Experts David Barby and Chris Gower help the teams search for bargains, while Tim Wonnacott visits the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent.
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Many years ago the Victorians and Edwardians were drawn to
the town of Builth Wells by its hot springs.
But we're not here for the water today.
Oh, no! But we are hoping to spring some hot profits...
Hah! ..later over at the auction, but right now,
let's go Bargain Hunting, yeah!
Today's antiques and collectables are to be found here
at the Royal Welsh Showground near Builth Wells.
With over 1,000 stalls, our teams are going to have to hotfoot it
to find that extra special, super-duper thing.
Let's have a quick peek at what's coming up.
Today, it's a tale of two tactics.
The Reds using their heads to drive a hard bargain...
-..whilst the Blues choose with their heart.
-It's right up your street.
It's just whether we make a profit.
I don't think you'll make a profit, but it reflects your interests.
But which will pay off?
The rules are easy. Each team gets £300
and an hour to shop for three items which they sell later at auction,
and the team that makes the most profit wins.
hat's all coming up.
But first, let's get to know a bit about the teams.
Well, today I'm surrounded by creative types
from the world of music and design,
and first up is Amy and Sandro. How did you two meet?
-My best mate is your boyfriend.
-So you're just good friends?
-We are, yes.
-Well, that's nice.
Sandro, says here you're incredibly creative. Tell me about that.
I love using Photoshop. My job is web design,
so I love coding, creating websites.
It's really boring but really enjoyable for me!
But it says here you're interested in carving.
I just love the craftsmanship that goes into a wooden carving.
Someone's spent hours sitting there with a knife, just carving. I really appreciate that kind of quality.
-Any particular type of carving?
-The German bears and all that?
-Yes, the lions, the bears. It's just...
It is extraordinary that just with a sharp knife
and a lump of wood, you can create something so beautiful.
-And Amy, are you as creative?
-Not as creative as Sandro.
I've got slightly a different job.
I work in construction as a quantity surveyor,
so I deal a bit more with the money side.
-A bit more creative with the cash flow.
So did you read surveying or something or other at university?
-I read forensic science.
I've gone back to university now to study surveying and project management.
I prefer the hardhat to the white coat.
That's very nicely put. Brilliant.
Laura and Dan, our married couple, which is lovely,
and it's music that brought you two together, yes?
Dan was looking for a pianist and he put an ad out on the internet, saying
he'd like someone who was interested in 1940s music and could play.
And he got a wife.
Well, that was lovely.
-So you certainly learned how to play together.
And you've performed to some enormous audiences, haven't you?
In June last year, we performed to 10,000 people in Trafalgar Square.
It was terrifying but brilliant.
We're doing a number of concerts across the year.
We perform in everything, from cathedrals to concert halls,
but we're doing a very important concert, which is down a mine.
We're taking the piano into the mine shaft,
dropping it down, to Big Pit, Blaenavon,
taking the piano behind the back of the mine and
doing a concert to remember people who've died in mines,
so we're doing that concert underground.
So it's something we feel very passionate about.
What fun. Now the money moment. £300 apiece. Here's your £300.
You know the rules.
Your experts await, and off you go, and very, very, very good luck.
What charming teams.
This time, ready to serve the Reds, we unmask Chris Gower.
While David Barby will be directing the Blues.
We've got something in common, haven't we?
-I love 1930s, '40s musicals.
-Us too, funnily enough.
It's strange that you like that.
So, Laura, what are you going to look for?
Well, hopefully we'll be able to find something relevant to that.
We'd like some movie memorabilia, some music or something like that,
or just something from that era, very showbiz.
Yes, something kind of glamorous.
I'd really like to find something kind of bright and colourful,
maybe like an ornament or something with glass in it,
or maybe a really nice horse object, because that would be really nice.
A horse painting. That would be nice.
A painting, yeah, mix the two together, something quite colourful.
Colourful. A nice little Stubbs, with 300 quid.
No, we need more items than just one!
-We need a profit.
Yes, that IS the name of the game.
The Blues, on the other hand, are drifting back to a bygone era.
-Look! BBC Tommy Handley.
-Ah! Now we're talking.
-Have a look at it.
What was the famous saying of Tommy Handley, from his show?
"Can I do you now?" Something like that.
-It does sound terrible!
-"Can I do you now, sir?"
-Tommy Handley's sayings are timeless.
-And these are all the recordings of...
-The show, is it?
It's from the show.
-All the humour of the 1940s, '50s, contained there.
Can we have a look at the actual records inside?
-From a condition point of view?
-I don't think they've been used.
-They look brand-new.
-£35. Are you going to sell it for a profit?
-I don't think so.
-Shall we ask them what they could do for it?
That's the very nice lady over there. The glamorous one.
The glamorous lady. What could you do this for,
if we were very nice to you
-and Laura batted her eyelids?
-They'll sing you a song.
He's got that look again, hasn't he?
A little bit less?
- 28. 28. - We'll all just stand here.
-Can you do 25 for us?
-25, then. That's the lowest.
-What do you think?
-I think it's right up your street. I really do.
-It is just whether we make a profit.
-I don't think you'll make a profit on it,
-but it reflects your interests.
It might not make lots of money but maybe we'll find another piece that will.
-Do you want to go for that?
-Yes, we'll go for that one.
And we've made our first buy.
Ah, these sentimental types, eh?
Let's hope someone out there still owns a record player.
What have you spotted, then, Reds?
-You like this Amy, don't you?
-I do, yes. It caught my eye. Team colours.
It's very appropriate. A fruit bowl.
-Is it Murano?
-Or Italian. Murano, perhaps.
-I think it is Italian.
-So how old do you think that would be?
-'40s or '50s.
-Do you think they're imitation, or real?
-Is it a pair together?
-This carving, this is almost like Black Forest.
-I like Black Forest.
-German. These are really nice.
-Are they book ends?
While the Reds are getting in the swing of things,
the Blues find time to sing.
# If you're blue
BOTH: # And you don't know where to go to
# Why don't you go where fashion sits?
-# Puttin' on the Ritz
-# Boom-boom-boom. #
Bravo, Blues. Now, let's get on with it. No standing ovations here.
Right, come on, let's go shopping.
Hello there, hi.
-These are quite nice.
-MAN: Thank you.
In fact, they might be nice enough to buy. How much are they?
I've got 120 on them, but you can have them for a oner, if it helps.
-Do you think we'd make money?
-Well, that's the whole point, Sandro, isn't it?
I'm just trying to think what sort of price we'd get at auction.
-Might be a bit of a squeeze to get that.
-How do you feel?
I'm not sure we'd make a lot of profit from them.
-Sandro, do you like them?
-I do like them, but... £70?
68, so you're just under the 70 mark.
-I think these are in the bag, then, aren't they?
-I think definitely.
Good going, Sandro.
You definitely chiselled away the pounds for that one.
-How do you feel about this red glass?
-I like it. Maybe we should come back and keep looking around,
-though, not get all our items too soon.
That Amy's on the ball.
So that's one-all in the first ten minutes.
And Barby? Well, he's on the ball too, with a precise plan of action.
Scan the stalls. Only go to those items that you can relate to,
-that you might think have potential sale value.
-OK, no problem.
-Gosh, that is really over the top, isn't it?
-It's just so glammy-whammy-whammy.
-It is really glamorous.
-It really is bling-bling-bling.
-A bit glammy-whammy.
I'm not seeing glammy-whammy at the moment.
-More like wham-bam, if you ask me.
Come on, Blues. You're losing your swagger.
-I really like this item here.
And you say I've got bad taste?
-Oh, look at those colours.
It's taken someone a long time to do. Do you not admire the handiwork?
It just reminds me of something you'd find in your granny's house.
That's exactly what it is.
If we're desperate and we can't find anything else
I will concede and, yes, we'll come back to that.
-We might change his mind later on.
That could be one way to weave a profit.
For the Blues, though, a pretty face has caught their eye.
They're a very good make.
-Goldscheider have been producing figures like this for decades.
These are 1950s. 1950s, 1960s.
-Ooh! Look at that price.
-But that is very glamorous.
-It is very glamorous.
Actually, I could see that fitting into someone's modern apartment.
-Let me put it on the wall.
-She's lovely. What's she worth, though?
Well, 165 I think is the maximum price.
Unless you're going to get it down really, really to a more favourable figure,
-I think it's out of the question.
-David, you might need to sing.
Let me have a quick word with the lady.
-Do look on the stall, see if there's anything else.
-Just give them one of your looks, David.
-Wow, nice glass here, Amy.
-20 minutes in, and the Reds may have found a ray of light.
-It's a candleholder.
-Can you imagine the flame flickering on that?
That is very interesting. Right.
Petr Hora is the designer. It weighs a ton.
Would that need to be in some kind of specialist auction?
No. I'll tell you why,
because it's interesting and different enough to sell.
What's the age on it? Do you think it's very old?
Probably '60s, I would say.
-That's in, the '60s, at the moment, isn't it?
-I can't see the dealer.
He's not around here. It's not a bad price, either.
65, I think is on it. Let's see if you can do any better.
A possible second item, but is it worth the candle?
Right, here we are, kids.
What was it marked as, 165? He's good, isn't he?
This one here is more stylised, with the slanted eyes, gold hair.
-I'm drawn towards that one.
-I think that's quite good.
I think this is a must-buy, and I think we'll turn a profit on this.
I've got a good feeling.
I've just noticed that.
Is that going to be a problem?
Well, it is actually a chip in the glaze finish.
-Now I look at it, I can see it all the time.
-Yeah, I can, too.
-It's like a wart.
-So we've got a risk on our hands.
I just... Something in my gut is saying...
-Shall we take a punt on that?
-Yes, I think take a risk on it.
-I just really love it and I think someone else might, too.
-I think so.
It's Goldscheider, it's got the name. It's got the look.
-OK, let's do it.
-Let's do it...
-I'm happy, I think.
# Let's fall in love... #
Well done, but that's another purchase made with the heart
and not the head.
# Let's fall in love. #
All right, guys, two bits of news for you.
First thing is it's not '60s as I thought - it's '80s.
And the second thing is, even better news, it's £50.
-That's his last price.
-50, is it? What do you think?
-Do you think we can make more than 50?
-I think so.
If it's a bit more recent than we thought?
-Have you ever seen anything like it?
-No, I haven't.
-Neither have I.
And I've been steeped in this business... Let's go for it.
-All right, then.
It's all about the cash with you Reds.
We're now well over halfway, with the teams neck-and-neck
with two buys each, but finding that final item
is where hunting gets hard.
Look at this, this is Worcester, and this is a moustache cup.
-So why has it got...?
-That's the moustache,
so you can drink and not get your moustache wet.
Oh, I like that. Never, ever seen anything like that before.
It's a collector's item. £85 is a little bit on the top side,
-but that is nice, isn't it?
-I do think that's interesting.
-That's why I like that. It's not just a cup.
-Why don't you ask the dealer?
What would be the best price you could do for us on that?
-It's got 85 on it. I'd say 75.
-Could you do a little bit less?
I'll squeeze to 70. That's my very, very best.
-I would suggest, if this gentleman allows, to have that in reserve.
-And we've got...
-We haven't got very long left, so...
-So we shall come back if you don't mind, sir.
-Is that OK?
- Thank you so much. No problem.
Well, I may put a bid on that one myself,
but with less than ten minutes to go, you'd better get a move on.
Now, where do we go? I've never seen so many stalls.
There is an awful lot.
Now, do we go into that building over there?
-You've got all of it concentrated.
-Yeah, shall we have a look?
-That's where you're going to find your glam.
-Glam, here we come.
-WOMAN: Last five-minute rush?
We are running out of time. We have two things on reserve.
How do we feel about those things?
-Is the tapestry a bit more attractive now?
-The tapestry table.
-I did like the glass.
-And the red glass.
What do you think would make more money? If we get the glassware for 25, and say we get the table for 30?
The table will make us money.
A bit more looking, with five minutes left, and then we'll go and get it.
-OK, five minutes of looking?
-Quickly, then, and then we've got our backup, all right?
-So it's the table if we don't see anything else.
-Have I lost David?
-We have lost him. Where is David?
-Look both sides, please. Jewellery.
After intensive faffing, the Blues finally figure it out.
-Right, we've got five minutes. Where do we go?
-I think the moustache cup.
The moustache cup. Right, let's go upstairs.
-It's on the balcony, isn't it?
-It is on the balcony.
I don't think I am going to make those stairs in five minutes.
-Oh, no, that's a lift.
-Don't worry, go for it.
A breather for the Blues,
whilst the Reds have also spotted a way to get some respite.
-I like that chair.
-That chair is nice.
-It is nice, isn't it?
Walnut, nicely carved, on casters, about 1860. Very nice condition.
Unless it's riddled with woodworm which we can't see.
-No, I can't see any.
-Nice, isn't it?
-It feels solid.
-It does, yes.
-How much have we got?
-Not enough for the chair.
-What if we got it down? I really like that.
-We've got 181 left.
-Could we get that down to that? Would that be enough money?
-No dealer's going to take £100 off.
-That's like... No.
-But my fabulous charm!
-Fabulous charm? You might work it.
-Give it a go.
-You can ask.
-If you get that for 180 quid, I will eat my glasses.
-That's a deal.
-Here he is. Hello, there.
-We love that chair.
-I thought you might.
-Unfortunately, it's the price we don't love.
-Don't you? Why's that, then?
-We've got £175 left. That is our lot.
Would you do it for that?
I'm not sure I would, actually.
Not if Amy gives you a little kiss on the cheek?
-I don't think my wife would be too happy, would she?
-No chance at all?
-We really love the chair. It's really nice.
-We do like it.
-And we think it would make us money.
-You're not having me on, you haven't got more?
-That is it. 175 is it.
That is our lot. That's our complete finish.
Our last item, and you'd make our day.
-Go on, then.
-Ah, nice one. Thank you very much.
-Thank you. Yes, your charm worked!
I can't believe it. Well done. That's ridiculous. Fantastic.
That's the way to do it. Well done, Reds.
That's your final item done and dusted.
So, can the Blues shave any more off that moustache cup?
You said £70.
-To give us some margin, please?
It's got to be 70, I'm afraid.
Another couple of pound off? Just a few? £2?
-No. I need to get 70.
-Give us some margin.
-There should be a margin at 70, I think.
-You're such a hard man!
Give him the money, and we'll clear off.
-OK, thank you very much. Can you wrap that for us?
-OK, I will do.
-No joy there.
The 'tache was stashed for £70.
Come on, Chris.
Haven't you forgotten something?
-Best thing is, I get to see Chris eat his glasses now.
Oh! Oh! Delicious!
I can't believe he negotiated to have that chair.
Let's remind ourselves what the Reds bought.
The pair of 20th-century carved tigers was a killing at £68.
They lit up when they saw the 1980s glass candlestick holder. £50 paid.
And finally, they bought this Victorian armchair.
A snug - or smug - fit, once they got the price down to £175.
One of the fun things about Bargain Hunt is you never know
what's going to happen next, right?
And he knows, poor Chris, that he's not got much of a chance
with your bonus buy, because you spent how much?
-We spent £293 on our items.
-That's pretty good, isn't it?
That means there's only £7 for Chris to go off and buy your bonus buy.
-It's a bit of a challenge.
OK, who has got the £7?
Thank you very much. I'll take that. A whole £7.
-Thank you so much(!)
-This leaves me...two cups of coffee?
-I will surprise you.
-We hope so. Thank you.
-That's a tease if ever I heard one.
Why don't you go and have your own cup of coffee, and enjoy it?
Thank you very much.
Meanwhile, we're going to check out what the Blue team bought.
The Blues hope to spin some old yarns
with this BBC record collection.
Then they fell for this stylish ceramic facemask, paying £90 for it.
Finally, they're hoping this Royal Worcester moustache cup and saucer
may give them a taste of success at the auction.
-You had a good old shop up there, didn't you?
-We did, we did well.
-We got our three pieces.
-What was your total spend, please?
-It was 185.
-185. I'd like 115 of leftover lolly, please.
-Hand it over.
-There you go.
You don't like doing this, do you? All right.
-A nice wodge for you, Barby.
-Thank you very much.
-Have you got anything in mind?
-Yes, I have, actually.
I've got to think in terms of thespian-related objects.
-There's been a song in my heart...
-Oh, what a great song.
Good, good, good. Well, that's marvellous. Off you trip, then.
Meanwhile, we're going to trot off somewhere splendido.
The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery here in Stoke-on-Trent
attracts more than 200,000 visitors every year.
They come to see the world's finest collection of Staffordshire
ceramics and fine art, as well as the largest haul of Anglo-Saxon gold
ever to be discovered in Britain.
In 2009, more than 3,500 items in gold and silver
were found here in Staffordshire, in a farmer's field,
by an amateur metal detectorist.
The overall value is said to be more than £3 million.
This discovery unlocks significant clues into Anglo-Saxon history,
because the hoard was found in the Lichfield area, which was then part of the kingdom of Mercia,
one of Britain's largest and most aggressive realms.
Why was the hoard buried here?
Well, it's thought it could have been hidden during the aftermath of a battle.
Well, well, well.
I've descended into the bowels of the museum, to the laboratory,
where we're going to have a rare old treat because
the largest group of the hoard ever to be displayed -
that's over 200 pieces - are about to go upstairs on display,
and, were they on display, we wouldn't be able to examine them closely.
I've selected a few and here they are. Wow.
What do you think of this lot, then?
To some, I have to say, it looks a bit like a heap of twisted metal
just before it goes into one of those bullion melting down places.
Which in a way is the back story to the whole hoard,
because what was happening after the battle
was all the valuable bits were rudely ripped from armaments
from the defeated, and I guess there must have been
a bit of a flimflam on, because they were
jammed into a storage and buried frightfully crudely and rudely.
Hence the metal, which I am sure was intended to be melted down
and re-used, is in a bruised and battered state.
If you take that little heap there,
these three jokers were made to hold semi-precious stones.
The stones themselves were kept in place by these little teeth.
Rather similar to mounting jewellery today.
That's thought to be a form of processional cross,
of which this is a reproduction.
In the reproduction, we can clearly see the cruciform form
and the garnets themselves, enclosed in a similar way
to the originals from the hoard.
These two pieces are the end fittings from a sword,
and this pyramid-form button apparently was a button
that secured the top of the scabbard,
to stop the sword falling out.
Talking of swords, over here we've got a reproduction
Anglo-Saxon form of sword called a seax, and above here,
from the hoard itself, are the gold and cut-garnet
that might have fitted on a short little seax sword like that.
Not only is the gold very pure,
but if you look at the decoration, it's extraordinarily delicate.
A series of beautifully cut garnet stones,
which are inserted perfectly,
and underneath the stones themselves is a layer of foil.
And that foil is there to reflect the light from above,
making the thing look even more splendid.
Can you imagine doing that 1,300 years ago?
No magnification, no specialist cutting tools.
It really is extraordinary.
Some of the pieces are very delicate.
Take this seahorse, look.
The way that that has been decorated is in a form of filigree.
Now, filigree is fine silver wire, twisted and coiled.
But just look at how fine the wire is on this piece.
It fair takes your breath away, doesn't it,
the craftsmanship was 1,300 years ago.
The big question today is, of course, for our teams
over at the auction, just how sophisticated will their skills be?
Not so hot, I suspect.
How lovely. We've trotted east from the middle of Wales
to Worcestershire's premier saleroom to be with Philip Serrell.
-Lovely to see you.
-How are you?
-I'm very well indeed.
You've brought an eclectic mix with you, haven't you?
It's a funny old mixture, isn't it?
I mean, we kick off with the Reds, with these carvings.
If there's one thing you love, it's a lump of wood, right?
-So give us the low-down on these. Indian?
I think they're going to make between £50 and £70,
something like that.
-Right. They're nice objects, aren't they?
-I quite like them.
Well, the estimate's £50-£75.
They paid £68, so they might be in line for a small bite of a profit.
-Absolutely right. If things work out.
Next is the Czech glass candlestick.
I think that I was born too soon to appreciate the finer qualities
of Czech glass candlesticks.
It's a bit of a blob, isn't it?
It's the sort of thing that might... We put £20-£40 on it.
-What did they pay?
-Oh, right. That's not so hot.
Still, hope springs eternal.
And now we cut to something that is the cutting edge
of fashionable indoor furnishing, right?
A Victorian walnut armchair with clapped-out upholstery.
When it comes to being unsaleable, that is up there,
and I can remember when we used to sell those for £350, £400.
Now, we put £120-£180 on it, and I think I might be being a bit generous...
They've picked up a little bit over the last six months, but...
-What did they pay?
They'll need to pick up a lot more.
In fact, they're going to need to pick up so much
they're going to need their bonus buy, so let's have a look at it.
So, Chris, you were given a wholesome £7.
-What did you spend it on?
-Well, here's my surprise.
-A pair of Cloisonne vases.
-OK. Can I...?
Cloisonne, Chinese. The earliest pieces were from the 14th century.
They're not, let me tell you, for £7,
but they're very attractive, quite new, not antiques,
but what do you think?
-I quite like them.
-I thought you would.
Well, you see, it's made of copper and enamel,
so they're a bit fragile anyway.
With £7 that was a pretty tall order, let me tell you!
-And you spent the £7?
Do you think we're going to get the £7 back?
Oh, plus, Amy! Of course! I wouldn't have bought them otherwise.
I think we can reasonably expect double that.
-That's not bad.
-Well, we watched his lips. That's the prediction.
They may double their money.
For the viewers at home, though, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about the Cloisonne pots.
-Right, then, Phil. A deep breath, methinks.
-Oh, dear me.
They've filled in holes with putty
and have kind of polished it over,
trying to make you think this is a perfect pair.
But he only paid, what?
He paid £7, poor lamb.
-Well, we put £10 to £20 on them.
More in fond hope than anything else.
Anyway, that's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues. Laura and Dan.
Their first item is the Tommy Handley record set.
Could I just ask you, David Barby wouldn't have been their expert, would he?
He certainly was.
It's just there's a bit of a likeness there, do you think?
-Do you know, you're right.
-It's That Man Again.
It's a bit too Barby for me, this.
-It's like the old cracked record, isn't it?
-Yes. I see that at, like, £10.
-But I've never been an ITMA fan,
but David, being considerably older than you and I...
This might in fact be his generation.
-He's kind of founded in that era, isn't he?
£10 to £20. They paid £25.
-Yeah, swiftly moving on.
Now, Goldscheider. Do you like that?
I sort of do and I don't.
-It's what people want today, isn't it?
I think she's rather nice, you know.
I think she's got the Vera Lynn, Goldilocks-type hairdo.
-I mean, it is '40s, isn't it?
-We put a mean £40 to 60 quid on it.
-Is that all?
-It might do a little bit better.
-They paid £90.
I have to admit, I have seen some of this Goldscheider stuff,
with its paper labels like that, make £100 to £150.
-It'll make more, yes.
-Lovely. That's exciting.
This is a bit of meat and drink for you,
because if there's one thing your sale room is renowned for,
being in this part of the world and all...
Is this a good buy to bring here or not?
It probably should make more here than anywhere else.
I don't know what they paid. It has a Worcester mark
on the bottom. And it's...
-..ready to go.
-We've put £30-£50 on it. What did they pay?
Double. Double what you think it might be.
Well, we'll find someone with a moustache...
..who just happens to want a memento of their trip to Worcester.
I don't know if you can think of anyone.
I can't think of anybody with a moustache. Oh, a moustache?
Oh, right. Just a thought.
No, seriously, I would say they're going to need their bonus buy, so let's go and have a look at it.
Now, Laura, Dan. £185 spent.
£115 goes to Mr Barby, who is looking a little strange,
I have to say.
Have you converted to Islam? That's what I want to know.
Almost. They're such a glammy couple,
I had to buy something that was absolutely OTT.
-They suit you. Fantastic.
These are typical 1970s, '80s.
They haven't got any great age
but they're what would be termed as white metal and paste amethyst,
but they have that look, do they not?
-They have the look.
-I can see you on a stage, glittering away.
-With a ball gown.
-And do you wear pierced ears, or...?
-These are actually clip-on earrings.
-Well, there we go. It was meant to be.
-Aren't they lovely?
Well, they fitted your lobes beautifully, David, I have to say.
I think he bought them for himself, really!
-Well, I paid £65 for these.
-I've got my hair down.
-Oh, they would definitely suit you.
-Oh, they really look absolutely superb!
-Made for her!
-They do look good.
-What are we going to do?
I can't auction these, I need to keep them!
-Do you think there might be profit in these?
-There might be marginal.
It's one of those things where my heart ruled my head.
-I saw them and thought immediately of you!
-There's honesty for you,
which is very, very interesting, but you never know!
Other people buy things, even at auction, on compulsion, don't they?
-So, we live in hope, from that point of view.
Now, though, for the viewers at home, let's find out
what Philip Serrell thinks about David Barby's earrings.
-There we go, Phil.
This is what you might call a typical David Barby bonus buy item.
-What did he pay for these?
-Well, I'll ask for your estimate first!
-Well, I think I've been over-generous...
..because Barby is a dear friend, but we put £20-30 on these.
-And that's your friendly estimate.
-Because he paid 65.
And he's expecting the team - bless 'em - to take these,
potentially, to make a profit on, as a bonus buy.
-Did he not get on with them, no(?)
-I think he did!
Anyway, hardly a snowflake's chance, then, in the old proverbial?
I'm not going to make any rash promises
but I think he's struggling with those, I really do.
With any luck, the team won't select them. Anyway, on that happy note,
-will you be taking the sale today?
We're in safe hands.
So, how are you feeling just at this moment - a bit tense?
-A bit more excited, I think.
Are you? It's lovely to come to a sale room
-that's absolutely crammed with folk.
-It is, isn't it?
And who knows, maybe they've all come here for your items?
-We hope so!
-They've got good taste, they have.
We sure do, you're quite right.
The first lot up, though, are your tiggers, and here they come.
Lot number 250 is the pair of carved wooden tigers.
There we go. Bid me £30 to start.
£20, I have. At £20 only. And 5...
30, 5, 40,
-5, 60, 5...
-Any more? Any more at all?
At £65... 70 on the net bid.
-At £70 on the contraption. Any more at all?
At £70 on the net, and I sell, then
at 70, and done. Thank you.
-There's money in tiggers!
-Long live, tiggers!
Now, here comes your candlestick.
Lot number 251
is a Czech Republic glass candlestick.
Bid me for that. £20 to start.
Don't be so mean.
-Who's got a tenner?
£10 I'm bid. At 10... At £10 only. At 10,
-18, 20, 25, 30...
-Look out, look out.
Go on, sir. 5, 40 now.
£35 only. At 35, there's the bid.
At 35... 40.
-40 bid. £40.
45. At £45 and done, then, at £45 and done.
Oh! Just off. £45, bad luck.
Minus £5 from that, which means overall, you're minus three.
-That's all right.
-We can make it back.
-Now, the armchair.
Lot number 252
is the Victorian walnut grandfather's chair. There you are.
Bid me for that. Who's got...? I don't know, bid me £150
to start. 150 I'm bid on the net,
-On the net.
-170 on the net, 190...
210, 220, 230...
What on earth do I know?
250 on the machine. 260,
270 on the machine. At £270 - is there any more?
-I can't believe it.
-Wow! Oh, I do, I do.
300, at 310...
330, 340, 350...
Tim can't believe this!
Well, nor can Serrell. Look at his face!
-At £360 on the contraption. Done then at £360. And done.
£360! Well, if we take 200. So, that's 160.
-That is £185.
You had minus three before, right? You are plus 182.
-Now, I have to say...
-Sir, may I shake your hand?
Yes, big hug!
Now, I have to say, there was a lot of sniffy chat at the auctioneer's.
-Well, there's some words to be eaten there!
You've proved it, you've made £185 profit on that chair,
which is unbelievable.
-Now, what are you going to do about the bonus buy?
-Go for it! Go for it!
-Yes, yes, I think so.
-Risk seven pounds? Trust our man?
-Well, that's a decision then.
Lot number 255,
a pair of Cloisonne ginger jars.
Start me off, £20, someone.
20, I'm bid at 20. 20 bid.
At £20 only, at 20.
Any more at all?
At £20... And 5. 30, now. 30.
-And 5, may I? At £30 bid.
At £30 and I sell then at 30.
And done. Thank you.
-Well done, Chris.
-Well done, mate!
-Well done, team. Well done.
-That's marvellous, isn't it?
You've made plus £23 on that.
-I congratulate you.
-Thank you very much.
Very good job, well done. You made the right decision there.
Anyway, so that makes that five, yes? That means you are £205 up.
-And don't you say a word to the Blues, all right? Shtoom?
-Look sad, that's it.
-That's a phenomenal result, well done.
-I'm so excited!
..and 5? 20...
-Do you know how the Reds got on?
-Good, we don't want you to know.
-So, how confident are you feeling?
Because we went with our heart and bought things we loved,
and I think that's the main thing.
If it makes a profit, brilliant,
we hope it does but we love them all.
-Even the moustache cup.
Hopefully someone in the saleroom
will feel the same way about them that we do.
Yeah, well, look at the saleroom. It's absolutely jammed with folk!
-First up then, kids, is Tommy Handley and here he comes.
The late 1940s Tommy Handley set of recordings, It's That Man Again.
Were you there when they did this?
He was there when it was recorded!
£10 to start, surely?
-Oh, come on!
-Who's got a fiver for ITMA?
Fine, I'm bid at 5. At £5 only for ITMA.
At £5 only, at 5.
Help him out, someone.
Bid's at the back at £5.
-Any more at all?
They sell, then, at 5 and done.
Oh, travesty! Travesty!
Lot number 271 is the Goldscheider pottery mask.
Bid me 50 or £60 to start. Well, 20 I am bid.
At 20 and 5.
25 and 30, and 5.
-It is worth much more than that.
-And 40 bid.
And 5? 50. 5, 60. 5, 70.
-It's creeping up.
-Go on, 75.
Here's the bid at £75.
And done, then, at £75 and done, thank you.
-£75 is what they call cheap.
Minus 15. OK, there we go.
Lot number 272
is this rather lovely Worcester moustache cup.
There you are. £50 to start.
Well, bid me. Bid me 30 to start.
-Not looking good, this, is it?
-This is terrible. This is terrible.
Who's got £20?
Oh, dear, dear, dear.
At £20 only this is... 25. And 30, and 5.
35, and 40.
At £40 seated.
Is there any more? At £40.
Oh, no, he's going to sell this!
-And done, thank you.
-This is a disaster.
£40 is minus 30. That's 45, 55, 65.
-Well, we're going to make a fortune on this one!
-You're not. You're not!
You're going to risk £65 on these earrings?
Are you going to do it?
Yes, yes, we're going to do it.
Oh, Lordy! We are going with the bonus buy here.
Lot number 275,
-the pair of paste earrings.
-As worn by David Barby!
Somebody bid me £50 for them.
These are the new in thing. You can forget all about...
- They're beautiful! - They are nice.
Who's got £30?
Who's got £20? Who's got £10?
-Oh, come on, I want to put my hand up!
-Tim's a bad influence!
-Get your hand down!
-I want to put my hand up.
5, I've been bid at 5.
ALL: Come on!
£10. There's the bid at 12. 12 bid.
They won't suit you! 15, gentleman's bid.
At £15 for the earrings and I sell then at £15 and done.
That is minus £50.
At a wallop!
So that is minus £115.
But they were worn by David Barby earlier, you know?
-We should have put that on the lot!
-It wasn't announced on the rostrum.
I feel quite hurt.
-If it had I think we would've been talking...
-Oh, big money!
-Yeah, big money. You're absolutely right
now, listen, the score is minus 115, it might be a winning score -
-don't say a word to the Reds, all right?
-We won't, we won't.
OK, great, see you in a minute.
..and 5. 30...
Well, well, well, what an extraordinary day we've had!
Been chatting, you lot? You Reds and Blues?
No, not at all!
It is an amazing day of poles apart
because the Blues have managed to lose £115,
whereas the Reds have managed to win £205!
So, how does that happen from the same fair to the same auction room
and all the rest of it?
It's a question and it's the mystery of Bargain Hunt.
-Suffice to say, you lovely Blues, it was not your day, right?
-It wasn't our day.
I'm not going to go into the antiques trade,
-I'm going to stick with the singing!
Well, there you go.
-You had a nice time?
-You been good?
Yeah, loved it.
Yeah, and you got the chance to be really close to Mr Barby,
which is quite something, I have to tell you.
Anyway, but the victors today, you lovely Reds,
who are going to have £205 coming up here.
-Look, it was a great victory, wasn't it?
-It was, yes. We were very surprised.
I mean, it was a tremendous excitement.
-Yes, brilliant, loved it.
-To make a profit on Bargain Hunt
and to go home with a profit of £205 overall is a miracle!
Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
The Bargain Hunt teams travel to Builth Wells. With the help of experts David Barby and Chris Gower the reds choose with their heads while the blues go with their hearts - but which approach will get the best results?
Tim Wonnacott visits the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent for a close-up look at some items from the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever to be discovered in Britain.