Lewes 6 Bargain Hunt


Lewes 6

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

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and scouring the antiques shops for bargains.

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It's going to be spectacular so let's go bargain hunting, yeah!

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Lewes is famous for its bonfire night and firework displays,

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so will there be any ooohs or aaahs for our bargain hunters today?

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Will sparks fly between the contestants?

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Will our experts come up with any bangers? Stay tuned to find out.

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On today's show, the energetic Reds

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drive Catherine to the brink of despair.

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SHE SQUEALS WITH EXASPERATION

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Catherine, what do you think?

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HE LAUGHS

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And it just doesn't add up for the Blues.

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-29 and 12...

-And 12.

-..is 31.

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No, it's not, it's 41.

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Do you work out the maths in your pub? I'm coming for a drink.

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I tell you what, we're going to win this.

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But will the sums come good at auction?

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Yes!

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So let's go meet the teams.

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On our show today, we've got best buddies Will and Alastair

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and Alice and Kenny.

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-Welcome.

-Hello.

-Good.

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Will, how did you two both meet?

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We met at school, Tim. We sort of bonded over our love of sports.

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We were both in the netball team at school.

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Brilliant. You also have another hidden talent.

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A few years ago, I entered the air guitar championship

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which is held annually in Brighton and actually came third.

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-Out of the whole UK?

-Well, of the people who turned up on the night.

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How many people were there? More than three?

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Probably about 40 or 50 people.

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-That's quite something then, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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Are you prepared to give us a demo?

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-Yeah, would you like to do it with me?

-No, thanks.

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I'm just going to watch you perform.

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We have here the runner-up behind the winner's winner

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of the Brighton 2006 air guitar competition, UK Championships.

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On that basis, let's have some music.

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MUSIC: "Back In Black" by AC/DC

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-What do you think, Tim?

-It's a bit repetitive.

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-It is, it goes on for about four minutes.

-That's great.

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All the same moves? You did cartwheels, all that kind of stuff?

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I think the audience, usually they have quite a short attention span

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so you can repeat.

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-That was stellar.

-OK, thank you.

-Very good.

-That's very generous.

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Not at all, I mean it. Alastair, what do you get up to?

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-No air guitaring?

-No, I've never tried it.

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I have a real guitar so I kind of play that.

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A lot of people say air guitar is harder than playing a real guitar.

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So what so you get up to, Alastair?

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It says here you are a communications psychology expert.

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Yeah, you could call it that.

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I work in a business that does communications,

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a bit of speech writing, some personal impact coaching.

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Are you able to divulge anybody that you write speeches for?

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-No, I don't think I can.

-I see.

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OK, chaps, what are your tactics today?

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We're both trained psychologists at uni

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so we hope to use our psychology.

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You might have noticed we're quite symmetrical in our faces,

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98% symmetrical, so we hope to use that to our advantage.

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Women really like men with symmetrical faces

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so 98% is the key figure.

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Luckily, we both have that amount of symmetry in our faces.

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Well, that's marvellous. I wish you well in your quest today.

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-Thank you.

-Excellent. Now, Blues,

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are you quaking in your boots after all that air guitaring stuff?

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-You're not?

-No.

-How do you follow it?

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Alice, how did you meet Kenny?

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We work across the road from each other.

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-I run a shop and Kenny runs a pub.

-Tell us about the shop.

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I run a vintage furniture shop and I sell glass and ceramics

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and all kinds of things like that.

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I've just been shortlisted to best vintage shop in the UK.

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Well, that's quite something, isn't it?

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It's a very competitive business now.

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Define vintage. Vintage is '50s, '30s, '20s, but not antique?

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-It's not antique, basically. I go between 1930s and 1970s.

-Good.

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Kenny, how long have you been in the pub trade?

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I've been over in Brighton for six years now.

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I've been working the pub for six years

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and I worked in pubs in Ireland before I came over.

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It says here that you see your bar as your stage.

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-Are you a bit theatrical?

-A little bit theatrical, yes.

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It is my stage, I suppose, yes, when you're behind it.

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What sort of things will you be looking out for today?

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Because we're in the middle of the country and we're going

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to a country auction, I was thinking country fair.

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-Hunting, shooting and fishing?

-Equestrian paraphernalia.

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Bit of strategy there. You've been thinking this through, haven't you?

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I'm very impressed. Anyway, now the money moment. Here's your cash,

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£300 apiece. You know the rules. Your experts await and off you go!

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Very, very, very good luck.

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Crikey Moses.

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Getting the Reds in a spin today,

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it's the lovely Catherine "Wheel" Southon.

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For the Blues, it's our very own rocket man, Mark Stacey.

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-How are you feeling this morning, guys?

-Very good indeed.

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-It's a bit chilly so we'll get inside those antique centres, shall we?

-I can't wait.

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Guys, I know I'm going to have serious behavioural issues

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with you two before you've even started!

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I'm feeling confident. We've got the luck of the Irish with us today.

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We do indeed, yes.

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-This is going to be fun!

-Yeah.

-Let's go shopping.

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I think Catherine's got her work cut out with our air guitar hero

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but let's see if Mark's team can use their vintage knowledge wisely.

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-Oh.

-Lovely!

-It's not quite the colour of your eyes though.

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Who's the sailor?

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-Like James Bond.

-I don't like the way round this has gone.

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-Like Roger Moore?

-In your dreams. Very dashing, chaps.

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-Right, come on, stop fooling around, boys.

-£23.

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-Is it 23? It's a bargain.

-I was joking! Put them away!

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I think we can say on our radar is the captain's hat.

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I was joking, I was joking. Let's move on.

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Catherine, don't encourage these boys. It could all end in tears.

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But at least the Blues have got their feet firmly on the ground.

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What you think about boot scrapers?

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They're quite good, they're quite fashionable still, aren't they?

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If you've got the right style of house.

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-Is it cast-iron?

-It's cast-iron.

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The difficulty with this sort of thing is you don't know

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whether they 're actually period ones or whether

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they've been made out of moulds

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so they could have been made just a few years ago.

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-Yeah.

-But there's a doorstop, as well, which I quite like.

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I like that trefoil shape.

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With the handle and things, again it's quite a good weight too.

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You pop that against the door.

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One's marked at 29, the other's marked at 12.

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Work out 29 and 31 is?

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-No, 29 and 12...

-And 12.

-..is 31.

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No, it's not. It's 41.

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I tell you what, we're going to win this.

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-Shall we think about it?

-I think so.

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-Onward and downward.

-Yes, absolutely.

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So maths is not the Blues' strong point then.

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Let's hope their sums add up at auction.

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Catherine's on another tack.

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She's appealing to the boys' childish nature. That should succeed.

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-What about the cottage?

-Aww, that's quite nice actually.

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Antique doll's house. 19th century, late 19th century.

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225.

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I don't know, it seems to be a bit damaged.

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A lot of money, isn't it?

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We could probably paint it up a bit before the auction.

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We don't do any painting up or restoring anything.

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We have to buy them as is and then sell it as is.

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"Wood Bine Cottage."

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I think it's got a nice look about it, very punchy.

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-Price though, isn't it?

-It's too much.

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-Something to think about that.

-I think I'd like that at more 150.

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-Can we negotiate? Shall we use our boyish charms?

-Use your charm.

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I'm sure you have plenty of charm.

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Uh-oh! The boys are on a charm offensive.

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This could get messy.

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The Blues aren't sticking around either.

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-A gentleman has out in the country, doesn't he?

-He does.

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What is that, do you think?

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-That's for sitting on, isn't it?

-It's a shooting stick.

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You plonk that in the ground if you're fishing or hunting.

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Then it folds up and you can carry it.

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-I don't think it's very old, do you?

-No.

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-Looks very '70s, doesn't it?

-Is that leather?

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Does it feel like leather? It feels like leather to me.

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-Doesn't feel like leather, does it?

-Yeah, how much is it?

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Its got a name, it was made in England. A Gamebird.

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-We're game birds, aren't we?

-Absolutely game birds.

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It's priced up at 27 quid.

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-Not too bad. What do you think of that?

-Pretty pricey, isn't it?

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We'll need to get that down a bit, don't we?

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For a gentleman walking in the field and the countryside,

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it's very handy, isn't it? Like a walking stick as well.

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If you just fancied sitting down and reading your Sunday newspaper

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in the middle of a field. Do you often do that?

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I do, yes. Find it very calming, very soothing.

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-How many friends have you got?

-Not too many.

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I'm getting that picture now.

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Do you want to go and ask them what the best price is?

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-Are you into that?

-I like it.

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I've got the gift of the gab here.

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-Off you go.

-I think our job's going to be easy here, don't you?

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Is he quite a good negotiator, do you think?

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I don't know. I've never really seen him in action to be honest.

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As long as he doesn't agree to buy it without consulting with us first.

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Exactly, otherwise he's going to get his wrists slapped.

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-£20, he can do it for £20.

-How much?

-£20.

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-That's after shaking the man's hand.

-You haven't shaken yet.

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Oh, yes, he has.

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-I did, I shook the hand on it.

-You've bought it?

-I bought it.

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-Ken! That's your purchase.

-That's fine, I'll stick by that one.

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You'll stick by that one, OK.

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You're going to have to be silent for the next 53 minutes.

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-I might need a sit-down now!

-It could come in handy.

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-Are you going to be like this all day?

-I promise I won't.

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-That's my buying done now, I think.

-He's not allowed.

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-OK, that's one down.

-Right.

-Come on, madam.

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You've got a lot of work to do.

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Blimey! Kenny was in there like a shot.

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Can't rest on your laurels, Blues. Still two items to find.

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Right, then, Reds, let's see this charm offensive.

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Hello. How are you?

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-We saw in the back there you've got a very nice doll's house.

-Yes.

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We were wondering whether we might be able

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-to knock a bit of money off the price.

-Knock a bit off?

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How much is it? It's 225, I think.

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We'd really be looking at 140, which I know is a huge whack off.

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190.

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-That's the lowest you'll go, no further?

-I think 180.

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-If we could go for 180, we'd be happy.

-Why not? 180 then, yeah?

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How about one, just one more?

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How about putting one on? How about 181?

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-How about that?

-OK, you can have it for £179.50.

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-Excellent.

-Beautiful.

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Yes. Thanks very much, that's fantastic.

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Hmm, was that charm or just bare-faced cheek?

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This is quite fun, guys. Pull those out and then...

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These are nice, aren't they?

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Look at the lovely drawers in there and the little pull-out runner

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to keep your little pens and things in.

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It's completely different to what we've bought

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and it's a very usable piece for someone who's collecting small furniture.

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-250 is on it. Shall we have a think about it?

-Yeah.

-Good.

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Nice writing cabinet but at that price, I'd move on.

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Oh, dear! It's getting a bit out of control with the Reds.

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-What do you think?

-Can I be brutally honest? It is horrible.

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I'll pop it back up here. What do you think?

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What!

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This is antiques and collectibles!

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There's a duck on the tile, what do you think?

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If you want a duck on a tile...

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-It's kind of nautically themed.

-Nautical!

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-If you were sailing on a small lake where there were ducks.

-Oh, God!

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Don't worry, Catherine. Only 20 minutes of shopping left.

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Oh, no. Those boys can't be serious. What is Catherine going to say?

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Catherine, what do you think?

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-Oh, no!

-We found another doll's house.

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Why do we want another doll's house, we've got one.

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What's going to happen is there's going to be a collector

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who wants to buy a doll's house and they'll get into a bidding war

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over the first doll's house and then, oh, lot number 145 comes up

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and it's another doll's house and they think, "I'll buy that one."

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-How much can you get off that?

-We haven't tried yet.

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We haven't tried yet but we'll give it a go.

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-We've got some stuff up our sleeves.

-Have you?

-Quite literally.

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OK, go for it.

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Poor Catherine.

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These chaps are giving you the run-around, aren't they, love?

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Now, let's see if the Blues can bring

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some calm and sensibility to the occasion.

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Gosh, what on Earth is that?

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Kodak and something... Eastwood. Don't you collect cameras?

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I collect Polaroids. That's a bit early.

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-What is that?

-I don't know.

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-It's a Kodak something. Is it with the case?

-It is indeed, cine camera.

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Oh, it's a cine camera, is it?

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-They're really popular actually.

-Are they?

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-Super 8 cameras.

-That is the case for it.

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-There we are.

-Oh, wow.

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-I think it's really wacky, actually.

-Probably '60s, isn't it?

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-It's '60s, you think?

-Is it working though?

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-We presume so.

-We always presume so.

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I think it's more of a decorative feature.

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You know what the retro market is like.

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-It does fall into, I think, the collector's market.

-Yeah.

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The trade on it would be 50 but as it's yourself, we can do it for 45.

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It's a tricky thing cos you see it could make 20 or it could make 100.

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You could see that on a bookcase, couldn't you,

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with the case next to it.

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-Oh, There's bits inside as well.

-Film reels and leads and everything.

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I like it.

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-I do.

-What are we going to do? Shall we risk it?

-Shall we?

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-Risk it for a biscuit, why not?

-Shall we risk it for a biscuit?

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-It's a bargain.

-44.

-44, done.

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-Shall we do it?

-44. Perfect.

-Wonderful.

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You get us all now.

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A calm, considered second purchase by the Blues.

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Well done.

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Now, what are those Reds up to?

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Hello.

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We were wondering about buying this doll's house. What's the best price?

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-What have I got on it?

-It says 68.

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68. 52?

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Earlier on, we got Tim to sign this photo.

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He told us that if you put these online, or even here,

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they'll be worth £8-10 each.

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-We've got two of them.

-They're very crumpled.

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Well, no, but he said even with crumples.

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£8-10 each? Come on, chaps. Those pics are priceless, surely.

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Could we knock a bit off if we give you the signed photo of Tim?

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Of course. Could you go to 50?

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-48 for two.

-No, 50.

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-49, meet in the middle.

-49.

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-49, thank you very much.

-Thank you.

-Good luck.

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-Thanks very much and there's your photo of Tim.

-Thanks very much.

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-We said two, didn't we? Thanks very much.

-Good luck.

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Tim will be unhappy he's valued at £1.50 each.

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It's fine, don't worry about that. It's a bargain.

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Yes, I am very unhappy, boys. Only £1.50.

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I've got to be worth more than that.

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Anyway, chin up and moving swiftly on.

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-We're doing really well with Mark, aren't we?

-Absolutely.

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-I think he's taken a particular shine to me.

-Has he really?

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-I don't know about that.

-The first two purchases I'm delighted with.

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Kenny's really happy about his shooting stick and the camera,

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I think, is great so I think we're cooking on gas, as they say.

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I think he's very happy with your purchase, yes.

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He didn't get any input with yours, did he? He wasn't allowed.

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You just trotted off down to the guy, shook his hand.

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That's what I am, I'm always very forward like that.

0:17:400:17:44

The competition's on between Catherine and I.

0:17:440:17:46

I know she's got a good eye on her

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but we've bought some pretty eclectic stuff there

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so if the public are on our side, she hasn't got a chance.

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-We'll be projecting the profits.

-Fighting talk, Mark. Game on.

0:17:540:17:58

There's only minutes left and Catherine has lost the chaps.

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-Boys! Team!

-That's a worry.

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-Where are you?

-It's sturdy, it's good.

0:18:080:18:13

-How's the chair?

-It's not bad. It's quite tight.

0:18:130:18:17

Do you know what, I really haven't got the energy any more.

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What do you think?

0:18:210:18:22

We found this chair. What do you think?

0:18:240:18:27

Its deco, isn't it? Its a bit like the cloud furniture. £95!

0:18:270:18:31

I only wanted to spend about £30. OK, What's the other option?

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The other thing is over here. In fact, there's two more.

0:18:350:18:38

We found this. It's very rusty.

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Definitely not. No, I don't think so.

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I think if it's a really nice carved wooden one

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but there's a bit of a health and safety issue going on.

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The only other thing we thought, just because we're in such a rush,

0:18:490:18:52

is this. I don't know what you think of this.

0:18:520:18:55

-No.

-Simply for the price.

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-It's in terrible condition.

-We don't have the time, Catherine.

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Take the chair or take this. I'd rather take the chair.

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-Because it doesn't have arms, is that a problem?

-Take the chair.

0:19:040:19:07

-We have one minute.

-Oh, my goodness!

-Let's go.

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Catherine's at breaking point.

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The Blues are cutting it fine too. The clock is ticking.

0:19:160:19:20

I'm going to give you that quickly, all right?

0:19:200:19:22

I'm going to give you that quickly.

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-Then we'll put them straight back in as well. How much?

-230.

-230!

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-Lovely enamel dial there.

-The case is silver as well.

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The case is silver.

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I love the dial and it's a nice retailer,

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Butcher & Webb, Nottingham. How much is on that?

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-It's 370.

-That's way out.

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-How much have we spent?

-60.

-64.

-64.

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-61.

-No, 64.

-64.

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Do you work out the maths in your pub?

0:19:520:19:55

I'm coming for a drink.

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-You get it for half price.

-I'm going to get a round.

0:19:570:19:59

I think we like this, don't we?

0:19:590:20:02

-You can use it as an easel, you can stand it up like that.

-I like that.

0:20:020:20:06

I like it too.

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-230... 200 I guess is the best.

-200.

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That's 264 then we've spent.

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I mean, it's a bit of a risky one but it is quality.

0:20:130:20:16

-You ain't got a lot of time, guys, here.

-Let's just do it.

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200, do it.

0:20:200:20:21

-Yeah?

-Time is out on us really, isn't it?

0:20:210:20:25

Just time. Time to go. Time for me to leave.

0:20:250:20:30

-Time's up!

-Ah, I get it now.

0:20:300:20:33

-Oh, yes, finally!

-Oh my God!

-The penny's dropped.

-Oh, Kenny.

0:20:330:20:38

Time's up for you too.

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One more purchase to go and Catherine is looking worried.

0:20:430:20:48

-Hi!

-We're in a real rush, we've only got one minute left.

-One minute.

0:20:480:20:53

We've found this and this and we've only got £65 left.

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-What can you do for us?

-I'd have to phone her.

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I can't let you buy that. It's just a shop's dummy.

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I don't want to buy it. I'm only thinking because of the price.

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It's horrible. It's a sort of £10... Please don't buy that.

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It must be the 98% symmetry that Will likes.

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-It does look a little bit like you.

-I am very good-looking, Catherine.

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-He's chiselled.

-Hi.

-Thank you so much.

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Hello, hi. I'm very sorry to talk to you.

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We really, really like your Art-Deco chair.

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It's beautiful but we literally do not have a penny over, I think, £70.

0:21:250:21:32

What can you do on this shop dummy thing?

0:21:320:21:36

55. Can you come down a bit more on that one? All right, OK.

0:21:360:21:41

-Thank you, bye.

-55. That's not bad, is it?

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-That will leave you with £15.50.

-I wouldn't pay over...

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I wouldn't buy it, full stop, but I wouldn't pay over £5.

0:21:500:21:55

You said he looks like me and now you're saying he's horrible.

0:21:550:21:58

-No, no, no, I just...

-OK, let's go.

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Will we all shake hands or go for a high-five?

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-Yeah!

-Catherine.

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-I don't think I can bear to do it.

-We did well.

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We've got literally five seconds left.

0:22:130:22:16

SHE SQUEALS WITH EXASPERATION

0:22:160:22:19

-Shall we have a hug, Catherine?

-A group hug.

-We've done it.

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We've got the goods. Yay!

0:22:220:22:23

The Reds look happy. Can't say the same for poor Catherine.

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Let's remind ourselves what they bought.

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Their crafty use of t-shirts got the Wood Bine doll's house

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down to £179.50.

0:22:380:22:42

Another disrespectful gag with my signed photos

0:22:430:22:47

got the Tri-Ang doll's house down to £49.

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They christened the torso Sebastian which cost them £55.

0:22:510:22:55

What are they on?

0:22:550:22:57

Poor Catherine. You're looking thoroughly pecked here.

0:22:570:23:00

-Are you all right, darling?

-I'm exhausted.

-Are you?

-Yes.

0:23:000:23:03

-Was it too much?

-Too much, it really is.

0:23:030:23:05

-Have you had a nice time?

-Yeah, yeah.

0:23:050:23:08

-How much did you spend all round?

-£283.50. We haven't left much.

0:23:080:23:12

£283.50, so can I have £16.50 of left-over lolly, please?

0:23:120:23:17

Thank you very much, Will, that's lovely.

0:23:170:23:18

There's 15. Have you got any change?

0:23:180:23:20

This is marvellous, isn't it?

0:23:200:23:22

I think this is like you borrowed some from the bank or something or other.

0:23:220:23:26

OK, fine. £16.50. Happy? Lovely.

0:23:260:23:29

Over to you, Catherine. £16.50, darling.

0:23:290:23:31

-What are you going to do with that?

-Do you know what, Tim?

0:23:310:23:34

I am so pleased that I'm going to be shopping by myself

0:23:340:23:37

because these two have been driving me crazy for a whole hour.

0:23:370:23:40

But £16.50 is not much, is it?

0:23:400:23:42

It is not much but I will work wonders, I am sure.

0:23:420:23:45

Once you've bought your item for under £16.50,

0:23:450:23:48

go and have a quick lie-down, all right?

0:23:480:23:50

On that happy note,

0:23:500:23:51

why don't we remind ourselves what the Blue Team bought?

0:23:510:23:54

Kenny went solo and did a quick deal on the shooting stick for £20.

0:23:540:23:59

The team regrouped and went for the Kodak projector.

0:23:590:24:03

And finally, they went big on a large silver pocket watch.

0:24:070:24:11

Right, you lot. What are you finding so giggly,

0:24:130:24:15

just because you finished your shopping?

0:24:150:24:17

-Are you pleased about that?

-Very happy.

-Happy with that, Kenny?

0:24:170:24:20

-Absolutely, yes.

-Nothing you want to swap?

0:24:200:24:22

It's all done now, isn't it? Too late anyway.

0:24:220:24:24

-What's the total amount that you spent?

-£264.

0:24:240:24:28

£264, can I have £36 left-over lolly, please?

0:24:280:24:32

I like the blue nails.

0:24:320:24:33

-You're on the Blue Team, aren't you?

-Really?

0:24:330:24:37

No fool this girl. Here you go.

0:24:370:24:38

There's the £36, what are you going to do with that, Mark?

0:24:380:24:42

I don't know yet. Something that might make a profit.

0:24:420:24:45

That would be good.

0:24:450:24:46

On that happy note, I bid you farewell.

0:24:460:24:48

Meanwhile, we are heading off to Polesden Lacey

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which is in, of course, sunny Surrey.

0:24:510:24:54

This is Polesden Lacey,

0:25:070:25:09

one of the most visited of all the National Trust properties

0:25:090:25:14

across the land.

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It was once the home of Richard Brinsley Sheridan,

0:25:160:25:19

the playwright, but today is famed as a showcase

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of everything that is fine and refined

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about Edwardian country-house life,

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and that is all largely down to one lady.

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Margaret Greville was the illegitimate daughter

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of William McEwan, a millionaire Scottish brewer.

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She rose from her obscure origins to gain great wealth

0:25:430:25:48

and the friendship of royalty.

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And boy, did she like the good things in life!

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Just look at this room.

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It was fitted up at the height of the Edwardian period

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between 1907 and 1909

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by an interior decorating film called Mewes and Davis,

0:26:060:26:10

who coincidentally at the same time were fitting up the interior

0:26:100:26:14

of the Ritz Hotel,

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hence the term "Ritzy," and that's what this room gives you in spades.

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When it was designed, she asked for a room

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fit to entertain kings in and this saloon fits the bill.

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Mrs Greville displayed her collections in a series of vitrines.

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Chinese and Japanese ceramic, European ceramics

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and knick-knacks in these flat-topped specimen tables.

0:26:470:26:52

Just have a look at this lot.

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And here we've got a very special group of Mrs Greville's objects.

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Each of these pieces is by or attributed

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to the great Russian master, Carl Faberge,

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with the exception of one piece.

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Carl Faberge, who took over

0:27:230:27:26

the family jewelling and silversmithing business in 1870,

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when he was only 24, went on to produce

0:27:300:27:33

supremely expensive and desirable objets d'art.

0:27:330:27:37

For Mrs Greville, it's the miniature size that would have appealed

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and the fact that they're so beautifully made.

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If you look at this wise old owl,

0:27:460:27:48

Carl Faberge made this out of a piece of mineral.

0:27:480:27:54

Just look at the way he's carved the owl's face

0:27:540:27:57

and has delineated every feather in its plumage.

0:27:570:28:01

Behind, we've got a little Faberge frog.

0:28:010:28:05

Frogs that live in green, slimy pools and ponds,

0:28:050:28:09

hence Faberge has selected nephrite as the material

0:28:090:28:14

out of which to carve this frog.

0:28:140:28:17

It's green and mottled and very appropriate.

0:28:170:28:21

For me, the cutest of these animals has to be the baby elephant

0:28:210:28:26

created by Faberge 40 years before Walt Disney dreamt up Dumbo.

0:28:260:28:34

And the one piece not by Faberge is the Pekinese,

0:28:340:28:38

which apparently is by Cartier,

0:28:380:28:41

an equally prestigious name.

0:28:410:28:43

This one would have had a particular appeal for Mrs Greville

0:28:430:28:47

because, of course, she kept Pekinese here.

0:28:470:28:50

Of course, the big question today for our teams over at the auction,

0:28:500:28:53

will it transpire that they've bought a lot of old dogs, or not?

0:28:530:28:57

Any more at £45 then, anyone in the room?

0:29:030:29:05

It's £45, gentleman dead ahead.

0:29:050:29:07

Last chance, £45.

0:29:070:29:09

Well, we've reimported our village to Wisborough Green in West Sussex

0:29:110:29:15

to Bellmans sale room, to be with JP, Jonathan Pratt, a legend.

0:29:150:29:21

-How are you?

-Very good, Tim.

0:29:210:29:23

What about this lot, then? This is novel, isn't it?

0:29:230:29:25

This is right up our street, actually.

0:29:250:29:27

Well, I think it's famous, what these guys have gone with.

0:29:270:29:30

First up is Wood Bine Cottage.

0:29:300:29:32

I really like Wood Bine Cottage, being late 19th century,

0:29:320:29:35

but also the way it's the original paintwork on it

0:29:350:29:38

and it's got the name on the top and the interior, rather sweet.

0:29:380:29:41

The thing is, you could have it as an ornament in the house.

0:29:410:29:44

You could just have it tucked away and it looks rather sweet.

0:29:440:29:46

What do you think it's worth, Wood Bine Cottage? Freehold, detached?

0:29:460:29:49

-Couple of acres? What can you say?

-I thought £80-120.

0:29:490:29:53

-120 grand?

-Yes, yes.

0:29:530:29:56

OK. The boys paid £179.50.

0:29:560:29:58

I don't know whether we'll get to there but we might get very close.

0:29:580:30:02

That, I think, will be very exciting.

0:30:020:30:04

This Tri-Ang fellow is much more out of the factory.

0:30:040:30:07

Doesn't do it for me.

0:30:070:30:09

As these get play-worn, they look worse.

0:30:090:30:10

As that gets play-worn, it actually adds to the charm.

0:30:100:30:13

This one here deteriorates with age

0:30:130:30:16

and the painted one almost appreciates.

0:30:160:30:18

You're absolutely right. I had never considered that.

0:30:180:30:20

-How much do you think for little Tri-Ang?

-Realistically, £40-60.

0:30:200:30:24

-Really?

-£49 they paid, those boys, for that.

0:30:240:30:27

-They got a bit of a snip there potentially.

-Let's hope, yeah.

0:30:270:30:31

Talking of snips, what do you think about smiler here?

0:30:310:30:34

Sort of a part lot, really, isn't he?

0:30:340:30:36

This to me is absolutely ghastly. It's made of plastic.

0:30:360:30:38

It's all rubbed, it's come out of a skip. What's it worth?

0:30:380:30:41

Is it worth a £5 note?

0:30:410:30:43

I don't sell stuff for a fiver so I struggled and put a tenner on it.

0:30:430:30:47

Did you? I don't blame you. £10 if you're lucky, really.

0:30:470:30:50

£55 is what they paid, which I think is completely torpedo country.

0:30:500:30:54

I think so too.

0:30:540:30:55

If that's the case and Wood Bine Cottage

0:30:550:30:58

doesn't do as well as we think it might do,

0:30:580:31:00

they're going to need that bonus buy so let's go and have a look at it.

0:31:000:31:04

Will, Alastair, what have you done to your faces, chaps?

0:31:040:31:07

This is testosterone.

0:31:070:31:09

We hit puberty, I think, and this happened.

0:31:090:31:13

Between the shopping and the auction, you hit puberty.

0:31:130:31:16

To be honest with you, we saw your moustache and we thought

0:31:160:31:19

we've got to get in on the action

0:31:190:31:22

and go for the more rock-star kind of look.

0:31:220:31:24

What do you eat to grow your hair with such rapidity?

0:31:240:31:27

400mg of testosterone a day.

0:31:270:31:30

-If I gave that a yank...

-Please don't.

0:31:300:31:33

That's great fun, isn't it? You spent nearly everything.

0:31:330:31:37

You gave Catherine £16.50.

0:31:370:31:39

Did she blow the lot? And to help her out,

0:31:390:31:42

because there are two of them, I'm going to whip that off.

0:31:420:31:45

I have bought you these rather special

0:31:450:31:49

19th-century green ribbed apothecary bottles.

0:31:490:31:53

-What did they hold?

-It would have been medicine.

0:31:530:31:56

That's the clue there of what was contained inside.

0:31:560:31:59

-They're nicely ribbed, lovely enamel signs.

-I like them.

0:31:590:32:04

I can't believe you're not very impressed with these. £16.50!

0:32:040:32:08

-£16.50 for the two.

-For the two.

-Amazing.

0:32:080:32:11

-Let me tell you, that is a bargain.

-I think you're probably right.

0:32:110:32:14

I think you're going to have to be really, really,

0:32:140:32:16

really nice to Catherine about this.

0:32:160:32:18

Thank you so much, Catherine.

0:32:180:32:21

Just check out whether she likes really hairy men

0:32:210:32:24

coming to her auctions too before we get to the auction.

0:32:240:32:27

-OK.

-On that happy note,

0:32:270:32:29

let's check out what the auctioneer thinks about the drug bottles.

0:32:290:32:32

Here we go, Jonathan. Something for you to rub on.

0:32:340:32:36

Every morning, without fail.

0:32:360:32:39

You like a bit of universal liniment.

0:32:390:32:41

-There you go.

-It's useful.

-Certainly is.

0:32:410:32:43

If you've got problems with your hocks, that's what you'll rub on.

0:32:430:32:47

-Hollyhocks?

-No, your hocks, you fool!

-OK.

0:32:470:32:51

If you want to bump off the in-laws, give them a bit of digitalis.

0:32:510:32:55

-Absolutely.

-In their tea.

0:32:550:32:56

Why on Earth would you want the digitalis at home anyway?

0:32:560:32:59

Well, you never know, do you?

0:32:590:33:01

You never know who's coming round for tea!

0:33:010:33:03

Quite right. Two nice little medicine bottles, actually.

0:33:030:33:06

What the collectors like are the nice clean labels, don't they?

0:33:060:33:09

That's a lovely clean label.

0:33:090:33:11

What would you expect to get at the auction for them?

0:33:110:33:13

£30-50 because they can be quite popular.

0:33:130:33:16

I tell you, Catherine Southon will be over the Moon about that.

0:33:160:33:19

£16.50 she paid.

0:33:190:33:20

You could double the money if the boys decide to go

0:33:200:33:23

with Catherine Southon's advice, which thus far is unlikely.

0:33:230:33:27

But you never know, they might have a swift about-turn

0:33:270:33:30

when they see how this lot have done. Anyway, moving on.

0:33:300:33:34

That's it for the Reds, now for the Blues.

0:33:340:33:37

Alice and Kenny, shooting stick.

0:33:370:33:38

-This should be popular around here, Jonathan.

-Absolutely.

0:33:380:33:41

You tend not to go to auction to buy yourself a shooting stick,

0:33:410:33:45

-and it is quite a modern one, really.

-Yes.

0:33:450:33:48

So what might it bring?

0:33:480:33:49

I have broken the cardinal rule of myself and given it 5-10,

0:33:490:33:52

because that was as low as I really would go.

0:33:520:33:54

That's a cunning strategy, well done. They paid 20.

0:33:540:33:57

Ditto, really, this projector.

0:33:570:33:59

I really quite like the ornamental quality of it. The polished metal...

0:33:590:34:03

The sculpture. You are so right. You've persuaded me yet again.

0:34:030:34:08

-What's the estimate?

-£20-40.

-How much?

-£20-40.

0:34:080:34:11

You don't like it that much, do you?

0:34:110:34:13

-That's so miserable.

-Come and get me!

0:34:130:34:16

You're telling me! £44 they paid.

0:34:160:34:19

That's hopeful, but nonetheless.

0:34:190:34:21

OK, moving on then seamlessly

0:34:210:34:23

to the silver-case pocket-watch in its travelling case.

0:34:230:34:27

I quite liked him actually.

0:34:270:34:28

-Sadly, the dial has had a couple of patches filled in.

-Polyfilla.

0:34:280:34:33

A decent-sized watch like that in this silver case.

0:34:330:34:37

-It's quite a good case actually.

-What's it worth?

0:34:370:34:40

-Realistically, £70-100.

-Oh, dear.

0:34:400:34:42

-Kenny paid £200 for this.

-That's pretty steep!

0:34:420:34:45

It's a big old price, isn't it?

0:34:450:34:48

That's going to torpedo them almost certainly, in which case

0:34:480:34:50

they're going to need the bonus buy so let's go and have a look at it.

0:34:500:34:54

Now, Alice, Kenny, you spent £264 which was a magnificent effort.

0:34:540:34:58

-Yeah.

-£36 went across to Mark Stacey.

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Did you blow the lot, Mark?

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Well, Tim, this is what I blew it on.

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It's a little gilt metal mounted box set with, I think, jade,

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and I think it's rather charming with all the decoration.

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-Do you think it's English?

-No, I think it's probably eastern.

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Chinese, maybe.

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-With the stepped corners and the decoration on it.

-Very nice indeed.

0:35:180:35:22

-Do you want to hold it?

-Kenny's taken a shine to it already.

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I think it'll appeal to the market and I only paid -

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are you ready for this?

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-Steady.

-£20.

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-OK.

-I would love it to make over 100.

-So would we.

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And we need it. After your bargains!

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Now, now! Anyway, there we go. That's nice, isn't it?

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A seriously bullish prediction from your expert,

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but for the audience at home right now,

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let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Mark's box.

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-That's handsome, isn't it?

-I rather like it, actually.

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It's not the finest quality of carving

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but it's fairly sharp, it is Chinese, that's a magic thing

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and the internet eats them up around the world.

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I've gone along with a £50-70 estimate which I think is sensible.

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-That cunning old Mark only paid £20.

-Crikey.

-The Welsh wizard.

-'ey, boyo.

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-Oh, boyo.

-Tidy.

0:36:160:36:18

-This should be a gash, shouldn't it?

-I think so.

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I think so.

0:36:200:36:22

Any more at £550? All done?

0:36:240:36:27

-Now, lads, your first item is Wood Bine Cottage.

-That's right.

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-Do you still fancy it?

-I think it's going to be a good one.

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Well, the auctioneer thought it was worth £80-100.

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You paid £179.50, so on that basis it doesn't stand an earthly,

0:36:430:36:48

but actually, I think it's a really nice thing.

0:36:480:36:50

I think the auctioneer's wrong.

0:36:500:36:51

Well, he's just put an estimate on that might be a bit tempting, yes?

0:36:510:36:56

Anyway, first up for you chaps is Wood Bine Cottage.

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It's detached, it's freehold and here it comes.

0:36:590:37:02

Considerable interest in this lot. I'll start at 170. With me at £170.

0:37:020:37:07

Looking for 180 now. 180, 190, 200, 220.

0:37:070:37:12

We didn't pay too much!

0:37:120:37:15

-300. Commission bid at 300.

-That's nothing for a cottage!

0:37:150:37:21

Commission bid against you at 300. £300 then, against you all at £300.

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Yes, that's so good, £300.

0:37:250:37:30

That is £120.50. Now, here comes the Tri-Ang.

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Start me at £20 for the Tri-Ang doll's house.

0:37:350:37:37

Thank you, front row at 20. Let's go up now, surely worth 25.

0:37:370:37:40

Go on, Jonathan.

0:37:400:37:42

-Maiden bid of £20.

-Go on!

-At £20.

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-Uh-oh. £20.

-What did we pay for that?

0:37:460:37:49

That's -29. Here comes Sebastian.

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What a fine specimen he is.

0:37:530:37:56

To save time, let's start at £5 for this.

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£5 is bid, thank you, at £5.

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At £5, looking for 10 now. 5, 10, 15?

0:38:020:38:05

-Shakes her head at 15.

-10 it is.

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At £10, at the very back, any more at £10?

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-That's outrageous.

-All the good work we did.

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-He didn't drum up any interest.

-So, £46.50.

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That's what you've got in the way of profit.

0:38:190:38:21

What are you going to do about these bottles?

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Are you going to risk £16.50?

0:38:230:38:25

Are you going to trust Catherine here?

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You don't have to do it! Just make your choice.

0:38:270:38:30

You're going to do it quickly? Going with it, yes.

0:38:300:38:33

You are going with it. Wow!

0:38:330:38:35

We're going with the bonus buy. Here they come and good luck!

0:38:350:38:39

I have bids to start me at £35.

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-Yay!

-£35 straight up.

0:38:430:38:46

£40 against you on the book.

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£45, internet. Commission bids have gone. 45 on the internet.

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Fair warning, selling to the internet at £45.

0:38:530:38:57

£45. That's £28.50, plus £28.50.

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That means you have a grand total of £75.

0:39:030:39:07

-I think we need a shake all round on this.

-Yeah.

0:39:070:39:10

Seriously, chaps, congratulations and well done.

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Isn't that extraordinary?

0:39:140:39:16

-Do you know how the Reds got on?

-No.

0:39:230:39:26

-Do you know how the Reds got on, convincingly?

-Convincingly.

0:39:260:39:28

-Genuinely?

-Genuinely.

-You don't want to know. OK, fine.

0:39:280:39:32

First up then is the shooting stick and here she comes.

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I can start at £10. £10 is bid, I'll take 15 though.

0:39:350:39:38

We need a bit more, don't we?

0:39:380:39:41

On the book at 10. It's £10 then, on the book at £10. Fair warning.

0:39:410:39:46

This is just so sad. Sorry about that start. -£10.

0:39:460:39:51

A Kodascope projector by the Eastman Kodak company.

0:39:510:39:55

Start me at £20.

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£20 for this? Surely worth £20. £10 then.

0:39:570:40:00

£10 at the every back, at £10, thank you.

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Looking for 15 now. I'll sell it for 10.

0:40:020:40:04

£10 is -34.

0:40:040:40:08

Lot 79 is the large silver-plated pocket-watch.

0:40:090:40:13

£20 is bid with me, at £20. 25 internet, 30 internet, 35 internet.

0:40:130:40:16

Do I see 40 in the room? 40 internet. 45 internet.

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They're fighting each other for this.

0:40:190:40:21

50 internet. 55 internet.

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-Anyone else want to join in?

-Be brave.

0:40:240:40:26

65 on the internet. £70, internet. 75, they keep going.

0:40:260:40:30

Thank goodness for the internet.

0:40:300:40:32

£80 internet bid, at £80. 85 internet. £90 on the internet.

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£90 it is. All done on the net?

0:40:370:40:40

-154. -154, I'm afraid.

0:40:410:40:46

-Are you going to go with the metal box?

-Yes.

0:40:460:40:49

Let's cross our legs and hope for the best. Here it comes.

0:40:490:40:52

Start me at £20 for this. Surely 20. 20 is bid, looking for 5 now.

0:40:520:40:56

25 waving. 30, 35, 40.

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45, 50. 55. 55, the lady's bid.

0:41:000:41:05

Now 60 on the net if you want to join in. 65 waving at me still.

0:41:050:41:09

70 on the net. 75 waving.

0:41:090:41:12

80 on the net. 85 waving.

0:41:120:41:15

Internet bidder's persistent. £100 on the net.

0:41:150:41:17

£100, stopping now at £100. Do I see 110 anywhere?

0:41:170:41:20

Internet bid then, selling £100.

0:41:200:41:24

Well done, Mark Stacey. That's the way to do it.

0:41:240:41:27

Buy it for 20, sell it for 100. That's a very nice £80 profit.

0:41:270:41:33

-You are -£74.

-I reckon we'll still beat those Reds.

-You are -£74.

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The big thing now is don't say a word to the Reds

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and all will be revealed in a moment.

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Everybody happy? You jolly well ought to be happy.

0:41:530:41:56

Been chatting at all between the Reds and Blues?

0:41:560:42:00

So you don't know who's ahead or who's behind? No idea. Good.

0:42:000:42:05

Somebody's got to be behind. We don't have losers any more.

0:42:050:42:08

We only have runners-up. The runners-up today are the Blues.

0:42:080:42:12

I know, it's unbelievable, isn't it?

0:42:120:42:16

You made a loss on every single item.

0:42:160:42:19

You were in a very sticky wicket state with -154

0:42:190:42:22

and along came your knight in shining armour

0:42:220:42:25

in the form of Stacey who pitched up with a profit of £80

0:42:250:42:28

on that Chinese box, which is something else, isn't it?

0:42:280:42:32

Sadly, it only reduced your losses to -74,

0:42:320:42:35

-but it was exciting, wasn't it?

-It was.

-It was really exciting,

0:42:350:42:39

but nothing like as exciting as the £75 profit

0:42:390:42:41

which these Reds are going off with.

0:42:410:42:43

Here's the £75 profit. Look at that. How extraordinary!

0:42:430:42:47

I'm a little bit surprised that we didn't make more, if I'm honest.

0:42:470:42:51

-In all honesty, I'm so surprised and happy.

-That's lovely.

0:42:510:42:54

As usual, a split decision from the Reds.

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It's the taking part that counts.

0:42:560:42:58

-Win or lose...

-We won, what are you talking about?

0:42:580:43:01

It sounds like loser talk but we're just happy.

0:43:010:43:03

You're ahead today and congratulations.

0:43:030:43:06

In fact, join us soon for some more bargain hunting. Yes? Yes!

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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.


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