Warren Cash in the Attic


Warren

Aled Jones visits the Berkshire home of Carol Warren, who wants to fund a luxury holiday in the sun. John Cameron is the expert on hand to assess the value of her family heirlooms.


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We often inherit pieces that we love but don't really need.

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That's the case with the lady I'm about to meet.

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Let's hope her heirlooms turn out to be treasure.

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'Coming up on Cash In The Attic,

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'an unusual 19th-century tea caddy.'

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This is a nice box. I don't recall one with three compartments.

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'A stunning Qing dynasty bowl gets a surprise valuation.'

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Holy smoke!

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-Are you surprised?

-I'm shocked!

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-Have you changed your mind?

-No!

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'And an insight into the mind of an antiques expert.'

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When he says he's quietly confident he knows what he's talking about!

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'Will we be smiling at the end of the day?

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'Find out when the final hammer falls.'

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I'm in rainy Berkshire on my way to meet Carol and her friend Joy

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to raise some cash in the attic.

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'Keen gardener Carol Warren grew up in North Yorkshire

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'before moving to the south of England in the 1950s

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'where her parents opened a barber shop.

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'Carol didn't follow in their footsteps

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'and, after working for a diamond company, she sold double glazing,

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'which led to a career in interior design.

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'Today, Carol lives near Maidenhead in Berkshire,

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'where she brought up her family.

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'Her daughters have flown the nest and Carol's decided it's time for a clear-out.

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'With help from Joy and Cash In The Attic, we hope she can do just that.

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'Our expert John Cameron's eager to get started

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'so I'll meet the ladies.'

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-They had me out rocking.

-Did they?

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-Did someone mention rocking?

-Oh, hello!

-How are you?

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-Joy and Carol?

-Yes. Carol and Joy.

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-You planning an evening out?

-Yes. Windsor theatre's just up the road.

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-Why did you call Cash In The Attic?

-Well, I retired in October.

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I've got so many bits and pieces around the house, lots of clutter

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that I never use except Christmas or whatever.

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I thought I'd try and get rid of some of it and have a holiday.

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-How much money are you planning to raise?

-Maybe 1,500, if we could.

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We've got John Cameron on hand. He's already having a rummage.

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-Let's, hopefully, get to that £1,500 mark. Let's get on with it.

-OK.

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'Carol's set her mind on that holiday in the sun.

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'With a hefty £1,500 target, we need to get to work

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'and hope we can find plenty of goodies.

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'One man who's not going anywhere, except maybe into the attic,

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'is John Cameron.'

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-Morning.

-Hiya, guys.

-What have you found?

-An interesting picture.

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-It's not your only one by this artist.

-I've got two more.

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You've got an expansive landscape and a still life.

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-Who's the artist?

-Anne Harcourt.

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They belonged to my mother-in-law.

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She spoke as if she'd either met her or knew her.

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That's all I know. Of the three, that is my favourite.

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It's possible that your mother-in-law did know the artist.

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They're certainly contemporary.

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She may have bought them from the same gallery.

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There's a chance she knew her or became a fan of her work,

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so bought three different pictures.

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I have come across her work,

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though there's not a lot of history about her paintings at auction.

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Interesting that she can paint in different ways.

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Those three paintings are completely different.

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She's got the still life down quite well.

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She was a member of the Society of Women Artists

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and the National Society of Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers,

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so she would have had academic training.

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-What about the scene?

-It looks like the south of France.

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I'd agree. It's possibly Antibes or Port Grimaud in the south of France.

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Let's talk about money.

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Carol said it's her favourite. It's my favourite.

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Collectively, you're looking at around...

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-This could do a bit better.

-I'd like to put a reserve on this one.

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-Not the other two.

-That would be your prerogative.

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If you stipulate that you want that separated

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and you want a reserve of X amount, I'm sure they'll be happy.

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You're selling a sunshine scene so you can get into the sunshine.

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-You'll have to find something to put on the wall.

-I'll have to wash it.

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I'm glad you said that! Come on, plenty more rummaging to do.

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'That's a pretty good way

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'to kick off our day - let's hope it's a sign of things to come.

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'Joyce starts her search upstairs.

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'She spots some costume jewellery, including Christian Dior pieces.

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'Christian Dior's designs burst onto the world stage in the 1940s.

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'Soon, he was the most recognised name in fashion.

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'John thinks this collection could fetch...'

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Have you got those out for a polish or to send to auction?

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Something you can send to auction!

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-I was thinking how heavy they were.

-They are.

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They are silver, but not solid silver.

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They've got these felt bases. Inside there is a resin mixture.

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It's put in to give them weight.

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I had some candlesticks which were silver.

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I did a stupid thing. I cleaned them and they were still a bit damp.

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I've got a fan oven, so I popped them on a shelf and put the oven on.

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Then forgot about them and came back to find

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that the black resin had all gone on the bottom of the oven.

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-You've got hollow candlesticks?

-Almost hollow candlesticks!

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These are the bigger ones. They can go to auction, certainly.

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Looking at the hallmarks,

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I would date those to 1918, so we're George V.

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They're in a style known as "Adamesque".

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They're of octagonal section, but the slender and elegant shape

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is a revival of Robert Adam's famous neoclassical style of the 1770s.

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After his trips to Pompeii and Herculaneum,

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where he studied Roman villas, interior and the architecture.

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They've got their detachable drip pans, which is nice.

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-These sometimes get lost.

-And it's hallmarked.

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They do have the hallmarks, as they should.

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Those should correspond with the hallmarks on the base.

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They're rather nice items. Good that you've got a pair.

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They are in nice condition, no dents and nothing loose inside.

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At auction today, I would see no problem in them making...

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'Let's hope John's right and the candlesticks shine at auction.'

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200. Start me at 150, then.

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150 bid. 160. At 160. 160, 170...

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'Stay tuned to find out how much they make.

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'I've been searching the lounge

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'and found this rather attractive silver lined pedestal rose bowl.

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'It was assayed in London in 1925,

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'and was an item Carol inherited from her mother-in-law.

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'John thinks it should fetch as much as...'

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Everywhere you look in your house, you see lovely pieces.

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-Would you say you're a hoarder?

-Yes. Probably.

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I haven't got rid of stuff that belonged to my mother or mother-in-law.

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You mentioned your mother-in-law, what sort of character was she?

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Very strong-willed.

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Used to speak her mind, but I got on extremely well with her.

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She thought I was a daughter she didn't have.

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She had two sons.

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-Are you originally from this area?

-No, I was born in North Yorkshire.

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-Wensleydale.

-What did your parents do?

-My father was a barber.

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My mother was just a housewife, really.

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We came down just before I was 12, to the end of the road here.

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-That's a journey and a half.

-It was.

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I remember that we sat on a sofa in the back of the furniture van.

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The budgie hanging up in its cage. We got very funny looks!

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Do you remember your parents having a clear out before the move?

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I don't remember. I do remember things my mother did have.

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She had wonderful brass and copperware.

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Some years later, she sold to - or gave them, I think -

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to somebody who had a house in the south of England.

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I keep thinking, "I wish I had those now."

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How will your two daughters feel about you giving this stuff away?

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They won't mind because I've asked them and I know what they do like.

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So they will have those anyway.

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-When I have gone, things they don't like, they can call Cash In The Attic!

-Course!

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-Listen, we've procrastinated long enough.

-We have.

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-I've bent your ear enough.

-No! But we've got to carry on.

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All right, then.

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'Whilst we've been relaxing, John's been working hard in the search.

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'He's found three sets of cutlery, bridge pencils and a Vesta case.

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'These were more items inherited from Carol's mother-in-law.

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'John values them collectively for an impressive...

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'There's no shortage of stunning items in Carol's lovely home.

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'John's in his element.'

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This looks like something to take to auction, Joy. That is interesting.

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-Do you know what this is?

-It's a tea caddy.

-You're right.

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-Have you ever seen it before?

-Yes. I did think they contained cards.

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I see what you mean, definitely.

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The caddy developed in the age when tea was prohibitively expensive.

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Now they're loved as decorative objects.

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This is quite an unusual one in that you've got three caddies.

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Each one with a zinc lining to keep them fresh.

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I don't recall seeing one with three compartments inside.

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This is a nice box, a tour de force in marquetry,

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well, parquetry, to be correct.

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Marquetry are pictures or patterns.

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Parquetry is geometric patterns.

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Probably from the 19th century.

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Look at the woods. We've got some satinwood.

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These corners are probably stained boxwood.

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A little bit of damage here and there, nothing major.

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-Can that be repaired?

-Yes, it can be repaired.

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It's not too difficult.

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It's a cabinetmaker's job to do it properly, so it can be expensive.

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Value-wise, we should be able to get...

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-You think she'll be happy?

-She'll be well pleased. I would be.

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-Jolly good...

-And I'm a coffee drinker!

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'That's another terrific find and takes our total to just shy of £800.

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'With a hefty £1,500 target to reach we've got some way to go.

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'So the hard work continues.

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'Carol decides to part with her collection of crystal glass

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'made by the famous Irish company Waterford.

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'The resale value of crystal is a fraction of what it was when new.

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'Auction houses are a great place to buy but not great when selling.

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'John thinks £50 to £100 is all we can expect for this collection.'

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I'm guessing, by the fact that these were hidden, that you're not a fan.

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No, they're not my particular choice. I prefer Lladro.

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-What's the story behind them?

-My mother had them for years.

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I got them when she died.

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The only one I like is that one, Melody, I think she's called.

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Interesting that that's your favourite.

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Do you know that she collected using any sort of theme?

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-No. She just liked them.

-People often collect for different reasons.

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They'll collect a series or the work of a certain modeller.

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There are great modellers from Doulton like Charles Noke,

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Leslie Harradine, Mary Nicholl

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and a lady that was there for about 40 years, Peggy Davies.

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-These, all three of them, are by Peggy Davies.

-Are they?

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-So that's why I asked.

-That's a coincidence!

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Also interesting that that is your favourite, Melody.

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From a series called Teenagers, she's the scarcest of the three.

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I'd put the three of them together

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at about...

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That gets you probably to Llandudno, so let's carry on, shall we?

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'Spurred on by that holiday, Carol adds her silver tea service

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'to the items heading to auction.

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'John thinks it could be of interest to any collectors in the saleroom.

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'He gives it a hefty price tag!

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'That's what I like to hear.'

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Carol?

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-You found my boxes.

-I found your boxes.

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These would be interesting to send, if you're not too attached to them.

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Not really. That was my mother's and that was my mother-in-law's.

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-Bought separately? They didn't holiday together?

-No.

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That's remarkable that they both bought Limoges boxes,

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identical in form and shape.

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So, would you be prepared to sell something like these?

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-Yes, providing it's a reasonable price.

-We'll come to that.

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To most people, it represents high quality decorating on porcelain.

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The Limoges reputation goes back to about the 12th and 13th century,

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but a different type of enamelling, ground glass mixed with pigment,

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painted onto copper bases and then fired so it becomes glass-like.

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In the 18th century, there was a craze for hard-paste porcelain.

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The Europeans finally discovered how to make it,

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first at Meissen, and later at Sevres and in this country.

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These are true hard-paste porcelain.

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The piece has been put together. They've cut sections of slab.

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Then they've been fired and then they're decorated.

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-Do they start with a basic colour?

-They start with colours fired at the highest temperatures.

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So each time it's fired again, you're reducing the temperature.

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If we look at the bottom, the addition of "France"

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suggests early 20th century.

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Because I like them and they're in good condition,

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I'd see no problem with them making...

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That sounds good.

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-Thank you.

-Well, we're not doing too bad.

-Let's find some more.

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'Another great addition towards the luxury holiday

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'and our £1,500 target is definitely inching ever closer.'

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Come on, ladies. Let's sit down.

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-I think we deserve this cup of tea. It's going well.

-Yes. I'm surprised.

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You've both found treasures. You have a fantastic relationship.

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-We do, actually.

-We're completely opposite.

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Chalk and cheese, but we get on extremely well.

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-That relationship was born out of work?

-Yes.

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In Windsor, we were both working in the same store.

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I was in there demonstrating double-glazed windows

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and trying to sell appointments.

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Joy was the lingerie buyer, known as the naughty knicker lady!

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The naughty knicker lady? Are you happy about that?

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I went into a local pub. "Oh! The naughty knicker lady!"

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My husband got fed up and told them.

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I said, "Don't do that. They're good customers."

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I'm sure you've got stories about that!

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Let's talk about exotic holidays. When did you start going on them?

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When my eldest daughter was living with me.

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We went to the Caribbean a few times.

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Swimming with dolphins, which scared me. I'm a terrible swimmer!

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She went to do other things and I thought, "Just cos I'm on my own, I'm still going to go on holiday."

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-You're never tempted to go with her?

-Joy doesn't like a lazy holiday.

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I'm likely to go to New York or San Francisco or Rome.

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-You've got to be busy?

-Yeah.

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I'll be out at 9.30 in the morning until six in the evening.

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-That sounds like hard work.

-Well, it is.

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We need to raise £1,500 to get you that exotic holiday

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-that you're not going on and I am!

-He'll go in my suitcase!

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-We should get on with it.

-I think we should pack a suitcase.

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'We embark on one final sweep of Carol's house

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'and I find this stunning Victorian locket in the back of a drawer.

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'Carol bought it at auction herself.

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'It's lovely, with diamond and heart decoration and a gold necklace.

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'John thinks it could fetch as much as...'

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-Come and have a look at this.

-Ooh. What have you found?

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-I think I'm in time for the Chinese New Year.

-It's very sharp.

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-What's the story behind this?

-Um... I inherited it.

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-Beautiful detail.

-It's unusual, isn't it?

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I presume it's Chinese. It's not English.

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-It's a Welsh dragon!

-I never thought of that.

-You got it in special.

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-We'll make it a Welsh dragon!

-Looks too vicious.

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You were absolutely right. That is a Chinese dragon, a handsome one.

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You've got these beautifully cast and applied dragon handles.

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And this wonderfully embossed continuous dragon round the body.

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That's been worked by hand from the inside.

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Then they turn it over and chase all those scales in.

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-Have you ever noticed the mark on the bottom?

-I did.

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I wondered if it was silver.

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It's Chinese export silver.

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That name reads Hung Chong, a firm of retailers.

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They were based in Canton. They had a place in Nanking and Shanghai.

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They were satisfying the demand for Oriental items

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driven by the west.

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There was a fascination from the 1870s right up until the 1920s.

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The late Qing dynasty.

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This is a super piece and something we could do with at auction.

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-Would you be sad to see that go?

-Not particularly, no.

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I like it, but it comes out at Christmas time.

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You've got all the silver out.

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Would it be full of 2p pieces or £5 notes?

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-Joy, what do you think of this?

-It's beautiful.

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I'm not a silver person, cos I'm a lazy person.

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-Cleaning silver's not your thing?

-No!

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-But I think it's lovely.

-What do you think this is worth?

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-150?

-What about you, Carol?

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I was thinking the same as Joy, but perhaps 200?

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Well, I'd be happy to put that into auction

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with an estimate of...

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-Holy smoke!

-You look surprised.

-I'm absolutely shocked.

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-Have you changed your mind, Carol?

-No!

-That's good.

-Wow!

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You wanted £1,500 to jet off into the sunshine.

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We take the lowest valuations of all the things we've valued.

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We could be making in the region of...£2,260.

0:21:180:21:24

-Wow. There you go.

-Wow. Isn't that fantastic?

0:21:240:21:27

-You can have two holidays.

-I could.

0:21:270:21:30

-I could take both of you on holiday.

-Sounds great.

0:21:300:21:34

Thank you for finding that bowl, It's been the highlight of the day.

0:21:340:21:39

-The other highlight has been meeting you two.

-Lovely meeting you both.

0:21:390:21:44

'I've really enjoyed my day in Berkshire with Carol and Joy.

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'We can all be thoroughly satisfied with our day's work.

0:21:490:21:53

'Carol wants a luxury holiday and, hoping to fund it,

0:21:530:21:57

'we have the pair of elegant George V candlesticks,

0:21:570:22:03

'the stunning Victorian locket

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'left abandoned in a drawer until I found it.

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'It could bring at least £300.

0:22:110:22:14

'Undoubtedly, our star find, the magnificent Chinese bowl,

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'with its own intricately detailed dragon.

0:22:190:22:22

'It could make the difference between a bus trip to Llandudno,

0:22:220:22:26

'and a first class ticket to the sun.'

0:22:260:22:29

'Still to come on Cash In The Attic,

0:22:290:22:32

'there's disappointment, as some items fall short of their estimate.'

0:22:320:22:37

-They had a great deal.

-They did.

0:22:370:22:40

'Whilst others exceed all expectations'

0:22:400:22:43

-Brilliant.

-Blew my estimate away!

0:22:430:22:46

'Will Carol be able to afford the luxury holiday of her dreams?

0:22:460:22:51

'Find out later in the show.'

0:22:510:22:53

It's been two weeks since I met Carol in Berkshire.

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We discovered lots of interesting items.

0:23:020:23:05

She wants to raise at least £1,500 to go on holiday somewhere nice.

0:23:050:23:10

I've brought her to Cotswold Auctioneers in Cirencester.

0:23:100:23:14

Let's hope there are plenty of bidders when her items go under the hammer.

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'This popular auction house has three sales every month.

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'With 650 lots on offer today, we're hopeful for a good turnout.

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'Our dashing expert John Cameron was at the front of the queue

0:23:300:23:35

'and has been making sure all of our items arrived in one piece.'

0:23:350:23:40

If it's possible, you're even better looking in Cirencester.

0:23:400:23:44

-You say the nicest things.

-I don't remember these.

0:23:440:23:46

These two Limoges porcelain boxes come from the exact same period

0:23:460:23:52

but Carol was given one by her mother-in-law and one by her mother.

0:23:520:23:57

I've got £100 to £200 on them. She has a reserve of £80 on them.

0:23:570:24:02

She has got reserves on most items, albeit under my lower estimate.

0:24:020:24:08

-But I think there's one item she hasn't brought.

-Really?

-Yeah.

-We need to investigate.

0:24:080:24:14

'I hope Carol hasn't left behind one of her higher valued items.

0:24:140:24:19

'We'll soon find out, and I see it wasn't the candlesticks.'

0:24:190:24:25

-Here you are, ladies. Nice to see you.

-And you, too.

0:24:250:24:28

-Saying a fond farewell?

-Yes, I am.

0:24:280:24:30

It's a bit sad, but they'll go to a nice home, I'm sure.

0:24:300:24:34

You haven't brought one item. What was that?

0:24:340:24:37

I didn't bring the Waterford glasses.

0:24:370:24:42

Now that Waterford have been taken over and will be made in Italy,

0:24:420:24:47

the glass made in Ireland will be worth something in a few years.

0:24:470:24:52

-A bit of a hedge fund?

-Yes.

-She's taking this very seriously.

0:24:520:24:56

Either for me or for the children.

0:24:560:24:58

-You've put a reserve on lots of items. How come?

-On the advice from the auction house.

0:24:580:25:05

-I haven't made them too low.

-Good.

0:25:050:25:07

-The auction's about to start. We should get into position.

-OK.

0:25:070:25:12

-Fingers crossed, eh?

-Yes.

0:25:120:25:14

'The missing Waterford crystal puts a £50 dent in our potential takings.

0:25:170:25:23

'As they weren't one of our big money items, with a bit of luck,

0:25:230:25:27

'we'll reach our £1,500 target.

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'We kick off with an item that Joy found in the wardrobe,

0:25:290:25:33

'the rather elegant tea caddy.'

0:25:330:25:36

£100 to £200. Do you think we'll get it?

0:25:360:25:39

We should do. It's unusual, in that you have three separate tea caddies.

0:25:390:25:44

You usually get two and a mixing bowl so it should generate interest.

0:25:440:25:48

-We're about to find out.

-Here we go.

0:25:480:25:51

And I've several bids on the book so I must start at 100, 120.

0:25:510:25:57

-With me at 140....

-That's good.

0:25:570:26:00

..Are we all done at 140?

0:26:000:26:03

160. 180. With me again at 180.

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Commission bid, then, with me at £180.

0:26:070:26:11

Are you all done? Selling...

0:26:110:26:13

180!

0:26:150:26:17

'What a cracking start for us in Cirencester

0:26:170:26:21

'with the unusual tea caddy selling for £20 short of our top estimate.

0:26:210:26:26

'That's the limo to the airport!

0:26:260:26:29

'Let's keep the momentum going with the sale of our second item.

0:26:290:26:33

'It's the hallmarked George V candlesticks.'

0:26:330:26:37

How are you feeling about these?

0:26:370:26:39

Excited, actually.

0:26:390:26:41

-They're rather nice, I must admit.

-You put another pair in the oven!

0:26:410:26:46

To warm them up, dry them off, and the resin melted inside!

0:26:460:26:51

-They became hollow candlesticks.

-Why did you do that, Carol?

0:26:510:26:55

Stupid!

0:26:550:26:57

What shall we say for these? 200? Start me at 150, then.

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150 bid. 160.

0:27:020:27:04

At 160, lady's bid at 160. 170. 180.

0:27:040:27:08

190. 200.

0:27:080:27:10

And ten. 220. 230. 240.

0:27:100:27:14

250. 260.

0:27:140:27:17

Lady seated at 260. 70 anywhere?

0:27:170:27:20

All done at 260...? BANGS GAVEL

0:27:200:27:23

The taxi back from the airport!

0:27:230:27:25

'I don't know what sort of taxis they're travelling in,

0:27:250:27:30

'Selling at the higher end of John's estimate.

0:27:300:27:33

'Now, the paintings by Anne Harcourt and the auction house has split them

0:27:330:27:39

'into three separate lots.

0:27:390:27:41

'John valued them collectively. Let's see how accurate he is.'

0:27:410:27:45

The first one's coming up now, the panoramic landscape.

0:27:450:27:50

Let's see how we do with this one.

0:27:500:27:52

Start me at 50 for this. Very handsome. £50? 30, then.

0:27:520:27:58

With me at £30. Who's going on? At £30. Five. 40.

0:27:580:28:03

With me at 40, again. At 40.

0:28:030:28:06

45. 50. 55...

0:28:060:28:12

We've got a telephone bid on this.

0:28:120:28:14

..At 55. The large landscape at 55. 60 anywhere?

0:28:140:28:19

Be quick or I'm selling at 55.

0:28:190:28:22

BANGS GAVEL

0:28:220:28:24

'Despite the telephone bid, the big landscape sells some way short

0:28:240:28:28

'of the £80 John hoped for.

0:28:280:28:31

'Will the still life prove more popular?

0:28:310:28:34

'John valued it at £30 to £60.

0:28:340:28:38

'And it sells mid-estimate for £50.'

0:28:380:28:40

Another good result!

0:28:400:28:43

'With £105 raised for the two paintings,

0:28:430:28:46

'we need the final landscape to raise £75.

0:28:460:28:50

'That'll get us John's collective estimate.'

0:28:500:28:53

-£90!

-Could be worse.

0:28:560:28:58

'It sells for the very respectable £90.

0:28:580:29:02

'Our three paintings have raised £195,

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'in the middle of John's estimate.

0:29:050:29:08

'I think, all in all, that's a pretty good result.'

0:29:080:29:12

I'll be sad to say goodbye to three of my favourite ladies.

0:29:120:29:16

-Melody, Southern Belle and Valerie.

-You shouldn't be greedy!

0:29:160:29:20

You've got a fair point.

0:29:200:29:22

-We're after 80 to 120. We should get that for these.

-You would hope so.

0:29:220:29:27

A few years ago, Melody alone would have made that.

0:29:270:29:31

I don't think 80 to 120 is unrealistic. It's down to the room.

0:29:310:29:35

Nice little lot. There we are. Start me at £50.

0:29:350:29:39

Start me off. 40, then?

0:29:390:29:42

At 40. Who's going on? Five. 50.

0:29:420:29:44

Five. 60. Five. 70. Five.

0:29:440:29:48

80.

0:29:480:29:49

At 80. Seated, at 80. At £80.

0:29:490:29:53

Looking for five, now. At £80, then.

0:29:530:29:56

Are you all done...?

0:29:560:29:58

-You've got space for something else.

-More Lladro.

-No, don't!

0:29:580:30:03

'Not quite the bidding frenzy for the Royal Doulton,

0:30:030:30:06

'but Carol's happy to finish the first half of the auction

0:30:060:30:11

'with another healthy contribution towards the holiday fund.'

0:30:110:30:15

OK, half time.

0:30:150:30:18

You've done remarkably well. You're after £1,500 for that hot holiday.

0:30:180:30:23

That you're going on alone cos Joy doesn't like hot holidays.

0:30:230:30:27

You've actually raised £715 so far.

0:30:270:30:30

-Really?

-So we're halfway there, almost.

-That's good.

0:30:300:30:34

We should recharge our batteries. Have a cup of tea.

0:30:340:30:38

-You should find something interesting.

-I already have. I want a closer look at it.

0:30:380:30:44

'If you're heading to auction to raise money for something special,

0:30:440:30:49

'do remember that fees like commission and VAT may be added,

0:30:490:30:53

'so do check with your local auction house first to avoid unwelcome surprises.

0:30:530:31:00

'Now, what's the item that's got John all excited?'

0:31:000:31:04

I've come to look at this Victorian two-door display cabinet.

0:31:040:31:08

It's a typical Victorian piece featuring walnut veneers to the top

0:31:080:31:14

and these gilt metal mounts, typical of the French empire style.

0:31:140:31:19

It's a very typical Victorian piece.

0:31:190:31:22

The auctioneers have put £300 to £500 on this and that's interesting.

0:31:220:31:26

For nice antique furniture, it doesn't seem dear.

0:31:260:31:30

However, this furniture has been out of fashion for some time.

0:31:300:31:34

I've seen pieces like this selling for £100.

0:31:340:31:37

It's had a piece out the back and there are scuffs to the veneers.

0:31:370:31:42

Either the Cotswolds is a good place to sell furniture

0:31:420:31:46

or recession-proof antiques are a sound investment.

0:31:460:31:50

People may be coming back and pushing up demand.

0:31:500:31:53

If you can get £300 to £500 for this, I'll be quite impressed.

0:31:530:31:59

'We don't have to wait long for the Victorian display cabinet.'

0:31:590:32:04

680. Bid's in the room now at 680. Against you on the phone.

0:32:040:32:08

In the room at 680. Are we all done? I'm selling...

0:32:080:32:12

'It sells above its top estimate.

0:32:120:32:15

'Could this mean that, in the Cotswolds at any rate,

0:32:150:32:20

'antique furniture is certainly very much in demand?'

0:32:200:32:24

'Time for the second half of our sale.

0:32:240:32:26

'Up first, the pair of Limoges trinket boxes Carol inherited -

0:32:260:32:31

'one from her mother and the other from her mother-in-law.'

0:32:310:32:37

-Have you put a reserve on these?

-Yes, I have. 80.

-Seems fair enough.

0:32:370:32:42

Very fair. They're two nice boxes.

0:32:420:32:45

They'll make a nice display in someone's bijouterie cabinet.

0:32:450:32:50

-I think they're worth it.

-I love it when you say "bijouterie".

0:32:500:32:54

Start me at 50 for these. Very decorative lot. £50.

0:32:540:32:58

Start me off someone. £50.

0:32:580:33:00

Anyone coming in at 50?

0:33:000:33:03

If not, we will move on. BANGS GAVEL

0:33:030:33:07

-They didn't sell.

-Didn't get a single bid, which is surprising.

0:33:070:33:11

'A disappointing start to the second half of the sale.

0:33:110:33:16

'When the bidders aren't there, there's not much you can do.

0:33:160:33:20

'They head back to Berkshire with Carol.

0:33:200:33:23

'Let's see if we have more luck with the costume jewellery.

0:33:230:33:27

'John says he's quietly confident we'll exceed his £50 estimate.

0:33:270:33:33

'Let's just hope the jewellery bidders are out in force.'

0:33:330:33:37

Start me at 30. 30 bid.

0:33:370:33:40

And five. 40.

0:33:400:33:42

Five. 50.

0:33:420:33:43

Five. 60.

0:33:430:33:46

Five. 70. Five. 80. Five.

0:33:460:33:48

90. Five. 100. Ten.

0:33:480:33:52

20. 30. 40.

0:33:520:33:54

And 50. At 150.

0:33:540:33:56

On the right at 150. 60 anywhere? At 150, then, standing...

0:33:560:34:00

Are we all done...? BANGS GAVEL

0:34:000:34:03

-Brilliant!

-Blew my estimate away.

0:34:030:34:06

When he says he's quietly confident, he knows what he's talking about.

0:34:060:34:11

What's why he's the expert.

0:34:110:34:13

'That really is a fabulous result. Three times the lowest estimate.

0:34:130:34:18

'Another great contribution to the holiday.

0:34:180:34:21

'The next item is something that I found.

0:34:210:34:24

'The silver pedestal rose bowl.'

0:34:240:34:27

-What's the story behind it?

-I inherited it.

0:34:270:34:30

-You've done well.

-Yes. I was very lucky.

0:34:300:34:33

We're asking £100 to £200 for this.

0:34:330:34:36

It's nice, dated London 1925 and I think it's quite decorative.

0:34:360:34:41

Let's see how we get on.

0:34:410:34:43

£100 to start me. £100?

0:34:430:34:45

50, then?

0:34:450:34:47

£50 for the bowl? 50 bid. Who's going on?

0:34:470:34:50

£50. Five. At 55.

0:34:500:34:54

At 55.

0:34:540:34:56

60.

0:34:560:34:58

Who's going on now? At £60.

0:34:580:35:01

At £60. Five anywhere?

0:35:010:35:03

At £60. Are you all done? I'm selling at 60, then...

0:35:030:35:08

-That's a bit disappointing.

-That was.

0:35:100:35:13

'There was me thinking I'd found something rather special.

0:35:130:35:17

'The bidders here didn't think so.

0:35:170:35:20

'That's our first real disappointment. More silver up next.

0:35:200:35:24

'Let's hope this has more appeal.

0:35:240:35:27

'It's the three-piece tea service.

0:35:270:35:30

'Carol, possibly wisely, has put a £150 reserve on it.'

0:35:300:35:38

Start me at, what shall we say, 200? 150, then?

0:35:380:35:41

£100, then? Start me off, someone. We've got 100 bid. At 100.

0:35:410:35:46

110. 120.

0:35:460:35:49

130. 140. 150.

0:35:490:35:52

At 150, seated. 160.

0:35:520:35:55

170. 180. 190.

0:35:550:35:59

At 190. Seated, now, at 190. Near me at 190.

0:35:590:36:03

Are we all done? 190...

0:36:030:36:05

Not bad at all.

0:36:060:36:09

'It was a tentative start but the tea service sells above its reserve.

0:36:090:36:15

'£60 short of our lowest estimate.

0:36:150:36:17

'The second half seems to have triggered a change in fortunes.

0:36:170:36:21

'I'm worried the bidders may have spent all their money already.

0:36:210:36:26

'We have several high valued items coming up.

0:36:260:36:31

'First, the Victorian locket,

0:36:310:36:33

'which I discovered in the back of a drawer.'

0:36:330:36:38

-Remind us about the locket.

-I bought it at auction myself.

0:36:380:36:42

-You didn't inherit it?

-No!

0:36:420:36:45

-How much did you pay for it?

-300 and something.

0:36:450:36:49

-This is one you put a reserve on?

-Yes. I put on 270.

0:36:490:36:53

Start me at 200 for this.

0:36:530:36:56

200 to start? 150, then?

0:36:560:36:58

150 bid. At 150. Who's going on? 150. 160.

0:36:580:37:02

170. 180. 190.

0:37:020:37:06

200. And 20. 240. At 240...

0:37:060:37:09

-It's not going to get there?

-No. It's against the room.

0:37:090:37:14

..At 240, anywhere? 240. 260, is it?

0:37:140:37:18

At 240, then. Not sold.

0:37:180:37:22

-It's a big dent in your budget.

-It is, rather.

0:37:220:37:25

-£300 to £400.

-Yes. Never mind.

-Still more to come.

-C'est la vie.

0:37:250:37:31

'Carol's looking on the bright side,

0:37:310:37:35

'as the locket wasn't sold for less than she wanted,

0:37:350:37:39

'but we'll need some high results now.

0:37:390:37:43

'Our penultimate lot is the mixed silver items -

0:37:430:37:47

'boxed sets of cutlery, Vesta cases and bridge pencils.

0:37:470:37:51

'John valued them at £150

0:37:510:37:53

'and Carol's put a fixed reserve of £120 on the lot.'

0:37:530:37:58

-Don't tell me, you inherited them.

-Not all of it.

0:37:580:38:01

-Not all of it! OK!

-The pencils, yes.

0:38:010:38:04

-Some were spoons that were mine.

-OK.

-And the Christening set as well.

0:38:040:38:09

-Let's hope we get 150 quid.

-I would like that.

0:38:090:38:12

What shall we say? Start me at £100. 100 bid.

0:38:120:38:16

At 100. At 100. Are you all done?

0:38:160:38:19

At 100. And ten. 120.

0:38:190:38:22

At 120. 130, is it? At 120 here.

0:38:220:38:27

The bid's on the left at 120. At 120, I'm selling...

0:38:270:38:31

All done?

0:38:310:38:33

Under my lower estimate. I'm disappointed with that.

0:38:330:38:37

-£120. That was your reserve?

-Yes.

0:38:370:38:40

-They should be happy with that.

-They had a great deal.

-They did.

0:38:400:38:44

'So, less than we were wanting for the silver.

0:38:440:38:48

'At least the reserve was achieved

0:38:480:38:51

'and we have another £120 to add to the holiday fund.

0:38:510:38:55

'It's been difficult to predict which items the bidders will go for.

0:38:550:39:00

'We're all on tenterhooks to see what they make of our final lot,

0:39:000:39:05

'the stunning Chinese silver bowl with intricately carved dragon.

0:39:050:39:10

'John valued it at £700 and it has a discretionary £600 reserve.

0:39:100:39:15

'Surely, it can't fail to create some excitement in this room?'

0:39:150:39:20

500 to start? Very unusual Chinese bowl.

0:39:200:39:24

500? 400, then. 400 bid.

0:39:240:39:28

At 400. 20 here. 440.

0:39:280:39:31

460. 480.

0:39:310:39:34

-500. 520...

-He's on the phone.

0:39:340:39:39

..560. At 560 in the room now.

0:39:390:39:42

At 560. The bid's at 560. At 560, are we all done?

0:39:420:39:46

At 560, I'm selling. At 560, then...

0:39:460:39:50

560 towards that holiday.

0:39:510:39:54

-Yes! Another suitcase to pack.

-Exactly.

0:39:540:39:58

'The auctioneer used her discretion

0:39:580:40:01

'and let the bowl sell for £40 below its reserve.

0:40:010:40:05

'Not the result we were hoping for, but it's been one of those days.

0:40:050:40:10

'Some items doing better than expected and others failing to gain interest.

0:40:100:40:15

'It's been a turbulent old day at auction.'

0:40:150:40:19

You survived your first auction in Cirencester with smiles on your faces.

0:40:190:40:24

You are taking two lots home that didn't sell,

0:40:240:40:27

which represented quite a chunk of your target.

0:40:270:40:31

It is a bit disappointing, but I don't know what the total is.

0:40:310:40:36

It's not a little bit disappointing. It's really good news.

0:40:360:40:40

You wanted £1,500 for that hot holiday.

0:40:400:40:43

-You raised today £1,795.

-That's better than I thought!

0:40:430:40:48

-I'd lost track.

-So, hot holiday on your own, then you can take Joy somewhere miserable!

0:40:480:40:55

-Thank you, Aled(!)

-It's been fabulous meeting you both.

0:40:550:40:59

She can take me to Wales!

0:40:590:41:01

I'm not sure they'll let you in. I'll put a good word in for you.

0:41:010:41:05

-You have a great holiday.

-Thank you very much. Thanks for your help.

0:41:050:41:10

You're welcome.

0:41:100:41:12

'It's been a number of weeks since the roller-coaster day at auction.

0:41:160:41:20

'Carol's called in youngest daughter Joanna to help further her plans for that luxury holiday.'

0:41:200:41:27

-Hello, darling. How are you?

-I'm all right...

0:41:270:41:31

'The auction, I thought was great fun.'

0:41:310:41:34

Aled was charming and John was a great help.

0:41:340:41:38

Aled's quite lucky he escaped!

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Mummy's putting him in her suitcase.

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'Steady on. Having raised just shy of £1,800,

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'the girls head to the high street for exotic inspiration.'

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-What are you looking for?

-Somewhere warm.

-Beach and sunshine!

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With a beach. On the beach. All-inclusive.

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'So, what's the decision? Could she be heading to the Caribbean?'

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-I think St Kitts would be different.

-It would, actually.

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I haven't been there before.

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We'll look at the brochure and see what hotels are what.

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I'm jealous now. I want to come.

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Aled Jones visits the Berkshire home of Carol Warren, who wants to fund a luxury holiday in the sun.

John Cameron is the expert on hand to assess the value of her family heirlooms, prior to auction.


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