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Antiques series. Angela Rippon and Jonty Hearnden head to Kent to meet Alison Mead and her daughter Emma. Alison hopes to take her children to New York for a dream holiday.


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Welcome to the programme that hunts for hidden treasures in your home

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then sells them with you at auction.

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Very often when you move house, you find that all those things

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that fitted comfortably into the old property just don't quite fit into the new house,

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especially if that home is a lot smaller.

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That's exactly the problem that's facing our family today,

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who are rather hoping that, having called us in,

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once they've had a clear-out, they'll be able to earn some much-needed cash in the attic.

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Coming up on Cash In The Attic, a Hollywood heartthrob

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brings a touch of romance to our rummage.

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He came up and spent time with me, because, as he put in there, he loves me.

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THEY LAUGH

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And is Jonty shaken, not stirred, by this Art Deco drinks cabinet?

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-This was my mother and father's.

-Wow, look at that!

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And, come auction day, Alison is still on the fence

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about a few items.

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-Any second thoughts about it?

-Yes.

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-ANGELA LAUGHS

-That was very unqualified!

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Find out what happens when the hammer falls.

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You join me at Kings Hill near West Malling in Kent,

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and I'm on my way to meet a mother and daughter

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who've recently moved into this brand new estate

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into a new but small house.

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Mum is hoping that, by having a clear-out,

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she'll be able to raise enough money to take her girls on a surprise trip.

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Alison Mead is a busy working mum

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who manages her own successful advertising agency.

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Before having her daughters Emma and Louisa,

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Alison started out in publishing.

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Over the years, Alison made it her mission

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to balance work with family, and through it all,

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the Meads have survived a fair share of family upsets.

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Recently separated from her husband,

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Alison decided to move into a new, smaller home,

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and today it's time to de-clutter and put the money we raise

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with the help of expert Jonty Hearnden to better use.

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Hi, Alison. And Emma, giving Mum a hand with the flowers!

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It's nice to have you in the house today.

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-You're not here normally during the day, are you?

-No, I'm at university.

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-I think you're studying what?

-Psychology.

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-Has she psychoanalysed you, then?

-Oh, yes.

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I won't do that. I'm just going to ask you a simple question.

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Why have you called in Cash In The Attic?

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I've had a problem for about 20 years of not being able to fly.

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Really terrified. So both my daughters have suffered from that,

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cos they've not travelled. So I'd like to be able to go

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and get some help, and they do courses

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that are day courses, and then I'd like to maybe treat my girls

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to a surprise.

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What sort of things are we taking to auction to help pay for all this?

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Some are from the family, and others are from various auctions

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I've been to, any jumble sales...

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-And there's just not room for them in the new house.

-No.

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We've come from a bigger house to a smaller house,

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and you can't have some of the things I've got

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-in a more modern house.

-So we're doing a great thing,

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clearing out the house for you, getting you on one of these courses.

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-How much is this likely to cost?

-I hope to raise about £1,000.

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Obviously if we get more, then, great,

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but about 1,000 would be lovely.

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Well, I brought Jonty Hearnden with me,

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and he's going to take a look at everything you've got

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to see whether or not we can raise that £1,000.

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Shall we go and find him and see what he's managed to root out?

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Come on, then.

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This three-bedroom house may be smaller

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than the last home that Alison lived in,

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but Jonty still has his work cut out.

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Among the collection of books lining the shelves,

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it looks like he's found something particularly noteworthy.

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Jonty, taking time out for a quick read?

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Actually, I was looking for your picture in this book.

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-Why?

-I wondered if you'd be in this David Niven signed book.

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-Ah!

-But you're not.

-Signed to you?

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-Signed to me.

-How did you come by that?

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Well, he came to the publisher's that I worked for,

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Hodder and Stoughton, and I was with him while he did his signing.

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That was one of my jobs to do,

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so he came up and spent time with me,

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cos, as he put in there, he loves me. THEY LAUGH

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-And clearly you were smitten.

-I was, very much so.

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He's a lovely man. Very, very lovely.

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Here we go. We've got the signature just here on the inside.

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So, this was his second book, because the most popular book,

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or the most successful, was this one here,

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The Moon's A Balloon. Bring On The Empty Horses was a sequel to that.

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So we've got these two books,

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but there's also another little special book here.

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-Tell me about this.

-Oh, no. Ronnie Barker -

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another lovely man, very nice, very pleasant man.

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-Now, is this signed?

-Yes.

-Oh, there we go again.

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-And again to me.

-So we've got three books.

-Yes.

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-Are you happy to sell all three?

-Yes.

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I've had them an awful long time, and they just sit in a cupboard.

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-It's time for them to go.

-Jonty, will those famous signatures

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have an effect on the price we might get at auction?

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Well, we have ordinary paperbacks here,

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so ordinarily these books have no value at all.

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But because of the signature, yes.

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We're looking at instantly £50 to £80.

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-Oh, wow! Excellent.

-£50 to £80?

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-Good for a start today.

-Definitely.

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But we've got a fair way to go to raise the money you want to raise.

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So, sleeves rolled up! To work, girls!

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We're certainly going to need all hands on deck today

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to achieve our £1,000 target.

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'So, while Emma and I make a start on the house,

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'Jonty comes across something in one of the upstairs bedrooms.'

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Not only was I looking at this lovely picture,

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but I've kind of been admiring this dressing-table set here,

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because I notice that we actually have a hallmark on the side.

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We've got the little anchor, which means this set was made in Birmingham.

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At first glance this set looks like it's pewter,

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but it's not. It's solid silver.

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-So whose is it?

-It's just my bad cleaning.

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I don't think it's ever been cleaned. Am I right?

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Oh, Jonty, that's so unfair!

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Well, it might have been once. OK. THEY LAUGH

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So, tell me the story behind this dressing-table set.

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This set, I'm not sure where it originated from,

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but it does come from my father's side of the family.

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-It's been handed down.

-It's quite staggering,

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the detail. If you look at these brushes, they're very similar

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if not identical. All of this embossed decoration

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would have been made by machine at this time,

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so this is not hand-done, but the detail here is lovely.

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Yes, these brushes are identical, and look at those flower heads.

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Very nice indeed. Value-wise, we're looking at £40 to £60.

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-OK.

-It's absolutely fine. People will buy these.

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They're very decorative, and once it is cleaned, they'll look lovely.

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An estimate of £40 to £60 is a good start for our target,

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but just what will the bidders make of it come auction day?

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£30. 35.

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Which way will the bidding go - up or down? Find out later.

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We're slowly making inroads into our £1,000 target,

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and Emma finds an interesting piece tucked away in a cupboard.

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This modern-style teacup is part of a four-piece set

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made by Crown Ducal. Jonty hopes it will raise £20 to £30.

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There are still plenty of nooks and crannies to be searched,

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but for now, I'm curious to know how Alison developed

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such an unnerving phobia of flying.

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Alison, raising money to send you off on a course

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so you can get over your fear of flying.

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Now, where does that come from?

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Well, um, 20 years ago - probably a bit longer than that now -

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I flew out to see my friend who lives in Washington DC,

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and, as I'm flying from Kennedy Airport down,

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the plane got hit by lightning.

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-Everybody in the plane was praying.

-You thought you were going to die.

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Yeah. Something very dramatic was happening.

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But we did finally land, cos I'm still here,

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and I did have to come back from there to get home,

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but it has put a fear, and it was stronger when the children were born.

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Um, but fear is irrational, isn't it,

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and you never understand why you're frightened.

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Whether it was because I was scared that I wouldn't be around

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for the children, I don't know, but... No.

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Just talking about it's making me... Oh, it's horrible.

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-Oh, really?

-Yes. It's a real... It's just a horrible feeling.

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But now, as well as getting over the fear, of course,

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what you want to do with the money we raise,

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and we couldn't discuss this when Emma was around,

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because you want to take the girls on a special trip.

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I want to take them to New York. It's something they've always wanted to do,

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and, um, I'd really like to get over the fear so I can.

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We've obviously got a fair amount of money to raise

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so that you can get over your fear of flying

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and take your girls on that special trip to New York.

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-Fantastic.

-Shall we see what else Jonty's found to take to auction?

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'We've only made 110 of our £1,000 target so far,

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'so we'd better get moving if we want to close that gap.'

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'In the dining room, a bit of retro glassware catches Jonty's eye.

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'These two pieces are Babycham glasses,

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'named after the brand of sparkling perry

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'that was so popular during the swinging '60s.'

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This set of eight, plus three perfume bottles,

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will make up a lot that's valued at £30 to £50.

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Not bad! But we still need to find quite a lot more

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to make that £1,000.

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Upstairs, Alison has found an unusual family heirloom

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that will hopefully get us on track.

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Angela, I wondered if you'd had a look at these pictures.

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-Aren't they lovely? Pencil sketches?

-Yes, done by relations of mine

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many years ago. I never actually met them.

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John Lamb was a photographer in Edinburgh,

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and these are done by his daughters,

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and John Lamb's related to me on my father's side of the family.

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So, how did you come by them?

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My uncle has a gallery, or did have a gallery.

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He hasn't any more. And he gave them to me

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because we used to get on very well together,

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and we were related, so he felt it was important

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that they were passed down in the family.

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Well, I think someone who should come in and look at them is Jonty,

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-because he might be able to tell us more about them...

-Yes, please.

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..than even you know. Jonty, can you just stop what you're doing

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and come and take a look at these rather lovely pictures?

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Aren't they grand? They're really superb.

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-They're set in time, aren't they?

-Yes.

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Pictures like that are set in aspic.

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-You know they're going to come from the mid-1800s.

-You have that sense

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that they are 19th century, and look, we have a date here - 1876.

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There's a serenity to these pictures.

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There's a beauty. There's a sentimentality to them, as well.

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Now, for me, what lets this picture down,

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and I don't want to be too picky here,

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but really look at the quality of her face.

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One thing that I have noticed is, if you look at the face

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in relation to the hand, it's all out of proportion.

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The hand is a lot smaller than the face.

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And that's simply because the artist wanted to concentrate

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on the beauty of the face, and not the hands.

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And that is the difference between very good portraiture

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and not so good. But I don't want to condemn them,

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because I think they have a beauty to them.

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-Are you thinking of selling them?

-I don't know,

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cos they really are quite sentimental value.

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But if we did take them to auction, what might we get for them?

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We're looking at, for the pair,

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between - and you're not going to like me for this -

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-between £80 and £120 at auction.

-So you're going to think about that?

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I think so, yeah.

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I think Alison was hoping for more for the two Victorian drawings,

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so we'll have to wait and see if she does decide to take them to auction.

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'I've found a selection of late 19th-century prints

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'painted by the London artist TM Baynes.

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'These depict the great castles and architecture of England.

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'Jonty values them at £40 to £60.

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'We are still nowhere near the target, and time is running out.

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'Are we going to find enough to reach that magic figure of £1,000?

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'I do hope so.'

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Jonty, I would like to show you this.

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Angela told me you were a little bit of a drinker,

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so I thought I might be able to give you a quick, er...

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-This was my mother and father's.

-Wow, look at that!

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They bought it when they got married.

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OK. Well, cocktail cabinets like this...

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Let me close it up. Let's have a look at the outside.

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These are classic cocktail-cabinet proportions.

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We've got the two cupboards below, probably storing bottles,

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and then we have the opening mechanism for the glasses.

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Now, cocktail cabinets like this were made in the 1930s and 1920s.

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They were very popular items to have.

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They were what I would call essential nonessentials.

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It was very fashionable to serve cocktails before your evening meal,

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and a lot of people could afford, for the first time,

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items of furniture like this. The timber that's used is walnut.

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Are they fairly rare, or quite common?

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They're really quite common. A lot of them will be in auction rooms

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up and down the country. Let's open it and have a look at the inside.

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I notice that we've got some cracks in the glass here. Is that right?

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-Yes.

-And this mirror plate here, that's damaged as well.

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That, as far as value is concerned, makes all the difference

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between a dealer buying it straight off or having to think about restoration.

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As far as value is concerned, it has to be a keen enough price at auction

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for somebody to buy it.

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So we're looking at, really, below the £100 mark,

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so at auction, you're looking between £40 and £60,

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-which is not very much money at all.

-It's less than I was hoping for,

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but you're the expert when it comes to things like this.

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I'm not. It's just a shame, when it's connected to your family

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like it is, for it to be so low, but I can't use it.

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'Sadly not a great price for that lovely cabinet,

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'but hopefully Jonty and Alison won't have to drown their sorrows with a few cocktails.

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'But hold on, guys. There's some good news afoot.

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'I've struck gold with a box of seven rings.

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'They look like they're just collecting dust in the cupboard,

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'so far better to go to auction,

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'especially as Jonty values them at £100 to £150.

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'Alison has pulled out a travel gramophone.

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'It may not be as portable as today's iPod,

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'but it's certainly enjoyed a much longer history.

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'From the 1870s till the 1980s,

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'records were the most common way of listening to music.

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'Jonty values it at £20 to £30,

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'and goes in search of more auction items,

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'whilst I find out from Emma why her studies are so important to her.'

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Emma, you're at university, and you're studying psychology.

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-That's right.

-What made you choose that?

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I've always been interested in it, ever since I was young.

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I've always wanted to study it, and there's a history of mental illness

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in my family, so that's made me want to study it, as well.

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You were diagnosed with bipolar, weren't you?

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-When were you diagnosed with that?

-Three years ago.

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For those who don't know, just explain what bipolar is.

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It's what people used to call manic depression.

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Basically you have your manic moods,

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which is really elated moods,

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and then there's the really low dip in the cycle.

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That must have been pretty dreadful for you as a teenager,

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all those highs and lows. It must have made life really difficult.

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Yeah. I've tried to be as open as I can about it,

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and let people know that I've got what I've got,

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and, um, people have been really helpful,

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and, um, they've got me through, really.

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You also had health problems with your other daughter, Louisa.

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Yes. She was ill from when I was pregnant with her,

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so, yeah. But we didn't know that.

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It was quite by accident that they found it out,

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when I went and had a scan at 36 weeks,

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and they found that she'd got, um, a brain cyst

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that was taking up half the size of her brain.

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-So, um...

-She's come through that?

-Oh, gosh, definitely.

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-She's had two brain operations now.

-Must be really tough, then,

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-with your little sister being so ill.

-It was really tough.

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What do you and your sister think of your mum's phobia

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-about not being able to fly?

-I think it's ridiculous.

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THEY LAUGH

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Thank you.

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THEY LAUGH

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Yes, we'd all better get back to work,

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or Alison won't have the chance to conquer her fear

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and take the girls shopping in New York.

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But luckily she decides to part with a modern necklace

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with a gold cross and bracelet. She doesn't wear them any more,

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and Jonty thinks they'll fetch between £150 to £200.

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Now we're talking! We've nudged over the £500 mark.

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But, if they want to have fun as well as a flight,

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we need to make up the remaining £500.

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Aha, cigarette cards! OK, so, we've got two framed here.

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Look at those. Really very good quality.

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-Where are these from?

-They're from Rye.

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My mum bought the cards and bought the frame separately,

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and put all the cards in from Rye.

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They've been very cleverly done, because you can see all the set

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on the front. Do you know why cigarette cards like this were made?

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-I'm not that clear, no.

-The whole purpose of cigarette cards

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is that they were used as a marketing tool,

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so you would get one in each packet of cigarettes,

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and it encouraged the smoker to not only buy the same brand

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but to carry on collecting,

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because they would get a different card in every pack.

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They were very popular towards the end of the late 19th century

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all the way through to the 20th century,

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-and post the Second World War.

-OK.

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So, here we've got a set of plants, here,

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and they often came in sets of 25 and 50s,

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so this one is a set of 25,

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and down below, this is a set of 50.

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Can I give you that? I just want to have a look at this in more detail.

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Now, here...

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we have a set of 50 Alice In Wonderland cigarette cards.

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This set would have been made around the 1930 period.

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But I think they're wonderful.

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They've been superbly framed, and there's still a market for them.

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As far as our two sets here are concerned,

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of course they have value, but not a great deal.

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-We're looking at £20 to £30 for the pair.

-OK. That's good.

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-It all helps, doesn't it?

-Yeah. It all helps.

-Good.

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You take that, and we'll find some more bits. I'll follow you.

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'You're right, Jonty - that has helped.

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'But only a little. Is there nothing else in the house

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'that can be offered up? Alison is having one last push,

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'and looks through her jewellery box.

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'Could something in here do the trick?'

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-Look what I've found.

-Wow, Alison!

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That is a serious bit of bling! Where did you get that?

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From Covent Garden. It never gets worn.

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I could count on one hand how many times I've worn it.

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I think Jonty would like to have a look at these little sparklers

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and give us an idea of what we might get for them at auction.

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Jonty, come and take a look at this rather nice little brooch.

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Oh, I say, look at that. Isn't that beautiful?

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-All those diamonds! How many have we got?

-11.

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Let's take a look, because when you're valuing diamonds,

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it's the size of them, which is really the carat we're looking at.

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Look at that! That's a beautiful diamond in the middle there.

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Now, that is, I would suggest, three quarters of a carat,

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just that single one in the middle there.

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They get slightly smaller round towards the edge,

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but I would estimate we're looking just in excess of two carats.

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And look at the simplicity. That is so beautiful.

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Turning it upside down, having a look at the pin itself,

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just by the colour, that is probably 18-carat gold,

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and I love this little extra pin, just in case it falls off.

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-The safety chain.

-Yes.

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I think that's really fantastic. You have saved the day,

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because - wait for this...

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this is worth between £700 to £900 at auction.

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-Oh, wow!

-Really?

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Well, if we're looking to raise £1,000,

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if you put even the lowest, £700,

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on everything else we've looked at today,

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-that means we should be able to make your target...

-Oh, definitely!

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..and some,

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because even on his lowest estimate on everything he's looked at,

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it comes to...

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£1,290.

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-How about that?

-Excellent. Fantastic.

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It's really good.

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If that doesn't cure your phobia about flying,

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nothing will, because if you can make that much at auction,

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we should all be flying.

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Excellent. Thank you very much.

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I'm so glad we sailed past our target,

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and hopefully we will raise even more on auction day.

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So, what are the highlights of our auction list?

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There are the two Eliza Lamb drawings.

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They're a rare find, and at £80 to £120,

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let's hope Alison does decide to take them to the auction room.

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At £50 to £80, will there be an autograph hunter

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bidding for our signed books from the famed Hollywood star David Niven

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and the comedian Ronnie Barker?

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But the big one to watch out for is the diamond brooch,

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and with a value of £700 to £900,

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its sale will make or break the holiday dream.

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Find out how much money these and Alison's other items

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will raise on auction day.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic,

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will the power of celebrity be enough to attract a high sale price?

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It's the signatures they're going for, isn't it?

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And Jonty gets Alison in a lather!

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I promise not to mention the cleanliness of your house again.

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Find out how they all got on when the final hammer falls.

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Several weeks have passed now

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since we spent time with Alison and Emma

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at their rather lovely modern new house,

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sorting through their clutter so we could sell it today

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here at the Tring Market auction just on the edge of the Chilterns.

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Now, Alison's target is £1,000.

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She wants to take her girls on a very special trip to New York,

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but that's still a secret. But even before she gets there,

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she'll have to go on a course to help her get over her fear of flying.

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So let's hope everybody here today is really generous

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when her things go under the hammer.

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Tring Auctions in Hertfordshire is held on a Saturday,

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and it looks as though there's a good turnout.

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It's not even midday, but Jonty's found his way to the drinks cabinet.

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Fancy a tipple before we start the auction?

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What would you like? Shaken, not stirred?

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Oh, absolutely. Every time! It's a very retro piece of furniture, this.

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Very popular, these cocktail cabinets, in the 1930s,

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so you do see a lot in the auction room.

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The only problem with ours, we've got a bit of a crack

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in the interior shelving there, which is a bit of a problem,

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so I'm not too hopeful that we'll get a high price on this one,

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but there is something that Alison has

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-that is an absolute gem.

-Ah! The brooch!

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The sparklies, the bling, the girl's best friend,

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the diamonds!

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And I'm convinced that's going to do incredibly well today.

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We've got to remember that the money we're raising is for what is still a very secret trip to New York,

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so, um... They've both arrived, so we'd better watch our Ps and Qs when we're talking to them.

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'Yep, that trip to New York is still a surprise,

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'as neither of Alison's daughters know what she's planning.

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'So we'll have to stay tight-lipped during the auction.

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'But Alison and Emma have obviously been hard at work!'

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-Well, my goodness, Jonty!

-Look at this!

-Someone's been busy.

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This is outrageous. Is this the same silver, Alison?

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Yes, it is. Hard elbow-grease, and I've brought it up shining.

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Will that make any difference to its value?

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I often say to people, "Don't bother cleaning your silver,"

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but this, I think it's going to make all the difference.

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Jonty, you were rude the last time. I can't believe...

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that you're mentioning how dirty my stuff was yet again.

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-But it looks very impressive today, and that's what counts.

-That's it.

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You brought a lot of jewellery, but I've noticed in the catalogue

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-there's a few bits missing.

-Yes.

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There were two rings that I decided I'd like to keep back.

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But you also decided to leave behind the two paintings

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-that were in your bedroom.

-For the money they'd bring in,

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and the fact that they were heirlooms -

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my ancestors painted them - I wanted to keep them, really.

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-And you'd like to have them, Emma?

-Yeah. I'd like to inherit them

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-one day.

-Right. Let's go and see how much your hard work will pay off,

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-because the auction's about to start.

-Excellent.

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'With almost 2,000 lots in the auction,

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'today is going to be action-packed,

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'but we're in position in plenty of time for our first lot.

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'It's Alison's impressive collection of rings.'

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-You've put an £80 reserve on them. You've put reserves on all your jewellery.

-I have, yes.

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I decided the jewellery was important.

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I didn't want it to go for next to nothing.

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I wanted to keep them in the family if they didn't go for that money.

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I think that's a sensible reserve,

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and I still would stick to my original estimate of 100 to 150.

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OK.

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Are we close to 50? We are 50. We are 60. 70.

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80. £90 now.

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80 I am bid. £80. £90, and 100 now.

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-100. I am bid 100.

-Over your reserve!

-It's exciting!

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120, sir? £120.

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And 30 now? 120, then. You're out, back row.

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-That's really good news.

-And I sell at £120. Thank you.

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-Happy with that?

-Yes!

-Well done.

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-You're enjoying this!

-I am.

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-Have you been to an auction before, either of you?

-Never.

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A long, long time ago.

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'So, £120 for those rings is a good way

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'to get Alison back into the swing of things for today's sale,

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'and give Emma an introduction.

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'Memories and mementoes from two truly well known names are up next,

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'debonair actor David Niven and comic genius Ronnie Barker,

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'both of whom signed their books especially for Alison.'

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£60 or £70 for them? Anybody got £30? Surely.

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Ronnie Barker. £30. £20 bid. £20 I'm bid for those two, then.

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At £20. And two for you, sir? And five.

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And eight. And 30. And two.

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And five. And then 40.

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And two. And five. And eight. And 50.

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Getting closer. It's the signatures they go for!

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48. Going down at £48 if there's no further bid.

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No, sir. Madam's at £48.

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-£48!

-We're just under, but that's fine.

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I was hoping for £50, £60. £2 out, I'm not too disappointed.

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-And nor are you?

-No.

-Good.

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'So, the price of celebrity was £48.

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'But what price now for four 19th-century English prints?'

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40 has them. They're at £40. Thank you very much.

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Yes, it is yours for £40. Thank you.

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Wonderful. Sold for £40. How about that?

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Excellent. I only paid 50p each for them, so...

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That's a real return on your money, isn't it?

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'And now there's potential for even more profit with the next lot.

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'It's a necklace with a cross and a bracelet,

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'and this is one precious metal that's currently doing very well.'

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We're doing well on gold because gold is holding its value.

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It's just a perfect time to sell.

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That's why I've put £150 to £200 on this lot.

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150. 60. 70. 80 I'm bid.

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90 for you, sir.

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190, two of you.

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-200 I'm bid.

-There you go!

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Ten? Yes. 210. 220 I am bid, and 30 now.

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230. And 40. 240.

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250? At 240. At 50 now?

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Yes? At 240. Right, then, it's going.

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I sell at £240.

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-240!

-What do you reckon to that?

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-It's brilliant!

-Brilliant!

-ANGELA LAUGHS

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'What a result! That's £40 over Jonty's top estimate,

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'and almost a quarter of our target in one hit.

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'Fantastic.

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'The next piece shown to the room is that precious diamond brooch

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'that Alison bought in London's Covent Garden.

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'Let's hope those 11 little sparklers catch someone's eye.'

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The bling!

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That wonderful, wonderful diamond brooch.

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You've put your reserve of £900 on this.

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-Any second thoughts about it?

-Yes.

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-ANGELA LAUGHS

-That was very unqualified!

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Little bit of a...

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-But, no. It's here. It's to go.

-What do we think, Jonty?

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Well, I estimated £700 to £900 when I saw it,

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and I always put an estimate which is a sensible estimate,

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but I believe we could get above that, so I'm not too worried.

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-Because they are quality diamonds, aren't they?

-Here it is.

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Here it comes.

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£1,000 for a good bar of diamonds. There you are. What about 500?

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500 is bid for it. 520 I am bid for that one.

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520. 550.

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580. £600 I am bid for it, then.

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At 600. 620.

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At 650.

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680.

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700 I am bid for it. At £700.

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£700. And 20, sir?

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720 I am bid for it. At 750 I am bid.

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780 I am bid.

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Have you given him any discretion on this?

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800. Are you finished, sir? I am bid £800.

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At £800. I am bid 800. I am going to sell it.

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At £800, then.

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One last chance. OK. It's yours, then,

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for £800. Thank you very much.

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Have you started breathing again now?

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Are you happy? You were the one who gave the auctioneer the nod.

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-Yes. No, thanks. Yeah.

-Emma, what do you think?

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I think that's reasonable. I think it's all right.

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But I don't know what I'm talking about!

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THEY LAUGH

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'Believe me, diamonds really are these girls' best friend today.

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'Alison wants to surprise her daughters at the end of the auction,

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'and this morning's sales have already provided a healthy sum

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'for their special trip to America.'

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When we came into the auction room, you were hoping to raise £1,000.

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Yes. We're halfway through the day. We've got more jewellery to come,

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and some more really nice things, and already you have made...

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£1,248!

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-Already!

-Already.

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-That's pretty good.

-It's fantastic.

-As you say, already!

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I think we'll go and take a bit of a break now.

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I think these girls need a lie-down.

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Jonty and I will go and see what else is going on

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around the auction room. We'll come back for the second half.

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-A brandy, maybe, now. Is that...

-There's a lot to look at.

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Stay with us for the second half.

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With the fear-of-flying course now paid for,

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the rest of the items can go towards that surprise trip to New York.

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Whilst Alison and Emma take a break from the morning's excitement,

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Jonty just can't resist a nose around

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to see what else is on offer in the auction room.

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You're staring at that very intently, Jonty.

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Take a look at this. This is a beautiful, delicate little object.

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It's a silver card case.

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That Victorian ladies would have kept their calling cards in

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to leave with other Victorian ladies.

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And gents, as well. Now, it was very fashionable

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to hold a card case, and so they came in different materials,

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were made in different materials. This one's a solid-silver card case,

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but they were made from tortoiseshell, ivory,

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all sorts of different materials. And the more expensive they were,

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it showed off your wealth, essentially.

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This is no ordinary card case.

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This is made by one of the best known makers

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of the finest silver card cases to ever be made in this country,

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so I regard this as a bit of sleeper in this auction room.

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-So, who was he?

-Nathaniel Mills.

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Nathaniel Mills, in the mid-19th century,

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made some of the finest card cases ever produced in this country,

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and we can see his name just there, Nathaniel Mills,

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the N and M. That will make all the difference to this.

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Now, he died in 1840,

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so it was his two sons who were partners in the business,

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William and Thomas, between 1840 and 1853,

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they would have been responsible for making this.

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Beautiful, delicate work on there,

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the chasing on the main body of the case,

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and that very attractive little sign in the middle

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-where you can put your initials.

-It's very, very delicate.

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But simply because we have the maker's name there,

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the NM, that will make all the difference,

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because collectors will really want this.

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-How much will it go for?

-In the catalogue, it says £150 to £200,

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-but who knows where it might end?

-Let's look out for it

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when it comes under the hammer.

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'Well, Jonty, it's a good job you weren't buying today,

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'because it sold on estimate at £180.

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'Now, will the bidders take a shine to Alison's 1930s cocktail cabinet?'

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'And who wouldn't? It's only estimated at £40.'

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Jonty and I reckon that this is quite an interesting piece

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of retro furniture, the little cocktail cabinet,

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which you had in the corner of the dining room.

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-Yes. It was my mother's.

-What have we got on this one?

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What do we realistically think it will make?

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Well, I put £40 to £60 on it to attract the sale,

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but remember, we've got that crack in the shelf,

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and dealers just prefer things that are ready to go.

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I think possibly £50 for it. Anybody got 40?

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30 I'm bid? 20 for it, then.

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25. 30. There's two of you want it.

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Five. 40.

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She wants it for 40, doesn't she?

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45, I've got now.

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I'm selling. It's going. I shall sell it.

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At the very back, then. It's going for £45.

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-Happy with that?

-Yes.

-£45!

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'And that's not bad, for something in need of restoration,

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'and which didn't fit into Alison's new home.

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'I think she's well pleased with yet another £45

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'to help her on her way to New York. Next to try their luck in the room

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'are the collection of framed cigarette cards.

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'These were all collected by Alison,

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'and Jonty thinks her efforts could fetch £20 to £30.'

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Surely there's £20 I am bid for those.

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Two of you would like, for £20. Two out at five.

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-Come on!

-£30 I am bid, then.

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£30, and two anywhere to sell those for?

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-£30.

-20 to 30 is what we said.

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How about that, Emma? Cos you found that.

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-Yeah. No, yes.

-Well done.

-All right. I wanted a bit more.

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She's getting quite cool about this now.

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THEY LAUGH "I wanted a bit more, but..."

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'Some of the girls' items in this half of the sale

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'may be less valuable than those that we saw earlier,

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'but they are still doing OK.

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'Our next lot is the vintage gramophone,

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'and it's certainly a nostalgic item,

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'but I wonder if it has limited appeal in this day and age.

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'We're looking for £20 to £30.'

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35, £40 I am bid. At 40. I am bid 40.

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-Ooh, we hit 40 already!

-Yeah!

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At £45, you've got the old entertainment. £45.

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It goes down here for £45. Thank you.

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-£45!

-What a result! Well done!

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-That's 50 percent more than you thought.

-Wonderful.

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'That was a great result! £15 over Jonty's top estimate.

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'Bidders do seem to have taken a shine to our family's things today.

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'And it's another nostalgic lot that's up next -

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'some perfume bottles and the collection of Babycham glasses,

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'which at one time were considered the height of sophistication.

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'How are they going to fare, I wonder.'

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I'm going to show my age now, but I can remember when it was very cool

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for a girl on her first date to ask for a glass of Babycham.

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We've now got your Babycham glasses coming up.

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-Well, I remember Babycham as well.

-And you drank these?

-Oh, yeah.

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I think we ought to be looking somewhere in the region of £30.

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-£20 bid. At £20.

-£20 already!

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At £20 bid. Five with you, sir.

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28. 30. And two. One more.

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£32, then. At £32. Is that it? They're going to be sold.

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Make no mistake. They're yours, then, at £32.

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There we go. Sold!

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The Babycham glasses and things, I'd bought them

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for such a small amount of money.

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If you knew how many glasses I had at home...

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I think they went brilliantly. It was just the fact that they sold.

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'£2 over Jonty's lower estimate,

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'and at least it shows there's still a market for these iconic glasses.

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'We're looking for collectors of modern tableware now.

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'It's the Crown Ducal set for one, valued at between £20 and £30.'

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At £30. 32. 35.

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Wow!

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No more? 35. At 35.

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-I shall sell it to you, sir, for £35.

-A result!

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-Well done!

-That's really good.

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'Yet another thing selling over Jonty's top estimate.

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'We've really had some great results today.

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'Now, let's see how the room reacts to our final lot.

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'It's the silver dressing-table set, which looks a bit different

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'to when we found it.'

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Alison, it's your very clean dressing-table set.

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The gleaming set.

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Clean, Jonty. You're mentioning it again!

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Yes. I promise not to mention the cleanliness of your house ever again.

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-SHE LAUGHS

-Well, I think they look very nice

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-now that they've been cleaned.

-Thank you so much.

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I'm sure that the bidders in the room will appreciate it,

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and it probably will make a difference to the price.

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Well, I did find polish in my cupboard.

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-Did you blow the dust off the polish?

-So rude again!

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THEY LAUGH

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I'm not going to talk to him for a while. I'll just talk to you, Angela.

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What about £40?

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£30? 35.

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-£40 bid.

-40! Well, we're already up to 40.

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-60, sir. At £60.

-60!

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60. And five for you, madam? No? At £60, then,

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-it is yours, sir.

-There you go.

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-Cleaning made all the difference.

-THEY LAUGH

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You had to get the last word in there, didn't you?

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'And that really has added a shine to our day.

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'I just can't wait to tell them how much they've raised.'

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-You've had a really exciting day.

-Yeah! Sold everything.

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-It's brilliant.

-You already know you've made your £1,000,

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because even at the halfway stage, we'd made £1,248.

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And all the exciting items were in that first half.

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But you've done really well,

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because what you've made is...

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£1,495.

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Another five would have made it the round £1,500.

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-Wow!

-What do you think of that?

-Oh, it's fantastic.

-Well done.

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You've got something very special lined up for this money.

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-Will you tell them today?

-I'd like to.

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Well, your other daughter, Louisa, was at school

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when we were doing the rummage, but she has come today to the auction.

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Do you want to come and join us? Come and join your sister Emma.

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Now, Mummy's made £1,495 at auction,

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and she's now going to tell you what she's going to do with it.

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I'm going to go and get my fear of...

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-Are you all right?

-..fear of flying out of the way,

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then I'm going to take you to New York.

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And I'm crying!

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THEY LAUGH

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The girls' trip to New York is still a few weeks away,

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but before Alison can cross the Atlantic,

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she first needs to conquer her fear of flying.

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Today she's taking part in a course which puts people's fear to rest

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by demystifying the inner workings of the airplane.

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But the real test takes place when they head for the skies.

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Getting into the plane right at this moment in time

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is a horrible thought!

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I don't want to do it.

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I'm quite tense today. It's quite a nerve-racking thing.

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I didn't sleep very well last night,

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and I was wondering whether I'd actually make it today.

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Sitting through take-off and landing is tough,

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but it takes Alison that much closer to her dream trip

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with her daughters.

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'Today went fine. I found it very motivating.'

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I did have one wobbly moment where I cried,

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but apart from that, I did it,

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and I'm going to go and book the flights for New York.

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So New York, here we come!

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Angela Rippon and Jonty Hearnden head to Kent to meet Alison Mead and her daughter Emma. Alison hopes to take her children to New York for a dream holiday, but first she needs help to overcome her fear of flying.