Bargain Hunt comes from Epsom Racecourse. The teams are chomping at the bit to bag a bargain and some golden gavels. Keeping them in check is host Anita Manning.
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Today, we're in Epsom in Surrey,
where a 17th-century discovery saw visitor numbers boom.
In 1618, a natural spring was discovered right here
and the water was found to contain a naturally healing mineral compound,
and once the water is evaporated...
..you get these.
Even now, bathing in this stuff is said to cure
all sorts of aches and pains.
But no time to relax,
both our teams have a spring in their step and are hoping to make
some interesting discoveries of their own.
So, let's go bargain hunting!
Welcome to Epsom Racecourse Antiques And Collectables Fair.
With around 100 stalls overflowing with purchasing possibilities,
will our teams bag a bargain today?
Let's have a peek at what's coming up.
The Reds are spending big.
We've already bought one quite expensive item, haven't we?
I don't want to leave Danny with nothing. Don't worry about me!
Don't worry about me!
While the Blues' knowledge is put to the test.
What date is it? Come on, I'm going to test you now.
Oh! Oh, my goodness! You've had one hour of training.
It's definitely Victorian.
And there's plenty of excitement at the auction!
But that's all for later - let's meet today's teams.
For the Reds, we have married couple Andrew and Stephanie.
And for the Blues, we have friends Graham and Julie.
It's lovely to have you along.
Now, Reds first.
So, Andrew, it says here that you're a trained actor.
Tell us about that.
Well, Anita, it was something I always wanted to do
when I was young, but I went into the family business,
we had a clothing company.
Then we got out of that about ten years ago and I thought,
"What do you do?" You go back to what you wanted to do
when you were young.
So, I went off to East 15 and did a MA year's acting course,
and it's been marvellous fun ever since.
Right, do people ask you for your autograph?
Yes, one. One did, once, yeah.
Was it this lady here?
It wasn't, actually, no.
It was her mum! It was her mum!
So, Stephanie, you and Andrew work together?
We do. A husband-and-wife team.
It's frightening, isn't it?
Tell me what you do.
We run after-school clubs where we teach children how to do things
with computers, like stop animation, Lego robotics,
video game labs where they design their own video games,
and it's amazing. The children love it.
But you're also an adventurous type of woman.
I am. You like travelling.
So, tell us about it. Have you got any exciting trips planned?
I do. We're going to trek part of the Wall of China
for our local breast unit charity. Wow!
How many thousands of miles might that be?
It's too many for me to walk, but we're going to do 70 of it.
So, you guys live together and work together,
but how will you be as a team out there, shopping at the fair?
I'll decide, Andrew will haggle.
He'll do what he's told, really.
Sounds like a plan!
And take the advice of the expert as well. Yeah, absolutely.
Because we don't really know what we're looking for! No!
Now, over to the Blues.
We have Julie and Graham, who are best friends.
Yes. Now, Graham, how did you two meet?
In Findon village, we have a very, very good garden association.
And so, I was encouraged by several people, including Julie,
to join the club, because I used to work at a local garden centre.
So, Graham, what did you do before that?
I worked at Heathrow, for one of the big airlines there, for 31 years.
Was that an exciting and glamorous job in those days?
Anita, I'd do it all again, absolutely.
Ah, I love it! Just as it was.
It was absolutely fantastic.
That sounds absolutely terrific.
Now, Julie, tell me, what do you do for a living?
Well, not so exciting, I'm afraid.
I work for the local authority.
Right. And I'm a licensing assistant...
But, I believe that underneath that respectability,
there is an exotic woman there, with an exotic hobby!
Tell us about that!
Well, I've been teaching belly dance now, Egyptian belly dance,
for quite a few years.
Now, I wonder, and I hope you don't mind,
but could you teach us a couple of wee moves?
Are you up for it, guys?!
OK, give us a move.
OK. Well, first of all, we have some snaky arms.
Snaky arms, folks, snaky arms!
Nice and elegant. Right, OK.
And we have some cheeky shoulder shimmies.
Well, that was great fun. That was smashing. Thank you.
I'm going to practise afterwards.
Well, what I have to do at this moment, then, is give you some dosh.
300 smackeroos for the Reds.
Ooh! I'll have that.
And 300 for you. Thank you.
Your experts await, so off you go!
Well, will our teams be dancing with delight when the hammer comes down
at the auction?
All our teams need now are their experts.
Baby-sitting the Reds, it's Danny Sebastien.
And flying high with the Blues, it's David Harper.
OK, then, guys, what are we looking for today? Stephanie?
I'd like something beautiful that has a bit of a story behind it.
Hopefully, a nice piece of silver.
Well, I like things you can use,
a working antique, something practical.
Jewellery, nice piece of jewellery? A piece of jewellery?
And what's the aim, Julie? Ooh, to get the Golden Gavel. Ha-ha!
Teams, your time starts now.
OK, it sounds like we're going to have some great fun.
Let's get going.
Are you ready? Yes! We're ready. Go - that direction! Right.
They're off! Best of luck, teams!
Have the Reds found something beautiful from their shopping list already?
What are you looking at there?
I was just looking at these items.
Can you tell us a little bit about them?
It looks like Limoges, which is French porcelain.
Quite nice, quite desirable.
Hmm, we got one for your mum for Christmas once.
Did we? Well, I did. Did she use it?! No!
Well, this is the thing. Is it overly practical? Yeah.
Probably not. OK.
I think we've got to keep moving on.
Let's move on. OK. Time's going to run out on us. Let's go.
That's right, Danny, the clock's ticking.
Now, what is it, then, that you like about this?
It's the style and also the quality, erm, the look about it.
Yeah, what's really quite interesting about this is,
even though it was made in 1952, if you look at the style,
it could have really easily been made much earlier. Right.
?92. What are your thoughts?
75? In auction, it's probably 50-70.
I don't think she's going to come down. But I don't think...
No, I don't think she is.
I think this lady has a really good piece of stock.
She has a lot of quality. And when you've got a good piece of stock,
you don't give it away.
No. You don't.
So, we're going to leave this for now.
I think we put that on the back burner. OK.
While the Blues continue their search,
the Reds have spotted something on their travels.
Wow, that is a big globe, isn't it?
You'd need a lot of living room space for that, wouldn't you?
Well, a nice office, something like that.
It's all about the quality with globes though, isn't it, really?
Yes, and that doesn't look like a bad one standing from here.
Grab hold of it, grab hold of it. Let's have...
OK. Am I allowed to do that?
OK. Is it heavy?
It's not heavy, but I'm just being careful with it.
The last thing I want to do is drop it. Pop it on here.
Got a nice mahogany base on it.
Right here, it's got on it, Philips' Terrestrial Globe.
Philips was a big maker in the 1950s and 1960s of globes.
Great. They normally came in metal, in, like, tin.
This one's got no tin on it at all.
So I think the tin ones were more desirable, but this one,
it was probably in a school back in the day.
I suppose the million-dollar question is what, at auction,
what could we expect?
It's marked up at ?150.
We can always try and trim it down a little bit.
OK. So, we're really wanting a Golden Gavel.
This is marked up at 150. OK.
What can we do on this price?
What would be your really best, best, best price?
Well, I know in auction this would be somewhere between 120-180.
So, I can go down to, say, 125?
I mean, to be honest, I'd be happier if we could get it around
the 100 mark, but it's not going to happen.
I think 110, we're going to stand a chance at auction
of making a profit.
Yeah, go on, then - 110!
Thank you! Thank you very much indeed!
What a deal! With a bit of help from Danny,
the Reds have bagged their first item.
I think there might be a chance of well making a good profit
on that at auction. I love it, it's beautiful.
But whatever happens, we do love it. Yeah. Well, that's half the thing.
Mmm. Yes. And, of course, secondly, we're one buy in.
Let's keep going. Yes!
So, it's 1-0 to the Reds.
Meanwhile, the Blues are getting stuck in.
Would you use that, Julie, with your hay? Would you?
No, definitely not!
No? I wouldn't use it in the stable, but I think...
Have you got a horse, Julie? Yes, I have.
Oh, right! Well, you need one of those desperately!
No, but I think they look quite nice sort of... On a wall.
..on a wall. Yes.
If you've got an old cottage or something.
OK. That one in particular is quite a nice shape.
Well, let's have a look. Let's handle it, Julie.
Pull it out and tell me all about it. Tell me what you're feeling. OK.
So, quite often these come across from France, don't they?
Yes, yeah. No, it's Spanish. Spanish?
It's all from Spain.
Nice feature that it's all one piece of wood.
Yes, fascinating, actually.
Gives it a bit more quality, I think.
It's incredible, isn't it? That nature can be so stunningly useful
and beautiful at the same time.
Yes. Yep. So, that has not...
It may have been manipulated slightly with heat, just to move,
but that is a root that has been formed naturally
to make into a pitchfork.
It's really nice. I like that.
It's great! I like the shape.
What would be your best on it?
What kind of wood, would you say? Ooh, I don't know.
Best? What have I got on there? 45.
45. We're looking for a really good price.
I would say probably about 28?
Oof! 28, no.
No. That's too...too cheap.
Do it for 30. 30? All right.
Not a moment wasted - 11 minutes in, and the Blues are off the mark.
Come on, we've bought a pitchfork. We're off.
Now, what has caught Stephanie's eye?
I love a bit of kitsch.
I know you love a bit of... I'm not convinced. What does Danny think?
What do you think? Erm, well, I think Babycham, 1970s,
very popular drink.
Right. But I've never seen...
Would that be, like, a nibble dish or something?
I've never seen this little dish before.
Hello, there! Hello.
No, they're not for peanuts.
Originally, they were ashtrays and you'd find them on the bars.
They're made by Beswick.
The cigarettes would be obviously laid in there. I see it now. Yes.
What is the price you've got on it today?
The price on this is 28.
I think we need to keep looking. OK.
And maybe have this in reserve, if we need it. OK.
Good thought. Let's go.
Decisive thinking by the Reds.
Meanwhile, the Blues are homing in on a red vase.
I like that, but...
Oh, tell me about that then.
Well, it's a Japanese thing, isn't it? Enamel.
Cloisonne. That's it, cloisonne.
I think for safety, you're going to say it's early to mid-20th century.
It could, if you were very lucky, be 19th century, a Meiji period thing,
1868 to 1912, which is the period of the master cloisonne makers in Japan.
But there's no markings on the base, which is a crying shame.
What sort of price do you have on the cloisonne?
I'm asking 95 for it.
At that level, I don't think it's for us. OK.
But a lovely one to handle. OK.
Back to the Reds, who are, coincidentally,
also looking at cloisonne.
These caught my eye.
Is there anything you could tell me about these, Danny?
What we've got here is some nice little pots, looks Chinese,
and there's a process, cloisonne, which is enamelling on metalwork.
What's the price on them?
I think they're quite modern, to be honest.
And I think 125 is just a little bit too rich for us. OK.
Move on. OK. Yes. OK.
But both teams still have plenty of cash to splash,
and still at the same stall, the Blues have found some silver.
What do you think about that?
Very, very pretty.
So, what is it?
Well, I think it's called a vinaigrette.
Good. Excellent. Yes? Yeah.
It would be filled with something sort of floral and fragrant... Yes.
..to sort of waft under your nose
when you're going through smelly areas.
18th century, the period of George III.
What sort of money is it?
Erm, I'm looking for 150.
Well, the thing is, again, here we go, we're picking good things.
And, you know, as an object made 250 years ago out of solid silver,
with all that kind of social history to it, it's no money.
It's no money.
Possibly too pricey for our savvy Blue team,
but the stall-holder has something else.
Yeah, I've got another piece that might be of interest to you.
This might have been modified.
This is by Samuel Pemberton, late 18th century, and normally,
when they're this shape, they contain either a scent bottle
or an etui, but sometime in its life,
it's had a vinaigrette grill put in it.
Isn't that sweet? I could let you have that reasonably,
which you might stand a chance.
I'd do 50.
So it's 50 quid or nothing. You take it or you leave it.
It's one of those situations.
What's your instinct, Graham?
Down to 40, is what I was thinking.
He's awful, isn't he?
I'm losing money, but you can have it, cos I'd like you
to make a profit if you can.
Thank you, that would be wonderful. Shall we shake on that?
I think so. Julie, you happy? 40? Oh, yes.
There you go. Thank you. Thank you so much.
That's unbelievable. I mean, two very interesting buys.
We've got the hay fork and then a very refined piece of silver.
OK? Yep. Great.
Purchase two. On we go. Wonderful. Right.
Well done, Blues.
While the teams continue shopping,
I'm going to find out about the intriguing history
of the racecourse here at Epsom.
Today, I'm joined by Andrew Cooper who is head of racing here at Epsom.
Now, Andrew, tell me when horse racing started at this course.
Well, there's record of horse racing taking place on the downs here as
early as the 1660s.
But it really took off as a sport in the country and also in this local
area once salts were discovered in Epsom
and it became a popular spa town.
Yeah, Epsom salts, I know all about that.
Andrew, tell me about the Derby.
Well, the Derby is the most famous horse race in the world.
And there are 140 other races around the world that have copied our name,
but this is the one and only, historic, truly original Derby.
Now, that is a wonderful old bell. Tell me about that.
Well, this is the bell that was used
to signal the start of the Derby race
from its first running in 1780 to, we think, 1852.
So, on both sides of the course,
both at the start and on the grandstand side,
a bell was rung to signify that the race had taken place,
so the public knew that the race had actually started.
Andrew, can you tell me about these little dolls
and what do they have to do with the Derby?
Well, these Derby dolls, or penny woodens, as they're called,
became very popular in the 1800s
and their link to the Derby was that on the journey down from London
to Epsom racecourse, on very, very dusty roads at the time,
gentlemen in particular would wear
these little Derby doll trinkets in their hats.
In the hat band?
Yes, dressed in the colours of the horses that they were going to
support later in the day at the racecourse,
and were one of those little lucky tokens that became associated
with the Derby race in the mid-1800s.
Now, I know about this book,
Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management.
But what on earth has this got to do with Epsom racecourse?
Well, Isabella Beeton, as a teenage girl,
lived in the grandstand at Epsom racecourse.
Really? She moved in with her widowed mother,
who married the then clerk of the course and manager of the racecourse,
a gentleman called Henry Dorling.
That couple went on to have 13 children. 13?!
Having had eight from the previous marriages
and Isabella lived here in the grandstand.
Actually in the grandstand?
Indeed. She lived there, looking after all those younger siblings.
Isabella Beeton subsequently wrote the book in 1861, it was published,
it was a bestseller at the time and it's still in print now.
Andrew, thank you for telling us all these interesting facts about the
marvellous Epsom racecourse.
But meanwhile, it's time for us to check back in with the teams.
Back to it, and the teams are halfway through the shopping.
The Reds still need two items,
while the Blues are feeling at ease with just one item left to find.
I think we're doing OK, we've got two items in half an hour.
So now we can afford to relax
and have a good look around and see what we can come up with.
Not too much with the relaxation, not for the next 30 minutes, anyway.
While the Blues feel a bit more relaxed, the Reds are staying focused.
This box at the back here, what do you think that might be?
Well, we've got a nice little Victorian, I'd say late Victorian,
jewellery box. Got a little tray inside which is quite nice.
There's no key, but there is a little shield on top where you'd personalise it
and put, like, initials.
Good size. I mean, it looks like it's in great stead.
There's a little bit of damage at the front corner,
but it's been repaired very well by the looks of things.
So, Danny, I would buy this.
Do you think it's got a good chance of being popular at an auction?
Little boxes are always desirable, they're very commercial.
Doesn't necessarily have to be used in its original state.
Something like that could be on somebody's desk in an office,
and those little compartments can fit drawing pins, safety clips, stamps. You know, pens.
If you're collecting pens as well, nibs.
So I know they're very commercial.
What's your price on this?
The price is 95.
To take it to auction, it's a bit too rich.
Really, it wants to be between, say, ?60 to ?80.
That's going to stand us with a chance of making a profit.
OK. I mean, what is the absolute best you can do on it, sir?
The best on it would be 65.
Well, we've already bought one quite expensive item, haven't we?
I don't want to leave Danny with nothing.
Don't worry about me. Don't worry about me!
Would you go to ?60, as it doesn't have a key?
OK, I'll do it for 60.
Fantastic. I'd be happy to go with it at 60?
I'm happy. You're happy? Yes. OK.
Shake the man's hand. Thank you very much indeed.
Great negotiating skills from the Reds.
Meanwhile, the Blues are back on track and Julie has found some colourful jewellery.
So, why were you drawn to that? Tell us all about it.
Because it's the sort of jewellery that I think is very pretty.
It looks Edwardian, I don't know whether it is.
OK, yeah. You can see pearls and...
Very pretty. ..that sort of thing.
Let's have a look at it, then.
Is that the kind of thing that you would actually wear?
If I'm honest, only on special occasions.
That's fine. It's rather glamorous, isn't it?
What sort of price, money have we got on that?
195. Oh, gosh.
I mean, you haven't spent very much money.
No. But the endgame here is what?
Profit. For what reason?
Because we want to... To get the Golden Gavel. The Golden Gavel.
So I think maybe...
You're driven, aren't you? You're truly driven.
We'll have to say thank you very much, but no thank you.
The Blues are all about their Golden Gavel game plan,
while the Reds have a bit of time on their hands.
OK, so, this clock caught my eye.
I don't know if it's got any age to it.
To me, it looks to the style of the '60s or '70s.
What do you think? Maybe a little bit earlier. Oh.
Sort of, I'd say more '30s, '40s.
Mantel clock - nice. It looks like a burr walnut on the front.
I'm going to be honest with you,
I think the ticket price tells us what we've got here.
Not the most commercial.
Yeah. Nowadays, you want something a little bit more elaborate,
something a bit more striking.
OK. People don't necessarily put clocks on the mantelpiece any more.
No, I suppose not.
A very nice example, in lovely condition,
but I just don't think it's really in vogue.
OK, we'll take your advice on that.
Thanks. Thank you for that. Let's keep looking.
Only ten minutes left on the clocks, teams.
I quite like that, is it a brooch, there?
Hi, there. Can you just give us a price? Is it a silver one,
on the left-hand side? That one?
Yes. Is it a brooch or pendant?
It's a brooch. OK.
What price have you got on there?
I've got 19 on there. ?19, OK. Can we have a look at that?
Yeah, make sure you can see the marker.
OK. I'm thinking Golden Gavel territory, all right?
This is what we want.
It's ?19, we can do a bit of negotiating.
It's got a bit of a look.
OK, but is it silver, or is it just...?
No, it is silver.
It is silver. It's got a little split in it here.
Is it a split, or is it not on the pin, on the body?
Oh, yes, I can.
No, no, no, don't discount it,
because that means we're going to get it at a bargain price, right?
Think Golden Gavels. Yes.
Right, Golden Gavels? Yeah.
So, what kind of money could that be?
Because it's got the split, you could have it for ?10.
?10. It is what it is, but I think it's lovely, and I think it perhaps...
Well, hang on a minute. It's ?10, what date is it?
Come on, I'm going to test you now. Oh, my goodness. You've had one hour of training.
It's definitely Victorian.
OK, it's late 19th, early 20th century.
Oh, right, OK. It's got to be.
Pre-First World War, I would guess.
It's got a lot of shine to it. Let's go for it.
Yes. Let's do it.
Let's go for it. Do you want to?
With a box.
Yes. Lovely, thank you, madam.
Well done, Blues, that's your third and final item.
Right, OK, that, chaps, is Golden Gavel territory.
Hooray! There we go.
Thank you, madam, thank you very much.
Now back with the Reds,
they have just six minutes left to find their last item.
And can I have a look at the little travelling perfume bottle, please?
That's actually a smelling salts bottle.
Oh, it's a smelling salts bottle.
What are you thinking?
I'm thinking it's beautiful, I've never seen one.
I know it's not useful.
I mean, it's in great condition, let's not take that away.
It's marked up at ?12.
You know, I mean, it's not too far out, to be honest.
OK. You know, there's always collectors for little things.
This is a lovely little reviver, smelling salts bottle.
You know, it's got a nice polished top, white metal polished top.
It's in nice condition.
We'll just take the lid off, just to check for chips.
And we could say there's no damage.
Well, I think we need to make a decision.
We know it's priced at ?12.
There must be about just over five minutes left.
So, we're going to have to make a decision.
I've learned over the years, if Stephanie's happy with it,
I've got to be happy too.
Let's see what price we can get.
Hi, there. Hi. It's priced up at ?12.
Yeah. We're really going for a Golden Gavel.
What would be your very best price on that?
Really, it would be ten on that, which is no money, really,
for what it is. OK.
Would you be able to do it for nine? Yeah, we'll do it for nine.
Thank you very much indeed.
This could be the Golden Gavel, you never know.
Good luck. Thank you so much, really appreciate it.
That's it, teams, your time's up.
That's it, gents, ladies and gents.
We've done well. That's our third item.
She's happy, look at that.
Let's remind ourselves what the Reds bought.
First up was the large terrestrial globe with a price of ?110.
They found a gem in this jewellery box at ?60.
And finally, a miniature scent bottle
at the equally miniature price of ?9.
Stephanie, Andrew, did you have a good time?
Yes, we did, didn't we? What was your favourite item?
I think for me it was the tiny little bottle in the leather pouch,
I loved it. Andrew, what about you?
Well, for me, it's the globe.
Oh, right. It's something you can use, it's huge, it's imposing,
just the kind of thing I like. Yeah!
Is it going to make the most money?
With a strong wind, I think it could do well,
so I'm going to stick to my guns and say the globe, yeah.
Well, you spent ?129.
Can you give me 121, please?
Which I will pass over immediately to Danny.
Thank you. Are you happy with that amount of money?
Well, I think I've got plenty to spend.
We bought some great items.
I've got my work cut out if I can keep up the flow.
While Danny goes off to do his very best,
we're going to have a look at what the Blues bought.
First up, they got into country living
with this carved wooden pitchfork, bought for ?30.
They picked up this late 18th-century vinaigrette for ?40.
And finally, this silver and amethyst brooch caught Julie's eye,
Julie, Graham, did you have a nice time today?
Wonderful. It was amazing.
Yeah. Julie, what was your favourite item?
Definitely the hay fork.
I love it. Graham, what was your favourite item?
Well, I have to say, it's got to be the hay fork.
Oh, so you're both in agreement? We're both in agreement on that.
It's in one piece, that's what's amazing,
and where the forks are out, it's just amazing.
But profit wise, I think, really, the vinaigrette may do it.
You spent ?80, could you give me 220, please?
There we go, madam. ?220 is an enormous amount of money, David.
I've never seen that amount in my life.
Are you going to blow the lot?
Well, I'm going to stick to the trying to make a profit,
so I'm going to be very cautious.
Profit, profit, profit.
While David goes off to buy something with a definite profit,
we're off to the auction.
I've travelled to Bellmans auctioneers in West Sussex
to meet auctioneer Jonathan Pratt.
Hello, Jonathan. Hi, there.
Now, Reds first of all.
Andrew and Stephanie.
Their first item, this Philips terrestrial globe, what do you think of it?
I like it a lot because, obviously, it's an educational tool.
They have a sculptural quality.
It's kind of retro as well.
So in that respect, you can see someone having it in a study,
you can see them having it in a kid's bedroom as an ornament or as
a useful tool as well. So I think it's got quite a lot going for it
and it is a big one, it's the size of a beach ball.
What's your estimate on that? I've estimated at ?50 to ?70.
50 to 70?
They paid ?110 for it. There we go, yes.
OK, their second item, it's the Victorian jewellery box.
Are these still popular?
This is very traditional. At an auction, you often see two or three in a lot.
Often they've been gutted.
So the nice thing about this one is
it's quite presentable and it's got a nice interior which is nicely
finished in a nice fabric and it's nicely buttoned,
and there's a lot of nice things about it to sell it.
What's your estimate on it?
I've put ?20 to ?40 on it.
Well, I think they may have paid a wee bit too much at ?60.
If I get 60, I think I'll be inundated with other people wanting to sell them.
Now, their third item is the little perfume bottle,
vinaigrette, sweet smelling.
Yeah, it's called the Revive You
and that suggests to me that it's smelling salts.
It's moulded glass, nickel-plated sort of, you know, cover.
Very little... There's no quality there.
Not really, no. But it's a novelty, isn't it?
It's a bit of fun. Yeah. And at ?5 to ?10, is what I reckon.
Well, they paid ?9, so, they have a chance.
My minimum bid, I try to get ten for everything at the very least,
so I've got to get a profit on it. You've got to get a profit on it.
So, that's their three items.
They may or may not need their bonus buy.
But we're going to go and have a look at it anyway.
Andrew, Stephanie, you spent ?179.
You gave Danny 121.
Danny, what did you buy?
I bought something a little bit different, a little bit quirky.
Oh, I love it, what is it?
It's a Brunsviga Nova calculator.
It dates back to about the 1940s.
I can't remember how it works, but I know when I bought it
the vendor showed me it working!
He really did.
It's not something you're going to use, anyway, is it?
It's a piece of art to sit on your table.
Yeah, absolutely, that's exactly it. OK, so, how much did you pay for it?
I paid ?40.
OK. I don't think that's too bad.
Well, what do you think it could make?
I'd like to think it could make ?50 to ?70, may even go daft, big money.
Really? I think so.
If we've got some accountants with a nice desk in the house.
Well, you don't need to make up your mind at the moment.
Wait until your first three items have been sold.
But in the meantime,
let's find out if the auctioneer thinks Danny's calculator
will add up to a profit.
And as if by magic, Jonathan,
has appeared something completely different.
Yes. It's an old calculator.
What do you think of that?
It's a piece of history, modern history at that,
something made in the early part of the 20th century.
And, again, it has a sculptural quality, doesn't it?
You know, you can put it in the home and, what does this do?
I quite like it. It has no practical sense whatsoever in modern society,
but it's not too big, it's a piece of history, bit of fun, really.
What's your estimate on that?
I've suggested between ?15 and ?25.
Yeah, they paid ?40 for it.
I mean, I can see that doing not too badly.
Well, that's it for the Reds.
And now for our Blues, Julie and Graham.
Their first item, it's a pitchfork.
There is a collector's market for tools anyway
and there's museums of garden tools and things.
And it may not be terribly old, it might only be from the '40s or '50s.
What I like about it, it's been used and you can see it has been used.
You've got wear to the tines.
I rather like it. I think it's quite a novelty.
What's your estimate on the pitchfork? ?30 to ?50.
Well, they paid ?30. Good. So there is a chance here.
Second item is the little vinaigrette.
What's nice about it is that it has period charm,
you can see it's a Georgian piece
with the bright-cut engraving, and the shape is an etui,
which in itself is a sort of, I mean, it's a rare object,
so it has a novelty shaped value rather than a straightforward sort of rectangular vinaigrette.
So I like that a lot, actually. What's your estimate on that?
?70 to ?90.
Well, that's not too bad.
They've only paid ?40.
Wow, have I overcooked it? I hope not.
Now, their third item, Julie loves amethyst
and they saw this silver and amethyst brooch.
Tell me what you think of that.
Where do I start, really? Problem is with brooches is that people don't wear them that often any more.
So the value of brooches has been affected by popular fashion,
but then it's not an expensive one.
Just in silver with amethyst, a nice colour, you know?
So there are pluses and minuses for it, really.
Yeah, what's your estimate? I've put ?5 to ?8.
Yeah, well, they've paid ?10 so they've got a chance there.
I reckon I'll probably get ?12, ?15 for it. Very likely.
Well, I think it's looking as if they're doing quite well, our Blues. Yeah.
They may not need their bonus buy,
but we're going to go and have a look at it anyway.
Julie, Graham, well, you spent a modest ?80.
That's true. You left our David ?220.
David, did you spend it all?
Let me tell you, I blew caution to the wind, and I bought with my heart.
Oh! Wow. That is a real, proper bonafide antique.
Do you know what it is?
Tea caddy? Yes.
What date is it?
17... Victorian. 1750.
Oh, my gosh. Oh, wow!
You're bang on! Oh, well done!
George II, solid mahogany, bomb-shaped tea caddy.
Would have had a segmented interior there.
What's it worth, then? 150?
OK, Julie? 80.
80. I bought that for a ridiculous ?40. Oh! Wow!
That's the market.
You don't need to make up your mind just now.
Wait until your first three items have been sold.
But in the meantime,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks of David's tea caddy.
Blues' bonus buy is this tea caddy.
Yeah. Very good shape.
Good shape, and it's earlier,
it's not early, early, but being mid-18th century,
sort of George II sort of piece, early George III sort of piece.
And I like that. So, yeah, a nice thing, really.
But, sadly, not as collectable as they used to be.
What's your estimate, Jonathan?
20-40. Yeah, so David paid ?40 for this.
So there is a chance that it will get there.
Look, my estimate is there as a bit of a come and get me.
I really like it, I think this could do quite well.
Are you taking the auction today, Jonathan?
Yes, I am. Oh, yeah? Can't wait.
?20 I have. Who's got five, 25?
Have you guys been to an auction before?
No. So it's a new experience?
Is your heart pounding?
No, mine's stopped!
Well, your first item, that wonderful Phillips globe,
you paid ?110 for it.
I know. And it's coming up right now.
Good luck, guys. Thank you.
The Philips 19-inch terrestrial globe.
I've got to start, I've got ?50 on the book.
And five and 60, and five and 70, and five and 80 with me, 85 then.
And ten. And ten in the red, now, 110 in the red.
?110 in the red.
110 with you, sir, fair warning.
At ?110, selling, all done?
Oh, 110, guys. You haven't lost any money.
So I'm going to call it a good start.
Your next item, your Victorian jewellery box, you paid ?60 for it.
Good luck, because it's coming up now.
Victorian jewellery box.
Starting at ?20 for it.
Thank you, 20, 25. 30, 35.
35. Go on, one more.
Come on, come on. 40, waving, standing.
50's bid. Oh, yes.
55 seated at my right, anyone else in the room?
At ?55, I shall sell at ?55, all done?
Last chance, then, fair warning, ?55?
That's not too bad, not too bad.
Third item is the little miniature scent bottle,
you only paid a wee tiny ?9 for it.
Hopefully make a profit.
Coming up. So, Lot 169.
This lovely little miniature scent bottle.
And pouch. The Revive You.
Start me at ?10.
There's ten. 12, 15, 18, 20.
22. 25, 25 here.
Now it's five, one of you two, 35, 40.
Down the front at 40, it's going, last chance.
And selling, ?40, fair warning, ?40.
That was your favourite.
That was mine. Certainly did revive us.
So that takes you to plus ?26.
Will you take the bonus buy?
Well...we've had a calculation about this.
Yeah, we've got to go for it, haven't we? Yeah.
Well, let's see what happens because it's coming up now.
A Brunsviga Nova mechanical calculator.
I've got on the book to start ?25.
25 with me, looking for 30 now.
30, 35 with me.
40, 45 with me.
OK. Any more, one more bid?
At 45, 50.
I've got 55 on commission, sir, do you want to go 60?
?60 at the back.
Yes! Standing at ?60, and selling, no other bids, then, your bid, sir,
Well, that's another ?20 profit.
And that takes your total profit
to 46 wonderful pounds!
Well done, Danny, well done.
Thank you. And well done both of you.
But, calm the smiles down.
Don't go out there giving anything away to the Blues.
Keep schtum. Shall do.
Julie and Graham, here we are at the auction. Very, very exciting.
How are you feeling? Very excited and nervous at the same time.
Oh, well, I'm just excited. Oh, wonderful, wonderful.
But I'm easily pleased.
Well, your first item, that wonderful pitchfork.
You loved it. I did, yes.
Well, we're selling it in the right area.
Let's hope it's at the right time.
You paid ?30 for it.
We did. It's coming up now and good luck.
Lot 191, a carved wooden pitchfork.
Bids on the book with me at 40 to start.
Yes! ?40, 40 it is. 50 and 60 with me.
70 and 80 with me, on the book at 80.
Wow. ?80 with me, looking for five, though.
No other bids? Commission bid's getting it, still at ?80, all done?
?50 on your first item.
Second item coming up is your little vinaigrette.
A lovely thing.
Lot 193, late 18th-century silver vinaigrette by Samuel Pemberton.
And I've got bids on the book, I've got 70, 80, 90.
Yes! On the book at 90 to start.
Who's got 100, though? 100.
And ten. 120.
Go on, go on.
With you, sir, and selling, fair warning,
?130, your bid, sir, thank you.
Yes! 130, oh, that's plus 90!
And that takes you after two items to a profit of ?140.
How wonderful, wonderful.
Third item coming up, third item.
Keep calm, keep calm, keep calm.
Lot 195, a nice little silver and amethyst bar brooch.
I've got two matching bids straightaway at ?20 to start.
Yes! ?20, and five.
Down the front at 25, looking for 30, though.
30, thank you.
?40, the lady still at ?40, any more?
?40, the lady's bid, selling for ?40.
?40, that's ?30 profit.
You have a profit of ?170, which is wonderful.
Are you going to take the bonus buy?
Yes. You're going to take it?
Well, we'll find out if your gamble pays off because it's coming up now.
Good luck, guys. Lot 201.
A mahogany tea caddy of Bombay form,
mid-18th-century. Nice example, this,
commission starting me, 20, ?30 I have.
Five on the left and I'm out now, 35, 40, five, 50.
Yes! 55, 60, ?60 has it now, any more?
Coming back in again. 65.
You want to go one more?
70. Has it, in the middle at 70.
Fair warning, thank you anyway.
Selling at ?70, all done.
Marvellous. ?70, that's plus 30.
You made the right decision. So that takes your total score to ?200,
but keep calm, keep calm.
Yes. Don't give anything away to the Reds.
Well, guys, wasn't that so exciting?
Yeah. On Bargain Hunt we have to have winners and runners-up.
And today's runners-up are the Reds.
Now, Andrew and Stephanie,
you started a wee bit slowly, but you gathered momentum on that third item.
In the end, you had plus ?46.
So congratulations on that.
That's not bad. Not bad?
That is wonderful!
So, very well done.
Thank you very much. You were great sports.
But today's winners, Julie and Graham in the end...
Fantastic, well done.
?200, which I will hand over.
Not only did you make that splendid profit,
but getting a profit on each item entitles you to...
the Golden Gavel!
Which I have in my pocket here.
Oh, look! Wow, one to you, Julie, and one to you, Graham.
Thank you. Wear them with pride.
Oh, we will. You won them brilliantly.
Thank you. Thank you, and thank David as well.
Thank you. So, well done, everyone.
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Bargain Hunt comes from Epsom Racecourse in Surrey. The teams are chomping at the bit to bag a bargain and some golden gavels. Keeping them in check is host Anita Manning and experts Danny Sebastian and David Harper. The blues are after golden gavels while the reds are spending big. Meanwhile, Anita finds out about the fascinating history of Epsom racecourse.