At Kedleston Hall, Eric Knowles leads the fray and the experts are Danny Sebastian and Jonathan Pratt. The teams both find brooches, but only one of them is very rare.
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Today we're in Derbyshire, where they have the unusual tradition
of decorating old wells with flowers, called well dressing.
And it's supposed to bring the villagers good luck.
I just wonder if it will work for Bargain Hunt because all I need is a bunch of flowers...
..and some willing well dressers from Curzon School in Quarndon.
Well, let's see if our well-dressed well
will bring plenty of luck to both our teams today.
So without any further ado...
-Let's go Bargain Hunting!
Our fair is in the grounds of Kedleston Hall.
Built in the 18th century,
it was designed to house beautiful treasures.
Our red and blue teams hope to uncover a few treasures of their own.
Armed with £300 each,
they have to find three items in 60 minutes that hopefully are going
to return them a profit when sold at auction.
Let's take a glimpse of what's coming up.
It's a red card warning for the Reds...
Just got to be a bit careful. It seems like you're taking over here, Adam.
And it's all about the blue for the Blues.
I always like the blue and white mixture.
And at auction for the Reds, it gets exciting.
45, the bid seated, looking for 50.
And the Blues go international.
We're in Russia. 60. Five.
But all that is coming up later,
so let's meet today's married couple teams.
For the Reds, we've got Adam and Emma,
and for the Blues we've got Justin and Jane, so hello.
-So tell me, Emma, what do you do for a living?
-I'm a commercial property solicitor.
-It sounds very heavy going, that.
-Well, it is.
It's quite a stressful job but I basically buy and sell
commercial property for clients, negotiate leases, things like that.
-A shrewd negotiator, a smooth operator, would you say?
-Smooth operator, I think.
I like to make sure the other party feels that they're getting a good deal, I suppose.
Well, that's very nice to know, but I believe you tread the boards.
Yes. I'm...we're part of a musical theatre society.
We have done quite a lot of productions together.
We did Sister Act last year, where I was an Irish nun
and this year we're doing 9 To 5, which we're both in.
-But I believe you've played Bill Sykes.
-I did, in Oliver, yes.
It was quite an experience, that one.
But I believe you had a bit of a mishap on that one occasion.
There was a slight mishap, yes.
We had... We had a little Staffordshire bull terrier, kind of,
with a little black eye, Bullseye, and he came out from a different way...
-On the stage.
-On the stage,
and he kind of missed his step and fell into the orchestra pit.
-He broke a French horn.
-Right, but he didn't break a leg, anything like that?
-No. Thank goodness.
-Adam, there's more to you than meets the eye,
insofar as you are a prison officer.
I am, that is my day job. I'm a prison officer, yes.
But you do a little bit more than that, don't you?
Insofar as from a physical point of view...
I do, yes, I do martial arts.
I've been doing martial arts since the age of five,
just doing different styles and yes, I really enjoy it.
You've obviously had a bit of time to think about your strategy.
How are you going to approach the day?
I think just keep an open mind, see what's out there
and if we come across something that we like, we discuss it.
-Yeah, something quirky. You're quirky.
-OK, quirky's good.
-Quirky is good!
Now, turning my attention to the Blue team, Jane,
you run a business together, I believe.
Yeah, we do. We run a narrow boat business.
We've got four hire boats.
They're all luxury 5-star narrow boats that we let out
for holiday rental and we also build bespoke boats,
so people come with their specifications
and we'll build exactly your dream boat, whatever you want.
You've got another business idea, an app I've been reading about.
Yeah, it's kind of a hobby, really, isn't it?
-We started waterfall walks.
We've actually got lots of beautiful waterfalls right across the UK,
really unknown, there's hardly any information out there,
I've really had to research and find out all the different places
that have got waterfalls and then we're going to put an app together and a website
so everybody can just enjoy all these beautiful waterfalls.
And let's face it, no shortage of beautiful waterfalls here in beautiful Derbyshire.
you're a multitasker, aren't you? Multi-skiller?
Because I know for a fact that you have gardening skills on a big scale.
Well, my previous career before we had our own business was a garden designer, yeah,
so I've done quite a lot of work on the garden design front.
So what is it about a gardener that has him taking up juggling
as a pastime?
Well, it was a Christmas present, I had some juggling balls
and I tasked myself over the Christmas period to start juggling
and by the end of the two weeks I was just about there.
-To be frank with you, I'm more interested, actually,
in your skill with antiques.
-Where do you think you're going to fare there?
-I think we're just going to enjoy the day.
-I think we're just going to spend, aren't we?
We're going to spend quite a lot of money and we're looking for really beautiful items, you know,
because we do narrow boats and we like them to be beautiful,
good quality, and that's what we're going to bring to the show.
-We want beautiful things, good quality things. That's what we're looking for.
Well, you're going to need some money to do this business, yes?
-£300 for you.
£300 for the Reds.
-And I bid you farewell and ask you to go off and find your experts. ALL:
So, a juggler versus martial arts.
This competition could get very interesting.
Now to our experts - finding the best catch for the Reds,
it's Danny Sebastian.
And ringing the changes for the Blues, it's Jonathan Pratt.
-OK, guys, what are we looking for today?
-Well, I like pretty things,
so maybe if I can find a nice little brooch or something.
Well, I quite like blue and white sort of porcelain or Delftware, that type of thing.
-Something in the auction room, something you can go, "That's nice for my house, that is."
Well, there's plenty of that here.
Decanters, some really nice glassware, or even I'd quite like a watch.
-So, a bit different.
Snap to it, teams. Your time starts now.
Let's go and see if we can find something.
-What about a nice big mirror? Mirrors always sell well, don't they?
So Bohemia Crystal, have you heard of that before?
Not really. You really want vintage glass.
-This is quite modern glass, to be honest.
-It is, yes.
And don't forget, guys, you've got a lot of money to spend, you know,
so I mean, you're going to be leaving me with a lot of money if you start buying items at £8.
Hop to it, Reds. There's plenty more at the fair.
Look at this old telephone. Do you remember?
Trip down memory lane, Blues?
-Took you ages to dial out.
-My dad always used to put a lock on it.
Yes, I can imagine that!
Happy days, Blues, but get to it. There's work to be done.
The Reds seem to be having a light bulb moment.
What have we got? It's a bit of a light bulb.
I don't think it's going to get sold.
You can buy something cheap and it can still be commercial,
you can still make a lot of money with it, but...
It's got to be something a little bit striking.
-What we've got there is, you know, a light bulb.
Unless it's the very first one made,
then people aren't really going to be sort of thinking,
"Oh, that's a fabulous thing, I want that, I want to own it."
And that's what we want, we want something that people are going to want to own.
-So let's keep going.
-Let's keep going.
A resounding no to the light bulb, then.
Nice little array.
The Blues set out for some china and here's a whole stall of it.
What would immediately jump out at you here?
-This little one here, this is nice.
-What do you like about it?
Well, I like the shape and I like the fact this one is quite unusual.
I've always liked the blue and white mixture on the porcelain.
Well, this is sort of following the Meissen tradition,
the German tradition where, I mean,
you get this sort of pattern more or less in the 18th century.
So this would be, what? About early 20th?
-Yeah, about 1910, 1915.
-OK, what could we say for that?
-I'd do it at 60.
-That's the death on it.
It's a big piece of Dresden porcelain. It's about right.
Would you be able to even just get a bit off?
-Couple of quid.
-You've already hammered me to the floor.
If you want to get one under the belt...
-I think we'll get one under the belt.
-Let's get the first one done.
-Thanks ever so much.
Excellent, first item bought, Blues, and you're only 16 minutes in.
-Now, how are the Reds doing?
-Shall we have a look at this clock?
By all means, let's have a peep.
-Hello there, you all right?
-Interested in the clock, yes?
Yes. Yes, it's very interesting.
American, made by the Ansonia Clock Company.
Sometimes known as a gingerbread clock.
I noticed something on the back. Is it taped on the back?
Yeah, it's a label to the rear.
I think it's probably the people that actually sold it originally,
so it would be like a store label.
That label is a nice bit of provenance, Reds.
It tells us this clock is dated to the late 19th century.
-Have you got the key?
-The key's in the bottom there, yeah.
Just open that up, just in the corner there.
-What sort of price are we talking?
-I've got 70 on it.
-Do you like it?
-I've got a...
-I quite like it, actually, yes.
It's got bits on it that I quite like.
What would be the absolute best that we could probably...
-I mean, it's got to go to auction.
-I understand that.
I can't really go below 60, to be fair with you.
You know, there's probably a profit there.
-Hopefully, with people being at the auction.
-If you've got someone with a period property...
..then obviously it's the right sort of thing to have, isn't it?
Could you push it to 55 just for us?
Come on, don't be hard on them!
-Brilliant, thank you very much.
Brilliant! First purchase completed. Time to move on, Reds.
Well, that's 20 minutes gone and we've bought our first item.
-Are you pleased with it?
-It's certainly quirky.
-Yes, I like it.
Well, the rain's starting to come down. Let's go inside.
Looks like the Blues have the same idea,
and they've gone straight for another vase.
What is it, orange, whether orange goes in people's houses?
-That's quite good in a modern setting.
-Poole pottery, by the looks of it.
-It is Poole, is it? Right.
There you go, "Poole, England".
-Style-wise it's sort of '60s or '70s.
You could put that quite easily in a modern setting, couldn't you?
Well, yeah. A lot of these people, you go to a lot of stands,
there's Ercol and there's all sorts and there's one of these on a sideboard.
Next to it with Ercol furniture, yeah.
I suppose you still could put flowers in it.
-Oh, hi, is this your stall?
-Hello, how are you?
There's no price on this... That piece.
Could you let us know how much it would be?
Very best on it, 85.
-85. That's quite a lot of money.
-What do you think, Jonathan?
-It's about taste, isn't it?
I really like it but I'm not sure...
But then if you really like it and then there's...
It should be about something we like cos if we like it,
I think other people are going to like it too.
Well, we've established we all like it, but enough to buy it, Blues?
-I'll go with you.
-I really like it.
-Really like it?
-If we can get it for 80, just say 80.
-Can we do a deal, then?
-We can do a deal.
Cheers, thank you.
Great, that's two items you've liked enough to buy and still 30 minutes to go.
-But what are the Reds up to?
-What about that statue at the back?
Just got to be a bit careful. It seems like you're taking over here, Adam.
-Is Emma going to get a chance?
-What do you think of it?
-I'm not overly keen on it.
With a nice bronze piece like that, really you're looking for a maker on it,
Goldschneider or somebody really brilliant.
-I don't think that is a Goldschneider.
-Anything on the back?
-No. But quite decorative, I mean...
I could move on the price, Danny.
The vendor is telling us there's movement.
Don't forget we've got to go into auction with it.
I think we might need, you know, he's going to have to be very generous to us.
But you know, it's a nice piece, it's that kind of dancing lady.
Yes, Danny, you're right. The Art Deco look is always popular,
even with modern copies like this, so, Reds,
can you do a good deal on it?
What movement on the price?
-What have we got on that?
-It's got 165 on there.
What about 120?
Really, I think for us to stand any chance in auction,
it has to be under £100.
-It has, hasn't it?
-It does have to be, yes.
Is there any movement under?
-What's the absolute...
-95. 95 is the death on it.
What are you thinking, Emma? Emma, you're not speaking.
-There's a lot going on here and you're not saying a lot.
It's fine because if he likes it and he thinks it can make it, then I'm fine.
-I'm fine, you know.
-We want you involved in this as well.
-I could get the third one.
-As you well know, we're going to auction.
I mean, I think we may stand a chance of selling it
between 80 and 100 if we could get it for about £80.
-85. 85, that's it done.
-Shake the man's hand quickly.
-Yeah, I think we should.
-I think we're nearly there.
-They seem a lovely couple as well.
They've been so nice. Thank you so much, sir. And to you.
Seem like a lovely couple? They are a lovely couple!
-I mean, I think it's a lovely decorative piece.
Let's just hope there's going to be a couple of people at the auction
that's going to fight over it and take it away.
-Let's go and get the next one.
Well done, 2-2!
While the teams continue shopping,
I'm off to find out about a unique collection
which commemorates one of Britain's most famous 19th-century women.
Florence Nightingale was the nurse who bravely treated soldiers
during the Crimean War in the mid-19th century,
but during her childhood she lived not far from here
at Lea Hurst in the village of Holloway
and today it's Peter Kay's home.
When I bought the house I became inspired to learn more about
Nightingale and her achievements,
not just the Crimea stuff, which we sort of are familiar with,
but also her work after the Crimea, which was prodigious, really.
In addition to setting up the first nursing school,
St Thomas's Hospital, in 1860,
she worked to improve sanitary conditions for the British Army,
she helped in hospital design,
including at the Derby Royal Infirmary,
and it was clear from Florence's writings that she held the house
and the area very dear to her heart.
In fact, she was happiest spending time in the village,
visiting the poor and the sick of Holloway.
And since then, it goes without saying,
you're living in the same property and it seems quite natural,
doesn't it, that you start collecting Nightingale memorabilia?
-So you've brought along a sculpture that I have seen
before, but in much grander size, so tell me about this.
Yes, so this is one of three statuettes that were made
effectively as a model for the Crimean War Memorial
at Waterloo Place in London, which is where you might have seen it.
-It was made by Arthur George Walker,
who was a painter and sculptor working in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
There are only three of these.
One of the other ones is at 10 Downing Street in the art collection there, so it's an interesting thing.
It certainly is, and you've got other items as well.
-Is that a Bible?
-This is a lovely little thing.
This is a Common Prayer hymns book...
..which has a beautiful inscription. I might read it to you.
"Frances Elizabeth Groundsell, with Florence Nightingale's love and earnest prayer
"that we may both take the Christmas message of peace and goodwill.
"Love is your gold, your service a gem.
"Bring these to the babe of Bethlehem."
This was a gift from Florence to her housemate in their London home,
What makes it special is that you are communicating
almost with the past, aren't you?
There is a communion there and that Florence would have obviously held that.
That's lovely. What else have we got over here?
This is a painting on glass.
This was found in the house of Sydney Howard Gay,
who was an abolitionist, lived in Massachusetts in the 19th century,
and he counted Florence Nightingale amongst his professional friends.
And this is interesting, I think,
because it shows the international appeal and reputation
of Florence Nightingale, even in the 19th century.
Well, Peter, you are without question my very first Florence Nightingale collector
and I find it very illuminating what you have to tell me,
and all I can do is wish you every success
-in adding more to your collection.
It's back to the shopping, where it's 2-2 with less than half an hour to go.
Adam's chosen the first two items, and it looks like he spotted something else.
Press that button and I think the suitcase opens.
This is what we're looking for. Great, great, great eyes, really.
This is what we're looking for, something a little bit quirky,
something quite functional also.
Not to Emma's taste, then. So what's going on with the Reds, Danny?
With the third item I'd like really a bit more of...
A bit more of Emma being involved because I kind of feel that Adam's took over a little bit.
-I've said that I'd like something that's pretty,
maybe a brooch or something, so we'll have a look for some...
-Or a fob watch.
-No, we're not going for watches at all, clocks.
Just something pretty.
Got that, Adam? A pretty brooch.
Over to the Blues, who already have two ceramic pieces under their belt,
and guess what they've found.
-I quite like, that's quite...
-It's a brooch?
Is it a brooch? It's a Bassett or a beagle.
It's a beagle, 1920s.
We come from Stoke-on-Trent and one went at Potteries Auctions
a couple of months ago and it fetched 90.
The very, very best I would take on that would be 48,
-and that would give you a shot.
-That's quite an unusual item.
-Do you think that might be a good buy?
-I tell you what, 45.
-And that will guarantee you to make profit.
My gut feeling is let's wander because we've probably still got 20 minutes left.
-Yeah, no problem.
-Thank you very much for that.
And it's an easy run back here. That's the thing.
Dogs are a very popular subject, Blues, but don't leave it too long.
The rain is still coming down but the Reds are safely undercover
and Emma has finally found what she wanted.
-That's pretty. Very pretty.
-Can you tell us a little bit about it?
Well, the amber will be from Russia...
-So it's got the Russian export mark on it.
It's also stamped 925 and it's the nicest piece I've ever had that's a brooch.
You Reds go for the Art Deco lookalikes.
And a very nice modern piece this is.
Time to talk money.
-I've got 80 on it.
-What is the wiggle room on this, then?
What would you say is the minimum you could do?
Well, I'm really looking for 70.
I think it's kind of at its money at £70.
I would have sort of... I would have valued it at about £50-70.
-I'll give you one last go at 65.
-Do you like it?
-I do like it.
-Yeah, I like it.
-Yes, I do like it.
-You have said you wanted a brooch all along.
-I did, yes.
What is the absolute best you can do?
I honestly think that it's worth probably between 50-70 at auction...
-Yeah, that would be it.
-And I do appreciate you do this for a living,
you've got to make a little bit, you know, you've got to make something.
-I know what I paid. 62.
-I think we can work with that.
-I really like it.
-You really like it?
-Shake the man's hand, quick.
-Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much, sir.
Three items in the bag and Emma even got her brooch.
I'll tell you what, let's brave the rain and go and get ourselves a cup of tea.
While the Reds put their feet up, the Blues are having a planning meeting.
-Shall we have a quick wander and then head back?
-Unless we can bring the dog brooch right down...
-OK. Let's go.
-Back for the dog brooch, then.
-Now, we need a chance at auction on this, so would you...
Well, I did say 45 would be my best.
Would we be able to crush you a little bit down to 35?
No chance. Honestly.
I mean, it's just not worth me selling it at 35.
-What about 40?
-Just give us a bit of a chance at auction.
I think there's a market for it. I think 42 is a...
-Yeah, go on, then.
-We'll do a 42.
-Thank you very much indeed.
-Thank you, kind sir.
Let's have a dekko at the clock. It's telling me that time's up.
-Are you happy?
-Three good bits, I think you should be really pleased with yourself.
-Next stop, we find out what happens at the auction, won't we?
Let's see what the Reds have bought today.
There's the ornate wooden clock, bought for £55.
Will the Art Deco inspired statue dance away at auction?
Price paid - £85.
And the contemporary amber brooch - ticket price £62.
You went in on a couple of lots pretty quick there, I see, Adam.
Yes, yes. Some things kind of jumped out at us, I'd say.
-At you, yes.
-Well, to me.
Exactly. Well, this is what they call compromise.
-Come on, Emma, you got your shiny thing at the end.
I did, yes, I got a lovely little brooch at the end, yes.
Excellent. Well, the first question, of course,
I'm going to ask you is what's your favourite object?
-I thought as much.
-Yes, very pretty.
-You've got two to choose from here, haven't you?
-I have indeed, yes.
I'd say my favourite is probably the clock.
It's something I would have myself.
The statue I wouldn't have myself but I can see that making a bit of money.
Which is going to give you the biggest profit?
-I think we both think the statue.
-I think it's going to be...
The statue? No! I'm saying it's the brooch!
-OK. How much did you spend?
-That means that you're going to give me £98.
-I am, yes.
OK, now, I'm going to give that to Mr Sebastian.
-There you go, Danny.
-Thank you, Eric.
-I've got something lined up for that money.
-All right, Danny, you go on your way and do your best.
-I shall do.
Meanwhile, let's remind ourselves what the Blue team have bought.
They went for ceramics all the way.
First with the German porcelain vase, price £60, then another vase,
this time from Poole pottery. Cost - £80.
And finally, would the rare beagle brooch have some bite at the auction?
It cost them £42.
You spent a reasonable amount of money, you weren't mean,
you were quite calculating.
Having said all that, I'd like to know, first of all, Jane, your favourite object.
Well, I quite like the brooch and I think it's quite nice because, you know,
-it's a pet and they're always nice.
-The brooch is your favourite.
-Justin, what about you?
-Mine was the Poole vase.
The orange Poole vase. I thought that was quite funky.
But what about the item that's going to give you the biggest profit?
-I think we both agree with that one, don't we?
-I think the brooch, I think.
-Yeah, I think...
-Yeah, because pets...
-The Royal Doulton brooch.
-Yeah, pets do well, I think.
You spent, I think it was £182.
-So you're going to place in my hand £118.
-There we go.
-Which I'm going to give to Jonathan.
-Have you spotted anything that's going to tempt you?
I've seen many things and I know, funnily enough, I've got a very good idea of what they like.
OK, well, while you go off on your merry way,
we're going to go off to the auction.
We have travelled all the way to the emporium
that is Hansons auction house and we've got Mr Hanson himself.
-Good to see you.
-Good to see you too.
Well, let's start with the Red team, Adam and Emma.
And the first of their buys is this somewhat imposing
wooden mantle clock by Ansonia, American.
Yes, it's quite flamboyant and it's what we call a gingerbread type,
which would date to around 1885, I suppose.
Of course, as an American company,
they formed in 1851 in Connecticut and then moved to New York in around
1878, so we know from the New York mark it's after 1878,
and it's a good looking clock.
It's got style but in many respects it's slightly now out of fashion.
-What's your estimate?
-Between £30 and £50.
£30 and £50, they're in with a chance. They paid £55 for it.
-We're on the edge, hopefully.
-We're on the edge.
Next is this Art Deco style bronze figure...
..and it is... It is bronze.
It's quite solid, it's on a nice sort of marble base.
Quality, you're quite right, is superb.
It has a lovely patination but I just wonder whether it's European
-or maybe from the Far East.
But you can't beat the quality when it comes to the deco look.
That girl has got it.
OK, she's got it but at a price, so what price have you put on her?
Well, I've put quite a wide guide price on to reflect her movement,
so I've gone quite wide with a guide price of between £60-100.
Well, they'll be happy with that because they paid £85,
which I think is very reasonable.
I think if two buyers get behind it, she could run.
So item number three is the silver and amber brooch.
It's got that sophisticated look about it,
maybe a bit of the Art Deco as well, but the marcasite style of ornamentation,
the silver, what I'm sure is silver banding,
and the amber is all nice quality.
-And the estimate is...
-Am I being a bit harsh?
-Well, I think maybe this is tactics.
Maybe this is a "come and get me" estimate but they paid £62 for it,
so they may be wise to consider their bonus buy.
Either way, let's have a look at it.
Well, Red team, Adam and Emma,
it's bonus buy time and you actually went out, you did a good spend,
£202, which left £98 for Danny to go out and buy with.
Danny, show the people what you bought.
What I've bought is...
..nice bit of trench art.
It's an old ammunition case and it's been sculptured to make into a vase.
I mean, it's brass, it's got the date on the bottom, 1942,
so we know it's from that period.
Very nice, I mean, there's a lot of sculpting gone into that, I think,
a lot of craftsmanship. I think it's quite nice.
It's quirky, it's a little bit different.
-I like the style around the...
-Round the neck?
-The crucial question is, how much did you pay for it?
What do you think I paid?
-I'll tell you what, he's good, this chap.
He's good, this chap. I actually paid 20.
OK. And how much do you think it will fetch?
I'd like to think that it could make between £40-50.
-I love it.
-Also might find it's got a market as well for people who do like militaria,
so there's a lot of people who could have a lot of interest in it.
Well, let's find out if Charles also finds this to be an interesting piece.
So here is Danny's bonus buy, Charles.
Yes, thank you, Eric.
And I quite like it, it's obviously a nice,
almost squeezed piece of trench art.
It's got a certain style about it as well.
Importantly it's of military interest.
-Right, so estimate?
-I'd put a guide price of between £20-30.
He paid £20 for it, so they're going to be pleased with that.
-Let's go onto the Blue team.
-This is Justin and Jane.
-Their first item is a Dresden jardiniere.
I've been trying to like it. I've been trying to get close to it, Eric,
and understand that it's highly pierced, it's very ornate,
it's well encrusted, but it's quite late Dresden.
I do like it, Eric, for what it represents as a work of art but I don't like it very much.
I'm just wondering if that might have influenced your estimate,
-Yes, I've gone between £40-60.
Well, they paid £60, so they are well within the game, then.
-So item number two is the Poole Pottery vase.
-It's striking, isn't it?
-It is striking. It's of a period, isn't it?
-When I see that, I think of orange kitchen utensils in the 1970s!
Yes, yes. I think it makes such an impression.
It is so different to what went before in the china industry,
in ceramics generally, and it's, as you say,
so evocative of that wonderful psychedelic 1970s.
-I've been a bit cruel on this one.
I've gone between £40-60 but I do feel it might move a bit.
OK, well, they went and paid £80 for it, so...
..let's hope that the market's on an upturn.
So, item number three, which I'm intrigued with.
Yes. If the first two don't do so well, this, I think, will do very well.
I've never seen one before, this Royal Doulton brooch modelled as a beagle,
and it's such a lovely brooch.
Probably 1950s, could be a bit of a sleeper.
Tell me, what's the estimate?
Well, we have put a guide price on of between £60-100 and if two buyers really get behind it,
two dog lovers who have maybe deep pockets,
it could really bark.
Well, they paid £42 for it and they've both been a little prophetic
-insofar as they both think it's the one item that's going to give them the largest profit.
So you've given them a good reason to have high hopes.
-I hope so.
Well, whether or not they need it, let's find out what the bonus buy is.
Right, Blues, Justin and Jane, it's bonus buy time,
and you had quite a healthy spend.
We did, yes. We did quite well. We wanted to spend a lot, Eric,
we wanted to spend everything but we just couldn't find a big item we wanted.
Yes, you actually spent £182,
which meant that Jonathan had £118 to go out and find a bonus buy.
Jonathan, would you like to reveal, very carefully?
There we are.
A nice, Art Deco style decanter in this lovely sort of amber
flashing on it and engraved with flowers,
and it's sort of like little shot glasses, you know,
and I thought if you've got your friends around, that's quite fashionable at the moment,
this sort of style has been in fashion for some time,
obviously it's the origins of the style in the 1920s
-and I just thought it was a bit of class, really.
-Actually, I really like it.
-I like it. We've got some decanters at home, haven't we?
We do, and we did want some glass and we couldn't find any glass.
-I like the colouring as well.
-And we did like the Art Deco.
-We saw a few Art Deco things.
-Yes, exactly. I knew all this as we were going along. I was making notes.
We do like it but how much did you pay for it?
-And is there any profit in it?
-It cost me £116.
I would certainly say it's worth more than £100.
It has to be 120, thereabouts.
It may be a small profit, it may make a little bit more.
-OK, so that's...
-Well, quality glassware.
Let's find out if Charles appreciates a certain amount of Art Deco style and elegance.
So, here is Jonathan's bonus buy.
Quite a stylish decanter and six matching cups.
Amber flashed and very deco-looking, but what do you think?
I think when you say the word looking,
you're quite right and I would love to say it is 1930s,
it is the real McCoy, but I'm...
It's quite a hard set to date because it's still being manufactured,
it's still a great tourist export and I suppose I'm hoping it's 1960s.
-But it's complete, it's clean, I love the design,
it's striking and it's a good decorative art.
-Well... I do like it, Eric.
I've put a guide price of between £100-150.
-Well, Jonathan went and paid £116 for that, so he's on the right side, yeah?
-Yeah, I think he is, Eric,
-and I think there's a chance it might just run a bit.
So, over to the auction,
and today Charles's colleague Isabel Balmer is stepping up to the rostrum.
So, Adam and Emma, have you been to an auction before?
-No, this is our first time, this is.
-Is it? Oh, right, well your first is always the best, isn't it?
I mean, no two ways about it.
Fortunately Danny has been to plenty of them so you've had some pretty good advice along the way.
-Are you feeling energised?
-Yes, yes, we are, very excited.
Good, good, good.
Well, I'm just as excited as you are but either way your first lot is just about to come up.
Our 20th-century American oak wall clock.
Start me off at just £15.
£15. Start me at 15.
It's bid straight in, where's 18 now?
18 in the room. Would you like 20 now, internet?
20, and two, madam?
22, asking five now, net.
-It's getting there, it's getting there.
28? Would you like 30?
30 on the internet, 32, madam?
32 is bid. Asking five now.
32, I have. Shall we try five now, net?
35, new place. 38?
At £35, I'll take eight.
All done, with you, sir. Fair warning, your bid.
Selling at 35.
Oh! What a shame.
-That's a little bit shoddy.
-That was a bit of a drop.
-It is a bit. Minus 20.
It's all to play for, you know, let's go for it.
-We've still got some good lots to come.
The next lot is the Art Deco style bronze, which is very stylish,
Very fluid, very graceful.
Have a good look at her and what shall we say?
Start me at just £20.
-It's that cheap.
Bid me 20. Bid me 20. Looking for £20. 20 is bid.
-Where's two now?
-Come on, come on.
-£20 at the back of the room.
Who would like two? 22, 25, 28, and 30.
And two. 35, 38.
35, at the back of the room, 38, new place.
-You know it's worth it.
-And five, and 50.
45 seated, asking 50 now.
-There we go.
-Come on, come on.
-65 here, asking 70 now. I've got 65.
It's on my far left. I will take 70 now.
Are you all sure? Fair warning.
My hammer's raised and I sell to you, madam.
All done, all sure, at £65.
Oh, 65! We're another minus 20, which gives us minus 40.
OK, not to worry, not to worry.
Our next lot is the contemporary silver and amber brooch.
And that teardrop shape there,
and it's got the London import marks on it.
Very pretty brooch, this one.
We have quite a low estimate on it, so let's start it at just £10.
£10 to start. Ten is bid, straight in, 12, 15, 18, 20.
And two. 25, 28, and 30, and two.
35. 38, and 40. And five, 50.
45 is bid with you, sir. Have we got 50 now?
£45, bid me 50, bid 50.
I've got £45. Internet, you're quiet on this one.
Would you like 50? With you, sir, all done, all sure?
Congratulations, sir, selling at 45.
-Right, OK, minus 17.
OK, well, we're minus 57.
It's... It may be down to the bonus buy.
-Million percent, got to do that.
Well, I don't think it can do a lot worse.
-So no pressure, Danny.
-Good lad, excellent. Here we go.
We have our trench art brass vase.
I like this one. We don't often see them shaped like this.
Unusual one, and it's military issue, 1942.
Who would like to start the bidding at £10?
£10, ten is bid, well worth a bid of ten.
Come on! Come on!
-You bid £10, bid 12 instead.
Who would like it? I can't believe it. Bid me 12. 12.
Hands everywhere. 12, 15, madam, 18, sir.
20, and two.
22? £20, lady's bid, looking for 22 now,
at £20 it's bid here with you, madam.
All done, you've fought them off and I sell at £20.
-Well, we broke even. No loss, yeah.
-Good find, though.
Yes, it was good to enjoy that moment.
-But at the end of the day we're in a minus 57 position, OK?
-It could be a win.
-It could be a win, there's no two ways about it.
OK, so not a word to the Blues, OK?
-Have you been to an auction before?
-We have been to this auction before, yes.
-Oh, have you?
-We live very local so we've been here before.
-A couple of times.
Yeah, OK, so you really are batting on home turf, then.
-So does it put you in your comfort zone?
-A little bit.
-A little bit.
OK, well, the first item that's coming up is your interesting porcelain twin handled jardiniere.
Beautiful thing, this one. Loving the decoration.
Start me off at just £20. £20. Bid me 20.
£20, £20, would make a fabulous table decoration.
Bid me 20. Hands up everywhere. Lady's first. 20, and two.
25, 28 and 30.
-And two. 35, 38.
-This guy wants it.
50. 45, with you, sir, I'll take 50.
45, gentleman's bid.
Come on, madam, have a go at 50.
-One more. £50, one more, 55, sir.
-Oh, go on.
At £50, lady's bid, looking for five, 55.
-New place. 60.
-Yes, go on!
Lady's bid at the back of the room there, and I ask £60.
Who would like it? I'm looking for 60. I have your bid at 55.
-Let's go one more. 60.
-She couldn't stop him then.
-At £60, gentleman's bid.
Looking for five now.
-£60. I will take five, asking five.
Are we all done? Are we all quite sure?
We do not want to regret this one.
I've got you, sir, at £60, selling...
..fair warning, OK.
Well, neither here, neither there.
OK, well there's a start.
-Anyway, next lot is the Poole Pottery vase.
Fabulous vase, really good size, this one.
Loving the colour ways there with the red and the orange tones,
and start me at £30 for it.
£30 for the Poole pottery. It is worth every penny.
Bid me 30. And five. Straight in on the internet is bid, asking 40.
-35, 40 in the room, looking for five now.
45. 50, five. 60, sir.
60 is bid. Asking for five.
60. I have 60, internet, in the room.
I will take five. 65, 70, sir.
Are you quite sure, sir?
He is. 65 is bid on the internet.
-65. One more in the room, come on.
-Have a bid at 70.
£65, let's make it 70. Make it 70. And I don't see it.
I sell today, with you, internet, thank you very much for your bid, selling...
OK, so we're minus £15.
Listen, you've got it all to play for.
This is a good lot. It's the Doulton brooch.
Isn't he adorable?
Look at those eyes and those big droopy ears there.
And what shall we say? Start me at 30.
£30, £30, bid me 30.
And five, and 40, and five.
The internet is going. 50, five.
We're in Russia. 60. Five. 70.
Five. Still in Russia.
Have we got 80?
£75, Russian bid, and I look for an English bid now, with £80...
-Come on, England!
-75 is bid. Come on, room, bid me 80.
Let's take on Russia. Bid me 80. Are you all sure?
Fair warning, hammer's raised, with me, then, with my internet bidder,
OK, we are now into a plus £18 situation.
OK? Plus £18, so we now have the option of going with the bonus buy.
-We're in a bonus buy...
-What do you think, Jane?
-I think I'm with Jonathan.
-I think we should go for it. We trust you, Jonathan.
-Oh, gosh, OK.
-OK, yeah. You sure about that?
-Yeah, let's go for it.
-Let's go for it.
We have our Art Deco cut glass decanter,
together with our six glasses
with the beautiful citrine coloured glass
etched with the flowers and the berries.
Gorgeous lot, this one. Start me at just £50.
£50 to start. 50 to get it going. Bid me 50.
50, 50 bid, straight in. Where's five now? 50, five, 60, sir.
-60 is bid.
-Now we need a few more.
60 in the room, internet, I will take your bid at five.
In the room at 60, five, 70, sir.
70 is bid. Asking five now, creeping up.
75, 80, sir.
80 is bid, looking for five.
It's at 80, and five, and 90, sir. 90 is bid. Asking five.
Still in the room at 90, five on the net. 100, sir.
£100 is bid. OK, 100. I will take 110, 120, 120 bid, 130.
Asking 130 now. I've got 120 in the room here and I'm asking 130.
And I sell, for the first, second and third time. Selling at £120.
-A bit of a phew!
Well, let me tell you, skin of your teeth there because
with that bid of 120 you actually find yourself with plus £4,
so you're staying in the positive.
You have moved up to the heady heights of plus £22.
OK, now you know full well, lips are sealed, no talking to the Reds.
Well, teams, we do have a winner but we do not necessarily have a loser.
We have a runner-up.
And the runner-up in this particular game is our Red team.
I mean, it's just one of those days.
-You're not negative about having taken part.
-No, absolutely not.
-We've had a good time.
-We've had a perfectly good time.
-Yeah. Great experience.
All right. So, turning to a triumphant Blues,
I've got a plus of £22.
It's not a massive plus, so don't spend it to quickly, and there is the two.
Your faces tell me everything. You've had a good time as well.
-Oh, we've had a fabulous time.
-We've had a fantastic time.
-So well done, Blues, worthy victors, but meanwhile,
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Today's location is in the grounds of Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire. Presenter Eric Knowles leads the fray and the experts are Danny Sebastian and Jonathan Pratt. Two teams of married couples take on each other to buy three items that will hopefully make a profit at auction. One team can't get away from ceramics and the other find an unusual American clock.