Nigel Havers presents a programme in which five dealers bid against one another to buy intriguing items brought in by members the public. The opening edition features an unusual item of hairdressing memorabilia, something salvaged from a tip, a classic piece of industrial furniture and a beloved toy.
Nigel Havers welcomes four more sellers to the Bidding Room, where they try to sell items to five professional dealers who are on the lookout for interesting pieces, with help from expert Simon Bower. James has brought in an unusual copper bucket, which Simon thinks might have been used to collect blood from slaughtered pigs for the production of black pudding. Michael is selling a beautiful jewellery box, which Simon thinks might been made in Paris in the 19th century. Craig has picked up a pair of chairs in Spain. They come with an unusual design, and Simon suggests they may be birthing chairs. Finally, Jessica brings in an antique foot warmer. She is selling it on behalf of her grandfather, who picked the item up in France. The dealers today are Adi Higham, Ian Humphries, Lucy Ryder Richardson, Moses Otunla and Tash Francis.
Nigel Havers welcomes four more sellers to the Bidding Room, where they try to sell items to five professional dealers who are on the look out for interesting pieces, with help from expert Simon Bower. Jeremy from Reading has brought in a painting by a Royal Academician, William Russell Flint, of a scene in Rome. The watercolour dates from the turn of the 20th century, and both Nigel and Simon reckon it’s an original rather than a print. That pushes the price up considerably, with Simon valuing the painting at between £4,000 and £6,000. Jeremy knows he should hold out for that price, but he also knows it’s a big ask for the dealers, who aren’t specialists in art. So can Jeremy do a deal for the price he wants? Sam collects vintage toys and has brought in a rocket racer made from tin and with a friction motor that still works. Dealer Adi loves dealing in toys and immediately takes a shine to the rocket, but his rivals aren’t so sure as there are pieces missing. Justin is selling some retro formica furniture. The sideboard, table and four chairs are all mid-20th century, but now seem to be back in fashion. And Anthony from Essex wants to sell a carved walking stick he picked up from a charity shop for just £2. Simon thinks it is Japanese in origin, and is very jealous of it, as he collects walking sticks. He values it at least £150, and Anthony will donate part of his proceeds to charity. The dealers today are Adi Higham, Ian Humphries, Lucy Ryder Richardson, Moses Otunla and Tash Francis.
Nigel Havers welcomes four more sellers to the Bidding Room, where they try to sell items to five professional dealers who are on the look out for interesting pieces, with help from expert Simon Bower. Lexi from Hereford is selling a miniature miracle of engineering, a toy steam engine. Will the train ignite the interest of dealer Adi, who trades in toys? Also facing the dealers is Yvonne from Swanwick, who is offering a cherished, but now unused, gift from her grandfather, a retro Olivetti typewriter. Mary from Scotland presents the dealers with a case full of curiosities that turn out to be copper printing plates, and Chris has brought in a prop from the 2008 TV adaptation of Terry Pratchett's novel The Colour of Magic. The dealers today are Jane Cave, Tash Francis, Adi Higham, James Gooch and Ian Humphries.
Five dealers compete to buy a clock by the British horologist Charles Frodsham, a lottery machine, a handsome Victorian chair and a vintage coffee set.
Five dealers bid against each other for a vintage car lighter, a Georgian needlework box, a 1970s musical drinks decanter and a collection of Second World War memorabilia.
In the Bidding Room today, the dealers compete to buy a Danish silver bracelet, a pair of Victorian horse hair singers, a set of candlesticks and two mid-century modern chairs.
Today’s sellers bring in some hidden treasure, two unusual machines, some Scandi furniture and a beautiful pocket watch. Will the dealers bid up to the prices the sellers want?
Five dealers compete to buy items including an unusual musical instrument, a perfume bottle being sold to help a three-legged dog and a medical item with a curious smell.
Five dealers compete to buy an old English sheep dog from Stoke pottery Beswick and a preserve bowl by renowned potter Clarice Cliff.
In the Bidding Room today, the dealers go head to head over a religious statue, a pair of Bakelite phones, a glimpse into the future and a piece of rock n roll history.