Clements Cash in the Attic


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Antiques series. Viv and Ken have acquired a holiday home by the sea, and Viv wants to buy a piece of art to add some flair to their seaside retreat; Jennie Bond drops by to help.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic. We're on the trail of treasures in your home that you can sell at auction.

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You know how they say that the world is getting smaller and smaller?

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I think I've just discovered that it's true.

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This is Bekonscot Village in Buckinghamshire,

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a miniature kingdom that takes you right back to the 1930s.

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It was established by a London accountant, Roland Callingham, 80 years ago.

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And every year, thousands of visitors still come here to enjoy its charms.

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Mr Callingham and his team of model builders turned their hands to making a replica of Bekonscot town.

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It was a popular hobby in the 1920s and '30s before the age of TV

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and many local children got involved in the project.

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Today, the model town stands as a reminder of how we used to live.

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We may not be lucky enough to find anything quite as cute as this,

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but it's high time we set off in search of antiques and collectables that we can take to that auction.

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'Coming up on Cash In The Attic, it's hard to say goodbye to old friends.'

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-So all of this has got to go?

-Yes.

-There was a hesitancy there.

-I know, but yes.

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'There are some differing opinions over the antiques.'

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-It's the sort of thing I'd put on the tip.

-Stop it!

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-'But someone soon learns the true value of our items.'

-He can't believe it!

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Everything is suddenly full-size

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cos I've come a few miles down the road to Amersham

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and I'm going to meet a couple who have called us in

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to help them raise money for a rather special house-warming.

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'This five-bedroom bungalow has been home to Viv Clements for 24 years.

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'She lived here with her late husband Steve who died 11 years ago

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'and her son Chris, now 21 and studying in Bristol.

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'Just a few years ago, Viv met Ken and love blossomed the second time around for them.

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'Now they're making plans and that's where Cash In The Attic comes in.'

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-Good morning.

-There you are!

-You look gorgeous.

-Thank you. So do you.

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I've just been to a model village. It was lovely, set in the 1930s.

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-Everything was tiny, but everything looks small to you.

-Were the antiques tiny too?

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I would have needed you there to tell me things like that.

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-Who are we meeting today?

-A very nice couple. It's rather a nice story.

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They met three years ago, I think, and it's going extremely well.

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-And antiques, collectables for sale?

-I hope so.

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-Why don't you get started and look around?

-I shall do that.

-I'll go and meet the happy couple.

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-Well, good morning.

-Good morning.

-Viv, Ken!

-Good morning.

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I've been looking forward to meeting you. I've heard all about you.

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You look like a happy couple. You really do.

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So why did you call us in?

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Well, I'm going to be moving in with Ken in September.

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-That's a result!

-I'm going to be renting my house out for a couple of years.

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I thought, "What can I do with some of this stuff?" I want it to go to good homes.

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There's no room for it at Ken's, so, um...there you are.

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Well, I'm very glad to be here.

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-Are you a lover of antiques and collectables?

-Absolutely not. I hate antiques.

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It's going to be a good day(!) So why have you called us in?

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Well, earlier on this year, in April, Ken and I bought a flat together in Devon.

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-Really?

-Although he's the major shareholder. I think my share is the taps, actually.

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-The taps and the loo.

-Very important parts of the house, I have to say!

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It's like a new build because it's a converted hotel, so we've got blank walls.

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I'd like to buy a couple of prints or paintings - Devon seascape, ideally.

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What a lovely idea! Excellent. So how much money do you think we need?

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-We thought about 300.

-350.

-She's going to go for 350.

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We'll take the higher target. £350 for a couple of beautiful seascape prints.

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-All right, let's rummage. This way?

-Great.

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'Because Viv isn't selling the bungalow, she doesn't feel too sad about leaving her family home.

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'I'm sure we'll find plenty of collectables here today to raise that £350,

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'so she can buy a special piece of artwork for the holiday home.

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'Jonty is the man for the job.

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'With 20 years of experience in the antiques business, we can count on him to find the hidden treasures

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'that will lure in the bidders.'

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-He's already at work. Jonty, here's Viv.

-Hi.

-Hi, Viv.

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You're in her son's bedroom and what have you found?

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I've got a pair of prints.

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These are not the original Winnie the Pooh drawings by EH Shepard.

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-But they're certainly worth putting into the auction sale.

-Oh, good.

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-Are you a bit of a fan?

-Well, I was.

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When I was first married and just before,

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my husband and I just got into reading Winnie the Pooh poems and books, cos they're quite adult.

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They're not really children's books.

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-We just kind of got into it and started buying each other Winnie the Poohs.

-Oh, my goodness me!

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And Snoopies. I don't know if you think they would be collectable?

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They're definitely worth putting into the auction sale, but why would you want to get rid of them?

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It's so difficult, isn't it?

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There's nowhere to put them at Ken's when I move in with Ken.

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I think it's a case now of a new life and moving on.

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I can't even take them to a charity shop because they're not safety-tested.

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-I just couldn't take them to the tip.

-No, absolutely not. They're gorgeous.

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-They are lovely.

-Is this Eeyore?

-It's Eeyore.

-He was my favourite!

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-Complete with his detachable...

-I love that.

-Which one was your first?

-Oh, let me think.

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This little fellow, much loved, would have been the first.

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I like him probably the best of all because he is more the AA Milne teddy bear, rather than the Disney one.

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-There's quite a difference, isn't there?

-All of this has got to go?

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-Yes.

-There was a hesitancy there.

-I know, but yes.

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OK, well, how much do you think we might be able to realise?

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I'm just totting it all up now here, really. We're not going to get a vast fortune

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simply because some of the teddies have been what I would call technically "over-loved".

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There's no such thing.

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-But they're definitely worth putting into the auction sale. We're looking at about £20 to £40.

-Yeah.

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-It's more important they go to a good home.

-Put those back on the bed.

-Bye, Eeyore.

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-We'll go and find more goodies.

-Yes, absolutely.

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'So, £20 to £40 for the ever-so-loved bears and prints.

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'It's a modest beginning to our quest for cash, but we've got the whole house to search.

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'There's another soft toy, but it's the less cuddly pine chest I spot

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'as a possible contender for the auction.

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'Jonty gives it a value of £10 to £20.

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'There are lots of bits and bobs scattered around and Jonty is in his element,

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'casting his expert eye over everything.

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'And Ken has made his first find.'

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Jonty, take a look at this. What is it?

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Ah! This is a proper offensive weapon.

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This is a Maori wahaika. Does that make sense?

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Yes, Viv and her late husband went to New Zealand and they brought it back as a souvenir, I guess.

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The wahaika, as it kind of like looks, is a hand-held club.

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An object like this will have been carved out of one piece of wood.

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So if you can sort of sense the size and shape of the wood

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and by definition this will have to be a relatively hard timber.

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I can't tell you exactly what timber this is made of because there's lots of indigenous timbers

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that do come from New Zealand,

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but I can tell you that these stylised eyes are mother-of-pearl.

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And it's really been very cleverly done.

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-So this will still have been hand-carved.

-Right.

-You can't machine something like this.

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I'm assuming because it's tucked into a cupboard here

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and we're not going to get any marauding Maori tribes coming to attack us any minute soon...

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Is this an object that you might want to take to the auction sale?

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-I think so, yes.

-You won't want this hanging on your wall at home?

-Definitely not.

-OK.

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-At auction, we're looking at £20 to £30.

-Great. I think that's fine.

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-Is it time to hunt some more items out?

-Follow me.

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'He seems only too pleased to see the back of that Maori club.

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'I hope Viv's feeling the same. She's busy looking over this alabaster chess set.

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'Its pieces are an Aztec design

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'and she's happy to see it go to auction for £10 to £20.

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'What's in here? If I throw this hard enough, will it come back?

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'Hmm, thought not!

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'Viv's headed to the garage to see if there's anything else she might be willing to send to the saleroom.

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'It doesn't take her long to find something.'

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Jonty! I think I've got something here.

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-Oh, you're in here?

-I'm in here, yeah.

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-Have a look at these.

-Oh, can I have a look?

-Yes, sure.

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So we've got... Let's have a look at this.

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This is signed, so this is a limited edition.

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-"Somerset Hill."

-And this is by Alan Jessett.

-Yeah.

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-He's an artist from Lyme Regis, correct?

-He is.

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He mainly did book illustrations, but he did do some paintings as well

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-and he was my late husband Steve's uncle.

-Oh, really?

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-And I think fairly well-known in the Lyme Regis area.

-Yes, he is very well-known in the local area.

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-What else have we got?

-We've got the bird of prey.

-And a watercolour of a church?

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-Yeah. In fact, I didn't even know he did watercolours.

-Let's pop that back there.

-It's quite nice colours.

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-And there's another...

-We've got a fantastic mountain here as well.

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-"The Welsh mountains."

-Yeah.

-Look at that!

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-I particularly like... My favourites are these two.

-Yeah.

-The contrast between the two is very nice.

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Now, Ken's nowhere to be seen.

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-Are these pictures that you can hang up in the house?

-I...

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Yes, these two he quite likes, but they wouldn't go in the flat

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-and there isn't any room in the house.

-Right.

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-So I think they probably could go.

-You're happy to let the whole collection go?

-Yeah.

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Because they're by the same artist, that's good news. We've got three prints and the original watercolour.

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-We're looking at £40 to £60.

-That's fine.

-Are you happy about that?

-Yes.

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-What will I do with them otherwise?

-We want to raise some money for some art that you do want.

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-Yes.

-Back to the house?

-OK.

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'With so many memories of her late husband, it must be tough for Viv to part with some of these items.

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'Ken is still working hard and Jonty turns up a rather cute find.

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'It's a little bear that's not only rather sweet, it's also a money box.

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'He seems happy enough, so we leave him to it

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'while I hear about Ken and Viv's unusual meeting.'

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-It's nice to sit down for a minute, isn't it?

-Yes.

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But I am glad for this opportunity because I wanted to ask you more about how you met.

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-Well...

-I've been told it's quite a story.

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About three years ago, I got a phone call at work one afternoon

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from an old friend that I hadn't seen for ages

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and the first thing she said was, "Are you seeing anyone?"

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I said, "No, when would I have time to meet anyone?"

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But she said that she and her husband had a very old friend who had been widowed a couple of years before,

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had booked to go on holiday to Bermuda with a friend and the friend couldn't go.

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And he was saying that he didn't want to go on his own.

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He was round there for dinner and they said, "I wonder if Viv is seeing anyone?"

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So I said, "Hang on a minute.

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"You're saying to me, do I want to go to Bermuda with a man I've never met in less than four weeks' time?

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"Don't be ridiculous. You're off your rocks!"

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But she persuaded me that it might be worth meeting him

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because she was convinced that we would get on.

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So it was kind of like a blind date, really?

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Well, I said, "All right, I'll meet him then."

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So I invited them and him round for lunch.

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We got on really well.

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I decided, "Oh, what the hell? I'll go to Bermuda with him.

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"If it works out, fine. If not, nobody's lost anything, have they?"

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Ken, what did you think when you walked into this lady's house?

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Well, two seconds in the door and she said, "Do you like football?"

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To which I said, "Well, um, it's all right."

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And she said, "You've got to be a Tottenham Hotspur fan round here, if you want to be here."

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And so after I told her I liked Arsenal,

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we moved on from there and it went very well.

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-It was quite an easy-going thing.

-Yeah, it was.

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-So off you went to Bermuda, hardly knowing one another?

-We did.

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And, you know, nearly three years down the line, I'm moving in with him.

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That's amazing. So were you looking for "lurve"?

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-No.

-Not really, no.

-No, not at all.

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I think that's the best. When you're not looking, you find things.

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OK, you're both retired, so now you've got lots of time to enjoy your holiday home and to call us in.

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-You wouldn't have been able to do that before.

-No way.

-Don't sit there too long.

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We've got a lot more to do. Come on.

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'With a brand-new holiday home by the sea, it would be great to raise that £350,

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'so Viv can buy a wonderful print of her choice.

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'Jonty has been busy and spots this Beswick horse and pretty porcelain Royal Worcester egg coddlers.

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'Did you know that coddled eggs are posh poached eggs?

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'Once the eggs are cooked, the lid is removed and, voila, breakfast is served.

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'There is still a market for coddlers and Jonty reckons that, along with the horse,

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'they'll fetch £20 to £30 as a job lot.

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'There are plenty more interesting items around the bungalow.

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'How about these carved elephants and face masks? They were bought by Viv in Kenya and Bali.

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'Jonty suggests they're put into the auction as a single lot with a value of £15 to £20.'

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Jennie, Ken, come and have a look at this. Do you think this is worth anything?

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-You've found a naked man?

-He's got a fig leaf. He has got a fig leaf.

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-Shall we check with Jonty?

-Good idea. Jonty!

-Jonty, come and have a look at this. It's very heavy.

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-She's found a naked man.

-It's Mercury, isn't it?

-It certainly is.

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-You can tell it's Mercury with these little winged ankles.

-He's rather splendid.

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-He's quite nice.

-I wouldn't mind his body!

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You already have it. Well, there or thereabouts.

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-It's interesting you say that as the body was based after mine(!)

-OK.

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What's it worth? What's it worth?

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If we put it into the auction sale, I think we could get around the £100 mark for it.

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So, at auction, we're looking at £80 to £120, that sort of figure.

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-What do you think of that, Ken?

-I think that's excellent. I'm amazed.

-Are you?

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-It's the sort of thing I'd put on the tip.

-Oh, stop it!

-You wouldn't!

-He's horrible!

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-You seriously wouldn't?

-No, but it's not the sort of thing I would show much interest in.

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-But now I know how much it's worth, I am very interested.

-You like it even more now.

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-So he's off to the auction?

-Yes.

-And you'll be a happy man.

-Yeah.

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You'd better sit down somewhere and we'll go and look somewhere else.

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'So, £80 to £120 for the bronze statue.

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'Ken may be new to the antiques game, but he's learning fast.

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'He's found this quality Balinese painting. Viv is happy for it to go.

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'Viv really has proved herself quite a collector during her travels over the past 30 years,

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'but now it's time to make a new start.'

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So, Viv, this must be a dream come true for you - a second chance of happiness.

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Yes, very much so, and I certainly wasn't looking for anyone else.

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My priority when Steve died was Chris.

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I carried on working full-time as well, so that wasn't easy.

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But it's a chance for both of us, isn't it?

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He was very young, Chris, when your husband died.

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That must have been so tough bringing him up.

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It was difficult. I had to find childcare for him.

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At that age, it's quite difficult, and also somebody that could take him to swimming.

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He was a competitive swimmer from about the age of 10 and a half!

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I had to have somebody pick him up from school, take him to swimming training. Then I picked him up.

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He's achieved really well.

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Yes, he reached national standard which was brilliant.

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That was his goal. He did that as a 16-year-old.

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He won quite a lot of medals. You've seen them in the house, haven't you?

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I have noticed that the house is festooned with medals that Chris won over the years.

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The other thing I've noticed is that in your bedroom you've got a picture that many women wouldn't have.

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It's White Hart Lane, Spurs' ground, there on the wall, pride of place.

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-I'm quite a fanatical Spurs fan.

-You're a season ticket holder?

-Yes. Yes.

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I'm surprised you're looking for seascapes for your place in Devon.

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I thought you might be taking all the Spurs stuff.

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One, I'm not sure Ken would be over-keen. He's not quite as keen on football as me.

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But the place lends itself to have a sort of seascape print

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because it's an open-plan living-kitchen-dining area

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with a balcony and we can see the sea, which is rather lovely.

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It would set the room off nicely.

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So, if we're going to get these prints, back to work.

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Come on. They're probably wondering where we are.

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'Viv's a real trouper. She's done a great job bringing up her son alone,

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'as well as holding down a job as a training and development manager.

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'We're not too far off raising the funds for the print

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'as we've already totted up £265-worth of items to take to auction.

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'And Jonty's found something that he's rather excited about.'

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-Viv, come and have a look at this.

-Yeah.

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Look at this. This is a Nolan print.

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It is, it is. It's called "Kelly".

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-Ned Kelly?

-It's Ned Kelly, but not his original Ned Kelly of the '40s with the metal mask.

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That's one that he did... '65, he painted the original. I know that.

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Wow! So where did you acquire it?

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It was given to Steve's mother

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by a dear friend as a present when they came out as prints.

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It's a limited edition print of 65 that they did, so she told us it was worth something actually.

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Here we've got the limited edition down at the bottom and this is his signature here.

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It's incredible because he's best known for this art, for the art of Ned Kelly,

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and he was part of the avant-garde group of artists known as the... Wait for this - the Angry Penguins.

0:20:150:20:22

-Isn't that a fabulous name?

-Yes.

0:20:220:20:24

I think this is going to make all the difference if we were to sell this at auction. Might you sell it?

0:20:240:20:31

I think I would, depending on how much you think I could get for him.

0:20:310:20:35

At auction, we're looking at £200 to £300.

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-I'd like to protect it, I think, with a reserve.

-Not a problem.

0:20:380:20:42

-I don't think it's worth selling it for less than 200.

-That's what reserves are for.

0:20:420:20:48

And auctioneers give their guide, so we'll need to have a chat with the auctioneer. I can do that.

0:20:480:20:54

-If we can sell that, you'll have fine art on your wall.

-Wonderful.

0:20:540:20:58

-I'm going to leave that there and we'll carry on.

-OK.

0:20:580:21:02

'Wow, Viv really knows her stuff!

0:21:020:21:05

'If she carries on like this, we can send Jonty home.

0:21:050:21:08

'She's sensible to put a reserve on something she's so fond of.

0:21:080:21:13

'The day's coming to a close and we've turned up some fantastic finds to take to the saleroom.

0:21:130:21:19

'Has Jonty come up trumps again?'

0:21:190:21:22

Guys, can you have a look at this coffee table with me?

0:21:220:21:25

-The coffee table? Right.

-Is this a piece of furniture you might consider selling?

0:21:280:21:33

What do you think?

0:21:330:21:36

We were talking about this a few days ago. We both love the table, but haven't got anywhere to put it.

0:21:360:21:44

-So, yeah, I would consider that going.

-OK.

0:21:440:21:48

Now, from its design, the shape, the simplicity,

0:21:480:21:52

the tropical hardwood that they've used round the outside, the colour,

0:21:520:21:57

this table is a Scandinavian, early 1970s piece of furniture.

0:21:570:22:03

If you have a look at these tiles,

0:22:030:22:06

-I've had a closer look at them and all of the design work is hand done.

-Is it?

0:22:060:22:12

And the colour, this orange, tangerine colour, again very, very popular

0:22:120:22:18

in the late 1960s, through to the early '70s. Remember that?

0:22:180:22:22

We even had an Axminster carpet in this colour,

0:22:220:22:27

-combined with some blue dralon-covered furniture.

-You must have been so cool, Ken!

0:22:270:22:34

How times have changed.

0:22:340:22:36

-Well, what comes around goes around. Not long ago, pieces like this would have been skipped.

-Yes.

0:22:360:22:42

But not any more. Certain people will want to buy this and there are dealers who want to trade in it.

0:22:420:22:49

Not everyone. This is still a niche market, so we can't put a lot on this at an auction sale.

0:22:490:22:55

As a consequence, we're not talking large sums of money.

0:22:550:22:59

We're looking at £20-£40. That sort of region.

0:22:590:23:03

-Hopefully, lots of people will really want to buy it.

-Fine.

0:23:030:23:07

-I probably would have dumped it so that's brilliant.

-I'm glad we came!

0:23:070:23:13

Did I hear a cash register there? I was just rummaging there and you've done it without me.

0:23:130:23:19

-A little coffee table, wonderful quality.

-Hideous colour! Oh, sorry - I don't like it.

0:23:190:23:25

-That's in fashion now!

-Is it? Oh, is it? Sorry!

0:23:250:23:29

-Jenny has no idea.

-No, I have no idea. Not my colour.

0:23:290:23:33

But the good news is that means you don't have to rummage any more.

0:23:330:23:38

-Have you added it up?

-I have. If you add on this... We always go on the lowest estimate, actually.

0:23:380:23:44

Add £20 to the total so far and we hope that at auction you will make your target.

0:23:440:23:50

In fact, you should make £485 with this.

0:23:500:23:53

-That should buy a couple of prints.

-OK, the theory is wonderful.

0:23:530:23:58

-Well done. Love the theory. Can we realise it in practice?

-The test is the auction.

-Depends who's there.

0:23:580:24:05

-We shall see you at the auction.

-Excellent.

0:24:050:24:08

'It's been a real pleasure meeting love birds Ken and Viv. I'm almost tempted to buy a new hat!

0:24:080:24:14

'I hope the bidders will fall in love with our many items.

0:24:140:24:18

'Some of the pieces we're taking are the prints valued at £40-£60.

0:24:180:24:24

'That bronze Mercury statue in Viv's family for generations.

0:24:250:24:30

'Jonty's valued it at £80-£120.

0:24:300:24:33

'And possibly the most interesting item is the signed, limited edition Nolan print of Ned Kelly.

0:24:330:24:40

'Jonty reckons a budding collector will snap it up for an impressive £200-£300.

0:24:400:24:46

'Still to come: Ken's still in a state of disbelief.

0:24:480:24:53

'Will the bears find a happy home?' She's delighted if they don't sell.

0:24:550:25:00

'And will our star item, the Ned Kelly print, make a killing?'

0:25:000:25:05

Phone bidder! 'Find out later in the show.'

0:25:050:25:09

This has been a really quick turnaround. It's just a few days since we were with Viv and Ken

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and today we're here at Bamford's auction rooms in Derby.

0:25:200:25:24

Remember, Viv wants to raise £350 so she can buy some artwork for their new pad in Devon.

0:25:240:25:30

So let's hope the bidders are out in force when her items go under the hammer.

0:25:300:25:36

There's always a buzz on auction day and there are already some early birds here

0:25:360:25:42

hoping to make some special finds.

0:25:420:25:44

Jonty's been looking over a few masterpieces.

0:25:440:25:48

-Hey, Jonty.

-Hi, Jennie.

-I'm really surprised Viv's selling this one.

0:25:480:25:53

To me, that's everything she's after for Devon. Vibrant colours.

0:25:530:25:58

I like these. They're really colourful and have come back into fashion, like the coffee table.

0:25:580:26:04

The one I wasn't so keen on! That's right.

0:26:040:26:08

-We've got quite a lot of artwork today. Think we're in the right place?

-Yes.

0:26:080:26:13

We've also got the amazing Nolan print.

0:26:130:26:17

-We've got to sell that.

-Yes. We're plain sailing if we sell that.

0:26:170:26:21

-I've put an estimate of £200-£300.

-A lot of dosh.

0:26:210:26:25

Will we be laughing? Or crying?

0:26:250:26:28

I've come up with a solution. If we can't make the target

0:26:280:26:34

we could just hang you on the wall.

0:26:340:26:37

You're all flowery and lovely!

0:26:370:26:39

-Just hang on the wall like this!

-Perfect! Job done, eh?

0:26:390:26:43

Let's go see if they've arrived.

0:26:430:26:46

'While Jonty has high expectations for the bidding,

0:26:460:26:50

'Viv's saying goodbye to an old friend.' Oh, hello!

0:26:500:26:55

-Hi, how are you?

-How's Winnie?

0:26:550:26:57

He's a bit disorientated. He's never been north of Watford Gap before.

0:26:570:27:02

-And is he going to be sold?

-I hope so. I hope they go to a good home. That's what I'd really like.

0:27:020:27:08

-How are you feeling, Ken?

-Not too bad, thank you.

-Confident?

0:27:080:27:12

-There's no room in the car for it going back, so I hope so!

-Oh, well.

0:27:120:27:18

-Quiet confidence there. Viv?

-I'm having a panic that nobody likes the things I've treasured for years!

0:27:180:27:25

-We do all feel that at the beginning. It is quite nervy.

-Have you put any reserves on?

0:27:250:27:31

Only the Ned Kelly, which is a reserve of £200.

0:27:310:27:35

I don't want to give that away.

0:27:350:27:38

-That's fine.

-Fair enough. Fingers crossed that somebody, or two people, will bid for that.

0:27:380:27:44

-Yes.

-OK.

-Ready to take our places?

-Yes, absolutely.

-Follow me.

0:27:440:27:49

'Our first item's about to come up. At least we're all keen!'

0:27:490:27:53

Now how are we going to do with with your horse and egg coddlers?

0:27:530:27:59

-I haven't got a clue!

-Neither do I! But Jonty thinks they will be £20-worth.

0:27:590:28:04

-£20-£30.

-I hope so.

-I was feeling a little hoarse, but I'm fine now.

0:28:040:28:09

-Talking of which...

-OK, let's see how we do.

0:28:090:28:13

A Beswick-type bay horse...

0:28:130:28:15

-Come on, look happy!

-I'm scared!

-You're scared, too?!

0:28:150:28:20

15 do I see? At £12. And £15 now?

0:28:200:28:23

15. 18. £20 has it. 2 do I see?

0:28:230:28:28

At £20. And 2 now?

0:28:280:28:29

At £20 to the left.

0:28:290:28:32

At £20. All done and selling? At 20.

0:28:320:28:35

-Excellent!

-That's all we need.

-20 in the kitty.

-Happy?

-Yes!

0:28:350:28:39

-Relieved now.

-Well, something sold!

0:28:390:28:42

'£20 is right on the button and a healthy start to proceedings.

0:28:430:28:48

'Next up are those prints that Jonty had his eagle eye on earlier today.'

0:28:490:28:54

This lot is the prints.

0:28:540:28:56

Are you sad to see those go? Because we were talking earlier about the blue.

0:28:560:29:03

-You're wearing blue!

-I am a little bit, but if they go to a good home, that's fine.

0:29:030:29:09

If they didn't sell, it wouldn't be a problem.

0:29:090:29:13

-But that blue one would go very nicely with your Devon pad.

-I agree.

-Started a domestic!

0:29:130:29:20

-We discussed it!

-Oh!

-Jennie, shall we leave them to it?

0:29:200:29:24

Well, if it doesn't sell, it won't be the end of the world. And if it does, brilliant.

0:29:260:29:31

-I've got two commission bids.

-Good!

0:29:310:29:34

-And I can start at £25. 28 do I see?

-You get all excited.

0:29:340:29:39

At £25. 28. 30.

0:29:390:29:43

2. 35. 40 bid.

0:29:430:29:46

40 has it. And 2 do I see?

0:29:460:29:48

All done at £40.

0:29:480:29:50

-£40.

-Oh, well.

-We just got there.

0:29:500:29:53

'£40 isn't going to mean Viv and Ken can paint the town red just yet, but they made the lowest estimate.

0:29:530:30:00

'The chess set is one of our more unusual items

0:30:000:30:04

'and I think worth every penny.'

0:30:040:30:07

I was walking around and I saw it and I loved it.

0:30:070:30:11

I'd quite forgotten it was yours. I looked it up - £10-£20. I think it's a fab bargain.

0:30:110:30:18

-At £10. And £12.

-Come on!

0:30:180:30:21

-15 seated.

-It's going to sell.

-20. 2. 5?

0:30:210:30:25

At £22. 5 do I see?

0:30:250:30:28

All done and selling at £22.

0:30:280:30:31

Good. Still cheap, but I'm very happy with that.

0:30:310:30:35

It wasn't perfect. It had chipped bits where the cat plays with it!

0:30:350:30:40

'Check mate. At £22, that's £2 over Jonty's highest estimate.

0:30:400:30:45

'Not a king's ransom, but moving in the right direction.

0:30:450:30:49

'Next up is that distinctive Scandinavian coffee table.'

0:30:490:30:54

Now there's a sea of brown here, but nothing retro in the room at all. I just wonder how this will go.

0:30:550:31:02

I've got seven bids on commission and I can start at £35. 40 do I see?

0:31:020:31:08

At £35. 40 now?

0:31:080:31:11

At £35. 40 do I see?

0:31:110:31:13

-40. 5. 50?

-She's speechless for once, Jennie!

0:31:130:31:17

At £45. 50 beats it. £50 against commissions.

0:31:170:31:21

-At £50, all done.

-There we go, Viv.

0:31:210:31:24

Oh, Jennie!

0:31:240:31:26

I said it was quality.

0:31:280:31:31

'A good find by Jonty and £50 is a nice earner on a piece Viv would have sent to the tip.

0:31:310:31:38

'I wonder if anyone is in the market for a cute little bear

0:31:380:31:42

'to save their money in.'

0:31:420:31:45

-You and your bears!

-20?

-Come on!

-£10?

-A fiver?

0:31:450:31:50

-Come on.

-£8, then.

-A fiver.

-5, then.

0:31:500:31:54

Everywhere(!) £5. 6.

0:31:550:31:58

7. 8.

0:31:580:32:00

-9.

-Come on!

-10, do I see?

0:32:000:32:02

At £9. 10 now? £9. 10 to take a little bear home.

0:32:020:32:07

No? At £9 and selling.

0:32:070:32:10

He was trying. Good auctioneer. An extra pound goes to you.

0:32:120:32:17

'Well, it was hard work to get £9, but at least it sold.

0:32:170:32:22

'Every penny really does count.

0:32:220:32:25

'So how will the Maori carving fare? Can we get over the estimate?'

0:32:250:32:31

-£15.

-15.

-It shall be sold at £15.

0:32:310:32:34

'Well, we're having a struggle to keep up with Jonty's valuations.

0:32:340:32:39

'That's £5 below what we banked on,

0:32:390:32:42

'but, all in all, our first half has been reasonable and it all sold.

0:32:420:32:47

'I hope the low prices on some items won't have too serious an effect on the chances of reaching the target.'

0:32:470:32:55

Well, we're halfway through. You were so nervous. How are you now?

0:32:550:32:59

-Everything so far has sold, so yeah, I feel fine.

-So far, so good.

0:32:590:33:04

Your target is 350.

0:33:040:33:06

We are almost there. We're not quite on it yet.

0:33:060:33:11

-We are at £156.

-We're getting there.

-Perfect. It's steady as she goes right now.

0:33:110:33:17

We've still got big items to come. Your print, your toys!

0:33:170:33:22

-We've got the biggie to come, so fingers crossed.

-Absolutely.

0:33:220:33:26

We've done enough to deserve a break, so come with me.

0:33:260:33:30

'If you're thinking of buying or selling at an auction, remember commission and other charges apply.

0:33:300:33:37

'Check with the sale room first.

0:33:370:33:40

'As Viv and Ken head off for a well-earned sit down, Jonty wants to show me something.'

0:33:400:33:46

-What have you found?

-Who says antiques are expensive?

0:33:480:33:52

You come to an auction room and find, around an oak extending table, a set of six chairs.

0:33:520:33:59

-Now these chairs were made about 100 years ago.

-Were they?

-Edwardian design.

0:33:590:34:05

But not the chair you're holding or the one at the other end.

0:34:050:34:09

I've been looking closely at these. The two carver chairs, the armchairs, have been copied

0:34:090:34:16

-to reflect or mirror the four single chairs.

-How do you know that?

0:34:160:34:21

Simply by looking at... I had to take a double take,

0:34:210:34:25

but on a closer examination of this chair, everything is so crisp.

0:34:250:34:31

All the lines are very neat. All the colour is absolutely the same.

0:34:310:34:36

If you compare it to this chair, you see there's shades of dark in the back of the chair.

0:34:360:34:42

Also running down here it's all slightly different.

0:34:420:34:47

-It is slight, though.

-That's the difference.

0:34:470:34:51

To have a single chair like that made would cost hundreds of pounds.

0:34:510:34:55

I've had chairs copied for clients and they cost hundreds of pounds.

0:34:550:35:00

But what's happened is that this sort of heavy furniture has gone out of fashion.

0:35:000:35:06

What do you think this set of six chairs has been estimated at?

0:35:060:35:10

-Well, as you say, they're not in fashion, so...£80-£100?

-Even less than that.

0:35:100:35:18

-This set of six chairs in the catalogue are estimated at £40-£60.

-No!

0:35:180:35:24

-That is extraordinary.

-This is a bargain.

-That is amazing. You're very clever, aren't you?

0:35:240:35:30

'After a small bidding war, the table and chairs went for £120.

0:35:300:35:36

'Maybe this will bode well for Viv and Ken as we return to the sale of their items.'

0:35:360:35:43

-Where is all this tribal art from?

-This is the mixed lot.

0:35:430:35:46

It's the Hindu goddess of love I bought in Bali,

0:35:460:35:50

the Kenyan maiden and all the elephants.

0:35:500:35:54

-An African clear-out here.

-And Bali.

-And Bali! That's true.

-It's a global clear-out.

0:35:540:36:00

-Global clear-out.

-Excellent.

0:36:000:36:03

10 is bid. 12 do I see? At £10. And 12 now.

0:36:030:36:07

£12. 15. 15 and selling. At £15.

0:36:070:36:12

Somebody got a bargain.

0:36:120:36:14

'Well, we're off to a slow start, but at £15 at least we've made our estimate.

0:36:140:36:20

'Let's hope our next item can hold its own.'

0:36:200:36:24

I saw your little pine blanket chest.

0:36:240:36:28

-I'm glad you put it in the sale.

-Well, the auctioneer told me it's the best bit.

0:36:280:36:35

-He loved it.

-Really?

0:36:350:36:37

This is a great lot. Lovely Victorian pine blanket chest. Useful thing.

0:36:370:36:42

From around 1880. Make a great toy box or furniture for the bedroom.

0:36:420:36:46

I have got five bids on it. I can start at £20. 2 do I see?

0:36:460:36:51

At £20. And 2 now? At £20. And 2 do I see? 22.

0:36:510:36:55

25. 28.

0:36:550:36:58

At £28. 30 do I see? 30. 35. 40.

0:36:580:37:02

At £40. Pine blanket chest. I'm selling. Quite sure? At £40.

0:37:020:37:07

-There we go. Lots of people interested.

-Ken, you would have taken it to the skip.

0:37:080:37:14

-For that box?!

-Yes.

-40 quid!

0:37:140:37:17

He can't believe it!

0:37:180:37:20

'What a great result. It'll be more appreciated in its new home.

0:37:200:37:25

'Onwards and upwards. Next we have Viv's collection of Winnie the Pooh and Snoopy toys.

0:37:250:37:31

'I'm sure she'll be sad to see them go.'

0:37:310:37:36

-I can see from your face you know what's next.

-My Pooh Bears.

0:37:360:37:41

-And my Snoopies.

-They have to go.

0:37:410:37:44

-Well...yes.

-She'll be delighted if they don't sell!

0:37:440:37:48

-She was talking to them this morning.

-I was.

-Were you?

0:37:480:37:52

I said I hope you get a good home.

0:37:520:37:55

£20, please. £20?

0:37:550:37:58

He's an early one as well. A good early toy. 10, then?

0:37:580:38:03

£10. 12 do I see? At £10. And 12 now.

0:38:030:38:06

12. 15. 18. 20.

0:38:060:38:09

2. 25. Someone wants them!

0:38:090:38:13

-At £25, the lady's bid.

-The smile on his face gets bigger and bigger.

0:38:130:38:18

At 25 and selling.

0:38:180:38:20

That's fine. As long as they go to a good home, I'm happy. And two people wanted them!

0:38:200:38:26

-You want them to be wanted.

-Yes, definitely.

0:38:260:38:30

'Well, they made a respectable sum, just over our estimate.

0:38:300:38:34

'Hopefully, they'll soon be making someone else very happy.

0:38:340:38:39

'Up next is one of our big items.

0:38:390:38:42

'Fingers crossed bidders like the bronze Mercury statue.'

0:38:420:38:46

-Next up is my body double.

-The rippling muscles.

0:38:460:38:51

In the catalogue it says a figure of Hermes. He's the same as Mercury.

0:38:510:38:56

-One's Greek and one's Roman?

-One made handbags and one didn't.

0:38:560:39:01

£40 I'm bid. 5 do I see? At £40. And 5 now?

0:39:020:39:06

-At £40. 5 do I see?

-Come on.

0:39:060:39:08

45. 50.

0:39:080:39:11

5. 60. 5?

0:39:110:39:13

£60 on commission. And 5 now?

0:39:130:39:16

5, new place. 70. 5?

0:39:160:39:19

At £70 on commission. 5 now?

0:39:190:39:23

At £70.

0:39:230:39:25

-That's OK.

-Sold.

-That's within spitting distance.

0:39:250:39:30

'It's a disappointing result.

0:39:300:39:32

'Let's hope we're not off course.

0:39:320:39:35

'Maybe the Balinese print will pick up the pace.'

0:39:350:39:39

All done at £30?

0:39:390:39:41

-It's gone.

-'Or maybe not.

0:39:410:39:44

'This isn't looking too good for Viv and Ken.

0:39:440:39:49

'We're pinning all our hopes on our star item - the Nolan print of Ned Kelly.'

0:39:490:39:55

This is the one that has got to sell and got to sell well. Your Ned Kelly print.

0:39:560:40:02

-I have got a reserve on that.

-Yes, you have. So it's not going for under...?

-200.

0:40:020:40:08

-So it's £200 or bust.

-Yes.

-Isn't it?

0:40:080:40:11

-C'est la vie.

-So no pressure(!)

-No!

0:40:110:40:14

Are you ready? Here it comes now.

0:40:140:40:17

I've had an awful lot of interest, inquiries via the internet. We've got as telephone line as well. Good lot.

0:40:170:40:24

I have got four bids on commission.

0:40:240:40:27

I can start at £140. 150 do I see in the room first?

0:40:270:40:32

At 140. 150 in the room. 160.

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170 on the phone? 180. 190.

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200.

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-210.

-It's gone.

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230. At 230. Are you sure?

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At 230 and selling.

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-Fantastic.

-That one picture!

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'That's just what we needed. A quality print gave us quite finale,

0:40:540:41:00

'but is it enough for our target?'

0:41:000:41:03

There we are. It's over. You've done so well - taking nothing home!

0:41:030:41:08

I know! Isn't it brilliant? I'm amazed.

0:41:080:41:11

Well, at the start of the day we were nervously hoping for £350

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so you can buy some new artwork.

0:41:160:41:19

You've well exceeded that target. You have made...

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£566!

0:41:230:41:25

Fantastic! That is brilliant.

0:41:250:41:28

-Well done.

-Brilliant!

-I don't believe that!

0:41:280:41:32

-All that stuff you called junk!

-Yeah!

-See?

-I was going to say to tell him, "I told you so!"

0:41:320:41:39

-Well done. Enjoy your new home.

-Thank you.

-Enjoy your new artwork.

-Thank you.

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It's just a few weeks later and both Viv and Ken are relaxing in Devon.

0:41:490:41:54

As it's close to the sea, Viv wants to buy artwork that will reflect the location.

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They've decided their best chance is to buy locally in Devon.

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Using their newly-honed rummaging skills, they soon find a couple of perfect pieces.

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We wanted to get seascape prints for the flat

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because it's so near the sea. And we love Devon.

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So to get the essence of Devon on the wall would be lovely.

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And Viv's delighted with their new acquisitions.

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All they need now is a hammer and some nails.

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Viv and Ken's first encounter was rather unconventional but a few years on and they are moving in together. They have acquired a beautiful holiday home by the sea and Viv wants to buy a piece of art to add some flair to their seaside retreat.


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