
These are chrysoprase which is a green stone,
very similar to Jade.
Let's see what we can get it for.
OK, we've only got a short period.
-Hi, David Barber.
Tammy Palmer, nice to meet you, hi.
These are the contestants, the blue team in Bargain Hunt
and they're rather interested in this particular ring.
The carat weight of the gold is 18 carat.
The scrap value of this ring on its own at today's rates
is about 310.
-That said, I offer it to you at half price, which is 250.
Is that the very best you can do?
I'm wondering if I've got enough money for that.
You couldn't do it for 220, could you?
OK, I'll do it for 220.
-Now, just tell me.
-For 220, we'll take it. Thank you very much.
You're very welcome. It's been very fun, thank you.
-Thank you very much.
-It was so nice to meet you.
Nice to meet you as well.
And the box comes as well?
So, as the sun continues to shine here in Sydney,
both teams have bargained for three items.
Well, that was fair dinkum, wasn't it? Anyway, time's up.
What did those reds buy?
They started off with some silver. A Danish studio vase, to be precise.
Loved that piece.
It's going to do well. It'll be all right.
Then, Paul steered them
towards a pair of World War I aircraft propellers for 55.
And Peter made the final decision and went for the washboard.
End result, tickety-boo, feeling good about this one.
Well done, chaps.
-You've fulfilled your task.
-We've done our duty.
-250 you spent.
250 of leftover lolly.
Please, Adrian, thank you very much.
We didn't have any family disharmony here, did we?
Nobody fell out?
-No. I maintained my dominance.
That may not last.
Here you go, old fruit. Half the money comes back to you.
Have you got any idea what you're going to get up to next?
In truth, I've not.
I was absolutely focused on working with the team.
My eyes were scanning for something for the reds today.
I'm going to start all over. That's cool.
250 is a good place to start. Good luck chaps, good luck Paul.
Why don't we check out how the blue team got on, eh?
They all loved the silver Powell & Co Art Nouveau preserve pot for 120.
You can still use it for its original purpose -
a preserve pot - a marmalade jar.
Then Tony picked the quintessentially English
Tunbridge ware box.
It depends whether that sort of market is here in Australia.
In England, Tunbridge Ware is still collectable.
And, as the clock ticked away,
they finally settled on a 1940s ladies' dress ring.
You girls have absolutely exhausted me.
I don't know whether it's my age.
So, for two girls to have worked him over is quite an achievement.
What did you spend overall?
We spent 390.
110 of left over lolly please from somewhere.
Yes, we have that here.
Thank you very much. 110 goes across to you, David Barby.
-It's not a lot, is it, really?
-Well, I don't know. You've had less.
I want to try and get something relating to Australia. Australiana.
-Difficult word to say.
-A bit like a banana.
-I should practise.
Good luck. Good luck, girls. Have a nice cup of tea now.
Meanwhile, we're heading off to the library -
the State Mitchell Library actually.
Built in 1826, it's the oldest library in Australia.
And it's not just full of old books.
The Mitchell wing houses an unrivalled collection of Australiana
that was left to the state of New South Wales
by wealthy philanthropist David Scott Mitchell.
Mitchell's collection of Australiana spans some 400 years.
But the bit I'm interested in today dates from the early part
of the 19th century when Governor Macquarie was in control
of the fledgling colony at Sydney Cove.
Lachlan Macquarie was a man with a vision.
During his decade as governor, between 1810 and 1820,
he set about transforming Sydney
from a penal settlement into a thriving town.
The colony had no currency for over 25 years.
And Macquarie realised that,
for the place to stand on its own two feet, it needed some currency.
So, he ordered £10,000 worth of Spanish silver coins -
that's 40,000 of them -
which were dispatched from London in 1812.
And this is one of those Spanish coins.
And, yes, I know, it's got a socking great hole in the middle.
That was Macquarie's clever trick.
He took the currency and simply had a hole bashed through the middle.
The clever trick is that the middle piece - the stamped out reject if you like -
wasn't rejected, it too was stamped with the Crown on one side
and, on the other, it says 15 pence.
Colloquially, this type of dollar is now known as a holey dollar
and the stamped out middle bit is known as a dump.
If you'd been really cute and stashed one of these dollars
in your bottom drawer in 1813,
you would have had the most amazing investment.
One of these, the other day, sold, in Australia,
for in excess of £250,000.
Now that's what I call a bargain.
There are many more prized antiques in the State Mitchell Library.
I've been lucky enough to be let behind-the-scenes to see this one -
Macquarie's collectors' cabinet.
This cabinet was commissioned by James Wallace,
commandant of the penal colony in Newcastle
a couple of hours outside Sydney, for his friend, Governor Macquarie.
But this thing is so precious to the Australian nation
that I'm not allowed to even touch it.
But with the help of the library's curators,
its treasures are revealed, as if by magic.
Joseph Lycett was a convicted fraudster and counterfeiter,
who was transported in 1811 to Australia.
He was also a very talented artist.
Here we've got a still life showing a great variety of Australian fish,
and, inside the folding flaps, we've got four vignette views
of the countryside around the penal colony in Newcastle.
That's not all.
At this level, the focus is on natural history specimens.
Four panels, filled with Australian native butterflies,
bugs and beetles.
This layer and another layer underneath
contain no less than 40 Australian birds.
And the drawers at the front are equally intriguing.
The top one has an arrangement of Australian shells.
Underneath, a drawer that is truly full of curiosities -
objects that don't necessarily come from Australia
but were gathered for Macquarie
from the surrounding areas and then placed in the drawer.
The whole purpose of a cabinet of curiosities
like this is to illustrate often
the part of the world you'd travelled to
and the extraordinary sights that you'd enjoyed.
Of course, the big question today is,
are our teams about to be stuffed over at Lawson's auction?
We've come to Sydney's Inner West for the auction today
and our mean experts mean business.
So let's find out what auctioneer Martin Farah thinks of our Down Under bargains.
-Sold out at 190.
-Martin, good morning.
-Good morning. Welcome.
-Lovely to be here.
Glorious weather. Lovely people. We're spoiled.
Now, first up for the red team, is this Danish silver pot.
-Is that stylish or what?
-I love it. Incredibly handsome piece.
20th century design is very much flavour of the month.
-A lot of silver and silver's strong.
-Yes. It's a gorgeous object.
How much do think that's going to bring?
I think 180 to 220.
Great. They paid 145. That's spot on.
A really good bit of bargain hunting.
Next, a rather peculiar pair of matched propellers.
How do you rate those?
These have got me stumped, I'm sure, as to the purpose of these.
They're incredibly well made.
-A unique item, I'd say 50 to 60 for the pair.
-OK, 55 paid.
They're are about spot-on with those. That's good.
This thing is apparently a wash board.
-It's not Australian, I can almost guarantee it.
-It's not British,
I can guarantee that. Well, I think we're Scandinavia.
I'd go up the Baltic, I'd go to Russia.
I rather feel it might be the shaving place
of soap off a soap bar.
-It would make a nice cheeseboard.
-A bit wobbly though, isn't it?
I suppose you're right.
-What's your estimate?
-30 to 50.
50 paid. That could be the dark, dank hole into which they plunge
and they need, therefore, their bonus buy. Let's have a look at it.
Now, Peter and Damien, you spent 250.
You gave Paul Laidlaw
the massive sum of 250. Paul, what did you spend it on?
How are you on poetry?
-Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie.
The great Robert Burns.
Here we have what I think is
arguably one of the most exciting things
I've ever found on Bargain Hunt.
A pressed, horn snuffbox, late Georgian,
second-quarter 19th century.
And it clearly celebrates the great poet, as we said, Robert Burns.
It's quite nice.
-How dare you?
-You are talking to a Scotsman here.
This is all good but there is just a little tentative
icing on the cake here.
We open it up and there's
a little inscription, is there not? It reads...
"Mrs Robert Burns to J,"
I think that maybe says Boyle or Bogie, 1830.
I think there is just a shout
that that was given by Robert Burns's widow.
Now we're interested.
-It cost me 70.
-70! That's all!
-I think that's good.
I'm thinking it's a no-brainer. I'm not sticking my neck out.
It's worth 100-200 any day of the week.
All I know is it's mighty interesting.
Mark you, we've said all this many times in the past
and had a complete disaster.
Right, so I'm not going to stick my neck out either.
All I'm going to say is this is very interesting.
For the audience at home, let's find out what our Australian auctioneer makes of all this Scottish kit.
What about that for a Scottish treasure?
I do like this, I do like this. I think they've done well here.
Inscribed. "Mrs Burns to J Bogie or Boyle. 1830."
If it had a connection to Robert Burns's wife, fantastic!
-But it can't be proven.
It's a beautifully made pressed horn box. What's your estimate?
-120 to 150 is brilliant.
Paul Laidlaw paid 70, which is marvellous.
-It is a good buy.
-It is a good buy. Anyway, that's it for the Reds.
Now for the Blues, who've got something completely different.
-First of all, the little jam pot and cover. How do you rate that?
I'm a bit confused by this. Might I say unimpressed.
I think this might be from a toiletry pot or toiletry jar.
You can see some burn marks on the inside of the lid there.
-It's rather crude cutting.
However, it is preserving season here in Sydney at moment.
Do your sheilas do a lot of preserving?
We don't call them sheilas, you get in trouble for that.
-Do they not like being called sheilas?
-Absolutely not. No.
You've been watching too much Crocodile Dundee.
Is that what it is?
Ah, Hogan, he's our man. What do we reckon for it then?
I can only put 30 to 40 on it.
They paid 120 for it, which is sufficient to torpedo their chances.
Anyway, next up is the very nice Tunbridge ware box.
Hey, man, do you rate that?
I rate it. It has got the original label on the base.
It's in very good condition.
I think anything with a label for Tunbridge Ware just takes it up a notch or two in our value stakes.
-For that one, what do you think, Martin?
-50 they paid.
-That was cheap enough, wasn't it?
The last item is this ring.
-How do you rate that one? Not so good?
You're looking a bit shifty here.
-You're looking a bit nervous even.
Well, I'd have to classify it as costume jewellery.
-The stones, you think, look a bit pasty.
Right, for me, it looks as if it came out the Christmas cracker.
-Oh, is it?
-I don't want to be too harsh.
-Actually, I tend to agree.
So, what's your estimate?
I'd probably base it on the gold content. 100 to 120.
220 they paid.
So there is a dark hole.
-There is a dark hole.
-They'll need their bonus buy.
So, let's go and have a look at it.
Now, Ali and Tony, you spent a magnificent 390,
which I'm so proud of you girls.
-110 went over to David Barby.
-What did you buy, David?
I didn't spend it all, girls, I can assure you.
-This is quite beautiful.
-It's very, very small. Do you know what it is?
-A napkin ring?
It's not a napkin ring. This is a very special piece of ladies' jewellery.
It's a scarf ring
by an iconic silver maker -
Scandinavian - called Georg Jensen.
This one probably dates from the middle of the 20th century.
-It's beautiful and heavy.
All the details are contained underneath.
-I love it.
The chiffon scarf going through it.
-For sure. It's gorgeous.
-How much was it?
That was 80.
-I think it was a bargain.
That's fantastic, I love it.
You've got two fans there, haven't you?
That's good. Yes.
We're very happy that this thing potentially sits
on a pretty good profit but you don't decide now,
you decide after the sale of the first three items.
For the viewers at home, let's find out
what the auctioneer thinks about David's little ring.
That's nice. No name.
-Lovely weight to it.
All the right stamps. Very popular. Very popular.
Haven't failed to sell Georg Jensen for a long time, if ever.
-Great. How much?
-I've been conservative and I've put 100 to 120 on that.
80 purchase price.
-Could get 200.
-Could get 200?
-Plenty of punters for it.
-Don't tell David Barby. He will get excited.
-Anyway, best keep that under your hat.
-We will indeed.
We'll see exactly what happens in the auction in a minute.
All done. 150. At 90.
Your first lot up is the Art Nouveau
-preserve pot and cover. Here it comes.
It's a hallmark sterling silver-lidded
Art Nouveau jam preserve.
I'll start the bidding with the absentee at 70 only. 70 the bid.
At 70. 70 bid. 80 bid. 90 bid here.
At 90 the bid. 100 the bid.
Any further now at 100. 110. 120.
No more at 120?
Done, finished, out and over at 120. I sell.
He's going to sell at 120. Wiped its face. £120.
That's very good in relation to his estimate. Well done.
Here comes the Tunbridge ware box, estimated at 120 to 150.
I'll start the bidding on this one at 20 only, the bid.
30, 40, 50, 60...
Look at him go, look at him go!
At 80 the bid, 90 the bid, 100. 100 the bid, 100 the bid.
100 the bid. 110.
120. 120, 130.
130 the bid, 140.
Any further bidding now at 140?
Way over on my left at 140. Any further bidding at 140?
All done. I'm going to finish at 140 then.
You just made 90 bucks. Plus 90 bucks. Is that cool or is it cool?
Lot number 54 now is the ladies gold cocktail ring set
with the green and white stones, 18 carat. I'll start bidding
at 140, 150, 160. At 160 the bid.
At 160. At 160.
At 160 the bid. 160 the bid only.
-My bar at 160.
160 the bid. Have we got the right lot?
160 the bid quickly. At 160.
One commission bid. 160. All done. Finished.
160. That's not so bad.
That minus 60, which means overall you are plus 30,
which is pretty cool, isn't it?
-That all right. It's positive.
It is good, isn't it? There were some ups and downs there.
Are you going to go with the bonus buy? Will you go with the Jensen ring?
-We love it.
-We love it.
-You love it.
-You trust David.
-That's a good choice.
-We're pretty cool. We're doing it.
-Yes, I think so.
A definite decision.
We're going with the bonus buy, which is lovely.
I must start the bidding at 90 only the bid.
At 90 only. At 90.
-At 90 the bid. At 90 the bid.
-Is that all?
At 100 on the phone.
At 100. At 100 on the phone now. At 100.
Any further bidding? At 100, first, second and final call at 100.
I must close it out and sold.
100, a profit is a profit.
That is plus 20 which means overall, team, you are plus 50,
-which could be a winning score.
-Fantastic! Fingers crossed.
-How are you feeling?
-A little bit nervy?
-Not at all?
-Are you confident?
I'm really excited about this auction. We've interesting lots
-in the melting pot here.
-You certainly do.
Particularly that silver Danish pot,
which is your first item and here it comes.
This is a lovely piece, this one.
Start the bidding with me at 60, 70, 80 the bid only.
At 80, should be hands everywhere. At 80, the bid now.
At 90 the bid. 100 the bid now.
110. 120. 120 the bid there now.
120. 120. 120.
130 the bid there now.
At 130 the bid. 130. At 130. 140 the bid.
Worth a lot more. 140 the bid. 150. 150.
At 150. On my right there. 150 the bid.
-You're in profit, lads.
-Not a lot.
-All done. All finished at 150.
150 is a profit of plus five dollars.
Disappointing but never mind. It is a profit.
Lot number 39 in the catalogue
is the pair of miniature Royal flying propellers.
Very collectable lot. Interest here on the book.
I start the bidding at 20, 30, 40, 50 the bid. At 50 the bid.
At 50. At 50. At 50. At 50.
Excellent display of craftsmanship. 50 the bid.
At 50 the bid there now. At 50.
At 50 only. At 50.
We'll take it out. Any further than 50? No more.
50 is minus 5. You had 5. You've got absolutely nothing.
Now, stand by, the washing board.
Lot number 40 now, the Victorian treen washing board.
I thought it might make a nice cheese platter.
Can I ask 100 to start?
100 anywhere. 100.
80 to start me away.
50 the bid anywhere, quickly. 50 to start me away, surely.
-20 the bid.
30 the bid now. 40 the bid, 40 the bid. 50 the bid now.
At 50 the bid. At 50, 50 only.
-I don't believe this.
At 50. All done. All finished at 50. I wait.
It's wiped its face.
We've come 10,500 miles to make absolutely nothing.
After the sale of three items. How can this be?
You have to decide, are you going to risk it
and go with the 70 pressed horn box?
-What do you want to do, boys?
-A unanimous yes.
You're going with it? Paul will pull it out if we don't throw that one out...
It's a wise decision. The auctioneer really likes it.
He's estimated 120 to 150 on it, no trouble at all.
-Anyway, here it comes.
-The late Georgian pressed horn snuffbox.
Lot number 44. We got a couple of phone bids there.
-Please bear with us. There's been a lot of interest.
We'll start the bidding at a very low 50.
At 50 the bid. 60. 70.
80. 90. 100. 110. 120. 130.
140. 150. 160. 170. 180 the bid.
190 the bid now.
190 the bid now. At 190. 200 the bid. At 200 on the phone.
At 200. 220. On the phone at 220.
220. 240. At 240 the bid. At 260 the bid.
-At 260. At 260.
280, the bid. 280.
300 the bid. At 300. At 300. At 300?
All done at 300? On the phone now at 300.
Any further bidding at 300 then?
Thank God for Paul Laidlaw. Well done, Paul Laidlaw.
Look at that, fellows! You have just made a profit of 230.
-Isn't that brilliant?!
-Should we sing Auld Lang Syne?
-I don't know what we're going to sing.
I fancy there'll be a wee dram in a moment.
Well done, Paul, congratulations on that. That's a splendid result.
Is this going to be enough to completely smash the Blues?
Well, what fun we have had on Bargain Hunt today.
Goodness gracious me.
-Had a good time, chaps?
-OK, girls? Been happy?
Well, I tell you. It's been a result all around. Been talking?
No chatting, no chatting at all.
Well, sadly, there has to be one team who are runners up.
The runners-up today, by a considerable margin, are the Blues.
-That is sad.
-It is sad.
Particularly as you're going home with a profit of 50.
That's unusual enough to be giving you a profit,
and you're the runners-up.
Goodness only knows what's going to happen to the winners.
-There's your 50.
-That's pretty good.
As long as you sisters have had a nice time.
-An excellent time.
-Thanks so much.
-We've loved having you on the show.
But the victors today by a considerable margin
are going to take home 230.
How about that? Here comes the 230.
Things weren't looking so good for the Reds.
In fact, by the time they'd sold their first three items,
they had absolutely no profit at all.
They were zero.
Along came Paul Laidlaw, riding and firing from the hip
with his Scottish Burns box that turned in a profit of 230.
How's about that? And saved their bacon.
Is he brilliant, or what?
He is brilliant. Have you had a good time, you two?
In fact, we've had such a good time, why don't you join us soon
-for some more bargain-hunting, yes?
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Tim Wonnacott goes bargain hunting in Sydney at Australia's oldest and largest antiques centre. Smooth Scot Paul Laidlaw and quintessential Englishman David Barby provide the expert help for two Australian teams. Tim Wonnacott heads to Sydney's prestigious State Mitchell Library and gets a behind-the-scenes look at some of their treasured Australiana collection.