Spence-Woodville Cash in the Attic


Spence-Woodville

Series looking at the value of household junk. Margaret and Stephen Spence-Woodville are in need of a holiday. They hope some rare sporting memorabilia may be just the ticket.


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Welcome to the programme that searches for your antiques and takes them to auction to raise money.

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I wonder how many of us

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have got old coins lying around, or maybe commemorative coins.

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You think one day, "Are they worth any money at all?"

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That's what we find out during Cash In The Attic.

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'Coming up, there's no end to these coins.

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'They remind me of my wishful thinking.'

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I have a recurring dream that the more I dig, the more coins I find.

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'This 1990s sporting memorabilia is valuable,

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'but our expert's pet hate.'

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One thing that frustrates me is that you cannot read their writing.

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'There's jubilation at auction.'

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-I'm pleased.

-She's like the Cheshire cat, this one!

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'Will we still be grinning at the end of the day? Find out when the gavel falls.'

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Today, I'm in Sutton in Surrey

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to meet a special couple who've called in the team to raise money

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for a much-deserved holiday.

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'Margaret and Stephen Spence-Woodville have been happily married for almost 30 years.

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'These two had been widowed by the time they met at a local dance.

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'Now retired, Margaret spent much of her working life as a florist,

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'while Stephen worked as part of the ground staff for a major airline.

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'These days, they spend time playing bowls and ballroom dancing.

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'With five children around the world, there's plenty of travel.

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'After a year in which Margaret has battled against poor health,

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'they are looking forward to a break.

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'Our expert, John Cameron, will get straight down to business,

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'while I catch up with this lovely couple.'

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Stephen, what a scene of activity. Hi, Margaret.

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-Sorry about the gloves.

-I like the gloves.

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We're delighted to be here in your beautiful garden.

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Stephen, is she a hoarder?

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-The boot's on the other foot.

-Oh, really?

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I know that you want to raise £500 and this holiday's special to you. Why is that, Margaret?

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Well, in December, I had an operation for breast cancer.

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I was advised not to fly until later in the year.

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-The holiday will do you both good?

-Yes.

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-A nice rest.

-A glass of vino when you get there?

-Could be.

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We'll settle for a cup of tea today. Shall we go in and have a look?

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John is plundering your home as we speak. Let's see what he's found.

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'This semi-detached house

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'has been home for 20 years to Margaret and Stephen.

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'It looks packed with antiques and collectables.

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'With many years of experience in the trade,

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'John Cameron has his eye on a likely lot.'

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There you are, Margaret.

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I knew John would be rummaging in your cupboards. What have you found?

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I found a little silver Vesta box.

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Interestingly, it has a little chow chow dog finial on there.

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It's modelled as a picnic hamper.

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It's hallmarked, a London hallmark, and dates to 1946.

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How much do you think it'll raise?

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It will appeal to collectors of Vestas.

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Also, people that collect bijouterie silver,

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pretty little pieces.

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Also, you might attract somebody because of the breed of dog.

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-He's fascinated by the dog.

-I'm an animal lover.

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I think we'll be looking at:

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Margaret, are you happy with 50 to 80?

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I would be very happy with that.

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Put it back in the cupboard in the meantime.

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-Where do we go to now, Margaret? Next door?

-Yes, OK.

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'I find this set of five Wedgwood plates

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'which show famous locomotives from the golden age of steam.

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'Although made in the 1990s,

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'we think there may be a market amongst railway enthusiasts.

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'Meanwhile, Stephen has turned out some sporting memorabilia.'

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Would you have a look at this? This came from Margaret's cousin.

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I thought it might be interesting.

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-Are you a cricketing man?

-No. I'm afraid not.

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There was a World Cup that year.

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England got to the final and lost to Pakistan.

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We should have some big household names.

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One of the things that frustrates me with modern sportsmen

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is you cannot read their writing.

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I looked at a shirt, Man United, I did not know one signature, even if you'd have told me.

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Let's see how we fare with this.

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-Going from the top, Alec Stewart?

-Yes.

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-Allan Lamb?

-Yes.

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Phil Tufnell - Tuffers. Very popular cricketer.

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-Robin Smith. Certainly something we can sell at auction.

-Right.

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-How much do you think?

-We've got some decent signatures.

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It's the first time I've seen them mounted on card onto the bat.

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-Fabulous.

-Howzat?

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-Play ball with that.

-I think it's time for tea. Back to the pavilion.

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'It's another step towards the holiday but there's a long way to go

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'to get Margaret and Stephen on that plane.

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'Stephen finds another potential lot

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'in the shape of a rocking horse.

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'Margaret was given this second-hand in the 1950s.

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'Some vintage horses can fetch thousands.

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'This well-loved example comes in at a more modest...

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'Have I struck lucky with my rummage upstairs?'

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You will never believe what I have found!

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I want to tell you, I have a recurring dream

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that the more I dig, the more coins I find.

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And guess what! Upstairs, I have found masses and masses of coins!

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-Margaret, where did you get these?

-They all came from my cousin Peter.

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We didn't know he had so many

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until we, unfortunately, had to clear his house when he died.

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These are interesting. They are silver commemorative coins.

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This celebrates the Queen Mother.

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And this one's the Queen's 40th anniversary.

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Definitely something we can sell at auction.

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A quick tot-up, we've got about 54 coins here,

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each one weighing about an ounce in weight.

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If we add that up,

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we're looking at about:

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Towards that top estimate for those.

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You've got a right little hoard.

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So I have realised a dream today, Margaret, albeit yours!

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'There are all sorts of collections hidden away in this house.

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'While John keeps up the good work,

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'it's time to find out a little more about our lovely hosts.'

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We're really enjoying being around your home.

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-I'm fascinated to know where you met.

-We met ballroom dancing.

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In Wimbledon.

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One of these singles-divorced dances.

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-That's how we met.

-If the truth were known, is he a good mover?

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-Stephen's not tall enough.

-She wants a tall boy!

-You need a tall man.

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-She wants a tall toy-boy!

-LAUGHING: Yeah. That'll be good.

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Stephen, what did you use to work at?

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I went to South Africa as an evacuee.

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I stayed with my uncle, then joined BOAC

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and worked on C-class flying boats.

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And I worked on them for quite a few years.

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Let's talk about the dreaded word "cancer".

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It seems to affect every family in the country.

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How big a shock was it when you discovered you had breast cancer?

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Well, it was a shock,

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but I was very fortunate that it was caught very early.

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I had the operation and, touch wood, everything seems to be fine, yes.

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-And that's why this holiday is really special?

-It is, yes.

-Yes.

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-What are you looking forward to most?

-Oh, rest! Sun!

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We're never going to get anywhere if we don't raise £500, so we need to keep on looking.

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'After going through all that,

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'the Spence-Woodvilles really do deserve a break in the sun.

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'We'll do all we can to get them there.

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'But wouldn't you just know it?

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'John has unearthed another load of commemorative coins.

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'This house is full of them.

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'Mostly British, of varying dates, some more valuable than others.

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'With the right bidder in the room, John reckons they can make:

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'Margaret notices this porcelain clock with figurines,

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'given to her parents as a wedding present back in 1935.

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'Not particularly sought-after, it has damage

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'so John values it at:'

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-What have you got there, Margaret?

-I found this postcard album.

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It came from my grandmother's house but I think it was my aunt,

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my mother's sister, that collected the postcards.

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These are from the great age of postcards -

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the end of the Victorian era - the growth of the postal service.

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People collect postcards for a number of reasons.

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They're interested in the subject matter or go for makers, like Tuck.

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The other reason people collect postcards

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is either for what's been written on them,

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the stamp and the postmark.

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There are collectors that prize scarce postmarks,

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sub post offices that are no longer in existence.

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So there are many reasons why a postcard will appeal to someone.

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At auction, I'd be tempted to keep it as a collection.

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Because we've largely got flower cards,

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not the most commercially desirable,

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a tempting estimate of £40 to £60 should get the bidding started.

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That sounds good.

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'It's a good find, but how realistic was John's estimate?

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'How will the bidders take to all those flowery postcards?'

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34. 36. 38...

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'Will we raise enough to help Stephen and Margaret have a much deserved holiday in the sun?

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'As our rummage continues, Margaret finds a set of first day covers -

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'envelopes with newly issued stamps and postmarks.

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'Some first day covers are highly sought after,

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'and John thinks that this selection could give us a whopping...'

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Margaret, as if you haven't found enough coins today!

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-It's a sovereign.

-It's definitely something we can send to auction.

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-Just the one, Margaret?

-Afraid so.

-You haven't got a stash?

-I wish!

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Nice that it's got this protective case.

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It's a proof coin. It hasn't been handled. This is an iconic coin.

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It's been around since 1816,

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when it was decided to redesign the standard gold bullion coin.

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We have on the obverse side the reigning monarch,

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hence the name "sovereign".

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On the reverse, we have the iconic St George killing the dragon.

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-How much are they worth?

-Based on bullion value... They're 22-carat gold, almost pure gold.

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Today, they're making around £120.

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So, £100 to £150 for auction purposes, we won't be far off.

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That's a good find!

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Are you sure you haven't got another suitcase full of coins?

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-I wish!

-I'll have another look.

-I think this is a glorious find.

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We come to the end of the rummage in your great home.

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You wanted £500 for this very special holiday.

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You have got - everything being according to John's assessment -

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-£710.

-Wow!

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-And possibly a bit more.

-Ooh. Excellent. Thank you very much.

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-A lot of drinks on the balcony.

-That's right.

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All right, Stephen, drinks are on you, mate.

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'I think we'll all raise a toast to a great day of rummaging.

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'We found some terrific items to take to auction.

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'We're hoping the silver Vesta box will glitter brightly.

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'At an impressive £150 to £200, fingers crossed we'll cash in

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'with a set of 20th-century commemorative coins.

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'And the first day covers from the 1980s

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'win the seal of approval from us.

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'Let's hope the bidders feel the same.

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'Still to come, our expert puts his reputation on the line.'

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-Spot on your top estimate!

-I kept my head.

-Well done!

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'But not all his valuations prove so accurate.'

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-Wow!

-That's shocking!

-We were bowled for a duck with that one.

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'Will Margaret and Stephen be heading off to the sun? Find out when the gavel falls.

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'A few weeks after spending the day with Margaret and Stephen,

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'we brought all the items to Chiswick Auction Rooms in London.'

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They want to raise about £500 for a much deserved break.

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Let's hope there are lots of bidders when their items go under the hammer.

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'We found some lovely items in Surrey.

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'I'm hoping that John is as excited about the family's chances as I am.'

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-John, how are you?

-Very well.

-It was my dream to find all those coins!

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-Here you are with that little box.

-It is quite sweet.

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I don't recall one with this picnic hamper form.

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-What dog did we decide this was?

-The dog is an oriental chow chow.

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Anything else you think might do very well?

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They do have that wonderful large collection of first day covers.

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-They could give us a surprise.

-Shall we go and say hello?

-Come on.

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'John's pinning his hopes on the stamps,

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'while I'm still gunning for that amazing collection of coins.

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'I wonder how our couple is feeling. This is their first ever auction.'

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The best-looking auction virgins I've seen in a long time! Neither of you has been to an auction.

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-No.

-Never.

-You'll enjoy it. You will!

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Is there anything you'll be sad to see sell?

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The only thing will be the postcard album.

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It's been in the family a long while.

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You hope to raise £500. You need a break in Portugal cos you had your breast cancer earlier in the year.

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-What's the latest?

-I had a check-up. All's well. They don't want to see me till March.

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-All clear.

-Fantastic. Well done you. That is wonderful news.

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-That should make you feel good.

-Yes.

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The auctioneer's about to get in position with the gavel. So, follow John.

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'That's great news to start off the sale.

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'With a successful outcome, we may have cause for a double celebration.

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'If you're thinking of going to auction,

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'remember charges such as commission will be added to your bill.

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'To avoid any surprises, check the details with your auction room.

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'The auctioneer's installed and we find a good vantage point

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'in time for our first lot of the day.'

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So, it's the miniature cricket bat.

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-Do you think there's interest?

-£30 to £50 is cheap enough.

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Nice object displayed brilliantly.

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What's it worth? £20 for the lot, surely? For the cricket bat.

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£10, then, to go? Ten I'm bid. Maiden bid at £10...

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-Surely more than that.

-..£12....

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-That's awful.

-..16.

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18?

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To my right at £18. Are you sure?

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£18. It sells for 18.

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-Wow.

-That's shocking!

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We were bowled for a duck with that. Could have made a bit more.

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'Howzat? Not exactly what we'd hoped for.

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'Selling for just over half John's lower estimate is disappointing.

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'There are no cricket fans. Let's hope the silver buyers are in.

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'Our next lot is the Vesta box.

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'I know that John is a big fan.'

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This is one of your favourite pieces.

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It is. Unusual form and lovely to see that mount with the dog.

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A nice piece of bijouterie silver.

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My head and professional reputation are on the block.

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Start me £30. 30 I'm bid straight off.

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35. 40? 40 there. 45.

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50. At £50. Anybody else?

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55. Thank you. 60.

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Five. 70.

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Five. 80.

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80. Anybody else?

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£80, then. I'm going to sell it for £80...

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-Spot on your top estimate!

-I kept my head.

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-Well done! Are you thrilled with that?

-I'm pleased.

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She's like the Cheshire cat, this one!

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'That's more like it. Bang on John's highest estimate.

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'A healthy contribution to the holiday fund.

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'Will our good fortune continue with the gold sovereign?

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'It's been in a protective case since the day it left the Mint.'

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£100 there. At £100. 110 in the distance. 120.

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130. 130 in the distance.

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At 130. Anybody else? £130. I'm selling it for 130...

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-A bit less than you expected, John.

-I hoped top estimate but we got somewhere in the middle. I'm happy.

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'That is so encouraging, considering we've got two more coin lots.

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'When the 1930s clock fails to get any serious bids...'

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£12, the clock garniture...? Not sold.

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'..Margaret's not too disappointed about having to take it home.

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'I hope we have more success with the postcards. She's thought long and hard about letting these go.'

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The postcard album is the one thing you said you had a few pangs about.

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-Yes.

-How do you feel now it's about to be auctioned?

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I'm still a bit sad but, if it reaches estimate, it would be good.

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What are they worth? £20? I'm bid 20.

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£20. And 22. 24.

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26. 28. 30.

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32. 34. 36.

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38. 40. There at £40...

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Other bidders!

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..50. 55. 60.

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65. 70.

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75. 75 upstairs, then.

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Anybody else? £75. 75 is the bid...

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-That's good. Excellent.

-What do you think?

-That's good.

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'That's £15 over the top estimate. No wonder Margaret's smiling.

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'Let's keep it that way with one of our highest valued items.'

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Next, the large collection of first day covers and special issue stamps.

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-I'm hopeful they'll push our top estimate.

-150 to 250? Gosh.

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80 I'm bid there. 85. 90.

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95. 100.

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110. 120.

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£120. Anybody else? 130.

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-£140. 140 there, then...

-BANGS GAVEL

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Just under our bottom estimate!

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I was hopeful that would do top estimate.

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'Uh-oh. £140 is a little disappointing.

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'We were hoping they would smash the estimate.

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'And when the five Wedgwood plates fail to gain any real interest...'

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£10, they go.

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'..it looks like these bidders are sitting on their hands today.

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'Maybe they're saving their cash for our remaining items.

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'£40 is all we're after for the 1950s rocking horse.'

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My children had it.

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The grandchildren had it.

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-It's seen a lot of life.

-If only that horse could talk!

-Yes!

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Come along. £20. 22. 24. 26. 28.

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30 I'm bid now. 32. 34.

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£34, all done? 34...

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-Do you know...?

-That's not bad.

-Not bad.

-No.

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'Below estimate, but Margaret's happy

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'that the much-loved rocking horse is off to a new home.

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'At last, it's time for the lot that I've been waiting to see all day.'

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I remember this collection of coins. We spread them out on the table.

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They were all in their cases, mostly to do with royalty and coronation.

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These are our commemorative sets of silver crowns.

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They have a bullion value I based my estimate on.

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Hopefully, collectors will pay a little bit more.

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I've got them at £150 to £200.

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I'm bid £100. £100.

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110. 120. 130. 140.

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In the doorway at 140.

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150. 160. 170.

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180. 190.

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200. And ten. 220. 230.

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240. 250...

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-Above John's estimate.

-..260. 270.

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280. £280 seated. At 280.

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Anybody else? 280.

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It sells for 280...

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£280! That's fantastic! Over my top estimate.

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-I'm delighted for you.

-Thank you very much, John.

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'Wow! That's all I can say. Terrific result for the coins.

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'Margaret and Stephen are right to be so happy.

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'It seems the coin buyers are still here, which is as well, because our last lot is more of the same.'

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These are the decimal sets the Royal Mint issued to collectors.

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I've allowed a bit to tempt the bidders.

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-Is that face value?

-And just a bit more.

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60 I'm bid. 65. 70. Five.

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80. Five. 90. Five. 100.

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-120...

-There are four people bidding.

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..130 everywhere!

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140. 150. 160.

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170. 180. 190. 200.

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-Way beyond estimate!

-..210. 220.

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230. 230 there. 240...

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Another new bidder.

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..270. 280. 290.

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300. 320. 340.

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340. 360.

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380. 400.

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£400 in the yellow. Anybody else?

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£400. I'm selling them for 400...

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-£400!

-I know! That's fantastic.

-Fantastic!

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'Four times the estimate. It's incredible.

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'The coins have gone through the roof.

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'Quite an experience for our first-time auction goers.'

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Now, the total. You wanted £500 to go off and have a rest.

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-You have £1,167.

-Wow!

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Never?! I can't believe that!

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-Fantastic!

-Fantastic!

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Give us a kiss, then. Come on, Stephen!

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Fantastic. I'm so happy for you. I really am.

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I hope you have a brilliant time. You've been a great couple.

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-Thank you very much.

-Well done.

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'A few weeks after Margaret and Stephen's successful day at auction,

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'and they didn't waste any time in jetting off to Portugal.

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'Their timeshare apartment in Albufeira is home-from-home.

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'After everything that Margaret has been through, this is just what the doctor ordered.'

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I do very little. I read a lot.

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We go out and have good food and wine and that's really a complete rest.

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'But when night falls, it's a different story.

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'They take the night life by storm,

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'dancing to the early hours of the morning.

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'The proceeds from the auction made this a holiday to remember.'

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We can stay here for a month and spend what we want without worrying!

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'Let's hope that the long holiday and all that dancing help Margaret on the road to full recovery.'

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Gloria Hunniford and John Cameron are in Surrey to meet Margaret and Stephen Spence-Woodville, who are in need of a holiday. They hope some rare sporting memorabilia and a collection of commemorative coins may be just the ticket at auction to fund their trip to the sun.


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