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Paul Martin presents the series in which the public attempt to sell their antiques. This edition comes from Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow.


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With scenery like this, we could only be in one place -

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the west coast of Scotland. This unspoilt wilderness is the perfect

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antidote for the stresses of modern-day living.

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And for one lucky city, it's less than one hour's drive away.

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More about that later on in the show but right now, welcome to Scotland,

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and welcome to Flog It!

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Surrounded by stunningly beautiful scenery,

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Glasgow's mix of austere Victorian gothic and brutalist architecture

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reflect the no-nonsense industry

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at the heart of its wealth and tradition.

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This gaunt aspect of the city may explain the creative excellence of

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many of its artists having to turn inward to the landscape of the mind.

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The Scots' famous industriousness together with their creative talents

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has proved a winning formula.

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Today's venue is the magnificent Kelvingrove Museum,

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purpose-built to house the very best of Glasgow's fine art collection,

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natural history and history collection.

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Looking for some treasures of their own are experts James Lewis...

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I think I'm a 22. Have you got a size 22 in there?

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..and Will Axon.

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Masses of pictures. Yeah.

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Trouble with them - everyone would have kept them. Och, shut up.

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We've got a great show for you today where we get to see if

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the stereotype of canny Scots being good with their money

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really stands up to auction scrutiny.

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Today's items have come from both near and far

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but which one will sell at auction for 100 times its purchase price?

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Our candidates include this very Scottish oil painting,

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this naturalistic gold brooch,

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and this not-so-Scottish piece of tribal art.

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Just wait and see what happens at the auction.

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Give that man a clap.

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APPLAUSE

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This great hall is filling up nicely

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so let's get started with our first item.

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Ian, when I found you in the queue earlier

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I saw this little circular turned box

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and I thought it's either going to contain a compass

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or it's going to be a very plain snuff box.

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But when I opened the lid

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and saw what can only be described

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as a box of miniature light bulbs...

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I thought, "What on Earth are they?"

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It says here,

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"Hydrostatical glass bubbles for proving spirits,

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"adjusted in the most accurate manner

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"to the universally approved scale

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"by the maker William Twaddell, Glasgow."

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What a wonderful little set of beads.

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Where did you find it?

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My grandfather died and I was given that as a memento of him.

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Whether he got it from his grandfather, I presume so,

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something like that. So it's been in the family a long time? Yeah.

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The only other set that I've seen is in the Glasgow Museum,

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the National Museum of Scotland. Oh, yes.

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And they have a little box with these

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but they don't have the label in the cover. Oh.

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I think these are better.

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Not hugely valuable, but to measure the density of alcohol

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you would drop individually one bead after another.

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Each one would have a number beside it.

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If that bead, when you drop it, doesn't sink, doesn't float,

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that should match the density of the alcohol in that fluid. I see.

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And then you look on the scale here

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and number 25 says it's likely to be the same density as oil of olive.

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Oil of olive? For number 25.

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Then we have number 22 - "very strong."

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All the way up to number 14 there

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which just says "alcohol."

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So I guess pure alcohol. And then down at the bottom, number 56 -

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"grog."

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THEY LAUGH

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I think it's an amazing comment on the times.

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Something that I would imagine a weights and measures official

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would have used to make sure that either you weren't overselling

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or underselling your alcohol content. And also to give them

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a fairly accurate idea of what the alcohol content is

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in their fluids.

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It would have been made between 1795 and 1810.

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It's a really interesting object. Have you ever had it valued before?

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I did ask an expert once about it

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and he said it would be about ?300-?400.

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Yeah. I think that's...

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a retail figure for it.

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It's one of those things that I think it might just put people off

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if we put that size of estimate on it. Right.

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Would you be happy with ?150 reserve?

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Yes, I would be. Yes. Let's put 150-250

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and see if that's OK with people. Right.

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I think that's a sensible figure. That's very good of you, thank you.

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Let's take it along and see what happens. Excellent.

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What a lovely and fascinating piece of Glaswegian history.

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Up on the balcony, Will has found four very special pieces.

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Little works of art in themselves, aren't they? Yes.

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Little World War I silks. Yeah.

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A lot of the time there's a story behind these. What can you tell me

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about these? Who are they from and who were they to?

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Well, they were in the effects of my husband's auntie

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when she died in '89 and it was her brother William

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who was serving in France and he sent them to her,

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her other sister and his mother. So this is where they all came from.

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But he lived till he was 93, so he survived the war.

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You've met him, you know of him? Yes, I met him in the 1960s

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when I first married my husband.

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So William survived the war - that's a nice touch because a lot

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of the time these sort of things are tinged with an element of sadness

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in that maybe a family member sent them and never made it back himself.

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Now, these were generally made in France, obviously,

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that's where they were bought.

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The whole reason behind them was so that the soldiers could

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keep in touch with their family, let them know how they were.

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If they got one of these at least they knew that everything

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was relatively OK.

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Let's just have a look in here. "Keep me in your heart."

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And then we open that up, we can see there's a little calling card -

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"Greetings from France." There we go.

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I'll just spin that round.

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You can see there we've got the correspondence there.

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No address, so this was probably sent in a separate envelope.

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Which, again, means the damage was limited as much as possible.

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Let me just see if I can read this.

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"Dear Maggie, I'm getting on all right so far

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"but I'm dealing very bad with the heat. It's almost unbearable.

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"Your affectionate brother, Will."

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There we go. Short and sweet.

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Part of family history -

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what's compelled you to bring them along today?

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Well, you were here and I thought we'd find out...and have a look.

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And they are something you're happy to flog?

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Yes, if... Yes.

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Like I said, I alluded to it earlier, the price of them

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is not going to be terribly great.

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You might be looking at ?5-?10 each, that sort of level,

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which doesn't sound a lot but there are people who collect these,

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so at least you know whoever's going to be buying them or bidding

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on them will be wanting them and they'll form part of a collection.

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So they're given a new lease of life, shall we say,

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in someone's collection. Would you be happy at sort of ?20-?40?

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I'm amazed! Yes. Happy at that? Yes.

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Let's not put a reserve on them, let them go if you're happy with that

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and then at least we know we've got a guaranteed sell.

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They might make a little bit less, they might make a little bit more,

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but what they've got going for them is the condition.

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All it comes down to now is the day. Yes.

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See if we can get them away for you. Yes. Fine. Excellent.

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And I look forward to seeing you at the saleroom.

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It was lovely meeting you. That's kind of you. Thank you.

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We've seen a few similar items over the years

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so I'm hopeful these postcards, both historic and personal,

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will attract a bit of attention at the auction room

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and surprise us all.

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Like the items on our valuation tables,

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the details of this building also ooze history.

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This was the original entrance to Kelvingrove, with its overpowering

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statue of St Mungo to greet you here at the door,

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the patron saint of the arts of Glasgow,

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flanked by two figures either side, one representing music,

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the other art. And they've been skilfully executed here

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by one of the leading artists of the day, George Frampton,

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who's also known for his statue of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.

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Isn't that lovely?

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Back inside the gallery,

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Rose may have brought in her item at just the right time.

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It's a funny old thing because I was given gold sovereigns

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when I was born, by my grandparents - not many -

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and I hung onto them and I kept them and I kept them and I kept them.

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Then about ten years ago the government decided to sell

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Britain's gold reserves and I thought,

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"Hm, they must know what they're doing, being the government."

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And I sold my gold sovereigns.

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At that time, when the government sold its gold reserves,

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my gold sovereign was worth ?36.

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What do you think it's worth now?

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Double?

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More than double. Treble? Nine times. Wow.

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?220 approximately.

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But you did the right thing and you kept it.

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And you kept it for times when the market was good.

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Is it something you've put together yourself?

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No, it was a gift. Oh, giving away a gift.

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My husband and I have turned 60 this year. Right.

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So we're going away on a big holiday. Where are you off to?

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Hoping to go to New York and Vegas. Oh, fantastic.

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So that's our spending funds.

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I think this would do really well.

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It's nine-carat gold.

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It's just over 30g.

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Any ideas in your head what it's worth?

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No. OK.

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I think we should put an auction estimate of ?280-?350 on it.

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There's a buyer's premium and a vender's fee to sell at auction.

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But I still think it's probably better then putting it in a bag and

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posting it off to somebody who you don't know what they'll give you.

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So, generally, it's a better way.

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The other way of doing it is to sell it directly to a jeweller.

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If you do it that way, you've got a fair chance of getting a good result

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but it just depends on what they're buying the gold in at.

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Auction estimate of 280.

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I think we should put a reserve of that on, firm.

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If it doesn't make that, have it back and try

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and directly sell it to a jeweller.

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Right. Because otherwise you're losing too much with the commission.

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Is that all right? Right, thank you very much. Pleasure.

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What an exciting morning we've had.

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Everybody is thoroughly enjoying themselves,

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we're working flat out, we found our first three items, so

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let's put those values to the test and hopefully they'll hit the roof.

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Here's a quick recap of what's going under the hammer.

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Ian's alcohol tester, which was made right here in Glasgow,

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should certainly float some interest at auction.

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And Patricia's beautiful World War I silks deserve

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pride of place in any collection.

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And Rose feels the time is now right to sell her charming bracelet,

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so let's hope she's not disappointed.

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We haven't needed to go far today for our sale -

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straight across town to the Great Western Auctions where

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the wonderful Anita Manning will be selling our items.

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I've got my idea of what's going to fly, you've probably got yours,

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but right now it is down to this lot, the bidders, and hopefully

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you will be bidding on our lots and making them soar through the roof!

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We're going to find out right now.

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First up is one my favourites, the hydrostatic glass balls.

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A rare and unusual object, Ian.

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A complete set, the condition is fabulous.

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I love everything about it.

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Good, I'm glad. Can I just ask why you want to sell these?

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They've been kicking around in the wardrobe for a long, long time,

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so I might as well sell them. It's not something easily displayable.

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Either you've got them in the box, in a drawer, or you have them out,

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they might get damaged or lost, you might just be playing with them

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and they get broken. It's time to say goodbye. I hope so. Ready? Yeah.

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OK, let's put them under the hammer, here we go.

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One my favourite items, ladies and gentlemen.

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Can we say ?300?

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300?

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200?

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Start me at ?100.

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100 bid.

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Any advance on 100? Any advance on 100?

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It's a little piece of history here. 110. 120.

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130. 140. 150.

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160. ?160.

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160. Any advance on 160?

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All done at 160. 160...

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160. Just got it away. Yeah, I'm surprised, actually,

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it didn't go a bit further. I was a little bit surprised.

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But not easy things to sell. No. Cos it's a hard thing to display,

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as we've said. What do you do with it?

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You either want it or you don't, there's no in-between.

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And from one wonderful slice of history to another.

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Can Patricia's silks fetch a good price?

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You brought it in to show Will, thinking,

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"Let's put no reserve on them." You don't really look at them any more.

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But it's ignited this whole kind of research period that you've

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gone through in the last month since we've saw you

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and you found out so much more information about them.

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He had three brothers and we've now got their military history as well.

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Has this changed your mind about them?

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Do you want to hang on to them now?

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Not really but it's made us go into the family history.

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I'm now going to start digging, you know, more of the history.

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There's plenty of postcard collectors out there.

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These are quality and they're going to sell. Here we go.

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Lot 185, ladies and gentlemen, is this charming little lot.

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It's a lot of World War I silk postcards.

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They are quite beautiful and they're postmarked 1917.

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Can we say ?100?

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?50 for the little piece of history there.

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50?

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50 bid. Straight in at ?50.

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Any advance on 50?

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60. 70.

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80. 90.

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You're joking. ?90.

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(You're joking.)

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90 for that little piece of history.

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?90.

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Any advance on 90?

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Any advance on ?90? All done at ?90.

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?90.

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Short and sweet. That's amazing!

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That's a fabulous result for such a wonderful piece of history.

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I thought ?20.

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Yeah, I mean, you know, like you said,

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they're not hugely valuable but it's the whole aura around them.

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I thought those would do well

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and I'm pleased they reached a good figure for Patricia.

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Now, time to find out if Rose gets her Las Vegas spending money.

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She's certainly up for a gamble.

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I know since the auction you've had a word with Anita

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and you've put the reserve up to ?400, which changes the valuation.

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Why did you do that?

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I just feel...

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My auntie gave me it

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and I wanted to, you know, get as much as I can to spend in Las Vegas.

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Right, OK. That's quite a big jump.

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I don't know if the gold prices have really gone up that much, have they?

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The thing is, if you want the best price, you let the room decide.

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As soon as you start saying what you want

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and telling other people in the room what you think it's worth,

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then they tend to think, "Well, OK, take it somewhere else."

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So, in a way, it's quite an aggressive move

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and often a move that doesn't work.

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But you never know.

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The prices have changed slightly, you might be lucky.

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Fingers crossed. This one's going to be a tight call.

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It's a lovely object

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and if somebody really wants it they will pay for it.

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Buying it as a bracelet, though, not as the gold value, if it makes that.

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Yeah. OK, fingers crossed. Ready for this? Yeah.

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OK, here we go, it's going under the hammer right now.

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Lot 90, ladies and gentlemen, is a charm bracelet.

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It's nine-carat rose gold.

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Can we say ?600?

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600?

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500?

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200?

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200 bid.

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Any advance on 200? Any advance on 200?

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220. 240. 260.

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280. 300. 320.

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320.

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330.

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340.

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350. 360.

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Any advance on 360?

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370.

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380.

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385.

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Oh, it's so close.

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385.

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390.

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390. One more.

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390 with you.

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390.

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We're close. ?390.

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Will you go to 400?

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So it's at 395.

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395. She's gotta sell it for 395.

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395. I need ?5 on this.

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5 more.

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It's at 395. I want you to get it.

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Go on.

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400! CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Well done.

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?400.

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It's sold!

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Give that man a clap.

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APPLAUSE Brave move, brave move.

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Blimey! ?400.

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Any advance on 400?

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LAUGHTER

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Another fiver(!) That is brilliant auctioneering.

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All done at 400. 400. Well done.

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Well done, you. Well done, Rose, as well. Well done, both of you.

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That's a brilliant auctioneer.

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And well pitched. Cor, just!

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Bit of luck, I have to say, as well.

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That's the gambling streak, the gambling instinct there.

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It's for Vegas. Exactly, yeah, save it all, won't you?

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And hopefully you'll go out there and be a winner. That's it.

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What a result!

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After some great work by auctioneer Anita, Rose's gamble paid off.

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Gold prices do fluctuate but she's got exactly what she wanted.

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# Get out of here and get me some money, too... #

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That's the end of our first visit to the auction room today.

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Some good results,

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and a great place to pick up antiques and collectables.

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But be warned - once you start collecting antiques

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they can be addictive. You can't stop, you are hooked.

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But if you stick at it you can build up the most marvellous collection.

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And that's exactly what one Glaswegian did. Take a look at this.

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Just a few miles from the centre of Glasgow,

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nestling in beautiful wooded parkland,

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is a contemporary building - a rather spectacular one -

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custom-built to house one of the world's greatest

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private collections.

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The museum contains over 9,000 objects collected by one man -

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Scottish shipping magnate Sir William Burrell.

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What makes this collection so incredible is not just the quantity

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but the quality, and the unique way in which they're displayed.

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Burrell spent a lifetime - and a small fortune -

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putting together this collection.

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But in 1944, at the age of 82,

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he gave it all away to the city of Glasgow.

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It was a marvellous coup at the time for a city still trying to build

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its reputation as a place for outstanding art galleries

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and museums. But as you'd expect with such a generous donation,

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there were one or two strings attached.

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To ensure his collection wasn't broken up,

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Burrell gave a further ?450,000 towards a custom-built museum

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that would be worthy of the calibre of the collection.

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And it didn't stop there.

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This building had to be built 16 miles away from the pollution

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that was clogging the air of the industrial centre of post-war

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Glasgow because he was concerned about some of the fragile artefacts

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that were here, especially the Flemish tapestries

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that were hanging on the walls. That was his big concern.

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While the city authorities searched for a suitable location for these

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rare and fragile artworks, Burrell couldn't kick the buying habit.

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Inspired by visions of what his new museum might look like,

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he took it to another level.

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The building, the collector

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and the collection are all linked quite literally.

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Burrell acquired this enormous gothic portal,

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which originally came from Hornby Castle in Yorkshire,

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as part of a job lot of medieval stone doorways.

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At this stage of his life Burrell was well into his 90s

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but this time he was collecting with a view of incorporating these

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enormous monumental architectural pieces into the very fabric

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of his new proposed gallery.

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And I must say, it does sit comfortably well

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when you see the contemporary meeting the medieval.

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It's a wonderful, wonderful marriage.

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But Burrell's eccentric ideas and requests didn't stop there.

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Another of Burrell's stipulations was he wanted three rooms

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from his home - Hutton Castle - recreated right here in the museum

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to the exact size and scale, and I'm standing in one of them now.

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This was his dining room, complete with contents.

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Now, it really shows Burrell's enthusiasm for the Middle Ages,

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especially English furniture,

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from the 1300s right through to the 1500s.

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What we're looking at here, though, is slightly later.

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It's more Elizabethan and Tudor period

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but it is the finest English oak you will see,

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right down to its carved linenfold panels here, its rich, deep carving,

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wonderful heads of men, figures everywhere.

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This is just mind-blowing. Absolutely mind-blowing.

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And to think that Burrell used this room every day of his life.

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He had his supper here...

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..at this table.

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The collection is so vast it would take a building three times

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the size of this one to display it all.

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And down in the store rooms you get an idea of just how big it is.

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Tester beds, joint stools, coffers,

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gothic tracery, screens, trunks.

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Gosh, this is really is a history of furniture.

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Oh, it just gets better and better, it really does.

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You have to understand, this is the very best, the creme de la creme.

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Very, very nice in here.

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HE CHUCKLES

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Oh! 14th century French.

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Unbelievable.

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HE GASPS

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I've got to the chair section.

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Look at all those chairs.

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Wow.

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Here you have the history of the regional chair,

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the vernacular chair,

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different regions throughout the country producing different styles.

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I've never seen a collection like this before in my life.

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Thanks to Burrell's passion, his keen eye and generosity,

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this priceless collection of outstanding fine-art objects

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has been saved for the nation.

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But Burrell was a very private man and he made one final stipulation -

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that there would be no information about him in the museum.

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But his legacy speaks for him.

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The Burrell Collection is a celebration of human creativity

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spanning 4,000 years,

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made more remarkable cos it is the collection of one remarkable man.

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The museum is definitely well worth several visits

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because the Burrell Collection is a collection to fall in love with.

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Welcome back to Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery,

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our host location for today.

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As you can see, we're surrounded by fine art and antiques.

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I think it's about time we joined up with our experts who are in the main

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reception area and find some more antiques to take off to auction.

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And who knows? Maybe we can make some history of our very own.

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With so much going on,

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Will has gone upstairs to search for his very own piece of Scotland.

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What can you tell me about it? Is this hung pride of place at home?

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It's kept in a drawer,

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away from the kids.

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Really? It's modern-day houses...

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Yeah. I mean, that is an element that comes into valuing antiques -

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how do we decorate our homes?

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Whereas in the old days there used to be a lot of pictures

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hanging on the walls, you'll be surprised now the number of houses

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I go into and there's not a picture in sight.

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Not like my house where I think every spare inch is covered

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with pictures, my collection of pictures by unknown artists, mainly.

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But this isn't an unknown artist cos we've got a nice clear

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signature down there at the bottom.

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It's a MacKenzie. Now, you've done a bit of research, haven't you?

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Yeah. He was born in 1800 and died in 1880.

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OK, so spanned most of that 19th century.

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He was part of the Scottish Academy and I think somewhere

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down the line he got kicked out for some odd reason.

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I don't know why.

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That would be an interesting thing to research further. I mean,

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that's the slight disadvantage we have on these valuation days,

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in that if you had come to see me at my office I would have given you

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a receipt for it, I would have done a bit of research, gone on

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down that route you've suggested.

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Just to dig out the facts, really,

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whereas here it's very much, you know, we're on our toes

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and we're very much at the moment rather than having time to do

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a lot of research. But looking at the style of picture it's not

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anything that is sort of, shall we say,

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pushing any artistic boundaries or experimenting with different

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factors that, you know, certainly towards the late 19th century,

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were sort of the birth of modern art.

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He's what I would call a... sort of a professional artist.

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He obviously had his formula for painting. Yeah.

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Like I said, the market for pictures changes. Where did you buy it?

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Is it from a gallery? Have you got a receipt?

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It was a local car-boot sale. Really?

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What are the car-boots like round here? What did you have to pay?

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Erm...roughly about ?4. ?4, can you imagine?

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You wouldn't be able to buy the paint to paint it with ?4, really.

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So, ?4 for a Scottish picture.

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I would like to think it's worth between ?200/?300,

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something like that. How does that fit with...? Yeah, that sounds OK.

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Not a bad return for ?4, is it? Yeah.

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It's very good. We'll reserve it at 200.

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Are you happy to have a bit of discretion? Yeah.

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If it gets to 180 or something like that? Yeah, that'd be fine.

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Excellent. So 200 reserve with discretion and thank you

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for bringing along your car-boot bargain. You're welcome.

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Well, when you find a bargain like that, it's hard not to

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blow your own trumpet.

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Or should I say horn?

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HORN WAILS

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I didn't think I'd be able to do that!

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Well, I have to tell you, you do not look like a Congolese tribesman.

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Well, I'm not. I didn't think you would be. I'm a Scotsman.

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I love tribal art. Especially things that were made for the tribe to use

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and not made for the tourist market.

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This is made from ivory

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but it was taken from an elephant

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by the native people of the country.

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When the native people of Africa worked with the animals,

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hunted and killed, took what they needed and didn't waste,

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for thousands of years. It was only when the Westerners arrived

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and decimated the elephants that the problems started.

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But this would have been

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used as a horn for contact in the forests in the centre of Congo.

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Sometimes they were used in celebrations and in parties

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and it's known as an Oliphant.

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Now, what is an Oliphant doing with you in Glasgow?

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Well, it's come down through the family

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because it was originally my great uncle Sandy who was a civil engineer

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but he was also the commissioner for the upper Blue Nile in Egypt.

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This isn't Egyptian, this is further into...

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Well, he was upper Blue Nile, so who knows where he went. So Nubia?

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I've actually got a photograph.

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I'm not sure what he was doing but...

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that is my great uncle Sandy.

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My dad's uncle, obviously. His dad's brother.

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The classic look with the pith helmet. Yeah, yeah.

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So when do you think this was taken?

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Well, this is what we're not sure about.

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We're placing it about 1910, 1913.

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But he died in 1933, I think.

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So he really was an explorer of Egypt as well, really.

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This is before the great Tutankhamen and all that sort of excavation.

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What a lovely picture.

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Got some more things here that might be of interest.

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All part of the one collection my great uncle had.

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Ah! In the original bag.

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A Bank of Egypt bag.

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OK.

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They do look to be Egyptian, actually,

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and probably made for the Western market, those.

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I think they're probably napkin rings, something like that.

0:32:040:32:07

This is the most interesting piece. It's probably 1890,

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something like that.

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Way before the ivory laws started. Uh-huh.

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And anything pre-1948 is legal to sell. It's not hugely valuable,

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so we'll put them all together as one lot, all three,

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I don't know, put the Egyptian bank bag in as well,

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and 120, I think. If it made over 140 we'd be doing very well. Right.

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Now, do you want to put a reserve on it? Yeah, definitely.

0:32:340:32:38

What sort of thing were you thinking? I was thinking ?50-?60.

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Is that fair enough? Let's put it at least that. I think 70.

0:32:420:32:46

I think if they don't make ?70 you ought to... Keep them.

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Keep them in the family. Anita Manning on the rostrum.

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She's a wizard with the gavel. Ah, right, I've seen her in action.

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She'll do well for us.

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We have had ivory items on Flog It! before but as James quite rightly

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pointed out, selling and buying ivory that was made after 1947

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is illegal.

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So any good auctioneer will thoroughly check the origin

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of a piece, helping the conservation of these beautiful animals.

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Next, something far more modern has turned up on Will's table.

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Christine, I hope you don't mind me

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saying that you look like a pretty trendy sort of girl.

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Is that right? Well, I like to think I am.

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One finger on the pulse of fashion and all that.

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Yeah. Very nice. And is that what attracted you to this, I think,

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pretty spectacular piece of jewellery?

0:33:350:33:37

Well, I do look out for good things from charity shops.

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Charity shops? Yeah. You know what that makes me start thinking?

0:33:410:33:44

That you haven't actually paid a lot of money for this, have you? No.

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Dare I ask how much you paid?

0:33:480:33:50

?4.

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Well, to me, ?4 was quite a lot for a brooch in a charity shop. Was it?

0:33:540:34:00

Yeah. So you must have had an inkling that it was...

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I just liked it. It's a very stylish piece.

0:34:030:34:06

I can see why you were attracted to it

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because it's got that almost sort of naturalistic sort of feel about it,

0:34:080:34:12

with the gold. Cos it's solid gold, make no mistake.

0:34:120:34:16

I've had a look and there's no reason to suspect why these

0:34:160:34:20

stones aren't diamonds. They are good clean stones, nice clarity.

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I've had a look for a maker's mark - can't see anything.

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I would imagine, date-wise, it should be post-war.

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It's either going to be '50s, '60s, maybe even into the '70s.

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And that is a sort of period in collecting that is growing.

0:34:340:34:39

People are starting to appreciate how the designs evolved

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and how new designs emerged and they were sort of letting go of the old

0:34:440:34:48

and really pushing forward to a...

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a new look, wasn't it? Yeah.

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Have you worn it? No.

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You've never worn it? No. No? But you just liked it? I just liked it.

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At the time I was saving brooches,

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and that was one of the ones I picked up.

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Did you have an inkling when you bought it that it was

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something special? Yeah.

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A good tip is if you turn a piece of jewellery over and look at the back,

0:35:100:35:14

you can just see the quality and craftsmanship, can't you,

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that someone's taken the effort to make

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the piece of jewellery from scratch, and the quality is obviously there,

0:35:210:35:24

from the back. The piece that you're not meant to see,

0:35:240:35:27

if they've taken the extra effort to make the back as good as the front,

0:35:270:35:30

then you know someone's put a lot of work and effort into it.

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So, ?4, what's that worth?

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18-carat gold and it's well publicised that gold and silver

0:35:350:35:39

prices are high, stabilising a little bit but still high.

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I think you're probably going to turn your ?4 into probably

0:35:440:35:50

close to sort of ?400, I would have thought.

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If we can say ?300 as a figure to reserve it at,

0:35:540:35:58

I don't know how you feel about that.

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Smashing! Yeah? That's pretty good, isn't it? Yeah. Not a bad return.

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We can see that you've got a unique eye

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and you're spotting the right pieces in the right places

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so, you know, all I can say is keep doing what you're doing. Thank you.

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# And I go la-la-la-la-la

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# She's got the look... #

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Well, we've certainly seen some real gems come through the door today,

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all worthy of our magnificent host location.

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And I'm rather excited about some of these.

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I can't wait to put those values to the test,

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so we have to say goodbye to this magnificent museum and art gallery

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as we go over to the auction room for the very last time today.

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And, in case you've forgotten what's coming along with us,

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here's a quick recap.

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John's moody Scottish seascape could whip up a storm of local interest.

0:36:450:36:50

Ian's ivory horn may be far from Scottish but hopefully it will draw

0:36:510:36:56

the attention of the big hunters at the sale room.

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And Christine's solid gold find has all the makings of a modern classic.

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Hopefully it can fetch a price to match.

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MUSIC: Money by The Flying Lizards

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# I want money... #

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Yesterday at the preview day I caught up with the auctioneer,

0:37:190:37:22

the wonderful Anita Manning,

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and this is what she had to say about one of our items.

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It might just struggle.

0:37:260:37:28

She's done a bit more research into the painting

0:37:280:37:30

and found it's not the artist we thought.

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There is a listed MacKenzie artist but the signature is

0:37:330:37:38

different from the signature that we have on that oil.

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So it's a different MacKenzie. So the value's not two to three.

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Have you adjusted that? I've spoken to the vender... John.

0:37:460:37:49

I've explained to him and I asked him

0:37:490:37:52

if it was OK to bring the estimate down to sort of 50-80.

0:37:520:37:56

So we got 50-80, he's going to be pleased because he picked that up

0:37:560:38:00

in a car-boot for ?4.

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It was a good buy. It was. So fingers crossed he's going to make

0:38:010:38:04

a brilliant profit, and it just goes to show that if you get up

0:38:040:38:06

early in the morning, go to those car-boots, buy something

0:38:060:38:09

and stick it in auction, there still is money to be made. Yeah.

0:38:090:38:12

A bit of extra research can make a lot of difference.

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If only we knew who made this piece of tribal art.

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Good luck, Colin. We're putting the ivory to the test now.

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I love the horn, I think that's a super little thing. Great lot.

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And typical of you to pick up on that one.

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Not a lot of money, ?80-?100.

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Thought it would have been a bit more. They're relatively common

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but the more decorative ones,

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decorated with roundels like the napkin rings,

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they were used at weddings. They're the rare ones.

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And they come this big. Wow. OK, good luck, fingers crossed.

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Let's put it to the test, here we go.

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We have the Oliphant tusk with the male's head handle and you have

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the two ivory rings with the engraved decoration.

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19th century ivory, ladies and gentlemen.

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Can we say ?200? 200?

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150?

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Start me at ?100 for the ivory.

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?100. ?50, then.

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50. ?50.

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Start me at 30.

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Any advance on 30? 40.

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40 with you, sir.

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50.

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60.

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?60. Any advance on ?60? No. All done at ?60.

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?60.

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They didn't sell, Colin. It didn't reach the reserve and thank goodness

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James put a reserve on for you.

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I thought the trumpet horn was worth better. It was worth that.

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But the problem is not many people understand tribal art

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and because it's such a specialist area maybe it wasn't the right place

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and the right day. Sorry about that. It's all right.

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It stays in the family, which is actually a good thing.

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You didn't give them away.

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Now, you know I am a big fan of traditional arts and crafts

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and wherever we are in the country filming I like to see as much of it

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as possible. It's a way of embracing these traditional skills,

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and Scotland has one of the oldest skills in the world

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at basket making, particularly in the form of willow weaving,

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and something I've always wanted to have a go at. Take a look at this.

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Here in Scotland the ancient tradition of basket weaving

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can be traced back a staggering 9,000 years to the early settlers

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in the Hebrides who weaved willow baskets to catch their fish.

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With these designs and patents being passed down through the generations,

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modern basket makers today are carrying on the tradition,

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using the same techniques as their forebears.

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The techniques may not have changed but modern practitioners are adding

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their own contemporary twist,

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creating objects of beauty and practicality. I'm here to meet

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Lisa Bech, who's one of Scotland's leading willow weaving artists,

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and hopefully I'm going to have a lesson in weaving willow

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and make something of my own.

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Lisa is a one-woman weaving dynamo.

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She and her husband Ian have turned

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a barren patch of countryside in the southern uplands

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into a veritable oasis.

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In the middle of this patch Lisa has all the raw materials she needs -

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lots of home-grown willow.

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Lisa, hello. Hello. Welcome. Thank you. Come on in.

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Lisa is living the dream, having turned her hobby into a career

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as an internationally renowned artist.

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Lisa, your work is beautiful. It's so sculptural and eye-catching.

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The willow looks like it's alive

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and breathing and nature's intended these organic forms.

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Well, I grow my own willow and I live in a beautiful landscape,

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so I can go out, harvest the willow and really try to emulate nature.

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But I know I'll never get there. But I think you have! I can see

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where your inspirations are with nature and your surroundings

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but at the same time, from a distance,

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you would think these are centuries old. Because you've copied

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those same traditions, those same techniques. You've given it

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a different twist. This could be a fish trap or lobster pot

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and it is those techniques that I have used.

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There are so many different hues here. You're using different

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species of willow, aren't you?

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I've got about 22 different varieties growing in the garden.

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They all grow here? Yeah, yeah.

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Some of them do come in the sort of greens and browns

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and occasionally into black and orange.

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This one, to me, that's incredibly organic.

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It reminds me of a seed pod. Is that fair? I'm happy for how

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it speaks to you. But it's moving, it's got movement and energy. Yes.

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And it catches the light. You can see that when you turn it,

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and from whoever angle you look at that...

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There's always something of interest.

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It's a wonderful piece of sculpture.

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I'm making one at the moment, shall I show you how...?

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Are you halfway through one? More or less. Can we have a look at

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the technique and just watch it develop?

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I'd love to show you. Oh, brilliant.

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Gosh, you are quick.

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Obviously this is really advanced and I couldn't tackle

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something like this but could you show me something very basic

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that you could make with a good master maker like you,

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let's say, something I could make in 30 minutes?

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I can show you how to make... I call it a bird feeder but you can

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use it to store your onions or garlic. I'd like that. We can

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hang it up in the kitchen. Very useful. I like useful items.

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Learning from someone like Lisa is a real privilege

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but what she calls a simple design may be a bit tricky.

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I have to warn you, this can be addictive. OK.

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HE LAUGHS

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You put the first one in.

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Around the stake, come back on itself.

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That's good.

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Can you feel how meditative it can be? Mm. Lovely.

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The rhythm of it. Very therapeutic.

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This weaving stroke is called three-rod waling.

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Three-rod waling?

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And where does this originate?

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Don't ask. OK!

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I think it must be Anglo-Saxon.

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'In the past, woven baskets were an essential part of everyday life,

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'used for catching, gathering and storing food.

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'Keeping these skills alive is hugely important

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'but as I'm finding out, it's not as easy as Lisa makes it look.'

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Pull right in and bend.

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'Lisa is right, however - once you get the hang of it,

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'it's actually quite relaxing and quite addictive,

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'and there's nothing better than picking up new skills.

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'Even if they are old ones.'

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Something bent...

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'It won't be quite the art Lisa can make

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'but I think it's just as satisfying.'

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I can't believe I've made that. Obviously I couldn't do it

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without your help but it is possible for someone like me to make

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something like this in half an hour if you've got the kit and

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the tuition. So thank you so much, Lisa. I'm going to look out for

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your work in the art galleries because I know they will

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become the collectibles and the antiques of the future.

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Big thank you. You're very welcome.

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And here I have some willow cuttings for you. If you put these

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in the ground you will get your own willow bed. Will I? Yes. Fantastic!

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Because that has inspired me to do something at home,

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if I had the willow.

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I will do something. And then you can start a collection of

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different willow plants and increase your palette as you go.

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Thank you.

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There you are, something to hang the onions and garlics in today,

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could be baskets tomorrow, but seriously, I will go home,

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plant this willow, have fun watching it grow and be creative with it.

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It's relatively easy if you have the right teacher and it's quite

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refreshing to meet people like Lisa as well, living the good life,

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being inspired by nature and creating something, well,

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out of nothing, virtually.

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If I was you, I'd give it a go. It's a breath of fresh air.

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Now it's time for John's painting. It's a different artist to the one

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we thought but how big a difference will it make to its value?

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Since the valuation day, Anita's had a chat to John.

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Anita's lowered that reserve to ?50-?80.

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It's not the MacKenzie we were thinking of. Right.

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But I have a feeling this will meet both estimates. I could see it

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doing over ?80 quite easily.

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This is a nice picture, ladies and gentlemen. Can we say 150?

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100?

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Will you start me at ?50?

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?30, then.

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30 bid. Any advance on 30?

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40.

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50.

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We've sold it, John.

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?60 with the gentleman. ?60.

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It's the percentages here. It's a fantastic turnaround.

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?60.

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Yes, the hammer's gone down! ?60. Fabulous return on four quid.

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It really is. Get back to that car-boot sale. Certainly will.

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Or you could do what Christine did

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and find your bargains in a charity shop.

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Remind us how much you paid for it. ?4. Which you said you thought

0:47:350:47:40

was a bit too much for a charity shop. Yes. That is cheeky, isn't it?

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It's an outrage. You're after a bargain all the time, then?

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Did you beat them down?

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No. I was because there was a stone missing.

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There is? Yes, a diamond. A diamond.

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But you didn't know at the time that it was 18-carat gold.

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You had a gut feeling. It was good.

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This is a wonderful piece, ladies and gentlemen,

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an iconic piece from the 1960s.

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Can we say ?500?

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500. He's going to come straight in.

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300?

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You're saving me time.

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300 with you, sir.

0:48:210:48:23

Any advance on ?300? 300.

0:48:230:48:27

320. 350.

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380.

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390.

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390. ?390. That's good.

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?390.

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Any advance on 390? All done at 390.

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390.

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That was a ?4 investment. ?390. Hammer's gone down.

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There is commission to pay, don't forget that, they'll deduct that

0:48:470:48:50

from the hammer price, but that's a very good result. That's a classic

0:48:500:48:54

Flog it! story. We love those stories - finding something for

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next to nothing and turning it into a profit.

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That's brilliant, that's what it's all about. Thank you.

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There you are, it's all over for our owners. The auction is still

0:49:050:49:08

going on but what a day we've had here. Everyone has gone home happy

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and that's what it's all about. I think it's time for me to have

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a well-earned rest, that's for sure.

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But anyway, I hope you've enjoyed today's show. Do join us again

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cos there's going to be many more surprises to come in the future.

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But for now, from Glasgow, it's goodbye.

0:49:220:49:24

Let's Sing And Dance exploded onto our screens,

0:49:520:49:54

setting the stage alight...literally.

0:49:540:49:57

You look like roadkill with rhythm.

0:49:570:49:59

Stars were a-swinging... Could somebody help me?

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