Wetherby 21 Bargain Hunt


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Wetherby 21

Wetherby racecourse plays host to Bargain Hunt. Anita Manning is at the helm, with Kate Bliss and Charles Hanson. Anita pays a visit to where the modern railway all began.


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Wetherby Racecourse plays host to today's Bargain Hunt.

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The racehorse - hot-blooded, elegant, devoted to its cause -

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truly a rare breed.

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A little bit like today's teams,

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who will be in pursuit of potential profit and chasing a win at auction.

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So, let's saddle up, crack that whip and let's go Bargain Hunting!

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Hello and welcome to Yorkshire.

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Our teams are under starter's orders.

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No time to dilly-dally - let's take a look at what's coming up.

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The Reds find a familiar friend.

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It looks like George, look.

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The Blues realise they have expensive tastes.

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The story of my life - everything's out of budget!

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There are highs and lows at auction.

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£100.

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Oh, 80.

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And I pay a visit to where the modern railway all began.

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It doesn't have brakes.

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-No brakes!

-No brakes on...

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That's all for later, but now, let's meet the teams.

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For the Reds, we have friends Astrid and George.

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And for the Blues, the lovely couple Laura and Tom.

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Hello, everyone.

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-ALL:

-Hello.

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What a good-looking lot you are, my goodness.

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Now, George, you guys describe yourselves as best buddies,

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but is that all there is?

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Yes, only best buddies.

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I believe you. LAUGHTER

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Now, you are really into music, but it's not just your hobby.

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Well, I'm actually a recording engineer at a recording studio,

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where I get to record local up-and-coming bands

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and occasionally work on making karaoke backing tracks.

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(Karaoke!)

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So you get to listen to lots of music.

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Are you into music?

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Yes, yes, I'm actually in a band myself, as well.

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-What do you play?

-I play the keyboard.

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-Not very well, I may add.

-OK.

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Now, Astrid, you are also in the music business,

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and you've got a pretty cool job there.

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Yes, I do. I work with artists and festivals, and labels,

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-working on the digital campaigns.

-Sounds like quite good fun.

-Yes, it's really good.

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-You enjoy it?

-Yes, I love it.

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Now, Astrid, I hear you've got a rather unusual pet.

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A bearded dragon!

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-And that's not George, is it?

-It's not George!

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He's just a little bit smaller than George.

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I mean, what is a bearded dragon?

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So it's a lizard, he's, like, this big, but then his tail is this big.

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-Right.

-And, yes, he is called Bernie.

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I mean, what do you do with a bearded dragon?

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He usually climbs up and sits on my shoulder,

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and we watch Bargain Hunt together.

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Is he a Bargain Hunt fan?

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-He's a big Bargain Hunt fan.

-Yes!

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Now, will you make a good team, or is there going to be a boss here?

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Astrid's the bossy one.

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ANITA LAUGHS

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You're going to have great fun.

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And now for our Blue team.

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Laura and Tom.

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Now, tell me, you guys, how did you meet?

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What a lovely couple you are.

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We actually met online.

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-Oh, right.

-It was a bit of a blind-date situation,

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because we didn't know what each other looked like.

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Did you hit it off right away?

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It wasn't a perfect start.

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Laura seems to think I wasn't speaking to her

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for at least a good half an hour.

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He was just looking at me like this.

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Maybe he was astounded by your beauty, my darling.

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-That's what I like to think.

-That's what I told her.

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Now, I believe we have a bit of an antiques expert here today,

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and it's not me.

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Yes, well, my dad is a massive collector of Clarice Cliff and Art Deco pieces.

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Dragged me to all the antique fairs when I was younger.

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Now I've got a bit of a collecting habit myself.

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Now, Laura, tell me about your many jobs.

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OK, well, I started off with a law degree.

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-A brainy girl.

-Law wasn't quite for me in the end.

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I modelled and I acted through my law degree

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to pay for my books and studies. Really found a passion with acting.

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So we have a little star in our midst.

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Hopefully this will be my big break.

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Fingers crossed.

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But currently I also work for a mental health charity.

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That's absolutely wonderful.

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What do you do in your spare time?

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-BOTH:

-Karaoke.

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What a coincidence.

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What is it about karaoke?

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It can get VERY competitive.

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We've fought about it, we've had actual fights.

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Who makes the decisions about who wins?

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Best overall performance. Dance moves, everything.

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-Air grabs.

-Do you do air grabs?

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-Yes. Frequently.

-Show me air grabs.

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Right. Hold on a minute, I want to do it.

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Right, ready, and...

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Uh!

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Well, guys, here's the money moment.

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300 smackeroonies each.

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Your experts await, so on you go.

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And, of course, our teams will need some help,

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so let's meet today's experts.

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Let's give her a big hand - it's Kate Bliss with the Reds.

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And monkeying around with the Blues is Charles Hanson.

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What are you going to be looking for?

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-I think we are going to go mostly for practical items.

-OK.

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For me, it's jewellery. I'm a magpie, it's anything shiny, jewellery, beautiful silver.

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Really like the idea of getting a globe.

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-Do you?

-It is kind of practical.

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-Are you worried?

-Very worried. All the money's going on jewellery by the sounds of it.

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-What's your plan?

-Art Deco sculpture, I think.

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OK, teams, 60 minutes, start the clock, get your skates on.

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AHOOGA HORN

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Right, let's go hunting.

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Let's do it.

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I know just the place. We've got some little silver...

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Blimey, the Reds aren't hanging about.

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-A compass barometer. It is interesting, that, isn't it?

-It's absolutely gorgeous.

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We've got a timepiece, we've got a compass, a barometer,

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and we've got a higrometre. I would say it probably dates to the '30s.

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-Art Deco-ish.

-I think people tend to have these things on the wall

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these days. So I'm not so sure how practical it would be

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to have it as a table piece.

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Thank you so much.

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No harm in diving straight in, George.

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Remember, you were looking for practical items, weren't you?

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Looks like the Blues are getting stuck in.

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Can't have that.

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-I'm getting broody already.

-Are you having a baby?

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-No.

-Oh, sorry.

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Awkward.

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-Moving on.

-That's nice.

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It's beautiful, isn't it? It's very against what we usually buy,

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isn't it? And it is a little bit damaged, I see.

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I don't think it is very us, is it?

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No, I don't think so. It's not what we're looking for.

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Not for you, then, Blues.

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There's a box theme developing here.

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This one has a ticket price of £110.

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I mean, you said you wanted something practical.

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This is practical, maybe when it was made around 1900.

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Maybe not so practical today. But it depends on which way you look at it.

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It's beautifully made.

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And, in fact, to get that curve on the mahogany is really difficult.

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A real bit of craftsmanship, isn't it?

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-What do you think?

-What do you think?

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I mean, I like it a lot, but I don't know if it would be a big seller.

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You're thinking how commercial it would be?

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-Yeah.

-Let's have a think about it.

-It's certainly worth thinking about.

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Plenty of perusing from our teams today, but sadly no purchases.

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What's Laura spotted?

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-Why do you like it?

-I don't know, it's got this retro feel to it.

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It just speaks to me.

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-Speaks to me.

-Speak to me.

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Speak to me!

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Yeah, that's it. It's got style. What decade is that?

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It's '50s, isn't it?

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Think it is?

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-Is it English?

-I imagine it to be American.

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I imagine it to be American, as well.

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Should we just pick it up? Is it quite heavy?

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-Oh, it's heavy.

-COINS JINGLE

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Oh, you've won.

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Let's see if it actually...

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-No.

-It doesn't work.

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I love this mirrored...

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exterior. That's original.

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It's a nice object, but what's it worth?

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Ahh, the million-dollar question, Charles.

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Let's leave the Blues to ponder and pop over to the Reds.

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What do you think of that, guys?

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-What is it?

-Come on, teams, have a guess.

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-It's a...

-A salt shaker.

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-No, George.

-Pepper.

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-Vinegar.

-Nope.

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A beautiful Victoria sponge.

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-Icing sugar.

-That's the one. Well done, Astrid.

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And this is very Art Nouveau in style.

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You've got a lovely little frise here of flowers and leaves,

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and it's got this lovely green glass lining.

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-Can I have a little look?

-Yeah.

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How does this... Oh.

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-Just put it in there.

-You get a lot of sugar in there.

-It's very clean.

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Have you got a sweet tooth?

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-A little bit.

-Such a sweet tooth.

-You have?

-Yes.

-And you, George?

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Just a bit. Not as much as her.

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If we look at the bottom there, you can see, actually, it's not silver,

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it's actually silver-plated.

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So it is a thin layer of silver over the top of base metal.

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Even so, it's a beautiful piece of Art Nouveau,

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which is selling very well at the moment.

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Can I ask what your best price would be for this?

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-Can I just see the tag?

-Yeah, sure.

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33.

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Would you do 30, by any chance?

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30 is a squeeze, but I think OK.

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-Could you, just for us?

-Yes.

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-Thank you.

-Well done, team - first item down in ten minutes.

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-Sweet.

-Sweet, get it?

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Oh, dear, Kate.

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Right, Blues, is that one-armed bandit worth the gamble?

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I think he'll be asking - I'm going to guess 165.

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-Really?

-Should we find out?

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Let's find out.

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-It's 275.

-Uh-oh! I'm going to say maybe not.

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We've only got £200 to spend.

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Could you do 200?

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-I could do 210.

-Oh, dear.

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Why don't you guys stand together?

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I'm in the middle here, and you guys have a little chat.

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Should we leave it for 20 minutes,

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-come back and see if we still want it?

-Yes.

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20 minutes, if we are still thinking about it, we'll come back.

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Come on, team - 15 minutes into your shop

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and you still haven't bought your first purchase yet.

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There are some bits and bobs here.

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The Reds are already looking for their second item.

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Kate, what's the plan?

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What do you think? It is a bit damp, do you want to whizz around here?

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Or do you want to head into the warmth?

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I would quite like to head into the warmth.

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George, you are a wuss.

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-So am I.

-My hair is getting wet.

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Ah, George, you poor little mite.

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Right, then, time check, please, Charles.

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-A third...

-Don't say that!

-20 minutes of time.

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We haven't bought anything so far.

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-Nothing.

-You are not panicking, are you?

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-No.

-We must buy three things, or try to.

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Come on, Charlie, lead the way.

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I quite like those Georgian silver salts in there.

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-They're quite nice, aren't they?

-They're lovely.

-Caldron salts.

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I always think these...

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If I said to you, just hold... Oops. Look at that.

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It's so...

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DING

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..tinny because it has been so heavily cleaned.

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If you hold the other one as well. These are George III.

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So they were made in probably around 1775, 85.

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Are they good items for auction?

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They are nice items, but it is a condition.

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And I think they would make between £40 and £60, could make £90.

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But because of their condition, they could make 40.

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Crikey, we've got a picky pair here.

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I have a feeling our Blues may well be using all of that hour.

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The Reds have retired to the warmth inside.

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Interesting. This one, it looks like it is bone and ebony.

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That one doesn't look very old to me.

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I think that one is fairly modern.

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This one is quite a nice, carved hardwood box again.

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I really don't like that finish on it, though. It has been varnished.

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Let's have a look at the time, guys.

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Oh, we've had 23 minutes.

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So we are almost halfway.

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It would be good to get another purchase, I think.

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You are doing OK, Kate.

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Unlike those Blues, who haven't bought a thing yet.

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Look at this silver here.

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-Hello, sir.

-I don't know what's down this end...

-This is...

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Cigarette holder?

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-Look at that for quality.

-Yeah.

-Mm.

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-I like that.

-Can you read that inscription?

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Give me the history which is so unique to this item.

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"A present from Josh Parton, Russia, to Frederick Wood."

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Oh, golly. And it is Russian, isn't it?

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Russian silver is doing well at the moment -

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commanding some high prices.

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-How much is it?

-It's 360.

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Uh-oh! Expensive tastes, Blues.

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It's the story of my life - everything's out of budget!

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Here's something up your street, George.

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King piano.

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-Do you play, George?

-I do play.

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He plays the keyboard.

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TINKLING

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Very good. I'm impressed.

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There is a little bit of damage just there.

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It's got a bad crack in it.

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Do you think this has any retail value?

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-I think it has got a fairly limited market.

-I thought so.

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It's a little novelty piece, if you like.

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We've got £20 on there.

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-£20.

-Yeah.

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It's a lovely, fun piece, isn't it?

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But are we going to make any money on it?

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-BOTH:

-Probably not.

-Well, that's unanimous.

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Onwards. Now, come on, Blues, you need to bag your first item,

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as you're 35 minutes into your shop.

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Seems they're back at the same dealer the Reds visited earlier.

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This is a dust cover.

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And look at that movement there.

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The watch manufacturer William Scott -

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who numbered this pocket watch 105.

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The hallmarks on here are for Chester.

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The enamel dial has got a crack.

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But it's early, and, you know, time is ticking.

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THEY LAUGH

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-What is your very best price?

-170.

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-You wouldn't do sort of 130?

-I couldn't. Honestly.

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I would value it between 150 and 200, 250...

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Surely you're not going to buy something, are you, Blues?

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-160.

-Are you?

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I think at 165, 20 minutes to go, we bought one item, just about -

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-is it for you?

-Yes.

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CHORAL MUSIC

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They are!

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Well, I never!

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Finally, one item in the bag - two to go, Blues.

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Aye, that wind is picking up.

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Probably a good time to head undercover.

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Astrid, you wanted to buy a globe, didn't you?

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Scan-globe. Denmark.

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1993. What do you think?

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I think it's a bit too modern for me, I'm not going to lie.

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It's very sizeable and quite...

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Keep your eyes peeled, Astrid.

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You never know, there may be another globe out there.

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15 minutes.

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Exactly, Charles.

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You really do need to get a move on.

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Time to go inside.

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A Victorian object lesson box.

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What's an object lesson box?

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Well, I suppose if you were a Victorian young girl, I might say to you,

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-what's that, there?

-Acorn.

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It's actually... The Victorians have put a label on this to say

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-it's an object from the...

-This is all very interesting, Charles,

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but just to remind you,

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you only have ten minutes left and two items still to buy.

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Notes here from Waterloo, from Bethlehem. Just have a handle.

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I love it. It is so quirky and interesting.

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This object, in its box,

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with its bits and pieces, which, on their own,

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without the contemporary labels, are nothing.

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But this has been put together by a Victorian collector as a lesson box

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for their friends, children, as a keepsake for the future.

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A really interesting lot. I'm quite blown away by it.

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-Do you reckon we'll go with it?

-I really like it.

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What do you think? It's really quirky.

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-I mean, what do you think it would kind of...

-It's priced at £85.

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It's a little bit too rich for us.

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Oh, no, not again.

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I can take it down to £70.

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All I'm going to say to you is, I love it.

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And if it was £50 or £300...

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Crikey, Charles, that's a bold statement!

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Could you do 55?

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No, I'm sorry. It is so unusual, so rare -

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it's a one-off - that if you don't buy it today, I know it will sell.

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-If not today, tomorrow.

-The dealer has a fair point, team.

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Come on! Decision time.

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It could make £50, it could make £400.

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It's that wide. And that's a great gamble, in my eyes.

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-I think we go for it.

-And I would buy it all day long.

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-We go for it.

-I'll shake his hand.

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-Thanks, sir, we'll take it.

-Hurray, number two for you, Blues.

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One item left to find and seven minutes left on the clock.

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Now, the Reds have ventured back outside, and well, well, well, look what they've found.

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It's a nice period one. I think this is original.

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And let's just see if we've got the name.

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We have - just here, look.

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So we've got Philips. I would say it's probably about '40s in date.

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But I do quite like the chrome stand there and the Bakelite base,

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or Bakelite type. I don't know -

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that feels newer to me, actually, yeah.

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But it is quite faded, and, as you can see, it's peeling.

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These seams wouldn't really have been visible when it was first made.

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£50.

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I like it, but it's not in great condition.

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How are you feeling, Astrid? You're the globe lover.

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I do really like it. I'd like the colour.

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Er...

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But, yeah, the base is a bit of a problem.

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Should I go have a chat with the stallholder? We are really short of time.

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Have a little look in those cabinets, see if there is anything else...

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-Sure.

-..while I go have a chat.

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Right, Kate, do your best.

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Your team are running out of options.

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-Guys, good news.

-OK.

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He's knocked another fiver off. We're down to 45.

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I have to say, even though it is a little bit tatty,

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the Philips name might swing it.

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-OK.

-It's a gamble, but it's got half a chance.

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-Let's gamble.

-Let's gamble.

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The teams are neck and neck at two items each.

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The most important thing now is to stay calm.

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Don't panic.

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-Don't panic, OK?

-Oh, dear.

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Can we just take the dog?

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-Oh, there's no time.

-Uh-oh! Four minutes left.

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Is this a good idea, Charles?

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It's not the best time to wait for a lift.

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-Oh, no. I have a bad feeling about this.

-Help!

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Look at this guy! He's all wet.

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Oh, he's a soggy bear.

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Oh, shame, he's Merrythought, as well.

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-Nice.

-Really good British name.

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-Making bears in Ironbridge, in Shropshire.

-Oh!

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And he's got lovely articulated limbs.

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He's also very cute.

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He looks like George. Look.

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-£15, that one, Kate.

-£15. Looks like George.

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LAUGHTER

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Any discount, because he's a bit wet?

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-I could do it for ten for you.

-I think that's quite good.

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And there are a lot of teddy-bear collectors out there.

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Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

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I really think it's cute.

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I think we've got a deal. Have we got a deal?

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-Yes.

-Good job, team.

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That's your three items bought.

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Bye-bye, Red team.

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Bye-bye. The Blues have made it to the right floor,

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but with only three minutes left, time to panic.

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Here we go. Laura, a bit of jewellery for you.

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35 would be the best on that.

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-Is it amethyst?

-Pace.

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It's pace. And it's a thistle, silver, a bit Celtic.

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It's a bit Arts and Crafts.

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It's your typical, but very attractive, commercial,

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tap it into the internet, Charles Horner.

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Do you think it is going to do well, though?

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-We've got one minute to go.

-We'll have to take a chance.

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It's either that or a glance around here in the next one minute.

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Let me hold on to that. Go for a quick...

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What? You have 30 seconds left, team!

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20 seconds left, team!

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If you see what you like...

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There's so much here!

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-Let's go with it.

-Ten, nine, eight...

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-OK, are you sure?

-Yes, yes, we'll go with it.

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Madam, we'll take it. Thanks ever so much.

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AHOOGA HORN That's it, teams, time's up.

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That was so stressful.

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On reflection, let's check out what the Reds bought.

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First up, the sugar sifter set them back £30.

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Next on Astrid's shopping list was the globe.

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They paid £45.

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And finally they bought

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the rather damp Merrythought teddy bear for £10.

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Oh, well, best buddies, did you have a good time?

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Yeah, really good, thanks.

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Now, did you do it quickly, did you dawdle a wee bit?

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Our first one we got down pretty quick.

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-Yeah.

-But then we did dawdle.

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-You dawdled.

-For the rest of the time.

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LAUGHTER

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What's your favourite buy?

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-I think the teddy bear, for me.

-What about you? What's your favourite buy?

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I think the sugar shaker was mine, which you found.

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It's just really intriguing.

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What's going to make the most profit?

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-I'm going to go with the bear.

-The bear, definitely the bear.

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The bear? Yeah. And how much did you guys spend?

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£85.

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Oh, you have been very, very canny, then, yes.

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OK, give me your leftover lolly.

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£215 - that is a lot of dosh, Kate.

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Have you any idea what you're going to spend?

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I have just seen something, actually.

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Right, off you go and enjoy spending all that dosh.

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But in the meantime, let's have a look at what the Blues bought.

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After 40 minutes, they eventually bought the pocket watch for £165.

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Next was the box of curiosities, which cost them £70.

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With five seconds to spare, the amethyst brooch cost them £35.

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OK, guys, did you have a good time?

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-Yeah, it was really fun.

-It was so much fun.

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What is your favourite item?

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Mine, personally, is the Victorian lesson box.

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I love that. It's so weird.

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-And what about you, darling?

-My favourite was the pocket watch.

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But which item is going to make the most profit?

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I think we both agree it is going to be the Victorian lesson box.

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Yeah, it's something that people wouldn't have seen before and it's just so intricate, so, yeah.

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-A wee bit quirky.

-Yeah.

-How much money did you spend?

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-Most of it!

-270.

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£270!

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I am proud of you, my darlings!

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OK. £30.

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OK, Charlie, that's not a lot of money.

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No, it's not, but we all know the saleroom is all about theatre.

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But with these two, romance, so a love token from me to them.

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But right now it's time for me to get up a Head of Steam.

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I have taken a trip north.

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I'm paying visit to the Darlington Railway Museum.

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The museum is based in the former North Road station.

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Constructed in 1842,

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it played a vital role in Darlington's historic railway industry.

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The Stockton to Darlington line was the very first public railway company

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in the world to use steam locomotives.

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Let's pop in and have a look.

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During the 18th and early 19th centuries,

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horse-drawn canal boats were extensively used

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to transport raw materials.

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However, the industrialists of the northeast had other ideas.

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They decided that a railway was the most

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cost-effective way of moving coal

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from the collieries to the River Tees.

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The route was drawn up and, on 19th April, 1821,

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an Act of Parliament was passed to authorise

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the Stockton and Darlington

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Railway Company to construct the line.

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The man responsible for this engineering project was Edward Pease -

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a textile manufacturer and Quaker from Darlington.

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The accomplishment of Pease and his team was to establish rail travel

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as an important part of this country's infrastructure.

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The team included the infamous locomotive engineer at the time, George Stephenson.

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Some of Stephenson's first locomotives had the equivalent

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power of at least 50 horses.

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I've been joined by Richard Wimberley,

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a volunteer at the Darlington Railway Museum.

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So tell me about the world-famous Stockton to Darlington railway line.

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Well, the line is 25 miles or so in all.

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They used wrought iron rails and initially the rails were laid on these

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individual stone blocks.

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But when they started using steam locomotives,

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because of the extra weight and the vibration, they needed to have a single

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transverse sleeper which would hold the two rails

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much more rigidly together.

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Were there various stations along the line?

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No, in the early days there were no such things as stations.

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-No such things?

-No. The idea hadn't been thought of.

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-How did people get on and off?

-Well, they just sort of waited by the level crossing where the railway

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-line crossed the road or...

-And waved.

-Yeah, that sort of thing.

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Or they sat in the pub.

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So it was all fairly informal. They were learning as they went along.

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Yes. The introduction of the railway must have been

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a great boon to the local community.

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Indeed it was. But at first there was quite a bit of local opposition.

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There was a petition against the railway line, actually.

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We can draw similarities with today's HS2 project.

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That could be the case, yes.

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It was on the 27th of September 1825

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that George Stephenson took

0:25:520:25:55

the controls of Locomotion No. 1.

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Local artist John Dobbin was commissioned to paint the historic scene

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as part of the 50th anniversary in the 1870s.

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You can see the train with a whole line of wagons full of visitors -

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about 300 of them altogether - and there was also a coach for the VIPs.

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And you can see there were about 50,000 people

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who came to look at this.

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I love the engine at the front, which looks really quite primitive.

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Yes, that's Locomotion No. 1, which we have got here in the museum.

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-The Locomotion No. 1.

-That's right,

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built by George Stephenson in 1825 and on loan to us here

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in Darlington from the National Railway Museum in York.

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This is the original. It is not a replica.

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By going along at 8mph, it did the job extremely well.

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But it doesn't have brakes.

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-No brakes!

-Relax, though,

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because all the wagons had brakes and so when they cut off the steam

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supply and they put the brakes on the wagons, the train would stop.

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Richard, it is certainly a remarkable story and thank you so much for

0:27:030:27:08

sharing it with us. But right now,

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it's time for us to head on down the track to the auction.

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I popped along to Thomas Watson's saleroom in Darlington

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and I have been joined by auctioneer David Elstob.

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Now, first of all, for the Reds, we have this Art Nouveau silver-plated

0:27:250:27:31

sugar sifter. Tell me, what do you think of that, David?

0:27:310:27:35

I love the green glass in it, the decoration is very nice.

0:27:350:27:38

I think it will appeal to the market.

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Yeah, does it bother you that it is not silver?

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No, because I think in the price bracket where we have pitched it,

0:27:430:27:46

-I think it is perfect.

-It is absolutely perfect.

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It is a beautiful Wilkinson - best of makers.

0:27:480:27:51

Became Walker & Hall.

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So it has got lots of good things going for it.

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-What is your estimate?

-Our estimate is £40-£60.

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Well, they paid 30, so we seem to be in safe waters there.

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-Yes, they have done well there.

-Yeah.

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Now, the next item is this Philips' Challenge globe.

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I love globes of the world.

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-Do you?

-Absolutely, I think they are great desk pieces.

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It will have a lot of appeal.

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I am slightly concerned about the condition.

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Condition, that is the only thing.

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-Now, what is your estimate on that?

-Our estimate is £30-£50.

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They paid 45, so we could get there.

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-Possibly.

-And again, could be a good result on that.

0:28:280:28:32

And what about our teddy bear?

0:28:320:28:35

He is a little sweetie, isn't he?

0:28:350:28:37

Again, I think there will be a lot of people interested and hopefully a

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few little girls who have been in viewing with their parents and have fallen in love with him.

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And he is Merrythought.

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You know, he is the quintessential English teddy bear.

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It's a good name in bears.

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-So, estimate on that.

-£20-£40.

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Delighted on that! They paid £10.

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-They have done very well.

-They may not need their bonus buy,

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but we are going to go and have a look at it anyway.

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Well, well, well. Guys, how are you today?

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-Yeah, feeling good, thank you.

-Well, you spent a very tiny wee £85.

0:29:070:29:13

You gave Kate £215.

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Kate, what did you buy?

0:29:160:29:18

Well, my little bonus buy is weighted a little bit in favour of Astrid,

0:29:180:29:22

George, I'm sorry, but I hope you like it too.

0:29:220:29:24

Just bearing in mind her pet at home,

0:29:240:29:28

and I saw it and had to buy it.

0:29:280:29:31

Because it is...

0:29:310:29:32

God! That's amazing.

0:29:320:29:34

-I love it.

-Oh, my God, it's Bernie.

0:29:340:29:38

-LAUGHTER

-It's a little Bernie.

0:29:380:29:40

-Looks just like him!

-Does it?

-Yeah! Just like him.

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Well, I hoped it would have a little similarity,

0:29:420:29:44

but it isn't just a little novelty lizard or bearded dragon,

0:29:440:29:50

because if you turn it over, you will see a little mark on the bottom there.

0:29:500:29:54

Can you see? That is the little B in what is known as

0:29:540:29:58

an urn-shaped cartouche.

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Now, the B stands for a chap called Franz Bergmann

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and when it comes to little miniature bronzes, which is what this is,

0:30:030:30:07

known as cold painted, Bergmann is one of the best known.

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I have seen little miniature Bergmann bronzes

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go for £60-£80 at auction, right up to into the thousands

0:30:160:30:20

for really rare and extensive pieces.

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-I haven't seen one of these before.

-I love it.

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-So, how much did it cost?

-I did spend £140.

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OK. Now, if it is a real Bergmann - and it has got that mark -

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then I think that's fair.

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Well, if it goes for thousands, yes, it's very fair.

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-We would be very grateful.

-OK, guys, you both like it, but you don't need to choose just now.

0:30:420:30:48

But right now we are going to find out what the auctioneer thinks about

0:30:480:30:52

Kate's diminutive dragon.

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A little Bergmann lizard, and tell me what you think of it.

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It is absolutely charming.

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It does bear Franz Bergmann's marks.

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I'm not entirely sure that it is his work.

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-Right.

-It is a beautiful little thing, nonetheless.

0:31:080:31:11

-Estimate on that.

-£30-£50.

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Oh, well, Kate paid £140, so there could be a big hole there.

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But then again, they may not need to take their bonus buy.

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Now, let's look at what the Blues have bought.

0:31:240:31:27

Silver pocket watch first of all.

0:31:270:31:28

Tell me what you think of that, David.

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Very nice 19th-century pocket watch.

0:31:300:31:32

The movement is beautifully engraved on it.

0:31:320:31:35

Unfortunately, again, there are some condition issues.

0:31:350:31:37

-Tell me, what is your estimate on that?

-£70-£90.

0:31:370:31:41

70-90. Well, they paid £165 for that one.

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Now, the little box of curiosities.

0:31:470:31:51

Tell me, do you like it?

0:31:510:31:52

I love it. I think there's hours of fun in there,

0:31:520:31:55

some fantastic objects.

0:31:550:31:57

It is a great country-house piece.

0:31:570:31:59

I think, this part of the world, it will really appeal.

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-Estimate on that.

-40-60.

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Well, they paid £70 on it, but it could go there.

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-Fingers crossed.

-Now, what about the brooch?

0:32:080:32:10

Charles Horner is a great name in brooches and jewellery -

0:32:100:32:13

Art Nouveau jewellery in particular.

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We have a strong following for Art Nouveau pieces, so, again, I think it will do well.

0:32:150:32:20

-Estimate on the Charles Horner brooch.

-40-60.

0:32:200:32:23

That's good. Well, they only paid 35,

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so we could get a good result on that one.

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-Yes.

-In which case, they may not need their bonus buy,

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but we're going to go and have a look at it anyway.

0:32:320:32:35

Laura, Thomas, how are you today?

0:32:370:32:39

-Good, excited.

-Really good, thanks.

0:32:390:32:41

Great. Well, you guys spent a magnificent

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£270.

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And you gave Charlie a wee £30.

0:32:480:32:51

Charlie, what did you buy with it?

0:32:510:32:53

I am a humble man, as you know, and for this team,

0:32:530:32:57

we're not battered or bruised,

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we want to stir and fry and sizzle.

0:32:590:33:02

These are two lovebirds, Anita, so I thought, when they make a home,

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how about a bit of pedigree? Look at that. Look at that, hey?

0:33:060:33:10

Just have a handle of that.

0:33:100:33:12

And of course, it is so tactile, it is so worn, it's weathered,

0:33:120:33:16

it's beaten... It's a saucepan, basically, or a pan.

0:33:160:33:20

You will see where you have had some really old repairs,

0:33:200:33:24

but just look at it and feel it.

0:33:240:33:25

-How do you feel?

-Yeah, it's, er... It's a pan.

0:33:250:33:29

I like it.

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And you just, you know... How far back does it go, Anita?

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I mean, just look at it. I mean, I think it probably dates to around 1770,

0:33:340:33:38

could be a bit earlier, so when you imagine frying your pan and it has got

0:33:380:33:42

all that history within, it is so special.

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And it only cost, Laura, £20.

0:33:450:33:49

-That's fine.

-That's pretty good.

0:33:490:33:51

That's even better now.

0:33:510:33:52

And I thought we're in rustic Darlington -

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it's an object that might just attract interest.

0:33:550:33:59

Yeah, how much do you think it will make?

0:33:590:34:01

It might make £50, you never know.

0:34:010:34:04

-Mm.

-Well, you guys don't need to make up your minds just now -

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you wait until your first three items have been sold.

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But right now we are going to find out if the auctioneer thinks that

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Charles's pan will stir a profit.

0:34:160:34:20

Now, David... SHE LAUGHS

0:34:200:34:22

..what do you think of this guy?

0:34:220:34:25

It's got a rustic charm to it, Anita.

0:34:250:34:27

I'm not sure there's a great deal else going for it, unfortunately.

0:34:270:34:31

Well, I mean, it's an interesting-looking object and it's the type of thing

0:34:310:34:35

that you could put into a modern kitchen to give it just a little

0:34:350:34:39

-bit of character.

-Yes.

-Estimate on that?

0:34:390:34:42

-£20-£40.

-Well, they have only paid £20 for it, so, again,

0:34:420:34:47

they do have a chance on that one.

0:34:470:34:50

-Yeah.

-Are you taking the sale today?

0:34:500:34:53

-I am indeed.

-Well, I can't wait for that.

0:34:530:34:56

I'm sure it's going to be wonderful.

0:34:560:34:58

OK, David, let's get this sale under way.

0:34:580:35:01

30 bid, 35.

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All done and finished.

0:35:030:35:04

Well, guys, here we are - the moment of truth.

0:35:040:35:09

Have you been to an auction before?

0:35:090:35:11

-No.

-I went to a cattle auction.

0:35:110:35:13

A cattle auction? Well, well. This is slightly different.

0:35:130:35:17

We're surrounded by beautiful works of art and antiques.

0:35:170:35:21

But your sugar sifter by Henry Wilkinson is coming up right now.

0:35:210:35:28

Lot 160 is a lovely Art Nouveau

0:35:280:35:30

silver-plated green glass sugar sifter by Henry Wilkinson.

0:35:300:35:33

I'll start you off with interest on the book.

0:35:330:35:35

-70, I'm bid.

-70!

-On commission at £70 - do I see 5?

0:35:350:35:39

At 70, bid with me.

0:35:390:35:41

70, 75, 80 with me.

0:35:410:35:43

Come on!

0:35:430:35:44

Nope, £80 back on the book with me it is.

0:35:440:35:46

£80, then, all done and finished with my commission at £80.

0:35:460:35:52

£80! The sweet smell of success.

0:35:520:35:56

Our next lot is coming up - the vintage Philips' Challenge Globe.

0:35:560:36:00

Lot 161 is a vintage Philips' Challenge globe,

0:36:000:36:03

and with interest I'll start you again, the globe.

0:36:030:36:06

I'm at 50 bid.

0:36:060:36:07

50, I'm bid, the globe at 50.

0:36:070:36:09

60, 70, 80, 80 bid.

0:36:090:36:12

-The globe, £80!

-100 bid.

0:36:120:36:15

100 bid, the globe at 100, then.

0:36:150:36:17

All done and finished at £100?

0:36:170:36:19

All done?

0:36:190:36:20

-Yes!

-£100.

-The competition is heating up.

0:36:200:36:22

+105.

0:36:220:36:25

Your third item, our little Merrythought teddy bear,

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is going for sale now.

0:36:280:36:31

162 is a vintage Merrythought teddy bear

0:36:310:36:33

and I'll start you at £15 for it.

0:36:330:36:36

15, I'm bid. The bear at 15, bid with me.

0:36:360:36:39

25, 30 bid, sir?

0:36:390:36:41

-Yes!

-25 bid with me, 25 bid.

0:36:410:36:43

Do I see 30? 30 in the room.

0:36:430:36:45

At 30 bid in the room, then, all done and finished.

0:36:450:36:47

At £30 in the room, then...

0:36:470:36:50

To buyer 410...

0:36:500:36:51

-Woohoo!

-Wow. Wow, guys, wow.

0:36:510:36:54

So you are +125, +125.

0:36:540:36:59

Are you going to take your bonus buy?

0:36:590:37:02

-Oh...

-I don't think we should. I'm sorry, I love it.

-It's a lot of money.

0:37:020:37:05

-It's a lot of money.

-This has been amazing. And so I think...

0:37:050:37:08

-What do you think?

-Yeah, it's too much money to gamble.

-No, we're not going to take it.

0:37:080:37:11

Oh, right, OK.

0:37:110:37:13

-Thank you!

-You're not going to take it,

0:37:130:37:14

but it'll be interesting to see how the Bergmann does.

0:37:140:37:17

It's coming up right now.

0:37:170:37:20

167 is a cold-painted cast model of a lizard, bears the Bergmann mark.

0:37:200:37:25

I am at 50 bid.

0:37:250:37:26

£50 bid with me, at 55 and 65, 65 bid.

0:37:260:37:30

At 65 bid on the book.

0:37:300:37:32

At £65, then.

0:37:320:37:34

70, 75.

0:37:340:37:35

75 bid on the gallery.

0:37:350:37:37

At 75, 80, 85 on the gallery.

0:37:370:37:40

-85 on the gallery.

-No, not yet.

-£85, then, all done and finished.

0:37:400:37:44

At £85, gavel's up at 85.

0:37:440:37:46

-90.

-90!

-95 on the gallery.

0:37:460:37:48

-Come on!

-95 bid on the gallery.

0:37:480:37:51

100. 110 on the gallery.

0:37:510:37:53

It's worth all of it. 110 on the gallery.

0:37:530:37:56

-Amazing.

-110 bid.

0:37:560:37:57

-It's creeping up there.

-At £110, then, all done and finished.

0:37:570:37:59

The internet's out. Gavel's up at 110.

0:37:590:38:02

All done?

0:38:020:38:03

110.

0:38:030:38:06

-The right decision.

-Oh, well, it was the right decision, but it went much,

0:38:060:38:10

much higher than the auctioneer's estimate.

0:38:100:38:13

But you didn't take it, so you are £125 up.

0:38:130:38:18

Brilliant.

0:38:180:38:19

Guys, that is a good score, but do not go out there whooping and cheering -

0:38:190:38:26

do not tell the Blues.

0:38:260:38:29

-Straight face. Stone wall.

-Stone wall.

-Stone wall.

0:38:290:38:32

-How are you feeling?

-Nervous. Really nervous.

-Are you nervous?

0:38:390:38:42

-Is your wee heart beating?

-It is.

0:38:420:38:45

-Hold her hand.

-Come on, team, hold tight.

0:38:450:38:48

Well, your first item is coming up right now.

0:38:480:38:52

182 is a silver Fusee Verge pocket watch,

0:38:520:38:55

a lovely 19th-century watch.

0:38:550:38:57

I'll start you on the book at 55 bid.

0:38:570:38:59

55 I'm bid, the watch.

0:38:590:39:01

At 55, 60, 5,

0:39:010:39:03

-65.

-It's a good thing. Early.

0:39:030:39:05

70 bid. 70 it is, 75.

0:39:050:39:07

80. 85. 80 bid on the internet.

0:39:070:39:10

It's all mine, you see. If only the room would bid.

0:39:100:39:13

At £80, then, all done and finished at £80?

0:39:130:39:17

-£80 to buyer 1139.

-Oh, £80!

0:39:170:39:20

That was quite a painful loss,

0:39:200:39:22

but we have got that wonderful little box of curios

0:39:220:39:26

and I think these buyers will love that.

0:39:260:39:29

183 is an interesting box of country-house curiosities.

0:39:290:39:33

I'll start you on the book - 30 bid. 30, I'm bid.

0:39:330:39:37

At 30 bid, 35, 40.

0:39:370:39:39

5 bid - 45. 50. 50 bid.

0:39:390:39:42

At 50 bid, at 50 bid, do I see 5?

0:39:420:39:44

Come on!

0:39:440:39:46

55. 60. 5. 70. 5.

0:39:460:39:48

Come on, come on!

0:39:480:39:50

-80. 80 bid.

-It's a really good thing, this.

0:39:500:39:52

-At £80, the bid, then. All done and finished?

-One more, come on!

0:39:520:39:55

At £80, all done?

0:39:550:39:57

-£80!

-The escape is on, guys.

0:39:570:39:59

That's +10, but it still leaves you with -75.

0:39:590:40:03

But we have got one more to go - Charles Horner, an iconic name -

0:40:030:40:07

so don't give up yet.

0:40:070:40:09

184 is a Charles Horner

0:40:090:40:11

silver and amethyst glass brooch in Art Nouveau style.

0:40:110:40:15

-And I'll start the bidding here at £30 for it.

-Come on!

0:40:150:40:17

-One more, let's go.

-30, I'm bid.

0:40:170:40:19

30 bid with me. 35.

0:40:190:40:21

35 bid. 40. 45. 50 bid.

0:40:210:40:24

We've come a long way. Come on!

0:40:240:40:25

At 55 bid, then, all done and finished?

0:40:250:40:28

-At £55.

-I think it's all over.

0:40:280:40:30

-55. That is +20.

-Good.

0:40:300:40:34

We are at -55 just now,

0:40:340:40:36

so do you want to go with Charles's copper pan?

0:40:360:40:40

Yes, I think we'll go with it, definitely.

0:40:400:40:42

-Out of the frying pan, into the fire.

-Exactly. With a sizzle.

0:40:420:40:46

189 is a lovely old copper pan.

0:40:460:40:50

It's had a bit of a hard life, but we will call it character.

0:40:500:40:53

I'll start you at £15. 15 bid.

0:40:530:40:56

At 15 bid, do I see 20?

0:40:560:40:58

-20 bid, 25. 30.

-Come on!

-Yes!

-Come on!

-35.

-Yes!

0:40:580:41:02

Come on. £30 in the front row. 35.

0:41:020:41:05

-40.

-Come on, Darlington!

0:41:050:41:07

40 bid. 45? No?

0:41:070:41:09

At £40, then. All done?

0:41:090:41:11

Oh! You have doubled your money.

0:41:110:41:14

That is +20.

0:41:140:41:17

So, in the end,

0:41:170:41:19

we're -35.

0:41:190:41:20

Now, that is not too bad considering that big hole that we made

0:41:200:41:25

-on the first item.

-That was a nightmare, wasn't it?

0:41:250:41:28

So it could be a winning score.

0:41:280:41:30

Keep smiling, and remember - don't say a word to the Reds.

0:41:300:41:35

We won't.

0:41:350:41:36

Well, my lovely Blues and Reds, have you had a nice time?

0:41:440:41:48

-Yeah.

-It has been great fun.

0:41:480:41:50

Unfortunately, we do have winners and we do have losers, and today...

0:41:500:41:56

our losers are...

0:41:560:41:58

-the Blues.

-Aww!

-Aww...

0:41:580:42:01

-Yes!

-You were successful in making

0:42:010:42:05

profits on two of your items, but you lost £80

0:42:050:42:09

on the watch and it was very, very difficult to make that up.

0:42:090:42:14

And your total at the end was -35.

0:42:140:42:17

But you were really quite, quite wonderful.

0:42:170:42:21

-BOTH:

-Thank you.

-Quite wonderful.

0:42:210:42:23

Now, the Reds, well, there was nothing stopping you guys!

0:42:230:42:29

Profits on every single lot!

0:42:290:42:32

You have made a profit of £125.

0:42:320:42:37

-That is a serious profit.

-That is serious profit.

0:42:370:42:41

Because you have made profits on all three items,

0:42:410:42:44

you are awarded a golden gavel.

0:42:440:42:48

-Thank you.

-Now, wear these with pride and treasure them for ever.

0:42:480:42:55

-Look at that!

-Now, have you had a great time, girls and boys?

0:42:550:42:59

Really fun.

0:42:590:43:00

So, don't forget to check out our website,

0:43:000:43:02

follow us on Twitter, and join us soon for more Bargain Hunting. Yeah?

0:43:020:43:09

ALL: Yeah!

0:43:090:43:11

Wetherby racecourse plays host to Bargain Hunt. Anita Manning is at the helm, with experts Kate Bliss and Charles Hanson. The teams trot around the course in the hope that they will make a profit at auction. There are plenty of highs and lows in the saleroom and Anita pays a visit to where the modern railway all began.