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Our valuation day venue is certainly making the right noises.

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We're at the Museum Of Science And Industry,

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a venue devoted to Manchester's glorious industrial past

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and the city's achievement in the world of science.

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As a music fan, it's really great to be here in Manchester.

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Everyone from The Hollies to Take That,

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Morrissey to The Stone Roses, originate from this patch of soil.

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The list of musical accolades seems endless,

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and so does our queue here today.

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Let's hope our experts are in full voice.

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Joining me in the hunt for the finest antiques

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is the rhythmical Caroline Hawley...

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..and the songbird herself, Anita Manning.

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A squeeze-box?

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We've squeezed hundreds of people in here today.

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And talking about squeezing, let's catch up with Anita Manning.

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Elaine, Steve, welcome to "Flog It!"

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I love this type of threepenny bit box.

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I was drawn to it, and I know what's inside it.

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A wonderful little concertina.

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-So, are you musical?

-No!

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Steve, have you had a go at it?

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We've managed to get a few notes out of it, but, no, we can't play it.

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The dog runs a mile!

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I love concertinas. Let's pull it out and have a closer look at it.

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This is a Lachenal concertina.

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Lachenal was a London company,

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and it was started by a Swiss man called Louis Lachenal in 1830.

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Went on for about 80 years,

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and he was the most prolific of concertina-makers.

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So about 40,000 of these were produced every year.

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So that's telling us something.

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They aren't the Rolls-Royce of concertinas.

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They're not the best of concertinas.

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So we've got to take that into consideration.

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We have a registration mark.

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Now, concertina enthusiasts love to see that,

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because that can tell us exactly the year that it was made.

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I know you've done a wee bit of research on this, Professor.

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Yeah. I checked it online. There is a site you can go on to get

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a rough idea of the date, and that one,

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-it works out roundabout 1875.

-1870s.

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-So it is an old one.

-It IS an old one.

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It's got a good age about it.

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We have some losses here on the strapping.

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Yeah, we know, that's always been there.

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The collectors will take that into consideration.

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Let's put it to auction, then,

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-let a collector have the opportunity of buying it.

-Yes.

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-We'll put it in with an estimate of £100-£200.

-That's fine.

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-Elaine, would you be happy with that?

-Yes, I will.

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-We'll put a reserve on it of £100.

-100, yeah. Right, let's go for it.

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-Shall we go for it?

-Yeah, let's go for it.

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Well, I like to think that this will play

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a fine and lovely and cheerful tune again.

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It'll be interesting. I'd love to hear it being played, I really would.

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I think the dog would, as well.

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ANITA PLAYS A FEW NOTES

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Well, I don't think that was the sort of playing

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she was talking about, Anita. Next, more music history.

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Can you guess whose autograph Anne hunted down in 1963?

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-Hello, Anne.

-Hello.

-So, here we are in the Power Hall.

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And if I turn over this little invitation,

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there's the signature of a very powerful man in the world of music.

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-Shall we turn it over and have a look?

-Yes.

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Paul McCartney. I'm jealous.

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Tell me, Anne, how did you get Paul McCartney's signature on this card?

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In 1963, I went to a little club in Manchester called The Oasis,

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and I was dancing to The Beatles.

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Obviously, it was before they became famous.

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And I just got his autograph.

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I could have got all the autographs, but I just chose him.

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-And it was a small club, was it?

-Yes. Yes.

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And they were playing, and you were dancing away, in your miniskirt?

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-Yeah.

-And your boots?

-Yes.

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-Kinky boots.

-Yes, probably.

-Fabulous!

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And do your remember the music they were playing?

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Oh, yeah, well, they had just made one record,

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I think it was Please Please Me.

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-And I know they sang Twist And Shout.

-Oh, did they?

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How exciting! And what's this, the ticket it's on?

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It's a Christmas party at the Grand Hotel.

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Yes, that was just in the December just before,

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-but I had that in my handbag at the time.

-So you whipped it out...

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-So I got it out, yeah.

-..ready for him to sign it for you.

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I didn't... You know, you don't think of getting autographs, do you?

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-You don't, no. Did you have any idea they were going to be huge?

-No, no.

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I'm sure this is priceless in some ways, but put a value on it we must.

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I think if we put a value of £80-£120.

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If we put a reserve on it, just to protect it. If we said £70 reserve?

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-That sounds fine.

-Discretionary, is that OK with you?

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-Yes, that's fine.

-If we get that, and I'm sure we will,

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-you will have something to Twist And Shout about!

-That's right.

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Autographs from names as big as Paul McCartney

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are sought the world over.

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Could a simple signature make more than £120? Find out later.

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So many people have travelled for miles to get here today,

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carrying unwanted antiques and collectables.

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Many of them are small, in handbags and carrier bags, but look at this.

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Look what's being opened now, look at that,

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a massive, great big suitcase on wheels. Let's be nosey.

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-Hello, there.

-Hello.

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I spotted you in the queue and I said, "Are you going on holiday?"

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-Oh, no, my towel's out, don't!

-What's your name?

-Tracey.

-Tracey.

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-Are you both here together?

-Yes.

-Are you sisters?

-No.

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Just good friends, just good friends. OK.

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Come on, let's get in there. Do you need a hand?

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-Oh, that's nice. It's a little inlay cabinet, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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With a bit of a brass inlay.

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-Oh!

-This is clingfilmed up now.

-Oh, that's nice. Look at that.

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A wonderful little serpentine front to it.

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Is this something you want to sell?

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-Yes.

-Well, it looks complete, as well, doesn't it?

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-So how did you come by this?

-I bought it from the internet.

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-How much did you pay for it?

-Just under 700.

-Just under?

-Yeah.

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-There is one thing, there's only 15 gilded glasses.

-Is there one missing?

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There is one, but it's not gilded.

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It's very impressive when you open the cabinet.

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It is, yeah, especially the little decanters decorated in gilt

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with the trailing grape and vine.

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You know, it's a nice little touch, it's a beautiful little touch.

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We could put it in with a value of £600 to £800

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with a reserve at six.

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-And hopefully it might make £1,000.

-Yeah.

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Tracey bought the 19th-century decanters for £700,

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but she's happy to set the reserve at £600 in the hope

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that it'll make more money. Will the gamble pay off?

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Our auction today comes from Knutsford in Cheshire.

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The legend has it that King Canute forded the River Lily here

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in the 11th century, leading to the name Cunetesford or Knutsford.

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Five, I'm bid. 520. Phone's back in.

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Auctioneers Nick Hall and Peter Ashburner

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are sharing the rostrum today,

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selling 100 lots an hour in this busy sale room.

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While Anita and Caroline may look confident,

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their valuations are about to be put to the test.

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So the pressure is on.

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OK, going under the hammer right now,

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let's hope we hit the right notes with this concertina.

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It's a Lachenal, it belongs to Elaine,

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who sadly could not be with us today,

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but we do have our expert, Anita, and we do have the concertina.

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I thought a fair estimate was 100 to 200,

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-it wasn't in the best of condition.

-Strap's missing, isn't it?

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We really have to take that into consideration.

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I'm hoping it will do well.

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It was a little cheeky come and buy me, was it?

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-Fingers crossed.

-Fingers crossed.

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You see, you have been pushing the buttons, haven't you?

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And I hope Nick pushes the buttons with the bidders right now,

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because let's hand over to this packed saleroom. Here we go.

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It's the Lachenal & Co of London, 48-button concertina.

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I've got commission interest in this lot, as well.

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I'm going to come straight in at 70, 5

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80, 5, 90, 5, 100.

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At £100 I start. At £100.

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Bid for me at 100. Who's going to take 110? 110 online.

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120 in the room. 130, 140, at 140 now.

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Oh, it's slowed down a bit, hasn't it? Come on.

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160 now. 160 now.

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At £160. The bid's against you online at £160.

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170 is back in. 180 I have.

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On commission at 180. It's against you online. Try another.

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Come on.

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£190, commission's out. Room out. It's online.

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At £190, all done.

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-Spot on.

-That was just about the right estimate and the right price.

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Top end. Brilliant, brilliant. Elaine will be happy.

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-I think we should let her know, don't you?

-Yeah, I'm happy, too.

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Well, so far, so good. Things have been flying out the door.

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This is where it could go horribly wrong.

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It's my turn to be the expert, and I've just been joined by Tracey.

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How have you been since we saw you at the valuation day?

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Really good, thank you. Looking forward to it. Yeah.

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It's that wonderful decanter set with glasses. It is complete.

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-One's wrong, though, isn't it? One's slightly different.

-Yeah.

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We need to find a new home for it.

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We're going to do that right now. This is it.

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A good quality 19th-century red and black lacquer

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travelling decanter set. Where will I go?

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Start me at 600. Five?

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Four, start me. Who's in at £400?

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Anywhere? Get the ball rolling at £400. Bid me now.

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-It's not going to sell, is it?

-It's not going to sell, is it?

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Start me off at £400. Last call, last chance.

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Last opportunity for this lot at £400 to start me off.

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No interest, no bids.

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-It's got the wrong look, hasn't it?

-What a shame. Never mind.

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-I'm so sorry.

-Never mind.

-Gosh, that's auctions for you.

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I told you there'd be one or two surprises.

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I thought it would, you know, I thought I'd be bringing it home!

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Well, you can't win them all.

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Sometimes the bidders just aren't buying what you're selling,

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but it could all be different on another day.

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Now, let's see if the collectors are more interested

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in the signature of one of music's greats.

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Well, our next item to go under the hammer is a real fab one,

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and I do mean a fab one!

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Part of The Fab Four - Paul McCartney's autograph.

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-Fabulous. From The Oasis Club.

-In Manchester?

-Yes.

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-And they only played there two or three, four times, something like that?

-That's right.

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Now, you had the opportunity to get all four fab...

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-Could have done, yes.

-You missed it.

-Yes.

-What happened?

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Well, I only liked Paul McCartney at the time.

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-Oh, I bet you wish you liked all four of them now, don't you?

-I did.

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You're in good company,

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-cos there's a lot of pop and rock memorabilia here today.

-Yes, I noticed that.

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I can't wait to see this, let's get a number one smash hit with this.

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Going under the hammer now.

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Lot 260, a Paul McCartney signature from 1963,

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signed on the back of a ticket stub.

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-I can start the bidding at £130. Any advance?

-Wow.

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Love Me Do!

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140, 150. 160, 170, 180,

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190, 200, 210. 210.

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Here on commission at 210, 230 online,

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-240 on commission...

-240!

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240, 250, 260.

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260, 270.

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280, all online. 290, 300,

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320, 320 online.

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At 320. 330 on commission.

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At 330, is a commission bid. Anybody more?

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At 340, 340 online,

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commissions are out. At £340. It's on the internet.

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At £340, anybody got more?

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At 340, I am selling at £340.

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-Yes!

-£340.

-Yes!

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What's really nice about that signature

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is you can actually date the date

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with the ticket on the reverse side.

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And that's what it's all about.

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-It's the social history of what was going on there and then.

-Exactly.

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One of only four times they played there, and you were there.

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-You were that girl.

-What a great result.

-Brilliant.

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What a good result. Are you happy with that?

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-I thought it would be about 70.

-Oh, no!

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£340 for just two words.

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That's how important our musical legacy is to some collectors.

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Well, that's it. It's all over.

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Another day in the auction room for Flog It!.

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Some highs and some lows. But that is what it's all about.

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You can never predict what it's worth in the saleroom.

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So until the next time, from Knutsford, goodbye.

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