Antiques show. The red and blue teams search for bargains at the International Antiques Fair, Newark. They are assisted by experts Natasha Raskin and Paul Laidlaw.
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Newark Showground, which houses
one of Europe's largest antiques fairs
also hosts today's two teams.
It must be that time of day again.
Let's go bargain hunting. Yeah!
Romantic poet Lord Byron lived in nearby Newstead Abbey.
In fact, he took his first book of poetry for publication to Newark.
Let's hope that our teams today are going to be able to romance
some dealers in order to get the best bargains.
Let's take a quick look at how they got on.
Coming up on today's show...
..the Reds rely on the blarney.
If you can get it for a tenner then yeah.
..while the blues employ old-fashioned teamwork.
My advice - go in softly and then start crying and begging
-in equal measure.
And some of it pays off.
For the Reds today we've got two friends.
Well, they're friends at the moment. Peter and Rachel.
And for the blues, we've got sisters Laura and Mary. Hello, everyone.
-Hello. Lovely to see you.
Now, Peter, you have your feet firmly placed in rock.
I do indeed. I work in a rock band and listen to rock
and I'm there pretty much six days a week,
and on the seventh day I tend to go in and have a drink there anyway.
You're not averse to standing behind the microphone yourself, are you?
No. When they need to close the pub I'll get up and sing a song myself.
Very modest, I'm sure.
-It says here you're a self-confessed geek.
-Oh, indeed, yes, yes.
-My love is rock but I'm also a massive comic book...
Comic books and figures
and anything from kind of nostalgia from my childhood.
Now, Rachel, you're a talented performer. Tell us about that.
Yeah. I do freelance performance and that comes in...
I do some acting and then bits of teaching and last year...
-Yeah, last year.
Part of an augmented-reality game which... There were lots of
filmed elements to it which players would watch online
and they'd have puzzles to figure out online
but then they'd have to come and meet myself and other characters
in the game in person.
This is the new way forward though, isn't it?
-All this interactive stuff?
And who knows how much work all that's going to throw up.
-Good for you.
Is your friendship going to come in handy today, do you think, you two?
-I think so, yeah.
And what's this obsession about little pieces of furniture?
We'll be getting a tiny chair.
Because you've seen tiny chairs make a lot of profit?
They make money. Some of them have made more than others
but I've never seen one that didn't.
-But you're not obsessed about miniature furniture?
-No, no, no, no.
Well, I fit in them but I'm not obsessed.
-OK, fine, well,
that's a pretty cool answer.
Now, Laura, you have an interest in childcare. Tell us about that.
Yeah, I'm currently in my second year at Lincoln Bishop University
doing early childhood studies.
My eldest sister did childcare when she was my age
and did a lot of observations on me.
You felt like a guinea pig, did you?
Looking back, I did kind of feel like a guinea pig, yeah.
-And you have a sweet tooth?
I like making cupcakes and cheesecakes and everything like that.
So, Mary, you're in business. What is it?
We have a mobile vintage tea room, usually a marquee,
then decorate it with bunting, tables, chairs, flowers,
sell afternoon teas, cream scones, home-made sponge cakes.
We get all dressed up in our uniforms.
And will the family connection be helpful, do you think?
-Two minds greater than one?
-I think so.
I mean, we seem to sort of get along really well
-and agree with most things.
We'll either totally agree or totally disagree.
There's no middle ground.
Anyway, this is going to be fun. Here comes the £300. £300 apiece.
-There's £300. 300.
You know the rules. Your experts await. And off you go!
And very, very, very good luck.
So it's going to be all about rock music and rock cakes.
And rolling into view are our erudite experts.
We've called up Natasha Raskin to help out the Reds.
And Paul Laidlaw is our man about the house for the Blues.
OK. Peter and Rachel, best of friends.
And what are you thinking of buying today?
A tiny chair. THEY LAUGH
A tiny chair.
-The only thing we've discussed.
-We've got to buy three things.
One of them's a tiny chair, and did I hear no silver?
Something tells me you might be into the whole retro thing.
It's not retro, it's vintage.
It's vintage, retro...
-Well, we quite like little toys.
-So, novelties, tiny chairs and something else?
-And something else.
Right, let's do it.
You didn't see china, did you? Did you say tea sets?
Tea sets are cool but we're going to make a profit. Come on.
-Going to be a bit different.
-Yes. Let's go.
That's it then, teams, the clock starts now.
We have an hour to go. The race is on.
So, we're faced with chairs. Are any of them small enough?
There is a small one over there.
Oh, my goodness. OK. Let's go round.
The Reds are wasting no time putting their plan into action.
It is small so we can lift it up and have a proper gander.
So, we've got a very traditional sort of rail back chair here.
It's very much for the fireside, isn't it?
I had in my mind when you said about small chairs, something upholstered.
Perhaps that's a little bit more finely turned
but it does what it says on the tin.
-It's a small chair. In oak. What are you thinking?
It's got that rustic kind of sit-beside-the-fireplace chair.
We must have about ten seconds off the clock here
but let's have an ask about this tiny chair, because for me,
I don't really think that we would want to be paying much more
-than £20 or £30 for it maximum.
I think an auction estimate would be about 20-40, 30-50.
So if we can get it in low two figures,
could be doing all right and we could tick that off the list.
Tiny chair. OK, let's go ask.
-I do love your tiny chair.
Well, there's no price on it. Do you know...?
I don't think I'm even going to haggle with you on that one.
I have a feeling we wouldn't get near it at auction
-but thank you so much.
-You're very welcome. All right.
Right, OK, we need to find a cheaper, maybe even smaller
-Let's not waste any time.
-See you, chair.
Back to the drawing board then.
Looks like the Blues have found something right up their street.
What do you think of that pigeon cage? Look at that.
I like that, it's very ornate.
-I like that a lot.
-I do like that. Is that old?
That's the question. Most we see are 1980s reproductions, yeah?
But look at that.
Glass, enamel on tin plate and crying out authentic.
That is not some knocked up in the East
-and then shipped over here in a container.
-Is that English?
No idea where it's made. It'll be European.
But it's amazing.
-I like that.
-I like that.
I bet it's worth a fortune.
It's going to be worth £40 as a curio, isn't it?
-Shall I ask him?
-Go and ask.
-Yeah, that'll be great.
-What could we sell that for?
Well, if we could buy it for...
(WHISPERS) 200? 200? How much?
-We've got good taste.
-It's too expensive.
Unfortunately, we're also overambitious.
Right, keep looking.
No point hanging about at that price.
-What do you reckon? Indoors?
Now, are the Reds still looking for a tiny chair?
-That's Ned Kelly.
I have no idea who Ned Kelly is, so...
He was an Australian outlaw
-sent over from Ireland on the old dead ships.
-And he made a big name for himself stealing.
-Oh, right, OK.
-So what are you thinking?
Right, OK, so what actually have we got?
We've got a sort of towards mid-century 1960s money bank.
-It's not your typical money bank because...
Let's have a wee look at how do we get the actual money out of it?
-It's got a key.
-We've got to get the key there.
-It doesn't come with the key.
-If you buy Ned Kelly
and you can't open it you're doing something wrong.
-You're in trouble.
-What do you reckon to it?
I quite like him. I think it's cute.
-Wow, he is heavy, yeah.
-What is he made of?
It's hard to tell, isn't it? But certainly it's a cast metal anyway.
I mean, do you think it's got enough of a broad appeal?
-Brad Pitt made a film of him, so...
-So he is well known.
-So we've got Hollywood on our side.
-And you like it.
It'd be a case of getting it at the right price
but if you're wanting to ask we can find out.
How much would you sell that for?
I wouldn't be surprised if it were to exceed £15
but I would be surprised if it were to exceed 30, you know?
So, if the price tag is anything over ten then we're struggling...
If we can get that for a tenner what do you reckon?
If you can get it for a tenner, then yeah.
-Hi there. So...Ned Kelly.
We were thinking that we'd like to pay a tenner for him.
-What does it have to be?
-It's got to be 15.
-Yeah, I can't do anything less than that.
I'm selling it to everybody for that.
They took him out of my country and sent him to Australia, come on.
THEY LAUGH Got to help an Irish man out.
He's using the blarney now.
You couldn't shave off a couple of quid, get it down to 12?
No, sorry. No, I can't. It's got to be 15.
OK, so, £15. So what are you thinking?
Could you do it for 13 and a handshake from an Irish man?
-I wouldn't do it for 14.99.
It's got to be 15, I'm sorry.
Good man, sticking to his guns.
It's up to you. I reckon it would make about 15 at the auction.
It is a fun, quirky thing but, you know, it's not a guaranteed profit.
-I like it.
-You love him, don't you?
-I'll let you have the choice.
-Yeah, no, he's quite cute.
-Go on, then.
-Are we going for it?
-Oh, my goodness.
-Get the glove off.
-He won't shake with a glove.
-Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much, sir.
-The last of the big spenders, eh?
Can't believe you made me buy a Ned Kelly.
Back to the blues. Paul's taken quite a shine to something.
Italian glass lamp. Very 1930s, 1940s kitsch.
-That's not my cup of tea but...
I would you have seen that being you.
How much is the lamp?
-What do you think?
-Would there be any mark up on the lamp?
I think the lamp's doing something.
I think it does tap into that retro but I'd rather it was less than 40.
So, is it all there?
Is that broken or is that just the moulding?
-That is...little recess to let the cable, the flex run out.
It'll be Italian. Probably Venetian.
And it's an aventurine glass which means...
-See those little flecks of silver, like foil in there?
Can you see that? It sparkles.
It's aventurine glass. And it is, it's flecks of metal.
Is it worth making an offer on it?
Well, I don't know. Do you like it?
Are you desperate or are you starting to like it?
-What is your motivation here?
-The more I look at it, the more I like it.
Is there any slack in the...? The ladies like it. It's nice.
-MAN: 30 quid.
-Still too much.
-Would you take 25?
-I will do, yeah.
-Hey, well done.
-We bought something!
-Look at that! We've got something.
-Thank you very much.
-Right then. We've broke the duck.
-Now we're on a roll.
-Two more things.
-Five more minutes, we'll have this job done.
Right, come on. Well done.
I like to see confidence.
One down, two to go.
While both teams are still busy working the fair
I have a teaser for you.
Do you fancy tackling a couple of mysteries?
Well, try these two on for size.
Here we've got a solid silver cast pair of scissors.
They're made of solid silver.
You can tell that because inside this little place here
it's got the lion.
Look, it's got the monarch's head
and it says EF for the maker.
And you can date them at around about 1780 or 1790.
The dealer thought they were sugar nips
but I don't think that's correct
because if you look carefully,
throughout, there are a lot of fleshy vegetable-type leaves.
And I think they're lettuce leaves.
And then, intriguingly, lurking around in the cos lettuce leaves
are a whole load of caterpillars.
Looks like a worm, but actually, it's a caterpillar
crawling around in that greenery.
So, in a smart Georgian dining room, salad is served
and a pair of scissors like this might come out
and serve up some of the accessories that go with the salad.
They cost you £120 from the stand over there,
and if you could prove that they are rare salad scissors
they could be worth as much as 250-300.
So, the research is well worth while.
Next-door, we've got another mystery
but it comes from the other end of the spectrum
when it comes to craftsmanship.
What we've got here is a crafted lump of wood
which is carved with an oddball head at one end
and underneath there are three pierced spikes.
And the whole thing tapers down to a narrow-ish point at the bottom.
And I guess this thing was probably made between 1820 and 1850,
but for what purpose?
Could it be something to do with sailor art?
Could it be something to do with needlework?
I genuinely don't know.
What I do know is that it's an intriguing object.
And when you find something like this that's as rare and oddball
a piece of folk art that you could find
and it's priced up at £30,
really, you should take the £30 out of your pocket
and set off on a journey.
A journey of discovery, because that research could take you
and this object to a completely different place.
For certain, it's going to be worth, if you knew its purpose,
more than £30 at the end of the day.
So far, the teams have one item each.
Let's catch up with those Reds.
The little monkey has caught my eye.
Where's your little monkey?
OK, why don't you have to look seeing as you...?
This is very much your monkey.
OK, so, how does he feel? How is his stuffing?
-He's pretty stiff. I have no idea what that is in there.
Oh, he's got a tatty tail.
-And a hole in his head.
-A hole in his head.
What's the label telling us?
It says that it's German, which is encouraging.
-I mean, he is a cute thing but £85 price tag.
-Very expensive, yeah.
I think we'd be expecting to make around £20 at auction
-if we got there.
Come on, Reds, time's ticking away.
I think we'd better move away from the monkey.
What about behind us? We've got some vintage binoculars and things there.
I've always quite liked them myself. I like the cases.
They are very popular. We see them very regularly
coming up at the auction.
They're not an unusual thing to see, field binoculars
in a fitted leather case.
I think what's nice is that we have a good selection of them here.
-There's an absolutely stonking pair at the back there.
-Just seen that.
They're going to have a huge price tag
but we might as well have a look, seeing as we're here.
Do we see a price tag?
Um, £95. 95. But they're well worth a look because they are...
-Military, aren't they?
-Yeah, they look military issue.
Glasgow and London maker Barr And Stroud.
What's quite nice is they've still got the cases for the eyepiece.
They're not in absolutely perfect condition.
And they have their squaddie's name on them.
Yep, they've got the initials on them. We expect to see that.
Well, it's quite a bit of the history, isn't it?
To see the initials on there.
I mean, you've seen cases in worse condition.
We've got the lid, a little bit of tat here.
-How much would you say for it?
-If we could get those for about £55-£60
I think we might be doing OK.
What do you think?
Is it worth a shot? Do you like them?
-I love them actually.
-You love them?
-I'd love to have them myself.
OK. Have a feel. Have a feel.
-I'll swap you.
-Oh, my goodness. OK.
-You've got £95 on them.
We really love them.
We were wondering how much you would consider.
Ah, 65, and that'll be it.
50. NATAHSA LAUGHS
-No, it's 65, really.
I think 65 is quite a fair offer. It's one to consider.
Totally up to you. I think as long as we're all on the same page
that we know it's a bit of a gamble.
Are you gambling folk?
I like them but they're yours.
Ah, go on, then.
-Go for it?
-Look at that. Oh, my goodness.
They've nabbed the bins
and the Blues are still searching for their second item.
What's this, a conflab?
-Yes, we've seen something we like.
-Well, get in.
-Just seen this sort of unique...
-Little mesh or chainmail...
Silver-plated evening bag. £30.
-Yes. £30. Well, we know it's not silver at that price.
And they do come in silver.
Getting on for 100-year-old. Don't see a problem with it.
-We just thought it was very unusual.
-It's very delicate at the top...
I haven't seen anything like that.
-Is that a good price for it?
-They're not uncommon.
A plated one's going to be worth 20-40
if we're being really optimistic but I think that's optimistic.
-And 30 is there or thereabouts.
If you got it for 20 I'd say it'll make 20-30
so you make a few pounds on it.
-I do like it.
-I like it.
-You like? Yeah, this is...
We've got some... You look quite...
We're going to stand by this and we do like it.
That's right, you stand your ground, girls.
I'm with you. I'm going to leave you to do the business.
-You going to buy that?
-I'm going to get the best price.
Meanwhile, the Reds are looking for item number three.
There's loads of silver in there.
You're not interested in having a look at any of it?
-That's a definite no.
-Popular are The Wombles.
-There's one there for 15. Yeah.
The Wombles? I think we'd better go and see
how the Blues are getting on.
22. Is that OK?
That's not up to me. I think it's OK but it's up to you.
-Yes, I am happy with that because I like it.
-And we bought our second thing.
Two down, one to go for the Blues
and it looks like the Reds have finally spotted what they want.
What are you thinking about this tiny chair?
-It's not the finest we've seen today, is it?
It looks a bit broken.
A little bit battered and bruised.
Someone has maybe sat down too quickly on the tiny chair
because it's got a great big missing part along its back support.
I quite like the natural oak actually.
-It's got that rustic feel.
-Grab it out and have a quick look.
Let's get it. OK.
Oh, I quite like it. I don't know why but I quite like it.
-It is small.
-It is tiny.
-It's very small.
I hope it's as old as it looks.
I don't think it's as old as that nice Victorian one
that we saw earlier.
-I think that probably...a home-made job.
I don't think this is by a furniture retailer
or anything like that but...
-I like it more than you do anyway, so...
-At least we can find out.
-Shall we? Shall we see the best price?
-We wouldn't be able to just get a price on this?
-You certainly would.
-What's on it?
-It's 30 on it at the moment. What's the best you can do?
-You see, I've been here all day looking for a tiny chair.
Is that the best-best you could do?
Would you do it for ten?
-I can't, I'm afraid. 15.
-Meet me in the middle.
-Go on, then.
-Have I got my tiny chair?
-You've got your tiny chair.
-Shake on it.
-Oh, thank you very much.
-Thank you very much.
-£12.50 for a tiny chair.
Oh, my goodness, you are a lady. Thank you very much.
-We've got a tiny chair.
-We've got a tiny chair!
We're done! That was our third item so we're done. Oh, my goodness.
Good man. Good bargaining.
Let's whip round here and then at the end. It's all we can do.
We need to get a jog on, I think.
With only minutes left, no time to hang about, Blues.
Is that a teapot?
-Wow? I like wow.
That is unusual.
-I do like that.
-That is very...
Check out the spout.
SHE GASPS That's very different.
-And we like different.
-I'm liking that.
I'm liking what you are saying.
There's impressed marks, or moulded marks,
but for the life of me, I can't see what it says.
It might just be "made in England" for all I know.
So, chintz, we know we can date it to the mid-20th century.
That is old.
Crazed in tea stains but that's all right because it's going to be...
-That's actually good condition.
-That's a good spot.
I tell you what, it's not in great condition.
Is that a crack on the inside of that spout? You see it?
Might be something you could mention if you were negotiating.
-I've seen nothing like it.
-That is... I like that.
So, it's £69. I think 69 is enough.
And we know it's packing up time.
-What do you reckon?
-And it'll be one less item for them to take back.
-If you can get it for £30 it's worth a punt.
-But you're going to have to do a job at work.
My advice, go in softly and then start crying and begging
-in equal measure.
Who's doing this? A double act! Bring some emotion.
-Let's do it together.
Where's our man? How are you doing?
He's going to have to stand his ground with this lot.
Can we hack into that price?
I...I mean, hack into it. It's closing up time.
-Yeah, you don't want to take it home.
-Nobody else wanted it.
Could that be cheap?
Well, I can knock 20 off the price for you.
-I'll make it 49.
-Still a bit high.
-That's a big discount, but then again,
it's all relative to where you stand.
You've got us. You know you've got us...but
would you shake hands, 40 quid on the nail, make everybody's day?
-It's a deal.
-Is it a deal?
-Thank you very much.
We've got eight minutes to go.
I reckon tea and scones or whatever, isn't it?
-Come on, let's go.
-Cream tea time.
Sounds like a plan.
Are you brassed off yet? Ha!
Cos time's up.
Let's check out what the Red team bought.
They paid the vast sum of £15
for the Ned Kelly money box.
Next, they spent £65
on the binoculars
with original case.
And finally, they found
the tiny chair they were after
and snapped it up for £12.50.
Right then. Was that fun or not?
Now, "Parrer", which is your favourite piece?
-Mine is the Ned Kelly money box.
-Ned Kelly money box.
-I do like that.
-Are you a bit of a rebel yourself?
-Oh, I am indeed.
I thought you might be. Anyway, hence, that's a natural.
-Now, Rach, which was your favourite piece, darling?
-Our tiny chair.
-Your tiny chair.
-Is that going to bring the biggest profit?
-It has to be.
-It has to be. OK, fine.
-And have you had the most fabulous hour with Natasha?
-We have indeed.
It's been wonderful.
-Good fun, good fun.
Super. So you spent how much?
-£92.50. It's a pretty pathetic amount.
So that would be £202.50 then.
-Unless I can keep the fiver.
-No, no, no, you can't keep anything.
I just can't do the maths.
OK, then let's have it. Thank you very much.
-There you go.
-Thank you very much.
That's a whole great bundle, isn't it?
Of course, Natasha rather likes the big bundle, don't you, darling?
I do like it. I think we need to steer away from tiny
because we're not left with a tiny amount.
The tiny chair was for a tiny price, believe us.
So you're going to get something enormous
for the enormous sum you've been given?
I don't know. I don't know what to do with you guys.
You had me all over the place but we'll figure out something.
Such a tease. Anyway, lovely. Look after yourselves.
Meanwhile, why don't we check out what the Blue team bought, eh?
They bought the vintage table lamp
They then bagged an elegant purse
And with only minutes to go
they spent £42 on an unusual
Paul Laidlaw looks absolutely in clover here.
I've never seen a happier looking man. Has it been a great shop, Paul?
-Oh, it's been fantastic.
-Have these girls been great?
-The two sisters.
Hoot! I love that.
OK, you hooting sisters, what is your favourite piece?
I like the teapot.
-The teapot you like the most.
What does your sister think about it?
I like the teapot, yes.
Do you? And is it your favourite?
-I think so, yes.
-OK. And is it going to bring the biggest profit?
-Hopefully. We got a good discount on it, so...
-And do you agree?
-OK. You're all teapots, you girls, aren't you?
OK, genetically linked to the teapot.
And how much did you spend in total?
-Which is not a tremendous amount, is it?
When you think about it?
So, can I have £211, please?
Leftover lolly. Thank you. That's 211.
I won't count it. I trust you.
All I know is it's a lot.
And what are you going to spend it on, Paul Laidlaw?
Well, I love the whole cooking and teacake revolution thing.
I would like to buy something foodie to whisk up a wee profit.
Would you? Hmm. I think there's one or two clues in there.
Thank you very much, Paul Laidlaw. Thank you, girls.
Both teams now have their items, so it's off to the auction room.
OK, Charles, well, this is exciting.
A, it's great to be in Etwall
at Charles Hanson's saleroom in Derbyshire.
And Charles, I know you're up for all of this cos these are
-exciting objects, aren't they?
-Oh, absolutely, yeah.
First of all, we've got Ned Kelly, who's not so old, is he?
-I don't think it's very old. I think it's a reproduction.
-But a bit of fun.
-It's a big word. It's novelty.
And to collectors, there he is.
Yes. How much?
Tim, we've put a guide price on of between £30 and £40.
-They only paid £15.
-So they were not robbed?
-Not at all. Not literally, no.
No. OK, next is the Barr And Shroud binoculars.
First World War issue. Do you rate these?
Tim, I really do because I did some homework into this factory,
Barr And Shroud. They were founded in 1913,
a year before the First World War.
And they were a really quite inventive, optical engineering firm.
I think they're very good. We've put the guide price on
of between 60 and 80...
-..but I feel they could make more.
OK, well, £65 was paid...
And then we've got an obsession with small chairs...
that finished up with this folding jobby.
Oh, dear me, Tim.
-It's for a doll, isn't it?
-Yeah, it is for a doll, Tim.
It obviously folds up.
-It's fairly tired, it's fairly cheaply made...
-..and I can't say much more apart from I don't like it.
Well, it was made by a man in a shed out of orange boxes in 1920.
-Quite nice from that point of view.
-But not worth anything.
-Is it worth £20?
I think, Tim, probably auction guide price on a really good day
-OK, well, that's all right.
-£12.50 was paid, so, no money at all.
They only spent the £92.50.
And on that basis, an awful lot of money went off
to the bonus buy, so let's go and have a look at that.
Well, guys, you only spent £92.50.
You gave Natasha £207.50.
A small fortune by anybody's standards.
What did you spend it on, Natasha?
Well, everything we talked about was tiny.
Tiny this, tiny that, so I thought, let's keep it small
but let's try and enlarge things with a lovely magnifying glass.
-That's quite cool.
-Oh, do you quite like it?
Brass mounted, mother of pearl handle.
It's a shame that it doesn't have a full big whack
of a mother of pearl as a handle, that would be fabulous,
but they've made up for that with a great big bulbous brass handle
at the bottom.
-What do you think?
-How much did you pay for it?
-I only spent £20 on it.
-That's all right, yeah.
At that kind of price we surely would do all right.
-What do you think?
-I like it.
I mean, I don't really know what I'm looking for.
There aren't just one or two of these about.
It's a reproduction, isn't it, in fairness?
Absolutely. And it's 20th century, it's not late 19th century.
That would've been nice, but for £20, come on. How can you resist?
-How could I resist?
-I like it.
Exactly. Well, seize on those memories
because right now we're going to find out from the auctioneer
whether he believes it will magnify any profits.
So, Charles, if you had £207.50 for a bonus buy,
-would you buy that?
-Tim, I would blow the whole lot.
It has no real pedigree, probably brand-new,
it's got this nice nacre, or mother-of-pearl handle
with the guilt brass mounts either side,
-but, Tim, it's pretty boring.
-And therefore won't make much?
-I suspect, Tim, it's worth anything
from between £15 and £40.
Fair enough. £20 was paid by Natasha.
Why she didn't spend the whole lot on something
-that was a bit better...
-Play it safe.
-See what happens, I suppose.
We could all be very wrong and it makes £60
-and there's a lovely profit in there.
Anyway, that's it for the Reds. Now, for the Blues.
And we have the Venetian aventurine table lamp.
Now, Charles, tell us about that.
-It's quite kitsch in appearance. What is it, 1930s?
But it is a nice pink and that pale green,
they're sort of Deco colours, aren't they?
-Yeah, and I was reading up before you came...
..about aventurine. It goes back to the 17th century
and this way of "flecksing" in the copper to the molten glass.
-To give it flecks.
To give it this finish which was all the rage really
from the 17th century period onwards.
And they principally used it in Venice,
-and that thing is Venetian, isn't it?
I mean, it's a Venetian table lamp.
I don't know, I think it's quite nice.
Tim, we've put a guide price on of between £40 and £60.
You're a brave man. £25 they paid.
Well, that's fair enough. It could take off, Charles.
And now what about the plated mesh evening bag?
You know, Tim, it is silver plate.
They're not overly expensive,
and I wish young ladies would dress with...
If you go out, right, you've got your mobile phone, you've got...
-Well, phones are smaller.
Will that go in that little mesh bag?
I think it will, Tim, in today's world.
-We live in a minimal world. I think...
These always come up at sale,
and I wish young ladies would wear them with style and vigour.
-Well, in your dreams, I think, Charles.
-Yeah, I think so.
-We've put a guide price on of between £20 and £30.
-£22 was paid, not a lot of money.
And lastly, we've got this seriously-weird chintzware teapot
which is mad, isn't it, really?
Oh, Tim, it is quite mad and I've never seen one before.
And this teapot is like none other.
I love this inverted spout. Love the inverted handle.
I don't think that's anything to do with travel, do you?
It's all style, that?
Well, Tim, I don't know. But then again, if you were to knock this
as you're travelling in your carriage or,
I don't know, in your early motorcar,
you would not damage the spout or the handle
because they're well protected.
-So it has some...perhaps trick of purpose about it.
-Yes, it has.
It might surprise us, you know, that thing.
Tim, I think it might do.
It's got that wonderful Royal Winton chintz
1930s interwar period feel about it.
What's your estimate?
We've gone between £20 and £40.
-We really rate it.
Well, you're going to really, really need to rate it cos they paid £42.
But for my money, I can see some teapot collector coming along
and going a bit bonkers about that, I have to say.
Well, they only spent the £89, Charles, on that lot.
So, a tonne of money went to Paul Laidlaw.
Let's find out what he spent it on.
-Laura, Mary, how are you?
-Very well, thank you.
-You excited about this?
-Looking forward to it.
-Well, you gave the man a fortune, £211.
He loves to blow the lot. Let's see what he bought.
When you are next whisking your cream and mixing your fondant,
imagine doing it in that somewhat gorgeous
Victorian copper whisking bowl.
Do you like?
-No, I do. I do. I didn't know what to expect.
-Feel the weight. Feel the weight.
-Oh, wow! That is heavy.
That's serious piece of Victorian domestic metalwork.
This came out of, for my money, a country house.
And I guess, Paul, in a big kitchen, you'd have eight of those
hung in different sizes down a great battery
-of cooking utensils, wouldn't you?
And how much did you spend on that?
I carved that up for £30.
I think it's got to be worth £30 to £60.
So, there is a profit in it.
Well, we've got the prediction now.
You don't pick now, you pick later, but right now let's find out
whether the auctioneer finds this is going to be
too big a 'whisk', ha, or not.
OK, Charles. That's for your next cookery lesson.
I've always wanted to learn how to cook well, Tim.
I bet you cook brilliantly, Charles.
No, I wish I could. It's quite nice.
-It's marked HCH.
-As in Charles Hanson.
-What a nice thing.
-Henry Charles Hanson.
-OK, well how much, then?
-I'll guide price between 30 and 50.
Despite having all that cash, Paul Laidlaw only spent £30 on it.
-So, with your estimate...
-He should make a decent profit,
-if the team decides to go with it.
And this is the great, great, great, great excitement, isn't it, Charles?
-It is, Tim.
-You're easily excited, aren't you?
-I am, Tim.
-I can't wait to sell it.
-So, Peter, how are you feeling?
-Not too bad, not too bad.
-You feeling confident?
-I'm not too sure.
-Rachel, how are you feeling, darling?
-It's going to be ace.
-It's going to fly.
-You're going to... You're feeling cool?
OK, good. Now, your Ned Kelly cast iron moneybox £15 paid.
The auctioneer's reckoned that at 30 to 40.
-So, that's OK.
-Not too bad.
-If he's right. If he's right.
-And here it comes.
-There we are that murderous folk hero.
It's a cast iron Ned Kelly moneybox.
And I am bid 12, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 28, £30...
I'm out 32, 35, 38, 40.
38, 42. 45, 48, 50.
48 I am bid, give me 50.
You're a genius, Pete.
50. 55? You sure?
50 I am bid. Do I see 55 online?
We're all done. Going to you, sir, at £50.
-That's plus £35. Unbelievable!
-Wonderful field binoculars.
-I'm only bid 25, £35.
-40 online. I'm out. I'm asking 45 now.
-Yes. Oh, it's all go.
-OK, OK, OK, OK.
No? 60 online. Do I see 65 now?
Oh, no, we need that five back.
Do I see 65? 60. I'm asking 5.
Your holding bid. Do I... 5 online.
-That's the one.
All done at £65.
Fair warning. It's a sale.
Wiped its face. Wiped its face. No gain, no shame. All right.
Now, your wee chair.
Late 19th, early 20th century oak folding child's chair. Do I see £5?
-It works. And a fiver? Only a fiver. Do I see 500 pence?
I'm asking 6 now. I'm asking 6. 6. 7. Online 10.
-Make a name for yourself online. 10 I'm asking you.
10. 12? Yes? 12 I'm bid.
Online, do I see 15 now?
Fair warning, all, that I'm asking 15 now.
We are bid £12. 15. 18?
£15 on the second row. Bid me 18 now. Fair warning, all done.
-How wonderful is that?
-Oh, my goodness.
It goes to you, sir, at £15 and good afternoon to you. Many thanks. Sold.
It does deserve a round of applause
cos it's excellent auctioneering, isn't it?
-He really teased that out.
-Which is super.
Couldn't ask for more. So, currently kids, you are plus £37.50.
Nothing the matter with that. That's a wiped face.
So, what are you going to do about the magnifying glass?
-Going to risk £20 of your £37?
-Yeah, go for it.
-Sell them all. Sell them all.
-Even if it sell, we've still got a profit.
We're going to go with the bonus buy.
I'll tell you now that his estimate is £15 to £40,
so frankly £20 sits very comfortably in that.
-We can't lose much.
-And here it comes.
Shown for you there, a really attractive brass
and mother of pearl magnifying glass.
There we are. And I am bid here £20. I'm asking 22 now.
-A really fine object.
-You're on the money at 20.
-I am asking 2.
5 I'm bid. 28, sir?
-28 over there?
-Yes, you're in profit. Well done, girl.
Give me 30. Fair warning all done.
-Sell to the lady at £28.
Fair warning we are...
-I'll tell you what, we've done well!
Plus £8, which is very good, isn't it?
Which is plus 45.50.
-Oh, my goodness!
I mean, who would have thought that?
You spent £92
and you're going home with the bonus buy money with £45.50.
Well, that could be a winning score, you two.
-So, don't say a word to anybody, all right?
-Not a word.
-You two girls, how are you feeling?
-Do you know how the Red's got on?
That's just as well. You spent practically nothing.
£25 on that sweet little table lamp.
-And they're great colours, aren't they?
-Very girlie colours.
And Venetian and, you know... I'd guess, 1930s.
40 to 60 the auctioneer thinks. You paid £25.
So, he sees you doubling your money on that, which is good.
And first up is going to be your lamp. And here it comes.
Early to mid 20th century Venetian aventurine table lamp.
£10, £12, £15.
-18 do I see now? £15 come on. 18 do I see? 15. 18 do I see?
It's got to go. 15 I'm bid.
-18 do I see now?
-It seems cheap. We sell on commission at £15.
-That's a bargain, isn't it?
-Fair warning, it is sold.
Go and find another lamp. That is minus £10.
-They got a good deal there.
-I'm disappointed with that. I thought it was our best item.
Edwardian mesh evening purse. Electo-plate nickel silver.
-Very nice. I'm only asking £5.
-It's so cheap.
Art Deco. 5, 8, £10 online do I see now? I'm out £10.
-Bid me 12 in the room. At 10. Bid me 12.
It's a super cocktail bag. At 10. 12 online. We are £12 bid.
I'm asking £15 in the room. Fair warning, we sell. It is £12.
Oh, girls! That's minus £10. Maybe the teapot.
Oh, come on, teapot.
Chintzware teapot you can transport it easily.
You won't damage the spout or the handle.
They're hidden in the design.
I'm bid nothing at all. Do I see £10, come on. Look at this pot.
It really is a good pot. Do I see £10?
10 I'm out. I'm asking 12 now. At 10. 12. 15. 18.
-20. 22. 25. 28.
30? Sir? 32? 35? No, he says.
I'm asking 5 now. Bid me a fiver, come on.
Sold to you at £32.
-Oh, hang on.
-You're out, you're in.
Fair warning, I sold to you, sir, at £35 today.
£7 down, so minus 10, minus 10, minus 7 is minus 27...
-..which is not so bad, is it?
-I really thought...
-Especially the lamp. I thought...
-I thought the lamp would go.
-I'm with you.
Laura, what are we going to do? We going to go with this bonus buy?
-Do you agree, Mary?
-I do, yeah.
-All right. Fine.
Now you've agreed you're going with the bonus buy,
which Paul paid £30 for.
-I can tell you the auctioneer has estimated 30 to 50.
-So, there is some hope.
-We might break even.
Mark you, he said the Venetian lamp would make 40 to 60
and that made 15, so we can rely on nothing round here today.
All right. Everything is a bit flawed.
So, anyway, on that happy note, you're going with the bonus buy.
And here comes your copper bowl.
There we are, a wonderful copper whisking bowl.
I've got two bids on my book here, so I can start at 22, 25, 28, 30.
-32, 35, 38, 40.
Give me a fiver. At £40, I'm asking 5.
-Fair warning, all done.
-Look at that. Well done, Charles.
Upper end of a commission buyer. All done at £40. Yes, we are.
Well done, Paul.
-Afternoon. It's sold.
-There is some justice. Plus £10 back on that.
-Reduces the losses to minus £17.
-That's not too bad.
-There you go, girls.
-Not too bad.
-Make a note, Tim. That's not too bad.
-There is some justice.
Anyway, there we are. Well done, girls. That's perfect.
So, that means overall you are minus 17.
You haven't been very lucky,
but we will reveal the results in just a moment.
-Thank you very much.
-Well, what fun this has been. Has it been fun today?
We have had so much fun.
There is, however, a chasm that has opened up between our teams today.
In fact, you can't believe it's teams that have shopped
in the same place and sold in the same auction house.
So enormous is this gap.
And I'm afraid the runners up by a long chalk today are...
Minus £17 is the end score, but you was robbed basically, weren't you?
I mean, that lovely Venetian lamp should not have sold for £15.
-Yeah. We thought it was our best item.
-It was first.
I quite agree with you.
I'm so much in agreement with you,
but you did get that £10 bonus buy off his whisking bowl, didn't you?
Perhaps there was some...some fluffing up there.
Anyway, I'm glad you had a nice time
and we've loved having you on the show. And thank you, Paul.
But the victors today going home with folding money.
They're going home with £45.50. That's not bad, is it?
-We can't believe it.
-Look at that.
45.50, which is a tidy sum, isn't it?
And you were only stopped from getting your golden gavels
by a wiped face, so, again, that was disappointing.
But £35 on Ned Kelly. Who ever would have thought that was the case?
£2.50 on that wretched...I mean, that lovely little folding stool.
And £8 on the magnifying glass,
which was in the container 10 minutes ago.
Anyway, all that stuff worked out perfectly nicely and it's a result.
-So, did you have a nice time, Rach?
-Yeah. Bigger for you, P?
-It was good.
Yeah, you've been very, very sporting.
We loved having you on the show.
Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
The red and blue teams search for bargains at the International Antiques Fair, Newark. They are assisted by experts Natasha Raskin and Paul Laidlaw, who hope to help them to make a profit at auction from their purchases. At the fair Tim Wonnacott finds two mystery items.