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Antiques series. Experts Michael Baggott and Will Axon carry out valuations on the decks of the Victorian warship HMS Warrior in Portsmouth.


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Walking on the decks of this historic ship, HMS Warrior,

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you are literally transported back in time to the world

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of the Victorian sailor where you can see hundreds of men

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handling the yarn, rigging and the sails,

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ready to fire a shot at the enemy on the fighting deck here.

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Well, there's a totally different crew on board today,

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but they do have their work cut out.

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Welcome to Flog It!

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Flog It! first visited Portsmouth a good six years ago,

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back in series five. Tell you what, we found so much booty back then

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we decided to come back! And look at the weather, we're blessed with it.

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-Summer frocks are on. Hello, everyone!

-Hello!

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-What have you got in there?

-Sandwiches.

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Sandwiches. Good luck with that. That's 80 to 120, isn't it?

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What are they? Cheese and pickle?

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-Yes!

-That was a good guess, wasn't it? What have you brought along?

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-My ginger jar.

-Ginger jar. Well, good luck with that.

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You see, it doesn't matter what you brought along, you could be

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one of the lucky ones going through to auction later on

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and earning a small fortune. I know what this lot are here for,

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

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CROWD: What's it worth?

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And if you're happy with the valuation, what are you going to do?

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Flog it!

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Already walking the plank are our experts

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Will Axon and Michael Baggott.

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We're going to have a marvellous day.

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The sun is shining, everyone body is smiling

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and it looks like Michael Baggott has spotted a real gem down there.

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A pair of Chinese vases.

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Let's take a closer look at what he's talking about.

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Ruth, I spotted you in the queue with these marvellous vases.

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-Can you tell me, where did they come from?

-They were my grandmother's.

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I think they might have been a wedding present.

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She was married in June 1929.

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And obviously when she passed away they passed to me

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and I don't really use them.

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They're just stuck behind a door and it's a shame, really.

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-They're doorstops at the moment?

-Sort of!

-Well, they are heavy enough!

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They are.

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-They scream Chinese.

-Right.

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-But very, very early form of Chinese vessel.

-Right.

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This shape would date back possibly 2,500 or 3,000 years.

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What we've got here is we've got cloisonne decoration

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and there are two ways that you can put enamelling into a metal surface.

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Champleve and cloisonne.

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Cloisonne is basically where you make wires in the body,

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and then you'll fill it with powdered glass

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and you'll fire it

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and the glass will vitrify and melt and form a surface.

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-Right.

-Then you rub it back.

-I see.

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There was a great revival of Chinese style in the West

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in the 1680s,

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then again in 1750,

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then again in 1820,

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and then at the end of the 19th-century.

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These are end of the 19th-century. They're about 1870.

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-Really!

-Up to about 1900.

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Oh, I didn't think they'd be that old.

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Really you date them by the quality

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and also by the colour of the bronze because they are cast bronze.

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You've got these little zoomorphic handles.

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Yes, I do like the handles, I must admit.

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-They're quite characterful, aren't they?

-Yes, they are.

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-And again, they are copied from archaic Chinese bronze vessels.

-OK.

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What they are is a nice, large, decorative pair.

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-Any ideas of the value?

-I've absolutely no idea.

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I mean, Chinese things are going through the roof at the moment

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but the things that the Chinese want to buy back

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are Imperial quality, made for their own market.

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-These are very much for export and it's poor quality.

-No, that's fine.

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-Let's be cautious and say £80-£120.

-OK.

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-And let's put a fixed reserve of £70 on them.

-Right.

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-They won't go for any less than that.

-Right.

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-So, thank you very much for bringing them in.

-No problem.

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-I'm sure we'll get them away at the sale for you.

-Excellent, thank you very much.

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Michael Baggott with a masterclass in cloisonne.

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And now to a very special piece of bronze made by a very special man.

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-So, Sandy, tell me, are you a dog lover?

-I am.

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Yes, I'm an animal lover.

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I love them dogs, I think they're beautiful, they really are.

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Is that what drew you originally to the sculpture?

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It was my father's originally. He left them to me.

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Was your father a keen collector, was he?

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Yes, he used to collect lots of bits and pieces.

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He used to go to jumble sales and charity shops.

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OK, that's always a good start.

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-And it's rubbed off on you, has it?

-Yes, because I'm now doing it!

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Are you?

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So, you've obviously done a bit of research,

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I would have thought, on a piece like this.

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-PJ Mene.

-Pierre Jules Mene.

-Exactly right.

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Yes, born 1810 in France, Paris, lived until 1877.

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And I would pretty much say that without doubt,

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he was the most successful animalier bronze producer of his time,

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if not, ever.

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Because, he was a man who was quite happy to be down the foundry

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sleeves rolled up, apron on, getting his hands dirty,

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producing the bronzes that he would then

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sell on to the French aristocracy.

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And he would be just as comfortable, shall we say,

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schmoozing his clients as he would be with working

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with the lads in the foundry, getting his hands dirty.

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This has been made from a mould.

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-You make the bronze and the mould still exists, doesn't it?

-Yes.

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So, when Mene died in 1877,

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the moulds of the bronzes were passed on to his son,

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and of course, that meant he could keep producing the bronzes.

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But you wouldn't say it was by Mene necessarily

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because it wasn't in his lifetime.

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So, you got to be a bit careful that even though

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it is signed Mene, that's signed in the actual mould itself,

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rather than it being produced in his lifetime,

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with him actually having handled it, checked over the quality,

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cos he would have done that with every single bronze that left.

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A lot of the time when you get later cast examples,

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which are using the same moulds,

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but are cast with perhaps not quite as much care

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and attention to detail,

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you lose the definition, whereas here,

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you've got real character, haven't you, on the faces of these dogs.

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And, underneath of course, you want to see this.

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You want to see, these haven't been off in years, have they?

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No, they're all original.

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That's exactly what you want to see so I think this is probably

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produced towards the end of his lifetime,

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maybe even into the late 19th century, early 20th century.

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But I'm telling you, it's still a nice example, isn't it?

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It is, it's beautiful.

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-What do you think it's worth? Have you got an idea in your mind?

-Yes.

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It's got to be worth over £150, I would reckon.

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-I would agree with you.

-I would reckon.

-I would agree with you.

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If we were definite that this was within his lifetime

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and he'd handled it and so on,

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I would have said the value would have been in the high hundreds,

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but I think because I'm erring on the side of caution

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that it might be a later model,

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I'm happy to try it at sort of 200 to 300.

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Yes, because I wouldn't sell it for less than £150, I don't think.

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Do you want to put the reserve at, say, £180?

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-Yes, 180.

-180? Yes.

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I don't think your going to have any trouble seeing it away because...

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-I shouldn't think so because...

-Good subject, good name, nice quality.

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-It is.

-You ticked all my boxes, Sandy. See you at the saleroom!

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-Thank you very much.

-Not at all.

-That's great, thank you.

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Michael's gone ashore

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and it looks like he's found something rather special.

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Christopher, thank you for bringing along this most extraordinary

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pair of candlesticks. I'm sure there's a story behind them.

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Can you tell me what you know about them and where you got them from?

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Yes, they came from the consul general in Guatemala City.

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He was consul general from 1957 to 1960

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and he was a friend of the family and they were given as a gift.

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They are set in sterling standard silver and the stone actually

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-comes from the temple of the snake god at Chichen Itza.

-Good grief!

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And they are in the form of the entrance to Chichen Itza.

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Good Lord. So, the stone itself is 500, 600, 700 years old.

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-Must be, yes.

-And yet, what they've done is rather strange to us.

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They've taken fragments of the ruins,

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-which, of course, you can't do these days!

-Well, no, no!

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And they've fashioned into these most extraordinary candlesticks.

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There is a fashion for silver working

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in this sort of Mayan, Aztec, sort of native South American style.

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I think it really started in Mexico,

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the Taxco company and Hector Aguilar.

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-They were basically working in the '20s, '30s and '40s.

-Right.

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They're super. If we turn them over, they are marked sterling,

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they have the little Mexican symbol on for sterling silver

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-and the 925 mark and they're rather spectacular.

-Yes.

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And I daresay, it's not a word I use often,

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but they're quite funky and they would go into, I think,

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many modern interiors and set it off an absolute treat.

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-They were an 18th birthday present to you?

-Yes. That was 1962.

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-Giving away your age now!

-I know, yes.

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Why have you decided to sell them now?

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Well, I am now in a very small flat.

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I've got loads of other things, silver, china

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and there's only so much you can keep in one small space.

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Absolutely, absolutely.

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Well, I think they're so unusual

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is quite difficult for me to value them.

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I think what we'll do is put a fixed reserve of £150 on them.

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-Right.

-But I think, let's put a wider estimate on and say £200-£400.

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And hopefully get the top of that estimate?

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Hopefully get the top end.

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Thank you for bringing along something that is unique to me,

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I've not seen the like before

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and I'm sure the people at the auction will be equally delighted.

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-Excellent.

-And hopefully bidding!

-I hope so!

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-Thank you very much indeed.

-Thank you.

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Ruth's Chinese vases are a good example of cloisonne work

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but will anyone like the look of them in the auction room?

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PJ Mene is the name to remember in bronze but will these greyhounds

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be quick out of the starter's block in the sale?

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And these candlesticks are so unusual,

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they are very difficult to value.

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We are leaving the busy dockyards of Portsmouth

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to head north for today's auction.

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And this is where we're putting all of our items to the test today,

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Andrew Smith & Son auction rooms in the heart of Hampshire.

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A little village called Itchen Stoke.

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I tell you what, this barn is absolutely full of gems.

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It's got all the ingredients of a classic sale today.

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And we have two auctioneers on the rostrum,

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Andrew Smith and Nick Jarrett.

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At auction buyers and sellers both pay commission.

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Today it's 15% for our sellers.

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But now, our first lot.

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This is a first on Flog It! - that's for sure.

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We don't get that many Mexican things actually.

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-They are quite unusual.

-They are very, very unusual.

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I know they took your eye. Beautifully worked.

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At first, I'll be honest, at first I didn't like them at all.

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I really didn't. They were very unusual and I thought I'd film them.

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By the time we'd finished, I thought they were lovely.

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Let's find out what the bidders think.

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Lot 275, the sterling silver and carved stone snake god candlesticks.

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These are terrific, have you seen them? Lovely style to them.

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Possibility that the stone is actually antique, from a temple.

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I've got several bids.

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I'm going to start you hear at £110.

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120 can I say?

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At 110, 120 is it?

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£110, 120,

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130, 140, 150?

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£140, 150 can I say?

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150, 160?

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£150. On the side here at 150.

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Selling, make no mistake, at £150.

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I don't think they're expensive at this level either.

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At £150, all done? At £150, are you done?

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Sold at £150. That is auctions for you.

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You win some, you lose some, but in this case we didn't lose,

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-we got it away...

-Absolutely.

-..on the reserve,

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-which is the main thing.

-Excellent.

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At least they're out of the cupboard,

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they'll be used by someone.

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As long as we haven't angered the snake god, I'm fine with that!

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From Mexico to China.

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Well, a touch of the Orient comes to the south coast now

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with a pair of Chinese bronze vases belonging to Ruth.

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They're about to go under the hammer with a value of around £80-£120.

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Well, let's see what they make, shall we?

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It's worth a try, isn't it? Here we go, let's find out what the bidders think.

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Lot 540, the Chinese copper and champleve vases.

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Good vases, these. Where are you going to start me for them?

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£50? £50 then, surely?

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£50 I have. And five?

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55, 60, five, 70?

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At £65.

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-Oh, we need a bit more than that.

-At £65?

-We do, I'm afraid.

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At £65?

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70, can I say? At £65? No?

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At £65, then, all done.

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Not sold, I'm afraid.

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Sorry about that.

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-Oh! Never mind.

-Look on the bright side, it's not a chest of drawers,

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-you don't have to lug that home, do you?

-No!

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-At least they go on the back seat of the car.

-That's right, yes.

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Today wasn't the day for Kim so

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she's decided to put them back into auction in a couple of month's time.

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Who let the dogs out? That's what I want to know.

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There's lots running around here and Sandy,

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you are just about to sell your bronze sculpture of a greyhound.

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-You are a dog lover.

-I'm a cat lover more.

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-That's why you're selling your bronze!

-But I do like dogs!

-Do you?

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-I love everything.

-Have you checked

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the ones running around here? They're all over the place!

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They certainly are!

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Wonderful casting anyway. I like this bronze greyhound.

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-It's lovely, isn't it?

-Yes.

-I think it's wonderful.

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And you're a bit of a collector, aren't you?

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-You want to do a bit of dealing.

-Yes.

-Good for you!

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-I go to antiques fairs and things.

-It's great fun, isn't it?

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-It really is good fun.

-It is.

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It's just good to get out there.

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Good luck with that. Let's see what we can do for you, shall we?

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Fingers crossed here we go.

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Lot 500, the bronze group of the greyhound and puppy.

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Quality piece.

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-It is a quality piece.

-And I've got to start you at 140.

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150, can I say? 140 with me.

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150, is it? 140, here, 150, 160.

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-Good, we've got some interest in the room.

-170 anywhere?

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The chap over there against the wall is bidding quite heavily.

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180?

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-He's going to try...

-Oh, good.

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-190.

-He's going to get it for 190.

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190, I have, are you sure?

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-I wanted more.

-Well, so did I.

-We all want more!

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190, think that is it. At £190, are we done?

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-Yes. It is gone.

-I think he got a good deal there.

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I think he did, too.

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Back at our valuation day on HMS Warrior,

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the waiting crowd are being entertained

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by the Royal Marines Association Concert Band,

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playing a selection of sea shanties.

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A sea shanty was sung to accompany work on board ships,

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although not many were sung on war vessels such as Warrior.

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It is thought that Drunken Sailor,

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was one of the few allowed by the Royal Navy.

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MUSIC: Drunken Sailor

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What a fabulous performance from some very skilled musicians.

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Now, Will has found two hand-made vases that you may well recognise,

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but can you guess what he thinks they are worth?

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Well, Ann, from the Spinnaker behind me there,

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a bit of cutting edge technology in the 21st century,

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down to these, which, in their time, the Moorcroft family were

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pretty cutting edge in technology and design, too.

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Where have you got them from and why are you selling them?

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We bought them in the late '70s or early '80s at a collector's fair

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in the Guildhall in Portsmouth, here.

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OK, so they have not strayed far from where you bought them.

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No, not at all. We just bought them because we liked them.

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We didn't know anything about them when we bought them.

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You've tapped into where Moorcroft were coming from with this

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very artistic decoration, very decorative,

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very colourful almost on this sea-blue ground, isn't it?

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It is very organic, shall we say, which is really the angle they

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were coming from, as well as with the shape and with the decoration.

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You say you bought them from a fair,

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so, what sort of money did you have to pay for them?

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If I remember rightly, I think we paid about £60 for the two.

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That is not bad going, £60.

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Granted that it's for the earlier,

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larger pieces of Moorcroft where the big money is spent, but, I mean,

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I think we would probably have to put a matched pair, maybe.

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I think they're just slightly different,

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so I am going to suggest to you that we will put these in with

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a bit of a come-and-get-me estimate,

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100 to 150, how do you feel about that?

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I know it's a long time since you bought them and you may be want a better return.

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But we have had the use of them in that time and enjoyed them.

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That is the way to look at it, really. Perfect.

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What is the money for? Are you going to replace them with more Moorcroft

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or are you going to go off on another collecting tangent?

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-We have got a Fifth Wheel so we are probably...

-A Fifth Wheel?

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-Yes, it is a kind of caravan.

-Oh, I thought it was a condition!

-No!

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It is an articulated vehicle that goes on the back of a truck bed.

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-Very easy to use.

-Let's have a look.

-That will give you an idea.

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-Yes, you're right, there is you and your husband?

-Yes.

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Well, listen, 100 to 150, let's hope we can get you top estimate,

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a bit of cash to put towards your holiday.

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-I look forward to seeing you at the auction.

-Fingers crossed.

-Cheers.

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So, 100 to 150, did you get that right?

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Later, we will find out if they make more as they go under the hammer

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but now, we are back on deck with Michael.

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Martina, thank you for bringing this beautiful lady today.

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What can you tell me about it?

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Well, Michael, I actually inherited her from my godparents

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together with 16 other ivory or -

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well, we were hoping that it's ivory - items.

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Right. That brings up a few interesting points.

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The first is that there are so many copies of ivory

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in resin, in plastic, in bone.

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Bone's quite easy to tell,

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because you'll get little black flecks from the vesicles that show through.

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The plastic forgeries can be much more cunning.

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They often have the same density and feel as ivory.

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We must just say that this is old ivory,

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not anything that was made in the 20th century.

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Ivory can only be sold if it was made before 1947.

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This piece certainly was.

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This figure would date to about 1870, 1880,

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but if we look at the figure in detail,

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it's quite difficult to tell,

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but if you look here by the shoulder -

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I'm naturally drawn to that area, I don't know why -

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you can see a little bit of grain in it, and if we just move it,

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there is slight flexing and a depth to it

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which you don't get with plastic cos it's all surface decoration

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and patination with plastic.

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I think this is a figure of Diana the Huntress,

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-because we've got her quiver.

-Mm-hm.

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We've got her faithful hunting dog

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and then we have her holding her kill, the boar's head.

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That's a very Teutonic emblem.

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You wouldn't expect to see her with a boar's head in France,

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but in a German carving, that's absolutely fine.

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She's nicely done.

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I wouldn't say she's the very finest quality ivory I've seen,

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but very nicely done, and German rather than the French Dieppe carving.

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Nice figure.

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-Any idea of the value?

-Absolutely none.

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I think we need to be sensible with it,

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just because she's holding the dead boar's head.

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That might just put a few people off

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-that like the more Art Deco graceful figures.

-Yes.

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Let's say £400-£600.

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Let's put a fixed reserve of, say, £400 on it.

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-Are you happy to put it into the auction?

-I am, yes.

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Because she's only in a box at the moment.

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Well, get her out of the box and on display

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and in front of some admiring eyes, I hope.

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-They would appreciate it more.

-I certainly do.

-Thank you.

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Thank you very much for bringing it in.

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In Roman mythology, Diana was the goddess of the hunt

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and of the moon,

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and it looks like Michael will join the masses who worship her.

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Will's back on shore now, but is he in trouble?

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Steve, you're making me a bit nervous in your uniform.

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I know my valuations can be a bit out sometimes,

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but as far as I'm aware, that's not an arrestable offence, is it?

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-No, I don't think so.

-I'm in the clear, then.

-Should be all right.

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But look what you've brought along today. These are great fun.

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Do you wear these? Are they from your own collection?

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No. My mother gave them to me a few years ago, and she got them

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off her father, who was in the Royal Navy,

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so I don't know how he came to be in possession of them.

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Right, OK. They're a lovely little pair of cufflinks.

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When I first saw them, I thought, these are some nice gold cufflinks

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with enamelled pictures of the Titanic,

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-but having had a closer look at them, they're not gold, are they?

-No.

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They are base metal, so we'd have to call them sort of gilt metal.

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The centenary has only recently passed,

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so the sort of thing that we want to see on Flog It!

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You tell me that your grandfather was in the Royal Navy.

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-In the Royal Navy, yes.

-So do you think that they probably came from him, then, originally?

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Yes, I have talked to people about these.

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Why would they be making souvenirs earlier than 100 years?

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If my grandfather had them, they've got to be at least 50 years old.

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-Yes.

-So, unless they were a bicentenary thing.

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Otherwise, I was thinking,

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maybe they were issued to the crews

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for cufflinks themselves, or something.

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I think they're possibly commemorative

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-rather than being on board at the time, shall we say.

-Mm-hm.

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Because, even at the time, the Titanic was causing quite a stir.

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So I think there was a market for Titanic-related memorabilia

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-even then. Not really a cufflink man?

-No, not really.

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Well, there are enough people out there who are obsessed -

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and that is the word for it - with the Titanic memorabilia.

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I think we'll find a new buyer for these.

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My valuation would be sort of around the £50 mark,

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sort of £40-£60. How do you feel about that?

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-That would be fine, yes.

-Yes, you'd be happy with that?

-Yes.

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Well, thanks for coming off duty and seeing us.

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Shake you by the hand, and see you at the saleroom.

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-Absolutely.

-You don't have to come in uniform.

-Thank you.

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What a fabulous valuation day we've had here on HMS Warrior,

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and particularly in Portsmouth Harbour.

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But sadly, it's time for us to say goodbye,

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as we get landlocked now into the auction room in Winchester.

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Here's the booty that we're taking with us.

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Will's estimate was £100-£150, but we all know Moorcroft can make more.

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Will this sale cause jaws to drop at auction?

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Or will it be the ivory figure that combines beauty and the beast?

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There are thousands of Titanic fans in the country.

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Will they set sail to bid on these cufflinks?

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It's back to the saleroom now,

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where it's light, camera, auction for the last time today.

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Good luck with these cufflinks.

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It would be really nice to think that they could be the Titanic.

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-I am pretty sure they are.

-Well, I think it is the Titanic.

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You've got the four funnels, you see, and on the Titanic,

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you had three funnels for the steam and one for show.

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So, the four funnels on these, I am pretty sure...

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Which could add to that £40-£60 value,

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it could bring it up a bit, couldn't it?

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Well, these Titanic collectors are avid collectors.

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-Now, I gather all the money is going towards a pram.

-Yes.

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-So tell me about this pram. Who's it for?

-For my daughter.

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She's 24 and she's expecting her first child in November.

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-So you're going to be a grandad?

-Yes, first time.

-How exciting!

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Let's find out what the cufflinks do.

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They're going under the hammer now.

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A pair of metal cufflinks with enamel pictures,

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possibly the Titanic, lot 245.

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Start me at £50. £50?

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40? £40, surely.

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-30, if you like.

-Come on! They're worth that!

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32, 35, 37. 40.

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Well done.

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45.

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At £42 and selling. Is there 5?

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45. 47.

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Good.

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At £45, seated at the front here. At £45, are you all done?

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At £45, last time.

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It looks like we are selling at 45.

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-Yes, the hammer's gone down.

-There you go.

-Good estimate.

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-Very good.

-Glad to see them away.

-But they've gone.

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They've gone, and that's the end of them, yeah.

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-Little bit of money towards the pushchair.

-Yes, we might get a wheel out of that!

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Now, will this be one of those Moorcroft moments?

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Why are you selling the vases?

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Well, we came down, because it was on the Warrior as well,

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and it was a beautiful day...

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-It was stunning.

-And we thought it would be a lovely experience.

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A good day out. But you get to see how Flog It! is put together and made.

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-And that was really interesting.

-Were you've impressed?

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-I was, and everybody was so nice.

-We look after everybody, we really do.

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-What are we looking for, Will?

-I think I said about £100 for the pair.

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I think they've got to be worth that. A pair of Moorcroft vases.

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-Yes, one of the best names in ceramics.

-Exactly.

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-Fingers crossed.

-Fingers crossed.

-No pressure.

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Lot 580, there is a pair of Moorcroft spot vases.

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We have a commissioned bid. I'll start the bidding at £100.

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-Straight in.

-There we go.

-Oh, good.

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110, 120, 130. Commissioned bid's out.

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130 in the room. It there 140?

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140, 150.

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160. 170, 180, 190, 200.

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-It's going. Well, it is a pair, isn't it? Let's face it.

-Yeah.

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At £190, then, if you're all done, very last time...

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Yes! How about that? We are happy with that.

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So that will get the food for the week, won't it?

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-Or something like that.

-Yes.

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-Who are you going with?

-My husband.

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-Is he here today?

-Yes, yes, he's there.

-There he is.

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-He's pleased.

-Very pleased.

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It just shows you, even with popular pieces like Moorcroft,

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you can never tell what they will make on the day.

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An excellent sale. And finally, we end with a goddess.

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Good luck, Martina, with the ivory figure.

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Why have you picked this one out to sell,

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because you've still got another 15 or so at home?

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What was it about this one that you brought to Michael?

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She just stood out very much,

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and she was actually one of my godfather's favourites.

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-He was very much into hunting.

-And it's Diana the Huntress.

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So, classical figure. It's really, really nice. I like this.

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It's beautifully carved.

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It's typically late 19th in style

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and the modelling of the features.

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Let's find out what this auction room thinks.

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There's a lot of bidders. Here we go.

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Lot 105, the carved ivory classical figure of the huntress and hound.

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One, two, three, four commissioned bids here.

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Fantastic! Fantastic!

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Straight in at £700.

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Yes! £700!

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At £700 and selling. Is there 20?

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-At £700.

-Straight in at £700.

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At £700, are you all done?

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At £700, commissioned bid, for the very last time...

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Well, I never. Three commissioned bids,

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straight in on the highest one, £700.

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Has that changed your mind about the rest of the collection?

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If they're all worth somewhere around that region,

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you're in for a lot of money.

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-I think I need Michael's advice on the rest.

-Take Michael's advice.

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Slowly, slowly, but, yes, sell them.

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We've come to the end of our day, and I tell you what,

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you can never guarantee what's going to happen in an auction room. That is the beauty of them.

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If you fancy having a go yourself, if you've got any unwanted antiques and collectables,

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we would love to see you.

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Bring them along to one of our valuation days.

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As you can see, it's not just about antiques and collectables.

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It can be about gypsy caravans and garden furniture.

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If you've got it, we would love to sell it.

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Details are on our BBC website, and if you don't have a computer,

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check the details in your local press,

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because we're coming to a town very near you soon.

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Until then, from Hampshire, it's goodbye from all of us.

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