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Antiques series. Veronica and Ted Shread want to celebrate their anniversary with a special day out at the races; Alistair Appleton and the team visit them in Norfolk to help out.


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Hello and welcome to Cash In The Attic, the show that helps you find

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hidden treasures in your home and then sells them for you at auction.

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Today, I'm in the historic city of Norwich and this is an important part of the city's heritage.

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It's called the Dragon Hall, named after this chap carved into the rafters.

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And it was a very important place for trading in the 15th century

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and it was that medieval trade that made Norwich the city it is today.

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This Grade I listed trading hall was built around 1430,

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by wealthy merchant Robert Tops.

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He wanted somewhere to store and display the goods he imported and exported.

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So the building was designed as a mixture of showroom and warehouse to impress visiting salesmen.

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It was sold and divided up after Tops' death in 1467

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and is today preserved and restored by the Norfolk and Norwich Heritage Trust.

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It's good to imagine this place teeming with medieval traders selling their wares.

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We're hoping that some of that busy-ness rubs off on us today

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because we are aiming to find some goodies that we can trade up at auction later.

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Coming up on today's Cash In The Attic, some rather baffling antiques.

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-It's a spoon warmer?

-Yes.

-Why would you want to warm spoons?

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A few of Jonty's bad jokes...

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-That's music to our ears.

-From the piano stool.

-Ah!

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All topped off with a few fantastic results at auction.

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Fantastic!

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-That's great.

-It's really good.

-I'm delighted.

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So let's hope it adds up to a success when the final hammer falls.

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I've come out into the lovely Norfolk countryside to a village

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called Surlingham, which is just outside Norwich,

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and I'm going to meet a couple who are raising money for a day out on the turf.

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This delightful 17th-century cottage in rural Norfolk is home to physiotherapist Veronica Shread

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and her husband Ted, who works in marketing.

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Having been together for ten years, the couple only recently married

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and share their home with a wealth of antiques and collectables,

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inherited mainly from Veronica's side of the family.

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But they have decided to treat themselves to a rather special day out and have called us to Norfolk

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to help them turn some of the family heirlooms into cash.

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-Jonty!

-Alistair, how are you?

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-I'm very well. How are you?

-Welcome to the Norfolk Broads.

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-I've brought a little titbit of information.

-Go on, then. Test me. Test me.

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Norwich, where I just was, 11th century,

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the second biggest city in England after London.

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Everyone knows that.

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No, they didn't! You did not know that.

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-Did you know that we are meeting newlyweds today?

-Are we? Great, OK.

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Ted and Veronica, here you are.

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Raking, is that because you knew Cash In The Attic was coming?

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Absolutely.

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It's a beautiful cottage you've got. How long have you been living here?

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I've lived here since 1992.

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I've been here about nine years, just over nine years.

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-I hear that you've recently got married.

-We have, yes.

-Newlyweds!

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Yes. A happy married couple.

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Was it recent recent?

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-This year.

-Congratulations.

-Thank you.

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Is that why you have called us in, to pay all your honeymoon debts?

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Absolutely. You know what it's like.

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Seriously, why are we here? What are we raising money for?

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Having a day at the races.

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-Ah! Who likes a flutter?

-I do.

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I've been racing a few times in the past and Veronica rides, so she is interested in horses anyway.

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-And how much are you hoping to flutter there?

-£500 would be nice.

-Ah.

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A bit of lunch, some champagne and some money on the horses, of course.

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It will be a good day out.

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I'll take the trimmings and let's go inside.

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-OK.

-Thank you.

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It certainly sounds like a fun way to spend a day out.

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So we need to get down to work and make these newlyweds some cash for the races.

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Hopefully, the odds will be stacked in our favour though, as we've got

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our expert Jonty Hearnden on hand to head up the search.

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He's been working in the antiques trade all his life and he can spot a thoroughbred antique a mile away.

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-Ah, here he is.

-I've found something already.

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-Ah, yes.

-I've been busy, hard at work.

-What have you got there?

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Well, I found this lovely late-Victorian stool. Where is the stool from?

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My mother bought that in a sale in Edinburgh, I believe.

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Then she decided, when she got very keen on tapestry, to start re-covering

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things and this was one of the items that she decided to cover.

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-She did it herself?

-Yes, she did.

-So she did that? Amazing.

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Look at all the work in that.

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It would have taken a few hours to do that, yes?

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I expect so, yes.

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Now, you can tell the age of this stool by looking at the leg.

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We have this reeded and turned leg,

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and this was fashionable around the turn of the century

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-but something happened to this stool that has changed throughout its life.

-Right.

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Once upon a time, this top here would have unscrewed up or down

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and we would have a thread running here,

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simply because this once upon a time would have been a piano stool.

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So it would have had an adjustable seat.

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-Now, I have tried very hard to turn it...

-But the thread is just jammed?

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Well, what people do is if the thread is either broken or has become insecure,

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then the whole point is that you probably put a load of glue

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down there, so it gives it rigidity, so it saves repairing it.

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So it's not an adjustable stool any more.

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That's fine as far as value is concerned because it's still a very pretty little stool.

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Right.

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-But what value is it?

-Well, in today's market, because

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of her tapestry work on the seat, you know, £40 to £60 at auction.

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-Oh, right. Yes. That sounds reasonable.

-Does that sound good?

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-Yes.

-That's music to our ears.

-From the piano stool.

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-Ah. It's a good start. Shall we press on?

-Yes, please.

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Veronica's mum's handiwork has certainly got us off to a great start

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but, with a £500 target, we've got a way to go yet. So it's on with the search.

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Ted has been rummaging upstairs and he's dug out this pretty bar brooch

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with an opal mounted in the centre.

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Jonty hopes the bidders will take a shine to this lot

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and to its £40 to £60 price tag.

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And it looks like our expert's spotted another sparkling lot next door.

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-Ted, are you through there?

-Yes.

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Hi. Have a look at this.

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Now, I've just come across this lovely nine-carat gold bracelet.

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-And these red stones here are garnets.

-Right.

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Do you know anything about this?

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Veronica tells me her father used to like to buy her mother little sets of jewellery.

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Obviously that's the only one of that particular set that we have.

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Right, so once upon a time there might have been a pair of garnet earrings?

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I'm sure there would have, yes.

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Yes, or a necklace, or something like that?

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-Exactly, yes.

-OK. Is this an object that Veronica might be interested in selling, do you think?

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Well, I think so, because I've not seen Veronica wear it in ten years.

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So I'm sure she wouldn't mind if we put it in the auction, no.

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Now, the stone garnets often come in this red colour.

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So they are very good replacements for rubies, which of course are more expensive gemstones.

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But garnets have been around since the Bronze Age as decorative gemstones.

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Now, unlike a lot of antiques at the moment,

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gold seems to be going up in price, rather than falling.

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So, therefore, I think it is a good time to sell gold.

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-The value? £60 to £80.

-Oh, right. Yes. Good. Very good.

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Well, that valuation seems to have gone down well with Ted,

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and it's another step towards the day at the races. Great work, guys!

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And staying with the jewellery theme, Veronica decides to part with this charming pearl brooch as well.

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Jonty hopes it will make £40 to £60 when it goes under the hammer.

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Worth even more, though, is this pretty amethyst set that our expert himself finds next door,

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including a pendant, earrings, ring and additional bar brooch.

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We'll be looking for £50 to £70 for this colourful lot.

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We've made a cracking start on today's search,

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so I leave Mr Hearnden at the helm for a while and catch up with the newlyweds.

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So how did you meet?

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Well, we met through our children being at school, basically, 25 years ago.

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And then we went our separate ways for a while

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and met again through my daughter living here in Surlingham

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and I was round there for a meal one evening and she happened

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to mention that Veronica lived in the village as well.

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-So I phoned her up, we went for a drink, and the rest is history, as they say.

-Marvellous.

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The wedding looks like great fun. This is an amazing cake.

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Tell me the story behind that.

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Our wedding cake was made for us by a friend who is a chef and they live

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about 25 miles away, so when the cake left their house it looked like that

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but by the time we got to the pub, it had all fallen to pieces.

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-Oh, but tasty!

-Delicious.

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And so was it a happy day? Tell me about the day.

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-What was the highlight?

-Probably the fish and chips, actually.

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The, um...fish and chips we had wrapped up in newspaper with us as the headline of the newspaper.

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So it was a slightly ironic wedding feast?

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-Yes.

-Yes, it was.

-Followed by sticky toffee pudding.

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Oh! And some profiterole sludge.

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-Yes.

-Absolutely.

-If you could manage it.

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And where did you go on honeymoon?

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-We went to Gozo.

-How was that?

-It was lovely. Boiling hot,

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and a pretty island and quiet.

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Very peaceful, very relaxing after all the preparations of the wedding.

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-So it was nice.

-Any horse racing on Gozo?

-Not in Gozo.

-No, there wasn't.

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You like horse racing, though.

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Yes, I like to go occasionally and have a little flutter.

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And I've got a horse, which is actually my daughter's horse, that I ride.

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I'll really enjoy watching horses at the racing.

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We had better get making the money, in which case we should find Jonty.

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OK.

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Well, it sounds like a wedding to remember but it's time to put the romance to one side and get

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back on with the rummage, as we've got a way to go before we reach our £500 target.

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Fear not, though, as our Jonty has been busy.

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-Veronica, are you there?

-Yes.

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I've got this lovely box here. Tell me about this.

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Well, that was a present bought for me as a child.

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Each year, I used to get a cup and saucer or a plate or something every birthday from an aunt...

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-Did you?

-..who lived in Derby.

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So it begs the question, have you ever used it?

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No, it's never been used.

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And I've also got an inherited set that my parents had.

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-Right.

-This is superfluous, really.

-So, what have we got?

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We've got how many cups and saucers in this style?

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I believe there's six cups, six saucers, six dessert plates, a jug,

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a bowl and a couple of cake plates.

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Basically, making up a tea service.

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-Yes.

-So you haven't got the teapot or anything like that?

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No, it never had a teapot.

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OK. Well, it's great that we've got the name Royal Crown Derby and,

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as you can see from the outside of the box here, that says "Established 1750".

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So it really has been going a long time but it went in and out of business.

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The name Royal Crown Derby, or Derby porcelain, is synonymous

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with fine china, fine ceramics, but essentially what we're looking at here

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is a style and a design first introduced in the late 18th century.

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So this is, in effect, a reproduction of early styles.

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A lot of people are trying to sell tea services because, like you,

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people just do not use them any more.

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So we shall just have to price it accordingly.

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So I assume, because this has been tucked away in a box for a long period of time,

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is it something now that you would consider selling?

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-Yes, definitely.

-Yes. OK.

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Well, we are looking at, I suppose, between £40 and £60.

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OK. I might have thought it would be a bit more than that

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but it's no value here, so it might as well be sold and used elsewhere.

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That's a good attitude, Veronica.

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We'll just have to keep everything crossed that it makes the top end of its estimate come auction day.

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As the search continues, I've spotted a rather unusual-looking item.

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But just what is it?

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Veronica? Jonty?

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What's this and where did it come from?

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I think it was bought in an antique shop in Norwich by some

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friends of my parents and it is a Victorian spoon warmer, apparently.

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-You do know what it is.

-I do, yes.

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Have you used it for its original purpose?

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No, I never have.

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-It's a spoon warmer?

-Yes.

-Why would you want to warm spoons?

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Well, if you think about it, when spoon warmers were created

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in Victorian times, certainly in those cold winter months, you need a spoon warmer because it was very

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important to keep your food hot at all times.

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Certainly, you would have very warm water down at the bottom here, you would place your spoons in the top

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here, because you didn't want your soup or your gravy to congeal at all.

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It was very important. Certainly in the 19th century.

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If you think about it, the Victorians were obsessed with having

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the right implements for the right intended purpose.

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So, in the 1880s for instance, you could buy things like asparagus forks,

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berry and bacon forks, the list goes on and on.

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A lot of those implements are now just superfluous to modern-day requirements, just like this.

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An object like this would be purchased simply because it is an object of beauty.

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I mean, it's lovely. If we look on the underside here, and you

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see these markings down here, they look as if they are hallmarks.

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But that was the whole point

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of plating an object.

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You could have marks that looked like solid silver but these are not.

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All we are looking for is the sideways lion but this is a plated item rather than solid silver.

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Now, a lot of plated items, a lot of Victorian plated items,

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have simply very little value but because this is so beautiful,

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-even though it has no...

-A mysterious purpose.

-Yes, a mysterious purpose.

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I think this is worth £40 to £60.

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-Oh, right. That's good.

-Yeah?

-Yes.

-Happy?

-Yes, thank you.

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-Good. Let's carry on.

-Trot on!

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What a fantastic lot and certainly not something we see very often.

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I hope it will tickle the bidders' fancy.

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Veronica tops up the races fund by another few pounds

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when she digs out a 30-piece set of Stuart Crystal.

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Jonty hopes this eye-catching lot will make us £30-£40

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when it goes under the hammer.

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Our expert himself has found a very colourful ruby and diamond ring.

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It's more a piece of costume jewellery than a priceless gem,

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but like the crystal, this too

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gets packed off to auction with a £30 to £40 estimate.

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Veronica, tell me a bit more about this wonderful house you live in.

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The house is dated 1692.

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The thatch apparently was redone in 1988.

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Because it's Norfolk reed, apparently it will last for

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50 to 70 years, as long as you keep good care of it.

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Was it an agricultural worker's cottage?

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It was two farm workers' cottages.

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-Oh, two. Because that would've been the separate door.

-Yes, there are two doors and two staircases.

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I see. Did you do a lot of work to it?

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I had to have the floors taken up and a damp-proof course done, and a bit of dry rot sorted.

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I imagine damp is quite a problem in Norfolk. Especially in the Broads.

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A little bit.

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That's why I needed to have the floors done and also

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the river's very nearby.

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But that's lovely because we can go for walks and there's some RSPB nature reserves and

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two nice pubs that we can walk to. It's nice to be able to walk round.

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-Most of those things that we're looking at, they're from your parents?

-Yes, a lot of it is.

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A lot of it is the stuff that they inherited from

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-the Scottish and actually a slight Irish side to the family.

-Right. But that's been sitting in boxes or...

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It's been sitting in boxes ever since I've been here, really.

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For 17 years.

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Time for it to have a new lease of life on the racecourse.

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-Definitely, yes.

-We should get back in. It's getting quite chilly, isn't it?

-Yes.

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With all those family heirlooms to search through, I've got high hopes

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we'll find the last few pieces we need to get our couple to the races.

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Back inside, it seems Ted might have come up trumps.

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Jonty, look what we've got.

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Good man, you come bearing gifts.

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-Yes.

-Well done. Look at that.

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Let's have a look. Here, these look like solid gold cufflinks.

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Look at those. Nine-carat gold cufflinks. Very nice too.

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Do you not wear these at all, Ted?

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No, I never wear cufflinks.

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-These are actually Veronica's father's.

-So, these are for sale?

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-Do you think we can sell those?

-Yes. I think so, yes.

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Those are wonderful. That's really good.

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What else have we got here?

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-We've got a little linked bracelet here. That looks gold too.

-Yes.

-There's a hallmark on there.

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-That's good too.

-OK.

-Whose was that?

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That was bought for Veronica as a present many years ago.

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It did have trinkets on, but she took the trinkets off

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and put them on something a bit more substantial, I believe.

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That's great because that linked chain there is also a good seller.

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We've got one, two, three other rings as well.

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Those are all gold. And a pair of earrings too. So that's great.

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What tends to happen with gold like this when it goes in to auction is

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that dealers will buy this and a lot of it will actually be used as scrap.

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So they re-use the gold, it can be melted down.

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Likewise with the stones or the semiprecious stones, those can be re-used as well.

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So this is a great little collection and it'll all be sold as one lot.

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-It's worth putting in then?

-Yes. You got a fistful of dollars there, sir.

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-Good!

-Not only a fistful of gold, a fistful of dollars.

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A fistful of pounds.

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-£80 to £120.

-Really?

-Yes.

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Definitely going then.

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-Look after that one.

-Right.

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Let's go.

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That's a big step towards the £500 and another example of Veronica's family doing us proud today.

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We're really galloping towards our target now

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and back downstairs I've found our first porcelain lot of the day,

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a Spode jug and decorative Chinese plate.

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Jonty thinks these two would be best sold together and gives them

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a combined estimate of £30 to £40.

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Our day's rummaging in Norfolk is very nearly over.

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But Veronica has one more lot she'd like to show us before we cross the finishing line.

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It's something she's been hinting at all day.

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We have to wrap up warm for this one.

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Ah, what have you got hidden in the garage?

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This is the document of sale for this sideboard that we have here.

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What does it say? Cabinetmakers Upholsterers and Carpet Warehouse in Edinburgh.

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And how much was it for?

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-It cost originally £15 and 10 shillings.

-Wow. That's quite a lot.

0:19:390:19:44

-What sort of date is that? 1913?

-Yes.

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That's just before the First World War.

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-Yes.

-This piece of furniture would have been brand, spanking new then.

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-It would have been.

-Here it says a 5ft, inlaid Sheraton sideboard.

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That's a Sheraton-style sideboard.

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That's Thomas Sheraton, the designer of the late 18th century.

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It's in the style of his work. The sideboard is made of mahogany, but it's two types of mahogany.

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You've got the long-grain mahogany here, where the grain of the mahogany

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goes this way, and then they've used flame mahogany.

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-What I mean by flame mahogany is the veneer looks like a flame.

-Right.

-Can you see that?

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So they've purposefully designed the veneer work and it's replicated on the back there, you see.

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So, that's what the Georgian cabinetmakers perfected.

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It was very fashionable in the late 18th century through into the 20th century, this style of furniture.

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-Is it fashionable now?

-The problem with this style

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of furniture is because it's not strictly antique, it's not Georgian,

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and it's really not of a 20th-century contemporary design,

0:20:490:20:54

prices of Edwardian furniture particularly seem to have slumped badly.

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I'll give you an example - ten years ago, £200 to £300.

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Nowadays at auction, £40 to £60.

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-That's a huge difference.

-A big drop.

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It is, isn't it? I agree, it's a tragically low figure.

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But you either have it languishing here in your barn indefinitely

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or sell it at auction and put the money to good use. What do you think?

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I think it has to go to auction. It's been too big for the house.

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So, I think the best thing is to sell it, regardless of what we get for it.

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OK. One thing I want to say is that I think this is such a lovely document

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that it must go with the sideboard.

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I think that will add... If I was a dealer and I wanted to buy this,

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that would certainly add to the interest in purchasing it.

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-Make sure that that stays with the sideboard. All right?

-I will do.

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So we're saying £40 for this?

0:21:470:21:49

-Yes.

-Well, we've had a great day and lots of interesting items.

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But we wanted £500.

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We have made 520.

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Oh! Very good. Yes.

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Bearing in mind that the auctions are a bit like the races too, we don't know that everybody's going

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to win, but I'm hoping that with Jonty in the saddle,

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we're going to come romping home across the finishing line.

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That should be good. Thank you very much.

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Well, our hard work searching through Veronica and Ted's beautiful cottage has really paid off today.

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We're all pleased with our haul of items for auction.

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Fingers crossed, there will be plenty of jewellery

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collectors as we've brooches, rings and bracelets galore.

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Most expensive is the collection of gold

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that Jonty valued at £80 to £120.

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We're also hoping the bidders will be fascinated by the unusual

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Victorian silver spoon warmer, which Jonty valued at £40 to £60.

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And of course there's the sideboard we just saw

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in the rather chilly garage.

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Veronica seemed happy to part with it, but with just

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a £40 to £60 valuation, will it be worth the effort of getting it

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all the way to the saleroom?

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic...

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not all our items manage to race over the finish line.

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-That was OK. You can't win them all.

-But others do unexpectedly well.

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That was one of the also-rans that came up a winner.

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Will we be odds-on favourite to reach our target when the final hammer falls?

0:23:110:23:17

It's been several weeks since we were out in the Norfolk countryside visiting the lovely

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cottage of those lovebirds Veronica and Ted Shread.

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They're trying to raise £500 for a day at the races because Veronica loves horses, Ted loves a flutter.

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We've brought all their treasures here to Chiswick Auction Rooms in west London.

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Let's hope that the bidders make a gallop for the finishing post when it comes to auction.

0:23:400:23:46

It's shaping up to be another busy sale here at Chiswick, so I hope the odds are stacked in our favour.

0:23:460:23:53

We've got a pretty impressive collection of lots to sell today

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and I know Mr Hearnden is feeling rather excited.

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-Jonty, that's one of our items, isn't it?

-It certainly is.

-It's a pretty little thing.

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Yes, good quality. I really like the quality of the tapestry.

0:24:030:24:07

-That's its saving grace, big time, because remember...

-It doesn't revolve.

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It's an unadjustable stool rather than an adjustable stool.

0:24:110:24:14

What else have we got today? We've got some jewellery that's very good.

0:24:140:24:17

-You got very excited about that.

-Yes, and the spoon warmer.

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How could I forget the spoon warmer?

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I've been puzzling over the spoon warmer ever since.

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I really felt like I'd let them down when I valued that sideboard.

0:24:250:24:28

-Crushed. They were crushed.

-I can only be honest.

0:24:280:24:30

-It'll be very interesting to see what it does sell for.

-It's hard, isn't it, with mahogany furniture?

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People are so attached to it and yet it's not worth a lot of money.

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If you think about it, just how much work's gone into something like that and the value that I put on it...

0:24:370:24:41

-It's criminal, really, but I have to be realistic.

-Did they bring it?

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I'm not quite sure whether they brought that, because I could understand if they hadn't.

0:24:440:24:48

Let's go and find out.

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It'll be a bit of a dent to our target if the sideboard hasn't made it to auction,

0:24:520:24:56

so fingers crossed it's here. Only one way to find out though - and that's to ask our keen racegoers.

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-Hello, guys.

-Hi. How are we?

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-Good. How are you?

-There's the spoon warmer.

-It is, yes.

0:25:050:25:07

Are you still speaking to me after I gave you the value of that sideboard?

0:25:070:25:11

Yes, we are. Just!

0:25:110:25:13

Just. We've decided that we'll...

0:25:130:25:16

So you are going to speak to me today?

0:25:160:25:18

-We are indeed.

-I don't recommend it though.

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He never stops talking.

0:25:200:25:22

-Have you been to auctions before?

-No, never.

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-Never?

-Never.

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I've been a couple of times.

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Just keep your hands down. Don't bid on anything you don't want.

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And fingers crossed.

0:25:300:25:32

-Yes, absolutely. Ready for starter's orders?

-Oh, most definitely.

-Let's go.

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That's great news that the sideboard made it after all. The sale looks like it's getting under way,

0:25:380:25:41

so we take our places just in time to watch the action unfold.

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The first of our lots to go under the hammer is one of the many jewellery items we're selling today.

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The ruby and diamond ring.

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We're looking for just £30 to £40 for this sparkling lot.

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Start me at £30. £30 for it?

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£30? £20?

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Anybody selling at £20. 20.

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22. 25. 28. 28. 30. 32.

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35. At £32.

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35. 38? £35, are you still in?

0:26:110:26:14

38 there. 40. 42. 42. 45. 48. 50.

0:26:140:26:18

-Come on.

-55. 60. 5.

0:26:180:26:21

-That's good.

-70. 70. 75?

0:26:210:26:24

70. 75? £70 bid. 75 and it's yours.

0:26:240:26:26

-£70, all done? Your bid at £70 then.

-Good.

0:26:260:26:30

That's great. That's more than double my bottom end of the estimate. That's great.

0:26:300:26:35

Jonty seems pleased, and with £70 in the race kitty,

0:26:370:26:40

it's a fantastic start to our day.

0:26:400:26:43

We've got a £500 target to reach,

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so I hope the bidders are sitting comfortably for our next lot.

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Next up is your ancient stool.

0:26:500:26:52

I think your mum did the embroidery on top of this?

0:26:520:26:53

Yes, she did the tapestry on the top.

0:26:530:26:56

We want a good price for this.

0:26:560:26:58

-Although it doesn't...

-It doesn't adjust.

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-It doesn't wind up any more.

-It's our unadjustable adjustable stool.

0:27:000:27:04

Start me at £10 for it.

0:27:040:27:06

I'll bid at 10. Give me 12. 15.

0:27:060:27:08

18. 20. 22. 25. 28? £25 it is. £25.

0:27:080:27:12

Ooh. Shaking his head.

0:27:120:27:14

30? 32. 35. 38. 40. £38.

0:27:140:27:17

Bidding at £38. Selling. All done?

0:27:170:27:19

-At £38 then? You've got it, sir.

-38.

0:27:190:27:22

-That was a bit low.

-Never mind.

0:27:220:27:24

That was OK. You can't win them all.

0:27:240:27:28

Very true, Jonty. It was only £2 under estimate after all.

0:27:280:27:32

Hopefully this set of Stuart crystal will bring in a few more

0:27:320:27:36

pounds for us though.

0:27:360:27:38

Start me at £20 for it? Should make much more. £20 for it?

0:27:380:27:40

£10 for it? Not a hand moves. Mexican wave now.

0:27:400:27:43

A bid at 10. 12 there. 15. 18. 20.

0:27:430:27:47

22. 25?

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22. A bid at £22. 25. 28. 30. 32.

0:27:500:27:53

-That's good.

-35. 38. 40. 42?

0:27:530:27:55

£40. The bid at £40.

0:27:550:27:58

We've got there in the end.

0:27:580:27:59

£40 and gone. 349, £40.

0:27:590:28:02

And it comes in bang at the top of its estimate. That's more like it.

0:28:020:28:06

We've had a pretty solid start so far today.

0:28:060:28:10

A rather special lot is up next.

0:28:100:28:12

-This is a big item. Literally a big item.

-It is.

-That big sideboard.

0:28:120:28:16

At least you can park the car now.

0:28:160:28:18

-Yes!

-That's a bonus, isn't it? So, whatever it sells for, think of the garage space.

-Yes.

0:28:180:28:22

The original receipt with it as well in the top drawer, taped in there. £50 for it?

0:28:220:28:27

£30 for it? £20 for it?

0:28:270:28:30

Who wants it? I'm bid at £20. £20. I'll take you at £20. Two at £20.

0:28:300:28:35

22. 25?

0:28:350:28:37

-25. 28. 30.

-It's going up now.

0:28:370:28:39

32. 35. 38. 40. 42.

0:28:390:28:43

Bidding at £40. Only at £40.

0:28:430:28:45

A lot of furniture at £40. I'm selling at £40 - you've got it.

0:28:450:28:48

-£40 - you've gone. £40.

-Well, we said 40, didn't we?

0:28:480:28:50

Yes, I did say 40.

0:28:500:28:53

I'm afraid my prediction was true.

0:28:530:28:55

That may be right, Mr Hearnden.

0:28:550:28:57

It's another step towards our £500, but I can't help

0:28:570:29:00

wishing the sideboard had made a little more cash for our couple.

0:29:000:29:05

But there's no time to dwell on it, as we've got another lot coming up for sale already.

0:29:050:29:10

Now, initially, when I saw that really beautiful Cantonese dish...

0:29:100:29:14

-Mmm.

-..I got very, very excited.

0:29:140:29:15

But I gave it a tap and noticed that it didn't have the right ring to it,

0:29:150:29:21

because it had a very faint hairline crack to it.

0:29:210:29:23

-That's how you noticed!

-I know. It's disappointing.

0:29:230:29:25

As a consequence, I put that along with the jug as well.

0:29:250:29:29

So we've got two items in this lot.

0:29:290:29:31

And that's the reason why I put £30 to £40 on them.

0:29:310:29:35

Give me a silly bid, £10, please. £10 for it...

0:29:350:29:37

£10 for it? Give me 12. At £10...

0:29:370:29:39

12, 15, 18, 20...

0:29:390:29:43

-Here we go.

-I'm only bid £18. £18.

0:29:430:29:47

-All going and done. Your bid. £18, 349.

-Oh, dear.

0:29:470:29:51

-That was disappointing.

-Yes.

0:29:510:29:53

Well, it's all down to the damage, I'm afraid.

0:29:530:29:55

Yeah. That's £12 under Jonty's low-end estimate.

0:29:550:30:00

After a solid start, things seem to be slowing down for us today,

0:30:000:30:03

and our couple are starting to look a little concerned.

0:30:030:30:07

We've just one more lot to go before we

0:30:070:30:09

reach the halfway point in the sale, so we're all hoping it's a good one.

0:30:090:30:12

Jonty valued the unusual Victorian spoon warmer at £40 to £60,

0:30:120:30:18

but will it manage to win over a somewhat chilly saleroom?

0:30:180:30:22

Spoon warmer. And, erm, £50 for it?

0:30:220:30:25

£30?

0:30:250:30:27

Start me £10. 12, 15, 18, 20...

0:30:270:30:31

-Here we go.

-25, 28, 30, 32, 35, 38, 40.

0:30:310:30:36

42, 45, 48, 50.

0:30:360:30:39

52, 55, 58, 60...

0:30:390:30:42

-That's all right.

-Very good.

0:30:420:30:44

At £62. 65 here.

0:30:440:30:47

68. 70. 75, 80. 85, 90.

0:30:470:30:54

-95, 100. 110, 120. £110.

-The nation's spoons are too cold!

0:30:540:30:59

The original bidder, at £110, all done. At 110, thank you.

0:30:590:31:03

110, how about that?

0:31:030:31:05

-That's great.

-That's brilliant.

0:31:050:31:06

-That's amazing.

-I'm delighted.

0:31:060:31:09

A fantastic result, selling for over double Jonty's low-end estimate.

0:31:090:31:14

We're all feeling pretty relieved, and it's made a big difference to our total so far.

0:31:140:31:20

-So, very good, we're almost at the halfway mark.

-Mmm.

-And I'm going to tell you how much we've made.

0:31:200:31:24

-Yes...?

-You want £500 all told.

0:31:240:31:26

-Mm-hm.

-At the halfway mark, we've made £316, which is excellent.

0:31:260:31:30

-That's very good.

-Well on the way.

0:31:300:31:32

-Yeah.

-Great. Yes.

-Congratulations, that's good.

0:31:320:31:34

We had the sideboard that was a bit worrying.

0:31:340:31:38

-But then the spoon warmer...

-That spoon warmer, you see?

0:31:380:31:41

We've got a big chunk of time before our next items come on to the saleroom.

0:31:410:31:46

-So shall we have a look round the saleroom? There's lots to look at.

-Yeah. This way?

-Yes.

0:31:460:31:52

Our couple take the chance for a short break. But Jonty is never one to put his

0:31:520:31:56

feet up, as he spotted something earlier that he wants to show me.

0:31:560:32:00

Now, Alastair, come and have a look at this.

0:32:000:32:03

-These? They're lovely.

-No.

0:32:030:32:05

This little Matchbox tanker. Do you remember those?

0:32:050:32:09

-Yeah, we used to have these.

-Yeah?

0:32:090:32:10

I was more of a fan of Tonka toys, myself, cos they were more indestructible.

0:32:100:32:12

A bit bigger. Now they're collectable, too.

0:32:120:32:14

-Oh, really?

-But believe it or not, the die-cast market has just not stopped for a few years now.

0:32:140:32:21

For instance, these toys, maybe five, six years ago, would have been half what they're worth now.

0:32:210:32:27

So, this is a massive growth area in collecting.

0:32:270:32:30

They first started production in 1953.

0:32:300:32:32

The Lesney production company started these.

0:32:320:32:35

And they were all inspired by the owner of the factory, who had to make a toy for his daughter,

0:32:350:32:42

because she was only allowed to take in toys to school that fitted into a matchbox.

0:32:420:32:47

So he created the toy for the daughter, and hence the production of die-cast toys in his company.

0:32:470:32:52

Ah, I see! And what's the earliest piece?

0:32:520:32:55

You're talking very early 1950s,

0:32:550:32:58

when Lesney produced the first die-cast toys.

0:32:580:33:01

Now, what do you think it's worth?

0:33:010:33:03

I don't know. It's difficult with these tiny things, cos often they're worth a fortune. Say, £150?

0:33:030:33:07

Well, a little less than that.

0:33:070:33:09

-It's estimated in the catalogue for around £100.

-Well, there you go. For such a tiny thing, that's amazing.

0:33:090:33:14

-It's quite extraordinary, isn't it? Are you going to put your hands up at the auction?

-Maybe.

0:33:140:33:19

It depends. It's a lot for a teeny, tiny thing like that.

0:33:190:33:23

-Come on, let's get back to the auction.

-OK.

0:33:230:33:26

Remember, if you're planning on heading to your local auction house, be aware that commission,

0:33:260:33:30

and possibly other charges, will be added to your bill, whether you're buying or selling.

0:33:300:33:33

Always check the details with the saleroom to avoid any surprises.

0:33:330:33:39

The auction is still in full swing, so we get back into position,

0:33:390:33:42

and wait for our next lot to go under the hammer.

0:33:420:33:45

It's the Crown Derby tea set, which Jonty valued at £40 to £60.

0:33:450:33:50

For the Derby tea set, in the original box.

0:33:500:33:52

Start me, erm, £20 for it? £20 for it. £10 for it?

0:33:520:33:57

I'm bid at 10. In front of me, at 10.

0:33:570:33:59

At £10. You want 12

0:33:590:34:01

over there? 12, 15... 18, 20...

0:34:010:34:05

-It's going up.

-22, 25...

0:34:050:34:07

At £22. Give me 25?

0:34:070:34:11

Somebody else? 25, 28, 30, 32...

0:34:110:34:14

I'll take £30.

0:34:140:34:15

There's no money for this. At £30.

0:34:150:34:18

Going at £30, you've got it. £30.

0:34:180:34:20

So you have to put that £30 on a winning horse, make about 500,000.

0:34:200:34:25

What a good idea! It is a good idea.

0:34:250:34:28

The Crown Derby tea set didn't quite make what it was estimated to make.

0:34:280:34:33

But people are not collecting that sort of thing these days.

0:34:330:34:35

-So we're just happy that we got something for it.

-Yeah.

0:34:350:34:39

Well, Ted and Veronica are being very philosophical.

0:34:390:34:42

It's not a great start to the second half, but plenty of items left...

0:34:420:34:47

Time for the rest of our couple's jewellery to take centre stage

0:34:470:34:50

as our remaining five lots are all sparklers.

0:34:500:34:53

A bit of jewellery this time.

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This is the amethyst bar brooch, surrounded by the pearls.

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-Whose was this?

-This was my paternal grandmother's.

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OK. Well, I've put £40 to £60 on it.

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Let's see what the market decides.

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..worth £50, start me at £50.

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£20 for it...

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Give me 22, 25, 28, 30, 32.

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35... At £32. 35, 38?

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40? 42.

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45, 48? 50?

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No. At £48, last chance at £48, are we done? 203, £48.

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-That's actually quite good.

-Yeah.

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Cos it was quite small, wasn't it?

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Yeah.

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That's £8 over Jonty's lowest estimate, and it's not a bad

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start to our run of jewellery.

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I hope the collectors are prepared to dig even deeper on the rest

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of our lots, though, as we've still got a way to go before we reach our £500 target.

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The amethyst set is next.

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We're looking for £50 to £70 for this colourful lot.

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Start me, erm, £20 again.

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Take 2 now.

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22 there, 25, 28, 30.

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32, 35, 38...

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40. 40?

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I'm bid £38.

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42, 45, 48, 50... 55...

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-It's like being at the races, isn't it?

-That's the bid so far, £50.

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At £50, your last chance.

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At £50 all done.

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At £50 it's gone, then. You've got it for £50.

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Selling for bang on the low-end estimate,

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another few pounds towards our couple's day at the races.

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Remember, they're after £500 for their fantastic day out.

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And with this great sale, they've now made an impressive 444.

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So fingers crossed for our remaining three lots.

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This jewellery is selling very well.

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-Mmm.

-It's the opal brooch next.

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-Opal is beautiful.

-Yes.

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And we want £40.

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-£40.

-£30 for it?

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£30, £20 for it?

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At £20... 22, 25, 28, 30.

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At £28.

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Selling for £28. £28, sold.

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That's disappointing.

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-What do you think about that?

-Well, it's not as pretty as the other one was.

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So I'm not that surprised, I suppose.

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-It might have been its downfall, the plainness of the whole thing.

-Yes.

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It's another few pounds in the bank,

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but we all wish the brooch had made a little more money today.

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When the mint-condition Dinky toy that Jonty showed me

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earlier comes up for sale, it, too, struggles to make its £100 estimate.

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It goes unsold in the saleroom.

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I'm starting to wonder if things are cooling off again this afternoon.

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Maybe our next lot will grab the bidders' attention and finally

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convince them to splash the cash again.

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It's the pretty golden garnet bracelet,

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which Jonty valued at £60 to £80.

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The nine-carat Garnet bracelet, where do you want to start me?

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Start me half price, £30 for it?

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-Thank you, at £30...

-Started high.

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38? 40, 42, 45, 48, 50.

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55?

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Thinking about it. 52. 55. 58. 60?

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2? At £60.

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65, 68, 70. 75, 80...

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At £75, I'm bid. At £75,

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are we done? I think we are. £75.

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-75!

-See, there was someone waiting to bid till it got quite high.

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That's more like it, selling for just £5 under Jonty's top estimate.

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It's almost the end of our day here at Chiswick.

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The finish line is in sight.

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With one more lot to go under the hammer, let's hope we don't fall at the final hurdle.

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So, this is the collection of, I suppose, the also-rans of the jewellery.

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There's a big collection of your gold, and the costume jewellery too.

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So, this is the whole lot, OK?

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Often these lots put together, the dealers really like these.

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-Yes.

-So, I've got £80 to £120.

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-Ready?

-Yes. Fingers crossed.

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Start me, erm... £80, we'll see how it goes.

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£50 for it. 55, 60, 5, 70. 5.

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Here we go.

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90, 5, 100, 110.

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110 I'm bid, at 110. 120.

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130 140. 130 bid. 140 over there. 150.

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-160.

-Getting better all the time.

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I'm selling for 150.

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150 all out? 150.

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That's great.

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-That's great, you see?

-How about that?

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The also-rans came up winners!

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Yes.

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What a fantastic finish. I have a feeling the gold has taken us above and beyond our £500 target.

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But just how well have we done?

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Well, there we are. That was a really good sale.

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-And pretty much everything came in...

-Mmm.

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-Yeah.

-..if not above, then only a tiny fraction below.

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Every one came in a winner.

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-So how much do you think we made?

-Well, we were looking for around about 500.

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-Yes, but I think we must have made over that.

-Yeah. The gold did

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incredibly well and of course the spoon warmer did incredibly well.

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Well, we've made £697.

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Brilliant. Wow!

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-That is very, very good.

-Thank you.

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Now, don't go and spend it all on the nags.

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Well, no, I'll try not to lose all of it.

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A few weeks after raising a fantastic £697 at auction,

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it's finally racing day for Veronica and Ted.

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Despite it being a little wet and chilly,

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this horse-loving pair are really looking forward to it.

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-The auction went well.

-Yes. We had a really good day, didn't we?

-Yes.

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-And we made more than our target.

-Yes, more than we were expecting.

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And we're going to have a good time spending it.

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They decide to take in the first race as spectators only and head

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straight to the stands to watch the action unfold at the finishing line.

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But before long they fancy a bit of a flutter themselves.

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Well, we've watched the first race

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and got an idea how it all works now and so we'll go away and pick out

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one or two horses, put some bets on, and see if we can win some money.

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Oh, no, not this one. No, No. It's the one after that, yes.

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-The one with the pink coat?

-Yes.

-OK.

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After working out a system, our couple head straight over to place a bet.

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-£5 on Ronan The Warrior, please.

-Ronan The Warrior. Five.

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OK.

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-I'll have a £5 win on No Virtue.

-No Virtue, very nice.

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With the bets placed, it's back to the stands and the race gets under way.

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Oh, mine's not doing badly! Look, here he is. Come on! Come on.

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Come on! Whoo!

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VERONICA LAUGHS

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I'm really pleased. We've had a great day and we've got a little bit extra as well, haven't we?

0:42:170:42:21

Yes. We had a winner at the races, so a bit more money.

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-Can't be bad.

-A bit of champagne for tonight, eh?

-Well, yes, got to celebrate.

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Yes.

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Veronica and Ted Shread want to celebrate their first wedding anniversary with a special day out at the races, so they call Alistair Appleton and the team to their beautiful Norfolk cottage to help.