Eric Knowles presents from the East of England Showground in Peterborough, with experts Charles Hanson and Tim Weeks assisting the two teams.
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Well, today's show is very special indeed - in fact,
we have made television history.
Because both teams have made - and wait for this - £150,000 profit!
Join us next time for some more bargain-hunting!
Yes? Yes! Yes...
Yes... Yes... Yes...
Oh, maybe one day, eh?
Well, there's no point me sitting round daydreaming.
So let's go bargain-hunting!
We're at the East of England Showground in Peterborough.
And as always, our teams have one hour and £300 to spend
on three items that hopefully
will return them a profit when they sell on at auction.
Let's have a butcher's at what is coming up.
We're horsing around with the Reds.
I love that, I love it with the little...
Three horses, like the three of us.
-Galloping to the finishing line!
It's fun and games with the Blues.
There you go. See what you think. See if you can put it through the legs.
Nicely done, Mark.
And emotions run high for the Reds and Blues at auction.
All that is coming up later.
So let's meet today's teams.
And we've got a cracking bunch.
For the Reds we've got married couple Stephen and Clare.
And for the Blues we've got good friends Jake and Mark.
So, hello. ALL: Hello!
So Clare, tell me how you guys met?
Well, I was working for Steve in a catering company in Marbella.
He said to me, if you try my cheesecake, you'll marry me.
And we ended up having cheesecake at the wedding!
Good grief! All on the strength of this man's cheesecake!
-But I believe now you do something completely different for a
-Yeah, that's right.
I work in a law firm, I do conveyancing in a high-street firm.
And what about chilling out, de-stressing. What do you get up to?
I ride horses, I used to teach, and I host dinner parties as well.
With my friends and family.
So Steve, I mean, as a chef,
you must be well in demand for dinner parties these days.
But tell me a little bit more about you.
I work in a hotel in Bedfordshire.
It's a 4-star hotel and we hold a rosette for our food in our restaurant.
A rosette, no less?
And what about de-stressing for you? What does it take the form of?
I'm a golf man. I like playing golf, but...not the best, but I enjoy it,
yeah. Walking the dog, being with my family.
-Basically, that's it.
So, what about the tactics today - what have you come up with?
We're going to go out and we're going to buy something that's moderately priced.
And we're just going to go out to win.
-And look for a bargain!
Name of the game! Well, very good luck to you, guys.
But turning my attention to the Blue team.
So, Jake, tell me - how did you two first meet?
Well, Mark and I met at medical school and since then we've performed in
the pantomime together several times,
gone on a few trips around the world,
and we've taken our first steps into our medical careers together.
So you now have a medical degree?
I'm training in anaesthetics now and I've got about five years to go until
I would be able to be a consultant anaesthetist.
So Mark, you're also in the medical profession,
but you've taken a slightly different route, I believe?
Yes, that's right. I actually prefer to do work sometimes!
-And I'm a surgeon.
-That wasn't lost on you, was it!
-I think that's a dig.
-It was a bit of a dig.
-That's a classic surgeon.
Sorry, no, they are very important.
But no, I see both emergency and nonemergency patients.
I've had a few jobs in plastic surgery, paediatric surgery,
and I'm currently working as a general surgical trainee at the moment.
OK, fellas, what about tactics today?
We're out to win, we're going to use our team working skills,
we're going to use our clinical knowledge to spot the signs
of a good bargain from a long way away!
So, it's time for the money moment.
So £300 for the Reds.
£300 for the Blues.
Spend it wisely. This is the bit where you go off and you meet your experts.
Well, two teams with very competitive streaks.
I think we're in for a bit of fun today!
And of course, our two teams will need some guidance along the way.
Charles Hanson will be teeing off with the Reds.
Whilst Tim Weeks will be putting his best foot forward for the Blues.
What are we looking for today?
I would like a piece of furniture, maybe a big wooden box or chest.
-I like your style.
I think we'll try and look for something of scientific or medical value,
-that sort of thing.
-Shiny, make good money.
Something nice and sophisticated.
What's that? 60 minutes?
Your time starts now! HOOTER SOUNDS
Right, let's get on with it. Come on!
Come on, follow me!
Well, there's no shortage on the shopping list today.
Luckily, there's plenty to choose from. Good luck, teams!
Maybe if we wander down this way and then we can wander
round and then come back indoors if we need to.
Come on, let's go.
Did everyone get that? Good!
Straight away, the Blues have spotted a potential purchase.
It's stylish, still very cool.
Such a popular brand. So many people are after it.
General collectors are going to want something like that.
It's great advertising. It's a very cool piece.
-What do you think, Mark?
I like the slightly rusted effect to it.
Well, you both seem pretty keen, so shall we ask the trader?
Yeah. Let's bring him over.
-Sir, good morning. How are you?
We're interested in your sign there.
-Yeah, the vintage Lambretta.
-What's your asking price on it?
-Oh, I think for 140 we're going to struggle to make a profit on that.
-What do you think, Mark?
-Best I can do it for is 120.
Unless we can get it for about 50, I can see that making much of a profit.
-What do you think?
-No, can't do that.
-Well, shall we leave it in the bank
for now? Because it's still early.
That would've been a third of the asking price, Blues.
Off you scoot! Meanwhile, the Reds have also spotted something shiny.
Oh, that's nice. It's quite expensive, isn't it?
-I paid three and a half.
So I was asking 380.
Yeah. Remember our budget, OK?
This is the immortal words.
Anything else within budget, maybe?
This, for £10, enamelled English silver.
-My goodness me. Isn't that gorgeous?
Fancy some sherry in your trifle, chef?
-Can we have it for eight?
-No, because I could retail it for 30.
-I'm knocking £20 off.
-What you got on here is
obviously a heavy label, a decanter label.
How do we know it's silver, chef?
-Look at the hallmark?
So, on the back we can see the hallmark for Birmingham, so we're talking,
age wise, maybe 1970s.
-What's it worth?
-Well, I would say happily, all day long,
it ought to make about £30.
I think for £10, an absolute bargain.
-I think, shake the man's hand.
Sir! Hello. Sorry, my colleague has a word to say to you.
-Thank you. £10.
-On that note...
And that, Red team, is how it's done!
Sometimes, guys, you get lucky.
You know, what a tipple, for a tenner!
Cheers! Good health!
Six minutes gone, one down, two to go.
-Perfect, let's go.
Meanwhile, the Blues have spotted something rather familiar.
Oh, are we going to go through an anatomy session now?
Intrigued as to how old this is.
I would've thought that's probably '60s, '70s.
It's made of resin. What are the numbers, then?
-Oh, well, is this a test, or...?
-This is a test, yeah.
-I want to check that you are a doctor!
-Oh, right, OK.
Well, we've got the kidneys here, the spleen up here,
-this is where the heart would sit.
-OK, well, it's quite a cool thing, isn't it?
You did say you wanted something medical-related.
-Well, you sound keen.
Time to have a word with the dealer.
Sir, could we have a word about one of your items, please?
-How do you do?
-Got some lovely items.
-Can you offer us a price?
We're asking 295, really.
-We've seen advertised for £1,000, complete.
-Thank you anyway.
It's been a pleasure, thank you.
Never mind. Onwards!
-Best keep going.
-What's Charles spotted?
There we go. Oh, look at that.
-Quite like it.
-So, do you think it's got any age to it?
Well, yes, I do.
I think looking at the exterior,
it's obviously some sort of travelling case because you can see
on the sides here, these flush handles inset in iron.
What date would it be, Stephen?
Artillery, First World War?
Yeah, I think it's probably 1910, 1920.
If you saw this...
-..in a shop.
What would you pay for it, Stephen?
No, I would pay a lot less.
-I'm going to guess, I think if you go off and ask the dealer,
I think you'll come back and tell me it's priced at £65.
-I'll see what we can do.
-Time will tell.
Work your magic, Clare!
Back to the Blues, who are discussing a plan of action.
Perhaps we should do like a rapid review of the things...
Go for a bit of a recce, yeah.
-Shall we do it? Shall we go into one of these bays and just have a look round?
-Just start having a look?
-Let's do it.
-So it's a rapid recce and review for the Blues.
Back with the Reds, and Charles guessed a price on the box of £65.
Well, he started off at 65.
-Yeah. And then we went down to 45.
If it came into my saleroom, I'd probably say between 40 and £60.
-So what do you think?
-I love it.
I think we should come back.
Because it's quick, isn't it, and soon?
Yeah. It can be a snappy buy later.
-But it might go.
-Yeah, that's OK.
Not sure you had a say in that one, Steve!
But moving on, team!
Right, Blues, time to get a move on.
You still need to bag your first item,
and you're 20 minutes into the shop!
-That could be interesting, couldn't it?
It's in good condition, isn't it? It's all there, all complete.
Croquet came in mid-19th century.
I don't think this is quite as old as that.
No. I would say this is '70s, even '80s.
There you go. See what you think. See if you can put it through the legs.
-Nicely done, Mark.
-I think it's worth finding out what we can do.
If we get it for 30, £40.
-There could be some money in there.
I think so. I think we could do that.
Hello. We're admiring your croquet set.
Yeah, it's a nice set. Best price on it, I've got 45 on it.
Today only, £30.
-Could you do 25?
-I couldn't possibly. I'd be losing money.
You know what, Mark, I like this. I do like this one.
-We'll go for 30.
Thank you very much.
Look at that! That's the first buy down.
Put it there! Happy?
The smiles are back on the faces.
-We're going to it!
-Right, we're on a roll now.
Let's do it. Come on!
And there you have it, Blues. One item down, eventually.
That's one item apiece, teams.
They're over there.
-What are they looking at?
No, we're not watching you, OK!
Oh, look out, Blues. Someone has their eye on you!
What have you spotted, guys?
That little bellows there.
Little bellows, brass bellows.
So, what do you like about that?
I don't know, it's interesting to think
what it might have been used for,
if someone would use that to start a little mini fire or something like
-I mean, it doesn't excite me an awful lot, if I'm honest.
-OK, don't waste time, team, move on!
Back to business, and it's another spot by Charles.
-Is it a flask?
I'd call it like a little whisky flask, isn't it?
It's in the form of a female shoe of circa 1850.
But you can see, turn it upside down there,
can you see these old stilt marks?
-They're the kiln marks.
So in the kiln, it sat on those three feet.
-Are there collectors out there?
-How much is it?
-I don't like to use the term bargain, because we're hunting.
-But that's a bargain.
Oh, don't say that, man!
Really, it ought to make between, I think, £40 and £60.
That's a bold claim, Charles.
It's not what we wanted,
but I take Charles's expert opinion quite serious.
Thank you very much!
-Yeah, let's go for it.
-£15, sir, we'll say going, going...
-Thanks a lot.
We've gone from sherry to whisky - what a happy hour!
-Drinking theme coming on!
-But it means we've spent how much money?
-Which means we've got how much left over?
My maths is rubbish, 275?
Exactly! For one big item.
Charles is right. It's time for that final item of yours.
Right, Tim, maybe some guidance for your team is needed.
Blues, you're playing catch up!
I like these telephones. Look at these, rotary dials on these.
The great thing about these is they're cool, vintage, retro, collectable.
-But people can use them.
-I really like the blue one, actually.
-You like the blue one?
-The blue one looks really nice.
Yeah, it's nice, isn't it? The key interesting thing to know is,
-does it work?
Shall we ask about whether or not it works and what sort of price it would be?
-I think so, yeah.
Go and ask the trader. There he is.
While the Blues make a call on the phones,
the Reds are pretty relaxed, with just one item to find.
I almost in a funny way feel like a cup of tea, it's just going so well.
Don't you think so?
-I think we should go indoors now.
-And have a look.
-You're aware indoors is quite expensive?
That's fine, we got the money, we got the time!
-We still want a bargain!
-OK, I'll follow your lead, come on!
Sounds like a plan, Reds.
Right, Jake, what's the news on the phone?
-How did it go, Jake, is it working?
-Well, he says it's definitely working.
-He's initially said it's 50, but I've talked him down to 35.
-But he said 35 is his absolute limit.
You'd want to put them as a guide of somewhere between £20 and £40.
35, it's kind of on the cusp.
-I don't know if it's one that we might maybe just hold for now.
-I like that idea.
-I think that's top of in the bank.
-Is that fair?
-Definitely. Yeah, sounds good.
So the phone's on hold for now.
The Reds, however, are otherwise engaged.
And I thought they were £195!
Oops, nice try, Charles! What's Tim spotted?
There's a better croquet set, do you see?
Look, Jacques of London. That's when I look at the box,
but that's going to be £100.
-We could buy a second croquet set!
Three croquet sets, well, that would be a first!
Right now, teams, you're coming up to 20 minutes left on your shop.
Reds, you have two in the bag whilst the Blues still have two to find.
We've had a good look outside. Shall we try in one of the big sheds?
-Yeah, let's go in here.
-Come on, let's go for it.
With £275 left, our Reds are still playing it cautiously.
I quite like those golf clubs.
-The bar brooch?
I think that could be gold as well.
-Are you a golfer, Stephen?
-Yeah, I enjoy playing golf.
-Is it gold, madam?
-It is gold.
It's tested as gold.
I've got 150 on that one.
It's a bit much, isn't it?
Especially without a hallmark as well.
The best on that would be 120.
Maybe 80, 90, but not any lower.
No. I think 120 is a very good retail price, but at auction,
it might be 80-120.
-But good quality.
And worth it. But you've got to love it.
-We'll move on.
-Thanks a lot.
Thanks for your help. Come on.
Now, are the Blues faring any better?
-Good morning, how are you?
-I'm all right.
I was wondering if we could have a closer look at your Cornishware there.
-Of course you can.
-Thank you very much.
OK, so nice bit of TG Green.
We can see the mark there on the bottom.
Cornishware. Just known for that bright, bold blue and white stripes.
Been going since the '20s, 1920s, they closed not too long ago.
What's the condition like? We need that doctor's inspection,
give it an examination. So if you have a thorough inspection there.
I'm very happy with that, actually.
Cornishware was named by an employee -
it reminded them of the blue skies and white-crested waves of Cornwall.
Can we have a look at the flour thing as well?
What would your best offer be on this?
-Let me have a look.
-So you've got 15 on the flour.
-28 on the jug.
-If you can do both for 30, we'll take it now.
-I can't do that, I'm afraid.
That's too low.
What would you...?
-I think that's not too bad, actually.
-Pretty good, really, yeah. Let's do it.
-Let's go for it.
-Let's do it.
-Thank you very much.
-Get the deal done.
-Thank you ever so much.
So two down, I feel bit of relief, the pressure's off.
-As we've got things in the bank as well.
-Two excellent purchases.
-And if you see a bargain, do you let it get away?
-No! You jump on it!
Right, shall we crack on? Back on the plan to scan.
-Come on, let's do it!
-Come on, boys.
Right, teams, 15 minutes left,
and each of you have to find your final item.
Keep believing, OK?
The Reds started off so well!
What's happened? you still have £275 left in your pocket.
But what has Charles spotted?
-I love that there.
-How much are you thinking on that?
-I like that.
-Shall we ask the lady how much it is?
Because I love the almost, are they sort of like little,
they're like blister pearls, aren't they?
And these blister pearls almost reflect the dawn of the Art Nouveau,
the 20th century, very Arts and Crafts.
What's your best price?
The very best on that one would be 200.
-The case is lovely.
It's probably Edwardian, in period.
It could make anything from £120-300.
-That is a gamble.
-It's a real gamble.
Maybe a bit too risky, team.
-No, not yet.
-A little bit.
That makes three of us. I think let's go to the really big shed,
where the higher value things are, and let's go for the top.
-Come on, let's go.
That's right, Charles, go big or go home, Reds.
Meanwhile, it's looking very relaxed over with our Blue team.
A bit of Poole pottery. Catches the eye.
-Very much so.
-Poole pottery, real quality.
You've spotted that. We talked about getting quality.
Originated, late 19th century, originally Carter, Stabler and Adams,
named after three of their designers.
Now they founded the company, it's moved on.
The key periods, the Art Deco era of the '20s, '30s.
There's some examples up here.
This is the more kind of late '60s, early '70s retro.
That one's a good design, because that's Carol Cutler.
OK, Carol Cutler. Most prominent.
Prominent designer, so, yes.
Really at auction, if you see it
you'd want it as a guide around £25-40.
-What do you think?
-Yeah, I like it.
-We've got to bargain this.
-It's your turn, isn't it?
-I'll have a go.
-Go on, Mark, give it a whirl.
-I was wondering if you might be able to tell us what your best offer would be.
Would you go to 30, perhaps?
No, I can't.
-I'm stretching it. I'll go 33.
Quite happy with that.
I think we'll go for that, I'll shake your hand.
-Shake the hand.
-Thank you very much indeed.
-Thank you very much.
Brilliant, and hey, that's one, two, three...
We've done it. Come on. Come on, we've done it.
Cool, calm and collected Blues, that's all three items done and dusted.
A last-minute push and you've finished ahead of the Reds.
Come on, team, ten minutes left.
I love that. I love it, with the little...
Three horses, like the three of us.
Galloping to the finish line.
-And a little one as well.
And a little horse as well.
So us two stallions, then...
-A little filly.
-May I open it?
I would say they are probably 1970s.
They're marked 925.
-Which would suggest they are silver.
-And your best price would be how much?
The very best we could do is £75.
Would you take 70 to help us out?
-Oh, go on.
Oh, she's good.
-Do you think we should go for it, Charles?
-I think they're really nice.
At £70 we're going to say going...
-Gone. We'll take them.
-Thanks a lot, madam.
Pleasure. Firm the handshake up to say "sold".
Lovely. Thanks a lot.
HOOTER SOUNDS Time's up, teams.
-How's it feel?
-We're out the saddle, we're now into a calm walk, come on.
Let's check out what the Reds bought.
First up, they took a shine to the sherry label.
Price paid? £10.
Next, they went wild for the whisky warmer - it cost them £15.
And finally, it was the set of three miniature horses,
which set them back £70.
So, Charlie, am I right? A bit of walk in the park?
It was like picking sweets, with Clare and Stephen.
So lovely and easy.
It was indeed. So, Clare, let me ask you, your favourite item today?
The horses, by far.
The horses. What do you think is going to give you the biggest profit?
OK, horses for courses.
So what you going to say to me there, Steve?
-The whisky jug.
-The whisky jug is your favourite.
Yes, the boot one is favourite and I think it's going to make the biggest
-And you think it's going to give you the biggest profit.
OK. All right.
So, Steve, pray tell how much did you spend?
Which means the left-over lolly amounts to £205.
Charles, there it is for the bonus buy - got your eye on anything at all??
It's a frightening sum. More than two thirds left over.
I think something alluring,
something quite sensual and with a certain Michelin star...
..flavour maybe. I think so, for my team.
-While you go away and spend the money with pleasure,
let's find out what the Blue team have bought.
First up, they went crazy over the croquet set.
Price paid, £30.
Next was the lovely bit of Cornishware, which cost them £32.
And finally, they went potty over the piece of Poole for £33.
So Tim, how did it go for you?
It was fantastic.
We dissected those stalls with surgical precision, worked well together.
-Really good team, I think.
-I thought your communication skills
-were very good.
And I thought you did buy some, you know, good quality items there,
and favourite item today then?
For me it was the Cornishware.
I think that looks classy.
OK, what's going to make the biggest profit, Joe,
-that's what I want to know?
-I think it will be the Cornishware.
-It'll be the Cornishware.
-Mark, what about yourself?
-Well, I really like the croquet set, actually,
if I'm honest. So I think actually with the right people,
that might go far, make the biggest profit.
So favourite item and the biggest profit.
-OK, so tell me - how much did you spend in total?
We spent £95 overall.
£95, and you're going to give me how much?
£205, which goes over there to Tim.
Tim, you got your eye on anything out there?
Well, not yet. I think, you know, the three boys,
I'm going to chase some toys, I think.
But I'm going to keep the mantra "quality but cheap".
-Is that OK?
-Sounds good to me.
-OK, you go for it.
OK. But meanwhile, I'm off on a little jaunt.
During World War II,
the county of Lincolnshire
was given the title of Bomber County.
It housed over a third of the Bomber Command stations used by the UK and
its allies - 27 airfields in total.
Its cathedral provided a landmark for crews,
both leaving and returning from missions.
For those who failed to return,
the cathedral was often their last image of home.
Over 125,000 men from all over the world served as aircrew in Bomber Command.
Sadly, more than 55,000 of these men died in the skies above Europe.
It wasn't just bombing raids that were sent over from Lincolnshire in
World War II. It was also humanitarian missions.
Bomber Command delivered the first airborne humanitarian mission,
I've popped to the International Bomber Command Digital Archive in
Lincoln, where I have been joined by archive assistant Peter Jones.
Well, lovely to meet you, Peter.
Now, tell us a little bit more about this vital mission that took place
towards the very end of World War II.
The winter of 1944/45 in Holland was severe.
The crops were frozen in the ground.
Between 18,000 and 22,000 Dutch citizens had starved to death.
Western Holland was still under the iron fist of Nazi Germany.
3.5 million people were behind the blockade and up to
a million people were on the point of starvation.
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands pleaded with the Allies for help.
A meeting was arranged with the German commanders,
and a delegation consisted of Prince Bernhard of Holland
and Air Commodore Andrew Geddes, representing the Allies.
-What was the outcome?
-The outcome was Operation Manna.
Operation Manna was the first ever humanitarian air drop.
Commencing on the 29th April 1945,
the UK and its allies flew over targets in Holland,
dropping over 12,000 tons of food.
Many of these sorties were recorded flying at a mere 500 feet from the ground.
Now we've got a couple of items here from the mission itself.
So, what are we looking at?
This is the log book of an air gunner,
and it shows here two Operation Manna flights to Rotterdam,
and you can see quite clearly they are marked at the altitude of 500 feet.
Yes. Sobering, very sobering.
Now what about this item?
It lifts up, does it? What have we got in here?
Yes, this is a navigator's dead reckoning computer.
This enables the navigator to plot changes in direction,
wind speed and wind direction, etc.
This is quite a complicated bit of kit,
-and it would have taken the navigators quite some time to learn how to use this.
-Do you use it yourself from time to time?
-No, I've no idea!
So how and why did the mission end?
The operation itself lasted for ten days.
5,500 missions were flown, and 12,000 tons of food were dropped.
The Dutch resistance took over control of the area,
and shortly afterwards,
8,500 tons of food was delivered by Canadian troops.
A truly remarkable story, Peter. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
Now people at home can actually get involved with
the International Bomber Command Project, can't they?
We are very interested in hearing the stories of anyone that was involved
with the bombing war. We're also eager to preserve documents, photographs, digitally.
So that this remarkable story can be preserved for generations to come.
Best of luck with that.
Well, for further details, visit our website, but now,
we're about to fly off to the auction.
Well, we've come up country.
We've come up to the fair city of Lincoln
and the brand-new premises of Golding, Young and Mawer,
and I am joined today by none other than Kirsty Young,
so thank you for having us.
-Thank you for coming.
-Well, we're delighted.
Let's get on with the Red team, shall we?
Their first item is an Elizabeth II silver sherry label.
-What do you make of that?
we've given it an auction estimate of £25-40.
It's a good label. The enamel work on it will help it stand above the
other silver labels at the moment.
Excellent. Well, they paid £10 for it, so they could be quids in there,
-Good job. Yes.
The next item is a sort of treacle glazed pottery boot.
What's the market like for that sort of thing?
Market, again, we've given it an estimate of £25-40.
As you said, multiple uses.
They do use it as a flask, but obviously it is missing the stopper.
OK. Cost £15, so again, a good buy.
-A good buy, yes.
-So the third item are the three rearing horses,
which I see you have described as white metal.
Yes, absolutely. Because of hallmarking regulations,
they are just stamped 925.
Unless they have a full UK hallmark,
we aren't allowed to describe them as silver,
but with white metal and the fact they're stamped 925,
everybody will know what they are.
-The estimate there?
-We've given them 40-60.
The equestrian market is a strong market,
so I wouldn't be surprised if they did a little better than that.
Well, they punched a little bit higher than that, at 70,
but they're in with a good chance.
They're in with a chance, absolutely.
So, two highs, one low, not too bad.
Either way, I think the bonus buy is going to be well worth considering so
let's go and have a look at it.
I've got to say that you two were not the last of the big spenders,
-were you, come on?
A very tidy spend.
-Yes, I think so.
-You two left Charles a whacking big £205 worth of leftover lolly.
So it'll be interesting to know what the man went out and bought.
Eric, when there is love in the air,
you almost want to see a couple almost replicated in an image.
And here we are.
What we have here, team, they are almost like a courting couple.
They are carvings, maybe embellishments, off a piece of furniture,
maybe a large, elaborate court cupboard or something of that type
from the 17th or 18th centuries.
I quite like them.
Can I have a feel?
-Of course you can.
-I think they're really interesting actually.
-And how much did you pay for this?
-Well, what do you think?
I would pay about £35 for them.
Well, that's life!
They cost me £205.
-Because one's got to speculate to accumulate.
Who knows? They might make 100, they could make 300.
-Eric, any comments?
only as far as I think they're fabulous but I'm slightly biased.
But I think it's worth remembering that you don't have to make that
decision about your bonus buy until
after the sale of your first three items.
So let's find out what our auctioneer has to say about Charles's big spend.
So, here's the bonus buy.
Interesting. Nicely carved.
Described as caryatids or maybe therms.
So what are your thoughts, Kirsty?
Nice pieces. They obviously used to be used as a pillar supports or
something like that. We've given
them an auction estimate of £80-120 so
we'll see how it goes.
Well, our Charles Hanson went out and spent £205.
In fact, he spent the lot.
So quite a big buy but they are early and you never know, do you?
Absolutely, at auction you never know.
OK. Well, that's the Reds. Let's move over to the Blues.
So, item number one is the mid-20th century croquet set.
Croquet, big in Lincolnshire?
I think it's still popular everywhere, isn't it?
We put an auction estimate on it of £40-60
so it stands a good chance at that.
Well, they paid 30 so yeah, they are in with a chance.
The next item is the early 20th century TG Green Cornishware.
They're still a very popular item.
We see a lot of them through the sales so we've given it an auction
estimate of £20-30 and with that there should be a good,
strong buyer base for it.
They actually went out and they spent £32 so we are in a comfort zone
-there, aren't we?
-And then we've got the Poole Delphis dish.
Still a very popular piece,
Poole is obviously a well-known brand within the studio pottery.
We've given it an auction estimate of £20-30 and there will be the
collectors out there for it.
OK, well, they went and spent £33 so again, we are close to the mark,
Having said that, I think it's fair to say that they probably are going to need their bonus buy
so let's go and have a look at it.
Well, Blues, you left Tim a sizeable £205 to go out and spend.
You said you were going to buy toys, cheap and quality.
-The two don't really go together!
-They can do.
-Would you like to reveal all?
I'd love to. Hopefully you'll feel the same.
-What do you think?
-I've got faith in this and I'll tell you why.
Toy collecting is really flourishing at the moment.
Tin plate, which this is, have a feel of it, can break the mould,
it will capture attention.
It's 1940s, 1950s, Rock Valley, made in Japan.
What's key with this for me is the condition.
The battery pack as well, no corrosion so it would work.
You could take this home, you could play with this tonight if you bought it.
Brilliant. It's different, it's not what I expected.
Well, look, if it had a box, that will sell for £100-150.
What's it going to make without a box?
I'd like to think it could do 40, maybe a little bit more.
Fair wind, I don't know.
-How much did you pay?
-I paid 30.
It kept the theme, on the day, we were spending about 28, 30.
OK, boys, well it goes without saying that you don't have to make your
decision now. Wait till your first three items have been sold and then
decide if you're going to go for it.
But meanwhile, let's find out if our auctioneer agrees that Tim's lion
is going to be a roaring success.
And here it is.
There we go. I think it's fair to say that it comes without batteries.
But you've seen it working.
Yes, as lions do,
they sort of go rampant at the back there with their arms up.
We've put an auction estimate on it of £25-40 so with that we should have
-a strong market.
-Well, Tim paid £30 so it is a potential goer, isn't it?
-And you're taking the auction today?
-I will be, yes.
-Let's have a look.
Safe pair of hands, we're good to go.
Right, Kirsty, time to run the rostrum and get this sale underway.
So, first time at an auction?
Your first item coming up is your Elizabeth II silver sherry label.
You paid £10 for it. Pay attention, here we go.
We are starting with me at £20.
-We've doubled up.
-20 on the book.
20 with me, 22, 25, 28 now.
At 25, 25 with me, 8 anywhere
8 anywhere in the room?
Are we all sure? Settling at £25.
That's a good start, you're already plus £15.
Next item is the 19th-century treacle glazed boot.
Remember, you paid £15 for this.
-Here it comes.
-Who will start the bidding for me at £40?
£40, surely, nice piece.
£40? 30 now?
20, then. 20 someone bid me for the boot warmer, £20.
20 I have.
And two anywhere now? 20 I have and two anywhere in the room.
20 I have. 22. 22 in the room, 25 anywhere now?
22 is bid, five anywhere else in the room?
Are we all sure, then, we're selling in the room at 22?
£7 profit, OK, that takes us to £22.
That is your rolling total.
The next is the three various white metal figures of rearing horses.
So let's see how we get on, here they are.
And we're going straight in with me at £50.
And five anywhere now?
-50 I have, five anywhere now, 50 is bid, and five, bid 60.
70 anywhere now.
70 anywhere in the room?
65 on the net.
70 anywhere now?
Are we all sure? 70 bid.
70 in the room. Five, are you coming back?
-We've done it!
80 bid at the back.
85 anywhere now?
Five, are you coming back on the net?
80 in the room and five anywhere now?
Are we all sure then, we're resting at 80.
-Well done, guys.
Now, we come to the big decision about the bonus buy.
We've decided not to go with it.
NOT to go with it.
-Not too sure about it.
-Anyway, let's just see how the cookie crumbles.
And who will start me at £80 for these, please?
£80. 50, surely?
At 40 we have and two anywhere now?
42, 45, 48, 50 bid.
Five anywhere now? 50 I have seated.
-I can't believe it.
-Now online, I think online will sit on this, you watch.
At 60 is bid and five anywhere now?
-Are we all sure?
-It's a funny old game, you never stop learning!
Five just in time, you just caught my eye.
65 on the net and 70 at the back.
75 now surely.
We are in the room at 70.
Sorry, guys, I'm ever so sorry.
I have to say, Reds, good decision.
You've heard it all before but when it comes to the Blues,
you keep schtum, OK?
-OK, no smiling!
-Off you go.
Gentleman, are you regulars to auctions or what?
No, we're not actually, this is my first time.
-And it's my first as well actually.
So coming up is your mid-20th century croquet set for which you paid £30.
Is there enough in the way of profit, that's what we want to know.
We're just about to find out. Here it is.
Lots of pre-sale interest in this one
and we've got multiple commissions
going straight in with me at £50 with me, and five anywhere now?
At 55, 60 anywhere now?
55 in the room.
And 60, bid five, 65.
And 70 now? At 65 is bid, 70 anywhere now?
65 I have in the room.
70 anywhere now?
Are we all sure then, are we? In the room at 65.
A nice start, a positive £35.
So we've got your Cornishware coming up next.
You paid £32 for it.
And who will start me at £30 for this one, surely?
-Ten? Ten to get us started.
£10. Ten I have.
12 anywhere now?
At ten I have and 12, bid 15, 18, 20.
Two? 22. 25?
No. At 22 I have at the back of the room.
At 22 I have in the room, are we all sure then, selling at 22.
What a shame.
-10 takes us down to a rolling total of plus £25.
Next up is your Poole pottery Delphis dish, late '60s, '70s,
summer of love,
never got as far as Burnley but hey-ho!
You having paid £33 for it was a pretty good buy. Here it comes.
And who will start me at £30 for this one?
Poole, well-known name, £30?
20? 20, surely.
-Come on, we want more.
20 we have and two anywhere now?
20 we have and 22, 25 now surely?
At 22 I have in the room and five anywhere now?
At 22 is bid.
Five anywhere now?
Are we all sure then, are we selling at the back the room at 22?
Oh, same price, it gives you -11.
We are still in profit but we are in there at £14 in the positive.
OK, do we go for it or do we not go for the bonus buy?
I think we go for it.
-We go for it.
-Do you trust me?
OK, as you know, Tim paid £30 for it.
I can tell you the auction house think 25-40. Here we go.
A nice, interesting piece and who will start me at £40 for this one?
£30 for the lion.
£20. 20 we have, and two anywhere now?
At 20 I have, two anywhere now?
Are we all sure then, starting and finishing at the same place.
All sure? Gavel's up.
That really was a shame.
-No, Tim, don't be sorry.
-It should have got a bit more than that.
It should have done, it should have.
It still leaves you with a positive, we are down to plus four.
It is a profit.
We could still win on that.
We could still win and that could buy me at least a drink!
-I'll share it with you!
-I think you might be sharing a pint but anyway,
not a word to the Reds.
OK. We'll see you later.
Well, the good news is, you've all made a profit.
But there is a runner-up,
I've got to tell you today that it is the Blue team.
I'm sorry to tell you, boys, but you made yourselves a very handsome,
wait for it, four pounds.
Now in all fairness, Blues, you got off to a cracking start,
didn't you, with your first item.
You made yourself £35 and it was all going swimmingly well.
But I'm afraid there wasn't enough petrol in the engine.
But a gallant effort, Blues.
But turning to the Reds, that little smiley face tells me so much!
I mean, it was one profit after another profit after another.
But you declined the bonus buy,
which turned out to be the right decision.
So you ended up making a profit, a grand profit of £32.
So there's your winnings.
-Well done all round and well done, Charlie.
-Thank you, Eric.
But more importantly, you've both won yourself golden gavels.
-So what do I say?
Nice and easy does it, there we go.
Do you want to do the honours, Charles?
That's really kind. Exactly!
But as always, the question is, have you had fun?
-You have indeed and so have we.
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Yes? ALL: Yes!
Eric Knowles presents from the East of England Showground in Peterborough, with experts Charles Hanson and Tim Weeks. The teams do battle around the stalls, hoping to bag a bargain and make a profit at auction. There are plenty of highs and lows in the saleroom, and Eric pays a visit to the International Bomber Command Digital Archive in Lincoln.