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Welcome to the show that finds treasures and helps you auction them.
Over the years, we all tend to accumulate collections of all sorts of bits and pieces,
things we truly love. But when it comes to the crunch, we all like to make a bit of money.
The question is, can we let them go?
And that's what we're going to be asking our lady in today's Cash In The Attic.
Coming up on Cash In The Attic - the Far East and ancient warriors inspire our expert.
Amazing pair of rather dramatic figures we've got here.
And Jonty cuts to the chase with some of his values on the modern Wedgwood porcelain.
Bit of a shock, but it's better to sell them,
and perhaps somebody else can appreciate them, than being in a box in the attic.
But when we get to auction, is it standing room only?
If you crane your neck, you might be able to find someone else.
Find out when the hammer falls.
Today I'm in Stoke Gifford on the outskirts of Bristol.
And I'm on my way top meet Bev and her friend Debs,
to see if we can raise enough money to give her garden a makeover.
The girls met almost two decades ago,
and over the years they've really enjoyed spending time together.
Bev is quite a globetrotter, and she's been all over the world, from Kenya to Mexico and the Balkans.
Her second husband, Michael, also has a taste for travelling.
But she's not looking to book an exotic holiday.
Bev is also a keen gardener, and she's realised her garden needs a touch of TLC.
Our expert Jonty Hearnden could be just the man to help dig out treasures today.
He may not be an expert with a trowel, but he does have 20 years of antiques and collectables knowledge.
And he's gearing up to start the search.
I'm interrupting you.
-Now, who's who here?
-And I'm Debs.
Well, I gather that your garden out there needs a bit of a makeover.
Yeah, hopefully. I need to have a new garden fence,
because the one I've got has got more holes than a colander.
So, hopefully we can raise enough to replace that.
So, how did that happen?
I just think it's over the years, it's quite old. So it's bad weather.
Have you got plenty of bits and pieces around the house? I see you seem to be quite a collector.
Yeah. I try not to be so much now. I'm trying to go a bit minimalistic.
Where have you picked most of these things up?
Antiques fairs, not so many car-boot sales, but mainly antiques fairs.
And a few things that have been left to me.
-Sounds as if she knows her stuff?
-She does, most definitely.
-Does she? Perhaps we don't need Jonty. I've brought him along.
I'm sure we could make use of him.
I'm sure we could.
So, how much money do we need for this garden fence?
I think probably around £300.
-£300. That's our target. Can we do it?
All right, let's get rummaging. Where should we go? This way?
'So, we set off around Bev and Michael's comfortable modern home,
'searching for collectables to help us raise £300 at auction.
'Jonty has a head start, and he's already picked up on Bev's taste for travel.'
Oh, look, here he is. He's already at work. Jonty.
Now, look, I've found an amazing pair of rather dramatic figures we've got here.
Are you a bit of a fan for Japanese art?
I probably was at the time, but not so now, no.
They're incredibly light, I expected it to be heavy.
Yes, well, these are glazed.
They are hand-painted, and they're from the Franklin Mint.
Now, Franklin Mint started in 1960. They started producing coins, commemorative coins,
and they then expanded into other collectables, just like the ones that we're looking at here.
If you look at, certainly, at my rather frightening-looking gentleman, or warrior,
I think there's a lot of movement in there, and there's a lot of work that's gone into painting him.
Likewise with our Ninja, stealthily stepping down that rock.
-We're really looking at between £60 and £100 for the pair.
How do you feel about that?
Disappointed that I can't recover my money,
-but that's fine.
'Samurai figures evoke ancient Japan, but maybe these Franklin Mint reproductions
'are not as fashionable with British auction-goers as they once were.
'Let's hope someone with an interest in the Far East takes a shine to them, though.
'In one of downstairs cabinets, I find this silver charm bracelet and ingot necklace.
'It was Queen Victoria who first started the fashion for these.
'Charm jewellery also became popular after World War II,
'when soldiers brought home little handmade trinkets as gifts for their wives and sweethearts.
'This bracelet was Beverly's 18th birthday present from her mother,
'and over the years she's collected lots of charms.
'It gets a £50 to £60 estimate from Jonty.
'While Bev continues on her search for precious pieces...
'..has Debs found something that could head to auction?'
What are you looking at here?
I believe Mike and Bev actually bought this about ten years ago.
But I think it's quite a good piece to put into the auction.
They've recently redecorated, and it's not really in keeping
with how they want to do their house at the moment.
This is obviously a table lamp.
But underneath here, on this stand here, are these ceramic herons.
-They're definitely herons, because they have this S-shape to their neck when it's folded.
Were they mass-produced?
Yes, an object like this would be absolutely mass-produced.
You would have a mould, and you would just reproduce and reproduce.
So you'd have hundreds, if not thousands of these. So, they're not particularly rare,
even though they're decorative, and still a lot of work's gone into it.
There would be a hand element to finishing this, certainly when it comes to decoration.
-You're really looking at £30 to £60.
-Oh, that's great.
Which is much better than thinking,
"I've got to discard it, and put it in the car-boot sale."
-Definitely worth putting into the auction sale.
'The ceramic lamp stand with herons painted in delicate pastel shades
'fitted well with Bev's previous decor.
'But now she's given the living room a makeover, she doesn't think it suits the new look.
'And there's another modern ceramic item heading to auction.
'This one is a Royal Doulton figure called Lucy.
'She's a traditional Edwardian lady,
'and Jonty politely gives her a healthy £40 to £50 estimate.
'Although Bev loves her home, over the years she's also had the wanderlust,
'and she's enjoyed some wonderful adventurous holidays with husband Mike.'
-Oh, I think we deserve a bit of break.
-I think so as well, yes.
-It's going well.
-Yeah, not too bad, quite happy so far.
-This is a lovely house. How long have you lived here?
-About 17 years now.
-I heard you like to travel.
Not as much as I would like to, but we do tend to have at least one good holiday a year.
Last year we went to China.
So that was nice.
Very, very interesting. Obviously did the Great Wall, saw the Terracotta Army, fascinating place.
So, Peru may be on the cards next year.
You've been to quite a few antique fairs. Is this something you're keen on?
What I have collected has obviously been from antique fairs,
or what has been left to me by aunts, uncles.
-So, you're changing tack now. Is it out with the old and in with the new?
On the household items.
Yeah, I think it's time for change.
'Bev has a well-tended garden with some interesting features.
'But she wants more privacy, so she's going to replace the rickety fence,
'and if there's any cash left over, she'll buy some decking,
'and who knows, then she might choose to spend her holidays at home.
'Upstairs, she finds three carnival bowls.
'They're made of pressed glass, and famous for their translucent colours.
'They were mass-produced from the early 1900s,
'and got their name because they were given away as prizes at carnivals.
'Bev picked these up at an antiques fair about eight years ago,
'and they're valued at £30 to £40.
'And Jonty's got his eye on more delicate ceramics.'
-Oh, you found my dolls.
-Are they something that you want to sell?
Yes, I think so.
-They've been in a box for quite a while.
-Yes, I don't see them on display anywhere.
Actually, it's my mum that got me started on these.
My first Christmas of married life, she bought me a Little Bo Peep,
and then I started to collect a couple more after that, each Christmas.
Figurines like this, of this size and proportion,
have been fashionable for the best part of a century.
The first people to do figurines of this shape and size
were Royal Doulton, and they started in 1909.
You've also got this one here, Wedgwood, so, you can't get a better name than Wedgwood, for instance.
-The value... You say you've got two other figures?
-There should be.
-Should be, yeah.
Well, we're looking at sort of £70 to £100 at auction for all four.
-How do you feel about that?
Bit of a shock, but it's better to sell them,
-perhaps somebody else can appreciate them, than being in a box in the attic.
'Well, let's see how they do on the day.
'And who knows, they might raise a lot more.
'I spot this gold and sapphire ring,
'that was given to Bev as a present over 20 years ago.
'It gets an estimate of £40 to £60.
'But when we get to the auction, is it a challenge to catch a buyer's eye with this sparkler?'
Who will start me at £40? £40.
£40. 30, then. £30.
'Does the bidding go up or down?'
20 if you like.
'Find out later in the programme.
'Every nook and cranny of Bev's home is getting the Cash In The Attic treatment.'
Look what I found. Mademoiselle Upanova.
I've never heard of her, but that's what I know.
-She's from the Fantasia movie, am I correct?
-I think you are.
-Really? Oh, gosh.
-Have you seen that?
-Yes, I have.
-A long time ago though?
There's a reason this is worth selling.
Look at this fantastic button, the Steiff button, makes all the difference.
There's this label on the back here, which is great.
All the information's here. This is one of 2,000.
-That's very good news indeed.
-Is that too big a limit, 2,000?
2,000 is quite a high figure.
But because it's Steiff, I don't think that really matters,
because Steiff bears, Steiff toys, are always, and always have been,
and still are, made of the highest quality.
So, of course there are people that want to carry on collecting Steiff.
How much did you pay for it?
I think, if memory serves me right, probably about £100.
-If we're going to sell it at general auction, I'm not going to get your money back for you.
-No way, no way.
I would suggest £40 to £60 at a general sale.
-How do you feel about that?
-That would be good.
'Although Jonty's adamant Bev won't get back the £100 she paid for this Steiff Disney toy,
'it could produce a surprise at auction.
'After all, Mademoiselle Upanova was a limited edition of just 2,000.
Bev's a keen collector of ceramics,
'and these seven little Goebel figurines are also heading to auction.
'Franz Goebel was a German porcelain merchant and manufacturer,
'who launched this series of characters in 1935.
'They depict innocence in a world of political and economic upheaval.
'This group could fetch £50 to £80.
'We're running out of time, so we need to make one last push, and we're all still hard at work.'
-Hi, Jonty, I don't know if this is of any interest to you.
That looks very nice, doesn't it?
So, where was this from?
I have a recollection that Bev was left it by her uncle about ten years ago.
Rotary, that's a great name.
It's an Anglo-Swiss company, still going very strong.
But what we're looking at here, because there's a very small hallmark on the actual band itself,
everything that you're looking at, including the casing, is nine carat gold.
So, everything you see is gold.
-That is great. Fantastic.
-So, shall we tell the others?
I think so, yes, brilliant.
I hear you're excited. What have we found?
-A gents' watch, solid gold, nine carat gold.
Value at auction, £200 to £400.
-Really? Oh, my goodness.
-It's your uncle's, yes?
It was, yes, that's excellent.
I can't believe that.
You're looking for £300, we said, so you can do up your holey - in the worst sense - garden fence.
That's right, yes.
Well, based on Jonty's lowest estimates, we reckon at auction,
if everything goes to plan, you should make...
-Oh, brilliant. Well done.
-That's more than double.
'Well, it's been a busy day here in Bristol,
'and some of items going off to auction are the modern Royal Doulton figurines,
'that we're hoping will tempt the bidders,
'with their estimate of £70 to £100.
'And the Franklin Mint ceramics.
'Inspired by ancient Japan, they could make £60 to £100.
'Will that solid nine carat gold rotary watch cause a stir,
'with an estimate of £200 to £400?
'Still to come on Cash In The Attic,
'Bev reveals where her sapphire and diamond ring comes from.'
Mike better close his ears, because it's an engagement ring from many years ago!
'And do the modern Royal Doulton ladies charm the bidders?'
65. 70. And 5.
'Find out when the final hammer falls.'
Well, it's been a wee while since we spent the day with Bev at her house in Bristol,
and today we've brought everything we found here to Andrew Smith & Son auctioneers near Winchester.
You remember, Bev wants to raise £300 for a new fence, to give her garden a bit of a makeover.
But a lot of her items are modern. So, the question is,
will they find buyers when they go under the hammer?
'Andrew Smith's auction house is set in the rolling Hampshire countryside,
'just east of the historic city of Winchester.
'The sale takes place in a large listed barn.
'Their auctions are monthly,
'and items range from Georgian and Victorian furniture to modern collectables.
'Jonty arrived before me, and he's found something that sparkles. And he knows it's gold.'
-Oh, you've got Bev's watch there. That's lovely, isn't it?
-Well, it's the star item, really, this has to sell.
I've put £200 to £400 on it, and if we get the top end, we've got it all in one lot.
I know, because her other items are modern,
and I'm a little concerned that at a sale like this, they may not find buyers.
Yes, that's another question mark as well.
So, yes, I am concerned about today.
But I love roller coasters, and I think we're in for one today.
-Let's see if Bev's arrived.
'There's a huge amount of furniture and Victoriana in the room today,
'so although most of Bev's items are more bijou and modern,
'we're still hopeful it'll be a lively sale, and they all find new homes.'
-So, where's Debs?
She couldn't make it today, I'm afraid,
so I've brought my husband Mike along, he's going to bring good luck.
-Your lucky charm?
How are you feeling about all your items in the auction?
Nervous. Very apprehensive.
-And what about reserves?
-Only on the watch.
So, everything else can just go. Fingers crossed.
-Or you won't get your new fence.
-Are you going to be putting it up?
England's last hope at DIY.
We'd better make a bit of extra money, to make sure you can employ someone.
-Well, let's see if you're any good at auctions, let's go and get a spot.
'Well, Mike might be Bev's lucky charm,
'but he's put his foot down when it comes to erecting that fence,
'so we definitely need to raise enough money today to call on a handyman.
'There are more than 400 lots in this sale, so it's going to be a busy few hours for our auctioneer.
'Bev's first item shown to the room is Lucy, the Royal Doulton figurine.
'There's an estimate of £40 to £50 on her.'
How long ago did you buy her?
I think it's probably about ten years ago, so, yeah...
Did she just take your fancy?
Yes, she did. She looked quite cute at the time.
-You mean she's gone off?
-She's gone off now.
-So it's not I Love Lucy, I
Start me at £40 here. £40. £30.
£30 bid. And 2. At £30.
We are selling. Is there 2? At £30, then.
All done. Last time.
-There we go.
-Well, someone liked Lucy.
'Someone certainly loved Lucy, and they're handing over £30 for her.
'The four porcelain Wedgwood ladies are next.
'Jonty valued them at £70 to £100.
For the last time.
-60, rather than 70.
-That's all right. Not disastrous.
'So, those ceramic figurines have all found new homes.
'Our worries that the modern items wouldn't find buyers
'are so far unfounded.
'The heron lamp stand is next.
'It may not fit with Bev's new decor,
'but it certainly sits comfortably in the saleroom.
'It's valued at £30 to £60.'
£30 for this. £30. £30.
Start me at 20. 20. 22. 25.
27. 30. £27, and selling.
Is there 30? At £27.
Are we all done at £27?
That's fine. Absolutely fine. Well done.
'Again, it sells for just under Jonty's lower estimate.
'Is this going to be the pattern for the rest of the day?
'I wonder if the bidders will be tempted
'by the three colourful glass carnival bowls with leaf mouldings, estimated at £30 to £40.'
At £12 at the back, and selling. Is there 15?
At £12. Any more?
And selling at £12. The last time.
'Well, the bowls clearly didn't have enough antique appeal,
'but then, we did think it could be a bit of a roller coaster ride today.
'Will the limited edition Steiff Disney character do better?
'She's Mademoiselle Upanova from the Fantasia film,
'with an estimate of £40 to £60.'
I'm going to start the bidding at £45. Is there 50 in the room?
55 and selling, commission bid. At £55. Are we done?
At £55 only. Are you sure? Last time.
That's good. Bang in the middle of the estimate.
'Well, thanks to Mademoiselle Upanova,
'things are looking up at last.
'But how much have we made so far?'
All right, well, at the start of the day we said £300 would be a great target,
so you can get your garden fence.
And at this halfway point, actually, you're a little ahead.
You have actually made, at this point, £184.
Oh, that surprises me. That's good.
-It all adds up, doesn't it?
-That is really surprising.
-It is. It surprised me too, actually. So we're all happily surprised.
-I think we can have a break.
-Yes. Good idea.
-Go this way?
'If like Bev you have a special reason to raise some cash, and you are thinking of heading to auction,
'please remember that commission and other charges may apply,
'so check the details with the auction house.
'Now, we've got some bad news,
'the Samurai and Ninja figurines have been damaged,
'and we've had to take them out of the auction, as it would really affect their value.
'They were estimated at £60 to £100.
'So, it's knocked a bit of a dent in our takings.
'The pressure is on for the remaining four items to bring in over £100 between them.
'And the first of those is the nine carat gold ring, with an oval sapphire and diamond cluster.
'It's estimated at £40 to £60.'
-Where was this from?
And Mike better close his ears, because it's an engagement ring from many years ago!
-So, you didn't hear that, Mike?
It wasn't Mike that gave it to me!
I see. How come you didn't give it back?
He never asked.
Start me at £40. £40.
£40? 30, then? £30. 20 if you like.
£20 bid. Is there 2?
At £20. 22. 25. 27. 30?
At £27. Any more?
At £27. Are we all done?
Last time. At £27.
Oh! That's disappointing. That really is low.
This is why you didn't marry him.
He was obviously a cheapskate.
'But joking aside, that's not a good result,
'especially as Bev's struggling to reach her target today.
'Her next item is the silver charm bracelet that was given to her for her 18th birthday,
'and she's collected all the other charms since.
'Jonty valued it at £50 to £60.
'Fingers crossed it will bring her some luck now.'
£40. 30 then. 30. 30 I have.
Is there 2? At £30 and selling.
Is there a 2? £30 right, at the front here. At £30. Any more?
All done at £30? Last time then.
'Well, it didn't charm the bidders,
'and it's looking as if Bev may have to consider
'a shorter fence than planned.
'Unless, that is, the final two items do well.
'The gentleman's rotary wrist watch is up next.
'It belonged to Bev's uncle,
'and if it reaches the minimum of £200, she'll make that target.'
-Your star item now.
-Let's hope so.
It's the watch, and we need £200 for it. Is there a reserve on it as well?
-Yes. We've got a reserve on it.
Start me at 250? 250?
250? £200, then. £200.
150 if you like. £150. 150, thank you.
160? At £150.
Any more? All done at 150? At £150.
£150. I'm afraid we're not quite there on that.
We haven't lost anything.
-It's still yours.
-I can still take it home.
-It's not too big to carry.
'That's what I like to hear, a positive attitude.
'All our hopes now lie with Bev's last item,
'the seven Goebel Hummel figures of children,
'that belonged to Mike's mother.'
At £50 and selling. Is there 5?
55. 60. And 5.
60. And 5. 70. And 5. 80. And 5.
At £80. Any more? At £80. All done?
At £80, commission bid. Any more? At £80.
For the very last time, then.
Isn't that brilliant? How about that?
-Mum would be pleased.
-Why don't I buy more items?
Because you didn't buy those.
'Well, that was a great result.
'Right at the top of Jonty's estimate.
'But we have had a few disappointments today.
'So, how close are we to the target?'
We want £300, so you can have a garden fence, and you don't have to put it up?
Exactly right. No DIY skills.
Well, it's been touch and go. It's been quite difficult.
I have to tell you that you did make it.
-You made £321.
-Without the watch.
-And without the Samurai.
-That's fantastic. I'm really pleased.
Bev wanted £300 to pay for a new fence,
and today she's come to search for some inspiration at her local garden centre.
'I've come with an open mind. I'm not sure what I'm looking for,'
but hopefully I'll get some help and advice as to the possible best fence to put up.
She wants something quite high, so she can get some privacy,
and with any luck she'll be able to bask in the sun,
and imagine she's in one of her exotic holiday destinations.
'The whole experience of Cash In The Attic's been fabulous.'
I've had a really good time. It's been slightly nerve-racking,
exhausting at times, but at the end of the day,
I've achieved what I wanted to do,
and that's get some money to buy my new fencing panels.