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Angela Rippon and James Rylands help Angela Hougham raise money to give her daughter Neena a special 16th-birthday treat.


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Hello and welcome to the programme that helps people find

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unwanted collectibles that they can take to auction, to raise money

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for a favourite project or a treat.

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It's always fun to meet someone who just can't resist

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going into junk shops or to car boot sales,

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in the hope of finding a real bargain.

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Is that £3 purchase going to turn into a £300 profit?

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Find out on Cash In The Attic.

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Coming up on Cash In The Attic... Our expert plays the joker

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when he hears the purchase price of a mahogany card table...

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Whoa! A massive £18!

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How long ago?

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About 25 years ago.

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We discover something with royal connections...

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See what it says round there?

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"Honi soit qui mal y pense".

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'And that's the motto of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.'

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'When it comes to auction James foresees a good sale

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'for a Victorian telescope.'

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I'm feeling bullish. I think we're going to guarantee you a profit.

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Find out if he's right when the hammer falls.

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Today, I'm in Buckinghamshire and I'm about to meet Angela

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and her daughter, Nina, who are looking forward

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to putting their glad rags on, for a very special outing.

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Angela Hougham has collected all sorts of things

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for years, even chickens,

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but after a house renovation, she's decided she needs a good clear out.

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She was born in Kenya,

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but her family emigrated to the UK when she was 12.

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She's been married to Bob for the past 17 years and they have

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one daughter, Nina.

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They bought a bungalow eight years ago

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and have spent the last four

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having it converted into a five bedroom house with a large garden.

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James Rylands is with me and he started his career at Sotheby's,

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so he's just the man we need to get our search underway.

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CHICKENS CLUCK

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-Hi, Nina, Angela.

-Hi!

-These chickens are so cute.

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So, why have you called in Cash In The Attic?

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Well, this was a bungalow and we've made it into a house.

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I can't believe that. It looks so amazing!

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-Yes, we had to work quite hard at it.

-I bet you did.

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And we have a lot of things that we don't want to keep.

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We've started decorating and we don't really need these things.

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-Where did all of this stuff come from?

-Various places.

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Auctions and car boot sales

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and some was already in the family.

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Are you an inveterate collector,

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-you can't resist going into antique shops and car boot sales?

-I can't.

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How much money do you think we're going to raise from all this?

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I'd like to raise about £700.

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-And what are you going to spend it on?

-Nina's going to be 16 soon and I'd like to surprise her.

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Nina, how do you feel about that? A special surprise for your birthday?

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I'm quite scared. I don't know what she's going to do!

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I tell you what, James Rylands has come with me and I know

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he can't wait to get started on finding

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what you've bought at all those car boots and antique shops

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-that we can take to auction. Shall we go and find him?

-Yes.

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James is in the lounge and he's already found something that might

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be absolutely right for the auction.

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-Hi, James.

-Hello, Angelas.

-Meet the other Angela.

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Nice to see you.

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Well, you've found me discovering the secrets

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of this wonderful table of yours.

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-Isn't it delightful?

-It is nice.

-What is it?

-Games table, I believe.

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You're absolutely right, that's exactly what it is.

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-Where did you get this, Angela?

-I bought this in a junk shop.

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-On one of your forays?

-Yes.

-You just can't resist, can you?

-I just can't.

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-Can you remember what you gave for it?

-Yes, £18.

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-Ooh, a massive £18!

-How long ago?

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About 25 years ago.

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It is for cards. It's made around 1910

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and there's some quality about it.

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It's got some nice work down here, actually.

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It has. All this nice blind fret and then fretwork

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has all been done by hand.

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It's made of mahogany - also doubles up as an occasional table.

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So, just as you've got it. It folds up nicely, you put a lamp on it.

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Bearing in mind you paid £18 for it, have we got a profit in this?

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We'll put £60 to £100 on it.

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-So, you've tripled your money.

-Yes.

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-There are a lot of things 25 years ago where you wouldn't have. Are you happy with that?

-Definitely.

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Well, let's hope we can do some tripling up

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on some other of the items we find today.

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I spot this attractive glazed cabinet in the hallway, which Angela

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bought at a fair for £200. James tells me its made of oak

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and, while furniture like this

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was once the height of fashion,

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sadly that's no longer the case. He gives it £50-£80 estimate.

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Nina shows James an Edwardian mahogany clock

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which her dad bought 25 years ago.

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It was made around 1900 by Comitti of London,

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and has a French carriage-clock movement. Nina's not a fan,

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but James gives it

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a £60-£80 price tag.

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Will the clock prove popular with the bidders come auction day?

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£50 for it. £40 for it.

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Come on.

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42, 42, 45...

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Find out later if it reaches James' estimate.

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There's so much to see in the Hougham home.

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James is downstairs now, where the lounge cabinet

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offers a small Victorian brass pocket telescope.

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Angela bought this at a boot sale, for £50, a few years ago.

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Unfortunately, we won't be magnifying her investment,

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as it stands to make only £20 to £30 now.

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Angela, when I'm inside the house,

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it is extraordinary to think this was a bungalow.

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You've completely rebuilt the whole thing, haven't you?

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Oh, yes, when we came here eight years ago it was in a dreadful state

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and we've had to almost rebuild it.

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You've done a wonderful job on it, I have to say.

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But you weren't born here. You were born in Kenya?

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Yes, I was born in Kenya, many years ago.

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-And you left when you were how old?

-12.

-Was that old enough

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to realise what you were leaving behind? Do you miss it?

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Not really, no, because I think,

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at that age, I was, sort of, really looking forward to going ahead

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and going to a new country and a new place. You know,

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it didn't really matter.

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When you got here to Britain, what were your ambitions as a young woman? What did you achieve?

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I wanted to be able to do everything, so I could fit in

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any role that there was need for.

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I had two hairdressing salons,

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then I gave up when I got married.

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I met Bob in a social group about 17 years ago.

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You also like cooking, don't you?

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You've managed to use the cooking to help raise money for charity.

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I get people to come to my dinner and I call it, my charity dinner.

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And you raised quite a lot for the tsunami?

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Yes, we raised over £3,500.

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Well, on this occasion, we're going to be raising money for you,

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so you can do a very special birthday treat for Nina.

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-So, maybe we should drink up and go and find James.

-Yes!

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Nina's rummage pays off, when she finds

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these silver mirrors and hairbrushes in a spare room.

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They belonged to her grandmother, Freda, and were assayed

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in Birmingham in the late 1930s.

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James prices them at £50 to £80.

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-Angela?

-Yes, James.

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Look what I found lurking in your cupboard here -

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this amazing collection of scent bottles. Where do they all come from?

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Oh, various places, car boot sales,

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jumble sales and some I've bought abroad.

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This particular one came from a charity place.

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You got this at a charity shop? Well, you did very well,

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because it's a nice Victorian scent bottle, in cut glass,

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with this silver top and, basically, as you take the silver top off,

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you've got this little stopper there to actually take off, as well.

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What we tend to forget is that people tended to be a lot smellier

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in the old days, than we are now, before the invention of the deodorant.

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So, perfume was very important, because it masked all those

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horrible bodily smells.

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Now, which is your favourite out of all these?

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That one.

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-Why is that?

-I think it's so unusual.

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It's almost in the form of what we'd call a cornucopia.

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In other words, full of, a cornucopia of plenty.

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That is an unusual one, and also I like the fact that

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it's heavily-cut glass. It's really, really good quality.

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So, no regrets about seeing any of them go?

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Oh, no, Not at all, I am trying to minimalise,

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so it will be lovely for it.

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You've got quite a big collection here, so I would think probably,

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conservatively, we'll probably put

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£60 to £100 on the lot and that'll really get the bidders going.

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Angela also digs an old cloth-bound book about Robin Hood,

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the famous heroic outlaw of Sherwood Forest.

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She bought this in a box of books for £2, at a garage sale.

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James values it at £10 to £15.

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'In the office,

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'I've come across something that I really want to show the others.'

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James, Nina.

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-I certainly didn't expect to find this.

-What?!

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Horse brass and, blimey, a shoebox full

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of very, very heavy

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-brass tracers.

-Those are very heavy.

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Wow, let's put those down. Where did these come from, do you know?

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My dad's dad was the chauffeur to Lord Hambleden.

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About 60 years ago,

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they cleaned out all the stables.

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See what it says round there?

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"Honi soit qui mal y pense".

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'Which translates as "Evil to he who thinks evil",

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'the motto of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

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'Membership is limited to the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales and a select group of 24 others.'

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This is almost certainly from a royal carriage.

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-So, what do you think about that?

-That is quite amazing, actually.

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Royal connections are worth money,

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but I think we've just got to put £30 to £50 on them and let them run.

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-How does that sound?

-Just as they did originally, on the horses!

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What an incredible find, there.

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I think Nina's a little lost for words.

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And, upstairs, I've spotted these two cigarette cases.

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Angela bought them at a car boot sale and says

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she didn't pay very much for them,

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but one is silver and James has valued the lot at £20 to £40.

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And it looks like our expert's rummage in the lounge has paid off.

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Hi, Angela.

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Hello, I see you've found one of my paintings.

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I have, Edwin Earp, very nice.

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-And I've got another one like this.

-You've got a pair?

-Yes.

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Where did they come from, Angela?

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An art gallery, not far from here.

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Well, he's moderately well known, Edwin Earp, and he was actually

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an artist born down in Brighton, on the South Coast, in the mid-19th century.

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It's a very romantic view, isn't it?

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-Yes.

-It is actually a watercolour,

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and one of the problems with watercolours

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is that if they've had direct sunlight on them, the colour,

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over a period of time, begins to fade.

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Now, with these ones, it's just begun to go.

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It's still OK, but it's not quite as fresh as when it was done.

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You bought them, Angela. What did you like about them when you bought them?

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I had been on an open evening,

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where we were all having a good old drink

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and I think I bought these when I'd had one too many!

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-What did you pay for them? Can you remember?

-£100, for the pair.

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Credit to your eye. That's all right.

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Conservatively, we'd certainly put £150-£250 on the pair.

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-How does that sound?

-That sounds really good.

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That's a terrific addition to our haul, which means we should

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be in pretty good shape to help pay for Nina's birthday surprise.

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The next item to go towards our auction haul is something

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that our host has unearthed.

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It's a canteen of silver-plated cutlery, in a mahogany case.

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It's a good find, earning a £30 to £60 estimate from James.

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James, Angela, Nina,

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look what I found up in the attic.

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James, there's a wonderfully clear hallmark on that,

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you should take a look, and a great one here, too.

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-Silver candlesticks. Where did you get these, Angela?

-A car boot sale.

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What?! In a car boot sale?

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Like this, already made into lamps?

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-Yes, they were in a junk box.

-And how much did you pay for them?

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£1.

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-Do you have any idea how old this is?

-No.

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-Well, it's hallmarked, London, 1763.

-Wow.

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So, that is getting on for 250 years old.

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That would have been part of a pair of candlesticks.

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Basically, very neo-classical, with this Corinthian column,

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and would have sat and graced any dining table in the country.

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-This one is a lot younger, isn't it?

-It's Birmingham, 1920-something.

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So, although that has value, this is the real, real find.

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So, what sort of profit is she likely to make on her £1?

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I think an estimate between £200 and £400 together would be conservative.

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And you may have thought they weren't worth a light,

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but let me tell you, they are.

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Absolutely fantastic.

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What is nice that if we add that £200 now to the lowest estimate

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that James has given you on everything else he's seen...

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I know you want to raise £700 for something special for Nina's 16th birthday,

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we should be able to make £740,

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but, who knows, as James says, that could be worth even more than £200.

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You have got an eye for a bargain, haven't you?

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I'm jealous, I'm taking notes here!

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I'll have to come with you.

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I think that Angela is something of an expert-in-the-making!

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I can't wait to see how all her items do when she takes them to the saleroom.

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Remember the scent bottles she's collected over the years?

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Well, there's a good collection that should make between £60 and £100.

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Plus that Edwardian mahogany card table.

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That should bring in another £60 to £100.

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Finally, the collection of horse tack showing Queen Victoria's emblem.

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James gave it a conservative £30 to £50 estimate,

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but, with its royal connection, who knows what it will make on the day?

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic, will Robin Hood

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come riding through the glen for us?

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I'm not sure whether we did rob from the rich to give to the poor, but it was a good try!

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We feel the angst of the bidder.

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She can't resist it.

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-And the excitement of the seller.

-You out?

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-But who'll be the happiest when the final hammer falls?

-Are we all done?

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Well, it's just been a couple of weeks since we were with Angela

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and her daughter Nina at their home in Berkshire.

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Angela's goal is £700

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so that she can have a very special birthday treat

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for her daughter Nina when she's 16.

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So we've brought all her items here today to sell

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at the Chiswick Auction Rooms in west London,

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and we're just waiting now for the bidders to arrive,

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and hopefully they'll buy their things when they go under the hammer.

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Today, we're at a sale of fine antiques and works of art.

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The bidders have now started to arrive and there seems to be a fair amount of interest in our items.

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But there's one piece they can't look at just now.

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Hello, Angela and Nina, taking a last look at your royal connections there!

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You didn't know what that was, did you?

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-No, not at all.

-But we think that might do quite well today?

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I think so, with that royal connection and all the carriage fittings.

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-£30 to £50, it's got to do better than that.

-It should do.

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£700 is our target. Angela, have you told Nina yet

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-what you're going to do for her 16th birthday?

-Yes.

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We're going to actually do a makeover for her, for her bedroom.

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-That £700 target, we've got to make, haven't we?

-Yes.

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Shall we go and take our places? Let battle commence!

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Angela has a dozen interesting offerings here, so let's hope they

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stand out amongst the competition.

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The first of her lots to come up is a lovely old book

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with a price tag of...

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£10, £10 for it? £5 for it? Thank you, a bid at 5.

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Bidder at £5. Give me 6 for it?

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£5, a starting bid of £5. Are we done? £5, you bidding 6?

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-£5 and going...

-GAVEL BANGS

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I'm not sure whether we did rob from the rich to pay the poor,

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-but it was a good try!

-It was a profit!

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And it's a start, but not much will change in Nina's bedroom

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unless we make more than a fiver.

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Next up is a lot that's fit for a queen.

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It's the collection of horse tack that once adorned the horses

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of Victoria Regina's Knights and Ladies of the Garter.

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Perhaps even the Queen herself.

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£40. £20.

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-Oh, no.

-£10.

-No.

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My goodness!

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Thank you, a bid at 10.

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A bid at 10, looking for 12, who'll give me 12? 15.

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15? 15. 18? 18. 20?

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22? 22.

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25. At £25... 28? At £25...we're done.

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Last time £25, all done. £25...

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£25, you look disappointed.

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-I thought it would be more than that.

-It didn't run away.

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That WAS a little disheartening though,

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especially given its royal connections.

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Still, it did almost make James's lowest estimate.

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Next it's the turn of the small Victorian brass telescope.

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I'm feeling bullish - I think we're going to guarantee a profit on this.

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Here we go!

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Victorian brass telescope. £20...

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Take a bid at £20... £20... 22...

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22... 25...

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30... 32? 30, is that all?

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At £30,

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at £30, all done,

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£30, it goes out the door...

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-Wonderful.

-Not bad.

-£30 was the top of the estimate.

-All right, top of the estimate.

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So, that was right on the nose, James.

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And a good profit.

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Angela certainly seems to have a talent for spotting classy items.

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Her cigarette cases and that Victorian mahogany clock both

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prove popular with the bidders...

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Your bid.

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..adding another £97 to the kitty between them.

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Angela, something coming up that you have not bought

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at a car-boot sale, and that's the canteen of silver-plated cutlery.

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Remind where it did come from.

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It was my husband's mother's.

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It was their family cutlery.

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£30, start me. Thank you, £30. 32...

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-They're already at £30.

-That's good.

-40 over there...

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42... 45... 48... 50...

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At 48, then, 50...

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55... 60... 65... At £60, all done, your bid and gone, £60.

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£60, top of the estimate!

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-Top of the morning to you.

-That's a good result, isn't it?

-Yes.

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There were quite a few bidders interested in that set,

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which pushed its price to the top.

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Most of Angela's items have done really well today

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and, with half her lot sold, we've made £217 towards

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that £700 target, so we're not doing too badly at all.

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If you have a special project in mind and need to raise a little money for it at auction,

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it is worth bearing in mind that there are charges to be paid,

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such as commission and they do vary from one saleroom to another, so it is a good idea to check in advance.

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Next up is the oak glazed display cabinet.

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The price tag in the catalogue here is £50-£80.

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£30 for it. Take 30... 32...

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35... 38... 40... 42... 45...

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Working its way up to what we really wanted!

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55... 60... 65... One more please, 65... 70.. £70...

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70, 75... £70, are we done at £70?

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£70.

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-That's not too bad.

-Could have done better, but you are delighted to have got rid of it, aren't you?

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Yes, I don't want to take it back.

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It wouldn't have gone back in the back of the car easily!

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Just £10 under the top estimate is another great result

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and £70 is a good amount to put in the pot.

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According to the catalogue, the next item of yours to come up

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is the Edwardian mahogany tea table with a fold-over top and under-tier.

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You were pretty convinced that this was a games table.

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I'm not sure why they've called it a tea table,

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because you've got cubby holes for putting your chips and playing cards.

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£50 for it, please... £50 for it.

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The table. £50... 55... 60...

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65... 70... 75...

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-Still going up.

-Come on!

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At £70, I'm going at £70...

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I wonder if the winning bidder is going to play cards on it,

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or take tea.

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Now, we've got your wonderful collection of scent bottles here.

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You're getting quite a lot for your money,

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because £60 to £100 for the entire collection,

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it's three of four quid each, which isn't huge.

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They're very collectible, scent bottles.

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Thank you, a bid at £50. 55... 60...

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65, I'll come back to you. 65... 70...

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75... 80... 85...

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90... 95...

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-100... 110...

-Yes!

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120...

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130... Up to you now.

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At 120...

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130, new bidder. 140...

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130... 140... At 130 in the middle, £130.

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She really wants them, she's been outbid.

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135, you on?

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135, she's come back in.

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She can't resist it, she's back in again.

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£140, 145...

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£140... 145, she means it...

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150... 150...

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155... You going to roll your eyes again?

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At 150, and 155...

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You out? 155! Why not?

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160?

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You've got 'em at 155.

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-155, all done. 238, 155.

-GAVEL BANGS

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Good price, and I'm glad she got them.

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We all felt quite involved there

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and really wanted the bottles to go to that lady.

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They went for a terrific price too, so we're doubly delighted.

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There is another great result

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when the silver hairbrushes and table mirrors go under the hammer.

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£50, £50 you've got it.

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Right on the nose, and another £50 into the pot.

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Angela has just two lots left, with the Edwin Earp watercolours up first. She bought them

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from a local gallery, and now they're valued at £150-£250.

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Three watercolours, £100...

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Thank you for the £100.

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110... 120... 130... 140... 150... 160...

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£150...

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150, take 160.

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-150, last chance, your bid...

-GAVEL BANGS

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-£150.

-It wasn't bad.

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It's time for somebody else to enjoy them.

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£150. That's £50 over what Angela paid for them originally.

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It's time for our final lot and we should be going out with a bang,

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as it's the two candlesticks, one of which is Georgian.

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-What did you pay for them?

-I only paid £1 for each of them.

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I'm going to come along with you. Next time you go for one of these, I want to be there!

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Let's see what your return is going to be on that one.

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150 to start me. 150 there.

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160... 170... 180...

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190... 200...

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210... 220... 230...

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240... 250...

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260... At £250...

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Going at £250 and gone...

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-Good.

-£250.

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Good result.

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It's a shame they didn't make more,

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but Angela seems very relaxed

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about the sale and she doesn't know her full total yet.

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I'm sure she's going to have good cause to get excited.

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£700 is what you wanted to spend on that makeover for Nina's room, but there's going to be a bit left over

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and I think, Angela, you should decide how you want

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to spend the rest of the money, because you've made £962.

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-Oh, lovely.

-What?!

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Back at their house, and Angela has wasted no time in transforming Nina's bedroom.

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Even her dad, Bob, has been roped in

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along with a family friend to do the finishing touches.

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So, what does Nina think of the makeover?

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NINA GASPS

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No way!

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I think it's really, really amazing.

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I absolutely love the light.

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It's so nice when you turn it on the light reflects on the ceiling.

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-And now she's going to keep it nice and clean, she's promised.

-Hopefully.

-Hopefully!

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Angela Hougham wants to give her daughter Neena a special 16th-birthday treat. She calls in Angela Rippon and James Rylands to look through the various nick-nacks she has collected at boot sales over the years in order to raise some celebratory cash.