Antiques show. Tim Wonnacott presents as antiques experts Nick Hall and Kate Bateman guide two teams around the antiques shops of Hungerford in search of bargains.
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The teams sure have their work cut out today
because Hungerford is not short of an antique shop or two.
In fact, there are over 100 dealers in this arcade alone.
So, let's go Bargain Hunting! Yeah!
How lovely to be in Hungerford.
Deep in the heart of picturesque Berkshire,
it really is an antique lover's paradise.
Each of our teams gets £300 and an hour to shop for three objects
and the team wins that makes the most profit or the smallest loss.
On today's show, the Reds are hard to impress...
-I thought you were going to show us something really, like...
-Don't sound so surprised!
..and the Blues are all confused.
-So we need Nick again now.
No... Who's the other one?
Well, it's all about girls on the show today.
For the Reds, we have twins Lucy and Sophie, and for the Blues,
it's friends Liz and Lyn.
-Lovely to see you.
Now, you're obviously not identical twins, but you describe yourself
as a double act, a force to be reckoned with.
Yeah, I guess you could say that.
We play in a band together, at the moment.
So Lucy's the lead guitarist and I play the bass.
-What's it called, your band?
-The Colliding Lemons.
-It seemed a good idea at the time!
It's about six years old, but it's just stuck with us.
Sounds pretty juicy to me!
-Lucy, you're the little sister, why's that?
-I am one minute younger.
-Oh, are you?
-Yeah. But I also get treated
-like the younger one as well.
-You're very competitive.
Yeah, we are quite competitive, with each other.
-We've played a lot of sport growing up.
-What sort of games do you play?
Netball, football, all sorts over the years. Basketball.
Name the sport, we've kind of done it at some point.
-You have an incredible knowledge of antiques.
Our grandmother does.
She tried to help us out with a few things.
She gave us some tips for coming on here.
-So, you're looking forward to this?
-We are, yeah.
I'll give you your cash in just a moment.
-Anyway, over to you girls. Now, Liz, you're a retired nurse.
-How long have you been retired for?
-About eight years now.
-And you've got a few animals.
-We have. We've got three dogs,
-and chickens. I have...40 chickens.
-And you've got some ducks.
Yeah. We just enjoy them. It's such fun.
It was your hobby really that brought you and Lyn together.
-It was, yes.
-So, Lyn, you're also no stranger to the chicken world.
-I've got 49.
You've got 49 chickens!
-And your house is crammed full of chicken ornaments.
-I'm afraid it is.
-Tell us about those.
-Well, once you start having something,
-people give you the appropriate gifts, don't they?
-She's as bad.
-She's got chicken ornaments as well.
-Oh, has she?
So what's your antiques knowledge like, between you?
Pretty...average, reasonable, because we do a lot of outside auctions,
country stuff, rural crafts.
And you've got a particular eye for Moorcroft too.
Yes, but it's so expensive.
-Yeah. And you also like buying a bit of wood.
Any old bit of wood.
So, watch out, dealers, that's all I can say! Now, £300 apiece.
There's your £300. You know the rules,
your experts await, and off you go,
and very, very, very good luck!
Our teams race off on their buying bonanza.
And trying to rein them in today are our two experts.
Chomping at the bit for the Blues, it's Nick Hall. Steady!
And on the lookout for a real winner is Kate Bateman.
So, "owl" they do?
So, my little poultry buyers, are we egg-cited about today?
-Oh, very excited!
-Going to work well as a team, aren't we?
-Well, Moorcroft, I like, but I know it's expensive.
-Can do well.
-Lots of things. Reclamation.
Now, that is interesting. That can do really well.
We've got a good antiques centre to go and look in here.
-I think there are lots of things cheap-cheap.
Don't you just love it when a plan comes together?
-Meanwhile, with the Reds...
-I don't think we've got
a real plan today, Kate. We're going to go with the flow a bit
-and just see what takes our fancy.
-Right, OK. Nothing specific, then?
We could look for pairs of items and pick up on the twin thing.
Like cruet sets, two of everything!
We have to look.
-This is quite interesting, look.
-This blue and white jug, there.
-It's quite pretty.
-It's Chinese porcelain. It's 18th Century.
£90, he's got on it.
Yeah, that sounds promising, girls.
The Oriental market is on fire in the salerooms.
It's got a crack in the handle.
With the lack of a lid and a crack, I'm hoping they can do us
-a bit of a deal on it.
-Worth an ask.
-Worth an ask.
-If you flutter your eyelids at him.
Liz can do that one!
Let's leave Liz fluttering for her buy and catch up with the Reds.
Look, girls, what about this? This is a twin thing, look.
Twin scent bottles, joined at the bottom. Oh, hello.
Can we get a price on something, please?
It's small, it's attractive. It's kind of what we had in mind.
-What is the damage? Oh, my gosh, no! Don't even look!
-What is it?
-That's probably a little bit too much,
-but it is a beautiful thing.
-It's very beautiful, yeah.
In the meantime, the Blues are ready to schmooze.
Alex, hi. What's the SP on the jug?
Well, as you know, Chinese, it's going up at the moment.
-I'm hoping this one's going down.
He's reluctant to go any further than 80, I'm afraid.
There's no profit left in it.
Oh, dear, we still haven't got anything, then.
We've got to keep those peepers peeled and find something else.
Well, that didn't go to plan. Maybe the Reds are having more luck.
19th-Century celluloid purse, which is kind of bizarre.
Celluloid is like what they made early film out of.
It's basically really early plastic. I think that's quite cool.
-I think that's really cool.
-I really like it.
-It's a lot, at 120.
It would be very hard to make a profit, but it's a gorgeous thing.
We can keep that on the back burner because that's actually really nice.
-I do like that.
-And it's girlie.
Lynn is on the lookout for some Art Deco.
That's the sort of look that we need to go for -
really exotic dancing girls.
Ideally, as scantily clad as possible.
If we can find that look in our budget, we're quids in.
That would be worth it.
Come on, girls, nearly halfway through
and it's time to cock-a-doodle-do a deal.
-No pressure, but, you know, we need to start buying.
Isn't there a lovely Ming vase somewhere that we've missed
amongst all of this stuff?
Maybe not a Ming vase, but Nick has spotted a bling vase.
Brace yourselves. Do you like this vase on the corner here?
-Yeah, I do.
-Yeah, it's not bad.
-Do you both like it?
I think it's got a really nice decorative appeal about it.
It's iridescent glass made by a firm called Royal Brierley.
-Now, people collect Royal Brierley.
-Is it worth the price?
Well, they've got £58 on it.
I think at auction, it would quite easily, or should make, £40 or £50.
-So, if we can get that down a bit.
-Worth a try.
Let's get Alex, let's get moving.
Another twin scent bottle?
Oh, look, another twin... Oh, God, 190 again.
At least they're consistent at £190, you know!
-Do you like that?
-Yes, but we don't want
two practically the same, do we?
Well, why not, if they sell?
Nick's got the knack on this. It's all about profit.
This is from the 1960s. It's Scandinavian glass.
Oh, that does well.
Yeah, Scandinavian glass is really in at the moment.
-And you see that shape and that colour?
Very specific to a designer called Per Lutken.
-His glasswork is on the up at the moment.
-Is that one worth 55?
I would estimate that to make between £40 and £70 at auction.
Ah, Alex is back with the answer.
Well, I haven't actually got a price yet
because you didn't notice the chip.
Gosh, you're quite right, we hadn't seen that.
I'd be more inclined now
to have a stab at the Scandinavian glass vase there.
Yeah, I like the look of that. Is it perfect, Alex?
-Can you check?
-Well, it looks good to me.
It's well signed on the bottom, you can see there.
-It's got Lutken's monogram on it.
-Yeah, it has.
It's got a registration number. - It's quite heavy, is it?
And a minimalistic look for modern homes.
-Very stylish, very in vogue at the minute.
-I like that.
We've got a chance of selling something like that.
-I quite like that, too. So, what's the price?
-And we're going to offer?
-Well, that's a strong possible,
but we've still got three things to buy and not got anything.
-We've got barely half an hour left, so come on.
-Let's get on.
Whilst Alex goes off to find a best price,
our twins are all of a-dither.
I think that might be too small.
I don't think it's old enough.
What do you think of that sewing kit?
-We're terrible together, aren't we?
-You are useless.
These two are all over the place.
I mean, oh, my goodness, it's really hard to spend money
and they seem to like different things
so I've really got my work cut out.
I wish we'd more room for haggling
because I really like that lacquered case.
We all liked that, didn't we?
It's worth a go, but how much was it? 120.
Right, have a look, see what you think.
-Oh, it's pretty cute.
-Oh, it's pretty sweet.
It's ripped a bit there. Will that affect the value?
It will a bit because, obviously, it's not perfect,
but it's not the worst case. The outside's the most important,
-with the inlay.
-And that looks OK.
It looks really nice. I like that.
We want to get that as low as possible.
-Try them on 60 quid and see what they say.
-It's worth a shot.
I know they won't! I know they won't, but try them
and then get their very best price.
When they've sat down and start crying, then ask them again.
What about the globe?
Oh, man alive!
-Oh, I love that.
-I love that.
-Hold on, let's put this back.
I thought it was going to be a puzzle or something, like a game.
-That is pretty cool. Do you like that?
That's really nice, how much is it?
It's 79, which is a heck of a lot, but it's really cool.
I mean, loads of people collect globes.
-And for sewing people, that's pretty cool.
Yeah. It looks in quite good condition as well.
It is. I mean, there's a few scratches and stuff.
It's not great, but you expect that.
If you could get that for 50 quid, I reckon that's a goer.
-Do you like it?
-Yeah, I love it.
-We like that, don't we?
Definitely not seen anything like that
and it could potentially appeal to collectors.
Have we got an answer on our case?
-Yes, but you're not going to like it.
-We're not going to like it?
-Her very, very best is £90.
-But she couldn't go anywhere near 60.
-Is it the same lady that's got this one?
Would you also ask her about the globe? Would she do 50 on that?
She's got 79.
Kate's got the weight of the world on her shoulders.
Still no buys for the Reds, and the Blues have started flapping.
-What have you done with Lynn?
-I don't know.
-She wanders off all the time.
Lynn, where are you? What are you doing?
I'm trying to find something chickeny.
I can't find anything.
-You've been scratching around, have you?
-What's the news on the Lutken vase?
-40 is fine.
-Oh, right, we'll have that.
-Deal done, thank you.
-Thank you, Alex, for your help.
-Right, purchase one.
An impeccable deal, girls, well done.
Crikey! Are the Reds ready to shell out as well?
Please tell us good news...
No! Come on!
Her very, very best on that is 65.
-Oh, my goodness, 65...
-That's a shame.
It IS very unusual.
-I would be happy to go for it.
-Do you think you should have a go?
It's right... I think it's going to be a very slim margin
if you do make a profit at all on it, but, to be fair,
you don't see them very often and it's rare and it's small.
-I think, actually, maybe you should go for it.
-Are you happy to gamble?
-I think we should.
-You've got to buy something, ladies.
-Let's break our duck and get it.
-I'm really happy with that.
-We'll have it.
Thank you very much. Tell her yes, quick. Yay!
First item pinned down for the Reds.
Now, could it be item two for the Blues?
This top shelf here, you've got
a lovely array of '60s and '70s ceramics
and it would fit nicely with the Lutken glass vase, wouldn't it?
What I can tell you is, these German pieces that you can see either end,
they've got that real thick glaze, is what we call fat lava.
It's a modern trend of collecting and it's rising.
So you've got two pieces here to look at.
-You've got the yellow and the blue.
-They're not expensive, are they?
If we could get them for between 40 and £50 for the two of them,
it'd be a really nice smart purchase, and put them together.
-We need Nick again now.
-No, I'm Nick.
-No... Who's the other one?
Kate has no doubts about the origin of what she's just spotted.
It's a Japanese vase from Kutani.
I'd like to have a look at that.
Please don't have a massive crack right down the middle or something.
-Let's have a quick look.
-So, is that hand-painted, then?
That's all hand done. Look at the quality of that.
I really like the detail.
Yeah, there's no obvious chips or anything like that on there.
No chips, good genuine dirt inside it.
And that's a bit of a firing...
that's happened in the firing, this bubbling,
and you can't really read the signature,
but it's nice, and I think for 25 quid,
-20 to 30 in the sale...
-I think we've got ourselves a bargain.
And did you know, Kutani means "nine valleys" in Japanese?
-What's her best price? It's 25.
- Could you do it for 15? - I'll have to go and ring them.
Oh, go on, please. Every penny counts. Yes, please.
The lowest you can go, Rita, that would be brilliant.
Try them at ten and see if they cry first!
Come on, Alex, what's your best price?
-42 and they're yours.
-Go for it.
-I think we're there, aren't we? You've got a deal.
-Thank you, Alex, you've done well for us.
-Thank you very much.
After being cooped up in the shop, the girls decide
to make a break for it and head for the reclamation yard.
-You've still got your bonus buy.
-Still the bonus buy, of course.
-The instructions are not to buy any more vases.
-Are you sure you've had enough?
-We've got three already!
Crikey! Consider yourself told, Nick.
-Come on, then.
-Off we go.
Hey-up! Rita's back for the Reds.
-Yay! Thanks, Rita, what is it? What is it?
-15 quid? Deal!
Quick, shake her hand, shake her hand. Hey, that's a great deal.
-Thank you very much.
-Two in the bag.
Two in the bag.
That's all well and good, girls, but the clock is still ticking.
-We've got no time, have we?
-You have no time.
You've got about ten minutes to buy something really good.
For the Blues, some reclamation is stealing their hearts.
What would its use have been originally?
Well, I don't know, but I would put it on a wall as a decoration.
'They're absolutely in their element,'
these ladies. I can't keep track of them.
You think you know where they are and they've disappeared somewhere else.
You'd be surprised how expensive these things are.
-This old drain...
-Hoppers, they call them, don't they?
Rainwater hoppers come in all sorts of shapes and variety of material.
Great if you're restoring a period house,
or you just want to plonk them in the garden.
Ah, Stuart - just the man.
-How are you? All right?
-Very well, nice to see you.
Now, what sort of money are they, Stuart?
Something simple like that, £20.
These simple ones here are a tenner.
If you're going to catch the bidder's eye, you want one with a bit of shape and pattern.
What about that one there with that nice work on?
-What's that one?
-This one here.
-The one in the front, you mean?
-50 quid on that one.
-So that, you would think about 50?
-I'd do 50 for that one.
People put them on the walls and then put plants in them.
People use them to restore properties,
that's really what they do - plonk them on the wall.
They look fantastic.
-How near to 40 can we go on that?
-Near to 40? Goodness me!
I think you've got a good deal there.
I think we've got a good deal. Is that all right, Stuart?
Can we have it? Thank you.
You can't have it, you can have it for £45!
Nice try, Liz!
-Appreciate that, Stuart.
-We know you're on our team.
- We love the shoes! - Thank you very much.
And flattery gets you everywhere in this game.
So, the Blues are done and dusted.
Come on, Kate, crack that whip!
We've only got three minutes. Listen, this was a good cabinet.
Look at the back, you see the Keith Murray vase?
That's really cool, ultramodern, Wedgwood.
He's a cool designer and it's very well-known, that style.
If it's in good condition, that's not a bad price. Is it worth a go?
-Because we're running out of time.
-I think we should go and get Rita.
And as if by magic...
Hello. Can we look at the Keith Murray vase?
-I thought you were going to show us something really, like...
Don't sound so surprised!
Oh, easy does it, Reet!
I hate this bit.
Right, take a look. Is it perfect?
-It's all right.
Keith Murray for Wedgwood.
-Yeah, looks in good condition.
There's a bit of crazing - can you see here?
A little but of crackling on the glaze, but nothing desperate.
I think we should definitely try and get them down on the price, though.
The owner is away on holiday
so Rita returns with the boss to seal the deal.
We'll do it at 150.
-I'd rather we could go a bit lower.
- 130? - Oh, no, that's too low.
-140 would be really good.
-If we meet in the middle at 140?
-I'll chance my arm at 140.
And then if I get beaten up, I know where to come to be looked after.
OK. We won't be here, but that's fine, let's shake on it.
Well, they left it late, but both teams have got three items each.
The 60 minutes are up. Now, what did the Red Team buy again?
They kicked off with a novelty sewing case for £65.
Next up was the Japanese Kutani vase. They paid £15.
And everyone agreed that
the Moonstone vase
was out of this world. £140 paid.
OK, you superlatives sisters, did you have a sensational experience?
-That was brilliant, really fun.
-Yeah, really good day.
-Which is your favourite piece?
-The small sewing kit in the globe.
-That was a bit of a unique piece.
-Would you agree with that?
-I do. I think that was the most...
-That's your favourite favourite?
My favourite favourite as well.
-We're bound to agree, though, aren't we?
-And how much did you spend?
-We spent £220.
-220. Can I have the £80?
That's really sweet of you, lovely.
And which piece is going to bring the biggest profit?
-I think the Japanese vase.
-We did a good deal.
I do agree. I'm not going to scream for the sake of it,
-but I think that was the biggest profit.
-It was our cheapest item.
This is twins! So sweet.
OK, KB, there's your leftover lolly and good luck with that.
Have you got any idea what you're going to go and buy?
Well, it would be nice to buy something in pairs, wouldn't it?
-So maybe something like that, I don't know.
-All right, good luck.
Meanwhile, why don't we check out what the Blue Team bought, eh?
The Holmegaard vase was their first buy, for £40.
A slender £42 was paid
for the two German fat lava jugs.
And finally, their hopes rest
on the hopper, £45 paid.
Right, then, girls.
So, how was your experience with Nicholas? Was it good?
Well, you're both looking very happy about it, which is the main thing.
Tell me, Elizabeth, which is your favourite piece?
-I think it's the first vase we bought.
-The first vase?
Yes, the Swedish glass... Per Lutken!
-Ooh, Lutken! OK, fine.
Does your friend agree?
-No. I don't. We bought a drain hopper.
Don't ask me why, but we did.
It's going to be a plant hopper, and I think that's my favourite.
-That's your favourite, is it?
-Is that going to bring the biggest profit, your drain hopper?
What's your prediction as to which is going to bring
the biggest profit, Elizabeth?
We bought two German vases called fat lava.
Oh, yes, I know - those dribbly ones.
I think they might be all right.
-You think they're hot?
-I think so.
-Lava's like that, isn't it?
-OK, and how much did you spend?
£127 - does that mean I want £173 of leftover lolly?
-Thank you much.
-173. Thank you.
-And a little bit extra.
A little bit of shrapnel. Nicholas likes a bit of change.
-Don't you, Nick?
-A little bit of extra's always good.
So, what are you going to spend it on?
Hopefully, something that's not going to go down the drain.
-But it will grow into profit!
-We hope so.
-We hope so, too.
Anyway, very good luck with that.
Meanwhile, I'm going to head off and try and find something
that's positively eye-catching.
It's a marvellous place, Hungerford. A market town,
but removed from the main drag, for example,
is this yard stuffed with architectural
and agricultural antiques
and nowhere more suitable, one might say,
to make a little discovery of this object.
So, what is it?
Well, on the face of it,
it looks like an Art Deco mantel clock case with no clock movement.
That kind of angular surround.
A hint is that the underground colour that you can see here
is black and it's had some thick green camouflage-type paint
painted over it, so that wherever this thing was placed,
it wouldn't be possible to see the case.
Now, round the back, we have got a switch,
a white Bakelite switch that looks just like a switch
that might have come off
one of those mains radio sets from the 1930s or early 1940s.
That's when, I think, this piece of kit dates from.
And on the top, there's a wee spigot - look.
But absolutely nothing else that would identify its purpose at all.
But when I reveal
the additional part,
what is it?
Well, it hinges in two parts like that,
a bit like a clothes hanger,
and it fits on top of the spigot,
on the top of the box.
If you look carefully,
these two parts are fitted with
faceted mirrors and a pair of eyes.
Spooky glass eyes -
yellow surrounds, with black centres.
How weird is that?
Is it a Dalek? Is it going to talk?
Well, if it did talk,
it's almost certain that it would speak to you in French,
because this is a piece of rustic French engineering.
It is a lark lure.
Can you believe it?
They go out
and they set up these lures in the middle of a netted enclosure.
If you turn the switch on and we're lucky...
..the lure starts to spin,
and when it spins, the light catches
each of these faceted mirrored parts.
And if you're a lark flying across at 1,500 feet
and you saw this thing
with the sunlight catching those bits of mirror,
your sharp eyes would draw you down to the ground to investigate.
As you approach, the Frenchman would spring his net and, hey, presto,
that would enclose the area where the lark is making its investigation
and he would be having lark for supper.
Not terribly good news, I have to say,
for the larks, but there you are.
And what might you have to pay for it here in jolly old Blighty?
It could be yours for £110.
It has a sort of beat to it, doesn't it?
Well, I can't tell you how incredibly nice it is
to pop from Hungerford to Special Auction Services' saleroom
just outside Newbury to be with my old mate, my old mucker, Tom Plant.
-It's a pleasure to have you, Tim.
Nice to have you on the other side of the fence for a change...
-It is, isn't it?
-..doing the auctioneering.
-Yeah, which I love, actually.
-Which you do.
And we know you're very good at,
and we're about to have an ample demonstration of, we hope.
OK, for the Red Team,
they've gone with this tin-plate sewing necessaire,
which is pretty fantastic, isn't it?
It's delightful. It's just the kind of thing I like. It's collectable.
I love globes anyway, I've an obsession about things like that,
but I like the fact that it's a little sewing necessaire.
Collectable because it's in a globe form, and also,
people who love sewing accessories.
-OK, how much?
-We put it in at 50-70.
-Very good, £65 paid.
Next is the Japanese porcelain vase called Kutani.
But that's about the worst example, isn't it?
That's really target practice, to be candid.
We used to have something in Devon called a China shy
and you threw wooden balls at it
and the more you could smash up for £1 a throw, the better.
And that used to go on stalls like that, yes?
I think it deserves to, really.
Actually, it cost Kate £15. What's it worth?
-Well, we've put it in 20-30.
-Have you really?
-The thing is, we try not to encourage bids under £20.
But you'll do your best, Tom, I know. Thank you.
Lastly is the Keith Murray designed Wedgwood globular pot,
of which there are surprising numbers about.
-The bomb vase.
-Is that what it's called?
Well, it looks like an old-fashioned bomb.
Do you remember in Batman and Robin, when they used to have a bomb
thrown in - the Joker used to throw in one of his bombs?
It looked like that. But in black. That one's in Moonstone.
-Yeah, with a fuse coming out the top.
-With a fuse.
-They call them bomb vases.
-You have a vivid imagination, don't you?
-Which helps in this business!
-They come in various colours, don't they?
-That's not a rare colour.
-Moonstone is not rare,
-it's quite common.
I don't really like the fact that there's a few marks on it.
So, if somebody paid £140 for one and was looking to make a profit,
-what would you say?
-Not on your Nelly.
-Not on your Nelly.
-They're popular at £60-£80.
It is going to be difficult, isn't it?
Chance would be a fine thing, yeah.
In which case, they are going to sorely need their bonus buy,
so let's go and have a look at it.
-OK, Luce, Soph. Excited?
I mean, the girl's been out with your £80 of leftover lolly
and she's bought something. Kate Bateman, what have you invested in?
I spent the lot, I'm afraid.
-What do you think?
It's a Chinese tea caddy, early 20th-Century, probably about 1920s.
I just like the shape of it. I mean, what do you think?
Wow, it's quite heavy. Heavier than I thought.
If only we were going to get money for weight, we'd do very well.
It's got a little lid that comes off. It's decorated,
it's quite nice. I just thought it was quite a sweet thing
and there are collectors for tea caddies, and Chinese stuff
is quite hot at the moment.
Price-wise, I probably did pay right at the top end of the estimate,
so there's only a chance of a small profit in it,
but I think it's a nice thing,
I think it's got a chance, maybe £20 profit in there somewhere.
-About the £100 mark.
-No, I really like it.
I think it's actually got a good detail to it and everything.
It's in keeping with the Oriental vase that we bought as well.
We did have the Kutani vase, exactly. So, you know.
You're not desperately clutching at a straw of hope here, are you?
Well, I think we might need it after our earlier items.
We did go a bit mad. We've blown the whole budget.
-You're not twins for nothing, are you?
-All or nothing, that's us.
All or nothing. Smashing job.
Anyway, you don't pick now, you pick later,
after the sale of your first three items.
But let's find out from the auctioneer
what he thinks about Kate's little caddy.
-OK, Tom, one lump or two?
-I'm sweet enough!
-That is the right answer! OK, one tea caddy.
Yes, it's base metal, it's vastly unattractive,
-it's late because of its size. It's not really my cup of tea.
The problem is that cast white metal objects, which is what this is,
generally speaking, are mass produced, aren't they?
-And what this is trying to do, with all this elaborate detail,
is to kid you into thinking that once upon a time,
it was beautifully made when, in fact,
it was never beautifully made, it was simply cheaply cast
and mass produced.
Unfortunately, it is, and it's been polished within
an inch of its life, therefore, the copper is bleeding through.
It's the sort of thing that in the old days, you used to get at auction
£20-£30 for, if you were really lucky. What's your estimate?
-30 to 50.
-So, things have moved on.
-Well, by a tenner.
-By a tenner.
-How much paid?
There you go, see? It's a cardiac arrest, isn't it?
OK, that's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues.
And what a mixture we've got here.
Now, you're nuts about 20th-Century design,
-so you'll like the first bit of glass.
-I love Holmegaard glass.
By Per Lutken, circa 1960s.
It's very, um, what shall we say?
Yeah, it is, isn't it?
I don't know that I know what biomorphic means.
-It's very sort of biologically formed.
-It's like a heart.
-What's it worth?
-OK, £40 paid, perfect.
Now, fat lava vases, not my favourite.
They're not my favourite as well but, you know,
the Germans are very clever about these things.
-There's two numbers on the base.
There is the number of the mould and there's also another number,
and that number stands for the height. How German is that?
They've measured them for you.
-So, 141 is the mould number, 20 is 20cm.
-Well, that's good, isn't it?
-Isn't that marvellous?
-I've put 40 to 60.
-You've put 40 to 60? £42 paid.
That is a bold, brave and brilliant estimate. Thank you.
And moving on, we go to something that was presumably
nicked from a chapel or a church?
Well, it is, because you've got this Maltese cross.
It's a hopper, and what are you going to do with it?
You're doing up an old house,
you need a hopper to put the downwater pipes into,
it could have a practical architectural function, couldn't it?
But it doesn't really have a modern purpose, unless you're doing
that restoration and you really want something with religious overtones.
Or you want to throw it in the garden as a feature. Daffodils or herbs.
-But anyway, 20-30.
-Is that your estimate?
That could be a bit of a dark hole for them.
In which case, they may need their bonus buy,
and let's go and have a look at it.
This is it, £173 the man had
to buy something enormous, by the look of it.
-Nick, show us.
-Really big and heavy.
-Chickens for my two ladies.
-I spent a "poultry" £45.
-That was good.
Now, solid silver covered in gilt, gold-leaf gilt,
and then enamelled over the top.
1951, Adie Brothers. Do you like?
-All for £45.
-You did well there.
-I was scratching around for those.
You knew who they'd fit, didn't you?
I thought they were a perfect fit for you both.
Are they going to make a lot of money?
Well, hopefully, we'll be crowing with success.
I think there's a profit left in it. I think they're £50, £60.
Let's take that one out, and you have a little handle of that.
-They're very pretty.
Can you identify whether this is a rare breed or not, girls?
It's just a common chicken.
It's actually a cockerel, it's not a chicken.
Well, you've just basically got to like alcohol to like these.
She's all right!
I don't think it's necessarily got to be a chicken fancier.
-I think you could have these in your display cabinet.
On that happy note,
let's check out what the auctioneer thinks about the cocktail sticks.
Right, then, Tom, something to stick your olive in.
-Do you like a Martini?
-I do, quite.
-I quite like a Martini.
-A dirty one.
-With an olive.
I know cocktails are all the rage, but do people really have
silver-gilt cocktail sticks with cockerels on the end
and they say, this is the tail of a cock?
It's a bit funny, and also, you have lots of vintage collectors out there.
-These date from 1950s, they are silver and enamel.
-Pity no case.
-Pity not six.
-Pity not six? Yes, that's a point.
I hadn't noticed there were only five.
One's been lost, the dealer's thrown the case away,
shoved five on a thing. You're so right, Tom!
We've put them in at £50-£80.
-That's very generous.
-It is, actually.
It is generous.
OK, fine. Anyway, £45 paid by Nick.
-We'll have to hope for the best, won't we?
We'll look to you for double-yolkers.
-Soph, how are you feeling?
-Yeah, not too bad, bit nervous.
I don't think we're going to make a lot of money today.
You don't think so? What about you, Luce?
Fairly confident on a couple of items, yeah.
Which are your most confident pieces?
-I like the Japanese vase.
-You like the Japanese vase?
I think we'll do pretty well on that, yeah.
Do you? £15, you paid for that. It's not a lot of money, is it?
It's not. Can't do too wrong.
First up is the little sewing case, which should be your banker,
and that is really a very rare object, I have to tell you.
Here we go.
-Cor, look at that. Doesn't that look lovely?
-It looks good up there.
Delightful thing. £30. £30.
Any advance at 30?
Five, 40. Five, 50.
50, we have. 55. Do we have 60?
And we have £55. Do we have 60?
-- Keep going! Keep going! - Do we have 60?
Do we have 60? £60, are we all done?
70? £60? Come on, then...
-Oh, that's a shame.
-And that's your banker.
-That was our banker.
-Downhill from here, Tim.
-Well, I don't know about that.
-I think we were unlucky.
So do I. Minus £5.
Porcelain vase. Start me here, £10.
£10 for the porcelain vase.
£10 for the porcelain vase?
At £10. 10, I've got.
10. It's in the room at 10.
Any advance at £10?
At £10 against your...
12, sir. Was that a bid or were you pointing?
It is a bid. Go on!
You were pointing.
It's very dangerous to point.
Especially at the auctioneer.
10, I have. I have 10.
I have £10. Are we done?
Are you sure you don't want this at 12?
10 I've got. All done, then, at 10.
£10 is minus £5 -
there's a bit of a pattern going on here.
-It's not a big loss.
-It's not too bad.
This could be the killer, though.
Very attractive piece of 20th-Century classic design.
Start me here at £60. At £60, I have.
80 against you.
Go on, 85. 85 we have
in the room. 85.
We have 90 now.
You sure? 90...
-What did we pay for it?
It's not so bad, it's not so bad!
Are we done at 90? 90 once. 90 twice...
-£90. 90 it is.
Bad luck, girls, that's minus 50.
So that's minus 60, overall.
What are you going to do about this bonus buy, then?
-We'll have to go for it now.
-We've got nothing to lose, have we?
-You don't have to, you know.
-You don't have to.
And, in fact, the way it's going, it might lose some money.
I mean, minus £60 is potentially a winning score, isn't it?
-I think we should risk it.
-Oh, go on, let's risk it. Shall we?
You sure you want to do this?
Yeah, let's risk it. You only live once.
All right, fine. You're going to go with the bonus buy.
-You sure you want to?
-It's too late now.
-No, you can change your mind.
What do you want to do? You going with it?
They're going with the bonus buy.
On the last count, they're going with the bonus buy! Here it comes.
There we are, the tea caddy here.
Bids here with me.
30, 30, 30 I have.
At 30, at 30, at 30...
Oh, come on!
At 35, 35, and coming back in.
At 35 it is. Any advance on £35?
-I can't listen.
-How much did we pay?
Which is minus £45.
Which means overall, you're minus 105.
-Oh, my goodness.
Now, that, too, could still be a winning score.
-We shall see.
-I did try and put you off, girls.
-Anyway, there we are.
-That's all right.
You are such fun, you two. Anyway, there it is.
It might be a winning score.
Don't say a word to the Blues
and I will reveal all later.
-Do you know how the Reds got on?
-BOTH: No idea.
-No idea. They went by looking a bit scared, yeah?
-Little bit glum.
Oh, did they look glum?
Of course, that could be a double ploy, you know.
You never know.
-Anyway, your cockerels, all five of them.
-Not done a runner yet, then!
No, they haven't. We're still clucking about with them. OK.
Anyway, hang on in there and seize that thought,
because first up, it is the Holmegaard vase, and here it comes.
Circa 1960 by Per Lutken.
Lovely-looking thing, this one.
I can start the bidding here
at £20. Start here at 20.
20 I have. 20 at the back.
One more. 32.
Go on... 35 I have.
At 35 all done. Selling at 35.
Oh, dear, bad luck.
-Oh, no, we lost.
OK, lava pottery jugs, here we come.
1970s Fat Lava.
Fat Lava. Fabulous name.
West German pottery jug.
Start me at 40. 40?
OK, 20, then. £20.
At 20, 20, 20.
No bids? I don't believe it.
20 I've got. 20, there's a hand.
It's a cheap lot.
This is ridiculous, isn't it?
Go on, one more.
30... 35? Nope? 35 it is.
By the door at 35.
At 35, will I sell? 35!
Uh-oh. That's minus £7, girls,
so that's minus 12 at the moment.
So it comes to the hopper.
This is your Victorian cast-iron hopper.
If you're doing up a house, or I was more thinking a garden feature.
You could plant some nice flowers
in here, it'd be lovely.
He's trying. Very trying.
Start me at £10 for the hopper.
£10 I've got. Any advance?
This lady has at 12.
20. 20, I have.
With you, madam, don't worry.
Don't bet against yourself.
£20. 22. 28. 30.
35. 35. Shake of the head.
At 35, I have, for the hopper.
At 35, all done...
Well, he's done better than he thought he was going to do,
which means, overall, you're minus 22.
-Yeah. Which is nothing, I tell you, girls.
In relation to some of the losses...
-OK, so what are we going to do about the cockerel thingies?
-Going for it.
-Because it's chickens!
-Because it's chickens.
That's a very good reason.
We're definitely going with it cos it's to do with chicken.
in silver gilt, circa 1951,
Birds starting with me here,
straight in at £45.
Any advance on 45? 50.
At 50, it is, in the room.
Any advance? I am out.
-Selling at 50.
-Are we done?
-It's the only profit you've made.
Well done. £50.
Plus £5, which is marvellous.
That is super.
That means you're minus £17.
-It could be worse.
-It could be - a lot worse.
Well, we've had some whopping losses today.
In fact, we've had an over-whopping loss,
and our over-whopping loss today has come from The Reds.
It has been a shocking performance for you girls today, hasn't it?
Lucy and Soph and Kate...
-Really, it's minus, minus all the way, and it adds up to 105.
-It was a tough crowd.
-It was a hard sell, wasn't it?
But you have been brilliant, the three of you.
I mean, you've responded with the British style of things,
which is marvellous. Nothing's got you down.
-It hasn't, no.
We've loved having you on the show. You've been great for us. Thank you.
And to reveal the victors today...
Well done, you've won by only losing £17.
Which, in the scale of things, is not too bad, actually.
No, seriously. Lovely profit, thank you, on the Bonus Buy.
That's a nice fiver, which reduced the necessary a bit.
It's been a delight. I hope you've enjoyed it.
-We've loved it.
-Well, we've loved having you too.
In fact, join us soon
-for some more bargain hunting, yes?
Tim Wonnacott and the teams descend on the Berkshire town of Hungerford. With so many antiques shops and arcades, the teams are spoilt for choice! The red and blue teams are joined by their two experts Kate Bateman and Nick Hall.
While on his travels, Tim comes across a find which is positively eye catching.