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Antiques series. Elizabeth and John Armstrong from County Durham sell their collectables to raise £600 to take a holiday in Scotland and improve their golfing handicaps.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic.

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I'm in the northeast of England

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and I'm heading for a house that I'm told is absolutely full of things from all over the world,

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so who knows what we might find.

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I can't wait to get started.

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Coming up on today's Cash In The Attic,

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a well-travelled family with some exotic collectables.

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-So this has travelled with you?

-Everywhere we've lived.

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-It's nearly as well travelled as we are.

-That's a big suitcase.

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A silver purse makes Paul feel sorry for himself.

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Hopefully someone will enjoy it,

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someone who's young enough to go to dances.

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-Well, you never know. Some of us never get asked.

-Ah!

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So will our trip to auction cheer him up? Find out when the hammer falls.

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The couple that I'm about to meet have lived just about everywhere

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but eight years ago, they decided to settle here in County Durham

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and now they want to move into a smaller house

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but they have to get rid of an awful lot things

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that they've spent a lifetime collecting

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and they've called in Cash In The Attic to help.

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Ann and John Armstrong met in Wheatley Hill, County Durham,

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on Christmas Eve, 1956.

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15 months later, they were married.

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John had been in the navy but left to begin a career as a mining engineer,

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a job that would take both of them all over the world,

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from Beirut to South America and most countries in between.

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Following decades of travel,

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the couple returned to the UK and County Durham.

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But after eight years in their current home

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and with John now retired,

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they've decided that it's time for one final move

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and that's where we come in.

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Ann, John. Ah, reminiscing on some of your travels.

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The pair of you are like a walking atlas.

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-You've been everywhere, haven't you?

-We've had a lot of travels.

-Yes.

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We spent 35 years working overseas, travelling overseas.

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Have you an idea of how many countries you've lived in?

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I would say I've probably been in 80% of the countries in the world.

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And your house reflects that,

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so I think we're going to find out more about those travels a bit later on

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but in the meantime, why have you called in Cash In The Attic?

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Well, we love our house but we need to downsize,

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so we're going to try and sell some of our items

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and move on, move somewhere smaller.

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And how much are you hoping to raise?

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I think £500-£600 would be lovely.

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-And what are you going to spend the money on?

-A holiday.

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We're going to go to Scotland.

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We're meeting our daughter and her husband

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to celebrate their wedding anniversary

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and then we're going to go to Loch Lomond golf club.

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It's a beautiful place. John can play golf and I can take photographs.

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Because you are a golf fanatic, John, aren't you?

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I like to play golf. I wish I could play a lot better.

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I'm looking forward to playing a game with my son-in-law.

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Well, I've brought Paul Hayes with me

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and he is already having a field day in this house.

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He can't believe how many wonderful things there are in it.

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Shall we find him and see what he thinks we might be able to take to auction?

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It looks John and Ann haven't lost their passion for travel,

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though I expect the trip to Scotland will be just a walk in the park

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for these globe-trotters.

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Someone else who's always on the move

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is our expert, Paul Hayes.

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He's travelled the length and breadth of the UK

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during his 20 years in the antiques business

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but it looks like something has stopped him in his tracks today.

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-Ah, hello.

-There you go.

-How are you?

-Paul, Ann and John,

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who have been telling me about their amazing travels.

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-What have you got there?

-Well, they didn't travel very far for these.

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These are made in Newcastle.

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They're a fantastic pair of tea caddies from Ringtons tea.

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-Have you heard of Ringtons tea?

-They still drive round delivering.

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It's not something you picked up on your travels, so how did you come by them?

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These came from John's grandmother, so they're quite old.

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I'd reckon round about 100 years.

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Have you used them as a tea caddy?

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No, the children were young and I was worried they'd break them.

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We're state of the art, now - we use tea bags.

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-So you won't miss your daily cuppa.

-LAUGHTER

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Well, these are a fantastic item

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and you were able to buy these door-to-door.

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They had their own blends of tea and coffee

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and along with that, they started doing promotional products

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and these are two of the most-known products that they made.

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It's transfer printed, it's blue and white, which is popular,

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and these have cathedrals of the north of England.

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We've got Selby Abbey, Newcastle Cathedral,

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and on the top we've got Durham Cathedral, which is not a million miles away.

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-So they're very collectable, then, Paul?

-Extremely collectable.

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Maling, the firm that makes this, is very collectable.

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They did all sorts of dishes and ranges of pottery and porcelain.

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The Ringtons tea connection adds to it.

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What you've got to look for, though, is damage

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and they both have hairline cracks. Can you see that?

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It doesn't detract from the overall appearance

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but it is reflected when people want to invest in a piece.

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Well, popular, collectable - how much?

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If I said a nice pair of Rington tea caddies,

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at least £40-£60 - how does that sound?

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It's great. They're just in a cupboard. Let someone use them.

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-They're somebody's cup of tea.

-Yes, I hope so!

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Let's go and see what else we can take.

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With £40 in the kitty, we're up and running.

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Next door, John has been busy searching the living room

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and digs out an old solitaire set.

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This one-player game of concentration and skill

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is believed to have originated in either Germany or Scandinavia.

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Its name derives from the Latin word "solus", meaning alone.

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Ann and John picked it up during their time in Indonesia.

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Sadly, it's more of a tourist piece than a genuine antique

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but Paul still thinks it should fetch £20-£30 at auction.

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Ah, what do you think about this purse, Paul?

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Ah, look at that! That's lovely.

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Except it hasn't been cleaned for a long time.

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You've done the right thing.

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Every time you clean a piece of silver, you take a tiny piece off,

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so after a while, round the corners or any embossed work,

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it starts to get holes in and it goes very thin.

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So there's an initial J. Who did that belong to?

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-This is John's grandmother's.

-Right. And what was her name?

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-Jane.

-That's the J on the front, there, you see?

-Yes.

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OK, well, purses can be very, very popular, actually.

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They're good collecting items.

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-It would have come on a chain.

-Yes, we never had the chain.

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I did try to fit a chain but it didn't look right.

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The silver looked wrong and I couldn't get it through the loops.

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It's easy enough to find something like that, I think.

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But these are quite a decorative item.

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They were often used by ladies in 1910, 1920s, that sort of time

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and it's interesting how the purse actually evolved.

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When you go back to the Victorian times,

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they had lots of layers, lots of garments,

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and the purse itself would be kept underneath your garments.

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-Difficult to get at.

-They'd be plain little bags for coins.

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But when the flapper dresses came out in the jazz era, the 1920s era,

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they couldn't do that any more

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because the dresses were very thin and very slight,

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so they made these decorative purses which went outside the clothing.

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It's a luxury item,

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-so it would be used at the dances and special occasions.

-Yes.

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It's not an everyday purse. It is decorative, being solid silver.

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And judging by the style,

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I'd say maybe 1910, 1920, that sort of period.

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I think that's round about the time she got married.

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Could have been a wedding present.

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Hopefully someone will enjoy it,

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someone who's young enough to go to dances.

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-Well, you never know. Some of us never get asked.

-Ah!

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But if I said sort of £50-£80, how does that sound?

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-Oh, it sounds absolutely great.

-Great.

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Well, it won't go to the dance but it will go to the auction.

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But will the silver purse bring in the coins on auction day?

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30, sir, yes? 30.

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-Yes.

-Gentleman seated here, at 30.

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This could be an exciting sale.

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We may be only in the early stages of our rummage

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here in County Durham

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but we're already past the £100 mark.

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As the search continues, John proves there's nothing wrong with his eyesight.

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-I've come across these. They're my grandmother's spectacles.

-OK.

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She says they were gold. They're quite old.

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Wow, they will be, yeah. They're Victorian, aren't they?

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-And that's the case, is it?

-Yeah.

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Well, that's beautiful. That's papier mache.

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The black papier mache does tend to be from the Victorian period,

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so that ties in nicely, actually.

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-It's got damaged there.

-Yes.

-But it's nice to find it together.

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-You said they were gold.

-Yes.

-So was she quite an affluent lady?

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No, not really, not really.

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She had lots of friends because she worked in the theatre.

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-She knew quite a lot of affluent people, if you wish.

-Yeah?

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Possibly she got them from someone.

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Right, well they are definitely gold.

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These are nine carat. Can you see the hallmark, there?

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That's what we understand to be gold, here in the British Isles.

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It's not pure gold or it would be too soft

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but it's nine carat - it comes up to the standard.

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Well, these really went out of fashion

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when Bakelite glasses started to appear.

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They could make more elaborate frames

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but it was John Lennon who brought the fashion back in.

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He used to wear these sort of things, didn't he?

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So you've got a pair of solid gold spectacles.

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I don't know whether anybody would want to wear these.

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-I think they're more of a curiosity.

-Yes, yes.

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But if I said sort of £30-£50, does that sound all right to you?

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Yeah, it's OK.

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-I don't think they'll create a spectacle at the auction.

-LAUGHTER

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But you never know.

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-All right, well, let's keep looking.

-All right.

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I'm not too sure about the jokes, Paul,

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but I am happy to hear that we've got another contribution

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towards that £600 target.

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In the kitchen, Ann has pulled out two tapestries

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that she bought in Indonesia.

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The oldest known tapestries date to the 3rd century BC

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but this pair are a little more recent,

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mostly likely 1980AD.

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Paul values them at £50-£80.

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We're making good progress and if we keep up this pace,

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we're going to reach our target in no time.

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John and Ann, we've established that the pair of you are inveterate globe-trotters

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but, John, how did all of this travelling come about?

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-It was to do with your job, wasn't it?

-When I finished college,

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it was the days of national service

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and I got called up and I spent two years in the navy

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and then when I came out of the navy I went back to school

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and I got an offer of a job

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with an American mining equipment manufacturer

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and that really was the start of it.

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From that, they sent me to Beirut

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and then from Beirut, I travelled most of the East

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and, of course, the Arab countries.

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So how did you feel, travelling around the world,

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as a young wife and with two children?

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Because you have a son and a daughter.

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I think I thought it was an adventure.

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I thought it would be wonderful to fly - I'd never flown before -

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to see other countries

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and we never considered the fact that we had two children -

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they just came with me wherever I went.

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I'm going to find out a bit more about your travels a bit later on

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but we've left Paul to his own devices for quite a while.

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He thinks he's in an Aladdin's cave.

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Shall we go and join him and see what else he's found?

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Paul's been hard at it in the kitchen

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and found a four-piece Tibetan tea set.

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Tea was first introduced to Tibet from China in the 9th century

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and it became so popular that it was actually used as a currency.

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Ann bought this set at a fair in Singapore.

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It hasn't got any great age but it is rather attractive

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and Paul thinks it should fetch as much as £60-£100 at auction.

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-Paul?

-Uh-huh?

-Have you got Ann with you?

-I have.

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-Come and take a look at this.

-Let's have a look.

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Ann, this screen is just magnificent.

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-What do you make of this, Paul?

-These are fantastic items.

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What a showpiece. That is beautifully done.

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-Where did this come from?

-John bought it in Hong Kong.

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It was for our 25th wedding anniversary

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and he sent it from there to Sydney. We were living in Sydney.

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-Did you know he was going to send it?

-No, it was a complete surprise.

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If you had it when you were in Australia,

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you've since been halfway round the world.

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-Has this always travelled with you?

-We've moved it everywhere.

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-It's nearly as well-travelled as we are.

-That's a big suitcase.

-Yes.

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-Is this something that would sell at auction, Paul?

-Definitely, yes.

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Anybody that wants to have that Chinese or Japanese look,

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it's the sort of thing to go for.

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It has instant appeal.

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But these originally were from Japan and they were a room divider.

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If you had a large area and you wanted to make an intimate corner,

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whether it be in a restaurant or a workplace, you would have these screens.

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Some are taller - I've seen them eight foot high.

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It's made from lacquer and lacquer work is very difficult to produce.

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It takes the sap from the lacquer tree and they have to layer it

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time and time again,

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allowing each layer to dry before they build up the colour.

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And then it's been decorated with Shibayama,

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and Shibayama is a type of inlay and overlay.

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-It gives it a three-dimensional effect.

-Absolutely stunning.

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Are you sure you want to get rid of this?

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Well, it's not a matter of getting rid of it.

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We're downsizing, aren't we? I love it but we have to be sensible.

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We're going to a smaller place and someone else can have the pleasure.

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-I've loved it for 27 years.

-All right.

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That's a wonderful attitude to have, isn't it, Paul?

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But if this was to go to auction, who would buy it

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-and what sort of price would we get?

-That's the thing.

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You need a large room and a large area to put it.

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It's not going to appeal to everybody

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but it's in great condition.

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What you have to watch with Shibayama screens

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is that parts of the shell become missing

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and it's difficult to have them recarved and replaced.

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But if I was being very realistic,

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I think you're looking at least £200, maybe £300.

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If you get two people who take a shine to it, it could do more

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but that's being realistic - it's not an antique.

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Well, it's about to make one more journey

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to the auction house

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and let's hope we make that money.

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Shall we go and see what else we can take with us?

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Everywhere you look in this house there are beautiful items

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that the Armstrongs have collected from all over the globe.

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This mahogany card table is another of Ann souvenir's from Indonesia.

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It is a reproduction, which will affect its value

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but as it's in perfect condition,

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Paul thinks it could still raise upwards of £100.

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Ah, now, then, Ann, I've been dying to ask you -

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where is this trunk from? It's fantastic.

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This one came from the Philippines.

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My husband worked in a copper mine there

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and one weekend we went shopping and we saw this in the shop window.

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Funny little shops, they were, very dark.

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You'd step down and it was like a cave inside.

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The gentleman who owned the shop was explaining it had just come back from Manila.

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He had designed it

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but he said because they didn't have lots of money,

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-the wood is only ordinary - I don't know what kind.

-Right.

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He spent all his money on the mother-of-pearl.

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-It won the exhibition in Manila that year.

-Fantastic.

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The quality of the workmanship is super. Is a type of marquetry inlay.

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The artist would carve out these individual shapes, all precisely,

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and put in mother-of-pearl.

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It's a very difficult job and very time-consuming.

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-But this represents the garden of paradise.

-Really?

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Flowers and gardens are very important in most cultures.

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But these were very useful items.

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You've got to imagine the humidity in these exotic countries

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and of course it would be kept, your linens and any material,

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it would remain nice and cool, away from creepy crawlies,

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so very necessary items.

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But sometimes they were used as dowry boxes.

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They would be full of items for a wedding or a special occasion.

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-Well, it's not antique, it's 1980s...

-Yes.

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-..but I can respect the workmanship in this.

-Oh, yes.

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-It is a shame they didn't use a better wood to start with.

-Yes.

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But if that was going to auction,

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I'd love to see it with an estimate of £100, maybe £150.

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-How does that sound?

-Oh, I think that's probably reasonable.

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-Not for the gentleman's hard work...

-No.

-..but for a value, yes.

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Great. Well, that's part of our dowry sorted out.

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Let's keep looking.

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The weather outside may be typically British

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but the finds inside continue to be anything but.

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Paul is taking a closer look at a pair of stained-glass windows

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that Ann brought back from Indonesia.

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Amazingly, they survived in one piece

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and he thinks they'll fetch £50-£80.

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Having seen such a wealth of treasures brought back from foreign countries,

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I'm keen to hear more about John and Ann's extensive travels.

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So of all of these countries that you've been in,

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which would you say is your favourite?

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Beirut. I think definitely Beirut.

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It was a wonderful spot to live and the people were fabulous.

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You'd take the children out and they were made so welcome, which after England is a big thing.

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We just had a great time. As John always says, we were young.

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It was a fantastic place. The hotels were terrific.

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The restaurants, the food, the wine,

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and it was just a fantastic place to live.

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-Well, your passion, John, is golf.

-I love a game of golf, I do.

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Hence this trip that you're going to be making up to Scotland.

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We love Scotland.

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And you're going up there for this very special family party,

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the wedding anniversary of your daughter.

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-14th wedding anniversary?

-Yes, it is.

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So that is going to be very special.

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It's lovely just to be able to get together

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because they both work so hard and Honor travels a lot

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and so they're making time to have their anniversary

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and they've invited us to share it.

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Obviously, this trip is really important to you,

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so let's hope we can make as much money as possible at auction.

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Shall see what else Paul has found that we might be able to take?

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I can see just how much this trip to Scotland means to John and Ann,

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so we make one last push.

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In the back recesses of the bedroom cupboard,

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I find this decorative ceramic platter.

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It was made by the company SylvaC,

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who specialised in producing 20th century earthenware

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in the Victorian style.

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It was another of Ann's purchases from Indonesia

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and it's in mint condition but it's not a rare piece,

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so Paul values it at a very affordable £10-£20.

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Ah, there you are.

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Now, I wanted to ask you about this fella here.

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So he's not from Japan or China. Where's he from?

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He's from India, from Delhi.

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We bought him in a shop called the British Embassy Shop.

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-Right! And what's he called?

-Ganesh.

-Ganesh.

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Yes, a Hindu god.

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I was really mad to have one and when we went to India, we spent quite a bit of time looking for one.

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-When I saw him, I knew he was the one I wanted.

-Right.

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Well, let's get the other two in. John? Angela?

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This way a second.

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We've found something that isn't Chinese or Japanese - something Indian.

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He's a very impressive god, isn't he?

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-He's the first thing you see when you come in.

-He's fantastic.

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He's the god of new beginnings

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and for Indian people, I think you're supposed to rub the heel

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but you can't get at his heel, so as you can see, I rub his tummy.

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LAUGHTER

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Right, well, he's always depicted with an elephant's head

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and the elephant was highly prized in Indian culture.

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But he is a very positive symbol - a new beginning, I suppose,

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or education, wealth - he's a wonderful thing to have

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and every house would have one.

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-So he's a multi-talented god, then?

-That's why he has four arms,

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so he could handle anything, more than one thing at once.

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So how much might he make at auction, Paul?

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I think he's fantastic, actually.

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It's brass that's been made to look like bronze.

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But it is very heavy, very decorative.

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If I said at least £100-£150.

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Well, he is going to have to have one more move at least,

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along with the screen, the tea caddies and all of the other things that we've looked at.

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And if we take the lowest price that Paul has put on all of those

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and add that £100 for our multi-tasking god, here,

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we should be able to make your £600 for the trip quite easily, I think.

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In fact, with a bit of luck, we could make as much at £810.

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-Ooh.

-Wow! Fabulous. That would be wonderful.

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And the next time I see you guys, will be at the auction.

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We've had a tremendous time in County Durham

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with the globe-trotters Ann and John Armstrong.

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And what an exotic collection we've got for auction.

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From the Philippines, there's the highly decorative trunk,

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with its intricate marquetry.

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A lot of work for your money at just £100.

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From India, our Hindu god of new beginnings.

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It's brought John and Ann lots of good fortune

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and we're not even asking a small fortune for it -

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£100, to be precise.

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And from Hong Kong, the magnificent screen.

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It's travelled the globe with our couple

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but now it's time for its last journey to a new owner

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and hopefully one who will pay a lot more than its £200 estimate.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic,

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our expert demonstrates his firm grasp of geography.

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-Now, where's this from?

-Jakarta.

-Jakarta. There we go.

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-Is that near Bolton?

-No, a bit further away.

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And we learn a little more about the bidders at auction.

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That's gone to a family that clearly has a big joint every Sunday.

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Selling now at £45.

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GAVEL BANGS

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Well, it's been a week now since we joined John and Ann at their home,

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looking through some of the things they've collected

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on their international travels.

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And we've brought some of them here today to sell

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at Thompson's auction room in Harrogate.

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Their target is £600 for a holiday

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in the rather less exotic but still just as beautiful Scotland.

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So let's hope that we get some really active bidding

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when their items go under the hammer.

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Auctions at this popular North Yorkshire sale room

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take place every Friday

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and today there are over 800 lots on offer,

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so a good crowd is expected.

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I'm really looking forward to seeing what they make of

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our fascinating mix of items.

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-Ah!

-I wonder what tea tastes like

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made from the rather extraordinary Tibetan tea service?

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Very strange, isn't it?

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I think it's more decorative, I don't think you'd use it

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but you'd have fun trying.

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One of the beautiful things that they bought is that Japanese screen.

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Isn't it nice to see that in the auction room,

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they've put the screen with a lot of other items of very similar design?

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That's done them a real favour.

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The more of any one particular type of item creates the interest

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and the more interest you get, the more dealers you get,

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the more money you get - that's the idea.

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I see John and Ann have arrived

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and they've put reserves on some of the items,

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-so we ought to go and check that out.

-Of course.

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Well, one item that I know doesn't carry a reserve

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is Ann and John's treasured statue.

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It doesn't take long for them to find it in pride of place.

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So you're going to rub that for the last time, are you?

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I think it's good luck and good luck to the next family.

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Just remind me of what he stands for again.

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For new beginnings and education, I think.

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Paul knows more about it than I do.

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He's about good fortune, peace and harmony,

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he's a multi-tasker, he's a good all-rounder.

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You've brought some beautiful things today

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but you've put reserves on some of them - remind me of those.

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The screen has a reserve on because it's gorgeous

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and John bought it for me, so it is special.

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Also the pearl-inlaid chest.

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I have to tell you, John, that a lot of people

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have been looking at that chest with the mother-of-pearl inlay.

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Yes, I bought it in the Philippines.

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It comes from an island called Mindanao.

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I bought it for Ann, so, yeah, we like it.

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-We think that's going to do well.

-That chest is fantastic.

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It'll be no problem selling that.

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My only concern is that the reserve on the solitaire set

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-is more than my estimate.

-It was, Paul.

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-It's £50, your reserve on that.

-It is, Paul.

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-As long as you expect that if it doesn't sell for that, you'll take it back home.

-I will.

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-You're quite happy about that?

-I am.

-Well, that's fine.

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Well, you never know, you might be taking it home with you.

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You may not because as you can see the room is filling up

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with a lot of very eager bidders,

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-so why don't we go and take our place and see what happens?

-Indeed.

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I quite understand John and Ann's decision to put reserves on their items

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but with such a busy sale room,

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hopefully all the reserves will be reached and may even be exceeded.

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We don't have to wait long to find out

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because it's time for our first lot to go under the hammer.

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OK, now, one of my favourite items, those unusual gold spectacles.

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-Who did these belong to again?

-My grandmother.

-Right.

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So very much a lady of the day.

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-And the case was a little bit damaged, wasn't it?

-It was, yes.

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-I think I need some spectacles to see the auctioneer.

-Yes!

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I can start the bidding at 25. Do I see 28?

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With me here at 25. 28, 30?

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32. 32 at the back.

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-35 anywhere else?

-They're doing well.

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At the back of the room at 32. Gentleman's bid at 32...

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-There you go.

-Well done. That's over Paul's lowest estimate.

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-That's great.

-Would Granny be pleased with that, do you think?

-Absolutely.

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And that's just how we like to start an auction, over estimate

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and our first contribution to Ann and John's trip to Scotland.

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Our next item is one of Ann's many purchases from Indonesia.

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It's the ceramic platter that I found in the bedroom cupboard.

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Did you ever use this one in the house at all, Ann?

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Oh, yes, I did. At Christmas, I'd put the turkey on it.

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It really worked well.

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-With all the vegetables around it as well?

-Yes, it made a picture.

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22 bid. 25 now.

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With me here at 22. Do I see 25?

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With me now on commission at 22.

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-I love this one.

-Selling now at £22.

-GAVEL BANGS

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-There you go.

-Oh, well.

-That's amazing, isn't it?

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That's gone to a family that clearly has a big joint every Sunday.

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And they will enjoy those beautiful colours.

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Well, it's looking like Ann really does have an eye for collectables

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and I for one am delighted

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that there's still a demand for traditional meat platters.

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Just how a roast should be served!

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And it's more items from a bygone era up next,

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this time in the form of the Ringtons tea caddies.

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People don't keep their tea in tea caddies any more, do they?

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No but these are decorative items. Blue and white is popular

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and having those cathedrals on there, they're very nice.

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-They are a collector's item.

-Definitely.

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30 bid. 32 now?

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With me here at 30. 32, 35. Still with me on commission at 35.

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-38, 40.

-Oh, good.

-40.

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In the room now at 42. Do I see 45?

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-In the room now at 42 and selling now at 42.

-GAVEL BANGS

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-There you go.

-Terrific.

-How's that?

-Very good.

-That was good.

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-There we go.

-Gone to a new home.

-Yes.

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Aren't Ann and John doing well?

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That's their third sale in a row to see over estimate

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but how long is their luck going to hold out?

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The next lot is the first of their items to carry a reserve

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and what's more, it's somewhat higher than Paul's estimate.

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Now, you've put a reserve on this next item,

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which is the jasper solitaire set.

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So do you have mixed feelings as we go into the bidding now?

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I have a little. It is special and I love the jasper balls

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and the colour of them and the feel of them. They're gorgeous.

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Let's start the bidding here at 30. Do I see 35?

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-With me here at £30. 35, 40.

-That's close to the estimate of 35.

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45, 50. One more, sir?

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With me here at £50. Do I see 55?

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With me here at £50. Are we finished now? Selling at £50.

0:28:160:28:20

Hey-hey! Well done, you. There we go - £50.

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-You made your reserve.

-Oh, that's... I'm so thrilled.

0:28:230:28:27

-That's really good.

-Congratulations, that's great.

0:28:270:28:31

-Thank you.

-Wonderful. Well done.

-I'm delighted.

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How about that? Selling for bang on Ann's £50 reserve,

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which was £20 above Paul's original top estimate.

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No wonder it's smiles all round.

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Now it's that lovely silver purse up next,

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which Paul thinks dates about 1912

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and with a bit of luck, it'll bring in £50-£80.

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Well, I think this is perfect for somebody with the initial J

0:28:540:28:57

and the purse is all intact.

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-You didn't find any gold coins in there?

-I took them out.

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Start me at £30. 30 we have.

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35 anywhere? On my right here at 30.

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-35? No, seated bid here at 35.

-Oh, yes.

-At 40. 40 standing.

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45 anywhere? 45.

0:29:140:29:16

No, the lady's bid here at 45. Do I see 50?

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In the room now at 45. Are we finished? Selling now at £45.

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-GAVEL BANGS

-There we go.

-It was only ever in a cabinet. We never used it.

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That's our first item which has failed to reach its estimate

0:29:290:29:33

but it was only by £5

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and Ann and John don't seem to be disappointed at all.

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It's a rather unusual lot next,

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the two stained glass windows that Ann brought back from Indonesia,

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I'm guessing not in her hand luggage, though.

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So, Paul, who's going to buy something like this?

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Will they be used as a decorative panel or actually as windows?

0:29:510:29:54

Well, it could be both.

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They could use them for architectural use in a wall

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or they could actually put them as a screen in a restaurant or that sort of thing.

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Start me at £30. £20. 20 we have.

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Do I see 25?

0:30:060:30:08

Gentleman's bid here at 20. Five. 30, sir?

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-Yes? 30.

-Yes.

-Gentleman seated here at 30.

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35. 40 anywhere else?

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-40, new bidder. 45. No? Still with you, sir, at 45.

-Come on.

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50 now. In the room at 45. Selling now at £45...

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-There you go.

-It's a bit less than we thought.

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Yes but they're fragile and it'll be nice to see them go home safely

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to somewhere nice.

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-What a nice attitude to have.

-Yes. It is. Very nice.

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You know, I'm getting the feeling

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that Ann is more concerned that her items find good new homes

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rather than actually making money

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but hopefully, we'll be able to achieve both.

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After a great start to the auction, our progress has slowed a little,

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so time to find out how we're doing at the half-time stage.

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Now, £600 is your total

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and we've still got some lovely things to come, actually,

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but at the halfway stage, we're not quite halfway to our total.

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We've made £236.

0:31:060:31:09

-Very good. At least, I think so.

-LAUGHTER

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He's getting ready to tee off on the first tee.

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-But we've got the screen to come still.

-Of course.

0:31:150:31:18

You've got quite a high reserve.

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That lovely mother-of-pearl box, the blanket box.

0:31:190:31:23

-And Ganesh.

-Ganesh, of course.

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So why don't we go and just have a bit of a break?

0:31:260:31:29

Paul, you wanted to have a look around.

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-There's something that's a first for me. I'll show you.

-OK, let's go.

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So, lots to look forward to in the second part of the sale

0:31:370:31:40

but where's Paul darted off to?

0:31:400:31:42

I really do need to keep that boy on a tight leash.

0:31:420:31:45

-What's taken your fancy there?

-I've never seen one of these up close.

0:31:450:31:49

It's a dog collar from the late Victorian period

0:31:490:31:53

but it's a very regal one.

0:31:530:31:54

Some of these were made in Georgian times in solid silver.

0:31:540:31:57

It's got an interesting inscription.

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"Prince, Eastern Command, NCOs School of Instruction, Hertford."

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That was probably the collar, then, for the mascot of the regiment.

0:32:040:32:09

Exactly. It could have been a gun dog or a sporting dog

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or maybe they were dog handlers and trainers.

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The NCO is non-commissioned officer, so that's of military interest.

0:32:140:32:18

In the late 19th century, this would have been on a dog

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in the officers' mess and it would have been a fantastic thing to have.

0:32:200:32:24

-So who'd buy something like that?

-Well, we're a nation of dog lovers,

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so that's the first connection,

0:32:280:32:30

but also the military connection, as well,

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and it's just a rare item.

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And what sort of price will it get?

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It's in the auction at £80-£120. That is a bargain.

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If somebody had that resilvered or if you traced who Prince was,

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then what a fantastic thing.

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Well, let the dogs loose and let's see what they do in the bidding.

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-There's a song about that.

-Who Let The Dogs Out?

-Exactly.

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And we don't have to wait long before the collar has its turn

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in front of the room and sells...

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Selling at 210.

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..for £90 over its top estimate,

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a great price for a truly unique piece.

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Now, if like John and Ann you are planning on raising some money

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and you're considering an auction,

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do remember that fees like commission and VAT

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may be added to your bill,

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so do check the details with your local auction house first

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to avoid any unwelcome surprises.

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As the auction here in Harrogate continues,

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we retake our positions in time for our next lot.

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It's the beautiful mother-of-pearl blanket box

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that Ann and John bought in the Philippines.

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When I came in here this morning to the auction room,

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one of the first things I noticed was a crowd around your box,

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all looking at it

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and smelling that camphor smell when they opened up the lid.

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Oh, it's a beautiful chest and I love it

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and I loved it at home

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and when it used to stand there with the sunshine on the pearl.

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Yes, beautiful piece.

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I can start the bidding here at £90. Do I see 100?

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100, 110, 120, 130, 140.

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Lady's bid here at 140. Do I see 150?

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-150, new bidder.

-160, 170.

-It's still going up!

-Yes.

-180.

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190, 200, 210.

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220, 230.

0:34:120:34:14

-Oh, that's great.

-250.

0:34:140:34:16

-260, 270.

-Fantastic.

-Isn't it great? That's super.

-Very good.

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It's better than a hole in one, isn't it?

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Do I see 270? On my left now at 260.

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Selling at £260.

0:34:290:34:31

-GAVEL BANGS

-Wow! There we go.

-That's lovely.

-260.

0:34:310:34:35

That was really good.

0:34:350:34:37

Like the man said - better than a hole in one.

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-£260. You didn't expect that, did you?

-No, not at all.

-No.

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Well, I'm thrilled for John and Ann

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that their stunning chest went for such a great price.

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What a way to kick off the second half of our sale.

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And it's another well-travelled item up next,

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the unusual Tibetan tea set that's come all the way from Singapore.

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Hopefully, somebody here today will think that it's very decorative

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and that it's worth the £60-£100 price tag you put on it.

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It's a wonderful thing.

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The actual circle shape symbolises heaven

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in Chinese mythology

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and the decoration is the dragon chasing the pearl,

0:35:110:35:14

-the flaming pearl, which is Chinese mythology.

-Fantastic.

0:35:140:35:18

But I think it's for pouring doughnuts, actually.

0:35:180:35:21

Start me at £20.

0:35:220:35:24

-£10.

-Ooh!

-10 we have.

0:35:240:35:26

12, now? On the back wall here at 10. Do I see 12?

0:35:260:35:30

On the back wall now at £10. Are we finished?

0:35:300:35:32

Selling now at £10... 12, 15, 18...

0:35:320:35:36

-At the last moment.

-That's better.

-Anywhere else?

0:35:360:35:39

At the front now at £18. Selling now at £18...

0:35:390:35:43

-GAVEL BANGS

-Oh! Disappointment?

0:35:430:35:46

It's a shame because it's beautiful

0:35:460:35:48

-but somebody's will love it.

-Somebody will enjoy it.

0:35:480:35:51

Well, that wasn't the result we were expecting,

0:35:520:35:55

selling way under estimate.

0:35:550:35:57

But Ann is being philosophical,

0:35:570:35:59

so let's hope it's just a glitch in the proceedings.

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We'll soon find out though,

0:36:020:36:04

as it's time for more of Ann's purchases from Indonesia.

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Two very unusual wall hangings, here.

0:36:070:36:11

These look Far Eastern. Do you know where they came from originally?

0:36:110:36:15

They both came from Jakarta, from Indonesia,

0:36:150:36:17

-but from one of the islands, not the island we lived on.

-Right.

0:36:170:36:22

-Are they symbolic?

-No, they're just wall hangings.

0:36:220:36:24

I just bought them because I liked them.

0:36:240:36:27

Well, they're such an unusual item.

0:36:270:36:29

I don't if they're designed to block an entrance or just to hang up

0:36:290:36:32

but we're looking for £50 for these two, all right?

0:36:320:36:36

Start me at £20. £10?

0:36:360:36:39

10 we have. 12, now? On the back here at 10.

0:36:390:36:42

12, 15, 18, 20.

0:36:420:36:45

Still on the back at 20. Do I see 22?

0:36:450:36:48

At the back here at £20. Are we finished now?

0:36:480:36:51

Selling at £20...

0:36:510:36:52

-Oh, never mind.

-No?

-They were always in a drawer.

0:36:520:36:55

-I think they're such unusual things. What do you do with them?

-No, no.

0:36:570:37:01

Once again, Ann is looking on the bright side

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but with two sales in a row failing to reach their estimates

0:37:050:37:08

by quite some margin,

0:37:080:37:10

I'm beginning to worry that the items might be too specialised for today's crowd.

0:37:100:37:14

It's going to be fascinating to see what they make of our next lot,

0:37:140:37:18

the Hindu god, Ganesh.

0:37:180:37:19

-£100-£150, Paul.

-Exactly.

-That's about what it's worth?

0:37:200:37:24

It's one of those lovely decorative items. It's in great condition.

0:37:240:37:28

It's very symbolic. It means a lot to yourself.

0:37:280:37:30

Let's hope there are two bidders that really take a shine to him.

0:37:300:37:34

-And 40 bid. 45, now.

-40 we're in. Here we go.

0:37:340:37:37

45, 50, 55 in the room.

0:37:370:37:40

60 anywhere else? 60, five.

0:37:400:37:42

-70, five.

-Oh, somebody likes it.

0:37:420:37:45

..five, 90, five.

0:37:450:37:47

-100.

-Oh, yes.

-Great.

-Yes!

0:37:470:37:51

-130. Seated bid here at 130. 140, now.

-Yes.

-Brilliant.

0:37:510:37:55

It is. I'm so pleased about it.

0:37:550:37:58

-Gentleman's bid at £130.

-GAVEL BANGS

0:37:580:38:01

That's lovely. Yes, really happy about it.

0:38:010:38:03

Did you notice the man with muscles who was buying it?

0:38:030:38:06

-Yes, because he's got to carry it home.

-He's got a trolley.

-I bet he has.

0:38:060:38:10

And so after travelling the globe with John and Ann,

0:38:120:38:15

our god of new beginnings looks set for... a new beginning

0:38:150:38:18

and for a terrific price, bang in the middle of Paul's estimate.

0:38:180:38:22

Now, this is an item that will be much more familiar to today's bidders,

0:38:230:38:27

the mahogany card table that Paul valued at £100 to £150.

0:38:270:38:32

-Now where was this from?

-Jakarta.

-Jakarta. There we go.

0:38:320:38:36

-Is that near Bolton?

-No, a little bit further away.

0:38:360:38:39

Well, wherever it's from, it's a wonderful example.

0:38:390:38:42

We're looking for around £100 for this.

0:38:420:38:44

-Start me at £50.

-£50, come on.

0:38:440:38:46

£50. 50 we have.

0:38:460:38:48

55 now. 55.

0:38:480:38:51

-60, five.

-Oh! That's lovely.

0:38:510:38:55

70. Five.

0:38:550:38:57

-80.

-That's better than I expected.

0:38:570:39:00

Five. Still here at 85. Do I see 90?

0:39:000:39:03

On my right here at 85.

0:39:030:39:05

Gentleman's bid. Are we finished? Selling now at £85.

0:39:050:39:09

-GAVEL BANGS

-It didn't quite make the 100.

0:39:090:39:12

That was a good price. I vaguely think I paid 65, so that was good.

0:39:120:39:15

-You've made a profit.

-Yes.

-Yes.

0:39:150:39:18

And that certainly makes up for it narrowly missing its estimate.

0:39:180:39:22

It's time now for our last item of the day and what an item it is.

0:39:220:39:27

John bought this magnificent Oriental screen for Ann

0:39:270:39:31

in Hong Kong

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and its travelled with them ever since.

0:39:320:39:35

The quality is nothing less than superb.

0:39:350:39:38

It does look really good in the room because as you said, Paul,

0:39:380:39:41

it's among friends, isn't it?

0:39:410:39:43

Yeah, I think this is superb quality

0:39:430:39:46

and it's the best example of this type of thing here today.

0:39:460:39:48

There are others similar but this is the best.

0:39:480:39:51

There's none of the Shibayama is missing.

0:39:510:39:53

-The 200 reserve at least we need, OK?

-So here we go.

-Here we go.

0:39:530:39:57

Start the bidding here at 100. Do I see 110?

0:39:570:40:00

110, 120, 130, 140.

0:40:000:40:03

Still with me here at 140. Do I see 150? 150.

0:40:030:40:07

-160...

-It's going.

0:40:070:40:09

-180!

-Yes. 190.

-In the room here at 190. Do I see 200?

0:40:090:40:14

In the room now at 190. Gentleman's bid.

0:40:140:40:17

Selling now at £190.

0:40:170:40:19

-GAVEL BANGS

-Yes!

-Ah!

0:40:190:40:21

-£10 under your reserve...

-Yes.

-..but certainly, at £190,

0:40:210:40:28

are you happy with that?

0:40:280:40:29

I am. I'll always be sorry to let it go but yes.

0:40:290:40:32

I don't think it mattered what price the screen fetched,

0:40:340:40:37

it would always be a tug for Ann to let it go

0:40:370:40:39

after cherishing it for so long.

0:40:390:40:42

But at least Ann and John can put the proceeds towards

0:40:420:40:45

a trip that I know they're both looking forward to.

0:40:450:40:48

You came here hoping to raise £600.

0:40:480:40:51

What you are actually going to take home with you

0:40:510:40:53

is £939.

0:40:530:40:56

-Oh, that's fantastic.

-That's a lot of golf and a lot whisky.

0:40:570:41:00

I think Ann had in mind it might be a bit of champagne, as well.

0:41:020:41:05

-Without a doubt.

-She can have a couple of bottles.

0:41:050:41:08

It's a few weeks since their triumphant day at auction

0:41:150:41:18

and John and Ann have headed to their local golf club

0:41:180:41:22

to brush up on their game before that trip to Scotland.

0:41:220:41:25

We just came down to sharpen our short game

0:41:250:41:28

and talk to the pro about what I'm doing wrong - everything!

0:41:280:41:31

-Hi, Alex.

-Hello.

0:41:310:41:33

John looks like he's having fun but what's happened to Ann?

0:41:330:41:36

Has she forgotten her gloves?

0:41:360:41:38

I'm not playing today. It's wet and rainy.

0:41:380:41:40

But I'll watch John. I'll be his caddy.

0:41:400:41:43

And I don't blame you, Ann. It looks pretty miserable out there.

0:41:440:41:47

But after a day on the course,

0:41:470:41:49

who does she think is going to be the victor in Scotland,

0:41:490:41:52

John or their son-in-law Keith?

0:41:520:41:55

Oh, well, I have to say probably Keith

0:41:550:41:57

but I'm going to be rooting for John.

0:41:570:41:59

Thank you very much.

0:41:590:42:00

My son-in-law has been practising but he's going to get a big shock.

0:42:020:42:06

It's going to be competitive.

0:42:060:42:08

I'm going to burn Loch Lomond up, let's put it that way.

0:42:080:42:11

We're looking forward to a fun day.

0:42:110:42:13

As John said, that result was better than a hole in one

0:42:210:42:24

and certainly Ann is looking forward to celebrating with a glass of champagne.

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If there's something you'd like to raise money for

0:42:280:42:31

and you have things you could take to auction,

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why not get in touch with us?

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You can find all of our details on our website:

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Elizabeth and John Armstrong from County Durham are hoping to raise £600 to take a holiday in Scotland and improve their golfing handicaps. Angela Rippon and expert Paul Hayes are on hand to help them choose collectables to sell at auction.