23/04/2008 Cash in the Attic


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23/04/2008

Series looking at the value of household junk. Caroline auctions off old possessions in preparation for her daughter's upcoming move to Australia.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic,

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the show that finds your hidden treasures and helps sell them at auction.

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Welcome, too, to Sidmouth in Devon.

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This beautiful beach front forms part of the Jurassic Coast,

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England's first natural World Heritage Site.

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And hidden in 95 miles of cliffs

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are 185 million years of the Earth's history.

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But the discovery of many of these fossils owes a lot to one woman.

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Mary Anning was born in 1799, just down the coast at Lyme Regis.

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At a time when women were supposed to stay home,

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Mary emerged as a pioneer of the new science of paleontolgy.

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Mary's finds were donated to the Natural History Museum in London,

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on display to this day.

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Let's hope we can carry on her work and unearth some treasures

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of our own as we go in search of items to go under the hammer.

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'Coming up on today's Cash In The Attic:

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'could this be my toughest assignment yet?'

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James?! Are you taking time out or working?

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That's what I want to know.

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'Will the corks be popping even before we know our grand total?'

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I heard I was here because of something to do with wine,

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and I thought you might be doing a bit of wine tasting.

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'Come auction time, have we set our reserve prices too high?'

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I hope there are people who are going to break open their own piggy banks to buy this.

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Find out what happens when today's collectibles go under the hammer.

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I've come just down the road to the village of Newton Poppleford.

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Isn't that a lovely name?

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I'm here to meet two ladies looking to make a big change in their lives.

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After living in Greece, Caroline and her daughter, Jenny,

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moved back to England about 13 years ago.

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29-year-old Jenny now wants to spread her wings

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and not only follow in her mother's travelling footsteps,

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but become an expert in some of the finer things in life.

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Jennie, morning to you. How are you?

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You look as if I'm late. I'm not, am I?

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We've got a lot to do today.

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It's something to do with wine.

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-Ooh, you can count me in!

-Let's go and find out.

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-Hello, ladies!

-Hi!

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-Hello!

-I heard I was here because of something to do with wine,

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and thought you might be wine tasting, but just my luck, you're not.

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It's a bit early, I suppose. So, I know it's about wine, but why are we here?

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I decided to relocate to my parental home in Devon.

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I quit my job in London and I had quite a lot of stuff with me,

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so Mum decided if I could clear out the attic,

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anything I found I could keep.

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What a brilliant idea! Wow!

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-I decided whatever money I could raise, I would buy myself an air ticket to Australia.

-To Australia?!

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Yes, because I'd like to do some wine tasting out there

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and find out more about wine marketing.

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So a big passion about wine, yeah?

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It's certainly something I could see myself learning to love.

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Well, I think that's a very good idea!

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-I think so too.

-A girl after my own heart.

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So, much money do you think you'll need for the air ticket?

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Air flights are pretty expensive.

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I hope around 800.

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£800? Have you got enough stuff up in the attic?

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I hope so, yeah.

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I hope so, too.

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We better get cracking. Show me round the house.

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Sounds as if there could be some exciting times ahead for Jenny,

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with that unusual career choice.

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So we'd better get on with the task in hand and raise lots of money

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because she'd also like to take her mother on a wine-tasting course.

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Our expert, James, seems to have found plenty to savour in his first find of the day.

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-James! We have come to see what you're up to.

-Look what I've found.

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Caroline, where did it come from?

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That was a wedding gift when I used to live in Greece.

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It's very ornate, I must say.

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It's not English. It's certainly a continental, either French or Italian - piece.

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I'm just having a look and I can't see...

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It doesn't have so much as a hallmark as it's just stamped "925"

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and that's the percentage silver.

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In other words, it's 92.5% silver,

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which, funnily enough, is the same grade as the English silver.

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So it's the real thing. Ironically, quite often,

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without hallmarks you're not allowed to call it silver.

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Silver-coloured metal.

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Trade descriptions, we've got to be careful of that.

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Quite fancy, very much of its time, late Victorian era,

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when things were slightly over the top decoration-wise.

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Yes, it would have stood in the middle of a dining room table,

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with sweet bread, sweet meats, bon bons, in the middle.

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-I've also found two more.

-Well done.

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Look! Three for the price of one!

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Ewers. I will call them ewers.

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I don't think you'd want to pour anything out of these,

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they are more decorative, purely for display.

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Again, "925", continental silver.

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But they're what we called "loaded",

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which means that the bottoms

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are filled with usually plaster or a bitumen tar

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to make them appear heavier, in other words more valuable.

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But also, to be practical, it stops them falling over.

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What do we think value wise?

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I certainly think we'd hopefully be north of 100 quid, so let's say £120-£180.

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-120? What do you think of that?

-Wow!

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For something in the attic, it's a good start.

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Oh, yeah, definitely!

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Very impressive! Well done!

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-Good for you.

-Let's find some more.

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Come on. Where shall we go next?

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Fantastic!

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This Mediterranean silverware will be a rare sighting at auction

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and could sell very well.

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We're searching every inch of Caroline and Jenny's house to seek out those prize gems.

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While I'm in the bedroom, downstairs the saints go marching in.

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Caroline, with your Greek connections

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I'm not surprised you've shown me something like this.

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Where did it come from?

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It came from Greece. My husband gave it to my father as a gift.

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It's an icon. They came in lots of different materials.

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Some of them, like this, are painted on wooden panels,

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some have silver mounts, called rizas,

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and if you imagine, in those days

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very few people actually read or wrote, so a visual image

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was hugely important in terms of nurturing their faith.

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This one, believe it or not, and here's the irony,

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it may have come to you from Greece,

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but it's actually of St Minas, and I can see the writing here in Greek,

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who's actually from Egypt.

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Now, value on this, I think my feeling, looking at it,

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is it's probably something that's been made in the last 100 years.

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And it's been made maybe to make it look slightly older than it really is.

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One way I can tell that is by looking at the back,

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because so often these are made on wooden panels,

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and this is very regular, very new looking.

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It's been cut not with a sort of adze or a band saw, it's been cut

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using a mechanical saw, so that gives us some idea of trying to date it.

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Whereas the style is much earlier.

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I'm going to stick my neck out a little bit

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and say that I think it should fetch between £250-£350.

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-You'd be happy at that sort of figure?

-That would be wonderful.

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Great. Let's just hope at the auction there are going to be lots of serious icon collectors.

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I want to see what else you've got hidden away, maybe up in the attic. Let's get up there!

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I hope that people appreciate icons in this country,

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and that it goes to a good home.

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If this really is a modern replica,

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an estimate up to £350 seems pretty impressive.

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As we continue our rummage, James comes across Caroline's collection

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of dusty green-and-white Wedgewood, which could fetch between £30-£50.

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Another boost to our funds is this intricately-patterned rug,

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passed down through the family and in fantastic condition.

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James values it at £40-£70.

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Caroline and Jenny have been living here for ten years,

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and, over a glass of wine, I finally get the chance

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to hear more about Jenny's forthcoming trip down under.

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So you've been working for a news agency for a few years now,

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and this is a bit of a crossroads in your life because the future, it seems, is wine, eh?!

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Yeah, I've decided I'd like to diversify career towards the wine sector.

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What brought this on?

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A passion and interest for wine, combined with the fact

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that I speak a couple of languages and have an interest in marketing.

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I figured I should go to Australia and try my luck there!

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I'd be distraught if my little girl said that she wanted to the other side of the world to live.

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How do you feel about it?

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Well, I feel that you raise children to be independent,

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and Australia seems to be where her destiny is, so go for it.

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Of course, you've got quite a sense of adventure because you lived in Greece for a long time.

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-Almost 20 years, yeah.

-Your husband was Greek.

-Yes, he was.

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He was an orthopaedic surgeon.

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Sadly, you were widowed at quite a young age, but you carried on living in Greece.

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I had a business over there,

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and I wanted my daughter to grow up with some culture and

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the independence of running around on the beach and things like that.

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A little bird told me that the real reason

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you're going to Australia - you're very tall, aren't you, five foot 11?

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-That's right.

-There's lots of big, hunky men there. Is this true?!

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You could say I've developed a fetish for the Aussie accent!

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Well, good for you! I will say cheers to your future.

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-Cheers!

-Cheers!

-And we've got to carry on hunting. Come on, off we go.

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So we'd better make sure Jenny's dream comes true and raise that money for her flight to Australia.

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And if there's any left over, she and her mum can have a wonderful day's wine tasting.

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Caroline is keeping us all on our toes

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and has found a man's Omega watch,

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which could bring in anything between £60 and £100.

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Another find which will be heading to auction

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is this collection of classic books, including works by Victor Hugo.

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They once belonged to Jenny's grandmother, and James values them at between £60 and £80.

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There's still a lot of work to do if we're to get anywhere near our

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target of £800, so I track down our expert to see what he's up to.

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-James?! Are you taking time out, or our you working?!

-No, I'm working!

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What have we got here? We have got some plates,

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with Scotland and England's favourite literary heroes.

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We've got wee Robbie Burns on this one, for Scotland,

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and old William Shakespeare, for England, on this one.

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But what really interests me is what's on the back,

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because written here is "The Rowland & Marsellus Co,

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"Staffordshire, England".

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These were made in England,

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but in fact Rowland & Marsellus were retailers over in New York.

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They retailed a lot of Staffordshire round the rest of the States.

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So what would you want as a souvenir of little old England

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but Robbie Burns, for Scotland, and William Shakespeare.

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It's like a bit of the old country.

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They have suffered slightly, these plates, because if you look here

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you'll see there's the odd chip, but also what we call this stained craqueleur.

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It's where the glaze has cracked and dirt, over the years, has got in.

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You can sort that out quite easily by putting it in one of those very mild clothes-washing detergents.

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-Value-wise, certainly £20-£30, something like that.

-Gosh, that's nice.

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OK! Upwards and onwards. Not there yet. Come on, let's find some more.

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I was surprised to hear that they had such a connection with the States.

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I'm not terribly impressed with the price, but then something's better than nothing.

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Sometimes the smallest of finds can work wonders at auction, and these delicate gold charms,

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beautifully crafted in the shape of a well and a church, could bring in up to £60.

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In the garage, Jenny pulls out one of the top potential money makers of the day,

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this limited edition Wade pig, which could be worth as much as £425.

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As the rummage draws to a close, we all gather to muse over the last find of the day.

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Look at this! It's a case of all that glitters IS gold!

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You've actually got two really quite specialised coins here.

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The first one I'm looking at here is a 100-corona piece.

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It's actually Austrian. You can see on it "100 corona"

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and the Austrian coat of arms, dated 1915.

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And we've got the emperor Franz Josef on the back, and it's dated 1915.

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Funnily enough, the other coin is also dated 1915,

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it's also Austrian, but in this case it's a four-ducat piece.

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-To make it really confusing that is not when it was made.

-Oh!

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They were made as commemorative coins.

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Franz Josef I think died in about 1916, and they minted these between

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1920 and 1936, where they produced half a million of those.

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-And they all had the same date?

-They all have the same date.

-How bizarre.

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All you can be certain of, if it's a 100-corona piece

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-or a four-ducat piece, it doesn't date to 1915.

-Hmm.

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You've also got two half sovereigns here.

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One of them is rarer than the other.

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It's got the "SA" stamp on it, which is South Africa.

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So, there is actually quite a lot of money involved in these.

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-Woo!

-Gosh!

-Exciting!

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I'm not a coin specialist, but I think something like this

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-at the moment is probably going to be getting on for £500.

-Ooh!

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And maybe the four-ducat piece, maybe 200,

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maybe 120 for the South Africa half sovereign, £60 for the other one.

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As I say, I'm not an expert, but I do think we've got to maybe consider

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going on a more specialist route,

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and I'm not convinced that going to an auction house that deals in

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-everything from pictures to furniture and whatever is the best place.

-You need a specialist?

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We need a specialist, yeah.

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Are these something you would consider at least putting in the auction?

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Um...yeah, I might do. I think I'll have to think about it though.

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-Do you agree?

-Yes.

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That makes things very interesting.

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If we include the gold sovereigns,

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the total we've raised today comes to £1,885,

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and even if the girls decide not to sell them,

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their other collectibles still add up to a very impressive £1,005,

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comfortably over their target.

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All we've got to do now is keep our fingers crossed and, of course,

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pack everything ready for the auction. Are you good at packing?

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Pretty good, thank you.

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-Had a lot of practice.

-OK!

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-Well done, thanks.

-Thank you.

-Cheers.

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It's been fascinating dipping into Caroline and Jenny's lives,

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and we've found some extraordinary pieces to take to auction.

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Here are some of the most interesting.

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The gleaming silver ewers and ornately decorated silver plate,

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which could bring in between £120 and £180.

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Valued between £20 and £30 are the wonderful blue plates,

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depicting literary legends Robbie Burns and William Shakespeare.

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The Greek icon of St Minas,

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given to Caroline's father as a wedding present,

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could fetch a whopping £350.

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Last but definitely not least are the four magnificent gold coins,

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but we've got a bit of a wait on our hands

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to find out whether Caroline decides to part with them.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic...

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at auction, our James is given a run for his money.

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You know, you're a bit of an expert, I think.

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But not everything is plain sailing.

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It was worth a try, and it didn't come off.

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Find out how our mother and daughter team do when the final hammer falls.

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Everyone's been really busy in the past couple of weeks

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and we've brought all Caroline and Jenny's collectibles from Devon

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here to Charterhouse Auction Rooms at Sherborne in Dorset.

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Remember, they want £800 so Jenny can start a new career,

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and maybe a new life in Australia, so fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly in today's sale.

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Now, this is a general auction, which means we're up against a wide variety of goods.

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But it's Caroline and Jenny's items that we're interested in.

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-Good morning, ladies.

-Morning.

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-Hello.

-Hello.

-How are you feeling?

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We're quite excited about today, the auction.

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Of course, the thing with auctions, it's always swings and roundabouts.

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So you might have a disappointment on one lot, then the next lot,

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two people want it and, wey-hey, off it goes.

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What we really want to know is, have you brought your star item, the gold coins?

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Yes, we did, but I have been thinking about it

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and I think we want to follow James's advice, with the price of gold coming in,

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and take them to a coin dealer.

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OK, that puts the pressure on the rest of the things to do really well!

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It looks like a buzzing saleroom, so everything could just fly out, couldn't it?

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We may be able to get you to Australia. I want to!

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-I think it's about to start. Let's go and see.

-OK.

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Caroline's also decided to put reserves on more valuable items,

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so we could be in for a dramatic day.

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Don't forget, if you're buying or selling, auction houses will charge commission, VAT

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and other possible fees, so always check first with your local saleroom.

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With the bidding already under way, we take our places as our first lot is shown.

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Right, it's those lovely plates now, your Shakespeare and your Robbie Burns plates.

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Got a quote for it, have you?

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Not at the moment. I'm just hoping it's not going to be, "Oh, woe is me, they never sold!"

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-To be or not to be, that's the question! 20?

-£20-30 is not a lot,

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-and just great things to hang on the wall. So let's see how we get on.

-I like them.

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Straight in at £10 for these. 10, 15, 20.

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Against you at the back at 20. Selling at 20.

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-20.

-OK. We got a tenner apiece. It's all right.

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-Got into the estimate.

-Nice bottle of wine.

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Bang on estimate - a perfect start to the day.

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But if we're going to fund a plane ticket and a day's wine-tasting,

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we need all our other lots to do just as well, if not better.

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Lot 349, assorted volumes, including Victor Hugo here.

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You're selling your grandmother's books.

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She'd be very happy that I'm going to try living in a new country.

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She moved to France to study medicine at the Sorbonne.

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Yeah, she was quite a pioneer,

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-and you're going to be a pioneer in the wine field?

-One can only hope.

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Or in the vineyards! How much do we want for these?

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What have we got? Estimate is £60-80 on six volumes of Victor Hugo.

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OK, we're in business.

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I'm straight in at £20. I have now at 20.

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20, 5, 30, 5, 40, 5, 50, 5, 60. At £60. Against you, sir, at £60.

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Commission bid. Selling at 60.

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-£60. It's gone.

-That's all right.

-Good.

-Merci beaucoup.

-Very good.

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That's another spot-on sale, and it's au revoir to Victor Hugo.

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Can we make it three in a row with Caroline's collection of Wedgwood pieces?

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Standing right there, selling away at 30, away at 30...

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-You're bang-on every time!

-Within estimate.

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It'd be nice to be towards the upper end of the estimate! It's selling.

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Indeed it is, and we've already made over £100 with our first three items.

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So far, so good, and our next lot to go before the room has a much higher price tag.

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Lot 450A is an extra lot - silver-covered metal bowl with two similar ewers here.

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Lot 450A, I'm selling.

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I know the girls were impressed by James's valuation,

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and we might see a reserve on this lovely silverware.

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Not your standard English silver.

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Definitely very European.

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Let's just hope that there are some people here that will appreciate it.

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So I think we've got a reserve of 125,

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-but that is for three bits.

-Fair reserve, yeah?

-Let's just see.

-OK.

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£100 and away. 50 bid. Thank you.

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50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100,

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110, 120, 130. At £130, the commission bid.

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At £130, the commission bid. At £130, selling at 130...

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You were right - the reserve was... You're a bit of an expert, I think.

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It's all going to plan.

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They've every reason to be pleased.

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And when the patterned rug that Jenny found in the garage goes under the hammer...

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Away, selling at 50. £50 is 537.

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..it sells for £10 over estimate, and our winning streak continues.

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So far today, buyers are paying top prices for our pieces,

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but you never know what'll happen next, and we've got a long way to go to meet our target of £800.

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-Lot 700A is the gentleman's Omega stainless-steel De Ville quartz wristwatch.

-What do we want for it?

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I think we're looking for upwards of £60, or thereabouts.

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-OK.

-Here we go.

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Straight in here at £20.

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-I have now at 20.

-We want to do a bit better than that!

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30, 5, 40, 5, 50, 5, 60. Against you at £60.

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I'll take a fiver where. At £60.

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Selling away at 60...at 60...

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-Good.

-I think that's where we wanted to be, isn't it?

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-Happy with that? Obviously.

-Yeah.

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Yes, it won't set the world on fire, but it does the job, doesn't it?

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It's exactly what James said it would fetch.

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He's right on the money today, and the watch is yet another item to sell exactly on estimate.

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Will the delicate gold charms continue our run of good luck?

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At £50, the two charms go, selling away at £50, selling at 50...

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-That's a result!

-Two charms.

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And who can argue with them?

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The little charms keep up our unbroken run of success.

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So far today, every lot has sold on or above estimate,

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but we need the remainder to do just as well if Caroline and Jenny are to go wine-tasting.

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The girls are looking confident, but I'm a bit worried about our next item,

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of which only 5,000 were made - the 1998 Wade pig.

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We have a massive reserve on ours.

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Reserve - £375.

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I hope there are some people here who'll break open their own piggy banks to buy this.

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-Let's see.

-Couple of hundred pound for Cousin Wesley here.

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Couple of hundred pounds. Two. £100. I shall pass it on then.

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-It was worth a try and it didn't come off.

-Are you happy with your decision?

-Oh, absolutely.

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What a shame! That would have made a huge difference to our total,

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but this little pig is going back home.

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The unsold pig and Caroline's decision not to sell the sovereigns is going to make it

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very hard to hit our target of £800, despite our other excellent sales.

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We still have one item left, but Caroline has put a reserve on this one, too,

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so let's hope it'll provide the miracle we need.

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Next up, we've got the icon of St Minas, our favourite Egyptian saint.

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So let's hope we've got some sainted people here in the audience.

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-Have you got a reserve?

-Yes, we do.

-What is it?

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We've got £250 for this, I think.

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Will it make it, do you think?

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We can just keep our fingers crossed, can't we?

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Quite right, yes. Optimism.

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It's the only way forward.

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And I'm straight in at £200. Any bid now? 220. At 220 now.

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240 on the phone. 260.

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260. The phone bid is out. It's a seated bid at £260, seated on the aisle at 260.

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-Selling, going away at 260, against the phone at 260. 260...

-Terrific!

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-Very good. Are you happy with that?

-Yes.

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That was excellent, because they had someone in the room bidding on it

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and they had someone bidding on the telephone, so you should be very pleased about it. It's great.

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I was worried the reserve might prove too much,

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but it's a great final result, selling £10 over estimate.

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So will we be raising a glass to our grand total?

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There we are, finished, over, done.

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Well, we were a bit worried this morning, because you put some pretty hefty reserves on several items,

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but you were proved right in almost all the cases, wasn't she? It was just the pig that didn't sell.

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It's the pig that's made the difference in whether you made your target or not.

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You were looking for £800 to help you on your way to Australia.

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You haven't made £800, but you haven't done badly.

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-No. You have made £660.

-Oh, gosh!

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-That's brilliant!

-Well, I think 660 is enough to get you to Australia.

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It probably will, but I'd like to take Mum for some wine-tasting first.

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Well, I wish you lots of luck. It's been a joy to work with you.

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I hope that, if you do do that wine course, you might bring us a bottle back when you come home!

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-Will do.

-I'll try to.

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With the money raised on their busy day at auction,

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Jenny and Caroline have headed off to sharpen their palates at this vineyard near Totnes in Devon.

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I've decided to bring Mum here to have a little nosy really and look round a couple of vineyards,

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so she can get an idea of what I'll be up to in Australia.

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Thanks to the happy marriage of soil and climate, there are plenty of different wines to taste here.

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I'm Laura and I'll take you through your tasting. We start off with the new release,

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which is the first of 2007's wine.

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In fact, the only wine that we've got so far from the 2007 vintage.

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So I'll let you try that one first.

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These wines make quite a change from the Chardonnays and cabernet sauvignons of the New World,

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and Caroline and Jenny certainly seem to be enjoying themselves.

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Oh, yeah, that's mellow, isn't it? Hmm.

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Let's wish Jenny all the luck in the world with her new career.

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-Thanks so much for this. It's been really good.

-Great meeting you.

-Thank you.

-Cheers.

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Well, it was a little bit touch and go there, but Jenny is off to Australia, and we wish her well.

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Series looking at the value of household junk. Caroline is preparing for her daughter to leave home and start a new life and career down under. Mother and daughter search high and low for antiques in their Devon home, whilst trying to deal with the emotional wrench of embarking on a new life apart.