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Series looking at the value of household junk. The team are in Milton Keynes visiting retired builder Keith Harris and his wife Christine, who are planning a move to Spain.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic.

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This thing, believe it or not, is the world's largest steam tramcar.

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And I'm in Milton Keynes, a place not known for its history, but this is its museum.

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Everything in here has been contributed by the local community

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and what strikes you is that, for a modern town, this place has a lovely old-fashioned feel.

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Now, Milton Keynes may have only just celebrated its 40th birthday,

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but this museum revels in the rich history of the region.

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Romans and Vikings had settlements nearby, battles were fought here during the Civil War

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and some of Britain's busiest railways, roads and canals still criss-cross the area.

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Now, Milton Keynes today sits on the site of three towns and 13 villages.

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Many of their original shop fronts have been brought here to the museum and lovingly reconstructed

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to form this fantastic Edwardian street,

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so there is every chance that we should find plenty of antiques and collectables to take to auction.

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Coming up on today's Cash In The Attic, our expert's being a bit of a magpie.

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-Oh! You've got a box full of spingly spanglies, there!

-I have.

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I'm a little confused by one of his finds...

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James! What are you doing with pigs on the landing? Look at this!

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But he's ready to take on the sale room come auction day.

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Bring on those Doulton collectors, that's what I say!

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

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Now, like many a modern town,

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Milton Keynes is famous for its roundabouts,

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so just a couple of twists and turns away from the museum,

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I've come here to meet today's couple, Keith and Christine Harris.

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They've called in Cash In The Attic to help them raise funds

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for an all important plan to help them get away from it all.

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This modern detached house on the outskirts of Milton Keynes

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is home to retired builder Keith and his wife, Christine, who's a local councillor.

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Their home may look clutter-free,

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but there are antiques and collectables tucked all around the house,

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and the garage is positively overflowing.

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But with an international move on the cards,

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the couple want to de-clutter and have called daughter Stephanie and the Cash team in to help.

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-Morning, James.

-Jules, how are you?

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Very well. Ready for a bit of antique hunting?

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With you, Jules, anything is possible, but why are we here?

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We've got a fantastic couple, Keith and Christine,

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who are looking for some funds to put the finishing touches to a move to Spain.

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You're not trying to say they want to leave the sun drenched shores of England?

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I can't blame them for that,

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but we're not going anywhere unless we find some stuff, and that's your job, matey.

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-No pressure.

-No pressure.

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Off you go.

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Well, hello, there.

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-Chez Harris!

-Hello, sir! How are you?

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You must be Keith, Steph, Christine.

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-Hi.

-Nice to see you, guys.

-And you, too.

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Now then, why have you brought us in?

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Well, we would like a nice water feature for the wife. She wants...

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She's seen this water feature in our place in Spain.

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-So, you've got a house in Spain already?

-Yes, we have.

-And you want a water feature?

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I do indeed. It would look absolutely gorgeous on the terrace area.

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-How much do you think you're going to need for that?

-£500 plus.

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Whatever we can, you know, raise.

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-Is that going to be enough?

-I would think so, yes.

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Now, I get the feeling this is the kind of permanent move to Spain.

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-Exactly.

-It is.

-Are you going, Steph?

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-I'm not going.

-Why aren't you going?

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To pursue my modelling career.

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-You're a model? Fantastic. I can see why you're a model.

-Thank you.

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Good luck with that. I suppose at least you've got somewhere to go on holiday when you want one.

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Yeah, if they'll have me.

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-James is already looking around, so shall we go and have a rummage, as well?

-Yes, why not?

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A stylish water feature sounds like the icing on the cake for this family's new home in the sun,

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so I hope their collectables prove to be worth their weight in gold.

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One man who can always weigh up a quality antique is our expert, James Rylands.

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He's an old hand in the antiques trade and it seems he's already got money on his mind.

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James!

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What are you doing with pigs on the landing? Look at this!

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-Hello, James!

-This is where he's been. What have we got there? Whose are these? Are these yours?

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-Yes, they're mine, yeah.

-How long have you had them for?

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Since I opened an account with NatWest.

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That's actually what happened with these - NatWest gave them away to young savers like you

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to encourage you to put money in the piggy bank and basically we've got more or less the entire set here.

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They first came out in the early 1980s,

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and depending how much money you saved depended which one you actually got.

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The two little Woodys here,

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one's got the Wade mark, Wade Ceramics, very, very well-known firm,

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and the other one hasn't got a mark on it because, when they first started producing these in 1982,

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they were made by a company called Sunshine Ceramics and they were a small company and

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the demand was so great that they just couldn't cope any more. So a year later, in 1983, Wade took over.

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And, obviously, everyone has heard of Wade,

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they're probably one of the leading makers of sort of small collectable ceramics.

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OK, so, what do we think for this set of Wade pigs,

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including the rare one, the Sunshine Ceramics Woody, as well?

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Oh, probably... I don't know.

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150, something like that.

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-She gets the job. Christine, you get the job! You get the job.

-Thank you.

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Well, we'll err on the mean side and go £100 to £150.

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Well, James, there's plenty to be hunting through here, isn't there?

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-Shall we split up our separate ways and see what else we can find?

-Yes.

-Yeah.

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Well, the pigs banked our first cash of the day, but with our £500 target we need to rack up a lot more yet.

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Keith started his search in the garage

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and comes up trumps with this large oval mirror.

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James thinks it could make us £30 to £50.

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Meanwhile, back in the house, Stephanie's dug out a family heirloom

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that she wants James's opinion on.

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-Where did they come from originally?

-They're my grandmother's.

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-So you can remember these when you were a kid?

-Yeah.

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I'll tell you what I think these are. I mean, they're...

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Basically, they're copies of original ones that would have been produced in the 18th century.

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-OK.

-And these are sort of in the style of probably an 18th century

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French artist called Fragonard and he, sort of, did a well-known oil painting

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of a girl on a swing being pushed by a chap standing behind, and that's what these are based on.

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Now, the bad news is that they're probably...

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They're probably not more than about 20 or 30 years old and they're very much in that style.

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Where were they made? Probably in France or Germany, but do you like them?

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-No!

-I'm glad you said that, because I don't either.

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The bottom line with things like this is that they're just not very fashionable any more.

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But, in fairness, all of the decoration is done by hand,

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so although the model itself is mass produced in a mould,

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all of the painting on this and the gilding has all been put on by hand,

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and then all of these little flowers and things, what we call bocage,

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has actually been modelled by hand and put on.

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-So I would think they're probably worth £20 or £30 each, so £40 to £60 for the two?

-OK.

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Which actually isn't a lot of money, you know, for what they are and the effort that's gone into them,

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-but how does that sound?

-Yeah, it sounds great.

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OK, now find me something that's trendy and young, like you, yeah?

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-Yeah.

-Right, off we go.

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Well, they may not be Stephanie or James's cup of tea, but with another £40 in the kitty, I'm a fan.

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We're making steady progress towards our water feature fund, so I leave James in charge of the rummaging

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and take our soon to be Spanish couple aside for a few minutes.

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The place you've got in Spain, looking at the pictures, seems enormous.

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I mean, did you buy it as it is or did you build it?

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No, I've done a bit of work on it myself.

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We've added on it, improved on it and made it a bit bigger.

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-A bit bigger.

-A bit bigger, yes.

-Quite a bit bigger.

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-So, now it's pretty much all done.

-Yeah.

-With the exception of your water feature.

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Oh, yes. The little doll feature, yes.

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Well, I have to say, the garden does look pretty nice.

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How much more do you really need to do to it?

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Well, it does look nice at the moment out there, but there's nothing ornamental

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at the moment and I just think this water feature will just be beautiful.

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Well, what are you planning to do when you get there?

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Spain is a very big place, get in a vehicle and just drive.

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Yeah, that's what we were saying, weren't we, recently? We would like to get a mobile home and just tour.

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-Use that as a base and... Down to Portugal.

-It would be wonderful.

-Wonderful.

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So, you're really going to explore and take on board the whole cultural and emotional side to Spanish life?

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-Yeah.

-Yeah, exactly.

-Yeah.

-Oh, yeah.

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-I mean, maybe we should be raising money for Spanish lessons!

-Maybe!

-Ah, si! Si, senor!

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It sounds like they're on their way already

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and at the thought of all that sunshine I have to say I'm pretty jealous.

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Stephanie's rummaging upstairs and she's proving to have quite a knack,

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as she finds this porcelain doll

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which James values at a very playful £20 to £40.

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And on the landing,

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something else catches our expert's eye

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-which he thinks might add even more to the Spanish garden fund.

-Keith?

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Hello.

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Is this an old family thing?

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-It is indeed, yes.

-Where did it come from?

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-From my mother.

-It's your mum's?

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-Yes.

-OK, big question.

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-Yes?

-Was there a twin brother to it?

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-Not to my knowledge.

-OK, because quite often they were actually made in pairs.

-Yeah.

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-Do you know who made it?

-I believe it was Doulton.

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Absolutely right. Doulton, Doulton, Doulton.

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Household name in the ceramics world.

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-Yeah, sure.

-And it's actually made of earthenware. It's not porcelain, you know, high fired?

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It's earthenware. Now, this one is actually quite interesting,

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because on the bottom here you can see Doulton, Lambeth, England, and that means I can date this

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quite precisely, because in 1901, Edward VII granted them a Royal Warrant

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and after that they became Royal Doulton as opposed to just Doulton, which is what's written on here.

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And what they used to do to get this texturing is, by laying a muslin cloth, like a cotton cloth,

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onto the clay when it's still in a wet state,

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then you take it off and it leaves the imprint of the cloth in the clay,

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and that's what gives it's really nice sort of texture, if you like.

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So, value wise, I think with a single vase,

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-we're probably looking at the good end of between £60 and £100.

-That's excellent.

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-But I wish you had his twin brother!

-So do I!

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-All right, well, come on, let's go have a look.

-Very good, thank you.

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Well, £60 is still a cracking price for just the one vase. Great work, chaps!

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Our fund gets another addition when Christine finds this collection of pillboxes.

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James hopes they'll make £50 to £100 when they go under the hammer.

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And our expert himself has headed out to the garage

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and his rummaging unearths a couple of pretty tea sets,

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which he packs off to auction with a £20 to £40 price tag.

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Whilst Keith and Steph carry on the search inside,

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Christine and I have joined James in the garage,

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and the lady of the house has made a rather collectable find.

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James, what do you think of this?

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Oh! You've got a box full of spingly spanglies there.

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-I have!

-What are they?

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These are English miniatures, which I've had from maybe 15, 20 years, now.

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They're very much in the sort of style of things like sort of limited editions.

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Yes, yes.

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I mean, obviously, no great age. You know, '80s, 1980s.

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-No. 1980s, perhaps a bit later.

-I can't actually see an English hallmark on these.

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I can see there is a little mark here, but I just wonder whether they're silver plate or...

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Actually, some of them they also produced in pewter,

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which they then sort of buffed up

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to actually look like silver, but I think at the end of the day, it's of decorative value,

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-rather than a sort of rarity or antique value.

-Oh, I'd agree, yes.

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-I mean, what do we think they're worth?

-Well, how many have we got? We've got about 12 here.

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-Yes.

-I think... I mean, if we put an estimate of sort of 50 to 100 quid on them,

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you know, then that sort of, you know... It's a fiver each.

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How does that compare with what you bought them for?

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I did pay a lot more.

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-I thought you might say that!

-Yes, I did.

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But I've enjoyed them, so it's time for somebody else to.

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That's the spirit, Christine. I leave that pair to the rummaging and head back inside the house.

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My eyes light up straightaway when I find this oil lamp,

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which James hopes could bag us £20 to £30.

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We're almost out of time for our rummage today,

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but our expert has one last lot that could drive us over the finish line.

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-So, did you buy all of these?

-Yeah, yeah. Way back in the early '90s.

-Oh, OK.

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-God, you have got all sorts here.

-Yeah, they're lovely.

-A big collection.

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-And I love the fact they're still in their original boxes.

-Of course.

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Well, you certainly went for one of the mainstream names,

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because Corgi is just right up there with the best of the manufacturers and,

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as you probably know, they've been going for over 50 years.

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Now, tell me, you're not a child anymore, so why did you buy them?

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Well, I'd already been into collecting model cars.

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So, it really was you trying to revisit your youth, a bit of nostalgia?

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Well, I suppose so, in that sense, if you look at it that way, yes.

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I've got you marked down on that. Look at this, though. What is this?

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Limited edition Greene King, We've got the sort of delivery lorry here with all the barrels on the back.

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Beautiful attention to detail. You, in a way...

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This is what Corgi really tapped into because by the early '80s, the kids weren't buying them anymore.

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The early days of computer games and things like that.

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So they had the bright idea of actually going into classic cars so,

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in other words, reproducing the old vans and cars from the '30s, '40s, '50s and '60s.

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And, in a way, you were their prime customer, someone who loved them, appreciated the history,

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liked the detail and actually wanted to sort of just recapture a little bit of your youth.

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So, value on all of this? Well, I'm going to give quite a sort of broad value, I think.

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If we say somewhere between £100 and £200.

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-That's excellent. Very good, indeed.

-And let's hope they go on and make a bit more.

-Jolly good.

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This all sounds very exciting. So, between 100 and 200. It's a great figure because we were chasing 500.

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The grand total, with these included, is around about £490.

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-Not bad.

-So, a tenner short of 500 quid.

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Who knows, it might go up and if it does then I'm sure we'll find a tenner between us, James.

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-After you!

-So, all we've got to do now is pack it all up and go to an auction.

-Yeah.

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We've had a great day here with our Spanish couple to be,

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and have an impressive selection of items to take to auction.

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We're hoping the bidders will see the moneymaking potential

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of our NatWest pigs,

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which James valued at between £100 and £150.

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I've got high hopes for the nostalgic Corgi trucks,

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valued at £100 to £200.

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And will the bidders prove that size doesn't matter

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when it comes to our miniature silver sculptures

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and their £50 to £100 price tag?

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic, our family are trying to see the funny side of things.

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But you've got to laugh, haven't you?

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And they won't be sad to see the back of some lots.

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-Will you be happy to see these go?

-Yes.

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-Aw!

-Yes.

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But will we still be smiling when the final hammer falls?

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It's been a few weeks since we helped Keith and Christine rummage through their home in Milton Keynes,

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where we found a host of mainly modern collectables.

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We've brought them here for auction to the West London Auction Rooms in Chiswick.

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They're hoping to raise about 500 quid or so for something of a makeover on their Spanish villa,

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so let's hope their items attract the eye of the bidders as they go under the hammer.

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It may be early, but there are plenty of keen looking bidders arriving already,

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so I hope they'll take a shine to our family's lots when they look around the sale room.

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Our very own James Rylands certainly seems to have money on his mind today. Morning, James.

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-Morning, Jules.

-How are you?

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Banking my assets.

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-I see the piggy has made it to market!

-They have made it to market, yes!

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Fantastic. Now, they're chasing 500 quid for this villa makeover.

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We are a bit under that estimate, aren't we?

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We are a bit under that, but what we've really got to hope is going back to the Corgis, toys for boys...

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-You never know.

-You never know.

-It can always go up.

-It can only go up.

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-Well, the piggies have made it to market, let's see if Keith and Christine did.

-Good idea.

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I certainly hope they have as it won't be long before the auction gets going.

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Luckily, we spot our family in the middle of the sale room.

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-Morning!

-How are we?

-Good morning, sir!

-Hello.

-Hello, Jules.

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You're not allowed to buy them because, remember, you own them.

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-You're right.

-Oh, why not?

-So, Keith, put it down.

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Now, we've got high hopes for today.

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-Yes, very high.

-500 quid or so for this Spanish project.

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What's it like seeing all this stuff here out of context?

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-Lovely, beautiful.

-You just want to get rid?

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Yeah.

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-Of course.

-Time to go.

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Well, the auction is about to start so, James, lead on. Let's see how we do.

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If, like Keith and Christine you're heading to auction,

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

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whether you are buying or selling.

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Your local auction house will be able to give you all the details.

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With the auctioneer in position,

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we take our places just as our first lot of the day goes under the hammer.

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OK, so, first one up is the modern brass oil lamp,

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so decorative value only, £20 to £30, let's see how we get on.

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-That's OK.

-Here we go, is it worth £10 for the oil lamp?

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£10 I'm bid. A maiden bid of £10.

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At £10. I'm selling it for £10.

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A maiden bid of £10. It's going, then.

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Half the estimate. Well, that's ten quid in the pot.

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It's our first money in the bank,

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but we'll need the bidders to dig a bit deeper on the rest of our items

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if we're going to get that £500 for a Spanish garden makeover.

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Hopefully our next lot will prove popular with the sale room,

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if not with Keith and Christine.

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Next up, these Italian pottery figurines

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which you can't wait to see the back of.

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Let's just hope somebody else in here does want them.

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What are they worth? £20 for them? £10 to go? 10. 12.

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14. £14 for those two figures.

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At £14. At £14. Does anybody want them for £14?

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-Still with me then at 14.

-Not sold.

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-Unsold.

-Ah!

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You've got to take them with you.

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Unlucky!

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Oh, dear. I think our family would have been happy

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with any amount for the figurines,

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but the auctioneer clearly thought

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they were worth more, even if no-one else did.

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-And it looks like the porcelain doll might struggle to get any bid at all.

-There we go. Is it worth £10?

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£10, surely, for the little doll. For a tenner? Anybody want it for £10?

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I need £10 for it to sell it. Surely, for a tenner?

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-Nobody want it for £10?

-Oh, come on.

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Sorry, past the lot.

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That's the second lot winging its way home with Keith and Christine.

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Definitely not the result we wanted.

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Surely Christine's silver miniatures will find a new home today?

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Now, £50 to £100. Let's hope we get the top end.

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We're chasing 100 quid on these.

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Would you be happy to see these go?

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-Yes.

-Aw!

-Yes.

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There we go, are they worth £20? Are they worth £10? Start me for a £10 note.

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For ten. 12. 14. For £14.

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Are they only worth £14, surely?

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-You're having a laugh!

-16. 18.

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20. 22. 24. 26.

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£26, then. At £26 is all I'm bid.

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At £26. Not enough. £26.

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-Not sold.

-Unsold.

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You've got to laugh, haven't you?

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Well, at least our family are putting a brave face on things.

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With four lots sold and only £10 in the bank, it's been a rather disastrous start to the day.

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We're hoping it's onwards and upwards, though,

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as the green Doulton vase inherited from Keith's mum

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takes to the rostrum.

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James is sounding cautiously optimistic.

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It's quite a tough room here today, so...

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But there are specific collectors of Doulton, so we've just got to hope they're here today.

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£60 to £80, bring on those Doulton collectors, that's what I say!

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Is it worth £30? Start me for 30, somebody? It must be worth £30?

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30 I'm bid, thank you. 35. 40.

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40 I'm bid there in the red. At £40.

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At £40. It's still cheap at 40.

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At £40. It can be sold for 40, then.

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For £40. It's going at £40.

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All done for 40.

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-Happy with that?

-Yes, very well...

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-40 quid.

-Yeah, I'm happy.

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My mum's vase didn't sell at a very good price,

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but she's looking down at us and laughing her head off anyway.

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But on the day, in the situation we are at the moment, I'm pleased with what we got.

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I think Keith's relieved to have another few pounds

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in the makeover fund at last, even if it is 20 below estimate.

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And when the pretty tea sets go under the hammer

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it looks to be another step towards our target, albeit a small one.

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At £10, it's going, then.

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That's only half James's estimate, but with such a difficult sale room,

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it really is a case of every pound counts today.

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Hopefully, the oval mirror will add at least another £30 to the fund.

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210A is an oval mirror with a bevelled plate. Start me for ten.

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£10 for it. 10. 12. 14.

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For the oval mirror for £14.

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At £14. That mirror for £14. Anybody?

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£14. Still with me at £14.

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Not sold, I'm afraid.

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Still, at least you can...

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At least you can keep looking at your wonderful youthful looks for many more years to come.

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You know, I'm not sure Keith's convinced,

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but at least we're still all smiling,

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despite yet another item going unsold.

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Surely our next lot will finally bring in the bucks though, today.

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The Corgi toys. A collector's favourite, James.

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No, it is absolutely and it's in such good condition, so, Keith, this is the big one, here we go.

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-Up it comes now.

-What's it worth? Start me for £60.

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60. 5. 70. 5.

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£75 for that lot. At £75. That's £75.

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80 I need. At £75 for all the Corgi.

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£75, then. 75.

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-Not sold.

-Not sold.

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To be honest, you're as well keeping hold of those because I suspect they will never really go out of fashion.

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No, they won't. It just didn't happen today.

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I'm very pleased that didn't go, because I've been quite attached to them for a long time

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and I might even take them to Spain with me and put them in display cases, who knows?

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But that's life.

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Well, Keith seems pleased to be taking the Corgi toys home,

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but it is a massive blow to our target.

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With only two lots left to sell and just £60 in the bank so far, our £500 target is a long way off.

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But, hopefully, our next lot will be just what the doctor ordered.

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It's the collection of pillboxes.

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Thank you. Are they worth £20?

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£20 for them. For 20, surely.

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20 I'm bid. 22. 24. 26.

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£26. At £26. 28, there. 30. 32. £32.

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I'm going to sell them for £32.

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At £32. They're going for £32. At £32.

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£32. They're selling for £32.

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32, 221.

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It's under estimate,

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but the auctioneer felt there was enough interest in the room

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and a fair price had been reached.

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Although a relief to have another sale,

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our auction day is nearly over,

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so everything is riding on the NatWest pigs.

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Can they bank us some much needed cash?

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What are they worth? Start me at £50 for them? 55. 60.

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5. £65 for the piggybanks.

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At 65. 70 there, madam. 75. 80. 85.

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90.

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£90. At £90. Going for 90.

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If that's what the market decides they're worth at the moment, then that's what they're worth.

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-Did you ever have 90 quid in them?

-No.

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Just as well they've gone, then!

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Well, it's the closest thing we've had to an on estimate sale today, and not a moment too soon.

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With that vital addition to the garden makeover fund, it's time to see how we've done.

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Well, James, to say it's been a disappointing day is probably something of an understatement.

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We were chasing 500 quid for you to give your Spanish villa something of a makeover in the garden.

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How do you think we've done?

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No idea.

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You look heartbroken, mate!

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OK, here's the news.

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We were chasing 500 quid.

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-We're coming away with £182.

-That is disappointing.

-It is disappointing.

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You know what it means, Keith, don't you? It means you're going to have to do all the renovations yourself.

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So much for retirement!

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Well, they may not have had the most successful day at auction,

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but our couple are enjoying some time in Spain and trying to look on the bright side.

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The auction was pretty bad, but then, mind you, it was a good day, wasn't it? Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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-Fantastic.

-What a bit of fun we had, didn't we?

-Oh, yes, sure. Very unusual.

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Yeah. I mean, at least we raised some money.

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Without the cash to buy a brand new fountain, Keith's been set to work repairing the old one.

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Meanwhile, Christine heads off to spend the money they did make on some new pots for the garden.

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Oh, wonderful!

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Good job, Keith, although your work isn't done yet,

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as it looks like Christine's new purchases have just arrived.

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I thought the big round pot could go in the front.

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In the front and then you've got the two yellow ones.

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Our couple have clearly enjoyed spending the bit of cash they did make at auction

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and are ready for their life in the sunshine.

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The patio is all near enough done and the fountain is fantastic.

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And living out in Spain, what more do you want? Brilliant.

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The team are in Milton Keynes visiting retired builder Keith Harris and his wife Christine. The couple are planning a move to Spain, and want to turn their unwanted clutter into cash for their new villa.