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MUSIC: King by Years & Years.
It's a rather chilly affair today,
but a touch of snow isn't going to stop us - oh, no,
there are still ample antiques here just ripe for the picking.
So grab your hot-water bottle, turn up the heat
and let's go Bargain Hunting. Yeah!
Today, we are limbering up in Lincoln,
about to take on the enormous antiques and collectors fair -
and, by jingo, just look at the size of it.
But first, let's see what's coming up.
Will it be a fairy-tale ending for the Reds?
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the reddest of them all?
Or will it be the Blue story that ends in glory?
Go on, that's it!
We have got a cracking show for you today.
For the Reds, we have got sisters Lisa and Lindsay,
and, for the Blues, we have Nathan and Jamie. Hello, everyone.
-Hi, lovely to see you.
-Now, Lisa, you are a vegetarian...
..which is not unusual at all.
But what do you do as a living?
I actually work for a catering butcher.
How can you possibly do that?
It's fine - I just do the work and don't eat the profits.
I love it.
So when you are not working, what do you get up to in your spare time?
I do like to keep fit.
I like to do a bit of running in our local park
and also I train at a boxing gym.
-Is that kick boxing?
-No, just normal boxing.
-Thump-you-in-the-face type stuff?
I wouldn't thump you in the face.
No, that's sweet of you(!) I'm keeping my distance, anyway.
No, brilliant. So, why did you take up boxing?
It's just boxing training -
it's not actually fighting against anybody else -
but it's really good for your fitness,
and also if you've had a bit of a stressful day.
-Go and get... Exactly.
-Just get it out of you.
So, when things aren't going so good in the commercial butchers,
-you go and take it out on a punchbag.
So, Lindsay, what do you get up to in your spare time?
I love going to the theatre, going to concerts -
quite cultural, really.
Do you ever perform yourself?
Oh, no, no, Tim, I wouldn't dare.
-I wouldn't want to upset anybody
with my voice or acting skills, to be honest.
Well, we'll put you through the mill today and see you how you get on.
-I am sure you will.
-Might start you off on a new career.
You two girls, what will you be buying today?
What are you going to keep your eye open for?
Probably something a bit more unusual and practical,
so, something that looks a bit quirky, a bit different,
but something that can be used, as well.
Are you going to spend all your cash?
-I think we'll have a good go at it, definitely!
That's what I like the sound of. Good luck with that.
OK, chaps - Nathan, tell me, how did you first meet?
-What, me and Jamie?
-When I first met him, I didn't like him.
-Did you not?
-Now I don't like HIM, to be fair!
No, we're... My boss put us together,
we're both nightclub door supervisors.
-Does that mean you are a bouncer?
-Posh word for it.
"Nightclub door supervisor".
-And when we first met, you didn't shake my hand.
And then our boss put us together.
-And we have been inseparable for four years.
-That is rather fun.
Are you still doing the door supervising job?
-We do it odd weekends.
-Bits and pieces.
-It's just pocket money now.
So what do you do full-time now?
-I'm a school bus driver.
-Oh, are you?
Even worse than keeping people in order outside a nightclub,
-I would think.
-I have more arguments with kids on the bus
-than I do on the doors.
-I bet you do.
So, Jamie, you have an interesting job.
I am a security guard at a retailer, a large retailer.
I kind of thought I would go into a bit of different security,
obviously, than doors and stuff like that, but I play ice hockey...
I've played since I was about 11,
and I play for a team called Steel City Hawks now,
and they're a bunch of good guys.
And when you're not mucking about on the ice,
playing the ice hockey, you get up to some other chilly stuff,
-Strange things, yeah.
I actually run a paranormal team from Barnsley,
and we basically help people who have paranormal issues in the house.
They contact us and we go out on investigations
and help them as best we can.
I've only ever been once, and I got scared out of my life, didn't I?
-I think I ended up going home early.
-This is ghosts and stuff like that?
-Yeah, ghosts, whatever.
Can you exorcise a spirit?
We've only ever had to do a cleansing on a house once
in, like, the last couple of years, but it's not like...
Usually we go in to debunk what's happening to that person
-and kind of explain...
-And help them?
-..a logical thing.
Got any ideas as to what you might be buying today, Nathan?
Well, what it is, erm...
my grandad, who recently just passed away,
he was big into his World War II memorabilia,
so that's the kind of thing I'll be looking out for today.
Just listening to old war stories,
it feels like you're back in the day with him,
so that's something I'll be looking out for.
-OK, you will take your expert's advice?
That's a very sensible thing.
OK, the money moment. £300 apiece - here comes your £300.
£300, girls and boys. You know the rules, your experts await,
and off you go! And very, very, very good luck.
Do you know something? I feel a ghostly moment coming on.
And, of course, our two tremendous teams need two exemplary experts.
Mark Stacey will be hoping to churn out a profit for the Reds.
But bear in mind,
Natasha Raskin will be hot on his heels with the Blues.
-You're a boxer?
-A little one.
-And you look like Liza Minnelli.
-I don't sing like her.
So, life is going to be a cabaret, isn't it?
I don't usually bring an entourage with me to Bargain Hunt
but here I am with a couple of heavies!
I think we should go for something a little bit unique, because we are.
-Sorry. Yeah, go on.
-I was going to say cheap and cheerful.
Cos we are!
-OK, teams, your time starts now.
I have a funny feeling this is going to be a frantic hour.
It might be. The thing is, we might just be whipping round.
-A little bit of craziness and all that.
Well, looking at the weather,
the Blues have the best idea by keeping warm inside.
Cor, it's a chilly one today.
-I don't want any dilly-dallying around.
-We don't dilly-dally.
-I want decisiveness...
I want clear...
-What do I want?
-Choices, that's it.
So what is your taste, then?
I like brass.
A couple of brass monkeys would be well-suited for today's weather.
Now then, what have the Reds found?
I do really like that bottle, that little perfume bottle there.
What have you found? Anything?
-We have found a couple of things.
-A couple of things.
-A little perfume bottle, there.
-A little scent bottle.
Yes, it's Continental. The top looks a bit dented.
-I thought that was the pattern.
-You thought that was the pattern?
Well, that is a good start to the morning, isn't it?
Excellent. Onwards, then, team.
Time to check in with the Blues - how are you doing, chaps?
-It's a lot harder when you're doing it, isn't it?
I thought it would be just like a walk through the park.
OK, maybe we'll just leave them to it, then.
Meanwhile, the Reds are still at the same stall.
I think it might actually be horned.
Do you think it's horned?
-No, I think it's papier-mache, you know.
-You think so?
And what would it have been used for?
-I think this would have been a snuffbox.
Snuff is a form of powdered tobacco
which was very popular in the 17th and 18th centuries
and into the 19th century, and you took it like that.
-Snuffing up your nose.
But it is old, it is late 19th century at least.
-So it's a hundred-and-odd years old...
..and priced at 65, and I think at auction, it would make...
..around about the £40 to £60 mark.
-So, we'd need to get it a little bit cheaper.
So, you would need to smile at the dealer,
who is actually desperate to sell things in this terribly bad weather.
-Would you like to know the best price on that?
-Best price, please.
65... I could do it for 50.
Well, it's edging in the right direction, isn't it?
-Could we get it a little bit lower?
That would be my best rate. It is gold-mounted,
-which makes it that bit more special.
-Look, my colleague here looks like Liza Minnelli.
But she doesn't sing like her, so, if we don't get it for 40,
-I'll ask her to sing.
-I'll sing to you.
No, no, it's worth it for a song! Give us a song.
Sing us a song and it'll be yours for 40.
Well, there's a challenge - can you rise to it?
# Somewhere over the rainbow
# We could have this lovely little box. #
£40 it is. Well done, and thank you so much for ending it so quickly.
Going for a song. Good work, girls. Five minutes in and one item down.
What is that?
I think it must be a gavel.
-It is a bit strange.
-It is, yeah.
I thought it was a peanut cracker.
Well, it may actually... Do you know what?
That will be exactly what it is, isn't it?
I think it's time you fellows needed to crack on, eh?
Any joy, Mark?
This is quite practical.
-Do you know what it is?
Put your hands on there.
-It is a loving cup. BOTH:
-That is nice.
It's stoneware and it's 19th century, there are no marks on it,
there is a little indent there, but that's probably a potter's mark.
And it's modelled, typically, with these three greyhounds.
-I'm not sure if I like that.
-Do you like it?
-I quite like it.
Shall I just find out the best price for us to consider?
-Because that's quite reasonable.
-I think if we can get that cheap...
And if we can get that at a really good price...
-because it doesn't fit in with their other stuff.
-No, it doesn't.
-Shall I go and have a word with them while you carry on looking?
-That would be good, thank you.
Work your magic then, Mark.
-What's that? That is a thrasher.
When you hold it up, it becomes, obviously, a jointed item,
and then when you spin it around, that leather joint swivels
around the shorter item, and then you thrash bales of wheat or something.
It has got a little bit of a woodworm issue at the top,
but...in fact, peppered throughout...
-..but it doesn't scare me - it is quite a cool-looking thing.
But no brass, so I am disappointed.
We can't do nowt without brass, can we? Gutted, aren't we?
What are you thinking? You moving on from that?
-Yeah, we'll have a walk.
The thrasher has been thrashed.
You haven't bought anything yet, so, at this rate,
-you'll get a good thrashing at auction.
-How long we got?
-Uh-oh, Mark is back with the price.
It is priced at 35,
but the dealer said the very, very lowest she could do was £20.
But, while I was in there, I saw something in a cabinet.
And it is an articulated fish,
and it has been decorated with this sort of abalone shell
which is like a mother-of-pearl.
They slice the interior of the shell out to make these little patterns.
-It is £9.50.
What is it used for?
I think you'd have it in a little decorative bijouterie cabinet.
-Could it be a bottle-opener?
I'm thinking beer!
I'm wasted, honestly.
"Could it be a bottle-opener?"!
Listen, I'm not so sure, Mark. I think it might be a bottle-opener.
I love this.
I'm not sure she's going to give anything off for £9.50.
I can go and ask.
You could go and ask but she might do 50p or £1 or something.
-So, we'll say no to this?
-I'm not particularly keen on that.
If you're not keen on it, that's fine, cos we've already chosen mine.
-Do you like this?
Do you know what? I like this, I'm going to go and see what we can get.
-You go and see what you can get it for.
-All right, go on, then.
-Get a bargain, Lindsay.
Crikey, those girls are on fire.
Meanwhile, let's see if the Blues have found anything yet.
Hey, those boys have some class.
Ooh, and more brass, look.
Beautiful writing slope for travelling and for writing on your...
keeping up with your correspondence on your travels.
It's like something off Harry Potter.
Well, you know, it's got that sort of appeal,
but they tend to be awfully expensive
-and I don't know if they're a bit out of our price range.
But a seriously good standout piece, isn't it?
Decorative as well as functional.
-Something you don't see every day.
Now, any news in the Red camp?
-You've got a big smile on your face.
-How did you get on?
-I hope you've bought it.
-I have bought it.
-You didn't ask me if you could buy it.
-I've just done it.
You wanted no messing around, I didn't mess around.
-I really like this.
-You were decisive.
You know, you two red-hot Reds,
-you've got two items in ten minutes for a total spend of £46.50.
-Now, isn't that cool?
-Yes, we're great.
-Yes, we're fast movers.
-You are, and you're very decisive.
Let's go and find our third item.
-Let's spend some more money.
Hey, I'm very impressed, girls,
but there is still an awful lot of cash burning a hole in your pocket.
Speaking of which, the boys still have all their money.
-What do you think of this?
Oh, hello, have I spotted some brass?
So, you've struck on quite a good market, there,
because this is real boys-and-their-toys territory,
but if someone has a library or a study or somewhere,
-an area in which they can display it...
-It's a nice thing to have.
-Very nice to display. Would you have that on show?
-I think I would, actually.
-It goes with your brass thing as well.
What's nice about it is it's sort of brass of two "halfs".
I know that sounds silly - or brass of two HALVES, even -
because you've got the clunky brass around the compass itself
bolting it in, making sure that it's protected from the storm
when you are on the ship,
but then you've got brass inlay in the wood,
it looks like mahogany, you've got brass inlay,
so that brass fits into an area that was cut out from the wood.
-I like that.
-I like that.
-It's got real appeal.
-Let's go with that one.
-Shall we go and find out how much it's worth?
-Yeah, find out how much it is.
Our lovely stallholder is here, and perhaps you can do the asking?
-What has caught your eye?
Your compass - we're interested.
-Beautiful, isn't it?
-Big question - how much?
It's only £110.
Right, OK, we knew it would be three figures but we weren't sure how much.
Would you take £80?
Come on, it's going to auction.
-Is that a deal?
Well, that was fairly easy, chaps - some good haggling skills
and it's some brass, just what you wanted.
-Right, so we'll go in the warm, shall we?
So, the girls have decided to come in from the cold,
and we will have a time check, please, Mark.
You are doing really well -
you've only used up 25 minutes of the hour, so you've got 35 minutes left.
-This is a danger zone...
-..because you are confident now,
you've got two items, you haven't spent too much
but if we are not careful, we can miss that third item,
-and we don't want to do that, do we?
-So let's concentrate.
Very true, Mark.
We've seen it many times on this show - teams get too confident
and the next thing is, it's down to the wire, so watch this space.
Now, listen up, and check out my little pleasant pheasant.
This is rather lovely, isn't it?
If you could hold it, you'd be amazed
how heavy a solid silver-cast little object like this is.
I guess it weighs at least 15-17 ounces.
It is like an ingot of silver.
But the silversmith who crafted this in Birmingham in 1926
really did know his stuff.
Look carefully, and we have got an arrangement of feathers
which looks naturalistic,
and when you add up that each one of those
has to be carefully scratched and honed
so that it looks this realistic,
you get an impression as to exactly how much work
has gone into producing it.
It was made in Birmingham in 1926 -
you can tell that because there is a little hallmark
stamped under its tail.
And one of the tips to tell whether it has been filled with a base metal
to artificially increase its weight, is to look inside that little hole.
It is hollow,
meaning there is nothing inserted into it to make it heavier,
it is as heavy as the weight of silver itself.
What's it worth?
Well, if you are lucky and you find one in a place like this,
priced up at between £300 and £400, that is about right.
Because were you to melt it down,
I guess there could be as much as £300 worth of silver in it.
And therefore, you are not paying much for all that craftsmanship.
Also, the real ones, when plucked, are good to eat.
I like those ladders.
We can always have a proper...
Now, how are those plucky Reds getting on?
With two items in the bag, they seem to be in cruise control.
The Blues, however, still only have their one item -
and 20 minutes are left, teams.
Suits you, makes you look innocent.
Yes, but we know better.
Are tools what you're into? Is that something that you would like..?
-I like me tools.
-I see 'em too many times - my missus is a joiner.
-Your missus is a joiner?
-Yes, she is.
-She's got the right idea.
Oh, is there trouble brewing over with the Reds?
They're not big enough, not wow enough.
-It's got to be wow.
-We want something a bit more wow.
How about the two-seater chair?
-That is a nice chair.
-That is nice.
I think that would probably be out of our price range a little bit.
They are little snuff bottles.
So, whilst the West tend to have snuffboxes,
in the Far East, they tend to be snuff bottles
so they have got the little dipper inside to take out the snuff,
whereas we would open up a box.
It is quite nice, isn't it? What is your price on the four?
-You can have the four for 120.
I don't think the guys expected to be looking at tiny wee...
OK, you can have them for 70.
That is a bargain, because they cost a lot more than that.
So, you're looking for cracks in the condition.
They're very finely worked.
They are popular.
I think that we have got a damaged one here,
so we would probably want to steer clear of that.
Maybe two together would be a nice little pair.
-That has got a bit of damage on it.
So that's got a bit of damage, I think we can count that one out
-if it's got damage.
-So it's only these two
that's actually in good condition.
If you open them up, do they both have their stoppers in there
and their little dippers?
And we do - so, shall we ask about two?
-We can ask for two,
because it's better in a pair than it is on its own.
I'm just going to say the stupidest thing -
they have got a little bit of brass on them,
so there has to be an omen there somewhere!
Barnsley brass, I'm telling you.
What do we think? So, for two of them, what do you think?
You can have them for £50.
-I can probably do 45.
-35 and we'll shake your hand.
-Go on, then, 35.
-35, we'll have them.
Well, that was some exceptional haggling there, boys.
Very proud of you.
We're now dilly-dallying, aren't we?
-We are dilly-dallying.
-And you said you wouldn't dilly-dally.
We're not a dilly-dallying pair.
Oh, girls, and you started off so well!
OK, Blues, whatever you do, don't panic!
-We're panicking now!
-Yeah, we're starting to panic a little bit.
We've only got ten minutes left and we've only got two items.
Right, Reds, I don't like to say "I told you so",
but you still have that elusive item to find.
You've done 40 minutes of flapping
and now you have less than ten minutes left.
Now, I adore this potter.
-It's a Devon potter based in Barnstaple.
And his name is Charles Brannam,
and he's right up there with those potters from the Art Nouveau period.
-I mean, this particular vase
is very much that Art Nouveau, organic form.
This one's priced at - oh, gosh, £225.
-We did say we wanted to spend a bit of money.
-We do want to spend some money.
-But do you actually like it?
Really like it, yeah.
My honest opinion on it is,
if that came into a saleroom that I worked at,
then I would certainly put 100-150 on it.
There won't be much else in the auction like it.
It is a gamble, though.
Have the boys made a decision yet?
And what have they done with Natasha?
Kind of panicking at this point.
Are we going to go for something ridiculously big?
I'm sorry to have abandoned you, there,
but I went off because we're running out of time.
I've found a wee thing... You'll probably hate it.
I know you'll hate it. It's a wee piggy pincushion.
It's absolutely hilarious. It's quite nice, actually.
It's got a bit of a scar on its cheek,
but as you rub it, it comes off.
So, it can be cleaned. It's a kind of hollow gauge of metal -
it's not a fine metal, it's a white metal, whatever it is.
-It's a pincushion.
It does have novelty appeal.
And I think an auction estimate will be something like 20-40
and the gentleman's got £30 on it.
If we can get 20 on it, I think that'll be all right.
We've only got two minutes left, so it's either that or nothing.
Second question is, do you want to lead the negotiations?
-I'll go and try and get £20 on it, I think...
-Go negotiate, then.
-..or we'll have to pay.
-Take this piggy to market!
Oh, boys, you look thrilled(!)
But unfortunately, you don't have much of a choice.
Could I just speak to you about this?
We really like this Charles Brannam vase.
You've got 225 on it...could you do anything on that?
The very best would be £190.
-That is the very best.
It is distinctive, it's going to catch people's eye.
It's going to get the attention of people.
-I like it.
-Shall we go for it?
-Happy with that?
-Let's got for it.
Well done, girls, I'm very impressed.
A very mature amount of money well spent, I'd say.
Done and dusted - three items in the bag, and all in the nick of time.
-How did you get on?
-He wouldn't drop!
Oh, not even with your silver, slithery tongue.
Not even with my smooth tongue!
No, he wouldn't drop, so it's either £30 or put it back.
-OK, personally, I think...
-We get the pins.
-We get the pins!
-We get the pins.
-Personally, I think it's got a bit of a shot
because it's a real collector's item.
If it's a novelty piece, we'll go for it, shall we? Gamble?
-There's either a tenner loss in there or a tenner profit.
-It could go either way.
-No problem, we'll go for it.
-Are you sure?
Oh, GAMMon, chaps, don't be too disGRUNTled, eh?!
Who writes this stuff?!
OK, teams, your TIMES up!
-We've done it!
-And you've found your big, bold, quirky item.
-Yes, we've done it.
-Now, who's making the tea?
Let's check out what the Red Team bought, eh?
"Times" up, that's clever!
First up was the papier-mache snuffbox. They paid £40.
And I can confirm that this is indeed
a fish bottle-opener,
bought for the bargain price of £6.50.
And finally, the pottery vase set them back £190.
Well, at least you're smiling.
-We are, yeah.
-Was it good fun?
-It was great fun, really good laugh.
A whole hour with Mark Stacey is bound to be a jape, isn't it?
Which is your favourite piece?
I think my favourite piece is definitely the vase.
-What about you, Lindsay, you agree?
-Yeah, the vase.
Lovely. These sisters are welded together, you know. That's perfect.
And which is going to bring the biggest profit?
Erm, maybe the snuffbox, actually.
I think the snuffbox, cos we made a good discount on that, as well.
-We did, yeah.
-And how much did you spend in total?
We spent £236.50.
That is a thoroughly mature amount of money.
-It's a good amount of money.
-So, can I have £63.50?
-You do want £63.50.
£63.50 is what I'd like and £63.50 is what I've got... Lovely nails.
Moving over to Mark. £63.50, old fruit.
What's your plan, then, old boy?
-Well, we had a big love-in, didn't we?
-So, I think I'll go for something we all love.
-Yes, that would be nice.
That's quite enigmatic. Anyway, well done, Mark, good luck with that.
Meanwhile, why don't we check out what the Blue Team bought, eh?
Their first item was the ship's compass. They paid £80.
Next up, they paid £35 for the pair of Chinese snuff bottles.
And, finally, they're hoping the pincushion
will bring home the bacon at the auction. £30 paid.
-Well, chaps, how was it for you?
-So, which is your favourite piece?
-Erm, I must admit, the compass.
I like the Chinese snuff bottles that we bought.
Are they going to bring the biggest profit?
No, I think the pig's going to make the biggest profit,
-just because we haven't picked it!
-And how much did you spend all round?
-Is that all?
155, please, of leftover lolly.
-There you go.
-Goes to Natty.
-Well, what are you going to do with that?
-I don't have a clue!
They were so relaxed at the beginning and so stressed out at the end,
I'm going to have a very relaxed meander
and see if I can find something that you'll like.
I bet you'll come up with something hot. Anyway, good luck with that!
Meanwhile, we're about to stagger off to the auction.
Well, how lovely is this?
Caroline Hawley at Hawleys Auctions on Beverley Racecourse.
Lovely to have you.
Great to be in the East Riding.
Now, for the Reds, their first item is this little snuffbox,
which apparently has gold mounts - but they're not marked, are they?
No, they're not marked, but I would think they are gold.
Mid 19th century papier-mache, nice decoration to it,
and I would think that is gold mount.
There's no inscription, no initials on it.
It's a nice thing.
-And, consequently, I put £30-50 on it.
-You're a brave girl, aren't you?
-£40 they paid.
-Oh, right, OK!
So, hopefully they stand to make a little bit of profit.
-Now, this next articulated abalone-shell fish thing.
Is it a beer bottle-opener? It's not a bottle-opener, is it?
Well, I've done a bit of research on this abalone fish,
but I think it could well be a bottle-opener.
If you have a look in its mouth, the hook thing,
it's not going to take any sturdy top off,
-but I think it just might just do the odd...
-Yes, what's your estimate?
-Good Lord, they're going to love you! £6.50 they paid.
-Well, I based that estimate on others that I'd seen sold.
But the object they'd taken a punt with is the Brannam pot.
I put it down as 80-120,
but I'm hopeful that it's going to get quite a bit more.
-How much more?
-Erm, how much does it need to be? I...
£190, that's what it needs to be.
Yeah, that's a bold purchase.
Bold, lovely. Bold talk.
In case it all goes wrong, though, let's have a look at the bonus buy.
-Now, Lindsay, Lisa, how are you feeling?
-Good, thank you.
-Not at all?
You spent £236.50 - that doesn't faze you at all?
£63.50's worth of leftover lolly you trusted to your man -
what did your man buy?
Well, something you've seen before, I think.
-That's a surprise(!)
-Because I really liked it.
I like these, sort of, dogs.
These whippets or greyhounds, or whatever they were.
And for £20, I couldn't really resist it.
I'm not particularly keen on the colour, I think it's quite bland.
Yeah, brown. Yeah, dull.
We're not really beige people.
-No. Other than that, you think it's quite nice.
-It's fine, it's perfect.
We love it!
I'm getting the message here - it's not number one fave, is it?
But are you going to trust your man with this?
How much do you think we'll get for it?
Look, we're in a country type area. I mean, it's a big one of its type,
and it's got to make £30-40, hasn't it?
On that happy note, you pick later,
because right now, for the audience at home,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Mark's little tyg.
-There you go, Caroline.
-Something for you to sup from.
-Thank you. There's quite a lot to sup from
-in there, isn't there?
-You think it's a nice thing?
I think it's gorgeous - but I really do like these things.
This lovely, moulded design, all the way around, different in each panel.
And these lovely dog handles.
It's in really good condition,
How much would you pay for it?
Well, I can be a bit spendthrift at times - I might pay a lot for it.
-What's your estimate?
-I'm estimating it at £20-30.
-OK, well, that genius, Mark Stacey, only paid £20 for it.
-Which I think is the right price.
-It should make a profit.
Anyway, that's it for the Reds - now for the Blues.
Now, what a mixed bag we've got over here.
Now, for a kick-off, is this novelty compass.
-It's made to be a decorative item, really.
-It's sort of on a pseudo gimbal mount...
..and it's got this brass inlaid mahogany mount.
-So, it's very much "much ado about not a lot", sadly.
You know, we get an awful lot of nautical things here
-that get an awfully...lot of money.
-This one isn't going to get much money.
But I'm sure they haven't paid a lot for it.
-Well, they paid £80, actually.
Which is not a lot for a great, big chunk of brass like that
with a compass thumped in.
It isn't at all.
-So, how much do you think for that?
-£60-80 I put.
So, that's close enough to the £80 - they may get away with it.
-I hope so.
-I hope so, too.
The same applies
-with these so-called cinnabar lacquer snuffboxes.
-They're made of composition, aren't they?
-Yes, they are.
They're purporting to be cinnabar lacquer, but sadly they're not,
they're resin and plastic.
And the thing is that the Chinese collectors,
they will pay thousands of pounds for the genuine cinnabar lacquer.
As they're not, I've only put £10-20 on them.
And you're right, the team paid £35,
so I think they have paid a bit too much.
Now, this little piggy on the far side is coming to market.
Yes, he is!
We used to have a cattle market in Beverley, but this little piggy,
I rather like him.
He's just in base metal,
and he comes along with these three little hat pins,
but I think he's great!
Yeah, so, what's your estimate for this little piggy?
I've put a very conservative £10-20 on him.
Mark you, in silver, they're a couple of hundred pounds,
-in this base metal...
Will it bring £30? Cos that's what the team paid, £30.
And they need it because they're not going to make a lot, I don't think,
-on the modern compass.
-And I don't think they're going to make
-anything on the cinnabar.
-No, so, a lot's resting on the piggy!
-That or the bonus buy.
And thinking about that, why don't we go and have a look at it?
OK, chaps, you spent £145 and you gave Natasha £155.
So, Natasha, show us what you spent £155 on.
I think I detect a hint of sarcasm from Tim, there.
I spent £15 on this brass planter for you.
Now...don't look so excited(!)
Let me tell you why.
Don't you remember how obsessed you were with Barnsley brass...
-Barnsley brass, aye.
-..and brass, brass, brass?
And I thought, I don't really know Barnsley brass very well,
but it made me think of industrial items,
and I thought, "Let's show Nathan how beautiful brass can be."
So, this is a sort of Mamluk revival, early 20th century,
Cairo-ware, Ottoman style planter.
-Quite a heavy gauge of brass...
-It is heavy, isn't it?
..and a very nice style.
And surely we're going to get a number of hands going up for this.
-I think it'll be all go for this planter.
-How much did you pay for it?
-15 - that's nothing!
-How much do you think it'll make?
I reckon a good £20, £30, £40,
so not a huge profit in it, but something, for sure.
You can't get that for less than £15 at auction these days.
Well, everything we've bought is brass, near enough,
so we might as well have this, and all.
Anyway, let's find out, for the audience at home,
whether the auctioneer finds it equally as impressive.
There we go - no Victorian front room
was without the aspidistra stand.
No, absolutely not.
There is no aspidistra in it, at the moment.
I think this is great - there's lots going on.
Brass and copper aren't terribly fashionable at the moment
because, I think, basically, people can't be bothered to polish things,
but this does look great, and I've put £20-40.
-Have you really?
-Yes, I have.
OK, well, Natasha really rates it.
It's her bonus buy - she spent £15 on it.
-Right, so, there's hopefully a profit in that.
-With your skills on the rostrum, all will be well, won't it?
OK, Caroline, it's time to prove your point and take to your rostrum.
So, when's the last time you went to an auction?
-Erm, this is my first one.
-What about your sister?
-Yeah, it's my first one, too.
This is amazing!
Of course, Mark, you've been to an auction before, haven't you?
-Once or twice.
-Just as well.
Anyway, first up is going to be the papier-mache snuffbox -
and here it comes.
What's this worth? It's a gorgeous thing! £30?
20 to go?
Thank you, Rosie, very wise.
£20, 22 anywhere? 22, 24, 26, 28,
30, 32, 34, 36, 38,
40, 42, 44, 46...
Well done, you're in profit.
48, 50, 55, 60, 65,
70, 75, no? Sure?
£70 over there...
75 on the net.
80 in the back of the room.
-85 on the net. 90, sir.
-You've doubled your money.
95, 100, 110,
£120 in the room. 130 anywhere?
130, 140. Are you out, sir?
Are you sure? 130 on the internet - all done at £130.
-£130, you just made £90!
£90. Whoever would have thought that?
Plus 90. Hang on, here comes your bottle-opener.
-What's this worth? 20 to start.
-Fishy business, this!
All over! 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30,
32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42...
Hey, girls, you paid 6.50.
..44, sir. Come along, one more, 44, are you sure?
Ask the wife. No? 42 with you, sir.
-All done at 42.
£42. This is getting ridiculous, girls.
What's going to happen to your Brannam Pottery pot?
161 is this rather lovely Brannam Pottery vase.
Start me at £190.
Hang on, £190.
-80 to go, £80, anywhere?
-Terrible, isn't it?
£50, thank you. You both came in together. I'll take yours, John, 50.
55, Gary. 60, 65...
70, he's saying no.
65 to Gary, 70 anywhere?
70 new bidder, 75 anywhere? Oh, 75, 80...
I can't bear it!
..95, 100, 110 anywhere?
Now it's you that's not playing, £100, on the right.
£100 - all done at 100.
This is sisterhood. That's minus £90, but you had £125 before,
so you're still £35.50 up.
What are you going to do about the tyg?
-Just do it.
-I think we should go for it.
-Let's just do it.
You are so hot, you two.
-Are you going to do it?
-Yes, just do it, we'll go for it, go for it.
Start me £20 for the tyg. Thank you, James.
£20 on the internet, 22 anywhere? Thank you, Anna, 22, 24?
You're in profit, that's a relief.
22 in the room, 24, 24, 26,
28, 30, 32, no? Are we sure?
-Did I say it might make £10?
-You did. You're right there, Tim.
34. We're in at 34.
All done at 34.
34 is plus 14.
Well done, Mark Stacey.
£49.50. You took a punt, the punt didn't work, but everything else
-made up for it, which is really cool.
-It certainly did.
-So, well done, girls.
Lovely roller-coaster. Don't say a word to the Blues, all right?
-Not at all.
-Not a dickybird.
Perfect. £49.50 is such a good number.
So, Nathan, Jamie, do you know how the Reds got on?
-No idea. Just as well.
First up comes the ship's compass. And here it comes.
What's this worth?
40 to go... Come along, surely £40 for the compass.
It's a great-looking lot!
Thank you, Dave, the voice from behind. £20.
22 anywhere? Thank you, sir.
22, 24, 24, 26,
28, 30, 32, 34,
36, 38, 40...
It's going up.
No? £38 with you, sir. £38, all done?
Minus 42, I'm afraid.
Now, some snuff bottles.
79 are the two Chinese snuff bottles.
What are these worth?
£10 for the snuff bottles? Thank you, all over.
10, 12, 14, 16,
18, 20, 22, 24,
26, 28, 30,
32, 34... 36, no?
£34 with you, sir.
36, she's in again. 38...
Go on, that's it!
36, keep it up!
40 on the net!
42, 44 on the net,
46 in the room.
-48, 50, 55...
-Come on now.
£50 in the room. Are we done?
I'm getting right into this.
£50, thank you, sir.
Plus 15, very good.
-Now, pig pincushion.
Start me a tenner, thank you, £10.
12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24,
26, 28, 26 on left, £26...28...
Oh, I was so sure... Oh, 28!
30, 32, £30 in the room.
We broke even!
It's yours, sir, at 30. £30 in the room.
Are we done at 30?
At least we haven't lost nowt, have we?
Wiped its face.
OK, so that's it - no profit, no loss, no pain, no gain,
-and, overall, you are minus 27.
Minus £27 is the final score. Now, what about this planter job?
I think we'll go for it, yeah. May as well. We're in the negative.
Well, we're in for it
and here it comes.
£20 to start me.
£10 for the planter. It's for nowt. Thank you, James, £10, 12 anywhere?
Oh, Dermot, a maiden bid of a tenner. Have you seen the quality?
12 - it's creeping up.
12... 14. Hello, madam, again!
Here we go, I'll buy you some flowers!
16? £14, 16 on the net.
Come on, don't let him beat you. 18.
20? £18 in the room.
Your perseverance has paid off, madam.
£18, are we done? Yes, we are!
Plus £3... Minus £24. OK, chaps?
-Anyway, it could be a winning score. COULD.
Say not a word to the Reds, all right?
-Not a word.
-Well done, thank you.
Oh, guys. Still, we tried our hardest.
Well, well, well...
two teams, same place to shop, same amount of money to invest,
what a difference in the result, eh?
Anyway, the team that are running up by a good old wodge are...
-Bad luck, Blues.
I mean, you entered into the spirit of this, didn't you, Nathan?
-You certainly did, gosh!
Anyway, there you go, you got £15 off those snuff bottles.
-Yeah, I thought they would've done better than that.
We took the expert advice.
There we go.
Anyway, they did extraordinarily well for what they were.
And the Eastern brass planter - well done, potted on that.
£3 on the bonus buy.
That's a profit. A profit's a profit.
But overall, minus £24...
which is not the end result, was it, really?
But you didn't invest much and you had a good time.
Oh, loved it - been cracking, hasn't it?
-Was it good for you, Jamie?
-Yeah, it's been fantastic.
Good, well, we've loved having you on the show.
But the victors today, who are going home with £49.50...
would have been likely to go home with a whole wodge more
if Mr Brannam's West Country pottery had done better, right?
Because you bought a snuffbox for £40, you sold it for £130,
you made yourself £90 profit - that was so cool!
You then bought a fish bottle-opener jobbie for £6.50
and you sold that for £42,
which gave you £35, which was so cool.
And then along came Mark Stacey
and you gave them a lovely bonus buy,
which made another profit.
So, there's been loads of profits for you. Did you have a good time?
-Had a fantastic time.
-It's been brilliant.
We've loved having you.
In fact, it's been so good, why don't you join us soon
for some more bargain hunting? Yes?
The reds take on the blues in the beautiful city of Lincoln. It's a rather snowy affair, and the teams have to battle through blizzards to find well-priced antiques. Tim Wonnacott tracks down an interesting silver purchase, and there's plenty of activity at the auction.