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Series looking at the value of household junk. Former bookie Ian Campbell is planning a special day out for his grandchildren and has invited Lorne Spicer and the team in to help.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic,

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the show that searches out the hidden treasures in your home

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and helps you sell them at auction.

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I'm in Orpington in Kent, a county steeped in Roman history.

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So I've taken a look at this, Crofton Roman Villa.

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2,000 years ago, this enormous villa dominated the landscape.

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Ten rooms have been excavated and archaeologists have uncovered a treasure trove of everyday items

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providing a fascinating insight into Roman daily life.

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We may not unearth quite so many items of historical interest today,

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but let's hope we find plenty of valuables that do well when they go under the hammer at auction.

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Coming up on today's Cash In The Attic:

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We meet a bookie who hasn't got great expectations of his items.

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Um, I'd say a grand total of about 50p!

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And we take a punt on raising funds for a family day out.

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Somewhere between one pound and 1,000!

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But as we know, you win some...

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You're quite pleased with that, then?

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-..you lose some.

-Unsold.

-Unsold.

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Either way, you can't count your winnings

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until the hammer falls.

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I'm on my way to meet a man who's called in the team

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to help him take a gamble at auction

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and raise some money for a special family day out.

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This bungalow is home to retired bookie Ian Campbell.

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He may have lived in Kent for 35 years,

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but he's never forgotten his roots and remains a dyed-in-the-wool fan of his home team, Liverpool.

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Ian hasn't enjoyed the best of health in recent years, but despite this,

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he's still managed to fit in a fair amount of travelling

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and his friend and carer, Maggie, is on hand to help him.

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His dog Jack is also a faithful companion.

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Ian is a devoted family man.

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His daughter-in-law, Helen, a local florist,

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and her four children, 14-year-old Luke, 13-year-old Jack,

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Jamie, ten, and eight-year-old Tommy,

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are regular visitors.

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Like all doting grandads,

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Ian loves to give them a treat.

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-Good morning!

-Morning, Paul. How are you?

-Looking forward to today.

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We're meeting a former bookkeeper so I hope he can do the maths today.

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It could be a safe bet. It's a great house.

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I know there's lots of lovely items.

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You have a look and I'll meet the family.

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Good morning!

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-Hello!

-You must be Ian.

-Yes.

-Nice to meet you.

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-And you must be Maggie.

-Maggie, and my daughter-in-law Helen.

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-I understand you've got quite a few children?

-I've got four boys.

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-That must be a handful!

-It can be.

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It's to do with your grandchildren that you've called us in, Ian.

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I'd like to take my four grandchildren

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out to a theme park and give them a meal

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because they can eat for England, Scotland and Wales!

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That sounds great, doesn't it?

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I'm not in the best of health so I'd like to do it while I can enjoy it.

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How much money are you looking to raise?

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I'd like to raise something like £500

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because they can really eat.

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If we're going to reach the goal we need to get,

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we need to have a good look round to see what we can sell.

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Paul's here already. He might have found something.

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The house is literally stacked high with all sorts of paraphernalia.

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Ian's obviously collected a wide range of items over the years,

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just as well, as our expert, Paul Hayes,

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loves to get stuck in.

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It looks like he's already found something to write home about.

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There you are, Paul. What have you got there?

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One of my favourite things, an old stationery box.

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-Look at that.

-Aren't they brilliant?

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Bit redundant now, isn't it?

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Yes, it's one of those things from a bygone era.

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But when you do find a market for these things, people pay quite a lot.

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We'd better find out whether it's for sale. Ian, are you around?

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-Yes, Lorne?

-We're in the dining room.

-Ah!

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Come through. Paul's found this lovely stationery set.

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-That belonged to my grandma and grandpa. It's nearly as old as they were.

-Is it for sale?

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Yes, by all means.

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This one really goes back to the golden era of writing and stationery.

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You're looking 1890 to about 1920, that sort of time.

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These things were basically used to keep your bills or your personal letters.

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You'd have your pens in the bottom here, and your ink.

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The great thing is you could lock away and keep it personal.

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This one is solid oak. It's in fairly good condition.

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A bit of oak missing on the front here but that could be fixed easily.

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Value-wise, I'd say 50 to 100, just to give it a chance with that restoration.

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-How does that sound?

-No problem, whatsoever. Yes!

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-Great!

-You're popular today. First find, and you seem very happy with that, Ian.

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Oh, yeah. Yeah. If it's £100, it sounds wonderful.

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Sounds like the writing's on the wall!

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Not yet, it's not. Let's find some more things.

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There's all manner of items here.

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I'm enjoying a snoop in the living room,

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Maggie's found a little Royal Doulton figurine entitled "Best Wishes".

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Let's hope this little lady brings us luck at auction for 60 to £80.

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In the study, Helen's made a fantastic find

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that might provide epic results at auction.

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The Lord Of The Rings. Have you ever read these yourself?

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-No. I've seen the films.

-Right. That's what happens these days.

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These wonderful old books are turned into an easier medium for cinema or DVD.

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But the books themselves are wonderful.

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The Fellowship of the Ring, The Return of the King, The Two Towers.

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The Lord of the Rings, as we call it.

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The first editions of anything are really good. This is a revised edition.

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There was an American company that because of the success of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings,

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they started to print the book without Tolkien's say-so.

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To get round the copyright issue, Tolkien had to make a revised edition

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that was under copyright and that's when this one came out.

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The first ones are very rare now. The second edition is a bit more common.

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The first editions is where the money tends to be.

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It says here, "First published in July 1954."

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And then second impression, third impression, all these impressions.

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Then the second edition, revised edition, 1966.

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If these were first editions, we'd be talking thousands of pounds.

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But these are second editions. So I think, value-wise, you're looking around the £50 mark.

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-OK.

-Do you think Ian would be happy with that?

-Yeah, he'd be very happy.

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We should put them in with a realistic estimate,

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say 30 to £50,

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and if we get a little fella at the auction who looks like Gollum,

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he might end up bidding for them!

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-Great.

-All right?

-Yes, great.

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There are a few "rings" at the auction, but I'll tell you about them later!

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Let's keep looking!

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Helen seemed sure it was OK,

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but how does Ian feel about parting with this chapter of his life?

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I've got no problem with selling that whatsoever.

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It's going towards the boys and that's great.

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Let's raise some more money towards that day out.

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This fine pair of cut-glass decanters might be an option.

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Complete with their silver labels and stands

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they could sparkle at 70 to £80 in the auction.

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I seize the chance to catch up with Ian

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but there's something about his former life as a bookmaker that's at odds.

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Let me get this right. You never gambled, but you ran a chain of betting shops.

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How many shops did you have at your peak?

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At the peak it would be 14.

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It can be a dangerous job. Did you have any nasty run-ins?

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I've been robbed three times at gunpoint.

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There's a funny story with that. While they were taking the money,

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a punter came up to the counter and said, "Is it OK if I put a bet on?

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-In the middle of all this going on?

-Yeah!

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People are strange, aren't they?

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Did you have any nice things happen?

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We used to see an old lady every morning.

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She always used to come in and have a bet every day.

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She actually won over £10,000.

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-I suppose that would be equivalent to what, £250,000 today?

-Yeah.

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You've got four boys. Who'll decide where you go for the day out?

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-We'll get the biggest one, Luke, to choose.

-Right.

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Then he'll just bash the others into place!

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If you're going to get the day out you're entitled to,

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we need enough money. Let's see how they're doing.

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Meanwhile, the others have been making great progress.

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Helen found another candidate for auction.

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These recently-reupholstered handsome pair of his and her leather chairs

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could bring in 200 to £300,

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a great sum.

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Meanwhile, friend and carer Maggie has pulled a rabbit out of the hat.

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Paul, look what I've found over here.

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Some figurines.

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Oh, look at those. Beautiful, aren't they?

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These are Beatrix Potter. There we are, Peter Rabbit.

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I think he's probably the main character, isn't he?

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If I remember rightly, he's the guy that tries to nick carrots from Mr McGregor's garden.

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These are made by a firm called Beswick,

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a pottery firm in Stoke-on-Trent.

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They quickly cottoned on to the idea of making porcelain versions of these

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and they became very popular. This was designed in 1948.

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I think the first one was Jemima Puddleduck and she was '47.

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This is early on in the whole range. What Beswick are very good at

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is capturing the likeness and also the character.

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He looks like a cheeky chap, doesn't he? So, Peter Rabbit,

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the old woman who lived in a shoe, and Squirrel Nutkin.

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Lots of different ones.

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-If I said 80 to £150, how does that sound?

-Wonderful.

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Right, that's £80 towards the kitty.

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Let's keep looking, eh?

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Ian's told me he's quite pleased to see the Beatrix Potter figures go.

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It'll be a lovely addition for the day out for the boys.

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Another Beswick find of these beauties.

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Always popular with collectors, they could fetch anywhere between 120 to £150 at auction.

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Paul's got sidetracked in the garage but not everything vintage is off to auction.

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-Hi, Paul.

-Hi, Ian. Great car here, mate!

-It's lovely.

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What do you think to these?

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-Oh, some coins.

-Yeah.

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That's a nice set. That's a specimen set or approved set.

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The nice thing about this, it's been issued in 1937,

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the coronation year of George V1.

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But it was also the coronation year, or supposedly, of Edward V111.

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Of course, he never got crowned.

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That makes this year quite collectible.

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Inside are all the coins from that year.

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A farthing, which is a quarter of a pence,

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You've got a halfpenny, one penny,

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all the way up to a threepence, a sixpence, a shilling,

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a half crown and the crown, the full lot, really,

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except the half sovereign, sovereign and two-pound piece.

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So these are all crowns,

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which is 50 pence.

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This was the old money and people would use these as a currency.

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They worked out that because they're solid silver,

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they have a scrap value and they didn't want them melted down.

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So they started to issue them from nickel.

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Value-wise, there's lots to go at here.

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You've got an album, a beautiful specimen set.

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And if I said around the £100 mark?

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-Yeah, that's fantastic.

-That's £100 towards the target.

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-Would your grandkids appreciate these?

-No.

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-They'd rather have a good day out?

-Yes, definitely!

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Right, let's keep looking. OK.

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The house has a definite '70s chic from the light shades

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to Ian's James Bond bar.

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Maggie has found something that's a real blast from the past.

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This is wonderful, the Magic Roundabout!

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What's great about this is it's the first real TV memorabilia.

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Magic Roundabout was a very famous cartoon, or stop-start animation.

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It was originally French.

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It was called Le Menage Enchante,

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which I believe translates as the Enchanted Zoo.

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It certainly was a very desirable set and this would have been very expensive in its day.

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May I have a look? Great visuals on the front. Let's have a look.

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Oh, wow. That's a train, that's Mr Rusty's train that goes round the edge.

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In its box separately.

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And the roundabout. You've got most of the accessories.

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-I think you've got a great piece of memorabilia there.

-Yeah.

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Have you ever tried to sell it before?

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-No.

-No?

-No.

-Is it for sale

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-or does your daughter want to keep hold of it?

-Yes, that's just another dust collector!

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What sort of value is it?

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Somewhere between £1 and 1,000!

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-Really?

-I'd like to find out a bit more about it.

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But I think you could do all right.

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Ian, what do you think it might be worth?

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Top estimate, what would you say?

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Um, I'd say a grand total of about 50p!

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50p?! Come on, we'll get more than that for it, for goodness' sake!

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-What do you think?

-Um, I think about 150.

-150.

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-I was gonna say the same.

-Really?

-150, yeah.

-OK.

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-Have I got a guess as well?

-You have a guess.

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Right, I'm gonna say between 300 and 500.

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I hope you're right, actually.

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I can't include this in the overall valuation

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and we haven't time to do any more rummaging.

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So you wanted £500, didn't you, Ian,

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to take the grandchildren out for the day, which would be fantastic.

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-Do you think you're near that figure?

-I've honestly no idea, Lorne.

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Well, you have and you've exceeded it cos the value of everything going to auction

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bearing in mind I can't include this cos I don't know its value,

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is £710!

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-Good heavens!

-Lovely!

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The next time we see everything will be at the auction house.

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-Looking forward to it?

-Yes!

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We've been round the houses today.

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We've found a few items to help us trip the light fantastic at auction.

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They include...

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the stationery box that was given to Ian by his grandmother.

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As it's for a family day out, Ian is fine about sending it to auction for £50.

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And the coin collection could stack up nicely in the sale

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with an estimate of 100 to £150.

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Coming up next on Cash In The Attic:

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with the odds stacked against us,

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there's no guarantee of a safe bet.

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That seems so cheap for that - £50!

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But auctions can change on the turn of a coin.

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-You must be pleased with that!

-Gobsmacked!

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Is it heads or tails? We'll find out when the hammer falls.

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It's been a few weeks since we had a look through former bookmaker Ian's home.

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We found lots of items we think will be a good bet here at Chiswick Auction Rooms.

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He's looking to raise £500

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so he can treat the children to a grand day out.

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Let's hope the bidders are feeling generous when our items go under the hammer.

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It may be overcast outside, but the weather is warm here in west London.

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A relaxed mood has filtered into the auction house.

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It's crammed full of potential purchasers

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on the hunt for a bargain. Will they like our antiques? Paul would put money on it.

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-Morning, Paul.

-Good morning.

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-Literally, cash in the attic.

-Exactly.

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Auctions can be like the flip of a coin.

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-Nice presentation box. There is a huge collection.

-Yes,

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quite a lot of coins here today. Hope we get some numismatists.

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-Don't want to say that on a windy day!

-No, we don't!

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-You're hopeful about these?

-Yeah, these are nice.

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I like that stationery box.

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I know it's past its function for the use it was made,

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but it's still a lovely piece.

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A bit of social history. It's a nice item.

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It's very similar to my career - stationary!

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As opposed to the Magic Roundabout, which goes round for ever,

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have you decided on an estimate for that?

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I'll tell you in a minute. We'll tell the family.

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Let's hope we'll be smiling at the end of the day.

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Ian and Maggie are here already, hoping their items won't get the run-around.

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-Hello!

-Good morning! How are you?

-One last play, eh?

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Yes!

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What do you think in terms of price? You wouldn't say on the day.

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Well, all of you had a guess. What did you say?

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-I said 50p!

-Right!

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You said 150, didn't you?

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-Yes.

-And I said 300.

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Well, I estimate between 70 and £120

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and hopefully we'll get a bit more, so it's all right.

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And if you're wrong and one of us is right?

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Well, then the drinks are on me.

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Hopefully you won't be right at 50p, for sure!

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OK, let's go and get in position, shall we?

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The auctioneer is limbering up and we've just time to file into our places

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before our first lot goes up.

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Let's hope it casts a spell on the bidders!

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156A. The Lord of the Rings.

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-We want just 30 to £50?

-That's a conservative estimate.

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Let's hope we get some Lord of the Rings fans and somebody might pick up on it.

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-OK. Let's see.

-They could be quite precious to somebody.

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Two bids. No point in starting this less than I'm bid. I'm bid £80.

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-£80 straight in.

-£80!

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95. 100.

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And five I've got.

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And ten I also have. At £10. £110 I'm bid.

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£110 for The Lord of the Rings. For £110. They're going for 110, then.

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-Excellent.

-Wow, that's good, isn't it?

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-£110.

-I think they cost me 25 shillings each!

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25 shillings each? Ian, you made a wise investment there.

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That's a resounding result and we're hoping the next lot will be a runaway success as well.

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We're banking on 120 to 150 on these.

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75. All done for 75, then.

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-Disappointing.

-£75.

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Oh, dear. The Beswick didn't exactly stampede their way into profit.

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They are fine pieces and £75 is a little disappointing.

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We hope it'll be a red-letter day for our next antique.

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-Lot 166a is the stationery cupboard.

-What a lovely piece.

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I hope people have opened it up cos it's delightful inside.

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Nice lot. 166a. Can we start that for £30, surely.

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-It's got to be worth more than 30.

-Maiden bid of 30. 35. 40.

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-45. 50.

-Come on!

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£50 there at the back. Seems cheap still for 50.

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But it can go for £50. I'm gonna sell it, then, at £50.

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For 50.

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That seems so cheap for that! £50.

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Again, not such an amazing sale.

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But £50 is at the bottom end of our estimate so we're on target there.

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Our next lot is a bunch of cheeky characters,

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also made by Beswick, the Beatrix Potter figurines.

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We're hoping for £80 for these.

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Bit of interest in it. I'm bid already £65. 70.

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OK, that's good.

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At £70 in front of me for that Beswick.

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It's going for £70. Nobody else want to come in?

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In the room at £70. I'm selling it for 70.

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A little less than we wanted, but only a tenner. There we are.

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£70 is another let-down.

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And when the little Doulton figurine, Best Wishes,

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fails to bless us with her asking price, selling...

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£45.

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..for £15 under our estimate, we're feeling low.

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What we need is a definite sale that will make us giddy with success.

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178a in the Corgi box, Magic Roundabout toy.

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So we want 70 to 100 by your estimate.

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-Let's see.

-A lot of people have been busily viewing it.

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So no point in starting this much below £170.

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At the moment, you're nearest.

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180. 190. 200. And ten.

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£210. At £210. With me at 210.

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To the left, bid of £210. It's going, then.

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£210.

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-I take it you're quite pleased with that?

-Very!

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Ever understated, Ian is quietly thrilled by that sale.

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£210 is a fantastic sum towards his family day out.

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And when our crystal-cut decanters sell just over the low estimate...

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£75, are you all done?

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..it's high spirits all round.

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We're doing really well with eight of our items already having gone under the hammer and all sold.

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If the next lot goes well, we'll be sitting pretty for some time.

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-Lot 196a. Two button-back armchairs.

-What do we want for this, Paul?

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We're looking for about £200.

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They're not antique, these, but they're very attractive.

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They have a nice patina with them, a good colouring.

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-£200 sounds OK.

-Let's see what they get.

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What am I bid for those? Start me for £100. 100. 110.

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120. £120 for those. £120 for the leather.

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For £120.

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-He might not sell them.

-For 120, then.

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-Unsold.

-Unsold.

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Oh, dear. The chairs failed to attract the bidders.

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It's often the way with large items of furniture like this.

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Perhaps Ian can leave them at the auction house for another sale.

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Still, that's £200

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we were hoping to have towards our day out - gone.

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We're hoping the auction will change on the turn of a coin.

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I think this is including the 1937 presentation set

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but it's changed, hasn't it? The auctioneer,

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to give them the best chance, has put them in separate lots.

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-What do we want for this?

-I'm looking for £100.

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I think the main item in this is that lovely 1937 proof set.

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-Where shall we start this? At £50? 55. 60.

-Here we go.

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Five. £65.

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There at £65. 65.

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70. 75.

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80. 85.

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-90.

-90.

-95. 100.

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110. 120.

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130. 40.

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50. 60.

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160 in front of me. At £160. 160.

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New bidder.

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180. 190.

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200. 210.

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220. 230.

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240. 250. 250 to my left.

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At £250. Anybody else?

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250.

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At 250, then.

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-Yay!

-£250!

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-You've got to be pleased with that!

-Gobsmacked!

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Thank goodness! £250 more than makes up for our chairs.

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And if that lot could attract so much attention,

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what will this additional album of coins do?

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Lot 150a.

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Two albums of British coins.

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£20 for the lot, please. £20 I'm bid. 20 there.

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22. 24.

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26. 28.

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30. 35.

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40. 45. 50.

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55. 60.

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65. 70.

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-75...

-There's a man with his number up in the air,

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-determined to get them.

-85.

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90. 95. 100. 110.

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120. 130.

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140. 150.

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-160.

-Wow!

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-170.

-That's amazing!

-Ian, I'm so pleased for you. This is amazing.

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230. 240.

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250. 260.

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260, standing, at 260.

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270. 280. 290.

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300. And 20.

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320, to my left, at £320.

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320. 340, there. 360.

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There must have been a rare one amongst them.

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The auctioneer is doing a favour to split them.

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440. 460, sir?

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440, then. Nearer to me at £440.

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460. 480.

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£480 to my left.

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Did they have diamonds in the back, or something?

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£480. 480.

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-£480!

-I don't believe it!

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Ian's lost for words. I think we all are!

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An astounding end to our auction. What about our total?

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That's the end of the auction for us.

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You wanted £500, Ian, to treat the grandchildren for a day out.

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You must realise we've done well because you made that in one lot.

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-Yes.

-Your total is

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-£1,365!

-Good heavens!

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It's one week later, and the children and Helen, followed by Maggie and Ian

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have arrived for their big day out.

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With the funds we've raised, it's going to be a real humdinger!

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The auction went really well.

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I'm glad it earned so much money

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because the kids have been saying they want feeding already,

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and we've just got in here!

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With the kids tackling the bigger rides, Ian and Maggie opt to watch.

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Maggie is pleased to see Ian so happy.

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It's wonderful for him to bring the kids here today.

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He just wanted to see their faces. He's enjoying it so much.

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The kids have absolutely enjoyed it.

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The best thing was getting wet

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which they wanted to do all day long!

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Now they're starving hungry

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and want more food to eat!

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So I don't know which they enjoyed the most,

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whether it was the rides or being fed all the time.

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My grandchildren here today, it's been so good for me

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to be able to see the look on their faces, and go on the rides.

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They even got me on one of the rides as well!

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I don't know how, but they did! It was brilliant.

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A fun day at auction provided a fun day for the kids.

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Former bookie Ian Campbell is planning a very special day out for his grandchildren and has invited the Cash in the Attic team in to help him raise the funds for a day out to remember.