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Hillary

Angela Rippon and the Cash in the Attic team are in Hampshire to help Sue and David Hillary raise funds to buy their granddaughter a laptop computer.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic.

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Today I'm in Hampshire on the hunt for antiques and collectables to take to auction

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and I'm starting my day at the very top of the famous Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.

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And up here, I'm 170 metres above sea level.

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That's taller than Nelson's Column, Blackpool Tower and even Big Ben.

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Opened in 2005 at a total building cost of over £35 million,

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this ambitious viewing tower boasts the largest glass floor in Europe

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and attracts over 600,000 visitors a year.

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It offers 360-degree views of Portsmouth Harbour and, shaped like a billowing sail,

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the tower reflects the city's naval history.

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The view from the observation gallery at the very top of the tower is absolutely spectacular.

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Even on a rainy day like this you get to see the layout of this historic port

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and you get a bird's-eye view of Gosport, just over the water, which is where I'm heading now.

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Coming up on today's Cash In The Attic,

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some of our experts' valuations go down rather well.

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-Does that smell good enough to you?

-It smells very good.

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Others don't quite get the same reaction.

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-So I don't think I've charmed you there, have I?

-No.

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And come auction day, it seems he underestimated one lot.

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£200?!

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Jonty, you were out a bit there, weren't you?

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I was a wee bit. I was a wee bit.

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

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I'm about to meet a couple who've called in the Cash In The Attic team

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to help them clear the decks and at the same time fill up the coffers.

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This modern house in Hampshire is home to retired businessman David Hillary and his wife, Sue.

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The couple have been married for nearly 25 years and their tidy home

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hides a wealth of antiques and curios inherited from both their families.

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But with the collectables simply gathering dust, they've decided to trade in some of them to raise funds

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for a special gift for one of their granddaughters.

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-Oh, yuck!

-Oh, look at that.

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-It looks terrible out there.

-It's a filthy day!

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But we are in a very seafaring part of the world, Jonty.

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-That's true.

-Are you anything of a sailor?

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I don't really have the sea legs, but I do have a nose for antiques.

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-But that's all you need today. Shall we get to work?

-Come on.

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-Sue, David, good morning!

-Good morning.

-Good morning.

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You have such a modern, pristine home here,

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how can you possibly have things lurking that need Cash In The Attic?

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We were just having a little bit of a clear-out

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and so we thought we'd give you a ring, yeah.

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We're very good at clearing out people's houses, I can tell you.

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So, I mean, what are we raising money for today, Sue?

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Our granddaughter, she was 11 in May.

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She just started senior school in September, so we'd like to be able

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to produce a computer for her which she can use for her schoolwork, so...

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-When you say "produce", does she not know you're going to get it for her?

-No.

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We love surprises on this programme.

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How much do we think this is going to cost, then?

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Well, we're thinking within £300 to £500, so if we can get

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something around £500, it would be brilliant.

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Well, let's set Jonty a £500 target and go and see how well he can do.

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Let's go find him.

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We've certainly got a very educationally minded target today

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and with all these family heirlooms,

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I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we're in for some A-grade results.

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Heading up the search is Jonty Hearnden.

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He's been in the antiques trade for most of his life,

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but I hope he isn't thinking about leaving just yet.

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You're not packing up and leaving us already, Jonty?

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I'm unpacking! I'm unpacking!

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Where did this fabulous suitcase come from?

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My Uncle Murray. When he passed away

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we had to go and clear his house and this was lying in the spare bedroom.

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Really? There's so much in here.

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There's a lifetime's worth of letters, postcards, but what I have found

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is a collection of medals from the Second World War.

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Do you know what regiment he was in?

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He was in the Hampshire Rifle Regiment, I believe.

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If you look closely at what we've got here, we've got three different stars.

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This one here is the Africa Star, this one is the Italian Star,

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which, of course, once North Africa was repatriated

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they went up through the boot of Italy,

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and this other star was issued because one essentially served during the Second World War.

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So by just looking at these medals, we can tell that your...

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-your uncle would have been a real, genuine hero.

-That's good.

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He was a nice man.

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Do these things have any value at all, Jonty?

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Most definitely. This little group, because they're in such good condition and the fact...

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I love the fact that they're in their original box

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where they were sent through the post, and this is the original wrapping.

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That's worth putting into the auction sale, that little group.

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But there's something else that's from the Great War, so from the first war. Have a look at this.

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This is a rather sad piece of memorabilia from the Great War

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simply because this plaque here was issued to the families of the soldiers

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that lost their lives during the First World War, the Great War as it was known at the time.

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And this one was issued to the family or to the wife of Arthur John Fletcher.

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Now, who is Arthur John?

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This is my uncle's uncle.

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They lived next door to each other. They had two cottages in Gosport.

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-But this collection is definitely worth selling.

-Right.

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Put all the medals together and you're looking at £40 to £60.

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£40 to £60? So are you going to take them to auction, David?

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-Yes, I think so, yes.

-We are.

-Yes.

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Well, there are a lot of people who collect World War I and World War II memorabilia.

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We just hope they're there on the day. Let's see what else we've got.

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That's not a bad start to our day.

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David's family heirlooms are doing us proud already.

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Sue's been tackling one of the bedrooms

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and adds another few pounds into the laptop fund

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when she decides to send this pretty 1920s bag to auction.

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It used to belong to her grandmother and Jonty gives it a very affordable £10 to £15 price tag.

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And I've spotted another military related collection.

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Two tins of badges and buttons, which is another lot that David inherited from his uncle.

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We're hoping they could top up our kitty by another £20 to £30.

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Meanwhile, downstairs the chaps are still hard at work.

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How are we getting on here, David? Found anything interesting?

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-Three bits of silver here.

-Yeah.

-I think...

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-I think it's silver.

-That's tiny. Can I've a look?

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That looks like a very, very tiny sandwich box to me.

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Isn't that wonderful? Look at that.

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That is so charming.

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It's a tiny vinaigrette

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and a vinaigrette like this would have smelling salts inside.

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-Oh, yes.

-Because in the 18th and 19th century, sanitation was non-existent

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in a lot of built-up areas, so it mattered that you held one of these

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near your nose so that when you were travelling through

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you could use it to help you literally get through.

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And they are always gilded on the inside so it stopped the silver tarnishing.

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-Oh, right.

-And we have this little vinaigrette hallmarked.

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Nowadays, of course, these items are just collector's items.

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A-ha! Now, this is silver-cased, travelling perfume bottle,

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and that is beautiful.

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-Do you know where this came from?

-It might have come from Uncle Murray again from the things he left.

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Right, OK. And that's hallmarked, too, so that's solid silver.

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It's a little bit damaged around the outside. And we've got a cigarette case.

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That was your uncle's, was it?

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Yes. That came out of the suitcase which we spoke about earlier.

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OK. So is that solid silver?

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We've got the hallmarks on the inside.

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So there's not one item here that merits putting

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into the sale individually, but this is a dealer's lot I see.

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So the cigarette case, the perfume bottle and the vinaigrette,

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put it in one small little lot in the auction room.

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I would estimate that little collection between £50 and £70.

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-Is that good?

-Lovely.

-Does that smell good enough to you?

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It smells very good! Let's go over here.

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I'm not sure about the humour, but it is another good find, so I'll let you get away with it for now, Jonty.

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We're rummaging at top speed today in Gosport, so I'm going to leave our expert at the helm

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and take a few minutes to catch up with our couple.

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David, you're a real local lad. Born and bred and in business here.

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And, in fact, you started your own business when you were just 20?

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-How did that happen and what was it?

-It was in flooring. And all types of flooring.

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We were in Portsmouth Hospital at the time

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and the people we were working for went bankrupt

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and I was asked if we could take it on and finish the contract, which we did.

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And the firm started from there.

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Then met Sue and carried on the firm together.

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Well, you were in business together for a very long time.

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How does it work when you're 24/7?

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I mean, you're together at home, you're together at work.

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How do you make that work, because some people say that's difficult, Sue?

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I think these... The fact was that we didn't bring work home, did we?

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No. And she done what I told her to and...

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So was he good to work with and for, Sue?

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Occasionally!

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No, it was fine, it was fine.

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You're about to celebrate your 25th wedding anniversary.

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-Who proposed to whom?

-Well, I invited Dave to marry me.

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How did that happen?

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I went to the registry office and booked the date

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and then put it in an envelope and took it to him in the office and said, "Here you are!"

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-And what did you say, Dave?

-She handed it to me and I said,

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"Oh, it's a wedding invitation. Oh, it's mine!"

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And she dragged you kicking and screaming to the altar?

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-Yes! Not quite.

-I don't think!

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So what are you going to do, then, a big surprise for your 25th, your silver wedding anniversary?

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-What are you going to do?

-I want to go on a cruise.

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There's lots of places Dave's not been in Europe.

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-So she might surprise you?

-She might, yes.

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-Yes.

-She's very good...

-But we've still got your surprise for your granddaughter

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-and I think we ought to go and have a look and see what else we can find.

-Yes.

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With such frightful weather, we're definitely better inside than out,

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so it's back to work for that £500 target.

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Jonty has got his mind firmly focused on the goal,

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and in the study, he's unearthed a collection of stamps.

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He hopes that this first-class find will make £20 to £30 when it goes under the hammer.

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Sue and I are searching in the living room and it looks like we might have come up trumps.

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-What have you got there, Sue?

-These are...

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old newspapers of the Munich crash and Manchester United.

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Oh, my gosh, yes.

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February 6th, 1958.

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-Oh, I know. It's a long time ago.

-Why did you keep all of these?

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Just because I was a Manchester United supporter.

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I went from when I was about nine years old.

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And it was, what, 21 people on board, including half the team just died, didn't they?

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So everyone was... It was heartbreaking.

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Jonty, do you want to come and join us for a minute?

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-Do you want to take a look at these newspapers that Sue has got?

-Wow.

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So what are we looking on this particular paper, for instance?

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This is the Evening Chronicle, dated Wednesday 23rd April, 1958.

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So this is straight after the crash, but you can see how

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this is celebrating the fact that Manchester United

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-got to Wembley in the FA Cup final in 1958.

-Exactly, yeah.

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But, of course, etched in everybody's mind right at the back there, can you see,

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is the embers of the awful air crash earlier that year?

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-So it was never far away from people's memory.

-I know.

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So would that have any kind of value if you took it to auction?

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I think that what we're looking at here is more social interest

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and a lot of people do keep newspapers,

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simply because they tuck them away thinking that one day it might be valuable,

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but because there are still so many of them around,

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they are literally just for social interest

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and they are relatively poor condition, which make sense.

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I mean, they're 50 years old.

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When it comes to selling these,

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what you could do is find a buyer, find a collector, possibly on the internet.

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-So value, £5 to £10, no more than that.

-Yes.

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So at £5 to £10, what you want to do? Are you going to keep them for yourself or take them to auction?

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I think I'll have a think about that, because I can pass them on

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to my son, I suppose, and let's hope then keep them in the family.

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It doesn't seem like a huge amount for the newspapers

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and I won't be surprised if Sue decides to hang on to them for now,

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but we'll have to wait and see.

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In the meantime, it's back to the search for the items that we CAN sell

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and luckily, David has found a silver pocket watch which he decides to contribute to the auction haul.

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It used to belong to his grandfather and Jonty hopes it could make £20 to £30.

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I spotted another item that should sweet-talk the bidders at auction -

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a pretty Carlton Ware honey jar and saucer,

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which Mr Hearnden again values at a very tasty £20 to £30.

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Meanwhile, Sue and Jonty have made a rather charming discovery.

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So, Sue, anything in there?

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Yes. I have a charm bracelet.

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Oh, wow!

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-That's extraordinary.

-And there's a silver bangle here as well.

-OK.

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So where was this bangle from, first of all?

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It was given to me by a friend of my mum's, Margaret.

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It's chased with this stylised floral decoration around the outside

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and it's very nice to see that it's solid silver, so that's good news.

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But I'm assuming this is hollow, because there's a massive great big dent out of it, too. Is that...?

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Wasn't me! Well, I don't remember. It could have been me.

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-That is restorable, but it will affect its value at auction.

-Right.

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So I want to have a closer look at this, because this is amazing,

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-because we're looking at what looks like to be a solid silver charm bracelet.

-Yep.

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But attached to it are literally what looks like hundreds of town coat of arms.

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What's the story behind that?

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I used to collect...

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Whenever I went away on holiday, whether it was UK or abroad,

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I used to root out and find a charm to bring home to put on the bracelet.

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Well, it looks like you're extraordinarily well travelled, but I suppose to be frank,

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still the value is in the simple solid silver bracelet itself

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and because they're not silver mounted,

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they're just white metal with these enamelled signs, they're not worth a vast fortune.

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But we can put the two together.

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We are talking £20, £30. Are you still going to be happy to sell?

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Well, I think so. I don't wear it.

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-I don't think I've charmed you there, have I?

-No!

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They may not be worth a fortune, but that's still another few pounds

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towards our target, and it is all adding up.

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With Jonty on top rummaging form, I leave the search in his capable hands for just a few minutes.

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Looking around your house, there are wonderful photographs and paintings that are from all over the world.

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I get the feeling that you two are quite adventurous, aren't you, Sue?

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We try to be, yes. You've got to fit all these things in, haven't you now?

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When you get over the age of 50, you've got to make your list out.

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And you recently went to New Zealand, didn't you?

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Yes, well, in the last couple of years we did a trip.

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My niece was getting married in New Zealand,

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so we thought we would just do a round-the-world visit.

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Silly just going all the way over there and not visiting places,

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so we had a fantastic time.

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Well, the New Zealanders are sort of adrenaline junkies, so did you get drawn into all of that?

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-Oh, we did lots.

-What did you do?

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Horse riding, white-water rafting. We actually went to the Barrier Reef.

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Dave did some diving on the Barrier Reef as well.

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And Dave went bike-riding.

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Bike-riding? It doesn't sound as simple as that, I suspect.

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Mountain bike. I was on a bike coming down the side of a mountain

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and there was a 2,000 foot drop about 3 foot away.

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And you're in a line of bikes so you can't just suddenly stop

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because everyone would just run into the back of you.

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-But when you got to the bottom, didn't you think, "Yes, that was fantastic"?

-Yes, it was.

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It was unbelievable, cos you thought, "I'm never going to do it again, but I'm glad I've got here."

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-He was safe.

-But you've also got rather more peaceful hobbies when you come home.

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You've got the grandchildren and they're the great passion in your life, aren't they?

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Oh, yes. We have one... Sophie is 11

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and Anna is three,

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so it is wonderful.

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And Sophie's the one who's going to get the computer?

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-Yes.

-Yes.

-Well, as it's a surprise, how are you going to tell her?

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We're just going to invite her round and present her with it.

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That's the whole idea.

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Everybody like surprises.

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-I bet her face will be a picture. I bet you can't wait.

-No!

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This pair are definitely doting grandparents

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and with all that travelling, they certainly lead a busy life,

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but we need to direct that energy towards finding the last few lots

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as we're still quite a way from that £500.

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Luckily, David seems to have an ace up his sleeve.

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-Right, Jonty, what can you tell me all about this?

-The chest of drawers?

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-The chest of drawers.

-How long have you had this?

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About 20 years. We inherited it.

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-OK, OK. Well, this chest of drawers is 200 years old.

-Right.

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It's Georgian chest of drawers

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and in the Georgian period, around the turn of the 18th to the 19th century,

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the timber that they used predominantly

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was this tropical hardwood from the other side of the world - mahogany.

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And this is what we're looking at here. When it was originally polished,

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this particular piece of furniture, it would have been a lot redder, a lot darker in colour.

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But over time, this chest has faded to this lovely nutty brown colour.

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When you're looking at proportions of a Georgian chest of drawers

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what you've got is traditionally two short drawers at the top,

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and I don't know if you've ever noticed this after 20 years,

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but every drawer gets slightly bigger as you go down. Have you ever noticed that?

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I didn't notice that!

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And these are known as graduated drawers and it's a classic Georgian design.

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And are these the original handles as well?

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The way to find that out is to always pull the drawer open, OK?

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And here we can see this is where the handle exists at the moment, but above that are two tiny holes

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where the original handle would have been, so this chest of drawers would have had drop handles

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just like this, but sometimes flat bun handles as well, so these are replacement handles, OK?

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Now, today, due to fashions within interiors,

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pieces of furniture like this have fallen in value.

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-10 years ago, this chest of drawers, in a retail shop, would have sold at around £1,000, OK?

-Right.

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So we have to be realistic when it comes to value in the auction sale.

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-And in the catalogue, the estimate for this chest would be between £300 and £500.

-Right.

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In that sort of ballpark.

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-So are we going to put that into the auction sale?

-Yes.

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We can put a reserve on it and we can talk on the day of the sale.

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Yeah, that would be a good idea.

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I have a feeling that David would like a little more for the chest of drawers,

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but giving us over half our target in one item, it's been a much needed addition towards the laptop.

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The sun may be setting on our day's rummage,

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but we're not quite over yet, as I've spotted a pair

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of miniature ceramic vases

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and another pair of very pretty white glass vases.

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Jonty hopes that the collection

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could make a tidy £20 to £30 at auction.

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And it looks like our expert has his eye on one final item.

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Sue, can you tell me anything about this small occasional table?

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Yes, it was given to us by Dave's mum

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and it came from India.

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Well, this is very much a small Indian folding table.

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Just look at it, see how busy all the decorations on it.

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And all of the white inlay work there,

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which is all hand-done, incidentally,

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is bone, and the black inlay is ebony, so you've got this amazing contrast.

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And the timber that it sits in is rosewood.

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I mean, look at all of that.

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If you look at the decoration round the outside here

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it almost offends the eye because it's so busy, doesn't it?

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It sort of shouts back at you.

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Well, let's have a look at the underside

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because you always learn a lot from turning a piece of furniture upside down.

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And this is interesting. We've got a furniture depositories here in Bournemouth - a J Compton Becks.

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Does that name mean anything to you?

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No. No, not at all.

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Because this little storage label here really does have some age to it.

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I have a hunch that this might be 1920s, so this table has genuine age.

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Now, we've got a few pieces of bone that are missing here.

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-Oh, yes.

-And if you look at the top, if you look at the rosewood,

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can you see how bleached the actual colour of the timber is?

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-Yes, yes.

-But, for my money, somehow it has an honesty about it.

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-Now, we can't get too much money for it.

-No?

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-I mean, it disappoints me to think that this table will be sold for probably less than £100.

-Oh, right.

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-And a lot less than that if we are to put an estimate in the catalogue.

-Right.

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Estimate in the catalogue will read £50 to £80 only for this table. Is it still something that we can sell?

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That's fine, not a problem.

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There we are, David.

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She's selling off the family heirlooms here! How much do you think it's worth?

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Well, estimate in the catalogue is going to be £50 to £80.

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£50 to £80?

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Do you mind the family heirloom going for £50 to £80, David?

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-No, not at all.

-No, no.

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It'll buy a few more letters on the keyboard, won't it?

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It will, exactly. And it'll also add to our total and bring it up to a very nice, healthy sum

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because if you want £500 for this surprise computer,

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I think taking Jonty's lowest estimates on everything,

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we should comfortably be able to make £570.

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-Oh!

-Very good.

-Excellent!

-So, you can buy her the mouse as well!

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Well, Sue and David's home really proved to have collectables in every corner,

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and we've got a pretty varied haul to pack off to auction.

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There's the silver cigarette case, vinaigrette and perfume bottle

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which, together, Jonty hopes could make £50 to £70.

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That wonderful collection of war medals and letters

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that we're hoping to sell for at least £40 to £60.

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And, of course, the Georgian chest of drawers,

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which makes up a massive chunk of our target

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with its £300 to £500 valuation.

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But we'll have to wait until auction to see whether Sue and David

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decide to trade in those historic newspapers.

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With just a £5 to £10 valuation,

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will they feel it's worth letting them go?

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic, our expert is putting his reputation on the line.

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If it doesn't make the £40 to £60 that I put on it then I'm doing the wrong thing.

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But it seems that he's been overly cautious on some lots.

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-I put a low value because it was small, but it was perfectly formed.

-It was.

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

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Well, it's a couple of weeks now since we were with Sue and David on the south coast

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and we found some real treasures in their home in Gosport

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and we've brought them here today to sell at Chiswick Auctions in west London

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in the hope of raising £500 so that they can surprise their granddaughter

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with a brand-new laptop.

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It looks like it's shaping up to be another busy day here at Chiswick,

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and with some interesting lots on display, our couple's items are in good company.

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Before things get going, I spot Jonty in the middle of the saleroom.

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-Having a good look at this pretty little table again?

-It's lovely.

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I love the fact that it's naturally faded.

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I think it's a really pretty table. That's going to sell very well.

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Sue and David had some very nice things in their house, that chest of drawers particularly.

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That's a lovely piece of furniture.

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What saddens me is that a piece of furniture like that

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would be worth so much more ten years ago, but I've priced it to sell.

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-I really hope that does well.

-Yes.

0:25:360:25:38

-I wonder whether or not she decided to leave that Manchester United memorabilia behind.

-Yeah.

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Amazing to open it all up and it brought back all those memories for so many people, as well.

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But I have to be honest with price and I've seen so many newspaper cuttings like that before.

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Very interesting, but not a high price at auction at all.

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No. Well, Sue and David have arrived and let's go and see if they've brought the cuttings with them.

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We leave the bidders to browse

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and catch up our couple saying goodbye to one of their smallest, but most historic lots.

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-Hi, Sue and David.

-Hello.

-Hi, guys.

-Oh, taking a look at Uncle's medals.

-Yes.

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Bringing back lots of memories for you?

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-Yes.

-Any regrets about bringing them to auction today now?

0:26:190:26:23

Not really.

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They're kept in a cupboard and gathering dust

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and it's nice to pass them on to someone who has more interest.

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There's an awful lot of history lying in front of us.

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Talking of history, did you bring the Munich air disaster newspaper cuttings?

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No, I decided against it this time.

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The sentimental value I believe is more than the monetary value, so I'd rather keep them

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and perhaps my son will have them and pass them on to his children.

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Things from Grandma!

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But you have brought that lovely chest of drawers as well.

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-Did you put a reserve on that?

-We're going to decide that.

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We will put a reserve on that one.

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Because it is a rather beautiful piece of furniture, that, Jonty.

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And we don't want that to be sold for nothing.

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It's a very good quality chest of drawers,

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so we'll see if we can put a sensible reserve on it before the sale.

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We've got to keep in mind that you're raising money for that laptop

0:27:090:27:12

for the granddaughter, so let's see how much money we can make

0:27:120:27:16

because the saleroom is beginning to fill up.

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Well, we might not have the newspapers to sell,

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but there are plenty of other lots that I can't wait to see go under the hammer.

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The saleroom is pretty busy, but we find a spot in the corner

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and our couple's first lot comes up for sale.

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We've got that beaded handbag coming up.

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It was your granny's?

0:27:350:27:37

It was. It was my gran's, yes.

0:27:370:27:39

I bet she must have looked really elegant going out with it.

0:27:390:27:42

She must have done.

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What have we got on this, Jonty?

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A very sweet £10 to £15. Let the market decide on this one, OK?

0:27:450:27:49

Well, where shall we start? £10 for it? £10 for it?

0:27:490:27:52

At £10. The bid's there at £10.

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Give me 12 for it. At £10.

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The only bid so far at £10. Now at £10, then.

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We're done at £10.

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Short and sweet at 10. £10.

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-£10.

-Excellent.

-I told you it would be short and sweet.

-Yes.

0:28:020:28:06

Our first sale and it's bang on estimate.

0:28:060:28:09

I hope the rest of Jonty's valuations

0:28:090:28:11

prove to be as accurate, as we're a long way off that £500.

0:28:110:28:14

It's another family heirloom up next, but will it get the saleroom any more excited?

0:28:160:28:21

David, we had a lot of military things that had come from your uncle, didn't we?

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And this lot with the badges, the buttons,

0:28:270:28:30

the gentleman's gold ring. Quite a little sort of mixed bag here.

0:28:300:28:33

Quite a collection he made, I think, as he went through the war

0:28:330:28:37

and it's part of his life history.

0:28:370:28:38

So Uncle's life is about to go under the hammer.

0:28:380:28:42

It is.

0:28:420:28:44

For the military badges and buttons, start me at £20, please? £20.

0:28:440:28:48

I'm bid at £20. 22. 25. 28.

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30. 32. 35. 38. 40. 42. 45. 48.

0:28:500:28:57

-50.

-Subtle, his nod, watch.

0:28:570:28:59

60. 65. 70. 75.

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80. At £75. The bid's at £75. Who else wants to come in? At £75.

0:29:010:29:06

All done at 75 and gone. 75.

0:29:060:29:09

-There you go!

-Well done!

0:29:090:29:11

That's a fantastic result,

0:29:110:29:13

selling over double Jonty's highest estimate.

0:29:130:29:16

David's uncle really did us proud on that one.

0:29:160:29:20

And it looks like our next lot might prove popular with bidders as well.

0:29:200:29:23

It's the collection of vases, which Jonty valued at £20 to £30.

0:29:230:29:28

Start me at £20. £20? £10? Thank you, I'm bid at 10.

0:29:280:29:33

Who'll give me 12? Do you want 12? 15. 18. 20. 22.

0:29:330:29:37

It's a standing bid now at £20. I'll take 22. At £20.

0:29:370:29:40

I'm selling for £20. Only at £20.

0:29:400:29:42

They'll go at £20. They're gone. £20.

0:29:420:29:44

Right on estimate and another step towards our target.

0:29:440:29:50

Hopefully, our next lot will bank us even more pounds.

0:29:500:29:53

It's the collection of silver items, including that tiny vinaigrette.

0:29:530:29:57

We're hoping for £50 to £70 for these.

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And start me at £50. It should make more. £50 for the lot. Thank you.

0:30:000:30:04

-I'm bid at £50.

-Oh, he started at 50!

-At £50. 55. 60. 65. 70.

0:30:040:30:09

75. 80.

0:30:090:30:11

85. 90. 95.

0:30:110:30:15

90 is bid now. At £90. I'll take 95. At £90. I'll take 5 or not.

0:30:150:30:18

At £90, all done? Your bid, Howard, at £90 and gone at £90.

0:30:180:30:22

-£90.

-How about that?

-That's good, yeah.

-Yes.

0:30:220:30:25

£20 over Jonty's top estimate and we're all pretty pleased.

0:30:250:30:30

We're making good progress towards the £500 for the laptop and long may it continue.

0:30:300:30:36

Will our next lot sweet-talk the bidders to dig deep?

0:30:360:30:39

So were breakfast times in the family around the Carlton Ware jam pot that's coming up next?

0:30:390:30:46

-Not really, no.

-Why not?

0:30:460:30:48

We didn't have a matching tea set to go with it.

0:30:480:30:52

What sort of price have we got on it, Jonty?

0:30:520:30:54

I've put around sort of £20, £30, that sort of ballpark on it.

0:30:540:30:58

It would be worth even more with a bit of honey in the middle, I think.

0:30:580:31:02

And for 80A, start me at £20? £10?

0:31:020:31:05

I'm bid at 10. Who'll give me 12? At £10.

0:31:050:31:08

12. 15. 15. 18. 20. 22.

0:31:080:31:12

20 is bid. I'll take 22. At £20. Are we done at £20?

0:31:120:31:15

Is it all done at £20? Your bid and going at £20.

0:31:150:31:18

I told you it would have made more if it had jam in that!

0:31:180:31:21

Not sure about that, Jonty.

0:31:210:31:24

It may have been the lower end of the estimate,

0:31:240:31:27

but with another a few pounds in the laptop fund, no-one's complaining.

0:31:270:31:31

The sale has flown by so far and we're nearly halfway through already.

0:31:310:31:35

But not before our second and final military lot goes into battle with the bidders.

0:31:350:31:40

Presumably, Jonty, there are lots of people who collect medals

0:31:420:31:45

-who would be interested in something like this?

-Yes, and it really is a horde.

0:31:450:31:49

We looked at it again this morning laid out on the table. This is a fine collection.

0:31:490:31:54

I put a very low estimate on it and if doesn't make the £40 to £60

0:31:540:31:58

that I put on it then I'm doing the wrong thing.

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Start me... Start me at £40, see where they go.

0:32:020:32:04

£40. I'm bid at £40. 42. 45. 48.

0:32:040:32:08

50. 55. 60.

0:32:080:32:10

65. 70. 75. 80. 85. 90. 95.

0:32:100:32:14

-Hey, hey!

-100? At £95. I'm bid at £95. 100.

0:32:140:32:18

New bidder. 110. 120. 130.

0:32:180:32:20

-Wow!

-140. 150. 160.

0:32:200:32:23

170. 180. 190. 200. 210. 220.

0:32:230:32:27

Thanks for your bid. At £210. Do you want 220? A new bidder. 220. 230.

0:32:270:32:30

-This is great!

-It's still going.

0:32:300:32:32

260, new bidder again. 270?

0:32:320:32:34

280. 290. 300. 320. 340.

0:32:340:32:38

The original bidder at £320. At £320. Are we done for 320?

0:32:380:32:43

All done? Thanks for the bid. 320.

0:32:430:32:45

£320!

0:32:450:32:47

-Oh, David! No regrets now about putting in Uncle's medals, no?

-No.

0:32:470:32:54

Wow! That's a terrific result

0:32:540:32:56

and our couple can barely believe their luck.

0:32:560:33:00

After that victorious result, it's time to tot up out total so far.

0:33:000:33:04

We've only reached the halfway stage and I know what you want to raise

0:33:040:33:08

is £500 towards this computer.

0:33:080:33:10

Well, you can... I think you can breathe easily

0:33:100:33:14

for the rest of the day because we're only at the halfway point

0:33:140:33:19

and we've made £535 already!

0:33:190:33:21

-But Uncle's medals did the trick for you, didn't they?

-They did.

0:33:210:33:25

-That was fantastic.

-Wasn't that great?

0:33:250:33:27

Let's see what we're going to do in the second half.

0:33:270:33:29

While Sue and David come back to earth and take a chance

0:33:290:33:33

for a quick cuppa, Jonty's keen to show me something that he spotted earlier.

0:33:330:33:37

-Jonty.

-Hi.

0:33:370:33:40

That reminds me of holidays I've spent in Greece. What attracted you to it?

0:33:400:33:44

Well, it's certainly a very tranquil and Mediterranean scene

0:33:440:33:47

and it's even entitled on the back here Mediterranean Idyll,

0:33:470:33:50

with a price tag here - £31, 10 shillings.

0:33:500:33:54

Which is quite a lot of money.

0:33:540:33:56

And that's all because the artist Adrian Allinson was a very accomplished artist.

0:33:560:34:03

He was born in London in 1890.

0:34:030:34:07

He travelled extensively and he even did posters for the railways

0:34:070:34:11

in the '20s and '30s, so he's quite a prolific artist.

0:34:110:34:14

When it comes to oil paintings, the most important thing is that you like it, all right?

0:34:140:34:20

But, secondly, if you are interested in investment then take a look

0:34:200:34:24

and see what artists have been doing in the market in recent years.

0:34:240:34:29

I can tell you that Adrian Allinson's work in recent times has sold between,

0:34:290:34:35

certainly oil on canvases, have sold between £1,000 and £3,000,

0:34:350:34:40

so as a consequence, this picture should do very well indeed.

0:34:400:34:44

Talk about buying art for an investment.

0:34:440:34:46

If this one originally cost £31 and 10 shillings,

0:34:460:34:49

-which is, what, £31.50...

-Yeah.

0:34:490:34:51

..it's presumably going to make, what, rather more than 100% more

0:34:510:34:55

over its value, probably nearer 1,000% more, isn't it?

0:34:550:34:59

The estimate in the catalogue is £300 to £600, so it's going

0:34:590:35:02

to be very interesting to see where hammer falls on this one.

0:35:020:35:06

-It could fly, couldn't it?

-Absolutely.

-Well spotted, Jonty!

0:35:060:35:09

If you're planning or buying or selling at auction then remember

0:35:090:35:12

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

0:35:120:35:16

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

0:35:160:35:19

The sale is in full swing as we get back into our places

0:35:190:35:23

and soon it's time for another of our lots to take centre stage.

0:35:230:35:27

Jonty put an estimate of £20 to £30 on this pocket watch

0:35:270:35:30

and I, for one, think it's rather stylish.

0:35:300:35:34

Of course, Victorian gentlemen did look very handsome,

0:35:340:35:37

standing there with the chains hanging down across their tummies?

0:35:370:35:40

Never tempted to wear it yourself?

0:35:400:35:42

No. I've never had a waistcoat, actually!

0:35:420:35:44

Number 100A, for the pocket watch. Start me at £20?

0:35:460:35:50

£20 for it. £10 for it? I'm bid at 10 in about four places. 10. 12. 15?

0:35:500:35:55

15. 18. 20?

0:35:550:35:58

20. 22. 25.

0:35:580:36:00

28. 30. 32.

0:36:000:36:04

-That's good.

-No? At £30 bid. At £30.

0:36:040:36:06

-I'll take 32. At 32, new bid. At 35.

-Somebody at the top, a new bidder.

0:36:060:36:10

35? No. At £32. £32. I'll take 35. At £32.

0:36:100:36:12

Last chance. And going for £32, then.

0:36:120:36:15

-Happy with that?

-Yes.

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What a good start to this half of the sale.

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It looks that the bidders are still keen to splash the cash today.

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Let's hope our luck continues as our next lot is offered to the room.

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The silver bangle and charm bracelet, valued at £20 to £30.

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Should make much more than this. £20?

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£20? £10?

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No bid at £10? I can't believe it. I'm bid at 10 in about four places.

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20... 12. 15. 18. 20.

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22. At £20. I'm bid at £20. I'll take 22. At £20.

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I'll take 22. At £20. Are we done?

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£20? It seems cheap at £20. You've got it. 291.

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Jonty's valuations seem to be right on the mark in this half

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of the sale, but will they continue to be first class with our next lot?

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I'm bid at 10. Who'll give me 12? At £10. 12 there. 15. 18.

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-He wants it!

-18. 20. 22.

-He definitely wants it.

-At £20.

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A standing bid at £20. I'll take £22. At £20. Your bid, sir, at £20. All done?

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That's two sales bang on estimate and adds to our ever-growing earnings for today.

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We've only two lots left to sell and they're both furniture.

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Let's keep everything crossed that the bidders take as much of a shine

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to the Indian table as our expert did.

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A lovely little table and it's faded on the top.

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-But between you, me and the gatepost, I like that.

-Yes.

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It's got an honesty about it. It's nice.

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-Good.

-Let's hope somebody else likes it.

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-Yes, yes.

-It should make good money. £50 for it? Here it goes. £50 for it?

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I'm bid at £50 in about four places. 50. 55. 60. 65. 70. 75. 80.

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85. 90. Woman in front of you.

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90. I can't see you. At £85. At £85.

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I'll take 90. At 90 there. 95.

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100, 110. £100. Bid at £100. It'll take 110.

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Who else is coming in? 110. 120. 130.

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140. 150. 140 is bid. I'll take 150.

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All done at 150? 160. 150 bid.

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160 there. 170. 180. 170 you bid. All out? At 170 I'm saying... 180.

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Thank you. 190? 190. 200 for the... You might as well. At £200. 210?

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At £200. At £200. I'll take 10.

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At £200, are we done? For £200, all out?

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-£200, then. Thanks for the bid at £200.

-How about that?!

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£200!

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-Jonty, you were out a bit there, weren't you?

-I was a bit.

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I was a wee bit, I was a wee bit.

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-I put a low value because it was small, but it was perfectly formed!

-It was.

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Well, we don't mind you getting it wrong

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when it makes us that much money, Jonty!

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The bidders are keen to dig deep today

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and it seems as if they've taken a shine to that painting the Jonty showed me.

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It ends up trebling the auction house's lower estimate, making a massive £1,100.

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After the day we've had so far, our £500 target is a mere splash in our ever-growing pool of cash.

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But as our couple's most highly valued item goes under the hammer

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we're all hoping that our luck continues.

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Jonty valued the chest of drawers at £300 to £500,

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but will the saleroom agree?

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Jonty, you and I have seen

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so many of these beautiful pieces of furniture come to auction

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and thought, "It should have gone for so much more than that!"

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-But they don't, do they?

-I know.

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It's still the fact that this more simple Georgian design

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seems to be not the flavour of the month at the moment.

0:39:310:39:34

-But right now we have to be realistic and we've had a chat with the auctioneer.

-Yeah.

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-£300 discretionary reserve on, so watch this space.

-Yeah.

-What's it worth?

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Start me at £200 for it.

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£200 for a good chest. £200? At £200. I'll take 10.

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At £200. Give me 210. Thank you.

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210. 220. 230. 240? 240. 250.

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260. 270.

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280. 290. 300.

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And 10?

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£300. That's a bid of £300. I'll take 10. At £300. Are we done?

0:40:060:40:09

£300, your last chance at £300. Are we done? £300, then. Sold. £300.

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-There you go.

-135, £300.

-Relieved?

0:40:140:40:16

-Yes.

-It made the reserve. You were right to do it.

-Yes, yes.

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Our couple seem lost for words, but their faces said it all.

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What a wonderful day we've had and I can barely wait to add up our final total.

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-Have you enjoyed today?

-Yes, it was fabulous.

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You have smiled all the way through the day!

0:40:330:40:36

-Yes.

-And I think I'm about to make the grin, if that's possible,

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even bigger, because you wanted to raise £500 and you know

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that you've already made that by the halfway point, so there's that kind of knowing look on your face, Sue!

0:40:430:40:48

I haven't been counting. I haven't got enough fingers!

0:40:480:40:52

Well, I have been counting and you want £500 for a computer, a laptop.

0:40:520:40:57

-Yes.

-Well, you'll be able to buy her a couple and have some spare change

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because you've made £1,107.

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Brilliant.

0:41:090:41:10

Goodness me. That's twice the estimate, that, isn't it? Yeah.

0:41:100:41:14

Brilliant. That's fantastic.

0:41:140:41:16

Really good. Thanks. Thanks for doing all that.

0:41:160:41:19

-Thank you.

-Really good.

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A couple of weeks after that fantastic result at auction,

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Sue and David can finally indulge in a spot of computer shopping.

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With plenty of money to spend, our grandparents are spoilt for choice,

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so they enlist some expert help.

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So for the homework, you know?

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It has a built-in webcam for them to communicate with their friends.

0:41:420:41:45

That looks a better size, actually, than this one, doesn't it?

0:41:450:41:48

-Yeah.

-Excellent.

-That's fine.

-OK.

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With the decision made, it's time to head home and see what granddaughter Sophie makes of the gift.

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-You know we did Cash In The Attic?

-Yes...

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Well, this is our surprise that we bought for you.

0:42:000:42:03

There you go!

0:42:040:42:06

Wow!

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-Shall we open it?

-Yes.

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There we go.

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From the smile on Sophie's face I think the present went down a treat.

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The laptop is always what I wanted

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and I'm really pleased with it.

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To see Sophie's face when we gave her the computer was fantastic.

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So, all in all, it's been a really good time.

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Angela Rippon and the Cash in the Attic team are in Hampshire to help Sue and David Hillary raise funds from their fine array of collectables to buy their granddaughter a laptop computer.


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