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Series looking at the value of household junk. Ex-bed and breakfast owners Ian and Lynn Whittle hope to raise enough money to refurbish a retirement home in Tenerife.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic where the team find

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treasures in your home which you take to auction.

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Today I'm in Greater Manchester, but I've stopped off in Salford,

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an inspirational area to one of this city's most famous artists.

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Laurence Stephen Lowry, LS Lowry, became famous for his depiction of life in the industrial districts

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of Northern England and would often base his paintings right here in Salford and the surrounding areas.

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There's been so much redevelopment around here I doubt that Lowry would recognise the place now,

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though he'd be chuffed they named the theatre after him.

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But I don't think we're going to have any difficulty at all in recognising hidden treasures

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that should make quite a profit when they go under the hammer at auction.

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Coming up on today's Cash In The Attic, Jonty's giving out the orders.

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Find me that letter.

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Oh, yes, thank you, as if I've not got enough to do!

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And we're struggling to get our hands on the goods.

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-Shall I retrieve that from you?

-No, we'll have it.

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But at auction, will our collectibles command a good price?

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-Wow.

-140, not bad.

-That was short and sweet, wasn't it?

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Find out, when they go under the hammer.

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I'm on my way to meet Lynn and Ian Whittle

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who have called in Cash In The Attic

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just as they're about to start a whole new life in the sun.

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Lynn and Ian have been in the bed-and-breakfast business for over 40 years

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but the time has finally come to stop looking after others and start looking after themselves.

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They are used to very high standards. Nothing but the best will do for this couple

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and I'm hoping that the top quality will extend to their collectibles.

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-Morning, Jonty.

-Morning, how are you?

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-I'm very well.

-What an impressive house.

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It is, but the people who live here won't be enjoying it much longer.

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Like the swallows, they're heading south.

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So I'd better see what I can find?

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Absolutely, and I'll head on in and meet the family.

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Ian, Lynn, hi! I see you've made a start already, sorting through the bits and pieces.

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-Yes, looking at a few things.

-Why have you called in Cash In The Attic?

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Well, we're going to Spain so we want to downsize and sell some things.

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We can't take everything with us so we thought, "Sell everything and invest in some furniture."

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But you've been here a long time, Lynn.

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-Yes.

-Won't it be a wrench, moving away from Salford?

-Yes,

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but we've always wanted to retire to Spain, so this is the time to do it.

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So what will you spend the money on?

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Well, we would like a nice table for our terrace, a nice marble or wrought-iron table

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which can remind us of this place because we'll know this is what we've spent the money on.

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How much is that likely to cost?

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Well, we're hoping, about £700 towards what we require.

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-Terrific. Well, we ain't going to get £700 from the couple of baskets you were looking at.

-No.

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-So shall we roll up the sleeves and get to work?

-We will, yes.

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The move to Spain sounds like a lovely idea,

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and with Lynn and Ian's B&B literally bursting with antiques and collectibles

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I'm sure we'll have no problem finding plenty of items that will stand out at auction.

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But keen to show that all that glistens is not gold is our expert, Jonty Hearnden.

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Morning, guys. Look what I've found to help you on your journey.

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If you hang onto those too long we'll get you cleaning them

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cos as you've noticed, all the brass is absolutely gleaming.

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I have noticed quite a bit of brass around the house.

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I've got a pair of ships lanterns here, but more often that not these would be painted black on a ship...

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-Would they?

-..to protect them from the sea.

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And that's the reason why, for the last 30 years,

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there's been a huge industry in cleaning them up just like these.

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Originally, the first lights would have had

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a little cloth soaked in animal or vegetable oil

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but now, and also in the 19th century, most of them would be kerosene lamps like this.

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Date-wise, I suppose we're looking probably between the wars, so they look '20s, 1930s

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because simply the styles didn't really change.

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-Value-wise, I suppose we're looking at £50-£80.

-Right, very nice.

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-Which is nice as a pair, yes?

-Yes.

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That's the first thing we can tick off our auction list.

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-Let's go and see what else we can find.

-Yes, indeed.

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Well, the ship's lanterns are a very promising start,

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but if we want to stay on course we'll need to split up and find a lot more collectibles.

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After four decades in the trade,

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Ian has catered for all sorts of guests, including the occasional well-known face.

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-Jonty, I've something to show you here.

-What's that?

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Oh, that's Charlie Chaplin! Where's it from?

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He stayed at the hotel we had in Haworth, the Old White Lion Hotel, in the early '60s.

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After he left, a few weeks after, my father got a parcel and a thank-you note and this.

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-You mean, YOU met the great man himself?

-I did, I waited table on him and served him drinks.

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I notice it's not marked in any way at all,

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but just by the design it looks very Staffordshire.

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-So it looks English.

-Right.

-But there are no markings on him at all.

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-I don't know where he came from.

-You mention a letter. You don't happen to have it with you?

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No, not that I know of.

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It's possibly in my late mother's papers, I've not bothered going through everything.

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It's possible, but I don't know.

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-Find me that letter. We could be talking over £100.

-Oh, my goodness!

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Without it, £20-£30.

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You've got a job to do for me, before now and auction date.

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Yes, thank you, as if I've not got enough to do!

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-Wonderful character jug, great story, find me some more of those, please.

-I'll go and look.

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Without having the letter to prove where it came from, I know what happened, I know where it came from,

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but I'm quite happy for it to go to auction and see what we get.

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But if we want our couple to enjoy fine dining during those glorious summer evenings

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we need to search high and low.

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Ever the host, Ian is drawn back to the kitchen

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and finds these glorious Victorian copper kettles.

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Nowadays more decorative than practical,

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they're still sure to get our bidders warmed up at £40-£50.

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Whilst in the dining room, I'm drawn to another bit of hot property.

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-This looks interesting.

-Yes.

-Now what's this?

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There's quite a story to it.

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My parents-in-law were at a charity auction, and my mum fell in love with

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what then was a pair. And she started bidding for it

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and this other gentleman, who we found out was George Formby,

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he was bidding as well and he eventually got it.

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And then he came and presented it to Mum.

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George Formby, of course, famous for playing the ukulele.

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He was a great music-hall star, wasn't he, and radio star?

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I think Jonty should look at these.

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Jonty, have you got a minute? Can you come and look at this?

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What can you tell us about that?

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Can I ask you first a question, what do you know about it? Were you told where it came from?

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As far as we understood they were Burmese vases.

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You're near, but not quite near enough!

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-It's Far-Eastern, but it's not Burmese, it's Japanese.

-Right.

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These are Satsuma vases.

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This vase here would have been made just after WWI, so 1920s, 1930s.

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For a collector, they're not nearly old enough,

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so they will be sold for their decorative purposes only

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and as a consequence I can't put too much on it.

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In real terms, probably a lot less than George Formby paid for them.

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We're talking only £25, £35 for the vase.

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Well, it's another £25 towards the fund for that wonderful table.

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And every little helps.

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So let's go and see what else we can put in the pot.

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You never really know who'll be bidding against you, because auctions can be quite unpredictable.

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However, Jonty's certain that this elegant, early-20th-century cigar cutter,

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worth £70-£80, will spark some interest with the bidders.

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While our expert continues with the rummage, I head off in search of Lynn and Ian

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to find out how they feel about swapping egg-and-bacon for sangria

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with their permanent move to Spain.

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You know, after a lifetime of working in the hotel and bed-and-breakfast industry

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you must SO look forward not to have to get up and do other people's breakfasts?

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-Mixed feelings.

-Really?

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Well, you get so used to doing it.

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You like the satisfaction of doing the job, and people leaving and saying, "Thank you very much,

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"we enjoyed the stay, one of the best breakfasts we've ever had," perhaps.

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But it will be nice, occasionally.

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How did you get into the industry in the first place?

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My parents bought a hotel in Haworth in Yorkshire, the Bronte village,

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and leaving school... I should've gone back to school in Haworth, but never did...

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-I absconded, type of thing.

-Straight into the family business?

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Straight into the family business. That was it, never left it since.

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So how did you get involved in it, then, Lynn?

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-You married into it?

-I married into it, yes.

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I went to work in the hotel and then the night that I actually started -

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I got the job - so I started, and he met me.

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He was going out of the door as I was coming in, and that was when we formally met.

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And it's just gone on from there.

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So now, the big decision to go and live in Spain.

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What made you decide to do that?

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We've thought about doing it for many years now.

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We've had joint holidays there, we've a timeshare in Tenerife.

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We just enjoy it. It's not too far to come back to see the children, or them to come out and see us.

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I can see what you mean about this place being so full of memories for you

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but you'll be building up lots of new memories in the new house

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and hopefully we're going to help towards the fund for that table.

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You're going to sit around the table and reminisce and make new memories.

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But let's go and see what else we can put on the list.

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As a reward for years of hard work, Ian and Lynn have definitely earned their place in the sun

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but if we're going to reach that £700 target and get them the table of their dreams

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we need to get straight back to work.

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On MY travels I unearthed these unusual ceramic butter and cheese boards.

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They may need a bit of a clean, but Jonty thinks

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this highly-sought-after kitchen memorabilia

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could fetch between £30 and £50.

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After years of filling their B&B with collectibles

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it's no wonder things have got misplaced along the way.

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I say, Ian, take a look at this chain!

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-Where have you found that?

-In that little box at the back.

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I have been searching for that for about three years.

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-Have you?

-I thought I'd lost it.

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It's a lovely quality, and look, it's solid gold, too.

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They're known as Albert chains because Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband,

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the Prince Consort, was given a pocket watch, and he needed a chain to connect it to the other end

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because he didn't want to lose it. Once you put your pocket watch down,

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as you've discovered, you can lose it.

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And just for this chain alone,

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it would be sold on its weight and also for its re-use.

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Auction value today for a chain of this quality,

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you're looking at between £100 and £150.

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-Oh, well, that is nice news. I didn't pay that much for it.

-That's very good.

-I'm sure I didn't.

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-Now, I have to say this room is so stuffed full of goodies...

-Yes.

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..it'll take us a while to get through. You have a look over there.

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-OK.

-I'll wend my way over here.

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The rummage is still far from over

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so, with our eyes on the target, we need to keep searching.

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Jonty finds this Mayflower replica.

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Now, the original took the Pilgrim Fathers to America,

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but will this one help take our couple to Spain?

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And this stunning Elizabeth II gold sovereign ring

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could easily increase our fund by £50-£80.

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We've found some fascinating items today

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but to furnish the perfect patio we still need a major find to impress the bidders.

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Guys, just take a look at this!

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-Look at this.

-Good Lord! Heavens!

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An extraordinarily good-quality, I mean amazing-quality,

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-charms bracelet.

-What a collection!

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Well, it started off, my husband bought me the chain with one charm on for my 21st birthday

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and then every birthday or anniversary for quite a few years he bought me another charm.

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-One of the stars, but not the biggest, is the one I'm holding in my hand here.

-Oh, yes.

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This lovely little ball here, obviously a pendant designed for a charm bracelet, or round the neck.

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-But it all opens up, as I'm sure you guys know.

-Oh, look at that!

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And look at that, this is a Masonic pendant for a lady.

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All these symbols are Masonic too.

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The great news is, at the moment Masonic memorabilia like this is very big on the collecting market.

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So just this little concentric ball here has to be worth £50-£80.

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-Goodness me!

-Or maybe more. Just by itself.

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What are we talking about in value?

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I would value this set at between at £400 and £600.

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Oh, yes, that's good.

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So what do you think, Lynn? Can this go to auction?

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I don't know, I think we need to think about it a bit longer.

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You need a bit of time to think about that, so...

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-Shall I retrieve that?

-No, we'll have it!

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You're going to need time to think about that, so let's hold onto it

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because you want £700 towards the cost of that patio table and chairs

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for your new home in Spain.

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I can say that if we take the lowest estimate on everything Jonty's looked at

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-it comes to £535...

-Bit low, yes.

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But if we put this with it, it goes up to £935.

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-Oh, a lot better.

-That's better.

-You're going to think about it.

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We're going to put this somewhere safe in the meantime

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and let's just see what happens when the hammer comes down.

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-Right, we'll do that.

-Let's see.

-Thank you.

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Well, there've been lots of goodies in Ian and Lynn's bed and breakfast today.

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Jam-packed with memories, their home has provided rich pickings for the auction,

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including the splendid Japanese Satsuma vase,

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a present to Lynn's mother from George Formby.

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A solid gold Albert chain

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with a gold-plated hunter pocket watch,

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worth a substantial £100-£150.

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The 1920s brass ship lanterns.

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And the nine-carat gold charm bracelet,

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with sentimental attachment for Lynn,

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but will the £400-£600 price tag be enough to encourage her to let it go?

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Coming up next on Cash In The Attic, Jonty's jokes are as cheesy as ever.

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-You can't keep him down!

-You're wasted in your job!

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But will we have the last laugh...

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We're just two under again!

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..when the hammer comes down?

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Well, the weeks have flown by since we joined Ian and Lynn at their bed and breakfast in Salford,

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searching for antiques and collectibles we could sell here at Bamfords Auction House in Derby.

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Now, remember they are selling up and heading south,

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and they want to raise £700 so they can buy a patio table

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to enjoy long sunny days and warm evenings on their terrace in Spain.

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The doors are open, and the auction house is already filling up with eager bidders and traders

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on the hunt for the deal of the day.

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In amongst the crowd, I spy Jonty taking a final look at one of Ian and Lynn's items.

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That vase looks rather splendid on that little table, doesn't it, Jonty? It's sort of found its home.

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Well, it's all hand-made.

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-Remember our Satsuma vase?

-It looks very pretty here, doesn't it?

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So that has come to the auction, and that wonderful gold chain you found down in the cellar.

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Star of the show! Really good quality,

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and it should sell very well. It was down there for years.

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Still with jewellery, I wonder if they brought that charm bracelet?

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Have they? If they bring that and it sells - it's bound to sell, because it's such good quality -

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-they're home and dry.

-Exactly. Shall we go and find them and see if they have?

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We've an assortment of valuables from the bed and breakfast,

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and I've certainly got high hopes for all of them.

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But has Lynn brought that charm bracelet?

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It could make or break the day.

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-Morning, Lynn and Ian,

-Morning.

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-Morning.

-Just think, you don't have to polish those ever again, Ian!

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-One chore less.

-Absolutely.

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Now, have you brought that beautiful charm bracelet?

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-Because that was the question mark over the things you were going to bring today.

-Yes, I've brought it.

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-Lovely.

-I am going to put a reserve on it.

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-So what sort of figure have you put on it?

-600.

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-Ohh.

-That's a lot, isn't it?

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I am a little bit attached to it, though, and I am withdrawing the Masonic ball.

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That means that everything has to sell, and fly through roof!

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Yes, let's hope so or we'll be sitting on the floor.

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Hopefully it won't come to that. The auction house is filling up,

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so let's go and see who's going to bid for that bracelet, come on.

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So, the bracelet made it and that's brilliant news,

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but with a reserve of £600 AND the removal of the Masonic ball

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we just might be discouraging our bidders.

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I wonder how auctioneer Steven Iredale thinks our lots will fare?

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The Whittle family have got some nice things.

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Really good charm bracelet, good, heavy charm bracelet.

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I think we'll do quite well.

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Remember, if YOU'RE planning a trip to auction,

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both buyers and sellers are liable to pay VAT and commission.

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Fees do vary, and your local auction house can provide more details.

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We take our positions at the back of the saleroom just in time

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as our first lot of the day is about to go under the hammer.

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Lot 100, we go to.

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Three 20th-century ship's lamps.

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Are you happy, or sad?

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-How are you feeling?

-I'm happy,

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I didn't like cleaning them!

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You didn't clean them anyway. See her nails!

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They'll be somebody else's responsibility now. Here we go.

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And a couple of bids on these. I can start at £38...

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Couple of bids on that, £38.

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-It's a good start.

-At £38, and 40. 42... 45...

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48..

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And 50? At £48 still with me. At £48, and 50 now.

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All done, then, at £48...

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48, £2 under the estimate.

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-Not bad.

-Not too bad at all.

-That's OK.

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That's not a bad start.

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But if we want Lynn and Ian

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to reach their £700 target and dine in style,

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we desperately need the bidders

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to pay top dollar for our cheese and butter dishes.

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People love that sort of memorabilia, kitchenalia, great fun. Here it comes.

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50... 5... 60. At £55, to the right.

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At £55... 60, may I say? All done, then? At 55...

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-Wow!

-£55.

-Very good!

-Cheesy grins for that.

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Cheesy or not, it's a great result.

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I got them for nothing 50 years ago out of a shop called Maypole, in Prestwich Village.

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After all those years, and just amazing they sold for that.

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It's obvious Ian can spot a bargain when he sees one.

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But can our bidders, as up next is the dazzling collection of copper kettles,

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hoping to increase our fund by further £40-£50.

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At £38, absentee bid, and selling at 38....

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-Just two under again!

-Just underneath again.

-Ah!

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Simmering to a reasonable 38, but we'll have to turn up the heat

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if we want to reach that £700 target.

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So far this morning, we have had some brilliant sales.

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Our items have flown out of the auction room.

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But Ian's worried look concerns me.

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Maybe our next lot will cheer him up.

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Lot 550, the film memorabilia.

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The novelty character mug of Charlie Chaplin.

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And a couple of bids on it. I can start at £15... 18...

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-£15 started.

-£15, and 18 now. At £15. 18, may I say? 18... 20... and two, madam? No?

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At £20 in the commission bid. At £20, then, all done. Absentee bid at £20...

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£20, that was your lowest.

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-That was cheap.

-Yes.

-That was cheap.

-I'd have expected more.

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Because of its Hollywood connections

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we may have got slightly carried away with this lot,

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but we did reach our £20 estimate.

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Although we're still a long way off our target,

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this replica of the Mayflower might boost our fund by £80-£100.

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At £70 against the commissions, all done. At £70, well done, 852.

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Only £10 under our estimate, that's not bad.

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Ian and Lynn are certainly looking forward to sipping Rioja in the Mediterranean sun.

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It's just gonna take a few more substantial bids to top up that total.

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Lot number 560,

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nine-carat-gold Albert chain and gold-plated hunter pocket watch. Really pretty little lot.

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I've not worn it for a while. I used to wear it quite regularly, dressing up Saturday nights.

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People don't dress up these days to go out.

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I won't miss it that much, but I want a decent price for it.

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-Six bids on it.

-Six bids!

-And I can start at £110, 120 do I see? 120...

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130... 140. Has it at £140 against the commission. At 140...

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150, do I see? All done then, at 140...

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-Wow.

-140.

-That was short and sweet.

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Very short and sweet, but not a bad price.

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I think that's incredible,

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and takes us a good way closer to our target.

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But will the classic cigar cutter be red-hot

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or will it go up in smoke at the guide price of £70-£80?

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-At 75...

-HAMMER FALLS

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-A snip at £75.

-That's good.

-A snip!

-A snip.

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-You can't keep him down.

-You're wasted in your job!

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Selling for £5 over our estimate,

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alfresco dining is well in our sights.

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Next up, it's the gold sovereign ring.

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Now we really need this to do well for us when it goes before the room.

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-HAMMER FALLS

-And it does just that,

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notching up another £55.

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We're on a roll now. But can we keep the momentum going with our next item?

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Lot number 110, Japanese Satsuma ovoid vase,

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-20th-century Satsuma, a piece there.

-I want more for it

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because it's very good quality, all hand-made.

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£30 for that one, please? £30, may I say?

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25 then, £25?

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20, then? £20? No? 15, then?

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Any interest in that one at 15? No...?

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-No bid!

-No bid.

-Jonty, that's a real disappointment.

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It is. Hugely disappointing.

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Our first "No sale", but maybe Lynn's not so sorry to be keeping the present from George Formby.

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I like the vase a lot, so I'm not really bothered.

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We can have the pleasure of keeping it and looking at it a bit longer.

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We've had a reasonable day so far, but everything now hangs on the final item.

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This is a real nail-biting moment.

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You were in two minds as to whether or not to bring it,

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you have brought it, you've put, what, a £600 reserve on it?

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-So...

-It is very sentimental value.

-..put your hand over your eyes, we'll watch it for you.

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At £600, I must ask. £600 is bid. At £600...

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620, do I see? At £600...

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620 now. At £600, then, maiden bid.

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And selling at £600...

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-Wo-o-o-w!

-We did it!

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-Are you pleased it's gone?

-Yes.

-Any second thoughts now?

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No, not now its brought that price. I'm happy with that.

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I wasn't sure we were going to get there,

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but what a fantastic end to the day!

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So how much have we made?

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I am glad to see big smiles on your faces

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because, if you remember, what you wanted to raise was £700 for the table and chairs

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so you could sit on the terrace in the sun in Spain, drinking the sangria.

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I think you are going to be able to get the table and the chairs

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and maybe a few bottles to go with it,

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because the grand total is...

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£1,101.

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-Wow, well done!

-Very good.

-That's brilliant!

-Terrific.

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So, happy memories every time you sit at that table, Ian?

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Every time we sit there we'll think of you.

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Well, you could do worse.

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I could invite you out there. If you're in the area, drop in.

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Lynn and Ian had a great day at auction

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and today they've put their packing on hold

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to visit the local garden centre for inspiration.

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We've come to this garden centre today to try and get some ideas for our villa in Spain,

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for a table for the terrace and some small poolside tables for the terrace around the swimming pool.

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There's plenty to choose from, making it very easy to get distracted.

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But with Ian on the case it's not long before they find the perfect table for their home in Spain.

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This is unusual, the marble inserts.

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-Yes, that's nice.

-It is quite nice.

-The seats look comfy, don't they?

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-These are very nice.

-They are comfortable as well.

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We've seen some good ideas today...

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Nice large table. So now we'll go home and have a look on the Internet

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and see what we can maybe find on there and ship it over.

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And we all wish Ian and Lynn well in their new life soaking up the sun in Spain.

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If you'd like to raise money for something

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and think you have things around the house you could sell at auction,

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why not call in the Cash In The Attic team?

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

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Series looking at the value of household junk. Ian and Lynn Whittle have been running their bed and breakfast near Manchester for nearly forty years, and are now planning a very well-earned retirement in Spain. Their new home in Tenerife needs refurbishing, and the Whittles are hoping to raise enough money at auction to buy furniture, including the all-important dining table for their terrace.