Charlie Ross presents from Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, where Jonathan Pratt and Colin Young help the teams find three items for auction at two antique centres.
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There's nothing like a stroll along a beautiful river bank,
and this five-mile stretch of the River Stort in Hertfordshire
runs between Sawbridgeworth and Bishop Stortford,
and in 1769, was turned into a canal to allow the barges
to deliver grain to the Maltings just upstream.
That industry has long since disappeared, but part of the
original building now forms two antiques centres.
So I wonder what's brewing today.
Let's go Bargain Hunting!
Now, just remember, our teams have £300 and just one hour
in which to buy three items to take off to auction,
and hopefully make a profit.
Now, let's check out what's coming up.
Time's against the Blues...
-She won't let me...
-You've got 30 seconds.
-It's got to be 75.
-I can't, I'm not allowed to!
..and there's indecision in the Reds.
You do it, you decide.
Gentlemen, would you like me to be arbitrator?
-Go for it.
Now looking for 12...
By the auction, did the Reds make the right decision?
And does the tension continue to build for the Blues?
I've never burst into tears on Bargain Hunt,
but this could be the first time.
Well, that's all for later. Now, let's meet today's teams.
And we have two sets of friends today, and for the Red team
we have Noman and Richard. And for the Blues, we have Joan and Deborah.
Now, Richard, you became friends through work, didn't you?
Yes, that's right, yeah, we worked together about five years.
A bit of a forced friendship. from both of us, but...
I worked as the software manager for the company, and Richard works...
In the mechanical design department.
I travel around the world dealing with computers,
doing all the geeky stuff, and Richard...
Basically draw stuff on the computer and have it manufactured so...
If I've got a computer and it's gone wrong, ring you up?
-I can fix it, yes, yeah.
-Can you really?
Yes. Yeah. You can have my number after the show.
Marvellous! And Noman, what do you do in your spare time?
I like to play cricket.
-Are you a batsman or a bowler?
-I'm a left arm spinner.
Will you be buying a cricket bat on your tour today?
-I hope so.
-What about your spare time?
I've a young family, so I have two children.
-Yeah, two girls. But when I'm not with them,
-I spend all my time designing and making things outside of work.
I've just finished a large arcade machine that I've made for myself.
-I just fancied it, yeah.
-You're a useful man to have around the house,
-I just think, why buy it when you can just make it?
-Now, so what about tactics when you're shopping?
We want to go for practical, usable things.
-And low cost.
Well, have a great shop. Enjoy it.
Now, Joan and Deborah, how did you two meet?
I was living in Norfolk on a self-build site,
-I decided to build my own house.
-Always wanted to do it,
and I sort of opted out of everything else and went up to
build a house, so Joan was living in a nearby village,
-renovating a house.
We had an interesting conversation over my gravel delivery.
I beg your pardon.
-That's a conversation stopper, isn't it?
-It is! Absolutely.
-It moved on from there, really.
-So immediately hit it off.
-Exactly. Yeah. Yes.
-Now, Joan, you do up property, too, don't you?
Yes. I've just done up a 1930s property.
And you're into the decor and...
Yes, I love interior design and fabrics and textiles and...
Well, I can see that. Wonderful. Now, what about tactics?
-We're good for haggling, I think.
But we're ready to spend pretty much as much as we can.
Are you looking for the Golden Gavel today?
Oh, absolutely. Very decorative. Definitely. Yeah!
-We're in it to win it.
-Yeah. They're in it to win it, girls!
-We're on for a fight, then.
They're going to be spending £300,
you're going to be spending about £4.
-Going to be quite an interesting competition, really.
Now, what will you need to go shopping with?
-Lots of your money.
-Well, I've got it for you.
Off you go, and have a fantastic shop.
So, there we have it -
the self-confessed nerds versus the property gurus.
Who will win?
Poised to help today's teams are our experts.
For the Reds, Colin Young's hoping to reel in a profit
with the computer geeks.
And on call for the property developing Blues,
it's Jonathan Pratt.
So, Blues, do you know what you want to buy today?
I'm looking for silver trinkets and jewellery.
I think in general I'll be looking for something mechanical,
something practical, something that can be used.
I really like the William Morris period, so arts and crafts.
-A bit of arts and crafts. Handmade stuff?
-It's got to be usable, and it's got to be low-cost as well.
-Most important thing, yeah.
-Does that mean as a team you're going to
Right, teams, your time starts now.
-Let's go and have a look.
Off we go.
So, our teams have dived into separate antiques centres.
Have the Blues immediately spotted the silver off their shopping list?
-I like this mirror over here.
-Pretty, isn't it?
-It's a silver mirror, heart-shaped frame.
-Embossed. And if it...
-Always popular, the heart shape, isn't it?
Yeah. 1962, so it's not an old one, but then the condition will be nice.
They're saying £75.
-No, they can do better than that, surely?
Maybe one to bear in mind. But it's still early doors.
Now, this looks right up Noman's street.
Here we are. Some cricketers.
This is just a nice little catalogue of information
about something useful.
Yeah, they usually do come in sets of 50, they do.
John Player and Sons, these were given away with cigarettes
and people collected them. Is it a full set?
That's going to be the important thing.
So usually there's 50. Have you got five sheets?
And what period are these from? Are they from the 1930s?
All of them are from 1934.
Perfect. What sort of money are they looking for?
Yeah. That's not expensive.
The problem is they could make as little as, you know, sort of £15,
£10 at a push, you know, in a sale, so...
..you'd have to get them at half price to stand a bit of a chance.
So if we have a good bargain here,
then...might as well make some profit out of it.
Yeah, absolutely, there is no reason why not.
So shall I go and see if I can get a good price done on this?
These cigarette cards first appeared in the UK at the end of the
19th century. They were originally produced to strengthen the
cigarette packets and protect the contents.
So let's see if Colin gets that 50% reduction he mentioned.
Now, are the Blues about to take a gamble?
I quite like this machine.
It's an old one-armed bandit, isn't it? Look.
-So that's quite cool, isn't it?
And this one. They're great.
-What do you think of this one?
-And this is quirky, isn't it?
-That's really very quirky.
Just slightly over your budget, then, Blues.
Now, did you know it was the American car mechanic Charles Fry
who was credited with inventing the slot machine back in 1887?
-There are old pennies on top.
-OK, have a go anyway, come on.
Well, no harm in having a little go, eh?
Oh, then you...
-Oh! What's our luck?
I hope that's not a bad omen, Blues.
With Noman's cricket cards priced at £19.50,
will Jo from the antiques centre give them a good deal?
-So, are you still in love with it?
-Yes. It's lovely.
Now, Jo has a price for you.
I've made a phone call, and they will do them for £8.
-That's really good, yeah.
-Are we happy to purchase?
-Yes. It's brilliant. Really good.
-Thank you very much.
-Brilliant. Excellent deal he's done.
-Onto the next one.
So, with the boys going in to bat first with these £8 cards,
could they be on course to win this innings?
With just five minutes gone, there's all to play for.
Yeah. Oh, look at that.
Sounds like the Blues are up to more mischief.
If you need a doorbell...
-The butler, darling, likes to answer the doorbell.
Well, not all of us have a butler, Deborah.
Noman, what ARE you up to?
Is our leader calling?
I'm just getting some inspiration.
Good to see you're enjoying yourselves, but you need to focus.
15 minutes have gone already!
Deborah, I thought it was silver you were after, not copper.
Somebody could use that as a fruit bowl or as a flower...thingy.
I think... Oh, it's only £40, you know,
-and all the work that goes into it.
-And it's been repaired here.
-I think a big bunch of flowers in it.
Flowers?! Deborah, are you sure?
That's exactly what I would buy.
-Well, why don't you?
You know, you might be able to get a discount if you wave it in the air
Those tactics aren't in the rule book, ladies.
-No, no, no.
-I think it's 25 at the most for us.
-Go and ask.
-Yeah. OK, we can try.
Let's see how good you are at negotiating
with Nick from the antiques centre.
I surrender already.
I did say he would, I did say he would!
We did, we thought we'd use this to sort of batter some kind of deal
out of you. We think maybe £15, £18?
What's it got on it? I don't even know.
-You'll have to show me the ticket.
-OK, there we go.
40. He'll normally do 10%.
But I can ring him and ask what his very, very best would be.
-Have you a target I have to aim for?
I think it's got to be... It's got to be under the 30.
-I'll see what I can do.
-OK, all right.
-And give me five minutes.
-OK, thank you very much.
-I shall come back to you.
All right then, thank you.
Good luck, Blues,
but that's a lot more than a 10% discount you're after.
Ah, have the Reds tracked down the mechanical item they wanted?
Think about the boundaries of what you can buy.
-It paints lines in the cricket club.
It does. £38.
-I like that.
All the mechanics are there. The problem is it's the handles.
This would have been used to mark out the white lines you see on a
sports field, but it's not much use without its handles.
That's only going to really appeal to sort of, like, former groundsmen,
-that kind of stuff.
-Yes. It is a good rural bygone.
-Without a doubt. And it's certainly mechanical.
Yeah, they're, "Hmm"s, they're not a, "Wow, isn't that amazing?",
are they? Bear it in mind.
-Bear it in mind, yeah.
-Bear it in mind.
Yes. It looks really good.
Yep, it's a lukewarm response to the handle-less white liner.
Now, have the Blues managed to get the repaired copper saucepan
for under £30?
Very best would be 29.
-You said under 30.
If it said £29 on there, would you have bought it straightaway anyway?
Probably. Yeah. OK. So I think...
Right. OK. Let's do it.
-Thank you very much.
-Well, thank you very much indeed.
-That's number one under the belt, well done, ladies.
Right, seeing as we were looking for small silver objects,
-you've done really well.
-Yes, I have, yes!
But does it fit Joan's desire for a decorative item?
It's 1-1, teams.
So roughly 20 minutes in, are Reds going off-piste?
Yeah, I like them.
-What do you reckon on them, Colin?
-Yeah, I like that.
-Yeah, what more could you ask for?
It's very sort of, like, smoking room, games room.
It is, yeah. Put them up as decoration.
Yeah, that's what I'm thinking.
What do you reckon, Noman?
That's really nice. Someone who's into skiing,
it'll really appeal to them, yeah.
I mean, at the end of the day, they're sort of old enough
to be just vintage, just retro.
I mean, they're really thin blades on them, aren't they?
Yeah, they look really nice.
I think they'd appeal to quite a lot of people, to be fair.
OK. We're going to auction.
What do you think people would pay for them in a sale?
Probably, they'd probably only pay that to be honest, I think.
-£50, that's what they're up for, so...
We'd need to get a reasonably large discount price.
Do you want to find Jo and see what price we can get off them?
-Let's see what we get.
They seem keen. With the cricket cards and now these skis,
could a sporting theme be developing here?
Now, Blues, what's the plan of attack for your second item?
The photo frame, I thought was really nice.
Might be quite saleable.
But it's about what you can get it for.
-If you can get it for £50, then it might be all right.
-Do you want to try?
-Yeah, go for it.
Yes, show us how good you are at negotiating, Joan.
Speaking of negotiating,
I wonder if the Reds have sealed a deal for the skis?
I've managed to make a phone call, and the lady is happy to accept 25.
-Well done. Shake the lady's hand.
-Thanks very much. Yeah, brilliant.
-Good luck with it.
-Thank you very much.
-It's all downhill from here on in.
Well, yes, at this rate,
you'll reach the finishing line before you know it.
A cracking 50% discount there.
Could the boys be on track for that coveted Golden Gavel?
So, 25 minutes in, will the Blues buy that silver frame
they saw at the start of the shop, priced at £75?
With that frayed corner there...
Yes, it's sticking up, isn't it?
I think if you tell them that this is frayed in the corner and...
I think, you know, I think £50 would be sensible.
We can phone the dealer and ask the dealer, and we'll see what we can do for you.
Jonathan, it's not worth more than 50.
-I don't reckon.
-If that. Because of that damage.
So the question is, if he comes back and says 60, are we going to say no
-and walk away?
That's the plan. So, whilst they wait for news on the price,
I'm popping upstairs to relive my youth.
Well, I've been joined by Jeremy Goldsmith from the House On The Hill
Toy Museum in nearby Stansted.
Now, Jeremy, I know your dad.
Are you as bonkers about toys as he is?
I'm afraid so. We are a sort of family of collecting maniacs,
really, yeah. We've got one of the largest privately owned toy museums
in the world, with 75,000 toys on display.
Indeed. That was at last count which was a couple of years ago,
so it's probably 85,000 now. We can't stop collecting.
No. Perhaps we could run through a few of them chronologically.
What's the earliest one you've got?
Well, the earliest one is this toy here, and that's made by a
German company called Gunthermann, and that dates from 1890.
When this was manufactured, probably 1,000 at the most
were made, and what's special about this toy is the fact that
it's hand-painted and handcrafted,
and it is the Holy Grail of tin plate collecting.
-It's worth around £400-£500 now.
-So who bought this one?
-You or your dad?
-Well, I actually bought this.
We do actually have a competition, me and my dad, who can sort of
find the rarest toy, and I found this actually at an antique market.
-I bet he was jealous.
-He was a little bit.
-But then he went and beat me the next week.
-Oh, did he?
So all's fair in love and war, as they say.
Now the next object I can see here is this wonderful motorbike.
-Is that English?
-No, this is German again.
This was made in 1907 by a company called Lehmann.
Yeah. Oh, I've heard of Lehmann.
Yeah, they are again sort of top of the pack of collecting fields.
And it would have been a pretty smart family, wouldn't it,
that had a toy like that?
Yeah, it goes back to what I said earlier, about only 1,000 were made.
-I mean, you had to be a rich child to have that.
So very few were circulated globally.
This bike's worth in the region of around £4,000.
-Though this is an iconic car, isn't it?
Yes, it's wonderful. This is the Golden Arrow.
This is the land speed record holder from the late 1920s,
and this actual toy, tin plate clockwork toy,
was made by a company called Kingsbury.
They were swapping land speed records all the time then,
and lots of toys came out because it was in the press and it was iconic,
and it's a rare toy now, you know.
-In good condition, that can go between £600-£800.
And then, moving onto a slightly different genre,
-we've got this chap, who I recognise.
-Yeah, this is King Kong.
This is one of the first TV-related or film-related toys of the time.
-Presumably he works.
-He does. Yeah.
It's a great toy, actually.
-There you go.
-Hours of fun.
The King Kong film came out, and a company called Marx which were an
American company, which also came to England and produced toys,
they produced this to coincide with the film.
It wasn't really, though, to be honest with you, until the 1960s
-with things like Doctor Who and Thunderbirds...
..that they really, really grasped it, and then since then,
it's skyrocketed, and of course, Star Wars was the one that really
cashed in on it, and the toys were bigger than the film in the end.
And something like this is worth quite a small amount, really,
-Is that all?
Yeah, you'd think more but it's still a wonderful toy.
Wonderful. Well, all of them are spectacular.
Thank you so much, Jeremy, for bringing these along.
I think to see these very special toys in such incredible condition
-is a real treat.
-It's a pleasure. Good to meet you.
Meanwhile, let's go back to the teams,
and see how the shopping's getting on.
So, downstairs, the Blues are about to get the verdict
on that heart-shaped mirror.
Priced at £75, they've agreed not to budge above 50.
Best price would be 60.
OK, well, we'll leave that.
Yes, it's a little too much, I think, for what we think it's worth.
Yes. But thank you for making the enquiry.
Bad luck, Blues. But as you say, it could be too risky.
So we're over halfway, and it's 2-1 to these boys.
Has Noman again been inspired by his love of cricket?
Look what I've found. A cricket bat photo frame.
Put it on the wall, yeah. Put pictures of cricketers in it.
I'm afraid not. I think we're going to duck out of it.
Yeah, yeah, OK.
Good call, Colin.
Ah, now, what's happening here?
The Blues haven't moved away from the photo frame they rejected.
Why is that?
I've just spotted another photo frame behind you.
Well, that's a biggie. But it's a lot better.
-It's a lot better.
-It's not a photograph frame, it's a mirror.
He's got 199 on it, but you'd want that for 120, 130, 140 maybe.
Let's see what Nick the antiques dealer can do for you.
I would very much doubt...
She might come down a bit more, but no way down to 150.
I'll phone back.
Say it's definitely no, but sorry, but thank you,
but any chance on the big mirror?
Nick doesn't appear to hold out much hope.
But you never know. Back with the Reds,
and Noman's trying his best to pin down their next buy.
-What do you think of this?
-Well, it's mechanical, isn't it?
-A worm screw.
-On the end of a ship's wheel.
What are you going to put in that, then?
There you go, nutcracker.
That's brilliant. How old, do you reckon?
1980s, I would imagine.
-And in terms of value...
-Well, priced at £16, I see.
If you can get it for a fiver, you're doing really well.
-Yeah. I'll give it a go.
-OK, you're going to give it a go.
-Are you going to use that?
-I hope we can get it to a fiver.
Yeah, if you can, that would be great.
Or do you just want to leave it for now and carry on with...?
You've still got 20 minutes, you don't have to make a decision.
-This is your last purchase.
-This can always stay as a fall-back.
-There was one more thing.
Hold on, Richard's spotted something.
Wanted to know a little bit more about that.
Oh, right, OK. Not particularly old,
so I wouldn't be too enamoured by it.
You're right, Colin. Not an old one, but practical,
and certainly mechanical.
And used to grind coffee beans for that perfect cuppa.
It's a tenner.
I quite like it, though. The reason I like it is because it's
so low cost, there's probably a good chance of
turning a very small profit on it.
OK. I think you're looking at the same markets,
similar sort of things there.
I'd just add to the same shopping list with that as one of our options
-if we're struggling towards the end.
Nice to have a choice, and two options fitting your brief.
Now, the ladies seem to be really keen on the mirror.
I just hope Nick's got the price down from £199.
It's a very nice Victorian, Edwardian one.
-It's 1901. This is a nice dressing table thing.
So, 150, then?
Go on. 155.
-Let's do that.
-Thank you very much.
-That's lovely, thank you.
-It's really lovely.
Wonderful. We've got two great items. Thank you!
That's the silver you wanted, ladies,
but it's cost you more than half your budget.
So it's neck and neck with two apiece, and all to play for.
-So which item have you decided on?
You're going to go for the nutcracker? OK.
-We're going for the nutcracker? OK!
So which did you think you were going for?
-Yes. For the nutcracker.
-You thought something else, didn't you?
-What were you after?
-My little coffee grinder thing?
Yes, but the nutcracker was a lot older.
-Let's go for the nutcracker.
-Why don't you do the following?
-You get the best price on the nutcracker,
you get the best price on the grinder.
-Because that's the opposite way round of what you really think.
And then who comes back with the best deal is what you're
-going to agree on.
-Let's do that.
So go and find yourself the shopkeeper.
-And get your best prices.
Well, that's the way of making a decision, boys.
Will it be the nutcracker for £16, or the coffee grinder for £10?
So, with less than ten minutes left, teams,
it's getting tight to bag your final item.
Blues, any ideas?
So let's try colourful porcelain.
You want to settle on a piece of porcelain?
-Yeah, I think so.
-There's a lovely jug here, for instance.
-I like colourful stuff.
Well, it's a bit late for collectable, collectable Clarice.
-£85 for a little jam pot, kind of getting...
-I mean, I don't know, I don't know,
I think you need to maybe go and get Nick, you've got two minutes,
go and get Nick and decide on something quickly.
But from my experience,
I think that the Clarice Cliff might be missing its lid.
These are the two we're looking at.
Are these from the same dealer?
Yeah, same area.
So, Reds, two practical items.
One owner on the end of the phone.
Will it be the nutcracker or the coffee grinder?
Looks like the answer's on its way.
Yes, unfortunately it's rather negative
in that we've contacted the dealer,
and all they're prepared to do is 10% on either item.
Oh, no! It's all down to the boys.
Yeah. It's on you, Noman.
It's like... You do what you want to do.
But even they can't agree.
-It's totally up to you.
-Versus the cracker.
Shall we grind out a deal,
or shall we go for a cracking deal?
You do it, you decide.
-Would you like me to be arbitrator?
-Go for it.
OK. For once I will make a decision.
Get your 10% off your coffee grinder.
The expert has spoken.
That's only £9.
-Let's do it, yeah.
-Are we happy with that?
-So we've got a grinder.
-Thank you very much.
-Well done, team.
-That was great.
-It was, wasn't it?
Well done, Reds.
You certainly bought what you set out to get,
and with a very conservative spend of just £42.
The Golden Gavel could be in your sights!
With less than five minutes left, Blues,
you need to make a quick decision on that pottery.
-Quite like this...
She's already reduced it, so there's nothing we can do,
because it was 165, it's now 120.
So it's already had a huge discount on that already.
Oh, dear, you only have £116 left.
This one here, the Clarice Cliff, the pastel autumn, that's 85.
-I'm sure she would do 75 on that,
-but if you had more than two minutes I could phone her.
-We've got one.
-We've got one minute.
-Call it 70.
It's getting close.
I have to do 75.
-She won't let me.
-You've got 30 seconds.
-It got to be 75.
-I can't, I'm not allowed to.
If you'd given me three minutes, I could have phoned her.
-I know, I know.
-It has to be 75.
-OK, we'll have to take it.
Three... Two... One...
Right, teams, your time is up.
Now let's just check out what the Red team have bought.
First up, Noman was bowled over with
this set of cricket-themed
cigarette cards, bought for £8.
Next, they continued
the sporting theme
and bought this set of vintage skis
mechanical and practical items were also on their shopping list,
so they settled on this modern coffee grinder for £9.
Noman and Richard, I gave you £300 to spend,
and how much did you spend?
-So what's your favourite item?
For me, it was the skis.
I thought they were a really neat item.
I thought they were really nice.
-Noman, your favourite item?
-For me, it is the cricket stamps.
What's going to make the biggest profit?
-I think the skis will.
-I think we got them for a good price, yes.
For me, I think it is the cricket stamps,
because it was bought for a reasonable £8
and I think it's going to go big.
That must mean that you've got £258 left over.
-Hand it over.
And that's the £8.
He has never seen this amount of money before in his life!
Colin, what are you going to do with that?
All-out, bust, or...go for sensible.
So while Colin goes off to all-out bust, or be sensible,
we'll check out what the Blue team have bought.
First up, the ladies are hoping that
this copper saucepan will stir up
huge profits at the auction.
Next, they eventually found
this silver mirror,
parting with over half their budget
in one go.
with just seconds left,
their hands were tied into
buying a Bargain Hunt favourite,
this Clarice Cliff pot,
minus its lid,
Joan and Deborah, I love it when girls spend big money.
-And didn't you?
-Now, what's your favourite lot?
-I actually like the honeypot,
the Clarice Cliff honeypot.
Beautiful colours, and a really good last-minute buy.
Yeah. Are we slightly worried it hasn't got a lid?
It's not helpful.
Could get away with being a sugar bowl.
-And it was £75?
-It was £75, yes.
So, Joan, what's your favourite item?
The mirror. Definitely the mirror.
What will make the biggest profit?
I believe the copper pot, actually.
Yeah, it is very architectural, vintage, interior design piece.
I think the copper pot, definitely, because it is very on trend.
You've spent £259.
-So you've got £41 left.
Somewhere about my person.
-Come on, you know where it is, and so do I.
JP, there's not much coming over here.
-It's not a lot, is it?
-What are you going to do with that?
I'm probably going to walk every single carpet
in this building again, now, trying to find something!
So while JP goes off to wear out yet another pair of shoes,
I'm off to the auction.
Well, I've come from Sawbridgeworth all the way to Norfolk
to TW Gaze auctioneers in Diss,
and I'm here with the auctioneer herself,
-Elizabeth Talbot. Hello.
-Welcome to Norfolk.
-Thank you. Lovely to be in Norfolk.
First, we come to the John Player cricket cards,
which Noman and Richard purchased.
What do you think of these?
Well, there's a set.
-And they're loose-mounted, rather than stuck into an album,
-which is good.
Well, they are not reproduction, which is another good thing.
-But neither are they particularly rare.
I mean, I'm biased, because I love them because they're cricket.
-Yes, so we do see this set quite frequently.
And so you've got an accurate valuation of them?
Well, we hope so, we put 10-15 on them.
Oh, well, they paid eight.
What about the skis and poles?
Do you sell many skis?
We don't see many, no,
but they're always useful for the mountains of Norfolk, you know.
But, I tell you what, we don't often see skis with poles.
They've often become separated.
So I do quite like the fact that they're a unit, still together.
-So they're decorative and interesting from that perspective,
but they're not very collectable.
We've put £15-£20 on those.
They paid £25.
So they might, and they might not.
Now, what about a coffee grinder?
I think it's rather fun to look at.
Well, it's fun to look at.
It is in the bygone ilk.
..I'd have said that's very much a reproduction of an earlier style,
so it is a bit of a pseudo.
It's not a collector's piece.
What about value, cutting to the chase there?
-We've put £15-£20 on that.
Well, I think you might be able to grind out a profit with that.
-They only paid nine.
-There you go, then!
So after you've finished with that extraordinary mix,
let's have a look at the Bonus Buy.
Well, chaps, you left Colin with the princely sum of £258.
What did you do with it, Colin?
A picnic box.
It's got a few more sandwiches in.
-What do you think to that, then?
-Yeah, no, I do like that.
-I thought you might.
It's in pretty good order, isn't it?
And of course, great name. His Master's Voice.
I mean, vinyl is all coming back now.
-So, yeah, it is a great item.
How much did you spend?
-And how much do you expect it to make?
I would put that into auction with an estimate of 25-40.
So, chaps, what do you think of it?
I think we're going to break records with this.
LAUGHTER Oh, very good, Noman!
-I like it a lot. I think it'll do quite well.
-It could go.
Well, you don't have to make up your mind now, chaps.
Leave it to the auction.
In the meantime, let's see what the auctioneer thinks of
this wonderful record player.
Well, Noman and Richard, having only spent £42,
sent Colin off with £258,
and he's come back with this.
Well, it's a late example of HMV,
and collectors prize the earlier examples most readily,
-the ones with the horns, the wind-up ones.
What about value?
Value is a modest £20-£30.
Yeah. He paid 22. So he didn't overpay, anyway, did he?
No. No. Condition's good,
I just think there's more against it than for it.
Yeah, yeah. Well, that's the Reds finished.
Now, onto the Blues, onto Joan and Deborah.
They started off with an old copper saucepan.
It's a good size, it's got good presence,
I like the fact it's an old, riveted repair,
and it's just a good fun example of what it is, really.
Yeah. What about value?
We've put 20-30 on that one.
-They paid rather an odd figure of £29.
-There you go.
-Just tucked it under your top estimate.
Well, now, onto the silver-framed mirror.
-It's rather splendid, isn't it?
-It's beautiful. It's decorative,
it's from a wonderful period of silversmithing,
the Edwardian period. They still knew how to really
craft silver beautifully.
There's a lot of detail there.
And there's surprisingly little damage.
It could have been rubbed and polished to sort of oblivion,
but actually it's quite crisp, still.
The mirror plate is good.
So I like that very much.
It's got a vacant cartouche at the top, which I quite like,
so you can give it to somebody as a present, can't you?
-Yes, you could.
-Grave their name on it.
-So, no, I think that's very nice.
-Yeah. What about value?
We've put £100-£150 on it.
Yeah, I mean, they went quite strong. They paid 155.
There shouldn't be a shortage of buyers, at a price.
-I would hope not, no.
So they go from this rather splendid silver-framed mirror,
to the desperado buy, LAUGHTER
which was the honeypot.
They were running out of time, they needed to buy something,
and they have bought a bit of Clarice Cliff.
You might think that's good news, but something's wrong, isn't it?
Because it hasn't got a lid. And, also, it is quite worn,
the painting is quite worn.
-And collectors these days,
they maintain their fastidiousness.
It has to be in good condition,
otherwise they won't pay much for it.
-So the name itself is not enough.
Answer a question for me, Elizabeth.
If that had the lid, what would it be worth?
I'd like to think sort of 150-250, something like that.
Perhaps not all is lost. What have you estimated that at?
-We've put £30-£40 on it.
They paid £75.
That, I think, is high, for incomplete,
-I think that's a lot.
-Incomplete, that is the word, yes.
It looks like they might well be needing their Bonus Buy...
-I think so.
-..so let's have a look at it.
Joan and Deborah, it was all spend, spend, spend, wasn't it?
-£259 just blown away.
But what's happened in the meantime?
I had a fall.
Blame real estate stress.
Oh, dear, you poor thing, is it giving you pain?
-No, it's fine.
-Thank goodness for that,
because we've got to concentrate on the matter in hand here.
Wait for ME to give you some pain.
He can't give you too much pain, cos you only gave him £41.
Absolutely right, yes.
-So what did you do with it?
-There we are, look.
-They're tea knives.
You've got silver blades, and you've got these agate handles,
banded agates, here.
And I just thought they were really nice quality.
Do you like them?
They are absolutely beautiful.
-I'd love them for myself.
-Yeah, I do, I love them.
I think they're very... They're glistening with the silver,
-and the stonework in the handles, it's really beautiful.
How much did you spend?
So I spent the lot, £41.
I'd like to think they're worth £40-£60.
I just think that they've got to be worth £40-60.
I would be very upset if they didn't make a profit.
So, girls, you don't have to make up your mind now,
you can make up your mind at the auction. See how things are going.
Meanwhile, shall we see if the auctioneer likes these knives?
They only left Jonathan with £41,
so he went shopping and he bought these.
My only criticism, or irritation... It is a personal irritation.
It's almost like a composite set.
You've got three of one,
and five of the other finishes to the handles.
What have we got, carnelian, and just another stone.
-Agate and carnelian. Now, he also has a set with one broken.
And that, as a set of knives, will just influence it.
They're rather lovely. I rather thought, looking at these,
that if a dealer bought them, they could probably sell them,
one at a time,
as silver-plated butter knives,
and probably get £20 for one each.
They're lovely objects.
What about a value on those?
We've put £30-£40 estimate.
Jonathan spent his whole £41.
-Very good. Well, it's up to you now.
You'll be taking the sale, won't you, Elizabeth?
I shall indeed, yes, yes.
-I'm looking forward to seeing how you get on.
On my left at 20.
At £20, I am out.
£20 bid. I'll tell you later.
Well, you two, have you been to an auction room before?
-I haven't, no.
-This is my first one.
-Is it your first one?
-What are your reactions?
-What do you think?
-It looks very nice.
-It is quite busy.
-A lot going on, isn't there?
-There is a lot going on.
-Quite a few enthusiast people here.
Do we have cricket lovers here?
-I hope so.
-Kick off with the cigarette cards.
Only cost £8, so you should be all right.
-Here they go.
We have a full set of 50 John Player cigarette cards.
Where am I saying for the set?
Start me at ten.
Come on, ten, surely.
Five, I'll take.
Five bid, the front bid, thank you.
Five, I have. Where are you at six?
-They are here to sell at £5.
All those cards for only £5.
-At £5, amazingly...
They will sell, if you're all done.
Oh, dear! Oh, that's a shame.
You've lost £3. Heart-breaking.
Here come the skis. They cost £25, didn't they?
So... Time will tell. Here they come.
We have a set of vintage skis with their poles.
With their poles, that's the key.
Start me at 30.
Ten, if you will.
Come on, we're going backwards rapidly here,
we need to be going up.
Oh, dear, the slippery slope of the auction room.
£10 on the two skis, with their poles.
Thank you, ten bid, ten, I have.
Oh, a whistling bidder!
At £10 bid, where are you at 12?
At £10, a maiden bid.
All it took was a whistle at ten, all done?
That's a loss of 15.
So you're down 18.
But don't worry, there is always a coffee grinder to fall back on.
-Come on, chaps. Enthusiasm.
-We need to grind the result out.
Grind a result out of this, yes.
-Here it comes.
The cast metal and wood coffee grinder.
No kitchen should be without one.
Start me at £10.
Ten in the gallery. Thank you.
10, I have. Where are you at 12?
The coffee grinder at ten now, looking for 12.
-At 12 next door.
-This is great.
20, the gentleman upstairs at 20 now.
Where are you at two? At £20, the lady is out.
-This is good.
That's plus £11.
So, actually, overall, you're only down £7.
-Shall we take the...
What're you going to do with this record player?
-Yeah, we like it.
-We believe in you.
We can set the record straight with this.
Have you ever thought of going into comedy scriptwriting?
I'll give it a thought.
Right. Well, cost £22.
So, come on, team.
-We can do it.
-We can do this.
-I think you can.
We have the mid-20th century HMV electric record player
in a case. Can I start at £12?
12 I do have.
I think we can do better than £12.
On the little record player there for £12.
It's for nothing at 12.
-£12? This is very cheap.
18. Where is 20?
I've lost you. But worth a try.
£18 and selling.
One more. £20 bid.
At £20 bid.
That is my man.
-You've lost £2.
Thank you very much.
Went shopping for a whole hour with this wonderful man,
-and lost nine quid.
-I've had worse days.
It may be a winning score.
You don't know. So not a word to the Blue team.
People have lost more on Bargain Hunt.
OK, girls, the moment of truth.
-Are you excited?
Course you are. Come on, team.
This is going to be wonderful. We kick off with the saucepan.
Funny price to pay.
Tried to get under the 30...
-..in the hope of a little tiny profit.
Well, here it is.
A Victorian copper saucepan with wrought iron handle.
Start me at 20.
Enhance your kitchen decor with this one at £20.
Come on, it's worth £20.
Come on. Surely a good bygone here.
£10, if you will.
It's for nothing at £10.
£10 for a copper saucepan?
-Honestly, Deborah, that's no good.
Come on! £10!
Bid, sir. 10, I have.
Back row at ten, where is 12?
It should be more than this at £10.
Where are you at 12? It's a £10 bid.
-It will sell.
-Deborah, you've lost £19 on a copper...
-It was absolutely lovely.
-It's a team effort.
We've got Joan's frame now.
-All is well.
The Edwardian silver easel back mirror.
1901 is the date.
Start me at 100.
-It's for nothing.
-It's for nothing.
-70, if you will.
I've never burst into tears on Bargain Hunt,
but this could be the first time.
That beautiful item.
It should be worth this, easily.
80, 5, 90...
-90 by my right.
At 90. Where's five?
It's still good value.
At £90, surely worth more.
At £90. Everybody else can join in.
-You'll regret it in the morning, not going in, missing out.
£90 on my right, are you all done?
That's £65 loss.
Do you know, you're only down £84?!
But you've got a honeypot to come, girls, without a lid!
No lid, but it's the blue autumn pattern.
Interest shown. I start at £18.
May I say 20? I have the 18.
-20 bid. I have 22.
-There it is.
Where are you at five, now?
At £22 on the Clarice Cliff.
Look. At £22 with me.
The room is out at 22.
-It's not enough.
-Where are you?
25 is bid. Right, 25, where's eight?
At 25 now in the room, at 25 and selling.
-Gosh. Good stuff.
-A record loss?
-That's a loss of 50.
You're only down £134.
I think that's a piece of cake, frankly.
Now, look, you've got JP to lean on, now.
-You going to go with him?
-Without a doubt?
We need all the help we can get.
You certainly do.
We have the set of HF and Co silver-bladed butter knives.
20 to start.
20, the lady. 22,
35 is standing there, at 35, left-hand bid.
Where are you at eight?
They're good quality at 35.
-Where are you at eight?
Good for 35.
All done at 35?
I think that's really sad.
There is only one consolation by losing £6.
You've lost a very even number.
-Anyway, not a word to the Reds.
You may well have won with £140!
-I promise you.
-Well, yes, it would be nice.
It has happened. It has happened.
We'll find out later.
We've had some close challenges on Bargain Hunt.
We've had some really tense moments
when it's gone right down to the wire.
This is not one of those occasions,
because there is a whopping great chasm
between one of the teams and the other one.
And you've both lost money.
It's just that one team have lost even more than the next team.
LAUGHTER FROM THE BLUES
Because the runners-up are indeed the Blue team.
I'll come to you in a minute.
But, girls, I mean, remarkable.
Loss, loss, loss,
and a little bit of Jonathan in with a splash of a loss
at the end. So you lost £140.
-It's pretty good going, isn't it?
They were pretty big numbers. And I have to say, in your defence,
I liked the items you bought.
They were good, weren't they, JP?
Anyway, chaps, you only lost tiny amounts of money.
Do you know why that was?
Because we only spent tiny amounts of money.
Because you only spent tiny amounts of money.
After all, if you spend £8 on something, you can hardly lose 100,
-It's all right.
Only £7 down.
And then, again, Colin, rather like JP,
just added a little bit of his own loss,
just to top it up to £9. So only lost £9.
That was good, wasn't it? Anyway, you've had a good time?
-Oh, yeah, really good, yeah.
Really good time. Girls, I can tell you had a good time.
-We've had a good time.
Well, thank you so much for being such good sports.
It's been great having you on the programme.
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Today's Bargain Hunt comes from the Hertfordshire town of Sawbridgeworth. The reds and blues and experts Jonathan Pratt and Colin Young have two antique centres to shop in and spend their Â£300 on three items to take over to the auction in Norfolk. Charlie Ross is today's presenter who also relives his youth when he's shown a selection of rare toys.