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Welcome to Cash In The Attic, the programme that searches
out treasures around your home and then sells them for you at auction.
And today I'm in Surrey, and I thought while I was here
I would pay a flying visit to the magnificent Nonsuch Mansion.
This elegant Elizabethan-style mansion forms the focal point of Nonsuch Park.
It was inspired by Henry VIII's Nonsuch Palace, a lavish hunting lodge destroyed back in 1682.
This ancient engraving built into the north porch serves as a reminder of the site's distinguished history.
This glorious place is absolutely crammed with history, but just ten minutes away,
I'm hoping to uncover a few more important treasures, to sell under the hammer at auction.
Coming up on today's show, we meet two Cash In The Attic fans
who just can't wait to show off their prized possessions.
That is my favourite.
I think she's so beautiful.
And while Jonty's suitably impressed...
I believe the quality of craftsmanship here is as good as I've ever seen.
..Our arrival isn't all good news.
This vase, I have to tell you, is no older than my pair of shoes I'm standing in.
Well, let's hope all is forgiven when the final hammer falls.
I've come to New Malden in Surrey to meet a couple who've called in
the Cash In The Attic team to help them raise money
for a great family day out.
This three-bedroom detached house in New Malden in Surrey is home to
enthusiastic gardener Malcolm Parry and his wife, Patricia.
After ten years together, they finally tied the knot two years ago,
much to the delight of Malcolm's two children, and Patricia's daughter, son in law and three grandchildren.
Another auction-goer, Patricia's love of antiques has rubbed off on Malcolm,
and they are forever looking for a bargain.
-Jonty, how are you?
-How are you?
We've got a great household, because lots of interest in here.
-They like antiques and the lady of the house loves her garden.
-Well, it looks good.
-She's got three grandchildren and she wants to take them for a really wonderful, fun day out.
-Actually, there's a baby in this family, and this baby is called Jonty, after you.
It's going to be an interesting day!
Let's go and meet the family.
-So, Patricia and Malcolm, how are you?
-So nice to see you.
-Good to see you.
-I'm so looking forward to seeing all your beautiful things.
Now, I hear down the line that you two are Cash In The Attic fanatics.
-We watch it every time we can.
-Is that the truth?
It's terribly true, yes.
And what made you, in the end, get in touch with us and call the team in?
Because we liked it so much, we thought we'd like to have a go of it. We thought we'd like to be on it.
So how much money would you like to raise, ideally?
-And how would you spend that?
I would like to take my grandchildren out for a treat.
Outside, I was teasing Jonty about the baby in your family called Jonty, after him.
-Shall we go and find him?
OK, let's go.
'A quick glance around this family home reveals a whole host of potential finds.
'Let's hope all their collecting pays off.
'Time to start rummaging, and one man who's never found sitting down on the job
'is antiques expert, Jonty Hearnden.
'He's already hard at work in the garage, where he's spotted a rather impressive-looking chair.'
Hello! What are you doing in my garage?
Have you been thrown out of the house already?
Never underestimate a good garage, that's what I say.
-Right. Pretty chair.
-Lovely chair. Lovely chair. Where's this from?
-Well, we bought it in Jersey, about 20 years ago.
-And we had it recovered.
Yeah. When we originally bought this, it was green, like a pea-green.
Well, date-wise, it's about 100 years old, and you can tell that by, if you look at the top rail here,
this stylised fan design, and this stylised acanthus leaf, that's late-Victorian.
So this chair is a late-Victorian walnut-framed chair.
The most important thing when you're considering buying a chair like this
is to make sure that the frame itself is sound,
because it's quite an expense to have it re-glued properly.
So, Jonty, how much?
Value at auction, we're looking sort of £50-80.
Do you remember how much you paid for it?
-I paid about 75 for it.
-That just shows you where the market is.
I've priced that, hopefully, that we can sell it.
-You've been banished to the garage. Do you think you'll let him back in?
-Yeah, I think so.
Please, can I come in?
'Not a bad start, but we need plenty more where that came from
'if we're to reach Malcolm and Patricia's £500 target.
'The search is on, and no room will escape a thorough going-over.
'Downstairs, Malcolm hopes Jonty can shed some light on two ornate lamps bought at a local antiques fair.'
-What have you got there, Malcolm?
-Ah, Jonty. I've got a pair of these lamps.
So how long ago did you buy them?
-About two years ago.
-And what were you told about them?
-I was told that they were French.
And the reason I bought them, because they're very stylish.
I agree. There's an elegance about them.
As a pair they would look really quite dramatic.
But they're not particularly old.
Where did they come from?
Me and my wife went up to an antique fair, up in Tolworth.
What were they originally priced at?
The original asking price was £400 but I managed to knock them down to £200.
-Well, that's a pity, because I just don't think I can get your money back.
If they were original, then these would be bronze, often gilded bronze.
Now, here, the scene here, this crackle glaze ground here
is another thing that tells me quite clearly that these are
reproductions, because this scene is neither oriental, nor is it European in style.
There's a bit of a mish-mash going on there.
But, rather stylishly, you've got these cherubs, these winged cherubs at the top here.
And there's an elegance to them, I have to agree.
But they fall between two stools.
These have no age at all to them, so they have to be priced accordingly.
And I can't get your £200 back at all.
They're more like £50 to £80, £50 to £100, possibly.
Would you have still hoped to sell them at that price?
Yes, we would like to put them in.
OK. I want to find something that's got real antique worth.
-Shall we go this way?
-Yes, let's have a look.
They're not 100% kosher,
so after hearing that, I'm very happy that they are worth something.
Jonty's estimate may be less than what they originally paid, but £50
would buy a whole lot of ice cream, so into the kids' fund it goes.
Maybe this pair of large reproduction candlesticks
will take our bidders' fancy, with a price tag of £20 to £40.
Or, indeed, this statuesque oil lamp,
which Jonty values at a sizeable £40 to £60.
And with Jonty on a roll, I escape to the garden with
Malcolm and Patricia to find out more about their love of antiques.
It is wonderful to be able to sit in your beautiful garden.
What you've managed to pack into a relatively small garden is amazing.
So, which one of you's the real gardener?
I cut the grass. Malcolm does the planting.
Now, the other thing I've noticed around your house is that you,
Patricia, are very knowledgeable about antiques, and about auctions.
Where does that love come from?
-Well, my granddad. He used to be a totter.
-A rag and bone man.
He used to go around and collect all second hand stuff, and then he
eventually opened a shop in Barbary Road, in Notting Hill Gate.
Can you do the call of a rag and bone man?
Rag and bone! Or something like that.
Not as good as what he could. Yeah, I think that's where it came from.
I used to love rummaging round that shop.
Now, how important is family life to both of you?
-I've got three grandchildren, two girls and a boy.
My grandkids love him. Especially Alfie.
We always care and look after our families the best we can.
-Hence today. Hence the programme.
-Hence today, yeah.
I've really enjoyed sitting in your beautiful garden, but you know what?
-I've got to put you back to work. Shall we go back indoors?
-Let's go back.
'With just over a third of our target accounted for, we need to find some real gems
'if Malcolm and Patricia are going to treat their grandchildren to a grand day out.
'Jonty values this nine-branch chandelier
'at £20 to £40.
'With its electrical fittings in working order,
'this will hopefully set a bidder truly alight, come the sale day.
'But it looks like Patricia's prized lily vase has also caught his eye.'
-What is this?
-That is my favourite. I think she's so beautiful.
The gentleman who put this up to auction lives in Eastbourne,
and he was having his garden renovated, and he dug it up.
-And he was digging. Yeah!
-And he said that's where he dug it up from.
-He saw you coming.
He did. I reckon he did.
-Can I tell you what we're looking at here?
Stylistically, this vase is art nouveau.
And if you look at it, we've got this very floral work going on here,
so we've got these lily leaves, and at the top here, we've got this lily head.
And then hugging the whole thing is this maiden.
And all of those were used prolifically
in the art nouveau period.
This vase, I have to tell you,
is no older than my pair of shoes I'm standing in.
The reason why I'm sure you were attracted to the vase
is that it's such a beautiful shape.
And for obvious reasons, therefore, they have reproduced the style.
-So how much did you pay for it?
I can't see this selling for more than £50, or there or thereabouts.
-That is shocking!
Oh, my... You're gonna need smelling salts after this.
So is it going, then?
-Got to go.
-Got to go.
You'll weep on the day, but it'll be interesting to see. Are you going to carry this out?
-I'll take this out.
Very disappointed about that,
because I really, truly believed that it would be what I paid for it.
Well, the vase may be a thing of beauty,
but it's another reproduction, worth a very disappointing £50.
With time a-ticking,
Malcolm hopes this striking pendulum wall clock will do well,
at Jonty's estimation of £40 to £80.
And Patricia's clearly charmed by these two porcelain figurines.
Fingers crossed they'll have the same effect on our bidders.
-Jonty, have a look at these.
-What have you got?
This lady here, the ballerina...
-Yes, she's Royal Dux, or Dukes?
It's Royal Dux, yes.
And this lady here, same.
Yes. Are these recent acquisitions?
These were bought about 15 years ago.
OK. Let's take this one first of all.
Can I do a quick swap, so you hold the ballerina?
-But this is the dancer with the snake.
She has a feeling of being 1920s, one of those exotic dancers, doesn't she?
But this model is still sold today.
During the '50s, they got rid of a lot of their moulds,
but what has happened in recent times is that they have started to use some of their older moulds.
So whether this was an old mould or not, I'm not quite sure.
But if you have a look on the underside here, it says Czech Republic.
So this is beyond the early 1990s.
-So you can tell that she's rather contemporary, even though she has that antique feel.
-All right? The ballerina is much more of the style, isn't she?
-You have this sense of being Royal Dux, which is
this lovely, ceramic gracefulness to Royal Dux.
Yes, they are beautiful, yes.
Do you remember roughly what you were paying for them?
£40 a pair.
I'm hoping that we might be able to get £100, £150, possibly, for you.
-That's wonderful news.
-So we can definitely put these into the sale?
-Good. Let's put them back in for safe keeping.
-Where to next?
We're pulling out all the stops here in New Malden in Surrey,
and are edging ever closer to our £500 target.
Determined to raise the bar, Patricia decides to sell
her collection of six framed Spy cartoons.
These satirical prints originally appeared in Vanity Fair magazine,
between 1868 and 1914,
and should raise a much-needed £50 to £80.
But with the day nearly done, Jonty has one last find up his sleeve.
Ah, you found my bronzes!
Yes. Now, these are a lovely pair. Where do they come from?
They're from a little second hand shop in Hampton.
-They were £50 a pair.
-And what do you know about them?
Well, I looked up on the internet,
and I found out that Marcel Debut was the sculptor.
My, you have been doing your homework!
These are very high quality indeed.
In fact, one of his recent works sold for about £5,000 at auction,
and that's very recently.
But these are copies of his work.
And when I say copies, they're recently done.
-I'll show you for why.
If you turn a bronze upside down and have a look at the underside,
here it's really quite clean.
It really looks quite new, in fact.
A period bronze would have a lot of oxidisation there,
lots of different colours, apart from anything else.
-OK, so they're not £4,000 or £5,000 worth of bronzes, all right?
-But you've done your homework, because the signature
is here on the side, and the quality is very, very good.
In fact, they're so good,
I thought they were original until I turned them upside down.
-So what do you think they're worth, then?
-I heard that question!
And we would like to know as well, how much they're worth.
Well, they're really good quality.
In fact, these are as good reproductions as I've ever seen.
Are you very hopeful?
Keeping my fingers crossed.
Well, I'm going to keep you in suspense a bit longer,
because there's one thing I want to ask Jonty,
before we actually hear what these are worth,
-because you know I teased him at the beginning?
About the baby, named after Jonty?
This is a photograph. Handsome boy.
Doesn't look a bit like me.
I don't know!
OK, that's enough of the tease.
Obviously, you want to know how much these figurines are worth, and so do we.
So what is the amount?
I reckon, because they're such good copies,
I think they should be worth between £400 and £600!
-What, for the pair?
-For the pair.
I'm sure you're dying to know the actual total,
and just to recap, you wanted at least £500.
So you'll be thrilled to know that you have at least £820.
My God! That is absolutely fantastic.
Isn't that amazing?
-That is brilliant.
-Thank you very much indeed.
We agree...a fantastic result.
Let's hope those bids come rolling in come auction day,
so that Malcolm and Patricia can spoil rotten their nearest and dearest.
Going under the hammer,
a pair of ornate reproduction table lamps, valued at £50 to £80.
Two all-singing, all-dancing Royal Dux porcelain figurines,
with an estimate of £100 to £150.
a pair of reproduction Marcel Debut bronzes,
bought for £50 and valued at a staggering £400 to £600.
Then Patricia's prized lily vase
with a disappointing £50 price tag.
Will one of our bidders fall head over heels for it?
Still to come on Cash In The Attic,
our couple have high hopes for their items.
5, 80, 5...
But they're in for some nasty surprises.
Will they reach their target? Find out when the final hammer falls.
So, it's been a few weeks now since we talked to Malcolm and Patricia at their home in Surrey,
and we've brought all their collectibles here to the Chiswick Auction Rooms in west London.
Just to remind you, they want to raise £500 so that the entire family can have a wonderful day out.
A lot of people are waiting to see the results of this auction.
So let's hope there are some big bidders in today, when their items go under the hammer.
Happily, the saleroom is already bursting with potential bidders,
and with so many wonderful items to choose from, let's hope they're ready to spend, spend, spend!
Our expert, Jonty, has already sought out Patricia and Malcolm's mahogany-framed chair,
but there's no rest for the wicked.
You're not sleeping on the job? Honestly, you're shocking!
-Me? It's very comfy.
-It is an early start, though, isn't it?
It's always an early start for me.
The family are hoping to raise lots of money today for that big day out.
So there's a lot riding on this.
Yes, interestingly, I've valued a lot of items under the £100 mark,
so it matters that they sell, but it's more onus on the bronzes.
If they sell, then we're laughing.
-So you're depending on the bronzes, basically.
I think that Patricia and Malcolm are here, so shall we go and say hello?
'With all eyes on their lots, Patricia and Malcolm can't wait to get started.
'But it looks like Patricia might be in two minds about her prized lily vase.
'Is she really ready to part with it?'
Patricia and Malcolm, how nice to see you again.
I think, maybe judging by your look, you're having second thoughts about this item?
I was having second thoughts about it, yes.
I don't mind taking it home.
So that little part of you is hoping that maybe it'll not sell.
It's still there with her, because she is absolutely beautiful.
-How do you think it'll do today?
-It will sell well, because it's a nice, big decorative object.
Now, is there anything, particularly, that you're happy to see sold?
Chandelier, please go!
You're begging, begging, begging! Well, I can see the auctioneer going over to the podiums.
-Shall we get into position? Do you want to follow us?
Remember, if you're planning on buying or selling goods at auction,
be aware that you'll have to pay commission and possible other charges,
so always check first with your local auction house.
Time to take our places with the first lot of the day,
the two Royal Dux figurines.
Now, Patricia paid £50 for this charming pair,
but will they reach Jonty's estimate of £100 to £150?
Lot number 78, now, the Royal Dux figure of a ballerina and another one of a snake charmer.
There we are, Royal Dux, lot number 78.
Starting me, we'll put it to £100.
£50? Only £25?
It's £50, up to £55, £50, £55 now?
That's a bid there at £50. £55, thank you. 60, 5, 70, 5, 80, 5?
80, £80, 80.
85, new bidder.
90? 85, 90? 90 there, 90. 95? 100?
-No. £95. That's money at £95.
We'll put it at £95. Are we done? Last chance. Done.
It's a great start, and just shy of Jonty's estimate.
Let's hope our next lot charms its way into one of our bidders' sitting rooms.
It's the Victorian carver chair, which Jonty valued at £50 to £80.
Good start, this chair. Start at £50 for it.
£50 for it, £40 for it.
Thank you, bidder, £40.
40, two. Two at £40.
Two next to it. 45, 48, 50, 52?
Is that it? 55? £52, are we done?
-Done for £52.
-£52 is very good indeed.
-You've done well.
So that's another £52 towards our target.
Next up under the hammer is the statuesque oil lamp
with a £40 to £60 estimate.
Let's hope it burns a hole in somebody's pocket.
50, 5, 60, 5, 70. 75? Gone?
-70, back in.
-You got it £70.
Well, that was unexpected, and £10 over Jonty's higher estimate.
Let's hope Patricia's lily vase fares as well.
She's obviously besotted with it, but Jonty isn't as enamoured,
and values it at a mere £50 to £60.
Will any of our bidders fall for it?
-Are you ready? OK.
-The vase, what's it worth?
£50 for it? £30 for it?
-30, 30 bid.
-Oh, no! No!
-It's worth more.
Am I bid £20 for it? Thank you, a bid at £20.
£20, 22? 20? Another bid? No?
Oh, dear. It's a disappointing £20,
and having forked out £300 for this beauty,
does Patricia wish she'd held on to it?
It was one of the things I would have liked to have taken home again.
But never mind... it's gone to a nice home, I hope.
Having already made a loss, with these reproduction table lamps,
I hope for Patricia and Malcolm's sake they reach at least Jonty's £50 to £80 estimate.
£50, they're sold at £50.
Oh, relief. Some good news. And a further £50 towards our target.
Let's hope our bidders still have some cash to burn,
as up next is Patricia and Malcolm's crystal chandelier,
valued at £20 to £40.
-Patricia, I think this is happiness with you, because you want this chandelier out, don't you?
£20 for it?
Bid at 20. 22. 22, 25? 28, 30...
32, 35, 38, 40...
Someone's seen something in it!
-Selling it at £50.
Thank you. 55? £50.
Selling it at £50. £50, are we done?
Last chance. £50, thank you.
What did you think?
-Excuse me while I laugh!
I was very pleased to see the chandelier go,
because I hated it and I would have paid someone to take it away!
Well, it just goes to show... one man's trash really is another man's treasure.
And at £50, that's £10 over Jonty's higher estimate.
It looks like the odds are stacked in our favour today,
and with over £300 in the kids' day out kitty so far,
our £500 target is within our sights.
But with just four items to go, a lot rides on these two reproduction Marcel Debut bronzes.
This is the really, really big one.
'He's looking for them to reach £400 to £600.'
And here they come.
I'm starting you, £300. £300 starting bid, £300, £300? Start me, somebody, £300.
No-one's offering £300. I'm going to pass it on.
-Not too many takers.
So how do you feel?
That was a big disappointment, that.
But people just don't know, sometimes, like me.
No class today, I'm afraid!
'Malcolm and Patricia may be putting on a brave face, but that's a big knock-back,
'and one they won't recover from if their next three lots don't pick up the pace.
So with £20 to £40 on the cards, these two reproduction candlesticks
need to set one of our bidders alight.
That's a bid of £10. Give me 12. At £10. The only bid at £10.
Another £10 towards that fabulous day out for all the family!
Hm, not bad,
but it's £10 short of Jonty's estimate,
and we need every single penny at this stage in the day.
Patricia may be in high spirits, but will she have the last laugh?
With time nearly upon us, this grand pendulum wall clock,
priced at £40 to £80, needs to set our bidders' hands in motion.
£40 for it?
-Somebody give me £40 or I'll pass it on. £40, 42, 45, 48, 50...
60, 65. 60, it's been taken.
65 back in. 70, 5?
You out at £70? £70, last chance.
All done at £70, then.
£70, that is good.
And what did you pay for that?
-Next to nothing.
-Yeah, next to nothing. About £30.
Double your money.
That's more like it...a timely £70.
But is it too little, too late?
With one more item up for grabs, all eyes are on our bidders.
Will our final lot,
the six satirical Spy prints, priced at £50 to £80, come up trumps?
Now, I spy with my little eye, six spy prints.
£50. £50. For the six. £50, £40.
£40, 42, 48, 50, 5, 60.
Thank you. 5, 70.
70, 75, 80, 85, at £80...
One more, one more!
Going at £80... For £80 all done.
For £80, all out. All done at £80.
-That's really good.
That's better than really good... that's fantastic,
and bang on Jonty's higher estimate.
But will it be enough to give the children a treat?
-So, have you enjoyed your day out?
-It's been lovely.
Well, just to recap on the whole thing, you wanted in and around £500 to have a wonderful family day out.
Well, your result is...
-I can't believe that!
Because you thought it was going to be, what?
-I thought it was going to be about 250.
-I know! That is so good!
-You're going to have a great time.
Fantastic, and well done, Patricia.
I hope you all have a great day out.
-I tell you what, it's a lot of spending money!
The kids'll spend that!
The auction went really well. We were really pleased with the result.
We're going to take the kids go-karting.
Because they did well in their SATs this year...
they got straight As and we were so pleased with them...we wanted to give them a good day out.
The family are all raring to go,
and can't wait to get into their gear and hit the track.
With helmets on and seatbelts fastened, they're off.
And it's pedal to the metal all the way.
This family may be close, but out on the track it's every man, woman and child for themselves.
With engines revving and tyres screeching,
it's watch out, Lewis Hamilton, the Dean-Parrys are on the move!
-It was brilliant.
-It was really, really fun.
-Did you enjoy it?
We all had a really fantastic time.
Well, it looks like Patricia and all the family have had
just the most wonderful day out, all having a great time.
Now, if you've got some collectibles hidden around your home,
and you'd like to join us on the programme one day, it's very easy.
All you have to do is to go to our website.
And let's hope that I will see you one day on...
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Malcolm and Patricia Dean-Parry are fanatical about antiques, but Gloria Hunniford and Jonty Hearnden soon discover that all is not what it seems. Will they still be able to raise enough cash to take their grandchildren out on a day to remember?