Antiques show. The teams are searching for bargains at Hemswell Antiques Centres in Lincolnshire. They are aided and abetted by experts Philip Serrell and Charles Hanson.
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Welcome to Hemswell in Lincolnshire.
This former RAF base is home to one of the largest
antiques centres in Europe, so what are we waiting for?
Let's go bargain hunting, yeah!
Will our Red and Blue teams be full of the joys of spring today?
Will they trot around the antiques centres with gay abandon?
I don't know. Let's have a quick squint as to what's coming up.
'The Reds find that a sporting background comes in handy.'
'While one of the Blues seems to have gone missing.'
-Alison's gone very quiet.
-Yeah, Alison. Alison.
Hold on, where's Alison gone?!
'But it looks like both Blues are back in force at the auction.'
'Let's meet the teams.'
Well, this is fun, isn't it?
We've got two teams of girls on our show today.
We've got Jojo and Andrea, and cousins Alison and Mary.
Great to see you. Now, Jojo, shall I call you Rainbow?
You can if you like, everybody else does.
From a child, I've just grew up watching Rainbow Brite
and Rainbow obviously with Zippy and Bungle and everyone,
-it's just grown into a crazy obsession.
Now, you're never happier, Jojo, than when you're knee-deep in mud,
-is that right?
-It is, yeah.
I'm a big festival-goer, I love festivals. Big, small...
You've got that kind of "flower power" look!
These dresses are very much taking me to a place
that's very, very muddy.
Yeah, that's how I like it, in me wellies and me skirt
-and dancing around.
-Now, Andrea, are you mad about rainbows?
-Only this one, Tim.
Ah, how sweet! What do you like, then? What's your favourites?
-I like fairies and butterflies.
-Do you collect them?
-I do, yeah.
Are you going to be looking for fairies and whatnot
-on Bargain Hunt today?
-Most definitely, yeah.
You stand a fair chance of driving your expert completely mad!
And you're also very good on a bit of a hook and wool job, aren't you?
-I wouldn't say very good, I've taught myself to crochet.
I've made Jo three slippers.
-None of them match.
-None of them match.
-Oh, yeah. What, they're all left feet?
-Half a pillowcase.
-You're that good?
-I'm that good!
-Yeah, well, that sounds great fun.
Now, you haven't always been the best of mates, have you?
Er, no, around seven years ago, we met through a mutual friend in a pub,
we didn't see eye-to-eye on something
and we didn't see each other for five years,
-and then boom.
-Here we are again.
Two years later we've been living together like best of friends.
That's nice. It's lovely when all these things come right, isn't it?
-You're really close friends now,
and that's the most important thing.
That's what I like to hear. They're my girls.
Anyway, now, Alison, you work in a garden centre, which means
you've got incredibly green fingers, right?
-Erm, not really.
-What do you mean "not really?"
-You'd have my colleagues in stitches at work if you said that.
-Why has none of that garden centre culture rubbed off on you?
-I pick up bits here and there.
I bet you're modest about it.
Have you got your own hormone rooting powder?
-Would you like some?!
-No, come on!
So, it's more like retail sales and it happens to be in a garden centre?
-Yes, I'm better at the giftware.
-What do you like best in the giftware?
Bronzes. Expensive things.
You're going to be rather good on Bargain Hunt, aren't you?
-Going out spotting the classy stuff.
-I do like spending money, yes.
Now, Mary, it says here you're a floral artist.
That's what I used to do, you see, until recently when I retired, so...
-You can't have retired!
-I have, Tim, yes.
-Why have you taken such early retirement?
-To enjoy myself!
Oh, I see. Got your own dried oasis?
Gosh, you know words like oasis!
What you don't know about it in nobody's business.
It's true though, isn't it? Without the oasis, where would you be?
Absolutely. You'd be nowhere.
You've won a gold medal though, haven't you, at the old Chelsea?
-Tell us about that.
I can't take all the accolade -
I did do it with another lady from the flower club that we belong.
I mean, the icing on the cake was that we got the best
exhibit in the show, so that was...
I rest my case.
The woman is clearly very, very modest.
So you two girls, have you got any tactics today?
Are we going to buy a flower arranging kit
or are we branching out?
I think Alison said, "Big and bold", didn't you?
Yeah. Spend it.
We like to spend it.
Well, to do that you're going to need your £300.
£300 apiece, here we go.
-£300, Jojo. Well done.
There you go, £300.
You know the rules. Your experts await and off you go!
And very, very, very good luck.
See? I do know about dried oasis.
Moving across to our equally knowledgeable experts.
Hoping to ring up a profits for the reds is Philip Serrell.
And beefing it up for the blues is Charles Hanson.
Have you really got no idea at all what you're going to buy?
-Not a clue.
-Cos you're very green fingered, aren't you?
-Well, yeah, a bit, Charles.
No. Rainbows, butterflies...
But when it comes to antiques...
-Not at all.
What do you mean, rainbows and butterflies?
-Rainbows and butterflies.
-She likes rainbows, I like butterflies.
-We've no plan - just go for it.
-We'll just wing it, then.
We'll have a go at winging it -
that's very different.
That's it then, teams.
The clock starts now, with an hour to go, and the race is on.
Rainbows and butterflies?
Possibly not Philip's thing.
If you're novices, what's the definition of an antique?
A hundred. Correct. I quite like that bench over there.
-Do you like that bench?
-I do like that bench.
-I do, yeah.
Good Lord, they like it.
Objects which aren't antiques we call collectors,
and they are objects which define certain styles and decades,
like the Art Deco period, are collectables, OK?
-How much is it?
-Oh, it's 1,450.
I've always had a good eye.
Too good an eye for us, Phil.
Get in there and get digging.
I think that's real fun.
I think it's 20 quid...
And it hasn't got the cover on it, and that's £48,
-so I think we'd lose money with that.
-Let's not take it then.
Fine. That's sorted that out. The other real telling fact for me
is there's no sign of a rainbow, butterfly...
What was the other thing?
The fairies bit worries me actually.
I don't see why it should.
The blues have found something that could come in handy.
-They're quite interesting, aren't they?
I don't know. What are they, Charles?
Are they glove stretchers? They're not stretchers, are they?
I've no idea.
They're like a pair of washing up gloves, aren't they?
-They're latex glove moulds.
-It's what it says.
I think they're quite interesting,
but I don't know what we'll do with them, and they are...
-£100 for the pair.
Circa 1950s. But I suppose what you could use them
-for is a good pair of book ends as well.
-Well, that's true.
I think £100 is too much money for them,
but they're fun and I like your style.
They're quite novel and that's another really important factor -
novelty value. Come on.
Back to the Reds to see if they've found anything novel.
-Did you say you like skiffle?
-Play us a tune, Phil.
-I can't. I'm skiffle deaf.
-I like it.
This is American, it says so there, look, "Columbus, Ohio."
People buy stuff like this to decorate kitchens.
It's priced up at £25. You know, what's it going to make at auction?
Well, on a bad day it might make about ten or 15 quid,
and on a good day it might make £30/35.
-But it is a bit of fun, isn't it?
-I like it.
-Do you like it?
-Yeah, I like it.
-Shall we hold that?
-You've got a job.
-I've got a skiffle.
Don't give up the day job, eh?
The Blues mean business.
They've brought out their heavy guns, David,
who's in charge of this section.
Just talk to David. Let David sell it to you, OK?
-David, do you like it?
-Yes, these are very nice.
It's not as heavy as I thought it was going to be.
That's not silver top though, is it, David?
SHE CLEARS HER THROAT No.
No, it's not.
Do we need to check the top?
Look at that rim. The question we need to ask ourselves is -
-did that always belong to it?
-I don't know.
I think it probably did because the way it sits on that neck,
I'm quite happy it's always been together.
But it's just a bit loose, it's quite light,
but then again we've almost had 20 minutes and...
Do we make David an offer?
-Well, we both like this, don't we?
-Well, we did, but the weight...
It doesn't matter though. You know, it's...
- I would think that...£40 would be me.
- 85 on it, so I shall have to ring the dealer at that price.
Shall we do that? Shall we...? Thanks, David.
Good luck with that.
Back to the reds. What have they found here?
Oh, hold on a minute.
-I like that.
-Do you? Cotton reels in there...
that's all the different colours, and then the silks at the front.
Priced at £195.
What we really need to do is see if we can find the dealer.
-You wouldn't...? Is this yours?
-Yeah, it is, yeah.
-Can I help you?
-Yeah. Yeah, you can.
-This is priced at 195.
-It is, yes.
Right. No messing around, then. What's the very, very best that you can do?
-It's nicely decorated on the back.
-Is it? Can we have a look at the back?
"Sew with pure silk. Perivale...is the perfect thread."
Would 120 buy it?
Today, it would, yes.
-OK. What do you think, girls?
-I like it.
-We really like it.
And the least that can make at auction is probably 80 quid,
-isn't it? And if we have a good day...
-Probably a bit more.
I like that. Right, done deal.
We'll pay the man. That's two.
-Thank you ever so much. See you later on.
-Well done. Well done, ladies. Well done. Top job.
That's one down for the Reds,
but they're obviously still considering that washboard.
Those Blues still don't have a deal and the clock is ticking.
- The best she can do is 65. - 65. Oh, dear.
Right, we've got to make a decision, then.
Its market value at auction, if I could give you an estimate,
would be between 50 and 70, maybe £80, you know.
Well, I think we've got to be in agreement, haven't we?
So... And I don't think you're too...
I'm not committed. Can we pop it back and then come back
when we're really strapped to the last three minutes?
-Yeah, OK. If you're happy to hot foot it later.
-And be a lady on a mission.
I'll just send Alison.
-David, we'll leave it for the time being.
This is no time to dilly dally, girls,
no matter how speedy Alison is.
Over to the more decisive Reds, then.
That's a funny-looking thing.
-It's every day of the week, isn't it?
-Yeah. Oh, that's lovely.
Do you like that, Phil?
Sorrento, this is.
This is olive wood...
and it comes from Jerusalem.
"Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday."
-I don't know what you'd put in there.
-Yeah, you reckon so?
-That's what it says.
-Yeah, but you can't always believe what it says.
Which do you prefer out of the two of these? That or that?
-You both prefer that.
It's just the skiffle, Phil. HE SCOFFS
We'll have a look and come back to it.
Let's leave that there for the minute.
While both teams are still flailing about,
let me show you something which takes me back to my youth.
Do you remember those little bottles of milk that were delivered
to school in a crate that looked remarkably like this?
Except the ones at school weren't smart gilt metal
with a turned marine ivory handle on the top - they were just galvanised.
But the principle is the same.
And, in fact, there are four bottles,
each of which fit beautifully inside the frame...like that.
Milk bottles? I don't think so.
These are individual decanters, beautifully blown.
Look, with faceted sides...
and the star cut base.
The necks and shoulders have all been covered in this silvered metal,
and then that's surmounted by a smart stopper
that's got a cork inside,
meaning that this thing, when it's shaken about a bit,
will remain watertight.
And if you were sitting in a smart dining room in 1910 or 1920,
this crate would be passed around the gentlemen
because inside each of these bottles would be some fiery spirit,
like cherry brandy or sloe gin.
The joke being that what you're passing the bottles
of delicious liqueurs around in looks like a school milk crate.
It's a novelty and a novelty that was made in France because
each of these silver-coloured mounts on the top has what's called
that is French for a mark,
and that mark says above BP,
the initials of the metalworker.
And the gilt metal frame down below has a similar puissant,
except the initials are GP.
It will be perfectly possible to look up these marks
and determine who that maker is.
Was he a Parisian maker? Was he smart? Is he collectable?
And exactly his dates.
But as it is, I think this is an engaging and charming object.
The whole business of decanting liqueurs into little
bottles like this I think is sensible and it is, of course,
these novelties in silver
and silver plate that are desirable on the market today.
And I think, when it's tickled up, it will make a considerable sum.
Well, not less than £400.
Probably between four and £600.
What would it cost you to buy today?
Here, in Lincolnshire, well, you could take it away for £140.
OK, so far the reds have one item and the blues have none.
Let's see if they're making any progress.
-Look at that.
-Look at that. Isn't that gorgeous?
Now tell me, is West Kilbride near here?
Oh, Charles! Where is it?
SHE LAUGHS It's in Scotland.
-It sounds a bit Scottish.
-You think so?
This is a bowling ball in silver,
presented to President Dr Stephenson and Mrs Stephenson
for the years 1926 and 1927.
Feel the weight of that.
That's a stand, Mary. Hold that as well.
And I've got the label. Isn't that gorgeous?
I think that's rather nice. Alison's gone very quiet.
Alison, Alison... Hold on, where's Alison gone?
-Where is she?
Alison, hold that and see...
What I like is the fact that's it's hallmarked here as Glasgow,
carrying the Hibernian mark and also the harp for probably the year
in or around 1926.
And to me, it's just a heavy ball.
-Well, it is.
-Is it a heavy price?
No, not really. It's on at £75.
I quite like this and I'm tempted...
to maybe take it downstairs and see if I can do a deal for you.
If it takes your fancy. Look at me.
-Do you like it?
-I'll go with you, Charles.
-I think that was a no, she doesn't, but she's...
It's... It's Edinburgh silver, it's George V, it's 1920s.
I think that could be a good thing at sale.
-Can I go and make an offer?
So on at £75. If I get 10% off, I'm going to say we'll take it.
I agree. It may not float her boat,
but they really need to get a move on.
The reds are looking increasingly attached to that skiffle board.
-We'd like to purchase this, please.
-(No, we might like to.)
We might like to purchase this, please.
Can you tell us what your best price is on it?
Yeah, I could do you 10%, so I could take £2.50 off.
-Could we do £3?
-Yeah, we could make life easy and do it £3.
-That all right?
-Well, it's a bit of fun, isn't it?
-A bit of fun.
After all, fun is what it's all about.
The Reds now have two items, but what about those blues?
Charles is back and feeling bullish.
-Yeah. Yeah, I'm going to buy it...
..if you don't mind,
because it is 10%. Priced at £75, the best then can do is £67,
and to me... I think it's worth between £60 and £90,
so to me it's a very bottom estimate to start with.
So if you're OK, I'm going to buy it for £67.
And that's our first item done with, well, actually,
we've had 40 minutes.
So, you know, time is the essence.
Come on, let's get going.
Come on, it's your turn now.
I'm not sure the Blues have quite got the hang of this,
unlike the Reds who have one item to go.
So what's the first thing we want to check with these?
-She's on the case, isn't she?
-She's red hot, isn't she?
-Or have they?
-It's a bit wonky, isn't it?
-It's a wonky knob.
I mean, if you want to phone up the dealer and ask him what the
-best is for us?
-Yeah, I can do that.
I mean, these are millefiori, which is thousands of flowers.
I wonder whether they would actually be knobs off a chest of drawers...
-..that someone's made into door handles.
And they still sort of work.
But the... It's just a bit off centre, isn't it?
-But you like them, yeah?
-Yeah, they're lovely.
So what does the dealer want for them?
-Right, can I ask you to do me a favour?
I can't guarantee you we'll have them
but we're going to buy something.
-Could you just hang on to those for half an hour for me?
Is that all right? Put them behind the counter.
Whatever you do, don't let Charlie Hanson see them.
And we'll give you a decision in about a half-hour's time.
-OK, thank you very much.
-So, we've sort of got three bids, haven't we?
Do you know what you might want to buy? I mean do you like those?
-I do like those.
-Or I can show you another option.
Show us another option.
Ah, Phil always has something else up his sleeve.
And it looks like Charles might have found something interesting too.
If I can just get it out for the ladies to have a look at.
Thank you very much.
Ooh, isn't it sweet? Something bold you wanted, didn't you, Alison?
-Yeah, something big and bold.
-There you go.
-Oh, does the top open?
-Look at that, Charles.
-Ooh, isn't that pretty?
Now, what we look for, just close that top for me.
Although it's not actually marked silver,
we can still call it silver or white metal.
-Would that be on their dressing table?
-Yes, it would.
It would never have sat within, shall we say, a dressing table case.
It would never have been part of a lady's toilet box.
It is a stand-alone object and it's very feminine.
I think it's pretty, I think it's rich,
I think it's great for a Lincoln sale.
Hmmm, what do you think about the price?
You're keen, aren't you? You're very keen.
I think we need David.
-Do your best, David.
-What would be the best on that?
-Well, it's got a trade of £6 on it.
-Right. Could we go 50?
Yes, it's got the stopper and everything, hasn't it?
-We might be able to stretch it to 50.
-You are good.
What do you think, Charles?
I think 50 is a lowish, middle-auction estimate
and it has every chance of making a profit.
It might slip £5 the wrong side but it might profit 20
and if David was prepared to go at 50,
I would say the hinge is in good condition, the embossed floral
design on that lid is in super condition,
it hasn't been knocked or dented, the glass of the octagonal
form is in good order as well, so I think it's a goer, Alison.
-Are you going to buy it?
-Shake the man's hand. Name your price now.
-Sold, good job.
Oh, thank you.
You're a good man, David, that's our second object bought.
Well played, team.
At last, they've got going.
So...that one there, look.
I quite like this chair, let's see what we know about it.
-What's it made of?
-How do you know that?
Cos it's oak wood.
Well, that's not a bad shout. You're absolutely right, it's oak.
And one of the reasons you can tell oak other than that colour is
this broad grain here.
That's typical of oak. I think it's about 1895-ish.
If you're optimistic, you could call it arts and crafts but it's sort of
almost ecclesiastical in a way and I think it's very much a hall chair.
I mean I know that they'll do that for £120.
If you could get it for 100 quid,
which would you rather have for £5 difference?
That or your knobs?
-I do like a nice, comfy seat.
-Do you? Well, you better try it out.
-Does it make loads of money?
-You know, this is all luck, this business.
Let me go and see if they've had a word with the dealer.
-Mm, it's quite comfy.
-You look it.
I'm not really sure this will help very much.
They can't get through to the dealer, OK?
So, at the minute, it was priced up at £145,
they said we can have it for £120.
If we can get it for 100, I'd say definitely have it.
So, you've got the choice, at the minute, the way it stands,
of 95 quid for your knobs or £120 for that.
The things that hold the knobs back for me is that
if you got more of them and you could put them
-on a chest of drawers, I think they'd be fantastic.
-But what are you going to do with them?
-Just four knobs.
With just four knobs,
I don't know what you'll ever do with them, really.
-I'd take chair.
-We'll go for the chair.
-We're in it to make money, aren't we?
-Executive decision says chair.
Right, then what we do is we just wait now
-until such time as they try and get hold of the dealer for us.
-OK, fine. Have I ever missed an opportunity?
-Rest the old legs. Ah.
-What a gentleman.
-Nice gin and tonic, girls, that'd be handy now.
-That'd be lovely, yeah.
Whilst Philip takes it easy, the Blues are in a real spin.
Try over here. We'll keep dreaming, OK? We are dreaming of a last find.
Come on, we mustn't wilt, OK?
-Two minutes, team.
-There's a clock there, Charles.
Oh, that's a gorgeous clock. I think you've found it.
-I think you've got it. How much is it?
-I can't see the price.
If it's in budget, you've done really well.
-But I can just see a slight hint.
-It says £1,400.
Alison, what are you doing to me?
He looks comfortable enough.
-We've just heard we can do it for 100.
Oh, that's fantastic news. Thanks ever so much.
Well, you tried, Philip.
-See, what I love, Mary, is that lovely inkwell down there.
Turned wood, nice condition, novel and for how much? £35.
-With a minute to go, it's cheap.
-Shall we get it?
No, I like the clock, Charles.
You are adamant to buy a clock, aren't you?
Madam, can we please look at this clock?
Because in the time we've got left, 25 seconds to go,
it's just got to be now, ladies, no messing around.
And you've got to look at the clock without me even handling it.
Give it to her, thank you very much.
-I like it.
-OK. What's your best price?
So, your best price, Charles, is 195 with a trade of 10. 185.
-Can't afford it, can we?
-Oh, we still can't afford it.
What's your really, really, very, very best for these two ladies,
for my roses today, with ten seconds to go?
-OK, we'll go with 175, how's that?
-Oh, wonderful! Yes, we're in.
Give us a kiss, quick. That's a deal. Done. Gone. Sold.
Thank you very much. Oh, my goodness me.
-Do you know what? I haven't even looked at this clock yet.
I don't know what we've even bought.
We've bought blind for the first ever time
in my history on Bargain Hunt.
Happy days, eh? Thank you.
My goodness, that was right up to the wire and sealed with a kiss.
Time for the teams to stop digging around and for us to find out
whether they're going to rake in a profit.
They paid £120 for the sewing silks display unit.
Next, they've tuned into the washboard for £22.
And the gothic chair bought for £100 completed their trio of purchases.
Now, Jojo, tell me, which is your favourite piece, please?
I like the big sewing box thing with all the little trinket bits in it.
-That's your favourite favourite, is it?
-Andrea, do you agree?
-I agree, totally.
-You do? Best to do that.
And is that going to bring the biggest profit?
-No, I don't think so.
-What's going to bring the biggest profit then?
-I think it's going to be our big oak chair.
-So, how much did you spend all round?
-We spent £242 altogether.
£242, that's such a mature amount of money.
That's £58 leftover lolly, please. £58, there, you've got it.
-Straight across to P Serrell.
-You look like a very happy man.
Yes, well, I have spent an hour looking for butterflies,
-rainbows and fairies.
I'm going to cross those off my shopping list
-and see what else I can find.
-Well, good for you,
and we look forward very much to what you come up with.
But, right now, why don't we check out what the Blue Team bought, eh?
They bought the engraved silver cricket ball for £67. Howzat?!
Hoping for the sweet smell of success,
they paid £50 for the cranberry scent bottle and fittingly,
with only seconds to go,
they spent £175 on what I would call a much-needed timepiece.
-Well, girls, you're looking well satisfied.
-Yeah, we are.
-That's good. You had a lovely hour with Charles.
-What was your favourite piece?
-Favourite piece? The silver ball.
-The silver ball on the stand.
-OK, you're on the ball, aren't you?
-Do you agree with that?
-No, I like my little cranberry perfume bottle.
Fine, that's your favourite. Is that going to bring the biggest profit?
No, I think I'm going to have to go with Alison's silver ball.
-OK, and that's what you still think?
-I think so, yeah.
-Brilliant. And how much did you spend?
-You went right to the edge.
-We did, yeah.
-So, can I have the £8 then?
Well, that's a little challenge, isn't it, Charles?
Yeah, it is, cos my girls are really quite upmarket,
they're uptown girls, and I know my ladies like nice things
so it's going to be hard to really delve deep.
You're going to have to dig deep,
that's what you're going to have to do.
Anyway, good luck with that.
Luckily, both teams now have their items.
So, it's off to the sale room.
Well, I always enjoy coming to Lincoln,
particularly when Golding, Young and Mawer is my destination
so it's a treat to be here, Colin Young, thank you for having us.
A great host again, Tim.
First up for the Reds is the oak shop display, which,
I must say, I have a bit of a problem with cos
-I don't rate it as an object that much. Do you like it?
We've always done really well in Lincoln with bygone items,
so this is really up our street or up the high street, really.
OK, fine. How much up the high street is it?
Well, I've put an estimate of 50-100 on it and I think it's a great
item and I wouldn't be surprised if it made over £100.
Well, it needs to. £120 paid. Let's see. We will find out.
Next up is the washboard, a bit of kitchenalia.
-Is that going to be popular in Lincoln?
-It is indeed.
-Again, a good bygone item, very desirable.
-OK, how much?
-Only at £10-20 though.
-OK, £22 paid.
So, they've not paid a huge amount of money for it
and it is a bit of fun.
And the last item, which is the big investment, is
the chair behind me which looks as if it's just come out of a church.
I think it has.
Quite a few have come out the churches over the last few years.
Bit of a statement, I suppose, as a hall chair
-but you're not going to have it in the sitting room, are you?
I think that would adorn any hallway gracefully.
And what's it worth, Colin?
80-120 would be a reasonable estimate to place on it.
-OK, £100 paid.
I fancy they're going to have a difficulty with all these items
and on my rule of thumb, they're going to definitely
need their bonus buy so let's go have a look at it.
-Well, this is fun, isn't it?
What has that rascal, Philip Serrell,
spent your £58 of leftover lolly on?
Are you ready for this?
-What is it?
-Oh, it's a unicorn.
We've changed from butterflies and fairies
-so I thought it was time to...
-I like it.
-How much did you pay for it?
-Oh, I like this, right on the money. £32.
And it's got a bit of age but I'm not sure, in truth, where it's from.
-It's old, though, isn't it?
-Yeah, I think that's 18th century.
-Yeah, we like that.
-But whether it's come off a cistern or...
Hopper or something.
Yeah, I've just no idea, but I just thought it was a lovely thing.
-I like it.
-A little bit of fantasy about it.
And what about you, Andrea? What do you like about it, sweetie?
-Same sort of thing, really.
-Hm. A bit of age?
-I have fantasies.
What is your fantasy vision?
My fantasy for this is that it'll make £50 or £60. It cost me 32.
You don't pick now, you pick after the sale of your first three items,
and you'll have made so much profit by then, you won't need to bother.
Is that right?
-We'll have it anyway, I think.
Let's see what happens later,
and right now for the audience at home, let's find out
what the auctioneer thinks about Phil's unicorn.
OK, Colin, a heavy weight, look.
-It's a chunk, isn't it?
-Isn't it just!
There's a lot of lead in that one!
-Is it worth anything?
Well, the lead itself's probably got to be worth £20, you'd have thought.
I mean, it looks a bit like fire mark, but it's not, is it?
I can't figure out what it was part of.
Why take that corner off?
Unless it's to fit into some sort of frame or something.
A bit of cottage interior. A little furnishing piece - what's it worth?
I think £25-£40 should see that through.
Spot on. Philip Serrell paid £32 and he loves all that stuff.
Next, the Blues, who've got the Scottish bowling ball.
Good display item. From here I can see fairly crisp hallmarks on it.
1924, yep. How much?
I suppose it's got to be £40-£60?
OK, £67, paid. So they may've paid a tad over the top for that.
Next, is the cranberry glass little scent bottle,
which is a tiny, wee thing.
Yeah, I think it's quite a sweet little item.
The trouble is the bigger the item, the bigger the value.
And it's quite small, so I'll put 30 to 50 on it.
OK, well, they have paid £50,
so they may've paid a tad towards the top price of that.
Now the timepiece, which is a classic Edwardian look, isn't it?
Yeah, it is.
And the actual case looks really good.
Nice moulding at the bottom. Nice bracket feet, as well.
A fairly glossy and glamorous-looking piece.
-It's definitely made to impress, isn't it?
The type of thing you'd see at a few hundreds pounds at retail,
but when it comes to auction 30 to 50 would be a reasonable estimate,
and if it made 70 to 90, you wouldn't bat an eyelid.
Well, you'll have to bat away at something, because they paid £175!
That's taken the your breath away, hasn't it?
And on that basis, they're going to need their bonus buy.
Let's go and have a look at it.
Well, girls this is exciting, isn't it?
The sale's started,
and we're going to find out now
what Charles spent your £8 of leftover lolly on.
Tim, I dug deep and for 800p - it wasn't a lot -
but I found a bit of style, a big lump on the silver
in a Celtic-style ring.
-Look at that!
-Have a handle.
-Oh, it's very nice.
Solid silver, marked 925,
so more likely to be continental.
It's just got a nice look about it. I've tried it on.
-I'm not really a ring man, but it's quite a weighty ring, Tim.
It's decorative. It's got style.
And my ladies who sparkle and glimmer and have a good glint...
-I think it's pretty.
-It is nice.
-I think it's lovely.
Solid silver, it's bright and breezy, it's Celtic,
it has a kind of traditional look to it.
How much could cost you, Charles? Did you spend all the money?
-It was the whole amount of £8.
-But if that doesn't make £15-£25
I'll be really disappointed.
Well done, Charles.
Well, thank you very much for that, Charles.
Girls, you hang on, because now we'll ask the auctioneer
what he thinks about Charles's ring.
Hm. A nice Celtic band.
Doesn't look to be very old,
and I would've thought... £10, £20.
-Something like that.
-£10, £30, that range.
That cunning Charles Hanson only paid £8.
-Can't go wrong at that.
-I think that's pretty good, isn't it?
-Yeah, it is. Fine.
-Makes you want to marry him, really.
Well, perhaps not go that far.
-Anyway, you're taking the sale today, Colin?
-I am, indeed.
We're in safe hands.
At 80, bid. 82? 82 on the net. 85? 85. 88?
Do I see any more bids, then, 85?
In the back seated row... Seated, at £85.
You are so excited, aren't you?!
It is leg-crossingly exciting!
So, what's your prediction of how much profit you're going to make
on the £242 you spent?
Oh, at least £5.
You're that confident!
OK, cross your legs. Be brave, and here we go.
Perival oak shop display cabinet, there we go.
For real silk!
80. £80 bid. Do I see 80? I'll take 50 to go, then. 50?
50 bid. 55 bid. 60? And I'm bid 60. Five? 70 bid, five?
80 bid. Five? 85 bid, 90. And five? 95? And 100?
£100 bid. 10, surely. At £100. And 10 now, surely. At 110 bid.
110, is all I'm bid. 120, now surely.
-110, we're in the room. Are we all done?
At 110, then. On my left, then. Selling at £110.
Oh, bad luck!
110 is minus 10...
-That is SO close.
That is bottom-clenchingly close!
A vintage washboard there. Who's going to start me at £30?
£20? Ten to go, then. 10?
Fiver to go, surely. Fiver? Five bid. Eight? Eight, bid. Ten? Ten bid. 12.
12 bid. 15? 15 bid.
18 now. At 18, 20? 20, am I bid? 20. Two, now - 22.
At £20 bid. Two or not, now?
Last call at £20.
Oh, no. So close again!
Another clenched moment.
19th century oak chair in Arts and Crafts style.
There we go, C-12 this one.
-£50. £50. 50.
-I thought this was a nice chair.
30 bid. 40 bid. 50, now? 50. 60?
60 now. I have £50 bid. Five? 55, surely.
At £50. 50 at the back of the room, then?
Five or not now, then? Selling at £50...
Every sting the book, eh?
-That's minus 50.
-That's a real bath.
That is 10, 12... That is minus £62.
I told you to be brave.
By crikey, you have been.
I'm so proud of you, kids.
Now, what are we going to do about the plaque?
-Are you going to go with it?
-Going with it.
-I like it.
-We love it.
-It's heavyweight. Let's look for a heavy profit.
Here it comes.
Lot number 188 is an 18th century lead plaque.
Who's going to start me at £70?
£70? 50 to go then. 50, anybody? £30, anybody?
At 30. It's here to be sold. £30, anyone? £20, anyone?
20 over there. £20, I'm bid. 2 now.
£20, I'm bid. 2 again now surely. 2 now.
At 20. 2 now, surely. At 20, are we all done?
At 20. Nobody else interested?
-This is painful.
-That does surprise me.
We're all done. We'll go to a maiden bid then of £20.
That's minus £12. 62, 72, minus 74.
All right, don't reveal Anything to the Blues.
-We'll talk about it soon, yeah?
-Good luck, kids.
Thank you very much.
Ali, Mary, how are you feeling?
Full of confidence.
There's nothing that you bought that you wish you hadn't bought?
Could you ask Alison?
-Could be the clock.
-Could be a bit of a let down.
The lovely thing is that you've got Charles beside you supporting you.
Oh, absolutely, yes.
First up is your Scottish silver bruised bowling ball.
-Here it comes.
-Who's going to put me straight in, £30 for this?
£30 for the silver there? £30.
2 now do I see? £30 bid, 2 again.
£30, it's your bid at 30. 2 coming in?
Nobody else interested, then going at £30.
-I'm bruised as well now, I'm bruised as well.
Late 19th early 20th century tinted scent bottle this time.
There we go, what shall we say for this? Start me at 50 for it. 50?
30 to go then. 30. 20 I'll take. 20. £20, I'm bid.
At £30 surely. 30 bid. 32 now? At £30 bid.
£30, are we all done? 2 is the last call then?
-At £30, all done.
Minus £20. OK, come on, it's the clock now.
I think we're going to need a group hug here.
Save us. Please, save us.
Late 19th early 20th century burr yew wood mantle time piece.
We're going to start straight in at top estimate. 50 bid. 50, 60 now.
At 50 bid. 60 anywhere else surely?
60. 5. Bid 70. At £70 I'm bid. 5 now.
75, bid 80.
5. Bid 90.
-Bid 5. It's going.
120. 130 now. 130 with you.
At 140. Is it all over at 140? Are there any more bids now?
You're out in the room this time. You're out on the net.
At £140, last call then.
Oh! 40, 60, 70. That's minus 35.
I can't bear it. That's 72, that's minus 92, chickens.
-It could be so much worse.
-It could be so much worse.
His estimate of 30-50 on your Edwardian clock and you made £140.
-That was exciting. It was so exciting.
It is exciting, isn't it? Just not exciting enough.
Anyway, there we go. What are we going to do about the ring?
-I think so.
-Take a chance.
Take a chance on Charles. OK, let's see if we can claw a bit back.
Here it comes.
Here's the silver Celtic band ring. There we go.
Who's going to start me at £20? 20.
£20, anyone? I'll take 10 to go then.
10, 12. 15 do I see?
You're in profit.
The charge is on.
£20 I'm bid. £20 bid. 20 and 2.
2 bid at 2. 5 now. 5. 28 now? 25 at the back of the room.
£25 bid, it's the last call. Back of the room. I'll sell now at £25.
£25. You have just made plus £17. The man's a genius, clearly.
£17, just made. That's brilliant. Isn't that good?
You're minus £75, which is nothing, really.
Minus £75 could be a winning score.
Remember, if it's been as flat as a pancake in the auction for you,
it's probably been as flat as a pancake for the Reds.
In which case, you could be victors today.
So don't say a word to the Reds. Keep quiet.
Well, teams, what an appalling result all round.
An appalling result all round.
But we have great excitement, Because despite these heavy losses,
there is just £1 between the teams today.
So you've all done equally badly.
So, which is the team that's done oh, so marginally worse?
It's the Blues.
GROANING AND CHEERING
Minus £75, just as well your ring, Charles,
the bonus buy made £17 worth of profit, which was a stellar result.
-I congratulate you, mate, on that.
But, overall, girls, you are just by a whisker behind.
The victors today... Jojo, Andrea, you've done it.
You've managed it by making not a profit on a jot
across the whole series, so that's quite something, isn't it?
-Seriously, you had a nice time, Jojo?
-Andrea, been good for you?
You've been a great sport here, Phil. Thank you very much.
Thank you for joining us. Join us soon for some more Bargain Hunting.
The teams are searching for bargains at Hemswell Antiques Centres in Lincolnshire. They are aided and abetted by experts Philip Serrell and Charles Hanson, who try to help them make profits at auction. The results are nail-bitingly close. Presenter Tim Wonnacott is reminded of his schooldays when he spots a French bottle carrier.