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Welcome to Cash In The Attic, the show that finds hidden treasures in your home

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and helps you sell them at auction.

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Now, today, we are in Chislehurst, in Kent.

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And beneath us here are the Chislehurst Caves, which have been dug over a period of 8,000 years.

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The Chislehurst Caves are a labyrinth of dark, mysterious passageways,

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which have been cut by hand from the chalk deep beneath the village.

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They stopped mining here in the early 19th century.

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But during the Second World War, the mines were turned into a massive air raid shelter.

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And since then, we've had rock concerts here in the 1960s.

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But for now, it's a popular local attraction.

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So, from these caves, steeped in history, it's off to our next

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location, where hopefully we'll find some items with history of their own that we can take to auction.

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I've got to find my way out of this place first.

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Now, where is the exit?

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Coming up on Cash In The Attic - for once, our expert is lost for words.

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-What is it?

-But he does have a surprise for the lady of the house.

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Harrods? I have never been through Harrods' door!

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-Well, apparently...

-And will our couple make their target, or will they be pipped at the post?

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-We're under starter's orders.

-We're on a winner.

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We're out in the bright sunshine now, thank goodness.

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I'm a few miles down the road, in West Wickham.

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And we're going to meet Anne and Raymond Wright, who called

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the Cash In The Attic team because they want to raise some money for a very special move.

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Raymond Anne Wright were childhood sweethearts, having met at the tender age of 15 and 16.

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Married for over 30 years, they now have two children,

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Angela and younger brother Barry.

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We hope there will be lots of exciting collectibles inside this house that we can take to auction.

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James, James, James.

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-Chris, where have you been?

-I'm sorry I'm late.

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I got a bit lost in the caves.

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-Caves?

-Chislehurst Caves, just round the corner.

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-You don't look much like a caveman to me.

-I'm not a caveman.

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I was a bit overdressed for the occasion. We've got some good news.

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Plenty of work to do for you today.

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This couple behind us love horse racing.

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Well, who's going to be first past the finishing post?

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It'll be you, cos I'm going to give you a head start. Come on.

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Hello, everybody. The sun's out, we've got a pond here.

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Now, I know you're Raymond,

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and who's this one?

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-That's my daughter Angela.

-Angela, nice to meet you.

-Hello.

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It's a family affair, obviously. So who phoned Cash In The Attic?

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-I called Cash In The Attic.

-Why did you call us?

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My wife and myself, our health is not as good as we'd like to be.

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We have a house in Cyprus which is fully furnished, and we've decided to retire out there.

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-So you've got to get rid of some stuff.

-We have, yes.

-So, Anne, how long have you lived here?

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35 years in this house.

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35 years. So what sort of things are we going to find?

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Well, loads of things, actually, you know.

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You'll probably find lots of interesting things which you gather

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yourself, and you just poke them away.

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-Are you willing to give it all up?

-I've got to. It's a case of got to.

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So, how much money do we want to raise today?

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Approximately £1,000.

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So we are going to have to work hard. And where is this money going?

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We're going to take our friends out for a slap-up meal at

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a restaurant run by Cypriot people that we know very well.

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And then the rest of the money will be updating our house that we are going to live in in Cyprus.

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So, Angela, it looks as if we're in for some hard work. Are you ready to get your hands dirty?

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-Definitely.

-Are they likely to let things go, or will they want to keep stuff?

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I think they're going to let everything go.

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Cos they really want to have their new life in Cyprus, so, yeah.

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-Are you ready to do some work?

-We are.

-Yes.

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Grab your teas, cos that's the last bit of fun you're going to have.

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And follow me.

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Raymond has been in the photography business for over 50 years, and a racing photographer for the past 30.

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Anne is also his right-hand lady, dealing with the secretarial side of the business.

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Now retired, they've decided to pack up and move to sunnier climes.

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Looking around, I can see all sorts of memorabilia, antiques and collectibles, scattered around

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this house, ready for James to cast his expert eye over.

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Talking of James, it's time to track him down.

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In nearly 30 years of working with antiques, his specialisms include statuary, clocks and works of art.

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So our first item might be right up his street.

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Where is he? Ah!

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James, here you are. Imagine my surprise.

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Straight into a bit of racing.

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Great photos. Who took these?

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I took those, over a period of 10, 12 years ago.

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I was just looking at these. Because I can see here, we've got

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one, two, three former champion jockeys.

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We've got Frankie Dettori here, and then Willie Carson over there.

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And then we've also got Richard Dunwoody.

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But the interesting thing, Ray, is that these are not taken in

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the normal way you would expect a jockey to be depicted.

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No, I used to do a lot of these for Question Of Sport.

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I've got about 500 on file, which they use in their programmes.

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-The mystery guest.

-It all makes sense now. What's going on here?

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Well, unfortunately, he broke his foot, which he thought was rather

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funny, and here he is hopping around for me, for taking a picture.

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Fantastic.

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They are great photographs, but how much, James, are they worth?

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I have to say that it's a really tricky one to answer.

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I think there are one or two things to remember. First of all, we're talking about racing.

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And that is the sport of kings.

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There's more money in this sport than virtually any other one.

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As such, there are always going to be passionate collectors who want to have this sort of memorabilia.

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Not just the skill of your photography here, Ray, but also

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the fact that each of them has actually been signed.

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So that elevates it above the status of being a mere photograph, even one taken by Ray.

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But trying to value these, not an easy task.

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I'll have to be mean, though.

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If we start off with, if you like a starting price, of 25 quid each.

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So, let's say £100-£200. But I think that's probably being very mean.

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-So are you happy with that?

-I'm very happy. I think I'm

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-on a winner.

-Very good. We're up and running.

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But a lot of work to be done. We're far from that winning post.

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I want to find out more about your photography history later on. But let's get going. Come on.

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It looks like James has jumped the first fence in today's rummage.

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£100-£200 is a fantastic start, but we've got a long way to go before we reach that final furlong.

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So we all split up and take on various parts of the house.

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Ray has dug out more of his professional photos, and has decided to send

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this signed Sir Alex Ferguson photo that he took at Ascot.

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James gives it an impressive £30-£50.

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And it looks like James is on to a winning streak today, discovering

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yet another item that's hidden away under the stairs.

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Oh, Anne, look what I've just found.

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Oh, my goodness.

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-A heavy box.

-Very heavy.

-So, Anne, where did this come from?

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My mother-in-law and father-in-law.

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Roughly, when did they get married?

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I think it was about 1936.

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Because that's the sort of thing they may have had as a wedding present?

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Yes, I think it was a wedding present, actually.

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That would actually figure, because what we've got

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here is what we call a canteen of cutlery.

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-Mm-hm.

-It's actually made, Robert Mosley, Sheffield.

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And Sheffield was the city in England which is renowned for its cutlery, from the 18th century

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onward, and especially in the 19th and 20th century, it was exported all over the world.

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-Right.

-I mean, you just don't see things like this today.

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No. The only thing missing off of that is the steel.

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Because my father-in-law used to always use the steel.

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-Right. Yes.

-And obviously he didn't put it back in there.

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Well, it's just a small thing. That could actually be replaced.

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But what I love about these things is that they gave you everything.

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-Oh, yes.

-Because if I pull out the drawers, we've got all of the spoons, dessert spoons and forks.

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And here's something I love, you just don't seem nowadays.

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-You've even got the knife rests in there.

-Yes!

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And there's another drawer as well.

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And we've got tablespoons, soup ladles, source ladles, it's all there.

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And all labelled.

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Looking at the construction of this, you can see it's made with all these different layers of wood.

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It's real quality.

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All of that's the good news.

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-In some ways, the slightly bad news is that it's not silver, it's not solid silver, sterling silver.

-No.

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It's actually silver plate.

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And on the back, we've actually got the maker's initial, Robert Mosley & Son.

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And then EP, which stands for electric plate.

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Value on this...

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We'd probably put an estimate of between £100 and £200.

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Brilliant. That's lovely.

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Which is, you know, it's a sizable chunk of money, in terms of where we want to be.

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-Yes.

-Of course, the other side is, it's actually a fraction of what it would cost you if you went

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to somewhere posh like Harrods to buy this new today, you'd be paying...

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Harrods? I have never been through Harrods' door!

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Haven't you? Apparently, this would cost you a lot of money!

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But I tell you what, we are never satisfied.

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So let's go and find something else.

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You see, Anne, you don't need a posh shop, there's perfectly decent stuff like this being sold at auction.

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Not bad. No, not me, the mirror!

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And James agrees, giving it a handsome £60-£80 price tag.

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Everyone's on the hunt to find antiques and collectibles.

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With a target of £1,000, we need time on our side.

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James, what do you think about this wall clock?

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It's a handsome piece. Where did you get it?

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My mum bought it for my father for their 30th wedding anniversary.

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And she particularly liked it because it's

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got the initials R&A on it, which is obviously my mum and dad's initials.

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Raymond and Anne.

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Oh, with Cupid's arrow as well.

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I like that.

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It's not old, but it's a copy of

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a 19th century Viennese regulator, which were very popular over in Vienna, in Austria, and in Germany.

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And what they were is, they were really precision timepieces,

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so they had very, very complicated movements inside them.

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-If you see the pendulum there, can you see there are different coloured metals?

-Yes.

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That is what we call a bimetallic, compensated pendulum, which sounds very complicated.

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-It does.

-But what that means is that different metals expand and contract

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at different speeds, depending on whether it's hot or cold.

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It makes the pendulum shorter or longer.

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And this makes it go at a different speed.

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And so they are made of different metals, and one compensates out the other.

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So it's a better way of it keeping time. Good sign of quality.

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I think the important thing to say is that because it's

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actually a new copy, it doesn't have a full retail value, which it would have had when they bought it.

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And it doesn't have an antique value. So it's going to be, erm,

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more of a decorative price.

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I would think we should probably be looking at between £50 and £80 -

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which will be less, a lot less, than what they paid for it.

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I think they will be very pleased.

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OK, well, here's to many more happy wedding anniversaries, out in sunny Cyprus!

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Lovely.

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Now, James has told me that R&A doesn't stand for Raymond and Anne,

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but for retard and advance, which is an indicator for the adjustment of the pendulum speed.

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Some of the items they have in this house were bought at auction, and this reproduction Georgian-style

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half-moon table, reminiscent of Queen Anne style, will be repaying a visit, with a price tag of...

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It's not every day you meet childhood sweethearts, and I'm eager

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to find out how Raymond and Anne's relationship began.

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There's some wonderful photos around. It's a very happy home.

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-How did you two meet?

-Well, I met Ray when I was 15 and he was 16.

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We just sort of went on from there. And then he followed me to Southend.

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Followed me to Manchester.

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And that's where we got married, up in Manchester.

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So he must have been keen.

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So you couldn't shake him off. Were you romantic?

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I let others say.

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-Was he romantic?

-No.

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What was wrong with you, young man?

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So, tell me about your career, how did you get into photography?

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I started doing weddings, which we did for quite a number of years.

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Weddings slowed down a bit. And then I started doing football, going to different football matches.

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Football only runs for about nine months of the year, and then you've got two or three months of nothing.

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So I thought, well, I'll start taking up racing, which was 12 months a year.

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They say racing's the sport of kings, and you got

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a bit of the Royal Family as well in your camera.

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Yes. The late Queen Mother, absolutely charming woman.

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I used to send her pictures from Sandown of presentations, and

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within two to three days, she would write me back a letter.

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I think I got about 13, 14 letters from the Queen Mother, which I'm very privileged

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-to have.

-So this £1,000 that we're hoping to raise today, and at auction,

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it's not obviously for the trip. But it's to say goodbye.

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Yes. To our best friends.

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Not that we're going to cut them off altogether.

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But it's just to say thank you.

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So what is this chapter in Cyprus for you, what does it represent?

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-A new life.

-A new life.

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There's something magical about this Cyprus, I'm going to have to find out a bit more about it later.

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They call it the love island.

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Wow! I definitely want to know more about it.

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In the meantime, I think we'd better raise that cash.

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Come on.

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After all they've been through together, their plan to retire to the island of love is a great idea.

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And daughter Angela will be sad to see them go, but she still carries on the search.

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She decides to let the dining table and chairs go off to auction.

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They're far too big to ship to Cyprus, and £200-£400 will help tremendously.

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So far, we've made £620.

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But with so much stuff to clear out before their move abroad, we are feeling slightly confident.

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Was this another one of your photos?

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No, unfortunately, it wasn't. It's one of the horses which was lucky enough to win for me at Brighton.

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-That's your horse?

-Yes, that's my horse, called September Snap.

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Because we bought it in September. And because I take pictures, it's called Snap.

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-So you're a multi-millionaire now?

-Yes, exactly.

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We don't need the money, James!

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We do need the money! That's why I want to talk to you about this.

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Ray, where did it come from?

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My next-door neighbour runs an auction house, and I bought it some 12 years ago.

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I liked it, so I bought it.

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-Do you know what it's actually the official name for a bit of furniture like this?

-It's a Davenport.

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-It's a Davenport.

-Yes.

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Fully enough, Davenport was actually a person, Captain Davenport.

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And some time sort of, I think, in the 1830s or 1840s, he commissioned this sort of desk to be made.

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Can you remember, what did you go for it?

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125. That's 12 years ago.

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That absolutely figures, because that's actually roughly what it's worth now.

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I think what's happened in the meantime is that 12 years ago,

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prices were rising for antiques and good reproductions.

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And then round about the year 2000, they dropped off, because everyone became minimalist.

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And now they are beginning to rise again.

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So you've just sort of caught up with yourself.

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I'd put an estimate on this of between £100 and £200.

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The good news is, it hasn't lost any money over 12 years.

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Let's hope we have another winner.

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Come on, let's go and look for some more.

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That's a tidy little sum. And Angela comes across a gem

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when she discovers this wonderful diamond ring that once belonged to her grandfather, worth a stunning...

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The team are uncovering all sorts of family heirlooms and memorabilia.

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Anne's finds should send the bids flying on auction day.

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What have you got there?

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I like intriguing envelopes.

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What little secrets does this have?

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Ooh! Concorde!

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-Fantastic!

-Yes. I treated Ray to a Christmas present.

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You posted him off on Concorde, or both of you?

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-No, no.

-Just him?

-Yes.

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What a nice present.

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Well, he loved the Concorde, and it used to fly over here every day.

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So, I arranged a trip for him through the travel agent.

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And he actually went up into the cockpit.

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They said, would anyone like to go up?

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-And Ray was there.

-I bet he was.

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Well, there is huge nostalgia interest in Concorde.

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The point being that already, even though it's only five or six years since it stopped flying,

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-the nostalgia is huge.

-Oh, yes.

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You've got the complete package year, with the bonus of a couple of photographs which Raymond took.

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I think, again, being mean, probably £40-£60.

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-And I would sort of expect it to fetch more.

-That would be brilliant, yeah.

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-How does that sound?

-That's lovely, yeah.

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It probably cost you a few bob more than that to post him up in the sky,

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-but it's quite nice to get a bit of money back.

-Yes!

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-But anyway, we must find more.

-Yes. Certainly.

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It was such an impressive aircraft, so I'm not surprised there's demand for Concorde memorabilia.

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Ray and Anne have had this blue-and-yellow comfy chair for 13 years.

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Its chunky features and carved decoration

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are reminiscent of the art nouveau styles of the late Victorian era.

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Raymond and Anne are happy to let someone else enjoy it.

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Let's go out in the garden again, leave James inside.

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Isn't it beautiful?

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Yes, lovely.

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Why would you want, Ray, to be going off to Cyprus?

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Well, we have an all-year-round climate.

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It's very good for our health.

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With me being diabetic, and I had a heart attack.

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The food is fresh. We're going to go for it.

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-Do you love it, too, Anne?

-Yes. I never want to get back on the plane.

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I always say to him, you're gonna have to drag me to the airport.

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And then when we are sitting on the plane, the last time I went, do we really have to go home?

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Have I really got to get on this plane?

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But you do realise you're going to leave someone behind?

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-How do you feel about it?

-I'll miss them terribly.

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I'm quite upset about it, but I'm happy for them, because they deserve everything that they're going to get.

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So you've got to let them go, haven't you?

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-She's getting emotional.

-I know.

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It's being with you.

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So, Anne, what is it about Cyprus?

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You've got great weather, but what else is it that you love?

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You can't put it into words, really.

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I mean, Angela used to say to me, I don't know why you keep going back.

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And then, when we phoned up home, she said we sounded like a couple of teenagers.

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She said, what is in the water out there?

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But no, we just love it. You can't describe it until you've been.

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But the people that do go, they say, I'm going back again.

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And that's how we started.

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A little bird was telling me that it's not just you three

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that love Cyprus, but your son Barry as well, I hear?

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This year, he took his girlfriend out there.

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He asked, could he go for a week? We said, yes, of course you can, the place is there.

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-And he proposed to her and got engaged.

-So it's a romantic place.

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Very.

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-Even he gets romantic.

-Look out there, Angela, do you want a bit of romance out there?

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I don't mind.

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Shall we go and do one more last bit of rummaging?

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-Yes.

-Come on.

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Mmm. Sun, sea and romance - a perfect combination.

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I'm getting quite envious. Anyway, we're coming to the end of our day, and pulling out

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all the stops to raise as much money for Ray and Anne's move abroad.

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Well, Ray, I have to say, with this, you have got my undivided attention.

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What is it?

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It's a horse game which my father used to use during the war.

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And people used to bet a penny on each horse.

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A penny was a lot of money then, and that's how he made his money.

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Fantastic.

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What's fascinating for me,

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written on the top here is Ascot, The Racing Game, by Jaques & Son.

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And they are the oldest established makers of sporting goods and games in the world.

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They were founded in 1795, by Thomas Jacques.

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They've made all sorts of things over the centuries.

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They are perhaps most well-known now for making things like croquet sets.

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But always of the best, best quality.

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The other thing I like about them is that they are still run

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by members of the Jacques family, over 200 years later.

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This particular game I think is probably Edwardian.

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It's round about 1900, 1910.

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So it's about 100 years old. And I think if it's being used, it really has stood the test of time.

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Fantastic quality mahogany box.

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And inside it is a clockwork mechanism which winds the pieces

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of string in, which the lead painted horses are attached to.

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And then you've got your very own rolled-out racetrack.

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So it's a complete racehorse track in portable form, which I really like.

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What is it worth? Well, I'm going to be conservative and say around about £30-£50. But I am being mean.

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Because I think it will probably do a lot better than that.

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I really do. So, why don't we give it a whirl?

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No, I'll tell you what, let's get everybody else in, and then you can give us a demonstration.

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Chris?

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Hello, mate. What have we got here?

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Listen, we are literally under starter's orders here.

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Ray is just going to show us how this all works.

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And I think you have all got to place your bets.

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Well, I've run out of cash, so you'll have to lend me some money.

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Same old story. But before we do that, we'd better have a tot-up.

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-Are we exhausted?

-Yes.

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You've caught the sun in the garden, I can see that.

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-We've put everything up. How much did we get for this, by the way?

-About £30-£50.

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-Is that all?

-Well, I'm playing things mean. Long odds, that means you win more money.

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Well, that makes a grand total, from all of your rummaging - I know you were aiming for £1,000...

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Well, we reckon, conservatively, we could come up with £1,120. That's not too bad, is it?

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That's a grand total.

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-I like it, Ray.

-Spoken like a sporting man.

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Exactly. Now, we're going to race off to the auction house. But before that, we've got a big race here.

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-Away you go.

-They are under starter's orders, and they're off!

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Hey!

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As much as I hate goodbyes, we'll all be glad to see our items sell and move on to pastures new.

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There's the canteen of cutlery that James thinks is posh enough to be in Harrods!

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And there's the Sir Alex Ferguson-signed photograph.

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Let's hope there's some Man U fans in the sale room.

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And the Concorde memorabilia should reach the skies.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic - will the auction spring a few surprises on us?

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Yes!

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And will some results be too painful for our couple?

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-No!

-No!

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Emotions run high, but will the outcome be good? Are you in shock?

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-Yes. I am, yes.

-Find out, when the final hammer falls.

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It's been a few weeks since we had a good old rummage around Ray and Anne's house in Kent.

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And my goodness, did we find a rich array of items?

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We've brought them all here to the Hampshire Auctions in Andover.

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Ray and Anne want to raise around £1,000 for an enormous

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farewell dinner, before they head off to Cyprus.

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So let's hope everyone here is in good mood, and very generous, as their items go under the hammer.

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It's good to see our expert, James, is here nice and early.

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And he certainly looks ready for the day ahead.

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I reckon he's just a big kid at heart.

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And I bet I know what he's looking at.

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Ah, James, I thought I might find you here.

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You've got to stop playing silly games!

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You think horseracing's silly?

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-It's the sport of kings!

-You do love this item, don't you?

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I think it's a cracker, I really, really do. Just wonderful quality.

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Having a look around here, there seems to be a lot of furniture...

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We've got a lot of furniture coming as well. They're clearing

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their house so we've got a lot - dining room tables, chairs, lots of things.

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I'm scared when I talk about furniture, because it could be hot or cold in an auction room.

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My only worry is that it's not antique furniture.

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Theirs is modern reproduction - good quality, but modern reproduction.

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-Let's just hope someone's furnishing a house.

-Shall we go and see?

-Yes.

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Come on. We all know it can be touch and go when selling reproduction furniture at auction.

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So we'll have to wait and see what the day brings.

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I wonder if Raymond is having a few regrets about letting go of his photographic handiwork?

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Hello, gang. Nice to see you again.

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-Nice to see you.

-Old Frankie there, one of your favourites?

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Yes, first jumping at Ascot.

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Have you been to an auction before?

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I haven't, no.

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But you have? You've bought some stuff.

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About 400 times to auction houses.

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-400 times to auction houses. You know you've got to not buy anything today.

-Oh.

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-I've tied his hands down.

-That's good, Anne.

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Because we want to make big money, not spend big money.

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This could be a long day, James.

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I'm just hoping we'll be jumping for joy, just like Frankie, by the end of the day!

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Anything you're looking forward to today?

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Well, what I think's nice, Chris, is that Ray and Anne have got

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a nice cross-section of things, from silver to furniture, whatever.

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You're selling up house. Made.

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-Right, so we're looking for some young couples in the audience today.

-That would be very nice.

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-Right. Ready for the auction?

-Yes.

-Come on, let's go.

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As the sale room begins to fill with bidders, we take our places in the

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corner of the room for the first lot. It's the canteen of cutlery.

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-You really like this, James, don't you?

-It was such a clean lot.

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And obviously, it belonged to Ray's parents, and it had been very, very well looked-after.

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It had all the original labels, didn't it, Anne?

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-Yes. It tickled me, that.

-So, great condition.

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And the fact it's still got its original box, which a lot of them don't have. So, a nice clean lot.

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-I think it could do well. Estimate, £100-£200.

-Fingers crossed.

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Quite a few commission bids here.

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-We like that.

-Straight in at £150.

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Ooh! Yes!

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170 I'll take. 180 here.

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-190... Finally 200...

-Top estimate...

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-At £210, then? Surely 220?

-Brilliant.

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Well, well - how about that?

0:26:550:26:57

-What a shock.

-Hey?

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-What a shock.

-Are you in shock?

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Yes, I am.

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What a great start to the auction! James was right.

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It's a quality item, and our bidders were prepared to battle it out and pay the top price for it.

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Next up, it's the dining table and chairs. We are all relying on a couple furnishing their new home.

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£200-£400 - it's a bargain!

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James, always a bit worried about the furniture.

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But we've got a huge dining room table, and six chairs.

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Chris, it's a fantastic package.

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OK, it's not old, but it's, you know, hand-carved in wood, nicely upholstered.

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It's actually the complete package. And if you want nice furnishing things, it's not expensive.

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Beautiful legs on it.

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You like saying that to the men, don't you?

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You don't have to talk about me.

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Start me at £100.

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-100 I have, 110 I will take.

-We need to be a bit more than that.

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£100 only, then, at £100...

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-Ooh.

-Mmm.

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No, I don't think he sold that.

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The auctioneer used his discretion, and decided not to sell it for less than it's worth.

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So that's unfortunately going home with Raymond and Anne.

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Now, will we have better luck with our next piece of furniture, the half-moon table?

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It's a nice furnishing piece. So, if the people are here, it'll go.

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If they ain't, it won't.

0:28:200:28:22

-Simple as that.

-I've got 50 bid on this.

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At £50 only. Five, I'll take.

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Five, I have. At 55, 60 is there.

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At £55, then.

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I'm afraid that's not quite enough.

0:28:330:28:36

I don't think he's sold that.

0:28:380:28:40

He hasn't sold that.

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Uh-oh. So, our fears for the furniture are being realised, as two pieces fail to sell.

0:28:420:28:49

That's £150 down so far. And I'm hoping that this isn't going to be an ongoing theme.

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Because up next is the Davenport bureau.

0:28:540:28:56

£55, then.

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Didn't sell again.

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Didn't sell.

0:29:040:29:07

This furniture today is not going, is it?

0:29:070:29:09

It's a great pity, isn't it, Anne? But I think what it shows is that obviously here today, we haven't got

0:29:090:29:15

that young married couple who are just setting up their first home.

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But that's auction. Sometimes you get them, sometimes you won't.

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Obviously, because it's new, it's not something that will be bought by an antique dealer.

0:29:200:29:25

It's very much the sort of modern furnishing piece.

0:29:250:29:27

Ouch! That's a hat-trick, and a real knock to our confidence.

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After James' comments, we're finding it difficult to hold out any hope for our next item, because

0:29:310:29:36

it's another piece of furniture - the blue and gold chair that's been in the family for over 30 years.

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Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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If I can start at £50. 55 I'll take.

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At £50 only. Five I have.

0:29:510:29:53

-At 60. And five.

-Yes.

0:29:530:29:57

At five, it's yours, madam. At 75, I'm out. Is there 80?

0:29:570:30:01

£75, then, I will sell for 75.

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Yes!

0:30:050:30:07

That is £5 under James's lower estimate but at least it sold.

0:30:070:30:12

So far we have made £285 towards the move to Cyprus and we can't forget that meal for the friends.

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Thankfully, our next item isn't furniture.

0:30:190:30:21

Let's hope this unique little piece will spur on a flutter.

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-You love this.

-Ray was taking side bets.

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The Ascot racing game. When did it date from?

0:30:320:30:34

I think it dates to the early part of the 20th century, but your dad had in the 1930s.

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'30s, yeah. Penny bets.

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We've got £30 to £50 on it so quite specialised thing but

0:30:430:30:48

we are under starter's orders, let's see how we get on.

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Here I'm straight in at £45.

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We are under starter's orders.

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Five, I'm out, at 65, 70, is there?

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70 I have, 5?

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80, five. 90.

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And five. 100. 110. 120.

0:31:070:31:13

130. 140.

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And it's good to firm. 150.

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At £140, I'm selling.

0:31:200:31:23

-Yes!

-That's a winner.

-That is a winner and a half.

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First past the post.

0:31:270:31:30

Your old dad would be proud on that because

0:31:300:31:33

that's probably more money than he made on betting when he played it.

0:31:330:31:36

He made pennies during the war playing that.

0:31:360:31:38

That's a lot of pennies, old pennies, to get up to 140 quid.

0:31:380:31:42

Yes. I am extremely pleased that the game did so well selling more than

0:31:420:31:46

four times over its lower estimate but how have we done so far?

0:31:460:31:51

-OK, it is half-time, and as a sports photographer, what do we do at half-time?

-Have a lemon.

0:31:510:31:55

Have a lemon, some orange, cup of tea, it's time for that, James.

0:31:550:31:58

-Suits me!

-Now, we wanted to raise £1,000, it was a big ask and at

0:31:580:32:04

-the halfway stage, with everything gone, we are at £425.

-Brilliant.

0:32:040:32:11

-Big items to come, haven't we? A Frankie Dettori picture?

-Yes.

0:32:110:32:13

High hopes, James.

0:32:130:32:16

-As always.

-It's time now for the lemon, the orange, cup of tea.

0:32:160:32:20

-I wouldn't mind a rub-down, are you ready?

-Yes!

0:32:200:32:22

I won't be joining you on that one, Chris.

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If, like Raymond and Anne, you want to raise cash for a new life abroad and are

0:32:250:32:30

thinking of heading to auction, please remember that commission

0:32:300:32:32

and other charges may apply so check the details with the auction house.

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As Raymond and Anne head off for a well-earned sit down, James wants to show me something interesting

0:32:370:32:42

coming up in today's auction and like our couple, he clearly has travelling on his mind.

0:32:420:32:48

Chris, just have a look at this.

0:32:510:32:54

It caught my eye.

0:32:540:32:56

-It is beautiful, isn't it?

-There is a lot of work gone into this.

0:32:560:33:00

It is a hardwood chest with probably satinwood or some similarly exotic wood panels.

0:33:000:33:06

-Do you know where it comes from?

-It looks, it has a sort of Chinese feel but I could be completely wrong.

0:33:060:33:11

No, you are spot on.

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You look at the outside, you look at how intricately carved it all is.

0:33:130:33:16

Lots of decoration. An awful lot of work has gone into this.

0:33:160:33:20

You may say junk, but it is all these junks plying

0:33:200:33:22

their trade on the outside here with very Chinese type foliage.

0:33:220:33:29

The real secret lies on the inside.

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If I lift up the lid there.

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Just have a sniff.

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Like a perfume or spicy or something.

0:33:380:33:41

I'll tell you what it is, it's lined with camphor wood and camphor wood has similar properties to mothballs.

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Because these were quite often used out in the colonies, it was very good for storing your clothes,

0:33:490:33:55

blankets, things like that in knowing the moths wouldn't get them because moths hate camphor.

0:33:550:34:00

The reason it has this lift up tray is because it aerates it.

0:34:000:34:03

It gets a bit of air and stops the moths from getting at it.

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It smells a lot better than mothballs, I can tell you.

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It's more natural, isn't it? So, quite attractive on the outside, very practical inside.

0:34:120:34:18

A lot of these were brought back over the last 100 years or so by people in the Colonial Service

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or people working out there and more latterly in the last 20 years by people on holiday.

0:34:250:34:31

Has it got much value, do you think?

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Estimates in the catalogue, £80 to £100.

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Not a lot when you think about the work that has gone into it

0:34:360:34:39

-but I think that is probably what it will fetch.

-It is a bargain, really.

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It is a bargain and you come out smelling of roses... or camphor!

0:34:430:34:46

Very good! With the second part of the auction about

0:34:460:34:50

to begin, we retake our position, eagerly awaiting the next lot.

0:34:500:34:54

It's the clock that was an anniversary present which James thinks could fetch £50 to £80.

0:34:540:34:59

With this, the question is whether someone

0:34:590:35:02

wants to buy it as a furnishing item rather because it's not an antique.

0:35:020:35:06

I've got 35 to start.

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Eight I'll take, 38. And 40.

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42.

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-45, 48.

-He's on a roll.

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50, finally. 55, I'm out at £55.

0:35:160:35:21

Is there 60?

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At £55 only. 60 I'll take.

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£55, then.

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55, you know what, I think it's still a result.

0:35:280:35:32

It's a modern piece.

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The second half has got off to a great start with that clock selling, but we need

0:35:350:35:39

our run of luck to keep ticking over if we are going to raise that £1,000 for the move to Cyprus.

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Next up is a great item and one that means a lot to Raymond.

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Up next we've got... And I hate saying his name because I get scared as a sports reporter,

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Sir Alex Ferguson, a photograph of him, how did that come about?

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I did him at Royal Ascot.

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There were no problems at all.

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You're obviously not a sports reporter. James, what do you reckon?

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Like it or not, anything to do with Man United is going to have a certain cachet.

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We got 30 to £50.

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Are there any Man U fans in the room? We're about to find out.

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A photograph of Alex Ferguson with signature.

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He should be hailed in history as a god, I truly believe.

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I think the auctioneer is a Man U fan.

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Start me at £30.

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20 to get it going. No interest at 20.

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Surely, at £20, just for the signature it's worth that?

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No interest at 20? I'll have to pass the lot, I'm afraid.

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Oh, no!

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I think we've answered our question.

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The wrong part of the country.

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If I shout Chelsea do you think we'll get a bigger reaction?

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-I think we would.

-I think that's what it's down to, is that there are no Man U fans.

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I don't think Andover...

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-I think they're too far away.

-Matt Le Tissier, or something like that, we might have got away with it.

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Never mind, you have still got the photo and signature.

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I've got to say I'm surprised with that but as James pointed out, we probably needed to be

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further north to get those Manchester United fans bidding.

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And when the collection of sports photos taken by Raymond are shown before the room...

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..they too fail to sell and now we have made just

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£480 towards the £1,000 target, but maybe Raymond will find a specialist collector to buy them later on.

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But onwards and upwards.

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Next to go under the hammer, we have Concorde memorabilia.

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Raymond got this when he flew supersonic back in 1991.

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We are all hoping that this will take off.

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We've got a whole collection here, haven't we?

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Yes, we got paperweights, we've got menus, the story of Concorde.

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Just a nice package. Of course, the big question here is, in

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general auction, will there be those specialist, specialist collectors?

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-We will find out.

-I have got 32 on this.

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-34, I'll take.

-Good. It's a start.

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34, 36, 38.

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Stuck on 39 again. 40 it's yours.

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40, I'm out. 42 new place.

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45, 48.

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£45, 48 is there?

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£45, I'm selling.

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Hey, that's not too bad, is it?

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Well, we knew it would fly, didn't we?

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Not any more!

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True!

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Hey, you two, stop stealing my punch lines but he's right.

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It did indeed fly and we are all happy with the sale.

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Next to hit the runway is that diamond ring.

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It is a one-off commissioned by Raymond's dad, so we're hoping this might change everything.

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It belonged to your father, Ray, estimate 250 to 500, a wide estimate.

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150 bid, 160 I will take.

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At £150, 160 is there.

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£150 only.

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150, so we're not going to sell for that, are we James?

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No, I'm glad he hasn't sold it because an estimate of 250 upwards, that is worked out on the carat

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size, the diamonds, the colour, the clarity and the gold and obviously, no jewellery people here today.

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I think we will save that for another day.

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And it's not as if it's taking up room, is it?

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-No.

-Yes, a lot of room.

-What do you mean?

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We are moving to a doll's house!

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Moving on, and it is our last item that I found, the antique mirror valued at 60 to £80.

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-What did you pay for it, Ray?

-I paid approximately £50 about ten years ago from an auction house.

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-Ten years ago.

-Well, I'll tell you what happened in the meantime.

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Ten years ago, prices went up like that, about eight years ago

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they went down like that and now they are coming back up.

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-It will be interesting to see whether they are up to the same sort of level.

-It is about there, is it?

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It is about there!

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-Just like that.

-Where was it? I didn't see.

-Just like that.

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I'm straight in at £60 on this.

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65, I'll take. 65 there is.

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At 65, I'm all out, 70, new place.

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75 and 80. And five. And 90.

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And five. 100.

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At £95, 100 is there.

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At £95, I'm selling. At £95.

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Hey, that's good. It wasn't there, it was there!

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I think you've got a new career as antique dealer.

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Brilliant.

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Well done, you.

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That is great and a brilliant end to the sale.

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The mirror wowed the bidders so now it is time to reflect on

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today's auction and find out just how much we have raised.

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Well, that's it. Full-time whistle gone, the chequered flag, the race

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is over, whatever sporting analogy you use, it is over.

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It has been a tough one, James, along the way?

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I agree it has been tough, especially on the furniture.

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There just weren't the people here for those nice, decorative but not antique pieces of furniture you had.

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OK, but it is going back with you, you haven't lost it, which is the thing you have to remember.

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But it is full-time. Do you want to know the score?

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-Yes, please.

-You wanted to raise £1,000, didn't you?

-Please.

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Well, the grand total from everything we have sold is £620.

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-Not too bad.

-A little "ow"

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-there.

-No. No ow, was there?

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Do we all get one?

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Yes, please!

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I think that's not too bad and remember, you do take the stuff home, James.

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It's quite difficult because you think you lose it.

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Or it goes into the next auction.

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Hopefully on that occasion the right people will be here and it will make even more.

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-That's what we're going to do, actually.

-OK, good.

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We need to empty our house not fill it back up again.

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-Right, right, right.

-OK, to the next auction and then inevitably, Cyprus.

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-Cyprus here we come, well done.

-Thank you.

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Well, as promised, Raymond and Anne are treating

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their friends to a farewell meal in their favourite restaurant.

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They may not have reached their target, but guess what, it isn't spoiling the mood.

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We didn't quite make as much as we thought we would do, but we've thoroughly enjoyed our day.

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-Yeah. We're not disappointed.

-We're not disappointed, we had too much fun for that.

-Yes.

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Thank you, guys, for being there whenever we needed you.

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You're welcome, darling.

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And we will miss you!

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They'll be up next day!

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Well, let's wish them all the best in Cyprus.

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Ray and Anne Wright are heading to sunnier climates and moving to Cyprus. They want to say goodbye to friends by treating them to a farewell meal in their favourite restaurant. They also want to put any extra cash towards the move, so they call in the Cash team to help raise £1,000.


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