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Welcome to Cash In The Attic. We're the team that work with you

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to find valuables around your home and then sell them at auction.

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Today I am in the Yorkshire Pennines and I have come to the really beautiful village of Haworth.

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Now, Haworth, of course, is world famous as the home of the Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne.

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The sisters lived in this parsonage with their family from 1820 to 1861,

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and it is now a museum, attracting fans from around the globe.

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It was here they wrote some of the most famous books in the English language,

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including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

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Well, perhaps we will find a few classics of our own today,

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because we are about to go in search of antiques and collectibles that will go under the hammer at auction.

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'Coming up on today's Cash In The Attic, we are getting all literary.'

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You have your Heathcliff moments, out there on the moors.

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'While our two heroines may have big plans...'

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You could have a full-blown croquet tournament out there!

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And a day out! THEY LAUGH

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Will our antiques be bestsellers when it comes to auction?

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They are worth a bit more. I think we will try those next week again.

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I have crossed the Pennines from Haworth into Calderdale,

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where I am about to meet two ladies who would like to raise money

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for what they hope is going to be a rather relaxing hobby.

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This beautiful 17th century house in the heart of rural Yorkshire

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is home to company director and keen walker, Lesley Parkinson.

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Lesley comes from a family of hoarders and antique enthusiasts, so collecting is in her blood.

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And her home is overflowing with beautiful possessions.

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But with so many rooms to keep on top of, she has decided it is time

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to rein in the clutter, and her good friend Shirley is on hand to help.

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-Good morning, John.

-Morning, Angela.

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-Where have you been?

-I have been off to the parsonage, Bronte country,

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and I tell you, with the weather, it was very Wuthering Heights up there!

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It looks Wuthering Heights round here, with these rolling hills and stone walls.

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-These houses have got some amazing things inside.

-Who are we meeting today?

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We are going to meet two very lively ladies, and I warn you,

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they both know a fair bit about antiques, so you'll have to be on your mettle.

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-We're in for some fun!

-I think so!

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-Good morning, ladies.

-Good morning!

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Lesley and Shirley. Lesley, what a fabulous house you have got up here.

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Yes, it is quite nice.

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Absolutely beautiful. Why have you called in Cash In The Attic?

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Well, we have just had a new lawn laid, and I would love to raise about £500 to buy a croquet set.

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We used to play croquet when I was a child, and it's something I used to really enjoy.

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And now I've got the space, I'd really like a nice croquet set.

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And Shirley, you're going to help?

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Yes, I'm going to help.

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But how do you two know each other, then?

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We met 12 years ago on the day Lesley moved in, and we are still chatting.

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It's a massive house, so we've got our work cut out.

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-Shall we roll up our sleeves and get started?

-Yes!

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With such a beautiful view, I can understand why Lesley loves spending time in her garden.

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But our attention is focused inside today, and it looks like our expert

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-John has already found a good prospect. Hello, John.

-Hi, girls.

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It's a bit early in the day for you to be thinking

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-you're going to have a snooze in a rocking chair.

-Busted again!

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Where did this one come from?

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Well, this was in my grandparents' house, and I remember it in the kitchen.

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It was quite a large kitchen, with a huge, big, old-fashioned range, and this used to sit in front of it.

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Now, looking at this piece, we've got some lovely slender shapes to it.

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Nice scrolled arms there.

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Obviously, the slender curve in the back here,

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the turning, and those bearers on the bottom, this is all done by hand.

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But the great thing about it is how old this is.

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This is well over 200 years old.

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It's an 18th century piece.

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You can tell that by when you look at the colour, the natural patination

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and the fact that this has been made completely by hand.

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-What is the wood of this chair?

-We've got some walnut in the back.

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I've also noticed some mahogany graining.

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-So they utilised whatever's available.

-What sort of money do you think we're looking at?

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Well, I would be looking to estimate it at auction at about £80 to £120, something like that.

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It's a bit lower than I'd hoped, but I have made the decision for it to go.

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So, we've got a minimum of £80 in the pot already and we haven't even scratched the surface, John.

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-Shall we get to work?

-I think we ought to.

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So that's number one found, and it's onwards and upwards with our search.

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In the hallway, Shirley has spotted these woolwork embroidery pieces.

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John hopes they'll weave their way to an auction success

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with a £50 to £100 price tag.

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'And in the bedroom, I've spotted a rather beautiful item.'

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Very pretty piece of furniture, Lesley, where did this come from?

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I bought this several years ago at an antique shop.

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When I saw it, I really liked it.

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It seems it's a bit surplus now and I keep moving it from room to room, so...it's time.

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It's Georgian in date.

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It's probably around 1760, 1770, something like that.

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They're referred to as toilet mirrors or platform mirrors, the sort of thing a lady would have had

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in her boudoir or closet, and typically have drawers for their toiletries

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and as you see, you have these lovely shaped bracket feet

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which would have been consistent with a Georgian chest of drawers,

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as is this nice, vertical reading on the side here.

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Looks like the original glass. We can see the silver starting to perish,

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but that's the original glass in there as well. So quite a nice thing.

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What sort of figure are we looking at, John?

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-I'm going to say £80 to £120 for it.

-How does that compare with what you paid?

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I paid a lot more than that for it, but if I keep it,

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and I keep moving it about, it'll get damaged, so I think it's time to go.

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So one more move to go from here to the auction house.

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After that, it goes to the highest bidder.

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With such a big house to search through, it's all hands on deck,

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and our expert spots this lovely pair of figurines.

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Lesley bought them at an auction in Cornwall, but we're hoping that

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they'll woo the northern bidders with an estimate of £50 to £100.

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'Lesley's clearly passionate about her antiques, but will the promise

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'of some outdoor entertainment help her to part with them?'

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You want to buy the croquet set. You played it as a child?

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My grandparents had a big croquet lawn at the front, and my godmother had one as well.

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So we were always playing it.

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We just had some marvellous fun.

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We used to laugh a lot, and it can be quite a ruthless game as well.

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Can be a vicious game, can't it?

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-Yeah, yeah...

-You've got to be careful what you do with the mallet!

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So, are you gonna play as well, Shirley?

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Er, yes, if I learn the rules, I'll have a go.

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You were actually born in this very valley, in classic Bronte country.

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You can just tell straight away that it's Yorkshire and it's this area.

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Whenever you see it on television, you just recognise it straight away.

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You have your Heathcliff moments, out there on the moors.

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No Heathcliff, I'm afraid, but we have got lots more wonderful items

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in the house that I'm sure we'll be able to take to auction. I think it's gonna rain again,

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-we're gonna lose the view. Shall we get back to work?

-Yeah.

-Come on, then.

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With a £500 target, we need to keep working hard, and Lesley wastes no time in digging out

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this silver sugar shaker and cream jug, which she inherited from her grandmother.

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John hopes they'll sweet talk the bidders

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with the price tag of £70 to £90.

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Next door, something colourful has caught Shirley's eye.

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-John, what about that?

-It's quite a nice thing. Yes, it's not bad.

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-I'm not quite sure what it is.

-What do you think it is?

-A giant ice cream dish?

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I like that, yes, that's my type of sundae glass, definitely!

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You'd get a whole handful of spoons round there, wouldn't you? I don't think I'd want to share, anyway!

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It's part of a garniture set, I would say.

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19th century. It would have been made in Bohemia, in the old part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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It's completely handmade and would have started with the glassblower first having to shape this bowl.

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They would then create the stem, two separate entities at that point.

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The piece is then encased in an outer layer of white, opaque glass.

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-At that stage, the whole thing would have appeared opaque white.

-So how do they get this?

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That was the job of the engraver or the cutter.

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He would take a revolving, grinding wheel. He would have to cut this

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crinolation around here and these panels, cut them away to reveal that clear, glass layer beneath.

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This is in good condition and I think at auction we'd be looking at about £70 to £90, something like that.

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I think that will be quite a good offering.

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Another brilliant find. This house really is overflowing with saleable treasures.

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'Out in the hallway,

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'I dig out this pair of cloisonne pottery vases.

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'They were part of a collection built up by Lesley's mother,

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'and John estimates their value at £20 to £30.'

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Meanwhile, upstairs, Lesley has a rather unusual piece, on which she wants an expert opinion.

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John, what do you think of this?

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That's quite a nice woolwork picture, Lesley, what's the story behind it?

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I bought this about 15 years ago from an antiques centre.

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Woolwork pictures do turn up quite a lot at auction.

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They tend to be around the Regency period or 19th century, there or thereabouts.

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It's the subject matter which really dictates whether they'll sell well or not.

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I think this is a really charming subject matter, a fish woman unloading the catch.

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I don't recall seeing one like that, and I can see this would have

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appealed to the rising middle classes of the 19th century.

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If you have a look, in the foreground,

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there we are, she's got several varieties of fish there,

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and her dress, the more I look at it, the more detail there is.

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When you bought it, Lesley, did you have a look that far or have you kind of looked further over the years?

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I suppose I've looked further over the years,

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but I liked it because of the detail of her dress and her top,

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and selling the fish, and all the straw hanging down, and the rigging as well.

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I just thought it was quite detailed and very unusual.

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Well with regards to value, I mean, she's got all the pluses.

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Nice subject matter, good condition, great colour and the contemporary frame.

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I think we ought to be looking at £200 or £300 for this.

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Something like that, would that be OK?

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Yes, I wouldn't like to see it go for less than 200.

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-I think somebody would take the bait and go for this at auction, so off to auction it goes.

-Jolly good.

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'It's another good amount, but auctions are always unpredictable,

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'so it's best to keep up the search to ensure we reach our £500 total for that croquet set.'

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Lesley's attention is drawn towards this cased pen and pencil set,

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which John values at an impressive £30 to £50.

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While Shirley carries on searching next door,

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John thinks he's found an item that's large in value, if not in size.

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Lesley, Angela, come and have a look at these.

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These are rather interesting, there are four of them.

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-They're lovely.

-What's the story behind these, Lesley?

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Well, I bought these about 20 years ago at a local antique shop near to where I lived at the time.

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I never really took to them, but I bought them because they were cheap,

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I thought they were cheap, and they are pretty fine.

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But what's interesting about these are the colours and the size,

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because those colours remind me of Sevres porcelain factory,

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as does this gilding, and then it's been burnished, which is very typical of Sevres.

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Once they've applied it, they literally take a hobnail from their boot, and they use that

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to gradually burnish parts, so you have this beautiful contrast of shiny gilding and matt gilding.

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I would like to take one out at some point and have a look on the back to see if it tells us anything.

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It may well have somebody's mark on there,

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and sadly, we probably may never find out who the sitters are, or who painted them.

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We could have a guess, and that's what collectors really like.

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I think we ought to suggest £200 to £300 on these, something like that.

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-So how do you feel about that, bearing in mind you know what you paid for them?

-Well...

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I wouldn't like them to go for less than maybe 280.

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-You'd want to put a reserve on them?

-I think so.

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In which case, as an auction house, if you publish an estimate,

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you can't have your reserve above the lower estimate.

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So that would mean we'd have to increase our estimate

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to, say, £300 to £400, and then the reserve is just below.

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Shirley, come and join us a second.

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Come and join us, because we've just been looking at these rather lovely four miniatures,

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even though John's only got one of them there.

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It means that I can now give you all a final total

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on what we hope to raise at auction, taking John's lowest estimates.

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We're actually going to raise rather more than £500.

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Hopefully, we should be able to raise £950, which means you can get

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not just the croquet set, but enough chairs to have an entire festival of croquet!

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-Oh, wow!

-(BOTH) And a day out!

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THEY LAUGH

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But it all depends what happens when the hammer comes down,

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so let's just keep fingers crossed that everything is gonna go well when we get to auction.

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Lesley's home has been such a delight to search through today,

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and we've got a huge variety of items to pack off to auction.

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There's the stylish Georgian bathroom mirror,

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which John valued at £80 to £120.

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The colourful tapestry of the lady fish seller, which we're hoping

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will reel in the bidders with a £200 to £300 price tag.

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And, of course, the exquisite hand painted miniatures

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with John's boosted price tag of £300 to £400.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic...

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'Where's Heathcliff when you need him?'

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Oh, on the telephone!

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This plot definitely has some twists and turns.

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'How will it end when the hammer falls?'

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Well it's been a week or two since we joined Lesley Parkinson

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and her friend, Shirley, at that beautiful house that Lesley has in West Yorkshire.

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We were looking for antiques and collectibles that we could sell

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today, here at Cato Crane Auctioneers in Liverpool.

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Lesley wants a really fabulous croquet set,

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so that she and her friends and family can all play the game on that new lawn that she's had laid.

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It's gonna cost her about £500, so we're really hoping

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that all the bidders are gonna be on form today

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when her items go under the hammer.

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This auction house in the heart of the docks

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has been selling the antiques and collectibles of the people of Liverpool for over 20 years.

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John is certainly hoping that our items will sit well with the buyers.

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Well, I see the rocking chair made it safely in one piece.

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I thought she might change her mind - there was quite an attachment,

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-wasn't there?

-What are the things that you think will do well today?

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I love those Sevres style porcelain miniatures, and also that fish woman tapestry.

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Vivid colours, nice, unusual subject matter.

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I'm eager to see how those perform.

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I wonder which are going to be Lesley's favourite lots today?

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-Shall we go and ask her?

-Come on.

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The room is slowly filling up and Lesley and Shirley have arrived,

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excited to see their miniatures on display.

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-Good morning, Lesley and Shirley.

-Good morning.

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-One last look before they end up on somebody else's wall.

-Yeah.

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-Are you having second thoughts?

-Not really.

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They are pretty, but no.

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But have you put a reserve on them?

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Yes, I have, yeah. I thought £300, they're easily worth that.

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-They're very attractive.

-That's a good idea, John.

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That's what they should be worth, but we're in the hands of the Gods now.

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Nothing more we can do, we're at the auction.

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-Shirley, you're giving lots of support today?

-Oh, certainly.

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-The more money, the merrier!

-Absolutely.

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I think we should take our places, because everyone's started to arrive for the auction.

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If you're interested in selling or buying at auction, do bear in mind

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that you'll have commission, VAT and other charges to pay.

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With the auctioneer in position and under way, we take our places just in time for our first lot.

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Have you written tomes with this?

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I've written absolutely nothing with it! It's never been out of its box.

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So it's in pristine condition?

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-It is indeed.

-It's just about to come under the hammer, so let's see how it does.

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What do we say, £20, Mrs Jay? £20 is bid there.

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£20. We're staying five, sir.

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Times are hard. £25 there.

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30 with you, sir. 35, 40, 45, 50.

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£45 here. Any advance on 45?

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I'll take 46 if you like.

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We're having to work hard today.

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£45 on my right, are we all done?

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There we go, £45. A nice object.

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-£45.

-Excellent.

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I was quite pleased with that.

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Quite pleased, it's been hanging around for years. I was amazed.

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Well, that's the first sale crossed off the list.

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'Let's hope our next lot continues in the same vein.'

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I can start the bidding, straight in at £40 on the telephone.

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£40 with me. 40, any advance on 40?

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50, a gentleman down the room now.

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There is somebody there, 50. 60 on the telephone.

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-Oh, on the telephone!

-And five, sir.

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60 on the telephone. £60 and 65.

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70 with you.

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70.

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65? Come on.

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67.50, I know who's on the phone.

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67.50 is bid now. All done at 67.50, Jonathan, with you.

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Come on.

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Yes, 67.50, we've got a bid at 67.50.

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All done, then?

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What an unusual amount! £67.50.

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Just a touch under estimate, but a good sale.

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The cloisonne vases are up next and sell...

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£14 all done. Got to go.

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Again, just under the lower estimate at £14.

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So far so good, but there seems to be a trend developing here,

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when the Lancashire rocking chair, that John had high hopes for, sells...

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-65.

-..for £15 under the estimate.

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Lesley's philosophical.

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The rocking chair, I was disappointed,

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but it saves taking it home and bringing it back again another day.

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That's the spirit, Lesley!

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We're hoping that our next lot will bring in a pretty penny.

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The hand painted miniature portraits set in gold coloured frames.

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-You've put a reserve on these, haven't you?

-I have, yes.

-Of?

-300.

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So, let's see how they do.

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What do we say on this? They are, in actual fact, most attractive.

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Let's make of it what we can.

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-He likes them.

-Well, yeah.

-I think they're really attractive.

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£40, £10 to start?

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-£40? £10?

-40, 50, 50, 60, 70, 80,

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90, 100, 120, 140, 160, 180, 200.

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You're at 220, madam. I'll sell at 220.

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Would you like 210, then?

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Just get me over this. 210. OK, £210.

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You're very kind. Thank you.

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210. I wasn't being sarcastic, incidentally!

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You are genuinely kind.

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£210. I can sell for £210.

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-210.

-Yeah.

-Again or not? Yes?

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£210 now.

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210. Not the reserve you put on them, but the sort of estimate that John had for them originally.

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So Lesley agreed to let the auctioneer take the bid

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below its reserve. It's not the result she was hoping for,

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but 210 is £10 over what John originally estimated.

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The miniatures, I was a little disappointed, but I thought

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it was time perhaps to let them go.

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It was a pretty good price, really, I suppose.

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Chin up, Lesley. Despite a couple of disappointing sales,

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we are on our way to our £500 target for that croquet set, so we've got plenty to be pleased about.

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And now it's time for our first lot of tapestries to go before the room.

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What do we reckon for this little trio?

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It's a mixed lot, something for everyone in there - £50-100.

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What do we say on these, ladies and gentlemen? Lot 181.

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Start the bidding at £40 on these.

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They're not expensive at 40. £40.

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£40 is bid, 40.

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45 anywhere? 45 anywhere?

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Anywhere at all? 45, 50. Can you do 55, Mrs Jones, please, for this?

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Come on. £50, then. All done at 50.

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£50, right on the button at the bottom end of your estimate, John.

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That's more like it! Let's hope our luck continues with the next lot.

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Next up are our pair of 19th century spelter figures, the blacksmith and the farmhand.

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They have their original bases and the gilding is still intact,

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so we're looking for £50-100.

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£30 to start me off on them. £30.

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Anybody? No bidding at £30? Come on, ladies and gentlemen. £30.

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Should be bid at 30. 30, 35, 35, 40.

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Best we can do at 40? I don't think we can sell them at 40.

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I think they're worth a bit more than that, don't you?

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-Are you gonna sell at 40?

-No.

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OK, all done at £40, the best we can do today.

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They're worth a bit more. I think we'll try those next week again.

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Not sold.

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No, but I'm happy to take it back. Didn't want it to sell for that.

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It's good that Lesley doesn't mind taking them home,

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but there's another blow...

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No, we're not gonna sell it at £45, best the bidding goes up to today.

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All done, then?

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..when the Georgian bathroom mirror also fails to impress the room.

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It seems to be one of those fickle days,

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with buyers sitting on their hands for our items.

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With just a few lots to go, we need something to shake them all up.

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Next up is our little lot of silver.

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We've got a cream jug and a sugar sifter.

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Not in great condition, hence I put £70-90 on them as an estimate.

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What do we say, £50 for the two?

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Should be worth that right away. £50?

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Any bidding at £50? 50 is bid, 50.

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£50. Well, I'll sell at first and only bid at 50, then.

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All done at first and only bid at £50. Only £40 each.

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It is the end of the summer.

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£50 then, all done.

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Oh, dear. This is really disappointing, but it is a sale.

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Can we charm the buyers with our final offering?

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-What do we reckon on this one, John?

-We've got £200-300 for it.

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I think it's worth every penny.

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As Lesley said, it has its original frame and it's in lovely condition. Here we go.

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What do we say? £50 is bid right away.

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Straight in at 50. 50 is bid. 50, 50.

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60, 70. 80, sir? 80. 90, 100, and 10.

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£100 here.

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All done at £100?

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All done at £100. 100.

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Selling at £100 now.

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110 in a new place. 120, 130. 130 is bid now. 140, 150.

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Are you bidding? 150, 160. 170.

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170, 180. 180.

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All done at £180 this time?

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Last chance, sir.

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180 here.

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All done. With Jonathan at 180.

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-Happy?

-Yeah.

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We've had quite a turbulent time at the auction today,

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but £20 short of John's lowest estimate just about sums up our day.

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Lesley had some fabulous items.

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It's just a shame that the bidders weren't in more of a mood to splash their cash.

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So how did we do at the end of the day?

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You wanted to raise £500 for your rather posh croquet set.

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-We've actually made £681.50.

-50p!

-50p.

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-Just that difference.

-That 50p made all the difference!

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Is that my tip?

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With the auction a distant memory, Lesley is keen to take advantage of her brand new toy.

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I was really pleased with the auction. It went really well.

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It was good fun and we went over the target.

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'The new set has arrived and I'm looking forward

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'to setting it up, getting a few friends in, having a game.'

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I've thought about it for years.

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Oh, just in time! It's arrived.

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With several helpers on hand, it's time to get down to business.

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-One, two, three, four.

-Why's that one over there?

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Once the mystery of the layout is unravelled, it's time to make some noise.

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Well, almost!

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I've never played it before.

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I think the way we're playing is that I think we're gonna join the League,

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as the Yorkshire Terriers, or something like that!

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THEY ALL CHEER

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We're really enjoying this.

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The sun's out, good friends, but it's thirsty work.

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I think we'll have to crack open a bottle of bubbly.

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'We've had a really good day out.'

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We'll be playing lots and lots in the future.

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-Cheers.

-Congratulations.

-Cheers, guys.

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Series looking at the value of household junk. The team are deep in Bronte country, visiting company director Lesley Parkinson. She wants to recapture her childhood with a top-notch croquet set, and she hopes her antiques will get the ball rolling.