NARRATOR: It's the nation's favorite antiques experts.
[HORN] With 200 pounds each.
[SCREAMS] NARRATOR: A classic car.
[HONKS] [LAUGHS] NARRATOR: And a goal to scour Britain for antiques.
[HONKS] NARRATOR: The aim, to make the biggest profit at auction.
But it's no mean feat.
They'll be worthy winners and valiant losers.
NARRATOR: So, will it be the high road to glory?
[LAUGHS] Or the slow road to disaster?
Pull out the ignition.
NARRATOR: This is the "Antiques Road Trip."
[THEME MUSIC] (SINGING) Yeah.
NARRATOR: Today our experts, Paul Laidlaw and Kate Bliss, find themselves enjoying the pretty West Sussex countryside.
And by gosh, it is pretty down there.
Some people say that William Blake was inspired to write the words for "Jerusalem" looking at the South Downs.
(SINGING) And did those feet in ancient times.
NARRATOR: Beautifully done, Kate.
Now, our experts are halfway through their road trip.
How did that happen?
Where did it go?
- How did that happen?
NARRATOR: I know.
Time flies when you're having fun.
And helping them along their way is a classic 1967 Volvo P1800s.
It's the third leg of their road trip, and Kate has edged ahead.
[INAUDIBLE] That's not bad.
NARRATOR: Not that she's playing her own trumpet.
[HORN] Nice blow.
Now, the heat is on Paul.
Every aisle I turn.
The [INAUDIBLE] thing I can handle.
It's not great for the nerves in the short term, but-- [LAUGHS] NARRATOR: Paul's initial 200 pounds has grown to 308 pounds and four pence.
Kate, who began with the same amount, now has a rather healthy 315 pounds and 34 pence.
It's all to play for.
NARRATOR: Certainly is, Kate.
Our experts kicked off their journey on the west coast of Wales before crossing into England.
They'll head for the south coast before meandering along to Kent and finally ending up at auction in the Suffolk town of Bury St. Edmunds.
This leg starts off in Chichester, and ends up at auction in Windsor, as you do.
KATE: It looks nice.
Oh, what a lovely town.
Well, I will see you later.
NARRATOR: Chichester is home to Kate's first shop, Peter Hancock Antiques.
What a treasure trove you've got here.
It goes back a long way.
Can I have a little look around?
It's a joke to me, where to start, really.
Because everything is all sort of five deep.
I've just got this feeling there's a treasure in here.
It's just a question of finding it.
NARRATOR: Just go with your instincts, Kate.
It's almost like smelling it out.
NARRATOR: Your nose [INAUDIBLE].
NARRATOR: Let's leave Kate to rummage in Chichester.
Paul has made his way to the seaside town of Bognor Regis, which has nearly three miles of promenade to enjoy.
But there's no time to paddle, Paul.
Bognor Antiques await.
Take these off for close work.
Can I have a look at something in your carousel there, please?
It is-- it should come around now.
It's that wee brooch.
What do you think of that?
It's not gold.
So this little brooch is not interesting because it's precious, but the workmanship.
All of that fretting.
All of those intertwined foliage scrolls are hand-cut.
And an unusual almost pendulum or ballister-like form.
Has a name, this little brooch.
This is a balance cock.
A balance cock is a watch part.
Specifically, the cover for the balance wheel of a pocket watch with a verj movement.
And it dates to the 18th or the first quarter of the 19th century.
Could that be a fiver?
Let me take one look.
For you, Paul, yes.
Have you got a diamond tester?
You've got a diamond tester, haven't you?
Check, see if that's a tiny little diamond chip in the middle of that.
NARRATOR: You spotted something, Mr. Laidlaw?
PAUL: I think maybe when they converted our brooch, they got themselves a little old rose-cut diamond-- because it is faceted-- and inset it into the top of the bearing cover.
It does not transform it.
But if I'm being dead honest with you, Stefan, if I send that to auction as a balance cock brooch, it's worth 5 to 15 quid.
But if I say it's got a small diamond in it, somebody is going to go, that seems cheap at 15.
You might get 20 quid for it.
STEFAN: It's a diamond.
PAUL: Is it?
You know what?
[INAUDIBLE] great glory in that, but a small step.
That would be enough profit for me to catch up with Kate Bliss.
NARRATOR: Talking of whom, how's she getting on in Chichester?
KATE: Now, in here is what looks like a Poole charger.
[CLINKS] [GASPS] OK. OK.
There it is.
So it's the color that really appeals to me.
I love this vibrant yellow.
Turn it over and you can see the distinctive Poole mark there, printed with the dolphin, which is their trademark.
And of course, it's not made far from here, just down the road near Southampton.
And the Poole factory were very much known for their art pottery, and yellows, bright oranges, greens were very much in their palette of bright glazes.
Founded, actually, in the 19th century, but it's mid-century ceramics-- it's mid-20th century ceramics have become really collectible today.
Now, the price tag 70 there.
But if this is going to make me a profit.
I need to have a chat with Peter.
Now, I found this at the back of one of your cupboards.
I love the color of it.
PETER: It is nice.
KATE: But what sort of price could you do it for?
KATE: Is that your absolute best?
I was hoping for 20 to 30 pounds, something like that.
Is that any good for you, or could you meet me in the middle at all?
PETER: I can let it go for 30.
KATE: Do you know, well, that helps me a lot.
Let's do that.
PETER: That will help.
If that's OK with you.
Thank you very much indeed.
NARRATOR: Well, that's Kate off the mark, then.
Now, let's catch up with Paul in [INAUDIBLE].. PAUL: What about Buddhi?
STEFAN: The happy Buddha there can be-- can be 60.
Too much for me.
But I love these.
STEFAN: I love them, too.
They're brilliant things, aren't they?
I mean, you look at him there.
He's just having a ball, isn't he?
He's truly as happy as they get.
He's had a good lunch, hasn't he?
This is the final reincarnation of Buddha, is it not?
PAUL: Stefan, I think I'm done.
You know what I'm going to buy.
First thing I looked at, with a diamond in it.
STEFAN: Oh, right.
I've got to buy that.
Because it sounds fantastic.
And it is.
Before I go, bottom line on the Japanese carving?
The very best is 40.
PAUL: This might work for you.
40 pounds for the 5 pound brooch and that.
35 and 5, is what I'm saying.
We can do that.
PAUL: But we just did.
Let's shake on it.
PAUL: We had a ball, didn't we?
Well, thank you very much.
Buddha may bring me luck.
I wish you well, and I hope I see you again.
NARRATOR: With Paul's lucky Buddha in the boot, let's catch up with Kate in Portsmouth.
She's visiting the National Museum of the Royal Navy to find out how a major sea battle helped change the course of World War I. Victoria Ingles is the senior heritage project officer.
So what was going on in the First World War before the Battle of Jutland?
Well, the British, from the word go, decided to keep a distant blockade to try and sort of strangle trade and imports getting into Germany, to try and diminish their war efforts, such as food, but also supplies they needed for armaments and keeping the front going.
NARRATOR: By 1916, the Germans were desperate to break that blockade, but they were vastly outgunned.
So what sort of numbers are we talking about for each fleet?
The German fleet had 99 ships, and the British fleet had 151, so it's quite a bit larger.
NARRATOR: On the 31st of May, off Denmark's Jutland Peninsula, both fleets were merely tens of miles from each other.
So the first sightings took place about 2 o'clock in the afternoon, but by 4 o'clock, they're becoming more in range of each other.
NARRATOR: The first salvos started to fly.
VICTORIA: You'll have not only the explosives themselves setting off, but the shell casing itself will break up into pieces, into shrapnel.
And so you've got hot lumps of metal flying through the air, as well as all the explosives.
So you know, the effects can be quite devastating.
NARRATOR: As the British fleet was about to find out.
VICTORIA: We lose the Indefatigable, and there's over 1,000 men lost on board there.
And then a few minutes later, HMS Queen Mary is also hit.
And around 1,200 men die on that ship, and there's only a handful of survivors.
So literally within the space of minutes, thousands of men have been lost.
NARRATOR: By the end of the battle the next day, the Germans were forced to retreat back to port with the loss of 11 ships and over 2,500 men.
The Royal Navy had lost over 6,000 sailors and 14 ships.
The carnage also left hundreds of seriously injured on the decks of the British ships.
One of them was 16-year-old Jack Cornwell, also known as Boy Cornwell.
VICTORIA: He was a gun layer.
So he was employed as part of the gun crew on the upper deck of HMS Chester.
And being part of the gun crew, he was on the upper deck.
And he was found after the battle remaining at his post.
Sadly, the rest of his gun crew were killed, and Boy Cornwell himself sustained quite severe injuries.
NARRATOR: Jack survived the trip to Grimsby, where he was taken ashore with the other casualties from HMS Chester.
VICTORIA: But he sadly died of his injuries a couple of days later.
NARRATOR: Tragically, his family couldn't give Jack the funeral he deserved.
He was buried in a pauper's grave.
He didn't come from a very wealthy family.
NARRATOR: Jack's wasn't the only indignity suffered by the British sailors returning home after the battle.
VICTORIA: The news has already broken that it was a German victory, and some of the ships and crews are actually sort of booed back into harbor, and they get a horrendous reception.
NARRATOR: But when it was realized that the German fleet was unable to return to sea, and the blockade remained in place, attitudes changed.
And it wasn't long before attention was being drawn to the tragic story of Jack Cornwell by tabloids, such as "The Daily Sketch."
There was a campaign to basically give him a proper send off, a proper funeral.
NARRATOR: It was agreed that Jack Cornwell's body would be exhumed.
VICTORIA: He was actually given a full military funeral, full honors, and crowds of people sort of lined the streets to watch the funeral cortege go past.
NARRATOR: To add to this hero's funeral, Boy Cornwell was also posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.
But perhaps more importantly, Jack and his comrades' sacrifice would not be in vain because the continued naval blockade would eventually help force the Germans to the negotiating table.
Meanwhile, Paul's along the coast on Hayling Island.
Its beaches were used for training in preparation for the D-Day landings.
He's hoping to unearth a treasure at All Sorts Antiques and Collectibles, so stand by.
Is it Elaine?
Lovely to see you.
Pleased to meet you.
The sun is shining, and I don't mind telling you, in the short distance from the door to here, I am seeing things already that I like the look of.
May I have a wee rummage?
See you in a moment, yeah?
[INAUDIBLE] I'm going to be over there.
NARRATOR: Seen something?
PAUL: May we have a look in this cabinet here?
Whose goodies are here?
This is you?
This is mine.
PAUL: Bone dominoes.
It says complete.
We've got a set of dominoes there.
And there's a few extras there as well.
We'll go at the pub later, and we can be like old men and play dominoes in merriment.
I love these.
They're not shockingly rare.
They are, however, fascinating and reasonably desirable.
Here we have a turned bone.
Ox bone, mutton bone.
Little bottle form [INAUDIBLE].
Unscrew the lid, and therein, bone dominoes.
Quite primitively made.
Look at those.
There is the double six.
The one we all want.
They weren't made on a machine in a factory.
I think, as does Elaine, that they were made in a prisoner of war camp.
We're not talking about the Second World War, the First World War, the Boer war.
During the Napoleonic wars.
They are priced at 45 pounds.
You know what I'm going to ask?
What can you do me those for?
Elaine, I'm not going to haggle any further.
NARRATOR: That's a first.
PAUL: Elaine, 30 pounds.
I'm a very happy bunny.
Thank you very much.
He's not hanging around.
What else is tickling your fancy, then, Paulus?
PAUL: What do we have?
Trench art candlesticks.
Never seen anything quite like it described as trench art, because I think these are related to the Brighton bun.
The Brighton bun, campaign or traveling candlesticks, typically of donut form, annular form.
How do they work?
They work like this.
Look at this man, gratuitously taking apart that shop owner's stock.
That little box there, we can take on campaign or traveling.
I've not seen trench art campaign candlesticks like this ever.
So I'm tantalized.
Pair trench art candlesticks, 25 pounds.
Don't think that's dear.
But unpredictable at auction.
I'd like them a lot more if they were cheap.
NARRATOR: Oh, Elaine.
PAUL: Hi, Elaine.
- Yes, Paul.
Pair of brass candlesticks.
Trench art candlesticks.
Any chance of finding out if there's a discounted price to be had on those?
ELAINE: I'm sure we can do something.
NARRATOR: A quick call to the vendor, and-- I don't know whether it'll be the price you're looking for, but 18 pounds.
That is the place I'm looking for.
And Elaine, I shall settle up.
ELAINE: Oh, right.
OK. PAUL: I owe you 48 pounds.
20, 40, 50 pounds for you.
ELAINE: Thank you very much.
PAUL: Thank you very much.
No, thank you.
Stick this in pocket.
ELAINE: Thank you.
PAUL: All the best to you.
Let's find Kate.
KATE: Do you know what, Paul?
I couldn't imagine nicer company driving long in a 1960s Volvo.
NARRATOR: Ah, that's nice.
But then they are nice.
[HORSE NEIGHS] Morning from the rather beautiful new forest.
This is the life, Kate.
Isn't it just?
Look, wild ponies.
NARRATOR: Our experts are on the road again.
So we're heading southwest.
Through this idyllic new forest towards the coast.
NARRATOR: Kate has a slender lead over Paul.
A whole seven pounds ahead, ish.
There or thereabouts.
Will you stop going on about it?
You keep bringing it up.
You brought it up.
Oh, come on.
Oh, seven pounds, seven pounds.
NARRATOR: So far, Kate has bought the Poole charger and has 285 pounds and 34 pence left in her bag to spend.
Paul has bagged the brooch, the Buddha, the dominoes, and the candlesticks, and has got 220 pounds and four pence to spend today.
He's visiting the village of Milford on Sea, which lies on the edge of the Solent.
KATE: OK, this is you.
Get out of here.
See you later.
NARRATOR: It's home to Noah Valentine Antiques and Collectibles.
Is it Peter?
How are you doing?
It's good to see you.
This has got something going on, is it not?
PETER: A little bit different.
We've got a little bit of the back to the right, mezzanine up top.
But help yourself.
Have a look around.
I cannot wait.
And spend some money.
- I'm going to try.
- Good man.
See you in a minute.
See you in a bit.
This is where my methodical approach is essential, is it not?
If would be easy to miss something here.
And that would be a mistake.
I'm not buying the U-boat, no matter what the little demon on my shoulder tells me to do.
NARRATOR: Just as well.
It would never fit in the car.
Best keep looking, Paul.
In the meantime, Kate's made her way to the market town of New Milton, which is nestled on the edge of the new forest.
She's visiting Serendipity One, but will she be leaving happy?
I don't know where to look next.
I'm going to get on my hands and knees.
Do you know, these trunks here.
There's two stacked up here.
They look like rusty, old tin boxes.
But there's such a story behind them.
And you can see here a name.
And again on the top here.
My grandfather had one of these.
He was a squadron leader in the Second World War, and all his uniform and his RAF stuff was kept in a tin trunk just like this.
And I've still got it.
No value, really, unless there's provenance with the person they're connected to.
For me, my grandfather's is priceless.
NARRATOR: Quite right, too, Kate.
Back in Milford On Sea, what's Paul found?
Well, no arguing with the mechanism.
Somebody's daubed it in black stuff a long time ago.
I didn't know if it was more like a piece of folk art, or whether it was mass produced.
That's mass produced.
- Is it?
OK. And it's a land ship.
That's what-- this is where the tanks start.
It's a land ship.
It's missing elements, as well.
Those little tabs that are broken there secured the undercarriage.
Yeah, to tidy up the mechanism.
Otherwise, little Johnny's going to lose a digit.
Dear or cheap?
I like that.
PAUL: It's fundamentally incomplete.
Lost a base plate.
20 quid's no use.
The best would be 35.
PAUL: [BLOWS RASPBERRY] 35 quid.
How badly wrong can that go?
Oh, what the hell.
PETER: [INAUDIBLE] Yeah.
We did it.
- Good luck with it.
Thanks very much.
Thanks very much.
PAUL: I will settle up.
PAUL: So 35.
That's for you.
PETER: Let me get you some change.
[INAUDIBLE] Good luck with it.
Always take the luck.
PAUL: Thank you.
PAUL: See you again.
NARRATOR: Let's leave Paul with his tank, eh?
Meanwhile, over in New Milton.
Now, this has caught my eye.
And it's the top I like better than the bottom.
In fact, I like it so much, I'm just going to move this bike so I can get a bit closer to it.
Let's park that there.
Now we can have a proper look.
Look at this.
Let's have a look underneath.
So I think this base could have belonged to an old pub table once upon a time.
It's certainly Victorian in style.
It's cast iron.
Yes, it's a bit rusty around the feet.
But somebody might like to paint that, if you want it pristine.
But then this white marble top I think has been added later.
I love the little bit of mottling in it.
It's a thing of quality, and actually, it's transformed it into what I think is a really nice size little garden table.
Now, I would have that in my garden, and I think a lot of people in Windsor-- where we're going for the auction-- might like that in their garden.
It says 85 here.
Now, I'm going to need a good bit off that to make it viable for me, but it's worth a chance.
NARRATOR: Best find the man in charge, then.
- Hi, Nick.
You've got a little white marble top table outside.
Yes, that's Simon's, in number two shop, yes?
So is it something he might have had for a while that he wants to move on?
He's had it a while, and I know-- because somebody else was interested-- and we could do 50.
OK. Well, I was really hoping for sort of 30 or 40-ish maybe.
I had a feeling you were going to come up with some like this.
- Yeah, I mean-- - So-- I want you to make a little bit, but if I can make a little bit, too.
NARRATOR: Hang on a minute.
KATE: What have you got there?
Well, this is going to be the executive decision maker.
So we've got all our answers.
Definitely, ask again, never, why not, possibly, forget it.
KATE: Oh, forget it.
I hope it doesn't land on that one.
So whatever this decides, then, is that whether-- whether you'll do me-- you'll come and meet me at 40, maybe, or-- Exactly.
Otherwise, I'll have to come up to 50.
You'll have to come up to 50.
OK. NARRATOR: Well, do you feel lucky, Kate?
So should we give it a whirl?
Let's give it a whirl.
Let's see what happens.
NICK: Off we go.
[RAPID BEEPING] KATE: Oh, no!
NICK: Oh, no!
So we're back to the 50.
I'm awfully sorry.
We'll do 45.
Oh, you're killing me, Nick.
I'm awfully sorry.
Oh, let me find you some money.
Here we go.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
And two of those.
And two of those.
- Thank you very much indeed.
Thanks so much for your help.
- Thank you.
It's been great.
- Good to see you.
NARRATOR: I bet that's the first time you've ever haggled with a machine, Kate.
Let's catch up with Paul now.
He's made his way to the city of Southampton.
He's come to find out how British ingenuity has led to our lives being meticulously mapped out for more than 200 years.
Hey, good to see you.
How are you, Nigel?
What an environment.
Oh, we like it.
Come on in.
We'll show you around.
NARRATOR: Nigel Clifford is the CEO of the ordnance survey.
PAUL: Think maps.
Think Ordnance Survey.
But when I hear the word ordnance, I'm minded of the military.
Is there a link?
Absolutely, there is.
Jacobite rebellion, 1745.
The English troops were up in Scotland in the highlands, and one of the big issues they had was understanding the local geography.
Now, that was a big wake up call to the military back in London.
And they thought, this can't be allowed to stand.
We've got to understand our country.
So they set up the first mapping project, which was actually in the highlands of Scotland.
So how did the surveyors make the maps in 1790?
Well, it was the beginnings of triangulation, so the use of geometry and trigonometry to pull together a view of the country using theodolites, which were just awesome inventions of the time.
So in performing your triangulation, this is essentially a telescope to see the remote object.
And then registers that allow us to measure the angular separation of them.
NARRATOR: The use of theodolites would continue into the 20th century, as would the ordnance surveys association with the military.
PETER: So come the First World War, there were several calls to action for ordnance survey, and we were employed in looking after or around or mapping about 6,000 miles of France for the First World War.
So we produced maybe 30 million maps for the board of war.
These surveyors must be pretty close to the dangerous areas to perform their duties.
We've got a memorial to the 123 of our colleagues who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars.
NARRATOR: Despite the dangers of the First World War, the ordnance survey continued to develop world-leading mapping techniques.
Surveyors are no longer solely on the land.
They're up in the air.
For the first time, putting a camera in a plane, taking pictures, seeing how the trenches were moving, and then depicting those on maps, which were then used by the military.
And that continues, then, through the Second World War.
And Second World War, it was something like 400 million maps produced, with a huge focus on D-Day.
NARRATOR: Over the years, ordnance survey maps have become an irreplaceable record of our nation.
And the revolutionary shift in technology from theodolites to computers and satellites will ensure that Britain will continue to be mapped in ever-greater detail.
Elsewhere in Southampton, Kate is visiting her last shop, Cobwebs.
They specialize in ship memorabilia, and she's got 240 pounds left to spend.
KATE: This shop is a very specialist.
And for somebody interested in the ship-related ocean liner memorabilia, fantastic.
But I've got to put these items in an auction in Windsor.
Although it might be online, it is a very niche thing.
Come on, Bliss.
NARRATOR: That's the spirit, girl.
KATE: Now here is something I really like.
He's quite a cheeky chappy.
He's in tin plate, and most importantly, he's got his key.
Now, you've got to be really careful not to over-wind little mechanical toys.
But I'm going to give him a go to see if he works.
Off he goes.
Look at that.
Isn't he the cutest emperor penguin you ever seen?
It's like he's having a tantrum now.
Now, mechanical toys can be really collectible.
This one is British.
He's still wiggling his feet.
And I would think dates from about the 1950s.
But the nice thing about him is that he's all complete.
He's in working order.
He's got his little key.
I think he's gorgeous.
NARRATOR: This little chap sports a 25 pound price tag.
Time to head upstairs and chat cash with dealer Peter.
PETER: That's lovely.
KATE: Isn't he cute?
Well, I'm going to put him on one side just for a minute, Peter.
OK. NARRATOR: He's one possible.
KATE: Oh, now this is something right up my street.
You can see it's a traveling case, but on the canvas exterior cover, you've got Cunard Line.
Let's just turn that around.
Look at that.
So it's always lovely to have original travel stickers on luggage.
And here you have it.
You've even got the date on here.
July the 8, and it was traveling from New York to Southampton.
And I would say, looking at the style of the piece, it's probably 1950s.
If I turn it around, you can see inside, you've got a lovely pigskin vanity case, by the look of things.
Look at the condition of that.
That is absolutely gorgeous.
I wonder if there's anything inside.
Let's have a look.
Oh, now look at this.
So this is very '50s, you're sort of watered silk lining here.
But then on the top, you've got a lovely little pig skin case.
Inside here, though, we've got all sorts of things.
Look at that.
Everything a lady would need.
We've got brushes.
And you've got little soap dish.
Your toiletry jars.
There's just one missing.
Look, that's a shame.
Probably another jar similar to that one.
This would it be a really smart thing.
NARRATOR: It's 75 pounds.
It was used on the Queen Mary.
On the Queen Mary?
Onboard the Queen Mary.
I mean, it's just like it's just come off the ship, isn't it, really?
Well, I do like that, I have to say.
If I took that, and I took this little fella, which is a bit of fun, what's the best you could do for me?
65 for the two.
65 for the two.
If I said I liked your naval officer's hat up there?
That is a captain's cap.
It's a captain's?
It's not an ordinary officer's cap.
It's a captain's one.
NARRATOR: Well, it's got a ticket price of 65 pounds.
It'd be 100 for the lot.
KATE: 100 for the lot.
KATE: Is the death.
- I'll shake your hand.
- Thank you.
Thank you very much.
NARRATOR: Aye aye.
Talk about impulse buying, Kate.
Well, before I give you any money, Peter, I'm just going to fish this down, if I may.
Let's have a little look at it.
It's in good order, isn't it?
PETER: It is.
KATE: I thought it looked OK. PETER: Why don't you try it on, see if it fits?
KATE: Why don't I?
I do like a hat.
Oh, it looks good, actually.
It really does.
I can hear the port horn pipe blowing.
PETER: That does look good.
OK. Well I'll be off then.
NARRATOR: Don't forget the money, Katherine Kate.
That's for you.
PETER: Thank you very much.
KATE: Thank you very much.
It's been super talking to you.
Wish me luck.
PETER: Thank you.
NARRATOR: That's the penguin for 20 pounds, the vanity case for 50 pounds, and 30 pounds for the captain's cap.
Now, time to compare notes with Paul.
PAUL: I have no interest in how old your purchases are, just how cheap the were.
And how profitable they're likely to be.
KATE: Well, you'll have to keep guessing on that one.
NARRATOR: Well, we'll soon find out.
Time for some shut eye.
Morning from the very royal town of Windsor.
Today sees the end of our expert's antiques forage by the sea.
They started off in Chichester, journeyed along the south coast, and have now headed north to Berkshire.
New auction house, hey?
This is exciting.
Uncharted territory it is Windsor auctions have only been on the go from here for a year.
It's going to take a shifty.
NARRATOR: Paul bought five items for 123 pounds.
Kate also snapped up 5 items for 175 pounds.
But what do our experts make of each other's buys?
So we're in an auction, and we've found another vintage traveling vanity or grooming case.
Doesn't every auction have one?
Who cares about that?
Well, do you know, you're going to care about this one, because this is the one you've been waiting for.
50 pounds paid.
Yes, that deserves a profit.
[INAUDIBLE] That deserves as a profit.
Buy this, folks.
Well, my first instinct is Paul, what's going on?
This isn't your style.
But then, of course, I realize it's a tactic.
And now I can see why he's been drawn to it.
But it's over painted.
It's lost its rubber tracks, or tires.
It hasn't got a name, although I think it might be British.
It might be [INAUDIBLE].
But it's seen better times.
Funny, the boy toy market is buoyant.
But in this condition, I don't think so.
NARRATOR: In charge of proceedings today is Harry Ballin.
Have any of our experts lots caught his eye?
Trench art candlesticks.
Absolutely love them.
Military items go really well in winter.
We've got a lot of historical collectors.
I see them making sort of 50, 60 pounds, if not a little bit more, just because they're a good thing.
They're a nice, solid lot.
The marble top cast iron table-- I suspect, against my better judgment, that this may prove to be one of the star lots of the day.
It suits the area.
It suits Windsor.
It suits a courtyard garden.
It's got the right look.
I see it making 80, 90 pounds.
NARRATOR: OK. Let's get down to business, then.
It's nice having to squeeze through all the punters to get to your seat.
NARRATOR: First up is Paul's Victorian brooch.
10 pounds I have.
10 pounds I have, and 12 I'm after.
I'd like a lot more than that.
- It's off.
Shake of the head.
It's 20 in the back of the room.
- They like it.
- [INAUDIBLE] Selling it at 20 pounds, unless I hear 22 elsewhere.
Fair warning to all.
[GAVEL STRIKE] NARRATOR: That's Paul out of the traps with a decent profit.
I wish it would cost 50, with that markup.
NARRATOR: How will Kate's [INAUDIBLE] penguin fare?
HARRY: 30 pounds I have, and 32 now.
38 to the back of the room.
Are you sure, sir?
Look at that little face.
HARRY: 42 pounds I have.
Round it up.
50 pounds I have.
That's a lot of money, isn't it?
That's a good result.
That's a good price.
50 pounds it is.
[GAVEL STRIKE] NARRATOR: That's a great start for Kate.
He's a cutie, isn't he?
NARRATOR: We've got Paul's bone dominoes next.
You can start the bidding with me at 15 pounds I have.
15 pounds I have.
Slightly underwhelming start.
HARRY: 20 I now have, back of the room.
22 on line.
Back of the room.
32 on line.
There we go.
[INAUDIBLE] but we need a profit.
42 on line.
Thank you, sir.
That's pretty good.
Takes the internet bidding out.
Back of the room at 45.
So it's 45 pounds in the back of the room.
[INAUDIBLE] HARRY: 48 pounds.
I've got 45 pounds.
I'm selling, therefore, at 45 pounds.
Fair warning to all.
[GAVEL STRIKE] NARRATOR: Paul's profitable streak continues.
I think that's a fair price.
Well done, you.
NARRATOR: Can Kate keep the pressure on Paul with her piece of Poole?
Start the bidding at 20 pounds, shall we?
Any interest at 20.
Very flamboyant, isn't it?
Online at 20.
HARRY: 20 pounds I have, and 22 I'm after.
20-- 22 now at the back of the room.
22 at the back of the room.
Selling to the back of the room therefore at 20-- oh, no.
28 pounds, I have.
Come on, internet.
Internet's going to go again.
I'm looking for 30.
Selling, therefore, at 28 pounds.
Back of the room.
[GAVEL STRIKE] NARRATOR: No mind, Kate.
Just a small loss.
The collectors club boss obviously is arriving a little bit later for tea.
The Poole pottery collectors club.
NARRATOR: Will Paul still be laughing when his Buddha is sold?
Start the bidding at 40 pounds.
He looks a happy chap.
--interest at 40.
The Buddha, I mean.
Happier than me, at the moment.
Any interest at 30?
I'll look at-- 30 I have.
They've woken up.
30 pounds I have.
And 32 I'm looking for.
30 pounds I have.
And I'm selling that way-- Oh, this is going to be-- Unless I hear 32 elsewhere.
[GAVEL STRIKE] 30 it is.
NARRATOR: Well, you win some.
You lose some.
Put it this way.
The Buddha looked happier than you.
NARRATOR: Next up, Kate's captain's cap.
10 pounds I've been offered.
10 pounds I'll take.
That should be-- Well, it's a start.
I've got 12 now.
Now, 18, sir.
What do you mean, no?
HARRY: 18 online.
Selling at 18 online.
Oh, no, New bidder.
HARRY: 20 pounds.
Thank you, sir.
20 pounds I now have.
Don't you love it when fresh blood comes in?
Everyone wants a tickle.
- It's creeping.
- It is.
You made good with this.
Looking for 28 from the internet.
Fair warning to the internet, the bid is in the room at 25.
Now, looking for 30 online.
28 in the room, please, Eric.
It's your bid.
Selling at 28, sir.
NARRATOR: I think the ship's just sailed on that profit.
For a punt, I'll take that.
It's not bad.
NARRATOR: Paul's toy tank next.
Any interest at 30.
- Online at 30.
30 I have.
30 pounds I have.
Leave it more.
HARRY: 32 I'm after.
One more makes me [INAUDIBLE].
Who let that horse in?
There is somebody trying to bid.
But if I can't see your face, I can't take your bid.
See the face.
42 I now have.
45 anywhere else?
Selling to the back of the room at 42 pounds.
[GAVEL STRIKE] NARRATOR: Paul's back to his winning ways.
That's a good profit.
I'm eating my hat.
NARRATOR: Maybe Kate's vanity set will turn a profit.
Any interest of 40 pounds?
HARRY: 40 pounds I now have online, and 42 I'm after.
40 pounds I have.
Looking for 42.
HARRY: Selling to the online at 40.
All of the internet know about it, and it's making 40 pounds.
NARRATOR: Some lucky bidder's got a steal there.
I hope it's gone to a really-- you know, a private buyer who's going to really appreciate it, actually.
May even use it.
You never know.
NARRATOR: Paul's last lot, the First World War candlesticks.
Start the bidding with me at 30, and I'm after 30.
Ooh, straight in there.
I like competition.
I'll take that.
The book is [INAUDIBLE].
[INAUDIBLE] --to a very persistent bidder.
I have to say, I haven't seen a pair like them.
Selling at 65.
[GAVEL STRIKE] You were right.
That is a cracking price.
Jolly good return there, Paul.
That's [INAUDIBLE] a new world record for any trench art.
NARRATOR: Next up, Kate's marble table.
HARRY: 50 pounds.
He's got 50 on it.
I am going to-- HARRY: Hold on.
--eat humble pie.
It could go either way.
65 in the room.
The internet, 70 online.
75 in the room.
Looking for 80 from online.
Fair warning to online.
80 we have.
It's 85 in the room.
Looking for 90 online.
Shake of the head.
Are you sure, sir?
The internet's at 90.
[INAUDIBLE] Selling therefore at 90.
Are you sure you don't want back in?
HARRY: Selling at 90 pounds.
[GAVEL STRIKE] Oh, I see.
That would just make a little garden.
NARRATOR: Brilliant profit there, Kate.
I don't know where the sums add up to there.
That was all over.
[INAUDIBLE] some kind of steady ups and a few little downs, but all good fun along the way, I'd say.
Mull it over over a coffee.
Let's do the maths.
She's looking happy.
Because she started this leg with 315 pounds and 34 pence.
After auction costs, she made a profit of 18 pounds and 52 pence, leaving her with 333 pounds and 86 pence to spend on the next leg.
Paul started with 308 pounds and 4 pence.
And after his auction costs, he made a decent profit of 42 pounds and 64 pence, meaning he carries forward 350 pounds and 68 pence to spend next time.
That means he's regained the overall lead.
So that was highs and lows.
That was easy fun in places.
Oh, come on.
It was great.