Corkhill Cash in the Attic


Corkhill

Antiques series. Judy Corkhill from Brighton is in urgent need of a new fireplace. Lorne Spicer and Jonty Hearnden help her search for antiques and collectables to sell at auction.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic, where we look through your antiques and collectables to sell at auction.

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Today we're going to be meeting a lady who called us in

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to help get the money she needs to keep the home fires burning.

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'Coming up: a diamond and sapphire ring brings out the romantic in Jonty.'

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-Oh, darling, will you marry me?

-Sorry, I'm already married.

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'The lady of the house shows us a 19th-century Windsor chair of her granddad's.'

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He'd go to sleep and snore and we'd put paper on his lip and make it tickle and he'd wake up! He'd laugh.

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'At auction, a sparkling sale causes much delight.'

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Well done.

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'Join us for a glittering time when the hammer falls.'

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Today I've come to Brighton to meet Judy Corkhill.

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She's very well travelled, but she wants help to keep warm at home.

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'This retired police officer who still works part-time

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'has had an interesting life.

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'Aged 17, Judy joined the Army, but left after 4 years to be a telephonist for the Merchant Navy.

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'She visited the four corners of the world, picking up many pieces.

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'She's also inherited lots of stuff from her family and now thinks it's time to declutter.

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'I'm joined by Jonty Hearnden today.'

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-Morning, Jonty.

-Hi.

-Glad to see you bright and early.

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'His antiques knowledge will be put to good use.'

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-Good morning! Found something?

-Oh, no. You can't have him.

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I'm not selling my Ruperts.

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-Are you quite a collector?

-I am.

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Well, how much do you want to raise?

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I want a new fire cos this is very old and I want the fireplace taking out and everything.

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-It's going to cost quite a bit.

-What kind of money do we need to raise today?

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As much as I can. Anything between £300 and £500 if I can.

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-We'd better get started, then.

-I'll rely on you.

-I'll catch up with you later.

-Avoid the bears!

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I'm not selling them, don't forget.

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So these items, where have they come from?

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Some of it's my mum's or my gran's. Some of it I've collected myself.

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-How long have you been here?

-Oh, 28 years.

-All right, OK.

-Quite a long time.

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-Have you got 28 years of clutter?

-Probably, yes!

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-You go and find some!

-Come on, then. We haven't got 28 years to wade through it!

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'I can understand why Judy wants to replace her old fire and how lovely to help her achieve this.

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'Judy shared this house with her mum and says she was her best friend.

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'Her mum lived to 78 and they were both keen collectors.'

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-Ah!

-Hello.

-I promise I haven't got a bear in my hand.

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-You've got my horses.

-I know.

-Where did you get these from?

-They were Mum's.

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-She had them a long time.

-Are you a horse fan? I know you're a bear fan.

-Not really.

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-More a bear fan.

-I notice a foal there as well.

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Oh, yes. I was given this when I left the Army by some colleagues. It's quite cute.

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-And it goes with those.

-They do.

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-Both are made by Beswick. I call it "Bes-wick".

-Or "Bezzick"?

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Somebody wrote to me and said, "In the factory we said Bes-wick."

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-Generically, a lot of people call it "Bezzick".

-Really?

-So I call it Beswick.

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This is a very unusual group. You see an awful lot of chestnut horses and foals.

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This is the most popular colourware from the factory,

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-but I've never seen a group like this, so that's good news.

-Yeah.

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As far as selling these groups are concerned,

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we're looking at £30-£50.

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-Right.

-Is that good?

-Sounds fine to me.

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'What a charming combined lot these three horses will make.

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'Hopefully, bidders will like them.

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'In the 1980s, Judy began collecting pieces by Franklin Mint.

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'This company was set up in America in 1964 when they started making casino tokens, medallions

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'and legal tender for foreign countries. They expanded to include a wide variety of ornaments.

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'Jonty's spotted a set of 12 decorative eggs on their stand.

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'Despite being limited editions, they're not terribly valuable

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'and get a £10-£20 estimate for the lot.'

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Judy, this is a really good-looking chair here.

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-Whose was this?

-My granddad's.

-Really?

-When we were up north, he'd have this in the room.

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He'd go to sleep and snore and we put paper on his lip

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and made it tickle. He'd wake up! But he was always there, sitting in the middle in his chair.

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-Nobody else sat on it.

-These are known as Windsor chairs.

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-Oh, really?

-But they were made in different parts of the UK.

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A chair like this is 19th century.

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Maybe as good as 150 years old.

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Now if we look at the underside, there is a feature here

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that is desirable as far as antique chairs are concerned.

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This u-shaped stretcher here is known as a crinoline stretcher.

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It's much nicer to have that than just a turned one at the front.

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In this state, if we put it in the sale,

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we're looking at £60-£80, but don't be surprised

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if it makes more than that.

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'But when it gets to the sale room, will the bidders be as taken with it as Jonty?'

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Start me at £50 for it? £40?

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'We'll have to wait a little longer to see if anyone shows interest.

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'As the search here continues, going by Jonty's lowest estimates so far,

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'we stand to make £100 at the sale room.

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'So we still have a fair way to go to reach Judy's £300-£500 target.

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'Now I love boxes and can't fail to notice these three examples,

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'which Judy bought when on the ships. She used them for jewellery,

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'but is happy for them to go now.

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'They're Chinese and have been made for the tourist market, so they get an estimate of £20-£30 for auction.'

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Jonty? Now look.

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You're not going to believe this, but inside that box is a whole Chinese village.

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-I don't believe you.

-It's true.

-Yes.

-I don't believe you.

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Let's have a look. Before we go any further, this is not Chinese. It's Japanese.

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What we're looking at are all these tiny little houses and people and even birds.

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Extraordinary. Bamboo houses on bamboo stilts.

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So you could make your own village.

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-Date-wise, we can really date it by looking at the box. Someone's drawn a moustache on her!

-I know.

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That's not very fair.

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-I would suggest that she is pre the Second World War.

-Yes.

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-Does that make sense to you?

-I think it was my stepfather's brother. He was in the Navy.

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-He brought it back after the war.

-So we have one, two, three little houses.

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But look at this - baby cranes with a rather damaged neck.

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-Oh, dear.

-Will it make a nice price, though?

-I don't think vast sums.

-Right.

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But put it in at £10-£20.

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-It all helps, doesn't it?

-OK, fine.

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'Judy certainly has some fascinating items around her home here on the south coast.

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'In the bedroom, I come across some gold jewellery.

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'There's a bracelet with turquoise and moonstones, plus two rings, one with emeralds.

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'They belonged to Judy's mother and are early 20th century. The estimate is £80-£120.

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'My search unearthed something else.'

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Rummaging around, I found this, which I might put to good use if Jonty doesn't come up with things.

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-What's the story behind this?

-It's my granddad's.

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-He was a policeman for 33 years.

-And I understand you followed in the family footsteps.

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I did, yes. I became a police officer

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-and I was in the job for 26 years.

-So what era was that?

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-I joined in 1973.

-I would imagine in the '70s and early '80s it would have been quite tough.

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Well, it was. There were very few policewomen.

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I mean, you'd be one in a whole department.

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-And you had to be one of the lads.

-What did you do before you joined the police?

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Well, initially I joined the Army to see the world.

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But I didn't get anywhere. All my friends went all over,

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so I joined the Merchant Navy and worked on passenger liners and went round the world several times.

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-That was great.

-You haven't lost the travelling bug, have you?

-No.

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There's always somewhere different to go, somewhere interesting.

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I went on a cruise with friends last year. We worked on ships together.

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-40 years on, we decided to go and be passengers.

-I bet you were the worst type of passengers!

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Well, at least we knew what was going on, anyway. We probably got our own way a bit more.

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Well, you can be a passenger today. Jonty will do the valuations.

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-Shall we see if he has anything else?

-That'll be great, yeah.

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'Jonty's been busy searching the spare room and has found a collection of commemorative coins.

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'One was to celebrate the Queen's Coronation in 1953

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'and another was brought out in 1977 for the Queen's Silver Jubilee.

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'There's also a Millennium £5 coin and, put together, we get a £10-£20 estimate from our expert.'

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-Judy? Are you down there?

-Hello.

-There you are.

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Oh, look, you found my chest.

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I'm admiring it here. It's a quite substantial piece.

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-Where did it come from?

-Hong Kong, when I was on the ships.

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-It was quite exciting.

-So it was made on the other side of the world.

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If we look at the panel on the top, it couldn't be more Chinese.

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You've got the junk boat, the pagoda and two Chinese figures.

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-And that panel there is hand-carved.

-Right.

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-But you know it's a new piece? You weren't sold it as an antique, were you?

-No, no.

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You can tell it's relatively new just by looking at the brass lock.

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-That tells you it's quite new.

-Oh, right.

-If it was antique, it would be oxidised.

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-So it's camphor wood and it's got an amazing smell.

-I'm amazed it's lasted for so long.

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-The smell.

-When it comes to selling a piece like this,

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it's going to be sold as a second-hand piece.

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-Are you ready for a second-hand price?

-What would that be?

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I think £50-£80 at auction.

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-What do you think about that?

-That's fine.

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'I'm searching Judy's bedroom on the hunt for treasure. I love this job!

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'In the spare room, though, our host has struck gold.

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'She's found a 22-carat gold wedding ring and a 9-carat-gold dress ring with a turquoise stone.

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'They belonged to her mother and she's happy to let them go with an estimate of £80-£120.

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'And my search has paid off, too.'

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Jonty? Are you there?

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-I found something very glittery.

-Oh, darling, will you marry me?

-Sorry, I'm already married.

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-Isn't that lovely?

-Yeah.

-We've got some real value there.

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We'd better find out if we can sell it. Are you there, Judy?

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I have found a very nice ring, but I'm not sure that it's something you want to sell.

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-Oh, that was my mum's.

-Was it?

-Yeah.

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-I bought it for her.

-Did you?

-Where?

-When I was at sea.

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I thought my mum would love it, so I bought it for her.

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It's quite interesting here. I can't see any hallmarks.

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So when we put it into the auction sale, you can't call it gold. You have to call it white metal.

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-Does that make a difference?

-It might, but a lot of people will clearly see this as gold.

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But if you look at the ring and the stones,

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you've got one, two, three, four, five baguette-shaped sapphires, which are a nice colour.

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You're looking for a purply hue in a blue sapphire.

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That gives it the quality. And then you've got two, four, six, eight... 12 little diamonds in there as well.

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-Did your mum like it?

-Loved it. She wore it quite a lot.

-I bet.

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Because these diamonds here are so tradable and these sapphires are in such good shape...

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-They'll take it apart?

-They could easily do.

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What one would do with a ring like this is probably value it for scrap.

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It's an awful thing to say. You chose it for your mum,

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but the actual cold reality of putting this into an auction sale

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is what's it worth as if it was broken up?

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-But my value to you would be £300-£500.

-Right.

-How do you feel?

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-It wasn't as much as I expected. I'm not quite sure with the price.

-That's fine.

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The value of everything going to auction, not including this ring,

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comes to £350.

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-Right. That's excluding that?

-Absolutely.

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If we were to sell the ring, it's £650.

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-So it's really down to you.

-It's difficult. Not having been to an auction, I'm sure it's fascinating.

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-Well, you'll find out!

-Yeah!

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And some of the things Judy will definitely be taking along are...

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the 19th-century Windsor chair which her grandfather used to sit on

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in the family home in Macclesfield. Jonty really likes this.

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And there's the wooden, carved camphor wood chest,

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which Judy bought in Hong Kong while in the Merchant Navy.

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It's not an antique, hence the estimate of £50-£80.

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And I love that Japanese children's game with all the pieces to make a model village.

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It's only £10-£20, but you never know what might happen in the sale room.

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It's been a few weeks since we were down in Brighton with Judy.

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She was looking to raise £300-£500 towards a new gas fire.

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We found plenty of lovely items which have gone off to Chiswick Auction Rooms in West London.

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Joining her there will be Jonty. I, unfortunately, can't make it.

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Judy decided in the end that the estimate for her mother's ring

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did not reflect the sentimental value so she's not selling it today,

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but she has plenty of other interesting pieces.

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The first of Judy's lots is the fascinating Japanese model village

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which her stepfather brought back after the war.

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It's really very unusual. Dealers love that. I've put £10-£20 on it.

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Let's see if we can get that. Here it comes.

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£20 for it? £10 for it? £10 for it?

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-£5 for it?

-Come on. That's good.

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At £5. £5 bid. Take six.

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Seven? Seven. Eight?

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Going up one at a time.

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Nine. Ten.

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At £9. The bid is £9. Take 10.

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£9. Going at £9. What's your number?

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Sold. It's away.

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-Yeah.

-Happy?

-That's fine.

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Considering some of the pieces inside were damaged,

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just under Jonty's lowest estimate is not bad.

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Next up are Judy's Franklin Mint decorated eggs.

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They're limited edition and the value for the lot is £10-£20.

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-We've got 12 in all.

-Yes.

-When did you start collecting?

-Quite a long time ago. 1980s.

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Then I started collecting other things. They came a month at a time.

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-They must have cost you quite a bit.

-The valuation isn't half as much as I paid for them.

-I'm sure.

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Let's see if we can get as much as we possibly can. Ready?

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£10 for the lot? I'm bid at 10. 12.

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15? 15. 18. Bid's at £18.

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18. New bidder. Do you want 20?

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A new bidder at £18. Selling at 18. All done? £18.

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-Disappointed?

-With the price, yeah.

-I completely understand that, but that's the market for you.

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They did almost reach the upper end of Jonty's estimate, so not too bad for the eggs.

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A variety of commemorative coins are now going under the hammer.

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One's from 1953 to celebrate the Coronation

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and one's from the Silver Jubilee in 1977.

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There's also a £5 coin amongst this lot, too, with the overall estimate £10-£20.

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Start me at £10, please. £10? The bid is 10.

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Take 12. Give me 12. The bid's at £10.

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-We're all right. £10 already.

-14. 16. 18. 20?

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At £18. Are we all done at 18?

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All done for £18. 164.

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Almost the top of the estimate. The bidders seem to like Judy's stuff.

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I really enjoyed the Beswick horses. Mother and foal were Judy's mum's

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and the young horse on its own was a gift when Judy left the Army.

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Their estimate is £30-£50. Let's hope they do well for her.

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Start me at £30? £30?

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£20. A bid of £20. 22. 25. 28.

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30. 32?

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At £30. Take two. At £30. 32. 35. 38.

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-35, listen.

-Yeah, 40?

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£38. Going. All done? £38 and gone.

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That's good. The middle estimate for Judy and she's quite happy with that, too.

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The three carved Oriental hardwood trinket boxes are about to come up next.

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Judy bought these in the '70s during her time as

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a switchboard operator in the Merchant Navy.

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£20? £10 for the three? £10?

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A bid at 10. 12. 14? 14.

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16. 18. Bid. 20.

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22? At £20.

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-£20. We're in there.

-At £20.

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At £20 and gone.

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Her smile tells me she's pretty happy with that result.

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It's taken her just past the halfway point.

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-How do you think we're faring?

-I don't know. I'd probably be a bit disappointed.

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-I'm not quite sure now. £100?

-We're there or thereabouts.

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£103 to be precise.

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-OK?

-Yeah.

-We've got some great items - your jewellery that you are keeping in the sale.

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We're looking forward to that.

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If you'd like to have a go at selling at auction, remember commission is added to your bill.

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This charge varies, so it's always worth inquiring in advance.

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Now it's the large carved Chinese camphor wood chest, which Judy bought in the early '70s.

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-Where did it come from again?

-Hong Kong. I bought it there. I was onboard ship,

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-so I had plenty of space to bring it home.

-And now in your hallway!

-Yes!

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-I've got big dents in the carpet!

-There's always a downside.

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I put £50-£80 on it. Let's get this one away.

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£50 for it? £50? £30? I have a bid at £30. 32?

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Take 32. At £30.

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32. 35. 38. 40. 42?

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-Received a bid of £40 so far.

-We're stopping at £40.

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All done at £40? That's it at £40.

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£40.

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-I can't remember how much I paid for it now.

-Yeah?

-I think I paid about 50 for it.

-Did you?

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-I think so.

-You've got all those years' use out of it for a tenner!

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But a loss is a loss. We need to make some money.

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Now onto something with quite a bit of age.

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A 19th-century Windsor chair that belonged to Judy's grandfather.

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In the middle of the room, he sat there all the time.

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-We just got used to it being there.

-No regrets about selling it?

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No, I don't use it, so it's fine.

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It's a lovely story. I understand why you want to sell it.

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It's a little bit reduced in height for me. If it had been slightly broader, taller,

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we would be talking quite a lot of money, but £60-£80.

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Let's see if everyone agrees.

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Jonty, it's a normal size chair! You're just extremely tall.

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Start me at £50 for it.

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£40 for it? At £40. 42.

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45. 48. 50. 55.

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60. 5? 70. 5?

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-At £70 bid.

-That's fine. Absolutely fine.

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-90.

-Even better!

-100.

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110?

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The bid is £100. Are you up for 110? At £100. Selling.

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-£100 and going. At £100.

-Great!

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£100!

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-Are you pleased?

-Yes.

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I'm not surprised. A very good result for our first real antique.

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Now to the first of Judy's jewellery lots. A 22-carat-gold wedding ring

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and a 9-carat-gold dress ring with a turquoise stone. Both of them belonged to her mother.

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-Will this be a sad moment for you?

-Yes, in a way, but I don't wear them

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so maybe it will help me to buy my fire.

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-Well, this is what it's all about. Selling items you no longer need to buy things you do need.

-Right.

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Start me at £80, please. £80?

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No one? I'm bid £80. At £80.

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85? At £80.

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85? At £80.

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85 there. 90? 5. 100.

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110. 120. No?

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120 there. 130?

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At 120. 125?

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At 120. All done at 120? Going to sell at 120. It goes out the door.

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-£120.

-Very good.

-Yes. Only very good?

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Yes, you heard the lady, Jonty. What more do you want?

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Let's see with this next lot of gold. All 9-carat, including a bracelet, plus two rings,

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one of which is emeralds. Again they were her mother's

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and the estimate is £80-£120.

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Start me at £50, please. A bid of £50.

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55. 60. 5.

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70. 5. 80. 5. 90.

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-5. 100. 110.

-Great!

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120? £110. I'll take 120. £110.

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New bidder, 120. 130?

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No? At 120. The bid is 120. 130?

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120. 130. 140.

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You took your time.

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150 there. 160. 170.

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That's what I like to hear!

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170. 180?

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At 170. A bid of 170. 180, back in. 190?

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At 180. Saying no for definite? Selling at 180. And gone.

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180! Hey...

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-How about that?

-Well done!

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That jewellery must have had a lot of sentimental value as they were her mum's,

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so I'm really pleased they sold well. Over to Jonty to see how much she's made.

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-We sold absolutely everything.

-Yes.

-So our total now - wait for this...

-Yes?

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-£543.

-Really?

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-Really?

-Absolutely.

-I didn't believe that much!

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-Oh, that's good.

-How about that? Are you pleased?

-Yeah.

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I think we've had a great day.

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A few weeks ago, Judy was desperate to replace her old gas fire.

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Now, with all that money she's raised, she's come to her local showroom

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-to choose a brand new one.

-What sort of heat does it give out?

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I'd like to be more modern now and have one fitted in the wall. One that looks nice.

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It's lovely and warm.

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Very interesting.

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I don't want the new, modern stones and things like that. I'd rather have the natural logs.

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I think it looks more friendly.

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I'd never been to an auction, so that was interesting as well. Yeah, very fascinating.

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