Antiques show. Tim Wonnacott, Jonathan Pratt and Caroline Hawley head to the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh in search of unusual items to take to auction in Glasgow.
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# Come fly with me, Let's fly, let's fly away. #
We're at an antiques and collectors' fair in Edinburgh,
right next door to the airport, to be precise.
So, why don't we fasten our safety belts and prepare for takeoff?
And let's go bargain hunting! Yeah!
Here at the Royal Highland Centre, we have over 300 dealers,
from whom our teams can buy.
They have one hour and £300 to bag three items,
so let's have a quick taste as to what's coming up.
-The Reds resort to desperate measures.
Chase after him.
And the Blues prove hard to please.
-I don't like that. Sorry.
-No, I can tell by your face. No!
-That's a bit too much, isn't it, Gillian?
Let's meet today's teams.
Well, on the show today, we have a team of friends.
For the Reds, we've got Tommy and David.
And for the Blues, mother and daughter, Gillian and Valerie.
Hello, everyone. Everybody happy? Good!
Now, Tommy, how do you two know one another?
Me and Dave went to primary school together back about 15 years ago
and we lost contact. We then bumped into each other on a night
out at St Andrews University, where we both went,
and became flatmates and have been friends ever since.
-That's an extraordinary coincidence.
-Yeah, it is.
-Was it in a pub, by any chance?
-Funny thing that! Now, you're a great art fan, I hear.
I did history of art at St Andrews and I work in the art world,
but my grandfather was a painter,
so I've always been surrounded by paintings from a young age.
-Have you got any of his works?
-You're hanging on to them, though.
-On the walls, yeah.
Lovely. Now, David, I understand you have a passion for fashion.
I do indeed, Tim, yes.
I am a retail manager for a big British fashion company.
But in my spare time,
I have got a big appreciation for kind of classical fashion.
Your style is fantastic! I'm a big fan of...
I believe fashion is all in the detail.
So, tie pins, tie clips, cuff links, all that kind of thing.
If you look the part, then you can act the part in work.
So, what are your team tactics going to be today?
We've actually talked about this at length.
We both believe you need to spend money to make money. So I think...
-Blow the lot.
-Or as much as possible.
OK, well, you've got some plans. Good luck with those.
-Thanks very much.
-Now, let's chat up the girls!
-You are a rare breed of girl in that you love your exams.
I basically collate all the questions examiners submit, put papers
together, edit grammar, for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
So, you're a very particular person. Accuracy is everything in your life.
-Look at your mother's face!
Just look at the mother's face! She's agreeing with that!
-Has she always been particular, the daughter?
At school, she was very precise.
She put a lot of pressure on herself in school.
Now, Valerie, it says here that you're retired.
What did you do in your working years?
I worked as a nursery nurse in the Royal Mile Nursery, which is
part of a primary school based in the Canongate area.
And now you do a bit of volunteering.
I do, yes.
I've been doing that now for seven years, Homelink, so it's supporting
parents, supporting children, and doing activities with them.
Now, before we get over-absorbed, the £300 money moment. Here you go.
£300. There's your £300.
You know the rules, your experts await, and off you go!
And very, very, very good luck! Gosh, what interesting teams today!
Now, let's meet our experts.
Worldy-wise Jonathan Pratt will be helping out the Reds.
And our lady in red, Caroline Hawley, will be assisting the Blues.
What do you want to collect? What do you want to buy?
-We were thinking sterling silver pieces.
-So, what are we looking for?
-I quite like sparkle, I have to say.
-Don't we all!
-Yeah! Pin cushions.
Glasgow, it's modern design, and that's where we're going to
-be selling. We should look for all sorts of things like that.
-Let's get a move on.
-And I quite like dogs as well.
-Right, OK. So, lots. Well, let's get shopping!
Right, teams, off you go. Your 60 minutes starts now.
-Go down here?
-Yes. Why not?
Off to a flying start, the Reds home in on something slightly batty.
-Very interesting. Bats.
-Oh, aren't they?
-They're rather cool, I like them, actually.
-What do you think, Dave?
-I like them. I think...
-They're a bit batty, aren't they?
They're rather batty!
180 quid's a lot of money, but decorative always sells.
If you got this down to 120, you might get 150 for them.
-I'm going to see if I can get the best price off him.
Hi there, sir. What's your very best price for the two bats?
-I can do... 150 would be the best.
-150's your very best?
-I mean, they're really off, aren't they?
-£150, let's put it down, have a think, come back.
OK, have a think, guys. Meanwhile, the shopping continues.
-What is this? What is that?
-Now, that... Do you know what that is?
-Your mum's just asked me.
-An apothecary box? I don't know.
-It's a what?
-Apothecary... For like...
-No, not an apothecary box.
-We'll have a look, shall we?
-Oh, is it sewing?
-It's a sewing box. Silk-lined.
-It's walnut, inlaid with this Tunbridge ware inlay.
-Mother of pearl.
-And abalone shell.
-It's a lovely thing. And what's the price?
-It looks like it's been...
-I've taken it down already.
-So, what is it?
-I could go down to 60.
I think it's all the money now.
They used to be quite a bit more money.
-And it's good because the inside's good.
The wood's good, but I think we're going to be pushing it to get
more than 60, if I'm honest.
Right. Right, OK.
What do you want to do? Do you want to wander on?
Do you want to maybe go back and put the bats in the bag?
-I think we put the bats in the bag.
-Stop hanging around and put the bats in the bag.
-I do the puns round here!
-Come on, then. All right, let's go.
You head back for the bats. But what have the Blues spotted?
-Ah, you see. Now, that's a nice pin cushion.
-This little elephant.
Yeah, the elephant is gorgeous,
but, and it is a big but, can you see his trunk?
-That, to me, looks like it's been knocked off.
-Gillian, you want pin cushions, don't you?
-I'm tempted to say - how much is it?
-Cos I'm sure it'll be...
-The price will reflect the damage.
But I think it's probably best to stay clear of something with damage.
-Would you agree?
-He's so cute, though.
-He's gorgeous. How much is he, please?
I could do it for 50.
-Right. And what date is it?
-It's early 1900s.
-It would be over 100 if it was...
-Yes, it would.
If the trunk was there.
Look, you see the silver marks here.
It's Birmingham and turn of the 20th century. So 1900-1905.
-That sort of date.
-I think he's lovely, but he needs to be...
-Well, he either needs to be perfect, or less money.
OK. Is £50 best price?
45, but I couldn't do anything... Really, that's giving it away.
-I think I'm going to go with it.
-I knew she was going to have him.
I just have a thing about... I just feel he needs a home.
Somebody will give him a home and whether he makes a profit, well...
Despite the truncated trunk, the Blues make their first purchase,
but as the Reds approach the bat stall, a surprise awaits.
-Oh, no. Someone's...
They're in his hand.
-Kapow! Bam! Pow! Holy smoke, Batman!
-Batman's left the Batcave.
-Have you just bought those?
-How much did you buy them for?
All right, thanks very much.
How much do you like them?
-Quick tenner for the man.
-Go on. Chase after him.
Go on, Tommy! After him!
Hello, mate. Sorry to bother you. Would you take 160 for them?
I quite like them, myself.
All right, too bad.
-Is that lost?
-Lost. The bats have flown.
The bats have flown.
-Oh! That just goes to show, doesn't it?
-Yeah, it does, yeah.
-You have to strike when the iron's hot.
-You certainly do, JP.
Sometimes, it happens.
Now, back to the Blues. Hopefully, they're having better luck.
Now, this is rosewood. Like the caddy we were looking at.
This is rosewood, inlaid with mother of pearl and abalone shell.
-It's got a little bit of damage here.
-Oh! I can see.
-Sometimes, fingers tell you more than your eyes.
-And I felt that.
And that would cost an awful lot to have it repaired.
But look inside.
That's for your stationery.
-And do you think all of this inside is the originals to the box?
I wouldn't have thought so.
No. I mean, some of them...have got silver lids. This one has.
-Some are plated. So it's a carry-all.
-It's still rather nice.
-It's still rather beautiful.
-It is. It's gorgeous.
-Do you want to ask the price?
-Excuse me, how much is this box?
-130 on it?
130. And is that...? Is that your best price on it?
I may come back. And you're going to stick with 110?
-Down to 100.
-Well, that's very kind.
-That's very kind of you. Thank you for that.
Has that swayed you?
-We'll go quickly, move on, and...
-We need to know...
-I think we're running out of time.
I don't want to pressurise you.
-We haven't got all the time in the world.
-No, we haven't.
Careful, Blues. Don't make the same mistake as the Reds.
But talking of time,
the teams are now just over 30 minutes into the shop.
As they carry on bargain hunting,
I've got the opportunity to focus on a couple of finds of my own.
In the antiques game,
you simply must travel with one of these things in your pocket.
It's a magnifying glass. Sometimes called a jeweller's loupe.
You come across a pretty little bit of Scandinavian design,
this silver brooch, and on the back is an indistinct mark,
get your loupe out, snuggle up to that, and it says - Balle 925 S.
You know that's a Norwegian silver mark and it is of the 1960s period.
All possible because you've got this magnifying lens.
I carry about my person one of these. It's another lens.
I use it sometimes and I like it cos it's in the form of a little
gavel and if you're an auctioneer, it's a nice thing to carry around.
Go to a fair today and you could buy one of these
which is a super-duper up-to-date Japanese magnifying glass.
It's got an LED light in it, look, that gives you ultraviolet
so you can tell whether some restoration has happened
to a piece of ceramics or a painting or it goes to white light
and it would cost you, with a plastic pouch, under £10.
But if you're looking for magnification
and you want something that's really valuable
then the big prize is to go out and find one of these.
The design of this particular type of
late Georgian mahogany magnifying glass
is for one purpose and one purpose alone
and that is to view pictures.
These are called gallery lenses
and the handle is pierced with a little hole
and around about 1820 or 1830 when this thing was made,
it would've had a length of silk string
and would've hung in a gallery, sometimes public galleries
but more likely private galleries
and you'd take the lens off the wall
and schmooze up to some Rembrandt painting,
something that's got an incredible amount of detail
and view it from a distance.
Anyway, the survival rate of these things has been tiny
and as a result they're extremely desirable today.
Look online and you'll find them in American antique dealers' shops
for example, the top end of 2,500.
I've been looking for one for years and what did I pay?
Now that is how to magnify your profits.
Now back to the shopping.
The Blues have bought one item
and the Reds still need to make a first purchase.
Now what's caught Jonathan's beady little eye?
Row of amber beads, OK?
Graduated, I'd say they're amber, they feel right,
-amber is basically fossilised resin of ancient pine trees.
Millions of years old.
There's something called copal resin which is more recent,
30,000 years ago
and there's what people call reconstituted amber which
essentially is fragments of amber that have been discovered
and pressed together, heated and pressed together
and they make beads out of.
I think this is probably the latter but these are nice shapes,
-nice and round. They could be plastic.
-It's a gamble.
I don't want to sort of force your hand.
-What I'm looking for is bubbles.
Because if you find a bubble then you've got plastic. I can't see any.
I can't see any bubbles.
The Chinese are buying these in the Far East,
the Arabs are buying these.
Now if this is amber then they could be quite valuable.
She wants £120 for them,
it might be that there's £150 or £200 if you bought from £100.
If you get them for 80, you could make 20 or 30 quid.
You might lose on them, it is a gamble.
-Let's go green on the amber.
-Let's try and get a good price.
-Maybe 80 quid?
-I'm going to try at 80.
As we have a shy stallholder,
Jonathan heads off to negotiate away from the camera.
She wouldn't take 80, she wouldn't take 90. £95.
-There we go.
-I think we could do well on them.
-It was worth a gamble.
-Brilliant. That's one in the bag.
One in the bag indeed, Jonathan. Well done, Reds.
You've made your first purchase.
It's now one-all
and the Blues have come to a decision on the toilet box.
I've decided, Caroline. I think I want to go with it.
-Right, rewind. So if you want to go with it, yeah?
-I do, I do.
Are you happy with that, Gillian?
Yeah, I like the damaged theme we're going down.
-You're going for it anyway?
-I am, I am.
-Yes, thank you.
-Yes, I'm going for that at £100.
-Yes, thank you very much, can we shake on that?
-Thank you, thank you.
-Seeing as you're doing it on the telly!
-Thank you very much.
Great, another purchase made for the Blues. It's now 2-1 up to them.
Now what have the Reds spotted?
I like these, these are quite decorative,
pair of andirons, you know, for the fire.
Again they'd sell more likely in Scotland
than they would down south,
this has that sort of a hint of the late 19th century,
got, you know, Charles Rennie Mackintosh
-and it has that sort of linear sort of feel about it.
-It does, yeah.
He's asking 125 for them.
-I don't know. Auction would say 60 to 80, 70 to 100.
-Are you going to make a profit? Don't know.
-Leave them there for a minute, they won't go anywhere.
-They honestly won't.
-Not like the bats.
Famous last words, JP, on your head be it.
So the Reds still need to buy two more items,
whilst the Blues are looking to make their final purchase.
-Is that for umbrellas?
-Yes. It is Victorian cast iron.
-I personally love cast iron.
That's an umbrella or stick stand.
Yeah, so you would have it in your lovely vestibule as you come in.
-Yes, that's a smart word, isn't it?
Get you! In your hall, yes.
Now also it's very brittle, cast iron, and if you look closely
I can see a break, can you see it?
-There, it's been...
-Can you see there?
-So that's really quite delicate.
-Yeah, it is.
I mean, it's very, very heavy but if you knock it over, it breaks.
-That's it, yes.
-It's very brittle.
And it's £140.
Well, then, no, that's a bit too much, isn't it, Gillian?
-No, move along.
-Move along, right.
Move along but keep it in mind, Blues.
The Reds however are sifting through what's on offer
as they still need to make two more purchases.
Art Deco, strong Art Deco sugar sifter, you know,
-you put your icing sugar...
-Sprinkle on cakes?
Simply made, pressed bands, pressed top, punched out,
it's late deco, it's a collectors piece and that. What's the price?
-What does the label say?
-Label says 180.
-What would you do on that?
-Is there any wiggle room with that?
-I'd like to go for 100 on that.
Oh, 50p, OK.
-Do you want to buy that?
-I like it.
I think there's a, there could be a market for that in Glasgow.
-Let's go for it.
-Let's go for it, yep.
Make a decision, yeah. - Very stylish.
OK, that's purchase number two for the Reds, hurrah!
Now, 15 minutes left.
-No, I don't like that.
-No, you don't like that, that's OK.
-How much are you asking for the guitar?
-The guitar's 1,700.
1,700? OK, thanks very much.
As ever, time's moving on, the pressure has started to mount.
Ten minutes to go, teams.
It's not, it's not sort of like,
I'm not sort of saying I have to get this. Are you, Gillian?
-No, I can tell by your face.
-I can tell by your face.
Time's ticking but it's a no to the clock.
Definitely worth getting your skates on, teams.
-How much are the...?
-200 a set.
-200 a set.
-Five minutes to go.
-Oh, no! Yeah, OK.
There's the stick stand, do you want another look at the stick stand?
We could make him an offer.
-I quite like it because it's different.
-I like it as well.
And we keep going for silver items and mother of pearl
-and it's sturdy, it's...
-I like it, I like it.
Seems the Blues are changing their tune.
What's your best price on this umbrella stand?
It's 140 on it.
Well, I know that but I think what it is,
I'm just trying to think, you know,
how to do it with the auction because we want to make a profit.
That is your problem.
He's right, Valerie!
-That's true, that is true.
-That's a very good point, sir.
But I would do 85.
-How much did you say?
-It is a huge reduction, yes. No, we appreciate that.
-But I think it's still going to be expensive.
-You make your minds up.
-At 70, there might be a chance but 85.
-You could squeeze five.
-I don't think we can.
Honestly, it's 70 we can do. At 70 we have a deal.
70 you can take it away.
-Thank you, sir. All right.
-Yeah, thank you for that.
You're very welcome.
I did nothing but thank you!
Congratulations, the Blues have found their very last item.
But with lack of time on their minds and one more item to buy,
the Reds home in on watches.
-I'll do the Roamer.
-I'll do it for 40.
-It's a proper 1950s watch.
-So mechanical wind like my watch...
Roamer watches have been made in Switzerland since 1888.
In 1972, the company launched its first quartz movement
but returned to making mechanical versions in 2003.
And if he did it for 30, I'd say that would be a good little thing.
No, 40, honestly, it's, that's half I've gone on it, you know?
-I'll do you 35.
-And you're guaranteed a profit.
-Thanks very much.
-I'd take it, it's a good little watch.
-We'll take it.
All you need is a strap for it and it's a nice period style thing.
-All right, shake the man's hand,
the clock can stop and we're done.
-Good on you, lads.
-Thanks very much.
-You're very kind.
And with that, the third and final Reds' purchase is made.
That went right up to the wire because...
Time's up, let's check out what the Red team bought, eh?
They gave this amber bead necklace the green light at £95.
They sprinkled £107.50 on this Art Deco silver sugar caster.
And finally they paid £35 for a gents' Roamer steel wristwatch.
-OK, chaps, was that good fun?
-Oh, fantastic fun.
-Well, it looked it.
-Now, you spent how much?
That's very precise.
-So who's got the 60 whatever it is?
-That's in the hands of this man here.
-OK, is it in safe hands?
-It is now.
-Going to snatch it back.
Now which is your favourite piece, Tom-Tom?
Favourite piece, I'm going to put my trust in Jonathan
-and go for the amber beads.
-That's your favourite piece?
You can have a favourite without distrusting him, you know.
-Anyway, what about you, Dave-Dave?
Personally I like the sugar shaker, thought it was a bit different
and hopefully it'll be the sweetener on our hunt today.
Is that going to bring the biggest profit, the sugar shaker?
No, I think the beads might do it for us to be honest.
The beads, yeah. Well, he's looking slightly shifty about it.
So you've got all this cash, look, £62.50 coming your way,
which is very nice, have a nice time shopping
and you guys go and have a nice cup of tea because right now
we're going to check out what the Blue team bought, aren't we?
They're pinning their chances on this early 20th century
silver pincushion in the form of an elephant for £45.
The Victorian mother of pearl and rosewood toilet case
set them back £100.
And finally they were home and dry with this third purchase,
a Victorian cast iron umbrella stand for £70.
-OK, girls, was that good fun?
-Yes, really good fun.
I'm pleased to hear that. And you spent up, how much did you spend?
-215, I'd like £85 of leftover lolly.
-There you go.
Thank you very much.
Now, Valerie, I have to ask you which is your favourite piece?
Well, I have to say my favourite piece is what I chose myself,
it's the box with the lovely sort of inlay, beautiful.
-That's your favourite?
-That's my favourite.
-What's your personal favourite?
-My little pincushion.
-..your personal favourite.
-Yeah, very cute.
-And which piece is going to bring the biggest profit?
-I think it might actually be the umbrella stand.
-The cast iron umbrella stand?
-The cast iron, yes.
OK, well, you never know, do you?
-It'll all surprise us at the auction I expect.
-Anyway, moving on, Caroline.
There we go, the little wodge for you.
-Thank you. Much appreciated.
-What you going to do with it?
I'm not going to be specific but I've got some ideas.
Now it's time to catch up with our auctioneer.
£40, anyone for 5? Still online, it's all go online here.
At £50, I'm looking for 5. At 55.
Well, how lovely is this?
We've trotted from Edinburgh to Glasgow
and we come to McTear's saleroom
to be with our auctioneer of the moment, Natasha Raskin.
Natasha, how lovely.
-Hello, Tim, you're very welcome here in McTear's.
We're feeling very comfortable already.
Anyway, Thomas and David,
-their first item are these so-called amber beads.
-Yes, so-called amber.
I don't think they're amber.
They're very popular amongst buyers,
they usually inspire competition so they shouldn't be difficult to sell.
What's your estimate?
Well, I hope they'll cut the mustard at £30 to £50.
OK, £95 was paid.
You say, "OK." But actually that is potentially a bit of a body blow.
Moving on to another classic, everybody in the 1920s and '30s
seemed to need to sprinkle sugar on their fresh fruit
-and here's the joker to do it.
It's more Art Deco style really, the Chester marks are for 1948, 49
so it just shows how the Art Deco style endured
throughout the 20th century.
Good. How much?
I'm going to say we put an estimate of £50 to £80 on those.
Your low estimate is approximately half what was paid for this caster.
It is, but at £50 to £80, it's a little bit, "Come get me."
Now, just in case we forget what time it is,
here's a nice little wristwatch.
-How do you rate that?
-Well, do you know what?
I quite like it.
We're seeing mid-century wristwatches go very well
at the moment, the likes of Omega are very popular,
Roamer is our maker here, Swiss maker,
17 jewels to the movement,
so "ordinary but accurate" is how I'd put it.
Unfortunately it's lacking the strap
but as the actual wristwatch itself, I love the black dial,
very design-led and no,
I don't think we'll have a problem selling this any which way.
-What's your estimate?
-We're asking 40 to 60 for the Roamer wristwatch.
-Oh, good, good.
What it will all boil down to is the so-called amber beads,
do they make a disastrous loss or not?
If they do, they're going to need their Bonus Buy,
let's go and have a look at it.
-OK, chaps, are you excited?
-Yeah, very excited.
Not half as excited as JP got, you gave him £62.50.
JP, what did you find?
-Look at this.
I bought this, it's a little doorstop,
it's made of cast iron and it's like a, I like to think of it as maybe
a bit of cheese with a little mouse sitting on the top of it.
There's a sort of tradition of the cast iron in Scotland
since the 18th century
and it's a sort of novelty Arts and Crafts sort of thing.
-I like it.
-Well, OK, so...
-How much did it cost, though?
OK, I spent of my £62 something...
Of my 62.50,
I spent £38.
That's not bad, that's not bad and how do you think it'll perform?
I would be surprised if it didn't make a profit of maybe £10 or £15.
-What more to say?
Apart from let's find out for the audience at home
what the auctioneer thinks about JP's little block.
-There's a little cheesy object for you.
-Oh, dear. Very cheesy indeed.
I don't smell a rat with this one, I love it.
I absolutely love this door wedge.
I think it is such good novelty fun and it works on so many levels.
You know the wedge for the door,
the wedge of cheese with the wee mousie running across it.
You reckon you're going to get a nibble or two for it, do you?
I do, I do, we'll come up squeaky clean with this one.
-Yeah, very good. Anyway, how much?
-20 to 30...
-£20 to £30?
-..for our door wedge.
-Is that all?
-That's all, that's all.
-£38 paid by JP.
And all his hopes are resting on that little rodent.
How benighted he may be.
Anyway, that's it for the Reds,
moving onto the Blues, Gillian and Valerie.
First up for them is their novelty heffalump.
Pincushions are very collectable,
-condition wise, of course, we're missing the end of the trunk.
-But is that such a big deal? That can be fixed very easily.
-So how much?
-We've put 50 to 60 on this novelty elephant.
Is that all?
-£50 to £60, yes.
-I think it's the condition.
You look as sad as the elephant in the circus.
No wonder the elephant's looking sad.
But 50 to 60 is again, I've said it before,
-but it's very much an enticing estimate.
-Gillian found it and she only paid £45.
-£45 is a bit of a steal, retail, actually.
-So we have high hopes for that.
Valerie went very strongly with her dressing box
-which is a bit of a mishmash, isn't it?
The actual box itself is very nice,
the inlaid mother of pearl design is very attractive.
There's nothing going to turn you off there, a few losses
but again they can be fixed.
It's the inside that doesn't worry me so much but that just,
you know, is a little bit of a mismatch as you say.
The accoutrements are varied between silver topped and also silver plated
but for what it is, for what it is there's a lot for your money there.
Well, what sort of price then do you think after all that?
After all that, we're not really asking the earth,
we're asking for £60 to £80.
£100 was paid and I'd be very surprised
-if it didn't bring £100 to £150, so there we go.
No pressure, you understand.
Next is the umbrella stand and that's quite chunky, isn't it?
I quite like it, it's certainly very Victorian.
The cast shell design is popular across items, isn't it?
From cutlery to frames to umbrella stands so it's got a lot going on.
It's got a lot going on and a lot of the architecture in Glasgow
is of late 19th century taste
and this is very much an aesthetic movement stand.
-It's design-led and that's going to be what sells it, hopefully.
Well, that canny Caroline Hawley only paid £70 for it.
You get a lot for £70 I reckon, though. What's your estimate?
Our estimate's around that, it brackets that, 50 to 80.
-OK, well, there's some hope then, isn't there?
There is, there's always hope.
And talking about hope, they may need a bit, otherwise
they're going to need their Bonus Buy,
so let's go and have a look at it.
Are you excited to find out what Caroline's got under her cloth?
-You gave the girl £85.
-What did you spend £85 on, Caroline?
-Well, you ready?
-What is it?
-It got such a good "ooh"! What do you think it is?
-Bit fishy to me.
-Something to do with needles?
-It's a needle holder in the form of a fish...
-Oh, it's lovely.
-..made of marine ivory I would think.
With this little lens here, it's called a stanhope
and if you look very carefully through that lens,
-you will see a series of views from the Isle of Man.
-This is fantastic.
And there are some lovely views. Can you see?
-Just have a look, one side of it's flat...
And also how much was paid for this?
-Oh, also how much, that's the question, isn't it?
What do you think?
-50, 40, 70.
No, but I do like it. I like it a lot.
It's a nice thing and I think it would appeal to a lot of collectors.
So what year are we talking sort of?
I would think that's mid-19th century.
-Yeah, no, I'm happy with that.
-I think it'll make its money.
-But I don't think there's a huge profit to be made on it...
-..but I think it's...
-Yeah, a little.
OK, well, on that happy note, let's check out right now
what the auctioneer thinks about Caroline's little stanhope.
Well, Natasha, here's a bit of fishy business for you.
It is fishy, but it's again a good novelty piece.
-Is that a lovely stylised fish?
-It really is, could it be a kipper?
It could be a kipper and because it comes from the Isle of Man...
-..that ties up with the Manx kipper industry.
It does, it's a lovely tourist item
and we're finding that quirky helps with these ladies' items.
-I rather like it, I have to say. I quite fancy it as an object.
-How much do you fancy it?
-We put it in at £40 to £60.
You don't fancy it that much then, do you?
-Oh, well, come on, it's halfway to £100.
-You half fancy it. OK, fine.
-£70 was paid by Caroline.
-And she really rates it.
Whether the team will go for it or not is another matter
and that is the name of the game, isn't it?
It is, the name of the game.
The name of the game.
And let's see for this. £120...
Now, Thomas, David, how are you feeling? All right?
-Feeling a little bit nervous, actually.
-Nerves are jangling, yep.
A bit of uncertainty about some of our pieces
-but I think once it's happening, it'll be fine.
-Anything you wish you hadn't bought?
-Almost all of them.
The silver sugar shaker might come a cropper.
-Might not be as sweet as it seemed at first glance.
Now, here we go, here comes the reconstituted amber beads.
And let's see for this single strand. Go on, give me £50.
-You need these in your life for £50.
-You need it.
40 then, ladies and gentlemen. Who is bidding 30? Who will be bold?
Bid £30 for a fabulous neckpiece. Who will bid me £30?
Go on, then, 20. I'll take 20 and who'll put up a hand at £20?
Let's see it, £20. Thank you.
At £20, right here in front, it's going to look good.
At 25 online, will you make it 30?
30's bid, thank you.
At £30. Will you make it 35, online?
-I'm starting to sweat here.
At £30 it's to our chic lady here in the front row.
At £30 it sells.
Uh-oh. £30. I'm afraid it's minus 65.
Now let's try the caster, here it comes, looking good.
And let's see, come on now, this is an easy £80.
Who's bidding me £70?
Let's get £70 on the caster, let's not beat around the bush.
-Let's get 60 then. £60 is...oh! 70 online.
-There we go.
At £70, I'm looking for 5.
At £70, it's online bidding and I must see 5 next.
At £70, are we all done?
It is £70.
My goodness, £70.
That is minus £37.50.
-Right, it's all down to the watch, then.
-Off to a good start.
-Onto the watch.
-Taken a hammering.
See I'm looking for £60 for this. £60, who's bidding?
I've got 25 on commission. I'll take that, it's low but I'll take it.
-Who'll make it 30? At £25, 30's online.
-Give us a break.
At £30, I'm looking for 5. 35, it's all go online here.
Who's in the room at 40? It's online at 40. At £40, I'm looking for 45.
Who's bidding? At £40, are you done? No, 5 online.
Well, you've made a profit on one item.
Come on, push it up to 50, we like even numbers here.
At 45, I'm looking for 50.
At £45, are we all done? It's selling, then.
Last call, fair warning. At £45.
Well done, that is a profit of £10. Bravo.
Which means overall you are minus £92.50.
-Oh, deary me.
-Yes. Well, there we go.
-There we go.
Right, what are we going to do about this wedge?
-We going to do the doorstop?
OK, we're going with the Bonus Buy.
We're going with wee mousie and £38 paid, her estimate is £20 to £30.
-You never know.
So let us hope that cast iron is rather better than
reconstituted amber because here we go.
A mouse on a wedge there, a good tongue-in-cheek thing and let's see.
50's online, will you make it 55?
Will you make it 60, online?
-It's 55 in our room.
-Well done, JP.
-At 60 now. 65?
Yes, at 65 with the lady.
Looking for 70. At £65. 70, online.
-We've 80 online. 85, madam?
Looking for 90. At £85, I'm looking for 90.
At 90 online. 95 is bid now.
-95, I'm looking for 100. At £95, 100 online.
-110, will you?
Yes, you will at 110. I'm looking for 120.
-Going to make some serious cheddar now.
-Get in there.
120 is bid. 130, will you? Still going, thank you.
At 130, I'm looking for 140. At £130, are you bidding 140?
-One more bid, come on.
-Cheers at the back of the room. 150, I'm looking for 160.
At 150, I'm looking for 160.
At £150, sounds like winning money to me.
At 150...160! 170, will you?
170 is still bid.
-170 against you, will you make it 180?
I'm going to hurry you now, it's the lady's bid, 180, 190?
190's still bidding.
At £190, will you make it 200?
The internet has gone I think.
It's the lady's bid of 190. Last call.
£190. Whoop! That is something else.
So hang on, that's two off 40, that shows you a profit of £59.50.
So out of nothing, this man has produced you
£59.50 in the way of profits, which could be a winning score.
JP, I have not seen such an extraordinary result in years.
-Isn't that great?
-Well done, chaps.
-Say not a word to the Blues, all right?
And all will be revealed in a moment. I love it.
Now your pincushion in the form of a heffalump,
I really like that thing, you paid £45.
She's estimated £50 to £60.
I think it's a bit of a miserable estimate
because if the trunk was good, it's £150 to £200 worth of heffalump.
-Well, here we go then. Here comes the novelty pincushion.
£60, come on, let's get a bid at £60. £60, are you bidding me?
You're all quiet in the room, are you bidding me £60? Come on, now.
I'm dropping, I'm looking for 40 then. Who's bidding?
40's bid, thank you.
-40 we're in, looking for 5 next.
-At 40, we've got a bite.
Will you make it 50? You will. £50.
I'm looking for 55.
At £50, you're against the internet
and the internet seems to have gone cold, but they're back in.
At £60, yes, I'm looking for 5. At £60, do we see 65?
-You're in profit anyway.
-£60 in the room. Are you sure you're all done?
It's with the gentleman at £60.
Last call then, it is £60. £60.
Well done, Gillian, that is plus £15, there's no shame in that.
-Now the toilet case.
I'm straight in at 45. Who's bidding 50? I'm 45. Who's bidding 50?
At £45, where's...? 55.
Will you make it 60? And 55 already. 60?
At 55, I'm looking for 60.
60, 65. 70, on the aisle at 70.
Who's got 5?
-At 70 on the aisle, I'm looking for 5.
-£70 on the aisle then, no more. Are you sure?
It is £70 to our gentleman bidder.
I don't believe it. £70 is minus £30 which means you're minus £15, kids.
-OK, now your umbrella stand.
I'm looking for £60. £60, go on, now.
40 then. Who's bidding 40?
Let's see it. 50 online there, feeling a bit bolder than you lot.
It's £50, I'm looking for 5.
At 55 online and 60. At 60 online, I'm looking for 5.
-At 65 online, let's make it 70, go on.
With you in the room, sir, it's 70. We're finally in the room.
Thank you, sir, you're representing.
At £70, I'm looking for 5.
Are you bidding? At £70 with you, sir. 5 against you. 80, sir?
£80 we're bid. At 80, I'm looking for 5, online.
It's £80, it's to our gentleman in the room but 5 is against you.
No, a shake of the head. It's 85 online.
At 85, I'm looking for 90.
It's at 85, we will sell.
Yes! That is plus £15, you have absolutely nothing.
-How extraordinary is that?
-I know, I know.
-Now listen, girls,
you have to consider, will nothing be a winning score today?
Well, we decided that we think we'll go with the Bonus Buy.
You are going to go with the Bonus Buy?
-Yeah, we're going to go with the Bonus Buy.
You've decided to punt with the £70 paid.
I can now tell you that the auctioneer's put 40 to 60 on it.
Here we go then, here comes the Bonus Buy.
Let's see a hand be bold, online.
40, I'm asking, 20 I'll take.
Who's bidding 20? £20 is bid.
Where's 25? At 25. 30.
35. 40. 45?
No, it's 40, lady's bid. Looking for 5, online.
It's £40, lady's bid, are we all done?
At £40, I think we're done.
-It's £40, last call.
50's bid. 55, will you, online?
Don't leave me too late. It's £50.
55? No, £50 we'll sell.
-£50, bad luck.
£50 is minus £20
so overall that takes you to minus £20
which might be a winning score. Don't say a word to the Reds
and all will be revealed in a minute.
-You're so brave.
Last call at 130.
Well, well, well, whoever would've thought
we would have a result like we have witnessed today?
Everything is going terribly badly for the teams
until we come to a Bonus Buy.
And the Bonus Buy made all the difference.
The winners by a substantial chunk, thanks to the Bonus Buy,
are the Reds.
-So well done, Reds.
-Well done, chaps.
And the runners up are the Blues.
Poor old Blues.
-With minus £20 which would normally be a winning score.
So I commiserate with you. But these guys are going home with £59.50.
They were not doing very well until the Bonus Buy came along,
that miserable little cast iron mouse doorstop wedge fella
-and that made £190. I cannot believe it.
I am still numb with it.
You had a thumping loss of £92.50 at that point
and now you're walking home with £59.50.
-Back from the brink.
-Back from the brink.
-It's been a great result and great fun, right?
-We had great fun.
-Really, really good.
In fact, we've had such fun,
join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
Tim Wonnacott and the Bargain Hunt team head to the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh in search of unusual items to take to auction in Glasgow. Experts Jonathan Pratt and Caroline Hawley assist the red and blue teams, who have only one hour and £300 to make three purchases in the hope of heading home with a profit.