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Welcome to the show that loves to rummage around people's homes finding items to sell
at auction to raise money for a new project or something indulgent.
If you're a keen collector, when do you decide it's the right time to sell up
and move on to the next obsession? Well, you'll find out on today's Cash In The Attic.
Coming up on Cash In The Attic, a fine collection of jewellery handed down through generations.
My grandad bought it for my nan. It's got her year of birth on, 1912.
The year the Titanic sank, I believe.
Plus, the largest collection of toy Minis I've ever seen.
You've got a bit of a treasure chest going on in there.
Look at this. It's amazing!
But will we raise big money on auction day?
-How good was that?
-That was a good one.
-Find out when the hammer finally falls.
Today I'm in Berkshire on my way to meet Nicky and Peter,
a couple dreaming of far-off places.
Two years ago, proud grandmother
Nicky Ford met the man of her dreams,
Peter, through a dating website. Their romance quickly blossomed.
Nicky works in recruitment.
She has two grown-up children and one grandson, three-year-old Jayden.
Meanwhile, Peter is a lifelong motorbike fanatic.
He has turned a passion into a profession,
repairing and painting motorbikes for a living.
Nicky and Peter have lived in their current home for six months.
They dream of taking a rather special holiday, and they've decided
it's time for a clear-out - which is where we come in.
So, antiques expert John Cameron is here to help search for valuables
that could bring in a pretty penny at auction.
While he gets started, I'll meet our hosts.
Ah, so this is where you are hiding. Nicky, how are you?
Hi, Peter. Look at that. Wet hand, sorry!
-She's got you well trained!
-She certainly has.
-Wash and dry up.
Well, thankfully you're finished.
So, why have you called in the Cash In The Attic team?
We've got a lot of stuff that has been collecting dust, and we thought
we could put it to good use and have a nice holiday, hopefully.
-How much are you hoping to raise?
-Ideally, £1,000 would be nice, then we can have a really nice holiday.
Where do you want to go on this exotic holiday?
We'd like to go to Tunisia again.
-Again? So you've been once?
-I was there last year for the first time.
-I want to go back again.
-I've been seven times.
Seven times? So, why Tunisia?
It's North Africa, so the weather is good,
and a 2.5 hour flight. I don't like flying.
If it's £1,000 you're after, we'll have to find a few interesting items.
The good news is that expert John Cameron is already on the lookout.
He's bound to have found something by now. Let's go and have a look.
Well, Nicky clearly loves Tunisia, and as this will be her eighth visit, I think we should do
all we can to make sure it's the most memorable trip of the lot.
Good old John has got nicely stuck in to the search.
I knew he wouldn't let me down!
He has found something already.
I have indeed. I have found three pieces of pottery, faience,
with the same decoration, but quite distinctively different in form.
Nicky, can you tell me anything about these?
They were my nan's, and they were supposed to go to my mum,
but unfortunately my mum died before my nan did. So they came to me.
I don't know where they're from. But they've got something about Austria on the bottom?
You're right, because we can see, you have seen the mark.
It says Austria.
You can see there is a crown there with the letters E and W
in the middle.
And that's Ernst Wahliss.
It was a factory established in Turn in Austria
around the end of the 19th century.
And they're quite famous, in fact.
This is more typical of their general pottery.
They are faience, which is a type of pottery, and
we can see they are mass-produced if you take a closer look at them.
That tube line, you can feel it stands up.
That basically gives you a border in which to paint the decoration.
-This type of pottery is not terribly popular, but the factory is a good name.
-Let's talk about value.
I certainly think they'd be saleable at auction. I'd suggest putting them together.
-We could be looking at about £80-120.
-Not bad at all. Good start.
But if you want to get to that £1,000, we'd better work harder.
So, put those back and onward and upward.
If these jugs are indication of the type
of valuables their house contains, then we should be in for a good day.
My search begins in the garage, and thankfully, it's not in vain.
This box of brass items is begging for an expert assessment.
They were collected by Nicky's parents from various antique shops.
John thinks it could add £30-50 towards the fund.
So, you've found my comic collection.
I have indeed found your comic collection, Peter.
-So, these are all yours?
-They are, yes.
The first one is Star Wars. Are they all Star Wars?
-How many are here? Do you have any idea?
-I reckon about 140-odd.
-You collected these as a child?
-My dad used to buy them for me. He used to finish work on a Friday,
come back to the newsagents, buy the weekly paper, and buy me one of those as a treat every week.
And I just read them and kept them and looked after them from there.
We can see they are printed by Marvel, which is probably
the most important famous name in comic publications.
Originally started by Martin Goodman in about 1939.
This one looks in pretty good condition. Are they all like that?
Yes. They've all been tucked away and looked after.
You haven't drawn on any of them?
-None at all. I wasn't a graffiti artist.
For a lot like that, you said about 140-ish,
I'd pitch the estimate at about £50-100.
When you put things out at auction, usually the internet will generate inquiries.
-You may get some overseas bidders on these.
-It's worth a try.
But will the force be with us come auction day?
28, 30, 32, 35, 38...
And will John's hopes for the overseas bids come to fruition?
Find out a little later on.
Our search goes on with gusto. And Nicky is busy searching the bedroom.
Though she inherited this tanzanite ring from her parents, she is happy to sell it.
Violet-blue gemstones like this were first made popular by the jewellers Tiffany's.
It's a pretty example, which John thinks could fetch
£100-120 on sale day.
-John, how about this?
-What have you got? Let's have a look.
It is nice, a one, two, three-draw telescope.
Not bad. A wooden barrel, that is nice to see.
And it still looks like it is in working order.
You have lost that cover there off the viewing lens,
which is a shame, and it's a little bit rickety, but not bad.
-Where is it from?
-It originated in Aldershot.
My nan and my grandad, when they first moved there, they went into the house
and lifted some floorboards up and found it underneath there.
Below the floorboards?
Probably somebody had the treasure out before the telescope, left the telescope there!
Condition, not great. You have got quite a few dents here, and it's a bit shaky.
But essentially, it is still working, the optics are OK.
But there's an interesting makers' name here, Ramsden of London. Does that mean anything to you?
I know Jesse Ramsden was the leader of his field of making
telescopes in that era, and he made things for Captain Cook and Nelson.
You don't need me here, do you?!
As you quite rightly pointed out, he was a very important manufacturer in telescopes and optical instruments.
It is certainly something we can sell at auction.
In this condition, with a good maker on there, I would be surprised if it made less than about £60-80.
Right, nice to find out.
-So, we can take it then?
-That would be great, yes.
Well, let's go and SEE how the others are doing.
Well, this modern pad is offering up some truly fascinating antiques.
John is eager to discover more, and heads to the master bedroom,
where he finds an 18-carat gold charm bracelet in a drawer.
It belonged to Nicky's grandmother,
and could bring in as much as £200-250.
Peter has found a box which holds a collection of porcelain handed down from Nicky's parents.
It includes some Wedgwood trinketware, and a Doulton Lambeth vase.
As a lot, they could bring us another £20-30.
There's no stopping with this jewellery, and my next discovery
turns out to be all gold, according to John.
A set of rings, chains and a sovereign.
Reason enough, I hope,
for our hostess to forgive two gents looking through her drawers.
-We have found some of your jewels here.
The big question is, are we going to be able to sell this, or are you attached to any of it?
Um...pretty much, most of them, I would be happy to sell.
-There's a bit of a story behind the sovereign, though.
-Go on, then.
My grandad bought it for my nan. It has got her year of birth on, 1912.
The year the Titanic sank, I believe.
So, yes, I am quite attached to that one, for those reasons, really.
-I hope their marriage lasted longer than the Titanic.
-What about the rest of it?
-I'm happy to sell the rest.
I reckon this little ring,
probably about £70-90 for the diamond, 18-carat.
For the gold chain, which is nine-carat, and the sovereign, which
is 22-carat, I reckon about 200 for that at least, just that alone.
Totting up the other bits there, and valuing it all as one sum, although I am sure the auctioneers would
probably separate this out, I reckon we have got at least £500-600 there.
-If they will sell.
It all comes down to you.
-Have a think about it.
-All right, then. Excellent.
An impressive valuation, but understandably, Nicky will have to think carefully about selling
the gold sovereign, as it clearly holds a great deal of sentimental value.
Our day in Berkshire is drawing to a close, so it is time to make one last check for items.
And I'm the lucky hunter when I find a set of autographs that turn
out to be from that '70s boy band The Bay City Rollers.
They were given to Nicky when she was a girl by a neighbour, who met the band on a flight from Scotland.
It is an unusual item, but clearly saleable.
John thinks we may be able to get upwards of £30 for them.
I'm not entirely convinced we have found enough to make our target.
We need to uncover something really significant if we are to stand a chance of making it.
Pete, John! Come and have a look at this.
-A bit of a treasure chest going on there!
-This is amazing.
Look at it! How many years have you been collecting them?
-Since about the early '90s, really.
-What is the fascination?
Well, I used to have a custom Mini, used to do car shows and everything, all over the country.
I used to get these from some of the shows we used to go to.
-How many are in there?
-I reckon there's about 80-odd.
-So, they are all Minis?
-Yes, they are all Minis.
-Any early examples?
-Late '60s, going through to early '90s.
It's a fascinating collection,
but what an iconic car to collect, the Mini.
Most of them I can see are in their boxes,
but what is the story behind this one?
That was my very first Mini. I was about four or five, and my dad bought it for me.
This is how I ended up having the real car in that colour, as well.
This is how it started out, from this very first one.
They're all Minis, so we have a real target audience
as well as toy-car collectors. Do you fancy putting them into auction?
Um... Yeah, I think I would.
They will go towards money for the holiday.
There's got to be £200-300 worth in this.
Got to be. Do you have a figure in your head below which you wouldn't want to sell them?
If you are thinking, "If they don't make this, I will keep them."
Yes, it is a nice collection, built up over the years.
It's a tough choice.
But I reckon, yeah, around about 300.
We'd have to then suggest 300-400 as our estimate for this. 300 as our reserve.
I'd be happy to try that. I've never seen a collection as extensive as this.
I don't think there's a better car we could be looking at.
Absolutely fantastic. One other question, will that be included?
I don't know. I might keep this one as a memento.
He is sentimental, isn't he?
Who needs those modern games when you've got a Mini to play with?
Well, the rummage is over. It has been a really successful day.
You were after £1,000 for that holiday.
You have nothing to worry about. I can tell you that, with John's lowest estimates,
we're looking at making something in the region of £1,370.
-That is good,
It's been a fantastic day, and this has been a real highlight to end with.
As I said, a highly productive day. We have helped Nicky and Peter
find a mixed bag of items for the auction.
There is the brass telescope that Peter's grandparents discovered under their floorboards.
It should certainly appeal to any old sea dogs in the sale room.
We're looking £60-80 for it.
Nicky's astonishing collection of gold jewellery could bring in £500-600.
And the gold sovereign's impressive, too.
And of course there is the extensive collection of toy Minis.
Peter says he would like to put a £300 reserve on them, and with a bit
of luck, these toys could get our couple well on the way to Tunisia.
Still to come on Cash In The Attic, we have high hopes
that the sale room is packed with just the right buyers.
You said £80-120. Is that wishful thinking with the bidders that we've got in the room?
I certainly was confident with that when I saw them in the house.
But I don't mind telling you, I'm a bit nervous now.
Uh-oh. But soon, the money starts rolling in.
£20 over your highest estimate.
-Good. I have not got a problem with that.
-No, neither have I.
Will our couple meet their Tunisian target?
Be there for the final crack of that gavel.
It's been just over two weeks since I met up with Nicky and Pete at their beautiful home
in Berkshire, where we discovered Pete's love of toy Minis, and Nicky's love of jewellery.
They've decided to part with their treasures, so I've brought them
to Cotswold Auctioneers in Cirencester.
They want that holiday in Tunisia, and they need to raise at least £1,000.
This busy auction company holds three sales a month at locations throughout Gloucestershire.
John's already here, of course, with his eyes on an item we have very high hopes for.
An interesting telescope by Ramsden, a good maker.
It's in good condition. This is something Pete's grandad found under the floorboards in an old house.
-You're kidding me!
-What do you reckon we'll get for that?
Should get £60-80 for it.
Think they'll reach their target? They really do want this holiday.
-Wind in the right direction, we should be all right.
-You've gone all nautical on me!
Give a man a telescope, he changes completely! Let's go and find them.
I'm glad John is feeling confident about our chances. I hope the bidders share his enthusiasm.
The Fords have items that should appeal to all tastes today.
And I'm pleased so see the gold sovereign has made it to auction.
So, listen, this is good news. You decided to bring this.
-Yes, I did.
-We didn't think you were going to.
How do you feel about seeing all your stuff here?
-It is really strange, actually.
I hope you get on to that holiday in Tunisia. They have got exciting stuff, haven't they?
We have got some useful items of jewellery which should do well,
-even if our cars don't quite make their reserve.
The auction is about to start, so let's get into position, come on.
It comes as a great relief that Nicky decided to bring along the sovereign.
That is certainly a sale to look forward to.
If you're thinking of heading to auction, remember that commission
and possible other charges will be added to your bill. It's always best to check the small print in advance.
First, under the hammer is a collection that nearly tripped me up back in their garage.
It's a nice car booter's lot. We're looking for about £30 for it,
but there is plenty in there, so we could be lucky.
5 bid at the back, at 5, 6, 8... At £8.
Who is going on? 10?
12, 15... At 15.
At 15? Here in front at 15.
At 15. 18 anywhere?
Lots of brass in here. Last chance, then, at 15. And selling, all done.
Well, £15 will get you the taxi journey to the station.
-Let's hope we can get you on that plane!
-It's not exactly the result we were hoping for.
But, hey, every penny counts as we accumulate that holiday fund.
Now, then, what are the chances of there being some '70s pop fanatics lurking in this crowd?
We've got the album with the facsimile signatures, and the actual signatures tucked inside.
We're looking for £30-50 for these autographs.
I wonder if we have got any Bay City Rollers fans that won't mind putting their hand up and admitting it.
-Anyone interested? Oh, no music lovers here today.
£10 anywhere. £10?
Yes, £10 bid on the stage.
They're after the record!
At 12, bidding at £12.
Are we all done? 15 anywhere. Last chance for a piece of history.
It is £12, then, and selling.
-You see, the lady holding the record liked the Bay City Rollers, but not that much.
It would seem Cirencester is short of fans of the original boy band.
I'm sure they must have been young once. Two items sold, and so far,
we've managed to raise only £27 towards the £1,000 target.
We have a wealth of interesting items are still to come, including Peter's collection of Marvel comics.
We have got £50-100 on them, but there is a nice quantity, and they're in good condition.
£10 bid. At 10, 12. At 12, 15 is it?
15, 18, 20.
At 20, in front at 20.
Who is going on? 22.
25, 28, 30, 2, 35, 38, 40.
At 40, it is right in front at 40.
At 40, looking for five.
At £40. Looking for 5.
Are we all done at £40?
We will sell, then, at 40.
-How do feel about that, Pete?
A little bit sad, in a way, to see them go,
but it is all money towards what we want to get in the end.
-That's the spirit.
Quite positive. But I'm pleased Peter's looking on the bright side.
But that's the third sale in a row to fall short of John's estimate.
If we're in a similar situation with the telescope, then it could
find itself going home with Nicky and Peter, due to his reserve.
-What have you put on this?
-You put the lower estimate on it?
At £30, 35, 40, 45, 50.
At 50, against you at £50. At £50.
The last chance at £50, then.
Not sold, ladies and gentlemen.
Well, I don't mind, you know. It has been passed down the family to me.
-So if it comes home, it comes home. I'm not worried.
-Good on you.
Back it goes, under the floorboards.
Once again, he's being philosophical, but that lack
of a sale doesn't help the holiday fund.
The Royal Doulton stoneware vase and assortment of Wedgwood trinketware is up next.
There may be no boy band fans here, but perhaps there are people here who are into their porcelain.
So, we after £20-30 - that's all? - for these vases.
Will you be sad to see them go?
Not really, no. I haven't had them out on display for ages.
They were just bits and pieces I picked up along the way. So, no.
5 bid, only at five. 6, 8.
10, 12, 15, 18, 20, at 20 bid.
Seated at £20 here.
22, 25, 28. At 28 bid.
On my right now at 28. 30 anywhere?
At 28, lady seated at 28, with you, madam.
Well, that is a result!
-It was, wasn't it, on reflection?
Hallelujah, our first item to exceed John's lowest estimate.
And not before time! Perhaps this signifies a change in our fortunes.
We could certainly do with one.
We have more porcelain for sale next, the three vases from Austria.
You said £80-£20, is that wishful thinking with the bidders that we've got in the room?
I certainly was confident with that when I saw them in the house. But I don't mind telling you
I'm a bit nervous now that we're halfway through the day, so fingers crossed with these ones.
£20, who's going on? At 20, 2, 5.
-Quite a lot of interest now.
-30, 32, 35, 38, 40, 42, 45, 48, 50.
55, 60. At 60, in the deep at 60.
Who's going on at £60?
-That's fine, yes.
-Are you OK with that?
Is it just me and him bringing all the doom and gloom?
It does get a bit like that though, doesn't it? You two have been really, really positive.
-Hopefully it'll pick up.
-Yes, their optimism is infectious. Maybe they know something we don't.
We have a testing time ahead, because our first item of jewellery is now going before the room.
If the jewellery buyers aren't in, it could spell trouble.
Fingers crossed for a great result for the Tanzanite ring. We need it!
This is a lot that you've got a reserve on, right?
Yes. That's right, of £100.
So that's our lowest estimate. So we need £100. OK.
-It's coming up, let's have a look.
-Straight in at 100, who's going on?
At 110, 120, 130, 140.
At 140 with me again. At 140.
At 140 then, I'm selling.
If you're all done? Commission bid.
-That's what you call a result.
Yes, £20 over your highest estimate.
-Good. I've not got a problem with that.
-No, neither have I.
-That's much better.
Yes, we're all happy bunnies. For the first time today,
we're all smiles. And long may they continue.
£140 comes as a real relief, and bodes well for the remaining lots.
When John and I arrived today, we weren't sure we'd see the next item.
But the sovereign is here. And the auctioneer thinks it deserves to sell as a stand-alone piece.
This is another one you've put a reserve on?
It is. 150.
-So we need that lowest estimate?
150 for this? 150 bid.
At 150, who's going on?
160, 170, 180, 190, 200, 210, 220.
-At 220, bid standing at 220.
At 220, who's going on now? 220, bid standing, I'm selling.
If you're all done?
-Yes! That's a good price. A good price.
-Yeah, really good.
The bad news is that you're not taking it home, somebody else is.
That's terrific. I know how much the sovereign meant to Nicky, and she's clearly delighted with that result.
The £1,000 Tunisian target is drawing ever closer.
If that sale tugged on her heart strings, then I feel sure
the sale of our next lot will have a similar effect on Peter.
It's his prized collection of Minis.
And we have high hopes for these beauties.
A punchy estimate, but they have given them pole position on the front of the catalogue.
The auctioneers have done some promoting for us.
It's a stab in the dark, but it's a nice collection and I know you'd rather
take these home than them sell for less than that, wouldn't you?
If they go for a good price, then I'll be happy.
But if not, then they're coming home.
£100 anywhere? If not, we'll move on. No, no toy buyers here for that lot.
-A shame, but at least they're coming home.
He's secretly thrilled!
So, Peter gets to keep hold of the collection of Minis. And he couldn't be happier.
However, it does pile on the pressure with our final lot.
If they don't make the money, it may not be Tunisia our couple end up in.
Maybe Taunton! All our hopes are pinned on a top result for the collection of jewellery, which
has now been lotted together with the 18-carat gold charm bracelet.
This once belonged to Nicky's grandmother.
I've got £500-£600 on this,
but boy do we need this to make up the lost ground here.
-It's now or never.
-400 bid, thank you. At 400, who's going on?
-In at 400.
At 420, 440, 460, 480, 500.
520, 540, 560, 580, 600.
And 20, 640, 660.
Look at JC's shoulders going back again!
At 700, bid is near me, 700.
At £700, anyone else going on?
Looking for 20? At 700 and I'm selling.
-How good was that?
-That was a good one.
Now that's what you call a climax! Undeniably a slow start,
with a number of disappointing sales, but we finished on a high.
I can't wait to consult my calculator. I've got a really good feeling about that total.
Before the jewellery, I can tell you that your current total was £515.
The jewellery has really got you out of jail.
-Because you've raised £1,215.
-Excellent. That's really good news!
-It's brilliant, isn't it?
-And he gets to take his cars home.
Everyone's a winner. And his telescope! You've done really well.
-You've sold nothing, and she's sold everything.
-I've done well!
They've recovered from the excitement of the auction, and their holiday to Tunisia is booked.
So now Peter and Nicky have come up with a plan of how to spend that extra money raised on sale day.
We're going to have an Arabic lesson today, which is exciting.
Hopefully, we can pick up some of the language, and be able to use it when we go on holiday,
-and impress our friends with it, hopefully!
-I hope so.
Let's say we're meeting for the first time. We'd like to introduce ourselves to each other.
HE SPEAKS ARABIC
HE SPEAKS ARABIC
So, what does their tutor Mohammed make of his new students' progress?
I think if they continued like that,
in a few months they will learn the Arabic.
I'd say that was a great result for Nicky and Peter
and I really do hope they have a fantastic time in Tunisia.
If you want to raise some money, and think you've got treasures in your home,
why not apply to be on the programme?
You can fill out the form on our website.
Good luck, we'll see you next time on Cash In The Attic.
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Nikki Ford and her partner Peter need expert advice on selling unwanted collectables, to fund a holiday in their favourite holiday location. Aled Jones and John Cameron are on hand to help.