Edinburgh 9 Bargain Hunt


Edinburgh 9

The teams go bargain-hunting in Edinburgh. Charles Hanson captains the red team, who have cakes on the brain, while Paul Laidlaw leads a team of tartan-trousered blues.


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Welcome to Scotland. We've got two teams,

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two potty-trained experts ready for some Highland haggling.

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Let's go bargain hunting, yeah!

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Today we're north of the border,

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at the Edinburgh Antiques and Collectors' Fair.

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Here's a wee taste of what's to come.

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Two teams of best mates go head-to-head. The feisty Reds...

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-You haven't seen the boys.

-You haven't seen them yet.

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We need to beat the boys.

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..and the Tartan-troosered Blues.

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We're gotta win this. You'll help us win this.

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-I'll take you on a night out in Glasgow with the winnings.

-Woo!

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Right, let's recap on the rules.

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But surely everybody knows what the rules are.

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-How long do they get to shop?

-One hour.

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-How many things do they have to find?

-Three.

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-And how much do they have to spend?

-£300.

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Exactly right. The team wins that makes the most profit

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or the least loss later over at the auction.

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Now, let's meet today's contestants.

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-Hello, everybody, welcome.

-Hello.

-Lovely to see you.

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Now, Jane and Pauline. How did you first meet, Jane?

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Well, Pauline and I both do...

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are members of the Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society,

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-so we sing on stage each year together.

-And dress-up.

-Yes.

-Yes.

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-Done HMS Pinafore yet?

-We have.

-We have, yes.

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-That's a rollicking good laugh, isn't it?

-It is.

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-Now, Jane, it says here that you've seen the world.

-Yes.

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I've travelled to various countries throughout the world.

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Loved every minute of it.

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Why aren't you mentioning the Australian Navy?

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Well, I was in that for seven years, communication sailor.

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-Where did the Australian Navy take you?

-I saw a lot of Southeast Asia.

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-Pacific Islands, went to Hawaii twice, New Zealand.

-Sounds tough.

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-It was tough. Hard.

-What do you do with your free time now?

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Now I'm more into my cake decorating,

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which I've been trying to establish as a business.

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So, will you be baking a celebration cake especially

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-if we win today?

-Here's hoping.

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-Yeah, OK.

-Yes.

-Excellent.

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Pauline, you're no stranger to being on the telly, are you?

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Well, no. In my earlier life, when I was slightly younger,

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I did quite a lot of extra work.

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And did local shows, little Scottish shows like Rebus,

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Taggart, River City, just plodding about in the background.

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And they thought you'd got what it took to wander around?

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-Yeah. I don't think you really need that much.

-Well, I don't know.

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-Cos, you know, you can't go colliding with people.

-No.

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And you've got to be very patient.

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You do. You sit around for a long time. But it's good fun.

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When I was younger, I got a real buzz out of it.

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-Now, you find yourself quite often at antique fairs.

-I do, yes.

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I love going to antique fairs.

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-And I've now got my kids involved as well.

-Have you?

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-And I drag them around with me.

-I think you'll do rather well.

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In fact, I think you'll do so well

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that these Blues are quaking in their boots.

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-Are you quaking?

-Quaking.

-Yep.

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They look handy, these women, to me. Anyway...

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Seb, you met Tom first as an opponent, didn't you?

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We did, on the rugby pitch, that's right.

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-Where did you play?

-I was on the wing.

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-I'm not sure what position he was.

-I was on the bench.

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Most of the time, Tom, I guess. Well, good fun.

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What sort of things do you collect?

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Um, I'm not a massive collector of any sort of objects,

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but I studied archaeology at university.

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I like the story behind objects.

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-Things like that.

-Will you be going for something really ancient today?

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-Quite possibly.

-Some old lump of stone or iron, if you can find it.

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-A bit of pottery.

-You never know, these things make money at auction.

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-I've heard they do.

-And are desirable. Tom, it says here

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-that you're a milk broker.

-Yeah.

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I've never met a milk broker before. Tell us what he does.

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Well, basically, I work for a family friend's dairy company.

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What we are trying to do is get everyone in the country

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to have milk delivered instead of buying it from a supermarket.

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Is this going to cream off the profit from the supermarkets?

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I hope so.

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-You're also a collector?

-Well, my father

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used to take me to antique fairs when I was very young.

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I remember the first thing I got was a 17th-century writing desk

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-at Hopton House.

-Really!

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It had lots of little secret pockets, that's why I liked it.

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What sort of things will you be going for today, do you think?

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Got any idea?

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-A vase.

-Yeah, I think so.

-Gotta be a vase, does it?

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I don't think anything in particular.

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You're going out there with an open mind. We'll have fun today.

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Now, at the money moment. Here you go, £300 apiece. £300.

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-Thank you.

-You know the rules. Your experts await. And off you go!

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And very, very good luck.

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17th-century writing desk, eh?

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Mm. I could do with one of those.

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It's going to be a hard-fought contest today,

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I can feel it already.

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And I've just the chaps to help them out.

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With the Red Team is a man who knows an antique fair

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like the back of his hand - Mr Charles Hanson.

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And the Blues will be benefiting from the expertise

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of the ever so knowledgeable Scot Paul Laidlaw.

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Who's going to come out on top? Let's find out.

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Seb, am I right? You guys are competitive between yourselves?

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There's always been a bit of friendly rivalry between us.

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-And what's the plan?

-To win!

-Really? Just to win?

-Yes.

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-Your rivalry today is aimed at the red blighters, yeah?

-Yep.

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-We're going to win.

-We're going to win!

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-We're not getting beaten by two guys in tartan trews.

-Exactly.

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-Let's go that way.

-Let's go this way.

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And so, they're off to do some serious shopping.

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Feel a love with the dealer, OK?

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And that will then invite you into the object.

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So, if it jumps out at you for whatever reason.

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A strong reaction is what we need.

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I quite like wee boxes.

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-Looks rugged on top.

-Exactly. And what's it all about?

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-Winning.

-Winning.

-Exactly.

-Winning.

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-This is for us.

-I've got too many at home.

-Too many at home?

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Early days! Don't jinx us! Early days!

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It's a bit early to be raising the silverware, blokes!

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Both teams are scouring the aisles for that perfect bargain.

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Jane has already spotted something right up her baker's street.

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-I like the cake stand there.

-Yeah.

-That looks really lovely.

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-That's nice.

-Could we have a look at it?

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-Apt for you, with your cakes.

-That would be. ..Thank you.

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-Why would it be apt for you, Jane?

-Because I bake cakes.

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-Yeah.

-And I just love it.

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-I love it as well.

-Is that really...?

-It's wood.

-It is.

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It is an ebonized wood. It's lacquered.

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It's made to imitate maybe Japan, with these pagodas.

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And the quality is really very good.

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-It's barely been touched by sponge cakes over the years.

-Yes.

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-Is it old, though?

-It's probably, I think, 1920s.

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-It says 130, but that is too much.

-I would guide it cautiously.

-Yeah.

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Hello there. Best price, madam?

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I have 130 on it, but I could come down to 90.

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-Could you do 75?

-80 would be my very best.

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We're early into the hour, aren't we? It's an early morning.

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-Can we come back?

-Absolutely, we can come back, can't we?

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-Of course, yes.

-There we are.

-Thank you.

-That's lovely.

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So, that's one to throw into the mix, Reds.

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Let's see if it rises later.

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How do you feel about instruments? I'm looking at the microscope.

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-I think microscopes are cool.

-I like it.

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I think it's an interesting object.

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But I think, if we were taking it to an auction,

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as far as like choosing something weird,

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the chances of someone being there who is going to buy

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a 19th-century microscope...

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-I know, but...

-Have faith.

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-But...

-The markets' eyes are on that auction.

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It doesn't matter how obscure it is.

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It didn't jump out at me, that's all I'm saying.

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Well, let's hope you find something that does jump out at you soon, Tom.

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-What's this?

-A silver mint box.

-Made by Garrard.

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It's only plate. It's just silver-plate,

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but it has a good maker.

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At your dining table...

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Pass your mints, like so, with this lovely case.

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-It's quirkier.

-Novel, quirky, now the really important factor...

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-We would use that at a dinner party.

-Would you really?

-Yes.

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-We would.

-I like that.

-Yeah, it's different.

-Yeah.

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-How much is it?

-18.

-18.

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-Wait for it.

-18!

-Yeah.

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How does it go again? How does it go? Don't sound too surprised, OK?

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18? That's quite expensive.

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-18!

-18, yes.

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You'll have to work on your poker faces, girls.

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-What would be your best price?

-12.

-For 12?

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-Oh!

-I'd buy that.

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-I really like that.

-Could you do it for 10?

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-OK, then.

-Thank you!

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-My lovely assistant.

-Thanks very much.

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Reds have got themselves one in the bag,

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but will dish make a mint at the auction? Not to be outdone,

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Paul has spotted something that could fly in the sale room.

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What do you have there? 1930s, 1940s.

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Rather nice alabaster, onyx.

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-It is quite solid.

-Good frame, rather nice enamelled gilt,

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RAF pilot's wings.

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-Very elegant. And no little chips or nicks or cracks.

-Looks good.

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-No, it's in good condition.

-How do you feel about that?

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Pretty good, but can we get it for less than £50?

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-I think you need to.

-25. It has to be 25.

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The thing is, nobody uses picture frames any more.

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It's all done by computer.

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- 35, that's it. - 30. We'll pay 30 for it.

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And then we'll win this, you'll help us win it.

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35, you'll win anyway.

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-32, we'll take it for 32. Done.

-Guys, you bought something.

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Tom's brokering skills obviously aren't restricted to milk.

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Well done, Blues. One down, two items and 45 minutes to go.

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The Red Team are proving to have one-track minds.

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-Charles, we saw another cake stand up there.

-Say again?

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We saw another cake stand up there. It's just plain.

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-Another cake stand?

-Yeah.

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-It's just plain, but in comparison to price, that's only £40.

-Show me.

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Yeah, I think it's nice.

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This is quite standard and has a bog standard price.

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-The other one was much more fanciful and more...

-Absolutely.

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I was only pointing this out to you because we can then see how much

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-the bog standard one is.

-Absolutely.

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I can detect a pattern emerging here.

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Will the boys find that special vase they want

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and blue-m at the auction? Ha! The Reds have only spent £10 so far.

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Will they go for something big next or something more compact?

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-What do you think of this, Charles?

-Oh, that's nice.

-Isn't it lovely?

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A little compact. You've got your lipstick,

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your powder and your perfume compact in this one here.

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Yeah, you've got your powder there with your mirror.

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-And music.

-A musical one.

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-It's £20.

-Do you think we could get a deal on them with two?

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-I thought you want to win.

-BOTH: We do.

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-To win, isn't that spending big?

-Right. Well, then, let's go.

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-Come on. Come on.

-What do you think?

-We'll go elsewhere.

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If you could buy them for half price...

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Knowing you need some money, knowing her female collectors

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in her Glasgow sale room, that would happily make about £35.

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-Really?

-So there's a big profit there. How much?

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-For 14.

-14.

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-Look at me.

-Ten?

-12.

-Aw!

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Seeing as it's my favourite, ten.

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Thank you!

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-Ten.

-£10?

-10!

-Thank you!

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-I think it'd be rude not to say, "Go for it."

-Yes, please. Thank you.

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£10. That's a wonderful thing.

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-It's compact, quite literally. It's a neat object.

-I love it!

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Well done, Reds, but you are hardly blowing the budget.

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We've only spent £20 so far. For two items.

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Charles wants to buy something...

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bigger that we spent a bit more money on.

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-Yeah, something that's not £10.

-LAUGHTER

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Most of the objects here are 100 or 200 years old,

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but I've got my hands on a couple of interesting items,

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one of which is considerably older than not.

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What is the connection between this fancy, pink, lacy hat

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and this cardboard box?

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On the face of it, there is no connection,

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until you open up the box

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and you take out part of the contents,

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which is...one of these. And, of course,

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there is a very strong connection between the hat and the egg.

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This is the largest avian egg in the world,

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that came from the largest bird in the world.

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It is, of course, the ostrich. What is it worth?

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A £10 note would buy you this ostrich egg,

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which is not a lot when you think about it.

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The other interesting natural history specimen

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that I found today is this fellow. What do you think about that?

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This is actually a tooth, a tooth from an ancient shark,

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and is about 90,000,000 years old.

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This shark's tooth has a mathematical calculation

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that can be applied to it to determine

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how long the original shark was.

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And the calculation is supposed to be ten metres per inch of tooth.

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If that is a three-inch tooth,

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we had a 90-foot shark swimming around

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100,000,000 years ago that had some dentures just like this.

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That's a thought, isn't it? So, what's it worth?

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Well, there is a considerable difference in value

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between this and the ostrich egg,

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because these things are not as common as hens' teeth.

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As such, one like that, a big one, would cost you all of £90.

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Eat your heart out, Jaws.

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Our teams are fighting tooth and nail.

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So far, the cake-mad Reds

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have the edge, with two items under their fleeces,

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but the boys have proved that they can do a mean bit of haggling.

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Whenever you go to Glasgow, you want to go to Glasgow

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with an object really made for the place.

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-This looks like Rennie Mackintosh.

-Exactly.

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Exactly. OK? Feel the romance.

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-OK. Can we think about?

-Say again?

-Can we think about it?

-Of course!

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-We've still got time.

-We have time.

-I love it.

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At the very least, we can use them to find a bargain.

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LAUGHTER

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Well, they've managed to find something all right.

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They've been looking for one of these.

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-What's the vase?

-It's WMF.

-Is it?

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Mind your language, please(!) LAUGHTER

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Late 19th, early 20th century. The inspiration here...

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It's made in Wurttemberg.

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The inspiration is clearly Eastern and of the Orient.

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-Was it made to be trendy?

-I love that question.

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In its day, positively avant-garde, I suspect.

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-It's 125!

-Yeah, but we could get it for £60.

-No, you couldn't.

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You did not say that.

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No, seriously. No, no, no.

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It's a 20 quid piece, and I've seen them at that.

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I would do it for 45, but I'm not happy with anything less.

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What do you think?

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40? We've got to win this. You got to help us win this.

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-We'll take you on a night out in Glasgow with the winnings.

-Woo!

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LAUGHTER

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40 and we nailed it.

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-OK.

-Yeah!

-Loving your work. Thanks for that.

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-Thank you.

-It's yours.

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-Thank you very much.

-Hey, two down.

-One to go.

-Get in there.

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I think we've done fantastically well so far.

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I think we are doing tremendously.

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I mean, we got two great, great bargains

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and we've got plenty of time left to go hunting.

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-Yeah.

-So, both teams are after that all-important third item.

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They both have plenty of moola left and the clock is ticking.

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We should go for something really big. Something really big.

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-Are we going big?

-Yes.

-Are we going really big?

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Anything here that grabs your attention or move on?

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-Let's move.

-Let's do it. Thanks very much.

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As time starts to run out, Jane is becoming obsessed.

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-Another cake stand?

-Yeah.

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Listen, I think, let's leave the cake stands...

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I don't think we've heard the last of those stands.

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There's the microscope. Is there anything else we saw and went...?

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I'm not keen on the microscope. I don't like it.

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I think the chances of finding someone who is going to buy

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a 19th-century microscope are not going to happen.

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-You're wrong.

-Yeah, I knew you were going to say this, but...

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-Well, look...

-I think we should think bigger.

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I'm just trying to come up with things that, a minute to go,

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we could run and nail.

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Feeling the pressure, Blues? You're not the only ones.

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It's decision time for the Reds. And guess what?

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It must be, I think, that lacquered cake stand with a bit more discount.

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-Yes.

-If that's feasible. Where was it?

-There.

-Come on, then.

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Oh, I hope it's still there.

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Minutes to go, Paul has spotted a pair of potential prize-winners.

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They're modern, so maybe the boys will take a shine to these.

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-I like your Orrefors decanters.

-Beautiful.

-Aren't they?

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-May we have a look?

-Yes. Good weight to them.

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Guys, what do you think?

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This is what they're famed for. This is wheel cutting.

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And it does what it says.

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Lovely, high quality crystal.

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Bear that. What do you think?

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I live above a pub called The Stag, so I think it's genius.

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-90 would be the bottom.

-90's it?

-90.

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If we could get it for 60, then we would be all over it.

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Is there any more in that?

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I'd go another fiver, but that is really pushing it. 85.

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So it would be 85.

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I think we should go for it.

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I like them and I think it's a risk worth taking.

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We've got two objects that we've spent little on.

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Go on, squeeze out another fiver. Do us a favour.

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You have to do it for 80, otherwise we'll end up

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with this horrible microscope.

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-Go on, then, £80.

-Yes! Good.

-Thank you very much.

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I'll be having chips without the fish for tea tonight(!)

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Well done, Blues.

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Down to the wire and three items haggled and bagged like proper pros.

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Meanwhile, as the kitchen timer is about to ping,

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our Red Team have returned to their cake stand.

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Either it's still there or it's "scone"!

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Our final curtain is almost here. We've got about three minutes to go,

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-and we quite like your cake stand.

-I'd quite like it to sell.

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-Would you really?

-Oh, yes!

-How much? How much?

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-Just for £80.

-Really?

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75?

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-Please?

-That's painful.

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-I was saying...

-I know, it's just that we've got to beat these guys.

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I know, I know.

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-You haven't seen the boys.

-You haven't seen them yet.

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We need to beat the boys.

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And you'll say, "I did the girls a good turn."

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-Right. Well, we have to stand up for girl power.

-Absolutely.

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-75.

-Thank you!

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-Excellent, 75.

-Yeah.

-Sure?

-Yeah.

-Sure?

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You'll leave me with all that money to go out and really blow it?

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-Yeah.

-Well, I'm in, then. We'll take it.

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-Excellent, thank you.

-Well done, guys. £75, give her a hand.

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That's it, time's up. Let's check out what the Red Team bought.

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-'The number you have dialled...'

-I beg your pardon?

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So the lady bakers in red couldn't resist a slice of the cake stand.

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It cost them £75.

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The silver-plated mint box was a snip added tenner.

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Will the Garrard & Co name help sweeten that price?

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And the plated and mother of pearl compact came with

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a £10 price to match. They're hoping to make up wads at the auction.

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-We came with thoughts of cake and we ended with a cake stand.

-Yes.

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-Absolutely.

-You think you're going to get cake and eat it?

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-Oh, absolutely.

-Definitely.

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-You'll have your cake and eat it?

-Yes.

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-Is it your favourite item?

-Yes.

-It is?

-It's mine.

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-Same with you, Pauline?

-I like the little compact.

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-That's your favourite?

-Yes.

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-But is it going to bring the biggest profit?

-Yes.

-It is?

-Yes.

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-Definitely?

-Definitely.

-There we go, got a split decision here.

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How much did you spend all around, you girls?

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-BOTH: 95.

-On the lot?

-Yes.

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-Oh, dear. £95?

-I know, I know.

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-Who's got the 205 smackers?

-Me.

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205 smackers, thank you very much, Pauline.

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That goes straight across to Hanson,

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which is quite of lot of cash, isn't it?

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I've learned, when you go somewhere like Glasgow,

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that fashionable place, that boutique auction house,

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or Anita Manning's, you've got to spend the whole lot, Tim. Spend big.

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-It's going to make a huge profit.

-I'm going to burn the lot.

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All right, lovely. Well done, Charles, girls.

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Meanwhile, why don't we check out what the Blue Team bought, eh?

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The boys in blue, with their tartan trews,

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snapped up the Art Deco RAF photo frame for £32.

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They got a cracking discount on the WMF vase,

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down from £125 to a much more presentable 40.

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Ditto their final item, a pair of Orrefors engraved decanters.

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-Tom, Seb, how was it?

-Tremendous.

-Did you enjoy it?

-Great time.

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What did you spend all round?

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-£152?

-£152, that is a thoroughly good number.

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Who's got the £148 leftover?

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-I've got it.

-Well done.

-There you go.

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Very good. Now, which is your favourite piece, Tom?

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I particularly like the decanters that we've got.

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I think they'll be really good.

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-Yeah? Same for you, Seb?

-No, I've got the vase.

-As a favourite?

-Yeah.

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-Is that going to bring the biggest profit?

-I hope so, I think so.

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-Do you agree?

-Probably,

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cos we managed to push the price down on that one.

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I see. Well, you are not students of Professor Laidlaw for nothing.

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Now, Professor, there you go. There is your wad of money.

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Are you going to blow the lot?

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I don't know, but I feel like buying something Scottish.

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-Something Scottish?

-Yeah.

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Well, we'll sell in Scotland, you're a Scot.

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I think this is good thinking. Good luck.

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Good luck, team.

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Meanwhile, we are heading off to Pollok House. Ever heard of it?

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Well, you're going to find out all about it any minute now.

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Just outside Glasgow,

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Pollok House was built in the 18th century

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by the Maxwell family.

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Used as a military hospital in World War I,

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it opened as a museum in 1967.

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It contains many displays of fine furniture and family heirlooms,

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including the Stirling Maxwell collection of European paintings.

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But it is an entirely different collection

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that has brought me here today.

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This room was originally designed as a billiard room

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when it was added on to the main house early in the 20th century.

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In the First World War,

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when the place was turned over to a military hospital,

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it was a ward for officers recovering from their wounds.

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Today, it is a dining room.

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And it is an activity connected with dining, actually drinking,

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that draws me to this collection of silverware.

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Now, the earliest piece out of this group is what is called

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a nautilus shell, which is this fellow here,

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that was so prized in 1615, when this thing was created,

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the silversmith in Nuremburg plastered it in silver gilt,

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hence the exotic wave form of the cover.

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If you look carefully around the whole thing,

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it is encrusted with elements

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that relate to the mystery of the distant oceans.

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The other intriguing piece is this fellow,

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which is thought to be an ostrich egg form coffee pot.

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The coffee dregs would accumulate in the bottom of this egg shape,

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allowing you to draw off the amber nectar above.

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And these other two pieces, well, they are just here for the fun.

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This wise old owl cannot be faulted

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for the quality of the workmanship in its construction.

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If I am careful and I gently ease the cover off,

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you'd have stored your alcohol,

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another vicious brew, in the body of the owl and treated his head

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simply as a wee tot,

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a cup out of which you take a dram.

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But perhaps the most extraordinary drinking object is this fellow.

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It is called a wager cup.

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In the pub,

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you'd wager your best mate that he couldn't drink

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both vessels without spilling a drop.

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You could very easily glug, glug, glug that. No problem at all.

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But the trick is to drink what is in this hinged vase.

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Oops. Oh!

0:25:080:25:10

I might get away with it.

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On the other hand, if you have had a drop or two, I promise you,

0:25:120:25:16

the whole thing is down your shirt.

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You'd lose your wager and all your friends in the pub would think

0:25:180:25:22

that's very, very amusing.

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Fun, isn't it?

0:25:240:25:25

The big question today for our teams over at the auction -

0:25:250:25:29

is anybody about to be drenched or not?

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Well, we have trotted across half of Scotland from Edinburgh

0:25:400:25:44

to Glasgow to get to Great Western Auction Rooms with Anita Manning.

0:25:440:25:47

-Anita, how are you, darling?

-I'm very well and welcome. Welcome.

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It is lovely to be here in Glasgow, I tell you.

0:25:510:25:53

Jane and Pauline are looking to you to achieve stellar results,

0:25:530:25:57

as usual, no pressure.

0:25:570:25:58

What about this crested mint container?

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Well, it is quite an ordinary, wee item,

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but what makes it a wee bitty special is the fact that it was made

0:26:050:26:09

by Garrard & Co, who were the Crown Jewellers.

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So it was retailed by a luxury firm.

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They paid a ten pound note for it,

0:26:170:26:19

will you be able to convert that into some extra cash?

0:26:190:26:22

Well, I hope so. I have estimated it at 20 to 30.

0:26:220:26:25

I might be a wee bit generous on that,

0:26:250:26:27

but it was because it had a little quality.

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Yeah, no, quite, and the right name.

0:26:300:26:31

-Yes.

-You are absolutely right.

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Next is this little compact, lipstick and powder compact.

0:26:340:26:38

It's not something I use often.

0:26:380:26:40

-But they are collectible, aren't they?

-They are collectible.

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And there are a group of people who are passionate about compacts,

0:26:420:26:47

so I am hoping we will have interest on the floor and from outside.

0:26:470:26:51

-Brilliant. And how much do you think you will get?

-Well, 15 to 20.

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That's fair enough, they paid £10.

0:26:550:26:57

You can't do better than that, can you?

0:26:570:26:59

The last item is the three-tier cake stand.

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This is in very good condition and the gilt decoration is perfect.

0:27:040:27:09

Yeah. I do fancy it with a few cupcakes, though.

0:27:090:27:12

-Perhaps a little bit of Dundee cake up here in Scotland.

-Of course.

0:27:120:27:16

-What do you think it is going to bring?

-Well, I put 40 to 60 on it.

0:27:160:27:19

They paid 75. So we could be a bit awry there.

0:27:190:27:22

In fact, if you did really well on these, you might cover

0:27:220:27:26

the losses on that, in which case they're going to need the bonus buy,

0:27:260:27:29

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

0:27:290:27:32

-Now, girls, you spent £95.

-Yes.

0:27:320:27:34

Which was truly pathetic.

0:27:340:27:35

And £205 of leftover lolly went to Charles.

0:27:370:27:40

Charles, what did you buy?

0:27:400:27:41

I always like to try and spend the whole lot. I really do.

0:27:410:27:45

So I bought something very stylish,

0:27:450:27:47

hopefully right for the area of Glasgow.

0:27:470:27:49

-And it is that.

-I knew it!

0:27:490:27:52

-What do you mean you knew it?

-We looked at that.

0:27:520:27:54

Oh yes, we did. I know.

0:27:540:27:56

-I knew you'd go back and buy that.

-I did.

0:27:560:27:58

Because it just had a look about it.

0:27:580:27:59

I thought, well, knowing Glasgow and knowing...

0:27:590:28:03

Have a look. It is a barometer, of course.

0:28:030:28:05

It is. I know this because we looked at it.

0:28:050:28:07

-Did you reject it earlier then?

-Yes.

0:28:070:28:09

He went back and bought a reject?

0:28:090:28:11

They thought it was too expensive.

0:28:110:28:13

Well, you would, spending £95, wouldn't you?

0:28:130:28:17

Yeah, but look at the sinuous lines. It is so Art Nouveau

0:28:170:28:19

and it reflects almost the birth of the great arts

0:28:190:28:22

in Glasgow in the last century.

0:28:220:28:25

It ought to make maybe £100 to £150, because it cost me 70.

0:28:250:28:30

-Oh, well done.

-You are sure?

0:28:300:28:33

These girls have bucked up now when you said 70.

0:28:330:28:36

They were seriously depressed when they thought it was going to be 210.

0:28:360:28:40

Charles, you are a tease, I have to tell you that.

0:28:400:28:43

Anyway, good. Well done, Charles.

0:28:430:28:45

-You seem to have got a bit of a hit, there.

-I hope so.

0:28:450:28:48

Excellent. But for the audience at home, let's find out

0:28:480:28:51

what the auctioneer thinks about Charles' barometer.

0:28:510:28:53

So, Anita, is the weather set fair for Charles with his bonus buy?

0:28:530:28:57

Well, I hope so. This is a lovely little barometer.

0:28:570:29:00

It's very Glasgow.

0:29:000:29:03

The shape of it, this lovely heart shape

0:29:030:29:06

and the inlay of copper and ebony -

0:29:060:29:10

-the Glasgow buyers will love it!

-Right.

-And it's a good maker.

0:29:100:29:13

The only thing is, we have some damage here and here

0:29:130:29:17

and that might take it away.

0:29:170:29:20

How much?

0:29:200:29:22

I still have estimated it 80 to 120,

0:29:220:29:25

because I'm hoping the design, the shape,

0:29:250:29:28

and the inlay will push the price up.

0:29:280:29:31

Charles paid 70 and it does depend, of course,

0:29:310:29:34

whether the team take it or not.

0:29:340:29:35

Anyway, that's it for the Reds. For the Blues,

0:29:350:29:38

what a mixture they've got. First item is the photo frame,

0:29:380:29:42

-which is patriotic, good quality.

-I love this,

0:29:420:29:47

I think it's absolutely beautiful. We have the addition

0:29:470:29:50

of the little pilots' wings here. A nice thing, I do like it.

0:29:500:29:55

They only paid £32.

0:29:550:29:56

I think that's pretty reasonable.

0:29:560:29:59

I've estimated it 40 to 60.

0:29:590:30:01

By the time you've worked your magic,

0:30:010:30:03

-Anita, anything could happen.

-You old flatterer!

0:30:030:30:06

Moving on then,

0:30:060:30:09

-we've got the WMF pot.

-I love it, I love the design.

0:30:090:30:13

We've got a standard shape, but an intriguing abstract pattern.

0:30:130:30:17

It's an intriguing piece and has captured my imagination.

0:30:170:30:21

-Difficult to value, I guess?

-I've put £40-£60 on it

0:30:210:30:24

and I really don't know where it will go. I think it will

0:30:240:30:27

be well-fancied, though.

0:30:270:30:29

Anything north of 40, happy with that. Good.

0:30:290:30:32

Next, the perennial favourites - a nice pair of decanters.

0:30:320:30:35

They are smart, aren't they?

0:30:350:30:37

These are Orrefors, so we've got wonderful Scandinavian design,

0:30:370:30:41

but the thing about these decanters is these stags at the front

0:30:410:30:45

have been engraved by Alison Geissler,

0:30:450:30:48

who was a prestigious Edinburgh engraver.

0:30:480:30:51

I wonder whether your fellow Scot, Paul Laidlaw,

0:30:510:30:55

realised there was an engraving Edinburgh connection with this piece of glass.

0:30:550:30:59

They've only got an hour, so he may not have had time to examine

0:30:590:31:03

it as carefully as an auctioneer would.

0:31:030:31:05

-What are they worth?

-I've estimated 80 to 120.

0:31:050:31:09

£80 was paid, so that should make a profit.

0:31:090:31:12

I think I'm smelling a bit of a golden gavel coming up here.

0:31:120:31:16

I might be completely wrong in which case

0:31:160:31:18

they won't want the bonus buy, but let's go and look at it anyway!

0:31:180:31:21

Seb and Tom, this is your exciting moment, the leftover lolly.

0:31:210:31:24

You spent 152, you gave the Laidlaw £148. What did you buy?

0:31:240:31:28

Brace yourselves!

0:31:280:31:30

Oh! And where are the rest?

0:31:300:31:32

Spoons!

0:31:320:31:34

-How uninspiring!

-No, I love a spoon.

0:31:340:31:37

Absolutely uninspiring!

0:31:370:31:40

Two pretty dull, fiddle-pattern silver teaspoons.

0:31:400:31:44

Worth what, £10 each on a good day?

0:31:440:31:47

I paid £70 for those,

0:31:490:31:50

but these are Scottish provincial silver.

0:31:500:31:53

I've seen dealers asking £100 a pop for such spoons.

0:31:530:31:58

An international market.

0:31:580:32:00

-That's why I'm presenting them to you now.

-Mini bargain.

-I hope so.

0:32:000:32:05

-And what sort of profit d'you think we can make?

-If I'm lucky,

0:32:050:32:09

I can see them doing £100-£110.

0:32:090:32:11

-You're already fired up about this Tom, aren't you?

-So excited(!)

0:32:110:32:14

I can see it written all over your face. Fine.

0:32:140:32:17

Well, you've got the gen, you don't decide now, decide later.

0:32:170:32:20

For the audience at home, let's find out what the Scottish auctioneer

0:32:200:32:23

thinks about the Scottish spoons.

0:32:230:32:24

There we go, Anita, two wee Scottish spoons for you.

0:32:240:32:29

There's always demand for Scottish provincial silver and these

0:32:290:32:32

are by two prestigious makers -

0:32:320:32:35

Alexander Cameron and John Urquhart.

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How much do you think they're going to bring?

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I have put £50-£80 on them,

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-and I might have been a little generous.

-Oh dear.

0:32:430:32:46

-Laidlaw paid 70.

-Yeah.

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Maybe the team shouldn't go with them.

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But maybe they will.

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Maybe we won't know until we get to the auction.

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-Are you taking the sale today?

-I am.

-As usual, we're in safe hands.

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-So, you nervous at all, Jenny?

-No, excited.

-You're not?

-Very excited.

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How excited on your excited scale?

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-15!

-Are you?

-Yes.

-That's off the top, isn't it?

-Absolutely.

0:33:150:33:19

First up, then, is your Garrard mint box and here it comes.

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Lot 51, ladies and gentlemen,

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is this delightful little silver-plated and crested mint box.

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Start me at £20. £20.

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20 bid.

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20, 25, 30,

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35, 40... £40...

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45, fresh bidder.

0:33:400:33:44

Any advance on 45?

0:33:440:33:47

Any advance on 45?

0:33:470:33:49

It's with the lady at 45. 45.

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£45.

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Steady! Steady!

0:33:550:33:58

-Be careful there, Charlie!

-Sorry!

-Well done, girls.

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Plus £35.

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Lot 52, ladies and gentlemen, is this

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very stylish vintage compact.

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£20 for the compact. £20.

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20 bid, 20 bid, 25,

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30,

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35,

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35, 35,

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35,

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40,

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£40. 45...

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-Yes!

-50,

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£50...

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-Settle down, girls, settle down!

-They can't believe it.

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Any advance on £50?

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Any advance on £50? £50.

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£50, that's it. 50.

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-That's plus £40.

-Excellent.

0:34:470:34:51

-That means you are plus £75.

-Unbelievable.

0:34:510:34:53

-Hang on a minute, this could all go very badly wrong.

-Well, it could.

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This is a lovely example, here,

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the Chinoiserie George V three-tiered cake stand.

0:35:010:35:04

Start me at 30, start me at 30.

0:35:040:35:08

30 bid, 30 bid, with the lady at 30.

0:35:080:35:11

Any advance on 30?

0:35:110:35:14

Any advance on 30?

0:35:140:35:16

40, 40 with you, sir,

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50.

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£50. With the lady at 50,

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60 fresh bidder, 70,

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£70, with you, madam at £70.

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One more.

0:35:280:35:29

Any advance on 70?

0:35:290:35:31

Any advance on £70?

0:35:310:35:33

All done at £70? £70.

0:35:330:35:37

Bad luck.

0:35:370:35:39

£70. That is bad luck.

0:35:390:35:41

You're minus £5 on that,

0:35:410:35:43

-but overall you are plus £70.

-Yes!

0:35:430:35:46

-This is serious excitement here.

-Oh, yes.

0:35:470:35:50

Girls, what are you going

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to do about the barometer then? You can bank £70

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-which could be a winning score.

-Let's bank.

-Let's go for it.

0:35:540:35:58

-Quickly, what are you going to do?

-Go for it.

-Fine, go for it.

0:35:580:36:01

You're going to do it.

0:36:010:36:03

-We'll go for it.

-OK. Phew!

0:36:030:36:05

I think we finally got there. I think the decision is made, yes?

0:36:050:36:09

We are going with the bonus buy. Definitely? We're going with it. Here it comes.

0:36:090:36:13

Ladies and gentlemen, is this not so Glasgow?

0:36:130:36:18

Start me at 100. 50, then?

0:36:180:36:20

50 bid. 50 bid.

0:36:200:36:22

50 bid.

0:36:220:36:24

Any advance on 50, 60, 70,

0:36:240:36:27

70, 80.

0:36:270:36:30

Look out, you're in profit.

0:36:300:36:31

The bid's with me at £95.

0:36:310:36:35

100, 100 fresh bidder.

0:36:350:36:39

£100. 100,

0:36:390:36:43

any advance on 100?

0:36:430:36:46

£100.

0:36:460:36:49

-Yes!

-Yes!

-Well done, Charles.

0:36:490:36:52

Charles, we love you!

0:36:520:36:54

Well, give him a kiss then. He deserves a kiss.

0:36:540:36:57

Very good.

0:36:570:36:59

Give them a wee clap!

0:36:590:37:02

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:37:020:37:03

Well done. Give her a clap!

0:37:030:37:06

-Plus £100. Don't say a word to the Blues.

-We won't.

0:37:060:37:10

There there's no point in spoiling their day. All right?

0:37:100:37:12

So, boys, are we wearing our tartan trews for good luck?

0:37:160:37:21

-Is that what it is?

-Certainly is, yes.

0:37:210:37:24

-How do you rate your chances today?

-Pretty good.

-Do you?

0:37:240:37:27

-You reckon you're on for this?

-Definitely.

-To lash those girls?

0:37:270:37:30

I think it'll be easy.

0:37:300:37:32

First up is the photo frame and here it comes.

0:37:320:37:35

Lot 73, ladies and gentlemen,

0:37:350:37:38

is this super art deco

0:37:380:37:41

onyx photograph frame. Start me at £30, 30 bid.

0:37:410:37:45

30 bid. With you, sir, at 30.

0:37:460:37:48

Any advance on 30?

0:37:480:37:50

35, 40, 45, 50,

0:37:500:37:53

55. £55.

0:37:530:37:56

It's with the lady at 55.

0:37:560:38:00

Any advance on 55? Any advance on 55?

0:38:000:38:03

55.

0:38:030:38:05

Well done, boys. £55.

0:38:050:38:07

There's nothing the matter with that. That's £23 profit.

0:38:070:38:11

We like it, it's a profit. Good. Now, the baluster vase.

0:38:110:38:14

One of my own personal favourites is this unusual WMF vase,

0:38:140:38:20

with these abstract circles.

0:38:200:38:23

Start me at £30. Start me at 30.

0:38:230:38:27

Start me at 30. 20, then, 20 bid.

0:38:270:38:30

Any advance on 20? Any advance on 20?

0:38:300:38:34

Don't like the look of this. There's somebody bidding.

0:38:340:38:37

40.

0:38:370:38:39

50.

0:38:390:38:41

-It's with the lady at £50.

-It's cheap enough.

0:38:410:38:45

Any advance on £50? Any advance on £50?

0:38:450:38:48

£50?

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£50 is a profit.

0:38:510:38:53

Let's just look at it like that, plus £10 on that,

0:38:530:38:55

that's not expensive but it's a profit, thank you very much.

0:38:550:38:58

Come on Anita, you've got to go for the decanters.

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These will make money, I tell you.

0:39:000:39:02

Lot 75, ladies and gentlemen,

0:39:020:39:04

is a matching pair of Orrefors hand-blown crystal decanters.

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£100. 100 bid.

0:39:090:39:12

110, 120, 130,

0:39:120:39:15

140, I'll catch you in a wee minute, 150,

0:39:150:39:18

150, 160...

0:39:180:39:20

Yes! Look at this!

0:39:200:39:23

170, 180, 190...

0:39:230:39:27

£190...

0:39:270:39:31

-Yes! What a woman!

-£190.

0:39:310:39:35

200, fresh bid.

0:39:370:39:39

GASPS FROM AUCTION ROOM

0:39:390:39:42

Look at this boys. £200.

0:39:420:39:45

210, still in, 210.

0:39:450:39:47

-My gosh!

-210.

0:39:470:39:50

210.

0:39:500:39:52

Any advance on £210...

0:39:520:39:55

This is getting ridiculous.

0:39:550:39:57

220, back in.

0:39:570:40:00

230, 230, determined at £230.

0:40:000:40:05

Any advance on 230?

0:40:050:40:07

All done at 230?

0:40:070:40:10

Yes!

0:40:100:40:12

APPLAUSE

0:40:120:40:13

-I think a round of applause for that.

-Well done.

0:40:130:40:16

£230, that's £150 profit.

0:40:160:40:19

-That's not bad.

-What do you mean, "not bad?"

0:40:190:40:23

You're so cocky, Tom.

0:40:230:40:26

Anyway, 150, 73, that's £183

0:40:260:40:29

you've got in the bank.

0:40:290:40:31

What are you going to do?

0:40:310:40:33

Are you going to risk 70 of your pounds on the fiddle-pattern spoons

0:40:330:40:38

or are you going to park them?

0:40:380:40:40

-We'll go for it.

-Really going to go for, are you?

-Why not?

0:40:400:40:44

-I love a gamble.

-Oh, you love a gamble!

0:40:440:40:47

We're going with the bonus buy, and here come the spoons.

0:40:470:40:50

Two early 19th century provincial silver fiddle pattern teaspoons.

0:40:500:40:55

Start me at £40.

0:40:550:40:57

£40, for the provincial silver. 40 with the lady.

0:40:570:41:00

40 with the lady.

0:41:000:41:02

Any advance on £40?

0:41:020:41:04

45,

0:41:040:41:06

50, 55?

0:41:060:41:09

£55, with you, sir, at 55.

0:41:100:41:14

All done at 55? 55...

0:41:140:41:18

No, 55.

0:41:180:41:21

Minus £15, what a shame.

0:41:210:41:25

168 is your profit.

0:41:250:41:27

168 you're wandering home with, that's all right, isn't it?

0:41:270:41:31

-Very happy.

-Very, very good.

0:41:310:41:33

Who's complaining, taking home 168 smackers?

0:41:330:41:37

Listen, don't tell the Reds a thing. All right?

0:41:370:41:41

OK, teams, grip fast.

0:41:460:41:48

-Have we been talking to one another at all? No communication?

-ALL: No.

0:41:480:41:52

Well, it's lovely to be able to reveal that today, on Bargain Hunt,

0:41:520:41:57

at last, we've got seriously substantial winners.

0:41:570:42:00

It's just a question of the scale of the winnings.

0:42:000:42:04

And the team that's marginally behind today

0:42:040:42:08

-are the Reds.

-Ohh!

-Well done.

0:42:080:42:11

Which is very, very bad luck.

0:42:140:42:15

Actually, the Red's profits are exactly a ton, which is brilliant.

0:42:150:42:19

-£100, girls, which is lovely, isn't it?

-Yes.

0:42:190:42:23

50 smackers each.

0:42:230:42:25

-How good is that?

-Thank you.

0:42:250:42:28

You look, Charles, as if you're the cat that got the cream.

0:42:280:42:31

You're very cosy. Congratulations all round.

0:42:310:42:34

But the victors today, go home with £168!

0:42:340:42:38

£168.

0:42:380:42:41

You had better look after that.

0:42:410:42:43

A mixture of English and Scottish money, there,

0:42:430:42:45

plus a bit of coinage.

0:42:450:42:48

As you made profits all-round, you also are entitled to be

0:42:480:42:52

entered to the ancient order of the Golden Gavel!

0:42:520:42:55

Here comes the Golden Gavel pad. Give it a yank.

0:42:550:42:59

And there's yours, and there you go, Paul.

0:42:590:43:02

-Couldn't have done it without you.

-Remarkable result.

0:43:020:43:05

Remarkable day. In fact, so much fun.

0:43:050:43:07

Join us soon for some more bargain-hunting! Yes?

0:43:070:43:10

ALL: Yes!

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The teams have a bonnie time bargain-hunting in Edinburgh. Charles Hanson captains the red team, who have cakes on the brain, while Paul Laidlaw leads a team of tartan-troosered blues. Tim Wonnacott takes a trip to Pollock House near Glasgow.


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