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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

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and then sells them at auction.

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It's really sad when a life partner dies and leaves you on your own.

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It's tough, especially when it comes to making decisions by yourself.

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What happens if you decide you're going to downsize?

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There are things you're going to have to keep

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and others you're going to have to part with.

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And it's difficult deciding which ones should go,

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especially when many of them have sentimental associations.

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But those are the problems facing a lady

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I'm about to meet on Cash In The Attic.

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Coming up on Cash In The Attic...

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Some rather cheeky 20th cartoons.

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You've quite a few risque ones here!

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We'll have to put some sticky tape on at the auction. Censored!

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Our expert shows off his knowledge of 18th century sculpture.

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I can tell you what it is, it's a statue!

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And unexpected interest in '70s silver at auction.

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-I've got 11 bids.

-11 bids.

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But will we still be smiling at the end of the day?

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You'll see when we crack that gavel.

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Today I'm on the outskirts of Doncaster where I'm about to

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meet a lady called Annette who has called in the team to help her

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raise money for two special trips.

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Keen calligrapher Annette Norton left school at 15 to join

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her parents, who worked for Sheffield Steel.

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Later jobs found her in a stockbrokers and at Midland Bank

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and in 1980 she married Derek Norton,

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a notable figure in the British steel industry,

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who sadly died in 2008.

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Joining Annette today at her Doncaster home is her youngest sister, Andrena.

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The two share fond memories of childhood holidays caravanning in Bridlington.

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But Annette is planning a trip that's somewhat more adventurous.

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She's called in the Cash team to help.

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-Hi, Annette! And this is one of your sisters.

-This is Andrena.

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-You've another sister as well.

-Yes, Arlene.

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Your mum must have had a sense of humour calling the three of you with As.

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All ADs, actually. Andrena Diane, Annette Delicia and Arlene Denise!

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-That must have led to complications!

-It did a little.

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It did when I was younger.

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I was the first one in from school so the post arrived

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and anything address to Miss AD Clark, I opened them!

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-So, I knew what the boyfriends were saying before they did.

-She did.

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-And you still stayed friends.

-We did.

-Amazing.

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-You're going to help us today.

-I'll try.

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So why, Annette have you called in Cash In The Attic?

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We're hoping a world cruise with the family

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and visit my pen friend of 58 years.

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-I've never been over to see her.

-Where is she?

-She's in Texas.

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-Fantastic. How much you think that's going to cost? Quite a lot.

-A lot.

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How much do we hope to raise today towards that?

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-Hopefully about £1,000.

-Well, I've brought just the man for the job.

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It's Paul Hayes and I know he's already started

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looking for things we can take to auction.

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Why don't you go and see what you can find and we'll meet Paul?

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Great!

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With two rather expensive holidays on the cards,

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£1,000 should be just the ticket so let's hope

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we can find enough goodies around the house to make it happen.

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Our expert, Paul Hayes, is a bit of a bloodhound with

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a good nose for antiques. Nearly 30 years in the business

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has taught him to follow a lead, to canine-themed etchings like these.

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There we are. Here's Paul. I told you he'd be hard at work all ready.

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-What have you found?

-Some risque pictures. Cover your eyes, ladies.

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Where did these come from?

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My husband, Derek, was chairman of a company in Sheffield

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and a member of the board bought these for him.

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One at a time, each year, for his birthday.

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He thought they resembled the board members.

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-So, if that's the board of directors, which one is Derek?

-The bulldog!

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Who else could it possibly be?

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But these are quite famous cartoons, aren't they?

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Yeah, these were popular in the 1920s and 1930s.

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There were two artists, one called Hubert and one called O'Klein.

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You've got the O'Klein version.

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But they all capture this 1920/1930s French Parisian scene.

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The days of decadence, jazz, that sort of thing.

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They're always doing toilet humour. There's all sorts of humour. Could you translate that for me?

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It's colloquial French but what he's saying is, "Oh, to be a free dog!"

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You've got all these little dogs that aren't on leads

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chasing this rather attractive little bitch here.

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-Unfortunately, he's got the lead on and can't join them.

-Right.

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That's the tamest of the ones I've seen.

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They are quite valuable, aren't they?

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Yes, they're very collectible.

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The more risque they are, the more desirable they tend to be.

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And you've got quite a few risque ones here!

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I'll put some sticky tape on at the auction. Censored!

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Joking apart, you have a set of five here. I'd say around the £100 mark.

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70-100 will give them a chance.

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-Hopefully somebody will want to spend a penny!

-Oh, Paul!

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-And it's so early in the day.

-I know! Sorry about that!

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No time for comfort breaks, Paul,

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if we want to send Annette and her sisters around the world.

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Andrena has been hard at work and thinks this 19th century

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mahogany side table might be worth our consideration.

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It used to belong to Annette's mother-in-law and Paul reckons

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it could fetch in the region of £100 to £150 at auction.

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Paul, can you look at this?

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What have you got? Oh, I wasn't expecting that!

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Look at that! So, who plays the saxophone?

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Well, Derek was trying to learn to play.

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What sort of music did he like, rock and roll or jazz?

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He really liked all kinds of music. A broad spectrum of different things.

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Well, this is a very versatile instrument.

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It was designed for military bands, military brass bands.

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Of course, you'd have to be heard over the noise of the drums.

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It's a very loud instrument.

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The 1930s and '40s, we get the jazz era and rock and roll.

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It's wonderful - I think Buddy Holly, True Love Ways and Bill Haley,

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Rock Around The Clock, saxophones, wonderful stuff.

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The basic concept is it's a reed instrument.

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If I get the end piece here. In here would be a little reed.

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Of course, it uses the vibrations on this reed to create the sound.

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That's then amplified and affected by these buttons. Very clever.

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-Is it something you wanted to take up yourself?

-No, I don't think so.

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It's boxed, in mint condition

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and I imagine it's been quite expensive when bought.

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To give it a chance at auction I'd like to put it in with

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an estimate of less than £100.

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If I said £60 to £100 as an estimate and go from there.

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-How does that sound?

-Yes, fine.

-Is that music to your ears?

-Yes!

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I hope that Paul is right and the saxophone hits all the right notes on sale day.

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He started at 70!

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As our rummage continues, I notice more of the wonderful things Annette has collected.

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I'd like to know more about her -

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the distant pen-pal she mentioned and those childhood holidays with her sisters.

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We can take the weight off our feet for five minutes.

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The thing I love about you three sisters is you're going on this cruise together

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but you've grown up being really close.

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Yes, we have.

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All our younger lives especially. As we've got older we've

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not seen quite as much of each other but we do get on well.

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And you always went on holiday together?

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We did, we had some great times. We went to Bridlington every year

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for the same two weeks every year.

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-In a converted bus.

-Yes! We lived for two weeks in a converted bus.

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-Whose was the bus?

-It was somebody on the camp-site.

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I'm not sure how Mum and Dad found it.

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-It was great.

-Everybody else stayed in beautiful caravans. We stayed in a bus!

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THEY LAUGH

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Annette, tell me about this pen-pal of yours

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because you've been writing to each other since you were seven.

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Yes. We started writing to each other because a girl from America

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came into my class at school and she was a friend of hers.

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I joined in and wrote to her.

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And over the years she's been to visit me twice

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but I've never felt able to go over there.

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I'm making the effort this year and I'll visit.

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When you actually met, there must have been a moment when

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-you thought in spite of all this, am I going to like her?

-True!

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Yes, there was.

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But as it happened, we were an instant click.

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Tell me about this holiday, whose idea was it that you were going to go together?

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It was mine, I'm afraid!

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I retire this year so we were talking about the fact we'd follow

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it through and I'd do this world cruise

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so they decided they would come along and spoil it for me!

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-So, we need that £1,000 to get you on your way.

-We certainly do.

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Well, I think Paul has been quite busy finding things to take to auction.

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-Shall we see how he's doing?

-Yes.

-Good idea.

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It looks a bit drizzly outside.

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Here in the lounge, Paul can't resist finding Annette's favourite

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creatures of the deep.

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Presents from colleagues of her husband who knew of her love

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for dolphins - this pair of decorative tables will

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hopefully entertain the bidders for £100 to £140

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without the auctioneer jumping through too many hoops!

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Don't blink! I think she just moved.

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Perhaps she wants a brolly.

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Angela, we've had this statue in the garden for quite some time

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and I'm thinking maybe I should move it on.

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What do you think?

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It's rather splendid. Shall we have a look?

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-Yes.

-Oh, hang on! It's pouring with rain out there. Paul!

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-Uh-huh!

-Can you come and join us?

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-Hello.

-Paul, you see out there in the garden?

-I do.

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There's this lovely statue. Would you like to go and take a look at it?

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I think I would.

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-Bleurgh!

-While he's having a look at it, where does it come from?

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She was actually in an apartment that Derek was living in,

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in Sheffield, when I first knew him.

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-And...

-Where, in an apartment, would you keep that?

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She was actually in the entrance hall.

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The first time we moved into our own house.

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She moved into the garden. And there's she's been ever since.

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Each time we move, she's moved with us.

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But, unfortunately, the last move, she did get some damage.

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-To the hand?

-To the hand, yes.

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And, I stuck her back together with super glue but...

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One or two pieces were still missing.

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Why have you kept her, though? What was the sentimental value?

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We thought she was lucky. And so, wherever we went, she came with us.

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And we called her Moliath. We gave her a name.

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-Moliath!

-So, Moliath moved everywhere.

-Instead of Goliath?

-Correct.

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-Paul! Do you want to come and tell us about the statue then?

-Well...

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I'll tell you what it is. It's a statue.

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It's quite a nice one, actually.

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Have you ever had it valued before?

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Some years ago we did send her to auction.

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And we regretted it. So...

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We decided to fetch her back instead of letting the sale go through.

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-So, how long have you had it yourself?

-30 years.

-OK.

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-Was it new then...?

-No, no!

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-No.

-Right.

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If I said, sort of 300 to 500, how does that sound?

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Fine! Yeah, great.

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-Moliath, you're going to a new home.

-Moliath?!

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-Yes, Moliath. I'll tell you later. Shall we go and see what else we can find?

-Right.

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Here's hoping lucky Moliath's patina is pretty enough for bidders at the auction.

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Time to find Andrena again.

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Scouring the kitchen, she's found these shop scales -

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inherited from Derek's mother.

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They were made by Avery, an old West Midlands company.

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And they're marked with imperial measurements.

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The weighty reading of £40 to £60 takes us

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closer to our target.

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As we continue sorting through Annette's vases and ornaments, dotted around the place,

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this lady writer reminds me there's something surely missing from Derek's old office.

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No time for slacking. Come on! This is nice, isn't it?

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-It is. It's beautiful.

-Look at that!

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-Now then, so what does Annette use this for?

-It was in Derek's office.

-OK.

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-So it's surplus now to requirements.

-It is now, yes.

-It's a type of captain's chair.

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-Have you heard of that expression before?

-I haven't.

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Oddly enough, that was Derek's nickname.

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-Was it really?

-The Captain!

-The Captain!

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-Right, it's really suitable, isn't it?

-Absolutely!

-It's quite modern.

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I'd say you're looking maybe '70s, '80s - maybe a bit more modern than that.

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They swivel around. You can imagine a sea captain who is able to get at all his controls

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and his wheel and so on. That's where the inspiration comes from.

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And in about 1840/1850, they started to produce this wonderful, quilted leather.

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Everything was stuffed and comfortable.

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They had these shorter arms for the simple reason,

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if you're a Victorian lady and you had crinoline dresses,

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all your dress would be able to wrap around the sides here.

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But, it's in remarkable condition. It's hardly been used.

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-It is - it's beautiful.

-So, is it sentimental?

-No, I don't think so.

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If I said, at auction, maybe £150 to £200, how does that sound?

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-That sounds OK to me.

-OK. Let's keep looking.

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I'm sure the captain won't mind if we send his old chair to auction.

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Or any of the items that Annette has amassed

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while pottering about in antique shops over the years.

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For instance, this landscape was found in a box of odds and ends 40 years ago.

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The signature is unclear but Paul still thinks that,

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due to the quality, condition and the scene, it could do well.

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He values it at a very promising £120 to £160.

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Now, I've found some other framed pictures, which bear closer examination.

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Here's Annette and her hubby enjoying an ice cream together.

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with him beaming that lovely broad grin.

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But, back in his days as a hero of the steel industry strikes,

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Derek "Dan" Norton was occasionally depicted rather more humorously.

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Annette, this cartoon, by Mac, that appeared in the Daily Mail,

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is proof that Derek wasn't just a very important character in your life.

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-He was a major figure in the industrial life of the Midlands.

-He was, yes.

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Of course, he was chairman of Hadfields, the steel company where

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a lot of the trouble happened when the steel strike was going ahead in 1980.

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Just remind us about what happened in that strike?

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Um, well, he did refuse to pay any taxes to the Government whilst the strike was on.

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He was going to... Eventually he knew he would have to pay.

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But he was going to write the cheque on a billet - on a steel billet.

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-That's one of the very big pieces of steel.

-Yeah.

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He was going to deliver it to the Inland Revenue on a truck.

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But the bailiffs beat him to it.

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-They came in to obviously demand the money, or goods.

-Hence the caption here.

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"Mrs Thatcher has sent an envoy, Sir,

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"to persuade you to carry on paying your taxes."

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There's our Henry. Henry Cooper.

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-Yes.

-That's Derek, of course.

-Absolutely!

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I've looked around the house and there are wonderful photographs everywhere.

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-In every one, he's got a big smile on his face.

-Yes.

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-Always! He was always smiling.

-He did become very ill towards the end of his life.

-He did, I'm afraid, yes.

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He was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

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Like most people, you don't take it very seriously.

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But eventually he did lose a leg. And it overtook him in the end.

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But he was always cheerful - always cheerful! Never moaned.

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He'd just got on with it and still did some work.

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Well, we want to make that cruise very special for you.

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We got £1,000 to raise towards it, so...

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-Shall we go and see what Paul and your sister have been up to?

-Good idea!

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'Derek was clearly an exceptional man.'

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In the Doncaster home he shared with Annette, there are plenty more reminders of him.

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This silver salver belonged to him before he met Annette.

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It carries no special sentimental value.

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It was made by the Sheffield silversmiths, Walker and Hall.

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And the hallmark is 1977. Paul is impressed

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and values it at a very pleasing £70 to £120.

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Andrena!

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Ah, now then, who's this chess set?

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I believe it came from South Africa.

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-It was a present from a friend of Derek's.

-Are you a chess lover?

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Yes, I can play but I'm not very good.

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I know a lot of people who have chess sets just like this

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and they never, ever get used.

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But they make a fantastic present for somebody, don't they?

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Well, it's a fantastic game but it dates back to the 16th century

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and it's from India

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and it used to be different armies were represented by different pieces.

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But there's all different types of varieties of these.

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Sometimes you get them solid ivory.

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I've seen stone ones with all sorts of enamel work on them.

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This one will be African.

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And it's made from lignum vitae. Have you heard of that before?

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-Never.

-Right, well it's the densest wood known to man.

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It's almost like ebony

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but it has these little bits of white fleck in it.

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-Can you see that?

-Yes.

-And it's the only wood that actually sinks.

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If I said 25, up to about 45,

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does that sound all right to you?

0:17:530:17:56

-It does to me.

-Great. It's your move.

0:17:560:17:58

Come on, let's keep looking.

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Annette never played chess at all,

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so selling it is indeed a good move.

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A step closer perhaps to a grand master target?

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In this display cabinet, I spy a delicate Japanese tea set,

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which Annette bought for £30 in 1982.

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Paul values it still at around £30 to £40.

0:18:140:18:16

-Now then, Annette, I wanted to ask you about this clock.

-Yes.

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Is this really sentimental or can this go?

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-Um, it is sentimental, but it can go.

-Right, I see.

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-So, is it a family heirloom?

-Er, no.

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I bought it from an antique shop for Derek one Christmas.

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-And how long ago was that?

-That would be around 1980, '81.

0:18:350:18:40

This is a very old clock, actually.

0:18:400:18:41

Have you got any idea how old this is?

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-I was told it was around 1700 and something?

-Well, you're dead right there.

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This dates from the middle to the late 18th century

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and we can tell that because of the square dial.

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By the year 1800, and throughout the 19th century,

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all the grandfather clocks tended to have this arch dial.

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Sometimes you'll see a sun and moon or a different effect on the top.

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The way to tell a good clock is how often you need to actually wind it up.

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Now, if I just open it up, it has two weights.

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That tells me that it runs for eight days.

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It only needs winding up once a week.

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Whereas with one weight, it needs winding up every day.

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And it is in good condition. There's no sort of cracks or splits or anything.

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It's a nice, solid oak. It's a Georgian piece.

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But this one looks like it's been cut down to go into a smaller place.

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If you have a look at the feet, that should actually sit off the ground, not dead flat like that.

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And on here would be a finial, and of course that would've been too tall, so it's been reduced slightly in height.

0:19:320:19:37

Are you sure you want to part with it?

0:19:370:19:40

Um, I think so, yes.

0:19:400:19:43

-OK. Well, if I said between 400 and £600, how does that sound?

-Mmm.

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Is that a little less than you were expecting?

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Can we hit it in the middle?

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I wouldn't like to take less than 500, I think.

0:19:520:19:54

-So we'll put a reserve of 500?

-Yes.

-OK, we'll give that a go.

0:19:540:19:57

-Do I hear £500?

-You certainly do.

0:19:570:20:00

-Well, for the clock?

-For the clock, yes.

0:20:010:20:03

-That's splendid-looking... were you with your sister when she bought this?

-I was.

0:20:030:20:07

So how do you feel about it leaving the house?

0:20:070:20:09

I won't to be sorry to see it go.

0:20:090:20:11

-I take it it's not your taste then?

-No!

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Someone who'll be happy to see the bidding go up,

0:20:150:20:17

-but £500 you're going to put on as a reserve?

-I think so, yes.

0:20:170:20:21

OK, if we add that to all of the other things that he's looked at today

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and again take the lowest estimate...

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Well, you want to raise £1,000, but if all goes well at auction,

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we should be able to make at least £1,565.

0:20:320:20:35

-Oh, wow.

-That's great.

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And that is only his lowest estimate,

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so if we get more than that for any of the items, then,

0:20:410:20:44

going to Las Vegas will be a treat, darling.

0:20:440:20:47

-Marvellous.

-Fantastic.

0:20:490:20:50

We've had great fun here in Doncaster with sisters Annette and Andrena,

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finding a splendid variety of items to go to auction.

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There's the rather cheeky set of dog prints

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that might tickle the bidders' fancy at 70 to £100.

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The splendid captain's chair, which Annette's husband adored.

0:21:050:21:08

We're hoping the bidders will love it too and pay upwards of £150.

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And my particular favourite, Moliath, that enigmatic statue.

0:21:130:21:19

She's been a firm fixture in Annette's life,

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but she's leaving the garden for good

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with an estimate of 300 to £500.

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I've got no doubt she's going to be the centre of attention again.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic...

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The bidders are queuing up to get their hands on our items.

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260. 270. 280. Up 270, on commission, 280 now.

0:21:380:21:44

-As for others, we'd struggle to give them away.

-£40?

0:21:440:21:48

-I'll take it home.

-A little bit too much, I think.

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So, will we make that all-important target? Be there when the hammer falls.

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You join me now at Bamford's Auctioneers in Derby,

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where I'm waiting to meet up with Annette and her sister Andrena.

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It's almost two weeks since we joined them

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at Annette's home just outside Doncaster.

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And I have to say, I was fascinated

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to hear about the career of her late husband in the steel industry

0:22:170:22:21

and to join with her in the excitement of the world cruise

0:22:210:22:25

she's planning with the whole family. So let's hope that her items

0:22:250:22:28

really appeal to the bidders today and that they'll help us

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to make that £1,000 target.

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Bamford's Auctioneers hold a general sale in Derby several times a month

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and there's always a rich variety of items on offer.

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Today is no exception.

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Now, one man who enjoys the cut and thrust of the sale room

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is our expert, Paul Hayes.

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Paul, I know that Annette had a real fascination for dolphins, didn't she?

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The house was full of them.

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Yes. I think she's a bit loath to part with them actually,

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because I realise there's only one dolphin table here

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and there should be two so unless one swam away somewhere...

0:23:030:23:05

And made a swim for it, yes.

0:23:050:23:07

She had some terrific items in the house.

0:23:070:23:09

I have to say, I think one of the most unusual to get here

0:23:090:23:12

is that enormous garden statue.

0:23:120:23:13

It certainly is. I don't know how it's got here,

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but I have seen it, so it's in one piece, which is great.

0:23:150:23:18

It's such a difficult thing to value, those items,

0:23:180:23:21

but let's see how it goes.

0:23:210:23:22

I know it will be music to your ears if we sell that saxophone today.

0:23:220:23:25

Yes, that's a great instrument, almost in brand new condition,

0:23:250:23:28

but I can't get a note out of it at all.

0:23:280:23:30

Hopefully it will raise quite a few notes when it goes under the hammer.

0:23:300:23:33

Let's go and see Annette. I think she's just arrived with her sister.

0:23:330:23:36

Paul is confident of a successful day

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and while Annette and Andrena have been saying goodbye to Moliath,

0:23:390:23:42

Paul and I have received some unexpected news from the auctioneer.

0:23:420:23:45

I think the girls are going to want to hear this.

0:23:450:23:48

-Hey.

-You're taking a final look at Moliath, aren't you?

-We are.

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When you came in, didn't I see you sneaking a little kiss

0:23:520:23:55

-on her nose just to say goodbye?

-I did.

0:23:550:23:57

Are you going to miss her then?

0:23:570:23:59

I am, because we've had her a long time. It'll be sad to see her go.

0:23:590:24:02

I have to tell you some bad news, I'm afraid.

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-She's not going to be sold today.

-Why?

0:24:050:24:08

But there's good news as to why she's not going to be sold. Paul.

0:24:080:24:12

I have some really good news for you, actually. I've had a chat to the auctioneer,

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he's had a bit of time to study this statue and he thinks it's fairly old.

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It could be a genuine item of antiquity.

0:24:190:24:21

It could be a couple of hundred years old, all right?

0:24:210:24:24

-And that makes a big difference to the value.

-Really?

0:24:240:24:27

Now we said 300 to 500,

0:24:270:24:29

but he thinks it could do very well

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and he thinks rather than sell it here today,

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put it into a fine art sale to give it its best chance of getting a bit of promotion.

0:24:330:24:36

-Fantastic.

-What sort of money do we think, Paul?

0:24:360:24:39

-Well, he's talking in the thousands.

-No!

-Straight up, yes.

0:24:390:24:44

We'll book another cruise!

0:24:470:24:49

She may not be being sold today, but we have got

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a lot of other things that are going to go under the hammer.

0:24:530:24:55

You've got the dog pictures behind you there

0:24:550:24:57

and of course, the dolphin tables.

0:24:570:24:59

Now, Paul and I noticed there's only one, when originally there were two.

0:24:590:25:03

Um, I... I didn't want to part with that one.

0:25:030:25:05

It was sentimental value, really.

0:25:050:25:09

So I decided to keep it.

0:25:090:25:11

And Moliath, well she's going to be here for a few weeks yet,

0:25:110:25:14

but that is going to be such an exciting sale,

0:25:140:25:16

-as I hope this one will be, so let's take our places.

-Thank you.

0:25:160:25:20

So, exciting developments there, regarding Moliath.

0:25:210:25:25

But whilst we were carried away with that news,

0:25:250:25:27

Annette forgot to mention that she's also decided

0:25:270:25:30

not to bring her long case clock.

0:25:300:25:33

So, we're now three lots down and stand to lose out by around £750.

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That means that our auction total today, without Moliath,

0:25:380:25:42

is likely to be nearer the £800 mark,

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rather than the £1500 or so that Paul estimated at the house.

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With the auctioneer in position and the sale under way,

0:25:480:25:51

we take our positions in time for an item that did make it to the auction.

0:25:510:25:55

Eyes down, everyone for the stylish African chess set.

0:25:550:25:59

-Did you and your husband ever actually play chess?

-No, I didn't.

0:26:000:26:04

My husband did.

0:26:040:26:05

-And Andrena, you don't play either, do you?

-No, I don't play. Far too boring for me.

0:26:050:26:10

But not a boring price tag, £25?

0:26:100:26:13

Exactly. This is complete, this chess set,

0:26:130:26:15

which is very important. It's very difficult to match up

0:26:150:26:18

and marry up anything missing here. Of course,

0:26:180:26:20

you have a bit of tribal interest,

0:26:200:26:21

but I think it's very well carved. I really like this.

0:26:210:26:24

Lot number 50, 20th century...

0:26:240:26:27

African chess set.

0:26:270:26:28

-Good lot.

-He likes it, doesn't he?

0:26:280:26:32

-And I have got four bids on it.

-Ooh!

-I've got four at £35. 38, I'm bid.

0:26:320:26:37

At £35, and eight now. At £35, 38. 40. 2.

0:26:370:26:42

At £40, on commission and two now.

0:26:420:26:44

At £40, a very pretty lot indeed. Two, do I see? One more? Two.

0:26:440:26:49

45. 48.

0:26:490:26:50

Selling at £45, eight do I see?

0:26:500:26:54

At 45, on commission and selling. At 45. 48 bid.

0:26:540:26:57

At 48 to the right. 50 now.

0:26:570:26:59

At £48, all done and selling? At £48.

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-48.

-Yes!

-Fantastic.

-Well done.

0:27:040:27:06

You've never been to an auction before, have you?

0:27:060:27:09

-Are you enjoying it?

-I am. It's great. Absolutely fantastic.

0:27:090:27:14

-Is it the first time for both of you?

-Yes, absolutely.

0:27:140:27:17

Now, just keep your hands to yourself.

0:27:170:27:19

Get excited but don't bid for anything.

0:27:190:27:21

Well, that's certainly how we like to kick off a day at auction.

0:27:240:27:27

£3 above top estimate

0:27:270:27:29

and our first contribution towards the holiday fund.

0:27:290:27:32

Let's hope our good fortune continues

0:27:320:27:34

with the sale of our second lot. It's the Japanese eggshell tea set.

0:27:340:27:39

OK, something very, very delicate now.

0:27:390:27:41

It's that beautiful Japanese tea service.

0:27:410:27:43

Nicely painted and it's a cracker.

0:27:430:27:45

-Was this like a family heirloom?

-Um, I bought it myself in Scarborough.

0:27:450:27:50

From Scarborough. Not very exotic, was it?

0:27:500:27:53

I thought with all the travel that you and Derek did,

0:27:530:27:56

you might have gone to Japan just to buy it.

0:27:560:27:58

I wish we had.

0:27:580:28:00

Early 20th century Japanese eggshell tea service.

0:28:000:28:03

And £30, please. £30. 20 then. £20?

0:28:030:28:07

15 then, let's start it. 15 bid. 18 now. 18. 20. 20? Two.

0:28:070:28:13

25? At 22 in centre five now. £22 and five, do I see? 25. 28.

0:28:130:28:21

At £25 now. All done at 25?

0:28:220:28:26

I could see people rubbing their noses but they weren't bidding, I'm afraid,

0:28:260:28:30

they were just rubbing their noses!

0:28:300:28:33

So lots of fidgeting going on in the crowd. But not a lot of buying.

0:28:330:28:40

Can our next item register a few more pounds?

0:28:400:28:44

They were terrific, did you actually use them when you were cooking?

0:28:440:28:47

I did, yes.

0:28:470:28:49

I use them all the time. So I'll have to get some new ones.

0:28:490:28:52

She's a very good cook, isn't she?

0:28:520:28:54

She is a good cook, she's an excellent cook.

0:28:540:28:56

-But she needs some modern scales, electronic ones.

-Take her shopping. Let's see how they do.

0:28:560:29:01

Lot number 70 is a set of 1970s or early '80s Avery shop scales

0:29:010:29:07

and we have got two bids on them.

0:29:070:29:10

We'll start at £32. Five, do I see?

0:29:100:29:13

35. 38. 40.

0:29:130:29:16

At £40, 42 at the back. 45, 48.

0:29:160:29:20

Yes?

0:29:200:29:22

48.

0:29:220:29:24

And 50?

0:29:240:29:25

-Go on.

-At 48. Shake of the head at £48. 50 now.

0:29:250:29:28

At £48, all done and selling at 48?

0:29:280:29:32

-I think you can afford a new pair of scales.

-Absolutely. Good idea.

0:29:330:29:37

And that's another good result,

0:29:370:29:40

selling mid-estimate.

0:29:400:29:42

And we've broken through the £100 barrier.

0:29:420:29:44

Just a few hundred pounds more to go.

0:29:440:29:48

Next it's the turn of Derek's saxophone,

0:29:480:29:50

which is in such good condition,

0:29:500:29:52

it looks as if it's never been played.

0:29:520:29:55

Did Derek ever actually learn how to play it?

0:29:550:29:58

He did take lessons, but he never really mastered it.

0:29:580:30:01

These are very collectable at auction, Paul.

0:30:010:30:04

Isn't that because new musical instruments are so very expensive?

0:30:040:30:07

-So it's really worth buying a good second-hand one?

-Exactly.

0:30:070:30:11

If you're a serious musician, then obviously these cost a fortune.

0:30:110:30:14

This looks like a beginner's saxophone, it's a good maker.

0:30:140:30:17

But I can quite confidently say this will bring £60 to £100.

0:30:170:30:21

But I'm not one to blow my own trumpet!

0:30:210:30:23

Lot number 80.

0:30:230:30:25

It's a Stagg brass saxophone with a strap fitted with a hard case.

0:30:250:30:29

It's a good saxophone, this one.

0:30:290:30:30

We've got three bids...

0:30:300:30:32

-There you go.

-Start at 70...

-He started at 70!

0:30:320:30:35

..At £70 in five, five in two places.

0:30:350:30:37

80. Five, either of you?

0:30:370:30:40

At £80 on commission and five now, at £80 and five do I see?

0:30:400:30:43

In its case, at £80, five now?

0:30:430:30:46

All done at £80.

0:30:460:30:48

Bang in the middle of your estimate, Paul.

0:30:500:30:52

-Fantastic.

-Music to your ears?

0:30:520:30:54

Absolutely, definitely.

0:30:540:30:56

Paul's valuations have been right on the money so far today

0:30:580:31:01

and it looks like our first-time auction-goers

0:31:010:31:04

are enjoying every minute of the sale so far as well.

0:31:040:31:07

The cartoon characters in our next lot

0:31:070:31:09

have raised plenty of smiles whilst on display.

0:31:090:31:12

It's the set of five rather cheeky comic dog prints.

0:31:120:31:15

They were very naughty, weren't they, Annette?

0:31:150:31:18

They were, yes.

0:31:180:31:19

You have to have a sense of humour and it doesn't matter if you can speak the French titles underneath,

0:31:190:31:24

because as long as you've got a sense of humour the cartoons are terrific.

0:31:240:31:28

They are, you can understand what it means.

0:31:280:31:31

-Did Derek have them in his office?

-He did, yes.

0:31:310:31:33

A set of five 20th century comical prints of French dogs.

0:31:330:31:38

I have got seven bids.

0:31:380:31:39

THEY GASP Oh, my God.

0:31:390:31:42

£140.

0:31:420:31:43

EXCITED CHATTER

0:31:430:31:45

At 140, 150 now.

0:31:450:31:47

At £140, 150 do I see?

0:31:470:31:49

150 and five?

0:31:490:31:51

At 150 on commission, five do I see?

0:31:510:31:54

At £150, I'm selling.

0:31:540:31:57

On commission at £150.

0:31:570:32:00

THEY LAUGH

0:32:000:32:01

-There you are!

-Amazing.

0:32:010:32:03

That is amazing, isn't it?

0:32:030:32:05

-That's great.

-That's a real collector who went for those.

-Exactly.

0:32:050:32:09

-Someone with a great sense of humour.

-Absolutely.

0:32:090:32:11

What a terrific result,

0:32:110:32:15

selling for over twice the lower estimate.

0:32:150:32:18

We've had a super first half to our auction

0:32:180:32:20

and I can't wait to tell Annette and Andrena

0:32:200:32:22

just how much we've raised so far.

0:32:220:32:25

We've sold everything.

0:32:250:32:27

One item sold at £5 less than our lowest estimate,

0:32:270:32:30

everything else has either been on the nose, in the middle, or way above!

0:32:300:32:34

-So how much do you think you've made?

-I don't know.

0:32:340:32:36

Well, I'll tell you.

0:32:360:32:38

So far we're up to £351!

0:32:380:32:41

Wow, well done.

0:32:410:32:43

And we've still got stuff to go.

0:32:430:32:46

We've still got the dolphin table, that's still to come

0:32:460:32:49

and a lot of other bits and pieces as well.

0:32:490:32:52

Shall we go and have a bit of a rest?

0:32:520:32:53

I think Annette and Andrena

0:32:530:32:56

could do with a bit of a break after all that excitement.

0:32:560:33:00

If you're thinking of heading off to auction,

0:33:000:33:02

then do remember that fees like commission will be added to your bill.

0:33:020:33:06

So it's worth checking the small print with your local auction house to avoid any surprises later.

0:33:060:33:11

As the auction continues here in Derby,

0:33:130:33:15

we resume our places just in time for our next lot.

0:33:150:33:17

It's the silver salver which Paul valued at £70 to £120.

0:33:170:33:23

What a quality item. Have you ever used it?

0:33:240:33:27

Occasionally, yes, we did. When we had drinks parties we'd carry them in.

0:33:270:33:32

These were used by butlers,

0:33:320:33:34

when people came to the house you would leave your business card in them.

0:33:340:33:37

-He used to dress up as a butler.

-Did he really?

0:33:370:33:40

Lot number 100.

0:33:400:33:42

A good lot. Elizabeth II salver in George III style.

0:33:420:33:46

It's Walker and Hall, one of the best makes in Sheffield.

0:33:460:33:50

-I have got 11 bids...

-11 bids!

0:33:500:33:52

..Popular lot and it starts at £180...

0:33:520:33:55

-180!

-..180, 190 now.

0:33:550:33:59

At £180, 190 do I see?

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At 180, 190,

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200, 210.

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At £200, 10 do I see?

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At £200, a great lot and selling.

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At 200.

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That's fantastic.

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It was worth getting dressed up as the butler for that!

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A fabulous start to our second half of the sale.

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The Derbyshire bidders do seem very appreciative of Annette's items

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and long may it continue.

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I know the sale of our next item

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is really going to tug at the heartstrings.

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All aboard for the captain's chair

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that Annette's late husband, Derek, so adored.

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-Lots of happy memories with it?

-Absolutely.

-Are you still certain you want it to go?

-Yes, I think so.

0:34:390:34:46

Yeah.

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We've got a pretty good price on it, haven't we?

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The more I look at it, the nicer it seems to get.

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It's a real quality, comfortable chair

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and there's been quite a bit of interest around it.

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So let's hope that relates to some buyers. I think it's a good price.

0:34:570:35:01

Lot number 110 is the leather swivel armchair.

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Buttoned and studded green leather, very, very handsome chair indeed.

0:35:040:35:08

We have four bids on commission. I can start at £150, 160 do I see?

0:35:080:35:12

At £150, 160 now.

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At 160, 170, 180,

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190, 200,

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210, 220?

0:35:200:35:21

210 with me, 220 do I see?

0:35:210:35:23

-220, 230...

-Wow, terrific!

-It's amazing.

0:35:230:35:28

..Commission 240 now.

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240 new place.

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250, 260, 270.

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At 270 on commission, 280 now.

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At 270. All done at 270.

0:35:380:35:41

-Amazing!

-Worth every penny.

0:35:410:35:43

Yeah, what a fantastic thing. Derek would be very pleased.

0:35:430:35:46

-He would. Fantastic.

-He would be pleased.

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I'm so pleased for Annette

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that her husband's chair reached such a terrific price.

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Seeing as Derek's nickname was The Captain,

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I think he'd have been pleased with that impressive result, too.

0:35:570:36:01

Our next item was originally one of a pair

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when we found it at Annette's home.

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If you ask me, it's looking a bit lonely

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as she left the other one at home.

0:36:080:36:10

-You left one of the dolphin tables behind, why was that?

-I did.

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Sentimental value. I really couldn't part with that one.

0:36:140:36:16

-So it's staying?

-It's staying.

-100 to 140 on it?

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That was the original estimate for the two dolphin tables that we had.

0:36:190:36:22

Now we only have one so we'll see how much it goes for.

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But it's quite a nice painted top, isn't it?

0:36:250:36:27

Lot 120 is the modern circular mahogany tripod table.

0:36:270:36:31

Leather top with jumping dolphins in waves.

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At £100, please.

0:36:340:36:36

£100? £100 for it?

0:36:360:36:39

50, then, £50?

0:36:390:36:41

£50 for it. £40? £40?

0:36:430:36:46

-No.

-I'll take it home.

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-A little bit too much, I think.

-Didn't want to part with it?

0:36:480:36:51

Not really, no.

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That's a bit of good news, then.

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So the dolphin table will go back to Doncaster with Annette

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and take up its rightful place

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alongside the one that stayed behind.

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Annette may be happy taking that home,

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but the no-sale isn't helping our total.

0:37:080:37:10

We could do with our next item grabbing the bidders' attention.

0:37:100:37:14

Fortunately, it's the lovely mahogany side table

0:37:140:37:17

and Paul is quite a fan.

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OK, now it's the turn of the proper antique.

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It's a 19th century mahogany side table.

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It should be in a living room in pride of place on show.

0:37:240:37:27

We are looking for about 100 to 150 for this, a real antique.

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Lot 130 is a 19th century mahogany side table.

0:37:310:37:34

It's a lovely table, George III table.

0:37:340:37:37

It's about 1810, 1820, it's a good colour.

0:37:370:37:40

-We've got three bids on commission...

-Three bids already!

0:37:400:37:44

..Start with £130, 140 do I see?

0:37:440:37:46

At 140, 150, 160, 170, 180.

0:37:460:37:51

170 on commission, 180 now.

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At £170, 180? A very popular lot throughout the view.

0:37:530:37:57

At 170, 180 do I see?

0:37:570:38:00

170 on commission, and selling at 170.

0:38:000:38:03

-I can't believe it.

-I can't.

0:38:050:38:06

Who said antiques were out of fashion? Fantastic.

0:38:060:38:09

-That means we're still in fashion, then!

-Exactly.

0:38:090:38:12

-What do you mean, "Exactly"?

-Sorry.

0:38:120:38:14

You just watch what you say, Paul. Cheeky blighter.

0:38:140:38:19

But that last sale has put us right back on track

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and the target is well within our sights,

0:38:220:38:24

which is just as well, as we only have one lot to go.

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It's that landscape by an unknown artist.

0:38:270:38:31

Paul stuck his neck out with his estimate on this one of £120,

0:38:310:38:34

so this could be interesting.

0:38:340:38:37

You have an awful lot of paintings in your house.

0:38:370:38:40

-Was it difficult to decide which one you were going to bring to auction today?

-It was, really.

0:38:400:38:44

So what made you decide on this one, which is that rather nice summer landscape with figures.

0:38:440:38:49

That one just didn't rock my boat as much as the others, I'm afraid.

0:38:490:38:53

That's a pretty good reason.

0:38:530:38:55

It's quite difficult to put a price on something like this, isn't it?

0:38:550:38:58

Especially when you don't know who the artist is.

0:38:580:39:01

Exactly. I valued this, really, on the appearance,

0:39:010:39:04

a very attractive painting.

0:39:040:39:05

But it says in the catalogue "indistinctly signed".

0:39:050:39:09

We don't know the artist is, so we put it in as a very visual picture.

0:39:090:39:13

£120 to £160, but that signature...

0:39:130:39:15

Unfortunately, we can't make out who he is.

0:39:150:39:19

Lot 140 is the Continental School 20th century summer landscape.

0:39:190:39:24

I have got interest here.

0:39:240:39:26

It starts with me at £30.

0:39:260:39:30

40, 50, 60, 70, 80.

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80, 90, 90, 100.

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At £100 near the dresser. 110, 110 new place.

0:39:390:39:43

120, 130, 140,

0:39:430:39:47

150, 160.

0:39:470:39:49

150 in the centre of the room, 160 now.

0:39:490:39:52

In the centre of the room, we're selling. All done at £150.

0:39:520:39:56

-£150!

-There you go, how is that?

0:39:560:40:01

So a good choice by Annette to sell

0:40:010:40:04

and a good judgment call on the value from Paul.

0:40:040:40:08

'It's been quite a day with Annette and Andrena,

0:40:080:40:10

'but even without Moliath,

0:40:100:40:12

'how much have we raised so far towards that holiday?'

0:40:120:40:15

You've had a great day today, you two, haven't you?

0:40:150:40:18

-It's been absolutely brilliant.

-It's been quite exciting.

0:40:180:40:21

It's been fantastic. Wonderful.

0:40:210:40:23

How have we done? £1,000 was what you wanted.

0:40:230:40:26

With all those things missing...

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what you've made is...

0:40:280:40:31

£1,141.

0:40:310:40:33

I can't believe it!

0:40:330:40:35

How are you going to celebrate?

0:40:350:40:38

I'm going to crack the champagne when we get home.

0:40:380:40:41

-Even before you get on a cruise?

-Absolutely.

0:40:410:40:44

That's a great result, Paul,

0:40:440:40:46

considering we left things behind?

0:40:460:40:48

Exactly. All eyes are going to be on that statue

0:40:480:40:50

to see exactly how it does.

0:40:500:40:51

The auctioneer is quite excited

0:40:510:40:53

and he's done you a real favour, he's put it to one side

0:40:530:40:56

and that's going into a fine art sale.

0:40:560:40:58

I hope it does really well.

0:40:580:40:59

It's been a few weeks since the girls' big day at auction

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and Annette has been enjoying the fruits of their labour.

0:41:070:41:10

She's just returned from a trip to the States

0:41:100:41:13

where she was reunited with her old pen-pal.

0:41:130:41:16

It was marvellous to see Leah again.

0:41:170:41:19

It was so exciting because that's the first time I've been over there.

0:41:190:41:23

We also had three nights in Las Vegas, which was a bit expensive

0:41:230:41:27

because we couldn't keep off the slot machines,

0:41:270:41:30

but it was like being in La-La Land, really.

0:41:300:41:32

Plus, there's more good news for Annette.

0:41:320:41:36

Her enigmatic statute, Moliath, was entered into a fine art sale.

0:41:360:41:39

She totally stole the show, selling for an incredible £4,400.

0:41:390:41:46

As a result, Annette is now busy planning a world tour

0:41:460:41:49

with her two sisters and brother-in-law, Peter.

0:41:490:41:52

Well, someone needs to keep an eye on them.

0:41:520:41:55

I am excited.

0:41:550:41:56

I can't believe how quick it's coming round.

0:41:560:41:59

Visiting some fantastic places, it's going to be absolutely superb.

0:41:590:42:03

Yes, Cash In The Attic has been fantastic.

0:42:030:42:05

We've had quite a bit of fun doing it, raised some money,

0:42:050:42:10

and it's provided me with two fantastic holidays.

0:42:100:42:14

One to Texas,

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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.