Anita Manning and experts Paul Laidlaw and John Cameron are at an antiques fair at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh.
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Welcome to Edinburgh.
Nothing gets a party started like a traditional ceilidh band.
And we will be continuing the party just up the road
from Edinburgh Castle at a huge antique fair.
While I could stand and listen to them all day,
it's time for me to go join the Reds and the Blues.
ALL: Let's go Bargain Hunting!
The Royal Highland Centre is brimming with antiques
and collectibles, and with one hour on the clock,
all our teams have to do is spend £300 on three items which,
fingers crossed, will make a profit at auction.
Let's have a wee look at what's coming up.
One of the Reds is definitely in charge.
-What do you reckon, Tom?
We are having it!
The Blues make a deal with a furry friend.
-Is that an offer?
-That's an offer.
-Will you shake on that, then, Jacko?
You're the man, Jacko.
By the auction,
the Reds are brimming with confidence.
We are amazing at this.
But can the same be said for the Blues?
But that's all for later.
Let's meet today's teams.
For the Reds, we have Judy and Tom, who are partners,
and for the Blues we have Jim and Adrienne, who are married.
Hello, everyone. ALL: Hello.
Now, Tom, how did you two meet?
We actually met on a dating app.
Oh, right. Yes, I like it. I like it.
-Judy is a bit embarrassed, but on our first date,
I nearly got hit by a bus.
-How did that happen?
-Well, Judy was running late, obviously,
so she phoned me up and I was on the other side of the road and I kind of
walked out without looking.
He was so astounded by my beauty!
-Is that true?
-More or less.
Now what do you do for a living?
I'm a product manager at a technology company,
so we use lasers to do gas analysis and leak detection.
That sounds very complicated.
Does that mean you are a scientist?
Yes. I did physics at university.
It sounds so boring.
You think his job's boring?
What kind of job do you do?
-That's the boring one.
-Are you guys competitive?
Yeah. We're both so competitive.
We both play a lot of sports. So I play tennis, Tom plays football.
Every time we play tennis I always beat Tom.
What do you know about antiques and collectibles?
We've just moved into a new house, so we're busy furnishing it.
We went to second-hand shops and fairs and bought all old stuff
because I thought it was much more interesting and well made.
I can guess who is going to be in charge today, and it's not you, Tom,
-I'll be reining her in.
You're the calming influence?
-What are your tactics going to be?
Spend big, win big.
That was very definite, wasn't it?
I don't really need a team-mate.
It was just for numbers.
I'll just wait outside, then.
So that's it for the Red team. Let's meet today's Blues,
Jim and Adrienne.
Jim, how did you meet Adrienne?
How did we meet? I worked as a sales manager at a company when I was 26
and Adrienne was the receptionist.
And I used to clomp along the corridor behind her and I think
she noticed me as I was passing by.
Maybe you were clomping deliberately.
-I think so.
And that was it.
Do you still work together?
Now, we're in retirement.
Tell me about your retirement.
It's wonderful. I retired at the end of December last year.
And we've just had a great time.
We've got lots of hobbies. We like hill walking, I'm trying some golf,
we like to play badminton, we go to yoga together.
A pretty active retirement.
-Can't sit on our backside for two minutes.
You've got to get out there and do stuff.
Whatever we do, it's competitive, I'm afraid.
Are you competitive against one another?
-She might be my wife but she's still fair game.
-We played badminton yesterday and it was 2-2 in the last game,
-and I won.
-How did you feel about that?
A bit gutted.
You're working as a team today.
You better remember that!
So what are your tactics going to be?
I'm thinking we'll look around first maybe for half an hour and then
if we see things, that's fine, then we can go back and buy them afterwards.
-Do you agree with that?
-Not in the slightest, Anita.
-I think just get in there and get it done.
There will be a problem there, then.
Are you going to spend big?
-Not too big.
I want to be able to give our expert a little bit of money to get something.
Really, you have disagreed on every blooming thing.
In a competitive way.
I know it's going to be fun.
Well, you won't do any shopping without money so I better hand over
£300 for the Reds and £300 for the Blues.
Your experts await, so off you go.
-We've got two feisty teams today.
I wonder which way it will go.
All the teams need now are their experts.
Scooting around with the Reds, it's John Cameron.
And keeping a close eye on the Blues, it's Paul Laidlaw.
What are we going to be buying today?
I'd like something big and shiny.
I think I'd quite like some old jewellery or some old toys.
-Tom, what about you?
-Maybe some sporting memorabilia.
-Militaria for me, Paul.
CLOWN HORN HONKS No clowning around, teams, your time starts now.
-Let's go Bargain Hunting!
Let's go. Excellent.
Good luck, teams.
The art is getting the right thing at the right price.
It certainly is, Paul.
I don't like anything there.
I think we all know who is in charge here,
so what do you have your eye on, Judy?
Judy, you've spotted something big and shiny.
-Yeah, I love it.
-True to your strategy.
So what do you like about this?
Just that it's big and shiny.
Tom, what are your thoughts on it?
Yeah, I think it could be a centrepiece in somebody's room.
This would have actually been on a lamp post.
This would have been gas lighting from the 19th century.
-These would have been streetlights.
I suspect these glasses are probably replacement,
-but it it's a big impressive thing, isn't it?
-I love it.
It's been fitted for electricity, as well,
so this could be in a nice big grand entrance hall.
-You like it?
-I love it.
Shall we have a look at the price tag?
It's quite a lot of the budget.
-We can work on him.
-We can work on that.
So what would you like to pay for that?
Because it's been restored, maybe 70 or 80 quid.
Bear in mind, if you try to use that as your play,
then they will probably have had spent money on it getting it restored.
Don't you think it would be on a film?
A James Bond film or something?
They're walking past, like... That would be lit up.
-I'm think more Oliver Twist, Judy.
-Yeah, that's what I mean.
I think we're going to have fun with these two.
I'm going to go and find out the best price.
You two have a look and I'll go off.
Good luck with the price, then, John.
Blues, how are you settling in?
Oh! Are those little salt things in the kit?
Yes. If they're silver, that would take a lot of our budget.
Are your salts silver?
They're not, they're plate.
But there are six of them.
This is a table salt.
None of this salt and vinegar out of a bottle or a caster. This is a table salt.
Scallop-form, of course.
Little dolphin supports. Now, if you had two of those,
I'd be saying they'd need to be silver to have any credence, really.
-Do you know what the biggest problem is?
Who do you know who is ever going to use those in the real world?
-You would need a 24-foot table, staff...
-How do you know we've not got that?
I'd love to come to dinner at yours, then, Blues.
-How much are they?
-I was asking 90 for the set.
I'll sell them for 75 for the set.
-That's not dear.
-At auction... It's about right. See what you think.
Oh, wow! Much heavier than I thought.
There's substance there.
If that's where the salt's coming from, what's the food going to be like?
-I can see a whole pig here, actually.
-What do you think, then?
-I think we have to go for that one.
-Shake the man's hand.
-Thank you very much.
That was easy, Blues.
First buy in ten minutes.
Two more to find.
John, what's the very best price for the lamp?
She said £115.
I then said, "What's your really best price?"
She said, "I can't...
"I paid a lot for it."
-What are you thinking?
-Would she do 100, no?
I did ask and she said she couldn't.
I think I'll just have it because I love it!
-What do you reckon, Tom?
We're having it!
Tom, you know this is going to set the pattern for things to come
-for the rest of your life?
-We can't do this three times.
I know, but it's amazing and I seen it as soon as we walked in.
-Brilliant, well done. Guys, we've got our first buy.
Don't leave me hanging.
Good for you, Judy.
First buy for the Reds.
15 minutes in, and it's 1-1.
Blues, is this a car mascot?
That's nicely executed.
-We know what the car mascot is, don't we?
It sits on the front of your car.
Big radiator, out the front.
-And you don't want the generic one that came necessarily with the car.
The Rolls-Royce back at the stable, it's got the Spirit of Ecstasy,
but this one, I'd like to personalise it
and we go out and we buy the one that's unique to you,
or it's how you feel.
And it sells for me, because I think that would sit as well on your desk
or in your little bijouterie cabinet as on the front of your car.
Is there a price south of that?
I'd take a tenner off.
So it's 75 now.
It doesn't do it for me.
Sorry, doesn't do it for me, either.
You can't say I didn't try!
You got to feel it there, have you not?
Yes. I didn't feel it, I'm sorry.
-Too bad. Thank you very much.
-All the best.
Never mind, Paul. Better luck next time.
Now, Tom, these might be up your street.
Huh? Liking these? Large steam engines and things.
-The engineer in me.
-Mamod, great toy manufacturer.
This guy specialises,
so I would have said that most of the money is on his price tag.
So although there are some good things here,
I think we might struggle to get a profit out of it,
but what child wouldn't want something like that?
Could you give that to a kid today?
-Judy, what are you thinking of these?
You don't have to speak, you've already said it.
Your looks said everything.
They certainly do, John.
Best move on, boys.
Judy's had a purchase. You've got to get one.
Yes, Tom, it's a team effort.
Full "team" ahead!
So while the teams carry on with the shopping,
I want to show you some beautiful Glaswegian treasures.
Arts and Crafts items are always popular in Bargain Hunt,
and today I'm joined by Gordon Foster,
an Arts and Crafts specialist, who has brought along some wonderful items
that were made right here in Scotland.
Gordon, tell me, what have we got here?
What we've got, Anita, is a range of items made by Glasgow Girls.
So, working at Glasgow School of Art about 1900.
Gordon, these are all wonderful, but this is magnificent.
-Tell me about that.
-That's a standout piece, yes.
This is by a rather exotically named artist, De Courcy Lewthwaite Dewar.
She was born in Ceylon, daughter of a tea planter,
but came to Glasgow and spent most of her life in Glasgow.
She specialised in enamelling,
so here we have a wonderful example of an enamel panel by her.
She also did the frame, the patinated copper frame
in this Glasgow-style lettering.
The queen of hearts.
And there she is presenting us with one of her tarts as it were.
But this particular plaque was exhibited in Cork in 1902.
It's an exhibition piece?
This was exhibited, yeah.
We know that, so it's quite an important piece from that respect.
It must be very difficult to put a price on that.
It is, yes, not something we are going to price today.
It's really a museum piece.
Gordon, my eyes have been drawn to this beautiful pair of bowls here.
Tell me, who did those?
These are by a lady called Helen Walton.
And she came from a very artistic family in Glasgow.
She worked with her sister Hannah in a studio in the West End,
but her brother was Edward Arthur Walton, the acclaimed Glasgow Boy.
And her other brother was George Walton,
who of course did the interiors of the tea rooms
for Miss Cranston in Glasgow.
She was particularly skilled in this delicate painting, as you said,
on these finger bowls.
They are decorated with crabs and lobsters,
so it would have been used for rinsing after eating seafood.
And the nice thing about these as well is that they are signed
with her initials, HW.
What kind of price would you put on these?
You would be looking at about £600 for the two, thereabouts.
They are a little work of art.
They are, aren't they? Little gems.
Can you tell me about these pieces?
Yes. These again are Glasgow School of Art and we have two different artists -
Mary Thew, who worked in Helensborough and Glasgow,
and Rhoda Wager. And Mary Thew,
her work is characterised by these small corded spirals and delicate...
Almost like wire work?
..delicate wire work, exactly, yes,
and punctuated with semi-precious stones.
This is one of the things that I like about Arts and Crafts jewellery.
They're not using diamonds or emeralds or rubies, they are using
these obscure, mysterious and somehow exotic stones,
but a lot less expensive.
All Arts and Crafts jewellers at this period, mostly,
were working in silver and semi-precious stones,
sympathetic colours that go along with the artist's design
for the jewellery.
One of the things that I like about the Glasgow Girls
was that many of them were multi-skilled and they moved
from one discipline to another.
Multi-skilled, multi-talented, full of creativity,
and as we can see with the array of things in front of us,
all had their own slant and angle on things.
Thank you, Gordon, that was fascinating.
Now it's time to get back to the shopping.
Back to it. We're halfway through and it's 1-1,
but Paul's struggling to get the Blues interested
in their second item.
What do you think of this? Of the table?
It's OK. Maybe on this occasion we'll give it a miss.
It's not jumping out.
Let's put it back, then.
Nothing the matter with that, if you like it.
-It's not doing it for you, is it?
-No because I like the other style.
Interesting. You know how I'm playing this now?
Over to them. See what they can come up with.
Paul's having a wee drama.
Lay low then, Laidlaw.
Reds, how are you doing?
Anything on here?
Oh! Look at that.
What do you think, Judy?
I like it. And it's only £25.
Do you know what it is?
-It is cutlery, obviously.
-Is it fish?
-It is indeed fish.
Let's have a look at one of these here.
Do you know, there's actually no reason for that blade to be that shape.
No-one can actually explain why a fish slice is that shape.
It's silver-plated, and I'm pretty sure the shape of this handle is known as
Dubarry pattern, which I would guess is probably named after
Madam Dubarry from the French court.
That's a guess, but I think it's a good guess.
So it's a fish set. It's in quite nice condition.
Does the fact that it's silver-plated mean
that it's not going to sell?
Not at all. Silver-plated sells, silver-plated sells.
That is in really nice condition.
I think that's got a chance, even if it's only sort of a 10,
20 quid profit. I think it's got a chance.
Should we have a go?
You want to go and ask? See what you can do.
-We'll have a look at it.
-Good luck negotiating, Tom.
Blues, have you found anything you like yet?
It's a bit of a girl thing.
OK. Shall we?
I think we should explore it anyway and have a look.
I know you say it's like a girl thing. I actually like it.
-It's was a present to "Peggy".
But, Paul, if that's got engraving on it,
will it not tip the value of it at all?
Engraving is double-edged.
You could find it charming.
-You could know one or be called Peggy.
A purist could go, "Well, I'd rather it was entirely anonymous."
Let's have a wee look at the front.
We have got a running border of... Looks like prunus blossom,
and then what I assume is a hinged lid.
-There you go.
That is unmarked but, in my opinion, is silver.
Date-wise, between the wars.
-The big question is, do they like it?
-I like it.
-Is this two "we like"?
This is two "we like"s, providing the price is right.
I think it's way, way too much.
What is it worth at auction?
It's a long way off.
You want to ask?
My big problem is, at auction, I think it's worth a fraction of that.
-There is no way on God's earth you are taking 30 quid for that,
-No, but I can do something with you.
If I ask my little dog here.
Jacko, what do you say?
ANITA: Ah, bless him.
What do you say? £35?
-£35 it is.
-Is that an offer?
-That's an offer.
I'm going to shake on that, then, Jacko.
-You're the man, Jacko.
You lot are barking mad...
..but the Blues are back on track. Item number two in 40 minutes.
So, Tom, what's the best price for the fish knives?
-We got ourselves a deal?
-They could do 20 quid.
-I think we should go for £20.
Right, well, high-five, then. This time, don't leave him hanging.
So I'm... You go and do the deal, then.
-Let's wrap it up.
The boss has spoken, and that's another shiny item for Judy.
Blues, will it be a struggle to find your final item?
What's that thing at £48?
-A card case.
-For business cards.
It was fashionable to leave your card on the salver in the hall as we entered
the residence. This example here, mid-19th century, let's say.
Not rare. These survive.
Are they all as fine as that?
No. Are they as collectible as once they were?
Should you have another look at that one? Why not?
-It's all right.
-If you like it.
Yes, I think we should have a look at that.
OK, so this we can see.
This more vivid veneer is abalone, which is another type of mollusc.
Again, it's part of the shell...
-..but much more vivid.
Ten years ago, I think you could get £85 for that, give or take,
-under the hammer.
Today, it's worth half that on a good day.
They're not what they were.
Do you want to hang on? Want to ask?
Is there a bit of room for manoeuvre there?
What would be your best price on that?
I can do 38 on it.
You're not going to suffer badly.
I don't want to suffer at all.
Is that it? Can we push any harder or not?
-35 would be the dirt.
It's not a lot of money for a good thing, is it?
Listen, my lucky number is 32.
- Would you do it for that? - Is it? Mine's is 33.
I'm not joking. 32 is my lucky number.
-Go on, then. 32.
Woohoo! We're in!
Well done, Blues.
-Well done, we've got all three!
I wish I could say that was easy.
I think you guys, you know what you like, and you know what you don't,
certainly. It's most of the things I do like.
Did it all go to plan, Blues?
Yes, we have.
-In a way, yes.
-In a way, yeah.
We didn't fall out, that's for sure.
Not in the slightest, but that's later.
-Yeah, all right.
-Oh, I do hope not.
Now, Judy, what are you going to pick for your final item?
Let me just show you something quickly.
-I saw this...
-Oh, I like that!
-You like that?
-When I saw that, I thought of Tom.
Tom, you're not looking terribly impressed.
-No, I like it.
-You like it?
-I don't think there's massive age to it,
but I do think it's got the look.
-Do you like that?
-For a study.
-It's only got £38,
but remember, it's not about spending big, it's about profits.
-You can spend big and lose big.
Well, let's knock 'em down to 30 or 25 quid or something...
Yeah, cos I don't... I like it, I don't love it.
Remember, this is not about what you want to take home.
It's about thinking about other people.
-It's unusual, we haven't seen anything else like it.
-We'll see what the guy wants for it, what his best...
Yes, see, I've got a good memory.
Oh, you charmer.
But it's always good to get the stall-holder on-side.
Tell us a bit about it, actually.
I haven't a clue. It's...
I would say it was 1960s, '70s.
The clock is ticking. You don't have to, but we've got three minutes.
-What do you reckon?
I like it. I think we can...
Graham, what's the best you can do on that, mate?
-Take a tenner off it.
-28 quid? 28 quid.
-Can you do 25?
Oh, don't... She's a cheeky girl, isn't she?
Now the auditor came out in her then.
-It's gotta be 28 quid, hasn't it?
Quick, shake his hand before the clock ticks.
Judy, you have your three items.
Well done. Let's call time.
That's it, teams, time's up.
Come on, we're done. We'll have a quick cup of tea,
and then I've got to go and spend some money.
Let's check out what the Red team bought.
First of all, Judy's eyes lit up when she saw this lamp,
and they paid £110 for it.
Next, some more shiny items,
this time in the shape of the fish knives, £20 paid.
And finally, with minutes to spare,
they bought this modern desktop statue for £28.
Well, my lovely young couple, did you have a good time?
Yeah, it was so much fun!
Judy, you were like a kid in a sweetie shop.
You were like a magpie.
You wanted to buy everything, but now, tell me, Tom,
what was your favourite item?
-I like the sculpture.
I'm having difficulty describing it,
but it's kind of like an orbital sculpture.
Is it going to make the most profit, though?
Well, I hope so. We got a tenner off the price, so...
Well done. What was your favourite item, Judy?
My favourite item was the big lamp.
Uh-huh. Is it going to make the most profit?
I think the cutlery might make the most profit...
-..because it was so cheap.
Now, you spent £158. That's not too bad.
-Could you give me 142, please?
Right, which I will pass straight over to John.
That's a lot of money.
And they didn't want to leave me more than a fiver.
Do you know what you're going to buy?
I've seen a couple of things on the way around.
We'll see if they're still there.
While John goes off to buy his Bonus Buy,
let's remind ourselves what the Blues bought.
First, they're serving up this silver salt set, £75 paid.
This Chinese silver compact was their second buy, £35 paid.
And finally, Adrienne loved this mother-of-pearl card case,
and they shelled out £32.
Jim, Adrienne, did you have a good time?
-You were very picky about what you wanted...
-..but you bought beautiful items.
We did. We got three smashing things.
Yeah. What was your favourite, Jim?
My favour, Anita, was the abalone and mother-of-pearl card holder.
Do you think it'll make the best profit, as well?
For me, yeah, absolutely.
I think the one that'll make the most profit will be
the little powder compact.
I really liked that, and I think that will...
Is that your favourite item?
No, my favourite item would be the salt pots,
but I don't think it'll make the most money.
Guys, you spent £142. Could I have 158, please?
-You certainly can.
Thank you very much.
That will go straight over to Paul.
Do you know what you're going to buy?
Well, I'll tell you this much -
I feel a wee bit mischievous at this stage in the game,
so brace yourselves.
While Paul goes off feeling a little mischievous,
we're going to head off to the auction.
Today, we're in Edinburgh at Shapes Auctioneers,
and I've been joined by Dennis Clark.
Let's get straight into our Reds, Judy and Tom.
Their first item was this large copper lamp.
What do you think about it?
Victorian piece, probably started off as a streetlight,
it would have been originally gas-fired,
now it's been converted to electricity.
Has the hanging chains there, potentially used as a ceiling light,
although it's a big item.
But it's a good thing, and we tend to do pretty well with these
-on the day.
-It's an architectural antique, isn't it?
-Yes, it is.
-What's your estimate on that?
80 to 120.
Well, they've paid £110, so there's light at the end of the tunnel there.
There is, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
And I think it has every potential to make 120, top estimate.
Excellent. Now, their second item was this case of fish cutlery.
Now, it is Dubarry. It's a good make.
That looks as if it's never been used.
Yeah, Dubarry is a good make for fish cutlery.
I don't know how practical it is nowadays.
It's in good condition, though, and all the pieces are there,
and it's in a nice old case, as well.
Yeah, what's your estimate, Dennis?
-20 to 40.
-Well, they paid £20.
It should make 20.
Item number three. Dennis, what do you make of this?
I don't know, is the answer.
It's a novelty piece, possibly a desk item.
And it's in perfect working order.
It's in perfect working order for those who like it.
Well, it's the sort of thing that you could see sitting perfectly well
on a contemporary desk.
Yeah, yeah, I would agree.
It's a decorative item, so...
-What's your estimate?
-20 to 40.
Well, they've only paid £28,
so you think that there's a hint of a profit there?
We might get it away at that.
They may not need their Bonus Buy,
but we're going to go and have a look at it anyway.
Well, Judy, Tom.
You spent £158.
You left John 142.
A lot of money. What did you spend it on?
Well, it was a lot of money to give me, but I didn't spend much of it.
In fact, I only spent £20 on this novel silver propeller brooch.
I love it!
You do? I'm pleased that you said that, Judy, which is why I bought it.
I find novelty silver items at the moment are performing quite well
at auction, and often outperforming what their, sort of, you know,
their weight value is, certainly.
-But I can imagine somebody, you know, like an old man with,
like, a little hat wearing it.
-And he was in the RAF or something.
Maybe an old pilot.
So do you think it's going to make a profit?
Well, I think for £20, it's not going to make much of a loss, is it?
But certainly for me, it's worth more than £20.
You don't need to make up your mind just at this moment,
but in the meantime,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks of John's
silver propeller brooch.
John's Bonus Buy was this little silver brooch in the shape of an aircraft propeller.
What do you think of that, Dennis?
Novelty item, decorative piece for those who are interested in planes,
transport, that type of thing.
-It is silver.
-Well, I think it's got a sort of Art Deco look about it...
-..which makes it very attractive.
Do you think this will fly at auction, Dennis?
What's your estimate?
-10 to 15.
-Well, John paid £20, so...
Yeah, it could do that.
Well, that's it for the Reds.
Now over to the Blues, Jim and Adrienne.
Their first item was this boxed set of salts.
Quite impressive-looking, Dennis.
Tell me what you think about that.
Yeah, it's a nice case set of condiments.
All the spoons are present,
and the shells themselves look in good condition.
And the case is not too bad, as well.
Does the modern diner need that type of item?
Not as much, not as practical as it used to be, I would have thought.
What's your estimate?
-30 to 50.
-Well, they paid £75 for that one, so...
-..that could be a wee bit tricky, do you think?
It could be a bit tricky on the day, but I'll do my very best.
Their second item was the Chinese compact.
The Chinese market is hot just now.
Yes. Yeah, I agree, the Chinese market is very popular at the moment.
Probably more a novelty piece now, but it's in good condition,
there is a bit of pitting to the inside interior, though,
and it isn't signed, it's unmarked.
Tell me what your estimate is.
-40 to 60.
-40 to 60. They paid 35, so that could reflect a profit.
Yeah, they should get more than that.
Excellent. Third item now, and this is Jim's favourite.
What's your opinion of it?
19th-century calling-card case, mother-of-pearl.
Looks in good condition, the hinge is good. Silver lozenge cartouche,
which could possibly be engraved.
But is this the type of thing that would have a use in these modern days?
Probably not, but they tend to sell fairly well in auction.
Perhaps a collector's item...
-..to sit in a nice little bijouterie.
Yeah, I agree, more a collector's item.
Yeah. You seem pretty confident about this, Dennis.
-What's your estimate?
-50 to 70.
Well, they paid £32.
Oh, that's a good buy.
They may or may not need their Bonus Buy,
but we're going to go and have a look at it anyway.
Jim, Adrienne, you spent £142.
-We certainly did.
-You left Paul 158. Paul, what did you buy?
Forgive me, I couldn't resist!
We had a sneaky feeling that you would do that!
-I'm quite pleased, actually!
I thought you were going to be cross!
No, because I did like it in one way.
You know how I feel about this.
-This is uncommonly fine, and do you know what? Since I bought it,
I've looked into it a wee bit further.
I have not been able to find another example.
-And that's a good thing.
-I think this, 1920s, probably French, was high-end then,
relatively few made, and rare today.
Connoisseurs should appreciate this.
And, how much did it cost?
-Very happy now, yes.
Delighted. Do you think it can make us a few bob?
As an auctioneer, I would be relaxed about the auctioneer's hedge
of £80 to £120.
Oh, excellent. I'm really chuffed!
You do seem pleased,
but you don't need to make up your mind just at this moment.
-Let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Paul's car mascot.
Well, Paul's Bonus Buy was this little car mascot.
Don't know what car he's come from.
I think he's French.
-What do you think?
-Yeah, French item,
again, I don't know what car it comes from.
It's... The character is Pan, Pan the faun, playing the pan pipes,
but it's a fairly collectable thing.
I mean, it's difficult to know where to start.
Car mascots, early ones, are desirable.
What estimate would you put on that?
-60 to 100.
-They paid 55, so you seem fairly confident on that one.
Yes, yes, I think that's a good buy,
and I'm hopeful it will make at least bottom estimate.
Excellent. Well, that's it.
Are you our auctioneer today, Dennis?
-I am, Anita.
-Excellent. Well, go grab your gavel.
Anyone for 20? 20's bid.
Any advance on 20 now?
Judy, Tom, here we are at the auction.
Now, how are you feeling?
Are you confident?
I'm so excited!
-You're an excitable girl, aren't you?
First item was that vintage street lamp.
You love it to bits, and it's coming up.
We have the large Victorian copper street lamp there,
converted to electricity.
Nice item, though, and I've commissioned bids at £110.
£110 starts the bidding.
Any advance on 120, 130?
It's back at the book at £130 now.
Any advance on 130?
All done at 130.
What a girl. Your next item - it's that case set of fish cutlery.
Good luck, here it is.
Dubarry fish knives and forks, in the nice case there,
starting at £20.
£20 for the fish cutlery, starting at 20.
-I'll take 15, then.
Ten again, then, let's get going.
Ten is bid on my right, seated at ten.
15, fresh bidder.
20, fresh bidder in the room.
30 on the phone. 35.
We're amazing at this!
Any advance on 35?
All done at 35.
35, well done. Another profit, of 15.
Now, all together, that's plus 35.
You're doing wonderfully well.
Your third item is the orbital desk ornament.
Good luck. Here it is.
It's the chrome-and-brass orbital desk ornament there.
And who will start me at £20?
Let's get going now. I'll take 15, then.
15 is bid. 20, fresh bid in the room.
25, fresh bidder now.
It's standing at 25.
25! Come on!
Any advance on 25 now?
-Are we all done at 25?
Fair warning, I'll sell in the room for 25.
25, so near!
You have an overall profit of £32, which is absolutely wonderful.
You've got to make up your mind now.
Are you going to take your Bonus Buy?
-We're going for it.
-Yes, John, we will.
-You're absolutely sure?
-I think they just need the adrenaline rush.
Ah, yeah. Well, John paid £20 for it, and I have to tell you that
the auctioneer's estimate is 10 to 15.
-It might be a come-and-buy-me estimate.
-Well, I think it's lovely.
Let's hope they do.
Coming up right now.
This is a silver brooch, modelled as the plane's propeller there.
Nice item. Who will start me at £10?
£10, straight in at £10 in the room.
15, fresh bidder, all the hands are up.
20 at the back of the hall now.
25. It's at the door at £25 in the room.
Any... 30, still going now.
It's at the back of the hall, standing at £30.
Any advance on 30 now?
All done at 30? Selling for 30.
Brilliant, brilliant, £30.
That gives you another £10 profit,
which takes your overall profit to plus £42. Congratulations.
Isn't that absolutely marvellous?
Could be a winning score, of course,
but don't say a word to the Blues.
Adrienne, Paul, here we are at the auction. How do you feel?
Excited, bit nervous.
A bit nervous? Are there any items that you are a wee bit worried about?
I think my first one, the salts.
It is a live auction, we do not know the outcome until the hammer falls.
First item's coming up, so good luck, guys.
And I have a commission bid.
At £35, so straight in at 35.
Any advance on 35?
Anybody want it now?
40, 45, back in the book at 45 now.
Any advance on £45?
Are we all done at 45?
Well, that's you minus £30.
Second item is that marvellous Oriental powder compact.
Good luck. It looks beautiful.
Chinese unmarked silver compact there,
and who will start me at £40?
£40 for the Chinese piece. Who will start me at 40?
Let's get going now, who will start me at 40?
I'll take 35, then.
Who will start me at 35? Once for 30.
30 is bid in the room.
Any advance? 35 beside you.
-40, you've earned a profit!
It's 45 to my right. Any advance on 45 now?
Are we all done at 45?
45. Oh, come on, you've made £10 profit, that's nae too bad.
And that takes your score to minus 20 at the moment,
and here's your third item coming up. Well, good luck.
..with the mother-of-pearl and abalone shell calling-card case,
circa mid-19th-century there, and who will start me at £50?
£50 for the card case.
I'll take 45, then, I'll come down a bit, who will start me at 45?
35, I'll take.
35 is bid online.
-40 in the room.
-We're into profit already.
Seated in the room at £40 now.
It should be worth more than that. Seated in the room at 40 now.
Any advance on 40?
-Are we all done at 40?
I'll sell to the room for 40.
£40, the hammer's down.
Well, that's plus eight, and that has taken your deficit down
to minus 12.
Now, you have to make up your mind -
are you going to take Paul's Bonus Buy?
-I've already made my mind up, yes.
Yes, we're definitely going for it.
I think you both loved it anyway, when you saw it.
-We did, we did.
-Paul paid £55 for it,
and I have to let you know that the auctioneer has estimated it 60 to 100,
so he has faith in it, as well, so good luck on that.
Let's get rid of the minuses!
Good luck, folks, here it is.
This is a French silver-plated-over-bronze
car mascot, and who will start me at £60?
Let's get going, I'll take 55, then.
55 is bid at the door.
55 bid, that's a good start.
Any advance on 55? Seems cheap at that, though.
Now, bid if you want it. Are we all done at 55?
Selling for... 60, fresh bidder, at the back of the hall, now 60.
It's 65 in the centre. All done at 65?
All in all, folks, we're at minus two.
We were nearly there, so far.
Minus two. That could be a winning score.
It could be, definitely.
So don't be despondent.
-But promise me something - you won't say a word to the Reds?
Shh, lips are sealed.
Sell to the room for 20.
Well, folks, did we have a good time?
It was so much fun!
It was great fun, wasn't it?
It was brilliant. It really was brilliant.
Brilliant, brilliant. Well, you both did not too badly,
I have to say that.
But on Bargain Hunt
we have to have winners and we have to have runners-up,
and today's runners-up are the Blues.
-A loss of £2.
-A tiny, tiny, wee, wee £2.
But the Reds, who started off very well, profits on the first two items,
and then a wee, tiny loss.
-It was Tom's item.
-It was Tom's fault!
It was Tom's fault.
All in all, your profit was £42.
And there's 40. We all had a wonderful, wonderful time, didn't we, folks?
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Anita Manning and experts Paul Laidlaw and John Cameron are at an antiques fair at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh. Two teams of couples take on the challenge, but will it be the reds or the blues who are victorious at today's auction?