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Series looking at the value of household junk. Antiques enthusiast Maureen Wood has called the Cash team to her York home to help her fund a special family holiday to Turkey.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic.

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We're the team that find antiques and collectibles in your home

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and then sell them at auction, so you can do something really special.

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Today, I'm in York, which is full of absolutely beautiful buildings,

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but there are none as impressive as this one -

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the world-famous York Minster,

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which is the finest Gothic cathedral in the whole of northern Europe.

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The first church on this site was a wooden structure, built in 627 AD.

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But construction of the cathedral began in 1230.

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It was over 200 years later that the landmark building

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was finally completed, in 1472.

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The Dean and Chapter of York have kindly allowed me to look around

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this incredible building, and WHAT a privilege!

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All this history talk has given me an appetite for antiques,

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which is wholly appropriate as we're about to go in search

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of antiques and collectibles that we can take to auction.

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'Coming up on today's Cash In The Attic,

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'our expert's getting rather excited.'

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This is genuine cash in the attic, sitting right here.

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'And some of his valuations have us all hot under the collar.'

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You obviously had no idea.

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No, no idea.

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I wouldn't have kept it in the drawer.

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'And we're feeling a whole range of emotions, come auction day.'

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Your shoulders went...aaaah!

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With absolute relief.

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'So it's all a bit of a rollercoaster

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'before the final hammer falls.'

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I'm off to meet a granny and granddaughter, who called in

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the Cash In The Attic team

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to help them fund a Mediterranean adventure.

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Maureen Wood has lived in this modern house

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in the historic city of York for the past ten years.

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She's a passionate collector of antiques and curios

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and, over the last 50 years, she's built up a wonderful collection of items

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in her charming home.

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But with a move to a smaller property on the cards,

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Maureen wants to trade in some of the collectibles for cash,

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and granddaughter Jess is on hand to help.

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Merhaba, Jonty, merhaba!

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I'm sorry, have you gone mad?

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No, that's Turkish for, "Hello, Jonty, hello."

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Ah, right, I'm learning something every day. That's good.

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It's because the family we're about to meet have strong associations with Turkey,

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and they've also got some very nice things in the house.

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If we keep our ears open, we may learn a few more words in Turkish.

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-Maureen, what a fantastic apple tree.

-Wonderful, isn't it?

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It's absolutely laden with apples.

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Surprising, considering the rotten summer we've had.

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-Too true.

-Maureen, you're the one who's called in Cash In The Attic.

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Why did you call us in?

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I've been collecting things for so many years

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and we need to downsize a little.

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We hope to have a week in Turkey, yachting.

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You've got family connections with it, haven't you?

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Yes, we have.

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My daughter's husband is Turkish.

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Jessie will be in Turkey, and my son is an avid yachtsman.

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So a wonderful cruise around the Turkish end of the Mediterranean?

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-Yes, lovely.

-Fantastic. In the sun, Jessica, in the heat.

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How much do we reckon this is going to cost?

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We'd like to raise at least £500 towards it.

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If we're going to get you there,

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you better find Jonty and see what we're going to take to auction.

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It sounds like this family will have masses of fun

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on their Turkish holiday,

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and hopefully Maureen's antiques will prove to be just the ticket.

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On hand to lead the search is our expert, Jonty Hearnden.

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He's been in the antiques trade all his life and is the perfect person

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to help sort through Maureen's wonderful collections.

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-There's Jonty.

-Hi.

-Hi.

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Come and have a look at these amazing photograph albums, they're wonderful.

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Are these your old family?

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No. I'm an avid collector.

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Two of them, I actually found in the loft in a house we moved into,

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and then found another one in a car-boot sale a bit later on.

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They're amazing characters.

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Look at this guy, he must be Scottish, with his Tam O'Shanter.

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Isn't that fantastic?

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And they always look so stern, don't they?

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They have stern images

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simply because it took so long to take the picture itself.

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Essentially what we're looking at are photographs, family portraiture,

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late 19th century, really turn of the century.

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I have to say, I often see photograph albums of this sort of age,

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and more often than not they're incomplete.

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These three photograph albums,

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particularly the album that Angela is looking at, are quite amazing.

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The faces are so wonderful, the expressions are so lovely.

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The costumes as well. When it comes to value,

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we can't put too much on them, but because they're so interesting,

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they're definitely worth putting in the auction sale.

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We're looking at £60 to £80.

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-Is that each or for them all?

-For the whole set.

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I wish I could put more, but you must remember,

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they'll only hold so much interest in the auction sale.

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But that's not a bad start to our day's rummaging.

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I've got a feeling that this house has some real hidden gems

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so I've got high hopes for our £500 target.

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Jess has started her search in the living room

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and she might have inherited her grandmother's eye for quality,

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and she spots this signed print and watercolour

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which Jonty values at £30 to £50.

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Next door, our expert has found

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another impressive looking collection.

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Maureen, are you there?

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There is so much glass on these shelves.

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SO, why decanters?

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I was given one a lot of years ago.

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I sort of took an interest in them and decided to collect them.

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It just got out of hand.

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-Do you remember which one was your first one?

-Yes, that one.

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This one, shall we have a look at it?

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A lovely Victorian bell-shaped decanter. Where was this from?

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We had an old lady living in a bedsit with us and she gave me that.

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I then decided to collect more, and more.

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A few tips that you should take note, if you're interested

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in buying decanters or selling them, because it will affect value.

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One of them is the stopper itself.

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Always have a look at the stopper. If it's chipped,

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it will affect value, it will downgrade its value.

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Another thing that tends to happen with the stoppers,

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they go missing through time.

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You need to make sure that the stopper started life with the base,

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because that will affect its value.

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You have amassed an amazing collection here and as a collection, they're well in excess of £100.

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Hopefully in excess of £200.

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But if I put 120 to £200 as an estimate, as some form of guide,

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-would you be happy with that?

-Yes.

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Smashing, or not so smashing?

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No, smashing.

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That's a big step towards our target,

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as long as they make it to the auction in one piece.

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Jonty seems to be on a roll

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when he also finds this unusual Art Nouveau heater.

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He's hoping it'll warm the bidders' hearts with a £20 to £30 price-tag.

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With Jonty in his element, I catch up with Maureen and Jess

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to find out a bit more about their Mediterranean connection.

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You've got very strong associations with Turkey, haven't you?

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My daughter's married to a Turkish man.

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We've all been over there on holiday, we loved it.

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Jessie is obviously loving it and she's been back again.

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She decided to live there for a few months,

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and we all fancied a family holiday.

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My son is very into yachting, he's passed all his exams.

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The coastline around Turkey is absolutely fabulous.

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It is, it's stunning.

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Jess knows better than any of us.

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It's beautiful coastline, isn't it?

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-It's beautiful.

-And you're planning on going back.

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-What will you be doing?

-Be a tour rep again.

-You enjoy that?

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-Yeah, it's good work, it's good fun.

-How long will you be doing that?

-From April until October.

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That's when you hope Granny and all the family will come and see you.

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Oh, yes, definitely.

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What are you planning before you go?

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We're hoping to have a nice Turkish theme night, where we can all

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go and eat some Turkish food, and some Turkish music.

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£500 is our target, shall we go and see what else Jonty's found

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that's going to get you a ll off to Turkey?

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These ladies can't wait to get into the Turkish sunshine,

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so we need to get back to hunting for saleable treasures.

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Jonty's got his eye on the target today and he's hoping

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the auction goers will be impressed by this Victorian walnut clock.

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I'm impressed by its £50 to £100 valuation.

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In the living room,

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Maureen has unearthed some very promising-looking boxes.

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-Hello, Maureen.

-Look what I've found.

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What have you got there?

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There's a load of postcards here, that we found in the attic,

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along with the photograph albums.

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They go right back to the beginning of the century and possibly before.

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They're quite varied and there's postcards from all over the country.

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Does it make any difference to the value of the postcards,

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if they've got stuff written on the back?

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Not necessarily so. In fact, half the interest -

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exactly what you've been doing - is reading the back of a postcard.

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You've sorted them all out. Blackpool, London, Southport...

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When they were introduced, which was 1894, it was the Post Office

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that allowed them to produce a picture image on the reverse.

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Various cards are worth different amounts to different people,

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but for instance, if you've got a picture postcard

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with a railway station on it, pre-1950, £35.

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Wow! Have you looked through, have you got one?

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-I think so, yes.

-Where?

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I wouldn't know where it was.

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What a wonderful collection. Definitely worth selling.

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I suppose the ballpark value for this whole collection,

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we're looking at between £100 to £200.

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-Wow.

-Well, lovely.

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-Yeah?

-Yes, better than sitting in a wardrobe, isn't it?

-Absolutely.

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Better than in the attic. This is genuine cash in the attic.

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-Sitting right here.

-Right!

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Wow! What a fantastic collection.

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Even Jonty seemed pretty excited.

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On my way back into the hallway

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I spot this lovely silver-plated tea set by Mappin and Webb.

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Jonty hopes it could make us £60 to £80 at auction.

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And our expert has decided to tackle the kitchen.

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Jess, are you through there?

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One massive, great big collection of dinner service here,

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where is this from?

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It's my great, great grandma's, on my grandma's dad's side.

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Really? Does your grandma used this, then?

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I've not seen her use it,

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but I've seen it placed in the cupboard quite a lot.

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It's been in there for quite a few years.

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-Do you think this is something that could go to auction?

-I don't see why not.

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You see these stylised shapes, this is Art Deco.

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This would have been made in the late '20s, early '30s.

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Particularly, if you look at the lid of this tureen,

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can you see how stylised these are?

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Because maybe 10, 15, 20 years prior to this design becoming fashionable,

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all of this would have been heavy floral designs.

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Flowers were very much in in the late 19th century

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and certainly the beginning of the 20th century.

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So, this is from an English factory.

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Here, impressed into the clay, is Gibsons, England.

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Gibsons, they were a factory that don't exist anymore,

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they went out of business in 1975.

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But if it can get to the auction sale, what price would you put on it?

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£60.

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£60? You're near.

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I'd put a little less than that, £40 to £60.

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-All right.

-Happy about that?

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-Yes, definitely.

-Excellent.

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We'll leave that there, we can wrap that up, ready for auction.

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Shall we go and have a look for some more stuff?

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That's another £40 in the Turkish holiday fund.

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Great work, Mr Hearnden.

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And Maureen tops up our kitty further

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when she decides to part with some of her much-loved glass collection,

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which Jonty values at £20 to £40.

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Our day's rummaging here in York is nearly over,

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but I've spotted one final item for Jonty's expert eye.

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Maureen, Jonty.

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Jonty, I've found this beautiful book.

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-Maureen, where did this come from?

-It belonged to my uncle.

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When he passed on,

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I actually ended up with it, but I don't know where he got it from.

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This book is the most... Jonty, you can see, the most beautiful

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plates of flowers, look at this.

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And it's "coloured from nature" by A.E. May.

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Flowers From Her Garden And Conservatory.

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I have to say, Jonty,

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it weighs a ton, it's very heavy. Take a closer look at that.

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-Wow, this is amazing.

-It's a lovely book, isn't it?

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All these coloured illustrations will be done by the author of the book.

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Look at these. The quality here is quite stunning.

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Anything that's botanical, anything that's 19th century,

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really takes the market by storm.

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If you look on here, the date is down here, in Roman numerals.

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That looks like it's 1849.

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That will be a first edition,

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which is wonderful, as far as collecting is concerned.

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The fact that this book is also in very, very good order,

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but, more importantly, the plates themselves are in very good condition.

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There's no colour fading here, whatsoever.

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I have a hunch, this is going to be worth

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more than everything that we've seen today put together.

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-Wow!

-A lot more.

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And I also feel that this is worth in excess, at the moment, of £800.

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Wow!

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-My, that's wonderful!

-You obviously had no idea?

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No, no idea.

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I wouldn't have kept it in the drawer!

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I think we should tell Jess the good news about this.

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Come and join us, because, I don't know if you were listening,

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but Jonty thinks this book's worth AT LEAST £800.

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Wow!

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-Just for that book alone.

-That's good news, isn't it?

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What you wanted to raise was £500 towards the cost of a holiday.

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But, as Jonty says, this book alone is worth more than everything else we've looked at today.

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If we put all of the lowest estimates together, it comes to -

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-and I'm doing this because I'm going to hold you down - £1,300.

-Wow!

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Wow! That's excellent, isn't it?

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That's really good.

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Well, Maureen's house really did turn out to be an Aladdin's cave

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and what a fantastic selection of items we're sending to auction.

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We're hoping the bidders are charmed by the historical photographs

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with their £60-£80 price tag.

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There are also a high hopes for the collection of postcards

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valued at £100-£200.

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And we'll all be holding our breath

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when the incredibly beautiful flower book goes up for sale.

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With a massive £800 valuation

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it could give this family a holiday of a lifetime.

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'Still to come on Cash In The Attic:

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'Maureen has to put a brave face on things for some sales.'

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Never mind. Shan't have to wash them any more!

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More room in the house. Yeah!

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'But we're all putting a positive spin on others.'

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Considering you never used it,

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-that's £26 for nothing, really.

-That's true.

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

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It's been a week or two since we were with Maureen

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and her granddaughter, Jessica, searching her house in York

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from top to bottom and we did find some fantastic antiques

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and collectibles, which we brought to sell today

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at Cato Crane Auctioneers in Liverpool.

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It's Maureen's plan to raise £500

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towards a family holiday in Turkey, but before that, she'd like to

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organise a Turkish-themed night out, to get everybody in the mood.

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We're rather hoping that the bidders are going to turn out in force

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and they'll be in the mood to spend when our items go under the hammer.

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It may be early, but the auction house is already filling up,

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with some keen-looking bidders.

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I'm hoping Maureen's items will catch their eye.

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One man who's giving them his full attention

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is our expert Jonty Hearnden.

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Jonty, from 20 paces away, that has got the 1930s written all over it.

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Absolutely. Would you like a carrot?

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But this is one of the things Maureen has brought today.

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Yes, there are some fantastic items - the pictures, postcards.

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Those postcards are wonderful.

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But the big star of the show is the book of botanical prints.

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I do hope he goes to somebody who really appreciates it today.

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-So do I.

-Shall we go and see Maureen?

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I hope all the bidders are feeling as positive as Jonty.

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If so, we'll be in for an excellent sale.

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Before things get going,

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we find Maureen checking out that collection of postcards.

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Maureen, how are you?

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-Fine, thank you.

-Where's Jessica?

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-She's had to work today, unfortunately.

-So you're going solo on this?

-I am.

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I see you looking through these wonderful postcards

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in the collection.

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I've seen a couple of blokes looking through these and one told me

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it's real photographs like this which are very collectible.

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This is a wonderful collection of postcards but talk about other items,

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the book of printed flowers.

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My suggestion is we have a fixed reserve of £600.

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How do you feel about that?

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Yes, I think it's fair to put a reserve on it and £600 sounds fair.

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That's fine.

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If we can do that, we're in with a good shouting chance.

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Better than that. We're off to Turkey!

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Before that, shall we go and stand in the corner?

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When buying or selling at auction,

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be aware that charges, such as commission, will be added to your bill.

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Always check the details when you visit your local sale.

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As the auctioneer calls the room to order,

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we find a place with a good view and get ready for the bidding to start

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and we don't have long to wait

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before the first of the lots goes under the hammer.

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Three albums of Victorian portrait photographs, 20 pounds anywhere?

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£20 is bid. 25, thank you. 30.

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35. 40.

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45, 50.

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55 is bid.

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60, with you, sir. Thank you.

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£60, now. 65? 60, on my right.

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60 is bid.

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He was very keen, that dealer. Wonderful.

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Meeting its estimate, that's a good way to start our day.

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And we need the rest of our lots to have the same success or more

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if we're to make that £500 target.

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Next up is the signed print and watercolour,

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which Jonty valued at £30-£50.

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£20 is bid. 25, I'll take. 30.

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Can we do 30, madam? Help me!

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£30. At 30.

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Any advance on 30? 32, I'll take.

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At £30. All done at 30.

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On the nose, Jonty.

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Another sale right on estimate. I'm impressed, Mr Hearnden.

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As the Gibson crockery goes under the hammer,

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can he make it three in a row?

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Is this one you've used in the home?

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No, I've never used it. It was my grandmother's.

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Do you remember using it as a little girl, then?

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No! No, we must have done, but I don't remember.

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Quite nice, what do we say? £20, to start?

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£20 is bid. All done at £20?

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22, 24. 26.

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All done at £26, now.

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Not quite our lowest estimate.

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26. Considering you never used it, that's £26 for nothing, really!

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That's true!

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We're focusing on the positive.

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It's a shame the crockery didn't bank us a few more pounds.

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The bidders seem to be a canny crowd today.

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Will Maureen's tea set get their pulses racing?

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£40 is bid. Thank you. 40. 45, 45.

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One more, if you like. £47.50, then, seeing it's your bid!

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All done, at £47.50.

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We squeeze every penny we can.

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-47.50.

-That's a new figure on me!

-Yes.

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The auctioneer really was eeking out every last penny on that one.

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But despite his best efforts,

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the tea set fails to reach its lower estimate.

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We need the bidders to dig deeper on the rest of our lots,

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as we're still a long way from the £500 for Maureen's Turkish trip.

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Maybe our next lot will warm the sale room up a bit.

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We're looking for £20-£30.

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£20 is bid, then.

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£20.

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£20 in the kitty and it's a relief to see the heater

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make its estimate,

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even if it was at the lower end.

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Maureen's collection of glasses is up next.

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£20-£40 is the estimate you put, Jonty.

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Looking at them on the table,

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that works out at a quid each. That's good value.

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It's a low enough estimate to get the dealers excited,

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so I'm hoping we'll get more than that.

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Good.

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A nice little lot. Quick £10 for these.

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Quickly, somebody. £10 is bid, thank you, sir.

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£10.

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15. £20.

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20. 25. Can you do £30, sir?

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Come on, for me? £30, sir!

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We're doing all right.

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All done, at £30.

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I'm selling at 30, now.

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That's more like it!

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But those glasses were only a small part of Maureen's collection.

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The rest are up for sale next.

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Now we move on to Lot 60A.

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The collection of cut glass and other glassware.

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I can start the bidding at £40, it's a good lot. £40 is bid.

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45 is bid. It's your bid, at £45.

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Make it 50, anybody?

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£45, now. Your bid.

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£45.

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45. Way below what we were hoping, Jonty, 120.

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It's simply because the condition of a lot of the decanters

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had chips and breaks.

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Never mind. I shan't have to wash them any more!

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More room in the house. Yeah!

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I think Maureen is putting a brave face on the situation, as that

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really was a disappointing result,

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with the decanters falling way short of their estimate.

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Only three lots left and it's all gone a bit quiet in the sale room.

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We're only halfway towards our £500 target.

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I'm getting really excited about this next lot,

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the postcard collection.

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Dealing in postcards is a growth area.

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So I'm very hopeful about this.

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What do we say?

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£50 for the whole lot, please. 50 should be bid right away.

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-Thank you, sir.

-Goodness me.

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Is that it, £50? 60, 70. 80, 90.

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100. One more, sir.

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No, are you sure?

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90 is bid. £90.

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It's another session of belly dancing in Turkey!

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Now, that's a relief.

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At just under their lowest estimate,

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the postcards have given our Turkish fund an overdue injection.

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Will our Victorian walnut clock have similar success?

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£70, well. £70, now.

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Another item winging its way to a new home. And we're all smiling.

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Our auction day is nearly over,

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but not before our star lot takes centre stage.

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Right, Maureen. We're hoping we've saved the best till last.

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-Let's hope so.

-There's a £600 reserve on it.

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If it doesn't meet that, it goes home with you.

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-It does.

-Absolutely.

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A most interesting volume, doesn't appear on the market very often.

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However, a lot of interest in it, ladies and gentlemen.

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A couple of hundred pounds to start me. £200 is bid. 250. 300.

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350. 400, sir.

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450. 500.

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550. 600.

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650. 700, I'll sell.

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At £700. Any advance? 750, I'll take.

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£700. It's sold.

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-Yes.

-Yes!

-I tell you what, your shoulders went...

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..aaaaah! With absolute relief.

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That's £100 over Maureen's reserve.

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We're overjoyed with that result,

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especially after a somewhat anxious day at auction.

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Well, how have we done?

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We're going to add £700 to what we have already made.

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You only wanted to make 500, so we know we've made enough for you to put towards the holiday.

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I'm going to do a quick bit of totting up. We've got the 50p, which we mustn't forget.

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8-1...

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you've made...

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£1,118.50.

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Don't forget the 50p!

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A couple of weeks after that rollercoaster day at auction,

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Maureen has decided to prepare for her dream holiday

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by treating her family to a Turkish meal.

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It also gives her time to relive her auction success.

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The great thing about going so far over the target

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was it will all go towards an extra nice holiday.

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This is the first holiday where the whole family are all going

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and will spend time together.

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She's properly looking forward to it.

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The family splash out on some of Turkey's most popular dishes

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and it all seems to be going down rather well.

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But for Maureen, the best part is having all her family around her.

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It's been really nice to have everyone here today for a meal.

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It's given us a taster of what it will be like in Turkey.

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We can't wait to get there.

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Antiques enthusiast Maureen Wood is planning a special family holiday to Turkey and has called the Cash team to her home in York to help search for saleable treasures to fund the trip.