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Welcome to Cash In The Attic,

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programme that helps you search out those hidden treasures in your home and then sell them at auction.

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Today I'm in North London and I stopped off to enjoy this rather splendid Georgian country house.

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Hendon Hall was built in 1756 and is believed to have been the home of David Garrick,

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the famous 18th-century actor and manager of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

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After a number of years as a school, the hall was turned into a luxury hotel,

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and it was here that the England football squad stayed in 1966, the night before winning the World Cup.

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Well, let's hope we'll be able to find antiques and collectables

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which will give a star performance when they go under the hammer at auction.

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Today on Cash In The Attic, it's family affair. What a team! Mother and daughter, already hard at work.

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With girls who aren't afraid to speak their mind.

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-I think it's worth a lot more.

-50 quid?!

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I know what Swarovski crystals cost if you have to buy something.

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At the auction, Jonty is almost lost for words.

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-500!

-HE GASPS

-My word!

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Find out why when today's collectables go under the hammer.

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I'm off to meet a fashion-conscious,

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hard-working mother and daughter who've called in the team

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to help them raise money because they think it's time they had a bit of pampering.

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Christine and her daughter Jo have collected many antiques over the years.

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Now their home is packed with a wide variety of items, so it should be a very interesting day.

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Morning, Jonty.

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-What are you doing up there?

-A bit taller than you for a change.

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I'm glad to see you looking really dapper today, because we're about to meet two ladies who are designers.

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-Good. I hope they've got some stylish antiques.

-I'm sure they will. Let's see what they've got.

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Christine, Jo, what a team! Mother and daughter.

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Already hard at work. So why have you called in Cash In The Attic?

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I'd like to declutter because I have so much stuff. I'm getting too old for dusting every day.

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Have you earmarked some stuff?

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The things I like have been put away, but there are some nice bits that can still go.

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What are you going to spend the money on?

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Health farm, massage, treatments.

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Body, face, the lot. Hair, nails.

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And how much do you reckon it'll cost?

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If we get £500, I'll be happy.

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It takes more than fingers crossed to raise £500, it takes "Roll up your sleeves and let's get to work",

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-so why don't we do just that?

-All right.

-Let's go.

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Christine's treasures will keep us busy rummaging all day.

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But to be sure the girls enjoy their luxury pampering experience, we have to make £500.

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Jonty's the first to find something worth admiring, amongst a glorious collection of glass.

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-Jonty. Christine and Jo.

-Hi.

-Hi.

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That's a handsome-looking jug, Christine.

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-Where did that come from?

-I was engaged to a guy that lasted three days, from Sunday to Tuesday.

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He told me I could keep the ring, and I thought, I don't want to wear his ring, so I took it to the shop.

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I said, "I don't want any money but I want to take goods to the value of the ring."

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This is a claret jug and they usually come in this style.

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They usually have a cut-glass base,

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and more often than not you get silvered tops to them,

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in varying styles, and that is how you can date them, by looking at the design they've used,

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usuallyb on the top.

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Looking at the style of this, this has a very 19th century feel,

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but I believe it just to be a bit later than that.

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I would suspect that this claret jug would be made in the 1920s.

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Because it's not silver, we're looking a figure of £40-£50, maybe £60.

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If it's going to stop me polishing, it has to go.

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It's a start, that's for sure, but I think your pampering is

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going to cost a bit more than that, so let's see what else we can find.

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Estimated at up to £60, this traditional early 20th century silver-plated claret jug

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has given us a great start.

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With so many antiques, it's difficult to know where to start or what to choose from.

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So let's hope we'll enjoy the sweet smell of success with Jo's first discovery.

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Jonty, check this out. I believe that's good name.

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Lalique, Paris. Let's have a look.

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-It looks like it's never been used.

-I doubt it has.

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Perhaps we can get it out. Rene Lalique was one of the most influential

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art glass designers of the 20th century.

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-Originally he was designing jewellery...

-Right.

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..but he was then asked to design scent bottles,

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so his signature label is this frosted, often opalescent glass.

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Let's have a look on the underside.

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-This is etched "Lalique, France," on the underside there.

-Right.

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-Yes.

-So that's very nice to see.

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-It's good news that this has never been...looks like it has never been used.

-Good.

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It's great we have the box,

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and I suppose value at auction would be, I suppose, between £40-£60.

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-Will Mum be pleased with that?

-I doubt it!

-HE CHUCKLES

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Right. Let's pop it back in the box. Let's see what else we can find.

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Rene Lalique died in 1945, but the firm he founded is still active today,

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so I wonder if this latter-day piece will attract interest.

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As the rummage continues, Jo shows us that she's on the ball

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with two carved soapstone Buddhas.

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The laughing Buddha symbolises luck and generosity -

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will he bring us good fortune?

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Downstairs, I am curious about my next find.

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Christine, in your work room there is this absolutely beautiful lump of crystal,

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but the name on the bottom, Swarovski,

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is a very important name in the crystal world, and I bet Jonty knows a lot about this.

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Jonty, come and take a look at this.

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-This beautiful lump of crystal.

-Look at the colour. It's quite extraordinary, isn't it?

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And yes, the name "Swarovski" on the underside.

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One of the biggest factories in production today, selling glass,

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and it was Daniel Swarovski who founded it. He comes from modern-day Czechoslovakia, which is Bohemia,

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which is where all that wonderful glass came from,

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and because he had a march on everybody else, his business really took off,

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and it's gone from strength to strength.

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How much do you think it is worth, Jonty?

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If I was to look into my crystal ball and give you a value,

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-I suppose we are looking at £50-£70.

-I think it's worth a lot more.

-What makes you think that?

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They are very limited editions and it was worth then £300.

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-So this is something you seriously want to think about, whether or not you take it?

-Yes.

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So, if you're going to think about that, Christine, you need to put that away somewhere safe,

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and we'll wait until auction day.

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If it's not going to come to auction, we'll have to find some other things!

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Back to work, guys.

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Christine clearly loves her glassware.

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First, the Lalique and now the Swarovski, also dating from the early '70s.

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Their age, less than 40 years old, may explain why the items are worth

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less in Jonty's eyes than Christine was hoping for.

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Here's hoping these three striking glass ornaments WILL help to boost our funds.

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They are estimated to fetch between £40-£60.

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As you can see from this beautiful garden, Christine enjoys working as a designer,

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so it's time to find out a little more about her career.

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This is a good old rumpus room, you have plenty of stuff in here to take a look at, clothes...

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Is this a little bridesmaid's dress? Is this one of your creations, Christine?

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Well, it's something I'm altering at the moment for a little girl.

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You used to be a designer of wedding dresses and evening dresses, how did you get into that?

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By chance, actually. I went there as a quality controller.

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This was in a dress manufacturer?

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Sample machinist, then the designer walked out and I said, "Don't worry, I'll help you,"

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then I started designing.

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I had no idea what I was doing but it was a success.

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Jo, you've picked up your mother's creativity, because you design jewellery?

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Yeah, I make jewellery, this is a piece of it

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and they will be simple like this, or I will do an intricate beaded necklace.

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After all that hard work for both of you, I think you deserve a real good break.

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What sort of thing do you think you are going to enjoy when you go on this break?

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I want a massage, really, the whole back and shoulders,

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because you know the way you sit, you end up stooping over, so I'd like to be loosened up.

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Well, we'll have to do a bit more rummaging to find something that will make that £500,

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-so I'm going to leave you to the box and see what else I can find.

-All right, darling.

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Christine and Jo are very independent, hard-working women.

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I want to make their dreams come true, so we'd better keep our search up to scratch.

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We soon turn up these gold pendants,

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including a gold half sovereign, estimated to fetch £75-£90.

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The rummage also produces another beautiful piece of glass.

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This delicate scent bottle, with a cut-glass top and silver neck, is valued at £30-£50.

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In the living room, Jonty is pulling out all the stops with his next discovery.

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This is great. Look at this decanter and stopper.

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-It's lovely, isn't it? Is it Art Deco?

-Yes. The style, these lines.

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Straight lines, Art Deco.

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When it comes to decanters, when it comes to glass you have got to check for condition,

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because often the stoppers have been lost, or they've been chipped or damaged.

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-This looks absolutely fine, so check the body...

-Oh-oh!

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Whoops. We have a chip down at the bottom.

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That's quite a large chip.

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So instantly, we've cut this decanter and stopper by half.

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The market would go crazy for this if it was in mint condition,

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-but because we have the chip, the damage, we are only talking £30-£40 here.

-Really?

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Simply because of that break.

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-Put it in the sale?

-Go on, then.

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-Yeah.

-If that's only £30, we have some more work to do.

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Come on.

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What a shame this decanter has been damaged, because the market for Art Deco is very healthy at the moment.

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We have quite a collection of interesting items on the roster so far,

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but if we're going to get anywhere near that £500, we need quite a few more.

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And it's not long before Christine digs up

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this intricately engraved silver spade.

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We hope it will reach £25-£30.

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We're almost out of time, but with the girls' day out at stake,

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we need at least one more valuable item. Let's hope Christine's next find is just the ticket.

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-Look what I've got.

-What have you got there?

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I think I saved the best for last.

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-Saved the best till last. What do we have here?

-What a lovely picture.

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-What do you know about this picture?

-Well,

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I thought it was Madonna and child, then I was told it is

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young John the Baptist but I am not sure which is which.

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This is the seated Madonna and child.

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This is literally one of the most famous pictures in the world.

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When I say most famous,

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it's probably one of the most reproduced pictures in the world. And the original...

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I know what's coming!

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The original is by Raphael, high Renaissance painter from Italy,

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so the important thing is to check whether it's original copy.

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When I say original copy, is it an oil painting?

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So let's look across the canvas, and what we're looking for

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is the layers of paint, the brush strokes. Can you see, it's relatively even,

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relatively smooth? Now that's an indicator that it's not an oil painting,

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so therefore this is a facsimile of a kind.

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Sadly I can't put a lot on it. I suppose it'll be around the £50 mark.

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-£50?!

-Yes. You've obviously got a huge disappointed look.

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-Very. £50? You sure?

-Yes, it's gonna be that kind of figure.

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-We could always put a reserve on it.

-Yes, I think, yeah, definitely.

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You don't have to tell us what the reserve is now, we can sort that out at the time,

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-but you're happy for it to go to auction with a reserve?

-With a reserve, yeah.

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Jo? Do you want to join us?

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-Hi, guys.

-Unfortunately, Jonty has bad news on the picture,

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because your mum was hoping she had a valuable oil painting,

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and it hasn't turned out that way.

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-Sadly, it's only worth about £50 at auction.

-50 quid?!

-I know.

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I thought we were both going to be retiring on that!

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I'm fraid at the moment if we take away the picture and the paperweight, it comes to £300.

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-Right.

-Very disappointed.

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If we add the paperweight at its lowest estimate, it's 350,

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and if we add the picture at its lowest, at £50, it's 400.

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-Right.

-So we're still £100 short.

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So I think what we need to do is

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to look round the house, see whether or not between now and the auction

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-there is anything else we can take to auction, that will give you that extra £100.

-OK.

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And we'll see you at auction.

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Poor Christine and Jo!

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I do hope our valuations haven't been too disappointing for them.

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But as we all know, anything can happen at auction!

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Among the items going under the hammer are the beautiful 1920s

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glass clarat jug with the silver-plated stopper.

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In pristine condition, this early 1970s frosted Lalique glass scent bottle,

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still in its gift box, estimated to fetch up to £60.

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The beautiful Swarovski crystal paperweight, made in 1972, which could bring in up to £70.

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And finally, a copy of the famous painting by Raphael, of the Seated Madonna,

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which Jonty estimates could fetch £50-£80,

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though I'm sure Christine would prefer more.

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Still to come - which of our items find favour with the bidders?

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-You're going to get your £80.

-£75...

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How much will Jonty's gamble cost him?

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If it makes £500, the meal's on me.

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Find out, when the hammer falls.

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Well, it's been a week or two since we joined Christine and Jo

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at her home in North London, looking for all those antiques and collectables

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that we could sell today her today at Gaze & Son auction rooms at Diss in Norfolk.

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Remember, she wants £500 so the two of them can go off and spend a relaxing day at a luxurious spa.

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But unfortunately on the rummage we didn't quite make the total,

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so let's hope we do get some really good bidding today, or the girls could end up taking an early bath.

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This auction house in Norfolk attracts antique enthusiasts from far afield,

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and today's collectables are certainly catching their eyes.

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Thank goodness Jonty is here to help us through what could be a nerve-wracking day.

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-Jonty, morning.

-Hi.

-I have to admit I'm a bit anxious about our auction today.

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I'm glad you're the first one to say that because I am, too!

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The problem is that Christine thought some of her items

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were worth a lot more than you were prepared to value them at.

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And as a consqequence it was difficult to find the £500 that she needs.

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Yes, because we've got some damage on them as well.

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Damage, all sorts of things,

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and the Madonna and Child, I think she was convinced it was an oil painting.

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Let's see what she has decided to do with her things.

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Remember, when you're selling or buying at auction, you must budget for VAT

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and the commission that will be added.

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Your local auction house will give you more information.

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I really hope the girls make enough to enjoy a day of blissful pampering,

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but with all these fabulous antiques on display, we'd better go over the Christine

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before she's tempted to buy something.

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-Morning, Christine!

-Hi, Angela.

-You haven't got Jo, your daughter, with you...

-No, Jo has a cold,

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-so Anne, my sister-in-law, is standing in for Jo.

-Have you been to an auction before?

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-No, it's the first time.

-Oh, really?

-What have you decided to do with all of your items?

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I've put a reserve on two of them.

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-Two? OK. What are they?

-The Swarovski paperweight and the Madonna and Child.

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-What have you put on them?

-Five on the Madonna and three on the...

-£5?

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£500, Jonty, come on.

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£500! My word!

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I think we're going to have a bit of drama today, girls, so shall we take our places in the auction?

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-Let's go.

-Come on.

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It's looking likely that Christine may be taking two of her reserved items home,

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but auctions can be unpredictable, we'll have to wait and see.

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We take our positions and watch our first least controversial lot go under the hammer.

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Lot 121, that comes back to the front.

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We have the late 20th century Lalique scent bottle with its box.

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Look at that, nicely presented for you.

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-You happy to see it go, Christine?

-Yes, definitely.

-OK. Let's see what we get on this one.

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I start at £22. At 22, 25, 28, 30,

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32, 35, 38, 40, 42, 48, 50, 55...

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55 with me. 60 bid.

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65, 70, gallery, at 75 below.

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I'll take 80. At 75, make no mistake where we're at.

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She's up to 75!

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Hammer comes down on 75.

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-£75, how about that?

-Very good.

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If all our items keep coming in over estimate,

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it may just be that Christine has the last laugh today.

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But we need the rest of our items to fare just as well if we're to reach that target.

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Let's hope our second lot will do us proud.

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Here we have a nice decanter with a geometric design and you have put £30-40 on it.

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It would have been worth a lot more without that chip,

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do you remember I pointed that out? It's still a charming thing.

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-Let's hope it's going to go for a bit more.

-I start at £28.

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Interest shown at 28. I'll take 30.

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At 28 now, the decanter at 28.

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Any advance? 30 on the phone. 32...

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35. 38... 40 is now the telephone. At 40 the telephone and I'm out.

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At 40 the telephone. I'll take two if it helps. At 40, are you all done?

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With that chip, uh! Without it, it would have been worth an awful lot more money.

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On the nose of Jonty's highest estimate.

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But will we be as lucky with the pretty Dutch silver spade?

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At £35 the room is quiet.

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At 35 and selling...

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-£35.

-That's good. Very good.

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-You pleased with that?

-Yes.

-Well done.

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Great news. Not only is Christine delighted,

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I think we're all relieved.

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Today's buyers are warming up but how far will they be prepared to go for one of Christine's

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most favourite and cherished items?

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-You have got great hopes of this, haven't you?

-I have.

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-So great, you put a great reserve on it too. A weighty reserve.

-Yes.

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-What is it again?

-£300.

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It's a limited edition!

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-So if it doesn't make £300 you're taking it home?

-Back home.

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And remember the good old days.

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-Let's see what it does.

-£100, surely. Anybody want that one?

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Nobody in at 100.

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-You are taking it home.

-Yes.

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You didn't want to part with that.

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Christine clearly loves this crystal, and I'm glad we won't be splitting them up.

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Next up are these striking glass ornaments...

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At £38 on commission, any advance?

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..which fly out of the room for a very respectable £38.

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With half of our items already gone, things haven't gone too badly.

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However, with a no-sale on the crystal paperweight, the pressure is on our remaining lots.

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Next, Christine's pay-off from her three-day engagement...

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-You ready to sell this one?

-Yes.

-You're not going back on your word?

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-No.

-No more reserves?

-No more, no more polishing.

-OK. Here it comes.

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Interest on the sheets, and I start here at £28.

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£28, I have.

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-And 30, 32, 35, 38, 40, 42...

-Going up quite rapidly.

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..45 and I'm out. 45 is now in the room. Where's the eight?

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Any advance on 45? 48, new bidder.

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And 50. 55, 60.

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60 on my right. Any advance on £60? To my right,

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I've lost you all ahead of me at £60...

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Jonty's top estimate!

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-Very good.

-He's the man.

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We should put champagne in it.

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Another excellent result and Jonty's estimates are proving to be spot on,

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but will our good fortune continue with the two soapstone Buddhas?

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At 38 to my right and selling...

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-I'm pleased. Pleased?

-Yes.

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At nearly twice the estimate, it's smiles all round.

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The paperweight aside, today has gone better than we all thought.

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However, it's time to unveil the Seated Madonna.

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Jonty, do we think we've got someone in the room that might pay £500 for this?

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-No.

-In a word!

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Girls, if it makes £500, the meal's on me.

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-You're on.

-All right?

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We'll remember that.

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-We will.

-Here she goes...

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I did have interest at £50, but we'll leave that. Start me at £300.

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£300 on the print, there.

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£100, I'll take if it helps.

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£100, she's gonna start.

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No? No bid? No interest?

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-You're taking it home.

-You see, I want to take it home.

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Christine, she did have interest at £50.

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Are you sure you didn't want to sell it at that?

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Definitely. I want to take it home.

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It was always unlikely that the high reserve would appeal,

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but at least Christine and her beloved painting will stay together.

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There's still a chance, though, that we might strike gold with the next lot.

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At 95, any advance?

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-How about that?!

-£95.

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What an amazing result. Mother and daughter are still in

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with a chance of making to it the beauty spa.

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Apart from the two items with reserves, our other items have sold as expected, so there's a lot

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riding on our last collectable - the silver-topped scent bottle, if we're to make the £500 target.

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I hope we get the sweet smell of success, Jonty and Christine, because we have that very pretty

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little perfume bottle that was in the shape of a barrel, wasn't it?

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-Time for it to be sold. Here it comes...

-30-50 is what we were looking for.

-I like 80.

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Interest on the sheet is shown and I start here at £28.

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-30, 32...

-28, she's started at.

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35. 38. 40. 42, 45. 48, 50. 55...

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She's up to 50 already.

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55 now. At £55 only on the barrel... Scent bottle there at 55.

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60. 65. 70. 75...

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-You are going to get your £80.

-75 on the scent bottle.

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Are you all done at £75?

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-No. £75.

-You're not disappointed with £75?

-No.

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And Jonty said the top price might be 60. You did well on that one.

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It seems we saved the best till last, but has it made us enough to pay for a day of luxury pampering?

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So the hammer has come down for the final time, it's the moment of reckoning, Christine.

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-Right. Tell us.

-You wanted £500 for the Madonna and Child, £300 for your paperweight...

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That would have given you another £800 on top of whatever it is you have already made.

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As it is, you started very well on the other things you sold.

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Those two perfume bottles went for £75 each, which is above what we thought we might get for them.

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You and Jo, and you might be able to take Anne along as well, you should have a nice time at the spa

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because what you've actually made is £456.

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That's very good. Thank you.

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-Very good.

-So I think you should tell Jo what you've made.

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Share it with Anne and have a wonderful time at the spa.

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We will. Thank you very much.

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One week on, and Mum and daughter waste no time in heading down to their local health and beauty spa.

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We're gonna go and have our lovely massage and with any luck, Jonty will be down for the final rub!

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You'll be lucky, girls!

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You've come to the right place for total indulgence.

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What better way to round off a perfect day than to take the waters - and the bubbles?!

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Well, what a relaxing day at the spa for Christine and Jo - after all that tension in the auction room.

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If there's something you'd like to raise money for

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and you think you have things in the house you'd like to sell at auction,

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get in touch with the programme.

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All you have to do is fill in our application form on our website...

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Come and join us on Cash In The Attic.

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Christine Harvey and her daughter Jo want to be able to enjoy a day of pampering and massage at a luxury spa.

Christine has some fascinating items to sell, including a claret jug that she got as a gift during a three-day engagement. But will the Harveys' Madonna and Child prove to be the star of the auction, or a reproduction?


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