Charlie Ross presents from a very rainy Newark with experts Charles Hanson and Philip Serrell. Charlie also pays a visit to the National Civil War Centre.
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Bargain Hunt is in a very wet Newark,
and not far from here was the site of the UK's very first oilfield,
Now a nature reserve, Duke's Wood closed its last oil well in 1989.
Things could have turned out very differently around here.
Well, our teams know the drill.
And I can guarantee they will have a barrel of laughs over at the fair.
So what are we waiting for?
Let's go bargain hunting!
With a pocket full of cash and tactics already sorted,
our teams are raring to go.
So let's take a look at what's coming up.
It never rains but it pours with the Reds.
Oh, it's really raining now.
This weather is wonderful.
I feel like a duck.
And the Blues seem to be doing more wading than trading.
Cometh the hour on Bargain Hunt.
Look at that jug.
There we go.
But over at the auction...
..things brighten up nicely.
That's all for later. Now, let's meet today's teams.
And for the Reds, we have best of friends Val and Kate.
And for the Blues, we have Carl and, wait for it, the mother-in-law,
Christine. Hello, everyone.
ALL: Hello. Lovely to see you.
Now, Val, what on earth has been going on here?
Well, I was fell walking and I fell walking.
So I broke my ankle.
You broke your ankle. Broke the ankle.
So, Val, what keeps you busy when you're not walking the dogs?
I'm in the WI, Sutton-on-Trent, and I love playing darts.
Do you? I do.
And we are in a darts team.
You are in the darts team. Can you play darts with your foot as it is?
I can, because I actually throw left-handed,
so the right is my trailing foot.
Oh, very well organised. I know.
You must have thought about that when you were falling over.
Certainly was. Now, Kate, when you're not WI-ing, what do you do?
Well, we have our own business, we make exhausts for Formula 3 cars.
That's a specialist job, isn't it?
It's very specialist, yes.
Do you get involved with making of them, or are you more admin?
I'm more admin. Husband's making them?
Husband makes them. Keeps him busy.
I don't suppose there are that many people
making exhaust for Formula 3 cars, are there?
Well, there isn't, no, so you have to get it right.
I'm sure you do.
Does he ever get it wrong?
No, he doesn't.
Oh, he's a good man.
Now, what about tactics, have you talked about tactics?
We thought about buying cheap.
And selling high.
Yes! I've never heard that before.
Have you not? No.
I haven't either. Good luck.
Are you looking for a golden gavel?
Absolutely. Well, all the best to you, very good luck,
hope you get the golden gavel.
Now, Christine and Carl.
Christine, you get on well?
Very well, yes. Do you?
There's a bit of a story about how you two met, isn't there?
There is indeed. Obviously when I was first dating Claire, my wife,
I went to meet the parents,
and sat down and decided to put my arm round my wife. As you do.
About ten minutes passed and then my wife got up and walked out.
And I'm still holding somebody's hand, and it was Christine's.
So we had quite a formal introduction.
Goodness me. Do you remember that, Christine?
I do, yes. What did you think at that moment?
I don't know what I thought. No, I bet you don't.
Goodness me. Now, Carl, what do you do to keep yourself busy?
Well, I'm always busy. Previously I was a store manager for a large
supermarket for many years.
Now I'm at home looking after my six children.
Six children. Goodness me.
And you send your wife out to work.
I do, indeed. But do you see anything of your wife? Enough.
Now, Christine, you are retired now, aren't you?
Yes. So, what do you do to spend your spare time?
Oh, so you are a bit of an expert, are you?
Yes. Yes, said very positively.
No pressure, Reds, no pressure at all.
Brilliant. Now, what about tactics?
You're going to be spending lots of money or as little as possible?
As much as we can. Oh, I like that sort of attitude, that's splendid.
Who will make the final decisions?
She's the expert. Without any hesitation.
So, what do you need now to go shopping?
Absolutely right. I've got ?300.
Thank you very much. I've got ?300 for you.
Thank you. Have a great time, off you go shopping.
Well, there we have it. The in-laws versus the dog walkers.
I hope they don't get too exhausted.
And our teams will need a helping hand today.
Blowing his own trumpet for the Reds, it's Philip Serrell.
And dodging the dear items today,
it's Charles Hanson for the Blues.
Couldn't ask for better weather. No, exactly.
What's the plan, mother-in-law?
Anything that takes my fancy.
As simple as that. Yes.
We are going to buy something with animals in it, something practical,
something for the garden.
And for yourself, Carl? "Mantiques", something that a man would like.
So we want a practical animal in the garden.
That's the one. Something like that, yes.
Hold tight, follow me!
What's that? Right, teams, your 60 minutes starts now.
Oh, it's really raining now.
You could do with a brolly before spending your lolly, Reds.
Good luck out there, teams, this has to be one of the wettest shows ever.
Team, despite the weather, there is still plenty of stuff here.
Look in front of us, look.
Can't wait. Tables laden.
And we've even supplied Val with her very own scooter.
Steady, Val. Do you have a licence for that thing?
Let's go over there.
There's one stall there standing, OK. Follow me.
That's it, teams, get stuck in.
Can you see that trunk?
It doesn't say.
Phil, what do you think of this trunk?
It's wet. I know it's wet, but what do you think?
How much is your trunk, chaps, please?
Tenner would be better.
Let's meet in the middle at 15, then.
There, look. It's damaged. Yeah.
And it's been added on.
Oh, it's no good.
For a tenner, it's all right.
Actually, no, I don't think it is, actually. No, it's not.
Thanks, chaps. Thank you ever so much.
Play up, Kate, look out.
She's after running across it!
Val, I knew the scooter was a bad idea.
Will you pull her out of the way?
Oh, Lord, this is all just going wrong here.
There we go. Yes, I promise I won't ever bring them ever again.
Phil, I have to be honest,
you could be in trouble today.
We need to buy something fast. We do, we do.
Back to the Blues.
Given the weather, only the hardiest of dealers are out there in these conditions.
Hello. I'll see if she's open.
Are you open for business?
Yes. You are open.
They are open. Thanks a lot.
What's quite nice, when the weather comes down, in fact,
I think there'll be some bargains.
They'll want a quick sale.
They want to get rid.
Get home. Get home. She's in the van, exactly.
That's quite nice, a late Victorian or what you might call
a George V set of dominoes.
Bone rather than being ivory, ebony as well.
Your sort of thing? Not really, no.
Not really. Well, thanks for inviting me.
It's OK. Come on.
Let's keep going.
No to dominoes.
Time to see if the Reds are making progress, and yes, they are.
Val is back on her scooter.
Damp, isn't it?
How much is that, please?
25. I'll give you 15.
We're in a hurry, it's raining.
Go on, then. How short and sharp is that?
Do you want me to tell you what it is, or are you going to tell me?
So this is a spirit barrel.
And they dress pubs really beautifully well.
The other thing they do, is they put a little seat on there
and you've got a stool.
So this is salt-glazed,
and it's called salt glaze because when it's been glazed in the kiln,
they threw salt in. You get this mottle finish.
And the original salt glazed-stuff is actually drainage pipes.
Did he say 15? Yes, he said 15.
Did I? Yes, you did. OK. Are you sure?
Are you sure? You are a gentleman.
Thank you very much indeed. Thank you very much, thank you.
No one is messing about today, one down in ten minutes.
Well done, Reds.
I've got tears in my eyes.
It's the emotion of Bargain Hunt.
Not the rain? Not the rain.
That's OK. This weather is wonderful, I feel like a duck.
You can always rely on the great British weather.
Never mind golden gavels,
you guys deserve medals after this showery shop.
Take that little box here.
I wouldn't call it little.
No. How heavy is it? Hold that end. It's about 1860.
If you owned a country house and maybe you were off somewhere,
you would have your silver chest.
What timber is that?
Have a guess. Oak.
Oak, you're right. Cast iron studs.
The lid opens like so.
And of course in there,
you might have had a tea set or a silver cafe au lait,
or something to fill those divisions.
Second-half 19th century.
But what's been lost over time, Carl, is a vacant cartouche there.
That had the owner's initials on or name. I suppose, for security,
it was taken off when it passed on.
What's it worth?
?30. Do you reckon so?
Yes. Should we call him over?
Go on. Hello, sir.
May my friend Carl ask you how much the box is?
We've got 65 on him.
Because of the weather, and you want to get home,
what's your bottom line?
I like your style, Carl.
Wait for it.
To get a tiny bit out of it, I'd need 55.
Is it possible you could do 45?
We're not going to be able to do it. Meet you halfway, ?50?
I'll do it for ?50 because of the weather.
There you go, then. It's a deal, ?50.
Shake his hand, Christine.
Thank you. Good seeing you.
You're OK. Thanks a lot.
Good work, team. One down.
The weather is definitely helping seal the deals today.
Well done, Blues.
That's your first item in the bag,
albeit a slightly soggy bag.
Right, Reds, how do some West German fat lava grab you, Phil?
You see, that is one of those things
where I know that I was born too soon.
Not a fan, then, Phil.
In a serious world, you know, and I'm up there with the kids, me,
this is bang on trend.
That is easier to sell than a Staffordshire dog.
Right. Although that is, in my eyes, a dog in its own right.
It's just really, really trendy.
It wouldn't have to be a lamp, though.
I would take the lamp part out.
I would throw that away. Frankly, I would throw all of it away.
I agree. Is it one of those Russian things?
West German. West German.
Hang on, is it a screw one?
Well, there's the original ticket price.
This gentleman doesn't want to take it home, do you?
So if you give him 20 quid not to take it home.
2o quid, it's yours.
Thank you, sir. That's very generous.
Are you serious?
We should shop in the rain more often.
Don't break our lamp!
Don't break the lamp.
Well done, Reds.
15 minutes in, onwards.
Meanwhile, with the Blues, things are going swimmingly.
Literally. Cometh the hour on Bargain Hunt.
Look at that jug. Let's hold hands so we don't fall in.
There we go.
I'm very proud of you, teams.
There's some dedicated bargain hunting today.
I really rate that jug.
Have a handle. I'll tell you why in a second.
I wonder how old he thinks it is.
Could be a good bargain, this.
I think this is probably 18th century.
Blue and white. A soapstone body,
and it will date to around 1785.
So it's Worcester.
Sorry to bother you...
on this fine day.
How much is the jug, please?
Oh, I thought it may have been.
I was hoping for a ?40 price tag.
You and me both.
What a shame.
Not everyone is keen to do a special rainy day price.
There we go.
You should have brought your waders today, Charles.
I think Phil would just be happy with an umbrella right now.
How are you coping with these conditions, Mr Serrell?
I think they've done really, really well.
About half an hour gone, they've bought two items.
Haven't spent much money,
but I think they've bought sure-fire profits.
It is fun, but it's very, very wet.
But it's fab in the scooter.
Well, at least you're all enjoying yourselves.
Even you, Phil.
We should have been ducks.
Because we're quackers! We're quackers!
You're telling me. Speaking of ducks,
we're 30 minutes in, and I'm leaving the teams shopping as I duck inside
for a history lesson.
I've headed into the centre of Newark
and to the National Civil War Centre,
where I've joined curator Glynn Hughes.
Now, Glynn, for those that don't know much about the Civil War,
can you give us a brief summary
about what was possibly the deadliest
conflict in the country's history?
Certainly, Charlie. It's fought between
the Parliamentarians on one side and the Royalists on the other side.
The Royalists support King Charles.
Yes. And on the other side,
the Parliamentarians support Parliament
and basically the will of the people.
Newark was really put on the map, wasn't it, by the Civil War?
It was. Newark becomes really significant
because it started with the raising of the standard
over at Nottingham, so 18 miles from here,
and it ended at Kelham, about four miles outside of Newark,
where Charles surrendered.
How did the war pan out at the end?
Well, at the end,
the Parliamentarians destroyed the Royalist army
at the Battle of Naseby.
That was about it, then?
It's not looking good for Charles at this point, no.
He's the first king in British history
to be found guilty of treason by the people
and is beheaded outside the Banqueting House in 1649.
And Britain becomes a republic.
Yes. And that, they say, is that.
Well, we could go on there,
but you've got some fascinating objects here.
So, what is this?
This is a 17th-century breastplate.
It's basically 17th-century body armour, if you like.
And you can see there, it's got a proofing mark on it.
This is where the armourer would have tested it
by firing a musket ball at it.
However, there is evidence to suggest that
they used to weaken the powder.
So... So it wasn't a real test?
Well, sort of, but not as good as it could have been.
Right. And as you can see with this particular one,
it's got a potentially fatal hole at the front here.
It seems a trifle unfair, doesn't it?
May I lift it up? You can, yes.
I don't believe it.
It is unbelievably heavy.
They are heavy, yes, absolutely.
They would have had a backplate as well, so it was double the weight.
God. And what about this here?
I see you've got my personal book.
Charles Ross. Charles Ross. That's right.
This is called Eikon Basilike.
What's really interesting is inside, it's got,
this book belonged to the library of Charles II.
Really? So this, CR isn't Charles Ross, it is Charles Rex.
It is Charles Rex, basically, yes.
And it's also got Charles II's signature inside it,
which makes it rarer as well.
But what's really interesting for me
from my perspective is that it has a foldout illustration.
In 1649, just as the King was executed,
just after, the Royalists basically want to preserve his memory.
And we have here Charles I, his earthly crown on the floor.
And then we've got in his hand a crown of thorns.
And then in the heavens we've got his heavenly crown.
Once the head's off.
Once the head's off. And that's where he's going.
It's a sort of political cartoon in a way, isn't it?
Sort of, yes, but it is Royalist propaganda in a sense.
We've also got him as a rock in amongst tumultuous stormy seas.
He's the rock, presumably.
Absolutely. He's the strength.
It's been absolutely fascinating for me, thank you very much indeed.
You're welcome. Well, from one battle to the next,
let's go to the fair and see how our teams are getting on.
After 40 minutes of shopping, things are looking pretty bleak.
The Blues have just one purchase.
However, the Reds are doing slightly better with two.
Wow, it's wet and wild, Charles.
What's happening with the rain is dealers all around us are
going home in their vans.
The ones who are staying out are really keen to sell.
So in many respects, now's the time to find the ultimate bargain.
Always the optimist, Mr Hanson.
And just look, they're all loving it out there.
Right, teams, crack on.
All the stallholders seem to be vanishing as quick as your time.
15 minutes left.
That's a pretty jug.
So, probably 1930s.
With a kingfisher on.
Pretty. Pretty. Have a handle of the pot.
Sell it to me.
Yes, it's nice. Like a lustre.
What's the condition like? Seems no chips.
Handle is OK. Foot rim's OK.
Good. What's the price on it?
What does it say?
I'll do it for 35.
And in the conditions?
30 is my best. 25, we will snap it up.
25, give me your money, come on, I'm going home.
That's the way you do it.
In this weather, that's the way.
Thank you, sir, we'll take it.
?25, what a lovely Art Deco jug from Grimwades.
Shake his hand. Thank you very much.
Another stallholder wanting an early finish, then.
Two down, Blues. No pressure, but I think you and the Reds
may well be fighting over the last stall soon.
All the stallholders are going home,
and we've got about ten minutes left,
so I think we've got to buy something, but not that.
That's it, Phil, rein them in.
Come on, team.
I'm trying. It's now the time to dig deep.
What do you think of this, Phil?
Come on, Reds, stop horsing around.
You've only got five minutes left.
The Blues are still chatting to the same stallholder,
and it seems he's not keen to take his garden swing home either.
?50 for the swing.
That is cheap. Steady, Charles.
That could be our inspired buy.
Have a seat. It's going to be dry.
There's a dry patch. I'll try.
Come on, Christine, just here.
Very nice. Put your right cheek down there.
You'll be OK.
Now, to me, look at this, team.
It's a shelter.
We are out of the rain,
we could buy it now
and literally stay here until the hour is over.
But to me, it's kitsch, it's '50s.
I like the vine leaves and the whole cast-iron green enamel.
Charles, you're certainly selling it.
The important question is,
would mother-in-law have it in a garden or not?
Yes, I would. She would.
That is key. You must buy what you like.
And to me...
..I say buy it. I really would. Yes, I think you're right.
Look at the man, he wants to get rid of it.
And I think it's an absolute bargain.
Yes. Should we do it?
Yes. So your best is 50?
My best is 50.
Sold. Thanks, sir.
Sold to the man in the rain.
We are very, very grateful. Well done.
That's it, Blues, all three items done and dusted.
The Reds have finally found some shelter, and possibly a final item.
Some silver sugar tongs.
So those are quite sweet-looking.
And if you look just there, you've got the crown, which is Sheffield,
the lion passant, which tells us it's silver.
I love those little shell terminals there.
And I actually think the way you have to look at this, this is ?35.
?35 for a piece of hallmarked silver.
If you went to buy that new today,
it's three figures.
What do you think? I think...
I love them. I think they are brill.
Buy them. If you like them, buy them.
I do like them. Buy them.
Yes, I like those.
OK, we'll have them.
Thank you very much.
Thank you. Well done, girls.
Right, teams, your time is up.
Well, for everyone watching at home,
we can confirm that has been fun, hasn't it? Fab.
Antiques everywhere, glorious weather, and top company.
Hour's up, shopping done, off we go.
Let's check out what the Red team have bought.
First, the stoneware spirit barrel set them back ?15.
Next, the fat lava lamp cost them ?20.
And finally, they paid ?35 for the sweet little sugar tongs.
Val and Kate, the conditions were challenging, weren't they?
Oh, they were terrible. How was your scooter?
Fabulous. Was it?
Fabulous. Did you enjoy your shopping?
It was absolutely fabulous.
You didn't spend a great deal, though, did you?
We didn't. But I think what we bought was good.
Yes, we liked it. You do.
Now, Kate, what's your favourite lot?
My favourite is the barrel.
What will make the biggest profit, though?
I think the sugar nips will.
You think the sugar nips.
What about you, Val? Mine was the lookalike lamp.
And what about the biggest profit?
We think it might be the sugar nips, don't we? Keen on them?
What about you, Phil?
I think the sugar nip. The lamp might do quite well.
I mean, it's sufficiently horrid.
It's gorgeous. It's young.
Let's not go into a big debate about that lamp.
You either love it or you hate it.
Now, you spent ?70,
which means you've got ?230 to give to that man. We have.
Who's got the cash? I have.
Is this safe? I don't know, I'm not sure.
Phil, what are you going to do with that?
I'm going to try and find somebody
that sells dry socks and boxers, Charlie.
While Phil goes off to buy some dry clothes,
let's check out what the Blue team have bought.
Their first item was the oak box.
Price paid, ?50.
Their next purchase was the Grimwade jug.
They settled on a price of ?25.
And finally, the wrought-iron garden swing cost them ?50.
Well, Carl and Christine, that was an interesting shop, wasn't it?
Did you enjoy yourselves?
I did indeed, yes. Did this man treat you right?
He was very helpful. Was he?
Pleased with your lot? Considering, yes, the weather.
They are differing, aren't they?
Which is your favourite lot, Christine?
The swing. It's a good buy that, wasn't it?
Very good. ?50.
Yes, very good. What's going to make the biggest profit, though?
The swing. The swing.
It's all swings for Christine.
And what about you, Carl? We are all swinging together. Are you? Definitely.
You liked the swing?
Biggest profit? Definitely.
Charles, what do you think?
I think, Charlie, it was really the weather was against us,
but we really swung high - we found that swing at the end.
And I'm really quite happy,
I'm quietly confident in what we've bought.
It's always nice when Charles is quietly confident,
because he's not normally quietly anything.
Anyway, you've spent ?125.
We did. So you must have ?175 left over.
Oh, I don't know.
Where is it, Carl? Hand it over.
I'm going to give it to Charles.
Thank you, Mr Ross, very kind. Charles, what are you going to do with that?
Well, I think we went quite antiquey, didn't we, for mother-in-law.
I think it's now time to go more 20th century,
go more modern for the young man, son-in-law.
So while Charles goes more modern, we're off to the auction.
We've come down the road to Nottingham to Mellors and Kirk,
and I'm with the boss today, Nigel Kirk.
Hello, Nigel. Hello, Charlie.
Thank you very much for allowing us in.
Now, the Red team, Val and Kate, let's have a look at their objects.
They started off with this barrel here.
What do you think of it? It's a perfectly good late 19th-century
salt-glazed stoneware barrel, spirit keg.
I think someone's turned it into a garden seat at some point.
They've put something on the top of it, haven't they?
Very well made, well potted.
Is it saleable? Absolutely.
What sort of money?
20 to ?30.
They only paid ?15.
Bargain. They could kick off with a profit.
Profit, I would have thought so.
Now, what about this object?
Absolutely foul thing, isn't it?
I was going to suggest someone ought
really to use it for target practice,
but it looks as though they already have.
Now, I think it was actually potted with the holes in.
Oh, was it? Oh, right.
Very typical of the sort of West German 1960s pots
brought back in huge numbers.
In fact, we sold, in one lot recently, about 60 pieces of it.
And I was fairly surprised to see them sell for ?300 or ?400.
Really? So what about this one, how much are you going to get for that?
I should have thought 25, 35, something like that.
Well, they only paid ?20.
They did quite a deal. The chap was asking quite a lot more money.
Well, it is big, isn't it?
It's about the only thing you can say for it, isn't it?
It is. But you never know, we might be proved wrong, mightn't we?
Let's hope so. And what about the sugar tongs?
Well, they are lovely little things. Well made. Looking at them from here,
one would easily think they were mid-18th century.
In fact, of course, they are early 20th century.
Which will affect the price.
But I would have thought 20, ?30.
Yes, they paid 35, which might be just a little top-heavy,
but if you can't afford the real thing.
Yes, well, the real thing would be 135, wouldn't it?
Yes, of course. They might well get out of trouble with them.
Well, if they need to get out of trouble even further,
they might need the bonus buy.
Let's have a look at it.
Well, Val and Kate, you left this man with too much money, didn't you?
Far too much.
Phil, what have you done with it?
I've only just got dry, Charlie.
Did you buy some new boxers?
I did indeed, a bit tight. HIGH-PITCHED VOICE: No, they're a bit... No, they're fine.
I need you help here, could you whip...
I could. Ready, girls?
What is this?
How much did you pay for this?
I paid ?45 for both lots.
I think that's a really interesting lot.
That's a mountaineer's ice-pick.
And these are early clubs, obviously.
Stone Age. Exercise clubs.
Those are like the Victorian Pilates. Well, actually, it's not bad.
Oh, right, yeah, yeah.
What do you think? What do you think it's worth?
What do you think we'll get for it? I think it all depends on this.
Climbing stuff is really, really quite collectable.
And I think if you get some climbing people latch onto that on
the internet, it will do well. Oh, yes, yes.
And if you don't, it won't. Right.
A bit of a gamble, isn't it?
A bit of a gamble. Well, you don't have to make up your mind now.
In the heat of the moment, during the auction is when you make of your mind.
But in the meanwhile, let's see what the auctioneer thinks
of the pick and the clubs.
Now, Philip Serrell is always an interesting man with his purchases.
And he has purchased...
A-ha. Nice axe, yes.
..a mountaineer's axe.
And we're not quite sure why, Nigel, but these come with it.
Yes. There doesn't seem to be much synergy between the two.
Not a lot, but they are quite nicely patinated pieces of treen,
aren't they? Of their own age. This is nicely made.
I presume this is ash, I'm pretty sure it is.
It looks ash. Yes, yes.
It's got some age, hasn't it?
It has, it has. 1930s, perhaps.
Yes, yes. So, difficult thing to value, I would imagine.
What do you think on those? I hope the Iceman cometh and then we might sell it.
Perhaps 20 to ?40. 20 to ?40.
Well, Philip went for 45.
So you might need to just squeeze your punters a little extra more.
Now, moving on to the Blues,
Carl and Christine were led by Charles Hanson into this oak box.
I wonder if it was a wise thing.
It does sound rather final, doesn't it, Charlie?
I'm afraid the ironwork is really rather rusty
and it's just generally grubby.
It's also missing the tablet,
which has obviously been prised out of the piece years ago.
How saleable is it? Not very.
I thought you might say that.
What sort of value? ?20 or ?30.
Yes. Now, for some reason, they went for ?50.
Now, you and I don't quite see that, do we? I'm afraid I can't see that.
But let's hope we're proved wrong. One never knows. No, you never know.
Now, what about the jug, Grimwades jug?
Yes. It's a typical English pot of the 1920s or '30s.
Yes. In pseudo lustreware.
Yeah. Again, not hugely saleable, I'm afraid.
No. I suppose if it was Wedgwood lusterware we'd be...
It'd be several noughts on the price.
I think it's probably ?20 or ?30.
Yeah, yep. Well, that bracket is what they paid, ?25.
Oh, that's all right, very fair.
Now, the other item was far too large to put on the table,
of course, the garden swing.
Yes. Yes, I...
Do you have people for garden swings?
Well, yes, we do.
Garden objects are quite sought-after,
and it's a quirky, interesting thing. Of no age, really.
No. But it's quite attractive.
Yeah. If you went to buy one new, it would cost a lot of money.
It would cost a great deal in a garden centre, wouldn't it?
Yes. I would've thought 80 to 120
should entice some bidding.
Well, the weather was quite bad when they were shopping,
and the chap just said, "I don't want to take it home, you can have it for ?50."
That sounds very reasonable.
Should be all right, shouldn't they?
Profit, I would have thought. Yeah.
Well, they might not need their bonus buy,
but just in case they do, let's have a look at it.
Carl and Christine, Charles said he was going off
to try and buy something a bit more modern, didn't he?
He did, yes. 21st century, I think.
Yes, do you think he's done that?
Looking at that shape, yes.
Do you know where he is? No.
Yes? Charles! Yes, I'm here.
I think he's in what he bought.
There. See, what do you think?
Yeah, definitely modern.
It's warm in there, very warm.
This is what we call a globe chair and in style,
if you think back to sort of mid-20th century,
the great age of the space age, it's quite light, it's airy,
I think it sits well.
Probably 1980s, Carl.
Yeah. Yeah, what do you think of it?
Yeah. It's practical, it looks good, doesn't it?
Yeah. To me, it's well-worn, it's not made yesterday.
It has got some age.
It's got a bit of age, you'd love it to have just a bit more age.
The original ones of these are now making ?1,000, ?2,000.
Yes. What's it worth?
I'll take, I'll take... I'll take...
online you'd get probably ?500.
Yes. Right, what did you pay?
It only cost me ?100.
Well, well, well. Carl thinks the globe chair is a complete steal,
what will the auctioneer think of it?
So, it's the swivel chair, what I would call a globe chair.
Yes. Quite an iconic item, isn't it?
Very much so. And I think people give them all sorts of different names.
Yeah. It's very typical of its date. I think that's quite a speculative item.
Are you going to conduct your auction from it?
It would be rather fun, wouldn't it?
What about value?
80 to 120, perhaps a little more.
He paid ?100 so they didn't steal it. No, yes.
It's got a chance, hasn't it? They stand a sporting chance, don't they?
Yes. Splendid, I look forward to that lot. Now, you'll be taking the sale?
I hope so. I'm looking forward to it.
Could be quite exciting.
Girls, you're looking rather excited about all this.
Have you been to an auction before?
No. No. Never?
No. What are your first impressions?
Are you impressed with the lots you've bought?
Yes. Yes, we are.
We think. Yes. Going to make a profit? Yeah, we are.
Yes. Definitely going to make a profit. Good.
Phil, you're looking a little astonished. I actually think they will. Yeah.
You don't think they're going to go as far as...?
Well, you never, ever know, Charlie.
You never know. Oh, wouldn't that be exciting?
We will. Anyway, kicking off with that spirit barrel.
Here it comes. It cost ?15.
Lot 100. Salt glaze brown stoneware spirit barrel.
?20 for it.
20 anywhere. ?20.
That's a bid at ?20.
25 for it.
Yes. ?20 bid. 25 do I see?
At 25. 30 I've got online.
35 for it?
Any further bids? Hammer's up, selling...
35 I'm bid, thank you.
40 for it? ?35.
That's absolutely amazing.
Do you know how much profit you made? ?20. Shh.
Now, here comes the vase.
Lot 101, 1960s West German earthenware lamp.
Bottle shape. So called lava glaze.
?20 for this, somebody?
20 I am bid, thank you, sir.
25 for it.
25 for it.
First and last bid at ?20.
It's beautiful. No further bids? I love it. ?20.
I shall sell it.
Yes! Well, don't get too excited, you haven't lost
and you haven't made anything.
You've broken even there. Are you happy?
Wiped its face. Here are your tongs.
A pair of George V silver sugar tongs,
?20 for these, please, for the tongs.
20. That's worth 20.
20 I am bid on the internet.
At 20. 25 anywhere?
And bid now. 25, ?30.
That's it, come on. 35. At ?30.
35 for them?
One more! One more.
?30, all done, and finished at 30.
35, thank you, madam. Oh, yes.
Got you out of trouble there. Fair warning. ?35.
Yes! It's just even.
So you're up ?20.
So, now's the moment.
Do you go with the mountaineer's axe?
And don't forget the exercise clubs.
Do you go with them or not? Shall we go with them?
We won't go. Are you sure?
So, you're not going with them? No.
Right. Do you want to know what the auctioneer put on these?
?100... Oh, no, sorry.
No, no, ?20 to ?40.
Oh. There they come.
The mountaineer's ice axe with ash handle
and a pair of turned wood clubs.
?20 for them. 20 I am bid.
25 for them. Oh, God.
25. 30. 30, 35. 5 and 40.
At 35 at the back of the room.
45, another online bidder.
50 now. 50, 60.
Have another. Oh, no! ?50 I am bid.
60 for them? Philip Serrell!
At ?50 I shall sell. ?60. 70?
70 is it?
?60, the hammer's up.
?60, fair warning.
So that is a profit of ?15 which, unfortunately,
means absolutely nothing to you.
Nothing. So, you've made ?20.
Yes. Could've been 35.
It could've been. But it isn't.
No. Now, it might be a winning score.
It might be a losing score.
Not a word to the Blues, OK?
OK. Absolutely nothing.
They'll find out later.
Carl and Christine, been to an auction before?
One. One. One, years ago.
Did you buy things? No, I sold a teddy bear I found in a skip.
Did it do well? ?50.
Marvellous. Well, if all your lots make ?50 today, we'll be all right, won't we? Yes.
Well, it's the oak box that we're kicking off with.
Hmm, so-so. Confident?
Yes, I think so, Charlie. Good. Here it is.
The Victorian iron-bound oak box.
?20 for this box.
20, 20 I am bid on the net.
At 20. 25 for it.
25 for it.
At ?20, 25.
30. 30? Get in there!
25 I'm bid. At ?25, fair warning.
I can't believe this. I sell.
Oh, dear. Yeah.
You've halved your money. Sold for 25.
Just shows what bargains there are.
Here comes the Grimwades jug.
Grimwades byzanta ware lustre jug.
And I've got ?20 bid on the book for this here at 20.
A commission bidder at 20. Come on, let's go. 25 online.
30 for it? Oh! 30 now.
?30 I am bid.
Come on. 40 for it.
?35, an online bidder.
Come on. That's not bad.
That's plus a tenner.
Knocked that down from 45. That's very good.
You're only ?15 down now.
That's really good. Now, here comes the swing.
This might swing high. The auctioneer quite likes this.
Let's swing high. Very decorative lot, lot 126, ?40 I am bid.
50. At 50.
60. 70 for it.
70 anywhere? ?60 only bid.
70 now. ?80.
90. At ?80.
Against you online. One more! ?90.
Online bidder. ?90.
Fair warning. It sells to the internet at ?90.
I thought it would do well.
That has taken you into an overall profit of ?25.
You were down 15.
But you have added that 40.
All you have to do now is decide whether or not
you're going to go with that globe chair.
I like it, I like it. He likes it. Yeah.
It's a funny old game, Charlie, you can never call it and...
I'm feeling quite cautious today. Do you want to go with it?
Christine? Yeah. Yes, definitely. Definitely.
Are you absolutely sure? We've got faith in our man.
We've got faith in him. Oh, I don't believe it.
But I have to say the auctioneer loved it.
Really? And he felt that it might fly a bit.
I thought... Here we go, here we go.
Look at it. It's great.
Come on, team. Striking lot, isn't it?
And ?50 I am bid.
At 50, 60 for it.
60 I am bid. 70, 80, 90...
Go on, come on. 100, 110, 120, 130.
At 120. 130 online.
140 for it.
At 130, 140 I am bid. Yes! 150.
This is sensational. 140 in the room and I shall sell it.
And 50 I am bid.
At 160, a room bidder.
The world's in a spin.
?160! Thanks. That's a ?60 profit.
Brilliant. That's marvellous.
60 plus 25 is ?85.
You are ?85 up.
Brilliant. I'm over the moon.
That is stratospheric.
It is. Now, not a word to the Reds.
No. It might be a winning score but it might not be a winning score.
?85 is no guarantee, I can tell you. No.
So keep quiet and we will find out later.
Happy, aren't we? Very happy. Yes.
Well, well, well, you lot, what a competition.
Profits here, profits there, profits everywhere.
But somebody has won.
And we don't have losers, we have runners-up,
who have acquitted themselves superbly and today,
the runners-up are without doubt...
the Red team. Oh, no! Yes!
You still made ?20, though, which was magnificent.
It could've been a bit more, of course,
had you gone with the great man's axe.
Well, yes. But you are to be praised, really,
you didn't lose money on anything at all.
You made ?20 on that barrel,
and the other two objects washed their face, didn't they?
But here, what about you Blues?
Led by the great man Hanson.
You started off very badly, didn't you? ?25 lost on that box.
Yes. Didn't do very well, but your garden swing!
We swung high. Oh, yes.
The garden swing made ?40.
Oh, yes. Then, of course, you went with that extraordinary chair.
The globe chair... Iconic chair. Which made ?60...
So you made ?85.
Wow. Well done.
Remarkable. All that remains for me is to give you money.
Thank you! Yay! You clever clogs, ?85. Thank you. Isn't that magnificent?
Brilliant. Lovely. Have you had a good time?
Excellent, thank you. Enjoyed it? Lovely. Yes, brilliant. Good. Have you enjoyed it, girls? We have.
Has he behaved himself? No. No. No, I did think he would.
Why change the habits of a lifetime?
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