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We're in Scotland,
Edinburgh to be precise, at the Royal Highland Centre.
So let's get busy and let's go bargain hunting, yeah!
The lyrics of Scotland The Brave include the words,
'brave are the hearts that beat beneath the Scottish skies.'
Quite appropriate really
when you consider the battle between our teams today.
-BAGPIPE MUSIC PLAYS
Let's have a quick taste as to what's coming up.
The Reds have time on their side.
Relax if you like, you know.
-Relax, take your time.
-Ask questions, there's no hurry.
But the Blues are really up against it.
-Please tell me you've bought something.
-How long we've got left?
-I'm at a bit of a loss to be honest.
And who will be the ultimate victor at auction?
-Yes, we're in profit!
-That's more like it.
£30 is a bidding frenzy war.
-You've tripled your money.
Let's meet today's teams.
On Bargain Hunt today, we have two couples.
For the Reds we have Judith and Anton
-and Mark and Gillian for the Blues. Hello, everyone.
Lovely to see you.
Now, Judith, you are the mother hen to about 60 teenage girls.
Yes, 60 girls at a boarding school in Edinburgh.
-I have to say a big shout out to the Arniston girls.
-Yeah, you do.
-They'll all be watching.
You can look at that camera over there and have your shout out.
Hi, Arniston girls!
So quite a responsibility and everything?
-Yes, look after the tears and the tantrums and the...
Handing out biscuits and hot chocolate.
And you like enamelling, knitting and making silver jewellery.
-And hats as well.
Good. And do you like to do a bit of gardening?
Yes, I do, I run an allotment club at the school
and we're growing lots of nice items for them to eat.
And Anton, gardening's a big part of your life.
-Yes, I've been a professional gardener for 12 years now.
Yeah, for the last year working as a city gardener
in the wonderful city of Edinburgh.
And have you come up here from another part of the world then?
I'm from Oxford originally but I fancied a change
so I thought Edinburgh would be a nice change from the rest
and I met Judith and moved over here.
-The rest is history.
-Yes and we're getting married this year.
What are your tactics today then?
-Buy things we like.
-Look at that, in unison.
You're clearly just about to get married.
Anyway, very good luck. I love it. Anyway, good luck with that.
-Now Gillian, tell me how did you two hook up?
Well, Mark and I met up a number of years ago on a dating website.
-So what happens on a dating website then?
You put down, "Am blonde, would like to meet tall, handsome..."
-Yeah, you're basically shopping for a man.
-Non-smoking, clean living...
-Yeah, it didn't quite turn out that way.
No, it was quite interesting...
And do they then match up two descriptions, is that how it works?
Well, what happened with us is you can go shopping for your type.
So Mark had been shopping first and he had put me in his favourites.
-So I reciprocated and it was Mark's suggestion, quite refreshing,
-to meet in Holyrood Park.
-In daylight hours?
-In daylight, in the morning on a Saturday.
-Well, that's good fun.
-Now you're a full-time mother...
..which is lovely and you've just given up work.
Well, yes, Mark and I have been married for four years
and we have a three-year-old and a one and a half year old.
-So Mark, you do a lot of travelling then?
-I do, Tim, yes.
I'm a business development manager for an IT security company
and I look after the Middle East as a region
so I spend a lot of time in Kuwait and Saudi and Qatar.
Yeah, and when you're not gadding about the Middle East
-you like a good scoff.
-I do, yes. I'm quite a keen cook actually.
-We think about one meal to the next, don't we?
We're foodies and we do a lot of cooking.
And what do you like to cook?
Everything really, a good variety so Indian to Italian.
Nothing beats a good roast with home-made Yorkshire puddings as well.
-Fantastic that you enjoy that.
Well, I hope you enjoy the experience and smashing to meet you.
Now, £300 apiece, here we go. The £300 is coming out.
-Look at that, ready for this.
Anyway, you know the rules, your experts await and off you go
-and very, very, very good luck.
Yeah, I like a bit of Indian myself.
Now let's meet our experts.
Squadron leader Jonathan Pratt will be in charge of the Reds.
And ready to head into battle on behalf of the Blues
is Caroline Hawley.
-Right, here we are, big, big room this.
Lots to see. Have you got a game plan?
Yeah, I think, buy low, sell high.
-Well, it's great to be here with you both.
-Are you excited?
-Yeah, really excited.
-Yeah, very much so.
-What are you looking for?
-Well, I quite fancy a nice big chair, a man chair.
-A man chair?
A man chair, yeah.
Well, honestly an hour goes very quickly. We better get a move on.
-What about you, Gillian?
-For me, probably a bit of jewellery,
maybe something that's silver and then we think the last thing
will probably be a complete and utter surprise.
-OK, let's go and find them.
Right, teams, your 60 minutes starts now.
-You lead the way, I'm going to follow.
-I am your humble servant.
-Let's just head that direction.
Quick off the mark,
it seems the chemistry between the Reds is working well.
-Is this something that you might be interested in?
-..of interest to me. Do you like it?
-Yes, I do.
-These are like the sort of thing I have in my flat.
Are they all the original set?
They've all got the same kind of writing on them, haven't they?
-They've all got stuff in them as well.
-Some may be newer than others
but there's one really, really broken one in the centre there.
-These are apothecary jars, aren't they?
And this, yeah, that one there is broken on the edge.
-These are 19th century.
-19th century, right, Victorian possibly?
-Yeah, very likely.
Do you know what the things are that's inside them?
-Laxative in there so...
-We'll not try that.
-Cure of all ails.
-Could be useful.
-I mean, they're not in fantastic condition
and the stoppers don't necessarily want to come out
but they come with almost like dirt which is part of the...
Part of their decorative quality.
-If you clean them, you're going to lose value.
-I quite like them as a set.
-I do too.
So how much would you do the whole set?
-There's 11 of them.
How would you feel about 100?
Go on, then, yeah.
-I would buy them.
-It's a shelf filler.
-I would bid for them.
-Very good, shake the lady's hand then.
-Thank you very much.
Crikey, that was a swift buy.
We're just five minutes into the shop but well done, Reds.
Your first purchase made, now, how are the Blues getting on?
-That's a beauty.
OK, that would put a check in my box.
It's not silver at all, it'll just be plated
but I would think it is from the '30s, '40s.
Do you actually think that's when it would've been made as well?
-Yes, and you could imagine on black or something, it's a really...
-But I think at 18 it's still too expensive.
Shall we try and work our magic and get the price down?
Yeah, if you want, absolutely.
Would you like that or do you want to put it on the burner
-and come back? What do you think?
-We know exactly where it is, let's...
We'll put it on the burner
but it has to be a very fast burning burner.
So onto the back burner it goes.
Maybe the Reds also want to buckle up.
-I really like the belt buckle.
-What do you think?
Flip it over, first of all, let's just see that it's silver.
Let me have a peek.
-Yeah, it's on there.
It's Birmingham and it's an I which is about 1908, 1909.
The important thing is the enamel, look, you have a look,
-you know your enamelling.
-Quite intricate, isn't it?
-It's got a nice pattern inlaid in it as well.
-How much is that chap?
-It's quite sweet.
-I'm sure you would do us a good deal on it though.
-Do you a deal on it.
Good deal. 35?
-38, he's going to cry now.
-I know, I don't mind making him cry.
-I'd say go for it.
-35, aw, you're a star.
-And do we get the box as well?
-Take the box.
Well done, Reds,
that's the second purchase made within 15 minutes of the shop.
-Wonderful, two done.
You're now 2-0 up against the Blues.
Talking of which, they're homing in on another broach.
This is quite interesting because it's joined together.
This is marcasite which is cut steel.
It can be worn as a broach or if we undo it,
lift each of these up and that...
-Possibly more appealing that option.
-..was missing in the other one.
-That comes off so you can wear it as one broach or two lapel clips.
Right. This one then because that's...
-That's a complete one of the one that you liked there.
-Yes, it is.
-And what's on for?
-That's on 15.
-I like that because there's more you can do with it basically.
-I think you're quite right, yeah.
-But it's got to be cheaper than that.
-What's it got to be around?
-It would be better if it was eight but...
Excuse me, we've found this one. What's the very, very best?
-What have I got on it?
-Would you do it for 10?
-I'll do it for 10.
-Thank you very much indeed.
-Would madam like to wear it?
Congratulations, Blues, that's your first item bought,
away from the starting block at last.
Now looking for their final item,
the Reds enjoy the luxury of just browsing around.
-We've only actually had 20 minutes.
-That's pretty good going.
-So time at the moment is on our side.
-So just relax, see what you like.
-Relax, take your time.
-Ask questions, there's no hurry.
You may well have plenty of time now, Reds,
but remember it can still race ahead.
-Is this a man chair for you?
-It's not really, no.
I'm looking for something, you know, leathery.
With two purchases made in no time at all,
do the Reds have any flies on them whatsoever?
-What's that going to catch?
-Is that a may fly?
Is that meant to be a may fly or something?
Yeah or similar, damselfly and that would land on the water
and the fish would see it from underneath and think the fly...
Trout or you know, if you're really lucky,
-maybe a small salmon or something.
-We'll take it.
Are you going to spend big? Are you going to spend small?
-Would they make a profit?
-There's no price... 25?
-Can we have a think about it?
-Yeah, we'll think about.
I'll think about it because we've got so much time left.
Have a ponder, Reds,
will they turn out to be the catch of the day though? Who knows?
Moving on, I have a question for you regarding sartorial elegance.
Are you a natty dresser?
Well, if you are and you wear those double cuff shirts,
you'll be delighted to find a pair of these in the fair.
They're cufflinks but they're cufflinks with a difference
because they're in the form of dumbbells.
These are made of solid silver, they're unmarked circa 1900
and with a bit of a clean,
I think they would look spectacular on a gent's shirt.
And if you look online and if you look around in fairs,
one of the hot objects at the moment are cufflinks
and they make hundreds and sometimes thousands of pounds.
Therefore, when you come to Edinburgh
and you find a nice pair like this marked up on a stand for £10,
that's £5 each, you know that they are a safe bet.
Talking about betting, if you're a gambling man in 1900
you would find this little box irresistible.
It's got a ring terminal on it, it's designed to
go on the end of your waistcoat chain and it's exquisitely made.
Bright cut which is a type of engraving with ferns
and a cartouche and you can just make out the smallest hallmark
which is for Birmingham, 1900
HW & Co which is Henry Williamson.
And so beautifully made is this thing that you can hardly tell
that there's a hinge down one end but it does hinge open
and reveal three gaming dice.
Now, if I knock those out, look, and we have a look at them,
each one of them is made of a cube of marine ivory,
that's bone from a whale or a walrus and they date, of course,
from the same period as the box, around about 1900.
And if you're on your travels,
perhaps in a slow train or something like that
you'd engage a friend in conversation
and maybe play a game of chance by throwing some dice
and whilst today not so many people play dice, this sort of object
is regarded as a silver novelty and that's just what collectors want.
And I guess in one of those special sales
this thing could bring anywhere between £100 to £200.
But here in Edinburgh, if you roll the dice correctly,
it could be yours for £40.
£40, I'm on a roll!
But can the same be said for the teams as they continue their shop?
Remember, it's 2-1 up to the Reds. With cash to splash,
the Blues are looking at the silver handbag and purse.
I've got one of these at home, you know, and I use it sometimes.
Fantastic. Does it have the little sister?
It doesn't have the little thing as well, no.
-No, but this is so sweet.
-I think this is so gorgeous.
It's a London maker. Let's have a look.
London hallmark. What did they say? 110?
I think so. Yeah.
Have a look at that. Now this is all silver including the mesh.
-It's really lovely and as you say so tactile.
It is nice to feel.
And each single link of this chain is marked with the
-part silver mark, just the line.
I'm quite excited about that actually.
And this would be about what, 1900s?
-Well, it's in the style of 1920s.
-Think flapper girls.
Yeah, what do you think?
Well, I like them, yeah, definitely.
-It's not something I would go out with but...
I'm very pleased to hear that. Very pleased to hear that.
It looks in really good condition
and I could see why people would like them, they're very pretty.
So, over to you to work your magic.
-So we really like it but we're quite early on in our look around.
-What would be the very best you could do on that?
-110 is the best I can do.
Would you take 100 for it? And we shake on it now.
-Really quite like it.
-Thank you very much.
Thanks very much. So that's the second one in the bag then.
-Halfway through and we've got two items in the bag.
Two purchases now, well done, Blues.
Now, has the speed of the Reds shopping experience
gone to their heads?
-What do you think of this?
-Not terribly old.
-But it does...
-Would we sell?
-It's a statement.
Phrenology is the study of the brain, you know.
Yes, and they've completely disproved it as a science.
Well, maybe that just says up there, "Have I fed the dog?
-"What's for lunch?" You know?
-"We need milk."
Make the most of your gentle paced browsing, Reds.
Now, could it be time for tea for the Blues?
This is Shelley Primrose pattern.
Very popular at the moment with cupcakes, afternoon tea,
-a really pretty set. Can you feel how fine it is as well?
-It is, yeah.
What does that say? Shelley 12?
-It looks like a set of 12.
Right, that's not a man chair.
You're right, Caroline, a tea set is not exactly a man chair.
Back now to the Reds who've been stopped in their tracks.
-What's that then?
-It's got Glasgow on it.
OK, "North British Locomotive Company Ltd."
There's a lot of collectors for trains and locomotive interest.
-Not suggesting it might be a rarity
but what I'm saying there are collectors for it.
-It's also quite nice and early.
-And it's got Glasgow on it.
And it's got Glasgow on it, I mean we are selling in Glasgow.
I don't know what the Scottish market will be like but I mean,
-it's got to be worth £20, hasn't it? £20, £30, it has to be.
-It has to be worth it.
-Yeah, I think so.
-Flip it over, is there a price on it? No.
-What would you do for it?
-30? Oh, dear.
-It's a bit...
-Will you take 15?
-18 on it.
£18 sounds fair.
-18, thank you very much.
-Thank you very much.
-Thanks very much.
-Good luck with it.
Full steam ahead for the Reds then and their shopping is over, hurrah!
They finish with 15 minutes left. But what about the Blues?
It seems Gillian has concerns about Mark.
I thought Mark was talking to that doll. I genuinely did!
-That's actually quite scary.
-..your wife was concerned you were talking to the doll.
-To the doll?
I thought you were asking it the price of the camera.
-You're asking the wrong person.
-I'm actually terrified of that doll.
-It's not very nice, is it?
-It's looking at me.
Don't get freaked out, Gillian, get shopping, love.
With time starting to disappear, Mark might have a plan.
Do you mind if I have a little look just in the corner
-up at the top there?
-Just be a couple of minutes.
You seem mysterious. Have you seen something?
I saw some nice big items, that's all.
-Go, quick, don't be long.
Perhaps he's after that man chair but as Mark vanishes,
Caroline and Gillian begin to panic.
I think, did he go round that way? I don't know where he's gone.
I think he went in that direction. Can you imagine if we've lost him?
At last, here he is. Come on, join your team.
Oh, there he is!
-I've spotted him.
-How long have we got?
-Six minutes, I think.
Please tell me you've bought something.
-No, how long have we got left?
I'm at a bit of a loss to be honest.
Well, we'll just keep looking quickly.
Yeah, we'll look very quickly.
Great, precious time wasted.
With minutes to spare, the Blues are really starting to worry.
Let's tea set, we'll just have to get the tea set.
-Have we got time to get over there?
-Yeah, yeah, let's just go.
-We've got to run, come on.
-Right, how much is it? 240 is it?
-240 that is.
240, right, we can't do that. There's some damage on it.
Hello there, they're looking at the Shelley tea set, Mam.
-We've got less than a minute, Mum!
-185 they've offered.
We've got 240 on it.
Absolute best, OK.
-We've got less than a minute.
-Two what, Mam?
Come on, Mam, do them a deal!
We've got 185 left in the budget.
-We've only got 185.
-She wants 200.
Oh, my goodness. Right.
Panic's in the air, go, Caroline!
-30 seconds, right, there's a box, I've seen here.
Oh, where is it? Excuse me?
-Your box, would you take 40 on it?
-What's the best? 50?
It's pewter, Art Nouveau glove box.
I think we're left with very little choice.
-We'll go with what you've seen.
-Yes, yes, yes.
-We'll do it.
-We'll have it.
-My goodness, I have never ever got so close to the end.
I don't have many seconds left but there was less than 10 seconds.
-Down to the wire.
-Yep, right down to the wire.
My goodness, I feel quite wobbly, I really do.
I'm a bit shaken by that, very stressed.
There were 10 seconds left to be precise, Blues,
but after hysteria, the third and final item is in the bag.
Phew! Now it's official.
Time's up, let's check out what the Red team bought, eh?
A collection of 11 Victorian pharmacy jars were
taken as prescribed for the cost of £105.
They tightened their belt to the tune of £35
for an early 20th century silver and enamel buckle.
And finally they paid £18 for a British locomotive company
-OK, you two lovebirds, so how good was that?
-It was really good fun.
-Which is your favourite piece, baby?
-Between the bottles and the belt buckle, I think.
-You can't decide?
-OK, belt buckle.
-Definitely the buckle.
-You agree with the buckle?
OK, is that going to bring the biggest profit?
I would've thought so although we do have a bit of a steal with
the plaque as well so the plaque was a really cheap price.
-I mean so much choice in so little time.
-And so many nice items.
How much did you spend?
I'd like £142 of leftover lolly then if that's the right number.
-Yes, we've got 142.
-There you go.
-£2 is yours.
-Cor, that's nice and warm.
OK, moving on then, now, JP, that's quite a lot of cash, isn't it?
-I'm going to blow the lot.
-I'm going to go big this time.
-I've seen something and I'm going to negotiate.
-This is speculation for accumulation big time.
-My reputation on the line.
-OK, well, I'll cross everything for you.
Relax up, team, because right now we're going to find out
what the Blue team bought, aren't we?
They're pinning their hopes on an Art Deco marcasite clip broach
They bagged this early 20th century silver mesh cocktail bag
and purse for £100.
And finally, they handed out £55 for an Art Nouveau pewter glove box.
Well, well, well, who would've thought you were going to spend,
-how much was it?
-£165, that's a miracle, isn't it?
-£135 of leftover lolly you should have about your person.
-Who's got the cash?
-Yes, I do.
-Thank you very much.
-Here we are.
-Have you enjoyed your shop?
-It's been great fun.
Which is your favourite bit, Mark?
I think the purse, the purse was certainly my favourite, yes.
-Yes, the wife, what does she say?
-Same item actually.
Yeah, very much, it's beautiful.
And is it going to bring the biggest profit? This purse?
Given the price point I'm not so sure,
I'm going more with item number one for biggest profit.
-It was a broach.
OK, we've got the predications, thank you very much for that.
-Straight over to Caroline.
So Caroline, what's your predications to what you might buy?
I think I really feel obliged to buy something masculine
because everything was of a feminine nature, was it not, Mark?
It was a little bit, yes.
So I'm going to look for something with masculine tendencies.
-Are you in touch with your masculine side?
-I'm going to have to be now.
Well, anyway, good luck with that Caroline.
Now it's time to catch up with our auctioneer.
And let's see, come on. Anyone for 5? It's still online.
It's all go online here.
At £50, I'm looking for 5. At 55.
Well, how lovely is this?
We find ourselves in Glasgow at McTears auction house
with the lovely Natasha Raskin. Natasha, good morning.
-Good morning, Tim, and welcome to Glasgow.
-Aren't we lucky?
Now, if you have anything the matter with you in today's show,
all you do is to go to one of this collection of 11 drug jars.
We've got some really good gilt labels on there
and we've got really worn off ones
and what's brilliant is we've still got the contents of some of them
so goodness knows what kind of fun they've seen
but some of the labels themselves are very interesting
and it's the one at the front that causes a bit of a stir,
-especially in concentrated form.
-Because it's belladonna.
Interesting there's none of that left in the jar.
What's your estimate then on the 11?
We're trying to tempt some good bidding here. £40 to £60.
Is that all? OK, £105.
A narrow market but hopefully plenty of bidding will ensue.
Now, Natasha, moving on then we've got a nice buckle,
-beautiful enamel buckle.
-Is this something you like?
I love it, it's absolutely pristine,
it's in the right Scottish colours. When you're looking for
something of this vintage you really want it to be vintage and period.
It's dated 1908 with the hallmark so it puts it right where you want
it to be and I think that collectors will love it and covet it.
-OK, fine, what's your estimate?
-Our estimate is £50 to £80.
-That's a steal.
-So that should be a decent profit.
-Now their last item is this rather suspicious looking
bronze loco plaque.
Does that tick your box?
It's one of these things, very difficult to age,
very easy in fact to reproduce
if it's not quite what it says on the tin but it's interesting
because it's Glasgow,
a great amalgamation of Glaswegian engineers, you know,
resulted in the North British Locomotive Company,
it's dated 1919 so if it's from 1919 then we're onto a winner.
-Mark you, it only cost £18.
-At £18 you're doing well.
It's not bad, is it? I mean, you can't complain about £18.
What's your estimate even if it is a reproduction?
We've gone right down the middle,
-we're heading our bets at £40 to £60.
Well, it should be a profit which is a big relief
and in fact all round I think this team are going to do just fine,
they aren't going need their bonus buy but let's go
and have a look at it anyway.
Well, Judith, Anton, you spent a magnificent £158,
you gave our man £142.
JP, what did you spend it on?
Well, I was feeling frivolous and I thought...
-Look at this.
Nice, big Chinese or Cantonese porcelain baluster vase
decorated as you might expect with flowers and butterflies and
insects and figures on balconies, little repair on the top there.
-Is that the only damage or is there...?
-That's the only damage.
-This sort of thing,
late 19th century Chinese is quite a hot market.
-I spent every last penny.
-How much do you think it'll bring in the auction?
-Hand on heart.
-I think it has every chance.
It should simply wash its face or it will make a profit.
Anyway, team, you don't have to decide right now,
you decide later after the sale of your first three items
but let's find out for the viewers at home
what the auctioneer thinks about JP's pot.
-Well, Natasha, this is a big one.
-It's a whopper.
It's a whopper, isn't it?
And when you look at the detail
in the enamelling, there's a lot going on, isn't there?
There's a lot going on.
Birds of paradise, butterflies, fish flying through the air,
it's all go, you've got the garden scenes
and that's what people like, they like to have the mixture of the
floral and the animal decorations amongst the figurative decorations.
It was a vase, it's been used as an electric lamp at some point,
there is a hole drilled in the bottom
and you know, when it comes to restoration there's more work
to be done if you want to restore it to its former glory.
This big lumps come out, better there than not there
but it's give a restorer enough to work with.
-99.9% of it is sound and in good condition and here.
-Hoping to get towards £100.
-Needs to make £100.
-It needs to make £100?
-Well, we put £60 to £90 on it.
-Did you? Well, it cost £142.
And it's JP's bonus buy and he's really, really hopeful.
Oh, well, you know, we've got to be hopeful and at 60 to 90 hopefully
it's so enticing and tempting that JP will get his 140 back.
OK, well, I'm going to plonk it down there. It's a very handsome job.
Now, Mark and Gillian, how about the marcasite broach?
Well, everything here is very much of a theme
and it's all very dinky and we're starting off with the smallest here,
the marcasite broach I absolutely love,
it's so lustrous as we know marcasite is
and, of course, these little dress clips as they are from the back form
together in this swirling, ribbon, tapering form to make the broach.
Period jewellery is always in, it's easy to sell,
there are plenty of ladies in here who want to come away from
the auction with something in their handbag or even on their lapel.
-I think this is just it.
-So, what's the estimate?
-The estimate is only 15 to 20.
-Which is not much, is it?
It's not much but it's come buy me.
Exactly, well, only £10 paid
-and I think Caroline did really well to buy that for that.
We move on to the silver variety of the mesh handbag purse department
which is pretty handsome, isn't it?
It is pretty handsome, OK, they're not a matching set
but usually it's one or the other so to have them both together,
you've got the purse which fits nicely into the bag and these,
they are very easy to sell, they're very pretty, ladies love them.
Actually, the trade tend to buy them quite often
so you might get competition between private buyers and the trade
but the fact that they're hallmarked very clearly for silver,
they should be a doddle to sell.
-Well, we want a bit of competition so how much?
80 to 120 is our estimate.
-And they paid £100 right in the middle.
-So that's the right price.
And now we've got one of those embossed pewter jobbies in the
Arts and Crafts style, this time with two miserable little
cabochon stones in, how do you rate this? Do you like it?
-Ach, I love it, I love it.
Well, you know, anything Arts and Crafts in Scotland goes down well.
Yes, the green glass cabochons are not much to write home about
but they do lift the whole thing. And we've got a key which is good.
OK, the key doesn't come out of the box but a key is good.
I'm going to really stick with the positives here
because you've got all sorts of Scottish flowers on there,
little bit of green glass, it's what it is and I love it.
OK, you love it and love it and love it, what's your lovely estimate?
-£20 to £30.
-That's a horrible estimate.
At £20 to £30 is not expensive I have to say but £55 was paid
and if you're right and you only sell
the glove box for £20 to £30 then the team are definitely going to
need their bonus buy so let's go and have a look at it.
£165 you lovebirds spent.
You gave Caroline £135.
Caroline, what did you spend £135 on?
-Let me give you a hand here and whoosh!
-Another pair of lovebirds.
-What do you think?
-They're growing on me fortunately.
Yeah, they're interesting, aren't they?
Early 20th century I would say,
in the form of a stork which is a symbol of longevity in
-Chinese symbolism. They're supposed to live for 1,000 years.
And standing here on this lovely terrapin. Do you like?
They're not my cup of tea but, you know, I think...
How much did you pay for them?
-Wow, that steep?
-You bet the money, didn't you?
On reflection, yes, I did. On reflection it's a lot of money.
-But I think somebody would like those.
I appreciate them, yeah, very much so.
-Anyway, there we go, happy with that?
-Thank you, Caroline.
Very unusual, Caroline, you never know in this business quite
what something like that is going to bring
but right now for the audience at home let's find out what the
auctioneer thinks about the candlesticks.
-Now, there we go, Natasha.
We have a stork on top of a tortoise.
-Have you ever seen anything so joyful?
-No, I haven't really.
Not the greatest castings but on the other hand,
-we're not looking for a huge amount of money for them either.
So what's your estimate?
Well, we think they're hugely decorative
so we kept the price decorative, £50 to £70.
That really is a decorative price. Caroline Hawley paid £135.
-She did not!
-Oh, well, you never know.
She did it all on her own because she thought
they were absolutely fab and actually even though they're not
well cast, they have got the look and they are unusual so who knows?
-You might get there in the end.
-Are they growing on you?
-But this is the excitement of the whole business, isn't it?
-J A, Judith, Anton.
-About two items, maybe not the other ones.
I have to say I think the pharmacy jars are pretty good.
-I like them but I think we maybe overspent.
-I don't think you have.
-Oh, well, that's good.
-I really don't.
I mean her estimate is miserable, £40 to £60.
You've got 11 of those jokers, right?
-And some of them have really good gilt labels on them.
What happens with the pharmaceutical bottles makes or breaks your day
and they're the first lot up and here they come.
These are a dangerous lot and we have got nice interest in these.
We're starting off at £30.
-£30. Who's bidding 35?
At £30, who's bidding 35?
50, 55, I'm out.
55, 60, 65, 70.
At 65, I'm looking for 70.
75? Yes, 75. 80.
At 75, are we all done? Any more?
At 75, 80.
85, yes, 85. 90.
95 is bid.
-£100, yes! £100.
110 is bid. 110 is bid.
Yes, we're in profit, that's more like it.
At 110, we're looking for 120.
It's a riot at the back of the room.
At £110, sold 110.
110, you made a fiver on those girls. That is proper.
Now, let's have a go at this buckle.
We'll start the bidding then.
Looking for 30, who's going to bid 30? Come on now, who will bid £30?
This is a beautiful thing. That's online.
OK, online, you got me out of a hole here, £30. I'm looking for 5.
At £30 I'm looking for 35.
Come on now, £30 only, where's 5?
That's online. At 35, 40.
At £40, I'm looking for 5.
-look at that.
-..only, still a very keen price.
Let's get 45, got it.
At 45, looking for 50.
At £45, are we all done?
Are we all done at 45?
50's online just in time. At 50.
Plenty of fair warning then, we will sell now at £50.
-50 it is.
-There's often a bit of a lag as well.
Yeah, £50 is £50 is plus £15, you are currently plus 20,
you have a profit on two lots.
Now, the loco plaque, let's go with it.
I'm starting at 40, 45, 50.
65 and 70 is where we must begin.
It's £70 and who's got 5?
At £70 and who's got 5?
75, 80 against you.
At £80, I'm looking for 5.
At 80, I'm looking for 5.
-At £80, are we all done?
85, 90. At £90, I'm looking for 5.
At £90, who's got 95 on this?
You do, online but I've got 100 against you. 110's online.
At £110, are we all done? I'm looking for 120.
At £110, are you sure you're out in the room?
All you Glaswegians, it's 120 against you. At 130.
Will you let it go online?
It's 130, I'm looking for 140.
At £130 for this plaque.
Last call. At 130.
That is plus £112.
-Plus the 20 you had before is plus 132.
-Which is pretty cool.
-That is pretty cool.
And you get a profit on all three items which is very nice
but don't go telling anybody.
Now, you've got a big old decision now, you have 132, he spent
142 on this pot, are you going to risk your £132 on his £142 pot?
-Or are you going to park it?
I don't blame you, no, I don't blame you
because it is a little bit risky.
We've got a really nice profit and we'll stick with that.
We're going to sell the bonus buy anyway.
-Her estimate on it is £60 to £90.
JP paid £142, that's not to say that JP isn't right but anyway,
we're going to sell it and here it comes.
50, who's bidding? £50 is bid. Right, £50, let's get 5.
55, 60. 60's bid.
At £60, 65, 70.
70's bid, I'm looking for 5.
At £70, 75. 80.
£80 is bid, looking for 5.
85. Will you 90?
Yes, 90's still going.
Looking for 5 online, don't let us down. 95.
100, will you? Three figures now, it's £100.
110. 120, will you?
Yes, you will. 120, thank you.
Looking for 130 next.
At 130, 140. Will you still go?
At 140, I'm looking for 150.
At 140, the internet's done I think.
At £140 in the room. 140.
-Yes, well done! £140 which is minus £2...
-It was close!
..which is no shame in that, JP. Anyway, it is minus £2.
Yeah, we kept our £2.
Exactly. Anyway, so difficult to shout.
Anyway, there it is, you have your £132, don't look too cocky
-when you go out, right?
-No, we won't.
Don't say a word to the Blues and congratulations.
-Thank you very much.
Last call at 130...
-I see three profits coming here.
-Oh, good, great.
I'm very confident for you and I hope it works out like that.
-And if the worst comes to the worst,
-you fall back on the stork candlesticks.
-They're growing on me.
-Those brass jobs.
OK, fine but you don't have to.
First up then is the marcasite broach which is jolly nice
and here it comes.
£20, who's bidding 20?
Go on, 20, are you bidding? Who will bid 15?
This is not a big ask. £15.
But it's 20 against you online. 25, will you?
25 is in front of you, will you make it 30 behind? £30.
Will you make it 35?
£30 is a bidding frenzy war!
-At £30, are we all done?
At £30, it's the ladies bid, 30 it is.
£30. Plus £20. Now...
20th century silver mesh cocktail bag and a wee mesh purse.
Let's get £100. Who's bidding £100? 80 then.
Let's got £80. Thank you. At £80, looking for 5.
At £80 are we all done? Surely not. At £80, where's 5?
At £80 on the aisle at £80, are you sure?
I appeal to you for 85.
It is £80.
It's the last call at 80. £80.
-That is cheap.
-£80 is minus £20, you're absolutely nowhere, lads.
-OK, you're back to square one.
-Now here comes the glove box.
Who's got 25? £20.
25, 30. 35?
Yes, 35. 35, I'm out.
It's 35 against you online.
It's £40 next.
At 35, 40. 45, will you?
No, 45 online already.
And 50. £50, we've got and 5.
At 55. Yes, let's get 60.
At 55, let's get 60. Come on now.
-You need 60.
-At £55, round it up.
It's £55, it's going online at 55.
Fair warning at 55.
£55 you got no profit either which means after three lots
you're absolutely nowhere. Fantastic.
-I can't bear it.
-As in zilch?
-As in zilch.
-We've wiped our faces.
You have no profit, you have no loss.
What are you going to do then about these candlesticks?
Going to risk it for a biscuit?
-Yeah, let's go for it.
-We're going with it, perfect.
Now I can tell you, she paid £135.
The auction's estimate is £50 to £70.
So the die is cast. Come on, let's go rooting, let's get behind this.
I've got 40 on commission, I'll take it as low. £40, where's 45?
At £40, who's bidding 45? 45.
At 45, 50. £50.
Let's keep it going like that. 55.
Where's 60? £60.
Let's get 5, 65. Let's get 70.
-Long way to go.
Come on, one more, internet, we know you're out there.
At £65 it's going now. 65, it's fair warning.
At 65, are you sure you're done in the room?
No interest in the room? It's 65 online.
-65 is unfortunately minus £70.
-No, no, no. Don't worry about it, baby.
-Today is not the day for storks, is it?
-So that is minus £70.
-That's not so bad.
-Minus £70 isn't so bad.
No, I can cope with that.
-And it might be a winning score so say not a word to the Reds.
-Thank you very much.
-OK, thank you.
At 60, I'm looking for 65.
-Well, what excitement, hey? Has it not been fab fun today?
In fact, it's been so much fun,
you can't believe that these two teams shopped on the same planet.
Such is the difference
and the runners up today by a fair old chalk are the Blues.
-Oh, right, aw.
-Minus £70 is quite something really.
You had completely wiped everything
until the kind of end of the three items
and then you went with the bonus buy and those wretched
-storks on tortoises and everything let you down, didn't they?
They did not stride forward
and that was your soul smacking great loss that dragged you back.
-But you had to have a punt, didn't you?
-And you enjoyed it?
-We did, yeah.
-And you were brave about it.
-We're very brave at heart.
And I'm incredibly proud of you.
But the victors today, who have done incredibly well
-which is marvellous, Judith, Anton, you must be so pleased.
-Because you are going home with £132.
-There we go.
Thank you very much.
130 look and here come a couple of little smackers.
-You made a profit on every single item...
..that you purchased which means you can enter
the honourable order of the golden gavellers.
Take a golden gavel, wear it with pride. Anton, it's for you.
-Thank you very much.
-And JP to add to your collection.
Your extensive collection. It's a wonderful moment when it happens
and thank you very much for joining us.
And join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
The Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh plays host to the red and blue teams who attempt to find three bargain purchases which might earn them a profit at auction. Tim Wonnacott is the master of ceremonies and the teams are guided through the maze of antiques by experts Jonathan Pratt and Caroline Hawley.