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Paul Martin and the Flog It! team are in Dudley. Up for auction are an exquisite diamond cocktail watch and bangle, a pretty turtle-shell casket and a bronze art-deco figure.


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If I was to show you this fossil and ask you where

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today's show is coming from, you might think along the British coastline.

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I'll forgive you if you did because, today,

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Flog It! comes from the heart of Black Country. Welcome to Dudley.

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The Wren's Nest, here in the heart of Dudley,

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is one of the most notable geological sites in Britain.

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And in 1956, it was declared the first national nature reserve for geology in the UK.

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A reported 700 different types of fossil have been found on this site,

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86 of which have never been found anywhere else on the planet.

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Now that's absolutely extraordinary!

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We're not in Dudley today on the lookout for fossils.

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Oh, no, we're here to hunt down some antiques. And I tell you what, even if they're only 200 years old,

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they're still going to look brand new compared to this.

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And at the Dudley Concert Hall, the crowds are busy making their way inside.

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And our experts Adam Partridge

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and Thomas Plant are all ready digging around to see what they can uncover.

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It's Adam who's unearthed the first item to take off to auction.

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-I know you're Dot because I remember seeing you this morning.

-You did.

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And it was a great experience meeting you then and it's really

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nice to have you back at the table with your Worcester vases.

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Oh, you are nice!

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-You can see straight through it.

-I can, yes.

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You've got a lovely pair of Royal Worcester vases.

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Can you tell me how you came to own these?

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Yes, a gentleman gave them to me.

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I used to go into his mother when I was a district nurse and he gave them me when she died.

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So, very nice to be given these.

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Were you familiar with the vases before?

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-No.

-So you never said, "Ooh, I love your vases"?

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Oh, no, no, no.

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-No hints there.

-Oh, no, no.

-They just ended up with you.

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And what do you think of them?

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Oh, yes, they're lovely.

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So why are you selling them?

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I thought somebody else might appreciate them.

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Oh, come on!

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That's what I've heard said on Flog It!

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Well, that's what everyone says, so let's have another reason, Dot.

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Why are you selling them?

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Um... Well, I don't do anything with them.

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You can't really put flowers in them.

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-No.

-They're not a great deal of use, are they?

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They're very pretty to look at for the collector.

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You're not a collector of fine china and things.

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-No.

-Do you collect anything at all?

-Spoons.

-Souvenir spoons?

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Yes. Any spoons.

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How many have you got?

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-About 300.

-Yeah. See, when I first met you this morning, I had you down as a stirrer!

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I guess we'd better talk about your vases.

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-We're very much alike.

-I think so - although you've got more hair.

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-Yeah, that's true.

-These are Royal Worcester as you can see from the mark on the bottom.

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Puce-coloured mark of the Royal Worcester

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and then we've got these five dots,

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a star and then another five dots, which is how we date Worcester.

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And the star with ten dots is 1926.

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Now they're mirror image, so they're clearly a pair...

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One of them's signed... Here's the signature there.

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M. Hunt, that's Millie Hunt.

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A well-known paintress of roses... were her speciality.

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They usually specialized in various roses or flowers or animals or whatever it might be.

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Condition's pretty good. The only thing I've noticed, a tiny, tiny little chip just there.

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Very minor but it would need to be pointed out.

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So, any idea what they're worth?

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No.

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No, no idea at all?

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-No idea at all.

-Have a guess.

-No.

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-You're not having a guess.

-No.

-I thought you were fun.

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No, cos I don't think you'd come up to £2,000.

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-No, £150-250.

-How much?

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150-250.

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-You're joking.

-No.

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-Is that good or bad joking?

-Good.

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Oh, good.

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I thought you were suddenly expecting loads and loads.

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-No.

-No, they should make £150.

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-Really?

-Yeah, that would be the reserve I'd put.

-Oh, lovely.

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And if they don't make that, you can take them home again.

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-Thank you.

-I think if they were absolutely perfect,

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they would probably make the top end £250.

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Dot, it's been really nice to talk to you and very nice to meet you.

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-It's been very nice to meet you.

-Stop it! That's not true, is it?

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-It is true.

-You're desperate to go, I can tell.

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-No, I watch you on telly and it's very nice to meet you.

-OK.

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You look much younger than you do on telly!

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OK, can we up that valuation or is it too late?

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Now you've said something pleasant, we could make it higher!

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Lynette, this is a gorgeous little tortoiseshell box.

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Can you tell me how you came by this?

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It was on a bric-a-brac stall and he wanted £50 for it, he wouldn't come down.

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And I think the reason he couldn't sell it was because all along the top here was covered in pink...

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it looked like nail polish.

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But being a girl, I knew that it was lipstick.

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It was lipstick!

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So that's why. He said I could get £100 but for this pink

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which came out with a nail brush.

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And how long ago did you buy this?

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-It'll only be about two or three months.

-Oh, is that all?

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And you've brought it along cos you want to flog it?

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Yes, well I wanted to see you. I didn't think we would see you.

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Oh, how lovely. Technically, actually, it's not made of tortoiseshell, it's turtle shell.

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-Is it?

-Yes.

-I didn't know that.

-Yes, it's turtle shell.

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-Is it worth anything?

-I'm going to get to that.

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-Thank goodness this is early 1900s because you can't trade in turtle shell so.

-But it's all right now?

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-So, anything pre-1945 you can.

-Yeah.

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And I would say this little jewellery box, this little

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table-casket is sort of

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1910, 1920. So we're lucky there.

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Yeah, how much?!

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It's Anglo Indian... I'm getting there!

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It's Anglo-Indian,

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made in Ceylon...

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Sri Lanka now... but it was called Ceylon.

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I didn't know that.

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-Look at the work that's gone into that.

-I love it.

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-All of this open fretwork, that's all in ivory.

-It's beautiful.

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And I love the little lion-claw feet. It stands quite proudly, very colonial.

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So typically English but made in Sri Lanka.

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And it's in perfect condition for its age.

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It's still got its original lining.

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It's horrendous, though.

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I like that 'shabby chic' look.

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Imagine if that was bright red or bright blue.

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-You'd think it was a repro.

-Yeah, exactly.

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Just using your technical jargon.

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It's got its original lock and escutcheon and hinges.

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-I haven't got the key.

-I was just about to ask you that.

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This would make a lovely little jewellery box.

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It's gorgeous and it's got the look. It's very feminine.

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And it'll make money?

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Will it? How much?

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-OK, OK, I'll put you out of your misery, shall I?

-Go on, go on.

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I think we could double your money. With two people getting interested in this it could do £200.

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-Ooh, excellent.

-So that's a good investment for £50.

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Yeah. Cos it's in beautiful...

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-It's like you, it's in beautiful condition.

-Oh!

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You want to see me first thing in the morning, I can tell you. Mr Grumpy.

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I'm going to say to you, yeah, let's flog it.

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Let's put it into auction with the old auctioneer's cliche, OK?

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-We're going to put it in at £80-120.

-And see what happens.

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Fixed reserve at £80 so it doesn't go for any less, OK?

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And I think this should do £150-180.

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That's excellent because I want to go to London.

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-Do you? What for?

-Just to have a look round.

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To go and see a musical, how about that?

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Well, anything like that, yeah, and perhaps to go round Harrods...

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Buy something expensive.

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-Buy something expensive!

-Depends how well it does.

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Let's hope we make your shopping day for you.

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-Yes, please.

-I hope you get a good day in the capital and do well with this.

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-Yes.

-Thank you for bringing this in.

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No, thank you. I've really enjoyed it.

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Hello Jill, Tania.

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-Thank you for coming along.

-You're welcome.

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You've brought this rather fantastic deco figure.

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-Who owns it and tell me the story behind it.

-Well, it's mine.

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I've had it for over 25 years.

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It was given to me by my daughter's father. That's all I know about it,

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And is it on display at home?

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Yes, I have it on the fireplace.

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Do you like it?

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The figure's nice, yes. I like her.

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I'm not that bothered about it, though.

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A little bit of scratching... Has it always been like that?

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-It's always been like that.

-Yes, this is quite soft, this marble here.

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It looks like something's knocked against it.

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But she's rather elegant, isn't she?

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-She is.

-A lady of high fashion.

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I love this coat she's wearing with this frilly collar round here and this great design.

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It's lovely, isn't it? Very pretty.

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Really handsome. Tania, do you like it?

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Yeah, it's nice. I remember it when I was a kid and I'd lean my Barbies up against it.

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-Really?

-Yeah.

-Well, I've just had a quick look at her and had a good look over.

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she's great quality and I thought she was going to be a Spelter.

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But I had another look and there's some rubbing of the paint.

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She certainly looks bronze from here.

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Have you always known her as being bronze?

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Well, I wasn't sure.

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Sounds like bronze and certainly I can see that coming through.

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She is rather handsome, sitting there.

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What I like is she's got these lovely, elegant legs.

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-They are, definitely.

-And her arms are lovely and thin.

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She's looking... She's obviously

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contemplating a recent love or something.

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-I don't know!

-Is it like an Art Deco?

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Absolutely. It's probably made between the 1920s and the 1930s.

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Up towards about '38, '39 and then obviously things stopped because we had the war.

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-I think it would have been one of a pair and they might have been book-ends.

-Book-ends?

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-It's very heavy.

-It's very heavy... have your row of books...

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and then you have another one.

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That's why she's sitting there thinking, probably.

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But you've just got the one, which could go against the wall.

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We've got the mark... can you see that mark there?

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-Oh, yes.

-A bit indistinct because the painting has gone over it

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and got in the way but that is the foundry mark or the designer's mark.

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-I've never noticed that.

-It's great, isn't it?

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So why are you selling it?

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Well, I've had them over 25 years and I just don't want it any more.

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You don't want it any more?

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-No.

-So, the all-important question is the price.

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I mean I think she's going to make about £100, maybe a bit more.

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Very fashionable, quite desirable in today's market.

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However, being an auctioneer, I want to be cautious and I want to use my favourite estimate...

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-our favourite estimate is £80-120. Is that all right?

-That's fine.

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-So are you guys going to come along?

-Yes.

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-Both of you?

-Yes, we will do.

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We're having a great time! We've been working flat out.

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We're halfway through our day so it's time for our first visit to the auction room.

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We're going to leave you with a quick reminder of what our experts have found.

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Dot thinks her Worcester vases are pretty but impractical, so it's definitely time to flog them.

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I hope this little casket makes Lynette at least £80

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as she's desperate to get down to London for a shopping spree.

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And the Art Deco figure would probably sell better if it was still part of a pair.

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But it's so stylish, I'm sure it's going to be the star of the saleroom.

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We've left Dudley and we've travelled to Stourbridge

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to Fielding's Auction House where we're selling our lots.

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Will our experts Adam Partridge and Thomas Plant be on the money?

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Or will our owners be taking their items home?

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You see, that's the beauty of auctions... anything can happen.

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And do you know what? I can't wait for it to start.

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And the auctioneer flogging our items for us today is Nick Davies. So, let's get things underway.

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First up is the pretty pair of Worcester vases.

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They belong to Dorothy here.

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-Not much longer, though.

-No.

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You can wave goodbye to them.

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Adam's got £150-200 on these?

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-I think so.

-We'll get that top end.

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Dorothy's just come back from Scotland.

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She's been on a spending spree with one of her friends.

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-Have you?

-Yup.

-What have you been buying?

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-Whiskey.

-Whiskey!

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..which is a pair of Royal Worcester posy pottery vases.

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And we have bids I believe.

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The bid's telling me £150 on a commission, straight in at £150.

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Do I see £160 in the room, anywhere?

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£150 on a maiden bid commission.

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It's on commission.

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First and last at £150 and on a commission, £150, all sure?

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Well, straight in and straight out.

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Had a commission bid on the books, no-one here to bid it up.

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But we've done it anyway!

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-No, I'm fine.

-Lucky we put a reserve on them.

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Yes, yes. It is.

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Otherwise we could have been less than that, couldn't we?

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Yes. That's fine, yes.

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-He's a canny chap, you see.

-He is, yes.

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A lot of experts would have said, no reserve.

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Let them find their own level.

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No, no, Adam didn't do that.

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I wouldn't want Dot asking me if they'd made £80, that's the thing!

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I've got to protect myself as well as the object.

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You know what it is? The little box, the ivory and tortoiseshell box.

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-Yes.

-Going under the hammer.

-Yes.

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Hopefully we'll get more than the top end of the estimate.

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-Yes, please.

-Yes, please, lots more, yeah?

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-Yes, please.

-I can't work magic!

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The auctioneer didn't pick me up on it.

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He didn't talk about the valuation so he kind of agrees with it.

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I hope you're right.

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You... You're cheeky, aren't you?!

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-You're going to say something to embarrass me.

-No, I'm not.

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No, I'm just happy to be here and I want you to do your best.

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We are doing our best.

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Right now we're going to flog Lynette's box!

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and I can open this one at £75.

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I'll look for £80 in the room.

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Is anybody coming in at £80?

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There's no interest at £80 I'll pass this by.

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No-one coming in for the turtle-shell box at £80?

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Are we all done, then? No interest at £80? No?

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No. Aah!

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-That's miserable, isn't it?

-I'm so...

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-I was so confident that would sell.

-And me.

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I thought I'd pitched that just right.

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It's good quality, it's good condition.

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-I know, I know. I'm sorry.

-I'm so sorry. I've let you down.

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No, it doesn't matter.

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I love it anyway, I'll take it back home.

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And also, I've had this wonderful day with you. I've enjoyed it.

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So, every time I open it, I'll just think of you, which is great.

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Jill and Tania's Art Deco figure, just about to go under the hammer.

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I think you've picked the perfect expert because this really is your field.

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-Yeah, the Deco is.

-The Art Deco. £80-100?

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-Bit more?

-Maybe a bit more.

-£150?

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-I'd say we get it away first.

-OK.

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OK, why are you selling this? Cos this is your inheritance.

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-Yeah.

-Don't you like it?

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I'm never going to use it. It's not really my sort of thing.

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-Just don't like it any more?

-No.

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-I've had it years, so I just thought...

-Flog it!

-Yeah!

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-Let's do it. This is it.

-The Art Deco, there she is...

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as illustrated and described in the catalogue.

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Lot 662 we're bidding on. Where do you start me on this one?

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£75? £75.

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We're in, £75.

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£80. £85.

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You're out. £80 at the back.

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£85, and £90? And five?

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£100? £100. £110?

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-It's good.

-£120?

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-£130? £140?

-Ah, fantastic.

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£150? So it's now at £140. At £140 it'll be.

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I'll open it up.

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£140, bidding in the room at £140.

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Are we all sure and done at £140?

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She looks good and they love her.

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-£140, the hammer's gone down.

-That's great.

-You'll settle for that?

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-Yeah!

-Is that lunch out for the two of you?

-Definitely.

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-And some new shoes, I bet.

-Yeah.

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Oh, good. New shoes, brilliant.

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Just down the road from the auction house is Solihull, the home of a true British icon.

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The Land Rover can be classified as one of Britain's motoring success stories.

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Originally built as a basic utilitarian vehicle for working on the land.

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At 60 years old, it's survived the ups and downs of the British car industry

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and has developed from being a tough workhorse into the ultimate off-roader...

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even sparking the move into the luxury four wheel drive market.

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So, what's that workhorse like to drive?

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Well, the man who knows all about it is behind the steering wheel in that Land Rover.

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Roger Craythorne has led the demonstration team here for 25 years.

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He even shares his birthday with the vehicle, so he's got a wealth of experience.

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Let's flag him down and have a chat.

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Roger, it's great to meet up with you.

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I can't wait to get into one of these later on and go for a drive.

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But tell me about the conception of the Land Rover, its early days.

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It started immediately after the Second World War,

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and unless you could export your vehicles, it was very difficult to obtain steel.

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The British Government would only allocate steel for building vehicles if you could export them.

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The Wilkes family were very involved with the Rover company...

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SB Wilkes was the Managing Director and his brother was the technical director.

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At the time, he owned an ex-World War jeep and he thought that he could do a better job.

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He thought, if I can build something better than the jeep, I can export

0:19:380:19:42

that and then we can get enough steel to start building Rover cars again.

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The Land Rover was only developed originally as a stop-gap...

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but of course it very quickly took on.

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In the first year alone, we built over 1700 vehicles.

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This one's a '49 but '48 was our first year of production.

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This one here was owned by the British Army, originally,

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when they first bought them in 1949.

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But they were successful from the moment they were released on the market?

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It was successful because, although we have a fondness for jeeps, the jeep only had a three-speed gear box.

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This had a four-speed gearbox. It also had permanent four wheel drive

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when it was first launched and the jeep had selectable four wheel drive.

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I think that's one of the reasons the Land Rover got so popular so quickly...

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-because the vehicle generally didn't get stuck and didn't get trapped.

-What about this one?

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The vehicle very soon became very popular and some people suggested that we should

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have vehicles with a little bit more power.

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To make it perform a little bit better, we went from a 1.6 litre engine to a 2 litre engine.

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But also, at the same time, we decided to go to selectable four wheel drive.

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OK, we're sort of getting up to the '60s there, aren't we?

0:20:530:20:56

-That was the Series three Land Rover. This was launched in 1971.

-Oh, was it?

0:20:560:21:00

The vehicle was in production right up until the '80s, when we introduced the Defender with coil springs.

0:21:000:21:06

Tell me a little bit more about your role in the company.

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Well, I started, like most engineers here, as an apprentice

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and fortunately qualified just at the time when the Range Rover was conceived

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and was selected to work on the Range Rover development programme.

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A lot of the work that I was given during that time was developing the off-road

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credentials of the vehicle, making sure the vehicle was as capable off-road as current Land Rovers.

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-Yeah, and we've got one there.

-We have, yes.

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Can you remember this particular model?

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Oh, yes. I mean this is a four-door Range Rover.

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We actually started off with two-door Range Rovers.

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This one is in lovely condition and it's part of the Land Rover Experience fleet here at Solihull.

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Tell me a little bit about the course.

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The site is around 300 acres and we've got 15-20 acres of off-road driving...

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with approximately 10-15 kilometres of track.

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What is it about off-roading that you love?

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Well, you can take these vehicles where other vehicles can't go.

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The fact that you have the confidence

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to drive over terrain that most other vehicles...as I say...

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can't traverse.

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What makes a good off-road driver? What are the pointers?

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Somebody who's got a good feel for vehicles, understands the geography

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inside and outside, can read the ground ahead of them...

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probably only 50-100 metres, where normally when you're driving

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on the highway you've got half a kilometre ahead of you.

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And it's having an appreciation of the environments around you...

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you just definitely wouldn't damage that environment in any way.

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If you're a good off-road driver, you've got care for the environment, care for the countryside, along with

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your experience that you gather from years of off-road driving.

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The most important thing is not to drive too fast, to understand where your steering wheels are pointing

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and to generally be in the right gear for the right object or incident that's in front of you.

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And don't put your thumbs right around the steering wheel.

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-And don't put your thumbs round the steering wheel, no. You've done it before!

-I want to have a go.

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Roger's let me loose in a brand-new Land Rover to attempt part of the off-road course.

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I'm very excited but slightly apprehensive, as I don't know what Roger has in store for me.

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But I'm about to find out.

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-Where do I go now?

-Up the stairs here, so...

-Oh, wow... look at that!

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So, second gear, just a little bit of acceleration.

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OK. I wouldn't want to tackle this without you.

0:23:380:23:41

That's wonderful. Brilliant.

0:23:460:23:49

How about that? That was the elephants footprints!

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This car can do absolutely anything.

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The only thing that's missing is a button to push, wings would come out and we could fly.

0:24:050:24:11

-What's next?

-We're going to go for the collapsing bridge next.

-The collapsing bridge. OK, here we go.

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Wow.

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Oh, that's fantastic.

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That's not for the faint-hearted.

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The horizon disappears right in front of you.

0:24:410:24:44

Big thanks to Roger for such an adventurous day out.

0:24:440:24:48

No wonder Land Rover has survived 60 years, it's just fantastic.

0:24:480:24:52

It's going to go on into the future.

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It's a great British icon. And, by the way, I stalled then.

0:24:540:24:58

Let's start up.

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I couldn't get it right first time.

0:25:010:25:03

Back at Dudley Concert Hall, Thomas is pulling a few strings with his next valuation.

0:25:110:25:16

-Sandra, thank you very much for coming.

-OK.

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Tell me, when did you get your Muffin the Mule?

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Muffin Junior, shall I say?

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I was roughly around seven years old.

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It was a present from my auntie...

0:25:290:25:31

who sadly has passed away some time ago, now.

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Obviously it was a television programme at the time.

0:25:360:25:38

A sort of puppet toy was something new, so it was quite interesting.

0:25:380:25:45

When you got it, you were seven. What was the excitement?

0:25:450:25:49

Were you thinking it was a really nice present to get from your aunt? Cos it would've been quite expensive.

0:25:490:25:55

Well, in those days it was probably about... Oh, I dunno...

0:25:550:25:58

four and six, something like that, old money?

0:25:580:26:01

So it was quite a big present to get.

0:26:010:26:03

You must have been so good because you kept it in its box with the original tissue paper.

0:26:030:26:07

That is brilliant. And throughout your life, it's been with you.

0:26:070:26:11

Well, when you were my age...at that time...you were brought up to keep things really nicely.

0:26:110:26:18

You played in your old clothes, you didn't play in your best outfit.

0:26:180:26:23

So, you know, you were taught to look after things. They didn't come easy.

0:26:230:26:27

-Absolutely. You took it from your home today and brought it here?

-Yes.

-Where was it at home?

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-Tucked away in another cardboard box.

-And when was the last time you looked at it?

0:26:330:26:39

-About a year ago.

-You saw one of these sell at an auction, did you?

0:26:390:26:44

No, I actually saw the advert for it in the newspaper cutting when there was a toy auction at Birmingham.

0:26:440:26:51

And I thought, I've got one of those upstairs!

0:26:510:26:55

Was it a Muffin Junior or was it Muffin the Mule?

0:26:550:26:58

-It could have been Muffin the Mule.

-What was the extraordinary price it sold for?

-£1,150 I think.

0:26:580:27:05

Must have been the one in the show.

0:27:050:27:07

Obviously, it can be quite emotional when you come along to the auction and see it sell.

0:27:070:27:13

-But it will probably go to somebody who would display it.

-Yes.

0:27:130:27:17

If you are an uber toy collector and you love these kind of things,

0:27:170:27:21

-they'll actually hang it in the cabinet, put the box next to it and it'll be amongst friends.

-Yes.

0:27:210:27:29

To be honest with you, I haven't seen one in this condition.

0:27:290:27:33

It's super. I love the box, the paint is so fresh.

0:27:330:27:36

When I'm thinking about estimates, I would actually push the boat out

0:27:360:27:40

and say this is worth £100 to start off with.

0:27:400:27:44

The estimate should be reserve of £100 to £100-150

0:27:440:27:48

-and I expect it to make mid that estimate, maybe even a little bit more.

-Right.

0:27:480:27:53

-But we won't stop it if it goes on.

-OK, that's fine.

0:27:530:27:57

-Will you be happy to see it at the auction?

-Yes, absolutely.

-We'll look forward to seeing you there.

-OK.

0:27:570:28:03

-Good morning, George.

-Good morning. How are you today? Not too bad.

-Good. You brought in some medals here.

0:28:080:28:15

-Looks like you've had a distinguished military career.

-Yes, the relations.

0:28:150:28:19

-Are these all from your relations?

-Yes.

-Why are you selling them?

0:28:190:28:24

Well, somebody else could be looking into it.

0:28:240:28:27

-Where do they live at home? Do they stick in a drawer, or...?

-Yeah, usually, yeah.

0:28:270:28:33

When people ask about them, I get them out and show them.

0:28:330:28:35

So it's not a particularly sad occasion for you getting rid of these things?

0:28:350:28:41

-Not really, no.

-Cos sometimes you wonder why people sell medals and things.

0:28:410:28:46

But then there are collectors that like to...

0:28:460:28:50

True, show 'em off. You know, like, other people can look at 'em.

0:28:500:28:54

It's only friends of mine who've looked at 'em.

0:28:540:28:56

I could put 'em on the telly and show everybody in the world, really.

0:28:560:28:59

First of all we've got World War I.

0:28:590:29:02

This is a death plaque or a memorial plaque, bronze, given to people that were killed in action.

0:29:040:29:11

Yeah, that's what they say.

0:29:110:29:13

"He died for freedom and honour".

0:29:130:29:14

-That's it.

-And this is dedicated to Arthur Webster. Who was Arthur Webster?

0:29:140:29:19

I'm not certain, like. I think it's one of me old relations or what, I don't know.

0:29:190:29:25

Right, distant relation. Right, OK, so it's not your granddad.

0:29:250:29:28

-I can remember him, no.

-So you're not a Webster?

-No.

0:29:280:29:32

And you've got the original card envelope which it was in. A lot of them retain that.

0:29:320:29:38

And then we've got these two medals and, if we have a look on the side, they're to Arthur Webster as well.

0:29:380:29:45

-You can see that he was Private Arthur Webster of the Leicester Regiment.

-Yup.

0:29:450:29:51

And he was obviously killed in action and that's all you get to show for it.

0:29:510:29:55

So, this is where your main value is, here.

0:29:550:29:58

They're standard-issue medals, so they're not extremely valuable.

0:29:580:30:01

With the plaque and the medals, these are probably worth £60-80,

0:30:010:30:06

maybe £100...something like that.

0:30:060:30:10

Then you've got these medals.

0:30:100:30:13

This is a World War II medal and then you've got the 1939-45 Star,

0:30:130:30:18

the Atlantic Star with the France and Germany bar there.

0:30:180:30:20

France and Germany, yeah.

0:30:200:30:22

-Africa Star there.

-Africa Star.

-And the Italy Star as well.

0:30:220:30:26

So these are all fairly standard medals, here. I would suggest that we sell these as a group,

0:30:260:30:31

this being the main focus of the group, also these to go with it.

0:30:310:30:37

And then probably put an estimate of £100-150 on the lot.

0:30:370:30:41

-Yeah, fair enough.

-Is that OK with you?

-Yes.

0:30:410:30:43

Well, I'm going to be travelling back down here for the auction. I look forward to seeing you there.

0:30:430:30:50

Mary, thank you for coming today. Why don't you tell us where you're from?

0:30:540:30:59

Originally, I'm from Holland.

0:30:590:31:01

We could tell that by the accent.

0:31:010:31:03

-I was afraid of that, yes.

-No, don't be afraid.

0:31:030:31:06

It's very lovely, it's charming. Where in Holland?

0:31:060:31:09

Nearby the airport, Amsterdam.

0:31:090:31:11

OK, well I've been to Amsterdam once and I had a very good time.

0:31:110:31:14

-It was a long time ago on a school art trip.

-Ah, only the art trip?

-Yeah, it was an art trip.

0:31:140:31:21

-Ah, OK. I won't say anything more.

-Nothing untoward went on.

0:31:210:31:25

No stag do's or anything like that.

0:31:250:31:27

I was 16-17, so, you know.

0:31:270:31:29

-Long time ago, then?

-Yeah, thank you very much! Long time ago.

0:31:290:31:33

But we're digressing.

0:31:330:31:36

Tell me about these pieces.

0:31:360:31:39

This watch was given to me by my ex-husband and now late husband when I became 21.

0:31:390:31:47

And this one I got from him when we had our wedding anniversary.

0:31:470:31:53

They're both gold and they've both got diamonds in.

0:31:530:31:56

What we've got here is we've got this very nice 18 carat gold

0:31:560:32:00

cocktail watch, or dress watch, set with 29 diamonds around the outside.

0:32:000:32:05

There's probably just over two carats of diamonds in there.

0:32:050:32:09

Um, but what dictates this is fashion, isn't it?

0:32:090:32:13

-And the world we live in today, we don't wear things like this any more.

-No.

0:32:130:32:17

I like the way they've got this sort of engine-turn design on the strap.

0:32:170:32:22

With the links,

0:32:220:32:23

they're so amazingly done.

0:32:230:32:26

But the fact of the matter is, when we look at things like this for auction,

0:32:260:32:30

unless the diamonds are over a carat individually, the value is based on what they're actually worth...

0:32:300:32:37

to buy trade, so to speak. And then we take into account the actual gold weight of the actual strap as well.

0:32:370:32:43

So, realistically for auction, that watch is probably worth between £500-700

0:32:430:32:50

and I think I would advise you to put a discretion reserve at £500.

0:32:500:32:56

It's worth that just as weight.

0:32:560:32:59

-OK.

-So we've done the watch.

0:32:590:33:01

-All right.

-I've had a good look at this bangle.

0:33:010:33:03

-It's lovely. It's 18-carat gold, isn't it?

-Yeah.

0:33:030:33:05

Do you like wearing it?

0:33:050:33:07

Yes, but I nearly lost it twice, so.

0:33:070:33:10

Really? And that must be a really scary moment.

0:33:100:33:14

Did this come from Antwerp?

0:33:140:33:16

-Yes.

-Yeah, I thought so because these stones in here are lovely.

-Specially made for me.

-Was it?

0:33:160:33:24

Obviously, when we're looking at diamonds, we're looking for the four Cs - cut, colour, clarity, carat.

0:33:240:33:32

OK, the carat we can sort of discount because it's a bracelet, they're not massive around it.

0:33:320:33:37

Cut is modern brilliant which means it has 58 facets round the stone.

0:33:370:33:42

The colour is whether the colour of the stone draws colour, takes in a bit of yellow or if it's white.

0:33:420:33:49

Best diamond is always white. The clarity...if there's any bits of carbon inside.

0:33:490:33:53

These stones hit every single mark on the colour and the clarity

0:33:530:33:59

and the carat, it's just wonderful.

0:33:590:34:02

They are brilliant - brilliant white and almost flawless.

0:34:020:34:06

I would say it's a similar sort of value to the watch but I think

0:34:060:34:10

if we put it in at 4-6 with a fixed reserve at £400, we've got a very good chance of getting it away.

0:34:100:34:16

-OK.

-Are you happy with that?

-I'm happy with that.

0:34:160:34:18

Why are you selling them?

0:34:180:34:20

Well, I have to move house... I had to move house last year

0:34:200:34:25

and I put my money into that house.

0:34:250:34:29

But now I'm forced to do it again

0:34:290:34:32

and that's the reason I have to sell them.

0:34:320:34:34

-Well, let's hope we can do our very best for you.

-Thank you.

-And I hope to see you at the auction.

-I will.

0:34:340:34:41

That's all from our valuation day, so let's head off to the auction room for our last lot of sales.

0:34:410:34:46

Sandra's kept this Muffin the Mule puppet in such good condition, it's going to be child's play selling it.

0:34:460:34:54

George doesn't know who Arthur Webster was so has no sentimental attachment to his seven medals

0:34:540:35:00

and he's happy to let someone else have the chance to appreciate them.

0:35:000:35:04

And finally, the diamonds in the watch and the bangle are of the highest quality.

0:35:040:35:09

Thomas thinks they're going to draw in the bidders and make Mary a tidy sum of money.

0:35:090:35:14

Before Nick gets back on the rostrum, he shares his thoughts with me about George's medals.

0:35:140:35:20

Inherited through the family, he got them 30-odd years ago.

0:35:200:35:24

We've got £100-150 on them.

0:35:240:35:27

No problem. You've got two different types of medals here

0:35:270:35:30

relating to the First World War and the Second World War.

0:35:300:35:32

In the First World War group here, you've got your two...

0:35:320:35:36

your Civilisation, your British War medal...

0:35:360:35:38

-and a death plaque.

-Right.

0:35:380:35:40

Both medals will be named round the rim and when the medals' names

0:35:400:35:44

match the death plaque, you know you've got the correct group.

0:35:440:35:48

These were awarded to Arthur Webster who lost his life in the First World War. This is what the family got.

0:35:480:35:53

They never named the Second World War medals

0:35:530:35:56

so you can't get the history of the soldier like you can with the First World War medals.

0:35:560:36:01

-That's what people like, all the - research where he went to fight...

-Rank, regiment...

0:36:010:36:08

You can get rank, name and number off these medals.

0:36:080:36:13

That's fantastic, isn't it, to know, really.

0:36:130:36:16

I like them and personally I think they're highly underrated.

0:36:160:36:20

OK, value the First World War medals. Those two.

0:36:200:36:23

That pair there is probably worth around £60-80.

0:36:230:36:27

The plaque's going to be worth probably around about £80-100. You're probably around about £150.

0:36:270:36:33

Top end of the valuation already.

0:36:330:36:34

I think from our generation who've never been through a war,

0:36:340:36:38

it's a great thing to show respect and look after these things for people who've looked after us.

0:36:380:36:42

OK, what about the Second World War medals?

0:36:420:36:45

Second World War...more common.

0:36:450:36:47

You've got your different stars, so you can tell where the gentleman served.

0:36:470:36:51

This little group here is probably worth about £15.

0:36:510:36:54

-Is that all?

-£15-20, that's all.

-Really?

-That's all they're worth.

-That's absolutely nothing.

-It isn't

0:36:540:37:00

For somebody that fought for their country and probably lost their life.

0:37:000:37:04

Exactly. And hopefully there will never be another world war again, so this will be the last set of medals.

0:37:040:37:09

-So, fingers crossed, we're looking at £200 here.

-Possible. Possible.

0:37:090:37:14

It's now time for Nick to start selling.

0:37:140:37:18

The first item going under the hammer is Muffin the Mule.

0:37:180:37:22

We've seen these on the show before but not in such good condition.

0:37:220:37:26

This Muffin the Mule belongs to Sandra, with its box and original tissue paper.

0:37:260:37:32

-Yes.

-Fantastic condition. Did you ever play with this?

-Yes.

-You were just very careful?

0:37:320:37:38

-But only in the house.

-Only in the house? Well, it's a great example.

0:37:380:37:43

I think you're spot on with the valuation.

0:37:430:37:46

I think we should sell it, definitely, at £100.

0:37:460:37:49

-The box is museum quality.

-Oh, wow.

0:37:490:37:52

There's a few marks on the mule but the box is just pristine.

0:37:520:37:57

Muffin the Mule in its original box.

0:37:570:37:59

Excellent condition, still has its original tissue in there as well.

0:37:590:38:05

I can open at 90 and I look for £100 in the room.

0:38:050:38:08

Has to be £100 in the room. 100 I'm bid, thank you. Do I see 110?

0:38:080:38:13

Gentleman's bid in the room at £100, £110 anywhere else?

0:38:130:38:16

-It's going to be a single bid then.

-It's in the room.

0:38:160:38:21

-On Muffin the Mule at £100. All done.

-Got it away.

0:38:210:38:24

-Got away, £100.

-Just! We did it, Sandra.

-Very good, yes.

0:38:240:38:28

-That's OK, isn't it?

-Fine, yes.

-You didn't want it any more?

-No.

0:38:280:38:33

-Are you sad? A bit sad?

-Well, a little bit.

0:38:330:38:37

-It was just sitting upstairs.

-You've got all those wonderful memories though.

-That's it.

0:38:370:38:42

We've just joined up with Mary in the nick of time.

0:38:470:38:50

-Your lots are just about to go under the hammer, divided into two.

-Yes.

0:38:500:38:55

-We've got the cocktail watch coming up first with a valuation of...?

-Five.

-£500-700.

0:38:550:39:00

I had a chat with Nick the auctioneer, and he thought the estimate was a little bit punchy

0:39:000:39:08

because he thought ladies won't want to wear a cocktail watch any more.

0:39:080:39:12

-Well...

-But it's all about style, isn't it, really?

0:39:120:39:15

-And if you can carry it off, I think it's a winner.

-Absolutely.

0:39:150:39:19

And if you think about it, there's 40 grams of 18-carat gold... £400.

0:39:190:39:22

-Yeah.

-There's 20 diamonds round the outside.

0:39:220:39:24

Even if they're £10 a diamond, £200.

0:39:240:39:27

They're actually £25.

0:39:270:39:29

So, broken down, which is horrible to say, it should be the money.

0:39:290:39:34

-We'll have to wait and see.

-Should be.

0:39:340:39:35

-And the second lot is the bracelet which you've had a long time, the bracelet?

-Very long time.

0:39:350:39:42

He also thought that was slightly punchy but you just don't know.

0:39:420:39:46

-It's a very attractive bracelet.

-I like that as well.

0:39:460:39:50

Here's the 18-carat ladies wrist watch with a diamond surround.

0:39:500:39:55

We can open this one at £450. I look for £450 in the room.

0:39:550:40:00

-Anybody coming in the room at £450?

-Cor! That's a good opening.

0:40:000:40:04

The ladies watch, is there any interest at £450?

0:40:040:40:07

If there's no interest at £450, we'll have to pass this by.

0:40:070:40:12

-No interest? We'll move on.

-They all sat on their hands.

-They did. Sorry.

0:40:120:40:16

We need to see them in the air.

0:40:160:40:18

-Yup. But they didn't.

-They didn't, did they?

0:40:180:40:22

Um...there's not a lot of other jewellery here, so maybe it's been overlooked.

0:40:220:40:27

Could be. You never know.

0:40:270:40:29

One more lot to go, the bracelet. Fingers crossed.

0:40:290:40:32

Bangle, diamond-set, C-scrolls to the end.

0:40:320:40:37

I can open this one at... I look for £360 in the room.

0:40:370:40:42

Is there anybody coming in at £360 on the bangle?

0:40:420:40:46

Is there any interest in this at £360?

0:40:460:40:50

Last time I'm asking. If there's no interest, we'll move on.

0:40:500:40:54

No? No interest?

0:40:540:40:56

-Sorry, Mary. Tried our best.

-You did.

0:40:560:41:00

There is such a lack of jewellery here,

0:41:000:41:03

it didn't invite the silver trade or the jewellery trade to come out.

0:41:030:41:08

I'm very sorry, Mary.

0:41:080:41:09

Maybe bring it back here when they have more of a silver sale.

0:41:090:41:14

-I'll try.

-OK.

-Thanks very much anyway.

0:41:140:41:17

Our final lot going under the hammer is George's seven medals and death plaque.

0:41:170:41:22

We've got a valuation put on by Adam of around £100-150.

0:41:220:41:27

-Had a chat to Nick the auctioneer just before the sale started.

-Yeah?

-It's good news. He's spot on.

0:41:270:41:33

-Have they gone up?

-They have a bit!

0:41:330:41:36

He sort of separated the First World War medals from the Second World War medals.

0:41:360:41:42

The First World War ones with the death plaque will do £150 and the others an extra £30-40.

0:41:420:41:49

-Yeah, so we might get a couple of hundred pounds.

-Yeah. Fingers crossed.

0:41:490:41:54

You just don't know what's going to happen. Lots of history, though.

0:41:540:41:58

I've had 'em 40-odd years?

0:41:580:42:01

-Is it...?

-Upstairs in the wardrobe.

-Is it sad to let them go?

0:42:010:42:06

Not really. I don't look at 'em that much.

0:42:060:42:09

-Somebody says there's a sale in Dudley, Flog It and...

-Bring it on.

0:42:090:42:15

The good thing is that medals always go to people that really prize them and treasure them.

0:42:150:42:20

And hopefully, these will find a good home.

0:42:200:42:23

A lot of bids of interest. We have to open at £200, is that correct?

0:42:230:42:28

How about that for an opening shot? £200!

0:42:280:42:32

Do I see £210 anywhere in the room? £210 anywhere else?

0:42:320:42:36

At £200, all the commission bidders out. All done and finished at £200.

0:42:360:42:41

-£200, fantastic. George, you've got to be happy with that?

-Yeah.

0:42:410:42:46

-What are you going to spend the money on?

-The same thing.

0:42:460:42:51

-What's that?

-Sinead.

-That's what we're spending the money on!

0:42:510:42:54

-What's your name?

-Sinead.

0:42:540:42:56

Oh, that's a lot of money.

0:42:560:42:59

Spend it wisely.

0:42:590:43:01

-You made her day!

-I'm pleased about that.

0:43:010:43:04

We've come to the end of the day.

0:43:100:43:12

The auction's still going on. Everyone's gone home happy.

0:43:120:43:16

It has been a mixed bag, though. We've certainly toughed it out.

0:43:160:43:19

I hope you've enjoyed watching today's show. So, till the next time, it's cheerio from Stourbridge.

0:43:190:43:25

Paul Martin and the Flog It! team are in Dudley. Experts Adam Partridge and Thomas Plant are on hand to answer that all-important question - what is it worth?

Up for auction are an exquisite diamond cocktail watch and bangle, a pretty turtle-shell casket and a rather elegant bronze art-deco figure.

Paul also gets the chance to find out more about a local icon, the Land Rover. He even gets the opportunity to get behind the wheel and try his hand at a bit of off-roading.