The bargain hunters are in Lewes, scouring the local antique shops with the help of experts Catherine Southon and Mark Stacey. Tim Wonnacott makes a visit to Polesden Lacey.
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Hello from Lewes in East Sussex,
once the site of a famous battle.
But is it going to be war between our teams today?
Well, there's only one way to find out. Let's go bargain hunting! Yeah!
# Stand and deliver!
# I'm the dandy highwayman and you're too scared to mention
# I spend my cash on looking flash and grabbing your attention... #
The Battle of Lewes took place in 1264 when 'enery III took on
a local marauding baron and lost.
Today our teams are going to do battle among the shelves and cubbyholes
in their search for bargains. Let's hope they don't cross swords!
# Stand and deliver Your money or your life... #
Coming up: our Red team start low.
-240? She said a good price would be 100.
And the Blues start high.
I hope there's a St Bernard waiting at the top!
But when they meet in the middle, our teams discover this town ain't big enough for the both of them.
-You can't come in!
-Fighting talk, fighting talk.
But that's all still to come. First, let me remind you of the rules.
Each team gets £300 and an hour to shop for three items which they hope later to sell on at auction
to make a profit. But first let's go and meet the teams.
So today we've got a family show.
We have Rob and Becca for the Reds. And we've got Mel and Al for the Blues.
Hi, everybody. Happy? Good! Now, Robert, tell us what you do.
I seem to have accidentally retired. I used to be a teacher and then I decided to leave.
I took on a short-term project and when that finished, they said, "By the way, you're redundant."
-And that seemed to trigger my pension.
-Early retirement, then.
-I'm not ready for the Labrador and the slippers.
-And the pipe.
-I'm looking for the right rainbow to follow now.
-Fancy TV presenting?
-Know anything about antiques?
-A little, but a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
-You should know!
-Now you do know about antiques because you collect a bit. What do you like?
-We've a little Moorcroft
-which I know you love. Not.
-You haven't got the inheritance booked?
-I said don't give it to me!
-"Sell it, Dad! Get the money!"
-And also we have a little bit of Tunbridge ware.
-And it is beautiful.
-Do you like this Tunbridge ware, too?
-I like that. It's nice.
-More than the Moorcroft?
-So, Becs, what do you do, darling?
-I am currently an advisor for a private healthcare company.
-It's my first ever proper job.
-What have you done up to now?
I've been a dancer all of my life, which has been amazing. Really fun.
-And where did you dance?
-I did a lot of cruise ships, worked in casinos abroad, Disneyland.
-And my little claim to fame is I was the first ever girl to be a sky runner for Disney.
-It is the stilts that you can jump and run on.
They were in the parade, but the costume was 13kgs.
-When I got there, they said girls can't do it, it's too difficult. I saw that as a challenge!
-I did the fitness test, the training and was the first girl to do it.
-More do it now.
It's an amazing thing to see. The territory you can cover on those things.
-You can get up to 30mph, running.
-It's just such fun.
-So what's your tactics going to be today?
-I think we're going to spend.
-Yes! Spend a lot, take some risks.
-Only here once.
-Splash the cash.
-I like the sound of this.
-So are you quaking in your boots, Blues?
-No, not at all.
-Mel, it says here you're hellish sporty. Is that right?
-I like to think I am.
-Tell us about your sports.
-I play squash and I also teach trampolining and gymnastics
-for pre-school children.
-Right. Do they ever bounce out?
-I've had one bounce off! Fortunately, I have good catching skills as well!
-What do you know about antiques?
-I don't know a huge amount although I was brought up around antiques.
My grandmother used to own an antique shop in Surrey.
-Did you go and help?
-I have such lovely memories of when I was little, popping in.
-Have a cup of tea.
-And dress the window.
-She used to pay me in knickerbocker glories.
-"Do this and you can have one." Lovely memories there.
Do you think you picked up much knowledge? Can you tell your Staffordshire from Berlin porcelain?
-Oh, that's handy(!)
-It was all knickerbocker glories for you!
-All the way!
-Never mind the soft paste and the hard paste.
-You're incredibly sporting.
-I take it from my mum.
-I play rugby quite often.
-I do, yes.
-I play 8 or 7, so right in the action at the back of the scrum.
-Does it get really rough? I bet...
-It does, yes.
A few handbags get thrown. Lots of injuries I've had, but...
-it's so much fun, I don't really mind.
-Do you think your extreme level of fitness is going to help
-against the opposition?
-The odd backflip down the road. You never know.
-Is Lewes ready?!
-Now £300 apiece.
-You know the rules. Your experts await.
And off you go! And very, very, very good luck. What delightful teams.
Our experts today are Catherine Southon, whose mission is to crown our Red team champions,
and Mark Stacey, searching out some knockout buys for the Blues.
# The sun is shining... #
-This is the start of our journey. Have we got a plan of action?
-Spend lots of money!
-What are you looking for?
-Mum likes something a bit weird.
Weird? Tasteful, not weird.
-Well, I like tasteful and weird.
-£300 and some lovely shops? What can go wrong?
-What CAN go wrong?
-Are we going to win?
-That's it! Come on!
Let's go bargain hunting!
# As the morning gathers a rainbow
-# I'm a rainbow with you... #
-I like that for a start.
-We'll have two of them.
-We'll have it for 20.
-Shall we go in?
-The clock is now ticking.
-Where do you start?
-Good question, Roberto. It can be so daunting, surrounded by all this stuff.
But remember, Red, don't just go for things you like. You have to be canny to clean up in this game.
-What have you spotted?
-It's like vases you have at home.
-It's the same horrible pottery.
-I don't think she likes your Moorcroft!
-I can tell.
-It's Minton Viennese secessionist ware. It is lovely.
-What kind of age has that got?
-Early 20th century.
-It is attractive, but it's about that making a profit at the auction.
-We can ask how much it is.
-Yeah. I know we'll not be able to afford it. Thank you.
- Ah, 295. - 240 is the best on that.
- She said a good price is 100. - She would!
Shall we have a little look at it first to check the condition?
Is that a tiny, tiny chip to the rim? There.
-A tiny, tiny chip.
-That could make a big difference.
-My feeling would be probably not to go for it because of that tiny little chip.
-That's my advice.
-OK, it's early days.
-You're right, yeah.
Nah, it's not worth the crack, but have the Blues seen anything yet?
-They're certainly setting their sights high.
-My feet are killing me.
I hope there's a St Bernard waiting at the top!
No brandy up here, I'm afraid, Blues. It's down to you to keep Mark's spirits up.
I can't see much in here, can you?
-Nothing catches your eye.
-Shall we head back down?
Well, at least they're not wasting any time.
Ooh, Alex, look!
-I'm loving that!
-Do you like that, Mark?
-No, put it down.
-That'd be a no?
-That would be a no. Quite right.
-That wasn't worth the effort going up, was it?
-But good for the old carbs, Mark.
Better keep moving cos it looks like the Reds have found something dishy.
-They opened the cabinet for us, Catherine.
-A little pin tray?
-Yeah. I think it has a stamp inside.
-The Keswick stamp. Keswick School of Art. And they're asking 55.
-It's very simple.
-It's sort of Arts and Crafts.
And it is a simple design, but that's its sort of charm.
We might be able to get it for 40 or something.
-How much do you think it would make at auction?
-I don't think it would make a huge amount more than that.
-Steve, what's your best price on that?
-Which one? 45, really.
-Couldn't do 40?
-I'll ask him, but I think he'll say no.
-There is another piece.
-Oh, there's another piece.
That one's probably got more use, hasn't it? That one's got 75.
-Shall I ask the best price so at least we know? That's 40, 45.
-OK, I'll put this one back.
-Catherine can't move fast enough for Becs. She's already weighing up the other options.
-I love it!
And it's got our initials on it.
-What have you found?
-It says BD!
-You're excited by the initials?
-Where are your initials?
-Just on the label. That's why I looked at it.
No! BD as in that's the name of the cabinet!
-That's the initials of the guy...
-Is that everything in this cabinet?
But never mind, eh?
This has even got BD!
-Oh, well, we should definitely buy it.
-Written in the stars.
I've just had a word about this.
-They will do 50 on this.
-That's not bad.
-I actually think that might be worth a go at 50.
Of the two, that probably is the better bet.
That's not a bad price, is it?
-Shall we get that as our first buy?
-Let's do it.
-And it's BD!
They all say BD.
BD or not BD? That was the question and they've answered it with their first buy.
-Come on, Blues. Keep up. What's BD?
-I think we'll go down here to Cliff Antiques.
-That's a good idea, yes.
-We walked past that one.
-Shall we have a little look in the window?
-Now this reminds me of the time
-I had to clean my grandmother's brass. She used to pay me a pittance.
-Nana still does pay me!
-But I like this.
-Well, it's a club fender.
I like these sort of things, but it is quite a lot.
-Shall we go in?
-We'll come back.
Mark, what's this over here? I like that.
-It's an inkwell, yes. Quite decorative,
but it's 28 quid, which is not bad if you're buying it for yourself, but it won't make a lot at auction.
That shoe horn is quite fun in the form of a woman's leg.
With the garter as well and a little flapper dress. Nice feel to it.
-What I like is the brass is a nice colour.
-So it's obviously got a bit of age to it. It's been used.
-It's got that patina on it.
-I like that. It's quite chic.
It's priced at £14 only. It's almost a shame to try to get some off, but we reckon we could.
-Shall I ask?
-Go for it.
-What can we have this for?
-The best is 10.
For £10, I'd expect a pair!
Mel and Alex have got a leg up on their first buy.
# Now I gotta cut loose footloose... #
But they're not the only ones to like a bit of leg.
'I've been scouring the shops, too, and found something that might shoehorn a profit at auction.'
-What do you think? You take that. Don't you think they're just fab?
-What are they?!
-They're made of slithers of sycamore. That's this ripple.
-What are they used for?
-Sort of stretching wet stockings after you've washed them.
-Or displaying them in a shop.
And the dealer who sold these to me buys a lot in France
and she bought 420 pairs of these things when a warehouse shut down.
She took them to Ardingly Fair and she sold 410 pairs
to one man who bought the whole lot for £7.50 each.
-How about that?
-So he's definitely a leg man!
While the Blues shake a leg, the Reds are trying to keep ahead with this unusual find.
Isn't that nice? It's a little pen tray, the hare and the tortoise.
-They're sweet, aren't they?
-Guess what's on that. £110.
-It's ridiculous, isn't it?
-It's nice, but not that nice!
-If we can squeeze it down to 70...
-At 70, yeah.
-If we can do it for 70.
-And then focus on one last item.
-That sounds like a plan.
Let's go. Steve, we do really like your little pen tray.
-In fact, we like it quite a lot.
-We do, we do.
-Is there any chance that you can just push it down to 70?
-If I put it to her at 70, she may do.
-..Does 70 quid buy this pen tray?
-OK, lovey. All right, cheers.
-So what's she saying?
-Yeah, 70 quid.
-Well done, Steve. Thank you very much.
Well, the Reds are haring along, but the Blues are going so slowly
they've gone backwards - back to the club fender they fancied earlier.
-Do you want to have another look?
-I'd like to.
-Yes, come on. Let's go and have another look.
It falls into what I would class as a sort of typical country house interior.
-That's exactly it.
-A big fireplace, that sitting there, toasting your crumpets, having a glass of wine.
-Friends round at Christmastime having a mince pie.
-And some restaurants and some clubs like this sort of thing now.
I think at this price it's obviously not Victorian. If it was Victorian or earlier,
-we'd be looking at £500 or £600.
-So definitely not that.
-Do you want to take a gamble?
-I think we need to on something.
-We keep coming back to this.
-In your mind.
-In my mind.
-What about you, love?
-I like it.
-It's a bit different.
-We actually agree for once.
Do you want to go and have a word with the dealer? See his best price.
Maybe ask him to hold it and if we don't find anything big we know we can fall back on this.
-That's a really good idea.
-And it stops the Reds getting it.
-Now we're talking!
-Off you go, then.
-You're going to let me loose in here?
-You two go and work your magic.
Use your feminine wiles.
'They're a lovely pair, aren't they? I'm getting on very nicely. They're charming.'
They're so excited about the whole thing, they're a bit scattered.
They're not quite sure whether they want to commit... I'm glad they like the fender.
A bit chancey, but if they like it and I like it, hopefully some other people out there will like it.
They'd better get a move on, though. The Reds are hot on their tail with only one item left to go.
-Let's do it!
-Thank you very much!
-You can't come in!
-Come on, teams. There will be no fisticuffs here.
-We've bought everything.
-Yeah. And all for £10.
-Ours were so easy.
-I'd be afraid if I were you guys. We've got a secret weapon.
Oh, fighting talk!
Don't let them come in here.
-Don't let them out of your sight!
-Calm down! There's enough to go round.
I hope the Blues put a hold on that fender, just in case.
-How did you get on?
-Don't be cross.
-We got caught up in the negotiating.
-And we kind of bought it.
-How much would you be happy with?
-We did 135.
-I'm pleased. You really do like it.
-It caught our eye from the beginning. Do you know what?
-Even if it doesn't make a profit, I like it.
-It's a big buy as well.
-We needed a gamble.
-So we've got two items.
-And you've spent £145.
-Shall we go on and continue our success?
-Let's do it!
-Thank you for being so patient.
You need the patience of a saint in this job!
10 minutes, teams, and one item each left to buy.
Time to get focused. From the look of the Reds, you'd think they were waiting for a sign.
-You were looking at that. What are your thoughts?
-It's a thing you get drawn to.
These things were made at a time when real care and pride was put into it,
-not like plastic things now.
-If you look at the letters, I just think they're beautiful.
-But it says Holmes on it, so we've got to hope for a couple of people with the name Holmes.
I like it. I don't know where someone would put it. A lot of people would say it's nice,
-but they wouldn't buy it.
-But if you got Sherlock Holmes, a couple of people mad on him
-who might go for something...
-It's a risk.
-A huge risk. But it's... I don't know.
-Can we have a little word with you, sir?
-Holmes, dispensing chemist.
-It's actually come from a chemist?
-Yeah, Holmes, dispensing chemist,
-which was a very old Brighton shop.
We love the way it's been weathered,
but we're not totally in love with this £95 price tag.
-Did you see that look?
-The trade on it would be 85,
but it's only just come in.
We'd do it for 75 for you.
How about 70? Because it's our last buy of the day.
-75 would be it. The trade on it is 85, so we'd do it for 75.
-We've got to find someone with the name Holmes, though. We've only got 5 minutes.
-If you can do it for 70...
-I was going to say...
-..we'll shake now.
These two lovely ladies, if they were to look at you all doe-eyed, could it get that last £5?
Could you do 72 for us?
-Oh, go on, go on.
-Thank you very much.
-That's very kind of you.
OK, let's go and celebrate with a coffee.
Very good work getting him down on the price, Reds,
but it's a mystery to me why you think that a Holmes sign would be a good bet.
Unless you're called Holmes. With only four minutes left,
-the Blues still need to solve their final problem.
-I like that little champagne bottle at the back.
-The wood one?
-It looks like wood, but is it wood?
-Shall we have a look?
-Can we look in the cabinet?
-Oh, thank you.
-What's that? What is it?
-I don't know.
-Shall we open it up?
-Ah, look at this.
-What is that?
-It's a pipe, isn't it? I think.
-So that goes in here.
-I love that!
-That is pretty cool, isn't it?
-I like that a lot.
-What I quite like about it is that it's also a champagne bottle.
-We wanted quirky.
-You don't get much quirkier than that.
-The big question...
-Is the price quirky? What would you want to pay?
Oh, God. I wouldn't like to put a price on something like that. 40?
- I wouldn't go that high. - It is Victorian.
Yeah, it's got a bit of age to it. So you said 40?
-I'd go 30.
-That's what I'd want to pay.
-You'd want to pay 30 and you said 40.
-Shall we look at the price? I have no idea.
-OK, go on. Put us out of our misery.
So you're in the sort of ballpark.
Are our profits going to go up in smoke with it?
-I think that is lovely.
-If you ask Michelle nicely, she might tell you what the very, very best price is.
I think 35, in between what you were both thinking.
-Oh, I say!
-That sounds a nice price.
-That's not a bad price. That's the middle of what you said.
-I do like it.
-You can't see what it is straight away.
-You have to look into it.
-It's a bit like a Russian doll.
-I really like that, so, 35?
-Let's shake on it.
-That's lovely. Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much.
-I'm excited about that.
-That's our third item, isn't it?
-Bring on the bargain hunt!
That's it. Time's up. Shopping's over.
The Reds, Bob and Becs, were drawn quickly to this copper taper stick.
They kept in front of the race with this tortoise and hare pen tray.
But could it be a non-starter at £70?
And finally, the mystery of the name drew them closer to this sign.
Let's hope it's a sign for a profit at auction. £72 paid.
You did seem to be enjoying yourselves, which is very nice.
So, tell me, which is your favourite bit, Rebecca?
-My favourite was the big thing we bought last, the sign.
-I like that.
-That's your favourite.
-Is it going to bring the biggest profit?
-It's going to be make or break, I think.
And what did you spend in total?
-£108. Do you have that there, Robert? Thank you very much.
Super. There you go, Catherine. There's your challenge, darling.
-Is it going to be wood, paper, plastic, scientific instruments, glass or silver?
I'm not giving anything away, but it's going to be special. Only the best for my two here.
You are such a tease. Anyway, good luck, Reds.
Meanwhile, why don't we check out what the Blue Team bought?
Mel and Alex got footloose with this brass shoehorn. Only £10 paid.
They may have got a bit too cosy though
when they bought this club fender, spending a whopping £135.
And finally, the novelty champagne bottle
that converts into a pipe at a very bubbly £35.
I like that a lot.
Three really good items.
He always says you got three good items.
-Did you get anything with any legs?
-Oh, yes, we did.
-You're very happy about that.
-Which is your favourite piece, Ma?
-My favourite piece is the fantastic little pipe.
-What about you?
-I have to agree.
-You agree with your mother?
-For once, yes.
-How much did you spend overall?
-I'd like 120, please.
-There you go.
-120. Nice, blue nails. There we go.
-What are you going to spend that on, Mark?
-I don't know, Tim.
I'll try and find something as good as the items they've bought.
-That's a vote of confidence.
-They might have been bonkers, bananas, but they're great bargain hunters.
-There's no greater accolade. Anyway, good luck with that.
Meanwhile, we're heading off to Surrey, don't you know?
Now, if Hello magazine had been around in Edwardian times,
there's one house that would have featured often - this one!
Polesden Lacey near Dorking in Surrey
was the weekend party pad of wealthy society hostess, Mrs Margaret Greville.
In her luxurious home, she entertained royalty, the rich and famous from all over the world.
Mrs Greville inherited a fortune from her father
and had no difficulty whatsoever in spending vast amounts of money
on paintings, furniture, silver and ceramics which she loved showing off at lavish dinner parties.
Is this the dining room?
The walls of her dining room were adorned
with the best of British portrait paintings
by artists like Raeburn, Lawrence and Reynolds
and the food served at her table was described as unsurpassed anywhere.
This dining room was designed to be efficient
because that jib door connects directly with the kitchen,
so that all the food would arrive piping hot.
And what would you like to arrive in your dining room hottest of all?
Well, a nice drop of soup, of course.
And what more appropriate vessel to deliver the soup in
than a goose soup tureen?
Isn't he magnificent?
Chinese export, dating from the 1780s,
but incredibly amusing.
What I like about him is the way that you've got those webbed feet modelled, look.
See the way this little knobbly bit,
which is like the Muscovy duck head,
but moulded on the top of this goose, is portrayed.
Lovely foliage, swoopy sort of tail,
and rather influenced by Robert Adam and his designs,
but of course, this is a well-organised house,
a house that has a sense of drama in its dining room,
so at the other end of the dining table, we find another goose tureen.
How sweet is that!
From the Chinese tureens, we move on to a Chinese piece of furniture,
except it's not really Chinese.
The cabinet maker that is thought to have made this commode in about 1760
is the French cabinet maker, Pierre Langlois.
And what he's done is to take genuine Chinese lacquer
that probably arrived in the form of draught screens
and he's cut them up simply for the pleasure
of showing exotic Chinese lacquer in a piece of English furniture.
But if we have a look inside, you can see that the drawers that the doors enclose
are very dull and boring.
That's because they are English-made,
whereas the elaborate Chinese lacquer on the outside is just spectacular.
Mrs Greville also had a taste for the unusual in mahogany furniture.
This is a pair of armchairs, probably made in Scotland,
called cockpen armchairs.
And they're called "cockpen" chairs because they've got this curious, Chinese-style lattice
which looks just like the fretting that the Chinese used to enclose their fowl in their chicken coops.
Of course, the big question today for our teams over at the auction is,
are they about to "fowl" up?
Well, here we are in Wisborough Green in deepest West Sussex
-at Bellmans Saleroom with Jonathan Pratt.
-Morning. How are you?
-I'm very good.
Bob and Becs have got some pretty extraordinary items here.
First of all, fairly traditional, this little copper chamber stick.
I've called it Keswick School to draw some people towards it.
The base has a bit of colour and lovely oak leaf motifs. It has the essence of Arts and Crafts.
-I rather liked it.
-I thought about £50 to £70.
-They paid £50.
-That's very good.
-That's absolutely marvellous. We're very happy with that.
-What about that pen tray?
-I like that sort of Deco style of the animals.
I think they're rather sweet, the hare and the tortoise, but it's hard to get excited about it.
It's nice. I'd like to see it in bronze and it's just a lead alloy,
-but for the charm of it, I put £40 to £60 on it.
-Fair enough. £70 paid.
A bit risky. Almost as risky as this house sign.
-I know enough people called Holmes.
-I used to live next to a Mr and Mrs Holmes.
-Get on the phone quick!
-They'll be watching, I think, actually.
I thought £60 to £80. It might make less, it might make more.
Bob and Becs paid 72. Why they paid 72, I just don't know.
On that basis, I think they're going to seriously need their bonus buy, so let's go and have a look at it.
-Now, Bob and Becs, this is exciting, isn't it?
She had £108 of your cash, your leftover lolly. Has she spent it all? Catherine?
Now, we have a pair of meat skewers.
They're silver-plated. One for you and one for you.
-That one is a pheasant. That one, a partridge maybe?
But they are beautifully detailed. I think you would have whammed it once upon a time in your meat.
I just thought they were really beautiful and they cost me £20.
-That's a bargain.
-You've done well.
-Anyone would think you were an expert(!)
That's fantastic. The big question is, what do you think they're going to make?
-I think we might make about £20 profit.
-Double your money.
-But don't hold me to that!
-For the audience at home, let's find out
what the auctioneer thinks about Catherine's little skewers.
-Two old game birds for you. Are you up for this?
-I'm always up for a game bird.
-Oh, yes. They're quite fun. Do you fancy them or not?
-I think maybe £40 to £60.
-Catherine spent £20.
-That's very good, I believe.
She'll be delighted if you get 40 to 60. The team may not go with it. That's the excitement.
Now, that's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues.
First up is the leggy shoehorn.
It's fairly straightforward, isn't it?
-I think the technical term is "shedwork".
-Oh, do you?
-It's just been simply cut out with a scored-in pattern on it.
-For that, I've gone with £10 to £15.
-They paid £10, so that's all right.
Neither here nor there. What about the library club fender? A lot of brass!
A good fireplace, they're very useful, and we sell them regularly
-and get asked for them from time to time.
-What is that one worth?
I've put £100 to £150 on it.
£135 they paid. I think, retail, to buy that in that condition was really good, actually.
The last item is this so-called treen pipe,
novelty, champagne bottle...jobby.
More jobby, I think, than anything else!
-You wouldn't want to smoke anything out of it.
-I don't like the quality of this finish.
-It doesn't look very old. £10 or £15.
-OK, fine. They paid 35.
What they might make on the club fender, they might lose on the pipe.
On that basis, they need their bonus buy, so let's go and have a look at it.
-Mel, Alex, how are you?
-Excited, I expect, about Mark's bonus buy.
-Can't wait to see it.
-What has he got underneath that rag?
-The way he's holding it...
-The way he's holding it is dead dodgy!
You gave Mark £120 and I'm going to take this off, Mark, just to help you and reveal all.
-Let me give you this. I think these are rather charming. Obviously, they're bowls.
They're presentation ones. They're not marked, but I think they're silver.
They were from a championship or something like that.
They're very decorative objects. You could have them on a coffee table.
You could even mount them and have them as a pair of book ends if you wanted.
-You could just play with them.
-You could, but I think they're rather nice.
-I really like these.
-I would have them in the house.
Of course, you'd have anything in the house.
-I think they're tasteful.
-How much did you pay for them?
-I got them for £90 for the pair.
-How much money do you reckon they'll make?
I would like to see them making £120, £140, but whether they'll do that...
-Let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Mark's bowls.
There's something for you to get hold of, JP.
-That's rather good quality.
-Look at that - top quality jobs!
Maker's name on there, Lawrie, as in Lawrie of Glasgow.
So they're a known maker. I don't go bowling. Do you?
No, not my thing yet, no.
As an object, it's a difficult thing to turn. It's a quality piece of turning. I love the silver plaques.
-All of that has an incredibly expensive feeling.
How do we translate this into cash for Mark Stacey and his bonus buy?
My feeling is it's £60 to £90.
Mark Stacey paid £90 and he rates them because they've got all this stuff going on with them.
We need Philip Serrell. He's a great expert on bowls.
-He belongs to a 400-year-old bowling club.
-Is that the age you have to be to get in there?
Yes, he's also your fan(!)
Straight in at 30. 35 now.
40. 45. 50.
On the net at £55. Do I see 60?
Is there anything, Roberto, that you wish you hadn't bought?
-Or are you confident with everything?
-Well, you know when they give out the Oscars?
-I've not been there myself!
-And you get the close-up of the guy who doesn't win.
-I've been practising that look.
-Have you? Give us the...
-Is that the one?
-That's the one.
-Which is resigned, but honourable, right?
-Still with your pride.
-I'm trying to be dignified.
-It's going to be good.
-Rebecca is very confident.
-My kind of girl.
First up then is the little piece of copper, the very pretty Keswick School chamber candlestick.
Start me at £30 for this? £30 for the Keswick School taper stick?
It's surely worth £30?
-It is, it is.
-Any interest at £30?
-It's gone quiet.
-£20 then...? Is bid.
At 20 now. Let's go 25. £20 to my left.
-I'll sell it for 20.
-I can't believe this.
-25 on the internet.
-£30 in the front row.
-Come on, internet.
-No further interest. At £30...
-Minus 20. Bad luck, team.
Lot 1740, an unusual, patinated spelter tray,
depicting the tortoise and the hare. I've got £40 straight in with me.
At £40. Looking for 5 now.
45. And 50. With me at £50. No further bidding at £50?
All out? £50, commission bid, I shall sell at 50...
-£50. Oh, bad luck, team.
-I'm practising my look.
-A slate house name sign...
-Come on, Mr Holmes!
-Start me at £20 for this?
No? £20? It's surely worth 20.
-Oh, we're bombing!
-I have a horrible feeling about this.
-£10 at the back of the room?
That's it. At £10, I'll sell.
Oh, no, that is £102 down.
Someone's got some good bargains, so we've helped someone out in the world.
-That is a lovely, lovely attitude to take.
-With that attitude in mind, are you going to help somebody else out with the skewers?
-We're going to go with the bonus buy.
-Spread the good karma.
-Here they come.
-Start me at £20 for these?
Get the ball rolling at £20...? £20.
On the left, thank you, at 20 now. At £20. Any more?
-£20. This is not your day.
I got a bid on the hammer there.
-He's opened the bidding. He's re-opened the bidding.
Do you want to go to 25, sir? He does go to £25.
-He's gone to £25.
-I'm not going to wait so long this time. At £25...
-There we go. That's all right. That's plus £5.
We're not going to sniff at that.
That sometimes happens. If the bidding is so quick,
the auctioneer can re-open the bidding if he missed a bid.
That's perfectly legal and the correct way of going about it and to your advantage
because the bidding's gone on and you made £5. Well done, Catherine.
-It doesn't make much difference.
-It may make all the difference.
-You are only minus £97. It's so nice to be in two figures.
-It is, actually.
So, Mel, Alex, do you know how the Reds got on?
-You don't want to know.
-I'd like to know.
-No, you can't.
-We don't tell you because it might affect whether you go with the bonus buy or not.
Mark chose for you the lady's leg,
then you got that funny little pipe treen, champagne bottle jobby
which I don't quite get, if I'm frank.
I thought that was a bit cheeky. I like that one.
That club fender is going to make the money for you or not today.
-I love it.
-And if all else fails, you've got the bonus buy with the old bowls.
-It's a nice pair, yes.
-A nice pair, a matching pair. Oh, yes.
-Stop looking at me like that.
-We like a good pair.
Well, you've got a right pair here!
Anyway, now, moving on, girls,
here comes the shoehorn.
And I have £8, £10, £12, £15 bid.
-You're in profit. Look at that.
-I'll take 20 now.
£15. Do I see 20?
-Come on, a bit more.
-Any further interest at 15? I'll sell it then.
All done, maiden bid of £15...
That is so cool. Plus £5.
Who says that sex doesn't sell?
Now, the club fender. There it goes.
I've got interest at 80, 90, 110.
I can go straight in at £120. With me at 120.
Looking for 130. We're selling the club fender. It's £120.
-Do I see 130?
-Oh, come on!
-It's no money.
120. 130. At the back, 140.
-Against you at 140. All done at £140? Fair warning.
-It's your last chance at £140.
-Oh, Lord, you've done it! £140 is plus £5.
-Will you make a profit of £5 on the next item?
Start me at £15. Straight in at £15 again.
£15. I'll take 18 if it helps.
Any interest at 18? Commission bid at £15 then.
-Fair warning, I'll sell... 18 waving.
-18 in the centre.
-At £18. Looking for 20 now.
-Oh, come on!
At £18 in the room. At £18, I'm selling. All done?
Oh, God! You had £10. You're now minus seven miserable pounds.
How can that be? It's not right, is it?
-I'm a bit gutted.
-It's not fair.
-I don't blame you.
-It's only a small loss.
-What are you going to do about the old bowls?
-What was it, £90 you paid for it?
-That's quite a lot.
-I'm not sure now.
-Mark won't mind. It's not a personal thing.
-Make your mind up.
-I want to say no.
-I want to say yes.
-It's always tough, this.
-Let's do it. I'm going to go for it. Oh, no!
-I think we shouldn't.
-It could be a winning score, minus 7.
-You're not going to go with it? Are you sure?
-I thought you were going with it.
-We're not going with it.
-All right, fine.
-Here it comes.
-A pair of Scottish lignum vitae presentation bowls
by RG Lawrie's. I have commission bids
to start me straight in at £80.
With me at £80. I'll take 5 though.
With me at 80. Do I see 5 on the net? It's against you all at £80.
Looking for 5 now. 85. 90.
£90. No more at £90?
Are you sure? Selling at £90...
-I don't believe it.
It wiped its face. £90.
Phew! How close was that?
Wow! Anyway, there we are, girls.
-I can breathe now.
-You made the right decision.
-Mark, you found a fantastic buy.
-Thank you. Well done, girls.
100. 110? 110. 120? All done at 120...?
It is no secret or shouldn't be between you
that, sadly, both teams today are not going home with money in their pocket.
There has been a tad of loss-making about,
or should I say, a tidal wave of loss-making on one team and not much of a loss on the other.
And the team with the tidal wave of losses are the Reds.
-Anyway, there we go, minus 97. I mean, what can I say?
It just was not flowing for you today.
But the winners today who have managed to win by only losing £7 are Mel and Alex.
I can't believe that. I'm so excited!
You had two profits lined up, right?
If only that treen champagne bottle hadn't let you down,
you girls would be going home with a small amount of cash and I'm sorry you're not.
-It's been great fun.
-It's been lovely.
Anyway, we've liked it so much,
-you should join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
The bargain hunters are in Lewes, scouring the local antique shops with the help of experts Catherine Southon and Mark Stacey. But when the teams meet, they discover the town is not big enough for the both of them. Tim Wonnacott makes a visit to Polesden Lacey and the former party pad of a wealthy society hostess.