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Series looking at the value of household junk. Ken and Elizabeth Currier are a couple with a passion for cars. They've decided to move to pastures new and invest in a sports car.


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Welcome to the programme that joins you in the hunt for antiques and collectables around your home

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and then whisks them off with you to auction to sell under the hammer.

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Today, I'm in Surrey and I've come to the very busy and charming town of Epsom.

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The history of Epsom can be traced back to the Domesday Book.

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It was once known as a spa town, and was famous for its numerous underground wells.

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Sadly, as the town grew, the wells were covered up.

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In fact, not even the village pond survived.

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In its place, there's now a rather elegant clock tower.

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Built in 1847, it stands 70ft above the market place,

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acting as a centrepiece to this popular town.

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Well, I don't have to travel too far from the clock tower

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to get to our next destination, where I rather hope

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we won't have to dig too deep to find antiques and collectables that'll be just right for auction.

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Coming up on Cash In The Attic, one of Jonty's estimates gets all revved up.

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-Gosh!

-Crikey.

-How about that?

-LAUGHTER

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'There's a runaway success in the saleroom.'

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Wow! You were absolutely right. It had legs,

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-it went out of the sale room £30 over your top estimate.

-Fantastic.

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But are there a few surprises around the corner?

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ANGELA LAUGHS Good gracious!

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Your face says it all.

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'Find out when the hammer falls.'

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I'm on my way to meet a delightful couple who have

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called in the Cash In The Attic team to help them fund the purchase

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of a very special set of wheels.

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'I'm instantly impressed with this beautiful three-bedroomed house,

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'and its lucky owners are Kenneth and Elizabeth Currier.'

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They've lived here for 19 years

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and have a 24-year-old son called David and a 21-year-old daughter Jane.

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She'll be helping us today along with Elizabeth's closest friend, Jackie, who's already limbering up.

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Ken and Elizabeth have been happily married for 26 years

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and although they've enjoyed living in this lovely house,

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they're now ready to take the plunge and move on to pastures new.

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-Good morning, Jonty.

-Thanks for bringing such fabulous weather.

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It's glorious, isn't it? And no jacket on today, Jonty.

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-That's a first!

-It is for me, because it's such a lovely day.

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I've brought you another pressie, cos I think what we've got today

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is the perfect Cash In The Attic scenario.

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The couple we're about to meet are going to start a whole new life. They're moving out!

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When we finish, the house-movers move in, so everything must go.

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-So it's sorting the wheat from the chaff?

-Absolutely.

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You're going to have a field day. Shall we go and meet them?

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What a perfect location this is.

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How can you bear to leave it, you two?

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It is going to be hard, very hard really, because we have lived here 19 years, raised the family.

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But I think now is the time to move on and have a nice retirement.

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-That's why you've called us in, because you're going to leave.

-Yes!

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I've got so much stuff that I've inherited, that I can't take it all with me.

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I'm normally a hoarder, but I'm going to be quite ruthless

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and get rid of things I'm not going to use or need.

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What are we actually raising money for today? It's not to help you move house, I know.

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The idea is we're moving to an area that's in the midst of a lot of natural beauty.

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The Lake District, North Wales, Derbyshire, Yorkshire all on the doorstep.

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I've always wanted an old sports car so that we can go out

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on days such as this and thoroughly enjoy ourselves.

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How much is that likely to cost?

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It won't be the full amount, that would be quite a bit.

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£1,500 would be grand, if we could get something like that towards it.

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Jane, your mum and dad are making you and your brother homeless.

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Yes, they are, I'll be sad to see them go but I'm pleased for them.

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They're going to such a lovely place and it'll be good to visit there.

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Jackie, you're one of Elizabeth's best friends. Aren't you going to miss her?

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I'll miss her dreadfully, but they've got to move on.

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They deserve a good retirement, but I will miss them terribly, both of them.

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We'd better get into gear and go and see what we can find in the house

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to get this wonderful sports car. Shall we go?

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'It's a real shame that they're leaving this splendid family home.

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'But with dreams of open-top cars and the wind in their hair, I don't blame them.

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'And with a target of £1,500 to raise, we've certainly got our work cut out.

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'It really is the perfect Cash In The Attic scenario -

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'a house of trinkets and antiques ready to be taken to the sale room,

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'so Jonty's going to be in his element today.

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'And he's certainly the man for the job, with over 20 years' experience in the antiques business.

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'We can certainly count on him to find those hidden treasures that are going to lure the bidders.'

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That looks like something small but beautifully marked.

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-Oh, yes, have a look at this.

-What have we got here, Elizabeth?

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It's a small, silver pincushion that I inherited from my aunt.

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Did your aunt collect things like this?

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Not particularly. That just sat on one of the tables in the lounge.

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-So you remember seeing it as a little girl?

-Yes.

-Fascinating.

-I always liked it then.

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Little, solid silver pincushions of this size were very popular

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in the late 19th-century through into the early 20th-century.

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So many of them have been made or assayed in the Birmingham area,

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but here I notice that this was assayed in Chester.

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Does that relate to your aunt at all?

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It does, yes. That's where my aunt and her mother lived.

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That's fascinating. They all came in different shapes and sizes.

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Cats, dogs, shoes and little birds like this.

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I've even seen an elephant.

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But they're really charming and, as a consequence, they're very collectable.

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Solid silver, but they have to be in good condition.

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I have seen very rare pincushions in antique dealers' shops

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-in excess of £1,000.

-Ooh!

-All right?

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The value for this, we're looking at £80-£120.

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-Wow.

-Terrific.

-That's nice.

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'I was really pleasantly surprised when I was given'

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the valuation on that little chicken,

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because I didn't expect it to be worth that much.

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I've always liked it.

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I'd be happy to see it go to auction.

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'We all split up to get on with the search,

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'and there are some great little pieces scattered around this house.

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'Jackie has been Elizabeth's firm friend for 10 years and she's obviously just as keen

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'to get the sports car fund up and running as she makes the first move.'

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-What do you think of this, Jonty?

-The chessboard?

-Yes.

-Let's see.

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No. That's relatively modern, so not for us.

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What's under here? Let's have a look at this square-topped footstool, is this something that we can sell?

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Anything in this room can be sold, things they don't want to take to their new house.

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-I think they'd be glad to get rid of them!

-Stools like this

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are known as X-frame stools for obvious reasons. Look at the shape.

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But if you look at the base, it's more like an S or a C-shape scroll at the bottom, which dates it.

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This stool is early Victorian, Queen Victoria came on to the throne in 1837. Now, feel the weight of that.

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-Yes, it is heavy.

-Can you see that?

-Yes.

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That's because this stool is made of rosewood, and rosewood has very dark flecks.

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-It's a tropical hardwood and it has very dark flecks running in the grain. Can you see that?

-Yes.

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That's rosewood, so are you familiar with this as a piece of furniture in the house?

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I've known Liz and Ken for over 10 years and it's something they've always had, so I'm familiar with it.

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-The value for this at auction, between £80-£120.

-That sounds perfect.

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Is this the style of furniture you'd have in your own home?

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-It's really nice.

-You can bid for it in the auction sale.

-Yeah, why not?

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Excellent, I'll pop that down and we'll move on.

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'So that's another fantastic item that once belonged

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'to Elizabeth's auntie going off to the sale.

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'She certainly had good taste.

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'We're racing along, and it's not long before

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'Jane digs out this Worcester wall pocket with parrot motif. It was given to

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'Elizabeth and Kenneth as a wedding present.

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'Jonty gives it a value of £40-£60.

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'And Jackie is happy that her next find is worthy of auction,

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'as Jonty gives this heart-shaped screen

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'an £80-£130 value.

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'Meanwhile, what's Jonty turned up downstairs?'

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-Ken, are you there?

-Yeah.

-Ken, have a look at this picture.

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Is this a picture you may take with you or a possible auction picture?

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-This is possible auction.

-Where did this come from?

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It was handed down from her parents

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and was, I believe at some stage, shown in the Royal Academy.

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-Really?

-By some famous artist, but that's all I know about it.

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-Right, OK.

-But it's not...

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It's not as I remember Mousehole Harbour.

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You have to remember Mousehole Harbour might have changed somewhat,

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but it is actually a watercolour, a framed watercolour.

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And the artist's signature is just down here, Lawrence Davies.

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I don't know very much about Lawrence Davies. All I know is

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that he was born in 1887 and died in 1950, so by definition,

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this picture has to be an early 20th-century framed picture in its original mount and frame.

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But if you look on the reverse, it says all of that. The artist...

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Mousehole Harbour, Cornwall.

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But I don't know if you ever noticed this, but we've got the original price tag there, £6. How about that?

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It's obviously well done.

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It's just the subject matter isn't tremendously exciting, is it?

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I tend to agree with you. I think this picture, if it had more people in it, more action,

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more sails in those masts, then yes, I can see that this picture would be £300-£500.

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But because it's not there, it's quite an austere picture, really.

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-It's still going to fetch £150-£250.

-We shall speak to Liz.

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-Let's do just that. Go and tell her and find some more bits and pieces.

-Right.

-Lead the way.

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It might be a little drab at first glance,

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but it certainly has a glowing price tag.

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Jonty's really on a roll today as he soon spots this 1889 The Strand stamp collection.

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Stamp-collecting is massively popular still,

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though prices can vary enormously from pennies to hundreds of pounds.

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Jonty values this lot at an attractive £50-£100.

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And Elizabeth adds another £50-£100 to the kitty when she finds this travelling case.

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It was actually a 21st birthday present from her grandfather to her father, 72 years ago.

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This really is a lovely home.

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I imagine the Curriers are going to miss it when they leave.

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Ken and Elizabeth, a lot of people have

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the dream of retiring and starting a whole new life.

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What was it that made you decide to do exactly that and move from here in Surrey up to Cheshire?

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I think we both want to get away from the hustle and bustle of

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London and all the cars and the traffic, to somewhere more tranquil.

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And I've still got family that live in Cheshire, I've still got my sister there.

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In fact, I went to visit my sister one weekend,

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saw this house that we've since bought and fell in love with it.

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I came home and said to Ken, "Shall we put ours on the market?" We discussed it, didn't we?

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He said, "Yes". He still hadn't seen this house in Cheshire.

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So we put ours on the market, it went on the market on the Thursday

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and by the Saturday, the second people that came along bought it.

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It'll be a wrench to leave it, but it's a different challenge at the new place.

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We don't want to be housebound quite so much as we're here.

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I mean, we're not housebound here, but you don't want to leave this,

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especially on a gorgeous day like this. But up there, you can move about and see more.

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We want to enjoy our retirement and not have a large garden.

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Something that's small and manageable so that if we go off on holiday,

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we don't have to think, when we come back, that lawn needs mowing or that needs cutting down.

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Sadly, I'm afraid we're going to have to leave the sun, the birds and this wonderful garden

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-and go back into the house and join Jonty to make that dream a reality.

-Right.

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'With a new life beckoning, and a nifty car in mind, we must

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'literally put our foot on the gas and find more antiques and collectables for the auction.'

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This Edwardian balloon clock is a timely find.

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Influenced by French designs of the 18th Century,

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these are very desirable with Jonty expecting £40-£60 on the day.

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We all get searching in various parts of the house,

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and it's not long before Jane spies a rather tasty looking item.

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-I found this one here.

-What have we got?

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Oh, I say. Look at that.

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Isn't that pretty?

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We've got a little pot here with... Oh, that's a bee on top, isn't it?

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My mum got that from a car-boot sale about 10 or 12 years ago.

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-She got it for about £3 or £4.

-£3 or £4?

-Yes.

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OK. If we look on the outside, you see all that's hand-painted.

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You can tell just by the rings here this would actually be hand-thrown on the wheel,

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obviously designed to make it look like the outside of a beehive.

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We turn it upside down.

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Oh, wow! Look at that. This pot is made by Clarice Cliff.

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-Have you ever heard of Clarice Cliff?

-No, I haven't.

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Clarice Cliff was a designer in the 1930s and she started making her wares during that period

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and she became a market leader because, before that time, ceramics were very flowery, very fussy.

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But she changed all that, she put all that to one side

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and started making very simple Art Deco designs

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and decorating those pots very, very simply indeed.

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When I say simply, it was just very basic brushstrokes.

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Can you see here? All of this design is very stylised, and these look

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like flowers and leaves, but it's just very simply done.

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A lot of Clarice Cliff is still hidden at the back of sideboards,

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but certainly the rare Clarice Cliff can make huge sums of money.

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I notice the chip on the top, did that happen here?

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-My mum actually bought it like that.

-Even in this state,

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this little pot is worth between £50-£80.

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-OK.

-That's what I call a sweet result. Let's find some more.

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It's quite a sweet piece and I was amazed at the price

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it was valued at, cos I really wouldn't have thought that at all.

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You can never go wrong with Clarice Cliff, and although it's not a rare piece, there are

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still plenty of collectors who'll want to purchase this.

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There really are some lovely items throughout this house,

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and soon enough, I spot an impressive work of art.

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Ken and Elizabeth, your house is full of pictures that look as if they've been in the family forever.

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-Does this fall into that category?

-Yes, it is.

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This one is by a local artist to Nantwich in Cheshire,

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and the family story is that it is of my grandfather's horse and dog.

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How true that is, I don't know.

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Do you remember seeing this hanging on the walls of the family home when you were growing up?

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Yes, I do. It was always kept in the dining room.

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Unfortunately, Mother kept it above a radiator.

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-That would explain the damage, presumably, Jonty, have a closer look at it.

-Yes.

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That is heat damage. Can you see the way the oil itself has shrunk?

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And hence the reason why you have this almost crackled effect.

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Round on the back here, we can see very clearly, this is great,

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it says here, here is the artist,

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painted by Herbert St John James, 1918. The date is there.

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Interestingly, this is the original frame as well,

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so this is a picture that has never been touched before.

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He was a bit of a character, he moved to Nantwich when he was about four or five,

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and he'd painted a lot of pictures of horses,

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particularly because Nantwich itself was a big hunting area.

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So he was inspired by the horse and the hounds.

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-Do you like it, Ken?

-I do, I like the subject of the picture.

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It's just so difficult to see, because of the damage that's been caused over the years.

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If it was clean and you could see it properly, I'm sure it'd be a much better picture. But I like it, yes.

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But we want to know, at auction... which presumably we're going to?

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-Yes, I'd like that.

-How much might it make?

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I think this oil painting is worth between £500-£800.

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-Gosh!

-Crikey.

-That's nice. LAUGHTER

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That is a terrific amount to put towards...

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-£500-£800?

-I think it's lovely.

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The picture is in such bad condition that you can't really see it properly.

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Because of that, I think the valuation was extremely good.

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'I see Jonty is taking a breather, but as he's delivered the goods today, I'll let this one go.

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'I, on the other hand, stay firmly on my feet and dig out this religious-themed tapestry,

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'that Elizabeth's mother bought at auction,

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'and Jonty values at £70-£100.

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'Now I've been rather eager to find out more about

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'that racy little purchase that Kenneth has set his heart on.'

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-Ah, Ken. Dreaming the dream of the car, are you?

-Yes, definitely.

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What's your fascination with these wonderful old vintage sports cars,

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because you're not a mechanic by trade, are you?

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What is the fascination for you with these old cars?

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Cars of that era are totally different to the ones now.

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The ones now really are so complicated,

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you cannot repair anything on the side of the road.

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One sensor will say to another sensor, "Something is wrong,"

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and everything shuts down, but you can't find out why.

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With these, you can see virtually what's wrong.

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After a few simple tests, and you can, in certain cases, repair it.

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They're just alive, these things. Like steam engines.

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They're not like a modern thing where you just point it and it goes.

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These things, you have to think out what you're doing. Even the starting procedure on some is complicated.

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-It's a living thing rather than a mechanical thing for you?

-Yes.

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You feel they've got some kind of soul and you're bringing it back to life when you renovate them.

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What I'm aiming for is to get the best of whatever I can get,

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because I want us to be able to run around in it and not spend all the time underneath it.

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-Unfortunately, none of that will happen unless we find more things to take to auction.

-True.

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I think we should get back to work, don't you?

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We've certainly turned up some terrific finds, but just as the end of the day approaches,

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it looks like daughter Jane has found one final, and rather impressive, item to take to auction.

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I found this one upstairs, what do you think what this?

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Wow! That looks a wonderful bronze. Where has this one come from?

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That I remember as a child in my grandfather's and grandmother's house.

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My father's parents' house.

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There were actually two of them, which sat either side of the fireplace.

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What do you make of it, Jonty? It looks as if it might be a coursing dog with a hare in its mouth.

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He is, obviously, a coursing dog, but he's not English.

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He's quite possibly French, and that's because I'm looking at the signature on the base here,

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it says PJ Mene.

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And now, Mene... That is Pierre Jules Mene.

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In the mid-19th century in France, he and his fellow sculptors

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concentrated just on animal bronzes.

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Collectively, they were known as the Animalier bronze sculptors,

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and they were very successful, Mene himself was particularly successful.

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And the detail there on the hare's fur is absolutely incredible.

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That's the reason why they're highly regarded,

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because they concentrated on the detail,

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on the form of the animal just as much as the design and the shape.

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The problem with bronzes like this at the moment

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is that there's an influx of copies coming from the Far East.

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The most important thing, as far as we're concerned,

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-we need to know if it's an original, as there's a huge difference in price.

-How do you tell that?

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I'm not looking at the front, the best thing to do is to turn it upside down,

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because here we're looking for natural ageing.

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Bronze oxidises and changes colour.

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Here we can see clearly that we've four screw marks here,

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which means that the animal was cast at a separate time

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than the base and, therefore, they had been applied together.

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Quality and charming, but I wonder how much it's worth at auction?

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Before you tell us, Jonty, is it something you're prepared to send to auction, Elizabeth?

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I'm still not sure about this item.

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-OK. If it helps, can I give you the valuation?

-Yes.

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It might tip the balance somewhat.

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Because I think this is worth the same sort of price as our lovely portrait of the pony and the dog.

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£500-£800.

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Is that roughly what you thought it might be worth?

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I was hoping it might be worth a little bit more.

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In which case, would you perhaps put a reserve on it?

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I think it would have to be at least £500.

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So £500 reserve, that's absolutely fine.

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-Oh, right.

-It will, of course, make a difference to what we make on the day of the auction

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if you decide to pull it out or it makes more than your £500 reserve.

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What I'm going to do now is tell you how much I think we might be able to make from these things,

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but I think we should let Jackie and Ken in on that piece of information.

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Guys, are you going to come and join us a second?

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Because I think I might have some quite good news for you

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about the things that we've looked at today.

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For a start, Jonty thinks that wonderful piece of bronze there could make between £500-£800.

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Right.

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LAUGHTER

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If you're delighted at that, I hope you'll be delighted at the sum total we think we might make,

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just taking Jonty's lowest estimates and actually taking that bronze out of the equation as well,

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we hope that we should be able to make £1,190.

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-That would be nice.

-There we go.

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Which will go some way towards that fantastic car.

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-Yes. As you said, two wheels!

-LAUGHTER

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Let's see if we can make it four on the day!

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That's a great amount on which to end today's rummage.

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Not forgetting, of course, that if they do take that bronze to auction,

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they could make it a whopping £1,690.

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But we've plenty of other terrific items to take to the sale room.

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With an estimate of £150-£200, that gorgeous watercolour of

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Mousehole Harbour should make waves at the auction.

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That elegant Victorian footstool

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should sit nicely with the bidders at a very comfortable £80-£120.

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And it might not be Elizabeth's favourite item, but at £40-£60,

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I wonder if that wall pocket, complete with parrots,

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will fly out of the sale room?

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic, things are looking up at the auction.

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-That's brilliant, really good.

-That's terrific. That did better than you expected.

-Much better, yes!

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But can Ken and Elizabeth keep the bidders on board?

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Not today, then?

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-He's withdrawn it.

-No bidders in the room at all.

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Be there when the hammer falls.

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Well, it's been a couple of weeks since we were with Ken and Elizabeth

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in that beautiful house and garden that they have in Epsom,

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looking for items that we could bring to sell here today at Chiswick Auctions in West London.

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If you remember, they're planning to move lock, stock and barrel

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to the north of England and they hope to raise £1,500 towards

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a rather lovely vintage sports car, so they can enjoy the countryside around their new home in style.

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So we're hoping that today's bidders are really going to be in top gear

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when their items go under the hammer.

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There are so many quality items here today that Ken and Elizabeth

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have really got their work cut out if they're to reach their target.

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Plus, it's an absolutely sweltering day both outside and in.

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Let's hope it doesn't deter the bidding.

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'Jonty, meanwhile, seems to be pinning his hopes on one particular little fellow.'

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He really is very cute, isn't he?

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-Really, really sweet.

-Popping out of his shell like that.

-It's lovely.

-Absolutely adorable.

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But Ken and Elizabeth had some lovely things in their home.

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Really good quality items, particularly the pictures.

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-Do you remember the picture of the pony and the dog?

-Yes.

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And then there was the bronze, the hunting dog.

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Elizabeth wasn't sure if she wanted to part with it.

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That's a high value item, that, really good quality again.

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If they bring that and it sells, it will make all the difference.

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Yes. Shall we go and find them and see what the decision was?

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Whilst that impressive bronze is close to Elizabeth's heart,

0:26:080:26:11

it looks like Ken's mind is on more mechanical matters.

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I hope you're going to get something a bit better than that, Ken?

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-Zooming around the countryside up there in the north.

-Definitely.

-Yes, so do I!

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I'm not going in that.

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I think we're going to do quite well. Aren't we, Jonty?

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The big, burning question is, have you brought that bronze?

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Yes, I have brought it, but I'm still a little apprehensive about it.

0:26:340:26:40

-Have you put a reserve on it?

-Yes, I have. Quite a high reserve.

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-How much?

-£900.

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OK, I think it might be going home, but...

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I think that's probably why it's got that reserve on it!

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You're really not certain, are you?

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No, that's just the one item that I'm not certain about.

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-But everything else, Ken, happy to go through?

-Oh, yes. All the rest.

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The auctioneer's at the podium, the place is starting to fill up.

0:27:020:27:06

-Let's take our places and get you northward bound. Come on.

-This way.

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As the auction begins, the first item to go

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under the hammer today is that lovely Victorian rosewood stool.

0:27:140:27:19

This is a particularly good quality stool.

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I've estimated this stool to sell at £80-£120.

0:27:220:27:26

I'm very confident this is just going to take off and walk out of the auction room.

0:27:260:27:30

-I hope so.

-Let's see how it does. He's about to start.

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£50. Start me in the room, please.

0:27:340:27:37

£50 for it? A bid of £50, £55?

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£60? £65, £70. £75, £80.

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£85, £90. £95, £100.

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-£110, £120.

-I think you got this one right.

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-It's got legs, Jonty.

-You were right.

-£150, £160?

0:27:500:27:52

Yes or no, £150? Nearest to me at £150, I'm selling. Are we all done?

0:27:520:27:57

Last chance gone. At £150, then. Thank you.

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-GAVEL BANGS

-£150.

-Well done.

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Wow! You were absolutely right. It had legs!

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-It went out of the saleroom. £30 over your top estimate.

-Fantastic.

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That's lovely. The first one. Brilliant.

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But there's still a long way to go if we're

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to meet their £1,500 target, but that's an excellent start.

0:28:130:28:17

£150 puts us well on the road to a vintage sports car.

0:28:170:28:22

I wonder if this next item will do quite so well?

0:28:220:28:24

The heart-shaped pole screen, which Jonty valued at £80-£130.

0:28:240:28:29

£50 for it. See where it goes, £50. I'm bid at £50, £50.

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Say £55, £55. £60, £65. £70, 75. £80?

0:28:360:28:41

At £75, do I hear £80 over there? £80? £80. £85, £90. £95, £100.

0:28:410:28:46

£105, £110. £115, £120. £125, £130?

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£125. I'll take £130 for it. I'm going to sell at £125.

0:28:520:28:56

All out at £125? £125 then, your bid.

0:28:560:28:59

-Perfect.

-You're rather good at this, aren't you?

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Our Jonty is not just a pretty face, you know.

0:29:030:29:05

Next up is the Clarice Cliff honey pot.

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Its lid already had a chip in it,

0:29:090:29:11

but since our visit, it's sustained even more damage.

0:29:110:29:14

The little bee on the lid has broken off. Oh, dear.

0:29:140:29:19

Unfortunately, when it was being packed to bring here, it dropped on the floor.

0:29:190:29:25

-What's that going to do to its value?

-The value's been decimated,

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but thankfully, it's the pot that's been salvaged.

0:29:290:29:32

If it had been the other way round, there'd be no value there at all.

0:29:320:29:35

Now we're looking at just one pot worth £20-£30.

0:29:350:29:40

Somebody start me at £20 for it. Thank you, I'm straight in at £20.

0:29:400:29:43

-Started at £20.

-That can't be the only bid, though, can it? £20.

0:29:430:29:47

-I'll take £22 for it. £22, thank you. £25? £25, £28? £30, £32.

-Crikey!

0:29:470:29:53

At £30, I'm selling. Are we all done? Last chance and gone.

0:29:530:29:57

-£30!

-All is not lost.

-No.

0:29:570:30:01

'£30 is still a respectable amount for the Clarice Cliff honey pot,

0:30:010:30:05

'even though it's no longer in perfect condition.

0:30:050:30:08

'Not to worry, though, because I've got high hopes for this next lot,

0:30:080:30:12

'and, as a West Country girl, it's something close to my heart.'

0:30:120:30:16

We've got the Lawrence Davies watercolour coming up, the boats in the harbour at Mousehole.

0:30:160:30:20

I rather liked it and you did too, Jonty.

0:30:200:30:23

Yes, I did, and that's the reason I put a bare minimum of £150 on it.

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I'm hoping we're going to get there or thereabouts. Hopefully more than that.

0:30:270:30:31

£50, start me. Not a hand moves.

0:30:310:30:34

£50 for a starting bid? No-one likes it at £50 so far.

0:30:340:30:37

You change your mind, come and see me after.

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-He's withdrawn it and quite right, too. Don't you think, Jonty?

-Yes.

0:30:400:30:44

He was offering it in the room, there were no proper bids on it.

0:30:440:30:47

There was no point in taking it any further.

0:30:470:30:49

I'm surprised at the lack of interest in that lovely scene,

0:30:490:30:53

but I'm sure it won't be long before somebody snaps it up.

0:30:530:30:56

The travelling case, given to Ken by his father, is up next

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and before we know it, the hammer falls on a pretty decent sum.

0:31:000:31:05

£50, selling it at £50.

0:31:050:31:08

They do like to keep things moving here at Chiswick.

0:31:080:31:11

According to the catalogue, coming up next is a Royal Worcester perched parrot.

0:31:110:31:17

-You reckon it's a pair of budgies?

-I think they're budgerigars.

-Yes!

0:31:170:31:21

-I thought they were.

-Why did you have budgies in the house?

0:31:210:31:24

I didn't have it in the house, we had it on the wall.

0:31:240:31:27

Well, I had it given to me as a wedding present.

0:31:270:31:29

-Yes, but you didn't like...

-I hate it.

0:31:290:31:32

You have to be careful, sometimes, what you say.

0:31:340:31:37

It's not been on show for a long time, I must admit!

0:31:370:31:40

Well, somebody here's going to like it, just watch.

0:31:400:31:44

£50 for it? £30 for it, see who wants it at £30.

0:31:440:31:49

A starting bid at £30?

0:31:490:31:51

£20 for it, £20. £20 I'm bid, thank you. At £20, I'll take £22.

0:31:510:31:55

£22, thank you. £25 bid. £28.

0:31:550:31:59

£30? I'm bid down the back at £28. I'll take £30 for it.

0:31:590:32:03

At £28. I'll sell at £28, is that OK? Sold and going at £28, all done?

0:32:030:32:07

For £28, then.

0:32:070:32:09

£28, not the £40 I said.

0:32:090:32:12

No, but even so, I'm happy with that.

0:32:120:32:14

Happy with £28? You'd rather have the £28 than the budgies?

0:32:140:32:17

I didn't want to take that home.

0:32:170:32:19

Well, there's no accounting for taste. Whilst that

0:32:210:32:24

unusual item seemed to ruffle Elizabeth's feathers, it's still

0:32:240:32:27

money towards the vintage sports car.

0:32:270:32:29

-You'll be glad to see the back of the parrots or budgies or whatever they were.

-Definitely.

0:32:290:32:34

And that extra, what was it, £28?

0:32:340:32:38

-I can't believe that.

-I know.

0:32:380:32:40

But you'll be very pleased to know that that £28, if we add it to what we've already had today, has done

0:32:400:32:45

quite well for you. I know you want to raise £1,500.

0:32:450:32:48

We're not there yet, but when I tell you the sum,

0:32:480:32:52

don't be too disheartened, because we still have got fabulous things, high-end things to come.

0:32:520:32:58

-So far, you've made £383.

-That's better than we thought.

0:32:580:33:03

-That will pay for a service on the car at least. Wouldn't it, Ken?

-Yes!

0:33:030:33:07

'It's been a varied first half, but whilst Ken and Elizabeth

0:33:070:33:11

'take the weight off their feet, it looks like Jonty may have spotted some unusual finds.'

0:33:110:33:17

What have you got there, Jonty?

0:33:170:33:19

Crikey, that's a real mixed bag.

0:33:190:33:22

Yes, a proper description for it. This is a collection

0:33:220:33:25

of small objects that the auctioneer's put together.

0:33:250:33:27

There's not one item that's worth selling by itself,

0:33:270:33:31

but gathered together, it's all been put into one bag and made one lot.

0:33:310:33:35

It's just an amazing cross-section of goodies.

0:33:350:33:38

Take this silver spoon, this is a solid silver spoon.

0:33:380:33:41

This, believe it or not, is made in Moscow.

0:33:410:33:44

-We've got the date here of 1879 on the side.

-Wow.

0:33:440:33:48

That's a lovely object. We've also got a little Art Nouveau cream pot.

0:33:480:33:52

-That would've been on a lady's dressing table.

-Absolutely.

0:33:520:33:55

A little compact, a bit damaged, but I've just pulled this out and look.

0:33:550:33:59

This is a tiny little canister, it's filthy dirty.

0:33:590:34:03

It's got a screw top. You unscrew it, and it's got a hallmark,

0:34:030:34:07

so it's solid silver, but the floor doesn't go all the way to the bottom.

0:34:070:34:11

And perhaps, if you were to look through all these funny little bags,

0:34:110:34:15

you just might find that absolute gem that nobody else has noticed.

0:34:150:34:19

In the catalogue, this is estimated below £100.

0:34:190:34:23

But if this collection makes less than £200, then that's cheap.

0:34:230:34:28

Wow. It's worth having a good old rummage.

0:34:280:34:30

-Not just in your attic, but around the bags in the auction room.

-Absolutely.

0:34:300:34:34

It never fails to surprise me what you might find when you come to auction.

0:34:340:34:39

And if you're inspired by Ken and Elizabeth and thinking of heading to an auction yourself,

0:34:390:34:44

do remember commission and other charges may apply so make sure you check with the sale room first.

0:34:440:34:49

'Back to business though, and as the second half gets under way,

0:34:490:34:53

'one of Jonty's favourite items is about to go under the hammer.'

0:34:530:34:57

This is the sweetest little item. We all love this.

0:34:570:35:00

It's that lovely little silver chick pincushion.

0:35:000:35:04

A bid at £40, £42? £45?

0:35:040:35:06

£48. I see you bidding. £50.

0:35:060:35:08

£55, £60. £65.

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£70. £75, £80. At £80, I'm bid.

0:35:110:35:16

I'll take £85. Do you want £82?

0:35:160:35:19

It's still cheap. A bid at £80, £82?

0:35:190:35:22

Staying at £80? £80, your bid and gone.

0:35:220:35:24

-£80.

-That's great.

-It's very good.

-Terrific.

0:35:240:35:29

Next up, that collection of late-Victorian stamps.

0:35:290:35:32

Elizabeth inherited them from her father, but I wonder how many

0:35:320:35:36

fervent philatelists are in the saleroom today?

0:35:360:35:39

£50? £30? £40. £42, £45.

0:35:390:35:43

£48? £48. £50? £55, £50, a bid.

0:35:430:35:48

Nearest to me at £50, I'll take £55.

0:35:480:35:51

-At £50. £55 there, new bidder.

-Another bid.

0:35:510:35:53

£70. £75, £80.

0:35:530:35:56

£85? No? At £80, and going.

0:35:560:35:59

-£80 and gone? All finished?

-£80.

0:35:590:36:02

Well done.

0:36:020:36:04

-I'm pleased about that.

-Yes, I am.

-Yes.

0:36:040:36:06

'And rightly so. £80 is a decent amount for that collection,

0:36:060:36:10

'and moves us ever closer to our target.'

0:36:100:36:13

Elizabeth, your mother had this crewelwork tapestry of three figures on a path. £70-£100, Jonty.

0:36:130:36:20

-Are they collectable, these things?

-Yes, these are quite rare.

0:36:200:36:23

This one is 18th-century and it's difficult to find these intact.

0:36:230:36:27

I've put £70-£100 on this one.

0:36:270:36:30

I have a sneaky suspicion this might do slightly better.

0:36:300:36:34

A bid at £50, at £50. I'll take £55? £55. £60, £65. £70, £75.

0:36:340:36:38

-£80, £85. £90, £95.

-Great.

0:36:380:36:41

£100, £110. The bid's there for £100, I'll take £110 or will it make more?

0:36:410:36:46

At £100, £110? Are we done at £100? Last chance and going £100.

0:36:460:36:51

-Brilliant.

-Sadly, Jonty, not more than your £100, but on the button of the top estimate.

0:36:510:36:57

Very happy with that.

0:36:570:36:58

'It's good to see Ken and Elizabeth in high spirits.

0:36:580:37:02

'Our day has been a roller-coaster, but I'm hoping this next item

0:37:020:37:06

'will be the one that seals the deal.

0:37:060:37:08

'That oil painting with the Currier family connection.'

0:37:080:37:12

Peggy and Vic coming up now. Jonty, you've put £500-£800 on it.

0:37:120:37:16

Simply because pictures by the artist have recently sold at auction in excess of £1,000.

0:37:160:37:23

That's the reason why, even though this picture has damage,

0:37:230:37:27

I've put it £500-£800. Let's see what happens. It's exciting.

0:37:270:37:31

A portrait of Peggy and Vic, start me at £500 for it.

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-He's started at £500.

-Start me at £300 for it.

-Oh, it's dropped.

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Start me at £300 for it. Will anyone buy at £300?

0:37:370:37:40

He looks up for more, £300 for it? Nobody at £300, then?

0:37:400:37:43

Perhaps a little restoration, no bidders at £300?

0:37:430:37:46

-Pass the lot, no bids. Sorry.

-No bidding in the room.

-No bids.

0:37:460:37:50

No, we're taking that back home.

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I just wonder if it's all to do with the damage on the canvas.

0:37:520:37:55

I know it's restorable, but in this trade

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where the market is at the moment, perhaps dealers are looking for pictures in very good condition.

0:37:580:38:04

'That's a disappointing result.

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'With that lovely oil painting failing to find a buyer,

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'we could struggle now to make our £1,500 target.

0:38:100:38:13

'I'm rather hoping that the bronze hunting dog,

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'which Elizabeth inherited from her grandfather, will more than make up for it.'

0:38:160:38:21

Jonty has put £500-£800 on this, because it is signed by PJ Mene,

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but you've put a £900 reserve on it, haven't you?

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Because I'm still slightly undecided whether I want to let it go or not.

0:38:310:38:36

-So you're keeping your options open?

-I am, yes.

0:38:360:38:39

Somebody start me at £500 for it.

0:38:390:38:41

Start me with a bid of £500. £500 please, a starting bid of £500?

0:38:410:38:46

No one likes it at £500? I'll pass the lot. No bids at £500, then?

0:38:460:38:49

Not today, then. GAVEL BANGS

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No bid, no bidders in the room at all.

0:38:510:38:53

-Not unhappy about that at all?

-No, not at all.

-No.

0:38:530:38:56

'Well, sadly, that £900 reserve proved too high

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'for today's bidders and so, along with the oil painting,

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'the bronze returns unsold to the Currier's home.

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'As the auction draws to a close, I'm wondering if this final lot

0:39:060:39:10

'will strike the right note for us in the sale room.

0:39:100:39:13

'The Edwardian French-style balloon clock.'

0:39:130:39:16

These clocks do sell well.

0:39:160:39:18

It does need a bit of restoration, including on the outside.

0:39:180:39:22

But let's see if we can get up to that £40.

0:39:220:39:25

And start me at £40, see where it goes.

0:39:250:39:29

£40 for it? I'm bid at £40, I'll take £42.

0:39:290:39:33

£42 for the clock.

0:39:330:39:35

£42, do you want 45? £45. £48? £45, then, £48 there?

0:39:350:39:38

£50, £55? £60, £65. £70, £75? £80.

0:39:380:39:43

-£85, £90.

-Crikey.

0:39:430:39:45

£100, £110. £120? The seated bidder at £110, I'll take £120.

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Staying at £110 selling, all done?

0:39:500:39:52

All out for £110? You've got it, I think, thanks for the bid. £110.

0:39:520:39:55

-Great.

-That's brilliant!

0:39:550:39:57

-That's terrific.

-Yes.

0:39:570:39:59

-That did better than you expected.

-Much better, yes.

0:39:590:40:02

'That certainly was a great result to end on.

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'But...have we reached the £1,500 target?'

0:40:070:40:11

Ken and Elizabeth, you came with 12 items.

0:40:110:40:15

We've managed to sell nine of them for you, and you're going home with three.

0:40:150:40:19

They are the most expensive things in the catalogue, because we haven't sold

0:40:190:40:23

that delightful oil painting of Peggy and Vic, we didn't sell the watercolour of Mousehole

0:40:230:40:28

and we didn't sell the hunting dog and the hare, but you really couldn't care less about that.

0:40:280:40:33

But you put a £900 reserve on that and even if

0:40:330:40:36

I take Jonty's lowest estimate on the two pictures,

0:40:360:40:39

that was £900 and £600, that's £1,500, which is what

0:40:390:40:42

you wanted to raise in total from today, so don't be surprised that you haven't raised £1,500, will you?

0:40:420:40:49

But I think you might still be very pleased to know,

0:40:490:40:51

because you've made well over half of that sum, actually, because it's come to £753.

0:40:510:40:59

-Gosh, that's shot up.

-I didn't think we'd done that well.

-No!

-That's really good.

0:40:590:41:04

-So, that's not a bad total towards the car.

-Not at all.

-Presumably, you've enjoyed the auction anyway?

0:41:040:41:10

-Very much so, yes.

-Yes, I've really enjoyed it.

-Thank you.

0:41:100:41:14

To see how it all works behind the scenes, I've really enjoyed it.

0:41:140:41:17

A few weeks after the auction and Ken and Elizabeth are edging ever closer to owning their dream car.

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-A Triumph TR4.

-We've got a total which can go towards the Triumph fund,

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and on a beautiful day like this, we've come to look at two of them.

0:41:320:41:37

-This would be the first time you've seen one, isn't it?

-It is, yes.

-Close up.

0:41:370:41:41

-You're in your element today, aren't you?

-I am, yes. Definitely.

0:41:410:41:45

Derek Pollock is president of Club Triumph, and he's going to take them for a spin.

0:41:450:41:49

Ken leads the way, whilst Elizabeth follows in this sporty green model,

0:41:510:41:56

giving them a little taste of things to come.

0:41:560:41:59

I've really enjoyed that, really enjoyed it.

0:41:590:42:03

Thanks to Derek and the Club Triumph for supplying us with two cars

0:42:030:42:07

so that we could have a day out like that. Did you enjoy it?

0:42:070:42:11

I did, I really, really enjoyed driving round in that car, yes.

0:42:110:42:15

So we'll get ourselves one of those and then we won't have to go home in this.

0:42:150:42:19

CAR HORN BEEPS

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Ken and Elizabeth Currier are a couple with a passion for fast cars. They have decided to move to pastures new and invest in a sports car. Keen to take off and feel the wind through their hair, they call in the team to help them raise £1,500 towards their dream car.