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Derek and his wife Christine call in the team to help them clear out their clutter; they're keen to see more of the world and want to buy a mobile home.


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Welcome to Cash in the Attic, the show that finds

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the hidden treasures around your home and helps you sell them at auction.

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I've come to the Kent countryside. As you can see, I'm not alone.

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I'm surrounded by 800 deer. This is Knole Park,

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believed to be home to one of the last surviving Tudor deer herds.

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One of the lots that have survived the last 500 years.

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The park in Sevenoaks surrounds Knole House and it is believed that

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an estate has been in existence here since the 12th century.

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In 1456, the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Bouchier,

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bought Knole for little more than ?266.

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Today, the house and estate are open to the public in the care of the National Trust.

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So let's hope we find plenty of great items that will

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pull in the pounds when they go under the hammer at auction.

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Coming up on today's Cash in the Attic, I take a shine to the man of the house.

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He must be the only man I've ever met who can possibly understand what women love about shoes.

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'He drives a hard bargain.' So, is it something we can sell, Derek?

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Erm...If the price is right.

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But crumbles when we get to auction.

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Don't cry, Derek, we haven't sold it yet. It'll be all right, honestly.

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Will we get a good result at the end of the day?

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Find out when the final hammer falls.

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I'm on my way to meet a family who called in the Cash in the Attic team

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to help them raise funds for a foreign adventure.

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This oast house, set in the beautiful village of Crockenhill, north Kent, is home to retired baker

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Derek McCulloch Grant, and his wife Christine.

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Their love of nothing but the best has led to their country retreat

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being crammed full of fine antiques and collectables, but it's now time for a major clear-out.

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Today, with the help of Derek's eldest daughter, Lindsay, they're hoping to empty

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the house of its unwanted goods to pursue their travelling dreams.

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Morning, Paul. Good morning, how are you?

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I'm fine, thank you. We've got a great couple today, they're newlyweds. Oh, really?

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Yeah, well, I say newlyweds.

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It's the second marriage, but they have combined two homes.

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There should be plenty of rich pickings for you to go through.

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It sounds fantastic. What a location. It's great.

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No time to walk around, though, because we've got to crack on. OK.

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Good morning. Good morning.

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Nice to see you've started already then.

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We certainly have.

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Now, Derek, this is your home with Christine, is that correct?

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And Lindsay, you're Derek's daughter?

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So, who called us in? Me, I'm afraid.

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OK, so you're responsible. What made you do that?

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We just had so much stuff that we decided to declutter.

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So, here we are. And what do you make of all of this, Lindsay?

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I'm so pleased he's finally having a clear-out.

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Every time I come round here, I'm like, "Thank God I don't live here! There's so much stuff."

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So if we clear out some of the stuff then, tell me what you'd like to raise the money for.

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Have you got anything in mind?

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Yes, we'd like to hire a motor home and travel down to France.

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Our ultimate aim is to buy one, but we'd like to try it before.

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And what sort of money are we talking about then?

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Well, we're hoping from the things that are selected, around ?1,400, ?1,500.

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That's what you'd need to hire one and actually get down to France?

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Yes. Sounds like we've got plenty of stuff to see. Are you staying for the day to help out? Yes, good.

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I don't know why I asked the question.

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OK, well, shall we go and have a good look round? Come on then.

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OK.

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Derek and Christine's home is as glorious on the outside as it is on the inside.

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Everywhere you look is testament to a couple who liked to be surrounded by luxury.

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And knowing one or two things about extravagance himself is our expert Paul Hayes, who, with a lifetime

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of experience in the antiques trade, is in seventh heaven and has already spotted the perfect gem.

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Hello, hi, how are you? All right? Yes, you?

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I think you're going to have an easy job. It's everywhere, isn't it?

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Have you found anything yet? I've found this beautiful ring. Where does that come from, do you know?

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My mother inherited it from my grandmother.

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So is it something we can sell, Derek?

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Um... If the price is right.

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Not something you've got your eye on then, Lindsay? No.

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All right, OK. They look very glittery diamonds.

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Yeah, these are dead right.

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The four main precious stones you've got are diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires.

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And they actually have two here, the diamonds here and the sapphire in the middle, the dark blue.

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So this has been quite an expensive ring, I think, when it's been bought.

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But the way that diamonds are valued, these look

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around a quarter of a carat each, possibly about half a carat.

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The carat is the weight of the diamond

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and that needs to be done specifically with a special tool.

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You say it's your Grandma's and I know for definite this is made after 1920.

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And the way I can tell that, these are diamonds.

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And the diamonds are cut, what they called brilliant cut, gives it maximum sparkle.

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What valuation are you going to put on this?

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Because I think that might depend whether or not it goes to auction.

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Now, if I was to value this, really, on the diamonds, I would say at least 300, upwards, that sort of price.

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Does that sound all right? That sounds brilliant.

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You look quite surprised by that, Derek. Are you?

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I am, yes. Excellent, we've found one gem for auction, let's see if we can find some more.

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OK. Come on then, follow me. With a ?1,500 target to reach,

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we're going to need plenty more finds like that.

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So we head to different corners of the house in search of top-quality valuables to take to auction.

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But I found a couple of pieces that don't sit quite so comfortably in a house of this nature.

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Paul, Derek, are you out there?

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I think I've found a very nice pair of chairs here.

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So, what's the story behind these, then? I've have them for about 25 years.

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I had a best friend, Margaret, and we used to go round the auction houses and what have you.

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She, sadly, passed away. And she left them to me.

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OK, so what you make of them, Paul?

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Well, they are extremely Art Deco. You couldn't get any more Deco than that, could you, really?

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They're actually a French invention.

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The Bauhaus is like a German design school but these are actually by Corbusier.

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Yes, they are Corbusier chairs. They are, see, so that's right.

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She bought them knowing that, did she? Oh, yes.

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Right. Can I just have a quick look at one of the leather panels here?

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What I do tend to find is just general wear and tear.

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What you would expect to find for items that were pre-war

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would be for somebody to have sat in these for 80 years.

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So I would expect just a little bit more wear and tear in them.

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But they could have been stored away. They could be the original ones and have just been hardly used.

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But I would expect, it's a rule of thumb, really, a bit more wear on those.

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I would say they were definitely the style, but I don't think they are the original bits and pieces.

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So if you were going to send them to auction, what would you say?

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I see those go to auction with an estimate of ?400 to ?600.

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You're not miles out as reproduction copies. So what do you think of Paul's valuation?

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My son also admires this particular style

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and he's giving me a bit of a hard time about them.

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The jury's out at the moment. OK, well, maybe you can let us know on the day of the auction.

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I'd be delighted, yes.

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OK. We're not sure about these than.

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We better find something else. Come on. OK.

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I've had them a very long time and, rightly or wrongly,

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thought they were maybe worth a bit more than the estimate given.

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But I've taken on board what Paul has said and, realistically,

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it's very difficult to know if they're originals or not.

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As we can't guarantee the Corbusier chairs will be heading to the sale room, we need to track down

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some more first-rate treats to get Christine and Derek that motor home test drive.

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And it's not long before Paul spots these two porcelain Capodimonte figures

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of a watchmaker and a winemaker at work.

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At 100 to ?150 the pair, he's making this rummage job look easy.

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This has been the family home for over 25 years.

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But, following the loss of his first wife, Janice, 15 years ago,

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Derek remained single until meeting his second wife, Christine.

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I decide it's time to find out more from him and his daughter, Lindsay.

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Derek, having a bit of a snooze on the job, are we?

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Look, I found this oast house.

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I'm not sure it's this particular oast house, but where did that come from?

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I think my beloved found that in a charity shop, if I'm correct.

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OK. So Chris is into charity shops, is she? Yes, yes.

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You did say that a lot of the stuff

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that we're going to be looking at and have seen so far is from your first wife.

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So, was she a bit of a hoarder?

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Well, she was good at picking up clocks and all manner of things, really.

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So, how do you feel about this stuff being cleared out now?

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It's definitely due now, especially as both Dad and Chrissy have got a lot of stuff together,

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so it'll be nice for them to do this together.

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So what did you first think then, when your dad 'fessed up that he'd met somebody?

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I was quite surprised because it was quite soon after meeting her

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that he was like, "Oh, yeah, she's lovely."

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I was like, "OK."

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Pleased, but obviously cautious for him.

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But it's turned out... It's brilliant. The amount of times I heard him say,

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"I'm never getting married again," and then not long after meeting Chrissy, "We're getting married."

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I was like, "Oh, wow, OK. It's cool."

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It took me 15 years to find her.

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Yeah, she was worth waiting for.

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'It was after the fatal collapse of their mother at home in the early 1990s

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'and the help of the air ambulance at the time,

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'that Lindsay and her brother James chose careers borne out of their mother's untimely death.'

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So tell me a little bit about your career and also your brother's.

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James has always been interested in helicopters.

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He's in America now, having trained to be a helicopter pilot.

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And I'm a paramedic. You must be very proud of both of them. I am very proud of them, yes.

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Particularly as they lost their mother when they were at a very vulnerable age.

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So, yeah, very proud of them. You're probably a very good dad, I would imagine. I try to be.

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If you want this trip, we won't get it sitting here.

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Hopefully, with this stuff, Mr Hayes has found something else of value.

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So, shall we go and track him down? Yes. Come on then.

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'Well, while we've been chatting,

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'Paul's been using his animal instinct to hunt out possible rich pickings to tempt the bidders.

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'With a mammoth ?1,500 target to achieve, we need to be ruthless.

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'Which, thankfully, Derek IS when he offers up

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'this ornate, 1930s hall table,

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'made of solid walnut and adding a further ?60 to ?80 to the kitty.

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'And Christine's got some of her own loot which she wants our expert to take a look at.'

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Paul, I wondered if you would like to come and have a look at some of my Art Deco collection,

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which I've accumulated over quite a few years.

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Lost some along the way... Is that an ice bucket?

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It is, yes. Functional, I might add.

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Right, as regarding an ice bucket, what a cracker!

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But don't forget, the 1920s and '30s, the whole Art Deco period was the age of the cocktail.

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It looks like it could have belonged to, due to the size of it,

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a hotel or some sort of drinking establishment.

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At the time, it was actually called the modern style.

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What happened, we'd just come out of the First World War, 1918, 1920,

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and the new style then was very clean lines, very simple, very bright colours -

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the paintings and the architecture. It's mainly geometry.

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And this just screams out, really. It's a cube, it's got a square top.

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You get triangles, you get complete circles in clocks, things like that.

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Geometry is a major key. And once you understand that, then you can spot it a mile off, can't you?

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It looks great. You could use that for a number of things, you don't have to use it for ice, do you?

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It's nice to have something you can re-use today. Absolutely.

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Well, you've got two collectors here actually, people who are interested in the Art Deco form

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but also alcohol-related items are very collectible, vintage wines, the whole ceremony of drink.

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Ice buckets, cocktail shakers and sticks, there's a massive market for that as well.

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So I'd say at least ?50 to ?80, does that sound all right? That sounds reasonable to me.

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OK, I'll take that with us and let's keep looking. Right, OK.

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'It's like an Aladdin's cave in Derek and Christine's home, brimming with outstanding goodies.

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'A motor home trip doesn't come cheap, though, so we need plenty of treasure.

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'This carved cameo hardstone, which is surrounded by diamonds on an 18 carat gold shank

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'is a great find and worth an astounding ?500 to ?700.

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'Downstairs, Paul, unfortunately, doesn't have a full hand when it comes to this set of chairs.'

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Derek, Lindsay? Where did these come from? These are beautiful.

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I bought those as a present for my late wife.

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They're something that is not my style, really, so...

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Well, these are obviously part of a set, like a bridge set.

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Were they ever complete?

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No, there was only the two.

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She obviously realised that there was originally four,

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but these were the only two that were for sale.

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They're based on a set of cards, you've got the clubs, you've got hearts.

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All that's missing are the spades and the diamonds.

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It would have been around a lady's bridge table or games table.

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And you'd have several tables with lots of people playing.

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But the style is very Art Nouveau.

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The basic style is very organic and the whole thing runs around.

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It's almost like it's alive. Are they sentimental at all to you?

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Well, yes, they are, but I took the view that rather than be stuck up in the loft,

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it was better that somebody who would appreciate them should have them.

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What we've got here are a part set of chairs, a nice pair of chairs.

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They're mahogany, they're Art Nouveau.

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They are in fairly good condition, but it's very popular.

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100 years later when we look back, we can appreciate the quality of the workmanship.

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They're superbly made but they are part of a set and the complete set would be very valuable.

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I would say, if they went to auction, I'd say at least ?80 to ?120. Does that sound all right?

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Yes, that sounds reasonable, yes.

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That's great. Let's keep looking.

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With regard to the chairs, I did a lot of heart-searching for those.

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They have got sentimental value but there again, what's the point of being stuck in the loft

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when somebody else would get the pleasure of them and appreciate them.

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Yes, I'm happy for them to go.

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'We're doing pretty well so far but still need to find more

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'to reach Derek and Christine's target of ?1,500.

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'Paul thinks this silver-plated punch bowl set,

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'complete with ladle and cups could cheer up the bidders

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'with its price tag of ?90 to ?150.

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'And our happy couple is already looking to their planned motorhome adventure,

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'giving their one-year marriage a chance to grow.'

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Ah, there you are, Chris. Look, I've found this fantastic photograph.

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Obviously your wedding day.

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Yes, yes. Would you say it's harder or easier second time around?

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I think when you get to our age, I say our age,

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you look at life differently. I don't plan ahead very much.

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I do believe life is very precious, that's owing to personal experiences

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and my husband has personal experiences.

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It's still a learning curve. You know, finding out about his foibles.

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What sort of foibles has he got, then?

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My husband, we have similar things, but his are shoes. So Derek's into shoes?

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He's been collecting shoes for many years.

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When his late wife was alive, they didn't fly and they used to drive down to Italy every year

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and Lindsay and James, I've been told, used to be in the back

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surrounded by shoe boxes on the way back.

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Evidence of that is in the trunks, in the wardrobes, they're absolutely packed.

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Each box has these beautifully preserved Italian shoes, spats, all kinds...

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He must be the only man I've ever met who could understand what women love about shoes.

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He's got, I mean...

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He outnumbers my shoes.

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The whole point of having this motorhome is so he can jam it full of shoes, isn't it?

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Yes...and handbags. Ah... Don't forget the handbags. OK.

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You won't be raising any money at all if we carry on chatting like this. No.

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I've not got time to look at his shoe collection, although maybe I have.

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Where are these shoes?

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'Thankfully the boys are more focused and have continued with the quest

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'to find top-notch bits and pieces to take to the auction house.

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'We're finding some quite valuable antiques today

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'and on my way to Derek's shoe collection, I spy this gold bracelet with a selection of ten charms

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'that once belonged to his mother and could bring us an incredible ?250 to ?350.

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'Christine and Derek may dream of motorhome travels to France in the future,

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'and already have an obvious love of Italy,

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'but for a detour to Austria they need go no further than their own hallway.'

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Ah, now I must say I like this clock.

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Where has that come from?

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Well, that's been handed down from my mother.

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You know, obviously,

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it's got some sentimental value.

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This made in Vienna. It's a Vienna wall clock. It's not a regulator. Have you heard that expression?

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Yes, I have, yes. The earlier examples of these were very simple,

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very straight-lined, and the reason being that they were called a regulator.

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What they were... This actually was the clock that you'd set the time for all the other clocks in the house.

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This one's a little bit later, it's spring driven. The way this one works is that as you wind it up,

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the springs get tighter - the release of the spring causes it to move. This is a good quality one.

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Can you see the pendulum there? Yes. It's made up of two different metals. One's steel and one's brass.

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They expand and contract at different rates and what that means is that in extreme temperature changes,

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it keeps accurate, it compensates for that. This is very elaborate.

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This one's around 1890, 1900.

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It's quite a late example.

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What is unusual about this one is the fact it's still got its eagle on the top. Can you see that?

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Yes. What happened during the war, those were taken off. Oh, really.

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They were the symbol of the enemy at the time

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and those are often lost, so it is nice to find one like that.

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Is it running, do you know?

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I had it repaired recently but I haven't wound it.

0:19:040:19:09

So what you've got is a late 19th century Vienna wall clock with an eagle. It's in nice condition.

0:19:090:19:14

I should say at least ?150, possibly ?200, that sort of price band. Does that sound all right?

0:19:140:19:22

Yeah, that sounds fine.

0:19:220:19:24

Great, I'm happy for that. Do you think it's the right time to sell it? I think so.

0:19:240:19:29

OK, well, let's keep our eagle eye out for that one. OK, good man.

0:19:290:19:33

'It's near the end of the day and we're running out of places to look

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'but with such a large target of ?1,500 to hit we need to have a final trawl,

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'which pays off when Christine strikes gold with this nine carat engraved bracelet,

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'inherited from Derek's mother and valued at ?180 to ?380.

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'Meanwhile, Derek has found another family heirloom but will he be prepared to let it go?'

0:19:530:19:59

Paul, Lorne, look what I've found!

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Are you all right there? You shouted. Wow, look at that. What have we got?

0:20:010:20:06

What a cracker! Can I take it out of the box?

0:20:060:20:09

It's a charm bracelet. What a beauty, look at that one!

0:20:090:20:13

Have you collected all these, then? Well, I guess my mother collected them.

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Yes, she enjoyed her charm bracelet.

0:20:170:20:20

That's taken an awful long time to collect, hasn't it? Yes.

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Each one would be put on individually.

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I think the actual bracelet they're on is an old Albert watch chain -

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probably your grandad's old watch chain.

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When the ladies inherited that, they would make it into a female item like this.

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They made these in solid silver and solid gold. This is a gold example.

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It was Queen Victoria that started off the charm bracelet fashion, similar to what happens today,

0:20:440:20:49

you get celebrities who buy a certain thing,

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wear a certain dress or type of jewellery and people buy into that market.

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She was getting lots of gold presents from various dignitaries

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that would be mounted onto bracelets and she was buried with them so she was fond of them.

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What would happen with this, Paul? I mean, gold's at quite a high at the moment,

0:21:040:21:08

would it be bought for scrap, selling on or breaking down for the individual charms?

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How would it work? That's right. Somebody would sell these charms off individually.

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You've got two values. You've got your bullion value which is the weight of your gold.

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If you melted all that down, it has one value, but as articles they're worth a lot more,

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so the scrap price doesn't really come into it.

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What will it make at auction?

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I can certainly feel the weight's there.

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Without weighing it and without taking into account each charm,

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I'd say you've around a ballpark figure of about ?1,000, that sort of price.

0:21:390:21:45

You're joking! Blimey!

0:21:450:21:47

I'd like to see that go in with an ?800 to ?1,000 estimate and see how it goes.

0:21:470:21:52

Does that sound all right? Sounds all right to me, what do you think? Yes. It is, isn't it? What a cracker.

0:21:520:21:58

We've run out of rummaging time, not that it matters with THAT going into the total.

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You wanted ?1,500 for this trip - well, including this, the value of everything going to auction,

0:22:030:22:10

excluding our chairs, comes to ?2,560!

0:22:100:22:16

Wow! Now, of course, if you did decide to send those chairs, I know you're in two minds about them,

0:22:160:22:21

but if they go to auction, that'll tot up the total to ?2,960.

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Almost ?3,000. Indeed, yes. Handbags. Plenty of handbags.

0:22:260:22:31

That's just for me and you, Derek! So are you pleased with that? Yes, yes.

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So the next time we'll see you is when everything is laid out at the auction.

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Hopefully plenty of people will want to buy the stuff.

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So are you looking forward to the auction? Absolutely. Good, good, we'll see you there. OK.

0:22:440:22:49

Derek and Christine's plush pad has presented us with some fabulous spoils today.

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Packed up and ready for auction are...

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the two Art Nouveau chairs made to go round a card table

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and, although not a complete set, they're still worth ?80 to ?120,

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the Art Deco ice bucket, valued at ?50 to ?80,

0:23:060:23:10

a wonderful sapphire and diamond ring hoping to shine at ?300 - ?500,

0:23:110:23:17

and finally those Corbusier cube leather chairs

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which Paul isn't convinced are the genuine article at ?400 to ?600.

0:23:210:23:26

'Still to come on Cash In The Attic, we're faced with indecision...'

0:23:280:23:31

So are you happy to take that home? I dunno.

0:23:310:23:35

'..Paul searches for someone to blame...'

0:23:350:23:38

I have noticed, actually, that one of these chairs has been damaged.

0:23:380:23:42

I think because they're so delicate, somebody has sat on them. Not guilty.

0:23:420:23:46

'..and it all gets a bit too much for Derek.'

0:23:460:23:48

Are you chuffed with that?

0:23:480:23:50

Yeah, I am. Yeah. A bit emotional.

0:23:500:23:53

But will they be satisfied with their sales when the final hammer falls?

0:23:530:23:56

It's been a couple of weeks since we had a good look around Derek and Christine's home in Kent

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where we found antiques and collectibles

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which we've brought to Chiswick auction rooms in West London.

0:24:090:24:12

Now, remember, they're looking to raise ?1,500 so they can hire a camper van and go on a camping trip.

0:24:120:24:18

So let's just hope when our items go under the hammer today, the bidders are ready to splash the cash.

0:24:180:24:24

'With what we've got on offer today, we should have no problem charming the saleroom,

0:24:240:24:29

'if not with our expert, Paul Hayes, then definitely with the mix of lots we've got to sell.'

0:24:290:24:34

Morning, Paul. I love this. It's absolutely fantastic.

0:24:340:24:37

There are some interesting charms, aren't there?

0:24:370:24:40

Yeah, I mean, at the height of fashion, these will have cost a fortune.

0:24:400:24:44

Realistically today, I think we're looking at around the ?1,000 - between ?800 and ?1,000.

0:24:440:24:49

Now we've also got those two chairs which are part of the set of four, the bridge chairs.

0:24:490:24:55

Anybody wanting a nice pair of chairs, there's theme going through them.

0:24:550:25:00

I think those are quite attractive. My favourite piece is the Art Deco ice bucket.

0:25:000:25:04

That's so extravagant, isn't it? It is, yes - a very angular, very Art Deco, very smart looking

0:25:040:25:10

and don't forget the diamond ring, lots of jewellery today. Yes.

0:25:100:25:13

I haven't seen those black Art Deco chairs.

0:25:130:25:16

I don't know whether they've brought them, we'll have to wait and see.

0:25:160:25:19

If they don't bring them, at least we can make the money up on gold. Hope so. Come on!

0:25:190:25:24

'The bidders are already in position, so we quickly track down Christine and Derek

0:25:240:25:28

'who with daughter, Lindsay, are checking on their valuables possibly for the last time.'

0:25:280:25:35

Good morning. Hello. Good morning.

0:25:350:25:37

This is one of my favourite pieces, I think it's stunning but it takes up... Would you like to buy it?

0:25:370:25:42

It takes up a lot of space, though, doesn't it?

0:25:420:25:44

Now you have got some lovely pieces in, including that lovely gold bracelet.

0:25:440:25:48

With the price of gold being so high, it'll be interesting.

0:25:480:25:52

Have you put a reserve on it? Yes, yes, we did.

0:25:520:25:54

We discussed it and because the sentimental attachment we put what we thought was a reasonable reserve.

0:25:540:26:00

What is the figure for the reserve? ?1,000. ?1,000, does that sound fair enough?

0:26:000:26:05

It sounds great but it's tugging at the heartstrings a bit there.

0:26:050:26:08

?1,000 is just the top end of the estimate.

0:26:080:26:11

As long as you're prepared if it doesn't quite fetch that amount, then you'll take it back.

0:26:110:26:16

We have taken that into consideration. Great, well, everyone wins that way. OK.

0:26:160:26:21

The other thing I wanted to know, is have you brought those chairs? I'm afraid they didn't come.

0:26:210:26:27

They're now with my son.

0:26:270:26:28

As you were aware, they were sentimental, again,

0:26:280:26:33

and he'd always had his eye on them, so he's now the happy owner of them.

0:26:330:26:36

Right, well, we better make some money. Come on, follow me. OK.

0:26:360:26:40

'So with the leather chairs absent and having decided to hold on to the walnut hall table too,

0:26:400:26:46

'we've got our work cut out.

0:26:460:26:48

'If you would like to buy or sell at auction you will have to pay commission,

0:26:480:26:53

'plus possibly other charges, so do check with your local auction house for more details.

0:26:530:26:58

'Without further delay, we find enough space to oversee our sales

0:26:580:27:02

'and I hope our first lot manages to reach Derek's high expectations.'

0:27:020:27:07

We've got ?200 reserve on the Viennese wall clock. Is that reasonable, Paul?

0:27:070:27:11

That's about right.

0:27:110:27:12

I said ?150 to ?200, so it's the top end of the estimate.

0:27:120:27:15

Don't cry, Derek, we haven't sold it yet. It will be all right.

0:27:150:27:19

120a, who'll start me? ?100 for it. ?100 for it. I'm bid ?100.

0:27:190:27:22

I'll take 110, the bid's at ?100. 110, 120. 130, 140. 150. Come on.

0:27:220:27:27

I'll take 150. It's at 140. 150, or not? At 140 then.

0:27:270:27:31

The bid's so far at ?140.

0:27:310:27:33

Can't sell for that, come and see me after. 140.

0:27:330:27:36

It made 140. It hasn't sold, obviously, because of the reserve.

0:27:360:27:40

So are you happy to take that home? I dunno. He said, "Come and see me later."

0:27:400:27:47

The auctioneer has said to the room, "If anybody is interested after the auction, come and see me."

0:27:470:27:52

He'll talk to you and see if they can strike a deal. So think about that one. Yeah.

0:27:520:27:56

'Setting such a high reserve was always going to be a risk

0:27:560:28:00

'and Derek's also placed a ?600 reserve on his mother's 18 carat gold cameo.'

0:28:000:28:06

?400 for it, I'm bid ?400. 420, 440.

0:28:060:28:09

460, 480.

0:28:090:28:10

500. 500, 520.

0:28:100:28:12

540, 560. 580?

0:28:120:28:15

560. Come on. The bid's at 560, 580 I'll take.

0:28:160:28:19

?560, the bid's at ?560. Yes or no?

0:28:190:28:22

580 or not? The highest bidder's 560. Up to you at 560, yes or no now?

0:28:220:28:26

Do I have 580 there? 570, 580?

0:28:260:28:29

570, I'm bid ?570. At ?570 all done... Come and see me after.

0:28:290:28:36

Can't make their mind up yet. It's got a firm reserve of 600 on it.

0:28:360:28:39

So how do you feel about that? We can sell it at ?570 or not which ever you feel more comfortable with.

0:28:390:28:44

No, I think we'll go with that. Yes? OK.

0:28:440:28:47

'Having got so close to his reserve,

0:28:470:28:50

'I'm glad Derek's decided to accept the slightly lower amount of 570.'

0:28:500:28:55

Lot number 108, the Capodimonte group, the wine maker.

0:28:550:28:59

What I've noticed, actually, Lorne, is that they've split them into two lots

0:28:590:29:03

so it gives it a good chance to sell the items.

0:29:030:29:06

I know I said ?100 for the pair, so they've split them into two, we're looking at ?50 each.

0:29:060:29:11

'But Derek's got other ideas.'

0:29:110:29:13

So have we got a reserve on this, Derek?

0:29:130:29:16

Yes. Have we, what is it, come on? Break it to me.

0:29:160:29:19

55 quid. ?55, right.

0:29:210:29:22

Let's see what we can do.

0:29:220:29:24

Start me ?50 for it. I'm bid at 50.

0:29:240:29:26

?50, say 5 now.

0:29:260:29:29

55, thank you, 60? 5? 60 is bid, take 5.

0:29:290:29:34

Short and sweet. Who else wants to come in at ?60?

0:29:340:29:37

That's a bid at ?60. Are we done? Selling at ?60.

0:29:370:29:40

Oh, ?60, there we are ?5 over your reserve. Are you happy with that? Yeah. Good.

0:29:400:29:45

'Finally a reserve that WAS reached

0:29:450:29:48

'and takes us a step closer to our ?1,500 target.

0:29:480:29:51

'But will The Watchmaker follow suit and make Derek's desired ?55?'

0:29:510:29:56

?40 I'm bid. At ?40. ?40 for it.

0:29:560:29:58

42. 45? 48. 50? 55. 60? 5. 70?

0:29:580:30:04

5. 70 bid. Take 5. At ?70.

0:30:040:30:07

At ?70, are we done? 75. Back in. 80. Fantastic!

0:30:070:30:11

At 75, I think you've got it at ?75.

0:30:110:30:13

?75. Excellent. That's a bit more like it, isn't it?

0:30:130:30:17

It's ?20 above your reserve.

0:30:170:30:19

Are you happy? Wonderful.

0:30:190:30:20

'So far, Paul's valuations have been pretty accurate.

0:30:200:30:25

'I think Derek's high reserves might be discouraging the buyers, which we can't afford.

0:30:250:30:30

'To get that motor home break, we'll need the bidders to pay up big-time

0:30:300:30:35

'for his grandmother's engraved nine carat gold bracelet.'

0:30:350:30:39

Well, this one, I know you've put a ?300 reserve.

0:30:390:30:43

Let's see who is interested in this lot.

0:30:430:30:45

No-one likes that one? Can't get a bid. Sorry. At ?200? Oh, dear!

0:30:450:30:50

'Another no sale. Derek understandably wants to protect his treasures,

0:30:500:30:55

'but in some cases, their reserves are proving unrealistic.

0:30:550:30:59

'We just have to hope some of their star items do really well so they can get that holiday.

0:30:590:31:05

'Hopefully, Christine's 1920s delight will be welcomed by the room.'

0:31:050:31:09

Lot number 140a now. Excuse me.

0:31:090:31:11

The stylish silver-plated woven ice bucket.

0:31:110:31:14

What's the reserve on this?

0:31:140:31:17

I think ?60. ?60. OK.

0:31:170:31:19

Very useful for tea bags, these.

0:31:190:31:22

It always comes back to tea, doesn't it?! Let's see what we can make for this.

0:31:220:31:26

?40 for it. ?40 bid. 42. 45.

0:31:260:31:29

48. 50. 55. 60?

0:31:290:31:33

Five?

0:31:330:31:35

The bid's here at ?60. I'll take 65. New bid. At 70. Five? 80.

0:31:350:31:39

Five? 90.

0:31:390:31:42

Five. 100. Wow.

0:31:420:31:45

110. 120. 120.

0:31:450:31:48

130? 140. 130 bid.

0:31:480:31:51

Are we done at 130? I think we are. 130. Fantastic!

0:31:510:31:56

?130! That's ridiculous!

0:31:560:31:58

It was really stylish, wasn't it, though?

0:31:580:32:00

You know, when I was looking at it, I thought, "Do you know what? I quite like that!" Yeah.

0:32:000:32:05

'Oh, well, too late for that, Lindsay,

0:32:050:32:07

'as the ice bucket is off to a new home.

0:32:070:32:10

'Derek may have accepted the slightly lower offer for his mother's diamond cameo,

0:32:100:32:15

'but after consideration, has declined to the sale of the Viennese wall clock,

0:32:150:32:19

'which unfortunately didn't reach his reserve.

0:32:190:32:22

'All in all, it's been a morning of tricky sales. I just hope it hasn't affected our target.'

0:32:220:32:27

Right now, that's the end of the first half of the sale.

0:32:270:32:31

So we've sold the cameo at only just under your reserve, ?570.

0:32:310:32:35

And of course, you want ?1,500.

0:32:350:32:38

You've actually made ?835!

0:32:380:32:42

So that's good, isn't it? That's fantastic.

0:32:420:32:45

I mean, that ice bucket in particular. Great. Brilliant.

0:32:450:32:49

We've got a bit of a break and I think you've spotted something you want to show us, don't you?

0:32:490:32:54

Come and see my etching! Oh, what?! He's always saying that. Not very original, is it?!

0:32:540:32:59

'So, while the family take some time out, Paul heads off to show me what's got him was so excited.'

0:33:020:33:09

Ah, what have you spotted? This is actually one of the best known designers

0:33:090:33:13

and best known painters using the wonderful Art Deco theme.

0:33:130:33:17

A guy called Louis Icart.

0:33:170:33:18

And he really is iconic in the painting world in the 1920s, 1930s.

0:33:180:33:24

And he was based in Paris and he did capture these wonderful Parisian scenes.

0:33:240:33:29

You get these half-dressed ladies

0:33:290:33:31

and the nightclubs of the day and his paintings now can fetch thousands of pounds.

0:33:310:33:35

But it says here, Copyright, 1926. Can you see that at the top? Yeah.

0:33:350:33:39

And it is signed by the artist at the bottom. So what's the estimate on this?

0:33:390:33:43

The estimate is ?120 - ?150. That seems quite cheap.

0:33:430:33:47

It does but normally, they would be smaller than this.

0:33:470:33:50

Not quite as erotic as some of the ones I've seen.

0:33:500:33:53

They do look a bit cold! Put a vest on, love, for goodness' sake!

0:33:530:33:56

Well, we'll see how they get on. They are something interesting to follow.

0:33:560:34:00

'Right, it's time to get back to the auction

0:34:040:34:06

'where the family are eagerly awaiting more sales of their goods.'

0:34:060:34:10

330a now. Quite a good lot of gold.

0:34:100:34:13

330a. An 18 carat gold bracelet, number 330a.

0:34:130:34:17

'But since the rummage, Paul's made an unexpected discovery.'

0:34:170:34:21

Now, this next lot, what I didn't realise, it's actually an 18 carat gold bracelet.

0:34:210:34:26

Now most bracelets actually are nine carats.

0:34:260:34:29

We have to adjust the estimate here. We're looking at between ?400 and 600.

0:34:290:34:32

And we've got a reserve on this, is that right? 500.

0:34:320:34:36

?500 reserve we've got on there. You're going to be about right

0:34:360:34:39

because, obviously, being 18 carat makes a big difference.

0:34:390:34:42

Start me at ?400. 400 in the room.

0:34:420:34:44

That's what we like to see.

0:34:440:34:46

20? 420. 440? 460. 480? 500. And 20?

0:34:460:34:52

540. 560. 580.

0:34:520:34:55

We've got a bigger holding his card at up, he looks determined.

0:34:550:34:59

660? 680. 700.

0:34:590:35:01

And 20? 740? 760. 780. Wow. 800.

0:35:010:35:06

And 20?

0:35:060:35:08

No? At ?800. I'll pinch you!

0:35:080:35:11

Are we done? At ?800.

0:35:110:35:14

All done. Last chance. All done.

0:35:140:35:16

Wah-hey!

0:35:160:35:18

?800!

0:35:180:35:20

'What a fantastic start to the second-half,

0:35:200:35:23

'surpassing all our estimates and reserves.

0:35:230:35:26

'With a motor home holiday at stake, though, the more we can make the better,

0:35:260:35:30

'for Christine and Derek to live it up in style,

0:35:300:35:33

'which is exactly what our next lot could be used for.'

0:35:330:35:36

Lot number 150a now. Silver plated punch.

0:35:360:35:38

Was it put to good use previously?! Oh, very much so, yes.

0:35:380:35:43

Yes, you could really get tanked up with that!

0:35:430:35:47

Well, there's a good sales point for it!

0:35:470:35:50

What do we want for it? Have you put a reserve on it?

0:35:500:35:53

?90. ?90. OK. Well, let's see if we can get ?90. Come on, then.

0:35:530:35:57

?100?

0:35:570:35:59

?50, start me. ?50?

0:35:590:36:02

He's going to withdraw it. No drinkers!

0:36:020:36:04

Oh! No bid at all at ?50.

0:36:040:36:06

No-one likes it. Sorry.

0:36:060:36:08

Oh, they couldn't even get ?50 for it! There you go.

0:36:080:36:12

That's how it goes, isn't it?

0:36:120:36:13

Well, why don't you take it back home and have a party?

0:36:130:36:17

We'll have a party now!

0:36:170:36:18

Put it to good use!

0:36:180:36:21

'Every cloud may have a silver lining, but nevertheless, a disappointing sale.

0:36:210:36:27

'There are only three items left to go

0:36:270:36:29

'and with another piece of jewellery about to take centre stage,

0:36:290:36:32

'it's difficult to know just how it will fare with our bidders today.'

0:36:320:36:37

Now, the next lot is the three stone diamond and sapphire ring.

0:36:370:36:41

It is in an 18 carat gold setting.

0:36:410:36:42

And we've got a ?300 reserve on it.

0:36:420:36:45

Right, let's see if we can make that, shall we? OK.

0:36:450:36:49

?200 for it? Come on!

0:36:490:36:51

200, we're in. Come on!

0:36:510:36:54

At ?200 then, I'll take. At ?200. That's the bid so far, at ?200.

0:36:540:36:57

Not enough at the moment. 210? No, he was waving. ?200.

0:36:570:37:00

?200 and gone.

0:37:000:37:03

No further bid at ?200.

0:37:030:37:05

Gosh! That is a shock.

0:37:050:37:07

The bid was 200 and he's not sold it for that because of the ?300 reserve.

0:37:070:37:11

So are you happy to take it home, Christine? Yeah. Yeah? OK.

0:37:110:37:15

'I think on this occasion with such a low bid,

0:37:150:37:17

'Christine is sensible to hang on to the ring,

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'although it won't help fuel their motor home fund.

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'But will that Parisian based art

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'that Paul and I looked at earlier in the sale room fare well?'

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?390. At 390.

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Last offer. Going for 390 then.

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Wow! Look at that. ?390!

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There you go! For a print - can you believe that? Amazing. Fantastic.

0:37:360:37:39

'The Art Deco period is doing well at auction today.

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'Let's just hope the earlier Art Nouveau style is in too,

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'as our pair of chairs that belonged to Derek's first wife

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'are about to be sold.'

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Now I have noticed that one of these chairs has been damaged.

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Because they are so delicate, somebody has sat on them.

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Not guilty!

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Just in case you were wondering!

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But what usually happens in that situation is that the auction room is covered.

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So they will work out any recompense for those. OK?

0:38:070:38:11

We were looking for about ?80 for the pair.

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Let's see how they get on. I think they could be restored quite easily.

0:38:130:38:17

Start me at ?50. ?50 for the pair.

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55. 60. 5. 70. 5. Blimey!

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75. 80?

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One more.

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The glue will fix them. 80. 85. 90.

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Your bid at 85. We'll sell for ?85. Last chance, selling at ?85. Your bid.

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There you go. 85 quid.

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He's allowed for the restoration there, I think.

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'Selling ?5 over Paul's lower estimate, even with the damage,

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'the quality of these chairs obviously shone through.

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'Our sales have been very up and down today and while Derek's smaller charm bracelet did well,

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'we know that doesn't guarantee anything at auction as our final lot goes under the hammer.'

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Lot number 360a now.

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A nine carat gold bracelet. Festooned with gold charms.

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Number 360a.

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Now, you've put a reserve on this, haven't you? Which is? ?1,000. OK.

0:39:100:39:15

Now, I think that looks pretty good.

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Don't you? Well, this is a heck of a weight, 218 grams.

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I mean, that's roughly around ?800, a bit more, actually.

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The fact that its nicely charmed, there's a nice selection of items,

0:39:240:39:29

I'm saying ?800, you're saying ?1,000. Let's see how we get on.

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Start me at ?800. Here it goes. ?800. Thank you, I'm bid ?800. There we are. 820. 850?

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880. 900. And 20? 950. 1,000? There you go.

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50? 1,100? And 50? 1,200? And 50?

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1,300? And 50? 1,400?

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1,350 bid. Take 14. At 1,350.

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1,400, thank you. New bidder. 1,450.

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No? At 1,400, I'll take 50.

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At 1,400, are we done? At 1,400, last chance and gone. For 1,400, you've got it.

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?1,400! That's pretty good, isn't it?

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Are you chuffed with that? I am. Yeah?

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A bit emotional, to be honest!

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Oh! I think it's fantastic!

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'Making nearly our whole target figure all on its own,

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'what a terrific end to the day.

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'Understandably, an emotional journey for Derek.

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'But just how much have our sales made towards his and Christine's planned travels?'

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Right, well, that was a great day at auction.

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I enjoyed that. Did you? I did, yes. What do you think you've made?

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Around ?2,000-?2,500, I would imagine.

0:40:320:40:35

I would have said about ?2,500.

0:40:350:40:37

Lindsay? Yeah, I'd go for that. Right, so the consensus is ?2,500. All right.

0:40:370:40:41

Well, you've made ?3,120!

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How's that for a result?

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Brilliant! Do you think you'll go back to auction again?

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Yeah, definitely. It's brilliant.

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I don't think I will!

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It's been a few weeks since Derek and Christine raised a massive ?3,120 at auction.

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Today they've come along to their local motor homes specialist to see just what their money can buy.

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We just want to make sure before we invest in actually purchasing one,

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whether it is something that is for us.

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This is the best way of doing it that we can think of,

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to hire a really good one and go away for a week, enjoy it, and come back looking forward to the next.

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And it's up to dealer Rob Jeffries to pick out the perfect van, or should I say, luxury mobile home?

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It's got everything. Please have a look. I'll tell you a few things about it.

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Today's modern motor homes are spacious and packed to the roof with every conceivable feature.

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You've got a cocktail cabinet here. And you've got another space for a TV at the back.

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But rather than hearing about all the mod cons,

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it's the hands-on experience that Derek and Christine are really after.

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Having got a feel for the vehicle,

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they've taken it to the local caravan park in Herne Bay near where they live

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to test the outdoor lifestyle. They couldn't have chosen a more perfect day.

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Today's a typical example with the sky...

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you know, the nice glass of red wine, the olives, what could be better? Exactly.

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Series looking at the value of household junk.

Derek and his wife Christine live in a beautiful oast house in the Kent countryside. But they've called in the Cash in the Attic team because they want help with seeing more of the world by buying a mobile home. With the help of Derek's grown-up children they find fantastic antiques that will easily raise the funds. But Derek starts to realise he is more attached to some of his memories that even he realised.