Tim Wonnacott presents as antiques experts Catherine Southon and Thomas Plant guide two teams around the antiques shops of Lewes in search of bargains.
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We're in East Sussex, today,
scouring the antiques centres of Lewes
to the right of me and the left of me.
So, what are we waiting for? Let's go bargain hunting! Yeah!
Lewes is famous for its quaint streets, ancient buildings,
antiques centre and, of course, its world-renowned Bonfire Night,
which attracts 80,000 people
to this small town. Let's hope that our teams today
don't have fireworks as they rocket round the shops
in search of those elusive bargains.
Right now, though, let's have a sneak preview as to how they got on.
So, coming up on today's show, the Reds take control...
-It's not doing it for me.
-Is it not?
-It doesn't excite you?
-..the Blues lose control...
-I love this!
Put it down.
Can you control him?
..and we just can't control ourselves at the auction.
But, before we give too much away, let's meet the teams.
Right! On today's show, we have a married couple
and a team of just good friends, today.
For the Reds, we have Adrian and Lisa,
and, for the Blues, we have Perry and Kelly. Hello, everyone.
-Lovely to see you.
Now, Adrian, you were in the gaming business. Tell us about that.
That's right. I've been working in video games for about 26 years
and it's been really good. I mean, I love gaming.
Yeah, and you had a lot to do with the old Xbox, didn't you?
Yes, I was recruited as part of the team that actually launched the
original Xbox into Europe, so it was a team that was formed up there
and I worked with that team for about six years.
-I bet that was a pretty successful launch.
-Yes, it was.
-I would say!
No, brilliant. Now, Lisa, you're a long way from home
here down in Sussex.
-I am indeed, yes.
-Cos where's home?
-"It's a long way to Tipperary."
-And what dragged you over here?
-To do my nurse training 21 years ago.
So, for 21 years I've heard, "It's a long way home for you, love."
I'm sorry for labouring that point.
-And you, like Adrian, are keen on games and competition.
When Adrian and I got together, we started playing board games.
-So, I was introduced to those with him.
There's a group of us that play and they all come round,
-we'll cook dinner...
-Oh, really? So, it's a really social arrangement.
Oh, very much so, yes. It's a good group of us.
So, today, you're going to be super-competitive then, aren't you?
-Yes, you are.
OK, well, I hope those skills prove to be useful for you.
-Anyway, good luck. Now, for the Blues, Kelly.
-You've just graduated.
-I have, yes.
-What have you been up to?
I did a Master's Degree in Criminology
and I just graduated in the summer.
-So, that's how many years of hard graft?
-About four and a half...
And why did you get into criminology then,
what was so special about that?
I've always really enjoyed looking at why crimes are committed and
I want to, maybe, go into probation, become a probation officer.
And, um, you've been working
while you've been doing your university degree.
Yeah, I've been working at the Dome Cinema in Worthing, which is
-one of the oldest working cinemas in the country.
It's a really beautiful building, so, it's really nice to work there
-and show people around and give a brief history of the building.
Well, that sounds lovely. Perry, what do you get up to?
I'm a salesman now, working with my dad. We work for a company that
manufactures bi-resin flooring, special flooring.
And what do you like to do in your spare time, Perry?
-I play the ukulele.
-How'd you learn that?
-Well, I met Kelly at the Dome Cinema where I used to work.
And my friend Pete, he used to play the guitar,
-and we used to play in the foyer.
-Right. A bit of busking on the side!
-So, what's your strategy going to be between you, today?
-You want to spend big, don't you?
-What do you want to do?
-I'm not so sure, not so sure about spending big.
-Cautious, are you?
-And do you know anything about antiques at all?
-A little bit, not too much.
-OK, what about you, Perry?
Not really, but I'm looking for something maybe novelty or
-something that stands out.
-You've been watching Bargain Hunt a bit?
-You'll be absolutely fine.
-Now, your £300 moment. There you go, £300.
You know the rules, your experts await, and off you go,
and very, very, very good luck.
Now, we need some experts.
Weighing everything up for the Reds today, we have...
And never mind words per minute, Thomas Plant is ready to hunt out
three items in 60 minutes for the Blues.
I think you two are very competitive.
-Am I right or am I right?
-There's a gamer in me, I think so.
-Who's going to be in charge today?
What are we going to buy? What are we looking for?
I think, sort of, small silverware, collectables, maybe military.
As you're so young, if you don't mind me saying,
-I was thinking something more moderne.
-I like quirky things.
-Quirky? Quirky. Military.
Shall we have some fun?
-Come on, then, let's go.
Right, time to get stuck in, teams. The clock has started.
-Have fun! I've locked you in now.
-Doors are locked.
-Doors are locked.
You're not getting out until you buy something!
Well, not until you find three items, Blues.
Now, how much is that doggy in the window?
He is adorable! Hello, Mr!
Come on, Catherine! We're not looking at pups now.
Come on! We've got things to buy...
-Oh, he's so sweet!
-..bargains to find!
See, the Blues aren't wasting any time.
I like this.
-You like this?
Why do you like that?
-Because it's really different.
-It is, isn't it?
-Yeah, it's really different.
-It is moderne.
-It's got a movement.
-It has, yeah.
-My mum would love it.
-We're not buying for your mother.
-How much is it?
-That's so nice.
-..it's an alabaster base...
you see there.
And then it's got this sort of brass sculptural design
with these three ribbons.
Almost like a flame, isn't it?
-Do you like it?
-It's signed here.
Um, well, what do you think? You said your mum would like it.
-Is your mother a child of the '70s?
-yeah, '60s and '70s.
-'60s and '70s, well, that's the date, it's 1970s.
-Early '70s, I would have thought.
And how much do you think that would bring?
Well, it's a difficult one. It's not traditional.
-It's very different, isn't it?
-Well, that's what we're looking for, so...
-It's a bit of novelty.
I think, in the right place...
in the right sale, it could make maybe £300, £400.
-Yeah, cos it's signed,
it's been made by somebody, um, it's got a fabulous look.
We just need to get that price down for us to give you that opportunity.
This is the dealer, Mark.
What would be your best price?
-That absolute best would be 130.
Would you do 125?
-go on, then. Yeah? Brilliant.
-Whoa! Well done.
-Thank you very much.
125, first purchase. Yeah, well done, well spotted.
-It's a risk, but...
-Yeah, but, you know...
-You pick and I'll negotiate.
-No, you can pick the next one.
That's your task set then, Perry. And good start, Blues, one down.
Now, the Reds have spotted some kitchenalia, but what is it?
-Well, actually, it says here, "Magic Marmalade Cutter."
You're into kitchenalia, aren't you? Aren't you good at cooking?
Yeah, but I thought that was a tool for the shed.
Well, yes, you're not much good, are you?
I don't even recognise kitchenalia!
-It's not doing it for me.
-Is it not?
If we didn't know what it was, it's not a good sign.
No, it's not a good sign.
Very true that, Lisa, and I see Perry is taking his quest seriously.
I really like that, I think it's a bit different.
What do you think? Do you like it?
I like just the compass bit, but I don't like the whole thing together.
Well, you've got to have the whole thing together in the sale...
-..I'm sorry about that.
-But I don't know if it just looks like a bit of...
-A bit of old what?
-..rubbish. PERRY LAUGHS
-That's you told!
-Is she always this honest?
I am, yeah.
This is a binnacle, which means that
it always stays level whatever the ship is doing,
whatever sort of tilt it's on. Um...
it looks like it could be...
I wonder if that actually fits up...
-Would you mind holding that for a second?
-Fits in there.
Well, it does fit in, but I wonder if that goes up in there
and maybe I'm sort of hoping.
No, I'm hoping...
Maybe Mark can shed some light on this.
-it does screw in there, doesn't it?
-It does screw in there, but I think
-it's going to need longer screws.
-A bit of TLC.
-That's £20 off this price then.
-You are outrageous! I think this is youth, isn't it?
-What would be the best price for that?
-Even though the screws don't fit?
-You can buy some.
-You can buy screws.
-We'll keep it as a Plan B then.
We do love a Plan B, Blues, whereas the Reds still need a Plan A.
-Doesn't excite you?
To be honest, how many people would want to buy a second-hand brush.
Somebody else's brush.
-It is showy. It would have been one of a pair.
You've got to find something, Reds.
I've spotted a Keith Murray 1950s...
that's quite a nice... He used to work for...
he's a designer for Wedgwood.
-OK, he's quite...
in vogue, I mean, his stuff does...
is quite collectable.
-Do you think it's worth getting the key to have a...?
I'd like to take that one seriously, actually.
-Take it seriously.
-Have you not been taking anything else seriously?
Are you not taking this seriously? Am I wasting my time?
So, as Catherine goes into panic mode...
(He's not taking this seriously.)
..Thomas seems a lot more relaxed.
I'm just observing your looking.
I quite like the way you're doing it separately. It's good.
-Stick together, Perry.
-Well, I don't know.
I think separately, cos then you're looking at different things.
And the more you see, the more options you've got, Blues.
Isn't that right, Reds?
I don't know. Is that a tiny chip, or is that a...?
Yeah, it is a tiny chip.
It's very tiny.
Nonetheless, it's a chip. What's on that?
There we are, Keith Murray designed for Wedgwood.
I mean, he was quite ahead of his time, really, I think in the '50s.
And he started off in New Zealand and then he came over here,
and he did lots of different, unusual,
quite funky designs for the time, but he did often work in this
colour and, like, an ivory colour, which is a moonstone colour.
But, I think, with that little chip on there. I know it's tiny...
but it's still there, isn't it?
So close, yet so far, Reds. For items like that, perfection is key.
And it looks like the Blues have found a perfect pair.
Have a look at them, little posy vases.
What do you think that colour is called?
-It's green. Yeah, OK, it's green,
but, funny enough, we call it a really strange word.
-We call it vaseline...
-..in our business.
And it's 19th century.
Even earlier, the Romans did it as well,
all the way through to, you know, the 1920s...
-..with people like Lalique...
-..and Sabino did this sort of vaseline look more of an opalescent.
Turn it over...
and you can see there's a little mark on the base.
-There, can you see that, this here?
-What's that called?
-I have no idea.
-That's called the pontil.
How do you think these are made?
-It's not blown, is it?
-Well, that's why it's got the pontil mark there.
And the only tools are, literally, a pair of large tongs.
-That's the only tools they do to make that.
-Wow, it takes some skill, doesn't it?
-It's really skilled.
-And they're really beautiful as well.
They are a pair and they're not bad, are they?
They make a really nice, like, symmetrical piece.
So, what's the best price you can do for these?
They're marked at 89. I can do 80 would have to be the best.
And that's your final offer, is it?
-Go on, a bit more.
-OK, 75, now.
-OK, let's go for it.
-Congratulations, second item.
-Thank you very much.
Well done, Blues, you're on a roll.
Two down, but are the Reds on the slippery slope to nothing?
I love these old sledges. I think they're fantastic.
It's a lot of money.
60 quid on it. 60.
-No, I don't think so.
Now, stop going off-piste, Reds, and back to the job in hand.
Isn't that right, Perry?
What do you think of this watch?
That's your watch!
Well, we've just bought our first two items,
and we're feeling really good about them.
Definitely. I'm confident we're going to make profit.
Yeah, the first one was really different, so...
Definitely, so, one more to go and we'll get the Golden Gavel.
-And it's your turn!
That's you told then.
-Come on, Perry, hurry up.
-I'm just looking, I'm looking.
-There's too much.
Look at you looking very fine and dandy!
-Cor! The boy's got style though, Thomas.
-How long have we got?
You've got about, sort of...
(I'll tell him 10 minutes, but we've got 20.)
(We've got a bit more than that.) Come on, hurry up.
Now, now, Tom-Tom.
-I love this.
Put it down.
Can you control him?
Well, good luck with that, but you do have two items, Blues,
whereas the Reds have got...
-Do you see anything?
-Hmm, not really.
But what's got Catherine all excited?
Oh! Lisa, Adrian, come over here.
Your pocket barometer down there, is that working?
This one, down here?
This one? Yeah, it moves.
It moves, right. What have you got on it?
The best I could do is 80.
What do you think about that?
What do they tend to go for at auction?
Around that sort of price, 80,
but I'm thinking that that is quite a big one. What's the maker on it?
What's the name? It doesn't say a name, does it? Oh, that's a shame.
Even without a name, a barometer of this quality will be
sought after by scientific collectors.
Often they're smaller, slightly smaller.
A common name is Negretti & Zambra that you'd get printed on it.
It's a nice red Morocco leather case.
One of the only ways to test it is to put it
-in a plastic bag and...
-..blow into the bag and see if it...
-£70 and we'll buy it.
I was thinking more 80, but, no, no, 70.
Adrian's not sure.
-It has got a nice look to it, it has got a nice...
It's a good size.
-OK, let's do it.
Shake your hand. I'm glad you're here.
Good. Well done, Catherine. One down.
It's hotting up now!
There's something very nice in this cabinet here.
A blue bottle.
-So, this, the decanter here...
What would you put in it?
Well, what does it say on the front?
-So, you put rum in it.
-But what's this bit called here?
-Come on, Perry, glass expert!
-I don't know.
-Come on, you've just
bought a piece and it had a little rough patch on the bottom.
-Oh, yeah, you knew that.
-It begins with P.
-It begins with P.
Pontil, but it's not raised.
-No, cos it's been polished out.
-Polished-out pontil mark.
-So, does that mean it's a better quality, cos it's been...?
-It's Bristol Blue glass.
Bristol Blue glass. William Cookworthy put cobalt
into glass and made this fabulous Bristol Blue glass.
This dates from about 1820.
And you can date it...
-..with that lovely bit of wear.
-It's really good quality.
Yeah. You can tell it's Bristol...
because of this violet colour within the glass...
-It's beautiful, isn't it?
-Yeah, really nice.
-..within the blue.
-I like it.
-I really like it.
-How much is it, again?
-Any profit in that?
And they've not called it Bristol Blue,
because we're not in that part of the world.
-What's your best price?
-That is good.
-It is good, isn't it?
-It's a very old thing.
-It is good, isn't it?
-It's one of the oldest things in here.
-It is, isn't it?
-Wow, that is lovely, it's beautiful.
-Thank you very much.
-It's a really nice thing. Well done.
It's really beautiful.
Thomas, a Bristol boy, knows his Bristol Blue.
Great work, Blues. Job done.
Come on, now.
Which is more than can be said for the Reds,
who are now following in the Blues' footsteps.
OK, guys, we have to focus now.
I don't want any, "I'll think about it." I want purchases.
Listen to your expert, Reds, and eyes down!
Look at this.
-It's actually what looks like a plant holder.
-Bring it out, let's have a look.
Right, OK. Ah, right, so we've got a light fitting in there.
We put this alabaster...
..plinth on the top.
And then, I suppose, we put whatever on there. I don't know...
A hanging plant or something, and then the light...
And then the light will come up and show that...
..it's not antique, that's for sure.
Now, the thing is, if we put this into auction,
-because you have to be very careful with safety measures...
-They'd snip that...
..plug off, cos they wouldn't be able to test it.
But is it still interesting anyway?
I've never seen anything like it.
-Quirky and different.
-Quirky and different.
It's that. Why did you go for this, I'm interested to know?
Well, alabaster, you don't really see much made of that nowadays.
That can be quite delicate,
so I thought a lot of work had gone into producing it.
-Michelle, the lady who does the biz.
-What's your best price?
Go on, Michelle!
It's a big lump taking up your valuable space.
-No, that's OK.
Well done, Reds. That's two down, but only seven minutes left!
-Keep that energy up because we've still got one purchase to make.
Come on, team.
Now, what's Adrian clocked?
This item here...
It's a lovely shape. It is that real, classic...
-It's almost tulip-shaped, isn't it?
-It is, it really is...
And do you think it has age?
-It's going to be, I would say, about 1905.
It's a very simple movement,
a very simple clock in quite a beautiful, sculptural case.
It's more as just a clock, a functional clock,
than a collector's clock?
You wouldn't get clock collectors really buying it.
-It's more decorative.
My dear friends like the clock.
It's a very nice, Art Nouveau...
There's probably not an awful lot to it, though, I'm thinking.
Have a feel.
If you've got the right setting, that could look beautiful.
-It's already had some repair, hasn't it?
Michelle's best price is 75, but what does Adrian think?
-ADRIAN: It's a bit too high for us.
-A bit top-heavy.
-Put it back.
Time is ticking, you know, Reds. You need to buy something and quick.
Four minutes left. Panic! What are we going to do?
OK, some small piece of silverware I think for that price.
I think we should be able to get something, some silver.
You don't want to go for the clock? £75?
-No, we decided against that, yeah.
Crikey, a change of tack in the last few minutes.
Two minutes, how much is that?
-That's how much I know!
Move on, move on!
I wonder if that's silver, the Claret label?
Is there a price underneath?
-£12, which means it's not silver.
-You're running out of options.
OK, this is very, very frightening now. We've got one minute left.
Do we buy the clock, £75, or 60 seconds to get a bit of silver?
What should we do? What should we do?
-We'll take the clock.
-OK, definitely the clock?
-Definitely the clock.
-Well done. Three buys.
That was tough. I thought we weren't going to get there.
So did I, Catherine! But that's it, Reds, and just in the nick of time.
Now, let's remind ourselves what they bought.
First up, they paid £70 for
the 19th century lacquered brass barometer.
£55 was spent on the alabaster jardiniere with fitted light.
And in the final seconds,
they paid £75 for the Art Nouveau mahogany timepiece.
So, fun or not fun?
-Fun. Stressful, but fun.
-Not as easy as you make it look.
Well, there you are, and you watch the programme quite a bit,
-Good. Which is your favourite piece, Lisa?
-The pocket barometer.
-The pocket barometer is your favourite.
-Do you agree with that?
-Yes, it was a lovely piece.
-Is it going to bring the biggest profit?
I feel the pressure rising.
Well, that's fantastic, isn't it? So, you spent how much?
-£200? I'd like £100 of leftover lolly, please.
-There you are, sir.
-Have you got that? Well done, super.
-That goes straight to Catherine.
Now, Catherine, that's a nice amount, 100.
It's a lovely round figure, isn't it? Wonderful.
You're not going to go for anything else scientific, are you?
I...I might. I'm not sure.
I don't know, but these two are difficult to please.
OK, well, there you are.
They always say that the quality floats to the top.
Good luck, Catherine.
Meanwhile, why don't we check out what the Blue team bought, eh?
The Blues love the modern brass abstract sculpture,
which cost them £125.
They paid £75 for the pair of 19th century posy vases.
And, finally, the early 19th century Bristol Blue decanter cost them £34.
OK, Kelly, Perry, how'd you get on?
-Really good, yeah.
-Was it good fun?
-Yeah, really fun.
How much did you spend in total?
-That's not bad, that's not bad.
-I wanted to spend all of it, but...
Did you? Well, you haven't done too badly. I'd like 66 then.
Clickety-clicks. Thank you, 66.
Kelly, tell me, which is your favourite piece?
-I've got two favourites.
-The first one, the sculpture thing. Really?
-That's your favourite.
-And your second favourite.
My second favourite is the Bristol Blue rum decanter.
-Would you have a third favourite?
-One, two, three!
-Just the two!
What about you, Perry?
-I like the rum bottle.
-The rum bottle's your favourite.
Is that going to bring the biggest profit?
I think so, yeah. We were very excited when he found it, so...
Do you think the rum bottle's going to do best?
-Yeah, I think so, yeah.
-OK, you friends. Now, here comes the money to Tom.
There you go, Tom. What are you going to do with the 66 then, Tom?
Well, with the Bristol Blue decanter, I'm going
to continue with our theme of ports, maritime, that kind of thing.
-All that Bristolian stuff?
Well, very good and good luck with that, Tom.
Meanwhile, I'm going to show you something I've found here in Lewes
on a previous visit, so don't be too shell-shocked.
Are you a conchologist?
Well, if you were, you'd collect little object like this,
except that the real conchologist,
the expert who collects specimens of freshwater and saltwater shells,
would probably not be interested in these two,
but, if you like shells, these two objects are intriguing.
This fellow is an abalone shell and you can see the iridescent lines
running through it that make nacre and shells so fascinating.
And this example has been altered and given a practical purpose
because it's been converted into an inkwell.
And if I hinge open the top, look,
there's the detachable glass inkwell.
But just look at how beautifully the craftsman has wrought that
piece of brass into a hinge and pinned it in the two sections.
I guess that was probably done around about 1880 to 1900.
The next door shell is completely different.
It's of a different form and, once upon a time,
contained a venomous sting.
Here, the craftsman has carefully sealed that leading edge,
using another piece of black shell,
effectively making an airtight, all-waterproof vessel
that now contains all these little fellows...
..a series of cocktail sticks.
Each of the cocktail sticks is amusing, because applied to
the end of each of the sticks is another miniature shell.
In fact, it is a plethora of shells.
What would they cost? You could have the abalone shell inkwell
And the other little shell with And all those cocktails sticks,
a cool further £15.
So, you see, there's not that much to have to shell out.
Well, we've trotted from East Sussex to West Sussex to come to
Wisborough Green, Bellmans Saleroom to be with JP. JP, good morning!
-Good morning to you, Tim.
-Lovely to be here.
Now, for the Reds, we've got a large pocket barometer.
I rather like that.
I think it's a good size, I think the dial's nice quality,
the fitted case is in good condition, I think it's a really nice thing.
A sought-after little scientific instrument,
-just typical Catherine Southon purchase...
-..in good nick.
-£100 to £150.
-Is it really?
Cos she paid 70, so she knows her onions and, hopefully,
they'll make a nice profit on that.
The jardiniere stand...
They always sell well enough, because you can use them,
put a plant on them or what not.
-This has the added addition of a light up its centre.
It becomes a lightsaber...
-..in the corner of your living room. How much?
-50 to 70.
-OK, they paid £55. They're on the money there.
This is good for this team, I tell you!
And their last item is this rather nicely shaped mantel timepiece.
-I've always quite liked these sort of things.
-It is. There's a balloon-shaped hint of
the Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau about them.
-Nice enamelled dial.
-40 to 60.
-OK, £75 paid.
-But...it could do better.
So, on that happy note, I think they might need their bonus buy,
so let's go and have a look at it.
£200 you spent. You gave the girl £100. Catherine, what did you buy?
-Well, I bought you quite a lot of things.
What a nice set of weights,
graduated weights right down to the little baby there.
Is that a full set as it would have come?
Yes, there's eight there, a full set.
Victorian, brass, I mean, you try and lift that heavy one.
-There we are!
-Oof! Yeah, I see what you mean.
-It'd make a good doorstop though, wouldn't it?
And I think they look lovely all out, the graduated set.
-Do you like them?
-I do, actually.
Getting down to the old money question though,
how much did you pay for them?
-I did pay a little bit more than I wanted to. I paid £100 on them.
-Which was all that you left.
-And what do you think they're worth?
Honestly, I think if we're going to make a profit,
it'll make a small profit.
You don't think they'd bring £150?
I'd love to see them bringing that.
I mean, once upon a time, I think they probably could have done,
but I'm not sure. I think, maybe, let's be safe and say £10, £20.
I think it's more pounds than ounces though, don't you?
I think it's pounds and ounces.
Anyway, grip those thoughts, because, right now, we're going
to find out what the auctioneer thinks about Catherine's weights.
-Give me the weight of that.
-It'll break the chair!
-It is something, isn't it?!
I mean, they are pretty...
It's a nice graduated set, isn't it?
14 pounds down to 1oz,
they look like what might be an associated set to me...
-..because we've got a little knuckle hole there and not there.
They are a set, but they may not all have started off at the same
moment, but not that it matters, they look great together.
-Is it worth a couple of hundred do you think?
Well, I actually have been rather mean and I've put £50 to £70 on them.
-Maybe I just added up the number of pounds
there were there, and multiply it by 1 and a half.
Yes! Catherine paid £100. I think you'll be fine with them, really.
Anyway, that's it for the Reds.
Now, for the Blues, and we start off with the Blues with this
amazing abstract sculpture, which, I have to say,
I think is completely hideous!
-Yeah, you went in with amazing there, Tim!
-Yeah, I did.
-Yeah, I really...
-I can't express myself strongly enough how much I dislike it.
I mean, I love a bit of contemporary sculpture, but it has to be
cast bronze and have some real quality and guts to it.
Oh, absolutely, and let's just see how he's signed it, look,
in a marker pen!
Yes, um, so, how much, J?
Um, £15 to £25.
-They paid £125 for it.
I mean, that is a chasm between the two, isn't it?
-OK, we're all agreed on that, aren't we?
Now, the vaseline vases, they've got a bit of a "frill" about them,
They're very typically 19th century sort of handkerchief type glass,
-I think they might have called them once upon a time.
There's a market for them.
They were fashionable a number of years ago, slightly less now, but...
You could still put your bonbons in, couldn't you?
Yeah, and it has an art glass flavour to them, doesn't it?
Yeah, it's like something of the Powell, but what are they worth?
-20 to 30.
Then you've got the Bristol Blue wee decanter.
-It's nice. The Bristol glass is very nice, isn't it?
The lovely blue and the gilding, and it's early 19th century,
it's got lots of... And I love this sort of mock label hanging around.
Does it say anything on it?
-It says "Rum."
-Oh, does it?
And how much, do you think?
I would sell it at £50 to £70.
OK, £34 paid.
So, I'm afraid this team appear to have only made one wise buy
and they are definitely, definitely going to need their bonus buy,
so let's go and have a look at it.
We have a two item bonus buy today, don't we, Tom?
-We do, we do.
-You had £66, Tom, and I'll take your rag off.
-OK, thank you.
-There we go and you can take off mine.
We saw this, didn't we?
-Yes. No, I like it.
-Yeah, oh, well, I cos...
it went with your nautical theme.
-Like my compasses...
-Yeah, your compasses, your tattoos...
Oh, my Lord! Look at this! How realistic is that?!
That compass against that compass!
So, Tom-Tom, tell us about your bonus buy.
So, ship's binnacle, with the compass, which lives up in here.
-It's missing its glass. We did see this in the shop.
-I love it, yes.
I would say it's sort of early 20th century. It could be polished up,
it could be made to look fabulously beautiful...
-Yeah, no, I like it.
-..I really do.
And I think you should, you know, do some money.
I know you weren't a fan!
-You don't like it?
-I don't like it.
I like this, but I don't like this. Yeah.
You spent how much?
-£65 out of your 66.
-You went right up to the limit there, Tom.
-A pound left.
-So how much, do you think, profit it will make?
-I think you should do sort of £20, £30.
I mean, if there's the right people here, it's a good-looking object
and, I mean, maritime works of art, collectables, are really good.
And let's find out, for the audience at home,
what the auctioneer thinks of Tom-Tom's binnacle.
Right, JP, what direction are you going in?
Oh! Heading south to the warmth.
Marine collectables you're very, very keen on, I know.
We sell them well, we've got a good market for these sorts of things.
-Um, you know, it's not a terribly big example.
-Off a yacht, I should think.
Yeah, the condition's OK.
And, for anybody who's into these marine collectables,
So, um, what do you reckon it's likely to bring?
-I think between 60 and 80.
-You're on the right course. £65 paid.
-Excellent, and you're taking the sale today.
-I am taking the sale.
We are in safe hands.
Any interest at 270?
270. 280 with me.
Adrian, Lisa, how are you feeling?
-Are you? What have you got to be nervous about, Adrian?
I think that the alabaster purchase could have been a wrong 'un.
Do you, really? He's put £50 to £70 on it, which is no worries.
£55 is what you paid. You're on the cusp of making a profit there.
First up is the barometer altimeter and here it comes.
Lot 1765, a late 19th century lacquered brass pocket barometer...
with a lovely scale and fitted case. Start me at £100.
Start me at £100 for it?
For the pocket barometer?
£70 then. Is bid, thank you, at 70. On my right at 70.
-Looking for 5 though.
-On the right, it's 70.
On the right at £70. Any further interest at £70?
-It's usually very, very popular. £70 on the right.
Any more in the room at £70?
All done at 70.
We're cool. £70 is better than a loss.
Lot 1766, an alabaster jardiniere stand with...
Adrian, your favourite piece.
..some type of light. Um...
30, I'm bid. 30, I'm bid for this.
I'll take 5 now. Commission at 30.
£30 commission bid for this lovely alabaster stand
at £30. Surely worth 5 though.
£30. Are we all done? It's a maiden bid of £30.
I can believe this. Adrian, nobody has any taste.
£30 is minus £25.
Lot 1767, an Art Nouveau mahogany and marquetry mantel timepiece.
Late 19th century, Bravingtons, King's Cross and Ludgate Hill.
A popular lot, 45, 60, 65, 70...
With me at £70. At 70, 75 and 80.
£80 at me, against you at £80. Any more at £80?
-Hey! Look at this!
-You loved this, didn't you?
90. I'll sell at £90.
£90 is plus £15, which means, overall,
you are minus £10.
That's pretty cool, guys.
Now, what are you going to do with the bonus buy?
-Are you going to park it or gamble?
-We're only down a tenner.
-You're not going with it.
They're not going with the bonus buy,
but we're going to sell 'em anyway and here they come.
A set of eight Victorian brass graduated weights
and I have bids to start me.
50, 60, 70.
-It's only £5.
-It's only a fiver.
110. Dead ahead now.
£110 with you, sir.
No, it's £110 in the centre of the room at £110. Anyone else now?
The phone's not in. It's £110 in the centre of the room at £110.
It would have made plus £10.
You're £10 down. You'd have been square if you'd gone with it,
so, there we have it, minus £10,
it could easily be a winning score
-I hope, for your sake, that it is.
-Fingers still crossed.
-But don't say a word to the Blues, all right?
-Great team, thank you very much.
Kelly, Perry, the high risk sculpture is first
and here it comes.
Lot 1783 C4, a brass abstract sculpture. I've got £10 to start me.
10, 25. Oh, crikey, it's running up on the internet.
30 on the book then, at £30, internet, against you.
35, 40, £40, anyone else in the room? 45, 50.
£50, internet. 55.
-Look at this, kids.
65! £65. On the internet at £65.
70 on the net now. It's still climbing.
At £70, 75 on the internet now.
-Not too bad in the end!
-They haven't seen it.
-It's rolling on!
90, it is, 90. Are the kids bidding for you?
At £90! (Shh!)
-Look at this!
-On the net now at 100.
Any more at £100? 110 on the internet.
-£120 on the internet!
£130 on the internet, £140 on the internet.
-How good is that?!
150, 160 on the internet. 170, 180 on the internet.
-Yes! Look at these kids!
Oh, look at that!
-Good taste, Tommy!
-That's so fantastic.
I give up! 220! 230!
240 on the internet!
£260 on the internet.
They're going to make two grand! You wait!
270 on the internet. £270.
Are you done yet? Are you finished at £270?
This is the business! Well done, JP! Whoop!
-Well done, JP!
-And it's all down to these guys.
a pair of 19th century vaseline glass posy vases with 50 I am bid.
Where's 5? Commission bid at £50. Anyone in the room joining in?
-£50, on the book at 50.
-50, go on.
-Quiet on the internet.
It's a commission at £50. Selling, commission, 50.
£50 is minus £25.
Lot 1785, an early 19th century Bristol Blue glass mallet
-shaped decanter and stopper.
-This should do well.
-Start me £50 for it.
£50 for it, a lovely decanter this. £30 then.
It's got to be worth £30, surely. Come on, where's the hands for £30?
-£20, then. Ooh, 30, there we are on the internet!
35 in the room. At the front now at 35.
Are you going to go 40, internet?
-You're in profit.
-£40, internet bid then at £40.
Selling to the net at 40.
40 is plus 6, so you are 126.
Do you want to go with the bonus buy?
-What's it to be?
-I don't want to, but it's up to you.
Don't go for it. No.
No? Don't apologise.
My dad said if I make a profit, he'll wash my car, so...
-He wants his car washed!
-I'm keeping the profit!
Your dad's very generous.
You're not going with the bonus buy, but
we're going to sell it anyway and here it comes.
A brass ship's binnacle case by Henry Hughes and Son,
with a gimbal mounted compass. Start me, £60, surely it's worth £60.
Start me at £60 for it. There we are, £60 dead ahead. £60 is bid.
Now, looking for 5. Come on, internet! 65, there we are. 70, sir?
Go on, one more. You were so determined.
70 at the back of the room. The back of the room at 70.
Are you going to go one more, internet?
70 at the back of the room.
Selling for the last time then at £70.
-That's marvellous. £70. Well done, Tom.
-That's really good.
Honour is preserved. You missed out on a fiver,
but you haven't risked it. Well done, team.
That's absolutely marvellous. Don't tell the Reds a thing, all right?
-And we'll reveal all in a minute. Serious brilliant. Very exciting.
Back of the room at 90.
No? Back of the room at £90.
It's £90. Ladies' bid at 90, fair warning. Selling at £90.
Reds and Blues, shopping in the same environment,
selling in the same saleroom,
but with a result that is so wildly different.
And I'm afraid to say that our runners-up today
by a big old chalk are the Reds.
Minus £10 is the overall score.
I mean, it could have been very different
and it should have been very different,
but, actually, minus £10 is normally a winning score, but not today.
-I hope you've enjoyed it.
That is the way to look. Anyway, very nice to see you.
But the victors today and going home with £126!
-Woo! Thank you!
-I'll have that.
-Look at that!
-Perry's grabbing that. You get the £1.
-Wow, thanks, Perry!
Well, I think...
if one has anything to say about the result today, it is
-quite extraordinary as far as the sculpture's concerned.
I've never seen two young people happier with
a result ever in my life.
Cos you proved yourselves today, cos, overall, £126 is a big number.
-Are you pleased?
-There you are. Kelly, you happy?
You're going to be serving a few people in the cinema now with
-a bit of pleasure, aren't you?
-Yes, I am.
-Remind them, exactly right.
Keep grinning all the way to Worthing.
Anyway, it's been lovely to see you.
Join us soon for some more bargain hunting. Yes? Yes.
Antiques experts Catherine Southon and Thomas Plant guide two teams around the antiques shops of Lewes in search of bargains. Later, presenter Tim Wonnacott and auctioneer Jonathan Pratt have to eat their words over at the auction when one lot takes them by surprise.