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Series looking at the value of household junk. Marilyn and Michael Becker hope to sell a lifetime of possessions to raise money for a huge family reunion in Canada.


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Welcome. We find the hidden treasures

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around your home and help you sell them at auction.

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Today, I'm in the Edgware area of London, which is very multicultural.

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You'll find halal butchers and mosques nudging for space alongside

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kosher bakers and synagogues.

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Away from all the hustle and bustle is Canons Park.

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Now, this once home to the Duke of Chandos,

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but is now open to the public for everyone to enjoy.

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In the 1700s, this was one of the grandest estates of its day,

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but after a change in the Duke's fortunes,

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the house fell into disrepair. It was later adapted and bought

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in 1929, by the elite North London Colley Gate School.

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During the Duke's residency, storks, flamingos and even a tiger

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were thought to roam the grounds here, but at our

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next port of call, let's hope we find some traditional treasures.

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

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It's a shock to the system for Paul.

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?20 to ?30 each. Each?

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Our hard work takes its toll on me...

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Well, time for bed then, I think. Ooh, wrong show! No, no!

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And I can't believe what I'm hearing!

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I've heard of "born with a silver spoon in their mouth", not a gold pocket watch!

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But will we make plenty of sales? Find out when the final hammer falls.

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We're about to meet a couple who've been married

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for 40 years and lived in this area of London for even longer.

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They've called in

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the Cash In The Attic team to help them make life a little easier.

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This is the quiet residential home of happy couple

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Marilyn Becker and her husband, Michael, who like to live

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life to the full, now that their two children have fled the nest.

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While Michael's passions include keeping tropical fish,

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Marilyn can mostly be found in her embroidery room, where she perfects

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the little-known Victorian craft of ribbon-weaving,

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which she teaches locally.

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Today, they're tearing themselves away from their hobbies long enough

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to be able to raise cash for a special treat, both home and away.

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Morning, a cup of coffee awaits! Good morning, how are you?

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How's that for a cup of tea? Wonderful.

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Are you ready to delve into a bit of family history?

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Well, funny you should ask that, because I've done my family tree

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and found we're a nation of tea drinkers, but have a keen eye for collectables.

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Right, so that's your family history sorted. You mean this family? Yes, indeed.

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Well, if you want to have a good look round, to see what they've got, I'll meet Marilyn and Michael.

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OK. Marilyn? Any relation?

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Good morning. Good morning, Lorne. Crikey, look at that!

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Help yourself!

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Maybe a bit later, not at the moment.

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So you've called in the Cash In The Attic, Marilyn and Michael. What do you want us for?

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Well, my mother's family originated in Poland and the family split up.

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We're Jewish and we split up due to the pogroms and they are

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planning a reunion in Canada

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of all the family and we just thought it would be nice to

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raise some money towards the trip.

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And Michael, I understand you've also got plans for the garden? Yes, that's right.

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At the moment, as Marilyn is saying,

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we're putting all our spare money away towards this trip, but as I'm

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getting older, I'm finding that the work in the garden gets harder

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and what we want to do is to get it designed in such a way

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as it becomes more manageable and less labour-intensive,

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so we're hoping to get somebody in who will do a little bit of tidying

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and some planting up, which will then be permanent,

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rather than temporary as it is at the moment.

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What sort of money do you think you might be talking about?

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It would be nice to raise ?1,000.

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If we get a little bit more, it will go to the battle fund

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to go out to Canada next year.

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All right, so we need to raise ?1,000, then... Yes.

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..towards the garden becoming a little less of a problem

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than it is at the moment... That's right.

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..and also, any surplus, I guess, going towards the flight fund?

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That's right. OK, well in that case, shall we go and see what you've got? Lovely. Come on, then.

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Marilyn and Michael have lived in this house for 39 years

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and there's a really homely feel to each room.

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Self-confessed hoarders, they've accumulated a lot of valuable bits and pieces

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throughout their married life and it's down to our expert,

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Paul Hayes, to assess those collectables.

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He's been trading antiques since he was a boy

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and always surrenders to the charms of the treasures he finds,

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although I wouldn't advise he does so with this particular piece.

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Aah, Paul! Hello.

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How are you? All right? That's a very significant piece, isn't it?

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It's incredible. Has it been a table top at some point?

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Never. No, it's always been a wall hanging.

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Where did you get that from? Have you been to, well, it looks like South America?

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It was given to me by one of my clients, when I was in the curtain business.

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We had done his house full of curtains and I'd seen it

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just laying there and I commented on it, because it's an incredible piece

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of work and he, for some reason, didn't want it himself, so he asked me if I would like it.

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Well, it's a very impressive piece.

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Actually, it's an Aztec calendar and the Aztecs used to worship

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the sun god and they believed that they were the fifth universe.

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There had been four universes that had survived and died before them,

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and they used to actually perform human sacrifices,

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and they were done five times each year and that's these ones here...

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one, two, three, four, five. Yes. Yes! Not very nice!

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No. When you look into it, it's not the most pleasant thing. But he actually has

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a knife for a tongue. Can you see that? Yes.

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That's actually a knife there and it represents it, but whether it is myth

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and legend or folklore, but this was a huge stone that was found that

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depicted the ancient world and it's believed these sort of things

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did actually go on and this one is actually made from micro-mosaic.

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What actually happens is they get different-shaped rods of wood,

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which can be ten or 12 feet long,

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they make the design and then they slice through it,

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almost like a stick of rock, if you like,

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and the end piece is what you get, so they can make lots of them at a time.

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So, Paul, what sort of price do you think we're talking about in terms of auction values?

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I think value-wise, I mean, ?50-100. I mean, I don't know how that sounds.

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Hopefully, somebody would like it and if you get two people who want it, who knows on the day.

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What do you think of that?

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I think a little less than we would have expected,

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because of the workmanship in it, but it has to go.

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Well, we know that's not going to be in the family much longer,

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it is going to auction. Shall we see what else we can find?

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Come this way, then.

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With the disagreeable thought of human sacrifice, Marilyn and Michael have no hesitation in saying goodbye

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'to the Aztec calendar. But, with a ?1,000 target to hit,

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we need to cover every inch of this house for plenty of goodies

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to accompany it and Michael hopes that time is on our side with his first discovery.

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Ooh, look at that! Wow!

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What a cracking pocket watch that is!

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That's beautiful. Was that something that you bought, then?

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No, it was given to me. It was my father's and, before that, my grandfather's.

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This is solid gold. This would have been a gentleman's dress watch,

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and the idea was it would go on your Albert chain.

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Before the wrist watch, this is the way that watches used to be,

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but this is called a demi-Hunter.

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Where it gets its name from is that when you had the original pocket

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watch with a full case, you couldn't see the dial, so what they did,

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they placed an aperture, or this sort of viewing hole, in the middle,

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which allows you to tell the time,

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but it's still protected Very clever invention.

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It's in beautiful condition!

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What you look for with these watches, gold is a very soft material and this

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one has a few dents in the back. Can you see that?

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Yes, that was my fault.

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Apparently, when I was a baby,

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I was given it to teethe on, so it's got my tooth marks.

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Wow, what an interesting story! I've never heard that before.

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Was the chain always with it, or..?

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No, that's something I bought myself.

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The original chain was given to somebody else. I bought that five or six years ago.

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So what you've got, then, is a solid gold

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demi-Hunter, or half-Hunter, watch, with a good quality Albert chain,

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so a very collectable item, indeed, but value-wise,

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if I was conservative here, at least ?200, possibly ?250.

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How does that sound? Sounds a little bit on the low side to me.

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I'd have thought it would have been, with the chain, worth a little bit more than that.

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Well, hopefully, we'll get two people who want it and it will fetch a bit more.

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I hope so. Are you sure? Yep.

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OK. Let's go tell the others, eh?

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I felt very disappointed.

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The half-Hunter has been in the family for a long time,

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and when you consider the amount of work that's gone into it and the

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weight of the gold of the chain, I would have thought it would have been a higher figure.

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'With such an important trip and a garden renovation resting on this rummage,

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'it's understandable Michael wants as much as he can for his valuables,

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'and while Paul's next find can't go directly into the kitty,

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'this collection, including a set of first-day coins

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'introduced when British currency was decimalised in 1971,

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'could get us another ?40-90.'

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This house has given Marilyn and Martin many happy memories

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and I'm hoping to find out the secret to a successful marriage.

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So how did you two meet, then?

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We met at a charity dance.

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We were out one Sunday night and she went out with my best friend.

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Oh, really!

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OK. How did you end up being her boyfriend, then,

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rather than your best mate being her boyfriend?

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He had a lot of girlfriends.

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Oh, did he, now?! Right, OK.

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And what about you? What were you doing when you met?

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I was a secretary, which was really the norm for that age,

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for the 1950s, 1960s.

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And what about you, Michael?

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I worked in retail. I was working in a shop in Oxford Street

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in dress fabrics, when we first met, and then I went into a shop that was

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more of a haberdashers, where they made linens and curtain materials.

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So what hobbies do you share, now? We like travelling and...

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what else do we do together?

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We like visiting gardens,

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we like bringing back little collectable items,

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just to remind us of our trips.

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So, with regard to the trip to Canada, then,

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are you looking forward to that?

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We've never been across the Atlantic, so it will be

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a first trip to Canada and to that side of the world.

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And are you looking forward to it? Very much.

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Well, I think if you're going to get those tickets to Canada,

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we need to find Mr Hayes and see if he's found something to sell.

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'I'm glad to be helping make Marilyn and Michael's garden dreams,

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'and travelling adventures, a possibility, but it's Michael's determination

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'that is next to pay off, when he finds this Victorian silver-plated tea set,

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'which once belonged to his parents and could serve us up

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'a very nice ?60 to ?80.

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'While upstairs, there's an aroma that's got Marilyn and Paul's attention.'

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What have you found? Anything good? Well, these scent bottles.

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Oh, wow, look at those! I'm rather attached to them.

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Those are beautiful! May I have a look? With pleasure.

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Where have these come from?

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They belonged to my late mother-in-law and I think they're very attractive,

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I think the older you get, the more you appreciate ancient items!

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Well, they're not so ancient.

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I mean these are really art deco, from the 1920s.

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Yes, they are. I like the style and the shape of them.

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In the 1920s, the fashion was for very angular appearance,

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overlays, contrasting colours, you've got the silver and the black here, with this very art deco,

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sort of, feel to it and there was a major thing that happened.

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If I just pick this other one up here, this really does emphasise it.

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There was a massive thing to happen in 1922.

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They discovered Tutankhamen's tomb, so the pyramid actually does feature

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an awful lot on lots of items, you get these wonderful triangular items.

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Well, I think you've got two collectors who will buy these.

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Anybody interested in scent bottles and perfume themselves,

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but also any art deco collectors, and that's a major collecting area,

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so if I said about ?20 to ?30 each...

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Each?! Yes, so about ?80 to ?100 there for that lot.

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Good heavens, yes. So they can definitely go?

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Yes, definitely. The sweet smell of success!

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I can't argue with that! Well, that's great.

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I think they're wonderful and I'm sure they'll find a good home.

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I hope so. Thank you.

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I was very surprised at the valuation for the bottles

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and very interested in the history and the design and the way Paul explained

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the geometric design and the pyramid and the connections.

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We've still got a long way to go if we're intending to raise that

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staggering ?1,000 target Marilyn and Michael need to attend

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the planned family reunion in Canada and have a garden revamp.

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'And, if it wasn't going to auction,

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'I'm sure this Waltham traveller pocket watch in solid gold

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'would come in handy for their

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'journey, but unfortunately we can't ignore that ?150 to ?200 price tag.'

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The family garden is a haven of peace and tranquillity,

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but it's also a perfect hideaway for our two boys and their toys.

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Now, then, Michael, there's no time for playing.

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Whose is this? It's something that was bought for me when I was 11.

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It was a prize for having passed the scholarship.

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Really? Yes, I'd always wanted one and my parents saw it.

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In those days, they were difficult to get,

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so when we saw it, we bought it.

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Well, can you imagine at the time, this Mallard was the fastest steam

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locomotive of its day and it actually won the world record in the 1930s.

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It did 126 mph.

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And you can see the aerodynamic shape, because most of those were flat-fronted, weren't they?

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Right, yeah, course, very, sort of, art deco-looking, almost, isn't it?

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This one looks almost mint condition.

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You've really looked after it and that's a real plus.

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I mean, lots of these tend to turn up very scuffed and damaged,

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but this one is almost mint. Is it sentimental to you? Not really.

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I've had it a long time and it's been sitting in the shed,

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so it's time for it to go on its last journey.

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But if I was being conservative and said maybe ?50 to ?100, I mean,

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how would you feel about that? That sounds all right to me, yes.

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Are we on the right track? Definitely!

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Come on, let's keep looking.

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A lot of childhood memories are being given up today, but it's all for a good cause.

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Until we've hit our target, though, we need to keep exploring this house.

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'I spot this fabulous collection of Victorian cranberry glass -

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'another gift from Michael's mother,

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'which Paul values at a favourable ?45 to ?75.'

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Michael and Marilyn's home is nestled

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in the heart of this North London community and it is here that they

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feel most comfortable, surrounded by friends and family,

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who share similar backgrounds.

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But on the walls of her home is a constant reminder

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of Marilyn's extended family,

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some of whom she never got the chance to meet.

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There are pictures

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everywhere around this house.

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I'm dying to know who's who? Who's this lot here?

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This is my mother's family.

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This is the oldest picture that we have of her.

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This lady here is my mother, with her parents and four siblings.

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It was taken in Poland, round about 1913.

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So what happened to the family after that time, then?

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Well, they lived in Poland and there were problems for the Jews in Poland

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and life became very uncomfortable,

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but my mother and her siblings came over to England.

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My uncle brought them over, gave them a roof over their heads,

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helped them to get established.

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This son stayed on in Poland,

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got married, had two children

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and he, his wife and one of his children

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died in the Holocaust in the 1940s.

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It was after the tragic events of the Second World War that Marilyn's surviving family

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was scattered across the world - some further away than others.

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It wasn't until the 1960s that a cousin of mine,

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after he'd finished university, went with a friend over to Canada,

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but on his travels he visited the cousins that were actually

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in Canada and he brought back a rough draft of the family tree.

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In the 1970s, I produced...a family tree.

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These were all the relatives that we could either trace, who were still alive,

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or who had died and we knew the connection.

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That's interesting. I like this bit at the bottom.

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It says, "This is the record of a wonderful family.

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"Most of us will never meet, but perhaps this family tree will link us and keep us close".

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That's wonderful, isn't it?

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Well, that was written in 1970 and the tree HAS kept us close.

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So how important is this reunion to you?

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To meet up with people who have got the same blood as you,

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who have got the same history as you,

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there is a familiarity that runs through the family.

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Some of the cousins that I've met,

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you can actually see a family resemblance, either in a trait,

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in their hairstyle, in their manner,

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and they might be strangers to other people, but to us, they are family.

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Well, frankly, I think I could sit here and listen for about another

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six generations, but we don't have time for that.

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Shall we see if the others have found anything to sell? Come on.

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Listening to such a moving family story enforces just how crucial

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it is for us to make enough money

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for Marilyn to be reunited with her relatives in Canada,

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so we need to look in every

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nook and cranny and, hopefully, this desirable drinks decanter,

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with matching glasses set, by a Czechoslovakian company,

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will be to the bidders' taste and top up our fund by ?50 to ?100.

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While upstairs, Michael has found something for Paul

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to clown around with - like he needs encouraging!

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Now then, Michael, look at these!

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Wow! These are fantastic, aren't they? Pelham Puppets, original ones.

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Is this all Magic Roundabout, then? All the Magic Roundabout...

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there's a whole set of them, everyone that was in it.

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Oh, Florence! You've got Florence there. Oh, wow, look!

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She's absolutely gorgeous.

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I've not seen a set like this before, though, I mean, obviously

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with the strings, but these look like they stand alone, don't they?

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Normally, they'd have this string mechanism, which you hang up and

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use as hand puppets, but to have stands on them, that's what they

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were for, like a window display.

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Some of them have got strings, there you are.

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Oh, Ermintrude... my favourite character.

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Yes, she's got the strings. They've hardly been played with.

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No they haven't, they're immaculate!

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So what made you buy these?

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We bought these when I had the shop in Wembley and we used to

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use them as a window display.

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The children used to look in the window and the parents

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could go shopping without worrying about their children.

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Well, what I know about the Magic Roundabout, it was a French cartoon,

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but I remember Zebedee was a fantastic character.

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He's here somewhere. Yeah, don't worry. Is it all boxed and mint?

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All in their boxes... Let's have a look here. Apart from the dust.

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That's another stick puppet. Yeah, see I've never seen any like this.

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As you say, normally you'd get them in this sort of design, with the strings attached like this.

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So what would you think they might be worth, then?

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Well, it's hard... I've never seen a set like this.

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No, so I think you're going to have serious collectors' interest here -

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I think if you've got the full set here, you must be looking...

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?250 upwards, really, depending how rare each individual one is.

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How does that sound?

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I'd be delighted if it fetches that. Well, time for bed then, I think!

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Ooh, wrong show, no, no, it's not time for bed.

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We need to find some more stuff to sell. Come on, this way. OK.

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Although we've had them a long time, I hadn't realised they had gone up that much in value

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and that they were highly regarded, so very pleased about that.

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We're getting closer to our target but, with the day drawing to a close,

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we need a final push in our hunt for tempting delights to take to auction.

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This art deco walnut table

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was handed down to Michael from his parents and will take us another ?40

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to ?60 in the right direction, and

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I'd like to be heading off to the location Paul's got his hands on.

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Now then, there's an old painting here.

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Is this something that you've bought recently, or are due to put up on the wall?

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We've had it for some time. It belonged to my mother.

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She had it in her lounge and it was a painting

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that she liked, but as you can see, we don't have very much wall space.

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Well, this is typically Scottish.

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It's a wonderful landscape oil

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painting and what happened, late 19th century, early 20th century but more

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1880-1900, Queen Victoria

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made her base at Balmoral in Scotland and of course anything Scottish then

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was very patriotic so we have lots of paintings of deer

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on the mountains or you get say fishing scenes

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or beautiful landscapes like this, so Scotland

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was really trendy at that time, and you do get one or two

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commercial artists who used to do it for a living. Well, this one is by...

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we can just about make the signature out here, look at that, F E Jamieson.

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That's a name that does tend to turn up quite a lot.

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He was a prolific artist, but it's all about condition.

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If I hold it up to the light, you can see any faults.

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Can you see a little tear in it there? Oh, yes.

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That's a good little thing. Sometimes you get items which are

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covered up with thick paint and you don't always realise, but there's a little tear

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which can be repaired easily. The rest of it is in good nick.

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What you've got is a very popular scene,

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it's in good condition, it's an oil painting,

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it's early 20th century and would I surprise you if I said ?200, possibly ?300?

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Yes, you would...

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pleasantly surprised.

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Well, that's great. That's ?200 towards the target! Good.

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All right. Well, let's tell the others. Michael, Lorne.

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What have you found? A beautiful painting. Very Scottish.

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And what's the estimate on that? About ?200.

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That will sum up our total quite nicely because you were looking for ?1,000,

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so that you can get the garden sorted and any extra going towards the flights to Canada

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and I'm delighted to tell you that the value of everything that is going to auction comes to ?1,215.

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Good heavens! Great! It's not bad, is it? No. That's very good.

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That's really good cos it's taking the bottom end of the estimate,

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so with a bit of luck, and the wind in the right direction,

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on the day of the auction we may even do better.

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The next time we see you will be at the auction house. Lovely. Look forward to it.

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It's been great to share the day with Michael and Marilyn

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and learn about their family history.

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But if we want to create happy memories,

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we need all their lots to do well, including:

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the wooden Aztec calendar

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which Marilyn will be glad to see the back of, at ?50 to ?100,

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five Art Deco scent bottles worth ?80 to ?100,

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the assortment of Pelham puppets

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which will hopefully get us around about ?250,

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and finally that gold Demi Hunter pocket watch on an Albert chain,

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which Paul thinks will make ?200 to ?250,

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although Michael is hoping for a little more!

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic:

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we start off well...

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That's a relief on both fronts, isn't it? Absolutely!

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Crikey! Whoa, that's a narrow escape for me now!

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..but take a turn for the worse.

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Are you happy with that? Not over-happy.

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And I wonder if there's a doctor in the house?

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I dunno about medicine man, looks like he could do with new teeth.

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And how much will we make come the end of the day?

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Find out when the final hammer falls.

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Now it's been a couple of weeks

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since we looked around Marilyn and Michael Becker's home in Edgware.

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They had lots of lovely things,

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some of which we've brought to Chiswick Auction Rooms in West London.

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Remember, they're looking to raise ?1,000 to landscape their garden

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and I'm just hoping when their items go under the hammer

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there's plenty of interest.

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While today's bidders congregate in the sale room,

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it looks like Paul Hayes has headed to the Scottish Highlands,

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in mind if not in body!

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Morning, Paul. Good morning. This looks nice.

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Yeah, it looks great, amongst these lovely works. It could do quite well.

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It's got a Scottish connection. That's usually good in the art world, isn't it?

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Yeah, they're very fashionable.

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This could do quite well. It's a very pleasing scene.

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Now what else have we got of interest?

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Well, we have that wonderful mosaic table top

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or picture of the sun gods.

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Yes, that's interesting. Really interesting.

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And we've got those fantastic Pelham puppets, the Magic Roundabout set.

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Yeah, those are very rare indeed, to find them all together,

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so I think those could do very well.

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I won't be surprised if there's a phone bid lined up.

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I don't know how they'll feel about parting with them,

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now that they're in the auction house. Shall we find out? Of course.

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We've got a really varied selection of lots to sell today,

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but what will the buyers think of them,

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and will our dear couple be able to let go of treasured possessions?

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Good morning! Hello. How are you?

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I bet this is going to be a bit of a wrench, isn't it?

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A little bit, yes. Yeah?

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And what about those Pelham puppets?

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Yes... We'll miss those things. They're part of our family.

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Yeah, they're in beautiful condition, as are these,

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you've obviously looked after everything very well,

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so are you looking forward to the auction? Very much so, yes.

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Marilyn, what about you? Yes. I've not been to an auction before,

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I'm really quite interested to see what is going to go on.

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OK, and how do you feel about today, then?

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You've got great items, actually.

0:25:510:25:53

It will be interesting to see how the Aztec plaque goes,

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whether there are any Aztec followers here, or anybody interested in that.

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You're not going to miss that, are you? I'd be delighted to see it go!

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Let's hope it appeals to a certain type of buyer.

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Yes, I'm sure there is the right place for it somewhere,

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which is not in my room.

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OK. Well, said! Shall we get in position for the auction to start?

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Yes, of course. Come on, then.

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We'll see what happens with the table top and other lots very shortly

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but, remember, if you're thinking of buying or selling at auction,

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you'll be responsible for paying commission plus, possibly, other charges.

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So it's a good idea to check with your local auction house for details.

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With auctioneer Tom Keene in position,

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we take our places at the back of the room

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as our first lot goes on display.

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Lot number 40A now,

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the profusely-inlaid circular tabletop of abstract form.

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This is not one you want to take home, is it?

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Not at all, I hope I've seen the last of it.

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OK, well let's hope it definitely makes a sale.

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?50 for it... At least ?50. ?50?

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?30, I'm bid ?30, take two.

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32, 35, 38, 40, 42, 45, 48, 50, 55.

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At ?50, standing bid of 55.

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55 there, thank you. 60? A new bid of ?55, take 60? At ?55.

0:27:070:27:10

Sold at 55 and got it.

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Hey, that's great! ?55, and it's not going home!

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That's a relief on both fronts, isn't it? Absolutely! Crikey!

0:27:160:27:19

Whoa, that's a narrow escape for me now!

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Well, it's definitely no sacrifice for Marilyn or Michael

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as our first lot sells a healthy ?5 over Paul's lower estimate.

0:27:250:27:29

I think for the workmanship that is in it, forget what it portrays,

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the workmanship is superb and somebody has had a very good buy.

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That's an encouraging start

0:27:380:27:40

and exactly the kind of result we need to be achieving today

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if we're to go ahead with the plans for a low-maintenance garden and a family reunion.

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We're hoping for great things from our next lot,

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the late 19th century oil painting by FE Jamieson.

0:27:510:27:55

Known and admired specifically for his highland and coastal landscapes,

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this popular artist could fetch up to ?300.

0:27:590:28:03

It's a nice picture. You happy about this being sold? Yes. Yes?

0:28:030:28:07

The time has come? It has.

0:28:070:28:08

Let's see what it makes. OK, here we go.

0:28:080:28:11

What's that worth...? ?100 for it?

0:28:110:28:14

?100, who will start me at ?100?

0:28:140:28:15

?100, start me at ?100.

0:28:150:28:17

So no bids at all, start me off at ?100, no bids at all at ?100 then,

0:28:170:28:20

sorry, no bids of ?100.

0:28:200:28:21

Oh, there we are! That's a shame.

0:28:210:28:24

So nobody interested in that, not even at ?100.

0:28:240:28:27

It's a great shame. Disappointed.

0:28:270:28:30

That no sale is a real shock to the system

0:28:300:28:34

and I'm beginning to think we might have our work cut out here today.

0:28:340:28:37

Perhaps we'd be safer trying our luck with a less high-profile item,

0:28:370:28:42

like this stylish four-piece tea set,

0:28:420:28:45

first bought by Michael's Mum and Dad in the 1960s.

0:28:450:28:48

Is that your cup of tea?

0:28:480:28:50

HE CHUCKLES

0:28:500:28:52

?50. Not a hand moves.

0:28:520:28:54

I'm bid at ?50, at ?50, take 55, 55.

0:28:540:28:56

60... 5, 70, 5, 80, 5, 90, 5, 100?

0:28:560:29:03

?95... ?95...

0:29:030:29:05

Down here at ?95, give me 100.

0:29:050:29:07

At ?95, if you're done at 95, you've got it.

0:29:070:29:09

There you go, that's all right!

0:29:090:29:11

That's all right, isn't it? Yes.

0:29:110:29:13

I thought we were going to struggle for a moment!

0:29:130:29:15

The auction is certainly full of surprises

0:29:150:29:18

but with the set selling ?35 over estimate, we're not complaining.

0:29:180:29:22

Michael's parents obviously had an eye for collectables, like our Paul,

0:29:220:29:27

but will their Art Deco walnut table make its ?40 to ?60 asking price?

0:29:270:29:33

Are we finished at 45, hammer on the table at 45? It goes. ?45. 141.

0:29:330:29:37

Excellent, all right. Great.

0:29:370:29:39

I'm pleased to say it does,

0:29:400:29:42

plus an extra ?5 into the bargain.

0:29:420:29:44

We want to raise ?1,000

0:29:440:29:47

towards a trouble-free garden and a trip to Canada,

0:29:470:29:50

but our failure with the oil painting

0:29:500:29:52

has left a huge ?200 gap in our funds.

0:29:520:29:56

We're going to have to hit those top estimates,

0:29:560:29:58

otherwise our plans could hit the buffers.

0:29:580:30:00

Lot number 58 now, 58.

0:30:000:30:02

A rare Hornby toy train.

0:30:020:30:05

A Mallard class engine.

0:30:050:30:07

This is a marvellous example. Bought in 1948, four pieces all together.

0:30:070:30:11

I'm looking for about ?50, all right, so let's see how we get on.

0:30:110:30:14

?50 for it? ?30 for it...

0:30:140:30:17

Come on!

0:30:170:30:19

I'm bid at ?30. 32, 35, 38, 40, 42...

0:30:190:30:21

Come on...

0:30:210:30:23

One more. 42, 45, 48. Now at ?45.

0:30:230:30:26

Standing at a bid of ?45.

0:30:260:30:28

At ?45. Are we done at 45?

0:30:280:30:30

I'm going to sell it at ?45, and gone.

0:30:300:30:33

Are you happy with that?

0:30:330:30:34

Not over-happy, but it's got to go, so... OK.

0:30:340:30:39

Sadly, not quite full steam ahead

0:30:390:30:41

as the immaculate Hornby train set fails to quite hit its ?50 estimate.

0:30:410:30:46

I can understand why Marilyn and Michael look apprehensive.

0:30:480:30:51

With a new-look garden and a foreign trip at stake, we need a really good sale to cheer us all up.

0:30:510:30:56

Maybe this Waltham Traveller pocket watch

0:30:560:30:59

Michael's father bought just after the Second World War

0:30:590:31:02

will clock up some hard cash.

0:31:020:31:05

I was saying to Michael it's a shame there weren't more celebrities

0:31:050:31:08

that would wear a pocket watch, because that would start the fashion.

0:31:080:31:11

No, I haven't got one, don't worry!

0:31:110:31:13

Start the trend yourself! Well, exactly!

0:31:130:31:15

I never thought of that, actually, to go into business!

0:31:150:31:18

Joking apart, if somebody was to start to wear these,

0:31:180:31:21

they would all be collectable and usable again,

0:31:210:31:23

but at the moment, they're just interesting objects.

0:31:230:31:26

Start me at 150 for it, give me ?150 for it?

0:31:260:31:28

150 for it? Nobody wants it at ?150? I'm bid at 150, is that 160 there?

0:31:280:31:32

160? We've got a bid of 160.

0:31:320:31:35

170, 180, 190... Come on...

0:31:350:31:37

Are you bidding down there? 190, 200, 210, 220, 230, 240, 250.

0:31:370:31:43

240 is bid. Do you want 250 there?

0:31:430:31:45

250, 260, 270, 280, 290, 300.

0:31:450:31:48

At 290 I'm bid. Do you want 300? At 300 new bidder.

0:31:480:31:51

310, 320, 330, 340, 350,

0:31:510:31:56

360, 370, 380, 390, 400,

0:31:560:31:59

and 20?

0:31:590:32:01

It's there at ?400. I'll take 20, at ?400.

0:32:010:32:03

Are you all out at ?400? Selling.

0:32:030:32:05

There you go! How's that! ?400!

0:32:050:32:08

Well, there you are. That is a bit over value, isn't it?

0:32:080:32:10

Gosh, yes! Let's not knock it, but, I mean...

0:32:100:32:13

That what's I would have put.

0:32:130:32:15

Let's be honest, it's because it's yours!

0:32:150:32:17

What a truly astonishing result.

0:32:170:32:20

Actually doubling Paul's highest valuation.

0:32:200:32:22

This is what auctions are all about, the unexpected,

0:32:220:32:25

when you put something up for auction

0:32:250:32:28

and it gets much more than you anticipate.

0:32:280:32:30

That's right, but as we reach half-time,

0:32:310:32:33

how have our erratic sales so far taken their toll on our target?

0:32:330:32:38

You wanted to raise ?1,000. How do you feel this morning has gone?

0:32:380:32:42

It's mixed. Some of it was good and some of it was very slow.

0:32:420:32:47

Well, you wanted ?1,000 towards landscaping the garden.

0:32:470:32:50

We've made more than half towards that, ?640.

0:32:500:32:53

That's great, isn't it!

0:32:530:32:54

Isn't that good! It's great!

0:32:540:32:56

Particularly after the way it started!

0:32:560:32:58

Let's hope the second half goes as well. Yes.

0:32:580:33:01

Paul is breathing a sigh of relief as well!

0:33:010:33:03

Yes! But there are one or two interesting items here.

0:33:030:33:06

There's something I want to show you, tribal art.

0:33:060:33:08

Oh, not more of that! Come on, then, let's go!

0:33:080:33:10

Auction rooms not only attract all kinds of people

0:33:150:33:18

but they're often filled with every kind of imaginable item.

0:33:180:33:22

But nothing has prepared me for Paul's latest find.

0:33:220:33:25

This is what I wanted to show you.

0:33:250:33:27

How about a piece of tribal art? Isn't that fantastic!

0:33:270:33:30

I have to be honest, I couldn't possibly give that house room,

0:33:300:33:34

garden room, shed room or loft room, to be honest!

0:33:340:33:37

Do you know, I think that's fantastic.

0:33:370:33:39

It's a medicine witch doctor.

0:33:390:33:41

Now tribal art is a massive-selling thing.

0:33:410:33:43

People pay hundreds of thousands of pounds for genuine items,

0:33:430:33:47

and it's very difficult, actually, to tell the real McCoy from the tourism bits and pieces,

0:33:470:33:51

but what you will find is that if anybody is interested in that African look,

0:33:510:33:55

or that bit of history, these are great things to have, aren't they?

0:33:550:33:58

OK, and what sort of price do you think that might go for?

0:33:580:34:02

The value today is about ?50 to ?80 so be interesting to see how it goes.

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I don't know about medicine man, he could do with new teeth!

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There you go! We'll see what that sells for later. Yeah, we'll have a look. Oh, dear!

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Having thankfully escaped from that spooky little fellow,

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we rejoin Marilyn and Michael as our plan to raise ?1,000 continues.

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We've still got plenty of interesting items to go

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and our first lot is a particularly stylish collection,

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a bit like our Paul!

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Art Deco period, there's a Chinese reproduction of these about at the moment,

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but these are Art Deco period.

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Number 260A, the Art Deco glass ladies' table set.

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These are some of my favourite items.

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Do you remember on your dressing table those lovely scent bottles?

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What happened in 1922?

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Something to do with Tutankhamun! There you go!

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Bearing in mind they are damaged, OK, we're looking for about ?80.

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And there's five bids for this lot.

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Start me at ?50, here it goes. ?50, should make more.

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I'm bid at ?50, take 55, 60, 5.

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70, 5, 80, 5.

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?80 bid, ?80, take 5 at ?80. At ?80.

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Are we done at ?80? I'm selling at ?80 if you're done, at ?80.

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Last chance for ?80, cheap lot for ?80. Sold.

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?80 that made, so that was good, wasn't it? Fantastic!

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Are you going to miss those, Marilyn?

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My dressing table will look a little bare.

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But my garden should look a bit better!

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That's the right attitude!

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And we sell bang on the money at ?80.

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Our Art Deco lots have all sold well today,

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so perhaps we can sustain that success with our next lot,

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the 1920s drinks decanter and glasses,

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a wedding present to Michael's parents.

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But will it be our bidders' favourite tipple?

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What's it worth? ?50 for the lot, please, ?50?

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30, I'm bid at ?30... 80, we're in.

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32 there, 35. 35 there, if you like.

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38, 40, 42, 45,

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48, 50, 55, 60.

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55, take 60? At 55 down here, 60 there. 65.

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I'm in at ?60, take 65. 70? 75?

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At ?70 standing there at ?70, take 75. At ?70, are we done?

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Thanks for the bid. At ?70.

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There you go. There you are, wasn't bad, was it?

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Excellent!

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Topping up our fund by ?70? Let's drink to that.

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Although not from these glasses, of course!

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For our next trick, we'll be trying to make money out of selling money.

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Michael's coin collection

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includes the very first set of decimal coins

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dating back to 1971.

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At ?30, come and see me afterwards in relation to that.

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?30 at the moment, provisionally sold at ?30, that's the bid.

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Now he has made a note of the underbidder

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the person who bid ?30,

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to see him after the sale, so if you changed your mind,

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or you might be able to negotiate some sort of deal afterwards,

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if you're interested.

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Yes. It's something we can talk about. Yes.

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But at the end of the day,

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Michael and Marilyn decide the offer is not acceptable

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and choose to take the coins home.

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It's time for Paul's little friend from earlier to face the bidders,

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with a ?50 to ?80 estimate.

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50, 55. I've got 60. 65?

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?60, my bid at ?60. Take five. Are we done at ?60, are we done?

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He needs more medicine, that fellow! At ?60, at ?60, at ?60 selling.

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There you go! How's that? ?60!

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What did the auctioneer say? Needs more medicine!

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So, there you go.

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Paul was right and this exotic figure is off to find a new home.

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Just not mine!

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We're having a day of ups and downs

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and there's still some way to go before we hit our ?1,000 target.

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Let's hope our next collection doesn't leave the bidders in too much of a spin!

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Lot 300A now.

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A set of six boxed Pelham puppets,

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all from the Magic Roundabout series, number 300A.

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This is my favourite lot. I know we've got some beautiful items

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and lots of gold and all this, but I'm sorry, I can't kept help it,

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I definitely love the Magic Roundabout puppets. They are superb!

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Now let's see. Yeah.

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?200? No hands moving, yet. 150, then?

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Come on... Must do better than this. ?150.

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Tell me ?150 or I pass the lot.

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No interest above ?150? No bids at all at 150?

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That's disappointing, isn't it!

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Can't make it out! ?150, opening bid of ?150 then? I'll pass the lot.

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They're worth much more than that.

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They should have gone for a lot more than that.

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I was actually hoping that they'd go well over the ?250 estimate. Yes.

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That's not good news.

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Fortunately, Marilyn keeps a cool head in the face of adversity.

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We will take them back home.

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We'll stop and recoup, think what we're going to do with them.

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Perhaps keep them around and put them up for auction again.

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With only two lots left, though,

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will we able to scrape back enough cash to keep us on track?

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I'm showing at ?40. Last chance, your bid and gone. ?40.

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There you go. ?40, right, OK.

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That's quite cheap per glass, isn't it?

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Somebody has had a good buy!

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Well, perhaps I was hoping for a miracle,

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but ?40 is a very respectable sale.

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If we're to landscape the garden, and help Michael and Marilyn with their trip, though,

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we need an amazing final sale.

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But we've learnt the hard way not to take anything for granted,

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so will the bidders sink their teeth into our next item?

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Lot number 290A. A nine carat gold

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Waltham Half Hunter pocket watch.

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Number 290A, Half Hunter gold pocket watch.

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I couldn't tell the time when I first had hold of it.

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I was a little bit young for that!

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And what did you use it for?

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A teething ring. OK!

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My father used to give it to me to practice getting my molars out!

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I've heard of "born with a silver spoon in their mouth"

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but not gold pocket watch!

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Where shall we start, ?200 for it?

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No? No bids of ?200? Last one made ?400 and something.

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Oh, dear! ?200 for it? Thank you.

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I've got a bid of ?200, I'm bid at 200 and 210... 220, 230, 240, 250...

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they all want to bid now, 260, 270,

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280, 290, 300 and 10?

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That's ?300 take 10 at ?300.

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You want 310 there?

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320, 330, 340,

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350, 360,

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370, 380, 390. 380, you bid.

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Take 385 and we're onto something else. Take 5 now.

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That's ?380. I'm going to sell at ?380 the bid is in the room at 380.

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I'm going to take 380, gone!

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Wow! ?380. That's pretty amazing, isn't it? Pleased with that?

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Marvellous result, first class.

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You got the extra money because of the teething!

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Nearly ?200 over estimate.

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What a fantastic end to the day,

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but has it been enough to make our ?1,000 target?

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The auction was a bit of a rollercoaster ride today, wasn't it?

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We didn't sell that painting,

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and we haven't sold the Magic Roundabout set, either.

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Now, I mean, what's your experience of it today?

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It's been very interesting.

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We were surprised at what didn't sell,

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but the other things did quite well, some of them.

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Well, I'm delighted to tell you, you've raised ?1,210.

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Good. That's good! We can do all we wanted!

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Yes, lovely!

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Are you pleased with that? Yes, thank you very much.

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Well, don't forget you are taking some items home as well. Yes. Yes.

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They'll live to see another day.

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I can see the garden with the Magic Roundabout Pelham puppets in it!

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More like fairies at the bottom of the garden!

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It's been a week since Michael and Marilyn raised ?1,210 at auction

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and they wasted no time in calling in a local gardener

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to give their green space a makeover.

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The idea is that it should be low maintenance,

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and once all the plants have developed and grown,

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I should have very little to do, other than cut the grass.

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The changes to the garden will take some time,

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and today David is clearing the borders

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and plating plenty of new ground cover.

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Because they did so well at auction,

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the Beckers will also be using some of the money

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towards Marilyn's forthcoming family reunion in Canada.

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To actually meet them face-to-face

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and put faces to the names that I know so well,

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is going to be a very moving experience

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and I'm really looking forward to it.

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In the meantime there's going to be a new look

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and a new garden to enjoy!

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I'm really glad we did this.

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It's given us an opportunity to have the garden done,

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which is something we've wanted for a while,

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and it's given us the chance to make firm plans to go to Canada

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and I'm really looking forward to that.

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That's great!

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Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd

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Series looking at the value of household junk.

Marilyn and Michael Becker have gathered a lifetime of possessions together, but now it is time to try to sell them at auction for something that they have been organising for a very long time. As part of a large Jewish family they were separated from cousins, aunts and uncles by the events of the 1940s, and are now planning a huge family reunion in Canada. Can the Cash in the Attic team help with this once in a lifetime opportunity?