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Antiques series. Arthur Saxby and his granddaughter enlist the help of Lorne Spicer and expert Jonty Hearnden to raise £1,000 for a state-of-the-art TV set.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic.

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This is the show that searches around your home

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to find all those long forgotten antiques and collectables,

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which we then take and sell at auction.

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Today, I'm going to be meeting a family who've decided to trade in their antiques

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so they can get some 21st-century entertainment.

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Coming up... Has our expert, Jonty,

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found a budding new talent in the world of antiques and collectables?

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-Have you ever thought about going into the business?

-No, not really.

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I suggest you think about it carefully,

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because that's exactly the same price

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that I'm going to put on these aeroplanes.

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There are some interesting suggestions on how to improve on a masterpiece.

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What if I get my pencil and sign?

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Yes, it's not as easy as that. If only!

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And at auction, which of our lots exceeds everyone's expectations?

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We'll start at £250.

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-260, 270, 280, 290...

-Find out when the hammer falls.

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£380.

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Today, I've come to Stratford-upon-Avon

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to meet Arthur Saxby and his granddaughter, Natasha.

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Retired company director Arthur

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is a self-confessed Cash In The Attic fanatic

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and has always been a keen collector of antiques.

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Married to wife Meryl for 48 years,

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the couple have two children and one grandchild - 10-year-old Natasha,

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who's come along to help out on today's rummage.

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Despite retirement, now in his 70s, Arthur's still very active.

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A keen golfer, he's also a fan of aviation.

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He's had a pilot's license in the 1980s

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and even had his own aircraft until recently.

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Today, I'm being assisted by antiques expert Jonty Hearnden,

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whose 20 years plus expertise will be a great asset in our rummage.

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Are you pleased with him?

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-Good morning!

-Oh, hello.

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-Who's this?

-It's a boy called Bubble.

-Oh, what a great name!

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Actually, he's very adventurous.

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I thought tortoises didn't really do very much.

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-Shouldn't he be hibernating?

-Yeah.

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He's starting the stages of hibernating,

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so we had to give him a bath every night and we can't feed him.

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-So, your grandad roped you into this, did he?

-Yeah!

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And do your like your grandpa's stuff, the antiques and bits?

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I like the aeroplanes.

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Now obviously you've called us in,

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and what is it you want to raise the money for?

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I was going to buy some more antiques,

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but the family ganged up on me and wanted to buy a 3D television.

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Oh, us in 3D? No, I don't like the sound of that at all!

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So what sort of money are we talking about here?

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I'd like to raise as much as I can,

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maybe up towards £1,000 would be nice.

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Are you happy for Jonty to go into the house and start?

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-Yeah, yeah, please.

-Rolling up my sleeves already.

-OK.

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What sort of things have you decided to sell to raise this money?

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There's a variety of things. I mean, stuff we've collected over the years

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and we just thought we'll get rid of them anyway.

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That'll be interesting. Maybe Jonty will be able to tell us

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-more about them and where they've come from.

-Yeah.

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-What are we going to do with him?

-We'll put him in here, shall we?

-OK.

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So he's coming on the rummage too? Excellent.

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-No, he's going to go to sleep now.

-Oh, is he?

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Lucky Bubbles. There's no shut-eye for the rest of us though

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and with £1,000 to find, let's hope Jonty's made a useful start.

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-Jonty, there you are.

-Hi, guys.

-Oh, you found a Lowry!

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Oh, yes. Oh, yes! What's the story behind this?

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We bought it when we first moved to Stratford,

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went down to the local art gallery and liked it,

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so we bought one of them.

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How long ago was it that you purchased this?

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Oh, it must have been in the middle '70s.

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And what sort of money did you pay, can you remember?

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-I think it was £50.

-That is a lot of money, isn't it, in the '70s?

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Yes, yes. Well, first of all, it's a limited edition print,

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I'm sure you're aware of that.

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You can tell that by looking here, in the bottom left-hand corner.

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Here we have a run of 850 prints

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and this is the 519th version of the print.

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A lot of his limited edition prints were signed by him, often in pencil,

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but I can't see one, which is a little disappointing, I have to say,

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because it would certainly now give this picture

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-an awful lot of added value.

-Oh, right.

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What I find quite interesting is here we are in Stratford-upon-Avon,

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but LS Lowry was born in Stratford, Lancashire.

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All of his scenes or many of his scenes were inspired by the life that he led there,

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all the people and the places around him in Salford and Pendlebury,

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in the Manchester surrounding conurbation, where all of a sudden,

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the scenes were fantastically industrial,

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which inspired him to paint all these pictures that as you come into the room,

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you instantly can recognise this as a Lowry.

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And here, we can see at the back, just faintly

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right in the background, all those industrial chimneys.

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What about selling it?

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Well, we didn't really think about selling it but, you know, depends, I suppose.

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-First of all, we don't have the signature.

-No.

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The actual print itself has lost a bit of colour.

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The definition is not quite as sharp as it probably was once upon a time.

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So, value at auction at the moment for this print, £30-£50.

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How do you feel about selling it for that sort of valuation?

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Well, I wish it was original!

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At that price, I don't know - we might have to consider.

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What if I get my pencil and sign...?

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Yes, it's not as easy as that. If only!

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So, we'll have to wait and see if Arthur decides to give up the Lowry

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to go towards another style of visual entertainment

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in the form of that 3D television.

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Fortunately, there are plenty more treasures round this house

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and it's not long before Arthur offers up a pair of Japanese Satsuma vases.

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They're early 20th century and he bought them many years ago

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from an antiques store for £90.

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Jonty estimates them at £40-£60, to tempt the buyers.

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While Arthur's been in the kitchen,

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Natasha's been rummaging around in the dining room.

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What are you looking at there, Natasha?

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Well, these are some old planes

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that my grandad bought at auctions over the years.

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He's been collecting them for as long as I can remember

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and they've been in that drawer.

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-OK, so he's a bit of an aeroplane enthusiast, is he?

-Yeah.

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Now, let's have a look at them, because a lot of these look as if

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they are made by a company called Dinky.

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-Have you heard of Dinky Toys before?

-No, no.

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That's not surprising, because Dinky stopped producing toys in the 1980s.

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They first started before the Second World War, in the 1930s.

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Can you see, it says on the underside there, "Dinky Toys" and this is the "Comet."

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If we have a look at this one,

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which is later than the Second World War,

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this one here is the "Lightning," so based on the Lightning aeroplane.

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Look at that for a fighter.

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If I look at this box, this looks very interesting indeed.

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Oh, yes! We've got this lovely plane on the inside there.

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-This is the King's aeroplane. Can you see that one?

-Yes.

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This was actually made before the Second World War.

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This was made in 1938, all the way through to 1941.

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That is a very special little plane, that one,

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and it's in its original box.

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Collectors like that, so that's very good news.

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These are die-cast toys by Dinky, very collectable

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-Can you see that some of these aeroplanes are in pretty poor condition?

-Yeah.

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Have a look at that one.

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-That almost looks like a Dalmatian aeroplane, doesn't it?

-Yeah.

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Can we sell this little collection now, do you think?

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I'm sure that would be fine to sell them, yeah.

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If you were to put your antiques valuation hat on for a moment,

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what sort of price would you put on this collection?

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-I'm not sure. There's quite a lot, so probably about £70.

-About £70?

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-Yeah.

-Really? You think £70? OK.

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-Have you ever thought about going into the business?

-No, not really.

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Well I suggest you should think about it carefully, because that's exactly the same price

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that I'm going to put on these aeroplanes.

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I'm going to put £70-£100 on these.

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And a budding career ahead of you, quite possibly.

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-Yeah.

-How wonderful! Great, excellent.

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Well, we'll leave those there

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and let's go and find some more bits and pieces.

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Well, with Natasha making such accurate estimates,

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I think you may be surplus to requirements, Jonty!

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As we continue our search,

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I discover this sizeable piece in the hallway.

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It's a 19th-century brass chestnut roaster

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that Arthur says he bought years ago.

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With a £40-£60 evaluation,

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even if you had no plans to roast chestnuts,

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this would still make a very fetching decoration.

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While we leave Jonty to carry on the good work,

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I'm going to find out a little bit more

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about our host's very impressive hobby.

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So, Natasha, you must be one of the few people

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-who've got a grandad who can fly a plane.

-Yeah.

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So, how did you go about learning to fly?

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I think I've always wanted to fly, ever since a boy.

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I've always been interested in aeroplanes.

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I used to make models and all that.

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In the early days, I couldn't afford it

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but eventually, I thought, if I'm going to do it, I've got to do it

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and it was about the mid-'80s, I think.

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What was it like, that very first flight,

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when you took off on your own?

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You're OK until the instructor jumps out and he says,

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"OK, off you go."

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So you call up the control tower and give them all the instructions,

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taxi round and suddenly, just as the aeroplane leaves the ground

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you think, "Oh, my God, I've got to get this thing down again!"

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I probably made the best landing I've ever made in my life.

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I have to say, I'm slightly perturbed.

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What is the broken propeller about, then?

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A friend and I were flying

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and there was lots and lots of heavy showers around.

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When you're in the air and you can see these showers -

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they're like columns of water coming down.

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So you can fly around, no problem.

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Got back to the airfields and the runway was flooded and fortunately, they had a grass strip as well.

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I thought, "I'm not going through all those puddles, I'll land on the grass."

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Rain lashed down, I couldn't see.

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I thought, "Too late, I'm going to have to go down."

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So I got it down, but the grass was wet and I couldn't stop the aeroplane.

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I let it run to the end and we hit a soft bit.

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Just as we'd almost stopped,

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the aeroplane nicely just turned over and stuck its propeller in.

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That's a reminder of one of the times I walked away.

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Would you like to take Natasha out on the plane?

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I'd love to. We'll definitely go and have a fly around, yeah?

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Is there anywhere in particular you'd like him to take you?

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Not in particular, no.

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I'd just like to go up and try flying in an aeroplane.

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Let's hope you get the chance to do that and that when you go up,

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you don't end up with a propeller looking like that!

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Well, it's time we were getting back to our search for items

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around Arthur's home that we can take to auction

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to raise £1,000 for that state-of-the-art 3D television.

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Natasha spotted these pieces of silver in grandad's bedroom that Arthur accumulated over the years.

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Jonty gives the collection a sterling £80-£120 estimate.

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And Jonty's discovered some more treasure

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that may prove to be very promising.

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-All sorts of goodies here.

-Where did you dig those out from?

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From the trunk just down on the floor there.

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Oh, crikey. I'd forgotten they were there.

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Is this family items, or stuff you've purposely collected?

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It started off by people who'd been in the services.

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I used to ask whether they had a badge, if they'd give me one,

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and gradually, it sort of built up.

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Some of them I bought, some of them, from friends and things.

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-Quite a number of them are pre-1914.

-How exciting.

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I love these, I think they're beautiful.

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The detail's quite exquisite.

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When you look at that acorn and the oak leaves, it's fantastic.

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-Did you frame this up yourself?

-Yeah, I did that.

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-Right, that looks really nice like that.

-These are great.

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Tell me about the King's Own, for instance, where was that from?

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Well, I think that was from a guy who served in the King's Own,

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that I, many years ago I think, trapped at my old golf club at Oxford.

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That's a regiment that started in 1680

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and the reason why they have the English lion

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is because when William III came to Britain for the first time,

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he landed in Torbay of all places.

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They were the first regiment to properly recognise him.

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So from that moment on, they were allowed to use the English lion.

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I notice we've got two iron crosses as well.

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Well, I didn't win them!

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They came from one of Meryl's uncles and when he died,

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we were rummaging through the drawers and we found a couple of these.

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I don't know where they came from.

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And of course we know they were used in both world wars,

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in the First World War and the Second World War.

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You obviously started off getting some together

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and framing them like this but haven't quite finished.

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Is this something you're thinking of selling now,

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or do you want to complete the framing of these items?

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Well, I have planned to get them all mounted like that.

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Certainly, the pre-1914 ones

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but I think now, they just take up space

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so perhaps we could, if they've brought a reasonable price?

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So Jonty, how are we going to sell this then -

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all as one lot, or separate it out?

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Probably the badges will be sold separately to the medals.

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We're probably looking at two lots here in the auction sale.

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-We're looking at very easily £100, probably quite easily £200.

-Really?

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Oh, well, then they'd definitely be worth selling, I think.

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These are very exciting because collecting anything to do with

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militaria interest at the moment seems to be a mushrooming business.

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This certainly sounds like a promising find.

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Let's hope it excites the bidders when it goes under the hammer.

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Will Arthur's militarily collection

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prove a victory for all of us at auction?

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All will be revealed...

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And sold.

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Natasha's come up trumps again in our rummage

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as she's just discovered this very fetching timepiece.

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It's a 1950s Omega wristwatch and it's in good working order.

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Arthur brought it back while he was doing his national service in Singapore in 1957

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and Jonty reckons it should fetch £40-£60 at auction.

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Just have a look at this, would you?

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I don't know whether it's worth anything

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or whether it could be useful, what do you think?

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What I find quite interesting is here we have a wash stand

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which is a bedroom piece of furniture.

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You've got it in a sitting room space and it still looks very comfortable, really very nice.

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This is Georgian, a Georgian corner mahogany wash stand.

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Very simple style, these square legs,

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but they splay nice and delicately down at the foot.

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You get that with Georgian chests of drawers of the same period, the foot just tends to splay out.

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This is very much George III,

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this is more 18th-century than early 19th-century.

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Underneath here should be, if you put your hand right underneath,

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can you feel that there's a hole there?

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That's where the basin would have sat,

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so this top is a false top. This has been placed there at a later date.

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If you look further on down, you have another ring.

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That ring there was designed right at the bottom for the jug.

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-Oh, right.

-So, how long have you had it?

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A lot of years, actually.

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We bought its when we first moved to Stratford from an antiques shop.

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Yes. Are you thinking of selling it now?

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Well, I suppose we could do.

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It's just cluttering up the corner, isn't it?

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Well, I think it looks great in your corner here.

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Price at auction at the moment is £70-£100.

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Oh, we paid more than that at the time, I remember.

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It's very interesting,

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because not so long ago these were very expensive items.

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I remember I would have sold items like this for a lot more

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but prices of these sorts of pieces of furniture have really fallen,

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so they have to be priced at the right sort of level.

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Lovely little piece. Come on, then.

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We're well into our rummage here at Arthur's home

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and by Jonty's estimate,

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so far we've raised £440 towards that £1,000 target,

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and that's excluding Arthur's Lowry,

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which he may not be taking to auction.

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Out kitty's given a very timely boost

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when our expert discovers this late 19th-century carriage clock.

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Arthur picked it up at a charity auction for £37

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and Jonty's valued it at £100-£150. What a result!

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I know you're very into antiques.

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When were you first aware that you had an interest in that area?

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Probably because I am an antique, actually!

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I don't know.

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Being brought up the way I was, we always had antiques at home

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and those sort of things were handcrafted.

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None of this modern machinery.

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There was a lot of work and effort went into them

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and they were really made beautifully.

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Some of the antique furniture which fetches nothing nowadays,

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the workmanship in it is wonderful.

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So what does your wife think of the antiques?

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Oh, she likes antiques, she does, yeah. We go to auctions together.

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Not as much as we used to, but we still enjoy going.

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Are you looking forward to the auction we'll be going to?

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Oh, absolutely!

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Particularly if they make the top end of Jonty's estimates, we'll be delighted.

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Arthur's love of antiques clearly is apparent

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and Jonty soon finds a 19th-century Davenport tureen with plate.

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Arthur bought it several years ago at a farm auction

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for somewhere between £20-£50.

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The lid's missing but Jonty thinks in today's market,

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it could make £50-£80.

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Jonty!

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What a handsome wall clock. How long have you had it?

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We've had it for quite a while. It's travelled around with us.

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It's a well-travelled clock - been all around the country, actually.

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So this is not the only wall it's hung on?

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No, no, it's hung on many walls in Scotland and Oxford and Stratford.

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Well generically, these clocks are known as Viennese wall clocks,

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Vienna wall clocks, and of course they're made there as well,

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so it is a well-travelled clock.

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They are all of this very particular style.

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You have the large pendulum and of course, the exposed weight,

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which reduces as the clock is unwound.

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Then you have the glass not only to the front,

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but to the sides and the case here is walnut.

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It's been with us a long time, but I don't know when it originated.

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Date-wise, these clocks tend to be late 19th century, so 1880, 1890.

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They did go through into the 20th century,

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but the First World War put an end to all of that.

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-So, does it work?

-It does indeed, yes.

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What about selling it?

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It's been in the family a long time and it longs to my wife really,

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so I suppose I've got to ask her permission.

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We were thinking of selling it, so, yeah.

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Well, I noticed that there's a really large crack down the side of the cabinet here.

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-I don't know if you ever noticed that?

-No.

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And also, because I'm being a bit picky here,

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I noticed that there's damage to the weight. What happened there?

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It fell off at one time, I think, and it's all bent at this end here.

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We had to have it repaired.

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I also notice we've got a finial in the base of the cabinet.

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-Yeah, a finial down here.

-So, we're missing a finial.

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So if a clock like this was in tip-top condition,

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auction estimate would be £200-£300,

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but because we've got that bit of damage there,

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that's got to be taken into consideration, so £150-£200.

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-As much as that?

-Are you happy about that?

-Yes, I am indeed.

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-I didn't think it was worth that.

-Well, talk to the boss.

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Definitely. I think at that price, she'll probably agree.

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We're nearing the end of our day so we better have one last look around to see what else we can discover.

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Wow, Natasha, what have you got there?

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-Shall we go and find Jonty and see what he has to say?

-Yeah.

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Come on, then. You can show him.

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Oh, I say, look at that! A proper lady's dress ring.

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Let me get my glass out.

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So Natasha, where did this come from. Do you know?

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Well, it belongs to my grandma,

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but she got it from one of her older aunties.

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Right, OK. And have you ever seen grandma wear it?

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No, she hasn't worn it for a long time.

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-Which I think is probably why it can be sold.

-OK.

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That's very interesting - the hallmarks are very, very clear,

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which means that this ring probably hasn't been worn very much at all.

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But the good news, the ring itself is 18 carat gold.

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That's good, 18 carat. That's what we like to hear.

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And do you see the blue stone in the middle there,

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that oval-shaped lozenge-shaped stone?

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That's a blue sapphire

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and surrounding it are 10 tiny inset diamonds.

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So, a lady's dress ring of the highest calibre.

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-Is it something you think you might wear when you get older?

-No, not really.

-No?

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So we see here, we've got a light blue sapphire stone there.

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Can you see how pale that is? Sapphires come in different shades.

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They also come in different colours as well -

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you can have pinks, you can have orange sapphires.

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A lot of sapphires that are produced or come from the mines

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aren't as clear as they really should be.

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Those sapphires have more often than not been put through a kiln

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to a temperature of 3,000 degrees to improve their colour.

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So Jonty, when it comes to sapphire stones,

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is it better to have the deeper blue or a lighter blue?

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The better the colour is the more intensity of colour, really.

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But I have to say, I quite like the subtlety of that as well.

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So value, we're looking at a ring on the open market

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should be £200-£300.

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-So it's quite a good valuation, isn't it?

-I think it's really good.

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-I didn't expect that for it, really.

-Well spotted!

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Shall we get your grandpa in and tell him how much we've made overall?

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-Arthur, are you there?

-I am.

-Come through.

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What have you found now?

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Well, Natasha's found a very nice ring with a very nice price.

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-Isn't that lovely?

-£200-£300, no less.

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-Really?

-Yes, yeah. And if the ladies of the house don't mind it going to auction?

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I couldn't really see you wearing it.

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You wanted £1,000 towards the 3D television, didn't you?

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-Do you think we've got anything near that amount?

-Not quite.

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Well, you're quite near. We've actually raised a value of £940.

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Very good, yeah! I'm surprised at that.

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Without the Lowry.

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If you decide to take the Lowry, it'll top it up a little bit more.

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And remember, that's my lowest estimates as well,

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so we could be talking a lot more than that, hopefully.

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Well, I'll hold you to that, Jonty!

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So, we're not far off Arthur's original target

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and if the right bidders are there on the day,

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there's every chance we may make the £1,000.

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Amongst today's finds,

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there's a very regal-looking 19th-century carriage clock.

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Jonty thinks that could fetch £100-£150.

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With a value of £70-£100,

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there's Arthur's collection of Dinky and Matchbox aeroplanes.

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Collected over the years,

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they represent a lifelong love of all things aviation.

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And let's not forget the collection of military cap badges and medals,

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including two German iron crosses.

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This assortment could make £100-£200.

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Still to come...

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Find out which of our lots receives a tepid response of the auction.

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Do you wish you'd kept it now

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for the chestnut club at the golf course?

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Probably would have been better.

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And one bidding war proves the sky's the limit.

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Are we all done? And sold.

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That's a lot of money for those, isn't it?

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-They really took off!

-Really did.

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Be there for the final drop of the gavel.

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It's been a few weeks since we visited

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Arthur and his granddaughter Natasha at his home in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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We found plenty of antiques and collectables that we've brought here

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to Cuttlestones Auction Room.

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Remember, Arthur would like to raise £1,000 towards a 3D television.

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Let's just hope that today,

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his antiques bring the auction house to a different dimension.

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Cuttlestones Auction Rooms have a variety of antiques and collectables on offer here to day.

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Let's hope Arthur's lots are in good company and pique the bidders' interest.

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-Morning, Arthur.

-Oh, hello.

-Nice to see you.

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-And are you looking forward to today?

-Yeah, it'll be nice, yeah.

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-And is there anything you haven't brought?

-Yeah, the Lowry.

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-Jonty was a bit miserable on the estimate.

-So it's all my fault.

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It's all your fault.

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To be fair to Jonty,

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he was just trying to be realistic with his estimate.

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With the Lowry out of the picture,

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we're £30 further away from our target,

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but Arthur's got some great collections with him,

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so fingers crossed we'll still make that total.

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First up is this very decorative looking

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19th-century brass chestnut roaster.

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Now this is very nice, actually.

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It had a bit of age to it

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and it had all the right things going for it

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and at one time, of course, 10-15 years ago,

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everyone wanted one of these for their walls, didn't they?

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We could use it at the moment, because every Monday,

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we roast chestnuts on the fire at the golf club, which is very nice.

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-We call it the chestnut club.

-Oh, that sounds fantastic.

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Chestnut club - there's something really nice about that, isn't there?

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Let's see what we can get.

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£20 start, at £20. £20.

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At 22, 25, 28. 28, I have to my left.

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At 28, out on my right at 28. Are we 30 now? At £28, do we sell?

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Do we sell? All done at £28...

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Do you wish you'd kept it now

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for the chestnut club at the golf course?

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Probably would have been better.

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I'm afraid someone else will have to roast those chestnuts now, Arthur.

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I think one lucky bidder got themselves a real bargain there.

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Let's hope we reach greater heights in the bidding

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with this collection of Dinky and Matchbox model aeroplanes,

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some of which date back to the 1940s.

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I think our next lot's down to you, isn't it? You found these.

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Have you ever played with the toy aeroplanes?

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There's quite a lot of different ones,

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but I've never really played with them.

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Were you surprised that Jonty put them at £70-£100?

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Yeah, definitely. I didn't think they were worth that.

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And what about you Arthur, were you pleased with that estimate?

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Yeah, not too bad. I thought they might have gone

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for a little bit more than that, particularly with the boxed one.

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-Hopefully they might sell for a little more.

-Hopefully, yeah, yeah.

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Starting in at £50, tempt you all at £50 on the aeroplanes.

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At five, 60. Five, 70. Five. My commission's out at £75.

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In the room at £75. 80, five, 90, and five.

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At the standing bid. Are you out, seated, at 95?

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I'm going to sell at 95. Are we all done?

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And sold on my left at £95.

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-95, are you pleased with that?

-Yeah.

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That's a lot of money for those, isn't it?

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-They really took off!

-Really did.

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Yes, well they certainly took off better than that joke, Jonty!

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Now, this Davenport tureen and plate was found in Arthur's dining room

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but it was missing the lid.

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Will that prove detrimental to the chances of getting a bid?

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This lot is a really large tureen and plate,

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but we're missing the lid, aren't we?

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-We are indeed.

-What happened to that?

-Never had it.

-Really?

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We bought it as it was in a farm sale I think, many, many years ago.

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My wife puts flowers in it.

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-So we're selling a tureen/vase.

-Absolutely.

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I think it's really decorative. I put £50-£80 on it,

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but will it sell without the lid?

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At £20 I only have at 20. Are we too quick?

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At £20, at £20, it's all quiet on the Western front.

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At £20, are we done? £20...

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No, I'm afraid we can't just go on 20.

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-Unsold. The vase is coming back with you.

-All right.

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-How you feel about that, me dear?

-It's not very good really.

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Would you rather it sold for say £10

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or would you rather be taking it home?

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Probably taking it home would be better,

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cos it's worth more than £10, I think.

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I suppose unless you're serving up cold soup,

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a lidless tureen wouldn't have much practical use on the dining table.

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But at least Arthur's wife, Meryl,

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will still be able to put flowers in it.

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Next up is the collection of silver

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that Natasha found in Grandad's bedroom,

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but it looks like it's grown since her rummage!

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So tell me about the salver, because it's not part of the valuation that I put on in the house.

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It was not on the list.

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-So you slipped it in, did you?

-I slipped it in.

-Very good.

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So is this something you've inherited, Arthur?

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-Well, the salver I won at golf many years ago.

-Well done, you!

0:29:080:29:12

The society became defunct, so it was left with me.

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Golfing memorabilia's very popular though, isn't it, Jonty?

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Yes, but more to the point, it's solid silver, so that's really good.

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It won't be sold for the golf, it'll be sold for its scrap value, really.

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The salver itself weighs over half a kilogram

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and I think the rest of it, the whole lot is over a kilogram.

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I will start at £250 - lot 246C

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at 250 bid. At 260, 270, 280, 290, 300.

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310, 320, 330...

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340, 350.

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With me at £350.

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360, 370, 380. I'm out at 380.

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At £380, I'm selling and no mistake.

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At 380, it's away. A nice sell at £380.

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-Hooray!

-Is that a bit more in line

0:29:570:29:59

with what you were expecting on the scrap value?

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What do you think? It's a lot of money, isn't it?

0:30:030:30:05

It's a lot of money. I didn't expect it to make that much money, really.

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-It's a lovely surprise then, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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Well, Arthur, at £260 over the top estimate,

0:30:110:30:15

it looks like adding that tray to the collection was a great move.

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So the next lot is the collection of military badges.

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You've got the two German crosses in there, as well, some other medals.

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So tell me how this was all put together.

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A long period of time, came from all over the place.

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Some bits donated from people who've been in the services,

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the two German crosses, I think, came from an old uncle.

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When he died, I found them in a box somewhere.

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For these sorts of badges, the estimate is £100-£200,

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-but I hope we're nearer the £200.

-I hope so.

0:30:450:30:48

That would be great.

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£70. At 70 bid. £70. 75,

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80, 5, 90,

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5, 100, 110,

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120. With me, at 120,

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130. I'm out, 130 in the room.

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At £130. Are we done? Commissions are gone.

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Selling at 130.

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£130.

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-You OK with that?

-That's OK.

-Yeah?

-Yeah.

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And what about you? What do you think of that?

0:31:130:31:15

-I think that's OK, yeah.

-I wanted more.

0:31:150:31:18

Well, I'd have liked a bit more. Yeah, yeah.

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At least we made our estimate, guys.

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As we're now halfway through our auction,

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maybe we should tot up much we've made so far.

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We've got a break, thank goodness, before our next lot.

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We may be able to sneak in a toasted cheese sandwich or something.

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You wanted £1,000 for this 3D television, didn't you?

0:31:360:31:39

OK, so far we've banked

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£633.

0:31:420:31:43

-That's good, isn't it?

-Yeah, very good.

-Well done.

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-Well over that halfway total. Good, isn't it?

-Very good.

-It's a lot of money, isn't it?

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Well, come on, we'll come back a bit later.

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If you'd like to try your hand selling at auction,

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do remember that fees, such as commission, do apply,

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so it's best to check in advance. While we take a quick breather,

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I can see Jonty's spotted something a bit similar to Arthur's satsuma vases.

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-Jonty, they're lovely, those, aren't they?

-Just extraordinary.

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Have a look at the neck of this vase. Very typical,

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a Japanese vase made around the same sort of time as Arthur's,

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but, of course, they're not made of ceramic,

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these are enamel vases. So they're constructed

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on a copper base and then you have this intricate wiring

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which separates the enamelling.

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As a consequence, there's so much detail,

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so much work that has gone into them.

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But have a look at this one, just for something that's incredibly Japanese.

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Here we have a raven in the tree but we've got the cherry blossom.

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Just amazing, isn't it?

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What sort of estimate are they expected to make?

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Sadly, all four vases are damaged.

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As a consequence, all four of them £100-£200.

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-Doesn't seem a lot of money, does it?

-A vase like this,

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in good condition, same price, £100-£200.

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It just polarises where the market's gone.

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It'll be interesting to see what they make.

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-Meanwhile, we've got work to do. Shall we go?

-Yes, back to work!

0:33:030:33:05

Astonishingly, it seems that the damage

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must have put the bidders off, as the oriental vases

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only ended up selling for £22.

0:33:110:33:14

It's time to rejoin the auction,

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as Arthur's next lot is about to go under the hammer.

0:33:180:33:21

Guys, it's the carriage clock. Where was this from, Arthur?

0:33:210:33:25

-It came from a charity auction.

-Did it?

-Yeah.

0:33:250:33:29

A friend of ours does a lot for the local hospice.

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She has an auction every year.

0:33:330:33:36

-We paid £37 for it.

-What do you want for this then, Jonty?

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I put £100 on it. £100-£150.

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-This may be a very good buy, then, mightn't it?

-Could well be.

0:33:420:33:46

Various interest and we'll start on the clock at £50. Any bid of 50?

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5, 60? 5?

0:33:510:33:53

Have you got 70? 75.

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I'm bid 75 on my right.

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At 75, do we sell? £75. I'm selling,

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I think it's in line, all done at £75.

0:34:010:34:04

What had you hoped to get for that, then?

0:34:040:34:06

I would have thought 100, or just over.

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OK, what do you think about that?

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It's a bit disappointing, really.

0:34:120:34:14

I suppose it's a bit disappointing, but we've got quite a bit in the bank so far.

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So, fingers crossed, we might make the rest of it up.

0:34:190:34:21

Considering Arthur bought this clock for £37,

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you have to admit it's a pretty good profit.

0:34:240:34:28

Arthur, we've got a pair of satsuma vases now. Where did they come from?

0:34:280:34:31

I bought them many, many years ago in an antique shop somewhere.

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Did you buy them because you just liked them

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-or did you have a space for them?

-My wife liked them,

0:34:380:34:40

but that didn't last very long. They've been stuck away

0:34:400:34:43

in a cupboard for ages!

0:34:430:34:46

I put £40-£60 on them.

0:34:460:34:48

I'd be happy with that.

0:34:480:34:50

Again interest on them, starting at £20.

0:34:500:34:52

22, 25, 28, 30, 32,

0:34:520:34:55

I'm out.

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I've got 32 seated, 32,

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at 32, 5, fresh money, 38 seated,

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38, 40,

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I have 40 standing, at £40,

0:35:030:35:06

at £40, standing bid, I'm selling. Are we all done at £40?

0:35:060:35:09

-That was good.

-That was good.

-All right, yeah.

0:35:090:35:13

-Are you pleased with that?

-Yes.

-You look quite surprised.

0:35:130:35:16

-Did you think they mightn't sell for that sort of money?

-No, I didn't.

0:35:160:35:20

Do you remember what you paid for them, all those years ago?

0:35:200:35:23

-More than that!

-Of course!

-About 90 quid.

-Was it really?

0:35:230:35:26

-They were very popular some time ago.

-Yeah, yeah.

0:35:260:35:30

We didn't quite make what Arthur originally paid for them,

0:35:300:35:34

but at least we made Jonty's estimate, and if we keep

0:35:340:35:37

doing that, we should have a chance of making the £1,000 target.

0:35:370:35:41

The next lot is the Vienna wall clock.

0:35:410:35:44

It's interesting that you were taking stuff down from the walls,

0:35:440:35:47

because the chestnut roaster was on the wall as well.

0:35:470:35:50

You just had a general wall clear out.

0:35:500:35:51

We've got a very empty lot of walls now!

0:35:510:35:54

What's the background to this piece?

0:35:540:35:57

The background is it belonged to my wife's parents, actually.

0:35:570:36:00

They'd had it many, many years and then it came to us

0:36:000:36:03

and we've had it a long time, also.

0:36:030:36:04

We want to get rid of it now

0:36:040:36:06

and perhaps a grandfather clock would look better on that wall.

0:36:060:36:11

I've put £150-£200 on them, but there's a bit of damage

0:36:110:36:15

on the clock, so I hope the room glosses over that, somewhat.

0:36:150:36:19

With interest on this, allow me to start at £90.

0:36:190:36:23

Lot 291C at 90.

0:36:230:36:24

90 I'm bid on the wall clock, at £90.

0:36:240:36:27

5, 100, 110, 120,

0:36:270:36:29

130, I'm out at £130.

0:36:290:36:31

At 130, £130, do I sell?

0:36:310:36:33

Are we all done? In line at £130.

0:36:330:36:37

£130. It did have a bit of damage.

0:36:370:36:41

How do you feel about the price?

0:36:410:36:43

Well, yeah, I'm happy enough,

0:36:430:36:45

but I thought it might have got a little more than that.

0:36:450:36:49

I'm disappointed, but I have to say that I've noticed,

0:36:490:36:52

in recent times, Viennese wall clocks seem to be decreasing

0:36:520:36:55

in price, rather than increasing.

0:36:550:36:57

So that's probably where the market is right now. Interesting.

0:36:570:37:00

Even though the market for this

0:37:000:37:03

type of wall clock isn't at its peak, £130 is a further push

0:37:030:37:06

towards our total, going towards that 3D television.

0:37:060:37:10

Our next lot is the 1950s men's wristwatch,

0:37:100:37:13

which I'm assuming is yours.

0:37:130:37:15

-Would that be right?

-It was indeed.

0:37:150:37:18

I bought it when I was doing my National Service in Singapore.

0:37:180:37:21

So I've had it a long time.

0:37:210:37:23

-Jonty, what do you want for this?

-Because it is an Amigo watch,

0:37:230:37:26

I've put £40-£60 on it,

0:37:260:37:27

because without that, I wouldn't advise you

0:37:270:37:29

to put that in an auction sale.

0:37:290:37:31

It wouldn't have any value at all. But £40-£60 is what it's worth.

0:37:310:37:35

We'll start in at £20. The wristwatch at £20.

0:37:350:37:38

At £20. 2, thank you. 24? And 6,

0:37:380:37:42

8, 30.

0:37:420:37:43

I've £30 on my right, at £30.

0:37:430:37:47

You're out in the centre again? Do we sell at £30? Selling at 30.

0:37:470:37:50

That's been with you a long time, hasn't it?

0:37:500:37:54

It's done National Service and everything.

0:37:540:37:56

-Absolutely.

-How do you feel about that price?

0:37:560:37:58

They're with me through muck and bullets.

0:37:580:38:01

Are you happy, though?

0:38:010:38:04

I don't use it now, so it might as well go.

0:38:040:38:07

It's a shame we couldn't have got a bit more for Arthur's watch.

0:38:070:38:10

He was rather fond of it.

0:38:100:38:12

But let's hope his lovely Georgian washstand

0:38:120:38:14

cleans up when the bidding starts.

0:38:140:38:16

More than 200 years old, it's still in very good condition.

0:38:160:38:20

I must say, I really do like this piece,

0:38:230:38:25

because it's such a lovely Georgian mahogany corner stand.

0:38:250:38:29

It looked really nice in that room.

0:38:290:38:31

It's really interesting you comment on how lovely

0:38:310:38:34

it looked in your house and it did.

0:38:340:38:36

But when I come to value furniture like that

0:38:360:38:38

I value it in rooms like this, in rows of furniture like this,

0:38:380:38:43

and it can sometimes look really quite unglamorous

0:38:430:38:45

and I wonder if the dealers have spotted it.

0:38:450:38:47

On commission at 50, £50.

0:38:470:38:50

-5 if you like, 5, 60...

-You want more than that, don't you really?

0:38:500:38:53

It's with me at 70. Out at the back with £70. 5 now.

0:38:530:38:57

On commission, to be sold at 70, all done and going out at £70.

0:38:570:39:01

£70.

0:39:010:39:03

I'm disappointed with that because I love Georgian furniture,

0:39:030:39:06

but, I mean, how do you feel about it, Natasha?

0:39:060:39:10

-I think it could have got more, really.

-Yeah?

0:39:100:39:13

I agree with you, Natasha,

0:39:130:39:14

but sometimes these sales come down to who's there on the day.

0:39:140:39:19

Our final lot is this very elegant-looking ring that belongs to

0:39:190:39:22

Arthur's wife, Meryl.

0:39:220:39:24

We found this, didn't we, Natasha?

0:39:240:39:26

As I recall, I did say to you, "Do you want to keep it?"

0:39:260:39:29

and you said, "No, not really!"

0:39:290:39:31

-No!

-No! I hope you're not going to come to regret that.

0:39:310:39:35

What's the background to this particular ring?

0:39:350:39:37

It really came from one of my wife's aunts, I think.

0:39:370:39:41

-She doesn't wear it at all.

-No?

0:39:410:39:44

And Natasha doesn't want it either.

0:39:440:39:47

It doesn't fit me.

0:39:470:39:49

I think this is a lovely ring.

0:39:490:39:52

£200-£300 is the price I've put on it.

0:39:520:39:55

If that's a little steep for the room, I'm not quite sure.

0:39:550:39:57

We'll just have to see.

0:39:570:39:58

We've interest at £100 to start.

0:39:580:40:01

OK.

0:40:010:40:03

At 100, 100, at 110, if you wish. Bid's on commission.

0:40:030:40:05

100 bid, at 100, 110 if you like, 100,

0:40:050:40:09

stays with us on commission, I feel, at £100.

0:40:090:40:12

No, I'm afraid at 100. Sorry.

0:40:120:40:15

I think, how the auctioneer was working,

0:40:150:40:17

he started at that price,

0:40:170:40:19

there was no offer in the room.

0:40:190:40:21

-Right.

-So it's unsold.

-OK.

0:40:210:40:24

-So we can't add that into our total.

-No.

0:40:240:40:27

But, who knows, maybe it's saved for another day?

0:40:270:40:32

Or when you get a bit older?

0:40:320:40:34

Yes, this piece of jewellery is staying in the family for

0:40:340:40:38

the moment, but without a sale, how will that affect our final total?

0:40:380:40:42

Right, obviously, we wanted £1,000, didn't you,

0:40:420:40:45

towards this 3D television,

0:40:450:40:47

which sounds very exciting, I must admit.

0:40:470:40:50

-Do you think we've made that amount?

-I don't think so, no.

0:40:500:40:53

The second half wasn't as good.

0:40:530:40:54

I think we made just under what we wanted to.

0:40:540:40:59

You're nearest, Natasha, because we've actually banked £978.

0:40:590:41:03

Crikey! That's good! That's very good.

0:41:030:41:07

I must admit I think your silver helped,

0:41:070:41:09

because that was a big amount, wasn't it?

0:41:090:41:11

We had a couple of disappointments, but overall,

0:41:110:41:13

-looks like you're going to be watching everything in 3D!

-Yeah.

0:41:130:41:17

We were just £22 short of Arthur's target, so I think it's fair

0:41:210:41:25

to say that Natasha's in with a chance of getting a 3D television.

0:41:250:41:29

It's time for some research.

0:41:290:41:31

Thanks to Cash In The Attic, I think we've got a little bit of money

0:41:310:41:34

there that we can put towards a 3D television, haven't we?

0:41:340:41:37

Yes, it's helped, tremendously.

0:41:370:41:40

And it sounds like Natasha's already planning the social engagements.

0:41:400:41:44

I think my friends would like to come round to see

0:41:440:41:46

a movie on 3-D television.

0:41:460:41:48

They've never seen anything like that before, so, it would be good.

0:41:480:41:53

It'd look pretty good on the wall of your bedroom, wouldn't it?

0:41:530:41:55

It's a bit big.

0:41:550:41:57

There's a lot of 3D films coming out now,

0:41:570:42:00

they're beginning to get hold of it.

0:42:000:42:02

And not just films, but also sport in 3D,

0:42:020:42:04

so I can't wait, really, to watch some of those.

0:42:040:42:07

It'll be great.

0:42:070:42:08

Arthur and Natasha will certainly enjoy that 3-D television.

0:42:120:42:16

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0:42:160:42:19

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0:42:190:42:22

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Arthur Saxby and his granddaughter enlist the help of Lorne Spicer and expert Jonty Hearnden to raise £1,000 for a state-of-the-art TV set. Among the items to be sold at auction are collections of silver and wartime militaria.