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Today we're in the northeast,
and on this side of the River Tyne is the town of Gateshead.
And as I cross over the river, that's the city of Newcastle,
the location for our valuation day.
Welcome to 'Flog It!'.
This imposing warehouse building that you can see over my shoulder
has a strong connection to our valuation day venue.
From 1902 onwards,
it was used to store all the foreign produce brought to the Tyne by ship
before being taken on to Blandford House,
the site of our valuation day.
This monumental Victorian building dating back to 1899 was once
a distribution centre for the surrounding cooperative shops,
but now it's a science and local history museum
and the site of our valuation day.
Well, let's hope this building's history has as the centre
of trade bodes well for us later on in the auction rooms today.
But right now, let's take a closer look at what the 'Flog It!'
crowd have brought along to the Discovery Museum,
here in the centre of Newcastle.
And our queue is growing.
We've got people enjoying the sunshine out here,
keen to get the lowdown on their items,
and already we've had to move lots of people inside.
There's a real feeling of anticipation in the air.
This fantastic crowd here today have come from across the Tyne and Wear,
all laden with antiques and collectables,
all hoping they're one of the lucky ones
to go through to the auction later on.
And I know two people who can't wait to get their hands on the items.
Having travelled across the United Kingdom to be with us,
we have out 'Flog It!' antique experts Anita Manning...
Tell me what you like about it.
It's all the animals and all the detail around the edges.
..and Adam Partridge.
-What have you got with you?
-I've got some coconuts.
-Would you sell them?
Hundreds of people are making their way to the Great Hall,
once the canteen for the cooperative workers,
on the top floor of this impressive conversion.
Our experts, both on and off screen, are here to value the
wonderfully diverse range of objects that are arriving here in Newcastle.
In today's show, Adam meets two friends
who can't wait to swap their carvings for a holiday in Benidorm.
And Anita discovers a childhood love story
behind an autographed book of famous signatures.
First up, it's Adam Partridge, who's raring to go.
And here he is to tell us more about those interesting carvings
he spotted in the queue earlier.
-Welcome to 'Flog It!'.
-Pleased to meet you.
-Friends for years?
-We have been, yeah.
-And how did you become friends?
-Met through work.
-And how do you enjoy yourselves?
-We like to go out as often as we can.
-Go to car boots.
-Car boots, yeah.
-Go on holiday as well?
-Where do you go?
Benidorm. We went to Barcelona.
-Anyway, down to the items you brought.
-Who owns what?
-And those are yours?
Let's start with the coconuts.
-How did you come to own them?
-They were originally my grandfather's,
but I've had them about 38 years.
Did grandfather travel? Was he a seaman?
No. I don't honestly know anything about them.
Often they're Burmese or from that part of the world,
and often they have been brought back by a family member who
is a seaman. Do they live out on display at home?
Well...they have been in a display cabinet,
but I've moved house a few times, they're very fragile...
-That one's quite badly damaged.
Unfortunately they're too prone to damage, so...
-Is that why you brought them in?
-Are they hidden in a box?
-And where is the box hidden?
-On top of the wardrobe.
-On top of the wardrobe!
-You know, they're no good to me.
-It's wardrobes again.
-If somebody else would appreciate them.
Yeah, well, I think they will.
Take the lid off that one and you can see inside the coconut shell,
and they're nicely carved, aren't they?
Very well carved, yes.
And then mounted on this little turned mahogany bases with covers.
I think they're very nice. I think they're about 100 years old.
-I would think so.
-Not worth a great deal, though...
-It doesn't matter.
-..because of the damage.
I'd put 30-50 estimate because that's an encouraging price,
and hopefully they will go on and make a little bit more.
Brilliant. That's fine by me.
So, your coconuts...
And, Sheila, you brought this Chinese puzzle ball here,
ivory one, circa 1900,
so perfectly fine in terms of the law,
which is obviously pre-1947.
How did you come to own this object here?
Well, it was given to my boyfriend in a box of Chinese ornaments,
and when I was rummaging through it I found this and thought,
"Oh, this looks interesting." So straightaway I took it out of there
-and put it straight in the cabinet.
-You said, "I'm having that."
-Yes, I'm having that.
-So it's your now.
You do see them quite often. In fact, most sales you'll see one.
-But quality of carving isn't bad at all.
-It's not top notch but it's definitely not rubbish,
you know, tourist ware.
I always marvel at how they got the ball inside another ball,
inside another ball.
-It's very intricate.
-That's what I found intriguing.
-I think there's several balls inside there.
And it's slightly wonky, you see,
and that's where it's been broken off and re-glued.
But it's a nice thing, isn't it? Are you going to miss it?
Well, I just brought it as a last minute thing.
I didn't think it was worth anything.
-What about your boyfriend?
OK, your boyfriend got it from a lady he does work for,
-but it's yours.
-OK, that sounds fair.
-Yes, it sounds fair to me.
-I've now took it off him.
-Well, I'd put a reserve of 50 on that.
-Is that all right?
-Estimate 50-80. Might make 100.
-So we're going to go off to auction with these now.
We're going to take them off from you
and we're going to put these in at £30-£50, no reserve.
-Trust in the auctioneer.
We're going to put a 50 reserve on that one,
-just in case your boyfriend goes mad...
-He'll not know.
and an estimate of £50-£80.
He's not going to know...
-till it comes out on telly in four months' time.
So, between them, we might get 150 quid, you never know.
That would be fine. That would be all right.
What would it go towards?
-Need I ask?
Well, I've very much enjoyed talking to you both.
-So have we. Thank you very much.
-Thanks for coming.
-BOTH: Thank you.
Isn't it incredible how these amazing items have
found their way from the other side of the world to Newcastle?
The great thing about a 'Flog It!'
valuation day is you never know what you're going to find.
Somewhere amongst this massive crowd there's a little treasure
and, hopefully, we can make some history of our very own,
right here, right now, on 'Flog It!'.
Let's hand things over to Anita Manning. Could this be the item?
Joan, I love to see a big chunk of gold sitting on the table.
It's what people want to buy today.
Can you give me a wee bit of background about it?
Where you got it? Who it belonged to? Where it came from?
Well, it was my grandfather's and he wore it to work every day,
as I can remember as a small child.
And he died in the early '50s and left it to my mother,
-who is still alive, but she gave me it about 40 years ago.
Many people, or many girls, wore them as neck chains.
-Did you do that?
-Yes, I did.
-In the 1970s.
Might have been even the '60s actually.
But I only wore it a couple of times. Far too heavy for an evening.
Well, you know what it is.
It's called an Albert and it's so called
because it was a piece of jewellery that was worn by Prince Albert,
Queen Victoria's husband.
It was worn as a watch chain
and your watch would be attached to this chain.
You would slip your watch in your little waistcoat pocket
and the curb link of this chain
would be visible on the waistcoat,
and it looked very smart and very elegant.
This particular chain is a double Albert,
where we have two little clips here.
It's missing a T-bar, but I'm not too worried about that.
Now, this chain is 9-carat gold.
We know that it's 9-carat gold
-because it's marked .375 on every single link.
That means that there are 375 parts per thousand of pure gold.
They would add other metals, just to make it more durable.
So, we've got that very nice 9-carat double Albert
and we have a sovereign there,
and this would have been worn as a fob of your Albert,
and that would have hung on the outside of the waistcoat as well.
It's an earlier sovereign. It's very well worn,
and this will take away its value as a sovereign,
but it's 22-carat gold
and people will take that into consideration when they buy that.
The other thing that you have here is an Elgin pocket watch,
-and was this also your grandfather's?
I can see that it's ticking away.
Your second hand here is moving around the dial.
-This watch is a gold plated watch.
There is no quality in the plate.
Having said that,
I feel that we would want to put it into auction as one lot...
and I would like to put it in with an estimate of about £400-£600
on the Albert, sovereign and watch - put them in as one lot.
-Would you be happy to sell it within that estimate?
It's a reasonable amount of money. What would you do with it?
Well, we're going to Prague in August to see my eldest daughter
and her partner, so put it towards that.
-A bit of shopping in Prague?
Well, we've certainly got a well-travelled bunch with us,
here in the northeast today. Take a look at this item.
Sally, these are a fine collection of trophies you've got here.
-How did you come by them?
-They were my grandfather's.
He was in the Sudan in the 1920s
and he was working for the Sudan Plantation Company.
Oh, OK. In what capacity? Do you know what he was doing out there?
I don't actually... I think
it was all geographical surveys, really, is what they were doing.
And he was a polo player, and so...
These are polo trophies.
I see. And what was his name?
-And did you know him?
-No, I never met him.
He went from the Sudan to South Africa
-and died in South Africa in the late '50s.
Well, at first sight,
it just looks a few bits of silver on a table, doesn't it?
But I think they tell a story. Everything we see tells a story
and these, I think, tell a story of Sudan in the 1920s.
You can imagine these British gents out there working in geography
and geology, but still maintaining their British customs
and playing polo, all in their whites I'm sure,
-having a spiffing time.
Pith helmets, exactly.
They still had their little piece of England wherever
they were around the world.
These are British silver with Birmingham hallmarks on them all.
-So they've been made in England
and then obviously shipped out for that specific event.
So we've got a range of trophies here.
This one was 1919, 1922, 1923/4 and 1930.
These must have been quite popular cos they did them two years running,
unless they had a special deal from the silversmiths at the time.
-So where do they live at home?
Why have you suddenly decided to bring them in to sell?
They live in a box under the stairs.
Right. So they're not out on display.
They're not out on display, no.
Well, I think they have some interest
and I think the group lot would make probably £200-plus.
-But in order to get that,
I'd suggest an estimate spanning that, so 150-250 as a guide price.
I would put the reserve at 150. They'll make more.
If it makes that, what would you do with the money?
Anything in particular?
I can't think of anything off the top of my head?
-Yes, I have a daughter.
-Don't give her anything.
Well, she needs a flute stand so she might get a flute stand.
That's about a tenner, isn't it?
Already we are halfway through the day and it's time to remind
ourselves of what we're about to take off to auction.
Will Sheila and Linda's 19th century carvings
- one ivory and the other two coconut -
appeal to someone with an eye for the ornate?
Time's ticking on for Joan's Elgin watch.
But given it's 9-carat gold plating,
it's sure to find its way into someone's pocket.
And will Sally's grandfather's very personal polo trophies
dating back to the first half of the 20th century
find a new home in the 21st century?
Today, our auction's in East Bolden,
once known for its thriving coal industry.
In a region that once unearthed so many riches,
I'm feeling optimistic about today's auction.
Well, it's all calm and peaceful on the outside,
but inside the Bolden Auction Galleries there's an electrifying
atmosphere and the sale hasn't even started yet
and the room is already full of bidders.
This lot are here to buy, fingers crossed, our lots.
Time to catch up with our first sellers,
who couldn't be more positive.
Well, our next lot has lived under the stairs,
but not for much longer.
It's a collection of silver polo trophy cups
dating from the early 1900s.
Sally, it's great to see you again. A unique item.
We've not seen anything like this on the show before,
connected with polo, so hopefully there's a great market out there
cos it's a rich man's sport.
Sally, these are your...?
-And you've passed me this picture before.
-There he is.
-Gosh, look at that. What a fine man.
Lovely to see, isn't it? This is the man that owned those trophies.
-Where did he play?
-In the Sudan.
-Where he won the trophies?
-Oh, how nice.
There's a bit of sentimental attachment there.
Are you sad to let go of these?
A little bit, but they sit in the cupboard, so...
-Under the stairs.
-Under the stairs.
-What's the point of that?
Give them to a collector, and hopefully there's some here today,
and they're going under the hammer...right now.
The little bowl and the pedestal cup as well,
the 60th Rifles polo cup,
I'm bid 220.
230. 230. 240.
At 260 it's with me.
You're all out. Anybody on the net?
£260, ladies and gentlemen.
-That's not bad - top end.
And they're gone. Hammer's gone down.
-That's not bad.
-Yeah, that's not a bad result, is it?
It's better than being in a cupboard under the stairs doing nothing.
Well, that was a great way to kick off the auction.
Let's hope things stay buoyant for our next seller.
Going under the hammer right now, we have Joan's booty of gold.
And I must say, if you were wearing all of this,
you'd be dragging it along the road. There's such a lot of gold here.
Double Albert chain, there's a lot of weight there,
the gold watch, the pendant, the coin.
Whose was this? Not yours, obviously, was it?
No, it was my grandfather's.
He must have been a big guy to wear all of that!
-A man of substance.
-He wore it every day.
-Why are you selling these?
-For the money.
He, do you know? That's a fair answer, isn't it?
That's a really good answer.
I've had it a long time.
I think it will not go to melt because it's too good,
but obviously we're looking at melt value as a bottom line.
We've got 4-6.
You've got to take the weight consideration in.
It won't just get your weight value. It will be sold as an item,
and hopefully we will reach our reserve price.
Yeah, as we always say.
9-carat watch chain and the Elgin pocket watch, the plated one.
We've got 56.2g.
I'm bid 300 to start with.
380. 400. 420.
At 440. 460.
460, yes or no, anybody?
All told at £440.
-Well, it's gone. £440.
-It was good.
-It's within estimate - we're happy.
-You're happy as well.
-Thank you very much. Thank you, Anita.
Oh, I'm so pleased it did well.
Spot on there, Anita, with that valuation.
And Joan's got what she wanted - some cash.
At 220. 230 now.
Coming up, a collection entrenched with history.
I've just been joined by Sheila and Linda and our expert Adam,
and we've got a bit of carving going under the hammer.
-A bit of Chinese carving by you, Sheila.
-That's right, yes.
-Linda, you've got the carved coconuts.
-You are really good friends.
-That's why we did the valuation together.
You're holding each other's hand through this
because this could be a rollercoaster ride.
Do you know what? I think we're going to sell both of these items.
I think we're going to be all right. I think we're going to be all right.
-You're up first, aren't you?
-Yes, I am.
-This is it.
We've got the little carved concentric ball entwined with
the dragons on the little pedestal base
and I bid 20 to start it.
At 55. 60...5.
Anybody else left?
Just over the top end.
-At £100. 110.
-Yes, 110, 110.
He nods and shakes his head at the back of the room.
Fabulous. You're happy.
Right, let's see what we can do for you. Here we go.
Here's the next lot.
The carved 19th century coconuts and stands, with the bases as well.
We're off again. I have two commissioned bids.
I've got it started at 130.
At 140. 150.
190. We're in the room, on the left, at 190.
But it's a pair, Linda. There's a premium on the pair.
£190. Are we all done, ladies and gentlemen?
Well, I think you came out on top, Linda.
190. Hey, two happy bunnies here...
and good friends, so you're obviously going to celebrate
-together, aren't you?
-BOTH: Yes. That's marvellous.
I really like those coconuts. I'm pleased they made over £100.
It's a great price.
Thank you. We've really enjoyed everything.
-Thanks for coming.
-Good, fun items.
With the holiday coffer brimming and everything else sold,
we've had a good first visit to the auction house.
Our first lots done and dusted under the hammer, and some happy owners.
Now before we return to the Discovery Museum
to find some more antiques,
I'm going to take you down the river, where the men and women
of Tyneside have been crossing this stretch of water for many centuries.
Like Paris and London, this cityscape is divided by a river,
and for as long as people have lived beside the Tyne they've
needed to cross it.
I'm on the Shields ferry, which runs every half an hour and carries
around 400,000 passengers each year, from South Shields,
the side I started, over there, across the river to North Shields.
There are records of passenger boat crossings
on this very stretch of river dating back to 1377,
and of horses being transported across here during the 15th century.
Over 500 years later, the people of Tyneside are still making
the trip across this stretch of water.
During the 20th century, these ferries would have been packed
with workers who had to get backwards and forwards.
Nowadays, the ferry is mainly used for tourism and leisure.
As you can see, it is pretty much empty.
But back in the day, it would have been jam-packed.
The ferry could never handle
the growing demands of industrialisation,
so during the 19th and 20th centuries,
numerous bridges began to dot the Tyne,
becoming the fastest and most popular way of crossing the river.
It would be impossible to go into detail about all of Tyneside's
fascinating and innovative crossing points on today's show
so I'm going to pick a couple of notable bridges,
one from the last century
and one from the beginning of the 21st century.
Between the two world wars,
the British economy was in dire straits
and the building of the Tyne Bridge was to be a big morale booster,
providing hundreds of jobs at a time of mass unemployment.
The aim was to reduced congestion.
It took three years to build
and the men risked their lives in its construction.
It's incredible that not more than one man lost his life.
This iconic structure, the Tyne Bridge, is a defining
mark on the landscape here and the locals absolutely love it.
When it was opened by King George V back in 1928,
his speech was all about new beginnings
and more prosperous times.
The Queen and I thank you for your loyal and dutiful address.
It is a great pleasure to us
to visit Gateshead on the occasion of opening the new bridge.
It is a worthy testimony which enables the Tyneside town
to take their full and honourable share
in the industrial development of Great Britain.
I pray that with God's blessing, more prosperous times may soon return.
The bridge was overrun with people when it opened.
20,000 children were given the day off school
and everyone was out in force to celebrate their new bridge.
The building of the Tyne Bridge regenerated the area
and helped industry.
The year 2000 saw another iconic bridge grace the skyline.
The Gateshead Millennium Bridge,
often called the winking or blinking eye,
due to its shape and tilting method.
It was lifted into place in one piece by one of the world's
largest floating cranes.
The new bridge once again revived a part of the Tyne that had
become run down, giving it a fresh and new 20th-century feel.
I'm on my way to visit the team who operate the Millennium Bridge
and I've been told the whole thing tilts upwards
around noon every day, and who knows?
They might let me push a few buttons.
-Hi, guys. Hello. Am I just in time?
-You are just in time.
-What time do you normally tilt the bridge?
That's for the visitors.
OK. So how long does it actually take from the closed position
-to get it open?
-It takes approximately four and a half minutes.
-That's not long at all, is it?
-It isn't, no, for the size of it.
So how does it actually work?
It works on hydraulic rams.
There are three hydraulic rams this side and three on the other side
-and basically, the hydraulic pushes it on the axle and it tilts.
I expect all the locals have got used to this operation now,
but when it first opened, I bet there were thousands of people...
Yes, they were all over the place, to be honest, but now, people know,
12 o'clock comes and they know when to cross and when not to cross.
-We get people from all over the world coming still.
-Just to view this?
-Again, it is the only tilting bridge in the world.
-That's cutting-edge architecture, isn't it?
-It is. Without a doubt.
-Do you know, it actually marries in with the old bridges quite well.
You've got a bit of the ancient and a bit of the modern.
You've got the new with the old. It fits in perfectly.
-Are you proud of this?
-Very. Very. Absolutely brilliant.
Well, I make it about time to open the bridge now,
so what exactly do you do?
-Is it push a button?
-Yes. We push a button.
-Can I push it?
-You can push it.
-Where is it?
This is possibly the most important button I've ever pushed in my life.
Here we go.
And here it goes.
Just look how smoothly and gracefully the bridge tilts.
It's not surprising that it won the prestigious Stirling architectural award in 2002.
The bridge is lifted regularly
so passers-by can enjoy the spectacle,
but it still performs the important function of enabling boats to pass up and down the river.
The Millennium Bridge crucially connects Gateshead
on one side to Newcastle in an area where there is now
an internationally acclaimed cultural centre.
Architect Richard Rogers' Sage building
is a state-of-the-art concert hall.
The Baltic art centre exhibits contemporary art
and the cutting-edge design of the Millennium Bridge provides
a modern link to this bold new area.
Well, it's clearly a hit with all the local people on Tyneside
and with people from further afield.
Who could fail to be impressed with this marvellous structure?
Adding a new dimension to an already iconic skyline.
Welcome back to the valuation day,
here at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle,
originally built in 1899 for the Co-operative Wholesale Society.
Just looking at this space, it really is a wonderful example
of Victorian architecture at its very best,
with these wonderful floating steel arches spanning this room.
Beautifully decorated with ornamentation.
This is exactly what you'd find in a railway station of the same period.
British craftsmanship and Great British engineering.
Next up in this fine room,
Anita spotted an impressive autograph collection
from all around the world and very close to home.
Welcome to 'Flog It!' and it's really lovely to have you along.
You've brought in an autograph book. Now, whose book is it?
It's my book but both of our autographs.
-There is a few autographs from me.
-So both of you were autograph collectors?
-Is that what brought you together?
-In a way.
It's always fascinating to see the characters
that are in people's autograph books.
The most interesting autographs for collectors are the ones that
have been got by the folk themselves, maybe at the stage door or on an encounter,
not the ones that were sent out by the agency, because often these
were signed by the secretary or the cleaner or something like that.
-But what you've got here are ones that you've collected.
Now, I see that we have Stan Laurel
-and it's at the Grand Hotel, Tynemouth and that's in 1952.
And we have another piece of paper here with Stan Laurel
and Oliver Hardy. What's happening there?
Well, we were both there separately but we were only 12 years old.
And we didn't know each other then.
And Robert had got these two and I got the one
because he's cleverer than me.
I love the idea of you two being autograph hunters as kids
and then coming together and getting married and so on and so forth.
I think that's lovely.
So, we have a wee collection here and we have Frank Bruno.
-Who collected that one?
-I think, to be honest, it was my son.
Right, OK. And we've got Richard Nixon here.
Tell me the occasion this was got.
Well, I was on holiday in Switzerland
and I was at the top of Mount Pilatus and I was in a restaurant there
and in he came so I went to get the autograph and I might tell you,
-he wasn't very pleased.
-What did you say to him?
I just said, "May I have your autograph, Mr Nixon?"
-And he just sort of looked at me and glowered.
He wasn't very happy but he signed it.
-Were you both movie guys, you know, when you were kids?
-And of course, Laurel and Hardy.
-I just loved them, yes.
But of course, was it Laurel who came from Tyneside?
-Stan Laurel, yes.
-Stan Laurel came from Tyneside?
-He did, he did.
-There is actually a statue of him there in North Shields.
-They were so good, weren't they?
-They were funny.
So, these things are all part of your history together
-and your history as children.
Why do you want to get rid of them now?
Well, the family aren't really interested in them and we're getting on.
Are you getting on? I wouldn't believe that.
-You're very kind.
So we decided to sell them and we thought
-we would give the money to charity.
So pass them on and let some other collector have the pleasure.
Let some other collector enjoy then, yes.
There are a lot of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy fans, as well.
Of course. Especially in this area.
It's very difficult sometimes to give an accurate
estimate of this type of thing but I would say if it would be in
the region of a couple of hundred pounds - would that sort of...?
That's very good.
So if we estimate it, say £200 to £250,
would you like me to put a reserve on them?
Yes, I think so, please. Yes.
We'll put a reserve, maybe 180, with a little bit of discretion.
-Would you be happy with that?
-That's fine, yes.
Well, I hope we get lots of money for your charity.
-And thank you so much for coming along.
Thanks very much.
A lovely local story behind that item
-and here's another piece with a north-eastern history.
This is a most unusual-looking item.
I think I've worked out what it is, but first of all,
can you tell me what you know about it, where you got it from?
-I bought it from an antique fair several years ago.
It's a Durham Light Infantry menu carousel.
This is the Durham Light Infantry...
It's the bugle emblem from the Durham Light Infantry.
So it's a menu carousel, meaning something that would have sat on an
officers' table with the cards in there, indicating what the menu was.
-So have you ever been to a regimental dinner?
What's your background?
-I come from engineering that my father was in the Durham Light Infantry during the war.
So you picked this up with that sort of,
-"Oh, Father was in the Durham Light Infantry."
"There's a piece of Durham Light Infantry."
And what have you done with it since?
-Tried to put it on the dining room table...
The wife didn't exactly like that.
Did you suggest to her that she could do a menu for you every day of the week in there?
-That would have gone down well, wouldn't it?
-I wouldn't be here now.
-And we just haven't got anywhere to display it.
-Where does it live?
-In the wardrobe.
-Oh, no. Everybody is in the wardrobe.
-In the wardrobe.
Goodness me. Well to me, it looks as if it is between the two wars.
-The style of it says to me '20s, '30s.
-It is very nicely made.
Beautiful quality. Not a nail in there, is there?
I think it's all dowel pegged. And mahogany.
-It's mahogany, is it?
-Yes, all these mahogany panels.
-But lovely quality thing and it's a good spinner, isn't it?
-It is a very good spinner.
I wondered what sort of thing it has seen in the past.
I'd love to know what a regimental dinner was like.
Well, my father used to go to them, obviously.
But I've never been to one and the regiment was disbanded in 1968.
-1968, the regiment was disbanded, OK.
-Well before then, obviously.
You're selling it because you've run out of space
and your wife won't allow it the table.
-You didn't want to put your foot down?
-No! Goodness, no! No, no.
Will she be quite pleased when you tell her that
-you put it on to 'Flog it!'?
-If it goes, she will be.
Now, interesting item. I don't think that the value is huge.
-Firstly, what did you pay for it?
-Between £30 and £40.
-It's not a great value.
-Well, that's a relief.
But I think it's interesting of course
because it's local interest, Durham Light Infantry.
Because I can't recall having seen one before.
-So, what is it going to fetch?
-About the same, possibly.
-30 to 50 quid?
-That's what I thought when I saw it.
I don't think it's going to be much more than that.
-Do you want a reserve on it?
-Bit of leeway or leave it fixed 30?
-Leeway is fine.
£30, bit of discretion. And let's give it a whirl at the auction.
I'm looking forward to seeing how it sells.
Also, all this talk of food makes you wonder
-what's for lunch so I'm going to have to go, David. Thanks for coming.
While we're on the subject of food, it's hard to imagine today
that this room was once a canteen serving meals to the Co-op workers.
One meal in particular stands out in history
as it found its way into the museum's archives.
During the First World War,
recruits gathered in this very room
for a final meal before heading off to war.
And today, I'm joined by Joyce, who has also dined here.
-Joyce, it's a pleasure to meet you.
So what sort of food was served up for the staff here? It's very grand.
-Three-course meals every day.
-So wasn't really a canteen, in a way, was it?
-It was a dining hall.
-So were there proper waitresses,
sort of dressed in the right uniform and waiters?
Waitresses for every table.
The waitresses in the black dresses and their white aprons.
And how did you meet John?
In one of the other offices, in the menswear, there was
numerous other girls... which we all were friendly at lunchtime.
And one girl happened to be John's sister
-and through John's sister, that's how I met John.
-That's how you met John.
So how long have you been married now?
We have been married 53 years this year.
Still lovebirds after all these years.
But someone in Jenny's house
has fallen out of love with these two birds.
-Jenny, welcome to 'Flog it!'.
I am absolutely delighted
to see these two wee chookie birdies sitting on the table.
They are a pair of little posy holders.
Tell me where you got them.
I found them in a car-boot sale.
A car-boot sale, wow!
How much did you pay for them?
I can't remember whether they were £1 or £1.20 each.
What drew you to them?
Well, they were unusual, and they're supposed to be a vase,
but I don't they're much use as a vase.
But if you hold them,
it really is like you're holding
a bird in your hand.
So, they arrived in your hands in the car-boot sale
-Yes, yes. And they had to come home.
-And you couldn't resist them.
Now, they are Royal Copenhagen.
Did you notice that,
and did you know that Royal Copenhagen was a quality factory?
I knew that it said Copenhagen on them,
but I didn't know that it was Royal Copenhagen, until I got them home.
-I suppose that's...
-But that's not why I bought them.
-You bought them because you liked them.
-Yes, because they're lovely.
Royal Copenhagen have been making fine porcelain
since the middle of the 1700s,
so they have been going for a long time.
These particular little birds were designed by Nils Thorsson
and he was one of the artistic directors in Copenhagen.
These little birds come from the 1960s.
And, for me, they speak so typically of the 1960s,
with this simple stylised design
and these rather muted colours.
So beautifully designed, and Royal Copenhagen has been renowned for
the quality of its design work.
What kind of birds do they put you in mind of?
I think they're supposed to be doves,
but I suspect in this region,
somebody has brought them back as pigeons,
because we were, very much, pigeon-fancying country.
Ah, so someone has looked at that and thought,
"These are nice colourful pigeons, I'll take them home,
-"to remind me of my own."
Let's have a wee look at stamp here.
We see the symbol for Royal Copenhagen there.
And we have the word Columbine here,
this was the range of wares.
How long have you had them, Jenny?
Probably about 15 years now.
As long as that? Why are you thinking of selling them now?
Myself and my husband have different ideas about what's decorative,
and he doesn't like them, so they're in a box.
-And it's a waste, really. It's a waste.
I would put an estimate of 100 to 150 on this pair.
Would you be happy to sell them within that estimate?
I think I would, with difficulty.
Although, to me, they're worth more than that.
But, yes, yes. Some things have got to go.
-Shall we put a reserve price on them.
-That seems OK.
We'll put £100 firm reserve on them.
If they make more than that they will fly away -
and we hope that's what happens.
If they don't make that, they'll fly back to their mum.
Thank you again for bringing them along,
-and I'll see you at the auction.
Well, there you are. As you've just seen, our experts have just made
their final choice of items to take off to the auction rooms.
So sadly, we have to say goodbye to the Discovery Museum -
our host venue for today.
We've had a brilliant time here, and we've learned a great deal
and that's what's important.
But right now, let's put those valuations to the test,
and here's a quick recap of all the items
that are going under the hammer.
Heather and Robert's impressive signature collection
is sure to appeal to an autograph hunter out there.
It's an unusual item with a lovely Art Deco character,
so David's menu carousel should be to someone's taste.
Last, but not least - will this be the day
Jenny's cherished porcelain birds fly the coup?
We're back in Boldon for our last visit to the auction.
Now, this is pigeon-fancier country,
and Jenny's hoping her birds will be well-loved.
Why are you selling these little birds?
Just for the day.
Just to enjoy the moment.
Her husband wants her to get rid of them as well.
-He doesn't like them.
-You've got too much stuff.
I think they're great spill vases - something I'd like to own.
Right, I think we've got work to do, don't you?
Let's put them under the hammer. Let's test this value.
The pair of Copenhagen Columbine flower vases.
Plenty of bids.
-Jenny, plenty of bids.
-I'll start straight in at £100.
10, anybody else, now?
130. The bid is upstairs at 130.
140, anybody? At £130, last chance?
All done at 130.
-They're gone. They've flown the nest.
Oh, dear! Oh, no. We've got a tear in our eye.
At least Jenny's birds have found a new coup,
and right now, David's item is giving them bidders
food for thought.
We've got a mahogany octagonal menu holder
from the Durham Light Infantry, belonging to David.
Any military connections in the family?
My father served in the 7th Battalion DLI during the war.
-How did come by this than?
-I got it at an antiques fair.
Can you tell us how much you paid for it? £30 or £40?
Well, hopefully we'll get a bit more than that.
Well, it's local, isn't it?
Relatively local, and military interest.
So I think this should be the best place to get the right money for it.
-Properly cabinet-maker made, I think.
-I think so.
-Good luck, with that.
-Thank you very much.
We'll find out what it does right now.
The Durham Light Infantry mahogany table carousel - the menu carousel.
And I've got commissioned bids.
We start at £35.
At 35. 40, anybody?
40 right by the door.
Anybody else? 45.
-I hope this goes to a collector.
Somebody with connections to the Durham Light Infantry.
The internet is quiet. All done?
Hammer's gone down. £50. We're very happy.
Very happy, indeed.
Thank you for bringing that in. That's a one-off.
-You won't see another, will you?
-I doubt it, no!
Brilliant. Thank you.
Well, David's made his money back
and our next sellers have delivered us a legendary line-up.
Well, they say the pen is mightier than the sword,
and we're about to find out.
I'm joined by Heather and Robert
and we have a book of autographs with some classic ones in there!
Laurel and Hardy we've seen before on the show.
Great to see you both again. Big smiles.
We've been waiting for this event. Why are you selling this?
Well, the family aren't interested,
and were getting on, so we thought we'd sell them
and give it to a charity.
OK. We've seen Stan and Ollie's autographs on the show before
and they've realised around £150-£200.
So fingers crossed we'll get the top end here.
Well, I'm hoping that we are.
Both of these guys were avid autograph hunters.
So let's hope they do well.
The collection of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy signatures.
I have one, two, three, four bids.
-Wow, that's good, isn't it?
At £300, the maiden bid's going to get it?
At £300. Is anybody in the room?
For the first and the last time...
-You were right. Spot on with the top end of the estimate.
You said 280, didn't you?
There were lots of autographs in this.
-You can split it up.
-I'm sure that helps.
A dealer would have bought that, split them up and sold some off,
got some money back and may be kept two or three for himself.
-Good for you.
-Thank you for bringing it on.
Thank you. Thanks very much.
-Well done, I'm so happy!
A wonderful outcome for Heather and Robert's charity.
Well, that's it. The hammer has gone down on our last lot,
and it's all over. We've had a fabulous time here.
All credit to our experts, because we have sold everything today,
and it's not easy putting a value on an antique, as you know.
So, from this extraordinary part of the country -
rich in heritage - it's time to say goodbye from the north-east.
So, until the next time, with plenty more surprises on 'Flog it!'...