Guided by experts Chris Gower and Anita Manning, the red and blue teams scour Newark for three items to sell at auction. Tim Wonnacott thinks a hefty desk is a great buy.
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So we've got two teams, tons of treasure and we're slap
bang in the middle of one of Europe's largest antique fairs.
So no time to hang about. Let's go bargain-hunting, yeah!
Since the 18th century, Newark in Nottinghamshire has
prospered from three types of trades -
flour, wool and beer.
So our teams today simply 'knead' £300 worth of 'dough'
so that they can 'knit' together a profit
and we'll all finish up by being very merry. Ha!
Now, let's have a quick squint at what they got up to.
Today, Anita's feeling redundant.
I don't think you guys need me here at all.
While the Reds are being diplomatic.
Let's go for that because you love it and then we'll find one we all love.
So let's meet those teams.
We're keeping it in the family today
because for the Reds we've got daughter and mother Liberty
and Sarah, and for the Blues we have father-in-law Ray
-and daughter-in-law Becks. Hello, everyone.
Very nice to see you.
Now, Sarah, you spend a lot of time underneath cars.
I do love vintage cars and restoring vintage vehicles, yes.
-And what vehicles do you own?
-A Morris Minor and an English Commer.
-Oh, do you? A Commer van?
-It's a camper.
-Oh, is it?
-Quite a rare thing, that.
-Yes, they are getting really rare.
What got you going with these motor cars?
-Slippery slope, I think.
Bought the first one, started to restore it,
which was the Morris Minor, and just fell in love.
Now, it says here that you will walk many,
many miles for an egg sandwich.
I walk seven miles to pick up my duck eggs from a local farm.
Beautiful walk through the Derbyshire countryside
and I can see the ducks on the river, and, yep, buy my eggs and come back
and have a fried egg sandwich.
-My Sunday treat.
By the time you get home that's a 14-mile round trip.
-You'll be pretty peckish?
You'll probably be home in time for tea, actually.
Set off at breakfast? Disguise it at tea time.
-Liberty, you're at the old university.
-What are you studying?
-I'm in my final year of medicine.
Any particular breed of medicine you're passionate about?
At the moment it's psychiatry. Tends to be what I enjoy best.
You're easily tempted by it all, are you?
You either figure out whether you like it or you don't
and at the moment I enjoy psychiatry so...
I don't suppose you have a lot of time for hobbies, though.
I try to find time.
Obviously medicine's a long course so a lot of it's
spent in the library but other than that I do like to go out dancing.
I like crafting, knitting. Try to keep it rock'n'roll.
You've not knitted anything that you're wearing, are you?
-No, I haven't got anything on today...
-Have they got barbed wire on them?
-No, they're actually people dancing.
Are they? Oh, right.
-Girls dancing and one's a boy.
-Who's not wearing a skirt.
I should have twigged that on your big toe.
Anyway, good fun. I hope you have a lovely time today.
Now for the Blues.
-Becks, you married Ray's boy.
-I did, yes.
-Is it a bit of father like son?
Yes, they are very alike in their mannerisms
and if I ever complain about my husband to my mother-in-law,
she always says to me,
"You don't have to tell me because I'm married to the other one."
I have sympathy for her
because she's had this one longer than I've had mine.
Yes, quite. How long have you had yours?
-It'll be a year just coming up.
-Lovely dress, all right.
-Thank you very much.
You don't get dresses with petticoats like that off the shelf.
-So you're clearly very stylish in your taste.
-Thank you very much.
-Is your favourite period, then,
-the 1940s and '50s?
-It is. I've got some of the full circle from the '50s
-and I've got a couple of day dresses from the '40s.
-You've also got a pair or two of shoes.
-About 200 pairs now.
I'm getting a bit... These are the ones I got married in actually,
and these have got a scent in them. They smell like strawberries.
Do they? So every time you go along it goes "squelch, squelch", does it?
We're certainly going with the footwear today, aren't we?
With the girls and boys on Liberty and Becks' strawberry shoes.
-Raymondo, I have to say you're very smart in a bow tie.
-As you are, Tim.
Thank you very much.
As mutual bow tie wearers, when did your habit start?
-I've discontinued using conventional ties since I retired.
Since your retirement you've splashed out on bow ties?
Yeah, and added to the collection I already had.
What do you do in your retirement, Ray?
I started baking when I retired. My wife never baked.
I love cakes and a good excuse by offering to bake the bread.
-So I bake the bread and the cakes and...
-Enjoy all that?
-And is he good?
-We get shares of cakes.
-The grandchildren like my chocolate cakes.
-Best chocolate cake in the world.
-Oh, that's lovely, isn't it?
Makes it all worthwhile. Excellent. £300 apiece. There's £300.
You know the rules. Your experts await.
And off you go, and very, very good luck.
-I smell a strawberry or two.
Who are our fruity experts today?
Hoping to soar to success with the Reds is Chris Gower.
And planning to get along swimmingly with the Blues, it's Anita Manning.
-Liberty, you're a medical student.
-Yes, I am.
How handy for me cos I've got a few aches, pains, my legs are giving up.
-If we buy some nice bargains I might have a look for you.
-What do you want to buy?
-My son George, who's three,
-he says we're to get a rabbit.
-A silver rabbit might be a good idea.
-You like silver.
-Do you know what you're going to be looking for?
-Some nice furniture.
-Furniture. I approve of that.
-Thinking about some silver.
There's plenty of stuff here. Let's go.
You wouldn't find that in a cracker.
The teams are raring to go and keen to get ahead, or at least a hat.
Will they find something special
-or will it be a load of old...?
-They're quite cute.
-You're looking at 1940s, 1950s tea sets.
That's what I like.
But tea sets at auction are a wee bit difficult to sell at any
reasonable price, so...
-Leave that alone for the time being.
-Yeah, for the time being.
So vintage tea parties are off the agenda,
but what about a bring-a-bottle?
Maybe not for Bargain Hunt but something I'm interested in.
Why not for Bargain Hunt?
-There are buyers for anything medical, scientific.
They're completely different to what we see on the wards now
but the bottles are fabulous.
-I think they're quite nice to look at, but...
-Not for us today. Good.
-We're on a timer. Come along.
-They bottled out of that one.
-I like these.
-What you got?
-Oh, it's a little miniature.
Yeah, and my husband and Ray both do photography.
-Is it an actual camera, then, Ray?
-I should imagine so.
-It's probably from about the 1940s.
-I quite like that.
I think it's a nice little thing and for somebody who was a photographer
-it might make a nice little present.
-But would that sell?
Yes, it's what you call an interesting collectable
and people like miniature things.
-Can I have a wee look at it?
-It's a cigarette lighter, isn't it?
SHE LAUGHS I like it.
-So it's not a functioning camera.
But it is for someone who is interested in cameras
-and it's a visually interesting little object.
-It's priced at £35.
I think that's a reasonable price for an interesting wee collectable.
Wouldn't be my cup of tea on my desk
but I could see people might well like it.
I think that it will be fancied in the sale room.
If you can get it down a wee bit, I think you'd be doing well.
-So you want to have a go for it?
-You have a go for it, then.
Are you going to take your courage in your hands and do the bargaining?
I'm going to. Hi. Can you tell me your best price on this, please?
-Yes, that will be £30.
-Do it for 27? It's my lucky number.
Oh, I'm sorry, I can't. 30 is my best. All right.
-If you want to.
-Yeah. We'll take that, then, please.
-The Blues have snapped up their first buy
and it looks like the Reds have spotted something too.
-Look at this.
-Do you like this?
-Yes, I do.
-Do you like this?
-Isn't that great?
It's an early reclining chair, actually.
The arms ratchet up and it goes back and then comes forward.
-In this nice worn woven wool, nice felt arms.
-Nice to relax in.
-It's good-looking, isn't it?
-You could put that into a house and use it now.
-Oh, you could.
-It's in very good nick.
-A reading chair.
-How old do you think it is?
-Late Victorian, early Edwardian.
And it's the original covering. I think there's a lot going for this.
Here we are. £160.
Whoo-hoo. £160. Who's the best negotiator?
-I usually push forward the girls.
-Shall we go together and try it?
-All right. If he says 90, say yes, but try at 80. OK.
-Miracle workers, go on.
-Come on, then.
-Can the Reds work miracles?
We'll have to see. But, meanwhile, what are the Blues up to?
-What have we found?
-Our new expert has found this beautiful little...
-It's nice, that. It's pretty. I like it.
-It's very nice. David Andersen.
Scandinavian, and right up anybody's street.
It is pretty. It's really nice. 110. I think that's quite a lot, Ray.
I think we should leave it and
-perhaps see if you can find something else.
-OK. We'll come back.
So the butterfly's on hold for now, but what's this?
It looks like the Reds have picked up a new addition to their team.
-We're hoping you can help us with the price.
Obviously we want you to make a profit but...
-Oh, that's very kind of you.
-And we... Wow.
-We can do it for...
Take £30 off it for you, do it for 130.
In our head I'm afraid we were thinking about 80.
I haven't got that kind of margin. You're being too cruel.
Any better, anywhere nearer to...? It's just we do need to make a...
-We said 80, didn't we?
-I'll give you another five. 95.
-It sounds a little bit better.
-I think that's... Yes. We'll take it.
-Shake the lady's hand.
-Thank you very much.
Thank you. We love it.
-Must be the red coat camaraderie.
-They've got their first buy, though.
-We've actually bought something!
-You a bit cold, Sarah?
-Just a tad.
-Time for inside, I think.
-Goodness we're going in, then.
Yes, pop inside before you Reds turn blue.
Thank you. That's really pretty. You're the silver man.
What have you found there?
A really pretty little dish and a lovely little purse.
-Oh, that's just you.
-It feels like... Is that snakeskin?
-That's nice. I love that.
-You could use that.
-That's a very girly item.
-But very nice.
-We like the dish as well.
-This is Birmingham.
-That's Birmingham, is it?
-No, this is London. 1890.
That's very important, Ray, and well done.
I know that you like your silver so you're used to looking at it
and you've spotted the hallmark is nice and crisp,
and silver collectors do like that.
It has the elegance of the Edwardian age. It's pretty.
There are lots of wee sweets dishes and so on and we're looking
when we're buying them for something which is a wee bit different,
a wee bit prettier, a wee bit more substantial and so on.
That's beautiful. It's really pretty.
-This one is what I call the real antique.
Because although it's in excellent condition, it's old, it's 1890,
and manufactured and assayed in London. This is a very nice item.
It's a pity it's not a Chester Hallmark.
Chester no longer assays.
It's rarer therefore and it probably assayed less goods than London
-ever did or Birmingham ever did.
-Which makes it more desirable.
Therefore it's more desirable.
I don't think you guys need me here at all.
Well, we're not experts about everything. That's the problem.
-What price is it on that? 110.
I think out of the two I prefer the little purse.
-What could you do it, best, best, best?
Ooh, I was thinking more 75.
No, honestly we couldn't. Seriously.
90 and honestly that is the best price.
-You sure you can't give us another five beyond that? Go on.
-I seriously couldn't. Honestly, if I could, I would.
-What do you think?
-I think we should have it. I like it.
-You like it. Right.
-Is that a deal?
-We'll do that.
-OK, then. Right.
-Not as low as they had hoped
but that's a purse in the old bag.
-Oh, look at this, Liberty. This is beautiful.
And it looks like a coffee pot
-but it's a cocktail shaker.
From the American prohibition
so they can pretend they're drinking coffee
but really they're drinking cocktails.
-But it's a little... It's £225.
-But very beautiful.
That coffee pot was just too hot.
It looks like the Blues want to 'brooch' something with Anita.
-I quite like brooches but they don't sell very well, do they?
Well, brooches are coming back into fashion
particularly in the vintage market.
-Young folk like yourself like to wear a bit of 1940s, 1950s...
-A bit of bling.
-A bit of bling. Bit of bling.
Is this... This drinks tray.
I know we're veering way from the original plan here, way, way, way,
but I think when you see things you should just look at them.
French, Art Deco.
Lovely, good quality Makassar wood and lovely chrome.
It's useful if you want to carry glasses around in it.
-So your opinions?
-HE LAUGHS It's lovely.
-I can tell already.
-You can carry drinks around in it but I'm not too sure.
-I'm not too sure.
I think it's beautiful and I love the fact it can be still used
and has a purpose.
-Do you know how much it is?
-It's about £75.
-Do you want to store it in the back of your head?
-What do you think, Liberty?
-Do you think we've got to start making decisions?
Well, you have because you've only got half an hour left. Less!
How much do you think that should be?
If that can go for 50, I think we should have it.
OK. What do you think?
And if it fetches 70 or 80 at auction, we're fine, aren't we?
-Right. OK. Shall we see what we can do?
-Go on, then.
-Let's go and try.
-While the Reds try to strike a bargain,
I'm going to catch up with those Blues.
How are you getting on with your shopping?
The girls and boys are absolutely wonderful.
-They got two items very quickly.
They're very positive and Ray is a silver expert. He was wonderful.
Is he? We'd better stand by our laurels, then, hadn't we?
-Anyway, one piece left to buy.
-One piece left.
And you've very sensibly come inside because it's rather blistery
-and almost Scottish-type weather.
-Anyway, good luck.
-All right. Thank you.
-Girls, how did you do?
-He said we could have it for 50.
-He couldn't possibly go any lower.
-What do you feel about that?
-I've given you my feelings of it.
-I think we'll go with your instincts.
It's your area, you love Art Deco.
But I want to guide you in the right direction.
Are you still hankering after jewellery and silver at this stage?
-We've still got one more item.
And a little bit more time.
We went for the chair we loved, let's go for that because you love
-it and then we'll find one we all love on the next one.
-We'll have this. £50.
So that's item number two for the Reds and a stylish thing it is too.
Guys, we were really good at the beginning.
We bagged those two items really, really quickly
but I said to you don't be complacent.
We've now got hardly any time left and you're still frittering about.
So what now, jewellery or silver?
-Can we combine the two?
-We can try.
-Silver jewellery. Or silver, maybe.
-So it's silver or jewellery and/or jewellery.
-Covers everything, doesn't it? OK.
Both teams now have two items and a sense of purpose and direction.
A bit of sparkle seems to be what's wanted.
-Silver. Silver double-clip brooch.
-Silver double-clip brooch. That sounds exciting.
So this would be worn as a brooch or you can remove the clips
-and wear them as a pair of dress clips.
-And it's sterling silver?
-And that's silver, yes, that one.
-That top one is tickling your fancy.
-And you, Sarah?
-It's pretty. I like how it...
-Has its versatility.
-Shall we ask the price?
-I have 86 on it, uh...
My normal trade would be 75,
but you're going to say, "Can I do better?" aren't you?
Um, 55. It gives you a fighting chance.
-OK. We'll go with your... That seems a really...
Because I was thinking around 55, 50 in my head.
I was thinking 50, but it is lovely.
We agree that we should all be happy with this and I think we are,
-We love that.
-Excellent. Deal done.
-Thanks very much.
-Thank you very much.
-Thank you, girls.
-Third item bought and they all seem happy. A result.
But the Blues are now against the clock.
Guys, we've got four minutes. It's make your mind up time.
We're going to go back and have a look at that butterfly.
-We like that.
-That was a nice thing.
-It was pretty.
You like this. Tell me why you like it.
I think it's really pretty
-and it would go quite nicely on your lapel with your coat.
And it's not really bright colours.
So it would look all right on any kind of colour.
-And it's a highly reputable designer, David Andersen.
It's all there. There's no cracks in the enamel. It's really sweet.
I like Scandinavian jewellery and I like enamel jewellery,
-and you like it.
-I could see you wearing this, yeah.
-It is really nice. It's really pretty.
-I think that's good.
I think we should get that and then we've got all three pieces.
Oh, I like a woman that's definite.
And we got three girly pieces that I like.
This is just unbearable! Time's up.
Let's check out what the Red Team bought, eh?
They bought the reclining armchair with age and class for £95,
the stylish Art Deco drinks tray for a portable £50.
Mine's a Harvey Wallbanger.
And continuing the Art Deco theme,
they bought the 1930s double-clasp brooch for £55.
But will doubling their profits be a breeze?
-You've got the wind at your tail, darling.
-Yes, taking my hair away.
-Taking your hair away. You're right there.
Now, tell me, you two, which is your favourite piece?
-The chair's your favourite. Liberty, what about you?
-I like the brooch. Very glitzy, very glamorous.
And what's going to bring the biggest profit?
-I'm going with the chair.
Your mother's not quite sure. That's fair enough.
-And how much did you spend all round?
-We spent £200.
Did you? £200 is a very nice amount. £100 of leftover lolly.
-Have you got that?
-I do indeed.
-About your person. Excellent.
No need to count it.
-We trust you.
-Thank you, Tim.
-What are you going to do with that?
Something irresistibly wonderful for these two wonderful girls here.
That's good. It all sounds positively wonderful,
and on that happy note we're going to check out
what the Blue Team bought.
The Blues bought the novelty camera lighter in a flash. £30 paid.
They loved the silver-mounted snakeskin purse
and handed over £90 for it.
And finally they took a flutter on the Scandinavian butterfly brooch,
paying a hefty £95.
-Was that good fun?
-Yeah, it was.
-Bit manic at the end.
You make a most decorative trio, I have to say.
Which is your favourite piece, Becks?
-I like the snakeskin and silver purse.
-I do as well.
-My feminine side, you see.
-Oh, I see. Are you in touch with it?
-That's my favourite.
-And is that going to bring the biggest profit?
-You think it's the biggest profit?
-Yeah. Yeah, it's a nice piece.
I think that any lady would be proud to put that into her handbag.
Clearly you've had formidable company today.
-They have been wonderful. Absolutely wonderful.
-Good. Total spend?
215. I'd like £85 of leftover lolly, please. Properly accounted for
and straight over to the lovely Anita Manning.
-I'm going to spend every single penny of this.
-We'd like you to. Good.
If I can, but I have seen something which I think you will like.
Standing by our beds for that, then, Anita.
Thank you very much, and good luck, team.
Meanwhile, I'm going to show you something that I found earlier.
This is what you call shopping for antiques in the raw.
We're in the middle of a field surrounded by vans, drills.
It's blowing like stink, but yet there is an opportunity to find
something that's extremely interesting.
First of all, it's substantial, this desk. Do you see that?
My great bulk sat on it and it didn't squeak or move a millimetre.
It's Georgian. They sure knew how to build things in those days.
If we look at the timber itself, take the central drawer out
and you can see that drawer-front isn't veneered,
it's made of solid Honduras mahogany.
The linings to the drawers are golden English oak both
for the bottoms and for the sides, which is a sign of good quality.
What attracted me at first glance was this metalwork.
These handles, the ironmongery as it's called in the trade,
are actually all original to the piece.
Solidly made and typical of the craftsmanship that you'd
find in a piece of honest English furniture
dating from about the 1760s or 1770s.
In design, this thing is incredibly simple.
It could almost be a contemporary 20th-century piece of furniture,
it's so incredibly plain.
The top is black.
It looks like leather but actually it's something called Rexine, a type
of oil cloth which is canvas that's been oiled
and blackened to resemble leather.
All in all, frankly, my dear, I rate this piece of furniture.
What might it be yours for in a field here in Nottinghamshire?
£550 is the price.
And what's it worth in a decent showroom in London?
A useful little desk like this is going to bring,
I would say, the top end of £2,500.
Now, that is something that's worthwhile writing home about.
Now let's see how our teams' items do at auction.
Well, Isabel Murtough is our auctioneer of the moment.
-Here at Hansons Auction House just outside Derby.
Anyway, first up is the reclining armchair
which is a big old number, isn't it?
It is, yes. Victorian.
-Sort of the carpet-type chairs that you see, fold-up ones.
-Slightly on the grubby edge of grubby.
Yeah, it needs a bit of TLC.
-And what do you think this piece is going to bring?
OK, £95 paid, so that's an outright disaster.
Next is this so-called Art Deco drinks tray
but I don't think it was used for drinks, do you?
No, I think they would have been splashed about a lot.
And it may have come out of one of the elaborate deco drinks cabinets,
-be a fitting from something else.
-Which would account for it being incomplete.
-It's got the '30s look, hasn't it?
-It's got the style.
It's got the style, and it's genuine, whether you use
it for your nuts, your olives, your glasses, whatever you want.
-Great. What's it worth, Iz?
-Perfect. £50 paid.
That's right in the middle, and I can see it doing really well.
-OK. Next is the double-clip brooch.
Yes, this is sweet. I like this one.
-You like it.
-Right up my street, yes.
-Why, cos it's '30s again?
-Cos it's deco, yeah.
So they're paste stones but unusually set in silver.
Yes, rather than the chrome we see in a lot of costume jewellery.
So it's really good quality.
-So it's a halfway house between the real thing.
-So you like it, I like it. Will they like it?
-They will, undoubtedly.
-What's the estimate?
-OK. £55 paid.
It could get that, couldn't it? Yeah, exactly.
I think it's a bit of a teasing estimate.
And slightly depending on how the carpet chair sells will determine
whether they need the bonus buy or not
but let's go and have a look at it anyway.
-This is exciting, isn't it?
-Now, you've got your special footwear on again.
-Look, your mother's moved into the 21st century.
-Quite a cool pair.
Cool, aren't they?
Now, Chris has been off with your £100 which is the leftover lolly.
Chris, take off your rag and show us your wares.
-Here we go.
-Ooh! THEY SHRIEK, LAUGH
Now, if I've judged you two properly, something irresistible
-and wonderful. I think this is it.
-That's just us, isn't it?
So you've seen it before, have you?
We looked at this, so I went whizzing back.
It's Farber Brothers from New York, 1940s.
What I love about this,
it's quirky in that it looks like a coffee pot with a slight nod towards
Prohibition which ended about a decade before.
But of course what it is is a cocktail shaker.
-Oh, we loved it when we saw it.
-Isn't it great? Isn't it great?
Why didn't you buy it first time around?
We didn't have enough money, so you've done some real haggling.
-I did. I really did.
-It was almost a favour to me, actually.
I paid the £100 that you left me.
I can't now remember what price was on it, but it was a lot more.
-A lot more.
-So there you go, girls.
-OK. We're more than happy.
I think, Chris, you've done very well with that
and everybody's happy. You think it's got great potential.
Why don't we find out right now
whether the auctioneer sees the potential too?
-There you go, Iz. What's yours, a Manhattan?
-I like a bit of a Cosmo.
-Oh, do you? How do you rate it, this shaker?
-I quite like it.
I think it's good fun, a good piece of 1930s, '40s style.
-Possibly Bakelite handles. I think they are.
It's amazing how the whole cocktail thing has taken off in the last ten
-or 15 years.
-And why not?
I think it's a thoroughly nice, social activity and if you wanted
an original 1930s, '40s shaker, then that does it for you, doesn't it?
Yeah, that's different. It's not your average shaker.
-How would you estimate it?
-OK. £100 paid by Chris Gower.
-He rates it and who knows? It's got the look.
-Which is lovely.
That's it for the Reds, and now for the Blues.
-And the first up is the novelty photo flash lighter.
-It's good fun.
-How mad is that?
Bit of Japanese engineering there. Table lighter with a compass.
-But it's such an odd combo, isn't it?
-Don't you think?
-Does it date from the '50s?
-Yeah, around that time.
-Yeah, '60s, I think.
-It comes with its box.
-Yes, that's nice.
I quite like the illustration of it inside the box too.
Yep, it's nice that it's got the original box and label.
-What's your estimate?
-£30 paid, so that's great.
Next we've got the snakeskin solid silver-mounted purse which is
-special, isn't it?
-Yeah, this is really sweet.
Victorian with the hallmarks and it's in lovely condition.
It's really lovely leather inside as well.
-Yeah, it must have cost, in its day, a fortune.
For solid silver and all that cut snakeskin and the special leather.
What will they pay?
-Well, we've put 30-40 but I can see it doing some more than that.
-How much more?
-I don't know. 50-80?
-£90 paid, so it might just get there.
With a bit of luck. And the last item is this Scandinavian brooch.
-Enamel on silver.
The colours aren't really my cup of tea but you know
-if they were the pinks and the blues I think it could do better.
The enamelling does have some faults on it,
so that does affect what it's going to make.
The buyers want absolutely perfect enamel.
-What sort of a flutter price will that make?
-We put 60-80.
£95 paid. Good. Why don't we have a
-look at the bonus buy, yes?
OK. Becks, Ray. The auction's started. You gave Anita £85.
-Anita, what did you spend it on?
-I spent every single penny.
-I told you to.
-Yeah. And Ray is an expert on silver.
He likes silver, he knows all his hallmarks, but every piece that we
picked up, his last comment was, "But it's not Chester."
So what I did was I bought you a piece of Chester silver.
It's a little snuff box. It's early 20th century, beautifully made.
Lovely hallmark. Nice, big Chester hallmark.
Have a look and tell me
if it satisfies your love for silver and especially Chester silver.
It's a good weight. Yes, very nice. Very nice mark. Lovely piece.
-Brilliant. And what do you think, Rebecca?
-I like it.
It's really pretty. Not for using for snuff,
but it's dainty enough you could use it for other uses.
-So what do you think it will fetch?
-I paid 85.
-I think that we could make £10-15 on it.
-And Rebecca likes it too.
-I like it.
-We all like it. Thank you very much, Anita.
But let's find out right now for the audience at home
whether the auctioneer likes it.
-Well, look at that.
You don't see snuff boxes with this sort of weight very often.
You certainly don't. Must be 4oz or 5oz, even.
-So it's a Georgian-style jobbie, isn't it?
It's George V Chester 1919.
It's quite sweet, but again we do have the engraved initials,
so it does put some buyers off because
if they've got to sort of take those out, then it can be quite costly.
Quite expensive, and you lose a bit of silver when you do that.
-So what's your estimate?
OK. That canny Glaswegian Manning
has managed to hoover it up for £85.
She's no fool. And with any luck, the teams will go with it.
-You're going to be on the rostrum today.
-Are you looking forward to it?
-Thanks so much, Isabel. That's great.
28 on the net. 30?
-Well, girls, this is exciting, isn't it?
-How excited are you?
-I'm always excited.
-Really? OK, fine.
First up is the reclining armchair, and here it comes.
236. We have the Victorian mahogany folding armchair.
Every home needs one. £30? £30? Any interest at £30? 30.
I've got you right at the back of the room. Lady's bid of £30.
Five is it, now? On the aisle at five. 40. And five.
-And five. No, she says. Are you sure?
-No, she's not sure.
Right at the back of the room. Do I see five now? Lady's bid of £50.
Back of the room bid. Internet, you're out. Fair warning.
-50 is minus 45 and it could have been worse, girls.
-It could have.
So let's go to a better place with the deco tray.
The French Art Deco tray. There we go.
Probably for carrying olives and nuts and what have you. 30? £30.
Got to be worth £30. Or 20 it can be.
£20 I'm bid. In the centre at £20. Lady's bid. Five if you like.
-Is it £20 seated? Five on the net. 30 now.
-The internet's come in.
-30, is it? At £25, on the net. 30, back. Back at 30.
It's in the room. Lady's bid. At 30 and selling.
£30 is minus £20. Oh, dear. There's a pattern developing here.
-We've got two more items.
-This is shocking.
-We have two more items.
-We're not giving up hope.
-Ever the optimist.
MURTOUGH: My favourite lot in the sale. So stylish.
The Art Deco silver paced set double-clip brooch. There we are.
And shall we say £30? 30. American silver and paste.
30's bid on the internet. Five, is it, in the room? Five on the aisle.
-Ooh, somebody's buying.
-40 now. 40's bid, and five. At £45.
-I'm bid 50 on the net. The net's going crazy. I'm up to 60.
On the internet at £60. Five, is it? At £60, net bid.
Five do I see elsewhere?
-We'll sell online...
-Come on, come on!
-At £70, we have now.
At £70 on the internet. And five, would you like? 75, they're back.
80, is it? A battle on the net. £75, 80 now.
At £75. Settled on the net.
-Gavel's raised and we're selling at 75.
-Was it 75, finally?
-Well done, Liberty.
-We're pleased with that.
I don't blame you. That's plus £20.
That cancels out the minus 20, which means you're minus 45.
Minus 45. What are you going to do about the cocktail shaker?
-Absolutely. The minute we saw it...
They need to second bidding.
-You want it, you don't care what happens, really.
-But it would be nice if it made a couple of hundred, yes?
-It would be lovely if it did.
-All right. That's lovely.
-So enthusiastic, Chris. Well done for finding that.
-Isn't it great?
We're going with cocktail shaker. Here it comes.
MURTOUGH: Lot 242. Here we go, the chrome cocktail shaker.
Another stylish design. So can I do 40? £30 do I see? 20 it can be.
-Oh, my goodness.
-At the back, at 20.
And five. 30. And five. 40. And five.
-Oh, here we are.
-On the aisle at £45. Do I see 50 now?
-The cocktail shaker at £45. 45.
-It's painful, isn't it?
-Which is a very nice round number of minus £100.
Minus £100 could be a winning score. Say not a word to the Blues.
-Thank you very much.
-So, team, do you know how the Reds got on?
-We don't want you to know. First up is the novelty lighter.
There we go. This is fun, isn't it?
The photo flash novelty table lighter in the form of a camera
and you also get a compass built in. There we go.
-Circa 1960s, and one bid of £10.
-At ten. 12 I have on the aisle.
-Gentleman has bid £12. 15 is it now? At £15.
-Come on, come on.
18 and 20. 20's bid. And two now. At 22. 25. 28.
-At 30. 32.
35. It's a good collector's piece. Sure. Don't miss it for one.
It's at £32 on the aisle. Do I see 35 now? At £32, gentleman's bid.
-35 I have on the internet now.
-Yes, that's a bit more like it.
38, would you like? No, he says. All done at 35.
-Fair enough. Plus £5.
-That's all right.
-Now, snakeskin purse.
259. The late Victorian silver mounted snakeskin purse.
And I can start at £20. 20 I'm bid, and five.
30. And five. 40. Five. 50.
-Come on, come on, come on!
-£55 seated. Do I see 60 now?
60 is back, thank you. And five. Is it £65 and selling?
Minus 25, which is overall minus 20. Here we go, then. Come on, Andersen.
-Come on, then.
-Come on, Andersen.
Lot 260. The Norwegian silver and enamel brooch. There we go.
In the form of a butterfly. By David Andersen, stamp 925.
And one bid on commission starts me straight in at £32. At £32 I'm bid.
-It's worth more than that.
-35, thank you, at the back of the room.
It's 40 I've got. 45. 50. At £50, and five.
-Thank you, £50, it's to my left. Five is it, now?
55 back on the net. And 60, sir. 60's bid, and five now. At £60.
-Come on, come on!
-Bit more, bit more.
-£60 in the room.
Net, you're out. Is it 60? Do I see five elsewhere?
Or we'll sell. At 60.
Which is minus 35, which means overall you're minus 55.
What are we going to do about the snuff box, then?
-We're going to go for it.
-You've got to save us, Anita.
-You've got to.
-The auctioneer's got to save us.
-OK. Well, you've decided?
-You're definitely going?
There's a lot riding on this bonus buy, then. And here it comes.
Chester interest, really sweet early 20th-century snuff box.
We'll start it at 50. It's got to be worth £50. Thank you. 50. And five.
60. And five. 70. And five. No, he says. 70 at the back of the room.
I've got five on the net. 80, would you like? 80's bid.
Five is it now? £80 in the room. Do I see five on the net? 85 is bid.
-And 90. And five.
-You're in profit, Anita.
-I can see you hovering. 95. £100 is bid. 110 is bid on the net.
-110 I'm bid. 120?
-Come on, yes!
-120 is bid in the room.
Fair warning at 120.
-£120, which is plus £35.
-You were minus 55 which means you're minus £20.
-Oh, we nearly made it.
-Minus 20 could be a winning score.
-It's not bad.
It's not bad, is it, for this show.
No. SHE LAUGHS
-It's no secret that nobody's going home with any cash today, right?
Don't think that anybody's going home with a bundle of money cos you're not.
It's just a question of the scale of the losses.
And as we don't have losers any more, the runners up today,
I'm afraid to tell you, are by a long chalk the Reds.
-Ooh, bad luck.
Your little double-clip brooch did very nicely, didn't it?
-But that was your sole ray of sunshine.
The rest of it was rather depressing.
-A little bit.
-It didn't go with you in today's auction.
-Did you have a nice time?
-We had a wonderful time.
We loved meeting you.
Thank you for coming along to play. And thank you, Chris.
Meanwhile, the victors today who managed to win by only losing £20
-should walk tall.
Such gents, aren't they? That's what I love about this programme.
Actually, largely helped on your way to that paltry
-amount of losses by Anita's lovely bonus buy, wasn't it?
-It was, yes.
A £35 profit on that snuff box, so well done, Anita, for that.
-Had a good time?
-Yes. A really good time.
-Very good. Love the frock.
-Anyway, join us soon for some more bargain-hunting, yes?
Guided by experts Chris Gower and Anita Manning, the red and blue teams scour Newark for three items to sell at auction. A reclining chair, novelty cigarette lighter and a Scandinavian brooch are among the items snapped. Presenter Tim Wonnacott spots a hefty desk which he thinks is a great buy.