Antiques show. Newark Antiques and Collectors Fair plays host to the Bargain Hunt teams. Tim Wonnacott conducts proceedings, with experts Paul Laidlaw and Natasha Raskin.
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Today we're in Newark for the ultimate game of snakes and ladders
where things can go up as well as down.
So let's go Bargain Hunting, yeah!
The Newark and Nottingham Showground
plays host to our teams today.
There are 2,500 stands here which we hope will appeal to them.
But one thing is for certain, they are going to want to make
a profit, so let's take a squint at how they got on.
The red team's expert finds she has her work cut out.
We're going to have to keep our eye on you
because that's expensive taste.
That's a little bit rich, OK? Dad, what have you been doing?
-Whilst the Blues find it hard to agree.
-I do quite like it. No. No.
-I like it.
-Do you? I like it. I'm not sure.
-It's the same old story.
But who will win the ultimate gamble at auction?
It's better than Las Vegas, this!
Well, we're going to keep it in the family today,
because for the Reds, we have a father and son combo,
Stephen and Chris,
and for the Blues, we have sisters Sue and Cathy.
-Now, Stephen, you're retired,
but what did you do when you are working?
I was a psychiatric nurse for 36 years.
I think you have to be incredibly brave to take on that task
-and for 36 years, well done, that's all I can say.
What about your interest in antiques? You're pretty hot on antiques, are you?
-That's not what it says here.
-I'm not hot on antiques.
I watch your show all the time.
Well, then, you're hot on antiques!
-Yes, no, it is fun, though, isn't it?
-Yes, it is.
And Chris, what do you do to earn a buck?
Just started a new job, actually, working in the prison service.
Completed my initial training a few weeks ago and I've just started the job.
But how are you going to find it working with your dad
-today in this field?
-He's the one that watches the programme, so...
-Right. He's the one that thinks...
-Deep down, he does think he has the knowledge.
-So if we do badly, it's his fault.
-Anyway, we're about to find out and good luck. Now, girls.
-You are huge Las Vegas fans. Is that right, Sue?
-It certainly is.
-We've been 22 times so far.
It's just the perfect place for the pair of us.
I'm a gambler, and Cathy is the sun worshipper and the shopper.
So tell us about your gambling, then. Are you a high roller?
Oh, no. I'm a penny slots person. I like to get value for my money.
And what about your interest in antiques, Sue?
I like to scour car-boot sales and try to find little bargains.
I think you're a bit of a secret expert, aren't you?
-No, no, no, not at all.
-No, she says.
Now, Cathy. Tell us about your career?
A friend of mine said, "Would you like to go to work for the council for a couple of weeks?"
-I'm still there 16 years later.
-And what do you do with the council?
-I'm an income recovery officer.
-What's that mean? Debt collector?
-Is it? I guess you have to be quite tough, actually,
-in that job, don't you?
-Are you going to be tough with us today on Bargain Hunt,
-do you reckon?
-I'll be tough with them.
-You're going to be tough with them! Oh, look out, boys!
We've got some trouble here. Now, the £300 moment. Here we go, teams.
There you go, £300 apiece. You know the rules.
Your experts await and off you go and very, very, very good luck.
22 times to Las Vegas, eh? Oh-hoo!
Now let's meet our experts.
Hoping to squeeze out a bargain for the Reds today is Natasha Raskin.
And keeping the Blues on track is Paul Laidlaw.
-You're the gambler and you're the shopper.
Which makes you the perfect Bargain Hunt team. What are we buying?
-I'm loving everything you're saying.
-But we're on a mission to buy it. Come on.
-I love a bargain.
-Oh, I love it!
Now, what are we going to do today, have you got tactics?
Well, I thought about cheap and cheerful.
I thought about something Art Deco, art nouveauey.
So you've been doing a lot of thinking.
-A bit of bohemian glass, perhaps.
-Oh, my goodness.
Let's not be too specific at this point.
-And what about yourself, young man?
-Cheap and shiny.
Cheap and shiny, and cheap but not common. OK. Let's do it.
Let's get cheap, cheap, cheap.
OK, teams. Your 60 minutes starts now.
If anything catches your eye, just scream and shout.
We've only got 60 minutes.
Let's do this funky thing, eh?
Well, this is as good a place as any. Are we going for it? Yeah?
The Blues get stuck in at the very first stall they see.
I like a rummage.
-What's that? Stand for a lady's fob watch.
You wear it through the day,
and then at night, beside the bed, away you go.
Sweet. Many would say Black Forest, potentially, in origin.
A centre for woodcarving and we've got little vine leaves,
some fruit, a lovely little knuckle hinge there.
-And it's over 100 years old.
-I'll tell you what would make it sexier.
A wee silver watch. It doesn't have to work.
-Oh, look at that.
-It looks the part.
Doing anything for you, or is that just a dull little...
No, I really like that. It's very unusual. Do you like that?
I do, but you know what I'm like.
I don't like to buy the first thing I see.
She is a ditherer, but I'm not.
That's what I like to hear, Sue.
And what deal are you doing on it?
For both the watch and that, 30. That's a giveaway.
Ah, behave yourself!
I picked it up because I thought it was going to be a cheap
-Hey, I'll tell you, giveaway at 20 quid.
-There you are, right?
-If you want it, I'd give the guy 20 quid.
For £20, I think we can't go wrong with that.
Somebody's going to have to put their foot down. I like your style.
-Shake the man's hand.
-A decision maker.
It's all about passion, this game. You go for it.
-And that's how you make money.
-It doesn't work for me!
But that's the theory, I've heard that said.
Fair comment. Well done, Blues.
That's your first item in the bag in less than five minutes.
I like the decisiveness.
-What about the cutlery set?
-The cutlery set? Let's have a look.
I mean, certainly, it's likely to be silver-plated.
Meanwhile, the magpie-like Reds are homing in on the shiny stuff.
Oh, known fact, we're talking silver. Lovely.
So this is a really fine canteen of cutlery.
-It's a really beautiful thing.
£600! That's fine, thank you.
OK, we're going to have to keep our eye on you because that's expensive taste.
That's just a little bit rich, OK? Dad, what have you been doing?
-I thought you said cheap and shiny!
-Expensive and shiny!
Right, come on. Let's get moving.
You were liking Art Nouveau.
What do you think about this nice fireguard here?
-It's a beautiful thing.
-Oh, that's nice.
-It is beautiful, isn't it?
I can see from here that it's got a really expensive price tag on it.
It's got £250. So I think we need to steer clear.
-But is that the sort of thing you're looking for, that kind of style?
Because we can get Art Nouveau brass on a much smaller scale
-so are we maybe going to focus in on something like that?
Right, OK. So goodbye, fireguard.
You're gorgeous, but we can't afford you. OK!
-What are these things?
-These little cornucopia? Salt and pepper.
Oh, look. It's you again.
Back to the Blues who are still at their first stall.
Now, they've spotted a pair of silver salt and pepper pots.
Bit of the Scandinavian going on there. Are they Danish? Norwegian?
-Do you like?
Look, what do you think? Well marked.
Get my goggles out.
Nothing to worry about there.
The minute you start getting a full set of assay marks, I'd say OK,
they'd add value to somebody. Are there any meat to them?
Are they heavy or are they blow away in the wind?
They are not particularly heavy. But they're really, really nice.
-So they're like Viking horns, aren't they?
And you've got a wee bit of strap work there
and that very interesting looking dragon or something.
You see that standing there, with its four legs spread? Nice work.
I do like that.
And, what - second quarter of the 20th century?
-Yeah, I would think so, yeah.
-What are they worth?
-40 to 60 quid under the hammer.
-And what are you asking for these?
I've priced them to sell at 58. But...I'd take 45.
It's not a country mile off, to be honest with you.
-It's not a country mile off.
-I'd offer 30 but he wouldn't accept it.
-But he'd maybe take 35.
-I'd take 40. Listen,
-this is win, win, win, honestly.
-No, no, no, no.
-Oh, God! 38 would be the very best.
-Right. What do you reckon, ladies?
-You're the bosses.
-Cathy wants to look around.
I want to go for them.
And I don't want to be stuck in the middle of a filial domestic!
Can we keep them in mind?
I'll put them by for you while you make up your mind, right?
-Thank you very much.
-Cheers. Thank you very much. See you later.
With the salt and pepper pots placed on one side,
the Blues still have to find another two items.
The Reds however, still need to make their first purchase.
We definitely still need to buy something, oh, my goodness!
15 minutes has already passed. Can you believe it?
-OK, so what have we got?
-Is this anything?
Well, I mean, the fireguard is quite a fine thing.
-Shall we have a closer look?
-The colours are quite good on it, aren't they?
From the front, it's all in very nice order.
The fireguard itself here is quite nicely done.
You've got the barley twist supports there
but the actual tapestry itself, the woolwork tapestry inside,
it's not as bland as sometimes it can be.
So when you're looking at the back, you're looking at the supports,
-the stretchers, that's what's going to age it for you.
Here we've got this diagonal join here, that's telling us
it's 20th century, if they were meeting at a right angle, 19th.
So mid to quite early 20th century
but what's usually a killer
is lots of stains and things on the tapestry itself
and whilst there's a wee bit of water damage down the bottom,
I've seen a lot worse.
I mean, certainly if we could get this for about £20,
I think we'd be doing all right. What are your thoughts about it?
-I like the colours. The colours are quite vibrant in it.
No, I like it, yeah.
My eye was drawn to it when we were walking past.
-Worth asking about, ain't it?
-Shall we ask...
OK, hi, there. The gentlemen like your wool work fireguard here.
-We see you've got £38 on it
but they were thinking of negotiating with you a little bit.
-What would be your best price on that?
-The best price is 30.
-OK, go on, for you.
-Oh, my goodness, look at that.
Well done, that's the Reds' first buy.
Right, we're off the mark, thank goodness,
so let's keep up this pace.
-Let's go, Natasha.
-Let's go for it.
-Oh, excellent, excellent.
Now time for a gripe.
White vans are the bane of my life.
They drive up behind me when I'm doing pieces to camera like this
and they thoroughly disturb the equilibrium.
But it has not put me off being interested in
bits of automotive history.
Because here we've got a period photograph
which is of a wee motorcar that dates, I guess, from about 1930
but it's a special snapshot and it's a special motorcar.
The snapshot's special because it's a black and white photograph
that's been hand tinted by the developer.
But the interest in the photograph is more about the subject
which includes, of course, the marque and type of motorcar.
And I suspect this may be a special bodied Austin Seven Swallowtail.
That's my guess anyway.
I haven't been able to research it
and I will be able to refer to the Austin Seven Owners Club
who'll be able to fill me in chapter and verse.
How much would it cost you? £10.
What would the Austin Seven Swallow cost you today?
And if you owned a period Austin Seven Swallow like that,
you'll pay a lot more than £10 for the photograph
which illustrates it from the correct period.
Now, talking of automotive history, what do you suppose this thing is?
It's a metal disc that's been embossed with some oddball shapes.
It's been japanned,
that is protected by a black outer layer of paint
and the true purpose of this thing is revealed
when you hinge it open, like that.
And it reveals some spare light bulbs,
the sort of spare light bulbs
that might've been used in our Austin Seven Swallowtail
and just look at the size and scale of those six volt light bulbs.
Still complete with its original blue felt interior,
this is a little accessory which is a gem for the owner of period cars
like our Austin Seven.
And what would it cost you?
The princely sum of £30.
And that's not much, is it?
If you had an Austin Seven with a dickey light bulb.
Back to the shopping,
and purchase-wise it's one all to both teams.
With the Blues now inside, Paul has a proposition.
I think it's fair to say Sue and I have sort of steam rollered
..and maybe even a reserved one over you there.
I think it's your turn, Cathy, are you going to find the next gem?
Nothing there catches my eye.
-Anything jumping out at you?
-No, not particularly.
-I'm not buying for the sake of it.
-I do quite like it.
-And it was you that spotted it, Sue?
-Yes, it was.
-No. No, we'll go on. Sorry, I'm hard to please.
-Don't be sorry, don't be sorry, don't be daft.
-I'm hard to please.
My word, you're telling me, Cathy!
Are we thinking about buying this or are we are we just reminiscing?
-You don't have time for reminiscing.
-What's all this about?
-Come on, let's go.
-Are they doing anything for you?
-No? Move on.
I like them, but I'm not judging you, I'm not judging you.
We're going to have to get a wriggle on, aren't we?
We are going to have to get a wriggle on.
You certainly are, girls, now you're halfway through the shop.
Meanwhile, the Reds are still looking to buy their second item.
Let's see, let's see.
We need cheap and shiny.
What's your gut instinct about this table here?
Worth it if the pewter said Tudric underneath it,
-I think I'd like to keep the lot.
-Would you like to have a look?
Let's have a look, OK, see what you see on the base.
Lion pewter, British, so it's very much in the style of
very early 20th century Arts and Crafts Tudric Pewter.
It's a pretty thing. You've got teapot, sugar and cream.
You've got a tray which is handy,
might not be the original tray, I'm not sure, we'd have to see.
Do you want to grab that? Let's have a wee look, I'll grab this then.
Let's see if it matches on the bottom.
-No, we've got roundhead pewter.
-We don't have the same mark.
So we don't have a matching tray there, it does help
that there is a tray, but what would be brilliant would be
-if it all matched and was all equal.
So let's ask the gentlemen what he'll do the best price on the set.
So what would be your price for the three-piece?
Just the set on its own without the tray...
I shall take £12 for the set.
How much with the tray?
You're being awkward, aren't you? About £13 with the tray.
-What do you think?
-We don't do 50s.
What do you think? I mean, you didn't like at all, but...
I really like it.
And it's not going to make a massive loss, is it?
I think we should go for it.
-Oh, my goodness, we're going for it!
-Sir, we're going to take it at £13, thank you very much.
-So two items down, one to go.
-We'll splash the cash this time.
-You reckon? Not the way we're going.
-Splash the cash!
Well done, Reds, that's your second purchase.
It's not exactly shiny but it certainly seems cheap enough.
Now, how are the Blues getting on looking for purchase number two?
We've got 19 minutes left...
And we need to get back there for our salt and pepper, don't we?
How is the boss feeling about salt and pepper
-now we've only got 19 minutes left?
That's as enthusiastic as I've seen you today.
Oh, Cathy, come on, girl. There's no time for dithering.
Meanwhile, the Reds continue their hunt for cheap and shiny.
So we've got a nice early sugar sifter here, but what's the price?
Tell you what, it's a gorgeous thing and you know, sugar sifters,
do they get used now? No. But do they still sell very well? Yes.
What do you think of this one? You were quite decided about the other.
It's not really sticking to our idea of cheap and...is it really?
-It's not, is it?
-It's not, no.
-OK, thank you kindly, but we'll put it back.
-You're card players, aren't you?
-Yes, we are.
That do anything for you?
An envelope card table. So, when we're not playing cards,
it all closes up, turns 45 degrees and you have a little table.
-It's as you see it, it's OK, it's passable, it's OK?
-I like it.
-We've been here before, I think.
"I like it." "I'm not sure."
-It's the same old story.
It certainly is, Cathy. Will they ever find anything she likes?
But looking for their last item,
here's our friendly stall holder again.
-They've been here!
Oh, no, right, OK, have we lost all the bargains already?
Both been here, yeah, you missed a bargain.
Oh, right, OK, so our rivals have been here. Oh, dear!
OK, what do you think of that? So Arts and Crafts.
I do quite like it actually.
Yeah, I quite like the fact that it's set with a little gem there,
that's quite nice, little glass setting. Let's see inside.
It would be obviously much more plush
-if we had a fancy velvet lining or something like that.
But it's Arts and Crafts
and that's what it is, it has a crafty feel, it's handmade,
got the foliate design in the middle, flanked by the brass
which is a real, real beautiful medium that is often used
in the Arts and Crafts period.
You've got this lovely sort of sea lion,
kind of grotesque appeal here as well, so it's got age to it,
it's definitely worth thinking about, but we don't know the price.
I can do that for a lowly £70.
A lowly £70, OK. It's a pretty thing.
But I have a feeling that the auction estimate's going to be
-something like 40 to 60.
-It may be 60 to 80.
-What are you thinking?
-I think it's too much.
-You think it's too rich?
And that's your very best price?
No, it's obviously come and go! It's always come and go.
You suggest to me, then we'll see if we can meet somewhere.
What about 45?
55 and we'll shake on it.
-What do you think?
-What about 50?
What do you think?
I was going to leave this one up to you, it's not really a style
-I like that much, to be honest.
-I like it.
-You like it?
Well, if you really like it, then go for it.
-I think we'll go for it.
-Cheers. Thank you very much...
Well done, Reds, that's your shopping completed,
but even now the Blues have only bought one item.
With five minutes left, you need to get your skates on.
We've got to find this guy with the silver, wherever he is,
and in an ideal world buy something else off him, OK?
So, aside from the salt and pepper pots,
is there something else to be found from this stall
that Cathy actually likes?
-Yes, a little caster. Again, it'll be a late production.
-Not a pair, though?
-No, no. But I prefer the one behind.
-You see the feet on the one behind?
Tell us why you like that, Cath.
It's classy and I like classy things.
I'm not arguing with that. They were introduced during the 18th century.
This is going to date until 1910, 1920. Have we got a date on it?
We don't know. We've got a proud set of marks there. I see that.
London, registered design number. It's all there.
A little bit of a ding there. OK. But, for me, it's about the feet.
Stylised ivy leaf feet, crying out influence of the Arts and Crafts.
-What do we think?
-Don't say you've gone off it.
-If you've gone off it, I'm going off that way.
-I do like it.
Do you like it any more if I say we've got three minutes?
Yes, I love it. THEY LAUGH
What can that be? What's the price on that?
-We do that for 95.
-What!? It's priced at 75.
-Is it? That is not. Show me.
-Show the man.
-So it is.
-I like you.
-I'll do it for 65.
-Have we reached the bottom there?
-You've three minutes left.
-I think he's got us. A real lever here.
Would you do the two for 120?
OK, you've got yourself a real good bargain.
So, well done, Blues.
Two items bought together completes the shop.
-Are you happy?
-Yay! Well done.
Forking out £65 for the sugar shaker means
the salt and pepper pots come in at £35, so...
That's it, 60 minutes are up.
Let's check out what the Red team bought. Oh, look, two stalkers.
A well-guarded £25 went into this late-Victorian
to early-Edwardian fire screen.
They poured £13 into this 20th-century Lion Pewter tea service.
And finally, the Arts and Crafts lidded box cost them £50.
-Well, chaps. Was that fab or was it fab?
-You spent a pathetic amount of money. How much?
£88. That's terrible.
I'd like £212, please.
Thank you very much. That is a bundle of money.
-Which is your favourite piece?
-I quite like the pewter tea set.
-What about you, Dad?
-The Arts and Crafts box.
And what's going to bring the biggest profit?
Probably the fire screen we bought.
-Do you agree with that.
-I like the pewter tea set.
We have a split decision, father and son split decision.
Over to the great conciliator.
-Here she comes, all that money.
-Lovely for you.
We're all gagging to know what you're going to go off and buy.
-Have you got any idea?
-Not a blinking clue. Not a clue.
That is the honest answer. You will go far, my child.
Look after yourselves, kids.
Meanwhile, we're going to check out what the Blue team bought, aren't we?
A Black Forest carved watch case
and lady's white metal fob watch came in at £20.
A well-seasoned £35 went into
a pair of sterling silver salt and pepper pots.
And finally, they sprinkled £65 on an Edwardian silver sugar caster.
-Well, girls. Was that good?
-Excellent. Oh, good.
-What was the best bit for you, Sue?
-The little salt and pepper pot.
-That was my favourite bit.
-What does the sister say?
I found the silver sugar shaker, which is very difficult to say.
And is the silver sugar shaker going to make the most profit?
-I think the salt and pepper pot might.
OK. Anyway, you had a lovely time with Paul. How much did you spend?
-120. I'd like £180 of left-over lolly, please. £180.
-You don't like doing this at all, do you?
This is the trouble with being an enforcement officer.
Anyway. £180 goes straight across to the man.
What's your motivation now then?
I want to find something that makes you smile.
Smiling is what it's all about, Paul, and thank you very much.
And still wearing a smile, it's time for me to head off to the auction.
Well, Charles. This is a treat...
to be in Derbyshire at Charles Hanson's sale room.
-Just outside Derby.
-Welcome to Middle England.
Moving to the teams' items.
The Reds have got this absolutely hideous fire screen.
Tim, I think it's awful.
At auction, there are some things of yesteryear we really can't sell.
And that's one of them. And it could have been Great Aunt's tapestry.
Her works, it's taken her years.
-It's been mounted.
-She went blind doing it.
If only the family kept it, because its value is more sentimental.
You're going to put an estimate on it and you don't want to say £5-£10.
-What do you say?
-The barley surmounts are quite nice. It's well framed.
-It's in good condition, thankfully. Between £30 and £40.
-OK, £25 paid.
-So they'll just about get away with it.
Moving on, more positively, to the pewter planished tea set.
It has such a modern feel about it.
It's the Art and Crafts, almost in that Liberty Tudric style.
And Tim, the tray as well just gives it a good send-off.
It is, again, in that wonderful wibbly-wobbly Arts and Crafts style.
In a wibbly-wobbly way, how much?
-Our guide price between £30 and £40.
-OK, £13 paid.
-That does knock the spots off, doesn't it? £13.
And continuing with even more of an Arts and Crafts feel,
because this really is a one-off object, isn't it?
You're right. And what I like about it is it's almost full of charm
-because you've got these almost dragons or...
..sea horses, Tim, exactly.
And it just captures the essence, probably, of handicraft.
Is it worth £100, do you think?
It's a bit dirty, but there's no holes appearing
in the thin gauge of metal, so we put a guide price of between 80 and 120.
-Fair enough, £50 paid.
-So they should turn a decent profit on that.
-Hope so, Tim.
-Overall, I think they'll be OK, and in case not,
let's have a look at the bonus buy.
OK, well, you cheapskates.
£88, you two.
So, with £212 in her handbag, what did you purchase?
I purchased, for father and son, why not display your family's
special occasion photos in a lovely photo frame? What do you think?
It's hand-planished copper. It's early 20th century.
It's Arts and Crafts style. I think the roses are gorgeous.
I love the ovular surround. Just the whole thing feels organic.
Feels like a genuine article that someone took time
-and a bit of love over.
-Could be shed work.
-You've taken the words out of my mouth.
-It could be shed work.
-And how much did you pay for it?
-I paid £50.
I know, look at your face, because you in total only spent
about 80 quid or something on three things.
I thought, "Let's blow a little bit of money."
And I'd be devastated if it didn't fare well at around £40, £50, £60.
Just tell me, Stephen, where did you get this term "shed work" from?
I heard it on the programme.
Actually, it's not an art term at all. It's something I dreamt up.
So, I'm incredibly proud that today on the programme,
eight years after I first mentioned "shed work",
which is now universally accepted as a descriptive form for
anything that could be handcrafted in a small outbuilding,
-has now been adopted by you.
-It could be in the dictionary.
-It could be in the dictionary soon. Anyway, everybody happy?
Perfect. Let's find out right now, for the audience at home,
whether the auctioneer is happy.
-OK, Carlos. Everybody likes a photo frame.
-Yes. Isn't it heavy?
It's so heavy you just tend to suspect,
-has it been made up from old metal.
-You are so right, Charles.
And the way it's so crudely hammered.
Hammering in an industrial scale is like that. Lots of regular dimples.
This is hammered by some maniac who's gone completely bonkers.
So, perhaps a man who's about to be
engaged in his shed at the bottom of the garden has had a go.
-Absolutely, Tim. It's just a one-off, perhaps.
Tim, it's something which I think on a really good day
with a decorative art buyer, inspired, could make 80.
On a bad day, I really feel it could make as little as £20.
-So 20 to 80 then?
-Tim, it's a wide guide.
We like to have a wide guide
-because auctions are a roller coaster.
-They certainly are.
It could be a roller coaster with this. Between 20 and 80,
because Natasha paid 50.
-Anyway, with any luck the team won't go with it
and they'll pass. But you never know.
Now, for the Blues we've got something which is a little
more contained. You've got the fob watch that sits in a wooden case.
-Do you like that?
-I do, Tim.
I love the case, that lovely soft wood. Beautifully, beautifully made.
It's a lovely twosome,
which on a bedside table captures that age of circa 1900.
And what does a twosome like that bring in Derbyshire these days?
Tim, we've been really quite mean and I think it's worth a bit more.
-But we've put a guide price on it between £30 and £40.
-Matters not a scrap.
They only paid the 20. Now, these Norwegian condiments.
-They're fun, aren't they?
-They are, Tim.
There's a real amalgam of styles.
You've got a bit of Celtic influence.
You've got these peculiar front supports, but I think they are very good.
Hopefully, at auction they'll sell well. We put a guide price on it
between £30 and £40. We are being mean. They've got legs.
£35 is what Sue and Cathy paid, so I think you're spot on.
-They've got legs.
-Talking about legs, what do you think about the legs on this?
-Aren't they great?
-Those legs are to die for.
You look at those legs,
and they capture the romance of that great period, the Art Nouveau.
They could be liberty legs.
OK, lovely. We like it. How much do you like it?
I hope, Tim, it will make probably between 40 and 60,
-but it could make more.
-£65 is what they paid.
I have a feeling you need to persuade two or three people to fall in love with it.
-Which you're incredibly good at doing.
But in case you fail, why don't we check out what the bonus buy is?
£120 you spent on your shopping. You gave Paul Laidlaw 180.
-Paul, what did you buy?
-What do you think of this?
-A treasure chest, we hope.
-I like it.
-I like that you like.
Have a look at it. See what you think.
-It's pretty, isn't it?
-It exudes quality.
And how much did you pay for it?
There's no messing about with you, is there? Holy Moses!
It cost me £80.
That's a gift at £80. Karelian birch, an exotic veneer.
Lovely elaborate strap work.
Opening to reveal a delicious fitted interior.
For one's desk, and back in 1870 this was not cheap.
-Is that inside the original?
-And what do you think it will make?
If it doesn't do 80 to 120, there is no justice in the world.
-I like it.
-I like it a lot.
Let's find out, for the viewers at home, whether the auctioneer agrees.
Well, there you go, Charles.
Something for you to get your teeth into.
-Tim, it's a very peculiar timber.
You almost wonder has it been painted on, but it hasn't, has it?
No. It's called Karelian birch and it comes from Russia.
It's wonderful, Tim, and it has a really nice warm feel to it
and the interior, there we are, well fitted out.
Lovely colour and it's a lovely domed stationery box.
If it gets picked up, it could make quite a good price, couldn't it?
-It looks at me and says, "I'm worth about £140."
But I've been very realistic to hopefully gain momentum
in the sale room and I put a guide price on of between £80 and £100.
Anything over 80 is a profit, but it is what they call a good looker,
-Like you, Tim.
£440, fair warning...
At 440, yes, we are. All out.
Now, you only spent £88 and you bought the fire screen
-which I've been very rude about.
-Oh, you have not.
I have! Anyway, Charles has put £30-£40 on it
but I can't really believe how or why he's put £30-£40 on it, but he has.
Anyway, I'm pretty sniffy about that. But I could be proven wrong.
First up is the fire screen from...
The fire screen from heaven! And here it comes.
There we are. Edwardian, maybe late- Victorian oak-framed fire screen.
-It's in good condition. And I'm only bid here £10.
-Well that's a relief.
-Bid me 12, come on, let's go.
At ten, 12, 15, 18,
I'm out. I'm asking 20 now.
18, bid me 20, 20 and two?
22, five, eight...
Oh, I didn't even notice we were there already. Oh, my God!
30. It could be yours! It could be yours! No?
All done, I sell to you, so I'm asking 30 now, or I sell at £28.
£28. Plus £3.
OK, now, moving on is the Lion pewter. Here it comes.
Almost Tudric-inspired Liberty-but-not,
three-piece pewter tea set on a wavy tray. And I'm only bid here £10.
I'm asking 12 now. I'm asking now 12, 15, 18. I'm out.
Bid me 20, and it really is striking. £18 I'm bid.
-Bid me 20, madam. All out over there.
-£18 is very cheap.
£18 is plus £5, which means you're plus £8.
You only spent £88. And you just made 10% on your money, so far.
Now, here comes this box. This is your banker.
An Arts and Crafts lidded box. Circa 1890. A really attractive box.
£28 is my bid.
It seems cheap.
I'm asking 30. 28. 30, lady in red.
The net's going wild.
-32, 35, 38...
-Oh, the net's going wild, it's going wild.
Online, do I see five? Come on, Internet!
Or, in the room, give me five?
40, I'm bid.
Lady in red.
40, I'll take five, now. One more. Fair warning. You're out online.
Lady in red... 45.
That's just in, just in.
45, I'm bid. I'm asking 50 now.
-All out, sold to the lady in the stripes at £45, £50 online!
-52 today, it's yours. Do I hear five online now?
I'm asking five. Going, going, gone, all out at 52... Five!
Oh, no! What's going on?!
I sell online, just in time.
At 55 to an online live bidder.
Fair warning, all done.
-It's plus £5.
That is overall, lads, plus 13. How good is that?
That is £13 up.
That's a profit on each item. Well done, everybody.
Now, we've got the photo frame now. You've got £13 in your back pocket.
Are you going to risk it on that bulletproof photo frame?
-Well, we've spoken about it and we've decided, certainly not!
But, Chris, you were so keen on that, mate!
OK, we're not going with the bonus buy.
Well, we are going to sell it and find out what it's worth,
and here it comes.
Photo frame, on your screens at home,
and I'm bid here, straight in, 10, 12, 15, 18, £20.
I'm asking two now, it's heavy and it's nice. Lots of hands, here.
Two, five, eight, 30, five, 40, 45.
I've booked you, sir.
I'm asking 40 online now. Come in, the world. 40, five...
-Yes, watch it go!
-Internet, click that mouse!
Bid me 50. No, they say. You're in, sir, in the room, bid me 50.
One more do I see? Gavel is up. At £45 today.
Aw! You were so right, well done!
It was the right decision, right?
But it just shows, though, that was a good pick, guys.
And just a little nudge, it's another bit of profit in there.
Anyway, there we are. Plus £13, profit on each item.
That's good. That could be a winning score.
Don't say a word to the blues and all will be revealed in a moment. Thank you very much.
-Now, Sue, Cathy, how are you, girls?
-First auction, for both of us.
You've never been to an auction before? Two virgins! Wow!
-What have you been doing all your lives?
Holidays! Anyway, you bought the fob watch.
In a Black Forest case, absolutely.
You paid £20 for that. Anyway, here we go, then.
First up is your watch in its box.
214, the lovely ladies' white metal fob watch.
It's delightful, because it comes in its small,
Bavarian, Black Forest wooden box.
And I'm bid for lot 214, straight in at £10.
Bid me 12. 12 I'm out. I'm asking 14 now, it's cheap.
Oh, no, what's happened?
14, 16, 18, 20, go bid, two?
22, 25 online.
Yes or no?
We are hanging fire, 30 online, 35!
Online, 40? 40, I'll take online now.
You're out. You're all out.
We're live in the aisle at 35...
Better than Las Vegas, this!
All done, it's over, for you, ma'am.
Plus £15. That's fair enough.
Now, here comes the Norwegian jobbies.
These are really interesting.
A very good pair of Norwegian sterling silver
salt and pepper pots. They're very good.
And I'm only bid here £18, 20 and two, five and eight,
and 30, two, five, eight, 40, five.
I'm out. 45. Do I hear 50?
No? Five I'm bid. I'm asking now 60.
Five I'm bid, they're wonderful things, asking 60 or I'll sell.
All done. 60. Five. Are you sure, sir?
All out, we're live on the Net and we sell, all done, at £60.
£60 is plus £25, you can't complain about that. 25 and 15 is 40.
Two out of two, two out of two.
Now, is this going to make more than £65, girls?
To give you a profit on each item.
That's what we'd like.
London 1908, there it is, it's lovely.
And I'm bid here, straight in at 35, 45, 55, 65...
You're in the money.
Five I'm bid, 70, five...
You're out, well done, kids. You're in profit.
-We're live in the saleroom, I'm asking 80. Five.
-And he's going on.
Bid me a five, one more. Or I sell on the... 85 online.
We've got two competing buyers now. 85, new bidder.
Online, we sell, make no mistake, we are going, going, gone at £85.
Fair warning. It's sold.
Plus £20, look at that!
Plus 40 plus 20 is plus 60!
Hey, how about that?
I would give up going to Las Vegas and take up the auction game
-if I were you.
-We'd have to have Paul with us.
-He doesn't care!
He'll go anywhere where there's a profit.
And let's find out whether he's right on the last one, eh?
Are you going to go with his £80 box? Now, you don't have to.
You can park your winnings and walk away.
It's like the slot machine.
Or you can have another twist. What are you going to do?
-Are we sticking or twisting?
Yeah, OK, we're going to twist.
Are you? Are you? OK, fine. We've done it,
we're going with the Bonus Buy.
Now we're going to sell it and here it comes.
A wonderful, mid-Victorian Karelian birch-veneered
domed-top stationery box.
There we are. I'm only bid 45, £50, a great box.
Bid me five, I've got 60, bid me five. And I've seen 70.
70 online, five.
Online, 80. The net's going wild, 85.
85, give me 90.
I want to see over 100.
It'll make over 100, come on. Go on!
Great box. 90, I'm bid! I'm asking five now.
-90 I'm bid, fair warning...
-Cheap enough at 90, Paul.
-But it's a profit.
-Fair warning, all done.
-Plus £10. I'm loving it.
-Look at that. Clean sweep!
Profit on all three items, profit on Paul's takes you to plus £70, girls.
-And there you have it. Isn't that something?
Now, listen, this could be a winning score.
Don't say a word to the Reds. I will reveal all in the moment.
What a jolly show we've had today. All sorts of misbehaviour!
And there's a lovely synergy between these two pairs of teams today,
because they're both going home with profit.
Both teams have made a profit on all three items
and both teams are entitled to golden gavels!
Never in the history of man have
so many golden gavels been given out on one occasion, to so few.
But which team is ahead? You been chatting at all? No?
You have no idea.
Well, let's put the pain out of the process and tell you that
the runners-up today, most glamorously, have been the Reds.
Oh, my goodness gracious!
-They are going home, though, with £13 worth of profit.
Which is a substantial chunk, isn't it?
And you're going to get your golden gavels. There you go, look.
-Take a golden gavel.
-Thanks you very much.
-Son? Dad, take a golden gavel.
-Thank you very much.
Natasha, when you get up to Glasgow, all your mates are going to be
so envious. Anyway, well done. That is marvellous.
But the victors today, who are going to go home with £70,
which you are immediately going to spend next week on your next
trip to Las Vegas, which is pretty good.
You've got your £70, you get your golden gavels, too.
Here come the golden gavels. There we go.
Pluck one of those out and pin it on for me. There we go, look.
Lovely to see everybody with a golden gavel.
In fact, it's been so much fun,
join us soon for some more Bargain Hunting, yes?
Newark Antiques and Collectors Fair plays host to the Bargain Hunt teams. Tim Wonnacott conducts proceedings helped by experts Paul Laidlaw and Natasha Raskin who compete in trying to bolster profits for the red and blue teams as they head to auction.