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Series looking at whether household junk could be worth a small fortune. Nikki Lappin and her mum search through family heirlooms to help raise cash for a family holiday.


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We find antiques and collectibles in peoples' homes

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and sell them at auction,

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raising money so they can do something else instead.

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Now, this may range from a trip to see long-lost relatives

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or maybe buying something new for the family.

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But how much they raise depends on the quality of their items.

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So what's the figure today?

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Find out later in Cash In The Attic.

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'Coming up on today's Cash In The Attic...

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'Paul takes a fancy to 1920s elegance.'

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You've got good, strong, sturdy knees,

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which is what you're looking at.

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-Always helps when you've got good, strong, sturdy knees.

-Always helps.

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On a table, it's not bad either.

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THEY ALL LAUGH

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'We discover heirlooms from a bygone era.'

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Do you know where these have come from?

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I know the pocket watch was my great-grandfather's,

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-who was a station master in Ireland.

-Wow.

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'But, when we get to auction, not everything goes our way.'

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-I think he's actually sold that.

-He sold that for £5?

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I think he has done, yeah.

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-Oh, dear...

-There was no interest at all.

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'Will our luck improve? Find out when the final hammer falls.'

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Well, today, I've come to Southam in Warwickshire,

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where I'll be meeting Nicola and her mum, Marlene.

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They've taken the brave decision to get rid of some old memories

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so they can provide some lovely new ones

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for the youngest member of the family.

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'Nikki Lappin is a nursery nurse with a passion for photography.

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'She's travelled the globe with her camera,

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'but now has plans for a very special trip with her family.

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'So we've come to the home she shares with her mum and daughter

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'to see if we can be of help.

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'Paul Hayes is our expert today.

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'And his 20 years' antiques experience

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'should stand us in good stead as we look around this tidy home.

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'It bodes well for a great search.'

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-Ah, morning!

-Morning.

-You must be Nicola.

-I am.

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-And Marlene, is that right?

-Yes.

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-So who called in Cash In The Attic?

-Myself.

-Ah, right, OK.

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And what made you decide to do that?

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Decided that, after my father and my grandmother passed away,

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it was about time we had to clear out

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some of the items that we'd accumulated.

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And so what would you like to raise the money for?

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I think it's about time we had a holiday and cheered ourselves up.

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What sort of holiday?

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I'd like to go to Disney in Florida and take my daughter.

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-What's her name?

-Vanessa Mae.

-Vanessa Mae? What a lovely name.

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-And how old is your little girl?

-She will be three in the summer.

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So, Marlene, what sort of money

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would you like to raise towards this holiday?

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I'm hoping for about £500.

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£500 so the three of you can go to Disney.

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In which case I think we need to divide off and find Paul Hayes.

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Hopefully, he'll have found something we can have a look at.

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Shall we see if we can find him?

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You go that way, Marlene. Let's see if we can find him up here. Paul!

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'As ever, Paul's got straight to work.

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'It hasn't taken him long today

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'to track down our first likely-looking item.'

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-Hi, Paul!

-Hello, how are you? All right?

-Yes, thank you.

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I found one of my favourite items - a Windsor chair.

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-It's lovely.

-Fantastic, isn't it?

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What's the story behind this?

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My grandfather made it.

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He used to live in Coleshill, near Wycombe. He was a carpenter.

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So did he make it for you?

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It was a hobby of is that he did. He made it for the family.

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You do see a lot of these around,

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but I wouldn't want to have to make one. Would you?

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No, they're extremely difficult to make. He's done a really good job.

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But of course, the Windsor chair gets its name from Windsor,

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which is near High Wycombe, where the origins come from.

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But they used all the local materials -

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we're looking at elm, ash and all these wonderful fruit woods.

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These things that you used to find here in the British Isles.

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This one has been made with a later material.

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It's oak or perhaps even beech.

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-Probably fair to say maybe 1930s to '40s.

-Sounds about right.

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But the basic concept is still there. These are so cleverly made.

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What would happen is this piece of wood here would be tapered.

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It sticks right through this piece of wood, and then cut off.

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The reason for that - these were made originally before glue,

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so of course you couldn't glue these items together.

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So this would stay in this sort of condition.

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They just last for ever. They're wonderful.

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Given that your grandfather made it, are you sure you want to sell it?

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It doesn't fit in where we live now.

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I'd rather somebody gets some use from it.

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What sort of value would you say this might have?

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A 1920s to 1940s sort of chair like this...

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It's attractive. It has a bit of patina.

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If I said £50-80, that sort of price,

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-how does that sound?

-Yeah, that sounds good.

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Now we know what to look for.

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Shall we go and find something else to sell?

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'On that note, we get started.

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'And Paul immediately stumbles over

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'a different kind of chair in a hallway,

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'and evicts the resident cuddly toys to get a better look.

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'Nicola's grandfather also carved this himself,

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'shortly after World War II.

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'Probably in his own workshop in the garage.

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'Paul is delighted to discover

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'there's another chair that matches this one.

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'A good example of post-war craftsmanship.

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'The pair should polish up nicely for us at auction at £60-70.

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'Marlene shows Paul a sewing machine

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'which she inherited from her mother-in-law.

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'Unusually, it's not made by Singer

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'but by Frister & Rossmann, a German firm.

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'It dates from around 1900 and has a walnut case.

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'And Paul hopes it will make £40-£50.'

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-Hi.

-Are you here? Wow, look at this! It's a nice bedroom, isn't it?

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Have you found anything good?

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I found some silver items here that might be of interest.

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Right. Let's have a look. Have you collected them?

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I think these were my grandparents'.

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So you can remember these as a child?

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Yes, I played with them lots as a child.

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Nice little patch box or a pill box, isn't it? Isn't that lovely?

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This is a fruit knife.

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Look at that beautiful engraving there, can you see it?

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All bright cut. Look at that, it's a mother-of-pearl handle.

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It's solid silver, I can tell. Do you know how to tell your hallmarks?

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-I'm not 100 per cent sure.

-I'll tell you the main things to look for.

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-The first thing is a lion, can you see that?

-Yeah.

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That's the lion passant, the British mark for silver.

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-But what's more important for me here is that one. Can you see that?

-Yeah.

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-That's a portrait of Queen Victoria.

-Right, OK.

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-That instantly dates this to the Victorian period.

-Right, yeah.

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So somebody in 1870 would have used this.

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-Isn't that fascinating?

-It is.

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I think you've got quite a collection here. Is this a lipstick?

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Don't know. A little snuff pot, my gran said.

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-All right. It's a little bit damaged, isn't it?

-Yeah, a bit of damage.

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I think these are very collectible items.

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People are always looking for items like this. If we said £40-60...

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-That sounds really good. Yeah.

-Does that sound all right?

-Yeah.

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All right, OK. So let's look after these for a bit.

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'Well, our expert has high hopes for the silver.

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'But will the collectors be out in force come auction day?'

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-Interest here to 12, £15 is bid.

-£15, we're in.

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'So how much will they be willing to spend?'

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At 25, 28, 30. At 30, 32. Clears the book.

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'Enough for a family holiday?'

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-That was quite a result for us.

-It is. It's good.

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'But will it be good enough?'

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Paul's ferreting around for more things,

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so I thought we'd have a little break.

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Stay in the warm. I want to know, whose idea was it to go to Florida?

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-I think we came up with it all together.

-Yes, we did. Yeah.

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Are you great Disney fans?

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I am, more than the rest of them.

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So what's the background behind you deciding to do this holiday now?

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Well, in June 2006, my grandfather passed away.

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And then, in September, my dad passed away very suddenly.

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Then I found out that I was going to have Vanessa Mae.

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Shortly after she was born, my gran passed away.

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So, within 18 months, it was all rather dramatic.

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A lot of things going on.

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Marlene, that must have been quite a bittersweet pill for you.

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You lost your husband but gained a granddaughter.

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Yes, it was. I can't say she's filled the gap,

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but she's helped to heal the gap.

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And she's a lovely little girl. She's so bright for a two-year-old.

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I think she deserves a treat.

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When are you planning on taking this trip?

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We hope just after Vanessa's third birthday, which is in June.

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And does she know anything about the trip?

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No, we'll keep it as a surprise for her.

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I don't blame you.

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She'll just go completely bananas over the next six months otherwise.

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Yes, I think so.

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I'm really hoping you will make the money.

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But, I should warn you, Paul is rather a Disney fan.

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You may well find yourselves with an extra passenger.

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-Shall we go and track him down?

-Yeah, sounds good.

-Come on, then.

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'I knew Paul wouldn't let me down.

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'Upstairs, he's found this mirror,

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'which is part of a 1930s dressing table set.

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'It's made of Bakelite and belonged to Nikki's grandmother.

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'And it includes various brushes and a manicure set.

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'Paul values it at £20-30.'

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-Nikki?

-Yeah.

-I've found two really interesting items here.

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A pocket watch and a travel clock.

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Do you know where these have come from?

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I know the pocket watch was my great-grandfather's,

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-who was a station master in Ireland.

-Wow!

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Well, that does explain it.

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It's one of the best makers you can get with pocket watches. An Omega.

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-Have you heard of Omega?

-Yeah, I have.

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The value is in the quality of the movement.

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Of course, with your being a station master,

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you'd have to make sure your clock was really accurate.

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The reason being, if you had two trains...

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Say you had two station masters in Ireland,

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and one train sets off at a wrong time,

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then it could be a disaster, they could meet in the middle.

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So they had to be dead-on right.

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You're looking at around about 1910-1920. Fantastic.

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With it being an Omega, that's a very good watch.

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What's intriguing me is this one. Where does it come from?

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That's always been on my gran's sideboard.

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Well, this really belongs to a lady's travelling case.

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It's a travel clock.

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When you open it up.... This is all solid silver.

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When you open it up, you've got this nickel-plated watch here.

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But these really were the first type of bedside clock.

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You would travel around the country,

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you'd have these on your bedside cabinet and you could tell the time.

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I think it's pretty having this enamel dial. I like that.

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What you've got to look for is the quality of the silver.

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This is a bit bent and worn.

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-Can you see the holes...

-Over-playing as a child, I think.

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Over-playing, or sometimes over-polishing.

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Silver's doing very well at the moment anyway.

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But these clocks are highly desirable.

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This one would be very good if the case were a bit better.

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If I said £80-120, how does that sound?

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Yeah, that sounds fair.

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You could do quite well with this pocket watch in particular.

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Great! Let's keep looking.

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'I'm browsing in another room, where I've come across

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'this interesting set of six glass bottles.'

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'It's a nickel-plated condiment set made in the 1920s,

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'Paul Hayes prices this attractive dining set at around £30-40,

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'which will help to season our way towards those tickets to Florida.

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I was going to ask you, what about this table?

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-It's fabulous. Does it have an extra leaf in the middle?

-Yes.

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It was my mother- and father-in-law's.

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We have tried it in my dining room, but it just doesn't look right.

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So, Paul, what do you think of it?

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This is an extending dining table, dates about 1920-1930.

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It's all solid oak. These are Queen Anne legs,

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which was really around the beginning of the 18th century,

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but copied in the 1920s.

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You've got pad feet there.

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You've got good, strong, sturdy knees,

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which is what you're looking at.

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-Always helps when you've got good, strong, sturdy knees.

-Always helps.

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On a table, it's not bad either!

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THEY ALL LAUGH

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What's very useful is that you could have it in this small shape here,

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maybe sit four people around it for a game of cards or a breakfast.

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But then you can have this winding action

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which opens the whole thing out.

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You put leaves in the middle,

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and that would extend it to maybe a 12- or a 14-seat.

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You're looking at least £150,

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maybe £200, if not even a bit more.

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-How does that sound?

-Brilliant.

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It's more than I was expecting.

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-Let's see if we find something else for the same amount. Come on.

-OK.

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'That really is a great addition to our target,

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'and the fund for the family holiday to Florida

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'is suddenly looking much healthier.'

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'Paul heads up into the loft.

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And, what do you know?

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'He finds some more chairs made by Nikki's grandfather.

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'They're mahogany with beautifully carved, French-style decoration,

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'All four chairs together are valued at £80-120,

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'Paul also finds a Carlton Ware vase

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'and a 1930s cake stand by Royal Stanley.

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'This Art Deco-styled pair could fetch us between £40 and £60.

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'Time to head back downstairs.'

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This is quite nice, Paul.

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I love these sort of clocks. They're architectural.

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-It says something on there. Can you read that?

-It does.

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It says: "Mr F Lappin, from GS & WR Company, October 1911."

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Isn't that amazing?

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-Shall we see whether this is something we can sell?

-Of course.

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Marlene? Nicola, are you there?

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-Ah! Now then, you two. You all right?

-Not too bad.

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We've just been looking at this clock.

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It obviously belonged to a Mr Lappin.

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This is the same Lappin relative

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that has given a lot of things to this auction.

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-It's my great-grandfather.

-OK. This has obviously been presented to him.

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Would you know the history of that?

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Yeah, he worked for the railways in Ireland.

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-He was presented this out there and he continued to work.

-Right.

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-It was a thank-you gift.

-How interesting.

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This really is part of a garniture,

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which sits like this here on top of a mantelpiece,

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but would have two side pieces that went with it.

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These architectural clocks were very popular around that time,

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sort of 1880-1900.

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This is actually Belgian slate,

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so it was a great form of manufacture at the time.

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Lots of architectural clocks like this were produced. Very heavy.

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You need a strong mantelpiece to put them on.

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There was a railway connection, did you say?

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-Yeah, he was a station master.

-Right.

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You've no proof of that?

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-We have a letter and some photographs of him.

-OK.

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Let's have a look. There we are, look at this.

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-Let's have a look. Do you know which one he is?

-Yes. Here.

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-Oh, right. OK.

-Fantastic. Isn't that great?

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It looks like the railway children. You can just imagine them.

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That was in the times when people used to take real pride.

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That's right.

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It's the golden age of the steam train.

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There's a letter there as well.

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What sort of value do you think it might have for auction?

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Value-wise, as a clock,

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if I said sort of £50-80...

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But having a railway connection increases it.

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That helps us out rather nicely, cos you wanted £500, didn't you,

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towards the holiday in Florida.

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We can top that up quite nicely, I think.

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The value of everything going to auction comes to £670!

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-Wow, fantastic!

-That is brilliant.

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The next time we'll see the items, they'll be at the auction house.

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'Well, we've had a great day here in Southam

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'with Nikki and her mum, Marlene.

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'And what a variety of items we found for auction.

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'There's quite a collection of chairs made by Nikki's grandfather,

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'including the hall chairs that could bring in £60-70.

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'The vintage Frister & Rossmann sewing machine.

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'It's a rare make and could fetch more than £40.

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'And the slate clock with its personal link

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'to the history of the Irish railways.

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'Hopefully, there'll be some collectors in the room

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'and we'll steam past the £50-80 estimate.

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'Still to come on Cash In The Attic...

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'There are times at auction when even we struggle to stay positive.'

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-Oh dear.

-Oh dear...

-That's gone.

-£15.

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'And moments when we can't believe our luck.'

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-Yay! There you go.

-That's brilliant.

-That is amazing.

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That is a really good result.

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'So will the good times outweigh the bad?

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'Find out when the final hammer falls.'

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It's been a few weeks since we visited Nikki and her mum

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at their Warwickshire home.

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During the years, they've inherited lots of bits and pieces,

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but decided it was time to have a bit of a clear out.

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So we found the items of value

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and brought them here to the Cotswold Auction Company.

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Remember, they're trying to raise £500.

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So let's hope the bidders are being generous

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when our items go under the hammer today.

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'There are three auctions here every month.

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'Today's is a general sale with 500 lots on offer.

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'So it should be the ideal place

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to sell Nikki and Marlene's mixed array of items.'

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-Morning, Paul.

-Good morning, Lorne. How are you?

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-And you've got a chance to take a last look at your items.

-Yes.

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You've got some great items.

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The clock and other bits and pieces.

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You wanted to put a reserve on the pocket watch

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-and the Omega watch. How much is that for?

-£120.

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£120. I'll have a chat to the auctioneer before it starts.

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-Is that reasonable?

-It's at the top of the estimate.

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If it doesn't sell, would you rather take it back?

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We'd rather get it repaired.

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Make the decision now. It's too late once it's been sold.

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Well, all these people are here to buy things.

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Let's get them under way. Let's get in position.

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'If, like Nikki and Marlene, you want to sell at auction,

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'remember that commission and VAT charges will be added to your bill.

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'So do check the details with your local auction house first

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'to avoid any unwelcome surprises.

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'First lot of the day

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'is Nikki's grandmother's Bakelite dressing table set,

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'which dates from the 1930s.'

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£5? Any interest at £5? Any interest at 5? 5 I'm bid.

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At £5. Who's going on? At £5, all done.

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Looking around, at 5, all short and finished at 5. £5.

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£5.

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I think he's actually sold that.

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-He sold it for £5?

-I think he has, yeah.

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-Oh, dear...

-There was no interest at all.

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'Oops, that's not quite how we planned to start our day.

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'Hopefully, we'll have more success

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with the extensive collection of Jasperware

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£30, please. 30? There's 20.

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£20? There's a lot of it for 20. £10? £10 bid.

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At £10, it's a good start. 12, 15, 18.

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20, 22. £22, centre of the room.

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-At 22, looking around, at 22, all sure?

-It's cheap.

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At 22, 22...? £22.

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-£22.

-Here we go.

-That's a little under what we wanted.

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But they're out of the way and you've got some money.

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'Nikki and Marlene don't seem too upset with that result,

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'but we need the bidders to take a lot more interest in our items

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'if we're going to get anywhere near our target.

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'Sadly, the condiment set and the vase and cake stand

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'fall well short of their estimates too,

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'adding just £32 to our kitty between them.

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'Paul and I are both fans of Nikki and Marlene's slate clock.

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'Let's hope that someone else in the room has also taken a shine to it,

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'because we really need a good result with this one.'

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This is the one that we were all looking at earlier.

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Architectural form, do these pop up at auction from time to time?

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They are quite common,

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but they're very classical, this architectural style.

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It's in nice condition.

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What I like is that it says 1911 on the label on the bottom.

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OK, so we want £50. Should we start with 5 and see how we go?

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And start me at £40, please. 40?

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£40? 30 away? Any interest at 30?

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We'll start here at £20. We're starting at 20. Who's going on?

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At £20, looking around. Nice clock. At £20.

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All sure and finished at 20...

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22, 25. At £25 here. At 25, all done.

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At 25...

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Those clocks do £30-40 plus everywhere really.

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It's a shame today.

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How do you feel about it?

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-Well, it's better than I thought it was going to be.

-Really?

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Oh, right. OK. You've lifted my spirits as well, saying that.

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Good! Ever onward!

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'Well, thank goodness for Marlene's high spirits.

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'As it's a case of either laughing or crying,

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'I'm pleased she's chosen the former,

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'especially as the sewing machine sells well under estimate too.'

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15 on my right hand side. At 15. We'll sell it at 15.

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Are you sure? At 15, £15... £15.

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-Oh, dear...

-That's gone at 15.

-£15.

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You were saying you're glad

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you don't have to dust any of these things.

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So I suppose that's something, isn't it?

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'Well, once again, Marlene's looking on the bright side

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'and it's all money in the pot.

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'With half our lot sold, we've made just £99

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'towards that Disneyland trip.

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'We're hoping for £500, so it's onwards and upwards.

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'Time for our favourite lot -

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'the travel clock and pocket watch.'

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Right, our next lot

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is that wonderful Edwardian travelling timepiece.

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I think this is a wonderful item.

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The green enamel is beautiful on that watch.

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Don't forget there's an Omega watch with it.

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I think the combination of being silver and being an Omega,

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it should do very well.

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We certainly need to make this money if we're going to reach that target.

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Fingers crossed.

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Interest here, I can go in at 60, £65 is where we start.

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At £65, who's going on?

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At £65. 70, 75.

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-At £75 here. At £75...

-He's not going to sell it.

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-You did right to put your reserve on that.

-Absolutely.

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At 75, 75...

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I'm afraid that lot remains unsold.

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-So he hasn't sold it.

-That's a relief.

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'Nikki and Marlene are clearly relieved

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'that the travel clock and pocket watch haven't been sold.

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'Maybe our next lot will raise some hands

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'and add some much-needed cash to the pot?

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'It's the mixed collection of silver.'

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At £15 for all the silver.

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At £15. 18, 20, 22, 25.

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£25 here.

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At £25, looking around. At 25, 28, 30.

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At 30, 32. Clears the book.

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At £32 in the room. At 32. Any more interest?

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That's more like it, isn't it? Come on.

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-£32.

-There we go. That's a reasonable amount.

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That's good, isn't it?

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Yes, that was quite a result for us so far, wasn't it?

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'£32 may be a little under estimate,

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'but I think we're all just relieved to have raised a few extra pounds.'

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Our next lot is that lovely dining room table.

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-What will you eat off now?

-We've got another one.

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It's a lovely quality table. I've got a feeling,

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cos we're in the countryside here,

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lots of people are interested in antique furniture.

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Hopefully, we'll do something good. We're looking for £150 upwards.

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-150? 100? £100?

-Come on.

-80 away?

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Any interest at 80? Any interest at £80?

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Who's going to start me?

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£50, then. Any interest at 50? I'm looking around.

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-£50 anywhere? At 50?

-Withdraw it.

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I think we're going to withdraw it. At £50. At 50.

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£50, if we can't get a bid... No.

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So it's unsold.

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It's withdrawn because he couldn't even get £50 for it.

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I think that's the best thing he could've done. Do you?

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But you didn't want it back. What are you going to do with it?

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I don't know.

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'That wasn't the result we were after.

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'Not one bid for the dining table.

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'Luckily, the Windsor chair made by Nikki's grandfather

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'does find a new home...'

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£40... That's £40, sir.

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'..adding a much-needed £40 to the pot.'

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'It's more of Nikki's grandfather's handiwork up next.

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'This time in the form of the two carved hall chairs.'

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-So you're not missing these from your home?

-No.

-No.

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Oh! OK, definitely not.

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What do you want for these?

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About £60. These aren't the most comfortable chairs.

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You'd sit people in the hallway and they wouldn't hang around too long.

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They're not too comfortable. But £60.

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Commission interest takes me in at 42, £45.

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-£45!

-At £45 is where we start.

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48, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70. At £70 here.

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On commission, are you sure? At £70, on commission.

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75, £80 here. At 80, 85. Clears the book.

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£85 on my right hand side.

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At 85, all done. At 85. 85... It's yours, sir.

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-Yay! There you go.

-That's brilliant.

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That is amazing. That is a really good result.

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There we go. We were right.

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The country furniture is what they're going for.

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'That's the first lot to exceed its estimate.

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'And its top estimate at that. Thank goodness,

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'and not before time. The rollercoaster continues

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'and our final lot, those four chairs

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'which went with Nikki's dining table, don't have the same success.'

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Any interest at 40? All sure? I'll withdraw them at 40. £40?

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Any interest at 40?

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No, I'll leave those there.

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Well, we've answered a question there.

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We wondered whether the chairs would be sold without the table.

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But fortunately, neither of them sold, so they can all stay together.

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'That result, or lack of it, pretty much sums up our day in Gloucester.

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'When the bidders keep their hands in their pockets,

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there's not a lot that can be done about it.

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'I think we're all rather relieved that this sale is over.'

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You wanted £500 for this holiday, didn't you?

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How do you think you've done?

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I don't think we've quite got there.

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No, you haven't, I must say. But it's not... All is not lost.

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-You've made £256.

-That's all right.

-That's brilliant.

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-So that's certainly a good starting base.

-A bit of spending money.

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-Have a fantastic time, won't you?

-We will.

-Yeah.

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'After a rather disappointing day at auction,

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'Nikki and her mum, Marlene, have decided

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'that, for now, the trip to Disneyland will have to wait.

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'But that's not stopping them from enjoying a day out together.'

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We decided, because we didn't make so much money

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on the day of auction as we'd hoped,

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we've decided to use the money and treat ourselves to a nice lunch out.

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So now we're in Leamington Spa.

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'They may not have made it to Florida,

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'but the sun is shining and there's not a queue in sight

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'as the ladies explore the delights of Royal Leamington Spa.'

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-Really enjoyed today. It's been nice and relaxing, hasn't it?

-It has.

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It's been good fun.

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Lorne Spicer joins antiques expert Paul Hayes in Warwickshire to help Nikki Lappin and her mum search through family heirlooms to help raise cash for a family holiday. However, when it comes to auction day, success can never be guaranteed!