The antiques contest comes from the Newark Antiques and Collectors Fair. Anita Manning and David Barby are the experts, and Tim Wonnacott visits Bowhill House in Scotland.
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Today we're in Newark, through which runs the Fosse Way,
a Roman road remarkable for the straight route it takes through England.
Our teams today are hoping for a straight route -
a straight route to auction victory!
So - let's go bargain hunting. Yeah!
Yes, we're at the Newark International Antiques and Collectors' Fair.
But the big question today is, will our teams take the correct path
and choose wisely,
or will they get lost amongst these thousands of stalls?
Let's find out, shall we?
Coming up, the Blues persuade one stallholder to get down to business.
If I could reach you, I'd give you a kiss, and say thank you!
While the Reds struggle to come to a decision.
Girls, you've got five seconds to make up your mind!
What'd you think? Picks or frogs?
-Frogs or picks?
-It's your choice.
But will all their choices prove to be the right ones?
-That is so good!
Let's meet those teams.
For the Reds today, we've got Lucy and Jo-Jo.
-And we have Hilary and Ron for the Blues. Hello, everybody.
-Now, Lucy. You are an old mucker of Jo-Jo's, yes?
-How long d'you go back?
-About 20 years.
-Do you really?
Yes, to schooldays.
-Right back then?
And what d'you think it is that's kept you
so close in the intervening period?
She's just a good girl and now we've got little girls,
just a few months apart.
So we spend a lot of time together with the girls.
-But you like to have a bit of fun on the side, it says here.
Prior to motherhood, I really enjoyed travel.
A few funny experiences - one up Machu Picchu one time,
when I was having my photo taken in amongst the ruins,
and there was a llama behind me,
so I thought it would be an excellent photo,
and just as the shutter was clicking,
it cocked its leg and weed on my head!
-So that was quite the picture, yeah!
-So you had to go along covered in...
a bit of a baby-wipe, and onwards and upwards, really!
-Now, Jo-Jo, you're in retail.
-Oh, you was?
-I mean, you were! Before bab-bab!
What's bab-bab called?
Beatrice the bab-bab.
So tell us about your retail experience before baby.
I worked as a jeweller, but I sold mainly watches.
Will you be going for watches today on Bargain Hunt?
More pretties, I think.
-Oh, will you?
-Yes, and definitely dogs as well.
-What sort of dogs?
I've got a miniature schnauzer and a miniature dachshund, and Lucy's got two as well.
-So we wanted doggie-related articles.
Because you know there's a passion in a dog owner,
and they love ornaments and collectables connected to dogs, yes?
-Oh, yes! Done my homework.
-They're not stupid, these girls!
They've got their heads screwed on.
Anyway, smashing to meet you, and very good luck.
Now, after that lot,
I should think the Blues are quaking in their boots!
-Are you quaking, Hilary?
-Rather? Tell me how you two met.
How did you meet Ron?
I went on holiday to Jersey
and Ron was working in a hotel over there as a DJ/game-show host.
He called bingo...
-When he met you!
-Yes. Well, I won!
I see, a real game of bingo!
We spent ten days together, then I went back home to England,
handed my notice in, rented my flat out,
and a month later we were back together.
-And here we are 20-odd years later!
-A love story over the bingo!
-And how long have you been back on the mainland?
Ron, tell us about your career.
I've done most things, but probably the longest I was a mobile DJ -
professional for 20-odd years.
Gosh! So you're keen on records?
Yes, I still have all the records I used to use.
Some 4,000-odd, sadly now stored in the garage.
-Are you pleased with that, Hils?
-Not in the least, no.
When I bury him, when he pops his clogs, the records are going in with him!
I see! Be quite a big coffin then, won't it?
-I think you're going to do incredibly well
with this bargain-hunting lark. In fact, it's the money moment.
£300 apiece. You know the rules - your experts await!
And off you go and very, very good luck. Gosh!
As ever, we have a brace of experts standing by to lend a hand.
Raring to get this show on the road for the Reds is Anita Manning.
And hoping to ring up some profits for the Blues is David Barby.
Nice titfer, Dave!
# Here we come Walking down the street... #
Oh, girls! We're going to have fun today, I can tell! We've got £300.
We can do whatever we like with it. What d'you want to buy?
-Sparkles and pretties.
-Sparkles and pretty - just like you two!
-And dogs, definitely.
-What are you looking for?
-Ooh! Yes, go on?
-Not too cheap, but quirky.
-Quite like Art Deco. Maybe some silver.
Ooh! Things in cabinets. Yeah, but that's really old stuff, isn't it?
She says, at an antique fair!
-Oh, I love that car.
-That is gorgeous.
It isn't dogs or sparkles, but it is lovely.
But it's a bit weird, isn't' it?
-Anita! It's not dogs, it's not jewellery.
-I think that's great fun, isn't it?
-Isn't it strange?
You can have some preconceived ideas about what you're looking for,
then you look at something absolutely different.
Now it's not a 1930s or a 1940s one,
but I think it's got bags of style, girls - just like you two.
D'you want to ask how much it is?
Yes. And it's got red wheels as well. It's meant to be!
-Pretty with the fleece!
-Do red wheels have a big significance?
-Oh, red fleeces...!
-Come on, keep up, Anita!
Look! We were looking at this fabby car. What sort of age is it? '60s?
-It's a reproduction one.
-It's a reproduction one.
But it's a lovely one and it does reflect in the price. £75.
Right. We just thought it looked so stylish,
because it's got red wheels and we're the Red team!
I don't know if we should put it on the 'maybe' list.
Yeah, cos it's not what we're looking for, is it?
I could do 65 but I'd already reduced it because today's the last day.
-Oh! The last day?
-Yeah, so it's last-day prices that you're getting.
Could the last-day price be £50?
I mean, think of having to hump that into your car.
Fabulous. Thank you.
Lovely. That's so nice.
That car's a reproduction, but they seem to think it's a winner.
-Time will tell!
-So, girls. That was great.
We're only five minutes in and you've bought your first item!
Nothing to do with dogs or jewellery! Call that your wild card!
-It's our wild card!
The Reds are going a bit off-course there.
Are the Blues faring any better?
-This little fork?
We're looking for something much more valuable than those.
-But that's my price range.
-No. You've got £300 to spend.
Think in terms of something a little bit more.
OK, a little bit more, then.
Not worth forking out for, eh, team?
-What's on the back?
-They're French jet.
-Can we have a wee look at them?
What's the difference between French jet and, say, Whitby jet?
French jet comes from France and Whitby jet comes Whitby!
Thanks for that, Anita. How about a sensible answer?
Is glass, French jet, and Whitby jet is actually the proper jet.
It's interesting that you've chosen them, girls, because I've found
that textiles and vintage clothing is very popular just now.
I mean, I like those, girls, and they're not a big, expensive item.
-I would keep them in mind.
-As a reserve?
Yes, in case they don't find any diamonds for £50!
Yeah! Chance would be a fine thing.
Now, are the Blues going to spend more than a tenner?
Oh, they're pretty. They're very pretty.
They are, actually. £2.
-You've done a little bargain, have you?
-That pair's £2.
-Well, she did say cheap!
They're Art Nouveau.
One is damaged - the one Ron's got, but it's not too bad.
It doesn't notice too much.
-Well, you can't really miss at £2, can you?
-I'll take everything back that I said earlier on!
-OK. Yeah, fine.
-OK - you like those.
-I don't suppose he'll take £1.50, will he?
What are they, David, again?
These are bisque porcelain, possibly French,
and they were mantelpiece ornaments, and you'd put posies in them.
-They've got a number on the back.
That would be the potting number.
These were made round about 1900-1905.
Think in terms of Moulin Rouge, Toulouse-Lautrec,
the Impressionists, this was the big art movement of the time.
-Exactly. As you can see here, they're very pretty.
They are pretty, yes.
-I rather like them.
-You wanted to buy something cheap, didn't you?
-I absolutely love them. They're so pretty.
-I think they're pretty.
A little bit of damage on them, but £2? A bargain.
Got to get at least a fiver for them, surely?
-I would have thought round about 15. About £15.
-Yes, we'll take them, then.
Right, he's going to wrap them up, and we ought to start shopping for that second item.
Yes! With the £298 you've got left!
-I think that's Art Deco.
-What have you found, girls?
-These knife-rests, with the dogs on.
-They are great fun!
-They're gorgeous, aren't they?
-The right age, the right brief.
-They've got dogs on - perfect.
-Are they silver?
-That's the German... isn't it?
That's right, and it's the right period.
It's Art Deco, from the 1930s. I think those are absolutely lovely.
-They're quite heavy, aren't they? D'you think it's saleable?
OK, girls, I think that they are most unusual.
You can't hang them on your ears as earrings.
They're not jewellery, but they are doggy,
so it's fulfilling one of your criteria.
I think they're absolutely lovely.
-I really like them, but it's all about the price.
-What d'you think?
-What have they marked them for?
-What's the lowest you'd go on those?
What about 60 for a really quick sale?
Sorry, no, because they're unusual and they've got the dog-appeal!
-Are you happy with that?
-I think they're absolutely super.
-And they fulfil one of your criterias.
Dogs, dual-purpose, Art Deco. Perfect.
They're for you.
-OK, we'll have them, thank you.
-Lovely, thank you.
Number two! Excellent. Well done, girls.
Those Reds were dogged in their quest for canine bling
and they came up trumps.
Now, will the Blues splash a bit more cash this time?
-It is quite interesting.
-I like that.
Well, I don't dislike it but it is £58.
Hello. You've got this Art Deco light fitting here, at £58.
What's the best you can do on that, please?
Is 50 any good? Too much?
Can we look at 45?
-Steady on, Ron.
Ooh, she's keen!
That was too quick.
I was going to say 40.
No, I can't. It is lovely.
Has it got any damage on it?
Right, have a look that. Do you like this?
-It's a nice decorative item.
-Yes, it is.
That's what I like about it.
I like it, yes.
This is where we stand to lose money, perhaps.
Just think of all the money you'll have left over to buy yours!
Dare I express my opinion?
I don't think it's got quality.
I think it's decorative.
There again, if you have quality, the price would be considerably higher.
Exactly. It's unusual.
I think it's the sort of thing that younger people
are actually looking for these days.
-Do you honestly think so?
-Yes, I do.
-I don't think it will make a profit
but we've committed ourselves to £45, so we have to go with that.
The choice has to be yours.
I'm here purely in an advisory capacity.
And you can say, "I told you so", when we make a loss!
I'd never say that, I'd never say that!
-Right, well, we've bought two objects.
Your choice. Let's go and find that third object.
Shall we find something of better quality, maybe?
A little bit more expensive? Will that make you happier?
-Maybe silver? Yeah, just... Oh, I'm happy. I'm delirious!
I don't believe a word of it, David. But will it sell?
OK, girls, we've bought two items.
-How much have we spent?
-£120. You loved both of these items.
We've got one more item. We've got half an hour.
What do you want to buy now?
I think we need to maybe think about spending small,
to try and guarantee a bit of a profit.
Even if we don't spend that much and we don't make much,
just to make sure it's profitable.
Something cheap a husband will buy his wife.
Something cheap a husband might buy his wife.
I like that line!
It's really romantic!
Sounds like you're speaking from experience, Jo.
But what's this with all the cheap stuff, eh?
It's quality that counts, teams.
It's two-all, and pressure's mounting.
I'm feeling apprehensive because we're half way through
and we've bought one item, which I thought was very good, for £2,
and then the second item,
I would not necessarily have advised them to have bought.
I think he's disappointed with what we've been purchasing so far
but not to worry!
I'd worry less, Hils, if you'd spend more.
Meanwhile, the Reds seem to be trying a different approach.
-Tell you what, say we split up for five minutes...
-..and meet back in the middle.
-We can spread out.
-OK. See you in five.
-We're all walking the same way!
Everything's a pound!
Got to find some quality for the girls.
Seriously, we'd make a profit on anything on here.
-Are you sure?
-Well, no, not necessarily!
No, perhaps not.
-OK, girls, how did you get on?
-We've seen a couple of things.
They're not exactly fitting the brief but we do quite like them.
Well, forget about the brief if you like.
Remember, I said don't have preconceived ideas.
If you see something and you're fascinated by it,
-or you like it then...let's have a look.
-Have you seen anything?
I've seen lots of things but I want you to get things you like.
-OK, on you go.
Words of wisdom from Anita, there.
How's David getting on with the Blues?
Can you hear that tick, tick, tick...?
-Time's running out.
That's my line, Mr Barby.
We've seen a few things on this stall.
I don't think you girls need me at all!
-Right, what do you like?
Let's have a look. That's rather sweet.
Has it got any age to it?
I think it's just a pretty piece, but nothing wrong with that.
Have you seen anything else that you like?
Not jewellery but we do like these.
Right. Again, we've got the animal theme.
These are little cocktail sticks. Do you have cocktail parties?
Are these silver?
No. Electro-plated nickel silver. So it's a plated silver.
-Are these old?
-These are old.
These would be maybe from the 1930s or '40s.
What sort of money do you think they'd make?
-What have we got?
-£18. Could you do 14?
-I'll go to 14, yeah.
-Go to 14?
-It's our final piece.
If we buy it, we have to be sure.
Shall we just have a quick look?
-We've got, what, 20 minutes?
-Oh, about ten minutes.
-We can always come back, can't we?
There's lots of interesting things on this stall.
Anything that caught you eye?
Yeah, the little frogs!
These are great fun.
What we have is a little set of place holders.
These would sit on your table, with your guests' names on them.
-How much are these?
There's only five. I think there should have been six.
There should have been six.
Are people likely not to buy them because it's only five?
I think they'll be enchanted with the absurdity of them.
That's it, they are quite ridiculous but they're lovely.
They're Marmite - you either love them or don't like them at all.
It's your choice.
You've got one minute to make a decision.
-Go and have a think about it and come back.
What does Madame Manning have to say?
We've got one minute left...
they've got their third item to buy,
they've got two to choose from, they don't know what to do.
I'm not going to help them but I know which one I would choose.
Oh, Anita, you tease!
Now, it looks like Hilary's got a new tactic.
How about big, bold and tacky?
-The large ones.
-How much are they, sir?
Would you like them wrapped?
That'll be a no!
The sands of time are running out for these bargain hunters.
Go on, shake a leg, teams!
This is quite an interesting little piece. Where's Ron? Ron?
Come along, Ron!
Now this is called a cellar knife and basically this would be
taken down to the cellar to your wine store and you'd end up with a bottle
encrusted with sort of mould and the seal would be still round the edge.
-So you'd cut the seal off. And then you'd brush the bottle.
So this is a cellar knife. Quite a rare object.
Date-wise, probably beginning of the 19th century.
Let me have a look at it.
-So how much is the cellar knife?
-Erm... 100, sir.
-100... Is that the very best price you could do?
-MAKES CHOKING SOUND
-How about 75?
-MAKES CHOKING SOUND
Sorry, madam. Can't do. It's about 1820. They're quite rare.
And it was 70, did we say?
Don't push it, Hils!
I'll give you a chance, 75. But it's got to be 75.
-RON: I think you're being very fair.
-We'll take it.
Right. Thank you very much, sir.
If I could reach you, I'd give you a kiss and say thank you.
Oh, God! That's playing to the gallery, isn't it?
How low will you stoop? Anyway, that's the Blues finished.
-Girls, you've got five seconds. Make up your minds.
-What do you think?
Picks or frogs? Frogs or picks?
-It's your choice.
-Picks, choosing the picks.
-We'll go for the picks.
-You're going for the picks. Well done. That was nerve-wracking.
Dogs, cockerels, frogs... I can't keep up.
We got them for £14. A good buy.
I would have gone for the frogs.
Naughty Anita! But I can't help but agree.
Anyway, their hour's up, so here's a reminder of what they actually bought.
It may be a reproduction, but the furry hatted ones thought
they'd spotted a winner with this child's pedal car, bought for £55.
They met all three of their criteria, dogs, Deco,
dual purpose, but these WMF knife rests were a gamble at £65.
It was a toss up between these and some froggy place settings.
But the cockerels crowed loudest for the Reds
and they stumped up £14 for the set.
-Have you made the right decision?
-On two of three, we're pretty confident.
-And we've got a wild card. We'll see what happens on that one.
-I love wild card.
I love the wintery weather. I think it brings out the best in headgear.
-So have you had a lovely shop?
-Yes, fantastic, thank you.
-Which is your favourite?
-The knife stands.
-I love them.
-That's your favourite. Do you agree with her?
-I do love the knife stand.
My personal favourite is the car, but we'll just have to see if we make anything on that one.
-How much did you spend overall?
-We spent overall £134.
Which is not a lot of money, to get all that beauty.
OK. £166 leftover lolly, please.
-One hundred and sixty...
There's the one pound. That's what I'm looking for.
-Over to you, Anita.
-What will you spend that on?
-Well, the girls had intended to buy some jewellery, some bling,
so I'm hoping I might be able to buy a big one-carat diamond with that.
In your dreams, doll! Anyway, good luck, girls.
Meanwhile, why don't we find out what the Blue team bought, eh?
These dodgy French Art Nouveau posy holders were £2 for the pair.
And some might say overpriced at that.
Much to Davis's horror,
Ron was a bit quick off the mark with this Art Deco lamp.
At £45 paid, will it light up the auction?
A rare thing this, a Georgian cellar knife with an original brush.
And the £75 deal was sealed with a kiss.
So what is your best bargain today?
-I think it is that cellar knife.
-The cellar knife.
-Not that lamp?
They do like a debate. You do like a debate, don't you?
-Oh, we do indeed.
-Have you enjoyed the shopping?
David Barby looked after you satisfactorily?
-We looked after David.
-He was wonderful.
Oh, I see. Lovely. And how much did you spend all round?
Please may I have £178.
-£175. Thank you.
-And three pounds.
-And three smackers.
-Rubbing your hands there as usual, David.
-Pleased to receive the cash.
-Make it a good one.
-If only it were mine.
So your bonus buy's going to go on what? Don't tell us.
Something rather rare and special to reflect the contestants.
-Rare and special like you.
-I didn't say that.
-No, you didn't say that but I did.
OK, we'll stand by for that with excitement.
Look forward to it very much.
Tea all round for you chaps. And, David, good luck.
Meanwhile, we're heading off to a splendiferous castle. Ooo-ah!
Tucked away in the rural landscape of North Herefordshire is Croft Castle.
Almost 30 generations of the Croft family have lived here
and their castle has gone through many changes over the last 1,000 years.
Our story starts here in the 11th century,
when Edward the Confessor invited Bernard De Croft a Norman knight
to build a castle to guard against the Welsh border.
The castle that we see here today would appear to date from that early-Norman period,
but that, in fact, is not the case.
Surprisingly, most of the present castle was built in 17th century.
It's an example of Gothic revival, so it looks much older than it actually is.
In fact, it boasts three different periods of Gothic building styles.
After the castle was reduced to a shell during the English Civil War,
the Crofts rebuilt it.
The towers at the corners are from this time, the 1660s.
Then it was altered again in the 1760s,
when these two bays were added.
Finally, in 1913 the Gothic entrance porch was added on the ground floor around the doorway.
Complicated,... innit? And the revisions don't stop there.
This is a sketch of the castle from the southwest in 1834.
And it sure has changed today.
-I'm gad you're enjoying the show.
Because in 1913, the architect Walter Sarel
removed the castellations on the south front.
Look, that's what it looked like, all those hit-and-miss bits.
There we have nothing at all.
We've still got the parapet wall but without the castellations
and we've still got three windows but those windows
don't light rooms any more.
They've simply got dummy panes of glass in them
and the colour of those panes of glass is lilac.
And if you like a bit of architectural detective work,
then the west front deserves closer inspection.
A series of Georgian windows run alongside this side of the house
with this earlier mullioned window mysteriously left intact.
This is the other side of that window from inside.
Amazing, isn't it?
Now, completely covered up in early 18th century panelling
and you can tell there's a window there
because there's light coming through a crack in the panelling.
Why would you do that?
Perhaps you had a large piece of furniture that you needed to
go in against that length of wall.
Otherwise, it's inexplicable.
But this room has had a lot of alterations in it
over the years, most notably in the middle of the 18th century,
this glorious rococo ceiling.
The ceiling was part of the interior
remodelling of the castle in the 1760's in the Gothic rococo manner.
Like many aristocratic families,
the Crofts were simply keeping up with the fashions of the time.
But what a treat they left for us to enjoy.
The big question is, will our teams be in for a treat at today's sale
at Gildings Auctioneers in Market Harborough?
And here we are with Mark Gilding. Very nice to be here.
Anyway, Joanne and Lucy they went with this old bus. Any good?
-Bit of fun!
-You've got children.
-I do, yes.
-Would your children want to pedal round in this?
-I think they would.
That eldest boy of yours is just about the right age.
You're a potential buyer!
-No, seriously, it's not very old, is it?
-No, not very old.
-1980's, but a great looking thing.
-What's it worth?
-I think it might make 80 to 100.
-That would be brilliant, because our lot paid £55.
That's the right price to pay. If you get your estimate it'd be great.
Next, the two dog knife rests. WMF.
And all marked up and very good Art Deco objects.
I don't know how very collectable knife rests are these days,
but if you wanted some, they're really nice, aren't they?
They're a good example.
And I rather like these doleful dogs, looking rather sad.
-Good luck to them.
-50 to 70.
Not going to make a great deal out of them, but interesting.
The last item are the six plated cocktail sticks.
I have noticed in the past when we've had these in silver,
they've all universally done very, very badly.
At least they've got a box, though.
They've got the box and they've got the cock tail on the top,
hence you know what drink to stick them in.
They paid £14 and depending how they get on
with the pedal car, they could be completely sunk here, in which case
they're going to need their bonus buy, so let's look at it.
Now, Jo-Jo, Luce...you spent £134.
You gave £166 to Anita Manning.
-Did you blow the lot Anita?
-No, I didn't.
The girls were very careful and canny
and I thought I would be just the same.
-It's a little hatpin.
During the late 19th, early 20th century, hats got bigger
and bigger and bigger,
so they had wonderful ornate hat pins to hold onto their hair.
This is like a Charles Horner style hatpin with a sort of
art nouveau mount here in a little piece of amber class at the top.
-Do you like it?
-It's lovely. Almost like a thistle. Very appropriate.
-I love it.
-How much did you pay for it?
-And what you expect it to go for?
-Like it, girls?
Well done, Anita.
You don't choose now, you choose later after
the sale of your first three items.
Right now, for the audience at home,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Anita's hat pin.
Lovely for an Agatha Christie murder mystery.
How do you rate these hat pins?
They're not as collectable as they used to be.
Like a lot of these things, it's all change in the market now
and I would put an estimate of 30 to 40.
Fair enough. Anita paid £25, which I think is the right price to pay.
We just have to hope it comes up trumps.
In fact, it looks rather nice on the knife rest.
Anyway, that's it for the Reds, now for the Blues.
Bit of a mixture. We have a pair of these posy holders which David Barby
went with because he thought
they were amazingly cheap, irrespective of the condition.
He rather cheekily paid £2 for them.
Bit of a disappointment really!
I mean, you'd never take anything in in this sale room, valued at £2,
-would you? You wouldn't have an individual lot at £2.
I think they've been a bit silly in buying a cheap thing,
-but might they make a pound or two?
-They might make a pound or two
and we might find someone who's feeling pitiful on the day.
All right, fine.
Next up, though, something more promising which is the amber glass
ceiling light fitting.
In style, probably slightly out of period
but a good looking light fitting. Glass is all in good condition
and the chrome mounts again, relatively good.
-What's your estimate?
-30 to 40.
What about that lethal looking weapon down the end?
Described as the treen cellar knife, from a wine cellar I guess.
Yes, I think it's a good thing. Where would you find another?
I think that's probably quite a rare thing
and there are wine fans who pay huge amounts for their wines
and the accoutrements that go with them. Difficult to value though?
I put my finger in the air and gone for 80 to 120!
-Well done, cos they paid £75. I am sure you're right.
-I'm sure I'm right!
-Well of course you're sure you're right!
There we go. Depending on how the knife does will determine
whether they make a profit or not.
And in case not, let's have a look at the bonus buy.
Hilary, Ron, you spent £122. You gave David Barby £178.
-What did you spend it on, David?
-Something quite unique.
This is a campaign chamber.
Probably from a gentleman's vanity case but it's such an unusual item
to have survived. This was made in 1900. I love this hammered effect.
-Possibly you could use it as a female make-up brush now.
-Isn't that lovely, so unusual?
-I think it's beautiful.
-I paid £78 for it.
-Will it make a profit?
Hopefully, there's someone out there going to pay a little more
-than I paid for it.
-We hope so. Good, well done, David.
You didn't have to decide now, you can pick later,
but right now for the audience at home,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks of David's shaving brush.
-There we go. That's a nice example.
-Yes, it is.
Solid silver and an unusual design, this screwtop.
Which you can then fold away.
Yeah. I mean, if you were a wet shaving fan, that's really useful.
Yes, I think we need to find a few of those in Market Harborough.
Amongst all the beards. Good! What do you think it's worth?
-I've put 70 to 100.
-Very good, £78 paid by David Barby.
He clearly rates it and who knows,
it may get his team out of trouble yet.
-Anyway, you're taking the sale today Mark?
-We're in safe hands.
-Girls are you ready for this?
-So exciting, isn't it?
Nobody knows what's going to happen in an auction
and look, we've got a crowded room.
Internet is connected, anything could happen.
That pedal car...why are you wincing like that?
Just not 100% sure on that one.
You've got nothing to worry about.
-According to the auctioneer, he's put £80-£100 on it.
-Yes! Come on!
You paid 55. I personally think that's a whopping estimate.
Mine would be 40 to 60 but he's put 80 to 120,
because it's not an old thing.
And here we go, vroom, vroom!
Child's pedal car, lots of interest here.
Bids start at 25, 35,
35, bid now, 35, I'm bid at 45.
At 45 I'm bid now, 45
at 45 I'm bid then, 45.
-50 with the internet.
55 I'm bid then at 60 do I see?
-55 I'm bid.
-You paid 55.
55 here with the internet and selling at 55.
£55. It's wiped its face, don't worry. No pain, no gain, no shame.
-The dog knife rests. Here it comes.
-Bidding £18 for the pair of these.
£18, I'm bid 20, 22, 25, 28.
28, 30, bid now £30.
It's for the pair, remember. 32, with the internet. At £32, I'm bid at 32.
You're out in the room and selling at 35, new bid.
Yes, thank you very much. Go on!
35 and selling at £38, 38.
-Don't wait internet, press your button nice and quickly.
Selling at 38...
Bad luck, girls, two off 40. That's 27... minus 27.
-Minus 27's a bore!
-I'd have paid 40!
Here come the cocktail sticks.
The six electro plated cocktail sticks with cockerel terminals.
Two pounds I'm bid for these.
-Two I'm bid at two, five pounds. £8, I'm bid ten.
Ten pounds, now 12, 15, 15, 18 with the internet,
-bid at 18, new bid at 20...
-Look at that.
20 on my left on internet, you're out and you're out here.
I'm bid at 20, selling to the room at 20, 22!
28 on my right, this time. At 28.
That's minus 13. What are you going to do with the hat pin?
-We're going for it.
Yes? You're so positive, you girls. You're so lovely!
I've never seen anybody so positive about a hat pin before!
There's obviously something going on here.
-Right, we're going with the hat pin?
The bonus buy, we're going with it, that's the decision. Anita paid £25.
I can tell you now you've decided,
the auctioneer's estimate is £30-£50.
-Come on the hatpin.
-He sees you doubling your money, potentially.
Fine, we're going with the bonus buy. Here it comes.
The white metal amethyst glass mounted hat pin.
-Lots of bids on the book here, the opening bid is £35.
-£35 I'm bid.
At £35 I'm bid at 35. At eight do I see?
It's so pretty.
At 38, 40, 40 bid now, I'm bid at 40.
-Internet winning and selling at £40.
-Well done, Anita. £40! I love it.
That's plus £15, which means overall, you're plus £2!
-That is so good!
One pound each. Isn't that fantastic? One pound!
It doesn't take a lot to please them.
Doesn't take much to please most of us actually.
Girls, that's good, isn't it?
£2 is a pound each and that's a profit
and nobody makes profits on Bargain Hunt, right, but you just have!
-The big thing now is don't say a word to the Blues.
-Hilary, Ron, how are you feeling?
What have you got to be worried about?
-Not worried, just...
-Less confident. As time goes by.
They're slightly frightening things sometimes, auctions.
But you've got a roomful of people here and the auction is going very well,
-so I think you'll be just fine.
First of all, we've got a disaster to explain which is
the damage in transit for one of your bisque porcelain vases,
one of which was already broken. You only paid £2 for the two.
We've asked the auctioneer for his estimate, were they perfect.
£10 to £20 would be his estimate.
What we're going to do is treat it as an automatic insurance claim
with a £10 payment so you can't be disadvantaged.
-So we're already in profit.
And here they come.
Posy vases, damaged these are. Bidding here, £2 I'm bid.
£2 on these.
At £2, watching to see if anybody's bidding at £2.
At £2, £5. £5 I'm bid!
The internet is a wonderful thing.
At £5 I'm bid and selling at £5.
£5 it sold for.
We're treating it as plus £10 so you are already £10 up.
-Chrome framed light fitting, £10 to start.
-Here comes the lamp.
£10 I'm bid for the light fitting, 10, 12, 15, 18.
18 and 20 looking for. At 18 I'm bid here. At £18. 20.
22, 22 now.
25, shaking his head, then at 25 with the internet.
All out in the room, then away at 25.
Oh dear, that's minus 20.
So that's £25, you are minus 20 on that, £10 was your credit at top,
so you're minus £10.
Could have been worse.
..turned mahogany handle, with a brush. Bit of a rarity, this one.
-Bidding opens at £55.
-Dear, oh dear.
70, 75, 80, 85,
90, bid at 90 in the room.
Come on. You can do better.
90 on my left. Near the door at 90. Selling at £90.
£90. £90 is plus £15. You were minus £10.
You're now plus £5!
-How about that?
-It's a shame but we're in profit.
What are you going to do about the shaving brush?
It cost £78.
You going to park it and take away your £5 profit or
risk your profit and run with the shaving brush?
-Do we have an estimate on it?
-We trust David.
-We'll do it.
-You asked what the estimate is.
You've now made your decision.
I can tell you. The auctioneer estimated £70 to £100.
-It might just...
-David paid 78.
-He rates it so let's hope... right now, it's going up.
-A quirky, unusual item.
A silver travelling shaving brush and bidding here starts at £35.
45, 55, 65,
75, 80 do I see? 75 I'm bid.
75 I'm bid and will sell. At 75.
£75. That's minus three,
which means you are plus two!
-Better than nothing at all.
-At least we haven't made a loss.
Anyway, you've been good sports,
lovely to have a profit to go away with of £1 each.
And we'll sort out the winners and runners-up.
-We'll buy a cup of coffee with that.
-And quite right too!
In my years on Bargain Hunt I have seen some pretty strange results
but today's result for these lovely teams is,
I think, absolutely unique!
So you girls and girl and boy
-have had the greatest fun, haven't you?
-And have you been discussing what the profits might be?
I can reveal that today
we have uniquely a dead heat between both teams.
Each with profits of £2 per team.
So on that happy note, I know you've bonded up
and become good friends as part of the process.
You can remain good friends cos nobody's a runner-up, you're all winners.
How good a show do you have? So, Jo, you get that, that's yours
there you go, Luce...which is pretty good, isn't it?
Hils, you get that one and you get this one.
David and Anita get absolutely nothing.
But you've contributed magnificently to the show.
It's a very strange result.
Who could possibly predict this rollercoaster that's taken you
this way and that and we've all finished with the same result.
I think it's just fantastic. You've been such sports.
In fact, you've been so sporting you ought to join us
-for some more bargain hunting? Yes?
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
Bargain Hunt unfolds at a cold and frosty Newark Antiques and Collectors Fair - Tim Wonnacott and the teams have to wrap up warm to comb the stalls for interesting buys. David Barby and Anita Manning provide the expert backup and Tim takes a trip to Bowhill House in Scotland.