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Welcome to Cash In The Attic, where we hunt for valuables

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in your home and sells them with you at auction.

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Today, I'm at Outwood in Surrey and behind me is the magnificent Outwood Mill.

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It was built in 1665 by a local miller called Tom Budgen

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and it's the oldest working windmill in Britain.

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It's written that Thomas Budgen, back in the 17th century,

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had to borrow money to build the windmill from his brothers-in-law.

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He repaid them within two years, a business plan that even Lord Sugar would approve of today.

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The mill is also known as a post mill because the body of the building is balanced on one

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huge central oak post on which the whole structure can be turned towards the wind.

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Well, we may not find anything as old as this windmill

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at our next location but, hopefully, we will find a few antiques and collectibles

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that we'll be able to take to auction and raise quite a bit of cash for today's contributors.

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Coming up on Cash In The Attic:

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is our guest today bemused, confused and seeing double?

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Yes. They are identical, yes. That always puzzled me.

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It hardly looks like there'll be a profit if we follow one person's advice.

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What do you think our North American turkey farmer's worth?

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I'd pay to give it away.

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And are there are tears of sadness or joy, come auction day?

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-Look at this.

-Stupid.

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Completely and utterly stupid.

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Find out when the final hammer falls.

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Well, I've now come just a few miles down the road to Redhill to visit

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a couple and their granddaughter

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who want to raise cash to help celebrate a very special birthday.

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This three-bedroomed bungalow and a sprawling garden in Surrey

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has been home to Dorita and Shaun Cutting for 46 years.

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Having led very busy lives bringing up two daughters here, Shaun and Dorita are retired.

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And, now that they've got plenty of time on their hands,

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they like nothing better than to travel and cultivate their blooming garden.

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They also take every opportunity to be with their family.

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And today, one of their four grandchildren, Alexandra, is joining them on Cash In The Attic.

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-Morning, Jonty.

-How are you, Angela?

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I'm very well. Hey, I've been experiencing a bit of history today.

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I've been to an old windmill which is, what, 400 years old nearly?

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-Really?

-Yes.

-Was it quite fun?

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It was enormous fun. And we're about to meet two really lovely people.

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We've got Shaun and Dorita.

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-Do you know, they've been married for almost 50 years now.

-Really?

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They've got a golden wedding anniversary coming up and a very special birthday.

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-And that's what we'll be raising money for.

-So, celebrations all round.

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-It will be, especially when you find some fab things for us to take to auction.

-So, no pressure?

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None at all. Shall we go meet them?

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Shaun, Dorita. My gosh, you are amazing gardeners.

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-These azaleas are fantastic! And they've roped you in as well, Alexandra.

-They have.

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You're the reason that we're here today, aren't you?

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So, why did you call in Cash In The Attic?

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They wanted to sell a few bits from their loft and they love

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this programme, so I thought it would be a great way to get rid of it all.

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-What are you going to be raising the money for this year, Dorita?

-Well, I'll be 70 in July

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and next year we have our golden wedding anniversary,

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so there's two celebrations.

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-And how are you going to celebrate, Shaun?

-Well, we usually go to Florida for five weeks every year.

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We've got lots of friends over there and if there's any chance

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of anything we raise going towards the air fare, that would help.

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So, how much do you reckon this is all going to cost?

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The air fare's about £1,100.

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So, £1,000 or thereabouts.

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-Do you reckon there's £1,000 worth of stuff to find in the attic?

-Yes, definitely.

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Let's see what Jonty makes of them.

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Well, if we want to raise that £1,000 for Dorita and Shaun to celebrate in style in Florida,

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we'd better start hunting for things to sell.

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There's no stopping Shaun. He's already headed straight to the attic.

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Meanwhile, something has already caught Jonty's eye.

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He knows his antiques as he's been in the business for nearly 30 years.

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Jonty, it's a bit early to be setting the table for dinner, isn't it?

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I've got a set of six blue-and-white plates here.

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-We did these come from, then?

-My grandmother passed on to my mother.

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My mother had them in the loft.

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She wanted to get rid and Shaun, being a hoarder, said, "I'll have them."

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-So they went from her loft to your loft?

-Our loft.

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-So, have you ever used them?

-No.

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They're from Jamestown, aren't they? Which is in America.

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-So, how do you think your grandmother got hold of them?

-I've no idea.

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What we're looking at, we've got a set of six here.

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But, as Angela says, right in the middle here, this is the bird's eye view of the Jamestown's Exposition.

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And this exposition was in 1907.

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So this set of six plates are, in fact, a tad over 100 years old.

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You've already had these valued at one time, haven't you?

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-What did they value them at?

-£60 per plate.

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£60 a plate? Well, you're not going to like me, I have to say.

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I think this set here is going to be worth around £100 for the set of six.

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So, what we're looking at, I suppose, £60 - £120, that sort of ball park, for the whole collection.

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-How do you feel about that?

-Fine.

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And, as this lady likes to throw everything out, to have

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-£60 or £100 coming back in is not a bad deal really, is it?

-Pretty good.

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-So, we can take them to auction?

-Please.

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Really? So you'll carry on speaking to me for the rest of the day?

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-Most certainly.

-Phew!

-Well, you've made a good start, Jonty.

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As to whether Shaun will...

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Shall we go and find out? See what else we can find.

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£60 for the kitty. We're off to a good start.

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Shaun's come up trumps.

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Amongst all the clutter, he's found these salt shakers.

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-Jonty.

-Hello.

-I've found these in the attic.

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Would these be of any value?

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Let's have a look at those. Now, what are we looking at here?

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-We are obviously looking at a condiment set here.

-Yes.

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And with a bit of writing up here. What's all that about?

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Well, they came from my uncle.

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After my uncle had died, my aunt gave them to me.

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They were a present to my uncle on his 43rd birthday

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in 1943 by his employer, which is JT there.

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-OK.

-He was a concert pianist.

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-Really?

-And my uncle was mainly his gardener, but he also

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did a bit of chauffeuring and odd jobs and things like that.

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I don't think they were new when he gave them to him.

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The hallmarks are very clear here. They are made in Birmingham.

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We've got these fabulous hallmarks, so they are solid silver.

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And they are made really, turn-of-the-century, so they would have been second hand when given.

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But still a very nice gift to be given.

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-And it certainly helps having these items like this, in their original presentation box.

-Yes.

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Because a lot of people trade with these and people who end up buying them, they buy them as gifts.

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-But, interestingly, they are identical.

-Yes, they are identical.

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That always puzzled me.

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I think there's a fabulous flaw design there.

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-Yes.

-You might get a bit of a problem if you want a bit more pepper, rather than salt.

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But it's definitely worth putting into the auction sale.

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And we should still shake them up with a £40 to £60 estimate.

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-Yes. That's very good.

-Is that all right?

-Yes.

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-We'll leave those there and see what else we can find.

-Right.

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What a fascinating history. But it doesn't solve the mystery of why they are identical.

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Hopefully, though, the pair will shake up of the bidders at auction.

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Dorita's discovered this elegant Art Nouveau silver necklace

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which her uncle found on the local common many years ago.

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He gave it to her mother who, in turn, passed it on to Dorita

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when she was just eight years old.

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As she's only worn it a few times,

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she's decided that it should go towards the Florida fund.

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And Jonty values it at around £30 to £40.

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Alexandra's rooting around in the summer house, hoping to find more things to take to auction.

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She's one of Shaun and Dorita's four grandchildren

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and she often spends time at her grandparents' house.

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What a lovely picture of your grandchildren.

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Isn't that absolutely lovely? That the product of, what, nearly 50 years of marriage, the two of you?

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-Almost.

-But I gather, Shaun, that your first date was almost a disaster.

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You two almost never got together, did you?

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-Yes, that's right.

-What happened?

-Well, it didn't really happen.

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We arranged to meet at the local youth club.

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I was running to catch the bus, ran across the road, got hit by a car and ended up in hospital.

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But they released me just before the youth club closed, so I

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made my way back to the youth club just in time to see Rita leaving.

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Well, that was determination for you, Rita.

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Did you believe him when he said,

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"I'm sorry I'm late, I've been knocked down?"

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Yes, I did because he was hobbling.

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It's obviously stood the test of time.

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So, if your first date was rather adventurous, how was the wedding day?

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The wedding day was brilliant.

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It was cold because it was March, but it was a good day.

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But the evening before, we were in the car.

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We'd gone to a rehearsal at the church

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and, as all couples do, we quarrelled.

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And I said, "Well, if you think I'm marrying you tomorrow, you've got another think coming."

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But we made it up that very same evening and, obviously, we're still here to tell the tale.

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So you don't regret having gone through with it?

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Not at all. Whether he does...

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When you actually come to your home, one of the first things you notice is your wonderful garden.

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And you both have a real love of gardening, don't you?

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Yes. We like to grow our own plants from seedlings

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and we pot them on and plant them out ourselves.

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And, at the end of the day, it's relaxing.

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We grow our own vegetables. We have runner beans, we have cucumbers, peppers, aubergines.

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Well, you do a brilliant job because they look absolutely fabulous.

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-But the other thing that you both enjoy it is to go travelling.

-Yes.

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We've been all over Europe, really.

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Then we've been to Egypt and Tunisia and Moscow.

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But, in more recent years, we've been going to the USA.

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And that's where you're going for the special celebration this year.

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I'll talk to you about that later on.

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But we want you to celebrate not just the birthday,

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but your golden wedding anniversary

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because it will be very special.

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Let's put the grandchildren back and get back to work

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and see how much more money we can put in that £1,000 pot. Come on.

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Well, for a lady who said that she didn't want to marry her fiance

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on her wedding night, it's all gone amazingly well for 49 years.

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Shaun discovers this old family Bible.

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Because Victorian Bibles were so popular around the 19th century, they're not rare items.

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But Jonty still thinks it will fetch £40 to £60 at auction.

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Meanwhile, in the study, Alexandra's found something that she'd certainly like to take to auction.

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So, Jonty, what do you think about this one?

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I'm sure my grandma wants to give it away.

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Wow! So, what we are looking at here - with his blue dungarees

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he has to be a North American farmer with his turkey. Where's this from?

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Well, my great-grandma gave it to my grandma because she collected a lot of figurines.

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She had the same one, so she gave it to my grandma.

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Interestingly, of course, this is Royal Doulton.

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You've got the Royal Doulton mark.

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But all Royal Doulton figurines are numbered,

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and the number here is the HN 2446.

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-So, this was made by H Nicoll between 1972 and 1976.

-Oh, I see.

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And that's a bisque figure,

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-so if you run your finger across...

-Yeah, why is it matt, not shiny?

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Well, ceramic figures are...

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If they're glazed and have that shiny appearance,

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that's because it's been fired twice,

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-whereas this has been glazed and fired only the once.

-I see.

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So that's the reason why you have that rough surface to it.

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But that's great, because there are ceramic figures

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that are made by Royal Doulton -

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some are worth huge sums of money.

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Often, those ones that are pre-the Second World War,

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they're worth quite a bit of money.

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-But because it's slightly rare, it's worth a little bit more than the norm.

-Really?

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What do you think our turkey farmer's worth?

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I'd pay to give it away.

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Would you? Well, how about £80 to £120?

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Wow! That's good.

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-So, one for the auction sale?

-Definitely.

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-Got any more like this?

-Possibly.

-Good. Let's go and find.

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Well, Alexandra looks very pleased.

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I hope Gran and Grandpa don't mind it being added to the auction collection.

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In his never-ending search,

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Jonty finds a collection of spoons, a cake slice and a cheese knife.

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They're not old, probably only bought in the mid-1970s -

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but grouped together, they could be worth £30 to £50.

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We've raised nearly a third of our target of £1,000,

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so we're doing well.

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And Dorita is even scouring the bathroom to see if anything valuable

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could be hidden away in this trinket box.

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-Hello.

-What have you got there, Dorita?

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It's a sovereign. Queen Victoria.

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And as far as I'm aware,

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printed there is 1900.

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Jonty, some people put sovereigns like this into a setting,

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so that they can wear it as a pendant, which is what that is.

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Does it detract from the value of the sovereign if you do that?

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It all's a question of what the actual frame is made of.

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This looks like it was probably a nine-carat gold mount.

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So in effect we've got yet more gold,

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so it ADDS to the value,

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because we have a gold sovereign here on the inside,

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and I don't know if you've noticed, but it's Queen Victoria in a veil.

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And sovereigns were issued every year during Queen Victoria's reign,

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and this is the third head of Queen Victoria. So there were two others.

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And this is her in her veiled state, in her mourning state.

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And that was first issued in 1893.

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But sovereigns have been around for generations.

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They were first introduced in the reign of Henry VII,

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when a sovereign was worth £1, or 20 shillings at the time.

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So did people actually use the gold coins as coin of the realm, to buy things with?

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During the 19th century and the first part of the 20th,

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yes, you COULD use sovereigns as coinage.

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But towards the end of the 20th century, that had changed.

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But these have gone up in value in recent times, so this is very, very good news.

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At the moment, they are WORTH their weight in gold.

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So this little sovereign and its mount, at auction, is going to be worth -

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-wait for this - between £140 and £180, just for this.

-Hallelujah!

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-Fantastic!

-Brilliant.

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I'm sure even Queen Victoria would be "amused" by that valuation.

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Gold sovereigns are still being manufactured today, and ARE classified as legal tender.

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But if you bought a pint of milk with one, you'd get some strange looks.

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These candlesticks were made by the prestigious company Mappin & Webb,

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silversmiths to Her Majesty the Queen.

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This particular pair date back to the early 20th century,

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and could fetch between £30 to £40.

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We're doing well so far.

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We've raised £400,

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and I'm sure there's still more to find in this house,

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which is full of treasures everywhere you look.

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So, while Jonty continues the search, I get to find out more about the family.

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Florida obviously looms large in your lives. Shaun, how did you start going to Florida?

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What's so special about it for you all?

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Well, we've got our golden wedding coming up next March,

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but before that, Rita will be 70,

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and we're meeting up with a lot of our friends on the beach, of a similar age.

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In fact, I think there's five or six of us who have all been 70 within this last year.

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But I mean, you're going to have a party in Florida - what about everybody back here joining in?

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Oh, we always do meet up here on Rita's birthday,

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but then we'll be flying off soon after that.

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And what is it that makes Florida such a wonderful place for you to go to?

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You can literally fall out of bed,

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have a shower, put on your swimsuit and you're on the beach.

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And it's sandy, and it's sunny...

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If he's playing golf, then I have a friend,

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and we'll sit there with our noses in a book, and it's great.

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Alexandra, you work quite close by at Gatwick Airport

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and spend quite a lot of time with your grandparents.

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You come round quite regularly.

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Well, I often finish at around 2 o'clock in the afternoon, so

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after that I come round, see them, have a bite to eat.

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-So, how supportive have they been?

-Very. I mean, my grandad's helped me

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all throughout school. He was a teacher,

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so he's perfect for helping me with my exams and everything. And he also taught me how to drive.

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My grandma taught me how to cook and things.

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-So they're obviously very special grandparents.

-Yeah, very.

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Well, we obviously want to get you both to Florida to have that very special celebration.

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We haven't quite reached that £1,000 mark yet, so

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I think perhaps we'd better get back to work.

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Well, they obviously love the lifestyle over there,

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so come on, Jonty, see if you can raise the bar for us.

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Dorita, have a look at what I've got here.

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They are Lladro, and one's Nao. So where did they come from?

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We bought them on our travels throughout Spain, Majorca.

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I think it was possibly...1963?

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So that's really very early indeed,

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because Lladro only started - by three brothers incidentally -

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in 1953, near Valencia in Spain.

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So you must have been one of the first to bring back a Lladro figurine.

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You sure you weren't trendsetters? Everybody followed you guys?

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I doubt it.

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But there are so many figurines that have come and they've gone, but the clever part about Lladro

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is the fact that they brought in figures really quickly and also took them away.

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So collectors want to get hold of those rare ones.

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Nao tends to be moulded from one, just a one-piece mould.

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Whereas the Lladro figurines have extra add-ons,

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so if you look at the rose petal there,

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that little petal would have been applied later, after a mould.

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So there's a lot more care and attention gone into a Lladro figurine

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rather than the Nao, but made by the same company.

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You can tell that by the same colours,

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those subtle pastel colours they used.

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And the same romantic theme - we've got here one girl

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nonchalantly plucking a petal from her rose.

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And here we have a young girl

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playing with her three bunny rabbits.

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So value-wise, we're looking at 200, 250 -

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that's my sort of estimate.

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-Is that good?

-Wonderful.

-Excellent.

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Let's find some more stuff.

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That's a brilliant addition to the fund,

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but we're still not at the £1,000 target! Got to keep going.

0:19:450:19:48

Alexandra's rooting around in the kitchen,

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and has found this silver ladle.

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The hallmark dates it to the mid-1800s.

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It belonged to Shaun's side of the family,

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but they really don't use it any more,

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so - time to sell.

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At £50,

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it's certainly better than sitting unused in the kitchen drawer.

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We're still a way off our target for that celebration holiday, and we've pretty much

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cleared the house of things that Shaun and Dorita are happy to take to auction.

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So, will Shaun's final find stump up that much needed extra money?

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Jonty, Angela.

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-What have you got?

-I've found these.

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Dorita, come and have a look at these.

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One is mine and one is Dorita's.

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-And are they gold?

-They are, yes.

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They're both nine-carat gold, nine-carat gold straps as well.

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And they both have the name Omega on the fascia, which is wonderful news.

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The history goes back 150 years.

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It was Louis Brandt who started this.

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He started assembling pocket watches from various makers

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and he sold them from Switzerland all the way through to Scandinavia,

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but England, incidentally, was his most favoured market, even then - 150 years ago.

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It's also associated with the landings of the Moon.

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Buzz Aldrin had an Omega watch, James Bond,

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and the official timekeepers to the 2008 Olympics.

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How much do remember paying for this watch?

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£100.

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-How about you, Shaun?

-I paid £89.

-It's interesting you should say that,

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because these are worth more than you paid for them all those years ago,

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even though we're looking at a very

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old-fashioned, for want of a better word, wristwatch for the market.

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So together, at auction, they're worth between £300 and £400.

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That's very good.

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That was clearly a really good investment,

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and at £300-£400, what a terrific addition to our holiday pot for your trip to Florida.

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But before I tell you how much I think we might make at auction,

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let's call Alexandra in. Alexandra...?

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Alexandra, Jonty's just valued them at between £300-£400 for the two, if they go to auction.

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And if we add them to everything else that we've looked at today

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and we take Jonty's lowest estimate,

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then the figure that we hope to make at auction - on the dot -

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-£1,000.

-Really?

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Well, that's terrific.

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It all depends, of course, what happens when we get to auction,

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but I think you're about to have quite a rave for your 70th birthday.

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We've had a great day with the Cutting family at their home,

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which is jam-packed with mementoes and antiques

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that they've been collecting for almost half a century.

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Some of the items they've decided to say a tender farewell to

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include the splendid gold sovereign,

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which could be worth its weight in gold and valued at £140-£180.

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The Lladro figures that Shaun and Dorita collected on their holidays

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in Spain back in the early '60s are now worth between £200-£250.

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And those 100-year-old beautiful blue plates

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which Dorita inherited from her grandmother -

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they could fetch anything from £60-£100.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic, at the auction,

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what really makes Shaun's mouth water?

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So did the sauces taste any better being served in a silver ladle?

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It was nice to use the ladle, but they couldn't make my wife's sauces taste any better.

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Oh!

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If they can't dish up a sale, do they have another recipe for success up their sleeves?

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-We'll take them to America with us...

-Yes!

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-..and see if we can flog them there.

-You should do!

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Will they have the cherry on the cake by the end?

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Find out, when the final hammer falls.

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Well, it's been a week or two now since we were with Shaun and Dorita

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at their home in Surrey where we found all sorts of things.

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Everything from jewellery to figurines that we could bring to sell here today

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at Chiswick Auctions in West London.

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Their aim is £1,000,

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so they can give Dorita a very special 70th birthday party in Florida.

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So let's hope that the bidders here today are prepared to make

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that party go with a swing when their items come under the hammer.

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'As ever, come auction day in Chiswick, the bidders

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'are out early in anticipation of buying unique collectibles.

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'Let's hope they've come prepared to part with the cash

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'that is going to send Shaun and Dorita off to their celebration in Florida.

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'Jonty's here, taking another look at one of his favourite items from the rummage.'

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Jonty! The gold standard!

0:24:200:24:22

Gold is a pretty good investment at the moment, isn't it?

0:24:220:24:25

Yes, there are so many things in the market that are going down, but gold is steady,

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and over the last five years, it's been rising. So it's a very good time to sell.

0:24:300:24:34

What are we expecting on this little gold sovereign? It's a pendant now, isn't it?

0:24:340:24:38

Right. You have got the two parts to this.

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You've got the gold sovereign - collectors will obviously collect sovereigns -

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and also you've got the gold surround as well.

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So I've put £140-£180, that sort of ballpark, for this pendant.

0:24:480:24:51

We should do well with that. We've also got a collection of sort of Royal Doulton and Lladro figures.

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-Always collectible, aren't they?

-The Lladro figures are very good.

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They are very saleable, and there is enough of them to make a big chunk towards that holiday target.

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-There is. And, of course, Shaun and Dorita have those his-and-hers watches.

-Yes, yes.

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Very sweet. But they're going!

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Yes, the end of an era for them, but hopefully that reinvestment is all towards the holiday fund.

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Shall we see how plans are going for the party?

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'We really do have a great selection of quality antiques and collectibles from Shaun and Dorita's home.

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'It's extremely hot, both outside and inside the auction room today,

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'but it hasn't deterred the buyers from turning up, so fingers crossed for a good sale.'

0:25:330:25:38

How are you all? Good to see you again, Alexandra, Dorita, Shaun.

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Now, is this your first time at an auction?

0:25:420:25:46

-Yes, it is.

-So what are you looking forward to today?

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I'm looking forward to seeing how the auction works, and seeing how our items will sell.

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Of course, because you've got some really great things.

0:25:530:25:56

-How about the preparations for the party, Dorita? How are they going?

-Well, I think,

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hopefully, the whole family will be there.

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About...30 or 40 of us.

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You're not going to Florida, are you, sadly?

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No, unfortunately not - I am going to go to the family one soon.

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That will make up for it. We've got some nice things, haven't we, Jonty?

0:26:120:26:16

Yes. I particularly like your Omega watches. Are you going to be sad to see those go?

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In a way, although we don't use them.

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We haven't used them for years.

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-Jonty, I can't see the dial.

-ALL LAUGH

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They've got to go, then.

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Somebody here will obviously buy them and the other things you have brought.

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As you can see, the place is beginning to fill up, we are minutes away from the auction starting.

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Shall we go and take our place over there in the corner? Come on.

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'The auctioneer is preparing for the off, and it's time for our first lot to go under the hammer.'

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£80-£120, Jonty.

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Yes, a slightly rarer figure, this one, and also,

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it might appeal to the American market as well, the Thanksgiving theme.

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So that's why I put it on a slightly higher figure than ordinary Doulton figures.

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40 I'm bid, a maiden bid of £40. 45.

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Are you bidding, sir?

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Do you want 50? £50. 55. 60.

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65. 70.

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-With the gentleman at £70.

-Blimey!

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75, fresh bidding.

0:27:130:27:15

-80. Holding, in the white shirt. 85.

-£80, we've got it.

-Well done.

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90. 95. 100. 110.

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Oh, my word!

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In the white shirt, 120.

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Standing in the white shirt, £120.

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120, then. At 120 it goes.

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-Ding-dong.

-Terrific.

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JONTY LAUGHS

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Top of the estimate.

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What a terrific start. We've still got a long way to go yet

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to meet that £1,000 target, but £120 is a big step towards it,

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and hopefully, it bodes well for the rest of the day.

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It's the Georgian hallmarked silver sauce ladle next.

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It is a fine-looking piece, so let's hope someone takes a shine to it.

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You're such a great cook, Dorita.

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Did you ever use this for ladling out home-made soups?

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Not soups, but sauces, if I were to make a sauce.

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So did the sauces taste any better being served in a silver ladle?

0:28:030:28:07

It was nice to use the ladle, but they couldn't make my wife's sauces taste any better.

0:28:070:28:11

Oh! There speaks a husband who appreciates his wife's cooking.

0:28:110:28:16

-Let's see if somebody appreciates the silver sauce ladle.

-Yes.

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28. 30. 32.

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34. 36...

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36? No? £36. Here at 36. Anybody else?

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For £36? It's still cheap at 36.

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But at 36, I can sell it for 36, then.

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Don't sell it.

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-Oh!

-It'll save me cleaning it.

0:28:370:28:39

So £36 is worth it not to have to get out the silver polish, is it?

0:28:390:28:45

36 is a little under the estimate -

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I think whoever bought that got a good deal,

0:28:470:28:50

but will it help them brush up their cooking skills?

0:28:500:28:52

Next up, it's a Victorian bible

0:28:520:28:55

which Dorita inherited from her grandmother.

0:28:550:28:58

It was the done thing to have an impressive bible

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in the Victorian era, but because there are still a lot of them about,

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they don't always reach

0:29:040:29:06

a high price at auction.

0:29:060:29:07

There we go, the family bible. Is it worth £10? 10 to go.

0:29:070:29:11

10 I'm bid. A maiden bid. 12. 14.

0:29:110:29:14

16. 18. 20. 22.

0:29:140:29:16

-£22 there. At 22.

-22.

0:29:160:29:19

24, fresh bid. 26. 28.

0:29:190:29:21

30. 32. 34. 36. 38.

0:29:210:29:24

£38 there.

0:29:240:29:26

-Come on, just another two to make it 40.

-One more.

0:29:260:29:30

£38, then. All done at 38? 38.

0:29:300:29:32

-Oh!

-£2 under the lowest estimate.

0:29:320:29:34

£38, so not a bad price

0:29:340:29:36

for something that doesn't always sell well.

0:29:360:29:39

Up next, it's those confusing

0:29:390:29:41

identical salt and pepper pots

0:29:410:29:43

dating back to the early 19th century.

0:29:430:29:45

You'd have to be careful at the dinner table with these two.

0:29:450:29:49

-Remind us again where this came from.

-It belongs to my uncle, it was a gift on his 43rd birthday.

0:29:490:29:55

-And he was the gardener, is that right?

-That's right.

0:29:550:29:57

Are you going to be sad to see this one go?

0:29:570:30:00

Not at all - we've never used it.

0:30:000:30:02

I think that's a very good reason to sell it.

0:30:020:30:04

Are they worth £20 to start me?

0:30:040:30:06

£30 I'm bid in the middle of the room.

0:30:060:30:09

Straight in with £30.

0:30:090:30:10

32. 34. 36. 38.

0:30:100:30:13

38 in the middle of the room. Anybody else? 40.

0:30:130:30:16

45.

0:30:160:30:18

-50. 55.

-Ding-dong.

0:30:180:30:20

No, £60 in the blue.

0:30:200:30:22

-Surprising, isn't it?

-At £60, standing at £60. At £60, then. 60. 159.

0:30:220:30:26

-How about that?

-Terrific.

-I'm pleased by that.

-£60.

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£60, top of the estimate.

0:30:300:30:32

Shaun's uncle received them as a present from his employer.

0:30:320:30:35

I think he'd be pretty impressed by that price.

0:30:350:30:39

It's more silver next - the candlesticks.

0:30:390:30:42

These were a retirement gift to Shaun,

0:30:420:30:44

but they're a bit formal for a family dining table,

0:30:440:30:47

so they're off to another home.

0:30:470:30:49

We've had people buying the silver stuff today, so this could do quite well.

0:30:490:30:53

16. £18 there. At £18. At £18, you, sir.

0:30:530:30:57

£18, anybody else? At 18... Just in time, 20.

0:30:570:31:01

22. £22, then. Nearest me at 22.

0:31:010:31:05

509.

0:31:050:31:07

There was a lot of bidding, but it stopped at 22.

0:31:070:31:10

A little disappointing, but we're doing well so far,

0:31:100:31:14

and everything is selling pretty close to the estimated price.

0:31:140:31:17

Still, as we know, auctions are unpredictable, so let's hope that someone recognises

0:31:170:31:22

the quality and value of the Omega watches coming up next.

0:31:220:31:26

A bit of clock-watching now, because we've got those two lovely watches

0:31:260:31:30

that you gave to each other, didn't you?

0:31:300:31:32

But that was a long time ago, wasn't it, Shaun?

0:31:320:31:36

It was, yes. Rita's 21st, I think, was when I gave her hers.

0:31:360:31:40

-Hers was a gift to me on my 30th.

-And now they're going towards paying for your 70th,

0:31:400:31:46

so I suppose it's highly appropriate, really, isn't it? Have you tried to wear these, Alexandra?

0:31:460:31:51

Grandma's is tiny, I don't think I'd get it on my wrist.

0:31:510:31:55

So it's probably a good job they're putting them to auction.

0:31:550:31:58

-And I've got interest in this lot already.

-Good.

0:31:580:32:02

-I'm bid £240.

-Wonderful start, 240.

0:32:020:32:05

260. 280. 300 in the room, at £300.

0:32:050:32:08

320. 340. 360. 380.

0:32:080:32:12

400? And 20.

0:32:120:32:14

£420 to the lady there, at 420.

0:32:140:32:17

Anybody else? For 420. 440.

0:32:170:32:19

-Another bidder coming in.

-460. 480.

0:32:190:32:22

500. 550. 600. 650.

0:32:220:32:25

-I am...

-700. 750.

-DORITA MURMURS

0:32:250:32:27

800. £800 for the lady at £800.

0:32:270:32:30

It's yours, madam, at £800.

0:32:300:32:32

Selling for 800.

0:32:320:32:34

Thank you, 800. 210.

0:32:340:32:36

You really didn't expect that, did you?

0:32:360:32:38

Look at this.

0:32:380:32:40

Stupid.

0:32:400:32:41

Completely and utterly stupid.

0:32:410:32:44

-But those are tears of happiness, aren't they?

-Oh!

-Yes.

-Too right.

0:32:440:32:49

Amazing! £800 - over double the highest estimate.

0:32:500:32:55

Well, team, we're halfway through and we're doing pretty well,

0:32:550:32:59

I can tell you.

0:32:590:33:01

I can see the barbecue on the beach already with the champagne piling up,

0:33:010:33:05

-because you wanted to raise, what, £1,000?

-£1,000, yes.

0:33:050:33:09

Well, you've made more than that already and it's only halfway.

0:33:090:33:13

You've made £1,076.

0:33:130:33:17

-That's incredible.

-That's wonderful.

0:33:170:33:21

And we've still got some great things to come

0:33:210:33:24

because we have that Art Nouveau pendant, the sovereign, which is also a pendant.

0:33:240:33:29

I think the second half will be a lot of fun,

0:33:290:33:31

so why don't we take a bit of a break and then we'll come back for the second half of the action?

0:33:310:33:36

Come on.

0:33:360:33:37

The Cuttings take a well-earned rest to recover from all that emotion.

0:33:370:33:42

Meanwhile, Jonty, who's a bit like a child in a sweetshop when it comes to auctions,

0:33:420:33:46

has found something that's really to his taste.

0:33:460:33:49

-Angela, I know you love your Art Nouveau.

-Oh, yes.

0:33:490:33:52

This lovely little tray here is so perfectly Art Nouveau.

0:33:520:33:56

A little hors d'oeuvre dish. Very simply done,

0:33:560:33:59

because this would have been made in a mould,

0:33:590:34:02

mass-produced by a very famous company who were producing tablewares like this.

0:34:020:34:06

Just in the corner it says WMF.

0:34:060:34:09

This is a German company that was producing tablewares like this around the turn of the century.

0:34:090:34:15

They started in the 1880s, but by the turn of the century,

0:34:150:34:18

they had 3,500 people working in the factories, so they were a very, very prolific maker.

0:34:180:34:24

So you have these stylised branches.

0:34:240:34:26

I suppose... Is it trees? Is it flowers? It doesn't really matter.

0:34:260:34:30

The whole point of it was that it was all organic

0:34:300:34:33

and flowed very, very simply, just like this dish.

0:34:330:34:35

It is a bit worn, isn't it? So what would that have been made of?

0:34:350:34:39

This is silver-plated, so there is a bit of wear here,

0:34:390:34:44

but this can be restored.

0:34:440:34:45

This can be burnished. This will really come up a beautiful colour.

0:34:450:34:49

So I don't mind seeing plates like this, dishes like this in this condition in an auction room.

0:34:490:34:55

-So how much is that likely to go for?

-This particular hors d'oeuvre dish is estimated at under £100

0:34:550:35:00

and it's also being sold with three other items as well, so you can pick them up relatively cheaply.

0:35:000:35:05

-A very pretty little dish. Let's see what it does go for.

-Yeah, it will be very interesting.

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-When it does go under the hammer...

-120 there. 120 Anybody else?

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120 is the bid.

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..it sold spot on estimate at £120.

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If you're inspired by the programme and thinking of heading to auction,

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please do remember that commission and other charges may apply,

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so always check the details with the auction house.

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It's time for us to take our places back in the room,

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and we'll be hard pushed to beat that amazing sale of £800 for the gold watches.

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Let's hope that good luck stays with us.

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We come back to earth with a set of knives and teaspoons.

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They're up next at £30 to £50.

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Alexandra, would you like to be able to serve cake and cheese with these silver-handled things?

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Plain old knives will do for me, I think.

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The cake slice at £10. Anybody want this?

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A maiden bid of £10. 12. 14.

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16. 18. 20.

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22. £22 nearest me. At 22.

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24, there. 26. 28.

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30. 32.

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-34. £34 nearest to me at £34.

-£34.

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-We're over the lowest estimate.

-34.

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£34 for a lovely collection of silver.

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You must have no silver left!

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That's a good sale - £4 over the lowest estimate -

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someone uses a cake slice and not a knife to cut their teatime treat.

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A bit of American history coming up now.

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That set of six blue and white plates that were made for the Jamestown Exposition.

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They are very much for the American market,

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and we couldn't work out how they came from here to America and back again, could we?

0:36:430:36:47

-No, that's right.

-They are well-travelled plates!

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-A bit of a mystery.

-Up to my attic and down.

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So they've been all over the place.

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And we have £60 to £100 on them.

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What are they worth? Start me for £30 for the plates. £30?

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And 5 I'll take. At £30. 30. £35.

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All I am bid for those plates at £35.

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40 I need. At £35.

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Not quite enough. At £35, then. 35.

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-35?

-They're unsold.

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-Unsold?

-He muttered under his breath, "Unsold."

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What he actually did was offer them in the room at 30, even £35,

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but actually, there was no bid.

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We'll take them to America with us.

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Yes! That's what you should do.

0:37:250:37:28

-You're absolutely right!

-Why not?

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The first unsold lot of the day,

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but Shaun and Dorita seem so positive about everything,

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I think they really might take them back to America when they go!

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Now, we have great hopes for this...

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wonderful full-sovereign gold pendant.

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Did you ever actually wear it?

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A couple of times, no more.

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You'd rather have the party than the pendant?

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-Why not?

-Yes! This is proper money in the bank.

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-Let's see how much we can raise.

-That's what we need.

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These always sell. Start me £100 for the lot.

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£100 I'm bid. 100, 110, 120. In the room at £120.

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120 for the sovereign.

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£120. You all done, £120?

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I'm selling it, then. 120 is the bid. Lot 452.

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-£120.

-£120.

0:38:120:38:14

I was hoping for a little bit more, but just for one tiny coin, that's absolutely fine.

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£120 and another sale under our belt.

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Gold sovereigns are still produced every year and can make good christening presents.

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They cost rather more than their original value of 20 shillings or £1.

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Now you'd be looking to spend around £180.

0:38:310:38:34

I think, Alexandria, this Art Nouveau necklace

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which your granny is going to sell

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would look lovely on the dress you're wearing now.

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-Second thoughts about selling it?

-No, definitely not.

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Good job, because it's just about to go under the hammer.

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£20 the maiden bid. 22. 24.

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26. 28. £28 in the blue, then. At £28.

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-Almost up to the lowest estimate.

-30, fresh bidder.

-New bidder.

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32, 34, 36, 38, 40.

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£40 standing, then, at 40.

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At £40 it goes. 570.

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Top of Jonty's estimate - £40.

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After a cool reception,

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the price of the necklace climbed to Jonty's top estimate.

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A cracking sale, considering it was found over 60 years ago by Dorita's uncle on Redhill Common.

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Shaun, we've got this collection of Lladro figures coming up now.

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-Is it something you've collected between you?

-It is, yes.

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We collected them on holidays, things like that.

0:39:280:39:31

Jonty's put £200 to £250 on them.

0:39:310:39:33

Very nice little collection here.

0:39:330:39:35

There's always dealers / collectors for Lladro figures.

0:39:350:39:38

-Let's hope they're here today.

-Exactly.

0:39:380:39:40

Start me for the Lladro - must be worth £150. 150 for that.

0:39:400:39:45

-For the Lladro...

-It's all ready...

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160, 170, 180, 190,

0:39:470:39:51

200, 210, 220, 230...

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This is what happens when two people want it.

0:39:540:39:57

-270, 280, 290, 300.

-This is amazing.

0:39:570:40:01

320 in the doorway.

0:40:010:40:04

Anybody else? £340, fresh bidding.

0:40:040:40:06

Still going.

0:40:060:40:08

380, 400, 420.

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At £420, we're all done.

0:40:090:40:14

£420 that's bid, 420. Thank you.

0:40:140:40:17

£420!

0:40:170:40:19

You're allowed to applaud when you're pleased, you know!

0:40:210:40:24

-And I take it you are delighted with that, aren't you?

-I'd say so.

0:40:240:40:28

No-one saw that coming. £420 for the collection of six pieces of Lladro.

0:40:280:40:34

That's an amazing amount.

0:40:340:40:36

We've certainly had a few surprises at today's auction.

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Shaun, Dorita and Alexandra,

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we know you're going to have a great party in Florida,

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because at the halfway point we made £1,000, which is what you wanted to raise in the first place.

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We've got a bit extra to add to it.

0:40:500:40:54

I think this is going to be the barbie to beat all barbies for your 70th,

0:40:540:40:58

because in the second half of the auction, you added quite a bit of money to it.

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You're going to be able to take away with you, towards your party...

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£1,690.

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ALL: Oh! I can't believe this!

0:41:110:41:14

-That's amazing.

-Oh, my word. And this isn't acting.

0:41:140:41:17

This is wonderful. Oh, my word.

0:41:170:41:19

Are you going to have a good party?

0:41:190:41:22

-It seems like it.

-Too right.

-I think you're going to light up the whole of Florida.

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Can we say in advance, Dorita, happy 70th?

0:41:270:41:30

-Thank you very much, dear.

-Enjoy.

-I most certainly will.

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Back home in Redhill, Surrey,

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Shaun and Dorita can't resist having a look at the photos of their previous trips to Florida,

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in anticipation of their return visit.

0:41:450:41:47

We're planning to put the money towards our flights, which we've now already booked.

0:41:470:41:52

In fact, we're leaving in six days to go to Florida.

0:41:520:41:56

All that's left now is to have their family get-together.

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It seems the grandchildren have gone to town

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to make sure that Dorita's 70th birthday is a special one

0:42:030:42:06

with plenty of presents.

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There's even a cake.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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LAUGHTER

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There's nothing better than the sound of laughter,

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and Dorita is obviously loving every minute of her 70th birthday party.

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I'm really enjoying having all my family around today

0:42:200:42:24

and I'm certainly looking forward to five weeks of partying on the beach.

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Series looking at whether household junk could be worth a small fortune. Angela Rippon is in Surrey to meet Shaun and Dorita Cutting, whose house is full of collectables gathered over their 50 year marriage. With a landmark birthday on the horizon, the couple are hoping the Cash team will uncover enough valuables to fund a very special trip to America.


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