Knight Cash in the Attic


Knight

Antiques series. Valerie Knight's home in Hampshire is packed with pink appliances, and she is on the hunt for a washing machine to match. Jennie Bond helps her raise the funds.


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Welcome to the show that takes you on a rummage around people's homes

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as we track down anything of value that they can sell at auction.

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Today, we'll meet a big fan of Cash In The Attic,

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so it will be fun to see what we can find to help her raise money for something special.

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'Coming up on Cash In The Attic,

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'our expert dresses to impress our host.'

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-Do you like my pink? I chose it specially for you.

-Can I have it?

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'And the appeal of a drab Doulton vase changes once its age is revealed.'

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It's a pot that's quite possibly 100 years old.

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-Incredible.

-Do you like it any more?

-Yeah, I do now.

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'At auction, Jonty is keen to show his groovy '70s patter.'

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High five!

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'Will all his valuations be so well received? Find out when the hammer falls.'

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Today, we've come to lovely Hampshire

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and I'm on my way to meet Val Knight,

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a lady who has a passion for all things pink.

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'Yes, it's the colour of choice for keen gardener Val.

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'Her lovely house in Hampshire is filled with every shade of it.

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'She's been on her own here since the death of her partner Mike in 2005.

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'They'd been together for 23 years.

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'When she was six, Val was diagnosed with diabetes.

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'After a recent spell of ill health, she's on sick leave from her job as a speech and language therapist.

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'Her good friend and neighbour Helen has been a great help

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'and she's here today to join in the hunt for collectables.

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'With me is our expert Jonty Hearnden who is keen to start the search,

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'so I leave him to it and head off to meet the ladies.'

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-Hello.

-Hello.

-Who's the lady who loves...?

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-The lady who loves pink must be you.

-It is certainly. I'm Val.

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-Hello, Val. And you are...?

-This is Helen.

-Hello, Helen.

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-Where has this love of pink come from?

-It stemmed from childhood.

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When I was a girl, my mother wouldn't let me have anything pink. She didn't like pink. Then I left home

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and I met up with my late partner who also didn't like pink,

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so when he died five or so years ago, I thought, "Right..." So I have what I want.

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The house is going to turn pink.

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Now people know I like pink, I get pink presents at Christmas and birthdays.

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-You'll get a few more after this. Do you buy her pink things?

-I do.

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-So what are we going to be raising money for today? I fear it's going to be for something pink.

-Oh, yes.

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-I need a new washing machine.

-Yes...

-And I want to get a pink one to match the fridge.

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'Val reckons £300 should be a great contribution towards her pink washing machine.

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'So has Jonty come across anything yet that might start off our haul?'

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-I told you he'd have got started.

-Hello.

-This is Val.

-Val, hi.

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Look at him, he's wearing pink! How do you like that?

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-Do you like my pink? I chose it specially for you.

-Can I have it?

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-What have you got?

-I found this really intriguing crocodile with a sharpened extension to his tail.

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So he has to be a letter-opener.

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-How wonderful!

-He's no ordinary crocodile.

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It's actually made of ivory. You can see the grain there.

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And it looks as if it's all hand-carved.

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The closer you look, the more irregular his scales are, which is great fun.

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-What do you know about it?

-I think it's an item my mother brought back from Ceylon, now called Sri Lanka.

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When she was little, they lived over there during the 1920s and they returned to Britain in 1926.

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She brought a selection of items with her, so they were passed down.

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Now, an object like this would have been made for the British, I suppose,

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not necessarily for the locals.

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-At a time when it was OK to use ivory?

-Absolutely.

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This is an object that we can put into the auction sale because it's pre-1947.

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Anything post-that is illegal to trade with,

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but it has all the hallmarks of an object that is probably 100 years old.

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-Can we sell Mr Crocodile?

-Yes, definitely.

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-We're looking at something like £20 to £30.

-That's fine.

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-That can all go towards our target.

-Well, let's find some more.

-Make it snappy, Jennie.

-Oh, Jonty!

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'An international law introduced in 1989 to protect endangered species

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'means only ivory carved before 1947 is legal to trade in the UK.

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'Val's grandfather managed a tea plantation in Sri Lanka in the 1920s

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'and she reckons there are quite a few other bits and pieces from the family's time there in her house.

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'A search of the wardrobe turns out to be a good move by Helen as she discovers a large doll.

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'It was a Christmas present when Val was eight and she called her Debbie.

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'Unfortunately, there's no maker's name and there's some slight damage to her eyelashes,

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'but Jonty reckons she should fetch between £30 and £50 at auction.'

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Jonty, what about this one?

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Oh, that's rather nice. A fun pot we've got there.

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-Do you like this?

-I wouldn't say it was my taste. No, not particularly.

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Do you know where it came from?

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-I think that's one of the items Val's mother bought in a car boot sale for a couple of quid.

-Really?

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Let's have a look at the decoration.

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We've got this stylised fruit. It looks like lemons.

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So if we turn it upside down, we can see who made this pot.

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-And here it's got the impressed mark of Royal Doulton.

-Ah!

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So this is a hand-thrown pot

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that is decorated by the decorator with the initial S.

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That's probably Eliza Stock.

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So we're looking at a pot that is quite possibly 100 years old.

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-Incredible.

-Do you like it any more?

-Yeah, I do now.

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-And how much did it cost again?

-A couple of quid, I think.

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It's not worth that any more.

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-At auction, this pot is worth between £40 and £60.

-Gosh, that's amazing!

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'So how wise was that investment by Val's mum?'

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£20 for it? Unusual pattern. £20 for it?

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20. 5. 30. 5.

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40. 5...

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'What return will it make? Only time will tell.

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'We seem to be doing quite well so far,

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'but we decide to split up and thoroughly explore one room each

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'to make sure we find every possible knick-knack.

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'Jonty comes across this decorative tea set.

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'It's continental and is called a cabaret set which normally consists of a tea or coffee pot,

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'cups and saucers, milk jug, sugar bowl and even a tray.

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'It belonged to Val's mother and we hope it will attract £30 to £50 on the day.

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'Val decides to take the weight off her feet and comes across an old friend - this metal bowl.

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'It belonged to her mother and it was used as somewhere to put things that had been left around.

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'If anything was missing in the house, Val was told to check the brass bowl.

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'It's decorated with an animal scene

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'and gets an estimate of £10 to £20.'

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I think it's going quite well so far.

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It would be criminal not to sit down on a lovely day like today and find out more about you.

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You met Helen through your work. What is it that you do?

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-I'm a speech and language therapist, working with small children.

-That must be rewarding.

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-You get a certain buzz out of it.

-What sort of children do you help?

-Children with language disorders.

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Children with learning difficulties and memory problems and processing language. All kinds of things.

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You also mentioned your late partner Mike.

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How did you two meet?

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Well, we met through our mutual love of golf.

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One day, I found this guy was playing very close behind me.

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I kept having to pick my ball up off the green and virtually run to the next hole to be out of his way.

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Eventually, he caught me up. He said, "There's no need to keep running off. All I want to do is stroke your dog."

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-That was the most original chat-up line that I've ever heard.

-It worked.

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-Yes.

-How long were you together?

-23 years.

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-So how good were you at golf?

-I got down to a 7 handicap when I was in my 20s.

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-That's seriously good.

-Yeah, and I had two holes in one. I was ladies' captain.

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Two holes in one? What does it feel like, that moment you get a hole in one?

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It's a very exhilarating feeling.

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It doesn't happen very often. You get a lot of fuss made of you.

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The bonus is you get to buy everybody in the clubhouse a drink(!)

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We mustn't spend any more time out here. We'd better go and rummage

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-if we're going to make that money for your washing machine. There's lots more rooms to go round.

-Yeah.

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'Val's not played golf since Mike died, but she has many other interests like gardening and bridge.

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'For now, we need her to focus on looking for more treasures.'

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-Look what I've found!

-That's rather fun.

-I think it's gorgeous.

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-A tantalus. Am I right?

-Yes.

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So tell me, where did it come from and why have you got it?

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Well, it was a 60th birthday present for Mike in 2002

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and I got it from an antiques shop in Alresford which is not far away.

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-He always wanted one, so I was quite pleased when I found one.

-Beautiful.

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They come in different shapes and sizes, more often than not with three decanters side by side.

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-Why is it called a tantalus?

-Because there was a figure in Greek mythology called Tantalus.

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And at one point, he was punished.

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When he wanted to bend down to drink, the water disappeared.

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And when he wanted to reach up for food from the tree, that also moved away.

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-So that's how we get the name "to tantalise".

-Oh!

-Oh, right.

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It's the same for a tantalus that is under lock and key, hence your locking mechanism here on the side.

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You turn the key and the top falls down, so you can get the bottles out.

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These were very popular in Victorian times, but I do have a problem with this.

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This object here has been silver-plated and you can tell that

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because the plating has been worn away here.

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-What did you pay for it?

-£200 in 2002.

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Prices have changed somewhat since then and you bought it from a dealer,

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so we won't get your money back.

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If I'm a hard-headed valuer, I would put £60 to £80 on this at the auction sale.

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-How do you feel about that?

-That's fine.

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-Are you happy?

-It gave pleasure for the person it was bought for.

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'That's a positive way to look at it.

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'The good news is that going on Jonty's lowest figures so far,

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'we stand to make £190 when we take everything we've found to auction,

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'so we're well over halfway there without selling any of Val's pink possessions.

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'Jonty's unearthed a collection that he thinks the dealers will like.

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'There are two ladies' pen knives, one of which has mother-of-pearl inlay with a Sheffield hallmark,

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'and a Victorian silver vesta case.

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'There's also a set of cigarette cards with pictures of animals on them and some silk cigarette flags.

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'He thinks at £15 to £20, these should definitely attract some interest.

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'And in the lounge, almost hidden away from view,

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'I spot a couple of likely candidates for the sale -

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'a Comet S camera and a rather fine pair of collapsible opera glasses.

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'They belonged to Mike and Jonty's estimate for them is £10 to £20.'

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I've come across lots of plates that are decorating lots of the rooms,

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but there seems to be quite a few of these gilded edged plates,

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-and they're all made by a company in Limoges in France.

-Gosh!

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Even today, half of French ceramics still come from the town of Limoges.

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Do you know where they're from at all?

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I think these ones Val's mother got from her mother, Val's grandmother.

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-Are these items we can sell?

-I think she'd like to get rid of them.

-OK.

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These plates were made about 100 years ago because these are Edwardian, this design.

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These plates would probably have been very expensive at the time.

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This gilded rim was very popular towards the end of the 19th century

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and the early part of the 20th century.

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We won't get a vast fortune because this style of ceramic is not the flavour of the month at the moment.

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-What do you think about this style?

-Yeah, I quite like that, actually.

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-But would you buy them?

-No.

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-Yes, there's a difference. Somebody has just got to part with the money.

-Yeah.

-Value-wise,

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-we're looking at £40 to £60 at auction.

-For the lot?

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-For the lot.

-Right.

-It's not a vast amount.

-No, it isn't.

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But that's the market for you.

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Somebody's got to buy them, pay an auction premium and make a profit at the other end.

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'It may not seem a lot for such a nice collection, but Val has no use for them and every little bit

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'will go towards her new washing machine, which will be in her favourite colour.'

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-This is obviously your bedroom! I agree with you about pink - it makes me feel all cheerful.

-Yes.

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-Fantastic.

-I'd like to show you my late partner's cars.

-They are little slices of history.

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-Fantastic.

-Some of those tractors are probably about 60 years old.

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Is it something that you really would part with, though?

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Yes, sadly. Somebody might like them more than I need them.

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Let's see what Jonty thinks. Jonty? And Helen.

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-You've probably seen these before. This lovely collection of cars.

-Oh!

-Aren't they gorgeous?

-Yes.

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-Real boys' toys, eh? Look at that.

-A Rover.

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So who made this one?

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This is Ledo. Called Ledo because Jack O'Dell, founder of Matchbox, it's the reverse of his name.

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-So O'Dell is actually Ledo.

-Oh!

-Simple as that.

-Oh, clever.

-As simple as that.

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Now Ledo was made by Matchbox.

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It was really a revival to kickstart their own collectors' market.

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-So this is not as old as it really looks. This is post-1982.

-Is it?

-Oh?

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-So they're not particularly old. What else have we got there?

-How about that?

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Oh, look at him. Sadly, he's a tractor that won't be worth a lot

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-because he's been hand-painted thereafter.

-Isn't that good?

-Er, no.

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-I know nothing!

-It needs to be in very good condition and original.

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They're all worth selling. We'll just not get a vast amount.

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So our collection will probably be worth in the region of £40-£80.

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-That's not bad.

-Is that all right?

-Quite good.

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I think that could signal the end of our day's rummaging. So, at the start of the day we said £300

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so you can have a pink washing machine. Yeah?

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All right. We reckon, based on Jonty's lowest estimates,

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we're hoping that at auction you'll make £295.

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-Oh, excellent. That would be really helpful to go towards the cost.

-Only £5 off.

-Yeah, good.

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So well done, ladies.

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Hopefully, we'll exceed that figure and Val and Helen could soon be reeling in the pounds

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with the oak tantalus with three cut-glass decanters.

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Fingers crossed the price tag of £60-£80 will prove tempting.

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And there's the 100-year-old Royal Doulton vase

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with the citrus fruit pattern. Its valuation is £40-£60.

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And what about that ivory letter opener? Almost 100 years old

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and carved in the shape of a crocodile.

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At only £20-£30, it's a bargain.

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'Still to come: Val's delighted by a great result for one of her items.'

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Goody gum drops!

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'But she puts on a brave face after another lot lets us down.'

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-Unsold, I'm afraid.

-Oh, well. That's life.

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'Will we be able to bring her smile back when the hammer finally falls?'

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Jonty and I really enjoyed ourselves at Val's house and that pink theme cheered us up no end.

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Today we've brought all the bits and pieces to Duke's Auctioneers in Dorchester.

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Val wants to make at least £300 towards a pink washing machine.

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Let's hope this room fills up with people ready to splash the cash.

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Duke's have two auction houses here and we've come to one of their general sales in the Grove.

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Now remember, if you would like to buy or sell at auction,

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charges such as commission or VAT will apply. It's always worth inquiring in advance.

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Found you! Hello!

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-Lovely to see you again.

-And you have your magnificent tantalus.

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-How do you feel about parting with it?

-Quite sad, really, but it'll go to a good home.

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-We'll get as much as we can. I know you paid £200 for it.

-Yeah.

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-OK.

-Shows what love will do to you!

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-How are you feeling, Helen?

-Sort of anxious and excited. A bit of everything, really.

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The first of Val's lots to come up is the hand-carved ivory letter opener from Sri Lanka.

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The estimate is £20-£30.

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Nice little thing there. £10.

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12? At £10 with me. I'll take 12. 14. 16.

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18, madam? 20, sir?

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22, madam. 25. 28?

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28, madam. 30? 30 at the back.

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32. 35. 38?

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At £35, your bid. I'll take 8. At £35, right at the back of the room.

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That's brilliant!

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'How's that for a start? Over the top estimate and Val is delighted.

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'Next up is the Comet camera and collapsible opera glasses that belonged to Mike.

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'Jonty's estimate is just £10-£20, but when they go to the bidders...'

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Anybody fancy these? £5? I will pass those down.

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-Unsold, I'm afraid.

-Oh, well. That's life.

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'It's a setback, but there are plenty more collectables to come.

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'The Royal Doulton vase that Jonty in particular seems to like is next.

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'He hopes it'll fetch between £40 and £60. I hope he's right!'

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-I thought it was a bit dingy.

-It needed a bit of pink paint!

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-Yes!

-Oh, well. Let's see if someone else likes it.

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Unusual pattern. £20 for it? 20, thank you. I'll take 5. 30.

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5. 40.

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5. 50.

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60. 70?

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At £60. I'll take 70. £60 at the back. 70 anywhere?

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-What a turnaround! £2 in a car boot sale. £60 at auction.

-Good profit, isn't it?

-A good investment.

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'It's a better return than you'd get in a savings account.

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'The brass bowl which was used during Val's childhood for odds and ends is up next.

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'The estimate is £10-£20.'

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-I suspect it probably came from where the letter opener came from.

-Possibly, Ceylon, yes.

-Really?

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-It might do well, then.

-Let's see.

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£5. 8 if you like.

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Thank you, madam. 10 here. 15.

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I'll take 20. 20. 25.

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30? At £25.

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I'll take 30. All done at 25...?

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'What a great result, but what will Val do with her lost bits and pieces now?'

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-This is the big one, the tantalus.

-Yes.

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I'm excited and nervous. I don't want it to go for nothing, but I do want it to sell.

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-They've mentioned rather sadly that there's damage to a stopper.

-They have to.

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-That's what good auctioneers do.

-I hope it doesn't hit the price.

-Nice little tantalus. £50 for it?

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20 to start, then. Nice little tantalus. £20? 10?

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10, thank you. 15. 20.

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5. 30. 5. 5 in the middle.

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40. 45. 50?

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At £45. I'll take 50. All done, then?

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At £45...

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It's gone.

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It's gone. 45.

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'Val's obviously disappointed with that sale, but let's see if I can cheer her up.'

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You're looking for £300.

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At the halfway stage, you're doing all right. You've got 165.

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-Oh, good. Over the halfway total.

-Yeah.

-That's OK.

-We're ahead of the game.

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'The auction continues with Val's next lot,

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'that cabaret ornamental tea set which is at £30-£50.'

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Lady's bid at 10.

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-Oh, dear. That's bad.

-What do you feel about that?

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Your face tells it all!

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'Oh, dear. Just £10 for that complete tea set. What a bargain that bidder got.

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'Will the collection of pen knives, cigarette cards and silver vesta case do any better at £15-£20?'

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All done, then, at £25?

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I'm quite chuffed, quite satisfied.

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'We're slowly creeping up, but will Val ever make enough money for that pink washing machine?

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'The doll called Debbie is coming up next.

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'Vintage dolls can be quite collectable, but she's not in great condition.'

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10 I'm bid. I'll take 15. £10.

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15 for the doll? At £10. I'll take 15.

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Quite sure at 10?

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-Poor Debbie!

-She's fine. She'll go to a good home. I'm delighted I don't have to keep moving her.

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'That's true and maybe she'll join other dolls

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'so she doesn't look so lonely.

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'Now it's time for those toy cars which Val's late partner treasured. Mike started collecting as a child,

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'and added to them over the years if he spotted something special.'

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-What does your wall look like now?

-I've put in my knick-knacks.

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Golf trophies, things like that.

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-You've done it already!

-Yes.

-So they can't come back.

-No.

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All right. So £40-£80?

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£20 to start. I'll take 5.

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At £20. 25, sir. 30 here. 35.

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40. 45? £40 commission bid.

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With the commission at 40. Quite sure?

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-I think there was only one bidder.

-That was the lower end.

-Yeah.

-It's on target.

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'And I'm sure they'll bring a great deal of pleasure to their new owner.

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'Val's final lot is the Limoges plates, bowls and cake stands.

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'Her friend Helen thought they were very attractive, but this style isn't so popular these days.'

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I put £40-£60 on it. I'll be intrigued to see what happens.

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-I'm not quite sure where the market is on this.

-What do you think?

-They're very pretty.

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-I was surprised they weren't valued more. It'll be interesting to see.

-She thinks you're wrong!

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You wouldn't be the first!

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Limoges plates. £20 for them. 20 I'm bid. 25, sir.

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30. 5. 40. 5.

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50. 60. 70.

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80. 90. 100?

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At £90 in the doorway. I'll take 100. At £90 there.

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Lady's bid at 90.

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-Great. £90.

-Brilliant.

-Goody gum drops!

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-She said she told you so!

-I was wrong!

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High five.

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'So will this amazing turn of events be the result we need to secure that pink washing machine

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'and make Val's kitchen complete?'

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Well, that brings us to the end of the sale.

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That's all your lots. How do you think you did?

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-A bit less than I'd hoped.

-Well, you were looking for £300 towards your pink washing machine.

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You have made...£340.

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-Hey, wow!

-That's more.

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-We very much enjoyed spending time with you. I hope you did.

-We did.

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Happy washing, eh?

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It's a few weeks since the auction and Val has put the money to good use.

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She's just taken delivery of the latest addition to her colourful kitchen appliances.

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I've got my fantastic new washing machine. It brightens my chores.

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It's a little ray of pink sunshine.

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So there we are. Job done. Or could there be something else?

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I think there's going to be a pink tumble drier.

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In the end, Val did just fine. Her kitchen might soon be entirely pink.

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If you'd like to raise money for something special and might have some antiques around the home,

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why not apply to come on the show?

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You'll find all the details on our website:

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Good luck and maybe see you next time on Cash In The Attic.

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Valerie Knight's home in Hampshire is packed with pink appliances, and she is on the hunt for a washing machine to match. To pay for it, she is happy to part with family mementoes at auction with help from Jennie Bond and expert Jonty Hearnden.


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