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Series looking at the value of household junk. John and Paula McConnell hope to sell a selection of their antiques to fund a fun-packed weekend to London.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic, the show that finds

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hidden treasures in your home, then helps you sell them at auction.

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Today I'm at Bristol Zoo gardens and they are absolutely fantastic.

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They are set in 12 acres, and here you can find more than

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450 species of animals, including these gorillas.

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Westland lowland gorillas are critically endangered

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in the wild and the Zoo Trust is committed to raising awareness

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about their plight, and that of the other species here.

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But its not just animals you'll find here, the gardens are a riot of

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colour with a stunning range of plants on display all year round.

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I'd love to sneak off and spend the whole day looking round the zoo

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but we've got some finds of our own to make to take to that auction.

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Today on Cash In The Attic,

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we uncover some unusual items for auction.

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It looks to me like an early fondue set.

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While other finds might be harder to part with.

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I hope we are not going to start a domestic dispute here,

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-with Paula wanting it to go.

-I know, I know.

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But when it comes to the big day, will we stand a chance

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-of reaching our target?

-I think we'll keep it.

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I'd rather not risk losing it.

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Find out when the final hammer falls.

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I've come just five minutes down the road from the zoo now

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to meet a couple who are fascinated by history,

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especially tracing their family tree.

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This modern residential complex in Bristol's fashionable Clifton

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is home to Paula McConnell and her husband, John.

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Paula's has been a keen amateur genealogist since the 70s

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but John wouldn't place it quite so high on his list of hobbies.

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His predilections run more to Formula One and photography.

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But one thing they do agree on is the importance of family

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and their 26-year-old daughter, Lucy, who is a law student,

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is the apple of their eye.

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-Jonty, I'm here.

-There you are.

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This is brilliant, halfway between your house and mine.

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-You planned it that way.

-I like to.

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Is this the right place, it looks rather modern?

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It does look very modern, but I've heard that inside

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there are lots of bits and pieces and plenty of history.

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-So it could be intriguing.

-Let's get inside.

-Let's do that.

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-Hello.

-Hi.

-Jennie, hello.

-What a lovely setting this is.

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And you're already at work, this is fantastic.

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These are some of our treasures that we've found.

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-I've heard you've got quite a few, actually.

-Yeah, you'll be interested.

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-Who was it who decided to call in Cash In The Attic?

-Mine.

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-It was yours, really.

-Yes.

-What do you want to raise the money for?

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We want to go to London to take our daughter out for the day.

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She's is studying hard there and we just thought it would be nice

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to take her to the London Eye, which she's never been to.

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-Take her out for a nice meal.

-That sounds great.

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A day out with your little girl, that will be lovely.

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So how much money do you think you need for this day out?

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Well, I think we'd need about £500.

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-OK, well let's go for it.

-Yes.

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It may be modern but the neat white interiors provide

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a perfect backdrop for all Paula's heirlooms.

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Our man Jonty Hearnden is already intoxicated

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by one object in particular.

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-Aah.

-Time for tea.

-Yeah, what do you think?

-That's great.

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And it's on the stand as well.

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-It looks to me like an early fondue set.

-You're not far off.

-Oh, really?

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The whole point of the spirit burner, here, is to put your kettle on there,

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-like so, to keep your brew nice and warm.

-So how old is it then?

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Date wise, I suppose we're talking turn of the century,

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so maybe late 19th century here.

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And you can tell that by this fantastic, wonderful, quality

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stylistic handle here, and look at the support, here.

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All in the form of branches, nee twigs, sort of Baden Powell-esque.

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And it's silver plate because I've been looking all over

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for the hallmarks and they're just not there. There are markings here,

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this is the maker's name, Maple & Co, were based in Tottenham Court Road.

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And the other great thing... look, can I do this?

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-It pours perfectly.

-Perfect,

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-like a little tea urn there.

-Wonderful design, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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-Not a great deal of money but it's going to help. £40 to £60.

-Oh.

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It's the big difference between silver and plated.

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-If this was solid silver you are talking £400 or £600.

-Yeah.

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-It's got to go?

-Please, Jonty. It's got to go.

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It's not a bad start.

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£40 in the pot, well, literally in the pot, that's what we need.

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-Good, ready for the auction?

-Yeah, let's do it.

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Let's go and look at the rest of the house,

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find some more things. Come on.

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It's a three bedroom flat but it's very deceptive,

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there seem to be rooms everywhere.

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And I've already found one little gem.

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This hallmarked Edwardian powder compact,

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with its gold plate interior,

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might fetch £80 to £120 in the auction.

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And in another room, Paula has found a real treasure tucked away.

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-Jonty?

-What have you got there?

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It looks like a necklace or something. Ooh.

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It's a purse, I think.

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You're absolutely spot-on.

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Wonderful. These are lady's purses, known as money misers

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and they were very fashionable in the mid-19th century

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but they kind of went out of fashion by 1880.

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So, by definition, this is a mid-19th century lady's purse.

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And somewhere inside there should be a slot so you can actually

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-put your coins...have you seen? there it is.

-Oh, lovely, yeah.

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And also known as ring purses, for obvious reasons,

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because the ring actually secures the money into its pouch.

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-The money literally drops in there, the coins drop in there.

-Right.

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And the whole point is you could wear it on a belt, or inside a garment.

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-Now we're not talking a huge sum of money.

-No, no.

-All right.

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Simply because it's just a wonderful social bit of history,

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-rather than something of practical use.

-Yeah.

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Value, really, we're looking at below the £50 mark.

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So anything, sort of, £30, £40 would be fine.

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-We'll put that in the auction sale?

-Yeah, that's fine.

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-You look after that, put that for safe keeping.

-OK.

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-Off to the auction sale and off to another room.

-Yeah, right off we go.

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While the purse might attract attention, we are also hoping

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that this gentleman's ring will catch someone's eye

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at between £80 to £120.

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In the hallway Jonty has found a Victorian railway station clock.

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Now, items like these are always highly collectible,

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and he thinks it could make as much £100 in the sale.

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We are making great progress, that's already £330 towards our target

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of £500 for Paula and John's trip to London to see their daughter.

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Paula's shelves are stacked with history, and it's intriguing stuff.

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What's this I've found?

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Oh, that's one of my genealogy folders.

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This is all part of the work that you've been doing?

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-Yeah, that's part of my research into family history.

-Good Lord.

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Oh, gosh. Tell me, what is it that made you so interested in genealogy?

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Mainly because I had such an unusual surname, and I just was intrigued

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-to know how it came about and where it came from.

-What name was that?

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My maiden name was Muddle.

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Aah, right, your maiden name, I see.

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Muddle? What a wonderful name.

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-Are there many Muddles?

-Not that many, it's not a very common name.

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It originated in Sussex,

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that's where most of the Muddles started out.

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Have you traced any other Muddles?

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I just put a search in, and I came up with this man

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who has already done all the Muddle family tree and he'd gone

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back to about 1600 and something, so I didn't need to do that.

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So is he a Muddle?

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-His mother was a Muddle.

-Sounds funny when you say it.

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Yeah, that isn't his actual name, but my brother is still a Muddle.

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Some of the things we are going to be looking at today

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and we have found already, are they from the Muddles?

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Yes, some of the things were my grandma's and, of course,

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she didn't start out as a Muddle, she started out as a Bishop.

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-Oh, really?

-And then she married a Muddle.

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Oh, from Bishop to Muddle in one little step. How wonderful!

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Well, with £500 to raise for a day out in London,

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we'll be in a muddle if we don't get on.

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Luckily while we have been chatting, the others have been searching.

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There are a lot of genuinely interesting things in this flat

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and I think I've found another jewel of an item.

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-What have you got there?

-I like this.

-Can I have a look?

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It is such a beautiful colour. I'm not sure what it is.

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I can't smell anything. Oh, hi, John.

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Ah, Jennie, you've found Jonty.

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-What have I found?

-A well.

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-A well?

-It's an inkwell.

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An inkwell.

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Paula wants to put this to auction, and I'm not sure.

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You are absolutely right, it is an inkwell. The band that wraps around

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the outside of it is made of pewter.

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Pewter gives the date away when this was made because pewter was used

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heavily in the Art Nouveau period.

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-This is what we're looking at here.

-Wow.

-OK.

-Art nouveau around

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the turn of the century, so this is roughly 100 years in date.

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-And what's the lid?

-Well, that's brass, but it's stylised...

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First of all, it sort of looks like a nut, but its not,

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it's actually probably the leaves of the lily because around the outside

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we are looking at stylised lilies.

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-Ah!

-So it's a different interpretation

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of a stylised lily just on the lid there.

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So what do you reckon its worth?

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-Purely a guess, £150?

-OK. Jennie, what do you reckon?

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Well, I'd say £80.

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Well, Jennie, you are closer. In fact, that's the kind of figure

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I would put around the £100 mark, say £80 to £120.

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So have we twisted your arm?

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Well, I don't know.

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Paula, she wants to get rid of it.

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I'm really not sure and I'd like to think about it still.

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Oh, dear, I hope we're not going to start a domestic dispute here,

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-with Paula wanting it to go.

-I know, I know, but I will...

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-Think about it.

-I will. I'll give that some thought.

-OK.

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So we will have to wait until the sale

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to see if the inkwell will be sold.

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One item John is happy to part with is this decorative pocket watch.

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Encased in 18 carat gold, this Swiss timepiece is still

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in good working order and Jonty thinks £80 is a fair price.

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And in the shed,

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he's found another candidate to help raise a few more pounds.

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Paula, I have spotted the smallest vanity case I think I have ever seen.

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-It's tiny.

-Oh, yeah.

-It's a leather case,

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got a monogram on the top there. Do you know who it belongs to?

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Yes, it was my great-aunt, Alice Mary Bishop.

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-A.M.B.

-Right.

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I believe it was given to her by her, I think it was her fiance,

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sometime before the First World War.

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And what happened to him?

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He didn't come back.

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It really is in perfect condition.

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And if we have a look closely on the inside,

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the only thing that is damaged is the tiny bevelled mirror at the back.

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For my money that's fine, because a small little bevelled mirror

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like that will be fine to replace.

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-Right.

-What is almost impossible to do

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is to replace one of these little bottles here, or even a brush.

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Now this is bristle, which is lovely to see,

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because really by the time of the Second World War

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animal bristle was turned into man-made bristle.

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But this here has to be Edwardian and in really very good order.

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Because it's so small, I think it holds against it

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when it comes to value. So we're talking, sort of, £40 to £60.

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-Are you happy to put that in?

-Yeah, that's fine.

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OK, well, I'll close the box of memories.

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Do you know, this flat seems to be stacked with family treasures!

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Paula's pulled out another keepsake.

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This squeeze box belonged to John's father and hopefully it could bring

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us £50 closer to our target of £500.

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We've certainly covered a lot of ground today but it looks as if

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there might be time to squeeze in one more find.

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Guys, have a look at this picture.

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Oh, found something good? I hope so, because I'm exhausted.

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This is wonderful, look at this.

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I am just going to take it out of its frame because the frame has no

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relationship to the picture itself. If you see here, it's signed.

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That looks like Henry Kaufmann.

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It's great that we've got the signature,

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because he's a known artist. And we've got the date,

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we are talking 1889. We are looking at continental oil on board, here.

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If you look at the detail of her facial features,

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if you look at the detail of her proportion of her body and head,

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the way she sits, the way the light falls onto her facial features,

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which is the whole point of doing any human imagery,

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it's the face that matters more often than not.

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-Well, what's it worth?

-My hunch for the value of this picture,

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-on the market, ranges between £500 and £800.

-Wow.

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But I will need that clarified with some more research because

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I also need to check to see what the artist has done on the open market.

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That will give us more of an indication of the true value

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-of this picture.

-OK, I won't put the inkwell into our calculations

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-because you're not quite sure.

-Yeah, I'm not sure.

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-WHISPERING

-He doesn't want to sell it.

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However, that's £80, so we'll put that £80 to one side.

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Without the inkwell we hope you will make, not £500, but £1,000.

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-That's a lot.

-That's really good.

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-Are you happy with that?

-That should make a good day out.

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-Yeah.

-Night, weekend, even!

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It's been a rummage full of revelations today

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and Paula and John have some great objects to take to auction.

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They include the silver plated spirit kettle,

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a fine example of a late-19th century tea service

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We are hoping it will bring us between £40 and £60

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And a glass inkwell, a delightful example of Art Nouveau detailing,

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but will it make it to the auction?

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We'll have to wait till the big day itself to find out.

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Still to come on Cash in the Attic,

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it seems that looks are very important.

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Should have polished it.

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But, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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-Proving small is beautiful.

-Yeah.

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Will everything be coming up rosy?

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Find out when the final hammer falls.

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It's a few weeks now since we uncovered that lovely selection

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of antiques at John and Paula's flat, and today we've brought them

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all the way from Bristol to Sudbury, Suffolk,

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and to Sworders-Oliver's auction house.

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Remember, the McConnells are after £500 for a family day out in London

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where their daughter, Lucy, is at university. So let's see

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if those heirlooms can win the day, when they go under the hammer.

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There are a few people here already looking for bargains.

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Jonty's here bright and early, too, and he seems in fine spirits.

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-Hey.

-Ah, Jennie.

-I love that one, I really do.

-Good fun, isn't it?

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Yes. Actually it looks less clean than it did when we saw it last.

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When it comes to silver or silver plate, it doesn't matter when it

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comes to the auction room because everyone knows, if you're a dealer,

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-it all cleans up and it's all fine.

-They had some beautiful items,

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a lot of them very small. The inkwell, do you think

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-they brought that?

-I hope so, it's a beautiful object.

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Don't know, it was going to be a bit of tussle. Let's find out,

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I think they might have arrived.

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With such a variety on offer it promises to be an interesting sale.

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If you are planning to buy or sell at auction then please

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remember that commission and other charges will apply.

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So always check the details with the sale room.

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Paula's here, and she's introduced a new friend into the mix.

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-Good morning, Paula.

-Hi.

-You brought the inkwell.

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-I'm so pleased about that.

-That's lovely, fantastic.

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-You're not John.

-Where's John?

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-No, I'm Tanya, John's working today, so he couldn't make it.

-Oh, welcome.

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-Thank you very much.

-It's great you've brought the inkwell

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but I've got some distressing, well, disappointing,

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news about the oil painting.

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Had a good chat with the auctioneer but his opinion is that his estimate

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will be £200 to £300, which is a lot less than I put on it.

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I think we'll keep it.

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I'd rather not risk losing it, because John's very fond of it.

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-It does leave a bit of a hole, I must admit.

-Yes.

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-How much we were hoping for it?

-Up to £800.

-Chasm, a chasm we have!

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However, you've got some very nice items, and they've just got

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to do really well, haven't they?

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Yes. Everything's got to sell, and sell well.

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Otherwise you'll be having a day out in London in a shop doorway.

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Yeah.

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And we don't want that, do we?

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-No.

-OK. Fingers crossed, all will go well.

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Let's go and get a good spot for the start of the sale. Come on.

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Without our star item the pressure is well and truly on.

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I really don't want my prediction coming true,

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so we've got our work cut out. On the bright side with some fine antiques in our haul,

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we still have a chance of achieving our target of £500.

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Items like the pewter encased Art Nouveau inkwell.

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John was certainly reluctant to part with it.

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You brought it, and now you might be saying farewell to your inkwell.

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It's a very lovely piece. Did you have a lot of heartache

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-over whether to bring it or not?

-Yes, because John's very fond

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of that, but we hope it gets a good price.

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And I'm starting this at 60...

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60, I'm bid... five... 70...

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five... 80...

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five... 90...

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five... I'm out. 95 on my left.

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Selling at 95.

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-Very good.

-Good, £95.

-She's happy!

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That's an encouraging start

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and £15 above Jonty's lowest estimate.

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Let's hope our next lot,

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the Edwardian vanity case, does just as well.

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I know for you it's got so many memories, hasn't it?

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Yes, it was my great-aunt's and it was given to her by her fiance

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who went off in the First World War and never came back.

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20 start. At 20...

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at £20... 22... 25... 28... 30...

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32... 35...

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38... 38 at the back. 40...

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42... 45...

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45, sitting down.

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48... on my extreme left.

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At £48, all finished and done at £48.

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Well, thanks to Paula's great-aunt, we have a fine result and it is nice

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to know the money will go into the pot towards a family reunion.

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Next under the hammer is the Victorian coin purse

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with an estimate of £30 to £40.

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Lot 18, is the stocking purse.

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-And I'm bid 22...to start this.

-Not bad.

-25... 28...

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30... two...

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with me at 32. At £32.

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-£32, that's fine.

-At £32, have you all finished and done?

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I'm selling at £32.

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-I hope you're happy with that.

-Yeah, that's fine.

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That's definitely one of you who has got a decent meal in London.

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We don't have to wait long for one of my favourite items,

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the pretty silver kettle, which sells...

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I'm selling at £38.

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Just short of its estimate.

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You should have polished it!

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No, wouldn't have made any difference.

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I was getting brassed off with it.

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After that run of sales, we've made £213, that's nearly halfway

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to our target for that day out in London,

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and we've only sold four items so far.

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Our next lot is an Edwardian gem.

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And I'm starting this at 40...

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Five... 50... Five... 60...

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-Five... 70...

-Brilliant.

-Five...

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80... Five... 90... Five...

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95 on my left, at 95...

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£95.

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Have you all finished and done with that at £95?

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-That's good.

-Well done.

-Proving small is beautiful.

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At £15 over the lower estimate that tucked away a pretty penny.

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Our next item is not your usual antique.

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John's father used to play when he was younger.

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When he got old he couldn't lift it so he stopped playing it.

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I'm starting this at 30...

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£30 I'm bid, at 30... 32... 35...

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38... 40...

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at £40, with me at 40...

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42... I'm out. 42...

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on my right, at £42 on my right.

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Are you all finished and done? I am going to let it go at £42.

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Selling at £42.

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You've got your grumpy face on now.

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Well, it's the most disappointing sale so far but really £8 under

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the lowest estimate isn't so bad.

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Our next lot is a bit of a contradiction.

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A highly decorative gentleman's ring.

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It's very ornate for a man's ring.

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So no-one you know has ever actually worn it?

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My mother used to wear it, but not very often.

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And I'm starting this at 45...

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45, I'm bid. At £45.

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50... Five...

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60... Five...

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70... 70... At the back at 70...

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at £70.

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If you've all finished and done. I'm going to let it go at 70.

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Sold for £70.

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Just under the estimate.

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What was the estimate?

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The bottom end was £80.

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What do you think?

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Yeah, that's OK,

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it just sits in my jewellery box and I shall never wear it.

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So it's a little short of Jonty's £80 estimate but we are slowly

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and steadily totting up the cash towards our target of £500

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for a family break in London.

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We are hoping our next lot will do well. Antiques like this are popular

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with interior designers and collectors,

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-so will they raise their hands?

-I'm starting this at 50...

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50... I'm bid. At 50... At £50...

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55... 60... Five... 70... At £70.

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With me at 70... Selling at £70.

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That was disappointing, that was £30 below my bottom-end estimate.

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We have had a run of items falling short of their estimates but we have

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one last lot to go and with its 18 carat gold casing

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we are hoping for great things from this little watch.

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Do you think it's going to sell?

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I think so, yes. I saw somebody looking very interested at it

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when I was looking at the items.

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I'm going to start this at 60...

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Five... 70... Five... 80...

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Five... 90... Five... 100...

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Five... I'm out... 105...

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On my left. At 105... Ten...

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15...

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115...

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at £115... On my left at 115...

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If you've all finished and done at £115...

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Now, that's more like it!

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We're right up there mid-estimate and it's a sizeable sum, too.

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But was it enough to reach our target of £500?

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-Well, do you think you made your target?

-Yes.

-No.

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A yes, and a no. We have a split decision.

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-Well, I'm going to tell you that you have.

-Oh, wow.

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-You have made more £500.

-Oh, really.

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Yes. It's all totalled up to £605.

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-Oh.

-Without the picture.

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We got there without the picture, how about that?

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Yeah, that's brilliant. I didn't expect it to be as much as that.

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It may be a grey day in London,

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but Paula's just happy to be with her daughter, Lucy.

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I've been wanting to do this for ages,

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just to spend some time with Lucy, to look at the sights of London

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and enjoy some time together, so here we are.

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And the ladies are certainly making the most of their time together,

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taking in some of the capital's top attractions.

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Wow, it's fantastic.

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And they are soon riding high.

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Is the Queen in, I wonder?

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The flag's not up, so I guess she's not in.

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I've always wanted to come on here, but, living in London,

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you never get to do all the touristy attractions, so it's a good chance

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to come and do something like that with Mum.

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But they're not stopping there, they are taking to the river

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for a totally different view of London.

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It's a very special mother-and-daughter day.

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It's been a really nice day.

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I've spent time with Lucy, having a look at the London sights.

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Weather could have been a bit better. We've spent a bit of money

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and we're going to have a really nice girlie day together

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and then I'm going to go home and tell John all about it.

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I'm sure he wished he could have come but he couldn't.

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That was a great result and a great day out for Paula and Lucy.

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If you would like to raise money for something special

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and you think you might have some collectibles or antiques hidden

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around your home, then why not apply to come on the show?

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You can find all the details on line at bbc.co.uk.

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Good luck, and maybe see you next time on Cash In The Attic.

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John and Paula McConnell have inherited a wealth of items over the years that now fill the shelves of their Bristol apartment. They have decided it is time to sell a selection of them at auction in the hope of funding a fun-packed weekend to London.