Natasha Raskin Sharp presents from the Newbury Showground, with experts Raj Bisram and Nick Hall. Thomas Plant is in charge of the auction where there are plenty of highs and lows.
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Hello and welcome to Bargain Hunt.
And here, the news from Newbury.
The headlines - new team tactics could mean record profits
for the show.
I know, we're going to buy low and sell high.
It's Paris Fashion Week
and the Bargain Hunt fleece is this season's must-have.
And in sport,
the Bargain Hunt kick has finally been recognised
with its own national championships.
Find out more after this short break.
In the meantime, let's go bargain hunting.
Here at Newbury Showgrounds, our teams will have their work cut out.
There is a lot of ground to cover.
With the aim of making a profit at auction,
they've got one hour on the clock,
£300 in their pocket to find three items.
So there's no time to waste.
Let's have a butchers at what's coming up.
The Reds take a more relaxed approach to shopping.
-Oh, this is it.
-I like these.
-This is it.
-You like those?
It's wishful thinking for the Blues.
If we buffed this and a little genie popped out and granted us a wish...
And over at the auction, the teams are fearful...
Come on, please!
£100 it is.
But that's all coming up later.
For now, we're keeping it in the family.
It's time to meet our teams.
We've got a mother and daughter, Yvonne and Jackie, for the Reds
and married couple, Lindsay and Beverley, for the Blues.
-Hello, everyone. ALL:
We'll start with you first, Reds.
-Now, Yvonne, obviously you're mother and daughter.
And you must get on a treat to be here today as the Red team.
We really do get on well.
You know, we seem to have such a lot in common.
We go shopping and we dance and, well,
-sometimes we even tap dance in our kitchen.
And I believe you like to take international waters too.
Oh, cruising is absolutely on our list.
-We love it.
-Now, tell me, you're retired now...
..but what did you do before you retired?
Well, I used to sell carpets.
I was a carpet sales person and I also worked markets.
I used to do demonstrations.
That's so cool. So you'd be familiar with the market environment, then?
Very much so, yeah.
So, Jackie, you're not retired just yet, so tell me,
what is it you do for a living?
I run my own little hairdressing salon in Harefield, where I live.
It's a very old building. It's in a conservation area,
so I've fitted it out in quite a retro fashion from, like,
antique fairs and auctions and stuff like that.
So, yeah, it's lovely.
So, wait a minute, did I pick up on something there?
You're used to going to antique fairs?
Yes, just to pick up little bits and pieces for the salon
rather than to make money.
-Ah, so proof will be in the pudding.
And tell me, when you're not in the salon,
you're also run off your feet, so what do you do in your spare time?
Well, I belong to a local theatre group which we do two productions
a year. I also have three lovely little dogs
and I love spending time with my mum, going shopping
and obviously with the cruises as well, so, yeah, busy-busy.
Now, we know that you're good friends, you're family too,
but this is Bargain Hunt. You're the Red team now.
How's that going to work out?
We're going to buy things that we really like,
that we would buy in auction ourselves
and hopefully other people will too.
Well, on that note, let's turn to your competition
and I'm coming to you, Beverley.
You've been married for a long time, 46 years.
I'd love to hear how you first met.
I went to a party and I saw this chap across the room
and I thought, "Ooh, I like the look of him."
So I just went over there and said,
"Can you get me a drink, please?"
Well, at least you said please!
Yes. And he did. That was 48 years ago.
Oh, fab. Well, I like your style.
Now, tell me, obviously I detect a Kiwi accent.
-I'm sure our viewers can too.
-So, you started in New Zealand.
What brought you over to the UK?
We had a business opportunity to come to Scotland for two years.
We just stayed.
And we've now got two son-in-laws and three grandchildren
and another one coming and now we live in Milton Keynes.
Now, Lindsay, tell me, New Zealand, of course, is known for its wine.
-And you're making your own, aren't you?
-Tell me about this hobby.
-It's really a kit.
I'm not particularly scientific so you just do this on day one,
this on day two, this on day ten or whatever
and then you bottle it and you keep it for a wee while, obviously,
if you can without drinking it and then it's great.
So, no, it's good quality and we enjoy it.
Now, tell me, you're the Blue team on Bargain Hunt - what's the tactic?
Are you going to be working together,
-is someone going to take the lead?
-We always work together.
We've done that for umpteen years and listen to the expert,
buy with the head, not the heart and, most importantly,
-win the game.
Well, in order to buy anything, you need some money,
so you each have a kitty of £300.
I'll give it to you, Reds. And £300 for you, Blues.
-You mentioned your experts.
They're desperate to meet you, so off you go.
Get to that fair.
Well, as you can see, it's happy families for now.
Let's talk in 60 minutes!
And, of course, our two teams will need a little helping hand
along the way today.
Raj Bisram is at the helm for the Red team.
And hoping to pocket a profit for the Blues, it's Nick Hall.
What are we looking for today?
Anything that makes a profit, Nick.
I love dogs, so I'm always attracted to anything with a dog on it.
I like boxes.
They can be small boxes, big boxes,
but you can keep things in them.
OK, teams. Get your skates on. Your 60 minutes start now.
-Let's go bargain hunting!
Good luck, teams.
-OK, well, let's have a look.
-Let's a look.
-Oh, that's quite pretty.
-That one, Jack.
It's a little cruet set. Not that commercial.
-Wouldn't do very well at auction, I don't think.
What about those children's magazines?
-Well, they're annuals, OK?
-The annuals, yeah.
-And the really collectable ones, you know Rupert the Bear?
-Now, they are the collectables.
-They're the ones?
They're the ones you want,
or you want an early Beano or an early Dandy.
That's a good tip, Raj.
You never know what you might find at a car boot.
But again, they're not going to make you a lot of money at auction.
-Rupert the Bear. No, no.
-We'll keep looking. We'll keep looking.
Yes, keep looking.
From retro reads to retro furniture, let's check in with the Blues.
What sort of price are these tables?
Well, I mean, Ercol is a brand name which always sells well.
Danish teak and Danish rosewood furniture
is absolutely bang on trend at the minute,
so anything of that will make a little bit more, make a premium.
Hello, there. We're quite interested in some of the mid-century stuff.
What sort of money have you got on, like, the Ercol and the chrome?
SELLER: The Ercol, 150 each...
-..for the Ercol. And the chrome,
it's Howard Miller for MDA Furniture.
-And that's 140.
So, could we get it at just under the three-figure mark?
Give us a fighting chance at auction?
I can do it just under. I can do it for 95.
-And that would be your best on it?
-That's the absolute best, yeah.
I think it's a nice table and I think it would go
-in any kind of decor, really.
I mean, do you like it enough to have a stab at it at 95 quid?
-Can we perhaps park it and use it as an option?
-We've got plenty of time left.
-OK. Thanks very much for your information.
We'll think on that and I dare say, if I get my way, we'll come back.
All right, thank you.
Nice try, Nick,
but I think Beverley still has her sights on an antique box.
What have you found here, Jackie?
This is quite nice.
-Well, do you know something?
-I like this.
This is down the road from me.
This is actually Rye Pottery.
Now, Rye Pottery has been going quite a long time and, you know,
early part of the 20th century.
And they do hop jugs which are beautiful.
This is a fairly modern set.
-It's going to come down to price.
-Shall we ask the owner?
-Yes, shall we ask?
-Yeah, let's find out.
-I like it.
Your studio pottery coffee set,
what's the price on it at the moment?
-SELLER: I've got 25 on it.
-And what would be the best?
Could you do 18?
-What do you think? I mean...?
-Shall we do 15?
-I could do that.
-Shake the lady's hand.
Well, you did say you were after a bargain today.
£15? I'd say that's a good start.
We're just over five minutes in. You've got our first buy.
-Let's move on. Brilliant!
-Yeah, let's go.
Come on, let's go.
This looks promising for Beverley.
Could this be the box ticked off the shopping list?
You wanted a box, he's found a box.
That's quite a box.
I suspect that's going to be a lot of money, that box.
-Yes, that's a lovely box.
-Yeah, I'd say so.
-Do you know how much it is?
-I have no idea.
I think that will be a complete budget buster, I'm sure.
Ask the question, go and find out. If it's not, you've found a bargain.
-So, do you like that box?
-It's a beautiful box, yes.
Beautiful, isn't it? Cut brass inlaid, rosewood.
-So, what did he say?
-450? I told you.
-Yeah, which is more than our budget, he said,
-that we've been given in the first place.
We're going to have to do two shows to buy that, I'm afraid.
Never mind, Blues.
You do have fine taste, I'll give you that.
Time to tune in with the Reds.
-Jackie, what about this radio?
-Yeah, that's quite nice.
-I mean, you do get people who collect these.
You do get people who collect radios,
but really what they're after, in fact,
that has got a bit of Bakelite on it as well.
-Dr Baekeland, he was a very clever man.
He was a Belgian and he invented Bakelite.
And a lot of people think it's only in the browns, but it actually,
it comes out in all sorts of colours.
And if you can find some of the rarer colours,
-the yellows and the reds, they are very collectable.
-Is that not rare, that colour?
-That's pretty ordinary.
-To be honest, that's a pretty ordinary one.
Yeah, that's a pretty ordinary one.
So, nothing ordinary for these glamorous ladies.
Oh, it's another table for the Blues.
-It's what they call a gypsy table.
And they're popular with interior designers.
-It's nicely constructed, it's Victorian.
-It's not too much money. There is a market for that.
-How much is it?
-I don't know. That's the question.
SELLER: £40 on the table.
You haven't got a crystal ball to go on it, have you?
We can see if we're going to make a loss or profit then.
I'm sure there's a profit in that.
-What would you reckon?
I'm looking into the future and I'm seeing 35 quid.
-What are you seeing?
I'd see that with you. 35, that's fine.
What do you think? Do you like it enough to go for it?
-Yes, I think so.
-Is that going to be our first buy?
-You've got a deal. Thank you very much.
Well, that's it. The first item bought.
-Fantastic. I'm thrilled.
I can see into the future, I can see profits.
We'll hold you to that, Nick!
That's both teams level pegging at one item apiece.
No rest for the wicked, eh, Reds?
-Oh, this is it.
-I like these!
-You like those?
Well, let's have a look and see what's on the tickets.
-For the two?
-For the two, yeah.
I'd date these, without a doubt, to the 1950s.
-Yeah, I would say that, actually.
-I reckon at auction they would be estimated £20-40.
So, if you could get the pair of those for £15, £20?
-15, yeah? 12-15, I'd take.
-I like that, I like your style.
-I would, I'd say 12-15.
-OK, well, let's try, shall we?
-I think so.
-Excuse me, sir?
-The girls really like this pair of deckchairs.
You've got £30 on the ticket. What could you do them for?
-20 the pair?
-Can you go down a bit? Just...
It's getting near the end of the day.
-And we've got to make a profit.
-Got to make a profit.
-Buy one, get one free?
-Go on, then.
-You happy with that, girls?
-We are very happy.
-Yeah, I think so.
-I think that's a very fair price indeed.
I think you should shake the man's hand.
-Yeah, I think so.
-Thank you very much.
Well, that didn't take long, ladies. £15 for two deckchairs.
Are you having fun out there, Raj?
15 minutes in, two items already.
They know exactly what they want.
They're making my job so easy.
So, all very relaxed in the Red camp.
I think we'll leave the teams to do business.
Speaking of which, time for me to pop off and learn more
about the thriving local industry of yesteryear.
Not far from Newbury is the Berkshire town of Reading.
Before retail and technology industries dominated the area,
it was once famous for making three products and, by a quirk of fate,
they all begin with the letter B.
I've been joined by Brandon Carr from the Reading Museum
to explain more about this booming industry of days gone by.
It's lovely to meet you, Brandon.
Now, do tell me more about Reading's three Bs.
The beer, the bulbs and the biscuits.
It was in 1924 that the local MP noticed
that Reading's industries all began with B,
so in a speech, he coined that phrase,
Reading's famous industrial three Bs.
So, tell me about the beer.
Simonds Brewery was established in 1785 by William Blackall Simonds.
Following their winning some lucrative contracts,
including one with the British Army, business really grew and expanded.
This is a bottle that dates from 1911, the coronation of George V.
And it's typical of the Simonds Brewery that on special national
occasions, they would brew up a special beer to celebrate.
So, this is a very beautiful example here of one of those brews
that survived the shipwreck of time and is here absolutely intact.
So it's a real treasure.
And what about the bulbs?
Well, the bulbs or the seeds of Suttons Seeds
has its roots in 1806 when John Sutton
began a small corn distribution business.
His son, Martin Hope Sutton,
was a really entrepreneurial young fellow and in 1840,
hit upon the idea of using this new-fangled penny post
in order to distribute his seeds in catalogues.
So, tell me about these biscuits.
Well, Reading was known for the B of the biscuits
because of Huntley & Palmers biscuits.
They were Quakers. George Palmer was a really visionary man
and he saw the future being steam and mass production.
He really transformed the business and soon they set up a factory.
It occupied 24 acres,
it employed 6,000 people and it was known
as being the biggest biscuit factory in the world.
So, was it biscuits that put Reading on the map?
I think so. Reading was known as the biscuit town and its football team
-itself was known as the Biscuitmen for many years as well.
Yes. This is a really lovely tin from 1927.
That was the year that Reading made it all the way
to the semifinal of the FA Cup.
And the directors went as far as creating this prototype
biscuit tin. Unfortunately, Reading were beaten 3-0 at Molineux
in the semifinal by Cardiff, the eventual winners,
and the biscuit tins were never made en masse.
So there were only very few of them that were then sold to members
of staff, the factory hands.
When you say there are very few, how many are we talking?
We think about 600, less than 600.
But really, the real Holy Grail, as it were, of biscuit tins,
quite literally a cup, is the full-size replica.
We know that about a dozen were made and they're very,
very rare indeed so if any of your viewers do ever come across one,
it's happy days for them, I think.
Brandon, thank you for telling me the story, a fascinating one.
But talking of three Bs,
let's check in with our teams to find out how all the bargaining,
browsing and buying is coming along.
We're just under halfway through the shop.
The Reds have bagged themselves two buys for £30.
The Blues, however, only have one ticked off their shopping list
and still have £265 to spend.
There's the industrial lighting.
That's another big area that's on trend at the minute.
-I've seen a few of those on recent sales.
I mean, you go into some really cool modern bars, bistros,
they've all got this big sort of industrial lighting hanging down,
Remember, team, you're not buying for yourselves.
It depends if you're buying things you like
-or things that have got a profit in them cos...
..a run of those in a really cool bar, they would snap your hands off.
-What would they be...?
these things are going to be shooting out of our price range.
-And a set of four that size is going to be, wow, big, big money.
It looks like a "no" on the lights, then. What have the Reds spotted?
Now, this is unusual. What's this?
It's called a prie-dieu chair.
Just a little reminder.
Jackie, weren't you looking for a dog-related item?
No sign of that yet.
And what it is, it's meant for praying.
It would've been one that was kept in the family
and I think you can see here, it's got the family name on.
I mean, you can see the cross. And here, right,
you would've kept the Bible and what you do was you knelt down on here
and you said your prayers.
The really nice ones are the really early ones
-with the original tapestries.
-And they're very ornate and they're beautiful.
Yeah, he's got £75 on the ticket. I have to be honest,
they're not that commercial any more
because not that many people go to church as they used to.
-And not a lot of people pray.
I do a lot of praying, especially on this show. OK.
I reckon it's probably worth £50.
-You know, something like that. All right, shall we go on?
Now, the Blues have spotted an altogether different kind of chair.
-What do you think?
-Comfy, yeah. Nice back support too.
Cool thing. Erm...
This will be a modern version of a '60s design.
Sometimes you get the maker's label on them
which can add a little bit to it as well.
Is there anything underneath there?
Can't see anything.
You can see from the bolts, the construction, it's not one of age.
-It's a modern version.
But it's got a really cool look to it.
-Nice photograph on the auctioneer's website.
-Some young, cool buyers...
-I can imagine people going for it.
-..bidding live on the internet.
-How much is it?
-Well, let's ask the question.
-SELLER: 20 quid.
I mean, would 15 buy it?
-15 would buy it.
-What would you value it for?
-I think I'd put maybe 20-40 as a speculative...
-Depends who's there.
-..guide on it.
-I think it's great.
-All right, done? Yes. Yes. Yes!
-Well, shake his hand.
-Give him some money.
-Yeah, no worries at all.
Nice work. You're sitting pretty now, Blues.
That's both teams with two items apiece
and still 25 minutes left on the clock.
So I say, why don't we head off to the big inside marquee
and have a real nice long leisurely walk round,
see what we can spot for our third and final item?
Oh, look, the Reds have also decided to head indoors.
-Yeah, we'll try and find something Chinese, shall we?
Yeah, something nice and Chinese.
Now, this is something I like the look of. This...
Oh, mind you, I think it's got damage.
-You like the teapot?
-It's willow pattern.
But there's a bowl here down here. That's willow pattern as well.
Now, this is a very typical willow pattern design.
-And you see three men on the bridge.
Well, what you should be looking for are only two men on the bridge.
-Now, when you see two men on the bridge, that means it's before...
Maybe my dates are a little bit out, before 1902, 1903,
something like that.
And that's the stuff that's become very collectable.
-All this later stuff has three men on the bridge.
-Oh, what a shame.
That's the most common. And if you look at that willow pattern bit...
-Two men on the bridge.
-There's two men on the bridge.
That's another one to spot
for all you eagle-eyed car-booters out there.
Top tips from Raj today.
The Blues have also made it indoors
and it seems the boys are having a wee moment alone.
Well, it's very early for this, buying jewellery -
you haven't even bought me a drink yet.
What's this? Diamonds are a girl's best friend?
-Something with glitter.
-It is, isn't it?
It's costume jewellery, isn't it?
It's made of glass and this isn't gold, it'll just be a yellow metal.
-It says that we could take it for ten.
It's the sort of thing you would normally see in a big job lot
-of costume jewellery in a box.
On its own, it's going to struggle.
If we're going to buy jewellery and go to auction,
-let's bust the budget and buy gold and diamonds...
..something that a lot of people are going to bid on.
-The trouble is you're not going to find people wanting...
-Find me some diamonds, darling.
Aw, what a lovely bromance.
Whilst the Blue boys go potty over some bling,
it's more blue and white pots for the Reds.
They're Spode. I would've thought those would probably be...
-..a tenner each.
-I would've thought
-we're looking at somewhere between £80 and £90 for those.
SELLER: I've got this set up for 110.
-But the best I can do on those would be 80.
-The minimum has to be 80.
Do you think there's a profit there, Raj?
-It's going to be tight.
-It would be tight to make a profit?
-Yeah, I do.
Oh, look, Lindsay and Beverley have been reunited
and are poring over something a bit weird and wonderful.
I like the look and style and of course
it's what influenced a lot of our British Arts and Crafts movement,
that Persian influence.
-I like this.
-How old is it?
-Well, it's certainly 20th century.
Whether it's early or late 20th century, I'm not sure.
I mean, it's a style that should be 200, 300 years old
but I think it was made within the last 50 or 60 years, probably.
-A wee, erm...
-..like a snake or something or other.
It's got a lot of decoration on it,
-like these masked faces and look at the detail up there.
-It's a lot of detail.
The construction, the main body's made out of wood, of course.
And then you've got this chased and embossed brass...
-What about the damage?
-..that's hammered out and pressed
and then attached to the wood. So there's a lot of work gone into it.
-How much is it?
-45 I'm asking for it.
-Well, look, if we buffed this and a little genie popped out
and granted as a wish and that wish was, say, 25...
Could you get to 30?
Genie's getting a bit...burnished.
Would you do 25? Is that all right?
-Yeah, I will.
-He's bought it. Fantastic.
-You're very kind, thank you very much.
-I hope you do well with it.
-Well, you were the genie.
You granted their wish. You can carry it, now.
Nice work, Blues. That's all three of your items bought up.
I hope all your wishes do come true over at the auction.
Meanwhile, the Reds are scoping out some jewellery.
-This is really pretty.
-It's a nice, gold brooch.
-Can we have a look at that, please?
That looks like a diamond chip in there.
You haven't got... Oh, that would be really kind.
-One step ahead.
-There you go.
-It's really pretty.
-Yeah, it's hallmarked.
-Oh, that's good.
It's 15 carat gold.
And without testing it, I mean, it looks like a little diamond in it.
-Do you want to have a little look at it as well?
-You have a look.
-I mean, again,
that's quite a nice little thing if that went to auction.
-I like it.
-You like it?
-I like it. It's very pretty.
-I like it.
-It's going to come down to the price.
Very best for you, ladies...65.
-Is there a little bit of movement on there? 55?
-No, I'll do 60.
I think that's a fair price. I think we should shake her hand.
-Thank you very much.
-Thanks, my love.
-that's very kind of you.
-Well done, girls.
We've still got time to spare, with three items.
-You've chosen them.
-And we're finished.
-And we're finished!
What a turn up. Both teams have finished early, so...
We're all sewn up. Let's remind ourselves what the Red team bought.
First up was the Rye Studio pottery.
Price paid - £15.
Next, the deck chairs set them back
And finally, the 15 carat
gold brooch cost them £60.
Jackie and Yvonne, you were having so much fun you forgot about all
your dogs and china and everything else on your shopping list.
-I don't know what happened.
-None of the things that we were looking for!
But you did find three items and you were very good at haggling.
-That's my trade.
-50% off on two items.
Tell me, then, Jackie, which is your absolute favourite one?
It's got to be those deckchairs. I love those deckchairs.
Which of your three items is going to make you a profit?
I think we stand a good chance with the brooch.
-Yvonne, which is your favourite?
-My favourite is the brooch.
Now, do you think that it could bring the biggest profit at auction?
I do. I think that's going to be the winner.
OK. Remind me again, you spent 90, so we've got 210, is that right?
-I'll take it from you. Thank you so much.
£210, it's your lucky day. What are you going to do?
Maybe a piece of jewellery or something like that.
I know the girls like their Chinese.
-Well, ladies, it's going to be a surprise,
so while Raj goes looking for the bonus buy,
let's remind ourselves what the Blue team bought.
Their first buy was the Victorian
Gypsy table. Price paid - £35.
Next was the retro swivel chair.
They settled on £15.
And finally, they bagged
the Persian piece for £25.
Beverley, Lindsay, now, I gave you 60 minutes and I gave you £300.
But no, no, no, no, no. You were having none of that.
38 minutes and £75.
For goodness' sake! Come on!
-Well, I saw a box that was worth 400.
-That was beyond the budget.
-Now, talking of boxes,
that was something that you wanted but you didn't find.
-So, of the three that you did find, which is your favourite?
-It's a Persian jug.
-Ah, the vessel.
Do you think it's going to bring the biggest profit at auction?
No, the lovely red velvet chair. That's got to be it.
So, Lindsay, your turn. Which is your favourite of the three?
The Persian jug is very nice.
Tucked in close behind the red chair.
And is that because you think the chair's going to bring the biggest
-The red chair will definitely bring the biggest profit.
Well, you did well at only £75.
-Well, we couldn't have done it without Nick.
Give him a big hand because he was the man.
Now, Nick's day is not over because
we still have some leftover money for him, so who's got £225?
-Oh, Beverley, of course you do.
Thank you so much. Nick, still some shopping to do.
-What are you thinking?
-If only I could spend it all,
but with the instructions I've got
I've got to be mean and cheap and keep that profit going.
OK. Well, while Nick goes and does as he's told,
it's time for us to head to the auction.
We've come south of Newbury and we find ourselves at
Special Auctions Services. Thomas Plant, you're at the helm today.
-Thank you very much.
-Always a pleasure, Natasha.
-To start off for the Reds, I've got this lovely set.
A cup of coffee, I guess.
It is really a coffee set, isn't it? From the great Cinque Ports.
Rye Pottery. I can see why this was purchased. It's got a good look.
The problem is that because it is pottery
and not porcelain and because it's quite weak, it chips.
And you've got chips on it. There's a few cracks,
but it's perfectly functional as a coffee set.
-So, what have you gone for?
-£30-50, cos it is all there.
The team only paid £15 for it.
-Ah, well, there you are, then.
-We're off to a good start.
And then we're on to our deckchairs.
What I like about these is the blue canvas and the yellow wood.
I mean, somebody's gone and thought about those. They are fun.
So, what do you think someone will pay for them?
Well, I'm thinking at least £10 each, so £20-30.
Well, the team paid £15 the pair.
-Yeah, way! So, they're going to be just fine.
-Let's move on to precious metal.
We've got this gold bar brooch and it's got a little diamond.
Well, it's got a very tiny little diamond
and it's in this star setting called Gypsy set.
But what's important is it's 15 carat gold.
15 carat gold was produced up until 1932 and then it stopped and then we
just had 9, 14 and 18 and 22.
So we can particularly date this piece.
Yes, it has a hallmark on it, but it has that magic 15 carat gold,
which is rather lovely. This is Edwardian and we've put this in at
-Well, hopefully the team will be happy with that
because they paid the lower end of the estimate, 60.
Wow. Then they've done rather well. And that goes on weight.
OK, so, 15 carat gold, coffee set, some deckchairs...
It's a bit of a mixed bag, so just in case they need a hand,
let's see Raj's bonus buy.
Right, Jackie, Yvonne, this is it.
Raj had £210 to spend at the fair
and you were thinking along the lines of Chinese jewellery,
so did it work out?
Well, I think I was quite lucky cos this is what I bought.
I bought some Chinese silver dress ornaments.
-Oh, very good.
-You like those?
-That I love.
I wanted something Chinese.
And this one especially, this one's got a little scroll in it.
-Yeah, that's lovely.
-So when it's hanging, it's hidden.
Yeah. Absolutely. Brilliant. What do you think I paid for them?
That's not bad. I paid a little bit more, I paid £110 for them.
-How much you think they're likely to make at auction?
-On a good day,
these SHOULD make somewhere between £100-150.
-That's what I think. Let's hope it's a good day.
-It's going to be a good day, Jackie.
-Well, I like your positivity.
Let's see if Thomas, our auctioneer,
is as positive about these charms as our ladies are.
Thomas, you'll hear them before you see them.
Here is what Raj bought,
these lovely Chinese dress charms or dress ornaments.
-They're lovely. I think Raj has done rather well.
-They are lovely.
The one big issue I have, I mean, loving jewellery as I do,
they're a little bit unwearable.
-They are. They're more for coveting than for wearing.
But on the whole, they are delightful.
They are silver, hardstone.
Pretty useless, though, but I do like them.
-What do you think there are going to sell for?
Well, Raj paid 110.
Well, we're very close, aren't we?
Yeah. Right, let's move on to the competition, the Blues.
Now, Lindsay and Beverley have come all the way from New Zealand and we
ended up with our occasional table
for a fortune-teller, really, isn't it? It's a fun thing.
"Come into my caravan, look into my crystal ball."
-That's all it's missing, isn't it?
-It is. It's a traveller's table.
It's absolutely fabulous. And it's got all the things going for it.
There is a clover leaf on the top, three legs, it's great.
Do you think your buyers are going to be as excited or as enthused
-as we are by it?
-Maybe at the £30-50 estimate.
OK. Well, the team only paid £35 for it.
-Oh, well, there you are then.
-And Nick very much led them towards it,
so I think he knows that he could be on to a winner at that price.
-Yeah, it's very decorative.
OK, then we move on to another one of Nick's choices, actually.
-A chair this time.
-So, we're in the sort of mid-20th century.
It's gone so far kitsch that this is what we end up with,
with a crimson chrome upholstered swivel chair.
I'm afraid this falls into every single category of wrong.
-Nick led them to it because he got it for £15.
Oh, well, well done, Nick.
But then Beverley and Lindsey said, "Hold on a minute.
"We are going to take charge of this one," and I think they have found
something so interesting.
I absolutely adore it.
It is... It is my favourite item by far and it's marvellous and I've
called it sort of zoomorphic.
Because you've got this wonderful spout,
dragon-style, and this fabulous handle here.
Scale body... You couldn't dream it up.
Can you figure out how old it is? Are we thinking late 19th century?
I'm thinking definitely as a tourist piece, it's going to be,
but it's still got to be 100 years old.
So we've said, you know, Edwardiana, could be in the late 19th,
early 20th century. Is it Polynesian?
It certainly looks Asian, but I could be completely wrong.
What do you think it's worth?
Well, I've really gone out there and said £60-80.
-The team only paid £25 for it.
-What a bargain!
-I know, they've done so well.
-I don't think you're
-worried about the Blues at all.
-Not at all, no.
-But, just in case,
let's find out what Nick brought along as a bonus buy.
All right, Beverley and Lindsay, this is it.
-£225 was given to Nick.
But the exciting thing is he said he was determined not to spend all
of it. He was sticking with low prices.
That was the theme, wasn't it? Buy low, sell high.
-That was the theme.
-I hope I've done that for you.
-A classic piece of hallmarked Art Nouveau silver.
Dated to 1908 by Myott.
It would originally have had a blue glass liner,
but that's neither here nor there.
It's just sculpturally a beautiful piece of silver, I think.
So, how much did you pay for it?
-I would have thought it was more than that.
-It should have been.
-Even without the liner.
-And what's it going to sell high for?
I would hope 60-80.
Hope so! Should do.
Well, it's a beautiful thing, but it's not time to decide just yet.
It's time to hear if Thomas Plant
thinks this is a worthwhile investment at £40.
So...Nick has brought silver to the table.
It is British Art Nouveau, it is Edwardiana,
the stylised flower heads,
that sinuous line of the stems is just gorgeous.
What's your estimate, that all-important question?
It's quality. It's missing its liner, but I think £40-60.
-£40 he paid for that.
-Well, there you are.
-So, are you predicting
-a big turnout at the sale today?
-Quite a busy turnout, definitely.
OK. Well, you'll be auctioneer and crowd control.
-On top of it.
-Good luck, Thomas. Here we go.
50. 5. 60. 5.
All done at 75?
Right, Jackie, Yvonne,
tell me truthfully, then - how are you feeling?
I must say, you're sort of still waters run deep.
You're very calm. Are you swans? Are you paddling underneath?
-No, you're calm?
I really hope you glide into some profits because you've got
some good items here and, of course, the first one is that coffee set.
You paid £15 for it, so, ladies, here we go.
149 is the Rye Pottery six-place coffee set.
Start the bidding with me here at £10.
Start me here at 10.
At 10 for the coffee set.
Any advance at 10?
It's like tumbleweed, ladies and gentlemen.
OK, I'll go as low as a fiver.
£5 I have.
Is there 8 anywhere else?
The maiden bid has it at 5.
Once at the back. 5, twice at the back.
Are we done? £5, all?
-5 it is.
-An unexpected upset.
-It didn't sell?
-No, it sold for a fiver.
-So, you've lost 10.
-We couldn't even get a cup of coffee.
-Oh, my days.
Don't be too despondent. We've got our deckchairs to lean on.
-£15 bid. Here we go.
Lot 150, a pair of 20th-century
blue and yellow deckchairs.
Start me here at £20.
£20, £10 each.
-They're worth that.
-Any advance on £20?
10, then. 10, it's in the room. Is there 12 anywhere else?
At 10... 12 now. Go one more, madam.
Go 15. 12 it is...
15. It's online at 15.
Any advance? Are we all done?
-That's what you paid.
We're still 10 under.
So, come on, profit!
-We need it on this brooch.
Lot number 151, an Edward VII
15 carat gold diamond bar brooch.
Start the bidding with me here at 45, 50.
Any advance at 50? Somebody start me at 50.
I've got 55 online.
-60, it's in the room.
£60, it's in the room at £60.
And 5, it's online. 65, it's online.
Is there any advance? At 65, once.
65, twice. Are we done? All done?
Made a fiver on the brooch,
but you were £10 under,
so Jackie's right,
you're minus five. So, here's the situation...
-We'll go with his bonus.
-We're going for it.
-Definitely want to go with it?
So, Raj promised you Chinese jewels.
He found you Chinese jewels.
He paid 110. Thomas says 80-100.
-Good luck, ladies.
156, this is an early 20th-century
Chinese white metal and agate mounted
dress ornament together with a fine pendant there.
Somebody start me at £40.
I've got £40 online.
Looking for five somewhere else.
45, with a bid.
One more. Come on!
-£50, it's at.
60 now online.
At 60, it's moving on.
At £60, at £60.
It's moving on at 60.
Gavel is up. 60, twice.
All done? 60.
Raj's Bonus Buy has lost £50,
so you are now minus 55.
-Is that all?
-Is that all?
That's a result!
But, ladies, do you know what?
All hope is not lost, because the Blues are
yet to come, so don't say anything and you never know,
-they could lose more.
-Let's hope so!
OK, Beverley, Lindsay, are you feeling good?
-Have you ever been to an auction?
-Not one of these, no.
Not at all, not even in New Zealand?
-No? Well, welcome to auction.
It's mad, it's bad and, hopefully, profitable.
Right, what have we got?
We're starting off with that fortune-teller's table.
You paid 35 and here it comes.
168, a 19th-century clover leaf
traveller's table there
for your fortune to be told.
And I can start the bidding with me here at £15.
15. 15. Is there any advance at 15?
18 now. 18. It's online at 20 now.
It's online at £20.
22? 22? £22 it is.
Is there any advance? 25, I have.
25, it is. 28 now.
30 now. At £30, at £30.
30, I have for the fortune-teller's table.
It's online at 35.
Online at 40. Online at 40.
-Are we done, then? At 40 once...
40, twice. All done?
Gavel is up.
It was a good fortune!
It's not MADE a fortune.
£40, so you've made five.
Let's keep it up with the '70s chair.
Lot number 169, a 1970s chrome and upholstered swivel chair.
Bids on the book take me straight in at £40.
40, it is.
55, 60. I've got 65.
70 and I'm out.
At 70. It's there in the room.
-We're on fire!
£100 it is.
At £100. At £100, are we done?
At £100... 100.
Nick led you to that chair
and to a big profit of £85.
I'm going to need a sit down!
Right, listen, you're currently up £90, so here comes the kettle.
Thomas loves it.
Here's hoping for a profit.
Lot number 170, a 19th-century hardwood Asian,
possibly Polynesian zoomorphic kettle.
Start the bidding with me here at £30, ladies and gentlemen.
-It's a profit.
-Any advance at 30?
I have in the room. At £30, it is.
At £30, do I have five anywhere else?
Surely it's got to be five somewhere else?
Five there is.
40 now. Go on, one more.
£40, gentleman's bid.
Looking for £5.
At £40 once, £40 twice...
Are we all done? 40.
40 is another profit.
That was £15 on the last item, so £105.
Proper profits, well done!
Do you think the profits will continue
if you go with the Bonus Buy?
That is the question.
Yeah, we're going to go with it.
-We trust Nick.
Nick paid £40 and Thomas,
our auctioneer, thinks it will make 40-60.
-So, there could be another £20 to make here, or even more.
-I wish you the best of luck.
Bonus Buy, here it comes.
Lot number 175,
an Edward VII Art Nouveau
silver vase of stylised tulip design by JW Myott and Co.
I can start the bidding with us already at £50 online.
-Beats my commission bids here.
At £50 online. At £50. Is there 55?
There is. 55 there is in the room.
At 55. Is there 60 online?
55 there is once.
Are we all done online?
Gavel's up. 55.
£15 from Nick means a final result of £120.
-So, some folding money is coming your way.
-I am so pleased for you!
But did the Reds make more?
All to be revealed, so say nothing to them and we'll find out.
Well, I don't know about you lot,
but I'm not so hot on maths,
but I do know the difference between
a two-figure result and a three-figure result.
The two-figure result had a minus in front of it, so, Reds,
-I'm afraid you're our runners-up today. BOTH:
And, Blues, our winners - profit of £120.
Reds, returning to you first,
because we were so close, weren't we?
It was only a small loss.
And then this guy we know called Raj,
he stepped in and he thought
he'd take your £5 loss
and turn it into a £55 loss.
But the thing is, ladies, you chose to gamble and that's Bargain Hunt,
-We did, yeah.
-So, I've got nothing to give to you, but,
as I said, the Blues, I've got PLENTY to give to you
because not only do I have £120...
-I also have...
..a Golden Gavel for each of you because every item made a profit.
Not only do you two get a Golden Gavel, but, Nick,
you're top of the class because your Bonus Buy made a profit too.
-Thank you very much!
-So you can all wear your gavels with pride and
wear them like gold stars.
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