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Welcome to Cash In The Attic.
This is the show that searches around your home
to find all those long forgotten antiques and collectables,
which we then take and sell at auction.
Today, I'm going to be meeting a family who've decided to trade in their antiques
so they can get some 21st-century entertainment.
Coming up... Has our expert, Jonty,
found a budding new talent in the world of antiques and collectables?
-Have you ever thought about going into the business?
-No, not really.
I suggest you think about it carefully,
because that's exactly the same price
that I'm going to put on these aeroplanes.
There are some interesting suggestions on how to improve on a masterpiece.
What if I get my pencil and sign?
Yes, it's not as easy as that. If only!
And at auction, which of our lots exceeds everyone's expectations?
We'll start at £250.
-260, 270, 280, 290...
-Find out when the hammer falls.
Today, I've come to Stratford-upon-Avon
to meet Arthur Saxby and his granddaughter, Natasha.
Retired company director Arthur
is a self-confessed Cash In The Attic fanatic
and has always been a keen collector of antiques.
Married to wife Meryl for 48 years,
the couple have two children and one grandchild - 10-year-old Natasha,
who's come along to help out on today's rummage.
Despite retirement, now in his 70s, Arthur's still very active.
A keen golfer, he's also a fan of aviation.
He's had a pilot's license in the 1980s
and even had his own aircraft until recently.
Today, I'm being assisted by antiques expert Jonty Hearnden,
whose 20 years plus expertise will be a great asset in our rummage.
Are you pleased with him?
-It's a boy called Bubble.
-Oh, what a great name!
Actually, he's very adventurous.
I thought tortoises didn't really do very much.
-Shouldn't he be hibernating?
He's starting the stages of hibernating,
so we had to give him a bath every night and we can't feed him.
-So, your grandad roped you into this, did he?
And do your like your grandpa's stuff, the antiques and bits?
I like the aeroplanes.
Now obviously you've called us in,
and what is it you want to raise the money for?
I was going to buy some more antiques,
but the family ganged up on me and wanted to buy a 3D television.
Oh, us in 3D? No, I don't like the sound of that at all!
So what sort of money are we talking about here?
I'd like to raise as much as I can,
maybe up towards £1,000 would be nice.
Are you happy for Jonty to go into the house and start?
-Yeah, yeah, please.
-Rolling up my sleeves already.
What sort of things have you decided to sell to raise this money?
There's a variety of things. I mean, stuff we've collected over the years
and we just thought we'll get rid of them anyway.
That'll be interesting. Maybe Jonty will be able to tell us
-more about them and where they've come from.
-What are we going to do with him?
-We'll put him in here, shall we?
So he's coming on the rummage too? Excellent.
-No, he's going to go to sleep now.
-Oh, is he?
Lucky Bubbles. There's no shut-eye for the rest of us though
and with £1,000 to find, let's hope Jonty's made a useful start.
-Jonty, there you are.
-Oh, you found a Lowry!
Oh, yes. Oh, yes! What's the story behind this?
We bought it when we first moved to Stratford,
went down to the local art gallery and liked it,
so we bought one of them.
How long ago was it that you purchased this?
Oh, it must have been in the middle '70s.
And what sort of money did you pay, can you remember?
-I think it was £50.
-That is a lot of money, isn't it, in the '70s?
Yes, yes. Well, first of all, it's a limited edition print,
I'm sure you're aware of that.
You can tell that by looking here, in the bottom left-hand corner.
Here we have a run of 850 prints
and this is the 519th version of the print.
A lot of his limited edition prints were signed by him, often in pencil,
but I can't see one, which is a little disappointing, I have to say,
because it would certainly now give this picture
-an awful lot of added value.
What I find quite interesting is here we are in Stratford-upon-Avon,
but LS Lowry was born in Stratford, Lancashire.
All of his scenes or many of his scenes were inspired by the life that he led there,
all the people and the places around him in Salford and Pendlebury,
in the Manchester surrounding conurbation, where all of a sudden,
the scenes were fantastically industrial,
which inspired him to paint all these pictures that as you come into the room,
you instantly can recognise this as a Lowry.
And here, we can see at the back, just faintly
right in the background, all those industrial chimneys.
What about selling it?
Well, we didn't really think about selling it but, you know, depends, I suppose.
-First of all, we don't have the signature.
The actual print itself has lost a bit of colour.
The definition is not quite as sharp as it probably was once upon a time.
So, value at auction at the moment for this print, £30-£50.
How do you feel about selling it for that sort of valuation?
Well, I wish it was original!
At that price, I don't know - we might have to consider.
What if I get my pencil and sign...?
Yes, it's not as easy as that. If only!
So, we'll have to wait and see if Arthur decides to give up the Lowry
to go towards another style of visual entertainment
in the form of that 3D television.
Fortunately, there are plenty more treasures round this house
and it's not long before Arthur offers up a pair of Japanese Satsuma vases.
They're early 20th century and he bought them many years ago
from an antiques store for £90.
Jonty estimates them at £40-£60, to tempt the buyers.
While Arthur's been in the kitchen,
Natasha's been rummaging around in the dining room.
What are you looking at there, Natasha?
Well, these are some old planes
that my grandad bought at auctions over the years.
He's been collecting them for as long as I can remember
and they've been in that drawer.
-OK, so he's a bit of an aeroplane enthusiast, is he?
Now, let's have a look at them, because a lot of these look as if
they are made by a company called Dinky.
-Have you heard of Dinky Toys before?
That's not surprising, because Dinky stopped producing toys in the 1980s.
They first started before the Second World War, in the 1930s.
Can you see, it says on the underside there, "Dinky Toys" and this is the "Comet."
If we have a look at this one,
which is later than the Second World War,
this one here is the "Lightning," so based on the Lightning aeroplane.
Look at that for a fighter.
If I look at this box, this looks very interesting indeed.
Oh, yes! We've got this lovely plane on the inside there.
-This is the King's aeroplane. Can you see that one?
This was actually made before the Second World War.
This was made in 1938, all the way through to 1941.
That is a very special little plane, that one,
and it's in its original box.
Collectors like that, so that's very good news.
These are die-cast toys by Dinky, very collectable
-Can you see that some of these aeroplanes are in pretty poor condition?
Have a look at that one.
-That almost looks like a Dalmatian aeroplane, doesn't it?
Can we sell this little collection now, do you think?
I'm sure that would be fine to sell them, yeah.
If you were to put your antiques valuation hat on for a moment,
what sort of price would you put on this collection?
-I'm not sure. There's quite a lot, so probably about £70.
-Really? You think £70? OK.
-Have you ever thought about going into the business?
-No, not really.
Well I suggest you should think about it carefully, because that's exactly the same price
that I'm going to put on these aeroplanes.
I'm going to put £70-£100 on these.
And a budding career ahead of you, quite possibly.
-How wonderful! Great, excellent.
Well, we'll leave those there
and let's go and find some more bits and pieces.
Well, with Natasha making such accurate estimates,
I think you may be surplus to requirements, Jonty!
As we continue our search,
I discover this sizeable piece in the hallway.
It's a 19th-century brass chestnut roaster
that Arthur says he bought years ago.
With a £40-£60 evaluation,
even if you had no plans to roast chestnuts,
this would still make a very fetching decoration.
While we leave Jonty to carry on the good work,
I'm going to find out a little bit more
about our host's very impressive hobby.
So, Natasha, you must be one of the few people
-who've got a grandad who can fly a plane.
So, how did you go about learning to fly?
I think I've always wanted to fly, ever since a boy.
I've always been interested in aeroplanes.
I used to make models and all that.
In the early days, I couldn't afford it
but eventually, I thought, if I'm going to do it, I've got to do it
and it was about the mid-'80s, I think.
What was it like, that very first flight,
when you took off on your own?
You're OK until the instructor jumps out and he says,
"OK, off you go."
So you call up the control tower and give them all the instructions,
taxi round and suddenly, just as the aeroplane leaves the ground
you think, "Oh, my God, I've got to get this thing down again!"
I probably made the best landing I've ever made in my life.
I have to say, I'm slightly perturbed.
What is the broken propeller about, then?
A friend and I were flying
and there was lots and lots of heavy showers around.
When you're in the air and you can see these showers -
they're like columns of water coming down.
So you can fly around, no problem.
Got back to the airfields and the runway was flooded and fortunately, they had a grass strip as well.
I thought, "I'm not going through all those puddles, I'll land on the grass."
Rain lashed down, I couldn't see.
I thought, "Too late, I'm going to have to go down."
So I got it down, but the grass was wet and I couldn't stop the aeroplane.
I let it run to the end and we hit a soft bit.
Just as we'd almost stopped,
the aeroplane nicely just turned over and stuck its propeller in.
That's a reminder of one of the times I walked away.
Would you like to take Natasha out on the plane?
I'd love to. We'll definitely go and have a fly around, yeah?
Is there anywhere in particular you'd like him to take you?
Not in particular, no.
I'd just like to go up and try flying in an aeroplane.
Let's hope you get the chance to do that and that when you go up,
you don't end up with a propeller looking like that!
Well, it's time we were getting back to our search for items
around Arthur's home that we can take to auction
to raise £1,000 for that state-of-the-art 3D television.
Natasha spotted these pieces of silver in grandad's bedroom that Arthur accumulated over the years.
Jonty gives the collection a sterling £80-£120 estimate.
And Jonty's discovered some more treasure
that may prove to be very promising.
-All sorts of goodies here.
-Where did you dig those out from?
From the trunk just down on the floor there.
Oh, crikey. I'd forgotten they were there.
Is this family items, or stuff you've purposely collected?
It started off by people who'd been in the services.
I used to ask whether they had a badge, if they'd give me one,
and gradually, it sort of built up.
Some of them I bought, some of them, from friends and things.
-Quite a number of them are pre-1914.
I love these, I think they're beautiful.
The detail's quite exquisite.
When you look at that acorn and the oak leaves, it's fantastic.
-Did you frame this up yourself?
-Yeah, I did that.
-Right, that looks really nice like that.
-These are great.
Tell me about the King's Own, for instance, where was that from?
Well, I think that was from a guy who served in the King's Own,
that I, many years ago I think, trapped at my old golf club at Oxford.
That's a regiment that started in 1680
and the reason why they have the English lion
is because when William III came to Britain for the first time,
he landed in Torbay of all places.
They were the first regiment to properly recognise him.
So from that moment on, they were allowed to use the English lion.
I notice we've got two iron crosses as well.
Well, I didn't win them!
They came from one of Meryl's uncles and when he died,
we were rummaging through the drawers and we found a couple of these.
I don't know where they came from.
And of course we know they were used in both world wars,
in the First World War and the Second World War.
You obviously started off getting some together
and framing them like this but haven't quite finished.
Is this something you're thinking of selling now,
or do you want to complete the framing of these items?
Well, I have planned to get them all mounted like that.
Certainly, the pre-1914 ones
but I think now, they just take up space
so perhaps we could, if they've brought a reasonable price?
So Jonty, how are we going to sell this then -
all as one lot, or separate it out?
Probably the badges will be sold separately to the medals.
We're probably looking at two lots here in the auction sale.
-We're looking at very easily £100, probably quite easily £200.
Oh, well, then they'd definitely be worth selling, I think.
These are very exciting because collecting anything to do with
militaria interest at the moment seems to be a mushrooming business.
This certainly sounds like a promising find.
Let's hope it excites the bidders when it goes under the hammer.
Will Arthur's militarily collection
prove a victory for all of us at auction?
All will be revealed...
Natasha's come up trumps again in our rummage
as she's just discovered this very fetching timepiece.
It's a 1950s Omega wristwatch and it's in good working order.
Arthur brought it back while he was doing his national service in Singapore in 1957
and Jonty reckons it should fetch £40-£60 at auction.
Just have a look at this, would you?
I don't know whether it's worth anything
or whether it could be useful, what do you think?
What I find quite interesting is here we have a wash stand
which is a bedroom piece of furniture.
You've got it in a sitting room space and it still looks very comfortable, really very nice.
This is Georgian, a Georgian corner mahogany wash stand.
Very simple style, these square legs,
but they splay nice and delicately down at the foot.
You get that with Georgian chests of drawers of the same period, the foot just tends to splay out.
This is very much George III,
this is more 18th-century than early 19th-century.
Underneath here should be, if you put your hand right underneath,
can you feel that there's a hole there?
That's where the basin would have sat,
so this top is a false top. This has been placed there at a later date.
If you look further on down, you have another ring.
That ring there was designed right at the bottom for the jug.
-So, how long have you had it?
A lot of years, actually.
We bought its when we first moved to Stratford from an antiques shop.
Yes. Are you thinking of selling it now?
Well, I suppose we could do.
It's just cluttering up the corner, isn't it?
Well, I think it looks great in your corner here.
Price at auction at the moment is £70-£100.
Oh, we paid more than that at the time, I remember.
It's very interesting,
because not so long ago these were very expensive items.
I remember I would have sold items like this for a lot more
but prices of these sorts of pieces of furniture have really fallen,
so they have to be priced at the right sort of level.
Lovely little piece. Come on, then.
We're well into our rummage here at Arthur's home
and by Jonty's estimate,
so far we've raised £440 towards that £1,000 target,
and that's excluding Arthur's Lowry,
which he may not be taking to auction.
Out kitty's given a very timely boost
when our expert discovers this late 19th-century carriage clock.
Arthur picked it up at a charity auction for £37
and Jonty's valued it at £100-£150. What a result!
I know you're very into antiques.
When were you first aware that you had an interest in that area?
Probably because I am an antique, actually!
I don't know.
Being brought up the way I was, we always had antiques at home
and those sort of things were handcrafted.
None of this modern machinery.
There was a lot of work and effort went into them
and they were really made beautifully.
Some of the antique furniture which fetches nothing nowadays,
the workmanship in it is wonderful.
So what does your wife think of the antiques?
Oh, she likes antiques, she does, yeah. We go to auctions together.
Not as much as we used to, but we still enjoy going.
Are you looking forward to the auction we'll be going to?
Particularly if they make the top end of Jonty's estimates, we'll be delighted.
Arthur's love of antiques clearly is apparent
and Jonty soon finds a 19th-century Davenport tureen with plate.
Arthur bought it several years ago at a farm auction
for somewhere between £20-£50.
The lid's missing but Jonty thinks in today's market,
it could make £50-£80.
What a handsome wall clock. How long have you had it?
We've had it for quite a while. It's travelled around with us.
It's a well-travelled clock - been all around the country, actually.
So this is not the only wall it's hung on?
No, no, it's hung on many walls in Scotland and Oxford and Stratford.
Well generically, these clocks are known as Viennese wall clocks,
Vienna wall clocks, and of course they're made there as well,
so it is a well-travelled clock.
They are all of this very particular style.
You have the large pendulum and of course, the exposed weight,
which reduces as the clock is unwound.
Then you have the glass not only to the front,
but to the sides and the case here is walnut.
It's been with us a long time, but I don't know when it originated.
Date-wise, these clocks tend to be late 19th century, so 1880, 1890.
They did go through into the 20th century,
but the First World War put an end to all of that.
-So, does it work?
-It does indeed, yes.
What about selling it?
It's been in the family a long time and it longs to my wife really,
so I suppose I've got to ask her permission.
We were thinking of selling it, so, yeah.
Well, I noticed that there's a really large crack down the side of the cabinet here.
-I don't know if you ever noticed that?
And also, because I'm being a bit picky here,
I noticed that there's damage to the weight. What happened there?
It fell off at one time, I think, and it's all bent at this end here.
We had to have it repaired.
I also notice we've got a finial in the base of the cabinet.
-Yeah, a finial down here.
-So, we're missing a finial.
So if a clock like this was in tip-top condition,
auction estimate would be £200-£300,
but because we've got that bit of damage there,
that's got to be taken into consideration, so £150-£200.
-As much as that?
-Are you happy about that?
-Yes, I am indeed.
-I didn't think it was worth that.
-Well, talk to the boss.
Definitely. I think at that price, she'll probably agree.
We're nearing the end of our day so we better have one last look around to see what else we can discover.
Wow, Natasha, what have you got there?
-Shall we go and find Jonty and see what he has to say?
Come on, then. You can show him.
Oh, I say, look at that! A proper lady's dress ring.
Let me get my glass out.
So Natasha, where did this come from. Do you know?
Well, it belongs to my grandma,
but she got it from one of her older aunties.
Right, OK. And have you ever seen grandma wear it?
No, she hasn't worn it for a long time.
-Which I think is probably why it can be sold.
That's very interesting - the hallmarks are very, very clear,
which means that this ring probably hasn't been worn very much at all.
But the good news, the ring itself is 18 carat gold.
That's good, 18 carat. That's what we like to hear.
And do you see the blue stone in the middle there,
that oval-shaped lozenge-shaped stone?
That's a blue sapphire
and surrounding it are 10 tiny inset diamonds.
So, a lady's dress ring of the highest calibre.
-Is it something you think you might wear when you get older?
-No, not really.
So we see here, we've got a light blue sapphire stone there.
Can you see how pale that is? Sapphires come in different shades.
They also come in different colours as well -
you can have pinks, you can have orange sapphires.
A lot of sapphires that are produced or come from the mines
aren't as clear as they really should be.
Those sapphires have more often than not been put through a kiln
to a temperature of 3,000 degrees to improve their colour.
So Jonty, when it comes to sapphire stones,
is it better to have the deeper blue or a lighter blue?
The better the colour is the more intensity of colour, really.
But I have to say, I quite like the subtlety of that as well.
So value, we're looking at a ring on the open market
should be £200-£300.
-So it's quite a good valuation, isn't it?
-I think it's really good.
-I didn't expect that for it, really.
Shall we get your grandpa in and tell him how much we've made overall?
-Arthur, are you there?
What have you found now?
Well, Natasha's found a very nice ring with a very nice price.
-Isn't that lovely?
-£200-£300, no less.
-Yes, yeah. And if the ladies of the house don't mind it going to auction?
I couldn't really see you wearing it.
You wanted £1,000 towards the 3D television, didn't you?
-Do you think we've got anything near that amount?
Well, you're quite near. We've actually raised a value of £940.
Very good, yeah! I'm surprised at that.
Without the Lowry.
If you decide to take the Lowry, it'll top it up a little bit more.
And remember, that's my lowest estimates as well,
so we could be talking a lot more than that, hopefully.
Well, I'll hold you to that, Jonty!
So, we're not far off Arthur's original target
and if the right bidders are there on the day,
there's every chance we may make the £1,000.
Amongst today's finds,
there's a very regal-looking 19th-century carriage clock.
Jonty thinks that could fetch £100-£150.
With a value of £70-£100,
there's Arthur's collection of Dinky and Matchbox aeroplanes.
Collected over the years,
they represent a lifelong love of all things aviation.
And let's not forget the collection of military cap badges and medals,
including two German iron crosses.
This assortment could make £100-£200.
Still to come...
Find out which of our lots receives a tepid response of the auction.
Do you wish you'd kept it now
for the chestnut club at the golf course?
Probably would have been better.
And one bidding war proves the sky's the limit.
Are we all done? And sold.
That's a lot of money for those, isn't it?
-They really took off!
Be there for the final drop of the gavel.
It's been a few weeks since we visited
Arthur and his granddaughter Natasha at his home in Stratford-upon-Avon.
We found plenty of antiques and collectables that we've brought here
to Cuttlestones Auction Room.
Remember, Arthur would like to raise £1,000 towards a 3D television.
Let's just hope that today,
his antiques bring the auction house to a different dimension.
Cuttlestones Auction Rooms have a variety of antiques and collectables on offer here to day.
Let's hope Arthur's lots are in good company and pique the bidders' interest.
-Nice to see you.
-And are you looking forward to today?
-Yeah, it'll be nice, yeah.
-And is there anything you haven't brought?
-Yeah, the Lowry.
-Jonty was a bit miserable on the estimate.
-So it's all my fault.
It's all your fault.
To be fair to Jonty,
he was just trying to be realistic with his estimate.
With the Lowry out of the picture,
we're £30 further away from our target,
but Arthur's got some great collections with him,
so fingers crossed we'll still make that total.
First up is this very decorative looking
19th-century brass chestnut roaster.
Now this is very nice, actually.
It had a bit of age to it
and it had all the right things going for it
and at one time, of course, 10-15 years ago,
everyone wanted one of these for their walls, didn't they?
We could use it at the moment, because every Monday,
we roast chestnuts on the fire at the golf club, which is very nice.
-We call it the chestnut club.
-Oh, that sounds fantastic.
Chestnut club - there's something really nice about that, isn't there?
Let's see what we can get.
£20 start, at £20. £20.
At 22, 25, 28. 28, I have to my left.
At 28, out on my right at 28. Are we 30 now? At £28, do we sell?
Do we sell? All done at £28...
Do you wish you'd kept it now
for the chestnut club at the golf course?
Probably would have been better.
I'm afraid someone else will have to roast those chestnuts now, Arthur.
I think one lucky bidder got themselves a real bargain there.
Let's hope we reach greater heights in the bidding
with this collection of Dinky and Matchbox model aeroplanes,
some of which date back to the 1940s.
I think our next lot's down to you, isn't it? You found these.
Have you ever played with the toy aeroplanes?
There's quite a lot of different ones,
but I've never really played with them.
Were you surprised that Jonty put them at £70-£100?
Yeah, definitely. I didn't think they were worth that.
And what about you Arthur, were you pleased with that estimate?
Yeah, not too bad. I thought they might have gone
for a little bit more than that, particularly with the boxed one.
-Hopefully they might sell for a little more.
-Hopefully, yeah, yeah.
Starting in at £50, tempt you all at £50 on the aeroplanes.
At five, 60. Five, 70. Five. My commission's out at £75.
In the room at £75. 80, five, 90, and five.
At the standing bid. Are you out, seated, at 95?
I'm going to sell at 95. Are we all done?
And sold on my left at £95.
-95, are you pleased with that?
That's a lot of money for those, isn't it?
-They really took off!
Yes, well they certainly took off better than that joke, Jonty!
Now, this Davenport tureen and plate was found in Arthur's dining room
but it was missing the lid.
Will that prove detrimental to the chances of getting a bid?
This lot is a really large tureen and plate,
but we're missing the lid, aren't we?
-We are indeed.
-What happened to that?
-Never had it.
We bought it as it was in a farm sale I think, many, many years ago.
My wife puts flowers in it.
-So we're selling a tureen/vase.
I think it's really decorative. I put £50-£80 on it,
but will it sell without the lid?
At £20 I only have at 20. Are we too quick?
At £20, at £20, it's all quiet on the Western front.
At £20, are we done? £20...
No, I'm afraid we can't just go on 20.
-Unsold. The vase is coming back with you.
-How you feel about that, me dear?
-It's not very good really.
Would you rather it sold for say £10
or would you rather be taking it home?
Probably taking it home would be better,
cos it's worth more than £10, I think.
I suppose unless you're serving up cold soup,
a lidless tureen wouldn't have much practical use on the dining table.
But at least Arthur's wife, Meryl,
will still be able to put flowers in it.
Next up is the collection of silver
that Natasha found in Grandad's bedroom,
but it looks like it's grown since her rummage!
So tell me about the salver, because it's not part of the valuation that I put on in the house.
It was not on the list.
-So you slipped it in, did you?
-I slipped it in.
So is this something you've inherited, Arthur?
-Well, the salver I won at golf many years ago.
-Well done, you!
The society became defunct, so it was left with me.
Golfing memorabilia's very popular though, isn't it, Jonty?
Yes, but more to the point, it's solid silver, so that's really good.
It won't be sold for the golf, it'll be sold for its scrap value, really.
The salver itself weighs over half a kilogram
and I think the rest of it, the whole lot is over a kilogram.
I will start at £250 - lot 246C
at 250 bid. At 260, 270, 280, 290, 300.
310, 320, 330...
With me at £350.
360, 370, 380. I'm out at 380.
At £380, I'm selling and no mistake.
At 380, it's away. A nice sell at £380.
-Is that a bit more in line
with what you were expecting on the scrap value?
What do you think? It's a lot of money, isn't it?
It's a lot of money. I didn't expect it to make that much money, really.
-It's a lovely surprise then, isn't it?
Well, Arthur, at £260 over the top estimate,
it looks like adding that tray to the collection was a great move.
So the next lot is the collection of military badges.
You've got the two German crosses in there, as well, some other medals.
So tell me how this was all put together.
A long period of time, came from all over the place.
Some bits donated from people who've been in the services,
the two German crosses, I think, came from an old uncle.
When he died, I found them in a box somewhere.
For these sorts of badges, the estimate is £100-£200,
-but I hope we're nearer the £200.
-I hope so.
That would be great.
£70. At 70 bid. £70. 75,
80, 5, 90,
5, 100, 110,
120. With me, at 120,
130. I'm out, 130 in the room.
At £130. Are we done? Commissions are gone.
Selling at 130.
-You OK with that?
And what about you? What do you think of that?
-I think that's OK, yeah.
-I wanted more.
Well, I'd have liked a bit more. Yeah, yeah.
At least we made our estimate, guys.
As we're now halfway through our auction,
maybe we should tot up much we've made so far.
We've got a break, thank goodness, before our next lot.
We may be able to sneak in a toasted cheese sandwich or something.
You wanted £1,000 for this 3D television, didn't you?
OK, so far we've banked
-That's good, isn't it?
-Yeah, very good.
-Well over that halfway total. Good, isn't it?
-It's a lot of money, isn't it?
Well, come on, we'll come back a bit later.
If you'd like to try your hand selling at auction,
do remember that fees, such as commission, do apply,
so it's best to check in advance. While we take a quick breather,
I can see Jonty's spotted something a bit similar to Arthur's satsuma vases.
-Jonty, they're lovely, those, aren't they?
Have a look at the neck of this vase. Very typical,
a Japanese vase made around the same sort of time as Arthur's,
but, of course, they're not made of ceramic,
these are enamel vases. So they're constructed
on a copper base and then you have this intricate wiring
which separates the enamelling.
As a consequence, there's so much detail,
so much work that has gone into them.
But have a look at this one, just for something that's incredibly Japanese.
Here we have a raven in the tree but we've got the cherry blossom.
Just amazing, isn't it?
What sort of estimate are they expected to make?
Sadly, all four vases are damaged.
As a consequence, all four of them £100-£200.
-Doesn't seem a lot of money, does it?
-A vase like this,
in good condition, same price, £100-£200.
It just polarises where the market's gone.
It'll be interesting to see what they make.
-Meanwhile, we've got work to do. Shall we go?
-Yes, back to work!
Astonishingly, it seems that the damage
must have put the bidders off, as the oriental vases
only ended up selling for £22.
It's time to rejoin the auction,
as Arthur's next lot is about to go under the hammer.
Guys, it's the carriage clock. Where was this from, Arthur?
-It came from a charity auction.
A friend of ours does a lot for the local hospice.
She has an auction every year.
-We paid £37 for it.
-What do you want for this then, Jonty?
I put £100 on it. £100-£150.
-This may be a very good buy, then, mightn't it?
-Could well be.
Various interest and we'll start on the clock at £50. Any bid of 50?
5, 60? 5?
Have you got 70? 75.
I'm bid 75 on my right.
At 75, do we sell? £75. I'm selling,
I think it's in line, all done at £75.
What had you hoped to get for that, then?
I would have thought 100, or just over.
OK, what do you think about that?
It's a bit disappointing, really.
I suppose it's a bit disappointing, but we've got quite a bit in the bank so far.
So, fingers crossed, we might make the rest of it up.
Considering Arthur bought this clock for £37,
you have to admit it's a pretty good profit.
Arthur, we've got a pair of satsuma vases now. Where did they come from?
I bought them many, many years ago in an antique shop somewhere.
Did you buy them because you just liked them
-or did you have a space for them?
-My wife liked them,
but that didn't last very long. They've been stuck away
in a cupboard for ages!
I put £40-£60 on them.
I'd be happy with that.
Again interest on them, starting at £20.
22, 25, 28, 30, 32,
I've got 32 seated, 32,
at 32, 5, fresh money, 38 seated,
I have 40 standing, at £40,
at £40, standing bid, I'm selling. Are we all done at £40?
-That was good.
-That was good.
-All right, yeah.
-Are you pleased with that?
-You look quite surprised.
-Did you think they mightn't sell for that sort of money?
-No, I didn't.
Do you remember what you paid for them, all those years ago?
-More than that!
-About 90 quid.
-Was it really?
-They were very popular some time ago.
We didn't quite make what Arthur originally paid for them,
but at least we made Jonty's estimate, and if we keep
doing that, we should have a chance of making the £1,000 target.
The next lot is the Vienna wall clock.
It's interesting that you were taking stuff down from the walls,
because the chestnut roaster was on the wall as well.
You just had a general wall clear out.
We've got a very empty lot of walls now!
What's the background to this piece?
The background is it belonged to my wife's parents, actually.
They'd had it many, many years and then it came to us
and we've had it a long time, also.
We want to get rid of it now
and perhaps a grandfather clock would look better on that wall.
I've put £150-£200 on them, but there's a bit of damage
on the clock, so I hope the room glosses over that, somewhat.
With interest on this, allow me to start at £90.
Lot 291C at 90.
90 I'm bid on the wall clock, at £90.
5, 100, 110, 120,
130, I'm out at £130.
At 130, £130, do I sell?
Are we all done? In line at £130.
£130. It did have a bit of damage.
How do you feel about the price?
Well, yeah, I'm happy enough,
but I thought it might have got a little more than that.
I'm disappointed, but I have to say that I've noticed,
in recent times, Viennese wall clocks seem to be decreasing
in price, rather than increasing.
So that's probably where the market is right now. Interesting.
Even though the market for this
type of wall clock isn't at its peak, £130 is a further push
towards our total, going towards that 3D television.
Our next lot is the 1950s men's wristwatch,
which I'm assuming is yours.
-Would that be right?
-It was indeed.
I bought it when I was doing my National Service in Singapore.
So I've had it a long time.
-Jonty, what do you want for this?
-Because it is an Amigo watch,
I've put £40-£60 on it,
because without that, I wouldn't advise you
to put that in an auction sale.
It wouldn't have any value at all. But £40-£60 is what it's worth.
We'll start in at £20. The wristwatch at £20.
At £20. 2, thank you. 24? And 6,
I've £30 on my right, at £30.
You're out in the centre again? Do we sell at £30? Selling at 30.
That's been with you a long time, hasn't it?
It's done National Service and everything.
-How do you feel about that price?
They're with me through muck and bullets.
Are you happy, though?
I don't use it now, so it might as well go.
It's a shame we couldn't have got a bit more for Arthur's watch.
He was rather fond of it.
But let's hope his lovely Georgian washstand
cleans up when the bidding starts.
More than 200 years old, it's still in very good condition.
I must say, I really do like this piece,
because it's such a lovely Georgian mahogany corner stand.
It looked really nice in that room.
It's really interesting you comment on how lovely
it looked in your house and it did.
But when I come to value furniture like that
I value it in rooms like this, in rows of furniture like this,
and it can sometimes look really quite unglamorous
and I wonder if the dealers have spotted it.
On commission at 50, £50.
-5 if you like, 5, 60...
-You want more than that, don't you really?
It's with me at 70. Out at the back with £70. 5 now.
On commission, to be sold at 70, all done and going out at £70.
I'm disappointed with that because I love Georgian furniture,
but, I mean, how do you feel about it, Natasha?
-I think it could have got more, really.
I agree with you, Natasha,
but sometimes these sales come down to who's there on the day.
Our final lot is this very elegant-looking ring that belongs to
Arthur's wife, Meryl.
We found this, didn't we, Natasha?
As I recall, I did say to you, "Do you want to keep it?"
and you said, "No, not really!"
-No! I hope you're not going to come to regret that.
What's the background to this particular ring?
It really came from one of my wife's aunts, I think.
-She doesn't wear it at all.
And Natasha doesn't want it either.
It doesn't fit me.
I think this is a lovely ring.
£200-£300 is the price I've put on it.
If that's a little steep for the room, I'm not quite sure.
We'll just have to see.
We've interest at £100 to start.
At 100, 100, at 110, if you wish. Bid's on commission.
100 bid, at 100, 110 if you like, 100,
stays with us on commission, I feel, at £100.
No, I'm afraid at 100. Sorry.
I think, how the auctioneer was working,
he started at that price,
there was no offer in the room.
-So it's unsold.
-So we can't add that into our total.
But, who knows, maybe it's saved for another day?
Or when you get a bit older?
Yes, this piece of jewellery is staying in the family for
the moment, but without a sale, how will that affect our final total?
Right, obviously, we wanted £1,000, didn't you,
towards this 3D television,
which sounds very exciting, I must admit.
-Do you think we've made that amount?
-I don't think so, no.
The second half wasn't as good.
I think we made just under what we wanted to.
You're nearest, Natasha, because we've actually banked £978.
Crikey! That's good! That's very good.
I must admit I think your silver helped,
because that was a big amount, wasn't it?
We had a couple of disappointments, but overall,
-looks like you're going to be watching everything in 3D!
We were just £22 short of Arthur's target, so I think it's fair
to say that Natasha's in with a chance of getting a 3D television.
It's time for some research.
Thanks to Cash In The Attic, I think we've got a little bit of money
there that we can put towards a 3D television, haven't we?
Yes, it's helped, tremendously.
And it sounds like Natasha's already planning the social engagements.
I think my friends would like to come round to see
a movie on 3-D television.
They've never seen anything like that before, so, it would be good.
It'd look pretty good on the wall of your bedroom, wouldn't it?
It's a bit big.
There's a lot of 3D films coming out now,
they're beginning to get hold of it.
And not just films, but also sport in 3D,
so I can't wait, really, to watch some of those.
It'll be great.
Arthur and Natasha will certainly enjoy that 3-D television.
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