Natasha Raskin Sharp presents from an antique fair at Nottingham Racecourse. Experts Danny Sebastian and David Harper help the reds and blues.
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We're in Nottingham today, home to Sherwood Forest,
and one of England's heroic outlaws.
He stole from the rich...
..to give to the poor.
He is, of course, Robin Hood.
His story may be the stuff of legend
but he's not the only rebellious figure from this city
to have brushed up against the long arm of the law.
More on that later.
First, let's go Bargain Hunting.
Here at Nottingham racecourse, the stalls are buzzing,
ready for our teams to dig around and find some treasure.
They'll each have £300 and one hour on the clock to find three items to
take to auction. But before all that,
let's have a look at what's coming up on today's show.
The Reds disagree...
-You're not saying a lot.
-I like it.
I, I really like it, but I hate the price.
..and the Blues drive a hard bargain.
-I'll sell it to you for that just to get rid of you.
And over at the auction, there's a celebration for the Reds...
Yes! We're in profit.
..and high fives for the Blues.
That' all coming up later.
First, it's time to meet today's teams.
For the Reds, we have Neil and Kim and for the Blues, Sarah and Andy.
-Hello, everyone. ALL:
Good morning to you indeed.
In fact, Reds, I'm turning to you first.
Tell me, how did you two lovely people meet?
We met in 1989 in a gay bar, of all places, in Nottingham.
We were introduced by a mutual friend.
And one thing that you have in common is a love of vintage
and pre-loved items. So tell me about that?
Well, I collect afternoon tea things.
I love afternoon tea, which Neil does as well,
so I've got 56 teapots, so I'm trying not to buy a teapot today.
But stored at the moment.
And several tea sets and sugar bowls and sugar tongs,
everything for afternoon tea.
-Now by day you're a nurse, aren't you, Kim?
So afternoon tea aside,
tell us about your very vital role as a nurse.
Well, my background is really cardiac nursing
but I've changed over the last few years
and I've gone into substance misuse.
So I work with people who are either dying of alcohol issues
or recovering from alcohol issues.
Well we absolutely salute you because not everyone takes the time
to be so selfless, so good on you for helping out people in need.
-OK, so let's talk about your love of music, Neil,
because that's entered into your life in a big way, hasn't it?
Absolutely. It has been since I was 12.
And yeah, I was a professional musician by the time I was 18.
Professional by the time you were 18?
Yes. So I've done orchestral work, brass bands, big band...
That's wonderful, isn't it?
Do you have any tactics for today? Is someone going to take the lead?
-What do you reckon?
-Absolute pure northern charm and cheek.
OK, what about money, are you going to spend big do you reckon, Kim?
Well we're looking at quality, aren't we? Quality and undamaged.
Well from one life-saver to another.
Because Andy, on the Blues, you're involved in the medical world too,
Yes, I started my nursing career in accident and emergency,
and eventually left.
I've been self employed now for ten years.
And I teach resuscitation, defibrillation,
anaphylactic training to mostly GPS and dentists and their staff.
But I also do a lot of other things.
A little bit of comedy and I do some street theatre.
-And I'm a street statue. I'm a living statue.
I am. I sit on a bench with a seagull on my head
and I'm painted gold.
-I'm called the gold man.
Now, Sarah, style is very much a part of your career.
-Lots of glitz and glamour.
Er, so, I work with mostly communities in creating arts events
like parades, creating costumes and creating structures
that might only last for that one day.
And have you always been quite creative?
Yeah, I think so, yeah.
Yeah. I do a little bit of acting and things as well.
Now tell me about Bargain Hunt, OK.
Do you love the programme? Do you watch it obsessively?
Or are you fair weather viewers?
Just a little bit obsessed.
Andy is maybe going to take the lead in the team?
He'll... He's the buyer.
I'm a bit of a dreamer, really. I kind of just go for whatever.
So I'm glad we've got an expert and also Sarah to shield me
from this random kind of unicorn rainbow person
that will be out there, wandering around, looking for strange things.
Now, Andy, you mentioned that you're each going to be assigned an expert.
You're quite right. On top of that, I give each team £300.
So £300 for the Reds, same budget for the Blues.
So, off you go. Your experts can't wait to meet you.
Get to it.
Well, there's lots of glitz and glamour today.
Hopefully not too much drama.
The stage is set and the fair is up and running.
So, time for our teams to meet their experts.
Flying the flag for the Reds, it's Danny Sebastian.
And captaining the Blues' ship, it's David Harper.
-OK, what are we looking for?
-You first, Neil.
Oh! Lots of Victoriana, we're going to be looking for quality,
no chips or cracks.
Silver, a bit of provenance, something interesting.
Something pretty, something that I like, but no teapots.
Retro hand held computer of some sort.
Oh, my gosh! I've never heard of anything so terrible in my life.
Time to get your skates on, teams, your 60 minutes start now.
Come on, let's go looking.
They're off, and there's plenty to choose from here.
-Copper's always good.
-Copper's always good.
And have the Blues struck it lucky already
and found the silver item they're looking for?
-This is interesting.
-OK, what's interesting, Andy?
-Talk to me...
-I was looking at this.
And I wasn't quite sure. It looked more interesting from a distance.
Do you think it's silver, or plate?
-Ah, it's probably plate.
-It's plate, and that's a real bad wear mark.
It's maybe had a dribble of some sort on it.
Caused some sort of tarnishing of the silver plate.
Somebody's tried to clean it, it's taken all the plate off.
And it's now doing what we call in the trade - bleeding.
-Oh, right, OK.
-Yeah? So this...
We don't want that, do we?
Don't give it resuscitation, it doesn't need that!
Right. It's just not well.
No need for your life-saving skills just yet, Andy.
You've only just got going. And there's still plenty to see.
Now, what have the Reds spied?
What do you think to these?
Looks like it's a Bakelite body on it.
-Yes, I thought Bakelite.
This is £12.
I think, to be honest, when we go into auction it's got to be
something a bit big, a bit flamboyant.
Had it had a maker's name on it and it was quite special,
-all good and well. Um...
-That's too modern, I think, isn't it?
A little bit normal. Just too norm.
-Let's crack on.
-Come on, let's keep rolling, then.
Over with the Blues and it looks like they're also going for
-It just looks interesting really.
I mean, there's plenty of people
that collect cameras and lenses and things.
I mean, even if you didn't use it as an actual camera,
it would make a nice prop.
In a cool house, in a modern house, that on a side table actually would
look almost like a piece of sculpture.
It's the way the market is going.
-Now it's £25, ticket price.
-What are you like at negotiating?
-We'll see. Let's give it a whirl.
-She's on it.
-I'll give it a whirl.
Let me go and find a stallholder. Hang on.
While David finds out whether the Blues can snap up a bargain,
the Reds are getting all nostalgic over these steam toys.
My brother had one and I remember the smell of methylated spirits.
They tap, don't they, all the time?
You're right, Kim, steam models like these use meths as a fuel.
This created the steam that powered the engine.
Manufacturers later used the safer fuels which came in a tablet form.
So how much is this?
Quick look. Um, that one I've got 68.
68. Is there any movement on that?
A little bit but not a lot.
Neil's not happy.
That I do know. He's at the back there and I can feel the fume coming
-out of his nose!
-And I'm doing, "I want it, I want it, I want it!"
I mean, you can ask the gentleman whether or not he can leave it
probably, you know, if he can...
There's four, I'm sure they're not all going to go.
-If at the end of the day...
-Come back and see me a little bit later.
-We'll do that. Definitely.
-Thanks very much.
So 15 minutes into the shop
and there's already disagreement in the Red camp...
..while there's disappointment for the Blues.
So that 25 isn't for the whole complete thing?
No, this... I was just showing someone what it looked like.
-Oh, I see.
I would do it for the 25 but I can't go down on it.
So did you say that you've already shown somebody this?
-Like I showed how this fits onto this.
Right, OK. And they decided not to buy it?
-I was just showing another stallholder.
-Oh! OK, right.
That was a very clever move there, Sir.
I've got to say, I think only I caught that.
That was very good. That's the kind of negotiating I like.
Continue on that theme.
So, do you think you will be likely to sell this today?
Erm... I've no idea.
Because we could basically take it off your hands now,
give you the cash and we could give you 20 quid for it?
-Is that a deal?
-Go on, then.
The poor stallholder doesn't know what's hit him.
-First purchase, thanks very much.
It looks like the Blues have a secret weapon
with seal-the-deal Sarah.
That's £20 for both the camera and the flash,
and their first item bought in 20 minutes.
Back with the Reds and Neil is getting all musical.
These are fantastic.
These are half-tone gramophone needles.
-Are they worth anything?
-Do you know, they are actually.
When they're in good condition they are massive with collectors.
Collectors love these, particularly rare ones like this one.
Quite nice, good spot, Neil.
You remember the old 78s, don't you, Kim?
You're not that old.
I think we've got a nice little thing, here.
The front is lovely.
Nipper the dog.
Everybody knows that. As soon as you talk about his master's voice or
gramophones, then this image is always what we see.
I think we're going to do all right with this, really.
How much is this, please?
-It's a bit pricey.
-What can you do for me?
Would you do it for nine?
-I'll take nine. Yeah, I'll take nine.
-Shall we go for that?
-Yay, let's have that. Thank you very much.
Shake the man's hand.
With that deal the teams are now neck and neck with one item apiece.
But with just over 30 minutes left, you need to keep the pace up, teams.
And it looks like life-saver, Andy, is right in his element.
Surgery stuff. This is your department, isn't it?
The department is open.
-Wow, look at this.
Does it make you want to fix somebody up?
Yeah, but maybe not with this.
-It looks a little bit scary.
What would they use that for, then?
I'm thinking a podiatrist with this.
It looks like a podiatrist set.
So if I've got ingrown toenails or something,
anything to do with your feet, really.
I must also say this is wonderful because this is used for applying
dressings on to toes.
-Is it really?
-So you put the gauze onto there
and you would turn it on there for that purpose.
So it really is... I would say, almost complete.
I hate to think how much this is, actually.
Shall we find out how much it is?
-Where is our stallholder? Just out of interest.
While the Blues go in search of the dealer,
the Reds have found a quirky wine dispenser.
It's very unusual.
What do you think, Neil?
I think I'd struggle to fit one of my glasses under there.
I think you must put the wine there and that allows the wine to flow,
so you'd have a small glass, wouldn't you?
It just makes me think also that something is missing because if you
have got a glass underneath it,
what is going to press that up to release the wine?
I think that is missing something at the bottom.
We did say we only wanted complete, undamaged items.
We did. Absolutely.
Time to move on then, Reds.
Meanwhile, it looks like the Blues
are limbering up for another impressive haggle.
-It's 40 quid.
-40, is that cheap?
I think that's fairly reasonable.
But I think there might be a few toenail clippings in here.
-That would bring the price down a little bit.
I can give you a fiver towards your bit of luck.
-Do you want it to go today?
It's not eating anything, is it?
OK, but it is taking up space on your lovely stall.
But it folds in half so it takes up half the space.
30 quid and that's it.
God, I'll sell it to you for that, just to get rid of you!
-Thank you so much.
-Give me your hand.
Sarah strikes again.
While the teams continue with their shopping, I'm off to find out more
about a well-known book that made legal history.
In 2015, Nottingham became a United Nations World Heritage
City of Literature.
It won the accolade because it is the home of several famous authors.
Among them, DH Lawrence, whose book Lady Chatterley's Lover made legal
history in 1960, when publishers Penguin were prosecuted for its
sexually explicit content, deemed obscene at the time.
To tell me more about the man, the book and the uproar it caused
is Doctor Andrew Harrison.
Well, it was a novel that was produced
in response to the general strike of 1926.
Lawrence really was looking for a way to bring the classes together
and so he wrote this story about a woman married to an aristocrat
who has an affair with her gamekeeper.
That unconventional relationship
has since been the inspiration for numerous films.
But when the book was first published in 1928,
the explicit nature of the story was enough to cause a public outcry.
Lawrence couldn't get it published in the normal way in Britain and
America and so he privately printed it in the place he was living in at
the time, Florence, and distributed it by mail and tried
to get around the postal authorities who were very keen to confiscate it.
What then ensued was an interesting court case.
Paint a picture, what was it like in the courtroom?
There was a huge trial case in 1960 which was a massive cause celebre.
Six days of trial which included a lot of very famous writers appearing
for the defence and very famously the prosecution said,
"Would you like your wives or servants to read a book like this?"
The publishers won the case and the book was printed ready for sale
a month after the trial ended.
And you have a copy of said paperback just here.
This is a first edition.
It is a first edition and alongside it there is a photograph of a
book-seller in Nottinghamshire, Walter Hayes,
with 250 freshly printed copies just hot off the press,
which he was able to sell out within a day.
Of course, this is the 21st century, a totally different time,
but his popularity endures, doesn't it?
Why do you think that is?
Well, Lawrence has remained constantly in print
and I think it is because, in many ways, he was a radical writer.
He wrote about class difference,
he wrote about gender and changing gender rules and about sexuality.
And he's continued to seem relevant to succeeding generations, I think.
So we have no doubt whatsoever that his legacy will endure?
Absolutely, I think it will endure.
He will be one of the writers that matters in the future.
Fantastic. Thank you so much for telling us more about him.
Time for us to see now what sort of tales our teams are telling at the fair.
After 35 minutes, the Blues have steamed ahead and bought two items.
And the Reds are lagging behind with just one.
But could this next item point them in the right direction?
A mariner's compass, Neil.
It could be interesting.
It's quite heavy.
-It's filled with water.
-It's floating, isn't it?
You must put this over if the sun is shining so you've got the shade.
I am liking this. Barkers of London.
If somebody is into this kind of thing,
they can start doing a bit of research.
It's unusual and I really like it.
-I am liking that.
-Keep that smile.
-We have spotted something we quite like.
-You've got 95 on this.
Is there any movement on that?
Would you take 80?
Hold on, let the lady tell you...
You don't tell her what you want to pay.
-You ask what is the best you can do.
I'll do 80 on it for you.
Is that your very best?
When we take this stuff to auction, it's tough.
78 and that is it.
-What do you think, guys?
-I think let's do it.
-I'm happy with that.
-Shake the lady's hand.
Lovely, thank you very much indeed.
That is a discount of £17 for the ship's compass.
Well done, Reds. You're on course for the finishing line.
One more item to find.
Meanwhile, the Blues are after some silver.
Could this piece be it?
-Look at that.
-What is it?
-I think it's a punchbowl.
Good, what is made from?
I guess it's not going to be solid silver.
We talked about this earlier on.
Just look at the lion mask, there, the end of his nose.
-What do you see happening?
I see wear and I see yellowish.
-Yes, the bleeding coming through.
-It's worn away.
So it's silver-plated. OK, pretty thing, but it doesn't do it for me.
Absolutely. Maybe not for us.
No, let's see what else we can find.
Keep looking, Blues.
The Reds are also on the search for shiny stuff,
and with just over 15 minutes left, they've headed inside.
Thank you. That is a really unusual piece, I think.
-How much is this?
So we've got some hallmarking.
Let's have a look.
We've got the maker's mark, which is HA, then we've got the crown.
That's Sheffield. And the a, is 1893.
So it's an early piece.
I mean, really, it's in great condition.
No bumps, dints.
The colouring's nice.
-You're not saying a lot.
-I like it.
I really like it. But I hate the price.
I think, at auction, we would get absolutely caned.
I think you're probably right, Neil,
but with a little more than ten minutes left,
you need to start agreeing on things.
The Blues, though, don't seem fazed by the lack of time.
My goodness me.
Look at that. I've never seen one of those in real life.
Do you know what it reminds me of?
The Carry On films. Remember those?
I can just see it in my mind.
Come on! Who's going to demonstrate?
Go for it, Andrew.
That would be around here, like that.
-I tell you what, he's done this before.
-I think he has.
And you'd lean back and it would jiggle you...
There you go. You've lost a stone.
I feel amazing.
-Like a new man!
-He's so honed.
-It's on the Christmas list.
-But not on our list.
You do look great, Andy.
But, really. There's no time to dawdle.
You have one more item to find.
Now, over with the Reds, could this baby's rattle be just the ticket?
-There you go.
-The coral, bells, and the whistle, as well.
How much is that one?
What sort of age is this?
It's Continental Silver, so it's probably 1930s, 1940s.
-It's marked at 800.
800 part silver.
Rather than UK 925.
-What are you thinking?
-I'm thinking, let's go for quality.
Let's go for British.
Yes, I would go with that.
-So, can we give you that back?
Oh, dear. It's another, "No."
Outside, the Blues have spotted
a Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway sign which dates back to the 1880s.
-We're looking at Victorian.
And we're looking at the heyday of the steam railway, I guess...
-We certainly are.
-..as it was starting to really come into its own.
Would you say it's quite collectable?
Yeah, they are. Anything railway related is always collectable.
But it's 160 quid.
It's quite a lump, isn't it?
-It is a lump.
-I think we should go for it.
I think Sarah should work her magic.
I'm going to be fascinated to watch this again.
I really am. Shall we call the chap over?
Sir, can we have a little chat to you?
This is my Blue team.
On this item, it says...
Is that the right price?
That's a fair price.
What's the lowest you're willing to go?
-Do 140 on it.
How about 130?
-What do you think?
-I think we should maybe pause and come back
Let me tell you, you've got nine minutes left.
It's not very long, including negotiations.
If you work your magic a bit more, because I would just like to see it.
If I see a nice round 130.
I think we should shake on that.
Thank you very much. Thank you.
-Thank you, kind sir.
-Thank you very much.
And that's it. Your third purchase. Well done, you two.
-Thank you very much. Thank you.
I've learnt a lot from you two, I really have. Genuinely.
It's been superb.
Sarah's skilled negotiating
has done it again with a £30 discount on that railway sign.
So, with the Blues finished, how are you doing, Reds?
This is nice.
Oh, I like this. Eight piece cruet set.
Solid silver, Hallmark Birmingham 1928.
We've got a maker. Docker & Burn.
And it's 165.
One of the benefits of that set
is that all have their original blue glass liners. OK.
A lot of the time, the spoons are mismatched.
The hallmarks don't match up.
But all the pieces have Docker & Burn 1928.
It's a complete set.
As the gentleman says, it's always nice when everything marries up.
All the hallmarks marry up.
It just shows, really, that it's all true.
It's genuine. You know, that's quite nice.
-Is there any movement on that?
We do need to... It's got to go to auction.
-There's always movement.
-There's always movement?
There's always movement.
I think, at auction, that's going to make between 100, maybe, to £130.
-That's the sort of bracket I put it in.
I think we'll need a little bit of a wind going, as well.
I'll give you a final price. 125, that's it.
He's trying to work with us. He is trying to work with us.
You can see, the price on it is 165.
He's saying 125.
If the man can say he'll do 120 quid, I'd say "Shake his hand and do it fast."
-Would you do 120?
-You're a scholar.
-Thank you very much.
By my calculations, teams, your time's up.
-Well, that's it.
-Love it. Love it.
-Three items bought.
And probably about the same amount of minutes left.
Let's remind ourselves what the Red team bought.
First, they bought a tin of gramophone needles for £9.
Next, they paid £78 for this boat compass.
And, finally, they splashed cash
on an eight piece cruet set, £120 paid.
Well, Kim, Neil. Well done. That was a really good shop.
-You must be quite happy with that.
-Yes, I'm very happy.
We've got some of the things that we wanted.
So, Kim, tell me, you bought three completely different items.
Can you choose a favourite?
My favourite has got to be the silver cruet set.
It's got all its pieces, in its original box.
-Do you think it's going to bring the biggest profit?
-I would hope so.
-No mention of the tin from you, Kim.
-Not such a fan.
-What? That rusty tin?
-Is the tin your favourite?
Which is your favourite?
My favourite, I think, is the compass, actually.
Because it's very unusual.
It might just sail through at the auction.
So, fingers crossed.
So, you spent 207.
Well done. So, who's got 93?
-That'll be me.
-Thank you very much.
-I trust you.
I won't check it. I trust you. I'll give that straight to Danny.
Do you have anything in mind, Danny?
Well, I've seen something.
I'm just hoping it's going to be there when I get out there to look for it.
OK, so while Danny races off to get his bonus buy,
let's remind ourselves what the Blue team bought.
First, they spent £20 on a camera, complete with flash.
Then they bought a podiatry set.
A snip at just £30.
And, finally, a cast iron railway notice for £130.
An unusual haggling technique, for sure. But it worked.
Never quite seen anything like it before.
And never will, I don't think.
Did you pick up some tips?
Are you now going to be questioning everything?
I'm going to be practising on you later.
Sounds like a date. Now, of the three items,
I know it's difficult but can you pick your favourite one?
My favourite one is the podiatry equipment.
-That's your favourite?
Yes, knew a lot about it. It was interesting.
-Pleased about that.
-So, do you think that the medical instruments are
going to bring the biggest profit at auction?
-I think so, for me. Yes.
Sarah, do you agree that the medical instruments
will bring the biggest profit?
I don't think so.
The feet thing really does freak me out a little bit.
I think the camera that I went for first of all with the big flash,
I don't think it'll make a lot of profit
but I think it will make some profit.
David, they did quite well, spending £180.
It was a smooth process.
Well, someone has £120.
-That'll be me.
-I'll take it from you, please.
Thank you so much. I know you're loathed to give it to me.
But I'm handing it straight to your expert.
Do you have a plan?
I do. I think we've been such a good team.
I've got to try and buy something with a team feel to it.
-There's a bit of a hint.
-David's the man with the plan.
But it's time for us to head to the auction.
We're in Lichfield now at Richard Winterton Auctioneers.
Of course, Richard joins us.
-Thank you very much for having us.
Straight to the Reds, Neil and Kim,
tell me, are they going to make sweet music with this HMV needle tin
complete with paper liner and needles.
I don't know what you do with them.
Obviously, use them for a gramophone.
Not a lot of money, I'm afraid.
-OK, what do you think they are going to make then?
OK, well, the team paid £9 for them.
-Perhaps this is more your speed, then.
We've got a Barking & London ship's compass here.
I like it. Again, I'm struggling to think what you'd do with it.
Unless you're going to put it on your ship or a boat.
We've gone 30-40. Hopefully, they haven't paid too much more.
Let me tell you, the team absolutely loved it
and so they paid £78 for it.
I'm not surprised.
OK, before I tell you exactly what they paid,
they did pay more for their third and final item.
Silver cruet set, boxed, complete with liners and Greek key design.
Surely, there's got to be some money in this.
It's the sort of thing, again, quite common,
every household would've had one.
Back in the day. What date have we got?
-Quite late, I think, isn't it?
-1928, I think.
So it's quite late.
We've gone 50-80.
Well, I feel like, don't tell the team because they paid £120 for it.
-It's a real retail price, isn't it?
Listen, Richard thinks this could be a rocky road.
So, let's find out what Danny bought as a bonus buy.
Danny, you had something in mind.
Was it still there when you got to the stall?
Luckily, it was.
Is that the best you could do?
I'm thinking of profit. That's what I'm thinking about.
It's a 1950s, wire egg basket.
It's in great condition.
I think with all this netting and also no rust on it,
it just makes it absolutely fabulous.
It's got a lovely sort of action.
That's obviously when it's full and you want to take the eggs out.
And to carry them, you just close the handles again.
Everybody likes an egg.
So, I'm sure it's going to be used.
And how much did you pay for that?
-You was robbed.
Well, I mean, you probably can get it a little bit cheaper.
But I'm sure people can pay a lot more for them.
How much do you think it'll go for?
I really like it. I think it's really interesting.
It should make £20.
-I can't see why it doesn't make between 15 and £20.
Maybe even a little bit more.
-I like it. It's nice.
-In your kitchen.
It would look fabulous in my kitchen.
And when I get my hens and everything,
I can see me going there and getting my eggs on the morning.
Fantastic. I love it.
Listen, you don't need to make your minds up just yet.
It's time for us to find out
if Richard thinks this egg basket was a cracking buy.
Well, Danny has got breakfast on the brain.
What do you think of that egg basket?
It's really just tactile, isn't it?
I love it. I think it's a lovely, lovely item.
I love seeing this. Bit of history.
And we've got 15 to 20.
-Well, Danny is a clever man because he only paid £8 for it.
But in those kind of margins,
it might not be enough to get the Reds out of trouble.
Now, what about the Blues?
Andy and Sarah, we're starting off with the camera, it's Pentax,
surely this is a really attractive item in today's sale?
It's a well-known name, household name, but if it's going to bring
them a lot of profit, I'm not quite so sure.
Depends what they paid for it.
OK, well, let me keep that a secret for now.
-First of all, what's your estimate?
-We've gone 20 to 30.
OK, well you won't be too disappointed
because our team paid £20.
OK, that's all right, it's on par.
-So that's good.
So this is very much a set, a podiatry set we think,
surgical tools of course,
but do you think this was specifically for feet?
Um, to be rea... I'm not sure, I'm afraid.
I'm looking at it here, yeah, I've gone and put 30 to 40 on it.
And when I look at it now, and you're talking about feet,
and you know, I'm just wondering what the market is going to be.
Stick with that estimate, if you will, because our team paid £30 for it.
And they'll be very pleased
if you get towards the top end of your estimate.
Our third item for the Blues is this big railway sign.
Now it's about trespassing, it's got a bit of a warning attached to it.
But we do see a lot of replicas, is this a real McCoy?
It is the real McCoy. People will pick this up on the Internet,
I'm absolutely sure that this will, it's not a thing, I don't think,
that will be sold in the room, we've gone 50 to 80.
Well, sort of like our Reds,
who made a big splash with their final item,
the Blues paid £130 for this sign.
So it could be equally choppy waters.
Time to turn to the Blues' expert, David Harper,
to see what he bought as a bonus buy.
OK, this is it, Sarah, Andy... Look at your face!
You look terrified.
Don't be afraid at all because David has bought you some sort of cuboid.
I mean, do you have any idea what's going on there?
It's... It might be a board game?
Well, be prepared, it's going to look drop-dead gorgeous, right?
But there's more to it than just its initial appearance.
-Looks good to me.
-OK, it gets even better.
-Oh, look at that.
-Isn't that just superb?
-Do you know what it is?
-Yeah, is it like a bar billiards type thing?
It is, bagatelle. A couple of games,
you can shoot the balls down that end into specific holes
to score points, or you can put this construction this end
and shoot the balls through named arches.
What date is it, Andy?
Oh, golly, is it 19th century.
Absolutely, late 19th century, 1880, 1900, mahogany box.
I mean, just fantastically constructed.
How much did you actually pay for this?
I think it was an absolute steal. 30 quid.
-It's bonkers, isn't it?
How much do you think it will make at auction?
Well, you know, there's an old term in this business,
it's called double bubble.
If you can double your money, that was always the rule of thumb.
You should try to double your money, you're winning.
And that's where we want to go with this.
I reckon it's double bubble territory.
I'm just about to tell you not to make your minds up,
he's selling it to me!
I'm saying, "Go for it, go for it!" But that's not the way we do it.
We'll see how your first three items go and then decide whether or not
to go with the bonus buy.
For now, let's see if Richard thinks that this
bagatelle is all fun and games.
OK, Richard, David has bought this bagatelle cum billiard board,
interesting thing, have you seen one of these before?
A few times, yeah, a few times.
Interesting. That's a very polite way of saying it.
In the right setting, a pub or something, it could look really cool
and I'm sure that's why David's bought it.
-What's the estimate?
-I'm afraid we haven't gone very high,
we've gone for 30 to 50, I'm afraid.
That's OK. I think David knows
these bagatelle boards don't make a huge deal. £30 is all he paid.
Well, OK, he's done OK.
-So it's going to be all right?
-No, that's better than I thought, yeah.
So tell me, you're going to be on the rostrum today,
is there a rosy outlook?
I think we're going to have to work a bit hard today.
OK, well, that's your job.
Work hard for our teams, Richard, make us some money.
70, 80, 90.
90, far right, 90, far right.
Have you been to an auction before?
Cool, calm and collected.
-Sounds like you're a dab hand.
-Is he always like this, Kim?
Yeah, OK. Good answer.
How about you, are you nervous?
A little bit,
but I'll be disappointed if we don't make a lot of money.
Well, our first lot is the gramophone needles in their tin,
very much your choice, Neil, so I hope that we make some profit.
You only paid £9.
-So, are you ready?
-Absolutely, let's do it.
As you'll ever be.
Here it comes.
The Internet is in at two. I've got two.
Will you give me three? Three, give me four, give me five.
Five, and... Yes, sir, and six.
-Come on. One more.
-You've got to go again? £10.
£10, all finished, well chuffed on that one, at £10,
hammer up, sold £10.
-Brilliant. Little bit of profit.
Well, Richard worked really hard for you there to make you £1.
That's where you are, sold for ten, £1 made.
£78 you paid for this compass, so here's hoping for more profit.
Internet is in.
At £35 with the Internet at 35, at 35, £40 with the Internet,
45 with the Internet.
Room, you're silent.
-This is my favourite.
Are you all finished? 45, all done?
-£45 doesn't feel so good, does it?
£45. That's a loss of £33.
But remember, you had £1, so it's only 32 you've lost.
On a positive note.
As we head into our riskiest lot, £120 paid.
I don't know whether I dare look at this, I might have to hide in my fleece.
We are in at 50.
I have 60, we have 70, we have 80, we have £90.
Bid. 100 in the room.
110 in the room.
120 in the room. 130 in the room.
Yes! We're in profit.
What do I know? 140 in the room.
-Oh! Keep going.
-140 in the room.
All done, hammer's up, quality piece always sells.
-Very well done.
-Who spotted that? I did.
Brilliant. It's a £20 profit, which takes you to minus 12.
That begs the question, will you or will you not go with the bonus buy.
-I think we should absolutely go for it.
I think it's growing on me, I know I was a bit disparaging
but it is in good condition
and it will be useful and look good in someone's kitchen.
So I think we could get a lot of money for it.
Well, Danny paid £8 for the basket. Our auctioneer loves it.
He thinks 15 to 20.
£4. £6. £8.
£10 in the room.
Who's going to give me that at £15? One more little one.
No, all done.
£15 was the selling price.
It adds £7 so you are now a mere minus five.
-Don't be despondent.
-As you know, minus five could well be a winning score.
So don't say anything to the Blues, and yes, keep everything crossed.
-Have you been to an auction before?
-Really excited, yeah.
It is really exciting.
-Have you been to one?
-Yes, as a kid, but you were told just to sit still,
don't smile or wave or anything.
Don't smile, don't wave, don't pick your nose... Nothing.
-Same rules apply today.
You were a fabulous team. You worked brilliantly together.
And now is the time to take your foot off the gas.
It is in the bidders' hands.
So I hope they're on your side, if you're ready,
your first item is the camera, you paid £20, and here it comes.
Five, eight, ten, 12, 15, 18, £20 the Internet.
£20 with the Internet.
25 in the room.
30 with the Internet.
30, the Internet.
Shaking your head. £30, £30 all done, sold at the 30.
-Good, wasn't it?
£30 is a £10 profit.
Straight onto this podiatry set.
-Not too much of a worry, you only paid £30.
Here it comes.
I am, I am at 20, I'm at five, I'm at 30,
I'm at five, I'm at 40, I'm at five, I'm at 50, I'm at five,
I'm at 60, I'm at five, I'm at 70.
Five. I'm 80.
At £80 bid, £80 all gone and sold at the £80.
-Yay, nice one.
I don't think anyone was expecting that.
-£80 is the prize, and that's a profit of 50.
-Added to your profit of ten is £60.
But we go into your most risky lot.
£130 paid for this sign.
I've got two bids, one at 70, one at 75.
That's where we're at, at £75.
I'm at £75.
We were doing so well.
75, all done.
That is a loss of 55.
So worry not, you're still in profit.
At one point you had 60, now it's just five.
Are you going to go with an item that you loved when David revealed
it to you, the bagatelle board, now that you're only £5 in profit?
-What are your thoughts?
-I think we should.
-I think we should.
So you're going with the bonus buy, 100%.
-David paid 30, Richard thinks 30 to 50.
I really hope there's some more profit, here it comes.
-Internet, I can tell you, is at £20.
I've got 25, I have 30 on the Internet.
I have got 30 on the Internet.
We're in at the £30.
-We're in at the £30, I've got 35.
£40, front row.
£40 in the front row. £40 in the front row.
Yours at 40.
Everyone else out? All done at 40?
Yours at 40.
That's another profit of £10. Overall, Blues, £15 in profit.
-Brilliant. Thank you.
Feels great to come on Bargain Hunt and make some money,
but you don't know what the Reds made, so keep it to yourselves
and we'll see how it all pans out.
Teams, I can't imagine how you feel right now.
This is it, the moment you've all been waiting for.
As in life, there are pluses and there are minuses.
And the team today who picked up a minus, our runners-up are the Reds,
I'm so sorry.
But with a plus, our winners are the Blues.
Do you know what? It's a small minus, minus £5,
so really no big deal, is it, Reds?
Don't worry, don't hold on to that disappointment,
hold on to the happy memories of which I hope there are many.
Yes, definitely. We really, really enjoyed it.
I loved going to the auction
and it was really exciting watching our items being sold.
I am glad you had a good time and don't be too disappointed
because these guys didn't make a huge profit
but profit nonetheless, £15, Blues.
It feels good, doesn't it?
-Oh, thank you very much.
-I was expecting real disaster with that
podiatry set because anything to do with feet,
how can it have an appeal? £80 hammer price.
I mean, your face was a picture.
I don't think, Sarah, you're ever going to hear the end of that.
No, I don't think I will.
And everybody always says, you know, we've had a great time,
you really do have an amazing time.
Oh, I'm so pleased to hear that, thank you very much.
Listen, they mean it, they did have a great time.
And you could have one too if you apply to be on the show.
Details are on our website.
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