Edinburgh 10 Bargain Hunt


Edinburgh 10

Bargain Hunt comes from the Edinburgh Fair, where the competing red and blue teams are searching high and low for bargains, with help from Paul Laidlaw and Charles Hanson.


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Today, we're in Edinburgh,

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one of the historic centres of the Enlightenment,

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a movement designed to increase knowledge

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and the power of reason for the benefit of society.

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Today, our teams are going to have to use their powers of reasoning

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in order to make informed choices. So, what are we waiting for?

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Let's go bargain hunting, yeah!

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Welcome to the Edinburgh Antiques And Collectors fair.

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And continuing the theme of intellectual advancement,

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I have to tell you that each team gets £300

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and an hour to shop for three items.

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What they choose to do with this pearl of knowledge,

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though, is entirely up to them.

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And in today's show, the Reds decide to trade on their charms.

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-Follow me, come on.

-Yeah!

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-Look at me. Look at us.

-I'll give you a really big hug.

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-Whereas the Blues' negotiations...

-Come on, let's go.

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Let's have a wee look.

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-14 and a kiss.

-£13.50 and a kiss.

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-..get physical.

-I'll have to make something on it.

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-OK.

-Hey, there you go!

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Let's go meet these naughty teams.

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Follow me. So, with any shiny object...

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Well, today for the Reds, we've got Allen and Lori.

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And for the Blues, we've got Jackie and Abby. Welcome.

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-Hi, how are you?

-Lovely to see you.

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Now, Lori, how did you become friends?

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We met in school, from early on, on the football pitch,

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having fun together and just having a good laugh.

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Good. And what did you study at the University?

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-I'm still there.

-I'm doing English Literature History of Art.

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-Is this at Edinburgh University?

-Yeah, at Edinburgh.

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-Having a good time.

-I bet you are.

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-So, Allen, you are at a different university, is that right?

-Yeah,

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West of Scotland, Hamilton and Paisley.

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It says here, you're keen on football.

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Yeah, pretty much. But I'm a utility man.

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Yeah, utility.

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-What you call handy.

-Yeah, handyman.

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So, do either of you know anything about antiques?

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I know a wee bit. My Gran has kind of drummed it into me.

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My dad is a jeweller, as well. He owned his own shop in Glasgow.

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So, from then on, I was playing about with silver and diamonds...

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Losing them. I don't think he knows yet.

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-I am very impressed by this. So, you looking forward to it anyway?

-Yeah.

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-It's lovely to have you on the show and very good luck.

-Thanks.

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Now, turning to the girls. Jackie, how did you two meet?

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We worked together in Spain in a restaurant.

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About six years ago.

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You've been doing a certain amount of travelling.

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Yeah, we like to sail quite a lot.

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And we did some backpacking for about a year around South America

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and then went sailing for ten months in Mexico.

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It was good, good fun. A lot of experiences.

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-The odd earthquake and hurricane.

-Really?

-Yeah.

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-What do you do now?

-I work in a retail environment.

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Right, in a shop that you can't mention.

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Yes, but they do a wonderful dine in for two.

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HE LAUGHS

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Well, then. So, Abby, what do you do for living?

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I work in a high street bakers.

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-Do you?

-Yes.

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-That also can't be mentioned.

-That can't be mentioned.

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I've only worked there for three weeks now.

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-Yeah. And it says here that you can speak fluently backwards.

-Yes.

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It sounds like Klingon. It's nonsense.

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-Can you give us "let's go bargain hunting" backwards?

-I can. It's...

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Stel og niagrab gnitnuh.

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THEY LAUGH

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I love it, don't you? Stel nob... I can't do it.

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-No, no.

-Anyway, well done.

-If you write it down, it's right.

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I believe you. Now the money moment. £300 apiece.

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There goes. £300. You know the rules. Your experts await,

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and off you go! Very, very, very good luck.

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I can hardly say "let's go bargain hunting" frontwards,

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leave alone backwards.

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But to guide our teams in the right direction, we need experts.

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Weighing in to captain the Blue Team

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is antique's heavyweight Paul Laidlaw.

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And ready to show off our footballers in red

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some fancy footwork of his own is Charles "Twinkle Toes" Hanson.

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-You guys are sailors. Bargains ahoy?

-Well, hopefully. Hopefully.

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THEY LAUGH

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-OK, guys, feeling keen?

-Yeah, getting into it.

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Feeling mean, Lori?

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-Let's go.

-Let's have a wee look.

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-Follow me.

-Yeah!

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So, it's all hands on deck.

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But will it be our footballers who set the pace?

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Now, watch out, Charles is about to dazzle us with his expertise.

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-That's quite nice, isn't it?

-Yeah, I like the colour.

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It's, um, it's a vase.

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-Isn't it?

-Do you like it?

-No.

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-What do you think?

-I think it's all right.

-Why?

-What is it?

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It's a vase, OK? It's a vase.

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What we've got here is a tube-lined vase. You've heard of Art Nouveau?

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-Yeah.

-It happened in Glasgow. It happened in Paris.

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And it was the dawn of the 20th century.

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And this vase really encapsulates that great dawn of the new age.

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The way this almost femme fatale and foliage...

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-Is it oozing enthusiasm to you?

-I quite like the face on it.

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-The vase... It's really well gilt.

-That's a chip there.

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-Well spotted.

-Good save, Lori.

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-Is that crack coming off it, as well?

-Yes, it's chipped.

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Yeah, it's chipped.

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-I think we should stay away from damaged items.

-I think so.

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-The hour is so young, isn't it?

-Yeah.

-Shall we leave it for a while?

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We can always come back, can't we?

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-Yeah.

-OK, let's go.

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Someone's happy about that.

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-Are you looking at that?

-Yeah.

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A letter knife. It's rather nice, isn't it?

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A Japanese-Chinese thing, is it?

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You know, everyone's speculating on anything Oriental at the moment.

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There you go. You see the visage? It's a dragon or a lion. A lion.

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-Yeah.

-It's rather nice. I mean, it's a sweet thing, but what is it worth?

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20 to 30 quid. It could be a wee gift.

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-What's it selling for today?

-15.

-13.

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13 and I will give you a wee kiss on the cheek.

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-That is an unlucky number.

-And a kiss on the cheek.

-14 and a kiss.

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-£13.50 and a kiss.

-OK.

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-There you go, done.

-Whatever it takes, loving your work.

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I admire your persistence.

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Good work, Jackie. That's the first haul for the Blues.

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Now it is Lori's turn to show us his skills.

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So, Lori, come over here and tell us about it.

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-It's a silver teapot.

-Is it silver, though?

-Uh, yes.

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-What do you look for?

-Hallmarks at the bottom.

-Absolutely.

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-Do you have an eye glass? Can I use it?

-Yeah, yeah.

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What are the telltale signs of a hallmark? What do you need?

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Well, you've usually got one that is a design

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and it'll give you the date of it, as well.

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-Yeah.

-And it also tells you where it is made.

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You need the all-important lion.

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Al, the lion that will roar away is the assay mark for silver,

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and that's the mark for sterling silver.

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I think that is the maker's mark.

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-Has it got EPBM or EPM on the base there?

-It that a G? A G...

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Put it this way, if it were silver, it'll be about £300,

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how much is it?

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-£300.

-Is it really?

-Oh, it's £30.

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-So it must be...

-Silver-plated.

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-Sorry?

-Is it plated?

-Yes.

-Yeah, plated.

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What you'll do, big Al, on the bottom there,

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just hidden away, can you see?

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It has got EPBM.

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-Electroplated Britannia metal. So it is plated.

-I feel really stupid now.

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-Big Al, comments?

-I'm going to say no.

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-Why not? Look at me, why not?

-Electromagnetic, that's why.

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Well, it caught him out. It magnetised him.

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-Put it back. Thank you.

-Thanks very much.

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I think that is what you call a own goal.

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The Blues haven't moved very far.

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May I just have a quick look at one of these watches here?

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-Yeah, which one?

-This one here. That makes it very elegant.

-Nice.

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It is a mid-20th-century shape that the military sometimes used.

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There's nothing much the matter with that.

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-Is your Omega expensive?

-It's £80.

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Maybe a wee bit too much. What about your Jaeger?

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Jaeger-LeCoultre.

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-It's...

-Now. It is.

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-Price?

-Price?

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-120.

-He's still got another cheek to kiss.

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So, we've picked up on this, Jaeger-LeCoultre,

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up there with any horological name you can mention.

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This particular one was bought by

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the British military during the Second World War.

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But it's too expensive. I need that for a double-digit sum.

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My very bottom on that is 90.

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50.

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-50 and a kiss on the other cheek.

-I have to make something on it.

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50 and a Frenchy, not from me.

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Gosh, this is getting a bit fruity.

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Not on my watch, eh, Paul!

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What did you say was on the Omega?

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I said 80.

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-What's on the two?

-150.

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-Where do we get from 100?

-140.

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These increments are small. 120.

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I would be giving one of them away.

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But you'd get a kiss on the other cheek.

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THEY LAUGH

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-130, are we offering 130?

-All right, just to get rid of you.

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THEY LAUGH

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-That's the spirit!

-I appreciate that.

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-Girls...?

-Can I get that kiss, dear?

-OK.

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There you go!

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It is two-nil to the Blues. The trailing Reds have yet to score.

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I'm actually very nervous. We've had half an hour so far.

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And I don't quite know where the other half hour is going to go.

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I have no idea.

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-I think Charles might be getting a bit anxious.

-Yeah, I know,

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I think is worrying a tad, as well.

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-He's with two very picky buyers that won't buy much.

-Yeah.

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-"No, don't get it."

-"No, I don't want it."

-It needs to be the best.

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We are not shopping properly. Come on, Charles, get to grips,

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let's find these bargains.

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Let's go buy!

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So, will the halftime pep talk rally the team?

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-What is that there?

-It's a rifle bullet.

-Yeah.

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That's what it started life as. Do you want to know what it really is?

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-A pen.

-You're good!

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You're good, but it's a very special pen.

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It's not actually a pen, it's a pencil.

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But, oh! What is that on there?

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It looks like an M.

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-Princess Mary.

-Really?

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Daughter of King George V and Queen Mary.

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-This is silver.

-That's fantastic.

-That is very good.

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In 1914, Princess Mary gifted the troops

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at Christmas and New Year a present.

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And it was a brass tin, and these are quite common,

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and inside that tin, could be cigarettes, tobacco, a card

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or a photograph of her.

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But there was another component that was an option.

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It was what's called the bullet pencil.

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-That's one of them.

-Are these quite rare now?

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-They're... They're scarce.

-Right.

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They make about £30 at auction.

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-You can always come back on it.

-Could you hold onto that for us?

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-Give us an option on it?

-Absolutely. The price goes up, but never mind.

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Storage fee. Thanks very much. Thank you.

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Always good to have an item in reserve.

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Are the boys going for a bit of tick-tock, too?

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This little pocket watch down here, tell me about it.

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-It's a chronograph watch, it's brass-plated.

-How much?

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I've got 55 on it.

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-Did Big Al spot this?

-Yeah.

-Al, tell me about it.

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What's the origin on it? Is it Swiss?

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It's Swiss made.

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1910? Yes, and circa 1910, 1900.

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-That sounds good.

-Yeah, it's quite nice.

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-Is it in working order?

-Yes.

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There we go, there's your backplate.

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-Does that backplate open?

-Yeah, it should. There we are.

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There's your movement, guys. It's quite a plain movement.

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It's not overly sophisticated, but it is what it is.

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It's a small, gilt brass chronograph.

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£55 isn't expensive, really.

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Could we haggle on the price, as well? Would that be possible?

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45. I'll give you a chance at 45.

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It's nice. At auction, I would guide it between £40 and £60.

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So, if we could acquire it for a bit less, I think it is worthy.

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-Could we get...? 35?

-I'll meet you halfway at 40.

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I'll meet you halfway again, 38?

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37?

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Can I get beans with toast every night? 38, OK, 38.

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I think, guys, let's get the show on the road. Do you agree?

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-Yeah!

-Let's do it. Yes?

-38.

-We'll take it.

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-Thanks ever so much.

-No problem.

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Back of the net! And about time.

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Now, with ten minutes left, what has Paul found for his cabin crew?

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Is your telescope an expensive one?

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-I can go for 30.

-30.

-£30.

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I'm just going to...

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I know I'm looking down there the wrong way here, but this is the easiest way to test the optics.

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-All right.

-You've got at least dirty lenses there.

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Everything becomes apparent when you look the wrong way down a telescope.

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But, importantly, the optics are complete and they focus.

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-Right.

-We are missing a baffle.

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-Right.

-A sleeve here that would draw forward

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to shade this objective lens.

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But the leather is intact. It is a splendid marine -

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marine, nautical -

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-single-draw telescope.

-What is this?

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This is the bit that works!

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Because...it is by... Crichton of London.

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-I've heard of that.

-Sold by Fife of Greenock.

-There you go.

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You're Scottish. Marine. Scottish. Date-wise...

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Third-quarter 19th century.

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I mean, it's got to be worth 40 to 60 any day of the week.

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-Yes.

-It's got legs.

-Hiya.

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-You said £30 was your price for this?

-Yes.

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-Is that the best price you can do for it?

-That's the best.

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-Cos it is missing a big piece of it.

-Yeah.

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The cover for the top, you know, for shading it.

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-It depends how much you expect for it.

-I was looking at

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round about ten for this.

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This girl has got gumption.

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You know, a cover, for looking through, for the sun.

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If you can go to an auction and buy it for ten pound,

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I'll take it from you.

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-The man has got a point.

-Right. Well, what do you think, Paul?

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Cos I thought... Can we get you down to 25?

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Give us a wee chance?

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My hair is grey, you've got me turning pale.

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25? Thank you.

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Five pound for the carrier bag.

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We don't need one, Paul is going to take it.

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-Well done there.

-Excellent. That's our three pieces.

-Smashing.

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-Happy.

-I spy...top drawer.

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So, the Blues can drop anchor and relax.

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Unlike the Reds who have two to go and only six minutes left.

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We've got to dig deep, we've got to just...

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I know, we've got to get something quick.

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Spy out the bargains, don't we?

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Here's a nice stand. Look at this. Now we're talking. I'm feeling...

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-Your little mantel clock, madam?

-It has some damage to the enamel.

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-Is it an early one?

-Well, 1920s. It's gorgeous.

-How much?

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-135, but I would...

-And between friends?

-100.

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-I love that.

-That's nice.

-It works perfectly.

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I love that. Look at that, guys.

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You know what? The problem is, this is champleve enamel,

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which is inset or dripped in. And its wonderful engine turning...

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has had some damage there, can you see? I love that.

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Although, as Mr Wonnacott says, and I can hear his voice now...

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Oh, yes.

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"Stay away from damaged goods, Charles, it's your downfall."

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And we must, because it's damaged.

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I'm glad you have been listening, Charles.

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Look at that. Austrian, silver and enamel, little cigarette case.

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The best price on your silver

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cigarette case would be how much, please?

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-Guys, we've got five minutes to go.

-How much?

-75?

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-We've got five minutes, guys.

-Would you do it for 50?

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Since red is my favourite colour, I'll do it for 55.

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Time is of the essence. How about...?

0:17:020:17:05

Your best price on the blue enamel mantel clock?

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Well, I've already said £100 and it was 135.

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-Yeah, so no less than that.

-95.

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Oh, look at me.

0:17:140:17:16

Look at me. Look at me. 95?

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-Look at me. Look at us.

-I'll give you a really big hug.

0:17:190:17:23

-95 is good.

-£95, OK. We've got 180 seconds.

0:17:230:17:28

I think we ought to buy, my opinion, is the canary yellow, ground...

0:17:280:17:32

May I come behind here, madam, have a look behind here?

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-Of course you can.

-Thank you. Guys, I think... Thank you. Sorry.

0:17:350:17:38

-I think we ought to buy that, first of all. And that's good.

-Yeah.

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-What's your best price?

-It was 50?

-55.

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Would you take 50 for it?

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-Would you take 50?

-54.

-OK.

-OK.

0:17:480:17:50

-Look at this, that's gorgeous.

-That's nice. Is that English?

0:17:500:17:53

-We'll have it.

-Yes, it is.

-How much is that?

-200.

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That's a gorgeous box, guys. Best on that?

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-I would do it at 175.

-Guys, I really rate this box.

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This is a George V silver and agate hard stone rectangular silver box.

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And I would guide that at auction between 150 and 200.

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So, at 175, it's got a good chance.

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-If that's 55, could we do...?

-200?

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-200 for the both?

-No.

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-Look at me.

-No!

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-No!

-Look at me, look at me!

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-215?

-No, 220, I'll do.

-217.

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-Yes.

-Guys, these are great items.

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I kid you not. These are quality.

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-217 then.

-217?

-Deal.

-Deal, deal.

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And with that frantic goalmouth scrabble,

0:18:360:18:38

the boys finally have their hat trick.

0:18:380:18:41

Group hug? Yeah!

0:18:410:18:44

-What are we going to do now?

-A milkshake, I guess?

0:18:440:18:47

-Something stronger, man.

-Yeah!

-Milkshake? Milkshake?

0:18:470:18:50

So, without further ado,

0:18:500:18:52

let's remind ourselves what the Reds bought.

0:18:520:18:55

The boys finally got their show on the road with a fob watch for £38.

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Then, after lots of umming and ahhing,

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they did a deal on two items.

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The cigarette case worked out at £52.

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And the silver snuff box, which appeared from left field

0:19:090:19:12

in the last seconds, cost them £165.

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Somehow I think we achieved the great escape, the unbelievable.

0:19:170:19:20

In fact, I think we'll win.

0:19:200:19:22

Are you trying to give us all a heart attack?

0:19:220:19:24

I mean, that was just ridiculous, that last-minute pace.

0:19:240:19:27

-How much did you spend all round?

-255.

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Well, that's OK. £45 of leftover lolly.

0:19:300:19:32

What are you going to do with that?

0:19:320:19:34

45 isn't a great deal, Tim, but they keep saying,

0:19:340:19:36

"Charles, something shiny."

0:19:360:19:37

Good ole Charles, he follows instructions. Go and have

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a nice cup of tea, chaps.

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

0:19:410:19:45

The Blues opened their shop

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with a letter knife,

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which cost them £13.50 and a kiss on the cheek.

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The same lucky store holder got another kiss

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and £135 for the military pocket watch and gent's wristwatch.

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Omega, Jaeger, military timepieces -

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no-brainer, big bucks.

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And finally, they are hoping for a safe harbour at auction

0:20:060:20:09

with a marine brass telescope for £25.

0:20:090:20:13

The other team are going to have to do something to beat us

0:20:130:20:15

with this one.

0:20:150:20:16

-It's not that bad, really, is it? Hiya.

-Can I spy a profit?

0:20:180:20:22

-Well, we're kind of hoping.

-Is that your favourite item?

0:20:220:20:24

Actually, it's between that and the two watches.

0:20:240:20:27

We've got two watches, too.

0:20:270:20:28

-So, what did you spend all round?

-We spent £268.50.

0:20:280:20:32

Please, may I have £131.50 of leftover lolly?

0:20:320:20:36

-There it is.

-Thank you very much, that's lovely. Which goes

0:20:360:20:38

straight over to the maestro.

0:20:380:20:40

What are you going to spend it on, Paul?

0:20:400:20:41

You know what? I have no idea. The Ides today are feeling good.

0:20:410:20:45

Oh, Lordy. Look out, store holders. Lookout, team.

0:20:450:20:49

Meanwhile, we are heading off somewhere delightful.

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We're going to go to Pollok House, that's spelled with a P.

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Located just southwest of Glasgow, Pollok House is the ancestral home

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of the Maxwell family.

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Handed down through the generations,

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the estate was inherited by Sir William Stirling Maxwell in 1865.

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He was an art connoisseur and great traveller.

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But when he got to Spain, he found his real inspiration.

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He fell in love both with the country and its art.

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And it's thanks to him that Pollok House today contains

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one of the greatest collections of Spanish art anywhere in Britain.

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A Palladian mansion dating from 1750, the house Sir William

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inherited certainly provides a fit setting for all his paintings.

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By the 19th century,

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Spanish art was either ignored or forgotten largely throughout Europe.

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But Sir William really bucked it up, owing to his writing and collecting.

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In effect, he reintroduced Spanish art to Britain.

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And what a collection he formed!

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Perhaps, the most iconic image in the portraits is this,

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of King Philip the second of Spain,

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which was painted by his favourite artist, Coello, around about 1565.

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Philip was the second Habsburg ruler of the Spanish Empire,

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and he ruled between 1556 and 1598.

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At that moment in time, Spain had the largest

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and most powerful empire in the world.

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But within 100 years of the date of the painting of this portrait,

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Philip's family, despite their great power,

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were in crisis.

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Sir William was interested in portraits

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for their historical relevance.

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And if we scroll forward 100 years in the Habsburg rule in Spain,

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we come to this character, King Charles II,

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who reigned in Spain between 1665 and 1700.

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And the contrast between the robust warrior-like figure of Philip II

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and this little fellow is extreme.

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In fairness to him, he is only aged about 12 at this moment.

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But in the intervening century,

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there had been an incredible amount of intermarrying.

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They were determined to hang on to the purity of the Habsburgs

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and, as a result,

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he was produced from the union of three previous uncle to nieces -

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which is far too close an arrangement.

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You can see it in his chin, the pronounced overbite.

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The Habsburg chin is, in him, personified.

0:24:120:24:17

He couldn't chew properly, he couldn't speak properly,

0:24:170:24:20

he dribbled a lot.

0:24:200:24:22

His mental faculties were not brilliant.

0:24:220:24:26

He couldn't breed. He married twice and produced no offspring.

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There is a crisis at the end of his reign.

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And when he died, it set in train a horrible series of wars

0:24:350:24:38

known as the Wars Of The Spanish Succession.

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I am glad to say, though, that the collection does have some contrasts.

0:24:430:24:47

You could say, from the beast to the beauty.

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She is absolutely gorgeous, isn't she?

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She is referred to as the Lady In The Fur Wrap.

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And she was painted around about 1577 by the Spanish artist El Greco.

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And like so many of these great portraits of women,

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they are enigmatic on two fronts.

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When you look at her face,

0:25:160:25:18

what is she thinking? What has she just said?

0:25:180:25:22

And the second question is, who was she?

0:25:220:25:25

Some would say that she resembles the Philip II's daughter,

0:25:250:25:31

Catalina.

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Some would say that she actually was El Greco's mistress.

0:25:320:25:38

We will never know, perhaps, but if you look at her very closely,

0:25:380:25:43

she seems to me to be asking a question.

0:25:430:25:46

And that question is,

0:25:460:25:49

are the teams likely to make a profit today

0:25:490:25:51

over at the auction?

0:25:510:25:53

90.

0:25:570:25:58

100. 110.

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Nope. 130. All done at 130? 130...

0:26:000:26:05

We're staying in Scotland today,

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we've just shifted to Glasgow, that's all.

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To Great Western Auctions to be with the lovely Anita Manning.

0:26:100:26:13

-Good morning, Anita.

-Good morning, Tim.

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You've got some activity already in your sale room,

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which I'm not surprised to see.

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-It's always encouraging, isn't it?

-It is indeed.

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First up, for the Reds, we've got this brass-cased, open-faced watch.

0:26:220:26:26

-Is this any good?

-Late 19th century.

0:26:260:26:29

It is brass-cased and not silver-cased.

0:26:290:26:32

I would have preferred to have seen a silver case.

0:26:320:26:35

-But it's in working order. It's a nice, clean watch.

-Yes.

0:26:350:26:38

25 to 40?

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OK, well, we're just in estimate. They paid £38.

0:26:400:26:44

They may be lucky there.

0:26:440:26:45

Are they going to be lucky with their yellow Viennese case?

0:26:450:26:48

Yellow is a good colour, isn't it?

0:26:480:26:50

Well, the most attractive thing about this is the colour.

0:26:500:26:54

It's very vibrant, I absolutely love it.

0:26:540:26:58

Not for fags any more, probably,

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but more for, perhaps, a little photograph of a loved one.

0:27:000:27:04

It's me being romantic again. You're normally the romantic one.

0:27:040:27:08

-Be romantic with me with the price, how much?

-60 to 80?

0:27:080:27:11

That's romantic enough. Quite flirtatious, actually.

0:27:110:27:15

£52 paid.

0:27:150:27:17

-So, that's good.

-Hopefully, they'll make a profit.

0:27:170:27:20

And they got box-centric here

0:27:200:27:22

because we've got this other fellow to follow with.

0:27:220:27:25

And the best feature of this, of course,

0:27:250:27:27

is the fact that it's got this panel of polished onyx

0:27:270:27:31

in the top and bottom.

0:27:310:27:32

That's a really nice feature, isn't it?

0:27:320:27:34

It's a lovely little box. It's absolutely lovely.

0:27:340:27:37

It's well made, it's a quality item.

0:27:370:27:40

-What do you think it's going to bring?

-100 to 200.

0:27:400:27:43

I've made the estimate really quite wide

0:27:430:27:46

-to invite the bidders.

-OK, fine.

0:27:460:27:48

Well, they paid 165,

0:27:480:27:49

so they are about in the middle.

0:27:490:27:51

That's fair enough, which is exciting.

0:27:510:27:53

That will determine whether they go with the bonus buy or not,

0:27:530:27:56

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

0:27:560:27:58

Now then, Lori. You naughty boys,

0:28:000:28:02

you spent £255, which is a magnificent total,

0:28:020:28:06

-giving Charles Hanson only £45 to spend.

-Yes.

0:28:060:28:09

-What did you spend it on?

-I'll give you a clue.

0:28:090:28:11

It might be a furry thing, OK?

0:28:110:28:14

-An animal!

-It's not alive, but you're almost there.

0:28:140:28:16

-Because it's an owl.

-Oh.

0:28:160:28:18

-Look at that. Look at those eyes.

-That's so cool!

0:28:180:28:22

OK? Look at those eyes.

0:28:220:28:23

He's bronzed, he's gilded, he's got some wear and tear,

0:28:230:28:27

but there are a huge pool of owl collectors.

0:28:270:28:30

You know, he's quite unusual with these big,

0:28:300:28:32

bulbous bulb eyes.

0:28:320:28:34

It's a bedside light. He must be, I suppose,

0:28:340:28:37

70 or 80 years old.

0:28:370:28:39

-Quite novel, isn't it?

-Exactly, you hit it on the head.

0:28:390:28:42

It's novel, and that is the all-important factor.

0:28:420:28:45

How many people have a novel owl lying by their bedside?

0:28:450:28:48

I prefer not to, I would think.

0:28:480:28:51

You could start off a new fetish here.

0:28:510:28:54

-What is he worth to you as young collectors?

-30 quid?

0:28:540:28:58

-35?

-He cost us £25.

0:28:580:29:02

I feel, with the novelty value, he might make £40, £50.

0:29:020:29:06

-No guarantee, though.

-No, no, naturally.

0:29:060:29:10

So, we got a prediction there, chaps, right? Maybe £40, £50.

0:29:100:29:13

£25 spent.

0:29:130:29:14

Just think about that. You don't pick it now.

0:29:140:29:17

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

0:29:170:29:18

what the auctioneer thinks about Charles's twit twoo.

0:29:180:29:22

THEY LAUGH

0:29:220:29:24

Well, Anita, there's something to entertain you. Isn't he sweet?!

0:29:240:29:28

He's absolutely lovely.

0:29:280:29:30

A little child's bedside lamp.

0:29:300:29:33

And look at these wonderful eyes,

0:29:330:29:35

they're little bulbs, which would glow out in the dark.

0:29:350:29:38

It will bring a smile to the buyers.

0:29:380:29:40

-How much do you think?

-20 to 40.

0:29:400:29:42

Again, I've made the estimate wide.

0:29:420:29:44

Very difficult to estimate.

0:29:440:29:46

-Anyway, our young Charles, he invested £25.

-Yes.

0:29:460:29:48

-So, I think he's done the right thing.

-It deserves that.

0:29:480:29:51

Yeah, perfect. Good.

0:29:510:29:53

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

0:29:530:29:55

Their first item is the Japanese letter opener,

0:29:550:29:59

which I have to say is one of the worst examples

0:29:590:30:01

I think I've ever seen.

0:30:010:30:03

It doesn't have any quality.

0:30:030:30:05

The blade is thin and bent and there is no decoration on that.

0:30:050:30:10

So, how much?

0:30:100:30:12

-15 to 25?

-OK, great.

0:30:120:30:14

£13.50 paid. That should be a sure-fire profit. Just a wee one.

0:30:140:30:19

Next, Mr Laidlaw's speciality - things connected with the military.

0:30:190:30:24

We've got the two watches.

0:30:240:30:25

Well, he has bought two quality names here.

0:30:250:30:28

We've got Jaeger-LeCoultre and Omega.

0:30:280:30:31

They will appeal to the watch buyers,

0:30:310:30:33

but they will also appeal to the military buyers,

0:30:330:30:36

because the Jaeger-LeCoultre is a military watch.

0:30:360:30:39

-He paid 130, what's your estimate?

-100 to 200.

-Well, there we go.

0:30:390:30:43

He's in the early part of that, and knowing his luck

0:30:430:30:46

and your skills, we'll be OK.

0:30:460:30:49

Now, the last item I really rate, I have to say.

0:30:490:30:51

I think that's a beautiful telescope. How do you rate it?

0:30:510:30:56

I love it. I think it's a wonderful thing.

0:30:560:30:58

A good London maker, but it has the added advantage of being

0:30:580:31:03

retailed by a Greenock retailer.

0:31:030:31:07

So, I think it will appeal to the Scottish buyers.

0:31:070:31:09

What sort of profit to you spy?

0:31:090:31:12

-40 to 60 is the estimate on it.

-Is it? £25 paid.

0:31:120:31:16

-I think that was a good buy.

-I mean, unbelievable buy!

0:31:160:31:19

If I'm wrong, they're going to need the bonus buy,

0:31:190:31:21

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

0:31:210:31:24

Very good, girls. Now, you spent £168.50.

0:31:240:31:27

We had 131.50 to give to Paul Laidlaw.

0:31:270:31:31

With all that money, Paul, what did you decide to go and buy?

0:31:310:31:35

I don't know whether you've ever seen one of these before.

0:31:350:31:38

THEY LAUGH

0:31:380:31:41

We have.

0:31:410:31:43

-I had to go back and buy it.

-I love it.

-Smashing.

0:31:430:31:45

-You did, didn't you?

-Yeah. We absolutely loved it.

0:31:450:31:48

It works for me all day long.

0:31:480:31:52

And I'm pretty sure you're going to do well with that.

0:31:520:31:56

I couldn't get the price down more, we know it was ticketed at 12.

0:31:560:31:59

-I think that will do well anyway.

-Smart money, know what that is,

0:31:590:32:01

you're going to do well.

0:32:010:32:03

-Yay!

-Can we just buy it?

0:32:030:32:06

Good. Well, there we are.

0:32:060:32:08

It gives you the choice

0:32:080:32:10

to decide whether you go with Paul's bullet or not.

0:32:100:32:12

Anyway, right now, for the audience at home, let's find out

0:32:120:32:15

what the auctioneer thinks about it. The bullet, I mean.

0:32:150:32:18

It's slightly insensitive, don't you think, to be sending to troops

0:32:200:32:24

who are in the trenches in their little Christmas box a bullet.

0:32:240:32:28

-I know.

-I mean...

0:32:280:32:30

Maybe she hoped that these were the only bullets they would receive.

0:32:300:32:34

Well, that's true, isn't it?

0:32:340:32:35

But I would estimate that at £20 to £30.

0:32:350:32:38

Very good. Well, Mr Laidlaw, who is as canny as you are, only paid £12,

0:32:380:32:44

so we should get a profit there if the teams decide to go with it.

0:32:440:32:48

And that's a big question. Anyway, very good luck. Thank you.

0:32:480:32:52

45. 50. 50 for the first time.

0:32:530:32:55

Anyone over 50 pounds? 50 pounds...

0:32:550:33:00

-Now, Allen and Lori, how are you feeling?

-Nervous.

-Are you?

-Yeah.

0:33:010:33:04

-I'm shaking.

-Anticipation.

0:33:040:33:07

I don't know how many adjectives I can come up with.

0:33:070:33:09

Well, you being a university educated man, probably plenty.

0:33:090:33:13

Edinburg University taught you how to describe things, right?

0:33:130:33:17

-Well, they're trying.

-Yes. Of course, you are still in it, yeah.

0:33:170:33:20

So, first up is your open-faced chronograph, and here it comes, chaps.

0:33:200:33:24

-Here we go, guys, good luck.

-Come on.

0:33:240:33:26

Lot 95

0:33:260:33:28

is this early 20th-century chronograph pocket-stopwatch.

0:33:280:33:33

Start me at £30. 30 bid.

0:33:330:33:36

-Yes! 30.

-30 bid.

0:33:360:33:37

Any advance on 30?

0:33:370:33:39

-Any advance at £30?

-Come on!

-40.

0:33:390:33:43

With the lady, at 40.

0:33:430:33:46

Any advance on 40?

0:33:460:33:48

-I'll take five. 45.

-Yes!

0:33:480:33:51

50. 50. Any advance on 50?

0:33:510:33:55

-Him!

-All done at 50? 50? 55.

0:33:550:33:59

Fresh bidder at 55.

0:33:590:34:02

-Are you sure?

-One more!

0:34:030:34:04

-She's standing up. It's always a good sign when she stands up.

-55.

0:34:040:34:07

In the last minute, at 55.

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With you, sir, at 55. 55...

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Yes!

0:34:120:34:14

55 is plus £17, chaps.

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-I'm sweating.

-£17... Yeah, I know.

0:34:170:34:20

It's getting a bit sweaty Betty, isn't it?

0:34:200:34:22

Lot 96.

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Isn't that a beautiful yellow enamel, ladies and gentleman?

0:34:240:34:28

Isn't that absolutely lovely?

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Start me at £50.

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50, come on!

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-50 bid.

-Come on!

0:34:340:34:36

With you, sir, at £50.

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At 60.

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-Yes!

-With you, madam, at £60.

0:34:410:34:44

65, I'll take 65.

0:34:440:34:47

70. 75.

0:34:470:34:49

-Yes!

-75.

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With you, sir, at 75. Any advance?

0:34:520:34:56

-80.

-Yes!

-All done at £80?

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-All done at £80. £80.

-£80.

0:35:000:35:03

Well, that would be plus 26, then.

0:35:030:35:05

That will be plus 28!

0:35:050:35:06

Fantastic, guys.

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50, 60... Yeah, plus 28.

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So, 17, 28, 38...

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You are plus 45, lads, overall.

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Lot 97.

0:35:150:35:17

This is a George V silver and agate snuffbox.

0:35:170:35:22

100 bid. 100 bid.

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Any advance on £100?

0:35:240:35:27

110. 120, sir? 120.

0:35:270:35:30

-Crack on.

-Come on.

0:35:300:35:32

130. Any advance on 130?

0:35:320:35:37

140. Back in, 140.

0:35:370:35:39

150.

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£150.

0:35:410:35:43

-Go on!

-Keep going.

0:35:430:35:45

It's only a tenner.

0:35:450:35:47

150 for this superb box.

0:35:470:35:49

-150. 160.

-Yes!

0:35:490:35:51

-That's what we need!

-One more!

0:35:510:35:53

170. Go on, go on!

0:35:530:35:56

-160.

-Go on, crack it!

0:35:560:35:58

-Come on!

-Any adva...? 170.

-Yeah!

0:35:580:36:01

He's back in again. £170.

0:36:010:36:05

Any advance on 170?

0:36:050:36:08

Any advance on 170?

0:36:080:36:10

170...

0:36:100:36:12

Yes! Good girl, Anita.

0:36:120:36:14

£170, that's what we like.

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Plus a fiver, which means,

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overall, you are plus 50.

0:36:190:36:21

50 quid!

0:36:210:36:23

10 pints.

0:36:230:36:25

You can't translate everything into beer.

0:36:250:36:29

It's a nice way to think of it.

0:36:290:36:33

Now, what about this bedside lamp? Are you going for the owl?

0:36:330:36:37

-We trust you.

-We've got a profit, we're going to go for it.

-Are you?

0:36:370:36:40

-Yeah.

-We're only here once.

-You live once, don't you, Charles?

0:36:400:36:42

-Live the dream, OK?

-I believe in the owl.

0:36:420:36:45

OK, fine. They're going with the wise old owl.

0:36:450:36:48

-Here it comes. Here comes the owl.

-Come on!

0:36:480:36:50

And, ladies and gentlemen,

0:36:500:36:51

-I'm holding bids on the book.

-Yes!

0:36:510:36:55

-And I can start the bidding at £20.

-There you go.

0:36:550:36:59

That's OK, we're in.

0:36:590:37:00

With me at 20.

0:37:000:37:02

£30.

0:37:020:37:04

£40.

0:37:040:37:05

£50.

0:37:050:37:07

Come on, you want it, go on!

0:37:070:37:09

60. It's with you, sir, at £60.

0:37:090:37:12

Any advance on £60? £60?

0:37:120:37:16

-Well done.

-Yeah!

0:37:160:37:18

Well, that is plus £35.

0:37:180:37:20

-That is plus 35. That's pretty good, isn't it?

-It's not bad.

0:37:220:37:25

Overall, you have £85 to go off with.

0:37:250:37:30

-And not a blast penny more.

-Not a blast penny more.

0:37:300:37:32

Anyway, the big thing now is, when you see the Blues,

0:37:320:37:35

look a bit miserable, all right?

0:37:350:37:37

Don't talk to them at all.

0:37:370:37:39

The tears...tears wailing already.

0:37:390:37:41

OK, Jacks, Abs, how are you feeling, kids?

0:37:480:37:50

-Excited.

-I'm excited.

0:37:500:37:53

-Confident.

-You're confident?

-Confident?

-Yeah.

0:37:530:37:57

-You haven't been chatting to those Reds, have you?

-No, not at all.

0:37:570:38:00

That's just as well.

0:38:000:38:01

Anyway, first up is the paper knife.

0:38:010:38:03

Don't look so worried, it'll be all right.

0:38:030:38:05

First up is the paper knife, and here it comes.

0:38:050:38:08

Lot 117 is

0:38:080:38:11

the Japanese Meiji period bronzed letter knife, page turner.

0:38:110:38:16

Can we start the bidding at 50? 30?

0:38:160:38:19

£20?

0:38:190:38:21

£20 for the knife turner?

0:38:210:38:24

20 bid.

0:38:240:38:25

25. 30.

0:38:250:38:27

-Girls...

-35. 45, fresh bidder. 45.

0:38:270:38:32

Any advance on 45?

0:38:330:38:35

All done at 45? 45...

0:38:350:38:38

£45 less £13.50...

0:38:380:38:41

Next up is

0:38:410:38:42

the lot of watches, here we go.

0:38:420:38:44

Two per lot here, ladies and gentlemen.

0:38:440:38:46

We have the World War II military Jaeger-LeCoultre

0:38:460:38:50

and a 1940s Omega wristwatch.

0:38:500:38:55

Start me at £100.

0:38:550:38:57

100 bid.

0:38:570:39:00

100 bid. 110. 120.

0:39:000:39:03

130. 140.

0:39:030:39:05

150. 160. 160.

0:39:050:39:09

170.

0:39:090:39:11

180. 190.

0:39:110:39:14

£190, and I'm also out.

0:39:140:39:18

Any advance on 190? All done at 190. 190...

0:39:180:39:22

Yes! That is plus another 60.

0:39:220:39:25

-Not too shabby, is it?

-Plus 60

0:39:250:39:26

means you are £91.50 up.

0:39:260:39:31

Lot 119

0:39:310:39:33

is a mid 19th-century Marine brass

0:39:330:39:36

and leather-bound single-draw telescope.

0:39:360:39:39

Can we see £150?

0:39:390:39:42

150. 100.

0:39:420:39:44

Start me at 50.

0:39:440:39:45

£50. 50.

0:39:450:39:48

50 bid.

0:39:480:39:49

-Yes!

-You've doubled your money.

0:39:490:39:51

With you, sir, at 50.

0:39:510:39:52

Any advance on £50?

0:39:520:39:55

Any advance on £50?

0:39:550:39:57

With you, sir, at £50.

0:39:570:40:00

-£50.

-That's great.

-Thank you very much.

0:40:000:40:02

Doubled your money. Plus 25.

0:40:020:40:05

£116.50 is the worth of profits.

0:40:050:40:09

I congratulate you, the three of you. That is phenomenal.

0:40:090:40:12

What will you do about the bullet pencil? You'll have it, won't you?

0:40:120:40:15

-We're going to have it, we love it.

-Support the man with that.

0:40:150:40:18

-£12 paid. Yes?

-Definitely.

0:40:180:40:19

Well, we can move quickly on with that. No doubt.

0:40:190:40:22

And here it comes.

0:40:220:40:23

Lot 123, ladies and gentlemen.

0:40:230:40:25

It is a First World War silver bullet pencil. £50.

0:40:250:40:30

50.

0:40:300:40:31

40?

0:40:310:40:33

Start me a £20.

0:40:330:40:35

20 bid.

0:40:350:40:36

30. 40.

0:40:360:40:39

50. £50.

0:40:390:40:42

With the lady at £50.

0:40:420:40:45

Any advance on £50?

0:40:450:40:48

All done at £50? £50...

0:40:480:40:51

-£38.

-Yes!

0:40:510:40:53

That's four for four.

0:40:530:40:55

That, my dear girls, is

0:40:550:40:57

plus £154.50.

0:40:570:41:00

-Yes.

-£154.50.

0:41:000:41:02

Thanks to our hero, Paul Laidlaw.

0:41:020:41:05

£154.50 is a very, very good score.

0:41:050:41:08

So, I commend you.

0:41:080:41:09

-Thank you.

-Don't talk to the Reds until we do our review.

0:41:090:41:13

-Lips are sealed?

-Totally.

-Thank you very much. Excellent.

0:41:130:41:16

Well, what excitement we've had today.

0:41:240:41:26

You been chatting between the teams at all?

0:41:260:41:28

-ALL: No.

-No communication?

0:41:280:41:30

I think it's fair to say,

0:41:300:41:32

there is a buzz of excitement between these two teams.

0:41:320:41:36

I guess both teams are feeling pretty cocky

0:41:360:41:38

because they both got profits.

0:41:380:41:40

-Oh!

-And I don't think I'd be giving anything away

0:41:400:41:44

if I handed out a small black pad

0:41:440:41:49

on my right to these guys,

0:41:490:41:51

who have each made a profit

0:41:510:41:54

and therefore are entitled to the golden gavel.

0:41:540:41:57

Nor would I be giving anything away

0:41:570:42:01

to take a black pad out and reveal

0:42:010:42:06

to the girls that they, too, are entitled to a golden gavel,

0:42:060:42:11

because they, too, have made a stellar profit on all three items.

0:42:110:42:17

It's simply a question today

0:42:170:42:21

of the scale of the winnings.

0:42:210:42:24

I don't want to tease this to death,

0:42:240:42:26

but it is my duty to reveal today

0:42:260:42:30

that the team that are the runners-up are...the Reds.

0:42:300:42:34

-Oh!

-Yes!

0:42:340:42:36

-Oh, no!

-I'm sorry, lads.

0:42:360:42:39

You have made a profit of every single item.

0:42:400:42:44

A grand total of plus £85, I'm going to give you now.

0:42:440:42:48

-We're delighted.

-£85, there you go.

0:42:480:42:50

But, sadly, it was not sufficient to stunt the flow of profits going

0:42:500:42:55

for these Blue girls,

0:42:550:42:57

-who made twice as much.

-No way!

0:42:570:43:00

They're going home with profits of £154...

0:43:020:43:07

..and 50p!

0:43:080:43:10

There's all your change, all right?

0:43:100:43:12

Very, very well done, girls. That is just phenomenal, isn't it?

0:43:120:43:16

In fact, we've had so much fun,

0:43:160:43:18

join us soon for some more bargain-hunting, yes?

0:43:180:43:20

ALL: Yes!

0:43:200:43:21

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Bargain Hunt comes from the Edinburgh Fair, where the competing red and blue teams are searching high and low for bargains.

Paul Laidlaw captains his sailors in blue, who try trading kisses for bargains, and Charles Hanson shows his footballers in red some fancy footwork of his own. Tim travels to Pollok House to discover the history behind their Spanish art collection.


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