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Antiques series. Alistair Appleton visits Pinner to meet retired dentist Alan Young, his wife Rachael and their daughter Karen, who's visiting from her home in Australia.


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Hello! Welcome to Cash In The Attic,

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the show that helps find hidden treasure in your home

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and sells it for you at auction.

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Today I'm in Middlesex. I'm here to see this beautiful building,

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Grim's Dyke Hotel, which was the home of Sir William S Gilbert,

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half of the famous musical duo Gilbert and Sullivan.

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Grim's Dyke was built in 1870 for Victorian painter Frederick Goodall.

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It was designed by Norman Shaw,

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the man responsible for buildings such as New Scotland Yard.

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Its name comes from a nearby Anglo-Saxon trench.

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William Gilbert lived in the house

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from 1890 to his untimely death in 1911,

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the result of a tragic accident whilst trying to save a swimmer having difficulty in the lake.

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In 1970, it was converted into a hotel

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and designated a building of special historical interest.

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Architectural and musical inspiration in the morning

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before we set off to find some wonderful antiques to take to auction and make some cash.

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Coming up on Cash In The Attic...

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We discover where to pick up a quality item for a song.

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Sotheby's is a bargain. We should all be going there!

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I'm off next week!

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Jonty gives some interior design tips.

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It's not the most fashionable thing to have on your wall!

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And when we get to auction, one of our antiques comes with a warning!

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As long as she doesn't open the bottle, she's all right!

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But will we end up with smiles all round?

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Find out when the final hammer falls.

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Leaving Gilbert and Sullivan behind,

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I've travelled to the Middlesex town of Pinner,

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where I'm about to meet a family

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looking to raise money for a day out.

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This four-bedroomed property is home to Alan Young, a retired dentist and keen potter,

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and his wife, Rachel, a former nurse, now a counsellor and hypnotherapist.

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Their daughter Karen is a singer/songwriter and full-time mum

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to Charlie, who's five, and Ella, nine.

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Karen's husband, Damien, is Australian.

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The family was living in Melbourne, but came back to the UK for a visit last year

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and have ended up staying longer than planned,

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conveniently in the house next door to her parents.

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-Jonty!

-How are you?

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# He is the very model of a modern antiques mastermind! #

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-That's as far as I got. It's quite difficult to scan!

-It's quite good for you, Alistair!

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-Welcome to Pinner. Isn't it lovely?

-It's like the countryside.

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-We're only ten miles from the centre of London.

-Ten miles.

-Amazing.

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I feel this house is going to be laden with antiques. Come on!

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Look at you guys!

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Tending your pond. How marvellous! The finest pond in Pinner.

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It is!

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-Is that your handiwork, Alan?

-Yes.

-Really? Great!

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-Now, this is your house, isn't it? But you live next door?

-I do.

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-I have the honour of living next door.

-Why have you called in Cash In The Attic?

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-Well, I have been listening for a long time, many years...

-Over the hedge?

-Exactly!

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..about how we've got to declutter and downsize, and now it's going ahead and happening.

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-Do they know about that, or have you sprung it on them?

-I told them five minutes ago!

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Are you willing accomplices? Willing to declutter?

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Yes, my arm has been untwisted now.

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The de-cluttering has happened so quickly, my breath is taken away.

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But it's a good thing.

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-It's good it's in a hurry.

-It's doubly good, because you're getting rid of clutter

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and raising money. What's the money for?

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Well, we've moved back from Australia.

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We're here for a limited time, because we're going back to live in Australia.

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So we want lots of family time with Mum and Dad

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and we'd love to go away for a weekend, have a relaxing time,

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an adventure time for the kids.

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Just really enjoy some quality time together.

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Those adventure park weekends are quite expensive.

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How much do you hope to raise?

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-£800 is our target.

-That'll be quite a weekend!

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We'd better get going. Jonty's inside. Leave the pond and let's get cracking.

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Alan and Rachel have lived here since 1981.

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It's clear to see how much they've accumulated over the years.

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They're planning to downsize to a smaller flat, so we've got lots of work ahead.

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Our expert, Jonty Hearnden, is already at work.

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It doesn't take him long to discover our first find of the day.

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-Jonty.

-Have a look at this!

-What have you found?

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It's an amazing tapestry.

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If we look at the scene itself, this is Charles I in this macabre scene

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where he's obviously about to be beheaded,

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and these distressed children have been given the news.

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What's the story here, Rachel?

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My mother was a historical buff. She was interested in all things historical.

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And she bought this at auction,

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I believe, in the late 1940s, early '50s.

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This is a Victorian tapestry.

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The Victorians were the ones that looked back in time

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for their artistic inspiration.

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The other great thing about this is that it has faded rather naturally.

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I'm sure these colours would have been a little bit sharper,

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but if a tapestry like this has been exposed to light for any length of time, then it fades badly.

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But this is a lovely quality still.

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-Where was it kept?

-It was kept on the mantelpiece in a north-facing room.

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-So not so sunny.

-The other interesting part about this tapestry

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is that it's in its original frame.

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All those indicators show that this is a mid-19th century tapestry.

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As far as value is concerned,

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it's not the most fashionable thing to have on your wall!

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If you think about what people are aspiring to at the moment,

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20th-century design, bold colours,

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but this Victorian look is not really flavour of the month.

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So we have to price it accordingly.

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I think it's going to be worth between £80 to £120, so around the £100 mark.

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-Are you happy with that?

-Yes. That's fine.

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-Yes?

-If we keep on going like that, we'll be laughing.

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-Press on.

-It's not "off with his head", it's "off to auction!"

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Tapestries may not be fashionable these days, but if this can make at least £80 at auction,

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it's a great start.

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This ornate white metal umbrella stand

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is the type of thing Alan and Rachel are keen to part with in their mission to downsize.

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Jonty packs it off to auction with an 80 to £120 price tag.

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With this having been the family home for so long,

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it's no surprise to stumble across some baby photos upstairs.

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I think that face looks familiar.

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-Karen.

-Yeah?

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-Is this you?

-Afraid so!

-Oh, what an angelic little thing you were!

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-Slightly more glamorous there.

-That's me doing a Catherine Deneuve impression.

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But I've noticed this very elaborate bit of furniture.

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Yes. As far as I'm aware, my mother traded it

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for a couple of chairs that she had.

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This American lady took a fancy to the chairs, and Mum took a fancy to the desk.

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It's quite a wacky design, isn't it? When is this from?

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We're looking at a lady's writing table.

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It was made about 110, 120 years ago.

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It's a late-Victorian lady's writing table.

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The material they've used, this is walnut.

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Interestingly, the top shelf here and the top of this cabinet here is oak.

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There's all sorts of design elements to this.

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There's a mishmash of ideas.

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If we look at our pierced grille on the back here,

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that's more Thomas Chippendale, which is mid-18th century.

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But further on down below,

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we look at these rather elaborate elongated cabriole legs.

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Now, that was a French concept, really. But the English copied it and were inspired by it.

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So by the mid-19th century, cabriole legs appear on a lot of furniture.

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-Not only on tables but chairs as well.

-These days,

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when we have something made of mahogany, you say it's worth £10. How about this?

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-I think we're looking around the £100 mark for this desk.

-Wow!

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-As much as that?

-Estimate in the catalogue £80 to £120.

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I think that's a lot of money, but if somebody likes it

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and it's going to look good in their house, it deserves to be in a better home.

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You're the expert, Jonty!

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It's my famous last words. Will it get £100 at auction? We don't know.

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-Let's wait and see.

-We'll see.

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I'll be happy to see the back of it go.

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And the fact that it will get in excess of £80,

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I think, is a lot for firewood.

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The lady's writing desk may not be Karen's cup of tea,

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and it may be a mishmash of styles, but it's another step towards our target.

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Karen finds this ornate metal mirror on a tripod base.

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It's been collecting dust in a spare bedroom,

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but Jonty reckons it's worth £40 to £60 at auction.

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With the rummage in full flight

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and no shortage of items to search through,

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I'm keen to find out how Alan and Rachel feel

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about the many changes coming up in their lives.

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You guys have lived here for 27 years. Are you sad about leaving?

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I will be, because you get so familiar with everything.

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How are you finding the whole process of de-cluttering?

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Actually, quite freeing.

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You didn't say that a few months ago!

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When I cleared the wardrobes and cleared a lot of stuff to charity shops,

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-I really felt lighter!

-And how did you meet?

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Either end of a dental drill, actually!

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-Very unromantic!

-It was unromantic!

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-You were the dentist.

-I was the dentist, this was my patient!

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-Totally illegal, I should think!

-No, it wasn't!

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I'd just started at St Mary's Hospital, nurse training.

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-You were a nurse.

-Yes. And I'd got a lot of dental problems,

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so they sent me to the dental department...

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-And there I was.

-There he was.

-Hello!

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Hello, hello!

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-So, a romantic root canal, was it?

-She came as a patient, sent in by sister-in-charge.

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I get a feeling that the Sister was actually engineering

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some kind of marriage arrangement.

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She felt we were compatible. But she didn't say that till much later.

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Has it been good having Karen next door all these months?

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-Yes.

-Absolutely great.

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It's been wonderful having them there.

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It's just that I know they're going, so...

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-I can't really relax.

-It'll be a sad moment,

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but we'll do the readjusting then. We'll do the travels in that direction.

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I guess we're raising money to have that last bit of close time with Karen and her family,

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so we should press on, otherwise it won't happen.

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Let's see what Jonty's found. After you.

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Alan and Rachel are evidently incredibly close to Karen and her family.

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So while they're all still on British soil,

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we need to make sure we find enough valuables for auction

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so they can fund their wonderful family day together.

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It's back to rummaging.

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They do say "many hands make light work",

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and packed away in an old box, Karen unearths a 12-piece dinner set

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by the famous ceramics designer Susie Cooper.

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She was one of the most significant designers of the Art Deco period,

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but this set is unusual, as it's not in her distinctive bright style.

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There's also some damage to the set,

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but nonetheless, Jonty thinks it could fetch £70 to £100.

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Karen's really on a roll. In the study, she finds another item for Jonty's perusal.

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Jonty?

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What have we got here?

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Let's have a look.

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Well, you tell me.

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All I know is it's a coal bucket.

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Mum bought it in a shop. She was told by the lady who sold it to her

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that it was used for storing phone directories.

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-Makes sense!

-Yes!

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So that's all I really know about it,

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other than the fact that these lovely gold stripes is something my dad has painted on.

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-Thankfully, he didn't make a career out of it!

-It is a coal storage bucket,

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also known as a purdonium.

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It's all made of pressed tin.

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It was the new material that could be moulded into different shapes,

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including coal purdoniums like this.

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Have a look on the inside here.

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Originally this would be lined by yet another bucket as well.

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-OK.

-Shaped in the same way.

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So this could be taken out and recharged and refilled

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and put back in again.

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And on the back here, just there, there would be a little shovel.

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I have to say that, at auction, I think this is great fun.

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I particularly love the fact we have these wheels on the back, cos that's quite rare.

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At auction, I think this will be worth between £60 to £80.

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As much as that? Really?

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That would be very useful.

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It needs to be in a loving home, I think!

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-I'll take care of it for you, and we'll find some more stuff.

-OK.

-Excellent.

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Back to the rummage. In the living room, Rachel finds this Lladro figurine of a girl

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which her mother got in Spain. She's not sure how much Sheila paid for it,

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but Jonty thinks it could fetch a very pleasing £50 to £80.

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And in the study, tucked away in an old bookcase,

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Alan digs out an unusual box for Jonty's attention.

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Jonty, are you there?

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Are you around?

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Ooh, Alan, what have you got there?

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Well, Jonty, this is, in fact, what was said to me, a railwayman's emergency kit.

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But I think it has a wider use. It's a first aid kit.

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Let's have a look. We've got a book here, too.

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This is interesting. "Designed expressly for persons going abroad,

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"residents in India and the colonies,

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"heads of families, clergymen and others unable to obtain medical assistance."

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What else have we got in here?

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There's a series of medicaments. One or two of them are quite powerful ones.

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So this is just filled with poison, by the looks of it.

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-Is that right?

-I think, in fact, that usually is the case.

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At least, they're telling you.

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These were old-fashioned remedies, some of them, but they were quite strong.

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They weren't to be used lightly.

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And an under-tier, too. Look at that!

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Which is showing, I suppose, some of the gear for the bandages and so on.

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I think this is definitely worth putting in the auction. How much did you pay for it?

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-Dare I tell you? I think it was about

-£5. A fiver!

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That's a great purchase.

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At auction we'll get your money back and lots more.

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I think it's worth between £40 and £60 at auction.

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-That's good.

-Good?

-Yes.

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As long as it's under lock and key and handled safely,

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between here and also in the auction room, it's something we can sell.

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-You're happy about that?

-Yes, I am.

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-Very good news. Another one for the auction.

-Thank you very much.

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The first aid box, or apothecary set, as it's known,

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is certainly an unusual find.

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Due to its potentially dangerous contents, one to be handled with care

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and kept well out of the reach of children.

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It's another step closer to the £800 we need for the family day out.

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In the hallway, I find this little table

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which unfolds to reveal its true identity.

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Jonty values it at a very pleasing £90 to £120.

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We're progressing nicely towards our target

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for that fun-packed family day out.

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What's this I hear? Definitely not the sound of rummaging! Is someone slacking?

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Time to investigate.

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Is this one of yours? You're a bona fide songwriter, yes?

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Yes, I like to think so.

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Tell me about that. We don't have any musicians on the show.

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Well, before I had children, I had a life.

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I had a really nice career going.

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I had a really good rock'n'roll life and toured a bit

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and sang with loads of different artists and did lots of session work.

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Lots of writing. I had a record deal.

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Then we were due to release a very big single,

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which turned out to be very big for somebody else, unfortunately.

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Down to legalities, this other person got to release the single before we did.

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-And then had a Number One with it.

-No!

-I took some time out

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and did something completely different, as out-of-work actors and singers do,

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which is what I call "trolley-dolly" work.

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Sitting on the bonnet of cars, trying to sell a product, basically!

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-That's when you met your husband-to-be.

-I did.

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He was working for the same company and he'd set up the rig.

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Us girls would turn up the next day and we'd work the rig.

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I took one look at him and thought, "Yeah, he'll do."

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-You've been living next door. Then you'll be on the other side of the planet! That's a big wrench.

-Yes.

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We're trying to make the most of every minute we've got together

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and enjoy what we're doing together.

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I'm always in here for tea, or Mum and I are having breakfast together.

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So it's going to hurt, it's going to really hurt, parting,

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but we've just got to do it.

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-Our weekend away is going to be the last hurrah.

-One of the last hurrahs, yeah!

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-Definitely.

-We'd better get some money in the pot

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-or it'll be a very small hurrah!

-It'll be a titter!

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It's going to be an emotional day for everyone when Karen and family leave British shores

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and return to their lives down under.

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But if they're going to have a good sendoff, we must press on

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and find those money-making antiques.

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Jonty's in his element with so much to look through.

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His next selection is this green ceramic lamp with a garden scene on the base.

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It belonged to Alan's mother.

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Jonty's hopeful it'll tempt the bidders to part with £60 to £80.

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And in the hallway, he's excited to discover an official-looking pair

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of gentlemen with a Mediterranean history.

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-Karen...

-Yeah?

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What about this pair of figures here?

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-Quite interesting.

-Yeah.

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I believe they're from Spain.

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They are a couple of magistrates.

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My grandmother picked them up when she was on holiday there.

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-She fell in love with them.

-It's interesting you say Spain.

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Because these figures were actually made in Spain.

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You can tell that by turning it upside-down. Look at this.

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You can see the mark there. "Lladro. Hand made in Spain."

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I'd never have guessed those were Lladro, cos all the Lladro I know

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-is very glossy and looks like fast-produced china.

-Yes.

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Whereas they look a lot more filigree, as they say.

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You're absolutely right. Ordinarily, Lladro are these elongated single female figures.

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But here, we see the similarity.

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Look at their facial figures. See how stretched they are,

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like their body and limbs.

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Also the colours that they use.

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They use these very pastel colours.

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Now, simply because this is not a single figure Lladro of a maiden, for instance,

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it's unusual. As a consequence, there are collectors for this.

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I think these are going to be worth between £100 and £150 at auction.

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-Really? That much?

-Yeah.

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-Really?

-Impressive, eh?

-Goodness me. I'd never have thought that.

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-So we can definitely put them in?

-Definitely. Send them away!

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-A great find. Let's carry on.

-How lovely.

-Excellent.

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The Lladro magistrates will be presiding over the auction

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and hopefully making us a contribution to the family fund.

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With our rummage day nearly over,

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we're still not quite at our £800 target.

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So we have to give our search a last big push.

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In the living room, there's a fantastic find right under our noses.

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How are you doing, Alistair?

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There isn't anything there of much worth.

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What about this amazing settee? This is a lovely shape.

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Nice back as well.

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Rachel,

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where is this settee from? Where does it come from?

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It belonged to an old family friend.

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It came to the fore that she had placed it in Sotheby's for sale.

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-And you put your hand up?

-Yes, well, we bought it pre-auction.

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You mention Sotheby's. Did you pay thousands for it?

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No. I hate to tell you, we paid £60!

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Oh, I see! Sotheby's is a bargain! We should all be going there!

0:21:330:21:37

I'm off next week!

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-It's got very unusual feet.

-Yes, it has.

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When you bought this, what were you told about it?

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They described it as a William IV settee.

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-But that's all I know.

-That's fascinating.

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I'm glad to see that Sotheby's are correct!

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This is a William IV settee.

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You can tell it by its style.

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Settees that were slightly earlier than that,

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so late 18th-century, early 19th-century,

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would have a great symmetry to them.

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So here, we still have a scroll end,

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but all of a sudden, rather than that outswept look,

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you have a shape to them.

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If you look at the back here,

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a Regency settee may just possibly have a straight back.

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But look at this, this heavily carved shell in the middle.

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So there's, all of a sudden, a lot more movement.

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Well, instead of your £60, in the catalogue,

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the estimate in a new catalogue, if you put it for sale right now,

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would be more in the region of - wait for this -

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-between £400 and £700.

-Wow!

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Well, the 700 seems to come near to what I had imagined.

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But that's only in my imagination. But I'd like to give it a bit of thought.

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That's perfectly fine. Take some time to think about it.

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Hello! Come on in.

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Just in time. We're going to work out how much we've made. It's been a long day.

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You've got too much stuff! We were just discussing whether to sell the William IV sofa.

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-Do you think it should go, Alan?

-I think it should go.

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It sounds like a moot point still.

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But if we do consider the sofa

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and we tot up everything we've done by our concerted efforts,

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-we would have made £1,150.

-Wow!

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Even if you don't sell the sofa, that's still £750

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which is only £50 short of the £800 we wanted to get that family weekend away.

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-Wow!

-Lovely.

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Well, that's so-fa, so good!

0:23:390:23:41

Jonty, we should auction that joke, it's so old!

0:23:420:23:45

We've had a busy, fun and extremely productive day with Alan, Rachel and Karen in Pinner.

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Our impressive array of items for auction include...

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..the Victorian tapestry depicting Charles I,

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in pretty good condition, if a little faded,

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and in its original frame.

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We're hopeful it will make us anywhere between £80 and £120.

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..the fascinating apothecary set.

0:24:100:24:13

It's obvious why Dr Alan fell for its charms.

0:24:130:24:16

Jonty reckons it's now worth £40 to £60.

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The Victorian lady's writing desk is a mixture of styles,

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but Jonty's confident there'll be bidders

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who'll part with at least £80 to £120.

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Finally, the William IV settee which Rachel bought for a bargain £60.

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We'll find out its fate on auction day,

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but if it does make the sale, it could raise a whopping £400 to £700.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic,

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some fantastic surprises.

0:24:490:24:51

-I'm gobsmacked! Thank God

-I don't have to carry it home!

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But as know all too well,

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auctions can be unpredictable.

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You don't need any more rainy days!

0:25:000:25:02

So, will the sun shine down on us? Find out when the final hammer falls.

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It's been two weeks now since we were in Pinner at Alan and Rachel's house.

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We were there with Karen, their daughter, who's heading off to Australia.

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They want to raise £800 for a big family celebration before she goes to Oz.

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They've brought all their treasures to Chiswick Auction House in London,

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and we're hoping they'll go "down under" the hammer

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and bring them in lots of money.

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It's already shaping up to be a busy day in the auction room,

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with plenty of bidders crowding round the hundreds of lots on sale today.

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Jonty's here and he's busy looking at one of our items with renewed interest.

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-Jonty, good morning.

-Alistair, how are you doing?

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-Very good. Charles I.

-I know. Now, what do I do on my day off?

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Climb mountains? Swim oceans? No.

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-I take a trip round the National Gallery.

-Really?

-Yes.

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And what do I discover? A tiny little etching of this very same scene.

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-Really?

-It's extraordinary.

-By whom?

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The original picture was done by an artist known as John Bridges.

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He exhibited the picture in 1838 at the Royal Academy.

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That's a good story. Can we feed that to the auctioneer and see...

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Yes, let him know! But we do have some great items.

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Remember the tin coal scuttle? That was great fun.

0:26:280:26:31

-Also the sofa, which we don't know if they're bringing.

-No.

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It was a lovely thing, but it's a question mark if they bring it.

0:26:340:26:38

-I think they probably wouldn't have. But let's check.

-OK.

0:26:380:26:42

We find Alan, Rachel and Karen saying a last fond goodbye

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to their coal bucket.

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But no sign of the William IV settee.

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So Jonty cuts straight to the chase.

0:26:520:26:54

The big question is, have you brought that fabulous sofa?

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-Well, I didn't.

-You didn't?

-There were many reasons.

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Primarily, it was too heavy to bring.

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-It's big. And secondly, I was too attached.

-OK.

-Alan,

0:27:060:27:11

you must be delighted to still have the sofa in your front room?

0:27:110:27:14

Absolutely. I didn't have the strength to lift it!

0:27:140:27:18

But we do have some fabulous items.

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Those really unusual Lladro figures. And I like that quirky little desk.

0:27:200:27:25

Oh, yes. The firewood desk!

0:27:250:27:28

-A mutant desk!

-I won't shout it out loud!

0:27:280:27:31

Ready to go to market?

0:27:310:27:33

Follow me!

0:27:330:27:34

It's not surprising that Rachel decided to keep the settee.

0:27:370:27:41

It's a beautiful piece of furniture. But our other items will have to work extra hard

0:27:410:27:47

if we're to make our £800 target.

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With the auction about to start, we head to the back

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to find a spot to watch from.

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Our first item is the ornate metal-framed mirror.

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105A now, the Regency style decorative brass-framed free-standing table mirror.

0:28:020:28:08

Start me £50 for it. £20 for it. £10 for it.

0:28:080:28:13

With a ten, a bid at ten, give me 12.

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12. 15. 18.

0:28:150:28:16

20. 22?

0:28:160:28:18

25. 28.

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At £25.

0:28:190:28:21

The bid's at £25. I'm selling. All done?

0:28:210:28:23

Your first lot goes at 25. 588. 25.

0:28:230:28:27

Slightly disappointing. I wanted a bit more.

0:28:270:28:30

-I'm sure you did, Rachel.

-You're making up the difference! Don't worry!

0:28:300:28:35

Well, it's a start, even though the mirror sells way under estimate.

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We need to do better with our next item, the Oriental-style ceramic lamp

0:28:390:28:45

with a garden scene. Valued by Jonty at £60 to £80.

0:28:450:28:49

Start me at £20 for it.

0:28:500:28:53

£20 for it?

0:28:530:28:54

£20 for it? No interest at £20? A bid at £20. £20.

0:28:540:28:58

£20. 22.

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25. 28. 30.

0:29:000:29:02

32. 35.

0:29:020:29:04

At £32. Bid at £32. Take 35.

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At £32.

0:29:070:29:08

At £32, then.

0:29:080:29:09

-Sorry, the owner wants more. Not sold.

-Unsold.

0:29:090:29:12

So that's either going home with you again,

0:29:120:29:16

or you can put it back into another sale.

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That was a disappointment.

0:29:200:29:23

With insufficient bids on the lamp, it goes unsold.

0:29:230:29:26

I'm confident that Alan's apothecary set will do much better.

0:29:270:29:31

He paid just £5 for it at auction,

0:29:310:29:33

and it has a certain charm for the right bidder.

0:29:330:29:37

-This is a great, for you, Alan, this must be a great lot.

-Interesting.

0:29:370:29:41

-The apothecary set.

-If you can make gold out of it!

0:29:410:29:45

We should call it that. In terms of selling it, it's an apothecary set.

0:29:450:29:51

-You think it's a first aid kit.

-It is an apothecary set.

-Exactly.

0:29:510:29:55

Start me at £30 for it.

0:29:550:29:57

I'm bid at 30. 32. 35.

0:29:570:29:58

38. 40.

0:29:580:30:00

42. 45. 48.

0:30:000:30:02

At the back at 45. 48 here. 50.

0:30:020:30:05

55. 60.

0:30:050:30:06

Five. 70. Five.

0:30:060:30:09

-Real collectors here.

-80. Five. 90.

0:30:090:30:12

90. 95. 100.

0:30:120:30:15

Ten. 20? £110.

0:30:150:30:18

You've bid £110. All done at £110. I think we are. 110 and going. Thanks for the bid. 110.

0:30:180:30:23

Some things will always take off.

0:30:230:30:26

-The joy of auctions!

-Amazing.

0:30:260:30:29

That was a fantastic profit for Alan

0:30:290:30:31

and a great contribution towards the family day out

0:30:310:30:34

as the apothecary set sells for nearly double its top estimate.

0:30:340:30:38

The coal bucket, or purdonium, is next under the hammer.

0:30:380:30:43

It's been modified by Alan, who took a paintbrush to it!

0:30:430:30:46

But maybe his artwork will appeal to the bidders.

0:30:460:30:49

We're looking for £60 to £80.

0:30:490:30:52

120a, now. An unusual Victorian painted steel fireside coal purdonium.

0:30:530:30:57

Lot 120a. Unusual. £50 for it.

0:30:570:31:01

£40 for it? Bid at £40.

0:31:010:31:02

At £40. Take 42. £40.

0:31:020:31:04

42. 45. 48?

0:31:040:31:07

50. 55. 60.

0:31:070:31:09

It's selling really well.

0:31:090:31:11

At £60. Take 65. At £60. All done?

0:31:110:31:14

£60. Last time, it's going for £60. Done? 60? You've got it.

0:31:140:31:17

-£60. 614.

-That's comfortable.

0:31:170:31:20

ALL TALK AT ONCE

0:31:200:31:23

It was so unusual, I thought it would sell for more.

0:31:230:31:26

But it was a bit over-restored! Tell me about the restoration.

0:31:260:31:30

-Confess.

-It's a picture of Dad's Monet on the front.

0:31:300:31:34

You got a bit artistic one day!

0:31:340:31:36

-I went mad and put the gold stripes on.

-Yes.

0:31:360:31:39

-That was a mistake.

-The "go-faster stripes"!

-Yeah!

0:31:390:31:43

£60 is bang on Jonty's low estimate.

0:31:430:31:47

Clearly, whoever bought the coal bucket liked Alan's artistic efforts!

0:31:470:31:51

Next up is the 12-piece dinner set

0:31:510:31:54

which is unusually plain for Susie Cooper.

0:31:540:31:57

She and Clarice Cliff were the most significant figures

0:31:570:32:00

in ceramics design during the Art Deco period.

0:32:000:32:03

We're hoping for £70 to £100 for this lot.

0:32:030:32:07

Start me £100 for it. £50 for it?

0:32:070:32:10

£50? I'm bid at £50.

0:32:100:32:12

Should make double this. I'm bid 55.

0:32:120:32:14

60. Five. 70.

0:32:140:32:16

Five. 80. Five.

0:32:160:32:17

£85. At £85. Take 90. At £85.

0:32:170:32:21

At £85. You want 90.

0:32:210:32:22

-Nice and quiet.

-..100. 110.

0:32:220:32:25

120. 130.

0:32:250:32:27

140.

0:32:270:32:28

-It's like horse racing!

-140. 150.

0:32:280:32:31

140 is bid. Take 150. Selling for 140. No money at £140

0:32:310:32:34

for the Susie Cooper. All done. At 140. You've got it. 140.

0:32:340:32:38

I think that's great, £140. It's very stylish, the Susie Cooper.

0:32:380:32:41

-In fashion.

-Very pleased.

0:32:410:32:43

We had such a quantity of it as well. People pay good money for that.

0:32:430:32:47

That was a very pleasant surprise.

0:32:470:32:49

Susie Cooper proves to be ever popular.

0:32:490:32:52

The dinner set sells for £40 over its top estimate.

0:32:520:32:56

I wonder if the lady's writing desk can take us to halfway on a high?

0:32:580:33:02

It's a mixture of styles and woods,

0:33:020:33:04

but Jonty took a liking to it,

0:33:040:33:06

even if Karen didn't,

0:33:060:33:08

and valued it at £80 to £120.

0:33:080:33:11

£50. Start me at £50, please.

0:33:110:33:13

I'm bid at £50. At £50. Take five. At £50.

0:33:130:33:16

-Someone wants it.

-The bid so far, £50. Take 55. £50.

0:33:160:33:19

Done at £50? Can't sell it for that. £50. Make a bid at £50.

0:33:190:33:23

That's all I got. At £50.

0:33:230:33:25

I'm gobsmacked!

0:33:270:33:28

-Thank God I don't have to carry it home!

-Somebody liked it.

0:33:280:33:32

The desk goes for £30 under its estimate.

0:33:320:33:35

But with darkwood furniture tending to struggle in recent times,

0:33:350:33:39

it's not a bad result.

0:33:390:33:41

It's time to tell Alan, Rachel and Karen

0:33:410:33:44

how their fund for their family day out is looking so far.

0:33:440:33:48

We're halfway through.

0:33:480:33:49

We were banking on you bringing the sofa to make us £800.

0:33:490:33:55

But, all things considered, at halfway,

0:33:550:33:57

-we've made £385.

-Wow!

-Wow!

0:33:570:34:00

-Which is almost on course.

-Great!

0:34:000:34:02

So, very good.

0:34:020:34:04

We can't rest on our laurels. The second half might be wobbly.

0:34:040:34:08

But we've a gap before our next items,

0:34:080:34:10

so let's wander round and look at some interesting items.

0:34:100:34:13

So far, so good.

0:34:150:34:17

We've still got plenty of great items to come today.

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If you're thinking about buying or selling at auction, remember charges such as commission and VAT

0:34:210:34:27

are added to your bill. Check the details with your local sale room

0:34:270:34:31

so you're aware of all the costs.

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Today's auction is cracking along at a great pace.

0:34:340:34:37

There's little time to browse before the second half of our lots come up for sale.

0:34:370:34:42

We head back to our position in the corner of the auction room

0:34:420:34:46

for our next item,

0:34:460:34:47

the first of our Lladro lots, the figurine of a girl.

0:34:470:34:50

Valued by Jonty at £50 to £80.

0:34:500:34:53

It's our geisha girl.

0:34:540:34:56

The Lladro figurine. It's very unusual, isn't it?

0:34:560:34:59

-Have you put a reserve on this?

-Yes, £50.

0:34:590:35:03

OK. That's my bottom end estimate, so let's see what happens.

0:35:030:35:07

Start me here at £50.

0:35:070:35:09

Start me at £30.

0:35:090:35:10

£30 here. 32 there. 35. 38.

0:35:100:35:13

40. 42. 45?

0:35:130:35:16

At £42 bid. £42.

0:35:160:35:18

I'll take 45. £42.

0:35:180:35:19

45 or not? 45.

0:35:190:35:21

48? £45. Bid at £45.

0:35:210:35:23

-All done at £45?

-It's a slow climb.

0:35:230:35:25

Next to you. At 45. Bid at 45. 48?

0:35:250:35:27

48? £45. At 45. All done at 45, then? Sorry, not sold.

0:35:270:35:33

We so nearly made the £50 reserve for the figurine, but not quite.

0:35:330:35:37

And so she goes unsold.

0:35:370:35:39

Can the Victorian tapestry of Charles I perform better?

0:35:390:35:43

Having seen the etching of the scene in the National Gallery,

0:35:430:35:47

Jonty's become very enthusiastic about the history.

0:35:470:35:50

I have to say that, ordinarily, 19th-century tapestries

0:35:500:35:53

I find sometimes a bit OTT.

0:35:530:35:55

A bit over-sentimental.

0:35:550:35:58

Now, there's obviously huge drama involved in this scene.

0:35:580:36:03

But I think the quality is there and I love the frame.

0:36:030:36:06

Let's see if we can make our £80.

0:36:060:36:08

£100 for it?

0:36:080:36:09

£50 for it. It's worth more. I'm bid at £50. Take 55.

0:36:090:36:13

At £50. I'll take five. I'll take £50. Five or not. At £50.

0:36:130:36:17

Hasn't made £50. Again, it's not sold, I'm afraid.

0:36:170:36:21

Do it in fivers if you like. 55. 60 over there? 60. 65.

0:36:210:36:24

70. 75.

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I'm bid £70. I'll take 75. At £70. You're getting closer. Not enough.

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£70. Come and see me after. £70.

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What a disappointment!

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The bidding fails to reach a high enough price

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for the auctioneer to justify selling the tapestry.

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That's our second unsold item in a row. Not a good sign

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for our family outing.

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Plans for a fun-packed weekend away may have to be downsized

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to a night of camping in Pinner!

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We're praying the metal umbrella stand can improve our fortunes.

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It's been in the family for years,

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and Jonty reckons it's worth £80 to £100.

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A nice cast-iron stick stand here. In the manner of Coalbrookdale.

0:37:000:37:05

£50. Start me for it.

0:37:050:37:06

A bid at £50. £50. Take 55. At £50.

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I'll take five. 55. 60?

0:37:090:37:11

Five. 70.

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Five. 80.

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Five.

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80 bid. At £80. Take five. At £80. Are we done?

0:37:160:37:19

At £80. Selling. All done.

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-At £80.

-Well done, Jonty.

0:37:220:37:23

Well done. You're making up the difference!

0:37:230:37:26

You don't need any more rainy days!

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The bids didn't come pouring in for the umbrella stand,

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but £80 is right on estimate. That's more like it!

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We've got just two items left to sell.

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We need them to provide a decent injection of cash

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if we've any chance of getting near our £800 target.

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The Georgian card table is next under the hammer.

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We're gambling on it making us £90 to £120.

0:37:500:37:53

-Are you gamblers in your house?

-We're card players.

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-Are you?

-Yes.

-Have you played...

-Oh, we have used it.

-Oh, yes.

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So have I, quietly, without you knowing!

0:38:020:38:05

£50 for it? I'm bid £50 in five places.

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55. 60. Five.

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70. Five. 80. Five.

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90?

0:38:140:38:15

85. At £85. Take 90. £85. I want 90.

0:38:150:38:17

90. 95?

0:38:170:38:19

100. 110. 120.

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£110. You want 120. All done.

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£110. Last chance at 110 and going.

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110. We'll finish at 110.

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110.

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You'll probably save £110-worth of gambling!

0:38:280:38:31

-You're absolutely right!

-It's double or quits!

-No sinning any more!

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The card table played an ace, selling just under its top estimate.

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That's a much-needed £110 in the pot.

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Can our final lot of the day,

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the Lladro figures of magistrates make us the £100 to £150 estimated?

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They look serious about the job in hand!

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Often you think of Lladro as those wispy, willowy female figures.

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But these are completely different, aren't they?

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-It's a discontinued design.

-That's good.

0:39:050:39:07

-We want £100.

-Have you got a reserve on it?

0:39:070:39:10

-Yes, we have. The Lladro figures 100 we put on there.

-£100.

0:39:100:39:15

OK. Let's see if we can get through it now.

0:39:150:39:18

£100. Start me for it.

0:39:180:39:20

£80 for it?

0:39:200:39:22

I'm bid £80. At £80. At 85?

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£80. Take five for it. £80. Take five.

0:39:240:39:26

At £80. 85, thank you. Want 90. 95.

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100.

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Should make more. At £95.

0:39:310:39:33

Going to sell it for 95. Give me 100 for it. At £95.

0:39:330:39:37

All done at 95 and going. For £95.

0:39:370:39:39

-319.

-He's selling it. He's used his discretion.

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There was a definite firm bid at £95.

0:39:420:39:44

A big firm bid. Sold.

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Lucky for us the auctioneer sold the figures for £5 under reserve.

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It was the best offer we were going to get

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and it's a vital £95 for our fund.

0:39:540:39:58

Today has certainly given us some highs and some lows.

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But what does it mean for that all-important family outing?

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Well, that was exciting.

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We had some reserves and some things not selling.

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You get to go home with the Lladro girl

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and the geisha vase.

0:40:150:40:17

And Charles I. Quite an unusual combination! They're yours to keep.

0:40:170:40:22

We didn't quite make our total,

0:40:220:40:25

because we were relying on the sofa. That took a big chunk out of our total.

0:40:250:40:31

But it's still a very decent showing.

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-£670!

-Wow!

-Wow!

0:40:340:40:36

-Really?

-Excellent!

-Very good.

0:40:360:40:38

It's well over.

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What will you do on your weekend away?

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Mum can get massaged to her heart's content.

0:40:420:40:45

She can meditate somewhere!

0:40:450:40:47

Dad can come cycling with me, the kids and my husband.

0:40:470:40:50

We'll have a great time. Swimming, doing all that kind of thing.

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It's been a few weeks since the auction,

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and the family have met up to enjoy a fun day out.

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It starts with a morning of pampering for the ladies

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as Rachel and Karen head to the spa.

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Hello. It's Collins and Young.

0:41:130:41:17

We've booked up for some treatment.

0:41:170:41:19

OK, ladies, if you'd go into here for me.

0:41:190:41:22

'It's a timely treat, this, cos Mum's just had a big birthday.'

0:41:220:41:27

That was yesterday, so in recovery mode.

0:41:270:41:30

She deserves this as a treat.

0:41:300:41:32

This is part of her treat.

0:41:320:41:34

With a wealth of treatments on offer,

0:41:340:41:36

the ladies choose to unwind with a massage and facial.

0:41:360:41:39

The treatments were lovely.

0:41:390:41:42

-Mine was.

-So was mine. Fantastic.

0:41:420:41:44

Had a great time. It was very relaxing,

0:41:440:41:47

and now we're raring to go, to take the boys out. Their turn.

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Then it's off to catch up with the rest of the family for an afternoon at the farm park.

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Ooh, look! Look!

0:41:590:42:02

Look at this!

0:42:020:42:04

There's no shortage of animals for the children to see.

0:42:040:42:07

And they even get to watch a cow-milking demonstration.

0:42:090:42:12

Then it's time to let off some steam on the go-karts...

0:42:140:42:17

..and have fun on the adventure playground

0:42:190:42:22

while proud grandparents Alan and Rachel look on.

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It's such a precious commodity, time, and for us, particularly,

0:42:260:42:30

because we're going to live in Australia.

0:42:300:42:33

It's been precious. Real good memories.

0:42:330:42:36

It was really fun, yeah. A great day.

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Alistair Appleton's in Pinner to meet retired dentist Alan Young, his wife Rachael and their daughter Karen, who's visiting from her home in Australia. Karen's on a mission to help her parents de-clutter and hopefully raise funds for a fun-packed family day out.