Antiques show. Tim Wonnacott heads to the East of England showground, where the red and the blue teams go head to head. With experts David Harper and Kate Bliss.
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Today, we have popped to Peterborough,
where the East of England Showground
plays host to today's festival of antiques.
Let us hope that our teams have got their wits about them,
because this is one of the largest antique fairs in Britain.
Let's take a quick shufty as to what is coming up.
The Reds get loved up.
Bianca, well done.
Where's my kiss?
While the Blues get X-rated.
Oh, hang on, it is one of those rude things. Oh, very rude! Oh, wow!
-So rude, it's...
-Oh, my word!
My children might be watching!
So, let's meet the teams.
So, on today's programme, we have a merry mix of matrimony,
because we have two happily married teams.
For the Reds, we've got Bianca and Lee. And for the Blues,
we have Gilly and Richard. Hello, everyone.
-ALL: Hello, Tim.
-Great to see you.
Now, Lee, you have been together for 20 years, right?
-Where did you meet?
-We met in Spain.
When the holiday came to the end, what happened?
Bianca basically said,
"If you want me, you'll have to come and get me in Holland."
So you were back and forth to Holland for a bit?
Yeah, we kept going over and visiting each other.
Holland is a beautiful country, but I was living with my mother
and father at the time, and they had a £500 phone bill come through.
So, my dad sat me down and told me I better make a few decisions.
It reversed then. I said to her,
"If you want me, you'll have to come and get me."
-Which meant she moved to England.
And after 20 years, you decided to have a big career change.
Yes, indeed. I was an electrical engineer
and the shift work was not the best for bringing up a young family.
-So I decided to have a change of career.
And I run an online clothing business now.
You do something completely different, don't you, Bianca?
Yes, I do.
I've been trained to work with people of learning disabilities.
-I've done that for about ten years.
And then I have been a teaching assistant for a few years.
You are both into a bit of football coaching. Tell us about that.
My little ones, my three and four-year-old,
they went to football training.
-So I...joined them? And help them coach now.
I've got about 12 little boys and girls running around,
trying to play a bit of football.
-And you go around to help, Lee, do you?
-No, not with the girls, no.
-What do you do, then?
-I do the teenagers.
-Oh, do you?
Yeah, under 15 at the moment. It is coined FC.
And I run the side with a friend of mine, called Duncan.
And, yeah, it has been a challenge,
but we are slightly turning the corner now, so...
And would you say that you two are pretty competitive
-because of the football?
-Do you want to win today?
-I want to survive today.
That will be a win for me.
The wife wants to win and the man wants to survive.
OK, we got the message there. Anyway, good luck.
Now, turning to the Blues.
Gilly, it was a huge leap of faith, wasn't it, when you first met?
Yes, you could say that.
I was working for the Sunday Times Magazine and they asked me
to do a piece about parachuting for the first time,
what it was like to do the training and then jumping out of the airplane.
-And Richard was the freelance photographer who the magazine
commissioned to take the picture.
And that was the first time I met him. 35 years on, two kids and...
Clearly, something is working. Excellent.
But now you're semiretired. What do you get up to?
Well, we have a dog
and I do quite a bit of training with her,
cos I like having a well-trained dog.
-Is she good?
-She's very good, actually.
-Now, you've written a book, too, haven't you?
Well, that was largely through Richard,
because he did a lot of work with the Red Arrows.
We decided that we really should do a book about them, so we did.
We spent a year with the Red Arrows. And I flew with them
-a couple of times, which was very exciting.
-Yeah, I bet.
Now, Ricardo, tell us about your love of photography.
Well, it wasn't love at first sight. I did a bit of fine art at college.
I didn't ever study photography, I just borrowed a camera,
read the instructions that came with it
and just sort of learned it by doing, really.
Is he just being modest here? He is a very good photographer, isn't he?
-He is, yes.
-Well, there you are. Love it, don't you,
when a man tells you all he does is read the back of the packet.
Now, on your trip to the stalls today, are you going to have
your eyes peeled for anything in particular?
-I like old toys.
-Yes, we do.
-Gosh, we're going to have a good play today, aren't we?
Anyway, now the money moment. £300 apiece. There is £300.
You know the rules. Your experts await. And off you go!
And very, very good luck.
I think I'm going to go Dutch.
Helping our team spend wisely, are our experts.
Putting on a brave face of it with the Reds is David Harper.
And for the Blues, a sight for sore eyes - it's Kate Bliss.
-Hey, you two!
-How are you fixed?
-Are you ready?
So, do you two agree on everything?
-No, not at all, David.
-Oh, my gosh!
-Tell me what we are going to be looking for.
I would like some silver little bits, but things that you can use.
OK, great. What are we going to look for, Lee?
I'm going to let you and Bianca lead me today, if that's OK.
So we are going to wear the trousers.
-Well, I'm definitely wearing the trousers.
-Indeed, you are.
Something tells me that you two are going to be incredibly
competitive, is that right?
Oh, I don't know. I mean... Yes.
Let's go! Come on.
60 minutes of fun and laughter, are you ready?
All right, teams, your time starts now.
There's a spotlight over there, which looks rather interesting.
Gosh, didn't take Richard long, did it?
-I know, but we've got to keep him under control.
-Rein him in!
-What have you spotted?
I don't know what it is, actually, but it looks jolly interesting.
It is something you could wire up and fire a light onto a wall or...
It's fantastic you spotted this
cos these are really in vogue at the moment.
You know, people love them for their studio apartments.
It has got a great retro feel. It's, I guess, 1950s.
It is essentially a spotlight.
Originally, they would have used them on a stage.
If we just turn it over,
-we've got the name...
-..on the back there. There we go.
So, we've got Strand, who are the leading names, actually,
in these aluminium lights.
But the other thing I see is that if we look at the plug here,
-it has been what is called PAT tested.
Now, every electrical item which comes for sale,
particularly at auction, has to be tested for safety.
So it is all tested and ready to go.
-Just a question of the price.
-Excuse me, sir, how much are you looking for?
Almost half our budget in one fell swoop.
Yes, but we might be able to get a... Can you help us on this?
We want to win this game.
I'll take a fiver off, 130, that's it, mate.
I reckon you'd stand more chance negotiating with Blackbeard,
the pirate, than this guy, Blues.
I have seen these go at auction for less than £100.
I have seen them go for a couple of hundred pounds. It's a gamble.
It's a gamble. I can't tell you it is a dead cert.
-It is a great thing, though, it is a great object.
All right, 128, that's it, deal.
-Yeah? Shall we do it?
Brilliant, we've got a deal. Well done, first purchase.
Thank you very much.
Strike a light, that was an impressive start.
Now, what can the Reds do?
-Do you like that?
Now, you think that is going to be heavy. Have a feel of that.
-It's not heavy at all, is it?
Because it has been designed and made to be used to carry things.
So the things it is going to carry are going to be decanters,
They're going to be heavy,
-so the tray itself doesn't want to be too heavy, does it?
So, OK, I think it screams Chinese.
You've got the dragon, which, of course,
is an auspicious creature in China.
He's a good luck charm, he looks after you.
He is a high-ranking creature.
And you can tell how high-ranking he is also by the number of claws.
It has got one, two, three, four, five.
That is as many claws as a Chinese dragon could ever have.
There were times in Chinese history where only the Emperor,
his entourage and his family could own anything representing
a dragon with five claws.
So it is referred to as the Imperial Dragon.
Has somebody famous made this or...?
Is it mass-produced, is it single production? How many?
It is almost both.
It is handmade,
but it is mass-produced in a factory situation.
Circa 1920s, probably for us,
the Brits living in Hong Kong.
It is a functional tray.
How much do you think this would make at auction?
You would be surprised how little they make.
You know, it might be 50 to 90. It might make 100.
I love it. How do you feel?
I love it, but we need to make profit, don't we?
-It is priced at 90 sheets, I think.
It is priced at what, sorry?
90 sheet... £90.
Yeah, sheets, pound notes. Come on, David.
-I've never heard of that before.
90 sheets, yeah.
OK, let's find out how many sheets we have to give him. Hello.
Can we ask you how many sheets we need to give you to buy this?
Listening to your advice, we're not going to make that much money,
if anything, on it at auction.
-Will you not budge on 80 at all?
All I can do 75, that's it.
OK, so it's 75 sheets or nothing. What do you think, Bianca?
I think we should buy it. That's my buy, then,
because I do like the dragons and I do really like what it is for.
-We want it.
-Shake the man's hand. Thank you.
-Thank you very much.
Just the job for your Chinese take away.
I knew you could carry it off, Reds. Now, what is this?
Richard is seeking further enlightenment.
I've just had a word with the gentleman and he has pointed
out that George Jensen lighter, which is really stylish.
It is very '30s, actually, in design,
-with its geometric finish on it.
-I wonder how much it is.
-How much is it, Richard, do we know?
140... Let's just have a little look.
So we've got...we've got Denmark, 95S,
so it is sterling standard silver.
And then we've got, the very important thing,
the George Jensen market just here, this little oval here.
May I just sort of...see?
I would say, although it is '30s in style, with the little oval
mark there, I think it probably dates from the sort of '50s.
So, we've already spent 128.
This is 140 at the moment.
Can you do anything for us, sir?
-I could come down to 120.
-That will be bottom line.
-So that takes us up to 248.
I see it at auction, because it has got the Jensen name,
-at probably 80 to 120. You will get that sort of...
-See, we are going...
We're going to get ourselves into trouble, I think,
because it is a lot of money.
Unless you can come down to 100,
and then we'd have to think seriously.
-Sorry, I just can't do that.
I'm going to stick on 120, I'm afraid.
Yeah. OK, thank you.
Well, thank you very much for your help.
I think, time is ticking, let's leave it where it is.
We can always come back if we need to.
-I like that little bit there.
-Do like that?
-Yeah. It's a pencil, isn't it?
That might be too much for us. Madam, Can we talk to you?
It is nine carat and it is Sampson Mordan.
Best on that is going to be...120.
-Can we have a look at it?
-Of course you can.
-Would you mind?
There are certain names in this business that can send
a shiver up your spine.
-I've got taste.
-I love the turquoise.
Also, you can see, it's the original pencil.
Now, you've got a very good eye. Tell us why you like that.
Because of that little blue thing in the middle. And it is useful.
You could use it, absolutely right. The turquoise is lovely.
Lee, have a look at that.
To be honest with you, I thought it was silver initially,
until the lady said nine carat, and then my ears did prick up.
Now, what makes this so special is the name -
Sampson Mordan -
a real top-flight producer of silver and gold objects.
That is probably not the original box,
because that would have come in a fitted box.
So that pencil would've had a fitted groove cut out of a box,
and it would fit in perfectly.
-It is very posh. It is very upmarket.
I think it's estimate should be 80-120, personally,
-as an auction estimate.
-Would you like to buy this?
Because I already had my choice, haven't I?
If we obviously get it down to the right price, it is worth going for.
-Wouldn't you say so?
-Well, shall we ask the lovely lady?
-What could we do on price? Bear in mind...
-I can't do less than one.
-Really? Bianca, would you pay £100 for it?
-I think I would.
Listen, David, I said I'd trust you before today, so I'm going
to trust you both, reluctantly Bianca,
and we'll...we'll have this for 100.
OK, well, let's have that.
This is where the business gets thrilling,
when you handle objects like that.
-So well done, well bought.
-Thank you so much.
-Thanks a lot.
-Thank you very much.
The nine carat gold pencil holder is a classy object indeed.
Let's hope the punters are drawn to it at the auction.
-All, it is a little Buddha. A fat Buddha.
Oh, hang on, it is one of those rude rings. Oh, very rude!
-It's a tacky little...
-Now that is educational!
-That is so rude...
-Oh, my word!
-My children might be watching!
Trust you, Richard(!)
I can pick them, can't I? I like it, actually.
Let's have a closer look at him. What is he made of? He's very heavy.
Let's have a little look at the underneath without looking at that.
And I can see... I'm going to have to get my glass out.
-And I am looking at the material.
-Not the design.
Yes, yes, we believe you, Kate.
I thought at first it might be resin, but it's too heavy.
I think it possibly is soapstone.
-The whole appeal is in his surprise underneath.
-It is, yes.
So, let's just say. How much is that, please?
This is so rude even the dealer is hiding his face.
It might be sort of early 20th century in date.
My...slight misgiving is...
..how many there are.
-What is the very best you could do?
-Could you do 40 for us?
-Go on, I'll do 40, yeah.
Is it the sort of thing that, you know, appeals to you?
-Well, what can I say? It's only for the fun of it.
-But it is fun.
People pick it up and do what you did.
-A bit of a shock.
-Let's do it.
It's done! Great. Thank you very much.
Buddha's made Kate blush, but will the Blues be blushing
when it goes to auction? We'll soon see.
First, every picture tells a story, but with this one,
you have to look a bit harder.
My gosh, this is a boring looking picture.
Just the sort of thing that in an antiques fair like this,
you just walk straight on by. You don't even inquire about the price.
Well, once upon a time, this picture was a bit brighter.
It had blue in the sky.
These jerseys that the couple of sailors are wearing were coloured.
But it has been hung in the light and, tragically,
the thing has faded.
And that could be why this print was marked up at only £25.
But actually, it is quite interesting.
If you look at the bottom, it says Box & Cox. And what is that about?
Well, if you look it up, it was an incredibly popular comic operetta
that was put to music by Arthur Sullivan,
the famous composer, in 1866.
It told the story of two men, one called Box and one called Cox,
who lived in a room in a boarding house,
except they didn't know they were sharing a room because when Mr Box
went out in the morning, Mr Cox came in and lived in the room.
But what is the relevance of Box & Cox in this particular print?
Well, the next hint is the painter himself - FC Gould, which
stands for Francis Carruthers Gould,
and he was a cartoonist and a satirist.
And what he's done in this satirical cartoon is not to
show political characters, but he is showing two
characters from the most popular of Victorian entertainments -
the comic opera, because the man on the left is Arthur Sullivan
and the man on the right is Mr Gilbert.
They never really got on together, though.
And if you look at their expressions,
they are totally and utterly miserable with one another.
And the date, 1882, is important.
Because at this point in time,
Gilbert and Sullivan had fallen out big time.
And it took all the diplomatic skills of D'Oyly Carte,
their manager, to persuade them to go on.
And indeed they did, eventually. Isn't that interesting?
All these facts wrapped up in a particularly dull
and boring looking cartoon.
You could easily have walked by it on an outside stall here
priced up at £25.
But actually, I think to a Gilbert and Sullivan fan, it is
worth rather more,
perhaps a moody £80 to £120. What do you think?
Back to the shopping. How is it going with the Reds, Dave?
It is all going very well.
A bit interesting that Lee said in the beginning that he was
going to pass the responsibility onto Bianca and me,
but he is making quite a lot of decisions himself in actual fact.
We have bought some interesting things, and they are decisive,
and that is the key with this.
If you muck about, you make no decisions, you end up with no
time, and then you buy potentially really bad things.
Meanwhile, back with the Blues,
and someone needs to curb their enthusiasm.
Well, you girls have better have a shout, really,
because I just want to buy everything.
-That's very chivalrous of you.
It's true, that's the trouble.
Come on then, Gilly, let's find something for a lady.
But look over here.
-These things, this is great!
-No, something pretty.
-Oh, look at that one!
-Come on, let's go.
-You like that?
-His toys again.
Leave him behind.
Where are they?
Where have they gone? I've lost them.
Back indoors, the Blues have found something to do with their bread.
We've got 85 on there.
The thing about this one is that
it is made by Sheffield makers
called William Hutton & Sons.
It is silver and hallmarked, as it should be.
Now, William Hutton often made pieces designed
by Christopher Dresser.
This is very much in the manner of Christopher Dresser,
with this triangular loophole.
It is very '30s, very geometric in shape.
-Shall we ask what the best is?
-Yes, I think that is a good idea.
What could you do on the toast rack for us?
-You've got 85 on it.
My very best...is 75.
-Richard is shaking his head.
-Only on the price.
I can see it perhaps not making that much.
I'll take off an extra five if it helps.
Would it have a chance at auction?
It's not going to make you a huge profit, I don't think,
but it might have a chance of making you a little one.
-Where does it go, here?
Walk away, eh, if you're not sure.
I've got to tell you, I do love that.
It looks like the '70s, like the brown square.
It has a '70s look to it...
-..in a way, so I'm going to give you that,
but you are a long way out, because this is Art Deco.
Let's have a look. So we've got
a simple pink bowl with chrome handles, wooden blocks
and chrome decorative tops.
I mean, it's just fantastic.
How much do you think it is?
It's probably a lot more than what I would give for it.
Well, that's a good... What would you give for it?
Well, at a push, £20?
-20 quid? OK, fair enough.
-I do like it, but I think we should...
-have a look around for another five minutes.
I would dash off with that for 30 quid every day of the week,
but you want to wait a bit? That's fine.
I heard you, David, but I don't think the Reds were listening.
The Blue Team seem to be stuck at the same stall.
-This is the only other thing, guys.
-Richard, what do think of that?
-I know it is more a lady's piece.
It is not something I have an opinion about.
-This doesn't do anything for you at all?
-Gilly, what do you think?
-I think it is quite pretty.
-Yes, it's Art Deco. It is silver mounted.
-The great thing about it is this stopper.
The lady has said it could be 25.
I quite like it, I think that would be...
I see Richard is not in favour of this at all.
You just don't like it, do you?
We have basically got, literally, about five minutes.
I would say, it is either this, the toast rack or
we go back for the lighter, which I know you both really liked.
I do like it, but I am worried about it not making the money.
Well, how about we go back and we say, "Look,
"we already bought from you, can you do anything more on the price?"
Let's charge back and try and get the lighter.
-Shall we run?
-Yes, we'll have to.
Run, team, run! Time is slipping away, as the Reds have noticed.
-See, that I like, behind you, the hourglass.
I mean, you might tell me to leave it alone straightaway.
No, I wouldn't say that at all,
because I love it when, you know, a team
chooses their objects, because
actually, it is all about you, your taste, what you are drawn to.
-See, that is beautiful.
-OK, tell me why that is beautiful.
I've always liked timers, and I think it goes back to childhood
when my mother used to always have one on the side
when she was cooking.
And it's just stuck with me. And this is beautiful.
-I really like this.
-It is priced at 50 quid.
Is it worth anything to anybody else, apart from myself,
would you think?
It's probably... It's useful, practical.
It might only get an estimate of 20 to 30, 30 to 50.
Um, but it is the sort of oddity that could make good money.
Should we ask the lady to come and talk to us?
-What will be the best price on that one?
-What have I got there?
-50 on it there.
-OK, so it is £35...or nothing.
So, I have to ask you the question,
are we going to have it or are we not going to have it?
-I'll leave it with you two.
No, I said I was going to go with you two at the start.
OK, I'll choose that for you.
-We've done it, yes? Third item?
Well done, you two. Bianca, well done.
-Lee, well found.
-I'm not sure.
-Stick with your conviction, you're all right.
-We'll see. Thank you.
# Love is all that I can give. #
Where's my kiss?
# Love is more than just a game for two. #
Hey, no time for all that.
The Blues have one minute left,
will they make it back to the lighter in time?
Glad you put your flatties on!
I know, absolutely I did!
We're going to have to get on our knees and beg.
-OK, it's still there.
-Go on, Gilly.
-I can't do it.
You can't get just a tiny bit below 120?
-We've got 30 seconds.
-Brilliant. Thank you very much.
-Thank you so much.
Great, three buys!
The 60 minutes is up. Let's check out what the Red Team bought, eh?
They got carried away with a carved wooded drinks tray for £75.
Then they wrote off £100 on a nine carat gold pencil holder.
And just before time ran out,
they bought a brass-framed hourglass for £35.
-Did you have a good time?
-I had a lovely time, thank you.
A right giggle, it were. So, what is your favourite piece, actually?
-The hourglass is your favourite piece, yes?
-And what about you, Bianca, what is your favourite piece?
The pencil, very good. Is it going to make the biggest profit?
-Yes, I think so.
-Do you reckon?
-Yeah, I do, actually.
You agree with the missus, very sensible.
-And you spent how much in toto?
210. I'd like £90 in leftover lolly, please.
Which goes to the other sharp Harper.
And what you going to spend the £90 on, do you think?
-Something I can't possibly resist, Tim.
-That will be irresistible, then, wouldn't it?
# That's what you are. #
Anyway, super-duper. Thank you very much, team.
Meanwhile, why don't we check out what the Blue Team bought, eh?
The Blues had a flash of inspiration with the Strand theatrical
spotlight for £128.
They were sitting pretty with the Buddha figure,
with the saucy secret, for £40.
And finally, their imagination was fired by the 1950s Jensen
silver cigarette lighter for £115.
-So, that was good fun, wasn't it?
-Great fun. Yes, really good.
Thought you enjoyed it.
-And how much did you spend in toto?
Did you really? That is mature.
Can I have £17 of leftover lolly, please? Thank you, G.
That's very kind. All together and gathered up.
Now, which is your favourite piece?
Well, for amusement, possibly the Buddha.
But actually, I really like the lighter.
The lighter is your favourite favourite? Do you agree with that?
-I think I do, yes.
-You think you do?
A bit begrudging, but that's fair enough.
And which bit is going to bring the biggest profit?
I think the lighter, the George Jensen lighter.
-Do you agree with that, G?
-Yeah, I think so.
We've got our predictions, that's perfectly fair.
-Now, only £17.
-..for poor Kate Bliss.
-What are you going to do?
-Yeah, what are you going to do?
-What are you going to do?
-Hopefully something brilliant.
-I'm going to go and beg, I think.
Well, you can't steal, so it has to be begging. OK.
Well, good luck with that.
Now, it is time to head to the sale room.
Gosh, I'm looking forward to this.
We have come to Litchfield, to Richard Winston's sale room,
to be with Richard Winston.
-Richard, good morning.
-Good morning to you.
Cracking to be here. Now, this team has gone overboard on its tray.
-That drinks tray really is elaborately carved, isn't it?
It doesn't do a lot for me.
It's one of those things, I don't know what you do with it.
Would you display it? Would you really want to use it?
We have gone a measly £20 to £30. You like this, don't you?
I don't know. It is a tour de force, of the carver's art.
You've chipped away with your old chisel
and you've created this fantastic dragon. Book.
God, you've got to admire that, surely.
I admire it thoroughly, but I just think for the commercial market,
what are they going to use it for?
OK, £75 paid.
Next, how do you rate this nine carat gold pencil sleeve with
the turquoise button? Do you like that one?
It is the sort of thing that we do see quite a bit come through.
They do sell well. There it is a good market for it at the price.
They're going to pay £60 to £80 for it.
Well, we paid £100 for it. So you might just get there on a good day.
Yeah, I'm not surprised they paid that sort of money for it,
being nine carat, but I'll do well to get there.
Now, for a personal dislike, we move on to the hourglass,
which I don't have a lot of time for. Ha(!) Frankly.
It is the sort of thing we'd have other brass items
with it just to give it a kick, get it gone.
-A whole box full of the stuff.
-OK, so, how much for it on its own?
-Five, ten pounds?
-We put £20 on it.
Well, £35 was paid by Lee.
He loved it, and who knows, he might be right.
On the other hand, if he is wrong, they're going to need a bonus buy.
So let's go and have a look at it. Thank you.
OK, team, £90 of leftover lolly you had, which you gave to Dave.
And of course, he is renowned for his taste and discrimination
when presented with a chunky amount of money.
So, Dave, show us your worst.
You are absolutely horrible, you know that.
And you know that I couldn't resist.
-I' so sorry, I must apologize. Tim, it's beautiful!
It is screaming Art Deco...or something.
I loved it on the day and I tried to make them buy it.
-You've seen it before?
-But you refused.
-David was very happy with it and he has seen potential.
You know, you have to respect the viewpoint that Art Deco is
very popular. I mean, these outset handles and the chrome...
-It's what makes them, Tim.
-The thing is in good condition.
How much did you spend on this lovely piece?
I went back and I got it for 25, from 30 to 25.
And, you know, for goodness sake, it is a period piece of Art Deco,
it is oozing style.
It is not oozing quality, we're not pretending it is,
but it has got the look, and it is the look for the market today.
That's what I told her.
Well done! You and I should stick together.
And how much do you think this is going to bring at auction?
I think, you know, £20 to £50.
-It has got to.
Well, that's sorted that lot out.
Let's find out right now, though, what the auctioneer thinks
about Dave's bowl.
Here we are.
You can see the tinned mandarin oranges being
opened in suburbia in 1938 and going into a dish like that, can't you?
It's not far what off what they are after, that kind of modern look.
But it is just a poor quality thing, isn't it?
Really good quality ones of these are really sought after,
you know, can really do well.
Well, it came from Woolly's, didn't it?
It is the Woolly's variety of the expensive one.
Not too bad at all that.
So, David Harper invested in a very cunning £25.
-So, how much do you think it is going to bring?
-£20, 20 to 30.
OK, fine. Well, spot on. Now, another eclectic mix.
Look, we've got the Strand theatre light,
which can bring a substantial amount.
-Yeah, and they are popular. And we've got 80 to 120 on it.
£128 was paid.
And frankly, it is the modern look, isn't it? And quite fun.
-I can see it making...
-It's a good gamble, I like that.
Which is a substantially better item than this Buddha.
I wouldn't even give it house room,
I think we'd just pass over it as quick as we can.
-I think they think it was soapstone. It's not, it's resin.
-Oh, is it?
-Double checked it out.
-Resin is like plastic, really.
Yes, and they come in the millions into the country.
He's Pu-Tai, isn't he?
One of those fellows with the big tum-tum representing prosperity.
-£20 on a good day?
-OK, £40 paid.
So, as you say, we'll move on quickly from that and go to the
George Jensen cased table cigarette lighter.
-That is a good item.
-Fabulous item. That is a lovely thing.
-It is, all the way around.
It has got that old thing, got that look to it.
It depends what they paid for it.
We've got a punchy 80 to 100, because it is a quality item.
It needs to make £115, but it has got the right name,
that's the thing. Anyway, there we have it. Very good, Richard.
I think they won't need their bonus buy,
but let's see what was spent on what.
Well, this is exciting, isn't it?
You spent so much cash.
£283 is a good old number.
£17, Kate, that was your challenge. What did you find?
Well, you've got really good taste, Gilly and Richard,
and you did set me a bit of a challenge to find something
that came up to your standards.
And this is what I chose.
It is, of course, a golfing spoon,
or the handle is in the shape of a golf club.
It is fully hallmarked English silver. It dates from 1931.
It is Mappin & Webb, who I am sure you have heard of.
Very good name, associated with quality.
It has got a good weight to it, actually. Have a little feel.
-Golfing items, hugely commercial.
There is something engraved in the bowl of the spoon there.
You are eagle-eyed, Richard.
Little initials, that's what you've got there,
which I think, actually, is quite a nice little part of its history.
The full 17, I'm afraid.
I think that will bring a profit.
-40, 50 quid?
You don't want much, do you, Gilly?
-So, really, Kate, you're predicting a hole in one, are you?
-Or a birdie.
-What are you predicting, though?
-Well, it ought to make between £20 and £30, I would say.
Well, on that happy note, let's find out
whether the auctioneer likes the golfing teaspoon.
Well, Richard, you only got £17,
is that a good buy for £17?
This is someone who is looking for a little golf club.
-It's sweet, isn't it?
£17, in solid silver, dating from 1931,
I would say that that is as cheap as a proverbial bag of fried potatoes.
It has got the golf club on the top,
which gives it a little bit more to go on.
We have got 20 to 30 on it, and I'm sure somebody out there...
At £20 to £30, frankly, it should be just a short putt.
Now it is time to put Richard and our items to the test.
35. £40. 50.
£50 down here. At £50 on bid.
Yours at 50.
-Well, kids, you having fun?
-A lot of fun.
Isn't it lovely to be in this crowded sale room? Don't you think?
Yeah, no, special, special place. Now, moving on, we come to the tray.
There is the tray. It is tray tres bon.
And here it comes.
15. £20, the Internet.
At £20 on bid.
The Internet at £20.
-Nothing happening in the room.
Everyone else out.
Sold, then, at £20...
Well, there we go.
OK, now we come to the propelling pencil.
Bids on the book. 20. 30.
40. 50. 60.
70 now. 70 bid.
70 bid with me. Internet, you're out.
£70. £70 on bid.
-£90 on bid with the Internet.
90 on bid. 90 on bid. At 90.
-All done. Sold then at £90.
It is down to the hourglass to save us.
Yeah, minus ten pounds.
Next up is the hourglass, and here it comes.
30. 20. 10 up.
£5 to start me. £5 for the hourglass.
£8, Internet. £10 in the room.
-I've not lost as much as you pair.
-£10 in the room.
At £10, there at 10...
I can't bear this. Oh! Back in.
The time has come for this.
On my left at £20. All done.
Sold at 20.
Your bid, thank you.
OK, 55, 65... Minus £80.
Things are not as hot as they might have been, Lee.
I should never have listened to them.
So, I tell you what, why don't you
make the decision about the pink bowl?
I don't think we need to decide anything on that, do we?
-No, you're definitely going to go with it?
I thought you were going to say that.
It is pink, it is in great condition.
It probably came from Woolworth's in 1935, and here it comes.
And it looks jolly good, doesn't it?
Ten to start me, anyway you like.
£5 bid at the very back.
£6. £7. £8.
-Go on, go on.
There at 15. 15. 15.
-£15 on my left.
All out. Sold then, £15.
£15 is minus £10,
which takes you neatly to minus £90.
-Not too bad.
-Not too bad, is it, really?
-No, we did really well.
-Universally bad result on absolutely every item.
-Do we get a badge for that?
-No, you don't.
-That could be good.
We don't have losers anymore, we only have runners-up, all right?
But you never know, with this performance today,
-minus £90 could be a winning score.
-It could be.
-So no despair, Lee.
-Come On! Come on, Lee!
-Been chatting to those Reds?
OK, lovely. Now, first up is your number one banker,
we hope, which is the Strand theatre lights, here it comes.
Theatre spotlight. Commission bids are on it. £50 I bid.
£50 on bid. £50.
£60. £70. £80. £90.
110 here. At 110.
110. 110 on the front.
-Yes! That's the one.
Sold at 130. Yours it is.
You are so lucky, you two.
Lucky in love and lucky in lots.
OK, that is plus £2. Now,
Now we go to the Buddha, Lot 49.
£5 to start me, the Buddha.
Five, I've got. Six on bid.
Seven at bid. Eight on bid.
Ten on bid.
£10 on bid. In the room at £10. In the room at £10.
And away at £10. Sold at £10.
-We're in trouble.
-Lovely George Jensen silver
framed table cigarette lighter, then.
Commission bids walking all over it. 60. Five. 70. 80.
£80 at bid. 90 in the room. 90 right away, at £90.
At £90 in the room. At £90 in the room. At £90.
At £90. Away at £90. You are all out, Internet is gone.
Sold at 90.
90 is minus 25.
You had 28, so that means you are
Sorry about that. Jensen never performed.
The Buddha never did its business.
-What are you going to do, you going to go with the golf club?
-We are going with the bonus buy, and here it comes.
The little Mappin & Webb silver golf club teaspoon.
Nothing in my book,
so we start off, I'm in your hands. £10 to start me.
£10. £12. 15.
25. To the lady at 25.
At 25 to the lady. All finished.
Sold at 25.
Yours it is, thank you.
Well done, Kate. You are justified.
Well, plus £8. Actually, that's very good.
That means you are now minus £45.
Which is not so bad, really.
That could be a winning score. Say not a word to anybody
and all will be revealed in a moment.
-Thank you very much.
-BOTH: Thank you.
OK, teams, been chatting?
Not about IT, that is, profits, or should I say losses, which is
what applies to both teams today.
Fairly substantial losses, too.
It is just that one team has made double the losses of the other,
and that makes them the runners-up.
-And that team are the Reds.
Minus £90 is a bit of a number, I have to say.
All my predictions went completely up the spout, so what do I know?
-Thanks very much.
But you, Lee, are as pure as the driven snow.
-But you've enjoyed it, Bianca?
-I've loved it, thank you.
We've loved having you, Lee. You've enjoyed it, really?
-Yeah, it has been good fun.
-Thank you for being such good sports.
But the winners today managed to win by losing £45.
-Not too bad, is it?
-Not in the scale of things.
-Not in the scale of th...
Anyway, we had a great day. Join us soon for some more bargain hunting.
Two terrific teams of antiques enthusiasts go head to head around the East of England showground. The reds and blues are joined by experts David Harper and Kate Bliss. Tim stumbles across a unique piece at the fair, and Richard Winterton takes to the rostrum in the saleroom.