Peterborough 30 Bargain Hunt


Peterborough 30

Antiques show. Tim Wonnacott and the team have landed at the East of England Showground, where the red and blue teams do battle around the hundreds of stalls.


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Today, the show comes to you from the East of England Showground.

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But will our players in Peterborough pick some pieces with

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potential profit? Let's find out.

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Let's go bargain-hunting, yeah!

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MUSIC: "Bargain Hunt Theme"

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We've returned to Cambridgeshire to the Festival of Antiques.

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There's always a great atmosphere at this fair.

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But, as so often, there's so many stalls and so little time,

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so let's get a wiggle on and see what's coming up.

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Relationship advice with the Reds.

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If ever I could get a girlfriend, which would be lovely,

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I could treat her to a new fragrance every evening.

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-You could have two for you and two for her.

-Yeah.

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And relationship breakdowns with the Blues.

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-Let's be honest, I don't like your item at all.

-No, OK.

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-Well, that is your prerogative.

-Let's meet the teams.

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Cor, we've got a great crowd on today's show.

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For the Reds, we've got great friends, Julia and Yvonne.

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And for the Blues we've got a future mother-in-law

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-and a future son-in-law, Pat and Martin. Hello, everyone.

-ALL:

-Hello.

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Lovely to see you.

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Now, Julia, you have been friends with Yvonne for how many years?

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-52 years.

-52 years! But you did meet in the school yard.

-Yes.

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First day at primary school.

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I've got a picture of us when we were six years old.

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-And you haven't changed a bit.

-THEY LAUGH

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-Not a bit.

-Hair colour's changed a bit.

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How sweet. That is just adorable, isn't it?

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So that's you, Julia, and that's Yvonne.

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-How sweet. So you've had a few jobs over the years, haven't you?

-I have.

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My friend and I, we worked seasons away in Bournemouth

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for about four or five years, and then went further afield to

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Italy for one year, working in the catering industry.

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And then I got married, had my children,

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then joined a temping agency and worked at various jobs.

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-And now I've retired.

-You can't have retired.

-Yes.

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-You retired very early.

-I did, I did.

-Don't give me that.

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Yvonne, you've had a similar life,

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with incredible variety on the job front, yes?

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-No, no. Just one job for 37 years.

-No!

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Yes, I left school on the Friday, started work on the Monday,

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and then 37 years and 4 months later, I retired from it.

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That is amazing.

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-So, same bank, same employer, but a great variety of roles.

-Yes.

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37 years. I can't believe it. That's a little miracle, I have to say.

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-So, what are your tactics going to be today, girls?

-Buy low, sell high.

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So, spend practically nothing if you can get away with it.

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-OK, fine, it sometimes works. And good luck, girls.

-Thank you.

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-Martin... Hello.

-..you reckon you will get on particularly well with

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your mother-in-law as a team today, because you go out doing it for fun.

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What we do, we go round car-boot sales. We've been to antiques fairs

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and we like spotting the hidden gem if we can find it.

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Apart from your wife-to-be, you have another passion in your life,

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-don't you?

-For the last five years,

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I've been breeding exhibition budgies.

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People may think it's a bit boring, but it's far from it.

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I've got a bird in the nest.

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I've been trying for the last two years to get them to breed.

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Six hens later, I've actually got some babies in the nest.

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-That is pretty good, isn't it?

-It is pretty good.

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-Pat, tell me what you get up to.

-I'm retired, Tim.

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-Yes.

-I spend a lot of time outdoors.

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-I like walking. I like to garden.

-Yes.

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I also play bowls, but I must admit I only play indoor balls.

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-Very sensible.

-SHE LAUGHS

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With our climate, I don't trust the weather.

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-But it's very sociable, bowls, isn't it?

-It is. Very sociable.

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Now, you go around rummaging about in car boots together already.

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-So, you'll find this a piece of cake, won't you?

-Hopefully.

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What are you going to go for, do you think?

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Well, we've decided we're going to split it.

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We're going to look for one piece each

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and then we are going to have one that we agree on. Hopefully.

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Hopefully. OK, already I can see there is some tension here.

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Anyway, now the money moment. £300 apiece. There's your £300.

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You know the rules, your experts await and off you go, and very,

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very good luck.

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Our two experts are ready, waiting to lend a hand.

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For the Reds, hoping to be flash with the cash, it's David Harper.

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And keen to cook up some quality for the Blues, it's Kate Bliss.

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Sunglasses at the ready then. He's wearing those trousers again.

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What's that saying, David? "Red and green should never be seen?"

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-You two have known each other for absolutely for ever.

-Yes.

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-Do you agree on everything?

-No.

-Ooh!

-Hopefully today.

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-Martin and Pat, are you excited?

-Oh, yes.

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-What are you going to be looking for, Pat?

-I want something sparkly.

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-Do you?

-I do like a piece of jewellery.

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-Julia, what are we going to look for?

-Silver.

-Good.

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Anything quirky.

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-Something like a plough.

-A plough?

-That'll do nicely.

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-Quirky and silver. That's fine.

-I'm the same.

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-Anything that catches her eye.

-So you do agree on everything.

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How boring. 60 minutes, come on.

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-OK, so we've got quite a variety going on.

-We have.

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-Let's go see what we can find.

-Excellent.

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Look out for some of those sparkly ploughs,

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Kate, and "cheap, cheap" like the budgies, eh, Martin?

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Never mind the budgies, look who I've found.

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You're on the Red team and you're on the Blue team.

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And we're all barking. OK, teams, 60 minutes. Start the clock.

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DOG BARKS

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The Reds could have teed up their first potential purchase already.

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Are you risk takers, you two?

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We may be. That would appeal to two markets.

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-Go for it, tell me about it.

-The sporting and the...

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-Golf.

-Cigar smokers.

-Yes.

-Collectors.

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-Is it silver?

-No, it is silver-plated.

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But the value is in its novelty. And you are absolutely right.

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You've nailed it.

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The sporting connection, particularly to golf, is fantastic.

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And then you have the cigar connection too.

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So both areas attract people with large disposable incomes.

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That's a great novelty piece.

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It's a lot to part with in our first...two minutes,

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-so I think, should we...?

-How much will it come down to?

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I don't know. It's 225, so we might get it for a couple of hundred.

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-But, by gosh, you would be taking a big punt.

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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So, beautifully spotted.

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-Unless you want to blow your cap off, I think...

-We won't risk it.

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-Sorry.

-Sorry.

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Par for the course, David. Some good advice.

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Meanwhile, the Blues are also keen on the sporting theme.

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-What do you like about this?

-Horse racing. Horse racing related.

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I just love the packaging. It's by the makers of Monopoly...

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which is a good selling point.

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The best thing is that the all-important bits,

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the counters, are all there in their places.

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Some of the tails are missing.

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Oh, yes. Well done. Well spotted.

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There is actually another one down there as well.

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-Is there?

-Is there? Oh, a Totopoly. Yeah.

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There we go, that's the big version. So let's have a look inside.

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Look at that. It's a great print. Somebody has scribbled on the lid.

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-So that's the board.

-That's the board.

-This is later, I think.

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-Yeah?

-Yeah. There's the counters, look.

-Later than that one?

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-Yes.

-These are complete.

-It's complete.

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-Hmm. Let me ask some prices.

-Yes.

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-Oh, I think the stall holder's a bit camera shy.

-How much are these two?

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That's 30, the best, and 25, the best. So if you wanted the two, 50.

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-50 for two.

-I'm more inclined to this one. Because it has the board.

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I think you're absolutely right. It is slightly later, I think,

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but the counters are in better

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-condition and that goes a long way with collectors.

-Yes. Yes.

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-If we just took this one.

-I could only do 25.

-Could you do 20?

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-Just for us?

-Please.

-All right.

-Yeah?

-OK.

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-That's lovely, thank you very much.

-That's nice.

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-Thank you.

-Thank you very much.

-Thank you.

-Cheers.

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Thank you very much.

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Well done, Martin. Some top haggling skills there.

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So, the Blues have romped home with their first item.

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Why the long face, Reds?

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Why were you drawn to him, do you fancy him or what?

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Is that your kind of man?

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-"Hi, baby."

-I like him, actually. A nutcracker.

-He's good fun.

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The colour of that timber has taken 100 years to reach that.

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People try and make reproductions of ancient wood,

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furniture or objects like that. They can never do it.

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You cannot reproduce 100 years of use.

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-Something very special about that.

-I like him. What is the price?

-135.

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-Oh, my goodness.

-Oh, no.

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-If you were a collector of nutcrackers, it's fine.

-Yeah.

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You go find another one. If we're putting it in a general sale...

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-we're in trouble.

-OK. We'll move on.

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Never mind, Reds. Best to crack on.

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Those spoons are nice.

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-Do you like those spoons?

-I do, yes.

-They're known as berry spoons,

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which were essentially tablespoons

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but they were specifically used for fruit, basically,

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or a compote.

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-Do you like those?

-Honestly?

-Yeah.

-No.

-No.

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-They're...

-We said we would be honest with each other.

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They're a rare hallmark.

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They're marked for Newcastle, which is very unusual,

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but that makes them quite expensive.

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Do you like those? We didn't talk about porcelain. It is a pair.

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-I'm not keen. What about you?

-Not keen on porcelain.

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-You're not loving these.

-I'm not loving those, no.

-They're going back.

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Don't worry, they're going back.

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You seemed quite taken with those, Kate.

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Maybe for the back-burner, eh?

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Now, Mr H, I think your Reds may well need a bit of guidance.

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Shall I show you some inexpensive bling? OK, tell me if you like it.

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So there we have a candlestick, a chamberstick.

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The kind of thing you would walk around the house with,

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particularly to go to bed with.

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And there is your snuffer. Just before you go to bed,

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you snuff it out nice and safely

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and then there is your little hole to store your snuffer.

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It may not be the original to it,

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because these things get lost, but I don't think it matters.

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-What do you think?

-I like it, actually.

-It's a pretty thing.

-Yes.

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-Now, what's it made from?

-Silver plate?

-Yes.

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But I think it's Sheffield plate,

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which is the earliest form of silver plating,

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and that was introduced in about 1740

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and is collected in its own right.

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And that should be loose. That's your sconce. There you go.

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So I think that's a really sweet thing, actually.

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-Let's ask the lovely lady.

-What have I got on it?

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-£2.20.

-Yeah(!) I wish.

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LAUGHTER

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-£48. 40. It's got to be 40.

-35?

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-No. It's got to be 40.

-You won't come down?

-It's got to be 40.

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£40 for an object that was made all those years ago.

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-We'll go for it then, will we?

-Shall we go for it? Yeah!

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-That's the first one that we've bought now.

-Thank you very much.

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-Thank you so much. Thank you.

-Thank you.

-Brilliant.

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It's nice to get a purchase in, eventually!

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Exactly, David. You do realise you're against the clock, girls?

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Nevertheless, that's one in the bag. Good going.

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-That's quite commercial.

-That's unusual.

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That's expensive though, isn't it?

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-It's 155 on that, though.

-Is it?

-It's nice though.

-I like that.

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It's for a dressing and so it's meant to sit like that.

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It's meant to sit like that. It would take enough of the budget.

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Well, we've only spent £20 so far.

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We like this but we've only got a small budget.

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-So, could you do anything for us?

-Yes. Of course I can.

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Erm...

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-..I can do 100.

-You can do 100.

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-It's different.

-It's a good maker.

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It's William Hutton & Sons, which is nice.

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Always make nice quality things.

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-Look at that! That's fantastic!

-It's nice.

-That's a real mark of quality.

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You can see the length of the cork, to make sure it fits really well.

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-I like that.

-You like that?

-I do.

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The fact that the stopper is silver instead of glass is really nice.

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-It is quite a lot of money.

-It's a lot of money.

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--

-Can you do anything?

--

-Yeah, I can.

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-You can?

-Could you do 80?

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-I'll just double-check.

-All right. Thank you.

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-Pop that back up there.

-You want to see what it looks like there?

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-We'll see what it looks like on the shelf.

-How does it sit?

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-It sits like that.

-It sits right, doesn't it?

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It sits all right on the shelf.

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-I'll do it for 80.

-You'll do it for 80.

-Would you pay 80 for it?

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-I would.

-You would pay 80? Sure?

-Yes.

-This can be Pat's item.

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-All right.

-Yes? How's that?

-Happy with that? Going to go for it?

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And when my item makes more, that's absolutely fine.

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-We'll fight it out.

-We can do that.

-Thank you very much.

-Thank you.

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-Thank you very much. Cheers. Thank you.

-Thanks for your help.

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So, Pat has got the bottle and she might well need it.

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Look out, it's time for a showdown.

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Girls. Who on earth are these two?

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-Hello!

-Hello!

-We've got two so far.

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-Have you? We've only done one.

-Two items?

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-Yes, we've got two items.

-You see, you're rushing it!

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-My gosh, you're rushing it.

-Bye, then.

-Good luck. See you.

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Well, that was all very civilised.

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But the Reds still need one item to draw level.

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Let's all take a breather and scope out a little something

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I found earlier.

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As you know, on Bargain Hunt, I am for ever going into my pocket,

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fumbling around and coming up with a little magnification loop like this.

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It's what I need, it's a stock of my trade.

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Because without it, I wouldn't be able to look at marks

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and maybe come up with accurate valuations.

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But what happens for those professional people

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who need to have higher magnifications

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and you haven't got time to be in the laboratory

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where you've got a great big bench microscope that will give you

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x40 or x50 or x60 magnification?

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Let's say you're out in the jungle and you're a botanist

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and you need to examine the cell structure on something

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that's just fallen from an equatorial tree?

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Well, you need a microscope that looks like this,

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which is called a pen microscope.

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Here is the scale, look. It says "x40, x50, x60".

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And you arrive at those different magnifications

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by sliding out this tube.

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This end is shaped rather like a fountain pen nib,

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except that inserted in this flange is a mirror

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and what that very cleverly does,

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when you approach the thing that you want to magnify,

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it allows the light in through that oval section

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and that light then goes through the lens and enables you,

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down the optic, to see at a magnification

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x40 or x50 times what you need to examine.

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It was made in Germany, which was the centre of the manufacture

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of all fine lens equipment.

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And it would have been made some time between 1910 and 1920.

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I dread to think what the replacement new price would be

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were you to order one from Germany, but here in Peterborough,

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on one of the outside stalls, complete with its leather pouch,

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this little jobby could be yours for £45.

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I always wanted to be a doctor.

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So, we left the Blues feeling rather pleased with themselves.

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-But is all as it seems with Pat and

-Martin? We're 23 minutes in.

-We are.

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-We've got two items.

-Yeah.

-You've got one.

-Really?

-I've got one.

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-I don't know about I've got one. My one's yet to come, Pat.

-No.

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Because, let's be honest, I don't like your item at all.

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That's your prerogative.

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So we'll go outside and see if we can find something big.

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Time to press on. The Reds are on your tail.

0:17:520:17:56

-I quite like that.

-Yes. Grab it.

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That's rather nice, isn't it? So, we have four bottles.

0:18:000:18:04

-What are they for?

-I would imagine perfume.

0:18:040:18:06

That's well fitted, isn't it? Yvonne, what do you think?

0:18:060:18:10

-Yes. What are the tops?

-Yeah, perfume. There's your glass stopper.

0:18:100:18:14

They are very special. In a leather case.

0:18:140:18:17

-Are they damaged at all?

-Let's have a look. Anything missing here?

0:18:170:18:20

-I'm afraid one of the brass tops is cracked.

-OK.

0:18:200:18:23

But, you know, I think we can be a little forgiving.

0:18:230:18:26

They've got the stoppers, well fitted.

0:18:260:18:29

I like the fact that they're brass.

0:18:290:18:31

I think that actually adds more of a manly kind of feel to it,

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so we can pitch it as something made for a man,

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which does increase the value.

0:18:370:18:40

It would have to be the right money. What sort of price is it?

0:18:400:18:43

-The very best on that is 30.

-30. Well, I tell you what...

0:18:430:18:47

-I quite like it.

-For £30, if I was here on my own,

0:18:470:18:50

this would be coming home with me right now.

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Because if you went away for a special weekend somewhere...

0:18:530:18:55

You know, if ever I could get a girlfriend, which would be lovely,

0:18:550:18:58

I could take that with me, couldn't I?

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And I could treat her to a new fragrance every evening.

0:19:000:19:04

-Or you could have two for you and two for her.

-No, no. Four for me.

0:19:040:19:07

-She can take her own.

-Shall we go for it?

-I rate that.

0:19:070:19:13

-Yes, I think...

-It's a quick buy. Thank you very much indeed.

0:19:130:19:16

-You're welcome.

-Thank you.

0:19:160:19:18

So, bottles seem to be the item of choice for both our teams.

0:19:180:19:21

I think it's time for some fresh air, don't you?

0:19:210:19:24

So, I hope you're not thinking of blowing loads of money, Martin?

0:19:240:19:28

-I am.

-Are you?

-Something big, something expensive.

-Right.

0:19:280:19:33

Something you're going to struggle to get into the auction hall.

0:19:330:19:37

-Really? That big?

-That big.

0:19:370:19:39

I hope you're not expecting me to help you carry this.

0:19:390:19:42

-No, Pat's going to carry it.

-Oh!

0:19:420:19:46

I'm sure Pat is overjoyed with that prospect, Martin(!)

0:19:460:19:49

MUSIC: "The Size Of A Cow" by The Wonder Stuff

0:19:490:19:51

What would you use those for, then?

0:19:580:20:00

-I quite like the lady.

-She's rather nice, isn't she?

0:20:020:20:05

Come on, teams. One item left on the list.

0:20:050:20:08

-Time for a regroup, Reds, and maybe a time check, David.

-Right, you two.

0:20:100:20:14

-I'm going to ruin your day.

-Right.

-Do you know how long we've got left?

0:20:140:20:18

And do you know, bearing in mind how long you to take to make a decision!

0:20:180:20:22

-Go on.

-Seven minutes.

-Seven.

-Oh, no!

0:20:220:20:24

And you've got to buy one more object. How do you feel now?

0:20:240:20:27

-BOTH: Panicky.

-Good. Panic is good.

0:20:270:20:31

It gives you the adrenaline to succeed. So come on, succeed!

0:20:310:20:35

Who are you rooting for then, Dougal?

0:20:350:20:37

-GRUFFLY:

-Rrrreds!

0:20:370:20:39

The Blues are heading back inside.

0:20:410:20:44

Uh-oh, remember those vases that no-one liked?

0:20:460:20:50

Still not sure on those.

0:20:510:20:53

So, these are French.

0:20:550:20:57

You can tell that because the porcelain is really glassy

0:20:570:20:59

as opposed to English porcelain. Can you see?

0:20:590:21:01

-You'd almost mistake it for glass, wouldn't you?

-Yes.

0:21:010:21:04

They date from around 1900.

0:21:040:21:07

They've got a lovely tooled gilt edge here, which is slightly worn.

0:21:070:21:13

But not too bad, I would say.

0:21:130:21:15

The best thing about them is the painting.

0:21:150:21:17

-Yes, they're lovely, aren't they?

-Because these are hand-painted.

0:21:170:21:20

-You've got a pair with different birds on.

-So, they're not printed?

0:21:200:21:24

They're not printed, no.

0:21:240:21:26

I would say they are related to the Limoges factory which,

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of course, was one of the leading porcelain factories

0:21:290:21:31

in France around 1900, which is when these date from.

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Actually, even though they are an example of a traditional antique,

0:21:350:21:38

where the market hasn't been so buoyant recently,

0:21:380:21:42

I think, actually, these are lovely.

0:21:420:21:45

-They've got them at 90.

-Can we do it for 50, please?

0:21:450:21:48

-Yeah? We've got £50, yeah?

-Yes, we'll go for it.

-Happy? Phew!

0:21:510:21:54

-We're there.

-Thank you. Thank you.

-Thanks very much indeed.

0:21:540:21:57

Great. Thank you.

0:21:570:22:00

You look over the moon with your final purchase, Martin(!)

0:22:010:22:04

-Do you like that?

-Yes.

-OK.

0:22:080:22:11

-Could we have a look at that on the counter?

-Do you like it?

0:22:110:22:14

-I do like it. OK.

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

0:22:140:22:16

-Very quickly, tell me why you like that.

-I quite like the crystal.

0:22:160:22:20

-Yeah. So, we've got an oak stand.

-And how old will it be?

0:22:200:22:23

Very late Victorian, Edwardian. Turn of the 20th century.

0:22:230:22:29

Very well made. I mean, it's a big, bold thing.

0:22:290:22:32

-It looks good on a big desk.

-You've got it.

0:22:320:22:36

It looks, as a display piece, it looks good on a gentleman's desk.

0:22:360:22:40

And fill it with ink

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because the little wells are tiny compared to the body of the crystal.

0:22:420:22:46

If you get some blue ink in there and some red ink in there

0:22:460:22:50

in front of a window on a desk with quills, it just looks beautiful.

0:22:500:22:56

-What's the best price?

-I've got 78. I said 68. As it's you, 65.

0:22:560:23:02

-But that would be the limit.

-£65. OK.

0:23:020:23:05

Do you think we'll make that in auction?

0:23:050:23:07

I think the estimate might be 30 to 50, 40 to 60.

0:23:070:23:11

-Listen, it's good value for money.

-Shall we go for it?

-Yes.

0:23:110:23:14

-I think yes.

-Shake our hands then.

0:23:140:23:16

-Thank you.

-You're welcome. Hope you do well.

-Thank you.

0:23:160:23:20

No more clowning around as... time is up!

0:23:200:23:24

I was going to say you two deserve a cup of tea but actually, you don't.

0:23:240:23:27

-I deserve a cup of tea. Come on.

-Too right, Mr H.

0:23:270:23:30

You have that well-earned cuppa

0:23:300:23:32

while we check out what your Red team bought.

0:23:320:23:35

It was the chamberstick first up. They paid £40.

0:23:370:23:41

They sniffed out the cologne bottles next for £30.

0:23:410:23:45

And the final deal was signed off. £65 for the pair of inkwells.

0:23:460:23:51

-Now, Yvonne, Julia. You OK? Did you have a lovely time?

-Yes, thank you.

0:23:510:23:55

-Absolutely lovely.

-Give me your news. Which is your favourite piece?

0:23:550:23:59

-I think the inkwells.

-That's your favourite.

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-And does your friend agree?

-I think I'll go for the scent bottles.

0:24:020:24:05

-As a favourite piece.

-Yes.

0:24:050:24:07

And are the scent bottles going to bring the biggest profit?

0:24:070:24:10

No, I don't think so.

0:24:100:24:12

We bought a candleholder and snuffer made in 1830...

0:24:120:24:17

-It was William IV.

-William IV! THEY LAUGH

0:24:170:24:20

-Fair enough.

-So we think that might make the biggest profit.

0:24:200:24:23

-OK. And you think that too, Yvonne, do you?

-Yes, yes.

0:24:230:24:26

-Super. And how much did you spend?

-£135.

0:24:260:24:30

£135. I'd like £165 of leftover lolly, please. Thank you very much.

0:24:300:24:37

-And then the six.

-And then we've got some tiddlers.

0:24:370:24:40

The tiddlers, handkerchief and a Polo mint!

0:24:400:24:43

-A small piece of salami and a conker!

-Thank you.

0:24:430:24:46

Sounds like the perfect day out, doesn't it?

0:24:460:24:48

A thrill for somebody anyway.

0:24:480:24:51

I've not wiped my nose on it, honest!

0:24:510:24:54

-THEY LAUGH

-Excellent. Thank you so much(!)

0:24:540:24:56

David, what are you going to spend all that cash on?

0:24:560:24:59

I'm going to spend it pretty quickly,

0:24:590:25:01

pass on the lurgy to somebody else!

0:25:010:25:04

This is where you are going to do the big deal. Good luck, David.

0:25:040:25:07

Now we're going to check out what the Blue team bought, aren't we?

0:25:070:25:10

They took a punt on their first buy, the Totopoly game set them back £20.

0:25:100:25:16

Their second item was the glass oil bottle. They paid £80.

0:25:170:25:21

And lastly, the pair of baluster vases cost them £50.

0:25:220:25:26

-Well, well, well, well, well. That was good, wasn't it?

-It was.

0:25:270:25:32

What is your favourite bit, Patricia?

0:25:320:25:35

-I like the little oil bottle with the silver top.

-Right.

0:25:350:25:38

-What about you, Martin?

-Has to be the horse-racing game.

0:25:380:25:42

It has to be horse racing.

0:25:420:25:44

It has to be because, to be honest, I don't like the other two.

0:25:440:25:47

So, is the horse-racing game going to bring the biggest profit?

0:25:470:25:49

-It will. It definitely will.

-No?

0:25:490:25:51

You're not having a punt on that, Pat?

0:25:510:25:54

-No, I'm having a punt on the bottle.

-On the bottle. Now, lovely.

0:25:540:25:57

-And you spent how much?

-£150.

0:25:570:26:00

OK, please may I have £150 of leftover lolly? Thank you very much.

0:26:000:26:03

£150 of leftover lolly. Thank you. Which goes straight to KB.

0:26:030:26:08

Wonderful.

0:26:080:26:10

So, what blissful object have you got in mind, Kate, for that?

0:26:100:26:12

Well, I think it's fair to say that Martin felt slightly short-changed

0:26:120:26:17

in that he was a little bit bamboozled by the ladies.

0:26:170:26:21

-So, I am going to hunt for a boy's toy.

-Thank you very much.

0:26:210:26:24

A boy's toy? OK, fine. Good luck with that.

0:26:240:26:27

Right now, though, it is time to take a trip to the saleroom.

0:26:310:26:34

Well, we popped to Lichfield to Richard Winterton's lovely,

0:26:380:26:42

spacious new auction room to be with the man himself, Richard Winterton.

0:26:420:26:47

-Good morning.

-Good morning to you. I'm delighted to have you.

0:26:470:26:50

It's a treat, I have to tell you.

0:26:500:26:52

Now, for the Reds the first item is a chamber candlestick in plate,

0:26:520:26:55

which I would have thought is going to be a difficult thing to sell.

0:26:550:26:58

I agree with you wholeheartedly.

0:26:580:27:00

Would you not put that in a box of plate with about 100 other pieces

0:27:000:27:03

and hope you might get £100 for a boxful?

0:27:030:27:05

It is correct, which is probably where it's come from

0:27:050:27:08

-because it doesn't all fit together.

-This snuffer is wrong, is it?

-Yeah.

0:27:080:27:12

That doesn't help. OK.

0:27:120:27:14

How much, then, on a good day, with the wind up its tail,

0:27:140:27:16

-doing incredibly well?

-We put 20-30 on it.

-£40 paid.

0:27:160:27:20

-Not a good start.

-No.

-OK.

0:27:200:27:22

Let's try and develop a decent smell about with the cologne set.

0:27:220:27:26

I like this. It's good quality and it's a nice little...

0:27:260:27:29

Little gent's quality piece of equipment.

0:27:290:27:32

What would you pay for that lot?

0:27:320:27:34

We put 30 to 40 on it and it should get that quite easily

0:27:340:27:36

-cos I think it's quite a nice thing.

-OK, brilliant. £30 paid.

0:27:360:27:39

-That's a good buy. Good.

-And what about the inkwell?

0:27:390:27:43

Two bold, proud, glass inkwells?

0:27:430:27:46

It's the sort of thing that we would have every single sale.

0:27:460:27:49

That's a really bad example.

0:27:490:27:51

It's not great but I wouldn't call it "really bad".

0:27:510:27:54

I mean, are these damaged? No. That looks pretty good to me.

0:27:540:27:58

For my money, actually, £65 for that,

0:27:580:28:00

which is what they paid, is not bad.

0:28:000:28:02

-Is it £60 or £80 worth?

-No.

-Oh. OK.

-We've got 30 to 40 on it.

0:28:020:28:07

Have you? Oh, dear.

0:28:070:28:09

On that basis they're definitely going to need their bonus buy

0:28:090:28:12

so let's go and have a look at it.

0:28:120:28:15

-Yvonne, Julia. Are you standing by for this?

-BOTH: Yes.

0:28:150:28:18

You entrusted our man with £165 of leftover lolly,

0:28:180:28:23

which is a considerable amount of money.

0:28:230:28:25

-OK, this thing I got incredibly excited about.

-Oh!

0:28:250:28:30

-Until it arrived at the auction room.

-Is it broken?

-Yes!

0:28:300:28:36

-Have we got the bit?

-We've got the bit. I've got the bit.

0:28:360:28:39

And it fits absolutely perfectly.

0:28:390:28:42

And it could be glued. But I bought it in mint condition.

0:28:420:28:46

-I will remove that in case it falls.

-But isn't that just gorgeous?

0:28:460:28:50

-Do you know what it is?

-Is it Chinese?

-It's Chinese.

0:28:500:28:53

-It's hand carved stone and it's a brush pot.

-What a shame.

0:28:530:28:58

It's the kind of thing an academic, a studier would have on his desk.

0:28:580:29:02

And the brush pot, the thing that would hold the calligraphy brushes

0:29:020:29:06

for his writing, is an incredibly important piece of kit.

0:29:060:29:10

It has... Or rather, it had everything going for it.

0:29:100:29:15

So, how old?

0:29:150:29:17

-It is a 19th or 20th-century piece.

-And what did you pay for it, Dave?

0:29:170:29:21

-I paid £150.

-He's paid £150.

-Oh, no.

0:29:210:29:25

-And rating it as an object?

-Rating it incredibly highly.

0:29:250:29:28

The kind of thing that if I was to put into sale for a client,

0:29:280:29:30

I would say 100 to 200, 200 to 300.

0:29:300:29:33

So, David, what do you think

0:29:330:29:34

the salvage value is in its damaged state?

0:29:340:29:37

Really, really difficult but I think, for me,

0:29:370:29:39

I'd pay £100 for it, just as something you can learn from.

0:29:390:29:44

-£100 would be fine.

-It's a learning curve, isn't it?

0:29:440:29:48

It's a learning curve, you are so right, Yvonne.

0:29:480:29:50

Anyway, why don't we now find out

0:29:500:29:53

what the auctioneer thinks about Dave's little pot?

0:29:530:29:57

Well, Richard, don't shoot the messenger but unfortunately

0:29:580:30:01

poor David Harper's bonus buy has suffered some damage in transit.

0:30:010:30:07

So, I have to ask you what would be your estimate on this

0:30:070:30:11

reticulated Chinese, soapstone brush holder if it was perfect?

0:30:110:30:16

Yeah, 80 to 120.

0:30:160:30:17

And in those circumstances,

0:30:170:30:19

your insurance settlement would be at the top estimate, would it?

0:30:190:30:22

-£120 with no charges.

-OK, fine.

0:30:220:30:25

We will offer the contestants £120 on this piece

0:30:250:30:30

so that they have a credit amount of £120.

0:30:300:30:33

Then, if they decide to go with it as a bonus buy,

0:30:330:30:38

whatever amount it brings in the auction

0:30:380:30:40

because we will sell it, will be added to the £120.

0:30:400:30:44

Now, David Harper spent £150 on this in good condition before the damage.

0:30:440:30:50

-What is your estimate for it in damaged condition?

-20 to 30.

0:30:500:30:55

£20 to £30? So, there you have it.

0:30:550:30:58

So, if it does really well and it makes £30 in the damaged state,

0:30:580:31:02

that will equate to a total of £150.

0:31:020:31:06

Well, that parks the issue for the Reds.

0:31:060:31:09

And moving on to the Blues,

0:31:090:31:11

their first item is a little table top game called Totopoly.

0:31:110:31:16

How did you get on with these?

0:31:160:31:17

Well, again, we would have a lot come through.

0:31:170:31:19

We've gone 20 to 30 on it, hopefully we'll get somewhere close to it.

0:31:190:31:23

£20 paid by Kate Bliss, so that's OK.

0:31:230:31:25

Now, we've got the oil bottle with the Sheffield silver mount,

0:31:250:31:29

-1938, always popular, these things.

-They are.

0:31:290:31:33

Quite easy to sell but we've got them at 30 to 40,

0:31:330:31:36

-might make 50 on a good day. I can't see it making...

-£80?

-Oof!

0:31:360:31:41

-That's a lot of money, isn't it?

-Yes.

0:31:410:31:43

OK, fine, well, moving on quickly from that, you've got a pair of

0:31:430:31:46

vases which look like Minton but they ain't good enough, are they?

0:31:460:31:50

-No. No, they're Continental. Quite colourful though, I agree.

-How much?

0:31:500:31:55

-Er, we've got 40 to 50.

-OK, £50 paid. So, that's OK.

0:31:550:31:58

That's close enough.

0:31:580:31:59

The thing that is going to let them down is the oil and vinegar bottle.

0:31:590:32:03

-Which is a shame because it's a nice thing.

-Exactly.

0:32:030:32:05

But anyway, they just paid too much, I suspect, in which case...

0:32:050:32:08

they're going to need the bonus buy, so let's go and have a look at it.

0:32:080:32:12

OK, Martin, Pat, this is exciting.

0:32:120:32:14

£150 you spent and you gave Kate £150.

0:32:140:32:17

Kate, what did you spend it on?

0:32:170:32:19

Well, I've gone for the sporting gentleman's piece de resistance.

0:32:190:32:24

What we have here is a little lapel pin in the shape of a pistol

0:32:250:32:30

as you can see. It's silver-plated. It's made in Austria.

0:32:300:32:35

But the most fantastic thing is that it fires which I think is

0:32:350:32:41

a huge amount of fun and would make a cracking present for any

0:32:410:32:45

sporting gentleman or lady actually.

0:32:450:32:48

Age-wise it's certainly a 20th-century piece.

0:32:480:32:51

It's not an antique but it's a huge piece of fun.

0:32:510:32:55

So...I was looking for something big and expensive

0:32:550:32:59

and the bonus buy is something you're struggling to see on TV.

0:32:590:33:03

Martin, your enthusiasm is overwhelming(!)

0:33:030:33:07

I think it's rather nice, actually.

0:33:080:33:10

You can actually still buy little tiny caps which go inside.

0:33:100:33:14

-I might need that at the end of auction.

-Oh, dear.

0:33:140:33:16

I hope it's not going to point at me!

0:33:160:33:18

-Sounds ominous.

-How much did it cost, Kate?

0:33:180:33:20

How much did it cost? There's the thing. £80.

0:33:200:33:24

Did they see you coming?

0:33:240:33:26

Well, there's no accounting for taste, Martin, that's all I can say.

0:33:260:33:28

-Sorry!

-And how much do you think it will make at auction?

0:33:280:33:33

This is really a bit of a gamble piece I would say.

0:33:330:33:36

It could make well over the £100.

0:33:360:33:39

-On the other side, it may make 40 to £60.

-OK, lovely.

0:33:390:33:43

Well, we've got all the gen, thank you very much.

0:33:430:33:45

Thank you, Kate, but right now, let's find out what the auctioneer

0:33:450:33:48

thinks about Kate's pistol.

0:33:480:33:50

Now, Richard, I know you're incredibly keen on little

0:33:510:33:54

collectables, particularly relating to firearms. Give us your lowdown.

0:33:540:33:58

I'm lost for words, really, on it.

0:33:580:34:00

It...it doesn't do a lot for me, it's a bit of old tat.

0:34:000:34:03

Um, that's what I think of it.

0:34:030:34:06

If it was a Victorian one, you know, they were very popular

0:34:060:34:09

and really sought-after.

0:34:090:34:10

This doesn't look very old

0:34:100:34:12

and I really don't know what you do with it.

0:34:120:34:14

Well, I suppose you need to be a sporting kind of fiend, don't you?

0:34:140:34:18

Because it's a tie clip.

0:34:180:34:20

So, I clip that over my tie - except I don't wear those ties.

0:34:200:34:25

And all my people in the gun club would come up to me

0:34:250:34:28

and say, "What a fantastic collectable tie clip

0:34:280:34:31

"you've got, Tim."

0:34:310:34:33

Just to kind of represent one of my interests.

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I'm not sure how many...pistol wielding in Litchfield we have...

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-No, quite.

-..for this particular...

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-Well, fair enough. How much?

-About £25, £30.

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OK, well, Kate paid £80 for it.

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She's rated it and who knows?

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If it gets picked up on the internet there could be some buyer out there.

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-Let's hope so. Silence from this end.

-Let's hope so.

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Come on, Richard. Work your magic. It's time to rise to the rostrum.

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35. £40. 50. £50 down here.

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At £50 I'm bid. Yours at 50.

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-Now, Jules, Yvonne, are you OK?

-Yes, yes, thank you.

-Is this exciting?

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-Yes!

-Loads of people here, which is really nice to see.

-I know.

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Anyway, first up is the chamber candlestick and here it comes.

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The chamberstick. Commission bids are walking all over it.

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5, 10, 15, 20, 5, 30, 5. £35. £35, top of five bids at 35.

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-35, 35, 35.

-Come on.

-£35 room's out.

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Internet's out. It's the commission bid so you can get it at £35.

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-35.

-It was looking so good, wasn't it?

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It's more than his estimate, you were nearly there.

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That's -£5. Bad luck, girls.

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Four glass bottles in the leather case. £10 I'm bid. 15 I'm bid.

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15 I'm bid.

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-£20, 25, £30. 35, £40.

-Oh, go on.

-£40 I'm bid. £40 I'm bid.

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With me at £40. Internet you're out now. At 45 I'm bid. 45 I'm bid.

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-Internet at 45.

-Brilliant.

-Internet at 45. £45 the internet. All out.

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-Sold then on the internet at £45.

-Perfect.

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You clever thing, Jules. That's +£15, love.

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Which means overall you're +10. Up next is the pair of inkwells.

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Again commissions are bid. £20 I'm bid. £20, 25, 30, 5, 45, 50.

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-£50 I'm bid.

-Go on!

-£60 I'm bid.

-Yes!

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-£60 I'm bid. In the room at 65.

-Go on, yes!

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65, here at 65. £70 in the front here.

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-Yes!

-70 in the front. 70 in the front. All done. Sold at £70.

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-It's yours, sir.

-£70, well, that's marvellous,

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I'm delighted about that, kids.

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So, that's +£5.

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You are +£15. Nicely in profit. Now, the big decision.

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What are we going to do about this insurance claim job?

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You've thought about it a bit, have you?

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-Yes, yes, I think we'll go for it.

-Yes.

-You're going to go for it?

-Yes.

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You're going to chance it? OK.

0:37:140:37:16

Well, that's the decision made then

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and just to clear it up you will get £120 worth of insurance claim

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and you'll pick up in addition what it brings now under the hammer.

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And it has to make 150 overall. OK, here we go.

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£20, £10.

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£10 to start me. £10 to start me. Anyone, £10?

0:37:330:37:38

-£10, £10, £10. £5.

-Oh, go on. £5.

0:37:380:37:42

-It's an easy repair.

-Any bid at all at

-£5? Go on!

0:37:420:37:47

I'm not sure we've never had a bid before. £6!

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-Internet's up at

-£6. Yeah!

-£6 I'm bid.

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-At £6 the internet. Eight anywhere in the room?

-Terrible, isn't it?

0:37:530:37:56

Here at six. All done? £6 the internet.

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THEY SIGH

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£6. So, that's £24 off.

0:38:030:38:07

You had +15 which means

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-now you are -9.

-Oh, dear.

-Oh, dear.

0:38:080:38:13

-Nearly there.

-A big hole.

-Never mind.

-Oh!

--£9. Oh! OK. Listen,

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it could be a winning score.

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It could, in Dave's terms, finish up by being a resounding victory.

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What's your normal victory cry? Yes!

0:38:260:38:29

It could be a victory as Harper would say. Anyway, there we are.

0:38:290:38:34

-Now, Marty, Pat, do you know how the Reds got on?

-No.

-Basically, no.

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OK, fine. But we don't want you to.

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-Um, you're very keen, Kate on these board games, aren't you?

-Yeah.

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Ordinarily. So, you must have been delighted when Pat found this one.

0:38:500:38:53

Yeah. It was a great find. I think we paid a great price.

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Anyway, the auctioneer thinks it's worth 20 to £30. You paid £20.

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They've got a lot of toys in this sale

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so, with any luck, it'll tickle somebody's fancy.

0:39:020:39:04

OK, first up then is a bit of Totopoly.

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If you fancy a punt, this is it.

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The Totopoly game, circa 1950s, all the instructions with it,

0:39:090:39:13

nothing on my book though, so £10 to start me. £10 to start me.

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£10 to start me. £10 to start me. Bid, internet, £10.

0:39:170:39:20

£10 I'm bid. £10 I'm bid and sell at £10. At £10.

0:39:200:39:24

At £10 I'm bid at £10.

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It's internet's got it at £10. No more bids coming?

0:39:260:39:30

At the £10? All done? Sold at £10.

0:39:300:39:34

That is so cheap at £10. It's -£10. Here's the oil bottle.

0:39:340:39:39

A little glass oil bottle. Bit of interest on this.

0:39:390:39:41

-We're straight in at £30. £30 I'm bid.

-Jolly well need it.

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-You're going to need it.

-At £30 I'm bid, 32, 35.

-Come on.

-35, 40.

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-£40 I'm bid.

-Halfway.

-At £40. At £40 with me. Room's out. Internet's out.

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-Commission bid at £40.

-I can't bear this, kids.

-All done?

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Sold then at £40.

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-£40 - £10 = -50.

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Dear, oh, dear, oh, dear! Dear, oh, dear!

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OK, here come your pots.

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On my books, £50, 40, £20 to start me.

0:40:120:40:16

£20? £10? £10? £10 I'm bid.

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-£15, £20, 25, £30, £30 I am bid.

-50... 50...

0:40:190:40:24

£30 I'm bid. Second on my left at £30.

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-At £30.

-In great condition.

-They're not bust, are they?

0:40:260:40:29

On my left at £35, internet. £40 internet. The room is out now.

0:40:290:40:33

At £40, the internet. At £40 the internet. £40 the internet.

0:40:330:40:37

-Still hovering, you're going again.

-Go on!

-£40 bid. Not going to go.

0:40:370:40:41

£40, hammer's up. Sold at £40.

0:40:410:40:44

£40, that's a triple loss.

0:40:450:40:48

Minus £10, that rounds that it up, or down...

0:40:480:40:52

-THEY LAUGH

-..depending on how you look at it,

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to -60. OK? So, what we are going to do about the brooch, then?

0:40:540:40:59

In for a penny and in for a pellet? What's it going to be?

0:40:590:41:03

I can't go with something that looks like

0:41:030:41:05

it came out of a Christmas cracker, I'm sorry.

0:41:050:41:07

You can't be doing it? OK.

0:41:070:41:08

-And Pat, you're with the future son-in-law with this?

-He's wrong.

0:41:080:41:13

-If I'm wrong, then I'll suffer on the way home.

-Oh, dear. OK,

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that is your decision. You're not going with the bonus buy.

0:41:170:41:20

But we are going to sell it anyway.

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And here we go.

0:41:220:41:23

Now we go to the little, Austrian, chrome, pistol brooch there.

0:41:230:41:26

Bids on the book £10 I am bid. £10 I'm bid, £10. £10 bid. 15.

0:41:260:41:32

£15 I'm bid, £15 internet, 15.

0:41:320:41:34

£20 internet. On the internet at £20. At £20 I'm bid.

0:41:340:41:37

-Not shooting ahead, is it?

-The room is out.

0:41:370:41:40

£20 the internet, you are all out. Sold at £20.

0:41:400:41:44

-Oh, we got one right!

-Well done!

-£20, you made the right decision, there.

0:41:440:41:49

Anyway, -£60, could have been better today for you

0:41:490:41:53

but it could be a winning score. Say not a word to the Reds

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-and we will reveal all in a moment. Well done, team.

-Thank you.

0:41:560:41:59

Very, very, very brave, you've been.

0:41:590:42:01

-Well, teams, this is great. Have you been chatting at all?

-ALL: No.

0:42:060:42:09

Well, I can tell you that there are

0:42:090:42:10

some similarities between you two teams.

0:42:100:42:12

Neither of you made any profit!

0:42:120:42:14

THEY LAUGH

0:42:140:42:15

That's the first similarity.

0:42:150:42:17

When it comes to the bonus buy lark,

0:42:170:42:19

one team didn't go with the bonus buy

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and one team did, and the team that did made the bad decision.

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Anyway, there we are.

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The runners-up today, by a fair old chasm, are the Blues.

0:42:270:42:33

ALL: Oh!

0:42:330:42:36

OK, -£60. Doesn't sound too bad when you say quickly, does it?

0:42:370:42:41

-It's a good score.

-It's a good score.

-It's a round number.

0:42:410:42:45

And it gave me a lot of pleasure to you, didn't it,

0:42:450:42:48

getting to that score?

0:42:480:42:49

The victors today are going home

0:42:490:42:52

because they've won absolutely nothing.

0:42:520:42:54

In fact, they have £9 of losses.

0:42:540:42:57

-Which is only a whisper, isn't it, really?

-Yes.

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But it's been great fun.

0:43:000:43:01

You are the victors and I congratulate you.

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In fact, why don't you join us soon for some more bargain-hunting? Yes?

0:43:030:43:07

Yes!

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Tim Wonnacott and the team have landed at the East of England Showground. The red and blue teams do battle around the hundreds of stalls and are joined by experts David Harper and Kate Bliss. Tim comes across an interesting find at the fair and there are some highs and lows at the saleroom.


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