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Paul Martin is joined by antique experts Philip Serrell and Michael Baggott in Derby. Michael's passion for jewellery is satisfied by a dainty art deco cocktail watch.


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The sun is shining, we've got a fantastic crowd.

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Welcome to "Flog It!" from Derby! Yes!

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One of the few cities with a Viking name

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which probably explains why some of the crowd looks like a marauding Viking horde!

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Today's venue is just a stone's throw away from this,

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the beautiful and tranquil River Derwent,

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which flows right through the heart of Derby.

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Derby's name originates from the Danish meaning "village of the deer"

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and "Derwent" has a Celtic origin meaning "valley" or "the river of the oaks".

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And the name of our venue today, The Grand Hall in Derby's Assembly Rooms

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where the crowd are filing in, eager to get started.

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We're joined by two great names in the antiques trade,

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experts Mr Michael Baggott

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and Philip Serrell, who's already found some interesting treasure.

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Let's get things under way.

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-Hadrian, isn't it?

-Hadrian, yes.

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-Are you into this antiques stuff?

-Yes, I collect bits and pieces

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and have a collection.

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-How did you get into it?

-Watching programmes and reading books.

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-It's something I've always liked.

-Flog It's made you an antiques buff?

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-It's brought things to the surface.

-You watch "Flog It!" how often?

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Two or three times a week. Different programmes.

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-Enjoy it?

-I really do, yes.

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Now then, is this something you bought a long time ago?

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-A year and a half ago.

-A year and a half.

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Right. Talk me through the whole thing. Where did you buy it?

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-From a market in Limerick.

-A market?

-In Limerick City.

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-Ireland. Is that where you're from?

-That's where I'm from.

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-So you're now Hadrian the Hantique, are you?

-That's right.

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You bought this 18 months ago. Dare I ask how much for?

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-18 euros.

-How much is that in proper money?

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The market varies. £14.50, 15 quid.

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Now then, you're the expert cos you've been watching "Flog It!".

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-Yeah.

-So what are the good things about that?

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It's got its original matchbox inside.

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Take it out and show people at home.

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It's still in good condition.

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It's got where someone lit a candle or a chandelier or something.

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You've got the romance in you! "They lit a chandelier"!

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They've left a mark on it in the wood itself.

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You don't see many with these original boxes.

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-You've got a good sales pitch, Hadrian.

-That's what makes it special.

-Is that right?

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-The missing part of the puzzle.

-Is it silver?

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-It's silver...

-How do you know it is?

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You've got hallmarks. 1902. Birmingham.

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I looked up the maker's name but I've forgotten.

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But it's Art Nouveau period style.

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He is good, isn't he? Don't you think he is? He's good.

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It's got all the signs of quality in it, too.

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-It's nice.

-That's what I like about it.

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You've told me everything so far.

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Now tell me what'll it make at auction?

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Well, I'd say 40 to £50, I'd say. I've got the matchbox as well.

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That's the thing.

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You don't have to sell it to me!

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-It's the complete thing.

-The complete thing.

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-Hadrian, you're going to go a long way!

-I hope so.

-I think you are.

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I think that you need to estimate this at auction

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-at 20 to £40.

-Yeah.

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I think we'll put your buying price of £15 as a reserve on it.

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-Yep.

-And I think it'll sell.

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-Yep.

-I think you've got a great eye.

-Cheers. Thank you.

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And I love your patter! I think this should be a career for you.

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-I'd like it to be.

-Don't get too good, cos I'd like to keep my job!

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-Yeah.

-And I think that you are so good, I could be out of work here!

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Tell me when you hang your boots up! I'll be there.

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Get out of here! Hang my boots up? What does he think he's doing?

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-Hadrian, let's get it sold.

-No problem. Fine. Excellent.

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Charlie, I can see this piece has been your pride and joy.

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-Has been.

-You've polished it to blazes!

-I have, yeah.

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Where did you get it? What's the story?

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It was originally my son-in-law's. And he's an antique dealer.

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I saw it and I said, "Sam, how much is that?" He said, "Well,

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"to you, it's £450." I said, "I'll have it."

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You didn't think twice. That's the secret when you buy antiques.

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You go shopping for antiques.

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-If you find something that touches your soul...

-Yes.

-..puts a smile on your face,

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buy it, because it'll be gone.

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-It will be gone.

-If you can afford it, buy it.

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Because it's going to make you happy.

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-And it has.

-I've got to ask, why are you selling this?

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Well, it's feminine and I'm not!

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-It's really out of place.

-It's beautiful, isn't it? Very sweet.

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It's a ladies' writing desk, a "bon heure du jour",

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which translates as "the good hour of the day".

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And this little beauty is a copy of a late 18th-century piece by Sheraton.

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It's loosely termed Sheraton revival.

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I would put this as late Edwardian,

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so it's not pretending to be 18th century.

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I'd put this around 1910, 1920.

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But it's absolutely stunning. It's beautifully made

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by a cabinet maker at the top of his genre. It's just perfection.

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It's got a tiny leaf here which folds over

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which you can use to write on.

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Now, that leather looks to me, this tawed piece of leather,

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-looks very 1960s, so that's been replaced. But it doesn't really matter.

-No.

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This is not meant to be a period piece.

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But it's beautifully done. I love the way these legs taper down.

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It's so neo-classical. It's got all the right elements about it.

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Look at the grain, how beautifully that's been chosen by the cabinet maker.

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This is all veneer.

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I would say this is veneered onto an oak carcass

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because when I looked at the drawer linings

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-and looked underneath, it's all oak. Look at this.

-Yeah.

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You've polished the drawer liners, haven't you?

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-You've polished everywhere!

-Yes.

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If anybody's watching, I think it's great to polish a piece, if you want to...

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-It brings it to life.

-And it makes it sing. But,

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I would advise anybody not to polish the drawer linings

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or the undersides.

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It's really nice to see dry wood where it should be kept dry.

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-Yes.

-Right. OK.

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Well, if it was a period piece...

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..really 18th-century, we'd be looking at 6,000 to £8,000

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for something of this quality. Unfortunately, it's not, as you know.

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It's Sheraton revival.

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Um, what have you in mind?

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-Bearing you paid 400 and...

-About 1,000.

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I think you're right, four figures.

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But I think we should put it into auction with a valuation of 800 to £1,200.

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Hopefully get that middle estimate.

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-And put a reserve on of 800, if that's OK.

-Fine.

-If we put it in

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at the auction at 1,000 to 1,200, we might scare people off.

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-Yes.

-Would you be happy with that?

-I'd be very, very happy.

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Charlie, thank you very much. You've made my day.

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Wendy, thank you for bringing this lovely wrist watch along today.

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Where did you get it from?

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It was off my mum. My mum gave it to me.

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-Right.

-And I've left it in the drawer.

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-Oh, no!

-Yeah!

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Is it not something that you wear?

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No, I don't think it's something I would wear

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so I just tucked it away and...

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-Just put it away safely.

-Yep.

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It's not to everybody's taste

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-cos it's a very strong Art Deco style.

-Right.

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I can remember from my old nan's jewellery that it's marcasite

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cos all she had were marcasite brooches,

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this little polished stone so you get a cut steel effect.

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-It's a lot cheaper than doing diamonds!

-Right. OK.

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If we turn it over, we should have some marks on the back.

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And it's stamped "800", which is a low-grade continental silver.

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We can't call it silver over here. We have to call it white metal.

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-Right. OK.

-It's very nice.

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The main thing is, you get a lot of marcasite watches and jewellery

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and it's fairly commonplace.

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What you don't normally get

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is this expanding bracelet inset with little marcasites as well.

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That's a phenomenal amount of work to do that.

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-Each piece is articulated.

-Right.

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Then you've got this super diamond-shaped bezel to the dial

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which is rather eye-catching.

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I would imagine it dates to about 1930, 1935. It might be a smidge later than that.

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-Right.

-That's when marcasite was popular,

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just before the second war and just slightly after.

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But it's a lovely little thing. As I say,

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it's not of great intrinsic value.

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The little marcasites are probably set into silver.

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Any idea of the value of it?

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No, not really, no. I've never had it valued. Only coming here today.

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Absolutely. Well, as a dress watch,

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for some fashionable lady, I'm sure there's one out there, that will want it,

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I think at auction between 30 and £50.

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I think they'd be very happy to buy it for that.

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So if we stick it into auction, put a reserve of £30 on it,

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and hope it does really well for you.

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-Yes, that's fine.

-Splendid. Thank you for bringing it along.

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-Millie, how are you?

-I'm fine today, thank you.

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-Today? Not yesterday?

-Not very well, no!

-You must keep well.

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-Lovely day, isn't it?

-Gorgeous, isn't it?

-Are you a collector

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-of fine china?

-Yes, I'd say so. Yes.

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-This is absolutely lovely.

-It's very nice.

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-What else do you collect?

-Worcester.

-Good girl!

-I know!

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Good girl.

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-Moorcroft.

-Yes.

-Yes.

-How long have you been collecting?

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-About eight years now.

-What gave you the collecting bug?

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Um, I just picked up one item in an antiques shop

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and that was it. That started me off.

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-It really got you.

-That's it.

-Great stuff.

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This is a really good quality two-handled tankard or loving cup.

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I haven't looked at it inside yet,

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-but look at the calibre of that gilding. Really good.

-Yes.

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If I spin that round. This yellow ground is very reminiscent

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of late - I suppose about 1800, 1820.

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And again it was reproduced about 1900, 1910.

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But this is a good bit later than that, I fear.

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Wonderful panel there, floral panel. We'd better have a look at its bottom, hadn't we?

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Yes. Go on, then.

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"Lynton Porcelain Company.

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"Fine English bone china, Derby."

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I don't know how old the Lynton Porcelain Company is,

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-but I'd think that's very much 20th century.

-You think so?

-I do.

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It's lovely quality, but I don't think it's got a great age to it.

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But it is quality. Have you had it long? Is it a family piece?

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-No, just two years I've had it about.

-Two years.

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Well, I... We're going to go to Bamfords auction room.

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-Mm-hmm.

-And I think at auction...

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-..I'd put an 80 to 120 estimate on it and a reserve of £60.

-Yes.

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And let's hope that James Lewis at the sale room

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will do a good job for us. Where did you get it from?

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Bamfords auction rooms!

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Right. So you bought it off James.

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-I did.

-And you're going to sell it through James?

-Hope so.

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Sorry, James!

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I'm going to ask you how much you paid for it,

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but I don't want them to know at home.

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We'll tell them at the auction. What did you pay?

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-Really?!

-Yes!

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It's a lovely quality thing.

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You'll be all right. It's going to do really well.

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-And you'll have a top day at the sale.

-Lovely!

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It's time to take our first lots off to auction.

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Here's a quick reminder of what's going under the hammer.

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Philip and Millie are keeping its value a secret,

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but her Lynton cup is a bit of class. We'll all know what it's worth very soon.

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Wendy's delicate wrist watch is perfectly formed.

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All we need is someone with a soft spot for Art Deco to pick it out.

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It's clear to see Charlie's doted on his beautiful ladies' writing desk for years.

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For his sake, I hope it goes well under the hammer.

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Finally, our expert-in-training Hadrian has clearly got an eye for an antique.

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I'm confident his silver matchbox will light up the auction.

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From the Assembly Rooms, it's a quick hop over the Derwent

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to our auction house which is Bamfords, home to our very own James Lewis

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who'll be on the rostrum.

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This is a good sign because the car park is jam-packed

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which means the room is full of bidders,

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hopefully bidding on our lots.

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Before the sale gets under way, let's have a chat to James.

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It was that Lynton cup I wanted to chat about.

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Does James remember it?

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Do you recognise this?

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No! Should I?

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Well, Millie owns this, and she bought it here,

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-from Bamfords...

-Really?

-Two years ago. Lynton Pottery,

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as you know. It's local.

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-It is local. We sell a lot of it.

-What price would you put on this?

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You've put me on the spot, there!

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I would put an auction estimate

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of 100 to 150,

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expecting it to make 150, 170.

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She paid 150 for it.

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-That's fine!

-And we've got 80 to 120 on it.

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I knew you'd get an estimate lower than I'd put on, but it's about the same.

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80, 120. 150. Stefan Nowacki is a great local artist.

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We sell more of it here in Derby than anywhere else in the world.

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He is known as the greatest living porcelain artist.

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-I never knew that.

-People haven't heard of him

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outside of Derby, hardly anybody apart from the Sultan of Brunei!

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Stefan Nowacki painted the Sultan of Brunei's wedding service and still paints for him today.

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-So this is a name to invest in?

-It really is a fantastic investment.

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Lynton is a backstreet ceramics studio

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but the quality of the artwork is second to none.

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There are very few factories left in the UK -

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you see all these major factories making people redundant, moving work overseas.

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Lynton is made here in Derby and it's made to a fantastic standard.

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-So it's an investment for the future.

-Definitely. I'm 100% sure this is going to sell.

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At 110, 120, 130.

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£85. Look at that.

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£28.

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28. £35. Eight, anywhere?

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Hadrian's putting his knowledge to the test now.

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You got this in Limerick, a little silver box.

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-All his knowledge has come from...

-"Flog It!".

-..watching antiques on TV.

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-Fantastic. That's what it's all about.

-Remarkable, looking at us!

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I'm learning from guys like you. We've got 20 to £40.

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I think it'll do well. James is good on his boxes.

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-Excellent.

-He's good. I think it'll do quite well, actually.

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-You've been studying well.

-It's got character.

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Good for you! Going under the hammer now.

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This must be a great moment. The first of your finds.

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Yes.

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The Edwardian rectangular matchbox sleeve.

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1902.

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-And 15 bid. 18?

-Straight in.

-15, 18. 18. 20. And two.

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22, 25, 28.

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-Good man.

-£25.

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28, new place. 28 and 30. Two?

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32. 35. 38 beats it.

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Do you want 38? No? 35.

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It's with me. Absentee bid at £35.

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Anybody else?

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Yes! Fantastic. You'll take that.

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35 quid. Unbelievable.

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-Very good for that price. It had plenty of character.

-You've got a good eye.

-Yes.

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A good eye.

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Charlie, your writing desk is about to go under the hammer. It's the next lot.

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-Yes.

-Gorgeous Gillows design. The Edwardian ladies' writing desk.

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I put a valuation of 800 to £1,200 on that.

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It should sit around there quite comfortably.

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-We discussed that a month ago.

-Yes.

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Charlie here has upped the estimate, haven't you?

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You've now put the reserve up from 800, the lower end, to 1,200 at the top end.

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Why did you do that, Charlie?

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Well, I contacted the antique dealer that I bought it off

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and he said it's worth more than £1,200.

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He said, "If it doesn't sell, give me a tinkle

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"and I'll pay the £1,200 for it."

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He's going to buy it for £1,200 if it doesn't sell.

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It might just struggle at the top end.

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We need to bring people in to think they're going to get a bargain.

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That's the idea of it. But I hope it sells for you.

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30 seconds, ladies and gentlemen, till we get the phone bidders.

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Charlie, did you hear? James has paused the auction.

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He's waiting for two people on the phones.

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Which means we've got some serious bidding going on.

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In fact, there's three porters

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holding phones up.

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The Sheraton revival satinwood desk.

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Super lot. Great interior decorators' piece as well.

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So.

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We've got one, two, three, four, five, six bids on it.

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And 820. 890.

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900 and higher. But 900 starts it. At £900.

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At 900 in the room first.

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900. 950 on the phones. Phone one.

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Phone one. 950.

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950. 1,000? 1,000 from any of you?

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1,050. 1,050. 11?

0:18:380:18:41

Love it. I absolutely love it.

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At 1,050. 11?

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1,050.

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At 1,050. 11, do I see?

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11?

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11 I'll have to go.

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11. 1,150.

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-Oh, come on!

-No?

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One more and you'll probably get it.

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No? It's with me. I'm sorry. There was a change of reserve.

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It needs to be 1,200.

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No? I'm sorry,

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-that remains unsold.

-Just, Charlie. Just unsold.

0:19:130:19:17

£100 too expensive for the room.

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-But your friend's going to buy it off you, is he, for 1,200?

-Yes.

0:19:210:19:25

-OK.

-So I shan't lose. In fact, I shall gain, won't I?

0:19:250:19:30

Yes, cos you won't pay commission on the 1,200!

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Charlie's worked it all out. There is commission to pay in auction rooms

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and it varies from sale rooms around the country.

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It's normally 15%, but can go up to 20%.

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You've got to deduct those costs.

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When the cheque comes in the post, they'll deduct that 15%.

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I think today, Charlie is a winner.

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Wendy, I hope there's some Art Deco lovers in the crowd.

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We're just about to sell the wrist watch. It's going under the hammer.

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-30 to £50.

-No money, really.

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-It's been in a drawer for a long time?

-Yes.

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-It's in cracking condition. It'll make a lovely present.

-Indeed.

0:20:120:20:16

-OK.

-Good luck.

-Thank you!

-Good luck. This is it.

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The Art Deco cocktail watch,

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set with paste, but silver.

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Circa 1935. A good decorative lot.

0:20:230:20:26

I have one bid on it.

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I can start the bidding at £30. 30 and five anywhere?

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-We've sold it!

-£30 and five in?

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35 the lady's bid. 40 behind.

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45? No? At £40, sir. Standing at 40. And five anywhere?

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At £40 and selling.

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Gentleman's bid at £40.

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-Super!

-Mid-estimate. Doesn't get better than that!

-It doesn't!

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Well, top end!

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-£40.

-Yes!

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-You're happy, aren't you?

-Yes. Yes.

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You could say this next lot is doing the rounds.

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It's Millie's loving cup. The Derby porcelain cup.

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You got it here, in this room, two years ago for 150 quid.

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-Yes.

-Before the auction started, I said to James, "Can you remember this?"

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And he went, "No!" But you guys sell thousands of things each year.

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Things just keep coming at you, so you do forget.

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-Have a few rough times, sometimes.

-Yes, you do.

-Do you?

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And I've made a few bad buys as well!

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The Lynton porcelain loving cup, painted by Stefan Nowacki.

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I can start the bidding at £80. 80 and five, do I see? At 85.

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I'll take it in the room first. 85. 90.

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95. 100? 100 standing.

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-100. 110.

-Come on!

-110. 120.

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120. 130. 140?

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140 do I see?

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With you at 130. 140 anywhere?

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140. 140 front row. 140.

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150. 150 standing. 160, now?

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150 standing. 160, do I see?

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With you at 150.

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Do I see 160? At 150, all done!

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-Fab!

-He's done it. You've got your money back!

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-You've had an awful lot of pleasure for nothing!

-Yes!

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-She has!

-More than can be said for us!

-Marvellous!

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That's one way to look at it. No profit, but you've enjoyed owning it, learning about the artist.

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-Lots of pleasure for nothing!

-That's great!

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We're now back in Derby for our next valuation.

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-So it's Jill and Jenny.

-Yes.

-Sisters?

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-No, mother and daughter!

-Really?

-She's my mother. I'm the daughter!

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Get out of here!

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-So. You don't like this any more.

-No.

-Why?

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It used to belong to my ex mother-in-law.

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-Ex. Sounds like a bit of history, there!

-A bit, yes!

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-Did she not like you?

-I don't suppose she did, much!

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I've moved house, moved husbands. I've got a modern house.

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-Modern husband?

-Yes, so it doesn't fit in with anything any more.

-OK.

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Jenny, what do you think to it?

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The only bit that I really like is the dog.

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The rest I don't really like.

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The face says it all, Jenny.

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Absolutely says it all. That sort of...

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-How old do you think it is?

-I don't think it'd be that old.

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-I reckon...

-What's "that old"?

0:23:230:23:25

-1950s?

-1950s.

-It's a bit older than that.

-Why?

-I don't know.

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You've made my day. Does that mean anything 1950s is not "that old"?

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-Ooh...

-Cos I'm 1950s! Hey! Watch it!

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You could get into trouble here.

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This is 19th century and it's an engraving.

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It may well have been cut down.

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All these engravings had titles along the bottom

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and a lot of this genre was done by a man called Richard Ansdell.

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I think it's interesting that we're in Derby.

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Derby County Football Club - they're the Rams, aren't they?

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-Is that a Derby ram? I don't know.

-I doubt it.

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-But you never know!

-Looks more like a Highland ram, to me.

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But what's fascinating, and a word of warning for everybody at home,

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you go into a sale room, and they're big cavernous buildings,

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and you see a picture like this and think it's really nice.

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"I'll buy that and take it home."

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-And when you get it home, it's actually a big thing, isn't it?

-It's huge.

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-And it dominates your room.

-That's right.

-And it's dark and austere.

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If anything has changed its taste, over the last ten or 15 years,

0:24:330:24:38

it's this type of thing which is out of fashion.

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-Exactly. Which is why I want to get rid of it!

-Is it?

-Yes.

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The fact that it doesn't fit in with anything

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and with having two daughters, and neither of them liking it,

0:24:470:24:51

we can't pass it down anyway.

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So whatever we get, split it between the girls and it's pocket money.

0:24:520:24:56

Well, there's bad news coming.

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-I know it's not worth a fortune.

-Yes.

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-It's not even worth half a fortune!

-No.

0:25:010:25:03

My view is, if that came into my sale room, I'd put a 20 to £40 estimate on it.

0:25:030:25:08

-Fair enough.

-And if you really want to sell it,

0:25:080:25:11

put a reserve on it of £15.

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It would cost you more than that to frame it.

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What do you reckon, Jenny? Happy to see it go?

0:25:160:25:18

-Yeah, I think so.

-Fingers crossed. Shall we "Flog It!"?

-I think so!

0:25:180:25:23

Rosemary, thank you so much for bringing this wonderful box in.

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Can you tell me where you acquired it?

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Well, it was my parents', down my father's side.

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And I think it may have come a long time ago.

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My aunts had an antiques shop in Leamington Spa.

0:25:440:25:48

-Oh!

-So it may well have come from there.

0:25:480:25:51

But I've known it all my life, in my grandparents' house.

0:25:510:25:55

-It might have been something that was brought in.

-It may well have been.

-Interesting.

0:25:550:26:00

-Do you know when it was made or anything about it?

-No.

0:26:000:26:03

Let's have a look. Hopefully it will be hallmarked in some fashion.

0:26:030:26:08

There's a hallmark on the lid and one on the lip.

0:26:080:26:11

Um... That's very interesting.

0:26:140:26:16

It's got on it what we call "import" marks.

0:26:160:26:20

-Oh, yeah?

-In about 1880, when a piece of silver came in to this country,

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and it was hallmarked, it had a small distinguishing mark

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to say it had come in and wasn't British made.

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That, for a long time, was a capital "F" for "foreign".

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-Oh!

-Before we knew any better. It was just foreign!

-Right.

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But in 1904, each assay office had its own symbol.

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In London, that was a sun in splendour.

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But they changed that after two years

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to the Omega mark, which is sort of an upside-down horseshoe.

0:26:490:26:53

-I know.

-And that bears that mark.

-Really?

-It also bears

0:26:530:26:57

London marks for 1929.

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-Really.

-I think that's pretty close to when it was made on the Continent.

0:26:590:27:04

They made these wonderful enamel boxes. That's the joy of this.

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-It's beautiful.

-That tremendous Watteau-esque Arcadian scene,

0:27:080:27:12

the shepherd and the shepherdess

0:27:120:27:15

-in a somewhat indelicate pose!

-Absolutely!

0:27:150:27:20

The particular shape of this box with its incurved corners

0:27:210:27:25

and this bright-cut edge lead me to believe that it's French.

0:27:250:27:28

-Right.

-This is a style of French box made from about 1910

0:27:280:27:32

right through to the 1930s.

0:27:320:27:35

That's absolutely right for the marks on it as well.

0:27:350:27:37

And the joy is that it is perfect.

0:27:370:27:41

This wonderful translucent enamel hasn't got a flake of damage,

0:27:410:27:46

not even a scratch, which is just tremendous.

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-So, Rosemary, any idea of the value?

-None at all.

0:27:490:27:52

-No idea.

-As I say, these boxes are very commercial because they're just pretty,

0:27:520:27:58

something that people buy because they're just pretty.

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I think at auction we'd have no trouble at 250 to £350.

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And I think happily put a fixed reserve of £250 on it.

0:28:060:28:11

I wouldn't want it to be any less than that.

0:28:110:28:13

No, it would be madness to put any less than that on it.

0:28:130:28:16

-Let's hope in auction it does the top end of that.

-That would be very nice.

0:28:160:28:21

-Good to see you, Robert.

-Thanks.

-Are you well?

-Yes, thanks.

0:28:260:28:29

These are brilliant! This has never been out the box!

0:28:290:28:32

Never been out the box. No, it's never been opened.

0:28:320:28:35

-Was it yours?

-It was a Christmas present when I was eight or nine.

0:28:350:28:40

-So you didn't think much to that, then?

-I never took to it, for some reason.

0:28:400:28:44

These gift sets - this is gift set number 37 - they're really, really collectible.

0:28:440:28:49

But I want to talk about this, first, and come back to this.

0:28:490:28:53

This is just a bit of fun, really.

0:28:530:28:55

It's a Merit car kit. And that's a D-type Jaguar.

0:28:550:29:00

There isn't great value attached to that

0:29:000:29:03

although do you know what a real one's worth?

0:29:030:29:05

Quite a bit more, I would imagine!

0:29:050:29:08

If that was real and you brought it in, we'd say two to four million!

0:29:080:29:11

-Really?

-Depending on its history. But it's not! That's just a bit of fun

0:29:110:29:16

that adds to this lovely Corgi boxed set.

0:29:160:29:18

I could bore you to death with this for ever cos I think it's really good fun.

0:29:180:29:23

I love it to bits and I'd like to own it.

0:29:230:29:25

-Why do you want to sell it?

-Well,

0:29:250:29:27

it's been up in the attic for 40 years or more.

0:29:270:29:30

So you opened this at Christmas or birthday in, let's say, 1963.

0:29:300:29:34

Did it go straight into the attic? Never got played with?

0:29:340:29:37

It probably didn't go straight in the attic, but I don't think it's ever been opened.

0:29:370:29:43

-No, I think I was quite disappointed.

-Just as well!

0:29:430:29:46

-Thank you!

-Oh, that's very nice! What's next?

0:29:460:29:48

Isn't that sad?

0:29:480:29:50

I think at auction, we can put an estimate -

0:29:500:29:54

as I say, there isn't great value there -

0:29:540:29:57

but it's fun to attach it to this being a sports racing car.

0:29:570:30:00

-I think at auction we can estimate these at 150 to £250.

-Yes?

0:30:000:30:05

We'll put a reserve on them of 150.

0:30:050:30:07

I think, I think if you get some real car fans there,

0:30:070:30:11

I wouldn't be surprised to see this top the £300 mark, perhaps more.

0:30:110:30:16

-How's that sound?

-Sounds very good.

-You'll race away. Absolutely.

0:30:160:30:20

Our experts have now had their say so it's down to what happens in the auction room.

0:30:200:30:26

Let's have a quick look at what's going under the hammer.

0:30:260:30:29

Philip picked out this engraving belonging to Jill and Jenny.

0:30:290:30:32

Will the rural scene round up the bidders?

0:30:320:30:35

Michael was captivated by Rosemary's delightful French enamel box.

0:30:350:30:39

Will anyone at the auction be enamoured by its beauty? Finally,

0:30:390:30:43

Robert may have never played with this immaculate Corgi set,

0:30:430:30:47

so let's hope it revs up the punters.

0:30:470:30:49

Now back to Bamfords. In the driving seat, our very own James Lewis,

0:30:490:30:54

today's auctioneer.

0:30:540:30:56

Remember the 19th-century engraving, it's about to go under the hammer.

0:30:560:31:00

It belongs to Jill and Jenny.

0:31:000:31:02

We've got the engraving, but not Jill and Jenny. They couldn't make it.

0:31:020:31:06

But we've got Jill's friend Lynne here.

0:31:060:31:08

-How long have you been friends?

-14 years.

0:31:080:31:11

-How did you meet each other?

-By an old, old, ex, ex, ex!

0:31:110:31:16

-Say no more! The same boyfriend!

-Say no more!

0:31:160:31:18

What about the engraving? Would you buy it?

0:31:180:31:21

-No.

-Give it wall space?

-I wouldn't give it wall space.

0:31:210:31:24

-No?

-No.

-Well, we've got £20, hopefully £30, Philip, on this?

0:31:240:31:30

£15 reserve. Lynne's got some special instructions.

0:31:300:31:33

-If it doesn't sell, it's going on the skip!

-To the tip!

0:31:330:31:36

I don't think we'll get The Silence of the Lambs, will we?

0:31:360:31:39

-No.

-It'll sell and do well.

0:31:390:31:41

-Well, it'll sell!

-It'll sell.

0:31:410:31:43

It's got to do £30, surely. It's a good size furnishing picture.

0:31:430:31:47

The English School 19th-century engraving.

0:31:470:31:51

£10 is bid. 10 and 12, do I see? £10. 12 anywhere?

0:31:510:31:54

At £10. Do I see 12? At ten. 12.

0:31:540:31:57

-We're in!

-15. 15 with the cup. 18.

0:31:570:32:00

And 20. At £18,

0:32:000:32:01

lady in the centre. At 18, and 20, do I see?

0:32:010:32:04

At £18. 20, new place. 20 and two. 22.

0:32:040:32:07

25. 25? Go on, it's worth it!

0:32:070:32:10

Go on, more! More!

0:32:100:32:11

-28 and 30? One more?

-More! More!

-No?

0:32:110:32:14

At £28. Seated at the back at 28. Are you sure?

0:32:140:32:17

At £28. Are we all done?

0:32:170:32:19

With you.

0:32:210:32:22

-Yes!

-28 quid. Right, that's a good result, Philip.

0:32:220:32:25

-It's a hell of a lot of print for 28 quid.

-Yes.

0:32:250:32:28

-But it's better than £15.

-Oh, yes.

0:32:280:32:31

You've got to get on the phone and tell Jill it got £28.

0:32:310:32:34

There's a bit of commission to pay. Bit of lunch for you as well! You can spend the money!

0:32:340:32:39

Have you met Jill?

0:32:390:32:41

On that note...

0:32:410:32:43

I absolutely love this next lot.

0:32:500:32:53

It belongs to Rosemary. Michael, our expert, put 250 to £350 on this.

0:32:530:32:57

-I did.

-On the day. But you did like it, didn't you?

0:32:570:33:00

-I loved it.

-It should do that any day of the week.

0:33:000:33:03

But Rosemary here, what have you done? Michael doesn't know yet.

0:33:030:33:07

-Only just whispered in my ear.

-Not dropped it?

0:33:070:33:10

Well, I upped it to 350.

0:33:100:33:13

There's a fixed reserve at £350.

0:33:130:33:16

Rosemary, how could you? No, if anything is going to do top end today,

0:33:160:33:21

-it's that lovely box.

-That's what I thought.

-It stands a chance.

0:33:210:33:24

-What would you put the money towards?

-A new fishing rod.

0:33:240:33:28

-Ooh, you go fly fishing, do you?

-I do, indeed.

0:33:280:33:30

Good for you! I love that, too.

0:33:300:33:32

It's now time to reel the bidders in.

0:33:320:33:34

It's going under the hammer. Good luck.

0:33:340:33:37

The early 20th-century silver and enamel cigarette case.

0:33:370:33:41

I've got one, two, three, four, five, six bids, seven bids...

0:33:410:33:45

I think it's sold!

0:33:450:33:47

..and one telephone as well. I can start the bidding

0:33:470:33:51

at 190. Start it low at 190. 200, do I see?

0:33:510:33:54

At 190. Two?

0:33:540:33:55

200, do I see?

0:33:550:33:57

200. 220. 240? 240.

0:33:570:34:00

260. 280?

0:34:000:34:02

280. 300. 320?

0:34:020:34:04

-310.

-310. 320 with me. 330?

0:34:050:34:09

320.

0:34:110:34:12

-With me at 320.

-Oh, no!

-Again, I'm afraid, ladies and gentlemen,

0:34:120:34:17

it's a change of reserve. It's changed to 350.

0:34:170:34:20

Therefore, it was going to sell, but it's not now!

0:34:200:34:24

You changed your reserve! Sorry, unsold!

0:34:240:34:28

-Never mind!

-We were close!

-So close!

0:34:280:34:31

I'm afraid it's going to have to be packet salmon from the supermarket!

0:34:310:34:36

Yes, back to the string.

0:34:360:34:38

-You don't mind, do you?

-No, I don't mind at all.

0:34:380:34:41

Right, boys and their toys. Next up, the Corgi car set.

0:34:480:34:51

With the kit car with it. It belongs to Robert.

0:34:510:34:54

We've got 150 to £250. All credit to you for not playing with them.

0:34:540:34:58

You know what collectors are like! Fussy!

0:34:580:35:01

I think these will do well.

0:35:010:35:03

I think they'll do well.

0:35:030:35:05

-Could we do over the top end?

-We could race away!

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They could. Foot to the pedal right now.

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They're going under the hammer. This is it. Good luck.

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Corgi toys. The gift set.

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One, two, three, four, five bids on them.

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And 130 starts it. 140 now?

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130. 140 anywhere?

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At £130. 140. 150. 160.

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170? 170, sir.

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170. 180. 190.

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190. 200.

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195 if it helps you. To be fair.

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At 190 it's here. 195.

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195. 200. 205?

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200 to the left. Five, do you want? At 200.

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To the left. Sure? At £200.

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Anywhere else? 205, do I see?

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At £200 and selling.

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-200.

-Yes, mid-estimate. £200.

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-Not a bad return on what it would have cost.

-No.

0:35:540:35:57

Colin Chapman would have been pleased!

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There's not many Corgi sets like that one that have been left completely boxed.

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-Yes.

-Sealed up. I think that'll go to a collector

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to sit in his collection to go back to another sale room.

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-It's not going to be played with!

-No!

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Thanks for bringing it in. Lots of memories for you.

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It's £200 less commission, which is 15% here.

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That's not a bad day's work!

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

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Sadly, we're coming to the end of our day here in Derby.

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James Lewis, on the rostrum, really worked hard for us.

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It was a tough day. Some things didn't sell,

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but maybe, just maybe, they weren't meant to sell.

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I hope you've enjoyed the show.

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Until the next time, it's cheerio!

0:36:480:36:51

Paul Martin is joined by antique experts Philip Serrell and Michael Baggott in Derby.

Paul falls in love with a ladies writing desk, Philip gets overexcited by a Corgi car set, and Michael's passion for jewellery is satisfied by a dainty art deco cocktail watch.

In a break from the hustle and bustle of the auction, Paul takes a trip to the country to meet a multi-prizewinning show bull and learn how one man beefed up British cattle forever.