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Antiques series. Chris Hollins and Jonty Hearnden help Susan and Stephen Humby from Berkshire, who would like to raise money for driving lessons with a difference.


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Hello and welcome to Cash In The Attic on a glorious day.

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How would you like a bit of sun and sea every day?

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We're about to meet a family planning to do just that.

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Get ready to get very jealous.

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'Coming up on Cash In The Attic,

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'a Victorian chaise longue proves too comfy for our expert to resist.'

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Hey, Jonty, this is no time for resting.

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You caught me!

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And we find out who the creative member of the household is.

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-She's the artistic person.

-You just paint the walls, right?

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-I don't even do that!

-Oh, no! Terrible!

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But will the bidders appreciate our eclectic finds?

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-They have a bargain.

-Oh, dear. I have a hanky at the ready.

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-Do you need it?

-Oh, I might.

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Be there for the final crack of the gavel.

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Today I'm in beautiful Berkshire to meet a husband and wife

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who have a dream - a dream of basking in the sun all year round

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on their very own boat. Can we make that dream come true?

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I hope so!

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Steve and Sue Humby first met on a blind date,

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and Steve's decision to catch a screening of Ben Hur

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clearly paid off, as they've now been married for 38 years.

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Steve and Sue have both enjoyed successful careers in IT.

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They've lived in this spacious family home for nearly 30 years,

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and we're hoping it's packed with tasty valuables.

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It was here that they brought up their two children,

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David and Sarah Jane. Now they've flown the nest,

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and with retirement on the horizon,

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the couple are putting thought into the next phase of their lives.

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High up on the agenda is their passion for sun and sea.

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Well, captaining our voyage of discovery today is Jonty Hearnden.

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'He's been a popular figure on the antiques circuit for nearly 30 years

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'and we're hoping his valuations will be nothing less than scorching,

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'so whilst he makes a start, I'll go meet our sun-worshippers.'

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Hello. Nice to see you. Cup of tea?

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-It's a bit early for a tea break.

-It is indeed.

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-Sue and Steve, right?

-That's right, yeah.

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-Who called Cash In The Attic?

-I did.

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We're downsizing, so we need to sell all of our possessions.

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Is it a big move? What are your plans?

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We plan to move out to live in Cyprus next year.

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Oh, it sounds lovely. I have had a quick look round.

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There seem to be a lot of little collectables here.

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-What are we going to find?

-Lots.

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-Really?

-Lots of collectables.

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-Really? Are you a bit of a hoarder?

-I am indeed.

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-Can you vouch for that, Steve?

-I can. She definitely is a hoarder.

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She collects anything and everything.

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Well, that is good in a way, but are you able to let go of things?

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-I have to let go of everything.

-Good!

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This is my cup of tea. What do we want to raise money for today?

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When we go to Cyprus, we're going to have a boat,

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and we need to do some training. We need a training day.

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-And how much do you need?

-I think it's going to cost £500 to £600.

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£500 to £600! My goodness, you'd better have lots of collectables.

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-Well, let's go and see.

-We'll go and find out.

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-Jonty has already started. Shall we go and find him?

-Yes.

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-Come on, then.

-OK.

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'This all sounds very promising - a house full of goodies,

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'and everything has to go. This will be music to Jonty's ears,

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'and I'm pleased to see he's already hard at work.

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'He never lets me down!'

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Look what I've found!

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-Yeah.

-Wowzers!

-Massive great big tapestry.

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-Who's responsible for this, Sue?

-I made it myself.

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-Did you?

-Yes. There's actually three - one over there,

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-and there is another one up there.

-Another one on top there. OK.

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-How long ago did you make this?

-Oh, goodness!

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Over the last 20 years or so, I suppose,

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with gaps in between.

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So this is a bit of a passion of yours?

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It has been in the past. I don't get the time to do it now,

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but in the past I used to. When the children were younger

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and I had to stay in in the evenings, then the tapestries came out.

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Well, tapestry work like this is sold on the open market

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in kit form, so designed to make it your own personal work of art,

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and because people can fully appreciate

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just how long tapestry work takes to make

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doesn't necessarily translate that into good financial sense

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-as far as your investment of time is concerned.

-Yeah.

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So we're not going to get a vast fortune for our three pictures,

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but they're beautifully framed, very cleverly framed.

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-Did you choose this frame?

-Yes, I did. Yeah.

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They really look quite spectacular, but don't hold your breath.

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We're not going to get too much for them at all.

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I suppose we're looking at - what, £50 to £80?

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-I think that's fine.

-You sure about that?

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-That's fine.

-Steve, did you know you had an artist in the house?

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-She is actually very artistic.

-You just paint the walls, right?

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-I don't even do that!

-Oh, no! Terrible!

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-That's not a bad start, Jonty.

-Good.

-Let's see what else there is.

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Well, what about that? I had no idea we were in the company

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of such a talented lady. With our first confirmed lot for auction,

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we split up to commence a thorough search of this fine property.

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Steve heads for the lounge and pulls out three clocks,

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which are worth trying their luck in the saleroom.

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He bought these at an auction back in the 1980s.

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There's a carved German striking mantel clock,

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and two smaller walnut examples, all in working order.

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Jonty thinks they could add another £50 to £80 to the kitty.

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-Jonty, is this any good?

-What have we got there?

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It's a 50-pence piece.

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Wow, so it is! But it's, um... It looks rather odd.

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-What's happened here?

-It's a strange 50-pence piece.

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-It's been mis-struck, I think.

-Yes, it has.

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We've got one and a half Queen's heads. Where is this from?

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My father-in-law found it in his change a few years ago now,

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-and gave it to Steve.

-I have to say,

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I've never seen a 50-pence piece like this.

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By definition, people at the Mint

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make sure that when coins are struck,

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that they go out in mint condition. That's where the phrase comes from.

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But to have this in general circulation is very unusual.

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They were first introduced... It was 1969.

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-Do you remember what it replaced?

-Ten shillings.

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Well done! I remember that, which is rather sad.

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We mustn't confess that to anybody else.

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Yes, and it came out two years prior to decimalisation,

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so everyone could get used to it, because it was a unique shape.

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Yes. And do you remember, people got confused with the ten-pence coin?

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-Yes.

-They were roughly the same size.

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Now, there are 21 different versions of the coin,

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and it was issued first to replace that ten-shilling note,

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but two years prior to decimalisation,

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so everyone could get used to the new coin. So what's it worth?

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Well, nobody really quite knows. It's a unique item.

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Put it on the open market, but I can guarantee you

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it's going to be worth more than 50 pence.

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-We're probably looking at £15, £30, that sort of area.

-OK. That's fine.

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A promising valuation indeed, but will Jonty's guarantee of inflation

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-be realised at auction?

-We've gone quiet already.

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Ten. 11. 11. 12? 13?

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We'll soon discover the current market value for a mis-struck coin.

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As our rummage continues, Sue heads up to the master bedroom.

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Her bedside drawer reveals a silver snuffbox

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that was once given to her by a close friend.

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The hallmarks show it was made in 1836

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by Joseph Willmore, a highly regarded silversmith

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renowned for his fine snuffboxes.

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Jonty thinks this is a pretty example,

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and should have no problem in raising at least £30 to £50 at auction.

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-Jonty, what do you think of this?

-Aha!

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-Little locomotive we've got here.

-This is a train set.

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This is a set my father bought me. I was 30 years old,

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and I joked with him one day that I'd had a deprived childhood,

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because he'd bought me lots of things, but never a train set.

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And he actually bought me this for Christmas as a joke.

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But it did come in useful, because a year later my son was born,

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-so we did play with it together.

-Put it to good use after that.

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-Yeah, it was quite good.

-What a lovely story!

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-So, can we sell this now?

-Er, yes. We can sell it, I think.

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I'd be prepared to sell it now.

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Now, was the set new when you were given it?

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It was new, yes. It was all boxed then.

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Unfortunately we haven't got the box now.

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Well, the value is usually in the engine itself, the locomotive,

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and it looks in very good condition, which is good news.

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And here we see that this is Mainline,

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which is a Palitoy range that was launched in 1976,

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-so it's post the 1976 period.

-OK.

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Does that make sense? Does that tie in?

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Yes. This would've been about 1980, 1981, when I got it,

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so it would've been spot-on.

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-So, what else have we got there?

-A few bits and pieces.

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There's a little bit of track. There's some buildings here.

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That's the tender which goes with the engine.

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That's very nice too. It's not a bad Christmas gift,

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because now, at auction, we're looking between £50 and £80.

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Oh, really? That's pretty good. Yeah.

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-Good.

-Pop that back in the box, and we'll go and find some more.

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Oh, was that a tear I saw in Steve's eye

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whilst Jonty was appraising his train set? Maybe it was just dust.

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Either way, it's another good addition to our total,

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as we've so far unearthed collectables

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with a potential value of £195.

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As Jonty continues to search this sprawling property,

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I'd like to find out more about our couple's plans

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for a new life in the sun.

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This is nice! Bit of a break from all that rummaging.

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I want to take you back. Tell me how you two met.

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-How did he woo you?

-Well, it was a blind date, actually,

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arranged by some good friends of ours

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who happened to be together at that time,

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and decided that they should introduce us,

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and we never looked back.

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-A blind date, Steve?

-A blind date.

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-Very young. Still in short trousers.

-THEY LAUGH

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-Love at first sight.

-That's amazing, isn't it?

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It's not often that happens, love at first sight.

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-And then came the children.

-Yes. David is 28.

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Got his independent life now. He's off, left home.

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And Sarah Jane is 24, and she's at university

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-for the second time.

-How do they feel about your next step in life?

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They're quite happy with it. They're at an independent stage,

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so they're quite happy with us moving on as well.

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Sarah Jane's more concerned about what's going to happen to her stuff.

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-And David wants to know what stuff he can have of ours.

-Oh, really?

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-Did you tell them we were coming in?

-Yes.

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I bet they were marking a few things "not to be taken by Jonty".

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Yes. THEY LAUGH

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It's a big move, moving abroad. How are you feeling about it?

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In one way it's sort of final about things,

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and on the other hand it's really a fresh start,

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and it's quite invigorating, really.

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It's quite cleansing to get rid of your stuff and start again.

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Your wife seems to be coping well with the move. How about you?

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She is coping well. She's actually coping better than me,

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-most of the time, actually.

-You've got a tear in your eye

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-over some of your stuff, have you?

-Well, you know,

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perhaps the train set or something. But no, I'm fine.

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She's much more organised, much more ready to go, aren't you?

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-Yeah. Yeah.

-You're obviously both ready for the move.

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-Are you ready for more rummaging?

-That's a good idea.

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Come on, then. Follow me.

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'Well, while we've been enjoying the British sunshine,

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'Jonty's been keeping up the sterling work inside,

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'and has come across a first-class find -

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'yes, a stamp album. This was Sue's, and is one of three

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'that she collated whilst at school in the 1960s.

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'Jonty thinks they could fetch upwards of £20 to £40 at auction.'

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Aha! Look at this, Chris.

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-Hard at work.

-Tell me about this collection, Sue.

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It started off when an aunt gave me several pieces of crested china,

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-including this little house here.

-Was he your first one?

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That was one of the first ones, yes,

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and I think I was quite young when she gave it to me.

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And then started looking out for it in junk shops and antique fairs,

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-and collecting.

-What's the highest price you've ever paid for a piece?

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I guess some of the Gossware was more expensive

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-than just the plain crested ware.

-We're confusing Chris here

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-about Goss.

-OK.

-Yes, WH Goss. Have you heard of Goss?

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No. I got the crested bit. But Goss, no. I haven't heard.

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Well, WH Goss was the leader in producing wares like this,

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and it was very, very popular as tourist items in the 19th century.

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Is this the entire collection? It's difficult to tell with you, Sue.

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-It is, yes.

-They're everywhere around here.

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Are you sure... Obviously it took you a long time to get it together.

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-Are you sure you want to let it go?

-Everything must go.

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-You've heard it, Jonty.

-This is definitely worth putting to auction.

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People do sell it by the collection, just like you,

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and we're looking at sort of £40 to £60.

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-That sounds quite good.

-And think how much time you'll save on dusting.

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Indeed. Even better!

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Come on. Let's see what else we can find.

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'Well, that's another shelf cleared, as we help prepare Steve and Sue

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'for their up-and-coming move to Cyprus.'

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Not content with seeing the back of the ornaments,

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Steve decides to add the family dinner service to the auction check-list.

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It's an early example of Burleigh Ware pottery,

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manufactured in the first half of the 20th century

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by Burgess and Leigh, who are today best known

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for their brightly coloured novelty jugs.

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Steve and Sue inherited this service when they bought the house,

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and Jonty thinks it could fetch as much as £80 to £120.

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Hey, Jonty, this is no time for resting!

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-HE LAUGHS

-You caught me!

-Yes.

-Very comfy.

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This can go for sale.

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-Yes?

-Quite happy to sell this.

-Shall we take a closer look?

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-Yes, please do.

-OK. Now...

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We are looking at... It is a chaise longue.

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-Have you had it re-covered?

-Yes. I actually recovered it myself.

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-Did you?

-Yes.

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Upholstery work, it's very difficult to do it well.

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Yes. I went to classes to learn how to do it.

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I know a lot of people that have gone to classes,

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but not necessarily end up with a finished product.

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-Do you know how old it is?

-I think it's Victorian.

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You're absolutely right. It is, but it's late 19th century,

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and you can tell that by looking at the carving on the frame.

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-Yes.

-The Victorians became more and more busy

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with their design, so wherever you look,

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there's carving, there's moulding, shaping going on

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in the frame itself, so that means that it's late 19th century.

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-OK.

-The castors are all original, which is very nice to see,

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and it matters, when you've got a piece of furniture like this,

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that the actual springing on the underside is in good order.

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-At auction, we're looking at between £150 and £250.

-Really?

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-That sort of level now. You happy about that?

-Yes.

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-That's fine.

-And I can tell everyone in the auction it's very comfy.

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-Good, yes.

-Shall we carry on?

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Back to work, Jonty. No time for slouching yet!

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'While our expert has been reclining upstairs,

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'I've headed out to the garage, which appears to be an overflow

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'for all of Steve and Sue's possessions.

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'Amongst the boxes I find a travelling wind-up gramophone.

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'Sue bought this at auction to play her parents' old 78 records,

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'which are boxed up in here as well.

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'Jonty assures me there's still a limited market for such items,

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'so they can be taken to auction and try their luck

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'with an estimate of £15 to £30.'

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We're making great progress towards that £500-to-£600 target,

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and I know Steve and Sue will make great use of it

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to fund their future adventures on the high seas.

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I just want to find out from both of you a bit more about Cyprus.

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I know you like this warm weather,

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but what's this boating malarkey that you're interested in?

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-Has it always been a passion?

-Yes. It's always been a passion with me,

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-and to a certain extent with Sue.

-THEY LAUGH

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The idea that we can use a boat the whole year round

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is what we want to do, out in the ocean.

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-So, is it a sailing boat?

-No. We're talking about a powerboat.

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We're talking about something around 34 feet,

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-with twin engines on it.

-So it's a big, fast boat.

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-Is that your cup of tea, Sue?

-I don't mind the speed,

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but I like to pootle around a bit more than Steve does.

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-THEY LAUGH

-You have been warned, haven't you?

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I have.

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And someone tells me you like jumping off the side

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-and doing a bit of diving.

-Yeah, we both dive.

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We're both currently advanced divers,

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and we're going to take some more qualifications,

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-and hopefully become Divemasters.

-You're going to be water babies.

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-What do you like about diving?

-Oh, it's just wonderful.

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All the wonderful colours of the fish,

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and the life under the water's amazing.

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So you're trying to raise money for boating lessons.

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-What exactly will you learn?

-Well, I've never had a boat this big

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with two engines before, and I need to learn how to use that,

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and also we've got a lot of equipment on board,

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and we need to learn how to use the radar and the navigation equipment.

0:17:370:17:41

So he's doing this course, navigating. Are you any good?

0:17:410:17:45

Well, I've actually got more qualifications than Steve has.

0:17:450:17:48

-But I'm better at it.

-Oh, I see! I see.

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We'd better get on, before this turns into an argument.

0:17:510:17:55

-Let's get back to rummaging over there.

-OK.

-OK.

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'Oh, dear! I think I may have touched a raw nerve there.'

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Jonty has shown much less trouble finding his bearings today.

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Whilst circumnavigating the house, he's taken rather a shine

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to this fine piece of Victorian furniture.

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Steve and Sue bought this mahogany Duchess dressing table

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nearly 30 years ago, whilst holidaying on the Isle of Wight.

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They brought it back in their caravan,

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and Jonty thinks it could be of great appeal to bidders at auction,

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and it heads off to the saleroom with an estimate of £80 to £120.

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It's another great valuation,

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but could Sue be holding back the best item until last?

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Jonty, what about the clock? It's got to go. Can't come with us.

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-That's not going with you? One for the auction sale?

-Could be.

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Now, before you take a clock like this down,

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-or move it at all, you've got to take the pendulum out.

-OK.

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If you don't, there's a risk of damaging the mechanism.

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So let's open up the hatch here...

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There we go. And there's the pendulum just sitting there.

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Here he is, unhooked. And there's your pendulum.

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-OK, yes.

-Who usually winds the clock?

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-Steve winds the clock.

-OK. Let me just take it down.

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And here he is. Now, I have one in my kitchen as well,

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and I wind him up every week, and it's my pride and joy,

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-something I like to do.

-Yes, and Steve.

-Really?

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-Yes.

-I know, it's quite strange. They become familiar friends.

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-So, how long have you had him?

-We must have had it nearly 30 years,

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because we bought it when we lived in London,

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and it came here with us.

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Clocks like this were very fashionable in the 19th century,

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and you do see a lot of them around, because they work so well

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in a kitchen like this. But a lot of them were made

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for the commercial market, so they were clocks that were housed

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in clerks' offices, in larger buildings,

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so that people could always see the time,

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because a lot of people couldn't afford their own timepiece.

0:19:470:19:51

-Oh, yes. OK.

-So you'll be sad to see this one go.

0:19:510:19:54

We will. I will miss the sound of the tick.

0:19:540:19:56

I must admit I will miss that. But it has to go,

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-because it can't come to Cyprus.

-That's fair enough.

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-We'll put this one into the auction.

-Hey, hey, hey, hey!

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If we're talking money, Steve and I want to be involved here.

0:20:050:20:09

-You certainly can be.

-What a lovely clock!

-It's great.

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-So, come on, then.

-At auction, we're looking at between £100 and £150.

0:20:110:20:16

-Oh, wow! That's good.

-Yes?

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-Excuse me for this, but it's "time"...

-Oh!

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..to tally up, cos that's it. We've finished our day of rummaging.

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And I know you wanted to raise around £500 to £600

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-for those lessons.

-Yes.

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Which you'll need for that boat.

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We reckon today, conservatively,

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that we could raise £680.

0:20:360:20:38

-Wow!

-That'll be brilliant.

-That's not too bad.

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And that is conservatively, isn't it, Jonty?

0:20:420:20:44

-Let's hope we make lots more than that.

-That's good.

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Well, Steve and Sue did say that anything could go,

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and we've had a great day selecting the cream of the crop.

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Their upcoming powerboat lessons will be funded by the sale of...

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that mis-struck 50-pence piece. It's anything but mint condition,

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and, for precisely that reason, we hope it'll attract interest

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above and beyond its £15 to £30 estimate.

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Also we've got that delightful silver snuffbox.

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It's made by a renowned 19th-century silversmith,

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and if the collectors are out in force,

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it could soar past its £30 to £50 estimate.

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And there's Steve's Mainline train set.

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He'd waited years to get one, but now he's selling it

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to fund his latest hobby. Let's hope it steams through its estimate,

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or else Steve and Sue's powerboat dreams could be left all at sea.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic,

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some results surprise even our expert...

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I forgot the "one" on the front of the estimate.

0:21:440:21:47

..while other sales prove harder to bear.

0:21:470:21:50

Huge disappointment. You can cry on my shoulder later.

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So, will our couple raise enough for those boating lessons?

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Find out when the hammer falls.

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Several weeks later, Steve and Sue have brought all their items

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to sell at Chiswick Auctions in West London.

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They're looking to raise in the region of £500 to £600

0:22:110:22:14

for those powerboat lessons. Sadly I can't join them,

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but Jonty's just the man to guide them through the sale.

0:22:180:22:21

-Hello, chaps. How are you doing?

-Hi, Jonty.

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-Great to see you. You well?

-Very good.

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I want to know what it's like to see all your stuff in an auction room,

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because these items have been in your house for some time.

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-Am I correct?

-Yes, and it's really been interesting.

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We've been round all the rooms trying to find out where they are,

0:22:400:22:43

-and they've set them out really well. It's really good.

-Oh, good.

0:22:430:22:47

-How are you feeling, Sue?

-A bit apprehensive,

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-but I'm sure it'll be fine.

-I'm sure it will be.

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-Ready for the journey?

-Ready.

-OK. If you want to steer that way,

0:22:520:22:55

ready for the auction...

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So, a few pre-auction nerves, which is quite understandable,

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but I wonder how much that has to do with the bidders' likely reception

0:23:000:23:05

of our first lot. It's the three tapestries,

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which were, of course, made by Sue.

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Now, the estimate was £50 to £80, and I was thinking at the time

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whether you might be disappointed by that,

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because if you really break it down,

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it might be half a "P" an hour that you had spent,

0:23:190:23:22

-if you had been paid to do this.

-THEY LAUGH

0:23:220:23:25

-Am I right?

-Slave labour!

0:23:250:23:28

It's a good job you did it as a leisure,

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-rather than something you were paid for.

-It is indeed.

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Anyway, here they come up for sale.

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Start me, um, £50.

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£30.

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£30. £20. £20 for the lot. £20.

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Oh, dear. I'm bid £20. £20, at £20.

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I'm bid £20. £20.

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That's it so far. £20.

0:23:480:23:50

-Maiden bid.

-At £20. Are you all done?

0:23:500:23:52

At £20 and going. £20 and gone.

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Oh, dear. That's less than half a "P".

0:23:550:23:58

-A farthing an hour.

-A farthing an hour. Oh, dear!

0:23:580:24:00

-Not so good, that one.

-Well, what can I say, Sue?

0:24:000:24:03

The bidders failed to spot the craftsmanship

0:24:030:24:06

that went into making those tapestries. A steal at just £20.

0:24:060:24:09

It's certainly not the perfect start to our sale, but on the plus side,

0:24:090:24:13

we've kicked off the fund for the boating lessons.

0:24:130:24:16

I found the wind-up gramophone and records in Steve and Sue's garage.

0:24:160:24:20

They picked it up at an auction themselves,

0:24:200:24:23

and I'm hoping this result will be music to our hears.

0:24:230:24:26

-So, you ever played it when you got it home?

-I did play it, yes.

0:24:280:24:32

Not very often. It's the sort of thing you get out on occasion.

0:24:320:24:36

Now, it says "travelling record player".

0:24:360:24:38

-You're not thinking about taking that with you?

-I don't think so.

0:24:380:24:41

-THEY LAUGH

-No second thoughts?

-No.

0:24:410:24:44

-OK. £15 to £30.

-OK.

0:24:440:24:46

Cheaper estimate. £20 for it. £20 for it. £10 for it.

0:24:460:24:51

-Come on, come on!

-£10 for it. Must be a bid for £10 for it.

0:24:510:24:55

-£10.

-Give it away.

0:24:550:24:57

Is that it at £10? Must be worth more than this. £10.

0:24:570:25:00

For the records and record player, give me £12. At £10.

0:25:000:25:03

Keep working, Tom. Keep working.

0:25:030:25:05

-Nobody else wanting it? £10.

-That's a bargain.

0:25:050:25:08

-£10.

-Oh, dear. You said that through gritted teeth. I noticed that.

0:25:080:25:12

-I saw that.

-I didn't expect that to go well.

0:25:120:25:15

No, you didn't. No.

0:25:150:25:17

Ouch! That's our second lot in a row to sell some way short

0:25:170:25:22

of Jonty's lower estimate. With just £30 banked so far,

0:25:220:25:25

we might have to rethink the boating lessons.

0:25:250:25:28

At this rate, a day's hire of a rowing boat

0:25:280:25:30

might be more achievable. Well, it's early days.

0:25:300:25:34

Up next, an item that'll make the bidders sit up and take note.

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It's the incredibly rare mis-struck coin.

0:25:370:25:41

So, it's money making money this time.

0:25:410:25:43

-Are you sad to see this go at all?

-Not really.

0:25:430:25:45

It's been in a box in a drawer for a long time now,

0:25:450:25:49

-so I don't think we'll miss it.

-I'm intrigued to see what this one makes.

0:25:490:25:53

What's it worth? Other than 50 pence.

0:25:530:25:55

-LAUGHTER 50p.

-50p.

0:25:550:25:58

Well, it's a start! £10?

0:25:580:26:00

I'm bid at ten. There we go. Ooh, gone quiet already.

0:26:020:26:05

Ten. 11. 12. 13.

0:26:050:26:08

14. 15. 16. 17.

0:26:080:26:10

18. 19. 20.

0:26:100:26:13

22. 24. At £22. Bid at £22.

0:26:130:26:17

24. 26. 26. 28?

0:26:170:26:20

30. 32. 35. 38.

0:26:200:26:23

-Wow, listen to this!

-40.

0:26:230:26:25

42? At 40. Bid at £40.

0:26:250:26:27

Check your change! Have a look in your pockets now.

0:26:270:26:31

At £40. Are we done? A 50-pence piece at £40. Very good. 171.

0:26:310:26:35

-Oh, that's good.

-Brilliant!

0:26:350:26:37

I'm just going to check my pockets. Just bear with me a sec.

0:26:370:26:41

I think you'll find mothballs in there, Jonty.

0:26:410:26:44

What a great result for that coin, though!

0:26:440:26:46

Over the top estimate, and 80 times its intended value.

0:26:460:26:50

Quite remarkable! That sale has made up for earlier disappointments.

0:26:500:26:54

Let's see if we can keep the momentum going

0:26:540:26:56

with the sale of our next lot. It's Sue's childhood stamp albums.

0:26:560:27:01

-So, when did you start?

-Probably the early '60s...

0:27:020:27:05

-OK.

-..until about '69, I suppose, so about ten years.

0:27:050:27:09

OK. So that was when you got interested in boys?

0:27:090:27:12

Probably, yeah. THEY LAUGH

0:27:120:27:15

-Stamps not so interesting.

-Not so interesting.

0:27:150:27:18

OK. Well, I put £20 to £40 on it. Here they go.

0:27:200:27:22

And start at £20, then. I'm bid £20. At 22?

0:27:220:27:25

£20. Take 22. 22.

0:27:250:27:28

22. 25.

0:27:280:27:30

28. 30. 32. 32.

0:27:300:27:33

-35.

-That's good!

-It is good.

0:27:330:27:35

42. 45. 48.

0:27:350:27:38

-At £45. The original bidder, at £45.

-Very good.

0:27:380:27:41

Going at 45, and gone. At £45, then...

0:27:410:27:44

-Well done!

-Wow, great!

-What do you reckon, Captain?

0:27:440:27:47

I think that was good. I like that.

0:27:470:27:51

How about that? All those hours of collecting have finally paid off,

0:27:510:27:54

and it's our second lot to exceed Jonty's top estimate.

0:27:540:27:58

But remember, it wasn't just stamps that Sue had amassed over the years.

0:27:580:28:03

It's your great collection of crested ware now,

0:28:030:28:06

put together over a long period of time.

0:28:060:28:09

Is there any tinge of sadness that this is going now?

0:28:090:28:12

No. I've had my enjoyment from it,

0:28:120:28:14

and it's time to pass it on to somebody else to enjoy now.

0:28:140:28:18

I really admire your pragmatic approach to all of this.

0:28:180:28:21

You really are approaching it the right way.

0:28:210:28:23

-I've come to terms with it.

-It's letting go now, isn't it?

0:28:230:28:26

-It certainly is.

-OK. Well, I've put £40 to £60 on it.

0:28:260:28:29

-OK.

-I'm possibly thinking that might be a bit hot

0:28:290:28:33

-on my estimate, but let's hope we can get up to that point.

-OK.

0:28:330:28:37

That's worth £40, that lot. The crested china. £30.

0:28:370:28:41

-Come on, come on.

-£10.

0:28:410:28:43

Ten. I'm bid at ten. Give me 12. At £10.

0:28:440:28:47

There's always a shark, a floating shark.

0:28:470:28:50

At £10. 12. 15.

0:28:500:28:53

13? 13. 14?

0:28:550:28:59

14. 15? Got there in the end. 15. 16.

0:28:590:29:02

16. 17. Thank you. At £16.

0:29:020:29:05

Oh, dear.

0:29:050:29:07

At 16 and going. All done, the crested china. £16.

0:29:070:29:10

-Never mind.

-Huge disappointment. You can cry on my shoulder later.

0:29:100:29:14

THEY LAUGH

0:29:140:29:16

I don't think the auctioneer could have tried any harder for us.

0:29:160:29:20

It was like getting blood out of a stone,

0:29:200:29:22

and I think he did exceptionally well to get the bidding up to £16.

0:29:220:29:26

Well, we've determined that there's a lack of crested-ware fans

0:29:260:29:30

in the room, but how many silver collectors are there out there?

0:29:300:29:33

Plenty, we hope, because next it's the snuffbox,

0:29:330:29:36

made by the renowned silversmith Joseph Willmore.

0:29:360:29:39

This could be interesting.

0:29:390:29:42

Now, this lot is actually a little favourite of mine.

0:29:420:29:46

-The date is actually in the 1830s.

-Yes.

0:29:460:29:49

-It's quite old.

-Yeah.

-Where is this from?

0:29:490:29:51

A friend gave it to me. Knew I was interested in collecting things,

0:29:510:29:55

-and didn't want it, so gifted it to me.

-How lovely!

0:29:550:29:59

-Well, I put £30 on it.

-OK.

0:29:590:30:01

I'm hoping we're going to be nearer the 50 than the 30.

0:30:010:30:04

-Let's hope so.

-Let's hope we're lucky this time.

0:30:040:30:08

What shall it be? £30 for it? I'm bid at 30. A Mexican wave!

0:30:080:30:11

-Look at them!

-Start me at £100 for it.

0:30:110:30:14

That's more like it. I'm bid £100. Anyone 110? 110.

0:30:140:30:18

120. 120, anyone? 130.

0:30:180:30:21

130, 140. 150. 160.

0:30:210:30:24

-Wow!

-I'm bid 150. At 160.

0:30:240:30:27

That's brilliant!

0:30:270:30:29

160 bid. At 170? At 160. At 160. All done?

0:30:290:30:32

Your last chance. At 160 and going...

0:30:320:30:34

-£160!

-Wow!

0:30:340:30:36

-That's good.

-I forgot the "one" on the front of the estimate.

0:30:360:30:39

-SHE LAUGHS

-Course you did, Jonty.

0:30:390:30:41

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. But we'll let you off,

0:30:410:30:45

as that is a stunning result. The silver collectors saw the quality

0:30:450:30:49

of a very special snuffbox. Well, it's been a turbulent first half.

0:30:490:30:53

Some items fell well short of their estimate,

0:30:530:30:55

while others exceeded all expectations.

0:30:550:30:58

Jonty's bursting to tell Steve and Sue how much they've raised so far

0:30:580:31:02

towards those boating lessons.

0:31:020:31:05

Well, it's half time, folks. How we feeling?

0:31:060:31:08

-OK.

-Yeah.

0:31:080:31:10

-We've had some really good sales...

-And some not so good.

0:31:100:31:13

-We're staying optimistic.

-Some things have done well,

0:31:130:31:16

some things not so well. Remember, you needed £500 to £600.

0:31:160:31:21

You'd be happy with that sort of figure.

0:31:210:31:23

Well, we're halfway, and at the moment we're on £291.

0:31:230:31:27

-Oh! So halfway in the figure, too.

-So it's steady as she goes.

0:31:270:31:31

-That's not too bad, is it?

-That's good.

0:31:310:31:33

Let's have a little break, then we'll sell some more lots.

0:31:330:31:36

-OK.

-Thanks.

0:31:360:31:38

If, like Steve and Sue, you're keen to raise money

0:31:380:31:41

by buying or selling at auction, please keep in mind

0:31:410:31:44

that there are charges to pay, including commission.

0:31:440:31:47

These vary depending on the saleroom,

0:31:470:31:49

so it's always worth checking in advance to avoid any unexpected surprises.

0:31:490:31:53

One of our expert's great passions is antique furniture.

0:31:530:31:57

There are always plenty of examples on offer at any auction.

0:31:570:32:00

There's nothing Jonty likes more

0:32:000:32:02

than when a piece is influenced by the architecture of the period.

0:32:020:32:07

Now, there were many different styles going on in the 19th century.

0:32:070:32:11

One of the particular styles, one of the fashionable styles,

0:32:110:32:14

was a Gothic revival.

0:32:140:32:17

Now, have a look at this cabinet,

0:32:170:32:20

because if anybody wants to explain what Gothic revival is,

0:32:200:32:23

well, this is it. Just take a look at these doors, for instance.

0:32:230:32:26

Here we have almost like two Gothic arches,

0:32:260:32:30

and supported by these pillar supports on the side.

0:32:300:32:34

Now, have a look at this. This door looks like the inside of a church,

0:32:340:32:39

which is what Gothic revival is all about.

0:32:390:32:42

Great examples have to be the Houses of Parliament,

0:32:420:32:45

or Tower Bridge in London. But it's missing a few pieces.

0:32:450:32:49

It's missing a few feet. But more importantly, take a look at the top.

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Here we would have probably had some massive, grand superstructure,

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and you can tell that because we have relatively large holes

0:32:580:33:03

appearing on the back, and this is where the superstructure would sit,

0:33:030:33:07

so essentially we're looking at a very good quality part cabinet.

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It's got a healthy estimate of £500 to £700,

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but will the buyers buy this today?

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It's going to be very interesting to see.

0:33:160:33:19

They say that Victorian furniture is no longer in fashion,

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but Jonty is clearly a fan, and believes that this is a good time

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to pick up top-quality examples at reasonable prices.

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Well, this one makes £450, somewhat lower than the estimate,

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which rather proves his point.

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It's time now for the second half of our sale,

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and Steve's turn to part with some of his collectables.

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Chris and I lost count

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about how many clocks you've got in your house.

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It's a little collection of only three of them here.

0:33:470:33:50

-Where are they all from?

-All different sort of places.

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When Sue drags me round these antiques fairs,

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I go off and buy the occasional clock.

0:33:560:33:58

-You sneak off, do you?

-Sneak off to buy.

0:33:580:34:01

-He does.

-And does he sneak one in?

-Yeah.

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All of a sudden, "Where's that from?"

0:34:040:34:07

-SHE LAUGHS

-OK. Right. Well, no more.

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Time for selling, yes? £50 to £80 for these three.

0:34:100:34:14

-Here they come.

-Where shall we start? £50?

0:34:140:34:16

£40?

0:34:160:34:18

-Come on.

-Bid at £40. 42.

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45. 48. 50.

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55. 60.

0:34:230:34:24

Five. 70.

0:34:240:34:26

Five. 80. 75. 80.

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At £75, £75. 80 there. 85.

0:34:290:34:33

90. Five. 100. And five.

0:34:330:34:36

I'm bid £100. Someone wanted five down there?

0:34:360:34:39

-It's good.

-The bid's standing at £100.

0:34:390:34:41

-All done for £100.

-Oh, that's good.

0:34:410:34:44

-Yeah, that was good.

-We can send him off

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around another antiques market without worrying about him now.

0:34:470:34:51

Good job, Steve. Not just a pretty face, hey?

0:34:510:34:54

Over estimate, and another healthy contribution

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towards that nautical training.

0:34:570:34:59

We've another of Steve's collectables up next,

0:34:590:35:01

but I have the feeling this one is going to tug at the old heartstrings.

0:35:010:35:05

It's the Mainline train set, part of the Palitoy range from 1976.

0:35:050:35:09

It was bought for Steve by his dad to mark a very special birthday.

0:35:090:35:14

Steve, I don't want you to get too emotional on me.

0:35:150:35:18

It's your train set that we're now selling.

0:35:180:35:20

-Yes. It's got to go, unfortunately.

-At the tender age of...

-30.

0:35:200:35:24

THEY LAUGH

0:35:240:35:25

-It's a great story.

-I know.

0:35:250:35:28

OK. £50 to £80. You ready to see this one go?

0:35:280:35:32

-I'm ready.

-£50. Start me for it.

0:35:320:35:34

£30 for it. Bid at £30. Give me 32. At 32. 35.

0:35:350:35:39

38. 40.

0:35:390:35:41

42, 45. 45, 48. 50.

0:35:410:35:45

-55. 60.

-Wow!

0:35:450:35:47

Bid at £60. £60.

0:35:470:35:49

All done for 60? Your last chance of getting it.

0:35:490:35:53

-That's fine. £60.

-That's good.

0:35:530:35:55

-In the middle-ish of the estimate.

-That's pretty good.

-That's good.

0:35:550:35:59

I agree, Jonty. Not bad at all, and that's good money

0:35:590:36:02

towards his next big toy, that powerboat.

0:36:020:36:05

Boys and their toys, hey? Well, from toys to china,

0:36:050:36:08

and I know Sue will be sad to see this lot sell.

0:36:080:36:11

It's the collection of early 20th-century Burleigh Ware

0:36:110:36:15

that came with their house. Estimate £80 to £120.

0:36:150:36:19

Now, correct me if I'm wrong,

0:36:190:36:22

-but I have a hunch that you quite covet this next lot.

-Yes, I do.

0:36:220:36:26

I love it. This is what really started me on my collecting binges...

0:36:260:36:30

-Yes.

-..over the years.

0:36:300:36:32

Was it 27 years you've been in the house?

0:36:320:36:34

That's right. It hasn't been used very much. Only at Christmas.

0:36:340:36:38

-So it's your poshest set going.

-It is, yeah.

0:36:380:36:41

All right. OK. I've put £80 to £120 on it.

0:36:410:36:44

-OK.

-Let's see what happens, yeah?

0:36:440:36:47

-£50.

-Oh, 50. Come on.

0:36:470:36:50

Where's all the hands? £40. Bid at £40. At £40. Take 42.

0:36:500:36:54

At £40. At £40. Give me 42. 42. 45.

0:36:540:36:57

Gosh, that's cheap, isn't it?

0:36:570:37:00

55. 60. Five. 70.

0:37:000:37:02

-It's going up. It's going up.

-Five. 90.

0:37:020:37:05

Bid at 85. You want 90? £85.

0:37:050:37:07

At £85. 85 and going.

0:37:070:37:10

-85.

-Yeah, that's not too bad.

0:37:100:37:13

The bidding took a while to warm up, but with several interested parties

0:37:130:37:16

in the room, it just crept over the lower estimate.

0:37:160:37:19

I think Sue would've been disappointed with anything less.

0:37:190:37:24

It's another very useful addition to our ever-growing fund.

0:37:240:37:27

Jonty was quite the fan of our next lot.

0:37:270:37:30

It's the oak wall clock, made in the late 19th century

0:37:300:37:33

by the renowned Sussex firm, Stephenson's.

0:37:330:37:38

So, it's time to sell your kitchen clock now.

0:37:380:37:40

-Is there a bit of a hole left on the wall?

-Indeed there is.

0:37:400:37:43

Very quiet in our kitchen now. THEY LAUGH

0:37:430:37:47

-Again, how long have you had that?

-We've had that nearly 30 years.

0:37:470:37:51

-Really?

-Is that from London?

0:37:510:37:53

-Yeah.

-Are you going to miss it?

-We are going to miss it, I think.

0:37:530:37:57

OK. Well, I put £100 to £150. I hope we do really well.

0:37:570:38:01

Let's hope so.

0:38:010:38:03

£100 for it.

0:38:030:38:04

£50 for it.

0:38:040:38:06

£50. I'm bid at £50. At £50. At 55.

0:38:070:38:10

Do you want 60? Five. 70. Five. 80.

0:38:100:38:13

At 75. £75. In front of me at £75.

0:38:130:38:16

75 to 80. At £75.

0:38:160:38:18

-Come on, come on.

-That's it, at £75, I'm afraid.

0:38:180:38:22

-It's gone. Oh, dear!

-Never mind.

0:38:220:38:25

Ouch! That wasn't the result we were expecting.

0:38:250:38:27

After the success we enjoyed with the mantel clocks,

0:38:270:38:30

I thought we'd reach the lower estimate at the very least.

0:38:300:38:34

I hope the bidders haven't run out of cash.

0:38:340:38:36

We still have two highly valued items left to sell,

0:38:360:38:39

starting with the chaise longue.

0:38:390:38:42

A lot of TLC's gone into this by you.

0:38:420:38:45

Yes. I did re-upholster it at one stage.

0:38:450:38:47

You never thought about doing that, Steve?

0:38:470:38:50

I don't think I've got the skill or the patience.

0:38:500:38:53

I've got £150 to £200 on it. OK. Let's see. Away we go.

0:38:530:38:57

Start with £100 for it.

0:38:570:39:00

-£80 for it.

-Room's gone silent.

0:39:010:39:04

Bid £80. £80. £85. £80.

0:39:040:39:07

-At £80. £80, 85.

-Come on!

-Who wants it?

0:39:070:39:10

-For a chaise, at £80.

-It's got to go.

-It's got to go.

0:39:100:39:13

-Want me to sell it or not?

-Yeah.

-They're going to Greece, you see.

0:39:130:39:17

£80. No choice. They're moving out of the country. £80.

0:39:170:39:20

They have a bargain. They have a bargain.

0:39:200:39:23

Oh, dear. I have a hanky at the ready. Do you need it?

0:39:230:39:26

-Oh, I might.

-Ahh!

0:39:260:39:28

Well, the chaise had to go before the couple's big move,

0:39:280:39:32

but what a disappointing result,

0:39:320:39:34

especially after all the hard work Sue put into the re-covering.

0:39:340:39:38

We've just got one lot left today, and, worryingly,

0:39:380:39:40

it's more antique furniture.

0:39:400:39:42

It's that beautiful Victorian Duchess dressing table.

0:39:420:39:46

-So, where was it from?

-I bought it on the Isle of Wight, actually.

0:39:460:39:50

We were on a caravanning holiday,

0:39:500:39:52

and it came back with us in the caravan.

0:39:520:39:56

-I believe Steve bought one of the clocks at the same time.

-Really?

0:39:560:39:59

Anyway, I put £80 to £120 on it,

0:39:590:40:02

and Victorian furniture is a little bit difficult to sell at the moment,

0:40:020:40:06

but because it's so complete, I hope we're going to get there.

0:40:060:40:09

£100 for it. £80 for it.

0:40:090:40:13

Bid £80. 85. Do you want 90? 95?

0:40:130:40:16

100. 110. 120.

0:40:160:40:18

-130. 140. 150.

-Come on.

0:40:180:40:21

-160.

-Come on. More.

0:40:210:40:24

160 for it. 150. Are we done? Going for 150.

0:40:240:40:26

For the Duchess at 150.

0:40:260:40:28

-Yes! That's good.

-Very good.

0:40:280:40:30

Well, how about that? Despite concerns over a lack of furniture buyers in the room,

0:40:300:40:35

the quality of the Victorian dresser shone through,

0:40:350:40:38

and it exceeds Jonty's top estimate. Well, it's been quite a sale,

0:40:380:40:43

but have we managed to raise that £500 to £600 target

0:40:430:40:45

for Steve and Sue's boating lessons? I think it's time for Jonty to reveal all.

0:40:450:40:51

-Remember, we wanted £500 to £600.

-Yeah.

0:40:520:40:55

-What do you think, Steve?

-I think we got there,

0:40:550:40:58

and I think, overall, fairly satisfied.

0:40:580:41:02

Well, I'm very happy to report you have made £841 here today!

0:41:020:41:05

-Wow! That's really good!

-That is good. Fantastic.

0:41:050:41:09

-How about that?

-That's really good.

-So that means

0:41:090:41:11

you can even buy a little can of petrol to go with your boat.

0:41:110:41:16

A rather choppy sail, but Steve and Sue have headed down

0:41:200:41:25

to the calm waters of their local marina in Kent,

0:41:250:41:28

the temporary mooring of their new pride and joy,

0:41:280:41:31

before the big move to the Med. It's the perfect location

0:41:310:41:35

for the couple of get to grips with their new toy,

0:41:350:41:38

and where they plan to have handling and navigation lessons.

0:41:380:41:42

I think, as far as navigating round Cyprus goes,

0:41:420:41:45

I'm hoping that by spending one season here,

0:41:450:41:49

we'll get very competent and confident.

0:41:490:41:52

We won't be nervous at all. At the moment, we certainly would be.

0:41:520:41:55

-We would, yeah.

-The crew especially.

0:41:550:41:58

THEY LAUGH

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ENGINE ROARS

0:42:000:42:03

'The Mediterranean beckons, and we're really looking forward to that,

0:42:030:42:07

'and look forward to next summer.'

0:42:070:42:09

We wish Steve and Sue the very best of luck for their new life

0:42:090:42:12

in the sun. But, Steve, watch out for that ferry!

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0:42:220:42:26

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Susan and Stephen Humby from Berkshire would like to raise money for driving lessons with a difference. They have bought a power boat, ready for when they retire abroad, and a few piloting lessons would give them more confidence! Chris Hollins and Jonty Hearnden climb aboard for the antiques hunt.