Antiques series. Angela Rippon visits South Yorkshire to meet Annette Norton, who wants to fund a world cruise by selling some of the antiques she has collected over the years.
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Welcome to the programme that helps you hunt for treasures
and then sells them at auction.
It's really sad when a life partner dies and leaves you on your own.
It's tough, especially when it comes to making decisions by yourself.
What happens if you decide you're going to downsize?
There are things you're going to have to keep
and others you're going to have to part with.
And it's difficult deciding which ones should go,
especially when many of them have sentimental associations.
But those are the problems facing a lady
I'm about to meet on Cash In The Attic.
Coming up on Cash In The Attic...
Some rather cheeky 20th cartoons.
You've quite a few risque ones here!
We'll have to put some sticky tape on at the auction. Censored!
Our expert shows off his knowledge of 18th century sculpture.
I can tell you what it is, it's a statue!
And unexpected interest in '70s silver at auction.
-I've got 11 bids.
But will we still be smiling at the end of the day?
You'll see when we crack that gavel.
Today I'm on the outskirts of Doncaster where I'm about to
meet a lady called Annette who has called in the team to help her
raise money for two special trips.
Keen calligrapher Annette Norton left school at 15 to join
her parents, who worked for Sheffield Steel.
Later jobs found her in a stockbrokers and at Midland Bank
and in 1980 she married Derek Norton,
a notable figure in the British steel industry,
who sadly died in 2008.
Joining Annette today at her Doncaster home is her youngest sister, Andrena.
The two share fond memories of childhood holidays caravanning in Bridlington.
But Annette is planning a trip that's somewhat more adventurous.
She's called in the Cash team to help.
-Hi, Annette! And this is one of your sisters.
-This is Andrena.
-You've another sister as well.
Your mum must have had a sense of humour calling the three of you with As.
All ADs, actually. Andrena Diane, Annette Delicia and Arlene Denise!
-That must have led to complications!
-It did a little.
It did when I was younger.
I was the first one in from school so the post arrived
and anything address to Miss AD Clark, I opened them!
-So, I knew what the boyfriends were saying before they did.
-And you still stayed friends.
-You're going to help us today.
So why, Annette have you called in Cash In The Attic?
We're hoping a world cruise with the family
and visit my pen friend of 58 years.
-I've never been over to see her.
-Where is she?
-She's in Texas.
-Fantastic. How much you think that's going to cost? Quite a lot.
How much do we hope to raise today towards that?
-Hopefully about £1,000.
-Well, I've brought just the man for the job.
It's Paul Hayes and I know he's already started
looking for things we can take to auction.
Why don't you go and see what you can find and we'll meet Paul?
With two rather expensive holidays on the cards,
£1,000 should be just the ticket so let's hope
we can find enough goodies around the house to make it happen.
Our expert, Paul Hayes, is a bit of a bloodhound with
a good nose for antiques. Nearly 30 years in the business
has taught him to follow a lead, to canine-themed etchings like these.
There we are. Here's Paul. I told you he'd be hard at work all ready.
-What have you found?
-Some risque pictures. Cover your eyes, ladies.
Where did these come from?
My husband, Derek, was chairman of a company in Sheffield
and a member of the board bought these for him.
One at a time, each year, for his birthday.
He thought they resembled the board members.
-So, if that's the board of directors, which one is Derek?
Who else could it possibly be?
But these are quite famous cartoons, aren't they?
Yeah, these were popular in the 1920s and 1930s.
There were two artists, one called Hubert and one called O'Klein.
You've got the O'Klein version.
But they all capture this 1920/1930s French Parisian scene.
The days of decadence, jazz, that sort of thing.
They're always doing toilet humour. There's all sorts of humour. Could you translate that for me?
It's colloquial French but what he's saying is, "Oh, to be a free dog!"
You've got all these little dogs that aren't on leads
chasing this rather attractive little bitch here.
-Unfortunately, he's got the lead on and can't join them.
That's the tamest of the ones I've seen.
They are quite valuable, aren't they?
Yes, they're very collectible.
The more risque they are, the more desirable they tend to be.
And you've got quite a few risque ones here!
I'll put some sticky tape on at the auction. Censored!
Joking apart, you have a set of five here. I'd say around the £100 mark.
70-100 will give them a chance.
-Hopefully somebody will want to spend a penny!
-And it's so early in the day.
-I know! Sorry about that!
No time for comfort breaks, Paul,
if we want to send Annette and her sisters around the world.
Andrena has been hard at work and thinks this 19th century
mahogany side table might be worth our consideration.
It used to belong to Annette's mother-in-law and Paul reckons
it could fetch in the region of £100 to £150 at auction.
Paul, can you look at this?
What have you got? Oh, I wasn't expecting that!
Look at that! So, who plays the saxophone?
Well, Derek was trying to learn to play.
What sort of music did he like, rock and roll or jazz?
He really liked all kinds of music. A broad spectrum of different things.
Well, this is a very versatile instrument.
It was designed for military bands, military brass bands.
Of course, you'd have to be heard over the noise of the drums.
It's a very loud instrument.
The 1930s and '40s, we get the jazz era and rock and roll.
It's wonderful - I think Buddy Holly, True Love Ways and Bill Haley,
Rock Around The Clock, saxophones, wonderful stuff.
The basic concept is it's a reed instrument.
If I get the end piece here. In here would be a little reed.
Of course, it uses the vibrations on this reed to create the sound.
That's then amplified and affected by these buttons. Very clever.
-Is it something you wanted to take up yourself?
-No, I don't think so.
It's boxed, in mint condition
and I imagine it's been quite expensive when bought.
To give it a chance at auction I'd like to put it in with
an estimate of less than £100.
If I said £60 to £100 as an estimate and go from there.
-How does that sound?
-Is that music to your ears?
I hope that Paul is right and the saxophone hits all the right notes on sale day.
He started at 70!
As our rummage continues, I notice more of the wonderful things Annette has collected.
I'd like to know more about her -
the distant pen-pal she mentioned and those childhood holidays with her sisters.
We can take the weight off our feet for five minutes.
The thing I love about you three sisters is you're going on this cruise together
but you've grown up being really close.
Yes, we have.
All our younger lives especially. As we've got older we've
not seen quite as much of each other but we do get on well.
And you always went on holiday together?
We did, we had some great times. We went to Bridlington every year
for the same two weeks every year.
-In a converted bus.
-Yes! We lived for two weeks in a converted bus.
-Whose was the bus?
-It was somebody on the camp-site.
I'm not sure how Mum and Dad found it.
-It was great.
-Everybody else stayed in beautiful caravans. We stayed in a bus!
Annette, tell me about this pen-pal of yours
because you've been writing to each other since you were seven.
Yes. We started writing to each other because a girl from America
came into my class at school and she was a friend of hers.
I joined in and wrote to her.
And over the years she's been to visit me twice
but I've never felt able to go over there.
I'm making the effort this year and I'll visit.
When you actually met, there must have been a moment when
-you thought in spite of all this, am I going to like her?
Yes, there was.
But as it happened, we were an instant click.
Tell me about this holiday, whose idea was it that you were going to go together?
It was mine, I'm afraid!
I retire this year so we were talking about the fact we'd follow
it through and I'd do this world cruise
so they decided they would come along and spoil it for me!
-So, we need that £1,000 to get you on your way.
-We certainly do.
Well, I think Paul has been quite busy finding things to take to auction.
-Shall we see how he's doing?
It looks a bit drizzly outside.
Here in the lounge, Paul can't resist finding Annette's favourite
creatures of the deep.
Presents from colleagues of her husband who knew of her love
for dolphins - this pair of decorative tables will
hopefully entertain the bidders for £100 to £140
without the auctioneer jumping through too many hoops!
Don't blink! I think she just moved.
Perhaps she wants a brolly.
Angela, we've had this statue in the garden for quite some time
and I'm thinking maybe I should move it on.
What do you think?
It's rather splendid. Shall we have a look?
-Oh, hang on! It's pouring with rain out there. Paul!
-Can you come and join us?
-Paul, you see out there in the garden?
There's this lovely statue. Would you like to go and take a look at it?
I think I would.
-While he's having a look at it, where does it come from?
She was actually in an apartment that Derek was living in,
in Sheffield, when I first knew him.
-Where, in an apartment, would you keep that?
She was actually in the entrance hall.
The first time we moved into our own house.
She moved into the garden. And there's she's been ever since.
Each time we move, she's moved with us.
But, unfortunately, the last move, she did get some damage.
-To the hand?
-To the hand, yes.
And, I stuck her back together with super glue but...
One or two pieces were still missing.
Why have you kept her, though? What was the sentimental value?
We thought she was lucky. And so, wherever we went, she came with us.
And we called her Moliath. We gave her a name.
-So, Moliath moved everywhere.
-Instead of Goliath?
-Paul! Do you want to come and tell us about the statue then?
I'll tell you what it is. It's a statue.
It's quite a nice one, actually.
Have you ever had it valued before?
Some years ago we did send her to auction.
And we regretted it. So...
We decided to fetch her back instead of letting the sale go through.
-So, how long have you had it yourself?
-Was it new then...?
If I said, sort of 300 to 500, how does that sound?
Fine! Yeah, great.
-Moliath, you're going to a new home.
-Yes, Moliath. I'll tell you later. Shall we go and see what else we can find?
Here's hoping lucky Moliath's patina is pretty enough for bidders at the auction.
Time to find Andrena again.
Scouring the kitchen, she's found these shop scales -
inherited from Derek's mother.
They were made by Avery, an old West Midlands company.
And they're marked with imperial measurements.
The weighty reading of £40 to £60 takes us
closer to our target.
As we continue sorting through Annette's vases and ornaments, dotted around the place,
this lady writer reminds me there's something surely missing from Derek's old office.
No time for slacking. Come on! This is nice, isn't it?
-It is. It's beautiful.
-Look at that!
-Now then, so what does Annette use this for?
-It was in Derek's office.
-So it's surplus now to requirements.
-It is now, yes.
-It's a type of captain's chair.
-Have you heard of that expression before?
Oddly enough, that was Derek's nickname.
-Was it really?
-Right, it's really suitable, isn't it?
-It's quite modern.
I'd say you're looking maybe '70s, '80s - maybe a bit more modern than that.
They swivel around. You can imagine a sea captain who is able to get at all his controls
and his wheel and so on. That's where the inspiration comes from.
And in about 1840/1850, they started to produce this wonderful, quilted leather.
Everything was stuffed and comfortable.
They had these shorter arms for the simple reason,
if you're a Victorian lady and you had crinoline dresses,
all your dress would be able to wrap around the sides here.
But, it's in remarkable condition. It's hardly been used.
-It is - it's beautiful.
-So, is it sentimental?
-No, I don't think so.
If I said, at auction, maybe £150 to £200, how does that sound?
-That sounds OK to me.
-OK. Let's keep looking.
I'm sure the captain won't mind if we send his old chair to auction.
Or any of the items that Annette has amassed
while pottering about in antique shops over the years.
For instance, this landscape was found in a box of odds and ends 40 years ago.
The signature is unclear but Paul still thinks that,
due to the quality, condition and the scene, it could do well.
He values it at a very promising £120 to £160.
Now, I've found some other framed pictures, which bear closer examination.
Here's Annette and her hubby enjoying an ice cream together.
with him beaming that lovely broad grin.
But, back in his days as a hero of the steel industry strikes,
Derek "Dan" Norton was occasionally depicted rather more humorously.
Annette, this cartoon, by Mac, that appeared in the Daily Mail,
is proof that Derek wasn't just a very important character in your life.
-He was a major figure in the industrial life of the Midlands.
-He was, yes.
Of course, he was chairman of Hadfields, the steel company where
a lot of the trouble happened when the steel strike was going ahead in 1980.
Just remind us about what happened in that strike?
Um, well, he did refuse to pay any taxes to the Government whilst the strike was on.
He was going to... Eventually he knew he would have to pay.
But he was going to write the cheque on a billet - on a steel billet.
-That's one of the very big pieces of steel.
He was going to deliver it to the Inland Revenue on a truck.
But the bailiffs beat him to it.
-They came in to obviously demand the money, or goods.
-Hence the caption here.
"Mrs Thatcher has sent an envoy, Sir,
"to persuade you to carry on paying your taxes."
There's our Henry. Henry Cooper.
-That's Derek, of course.
I've looked around the house and there are wonderful photographs everywhere.
-In every one, he's got a big smile on his face.
-Always! He was always smiling.
-He did become very ill towards the end of his life.
-He did, I'm afraid, yes.
He was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Like most people, you don't take it very seriously.
But eventually he did lose a leg. And it overtook him in the end.
But he was always cheerful - always cheerful! Never moaned.
He'd just got on with it and still did some work.
Well, we want to make that cruise very special for you.
We got £1,000 to raise towards it, so...
-Shall we go and see what Paul and your sister have been up to?
'Derek was clearly an exceptional man.'
In the Doncaster home he shared with Annette, there are plenty more reminders of him.
This silver salver belonged to him before he met Annette.
It carries no special sentimental value.
It was made by the Sheffield silversmiths, Walker and Hall.
And the hallmark is 1977. Paul is impressed
and values it at a very pleasing £70 to £120.
Ah, now then, who's this chess set?
I believe it came from South Africa.
-It was a present from a friend of Derek's.
-Are you a chess lover?
Yes, I can play but I'm not very good.
I know a lot of people who have chess sets just like this
and they never, ever get used.
But they make a fantastic present for somebody, don't they?
Well, it's a fantastic game but it dates back to the 16th century
and it's from India
and it used to be different armies were represented by different pieces.
But there's all different types of varieties of these.
Sometimes you get them solid ivory.
I've seen stone ones with all sorts of enamel work on them.
This one will be African.
And it's made from lignum vitae. Have you heard of that before?
-Right, well it's the densest wood known to man.
It's almost like ebony
but it has these little bits of white fleck in it.
-Can you see that?
-And it's the only wood that actually sinks.
If I said 25, up to about 45,
does that sound all right to you?
-It does to me.
-Great. It's your move.
Come on, let's keep looking.
Annette never played chess at all,
so selling it is indeed a good move.
A step closer perhaps to a grand master target?
In this display cabinet, I spy a delicate Japanese tea set,
which Annette bought for £30 in 1982.
Paul values it still at around £30 to £40.
-Now then, Annette, I wanted to ask you about this clock.
Is this really sentimental or can this go?
-Um, it is sentimental, but it can go.
-Right, I see.
-So, is it a family heirloom?
I bought it from an antique shop for Derek one Christmas.
-And how long ago was that?
-That would be around 1980, '81.
This is a very old clock, actually.
Have you got any idea how old this is?
-I was told it was around 1700 and something?
-Well, you're dead right there.
This dates from the middle to the late 18th century
and we can tell that because of the square dial.
By the year 1800, and throughout the 19th century,
all the grandfather clocks tended to have this arch dial.
Sometimes you'll see a sun and moon or a different effect on the top.
The way to tell a good clock is how often you need to actually wind it up.
Now, if I just open it up, it has two weights.
That tells me that it runs for eight days.
It only needs winding up once a week.
Whereas with one weight, it needs winding up every day.
And it is in good condition. There's no sort of cracks or splits or anything.
It's a nice, solid oak. It's a Georgian piece.
But this one looks like it's been cut down to go into a smaller place.
If you have a look at the feet, that should actually sit off the ground, not dead flat like that.
And on here would be a finial, and of course that would've been too tall, so it's been reduced slightly in height.
Are you sure you want to part with it?
Um, I think so, yes.
-OK. Well, if I said between 400 and £600, how does that sound?
Is that a little less than you were expecting?
Can we hit it in the middle?
I wouldn't like to take less than 500, I think.
-So we'll put a reserve of 500?
-OK, we'll give that a go.
-Do I hear £500?
-You certainly do.
-Well, for the clock?
-For the clock, yes.
-That's splendid-looking... were you with your sister when she bought this?
So how do you feel about it leaving the house?
I won't to be sorry to see it go.
-I take it it's not your taste then?
Someone who'll be happy to see the bidding go up,
-but £500 you're going to put on as a reserve?
-I think so, yes.
OK, if we add that to all of the other things that he's looked at today
and again take the lowest estimate...
Well, you want to raise £1,000, but if all goes well at auction,
we should be able to make at least £1,565.
And that is only his lowest estimate,
so if we get more than that for any of the items, then,
going to Las Vegas will be a treat, darling.
We've had great fun here in Doncaster with sisters Annette and Andrena,
finding a splendid variety of items to go to auction.
There's the rather cheeky set of dog prints
that might tickle the bidders' fancy at 70 to £100.
The splendid captain's chair, which Annette's husband adored.
We're hoping the bidders will love it too and pay upwards of £150.
And my particular favourite, Moliath, that enigmatic statue.
She's been a firm fixture in Annette's life,
but she's leaving the garden for good
with an estimate of 300 to £500.
I've got no doubt she's going to be the centre of attention again.
Still to come on Cash In The Attic...
The bidders are queuing up to get their hands on our items.
260. 270. 280. Up 270, on commission, 280 now.
-As for others, we'd struggle to give them away.
-I'll take it home.
-A little bit too much, I think.
So, will we make that all-important target? Be there when the hammer falls.
You join me now at Bamford's Auctioneers in Derby,
where I'm waiting to meet up with Annette and her sister Andrena.
It's almost two weeks since we joined them
at Annette's home just outside Doncaster.
And I have to say, I was fascinated
to hear about the career of her late husband in the steel industry
and to join with her in the excitement of the world cruise
she's planning with the whole family. So let's hope that her items
really appeal to the bidders today and that they'll help us
to make that £1,000 target.
Bamford's Auctioneers hold a general sale in Derby several times a month
and there's always a rich variety of items on offer.
Today is no exception.
Now, one man who enjoys the cut and thrust of the sale room
is our expert, Paul Hayes.
Paul, I know that Annette had a real fascination for dolphins, didn't she?
The house was full of them.
Yes. I think she's a bit loath to part with them actually,
because I realise there's only one dolphin table here
and there should be two so unless one swam away somewhere...
And made a swim for it, yes.
She had some terrific items in the house.
I have to say, I think one of the most unusual to get here
is that enormous garden statue.
It certainly is. I don't know how it's got here,
but I have seen it, so it's in one piece, which is great.
It's such a difficult thing to value, those items,
but let's see how it goes.
I know it will be music to your ears if we sell that saxophone today.
Yes, that's a great instrument, almost in brand new condition,
but I can't get a note out of it at all.
Hopefully it will raise quite a few notes when it goes under the hammer.
Let's go and see Annette. I think she's just arrived with her sister.
Paul is confident of a successful day
and while Annette and Andrena have been saying goodbye to Moliath,
Paul and I have received some unexpected news from the auctioneer.
I think the girls are going to want to hear this.
-You're taking a final look at Moliath, aren't you?
When you came in, didn't I see you sneaking a little kiss
-on her nose just to say goodbye?
Are you going to miss her then?
I am, because we've had her a long time. It'll be sad to see her go.
I have to tell you some bad news, I'm afraid.
-She's not going to be sold today.
But there's good news as to why she's not going to be sold. Paul.
I have some really good news for you, actually. I've had a chat to the auctioneer,
he's had a bit of time to study this statue and he thinks it's fairly old.
It could be a genuine item of antiquity.
It could be a couple of hundred years old, all right?
-And that makes a big difference to the value.
Now we said 300 to 500,
but he thinks it could do very well
and he thinks rather than sell it here today,
put it into a fine art sale to give it its best chance of getting a bit of promotion.
-What sort of money do we think, Paul?
-Well, he's talking in the thousands.
-Straight up, yes.
We'll book another cruise!
She may not be being sold today, but we have got
a lot of other things that are going to go under the hammer.
You've got the dog pictures behind you there
and of course, the dolphin tables.
Now, Paul and I noticed there's only one, when originally there were two.
Um, I... I didn't want to part with that one.
It was sentimental value, really.
So I decided to keep it.
And Moliath, well she's going to be here for a few weeks yet,
but that is going to be such an exciting sale,
-as I hope this one will be, so let's take our places.
So, exciting developments there, regarding Moliath.
But whilst we were carried away with that news,
Annette forgot to mention that she's also decided
not to bring her long case clock.
So, we're now three lots down and stand to lose out by around £750.
That means that our auction total today, without Moliath,
is likely to be nearer the £800 mark,
rather than the £1500 or so that Paul estimated at the house.
With the auctioneer in position and the sale under way,
we take our positions in time for an item that did make it to the auction.
Eyes down, everyone for the stylish African chess set.
-Did you and your husband ever actually play chess?
-No, I didn't.
My husband did.
-And Andrena, you don't play either, do you?
-No, I don't play. Far too boring for me.
But not a boring price tag, £25?
Exactly. This is complete, this chess set,
which is very important. It's very difficult to match up
and marry up anything missing here. Of course,
you have a bit of tribal interest,
but I think it's very well carved. I really like this.
Lot number 50, 20th century...
African chess set.
-He likes it, doesn't he?
-And I have got four bids on it.
-I've got four at £35. 38, I'm bid.
At £35, and eight now. At £35, 38. 40. 2.
At £40, on commission and two now.
At £40, a very pretty lot indeed. Two, do I see? One more? Two.
Selling at £45, eight do I see?
At 45, on commission and selling. At 45. 48 bid.
At 48 to the right. 50 now.
At £48, all done and selling? At £48.
You've never been to an auction before, have you?
-Are you enjoying it?
-I am. It's great. Absolutely fantastic.
-Is it the first time for both of you?
Now, just keep your hands to yourself.
Get excited but don't bid for anything.
Well, that's certainly how we like to kick off a day at auction.
£3 above top estimate
and our first contribution towards the holiday fund.
Let's hope our good fortune continues
with the sale of our second lot. It's the Japanese eggshell tea set.
OK, something very, very delicate now.
It's that beautiful Japanese tea service.
Nicely painted and it's a cracker.
-Was this like a family heirloom?
-Um, I bought it myself in Scarborough.
From Scarborough. Not very exotic, was it?
I thought with all the travel that you and Derek did,
you might have gone to Japan just to buy it.
I wish we had.
Early 20th century Japanese eggshell tea service.
And £30, please. £30. 20 then. £20?
15 then, let's start it. 15 bid. 18 now. 18. 20. 20? Two.
25? At 22 in centre five now. £22 and five, do I see? 25. 28.
At £25 now. All done at 25?
I could see people rubbing their noses but they weren't bidding, I'm afraid,
they were just rubbing their noses!
So lots of fidgeting going on in the crowd. But not a lot of buying.
Can our next item register a few more pounds?
They were terrific, did you actually use them when you were cooking?
I did, yes.
I use them all the time. So I'll have to get some new ones.
She's a very good cook, isn't she?
She is a good cook, she's an excellent cook.
-But she needs some modern scales, electronic ones.
-Take her shopping. Let's see how they do.
Lot number 70 is a set of 1970s or early '80s Avery shop scales
and we have got two bids on them.
We'll start at £32. Five, do I see?
35. 38. 40.
At £40, 42 at the back. 45, 48.
-At 48. Shake of the head at £48. 50 now.
At £48, all done and selling at 48?
-I think you can afford a new pair of scales.
-Absolutely. Good idea.
And that's another good result,
And we've broken through the £100 barrier.
Just a few hundred pounds more to go.
Next it's the turn of Derek's saxophone,
which is in such good condition,
it looks as if it's never been played.
Did Derek ever actually learn how to play it?
He did take lessons, but he never really mastered it.
These are very collectable at auction, Paul.
Isn't that because new musical instruments are so very expensive?
-So it's really worth buying a good second-hand one?
If you're a serious musician, then obviously these cost a fortune.
This looks like a beginner's saxophone, it's a good maker.
But I can quite confidently say this will bring £60 to £100.
But I'm not one to blow my own trumpet!
Lot number 80.
It's a Stagg brass saxophone with a strap fitted with a hard case.
It's a good saxophone, this one.
We've got three bids...
-There you go.
-Start at 70...
-He started at 70!
..At £70 in five, five in two places.
80. Five, either of you?
At £80 on commission and five now, at £80 and five do I see?
In its case, at £80, five now?
All done at £80.
Bang in the middle of your estimate, Paul.
-Music to your ears?
Paul's valuations have been right on the money so far today
and it looks like our first-time auction-goers
are enjoying every minute of the sale so far as well.
The cartoon characters in our next lot
have raised plenty of smiles whilst on display.
It's the set of five rather cheeky comic dog prints.
They were very naughty, weren't they, Annette?
They were, yes.
You have to have a sense of humour and it doesn't matter if you can speak the French titles underneath,
because as long as you've got a sense of humour the cartoons are terrific.
They are, you can understand what it means.
-Did Derek have them in his office?
-He did, yes.
A set of five 20th century comical prints of French dogs.
I have got seven bids.
THEY GASP Oh, my God.
At 140, 150 now.
At £140, 150 do I see?
150 and five?
At 150 on commission, five do I see?
At £150, I'm selling.
On commission at £150.
-There you are!
That is amazing, isn't it?
-That's a real collector who went for those.
-Someone with a great sense of humour.
What a terrific result,
selling for over twice the lower estimate.
We've had a super first half to our auction
and I can't wait to tell Annette and Andrena
just how much we've raised so far.
We've sold everything.
One item sold at £5 less than our lowest estimate,
everything else has either been on the nose, in the middle, or way above!
-So how much do you think you've made?
-I don't know.
Well, I'll tell you.
So far we're up to £351!
Wow, well done.
And we've still got stuff to go.
We've still got the dolphin table, that's still to come
and a lot of other bits and pieces as well.
Shall we go and have a bit of a rest?
I think Annette and Andrena
could do with a bit of a break after all that excitement.
If you're thinking of heading off to auction,
then do remember that fees like commission will be added to your bill.
So it's worth checking the small print with your local auction house to avoid any surprises later.
As the auction continues here in Derby,
we resume our places just in time for our next lot.
It's the silver salver which Paul valued at £70 to £120.
What a quality item. Have you ever used it?
Occasionally, yes, we did. When we had drinks parties we'd carry them in.
These were used by butlers,
when people came to the house you would leave your business card in them.
-He used to dress up as a butler.
-Did he really?
Lot number 100.
A good lot. Elizabeth II salver in George III style.
It's Walker and Hall, one of the best makes in Sheffield.
-I have got 11 bids...
..Popular lot and it starts at £180...
-..180, 190 now.
At £180, 190 do I see?
At 180, 190,
At £200, 10 do I see?
At £200, a great lot and selling.
It was worth getting dressed up as the butler for that!
A fabulous start to our second half of the sale.
The Derbyshire bidders do seem very appreciative of Annette's items
and long may it continue.
I know the sale of our next item
is really going to tug at the heartstrings.
All aboard for the captain's chair
that Annette's late husband, Derek, so adored.
-Lots of happy memories with it?
-Are you still certain you want it to go?
-Yes, I think so.
We've got a pretty good price on it, haven't we?
The more I look at it, the nicer it seems to get.
It's a real quality, comfortable chair
and there's been quite a bit of interest around it.
So let's hope that relates to some buyers. I think it's a good price.
Lot number 110 is the leather swivel armchair.
Buttoned and studded green leather, very, very handsome chair indeed.
We have four bids on commission. I can start at £150, 160 do I see?
At £150, 160 now.
At 160, 170, 180,
210 with me, 220 do I see?
..Commission 240 now.
240 new place.
250, 260, 270.
At 270 on commission, 280 now.
At 270. All done at 270.
-Worth every penny.
Yeah, what a fantastic thing. Derek would be very pleased.
-He would. Fantastic.
-He would be pleased.
I'm so pleased for Annette
that her husband's chair reached such a terrific price.
Seeing as Derek's nickname was The Captain,
I think he'd have been pleased with that impressive result, too.
Our next item was originally one of a pair
when we found it at Annette's home.
If you ask me, it's looking a bit lonely
as she left the other one at home.
-You left one of the dolphin tables behind, why was that?
Sentimental value. I really couldn't part with that one.
-So it's staying?
-100 to 140 on it?
That was the original estimate for the two dolphin tables that we had.
Now we only have one so we'll see how much it goes for.
But it's quite a nice painted top, isn't it?
Lot 120 is the modern circular mahogany tripod table.
Leather top with jumping dolphins in waves.
At £100, please.
£100? £100 for it?
50, then, £50?
£50 for it. £40? £40?
-I'll take it home.
-A little bit too much, I think.
-Didn't want to part with it?
Not really, no.
That's a bit of good news, then.
So the dolphin table will go back to Doncaster with Annette
and take up its rightful place
alongside the one that stayed behind.
Annette may be happy taking that home,
but the no-sale isn't helping our total.
We could do with our next item grabbing the bidders' attention.
Fortunately, it's the lovely mahogany side table
and Paul is quite a fan.
OK, now it's the turn of the proper antique.
It's a 19th century mahogany side table.
It should be in a living room in pride of place on show.
We are looking for about 100 to 150 for this, a real antique.
Lot 130 is a 19th century mahogany side table.
It's a lovely table, George III table.
It's about 1810, 1820, it's a good colour.
-We've got three bids on commission...
-Three bids already!
..Start with £130, 140 do I see?
At 140, 150, 160, 170, 180.
170 on commission, 180 now.
At £170, 180? A very popular lot throughout the view.
At 170, 180 do I see?
170 on commission, and selling at 170.
-I can't believe it.
Who said antiques were out of fashion? Fantastic.
-That means we're still in fashion, then!
-What do you mean, "Exactly"?
You just watch what you say, Paul. Cheeky blighter.
But that last sale has put us right back on track
and the target is well within our sights,
which is just as well, as we only have one lot to go.
It's that landscape by an unknown artist.
Paul stuck his neck out with his estimate on this one of £120,
so this could be interesting.
You have an awful lot of paintings in your house.
-Was it difficult to decide which one you were going to bring to auction today?
-It was, really.
So what made you decide on this one, which is that rather nice summer landscape with figures.
That one just didn't rock my boat as much as the others, I'm afraid.
That's a pretty good reason.
It's quite difficult to put a price on something like this, isn't it?
Especially when you don't know who the artist is.
Exactly. I valued this, really, on the appearance,
a very attractive painting.
But it says in the catalogue "indistinctly signed".
We don't know the artist is, so we put it in as a very visual picture.
£120 to £160, but that signature...
Unfortunately, we can't make out who he is.
Lot 140 is the Continental School 20th century summer landscape.
I have got interest here.
It starts with me at £30.
40, 50, 60, 70, 80.
80, 90, 90, 100.
At £100 near the dresser. 110, 110 new place.
120, 130, 140,
150 in the centre of the room, 160 now.
In the centre of the room, we're selling. All done at £150.
-There you go, how is that?
So a good choice by Annette to sell
and a good judgment call on the value from Paul.
'It's been quite a day with Annette and Andrena,
'but even without Moliath,
'how much have we raised so far towards that holiday?'
You've had a great day today, you two, haven't you?
-It's been absolutely brilliant.
-It's been quite exciting.
It's been fantastic. Wonderful.
How have we done? £1,000 was what you wanted.
With all those things missing...
what you've made is...
I can't believe it!
How are you going to celebrate?
I'm going to crack the champagne when we get home.
-Even before you get on a cruise?
That's a great result, Paul,
considering we left things behind?
Exactly. All eyes are going to be on that statue
to see exactly how it does.
The auctioneer is quite excited
and he's done you a real favour, he's put it to one side
and that's going into a fine art sale.
I hope it does really well.
It's been a few weeks since the girls' big day at auction
and Annette has been enjoying the fruits of their labour.
She's just returned from a trip to the States
where she was reunited with her old pen-pal.
It was marvellous to see Leah again.
It was so exciting because that's the first time I've been over there.
We also had three nights in Las Vegas, which was a bit expensive
because we couldn't keep off the slot machines,
but it was like being in La-La Land, really.
Plus, there's more good news for Annette.
Her enigmatic statute, Moliath, was entered into a fine art sale.
She totally stole the show, selling for an incredible £4,400.
As a result, Annette is now busy planning a world tour
with her two sisters and brother-in-law, Peter.
Well, someone needs to keep an eye on them.
I am excited.
I can't believe how quick it's coming round.
Visiting some fantastic places, it's going to be absolutely superb.
Yes, Cash In The Attic has been fantastic.
We've had quite a bit of fun doing it, raised some money,
and it's provided me with two fantastic holidays.
One to Texas,
and a little bit towards the world cruise in January.
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Angela Rippon visits South Yorkshire to meet Annette Norton who has collected some truly fascinating antiques over the years, including a spooky stone statue called Moliath. The sale of the items will help to fund a world cruise for Annette and her sisters.