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Penny Woollen is a Canadian magazine editor who has lived in her Surrey home for more than 30 years. She hopes to raise money to take her daughter on a surprise visit to Paris.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic. This is the show that searches out the hidden treasures

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around your home and then helps you sell them at auction.

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Well, today, I am in Surrey, where I've stopped off to take a look at this magnificent castle.

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Farnham Castle was built in 1138 by the grandson of William the Conqueror.

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It would see little in the way of conflict, but played an important role as the residence

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of the powerful bishops of Winchester, who occupied the castle for more than 900 years.

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Many kings and queens of England were entertained here over the centuries.

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Its constant occupation confirms the castle's status

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as the oldest continually inhabited building in southern England.

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What a beautiful location.

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But, we've no time for sightseeing, because we're on a mission to unearth plenty of antiques,

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that will hopefully attract interest from miles around when they go under the hammer at auction.

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Well, I've come a couple of miles down the road from the castle

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to meet a lady who has called in the Cash In The Attic team

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to help her fulfil a New Year's Resolution.

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Coming up on today's Cash In The Attic.

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Paul knows which item he's putting his money on.

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-Right, I think it could be a sure winner.

-Could be a winner!

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-10/1. Odds-on favourite.

-OK.

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And he's being as diplomatic as ever.

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What about the cigar box? Is that valuable?

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-No, that's an optional extra.

-OK.

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But, will he convert some non-believers at auction?

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Oh, ye of little faith!

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Why do you think we bring him along?

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Let's hope their faith is restored when the final hammer falls.

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This lovely three-bedroom house in Farnham is home to freelance magazine editor Penny Woollen.

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Although she grew up in Canada, Penny has been living in England for over 30 years,

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and has accumulated a wealth of collectables, many of which were inherited from relatives.

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But, on New Year's Day, she made a resolution to declutter her home,

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and has roped in her long-standing friend Gloria to help.

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Good morning, Paul.

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-Good morning. How are you?

-I'm fine.

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Listen, we've got a lovely lady today.

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She's called us in because she wants us to help her out to fulfil her New Year's Resolution. Bit late, I know.

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Yeah. Do you know I haven't done mine yet, either.

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I promised not to drink as much tea and to do more rummaging. And here I am - look at that.

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-Yes. We haven't seen much evidence of that yet.

-No.

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-Do you want to prove the case?

-Come on.

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Oh! That's lovely.

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Good morning, ladies.

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-Hello!

-You must be Penny.

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-I am.

-You must be Gloria.

-I am, yes.

-Right, OK, Penny,

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I understand you called us in. What do you want us to do?

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Well, we would really like to get rid of some of the accumulated...

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-Clutter.

-Yes, I was trying to think of a nicer word!

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Things that have come down to me through my family and really,

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I don't have them out on show and they're just wasted.

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Why not get a little bit of money for them?

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So, what's made you decide to do that now at this point in time?

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Well, my daughter and I were away for a week at New Year's Eve.

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New Year's.

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I thought, this is it. I am making a resolution.

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I've got to do something. We've been at the house a couple of years now

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and the garage is absolutely full to bursting

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and I would like to start clearing the decks, you know.

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So, it was your daughter's idea as well, then. Where's she today?

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Well, she was going to be here and would have loved to be here, but she's sitting an exam today,

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-her final exams at Reading University.

-Fair enough.

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So, Gloria, I understand you have stepped in to fill the bridge.

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I've stepped in to fill the gap, yes!

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But it's now time to declutter.

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I'm not so good at the throwing away.

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-No.

-I am good at the collecting.

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-A hoarder, aren't you?

-Yes.

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In terms of the sort of money you might want to raise, how much do you think that might be?

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Well, a few hundred pounds would be nice.

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-What would you want to spend that on?

-It would be a great surprise, maybe for my daughter,

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since she's been working so hard this year, to go to Paris.

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Well, let's say £400, then, towards the trip to Paris

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-and we'll go and have a look and see what we can find, shall we?

-Sounds good.

-Come on, then.

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Turning dusty treasures into shiny new tickets to Paris

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sounds like a fantastic surprise for daughter Anna.

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But will hoarder Penny really be able to part with her family heirlooms?

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Luckily, we've got an expert on hand to help.

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Paul Hayes has over 20 years' experience in the antiques trade.

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And it looks like he's already hard at work.

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-How are you?

-It looks like you've found something already!

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-Hello! Yes. I made an early start.

-What have you got?

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I've found a beautiful christening set. That's absolutely fantastic, isn't it?

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Do you know what I love so much about these christening sets, it's not so much the contents,

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but the fact that all the boxes were individually designed for them.

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So this has got a complete unique shape that will only fit those items.

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That's right. The Victorians were all for presentation. They did make these wonderful boxes.

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The lid fits exactly over the cup there.

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It's just real quality. It would be given as a very prestigious gift.

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That was the idea. So, you would buy this for somebody else

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so you could present it when somebody was christened.

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This really is a Rolls-Royce example.

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You've got the christening beaker here -

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the christening mug. You have the spoon, knife and fork.

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It is a complete christening set.

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So, it dates sort of 1890s-1900s.

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It's not in the best condition, can you see that?

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I know. The blade is separate from handle, isn't it?

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Yeah, but anybody that's into silver would get that fixed and you've got a fantastic item there.

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What sort of value are we talking about, though?

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Well, allowing for a little bit of restoration - they're all solid silver, all hallmarked -

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I would say at least £40 to £80. Does that sound all right?

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-Sounds nice, doesn't it?

-Are you happy with that?

-I wouldn't have a clue what it really is.

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-But it sounds good to me. Let's hope somebody's there who really...

-I'm sure they will.

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They always sell well at auction, don't they? Yes, yes, yes. You never see anyone pass them by.

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So I'm sure you'll be fine. So shall we go and see what sprinklings we can find elsewhere?

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-Yes.

-OK, I'll look after this.

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£40 to £80 is a sparkling start.

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But, we've still got a long way to go

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to make the £400 Penny needs to take Anna on that surprise trip to Paris.

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As our search gets underway, though, she spots something straightaway.

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Paul, would you mind giving me your opinion on this little painting?

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-Of course, yes.

-I've always loved it.

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There's a little story behind it but I know nothing about it.

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Let's have a closer look at it. It's definitely a painting. Where did it come from?

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Well, it belonged to my aunt

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and, um, after she died, I was clearing out her cottage.

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I found it in between two pieces of brown paper,

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down the back of an old piece of furniture in her bathroom.

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That's really interesting, where it came from. You rescued it, really.

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You've framed it beautifully. You've done a good job, actually.

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This looks like the work of a guy called Augustus Lamplugh.

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He really set the precedent for all...

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-What a name!

-Fantastic name, but he set the benchmark really for all these artists.

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What he would do, he would work on skies and atmosphere, a bit like Turner.

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Turner would do all these wonderful skies.

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But what he would do is do fantastic sandstorms.

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These Arabs would have the scarves round their faces and they were just really realistic paintings.

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Of course, he had his imitators. This one is Jacope.

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I'm not sure who that artist is. He had lots

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of amateur artists out there just enjoying painting

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and travelling, and discovering places.

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I think that's very collectable.

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I haven't come across his work before,

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but I don't think he's a long-lost master. He's just a good...

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There's a horrible word in the antique business called a potboiler.

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-Yes.

-It is what they call most Victorian artists - potboilers.

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Lots of people used to do it as a hobby and just enjoyed it.

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I think that is worth at least £100, maybe £150.

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-That's nice.

-Does that sound all right?

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Yeah, it does. Given where I found it and that it could have easily...

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I could almost have mistaken it for the lining paper that she had in this cupboard.

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Well, you've rescued it and brought it to a whole new audience.

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-Hopefully someone will appreciate it.

-Yes. Sounds great. Absolutely.

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Let's hope it's not a storm in a teacup! Talking of which...

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I thought our New Year's Resolution was more rummage and less tea, Mr Hayes!

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£100 to £250 is a great price for Penny's rescued painting, though.

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So I'll let you off this once.

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Whilst Paul heads off in search of the kettle,

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Gloria is still hard at work and spots this lovely sewing table,

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which is packed off to auction with a price tag of £30 to £50.

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As the search continues in the house, I take a few minutes to catch up with our hoarder outside.

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Oh, this is very civilised, isn't it?

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-Yes. Yes.

-So, how are you finding the rummage so far?

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Well, it's very interesting.

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-Not too traumatic, I hope.

-No!

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Far from it. It's fascinating.

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I had no idea how some of these things that I just shoved

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in a drawer could turn out to be valuable. It's just incredible.

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Now, Penny, you've also got an accent, so tell me a little bit

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about the family background. Where are you from?

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My mum is from the north of Scotland. My father was born in London.

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Actually, my mother evacuated two children as a nanny out to Canada during the war.

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And my father went up from Bermuda, where he was working, to Canada and joined up.

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And that's where they met.

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So they ended up staying in Canada and I came back here for six months and I ended up staying here.

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So tell me a little bit about the planned trip to Paris. Why that particular city?

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We decided that it would be a good idea if Mum got her act together

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and started clearing out some stuff.

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And I just thought, recently, "Well, I can't imagine that I'm going to get

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"so much money that I can go halfway across the world to Canada.

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"But I could go to Paris."

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And her really good friend lives there - a French girl -

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who is a week younger than Anna and also going through university.

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Jessica hasn't been over here for a couple of years, so they haven't seen each other for a couple of years.

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I thought that would be great.

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They've been very good to my daughter - the family.

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It would be lovely just to go over and see them and maybe take them out for dinner.

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That would be nice.

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If we're going to do that, we'd better make sure

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-Mr Hayes has found something else for auction.

-I hope he has!

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Daughter Anna may be busy with exams but it sounds like she's in for

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a treat - as long as we can find enough antiques to sell of course.

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Back inside, Gloria spots something in the living room

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that she hopes Paul will send racing off to auction.

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-What do you think of this, Paul?

-Now then, let's have a look.

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It's a nice horse, isn't it?

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Is Penny a horse fancier?

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Yes, when she was a child, she used to love horses, apparently.

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Right. It's a firm called Beswick.

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They were really the market leaders in scale models.

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What would happen, you'd have a best of breed -

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or maybe a horse winner -

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something like Nijinsky or Red Rum - a famous animal.

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What they would do, they would go along and take exact measurements.

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They'd measure the muscle structures, you know,

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the position and the nature of the animal,

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and then they would recreate it.

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From that, they would make these cast mouldings.

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What you end up with is a very accurate model of an animal.

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-A lot of work goes into it.

-Very popular indeed.

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What I'm doing as I'm talking to you

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is having a good look. What you do find is that ears get nibbled. They fall over.

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They're a bit delicate.

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The secret is, when you look at these items, do look for restoration.

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It can make a big difference when you come to value them.

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-But it's all right. It's in good condition.

-It's a nice one.

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Well, it's a nice horse.

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It's by a good factory.

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Do you think Penny would be interested in selling it?

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I think she'd consider that.

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All right. I think £30 to £40. Does that sound OK?

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That sounds pretty reasonable.

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-All right. I think it could be a show winner.

-It could be a winner.

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10/1, odds-on favourite.

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OK. Well, I was very surprised.

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It was a beautiful horse.

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I thought the price was fantastic - it was really good.

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So one more to the collection.

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Well, Gloria certainly thinks £30 to £40 is a prize-winning valuation.

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And it is a great addition to our total.

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There's another great addition as Penny digs out

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this lovely pair of ornate candlesticks. They were given to

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her grandparents as a wedding present.

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Paul thinks they could make £40 to £60 at auction.

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As our trawl through Penny's treasures continues, in the living room

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I've come across something I think could be a real winner.

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I think I've found a nice collection of medals here.

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There seems to be photographs of the gentleman - letters, all sorts.

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I don't really know what the medals are.

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I do know that those are the three brothers of my grandmother.

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Everyone that was involved in the First World War

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were rewarded with these medals.

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-They call them jokingly Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.

-Really?

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They were the cartoon characters of the day.

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This means that he was involved in the first offensive during the First World War - 1914, 1915.

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This is the Great War for Civilisation.

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That was awarded after the war when we finally won.

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And this one's a solid silver medal,

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which again was awarded after the war.

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What people tended to do would be to weigh those in for silver.

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It was a currency, you see. Those often disappeared and you end up with just two.

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-You've actually got a trio which is nice.

-What sort of value in those?

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I think you're looking... at least 100, possibly £150.

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Well, fingers crossed, that would be great. Terrific.

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-OK.

-They can go to auction?

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-Oh, yes.

-That will help our target figure, that's for sure.

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-That's great.

-OK, you get a medal if you find anything else.

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Well, that's lovely.

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-I'll look after those. All right?

-Great.

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Thanks to the trio of medals, we're moving steadily towards today's £400 target.

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There's no time to rest if we're to make enough money to buy those tickets to Paris.

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Another family heirloom does us proud,

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as Penny finds a lovely 1920s pewter jug,

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which she inherited from her auntie.

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Paul hopes it will make £20 to £30 at auction.

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Penny's grandfather comes up trumps as well,

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as this lovely cigarette box - which was given to him as a gift -

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is lighting Paul's fire, with its £25 to £45 price tag.

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Paul and Penny seem to be on a roll.

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I take five minutes out to enjoy the sunshine with Gloria.

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So, Gloria, how long have you and Penny been friends?

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For nearly 40 years.

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Really? How did you meet then?

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Well, through a mutual friend of mine and my husband's.

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She came over.

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She was working with the airline and she was new in the area.

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He said, "Take her under your wing," and that's where she's been ever since.

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-We've been very good friends.

-What would you say is so special about your friendship?

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We've always been there for one another. When she had Anna,

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my children used to play with Anna.

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I suppose it's a family sort of thing, you know. Very nice.

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Penny's got a lot of stuff in that house. Are you the same?

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Do you collect or hoard things?

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No, not quite as much as Penny does.

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But, of course, Penny's had such a lot handed down through the generations.

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That's how she's acquired most of it, I think.

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She never throws anything away.

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I haven't got as much as Penny, no.

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Do you think this clear-out is a good idea for Penny?

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Yes, very good.

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She needs some help to do it. There's a lot there to sort through.

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-It is nice to have a fresh start, I think.

-There's plenty of stuff in the house.

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I'd like to stay out here - it's beautiful. We'd better go in and give a hand. Come on!

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We certainly need all hands on deck to make today's target. So it's back to work.

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Inside the house, Paul's magpie eye for antiques

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has spotted this lovely brooch which belonged to Penny's grandmother.

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It was specially designed with her initials -

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Gloria Eva Kitchen.

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Paul estimates its value at a sparkling £20 to £30.

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The ladies are hard at work as well.

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In the bedroom, Penny's come across an interesting box of tricks.

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Paul, come and take a look at this.

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-I knew I'd hidden something away here.

-Let's have a look.

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-What have you found?

-Oh, right. Let's have a look.

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Oh, that looks interesting.

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Small matchboxes. They're interesting, aren't they? They're not just matchboxes.

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-Look at that, little pictures!

-They're little scenes of London,

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-it looks like.

-Piccadilly Circus, this one. These are collectable.

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On the corner, it says,

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"in plastic". Plastic was a new material.

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Oh, of course, in those days.

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What date do you think it was?

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These - 1950s, I would say. Bryant & May have been making matches since the turn of the century.

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With it being plastic and sort of the black taxis there

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and the double-decker buses, I would say '50s. There's lots of them.

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There are some other bits and pieces here. What's this? It's for calling cards or dance cards to be kept in.

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That's the golden age of etiquette.

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If you went to visit somebody, you would have your own card

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and you would leave your card with the butler of the house.

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-On a silver tray.

-Of course, that's right.

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-You've been there.

-In a former life.

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Some of us still use it.

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That's a beautiful item, isn't it? Really top quality.

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-That's solid silver. It's been inlaid into the top.

-It's so dainty, isn't it?

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You've got an interesting lot there.

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When you go to auctions, people do love to buy job lots.

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Those matchboxes are really interesting.

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You've got a vesta case there. That tortoiseshell case is lovely.

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-I think what we should do is put those in as one lot.

-Right.

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If I said, sort of £80 to £120, how does that sound?

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-Incredible.

-Yes. I'd be completely flabbergasted.

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-Really?

-Yes.

-Right.

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That's a beautiful tortoiseshell case. That's worth quite a bit.

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-How does that sound?

-What about the cigar box?

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-That's an optional extra.

-OK.

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-We'd put that in for free.

-We'll put that in with it.

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That's a nice lot and that's a good-selling item.

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-That's an amazing price.

-All right.

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It was a very interesting lot.

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I was just flabbergasted by that estimate. I thought it was amazing.

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You'd never think all those tiny bits and pieces would amount to so much.

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But they were beautiful, especially the little tortoiseshell calling card with the silver. Amazing!

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That valuation certainly took the ladies by surprise.

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But Paul isn't resting on his laurels.

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He's spotted one last item that he thinks could seal the deal for today's target.

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Is it something Penny's prepared to part with?

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-Penny?

-Yeah.

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I found an interesting little item here.

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Is this a real family heirloom?

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That's where I keep Granny's cutlery.

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Oh, right, I can see that in there.

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-This has always been in here?

-Yes.

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Right, it's obviously not a canteen. It's not a fitted case for the cutlery.

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Probably not. It's kind of fun to be in there, anyway.

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-It's called an apprentice chest. I don't know if you've heard of that before?

-Not really, no.

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Right. What would happen, if you went to get a job with a carpenter,

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before you'd be let loose making large bits of furniture - obviously materials are very expensive -

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what you would do, you would prove you could make scale items and once you'd passed your test, if you like,

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once you'd made an item like this, then you'd be let loose on bigger products.

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You've got to remember lots of this wood was very expensive.

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We imported a lot of mahogany from the Empire and so on and from the Americas. This is walnut.

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The whole case is made from walnut.

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These fronts here are actually veneered burr walnut.

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You can actually see in here, you've got all these little tiny branches starting to appear.

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These are veneered onto the front, so it's very difficult to do.

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So there's just as much work gone into this as there is for a large-scale chest of drawers.

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-There is a lot of work in it.

-Yeah.

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So value-wise, you're looking... £100 to £120. Does that sound OK?

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Yes, well, I don't know whether I'm surprised.

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-Yes, maybe I am surprised that it would get that much.

-How are we getting on?

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-Ah, did I hear £100 to £120?

-Yes, but we are thinking about it.

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-Oh, are you unsure about whether to sell this then?

-Well...

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yeah, dithering.

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-OK!

-OK. Look, we've run out of time for rummaging,

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but I'm quite happy that Paul's certainly picked out the best of what's here.

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So the items going to auction actually tot up to £485.

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-Wow! That's not bad, is it?

-Without this?

-Without that.

-Without it?

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If you put that in, it comes to £585.

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-That's a big difference. It's something to think about.

-Get thee behind me!

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THEY CHUCKLE

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So either way, you can let us know on the day of the auction about the chest.

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-Are you pleased with that figure?

-Very good, very good.

-Yes.

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It gives me a bit of encouragement to carry on and do a bit more.

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Absolutely. You'll be able to have a trip to the cancan at this rate.

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-Before you can can, we've got to get get to the auction.

-OK.

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So the next time we'll see you guys is at the auction. All right?

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-I'm looking forward to that.

-Yes, we are.

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We've had a really successful day here with Penny and Gloria

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and have a great haul of items to take to auction.

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We've got the unusual collection of matchboxes

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with the lovely tortoiseshell calling-card case.

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Valued at £80 to £120.

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The set of three First World War medals

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with an estimated £100 to £150.

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The pretty silver christening set in its original box,

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valued at £40 to £80.

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But we'll have to wait and see whether Penny is happy to part with

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her miniature wooden chest, with its sizable estimate of £100 to £120.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic, the ladies are speechless.

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-Wow!

-£150.

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Well, that's pretty impressive too, isn't it, hey?

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And the bidders are fighting over some of Penny's lots.

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She was determined to have it.

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She really was. Well, I thought, "Just keep going. Just keep going."

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So, how will we have done when the final hammer falls?

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Now, it's been a couple of weeks since we had a good look around

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Penny Woollen's lovely house in Surrey.

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We found plenty of antiques and collectables we bought here

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to Chiswick Auction Rooms in West London.

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Remember, Penny's looking to raise around £400

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so she can take her daughter, Anna, on a lovely trip to Paris.

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Let's just hope when our items go under the hammer today, they prove to be a real triumph.

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There's a fantastic selection of items on show in Chiswick today.

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One man who's hoping we'll be riding high to victory is our expert, Paul Hayes.

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-Morning, Paul.

-Good morning. How are you?

-I'm fine. So, Beswick, always a good seller.

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Beswick's always a good seller. This one is quite a nice example and it's in great condition.

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-Condition's all-important.

-So, we've got lots of lovely pieces. We've got the christening set.

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That christening set is superb - the quality on that is fantastic. I think that could do very well today.

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There's one or two bits and pieces I think could do well.

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The one thing we don't know whether it's here or not is the apprentice chest.

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-Of course.

-That was amazing, she was keeping spoons in there.

-I know.

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That's the beauty of them - you can use them for anything you want.

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It doesn't have to be the initial purpose.

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That's a great useable chest of drawers. I hope she's brought it.

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-Shall we go and find out?

-Yeah.

-Come on them.

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I'm really optimistic about the items we've brought to auction today.

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The first few bidders are beginning to arrive.

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Let's hope they take a shine to Penny's collectables, especially after she and Gloria

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did such a good job keeping to that New Year's decluttering resolution.

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Good morning, ladies. There you are.

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I was going to ask, "Have you brought it?" I assume you have.

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In the end, I thought, I didn't know who made it.

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I didn't know even really who it belonged to, although it came down to me from my grandparents.

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And, you know, the silver that I was keeping in there,

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silver spoons and things, I thought, "No, I can keep that anywhere.

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"So, I'll sell it if it's worth something."

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So, no second thoughts about today then?

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-No, no, not at all. It's exciting.

-Have you been to auction before?

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-Yes, I've been to a small one at Sidmouth.

-I know that one.

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It was very good but this is a much bigger place and I'm looking forward to starting. It will be great fun.

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It's nearly going to start so shall we get into position? Follow me.

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It's great news that the miniature chest has come along to auction today.

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I only hope the bidders are prepared to pay more than a miniature price when it comes under the hammer.

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If you're planning on buying or selling at auction, remember that commission

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and possibly other charges will be added to your bill,

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so always check with your local auction house for details.

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We take our places in time for our first lot of the day.

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A 1920s pewter jug. We've got here by Taunton and Johnson. I'm guessing it's stamped and marked.

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It must be. I didn't realise.

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It's always good to have a name.

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It's an antique pewter jug by Taunton and Johnson.

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£10 for it? £10 for it? £5?

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Thank you. I'm bid at £5. At £5. Give me 6?

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And 6 there. Thank you. 7.

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8?

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9. At £8.

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I'm bid £8. I'll take 9. The bid's at £8. Take 9. At £8.

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At £8. Last chance. It goes at £8.

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£8. I'll tell you what,

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that's about the price of a cup of coffee in Paris.

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-At least you've got that bit covered.

-Absolutely.

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£8 is a disappointing result for the pretty little jug

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and Penny's going to need

0:26:080:26:10

the rest of her lots to have more success if she's going to afford those Eurostar tickets.

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Hopefully our next lot will get the bidders' pulses racing.

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OK, now, our next lot is the Beswick horse.

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This Beswick range of animals seems to do so well, Paul.

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Yeah, they can do. I was explaining, it depends on colour variations, even pose.

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It says here in the catalogue, it says, "facing right." That's right, isn't it?

0:26:300:26:35

-That's right.

-Yeah. Maybe if you've got one facing left,

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it's a lot rarer. Who knows?

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You need to really know your Beswick and your animals, really.

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158. The Beswick porcelain figure of a horse standing. £30?

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£30? £20. I'm bid at £20. At 20.

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22, the Beswick. 22.

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Thank you. 22. 25? 25.

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28. 30.

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30. 32? Slow bidding at £30. At £30. That's the bid at £30.

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Sold at £30. Last chance and gone.

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£30 then. £30 buyer...

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-Oh, phew!

-If it was facing left, who knows?

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Now you tell us!

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£30 is a good sale. Bang on estimate

0:27:140:27:17

and the ladies look relieved.

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Now, will there be any art collectors in the room today?

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It's the pretty desert scene painting up next.

0:27:220:27:24

Remember, Paul valued this at £100 to £150.

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I'm hoping it's quite easy to sell this today. There are a few camel pictures here.

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Ironic, isn't it?

0:27:330:27:35

It's like waiting for a bus.

0:27:350:27:37

All of a sudden two come along.

0:27:370:27:39

I think there are three here today but yours is lovely.

0:27:390:27:42

I think it's the daintiest. The most delicate.

0:27:420:27:45

-But don't get the hump, will you?

-Oh, God!

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£50 for it.

0:27:490:27:52

£40 for it?

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No bids at £40. I'm going to pass the lot on. £40 for it?

0:27:530:27:58

No bids at £40. Over there.

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42 over there? 45? 48. 50.

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5. 60. 5. 60 bid.

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At £60, say no? £60. Are we done?

0:28:070:28:08

At £60. Last chance. £60 and gone.

0:28:080:28:12

At £60, 303. Thank you.

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£60 - a bit less than you wanted.

0:28:140:28:17

-That's a shame.

-£60 is under estimate and Penny seems disappointed.

0:28:170:28:24

Maybe the pretty sewing table will get a bit more interest.

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138 - the oak circular sewing table.

0:28:280:28:31

1920s, 1930s. Start me £20.

0:28:310:28:35

£20 for it? £10 for it?

0:28:350:28:38

Please. No bid at £10 for it?

0:28:380:28:41

No-one? £10.

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12?

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11. 11.

0:28:480:28:51

12.

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12. 13. At £12 then.

0:28:530:28:55

The bid's at £12.

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£12 and gone for 12.

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Ooh, £12. That's really not a lot of money, is it?

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How do you feel about that?

0:29:020:29:04

It isn't a lot of money, especially when it's real oak and it's craftsmanship,

0:29:040:29:10

not like the furniture you can buy today, which is thrown together.

0:29:100:29:14

Oh, well, I mean, that's it. Some you win, some you lose.

0:29:140:29:17

Penny is putting a brave face on it

0:29:170:29:20

but £12 is less than half of Paul's original estimate.

0:29:200:29:23

The bidders are certainly driving a hard bargain today.

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Will the furniture bidders be any more generous on our next lot?

0:29:260:29:31

It took a time for you to decide to make your mind up and bring the chest.

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Now it's about to go under the hammer, how do you feel?

0:29:360:29:38

Fine. Absolutely fine. Once I make up my mind, I'm OK.

0:29:380:29:42

Best way to be. Have you made up your mind on the estimate?

0:29:420:29:45

Well, yes, you know me.

0:29:450:29:46

£100 seems about right.

0:29:460:29:48

It's amazing once an item has left the house how you... You never think about them again.

0:29:480:29:53

A figured walnut chest of two short and three long drawers.

0:29:530:29:57

120A, figured walnut miniature chest.

0:29:570:29:59

Start me at £100 for it? £80. It's worth more. A bid at £80.

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85? At £80. Back at £80.

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85? 85. 90. Five. 100.

0:30:050:30:09

-Come on.

-120. £110. £110.

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Take 120. Done at 110.

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£110, so just over what we wanted.

0:30:140:30:18

So close. So close to what he estimated.

0:30:180:30:20

Well, it sometimes happens!

0:30:200:30:23

A good result at last.

0:30:230:30:25

I think you're in the ladies' good books now, Paul.

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Let's hope it stays that way as our next lot comes under the hammer.

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Our next lot is a pair of silver-plated candlesticks,

0:30:320:30:34

which doesn't sound too exciting till I say the words Mappin & Webb.

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Very posh. Have you used these?

0:30:370:30:40

I have. Covered in wax, they are. I should get extra for that.

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110A now. Pair of Mappin & Webb silver-plated candlesticks.

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Lot 110A. Of rococo form.

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What are these worth? £50?

0:30:500:30:53

£30? A bid of £30. £30. 32. 35.

0:30:530:30:56

38. 40. 42.

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45. 48. 50. Five. 60. Five?

0:30:590:31:03

60 bid and I'll take five. At £60. Five. 65, new bidder. 70?

0:31:030:31:07

Says no. In the doorway at £65.

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I'm selling at £65. All done at 65?

0:31:100:31:12

You've got them.

0:31:120:31:14

-Obviously the candle wax made a big difference.

-It did make a difference.

0:31:140:31:18

Added another £15 to the top end of the estimate. Very impressive.

0:31:180:31:21

The candlesticks certainly did us proud and it's smiles all round.

0:31:210:31:25

After a somewhat slow start, I tot up the amount we've reached so far.

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Half-time, and so far I'm pleased to tell you, you've made £285.

0:31:300:31:35

-I haven't been adding it up. I hadn't realised.

-It's good though.

0:31:350:31:39

-Very good.

-We've got some more lots to sell.

0:31:390:31:42

I'm hoping we'll make that £400 target. But time for a break.

0:31:420:31:45

-I know you've spotted something.

-I have, yes.

-Show us what it is.

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The ladies may well be having a well-earned cuppa, but, for once,

0:31:530:31:57

Paul is resisting the call of the kettle and shows me those other Eastern-themed paintings.

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Do you remember our painting of the desert?

0:32:020:32:04

-Oh, yes.

-There are another two here.

0:32:040:32:06

This subject in the late 19th century was very popular.

0:32:060:32:09

You'll find these Arabic pictures all over the place.

0:32:090:32:12

But they can vary in quality. This one is in at £200-£300.

0:32:120:32:14

It's a well-known artist. Something a bit different about that one.

0:32:140:32:18

This one's as little as £50. I think there's something for everybody here.

0:32:180:32:21

It just goes to show they did lots of these types of pictures.

0:32:210:32:25

If you want camel pictures, Arabic scenes,

0:32:250:32:27

this is the place to come to.

0:32:270:32:29

Was it because exploration and travel was just opening up that these were so popular?

0:32:290:32:34

Exactly. People were doing the Grand Tour.

0:32:340:32:37

They would go through North Africa on their way to the Pyramids

0:32:370:32:39

and see all the Bedouin tribes and these wonderful areas.

0:32:390:32:42

People would capture different views. They would do sketches.

0:32:420:32:45

There were lots of these paintings around.

0:32:450:32:47

I'd rather look at a camel than I would ride one. Have you ever tried that?

0:32:470:32:51

Yes. It's all a rumour.

0:32:510:32:53

The second half of the sale is about to start and Penny's next lot comes under the hammer.

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It's a silver cigarette box which Paul valued at £25-£45.

0:33:030:33:09

350A. Start me at £50?

0:33:090:33:12

Start me at £30? A bid at £30.

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32? 32. 35. 38. 40. 42. 45.

0:33:130:33:20

45. 48. 50. 55. 60.

0:33:200:33:23

Five. 70? A bid of £65.

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Selling at £65. All done at 65? 65.

0:33:270:33:29

He says yes at 65. Gone at 65 then.

0:33:290:33:32

-£65.

-There you go. How's that?

0:33:320:33:36

That's very good, isn't it?

0:33:360:33:38

The ladies seem over the moon with that and it's a fantastic start to the second half of the sale.

0:33:380:33:43

Hopefully the brooch will also put a sparkle in the bidders' eyes.

0:33:430:33:48

Our next lot is the antique paste brooch.

0:33:480:33:51

This is a very impressive piece of Victorian bling if ever I saw it.

0:33:510:33:54

It's not diamonds, but it looks like it.

0:33:540:33:57

It's big and bold. The thing that's probably gonna distract from it is the fact that it's the initials GEK.

0:33:570:34:03

Unless your initials are GEK... Who is that?

0:34:030:34:06

-GEK is actually my grandmother, Gladys Eva Kitchen.

-There you go.

0:34:060:34:11

338, the paste brooch.

0:34:110:34:14

What's it worth? £20 for it?

0:34:140:34:17

£10?

0:34:170:34:20

No-one likes it. No-one's named GEK today then?

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No geeks in? No?

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A bid of £10. I'll take 12. £10.

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At £10. A bid of £10.

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We're gonna sell for £10.

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All done at £10? £10.

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-Sell it for a tenner.

-£10.

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-Oh, well.

-Oh, £10, what a shame, Penny.

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That's fine.

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£10 is under estimate, but Penny doesn't seem too disappointed.

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Let's hope the next lot gets us back on track for those Eurostar tickets.

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Our next lot is a collection of items.

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It's the tortoiseshell card case, inset with a silver stork,

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which apparently is a fertility sign, but we won't go there...

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A crocodile-skin silver vesta and various matchboxes,

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which are amazing, because they've all got those little things inside.

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£80-£120. I think that's quite a good little lot for that.

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I'm staggered that that's the price you've put on them.

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The tortoiseshell case, the workmanship on that is fantastic.

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It's silver, isn't it? And those little souvenirs.

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They're amazing. Would you want to make those?

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-No.

-Exactly.

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Let's see what we get.

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Lot 370A, matchboxes, crocodile-skin silver vesta.

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You've got the vesta, the tortoiseshell card case.

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-Starting at £50, please? £50 for the lot?

-50, we're in straight away.

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-50, excellent.

-70. Five. 80.

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Five. 90. Five.

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100. 110. 120. 130?

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120 is bid.

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Take 130. It's in the corner right over there at 120. 130 for it?

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120. Are we done? Are you bidding? 130.

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140.

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150. 160.

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150's bid. At 150, last chance. It sells. 150.

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-Wow!

-£150!

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That's pretty impressive too, isn't it?

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Amazing.

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The workmanship on that little tortoiseshell case, the silver inlay...

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-They could chuck the rest out and sell...

-Well, no, the little views of London were particularly nice.

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When you said that on the day, we thought, "No."

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Oh, ye of little faith!

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Why do you think we bring him along?

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It's not just for pretty decoration.

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I think Paul's got two fans after that successful sale.

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Let's hope his eye for antiques does us proud on the next lot too.

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Our next lot is that fantastic christening set.

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I think it's absolutely divine, but it's also quite unusual, because it's got that really

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intense engraving on it, which you don't tend to see on these sets.

0:36:490:36:53

-Yeah, there was something very exotic about the engraving. That's a plus side.

-And the case was nice.

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But there is a little bit of damage on the knife, on the knife handle.

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That looks like it could be quite hard to repair.

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Not if you go to a top expert, but that's gonna cost money.

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-Yes, but the end result will be fantastic.

-What do we want for this?

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Looking for about £40 upwards.

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Number 368. Our cased, hallmarked, silver christening set.

0:37:140:37:17

A lot for the money here. Start me at £40?

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A bid of £40. 42?

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45. 48. 50 there.

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55. 60?

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That's £55. Bid there at £55.

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60 there. 65. 70. Five.

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80? £75. 80 there. 85. 90. Five.

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100. £100, thank you. 110.

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It's against you at 110. 120.

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120. 130. 140?

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130 is bid.

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140. 150?

0:37:490:37:51

160? 150 is bid.

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160. 170?

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160's bid now.

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-£160. All done at 160? Selling then to the bidder at 160. Going.

-Wow!

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Don't know quite what to say about that.

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Although, I have to say, I've bought these christening sets

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in the past and to get a set with the four items is quite unusual.

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You see the knife, fork and spoon or you see the mugs.

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You very rarely see the whole thing in its original presentation case

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that's obviously been made just for those items.

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Easy to build it up after the event, but £160.

0:38:230:38:26

-Fantastic.

-That is really good.

0:38:260:38:29

-Amazing, isn't it? Lovely!

-Yeah.

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Selling for over four times its lowest estimate,

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the silver christening set wins a gold medal in today's sale so far.

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Penny spotted the winning bidder.

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I could see an elderly lady was really interested in it.

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She just kept bidding and bidding and bidding.

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She was determined to have it.

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She really was. Well, I thought, "Just keep going, just keep going."

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So, yeah, that was great.

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The ladies are really getting into the auction spirit now. The trip to Paris is seeming more of a reality.

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Will our final lot secure a victory today?

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It's the collection of medals which Paul estimated at £100-£150.

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Five campaign medals and ribbons from the First and Second World War.

0:39:130:39:16

Start me at £100? £100 for the lot?

0:39:160:39:20

£100, the medals. Bid of £100. 110.

0:39:200:39:22

110. 120 there. 130. I see your bid. I'll come back to you. 130 there.

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140. 150. 160. 170.

0:39:260:39:30

180? 170 over there. You want to come back in?

0:39:300:39:33

180 over there. 190. 200. 210.

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220. 230.

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240. 250. 260.

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270. 280. 290. 300.

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And ten? £300. I'll take ten. Who else wants to bid at £300?

0:39:420:39:46

You've got them so far, sir. £300, are we done? £300. Gone.

0:39:460:39:50

£300! That is excellent.

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Three times what we were looking for.

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There were three bidders fighting it out there.

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That's good news, isn't it?

0:40:000:40:03

Three seems to be our lucky number in that lot.

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We can hardly believe our luck.

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It's time to tot up our final total.

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You wanted £400 so that you could take your daughter to Paris.

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You must realise we've done a little bit better than that.

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My mental arithmetic is not very good, but even I can see that.

0:40:170:40:22

How about £970?

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No!

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-You're joking?

-I'm not joking.

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That's what it all tots up to.

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-Penny!

-Honesty, I did not think...

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-I thought maybe 600.

-Isn't that amazing?

0:40:350:40:38

Incredible. Just incredible. I can go to Paris several times now!

0:40:380:40:42

That is amazing.

0:40:420:40:43

It's been a few weeks since Penny raised a whopping £970 at auction.

0:40:480:40:53

The time has come to treat 22-year-old daughter Anna

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to a celebratory weekend in Paris now that she's finished her exams.

0:40:560:41:02

Having made up our minds that this was what we would do with the money,

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it's just great.

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We can even afford to do some shopping now.

0:41:070:41:10

Not just to get there, but to do some shopping as well. It'll be wonderful.

0:41:100:41:14

Penny has been especially looking forward to the Eurostar, which whisks them

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across the Channel to their long-awaited reunion

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with Anna's exchange student friend Jessica and her mum.

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First, they take a boat down the Seine, a chance to catch up and see the Eiffel Tower.

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Then, in the afternoon, they visit Montmartre in the north of the city and take in the amazing views.

0:41:400:41:47

-OK.

-Is the Parc Citroen there?

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And after a few diversions into the shops,

0:41:510:41:54

it's time for them to put their feet up

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and enjoy a bit of that renowned French cuisine.

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As long as they can decipher the menu of course.

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THEY CHUCKLE

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No!

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I had a great, great, great weekend in Paris. Great fun.

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It's all because I did Cash In The Attic. It's wonderful.

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Penny Woollen is a Canadian magazine editor who has lived in her Surrey home for more than 30 years. It is time for a de-clutter, and she has some fascinating and quirky items hidden away.

She is hoping the Cash in the Attic team will help her raise enough funds to take her daughter on a surprise visit to Paris.