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Angela Rippon and James Rylands help Angela Hougham raise money to give her daughter Neena a special 16th birthday treat.


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Hello and welcome to the programme that helps people find unwanted collectibles

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that they can take to auction, to raise money for a favourite project or a treat.

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It's always fun to meet someone who just can't resist going into junk shops or to car boot sales,

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in the hope of finding a real bargain.

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Is that £3 purchase going to turn into a £300 profit?

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Find out on Cash in the Attic.

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Coming up on Cash in the Attic... Our expert plays the joker

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when he hears the purchase price of a mahogany card table...

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Whoa! A massive £18!

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How long ago?

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About 25 years ago.

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We discover something with royal connections...

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See what it says round there?

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"Honi soit qui mal y pense".

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'And that's the motto of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.'

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'When it comes to auction James foresees a good sale for a Victorian telescope.'

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I'm feeling bullish? I think we're going to guarantee you a profit.

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Find out if he's right, when the hammer falls.

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Today, I'm in Buckinghamshire and I'm about to meet Angela

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and her daughter, Nina, who are looking forward

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to putting their glad rags on, for a very special outing.

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Angela Hougham has collected all sorts of things for years, even chickens,

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but after a house renovation, she's decided that she needs a good clear out.

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She was born in Kenya,

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but her family immigrated to the UK when she was 12.

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She's been married to Bob for the past 17 years and they have one daughter, Nina.

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Angela and Bob are both now retired, but do voluntary work for local charities,

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regularly organising dinners at their home, to raise funds.

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They bought a bungalow eight years ago and have spent the last four

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having it converted into a five bedroom house with a large garden.

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Helping Angela today is daughter, Nina.

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James Rylands is with me and he started his career at Sotheby's,

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so he's just the man we need to get our search underway.

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-Hi Nina, Angela.

-Hi!

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These chickens are so cute. Have you named them all?

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Yes, they've all got names.

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-You can identify all of them?

-Yes.

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-I take it none of them are going to end up on the lunch table?

-No.

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So, why have you called in Cash in the Attic?

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Well, this was a bungalow and we've made it into a house.

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I can't believe that. It looks so amazing!

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-Yes, we had to work quite hard at it.

-I bet you did.

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And we have a lot of things that we don't want to keep.

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We've started decorating and we don't really need these things.

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-Are you changing the style of the house?

-We're going to make it more modern.

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Where did all of this stuff come from?

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Various places. Auctions and car boot sales and some was already in the family.

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Are you an inveterate collector, who can't resist going into antique shops and car boot sales?

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I can't. I come home every Saturday morning with lots and lots of things.

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How much money do you think we're going to raise from all that we take to auction?

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I'd like to raise about £700.

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-And what are you going to spend it on?

-Nina's going to be 16 soon and I'd like to surprise her.

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Nina, how do you feel about that? A special surprise for your birthday?

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I'm quite scared. I don't know what she's going to do!

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I tell you what, James Rylands has come with me and I know he can't wait to get started on finding

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what you've bought at all those car boots and antique shops that we can take to auction.

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-Shall we go and find him?

-Yes.

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Angela's impressive house conversion has a clean, modern feel,

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so I can understand why she wouldn't want to keep too many antiques about the place.

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James is in the lounge and he's already found something that might be absolutely right for the auction.

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-Hi, James.

-Hello, Angelas.

-Meet the other Angela.

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Nice to see you. Well, you've found me discovering the secrets of this wonderful table of yours.

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-Isn't it delightful?

-It is nice.

-What is it?

-Games table, I believe.

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You're absolutely right, that's exactly what it is.

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Did you buy it to play games?

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No, no, I just bought it as an occasional table.

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-Where did you get this, Angela?

-I bought this in a junk shop.

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-On one of your forays?

-Yes.

-You just

-can't resist, can you? I just can't.

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-Can you remember what you gave for it?

-Yes, £18.

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-Ooh, a massive £18!

-How long ago?

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About 25 years ago.

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Well, that was more than a week's pocket money, then.

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It is for cards. It's made around 1910 and there's some quality about it.

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It's got some nice work down here, actually.

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It has. All this nice blind fret and then fretwork has all been done by hand.

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It's made of mahogany - expensive wood - and, actually, there's an interesting pointer here,

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because if you look at the top there and you look at the colour.

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Now, look at the inside. That tells you what sunlight does to mahogany.

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So, you can imagine that nice Edwardian lady sitting there in her crinoline skirt playing her cards.

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But, the fact of the matter is, it also doubles up as an occasional table.

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So, just as you've got it. It folds up nicely, you put a lamp on it.

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Bearing in mind you paid £18 for it, have we got a profit in this?

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-We'll put £60 to £100 on it. So, you've tripled your money.

-Yes.

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-There are a lot of things 25 years ago where you wouldn't have. Are you happy with that?

-Definitely.

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Well, let's hope we can do some tripling up

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on some other of the items we find today.

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The Hougham home has so many bedrooms and reception rooms to explore

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that we have to divide our efforts, to be sure that nothing is missed.

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Nina heads upstairs, to make a start in her parents' bedroom,

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while James makes a careful inspection of what appears to be some delftware in the kitchen.

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But everyone seems to have missed this attractive glazed cabinet, which Angela paid £200 for.

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James tells me it's made of oak and while furniture like this

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was once the height of fashion, sadly, that's no longer the case.

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He gives it a £50 to £80 estimate.

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I wonder if Nina's had any luck upstairs?

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-Ah, Nina, how are you getting on?

-I'm all right, thanks.

-What have you found?

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-I like this, where did it come from?

-My dad bought it about 25 years ago.

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Do you like it?

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-It's a bit old fashioned for me.

-It's probably 100 years old...

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-Really?

-..110 years old.

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Interestingly it's made by a very interesting firm, Comitti of London,

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and they go back quite a long way, because, originally, it was started

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by an Italian, Onorato Comitti, and in the 18th and 19th centuries,

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so over 200 years ago, there was a wonderful tradition of Italian craftsmen coming over to England

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and making, primarily, barometers, which is what this guy did, and then they moved into clocks, as well.

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This one, probably made 1900-1910, it's in a nice mahogany case,

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we've got this nice inlay, this stringing, as we call it, here

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and then, funnily enough, there's no winding hole on the front, which quite often you'll find.

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That is because there's a French carriage clock movement inside,

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which is what he used to originally make it.

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He got parts from all over the place and then put his name on the dial - Comitti of London.

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Value would be round about £60 to £80,

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something like that. That sound all right?

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-It's good, but

-I

-wouldn't buy it.

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Well, you may not like it, Nina, but someone might come auction day.

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-£50... for it, £40... for it.

-Come on.

-42. 42. 45.

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Find out later if it reaches James's estimate.

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There's so much to see in the Hougham home.

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Inspired by her first find, Nina delves into the rafters

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alongside her parents' room and she pulls out a box that needs some investigation.

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James is downstairs now, where the lounge cabinet offers a small Victorian brass pocket telescope.

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Angela bought this at a boot sale, for £50, a few years ago.

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Unfortunately, we won't be magnifying her investment,

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as it stands to make only £20 to £30 now.

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But, adding that to James's estimate so far, we stand to raise around £190 at auction.

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So, we are not doing badly.

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Angela, when I'm inside the house, it is extraordinary to think this was a bungalow.

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You've completely rebuilt the whole thing, haven't you?

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Oh, yes, when we came here eight years ago it was in a dreadful state and we've had to almost rebuild it.

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You've done a wonderful job on it, I have to say.

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But you weren't born here. You were born in Kenya?

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Yes, I was born in Kenya, many years ago.

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-And you left when you were how old?

-12.

-Was that old enough

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to realise what you were leaving behind. Do you miss it?

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Not really, no, because I think,

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at that age, I was, sort of, really looking forward to going ahead

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and going to a new country and a new place. You know, it didn't really matter.

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When you got here to Britain, what were your ambitions as a young woman? What did you achieve?

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I wanted to be able to do everything, so I could fit in any role that there was need for.

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I had two hairdressing salons, then I gave up when I got married.

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I met Bob in a social group about 17 years ago.

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You also like cooking, don't you? You've managed to use the cooking to help raise money for charity.

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Well, I get people to come to my dinner and I call it, my charity dinner.

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When they come I then say to them, "It's going to be like a restaurant

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"and you just pay me what you think it's worth." I'm able to collect money that way.

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And you raised quite a lot for the tsunami?

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Yes, we raised over £3,500.

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Well, on this occasion, we're going to be raising money for you,

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so you can do a very special birthday treat for Nina.

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-So, maybe we should drink up and go and find James.

-Yes!

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The birthday girl is oblivious to our chat, as she's so absorbed in her antiques hunt.

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James, meanwhile, has turned his attention to a storage cupboard in the hall.

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Nina's rummage pays off, when she finds these silver mirrors and hairbrushes in a spare room.

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They belonged to her grandmother, Freda, and were assayed

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in Birmingham in the late 1930s. James prices them

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at £50 to £80.

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-Angela?

-Yes, James.

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Look what I found lurking in your cupboard here - this amazing collection of scent bottles.

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-Where do they all come from?

-Oh, various places, car boot sales,

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jumble sales and some I've bought abroad.

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-This particular one came from a charity place.

-You got this at a charity shop?

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Well, you did very well, because it's a nice Victorian scent bottle, in cut glass,

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with this silver top and, basically, as you take the silver top off,

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you've got this little stopper there to actually take off, as well.

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What we tend to forget is that people tended to be a lot smellier in the old days, than we are now,

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before the invention of the deodorant.

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So, perfume was very important, because it masked all those horrible bodily smells.

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Perfume has actually been with us for thousands of years.

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The ancient Persians had it, the Egyptians had it.

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In fact, the word perfume comes from the Latin "per fuma", which means, literally, through the smoke.

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I guess it's supposed to describe that wonderful aura that girls have when they wear perfume.

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Now, which is your favourite out of all these?

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That one.

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-Why is that?

-I think it's so unusual.

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It's almost in the form of what we'd call a cornucopia.

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In other words, full of, a cornucopia of plenty.

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That is an unusual one and also, I like the fact that

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it's heavily-cut glass. It's really, really good quality.

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So, no regrets about seeing any of them go?

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Oh, no, Not at all, I am trying to minimalise, so it will be lovely for it.

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You've got quite a big collection here, so I would think probably,

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conservatively, we'll probably put

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£60 to £100 on the lot and that'll really get the bidders going.

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-How does that sound?

-Sounds lovely.

-You better show me more.

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Angela's roomy house is a joy to explore and I don't even feel in need of a tea break yet,

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'although this one would be far too small.'

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Our host has been exploring a bookcase and pulled out an old cloth-bound book

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about Robin Hood, the famous outlaw of Sherwood Forest.

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Angela bought this in a box of books for £2, at a garage sale.

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This time, there's a good return on her investment,

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because James values it at £10 to £15.

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We're all making steady progress so it's time to check the garage, to make sure nothing's forgotten.

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'In the office, I've come across something that I really want to show the others.'

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James, Nina.

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-I certainly didn't expect to find this.

-What?!

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Horse brass and, blimey, a shoebox full of very, very heavy

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-brass tracers.

-Those are very heavy.

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Wow, let's put those down. Where did these come from, do you know?

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My dad's dad was the chauffeur to Lord Hambleden.

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About 60 years ago, they cleaned out all the stables

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and because this is obviously Lord Hambleden's coat of arms, they decided to take them home with them.

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-Obviously, Lord Hambleden's coat of arms.

-Yes.

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See what it says round there?

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"Honi soit qui mal y pense".

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'Which translates as "Evil to he who thinks evil",

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'the motto of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

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'Membership is limited to the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales and a select group of 24 others.'

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Well, it gets more and more interesting.

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Now, much as I think that Lord Hambleden was a very, very important person, this is even more important,

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because this is actually a Royal coat of arms.

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There in the middle, we've actually got VR, which is Victoria Regina.

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So, that's Queen Victoria's cipher.

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What that means is that, 60 years ago, not long after cars came in, they were obviously having a bit of

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a clear out and thought, "We'll get rid of all of the old tack."

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This is almost certainly from a Royal carriage.

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So, what do you think about that?

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That is quite amazing, actually.

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Royal connections are worth money, but I think we've just got to put £30 to £50 on them and let them run.

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-How does that sound?

-Just as they did originally, on the horses!

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What an incredible find, there.

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I think Nina's a little lost for words.

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Apparently, she's not usually so stuck for something to say.

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She has ambitions to be on the big screen.

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So, Angela you've got a budding actress in the family. Is there any theatrical blood in the family?

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-No, not at all.

-So, where did this come from, do you think?

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When Nina was a little kid, she was always performing and she was quite outgoing and we thought

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she had a bit of a talent, there.

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So, how are you helping her to achieve this ambition?

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Well, we registered her with one of the dance schools, performing schools, and she's still with them.

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What sort of things have you done so far?

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I was on a TV programme about three or four years ago, called Ultimate Force,

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and I was a kidnap victim in that, and all these army people, they came and tried to save us.

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-And you were saved, I take it?

-Yes.

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It must be really tough, though, Angela, on you and your husband,

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as parents, when she gets called to an audition?

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Sometimes yes, you have to drop everything and just take her there,

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but it's not always myself who goes, sometimes my husband takes her,

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because you're waiting in the wings, worrying.

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Is it much more daunting for you, Nina?

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No, I find it actually so exciting. As soon as I come home, Mum's like,

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"Oh, you've got an audition." I actually scream the place down.

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This special thing that you're organising for the 16th birthday.

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Close up her ears, so she doesn't know what it is, but it is going to be something very special?

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It is going to be special, yes. She's going to be 16,

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so I'm going to actually give her a treat which will help her, hopefully.

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Oh, we won't say anything more!

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-That sounds really good, doesn't it?

-Yes.

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I know that James is still looking around the house for things we can

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take to auction to make that £700, so maybe we should go and join him and see what else he's found.

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What's he doing? Well, he's pondering the contents of this corner cupboard.

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Or maybe it's the cupboard itself that he likes the look of.

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Angela is wondering about some ornaments on her mantelpiece

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and, upstairs, I've spotted these two cigarette cases.

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Angela bought them at a car boot sale and says

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she didn't pay very much for them,

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but one is silver and James has valued the lot at £20 to £40.

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And it looks like our expert's rummage in the lounge has paid off.

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Hi, Angela.

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Hello, I see you've found one of my paintings.

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I have, Edwin Earp, very nice.

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-And I've got another one like this.

-You've got a pair?

-Yes.

-Fantastic.

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Oh, I see, yes, over there. Where did they come from, Angela?

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An art gallery, not far from here.

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Well, he's moderately well known, Edwin Earp, and he was actually an artist born down in Brighton,

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on the South Coast, in the mid-19th century.

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Looking at this, with these quite big mountains and stuff,

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that is definitely not a scene from the South of England.

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Late Victorian times was a time when a lot of English were going on tours around Europe and views like this,

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if you like, idealise the sort of things they would have seen, because it's a very romantic view, isn't it?

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-Yes.

-It is actually a water colour and one of the problems with water colours is that if they've had direct

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sunlight on them, the colour, over a period of time, begins to fade.

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Now, with these ones, it's just begun to go.

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It's still OK, but it's not quite as fresh as when it was done.

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You bought them, Angela. What did you like about them when you bought them?

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I quite liked them, because I was looking for some paintings, but I had been on an open evening,

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where we were all having a good old drink

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and I think I bought these when I'd had one too many!

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-What did you pay for them? Can you remember?

-£100, for the pair.

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Credit to your eye. That's all right.

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Conservatively, we'd certainly put £150-£250 on the pair. How does that sound?

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That sounds really good.

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That's a terrific addition to our haul, which means we should

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be in pretty good shape to help pay for Nina's birthday surprise.

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Angela is spurred on by that result and has gone up to the attic.

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'I can't resist a peek up there myself.'

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The next item to go towards our auction haul is something that our host has unearthed.

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It's a canteen of silver-plated cutlery, in a mahogany case.

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Made in the 1930s, it comes from Bob's family, but hasn't been used for years.

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It's a good find, earning a £30 to £60 estimate from James.

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And my investigation in the attic WAS fruitful.

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James, Angela, Nina,

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look what I found up in the attic.

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James, there's a wonderfully clear hallmark on that,

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you should take a look, and a great one here, too.

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-Silver candlesticks. Where did you get these, Angela?

-A car boot sale.

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What?! In a car boot sale?

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Like this, already made into lamps?

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-Yes, they were in a junk box.

-And how much did you pay for them?

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£1.

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-Do you have any idea how old this is?

-No.

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-Well, it's hallmarked, London, 1763.

-Wow.

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So, that is getting on for 250 years old.

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That would have been part of a pair of candlesticks.

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Basically, very neo-classical, with this Corinthian column,

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and would have sat and graced any dining table in the country.

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-This one is a lot younger, isn't it?

-It's Birmingham, 1920-something.

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So, although that has value, this is the real, real find.

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And I guess someone's converted it to a lamp and everyone thought it must be electric,

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it must be relatively new.

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Is that going to make much difference to its value,

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-the fact that someone's converted it to electricity?

-No, nothing's been drilled.

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You take that wooden base off, take the fitting out of that. You've still got the sconce,

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-the drip tray.

-They get lost, don't they?

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They get lost, so you've got everything.

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What you haven't got is the pair.

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To have 18th century...you imagine Robert Adam, neo-classical, very much the influence on this.

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It is in good condition. I can't see any damage on it. So, what a find.

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So, what sort of profit is she likely to make on her £1?

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I think an estimate between £200 and £400 together would be conservative.

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And you may have thought they weren't worth a light, but let me tell you, they are.

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Absolutely fantastic.

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What is nice that if we add that £200 now to the lowest estimate

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that James has given you on everything else he's seen...

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I know you want to raise £700 for something special for Nina's 16th birthday

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we should be able to make £740, but, who knows, as James says, that could be worth even more than £200.

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So, keep you fingers crossed for the day of the auction.

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You have got an eye for a bargain, haven't you?

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I'm jealous, I'm taking notes here!

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I'll have to come with you.

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I think that Angela is something of an expert-in-the-making!

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I can't wait to see how all her items do when she takes them to the sale room.

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Remember the scent bottles she's collected over the years?

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Well, there's a good collection that should make between £60 and £100.

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Plus that Edwardian mahogany card table.

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That should bring in another £60 to £100.

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Finally, the collection of horse tack

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showing Queen Victoria's emblem.

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James gave it a conservative £30 to £50 estimate,

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but, with its Royal connection, who knows what it will make on the day?

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic, will Robin Hood come riding through the glen for us?

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I'm not sure whether we did rob from the rich to give to the poor,

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but it was a good try!

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-We feel the angst of the bidder.

-She can't resist it.

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-And the excitement of the seller.

-You out?

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-But who'll be the happiest when the final hammer falls?

-Are we all done?

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Well, it's just been a couple of weeks since we were with Angela

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and her daughter Nina at their home in Berkshire.

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Angela's goal is £700

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so that she can have a very special birthday treat

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for her daughter Nina when she's 16.

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So we've brought all her items here today to sell

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at the Chiswick auction rooms in west London,

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and we're just waiting now for the bidders to arrive

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and hopefully, they'll buy their things when they go under the hammer.

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Today, we're at a sale of fine antiques and works of art.

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I hope that's good news for Angela and her items,

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in particular, the Edwin Earp watercolours and, of course, the Georgian silver candlestick.

0:24:230:24:30

They really do look rather splendid here on all this lovely furniture, don't they, James?

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I'm having one last nostalgic look at this wonderful Georgian silver candlestick.

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-Yes, because that really does have age and quality to it.

-Absolutely.

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Whereas this one, having taken a closer look at it, always was a silver lamp.

0:24:460:24:50

Absolutely and quite rightly, the auction house have chopped off the wires.

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They are not guaranteeing it's safe as an electrical fitting. You've got to source out the electrics yourself.

0:24:540:25:01

Completely. This one, we decided, was round about what period?

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I think that's 1930s. It's actually not a particularly old one.

0:25:040:25:08

It's a wonderful sale here today and I think the people here will recognise the quality in that piece.

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Hope so.

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The bidders have now started to arrive and there seems to be a fair amount of interest in our items.

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But there's one piece they can't look at just now.

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Hello Angela and Nina, taking a last look at your royal connections there!

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You didn't know what that was, did you?

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-No, not at all.

-But we think that might do quite well today?

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I think so, with that royal connection and all the carriage fittings.

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-£30 to £50, it's got to do better than that.

-It should do.

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£700 is our target. Angela, have you told Nina yet

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what you're going to do for her 16th birthday?

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-Yes.

-So, she knows already.

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-I have told her.

-So, what are you going to do?

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We're going to actually do a makeover for her, for her bedroom.

0:25:550:25:58

Fantastic! Have you worked out what you want to do in the bedroom?

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-Yeah.

-What's it going to be?

-We're going to wallpaper a wall and change my bed and change everything.

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-Fantastic, so that £700 target we've got today, we've got to make, haven't we?

-Oh, yes.

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Shall we go and take our places? Let battle commence!

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Angela has a dozen interesting offerings here, so let's hope they stand out amongst the competition.

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The first of her lots to come up is a lovely old book

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with a price tag of...

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Angela, tell me about this book,

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The Historical Anecdotes of the Life of Robin Hood.

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It came from a garage sale near my house.

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We were going out for the afternoon to get some plants

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and I saw this sign,

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and I said to my husband, "Let's go and have a look,"

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and I had a box full of books for two pounds.

0:26:480:26:50

-You can't resist it, can you?

-No, I can't.

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£10, £10 for it? £5 for it? Thank you, a bid at 5.

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INAUDIBLE

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Bidder at £5. Give me 6 for it?

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£5, a starting bid of £5. Are we done? £5, you bidding 6?

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-£5 and going...

-GAVEL BANGS

0:27:040:27:07

I'm not sure whether we did rob from the rich to pay the poor,

0:27:070:27:11

but it was a good try!

0:27:110:27:12

It was a profit!

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And it's a start,

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but not much will change in Nina's bedroom

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unless we make more than a fiver.

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Next up is a lot that's fit for a queen.

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It's the collection of horse tack that once adorned the horses

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of Victoria Regina's Knights and Ladies of the Garter.

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Perhaps even the Queen herself.

0:27:320:27:35

You're going to have people interested in horses and interested in royalty here.

0:27:370:27:41

Well, absolutely. I think Lord Hambleden is obviously very posh,

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but not as posh as royalty, and that's what we're hoping for

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is to get a paltry £30 to £50.

0:27:490:27:52

With that royal connection and the fantastic quality

0:27:520:27:55

on those tracers, I hope it canters away.

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£40. £20.

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-Oh, no.

-£10.

-No.

-My goodness!

0:28:010:28:05

Thank you, a bid at 10.

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A bid at 10, looking for 12, who'll give me 12? 15.

0:28:070:28:10

15? 15. 18? 18. 20?

0:28:100:28:12

22? 22.

0:28:120:28:14

25. At £25... 28? At £25...we're done.

0:28:140:28:20

Last time £25, all done. £25...

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£25, you look disappointed.

0:28:240:28:27

-I thought it would be more than that.

-It didn't run away.

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That WAS a little disheartening though,

0:28:320:28:36

especially given its royal connections.

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Still, it did almost make

0:28:390:28:40

James's lowest estimate.

0:28:400:28:42

Next it's the turn of the small Victorian brass telescope.

0:28:420:28:45

The estimate here is...

0:28:450:28:48

Where did this come from?

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-A car-boot sale.

-Surprise me, tell me what you paid for it?

0:28:510:28:56

-I paid about 50p for it.

-Oh, well, even though it's got a bit of damage,

0:28:560:29:00

I'm feeling bullish - I think we're going to guarantee a profit on this.

0:29:000:29:04

Here we go!

0:29:040:29:05

Victorian brass telescope. £20...

0:29:050:29:08

Take a bid at £20... £20... 22...

0:29:080:29:12

22... 25...

0:29:120:29:15

30... 32? 30, is that all?

0:29:170:29:20

At £30,

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at £30, all done,

0:29:220:29:26

£30, it goes out the door...

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-Wonderful.

-Not bad.

-£30 was the top of the estimate.

-All right, top of the estimate.

0:29:280:29:32

So, that was right on the nose, James.

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And a good profit.

0:29:350:29:37

Angela certainly seems to have a talent for spotting classy items,

0:29:370:29:41

and her next lot is something else she picked up at a car-boot sale.

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The two cigarette cases, now with a price tag of...

0:29:460:29:49

I think its surprising that, since smoking became one of those things you don't do in public any more,

0:29:530:29:59

how many times we find wonderful cigarette cases tucked away in drawers in people's homes.

0:29:590:30:04

People do use them for all sorts of things and, of course, these do have a hallmark on them.

0:30:040:30:08

They're such good quality that people just like to have them on display.

0:30:080:30:13

£20 apiece doesn't sound a lot to me.

0:30:130:30:16

£20, please, a bid at £20... 22...

0:30:160:30:20

25... 28... 30... 32... 35... 38...

0:30:200:30:28

40... 42... 45... £42...

0:30:280:30:31

Come on, my son.

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42... £42... All finished at £42,

0:30:330:30:36

are we done? All finished at £42...

0:30:360:30:39

£42, £2 over your highest estimate, James.

0:30:390:30:42

-So they went really well.

-Yeah.

0:30:420:30:45

And another great result.

0:30:450:30:47

You know, Angela could have found her forte here.

0:30:470:30:50

The next item is the Comitti clock that is up for £60 to £80.

0:30:500:30:55

It was bought about 20 years ago, not by Angela, but her husband, Bob.

0:30:550:31:00

-Did he like it?

-I think he did, yeah.

0:31:020:31:04

His he going to be happy to see it go?

0:31:040:31:06

I don't know about him, but I am.

0:31:060:31:09

-Why's that?

-I just really want modern items in the house.

0:31:090:31:14

You're ganging up against your poor old dad and making him sell it!

0:31:140:31:18

Maybe.

0:31:180:31:20

£50 for it?

0:31:200:31:21

£40 for it? Bid at 40...

0:31:210:31:25

42... 45... 48...

0:31:250:31:27

50...

0:31:270:31:29

That was 50 already.

0:31:290:31:31

£50 now, 55... 60?

0:31:310:31:33

Back in at 55...

0:31:330:31:35

£55, and going. 55, your bid.

0:31:350:31:38

-£55.

-It wasn't bad.

0:31:380:31:41

You two will be pleased it's gone, your new look.

0:31:410:31:45

Just break the news to him gently.

0:31:450:31:48

Well, Bob may not have the golden touch of his wife,

0:31:480:31:51

but still, his clock was only £5 beneath James's lowest estimate.

0:31:510:31:56

Angela, something coming up that you have not bought

0:31:560:31:59

at a car-boot sale, and that's the canteen of silver-plated cutlery.

0:31:590:32:02

Remind where it did come from.

0:32:020:32:04

It was my husband's mother's.

0:32:040:32:06

It was their family cutlery, their best.

0:32:060:32:09

£30 to £60 about right, James?

0:32:090:32:12

I think it is about right, if you had for eight, or ten, or 12,

0:32:120:32:15

you'd be in hundreds and hundreds of pounds.

0:32:150:32:18

It's the fact that if you're giving a dinner party,

0:32:180:32:21

most people want more than six people there - it's as simple as that.

0:32:210:32:25

£30, start me. Thank you, £30. 32...

0:32:250:32:28

-They're already at £40.

-That's good.

-40 over there...

0:32:280:32:32

42... 45... 48... 50...

0:32:320:32:35

At 48, then, 50...

0:32:350:32:39

55... 60... 65... At £60, all done, your bid and gone, £60.

0:32:390:32:45

£60, top of the estimate!

0:32:450:32:47

-Top of the morning to you.

-That's a good result, isn't it?

-Yes.

0:32:470:32:52

There were quite a few bidders interested in that set

0:32:520:32:55

which pushed its price to the top.

0:32:550:32:58

Most of Angela's items have done really well today

0:32:580:33:01

and I think Angela and Nina are keen to know what the total is so far.

0:33:010:33:05

Halfway point, £700 is your total, so we'd be looking to make about £350 at this stage.

0:33:050:33:12

We're not quite there yet, but we do have some interesting things to come in the second half.

0:33:120:33:17

What's very interesting is, Angela,

0:33:170:33:19

you've been really cool as a cucumber watching everything go through,

0:33:190:33:22

and, Nina, you have been going...

0:33:220:33:24

SHE SQUEAKS

0:33:240:33:26

-..and almost levitating, are you enjoying yourself?

-Oh, definitely.

0:33:260:33:31

-So far, we've made £217.

-Wow.

0:33:310:33:34

But we've sold everything and we've got some great things to come.

0:33:340:33:38

If you have a special project in mind and need to raise a little money for it at auction,

0:33:380:33:43

it is worth bearing in mind that there are charges to be paid,

0:33:430:33:47

such as commission and they do vary from one sale room to another, so it is a good idea to check in advance.

0:33:470:33:53

Angela and Nina have six more items left to sell, including the stunning Georgian silver candlestick.

0:33:530:34:00

Next up is the oak-glazed display cabinet.

0:34:000:34:05

The price tag in the catalogue here is...

0:34:050:34:07

There's a large piece of furniture coming up. It must have left a hole.

0:34:090:34:13

Yes, there is a hole, but it's quite nice because I can now put something else more suitable.

0:34:130:34:18

£50 for it. £30 for it. Take 30... 32...

0:34:180:34:23

35... 38... 40... 42... 45...

0:34:230:34:26

Working its way up to what we really wanted!

0:34:260:34:29

55... 60... 65... One more please, 65... 70.. £70...

0:34:290:34:35

70, 75... £70, are we done at £70?

0:34:350:34:43

£70.

0:34:430:34:45

-That's not too bad.

-Could have done better, but you are delighted to have got rid of it, aren't you?

0:34:450:34:51

Yes, I don't want to take it back.

0:34:510:34:53

It wouldn't have gone back in the back of the car easily!

0:34:530:34:56

Just £10 under the top estimate is another great result

0:34:560:35:00

and £70 is a good amount to put in the pot.

0:35:000:35:05

The mahogany card table is up next. Will it be snapped up

0:35:050:35:09

for £60 to £100?

0:35:090:35:11

According to the catalogue, the next item of yours to come up

0:35:120:35:17

is the Edwardian mahogany tea table with a fold-over top and under-tier.

0:35:170:35:22

You were pretty convinced that this was a games table.

0:35:220:35:25

I'm not sure why they've called it a tea table,

0:35:250:35:27

because you've got cubby holes for putting your chips and playing cards.

0:35:270:35:32

I'd much rather be playing a game at that table than taking tea, which no-one does any more!

0:35:320:35:36

£50 for it, please... £50 for it.

0:35:360:35:39

The table. £50... 55... 60...

0:35:390:35:45

65... 70... 75...

0:35:450:35:47

-Still going up.

-Come on!

0:35:470:35:50

At £70, I'm going at £70...

0:35:500:35:53

£70, that's a bit more than you paid for it, isn't it, Angela?

0:35:530:35:56

Oh, yes, I paid about £18.

0:35:560:35:58

There you go, got a return.

0:35:580:36:00

You see? Learn from your mother, Nina.

0:36:000:36:02

I wonder if the winning bidder is going to play cards on it,

0:36:040:36:08

or take tea.

0:36:080:36:09

Now, we've got your wonderful collection of scent bottles here.

0:36:090:36:13

Although these were very girlie and very feminine, I liked them.

0:36:130:36:17

You must be sorry to see some of these go.

0:36:170:36:19

I am, in a way, because some of them are very, very lovely.

0:36:190:36:22

-How many have you got?

-Between 15 and 20, I think.

0:36:220:36:26

You're getting quite a lot for your money,

0:36:260:36:28

because £60 to £100 for the entire collection,

0:36:280:36:31

it's three of four quid each, which isn't huge.

0:36:310:36:34

They're very collectible, scent bottles.

0:36:340:36:36

£50... Thank you, a bid at £50. 55... 60...

0:36:360:36:42

65, I'll come back to you. 65... 70...

0:36:420:36:44

75... 80... 85...

0:36:440:36:47

90... 95...

0:36:470:36:49

-100... 110...

-Yes!

0:36:490:36:51

120...

0:36:510:36:53

130... Up to you now.

0:36:530:36:56

At 120...

0:36:560:36:58

130, new bidder. 140...

0:36:580:37:01

130... 140... At 130 in the middle, £130.

0:37:010:37:06

She really wants them, she's been outbid.

0:37:060:37:08

135, you want?

0:37:080:37:11

135, she's come back in.

0:37:110:37:14

She can't resist it, she's back in again.

0:37:140:37:16

£140, 145...

0:37:160:37:19

£140... 145, she means it...

0:37:190:37:23

150... 150...

0:37:230:37:26

155... You going to roll your eyes again?

0:37:260:37:29

At 150, and 155...

0:37:290:37:34

You out? 155! Why not?

0:37:340:37:36

160?

0:37:360:37:37

You've got 'em at 155.

0:37:370:37:40

-155, all done. 238, 155.

-GAVEL BANGS

0:37:400:37:44

Good price, and I'm glad she got them, because...

0:37:440:37:47

The look of disappointment! And then she thought, "There's going to be one more bid."

0:37:470:37:52

It was a very feminine lot, so it's right that she gets it.

0:37:520:37:56

We all felt quite involved there

0:37:560:37:57

and really wanted the bottles to go to that lady.

0:37:570:38:00

They went for a terrific price too, so we're doubly delighted.

0:38:000:38:04

Next, another collection that belonged to Angela's mother-in-law.

0:38:040:38:08

These silver hairbrushes and table mirrors are valued at...

0:38:080:38:14

Not something that you used on your dressing table.

0:38:140:38:17

They've just sat in a box for ages.

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-And it's not the kind of thing you would use either presumably, Nina?

-No, not really.

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Is it because you didn't like them, or...?

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They just weren't my style.

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£50...

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£30, start me.

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A bid at £30. 32...

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32... 35... 38... 40...

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42... 45... 48... 50... 55...

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It's now at £50...

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Are we done at £50? Going at £50...

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£50, bottom of the estimate, but that's a good result.

0:38:480:38:51

That's all right.

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Right on the nose, and another £50 into the pot.

0:38:530:38:58

Angela has just two lots left, with the Edwin Earp watercolours up first. She bought them

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from a local gallery, and now they're valued at...

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You were a little bit tipsy when you bought these, weren't you?

0:39:090:39:13

I really was, yes.

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I'd had a few drinks because they had an open evening

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and of course it was free drink and I decided I'd have something as well.

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So, I was showing off, I suppose!

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Three watercolours, £100...

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Thank you for the £100.

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110... 120... 130... 140... 150... 160...

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£150...

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150, take 160.

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-150, last chance, your bid...

-GAVEL BANGS

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-£150.

-It wasn't bad.

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It's time for somebody else to enjoy them.

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£150. That's £50 over what Angela paid for them originally.

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So, in spite of being a little tipsy at the time, she made a profit.

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It's time for our final lot and we should be going out with a bang,

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as it's the two candlesticks, one of which is Georgian.

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You bought it for next to nothing, didn't you?

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-What did you pay for them?

-I only paid £1 for each of them.

0:40:100:40:13

I'm going to come along with you. Next time you go for one of these, I want to be there!

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Let's see what your return is going to be on that one.

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150 to start me. 150 there.

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160... 170... 180...

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190... 200...

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210... 220... 230...

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240... 250...

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260... At £250...

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Going at £250 and gone...

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-Good.

-£250.

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Good result.

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It's a shame they didn't make more,

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but Angela seems very relaxed about the sale and she doesn't know her full total yet.

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I'm sure she's going to have good cause to get excited.

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I did say at the halfway point that we were not halfway to your £700, but never fear,

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because we were all optimistic that the second half was going to be good and it really has been.

0:41:040:41:09

£700 is what you wanted to spend on that makeover for Nina's room, but there's going to be a bit left over

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and I think, Angela, you should decide how you want

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to spend the rest of the money, because you've made £962.

0:41:190:41:23

-Oh, lovely.

-What?!

0:41:230:41:26

So, I think your mum gets to spend £262 on something else.

0:41:260:41:30

-A bit of pampering.

-Clothes for me!

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How about something for your mum?

0:41:330:41:35

No!

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Back at their house, and Angela has wasted no time in transforming Nina's bedroom.

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Even her dad, Bob, has been roped in

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along with a family friend to do the finishing touches.

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We've gone for the glamorous style, really.

0:41:530:41:58

She wanted it done as a movie star because she's heading into that kind of thing.

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So, what does Nina think of the makeover?

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NINA GASPS

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No way!

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I think it's really, really amazing.

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I absolutely love the light. It is so nice when you turn it on the light reflects on the ceiling.

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-And now she's going to keep it nice and clean, she's promised. Hopefully.

-Hopefully.

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Angela Hougham wants to give her daughter Neena a special 16th birthday treat. She calls in Angela Rippon and James Rylands to look through the various nick-nacks she has collected at boot sales over the years in order to raise some celebratory cash.