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Sandra Kidd wants to install a log cabin in her back garden in Hertfordshire. Lorne Spicer and expert James Rylands help the family choose mementoes which can be sold at auction.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic, the show that takes your unwanted antiques and sells them at auction.

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Today, we're going to be helping a family raise money for a rather special renovation.

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'Coming up on Cash In The Attic,

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'our expert James tells us what Doulton were once famous for.'

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Sanitary wear. They were making things like sewerage pipes and loos and things like that!

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'And his musical interlude.'

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-You can do your very own Jingle Bells.

-We did try!

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Santa's Sleigh might be a bit more difficult!

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'And will our auction prove as enchanting as he hopes?'

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-Just wave the magic wand. It'll be fine.

-I've brought him as your fairy godfather.

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'Stay with us until the final hammer falls.'

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Today, I've come to Hemel Hempstead

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to help a mum give her son a place of his own.

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'Sandra Kidd has one son, Daniel, who's 16 years old.

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'He's been almost entirely home-schooled by his mum and only recently started going to college,

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'doing a life skills course. He now wants more independence

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'at home, so we've been called in.

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'On hand to help with the rummage today is Sandra's mother, Rita,

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'and joining me is expert valuer James Rylands,

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'who used to work for Sotheby's.

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'While he sets to work, I head off to meet our hosts.'

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-Good morning. Hello. You must be Daniel.

-Yes, that's me.

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-What are you doing behind there?

-Gingerbread men.

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-Making gingerbread men.

-Yes.

-Can I have one later?

-Yes, you can.

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-Thank you. Now, who called in Cash In The Attic?

-I did.

-Ah, OK.

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-So why did you call us in?

-Because we wanted to raise some money

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to give Dan a new log cabin for a den.

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Dan, tell me about your log cabin and what you want it to be like.

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-Do you want it to be big or small?

-Big.

-Right.

-Yes.

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-Do you want a sign on the door saying "Keep Out"?

-Yes!

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-I've already been barred!

-Have you?

-Yes.

-Aww!

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-How much are you looking for us to help raise?

-If we could get

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£500 or anything really

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to help towards it, £500 upwards would be nice.

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'Well, I can see there are lots of bits and bobs dotted around here.

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'It's taken James no time to find his first find of the day.'

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James, the others are looking for items, but you've found something.

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I've found quite a nice collection of jugs. Where did they come from?

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-My grandparents, from both sides.

-Both sides.

-Yes.

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-Which one do you think is your favourite?

-Erm... This little one.

-Good girl!

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You have actually chosen the nicest of all.

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It's actually made by Doulton, which in terms of 19th-century ceramics,

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is probably one of THE most famous names.

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They did start in the early part of the 19th century

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with a John Doulton, but they weren't really well known

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particularly for this sort of decorative wear.

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-Do you know what they made most of?

-No.

-Sanitary wear.

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They were making things like sewage pipes and loos and things like that,

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which was a big necessity then, but later on in the 19th century,

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they started making art pottery and I can sort of date it

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because on the bottom, it's got Doulton Lambeth,

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and I know that in 1901, they got given a Royal warrant

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and after that, they called themselves Royal Doulton.

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Probably 1880s, 1890s, something like that. But very collectable.

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We've actually got a big collection here

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that goes right the way through from blue and white in the 1850s

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through to 1900, then these Art Deco jugs up at the top.

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-I'm going to put something like £50-£100 on the whole lot.

-OK.

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-Anything helps.

-Look at it this way, it's another log in Dan's cabin!

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-That's what's important.

-He'll be volunteering to build it.

-I'm not a lumberjack, let me tell you.

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'Rita's searching one of the bedrooms and comes across an old box which needs a closer look.

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'It contains a Magic Lantern, a forerunner of the slide projector,

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'plus a small collection of slides.

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'Magic Lanterns have been entertaining people for hundreds of years,

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'but this German model is from the early 20th century.

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'Rita's husband remembers it being in his family since he was a child.

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'The estimate for auction is £40-£60.'

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-Ooh, what have you got there?

-It was an old picture

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that was in my mother-in-law's loft, but it was all in pieces

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and we had it professionally put together

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and that is how it is now, but we've never really been able

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to find out really much about it.

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Very interesting. It's certainly got some age to it.

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I'm just looking because I can actually see a tiny signature

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at the bottom, but even with my glass,

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it's very difficult to read.

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Basically, it's a nice marine scene

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and would probably have been painted in the middle of the 19th century.

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-So it's 150 years old.

-Yes.

-Now, do you like it?

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Yes, I do. You've got to really look at it to see the detail.

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But in a way, that's the joy of a picture like this

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because there's lots going on, it absorbs the interest.

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So value-wise, I think as a nameless picture

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without an attribution, I still think we'd be talking about

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-between £100-£200.

-Oh, that's a start, isn't it?

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'But as the artist's signature is difficult to see,

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'will it put the bidders off?'

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140. 150. 160. 170. 180. 190. 200. 210...

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'Clearly not! Find out how much it makes later on.'

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-..pounds.

-GAVEL THUDS

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'As the search in Hertfordshire continues,

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'we decide to tackle one room each to make sure every object is thoroughly examined.

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'And with five pairs of eyes and hands at work here,

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'nothing will escape our notice.

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'In a wardrobe, Rita recognises a patchwork quilt,

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'which has been in her Dad's family for years.

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'He remembers it being on his bed when he was a child.

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'They think it must be over 100 years old. It's handmade and large,

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'so there are many hours of work gone into making it. It could raise £30-£50 at auction.

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'Going by James's lowest estimate so far,

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'we stand to make £220 towards that new log cabin for Daniel,

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'so we still have quite a way to go.

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'Daniel is Sandra's youngest son.

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'She and husband Stuart have five children between them.

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'They're all very supportive of the plan to set him up with a new den.'

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As the others are looking around, I thought I'd catch up with you.

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Firstly, Daniel, behind you there, is that your den?

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-Yes.

-Is it? It's a very nice, big room, isn't it?

-Yes.

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-What sort of things do you get up to in there?

-I like to make things.

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-Yes, your mum was saying you like to make things.

-Yes.

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-And you've started college recently.

-Yes.

-What's that like?

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-It's nice.

-Do you enjoy it?

-I enjoy it.

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-Because your mum taught you at home for a long time.

-Yes.

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-Do you miss your mum?

-Yes.

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-Yes. Miss lots.

-Aww!

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So the den, obviously you've got something there at the moment,

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-what's wrong with what you've got? Why do you need this new one?

-It's falling apart.

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He couldn't go up in it this winter, I don't think.

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I don't think it would last. It smells damp as well, which wouldn't be good for his chest.

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-What would you like to replace it with?

-We've looked at log cabins

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because they're insulated better.

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And hopefully, he'll have it more as a grown-up space.

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It's his bit of independence. He can move things where he wants,

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without me telling him off for moving my furniture around,

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but we can also keep an eye on him, what's happening and where he is.

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'We obviously need to get a move on

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'if we're going to get that den for Daniel.

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'Luckily, James isn't one to let the grass grow under his feet.

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'He's taken a shine to this sizable collection of blue and gold banded crockery.

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'It's part of a dinner service made by Myott and Son,

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'which was a wedding gift to Sandra's Nan.

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'There are similar pieces by Grimwades and Wedgwood.

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'Some of them are chipped but the collection is so large, it gets an estimate

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'of £80-£120.'

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Now, Rita, I'm sure you're quite used to silver service,

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so look what I've found here.

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This is inscribed "RJ Ward, to commemorate 25 years' service

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"with the Rickett family, 9th February 1971."

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-What's that all about?

-That's my father.

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He was a gardener to this big house and he grew wonderful flowers

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and it was a huge garden, he did all the vegetables and everything for the family.

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He must have worked very hard for them to give him a silver salver, which is what this is.

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He must have done. I can just see the hallmark here.

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It's hallmarked in Birmingham in 1967,

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but I can see... CSG - that's Charles S Green & Co,

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the name of the company that made this. And they were...

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They started actually in about 1905.

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It was a real nice, small family business

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because Charles's wife Winifred did all the company's early designs.

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The idea of these silver salvers go way back to the 17th century

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when they first became popular, but they were a real status symbol.

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It's got a bit of weight to it, which is good

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because silver is quite expensive at the moment.

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I'd probably expect this to be worth £40-£60, something like that.

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-Are you happy with that?

-Yes. Yes, I am.

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It's more money in the pot. Let's see what else we can find.

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'Sandra's grandfather was really well liked by his employers

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'and she's come across some more solid silver items given to him.

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'This hip flask has the initials of his employer engraved on it.

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'There's an inkwell too. They're hallmarked in Sheffield in the '30s.

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'The estimate for the two together is £70-£100.

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'I spot an old wireless in the lounge.

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'It's been in Sandra's father's family since the 1940s

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'and still works, so they don't want to let it go.'

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-BELLS RING

-Sounds like I'm in church!

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What's going on here?

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-Ringing some bells!

-Where did they all come from?

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My Dad, he was a builder. He was converting a large house into flats.

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And these were going to be thrown away,

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so he was going to put some wooden handles on them,

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so I could play with them. I just got to play with them.

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-Do you know what they were used for?

-He said they were servants' bells.

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I don't know whether the biggest bell was for the most important person in the house or...

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In the big Victorian house, you'd have the servants' quarters,

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which would be downstairs and then there would be a board up

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with the names of each reception room or bedroom or whatever it was

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and then a bell underneath, so if the lady of the house

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was in the green drawing room and she required tea in the afternoon, she'd ring the bell

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and a complicated system of wires

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would go down, it would ring and then the parlour maid or butler

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-would go upstairs. Do you like these, Dan? Do you play with them?

-Yes, I do.

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-What do they remind you of?

-They're like Jingle Bells.

-Jingle Bells.

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-You could do your very own Jingle Bells!

-We did try.

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Santa's sleigh might be a bit more difficult,

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but they're good fun and I think we'll put them at £20-£40,

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knowing that there's a bit of a project here for somebody

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because somebody will either rig them up, or just like your dad

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nearly got round to doing, putting wooden handles on them.

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'Sandra's father, Eric, apparently built the house she grew up in,

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'so it's no wonder he never managed to put the handles on those bells.

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'He also collected antique golf clubs with hickory shafts.

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'These were made before 1935

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'when steel shafts took over in popularity.

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'There are more than 20 here, many from car boot sales.

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'They could prove a hit in the sale room with an estimate of £50-£75.'

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Ooh, you've discovered me. I'm guilty. I've got your all your jewellery out here, Sandra!

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You've got quite a little stash here. Where does it come from?

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It's just a little box that came from my nan's.

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You've got quite a collection here. What have we got? One, two...

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three, four watches, and basically they all date

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to the early part of the 20th century.

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Although they're interesting, that's not really where the value is.

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It's actually the gold I'm interested in here.

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I've had a quick rootle through here

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and you've got all this broken jewellery,

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but the good news is that it's all hallmarked. 18 carat gold, that one.

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This, I was looking at, which is the Albert or the watch chain...

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-So where did this come from?

-That belonged to my granddad.

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Your grandfather. Well, every one of those links is 9 carat gold.

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The good news, for you, is that gold is doing very well at the moment.

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And the fact that a lot of it is broken doesn't matter.

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-We're probably looking at £250-£350.

-Wow! That's a few logs.

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-That is a few logs, even the odd window for Daniel's log cabin!

-That's right, yeah.

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So although it doesn't look much,

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-it's funny, that's proved to be a real...gold mine.

-Hello!

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-Oh, there you are!

-You've found some gold, I hear.

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-We have. You know, all that glitters IS gold! We like that.

-That's great.

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We wanted to raise £500, didn't we? And it's all for your den, isn't it?

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-Yes.

-It's going to cost more, so if we made any extra, that'd be good.

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So you might be pleased to hear

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-the value of everything going to auction comes to...£730.

-Oh, good!

-Gosh!

-Half a den, nearly.

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-Yes, absolutely.

-Maybe it'll be a DIY den!

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One with lots of windows!

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'We've found some fascinating pieces and I hope they all sell well.

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'There's a German made Magic Lantern

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'which Rita's husband remembers being in his family for many years.

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'£40-£60 is the projected figure.

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'And there's the 1930's hip flask and inkwell,

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'which were given to Rita's father when he worked as a gardener

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'for a large house. They're both solid silver

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'and should reach their £70-£100 estimate.

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'And James really liked the 19th century nautical painting,

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'which came from Rita's mother-in-law.

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'We couldn't make out the artist's name, but it could reach £100

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'when it goes before the bidders.

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'Still to come on Cash In The Attic, one of our sales leaves Sandra floored.'

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-Have we really sold it for £35?

-I think swings and roundabouts.

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-How do you feel?

-Gutted! Absolutely gutted!

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'But another lot goes through the roof.'

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-Higher, higher, higher!

-410.

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420. 450. 460...

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'We're in for a roller-coaster ride until the final hammer falls.'

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It's been a few months since we saw Sandra, Rita and, of course, Daniel,

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and they were looking to make money so Daniel can get a place of his own

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at the bottom of the garden.

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We've brought them here to Sworders auction house in Stansted Mountfitchet,

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so let's just hope the buyers help us achieve our goal.

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'This Essex auction house holds regular general sales.

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'The treasures that Sandra, Rita and Daniel have brought along should fit in well, including the jewellery.

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'but it looks like one of the gold chains we found won't be going under the hammer.'

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-I see you're wearing what's one of our lot numbers.

-Ooh, that's our star lot!

-I did say

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-I wasn't sure.

-So you've decided to keep it.

-Yes.

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I took Daniel on holiday and I played bingo a couple of evenings and I won twice.

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-Did you? How much did you win?

-£275.

-I thought you were going to say millions for a moment.

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-Anyway, £275, so you decided to keep it.

-I'm going to keep it and hand it down to my daughter.

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-I don't blame you. That's really nice.

-Bingo necklace.

-Absolutely!

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-You look nervous. Are you worried?

-Only that we won't sell anything.

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Don't worry, Sandra. Just wave the magic wand. It'll be fine.

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I've brought him as your fairy godfather, so we'll be fine!

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Right, come this way and we'll get into position. I know. Come on.

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'If James can't work his magic, perhaps Sandra's luck will rub off on us today.

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'It's eyes down for a full house when our first lot goes up -

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'that solid silver salver, assayed in Birmingham and given to Daniel's great-granddad on his retirement.'

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We want £40-£60. Do you think it will sell for that, Daniel?

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-Yes? Good!

-Confidence, that's what we like!

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At 55. 60. 5. 70. 5. 80. 5.

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-90. 5. 100.

-Woah!

-£100, I'm bid. I'll take 10, if you want it.

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-I'm selling then at £100.

-'That resounding result

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'bodes well for our next lot,

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'the silver inkwell and hip flask,

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'more gifts given to Daniel's great-granddad by his employers.

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'These beautiful 1930's pieces were hallmarked in Sheffield.

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'At £70-£100, let's hope the bidders like them as much as James does.'

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On a cold day like today, hip flask for a quick nip,

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should go down quite well.

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At £50. 55. 60. 5. 70. 5.

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80. 5. 90. 5. 100.

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-110. 120. 130, bid's in the room.

-Oh, that's great!

-140.

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150.

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On the pillar, the bid at 150. You're out on the right.

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-£150!

-£150.

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Wow! That's not bad at all, is it?

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I tell you, Lorne, I think the hip flask must have been full!

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'Our fund for Daniel's den is certainly filling up nicely.

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'It's time now to see what our bidders make of Sandra's jug collection,

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'dating from the 1850s right through to the 1930s.'

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Have you got a lot of empty spaces now, as a result?

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-Yes.

-Is that quite nice?

-Yes!

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It is quite a big collection. The real value is on the Doulton one.

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-That really is a collector's piece.

-20.

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20, I'm bid. 22. 5. 8.

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30. 2. 5. 8. 40. 2. Lady's bid on my left of 42.

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45 anywhere? At £42.

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42, that's not a lot for all those jugs, is it?

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'£8 under our bottom estimate.

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'Perhaps our Magic Lantern will light up the saleroom.

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'It's complete and boxed, although it has seen better days.

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'Hopefully this won't affect our £40-£60 estimate.'

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£35 only. 8, anywhere?

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I'll sell them at £35.

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'Another treasure that falls short of expectations.

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'Maybe we can ring the changes with one of Daniel's favourite lots,

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'those Victorian servants' bells.

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'£20-£40 would do us nicely.'

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40? 20? 10? 10, I'm bid.

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At £10. 12, anywhere? 12. 15.

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-Selling them at 15... 18. 20.

-Ooh! We're there.

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-Selling at £20.

-Well, Quasimodo obviously wasn't here, was he?

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All those bells for £20. Crikey!

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I'm sure I recognised the buyer.

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-I know his face rang a bell.

-Oh, no!

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'Well, I suppose someone had to say it, James.

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'We're around halfway through our lots,

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'so it's a good time to check on our progress.

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'So far, we've made £347.

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'Well shy of our £500 target.

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'But there's plenty to look forward to.

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'If you're considering selling your treasures, it's worth remembering

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'certain charges, such as commission, will apply.

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'Your local saleroom will advise you on the costs involved. Our next lot

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'is our handmade patchwork quilt valued at £30-£50.

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'This has been in the family for years and has sentimental value,

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'so Sandra's opted for a reserve at the bottom end of James's estimate.'

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20, I start. At £20. 22.

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4. 6. 8. 30.

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2. 5. 8. 40.

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2. 5. 8. 50.

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5. 60. £60 to the lady. 5 anywhere?

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At £60.

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-£60.

-So double your reserve.

-Yes. Yes.

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'It's always good to see a valued family heirloom

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'get the attention it deserves in the saleroom.

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'When Sandra's dad's golf clubs, estimated at

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'£50-£75 go under the hammer,

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'the bidders are equally quick off the mark.'

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£90 in front of me. At £90.

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'That £90 result is well above par

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'and it seems there's no stopping us today.

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'Surely our next lot, the huge collection of crockery, will make its presence felt

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'in the crowd. At £80-£120, it should prove

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'a fantastic buy for one of our bidders.'

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10 is all I'm bid. 12. 15. 18. 20.

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2. 5. 8. 30. 2. 5?

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-At £35.

-No!

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Selling, then, at £35.

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Someone got a bargain.

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Have we really sold it for £35?

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Yes. I think swings and roundabouts.

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I mean, that is a bargain.

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-How do you feel about that?

-Gutted. Absolutely gutted.

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'£45 under our bottom estimate.

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'And just when we thought we'd got the measure of the crowd.

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'Perhaps that mysterious oil painting

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'of a Victorian clipper in full sail will bring us a better result. But unfortunately,

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'though the auction house doesn't shares James's confidence in it.'

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The auction house hasn't attributed this

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to any particular artist, which is a bit of a pity.

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Because of that, they've come in at less than us.

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We were looking at 100 plus, they're hovering around 70.

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I think it's a nice, decorative 19th-century marine picture,

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-so I've still got high hopes for this.

-Good.

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I start the bidding at £100.

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-I'll take 10 anywhere.

-Great! Good!

-At 100.

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Or the maiden bid will take it at 100. I'm selling at 100. And 10.

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Look, Dan, there's our picture.

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130. 140. 150. 160.

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170. 180. 190. 200. 210...

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-Somebody knows what it is.

-..230. 240.

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Commissions are away at 240.

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250 anywhere? Selling, then, at £240.

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'There were buyers present who spotted the value of that painting.

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'But they were too camera-shy

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'to tell us what was so special about it.

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'After that fabulous result, I can't wait to see

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'how our final lot does for the family.

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'Even though Sandra's decided to keep hold of the gold necklace,

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'James is still sticking to his estimate

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'of £250-£350

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'for this collection of hallmarked gold watches and jewellery.'

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100. 100.

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110.

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120. 130. 140. 150.

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160. 170. 180.

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190. 200.

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210. 220. 230.

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240. 250.

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260. 270.

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-It's taking ages to get there.

-280. 290. 300.

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-310. 320. 330...

-Go on.

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..340. 350. 360. 370...

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-Are you really excited?

-Higher, higher, higher.

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..410. 420. 430. 440. 450. 460. 470.

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480. At £480. Take 490 anywhere.

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-Go on.

-Selling by the doorway at £480.

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-That was without my necklace.

-That was without the necklace.

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It's worth even more now, isn't it?

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'Well, what a thrilling auction its been here in Essex today.

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'And it's time to reveal the grand total.'

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Now, we've done quite well. You wanted £500 as a contribution towards Daniel's den.

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The good news is you've actually banked...

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-£1,252.

-Oh, wow!

-Brilliant!

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Absolutely brilliant, that is!

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'A few weeks after the auction

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'and finally it's time to start looking at new cabins

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'to replace Daniel's tired old den.'

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He's got used to the independence he gets

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by having his own sort of space with the shed at the bottom of the garden.

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-Where's your TV going?

-In here.

-Just there.

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-'I'm excited.

-You're excited'

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about being able to do your models

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and your painting without me nagging you.

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You're going to have a sofa in there, aren't you, so you can chill?

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-Chill and relax when I'm bored.

-Chill and relax when you're bored.

-Yeah.

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Thanks to the auction, Daniel's going to get a fantastic new den.

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you'd like to sell at auction to raise some money,

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Sandra Kidd wants to install a log cabin in her back garden in Hertfordshire, and create a 'den' for her teenage son Daniel. Lorne Spicer and antiques expert James Rylands help the family to choose mementoes which can be sold at auction to fund their exciting project.