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Crathes Castle 15

Antiques programme. Experts Anita Manning and Adam Partridge join Paul Martin to sift through antiques and collectibles at Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire.


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The most spectacular setting, and a fabulous crowd.

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Today, we're in Aberdeenshire, and this...

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ALL: ..is Flog It!

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Today's show comes from the magnificent Crathes Castle, near Banchory.

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It's a 16th Century tower house with fairy-tale turrets,

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a world-famous garden and connections to Robert the Bruce.

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Now, if that's whetted your appetite, stay tuned,

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because later on in the programme,

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I'll be taking a closer look inside and outside the castle.

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But right now, we have a fabulous crowd of people,

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all eager to ask our experts that all-important question, which is...

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-ALL: What's it worth?

-Stay tuned, and you'll find out!

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So, let's meet our team of experts. And first up, it's Adam Partridge,

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and he's not afraid to tell how it is.

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-Yeah, they can go back in the bag.

-Back in the bag!

-Yeah.

-Subtle(!)

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They call me Mr Sledgehammer cos I'm so subtle, yeah.

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-Oh.

-Is it valuable?

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I'm trying to hide my disappointment.

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He's being nosey! He's nosey!

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And Adam's joined by the brilliant Anita Manning.

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As one of Scotland's first lady auctioneers,

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she certainly knows her stuff, but shouldn't someone tell her to stop having so much fun

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and concentrate on antiques?

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-You're beautiful!

-Is the lipstick on straight?

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'Coming up on today's show, our experts pick their favourite items,

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'but cannot see eye to eye with their owners...'

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-I absolutely love Wemmys. Do you like it?

-No.

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ANITA CHUCKLES

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They're quite fun, aren't they? They're quite nicely carved. Do you like them?

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Erm, not especially, no!

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-I think it's charming. Do you like it?

-No.

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Well, everyone has different tastes.

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'..I get to grips with life in a medieval castle...'

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The defender of the castle would have the upper hand,

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and he'd thrust into you!

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'..and, as always, tension and surprises in the auction.'

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Come on, come on, someone come in.

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We've a great turnout here, and our crowd have brought along

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dozens of bags and boxes brimming to the top with antiques and heirlooms.

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So what are we waiting for? Let's get on with our first valuation.

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Adam's at the table with local lady Elizabeth,

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who's brought in some collectibles which hail from much further afield.

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And you've brought along some rather curious-looking figures, here.

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What can you tell me about them yourself?

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Well, they belonged to my Uncle Jack,

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and I believe he got them from a friend who worked out in Hong Kong.

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-Ah! Well, that's...

-A police chief, or something.

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-OK.

-I'm not exactly sure what he did,

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but that's where they came from, anyway.

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OK, well, that makes sense, yes.

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So you've identified them for us, of course.

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These are early tourist carving souvenirs, if you will.

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They're quite fun, aren't they? They're quite nicely carved.

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-Do you like them?

-Erm, not especially, no!

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-So that's why you're selling them!

-Yes.

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-Do you have them on display at home?

-They are actually on display, yes.

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And how long have you had them?

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About...

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15... 10, 15 years.

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Quite a while.

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So, we've got this sort of elder here

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with the youngster clinging on there.

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They're quite fun, aren't they?

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-They are fun, and they're very well made, too.

-They are.

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They're intricately carved.

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-You can see the teeth are showing, he's lost an eye, hasn't he?

-Yes.

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And the second one, the lady here.

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I particularly like the eyes of that.

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It looks like he's had a real shock.

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Eye sockets bulging out of his head there.

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She's got a certain expression on her face.

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Supercilious expression.

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Yes, yes. She looks like she's looking down her nose at you, or something.

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-Snooty.

-Yes.

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I get looked at like that quite often, actually, myself.

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-So you don't really like them so you've brought them to sell them?

-Yes.

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Well, that's good. They're not actually going to make a great deal of money.

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They've both got a few condition issues.

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He's had a bit of a break which has been a re-glue,

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but actually done pretty well,

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and she's lost a bit off the top there. But I think they'll make £30-£40 for the pair,

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-something like that. Happy to let them go?

-Yes.

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And do you want a reserve on them or do you want to let them

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-go for the highest... For whatever they make?

-Um...

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-What price would you be disappointed if they didn't make?

-15, 20...

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-Let's put £20 on them.

-OK, fine.

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If they don't make £20, they can go back home with you.

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-Yes. Exactly.

-And you can tell the story of Uncle Jack and your Flog It! figure that didn't quite sell.

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-Hopefully, they will. Thanks for coming along to the show today.

-Thank you.

-A pleasure.

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Well, Adam certainly has a way with words

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but we'll have to wait until the auction to find out if his valuing is up to scratch.

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Now, over to the other side of the grounds.

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I found something you'd have to be a real dummy not to love.

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Linda, thank you very much for coming along to our valuation day

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and to all of you because without you, we wouldn't have a show.

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Tell you what, what a location. Look at that, it's beautiful.

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-It really is. I guess you're all familiar with the castle, you're all local?

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-Yes.

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-Where do you live, Linda?

-Just in central Banchory.

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Oh, just down the road, then. So you didn't have far to carry this?

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-Not too far.

-Just a little bit of a struggle.

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It's a lovely mannequin. How long have you had this?

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Probably about a year. A year now.

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-And how much did you pay for this?

-Um...around £25.

-OK.

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-From our local charity shop.

-Well, I think you've done rather well.

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This evokes the Edwardian era for me, but these mannequins and tailors' dummies

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have been used through the Georgian period. You see them in shop windows

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and they are made of quality.

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This is made of wood. Covered in a fabric.

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Sadly, the fabric is a little bit... worse for wear.

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It's stained and it's a bit dirty but I'll tell you what,

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what a lot of people do with these

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is they have these recovered in a bright velvet or...

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could be a light blue like this, or bright red,

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and, all of a sudden, you've got a contemporary look. It's really nice to actually...

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if you're a lady, to have your necklaces on it just draped,

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maybe half a dozen in the bedroom. You could stick a hat on there with a feather,

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and, all of a sudden, you become a decorator and you're playing.

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You're just playing with something.

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And I think that's half the fun with something like this.

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There's not a lot of history to it.

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I notice there is a maker's name just stamped on there.

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It's "Harris and something".

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I think it's "Harris and Hall, Birmingham." Made in Birmingham.

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-Have you noticed the stand's made of an oak?

-I knew that, yes.

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That's so typical of the Edwardian period as well.

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This lovely white French oak. It's quality, it really is.

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So I think your £25, if we put this into auction,

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should realise... How about double your money, £50?

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-Would you be happy?

-Really? Yes. Yes.

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We should put this into auction with an estimate,

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a guide price of £40 to £60.

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-Fixed reserve at £40.

-OK, yes, I'm happy with that.

-Yeah?

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It's got the look.

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-It's very tactile, I thought.

-Yeah, it is, isn't it?

-I want to give it a cuddle.

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-Go on, then, say goodbye and give it a cuddle. I'll see you in the auction room.

-OK, thank you.

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Whilst they say their goodbyes,

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let's see what's going on back at the valuation tables.

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Anita has sniffed out some ceramics with a great local interest.

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Irene, welcome to Flog It! And I'm delighted to see Scottish pottery

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on our Aberdeen show and especially delighted to see Wemyss.

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I absolutely love Wemyss. Can you tell me, where did you get it?

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They belonged to an aunt of mine.

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I don't know whether she might possibly have had them when they were new.

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I mean, what... What are the dates?

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The date, 1892 to 1930s.

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Well, I suppose, maybe, I don't know.

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-Did you inherit these?

-Yes.

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Did you like them?

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No.

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THEY LAUGH

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-Not really.

-Do you have them on display?

-No.

-No?

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-Where are they?

-In the cupboard.

-In a cupboard, I know.

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Well, everyone has different tastes

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and I must say that Wemyss is a collectable pottery

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so people will like it.

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It was the factory of Robert Heron and Sons in Fife.

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It was named after the Wemyss Castle

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because the occupants of the Wemyss Castle

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loved this type of ware.

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And they used a lot of it in their household,

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-the wonderful basins.

-Right.

-Toilet sets and so on.

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If we look underneath, we can see the back stamp for Wemyss.

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And we can also see an impressed stamp on it.

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Where's that? I don't think I noticed that.

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This one here is not in good condition.

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And we can see a great deal of damage in the inside

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and somebody has stuck it together, not terribly well.

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I don't know what's happened. It was like that.

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It was like that? Yes.

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What people love about Wemyss

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is the quality of the hand-painted decoration.

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If we look at the wonderful application of paint

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on this little pot

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and it's decorated with cherries,

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it's almost mouth-watering

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and, to me, this is still a little work of art.

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And someone will continue to enjoy it

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despite the fact that there is damage.

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And it may be that whoever buys it

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may want to have it restored in a more professional way.

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Now, what I would do, Irene, is to...

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sell these items in two lots.

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I would put these vases together.

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And I would put them in with an estimate of 80 to 120,

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with a reserve of...£70?

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This is a little lot and we'll put it in 60 to 80

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with a reserve of £50. I'm sure they'll go higher than that,

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but these are the right estimates to put them in at.

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-OK.

-Tell me, Irene,

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do you like these a wee bit better now that I've been very enthusiastic about them?

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THEY LAUGH

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-Not really.

-Not really?

-Sorry!

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THEY LAUGH

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Well, put them into auction

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and I'll look forward to seeing you there.

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'Back to the tables, and Linda's brought a great goblet collection.'

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-Good afternoon, Linda.

-Good afternoon.

-How are you doing?

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-Fine, thank you.

-You've brought an impressive selection of goblets.

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How long have you had them?

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I've had them about 30 years.

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I bought them from a jeweller's who was doing a house clearance.

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They just looked quite pretty.

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In the '80s, I thought they could sit on the dining table nicely.

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Yes. Have you ever used them?

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-The gilt ones we have.

-What did you drink out of them?

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-Oh, liqueur.

-Liqueur, very good.

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-Creme de menthe?

-Maybe a Drambuie. THEY LAUGH

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They're very nice in their case and they're quite easy to do.

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We see lots of these around. They're both hallmarked silver.

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These ones, to a lot of people look like they're gold.

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Solid gold! But they're not, they're silver.

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They've got a layer of gold. We call that silver gilt.

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Or gold plated on a silver body. They've both got their hallmarks.

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These are Birmingham for 1910.

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We've got the retailers, Wilson & Sharp of Edinburgh.

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They've stayed in Scotland for 100 years.

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These ones are a London mark for 1912, but also a Scottish retailer.

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If I slip that back, you've got the retailer.

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Stewart, "By appointment to the Queen" and Glasgow!

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-Very posh! When was the last time you used them?

-Oh, 20 years ago!

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-Why are you selling them?

-They lie in a cupboard and do nothing.

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-RAIN FALLS HEAVILY

-I'm going to quickly value them.

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The rain is tumbling!

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This set of 12, I'd like to say £200 to £300 estimate.

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And the set of six, about half of that - £100, £150 estimate.

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-How does that sound?

-That sounds good.

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ANYTHING sounds good in our current condition!

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Let's put a reserve on them. We'll sell them separately.

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So we'll put £200 bottom limit on that, and £100 on those.

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-Is that acceptable to you?

-Yes. I would be delighted.

-That's great.

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Any plans on what you might do?

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They might make 300, 400, even a bit more,

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once we get to the final hammer price.

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-A weekend away.

-Anywhere in particular?

-Gleneagles?

-Gleneagles!

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Brilliant! I like a lady who's very decisive!

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Thank you for coming to Flog It!

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-We'll speak in more detail at the auction.

-Thank you.

-It's a pleasure.

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'It seems like it's a good time to escape the rain.'

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Isn't that absolutely breathtaking? What a backdrop!

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The Scottish countryside has inspired many a writer.

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None so much as author James Leslie Mitchell.

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You may know him by his pen name, Lewis Grassic Gibbon -

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a central figure in 20th-century Scottish renaissance,

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best known for his fictional work

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paying homage to his north-eastern Scottish roots.

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He went on to be one of the most celebrated Scottish writers of all time.

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Gibbon was born in 1901.

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He lived in the tiny village of Arbuthnott

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in the Howe of the Mearns, Aberdeenshire,

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during his formative years.

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This experience

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was to be profoundly influential on his writing.

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He came from a long line of farmers,

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and was fiercely proud of his peasant up-bringing.

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He lived in this small cottage from the age of seven to 16.

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Life in this small rural community

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shaped the way he thought and the way he believed,

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and it's all reflected in his novels.

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He drew on the people, sights, sounds, smells that he encountered

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while growing up here as a young lad.

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Gibbon attended the local school.

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It was here that his potential was recognised.

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A head teacher called Alexander Gray nurtured the boy's talent

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after being amazed by the 13-year-old's essays.

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"In front of Arbuthnott school stretches a sea of green,

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"intersected here and there with small square fields

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"or a winding road disappearing in the waving masses of foliage."

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However, despite his early talent,

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it would be some years before the young man put it to good use.

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The following years proved troublesome for Gibbon.

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He spent time as a journalist, then he was in the army and the RAF.

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It really didn't suit his character.

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It wasn't until 1929,

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at the age of 28, he realised his dream and started writing full time.

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And, boy! Was it worth the wait?

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He produced a wealth of novels, the most celebrated of all, Sunset Song.

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In 2005, the public voted it the best Scottish book of all time.

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It caused a sensation when it was first published in 1932.

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Gibbon went on to write two more novels

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to create the trilogy he named A Scots Quair,

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"quair" meaning book.

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The novels follow the life of heroine Chris Guthrie

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and her experiences of the Great War and growing communism of the 1920s.

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What was ground-breaking was the author's attitude towards women.

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Gibbon disagreed with the traditional role of women.

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He didn't think they were inferior.

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In fact, he chose as a main character a strong female.

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So when Sunset Song was published,

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critics believed it was written by a woman,

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it so accurately described their concerns.

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It is also critically acclaimed

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for the skilful recreation of the rhythm of Scots

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without using spelling, dialect or Scottish vocabulary.

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"Below and around where Chris Guthrie lay,

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"the June moors whispered and rustled and shook their cloaks.

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"In the east against the cobalt blue of the sky

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"lay the shimmer of the North Sea that was by Bervie.

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"Maybe the wind would veer there in an hour or so

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"and you'd feel the change in the life and strum of the thing,

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"bringing a streaming coolness out of the sea."

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Many places near Arbuthnott feature in the novels.

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Sometimes Gibbon changed the name and sometimes he kept them for real.

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Behind me is spectacular Dunnottar Castle, a 14th-century keep.

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I understand why he chose this to feature in Sunset Song.

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It is absolutely awe-inspiring.

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Look at that!

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You can't help but feel creative when you look at that!

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"The air was blind with the splash of the incoming tide,

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"above you the rock rose sheer at the path wound downward sheer;

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"and high up, crowning the rock were the ruins of the castle walls,

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"splashed with sunlight."

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As Gibbon was fiercely proud about HIS roots

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are the villagers in Arbuthnott about their author, immensely proud.

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At this little centre,

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there's a fitting tribute to the man and his work.

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It contains lots of personal items -

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pens, papers, books, a writing slope.

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It's a fitting testament to the man they loved and admired.

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Gibbon was very much a young man in a hurry.

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He wrote everything from short story collections

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to books on history and biographies.

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The author produced 17 novels -

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some in his pen name and some in his real name -

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in under seven years!

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Lewis Grassic Gibbon passed away in 1935.

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He died of peritonitis at the very young age of 34.

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His final resting place is quite fitting.

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It's here in the churchyard at Arbuthnott.

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He wrote about this church. He loved it.

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It begs the question, doesn't it?

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If his life hadn't have ended so tragically early,

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what other great works would he have given us?

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And now a quick reminder of what's going off to auction.

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Adam's put an estimate of £30 to £40 on these fun figurines

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but will their damage be their downfall in the sale room?

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Linda's hoping to make a profit on the £25 she spent on that

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quality tailor's dummy,

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which I valued at £40 to £60.

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And Anita's decided to split her items into two lots.

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She's valued these vases at £80 to £120

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and the second vase and jam pot at £60 to £80.

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Finally, Adam's braved the elements to give Linda's goblets a value

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of £200 to £300 for the gilt set of 12 and £100 to £150

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for the silver collection.

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And this is where all the action's taking place today.

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John Mill auctioneers in the heart of Aberdeen.

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I'm going to go inside and catch up with our owners.

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They're feeling nervous. Fingers crossed, it's a packed saleroom.

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Well, our luck is in because it is packed and we're just in time

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because auctioneer Graham Lumsden is about to kick off proceedings.

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Our first lot under the hammer are those Far Eastern figures.

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Just been joined by Elizabeth with her two figures.

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I think these are resin. We had a look and a chat to the auctioneer earlier.

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He said they're definitely resin. Nevertheless,

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£30 to £40 we could turn into £100.

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-Why are you selling them?

-I just don't like them.

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You know, they're not really my cup of tea.

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No, but somebody will like them and we're going to find them right now.

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Here we go.

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Lot 70, two carved Chinese figures.

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They're in fact resin, they're not actually carved wood.

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They're in fact resin. For the pair, £50.

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£50 the pair.

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40? I'm bid 40.

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Any advance on £40, the pair of Chinese figures, 45? 50.

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At £50 on my left.

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Any advance on £50?

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The bid is outside the room at 50. They're going to be sold for £50.

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All finished at 50?

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-Well, that was short and sweet but we got the top end, £50.

-I'm happy.

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For something you didn't like and didn't want.

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-Yes, it's a bonus.

-Yes, it is.

-Absolutely.

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-Thank you for bringing it in.

-I think there was damage too, wasn't there?

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-One of the eyes was missing.

-That was all right.

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'What a great start. Now it's Linda and that mannequin.'

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Linda, I hardly recognised you! Wow! Whoo! Go get them, girl.

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We are just about to sell the mannequin

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and you're just in time because it's been frantic here.

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It really has. It's a packed saleroom, things are flying out.

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I think this mannequin will sell.

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-This is it. Let us find out what the bidders think.

-Lot 100.

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80, at £80, the mannequin. 60.

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£40, the mannequin.

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I'm bid 40, beside me.

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Any advance on £40, the mannequin? One bid at £40.

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It's going to be sold at £40. £40, the mannequin. One bid at 40. 45.

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-50.

-Yes! Yes!

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55. At 55 at the door.

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Any advance on £55 at the door for the mannequin?

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-£55, the hammer has gone down.

-Oh, well.

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-That wasn't too bad, was it?

-It wasn't.

-I was about right.

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£55. We got nearly the top end. Enjoy the money.

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I think that's lunch out for you for turning up

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at the valuation day and today.

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-And it's an enjoyable day.

-Thank you.

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'Linda got more than double the £25 she paid so I'm chuffed with that.

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Without further ado, let's get cracking.

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I love my country pottery. Why are you selling these?

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Well, I don't particularly like them.

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-You don't?

-No.

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Gosh. Why not? What's wrong with them?

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They haven't seen the light of day for at least 20 years.

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Really? They've just been stuck in a box in a cupboard somewhere.

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Oh, that's a shame.

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Irene is doing the right thing. If they are tucked in a cupboard,

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sell them and let someone else enjoy them.

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We've got two lots. We've split them into two lots.

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The little preserve jar, which has a lot of damage,

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we're selling that with the taller vase.

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Plus we have a pair of vases to follow, with 80 to 120 on those.

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-Is that OK?

-Yes, yeah.

-Thank you for bringing them in and hopefully,

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we'll send you home happy.

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-That would be nice.

-It would be nice, wouldn't it?

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-THEY LAUGH

-Here we go, let's find out.

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115 is the next lot. Two pieces of Wemyss.

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As we have it, the jam pot has had some extensive repair. £60.

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Wemyss ware for 60. 40. I'm bid 40.

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Right, we're in. We've got someone down the front on 40.

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42, 45, 48.

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50. At 50 on my right. The lady has bid on the Wemyss at 50.

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We have it at 50. Any advance on £50?

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-We're just short, aren't we?

-60. 65. 70. At 70 in the room.

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Any advance on £70? The bid's in the room at £70.

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-I'll finish now at 70.

-We've done it. Mid-estimate.

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Thank goodness for that. That was slow to start with. Right.

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Here's the next lot. We're looking at 80-120.

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Again, we're back to the Wemyss Ware.

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It's the two Wemyss vases. Good order. £100.

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A pair of Wemyss vases. 100, 80.

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I'm bid 60, 70. At 70.

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Any advance on 70? 80. 90. 100. 110.

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On 110 on my right. 120, 130.

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-This is more like it.

-140. At 140.

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145. 150. At 150 on my left. Any advance on 150?

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The Wemyss vases are going to be sold for 150.

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They're going to go at 150.

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That's a good result. That's a great result. £150.

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-Are you happy, Irene?

-Yes. Very good.

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£150. That's great, isn't it?

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They were in perfect condition.

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That was the pair to go for.

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That was the pair to go for. We got 70 for the other lot and 150.

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-That's not bad. £220.

-Jolly good.

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'I'm so pleased Irene can put that money towards something

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'she'll really love.'

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Now let's see what the bidders make

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of Linda's miniature goblet collection.

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Lots of little miniature goblets.

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-Were they for drinking Drambuie in?

-Yes. Why not?

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-Tiny little shots, though. Mini ones!

-Bit small for my friends.

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-They prefer larger glasses.

-Yeah. Anyway, we've got lots here.

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Two lots coming up. First lot is a set of 12. Second lot, a set of six.

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-Correct.

-200 to 300 and 100 to 200, respectively.

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-OK?

-Yeah.

-Let's find out what our bidders think.

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Here's the first. We're looking at £200 to £300, a set of 12.

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Lot 145, a set of 12 London silver gilt miniature goblets

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in a fitted case.

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£300?

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250?

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£200?

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12 silver gilt goblets for £200. 150?

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I'm bid 150. 160.

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170. 180. 190.

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-This is good.

-Five. 200.

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210. 220.

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230. 240.

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250. 260.

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-Wow!

-It's not over yet.

-280. 290. 300.

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310. 320.

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330. 340. 350.

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-360. 360 in the room.

-360!

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It's in the centre at 360. Going to be sold at £360...

0:27:540:27:58

-Well, that's fabulous!

-That was good.

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First lot £360.

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-Technically, we should get half this cos there's six.

-Yes.

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You never know!

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A set of six Birmingham silver miniature goblets in a fitted case.

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£150?

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120? 100?

0:28:150:28:19

90? I'm bid 90. Any advance now? 100 at the door.

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£100. Any advance now at £100? 105.

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15. 120. Five. 130.

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Five. 140. Five.

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150. Five.

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160. Five.

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170. Five.

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At 175 outside the door now.

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Any advance on £175? The bid is on my left at 175...

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We'll settle for that. Nearly half.

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-We got our sums right!

-They weren't silver gilt.

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-No. You've got to be really happy.

-They weren't as shiny.

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Well, it was a smaller set.

0:28:570:28:59

It didn't look so expensive.

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-Happy?

-Absolutely delighted.

-Good.

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-Enjoy the money.

-We will.

-Good result. They snapped them up.

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-Well spotted at the valuation day.

-They like their goblets in Aberdeen!

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Crathes is one of the most magnificent

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and best-preserved 16th Century castles in Scotland.

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It was home to the Burnett family for a staggering 14 generations.

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You can definitely say they left their mark on the landscape.

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The castle was completed in 1596 but the story starts a lot earlier,

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back in 1308.

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Then, this whole area was part of a forest

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rich in boar and deer, ripe for hunting.

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Robert the Bruce would come to visit here and recuperate

0:30:050:30:08

from the rigours of battle.

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He loved it so much he made this area part of the Royal Forest.

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One of the King's great supporters was a local man

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called Alexander de Burnard.

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Robert repaid Alexander's loyalty by giving him the lands

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and the post of King's forester.

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Alexander built a small island fort on the nearby Loch of Leys.

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The family moved there and stayed there for the next 250 years,

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where their name changed from Burnard to Burnett.

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They weren't the most ambitious of families

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but they were respected for their sophistication and mild manner.

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Eventually their fortunes grew and they were able to move

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away from the marshy island of Leys to build the home of their dreams.

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Work on Crathes started in 1553.

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Unfortunately, construction was held up because of the troubled period

0:30:570:31:01

during the time of Mary, Queen of Scots.

0:31:010:31:04

It took another 40-odd years for the building to be completed.

0:31:040:31:08

'It was certainly worth the wait.

0:31:140:31:16

'Small, round towers with conical roofs sit beside overhanging

0:31:160:31:20

'turrets, giving it a romantic, chateau-like appearance.

0:31:200:31:23

'This exquisite stone decoration around the eaves

0:31:230:31:26

'and where the turrets protrude, each side of the building is different

0:31:260:31:30

'and it looks more like a fairy-tale castle than a medieval fortress.'

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But appearances can be deceiving.

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The castle's design incorporates many cunning defence strategies.

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First of all, the walls at ground level are much thicker

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than they are at roof height, making this building very, very solid.

0:31:460:31:51

Almost like a buttress on the side of a medieval cathedral.

0:31:510:31:55

If you managed to burn down this heavy, studded oak door,

0:31:550:31:58

look what you encountered.

0:31:580:32:02

A huge great big iron yett.

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In the heat of the moment, in battle,

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you'd be coming in here charging with your axe above your head,

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or a sword above your head to deliver a blow, but you couldn't.

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It would be knocking these low ceilings.

0:32:130:32:15

The defender of the castle would have the upper hand

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and he'd thrust into you.

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Also, supposing you did charge the tower and you came running

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up here, this spiral staircase goes in a clockwise direction.

0:32:250:32:29

Most soldiers would have been right-handed.

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You couldn't hold your sword or axe in this hand because

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the spiral staircase is turning clockwise,

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so you'd have to hold it in this hand to try and attack the defender,

0:32:370:32:42

leaving your torso open.

0:32:420:32:43

The man above definitely had the upper hand

0:32:430:32:47

because he could thrust down into you.

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The 11th step, the riser, is much higher than the rest of them.

0:32:490:32:55

That's designed to trip you up as you were running upstairs.

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I don't call that cunning, I call that sly.

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But Crathes is most famous for its gardens.

0:33:030:33:06

No-one is sure exactly how old they are.

0:33:060:33:10

Some of the trees have been dated back to the early 1700s.

0:33:100:33:13

It's a passion that the family have continued in more recent years.

0:33:130:33:19

The garden would have supplied the castle with fresh fruit,

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herbs and vegetables,

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but over the years it's moved away from a traditional kitchen garden to more of an arts and crafts style.

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There are eight little, individual displays each with their own theme.

0:33:330:33:37

As you see them now is how they were created

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by the 13th Baronet of Leys, Sir James Burnett and his wife, Sybil,

0:33:410:33:45

who started to create these compartmentalised displays

0:33:450:33:49

back in the 1920s when it was all the rage.

0:33:490:33:53

For me, the iconic June borders are the most exciting part of the gardens.

0:33:550:33:59

So called because of the time of year they were best viewed.

0:33:590:34:04

Lady Burnett first laid out the beds in the 1930s.

0:34:040:34:08

She took much inspiration from landscape architect Gertrude Jekyll,

0:34:080:34:14

and had a real flair for design and colour co-ordination.

0:34:140:34:17

Although the Burnett family have a very close relationship

0:34:230:34:27

with this magnificent castle,

0:34:270:34:29

is has been in the safe hands of the National Trust since the 1950s.

0:34:290:34:33

Today, it still remains a home steeped in the dedication

0:34:330:34:36

and love that all those generations of Burnetts have lavished on it.

0:34:360:34:41

I hope my visit has inspired you to take a look for yourself.

0:34:410:34:45

It is open to the public at certain times of the year.

0:34:450:34:48

It's a wonderful day out.

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Now we've caught up on the history of our stunning venue,

0:34:590:35:02

let's get back to our valuation day here at Crathes Castle.

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We've already unearthed some real treasures

0:35:060:35:09

so let's see what else this eager crowd have in store for us.

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-Thank you for coming. I'm Adam, I'm the expert for today.

-I'm Brian.

0:35:130:35:17

You've bought along a fascinating early microscope, haven't you?

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It's pretty old.

0:35:220:35:23

I think it's early 19th century, probably as early as 1800s.

0:35:230:35:27

-Do you agree with that?

-Probably round about that. That makes sense.

0:35:270:35:31

You seem to be a chap who knows a little bit about this already.

0:35:310:35:35

Can you tell me a little bit about it?

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-I know about the physics, not so much about the history.

-Right.

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But the physics is that here you have a concave mirror,

0:35:410:35:44

which helps the daylight to reflect up to here, to your specimen.

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On there, you'd have a tiny insect, or maybe an aquatic organism.

0:35:490:35:55

So there's a few lenses here - different power.

0:35:550:35:59

-And you have to put your eye very close to that.

-Yes.

-Cos it's a very small lens,

0:35:590:36:03

a fat, small lens, with a very short focal length.

0:36:030:36:08

-So you have to get really quite close to the organism.

-Right.

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And you put your eye close to it.

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It's not convenient or comfortable.

0:36:130:36:15

No, but it's very portable.

0:36:150:36:17

Very portable - it's how they did it in those days.

0:36:170:36:19

I've only ever seen one of these before

0:36:190:36:21

and I always understood it was an aquatic microscope,

0:36:210:36:24

so it's interesting that you've said aquatic organisms.

0:36:240:36:28

-For viewing pond life.

-Right, right. Amoeba, and that sort of thing.

0:36:280:36:32

Yes. And it's beautifully made in brass, and in this shagreen case.

0:36:320:36:37

This is what? Is this shark skin?

0:36:370:36:40

-Shark skin.

-Shark skin, yes, amazing.

0:36:400:36:42

-Which is valuable in its own right.

-It's very hard.

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Very durable. And it would need to be,

0:36:450:36:47

because it would have been something you carried around with you

0:36:470:36:51

and used as and when needed.

0:36:510:36:53

How did you come to own it?

0:36:530:36:55

I was given it when I was about seven, I think,

0:36:550:36:59

by a friend of my mother's.

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She probably had it in her attic for a long time.

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And I was young and interested in physics and science.

0:37:050:37:10

I played with it for a while.

0:37:100:37:12

-You must have played with it very carefully.

-I had fun for a while.

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Then it gets put away in a cupboard for a long time.

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As these things often do. And did you pursue science as a career?

0:37:180:37:22

-I did. I became a scientist. I did physics at Cambridge.

-Right.

0:37:220:37:26

-Downing College, Cambridge.

-Oh, yes, excellent.

0:37:260:37:29

So, why have we now, here in Aberdeenshire, and you've brought this in to sell.

0:37:290:37:34

What's the reason behind that?

0:37:340:37:37

Well, it's been appreciating for a long time and I thought,

0:37:370:37:40

"Well, there's no point in dying and then it's still appreciating."

0:37:400:37:46

It's nice to know what it's worth.

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I think the most famous of these were made by the big firm Dollonds,

0:37:480:37:51

just slightly before this,

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at the end of the 18th century in the George III period.

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-And this... It's a shame it's an unnamed example.

-Yes.

0:37:580:38:01

-That's the thing...

-No company name.

-There's no name at all.

0:38:010:38:05

And that's the thing that's going to slightly limit its value

0:38:050:38:08

to the collector who's a little bit fickle.

0:38:080:38:10

If it had a name on it, it would be worth twice as much, if not a bit more.

0:38:100:38:14

Have you got any ideas as to what you think it might be worth?

0:38:140:38:17

Well, I thought maybe £400.

0:38:170:38:20

-Yeah, well I think that's fairly accurate, actually.

-Yeah.

0:38:200:38:24

-What I would suggest is an estimate of 250 to 350.

-Yeah.

0:38:240:38:28

And at what price would you be not willing to sell would be the question?

0:38:280:38:34

-You mean a reserve price?

-Yes.

0:38:340:38:36

-Maybe 200.

-200, I think would be very realistic.

0:38:360:38:39

Very good. Thanks for bringing it. Certainly the most fascinating object of the day.

0:38:390:38:44

The rarest and earliest thing I've seen all day.

0:38:440:38:46

So I'm delighted to have seen it.

0:38:460:38:48

-It's been nice to talk to you. Thanks for coming.

-Thank you.

0:38:480:38:51

Well, that microscope certainly wowed Adam,

0:38:510:38:55

but what about the bidders?

0:38:550:38:57

Well, we'll find out in a moment.

0:38:570:38:59

Now Anita has spotted a quirky carving that Jennifer can't wait to sell.

0:39:010:39:06

Jenifer, this is a fascinating little piece of social history.

0:39:060:39:11

It's a little carved panel.

0:39:110:39:12

Can you tell me, where did you get it?

0:39:120:39:15

It was found in the house, left in the house when we moved in,

0:39:150:39:19

and that's really all we know.

0:39:190:39:21

-How long ago was that?

-46 years ago.

0:39:210:39:23

46 years ago.

0:39:230:39:25

And did you ever hang it on the wall or put it on display?

0:39:250:39:29

-No.

-Did you ever wonder who did it?

-Yes. Oh, yes, definitely.

0:39:290:39:33

-Do you like it?

-No.

0:39:330:39:35

-Is that why you want to sell it?

-Yes.

-OK, let's have a look at it.

0:39:370:39:40

Although it's perhaps not to everyone's taste,

0:39:400:39:44

we see a carved figure here.

0:39:440:39:46

And we have a little panel which says, "Home from the front."

0:39:460:39:52

And we have the artist's name here,

0:39:520:39:55

"GSW Watt, 1918."

0:39:550:39:59

This little panel depicts a soldier returning home from war.

0:40:010:40:07

And we see... I don't know if that's perhaps a foot missing.

0:40:070:40:11

-Perhaps shot off in the war.

-Yes.

0:40:110:40:13

So it's, I suppose, rather sad in that way.

0:40:130:40:19

The carving, a rather naive carving.

0:40:190:40:22

It's not someone who has done fine work.

0:40:220:40:26

And it had occurred to me that this is perhaps something that he may have done...

0:40:260:40:30

..after coming back from the war, perhaps injured,

0:40:320:40:36

perhaps not able to work, and this is how he spent his time.

0:40:360:40:41

So there could be a little story behind that, if we knew.

0:40:410:40:47

-If we knew.

-If we knew.

0:40:470:40:49

If we look at the back, and I find the back of it quite fascinating,

0:40:490:40:56

we have the depiction of two... What would you call them - scallywags?

0:40:560:41:02

-Yes.

-"Thrummie Cap and Goony John."

0:41:020:41:08

And these, perhaps, were characters from his own village or town.

0:41:080:41:14

And they're quite nicely carved,

0:41:140:41:18

but, again, they have that naive quality,

0:41:180:41:22

which has its own charm and its own followers.

0:41:220:41:27

-I don't think it's going to get a lot of money.

-No. Oh, no.

0:41:270:41:32

And I feel that we should estimate it conservatively.

0:41:320:41:36

-If we maybe put it in £20 to £30, would you be happy enough with that?

-Oh, yes, yes.

0:41:360:41:41

Do you want to put a reserve on it?

0:41:410:41:44

-Maybe £15.

-£15, yep.

0:41:440:41:46

-I'm sure it will do more than that, but £15 will just protect it.

-Yes.

0:41:460:41:51

OK, that's wonderful. Thank you again for bringing it in.

0:41:510:41:54

-I think it's charming.

-I don't.

0:41:540:41:57

Well, each to their own, I suppose.

0:41:570:42:01

Adam is with Maureen on his table.

0:42:030:42:07

This is a wonderful collection of coins and medallions.

0:42:070:42:11

-Thank you.

-Can you tell me, did you collect these yourself?

0:42:110:42:14

-No, I didn't. My father did.

-Your father did.

-Yes.

0:42:140:42:16

It was a great pastime of people, collecting commemorative medallions.

0:42:160:42:20

These are quite interesting.

0:42:200:42:22

They tell you what they are, which is always handy for us valuers.

0:42:220:42:25

This is the limited edition

0:42:250:42:27

of 5000 of these 26 sterling silver proof medals,

0:42:270:42:31

and they record the achievements of Her Majesty's 25-year reign.

0:42:310:42:37

So they go from 1952 all the way up to 1977.

0:42:370:42:40

Looking at them before we started filming,

0:42:400:42:43

reminding you of the famous things that happened in those periods,

0:42:430:42:47

such as the invention of the hovercraft, 1955.

0:42:470:42:51

Decimalisation, '71.

0:42:510:42:53

And it's quite a good reminder of all these events.

0:42:530:42:57

So I suppose he may have bought them yearly, do you think, annually?

0:42:570:43:00

I don't know if they were monthly or weekly or annually.

0:43:000:43:05

They often came in instalments and they would have cost a few pounds each at the time.

0:43:050:43:10

Over here, we've got the sovereigns of Europe,

0:43:100:43:12

the kings and queens of all the European states.

0:43:120:43:16

Again, a limited edition of 5000, with the central medallion there.

0:43:160:43:21

And then we've got these ones that look like gold but they're not.

0:43:210:43:25

They're gold plated. They're 22-carat gold on a silver core.

0:43:250:43:28

So you've got 12 of those, which all look like important coats of arms,

0:43:280:43:33

royal family coats of arms and things like that.

0:43:330:43:36

And what are your reasons for wanting to sell them?

0:43:360:43:40

Lack of space, really, because my mum died last year as well,

0:43:400:43:43

so I've got more family mementoes.

0:43:430:43:46

-OK, so they're not particularly sentimental.

-These aren't, no.

0:43:460:43:51

Any idea what you think they're worth these days?

0:43:510:43:54

-I haven't got a clue.

-Let's have a guess, Maureen.

0:43:540:43:58

150, 200?

0:43:580:44:00

-For the lot, or each?

-The lot.

-For the lot.

0:44:000:44:02

I think that's conservative. That's probably what they were worth five years ago.

0:44:020:44:07

-Oh, right.

-But these things have got a lot more desirable nowadays,

0:44:070:44:11

thanks in some part to silver values generally going up,

0:44:110:44:14

and there's more interest in these commemorative medallions with coin collectors.

0:44:140:44:18

So I think we can be a bit more bullish with the price

0:44:180:44:22

and up it to £400 to £600.

0:44:220:44:26

That's fine, yes.

0:44:260:44:28

-And I think they'll probably make towards £600.

-Excellent.

0:44:280:44:32

Once the bidding's all done, once they've all fought it out.

0:44:320:44:35

I think we should put a reserve of 400.

0:44:350:44:37

-Because I think they're probably worth that anyway.

-Right.

0:44:370:44:41

-And we don't want them undersold.

-Definitely not.

0:44:410:44:45

What would you do with that decent sum of money?

0:44:450:44:47

I'd probably divide it between my two sons and three grandchildren.

0:44:470:44:51

Excellent. That's nice to hear. And what about some for yourself?

0:44:510:44:55

Yes, possibly a handbag.

0:44:550:44:57

-And give them the last bit! You've got to treat yourself.

-See what's left.

0:44:570:45:02

-Thanks for coming to Flog It!

-Thanks.

0:45:020:45:03

Next up is Fiona.

0:45:060:45:08

-Can you tell me, where did you get it?

-It actually belonged to an aunt

0:45:080:45:12

of mine who died in January and she left it to me.

0:45:120:45:15

Right. Do you like it?

0:45:150:45:16

I wasn't sure about it.

0:45:160:45:18

I've got another one she gave me I like better.

0:45:180:45:21

But my husband's always thought this was more expensive than the other one.

0:45:210:45:25

-And he likes this one.

-He likes this one?

0:45:250:45:27

-Yes.

-It would have been one of a pair at one time. Do you have the other one?

-No.

-No.

0:45:270:45:32

OK. Let's have a look at it.

0:45:320:45:35

It's Oriental and Oriental wares are highly sought after today.

0:45:350:45:39

People want to buy Chinese items and I'm finding that Oriental items

0:45:390:45:45

are going higher than expected.

0:45:450:45:48

This vase here is what we call famille rose because of this rather

0:45:490:45:54

lovely pink colour, which is in the pattern and design of the vase.

0:45:540:46:00

It's from probably 1890, 1900, 1910.

0:46:000:46:05

So it's not an early one, not an early one.

0:46:050:46:09

I would like to look at the bottom here to see if we have any marks.

0:46:090:46:14

There are no marks on the bottom.

0:46:140:46:17

And this leads me to believe that it is export-ware and that means

0:46:170:46:23

porcelain, pottery which was made for the export market.

0:46:230:46:28

In Victorian times, there was a great love of all things exotic

0:46:280:46:34

and Oriental and we imported large quantities of Chinese

0:46:340:46:39

porcelain into Britain.

0:46:390:46:42

I know in the west of Scotland, down in Glasgow,

0:46:420:46:45

we had many sea-faring folk because it was a port

0:46:450:46:49

and very often captains would bring across this type of thing.

0:46:490:46:53

Was your aunt in any way involved with sea-faring men?

0:46:530:46:57

I think the only person I could recall would have been her brother

0:46:570:47:02

who lived in Canada and he travelled around a lot but whether it was him

0:47:020:47:07

-that brought this back, I'm not sure.

-OK.

0:47:070:47:10

I like this little vase here. The painting is of some quality,

0:47:100:47:16

not the highest quality but of some quality and there's lots of content there.

0:47:160:47:23

At the front, we have these figures in an interior. They are obviously...

0:47:230:47:29

It's a situation of entertainment or whatever.

0:47:290:47:33

We have smaller figures here, outside of the house.

0:47:330:47:38

We have rather pretty butterflies, flowers

0:47:380:47:41

and so on so there's lots of movement, lots of decoration

0:47:410:47:46

on the vase and it's an extremely pretty one.

0:47:460:47:50

-Value... What sort of value do you...

-No idea.

0:47:500:47:54

-You've no idea.

-No idea at all.

0:47:540:47:56

Do you think it's something like 50 to a million?

0:47:560:48:00

-I hardly think so!

-Right.

-If it is, my dog's tail's been wagging against

0:48:000:48:04

it in the hall, so I'd be really worried if that was the case!

0:48:040:48:08

OK. This is for the export market but it's a pretty one and value on it,

0:48:080:48:14

I would say 100 to 150, 80 to 120.

0:48:140:48:18

-Would you be happy to sell it in that region?

-Yes, I would.

0:48:180:48:22

Yeah. Well, let's put it in at 100 to 150 but I think

0:48:220:48:25

we should put a reserve on it, of perhaps £80.

0:48:250:48:28

-Would you be happy with that?

-Yes, I would.

-Yeah, OK.

0:48:280:48:32

So I think that this should do quite well and it might do very well,

0:48:320:48:35

because you never know.

0:48:350:48:37

The Chinese market is so strong and things are taking fliers

0:48:370:48:41

-in the sale rooms.

-Good!

0:48:410:48:43

Wise words from Anita there. Fiona may not like that vase

0:48:430:48:46

but I've got a feeling it will find a new home,

0:48:460:48:49

where somebody will really love it.

0:48:490:48:51

If you've got any unwanted antiques and collectables, we would love

0:48:510:48:55

to see you. Bring them along to one of our valuation days.

0:48:550:48:58

Your journey starts right now. Details of up and coming dates

0:48:580:49:01

and venues you can find on our website, just log on to

0:49:010:49:04

bbc.co.uk/flogit. Follow the links. All the information will be there.

0:49:040:49:08

I would love to see you.

0:49:080:49:10

If you don't have a computer, check the details in your local press.

0:49:100:49:14

But before we get to the sale room, let's have another look at what we're taking with us.

0:49:150:49:20

Brian's had his super little microscope for many years.

0:49:210:49:25

Will it make Adam's estimate of £250 to £350?

0:49:250:49:30

At £20 to £30, I think this carved panel's a real bargain.

0:49:300:49:35

But will the bidders love it as much as Anita does?

0:49:350:49:37

And finally, Maureen's coin collection

0:49:370:49:40

is a great piece of history,

0:49:400:49:42

but was Adam right to put a rather confident £400 to £600 on it?

0:49:420:49:45

Anita thinks the Chinese vase will fly out the door and has given it

0:49:450:49:49

an estimate of £100 to £150.

0:49:490:49:52

'We're back at the auction house in Aberdeen and the sale is in full swing.

0:49:540:49:58

'The lots have been flying out of the door.'

0:49:580:50:01

For our next lot, all the money is going towards a holiday

0:50:030:50:06

and I don't blame Fiona because the weather hasn't been

0:50:060:50:09

that good here in Aberdeen, has it?

0:50:090:50:11

-It hasn't, no.

-Where do you fancy going?

-Anywhere warm, I don't mind.

0:50:110:50:14

-Anywhere warm! They want to get away from Aberdeen.

-Glasgow's very warm!

0:50:140:50:18

THEY LAUGH

0:50:180:50:20

It's always Mediterranean climate there!

0:50:200:50:23

OK, how about Cornwall then?

0:50:230:50:24

-No, seriously. Where do you fancy going?

-Maybe Italy.

-How nice.

0:50:240:50:27

-Cultured!

-Yes.

-Ooh, very, very nice. Yes. Well, let's get you there.

0:50:270:50:31

We're just about to sell a famille rose vase,

0:50:310:50:34

well hopefully we're going to sell it.

0:50:340:50:36

What do you think? £150?

0:50:360:50:38

Well, I would hope for the top estimate always.

0:50:380:50:41

There are Chinese buyers in the room. The Chinese market

0:50:410:50:46

is very strong just now

0:50:460:50:49

-so even a late vase like this should do reasonably well.

-Yeah.

0:50:490:50:53

335, a Chinese vase, a Canton vase.

0:50:530:50:57

And for the Chinese vase, this one, 150.

0:50:570:51:00

120. Canton vase for £120.

0:51:010:51:05

£100.

0:51:070:51:09

80?

0:51:090:51:11

I'm bid 60.

0:51:110:51:13

5, 70, 5, 78, 80...

0:51:130:51:16

85, 90, 95, 100...

0:51:160:51:21

and 10, 120, 130...

0:51:210:51:26

140, 150, 160, 170, 180, 190...

0:51:260:51:31

200, 210...

0:51:310:51:34

At 210 near me. Any advance on £210? The bid is near me at 210.

0:51:340:51:39

All finished now at 210.

0:51:390:51:41

£210, the hammer's gone down. Yes!

0:51:410:51:43

That Chinese market is so strong at the moment.

0:51:430:51:46

-I think that's Italy, don't you?

-I think so!

-Yeah!

0:51:460:51:50

Next up, it's that fascinating old microscope.

0:51:520:51:56

I love this, and I know our expert Adam fell in love with it.

0:51:560:51:59

It belongs to Brian. It's the aquatic microscope. It's real quality.

0:51:590:52:03

-A proper scientific instrument, shagreen case.

-Mm-hm.

-What a nice thing.

0:52:030:52:08

-Quite a rarity, too.

-For looking at pond life!

-PAUL LAUGHS

0:52:080:52:11

-In a shagreen case. Early Georgian.

-Or fleas, or ants. Whatever.

-Gosh.

0:52:110:52:17

Every schoolboy's dream. Let's find out what happens. Here we go.

0:52:170:52:21

Lot 288, the aquatic microscope. I have this one at £300.

0:52:210:52:26

Aquatic microscope at £300.

0:52:260:52:28

£200?

0:52:280:52:29

180.

0:52:290:52:32

-Should be bids at this level.

-Come on.

0:52:320:52:35

Any advance? £150. The aquatic microscope at 150.

0:52:350:52:38

160?

0:52:380:52:40

170. 180. 190.

0:52:400:52:43

200. Outside the door at £200.

0:52:430:52:46

210. 220.

0:52:460:52:49

230.

0:52:490:52:50

240.

0:52:500:52:51

It's outside the door at 240. Any advance on £240?

0:52:510:52:56

It's going to be sold for 240. I'm going to finish at £240.

0:52:560:53:00

-It sold.

-Very good.

0:53:000:53:02

-Are you happy with that?

-Yeah.

-I think we were about right.

0:53:020:53:05

-A lovely thing.

-I was hopeful for more, but I always am.

-Yeah.

0:53:050:53:09

-I'm that kind of chap!

-He's an optimist.

0:53:090:53:12

'What an intriguing object.

0:53:120:53:15

'Perhaps it will go on to encourage a youngster's interest in science,

0:53:150:53:18

'just like it did for Brian all those years ago.'

0:53:180:53:22

'Now it's that naive wooden picture that Anita picked out.'

0:53:220:53:25

All the proceeds of this lot will go to charity.

0:53:270:53:29

It's a carved wooden panel and we're looking for the top end of the £20 to £30.

0:53:290:53:34

Jennifer. It's good to see you again.

0:53:340:53:37

-Jennifer's had this in the house for 46 years and you quite liked this.

-I did.

0:53:370:53:42

I know you don't like it, Jennifer, but it's a lovely piece of naive craft work.

0:53:420:53:47

-It is, yes.

-And every little penny helps for charity.

0:53:470:53:51

-It's going to Help For Heroes.

-A wonderful cause. It's going under the hammer right now.

0:53:510:53:55

Let's find out what the bidders think.

0:53:550:53:57

A picture. Home From The Front, by Watt. £40.

0:53:570:54:02

Small, carved picture for 40.

0:54:020:54:03

30.

0:54:030:54:05

-£20.

-Come on. Someone come in.

0:54:050:54:09

£20 the bid. One bid at 20. 22. 25. 28. 30.

0:54:090:54:15

32. 35. 38.

0:54:150:54:17

At 40.

0:54:170:54:19

42. 45.

0:54:190:54:21

48. At 50.

0:54:210:54:24

This is good, this is good.

0:54:240:54:26

Any advance of £50? 55. At 55, standing on my right.

0:54:260:54:31

All finished at £55.

0:54:310:54:32

-The bid is on my right.

-That's a great result. £55.

0:54:320:54:35

The hammer's going down. Yes! Jennifer, that's great.

0:54:350:54:38

For a moment, everyone had their hands in their pockets.

0:54:380:54:41

No hands were going up in the air.

0:54:410:54:43

Well, that's great, isn't it? Thank you so much for bringing that in.

0:54:430:54:47

-As I said, every little penny helps.

-Yes, it does.

-I'm delighted.

0:54:470:54:51

'What a great result for something that Jennifer found

0:54:510:54:54

'when she moved house.

0:54:540:54:56

'There's just time for one final lot

0:54:560:54:58

'and I can't wait to see how that coin collection gets on.'

0:54:580:55:02

Going under the hammer right now. Maureen's three sets of coins.

0:55:020:55:06

They could go at the top end, I have a feeling.

0:55:060:55:09

400 to 600, Adam put on them. Why are you selling them now?

0:55:090:55:11

-Don't really want them any more. Don't look at them. They're stored away.

-Sit in a drawer?

0:55:110:55:16

-Stored away in a cupboard.

-Good time to sell precious metals.

0:55:160:55:19

It's an all-time high, silver.

0:55:190:55:21

Because the silver value is quite high, it'll push up the value of the coins.

0:55:210:55:25

But these will probably go to collectors,

0:55:250:55:27

cos they're collectors' editions, limited series, that sort of stuff.

0:55:270:55:31

I think they're going to sell pretty well.

0:55:310:55:33

Maureen just said to me, "As long as I don't have to take them home again."

0:55:330:55:37

-It's not a lot to carry, is it? You could have brought in a chest of drawers.

-That's true!

0:55:370:55:42

I think these will sell. I think Adam's spot on here.

0:55:420:55:44

-Let's go for it.

-Let's find out what list this lot think. It's down to the bidders now. Here we go.

0:55:440:55:50

Lot 40. A coin collection.

0:55:500:55:51

Souvenirs of Europe. Ten coins.

0:55:510:55:53

Queen Elizabeth's reign. Six coins.

0:55:530:55:56

-Fingers crossed.

-Yes.

0:55:560:55:58

I think they're going to make a mint, Paul!

0:55:580:56:01

He had to say that, didn't he?

0:56:010:56:03

£600.

0:56:030:56:04

-That's where we want to end up.

-£500.

0:56:040:56:08

Coins for 500. £400?

0:56:080:56:11

Come on, you lot.

0:56:110:56:12

A bid, 350. Any advance? At 350. 360.

0:56:120:56:16

-We're in. Here we go.

-400.

0:56:160:56:19

In the seat at £400. 420.

0:56:190:56:21

440. 460. 480.

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500.

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520. 540.

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560. 580. 600.

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620.

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640.

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660.

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680.

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£700.

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720.

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740.

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760.

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780.

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800.

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Yes? 820.

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At 820. 840.

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860. 880.

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(£880.)

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920. 940.

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960. 980.

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1,000. And 50.

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1,100.

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1,100 on my left.

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-Any advance on £1,100.

-1,100.

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They're going to be sold for £1,100. I'll finish at 1,100.

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Yes! £1,100. Well over the top end of the estimate. I'm ever so happy.

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Strong price.

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Very, very strong. What are you going to put the money towards?

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I've just spent most of it on a holiday, but I'll go on another one!

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There's always time for another one. Adam, well done.

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What a wonderful way to end the show. I hope you enjoyed it.

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You can never predict what's going to happen in a saleroom.

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See you next time.

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Experts Anita Manning and Adam Partridge join Paul Martin to sift through a wealth of antiques and collectibles at the historic Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire.

Anita homes in on some Wemyss pottery with a local interest, while Adam finds a fascinating old microscope that inspired its young owner to pursue a career in science.

Paul also takes time out to find out more about the castle itself and discovers why it owes much of its history to Robert the Bruce.