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Series looking at the value of household junk. Yvonne Taylor and her nephew Liam, a former professional footballer, hope to unearth enough valuables to pay for a family day out.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic the programme that find valuables around your home

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and then sells them at auction.

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Today I'm in Yorkshire and to get a feel for some of the history of the area

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I've come to the imposing Temple Newsam House.

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Steeped in history, this magnificent Tudor manor overlooks 1,500 acres of land.

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Much of it was landscaped by Capability Brown in the 18th century.

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This is also home to magnificent a collection of classic paintings,

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silver, furniture, textiles and Leeds pottery.

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So, who knows? Maybe today we'll uncover some special treasures of our own

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as we go in search of a host of antiques and collectibles that we can take to auction.

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Coming up on today's Cash In The Attic, Paul shows his age.

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When I first started, these used to be thrown away. I would refuse to take them.

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'A candelabra teases us with its elegance.'

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-What sort of price would you put on it?

-Solid silver, about £6,000.

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The auctioneer faces his toughest challenge to date.

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I can try and sell most things but this is beyond me.

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Oh, dear! We'll see what happens when the hammer falls.

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I'm on my way to meet two people

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who have called in the Cash In The Attic team

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to raise money for a very special family day out.

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This large four-bedroomed property overlooking Fairburn Ings Bird Sanctuary near Leeds

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is home to Yvonne Taylor.

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When Yvonne's sister died 18 years ago, she became guardian to her nephew, Liam.

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A promising footballer when he was younger,

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Liam has played professionally and now works full-time as a PE teacher.

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-Good morning, Paul.

-How are you?

-I'm well. You're taking in the view.

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Isn't it absolutely fantastic?

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It is magnificent, isn't it? That's Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve down there.

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No time for birdwatching, you're doing antiques-watching.

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-OK, that's what I'm here for, so you lead the way.

-And I'll go and meet Yvonne and Liam.

-OK.

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Yvonne and Liam - having a bit of a trip down memory lane here.

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You know, you have the most amazing view here. Is that what attracted you to this?

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It was originally.

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They said Fairburn Ings was going to be a nature reserve. They wouldn't build in front of you.

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So, that's the reason we chose it as a site as well.

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Perfect, so, that's why you chose to be here but why have you called in Cash In The Attic?

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Well, we've got that much rubbish in the loft.

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I said if we could get some money together, we would have a family day out.

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-How many people does that involve?

-Roughly eight or nine of us.

-What have you got in mind to do?

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Hopefully, something like go-karting or something quite intense.

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A great day out for the boys but what about the girls?

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-They'll give them a run for their money.

-I bet! How much will it cost?

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We would be looking to getting maybe £500 which would cover the whole day go-karting and maybe a meal as well.

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So, time to get Paul up in the attic.

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Let's go and see what he's found.

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Yvonne's house is so immaculate, it's hard to imagine we're going to have anything to find.

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A glance around reveals that she has an eagle eye when it comes to collectibles.

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With his 20 years' experience sniffing out gems, our expert Paul Hayes is in for a treat.

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And he's hoping that something remarkable has appeared from the top of Liam's ladder.

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-I take it's a sewing machine, is it?

-I think so.

-They normally do come in these sort of compartments.

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There we go, look at that.

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That is a machine and a half. That's a Singer.

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-Not one, but two Singer sewing machines.

-What's going on here?

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Clearly this isn't something that you ever use, so do you know where it came from?

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It's from my grandma's who lives in Harrogate.

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All these sewing machines were made for factories

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and Singer had the idea of making them for individual houses.

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It was an instant success and he was a multi-millionaire.

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-Is there a market for them now?

-When I first started, these used to be thrown away.

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I would refuse even to take them.

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The only thing you could do with them, the actual tables were made into pub tables.

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They'd take the machines and make them into legs.

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These now, people are starting to realise they are well-made machines.

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They give that instant antique look.

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What sort of price would you put on them?

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Value wise, we've two of them. They're all a standard sort of price.

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If I said £70 to £100, how does that sound to you?

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-For the two of them?

-For the two of them, yes.

-Brilliant.

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-You don't want to keep one to do your football socks.

-No, I'll be OK.

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We're off to a great start but there's a long way to go if we're to stitch together that £500 target.

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Liam has cut to the chase in one of the bedrooms.

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This set of silver-plated knives could bring home

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£20 or more at auction. And in the master bedroom,

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Yvonne has been raiding the family jewels.

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Paul!

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Ah, look at that. That's nice, isn't it? Whose is that, then?

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-It's my husband, Bill's.

-Is this his signet ring, then?

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-Yeah, I think it was given to him by his grandmother.

-Really?

-Yeah.

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-You don't see many gentleman wearing rings now?

-No.

-It doesn't seem to be as fashionable

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but my dad had one similar to this on his little finger.

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In the '60s and '70s, they used to put them in black onyx

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which gives a good contrast to the actual lettering.

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But you can tell this one is fairly modern for the simple reason

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the original idea with these were the B would actually be carved in backwards.

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-They used it to seal letters with wax.

-Oh, right.

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But as the time progresses, we get more of a modern theme, it became someone's initials, someone's name.

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But one little thing to look for, well, two things actually.

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Check for the weight and the quality of the gold.

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You can feel that's quite a light one and if you have a look at the bottom,

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-you can see it says 9CT gold so it's 9 carat. So, does Bill ever wear it now?

-No.

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-You'd have to ask him first.

-I'd ask him first, but I think it would be OK.

-All right.

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But if he does decide, you're looking at least £30 up to about £60. How does that sound?

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It doesn't sound too bad for something he doesn't wear any more.

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-And it will go towards the fund, won't it?

-Towards that great day out.

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It fits me perfectly. Might change my name. THEY LAUGH

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Yvonne seems fairly confident that her husband won't be sad to see the ring go.

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In fact, the family have left her quite a few items over time.

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This little silver watch that belonged to her mother might polish off £50 to £70

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when it goes to the sale

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and this attractive watch trimmed with 9 carat gold could fetch £50 as well.

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We seem to be progressing steadily towards that £500 target for the day out on the track.

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So, while Paul continues the hunt,

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I'm going to find out why Liam came to live with his Auntie Yvonne and Uncle Bill.

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Well, I know we should be rummaging, we've left Paul to it,

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but I can't resist coming out here and finding out about the family

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because you've only lived with Yvonne since you were six years old.

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-She's your auntie, isn't she?

-She is, yes.

-How did that come about?

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Well, when I was six, my mother died of cancer and so myself and my three brothers

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all got separated between family but still live within close vicinity.

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That was a brave decision for you to take, wasn't it?

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It was hard at the time but it was nice to keep the boys together,

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they used to play together, went on holidays together, went to school together.

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Was it the family football that got you into football?

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-Very much so. I ended up getting a scholarship at Hull City.

-So you were a professional footballer?

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-Full time for three years.

-Now, you're a PE teacher working with youngsters.

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Yes, I do, I find that, especially within sport, you see a lot of the better side to young people.

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-Presumably this day out is a good excuse for you Yvonne to get all the family together again?

-It is.

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It sounds as if you are going to have a fabulous time

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and I know you've still got lots of things for us to look at.

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So, enough chat, let's go and see what else we can find.

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With only £220 of antiques appraised so far, we're still some way off reaching our £500 target.

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So, Paul's doubled his efforts and found this silverware.

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-There you are.

-Hello, how are you?

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What a fantastic candelabra. It would look elegant on that table.

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Where did it come from, Yvonne?

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It came from Bill's mother's house in Garforth, and they used to do a lot of entertaining.

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Have you used it in here with candles in when you've dined by candlelight?

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We have at Christmas time and that's about all.

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It takes a bit of room from the table when everybody's sat round, to be quite honest with you.

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The idea was these would come in pairs. It is a good job actually this is in remarkable condition.

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Normally by now they are starting to wear away.

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This is silver-plated, not solid silver, that's the big thing.

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With the nature of silver-plated items, when you polish,

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the item you take a small bit of silver off it.

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It's good to find them in this sort of condition.

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It's a candelabra and that's basically a candlestick with arms or branches,

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that's where the term comes from.

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It has all its sconces, that's important.

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This is by a firm called Barker & Ellis, so it's quite a recent one.

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I would say maybe 1930s, 1940s, that sort of time.

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But top quality and in great condition.

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So, what sort of price would you put on it?

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Solid silver, about £6,000. THEY LAUGH

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-I wish.

-But a silver-plated item like this in great condition, you are looking at £60 to £100.

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-Sound all right?

-Yes.

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I'm not a cleaning person when it comes to polishing silver and brass.

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I won't be sorry to see the back of it.

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This house is as neat as a pin but everywhere there are small treasures waiting to be found.

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I've come across something that might encourage the bidders to spend their pennies.

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This golden sovereign could attract £70 to £100.

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While Paul's been looking at the fine art,

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Liam has been inspired to pull out something that he thinks fits into the frame.

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Here you are, Paul, this is the mirror I was talking about.

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-It's seen better days, hasn't it?

-It certainly has.

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That's what we call a triptych mirror. So it is in three pieces.

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These are what you call chocolate box.

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They sometimes actually were the top of the chocolate box - that's where the term comes from.

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Pretty pictures that someone's placed in there.

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Maybe from a pub. Did he ever own a pub?

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No, we inherited them from a late Uncle Tony that we had.

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The mirror in that is shot all together and needs doing up but I can see potential with these.

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It's amazing - good old solid frames are always collectible.

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These are actually solid oak and they date from the 1920s.

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If you don't like the pictures, you could put something else in there that would do the job.

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These two frames here, very nice indeed, that one needs a bit of work.

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-But if I said £50 to £90, how does that sound?

-It sounds brilliant.

-All right.

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Speaking of racing, Paul has found this Olympic memorabilia.

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Collections like these can fetch a competitive price at auction

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and he thinks a value of £25 to £35 would go well.

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We've certainly made tracks today but we're not on the home stretch yet.

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But I've found something that might work a charm on our total.

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-Paul.

-Yeah.

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Look what I've just found in the bedroom.

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A lovely gold charm bracelet. These are back in fashion at the moment.

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-Do you think Yvonne might want to sell that?

-We should ask her really.

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-Yvonne!

-There you are.

-Liam.

-We're assuming it's yours. Not yours, is it, Liam?

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-Where's this come from then, Yvonne?

-It belonged to Bill's mother

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and Bill's dad gave it to me when she died but it something I've never worn.

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The fashion originally was started by Queen Victoria.

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She had a lock of hair to do with Albert, who recently died, then she had his photograph.

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And she's often seen with this big gangly bracelet.

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And the fashion caught on and the middle classes started to wear these charm bracelets.

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This one looks like an old bracelet.

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This bracelet here dates from 1890, 1900, but I think these charms have been put on later.

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People used to go abroad and used to buy these individual charms

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and make up the bracelet. You wouldn't buy it like this.

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-That one looks Italian.

-That makes sense

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Bill's dad had a big thing for Italy. He was stationed in Italy during the war.

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He could have brought it back.

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How much would it raise at auction?

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I would say £150 upwards. How does that sound?

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It sounds all right.

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-Sound good to you, Liam?

-Sounds good to me.

-Excellent.

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We should ring this cash register. THEY LAUGH

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If we're going to add that £150 to the things that you've already looked at, Paul,

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I can tell you that you're well on your way to the family outing

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-because, hopefully, we're going to make £575.

-That's brilliant.

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-Would that be good?

-That would be brilliant.

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So you are on your way to a great day out but not until we have our day out at the auction.

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And that's where anything can happen.

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It's been a cracking day and I think we've got some items that could have the auction really sewn up.

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They include this fine old pair of sewing machines

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with this beautiful embossed design at a value of £70.

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This versatile candelabra

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could light up the room for anything from £60 to £100.

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It's this delicate bracelet

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with its charms lovingly collected by Yvonne's mother-in-law that really stands out.

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At between £150 and £200, we're hoping it will steal the show at the auction.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic.

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Some of our items cause a bidding frenzy...

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13, 14, 15 bids, the estimate.

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..whilst we'd struggled to give others away.

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30, 20, 10, 5...

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I can try and sell most things but this is beyond me. Sorry!

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Three weeks ago, we were rummaging through Yvonne's beautiful house

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with that stunning view over the bird sanctuary.

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And today, here we are at Bamfords auction rooms in Derby, ready to sell all the things that we found.

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If you remember, Yvonne and her son Liam want to raise £500

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so they can take a whole day on a rip-roaring day of motoring.

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Let's hope no items stall when they come under the hammer today.

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And it looks like we might be off to a roaring start this morning.

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There's certainly no shortage of potential bidders eager to find a bargain.

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And we're hoping that one or two of our items will have them revved up.

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-Ah, hello.

-Thinking of running up a quick suit?!

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I was gonna ask if you needed anything.

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Oh, no, ever the practical, ever the practical.

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There's lots of money resting on these, isn't there?

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There is and it's going to be interesting. I've thrown away loads of these in the past.

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I've refused them, but there is market for them now and I'd love them to do very well.

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I have to say when you see them like this they look pretty.

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They look like sort of decorative objects almost.

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That's the idea, somebody will buy these for that Victorian look. Fingers crossed.

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We've got quite a lot of jewellery coming up.

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We've got the sovereign necklace, we've got some gold chain, some other bits of jewellery

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-and of course, that signet ring.

-With a B on it.

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-Exactly.

-So, let's hope that there's a Basil or Bill or Bertie in the auction room.

-Or a Beatrice.

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Or a Beatrice. Could be a lady, the possibilities are endless.

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-So, shall we go and see how Yvonne and Liam are feeling about today's auction?

-Let's have a look.

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There are people from all over the area today and Yvonne and Liam have travelled from Yorkshire.

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They're hoping that their antiques will dazzle the crowd.

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-Good morning.

-Hello.

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Having last thoughts about this?

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-No, definitely not.

-Ready to see it go?

-Yes.

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Well, we hope it's going to metamorphosise into a great profit for you today.

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It's also handy in a power cut. If it's thunder and lightning, you never know, do you?

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Liam, have you ever actually been to an auction before?

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-No, never.

-So, what are you looking forward to most?

-Just the whole atmosphere.

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Obviously I've seen it on TV, people bidding and it looks quite enjoyable.

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Have you put any reserves on anything at all today, Yvonne?

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Just one or two things - the lady's gold bracelet and the man's signet ring.

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-That's all really.

-Is that sensible, do you think, Paul?

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Yes. Are they the estimate I put on them?

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-Just on the lower estimate that you said.

-That's fine.

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It gets dodgy with the auctioneer if it is a lot higher than we're expecting, so that's fine.

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-You want to get a good price, otherwise they're going home with you.

-Yeah.

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-Are the family looking forward to their high-speed motoring day out?

-Yes, they are.

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Shall we motor off to our corner of the auction room because it is about to start.

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If you're thinking of buying or selling at auction,

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do please bear in mind that various charges will apply including commission.

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Well, we take our places at the back room, ready for the first lot and we're hoping for a swift sale.

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The Olympic Games of Montreal, 1976.

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There we are, souvenir programmes and the ephemera there.

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And I have one bid, and that bid is £22.

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-£22, how's that?

-25 now. At 22.

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25 beats it, 28 do I see?

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25, 28 now?

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25 to the right. At £25, I'm selling. Anywhere else?

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-£25.

-GAVEL BANGS

-464.

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Not bad for £25.

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A gold medal result. The programmes scored well.

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But how will our next lot fare?

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The pictures look good but those mirrors have some damage on them.

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Will that reflect in the sale?

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There's this mirror and a couple of items.

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Three items in all but it's a restorer's lot.

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Needs a bit of restoration. Let's see how we go.

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The Edwardian ebonised over-mantel mirror and £10 for them, please. £10.

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Anybody want it at 10? £10 bid.

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15, 20, 5.

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30, 5. At 35, 40.

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£35 has it. 40 anywhere? 35.

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-Is that all? 40, 5, 50. With you at £50.

-We're in.

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-At £50. With you at £50 and 5 do I see?

-GAVEL BANGS

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-Excellent.

-Pleased with that.

-What a relief that was.

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-Yeah. A bit slow.

-Had you teetering on the edge a bit, Paul.

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Yeah, when it started at £10, I thought, "Oh, dear what's going on here?" £50, we got there in the end.

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We are making great progress.

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The delicate wristwatch goes before the bidders.

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50, and 5, 60. Lady's bid at £55.

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And makes just over its lower estimate, in at £55.

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Followed by another sale of the silver knives.

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-£22. Anywhere else, at 22?

-GAVEL BANGS

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-£22.

-Within the target.

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We're cruising along with four items coming in on estimate.

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We're hoping that our next item will help us keep up the pace.

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The silver-plated candelabra looked lovely on your table. What do we reckon, Paul?

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Yeah, this a really nice example but it doesn't quite fit in with that modern style,

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you want an antique look.

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A pair of these would be extremely expensive

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-and they are very hard to find, but it's a nice example, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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The silver-plated three-light, two-branch table candelabrum.

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I can start the bidding at £50. 55 do I see?

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-He's got £50.

-At 50, and 5,

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60, and 5 beats it. £60 with me.

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-At £60, are we all sure? At 60.

-GAVEL BANGS

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-£60.

-That's all right, isn't it?

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Another sale right on target. We're going great guns here

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and when the slender silver wristwatch comes in...

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£48.

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Spot on.

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A tad under estimate but we're not too bothered.

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We're six items down now and have been doing really well in our bid to raise £500 for a family racing day.

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Our next lot is the sewing machines, they're really beautiful to look at,

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but the market for these can be a bit shaky.

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Paul hopes he hasn't been over optimistic.

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Let's hope we get about £70 but I think I must have thrown away about 70 in my time.

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Don't you think they look attractive in the saleroom?

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Suddenly you saw them almost as objects of virtue almost.

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They are quite decorative but I'll be glad to see them go.

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Lot number 680. I've been selling auctions for just under 20 years

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and I must have seen two to three thousand sewing machines

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and I've never seen any with an estimate of £70 to £100 that look like that.

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70?

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£50?

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£40?

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£30?

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Somebody might want them.

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5. I can try and sell most things but this is beyond me! Sorry.

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Oh, dear, maybe we got carried away with the nostalgia from a bygone era when valuing them.

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Our next lot can only do better, surely.

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-You've got £30 to £50 on it.

-Yeah.

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Someone might make a beeline for it.

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28 do I see? 28? 28?

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26 we're in.

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£28 do I see? No, that's not sold.

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-He's not sold it.

-Is that all right with you?

-Yes, it's fine is that.

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Yvonne might be happy to take it back,

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but things are looking really bleak -

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two items in a row that didn't sell.

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If we are going to achieve our £500, we really need our bidders

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to be showing us money but will our next item have the Midas touch?

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Paul, at the moment, gold is really sky high, isn't it, and sovereigns always make a lot of money?

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Are we hoping that we are going to do really well with this Victorian sovereign?

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Yeah, it's all about condition. There's two values of these -

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the value of the gold bullion which is about £50 to £60 at the moment

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and then you have the added value of the rarity of the coin itself.

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So, 1882 is not a well-known year but it's not a rare year.

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So, £70 to £100 is about right.

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The Victorian gold sovereign, 182, on the gold chain and mount.

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-And one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight...

-You see.

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..ten, eleven, twelve bids.

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-12 bids.

-The lowest bid is £90.

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There you go.

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All the bids within three or four pounds and the top is £106.

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How's that?

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107 do I see? All the bids so close on the gold.

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-At 106. 107 now. 106.

-GAVEL BANGS

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-Brilliant. Great result, Liam.

-Happy with that.

-Bet you are.

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It's a good comeback and £106 is no small change

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but with two items not sold, our last sale really needs to notch it up another gear again.

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Let's hope the next lot does seduce the room.

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I suspect that what will happen to this is that the bracelet

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will be sold separately and then each charm could be sold off to a jeweller's at a later date.

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It would take a while but it would be a good.

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So, I think £150 is right, that's the reserve price,

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but gold has been doing very well here today so fingers crossed.

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Should be a goody.

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13, 14, 15 bids.

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15 bids before we start.

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And all of them are above top end of the estimate.

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I can start it £240.

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-Wow!

-That's good, isn't it?

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270, shakes his head.

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At 260. With me, 270 where?

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-Come on.

-270.

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280, 290, 285 if you like, if that helps you, no. At 280 with me.

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At 280, absentee bid, at 280, anywhere else?

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£280 - so much for an old-fashioned charm bracelet!

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I'll put my hands up. I was wrong.

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What a fantastic result!

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It's been a high octane ride, but have we crossed the finishing line

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or are we stuck in the pits?

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-Some highs and lows, weren't there?

-Yes.

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Now, £500 was what you wanted to raise for the day out motoring.

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I'm delighted to be able to tell you that you have had such a great day at auction

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because you've not made £500, you've actually made £646.

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-That's fantastic.

-That's really good.

-That will definitely see us through the day and more.

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It will, won't it?

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It has been a week since the auction and Yvonne and Liam have rallied the troops together.

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Lined up is an adrenaline-fuelled day of excitement at Croft Racing Circuit in North Yorkshire.

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We were surprised how much we made as a couple of the items didn't sell.

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After a full safety briefing, it's time to head out onto the track.

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And there's no stopping Liam who has dreamt of driving a super car all his life.

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It's not just Liam and his two brothers who are enjoying the fruits of a successful day at auction.

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Yvonne's husband Bill couldn't miss a day out like this.

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Great experience. It beats them all.

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And Yvonne is more than happy to watch all the excitement unfold from the safety of the pit lane.

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It's been a dream to drive the cars that they've driven

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and Cash In The Attic's made it possible for them.

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What we made on the day has paid for a fabulous day out which they'll remember for ever.

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That was such a terrific result for Liam and Yvonne

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and as a result the family had a very high-octane, high-speed and competitive day

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behind the wheel of some very fast cars.

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The Cash in the Attic team is in Yorkshire to meet Yvonne Taylor and her nephew Liam, a former professional footballer. Together they are hoping to unearth enough valuables to pay for a family day out racing supercars.