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Hello, and welcome to the show that searches for hidden treasures to sell at auction.

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You know what it's like, you go on holiday, you get carried away and bring back those typical souvenirs.

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Well, the couple we're meeting today have been doing that for 40 years.

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What they really want to know is, is there any cash in their attic?

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Coming up on Cash In The Attic, a pair of Staffordshire pugs that prove pedigree costs.

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-£40, 40 years ago?

-Yes.

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-Wow.

-It was a lot of money.

-LAUGHTER

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I think she was mugged.

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And some amateur craftsmanship dazzles our expert.

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-This is actually made by Len?

-Yeah.

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And it's solid silver? I can actually see a hallmark there, too.

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At auction, we hit the jackpot with some antique dice.

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I reckon you've thrown three sixes there.

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That's amazing.

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Find out what happens later, on Cash In The Attic.

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Well, today I've come to the picturesque Findon in West Sussex

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to meet a really adventurous couple

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who've called in the Cash In The Attic team

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to help them sell souvenirs of both their travels and their hobbies

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so they can finance a rather nice stay-at-home treat.

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Josie loves her pet pug, and husband Len loves his hobbies.

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Together, they have three daughters,

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seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Josie and Len were childhood sweethearts,

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and met when they were both working at WH Smith's in the 1950s.

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Len later went to work for the Daily Mirror

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in London's famous Fleet Street.

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When he retired in 1989, they moved to their holiday home in Spain,

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and they lived there for six years before deciding to move back

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to be with their family, who they missed very much.

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With a hoard of souvenirs and collectibles purchased over the years,

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they now want to clear out the clutter and raise enough money

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to buy something the whole family can gather around and enjoy.

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Jonty Hearnden is with me today,

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and with this lifelong experience of antiques,

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he knows just what to look for.

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-I can hear a noise that sounds like... Pug dog!

-Hello, how are you?

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Hello, lovely! I recognise that noise

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because I've got a pug dog and they always sound like they're snoring.

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You're lovely! Great to meet her, but I guess that's not why you've called us in!

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So, why did you call us?

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Er, we'd like to get some money to buy a plasma - I believe it's plasma - television.

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And I've got a few odd bits, and I'm hoping Jonty and yourself

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will look at them and be able to get me to the target - £300.

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-That's a very cheap plasma TV.

-Oh no, we've got some money to add to it.

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-Right.

-Just to top it up, and get what we want, we need about £300.

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OK, and the items that we'll be looking at, you say you've got quite a lot.

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-Is that stuff you've collected or inherited?

-Collected, mainly.

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-Um, yeah, over the years...

-I've collected something over the years, as well, called Jonty Hearnden!

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-I'm hoping he'll have found something to help us reach that £300 target. Shall we?

-Yes, certainly.

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Sniff him out! Where is he?

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Well, they certainly have a house filled with all sorts of bits and bobs,

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and I'm already feeling confident about raising that £300 towards the new plasma television.

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It looks like Jonty's made the first discovery.

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-Ah, Jonty!

-Ah!

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-Look what I've found.

-Have you found something already?

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Something amazing. I've got this treasure chest.

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Inside, all that glistens IS gold!

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It's wonderful. We've got this lovely, chunky 9-carat gold necklace here.

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-9-carat?

-Yes.

-Oh, good.

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And we've got one, two other, smaller necklaces,

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and a lovely pair of fish earrings.

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-Those are 9-carat gold as well...

-Good.

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-A lovely, little collection of gold. Can we sell this?

-Definitely.

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Is this stuff that you've bought yourself, over the years?

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No, my father, he used to work at Covent Garden.

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And when he finished work, he used to go to Hatton Garden

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and buy little bits of gold, and he got quite friendly with a jeweller,

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and he used to sell bits for him.

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And anything really nice, he used to show Len and Len used to buy them

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and he'd say it would do good in a rainy day.

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-And how long ago was that?

-Ooh, 40 years.

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He was ahead of his time, then, because there's lots of people

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buying and selling gold at the moment, aren't there?

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It's so exciting at the moment,

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because everyone's trading with gold, and as a consequence,

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the market, the price, is just going up and up and up.

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-Ooh, good.

-Right now, if you're thinking of selling gold...

-Yes.

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..you're hitting it just at the right moment.

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When it comes to valuing these items,

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we have to be unemotional about them - detached -

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because they are sold for their scrap value only.

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But just this small amount here, we're now looking at...

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-Really?!

-Just for this.

-Good God!

-It's a small amount.

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I'd have melted it down a long time ago!

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LAUGHTER

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-Really?!

-That's a great find.

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It is, isn't it?

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This collection has certainly been a great investment for them,

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and I'm hoping that I have the Midas touch,

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spotting this large, oval-frame mirror in the bedroom.

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It's not quite as valuable as Jonty's earlier find...

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When Len was made redundant from his Fleet Street job,

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they bought a plot of land in a town called Miami Playa in Spain, and built a villa.

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The next item is a piece of furniture

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they bought for the property, but brought back to England.

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Did you buy it at a market out there?

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No. I bought it in a little shop in where we lived - the town -

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and he was the builder.

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He decided to go into antiques.

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They weren't antiques, they were just second-hand furniture.

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How old do you think it is?

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19th century, sort of the old-fashioned...

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You know, I imagined it sitting up in an old house,

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up in the hills in Spain somewhere,

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and some old man sat on it, in his room, with candles, and what have you.

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Don't say that about Jonty, he gets most upset.

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Well, I can see why you might think it's 19th century,

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but if you look at those turned legs on the front,

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and the serpentine front of that seat,

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and if you look at the shape,

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it's sort of the shape of a 19th century nursing chair.

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-Oh!

-I can see where everyone's coming from.

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But certainly, this shape here, of the back,

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was never a British design at all.

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So of course, it has to be Spanish.

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This is Spanish, it's not British.

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But the turn on the leg does look 19th century, I grant you.

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But it's not. If you look closely at those legs,

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looking at the detail there,

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that is much more of an interpretation of a 19th century leg

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rather than the real McCoy.

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But don't worry about that, because some people will buy this chair

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because everyone needs a small chair in a bedroom.

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-How much did you pay for it?

-£5.

-Fiver, perfect.

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-£30 to £50 at auction.

-Wow!

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-Good.

-And worth an awful lot more once it's done up,

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but let someone else worry about that.

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Let somebody else make the profit,

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-but for you, that's a great return.

-It is, definitely.

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So, will Josie be happy to say adios to that distinctive chair

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when it goes before the bidders?

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What do we say for this one? £50, do we say?

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30 then?

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20? 10 for it. What's that, five? Good heavens!

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Oh, dear, does it climb back up?

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Five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten..

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Well, it does, but by how much? Find out later.

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As our search of Len and Josie's house continues,

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Jonty has a good look at the sideboard in the lounge,

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and decides to check out this collection of plates.

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They were all bought by Josie when they lived in Spain,

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and the images are transfer printed rather than hand-painted,

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so Jonty values them at:

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So, the plates go off to auction,

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but how has it been for Len and Josie, moving back from Spain?

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I know Jonty's busy and hard at work, but I thought we deserved a bit of a break,

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and I wanted to find out, because I know you've been together 50 years, is that right?

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-Yes...

-That's marriage.

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I think it was probably about six years we were sort of courting.

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On and off. We had our moments - yes, no, yes, no.

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And that went on for about four, five years, and we've been together ever since.

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So, tell me a little bit about the jobs that you've done, Len.

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I had a job in Fleet Street as a casual labourer to start with,

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but moved into the Daily Mirror

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as a night warehouseman for some 10-15 years.

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And Jo said to me, "Can't you get onto a day job?"

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And I moved onto the day, chauffeuring...which involved...

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Not always - sometimes I used to get called to drive Mr Maxwell to a place

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when his driver wasn't available.

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He would pick on any driver that picked that telephone up...

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-Anne Robinson.

-..and answered it. Anne Robinson.

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The editor, Stott, at the time. Sometimes Parky - Parkinson.

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-And Mother Teresa.

-Mother Teresa.

-Blimey!

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-Yeah, and she blessed him.

-She blessed me, yeah.

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-Maybe that's why we've...

-I've been good ever since.

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Maybe that's why we've got to this old age together.

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Let's hope Josie and Len's luck continues

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as we currently stand to raise £180 going by the estimates so far.

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And it looks like Jonty has seen the light,

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spotting this 1960s reproduction Edwardian glass ceiling light in the bedroom.

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He values it at £30 to £70.

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Josie has a keen interest in the kings and queens of England,

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and read that the aristocracy would keep two or three pugs in their bed to keep their feet warm.

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So, she got herself a pug.

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Now, I know pugs, and believe me, they do snore - all the time -

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so goodness knows what three of them in your bed at night would sound like!

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Excuse me, Jonty, I've just seen these two pugs...

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-A pair of pugs we have!

-Yes.

-OK.

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So, let's have a look at these. These are Staffordshire.

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-Really?

-Generically called Staffordshire

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because that's where they came from, that's where they were made.

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When you look so surprised, what were you told about them?

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Erm, nothing. I just thought they were just a little ornament.

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When you say Staffordshire, it rings bells, it's a good quality.

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Well, Staffordshire, it's not necessarily a fine quality.

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In fact, often the reverse.

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Certainly, in the 19th century, there were many factories in the Stoke-on-Trent area,

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that produced ceramics not necessarily for the rich,

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but for the masses.

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-Right.

-That's the reason why a lot of what they produced was, I suppose, very, very simple,

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and that's the reason why people started collecting Staffordshire,

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because they loved the simplicity.

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If you look at the simplicity of our pair of dogs here,

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they don't have great detail,

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but they somehow have character.

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-How much did you pay for these?

-£40.

-£40, 40 years ago?!

-Yes.

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JONTY LAUGHS

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I think she was mugged.

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LAUGHTER

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-Were you there at the time?

-Yes.

-Yes.

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Really? And how many months did that take to pay?

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I think we were earning about £4 a week.

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That's an extraordinarily large amount of money.

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-I know, but then that was the...

-It didn't feel like it.

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Well, they're obviously very loved, and they've been loved all that time.

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And we're getting older and the girls don't want them.

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Are you sure you're happy to sell them? I'm going to shock you.

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-Are you?

-They're worth...

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I don't think that they're worth the £40.

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I would put £30 to £50 for them at auction.

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How do you feel about that?

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-All right!

-They're going!

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Josie and Len seem more than happy to let them go

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even though they're worth less now than when they bought them.

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Buying antiques and collectibles as an investment is a skill,

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but the key is knowing when to sell,

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and having a bit of luck on your side.

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Josie's next find is an interesting one. It's a carved nut,

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and inside, there's three dice,

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so it's worth a gamble, as it's odds on winning £10 to £30 at auction.

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Jonty...

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What about this?

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-Another fish!

-Yep.

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-Wow, that's a much bigger... It's not really an earring, is it?

-No!

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So, tell me about this one.

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Len made that. We used to go to silver classes,

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and I have a small...

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-So this is actually made by Len?

-Yeah.

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-And it's solid silver?

-Yep.

-I can actually see a hallmark there, too.

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So he had it hallmarked, which is wonderful.

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The school we went to,

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they had the...Queen's jubilee for one year, the stamp.

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So whatever we made that year,

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it was all stamped with the jubilee stamp.

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Right, yes. That was quite a fashion at the time,

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-stamping those ingots, wasn't it?

-Yep.

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What else have we got...? Oh, talking of which!

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We've got loads of ingots. How many there?

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-One, two, three...

-Four.

-Four, yes.

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And...what have we got here?

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Oh, a charm bracelet Len bought me when I was 21.

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-Right.

-And then he's been adding to it each year.

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-Adding ever since.

-Yeah, and most of them were bought in Spain,

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-because they're a little bit different with the Spanish lady...

-The flamenco dancer.

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..and the policeman with the old type hat.

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When was the last time you wore this?

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I can't even remember. Years ago. It's just been stuck in a drawer.

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Which is a shame.

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-So not very practical when it comes to washing up?

-No, not at all.

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Excellent. Well, all our little items in there

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we will sell, probably, as one lot.

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-Oh, right.

-Again, we need to assess

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the sort of weight that we've got here.

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-Right.

-And a bit like the gold - we had less gold.

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-We have more silver here, but the same value at auction.

-Oh, great.

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-Great. I'm happy with that.

-Yeah?

-Mmm. Definitely.

-Excellent.

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A great find, and well done to Len and Josie

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for making all that jewellery.

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They clearly have the ability to craft out their own careers

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wherever they are.

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You must have been amongst the first of the Brits to sort of buy into Spain at that time?

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We bought a bit of land in Spain many years ago, and just sat on it.

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We always knew we were going to end up there.

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The disaster for us was I couldn't get to my retirement age

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to get the government pension

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to support what was deteriorating in that field of money at the time.

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So, we decided to come back. We missed the family.

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So, when you moved back to the UK, was it Findon that you chose?

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No. We went to Epsom and we bought a derelict bungalow,

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and we put it in good order,

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-and then from there, we used to come down here about three times a week, didn't we?

-For years.

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For about...six years, I suppose.

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And we used to come through the village sometimes, and she said, "I'd like to live here."

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And then she came round this cul-de-sac and we saw this for sale,

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and we put an offer in and sold at that end,

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and moved down here, and that's how we got down here.

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-So how many children have you got?

-Three. Three girls.

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And what are their ages?

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Er, Tracey, she's 46.

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-Yeah, I think so, about that.

-And Zena's 44...

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-and Liz will be about 41.

-42.

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-So you've been surrounded by girls, then.

-Yes. Dominated by girls!

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I grumble a bit, they say,

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but I think that's only natural.

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-When you get older, you don't want to be pushed and, "Get this," and...

-They say that about Jonty!

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LAUGHTER

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Yeah, leave him alone, like, you know!

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I hope he's not grumbling too much in there, because we need to find some stuff to sell, don't we?

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Len is a keen fisherman and goes carp fishing three times a week.

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His parents were also enthusiasts,

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and gave him his own fishing rod and reel.

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Unfortunately, though, there's no manufacturer's mark,

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and that makes it difficult to date and value.

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Let's hope we reel in the bidders at...

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It seems Len's a man with many hidden talents.

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So, Len, here we are in your dusty garage,

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but we're surrounded by movie making equipment.

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-Yep.

-Is this you?

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This was, years ago, me,

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but as movie equipment advanced

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and the family grew up, I lost interest.

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We've got a lot of equipment here - two projectors.

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One projector here is by Bell & Howell,

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which is a great American name.

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This is a Super 8. Does that do 16mm as well?

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-That does both.

-And we've got this lovely little cine camera here.

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That's wonderful.

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Well, it was at the time, but when you look at it now,

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you think it's a bit cheap, you know what I mean?

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Not really, because Bell & Howell again - the same as the projector.

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Now it's the camera itself that has the value,

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because there are people - certain enthusiasts who want to make their own movies in the old-fashioned way.

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They'll use an old camera like this,

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but quite possibly use everything else in the new, digital format,

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so editing might happen more digitally, rather than using your - let's say old-fashioned - equipment.

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I don't think you'll get a vast amount for it at auction,

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but I think you're looking at, possibly £50 to £100 for it.

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-Fine, fine.

-You happy about that?

0:18:010:18:03

Oh, yeah, definitely, because that is a reasonable sum.

0:18:030:18:06

-Yes. I mean, it makes...

-For something that's hanging about.

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It makes the difference between, "What do I do with it? Do I literally get rid of it?"

0:18:090:18:14

-Or, "Can I make some money out of it?"

-Or pass it on.

0:18:140:18:17

-You certainly can do that as far as auction is concerned.

-That's great.

0:18:170:18:20

-Shall we put the whole lot in?

-Yeah, do it.

-Excellent.

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Now, the girls are busy in the house.

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I've brought the ice creams.

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Let's roll this cine film and see what happens.

0:18:280:18:32

PROJECTOR WHIRRS Is that you?

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That's me - it was. That's back in England.

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As the boys reminisce, we're coming to the end of our rummage,

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searching for items that will help them replace this old technology

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with something more up-to-date.

0:18:440:18:46

I find this Beswick owl.

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This was a gift from Josie's father, and dates back to the 1980s.

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It's still collectable today. It's valued at £20-£30.

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And collecting is one of Josie's big hobbies.

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She didn't stop, even when they moved to Spain.

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Now, of course you know, but a lot of people might be looking at this

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and thinking, "They're all Ladrow figures."

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-Yes.

-But they're not, are they?

-No.

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Because if you look on the underside, here,

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-you have a Tengra stamp.

-That's right.

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Now, Ladrow, and many other factories,

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were based in the region of Valencia.

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They have about 70% of the market share...

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-Really?

-..of this style of figurine work.

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But there are smaller factories that are in the style of,

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and Tengra is one of them.

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If they had been Ladrow,

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we would have been talking about an appreciably larger sum of money.

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They have to be, at least, worth...

0:19:420:19:45

It's only that sort of ballpark that I think we are playing with,

0:19:480:19:51

-which of course, is not necessarily even getting your money back.

-No.

0:19:510:19:55

So, how do you feel about that?

0:19:550:19:58

Um...I think we can take a chance and see,

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or I might keep one or two pieces back. Depends.

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I have got a couple of pieces that are favourite,

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and I might keep a few bits back.

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-OK.

-I might not.

-We'll watch this space.

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Yes, yes.

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Right, well. I have to say, these might have not returned a huge investment for you,

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which as you say, wasn't the point, but lots of other things have.

0:20:210:20:25

You wanted £300, didn't you?

0:20:250:20:27

-Yes.

-So that you can remove all of these and put the television up here.

-Yes.

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Right, well the value of everything that's going to auction comes to £540!

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-Oh, that's great news!

-Lovely. Yeah, brilliant.

0:20:360:20:39

-Yeah, I'm well pleased with that.

-Well pleased.

0:20:390:20:42

That's fantastic. We smashed through the £300 target today,

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and I can see Cash In The Attic in widescreen up on their wall already.

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And, to get us to that target,

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are some great finds, including...

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the collection of gold jewellery they bought as an investment

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on the advice of Josie's father 40 years ago.

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That should set the bidders' eyes alight.

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And there's silver jewellery, too.

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Many of the pieces were made by Len and Josie.

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And there's the two Staffordshire ceramic pugs,

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which Josie bought for £40, 40 years ago.

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Let's hope they break through the estimate

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when they go under the hammer.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic...

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A mirror given as payment for a DIY job attracts a lot of attention.

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Len, your job was worth £40!

0:21:360:21:39

-Crikey!

-I hope that lady's watching.

0:21:390:21:42

And Jonty thinks Josie's plates still have a place at auction.

0:21:430:21:48

I eat off a plate every day!

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But will we get our just desserts?

0:21:520:21:54

Now it's been a few weeks since we met Len, Josie and the pug dog Sol.

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We had a great day at their home.

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We found plenty of antiques and collectibles to bring here,

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to Denham's auction house in Sussex.

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Now remember, they want to raise £300 towards that new plasma TV.

0:22:110:22:14

Let's just hope the bidders are tuned in to our items when they go under the hammer today.

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These fortnightly auctions take place in rural Sussex,

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and they sell everything from antiques and fine quality furniture

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to curios, costume jewellery and house clearance goods.

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Ah, good morning, Jonty.

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-Oh, hi, Lorne.

-Oh, look. Little pugs.

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Now I know you're a fan of pugs as well.

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I wouldn't go that far. I do happen to have a pug dog.

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But he's so uncontrollable, I wouldn't say I'm a fan!

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And of course, we've got that lovely, handmade jewellery.

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People are looking for something different now, aren't they?

0:22:480:22:51

Absolutely, and that's what we have today.

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Looking around already, there is a vast selection of items,

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from real modern pieces through to the antiques,

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so hopefully that will reflect in the sort of buyers that come here.

0:23:000:23:03

-We're in just the right place.

-We've got those Spanish figures as well.

0:23:030:23:07

-Lots to sell.

-Come on then, let's get going.

0:23:070:23:10

Len and Josie brought their collection here a few days ago.

0:23:100:23:14

So, did everything arrive?

0:23:140:23:15

-That one's got the label on it...

-Good morning!

0:23:170:23:19

Hello, very nice to see you.

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There's two here, and I've seen a few others.

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I've only spotted six.

0:23:240:23:26

-Yes.

-What happened with the other three?

0:23:260:23:28

-I couldn't bring them all!

-Couldn't part with them.

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Once I took them all down from the wall,

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it just looked so bare.

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And I had a chap come round

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to see about putting the telly up - when we buy it - on the wall,

0:23:370:23:41

and he said it wasn't a safe wall.

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So it was an excuse to keep three of them to put back on the wall

0:23:430:23:47

-and get a stand when we get the television.

-Oh, right.

0:23:470:23:51

Everything else is here, I take it?

0:23:510:23:53

-Yes.

-Have you put any reserves on any of the items?

-Yes, I did.

0:23:530:23:56

Erm, I was a little bit worried about the silver.

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When I actually boxed it up, I thought,

0:24:000:24:03

"It's such a sentimental value, and Len made me that large silver fish,"

0:24:030:24:08

I thought I'd put a reserve on it.

0:24:080:24:11

Erm, I did want to sell it,

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but I'm a little bit not quite sure, so I put the reserve.

0:24:130:24:18

If it sells for £150, I'll be happy.

0:24:180:24:20

Well, it's a wise thing to do,

0:24:200:24:22

because if there is sentimental value,

0:24:220:24:24

or you're having second thoughts...

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The money will outweigh it.

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The reserve protects it from going for too little.

0:24:270:24:30

There's nothing worse, if you do have sentimentality about an item,

0:24:300:24:34

-seeing it go for less...

-Then you feel more unhappy.

0:24:340:24:36

-That's the point of reserves.

-Absolutely.

0:24:360:24:39

The auctioneer today is Simon Langton,

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who's been with this auction house for 18 years.

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And our first lot of Len and Josie's to come up

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is the ornate, carved wooden nut,

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shaped like an egg, and containing three bone dice.

0:24:480:24:51

Where did these come from?

0:24:540:24:56

One of my neighbours, when I lived in Spain,

0:24:560:24:58

she had to go back through ill health,

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and I used to always pick it up and play with it when I went over there for tea,

0:25:010:25:05

and when she moved, she asked me if I'd like that

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and a couple of other little things that I liked.

0:25:080:25:11

What do we say for it? £30 for it? 20, then. I'm bid 20.

0:25:110:25:14

And two. 24, 26, 28, 30.

0:25:140:25:17

And two. 34, 36, 38...

0:25:170:25:19

We're not at £38, then.

0:25:190:25:21

40, then, and two.

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With me, now, at 42, then.

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Are we done, now?

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At 42, and selling at £42, you're all done at 42, are you?

0:25:250:25:29

-£42! That's really good, isn't it?

-It's ridiculous!

0:25:290:25:33

I think you've thrown three sixes there! That's amazing.

0:25:330:25:38

Well, that's a great start to our day here,

0:25:380:25:41

and Josie's delighted.

0:25:410:25:43

Next up is another acquisition from Spain, the white chair.

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It's in the catalogue for:

0:25:470:25:50

What do we say for this one? £50 for it, do we say?

0:25:500:25:53

30 then? Come on now.

0:25:530:25:54

20? 10 for it. I'm bid five... What's that, five?! Good heavens.

0:25:540:25:58

Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,

0:25:580:26:01

12, 14... At £14. Can't sell this at £14.

0:26:010:26:05

Do I see any more than 14? Can't sell it at 14 then.

0:26:050:26:09

-It's unsold.

-It doesn't matter.

-£14!

0:26:090:26:11

-I'm glad.

-Are you?

0:26:110:26:13

What happened there, the auctioneer put it up to a sensible figure,

0:26:130:26:17

then offered it in the room, and there was no bidding going on at all.

0:26:170:26:21

-No, but that's OK.

-I think £14, actually, given the fact you paid £5 for it, wasn't too bad, was it?

0:26:210:26:27

-Are you going to put it back in its place?

-No, I've put another chair there!

0:26:270:26:30

-Have you? Oh dear!

-A rocking chair.

0:26:300:26:33

-I'm sure you'll find a space for it.

-I will do.

0:26:330:26:35

Well, Josie's obviously not too disappointed with that non-sale,

0:26:350:26:40

but we are here to try and make them some money.

0:26:400:26:42

The next lot is the one that I spotted -

0:26:420:26:45

a bevelled wall mirror in a decorative gilt frame.

0:26:450:26:48

And it's a bargain:

0:26:480:26:51

So, tell me the story about this one.

0:26:520:26:54

Well, it's really Len's little story.

0:26:540:26:58

He did a decorating job for this old lady.

0:26:580:27:01

What happened, Len?

0:27:010:27:03

Well, I was doing this decorating job with my son-in-law,

0:27:030:27:07

and in actual fact, she wanted the garage door painted.

0:27:070:27:13

And it was only for a couple of hours,

0:27:130:27:16

so really, for the amount of money we were getting for the job,

0:27:160:27:20

I thought I'd do it for nothing, and she...

0:27:200:27:23

When I opened the garage door, there were these two items standing there, and she said,

0:27:230:27:27

"I must pay you something." So I said, "Well, I'll have the mirror and the lamp."

0:27:270:27:31

And that's what happened. I was so pleased that I got the mirror.

0:27:310:27:35

I thought it was a lovely looking mirror.

0:27:350:27:38

Well your paint job now looks worth £20-£30,

0:27:380:27:40

according to the auction estimate.

0:27:400:27:42

Well, that is more than she would have paid me, probably.

0:27:420:27:45

-Yes.

-Yes.

-Well I like the way you're working there.

0:27:450:27:48

There's obviously a big future in swapping trades and items.

0:27:480:27:51

What do we say for it? £20, do we say?

0:27:510:27:54

10, then? Come on. I'm bid 10.

0:27:540:27:56

12, 14, 16, 18, 20.

0:27:560:27:59

And two. 24. 26?

0:27:590:28:03

24 with you. Yours at... Ah, 26.

0:28:030:28:06

28 now. 30. And two. 34, 36.

0:28:060:28:11

38, 40. And two?

0:28:110:28:14

Gentleman's bid at £40 then.

0:28:140:28:16

Are we all done at 40, are we? Away we go at 40.

0:28:160:28:19

Len! Your job was worth £40!

0:28:190:28:22

Crikey!

0:28:220:28:23

I hope that lady's watching.

0:28:230:28:26

That's brilliant - double Jonty's estimate. Well done, Len.

0:28:260:28:30

Their next lot is the 19th century fishing reel and rod.

0:28:300:28:34

Will the bidders bite?

0:28:340:28:36

Now these fishing reels can make big money, depending on the name.

0:28:380:28:42

Anything to do with angling is a big market.

0:28:420:28:45

-Hopefully we can do quite well.

-Right.

0:28:450:28:47

What do we say? £30 for it?

0:28:470:28:49

Come on now. 20. I'm bid 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20.

0:28:490:28:54

And two. 24, 26. With me at £26 then.

0:28:540:28:57

Are we done and selling now? At 26.

0:28:570:28:59

Are you all done at 26 now? Sure about this then?

0:28:590:29:02

-£26, that's OK.

-It's to your mate.

-Is it?

0:29:020:29:06

It's a nice present to get. £26, here you go.

0:29:060:29:11

So, Len and Josie are happy with that result.

0:29:110:29:14

Let's hope we can feather our nest a bit more with our next lot -

0:29:140:29:19

the Beswick owl.

0:29:190:29:20

This, Beswick - animals and things - do very well, don't they, even though they're relatively modern?

0:29:210:29:27

Simply because the factory's closed. There were a lot produced, but the ones that are rare colour ways,

0:29:270:29:32

the ones that weren't produced in many numbers, can fetch huge sums of money.

0:29:320:29:36

What do we say for a seated owl? Do we say £10 for him?

0:29:360:29:40

Rare breed. I'm bid 10 straight in. 12, 14, 16...

0:29:400:29:45

Yes? 18, 20. 18 with you, do I see 20? At 18, standing.

0:29:450:29:50

I'm going to sell now.

0:29:500:29:52

Are we all done at £18 then?

0:29:520:29:55

-Oh.

-What did we have?

-I had £20 to £30.

-That's OK.

0:29:550:29:59

-18...

-That's OK.

-£2 under.

-No problem.

0:29:590:30:03

Len and Josie are happy with that result, so they're letting Jonty off the hook

0:30:030:30:07

with his slightly higher estimate.

0:30:070:30:09

Let's see how his valuation on the Staffordshire pugs does

0:30:090:30:13

as these little furry friends are up next.

0:30:130:30:15

-We want £30 to £50, Jonty.

-Absolutely. I'm sure somebody will love them.

0:30:150:30:20

-Yes.

-I was admiring them earlier.

0:30:200:30:22

Lorne likes pugs, so a lot of people in the room, I'm sure, will be interested.

0:30:220:30:27

We've both been sensible enough not to bring the pugs.

0:30:270:30:30

-The real versions.

-Otherwise a few things would be broken!

0:30:300:30:33

A pair of Staffordshire style figures of pugs.

0:30:330:30:36

Handsome little dogs.

0:30:360:30:37

My grandmother was a champion breeder of these beasts.

0:30:370:30:40

What do we say for them?

0:30:400:30:41

What do we say for them? £30 for them?

0:30:410:30:45

20 then. They don't eat much. 12, 14, 16.

0:30:450:30:49

Come along. With me at £16. That's bought one of them.

0:30:490:30:52

With me at 16. 18. At £18, then.

0:30:520:30:55

Are we all done and selling? Can't sell this at 18.

0:30:550:30:59

At £18 then. Everyone wants to see me afterwards.

0:30:590:31:03

How do you feel? Disappointed?

0:31:030:31:05

-Well, yeah, it did seem a little bit...

-Yes.

0:31:050:31:08

Maybe it's not everybody's dog, though, a pug.

0:31:080:31:11

No, that's very true. We have to consider that, but that's a pair like that.

0:31:110:31:17

You know, I still think that would have been very, very cheap, had it sold at that price.

0:31:170:31:21

Yeah, the auctioneer was wise. He took them up to that figure,

0:31:210:31:25

-but they weren't biting any further, so he brought them in.

-Yes.

-So, unsold.

0:31:250:31:29

That's fine, I'm quite happy with that.

0:31:290:31:31

The ceramic pugs are unsold,

0:31:310:31:33

but Josie's not bothered, as she has the real thing at home.

0:31:330:31:37

What we need to know now is, "Are we reaching our £300 target?"

0:31:370:31:40

The auction's continuing,

0:31:400:31:42

but we've sold our morning section of lots, anyway,

0:31:420:31:45

which we've done really well with, apart from the pugs.

0:31:450:31:48

It's OK. I'm quite happy with that.

0:31:480:31:50

OK, all right. Everything else got away,

0:31:500:31:52

and given that a lot of the items were things that you'd made,

0:31:520:31:56

or been given, or done jobs for,

0:31:560:31:58

I'm pleased to tell you that so far, you've banked £126.

0:31:580:32:01

-That's good.

-That's good.

-Are you pleased with that?

-Yes.

0:32:010:32:05

We've still got lots to come this afternoon,

0:32:050:32:07

so we've got time for a quick break.

0:32:070:32:10

-Jonty's spotted a few bits and pieces.

-I have.

-Follow me.

-OK.

0:32:100:32:14

If you have a special project in mind

0:32:140:32:16

that you'd like to try and raise money for at auction,

0:32:160:32:19

do bear in mind that there are charges to be paid, such as commission.

0:32:190:32:22

These vary from one sale room to another,

0:32:220:32:25

so it's always worth enquiring in advance.

0:32:250:32:27

Now, Len may have been paid by a mirror in the past,

0:32:280:32:32

but Jonty's keen to reflect on an even better example he's come across

0:32:320:32:36

in the sale room here today.

0:32:360:32:37

This is a really beautiful French toilet mirror.

0:32:380:32:41

Now, it has the appearance

0:32:410:32:43

of being a mirror that should be early 19th century,

0:32:430:32:46

but I believe this to be a lot later than that.

0:32:460:32:49

This little toilet mirror is probably about 100 years old,

0:32:490:32:52

but the quality is quite superb.

0:32:520:32:55

What's so different about this mirror

0:32:550:32:57

is that we have this little bronze figure sitting,

0:32:570:32:59

and the way she's sitting

0:32:590:33:02

is she's not looking out randomly. She's sitting there for a purpose.

0:33:020:33:06

She's actually admiring herself in this moving mirror here.

0:33:060:33:09

She can see her own reflection

0:33:090:33:11

in the toilet mirror. It really is lovely.

0:33:110:33:14

So, we don't expect it

0:33:140:33:15

to go for a couple of hundred?

0:33:150:33:17

Well, it's estimated in the catalogue at £200-£300,

0:33:170:33:20

but I think that this should be more like £400-£500.

0:33:200:33:24

OK, well that rules me out. What about you?

0:33:240:33:27

-Yes, rules me out too!

-Come on then!

0:33:270:33:29

But as it turns out,

0:33:290:33:31

I bet Jonty wishes he COULD have been paid by mirror...

0:33:310:33:34

Selling...

0:33:340:33:35

..as it sold for £540.

0:33:350:33:38

We're all back in position again, ready for Len and Josie's next lot.

0:33:380:33:43

It's that collection of Spanish porcelain plates.

0:33:430:33:46

-OK, now, for the plates, we want £30-£50.

-Yes.

0:33:460:33:50

I bet they cost you a lot more.

0:33:500:33:52

They did, but it's fashion, isn't it?

0:33:520:33:54

-Yes.

-Probably just not everybody is into plates now.

0:33:540:33:58

The fashion changes.

0:33:580:34:00

-Well, let's see what we can get for them.

-OK.

0:34:000:34:03

What do we say for those? Classical plates there.

0:34:030:34:05

£30 for them, do we say?

0:34:050:34:08

20 then. 10 to get us going. Come on now.

0:34:080:34:11

I'm bid £5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10...

0:34:110:34:14

At £10, then. Are we done? 12, 14,

0:34:140:34:18

16, 18, 20

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and two, 24, 26, 28. 28 at the back.

0:34:200:34:24

Going to sell now at £28.

0:34:240:34:25

-Good.

-£28, are you happy with that?

0:34:250:34:28

-Yes.

-Yes.

-Good, OK. More money in the bank.

0:34:280:34:31

I was a little bit concerned when you said plates are out of fashion. I eat off a plate every day.

0:34:310:34:36

Yes, Jonty. Don't pack in your day job.

0:34:360:34:39

Your estimate was almost spot-on there.

0:34:390:34:41

Next up is the Bell & Howell super 8 movie projector,

0:34:410:34:44

edit machine and photographic equipment.

0:34:440:34:47

All for:

0:34:470:34:50

Well, they're very collectable, but actually quite rare, super 8s.

0:34:510:34:55

A lot has just been thrown away.

0:34:550:34:56

There are collectors for this sort of thing, but I just hope they're here, because you can't guarantee it.

0:34:560:35:02

What do we say for it? £50 for it?

0:35:020:35:05

30, then?

0:35:050:35:07

20, have we then?

0:35:070:35:08

I'm bid £10. 12, 14,

0:35:080:35:10

16, 18. At £18, do I see 20 anywhere?

0:35:100:35:14

At £18 - a cheap lot at £18 then. Are we done at £18 then?

0:35:140:35:19

-No.

-Not sold.

-No.

0:35:190:35:21

Oh, what a shame. But still, Len's going to hold onto it

0:35:210:35:24

and may yet put it to use.

0:35:240:35:25

The next lot is the two glass light fittings.

0:35:250:35:29

They're a relatively cheap buy, really, £30-£70.

0:35:330:35:36

That's quite a broad-ranging estimate.

0:35:360:35:38

-Well, they're a nice pair, or they're very similar.

-Yes, that's right.

0:35:380:35:42

-Not exactly identical.

-They were two bedroom ones.

0:35:420:35:45

But again, not quite sure where that market is.

0:35:450:35:48

That's the reason why I've put quite a big estimate differential.

0:35:480:35:53

But let's hope that we get... If we can get slap bang in the middle,

0:35:530:35:56

-we should all be happy.

-Super.

0:35:560:35:59

£20 for them, do we say? I'm bid 20 straight in.

0:35:590:36:03

And two. 24.

0:36:030:36:05

With me now at 24 then.

0:36:050:36:06

Do I see 26? 25 then.

0:36:060:36:09

With me now at 25, then. Do I see 26? 26 standing.

0:36:090:36:11

At 26, do I see 28?

0:36:110:36:13

At 26 with you, sir. Looking for 28. At 26, are we all done at 26?

0:36:130:36:17

Going to sell at 26 then.

0:36:170:36:20

-There's your answer. Just underneath the bottom end estimate.

-Doesn't matter.

0:36:200:36:24

-£26, are you OK with that?

-Yeah.

-Fine.

-All right.

0:36:240:36:27

So, £26, and Len and Josie are happy with that.

0:36:270:36:31

Their next lot is the silver jewellery that they both made.

0:36:310:36:34

Given the sentimentality attached to this lot,

0:36:340:36:38

Josie has put on a £150 reserve.

0:36:380:36:41

What do say for that collection? Do we say £100 for it then?

0:36:440:36:49

75. I'm bid 50.

0:36:490:36:51

And five, 60,

0:36:510:36:53

and five, 70, and five, 80,

0:36:530:36:56

and five, 90,

0:36:560:36:58

and five, 100.

0:36:580:37:00

-And 10, 120, 130, 140...

-Go on!

-150 now?

0:37:000:37:05

-150 with you then...

-Yes!

-Yes!

0:37:050:37:07

Selling now, at £150 then.

0:37:070:37:10

-How about that?

-Yes, well pleased.

-Are you happy with that?

-Yes.

0:37:100:37:15

-You cracked it.

-Well, not personally.

0:37:150:37:19

Anyway, I think that's great. Your own craftsmanship as well. Handmade pieces, a lot of those.

0:37:190:37:24

-Yes. And they were solid.

-There was only one bidder in the room,

0:37:240:37:28

and because you had that reserve, it went all the way up to £150.

0:37:280:37:31

-Ah!

-So that's thanks to you.

0:37:310:37:34

Sold for Josie's reserve, they're obviously delighted

0:37:340:37:37

that the winning bidder appreciated their talents

0:37:370:37:40

for making beautiful silver objects.

0:37:400:37:41

The next lot is the Tengra figures.

0:37:430:37:45

Josie couldn't bear to part with some of them,

0:37:450:37:48

so not all of them are here.

0:37:480:37:49

Right, we've got six figures, not the nine in the catalogue,

0:37:490:37:53

-so will the auctioneer be pointing that out, Jonty?

-Yes, he'll make that very clear.

0:37:530:37:58

Of course, the estimate in the catalogue still reads £100-£150.

0:37:580:38:02

If we get slightly less, please don't be too disappointed.

0:38:020:38:05

No, I won't be. We'd already thought of that. Yes.

0:38:050:38:09

We're with you. We watch you too much.

0:38:090:38:13

-It'll be me that gets it in the neck, you realise?

-No!

0:38:130:38:16

Only six, and not nine.

0:38:160:38:17

Very easy to be an auctioneer. You have to have many talents.

0:38:170:38:20

One of them is being able not to count,

0:38:200:38:23

so there are only six and not nine as we've stated in the catalogue.

0:38:230:38:26

So, what do we say for those?

0:38:260:38:28

Six instead of nine, do we say £100 for them?

0:38:280:38:31

Do we say 50 for them?

0:38:320:38:34

-Oh!

-Decorative figures. 30 then?

0:38:340:38:37

20. Thank you, I'm bid £20, and two.

0:38:380:38:40

24, 26, 28, 30, and two, 34, 36, 38.

0:38:400:38:45

At £38 then.

0:38:450:38:48

Are we done, then, at £38 then? Can't sell them at then. At £38...

0:38:480:38:53

-Back on the wall.

-Oh, no they're not.

0:38:530:38:55

What are you going to do with them?

0:38:550:38:57

Um...

0:38:570:38:58

-Wrap them up and put them away.

-Put them in the loft with the camera.

0:38:580:39:02

Oh no! Josie and Len are going to be taking

0:39:020:39:05

a fair bit of stuff back with them today,

0:39:050:39:07

but I don't think Josie really minds.

0:39:070:39:10

Now, it's the final lot, the gold jewellery.

0:39:100:39:12

This time not made by Len or Josie,

0:39:120:39:15

but bought as an investment

0:39:150:39:17

on the advice of Josie's father 40 years ago.

0:39:170:39:20

Now our next lot is a collection of gold,

0:39:200:39:22

although I notice in the catalogue it's described as "gilt metal".

0:39:220:39:26

Gilt metal, yeah. I had a word with the auctioneer,

0:39:260:39:28

and he said because they're not hallmarked,

0:39:280:39:31

they had to put them down as gilt.

0:39:310:39:33

So that's fine, I'm quite happy with that.

0:39:330:39:35

Gilt metal necklace. Other items of gilt metal etc, etc, etc.

0:39:350:39:39

As you see them, there.

0:39:390:39:41

Quite a collection. What do we say for them? £100 for them? I'm bid 100 straight in.

0:39:410:39:46

Do I see the 10? At £100,

0:39:460:39:48

and 10, 120, 130,

0:39:480:39:51

140, 150, 160, 170,

0:39:510:39:54

180,

0:39:540:39:56

190, 200, and 20.

0:39:560:39:59

240, 260? 240 with you.

0:39:590:40:00

-I told you you were valuable.

-Are we done, now, at 240, and selling?

0:40:000:40:05

-240 quid!

-Are you pleased with that?

0:40:050:40:08

It's crazy!

0:40:080:40:09

Crazy, isn't it?

0:40:090:40:10

Well, we've certainly ended on a high.

0:40:100:40:13

Len and Josie made almost their target figure

0:40:130:40:16

with just that last lot.

0:40:160:40:17

Josie's dad certainly knew what he was doing all those years ago.

0:40:170:40:21

OK, well, you're taking a few bits home, but nothing too substantial.

0:40:210:40:25

You wanted £300 for the plasma television.

0:40:250:40:28

Do you think we've made that?

0:40:280:40:30

Not sure, maybe a little bit near it.

0:40:300:40:33

-Yes?

-We've done better than that. You've made £570.

-You're joking?!

0:40:350:40:40

I can't believe it!

0:40:400:40:42

You've paid for the telly!

0:40:420:40:44

Well, not personally. I have to say, I think most of that is down to your dad,

0:40:440:40:48

his very shrewd gold investment, to be honest.

0:40:480:40:51

-That really boosted our prices.

-Yes.

-Great.

-Are you pleased?

0:40:510:40:54

-Oh, yes.

-Wonderful.

0:40:540:40:56

So what are you going to do with the extra money?

0:40:560:40:59

Erm...I might take him to lunch!

0:40:590:41:01

Len and Josie are very keen to spend their auction earnings

0:41:060:41:09

and head straight to their local electrical store

0:41:090:41:12

to try out the latest in plasma television technology.

0:41:120:41:15

And guess what's on?

0:41:150:41:17

Oh, look. Cash In The Attic.

0:41:170:41:20

Oh, no!

0:41:200:41:21

The television's packing up, it's a very bad picture.

0:41:210:41:25

-I'm hoping to get something much larger, much clearer.

-We're going to try and go the whole hog this time,

0:41:250:41:31

and hope that it sees us - perhaps I shouldn't say this - for the next ten years.

0:41:310:41:36

Before we have to buy again!

0:41:360:41:39

It should last longer than ten years.

0:41:390:41:42

-Well, I don't know.

-You'll have to ask the chap how long they last.

0:41:420:41:46

Their high-tech purchase doesn't fill the whole wall,

0:41:460:41:49

but fits in very nicely with Josie's Tengra ladies.

0:41:490:41:53

Are you happy now?

0:41:530:41:54

Definitely.

0:41:540:41:56

-I think you'll spend many hours watching that thing.

-I think so.

0:41:560:41:59

-You will go to bed now and again, won't you?

-Definitely, yes.

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Josie and Len Higgs want to buy a plasma screen, to treat their family to movie nights. Lorne Spicer and Jonty Hearnden help them sort through a lifetime of collectibles that can be sold at auction.


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