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There's nothing like a stroll by the sea,
feeling the breeze in your hair and the sun on your face.
That's why millions of us visit the seaside each year.
But today, this lot are here for a totally different reason
because "Flog It!" is in Weston-super-Mare!
Our venue today is the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare,
which has been a fixture in the town for more than a century,
providing entertainment and memories for countless visitors
and holiday-makers alike.
Originally built in 1904 as a promenading pier for the Edwardians,
it's drawn the crowds with musical interludes from the bandstand
and a whole range of entertainments in the theatre.
But today, it's a modern pleasure pier
offering crowd-pulling attractions from dodgems to penny machines.
In short, all the fun of a seaside pier under one roof.
And it's a big roof because that pavilion can hold 400 million
of these - sticks of rock.
-There you go. Don't eat it all at once.
And here's another statistic for you - hundreds of people have
turned up today laden with bags and boxes here to see our experts
hoping to get a great valuation.
And if you're happy with your valuation, what are you going to do?
ALL: Flog it!
On the valuations tables today, it's Jonathan Pratt.
Does that work? Doesn't really...
Harry Potter! Thank you very much.
But will he have the magic touch, like fellow expert, Thomas Plant?
Look at that. Isn't that beautiful?
But he's got his eye on another Thomas find.
I can imagine going to my London club...
-I guess you are a member of a London club.
-No, I'm not!
-At least he's getting it back out of his pocket.
-He'd have been off down the pier!
-I like it so much.
But before Thomas makes off with all the goodies,
let's get the show under way.
And as the crowd take to their seats for our main event,
here's a quick preview of what's coming up on today's show.
And we've got some real treats.
That in itself is a nice little saleable object as well.
-You are a risk taker, Simon.
But which one will run away at auction?
It's gone real quiet here.
-On the phone as well.
-Hold my hand, I'm shaking.
-This is really good.
And later on in the programme, I'll be going back in time
when I find out about the history of the great British seaside holiday.
Piers have traditionally been about entertainment
and this one is no exception.
Where there was once a theatre and a bandstand, well,
that's been replaced with stomach-dropping rides,
a ghost train and penny slot machines. All the fun of the fair.
But there's no time for playing around today.
We have got some serious work to do.
We've got to find some fine art and antiques and send them off to auction.
So, let's catch up with Thomas Plant.
Thanks very much for coming to "Flog It!" today.
And you've brought something which I have to say,
I love this type of stuff. I absolutely drool over it.
If I see it, I have to buy it.
Tell me, how did you come by it?
I bought it in a car-boot sale about two years ago
and it cost £10.
If I was at that car-boot sale, it would have been mine.
This is a mother-of-pearl and olive-wood diorama
-of the Last Supper.
It's got on here - Jerusalem.
-So, these were made in the Holy Land...
..either Palestine or Israel. It depends on the date.
-But these are pilgrim pieces.
-So, did you know any of this?
No, I've never seen one before ever.
So, that's what attracted me to it.
Really? Did you haggle?
-I think it was 12 and I knocked him down to ten.
Right, OK. And where's it been?
In my house on a desk.
So, the scene is, as you know, is the Last Supper.
There's Jesus and his disciples.
And I love the fact on the back we've got the olive wood here,
which is quite a hard wood and takes a great polish.
And I think this is probably 1920s.
With these items, I know they're made for pilgrims
which is a tourist market.
You go there on the Grand Tour, you visit Jerusalem, beautiful city.
And this is something you'd buy to take back to remind yourself
of your trip.
So, right, estimate, Bridget.
-I love it and I think it's worth £40-£60.
Now, I know you paid £10 for it. I don't want to give it away.
-But I think we'll reserve it at 30.
-Are you happy with that?
-Yes, I'm happy.
-Will you come to the auction?
-Now, although I love it, I won't be buying it.
I'm not allowed to bid on anything.
So, it is delightful but it's beyond my reach this time!
Never mind, Thomas, at least you got to admire it.
Now, what treasure is hiding inside Chris and Nesta's box?
-I've got a hydrometer set here that belonged to my father.
He was a science teacher. I don't know whether he used it or not.
-Was he a chemistry teacher?
-He was a chemistry teacher, yes.
-He actually taught me, as a matter of fact, as well.
Did you follow suit then and become a chemist?
-I became a science teacher as well, yes.
-A local teacher?
Yes, I did 25 years here in Weston-super-Mare,
-What's your surname?
-So, Mr Cudlip?
-They used to call me Cuddles.
There's going to be a whole host of people at home now,
"I remember Cuddles!"
-So, did you meet through school?
-Yes, we met through school. I used to teach there as well.
We ended up on duty on a Friday together and the rest is history.
-The rest is history.
-You're local celebrities. I love it.
That's a lovely story.
-And so, he might well have used this?
-He might well have.
But the age of it, I think, is much earlier than that.
-It's in the 19th century.
And the box itself, lovely mahogany box with a brass plaque
in the top there which explains what it is.
It's a Sikes hydrometer.
And, erm, it's a scientific instrument that would have
been used for weights and measures.
The London distillers and brewers needed a way to measure
the alcoholic content of spirits and beers
so they can work out what to tax it.
Erm, in 1802 they had a competition to make a more accurate instrument.
I didn't know that.
It was a Bartholomew Sikes, of the name, that won the competition.
-His name's on there?
-His name's on there.
So, just the box alone gives you a sense of the history of it.
There we are. I love all this.
I love this silk interior and the way that it ages.
You just can't fake a piece of silk like that. It's really difficult.
And so, you've got the float and these little weights.
And obviously you test it in the glass jar.
But there's an absence here of an object.
Obviously, a thermometer would have sat in that spot.
Unfortunately, it's got broken over the years. I don't know when.
I imagine by the time they'd actually thought
about replacing it, there might have been an improved model
and things had moved on, and it just became a collector's item.
Well, let's get to the crunch then and talk about value.
Complete sells. It needs to be complete to get the very best money.
I think it's a nice object. I think it's got a nice history around it.
-My feeling is, it's probably worth between £30-£50. OK?
-That'll be fine, yes.
OK, so if we put it in a sale, I would suggest, perhaps,
a reserve, if we say around the £25 mark.
That sort of... what we call discretion as auctioneers.
It gives us a little bit of leeway,
it gives a little chance to encourage the bidding
and hopefully, push it through the top of the estimate.
-That'll be fine.
-Brilliant. Thank you for bringing it along.
While our experts are hard at work, I'm going to have a little play.
Ever since I was a lad that high, my dad brought me on the dodgems.
And do you know what? As an adult, I still can't resist them.
All the fun of the fair!
Thomas may not have time to enjoy the rides
but he's found something to bring a smile to his face.
You've brought along a collection of miscellaneous items in bone,
and ivory and vegetable ivory.
Tell me, what's the story behind them?
Well, I got this out of an old friend of mine who passed.
I basically had to buy the contents of his house
to keep my word to him about letting some of his friends
have some of the pieces. And this was in a box.
So, you're a man of your word and you sort of looked after the family?
-Well, that's what I've tried to do.
-Well done you.
There's a real mixture of items. Let's just quickly go through it.
-These two items here are ivory.
They are 19th century, they are pre-'47.
-These are OK to sell.
-All of these items here are made out of animal bone.
Probably cow bone, something like that.
Now, this little number here is not made out of any animal substance.
-But it's from nature.
It's vegetable ivory.
-Which is nut.
-Coquilla nut, to be precise.
-Never heard of it.
-Well, a nut you find in the tropics.
It's very good for sewing-related items.
-So, you'd put your needles in there.
-It's a needle case?
Yes, a needle case.
Now, you've got something on here which I've
wanted to see for some time.
It's a little telescope there.
-Yes. If I pick this up...
..and I look in it through here.
It's got something on it and it's called a stanhope.
And that means it's a lens with a really miniature picture on.
You bring it up to your eye and it fills your eye, the picture,
and in it is a naughty scene!
-A photograph of a naughty scene, Steve.
I thought it was a top off something else.
No, no, it's a naughty scene.
But that, even on its own, is worth £30-£40.
-It's extraordinary, isn't it?
-It's amazing. I'm tempted to look.
-Have a look.
-I've got to now, haven't I?
-Yes, I don't think we'll describe what's going on.
-OK, where do you think this is from?
-I don't know.
You've got these wonderful frogs and animals.
You've got a mole and we've got a frog.
And it's a sort of, it's a shoe horn, it's your bog-standard
shoe horn for putting on your lovely leather shoes.
But it's got more to it.
It's Meiji period. So, it's from 1860 to 1900.
It's called shibayama,
which is the work of ivory with inlaid mother of pearl, lacquer.
It's a beautiful thing.
That's the thing that caught my eye.
The attention of detail, it's amazing.
So, I see this, with all the different aspects,
-I'd reserve it at £100.
-Gives it a fighting chance.
Tell me, are you going to make the auction?
-Unfortunately, I can't. Going on holiday.
-Somewhere nice, I hope?
-Oh, lovely. In the Greek islands.
-A bit of sunshine.
Oh, you'll have a great time.
Hopefully, when you return, we might have some happy news for you.
-That would be nice.
-Will you be sending a representative?
I'm hoping my daughter will come down.
-It'll be a pleasure to meet your daughter.
-We'll look after these anyway.
As Thomas mentioned, the two ivory pieces were made
well before the 1947 regulations
that govern the sale of animal products, so they are legal to sell.
That is absolutely wonderful.
-Thank you for bringing it in.
-Thank you, it's a pleasure.
It's a sword stick concealed in a walking cane, which brings us nicely
to the cut and thrust of the saleroom.
We're off to auction for the first time today
and we're going to put our experts' valuations to the test.
Here's a quick recap of everything that's going under the hammer.
Will these naughty but nice ivory, bone and nut pieces
find favour with the bidders?
Bridget picked up this 1920s diorama at a car-boot sale
just because she liked it.
But will she be smiling when it goes under the hammer?
And it's the bidders who'll be the measure of success for this
We're heading a short distance up the road to Clevedon
for today's auction.
The seaside town is mentioned in the Domesday Book
but didn't develop into a resort until the Victorian era.
Let's hope our items attract bidders at the Clevedon Salerooms
where auctioneer Marc Burridge is on the rostrum.
And remember there's always commission to pay.
It varies from room to room, but here today it's 15% plus VAT.
And selling at £60 then.
And now it's time for our first lot.
Going under the hammer right now, we have a small collection of ivory items.
They're all pre-1947, they're legal to sell.
There's a little stanhope, a naughty one Thomas tells me.
Unfortunately, Steve cannot be with is,
he's on holiday in Greece right now. But his daughter Diane is here.
-You look great.
-It's Diane, isn't it?
Look at you, all in blue and Thomas has got blue trousers on.
-Petrol blue. Is this the new colour?
-Do you love fine art and antiques?
-I do, yes.
It's a really good lot because you've got sewing-related items.
You've got shoe putter-on-ers, you've got apple corers, loads of different things.
-And different materials from ivory to vegetable ivory.
-Fingers crossed. OK, let's put it to the test.
We've got an interesting collection here. Japanese ivory shoe horn.
£100 to start.
70 here. 80.
80 now, 80.
80 then, 90. 100.
100. At £90. 100.
There. Ten here. 20.
Against you. 120?
It's with me. I'm selling at £110 then.
Just gone. 110. Hammer's gone down.
-Did it. I think Dad will be pleased.
-And he'll be pleased.
-I was worried for a moment it wasn't going.
-Yes, so did I, actually.
-Well, no, I think that market has changed because of the...
-The ivory, the feeling behind it, and it has dropped in value.
But they have sold and I'm sure Steve will be delighted.
Let's hope Chris and Nesta's hydrometer does as well,
or maybe even little better.
-It's great to see you.
-Good to see you.
-I've been told you can see Weston pier from your house.
-Is that right?
-And we can see the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
-Gosh. On a clear day.
-On a clear day.
-On a clear day.
I think we're finding a new home for this.
-It's just the thermometer that's missing.
-Yes. That's a shame.
-It is a shame but it's nice thing.
-Nice thing - the sort of collectable people like.
It's nice and small, there's the academic interest.
There's plenty of people out there who'll buy it.
It's a good fun thing and we've seen them on the show before and they sell.
So, fingers crossed this one will as well. Here we go.
Miniature Sikes hydrometer. I have interest on the book here.
Starting at £30. I'm bid 35.
35. 35. 35?
35. And 40. And five.
And 50. And five.
And 60. And five?
Against you at the back of the room. It's with me at £60.
No five, five, five? Anyone else?
Selling, make no mistake there, on the £60.
Sold it, £60. Hammer's gone down. That's a good result.
-Above the top estimate, wasn't it?
-Yeah. Well done, Jonathan.
-Good valuing skills there, I think.
Well done, Jonathan, you were spot on the money there.
Now, can Thomas match that or did he let his love for dioramas
colour his judgment?
Bridget, good luck and fingers crossed.
We, hopefully, are going to turn Bridget's car-boot buy of £10,
that wonderful diorama of the Last Supper all in mother of pearl,
-into £60 plus, Thomas.
-I hope so.
-It was your estimate.
The thing is, I have a bit of a soft touch for these things.
-So do I, I like dioramas.
-And I like mother of pearl.
I mean, I love mother of pearl.
That's it. You're going to embellish it a bit more?
No, I just love the way the light plays across it.
-It's lovely, isn't it?
-It carves so well and the detail.
-Why are you selling it?
-Just de-cluttering the house.
Everyone seems to be de-cluttering. Is everyone going minimalist?
This is it, let's get that top end. Here we go.
Olive wood, table picture there of the Last Supper on an easel stand.
£25 here. 28 now? 28?
-There's a lot of work.
30 on the book.
32. 32? 32. 32?
With me, against you all in the room. But selling on the £30 then.
-I was expecting a bit more.
-I would have liked a bit more.
-I was expecting a bit more.
-We did our best. And I think £30 is a good result. Happy?
-It's the start of the de-cluttering and that's what it's all about, isn't it?
-Have you felt a cathartic release yet?
-No? I'll wait.
-We would have done if it was £100!
-Yes, we would have done.
70. 70. 70.
Five. 80, sir? Five. 90.
Now, after all that excitement, I think I need a bit of a break
and what better place to relax than looking at the waves
and breathing in the invigorating sea air.
Did you know the British invented the seaside holiday?
And as we're in the area,
I was keen to find out more about this great tradition.
Holidays are always special times,
full of great memories we want to keep and share.
And it's this urge to record those precious moments that has left us
with a unique visual record of the history of our seaside holidays.
What could be nicer than spending time by the sea? I love it.
I grew up in Cornwall surrounded by the sea.
There's something about the smell and the sound of the waves
that makes you feel better.
It was the restorative health-giving properties of the sea that
provided the kick-start to the Great British seaside holiday.
And Weston-super-Mare was no exception.
Doctors began extolling the virtues of sea bathing
and even drinking sea water in the 18th century.
And in 1789, King George III tried it in Weymouth
and the fashion was set.
As the nearest coastal parish to Bristol and Bath,
Weston-super-Mare saw an upsurge in visitors as the
fashionable followed the king's lead and headed to the seaside.
But it wasn't until the 19th century that the increased popularity
of sea bathing saw Weston-super-Mare
grow from a small fishing village to a Victorian seaside resort
of nearly 20,000 people.
The first hotel in Weston opened in 1810, to be followed by many more.
And then the town published its first guidebook in 1822,
which really made Weston-super-Mare a holiday destination.
The main attraction was still the potential health-giving
properties the area could bring.
As well as sea bathing, spa bathing was still popular
and Weston had its very own on Knightstone Island.
But this was still the preserve of the rich Victorians
as they were the only ones who could afford to travel,
and stay in those smart hotels and visit the spa.
All that changed with the coming of the railways
in the mid-19th century and now, more people could afford to travel.
Combine this with the Factory Act of 1850,
which gave workers the right to time off.
Suddenly, more and more people
could enjoy the Great British seaside holiday.
And just like other seaside towns
around Britain, Weston's Victorian entrepreneurs
were keen to draw in the visitors,
to capitalise on this potential new source of income.
They built Birnbeck pier for entertainment
and they also upgraded the seafront to provide a magnificent
two-mile stretch of promenade.
Weston-super-Mare was now becoming a Mecca for thousands of tourists,
with many day trippers on work outings or bank holiday getaways.
And when visitors wanted a record
of this exciting new experience, they bought a postcard
and sent it to family and friends back at home.
Nowadays, these images have become a visual document
of our social history of a bygone era.
And through these old postcards and later moving images,
we can see how Weston-super-Mare developed as a resort.
With the influx of visitors came new attractions to entertain them.
A theatre and a new pier were built right in the heart of the town
and the Grand Pier, as it became known,
gave its visitors the feeling of walking on water!
While other attractions included boating and from 1886,
donkeys on the beach.
And looking at it today, it's hard to imagine
the town as anything other than a popular holiday resort.
To find out more, I've come to talk to local historian Sharon Poole.
How did it really become a holiday destination
for people outside the area?
Weston was one of the very first seaside resorts to have a railway
in 1841. And of course, once Weston had the railway,
it was very easily reached down from Birmingham, Bath and Bristol.
-Exactly. Where all the big factories were.
-Yes, that's right.
-And from Wales across the water on the paddle steamers
because Wales, of course, was dry on a Sunday, they could come over...
-And have a drink.
-More than one.
And often miss the boat back.
And of course, we've got these three miles of beautiful sandy beaches.
And because people started coming here in greater numbers,
the villagers were very quick to capitalise on the influx of visitors
and people would even move out of their house to let it for the season
and move in with friends.
And they soon started to build hotels and inns,
again, to capitalise.
-So, it just got there first, really, didn't it?
When was Weston's heyday?
Probably twice in the last century.
Certainly around 1900 when we had the second pier built -
the Grand Pier - and people would just flock
in hundreds of thousands.
And then after the war, once the restrictions ended,
they were free to take holidays again, they had more leisure,
more people owned a motor car
-and they could come on coaches and cars.
And by then, the resort had an open-air lido
with high diving boards, designed to offer good clean fun for the masses,
putting Weston-super-Mare firmly on the map.
I think Weston reinvented itself as a day tripper...
-..paradise. Short stays, long weekends
and out of season.
Why were the shorter stays popular here?
I think, partly, because Weston never had a holiday camp.
Mainly, because we just don't have the land to build one
on the seafront and we never did.
So, I think that's why people come and stay in bed and breakfast.
Those are the sort of people it attracted.
But even without a holiday camp, towns like Weston-super-Mare
still attracted the crowds.
Our love of the seaside drew us to the coast for those lazy days
on the beach, splashing around in the sea.
But just along the coast from Weston-super-Mare,
there was space for the newest holiday experience.
Holiday camps around the coast arose from our love
of the seaside. They offered a different kind of break.
With everything thrown in from accommodation to food
and entertainment, they became the destination.
Holiday villages, like this one here at Burnham,
are the latest incarnation.
The chalets and the entertainment that we recognise today
are down to some big names in the 1930s and '40s,
such as Harry Warner, Billy Butlin and Fred Pontin,
who opened the first camps around the coast.
Hello, everyone. This is Beryl, your radio Butlin announcer,
wishing you a very good morning.
The time is now 7.30 and breakfast for our first sitting campers
will be available at 8.15.
It was more than just the beach. It gave people organised fun!
Tug-of-war for the houses of Gloucester and...
-# Holiday rock
-# Do the holiday rock
-Yeah, holiday rock. #
With fairground rides to entertain the children
and for mum and dad, the chance to make new friends
and let their hair down,
they became the place to go for the all-in family holiday
and by the 1950s and '60s, their convenience made them
the choice for many.
Nearly 100 years after its rise, the Great British seaside holiday,
in all its guises, was confirmed as a family favourite.
# Do the holiday rock
# Yeah. #
No matter whether it's under canvas, in a B&B, chalet
or a hotel, or even in a caravan,
we all love to be beside the seaside and share our
favourite family memories of fun in the sand -
something we've got the Victorians to thank for.
Welcome back to our magnificent host location today -
the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare.
As you can see, there are still hundreds of people here.
Fingers crossed, we're going to have one or two surprises
when this next batch goes under the hammer.
Let's catch up with our experts and see what treasures
they can uncover.
So, Stella, no questions what we've got here.
Obviously, it's a microscope. It's a brass microscope at that
and it dates from the 19th century.
How did you come by it?
It belonged to my father and he's decided at 84
that he's going to travel the world and, consequently,
he's left it in my capable hands. I don't like it, so it's...
-So, whilst he's away, you're going to sell it?
-I am, yes.
Did he use it?
Not really. He just played with it. You know, as men do.
Well, it's marked down here "Baker" in London.
Little bit worn down there, but it was used, you know.
You've got various wheels which adjust the platform height.
You've also got a whole raft of other lenses in the drawer here.
This little stand is to channel the light on to the object
cos you're working in, often, in dark rooms or
in a room with a window
and you want to use the light that's coming to you for the best.
It is quite a nice example and the box gives away its age
a little bit too.
You've got this mahogany veneer case which sort of looks
And I think, because it's lacquered brass
and the way it's presented, it probably dates from about 1840.
-So, that's 160 - 170 years old.
And then you've also got these as well.
We have a variation of all kinds of bugs, butterflies
and apparently, they were collected by...
I believe his name was Mr Holland,
who travelled South Africa and African mainland
to explore and bring back some of the goodies.
And so, was it this chap who gave it to your father?
No, he brought it back. He then died and his brother
decided to sell it at auction. So, he sold it and my dad bought it.
Well, the idea being, obviously,
that people who were very inquisitive
could, you know, using the microscope,
take "tissue from the ear of a mouse"
and find out what it looks like under intense magnification.
-I mean, you know, there wasn't any television.
No, and also, I mean, they'd never ever see them otherwise, would they?
But there's trays and trays of them in here.
So, that in itself is quite a nice little saleable object as well.
This alone is probably worth £30 - £50.
I suggest we have an estimate of £250 - £350
with a bit of discretion on the estimate, maybe.
-Put a firm of reserve of 230 on it, for example.
-How does that sound?
How would that help you out?
-Oh, I think it will go towards a holiday in Greece.
-It's our favourite place.
Well, it's a nice object. It's a good example of it
and I think it'll sell well.
Thank you very much.
Are you enjoying yourselves, everyone?
-That's what it's all about and, hopefully,
one or two of you will be going through to auction later on
and going home with lots of money. Right now, I'm going to leave
the hustle and bustle of the valuation day
and nip behind the scenes, because there's something
I want to show you.
Ever wondered what it takes to keep a place like this running with
all the games, the rides and the machines?
Well, this, believe it or not, is the nerve centre
of the whole place. This is the workshop.
All of these machines have to have running repairs at some time
and, of course, annually an MOT.
This is where it happens.
Just look at all the parts in this machine.
-Hi, you all right?
-Yeah, is everyone a winner today?
They certainly are, yeah.
So, what are you doing here?
We're just servicing this pusher. We'll strip them right down,
grease all the runners, etc,
to keep them running throughout the season.
Gosh. And how long will that take you to do today?
-Probably about two days on this machine.
-It's a lot of work, isn't it?
-Certainly is, yeah.
And how much money do you empty out every day?
Well, fingers crossed you have a good day.
In a season, this machine will probably see
2.5 million coins go through it.
Really? You guys are busy all year round.
-We certainly are, yeah.
-Yeah, what's the most popular machine?
The 2p pushers are the most popular.
Yeah, I like them. They're so enticing
cos you see the 2ps on the shelf and you think,
"Any moment, that cluster is going to fall"
and it never does.
-Well, look, good luck.
-All right, thank you.
Penny arcade machines have been a feature of the pier
since the 1930s.
And it's good to know they are still as popular today
as they always have been.
Now, it's back to the table to see what Thomas has found.
Simon, very good to see you.
-How are you?
-I'm very good, and yourself?
Not bad, not bad.
Tell me, you don't sound very...
How should I say it?
No, I live in Somerset. I live in Weston, but I'm from Vancouver.
I moved out to Vancouver when I was a child
and then came back out here.
Tell me about the pictures you've brought in today.
Where did you get them from?
I got them from a jumble sale actually.
-So, not very long ago?
-About 18 months ago approximately, yeah.
-And how much did you pay for them?
-You won't believe it.
-It's a big investment there.
-Yes, it was, yes.
-Do you know what they are?
-No, I don't.
I have absolutely no idea.
So, you didn't know what they were when you bought them
-for 20p each?
-The reason I bought them was cos they looked like
they were going to be thrown away and I looked at the faces on them
and they're so well done. I thought, "This person must have talent.
"There's got to be something there."
And where do you think they're from?
-I think they're Italian.
-Yeah. Yeah, you're right.
No, I think we'd be pushing it at 18th century!
-19th century, 1800s.
So, they're what we would call sort of Grand Tour watercolours.
-We have the mountains.
The foothills of the Alps, we have a city in the background.
-We have a family scene.
Husband and wife with their children.
-And they are just so romantic.
And this sort of 1820s, 1830s Grand Tour.
-If you are a British gentleman...
And you were sort of the third son...
I think the first joins the Army, the second joins the church
and then the thirds get sent away round Europe to experience life.
-This is something you'd bring back as a souvenir piece.
And look at the clothes they're wearing.
-They're, you know, they're colourful.
Sumptuous, really, and the cloak the little boy's wearing.
-He's not an urchin.
-You've got an eye, Simon.
-Oh, thank you.
Now, you...were they framed?
They had some glass on them
with black frames that were falling to pieces.
I put them in those.
And how much did these cost you, the frames?
-I got those at a jumble sale as well.
-You're a frequenter of jumble sales, are you?
-Yes, I am.
So, you've decided to bring him along to "Flog It!" today
because you thought it was a good idea?
-I just wanted to find out what they were.
And here you are thinking about selling them.
-I think they're...
-You're going to do well for your investment.
-Do you think so?
-So, the frames, how much were they?
-Probably under a pound, I think.
The grand total of 40p!
-We probably got the frame for under a pound.
I mean, they're a great thing.
-I think we should put £150 on them, 150, 200.
-What do you think about reserve? £50?
I don't think I want to put a reserve, cos I want them
to go to somebody that appreciates them.
I love that.
-You are a risk taker, Simon.
-Yes, I am!
I'm going to really look forward to seeing you at the auction.
Yes, I look forward to it, yes.
That's a great buy from Simon.
Fingers crossed his auction gamble pays off.
If you want to take part in "Flog It!",
this is where your journey starts -
a valuation day very much like this one on Weston Pier.
Details of up-and-coming dates and venues,
you can find on our BBC website.
If you don't have a computer, check the details in your local press,
because fingers crossed we're coming to an area near you soon.
So, dust 'em down, bring 'em in and we'll flog 'em.
Jonathan's found some sporting memorabilia to remind us
of a real success.
Well, here's a bit of, uh...bit of history.
It certainly is.
We've got a 1966 World Cup Championship towel.
We've got a mascot and we've got two...
We'll have to call them beer glasses, won't we?
How did you get them?
I got these from my brother, late brother.
Came originally from my father.
Went to my little brother and then I acquired them myself, you know.
-And was he a big football fan?
-No, he wasn't, funnily enough.
-He was a musician.
How did he come by getting these?
Well, my dad I think wanted him probably to be a bit more sporty,
a bit like himself
and being his first son, you know, I think he was like,
"Right, let's go, football," you know, so he acquired these.
In an effort to try and draw him away from music and playing music
or listening to music?
He actually played.
-Classically and guitar.
-Oh, really? Oh, gosh.
-He's not going to be interested in football at all!
-No, far from it.
-And so you've got it and you do like football?
-I do like football.
-Were you around in 1966?
-A bit before my time.
-A bit before your time.
It's a bit before my time as well.
But obviously we know all about it
and so you know this chap here is World Cup Willie.
He was the first ever mascot for a World Cup.
And it's very sort of traditionally British, the lion, you know,
and there he is on the towel.
It's nice to see them and people hang on to these things,
but if you give them to a child, they're going to use the towel,
you know, and this is coming from a son who is obviously more
interested in classical guitar, he's not using it at all,
so it's actually in pretty good condition.
So, you want to sell it.
What do you want to do with the money if you sell it?
-I want to get a bike.
-You want to get a bike? A mountain bike?
-A racing bike?
-A racing bike, yes.
-All right, so you're a fitness man?
Yeah, yeah, I love to run and cycle and swim.
Well, let's see if we can try and help you along the way.
As a little group, I think we're looking at about 100-£150.
-How does that sound?
-It's good, yeah.
-It's a wheel of a bike to start with.
And I think, you know, if you had a reserve of 90
then you've got a little bit of play at the bottom.
-100 to £150 estimate.
-Start chanting and hoping that this will take off.
That sounds really a good idea.
Well, that's it. What a day we've had
here on the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare.
We've thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, we found some wonderful treasures
and we've had some classic seaside entertainment,
but right now it's down to business in the auction room.
Let's put those final valuations to the test
and here's a quick recap of what's going under the hammer.
Jonathan was taken with this 19th-century brass microscope.
But will his valuation pass muster
when it comes under scrutiny
in the saleroom?
Picked up at a jumble sale for only 20 pence each,
surely Simon's two Grand Tour paintings
will go the distance at auction.
And will Dean be netting a surprise or scoring an own goal
when his World Cup souvenirs
go under the hammer?
220, 230, 240.
It's full steam ahead in the crowded saleroom
with lots flying out of the door.
But how will Simon's two bargain buy watercolours fare?
And he paid... Just remind them.
Were you shaking when you handed the 20p over?
Were you going, "Gosh, they're going to change their mind any minute"?
Yeah, I was wondering if somebody might come up, yes.
And say, "Well, actually, we made a big mistake. They're £200."
-Never happens to me.
-Doesn't happen to me either.
They're worth an awful lot more than 20p though, aren't they, Thomas?
They are because they're lovely scenes.
OK, you've only had them a year. Why do you want to sell them
-if they're so cheap?
-Well, I actually didn't want them.
I just saw them and I thought they were so lovely
and they were going to throw them away and I thought,
-"No, you can't be doing that."
Well, that's good, you've rescued them.
You're going to let somebody else love them and appreciate them
-and I'm sure we will find a home for them.
Happy with the value?
Yeah. Simon's put no reserve on them.
-They're there to go.
So, we'll have to wait and see.
Dangerous game, but if you've only paid 20p for them...
OK, here we go. Let's put it to the test, this is it.
Country folk in landscape.
Who will give me £100 to start?
£100, will you?
£100, will you?
£100 I have, thank you. Now, ten.
-On the phone as well.
It's on the phone at £120.
130, anyone else?
Are you all done then?
Selling at £120.
Three happy guys here. £120.
-That's a good result.
-That's very good.
You've got a good eye. It means you can now go with confidence
to those car boot sales and jumble sales and buy more.
-Are you going to carry on doing the 20p buys,
or maybe you might go for £2?
Well, I might go a bit more at the Sea Cadets
because that's where they came from.
What a great return on 40 pence!
Now, will that World Cup memorabilia prove a winner?
Don't go away because right now we're putting Dean's
football memorabilia under the hammer.
Yes, 1966, the World Cup.
And I have to say, I was six years old and I watched that with my dad.
What memories! It's good to be old!
-I was too young.
-I know you are! But this is good entry-level
for World Cup memorabilia.
It really is.
If, for instance, it was a World Cup football jersey,
Bobby Moore's or Nobby Stiles'.
Nobby Stiles' sold recently for 140,000 in auction.
So, you know, sporting memorabilia is big business.
This is a good starting point and the money's going towards....
A bike, basically. To keep me fit.
-To keep you fit.
-Yeah. Keep me young.
Well, there you go! Right, OK, let's see what we can do.
Let's see if we can hit the back of the net.
It's going under the hammer.
Got the 1966 World Cup items there.
A soft toy, pint glasses.
Who's got £50 to start me?
£50 to start me.
£50 to start me?
Not today. OK.
That was a rebound, wasn't it?
-Off the post, absolutely.
What can I say, it's an own goal.
Look, you'll get that bike, OK? Hang on to this.
-It just wasn't the right sale at the right time.
-That's all I can say.
We tried our hardest.
That's really disappointing. Really disappointing.
What a shame! But maybe in a different saleroom in another day,
Dean will hit the back of the net.
Up next is our final lot and one of my favourites.
Going under the hammer right now, we've got a Baker microscope
boxed with slides and I fell in love with this, Stella,
at the valuation day.
This is a real gem. Love it to bits.
Why are you selling it?
Because I just don't have room for it any more.
It's just in the way. We never open the box and, therefore,
what's the point? Somebody could love it.
Leave it open and it looks like a piece of sculpture.
I mean, it's a proper academic's piece, I know,
but it is fun as well, isn't it?
Absolutely. I mean, it's the early part of the 19th century
-and it's like a period of discovery.
They're so different now, microscopes,
so it's a piece of history.
Very decorative and sculptural qualities, but the box shut
-is just a box.
And someone's going to enjoy this right now because we're selling it.
Hopefully you'll enjoy the top end if we get that. Here we go.
Got a couple of phones.
Here we are.
Quite a bit of interest with me on the commission bids.
I'll go 200, 220,
320, my bid...
420, 450, 480 against the phones?
480? 480 on the phone.
500 my bid.
-My hands are shaking.
This is good. This is really good.
Done then at £550.
Selling at 550.
Oh, that is amazing!
-That's brilliant, isn't it?
Seven in the room, thank you.
As you can see, the sale is just about to come to an end.
We have had a fabulous day here in Weston-super-Mare.
All credit to our experts, they were on the money.
I hope you've enjoyed the show.
See you again soon for many more surprises from auction rooms
to come all around the country.
But until then, it's goodbye.