Antiques challenge. The teams scour the antique shops of Lewes in West Sussex with experts Catherine Southon and Thomas Plant. Tim Wonnacott presents.
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We're in the county town of Lewes in East Sussex today
which is idyllic, quaint, beautiful and peaceful.
Well, it was until we arrived so let's go bargain hunting, yeah!
Lewes town centre is a sort of picture perfect place,
don't you think?
With its ancient buildings, cobbled pavements
and even the River Ouse running through the middle of it.
The big question today's, of course, are our teams going to be oozing
with confidence when it comes to selling their pieces on at auction?
Coming up on today's show, the Reds just can't make decisions.
-No, you were supposed to be the decisive one.
-Whatever you would like
-to choose is...
-Should we bear it in mind?
I've got a feeling we're going to be bearing a lot in mind.
-The Blues know exactly what they like.
-Do you want to go for it?
-Absolutely. Shake the man's hand.
-Shake the man's hand?
I think we'll take it!
But before I give too much away, let's meet the teams.
So we have a mother and daughter team and a married couple today.
For the Reds, we have Fiona and Lauren.
And for the Blues, we have Paul and Liz. Hello, everyone.
Lovely to see you. Now, Fiona, what do you do?
-I'm an activities organiser.
-What's that mean?
At a nursing home I motivate people to enjoy their life to the full.
And how do you do it?
Lots of games, all kinds of activities, trips out,
just generally making sure that they appreciate life still.
-So they watch Bargain Hunt?
-Absolutely, every day.
-A high point at 12.15.
-Yes, you're a favourite actually.
Now, Lauren, it says here that you're a thespian.
I certainly am, yes.
-"I certainly am." Oh, no, you're not!
-Oh, yes, I am!
So tell us about it.
Well, I graduated from my university course about a year and a half ago
-and I studied acting.
-What have you appeared in so far?
I've done quite a lot of Shakespeare,
that's probably one of my passions.
Shakespearian, Jacobean, classical theatre rather than the more modern.
And I hear you love a bit of vintage.
Yeah, I really like vintage style of clothes, some people call them
-grandma cardigans but I just think they're nice cardigans.
Do you know a lot about antiques, would you say?
Or do you think your mother knows more about antiques?
-I think she probably knows more than me.
-Oh, dear, that's me on the spot.
Oh, dear. So will you be following your mother's lead today?
I don't know, actually. I think you might follow my lead.
I think she'll be hurrying me along because they always say
-I take too long to shop.
You'll only have an hour to do your shopping today for three items
-which hopefully will turn into a profit.
-Anyway, good luck with that, girls.
-I'm sure you'll do well.
-Now, you are a tax advisor, Paul.
-Used to be certainly until I retired.
But you did a really high-powered job in central London
with one of the big firms.
Yeah, interesting clients, interesting people to work with.
The underlying work itself isn't as good as antique trading,
-that's for sure.
-We don't know yet!
Well, I did work in an antiques shop in the '70s for about a year.
-My brother had an antiques shop in Glasgow.
So you've got experience.
That was absolutely the best year's work I ever did in
-terms of enjoyment.
And what's the other thing that you really, really, really like doing?
-We like bird watching.
-We're bird watchers.
-Yes, of a fairly keen variety.
-Are you a tweeter then, really?
Or a twitcher?
We'll go on a holiday somewhere, of course, and we go across to Canada
every year for a month or so for the spring migration over there.
Oh, do you? Oh, well, that's quite a serious little trip.
-Yeah, and that's really enjoyable.
-So you wing it to Canada?
Yes, and I have family over there as well so it's a nice combination.
And what do you collect, Liz?
Well, my main collection is 20th century art glass
which started a few years back when I saw some nice glass
and had it for my birthday present and then it's kind of snowballed...
-..from there. Yes.
-Are you out of control with the glass or...?
Yes, we've just about filled every space there is
so we've now had to stop buying art glass.
Well, what a nice subject to get into.
Do you think you're going to be able to get on well
-together on Bargain Hunt?
-Yes, I think so.
We have been known to say,
-"Oh, what would we buy if we were on Bargain Hunt?"
-Usually it's a bit of a failure.
-Oh, is it?
You don't have that little experiment. I mean a lot of people
at home watch the show and think, "I'd never have bought that."
-You know, it's very easy to be armchair critical but
-now you're going to be on the spot...
..and we're going to see just how good you are, Paul and Liz.
-Now, £300 apiece. There's your £300.
You know the rules, your experts await and off you go and
very, very, very good luck.
Cor, what lovely teams.
So who's going to keep them in line today?
Well, hoping to score a hat-trick of profits for the Reds,
we have Catherine Southon.
Whilst Thomas Plant is looking for a stroke of luck for the Blues.
-What are we looking for?
-Something quirky, something unusual.
-Oh, bit glitzy?
I like the sound of that.
-Who's going to be in charge?
-Oh, are you?
And who's going to spend the most money?
Well, probably me because I don't know a bargain if I see one.
-Is she a bit of a ditherer?
-A complete ditherer.
I'm going to have to keep an eye on the clock, I think.
-And what are we going to buy?
-Oh, something small and silver maybe.
-A little box or...
Something old and good quality, that's what we're looking for.
Oh, well, superb, let's go then.
-We've only got an hour.
-I'll be quick, let's go.
-We'll be quick.
-Better be quick.
-She's very quick.
That's it then, teams, the clock has started, no time for dilly-dallying.
Ooh, lots of goodies in here for you to feast your eyes on.
-There certainly are.
-I can feel a lot of dithering coming on.
-No, I'll try not to.
-It's not allowed.
Good decisiveness, Reds, that's what we like.
See, the Blues are getting stuck in already.
So what have you seen there?
Well, it looks like Wemyss
although it says Wemyss type rather than Wemyss so perhaps if you...
Well, yes, so Wemyss a Scottish factory, pottery,
you being Scottish know all about Wemyss.
They're famous for their pigs, famous for these roses.
-I can see why they say Wemyss type.
-Just doesn't have the quality, does it?
-No, doesn't seem to have that.
-So it's a no for Wemyss, Blues.
Right, let's move on.
But a positive start. Now, what's drawn Catherine in?
-It's an artist's box.
-There we are.
-There's the palette, there's the paints.
-That's quite clever.
There's the little boxes, the containers for the oil.
Now this is actually called an air box.
Air box as in "en plein air", the French, you know, painting outside?
You take this outside, maybe for a little picnic,
you're walking along and then you think, "Oh, this is beautiful.
"I will get my paint box out." And you open it up and da da da da!
-What do you think?
-Erm, not sure.
Are you not getting the moment?
-Are you not feeling it?
-Not really, no. Shall we bear it in mind?
-I've got a feeling we're going to be bearing a lot in mind.
Me too, Catherine.
And after all your "ooh-la-la"s as well.
Meanwhile the Blues are feeling very, well, blue blooded.
There's a chair over here, Thomas, I was just wondering what you thought.
It's a Prince Charles investiture chair, it says.
Now, quite interesting, it was 1969, I think, the investiture
but what do you think it would actually make in auction?
So, the Prince of Wales investiture chair, you're right.
-For Caernarfon Castle, isn't it?
It is Caernarfon Castle. Now these are designed by somebody,
I think it's Gordon Russell, isn't it? But Bentwood furniture
so a Bentwood back with the gilded design of the
Prince of Wales feathers, "Ich dien", in red with the pad cushion
and then on the base actually is the date.
-It's got, you've actually got 1969.
-Yeah, on the little mark there.
Yes, it's nice to think about whose bottom might have sat on it as well.
-Absolutely. Whose bottom? Which royal, regal, lordy...
..or could just be a member of the common folk, like you and I.
They are not the rarest things. They make between £80 - £120.
It's got £115 so you're not miles away.
No, I mean it's something I would quite like, what do you think?
-Yeah, I quite like it.
-It's more unusual.
-If we could get a bit off perhaps.
-The investiture chair, what can be done on that?
-Best price can be £90.
£90, well, that's great. It's two figures, you're in your ballpark.
90 is very fair, you've got sort of 15% off already.
-All right, I think we'll take it.
-You want to go for that?
-It's in there, first item.
-Small and silver. 20 minutes.
Thank you very much.
Small, silvery, old, traditional, still it's got a bit of gold on it.
Well, you have to expect the unexpected in this game, you know?
Great work, Blues, one down.
-Right, carry on, well done!
-Now are the Reds motoring on yet?
Do you know much about car mascots and type?
Like what car that would've come from?
I know nothing about them at all.
Lovely, thank you. Have a look, delve in.
-Ooh, she looks ferocious.
That is quite ferocious, isn't it? £95.
-Ferocious, considering we don't know what car it's from as well.
-It's a nice weight.
-It is a nice weight.
-I mean, she looks quite good.
-There's another one. Oh, she's £25.
-But do we like her?
-I do actually, I have to say.
-Because I mean that's not unusual, that's the unusual one.
-It is, yes.
Right, we'll go and find out.
So while the Reds trot off to get help, the Blues are on a mission
for item number two and they've spotted a Bakelite tape measure.
-Do you like it?
-I quite like it.
-OK, I don't think it's going to be a great deal of money.
-I don't know because it hasn't got a price on it.
-There's a clue.
"All items £3 each." Can you see that sign?
Well, no, I haven't got my reading glasses on.
And I thought you were good at spotting things, Blues.
And how are the Reds getting on with those car mascots?
Are they going to make their first purchase?
-What would be the best on that on its own?
-On its own?
I'm not convinced that somebody would want to buy a car mascot.
So difficult, isn't it?
It is tricky, you know, Fiona, but decisions have to be made.
Meanwhile, the Blues are like magpies
and have flown in to look at an Edwardian hair accessory.
Ooh, that's very handsome, isn't it? Edwardian, elegant, very stylish.
-Would it be something you would wear?
I have to say, Paul,
it's not something which I can see you sort of...
-No, hair pieces are a thing of the past for me.
So have the Reds made any decisions yet?
-Just go with that one then, do you think?
-You changed your mind,
-you liked her though.
-I've made a decision.
-I do, I still like her.
-No, no, you're supposed to be the decisive one.
-Whatever you'd like
-to choose, it's up to you.
-Well, ladies, I don't mean to rush you
-We need to rush. Yeah, go on, then. Right, well,
we're going to go for this one.
-OK, so we're going for lady on the horse. So 75?
-Yes, decision made.
-I think so.
-Decision is made.
-OK, we've bought one item.
-One item bought!
-Thank goodness for that.
-Crikey, well done, Reds.
-Only two to go.
-Come on then, she's still looking.
Bring her away.
Now, is Paul going all aboriginal on us?
Thomas, what about this didgeridoo, I guess? Do you think it's a real one?
What do you mean a real one?
I don't know, is it actually from Australia or just some mock-up thing?
God, that's got a bit of weight to it.
It looks like a lot of work has been put into it.
That's all been painted, it's been carved, I think...
-It's got a signature.
-It's signed, yeah. Is that "WIT"?
-Or "LIM". Lim.
Either way, wonder what's it made out of. What this wood is here.
-Almost looks like a bamboo.
-It almost does look like a bamboo.
And how old do you think it is?
-I think with the colours, the style, 1960s...
-I like the fish.
-..late '50s, early '60s. The fish is lovely, isn't it?
-It is, yeah.
You get these wonderful X-ray fish on aboriginal works of art and
you know, the feel of the applied dot decoration is rather good.
You're meant to slightly spit into it, I think.
No way. No way.
It sounds like I've got some sort of gastric incident going on,
But still, £45, I think that's good for the price but obviously,
-you know, it's nice to get something else off.
-Try to get a bit off.
What can be done on this?
-It's up for 45 but it can be 30.
-Shake the man's hand.
-Shake the man's hand?
-I think we'll take it.
-Don't give up the day job.
Indeed, Mark, we should rename it a didgeri-don't.
Thank you very much for being so generous.
I'll just carry on, I could have some lessons.
Please take it off him. But good job, Blues, second item bought.
Absolutely thrilled, only half an hour gone.
We're quite surprised, I think, at what we've bought.
A piece of furniture and a didgeridoo was not on our list
-before we came out...
-..however, we like them very much.
I am impressed with their knowledge, their insightfulness,
their absolute determination to look and not let me do the choosing.
So it's all flying along rather nicely for the Blues.
-You don't have to run.
But what about those Reds?
-That is lovely.
-The watch? What is it?
-The frame's nice next to it.
-We can have a look.
-Right, OK, we can't pick out everything.
OK, well, we've looked and we've loved but we haven't bought.
That is the point of the show, you know, Reds.
Take the Blues, for example. They've cracked it.
-Oh, look at that, that's beautiful.
-That is nice.
-The crackle glaze.
Royal Copenhagen so a fabulous maker. A proper maker...
-That is very pretty.
-..of porcelain. Scandinavian.
-You guys collect a bit of postmodern glass, do you?
-We do, yes.
-Bit of Scandi glass, is it?
-It's mostly British studio.
Mostly British studio
but of course they were heavily influenced by the Scandies.
Yes, all the shapes and there's the simplicity of it, isn't there?
-The simplicity of this, it's so stylish.
-Yes, very nice.
This almost, with this fluting here on the bowl with the
crackle glaze almost looks very sort of Lucie Rie.
Lucie Rie being the studio potter in the post-war period,
she escaped from Vienna as a Jewish girl, came to Britain.
She had this fabulous design of porcelain and crackle glaze.
I mean, these either predate that, she was influenced by them,
-or these are post-war. Need to look at the marks.
But I love the simplicity and the colours. What have we got here?
We've got the candlesticks.
-I think we like them all.
-34, 64, 68.
-Maybe they'll do us a deal.
-What do you think, Liz?
-Yeah, I like the idea actually.
-I don't think you can buy just one thing.
-Here's a collection...
-..you buy the lot if you can.
This little set could be the starting point for someone
collecting Scandinavian pottery but it's all about the price.
Now, girls, time's a-ticking and you've only bought one item.
-Ladies, we've had 40 minutes.
-We've only got 20 to left.
-I was supposed to be being decisive...
-Yes, it's not happening.
-..and I've not been decisive at all.
There's some nice things in the window.
-What do you like now?
-I like that box, actually.
I like the mosaics of wood,
I would say it looks like it's probably oriental.
Do you want to go and see what the price is?
So the Reds find out about the wooden box quickly,
while the Blues are taking a more relaxed look at that pottery.
-Yeah, they are.
-Yeah, I really like them.
-There's a lot of work in that.
-So how much are they all?
-They come to £120, you can have them for £75.
-£75 so that means you're going to leave me with a
-huge amount of money.
-Well, I don't think we'd want to argue about that.
-I think we must go
-for that, yeah.
-Man has to make a living.
-£75, do you want to go for it?
-Absolutely, yes, please.
-Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much indeed, sir.
-So it's final.
-It's been a real pleasure.
-Thank you very much.
-Brilliant. Well done, you guys. Right, that's it.
I'm thrilled because we got three things I really like a lot.
We haven't had to buy something just for the sake of buying which
-I was dreading.
-There's no small silver.
-No small silver.
-And we've bought ceramics which she said not to.
Well, I'm glad to hear it's all gone to plan, Blues.
Well done, that's your three items bought.
Now, put your feet up while the Reds hunt down item number two.
-Hello, ladies. Has a decision been made?
-We need your advice.
-I quite like that actually.
-Unfortunately it doesn't open.
We have no key to the mystery cupboard part of the box.
But it could be full of gold.
I love all these wonderful geometric shapes and I think what's happened
is, this has probably been made from lots of left over bits of wood.
We've got some nice rosewood, we've got oak and we've got ebony
as well and it's not fine quality but it's nice and it's decorative.
-You like it?
-Yes, we would like it.
-But what price?
£65 would be the very best.
-Are we going with that?
-I think so.
-Yes, we are going with that.
-She's the decisive one, remember?
-Done. Thank you.
-Thank you very much.
-Excellent, well done, Reds.
-We've got no time though, come on.
-Yes, we've got to push on.
So with five minutes left, they are hot footing it next door.
-We need your help, definitely.
-Ooh, what are we going to buy?
-We've got to hurry.
We've just taken ages, haven't we?
There's so much to look at.
Quick, more jewellery there, so quick!
Have you seen anything?
No, but Mark has.
-There's something in here I think you should have a look at.
There we go, open this up.
-Little caddy spoon.
-Oh, yeah, that's nice.
It'll be 45.
People collect these. What do you think about this, ladies?
Mark has just pulled this out.
-Oh, a caddy spoon.
-That's rather pretty.
Chester hallmark which is always nice.
There we are, we've got the date letter there.
We can date it to 1901.
Nice little handle, it's actually quite a good piece of silver.
-It's only £50.
Mark thinks we can have it for £45.
-Do you think it's got a chance?
-I think it might have a chance, yeah.
I mean, people do collect caddy spoons.
-I think we'll have to go for it.
-I think we're going to have
-Three minutes, yes.
-That's our last one.
Yes, indeed. Thank you, Mark and well done, Reds.
Just in the nick of time.
Now, let's remind ourselves what they bought, eh?
The car mascot zoomed off to auction for £75.
They spent £65 on the early 20th century wooden
parquetry table cabinet.
And in the last moments,
they paid £45 for the continental silver caddy spoon.
Now, you girls. Look at you giggling, Fifi. Was it good?
-It was fantastic.
-Did you enjoy it, Lauren?
-Yeah, really good fun.
Which is your favourite piece?
I think my favourite piece is probably the box that we bought
-with all the different woods.
-OK, your box.
Do you agree with that, Mum?
I like the caddy spoon but the car mascot has it for me.
Oh, you are covering all bases, aren't you?
So which one's going to bring the biggest profit?
-The caddy spoon, I think.
-The caddy spoon?
-I agree with that.
-You're in agreement?
-I think so.
-And you spent how much?
That is such a good number, 185. 115 of left over lolly then, please.
-Which is enough to excite Catherine Southon.
-To go out there and buy big, yes?
I know what I'm going to buy.
I think we know what you're going to buy.
-And I fear it might not be pretty.
-It might not be pretty?
-We don't care, all we want is profit, the other P.
OK, good luck.
Meanwhile, why don't we check out what the Blue team bought, eh?
They went all regal on us,
paying £90 for the royal investiture open armchair.
The mid-20th century didgeridoo cost them £30.
And finally they paid £75 for the collection of
Royal Copenhagen porcelain.
-Now, you two, how much did you spend?
-That is the correct amount.
-So what is the left over lolly?
-Is it 100 guineas? £100 and 100 shillings, is that £105?
-I hope so.
-I hope so too. OK, fine. Then we'll have the £105.
-There you go.
Thank you very much. Very good. Now which is your favourite piece, Liz?
-I think the Royal Copenhagen pieces.
-That's your favourite?
-Is it going to bring the biggest profit?
-Yeah, I think so.
OK, do you agree?
-No, I really like the Prince Charles investiture chair that we bought.
But I think the didgeridoo is our secret weapon.
-So that's going to bring the biggest profit?
-I think so, yes.
Gosh, we've got a complete full house here, haven't we?
-It must've been fun shopping with them though, Tom.
-Very on trend?
-I was so...
-I said on trend, not odd!
We're liking it, we're liking it. Anyway, good luck, go and relax.
Have a cup of tea of tea. Good luck, Tom.
Whilst he goes off to find something delicious,
I'm going to give you something to excite your taste buds.
The two items that I see in front of me would've been seen typically
in a kitchen in the old days.
Well, in the old days they had no refrigerators
and therefore had to be incredibly inventive.
This is a very strange but incredibly effective refrigerator.
It looks like a pork pie, it's made of terracotta, or clay,
and it's been baked in an oven just like a clay pot would be
but for a particular purpose.
And the clue is inscribed on the top.
It says, "Dan's Porous Refrigerator. Number 7."
Dan's refrigerators would've been in various sizes
and the seven relates to the diameter at the bottom.
The idea being that in the summer, here is a pat of butter
that's about to go off in the very, very high temperatures.
What did the housewife do in 1900 with no electric refrigerator?
She put the pat of butter on a dish,
she put the dish on top of a plate of water,
she shoved her Dan's refrigerator on top of the plate of water
and gradually, by osmosis, this porous terracotta absorbed the water
because it's hot, the water would also simultaneously evaporate.
And because latent heat is given off in that process,
it would have the effect of keeping the air inside the cloche cooler,
hence your butter would not go rancid.
How clever is that?
Next door, we've got something that is much more sophisticated
and difficult to make
because it is entirely made up of lengths of wire
and if you look carefully,
each of the bits of wire are carefully entwined
so that gradually the holes become smaller and smaller
until you get to the handle or knob on the top.
Look carefully at that
and it's embossed with a tight arrangement of flowers
in Sheffield plate
and this thing is a particularly grand form of fly protector.
I would date that at about 1820 or 1840
and it is again a very rare survivor.
What would these two objects cost you today here in Lewes?
Not as much as you might think.
Dan's patent refrigerator would cost you £45
and the rare Sheffield plated fly cloche would cost you £85.
Well, well, well.
We've come practically from one corner of Sussex, East Sussex, Lewes
to the other corner, to West Sussex, to Wisborough Green to be at
Bellmans saleroom with the ever ebullient JP.
-How are you?
-I'm very well, Tim.
Now, as for these Reds, they've got an eclectic mix.
What about the mascot?
Car mascots are always collectable, you know.
If you can put it down to which car it's from, I did try,
-you know, I don't think this is any particular motor.
Do you reckon it dates from about 1950s, '60s, something like that?
I wouldn't thought it was any later and probably not much earlier
so I'd agree.
-£40 - £60.
-OK, £75 paid.
Next is this rather pretty parquetry table cabinet.
It's fun, they're not rarities, OK?
With this sort of, yeah, parquetry sort of inlay of
various different things.
-It's quite entry-level table cabinet, I'd say.
So what's an entry-level table cabinet worth?
-I've put £60 - £80 on it.
-Marvellous, she paid £65.
Good, well, it's a useful thing nonetheless.
Super. Now lastly is your cast silver tea caddy.
Made on the Continent
-and it's hallmarked Chester 1901 as the import mark.
So it's got a foreign F mark on it but, you know, it meets British,
the sterling standards. Quite a nice little object really.
-And how much to a collector?
-£40 - £60.
-Perfect, £45 paid.
-That should do it.
-So apart from the potential loss on the mascot...
-..this is looking pretty cool.
But in case they trip up with the mascot,
let's go and check out what the bonus buy is.
You gave her £115, Catherine Southon is known for going out
and spending the lot. So, Catherine Southon, what did you buy?
Well, this is what I bought you.
But it's not an ordinary box because inside here there's
a wonderful collection of scientific slides.
It's not pretty and I did say I wasn't going to buy something pretty
but these are pretty interesting. Can I give you one?
-Thank you very much.
-Can I give you one?
-And I give you one.
-We've got little dissected pieces here.
-I've got a bit of lung here.
-Well, there you are.
-What have you got, Lauren?
-I've got a bit of kidney.
You've got kidney. I've got lung.
-What have you got?
-Tonsil? How fantastic!
-These are fascinating. They really are.
-No, they are.
Please get with me on this because they are fascinating.
Well, I did blow the lot.
I did spend £115 on them
and I will tell you that they are a little bit risky, perhaps,
but in the right sale at the right time, I can see them
-doing a couple of hundred pounds. It's just...
-So big chance.
-It is, yeah.
-To kind of double your money or not.
-If you need to, having sold your first three items.
-We'll have to
-see, won't we?
-Very exciting, Catherine...
-..thank you very much for this...
-But thank you.
-..lovely bit of interest.
-Buying a box of parts.
You clever old sausage, you.
Anyway, let us find out from the auctioneer what he thinks
about Catherine's slides.
OK, JP. Put your scientific hat on, boy.
Well, these...this is a great sort of collectors' item,
very typically late 19th century.
Obviously they're for, you know, research purposes, I suppose..
-..if you're a scientist of sorts.
Yeah, exactly, a student. My feeling's about £70 - £100.
Yes, well, Catherine, of course, is totally obsessed with
scientific instruments so she's paid a bit more. She paid £115.
But estimates are only there to be broken.
I mean, it's just a sign of an opinion.
You've whetted their appetites which is brilliant.
Anyway, that's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues.
First up is the Charles, Prince of Wales investiture chair.
Yeah, 4,500 of these made.
They were sold off at something, £20 or something after the service,
designed by Lord Snowden
so you've got a nice...in this day what we're dealing with people
buying into modern furniture and modern things, modern style,
you've got a good name attached to it, you've got a limited edition.
-It's kind of jazzy with the bright fabric, you know?
-I think £150 - £250.
-Do you really? As much as that?
And I'd be disappointed if I don't get a profit for them, really would.
Well, exactly because £90 is all that they paid,
that's all that Paul paid so that was a bargain then, wasn't it?
-I think it really was.
-On the face of it. Yeah, good luck with that.
Next is your didgeridoo which looks remarkably like something
I could've bought in the airport coming back from Sydney last time.
You know, auctioneer of didgeridoos, I am not. It's not terribly old.
The only thing is that it's actually quite a big one, apparently.
As long as they haven't spent too much money, Tim.
They spent £30, I'll put you out of your agony.
Well, I reckon £20 - £40 which is the widest.
Well, I think you're striking the right note there.
Anyway, moving on now to the Copenhagen,
whole group of that stuff.
Yeah, well, for Copenhagen they're looking for specific things,
-they're looking for figures in early ones, they're looking for...
..birds and the sorts of things...they're collectable objects
and they don't really want to pay too much for these things.
How much do you think they'll want to pay?
-It's about £40 - £60 for the group.
-OK, fine, well, £75 paid.
So if this lot have got a deep dark hole,
I'm afraid Copenhagen is where it starts
and they may need their bonus buy so let's go and have a look at it.
-Now, Paul, Liz, this is exciting, isn't it?
You spent £195, you gave Tom £105. Tom, what did you spend it on?
Well, I didn't spend it all. I got something really stylish for you.
-Hold one here.
Pewter but look at the form, the shape, the style.
-Absolutely stunning things. These are Danish.
-Oh, all right.
-They're by a firm called Just Andersen.
-So what date are they?
These are sort of post-war
but they have got that fabulous look of complete modernism,
-simplicity of design, form, function...
..and it's just Scandinavian design.
It's thrown me because I definitely would've thought
-they were older than that...
-..so it's interesting.
-And how much did you pay?
-Well, how much do you think?
Bearing in mind they're a good maker, are they?
-They're Just Andersen.
-Really? Oh, wow.
-Thank you, sir,
I think that's very, very good indeed.
If you don't double your money and a bit more, I'm going
-to be really disappointed.
-Excellent, thank you very much.
-Generally all round hero, Tom Tom. Unbelievable.
Anyway, on that happy note, let's find out what the auctioneer,
for the audience at home, thinks about Tom Tom's candlesticks.
-Does that do it for you, J?
-Style wise, I quite like the style.
-Very nice style.
-That type of bit.
So it's very much of the moment.
Well, I did a little bit of research, I did research with
a colleague of mine and we plumped for about £80 - £120.
-That cunning Thomas Plant. £20 is all he paid for the pair.
-That's pretty cool.
-That's very good, yeah.
So your prediction is pretty good for this team?
-I would see profit and minor losses.
-Yes, so that means overall profit.
Well, we've heard it from the prophet indeed.
-Fifi, you happy?
-Lauren, you happy?
-I think so.
-You think so?
Best not be too certain, isn't it?
Now, first up is the car mascot and here we go, vroom vroom!
we have a chrome plated car mascot
modelled as a female huntress.
£45 I'm bid to start me.
45. 50. 55.
-It's going up.
70. 75. 80.
-You are a genius...
-You're in profit.
-85 with me.
£90 then with the lady now at £90.
Well done, girls. Straight in there.
Any more at £90? Lady's bid on the left at £90. Surely worth 95 though?
-Anyone else now? At £90 I'm selling.
-£90! Look at that.
First time and last time now at £90.
You're really chuffed with that, aren't you?
Yes, here we go with the cabinet.
Lot 1,690. We have this specimen wood parquetry table cabinet.
It's early 20th century, nice lot, it's in nice condition too.
Surely worth £60 so start me then at £60. Where's 60 for the box?
I thought hands were shooting up there. £40 for the box then.
There's 20. 25.
-Don't stop now, sir.
-No, don't stop now.
45, lady behind the pillar. £45.
-Any more at £45? Internet's 50.
-£50 here. 55, you're going to go 55?
£50, internet bid then. At £50 I have to sell it for 50, all done?
50 it is. £50. That's minus 15, you started with 15, you just lost 15.
You got absolutely nowhere. Look out. Here comes the caddy spoon.
This is it.
Continental silver caddy spoon of medieval design,
hallmarked for Chester 1901.
Start me at £40.
There's 40, very positively in the centre of the room. At £40.
Now, where's 45?
40 is bid, surely worth five, though, for the little caddy spoon.
Silver spoon here, £45 anyone? Make your tea taste better.
It's got £40 with the gentleman in the middle. Anyone at 45?
I can't bear this, kids.
I'll take £40 because I'm going to have to take £40
and it's yours then at £40.
£5. Overall, you're minus £5.
-That's not right, is it?
-Shall we go?
-Now, what are you going to do about the slides?
-Oh, I just don't know.
-What shall we do?
-Go on, let's do it.
-Going to go for it? OK, OK.
-OK, you're going with
it, well, we're going with the bonus buy, that's the decision.
-There we go, kids, and here it comes.
We have a case set of microscope slides circa 1880,
late 19th century. I can start at £50 straightaway.
-Oh, they need to do better than that.
-60. 65. 70.
75 dead ahead at 75. Where's 80?
80. 85. 85 it is, straight ahead.
Still at 85. Where's 90 now?
-£85 dead ahead.
85 it is then. Any more at £85? Surely worth more. No more?
I can't bear it!
-And I'm selling. £85.
-£85, that is so bad luck.
-You was robbed.
Minus £35 is the overall score. That is a fair score.
-It could be a winning score.
-Never know, hopefully.
-So don't despair and don't say a word to the Blues.
-OK, Paul, Liz, do you know how the Reds got on?
-Absolutely no idea.
First up is the investiture chair with which we have high hopes
and here it comes.
Lot 1,708, we have this wonderful Prince Charles investiture chair,
open armed chair, designed by Lord Snowden in 1969. Popular lot.
With this I can start 70, 80, 90, 100, 10,
120 on the book with commission at £120.
-120 on the book.
So £120. Anyone else now at £130?
130 internet, commission's gone now.
140 internet. 150 internet.
160 internet. 170 internet.
180, 190 internet.
200 on the net now.
210. 220. 230.
-Look at this.
-240 on the internet. 250 on the internet.
I'll tell you, you'll be going to the Caribbean.
-260. 270 internet bid. At 270, 280 now...
-Not bad, eh? Not bad.
Are you going to make it 300, internet? £300 is bid.
Yes, Tom Tom!
£320 internet bid, 320. £320 then, on the internet, £320. Fair warning.
-You have just made £230 profit.
-A snip, a snip!
Now, we go to the didgeridoo. Will this blow the right note?
Here we go.
This lovely didgeridoo, nicely decorated, from Australia.
£20 I'm bid. £20.
25 and 30.
35 and 40.
-This is ridiculous.
45 on the left,
45 with the lady down the front by the flowers at £45.
Anyone else now at £45?
-£45 then, fair warning at 45.
-£45 is brilliant, that's plus £15.
We're not complaining. We're up to 245.
A collection of Royal Copenhagen porcelain, five pieces there.
-£65, I'm bid.
-It's getting close. Go on! It's nice stuff.
70 now. 70 in the room. Five if you want to bid. 75 internet.
-80 in the room.
Against you, internet, at 80, are you going to go one more?
£80 by the vase, at £80.
On the left, selling 80 then, fair warning. Everyone else in the room.
-You're plus 250.
Which is a quarter of £1,000 in profit.
What are you doing about the Just Andersen?
Are you going to go with him or not?
Well, the other Danish thing didn't let us down. We're definitely going
-to go with the candlesticks, I think.
-It's a no brainer, isn't it?
-You're happy with that, Liz?
-It's a wonderful find.
Anyway, next up is the bonus buy and here it comes.
Lot 1,714, a pair of Just Andersen pewter twin branch candelabra
of lovely interwoven design.
Start me at, £40 to start me.
Lovely pair of candlesticks this for £40.
£30. Lovely...is that a bid? Where's the bid? £30, in the room.
-Sorry, internet got there first.
40 in the room on the right. Against you, internet, now, £40. 45.
Are you going to go one more?
Yes? £50 in the room on the right.
At £50. 55 on the net. Sure?
-At £55, that is a profit, Tom.
-I'm selling to the net at 55.
-It's very good. Back of the net, boy.
£55 is plus £35 which takes you to a tremendous £285 of profit.
-Now we've got to look miserable when we go out.
You've watched this programme before, you have.
-Anyway, Paul, Liz, well done.
-Don't say a word to the Reds.
-Bravo. And, Tom.
-Well, that was fun, wasn't it?
What a roller coaster of experience.
Great fun, unfortunately on this programme we can't have two teams of
winners, and the runners-up today by a considerable margin are the Reds.
-Bad luck, bad luck. But it started off so well.
You got that £15 profit
and then it went all completely down the old proverbial.
-And all in all, it finished up as being minus 35.
-We had fun.
-You had fun?
-And we had fun. Thank you very much.
-Thank you, Catherine.
But the Blues go home with a triple victory
because not only did they get £285 of cash.
That's £285 of pleasure.
But you then went on and made a profit on every single other item
and you made a profit on the bonus buy which is a great achievement.
Here you go, here are your golden gavels. Liz, have a pluck.
-Thank you very much.
-There we go. There's your golden gavel...
-Thank you very much.
-..and, Thomas, one for your collection.
-Which is very nice. Pin them, wear them with pride.
Tell all your neighbours what you've achieved and did you enjoy it?
-What about you, Paul?
-Oh, wonderful. The whole experience
has just been really nice.
Are you thinking about going into the trade, you two?
-Can't afford it.
-Ah. Anyway, well done, Tom. A triumph all round.
We've loved it.
We've loved it so much indeed.
Why don't you join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
The teams scour the antique shops of Lewes in West Sussex for those all-elusive bargains, and with experts Catherine Southon and Thomas Plant they are in safe hands. Presenter Tim Wonnacott finds something to keep the flies off!