Series looking at the value of household junk. Amanda Kane wants to fund a trip to New York for her two grown-up children. Jennie Bond and Jonty Hearnden help search for valuables.
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Hello and welcome to the show
that hunts for treasures around your home and sells them at auction.
Today, I'm going to meet a lovely family whose house is packed with items like this.
What do you think of it? It could be worth a fortune.
Find out on today's Cash In The Attic.
'Coming up, we follow the yellow brick road
'to a piece of 1980s musical memorabilia.'
-It's so... Whoa!
-Look at that!
'And this rock star's legacy keeps on giving.'
-I bought them at the Elton John auction in 1988 at Sotheby's.
I remember it well! Oh, my goodness!
'But will our family take to auction like a duck to water?'
Is there 160 in the room? 160.
-This is it.
All will be revealed when the final hammer falls.
I'm in Winchester to meet a mother and daughter team
who have called in Cash In The Attic
because they want to clear out some clutter
and take a transatlantic break.
Amanda Kane has raised her two children, Lucy who is 24
and Max who is 18, pretty much single-handed
after separating from her husband some years ago.
She enjoyed life as a full-time mum,
but now that the children are grown up,
she recently rejoined the workforce and became a PA to a headmaster.
She lives in this picturesque townhouse in Winchester.
She moved out of London ten years ago.
And although Lucy has flown the nest, Max still lives here with Amanda.
But the bright lights of city life still beckon sometimes,
so she'd like to raise some cash
to treat her children to a special trip.
Fortunately, I have expert Jonty Hearndon by my side today.
His 20 years of antiques know-how will be invaluable.
-You must be Amanda.
-Hi. And who have we got here, then?
Was it you who put your mum up to this,
-or did you call us?
-It was my idea.
-Oh, well done.
What possessed you to do that?!
Well, I thought it was a good idea and wanted to see if we could get
to New York with some money we, hopefully, will raise.
How much money do you reckon you're going to need?
Hopefully £1,000, if we can.
OK. It's quite a big target.
-Think we can do it?
So, £1,000 is our target, the aim is to get you guys off to New York.
It's going to be a good day!
-Shall we dance? Shall we have a look around?
Even a first glimpse of this wonderful four-storey house
shows that Amanda has created a delightful home.
And I'm hoping that Jonty's tracked down something to delight us as well.
Here he is. Look, he's found something.
It's a lovely mantel clock.
That is extraordinary looking.
Look at the pair of panthers crawling all over the top of it!
-Does it have a history?
-Well, it does.
I don't know so much about it, but I bought it in Brittany about 20 years ago when I was on holiday down there.
So, I just loved it and...
I've had it ever since, on centre stage on the mantelpiece.
It is Art Deco in its design,
but it's probably post-Second World War,
not just pre-Second World War.
Originally these would have been properly silvered, but through time,
there's been a little bit of wear that's taken place on top.
And does the mechanism work?
It doesn't, it never has. I haven't really bothered
with the mechanism because I just love the decorative part of it,
rather than telling the time, I suppose.
The mechanism on the inside will be clockwork.
And again, I love this stylised fascia on here -
again, it has that wonderful Art Deco feel.
So, this is probably more very-late 1940s, maybe early 1950s.
And then after that period,
voom - it all went out of fashion and the new age came in.
Do you think it is French, then?
-It is very typically French, this style of mantel clock.
-There's nothing written anywhere?
What have we got on the underside?
"500 francs". A little label on the underside might give it away!
-Yes, there we go.
-Is that what you paid?
-It must have been.
500 francs, I wonder how much that was 20 years ago?
It was about 50 quid, something like that?
-Does that make sense?
We've got a few blemishes, there's a little chip,
because this is all made of ceramic, this is glazed ceramic.
Value-wise at the moment, at auction, we are looking at around the £100 mark.
So the auction guide will read £80-£120.
What do you think of that?
No, that's fine. That's fine.
Well, we're all happy with that
and it's an encouraging start to our day of rummaging.
While we've been admiring the panther clock,
Lucy's rolled up her sleeves and dug out this beautiful Victorian Staffordshire loving cup.
It was given to Amanda by her godmother on her 21st birthday.
In the past, loving cups were used for ceremonial drinking
at weddings and banquets, symbolising friendship and unity.
They were also given as trophies to winners of games or other competitions.
This one, though, is slightly damaged
so Jonty reckons it could fetch between £20 and £30.
Jonty, come and have a look at what I've found,
-I think you might like these.
-Wow, let's have a look at those.
Those are very nice. We've got a pair of hunting prints.
Have they always been a pair?
Yes, they have. My mother gave them to me.
Somebody gave them to her, a very old wartime friend of hers.
But other than that, I don't know anything about them.
OK. So have you had them re-framed at all?
I took them to be re-framed and I was advised against it.
They cleaned them up, but said the frames themselves were quite interesting,
although one of them's damaged. But I wanted to leave them, really.
These are genuine etchings and they would have been hand-coloured.
I've also noticed right down here, this is the artist - FC Turner.
And that's Francis Turner and he is a known painter that would have made
a lot of money if those had been original pictures,
but not known for creating hunting scenes like this.
But they are good-quality pictures,
very decorative. There's lots of movement always in hunting scenes.
And I see these selling for £80-£120.
That sort of area, just for the two.
I see. I hoped they might have gone for a little bit more.
I understand the fashion of hunting...
-Not so long ago, they would have got quite a bit more.
You might well have got £100 per print, because they're very nice quality.
But not any more, the fashion for these type of prints has waned.
But that's not to say that there is no market for them at all.
There is a market, but it's just a price readjustment rather than anything else.
So is it tally-ho off to the auction?
There's no doubt that the hunting theme might deter some bidders,
but these are wonderful prints and although
they're not worth as much as Amanda had hoped, they should attract interest at the sale.
Jonty heads to the second floor of this fabulous four-storey house
and spots two sapphire and diamond rings tucked away.
One was Amanda's engagement ring and the other was her mother's.
Her daughter, Lucy, doesn't want them,
so they're off to auction with a price tag of £400-£600.
And that means that, based on Jonty's lowest estimates,
we should already have £580 in the kitty towards that trip to New York.
Now, Amanda loves adventure and when she was young, she set off to explore America.
She even landed herself a fabulous job at the Hollywood Reporter, rubbing shoulders with the stars.
So the States still hold quite a place in her affections.
Now I'm dying to know more - why New York?
Well, I've always wanted to take the children there and somehow it hasn't happened.
I've been there several times myself, both in my single days and when I was married,
and just always had such a fantastic time.
But particularly, when I arrived there for the first time when I was Lucy's age.
I just had a ball and I really want to be the first person to take
the children there before they go under their own steam, really.
That first visit of yours to New York obviously fired you with enthusiasm.
I know it's a buzzy place, but how was it for you?
I knew nobody or nothing about New York when I arrived there and just
met people and went out and about and did all the most exciting things.
I went to a show on Broadway and all those things.
So I stayed about five days on my first trip and then I went later on with my husband.
We arrived on Concorde and went to all the nice places.
So I love it, all aspects of it. It's brilliant.
So are you going to go to lots of museums and galleries in New York?
-I will be!
Mum will be taking us there whether we want to or not!
The Guggenheim's number one on the list.
And the Museum Of Modern Art.
Yeah, that will definitely be a focal point, I think.
And then we have to go to all the sports venues for Max.
-And I want to go to Madison Square Garden anyway.
You're never going to get there if we don't get on with the rummage,
so bring your tea with you and go and find another room to rummage.
A trip to New York is a fabulous treat,
but with so much to see and do, it doesn't come cheap.
So I'm pleased to see that Jonty has made another find, this time in the hallway.
It's a carriage clock that was given to Amanda
as a wedding gift. He values it at £50-£80.
I dig out these porcelain Russian dolls in the bedroom.
They were given to Lucy by her godfather, who brought them over from Moscow.
Truth be told, she never really liked them as they scared her!
So let's hope someone at the auction will take more
of a shine to them and part with £20-£40.
And they're not the only toys that Lucy's letting go today.
This is an amazing doll's house!
-It's fantastic, isn't it?
-Incredible. What a size!
I know! It's huge.
-Is this yours?
-Well, technically, yes.
Mum had it made as a replica of our old house in Hammersmith, when we lived there in London.
The house I grew up in, really.
So yeah, it's a complete replica.
As you can see, the cherry-red walls -
-Mum made a bit of an interior design risk!
-That was her choice?
That was her choice and it worked really well.
Now, the history of doll's houses really goes back
to the 16th century, when tiny room sets were made.
But for my money, the most famous doll's house
is the one in Windsor Castle, made for Queen Mary in 1924.
It was made by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens and the detail is just extraordinary.
Even books in the library
were specially commissioned for the house itself.
Probably in better nick than ours!
It's not far off the quality of your house!
This is stunning, but we're not going to get a vast fortune for it as a consequence.
-I mean, the amount of work that's gone into it,
the detail that has gone into it, all of that will be lost when it comes to the auction sale.
So it kind of pains me to tell you that it's worth between £100-£150 at the moment.
Sure. That's fairly expected, to be honest,
but I think it's still worth putting in there.
Because what else are you going to do with it?
Exactly. So I'd rather someone else went and had more fun with it than I will.
-So I'll put the "for sale" sign on the outside!
-Sounds good, yes!
I must admit, I'm surprised she can bear to part with it.
Jonty forecasts a limited interest at auction.
I wonder how close his estimate will turn out to be?
60 to get me going? £60?
Come on, you can do better than that!
40 then, if you like. £40, surely?
Find out if Amanda gets the asking price later.
Things are moving along nicely in this house
and we're all getting exercise running up and down the stairs.
We've made some excellent finds so far and I'm wondering what might come up next.
-How are you doing?
-Not too bad. What do you think about these?
-Oh, that's cute!
-They're cute, aren't they?
Very nice, yes!
Do you think they'd be worth something?
Well, I don't know, but I know a man who does. Jonty!
Aren't they gorgeous?
A pair of Donald Ducks! What are they made of, aluminium?
Wonderful. We've got a signature on the back here, "Gibson".
That's Blaine Gibson, presumably, the famous animator.
And we've got a series... Obviously a limited edition here,
because this is 35 of 200 and this is 37 of 200.
So, do they have a story?
They do, actually. I bought them at the Elton John auction in 1988 at Sotheby's.
-I remember it well!
-Oh, goodness me!
-It was quite an occasion.
-Are you an Elton John fan?
I am, yes, and always have been.
So we've got this wonderful potent mix of Donald Duck,
the iconic cartoon character first introduced
in 1935, and of course, they used to belong to Sir Elton John.
What a wonderful combination! Do you remember what you paid?
I think about £150 or so.
If we can get our money back, that would be fantastic.
I would like to lower the estimate a little
and put £100-£150 in the hope that we'll get your money back for these.
-Are you happy?
-That seems reasonable, yes.
Let's put them into sale and I'm sure if we've got that sort
of estimate on them, a lot of people will be very interested.
-Sounds good to me.
Well, that's pretty special. It's not every day we discover
something that once belonged to Elton John.
Who would have thought he was a Donald Duck fan?
And our Elton John fan, Amanda, has told me she has more from that special auction.
-I'm not having any luck here.
What about those clothes you told me about of Elton John's?
I'd love to see them. I've had enough rummaging!
Right, they're over here, let me show you.
They REALLY were his?
They were his. They're listed in the catalogue of his sale...
Serious designer label there!
-Isn't it? Lovely leather.
-It's very nice, that.
-Very '80s, isn't it?
And this one...
Oh! I can just see him in that!
-Have you worn it?
-This I've worn, yes.
I wore it with... silk trousers to a ball.
I've got a picture of me in it somewhere.
-It was lovely to wear, actually.
-And who did you tell?
You must have told everyone you met, "This is Elton John's."
-They probably didn't believe me.
No! What size is it? Oh, medium.
-Yes, try it on.
-He was going through a thin stage, was he?
Yes, it's a few years ago now, isn't it?
-I say! Whoa!
-Look at that!
Elton John wore this! I love him.
I think it's fantastic.
-But I see what you mean about the shoulders -
they are massive, aren't they?
Do you remember padded shoulders in the '80s?
Do you think they'll ever come back?
Well, I probably won't wear them if they do!
So did you pay a fortune for these?
I can't remember how much.
Not a lot, I don't think, no.
-They're fun, aren't they?
They really are. You're a huge fan of Elton John?
-Yes, still am. Love him to bits.
-Did you go and see him live anywhere?
I saw him live at Bournemouth Winter Gardens in 1974,
probably, when I lived down there. My parents live down there in Blandford.
-And he was just beginning then, he was fantastic.
-He was great?
-I bet he was.
What wonderful memories. Thanks for showing me these.
I think they are absolutely fantastic.
Love 'em, love 'em, love him!
-And one day they might be back in fashion!
Despite Jonty's best efforts to persuade her, Amanda's inner rock queen won't let go
of these Elton John jackets, so we'll just have
to carry on searching if we're to hit that £1,000 target.
With the excitement over, we get back to work
and Amanda finds something she IS willing to part with.
This pearl brooch was a present from her godmother on her 18th birthday and Jonty loves the unshaped pearl.
He reckons it could fetch £50-£80.
And Lucy comes across some more jewellery in the bedroom.
-What have you got?
-What do you think about these?
Those are rather fun. Let's have a look.
They're two little brooches.
-Are they Cartier?
I think they are, yes.
-I think my father gave them to my mother at some point.
Right. Cartier, what a wonderful name to trade with and to have.
Cartier started life in Paris
in the mid-19th century, but really by the turn of the 19th century,
and the 20th century, they were the very, very coolest name
to have as far as jewellery was concerned.
To give some sense of how important they were as jewellers,
at the coronation of Edward VII in 1902
no less than 27 tiaras were ordered through Cartier for that very event.
Gosh, that is grand!
Well, just think about how many royal families there were, how many people with real,
genuine money were using Cartier for all the best jewellery of the time.
And that carried on all the way through and particularly into
the Art-Deco period, with the wonderful jewellery
that once was made for Mrs Simpson, the Duke of Windsor's wife.
So Cartier is a wonderful name.
-So even though this is quite a humble
little elephant and baby elephant, somebody, of course, will want that.
-So we've got a pin and a brooch and I think they're worth selling together.
They're both Cartier,
they're both tiny little objects of gold jewellery.
We are looking at £150-£200 and hopefully more than that as well.
-They're very nice, indeed.
I know, they're lovely. I think Mum will be pleased.
We are coming to the end of our day, but you always feel
there might be just one more great discovery to be made.
Eager to visit the Big Apple with her children, Amanda scans the house
one more time for anything that will help fund the family trip.
And she comes across this Art-Deco green Daum vase.
Daum is a quality crystal company based in Nancy in France.
Amanda bought the vase in Brittany
at the same time as the panther clock.
It's worth a fabulous £100-£150.
In fact, this house is full of fine glassware.
-Have a look at this vase.
-What have you got?
This is a fabulous vase.
It's a moulded, lovely vase here with four clear cranes moulded on the outside.
The whole thing is moulded, but it's by the fabulous French factory Lalique.
-Which is wonderful. Isn't that good?
-Yes, I love Lalique.
In fact I have a better one here, I think you'll find!
Just like that! How about that?!
Well, I have to say that you've outdone me there!
-Can we have a look at that one?
-Yes, please. It's really heavy.
Oh, wow! Do a swapsie there.
Look at that. This is exactly the same in the style of the other vase.
Now, is there a signature on the underside of this?
I'm sure it's there lurking.
Oh, there it is. Wonderful.
That's a relief!
That's very, very good news indeed.
Now the French were particularly brilliant
at making vases such as these in the 1920s and 1930s.
But the master of them all was Rene Lalique.
He was the past master of producing these fine wares.
So essentially, what we're looking at here is a vase made by the Lalique factory
in the style of all those great designs that he produced during the '20s and the 1930s.
Are you going to put them in as two lots or one lot?
Well, we could let the auctioneer decide.
But I think, collectively, we're looking at roughly,
and this is very exciting news, between £400-£600.
-Wow, that's fantastic.
-Oh, my gosh!
-I was carrying that outside!
If only I'd known, I could have run away!
That's a brilliant price, cos I know how much that cost new in 1985.
-And what was that?
Oh, great. OK, that's wonderful.
Because that was new at the time, so that's really wonderful.
So, if everything goes to plan, you are looking for £1,000 now, aren't you?
So YOU can go to New York!
-So you've got a vested interest in this going well!
-Very much so!
Well, if everything goes to plan, based on Jonty's lowest estimates, you will make your target of £1,000.
Actually, with any luck, you will make £1,550!
-Wow! That's brilliant.
-Isn't that great?
It's really good.
Get us on our way. That sounds fantastic.
Well, I'm really looking forward to the auction and I'm hopeful
they'll manage to make that £1,000 so the three of them can jet off to New York for a bit of fun.
And we have a collection of fantastic items that I'm sure will interest the bidders.
There's the fabulous Art-Deco ceramic panther clock
that Amanda bought in France for 500 francs.
Jonty gave it an £80-£120 price tag.
And my favourite,
the aluminium Donald Duck figurines that once belonged to Elton John.
Jonty valued them at £100-£150.
The doll's house that is a replica of the family home
in London that Lucy grew up in before their move.
Jonty hopes it will fetch its top price of £150.
'Still to come on Cash In The Attic -
'Jonty tries rousing the bidders into parting with their cash.'
Make it 50! Come on!
'And there's much excitement when a certain piece
'of jewellery goes up for sale.'
-I'm really pleased.
-New York, here you come!
'Find out what happens when the final hammer falls.'
Well, it's been a while now since we rummaged around Amanda's house
here in Winchester with the help of her daughter Lucy.
Today we brought everything here to Andrew Smith & Son Auctioneers,
which is just down the road.
Remember, Amanda wants to raise £1,000 so she can treat her son
and daughter to a trip of a lifetime to New York.
So let's hope the bidders here are in a really good mood
and will help her reach her target when her items go under the hammer.
The Andrew Smith auction house is set in the Hampshire countryside.
The sale takes place just five miles east of historic Winchester, in a large listed barn.
The auctions, which happen every month, offer a wide range of items -
Georgian and Victorian furniture, to 20th-century collectables such as toys, clocks and jewellery.
So Amanda's lots have every chance of doing well here today.
But what does our expert think?
-Oh, Amanda's lovely brooches.
-Do you like these?
-I do, but I don't wear brooches any more.
But I suppose there is still a market for them.
It's the fact they're Cartier and they're solid gold.
The auctioneer has split these up into two separate lots.
He has deemed them important enough, which is a good sign.
And he's also split up the Lalique vases
-and also the dress rings.
-So a lot of lots to sell today, but I am quietly confident that these might.
Right, let's see if they've arrived and we'll tell them the good news.
Amanda's items have been on view here for a few days now,
so potential bidders can get a good look at them.
It can sometimes be surreal to see your personal treasures
dotted around a commercial auction room, so I wonder how she's feeling about it.
-Good morning, girls!
-Hi, how are you?
Saying farewell to your house!
-I hope it's farewell!
Yes, we do, actually!
I was surprised you're parting with it, though. It's your old family home, isn't it?
It is, but I think it's time to move on.
We've moved on from that house now, so it's time to let go.
And how does it feel, now you see it here, ready, primed for action?
-It's going to go.
-Well, it's certainly a reality now.
It's definitely happening! But yeah, it's exciting.
-We're hoping to go to New York, so we'll see what happens.
-Let's see if we can get you there.
First, let's find a spot for the auction.
If, like Amanda, you're keen to raise money for something special by selling at auction,
do bear in mind that there are charges to be paid,
including commission, which vary from one saleroom to another.
So it's always worth enquiring in advance.
The first of Amanda's items to come up today are the two framed hunting prints, valued at £80-£120.
We've your hunting lithographs coming up now.
These are a family heirloom.
They are. My mother gave them to me, some years ago now.
But I think it's time to part with them.
Start me at £80. £80? £80? 60...?
There's a lady waving at somebody there!
30, just to get it going. £30, thank you. And two? At £30.
32 up at the top. 35. 37?
37, no? At £35.
Any more? At £35.
Any more? At £35, last time.
Oh, well. They've got a good deal.
Oh, less than half Jonty's estimate.
But then, he did say that the market for hunting scenes has declined.
Next up is the Victorian Staffordshire loving cup,
which was a 21st-birthday present to Amanda from her godmother.
Jonty valued it at £20-£30.
Now, this lot is a beautiful 19th-century loving cup.
-There's a little bit of damage?
-I'm afraid there is.
-What happened there?
Was that something that happened on your watch?
I don't remember what happened to it. Maybe in moving it became damaged, unfortunately.
-It's so pretty, though, isn't it?
-It is, it's a lovely item,
but because of the damage, it's £20-£30.
Oh, well. It all helps!
We have a commission bid. I'm starting at £18. Is there 20?
That's quite good.
Commission bid's out. £20 in the room and selling. Is there two?
At £20. Any more? At £20.
You sure? Last time.
The only bid.
-It's not bad.
-Well, it was damaged, so it could have not sold at all.
Well, it reached the lower estimate, so that's not a bad result.
How will Amanda's next lot do? Or should I say, Lucy's?
It's the two Russian dolls,
a mixture of soft body and ceramic, that were a gift from her godfather.
She never really liked them,
so will they tempt any bidders with their guide price of £20-£40?
All done at £5.
Oh, that's not very good.
Lucy and Amanda are selling some very personal items here -
to see them go for such a small amount is disheartening.
Will their luck change with their next lot -
the small brass carriage clock?
Fingers crossed it reaches Jonty's estimate of £50-£80.
We have a commission bid here.
I'm going to start the bidding at £55. Is there 60 in the room?
£55 and selling. Is there 60? £60.
Commission bid's out. Is there five?
At £60, then, and selling. Is there five?
All done at £60, then?
At £60 for the last time.
That was short and sweet.
Yeah, £50-£80, so it's sort of in the middle of the estimates.
Not the lowest one, that's important! It was a good price.
I'm happy with that, definitely.
That's more like it. Hopefully that's the start of things to come.
Her next lot is my favourite -
the two aluminium Donald Duck figures that belonged to Elton John.
Surely they'll reach Jonty's £100-£150 estimate.
How do you feel about selling your Donald Duck figurines?
-Cos they're a bit special, aren't they?
-Well, I love them.
I think they're sweet. And because we bought them at the Elton John auction, they have added fun.
Cos I can remember the auction very vividly,
but I hope someone will buy them who loves them too.
Start me at £100 on these?
Showing right up at the back there. Start me at £100? £100? 80, then?
£80? 60, if you want. £60?
It's going down.
£40? 30, then? £30, thank you.
And two? At £30. Any more? At £30.
It's a long way off here at £30.
32 we have. 37. 40?
£40. 42? At £40 on the stairs, and selling at £40.
Is there any more? At £40, then, for the very last time.
-Did he sell them?
Oh, that's terrible. I think Amanda is in a state of shock.
But she's selling things to raise money for a special reason
and her target is a long way off, so every little helps at this point.
Hopefully, there'll be a big injection of cash with this next lot -
the two 18-carat gold Cartier brooches, valued at £150-£200.
The auctioneer has split them and the first one up is the elephant mother and calf.
Is there 160 in the room? 160, 170.
£170, commission bid. Is there 180?
At 180. Commission bid's out.
180 in the room. Is there 190?
190 up at the top. 200. And 20.
£220 and selling. Is there any more?
At £220, then, for the very last time.
-Just for one.
I'm very pleased.
That's a fabulous result.
Will the smaller one in the shape of a duck do as well?
We have a commission bid.
I'm going to start the bidding at £140. Is there 150 in the room?
At £140. 150, 160. 170?
£160 and selling. Is there 170?
£160, still with the commission bid.
And if you're all done, last time.
-How about that?
Well, between them, those two brooches made £380, which means
they're the first items today to exceed Jonty's upper estimate.
And they did it with bells on.
I'm sure Amanda and Lucy are anxious to know how they're doing so far.
OK, ladies, we're at the halfway point.
How much do you think you've made? Do you think you're doing OK?
It doesn't feel like much at the moment, no.
Well, we are looking for £1,000, so we can get you to New York.
-And at this halfway stage, you've made £540.
Wow. So we are halfway there!
We've got a lot to look forward to -
we've got all the Lalique, all those dress rings.
-A lot to look forward to.
-We have indeed.
Very well done. We can have a break now, yeah?
-I've got something to show you as well.
He's always saying things like that, you know!
A general auction like this is a great place to sell old bits
of furniture and make a profit into the bargain.
Something you may have and think is only good for fire wood, may in fact be an item of rarity.
And it won't go unnoticed by the experts here.
What's caught your eye?
This little table. What do you think?
I think it's absolutely hideous!
I wouldn't give it shed room!
I thought you might say that! Now, what we're looking at here is a mid-18th-century Pembroke table.
Now, if this was made out of mahogany,
then this would be worth 50 quid.
But it's worth quite a lot more than that, simply because of the timber that's been used.
This is pollarded oak.
-Oh, I see.
-Which is very unusual, so it's a nice, lovely country-Pembroke table.
If this was mahogany, this would be 50 quid.
-Because of this really unusual pollarded oak, we're looking at £200-£300 in the auction.
Well, that rather ordinary-looking table went for £250.
Perhaps I'd better check out what I've got in my shed!
But we're back in position as Amanda has six more lots left, including the two engagement rings
and the Lalique vases, both with hefty price tags.
Her next item on the list is the Art-Deco clock that she bought in France.
This is the panther mantel clock that we discovered over the fireplace.
I put £80-£120 on it. Let's see what happens.
£80 to start me on this? £80?
£80? 60, then? £60? 40, if you like?
£40? 30, then, to get it going?
£30 bid, thank you. At £30. 32, 35.
37, 40. 42?
At £40 and we will sell. At £40.
Are you all done? Last time at £40.
Oh, dear, just half Jonty's lower estimate.
Maybe the fact that the clock mechanism
doesn't work put people off.
I hope it isn't that they don't like Art Deco,
because that would not bode well for our next two items.
The sapphire and diamond engagement rings
that belonged to Amanda and her mother are both Art-Deco style.
So this is another split-lot situation.
These are the two dress rings. The first one is the oval sapphire with the diamond surround.
What value you did you put on them?
The total value for the two is £400-£600.
This is the first one, here it comes.
I'm going to start the bidding at £200. Is there 20 in the room?
Commission bid at £200. Is there 20? At £200, I'm going to sell.
It's going to get stuck.
At £200, last time.
Short and sweet, but £200.
-That's all right.
That's a great result for the larger ring.
Now how will the smaller one do?
We have a commission bid.
I'm going to start the bidding at 250. Is there 270 in the room?
At £250 and selling. Is there 70?
-Commission bid, 250.
270 right up at the top. 300.
And 20. Commission bid's out.
320 in the room and selling.
-Is there 350? At £320.
Are you all out? At £320, then.
-Very good, very good.
-I'm really pleased with that.
-New York here you come!
£520 for the two rings. That almost reached Jonty's top estimate.
I think we must have Art-Deco fans here after all.
The next item is the doll's house that's a replica of their old house in London.
It was made for Lucy when she was younger.
We hope they'll get some offers of around £100-£150.
60 to get me going. £60?
40, then, if you like. £40, surely?
30, then? £30 bid. Thank you.
Is there two? At £30, we will sell.
At £30. Is there two?
All done at £30. 32, 35. 37?
37? At £35 and selling.
Is there seven? 37, 40. 42?
At £40. Any more? At £40 and selling, then.
If you're all done. 42, 45. 47?
Is there seven? 47. 50?
No? At £47. Make it 50?
At £47, then. 50, well done!
Make it 50, come on!
At £50. Is there five?
55? No? At £50, then. Right here at the back, then. At £50.
With you at £50. If you're all done for the very last time.
-A bargain, but there we are.
-Did you want to take it home?
You would have paid them £50 to leave it here, really!
It's always so exciting when you see two bidders competing, although
it's a shame they couldn't drive the price much higher than £50.
Amanda's next item is the nine-carat gold bar brooch
with pearls and turquoises, valued at £50-£80.
Start me at £50.
£50? 40 if you like. £40?
30, then, to get it going.
£30 at the front. 32, 35, 37.
40? At £37. Any more?
Not so good, not so good.
I really thought that would have done better,
judging by the result of Amanda's earlier pieces.
Do the bidders here like glassware?
I hope so as her penultimate lot
is the green Daum vase and two splash vases.
Their estimate is £100-£150.
£100? £100? 80, then.
£80? 60, if you like. £60?
£60? 50, then, to get me going?
£50, surely? £50, thank you.
And five? £50 at the front here.
And five? And £50, 55, 60.
And five? £60 at the front and we will be selling.
At £60. Are you all done? At £60.
Are you sure? For the last time.
Not the result we wanted.
But will the next lot fare better?
It is after all Lalique, a highly regarded name in glassware
that ought to command a much higher price tag.
And if there are any discerning bidders
in the room with an eye for quality,
then it could have a huge impact on Amanda and Lucy's travel plans.
Well, we've got to your Lalique glass now,
which, obviously, the auctioneer likes,
cos he's split this lot up into two. So two vases, sold separately.
The second one's the most valuable, isn't it?
That's right. That's that large vase
with deep-moulded swallows round the outside.
That's really beautiful. This lot coming up now is the one that is slightly smaller
and also has the limited edition book that goes with it as well.
I'm going to start the bidding at 180. Is there 200 in the room?
At £180 and selling. Is there 200? 220. 240? £220 and selling.
Commission bid. Is there 240?
At £220, all done?
For the last time.
That's great, that's the smaller of the two.
-A tidy sum!
They've obviously got a good eye for glassware.
Very good indeed. We're now halfway to Jonty's
overall estimate and I'm hoping that the larger vase will do even better.
So this is the biggie, this is the lovely vase.
I'm a big fan of this shape and design.
It has all the hallmarks of Lalique in the 1930s.
I have two commission bids here.
I'm going to start the bidding at £320. Is there 350 in the room?
At £320 and selling. Is there 350?
Commission bid, then, at £320.
£320, for the last time.
Just two commission bids, but that's all you needed,
two commission bids and you're there.
Hey! She's thinking, "Broadway, which show shall I go to?" Yes?
-Come on, be honest!
I can't wait, it's going to be an amazing trip.
-We've done pretty well, by the sound of the last items.
-Fantastic, wasn't it?
Well, quality always tells.
And together, those two vases almost reached Jonty's top estimate.
All that remains now is for us to do the final sums.
Well, that's it. It's over and finished.
I thought that was exhilarating, didn't you?
Yes. Some parts really exciting, some a little disappointing, but...
We've not done too badly, though. I mean, everything sold, didn't it?
-We're not taking anything home, which is amazing.
Obviously, I'm sure you realise you've made your target.
You've actually made a lot more than that. You have made £1,787!
-Isn't that brilliant?
-That's fantastic! Well done.
Thank you very much for all your time and help.
It's been lovely to spend time with you, we had a great time.
Yeah. You made so much money that Jennie and I can come too!
Well, with that amazing result, Amanda has made enough money
to take her two children for their trip to the Big Apple.
But first, she's chosen theatre land in the heart of London's West End
to see an American smash-hit musical.
She hopes it will give them a taste of what they can expect to see on Broadway.
We're looking forward to getting our ear
into the American and New York accent, so hopefully
we'll be able to understand what's going on when we're there!
It promises to be a great show.
-We're really looking forward to it, aren't we, Max?
So Lucy and Max will soon have their first look at New York
and Amanda wants to make sure they have as good a time
as she did on her first trip. So did this whet their appetite?
It was great. It was really, really good.
-We had lots of fun.
-So we're all ready for New York now!
-Yes, we're in the mood now!
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Amanda Kane spent time in New York as a young adult, and now she wants to treat her two grown-up children to their own Big Apple experience.
Jennie Bond and Jonty Hearnden help Amanda and her daughter Lucy search for valuables to sell at auction, which include items that once belonged to a music legend!