Bargain Hunt Australia Episode Five

Get more information about the special wares the teams picked up in episode five of Bargain Hunt Australia.


Each team is given $500 and 60 minutes to source three items in an antiques outlet. The hope is they’ll sell them off later at auction for a profit. Whichever team has the most profit (or least loss) is the winner but both teams get to keep any overall profit made.

The key to success is: buy well and negotiate! The experts are there to help, guide and advise throughout the search. With three items purchased, the leftover ‘lolly’ (money) is passed to their expert who goes in search of a ‘Bonus Buy’.

Later in the show once the main items have been auctioned, the teams have a few moments to decide whether to go with the Bonus Buy or not. The hope is it will add to their profits, not their losses, so there’s a risk involved but it’s a risk most teams seem prepared to take.


Mark and Narelle (married) make up the Red Team with expert Paul Laidlaw

Corrective services officers Mark and Narelle have been married 15 years. They love travelling and collecting things, for example Mark has a collection of football memorabilia but funnily also likes glass ware. Narelle is cat mad and likes cat collectables but also walking sticks and jewellery. So their taste is very eclectic.

Red Team Purchases

Item One:

WW1 French Novelty Ink Stand in gilt base metal, modelled on hotchkiss machine gun within trench settings bearing relief signature L Malespiona. The asking price was $100 but they got it for $75. It sold at auction for $150 making them a $75 profit.

Item Two:

Victorian Mahogany Turned Solitaire Set with glass marbles. The asking price was $180 but they got it for $60. It sold at auction for $60 so they broke even.

Item Three:

Iittala ‘Tapio Wirkkala’ set of five glasses (there were 6 but one of them broke in transit). The asking price was $95 for the full set but they got it for $30 and Tim compensated them for the broken one by adding another $50 to whatever they make (this was worked out based on the difference in the auctioneers estimate before and after the breakage – estimated before at $100 and after at $50).

The set of 5 sold for $30 so they broke even but then made the additional $50 thanks to Tim. So their overall profit for that item was $50.

Bonus Buy

So with $335 worth of leftover lolly (that’s English for money) Paul’s Bonus Buy is a Whitefriars ‘James Hogan’ Glass Bowl circa 1949 which he paid $40 for. It sells at auction for $40 so broke even.


Iain and Bec (friends) make up the Blue Team with expert David Barby

Firm friends, Iain and Bec met 10 years ago when Iain moved to Australia from New Zealand. Bec’s a nurse with a genuine interest in Australian history and a love of antiques and collectables (something she inherited from her parents). Adrenalin junkie Iain, works in public health but his side passion for art deco and 1950’s furniture, make him a regular on the Sydney Auction Circuit.

Blue Team Purchases

Item One:

John Robertson Charger signed and dated 1985. It is an artist’s interpretation of the Aussie landscape. The asking price was $80 but they got it for $40. It sold at auction for $200 making them a profit of $160.

Item Two:

Art Deco Nautical themed Lantern blown into a square mould with ship and fish motif. Asking price was $169 but they got it for $60. It sold at auction for $60, so they broke even.

Item Three:

Pair of Sterling Silver and Garnet triangular earrings in 1980’s style. They bought the pair for $40. But they sold at auction for $90 making them profit of $50.

Bonus Buy

With $360 worth of leftover lolly – David’s Bonus Buy is a Chinese Bowl with Ming Dynasty Mark which he pays $225 for. It sells for $220 but as Bec and Iain had already rejected it, there was no loss for them on the day.


Twinkling Eyes in their original box. This cheap children’s novelty item from the 1940’s and 50’s...came in the form of plastic eye glasses. The glasses feature eyes which appear to wink when moved up and down thanks to an array of magnified lenses. These particular Twinkling Eyes were priced at $22.


Government House is located in the Botanic Gardens just south of the Opera House. Conceived in Australia, designed in England and built using local materials, this Government House superseded two predecessors: the first under Captain Arthur Phillip had been a canvas and timber structure built in January 1788…he quickly replaced this with a two-storey brick building later that year.

This became the first Government House of the new colony. But after nearly fifty years they wanted something grander to show the rest of the world how far the Sydney Cove colony had progressed since the arrival of the First Fleet. Plans were drawn up in the Gothic Revival Style by Royal Architect Edward Blore and work started in 1837 under the supervision of colonial architect Mortimer Lewis and Colonel Barney of the Royal Engineers. The materials of stone, cedar and marble were sourced from around the state. It took nearly a decade to build at a cost of 46,000 pounds (before furnishings).

The first resident was governor George Gipps who moved in, in 1845. The ground floor state rooms have outstanding 19th and 20th century furnishings and decorations. Govt House is run by the historic Houses Trust and is open to the public (when not in official use). Admission is free.


All items sourced and filmed at the Sydney Antique Centre, South Dowling St, Surry Hills.

The auction is held at Lawsons Auctioneers in Annandale, Sydney.

Auctioneer on the day: Martin Farrah.

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