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Series looking at the value of household junk. Sue Goodess wants to treat her husband to a surprise London trip, and so she calls the team in to spot the worthy from the worthless.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic, the programme that comes into your home

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and hunts for antiques and collectables with you

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and then sells them with you at auction.

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Today I'm in Nottinghamshire

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and I've come to the historic market town of Newark-on-Trent

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and these ancient, crumbling walls behind me

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are all that are left of the original Castle of Newark,

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which has stood proudly on this site,

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on the banks of the River Trent, for the best part of 900 years.

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The first castle was built here in the 11th century

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and its position and strength meant that it was known for a long time

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as "The key of the north."

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During the Baronial and English Civil Wars,

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the castle survived five sieges, although it was severely damaged.

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All that remains now is the gatehouse,

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the curtain wall and north west tower,

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but it is still open to the public all the year round

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and well worth a visit.

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Well, we can hardly begin to imagine all the scenes that these walls

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have witnessed over the years with those battles and bloodshed,

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but we're about to launch a bit of an invasion of our own now

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as we go in search of antiques and collectables

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that we can take to auction.

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Coming up on today's Cash In The Attic -

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we're going into battle with antiques to hand.

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-What have you got there?

-Careful, I'm armed and dangerous!

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We've got a real hoarder to tackle.

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I think I'm a magpie, that's what it is. It was shiny and I thought...

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-So you haven't used it?

-Never!

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And there are some satisfied customers when we go to auction.

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Excellent, isn't it!

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That's made my day!

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But will be feeling victorious when the final hammer falls?

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I'm about to meet a lady that I think is going to be a lot of fun.

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She's called in the Cash In The Attic team

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because she wants to raise funds to take her husband

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on a much-needed and well-deserved break.

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This delightful cottage in the heart of the Nottinghamshire countryside

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is home to retired businesswoman Sue Goodess.

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Sue's spent years trawling boot fairs and junk shops

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and her purchases are piled high all around this charming home.

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But she's decided to turn some of her collectables into cash

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for a very special surprise trip,

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and her close friend, Carol, is here to lend a helping hand.

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-Good morning, Jonty.

-How are you?

-I'm very well.

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Welcome to Newark,

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the home of one of the country's largest international antiques fairs.

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And I have just spent the morning at Newark Castle,

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which means that between us, we are absolutely in the mood

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for all things antique and ancient,

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which is absolutely right because the lady we're about to meet

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is desperate to clear her house of a load of clutter.

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-Sounds like a job for me.

-I think it does.

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Lots of things that we can take to auction, I hope.

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Shall we go and see them?

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This is a classic Mary Poppins moment, isn't it? Feed the birds!

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As long as we don't sing!

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No, no singing today because we've got lots of things to do

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with Jonty later on, finding stuff to take to auction.

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So why have you called us in?

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Well, I've got that much stuff, anyway,

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and this person next to me, Carol, has been onto me

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for the last few years to get rid, de-clutter.

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Carol, I know you're an interior designer.

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You must come into this house and want to go, "Pow!" and get rid of everything?

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I want to black-bag it, collect everything in a black bag, I do.

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She keeps saying, "When you see me coming down the lane,"

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because there's this lane here, it goes to nowhere,

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she says, "And I've got black bags..."

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-I'm coming to black-bag!

-No, no, please!

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-And I'm sure she hides!

-Yeah, I do, I do, honestly!

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You must be thrilled that she's called in

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the Cash In The Attic team to take some things to auction?

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-I am.

-Oh, yes!

-We told her to go.

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Now what are we raising the money for?

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Well, it's a bit of a secret, really.

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Right, OK. I won't tell anybody.

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-Promise?

-Well, I might tell Jonty.

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No, it's for Nigel, my husband.

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I'm still recovering from a really big operation on my back

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and he was brilliant and I've got, well I did have,

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we've got rid of it now, I had a shop and a catering business

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and Nigel just took it over and came home and looked after me

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when the shop was closed.

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So, you know, it's just thank you, really.

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So this is something very special for a very special man!

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It is, very much, yes.

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How much are we going to raise for this, then?

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Well, I thought about £250, £300.

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-About £300?

-Yeah, I thought that would be, you know, really nice.

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Do you reckon she's got £300 worth of stuff in there?

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Oh, definitely!

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We're going to let Jonty in on the secret

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-and let's go see what we can find!

-Fantastic!

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With such a very special trip to plan,

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we need to keep our eyes fixed firmly on the target today

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and we've got our expert Jonty Hearnden here to head up the search.

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With years of antiques trade experience under his belt,

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we're in very capable hands.

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-Hi, Jonty! What have you got there?

-Careful, I'm armed and dangerous!

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-Ha, ha, ha! What is it?

-It's a coal scuttle.

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Well, it's not really a coal scuttle, it's more a coal scoop.

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A coal scuttle really is designed to house your coal,

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but here you've got these two handles and there's nowhere to stand it.

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So, of course, it's something to scoop up

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and to place into possibly the fire, into an engine. Where is it from?

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I think we bought that from Sheffield.

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-We were shopping for a day and I spotted that.

-And?

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Nigel wasn't very keen!

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What did he have to say about it?

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"What do you want that for?"

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And what did you want it for?

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I don't really know! I don't know!

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As you've seen, I've got lots of things I don't really know!

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There must have been something about it that appealed to you?

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I think it was because it's quite rustic and, you know,

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I really thought, "That's different."

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It's so tactile. The timber is elm, and elm is a relatively soft timber.

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You can tell it's elm by this very wavy grain. Can you see that?

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-Yes.

-But you can see also how soft the timber is,

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because where it has been used, and it must have been used

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for quite some time, it really has worn away.

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So this would have been probably a square edge,

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but now can you see how it's all lovely and rounded?

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And if you look at the handles here, these two handles,

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there's a lovely balance to it. So is this something we can sell?

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Yes, I think so. I think so, yes.

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-How much did you pay for it?

-Ooh, I can't remember, Angela!

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-Roughly?

-About 30, I think.

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-Might have been a little bit more.

-Will we get that back, Jonty?

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-I think we can get your money back on that.

-Great!

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It's definitely worth a good £30 for this, so I would put £30 to £40

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-most definitely for it to sell.

-Brilliant, that's great!

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Well, it may not be scooping up some coal,

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but it will be scooping up some profit, hopefully,

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-towards the secret!

-Sshh!

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-OK.

-I think we're going to get more money.

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Shall we go and find out if you've got anything else?

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What am I saying? The house is full of stuff! Let's go!

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Coal scuttle, £30 to £40.

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It's about, that's what I paid for it.

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Very interesting knowing its history.

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It's a tactile object, it's really good

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and I think Nigel will be glad to see the back of it!

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Well that's the first few pounds towards the trip,

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but it's onwards and upwards as there's £300 to find today.

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Carol has been braving the cold outside, but it's proved worthwhile

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as she spots this iron fire surround, which Jonty values

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at a very warming £30 to £40.

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Back inside, Sue has got something that she thinks

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our expert might take a shine to.

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Where's this from?

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It was an antique shop in Southwell where we used to live. Yes.

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And you were thirsty?

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Well...daft again!

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I bought something...I think I'm a magpie. I think that's what it is.

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It was shiny, and I thought...

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-So have you ever used it?

-Never! Never!

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Now, in style, this is 18th century in style,

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but really what we're looking for are those hallmarks

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because if it has hallmarks, it's worth quite a bit of money.

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And we're looking for that sideways lion, the hallmarks.

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That will tell us that it's solid silver,

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but there's no markings here at all,

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but we've got a stamp on the underside and it says,

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"Best Britannia Metal, Sheffield."

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Sheffield plate.

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But if it had been solid silver,

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we would have been talking a lot of money,

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because it's in the sort of style of the 18th century,

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but I would suppose this is around the turn of the century.

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-When I say turn of the century, it's about 100 years old.

-Right.

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So what we're looking at here is, that's still either bone or ivory.

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It's a little bit difficult to tell exactly what that is

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because it's a little grubby

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and I can't really see underneath all of that.

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-Would that come off?

-It would clean.

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That would clean without any problem at all,

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but all this chased decoration around the outside,

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it has a very 18th century-feel,

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and you see there's also this ribbed decoration as well.

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-That's all 18th century.

-Right.

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-So what have we got there? We've got a creamer as well.

-Yes.

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-Did that come with it?

-No.

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It was bought separately, yeah.

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But we've got all sorts of other goodies as well!

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-Lots of bits in there.

-Let me have a look for you.

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Have a look at this one.

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There we go.

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-Hallmarks.

-Fantastic!

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That's what we're looking for, solid silver,

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so we've got a few more in there.

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That's definitely worth putting into the auction sale.

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You'd put those in as one?

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-Sell the whole lot together.

-Right. Yeah.

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So this whole basket here,

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-you put that into the basket.

-Right.

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£40 to £60. Just like that!

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-Yep, that's good!

-So we're really getting there.

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-We're kind of like sorting it out for you, aren't we?

-Yes, you are.

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-That's great!

-I'm going to take that away,

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-for a bit of packing.

-OK.

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Well, that's another great step towards the £300.

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Sue really does have an eye for quality,

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and Carol also seems to have a real knack for spotting collectables,

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as she has found a collection of brass.

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Jonty packs it off to auction with a very shiny £30 to £50 price tag.

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We're making excellent progress,

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so I leave the rummaging in Jonty's capable hands.

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So, Sue and Carol, how did you both meet? Carol?

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Once I had the shop and Sue came to my shop, didn't you?

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This was your interior design shop?

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-Yes.

-What were you doing in that instead of an antique shop?

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It looked so interesting!

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Of course, a lot of the stuff in the house actually came from France.

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What was the story there?

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We saw this school and school house.

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It was really a lot of property for the money,

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and that was the start of it.

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Nigel wanted to live there, full-time, at one stage

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and I think 13, 15 years later we'd still not finished

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all of the work that needed doing.

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And, well, England is beautiful, it is, we're very lucky,

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and we're lucky where we are now, so we've got our own France here.

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So what made you give up France?

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I used to come back on the boat, after maybe a month out there,

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and I'd be covered in paint, I'd have broken nails, white skin

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and I'd look around the boat and there's all these relaxed people

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with lovely nails and I'd think,

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"This is not right, something is wrong here."

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So I looked and then I used to go back to work

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and I'd feel awful, I'd feel really, really tired.

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Because you'd spent the whole time decorating?

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Decorating, plumbing, mixing cement, gardening,

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because it was a big garden over there as well, so...

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Now, you're an interior designer, Carol,

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so when you came into this house for the first time,

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what did you think?

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I thought, "Do we need any more furniture in here?"

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SHE LAUGHS

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Yes...

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And, "Please can I get my hands on it and do something with it?"

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-"Please can I clear it?"

-Yeah!

-"Can we sort it?"

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You may not be able to do a job on the place with a black bin bag,

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but we are at least making a start.

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So the money is, of course, going to go to something very, very special.

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-Shall we go and see what else Jonty has managed to find?

-Yes!

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We've only scratched the surface of Sue's collection,

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so it's back to work to raise that £300.

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Jonty has been tackling one of the bedrooms and he's topped up our fund

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with another £10 to £20 when he spots this silver bracelet,

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and I've made a rather unusual find.

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I know that's a gardening glove...

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-What have you got there? What have you got?

-It's a gardening glove!

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but did you know you'd put them in there?

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About three years ago, I think!

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-Put them back!

-You wondered where your gardening gloves went?

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Do you know, I knew I'd put them somewhere!

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But these are wonderful old kettles, aren't they, Jonty?

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They're great. Let me have a look at these. We've got a pair here. Whoa!

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-They're so heavy! Cast iron!

-Where have they come from?

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Originally?

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From, I think it was Newark, the market in Newark, there yes.

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-The one in the middle of town?

-Yes.

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-What are they, Jonty?

-Well, they are designed to boil water.

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The flat bottom is so you can actually place them onto the range,

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but you therefore, can also do that because of your flat bottom,

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but the other thing you can do, of course, is hang them on a hook

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and put them on more of an exposed fire,

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so you've got the dual purpose for a kettle like this.

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So a stove and open fire?

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And because you can be so near,

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or if you are so near to the fire itself, you've got this extended tap,

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the brass tap at the bottom, so you don't have to scald yourself

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every time you want to access the hot water.

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But it's more a kettle for boiling water than an urn for making tea?

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Yeah, yeah. It's for boiling the hot water,

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and I can see you've leaded them, somewhat.

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It's coming off on my hands, but they're not identical, are they?

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Because this one is slightly taller

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and we've got the hook on the top there.

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And it says, "Two gallons," on them.

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They would have been really heavy, wouldn't they?

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They still are! Yes.

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What sort of period are we talking about here?

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Well, this sort of range, I suppose,

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would be designed for around the turn of the century

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and they would also be used, say, on barges for instance, as well.

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Ah, that's what the chap said, actually, yes.

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They would be designed for that sort of purpose.

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All right! So he was right.

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The time before, of course, you had electric kettles.

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A kettle like this will always be designed to be placed onto the range

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and you would have instant access to boiling water, almost 24/7.

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-Do you remember how much you paid for these?

-I think...

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I think it was about £40, £30...it could have been £50, I'm not sure.

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What do you reckon we might get for them now at auction, Jonty?

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I think we'll be able to get your money back or thereabouts.

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I'd probably put a lower estimate at auction, so I would say £30 to £40.

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That's great!

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But there are people out there that still want to decorate their range,

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because a fireplace like this looks so much better

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with just the odd object on it, rather than just the range itself.

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You've got to have the objects around it.

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Jonty, you can carry them to auction.

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Sue and I are going to see what else she's got in the house.

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I'm going to flex my muscles. Watch this, girls! Watch this.

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The £30 to £40, the estimate, is roughly what I paid for them.

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They're not everybody's cup of tea,

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and you've got to black-lead them as well.

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So, yes, it's good. It's all money in the pot and that's good.

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That's the attitude, Sue.

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As we continue the search, I find a framed map of Lincolnshire,

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which Jonty hopes will show the bidders

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the way towards £10 or £20 worth of cold, hard, cash.

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There's another good addition to the kitty when Sue also decides

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to part with these five framed nautical pictures.

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They could top up our fund by £30 to £40.

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Jonty has spotted our first piece of furniture today.

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Carol, come and have a look at this chair.

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I know you're an interior designer.

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-Have you ever really noticed this chair before?

-I haven't.

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Do you know anything about it?

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Sue bought it from the Newark Antique Fair,

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about 15 years ago and paid £20, £25 for it.

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OK. OK.

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Did she buy it thinking that it was an antique?

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I think she did, actually.

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Well, I have to say, it's not,

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and there's all sorts of reasons as to why it's not.

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First of all, it's the colour.

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Now, when you look at reproduction furniture,

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to me, they're kind of like two tonal -

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either light or dark.

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But when you look at really old antique furniture,

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150-year-old furniture, it really goes from very light to very dark

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and all the shades in between.

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So when it comes to antique furniture,

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many antiques, turn it upside down.

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This business is such a feely, touchy business.

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So if I turn this chair upside down here.

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Have a look at that underside of that chair.

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-Can you see that's just one colour tone?

-Yeah.

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If this was a proper antique,

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you'd have all sorts of different shades under there,

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possibly even marks under the side where hands have been as well.

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And have a look at the wear, or the lack of wear, on the feet here.

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There's a bit of wear, but not 150 years' worth of wear,

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because this chair should be 100 to 150 years old.

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It's "in the style of."

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So for all those reasons, it's not the real McCoy.

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So value.

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If this chair HAD been 150 years old in this sort of condition,

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then it would be £200 to £300 at auction,

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but because it's a reproduction, we have to take the zeros off of that,

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so we're really looking at only £20 to £30.

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-Definitely time to de-clutter?

-Definitely.

-Yes?

-Yes.

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-Fits in with your grand scheme of things?

-It does.

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Yes? Off to the auction sale?

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-Definitely.

-Good. OK. Well, we'll leave that there.

-OK.

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But at £20-30, it means we've got a lot more searching to do, yeah?

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-A lot to look for.

-OK. Come on, I'll leave that there.

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It just goes to show, not everything is what it seems.

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It may not be 150 years old,

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but it is another few pounds towards our target.

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It's nearly the end of our day here,

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but Sue and I just might have one more find up our sleeves.

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Jonty, can you come and take a pause from your rummaging

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-and just have a look at the clock?

-The clock?

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-Yes.

-Wow! Let's have a closer look at this.

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It's quite handsome, isn't it?

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We're looking at a mantel clock here,

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and if you just look at the outer casing,

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if you look at all the inlaid work and the style of the casing as well,

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it has almost like a pagoda top to it,

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and then we're looking at all the inlay.

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That gives it a date, essentially.

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-So this clock would have been made about 100 years ago.

-Oh, right.

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It's about a turn of the century mantel clock.

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Mantel clocks are always designed with these flat bottoms

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to literally be placed on top of a mantel shelf

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-and this is slightly larger than the norm.

-Oh, right.

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Have you ever had it on a very large mantel shelf at all?

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I don't think we have.

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I can't remember it being, no. I can't remember it being, no.

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But presumably then it would come from a rather grand house, Jonty?

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Yes, it would have done. Yes.

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The bigger the mantel shelf, the bigger your mantel clock!

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And if you look at the features at the top there,

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do you see it says, "Silent," and "Chime?"

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Now, that means that you can have this clock on silent

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if you wish, and from a retail perspective,

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that's a really good item to have.

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That's a really good addition to a clock like this,

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simply because not everyone wants their timepiece chiming at three,

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four, or five or even six o'clock in the morning.

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So you can set it to silent,

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so from a retail point of view, that's good news.

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So what do you reckon if we took it to auction, Jonty?

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I would value the clock now at around the £100 mark

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in the auction room, so estimate in the catalogue will be £80 to £120.

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-Brilliant!

-If you want to put a reserve on it, that's fine,

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because that's a very good price, a good estimate to put on it.

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-I think, because...

-To attract the buyers.

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I'll tell you what...

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Jonty says £80 to £100. If we add that to what he's already looked at

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and take the lowest estimate on everything he gave you,

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I think we might have some good news for you,

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but I think we ought to share it with Carol.

0:20:370:20:39

Carol! Come and join us in Ye Olde Curiosity Shop here.

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Jonty has just been looking at that clock that Nigel bought, and I've done a quick tot-up

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because he says that could be £80 to £100 and knowing that you want to raise £300 at least...

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He's not listening, is he?

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No! To take Nigel on a trip to London.

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I think that on Jonty's lowest estimates,

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we should be able to make £310.

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That's fantastic!

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But that's at the lowest estimate.

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-Really?

-Yeah.

-That would be brilliant.

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On a good day, we might actually make a bit more than that!

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Oh, that would be fantastic!

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Yes, as long as there's enough for a glass or two of bubbly!

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Sue's cottage really proved to be an Aladdin's cave and luckily

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we've saved all sorts of collectables from ending up in Carol's bin bags.

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Heading off to the sale room is the collection of silver items, which we're hoping will put in a

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sterling performance and make us £40 to £60, joined by the charming pair of barge kettles

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which Jonty valued at £30 to £40

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although I think Sue might be hanging onto the gardening gloves that I found inside...

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and we'll be keeping our fingers crossed for our star item -

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that lovely mantel clock!

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With an estimate of £80 to £120, there's a big chunk of our target riding on it.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic, our expert is being rather cautious with some lots!

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-Don't expect miracles, but if it sells, it will be great, OK?

-And here it goes.

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And has he been giving our family lessons in clock-related jokes?

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I think it's chime for it to go!

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But, joking aside, will we all be smiling when the final hammer falls?

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Well, it's been a week or two now since we were with Sue and her friend Carol

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in that charming but definitely very cluttered home of hers in Nottinghamshire

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so not surprisingly, we did find lots of lovely things to bring here to sell today

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at Chiswick Auctions in West London.

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Now just to recap, Sue wants £300 so that she can give her very supportive husband, Nigel,

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a surprise weekend in London,

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so what we need are lots of very willing bidders and a bit of good luck

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to ensure that she makes that target when her things go under the hammer!

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It's shaping up to be a busy day here at Chiswick,

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with plenty of bidders browsing the sale room already,

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but, before things get going, I catch up with Jonty for a quick pre-sale chat.

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-Morning, Jonty.

-Angela, hi.

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Are you checking inside to see if the gloves are still there?

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-I was, I was, and they're not!

-Do you know, I think Sue was more surprised than we were that they were there!

0:23:140:23:20

-I think you're absolutely right!

-But she did have...

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It was an incredibly cluttered house but weren't there some great things there?

0:23:220:23:26

Great fun! Do you remember that coal scoop? There's so much

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and I think that mantel clock is very good quality, very good quality.

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It is. I must say, I'm hard-pressed to remember what we did bring,

0:23:330:23:36

because the house was so full of stuff, but we know that her target is, what, £300?

0:23:360:23:41

-Yeah.

-So that she can give Nigel that surprise weekend in London!

-That's going to be so fantastic!

0:23:410:23:46

So we're going to have to be very careful today when we're talking during the auction

0:23:460:23:50

because Nigel is not supposed to guess until the very end,

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and that's the bit I can't wait for, when we say to him

0:23:530:23:56

"Nigel, this is for you!" I should say that quietly, because I think Sue and Carol are here

0:23:560:24:00

-so shall we go and see them?

-Mum's the word.

0:24:000:24:03

We'd better remember to keep our lips sealed about the weekend today.

0:24:030:24:07

We spot the ladies having a quick look around the sale room,

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but there's no sign of the guest of honour!

0:24:110:24:13

-Sue, Carol!

-Hi!

0:24:130:24:16

-Hi!

-The most important question is, is Nigel here?

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Yes, but he doesn't know anything!

0:24:200:24:22

-You haven't told him yet?

-No.

-Very good.

0:24:220:24:24

-So it's still going to be a surprise?

-Yes!

0:24:240:24:27

Oh, fantastic!

0:24:270:24:28

How have you managed to keep it a secret?

0:24:280:24:31

It's been very difficult!

0:24:310:24:34

It's been really difficult!

0:24:340:24:36

-What have you been saying every time he says "What's the money for?"

-Well, I've been naughty.

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I've said it's for a bar bill.

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THEY LAUGH

0:24:420:24:44

-And he believed me!

-Oh, dear!

-Yeah!

0:24:440:24:46

You've been taking a last look at the clock.

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Yes, yes. It's a little bit sad,

0:24:490:24:51

-but, it's got to go.

-Have you put a reserve on it at all?

0:24:510:24:55

Yes, yes, it's on its lowest estimate.

0:24:550:24:58

-We've put a reserve on, it's £80, so, yeah.

-That's good.

0:24:580:25:01

I think it's such a lovely clock, I'm sure we'll do very well with that.

0:25:010:25:05

Oh, I hope so, I hope so.

0:25:050:25:06

So when it came to getting rid of everything that was in the house,

0:25:060:25:09

did you manage to make her get rid of any of the clutter?

0:25:090:25:12

No, I haven't, no. She won't let me in!

0:25:120:25:14

Well, I might, just before.

0:25:140:25:16

-I'm going next week.

-Well, after today, she might get the bug for it!

0:25:160:25:20

-She might, she might.

-I can feel it's getting nearer, yeah!

0:25:200:25:24

THEY LAUGH

0:25:240:25:26

Well, look, there's lots of people here that want to buy your things.

0:25:260:25:30

-Ooh, I hope so!

-So shall we take our place over in the corner?

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Lovely!

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Remember, if you're planning on buying or selling at your local auction house,

0:25:350:25:40

be aware that commission and other charges may be added to your bill,

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so always check the details with the sale room first.

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With plenty of bidders and the auctioneer in position...

0:25:480:25:51

we find a spot in the corner of the room, and it's finally time to meet the guest of honour.

0:25:510:25:56

Well, Nigel, it's lovely to see you!

0:25:560:25:58

-Very pleased to be here, Angela.

-Have you been to an auction before?

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-First time, actually!

-Really?

0:26:020:26:03

So how do you feel about the first time at auction seeing all of your things go under the hammer?

0:26:030:26:08

-A bit nervous!

-It's all right. We'll look after you.

0:26:080:26:11

-Thank you.

-Now the first thing that is going under the hammer is the Windsor armchair.

0:26:110:26:16

Is this one that you have sat in for many hours being uncomfortable?

0:26:160:26:20

No!

0:26:200:26:22

Start me at £20. It's worth more. I'm bid at £20,

0:26:220:26:24

£20, 2, £25 there, 28, 30, 32, 35,

0:26:240:26:28

-38, 40, 42, 45, 48...

-Well done!

0:26:280:26:33

It's now at £45.

0:26:330:26:34

I'm going to sell it at £45. £45, last chance, selling at 45.

0:26:340:26:37

All done at 45.

0:26:370:26:39

£45! Pleased with that?

0:26:400:26:43

-Very surprised!

-Well done!

0:26:430:26:44

£15 over Jonty's top estimate.

0:26:440:26:48

That's a terrific start to the day

0:26:480:26:51

and long may it continue as we're looking to make at least £300.

0:26:510:26:54

As our second lot comes up for sale,

0:26:540:26:56

we're hoping that it's going to warm the cockles of our bidders' hearts.

0:26:560:27:00

It's the wooden coal scoop which Jonty valued at £30 to £40.

0:27:000:27:04

Now Carol, you do lots of interior designs.

0:27:040:27:07

Is this the kind of thing that would look lovely in somebody else's house?

0:27:070:27:10

I would perhaps use it to put French bread in!

0:27:100:27:13

-Yes!

-In the kitchen, hang it somewhere that you could put bread or something like that.

0:27:130:27:17

Oh, perhaps I could change my mind...

0:27:170:27:19

No, no, no.

0:27:190:27:21

It's about to go under the hammer.

0:27:210:27:23

I'm bid £20, at £20, give me 22, at £20, take 2.

0:27:250:27:28

Do you want to give me 22?

0:27:280:27:31

25, 25, 28, 30, 32, 35, 38, 40, 42, 45, 48, 50.

0:27:310:27:37

It's in front of me at £48. All done at £48, then?

0:27:370:27:40

The bid is here at £48. Last chance, I'm selling at £48, and gone.

0:27:400:27:43

£48!

0:27:430:27:45

Brilliant!

0:27:450:27:47

-Brilliant!

-Not bad for a thing that holds bread!

0:27:470:27:50

That's £8 over Jonty's top estimate.

0:27:500:27:54

We're all feeling pretty pleased, so far,

0:27:540:27:57

but will the mood continue

0:27:570:27:58

as the framed map of Lincolnshire tries its luck in the sale room?

0:27:580:28:01

Well, Jonty has put, what, £10 to £20 on this.

0:28:010:28:04

-Is it a very old map, Jonty?

-Not particularly, but it is...

0:28:040:28:08

People always want maps, particularly if you live in the county.

0:28:080:28:11

It's still a fashionable thing to have it hanging on your wall,

0:28:110:28:14

so that's the reason why I selected it and we put it in but don't expect miracles.

0:28:140:28:18

-If it sells, it will be great, OK?

-Well, here it goes, here it goes.

0:28:180:28:21

Right, the good reproduction coloured map of Lincolnshire. £20 for it? £10 for it.

0:28:210:28:26

Who will give me £10, £5 for it?

0:28:260:28:30

No-one want it at £5? I'm bid at 5, 6 there, 7, 8?

0:28:300:28:34

At £7 a bid of £7, you want 8?

0:28:340:28:35

You might get lost one day... you might need it!

0:28:350:28:38

I'm bid £7, at £7, I'm going to sell it, at £7 that's the bid I've got, at £7, at £7, are you all done?

0:28:380:28:43

At £7 it's gone.

0:28:430:28:46

It's still better than nothing!

0:28:460:28:49

That's a disappointing result but Sue doesn't seem to mind too much.

0:28:490:28:53

Hopefully we'll be back on track soon

0:28:530:28:55

as the silver bracelet goes under the hammer.

0:28:550:28:58

So, £10 to £20, is that about right for this, Jonty?

0:28:580:29:01

Yes. I'm convinced it's silver,

0:29:010:29:03

but because it's not technically hallmarked, at auction you can't call it silver.

0:29:030:29:07

That's the reason why in the catalogue it says "white metal".

0:29:070:29:10

£10 for it? £10 for it? £5 for it?

0:29:100:29:13

I'm bid at 5, 6 there, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12.

0:29:130:29:16

At 10 I'm bid, who will give me 12? At £10. That's the money at £10.

0:29:160:29:20

Selling cheap at £10, gone.

0:29:200:29:23

That's very cheap.

0:29:230:29:24

Well done, that's good.

0:29:240:29:26

It doesn't seem much for this charming bracelet

0:29:260:29:29

but it is bang on Jonty's estimate. We're making steady progress,

0:29:290:29:33

but we do need to bank a lot more cash

0:29:330:29:35

if we're going to raise that £300 for Nigel's surprise trip.

0:29:350:29:38

We're almost halfway through the sale but there's no time for a rest and a cuppa,

0:29:380:29:43

despite our next lot being tea-related.

0:29:430:29:47

It's the pair of barge kettles which Jonty valued at £30 to £40.

0:29:470:29:50

Lot 160A, now.

0:29:500:29:52

The two large cast-iron kettles, with brass spigots, number 160A, industrial kettles.

0:29:520:29:58

160A, what are these worth? For the two, £20?

0:29:580:30:02

I'm bid at £20, give me 22, 22 there,

0:30:020:30:07

25, 28, 30, 32, 35, 38, 40, 42, 45, 48, 50...

0:30:070:30:14

-£50!

-5, 60,

0:30:140:30:16

5, 70? No at £60, take 5?

0:30:160:30:21

At £60, take 5, all done?

0:30:210:30:22

For £60, are you sure? For £60 and gone. 256.

0:30:220:30:25

Brilliant, fantastic, thank you!

0:30:250:30:27

-Are you happy?

-Yes! Great!

0:30:270:30:32

Well, Sue is certainly a satisfied customer

0:30:320:30:35

and with another £60 towards the trip, it's easy to see why.

0:30:350:30:40

Next up is a collection of five paintings, two of St Ives

0:30:400:30:43

and three separate nautical paintings,

0:30:430:30:45

which Jonty has put together as one lot. We're hoping for £30 to £40 for the five of them.

0:30:450:30:50

It sounds like a bargain to me!

0:30:500:30:52

Now I'm rather fond of St Ives, and I spent a lot of my childhood in St Ives on holiday

0:30:520:30:56

and I thought that the two pictures you had of St Ives

0:30:560:31:00

along with the three others that are coming up now are really rather charming. Where did you get them?

0:31:000:31:05

I actually got them from a car boot sale, didn't I?

0:31:050:31:08

We did, yeah.

0:31:080:31:09

-And it was at the end of a car boot sale.

-Yes.

0:31:090:31:12

-I think I only paid something like a fiver each for them, something like that.

-Did you?

0:31:120:31:17

Great bargain, fantastic.

0:31:170:31:18

What was your intention when you bought them? What did you want to do with them?

0:31:180:31:22

You're going to want me to say I put them on the wall, aren't you?

0:31:220:31:26

I think I know the answer!

0:31:260:31:28

You've sussed me out, you lot!

0:31:280:31:30

-So they never made it to the wall?

-No, 'fraid not...

0:31:300:31:33

Ooh, they did, actually, only one of them, didn't it?

0:31:330:31:36

Only one did, yes.

0:31:360:31:38

-So I was half right.

-It had its moment in the sun!

0:31:380:31:43

-It really did!

-They're now going to have their moment under the hammer.

0:31:430:31:47

We want £20 to £30. Very modest.

0:31:470:31:50

Let's see what they make.

0:31:500:31:52

For this lot, start me at £20, £20?

0:31:520:31:55

I'm bid at £20, give me £22?

0:31:550:32:00

I'm at £20, 22, 25, 28, 30, 32?

0:32:000:32:05

I'm bid £30, take 2 at £30.

0:32:050:32:09

We're at £30.

0:32:090:32:11

32, 35, 38. It's your bid at £38.

0:32:110:32:15

Take £40, at £38? Last chance at £38, your bid. £38.

0:32:150:32:19

-We're sailing!

-£38! Terrific!

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-That's brilliant.

-That was a great return on your original £10!

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-It was!

-And that's the kind of maths we like, selling just under Jonty's top estimate,

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it's another good addition to the London trip kitty.

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Can our next lot prove as popular? There's certainly plenty in it.

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Silver-plated tea pot, napkin rings and there's a kind of collection of other bits and pieces.

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£40 to £60, Jonty?

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-Yes. I've put £40 to £60 on it, so it should sell.

-Right, that's good.

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Start me at £20, here we go £20?

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I'm at £20, at £20, take 22, £20, take 2.

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22, 25, 28, 30, 32, 35, 38, 40, 42.

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40 bid, do you want 42?

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Take 2 at £40. Are we done? 42 back in. 45, 48, 50, 5.

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50 bid, take 5.

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All done at £50 last chance and gone at £50. 418, £50.

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-£50!

-Yeah, perfect!

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Right in the middle of your estimate, Jonty!

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Really good.

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Our expert's estimates are proving pretty accurate today, and long may it continue

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as we're still some way from our £300 target.

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Next to try its luck is an item that we're hoping will warm up a somewhat chilly sale room.

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It's the iron fire surround which Jonty valued at £30 to £40.

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There are lots of fires in your house.

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-Yes.

-So how come you decided to part with a cast iron fire grate?

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Well, actually, it was to be a design feature on a wall

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and I don't think I've got a wall free!

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I got very, very excited when I saw this part of a Regency cast-iron fireplace,

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but I can only see part of it, and there's no grate.

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It's only just a part of the fireplace, so you never got the rest of it?

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That was my next project!

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£20 for it? £10 for it?

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I'm bid at 10, give me 12, at £10, take 12, we're on at 10, 12, 15?

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15, 18. £15 bid, I'm bid at £15. I'm going to sell it at £15. I'm done at £15.

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That's a bid of 15. Gone.

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Well, that was disappointing.

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Only half Jonty's lowest estimate, but there's no time to dwell on it. The end of the auction is in sight

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and we're hoping that it will be onwards and upwards for the rest of our items.

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It's another of Sue's much-loved collections up next.

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We've got here a lot which I think sums you up, Sue, because we've got a hunting horn, a copper tray,

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a copper fire bucket, a copper and brass fire fender and another horn!

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-Oh, my goodness!

-I mean it's as if we could have gone into any of your rooms and gone...

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and just kind of scooped it all up because... Is that a fair comment?

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Very, very good, isn't it?

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210A now, the copper hunting horn, copper tray, other bits and bobs in that lot.

0:35:170:35:22

Five bits in the lot, all copper there, for 210A start me at £20 for it. £20?

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£20 I'm bid and 22 there,

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-25, 25, 28, 30, 32, 35...

-£35!

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£40. Bid there at £38.

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40, 42, 45, 48, 50, 5.

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Just down the back at £50.

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Take 55, £50 all done. At £50 last chance and gone. 212, £50.

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£50! And the estimate on it was £30 to £50.

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Oh, that's brilliant, again!

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I'm not blowing my own horn or trumpet!

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It's a great price, but don't let it go to your head just yet Jonty,

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because we've one more item left to sell, and it's our most highly valued lot today.

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With an £80 to £120 valuation, it could really make all the difference to Nigel's surprise break to London.

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-This mantel clock that's coming up, this belongs to you, doesn't it, Nigel?

-That's right, yes.

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I bought it around 30-35 years ago.

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I saw it in a shop in Newark, actually, and it was £45

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so I thought for the price, I thought I must have that,

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but I think it's chime for it to go!

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-Ooh!

-Sorry about that!

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I think it's the men thing. They keep coming out with these things!

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Now Jonty has put £80 to £120 on it, so if we get anything like that,

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that's a really good return on your investment.

0:36:460:36:49

-I suppose so, yes.

-And you're not sad to see it go?

0:36:490:36:52

I am sad to see it go in a way, but you can't hold onto things forever.

0:36:520:36:55

A lot for the money here, £100 for it.

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Should make £100 for it, should make more. £50 for it? I'm bid at £50. 55 there, 60?

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5, 70, 5, 80, 5. 80, 85 there.

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I'll come back to you. 90, 95, 100, 110, 120.

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Still cheap at £110. 120 I'll take over there. £110.

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At 120, 120 there, 130, 140, 150, 160, 170, 180,

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more like it, 190, 200, 210, 210, 220, say no?

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£200 and £210.

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Take 20, at £210 all done. At 210.

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Last chance, and gone. Thanks for the bid.

0:37:320:37:35

-Very good!

-Wow, that was fantastic!

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£210! That's a real return.

0:37:380:37:41

That was a real result, that.

0:37:410:37:43

That was, wasn't it?

0:37:430:37:44

-And you were worried! That's good.

-That's excellent, isn't it?

0:37:440:37:48

That's made my day!

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Wow! That's nearly double Jonty's top estimate!

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What a terrific end to our day!

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It's just left for me now to tot up our total.

0:37:560:38:00

I'm going to tell you now what the outcome of this is because you wanted to raise £300, didn't you?

0:38:000:38:06

£200 to £300 I thought.

0:38:060:38:08

-£200 to £300?

-Yes.

0:38:080:38:10

Well, you've done a lot better than that.

0:38:100:38:12

All of that stuff that was in your house that we brought here,

0:38:120:38:18

I make it that you've actually made £543.00!

0:38:180:38:23

You're kidding! You're kidding! That's fantastic!

0:38:230:38:27

Brilliant! I'm so surprised, I really am.

0:38:270:38:30

-I'm really surprised, yes.

-I am... That's fantastic.

0:38:300:38:33

-Thank you!

-Not at all.

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Now, is now the moment to tell Nigel what we're raising the money for?

0:38:350:38:39

-Yes.

-Do you want to tell him?

0:38:390:38:41

Well, I do, because he's been so, so good.

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Over the last couple of years I've been quite poorly and

0:38:450:38:48

-I've had a big operation and he's, hasn't he, he's...

-He's been really good.

0:38:480:38:52

He's been really fantastic.

0:38:520:38:54

He's run my little business for me, he's looked after me and I thought

0:38:540:38:57

-well, if I could take him for a day or two days to London.

-Wow, that's lovely!

0:38:570:39:03

Just the two of us, and I thought that would be really nice, so it's just to say, well, thank you!

0:39:030:39:09

-Thanks!

-Thank you.

0:39:090:39:10

I don't know when you're going to go.

0:39:100:39:13

-Yes...

-But we've got a little extra for you when you go to London,

0:39:130:39:17

just a tiny little extra because I know you both like the theatre as well, don't you?

0:39:170:39:21

-Ooh, yes!

-The Cameron Mackintosh Organisation have said they would love you to be their guests

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at a production of theirs of your choice.

0:39:260:39:28

There's a voucher in there.

0:39:280:39:31

You just have to choose which one you want to go to and when,

0:39:310:39:35

-and enjoy the show.

-That's very kind of you.

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And enjoy your weekend in London, Nigel!

0:39:370:39:40

Angela, thank you so much!

0:39:400:39:42

-Thank you very, very much.

-That is... Ah, thank you.

0:39:420:39:45

That's really lovely!

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A few weeks after their triumphant visit to auction,

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Sue can finally treat Nigel to that special trip to the capital

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and it sounds like she enjoyed her day in the sale room!

0:39:560:40:00

Well, the auction went really well.

0:40:000:40:04

We were expecting around about £300 but made over £500, which was great,

0:40:040:40:08

which means there's more places to visit and that's why we're here today

0:40:080:40:15

to come and see London and the sights and it's a lovely crisp day

0:40:150:40:18

and I'm really, really looking forward to it.

0:40:180:40:20

It'll be great!

0:40:200:40:22

But, before they hit the city streets, there's one particular place that Nigel wants to see.

0:40:220:40:27

Well, the first stop on the tour is the Museum of London

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and hopefully to see some of the places of interest that we can go and look for real.

0:40:320:40:39

Yes, it's a place I've always wanted to come to, the Museum of London, and we can see some of the sights.

0:40:390:40:45

-Yes.

-And then hopefully catch a show later on.

-That would be great!

0:40:450:40:49

With Nigel's passion for history, the couple enjoy immersing themselves in the city's past.

0:40:510:40:56

First stop is an impressive model of St Paul's Cathedral

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before it was severely damaged in the Great Fire of London.

0:41:000:41:03

We ought to go and see it, didn't we, and see how much it has changed.

0:41:030:41:08

And it's not long before our couple brave the chilly streets to see the famous building for real.

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St Paul's is one of London's most well-known landmarks and Sue and Nigel seem impressed.

0:41:130:41:20

-Look at that!

-Incredible, isn't it?

-It's...

0:41:200:41:22

it's so different, isn't it, to what you see?

0:41:220:41:26

-It's nice to see the real thing.

-Yeah!

0:41:260:41:28

It's a lot different from the model, isn't it?

0:41:280:41:32

-It is, yeah.

-Look at the carvings!

0:41:320:41:34

It's beautiful! No, it looks really different from that.

0:41:340:41:39

Then it's on to the bright lights of Theatreland.

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This may have been a thank you trip for Nigel, but I'm pretty sure that Sue is enjoying it, too!

0:41:430:41:48

-Well, we've had a great time. We've seen some fantastic sights, what we wanted to see.

-Absolutely!

0:41:480:41:54

-Yeah, it's been a great day.

-It's been fabulous, hasn't it?

0:41:540:41:57

-Now we've got some tickets that Angela gave us for a show!

-Yes, aren't we lucky?

-Yes, we are.

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Series looking at whether household junk could be worth a small fortune. Sue Goodess wants to treat her husband Nigel to a surprise trip to London. She has a house full of antiques, and so she calls in the team to spot the worthy from the worthless.