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Series looking at the value of household junk. Aled Jones joins Paul Hayes and the team to help interior designer Linda Riley who wants to raise money to fund a dream trip to Cuba.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic,

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the show that searches for treasures hidden around your home and then sells them for you at auction.

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Today I'm in Northamptonshire, and I've stopped off at the rather magnificent Stoke Park Pavilions.

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Built in the 17th century, Stoke Park was designed by Inigo Jones,

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the man who introduced Italianate Renaissance architecture to the UK.

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The original design consisted of a main house balanced by two pavilions,

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and these structures are all that survive.

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This was the first property in England to be built in the Palladian style.

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It was only 80 years after completion

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that Stoke Park won acclaim, so much so that it was used as the blueprint

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for all English 18th century country houses.

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Sadly, the main house was destroyed by fire,

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but the pavilions survive today,

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the last remnants of one of the most important houses in English architectural history.

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Let's hope that this isn't the only gem we manage to discover today,

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as we go in search of hidden treasures that can be put under the hammer at auction.

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Coming up on Cash In The Attic - a treasure trove of goodies.

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And Paul gets a bit carried away by one of his finds.

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Could have been used at Trafalgar. Who knows?

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And another item inspires me to get into character.

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I've been working up to the part of the Fat Controller.

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Paul's still caught up in naval history at the auction.

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Has it been at war? Could have been used in Napoleonic times.

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But will our couple sail past their total as the final hammer falls?

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I've travelled down the road to the town of Towcester

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and I'm on my way to meet a lady who's planning a trip of a lifetime.

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And she's called in the Cash In The Attic team to help.

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This three-bedroom property on the outskirts of Towcester is home to interior designer, Linda Riley.

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Linda is also a passionate photographer and mother to three sons -

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Paul, Simon and Scott.

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They're all grown-up, and after sadly losing her husband Alan a few years ago, Linda is in need of help

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clearing through a mass of items passed down to him by his family.

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She's called in her friend Gillian for moral support.

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With 20 years of antiques experience, Paul Hayes is just the man to help.

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-Good morning.

-Good morning, Aled. How are you?

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-Feeling short! How tall are you?

-About 6ft 1.

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-With heels!

-Yes. 6ft without the heels.

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-Are you looking forward to it?

-Yes, great to be down here.

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Yes, close to the racecourse. No time today, but we have a lovely lady in there.

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She's hoping to go on a trip of a lifetime and she's hoping,

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with a busy day of rummaging and your expert knowledge,

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that we'll be able to help fund that trip. Do you reckon we're up to it?

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-Yes. Let's get going.

-Come on, then.

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-Hi!

-Hello, Aled.

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-Nice to see you.

-And you.

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-Lovely to meet you.

-You two have wicked glints in your eyes.

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-This is going to be fun!

-We hope so.

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Why have you called in Cash In The Attic?

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Because I've accumulated so many things, with family members passing away

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and things that I've accumulated, that it's time to move them on and do something nice.

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I know you're stood next to her. Is she a bit of a hoarder?

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She says she's not, but she is!

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You don't mean a little bit, do you? She's a hoarder!

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So this stuff comes from friends and family?

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Yes. A few things I've collected, but mostly it's been handed down.

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What's the plan?

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Are you hoping to sell some of it? Why?

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Because I want to go to Cuba.

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Right. Why Cuba?

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Because I think it would be a great place to go

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and see as it is now before it changes, and I like photography.

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So I want to do some really good shots with all the old Cadillacs and things,

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and do some margaritas in Hemingway's bar.

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It sounds like a lovely plan. Are you going with her?

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Unfortunately not on this trip.

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We have been abroad before and I'm sure we will again, but I can't make Cuba this time.

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It sounds lovely, but it sounds very expensive, so how much are you hoping to raise?

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-If I got 1,000, that would be really nice.

-It would be, wouldn't it?!

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How confident are you of getting that £1,000?

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I don't know. Who knows?

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She's got some good bits in there, I'm sure.

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You've had a look already, have you?

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If it's £1,000 you're after, we really need to rummage, so shall we go and do it?

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Yeah, sure, let's go.

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If Linda is going to see Castro's Cuba before it crumbles, we need to get hunting for things to sell.

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An initial scout round shows that Gillian is right - this house isn't short of antiques.

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It hasn't taken our Paul Hayes long to find something of value.

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SHRILL WHISTLE

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-Dear me!

-Can't be half-time already, can it?

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-It works.

-It does.

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A fantastic whistle. Where has that come from?

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I think it must have come from great-great-grandparents somewhere along the line.

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It's always been around, just sitting in a drawer.

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-What exactly is it?

-It's a bosun's whistle,

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or boatswain's, as the correct pronunciation is.

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Basically, it goes back to the golden age of the Navy.

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You've got the wind in the sails, the sea squalling,

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you've got the cannonballs roaring.

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He'd need to be able to communicate, so he would send a signal, a coded message,

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which told the rest of the crew to do it.

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-So it was a form of Morse code, before walkie-talkies and things like that.

-How old is that?

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This is very old indeed. You've got the anchor and the crown.

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I'd say this was early 19th century, sort of 1800, 1820.

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Could have been used at Trafalgar. Who knows?

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Real bit of history there.

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How much, do you reckon?

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This design hasn't really changed since the 13th century.

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Nowadays they're not used as much,

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but for people who are Sea Cadets or Sea Scouts, they all get trained with items like this.

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And very collectible. If you ever get told to pipe down,

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that's where it comes from.

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Lots of nautical terms like that.

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But very, very collectible. Early 19th century.

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You've got the naval history here, you've got the whistles.

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If I said...

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at least £30-£50, how does that sound?

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Very good.

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HE BLOWS WHISTLE TWICE

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That's the code to say, "One whistle ain't going to get you to Cuba"!

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-OK, come on.

-Let's go.

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It looks like this could be an enjoyable and profitable search.

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Going through papers in the bedroom,

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I find this stamp collection which belonged to Linda's husband.

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He collected them as a small boy, just as many people still do throughout the world.

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The very first postage stamps were introduced in the UK in 1840,

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and Paul thinks this collection could fetch upwards of £100 at auction.

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A good find, but we're still a long way off

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sending Linda to Cuba.

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Paul, what do you reckon to these?

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Oh, wow, look at those! They're amazing! Where have these come from?

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These were found at my mother-in-law's house.

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-Really?

-Yeah, in a little cupboard next to the fireplace, absolutely blackened with soot.

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So they were black. You couldn't see any of this beautiful colour at all?

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They were completely black.

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Just goes to show. These are glazed porcelain.

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None of the black would have got under the glaze.

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They're almost like new. These are absolutely fabulous.

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This is the French rococo style and they're actually wall sconces.

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You would mount these on the wall.

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These, at one point, have been made for either electricity or gas.

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You can see there's a hole and your cables would run either side here.

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So you could use these today. Wouldn't that be fantastic?

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They're made in Germany.

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These pastel colours are typical of a firm called Sitzendorf.

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-Have you heard of them?

-No.

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They were inspired by the Dresden factories, these wonderful German hard-paste porcelain.

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Very bright, pastel colours. Lots of bocage, rococo, floral decoration. They're absolutely fantastic.

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So, value-wise,

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what you've got is a pair of 19th century

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Sitzendorf hard-paste porcelain wall sconces.

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That's the catalogue. I can hear it already!

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If I said, at least 200 upwards, how does that sound?

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I think it sounds brilliant, great.

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Fantastic. Let's make sure we get them there in one piece.

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-Yeah, definitely.

-Excellent. Right, let's go and sort that out. Brilliant.

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Paul's expertise is certainly being tested today.

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There's plenty here for him to get his teeth into.

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Tucked away in a corner, he finds this painting by Arthur Haddy.

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He was the chief engineer for the Decca Record Company, where Linda's father worked.

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Haddy spent his retirement painting, and Paul has valued this example at £60-£100.

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This looks interesting.

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What have you found? Anything nice?

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A bit of jewellery here, Paul. Pretty rings.

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That's a little cachet of stuff, isn't it? Where's this been hiding?

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I was just raking through all of the things through there and it was underneath all the boxes.

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It's amazing what you inherit. This is all Victorian costume jewellery.

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-The earrings are so sweet.

-Yeah, these are French paste.

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The idea was, if you had the real examples of these,

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it was very dangerous to wear them. You'd lose one,

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you may even get them robbed.

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So people used to make paste examples

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and these were often worn at dances,

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but you had the real one at home. Those are beautiful.

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Late 19th century. Anything else take your fancy there?

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There's a few bits, but I thought that was quite unusual. What is it?

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This would hang on a gentleman's watch chain or possibly a bracelet.

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It's an old seal of the golden days of writing letters.

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If you wanted to keep things private,

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you'd seal your letter with a bit of wax.

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This seal here goes into the wax and it would leave your impression or your name.

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So nobody could break into your letter.

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-Interesting.

-There's all sorts there. Is there another layer?

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There is. There's lots of other things underneath.

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Right, OK. This is a great collector's lot,

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someone who would love to have a root through here and buy it as a job lot.

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I'll make sure there's no gold items amongst it first.

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But if that was to come to auction,

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and if I said £120, £150, how does that sound?

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I think that sounds pretty good. That's a pretty good price.

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All those fake diamonds!

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-All right, let's keep looking.

-Yep.

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That's lovely. Thank you.

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A glittering addition to our auction lots.

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And another good find is a set of old coins worth £40-£80.

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This collection belonged to Linda's uncle,

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but condition is everything in this market

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and most of these are far from mint.

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Still, a collector would love to have a look through these, I'm sure.

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-Linda, it's going very well.

-Great.

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-Are you happy?

-Yeah, I'm brilliant.

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Your house is absolutely lovely.

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-Thank you.

-Lots of photographs of you and your husband. What was he like as a person?

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Very gregarious, very funny, very tall, over 6ft.

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Liked a good laugh and parties, especially fancy dress ones.

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-Fancy dress?

-Yes, loved fancy dress parties.

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-He'd dress up himself?

-Yes.

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What do you think he'd make of you doing this?

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Well, I think he'd be OK with it.

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He was the consummate hoarder, really was. That's why a lot has come from his side of the family.

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But I think now, as long as the boys and I were happy,

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he'd be glad that we were making use of them.

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You lost him a few years ago.

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Tell me what happened.

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We were actually on holiday in France and it was the last day of our holiday.

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We'd gone shopping and we were going to have lunch

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and gradually pack up slowly, and he suddenly said,

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"I'm not feeling very well", and he collapsed in a shop.

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He'd had an aneurysm.

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He was airlifted to a cardiovascular hospital in France and survived the operation,

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but unfortunately he spent a month on life-support, then we lost him.

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Did he share your passion of travel?

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Yes, very much.

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We did America a few times and a few other places.

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He loved his holidays, yeah.

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What is it for you? Is it immersing yourself in the local culture?

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I love other cultures and it's the adventure.

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I love an adventure, definitely.

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Well, we really do need to find that £1,000, then.

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A journey of a lifetime, do you reckon?

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It's going to be one journey, but I hope there's more to come.

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I think we should go and find Paul. Hopefully he's found that bit of treasure we're after.

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It's been a difficult few years and Linda deserves this adventure.

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Our hunt continues for items that will get Linda

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and her camera out to Havana to capture those old cars.

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Paul's found some miniature versions which are just as old.

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These Tri-ang toys were kept in great condition

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by Linda's husband Alan and were off-limits for the boys.

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Tri-ang was set up in London in 1850 by the Lines Brothers

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and grew to be the largest toy manufacturer in the world,

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incorporating brands like Sindy, Meccano and Scalextric.

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Paul reckons on at least £80-£150

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for this lot at auction.

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And there's more where that came from.

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Paul, I've become a very happy child again.

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What have we got here?

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A train set.

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-That's a big train.

-It is.

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I've been working up to the part of the Fat Controller, as you can see.

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These are fantastic. Look at that. Have these come down the family?

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That must have come from my husband as a child.

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We found it in my mother-in-law's house.

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He was born there, so all his toys were still there.

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Does it make a difference that you've got these original boxes?

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A massive difference, yeah.

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This was invented by a guy called Frank Hornby. He was from Liverpool and the idea was,

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he wanted to teach children educational engineering.

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So he patented an idea called Mechanics Made Easy,

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that became Meccano, and Meccano was a massive-selling

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range of toys.

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In the 1920s, he came up with the show-stopper, this sort of train set.

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It's tin plate and made from steel.

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Quite cheap to produce, but endless hours of fun.

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You've got a good collection here. If I said, at least...

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..£150, up to £200 quite easily, from what I can see here.

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I suspect these would go for a lot more. How does that sound?

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That's a fantastic valuation.

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-Amazing.

-Are you chuffed?

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Hey! That's a good 'un!

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I'm very excited, because everywhere we look there are treasures in this house.

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I think we're going to get to that £1,000.

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-I hope we do.

-Positive thinking.

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-Let's get on.

-Just leave me here to play.

-We'll step over it.

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'Come on, Paul. We might be on our way, but there's more work for you to do.'

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Gillian's got the right idea. She's found more treasures in a wardrobe.

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These mugs also came from Alan's family.

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Two of them are pewter, but one is silver

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and dates from the reign of George III.

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It's so old, the mark has worn off, so we don't know who made it.

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Even so, it could fetch £200-£400

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if the right bidders are at the auction.

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Gillian's not stopping there.

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-Paul?

-Yeah?

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-What do you think of these clocks?

-Are these something Linda's bought?

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I think she actually inherited these off grandparents.

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This set here is called a garniture de cheminee.

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That comes from the French. Basically, it garnishes your mantelpiece.

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This would sit in the middle of the mantelpiece, these two tasses would be on either side,

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you'd put your candles or keys, that sort of thing,

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and they would look very attractive, very regal.

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Very architectural, it's known as neo-classical.

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The whole thing's based on ancient Rome

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and Greece and that sort of sturdy architectural look.

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If you wanted to make a Victorian look in a house, these are perfect.

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For an interior design. I'm sure Linda would have the idea as well.

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-If you want an Art Deco look, 1920s, people go for this.

-That's right.

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So there's a big market for these. This is known in the trade as Napoleon hat shape.

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Very simple.

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-But what's nice about this, it has three winding holes. Do you know why?

-No.

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One for the actual clock mechanism, one for the strike

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and then one cos it plays a tune.

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This could actually play two tunes.

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I wonder if it still works.

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If we said £120, £150 for those,

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allowing for the restoration, how does that sound?

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I think that's very, very good.

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I'm sure she'll be very happy with that.

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It's not just good, it's monumental.

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Come on, let's get some fresh jokes.

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Well, we are now running out of places to look

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and I wonder if Linda and Gillian need a bit of encouragement.

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Ah, so this is where you are.

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I've come in here for a lie down!

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Help yourself!

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-Have you found anything?

-No.

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That's not good enough. You aren't looking hard enough.

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-We are!

-We are!

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-It's quite gruelling, isn't it?

-It is.

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Have you found things you didn't know existed?

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-I've found a lot of dust.

-Have you?

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I have to say, I've found a bit of dust as well.

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-Have you?

-We won't tell anyone. You seem to be having fun anyway.

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-Yes, we are. Lovely time.

-How long have you two known each other?

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Probably since about 1998.

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We met at work all that time ago and been friends ever since. We went...

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We won a trip with work and that sort of sealed our friendship.

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Went to Prague.

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I get the impression that you're a bit of the terrible twins.

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I bet you've got up to quite a lot of mischief, haven't you?

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-A little bit.

-But we can't say.

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-Oh, go on!

-No.

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You've been away on holiday together before, haven't you?

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Yes, a couple of times.

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We tend to go away more in the winter,

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so we can have a little bit of sun to set us up for the coming year.

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But we have met on holiday before in the summer as well.

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Are you proud of Linda going to Cuba?

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Absolutely. I think it's wonderful.

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Fabulous country, very different.

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This is the perfect time to see it before any changes.

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Yeah, I really want her to get this money and go and have a wonderful, wonderful time.

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I think we should carry on with this search because I want to find that £1,000.

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-We want to get you to Cuba.

-Yeah.

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Both of us, desperately, so you can bring us a few cigars back.

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I think these two will be great fun at auction.

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Linda loves antiques, but has only ever been to one before.

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So it's back to the rummage for one final push.

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I'm searching the cupboards and find a box of winners' cups.

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They belonged to Alan's uncle, who must have been a serious cyclist,

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and date from the 1930s.

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Four of them were made by a notable silversmith, James Fenton, and Paul values them at £140-£200.

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Linda, there's no denying it, you are a hoarder, OK?

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Everywhere I look there are figures, vases... You've even got one in your hand.

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This has just grabbed my attention. What is this all about?

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That's actually an old Frogeye Sprite, Healey Sprite.

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-Alan did have one that he was restoring.

-He's done a good job.

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It's slightly small, I would say!

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Can I interrupt you for a second?

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I've found some of my favourite items. A cache of pocket watches.

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-They're fantastic.

-I love them to bits.

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These are dress watches. Gold and silver, they would've been kept for best occasions.

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The smaller versions tend to be for ladies of the late 19th century.

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The larger ones were the gentlemen.

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But that really is fantastic, isn't it?

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-Beautiful.

-That would have belonged to a well-dressed gentleman.

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That would have been his dress watch.

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Then these smaller ones belong to ladies.

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Were these your grandma's?

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Yeah, probably grandma, great-grandma.

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Wow! Well, they're fantastic.

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These smaller versions

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are absolute works of art. My favourite has to be this one here.

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-Can you see the back of that one?

-Yes.

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This has been decorated with enamel and they're diamonds in there.

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Are they?

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I bet you didn't know you had these!

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I knew they were about,

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but they're the sort of things that you forget about.

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We've got seven watches here, but time is not on our side. How much is this worth, do you reckon?

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If I said...

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at least £300 upwards, how does that sound?

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I'm amazed, absolutely amazed.

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What a nice little find.

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-It is fantastic.

-We've done well today.

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I think we should get Gillian in. Gillian, in you come.

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That's good news.

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£300-£500 on that.

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Wow! I can't believe it.

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It's been a good day, hasn't it?

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-You wanted... You were hoping for £1,000 for that dream holiday in Cuba.

-Yes.

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I can tell you that Paul's lowest estimate on all the things we've found today...

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-Guess how much money you've got to play around with?

-Don't know.

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-£1,540.

-Wow!

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-You're joking!

-I'm not joking.

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-It really is amazing.

-Look at the smile on your face!

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A very happy bunny.

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-Cuba, here you come.

-Definitely.

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With that sort of money, Cuba, here we all come!

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That is excellent.

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I really didn't think that at all. I was thinking about £800.

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You've been fantastic, I've enjoyed it. Have you enjoyed it?

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I've had a fantastic day. I think you've got one or two sleepers at the auction.

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-That was with the train set, wasn't it?

-Not railway sleepers!

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-Next time we see you will be in the auction room.

-Yes.

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-Looking forward to it?

-Yes.

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I'm just going to take that watch!

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Linda and Gillian have worked really hard today and I just hope we reach that figure.

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Linda's certainly a lady deserving of a grand tour,

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and we hope she'll be able to do it in style, helped by the vintage paste jewellery,

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valued at £120-£150.

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The impressive rococo wall sconces with the hefty £200-£300 price tag.

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And the perennially popular Hornby train set.

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Will it reach its estimate of £150?

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic - tense moments for the girls on sale day.

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It was like pulling teeth at first.

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I thought you'd stopped breathing for about two minutes.

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While other results fill us with optimism.

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You're going to Cuba economy. Let's see if we can get you first class.

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So, will Linda raise the funds for her trip of a lifetime?

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Find out when the hammer falls.

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It's been a few weeks since we helped Linda Riley search her lovely home in Towcester

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for antiques and valuables to sell here at Chiswick Auctions in West London.

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Linda's had a tough couple of years and she's hoping to fulfil a dream of a lifetime by visiting Cuba.

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She wants to raise about £1,000 towards the trip.

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Let's hope there's a generous crowd in here when her items go under the hammer.

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I'm always pleased to see our bidders looking so keen when they walk through these saleroom doors.

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Luckily for us, we have a terrific range of items with which to tempt them.

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I particularly enjoyed the Rileys' collection

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of vintage toy trucks and I think Paul has a soft spot for them, too.

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-Morning.

-Good morning. How are you?

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Good. You had high hopes for these.

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Yeah, seeing them in this cabinet here, I think they're fantastic.

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I have even higher hopes. These are real sleepers.

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-You know what a sleeper is?

-Tell me.

-Something with a low estimate,

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but if two people take a shine to them, these could do very well indeed.

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Look at them. How have they survived in this condition?

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Who'd go for this sort of thing?

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People who collect advertising ware, people that reminisce about the 1950s and '60s,

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anybody into clockwork

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and transportation.

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Anybody that grew up in the '50s and '60s will remember these toys and want to buy into that market.

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Linda will be thrilled... And Gillian.

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-Shall we go and find them?

-Of course.

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If Paul's right, those vintage Tri-ang toys should make top dollar,

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but only if the saleroom is packed with clockwork-loving baby boomers.

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I never like to judge by appearances, so maybe I'll just keep my fingers crossed.

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Ah, ladies. You made it down to London. Lovely to see you.

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-How are you?

-Nervous.

-Have you seen anything like this before?

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-Never.

-You're clinging on to that whistle.

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I'm going to have to give it away, aren't I?

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Are you going to be sad giving one thing away more than anything else?

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-The cars.

-Really?

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-Lots of memories?

-Yeah.

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Because they belonged to Alan.

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Cling onto that fact that you're doing all this so you can go to Cuba.

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Yes, Cuba!

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-The auction's about to start, so we should get into position.

-Excellent.

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I'm sure the thought of that holiday in Cuba will help ease the pain of parting with these family heirlooms.

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If you've been inspired to try your hand at buying or selling this way, remember that auction houses

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will levy various charges, such as commission.

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As these vary from one venue to another, check in advance with your local auction house.

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And so to our first lot.

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It's a good collection of O gauge trains and that's a very collectible area.

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You've got some of the boxes as well.

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The more items you can have together the better.

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-Lots of toys here today.

-There are a lot of toys and trains here today.

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The dealers are coming hopefully to buy them.

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I've set this one quite high, £150 plus. Let's see if we're on the right track.

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Can I tell you... Aww!

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Start me, £100 the lot. Must be worth £100.

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I'm bid 100 and 10 I'll take.

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At £100.

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110. 120. 130.

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140. 150. 160.

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£160 there in the grey. Anybody else?

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170. 180. 190.

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£190 there. Anybody else?

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190 is the bid. 190.

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-Well done!

-Fantastic!

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That's a brilliant start.

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-I've got a bed!

-You've got a bed!

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You're going to Cuba economy.

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Let's see if we can get you first class.

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And then some.

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What a terrific start to our sale.

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With several vintage toys coming up, this result bodes well for our chances today.

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But before we revisit the toy box, a naughty little nautical number that would make any bosun proud.

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Paul was so excited by it, he couldn't wait to blow the whistle on its value.

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Paul's going to lose his toy soon.

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The whistle he loved so much.

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-You've said £30-£50.

-I just think this is a fantastic item.

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I know it's a whistle and a bit of fun, but it's been on a ship at some point. What's it seen?

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Has it been at war? Could it have been used in Napoleonic times?

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Could it tell a story? There's interest there.

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So 30 quid hopefully. Let's see how it goes.

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Start me for the bosun's whistle.

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£10 to go. £10 for it, surely?

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£10? 10 I'm bid, a maiden bid of £10.

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£12 here. It's all livening up now.

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14, sir? £12 here.

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14 now.

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£14 in the blue, at £14. At £14 it goes.

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Obviously not a historic auction room.

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No. Are you disappointed with that?

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Well, no. It would only have sat in a drawer.

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-That's a very positive attitude, isn't it?

-It is, yes.

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-And we're thinking, Cuba.

-Absolutely.

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I'm looking forward to margarita!

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£14 is not the result we'd been hoping for.

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Those Cuban palm trees may be waving at us,

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but Linda stands little chance of seeing them for real if our sales don't pick up.

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With an estimate of £200, perhaps this trio of glittering prizes

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could prove more tempting.

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For the next lot, you've put a budget of £200-£400 for a tankard!

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This is not any ordinary tankard.

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This is a George III tankard.

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It's made at the end of the 18th century, 1804, so the beginning of the 19th century.

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You've got silver dealers, people interested in tankards.

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I've put with it two pewter tankards, they're a similar period.

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But £200, hopefully, is the minimum. Let's hope someone picks up on this.

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-It must be rare now. It's 200 years old.

-Fantastic.

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Start me at £150. 150. 160.

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£160 for the tankard. At £160. 170, I need.

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-£160.

-Fantastic.

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160 is the bid. 160. Not sold.

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That's not sold!

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That wasn't sold.

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Because the minimum estimate was 200, he's decided he's not selling.

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-So what happens now?

-Well, he could leave it for another day or you can take it home.

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But he's protected you there, cos it's worth a lot more.

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Especially what you said, the history. It's 200 years old.

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Our thanks to the auctioneer for saving those tankards

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from selling for too low a price.

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We're a quarter of the way through, yet we're languishing

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well below a quarter of the expected takings. We need our luck to change.

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Here's a collection that should do better for us.

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We've often found that costume jewellery has been a money maker.

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In such an attractive case, who could resist this little lot?

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A bit of interest in this.

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I've got a left bid of £80 and I can sell it for 80. With me at £80. 85.

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90.

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Is that a no? 95 there, then.

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£95, thank you.

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At £95 in the room here.

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100. 110. 110 nearest to me.

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Anybody else? 110, then.

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At £110. 452.

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-That's good.

-Yes, it's very good.

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That's more like it.

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With a bit of luck, Linda will still be leaving on that jet plane.

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Her next lot is a collection of coins,

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mostly European, with plenty of family history attached.

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I hope Linda won't feel too sentimental about parting with it.

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Let's hope there's a nugget in there that's caught someone's eye.

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We've got the collection of British and European coins next.

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-And you found these?

-Yes.

-What's the story behind them?

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My husband's uncle collected them over a period of time, along with all the other things.

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-You're not too bothered about giving these away?

-No!

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Not so much as the others. Paul, again you're hopeful on this one?

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I'm hopeful. I just scratched the surface of these.

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I saw a few, but there's a lot of coins there.

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I put these at £40. It might be a little bit of a sleeper here.

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Some coin collectors have been doing quite well here today.

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Start me, £30 for the lot.

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30, I'm bid, and two I'll take.

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Maiden bid at 30. £30, 32, 34, 36,

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38, 40, 45, £45 here. £45.

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50 in the doorway.

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55, 60, 65.

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70, 75.

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80, 85.

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90, 95. 100.

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110.

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120, 130.

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140, 150, 160.

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170, 180. 180, in the doorway. 180, anybody else?

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£180 in the doorway.

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180.

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£180. That's incredible.

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Brilliant, can't believe it.

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Looks like this could be one of the sleepers Paul mentioned.

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I'm sure these coins will have found their way to an appreciative home.

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We reach halfway with the fantastic collection of Tri-ang toys.

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Paul's put a very conservative estimate on them.

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But, if the nostalgia fans are here, they could really take off.

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Next up is the piece de resistance. You've got great hopes for this?

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These toys, what a collection.

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They're almost mint condition. There's quite a lot in that box.

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-They've displayed them beautifully. Have you seen them?

-Yes.

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-They've done a really good job.

-Yes.

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There's a terrific amount of interest in this lot, I'm sure you'll be pleased to hear.

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230, 240, 250, £260 with me.

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On the book at £260.

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At 260, 270, 280, 290,

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300. 10? 310, 320.

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330 in the room against commission.

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340. 350. 360.

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360, at £360, anybody else?

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360 is the bid. At 360 it goes.

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Wow!

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That must be a blessed relief?

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It is. I'd not have wanted them to be given away.

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Look how many people wanted them.

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That's amazing.

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You know they're going to a good home.

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They'll really appreciate it.

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And £360.

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-We had 80 - 150.

-Excellent.

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-You can't ask for more.

-They're amazing.

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Once you see them displayed and we've got them all together,

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the tankers with the carriages and so on, they were wonderful.

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Paul's quite right.

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The auction house has shown these lovely old toys in their best light.

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That means a discerning bidder was able to appreciate their true worth.

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The sale may have got off to a hesitant start, but our prospects look a little better now.

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At the halfway stage, you can have a wander, but don't spend any money please.

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You want £1,000 to take you to Cuba.

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I can tell you that so far, halfway, you've raised...

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-Do you want to know?

-Yeah.

-£854.

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-Oh, my God!

-Fantastic!

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That's really, really good.

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It's going really well.

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Let's have a little break and we'll come back.

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It seems like a perfect opportunity

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for Linda and Gillian to check out the competition. What's more,

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it looks as if Paul's found a very curious objet d'art.

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I love coming to auction houses. You never know what you'll find.

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I've found the perfect example here.

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It's a fantastic Arts and Crafts carving of Pan.

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He's recognisable by his cloved hoof, his rear leg.

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Isn't that fantastic?

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It looks as if it's been made into a lamp.

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Actually, it's been the end of a newel post.

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You get these fantastic staircases. This would have been in the hallway,

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and the first thing you saw in the house.

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If you wanted that Gothic look, a superb thing to happen.

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It's been recycled in a way, but I think that could be put back on a newel

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and it's priceless for someone who wants that Gothic look.

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Estimate in the catalogue, £100-£150. I think it's an absolute bargain.

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This particular Pan would have led us a merry dance if he'd been given a set of pipes.

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His performance is no less disappointing, bagging an impressive £110.

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The ancient Greek gods must be smiling down on the sale.

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Let's hope they bring Linda and Gillian a little luck too.

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Remember, we're only £146 short of the target and there are six great items still to come.

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I feel positive about Linda's chances of making £1,000 for the trip of a lifetime to Cuba.

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Now, a dream come true for any philatelist.

0:34:420:34:45

Paul's estimate is £100 to £200 for the set.

0:34:450:34:48

So it's the world stamps next.

0:34:510:34:53

We've seen quite a few stamp collections.

0:34:530:34:55

Yeah, stamps are doing well here today.

0:34:550:34:57

I think in the economic climate, people are wanting something to invest in

0:34:570:35:01

and we all can't afford the very expensive examples.

0:35:010:35:04

So these schoolboy collections are now collectible. There's four albums. £100?

0:35:040:35:09

What shall we start this at? £30 for the lot.

0:35:090:35:11

For the mixed lot of stamps.

0:35:110:35:13

Can't sell it for less than £30. 30 I'm bid. 35.

0:35:130:35:18

40. 45.

0:35:180:35:20

It could be sold for 50. At £50, I am...

0:35:200:35:24

55, just in time. 60. £60 then.

0:35:240:35:27

At £60. Anybody else at 60?

0:35:270:35:30

Gosh, that's surprising, isn't it?

0:35:310:35:33

-It's a little less than we wanted.

-Such a fantastic collection as well.

0:35:330:35:37

Yeah, but they're quite modern. No penny blacks there.

0:35:370:35:39

I'm not surprised, so that's OK.

0:35:390:35:41

A modest result. It's good to see Linda being so philosophical.

0:35:410:35:46

Still, that £1,000 target is edging closer...

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and closer.

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Could this charming woodland scene be enough to push us over the brink?

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It's by Arthur Haddy, chief engineer at the Decca Record Company,

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where Linda's father worked.

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Paul thinks this is worth at least £60, too.

0:36:000:36:04

£30 for the lot? For the birch trees.

0:36:040:36:07

£20 to go. To start it for 20. Anybody want the lot for £20?

0:36:070:36:10

-No. Pass it for 20.

-He's passed it.

0:36:100:36:13

Oh, no. It's a fine painting, but it seems the art collectors aren't in today.

0:36:130:36:17

I hope Linda won't be too disappointed about taking it home.

0:36:170:36:21

Now, four lots to go and just over £80 still to collect if we're to make Linda's target.

0:36:210:36:26

So fingers crossed the trio of mantle clocks catches someone's eye.

0:36:260:36:30

It was Gillian who found these, so she's keeping her fingers crossed.

0:36:300:36:33

They're valued as a single lot at £120.

0:36:330:36:37

It could be just what we need to push us over that £1,000 target.

0:36:370:36:40

-So, no pressure on Gillian now.

-With the clocks!

0:36:400:36:44

You really like these, don't you?

0:36:440:36:48

Yeah, I think... For a good collector of clocks, they're lovely, lovely specimens.

0:36:480:36:52

So I'm hoping there's somebody here who really appreciates a good clock.

0:36:520:36:56

How do you feel about your mate selling your stuff?

0:36:560:36:59

Well, that's all right. She's going to sell me afterwards!

0:36:590:37:04

Start this low. Start me at £40 for the clocks.

0:37:040:37:09

£40 to go. 45.

0:37:090:37:11

£45, these clocks. At £45.

0:37:110:37:14

50 there. 55.

0:37:140:37:16

£55 with me. Not quite enough.

0:37:160:37:18

£55. 60 there in the middle of the room.

0:37:180:37:21

65. Suddenly everybody's jumping.

0:37:210:37:23

-They are going.

-70. 75. 80.

0:37:230:37:26

85. 90. 95. 100.

0:37:260:37:32

£100 in the middle of the room.

0:37:320:37:34

At £100. £100 is the bid.

0:37:340:37:36

-Well done.

-From the brink of death there.

0:37:370:37:39

-Honestly, I have to say.

-It was like pulling teeth at first, wasn't it?

0:37:390:37:43

I think you stopped breathing for about two minutes!

0:37:430:37:46

And now I've got my breath back, I'm thinking that little turn

0:37:460:37:50

might have helped Linda fly past her target.

0:37:500:37:52

I've no time to check the figures,

0:37:520:37:54

so I'll keep that to myself.

0:37:540:37:56

With any luck, our last three lots could bring her even more cash.

0:37:560:38:01

Paul thinks the rococo style sconces with their elegant figurines

0:38:010:38:04

are worth at least £200 of anyone's money.

0:38:040:38:07

We're very excited about this next lot. They've pride of place up there, those sconces.

0:38:070:38:12

Don't they look amazing?

0:38:120:38:14

Very decorative lot. Are they worth £100?

0:38:140:38:17

100 to go. 100. 110.

0:38:170:38:19

120. 130.

0:38:190:38:21

£130 for them. At 130.

0:38:210:38:23

-Come on!

-140 I need.

0:38:230:38:26

£130 for the wall sconces.

0:38:260:38:27

At 130. Anybody else?

0:38:270:38:29

£130 then. Not quite enough.

0:38:290:38:31

He's withdrawn them. I can't believe that.

0:38:310:38:34

Why has he withdrawn them for 130?

0:38:340:38:36

We had 200-300 and he's thought they're worth more.

0:38:360:38:39

Good for Linda. Upbeat, despite two no-sales in the second half.

0:38:390:38:42

Maybe someone will buy those sconces another day.

0:38:420:38:46

I can't help feeling a little tense as the end of the sale draws near.

0:38:460:38:50

You never know who's in the room on the day, and it's anyone's guess

0:38:500:38:53

as to whether her collection of seven vintage watches

0:38:530:38:56

will attract a bidder.

0:38:560:38:59

They're lovely examples. There's seven fob watches in this lot.

0:38:590:39:03

£300. I think they're great things.

0:39:030:39:05

I wish a famous celebrity would start wearing one. Then everyone would want one.

0:39:050:39:09

There you go!

0:39:090:39:11

You know, the pressure's on here with £300-600.

0:39:110:39:14

We've had a couple of ones withdrawn,

0:39:140:39:16

so we need somebody to bid 300 quid for these, don't we?

0:39:160:39:19

It's quite a lot of money. Let's see.

0:39:190:39:21

150 I am bid in the doorway.

0:39:210:39:23

160. 170. 180. 190. 200.

0:39:230:39:28

And 10 in the doorway there at £210.

0:39:280:39:30

Anybody else?

0:39:300:39:32

220. 230. 240.

0:39:320:39:35

-250...

-Here we go.

0:39:350:39:38

In the doorway at 250. Anybody else? 250 is the bid.

0:39:380:39:41

He's took it. Is that all right with you?

0:39:410:39:43

-Yes.

-Are you sure?

-Excellent.

0:39:430:39:45

£250. A little short of Paul's estimate, but that's not bad at all.

0:39:450:39:51

And so we reach our final lot.

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A collection of six cups. Another potent family collection.

0:39:530:39:56

They were awarded to Linda's husband's uncle.

0:39:560:40:00

Will this inheritance transform into a flying victory for Linda?

0:40:000:40:03

I didn't see you as a football player, so where did these trophies come from?

0:40:050:40:09

From Alan's uncle.

0:40:090:40:11

-He was a bit of a cyclist, then?

-Yeah, he used to cycle all over the country in the 1930s.

0:40:110:40:16

What do you think of these, Gillian?

0:40:160:40:18

I think they're an excellent example of trophies, and hopefully they'll get a good price.

0:40:180:40:23

And I've got interest in this lot.

0:40:230:40:25

Needless to say as well, I'm bit straight off, £140.

0:40:250:40:28

140. 150. 160.

0:40:280:40:30

170. 180. 190.

0:40:300:40:32

£190. With me, at 190. Are you all done?

0:40:320:40:36

190 is the bid for the silver.

0:40:360:40:38

At 190, it goes.

0:40:380:40:40

How's that?

0:40:400:40:42

-Brilliant. What have I got now then?

-A lot, I would say!

0:40:420:40:45

Just a little short of the upper estimate,

0:40:450:40:48

but it's a wonderful result with which to close the auction.

0:40:480:40:52

The big question now is, will we have made enough to send Linda to Havana in style?

0:40:520:40:57

So, you wanted £1,000 to go towards the trip of a lifetime to Cuba. Do you think you've done it?

0:40:570:41:02

I'd like to think so.

0:41:020:41:05

-You have!

-Have I?

0:41:050:41:06

Yeah, you've actually raised £1,454.

0:41:060:41:11

My, God. That's brilliant.

0:41:110:41:14

I really didn't expect that.

0:41:140:41:16

-Stick another week on!

-You can come if you want.

0:41:160:41:19

Gillian, she's not taking you anymore. She's taking me.

0:41:190:41:23

This is fantastic!

0:41:230:41:24

This is going to give you the trip of a lifetime, isn't it?

0:41:240:41:27

Yes. It really is. It's going to be brilliant.

0:41:270:41:30

-Are you pleased?

-Yeah, it's excellent.

0:41:300:41:32

It's just a few days later and to celebrate their auction success,

0:41:360:41:40

Linda and Gillian have planned a little warm-up for the Cuban trip.

0:41:400:41:44

With going over to Cuba in a couple of weeks' time,

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I wanted to brush up on a couple of my photographic skills,

0:41:470:41:51

especially as I may be taking some shots indoors

0:41:510:41:55

and I really wanted to get a few more skills under my fingertips before I went.

0:41:550:42:00

For studio stuff, we need to set it at 125.

0:42:000:42:03

Your shutter speed at 125.

0:42:030:42:06

Gillian's on-hand to pose whilst Linda gets in some practice...

0:42:060:42:10

..before sampling a few mojitos to toast Linda's forthcoming adventure.

0:42:130:42:18

It's been a brilliant day.

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Brushed up on my photography skills, learned a few things there, which is great.

0:42:210:42:26

Came along here, had a mojito. In the mood for Cuba. Looking forward to the sun.

0:42:260:42:30

Aled Jones joins Paul Hayes and the Cash in the Attic team to help interior designer Linda Riley rummage for auction goodies. Her goal is 1,000 pounds - to put a difficult few years behind her and fund a dream trip to Castro's Cuba. Will the bidders turn out for her?