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Series looking at the value of household junk. Debra and her husband Surari want to raise enough money to turn their dream of opening a retreat in India into a reality.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic,

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the show that searches out the hidden treasures around your home

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and helps you sell them at auction.

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Well, today I'm in Kensal Green in northwest London...

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which borders with trendy Ladbroke Grove, a popular hang-out for many celebrities

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and where the Notting Hill Carnival takes place every year.

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A stone's throw away from this bustling high street is one of London's oldest public cemeteries

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where the famous British engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was finally laid to rest.

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Well, not far from this fascinating spot is a home

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that today we'll be searching for more historic treasures.

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Coming up on today's Cash In The Attic, Paul needs some fashion advice.

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It's for your bra and knickers, Paul, but I didn't like to tell you!

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Really! He's getting a little bit fruity.

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Who was the lady with the pineapples in her hair?

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And he's obviously got me on his mind.

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We're just looking for an elegant lady with lots of taste and style.

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But will all this frivolity affect our sales? Find out when the final hammer falls.

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I'm on my way to meet a couple

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with a passion for yoga, travel and antiques.

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They've called in the Cash In The Attic team

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to help raise some funds so we can pack them off on a big adventure to India.

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This two-bedroom flat is the spiritual home

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of Pilates instructor, Debra, and her yoga teacher husband, Siraj.

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It's here they live a very tranquil life, with Debra's 14-year-old cats, Jake and Zula.

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But since meeting and marrying in India eight years ago,

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they have longed to return and are hoping the Cash In The Attic team can help them all relocate.

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Morning, Paul. Oh, good morning. How are you?

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Have you been practising your yogic poses? I usually pose like this... near the kettle!

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We've got a lovely family today, so I have a feeling

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we might come out of the house with more Zen than we go in with!

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My body is now a temple, so I'm ready when you are.

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If your body can find the kettle, that will be good. OK!

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Is there a knack to turning the kettle on? Well, I think you've got it!

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Ah, good morning. I see you've started the rummage, then, already, which is good to see.

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Tell me a bit about why you've called in Cash In The Attic?

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Because we're going to be moving to India and we want to let go of some of our possessions

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that will probably get rusty there, for one, and make some of our shipping costs.

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What made you decide to move to India? Our family is there, basically,

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the weather, I love the culture and we are going to start a business.

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We've bought a guesthouse.

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So what sort of money would you like to raise?

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I'd like to raise money for shipping costs for my cats, to ship my cats to India.

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And how much is that going to cost? About 650.

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So we need to raise ?650 so we can get the two cats to India.

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We'd better crack on and get rummaging, so follow me. OK.

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On the surface, Debra and Siraj's home is a relaxed haven in a state of calm, but with the imminent move,

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chaos is not far away, and hoping to cut through that clutter is our very own Paul Hayes.

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With his antique expertise gained over 20 years, he can't hide his passion for collectables,

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and he'll all fired up about his first discovery of the day.

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Have you found something already?

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Yes. There's loads of interesting bits and pieces, but I've found a fantastic Japanese case.

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So Debra, where is this from?

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I got it in Seattle at my friend's shop

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called Deluxe Junk.

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What did you like about it?

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I've always really liked Asian things, so anything from Japan,

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China, India - the older things I love, they're absolutely beautiful.

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I think the quality is superb.

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You do tend to find with Japanese items that the smaller items,

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they spent months on sometimes creating these wonderful things,

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but this is called lacquer work,

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which is a very traditional material that you'll find out in Japan,

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and the way it works is that they have a metal case, in this case, brass,

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and then they would overlay it with several layers of lacquer,

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and then what happens, someone carves through, and what you end up with

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is the brass showing underneath and you get this sort of three-dimensional effect.

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On the front here, we have a dragon and an eagle, and the dragon is two things in Japanese culture.

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It's a power symbol but it's also a symbol of wisdom, and then on the back here we have Mount Fuji,

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which is very typical to what you find in Japanese export things,

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things made for the European market.

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So, Paul, what sort of value could we be talking about?

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Well, if I said ?50 to ?100 and see how it goes.

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Yes, that sounds good. That's not bad, is it?

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That will help the cats go on their voyage to India! It certainly will.

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It will help them leave the country! I'm not sure if it's enough to get to India!

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Come on, let's see what else we can find. OK.

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Well, the cigarette case might not be making the long trip to India,

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but if we want to raise the ?650 needed for Jake and Zula to go,

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we'll need a lot more valuables to tempt the bidders.

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Could Siraj's stash of 19th-century photographs in this leather-bound album,

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which he bought at a market in New Mexico,

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do the trick at ?50 to ?100?

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And while those Victorians might not be the brightest treasure

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we've found so far today, the same can't be said

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for the decorative pieces Paul has got his hands on.

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Hello. What have you found there, Paul?

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I hope you don't mind - I've come across this box of costume jewellery. I don't mind at all.

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It's fabulous, isn't it?

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It's like the "who's who" of costume. Are these items that you bought?

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Yes, they are. I've bought them over the past 30 years.

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I can't stop myself!

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This one here is Miriam Haskell. You have several pieces by her. I mean, do you know who she was?

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I know she's quite desirably collectable and I know I just love her designs.

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I think she does a really wonderful job.

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Well, she really was one of the very first to cotton onto the whole costume jewellery scene

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and what's very rare to find with all costume jewellery, really, is the maker's name on the back.

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A lot of it was very mass-produced,

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but there are one or two designers that you look for, and Miriam Haskell is one of those.

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She was best friends with Coco Chanel, and what she did is,

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she did the accessories for the Chanel outfits,

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and that's really where the term "costume jewellery" comes from.

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It's your costume, your full regalia, your accessories, really, that made your outfit.

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Then you've got another well-known name in the jewellery world. Is it a belt or something?

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No, it's a necklace, actually, and...

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Let's see if we can get it untangled, there we go.

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So it would be worn like that. That's amazing, isn't it!

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It's really beautiful. On a plain top, it's just a stunning piece.

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And this one here really reminded me of the 1930s and '40s,

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when you've got this feeling of travel and escapism, and these ladies here remind me of...

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Who was the lady with the big pineapples in her hair?

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Carmen Miranda. That's what it reminds me of, that period,

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with these wonderful exotic characters,

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and then you're looking into the 1950s for some of this as well.

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So what I would suggest we do, I think quite easily we could find

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?100, maybe ?150-worth, say, of these items - items that you are willing to part with, and go from there.

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How does that sound? Great. That sounds really good.

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Let's keep looking. OK.

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It's a little hard to sell my costume jewellery

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because I've collected it for so long and I've got a vast collection,

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but it's time to let some of it go.

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So far we've found some marvellous goodies -

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some slightly more extraordinary than others.

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But I hope our rummaging ways haven't turned Debra to the drink!

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Thankfully not, but she does think this commemorative Russian spirit flask from the Second World War

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could lead us to victory, which Paul values at ?30 to ?50.

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And Siraj has uncovered another first-class find.

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Paul, come and have a look at this.

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All right, look at that! It's an old stamp album, is it?

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Whose is this, then? It's mine. Really! Wow!

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I didn't know you were a philatelist!

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So is this something that you've bought, then?

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Yeah. Well, let's have a look. This is a great album. It's not in the best condition...

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Oh, that's a great giveaway here, right in the front page it says here, "2,910 stamps",

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so that's how many are in this album.

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It becomes a bit of an obsession, if you think about it, but there are two types of stamp album.

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One is called a schoolboy collection and one is a serious collection, and what would happen

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is that an album like this would be aimed really at the schoolchild,

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and what he would do is that when the letters came into the family home,

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he would take off the stamp from the envelope and stick them into an album like this,

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so you have all different ones from different countries and nationalities.

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But a serious collector would pay a week's wages for one stamp at the time, you'd handle it with tweezers

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and it would be in a beautiful bound album, and they're obviously the ones which are very desirable indeed.

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There is something here for everybody.

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You've got all the stamps of the world.

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You never really get a full album, but there's a lot of stamps in there.

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If that came into auction...

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If I said a minimum of ?100, see how that goes, I mean, does that sound all right to you?

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Yeah, that's good.

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So does that have your stamp of approval?

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Come on, let's keep looking! OK.

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We're edging closer to our target,

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but if we want to make that ?650, we're going to have to poke around some more,

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and with Paul doing such a sterling job, I take Debra and Siraj off

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to a more peaceful location at their local park.

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So tell me, how did you two meet?

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We met when I went to India for a year, teacher's training,

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and Siraj was doing the same training in the south of India.

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So was it love at first sight?

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Yeah. Was it? How romantic!

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So tell me a little bit about, not just how you met, but you got married in India, is that right?

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We did. OK. So what was the wedding like, then?

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She'll.... Do you want me to explain?

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Yeah, you're going to explain. It was very fast.

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You hear about Hindu weddings being three days long and elaborate

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and we were married and I was converted to Hinduism within 45 minutes! Really!

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Yeah, it was very quick! What did you do, the speedy option, then?!

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I think we must have, yeah, but I had to ask him because it was all in his language,

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and I said, "Are we married yet?"

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And he's like, "Yes." I said, "Am I Hindu?"

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And he said, "Yes."

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Oh, excellent! Did you enjoy the day?

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We did. We had a big party afterwards with all his friends and family in a hotel nearby.

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Now it's very different, isn't it, actually living in a country, as you know yourself.

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Do you have any fears about this move to India?

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I'm sure I'll have my moments of melting down, but Siraj will help me through that.

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I told him to just give me a hug if I start shouting or crying too much.

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I think I'm going to have a meltdown of the wrong variety if we don't find more stuff to sell,

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but I'm not going to hug Paul Hayes.

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Shall we go back to the house and see how he's getting on?

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In our absence, ever the expert, Paul has continued with the hunt for collectables,

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putting in some serious legwork in the process,

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which eventually pays off when he spots a huge collection of postcards

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that Siraj has collected over many years -

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a mixture of European images with a price tag of ?80 to ?120.

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At this rate, we'll easily have raised the fare needed for Jake and Zula to travel in style to India.

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This home is simply overflowing with fantastic bits and pieces, ripe for Paul's picking.

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I must admit, Debra, something that you don't really see over here in the UK is native Indian art.

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Where has this come from? A friend of mine left it to me, a very dear friend, so...

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The reason I'm not taking it to India is...I'm afraid it's going to get eaten.

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I don't want to see it in a chest for ever.

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I want someone to enjoy it, because it's a beautiful piece.

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The nice thing about this one is that you've got a label on it, and it says here...

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Right. Now, what I know about Oregon region was that it's very much a farming community.

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There are lots of sheep out there. That's the reason why lots of factories relocated

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to get the wool from the local sheep, and it says at the bottom here,

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"Robes and Shawls",

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so these were actually designed to be worn, then, I take it.

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I think it probably would be worn or perhaps used as a horse blanket.

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I'm not sure, but that's what my guess would be, because I have seen them on horses.

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But I do know one thing about these sort of items,

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is that when they have a plain edge like this, it tends to be designed for a male. OK.

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And when they have the frilly edges, it's for a female, which translates globally, I suppose.

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Yeah. So this would have been the male blanket or robe, but the way they made them is fabulous.

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Nobody knows how old these designs are.

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They know that they're pre-European, before we had any influence on them,

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so this is a very traditional item, very much in the American culture,

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and the great thing about them is they used vegetable dyes, and those dyes will outlive me and you.

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This rug will last literally for ever if it's looked after,

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so you've got a real find here, actually, and I think if we put that into a general sale,

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what I would have to do is put it in with a fairly conservative estimate...

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Right. ..and maybe make a few phone calls, get the right people interested and go from there.

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How would you feel about that?

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Maybe, maybe not. I'm not sure.

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Well, if you did decide to go ahead, I'd put an estimate of at least ?50 to ?80.

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I think that's a minimum, but on the day we could probably do a lot better than that,

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but it's obviously something you have to decide.

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I'm not convinced Debra is ready to let go of her cherished blanket, and if that is the case,

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we have to make sure we have a host of alternatives,

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so the team has turned the searching skills up a notch.

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Once again, Siraj's obsession for collecting all and everything comes to our rescue.

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These two stamp albums full of first-day covers,

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along with his selection of cigarette cards,

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could help boost our sales by at least ?80 to ?150.

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While upstairs, Debra thinks she can help make up our funds, too.

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Paul... Yep. Do you think this could be worth anything?

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What have we got in here? Is it a gramophone or something?

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No. Let me open it up for you.

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Oh, wow, that's lovely!

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It's a whole vanity case. You've got your brushes and your toothpaste holders and your mirror.

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Where did this come from? I bought this at a yard sale in Seattle.

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Did you? About 20, 25 years ago.

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Do you know, I really like that, actually.

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It brings back the golden age of travel, and when you go back to the 1920s and '30s,

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you know, you need a whole accessory of items to go with you,

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so you'd have your matching suitcase, your outfits, your handbag,

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and your vanity case would mix in as well.

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If you have a look at one of the brushes here, it's very Art Deco.

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The use of geometry is one of the major things with Art Deco period,

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and the dead rectangular handle there.

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This is melamine or possibly Bakelite, but is it a double compartment, then?

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What's underneath here? Underneath it's basically just a few more strange things there.

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Aah! It's for your bra and knickers, Paul,

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but I didn't like to tell you! Really?

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I couldn't possibly comment.

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I've never seen one like that, actually.

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What did you pay for it? I think about 20 dollars.

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Well, at today's exchange rate, it would be about a tenner.

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?10, yeah. So what do you think about that?

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It must be worth more than a tenner.

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It's worth a lot more than a tenner, yes.

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What I'm checking is that all the pieces are complete.

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Now and again you find one that's missing and you'd never find the same design.

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I'd say you were looking ?50 now.

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?50 to ?70. Is that a price that... Does that sound all right?

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I'm a little surprised at that. I thought it would be more.

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Really? Yes. Why did you think it would be worth more?

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I thought maybe ?150 to ?200, something like that.

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I've got to be realistic, but it's up to you whether you want to sell it or not.

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I do. Right. We'll see what happens.

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OK, well, no time for titivating now.

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I think we need to find some more stuff to sell, don't you? Come on! OK.

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It's in perfect condition, the comb has all its teeth,

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there aren't any cracks or chips or anything,

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so I think it's worth a bit more than that, really.

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Debra may have been disappointed with Paul's valuation,

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but it's a good investment and all money towards the kitty...

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Well, kitties, to be precise! If we want to raise that ?650, though, we need all the help we can get.

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Not quite what I had in mind, Paul!

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This late 19th-century Royal Doulton vase I found is more like it,

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picked up by Debra at a car-boot sale

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and decorated in relief with floral sprays,

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it could take us ?40 to ?50 closer to our target.

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I know we're here to raise money to ship the cats to India,

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but I want to know more of what's in store for Debra and Siraj's new life overseas.

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So tell me a little bit about what you plan to do when you get to India?

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We'll start by decorating our guest house and our new home, I think, and just figuring all that out.

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You refer to it as a guesthouse, but you have bigger plans than that.

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What sort of guesthouse do you envisage this being?

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I'm going to do theme rooms, like a Japanese room, I'm going to do an Australian and New Zealand room,

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I'm going to do an African room, a British room, and then we'll probably have treatments.

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Ayurvedic medicine is very big there,

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so we'll probably extend into that and teach yoga and Pilates.

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Do you see yourself staying in India for the rest of your life?

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I don't say the rest of my life about many things, because you never know what's going to evolve,

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but I'll probably be there for some time,

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if not for the rest of my life.

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We'll see, but I'm going to be there for a while.

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You're not going to get there...

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Well, you'll probably get there, but the cats won't get there if you don't find enough stuff,

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so shall we see whether Paul's found anything else we can sell? That's a good idea.

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Our trawl for treats must continue if we want the family pets to cruise off to their new home in India,

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so it's crucial that we find plenty more antiques worthy of the auction saleroom.

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This eye-catching Art Deco necklace that I've discovered hidden away

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definitely lives up to that accolade.

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Although without a hallmark, it's uncertain whether it's gold,

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and so Paul must give it a conservative estimate of ?60 to ?80.

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And his animal instinct for top-notch goods has led him to the possible king of this jungle.

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Hello, Paul. Hello. What have you found now?

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Is it a family heirloom, a little stuffed lion?

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No, no, I bought that in Seattle, probably about 20 years back, 25 years, something like that.

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Did you know this was actually made by Steiff? Yes! Right.

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Margarete Steiff is the lady that's been credited to inventing the teddy bear,

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and it was a story, funnily enough, it was about Teddy Roosevelt, the American President,

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and what apparently happened, he was on a hunting trip

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and refused to shoot a bear cub, and it became a massive story at the time, and she created Teddy's bear,

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and it was very successful and it went on to be a massive factory,

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but they went through a stage of making all sorts of animals, like a menagerie,

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and they would make all the animals of the animal kingdom, and there are certain ones to look out for.

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The elephants are very popular because the early symbol that Margareta Steiff used

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was an elephant on the buttons, so they tend to be quite popular.

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This is very collectable and it is in marvellous condition.

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I don't think any children have got hold of this, so that's in your favour,

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and add to the fact that it's a cat and it's by one of the best manufacturers, it's a good item.

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Value-wise, it's not antique. It's probably 1950s, 1960s, but ?50 to ?100. How does that sound?

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Good. Let's tell the others.

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Lorne! Ah, here we are. Aah!

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Now then, we've got another ?50 for the tiger there.

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That's going to be a great help.

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How have you found the rummage today?

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Good! Yeah? It was a lot of fun.

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Well, from one big cat to two slightly smaller pussy cats.

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We need to get them out to India, don't we?

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What was the figure that you said? It's 650.

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If I tot up the total of everything we know

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is definitely going to auction, the value of the items comes to...

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?690!

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That's great! Isn't that good, darling? That's good. That's without the blanket.

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If you did decide to bring the blanket along as well, then that will bring the total to ?740. OK.

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So it means they could have some top quality food on the way! Yes.

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Better than what's usually served on an airline! First class!

0:21:040:21:07

So are you pleased with that figure?

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Yeah, that's great! That's very good!

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The next time I'll see you guys is when all these items

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will be laid out in the saleroom, ready to be sold. OK. I look forward to it.

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It's been one of the most chilled rummage days that I can remember,

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with Debra and Siraj today, and I've loved being around such a laid-back couple.

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We just need the bidders to have a positive vibe for all their collectables on the day.

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These will include...

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Debra's huge collection of designer costume jewellery,

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Debra's huge collection of designer costume jewellery,

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dating back to the 1930s, and valued at ?100 to ?150.

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The Japanese cigarette case,

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hoping to light up the saleroom by ?50 to ?100.

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And ?50 to ?70 for the Art Deco vanity case.

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And finally, that Native American Indian blanket,

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worth ?50 to ?80, if Debra decides to bring it to auction.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic...

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I'm dishing out sound advice.

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You should take it to India as your lucky mascot!

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And Paul and I need to have words.

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I haven't got room to clutter up my house with that, young man, believe me! Right!

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But will we all be friends at the end of the day?

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Find out when the final hammer falls.

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It's been a week or so since we were at Debbie and Siraj's house in Kensal Green,

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where we found plenty of antiques and collectables to bring here to Chiswick Auction Rooms.

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Now remember, they're starting a new life in India, but not alone.

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They want to take the cats with them, which is why they need to raise ?650,

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so let's just hope that when the items go under the hammer today,

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there are plenty of bidders looking to lap up their items.

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Well, there's no shortage of potential buyers

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in the auction house today, and while they spend time

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perusing the items on offer Paul Hayes can't wait to get his hands on Debra's crown jewels.

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Morning. Good morning. How are you? I'm fine.

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These are stunning pieces, aren't they? Yeah.

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We're looking for an elegant lady with lots of taste and style to buy a job lot of costume jewellery.

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They're such nice pieces in here.

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So this is all in, which is good news, isn't it? Yeah.

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We don't know about the blanket, do we?

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That had a lot of personal history to Debra,

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and being made by the Navajo Indians, how fantastic is that,

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so I don't think that will arrive here today.

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That's understandable. One thing we do know is here is that lovely Steiff lion!

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It is pride of place in the cabinet. Get it?

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Let's go and meet the couple. It could be a roaring success!

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If the jokes don't get any better than that, I think we could be in for a very long day.

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But if it's successful for Debra and Siraj, that's all that really matters,

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and judging from their cool composure, nothing will get this couple flustered.

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Aah, good morning! Good morning!

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So you have decided to bring it, then?

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Yes. So what made you decide that now is the time for it to go?

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I don't think it will do very well in India with different little critters

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and all sorts, so I think it would be better to let it go.

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And you've got the Steiff lion.

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Yes, yes, it's one of my favourite items.

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It doesn't half grow on you, that.

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I know... It's been watching me from the cabinet, waving!

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I just think it's ironic that we've got this lion

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that's going to contribute to the cats going to India!

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Are you looking forward to the auction? Yes.

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The auction is about to start, you probably will have noticed that, so shall we go and get in position?

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Come on, then. Follow me.

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If you feel like going along to your local auction, you'll have to pay commission

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and possibly other charges, so be sure to check what fees apply.

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With a packed house in position and an auctioneer ready at the helm,

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we find a quiet spot at the back of the room as our first lot goes on display.

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We want ?60 to ?80 for this hand-crafted masterpiece,

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but is Debra going to crack under the pressure?

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The Art Deco necklace actually breaks my heart a bit,

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because I've had it for ages, but I don't wear it that much,

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so I might as well see what I can get for it.

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Enamel-work is always popular, and the phrase "yellow metal"

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means that they possibly think it could be gold,

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but they can't officially call it gold because it's not hallmarked, so they put in "yellow metal".

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?30 to start me for that.

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?30, I'm bid. ?30. 35. ?40 now?

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?40 I'm bid. ?45 I'm bid.

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?50, ?55, ?60.

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?65, ?70, ?75, ?80.

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85. At ?85 on my left.

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Do I see 90 anywhere else?

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At ?85, going for 85, and selling... 90, lady's bid... Oooh, lady's bid!

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95 I'm bid.

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100, madam? At 95, then...

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The gentleman wins the day.

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Yes! Now, ?95, what a result, but is that based, do you think, on people thinking it is gold?

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I think so. You can still sell it. It's a very attractive item,

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so the fact that it's not hallmarked there doesn't really come into it.

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So gold or not, the necklace gets us well on our way with ?95.

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Let's hope the bidders' love of Debra's collectables continues and that they're prepared to pay

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the ?50 to ?100 asking price for her next item.

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He may be small, but they do say size isn't everything, eh, Paul?

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Now, the next lot is my favourite. It's the Steiff lion.

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Are you happy about this being sold? Yes. I've had it a long time, so...

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This is one of your "mane" items to go! Oh, dear!

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Can we just sell it?! Come on, it's coming up next!

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?100 for that? 30 to start me, then, at ?30.

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And 30, 35... Come on! At 40 now for lot 40a.

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At ?35, at ?35 for the lion. Any advance on ?35? Where are you?

0:26:490:26:55

Any further bids on 35? Disappointing... ?35.

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That is unsold. Oh, that's a shame!

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It's good news and bad news there.

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We didn't make the money we wanted to.

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The good thing is he hasn't sold it for too little.

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Right. What do you think you're going to do with it?

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You should take it to India as your lucky mascot, surely!

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OK, that's a good idea! Definitely, yeah! Yeah, why not!

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So, it now looks like we've got a third cat

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in need of transportation to a new home in India.

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But we can't get disheartened.

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Up next is that car-boot find of Debra's,

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which I hope will see our funds flourish by at least ?40 to ?50.

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Lot number 30a is the Royal Doulton vase, decorated in relief.

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Royal Doulton, most people think of the figurines, the tea services and so on,

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but they did have this wonderful art pottery going on, the late 19th century, early 20th century,

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and some of it is stunning, and I think this is a great example, and ?40 is well worth it, I think.

0:27:520:27:58

?20 to start me, then, at ?20.

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And 22, 25, 28, 30. At ?30.

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Can I tempt you to 32? 32 I'm bid.

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On my left at 32. Is it 35 now?

0:28:060:28:09

35 in a new place. Have another one at 35, with bar 246. Do I see 38?

0:28:090:28:14

Any advance on 35? Any more? 35.

0:28:140:28:17

Selling. 246, 35.

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Fabulous! No attachment to it whatsoever and I'm glad it got near what we valued it at.

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Coming in at just under estimate at ?35,

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but that sale means one less thing to take to India.

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If we want to raise enough for the family pets to be shipped there,

0:28:350:28:39

we're going to need some generous sales, but will our unusual war memorabilia

0:28:390:28:44

tempt anyone in the room, and push our total ahead by a further ?30 to ?50?

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Our next lot is a "Russian spirit commemorating the heavy armoured weaponry of the USSR,

0:28:490:28:55

"1941 to 1945, in gilt and enamels".

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I think that's a pretty good description.

0:28:570:29:00

Says it all. I couldn't have said it better myself.

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20 to start me, then, at ?20. I'm bid ?20, 25. ?30 I'm bid on my left.

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At ?30. ?35, ?40.

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Have another one at ?40 on my left.

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At 40. Do I see 45?

0:29:120:29:14

I'm selling at 40 unless I see further opposition.

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Going for 40 and selling. Excellent! ?40!

0:29:180:29:20

That was good, wasn't it! That was good, yeah.

0:29:200:29:22

We're tanking towards our ?650 target now, which is great news.

0:29:220:29:27

But will we be winners at the end of this auction battle,

0:29:270:29:31

and can the cigarette case bought from a junk shop in Seattle

0:29:310:29:34

strike up enough interest with the bidders?

0:29:340:29:36

The next item, I think, is a really lovely quality piece.

0:29:360:29:39

It's that Japanese yellow metal with the sort of dragons on it.

0:29:390:29:43

We've got a good estimate on it.

0:29:430:29:46

They're under-rated, really.

0:29:460:29:48

The amount of work that goes into an item like this is fantastic.

0:29:480:29:51

The only drawback you've got is that not as many people these days smoke!

0:29:510:29:55

?30, at 30. 35 I'm bid. 40. 45 I'm bid. 50 I'll take.

0:29:550:30:00

I'm bid ?45. Do I see 50 anywhere?

0:30:000:30:02

At ?45. In the middle of the room, standing at ?45, it's going.

0:30:020:30:06

All done, are you sure?

0:30:060:30:08

Just under, ?45.

0:30:080:30:10

?45. That's all right.

0:30:100:30:12

Yeah? Are you sure? OK.

0:30:120:30:14

?5 shy of Paul's lowest estimate isn't bad, but I hope

0:30:140:30:19

we get top dollar for these fabulous postcards from around the world, worth a staggering ?80 to ?120.

0:30:190:30:25

I know you're well-travelled, but you've got a whole collection of postcards here!

0:30:250:30:29

That's down to him! Oh...

0:30:290:30:31

that's your collection, is it? Yeah.

0:30:310:30:33

You kept that quiet, didn't you?

0:30:330:30:35

So you're quite OK about them being sold now?

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Yeah. It's time to go.

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At ?20 for the postcards.

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22 do I see? 22 I'm bid. 25, 28.

0:30:410:30:45

At 28. 30?

0:30:450:30:47

35, 40. Any more at ?40?

0:30:470:30:50

Not quite enough at ?40.

0:30:500:30:51

Do I see 45 anywhere? No further bidding.

0:30:510:30:54

The bidding got up to ?35, and the auctioneer has basically not sold them.

0:30:540:31:00

That's a really disappointing sale, but Debra can see the bright side.

0:31:000:31:05

I'm a little sad for Siraj that the postcards didn't sell,

0:31:050:31:09

but I think he's quite happy to actually keep them,

0:31:090:31:11

because he loves his postcards and stamps and coins.

0:31:110:31:14

That does mean a big hole in our funds though, surely!

0:31:140:31:21

That's the end of the first half of the sale, as far as we're concerned, anyway.

0:31:210:31:25

We've had a few of unsold lots.

0:31:250:31:27

The little Steiff, and the postcards, so I think that's fair enough because

0:31:270:31:31

it means you can keep something and you can keep something.

0:31:310:31:35

Now, we wanted ?650, didn't we, for the cats?

0:31:350:31:38

So far we've made ?215, so how do you feel about that?

0:31:380:31:42

That's not bad, that's a good start.

0:31:420:31:44

Absolutely! I've got more to sell a bit later on, so shall we have a bit of a break?

0:31:440:31:49

While Debra and Siraj head off for refreshments,

0:31:540:31:57

Paul can't help his inquisitive nature

0:31:570:31:59

and goes for a closer lot at what he considers the catch of the day.

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A-ha! Ah! Ships ahoy!

0:32:030:32:06

You're thinking is that the Peregrine Galley?

0:32:060:32:08

I was thinking where on Earth do you house something that size!

0:32:080:32:12

For an office or for larger premises,

0:32:120:32:14

a big open flat or something, but this has a lot of history, this boat.

0:32:140:32:18

It was built in around 1700 and disappeared mysteriously in 1761.

0:32:180:32:23

Did it? Yeah. This is a scale model that somebody has made and it's beautifully done.

0:32:230:32:28

All these are individual planks. It has taken hours and hours to do this and nicely presented.

0:32:280:32:33

So what's the estimate on this?

0:32:330:32:35

Well, it's in at between ?150 and ?180.

0:32:350:32:38

Well ?150, I mean, that just seems like a bargain buy to me!

0:32:380:32:42

It's very decorative. It needs somebody who lives by the sea to buy it!

0:32:420:32:45

Can you think of anybody?

0:32:450:32:47

I haven't got room to clutter up my house with that, young man, believe me! Right, OK.

0:32:470:32:52

I've only got a tiny, weenie sea view, so... OK.

0:32:520:32:55

The second half of the auction is well under way when we return to our places,

0:33:010:33:06

just in time as our vanity case is shown to the room.

0:33:060:33:08

We're hoping to clean up a further ?50 to ?70 for this piece.

0:33:080:33:12

OK, now our next lot, I must say, one of my favourites,

0:33:130:33:16

is that lovely Art Deco travel set, in a beautiful colour.

0:33:160:33:20

I just love the design of it.

0:33:200:33:23

It's a beautiful set, but I have noticed one of the pieces is damaged.

0:33:230:33:26

Has that happened in transit, or happened here?

0:33:260:33:29

I think it's happened here. Oh, what's happened to it?

0:33:290:33:32

One of the pieces has snapped, because of the brittle age of it.

0:33:320:33:36

I think someone has viewed... OK. I think it's OK...

0:33:360:33:38

I think it could be repaired easily. Start me at ?40 for that.

0:33:380:33:42

There it is - fine case full at ?30, then at 30.

0:33:420:33:45

At ?30 at 35. 35 I'm bid. ?40?...

0:33:450:33:48

Come on! 45, 45 I'm bid. At ?45.

0:33:480:33:52

Lady seated at 45. Any further bidding on ?45?

0:33:520:33:56

In the room at 45.

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?45. Are you happy with that? That's good.

0:33:580:34:01

Good, good. So, I don't think the damage, even though it's unfortunate,

0:34:010:34:05

I don't think made a difference to the price.

0:34:050:34:07

Yeah, that's good. A promising start and inches us closer

0:34:070:34:11

to getting Debra and Siraj's beloved cats, Jake and Zula, off to India,

0:34:110:34:16

but will we get a picture-perfect result

0:34:160:34:18

of ?50 to ?100 for Siraj's leather-bound photograph album?

0:34:180:34:23

Now were these your family or were they?

0:34:230:34:25

No!

0:34:250:34:27

Are you sure? Yeah. OK. Now these are interesting items, because people do

0:34:300:34:34

love this sort of social history, these old Victorian-looking people.

0:34:340:34:38

The ones that tend to go very well tend to be anybody in uniform, something like yourself...

0:34:380:34:43

you've got a hat or a military outfit or you know, a fabulous dress...

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that's what people go for. ?30 to start me for that.

0:34:470:34:51

Bidding ?30, I'm bid here at ?30, I'm bid at 30. 35?

0:34:510:34:55

40 now? ?40 I'm bid at ?40.

0:34:550:34:57

Do I see 45? I'm bid ?40, the bid is near me at 40.

0:34:570:35:01

45 in a new place. 50 now?

0:35:010:35:03

Are you bidding? ?50... ?50.

0:35:030:35:05

55... That's great!

0:35:050:35:07

?60, 65, ?70, 75,

0:35:070:35:11

?80, 85, ?90, 95?

0:35:110:35:17

At 95. On my extreme right at 95. Anybody else coming in? 95, selling.

0:35:170:35:21

That's great, isn't it!

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OK, who was in the photograph album?

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There must have been somebody of note in there, I would have thought?

0:35:260:35:30

I don't know! Amazing! Well done, you!

0:35:300:35:32

Brilliant, well-spotted, that's great!

0:35:320:35:35

Coming in just under Paul's highest estimate, what a terrific sale that was!

0:35:350:35:39

But Debra's decided her precious native blanket

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needs some protecting, and has put a ?50 reserve on it.

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We did decide to bring the blanket in the end,

0:35:450:35:48

but we've put a reserve on it because I have mixed feelings about parting with it,

0:35:480:35:53

so, we'll see how it does.

0:35:530:35:54

This item will either sell, for more than that, or you might have to take it to India with you,

0:35:540:35:59

but let's just hope that two people want it and the bidding goes mad.

0:35:590:36:03

30 to start me, then. At ?30, at 30, 35. Is it 40, now?

0:36:030:36:07

At ?35. The real thing here at ?35.

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Can I take 40 for it? Any advance on ?35?

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No further interest.

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I'm afraid that isn't sold.

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Are you pleased that he's not sold it for ?35?

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Yes, I am. I'm very pleased because it's worth more than that by a long shot.

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The sentimental value obviously meant more to Debra than the cash

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so I'm glad she's taking the blanket home.

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However, I'm sure the owner of the model ship Paul and I looked at

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earlier is hoping it will be sailing off to pastures new.

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310 now is the model of the warship, Peregrine Galley. 150 I'm bid.

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At ?150 is bid. 160, 180?

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I have ?180 for Lot 310. At 180.

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Do I see 200 now? I have ?180 and I'm selling at 180.

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Sold. There you are! ?180!

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?180. It could have been a darts player!

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The bidders reached deep into their wallets on that sale,

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and if we want to reach our ?650 target,

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we need them to dish out another ?100 to ?150 for our international treat.

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Our next lot is the stamps.

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This is your collection? Yes, that's right.

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I know you enjoy collecting these, so are you sad to see them go?

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Yeah. Are you?

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And I'm bid ?100 to start me, at ?100 I'm bid. 110, 110 I have.

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120, 130. I have ?130. Do I see 140?

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Have you finished at 130?

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Selling for 130 unless I see 140 quickly. 130 going.

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Sold for ?130, that's not bad at all, is it?

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The stamp album which made 130, I'm very, very happy about

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and I'm sure Siraj is very happy with that as well, cos I doubt that he paid that for it!

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So far today, Siraj's items have fared pretty well.

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The bidders can't get enough of his treasures,

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but will his collection of cigarette cards

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and first day stamp covers deliver us the ?80 to ?150 we so desperately want?

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?80 to start me for them.

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50 then, if you will. 40, ?40 and 40 for Lot 310A.

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Do I see 45? Any further bidding on 40? No more at 40.

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I'm afraid those are not sold.

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Oh, dear! He's unsold them. Unsold.

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It's a mystery to me why those fabulous collections didn't sell,

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but with no takers,

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our ?650 target could be on the rocks!

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We need the fashionable selection

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coming up next to be all the rage with the room

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and lift our funds and spirits by ?100 to ?150.

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What's amazing is you used to be able to buy collections like this affordably.

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You've got some great designer names amongst that.

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People are waking up for that market, so I'd be interested to see how these go on.

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I don't think you'll be too sad to see these go. No.

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?80 to start me there? 90, at ?90.

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Is it 100? 100 in the doorway.

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110, 120, 130, 140.

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Five, 150... Yes... ?150.

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That's excellent! 155, if we're in 5s? The bid is there at 150.

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Are you bidding? Any more? 150. ?150!

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That's great, isn't it! Well done!

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What a fantastic end to the day, but with our earlier disappointments,

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will we be anywhere near our target?

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It's all over.

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You're taking a couple of pieces home. You're taking home the blanket, and also the Steiff

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and one of your collections, too, so there's a fair bit, really, hasn't sold.

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Given that, do you think we've made the ?650 we were looking for?

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I don't know. I haven't been keeping track, really.

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And what about you? I've no idea!

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No idea? OK, all right.

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Well, I think we've done pretty well - ?635! Oh, really?

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Yes. That's great!

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Yes, and that obviously includes the fact that some of those items haven't sold at all!

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That's really good. That's good. Happy with that.

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So is that good enough to get the cats there?

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Yep, that's it! Fantastic!

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?15 below, that's it.

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Safe in the knowledge that the shipping costs for the cats' passage to India is paid for,

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Debra and Siraj have come to Brighton to turn their attentions to their planned future

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of running a guest house, and want to check out an inspirational hotel.

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Hello there, I'm Martin. Welcome to the Town House.

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Hi, Martin. I hear you've got an exciting plan?

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We do, we do. Off to India? Yeah.

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Let me show you some of the hotel. Come and see Kasbah.

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Wow!

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This is amazing! Well, the idea here was

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really to make it feel like you're sleeping and sitting in a Kasbah, so what we've tried to do

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is to make sure that you can do a 360 degree turn in the room and not see anything that's out of place.

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And it doesn't stop there.

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Here you can travel to the jungle...

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That's amazing! I'm speechless, actually!

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One room is just better than the next, only not better!

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Colonial India... Wow!

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Amazing attention to detail!

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And even a Mandarin temple!

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While the couple is getting invaluable guidance,

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creating a hotel of this calibre takes hard work, which Martin explains can sometimes be in vain.

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We've had two complaints with this room

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that there's plaster falling down the walls!

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I had to explain that it cost me a lot of money to have that plaster fall off the wall!

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Debra's not afraid of the task ahead, although the visit has made her question her plans.

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Although I had ideas and I thought they were pretty well-formed,

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they are certainly in the scrap heap now and I'm starting over!

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I'm going to rethink everything we're doing, basically, but it's totally inspirational.

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Yeah, we've got a lot of ideas, good ideas.

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A lot of good ideas!

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We enjoy it. Very much!

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Debra Yurica teaches pilates, and her husband Surari teaches yoga. They want to lead a more spiritual life and move to India, a dream they are trying to realise by opening a retreat and bed and breakfast for travellers.

Will the Cash in the Attic team be able to raise enough money to make their dream come true?