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Welcome to Cash In The Attic.

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We have helped many people sell their antiques

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to raise money for everything from holidays to flying lessons,

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but today's couple just want to make life a little bit more comfortable for themselves.

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So, that shouldn't be too much to ask, should it?

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Coming up on Cash In The Attic, it's time to weigh up the family silver.

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-Well, that's a good little whack, isn't it?

-Fantastic, isn't it?

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We uncover a collection that keeps on growing and growing.

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You can take that pile and I'll have a look through this lot.

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And at auction, a golden find results in some exciting bids.

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-That's amazing, don't you think?

-Amazing. Yes.

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Be there when the hammer falls.

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Today I'm in North London to meet a couple

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who have travelled the globe and have the antiques to prove it.

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But now they want to make life a little bit easier,

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so they've called in the Cash In The Attic team to help.

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Bhupendra Gandhi is a prolific author.

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He's written columns for several Asian magazines and numerous travel guides.

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He's been all over the world.

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He and his wife were childhood friends who grew up together in the same village in Tanzania,

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but they didn't actually marry until after they'd both moved to England.

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10 years ago, he experienced a medical complication which has limited his ability to travel.

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He's hoping he can raise some money that will help his current condition.

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Today I'm joined by antiques expert, Paul Hayes,

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whose keen eye will prove invaluable when it comes to spotting the items that will reel in the bidders.

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While Paul starts the search, I meet our hosts.

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Good morning.

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-Hi, good morning, Lorne.

-How are you?

-I'm fine, and you?

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Yes, I'm fine. Good to meet you too.

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You have called in Cash In The Attic. Here we are.

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What's the plan, what do you want to raise money for?

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I would like to buy a portable oxygen machine.

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-Why do you need that?

-I suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome

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and it helps me to boost my immune system as well as give me a little bit of strength.

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What happens now, if I want to go on holiday, we have to arrange the oxygen

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delivered to the hotel and it's a very complicated procedure, so it puts me off going on holiday.

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So where were you hoping to go for your holiday?

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We would like to go to Spain, somewhere in Costa del Sol.

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Normally, we go Spain because he couldn't travel

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more than a two hours' journey without his oxygen machine, so we just go somewhere nearby.

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Although we would love to go far away, but we can't.

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Have you a figure in mind of how much you'd like to raise?

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The machine costs around £3,000.

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Oh, right.

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So anything will be of great help.

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Paul's already here, so let's see if he's found anything you're happy to sell.

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Oh, yes.

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Chronic fatigue syndrome affects around a quarter of a million people in Britain,

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leaving them short of oxygen.

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£3,000 is an ambitious target, but we're determined to do our best to help buy the new oxygen tank.

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Let's hope this house, packed with mementos from their world travels,

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will give us what we need to make an impact at auction.

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Hello, how are you, all right?

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-Fine, thank you.

-Hi, Paul. I said you'd already been looking around.

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I've found an interesting item.

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Looking around your home, amongst all these interesting items, this is Japanese.

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Is there a connection to Japan here?

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Yes, one of my Japanese pen friends came to London

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on her honeymoon and she brought me this present.

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How lovely. So it's actually come all the way from Japan, just for you.

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-Yes.

-How wonderful.

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This was instantly recognisable as being from the Kutani region of Japan.

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K-U-T-A-N-I. They were known really for having

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this brick-red decoration,

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so it always features prominently in their work.

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It was made some time in the 20th century.

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The reason I can tell that is that the gilding on it is extremely flashy.

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The original gilding was very mute, almost like a honey gold.

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When this bright, iridescent gold happens,

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it tends to be a 20th century design, a 20th century feature but this is very, very symbolic.

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These Chrysanthemums, that's the national flower of Japan, and that represents peace and harmony.

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Whoever gave this to you thought a lot of you and was offering you peace.

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What sort of value might we be talking about, Paul?

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I would say at least £50 to £80, that sort of price band.

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-Shall we put that back for safe keeping and see what else we can find?

-Konnichiwa!

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As we go our separate ways to scour the house

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I come across another item from the Far East, a rather nice Seiko watch.

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The Japanese company has been manufacturing watches since 1881

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and Paul thinks this 1970 design may make £40-60.

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Hi, Paul, can you have a look at this? What do you think?

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He is great, isn't he? Is Buddha part of your life?

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No, not as such, but Hinduism and Buddhism go hand-in-hand.

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-There are several Buddhas, not just one person.

-Oh, yes, quite.

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He started to appear around 500 BC.

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You can imagine how many millions

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have been made since. You get them in various poses.

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This is a seated one.

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I'm not sure what he is made of.

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It's supposed to represent granite or marble, I think, but you have air bubbles here, see that?

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So it is some sort of a paste, more like a resin.

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If you look down his back, you have a line, and that's a seam.

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That means it's been made in a mould.

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It is a moulded example, not a hand-carved, but I think you have a good quality 20th century Buddha.

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If I said £30 to £50 easily, how does that sound?

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Somewhere around £50 would be nice.

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OK, let's hope someone follow that path of enlightenment and it gets us £50.

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All right.

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As we continue our rummage, Bhupendra finds an old Pentax 35mm camera.

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Now in the digital age, it's time to retire it to auction.

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Maybe someone will be interested in starting a film revival, if Paul prices this kit at £50-100.

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In the living room, we take a closer look at this 1950s tapestry that came with the house they bought.

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It's machine-made rather than hand-woven,

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but maybe someone would like to display this in a peaceful setting.

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If we set the price tag at £40-60.

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So far we've had a flood of exotic artefacts

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to add to our auction lots.

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And Bhupendra has discovered a collection that definitely reflects his international heritage.

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I must admit this is a fantastic collection of stamps.

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My grandfather used to collect it.

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He passed it on to my father and he passed it on to me.

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Is this your grandfather's collection as well?

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-Some of them.

-Wow. Well, that's amazing!

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What I find fascinating, you have very interesting locations.

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You must have had letters from Zanzibar, of all places.

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Did you know somebody there?

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My grandfather lived for nearly 20 or 30 years in Zanzibar

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and I was born and brought up in Dar Es Salaam.

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Zanzibar is only 40 miles offshore.

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So we used to visit Zanzibar so often.

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-A very beautiful place.

-Right.

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Are there any rarities amongst this?

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This stamp got a lot of publicity because

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Freddie Mercury had it in his album when he passed away.

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Well, Freddie Mercury was from Zanzibar.

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-Yes, he was from Zanzibar.

-It's fascinating.

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It's a very difficult thing, really, to put a value on.

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Have you gone through them all? Have you catalogued them?

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-Do you know what's here?

-No.

-OK.

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What we could do is send these to auction as a lot.

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You do see lots of these albums around.

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I don't think there has been a stamp here that somebody's paid an awful lot of money at the time for.

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I think they are just run-of-the-mill ones, but what a collection.

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I can imagine these going into auction, if I said at least £150, up to £200.

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-How does that sound?

-It's OK.

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Let's make sure there's not a rare one amongst them.

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You can take that pile there and I'll have a look at this lot here.

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Rifling through the stamps should keep them busy for a while.

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Meanwhile, Kamood has spotted a painting of three apples she's happy to see go.

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This, along with two other paintings,

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will comprise a lot, valued at £40-60.

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As Paul continues looking for items to make up the cash for our £3,000 target,

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I'm curious to know what sparked the romance between Bhuprenda and Kamood.

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So, first of all, tell me how the two of you met?

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We have known each other all of our life.

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We both come from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

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We were neighbours and my mother and Kamood's eldest sister, they were friends.

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Even Kamood went to school with my sister.

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So we have known each other since childhood.

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When did you come over here?

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I came to this country in 1968 and Kamood came in 1970.

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When did you realise it was going to be a bit more than perhaps just friendship?

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Gradually, we were seeing each other quite a lot.

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And he proposed and I said I'd think about it.

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And finally I said yes and we got married in '84.

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I always feel sorry for men when they ask

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the lady if she'll marry them and the answer is "I'll think about it."

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I have known Kamood for a long time, so I could read her mind.

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So I knew she would say yes.

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So, once you were over here, what career path did you take?

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By profession, I was an accountant until my mishap in 1999.

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And what difference did that make?

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Then I couldn't work.

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So, after that, I took up writing.

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That altered the path of the rest of your life, didn't it?

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What sort of writing do you do?

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Everything and anything.

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I write short articles,

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short stories, poems.

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I have my latest book published, Ivory Tower and I have my own column with a magazine called India Link

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and I also used to have a column in Asian Voice.

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Fantastic. So I'm assuming this new piece of equipment you want to get will make a big difference?

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It'll help us to go on holiday as often as we would like.

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It seems you definitely need it.

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Let's see what else we can find to sell.

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In the kitchen, Paul's been keeping up the hard work and has found a silver cup and saucer.

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This 19th century design was brought over from India

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and Paul thinks someone may like

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to serve a stylish cup of tea for £40 60.

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While the rest of us continue searching high and low

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for more collectibles, Paul found some more silver

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which he is weighing in order to assess its value.

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Hello.

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That looks very nice, doesn't it?

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I found some really nice Indian silver.

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Do you mind me asking, do these have a specific use?

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They are given as a dowry to the daughter from the mother.

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This is a plate like, just like a dish, we call it thali,

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where you can eat the rice and curry and chapattis

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everything in there.

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Delicious.

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And this is something for like you put it in there, for a daal,

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a curry, you know, gravy and this is for water.

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Right, I have often seen these three items together, but I was never sure what they were used for.

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-It is a form of eating, it is not like serving wine, you would actually use this to eat off.

-That's right.

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Well, being Indian silver, it is quite desirable.

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The nicest thing about these pieces is that they are all handmade.

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You can see very clearly, if you look at the bottom...

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You can see where it has been beaten.

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Little hammer marks. The whole thing has been made by hand.

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Imagine getting this very smooth surface.

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It must have taken somebody hours to do. It is very soft metal.

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But at the end of the day, they are silver.

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I weighed them. Silver is doing tremendously well.

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There is about 37 ounces.

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Indian silver is about £5-6 an ounce, to give us an indication. I would like to see this go to auction

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between £150-200.

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-How does that sound?

-That sounds fine.

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-Well, that's a good little whack, isn't it?

-Fantastic.

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Now, that valuation is a big step in the direction toward Bhuprenda's

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new oxygen tank, but as the day winds to a close,

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we all need to make one last check for any treasures.

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Paul, look what I've found.

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This could be very interesting.

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The royal silver wedding anniversary. Were you there?

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I hope I was.

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This is Her Majesty and the Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.

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Oh, these are very nice, actually. Where did you get these from?

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From Royal Mint. I was on their mailing list.

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-Right.

-I used to get invitations to subscribe to anything they take out.

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These are fantastic. That one is solid silver and I take it this is silver gilt.

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No, this is 22-carat gold.

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Wow. First things first, these are proof stamps.

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The same thing happens with coins and they have to be handled carefully.

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You have acid in your fingernails and your fingers and that can affect the surface.

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They're mirror finished. That's why they have the little ribbons, can you see that?

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So if I turn that over and hold it by the edge,

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you are right, 22-carat. That's fantastic.

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-Did you know that when you bought it?

-Yes.

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I paid the price.

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This one is number 490 out of 3,000.

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The royal wedding stamp replica issue.

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Surely they must have been expensive even in 1972.

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They were around £180.

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It was a lot of money at the time.

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But these have been a tremendous investment.

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This is a rare time for me, actually.

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Normally, I would say they have an intrinsic value because they are stamps and they have an interest.

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But the price of gold bullion really affects the price of these,

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but these look approximately an ounce each,

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so if that's an ounce of 22 carat, that's roughly about £500.

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-Just the value of the gold.

-Just the value of the gold stamp.

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Which is fantastic, isn't it? That's massive. Are you all right to let those two go?

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-Oh, yes.

-I think if we discount the silver ones, they don't have

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the same value of the gold ones alone,

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if I said for an auction estimate, £800 to 1,000 for those two?

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That's fantastic.

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Does that have your stamp of approval?

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Why not? Definitely!

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Good investment.

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I think that's amazing. It is the way the gold market has gone, crackers.

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I think we need to call in Lorne and the guys.

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Come on through. Believe it or not, I have about £800 in these two boxes.

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That's got to be gold or diamonds?

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-Two gold bars.

-Wonderful. OK.

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We've run out of time for rummaging, but we want to make a contribution

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with these items towards the oxygen machine.

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The value of the items we are going to be sending to auction comes to £1,390.

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-It adds up, doesn't it?

-Great.

-Are you pleased with that? Yes.

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It'll be a great help.

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Well, that's a terrific result for our search today, helped by real gold bars, no less.

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Among the items going to auction

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are the colourful Kutani vase from Japan.

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At £50 to £80 this 19th century piece of pottery

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is sure to pull in the collectors.

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Plus the vast collection of stamps from all over the world.

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We're hoping it flies off the shelves at £150 to £200.

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And finally the 1920s Indian serving set,

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beautifully designed, solid silver.

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It'll no doubt attract the bidders at £150 £200.

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Find out how much these and Bhupendra's other items will raise on auction day.

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Coming up, some treasures from abroad fail to make a stir at home.

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I'm happy to take them back.

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I'm pleased you're happy to take them back.

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And one item proves its worth its weight in gold.

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£300, £310.

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Wow! Find out what happens when the hammer falls.

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It's been a few weeks since we were with the Gandhi family in north London looking at

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the items they've collected from their travels around the world.

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We've brought the cream of the crop to the Chiswick auction rooms in west London and they're hoping

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to raise around £3,000 towards a portable oxygen machine.

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Let's just hope when the items go under the hammer, the bidders are ready with their buying cards.

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There's always an eclectic range of antiques

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at this auction house so, with any luck Kamood and Bhupendra's items will find some new homes today.

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Our expert Paul's already here, eyeing up the gold stamps and we're

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hoping they'll attract some serious bidders.

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-Good morning.

-How are you, all right?

-I'm fine.

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If I remember rightly all that glitters is gold here, isn't it?

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Yeah, you're dead right. These are solid gold, absolutely amazing.

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You tend to get items like this made from silver gilt, solid silver covered

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with a very thin coating of gold but this is pure 22 carat and it's turned out a fantastic investment.

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Don't forget he bought this in 1973. He's had it a long time, but because gold is doing so well

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there couldn't be a better time to sell them.

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We have a big target. They want to raise £3,000 overall, so let's hope we've got some more gold to add in.

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That would be good, wouldn't it?

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If you'd like to sell at auction, remember salerooms charge fees such as commission.

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Fees vary, so do inquire in advance.

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Kamood and Bhupendra are taking one last, sentimental look

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at the silver serving set before it goes under the hammer.

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I understand you put a reserve on it. What price have you put?

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I think it is £100. Your estimate is more than that.

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Yes, I said £150 to £200.

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Have you got any reserves?

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Yes, couple of items, especially gold stamps.

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And what's the reserve price on those?

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-It's £700.

-We should be able to get them away for that.

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-Shall we go and make some money?

-Yes.

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Come on, then.

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First up is the very weighty, but serene-looking Buddha.

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Is that worth, £30 for it?

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£20 for it?

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Start me at £10...

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At 10, bidding for it at £10. At £10, give me 12, at £10.

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You thought about it, didn't you? £10, off it goes at £10.

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-He's sold it.

-£10.

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-Are you OK about that?

-Yes.

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That's a very disappointing start for Kamood and Bhupendra.

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At least they don't have to carry it home.

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Let's hope we have more luck with the tapestry.

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£30 for it?

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£20 for it to go. At £20, 22, 25, 28, 30?

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32, 35, 38, 40?

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45? 48. 50?

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They like it. You really like it as well, don't you?

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-This is beautiful.

-Five, 70? At £70, I'll take five, all done. At £70, are we finished? All done?

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At £70, you got it. £70.

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That was good, wasn't it?

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The tapestry obviously attracted a few bidders' attention,

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just as it did for Bhupendra all those years ago.

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Our next lot is the modern Japanese Satsuma vase.

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It had a nice mark on it, didn't it, Paul?

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Yes, it's a good quality Satsuma item.

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-So, £50 £80, as a decorative piece.

-£50 for it?

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£20 for it? It's worth that. £20.

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£20?

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At 10, 12, 15. 18.

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18, 20, 22, 25 at 22, I'll take 25, at £22. 25 there.

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28 there. Give me 30? 30?

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At £28, we've got 30 over there.

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At £28.

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At £28, I think you got it.

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-Oh!

-£28.

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That's a lot less than we hoped.

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Maybe this vase from the Orient

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is just a bit too exotic for today's bidders.

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If things carry on like this we're not going to come

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anywhere near the £3,000 needed for Bhupendra's portable oxygen machine.

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And things go from bad to worse

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when our three paintings sell for just £32.

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Our next lot has a special place in both of your hearts.

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It's that lovely, silver Indian set.

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Imagine eating your food off silver every day.

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-Some of us still do, Lorne!

-Oh, God! My things come wrapped in plastic.

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Some Indian silver, do we hear £100 for it? £50 for it?

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Starting with £50 or I'll pass the lot. £50 for it.

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At £50 then, no-one likes it. No-one wants that one, then.

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Looks like you've got it back.

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It has got a lot of sentimental value, so I'm happy to take it back.

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OK. I'm pleased that you're happy to take it back.

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I'm also pleased you put a reserve of £100 on it.

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They may be happy to take the Indian silver set home,

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but it's not going to help us get any closer to our target.

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So far, we've only made £140, I'm afraid.

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But of course we were relying on that silver to bring in a little bit extra.

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We've got some fantastic lots coming up, including the gold,

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which I would be very surprised if that doesn't sell at least.

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I think we have to take a long term view here and just hold out some hope that you will get there.

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Just not this morning.

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But the Seiko watch which was valued at £40 to £60, fails to get any interest either.

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Maybe the silver cup and saucer will serve up a better result.

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Start me at £40 for it?

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Start me at £30 for it?

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Come on.

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-Can't believe this.

-At 32?

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35. 38.

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the bid here at 35, at 35, stop saying no, Howard.

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38 there, thank you. 40? 42, 45.

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-A bid at £42, £42, sold.

-That's it gone.

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At £42, it's quite an expensive cup of tea but given the disappointments

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we have had here today, it's refreshing to meet our estimate.

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Our next lot is a large stamp collection.

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I kind of gave up with this at your house because there were boxes

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and boxes, and some were loose, some were folded.

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It is such an unusual collection.

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There were some from Zanzibar and all sorts of exotic locations.

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So, something you don't see every day.

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So £150 is the estimate. Let's hope it goes.

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£100 for all the stamps, £100. I'm bid £100, at £100, 110.

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Thank you, 110. 120? 130.

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-140. 150. 160. 170.

-That's great.

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180. 190. 200. 210. 220. 230.

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240. 250. 260. 270, 280. 290, 300.

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310, 320.

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At £310, that's a bid of £310.

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At 310 and gone, then. 310, your bid.

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Was that where the rest of the gold was hidden,

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do you think? £310 that's fantastic, isn't it?

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At last things seem to be looking up.

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Whoever's bought the collection

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is going to have their work cut out sorting it all out.

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OK, some old-fashioned technology now.

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Not a digital camera, this is a real film camera. Hopefully, we are looking at about £50.

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Start me at £50?

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Worth £30? Start me at £30.

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32 there, 35, 38.

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40, 42, 45, 48, 50?

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50, 55, 60, five, 70, five, at £70 there?

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Are we all done at £70?

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-Sold, sir, at £70.

-£70! That's excellent.

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How does that compare to what you paid for it back in the '60s?

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I think it was around £60.

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-It cost a lot of money.

-Of course. Yes, it would have been, yes.

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Despite the new age of cameras, the sale of this 35mm Pentax

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shows that not everyone wants to go digital.

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Our final item is the one we've all been waiting for.

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It is of course the gold and the silver, with an estimate of £800 to £1,000.

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Start me at £500 for it?

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Thank you. At £500? 550, 550. 600.

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And 50. 700.

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And 50. 800. And 50.

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A bid here at £800. 900?

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900, seated. 900. 920, if you like.

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The bid's here at £900, I'll take 20. Are we done at £900?

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I think it's cheap for £900, I'm selling, all done, £900 all out, going, number 470, you've got it.

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-£900.

-Yes!

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That's amazing.

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So, we saved the best until last.

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I was worried that we weren't going to make any sort of dent

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in that £3,000 target.

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It's important that we do try and get this money because you need

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this oxygen machine, don't you, if you're going to enjoy your holiday?

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We have actually banked today,

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bearing in mind you've got quite a lot of unsold items, £1,462.

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So, are you pleased with that?

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Yes, very pleased.

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Bhupendra's a step nearer getting that portable oxygen machine

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that will enable the couple to resume their jet setting ways.

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And it looks like they are already getting in the holiday mood.

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Obviously our target was £3,000.

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But we knew we didn't have enough items to reach that figure.

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But I'm very pleased, and I hope that in three to six months' time,

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I will be able to reach the target one way or another and will be able to buy the oxygen machine.

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Despite some of their items not selling, the Gandhi family did make a hefty sum.

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Keen travellers Bhupendra and Kumud Gandhi need to raise as much money as they can to pay for a portable oxygen machine that will ease Bhupendra's breathing problems. Lorne Spicer and Paul Hayes join them for an antique hunt around their North London home.


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