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Left, left, left, left.
Well, here we are on the parade ground of the former RAF base
Hemswell, in Lincolnshire, and behind me is the airmen's mess.
This place was home to the Lancaster bomber
and was used as a location for the film The Dam Busters.
So, chocks away or what, chaps? Let's go bargain hunting, yeah!
With such an illustrious past,
it's no wonder that this place today is home to enormous antiques
centres, so will our teams today soar to victory or simply
finish up on the cutting room floor?
Let's have a quick squint as to what's coming up.
Today's Reds have some tough decisions to make.
Shall we go and have a cup of coffee, perhaps a piece of cake?
Or we can rush round and see if we can find something else.
What do you want to do?
And the Blues have their expert well trained.
-Before all that, let's meet the teams.
Well, on today's programme we have a brace of couples.
For the Reds, we have Mike and Julie,
-and for the Blues we have Sue and Paul. Hello, everyone.
Lovely to see you.
-Now, Julie, you met at school and you were sweethearts?
-No, we were not sweethearts.
We met at school, but not sweethearts.
-So no hanky-panky behind the bicycle shed?
-No bicycle sheds.
-No bicycle sheds. It was that good a school.
-And how did you hook up then?
We were working there and Mike arrived as deputy head, not
expecting to do very much teaching, so I took a few of his lessons.
He took a few of mine and that's how we muddled along.
-You muddled along for a bit and then thought, "It's love, this."
-After a while.
-Which is lovely, isn't it?
Mike, you're a heck of a collector but mainly of careers.
You could put it like that. I was young and naive
and I thought I wanted to be a teenage jet pilot.
So I joined the RAF, started to learn to fly,
realised that my landings were not very good and my rifle drill was
even worse, so after a year I moved on and tried accountancy instead.
-Then after two years of that, I finally got to the point
that I knew what I wanted to do, which was to go into teaching.
And that's what I've done more or less ever since.
-So what do you get up to in your spare time?
-Well, I create railway models, including a garden railway.
Obviously, I do it just for the grandchildren.
-I wouldn't do it for myself.
-No, of course not.
As I explain to Julie, and that's why the garden railway fills half the garden.
OK, you two. What are you going to be on the lookout for today?
What are you going to get out there and buy? Anything to do with steam?
-If you find a nice loco out there.
Yes, but they're mostly overpriced
so you have to be very careful what you're buying.
Oh, look out for a bargain. Anyway, good luck with that.
Good. Well, full steam ahead.
Sue, you, like the Red team, met Paul when you were at school,
-I did. I was just a little bit younger than them, though.
-I was nine at the time.
-Were you? And did you like him as a nine-year-old?
Yes, because he was the only person that was nice to me at the school
-when I started.
-How sweet is that?
-And the rest is history.
-So what's this about upping sticks and buying a guesthouse?
We always wanted to live by the seaside, and we were fed up doing what
we were doing so we thought, "Let's buy a guesthouse and go for it."
And what town are you in?
We're in Mablethorpe and the guesthouse is right on the beach,
-50 yards from the beach.
-Lovely. So you achieved the ambition?
Paul, you have a mischievous, non-paying guest in your guesthouse.
Yes, we do. We have a ghost.
He hasn't shown himself too often just lately, but in
the first year I think he wanted to let us know that he was around.
We actually haven't seen him.
He just leaves us a present occasionally.
What manifestation does the present take?
A fire extinguisher had been taken off the wall in the middle
of the hallway, with no guest in. So there was only us in the house.
-I know we didn't do it.
While we were sat in the guest lounge with guests, there was the
sound of stones being thrown at the glass where the china cabinet is.
-Nothing to be seen.
-He doesn't like Clarice Cliff?
-Have you had your house investigated?
-No, we haven't.
Are you considering having it exorcised?
We sort of looked at that, but he's good fun. He's no harm.
So will working together on Bargain Hunt be a breeze?
I think so. We tend to like quite a lot of the same things.
-And I tend to do as Sue tells me.
-How many years have you been together?
Well, there you go. That is the recipe. Always do what you're told.
-And have fun while you're doing it.
Which is exactly what we're going to do now with the £300 apiece.
There you go, £300 each. You know the rules.
Your experts await and off you go and very, very, very good luck.
I've never been to Mablethorpe, have you?
Now, let's say hello to the experts.
Author of his team's destiny and font of all antique knowledge,
it's Philip Serrell.
And today the Blues have a real heavyweight.
It's only Charles Hanson.
Isn't it about time our teams met their experts?
You've got me. How are you?
-How are you two?
-Now, this isn't quite B&B-ing, is it?
-This is BH-ing. This is one hour to buy three items with £300. Can we do it?
With your guidance, easy.
-On your marks...
-Let's go. Come on. Let's do it.
-Well, is there a plan?
-The plan is to make a profit.
This is Bargain Hunt. What on earth are you doing here?
-We're going to change all that.
-I've heard that before.
Don't listen to everything our experts say.
This hour takes energy and enthusiasm and with
so much stuff to take a gander at,
you'll need every ounce you can muster, so let's get stuck in.
The Red team look to be our first-time buyers.
-Do you know how old that is?
-That's 1950s, isn't it?
-Wherever Hebden House is.
-Actually. you know...
-Do you like that doll's house?
-It's got a bit of character to it.
What I love is it is pure 1950s, isn't it?
-This is all pebble dashed.
I hate pebble dashed houses. Leaded lights. The front door.
-Have we got another door over here?
-We've got a nice door.
What we could do in our modernisation plan,
-we can split this into two semis.
-I think that's lovely.
-And how much is it?
-Let's have a look. £45.
-How much is that going to make at auction, do you think?
-I don't know.
-That's a bit much, isn't it?
-I think that'll make a good £30-£50 at auction.
-Honestly, I do.
-We need to get it for less than £45.
-40 or under, I think you should go for.
-40 or under. Right.
You see what you can do and I'll give it the quick once over
-and a full structural survey.
-Good, you do that.
He's a man of many hidden talents, is our Phil, don't you know?
Now, where's our other talented expert?
Cranberry. Possibly bronze, not sure.
-What do you think?
I love the fruit and vine, that pierced design.
What I'm looking for, though, Sue, is guess what? The pair.
-Oh, would it be a pair?
-It would be nice if it was one of a pair.
-Oh, there is a pair.
-I like those, though.
-The Art Nouveau, bronze.
So what are they exactly?
It says, "1937 spill vases."
Maybe they're worth a handle later on, because you guys really are
big antique enthusiasts, aren't you?
I feel like I'm really with the big guns now. You're a big man as well.
I feel you are a big gun. I'm following your lead, Paul.
Right, OK. We'll move on.
You'll need to be firing on all cylinders too, team,
-because those Reds are ready to put in an offer.
-Quite like the doll's house through there.
Have you got a best on that?
OK, it's £45. Let me just see what I can do on that.
-I'll give the dealer a quick call for you.
Morning. It's Robert here from the Guardroom at Hemswell.
The first of many phone calls for our teams today.
Still, it all adds to the tension.
If I said to you, in this cabinet of Oriental treasures,
what takes your fancy? Much?
I actually quite like the green vase, but it's not Oriental.
Well, it might be.
This sort of ovoid shape, I think, is Japanese
and it probably has a silver rim. They're quite nice, aren't they?
-You're also bird-lovers, aren't you?
-Aren't you great Beswick?
-Is it "Bes-ick" or "Bes-wick?"
-I don't know how you say it.
-Different people say it different ways.
-If you're from Stoke, "Bes-wick."
-And you now say?
-I say "Bes-ick."
-Don't say that. You might get told off.
"Bes-wick." There we are, there we are.
-But I think, let's move on. Do you agree?
Happy teams make for a happy show, Blues.
Now, what's the verdict back with the Reds?
Will the price be up their street?
OK, all right. Leave that with me, thank you. Bye-bye.
-The very best she will do on it would be £35.
-OK, OK. Yes.
-Should we risk that?
-Yes, we will.
Thanks very much, indeed.
Offer accepted in less than ten minutes.
Don't break out the bubbly just yet, though. Two more to buy.
-How did you get on?
-We got it for 35.
So you bought a detached house in Lincolnshire for 35 quid.
-That's about what they normally cost actually.
-Is that right?
Do you think we need to modernise this before the auction?
-Central heating, plumbing.
-No. We bought it as a period house.
-We just need to mend the banisters.
-That's open plan.
-There's a profit in this, that's the thing to remember.
-We'll see what happens.
-We better go find something else. Onwards.
Quite. Time is on your side,
but it's easy to lose track of it.
Are the Blues ready to loosen their purse strings yet?
What do you think I can see that I quite like?
-Hopefully not the purse.
I quite like the purse.
What I really like is that dump.
Oh, that is nice.
May I take your dump out your cabinet?
There we are, look at that.
Yes, that's lovely.
I really, really like that.
I really like that.
What do you think, Charles?
I had a few dumps in my last sale
and they struggled a bit, to be honest with you.
-Yeah, they did. They struggled.
We'll thank the lady and move on.
-OK, let's go.
Odd name for something quite pretty,
but dumps are named as they were made
from leftover bottle glass
that otherwise might have been dumped
at the end of a day's production.
What about this? This is just lovely.
I don't actually know what it is.
Do you want to take that off there?
That's probably the easiest...
Stuff this in my pocket for now.
Tiny writing on here.
Does it say on there what the writing is?
It says here, "Written on one side is the Lord's Prayer,
"and executed by KG Pervill
"of Horley, Surrey. 5th of September, 1914. God Save The King."
-Then it goes on to say here,
let me read this to you.
It says, "This date is significant as the 5th of September, 1914,
"is the first day of the Battle of the Marne.
"Over two million men fought in the bloody conflict
"between the 5th and 12th,
"with an estimated half a million killed or wounded."
-That's sort of like...
-It's very moving, that is.
What's that young man...?
We don't know what happened to him.
But that's in a pendant, so...
That's the Lord's Prayer.
-That's a wonderful thing.
I think we should have that.
Let's just be analytical for a minute.
It's a World War I nine-carat gold double pendant
and it has £95 on it.
-So that's the price.
-I better just take this with me, just a second.
-What have you found out?
-There's good news and there's better news.
I had a chat with them at the counter
and apparently they think
that this chap's wife
-actually wrote this on here.
So she may have made that as a pendant
to keep his photograph...
-Just a memorial to him.
Anyway, the good news is,
-they'll throw in the little stand.
And the better news is, very kindly,
they've said we can have it for 75 quid.
-I think that's brilliant.
-Good enough. Onto the next,
one more to buy.
That's the great thing about antiques,
they have such varied and interesting stories behind them.
And now, with half the 60 minutes behind them,
the Blues really need to find something that sparks
I just happened to spy this in the corner
and I saw it when we walked in as well.
-What do you think of it?
-It's nice, I like it.
Really? Move that chair
over there, just look at this.
I quite like it because it's Burmantofts.
Burmantofts were a Leeds art pottery.
When I saw it, I thought, "It will be about 250."
But it's 125.
So I thought, "Why is it quite inexpensive?
"Why is it cheap?"
Because the actual bowl is in good condition.
The only issue is...
-..you have some enamel loss here.
-But that's age.
-Is that it?
So if you turn it round the other way, it's fine.
-There's more enamel loss.
-But you get a lot for your money.
If I put that down there,
and then pick this section up,
that's one hell of a base, isn't it?
Look at that.
That is in itself a work of art, isn't it?
If I turn it round for you, isn't that beautiful?
-Look at that.
-Can you manage that?
If you have an Art Nouveau conservatory
-in the country...
It has some condition issues
but this is art pottery.
It's florid, it's organic,
and I would say at auction,
this could make anything from 100
up to £200.
But I feel it has a bit of a run.
-I like it. What do you think?
-I like it.
Really? It's the one thing I've seen so far
-on our hour...
-That's grabbed you.
I keep thinking, "It's not a big spend,
"but at least it's one object under the belt,"
and if you say to me, "Charles,
"going, going, gone," I'll go and get it now for you.
-Going, going, gone.
I'll get it, thank you very much.
Yeah, I like that.
Work your magic, Charles, as the Red team are on the scent
of their final purchase.
-Done it, bought it,
I've got some good news.
I've got it down to £100.
-Put it there.
£100, and that, to me, is a good bottom estimate
-to start with.
Half an hour to go.
Two to find, it's your turn now.
-Let's go, then.
Now that's magic.
I'm really pleased we've just bought our first lot
because Paul and Sue are actually antique pros.
I thought it would come easy.
The first one's in the bag. Hopefully now it's plain sailing.
I think they've done really well this morning.
They've bought two items. There's still about 20 minutes left.
The doll's house has to be a profit,
I don't see how they can fail on that.
And that little medallion, I don't care if there's a profit on that,
that's one of the most memorable things
I've ever bought on Bargain Hunt,
so I'm really, really pleased about that, it's absolutely lovely.
Aw! That's the rarely seen softer side
of Phil Serrell.
He's just a great big teddy bear, really.
What do you know about bowls, Phil?
What do I know about bowls?
I'm actually a member of a bowling club...
-You cop hold of that.
-..but you're not allowed to talk about it.
That's the first rule. The second rule is,
you can't talk about bowls club.
These are quite nice, aren't they?
A lot of bowls are made out of lignum vitae.
It's the only wood that won't float.
And they make marine gears and cogs out of lignum vitae.
There's a lump on one side,
which is there.
It just means the bowl goes like that when you push it.
And they're usable. How much are they?
-I wonder if they seem to a sensible price.
There's a name on the case.
-Scratched on the case there.
The other thing you always need to check
is you have a pair and you have got a pair there.
I think they're quite nice.
If you can buy those for anywhere between £25 and £30,
you should be in with a chance.
I think you should both go down to the counter and see
what they would take for this.
-I've got them.
-Let's have a wander over this way.
The Red team are just so cool and collected.
How have you got on?
Well, they'll take £3 off,
so that will be £29 instead of 32.
The worst you're going to do
is lose a fiver, and the best you're going to do
is make 10 or 11 quid.
So in terms of bargaining, I would suggest that's an absolute result.
-Now, we have a choice to make.
Cos you've breezed this and we still have 15 minutes,
so we can either chill, take it steady, go back to that lovely cafe,
have a cup of coffee, perhaps a piece of cake,
just chill gently.
Or we can rush round and see if we can find something else,
-what do you want to do?
-I think we've done enough shopping for today.
Excellent stuff. Let's have a coffee and a cake. Come on, then.
-Convincing argument, Phil, and who'd disagree?
That's all three items bought in 45 minutes.
The pressure is back on the Blues.
Look at this. Isn't that lovely?
-I love it.
-It's beautiful, isn't it?
Do you know what really sells it, Paul? OK, it's feminine.
But the reason why I love it, is that etched glass as well.
Can you see? The crystal in this light.
What I like are the fleur-de-lis on that matt,
almost engine-turned ground.
And of course, atomisers were the height of feminine elegance
back in the early years of the 20th century. How would it work?
Sue, are you an atomiser girl?
-No, I'm not, but I guess you just press this, don't you?
-Oh, it's really smooth.
-Is it really? A nice lever action to it.
-Yeah, really nice.
-Do you like it?
-I do, really like it.
-I really like that.
And it would look really nice on a dressing table.
And it's cheap as well, it really is.
No! It's expensive, tell them it's expensive.
I think, all day long, in a saleroom,
it's worth 35, £45.
Gosh, if only there were lots of these,
we could be making money left, right and centre, couldn't we?
-Yeah, good find.
-Shall we take it?
-Happy with that.
-Go and pay for it, Sue.
Great, isn't it? Not really my sort of thing, I'm a real man, you know.
-But my wife might like it.
-I was the same, thinking.
Methinks these guys protesteth too much!
-Between friends here.
-Just my age.
-Yeah, well done.
It's a super thing. Weight is also really good.
And if that doesn't make a profit, you know,
I've been doing Bargain Hunt now the best part of a decade
and a bit more, and I can assure you, guarantee you, a profit.
-Of course, you found it, Sue, well done.
-One to go.
Guaranteed profit, eh, Carlos?
Brave talk with just a few minutes remaining.
What would be really, really lovely is if we could
just try and find out a little bit more about our new friend.
I mean, if you go online, there's either a war graves site
or people who are killed in action, you know,
you can research these things.
-This is Hercule Poirot at his best.
You've got to just try and find something. We've got the bones here.
-But it would be lovely to try and find...
-Just that little bit more.
Well, you're not the only team wanting to find that
little bit more. Blues, you put your finger on it yet?
-Thimbles collectable, Charles?
-Sue, they are.
Thimbles really are popular and they go back to medieval times,
and of course... Bring that thimble out. Paul, what do you think?
It's not my thing. But Charles Horner, if they're collectable...
-It's a Charles Horner one.
Charles Horner, you're right!
Charles Horner silver thimble, Chester, 1903.
-Chester's good as well, isn't it?
And furthermore, Charles Horner is the Godfather when it comes to,
shall we say, online buyers looking for good Chester hallmarked silver.
-How much is it?
So far, we have bought, tell me,
that lovely Burmantoft jardiniere on stand, which was £100.
-We've just bought that lovely, lovely...
-Exactly, which was how much?
-So, this is another small buy.
Which would leave me a lot of money to buy my expert buy with,
-do you trust me?
-Yeah, we trust you.
-Look at me.
-I'm pleased to hear it, cos you're bigger than me!
-Yeah, I'm happy.
-OK, well done, team. And that's it.
-Cool and calm.
Cool and calm indeed. Story of the show today, I fancy.
No time to reflect, because time's up.
Let's check out what the Red team bought, eh?
They moved in on a 1950s' doll's house for £35.
The double-sided World War I pendant was bought for £75.
Lastly, the pair of crown green bowls for the princely sum of £29.
-OK, team, how much did you spend?
That's very precise, well done.
£139, I'd like £161 of leftover lolly, please.
Yes, there we go, lovely.
Now, did you buy something spectacular that you really fancy?
We bought a World War I pendant.
Is that going to bring the biggest profit?
No, I think probably the rather dated doll's house.
Was that your favourite item?
No, it wasn't my favourite item,
I think it'll bring in the most profit.
Thank you for the leftover lolly which goes straight across
to P Serrell. So, what's your prediction,
what you going for, Phil?
-Well, it's been plain sailing so far.
So I think I'm going to go and buy something that continues that theme.
Yes. I think I've got it. I could have it! Have you got it?
Well, we'll find out whether we're right. There is a hint there.
Right now, let's check out what the Blue team bought, eh?
With a little Hanson magic,
they bought the Burmantofts jardiniere and stand for £100.
Next, they got the silver-plated glass atomiser for £21.
Finally, the Charles Horner silver thimble was bought for £23.
-So, was that good or was it good?
-It was very good.
-Was it very good?
-Very, very good.
-What's your favourite bit, Paul?
-Do you agree with that, Susan?
One extreme to the other in your favourites!
Well, he's big and I'm little.
That's true. Petite, I'd say.
-And which thing's going to bring the biggest profit?
-Unfortunately, I have to say the thimble.
You are in agreement, you see?
-OK, super. That's it, then, how much did you spend?
I'd like £156 of leftover lolly, please. Lovely.
Which is a tidy sum to go to the maestro
-who is our specialist in converting cash into profit.
Hi, Paul. Thank you very much.
Yes, I think something that might fly away.
-My team love birds, so a really fine bird takes my fancy.
Very good luck, Charles. Meanwhile, I'm heading off a few miles south
to a place that played its part in a defining moment of British history.
The county of Lincolnshire,
due to its close relationship with the RAF
and in particular Bomber Command, is known as Bomber County.
The county's strategic location on the east coast
meant that bases built here in the interwar years
were largely designed for bombing operations,
in the event of a future conflict.
With the outbreak of the Second World War,
RAF Scampton's bomber squadrons were routinely tasked
with laying mines along the approaches to enemy ports.
Of the many bomber squadrons based here over the years,
one, 617 Squadron, were destined to become legendary.
Never heard of them? Well, they were the Dam Busters.
The raids on the Ruhr dams were to be the most dangerous
and audacious of campaigns.
Flying at very low level with modified aircraft
carrying a top-secret bouncing bomb.
An exceptional task needed an exceptional man to lead it.
Formed on 17th March 1943,
617 Squadron was hand-picked
by the 24-year-old Wing Commander Guy Gibson.
So, I've come to find out a bit more with station commander Mike Harrop.
-Mike, good morning.
-Good morning, Tim.
I have to say, this is an honour, to be in Guy Gibson's office.
-Cos this really was his office?
-It was, yes.
This is where he did all the preparation
and training for the dams' raid.
So, Mike, what made Guy Gibson so well qualified to run the squadron?
Here was somebody who was arguably a maverick.
Somebody who could deliver at the highest level
both in terms of flying operational ability
but also leadership and running of a squadron.
So, how did Gibson's bravery manifest itself
on that night in May 1943?
He chose to do the first run to set an example to his team,
which unfortunately wasn't quite successful.
So further runs were required.
But he chose the very courageous line, to fly in parallel
with the attacking aircraft with his lights on to draw fire
away from the aircraft going in to drop the next bomb.
And he did this three times over the Mohne dam. Extremely brave.
And then when they moved on to the Eder dam,
having sent all the other aircraft that had dropped their bombs home,
he remained in the danger area until that part of the raid was successful.
And finally, he chose to fly back over the Mohne
to see what the damage was before returning back here to Scampton.
-And sadly, he didn't survive the war?
-He didn't, regrettably.
Again, his bravery came to the fore.
He volunteered to take on the role of master bomber for a raid in 1944.
A very successful raid but regrettably,
he failed to return from that.
And we have evidence of some of these events in this album,
-We do, yes.
One of the interesting things was the King took time after the raid
to come up to Scampton and meet the squadron commander, Guy Gibson,
and a lot of the personnel who were involved in the dams' raid.
Yeah, so this is the King examining the damage?
Yes, after the raid, reconnaissance aircraft flew over the dams
to try and understand how much damage had been done
and the photographs they took are there being shown to the King.
-And it was phenomenally successful?
-It was, yes.
Two of the three dams were totally destroyed.
-At some cost to industry and everything in Germany?
-Yes, it did.
Well, we've loved our visit, thank you very much.
The big question today, of course,
for our teams over at the auction is,
are their profits about to take off?
Well, Golding Young Mawer is the saleroom of today.
Colin Young is our auctioneer. Colin, how lovely to see you.
Good to see you again, Tim.
We've got a mixed bag for our teams today,
kicking off for the Reds with this doll's house.
I mean, it is the suburban dream of heaven.
-Yep. Em... It's not quite a dream lot for auction, I must admit.
-Is it not?
No, I think this is the type of thing that you really,
really do struggle to get buyers for.
-OK, so how much?
OK. £35 paid, so they're not too far off.
Far more moving is this little locket in the nine-carat gold frame.
For a kick off, the miniature writing of the Lord's Prayer is
something else, and then you've got that vision of the soldier himself.
You see, what I find difficult to grip with this is that it's
such a personal thing for this man, Perville, at that moment in 1914.
It's a lovely thing. It's a locket to be able to wear around your neck,
but nobody else is ever really going to be able to wear it.
I suppose there'll inevitably be some people out there looking to
buy it to do that little bit of extra research and hopefully find
a family relation or something down the line so it can be reunited.
-Ah, that happens, of course.
-That possibility there.
How much do you think it's worth? Very difficult to value.
30-50 I would put on it, and hopefully that would get
people just having a little bit of passion for it.
Well, it'll be interesting to see
whether you can ignite the passion or not, because £75 was paid.
That is the retail price.
Anyway, lastly we flip to something that is entirely pleasurable.
That is the bowls from the bowling set.
So you get a nice set like this. How much?
-Is that all? £29 paid.
So they paid right at the top of your price estimate.
-Yes. If the locket doesn't do well,
they are going to be in big trouble.
Let's check out their bonus buy.
Mike, Jules, excited?
-Yes, very much so.
It could be that Philip Serrell,
who was given £161, is going to take the edge off the edge
because he's bought something and it looks chunky.
What's your bonus buy?
I quite like that.
-There was a bit of an aviation connection, wasn't there?
So this is basically a little stool, coffee table, whatever,
but it's made out of a propeller.
Is it really?
-Oh! I say.
-So it's the end of a blade.
A socking great propeller!
-I like that.
-Do you really?
-Well, I'm pleased about that. Cos of your...
-That's as near as I'm going to get.
What exactly is digga-digga-digga-digga?
-Have you not seen the film?
-That's the fella, yeah.
-That's the film, isn't it?
-You should go and see it.
..we have filmed, for this programme, the base.
-I am so envious.
-Guy Gibson's office.
I've handled Guy Gibson's ashtray.
-So stick that in your pipe.
-And smoke it.
Well, I'm very envious cos I think all that stuff is fantastic.
Cost me £80.
I think if you had a bad day, it's got to make £50-60.
If you have a good day, it could make 150, is what I think.
Clever old you, Phil.
For the audience at home,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Phil's prop.
Well, the bonus buy has winged its way to us, Colin.
-Which is a good thing, isn't it?
-It is. I love this.
I think it's really, really good.
You're going to have people who are interested in aeronautica after it.
I can see a whole variety of bidders looking for this.
Anyway, how much do you think?
Well, I've put 40-60 on it, but the more I look at this,
the better it gets.
So do you think it'll make £100?
-It really wouldn't surprise me.
-Me neither, quite frankly.
Philip Serrell's very canny, he paid £80 for it.
I rather hope that it will do well, and feel that it might.
Anyway, that's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues, Paul and Susan,
their first big investment is the Burmantofts jardiniere.
Size and a half, fairly well-known factory, which is
highly collectable, but more of the aesthetic pieces rather than
this more flowing naturalistic.
Yes. How much?
OK. £100 paid, so that's fine. That's slap in the middle.
The next item is the delicate atomiser, the little perfume bottle.
I think this is a good little lot.
It's only a plated top, it's not the finest quality.
Not everybody wants an atomiser, but I thought 40-60.
Ah, you put your stake in the sand.
Good, I hope you're right, cos £21 was paid.
If you're not right, we should be giggling at you in a minute,
cos you'll be up there hammering for Britain,
really wanting that item to do well.
Lastly, we go with the little Charles Horner thimble,
which they paid a massive £23 for. I don't quite understand that.
No. It does seem like a lot of money for a very small amount of silver.
I've just applied an estimate of £10-30
because that's as low as I can really estimate it.
OK, fine. Well, Charles Horner is of course that Halifax maker that is
desirable in jewellery terms.
I'm not so sure how desirable it is for thimbles.
Well, we're not talking about a lot of money. £23 versus £10-30.
They aren't going to be too far awry.
But just in case not, they might need their bonus buy,
so let's go and have a look at it.
Hey, you two.
Now, you spent 144, you gave Charles 156.
-Charles, show us what you bought.
-Tim, I will. Here we are.
It's 1950s, it's stylish, it's striking.
It's a lovely nine-carat, gold, French, garnet, floral brooch.
-Look at me.
I don't like brooches.
Sorry. But it's very pretty.
How much was it?
How much do you think?
I'm always one to speculate, Paul,
because I think it's a jewel that I would value on a given day
to between 80 and 120, if I'm being quite fresh about it.
We have to trust him, but you don't like brooches?
-No, but I've got to trust him, haven't I?
We all have to trust him. Look at the work.
What does your eye tell you?
-It's very pretty.
-Would you want to make that out of gold for £80?
I mean, that is the question you have to ask yourself.
Will somebody else go with it? For the audience at home right now,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Charles' brooch.
-Well, Colin, there's something for you to wear at the weekends.
I've got just the job for that this evening.
No, seriously, it's quite fun. Said to be French.
Do you agree with that?
Yeah, I see no reason why not. Very nice thing. Quite an organic piece.
I suppose that's got to be worth a minimum of 40-60, 30-50,
that sort of range. Mid tens rather than high tens, I would say.
OK, fine. Charles Hanson paid £84, and he rates it as a bonus buy.
I think we're all going to have to cross our legs, don't you?
I think we'll have to cross most things, including gavels.
Now, Mike, Julie, this is the moment.
Your scratch-built dolls' house.
It's a suburban dream that house, isn't it?
Every middle-class person in 1932 aspired to
live in a house like that.
Let's go and have a little play.
-Look at that. What fun!
Who's going to start me at £50? £50 anybody? £50.
You won't need a mortgage at this price.
40 to go then, surely. £40. 30 if you like. £30. 30.
-It's a knock-down price.
-Oh, go on.
£20 bid. Two again now?
It looks like the answer is no, then.
Selling this time on my left at £20. Maiden bid takes it.
OK, well, stand by for the Battle of the Marne.
Wonderful history on this. What should we say?
Let's get straight into this. Start me at £80 for it. £80 anybody?
50 to go then. 50. 50.
30 will do then £30. Start me at bottom estimate. Straight in.
£30 bid. At 30 bid. Five do I see?
At 35 bid, I'll take 38. 35 bid. 38. 40.
£40 bid. 40. 42 now. At 40. 42 again now.
At £40. We'll give you some glasses as well, if you wish.
At 40 bid. 42 or not now.
At £40. Just see what a bargain this is. Two or not now. Selling at £40.
-£40 is minus £35.
-Way down, Tim, aren't we?
-We're doing well.
You're minus £50.
Now this is a load of old bowls.
£30 anyone? 30? 20. Got to be worth £10 each, surely. £20, anyone. 20.
Can't give them away. £10. I think I'm going to cry for you.
10 on the internet. Thank goodness for the internet.
Selling at £10.
Some days there's good days and some days there's bad days.
That is not a fair result, minus £69, I'm afraid to say.
Anyway, there we are.
Are we going to be positive, are we going to go with the prop stool?
We can lose more money then.
Yes, I think in for a penny, in for a pound.
OK, we're going with the bonus buy?
-Yes! In for a penny, in for a pound. Here comes the bench.
This is a multi-purpose lot. It's made from an aircraft propeller.
Who's going to start me at £80 for it?
80. 50 to go, then. £50, anybody? 50 do you have?
Who's first in at 50? £50 anyone? 50?
40 to go then, surely. £40 to go. 40 on the net. Up to 50 on the net.
50. At 50 bid.
50. 5. 55 bid. 55. It's 60, surely.
At 55. 60. 60 bid. 65 now.
-Not doing so bad.
I have a bid of 65. I thought it would be a fraction more than this.
70. £70 bid. 75 now.
75 bid. That's more like it. £80.
We're on the mark at 80.
Surely you can wing it for another fiver.
80 bid. Five anywhere else now?
-Yes! That's a profit.
-90. £90 bid.
You know you want it. You're not going to find another one like this.
90 bid. 92 do I see?
The last call then. We're selling on the internet at £90.
-Well done, Philip.
-The giddy heights of a profit.
The giddy heights of a profit. Well done.
Don't denigrate that. That takes you neatly to minus £59.
Listen, it could be a winning score. Don't say a word to the Blues.
-Thank you very much.
-Paul, Sue, are you cool?
-You're going to need to be, I tell you.
You might have to dig deep today.
We have evidence of the market activity here.
Stand by. Here we go. Here comes the Burmantofts.
Late Victorian Burmantofts faience earthenware jardiniere and stand.
-Who's going to start me at £200? £200, anybody?
I'll take 100 if you like. £100, anybody? 100. Surely 100.
There's a lot of pot in that. £100 bid. Thank you. £100 bid.
Ten now, surely. £100 bid.
Ten again now, surely. Maiden bid takes it there.
Going to a maiden bid of £100.
Maiden bid of 100. Only one bid, it's the right bid though,
cos it shows you no profit, no loss.
No pain, no gain.
One wiped face.
Now the atomiser. Is he going to get his £40-60?
It's his estimate.
Start me at £40. 40.
£40, anybody? 40.
30, if you like. £30, anybody. 30.
All right, then, start me at £10 and we'll get on.
£10, straight in.
£10 bid, 12 anywhere else now?
£10 bid, 12 now do I see? 12. 15. 15 bid. 18 now.
18. 20 now. £18 bid. 20. Surely 20. Surely half of my estimate.
It's on the market at 18. It's the last call, then. Going at 18.
£18. I can't believe it. It's minus £3.
What happened to its £40-60 estimate?
That's what I say.
Now the thimble.
Probably a Charles Horner piece. Chester, 1903.
Who's going to start me at £30 for it? 30. 20 to go then, surely. £20.
20? 10 if you like. 10. Bid of 10.
12. I make it 10 bid. 10 bid. 12. 12 bid. 15? 15 bid.
At 15 bid. 18 now.
At £15 bid, 18 and on now. 15.
18 do I see?
You're out on the net, but I'm going to sell. Selling for £15.
I beg your pardon, is minus £8,
which means overall you're minus 11 smacks.
What are we going to do? We're 11 smackers down.
Are you going to go with the French brooch or are you going to park it
and maybe have a winning score with minus £11?
-No, we'll leave it.
-We'll leave it.
-We'll leave it.
-We're not going to go with it.
-That's very conclusive.
We're not going with the bonus buy, but we're going to sell it anyway.
-I might tiptoe off now. Would you mind?
Who's going to start me at £50? 50.
40 to go then, surely. £40, anyone? 40. £40.
Who's going to be first in for the brooch?
£40. Over there. 40. 40 bid. 45. 45 bid. 50. 5. 55 do I see?
At £50. £50 the bid. 5 anywhere else now? 50, it's in the room.
Fiver now. My bid's over here. Then I'll sell here at £50.
£50. £50 is minus £34.
Well, no, you're at minus £11 cos you didn't go with the bonus buy.
They're minus £11. You didn't go with the bonus buy.
As it happened, that was a wise move, all right?
You could easily have a winning score here today at minus £11.
-Just don't say anything to the Reds.
Well, I have to say, you've been great teams today.
That is not, however, reflected in the results,
which I'm afraid are heavily in the minus department.
There is a gap between you, though.
The gap means that the runners up today are...
Minus £59, despite you making a splendid profit, Philip,
on the propeller bench, which was a jolly nice item, I have to tell you.
Not much luck with the rest of it.
But it doesn't matter, it's just a game.
-Have you had a nice time?
We've loved having you on the show.
The victors today have managed to win by only losing £11,
which bearing in mind how flat the market seems to be in Lincoln
today, is quite an achievement.
Of course, you did assist yourself by not going with the bonus buy.
That didn't help you, did it, Charles?
-Anyway, no shame in that. You had a nice time?
You go home victorious.
We've had a great time,
so join us soon for some more Bargain Hunting, yes?
The former RAF base of Hemswell in the bomber county of Lincolnshire is the target for the bargain-hunting teams. Winging their way to assist with their aim of landing a golden gavel are highly decorated experts Philip Serrell and Charles Hanson. Meanwhile, presenter Tim Wonnacott visits a legendary RAF base with an epic tale of World War Two bravery.