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The team has a day out at the seaside with a valuation day in Brighton, and Paul Martin takes a look at a fixture of the British seaside landscape, the beach hut.


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This seaside resort was once just a small fishing village.

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But that all changed back in 1750, when Doctor Richard Russell

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declared, drinking and bathing in salt water was jolly good for you.

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And visitors started to flock here, and a resort was born.

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Welcome to Flog It from Brighton.

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Brighton may have started out as the place to visit for unhealthy people,

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but it soon became the place to see and be seen in.

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And this transformation was helped by the Prince Regent, who came to visit in 1783.

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And he was so enamoured with Brighton, that he built his splendid home here. Look at this...

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The Royal Pavilion. Absolutely stunning piece of architecture.

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But the place to be seen today is our Flog It venue, The Corn Exchange.

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And the flamboyant Mark Stacey, and elegant Catherine Southon,

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are already on the hunt to find something to tickle their fancies.

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Andrea, welcome to Flog It.

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And thank you for bringing along all your little piggy banks.

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Now, tell me, where did you get these little piggies from?

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My parents opened me a bank account, when I was younger.

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And every time you saved a certain amount of money, you received the piggies.

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-I think Woody was the first one, wasn't he?

-Woody, yup.

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He's got his little nappy on at the front.

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The little baby piglet. So, first of all you got Woody.

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-And then you moved on...

-Up to Annabelle.

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-Up to Annabelle and then onto this other chap, the brother, I guess.

-Yes.

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And the Mummy pig, and then the Daddy pig.

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So, I guess the more money you saved,

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the higher up the chart you went, and you got the next piggy bank.

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That's quite amazing that you managed to get all five in the set.

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I mean, I opened the same account as well, with the high street bank.

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But I actually only got as far as Woody, and then the novelty wore off.

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-So, I think you did very well to collect all five of them.

-Yeah. Yes.

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And they're in absolute perfect condition. So, that was very good.

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Did you not have them displayed in your bedroom?

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I did for a while, and then they went away, into the cupboard.

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I think I went off them for a while and...

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I'm not surprised. They're not exactly that charming, are they?

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Now, because they were actually given out by a high street bank, they were really massed produced.

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But they were made by a good factory.

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And they are actually collected today.

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A few years ago they were highly collectable but the price has dropped slightly.

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Because so many of them have recently come out of the... come out of the woodwork.

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But they do still have value.

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-Right.

-Now, I would probably say in today's market, they would fetch between about £60-£80.

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-OK.

-How does that sound to you?

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-Yup.

-It's not a vast sum of money but nevertheless. What would you do with the money?

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I just passed my driving test on Friday.

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Oh, congratulations!

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-Gosh, very recent.

-Yeah.

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And I'm saving up to buy a car, so...

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-Right. What car are you hoping to buy?

-Just a little one.

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Just a little run around?

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-Yeah, yeah.

-Well, I can't say that we're going to buy the car for you.

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Unfortunately, I don't think we're going to get that much cash.

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But maybe we can buy you a wheel, or perhaps a few CDs to put in a car stereo, or something.

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-Who knows?

-Yup.

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-But £60-£80, not bad.

-Yup, not bad.

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Let's put a fixed reserve on of £50, and hope there's lots of piggy collectors in the audience.

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I hope so, yeah.

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Thank you.

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-Hello, Paul.

-Hello.

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-Thank you for coming to see us in Brighton.

-Happy to come.

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Before we talk about your Edwardian tantalus, you've got a little bit of family history about it, haven't you?

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Well, it belonged to my great uncle, Uncle Will, who died in the 50s.

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And the story is that he won this, as third prize, in a bowls tournament.

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And I know this is featured here in the little clipping from the paper.

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It dates from 1912 and it states the fact that he won third prize in this tournament.

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-And to reinforce that, of course, we've also got a little plaque on the front.

-That's right.

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-Which mentions him.

-His name there, yeah.

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Third prize. You don't often find this.

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It's really nice to see something like this that ties in.

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Now, looking at it, it's a fairly straight forward produced tantalus.

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And we've got an oak case, with silver plated mounts.

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This is quite nice. This is quite a nice feature, the handle there.

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And, of course, it was meant, really, to protect your valuable alcohol.

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-Absolutely, yeah.

-So, when you went out for the evening, you locked this up.

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-That's right.

-And the servants

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then couldn't get their hands on any of your port or sherry or whiskey.

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As you're closer than me there, can you show us the mechanism?

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-Yeah, sure.

-So, if you open that.

-You have a couple of keys here. You simply just turn it, it opens,

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-and that allows that to come out.

-Absolutely.

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But it's so closely fit that once it's closed, you can't do anything about it. It's, you know, secure.

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Now, we do see these quite a lot and they're always reasonably popular items.

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We know, actually, that it was made around 1912.

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I think it was relatively new at the time.

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Could be a few years older than that.

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It could have been donated as the prize.

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In terms of the value, I think we're probably looking at something like £100-£150. Something like that.

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It might make a bit more, because we've got the family history there.

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-And I think it would sell very well at auction. Are you happy to put it in?

-I think so, yes.

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Wonderful. Well, if I tell you what, if it makes a good price,

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perhaps we should go and have a quick tipple after the sale?

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OK, yes. We won't use this, though, I don't think.

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-No, we won't use that.

-Look forward to that.

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Pat and Ted, it's great to see you.

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-Hello, Paul.

-I absolutely love this.

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-It is nice, isn't it?

-Condition is fantastic...

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The Guinness Toucan, with original lampshade, look at that?

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So, tell me its story.

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I'll leave it my wife.

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Well, in the 60s, the Guinness Clock used to come to Brighton, on the old fish market hard, on the sea front.

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-When you say the Guinness Clock, you mean the big promotional clock?

-Yes.

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-Full of characters on it.

-Yup.

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And the guys who looked after the clock used to go into Ted's mother's...mum and dad's...

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restaurant for tea and coffee and sandwiches and things.

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-So, Mum and Dad had a restaurant on the sea front?

-Right next to the fish market.

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-So, you're a local boy, born and bred?

-Yeah. Since the '20s they were there.

-Gosh.

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So, when they finished, at the end of one of the seasons, they just gave that to my father in law.

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These were promotional gifts?

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-To anybody that had a bar, or a restaurant.

-That's correct.

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-Or would sell Guinness.

-You used to see them in the pubs.

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-Yes, they were always on the counter.

-Yes.

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But this is quite rare, to see the original shade.

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I think that's fantastic.

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-If that Toucan drank all that Guinness he'd be a little light headed, wouldn't he?

-Very good!

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"How grand to be a Toucan. Just think what Toucan do.

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"If he can say as you can Guinness is good for you."

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And that was the whole slogan. "Guinness is good for you."

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That came around in the around the late 1920s.

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-I think about 1927.

-Really?

-The Toucan came on a little bit later.

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Sort of early 1950s... 1954, 55.

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-This is from about the early 60s.

-Yes, this would be.

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This is quite rare, because it's got its original shade and the condition is 100%.

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-Any idea of its value?

-Got no idea at all, no.

-Not really.

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Well, I saw one recently sell in auction,

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about 7 months ago, and it made £390.

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-Really?

-Good Lord!

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And it didn't have the shade.

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I never realised it would be as high as that. That's incredible.

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It wasn't really from the money point of view, was it?

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-No.

-It's just we didn't know how much it was worth, anyway.

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But it just seemed such a shame being sat in the loft, and not going anywhere.

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I'd like to put £250-£350 as a valuation on this.

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-Put a reserve of £250 on it.

-That's good.

-Just to tempt some people.

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And if there are two bidders bidding against each other, we should do that high end.

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-Oh, good. Go towards our holiday.

-And where are going to go?

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-Don't know yet.

-You could go to Dublin?

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Very good. That's a good idea, yeah.

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Maria, welcome to Flog It. This is a rather beautiful Arts & Crafts brooch

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that you've brought along today. Tell me, how did you come by this?

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It was a gift from my mother, actually.

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You know, she's a very sweet lady.

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And, you know, I'm appreciative of it

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-but it's not a style that I'd wear.

-Does she collect brooches at all?

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No, no. I do, I have, you know. Which is I suppose why she put it my way.

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But, ah, no, I just thought it's quite sweet.

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And I think it'd be nice if I could wear it.

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But seeing as it's not the style I like, then I thought well,

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might as well put it to auction.

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-And see what happens.

-Well, it doesn't appeal to you.

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But it rather appeals to me. I think it's a rather attractive brooch.

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I like the lovely colours here.

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And obviously the sort of Arts & Crafts style.

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We've got these synthetic stones here and this lovely, wonderful amethyst in the centre.

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I'd probably like to date this, as an Arts & Crafts piece, as around the, sort of, 1920s, 1930s maximum.

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-But probably about 1924-1925.

-Yes.

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I was speaking to a colleague about this, because it really attracted me, and he said

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that it's in the in manner of one that he sold last year.

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And he sold that for £200. It was very, very similar to this.

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And I would like to think that this would probably make around £100-£150.

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It is also very similar to another Arts & Crafts maker, a lady called Dorothy Nossiter.

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And her brooches are...really go for quite good prices at auction.

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So, let's hope that it's on that sort of level.

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Now, would you be happy to sell at £100-£150?

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150 would be very nice.

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-Well, I can't guarantee...

-Top rather than bottom, yes!

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Well, I can't guarantee that I'll get that for you. But I think if we put 100-150, with a reserve of £80.

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-How does that sound?

-Well, perhaps a reserve of, maybe, the 100?

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-£100?

-Yes, yes.

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Now you're thinking big. You want big prices, now I've said the 150.

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Well, it's a very nice brooch and...

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Oh, you like it, now?

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Well, yes, if it was less than 100, then I think I'd rather keep it myself.

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OK. Well, let's put an estimate on of £100-£150, reserve of 100,

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-and I hope, for your sake, it makes top money.

-Yes, I hope so too.

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Let's keep our fingers crossed. I'll see you at the auction.

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Yes, we'll see you then. Bye!

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And Maria won't have to wait long, as it's already time for our first trip to the sale room.

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So, let's have a quick reminder of what lots we've got.

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Andrea saved hard to collect these piggy banks from the NatWest bank.

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So, let's hope they pay dividends at the auction.

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The bidders are bound to be knocked over by this fantastic tantalus,

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which Paul's great uncle won as a prize, at a bowls tournament.

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And I really love this Guinness table lamp. It's a real piece of 60s nostalgia.

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Maria's pretty Arts & Crafts brooch doesn't fit in with the rest of her collection.

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So it's time for it to go.

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For our sale today, we've travelled a few miles down the coast line to Southwick, to the home

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of Worthing Auction Galleries and Scarborough Fine Art.

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So, let's go inside and hopefully, the room's packed full of potential bidders.

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Auctioneer Nick Hall is the man with the gavel today.

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A full set of Wade piggies has finally made it market.

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And I've been joined by their owner, Andrea, and we've got our expert Catherine. Valuation of £60-£80.

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Now, little birdie tells me the money's going towards a new car.

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-Yes.

-Yes. A brand new car?

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It's going to be a small little car.

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-Small little car.

-As much as I can afford, really.

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-You've just passed your test, then?

-Yes, yes.

-How many...

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-did you pass first time?

-No.

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-How many times? Tell us.

-Three times. Third time.

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What did you fail on the first time?

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Safety, going round the roundabout at the wrong time...

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Oh, my word, there's a list! Really?

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-Yup, yup.

-I failed the first time, as well, on the roundabout.

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-I got a dangerous.

-A dangerous?

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-A dangerous.

-A dangerous what?

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Not just a minor, it was a dangerous.

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-Oh, dear.

-Did you pass first time?

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I still haven't passed, actually.

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Oh, haven't you? Gosh.

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I've abandoned.

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Really?

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-I never knew that.

-Shh.

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I wondered why you always came by train. My word.

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-OK, let's move on, shall we?

-Yes, quickly.

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-OK, we're going to buy a little car, so you can get around.

-Yes.

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Let's just hope these piggies make top money.

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Fingers crossed... they're going under the hammer.

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Lot 50 is the 5 Wade NatWest piggy banks.

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Good conditions with stoppers. No cash in them...I've checked.

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-What are we going to say... £50 this lot?

-30, sir.

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30 I'm bid, thank you. Gent's at 30. New bidder at 35,

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-40, 5, 50, 55, 55 it is.

-Excellent.

-You're out.

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-New bidder at 60.

-Someone down the front putting their hand up, waving.

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-65 seated here. 70, 75.

-Oh, look, she's very keen.

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-Wonderful!

-£80. 85 against you.

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90, 95, 100.

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-I'm really pleased.

-Yes!

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£100, all sure?

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That is absolutely fantastic.

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-Another £100 to put towards the car fund.

-Yes.

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-Great result.

-Well, done.

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-They were really keen out there.

-They were.

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You'll soon be motoring all around Brighton.

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At £100-£150, it's drinks all round with Paul afterwards.

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It's a cracking tantalus.

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We've sold them before. Condition's spot on.

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-Been in the family a long, long time.

-Yeah, my great uncle's.

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-Won in a game of bowls.

-He did, absolutely, third prize.

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All featured in the paper. Local paper.

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-And do you play the game, as well?

-I'm not a bowler yet.

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No. Well, we're going to find out exactly what the bidders here think.

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Lot 280. The Victorian oak tantalus. Nice quality lot again, this one.

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Bowling club inscription on it. Start me at 80?

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-100 straight in.

-110 against you.

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120, 130? 130 it is, this gent standing in the room. At £130.

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-New bid at 140. 150 here.

-Oh, wow.

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160, 170, 180, 190.

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-That's brilliant.

-I like it, I like it.

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At 190. Can I round it off to 200? Thank you. £200, it's with you.

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Lady seated at £200. Are you all done? You're out at the back.

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At £200 to the front.

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-Great, sold. Who said dining rooms are out of fashion?

-Exactly.

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The trouble is, what am I going to do with my lemon barley water now?

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Oh, wow, yes. What are you going to do with that?

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-Oh, yes.

-But, to be more precise, what are you going to do with £200, less a bit of commission?

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Well, well, well...

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-I think maybe I'll put it in the piggy bank.

-In the piggy bank.

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Towards a holiday cottage in the Lakes, which I positively love.

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-Stella and I love the Lakes.

-Oh, beautiful.

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A quick change of auctioneers now, as Nick's partner, Andrew Scarborough, takes to the rostrum.

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Well, we're pinning all our hopes on £150.

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Which is the top end, for Maria's Arts & Crafts and brooch.

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Which is lovely, absolutely divine.

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And you are a bit of a brooch collector, aren't you?

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I am, I must admit. I do have somewhat of a fetish.

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-How many have you got?

-Oh, I don't know.

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Maybe possibly 30-40.

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Wow, that is a lot. But this one's just not your taste, then?

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No. Well, it's a very pretty brooch.

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-Yes, it's gorgeous.

-Very pretty.

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-It attracted you?

-It appealed to me.

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-I think we should get near that target.

-Do you think so?

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Yeah, it's good. It's very good.

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330 is the Arts & Crafts white metal brooch.

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Set with the semi-precious stones.

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Shall we say 60?

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-Yes, we're in.

-Thank you, 60.

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5, 70, 5,

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80, 5,

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-90 in front, 5.

-Come on, come on.

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100, front row now.

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Are you all done at 100? 110 new place. Standing at 110.

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-£110.

-£110.

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We just scraped in there. You happy with that?

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I am quite happy with that.

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Right, now it's my turn to be the expert. It's that lovely Guinness Toucan lamp with original shade.

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That is what's going to make it sell well, and the condition.

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-Really, the shade, makes all that difference?

-Yeah.

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-So many of the shades are missing or ripped up and crushed.

-I see.

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-And people change the shades. That's the problem.

-Yes, quite, yeah.

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-Because you saw one with a different design, didn't you?

-That's right.

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So, let's find out what the bidders think of this, right now.

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Lot 70 is a bit of Guinness memorabilia there.

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The Toucan advertising lamp base.

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It's got the original shade with it.

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You don't often see that. £200 to start me?

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150 I'm bid, thank you. On the side at 150. Any advance on £150?

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New bidder at 160.

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170 here, 180, 190, 200, 210.

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-Good, isn't it?

-240 I'll take, thank you.

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240, you bidding in the corner, sir?

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It's 240 against you. Are you going one more?

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-Come on, let's have one more.

-In the corner at 250.

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At £250 right in the far corner, on my left. At 250, if you're all sure?

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-You're all out at 250, I'm selling.

-Selling.

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What are you going to do with £250? Less a bit of commission, of course.

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Well, we've got a trip already booked for Lisbon.

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Oh, off to Portugal.

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Not on the strength of this.

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-No. Just a little treat. A treat for Pat.

-That's right, yes.

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-A treat, yes. Bit of sunshine.

-Well, enjoy it, won't you?

-Thank you.

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I think a swim in the sea is one of the great pleasures of coming to the seaside.

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And it all took off really in the early 18th century, when doctors encouraged their patients

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to have a dip in the salt water to improve their health and wellbeing.

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Now, early bathers were encouraged to bathe naked.

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But that wasn't as straightforward as it sounds.

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It wasn't appropriate to have people walking naked along the beach.

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So a more discreet solution was needed.

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Bathing machines... which were basically beach huts on wheels...

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were invented to provide the occupant with the modesty,

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and as a way of getting from the top of the beach down to the water.

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But fashions changed and by the turn of the 20th century,

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it became acceptable to wear a bathing costume and be seen in it.

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But people still needed a place to change in, and the answer was static beach huts.

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And these soon became a sought after accessory to any seaside holiday.

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And, nowadays, these brightly painted

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beach huts are an iconic symbol of the great British seaside resort.

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We tend to take their presence for granted.

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So, I'm here to find out a little bit more.

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And a person to tell me is Dr Catherine Ferry, seaside historian, who's an expert on beach huts.

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Catherine, you're so passionate about beach huts.

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-You've even written a book on them.

-That's right.

-Do you have a beach hut?

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Oh, I wish I did! I don't. I feel a bit of a fraud, admitting that.

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But there's something that appeals to me about these tiny buildings, on the margin between the land and the sea.

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They could get blown away, but they're bright and cheerful.

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They do put a smile on your face.

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I mean, what a backdrop we've got. Bit of golden sunshine?

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-Exactly, exactly.

-That keeps you snug.

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On some of our summers days, you know, you want to be in there. if the sun doesn't come out.

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I think that's why the British love them so much. Cos when the rain comes down, it doesn't matter.

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You just go inside and you can make yourself cosy.

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And you can see all the other poor people walking in the rain.

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But you're, sort of, snug inside your hut.

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-Your research has taken you all over the country, studying beach huts.

-That's right. Absolutely.

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You spent months on the road, going around to, well, virtually a tour of the coast, haven't you?

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That's right. I did actually count the beach huts as I went.

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OK, come on. Let's, let's hear it.

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There were... I counted just over 19,000.

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But I think I missed a few...

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and, actually, that's quite a surprisingly low number.

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There's so much interest in beach huts these days,

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-you imagine there'd be hundreds of thousands.

-I like the brightly painted ones.

-So do I.

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They remind you of a stick of rock, kids playing in the sand

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-and put a smile on your face.

-They do. They're summery, aren't they?

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-Even in winter, they look summery.

-I think that's what it's all about.

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Lots of people do lots of different things in them, don't they?

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They do. It depends what your idea of the beach is, I suppose.

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I mean, a lot of people use them as a place to relax.

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Surfers use them these days.

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It's a great place to change into your wetsuit, isn't it?

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-Write a book in them?

-Well, absolutely.

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PD James has a beach hut at Southwold, where she writes her books.

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I think, really, most people don't do very much in their huts.

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Because they get here with good intentions.

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-They bring a book or...

-They just want to relax.

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Yeah. And you can just... It's a perfect place to watch the world go by, isn't it?

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-Look out to sea, and why would you want to do anything?

-You wouldn't!

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Yeah. It's a nice glass of wine.

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I'm having this image now... Yeah, I'd have my glass of wine.

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Mine would be like a little artist studio.

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I'd do all my painting and stick it on the walls in there.

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-A little gallery space.

-A gallery!

-That would be perfect, yeah.

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Beach huts aren't just places to relax in.

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They're also highly sought-after pieces of real estate.

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Prices have rocketed in recent years, with some

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in popular locations now selling for well over £100,000.

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So, I'm keen to have a look inside a hut and meet some of the owners.

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This is what I like to see. Look, a whole family together enjoying their beach hut.

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-Hello, how do you do?

-Hi, Paul.

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-Is it Paul?

-Yeah.

-Hello, what's your name?

-Sarah.

-Sarah. What's his name?

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-Alfie.

-Even the dog's come along!

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Hello, everyone. Can we see what you've done to your beach hut?

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Yeah, delighted. Yeah, yeah.

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So, what have you managed to do in here?

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-I rebuilt it about five years ago.

-Yeah.

-It was falling to pieces.

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And rebuilt it in my garden, assembled it down here,

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-and painted it.

-You've done a really good job!

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How much did you pay for this?

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about 12 years ago I paid £300 for it.

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I think that was a bargain, don't you?

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Best investment I've ever made, considering they're worth between £8,000-£10,000 now.

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It's a family heirloom. Hey, you two.

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-Yeah.

-This is your inheritance here.

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Hope you look after it.

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-Would you ever sell it?

-No, we'd never sell it.

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-The idea is to keep it in the family.

-Yeah.

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Children, grandchildren, forever. This is our bolthole.

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Paul, thank you very much for showing me around. Thank you.

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Enjoy the rest of the day. Thanks a lot.

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Oh, Christine and Ian, this is the life, isn't it?

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-Just the business.

-Sun shining down on us, outside your own beach hut.

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What could be better? Well, apart from a chocolate biscuit.

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-There we go.

-Do you mind?

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So, how long have you had this one?

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We've had it six months. We moved to Brighton in October, last October.

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And we decided we'd like to retire by the sea.

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Can't get any closer to the sea than this, can you! It's just there.

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I come down when the weather's nice like this and, if it's windy, then I just sit in the hut.

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-Yup.

-Just inside, out of the wind. Otherwise, out here. Sandwiches, food, wine.

-Oh, lovely.

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Champagne. You know, just have a lovely time.

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It's no wonder you look so happy.

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-It's a good life.

-I've got to try some of this.

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-I've got to try some of this.

-You have to.

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Yeah. Slow your ageing process down.

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Relax, you know, sit and look at the water shimmering.

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That low sunlight coming down on us. So, where's that champagne, then?

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-Coming up.

-It's chilling down, right now.

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Well, I've got to say, this definitely is the life.

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I've just had a fascinating insight into what life is like,

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owning a beach hut, by a few very, very enthusiastic owners.

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And I can honestly say, if I lived anywhere near the coast, I would definitely invest in one of these.

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And my dogs? They would absolutely love it.

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That's enough relaxation for me, as there's plenty of antiques to find back at our valuation day,

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where Mark has found a couple of ladies.

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-Hello, Fred.

-Hello, Mark.

-It's nice to meet a Brightonian.

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-You're born and bred, aren't you?

-That's right, yes.

-Wonderful.

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Now, tell me what these pictures are all about?

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Well, I was looking in our loft

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and I just came across them in a carrier bag.

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And I think they must have belonged to my mother.

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-But I never saw them in her lifetime, I'm sure.

-Oh, really?

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So, I don't really know much about them.

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Do you think they're family members, or not?

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They possibly could be.

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Great aunt or somebody like that.

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Something like that, yes. So, they were just lying in a carrier bag and you hadn't seen them?

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-That's right, for years.

-Gosh.

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And you decided to bring them today for what purpose?

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-To get them valued or...

-Well, I've often thought about valuing them.

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I didn't think they were worth anything.

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And when I saw this was at Brighton, and we watch it every week, I thought an ideal chance.

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Well, we like you a lot because you say you watch it every day.

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So, that's fantastic for us.

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I don't think they are worth a huge amount at the end of the day.

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They're both quite primitive.

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They're from the early part of the 19th century, the early Victorian period.

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This one is signed, but it's a watercolour,

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by probably an amateur hand.

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-I see, yes.

-This one is unsigned and it's an oil on canvas.

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And they do vaguely look similar, actually, in some ways.

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-They do, yes.

-And I quite like them.

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The frame is a bit damaged on here.

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-Yes, yes.

-Well, I think... if we're looking at the two...

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I would suggest putting them in as one lot,

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into the sale. I'm being quite conservative.

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-Yes.

-Because I think these sort of pictures, really, are going to make their own level on the day.

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I would see them making around maybe £100 or so.

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-As much as that?

-Well, yes. 80-120.

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If we put 80-120 on them, I'm sure we'd find a buyer for them.

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-Well, I never!

-And, on a good day with a fair wind behind it, we might even get up to the top end.

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-Well, I never.

-So, tell me, Fred, they've obviously been in your family for some time.

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-Yes.

-Why have you decided to sell them now?

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I thought it was time we had a clear out, you know.

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-The usual thing.

-If they're not hanging on the wall, and people aren't enjoying them, I suppose.

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That's right. They've just been in this bag all the time.

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-We wouldn't have a show if people didn't want flog the things.

-No, that's true.

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So, let's hope we get a good result.

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Thank you very much indeed.

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Hi, Ted.

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Thanks for coming along today.

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I can't say that this Beswick figure

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is my cup of tea, but...

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-It really appealed to me.

-But you like him. Where did you get it from?

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Well, in the '80s, I... We'd moved into a little bungalow. And my wife and I...

0:29:400:29:45

my late wife and I... were going to buy some furniture.

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-And I tend to haggle prices.

-Good for you.

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And we got to a certain level, and I saw that in a bookcase,

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-in the furniture store. I said I'd agree a price if they threw it in.

-Oh, really?

-So, that was it.

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-Oh, so he was part and parcel of the furniture?

-Yeah, yup.

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So to speak.

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We've got a cheetah here, climbing on the rock, with this water feature at the bottom.

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-It was the pool that attracted me.

-Really?

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Yeah. I think it's so realistic, it's so good.

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-So, you saw that actually in the display case?

-Yes, I did.

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Oh, fantastic.

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You've obviously got a good eye. You know what you like.

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It just doesn't appeal to me, personally.

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But Beswick collectors, they go mad for this kind of thing.

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So, I know that it will be a popular piece.

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Did you like it as an object? Do you think it's striking?

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-I do, yes, indeed.

-You do. So, why are you getting rid of it now, then?

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I've nobody to leave it to and I'm just, sort of, getting rid of some stuff now.

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-De-cluttering?

-Yes, basically.

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-Why not? Well, value-wise, I would say it's probably going to be in the region of about £60-£80.

-Right.

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I would put that on as an estimate. But I can probably see it topping that and perhaps doing a bit more.

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It'd probably claw up a bit?

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Ha! I like your sense of humour.

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I mean, really, it should make around £80-£100.

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But I think 60-80 is a safe bet.

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-Right.

-In order to try and entice the buyers and get people going.

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Fine. Understand that.

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It's got the Beswick stamp on the bottom, so no problems with that.

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It looks to be in great condition.

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Unfortunately, it didn't attract my attention, but it attracted yours.

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Let's hope it attracts people at auction.

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-It's a masculine piece, isn't it?

-It is. It's a man's piece.

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-Thank you very much.

-Thanks, Ted.

-Thank you.

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Firstly, hello, Margaret.

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-Hello, Mark.

-Welcome to Brighton Flog It.

-Thank you.

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-What a wonderful treasure you've brought in.

-Yeah.

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-It's lovely, isn't it?

-Where did you get it from?

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Well, it belonged to my father.

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But the strange thing was that, we none of us saw it when we were children. We only, unfortunately,

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discovered it after he'd died and we were going through his things, to sort through them.

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-No! It was hidden away, was it?

-Yes, that's right. Bottom of the wardrobe and we'd never seen it before.

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He never got it out at Christmas, so all the family could play along?

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-No, no.

-And what did you think when you first saw it?

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I was just amazed, that he'd actually had something.

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And we didn't know anything about it.

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But yes, I thought it was lovely. So...

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And did he have a lot of antiques?

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Not... A few things, which are mainly from his father, I think.

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-So, this probably would have been passed down the family?

-I think so, yeah.

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-Your father died when?

-1987.

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So, about 20 years ago or so? And what was it probated at then?

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I think it was £150, if I remember.

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-Not a lot of money.

-No.

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The other nice thing to see, straight away, is the little inset brass plaque here.

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-Engraved with the maker's name, which is?

-Tourmin and Cale from Cheapside in London.

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Well, there's nothing cheap about this box, is there?

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-Because the other thing you see immediately is the case is made of rosewood.

-Right.

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Rosewood is one of those very expensive, exotic woods that was used only for very good quality pieces.

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And you can tell this with that lovely, sort of, black fleck in the graining.

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Then, of course, we've laid it out here, just to touch on some of the pieces that are in the set.

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We've naturally got a full set of chess. We've got a set of dominos,

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-a full set of draughts, of course. This one I can never remember.

-I think it's the cribbage board.

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Cribbage, that's the one. Cribbage board.

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Then we've got a bezique game, which I never know how to play.

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No, I know, no.

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But my favourite, I have to say, and I'm not a betting man...

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Is the horse racing.

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-But I love this horse racing game.

-Yes, it's lovely.

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We've only put a few horses out there, and a few of the jumps, but there's more fitted inside here.

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-There's more there.

-And even the, sort of, beakers for shaking the dice.

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-It's just absolutely superb. It's wonderful.

-It's lovely.

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So, we've got to think of a price.

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We're quite excited about this.

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We've got to think of a price.

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If I was putting it into auction, I would put it in with a come and get me estimate.

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Which means you're telling people it's private.

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-It hasn't been out of the same family for a number of years.

-Right.

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-And it's to get their taste buds watering, if you like.

-Yes.

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-So, I would put something like £400-£600 on it.

-OK. That's good.

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With a £400 fixed reserve.

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And I think that will really tempt the bidders in. How do you feel about that?

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-I'd be happy with that.

-Is that OK?

-Yes.

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-I wouldn't be surprised if we got a lot more than that.

-Really? That would be nice!

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-Are you happy to do that?

-Yes, absolutely.

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I'm thrilled you're putting it in with us.

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I'm glad you're such a game thing and I look forward to seeing you at auction.

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-Absolutely.

-And let's hope we get the right price.

-Absolutely.

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Thank you very much.

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So, what are we taking with us for our final visit?

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Fred found these two portraits in a carrier bag in the loft.

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But now they're out in the light of day, will they sell?

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This cheetah may not be to everybody's taste.

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So, I hope there are some Beswick collectors in the auction room.

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And Mark may not be a gambling man, but my money is on this magnificent games compendium,

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which is in superb condition.

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Auctioneer Nick Hall

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has been casting his experienced eye over one of our lots. And I wonder if Mark has got his valuation right.

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This could keep you amused for hours and hours and hours, couldn't it?

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Kept me busy all last week. Fantastic, isn't it?

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Yeah. It belongs to Margaret. It was her father's.

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-We've put £400-£600 on this.

-It's not dear, is it?

-Not at all. Look what you get.

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Just add up all the different games you've got there.

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The chess set alone has got to be £100 before you start.

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We've sold the horse racing separately before. Got good money.

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Yeah. You could take any one component out of it, and it would be a nice lot on its own.

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But combined together and complete, it's just fantastic.

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That's the unusual thing. I mean, there is no damage.

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When you talk about damage, really, there's a pin missing in the hinges.

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-That's minimal.

-You're right.

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If there was one, one counter missing, one chess piece missing, one domino missing.

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Spoilt, wouldn't it? But it's all there.

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Could you see this doing more than the £600?

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Well, we used to value these at £1000 plus.

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The market's softened, as we all know, in recent years.

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And £400-£600 is a sensible estimate, and I wouldn't be at all

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surprised if it made top end plus, though.

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Because it is just such nice quality. And it's all there.

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Game on.

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Coming up now, two portraits of ladies.

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One a watercolour, one an oil on canvas. Value of £80-£120.

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-They both belong to Fred. And you've come prepared, haven't you?

-That's right. I've brought my bag.

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He's brought his bag with him, because he thinks he might be taking them home.

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I think the portrait of the lady, the oil on canvas.

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-I think there's something about her.

-Oh, yes?

-That'll sell the two.

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-Oh, good.

-It's kind of like buy one, get one free. There's a bit of damage, isn't there?

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There is a bit of damage, but it's got something about it.

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I think when you clean that, and bring it back up to life,

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it could be quite a nice little oil painting.

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Yes. Well, let's hope Fred doesn't need his carrier bag.

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Good luck. Let's hope we get Mark's top end of the estimate, plus a bit.

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-Where do I look now?

-That way, at the auctioneer.

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Two in the lot.

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The Stuart watercolour of the lady

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and the Victorian school portrait.

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Shall we say 50?

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-Oh, come on.

-Thank you. 50, 5, 60, 5, 70, at 5.

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At 75?

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Oh, come on, one more.

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Oh, please, it's been a long day.

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No, it's not selling.

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We were one bid away from selling that.

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-So close, wasn't it?

-He was calling on 75, he didn't have it.

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Such a shame, you know.

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For two as well, Paul.

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No money, is it, really?

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That carrier bag's coming in handy, isn't it? I'm so sorry.

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Look on the bright side. It wasn't a chest of drawers!

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-No.

-That's fair enough.

-It's quite light to carry home.

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What a shame for Fred.

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So near and yet so far.

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Let's hope Ted's cheetah does better.

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I like this. £60-£80.

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I'm glad you do, Paul. My expert, my expert didn't like it.

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Oh, really? Well, I liked the rock pool.

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But I didn't really like, I'm not...

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-I wasn't a big fan.

-I like the cheetah.

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-Do you?

-I'm an animal lover. And you're a dog lover.

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-Absolutely.

-Tell us what you did for a living?

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I used to be a police dog handler.

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-25 years.

-Lots of German Shepherds?

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Ah, yeah. For the last nine years I had a Labrador for explosive detection.

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-Did it get you into interesting places?

-I used to do my job,

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then watch the Six O'clock News, to see if I've done it properly.

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You're a very brave man.

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Now we've put him in the auction arena. Now he's really frightened.

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Will it sell? Well, we're going to find out, right now.

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Lot 16, bit of Beswick this time.

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The prowling cheetah. Nice model this lot, shown on the side there.

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What are we going to say... 60 for it? Start me at 60? 50? £40 then.

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Do I hear £40? 40 with you, sir, thank you. 40 I'm bid.

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Any advance on 40? 5 seated.

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45 in front, to my right at 45.

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50, 5,

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55 seated in front. Any advance?

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New bidder at 60? With you, madam, at £60 seated.

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-It's sold anyway.

-Yup.

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Any advance at 60? All done? New bidder at 65. Thank you, sir.

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On the very end, 65 gent's bid.

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With you, madam, you still in?

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£70, thank you. Lady's back in at 70.

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At £70 offered... all done?

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At £70, you're sure?

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We'll take that. Mid estimate.

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That's not bad.

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-Well, done.

-Good.

-£70. That'll buy you a meal out.

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No, it's going to my favourite charity.

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-Oh, is it?

-Sainsbury's.

-Sainsbury's!

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Three shopping bags full for £70.

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Yeah, exactly.

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I've been waiting for this moment!

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That wonderful rosewood games compendium. It's all there, Margaret.

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-£400-£600. It's got to sell.

-It's got to.

-It's got to sell.

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I had a chat to Nick, the auctioneer, just before the sale started. You know what he said.

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Agreed with Mark totally. Hopefully we'll get there...

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-top end of the estimate.

-I hope so. It's worth it.

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-That would be nice.

-But it's not going for a penny less, is it?

-Nope, absolutely not.

-Than £400.

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-Nope.

-Margaret put her foot down.

-Quite rightly so.

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It's a lovely... My only, I suppose, slight criticism, is the box is actually quite plain. It's lovely.

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-I mean, a nice rosewood, but it is wonderful to see all those pieces untouched.

-Yup.

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-It's a real collector's item.

-It is.

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And it's here to sell right here and right now. This is it.

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Lot 240. Nice quality lot this Victorian games compendium.

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What we going to say? Start me at £300? 250's a start.

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Thank you, sir. A little low, but I'll take it at 250.

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Come on, where are all these hands?

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260 bid. 280 now, 300, 320 bid.

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340 against you in the room.

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-We're climbing.

-360, 380, 400. With you at £400.

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At £400 on commission. 420 the lady.

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-440, 460 now, 480.

-That's a bit better.

-This is better.

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500, 520, 540, 560 against you, madam. Are you still in?

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580, £580, 600 on my right.

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You going 620? 620 with you, thank you.

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-This is great.

-640.

-Doing all right, isn't it?

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660 now, 680. 700, 720, 740,

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800 offered. Against you at 800.

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800.

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-820 now.

-On the phone still at 850.

-At 850, go 860? 860 I'll take.

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880 on the phone. At 880 now.

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900, 900 seated. Latest bid at £900.

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-This is absolutely brilliant.

-920 offered, 940 the lady.

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At 940 I'm bid.

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This is absolutely brilliant.

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-940, 960.

-Still going, Paul.

-Oh, please, let's do a 1,000.

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We might get to it. We might get there.

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Lady's bid at 980. 1,000.

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-1,000!

-Yes! Fantastic.

-It's £1,000 against you. Lovely lot.

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Don't let it go. £1,050, thank you.

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1,050, I'm bid. I'm looking for 1,100?

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It's 1,050 in the room.

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-Wow!

-Lady seated. At £1,050.

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All out at the back? If you're all done, at 1,050 I'm selling.

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-How amazing!

-Crack! £1,050.

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-Margaret, I'm tingling.

-Amazing.

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I am absolutely tingling all over.

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-You must be as well.

-Yeah. That's amazing.

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What a great feeling that is? That's a surprise, isn't it?

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That's more than I thought it was going to be.

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Wow. What comes to mind?

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What's the first thing that comes to mind? Gosh!

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I'm giving it to the children. It would have been their inheritance.

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I'm giving it to the children, so they can buy something they like.

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-OK, how many children?

-Two.

-Two. What are their names?

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Claire, there, and Antony.

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What a lovely present!

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I wish I was one of the children.

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-Have to adopt you.

-Thank you.

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That was game on. I certainly hope you've enjoyed today's show.

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-We've enjoyed it here, haven't we?

-Absolutely.

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So, until the next time. Join us again for many more surprises on Flog It.

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