The teams scour the antiques shops of Lewes in East Sussex, and one team have a few pranks up their sleeves. Tim Wonnacott visits Polesden Lacey, a manor house in Surrey.
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Today, we're in Sussex pounding the streets of Lewes
and scouring the antiques shops for bargains.
It's going to be spectacular so let's go bargain hunting, yeah!
Lewes is famous for its bonfire night and firework displays,
so will there be any ooohs or aaahs for our bargain hunters today?
Will sparks fly between the contestants?
Will our experts come up with any bangers? Stay tuned to find out.
On today's show, the energetic Reds
drive Catherine to the brink of despair.
SHE SQUEALS WITH EXASPERATION
Catherine, what do you think?
And it just doesn't add up for the Blues.
-29 and 12...
No, it's not, it's 41.
Do you work out the maths in your pub? I'm coming for a drink.
I tell you what, we're going to win this.
But will the sums come good at auction?
So let's go meet the teams.
On our show today, we've got best buddies Will and Alastair
and Alice and Kenny.
Will, how did you two both meet?
We met at school, Tim. We sort of bonded over our love of sports.
We were both in the netball team at school.
Brilliant. You also have another hidden talent.
A few years ago, I entered the air guitar championship
which is held annually in Brighton and actually came third.
-Out of the whole UK?
-Well, of the people who turned up on the night.
How many people were there? More than three?
Probably about 40 or 50 people.
-That's quite something then, isn't it?
Are you prepared to give us a demo?
-Yeah, would you like to do it with me?
I'm just going to watch you perform.
We have here the runner-up behind the winner's winner
of the Brighton 2006 air guitar competition, UK Championships.
On that basis, let's have some music.
MUSIC: "Back In Black" by AC/DC
-What do you think, Tim?
-It's a bit repetitive.
-It is, it goes on for about four minutes.
All the same moves? You did cartwheels, all that kind of stuff?
I think the audience, usually they have quite a short attention span
so you can repeat.
-That was stellar.
-OK, thank you.
-That's very generous.
Not at all, I mean it. Alastair, what do you get up to?
-No air guitaring?
-No, I've never tried it.
I have a real guitar so I kind of play that.
A lot of people say air guitar is harder than playing a real guitar.
So what so you get up to, Alastair?
It says here you are a communications psychology expert.
Yeah, you could call it that.
I work in a business that does communications,
a bit of speech writing, some personal impact coaching.
Are you able to divulge anybody that you write speeches for?
-No, I don't think I can.
OK, chaps, what are your tactics today?
We're both trained psychologists at uni
so we hope to use our psychology.
You might have noticed we're quite symmetrical in our faces,
98% symmetrical, so we hope to use that to our advantage.
Women really like men with symmetrical faces
so 98% is the key figure.
Luckily, we both have that amount of symmetry in our faces.
Well, that's marvellous. I wish you well in your quest today.
-Excellent. Now, Blues,
are you quaking in your boots after all that air guitaring stuff?
-How do you follow it?
Alice, how did you meet Kenny?
We work across the road from each other.
-I run a shop and Kenny runs a pub.
-Tell us about the shop.
I run a vintage furniture shop and I sell glass and ceramics
and all kinds of things like that.
I've just been shortlisted to best vintage shop in the UK.
Well, that's quite something, isn't it?
It's a very competitive business now.
Define vintage. Vintage is '50s, '30s, '20s, but not antique?
-It's not antique, basically. I go between 1930s and 1970s.
Kenny, how long have you been in the pub trade?
I've been over in Brighton for six years now.
I've been working the pub for six years
and I worked in pubs in Ireland before I came over.
It says here that you see your bar as your stage.
-Are you a bit theatrical?
-A little bit theatrical, yes.
It is my stage, I suppose, yes, when you're behind it.
What sort of things will you be looking out for today?
Because we're in the middle of the country and we're going
to a country auction, I was thinking country fair.
-Hunting, shooting and fishing?
Bit of strategy there. You've been thinking this through, haven't you?
I'm very impressed. Anyway, now the money moment. Here's your cash,
£300 apiece. You know the rules. Your experts await and off you go!
Very, very, very good luck.
Getting the Reds in a spin today,
it's the lovely Catherine "Wheel" Southon.
For the Blues, it's our very own rocket man, Mark Stacey.
-How are you feeling this morning, guys?
-Very good indeed.
-It's a bit chilly so we'll get inside those antique centres, shall we?
-I can't wait.
Guys, I know I'm going to have serious behavioural issues
with you two before you've even started!
I'm feeling confident. We've got the luck of the Irish with us today.
We do indeed, yes.
-This is going to be fun!
-Let's go shopping.
I think Catherine's got her work cut out with our air guitar hero
but let's see if Mark's team can use their vintage knowledge wisely.
-It's not quite the colour of your eyes though.
Who's the sailor?
-Like James Bond.
-I don't like the way round this has gone.
-Like Roger Moore?
-In your dreams. Very dashing, chaps.
-Right, come on, stop fooling around, boys.
-Is it 23? It's a bargain.
-I was joking! Put them away!
I think we can say on our radar is the captain's hat.
I was joking, I was joking. Let's move on.
Catherine, don't encourage these boys. It could all end in tears.
But at least the Blues have got their feet firmly on the ground.
What you think about boot scrapers?
They're quite good, they're quite fashionable still, aren't they?
If you've got the right style of house.
-Is it cast-iron?
The difficulty with this sort of thing is you don't know
whether they 're actually period ones or whether
they've been made out of moulds
so they could have been made just a few years ago.
-But there's a doorstop, as well, which I quite like.
I like that trefoil shape.
With the handle and things, again it's quite a good weight too.
You pop that against the door.
One's marked at 29, the other's marked at 12.
Work out 29 and 31 is?
-No, 29 and 12...
No, it's not. It's 41.
I tell you what, we're going to win this.
-Shall we think about it?
-I think so.
-Onward and downward.
So maths is not the Blues' strong point then.
Let's hope their sums add up at auction.
Catherine's on another tack.
She's appealing to the boys' childish nature. That should succeed.
-What about the cottage?
-Aww, that's quite nice actually.
Antique doll's house. 19th century, late 19th century.
I don't know, it seems to be a bit damaged.
A lot of money, isn't it?
We could probably paint it up a bit before the auction.
We don't do any painting up or restoring anything.
We have to buy them as is and then sell it as is.
"Wood Bine Cottage."
I think it's got a nice look about it, very punchy.
-Price though, isn't it?
-It's too much.
-Something to think about that.
-I think I'd like that at more 150.
-Can we negotiate? Shall we use our boyish charms?
-Use your charm.
I'm sure you have plenty of charm.
Uh-oh! The boys are on a charm offensive.
This could get messy.
The Blues aren't sticking around either.
-A gentleman has out in the country, doesn't he?
What is that, do you think?
-That's for sitting on, isn't it?
-It's a shooting stick.
You plonk that in the ground if you're fishing or hunting.
Then it folds up and you can carry it.
-I don't think it's very old, do you?
-Looks very '70s, doesn't it?
-Is that leather?
Does it feel like leather? It feels like leather to me.
-Doesn't feel like leather, does it?
-Yeah, how much is it?
Its got a name, it was made in England. A Gamebird.
-We're game birds, aren't we?
-Absolutely game birds.
It's priced up at 27 quid.
-Not too bad. What do you think of that?
-Pretty pricey, isn't it?
We'll need to get that down a bit, don't we?
For a gentleman walking in the field and the countryside,
it's very handy, isn't it? Like a walking stick as well.
If you just fancied sitting down and reading your Sunday newspaper
in the middle of a field. Do you often do that?
I do, yes. Find it very calming, very soothing.
-How many friends have you got?
-Not too many.
I'm getting that picture now.
Do you want to go and ask them what the best price is?
-Are you into that?
-I like it.
I've got the gift of the gab here.
-Off you go.
-I think our job's going to be easy here, don't you?
Is he quite a good negotiator, do you think?
I don't know. I've never really seen him in action to be honest.
As long as he doesn't agree to buy it without consulting with us first.
Exactly, otherwise he's going to get his wrists slapped.
-£20, he can do it for £20.
-That's after shaking the man's hand.
-You haven't shaken yet.
Oh, yes, he has.
-I did, I shook the hand on it.
-You've bought it?
-I bought it.
-Ken! That's your purchase.
-That's fine, I'll stick by that one.
You'll stick by that one, OK.
You're going to have to be silent for the next 53 minutes.
-I might need a sit-down now!
-It could come in handy.
-Are you going to be like this all day?
-I promise I won't.
-That's my buying done now, I think.
-He's not allowed.
-OK, that's one down.
-Come on, madam.
You've got a lot of work to do.
Blimey! Kenny was in there like a shot.
Can't rest on your laurels, Blues. Still two items to find.
Right, then, Reds, let's see this charm offensive.
Hello. How are you?
-We saw in the back there you've got a very nice doll's house.
We were wondering whether we might be able
-to knock a bit of money off the price.
-Knock a bit off?
How much is it? It's 225, I think.
We'd really be looking at 140, which I know is a huge whack off.
-That's the lowest you'll go, no further?
-I think 180.
-If we could go for 180, we'd be happy.
-Why not? 180 then, yeah?
How about one, just one more?
How about putting one on? How about 181?
-How about that?
-OK, you can have it for £179.50.
Yes. Thanks very much, that's fantastic.
Hmm, was that charm or just bare-faced cheek?
This is quite fun, guys. Pull those out and then...
These are nice, aren't they?
Look at the lovely drawers in there and the little pull-out runner
to keep your little pens and things in.
It's completely different to what we've bought
and it's a very usable piece for someone who's collecting small furniture.
-250 is on it. Shall we have a think about it?
Nice writing cabinet but at that price, I'd move on.
Oh, dear! It's getting a bit out of control with the Reds.
-What do you think?
-Can I be brutally honest? It is horrible.
I'll pop it back up here. What do you think?
This is antiques and collectibles!
There's a duck on the tile, what do you think?
If you want a duck on a tile...
-It's kind of nautically themed.
-If you were sailing on a small lake where there were ducks.
Don't worry, Catherine. Only 20 minutes of shopping left.
Oh, no. Those boys can't be serious. What is Catherine going to say?
Catherine, what do you think?
-We found another doll's house.
Why do we want another doll's house, we've got one.
What's going to happen is there's going to be a collector
who wants to buy a doll's house and they'll get into a bidding war
over the first doll's house and then, oh, lot number 145 comes up
and it's another doll's house and they think, "I'll buy that one."
-How much can you get off that?
-We haven't tried yet.
We haven't tried yet but we'll give it a go.
-We've got some stuff up our sleeves.
OK, go for it.
These chaps are giving you the run-around, aren't they, love?
Now, let's see if the Blues can bring
some calm and sensibility to the occasion.
Gosh, what on Earth is that?
Kodak and something... Eastwood. Don't you collect cameras?
I collect Polaroids. That's a bit early.
-What is that?
-I don't know.
-It's a Kodak something. Is it with the case?
-It is indeed, cine camera.
Oh, it's a cine camera, is it?
-They're really popular actually.
-Super 8 cameras.
-That is the case for it.
-There we are.
-I think it's really wacky, actually.
-Probably '60s, isn't it?
-It's '60s, you think?
-Is it working though?
-We presume so.
-We always presume so.
I think it's more of a decorative feature.
You know what the retro market is like.
-It does fall into, I think, the collector's market.
The trade on it would be 50 but as it's yourself, we can do it for 45.
It's a tricky thing cos you see it could make 20 or it could make 100.
You could see that on a bookcase, couldn't you,
with the case next to it.
-Oh, There's bits inside as well.
-Film reels and leads and everything.
I like it.
-What are we going to do? Shall we risk it?
-Risk it for a biscuit, why not?
-Shall we risk it for a biscuit?
-It's a bargain.
-Shall we do it?
You get us all now.
A calm, considered second purchase by the Blues.
Now, what are those Reds up to?
We were wondering about buying this doll's house. What's the best price?
-What have I got on it?
-It says 68.
Earlier on, we got Tim to sign this photo.
He told us that if you put these online, or even here,
they'll be worth £8-10 each.
-We've got two of them.
-They're very crumpled.
Well, no, but he said even with crumples.
£8-10 each? Come on, chaps. Those pics are priceless, surely.
Could we knock a bit off if we give you the signed photo of Tim?
Of course. Could you go to 50?
-48 for two.
-49, meet in the middle.
-49, thank you very much.
-Thanks very much and there's your photo of Tim.
-Thanks very much.
-We said two, didn't we? Thanks very much.
Tim will be unhappy he's valued at £1.50 each.
It's fine, don't worry about that. It's a bargain.
Yes, I am very unhappy, boys. Only £1.50.
I've got to be worth more than that.
Anyway, chin up and moving swiftly on.
-We're doing really well with Mark, aren't we?
-I think he's taken a particular shine to me.
-Has he really?
-I don't know about that.
-The first two purchases I'm delighted with.
Kenny's really happy about his shooting stick and the camera,
I think, is great so I think we're cooking on gas, as they say.
I think he's very happy with your purchase, yes.
He didn't get any input with yours, did he? He wasn't allowed.
You just trotted off down to the guy, shook his hand.
That's what I am, I'm always very forward like that.
The competition's on between Catherine and I.
I know she's got a good eye on her
but we've bought some pretty eclectic stuff there
so if the public are on our side, she hasn't got a chance.
-We'll be projecting the profits.
-Fighting talk, Mark. Game on.
There's only minutes left and Catherine has lost the chaps.
-That's a worry.
-Where are you?
-It's sturdy, it's good.
-How's the chair?
-It's not bad. It's quite tight.
Do you know what, I really haven't got the energy any more.
What do you think?
We found this chair. What do you think?
Its deco, isn't it? Its a bit like the cloud furniture. £95!
I only wanted to spend about £30. OK, What's the other option?
The other thing is over here. In fact, there's two more.
We found this. It's very rusty.
Definitely not. No, I don't think so.
I think if it's a really nice carved wooden one
but there's a bit of a health and safety issue going on.
The only other thing we thought, just because we're in such a rush,
is this. I don't know what you think of this.
-Simply for the price.
-It's in terrible condition.
-We don't have the time, Catherine.
Take the chair or take this. I'd rather take the chair.
-Because it doesn't have arms, is that a problem?
-Take the chair.
-We have one minute.
-Oh, my goodness!
Catherine's at breaking point.
The Blues are cutting it fine too. The clock is ticking.
I'm going to give you that quickly, all right?
I'm going to give you that quickly.
-Then we'll put them straight back in as well. How much?
-Lovely enamel dial there.
-The case is silver as well.
The case is silver.
I love the dial and it's a nice retailer,
Butcher & Webb, Nottingham. How much is on that?
-That's way out.
-How much have we spent?
Do you work out the maths in your pub?
I'm coming for a drink.
-You get it for half price.
-I'm going to get a round.
I think we like this, don't we?
-You can use it as an easel, you can stand it up like that.
-I like that.
I like it too.
-230... 200 I guess is the best.
That's 264 then we've spent.
I mean, it's a bit of a risky one but it is quality.
-You ain't got a lot of time, guys, here.
-Let's just do it.
200, do it.
-Time is out on us really, isn't it?
Just time. Time to go. Time for me to leave.
-Ah, I get it now.
-Oh, yes, finally!
-Oh my God!
-The penny's dropped.
Time's up for you too.
One more purchase to go and Catherine is looking worried.
-We're in a real rush, we've only got one minute left.
We've found this and this and we've only got £65 left.
-What can you do for us?
-I'd have to phone her.
I can't let you buy that. It's just a shop's dummy.
I don't want to buy it. I'm only thinking because of the price.
It's horrible. It's a sort of £10... Please don't buy that.
It must be the 98% symmetry that Will likes.
-It does look a little bit like you.
-I am very good-looking, Catherine.
-Thank you so much.
Hello, hi. I'm very sorry to talk to you.
We really, really like your Art-Deco chair.
It's beautiful but we literally do not have a penny over, I think, £70.
What can you do on this shop dummy thing?
55. Can you come down a bit more on that one? All right, OK.
-Thank you, bye.
-55. That's not bad, is it?
-That will leave you with £15.50.
-I wouldn't pay over...
I wouldn't buy it, full stop, but I wouldn't pay over £5.
You said he looks like me and now you're saying he's horrible.
-No, no, no, I just...
-OK, let's go.
Will we all shake hands or go for a high-five?
-I don't think I can bear to do it.
-We did well.
We've got literally five seconds left.
SHE SQUEALS WITH EXASPERATION
-Shall we have a hug, Catherine?
-A group hug.
-We've done it.
We've got the goods. Yay!
The Reds look happy. Can't say the same for poor Catherine.
Let's remind ourselves what they bought.
Their crafty use of t-shirts got the Wood Bine doll's house
down to £179.50.
Another disrespectful gag with my signed photos
got the Tri-Ang doll's house down to £49.
They christened the torso Sebastian which cost them £55.
What are they on?
Poor Catherine. You're looking thoroughly pecked here.
-Are you all right, darling?
-Was it too much?
-Too much, it really is.
-Have you had a nice time?
-How much did you spend all round?
-£283.50. We haven't left much.
£283.50, so can I have £16.50 of left-over lolly, please?
Thank you very much, Will, that's lovely.
There's 15. Have you got any change?
This is marvellous, isn't it?
I think this is like you borrowed some from the bank or something or other.
OK, fine. £16.50. Happy? Lovely.
Over to you, Catherine. £16.50, darling.
-What are you going to do with that?
-Do you know what, Tim?
I am so pleased that I'm going to be shopping by myself
because these two have been driving me crazy for a whole hour.
But £16.50 is not much, is it?
It is not much but I will work wonders, I am sure.
Once you've bought your item for under £16.50,
go and have a quick lie-down, all right?
On that happy note,
why don't we remind ourselves what the Blue Team bought?
Kenny went solo and did a quick deal on the shooting stick for £20.
The team regrouped and went for the Kodak projector.
And finally, they went big on a large silver pocket watch.
Right, you lot. What are you finding so giggly,
just because you finished your shopping?
-Are you pleased about that?
-Happy with that, Kenny?
-Nothing you want to swap?
It's all done now, isn't it? Too late anyway.
-What's the total amount that you spent?
£264, can I have £36 left-over lolly, please?
I like the blue nails.
-You're on the Blue Team, aren't you?
No fool this girl. Here you go.
There's the £36, what are you going to do with that, Mark?
I don't know yet. Something that might make a profit.
That would be good.
On that happy note, I bid you farewell.
Meanwhile, we are heading off to Polesden Lacey
which is in, of course, sunny Surrey.
This is Polesden Lacey,
one of the most visited of all the National Trust properties
across the land.
It was once the home of Richard Brinsley Sheridan,
the playwright, but today is famed as a showcase
of everything that is fine and refined
about Edwardian country-house life,
and that is all largely down to one lady.
Margaret Greville was the illegitimate daughter
of William McEwan, a millionaire Scottish brewer.
She rose from her obscure origins to gain great wealth
and the friendship of royalty.
And boy, did she like the good things in life!
Just look at this room.
It was fitted up at the height of the Edwardian period
between 1907 and 1909
by an interior decorating film called Mewes and Davis,
who coincidentally at the same time were fitting up the interior
of the Ritz Hotel,
hence the term "Ritzy," and that's what this room gives you in spades.
When it was designed, she asked for a room
fit to entertain kings in and this saloon fits the bill.
Mrs Greville displayed her collections in a series of vitrines.
Chinese and Japanese ceramic, European ceramics
and knick-knacks in these flat-topped specimen tables.
Just have a look at this lot.
And here we've got a very special group of Mrs Greville's objects.
Each of these pieces is by or attributed
to the great Russian master, Carl Faberge,
with the exception of one piece.
Carl Faberge, who took over
the family jewelling and silversmithing business in 1870,
when he was only 24, went on to produce
supremely expensive and desirable objets d'art.
For Mrs Greville, it's the miniature size that would have appealed
and the fact that they're so beautifully made.
If you look at this wise old owl,
Carl Faberge made this out of a piece of mineral.
Just look at the way he's carved the owl's face
and has delineated every feather in its plumage.
Behind, we've got a little Faberge frog.
Frogs that live in green, slimy pools and ponds,
hence Faberge has selected nephrite as the material
out of which to carve this frog.
It's green and mottled and very appropriate.
For me, the cutest of these animals has to be the baby elephant
created by Faberge 40 years before Walt Disney dreamt up Dumbo.
And the one piece not by Faberge is the Pekinese,
which apparently is by Cartier,
an equally prestigious name.
This one would have had a particular appeal for Mrs Greville
because, of course, she kept Pekinese here.
Of course, the big question today for our teams over at the auction,
will it transpire that they've bought a lot of old dogs, or not?
Any more at £45 then, anyone in the room?
It's £45, gentleman dead ahead.
Last chance, £45.
Well, we've reimported our village to Wisborough Green in West Sussex
to Bellmans sale room, to be with JP, Jonathan Pratt, a legend.
-How are you?
-Very good, Tim.
What about this lot, then? This is novel, isn't it?
This is right up our street, actually.
Well, I think it's famous, what these guys have gone with.
First up is Wood Bine Cottage.
I really like Wood Bine Cottage, being late 19th century,
but also the way it's the original paintwork on it
and it's got the name on the top and the interior, rather sweet.
The thing is, you could have it as an ornament in the house.
You could just have it tucked away and it looks rather sweet.
What do you think it's worth, Wood Bine Cottage? Freehold, detached?
-Couple of acres? What can you say?
-I thought £80-120.
OK. The boys paid £179.50.
I don't know whether we'll get to there but we might get very close.
That, I think, will be very exciting.
This Tri-Ang fellow is much more out of the factory.
Doesn't do it for me.
As these get play-worn, they look worse.
As that gets play-worn, it actually adds to the charm.
This one here deteriorates with age
and the painted one almost appreciates.
You're absolutely right. I had never considered that.
-How much do you think for little Tri-Ang?
-£49 they paid, those boys, for that.
-They got a bit of a snip there potentially.
-Let's hope, yeah.
Talking of snips, what do you think about smiler here?
Sort of a part lot, really, isn't he?
This to me is absolutely ghastly. It's made of plastic.
It's all rubbed, it's come out of a skip. What's it worth?
Is it worth a £5 note?
I don't sell stuff for a fiver so I struggled and put a tenner on it.
Did you? I don't blame you. £10 if you're lucky, really.
£55 is what they paid, which I think is completely torpedo country.
I think so too.
If that's the case and Wood Bine Cottage
doesn't do as well as we think it might do,
they're going to need that bonus buy so let's go and have a look at it.
Will, Alastair, what have you done to your faces, chaps?
This is testosterone.
We hit puberty, I think, and this happened.
Between the shopping and the auction, you hit puberty.
To be honest with you, we saw your moustache and we thought
we've got to get in on the action
and go for the more rock-star kind of look.
What do you eat to grow your hair with such rapidity?
400mg of testosterone a day.
-If I gave that a yank...
That's great fun, isn't it? You spent nearly everything.
You gave Catherine £16.50.
Did she blow the lot? And to help her out,
because there are two of them, I'm going to whip that off.
I have bought you these rather special
19th-century green ribbed apothecary bottles.
-What did they hold?
-It would have been medicine.
That's the clue there of what was contained inside.
-They're nicely ribbed, lovely enamel signs.
-I like them.
I can't believe you're not very impressed with these. £16.50!
-£16.50 for the two.
-For the two.
-Let me tell you, that is a bargain.
-I think you're probably right.
I think you're going to have to be really, really,
really nice to Catherine about this.
Thank you so much, Catherine.
Just check out whether she likes really hairy men
coming to her auctions too before we get to the auction.
-On that happy note,
let's check out what the auctioneer thinks about the drug bottles.
Here we go, Jonathan. Something for you to rub on.
Every morning, without fail.
You like a bit of universal liniment.
-There you go.
If you've got problems with your hocks, that's what you'll rub on.
-No, your hocks, you fool!
If you want to bump off the in-laws, give them a bit of digitalis.
-In their tea.
Why on Earth would you want the digitalis at home anyway?
Well, you never know, do you?
You never know who's coming round for tea!
Quite right. Two nice little medicine bottles, actually.
What the collectors like are the nice clean labels, don't they?
That's a lovely clean label.
What would you expect to get at the auction for them?
£30-50 because they can be quite popular.
I tell you, Catherine Southon will be over the Moon about that.
£16.50 she paid.
You could double the money if the boys decide to go
with Catherine Southon's advice, which thus far is unlikely.
But you never know, they might have a swift about-turn
when they see how this lot have done. Anyway, moving on.
That's it for the Reds, now for the Blues.
Alice and Kenny, shooting stick.
-This should be popular around here, Jonathan.
You tend not to go to auction to buy yourself a shooting stick,
-and it is quite a modern one, really.
So what might it bring?
I have broken the cardinal rule of myself and given it 5-10,
because that was as low as I really would go.
That's a cunning strategy, well done. They paid 20.
Ditto, really, this projector.
I really quite like the ornamental quality of it. The polished metal...
The sculpture. You are so right. You've persuaded me yet again.
-What's the estimate?
You don't like it that much, do you?
-That's so miserable.
-Come and get me!
You're telling me! £44 they paid.
That's hopeful, but nonetheless.
OK, moving on then seamlessly
to the silver-case pocket-watch in its travelling case.
I quite liked him actually.
-Sadly, the dial has had a couple of patches filled in.
A decent-sized watch like that in this silver case.
-It's quite a good case actually.
-What's it worth?
-Kenny paid £200 for this.
-That's pretty steep!
It's a big old price, isn't it?
That's going to torpedo them almost certainly, in which case
they're going to need the bonus buy so let's go and have a look at it.
Now, Alice, Kenny, you spent £264 which was a magnificent effort.
-£36 went across to Mark Stacey.
Did you blow the lot, Mark?
Well, Tim, this is what I blew it on.
It's a little gilt metal mounted box set with, I think, jade,
and I think it's rather charming with all the decoration.
-Do you think it's English?
-No, I think it's probably eastern.
-With the stepped corners and the decoration on it.
-Very nice indeed.
-Do you want to hold it?
-Kenny's taken a shine to it already.
I think it'll appeal to the market and I only paid -
are you ready for this?
-I would love it to make over 100.
-So would we.
And we need it. After your bargains!
Now, now! Anyway, there we go. That's nice, isn't it?
A seriously bullish prediction from your expert,
but for the audience at home right now,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Mark's box.
-That's handsome, isn't it?
-I rather like it, actually.
It's not the finest quality of carving
but it's fairly sharp, it is Chinese, that's a magic thing
and the internet eats them up around the world.
I've gone along with a £50-70 estimate which I think is sensible.
-That cunning old Mark only paid £20.
-The Welsh wizard.
-This should be a gash, shouldn't it?
-I think so.
I think so.
Any more at £550? All done?
-Now, lads, your first item is Wood Bine Cottage.
-Do you still fancy it?
-I think it's going to be a good one.
Well, the auctioneer thought it was worth £80-100.
You paid £179.50, so on that basis it doesn't stand an earthly,
but actually, I think it's a really nice thing.
I think the auctioneer's wrong.
Well, he's just put an estimate on that might be a bit tempting, yes?
Anyway, first up for you chaps is Wood Bine Cottage.
It's detached, it's freehold and here it comes.
Considerable interest in this lot. I'll start at 170. With me at £170.
Looking for 180 now. 180, 190, 200, 220.
We didn't pay too much!
-300. Commission bid at 300.
-That's nothing for a cottage!
Commission bid against you at 300. £300 then, against you all at £300.
Yes, that's so good, £300.
That is £120.50. Now, here comes the Tri-Ang.
Start me at £20 for the Tri-Ang doll's house.
Thank you, front row at 20. Let's go up now, surely worth 25.
Go on, Jonathan.
-Maiden bid of £20.
-What did we pay for that?
That's -29. Here comes Sebastian.
What a fine specimen he is.
To save time, let's start at £5 for this.
£5 is bid, thank you, at £5.
At £5, looking for 10 now. 5, 10, 15?
-Shakes her head at 15.
-10 it is.
At £10, at the very back, any more at £10?
-All the good work we did.
-He didn't drum up any interest.
That's what you've got in the way of profit.
What are you going to do about these bottles?
Are you going to risk £16.50?
Are you going to trust Catherine here?
You don't have to do it! Just make your choice.
You're going to do it quickly? Going with it, yes.
You are going with it. Wow!
We're going with the bonus buy. Here they come and good luck!
I have bids to start me at £35.
-£35 straight up.
£40 against you on the book.
£45, internet. Commission bids have gone. 45 on the internet.
Fair warning, selling to the internet at £45.
£45. That's £28.50, plus £28.50.
That means you have a grand total of £75.
-I think we need a shake all round on this.
Seriously, chaps, congratulations and well done.
Isn't that extraordinary?
-Do you know how the Reds got on?
-Do you know how the Reds got on, convincingly?
-You don't want to know. OK, fine.
First up then is the shooting stick and here she comes.
I can start at £10. £10 is bid, I'll take 15 though.
We need a bit more, don't we?
On the book at 10. It's £10 then, on the book at £10. Fair warning.
This is just so sad. Sorry about that start. -£10.
A Kodascope projector by the Eastman Kodak company.
Start me at £20.
£20 for this? Surely worth £20. £10 then.
£10 at the every back, at £10, thank you.
Looking for 15 now. I'll sell it for 10.
£10 is -34.
Lot 79 is the large silver-plated pocket-watch.
£20 is bid with me, at £20. 25 internet, 30 internet, 35 internet.
Do I see 40 in the room? 40 internet. 45 internet.
They're fighting each other for this.
50 internet. 55 internet.
-Anyone else want to join in?
65 on the internet. £70, internet. 75, they keep going.
Thank goodness for the internet.
£80 internet bid, at £80. 85 internet. £90 on the internet.
£90 it is. All done on the net?
-154. -154, I'm afraid.
-Are you going to go with the metal box?
Let's cross our legs and hope for the best. Here it comes.
Start me at £20 for this. Surely 20. 20 is bid, looking for 5 now.
25 waving. 30, 35, 40.
45, 50. 55. 55, the lady's bid.
Now 60 on the net if you want to join in. 65 waving at me still.
70 on the net. 75 waving.
80 on the net. 85 waving.
Internet bidder's persistent. £100 on the net.
£100, stopping now at £100. Do I see 110 anywhere?
Internet bid then, selling £100.
Well done, Mark Stacey. That's the way to do it.
Buy it for 20, sell it for 100. That's a very nice £80 profit.
-You are -£74.
-I reckon we'll still beat those Reds.
-You are -£74.
The big thing now is don't say a word to the Reds
and all will be revealed in a moment.
Everybody happy? You jolly well ought to be happy.
Been chatting at all between the Reds and Blues?
So you don't know who's ahead or who's behind? No idea. Good.
Somebody's got to be behind. We don't have losers any more.
We only have runners-up. The runners-up today are the Blues.
I know, it's unbelievable, isn't it?
You made a loss on every single item.
You were in a very sticky wicket state with -154
and along came your knight in shining armour
in the form of Stacey who pitched up with a profit of £80
on that Chinese box, which is something else, isn't it?
Sadly, it only reduced your losses to -74,
-but it was exciting, wasn't it?
-It was really exciting,
but nothing like as exciting as the £75 profit
which these Reds are going off with.
Here's the £75 profit. Look at that. How extraordinary!
I'm a little bit surprised that we didn't make more, if I'm honest.
-In all honesty, I'm so surprised and happy.
As usual, a split decision from the Reds.
It's the taking part that counts.
-Win or lose...
-We won, what are you talking about?
It sounds like loser talk but we're just happy.
You're ahead today and congratulations.
In fact, join us soon for some more bargain hunting. Yes? Yes!
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
The teams scour the antiques shops of Lewes in East Sussex. The red team have a few pranks up their sleeves which test Catherine Southon's patience, while Mark Stacey has an easier time championing the blues. Tim Wonnacott travels to Surrey and visits Polesden Lacey, a stunning Elizabethan manor house.