Walker Cash in the Attic


Walker

Carol Walker's wall has fallen down, and she needs around £500 to get it fixed. Lorne Spicer and expert John Cameron help her choose items to send to auction.


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Welcome to the show that searches your home

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to find all those forgotten treasures we can sell at auction

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to raise you a little bit of cash.

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It's difficult sometimes to choose what to keep and what to get rid of,

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but if things have been hiding away, maybe it's time to part with them.

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That's the dilemma for our family. Will they make some cash from their attic?

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'Coming up on Cash In The Attic, we discover a pot of gold

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'that may pave the way to a tidy sum at auction.'

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A useful little collection there

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and certainly something that will put a dent in the target.

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'When it comes to '90s beanie babies, John's a name-dropper.'

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Legs the Frog and Chocolate the Moose,

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you had Pinchers the Lobster and Splash the Dolphin.

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'And at auction, one of our finds knocks us all for six.'

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I'm going to come with you more often, the money you're making!

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'Find out more when the hammer falls.'

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I've come to South London to meet Carol Walker,

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who called us in to raise some funds for home improvements.

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'Since her grown-up children, Ben and Alice, flew the nest,

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'Carol Walker has been busier than ever.

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'When she's not working in the admin department at her local school,

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'she's got grandson Jack to keep her busy.

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'Passionate about art, Carol's a keen drawer and an avid reader.

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'Joining her in today's rummage is best friend of 20 years, Celia.'

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-Ah, good morning, ladies.

-Good morning.

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-So you must be Carol.

-Yes. Nice to meet you.

-And you're Celia.

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-This is John, your expert.

-How do you do? Good to meet you.

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-Now what do you want to raise money for?

-A bit of house repair.

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It's now started to look a bit sad.

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I'd like to replace the wall that fell over last week.

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How much are you looking to raise?

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Id' like to raise about £500.

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Any more would be a bonus.

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I haven't brought my tool bag,

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but I have brought a few bits and pieces to help. Shall I crack on?

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-Yes.

-Lovely. £500 is what we're looking for.

-Thank you.

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Celia, you're helping out. How do you know each other?

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We met when my son went to the same school as Carol's son.

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Tell me a little bit about today. Do you think this is a good idea?

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I think it's a very good idea for Carol, very good.

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Shall we see whether John's got anything for us? I'll follow you.

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'As we start the rummage, it looks like our expert John Cameron

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'has already found something interesting.'

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Hello, John.

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-Hi, girls.

-What have you found there?

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I've found a bag of coins. I've pulled out two interesting ones.

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-Where are these from?

-They were my dad's.

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I didn't know he had them

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until my mum gave them to me

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after she sorted his things out.

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-I'm pretty sure they're both sixpences.

-OK.

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This one here, we can see on the reverse, we've got the half shield,

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with the three lions passant and the fleur de lys

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for England and Wales. Dated, we can see there 1568,

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so around the middle of the reign there of Queen Elizabeth I.

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We can see...there we are, there's her head with the Tudor Rose

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on the obverse side.

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What's remarkable about it is the condition.

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That's over 450 years old.

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The second coin here also a sixpence.

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If we have a look, we've got William of Orange, William III there.

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Now, on the back there,

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we can see the Hibernian Harp and the Scottish Lion Rampant there.

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It shows some changes in the formation of our country.

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These two alone, if I had them at auction,

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-I'd say £50-£100.

-Crikey!

-Wow! That's good.

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-Pleased with that?

-Brilliant. Absolutely.

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'Looking round the house, it seems collecting's a bit of a hobby.

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'Carol told me that her dad, Les, was a keen collector

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'and she wanted to follow in his footsteps.

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'One of her efforts was this Wedgwood Wild Strawberry set.

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'Introduced by the company in 1965,

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'she started collecting it in the 1970s, but it's time to let

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'this 13-piece set go.

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'John gives it a price tag of £30-£50.'

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-What have you got there?

-Look at these, John.

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These are interesting. Commemorative sets - aviation, the great aeroplanes of the world.

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-What have you there? The literature?

-Yes.

-Where are these from?

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Actually, Carol's father collected them.

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An interesting set. What have we got there?

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-I think there are 50 miniature aeroplanes there.

-Yes.

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And this is the very informative booklet telling us about each one

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of those aeroplanes, right from the very first

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and going right the way through with every significant alteration and development.

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The nice thing about them

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is you have the actual literature to go with each one of the medals.

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The set is complete.

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We've got the booklets here.

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Let's just have a quick look at one of these medallions.

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We've got an aeroplane there in flight. It's a bi-plane.

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If we flip it over, it's wonderful, on the reverse,

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you've got the plans, the dimensions of each of those planes.

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I think at auction,

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they would generate some interest.

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Not huge sums, but I'd certainly say £40-£60 as an estimate,

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-should get the bidding going.

-Right. Very good.

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'As we search the house for more valuables,

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'it strikes me that Carol's dad was particularly fond of aviation merchandise.

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'Celia's discovered this pair of Concorde cufflinks

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'that he bought in 1976 to commemorate its tenth anniversary.

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'Concorde memorabilia can often be found at auction,

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'as there's a strong market for it. John's valued these at £10-£20.'

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-When did you move here?

-About seven years ago.

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-You're always from this area?

-Yep. Born and bred in southeast London,

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lived in Dulwich and Forest Hill, moved to Beckenham and then here.

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-So what sort of jobs have you had?

-Mainly admin, office work,

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and then started working at the school about 11, 12 years ago.

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-So what do you like about working at the school?

-I love the boys.

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The little ones are four to eleven. A lovely place to work.

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-The best job I've ever had.

-Tell me about your interest in the arts.

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I like the Pre-Raphaelites, that's my main passion.

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I collect posters and prints and try and do the exhibitions

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that are on up in London. I don't like all of the art,

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some of it is really weird and I don't feel it's art,

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but I love my Pre-Raphaelites.

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It would be great to look like that but I really haven't got the time!

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-If you look at the legs on that one, lovely legs.

-I'd rather not!

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Shall we go find John? See if we can turn him into a Pre-Raphaelite man!

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'While Carol and I have been discussing fine art,

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'John's been searching to see what else he can add

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'towards the £500 target to help repair Carol's front wall.'

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Celia?

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Oh. Hello, John. Yes.

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I've got a quantity of gold jewellery that I've got here.

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-Do you know where they've come from?

-Yes. They were Carol's mother's

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and perhaps her grandmother's, some of them.

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What I was doing then was just trying to establish

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if they're gold - what we're looking for are their hallmarks

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and standard marks and this one here is marked 9 KT,

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which suggests it's nine carat gold.

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But the KT is a foreign mark.

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Luckily, they've been over-stamped here with some import marks.

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That's been tested and that is nine carat gold.

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We've got a nine carat gold chain and a couple of rings.

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These are very typical to end up in boxes and not worn.

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They often get worn thin and the shank becomes quite sharp

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and dangerous to wear, but we've got a useful little collection.

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I know Carol is serious about putting a dent in that target

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for the external works.

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Without looking through it thoroughly,

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I'm sure we've got £300 or £400 worth there.

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Very good, yes.

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-Now...anything you want to add to it?

-No, I'm not adding this.

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All right then. You'd better take it away before I have it off you!

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Great. Excellent. We'll go and check that's OK with Carol.

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'£300-£400 is a great addition to our total,

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'but whether we make that amount all depends on who's at the auction.'

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£300, I'll take...

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Oh, my gosh!

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'Can we turn this gold into cash for bricks and mortar?'

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'As the rummage continues, Celia may not be keen to give John her own jewellery,

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'but she has found another collection in the bedroom.

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'This costume jewellery belonged to Carol's late mum,

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'and until now, Carol didn't realise just how much of it there was.

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'John gives this lot a glittering £50-£100 estimate.'

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-John? Carol? I think I've found an entire beanie baby collection.

-It's my daughter's.

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I bought them for her when she was little,

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so birthday, Christmas.

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If we went on holiday, I'd buy one

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and she always insisted that I bought the box and the tag protector.

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She could have played with them but chose not to.

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They were such a phenomenon in the early '90s,

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up to the end of the '90s and they discontinued them for a while and brought them back again.

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What I've found in recent years is demand has tapered off.

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The market's completely saturated.

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Collectors do still look for the early ones, like Legs the Frog

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and Chocolate the Moose, you had Pinchers the Lobster

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and Splash the Dolphin.

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-You say you've got 50...

-I think there's 53.

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I'd probably say £30-£50 as an estimate would be about right.

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-You're sure you want to sell them?

-Yes.

-They still make nice presents.

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-Don't you think?

-Of course.

-Hopefully, we'll get them sold.

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-That's not a hint what you're getting me for Christmas, is it?

-You're soft and cuddly, as you are!

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'So Carol's daughter was a budding collector too.

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'Resisting the temptation to take off those labels and play must have taken some willpower!

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'Meanwhile, I've found this 1977 Ashes commemorative set.

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'It belonged to Carol's dad, a big cricket fan.

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'The Ashes has always been one of the biggest events in the calendar

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'and John estimates this coin and stamp collection

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'will have our bidders bowled over at auction, priced at £10-£20.

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'And no, John's adamant he hasn't been admiring himself!

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'This oval mirror belonged to Carol's great-grandmother

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'and is from the turn of the last century.

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'Oval mirrors mostly originated from 19th century France.

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'This one's made of mahogany.

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'John hopes it will fetch somewhere between £30 and £50.'

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I've got some bits in here that might be of interest.

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I had a look in this bit, but I didn't look down there.

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There's a couple of bits there. It's a bit heavy.

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To do with the history of the Olympic Games.

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Where are these from?

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They were my dad's.

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He was very into his sport.

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He loved his cricket and golf.

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He must have started collecting these monthly.

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This is Atlanta '96. Let's see what John thinks. John, are you there?

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Hiya. We've got a huge collection here of various Olympic souvenirs.

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-May I see?

-Yes.

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I've seen this set before, the medals.

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-Are they complete?

-Yes.

-You've got them all?

-Yes.

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They're in five different pages. Let's take one out.

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We can see on each side, they have an event

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that is kind of famous for each particular Olympics.

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If we go up, I guess, to 1936,

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you'll have Jesse Owens there

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and then up in 1972,

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it would be the Russian gymnast,

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Olga Korbut, who won... I think it was three gold medals.

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-What are they made of?

-They're solid silver.

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They are? Right.

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The company that produced them did two different sets,

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they did one in bronze and one in silver.

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In the silver set, they were limited to 10,000 sets,

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worldwide, which is not a huge amount, when you're talking globally

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and each collector could only subscribe to one set,

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so although I have seen them, they don't turn up every week.

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-Here's the other two.

-That's the book that goes with that.

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-What's that?

-This is a collection of playing cards.

-OK.

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24 micro mini playing card decks, each one again for an Olympics.

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It has the correct subject matter for us here.

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I'd put them together. I'd be looking at £250-£350 for them.

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-OK. That's good. That's lovely.

-You wanted to raise £500, didn't you,

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for the building repairs, do you think we've got near that figure?

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Hopefully there. It would be nice if it is £500.

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The value of everything going to auction comes to...£800.

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Wow! That's brilliant. It means I can get most of the work done,

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even the work I didn't mention this morning!

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I've got £1,000 worth of work to do completely...

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-So that should more or less cover it.

-Yes, hopefully.

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'Thanks to a family of collectors,

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'we found plenty here today to take to auction,

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'including the gold jewellery that belonged to Carol's mum.

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'It should fetch us £300-£400.

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'There's also Carol's Wedgwood collection.

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'She has a set of 13.

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'John's estimated it to make £30-£50 at auction.

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'Plus we've got those coins that belonged to Carol's dad.

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'This is a really exciting find,

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'with two coins dating back to Elizabeth I and William III.

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'An estimate of £50-£100

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'will go a long way towards fixing that wall.'

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'Coming up on Cash In The Attic,

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'Carol sounds glad to see the back of one find in particular.'

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-Better than being behind the wardrobe.

-Absolutely.

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'And one of our sales proves that some of the best things come in small packages.'

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I take it all back. Size doesn't matter at all!

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'Find out more when the final hammer falls.'

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It's been a few weeks since we had a good look through Carol's home

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and found box upon box of collections, most of which we've brought here

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to Chiswick Auction Rooms.

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We're hoping that today we'll make the £500 she's looking for to start her home improvements.

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Let's just hope that the bidders and buyers join in.

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'Chiswick Auction Rooms has regular bidders, looking for a bargain.

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'Let's hope their pockets are deep enough to bid on some of Carol's high-value items.'

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-Good morning.

-Good morning.

-Having a look at the medals.

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I wonder whether we'll win any, come the Olympics.

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-I hope it goes well for us.

-Is there anything you haven't brought today?

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The beanie babies. I found out I'm expecting a granddaughter

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-during March, so decided to keep those for her.

-That's really nice.

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-They're going to go back to being toys.

-Yes. They should be.

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Come on, let's make your money!

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'The auction's already in full swing. First up is that pair of Concorde cufflinks

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'that Carol's Dad, Les, bought.'

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And start me at £20. £20. £10. Thank you.

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Bid at 10, give me 12. At £10. The Concorde cufflinks. A bid at 12.

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Thank you. 14 at the back. 14. 16 for this? 16.

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Who'll give me 18? A bid at £16.

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A bid of £16. 18 there. 20? At £18.

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Bid 18. Give me 20.

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At £18. Are you all done. For £18.

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-£18. Are you happy with that?

-Yes. Very happy.

-Good. OK.

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'Just £2 off John's top estimate. We're off to a flying start!'

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Now the next lot is that collection by Franklin Mint of Great Airplanes.

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I must admit, if you don't mind me saying, built me up a lot

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and they were tiny little things!

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But they're a great historical collection if you're into aviation.

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You've got the book as well. Tells you everything about the planes.

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Great Airplanes. And £30?

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£20? A bid of £20. 22. 22. 25.

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25. 28? 28. 30? 32? 35? £38? A bid of £38? Thank you. 38. 40?

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40 here. 42? 45?

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45. 48? 48. 50? At £48.

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At £48. 50 there. 50. 52.

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55. 58. 60.

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2. 65.

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68. 70.

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72.

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75. 78.

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-80.

-Oh, my goodness!

-82.

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85. 88.

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90?

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Up to you. Now £88. On £88. Two fat ladies. At £88 and going. All done.

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£88!

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Considerably more than I thought. But interesting.

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Must be the subject matter, aviation. A few people here I haven't seen before.

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-Are you pleased with that?

-Yes.

-That's brilliant.

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I take it all back. Size doesn't matter at all!

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'At £88, our sale price has soared past John's top estimate.

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'Looks like Carol's dad had a good eye when it came to collecting.

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Time to see if Carol's taste will prove as lucrative.

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'That Wedgwood Wild Strawberry china she collected in the 1970s

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'is up next.'

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£20 for it.

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A bid at 20. At £20. 22? 22. 25. 28?

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-28 there. 30. 32.

-(It's good!)

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There are bids at £32. £32. 35. I'm selling at £32 if you're done.

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-For £32, and going...

-That's good.

-£32 then.

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'Carol did say she never used this set.

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'She's probably glad to have made the space.

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'But if she's like her dad, that cabinet will soon be filled again!

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'The oval mirror John found in the bedroom is next under the hammer.

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'It's in fairly good condition, but will this be reflected in the bids?'

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£32. Your last chance. £32, going. All done.

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-£32, was that OK?

-Yes, that's fine.

-Yes?

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-It's better than being behind the wardrobe.

-Absolutely.

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'Perhaps the biggest find of the rummage was the gold jewellery

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'that belonged to Carol's mum.'

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-Did you have any idea it could be worth £300-£400?

-Not at all.

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I hadn't seen it that much. It belonged to my great-grandmother.

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It had come from my mum. I don't know anyone that's even worn it.

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We like gold at the moment. Somebody at £300?

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Straight in at £300. I'll take...

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-There we are.

-Oh, my gosh!

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310. 320. 330.

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340. I see you bidding. I'll come back to you. 350. 360.

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370. 380. 390. 400. 410. 420. 430. 440.

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460. 480?

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A bit at 460. You want 480? You want 480? 500.

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510, if you like.

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510. 520. 530. 540. 550?

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550. 560? 560.

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-570...

-Still going!

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..at the back.

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I think he's out. The bid's at 560. 560 for the gold. All done? 560 and gone.

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-£560!

-Oh, my god. Thank you.

-I know. Some excellent things we found, I think that certainly proves it.

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'Talk about a golden touch! That's a fantastic result!'

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OK, now we're halfway through your lots.

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How much did you want to raise altogether?

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I would have liked to have raised 500 to help with the repairs.

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You know we've done quite well. We've got a break before the rest,

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including the lovely Olympic medals.

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So far, you've made £730.

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That's brilliant! Thank you.

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-Shall we go and get a cup of tea?

-Sounds lovely, thank you.

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'Who'd have thought! Carol could top the £1,000 mark.

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'If you fancy having a go at selling some antiques and collectibles,

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'it's worth knowing that auction houses do charge commission.

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'Your local sale room can advise you on these extra costs.

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'As we resume the auction, we're on to a sporting theme

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'with that coin and stamp collection commemorating the Ashes.'

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-I'm guessing you're not a cricket fan?

-I do love cricket.

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I've been a fan since I was about eight.

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My dad was a cricketer,

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Saturday and Sunday.

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I used to go when I was eight. We were members of a club in Dulwich.

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I learnt to score cricket when I was about ten.

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£10 for it? Bid at 10. Bid at 10. 12. Bid at 12. 14, Howard? 14.

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16. 18? 18. 20. 22.

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24. 26. 28. 30.

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32. 34. 36. 38. 40.

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42. 44. 46. 48. 50.

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52? 52. 54. 56. 58.

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60. 2.

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64. 66. Now 66. 68? 70.

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At £68. At £68. 70, new bid. 72, if you like? 72.

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74. 76. 78. 80. 82?

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£80, everyone. 82. £80. Thanks.

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Your bid and going at £80. You've got it. £80.

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-That's brilliant.

-I'm going to come to auction with you more often,

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-with the amount you're making. Lordy!

-Thank you, Dad!

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'Howzat! Four times as much as John's highest estimate.

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'It just goes to show,

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'you can never predict what will happen in the auction room!

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'Now these coins that John discovered in Carol's drawers

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'are a great piece of British history.

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'Some of them are over 400 years old

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'but will our bidders be taken with them?'

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Considering the age, the condition was good.

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A collector wants to see the definition of the embossing,

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when the coins have been stamped.

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I thought these were good examples of their age.

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£100? £50?

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-Two hands go up. A bid of £50.

-Oh, here we go.

-55. 60.

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5. 70. 5. 80. 5.

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90? At £85 bid. At 85. Are you with me on 90? At £85.

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At £85. Give me 90? 90, new bidder. Thank you. 95. 100.

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110. 110. 120. 130.

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130 bid. 140. Saying no already.

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The bid's at 130. Take 140? At 130, are we done?

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We're done at 130. Going at 130.

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-£130.

-It's about what you said. Yes, it's fantastic.

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'So the dealers shared John's enthusiasm for the coins,

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'as another of Carol's dad's collections hits its estimate.'

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'Next up is the costume jewellery that Celia found in the bedroom.'

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Start me... Should make more. £50 for it?

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Not a hand moves. Marvellous(!) £30. A bid of £30. 32.

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About eight hands gone up. 30. 32 there. 35. 38. 40?

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42. 45. 48. 50.

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5. 60. 5.

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70. 5. 75. 80. 5.

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Do you want 85? Your hand went up too.

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85 in front of me now. New bidder. 90?

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5? 100? 105? 105. 110? 115?

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-115. 120. 125. 130...

-You're kidding me!

-..135. 140.

-What was in there?

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£140. At 140. Are we all done?

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You're waving. Are you going to bid? 140 then, going. 140, and gone.

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£140! There wasn't real gold in there that we missed?

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Those were the bits we put in the other box!

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'So the costume jewellery resulted in another great sale,

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'exceeding our top estimate by £40.

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'At this rate, we'll be fitting a brand new extension,

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'never mind just a front wall!

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'Our final lot is the Olympic medal collection.

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'Will the crowd put it at the top of the podium when the bidding starts?'

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If you took the time to read through these commemorative coins,

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you'd get a great education.

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Yes.

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-We're hoping for a few roof tiles with these.

-That would be lovely!

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£200 the lot. Who'll start me at £200?

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£200. Bid at £200. At £200.

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£200. You want 210?

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At £200. 210.

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210, thank you. 220? 220. 230.

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230? 230. 240.

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250, new bidder. 250. 260? 260. 270?

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280? 280. 290? 290. 300?

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300, your bid, if you like. 300. 310. 320.

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330. 340. 350. 360. 370. 380.

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-390.

-Oh, my god.

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380. Bid of 380. 380. I'm selling at 380.

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Are we all done for the coins? 390, new bidder.

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400? Over there now.

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400 again, back in. Give me 410? Two against you.

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I'm bid at £400. At £400. You want 410? Take 10.

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In or out, please? £400. Going once at £400.

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Twice at £400. £400, you've got it.

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-£400.

-Yes, yes, yes!

-They made gold for us today!

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Didn't everything? Because you only wanted to raise 500.

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You've actually raised... Are you ready for this?

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..£1,480. You've raised almost £1,000 more than you wanted!

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That's brilliant, thank you.

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'Well, Carol wasted no time in getting someone round

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'to take a look at the wall and there should be enough left over for other improvements.'

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OK? What do you think?

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Yes, just wants the mortar repointing

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and it'll be absolutely fine.

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Cash In The Attic has been great. When I first did the programme,

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my dad was a bricklayer, so all the stuff that went to auction

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was his or my mum's, so if he'd have been here, he would have built the wall for me,

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so it's something he's done even though he's not here. So, yeah, I'm really pleased.

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-Thanks very much. Thank you.

-OK. Thank you. Bye.

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Carol Walker's wall has fallen down, and she needs around £500 to get it fixed. Lorne Spicer and expert John Cameron help her choose items to send to auction, including some Olympic Games memorabilia.


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