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Jennie Bond and expert Jonty Hearnden visit Susie Silvey and her daughter Sarah in London. The girls hope to raise £500 to pay for a luxury spa day in Cyprus.


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Welcome to the show that hunts for antiques and collectables in your home

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in the hope of raising money for some project or adventure.

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We've all wondered whether we've picked up a gem in a jumble sale or charity shop,

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or if an heirloom is truly valuable.

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Will today be the day that I get to tell someone

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they've got some serious cash in the attic?

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Coming up on Cash in the Attic:

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our rummage throws up some creative differences.

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-It's like a vortex or something!

-Or the inside of a hairy ear!

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Jonty goes all gangster with our host's items!

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-It's a machine gun, yes?

-No, it's not a machine gun!

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At the sale, our expert finds himself in a familiar situation.

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-I'm absolutely gobsmacked!

-I knew you would be!

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Be there when the hammer falls!

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I can hardly believe this. It is so peaceful and quiet here.

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But I'm in the middle of north London

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on my way to meet Susie Silvey who wants to reward her daughter with a special holiday.

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Susie's modest but comfortable home is packed with vintage clothing

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which she and daughter Sarah regularly enjoy delving into.

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Susie's been involved in fashion, acting and modelling for most of her life.

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She spent time as a fashion designer before a spell in the world of show business

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led to appearances alongside some of Britain's best-loved comedians.

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Let's hope we'll all be laughing at the end of our day here.

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While Jonty gets the search underway,

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I'd better meet our hosts.

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Hey, how are you?

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I hear you deserve a reward. What have you been up to?

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I recently finished my A-levels and got two B's and a C.

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So Mum wants to treat me and take me on holiday.

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-Where are you going to take her?

-To Cyprus, to a hotel with a spa.

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We'll spoil ourselves. I think we both deserve it, actually.

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How much do you think we might be able to raise?

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I hope we'll be able to raise at least 500, to cover our spa treatments.

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Shall we look around, get rummaging? Come on. Let's go.

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I love looking around people's houses!

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Susie's cosy home seems to have plenty of pieces

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which reflect her taste and personality.

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And with plenty of years at the coalface of the collectables trade,

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Jonty Hearnden is definitely the man who can!

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-I knew he'd got started already.

-Wow!

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This box here says, "Mum's wedding dress."

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-Is that your mum?

-No, it was given to my uncle who runs a little theatre in Brighton.

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Because he said they didn't think they'd be using it, he gave it to me.

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-So it's somebody else's mum's wedding dress.

-Yes.

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I love wedding dresses.

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-Oh, look!

-Good gracious.

-So this is the said mum, I suppose.

-Yes,

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that's the mum. She looks a bit like Greta Garbo, actually.

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It's a weird-looking dress.

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-It's unusual, isn't it?

-Let's have a look, shall we?

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Wow, look at that.

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-Satin. I think that's quite nice.

-I've been cruel.

-You're being rude.

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Why am I holding it up? It should be you.

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That's amazing quality. A couture piece.

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-Is this something we can take to auction?

-Yes.

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-Maybe somebody else can get the pleasure to wear it.

-Yes.

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But it is a limited market because it's a wedding dress.

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Who'll wear a dress of this quality? Will they want a new one?

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We could get as much as £50,

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-maybe even £70.

-Yes, that sounds good.

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Our rummage gets even better when Sarah spots this Victorian oak sewing box

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which her great-grandfather kept his papers in.

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Sewing boxes were a common accessory for ladies of the 19th century

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and because they were so solidly made, plenty have survived to this day.

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This example is rather attractive and should be worth 20 to £30

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of anyone's money. Susie's artistic nature

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has meant she's collected a host of stylish works of art.

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Not least one by a very well-known name.

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-What are we looking at?

-It's a Henry Moore print. I assume it's a print. Have a look.

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Wow. Look at that. That's his signature there.

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You can tell that is his signature because it was probably originally done in felt tip

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and it's slightly faded.

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-Do you know what we're looking at here?

-I have no idea.

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-It's like a vortex.

-Or the inside of a hairy ear!

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It's actually part of an elephant scar.

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There's no name greater in 20th-century art

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from Britain than Henry Moore.

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-Yes.

-He was incredibly successful.

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His art has gone, and his sculptural work has gone, up and up in value

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since his death.

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And to have something like this, just to have his signature, though it's faded.

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As far as value goes, if this had been in good condition, really crisp condition,

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well in excess of £100.

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But I need to err on the side of caution because it is so faded.

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But it's still 60 to £80 of anybody's money.

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I wonder if there'll be enough artistically-minded bidders at the auction

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to give that Henry Moore print an impressive hammer price.

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Wow! Oh, my God!

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We'll find out later on.

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We're doing rather well so far, though, with £150 of valuations.

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That leaves us with £350 to find.

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Sarah's proving she has an eye for an antique when she uncovers

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a collection of 1950s ladies' evening bags.

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They belonged to Susie's grandmother who was also a keen follower of fashion.

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There's always a market for vintage handbags in good condition

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and Jonty gives these a price tag of 20 to £30.

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It's nice to have a break from the rummaging

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and it gives me a chance to look at your life. What a colourful life it's been, so far!

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These caught me eye. There you are. That's Little and Large.

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Dick Emery, Ronnie Corbett. You've worked with a lot of people.

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I've worked with so many different comedians, all really good fun.

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Out of all that lot, who stands out in your mind?

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I think Dick Emery, definitely.

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We were sort of mates, really. He was a lovely person.

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Sometimes you hear that comics off screen are really quite morose.

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He was quite a serious man. When he used to play the vicar and the motorcycle boy and the funny woman,

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and he'd say, "Ooh, you are awful, but I like you!",

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he was actually quite not depressed but quite serious and a bit down sometimes.

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So did you give acting up, then?

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I didn't give it up, but my daughter took a lot of my time up. I brought her up on my own.

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And it was difficult to work from 5.00am till 11.00pm.

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-Do you miss it?

-Not as much as I thought I would,

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but I still get a little buzz when I do a bit of acting.

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I've learnt a lot about you. It's fascinating. We could stay here all day, but...

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-We have to get on.

-I can hear them rummaging. Let's join them.

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As we get back to work, I come across a pair of early 20th century cigarette cases

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which belonged to Susie's great-grandfather.

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These used to be fashionable accessories and were popular with soldiers in the World Wars.

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There are lots of collectors looking for interesting examples of cigarette cases

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so Jonty gives this pair a value of 30 to £50.

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Jonty, I've found something.

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A-ha. It is a machine gun, yes?

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-No, it's not a machine gun.

-Look at this.

-It's a violin.

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-Is this for sale?

-Yeah, it is. Yeah.

-Whose is it?

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Um, it belonged to my granddad. He thought one day it would be of use to me.

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But I wasn't too keen on playing the violin.

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But it was something that me and my mum just treasured in the house.

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Has it always been in this condition?

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It's in pretty poor condition. We're missing a string.

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Yeah. I don't think my granddad used it.

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-It must have been used before it was passed on.

-Absolutely.

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It looks well used!

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Before I take it out of the case,

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I want to look on the outside to see if we have any maker's marks.

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We've got a label here. "The Maidstone. Murdoch, Murdoch & Co. London."

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That's interesting, because these violins were often made in Germany or the Czech Republic.

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And Murdoch & Murdoch sold them and distributed them to schools

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so that by definition they were cheap at the time.

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On the open market at the moment there's a flood of imports coming in from the Far East,

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which is sometimes depressing the second-hand market for violins.

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This is sort of where we're at with this.

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-So this at auction is 30 to £50.

-OK.

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-Are you happy about selling it?

-Yes, more than happy to sell it.

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Excellent. If it's that price, we've got a lot more searching to do.

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-Exactly.

-I'll follow you.

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So we'll need to step up a gear to avoid the violins playing in the sale room.

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Happily, it looks as if Susie's got it covered

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when she finds this collection of ladies' shawls, including a 1930s Art Deco example

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which belonged to her grandmother.

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Vintage clothing, like handbags, is very popular these days.

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With an estimate of 60 to £80,

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we hope there'll be some interest on the day.

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There really do seem to be fabrics and fashions everywhere in this house.

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I've found something that looks like it might be interesting.

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-Do you know anything about this?

-I know it's a cape. I don't know what it was used for.

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-Let's have a look.

-It's very beautiful.

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-Do you know where this came from?

-Yes, it was my great-grandmother's.

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When she passed away, my mother had first choice of her belongings.

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And this was something she chose, with other stuff.

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If you look at the design of this cape, the design of the pattern on here, for instance,

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it's probably from Kashmir.

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All this would be hand embroidered.

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It would have been probably made for somebody in the Raj

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when India was part of the British Empire.

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-At auction we're looking at 50 to £70 here.

-OK, yeah.

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Sounds great.

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I think this is absolutely fabulous. I might even put it on myself!

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-Well...

-Shall I put it on?

-You could do.

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No, on second thoughts, no!

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It's wonderful. Great. One for the auction. Let's carry on.

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Maybe he will on the day. You never know.

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Time's running out on our rummage.

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But our expert's eye is soon caught by this collection of framed pastels of rural scenes.

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Given to Susie by a friend a few years ago,

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they were languishing in her attic until she rediscovered them and had them framed.

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They're signed by Elizabeth Mason, who, though not a well-known name,

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is clearly a gifted artist.

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So Jonty values them

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at 150 to £200.

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It looks as if our expert's artistic knowledge is serving him well today.

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Could he have spotted something rather special?

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I found this rather substantial nude on your wall.

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Where did it come from?

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I bought it when I was working in the West End and saw it one lunchtime

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in a charity shop and I fell in love with it.

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It's pastel and it's so pretty, the colours and everything.

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-Pastel has that lovely tranquillity to it, doesn't it?

-Yes, very subtle.

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I wonder who the lady is. Any clues?

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There is a clue, because on the back here - have you seen this before?

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-You probably saw it in the charity shop.

-Yes.

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There's a label here. It says the title of the work, "Laura".

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This is the name of the artist, Dorothy King, with her address in London.

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And, more importantly still, we have the price.

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£12, 12 shillings.

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So it's a lot of money. How old do you think she is?

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She looks a bit like Elizabeth Taylor,

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so I was thinking probably around the 1950s?

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Yes, I think she's 1950s if you look at her face.

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-Her facial features.

-Laura could be watching!

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-Laura would be very embarrassed!

-If she's still alive.

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As far as nudes go, they're not everybody's cup of tea.

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Sometimes they're quite easy to sell, sometimes quite difficult.

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It really depends on the composition. You love it and bought it. Do you want a price?

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What did you pay for it? We know it was £12 and 12 shillings once.

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I paid about 35 or £40 for it.

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I'm hoping we can at least double that, at the very least.

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So I would put a value on her

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-between 80 and £120. You look a bit disappointed.

-Yes.

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-I was thinking that she might fetch more than that.

-OK.

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That's quite good. It's doubled your investment.

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-Yes, but we'll have to wait and see.

-Happy to put it in?

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Yes, but I wondered if it would fetch more. It might do.

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-Let's hope it does. Wouldn't that be nice?

-That would be wonderful.

-Fantastic.

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At the start of the day we said £500 would do nicely.

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Buy you lots of massages on your holiday.

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We reckon with the things we've identified round the house

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and based on Jonty's lowest estimates,

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at auction, with any luck, you will make £550.

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-Wow, how exciting.

-Amazing.

-Lovely.

-Really good.

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We'll try to find out a little more about the history of that pastel before it goes under the hammer.

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I've enjoyed my time here with Susie and her daughter, Sarah.

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We've certainly managed to turn up a few glamorous pieces for auction.

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That Henry Moore poster is signed by the great man himself.

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Will a bidder part with at least £60 for a real piece of art history?

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At 30 to £50 our modestly-priced violin should get some interest going in the sale room.

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And the beautifully-detailed Kashmiri cape dates back to the Raj.

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Fingers crossed it'll fetch a grand price under the hammer

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at 50 to £70.

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Still to come on Cash in the Attic,

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Jonty's thrifty side shows through.

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It's best to keep it as a jewellery box. When was the last time you darned your socks?

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I don't remember!

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And all bets are on for one particular piece.

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150 is my bottom estimate. Let's see who's nearest.

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-Let's see who's right.

-Absolutely.

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Find out more when the final hammer falls.

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Now, I love a spa treatment as much as the next woman,

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but it sounds as though Susie and Sarah are crazy about them!

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Today we've brought what we found at their home to Tring market auctions in Hertfordshire.

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I'm hoping we can raise at least £500

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so they can truly indulge themselves.

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There's a buzz in the sale room today.

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I'm hoping there are plenty of bidders

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who'll appreciate Susie's impressive selection of art and vintage clothes.

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Susie and Sarah are already here. Are they having second thoughts about selling the pastel?

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-Hello, ladies!

-Hello!

-Hi!

-How are you?

-Fine, thanks!

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-You're saying a fond farewell?

-Yes, I got attached to her on my wall. She's quite pretty.

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-She is lovely.

-I remember you weren't impressed with my valuation in your house?

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-I've put a reserve of £100 on it.

-OK.

-I'm happy with that.

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-Slap bang in the middle of my estimate.

-Absolutely.

-He says! Woo!

-One up for you!

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The room is wonderfully busy. Hopefully we'll do very well.

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-I think it's going to start. Let's find a good spot.

-Brilliant. Let's go!

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As we take our places for the start of the auction,

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first under the hammer are the silver cigarette cases.

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They aren't as fashionable as they once were,

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but will they appeal to someone here?

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I think they might fetch £50. £30. Five. 40. Five. 50.

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Five. 60.

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Going at 65.

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70. And five? No?

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£70, then, for those two silver ones. At £70.

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Thank you very much.

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-That's good, isn't it? That's silver, isn't it? Silver is good.

-It's amazing.

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That's how you have to estimate in an auction room.

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-You have to make them so cheap that you want, just here, four or five people fighting for them.

-Yes.

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Next up is the pastel life study of a lady called Laura.

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Susie's put a reserve of £100 on it.

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The artist, Dorothy King, was born in 1907

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and was a graduate of the famous Slade School of Art.

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In later life, she taught drawing in south London.

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Her work comes up at auction quite often.

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But will her name appeal to today's bidders?

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-Do you think it's going to make it?

-Yeah.

-She does!

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-There's something about that painting.

-Here we go. Confidence. See how we go.

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120 for it? £100? £50?

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£40 bid then. 40 I'm bid. 50 I'm bid.

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60, 70, 80, 90. Is it 100?

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£100 and you're out, madam.

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At £100 and I shall sell to sir.

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Wow. Well done.

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That's a good result and should really help Susie to her target.

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Another work of art next. This signed Henry Moore poster

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spent years languishing in various cupboards at Susie's house.

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-60 to £80.

-Simply because it's signed, but we've got damage

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so not sure where we'll go with this one.

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Where do we start? Do we start around £100 for it?

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Do we start at 50? We do. Do we get 60, 70, 80.

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Sir?

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80 I'm bid for it. 90. Are you going to bid £100? £100. For £100.

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-Thank you!

-Oh, my God!

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-Great.

-Wow!

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I sell, then, for £100.

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Thank you.

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-That's brilliant.

-Yeah, thank you. Wonderful. I'm so pleased.

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Another healthy addition to Susie's spa fund.

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It goes to show how much a signature adds value to items like this.

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Next up is the Victorian oak sewing box.

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But there's a bit of confusion about its real purpose.

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Our next lot is what they describe as a jewellery box.

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We know it as a sewing box.

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It's best to keep it as a jewellery box. When was the last time you darned your socks?

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I don't remember. I don't remember that!

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OK. We want £20 for this, OK?

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What about £70 for it? £50? £30? 20 bid.

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And five. 35.

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Here's a cheapie. 35. £40. Five now then?

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-£40.

-40.

-£40. You have it then, sir, for £40. Thank you very much.

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-That was double, wasn't it?

-It's over the estimate. It's double.

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-Yes.

-Aren't we doing well?

-Yeah.

-Fantastic.

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Whether it's used for storing cotton reels or necklaces,

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that oak box still came in at £10 over its upper estimate.

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Today's auction has a real artistic theme.

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Which is unsurprising when you consider Susie's love of things creative.

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-Now, these are the Elizabeth Mason pictures, yes?

-Yes.

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-You've got a high reserve on them.

-I have, yes.

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-300, the reserve.

-I put 150 to £200 on the whole collection.

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-I know.

-So you've doubled my bottom-end estimate!

-It was disappointing.

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-Let's see who's nearest!

-Yes.

-Let's see who's right!

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150 I'm bid for the eight of them.

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160 and 70. And 80. And 90.

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200, sir? At £200. And ten.

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And 20. And 30. And 40.

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And 50. Any more?

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260. And 70 now, then. At £260, then.

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Not quite enough, I'm sorry.

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Oh, dear. If those pastels had sold at their reserve price,

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they would certainly have been cause for celebration.

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OK. We're half-way through now.

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We've taken a bit of a hit with those paintings not selling.

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Our target is £500. We'd hoped to be at 250 by now

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-so you can have those lovely spa treatments.

-Yes.

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But so far, with the no sale,

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-you've made £310.

-Wow! Very good!

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-I'm really pleased with that.

-It's amazing!

-Really good.

-Thank you.

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Let's hope the sale room stays as lively in the second half.

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If you're thinking about buying or selling items at auction,

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remember there are fees to be paid, such as commission, so check in advance.

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Now, vintage clothing usually does well at auction.

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We're hoping that our varied selection of handbags

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unearthed by Sarah make their mark today.

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-Did none of them take your fancy?

-There's something special about them, definitely.

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-A lot of people had their eye on them today.

-Really?

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-Lots of people.

-Good.

-I put a very low figure on these.

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-20 to £30. We should do more than that.

-Hopefully.

-No reason why not.

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-But let's get them really excited.

-Yeah.

-Here we go.

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£50. They're very smart. It's that time of the year for those. £30.

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£20. Five. 30. Five. Going.

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£35. 40 anywhere?

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At £35. No more for you, sir?

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At £35. Thank you very much.

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-That's all right.

-What was the estimate? 20 to 30?

-20 to 30.

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-£35, very good.

-She's a bit disappointed.

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Only a little bit. Marginally.

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I don't think she should be too unhappy.

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We seem to be doing rather well.

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Next under the hammer is the battered violin that belonged to Sarah's granddad.

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Would a bidder fork out 30 to £50?

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There you are. £50 for it. 50? 30?

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£20. At £20 and five. £30 and five.

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No more? OK, then, at £30.

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I shall sell the violin for £30. Thank you.

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-£30.

-What was it estimated at?

-30 to £50.

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-I'm a bit disappointed, but it did need restoration.

-I agree.

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After years of neglect,

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let's hope it finally receives some much-needed TLC.

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Art and vintage clothing are the main themes of Susie's auction today.

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These shawls were collected by her and her family over many years.

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-Have you ever tried these on?

-I haven't, no.

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-They don't take your fancy?

-They're rather heavy.

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So they can go, as far as you're concerned?

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-Yes.

-OK. Jonty thinks they should go for 60 to £80.

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-Very nice quality.

-OK. Let's see if we can do it.

-Absolutely.

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They're very nice, aren't they? Look at those.

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For that special evening where you need a shawl.

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I know the feeling!

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£100 for the three of them? They really are rather nice. £30?

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Yes. 40. 50. 60.

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One more? £60 for the shawls. £70. £80 now.

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-70's got them.

-70.

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I'm selling them, then, madam, at £70. Thank you very much.

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-£70.

-Bang in the middle of the estimate.

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A good result. I can smell those aromatherapy oils already!

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Staying with clothing, Jonty thought the vintage Kashmiri cape which belonged to Susie's mother

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was a very attractive piece, conjuring up the days of the Raj.

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I put 50 to £70. I hope we do more than that. It's absolutely fabulous.

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-The gold thread and the Kashmir.

-The detail as well.

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You'll have to go up and sell it yourself!

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£20 is bid for the cape. And five. And 30. And five? No more?

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At £30, then, I shall sell it.

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Yes, you have your cape for £30.

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-We want more.

-He sold it.

-He sold it quickly, didn't he?

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-He sold it.

-£30.

-Yes. Disappointing after all that.

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-Yes.

-Well, we made more on some other things, so...

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-Yes. Oh.

-Strange, isn't it?

-Sorry, Granny!

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I'm surprised it didn't do better. The right bidder wasn't in the room today.

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Our final lot now, and that 1930s wedding dress

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was donated as a prop to a theatre company run by Susie's uncle.

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We don't know who the original wearer was,

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but I wonder if there's a bride-to-be with their eye on it today?

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-We won't need a wedding dress in the near future?

-Definitely not!

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Maybe not this one.

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I know a little lady who might like that. A wedding dress.

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-Are we going to get close to £100 for it?

-We hope so!

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40. 50. 60.

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I thought you'd like... 70. What about 80?

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Nearly in spring.

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-90. 100? 100.

-You've got 100.

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-£100 I'm bid for the wedding dress.

-I'm amazed!

-100, then.

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I shall sell the wedding dress. Yours for £100. Thank you, madam.

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-Extraordinary.

-I wonder if they'll use it as a wedding dress?

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-They'll wear it for something.

-Or frame it.

-I'm absolutely gobsmacked!

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-I knew you would be.

-She knows what she's talking about.

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-Great. I'm really pleased for you.

-So am I.

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I have to say I'm surprised, too.

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But £100 really is a terrific result.

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I wonder if that dress will find its way down the aisle again?

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Susie's items have gone down well with today's bidders.

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The question now is, how much have we made?

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£500 was our target this morning.

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At this point, I have to tell you that you've done it!

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-You've made £575.

-Wow! That's amazing!

-575? That's great!

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-Fantastic!

-Phew!

-And I didn't sell the paintings! Even better.

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-We still made the money.

-I know why she's so cheerful!

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All those facials and treatments!

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Enjoy. That's what I say. I wish I could be there, too!

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Fresh from their break in Cyprus,

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Susie and Sarah waste no time in banishing the winter blues back home

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with a couple of finishing touches to their holiday treatments.

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We went on holiday to Cyprus, which was amazing, and we sunbathed a lot.

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We went jogging along the front and had a few spa treatments.

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We went to some nice bars.

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Had some lovely cocktails. It was good fun. Very relaxing.

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I loved Cash in the Attic. It was amazing to do.

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A great experience at the auction,

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and it made me feel I wanted to be an antique dealer!

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