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Rita Grimsted is looking to raise £1,500 to buy a new kitchen. Gloria Hunniford and expert Paul Hayes help her search out potential auction lots, including a rare gold watch.


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Hello, welcome to Cash In The Attic,

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the show that searches for antiques and collectibles,

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and takes them to auction.

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Now today, I'm going to meet a woman

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who is about to do something that we'd all like to do -

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a little bit of home improvement.

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Coming up on Cash In The Attic,

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it's a question of geography as we come across

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some unique watercolours.

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I think this is Morcone, up in the mountains.

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I thought you said Morecambe, for a minute! That's Lancashire!

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We discover a watch that causes our expert, Paul,

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a great deal of excitement.

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I tell you, you have found some watches on this programme,

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-but judging by his excitement, this must be special.

-Something special.

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And at auction,

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some gifts from the past turn up some very unexpected results.

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-Absolutely fantastic.

-Your Franco is shining down on you today, isn't he?

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Yes.

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Find out more when the hammer falls.

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I'll be honest, I love the seaside, even if it is raining.

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But the woman we're about to meet is really interesting.

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She's come back to the Kent coastline after many years abroad.

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And she wants to make her new home even more comfortable.

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This stylish seaside apartment is home to Rita Grimstead,

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a lady who has led a very eventful life.

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After living in Italy for almost 40 years,

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she returned to the UK in 2008 following the death

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of her lovely husband, Franco.

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Rita is also currently recovering from cancer.

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But luckily, has great support in the shape of her two sons

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and cousin, Seb, who is here to help with the rummage today.

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-Rita, I have been looking forward to meeting you.

-How lovely.

-How are you?

-Fine.

-Good.

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-And this is Seb?

-This is Seb.

-Good-looking Seb, who's going to help you today.

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-Yes.

-A friend?

-No, he's a cousin.

-A cousin. OK, lovely. And this is our good-looking expert, Paul Hayes.

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Hello. I'm your antiques fellow today.

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Hi, Seb, nice to meet you.

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You know, I was kind of laughing to myself

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when I knew I was going to meet you in the kitchen,

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because in Italy where you lived for 37 years,

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you used to teach language in the kitchen?

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I did. I did help the young ladies from the university.

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Did they keep you right on your Italian?

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I think they taught me Italian!

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Do you mind if I make a start? Is that all right?

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-It's about time you made a start!

-Well, it is.

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So, how much money would you like to raise, in an ideal world?

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I think something towards my new kitchen, my new property. About 1,500.

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-Is that possible?

-I think that should buy you a few things for the kitchen.

-It would help.

-Marvellous.

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Well, it looks like Rita's apartment

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has got all sorts of collectibles squirreled away.

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So fingers crossed we have a successful rummage.

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Our expert, Paul Hayes, has over 20 years' experience in the antiques and collectible trade

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and, ever keen to notch up his first find, has spied a possible item.

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-Could it be a touch of divine intervention?

-Rita?

-Hello.

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-Now then, I found an interesting item here.

-What have you found?

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-Something from Jerusalem.

-That's come a long way, hasn't it?

-That's beautiful.

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So, where has that come from?

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That was given to Franco by a lovely young man.

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They were friends for donkey's years. And this has always been over our bed.

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-Right. So it's always had pride of place in your life?

-Absolutely, yes.

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I really don't know how old it is.

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I was going to say, I think you're looking at a pre-war item here, 1920, 1930.

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-This is very distinctive. This is olive wood.

-Is it?

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It was found on the banks of the rivers in Jerusalem.

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It's a beautiful crucifix, and it's been decorated with mother-of-pearl.

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-Absolutely lovely.

-Gives a wonderful iridescence.

-Beautiful.

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Is it sentimental though, you had it all this time?

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-If it's going to be appreciated by somebody, I'd be very pleased.

-Yeah.

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I mean, I could see that bringing towards the £100 mark.

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Sort of £50 - £80 as an auction estimate.

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-How does that sound?

-It sounds wonderful.

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-Let's keep looking and see what we can find.

-Come on.

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Not a bad start, but there's still plenty to do if we're going to reach Rita's target of £1,500.

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Seb is certainly earning his place on the rummage team,

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as he turns up a very exciting little collection.

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These four sovereigns, including an impressive ring and pendant.

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They were given to Rita's late husband, Franco, as a gift from the bank.

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He worked there for almost 40 years.

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Modern sovereigns like these are 22 carat gold

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and weigh almost eight grams.

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And because the price of gold has been so high of late,

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Paul estimates that this hoard could raise as much as £500 - £600.

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A huge amount of money towards our target.

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-Paul?

-Yes?

-I love this. A good collection of paintings.

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-But this one stands out.

-Right.

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I am desperate to know who exactly the artist is.

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-Who was she?

-A very dear friend of mine.

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This one in particular,

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this beggar came into her garden in the country, to her villa.

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And she said, "I can't just give you money.

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"If you pose for me, then I'll pay you."

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And she gave quite a considerable sum.

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Lovely. There's another nice one here. Can you look at this one?

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This is... I think this is Morcone, I think, up in the mountains.

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-I thought you said Morecambe then, for a minute!

-No! No, not Morecambe!

-That's in Lancashire.

-No.

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Morcone, OK.

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-And who was the painter in this case?

-That is her.

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-I think she's written it Lina Prudente.

-Oh, it's the same painter.

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-Is this the same artist again?

-There you go.

-What do you think of that one?

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What I do like is the palette. This wonderful turquoise sea. You know, you've got the greens.

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it is very Mediterranean. Someone wanting that Mediterranean feel... If you've got an Italian kitchen,

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it instantly gives you that sort of impression, doesn't it?

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They are very attractive, but I don't think they're a long lost Picasso or anything like that.

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So value wise, I could see these sort of £50 - £80.

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-That sort of price.

-For the three?

-For the three.

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Does seem a bit low but, Paul, I'm not so sure a painting of Morecambe would have fetched much more!

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Still, it's a useful amount towards Rita's kitchen kitty.

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I like the sound of that!

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The search continues and our expert finds this Limoges tea set,

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which Franco bought for Rita as a present back in Italy.

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Exquisitely decorated, French Limoges porcelain has been

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much admired and very keenly collected

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since it was first manufactured in the late 18th century.

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This tea set is probably mid-20th century

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and Paul gives it an estimate of £30 - £50.

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So, Rita, we're having a wonderful day.

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I've even had a walk down by the sea, which was terrific.

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Now, what were the events leading up to the fact

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that you've just spent 37 years very happily married in Italy?

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My friends tried to encourage me to go out to Italy with them on a holiday.

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And we decided to go to Sorrento.

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Well, I was swimming in the pool, you see, with my friends.

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And my friends were saying, Rita, there's a man touching your bag.

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So of course, I dash out and jump out and there's Franco, touching my handbag.

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I said, "Do you mind?" "I'm not touching anything, Madam.

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"My purse is here behind that bag," he said.

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"Oh. Excuse me, why don't you go and sit over there? This is my seat."

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-He said, "Madam, I like the sun also."

-A rocky start!

-Absolutely! You know, I was very rude.

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How long did it take before you and Franco got together properly?

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It sort of developed, you know. And of course, I came back to England

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and there were all these letters and telegrams.

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"You've got to come, I have hired a flat," you know. "You've got to come."

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Tell me what your days were like, living in such a romantic place.

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My days, they were lovely. Because he bought us a lovely apartment. Of course we had

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all of flowers on the terraces. He was in the bank all day. Sometimes very late when he got home.

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And I started to teach English. The word got around there was an English woman living there.

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It was absolutely fantastic.

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Very sadly, you lost this wonderful man, Franco, in fairly recent times. What happened in the end?

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Unfortunately, he died of cancer. He suffered for two years.

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But it did take me...

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I'm writing a book,

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and it took me three or four years to close the doors on Italy.

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Are you enjoying your life, even though you're missing Italy? Enjoying being back?

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Now I'm beginning to settle in.

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Yes, yes, I'm having a laugh, actually.

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Rita is adorable. And she's had such a fascinating life. So hopefully,

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we can help her create a more comfortable home for herself.

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But we have to get cracking

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if we're going to hit that £1,500 target.

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Rita is straight on the case,

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as she unearths this collection of jewellery, including a coral necklace

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and matching bracelet, along with an 18 carat gold ring.

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It's another gift given to Rita by her late husband, Franco,

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back in Italy. The decline in the availability of coral

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means that jewellery like this can fetch very high prices.

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So Paul has set an attractive £100 - £200 estimate.

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But we won't have to wait too long to see what the bidders make of it.

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90 and I'm straight in. 100. Do I see 120?

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Will it help Rita reach her target towards that new kitchen?

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All done.

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As our rummage continues, it looks like Seb has struck gold.

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Hey, Seb, you've done some good rooting around. Music to my ears. Jewellery. These are gorgeous.

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Yes. I've heard about these,

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I believe they're anniversary presents from Franco.

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I believe this was the first one that Franco actually bought for Rita.

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-Oh, that's lovely, isn't it? First anniversary. Isn't that gorgeous?

-That's beautiful, yeah.

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I mean, the first thing that strikes me is the colour. It's a very bright gold.

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Here in the UK, we recognise nine carats.

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That tends to be what we make most of our jewellery from. And that has a high copper content.

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So when you look at it, it looks quite an orange colour.

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When you get this brass, very gold colour, it tends to be a higher carat.

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Do you know whether it was bought in Italy, or bought here?

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They're all from Napoli. In fact, this is in the original case.

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It's got the original logo.

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-I adore this one. Look.

-Look at that.

-I mean, it's such an unusual linking system, isn't it?

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-Beautiful cut.

-Yeah.

-Quite light, though.

-Don't forget, there's a lot of gold here.

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This is all solid, it would cost an absolute fortune.

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So they had this clever method of making it hollow.

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At auction, my experience is that jewellery seems to sell quite well. Do you think this will go well?

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-For those two, you're looking near the £500 mark.

-Really?

-Good, isn't it?

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I think Rita would be ecstatic with that.

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That sounds fantastic. That's a good find!

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-Cracking.

-That's a very good find, Seb.

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We're all ecstatic, I think. You know, this modest apartment is turning out

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to be quite the treasure trove, with precious metals at every turn.

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Another find like that, and we'll make our target.

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I think we must be really blessed today, because before you know it, I come across

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this gorgeous solitaire diamond engagement ring. It was given to Rita by Franco

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back in 1974 and indeed, the first piece of jewellery that he bought for her.

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It's a 40 point diamond, set in 18 carat white gold

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and it's absolutely wonderful. The truth is, I wouldn't mind it myself.

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But it has to go to auction, where there's lots of interest for jewellery like this.

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So Paul values it at a sparkling £400 - £500, with a £300 reserve.

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-Rita.

-Yes?

-Can you just pop in here a second? Have a sit down.

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-What have you found?

-Have a rest for a minute.

-Thank you.

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I found a lovely medallion here.

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It's got some Italian writing on it, if you could translate.

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Can you read that?

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A very long activity, faithful service to the bank.

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-How long did he work at the bank for?

-37 years.

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-Gosh, that's a long time, isn't it?

-From a boy.

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-He must have seen some changes and done a lot of good work.

-Yes, he did.

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-Absolutely.

-And I take it that building there, that's the bank?

-Yes.

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-In the centre of Milan.

-So it's something that would have meant a lot to Franco?

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Only to him, yes. Of course I'm very proud of him.

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-I've got the memories.

-Of course.

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-Well, medals and medallions are highly collected.

-Are they?

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For all sorts of reasons.

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I can imagine a collector would not have this example.

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Gold is doing well. I know there's not much age to this, but there's quite a lot of gold in there.

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If I said £300, maybe up to about £500. How would that sound?

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Absolutely fantastic!

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Such joy! Another exciting find.

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And it's not over yet, because Seb spots

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this collection of crystal and glass ornaments. Now, modern pieces like these can be expensive

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to buy new, but tend not to have a large resale value.

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Nevertheless, Paul thinks this varied lot could reach £30 - £50.

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-Paul?

-Uh-huh?

-I think I've found something.

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-Yes.

-Oh, look at that. What we've got is a watch strap.

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Now, that is a watch and a half, isn't it? Very special. Whose was this?

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-Franco's. Passed by his father.

-Gosh.

-1940.

-That is a beauty.

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-Gloria?

-Yes?

-Seb? I think we've found a show stopper here, actually.

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-Just look at that.

-Woooh! You, you have found some watches on this programme

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-over the years, but judging by his excitement, this must be very, very special.

-Something special, yeah.

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It certainly looks special.

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I mean, this is a chronograph and a tachometer,

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which I think measures how far you've walked.

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And a chronograph is like a stopwatch.

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But for a watch of this age to have this complex a movement,

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that's what makes it special. Have you ever had it valued before? Anybody have a look at it before?

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Yes, I have, actually. In Italy.

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-OK.

-I wouldn't let it go under 1,500.

-Right.

-Because it's worth a lot more.

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Well, it wouldn't surprise me whatsoever.

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I think what we need to do is to make sure of how much

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exactly this is worth before we do consider selling it, all right?

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What is your estimate at the moment, then?

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-I think you'd be happy with 1,500.

-As a reserve.

-As a reserve.

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I think we'll put it in with that.

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But when it comes to the auction,

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we'll have done more homework on it. Found out more about it.

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-I hope so.

-Put a more realistic value on it.

-If you could, yes.

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What a fantastic thing.

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Well, about my person, I have the totals. You're not allowed to peep!

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-Do you want to know?

-Go on then.

-All right.

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So, let's assume the watch doesn't hit its mark.

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You already have £1,960.

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That's absolutely wonderful!

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If the watch goes in and sells for at least £1,500,

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-you've got a minimum of £3,460.

-You're joking!

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Yay! £3,460!

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-Let's put it back, quick!

-Right. OK.

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I hope I haven't peaked too soon, it could be a very exciting auction.

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The colourful collection of Italian paintings could put us in the frame

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for at least £50-£80.

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At a whopping £500-£600, I wonder if those

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impressive gold bracelets will make the grade with bidders.

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And I was so taken with the diamond solitaire ring,

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which was a gift from Rita's late husband.

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At an estimate of £400-£500,

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it means it should certainly sparkle in the sale room.

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And still to come...

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will Rita's collection of gold dazzle the crowd at auction?

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-190, 200, 220, 240...

-It's still going.

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-..220 I have.

-I had no idea.

-That's brilliant.

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And emotions run high,

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-as some very prized possessions go under the hammer.

-..85 I have.

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I'm sorry.

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No, it's all right,

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I could feel you just couldn't bear to look at it.

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Here comes that gavel.

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It's not very often I get to physically lie-down on the job,

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but I have made that journey from Folkestone along the coast

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to the Rye Auction Galleries.

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And, of course, Rita is trying to raise £1,500

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towards a kitchen in her new, cosy little seaside apartment.

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She has, I have to say,

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a pot of gold in terms of all of her jewellery,

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so let's hope that when her items go under the hammer

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she raises a lot of money.

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With any luck at all, the bidders here

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at Rye Auction Galleries have brought their chequebooks,

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as Rita's got some items here that are real quality.

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With the price of gold currently strong,

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the auctioneer's decided to split up those four gold sovereigns into four separate lots.

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With more bidders in the game,

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this should fetch them a higher price overall.

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Ah, my beady eye goes immediately to the watch.

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-You brought it after all.

-It's quite something, isn't it?

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My husband's wish was that it was sold and went to a collector.

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-Are you sure you want to part with it?

-I have to, yes.

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Yeah, that really is a fantastic watch. It dates to 1940,

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it's oversized, it's very visual.

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I've had a chat to the auctioneer and a few watch specialists, we think around £2,000.

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I think if you put a reserve of £2,000 on it,

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you'll either sell the watch or it'll come back home.

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That's some reserve. The gallery's filling up nicely, so it's time to take our places,

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as Rita's first lot is about to go under the hammer.

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The first of your items, it says here, is a "part tea set."

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This is 20th century, French, a good example,

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and we're looking for about £30.

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Who's got 50 to start me? 30, then?

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Start me at 10, I don't mind, let's get it going.

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-Come on, there must be somebody here.

-10 you've got.

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12 I have. 15.

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Do I see 18? 15, I'm going to sell it.

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At £15...

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That is awful.

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-That is terrible.

-£15 for Limoges?

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Uh-oh, that was a very disappointing start,

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and things don't get any better when these crystal pieces

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Rita accumulated over the years from her English students

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only make £15.

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Who knows?

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Maybe this crowd are holding on to their money for Rita's fantastic collection of gold.

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This next item is interesting, because it's the crucifix.

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I know you've got a history behind this, where did you get it?

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It was presented to Franco when he came back from Jerusalem

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from a friend of his, and it's been with us all these years.

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Yeah, let's hope there's two people who like this.

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We're looking for around £50.

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-I like it.

-Yeah, fingers crossed.

-Is this something that would appeal to you, Seb?

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I know this is one of the more important items,

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sentimentally I think this is going to be hard to part with.

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I have 40 here. 0. 2. 45. 48. 50 I've got, sir.

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52. Do I see 55? 58.

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-60. 2...

-That's more like it.

-65.

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68. 70. 2. 75...

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-You can't look, can you?

-78. 80.

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2. 85. 88...

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85 I have. At £85, we're all done.

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-I could...

-I could cry.

-No, it's all right,

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I could feel you couldn't bear to look at it on the screen.

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-But it got a good price.

-I hope it's got a good home.

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-It has got a good home.

-Somebody I'm sure will appreciate it.

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Very understandable.

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Rita has such a strong personal connection to these collectibles,

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many gifts from her dear husband, Franco.

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I'm sure, though, the new owner of the crucifix

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will treasure it as much as Rita has.

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Now we move on to the gold.

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I'm holding your hand for this one,

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because you have a lot of very emotional items.

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We were saying it's very profound, parting with some of these things.

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I've got numerous bids here.

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They start at 100, 200, 300. I've got 320...

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320. 330. 340. 350. 360. 370.

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370 I have. 370. Do I see 380?

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380. 390. 400.

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410. 420.

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At 410 on my left.

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At £410, are we all done here now?

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-Woah!

-£410!

-Absolutely fantastic.

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Your Franco's shining down on you today, isn't he?

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Yes, he is.

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I think we've just turned a corner,

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because Rita's gold seems to be a real hit with the crowd here today.

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These four gold sovereigns that belonged to Franco

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have been split into separate lots. Let's hope the bidders go for them.

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140. 150. 160.

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160 I have. At £160.

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Fantastic. That's only the one! Next one.

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-140 I have.

-140!

-At 140. 150. 160.

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At £160...

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Fantastic!

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At £160, we're all done...

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-There we go.

-Another 160!

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200. 220. 240.

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220 I have. £220.

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-Isn't that brilliant?

-That's fantastic.

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That is just brilliant. Give us a kiss!

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Well, if my maths is correct, for those four sovereigns,

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they fetched £700.

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That is a spectacular result.

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Franco obviously was a man who knew what he was doing

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when it came to investing in valuables.

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But I hope the bidders haven't spent all their cash,

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because there's plenty more where that came from.

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At the halfway point, what have we made?

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So far, you have 1,225!

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And we're only halfway through!

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Just fantastic.

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If you'd like a go at selling at auction,

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Do remember that there are fees, such as commission, that apply,

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so make sure you check in advance.

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Many of these belongings of Rita have a huge sentimental value, so it's just as important

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the prices she gets for them make it all worthwhile,

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particularly in the case of her diamond engagement ring.

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-I couldn't bring myself to wear it any more.

-Haven't had the heart to wear it?

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No, no, I don't go out much, and it's something you wear when you go out dressed.

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Seb, you're a great family friend of Rita's.

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Do you think this is a wise decision for Rita to sell the ring?

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Yes, I totally understand it.

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I'm glad we took Paul's advice and put the reserve on it.

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280. Do I see 300? 280 I've got. 300 here.

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You're out. 300 I have. I will sell it at 300.

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-OK, happiness all round, that's good.

-That's really good, isn't it?

-That's very good.

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And it's romantic to think this ring may get used again for another special occasion.

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Thinking of Franco, he seems to have been such a generous man

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who lavished his wife with a lot of lovely gifts,

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this coral jewellery was originally bought as a necklace, but it was too long

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so Franco had it made into a bracelet as well.

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Let's hope his good taste continues.

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100, I'm straight in.

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100. Do I see 120?

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-120. 130. 140.

-Come on!

-I'm out.

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140. 150. 160. 170. 180.

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170, I have. All done?

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-You got a good price.

-I think that's a really good price, actually, yeah.

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With this type of jewellery so rare,

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I'm sure Rita's coral necklace, bracelet and ring

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will be a welcome set of accessories to someone's outfit.

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We've actually got an item now that wasn't a gift from Franco.

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These Mediterranean pictures were painted by Rita's friend,

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but there's no room for them in her new home so it's time to go.

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I quite like these, actually.

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I couldn't find anything about Lina Prudente, the artist.

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She's not a listed artist in Italy or anything like that.

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We're looking for 50-80 for these

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as decorative paintings.

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£20.

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20 I've got, and 2. 25. 28.

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30, I'm out.

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It's here at 30.

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30. Do I see 32?

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At £30.

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-I think that's probably realistic.

-Really?

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I think we got carried away with the moment.

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With paintings, it's all on the artist.

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You know, those oil paintings will certainly brighten up

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the right room for someone.

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Our next item is the one that we've all been waiting for,

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the spectacular 18 carat chronograph watch that belonged to Franco.

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This really is a super watch. There's no batteries here,

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no quartz, a real watch movement,

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it's a chronograph,

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it has the tachometer on the edge,

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It's a complex movement for the time,

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1938-1940. It's 18 carat gold so to buy this today would cost you quite a lot of money.

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2,000 I have to start.

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Please? 2000, do I see?

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1,000 I'll start it, then. 1,000 with me.

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And 50. 11. 50. 1,200. 1250. 13. 1,500, sir?

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13 with me. Do I see 1,400?

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It's come back. 1,400. 1,500? 15 I have.

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At £1,500.

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No, don't want it to go, no.

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I'm afraid that's not sold.

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-Good.

-Is that good?

-Good.

-That's the first time I've seen anyone happy about not being sold.

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Normally when something doesn't sell at auction, I'm disappointed.

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But in this instance, I think we're all quite glad

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that Rita will be taking this fond memory back home.

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Our final items are the two

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18 carat gold bracelets that were,

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you've guessed it, a gift from Franco. They've been split into separate plots

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for the bidders but we're hoping for £500-£600 overall.

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-250. 260. 270.

-Going well.

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280. 290?

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280?

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-Other one here.

-Here we go.

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270. 280. 290.

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-300?

-300.

-Yeah!

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-At £300.

-Yes!

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I think I would have liked your Franco a lot.

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I'm quite sure he would have liked you.

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What a way to end a very emotional day

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with this pair of bracelets making £580,

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but just how much has Rita made altogether?

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Well, you wanted £1,500 to go towards your new kitchen

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and actually, as kitchens go these days, you can buy quite wisely,

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and that could do very well. However, we don't want to give you £1,500.

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We don't want to give you...£2,000.

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We don't want to give you £2,200.

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We want to give you...

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-£2,305.

-That's fantastic, that's really lovely.

-Isn't that good?

-Yes.

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-And will you invite Paul and I for tea in your kitchen when you get it we done?

-I will.

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-Thank you, Rita, you're a lovely lady and, Seb, thank you for all your support.

-Thank you.

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I'm sure you'd like to know that Rita's now bought an apartment

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where she's already looking at new kitchen ideas.

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'No way could I live with somebody else's'

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kitchen and bathroom so out it comes. We just do our best to make this into

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'absolutely new. And it should be rather nice, actually.

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'My friends have come around to help me, to give suggestions,

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'and they're helping an awful lot.'

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What it's going to cost, I've no idea.

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Rita, let's hope the total raised at auction is a very good start.

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For me, it was a very big experience, you know. And I loved it.

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It's helped me a lot.

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Rita Grimsted is looking to raise £1,500 to buy a new kitchen. Gloria Hunniford and expert Paul Hayes help her search out potential auction lots, including a rare, 18 carat gold chronograph watch.