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Welcome to Cash In The Attic, the programme that joins you

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in the hunt for antiques and collectibles around your home

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and then sells them with you at auction.

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Today, I'm in Nottinghamshire, in the East Midlands, and of course,

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when you say Nottingham, just one name springs to mind.

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Robin Hood.

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The exploits of Robin Hood are known the world over and celebrated throughout the city.

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At Nottingham Castle, there's an exhibition dedicated to the myth and history surrounding his adventures.

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Although real facts are scarce, stories of his cunning and agility

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and fight for justice during the reign of Richard I,

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have been handed down over 900 years.

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Well, I can assure you our aim is going to be true today,

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when we go in search of our own treasures to take to auction

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and we should have no problem hitting the target.

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Coming up on today's Cash In The Attic, a family with Christmas on their minds.

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So that'll pay for you to see Father Christmas.

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You'll be buying him presents at that rate.

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Jonty's keeping everything crossed for good results.

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-Yeah. Happy with that?

-On a wing and a prayer, maybe a bit more.

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And we're all in for some exciting moments, come auction day.

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Fantastic.

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That was terrific. But will we still be smiling when the final hammer falls?

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I'm just an arrow's flight south of Nottingham

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and I'm about to meet a family who've called in

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the Cash In The Attic team to help them fund a really special treat

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that has a very wintry feel to it.

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Jo and Julian Potter and their six-year-old son, Louis,

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are looking after this lovely cottage in Nottinghamshire which belong to Jo's parents.

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Jo's father sadly died last year

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and her mother has recently moved into a care home,

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leaving Jo and Julian with a house full of their possessions to deal with.

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But they've decided that the time has come to sort through the lifetime of collectibles

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and use some of the cash for a very special family trip. Morning, Jonty.

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-How are you?

-I'm very well. It's appropriate I should find you under

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the greenwood tree cos I joined Robin Hood's gang, this morning.

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Well, I'm certainly one of your merry men. In fact,

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I could be Little John.

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No. No. You're my Big Jonty.

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Never Little John. But we've got a houseful of some fab stuff.

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-Shall we get started?

-Let's go.

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-Morning, Potters.

-Hiya.

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-Hi.

-Jo, Julian and Louis, are you playing with some of Mummy's old toys there?

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-Yes.

-What's that?

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We've got two horses and a carriage of four wheels.

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-So you're reliving some of your memories.

-Yes.

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Now, why have you called in Cash In The Attic, Jo?

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Well, sadly, I've lost my dad and it's my 40th birthday next year and it's our tenth wedding anniversary.

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And we were hoping to take Louis for Lapland for Christmas.

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And I know Dad would have liked to have done something for us,

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so it's a way of, you know, enjoying some time with Louis, really.

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-So, ski lessons as well, before he goes to Lapland?

-I'd like to.

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-I don't think Nottingham is exactly known for its snow-covered peaks, is it?

-No.

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So where's he going to learn to ski?

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Locally, there's a few snow domes nearby that we could go there and

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try a few lessons out and see how he goes, really.

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How much do you reckon this is going to cost?

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-If we could just raise 500 towards, that'll be fantastic.

-Get us going.

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So you've got a houseful of stuff...

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-Yeah.

-Ready to go to auction.

-Yeah.

-So that Louis can get on his skis.

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-Yes.

-Well, I tell you what, Louis, I want you to get your skates on now

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cos we're going to go and find Jonty and see what we can take to auction.

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Come on.

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It's a great idea to turn family heirlooms into skiing lessons for the youngest member of the family.

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So we need to pull out all the stops on our search today.

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Here to lead the antiques expedition is our expert, Jonty Hearnden, who's had a lifelong passion

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for collectibles and we find him hard at work.

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Ah, there we are, Louis.

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-There's Jonty.

-Hi, guys.

-Hello.

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-Hi.

-And what have you got there?

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Well, have a look at this. This is wonderful.

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So where did it come from, Jo?

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I always remember it being in the house and remember it as a little girl, as well.

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And Mum telling me about it and being interested in it

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cos of all the bright colours in it.

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I don't know where she actually bought it from

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or where she got it from but she's had it a long, long time.

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What did she tell you about it?

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Just that it was worth something and I don't really know why she said

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that when I was little but I do remember her saying that.

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Generically, what we're looking at here is a Staffordshire group.

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And these figures were produced for the masses in the early part of the

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19th century through into the latter half of the 19th century.

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But I suspect that this is not a Staffordshire group,

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but it's possibly a Chinese import.

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I say that because when I turn it around on the back...

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you've got this distinctive Chinese crackle glazing.

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Now, what's happened over the last 20, 30 years, that a lot of these

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have been copied and flooded the UK market.

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-Is that a copy?

-I'm afraid

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-that this is probably not an early 19th century group of figures.

-Yeah.

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I think this is probably 20, 30 years old

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so when it was bought by your parents,

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I think that this would have been new rather than 150 years old.

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It could be worth hundreds but I don't think it is.

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Therefore we're looking at £30, 40, that sort of ball park.

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Jonty's being cautious but that's £30 banked, already.

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With a £500 target though, we've got a lot more rummaging to do.

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And Julian has started his search upstairs and comes up trumps straightaway

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when he finds this brass ship's clock which Jonty values at £30-50.

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Jo and Jonty are continuing their search downstairs.

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-There's another room through here.

-Wow. Look at all this.

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And loads and loads of Toby jugs,

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which are found all over the house, all hanging up, everywhere.

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-Hence the reason why you've got hooks on there.

-Yeah.

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I've just put them all together. Don't know if they're of any interest.

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Well, they were first introduced in the mid-18th century, around 1760, 1770.

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And they all have this seated character holding

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a jug of beer.

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From the mid-18th century, they've never really gone out of fashion.

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And they've always been repeated

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in different shapes, different sizes, different colourings.

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And more often than not, you can still pick them up on the market cheaply.

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-That's why people collect them, because they really do have bags of character.

-Yeah.

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-So can we sell them?

-Yes. Definitely.

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-Right.

-Yeah.

-Well, what we need to do is gather all of these up.

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Need them to be carefully packed. Shipped off to the auction room.

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And if we've got any other bits and pieces, certainly,

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that are similar sort of to what I would say character-style ceramics.

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-Yes.

-Put them all in together.

-Yeah.

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So, not only have we got loads of Toby jugs but other items as well.

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-Right.

-And I'm sure we're looking at around the £60 mark, maybe 60 to maybe even £100.

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-Brilliant. Yeah.

-It will all add up.

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It certainly does. And there's another addition to our fund

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when I find this antique telephone

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which Jonty packs off to auction at £30-50.

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While Jonty continues rummaging, I catch up with our snow-loving family.

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I can see what you mean about having a clear-out.

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You've got a load of stuff in this house.

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-Lots and lots of things.

-You could say that.

-Yeah.

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Your mum and dad were obviously hoarders of all sorts of stuff.

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-It's all round us.

-Yeah. Used to collect lots of different things.

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Yeah. Lots to sort.

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But I've noticed lots of paintings around the house.

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Your mum was very artistic, wasn't she?

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Yeah. She loved drawing and painting and making things

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and she's made a lot of things with Louis as well.

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She was an art teacher and ceramic teacher.

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So, yeah, there's lots of things she's made and done. Yeah.

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-How about your dad?

-No. Not really.

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But he was very clever.

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He used to make a lot of things.

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He made me a train that went all the way

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from the top of the garden right to the bottom of the garden.

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So your dad was not the artistic one, your mum was, but you both

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met through art really, didn't you, being at the same college, Julian?

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That's right. Yeah. We met down in Loughborough College.

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We were studying graphic design, so we both worked in the industry,

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sort of thing and we've been together since what...

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about 17, 18...

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-Yeah.

-Nearly 20 years now.

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So what's the thing you're looking forward to most about being able to ski together

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once Louis becomes as proficient as we all know he's going to be?

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Being as a family altogether, as opposed to him going to lessons

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and it'd be nice to get over there and do it altogether, as a group, basically.

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We'll enjoy each other's company and skiing together.

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Well, if we're going to get this family on to the slopes, we need to get back to work.

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Jonty certainly isn't letting the side down when he unearths

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this autograph book featuring stars such as George Formby.

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Our expert hopes that it could make £50-80 at auction.

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And our ski lesson fund gets topped up by another £40-80

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when Jo finds this set of 14 encyclopedias in the living room.

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But items of interest aren't just confined to the house and Julian's keen to show

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off one of his late father-in-law's favourite possessions.

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This is what I was telling you about. It was his pride and joy.

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We all sat in the living room, late at night and he lit it all up,

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got all the pumps working and water coming out the lions

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and as I say, it looked really impressive, to have it all lit up

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at night and the water glistening, so he was very, very proud of it.

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This is a proper garden feature, isn't it?

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Water feature, because not only have you got the water coming spouting through the top here,

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through this bunch of flowers, but they come through the four masks applied to the central column here.

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So you can imagine just how impressive that would have been.

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It's a wonderful thing.

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So is this based on, what...sort of 18th, 19th century garden ornaments?

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It's a kind of mish-mash of ideas.

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On the top, you have an 18th century style floral basket.

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Down below, we have these, certainly 18th century, lion mask heads,

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but then, if you look at the trough, this is more Victorian in feel.

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So if it did go to auction, what do you reckon it might be worth?

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It has to be £100, £200.

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If two people really wanted this, the sky's the limit.

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So what do you think? Do we take this to auction or not?

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I'll have to ask my wife.

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Make it her decision. It was her father's.

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I'll have to think about that. I'll have to discuss it with her.

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Well, it's obviously a sentimental item but what a great addition

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to our fund if it does make it to auction...

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although they will have to think carefully about how to get it there.

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Inside, the youngest member of the family is pitching in

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and finds cast iron novelty money boxes which Jonty values at £40-60.

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And back from the garden, Jonty and Julian are tackling one of the bedrooms.

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Julian, can you tell me anything about this chair?

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Not much, really. It's always been in the house, in places.

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It's been covered in cushions.

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-Yeah.

-I think that my mother-in-law was given it by a friend.

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-OK.

-Apart from that, not much else.

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-It's called a prayer chair, or a Prie Dieu and that is French for pray to God.

-Right.

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So it literally is a kneeling stool with a high back.

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But the most amazing thing about this chair is the fabric that it's covered in.

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All of this is handstitched, so you can imagine the length of time this would have taken to do.

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Quite extraordinary really, if you think about it.

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And what tends to happen with these chairs is because you've got so much

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leverage on the top here, that they tend to do this.

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Listen to this.

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Can you hear creaking, rolling?

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That's an issue with these chairs and as a consequence, the only way to mend that properly is to take the

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whole back frame to bits

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and to re-glue the dowels and pegs, at the back of the chair,

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-so there's quite a bit of work involved in doing just that.

-Yeah.

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Because we need that extra work doing to it,

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I can't get you top dollar at all, but it's still going to be, you know, £40-60, that sort of ball park.

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-I'm fine with that.

-Yeah.

-Yeah. Happy with that.

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On a wing and a prayer, maybe a bit more.

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Top marks for the fund, Jonty, if not the joke.

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It's nearly the end of our day's rummaging but Jo has one final lot for our expert to cast his eye over.

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Jonty.

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What do you think of this?

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Or these?

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That's an amazing... what an amazing collection.

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-Yes. There's quite a few.

-Yes.

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-Whose are these?

-Well, my granddad used to collect them.

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-Yeah.

-And my dad really liked them so he's carried on collecting.

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-Now, of course, I'm sure that you are aware that we're looking at crested ware here.

-Yes.

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And of course, the reason why it's called crested ware

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is because if you look closely, there is a crest of every town

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and almost every city in the UK by the looks of it here.

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But the whole point of these was to bring them back as tourist pieces,

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so wherever you visited over the UK, you could come back with a little bone china ornament.

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Yeah. Like a little remembrance...

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-It's a memento. So it's equivalent of the Brighton rock, of its day, really.

-Yeah.

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So let's have a look at this one.

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Now, that's a lot of fun. On the front, we've got the crest of Hitchin, that's Hertfordshire.

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-Yeah.

-But on the top here, we've got a seated cat squashing three little kittens in the basket.

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Yes. He's left all the prices on of how much he paid.

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-Yeah.

-Has he really?

-Yeah.

-Really.

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Well, I don't think we can get your father's investment back, that's for sure.

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But I think it's a fabulous collection nonetheless.

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So my hunch of how I would value this whole collection, at the moment,

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is that we're looking between £200-400 at auction. How do you feel about that?

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As long as it, perhaps, had a reserve on so it can't go for, you know, not a lot.

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-We can certainly do that and we can organise that for you on the day, as well.

-OK.

-All right.

-Yeah.

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£200-400. That's music to my ears, I can tell you, because all today,

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I have been listening in while Jonty has been looking at various things

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around the house and doing a mental tot up of all the lowest

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estimates that he's given you and I can tell you that if we add them

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all together and add that £200...

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you wanted to raise £500...

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well, you're not going to raise £500, Louis.

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You're going to raise £520, but it gets better,

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because if you decide to take the fountain out in the garden which

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has got a minimum of £100 tag on it, that means we could make £620.

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Wow. That's really good.

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So that'll pay for a trip to see Father Christmas.

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You'll be buying him presents at that rate.

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Well, many hands certainly made light work today

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and between the five of us,

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we've come up with a great collection of items to send to auction.

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We're hoping the bidders take a shine to the Victorian Prayer Chair,

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which Jonty valued at £40-60,

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despite needing a bit of restoration.

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And there's a massive part of our target riding on that

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collection of crested ware, with its £200-400 price tag.

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But we'll have to wait until auction day to see whether Jo

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and Julian decide to part with the stone fountain.

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Valued at £100-200, it could be an important lot.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic, a quick history lesson for Louis.

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You don't even know who George Formby is, do you?

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No.

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But Jo's just hoping that all the lots will find new owners.

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I just don't want to have to take them home.

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Right. Well, I'm sure you won't. Here they go.

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So, will we have reached our target when the final hammer falls?

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It's been a couple of weeks now since we joined Jo, Julian

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and their delightful son, Louis, at Jo's family home

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where we found a whole clutch of antiques and collectibles

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which we brought here to Liverpool to sell today at Cato Crane Auctioneers.

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Now, remember their goal is £500 so they can take young Louis

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on some skiing lessons and then a trip to the snowy north

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to meet Father Christmas.

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He can't wait and frankly, neither can I.

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So let's hope that everyone in the auction room

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gets really excited today when their items go under the hammer.

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Some early bidders are already arriving at the sale room

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and I'm hoping that Jo and Julian's items will attract lots of interest.

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One man who's giving them his full attention is our expert, Jonty Hearnden.

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Jonty.

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-Angela, hi.

-Praying for a good day at auction today?

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I always pray for a good day at the auction.

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But we should have a nice day because we've got some really nice things from the Potters.

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We do. The Goss collection is fabulous, but the market has gone

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a little bit soft on that so I'm a bit concerned.

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And the other thing I'm concerned about is the fact that there's no fountain here.

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-Well, it was very heavy.

-I grant them that.

-And big.

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Yes. That's very true.

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So, maybe, it just proved a little bit too much.

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Yes. If that's the case, that's the case and it'll have to stay in the garden.

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But do we think that we're going to make our target today?

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I'm a little bit concerned.

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-Really?

-I'm a little bit nervous about today.

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Well, I wonder if the family are.

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Shall we go and find out? Come on.

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Well, Jonty's sounding cautious, but hopefully, his fears

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will be unfounded and the bidders will be prepared to dig deep today.

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We find out family checking out how their lots look in the sale room.

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Hi, Jo and Julian. And Louis, as well.

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-You're keeping an eye on things, are you?

-Here's our man.

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Yes. Now, all of your stuff is here and I see we've got the crested ware all split up into groups.

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That's a good way to sell it, is it?

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The auctioneer's decided that's the best way because you can sell it

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as one big collection but when it comes to crested ware like this,

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it makes sense to split them up into smaller lots, simply because you have such a massive collection.

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I don't see the fountain anywhere. What happened to it, Julian?

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We did try and bring it. We wanted to bring it.

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I dismantled it, took the pumps out, got all the lights out, but we just couldn't shift it out the bottom.

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It was all concreted in. I just couldn't move it, so I had to put it all back together again.

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So, your dad intended it was going to be a permanent fixture.

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I think so. Definitely. Yeah.

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And everything else, Louis, is here, is it? Have you checked it all out?

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-What do you think?

-Really cool, actually.

-Cool.

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That's what the snow is going to be too, and that's where we'll get you.

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-So shall we go and take our places?

-Yeah.

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If you're planning on heading to your local auction house,

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

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so always check the details with the sale room first.

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With a packed room, we take our places just in time as our brass

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ship's clock goes under the hammer. We're hoping for £30-50.

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20 is bid. 20. 25. 30.

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-Someone's bid on it.

-35. 40.

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£40 is bid. 40. All done now at £40.

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Go on. 40. And 50 down the room.

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50. Great.

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£50. Right down the room at 50. All done.

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-Top end of your estimate.

-Really good.

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What a fantastic way to start our day.

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I hope it bodes well for the rest of our lots

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as we really do want to get the £500 for Louis's ski lessons.

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The Staffordshire-style figure is up next.

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What do we say, £10 for it, anybody?

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Ten, somebody, please. Quickly. Anybody at all. There's no bid.

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No bid, whatsoever. £10 down there.

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£10 is bid. £10 is bid.

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-Tenner.

-You win some, you lose some.

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It's a disappointing result but Jo's being pragmatic.

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Next to try its luck on the rostrum is the Ericsson telephone

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which Jonty valued at £30-50.

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£20 should be bid right away.

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20. And five. And 30, sir. And five.

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And 40. And I'm going to sell at £40.

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At £40 on my right. All done at 40.

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-Fantastic.

-That was good.

-Right in the middle.

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It's a solid result and we're all pleased to have another

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few pounds in the ski lesson fund.

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But will the Victorian prayer chair have similar success?

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Where do we start the bidding? £40. 50. £50 is bid.

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Are you all bid, sir, at £50?

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All done at 50.

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-Yeah.

-Not bad.

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It's another strong result.

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The bidders do seem to be on our side today

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so will they be star-struck by our next lot?

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It's the autograph book which Jonty valued at £50-80.

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And who have we got in there?

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We've got Trudy Walker. Oh, George Formby's in there, isn't he?

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Yeah. Yes. So hopefully, fingers crossed, we'll see.

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Bet you don't even know who George Formby is, do you?

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-No.

-No.

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So that doesn't matter, but I bet whoever buys it does.

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OK. We have interesting lots, interesting bidding on here.

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-£50 is bid, right away. 50. All done at 50?

-Sold.

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£50 straight in. 50.

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-Well done.

-60.

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-60.

-70.

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80. £90 is bid. 90.

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90. 100. And ten. 120.

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-Wow.

-All done at £120 now and I'm going to sell at £120.

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All done.

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-Fantastic.

-Fantastic. That was terrific.

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What a surprise. Selling for way over Jonty's original estimate.

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Jo's mum's autographs really did us proud.

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We're over halfway through the sale and making steady progress towards that £500 for Louis's ski lessons.

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But we need to keep up the pace as we've another four lots to go.

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It's Jo's mum's extensive collection of Toby jugs up next.

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Were there any in the collection that you particularly like, Julian?

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Not at all. No. I don't like any of them.

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-Jo?

-Not really. No. Not particularly fussed.

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I just don't want to have to take them home.

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Right. Well, I'm sure you won't. Here they go.

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Start the bidding at £30.

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£30 is bid now. 30. 30. 35, anyone?

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35 is bid, now. Thank you. 40.

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40 is bid. 40.

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All done at £40. 45, I'm looking for.

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45. 45, anywhere? Come on.

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40's the best we can do today.

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£40 then. All done at 40. 40 is bid.

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-Sold.

-Well, pleased?

-Yeah.

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-There's relief in that.

-Yeah! I can see that.

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It's another few pounds to add to our coffers.

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They may have sold short of the estimate

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but Jo's just glad they've found a new home.

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Will she feel the same about the set of encyclopedias

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which struggled to entice the bidders to dig deep?

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I'm going to sell at £5, ladies and gentlemen.

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Bargain of the year so far.

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-£5, then. Young lady's bid on the front row.

-£5.

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-Yeah.

-Do you mind that?

-No. No.

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That's just a fraction of their estimate and a tiny step towards our target.

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But after our successful morning, Jo and Julian don't seem to mind.

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Maybe the set of novelty money boxes will earn us a few more pounds.

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I've got 30, sir. Five. I've got 40.

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Five. £40 with me. And five, the gentleman at the back.

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45, there. 45.

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£45. Would you like 50, sir?

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There is a bid there. £45.

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50, anywhere? All done then at £45.

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All done, this time.

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More money in the kitty and a new home for the money boxes.

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That's more like it.

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Our day at auction is nearly over

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but not before our final lot goes under the hammer.

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It's the massive collection of crested ware

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which the auctioneer's split into eight separate lots.

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You put what, £200-400 on the total lot.

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Do you think we might do really well by having these different lots, Jonty?

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We've just got to see where the market goes.

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I think he's been very clever to split them up into smaller lots

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because I think we could eke out a bit more money in the room.

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But we just won't know. That's the amazing thing about auctioneers

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or the auction room, is that we've just got to wait and see.

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We'll see what happens when the first ten come up, which they're about to.

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And we'll start the bidding at £15 for these.

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Ten, if you like. £10 is bid. Ten.

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15. 20 with you and I'll sell. £20, now.

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Any advance. 22.

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22, anyone? £20 for the first lot.

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£20.

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It's not a bad start. And as the next few lots come up for sale, the money rolls in, thick and fast.

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£36. All done and finished at 36.

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£22 is bid. Selling at 22, this time.

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22.

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£40. I'm selling at £40.

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No further bid of 40.

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-40. Wow.

-That's better.

-That's good.

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-Yeah.

-£20. Ten. £24.

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£22 is your bid.

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Jonty, 200-400 was what you estimated. They panned out at £194.

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-Just under the estimate.

-Yeah. Yeah.

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-But only £6 short.

-Yeah.

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It's been a whirlwind of crested ware, but was it enough to get Louis those skiing lessons?

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How much do you think we've made?

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Maybe £600.

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Maybe £600.

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Not quite, but you're not far off.

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Not far off, because what you've actually made is £554.

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-We got there. We got there.

-So we got there.

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-Yeah. Excellent.

-Yeah. Terrific.

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-Yeah. Brilliant.

-And your fountain's still sitting in the garden.

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That's right.

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A couple of weeks later and Jo and Julian can finally splash

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out on some skiing lessons for Louis at Tamworth SnowDome and the skier to be is sounding rather confident.

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How good are you going to be?

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I think, maybe, better than Mummy.

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I think you'll be better than Mummy too.

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Having donned his ski wear, it's time to take to the slopes

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and despite a few bumps, he does seem to be enjoying it.

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Louis's doing really well. I'm really pleased.

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I'm really quite excited.

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I think he might be better than me.

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Louis is clearly a skier in the making and having got a taste for

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the slopes, the Potters can't wait for their wintry holiday.

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Now we've got the money together, we can go to Lapland. Yes.

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Graphic designers Jo and Julian Potter want to take six-year-old son Louie on a special trip to Lapland. They have a wealth of collectables inherited from Jo's parents and have called the team to Nottinghamshire to help turn them into cash.