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The Flog It team visit Balbirnie House in Fife. Items include a Moorcroft pin dish and a Troika vase, both bought by their owners for only a few pounds.


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Balbirnie House in Fife has a colourful history

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stretching right back to 1777.

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It was originally built for the successful and industrious Balfour family.

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It's an architectural delight, I'm sure you'll agree,

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and a fabulous setting for today's Flog It!

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The 18th-century house near Fife

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is set in more than 400 acres of picturesque park land.

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It's quiet.

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It's calm.

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And then we arrive!

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Hundreds of people have turned up. They've even brought their pets.

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They're here to see our experts,

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to ask that all-important question, which is...

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"What's it worth?!" That's right. That's what they want to know.

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When they find out, what will they do?

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This is exactly what they're going to do - Flog It!

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And fitting right in to the classy Scottish setting

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is our classy Scottish expert, Anita Manning.

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And the man who knows a thing or two about style and flair, James Lewis.

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Anita is an auctioneer in her own right, and knows what sells well under the hammer.

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You've got good taste.

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You've got very good taste.

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James is also an auctioneer with an eye for a winning lot.

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I like that. I think that's great.

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Coming up, James lets some of our sellers down gently.

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I've got a bit of bad news for you. It's been restored.

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And encourages another to become a gambling man.

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Do you want to put a reserve on it, or do you want to gamble? It's a bit of a risk!

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And I visit a splendid castle where royal visitors have relaxed

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and relished a host of stunning features.

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This whole room just permeates history.

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It's marvellous!

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Let's get straight on with the show.

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Anita's on the hunt for treasure with Gladys.

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Gladys, I'm always delighted to see Beswick on Flog It.

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Tell me, where did you get this little group?

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I was on a shopping trip with my mum in Aberdeen,

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and bought it in a china shop.

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-So I would think maybe the early '80s, perhaps.

-Yeah.

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Did she go hunting, Gladys?

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No, no, we were brought up on a farm

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and she just liked farm life.

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-But she never went hunting, no.

-No.

-No.

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-Did she choose these herself?

-She did. Yes, she did.

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She really liked the horse and the huntsman on the back.

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-Yes.

-It's always been in the cabinet

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but my mum unfortunately died six years ago this month

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so I thought we'd declutter.

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I bought it for her, so it's not quite so sentimental.

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Now, this one is a later one. This little type of group,

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the huntsman, hounds and fox,

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were originally designed in the 1930s and '40s.

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But when I looked at the backstamp on this horseman here,

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I could see that that was a later Beswick stamp.

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So this would have been made in the '80s, am I right?

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I would say that's right, Anita.

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In a group you might often have two or three huntsmen,

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a couple of packs of dogs, and maybe a couple of foxes.

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-Aye.

-So what we've got is quite a small hunt here.

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That's true. Just three dogs, yes.

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Tell me, why do you want to sell it?

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I was thinking of buying a wee Westie puppy. A real one!

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-A real one.

-I look after my sister's one Monday to Friday

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and I haven't had one of my own. If I get something for this...

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Put it towards the puppy.

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-That would be a great exchange. A great exchange.

-For a real one.

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But I don't know what the value of it is. It might not be very much.

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Well,

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I would put an estimate of 100 to 150.

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-Would you be happy to sell it at that estimate?

-Yes, I would, yes.

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I would be happy to maybe put £100.

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-We'll put £100 reserve on it.

-A reserve on it.

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-£100 reserve on it.

-I'm happy with that.

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-I think it will go further.

-Oh, all right, then!

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That would be exciting!

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Tally-ho, we're off! That's our first lot to go to auction.

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Next up, Ivor and Joyce, who've brought in a quality item

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to show James.

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-Ivor and Joyce, welcome to Flog It!

-Thank you.

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You've brought along a lovely little object.

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If you were a lady of some social standing in the Edwardian period,

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this sort of bottle would have adorned your dressing table,

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containing the finest French fragrances.

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So it's not anybody would have one?

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No, this isn't an everyday scent bottle you have here.

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-I knew I'd be a lady some day!

-It's a lovely object.

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Is it something you've had in the family, or found at a boot sale or antiques fair?

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It belonged to my stepfather's auntie who was in service towards the end of the late 1800s.

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When she was leaving service,

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-the lady of the house said she could pick a going away present.

-Yes.

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So she chose the scent bottle.

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-She'd earmarked it for my mother.

-Lovely.

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So when my mother died, I inherited it.

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Well, she had very, very good taste.

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She picked very nicely. You often find that people who were in service

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ended up being given something that was pretty mediocre.

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It looked quite flashy,

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but really had no quality at all.

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I often say to people, "Well, that's why the people with the money kept the money!"

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-They didn't give it away.

-That's true.

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But in this case, she has acquired something rather nice.

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-It's not hugely valuable.

-No.

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But in quality terms, it's very pretty.

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If we start with the cut crystal in the base.

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This is cut crystal, not glass.

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It's the finest lead crystal. It's a form of glass, but we call it crystal.

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Just look at the quality there

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of these individually hand-cut flower heads.

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And the stylised leaves.

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And the lovely quality of decoration all the way round.

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Then, you go to the cover.

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This is known as repousse work, which is embossed from one side to another.

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There's a little button on the front. If we open that...

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-It's quite tight.

-There we are.

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If you look at the underside, it's the exact opposite

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of the decoration we see above.

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So, it's been hammered through, rather than cast in a mould.

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-The glass is almost certainly made in Stourbridge in England.

-Right.

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It's of wonderful quality.

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It's likely to be by a factory that became known as Royal Brierley in 1919.

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Royal Brierley crystal was the finest crystal,

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made in Stourbridge.

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On the cover, we've got the lion, which is the sterling standard,

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and the "i", which is the date letter,

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which means this silver was hallmarked and dated in 1904.

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Have you noticed the initials there?

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-I'd noticed that, yes.

-Yeah?

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-Well, it's W...

-WG?

-WC.

-C? I thought it was a G.

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-WC for William Cummings.

-Oh, right?

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Very nice silversmith from the early 20th century.

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An everyday silver-topped scent bottle

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is worth 40 to £60.

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Something like that.

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This one, I think, is worth three or four times that.

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-I think we ought to put 100 to 150 on it.

-Really?

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I think it's very pretty. And, you know,

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if it didn't make that 100 to 150, just keep it. It doesn't matter.

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I'd rather see it not sell.

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-Oh, yeah.

-Than see it sell for less.

-Just pennies, yes.

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-Let's put a reserve on it.

-Yes.

-Yes.

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-£100.

-Yes.

-If it doesn't make that. Firm. No discretion. 90's not good enough.

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-No.

-If we don't get 100, take it home.

-Take it home, yes.

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-That would be ideal, James.

-Excellent.

-Lovely. Let's take it along and see how we do!

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What a stylish bottle.

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While Anita and James are searching out their next items,

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I've got time to chat to some of those who've come along today.

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So many antiques, but it's not just about antiques.

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It's about the people that own them,

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the people behind them. It's their story.

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-What have you brought in? Can I be nosey?

-Yes.

-What's in there?

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How long have you had that? Is that your mother's?

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No, I think I once bought it in a sale.

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-Probably 50 years ago.

-It's dated 1886. It's a ceremonial jug.

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-I'm wondering whether it's local.

-All hand-painted.

-Kirkcaldy.

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-It could be.

-There was a pottery in Kirkcaldy. Lots of them.

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Is it something you hope to sell or just getting it valued?

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-I'd sell if the price is right!

-If the price is right!

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That's what they all want to know! "What's it worth?"

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That all-important question!

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Someone who also wants to know is Linda,

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who's brought in one of Flog It's favourites to show Anita.

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-Linda, welcome to Flog It.

-Thank you.

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Tell me what we've got here.

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We've got a piece of Troika that I found in a charity shop.

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Oh, I love those stories.

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Did you recognise it immediately?

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No. Since I've retired, my new interest is looking for antiques and collectibles

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and there was a programme on TV about Troika

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and, believe it or not, the very next day I went into the shop

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and saw this thing and thought, "It can't be!"

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Then I looked underneath and saw it was.

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-So that was a thrill!

-It was, certainly.

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-Did you pay a lot of money for it?

-Three pounds.

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Well done, well done, well done.

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Now, Troika. I love the Troika pottery.

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It started round about 1963 with Benny Sirota.

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They were artisans, craftsmen.

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They wanted to get away from mass-produced items.

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This one was post-'70s,

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when things changed a wee bit.

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The post-'70s Troika is not as valuable as the earlier stuff.

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They sold in Heal's, which was a very prestigious outlet.

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It was a good shop in London.

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But, in the main, the items that they sold,

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these were for the tourist trade.

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And the people that went down to St Ives in Cornwall would buy them.

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And it's absolutely wonderful

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when you speak to someone who'd been down there in the '70s

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and just bought that lamp because they loved it

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and suddenly it was worth a lot of money.

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And if we look at the bottom,

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we see the very, very distinctive mark of Troika.

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This monogram here is for Louise Jinks.

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So, we can identify each of the decorators

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and that's a great pleasure and great fun for the collectors.

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Now, when I look at that,

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I think it's a wee bit squeejee! What do you think?

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-I think so!

-We don't mind that because each of these pots

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were individually made. Tell me,

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do you like Troika?

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This is the first piece that I've ever seen

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and I do like the earthy colours, yes.

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The thing is, although these were made in the '60s and '70s,

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they are in keeping with the modernist look

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of today.

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And this is one of the reasons why they are popular.

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Price on this. You paid three pounds for it. You did very well!

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This particular cylinder vase

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I would put a valuation of 30 to 50.

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I think it may go further than that, Linda.

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I hope that it does. But I find sometimes that conservative estimates really do work.

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They draw the bidder in and get the bidder excited.

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We'll put a reserve price - and I think we should keep it as a fixed reserve -

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-of £30.

-That's fine.

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And Fiona has brought in something that can only thrill snuffbox

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collector, James Lewis.

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Fiona, thank you so much for bringing what anybody who watches

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Flog It will know is my favourite subject, I love my snuffboxes.

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I've collected them for about ten years and I'm an absolute addict so,

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this little find here,

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is this something that you're passionate about?

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I'm afraid not.

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I know nothing about it, apart from the fact that

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-I must've picked it up in a charity shop years ago.

-Charity shop!

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For next to nothing.

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I can't have paid much for it.

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Charity shop!

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I hadn't even realised it was a snuffbox.

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I've never found one in a charity shop and I've been looking for years!

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Well done, you!

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-What did you think it was?

-I don't know!

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I just thought it was a little box.

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So when you picked it up,

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what did you think it was made from, what sort of period did you think it was?

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I'm afraid I thought it was plastic.

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OK!

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I wondered because of the picture in it,

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-whether it might have some age to it.

-OK.

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Well, it certainly does.

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It really is just the most beautiful quality.

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This is a snuffbox made around 1800,

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1820. The lady or gentleman who was taking snuff,

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would've been around during the Napoleonic Wars,

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Nelson had just been killed at Trafalgar,

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Wellington might be around, the Battle of Waterloo...

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This little box could be English or French.

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-What's this over it? Is that glass?

-Glass, yeah.

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This is a very fine piece of glass.

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The socle around the outside holding the glass in place

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is probably made from gold.

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Then we've got the ivory border.

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If we look inside, hold that up to the light,

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you can see that's lined in tortoiseshell.

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But - the miniature in the centre is beautiful.

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Hand-painted of a beautiful young girl.

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The miniature alone would be saleable, forget the box!

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Just the miniature is a piece of art in its own right.

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I can't believe all this!

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It's lovely, it really is.

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But snuff, at the end of the day, is purely a form of tobacco taking.

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And it's always been controversial. Back in 1600, 1603,

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King James himself would say if anybody was caught taking snuff

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-in his presence, they would go to the Tower.

-Oh!

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100 years later, Queen Anne,

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she was patron of the British Snuff-Taking Association. So,

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where's it been for the last few years?

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It just sits on my dressing table.

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Use it for earrings or anything?

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No, in fact until today I'd never opened it.

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-Really?!

-Because it was very stiff.

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What do you think it's worth?

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Well, I wondered, would it be about 40?

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Would you sell it to me for 40?

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-I would, yeah.

-You shouldn't.

-Oh!

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-How about 80?

-That would be even better.

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-How about 100?

-Oh! My goodness, it can't be worth all that?!

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I think 100 is a minimum.

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-I really do.

-Goodness.

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-I think that 120, 180, something like that.

-Goodness.

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I think it's a really lovely, pretty little box.

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-I'm just gobsmacked.

-Aw.

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Thank you for bringing it in. It's a lovely thing to see.

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And Fiona thought it wasn't worth anything.

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It just goes to show it's always worth getting a valuation.

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I'm here on stage ready for today's performance.

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And the venue for all the bright lights is the Carnegie Hall,

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world famous all over for its musical events.

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I know what you're thinking,

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he's gone to New York! No, I haven't.

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This is the Carnegie Hall here in Dunfermline.

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It shares the same name because it's the same benefactor

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and founder behind both halls,

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Mr Andrew Carnegie, Scotland's most generous multimillionaire.

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And I'm here to tell you all about him.

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Before I explore Carnegie's Scottish background let me

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introduce you to his story.

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Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline to kind

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and hardworking parents.

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It was through his family he learned morals,

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respect and what could be achieved through sheer hard work.

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When he was 12, work dried up for his weaver father.

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The family sold up and borrowed enough money to emigrate to America.

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From the moment they arrived, Andrew worked hard to support his family.

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He started as a bobbin turner

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in a factory, but quickly got promoted,

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seizing opportunities when he could.

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His quick thinking and ambition meant he was a natural entrepreneur.

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Through later investment and businesses,

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he became a multimillionaire.

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Andrew's generosity with his hard-earned cash spread worldwide.

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But it was the donations to his beloved homeland of Scotland that

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has brought me here to his boyhood town of Dunfermline.

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Carnegie's story of wealth and success

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starts right here from humble beginnings.

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This is Moodie Street in Dunfermline.

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This is the house he was born in.

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His father worked downstairs all day long while Andrew and his family

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lived upstairs, they ate and slept up there and entertained

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and educated themselves up there.

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This is so integral to the story,

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this is how Andrew's parents led by example

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so he could succeed in a dignified manner.

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Andrew's father was a damask weaver.

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It was a very skilled trade which meant he worked all hours

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while his wife wound bobbins on upstairs, singing to a young Andrew

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and perhaps that's where he got his love of music.

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When work started to dry up, his mother Margaret set up

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a little shop repairing shoes and doing odd jobs for people,

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but whatever sacrifices they had to make, Andrew never went without.

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He was always smartly turned out in a white starched colour.

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It was his parents' work ethic that inspired Andrew to improve himself.

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After moving to the States, his mother again showed her

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resourcefulness and did whatever

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she could to keep her family going.

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It was Margaret Carnegie who lent her son the huge

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sum of 600 by mortgaging her house in Pittsburgh

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so he could buy shares in Adams Express.

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It was a bold move, which lead him on the path to success,

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becoming a steel tycoon.

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So that savvy mind and family support meant that by the time

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Andrew was 33, he had assets worth 400,000.

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By the time he retired at the age of 65, he was worth a

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staggering 400 million. That is a great deal of money.

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He wanted to distribute his wealth to deserving causes.

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He devoted a lot of time to philanthropy as well as business.

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So, what do you buy somebody for their birthday,

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somebody that has everything!

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His wife Louise, for his 60th birthday,

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bought him this very house, his birthplace.

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Today, it's run as a tribute to him and the worthy causes he funded.

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I met Lorna Owers, the curator at the Carnegie Birthplace Museum

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so I could find out more about Carnegie, the man.

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I gather he didn't have much education.

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He started school at the age of 8. So what happened before?

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Well, school was optional so you could choose when you went

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and you paid one penny a week to go,

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so it was quite an outlay for a family at that time.

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Before that, anything he learned was from his family.

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I gather, in America, he came across a makeshift library.

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That's right. Colonel Anderson had his own private library.

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Andrew gained access to that. As a working boy, he allowed them

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to borrow books on a Saturday.

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-And return them the following Saturday.

-Hundreds of books?

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-Yeah, he had 400.

-Do you think that inspired him

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later on in life to donate many libraries around the world?

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Yes. He really wanted everyone else to benefit from the same

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sort of education that he had and wanted them

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to have access to books the way he had.

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He was inspired by all things new and inventive.

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He regarded knowledge and inspiration as a treasure.

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Imagine what it must've been like for a teenage boy from

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Dunfermline to end up in a rapidly developing city like Pittsburgh.

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With the arrival of things like the railroad and the theatre -

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things he'd never seen before.

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-It's the great man himself.

-Yes.

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What age was he when that portrait was taken?

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-About 70.

-Was he?!

-Yes.

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He lived to be what?

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83, that's right.

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He's got a twinkle in his eyes.

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He definitely has. Yes, he was quite a character.

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-Did he miss Scotland much?

-I think he did. He came back several times.

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He owned Skibo Castle as a holiday home.

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Otherwise, he gave buildings

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so he gave the town the Carnegie Hall, the library,

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the swimming baths, and, of course, Pittencrieff Park.

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Carnegie vowed that if he got the opportunity

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he would buy the park and give it to the town, which he did.

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-It gave him great satisfaction.

-I bet it did.

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Lorna, thank you so much for taking time out to talk to me.

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-Pleasure.

-It's been fascinating.

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What a wonderful story, such an inspiration to everybody.

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Well, I think the city is very lucky to have so many fabulous

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buildings donated to it by such a famous past resident.

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For me, it sounds like Dunfermline gave something to

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Carnegie in those formative years, it forged the tenacity and the pride

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in him to succeed later in life as a truly phenomenal businessman.

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It's a true tale of triumph against all odds.

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And now for my favourite part of the show - let's head to the auction.

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But first, a quick reminder of what we're taking with us.

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James was a big fan of Fiona's snuffbox,

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but she didn't know much about it.

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Now she knows it's worth something,

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will Fiona be tempted to keep it?

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We're going to sell the charming Beswick hunting figures

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brought along by Gladys.

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Ivor and Joyce's elegant scent bottle.

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And Linda's cylindrical Troika vase.

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We're taking our items to auction in Rosewell, south of Edinburgh.

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There will be commission to pay, and it varies between auction houses.

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Here, the sellers and buyers pay 15% plus VAT.

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Right. Now I'm feeling nervous.

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Here we are, where our valuations will be put to the test.

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We have three auctioneers on the rostrum, so it'll be a really busy day.

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One of them is Sybelle Thomson.

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I had a quick chat to her before

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the sale to see what she had to say about one or two of our items.

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Let's take a look.

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We've got some Beswick for you. It's a hunting group.

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They were bought on a shopping spree in Aberdeen in the '80s.

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They're very nice. Very collectable.

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The huntsman particularly. This model relates back to the 1930s.

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One problem with it is it's missing two of its hounds.

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-Right.

-They normally have five hounds.

-I didn't know that.

-Yes.

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But I still think it'll do very well.

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You have to be so careful when you're looking at Beswick horses

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because sometimes the feet can be in

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the wrong position, or the tail stuck to the wrong leg

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or a different colourway, or the same colour on the horse,

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but the neck's turned a different way. And that puts the value up.

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-Absolutely.

-Why?

-The slightest variation. The collectors look at

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which way the huntsman's looking.

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If he was looking the other way, he'd be worth less than he is.

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-You've really got to know your stuff with Beswick.

-Absolutely.

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This could be valued at 150 to 200,

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but if one of those details was slightly different,

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and it's rare, it could be 600 or £700.

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Get him in a different shade of red coat and you're at 500 to £600.

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-Gosh! We won't get that, will we, later?

-Unfortunately not.

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We'll see how the Beswick does later. First, Linda and Anita and the Troika vase.

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It's wonderful to have a piece of Cornwall up here in Scotland!

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No, it's not me, it's a bit of Troika and it belongs to Linda.

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-Hello.

-Hello.

-Thanks for coming in.

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-Where did you get this?

-I found it in a charity shop.

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-In Cornwall?

-No, in Fife.

-Right. OK.

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It's a good little thing and I know

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we've got to find a buyer at 30 to 50, that's what you put on it.

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Quite conservative again. It's not one that will fly.

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-It's a later one, but it's still Troika. Still has that magic name.

-Let's see what the bidders think.

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This is a nice Troika brown, straight-sided vase.

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Who'd like to start me at £50 for it?

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50? 30?

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30 bid everywhere. 35. 40.

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Five. 50.

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Five? 55.

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Lady beside me, 55.

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-£55.

-Anybody else going on? At £55.

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Great result.

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-Top end.

-Good, good.

-Good.

-Happy?

-Yes, very.

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That's a good return on three quid!

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Are you going to go back up there to the shop?

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I'll be giving some of the money to

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the charity shop, and some's going to my daughter's wedding fund.

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-So...

-First wedding in the family?

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-Yes.

-Ooh, big day.

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-Expensive day!

-What's her name?

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-Gillian.

-Gillian, congratulations and good luck for the future.

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Next up we've got Fiona's snuffbox.

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Putting it under the hammer is auctioneer Gavin.

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A pretty watercolour on the front.

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Tortoiseshell interior, it's got everything going for it.

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And the price - around £100-£180.

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And you picked it up for next to nothing.

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-How much?

-I can't remember.

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It was so insignificant really.

0:27:450:27:47

We just need a few gents now that can splash out on a lovely snuffbox.

0:27:470:27:51

Wish I could buy it.

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-We're not allowed to, are we?

-No.

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A 19th century circular patch box, an ebony mount. 200.

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100, £50.

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50 bid, 50.

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In the room at 50, 5,

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60, 5,

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70.

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-5, 80.

-This is good, Fiona.

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-It's really good.

-Not yet, it's not.

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No, it's not, we need a lot more, hang on!

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All done at 100?

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110. 120.

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130. 140.

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150.

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-That's good.

-Standing at 150.

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All done at 150.

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-Spot on, well done.

-Great.

0:28:330:28:35

-Thank you very much.

-What are you going to do with that?

0:28:350:28:38

-Well, I'm going to give it to the Pakistan flood relief.

-Are you?

0:28:380:28:42

-That's really sweet of you. Well done. Well done.

-Thank you.

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I think James would've snapped up the snuffbox for himself, given the chance.

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Next up, it's Ivor and Joyce

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and their glass scent bottle.

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It's got everything going for it.

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-Even the price, James. I think it's a goer.

-Yes.

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-It's a great quality example.

-It's about to go under the hammer.

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We're after around £150. Let's see what the bidders think.

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The Stourbridge-style silver-mounted scent bottle.

0:29:100:29:13

Lots of interest in this. I may start it at 50. 50 bid. 50 bid.

0:29:130:29:18

50 bid. 55. 60. Five.

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70. Five. 80.

0:29:210:29:23

Five. 90.

0:29:230:29:24

Five. 100.

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£100. On my right at 100.

0:29:260:29:29

Anyone going on? At £100.

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-Quality always sells.

-Yes, it does.

-It does.

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Good start to our holidays. We're driving away now.

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-Are you?

-Where are you off to?

0:29:390:29:42

-We're driving down to Dover and going on a Med cruise.

-That's a long drive!

0:29:420:29:46

-We'll stop overnight.

-It's not too bad.

0:29:460:29:49

-That'll cover the petrol money.

-It will.

-Or some sherbets!

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Sherbets!

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That will add a boost to Ivor and Joyce's holiday fund. Great.

0:29:560:30:00

Now, it's Gladys and the hunting figures.

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I wonder if the missing hounds will affect the price?

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It's Gladys's first auction, isn't it?

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-It is.

-Are you nervous?

-Very nervous.

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-What happened when you saw all these people?

-I couldn't imagine so many people.

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This is a country auction.

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We have lots of hunting round about.

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Hopefully, there'll be some riders in here.

0:30:240:30:26

-I think there'll be some interest.

-Here's hoping.

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We'll find out right now. Here we go.

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A very nice Beswick hunting group

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comprising the huntsman with three hounds and a fox.

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I have four bids on it. I'll start it at £100

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and selling. 100. 110.

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120. 130. 140. 150.

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-My goodness!

-160. 170.

-Oh, my goodness!

-170.

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Anybody else? 170. 180.

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190.

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-200.

-They love it. They love it!

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220. 240.

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260. 260, right at the back.

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At £260.

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260! That galloped away, didn't it?

0:31:090:31:13

-That surprised us!

-That surprised me after the estimate.

0:31:130:31:16

I thought I'd get £100.

0:31:160:31:17

-Did you enjoy that?

-I did!

-Was your heart pounding?

-It was!

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That's our first visit to the auction today. We'll come back later.

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So don't go away because I can guarantee one really big surprise.

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While we were here filming, I had the chance to explore a wonderful Scottish castle.

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It really is an architectural delight. Take a look at this.

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It was in 1458 that James, the second king of Scots,

0:31:580:32:02

decreed the village of Falkland to be a royal borough.

0:32:020:32:06

This fairytale-like building with all its towers and turrets

0:32:100:32:14

in the old kingdom of Fife, is Falkland Palace.

0:32:140:32:16

But it's not just any old royal court.

0:32:160:32:18

It's known as the pleasure palace

0:32:180:32:21

and it's that reputation that I've come to explore.

0:32:210:32:24

The palace itself was mainly developed in the 1500s by King James IV

0:32:310:32:36

and his successor, James V, with changes made by later keepers of the castle.

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The palace was a place of peace, a retreat,

0:32:480:32:50

somewhere where the kings, the queens and their guests could relax

0:32:500:32:54

away from the politics and duties of their position.

0:32:540:32:57

Of course, the best sanctuary for reflection, if you were a monarch, was the church.

0:32:570:33:03

This wonderful chapel was created in the early 1500s by King James IV.

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It was later consecrated by James V

0:33:080:33:11

and Richard Stewart, the master craftsman who created all that wonderful work at Holyroodhouse

0:33:110:33:16

was commissioned to do this oak-panelled ceiling.

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Just look at this wonderful work.

0:33:200:33:23

He really was a master craftsman, working at the top of his genre.

0:33:230:33:26

No wonder he was in demand throughout his lifetime.

0:33:260:33:29

It's marvellous.

0:33:300:33:32

This whole room just permeates history.

0:33:410:33:44

If I can point out some of the detail in the panels up here,

0:33:440:33:47

this was originally done in the early 1600s, 1630 to 1640,

0:33:470:33:52

the reign of Charles I. You can see

0:33:520:33:54

it's starting to fade. But here, the panel on the left-hand side

0:33:540:33:59

has been restored.

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Wonderful bright chromatic hues of reds and deep blues

0:34:000:34:04

so the whole ceiling would have been like this, picked out with gold leaf.

0:34:040:34:08

The whole place would just come alive.

0:34:080:34:10

This chapel was a peaceful haven for prayer and meditation,

0:34:150:34:18

often through periods of political and religious unrest.

0:34:180:34:22

Despite the palace's location on the edge of a town, you feel royal visitors were left alone here.

0:34:260:34:31

There's a suggestion that the name Falkland means "hidden place".

0:34:310:34:36

You can imagine Mary, Queen of Scots, a regular visitor here,

0:34:380:34:41

taking time to wander around the palace,

0:34:410:34:43

admiring the decoration and the views.

0:34:430:34:46

It wasn't just the historical guests who found Falkland so relaxing.

0:34:550:34:59

More recent keepers of the castle have used this room as a library and a study.

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This was renovated in the late 19th century. It's a bit of a contrast

0:35:040:35:08

to the rest of the palace with its pine-clad painted stencilled walls,

0:35:080:35:12

its high vaulted ceiling and its wonderful trompe l'oeil window.

0:35:120:35:16

Look at that. That's all hand-painted on there.

0:35:160:35:19

Trompe l'oeil means trick of the eye, an illusion.

0:35:190:35:22

But it marries up with the window on the other side.

0:35:220:35:26

It creates a film set atmosphere. Nevertheless,

0:35:260:35:29

it's still a wonderful place to relax and read in.

0:35:290:35:33

The whole room really does embrace you.

0:35:330:35:35

But it's not just the comfort of indoors that appealed to visitors.

0:35:380:35:42

It was the activities available outside

0:35:420:35:44

that made Falkland a destination.

0:35:440:35:46

The gorgeous grounds stretch out to a magnificent seven acres including an old orchard.

0:35:480:35:53

This must have been the perfect place for a constitutional walk

0:35:530:35:57

to ponder those important issues of the day.

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Especially somebody like Mary, Queen of Scots.

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She had a lot to think about with all the plots against her.

0:36:020:36:06

She was distracted with falconry and hunting, and her father, James V,

0:36:060:36:09

he even had dog handlers, falconers and horse grooms on hand

0:36:090:36:13

to enjoy the great outdoors.

0:36:130:36:15

You get the sense that a lot of money from the courtly coffers was spent on these leisure pursuits

0:36:160:36:22

for both the royals and the visiting courtiers to enjoy.

0:36:220:36:25

Well, it has literally just started to pour down

0:36:320:36:35

so I'll put an umbrella up.

0:36:350:36:37

Apart from the more genteel activities,

0:36:370:36:39

if you really wanted to work up a sweat you could take part in a mini Wimbledon

0:36:390:36:44

and the weather's just right for it!

0:36:440:36:46

Come inside and I'll show you what I mean.

0:36:460:36:49

This is what the court looks like today.

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But yesterday, when our cameras visited it, it was a very different scene.

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This is a real royal tennis court and one of the oldest of its kind in Britain.

0:36:580:37:03

It was built in 1539 at the request of James V.

0:37:030:37:07

Real tennis can be described as a mix of squash and lawn tennis.

0:37:080:37:13

Today, the Falkland Palace real tennis club play here regularly

0:37:140:37:18

on the very courts where once a young Mary, Queen of Scots enjoyed the game.

0:37:180:37:22

She was so keen on the sport, she even shocked courtiers by abandoning her restricting gowns

0:37:240:37:29

in favour of breeches when she played!

0:37:290:37:32

Hearing all of that must have surprised you somewhat.

0:37:350:37:38

But even kings and queens need time off,

0:37:380:37:41

especially after adding and improving the building.

0:37:410:37:44

I don't think there can be a better place to unwind

0:37:440:37:47

than the beautiful and charming Falkland Palace.

0:37:470:37:50

The sun is still shining at Balbirnie House.

0:37:580:38:01

Let's join everybody and see what other surprises we can find.

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Enjoying the sunshine is our expert James, who is with Bob,

0:38:090:38:12

who's brought in something small and shiny.

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Bob, imagine yourself back in the 1930s.

0:38:160:38:18

Flapper dresses and the Charleston and all those wonderful romantic times.

0:38:180:38:23

At the same time, the future king of England, Edward, was serenading Wallis Simpson.

0:38:230:38:29

And where did he take her to buy all those fine jewels?

0:38:290:38:32

To Asprey's. That is the place that this little match holder started life.

0:38:320:38:38

How did it come into your family?

0:38:380:38:40

I got it from a great aunt who was employed as a nurse companion to Sir Holford Redditch

0:38:400:38:49

who owned Portland Cement Company

0:38:490:38:51

and lived down in the Rugby area.

0:38:510:38:54

I believe he used to fly out to Geneva to get his cigars!

0:38:540:38:59

Because he liked the Cuban cigars, he wouldn't use a lighter.

0:38:590:39:05

He always used matches.

0:39:050:39:07

-He had this made so that he could carry books of matches with him.

-Lovely.

0:39:070:39:13

If you are a very, very big cigar smoker,

0:39:130:39:16

a lighter, a petrol or fuel lighter, is something you don't go anywhere near.

0:39:160:39:21

Even friends of mine today

0:39:210:39:22

that smoke cigars still use matches and not a lighter.

0:39:220:39:25

The thing about this is all about quality of design.

0:39:250:39:29

There are no buttons to press that ruin the outside edges of the form.

0:39:290:39:34

There are no hinges protruding out of the edge.

0:39:340:39:37

This is such a simple design. It's engine-turned in bands, classic 1930s.

0:39:370:39:41

The initials, H.W.L.R, which relate to the owner,

0:39:410:39:46

are very nicely done in a very stylish Art Deco manner.

0:39:460:39:50

All we do is leave that on the hand,

0:39:500:39:53

push, and there it goes.

0:39:530:39:54

It's still got such life in it. It's as crisp as the day it was made.

0:39:540:39:58

Inside, there we have the wonderful name, Asprey's of London.

0:39:580:40:03

375, for nine carat gold.

0:40:030:40:05

Nine carat gold. It's unusual, really, because nine carat is the lowest grade of gold.

0:40:050:40:11

But the reason they only used nine carat for this

0:40:110:40:14

is because if that was in a waistcoat pocket, it would have constant wear

0:40:140:40:18

and they don't want this engine turning wearing flat.

0:40:180:40:22

Because that's what gives you the grip to be able to open it.

0:40:220:40:26

So nine carat for a very good reason.

0:40:260:40:28

But that is lovely. Value?

0:40:280:40:31

-What do you think?

-I really don't have any idea.

0:40:310:40:36

I don't know the price of gold.

0:40:360:40:37

I know it's high, but I don't know the price.

0:40:370:40:40

I think you'll do very well with it.

0:40:400:40:42

I think it's worth somewhere between 350 and £450.

0:40:420:40:46

-Lovely.

-It's a good thing.

-Yeah.

0:40:460:40:49

With gold, you really don't need a reserve.

0:40:490:40:52

Because you will have ten or 15 bids

0:40:520:40:55

all within two or three pounds of each other,

0:40:550:40:58

who'll be leaving their bids based on the gold value.

0:40:580:41:01

But you should also get those people

0:41:010:41:03

who feel it's a wonderful object in its own right.

0:41:030:41:07

You might actually get above the scrap value of the gold.

0:41:070:41:10

It's a difficult thing now.

0:41:100:41:12

Do you want to put a reserve on it, or will you gamble?

0:41:120:41:15

-I'll just have a gamble.

-Sure?

0:41:150:41:17

-Yes.

-Let's give it a go. It's a bit of a risk, but we'll see.

0:41:170:41:20

Let's hope that gamble will pay off. It's definitely got age and style about it.

0:41:220:41:27

-What have you got here?

-A stone hammer.

-From the Bronze Age!

0:41:290:41:33

These were my ancestors'.

0:41:330:41:34

-How old are you?

-93.

-Are you, really?

0:41:340:41:38

-I'm one of the antiques here!

-You are, definitely.

0:41:380:41:41

One of the oldest items here apart from your Bronze Age hammer!

0:41:410:41:45

Next, it's Anita and Barbara, who's brought along something to write home about!

0:41:460:41:52

Barbara, how charming these postcards are!

0:41:520:41:55

Little postcards by Mabel Lucie Attwell.

0:41:550:41:59

-Tell me where you got them.

-Mum collected them during the war. She was a nurse in London.

0:41:590:42:04

My father was away in the forces so she collected them.

0:42:040:42:08

It amused them and brightened their days.

0:42:080:42:10

Do you remember these as a child?

0:42:100:42:12

No, I didn't know anything about them until my mother moved into care recently.

0:42:120:42:17

We've emptied her house and I found these amongst her things.

0:42:170:42:20

I asked her if she wanted them and she said no.

0:42:200:42:23

Did you have a wee look through them yourself?

0:42:230:42:26

-I did. I like them very much.

-They brought a smile to your face and to my face.

0:42:260:42:32

Mabel Lucie Attwell was one of the most prolific designers of postcards.

0:42:320:42:39

She was an illustrator for children's books.

0:42:390:42:42

It's the little cute chubby child.

0:42:420:42:45

-I think these images were based on her daughter, Peggy.

-Oh.

0:42:450:42:49

They're instantly recognisable and they're very, very sweet.

0:42:490:42:54

She died, I think, in about 1963

0:42:540:42:58

and she was very, very prolific.

0:42:580:43:00

So, these postcards are not rare.

0:43:000:43:03

You have in the region of 40. Have you counted them?

0:43:030:43:07

-48 altogether.

-48 altogether.

0:43:070:43:09

What's your favourite one?

0:43:090:43:11

My favourite one is less bright than most of them.

0:43:110:43:15

I like the softer colours.

0:43:150:43:17

Nice subtle colours there. She's saying,

0:43:170:43:20

"Hello" this wee fairy.

0:43:200:43:22

Lovely. Shall we put them to auction?

0:43:230:43:25

-Yes, please.

-OK.

0:43:250:43:27

One thing worries me about postcards.

0:43:270:43:30

When they are stuck into a book,

0:43:300:43:33

-it makes them a wee bitty less desirable for the collectors.

-Yes.

0:43:330:43:38

-The collectors like them pure.

-Pristine.

0:43:380:43:42

They like them in good condition, but these are mainly in good condition.

0:43:420:43:47

I would like to put them into auction -

0:43:470:43:49

and they will be well fancied -

0:43:490:43:51

I would put an estimate of say, 100 to £200.

0:43:510:43:55

-Good.

-We'll let the collectors make up their own minds

0:43:550:43:59

whether they want to try to get them off the backing or not.

0:43:590:44:05

100 to £200, with a reserve of £80.

0:44:050:44:09

-Sounds good.

-Are you happy with that?

-Yes, thank you.

-Excellent.

0:44:090:44:13

What a great collection. There are lots of postcard collectors out there.

0:44:130:44:17

Now, it's Jim and Betty, who've brought along some china for James to look at.

0:44:170:44:22

Jim, Betty, welcome.

0:44:230:44:26

Thank you so much

0:44:260:44:27

for bringing this trinket dish along.

0:44:270:44:30

When the British weather is like this

0:44:300:44:32

there is absolutely no wonder

0:44:320:44:34

why artists such as William Moorcroft were so inspired by what they saw.

0:44:340:44:39

It's days like this, countryside like this,

0:44:390:44:42

that inspired designs like this in Moorcroft.

0:44:420:44:46

You must know a bit about it if you watch Flog It.

0:44:460:44:49

I think it might be 1930s.

0:44:490:44:52

Absolutely spot on. Do you know the name of the pattern?

0:44:520:44:56

-Not really.

-Testing!

-Mushroom or...?

0:44:560:45:00

No, Mushroom is Claremont.

0:45:000:45:02

-This is Hazeldene.

-Oh, yes.

-It's very similar.

0:45:020:45:05

William Moorcroft started his artistic career in ceramics in the 1890s.

0:45:050:45:09

He worked for Macintyre

0:45:090:45:11

and he eventually set up Moorcroft in 1913.

0:45:110:45:15

The things that characterised Moorcroft are what we call tube lining,

0:45:150:45:19

which is this decoration that outlines the whole design.

0:45:190:45:23

It's a little bit like piping icing on a cake.

0:45:230:45:26

He also was inspired by different glazes.

0:45:260:45:30

And this is almost a flambe,

0:45:300:45:32

a flamey, reddy colour glaze,

0:45:320:45:36

high-fired at a very high temperature.

0:45:360:45:38

It's a design that came around in around 1932, '33,

0:45:380:45:44

and it was very, very popular.

0:45:440:45:46

You see great big vases made in Hazeldene. You also see trinket trays like this.

0:45:460:45:51

If we turn it over,

0:45:510:45:54

we've got "Made in England", which tells you it's made after 1925.

0:45:540:45:58

"Potter to HM The Queen".

0:45:580:46:01

That's Queen Mary.

0:46:010:46:02

And the W Moorcroft facsimile signature there.

0:46:020:46:05

So, a little dish that is very sought after at auction.

0:46:050:46:10

I love this Hazeldene pattern, especially with the sunset red ground to it.

0:46:100:46:14

I've got a bit of bad news for you.

0:46:200:46:23

It's been restored at some stage.

0:46:230:46:25

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it has been done.

0:46:280:46:32

It looks like 15 to 20-year-old restoration. It's starting to show through.

0:46:320:46:36

When restoration is done when it's brand new, it's difficult to tell.

0:46:360:46:40

-Is it a family piece?

-No.

-Where did you find it?

0:46:400:46:43

-Where did we pick that up, Jim?

-In a

-car-boot sale. A car-boot sale?!

0:46:430:46:48

-No!

-Yes.

-Quite local.

0:46:480:46:50

You'd think everybody would know Moorcroft by now. How long ago?

0:46:500:46:55

-Maybe eight years.

-OK.

-It's a bit longer than that, but...

0:46:550:46:59

-How much did you pay for it?

-Two pounds.

-Two pounds.

0:46:590:47:02

Well, for two pounds, it's still a great buy for two pounds.

0:47:020:47:06

If it had been perfect,

0:47:080:47:10

your two pounds would have transformed into £200.

0:47:100:47:15

With the restoration, you've still made a really good investment.

0:47:150:47:19

I still think it'll make 60 to 100.

0:47:190:47:22

-Splendid.

-That's all right.

0:47:220:47:24

-Still all right, isn't it?

-More than I thought initially.

0:47:240:47:27

It's just a wee dish!

0:47:270:47:29

Well, it is a wee dish, but it's a great wee dish!

0:47:290:47:32

-£60 reserve. Happy with that?

-Yes, fine.

-Yes.

0:47:320:47:36

£60 reserve. 60 to 100. Let's see what happens.

0:47:360:47:39

Next up, let's see what piece of mystic magic Wilma and Kendall have brought along to show Anita.

0:47:390:47:45

What a great wee object.

0:47:450:47:48

It's a chap on a flying carpet and he's made of bronze.

0:47:480:47:53

Can you tell me where did you get him?

0:47:530:47:56

Well, he actually belongs to my mother

0:47:560:47:58

and she got him from her mother

0:47:580:48:00

who was actually a housekeeper to a big house in Cupar, outside Cupar.

0:48:000:48:06

It belonged to a Mrs Wilson from the Pilkington family.

0:48:060:48:09

And she used to just change all the stuff in her house

0:48:090:48:13

and would offer my gran anything

0:48:130:48:15

because if not, it was either going to charity or going in the bin.

0:48:150:48:19

That was very generous and I'm glad this didn't go in the bin.

0:48:190:48:22

-Kendall, tell me, do you like it?

-Yes.

-So, do you have it on display?

0:48:220:48:28

No. He's sat for a while on a hall table at my mum's

0:48:280:48:32

and we used him just to keep... a bit of a piece of paper down.

0:48:320:48:35

And he's been used as a paperweight now and again,

0:48:350:48:38

but he disappeared months ago when she was changing her rooms round.

0:48:380:48:43

Maybe it flew out of the window.

0:48:430:48:44

I think so because when I went to look for him today,

0:48:440:48:48

he just seemed to have appeared by magic on the dining room table.

0:48:480:48:51

-He flew back in again.

-He was just sitting there with his back to us.

0:48:510:48:54

Let's look at him. He is a charming little bronze. He's made of bronze.

0:48:540:48:59

And probably made in Austria.

0:48:590:49:03

I've had a look and I haven't been able to find any maker's name

0:49:030:49:07

or cast mark on this little creature.

0:49:070:49:10

But it looks very much in the style of Lorenzo, who came from Austria.

0:49:100:49:17

Now, the colour in this would have been painted

0:49:170:49:21

while the bronze was cold.

0:49:210:49:23

And there's a particular look,

0:49:230:49:25

we call it an Austrian cold-painted bronze.

0:49:250:49:29

And Lorenzo often did little animal figures,

0:49:290:49:32

but he was also interested in Eastern subjects.

0:49:320:49:36

And we are seeing this reflected in this character here.

0:49:360:49:40

He's an eastern gentleman.

0:49:400:49:43

He's sitting on a magic carpet and he's counting his money.

0:49:430:49:48

But one of the charming things, one of the things

0:49:480:49:50

I most like about this, is the rumple in the edge of that carpet.

0:49:500:49:58

-Isn't that an intriguing and charming detail?

-Yes.

0:49:580:50:01

I like this very much, I think it's very sweet.

0:50:010:50:05

I would like to put him into auction with an estimate of,

0:50:050:50:08

-say, £100-£200.

-Oh, really?

0:50:080:50:11

Uh-huh, I think he's a smashing wee figure.

0:50:110:50:14

I would love to have found a maker's name.

0:50:140:50:17

That would have made the difference.

0:50:170:50:19

But we can put him in at £100-£200 with a reserve of, say, £80.

0:50:190:50:25

-Would you be happy with that, Kendall?

-Yes.

0:50:250:50:27

Well, it really is a matter of going to the auction now.

0:50:270:50:30

I know you'll be back at school then,

0:50:300:50:33

-so Kendall won't be there, but your mum will be there.

-Yes.

0:50:330:50:36

And if it's OK, I'd like to bring my mum along as well.

0:50:360:50:40

You know, the owner of the little man.

0:50:400:50:41

Well, that would be absolutely marvellous

0:50:410:50:44

and I hope this little guy takes a flyer.

0:50:440:50:46

Hopefully, thank you.

0:50:460:50:48

Well, we've now found our last lot so it's time to say a fond farewell

0:50:510:50:55

to the magnificent Balbirnie House in the heart of Fife.

0:50:550:50:58

It's time for a bit more auction action. Let's get straight over to the sale room.

0:50:580:51:03

And here's what we're selling.

0:51:030:51:05

Bob's elegant match holder, being offered without a reserve.

0:51:050:51:09

Wilma's magic carpet cold-painted bronze figure.

0:51:090:51:12

It hasn't got a maker's mark, but Anita still has high hopes for it.

0:51:120:51:16

The endearing postcard collection which belonged to Barbara's mother.

0:51:160:51:20

And finally, Jim and Betty's two-pound restored Moorcroft dish.

0:51:200:51:25

Bob's match holder is up first. Gavin Taverndale is on the rostrum.

0:51:370:51:41

A lovely thing. Proper quality. It's a good time to sell precious metal.

0:51:430:51:47

-This is engine-turned. It says everything.

-It's a lovely quality piece.

0:51:470:51:51

If it makes lower end estimate, I'll have my head in my hands, cos it'll be melted down at that.

0:51:510:51:56

I had a chat to Sybelle on the auction preview day.

0:51:560:52:00

-She agreed with the valuation.

-Great.

0:52:000:52:02

-Fingers crossed we'll get the top end. Plus a bit more.

-Hope so!

0:52:020:52:06

We'll find out. Let's see what the bidders think.

0:52:060:52:10

Asprey's of London. Nine-carat gold engine-turned match holder.

0:52:110:52:15

500? 300? 200 to make a start.

0:52:150:52:18

200 bid. 220.

0:52:190:52:21

240. 260.

0:52:210:52:23

280.

0:52:230:52:24

300. 320.

0:52:240:52:26

340. 360. 380.

0:52:260:52:29

400.

0:52:320:52:33

400. 400.

0:52:330:52:35

Selling at 400. All done at 400?

0:52:350:52:37

At £400. 400.

0:52:390:52:42

Good price. You were right. Spot on. Well done, James. £400.

0:52:420:52:45

-Happy?

-Yes.

-Big smile!

0:52:450:52:47

Big smiles.

0:52:470:52:49

There is commission to pay, 15% plus VAT.

0:52:490:52:52

But it's spending money. Will you reinvest in antiques?

0:52:520:52:55

A new set of golf clubs!

0:52:550:52:58

At least it keeps you fit!

0:52:590:53:00

Phew! No reserve. That was a good result!

0:53:010:53:05

Bob's happy with that.

0:53:050:53:07

Next, it's the nostalgic postcard collection

0:53:070:53:10

which was brought to valuation day by Barbara

0:53:100:53:13

on behalf of her mother.

0:53:130:53:14

Our auctioneer is William Smith.

0:53:140:53:17

It's been about four weeks since we saw you and you've had some really bad news. Terribly bad.

0:53:200:53:25

They're my mum's postcards and sadly she's just passed away.

0:53:250:53:29

-I'm so sorry.

-It is sad, but we're going to buy some trees in her memory with what we make today.

0:53:290:53:36

That's so nice. Plant something up and think of her.

0:53:360:53:39

-Thank you so much for being here today.

-Thank you.

0:53:390:53:41

Gosh. Can't really say anything, can we?

0:53:410:53:45

I think we'll let the bidders decide, really.

0:53:450:53:47

-Let's hope we get lots of money. Plant something and watch it grow.

-Yes.

0:53:470:53:51

The collection of Mabel Lucie Attwell postcards.

0:53:530:53:56

A nice album of postcards.

0:53:560:53:58

A collectable lot here. £100 for them?

0:53:580:54:00

£50 for them?

0:54:020:54:04

50 I'm bid. 60. 70.

0:54:060:54:08

80 in the corner.

0:54:080:54:10

-Any advance on 80?

-That's the reserve.

-All done at 80 for the lot?

0:54:100:54:13

At 80.

0:54:130:54:15

-At £80.

-Selling. That's OK, isn't it?

0:54:150:54:18

You'll be able to buy a few fruit trees with that maybe.

0:54:180:54:21

Something that produces something each year. Oh, bless you. Bless you.

0:54:210:54:26

-Thank you.

-Was your mum a big Flog It fan?

-Yes, she was.

0:54:260:54:29

Of course!

0:54:290:54:31

I'm so glad Barbara was able to be with us for the auction.

0:54:330:54:37

Next up, Wilma and her mother Mary's cold-painted bronze.

0:54:400:54:45

Good luck.

0:54:450:54:46

Oh, my word, I think we're going to be in for a surprise here.

0:54:460:54:49

We are looking for £100-£200 for the Austrian cold-painted bronze.

0:54:490:54:52

It's a little rug seller, a man sitting on a rug selling Persian rug.

0:54:520:54:56

It's absolutely delightful.

0:54:560:54:58

I love the little nicks in the rug where it tucks around.

0:54:580:55:00

-And he's counting his money.

-Lots of it, lots of it.

0:55:000:55:04

And I think you are going to go home with lots of money as well.

0:55:040:55:07

Hopefully.

0:55:070:55:08

We could easily double the top end of the estimate.

0:55:090:55:13

-I'd love to see that.

-We could even triple it,

0:55:130:55:15

you never know what's going to happen at an auction, do you?

0:55:150:55:17

This is so exciting. It's going under the hammer right now

0:55:170:55:20

and I think this is a classic a lot. Let's see go.

0:55:200:55:23

The Vienna cold-painted bronze of the rug seller.

0:55:240:55:27

£50 for this? 50, 30.

0:55:270:55:30

30 bid. 35. 40. 45.

0:55:300:55:33

-That's low.

-55, 60. 65. 70. 75. 80.

0:55:330:55:38

-85. 90. 95.

-There's a phone bid.

-100.

-Good.

0:55:380:55:42

110. 120. 130.

0:55:420:55:45

140. 140 right at the back. 150. 160.

0:55:450:55:50

160, do you want in now, sir? 170. 180.

0:55:500:55:55

-190. 190. Any advance on 190?

-Yes, there's a phone line.

0:55:550:56:00

200 on the phone. Against you at 200.

0:56:000:56:04

210.

0:56:040:56:05

220.

0:56:070:56:08

220.

0:56:080:56:10

On the telephone at £220.

0:56:100:56:14

-Yes, brilliant! I'm ever so pleased. Happy?

-Great.

0:56:140:56:18

Much more than I expected.

0:56:180:56:20

-The wee man has gone.

-She can't believe it.

-The wee man has gone.

0:56:200:56:23

-The wee man has gone.

-He has gone, hasn't he?

0:56:230:56:26

Well, what a result for a bronze masquerading as a paperweight.

0:56:260:56:30

Now, last up it's Jim and Betty

0:56:300:56:32

and their bargain boot find.

0:56:320:56:33

These two have been collecting since 1963

0:56:350:56:38

and now it's time to declutter.

0:56:380:56:39

Everything's got to go and we're starting with the Moorcroft,

0:56:390:56:43

a wonderful trinket tray.

0:56:430:56:44

-There was a bit of damage, James?

-A bit of restoration.

0:56:440:56:47

Good pattern. Without the restoration, a lot more.

0:56:470:56:51

It's going under the hammer right now.

0:56:510:56:54

The very nice Moorcroft flambe design circular pin tray.

0:56:550:56:59

I have two very close bids.

0:56:590:57:01

And I may start it at £210.

0:57:010:57:05

-210.

-Straight in!

-210. 210.

0:57:050:57:07

210. 220.

0:57:070:57:09

240.

0:57:110:57:13

260. 280.

0:57:130:57:15

300.

0:57:150:57:17

320.

0:57:170:57:18

20 against you.

0:57:200:57:21

340.

0:57:250:57:26

360.

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360?

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380.

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400.

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420.

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440.

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-440. Anyone else want in? At £440.

-£440, Betty!

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At £440.

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-Well done, James.

-Who'd have believed that?

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£440!

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We keep saying it's a rollercoaster ride of emotions

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here in the auction room, don't we?

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You don't know what's going to happen. It's not an exact science.

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-Damaged, yes, it was.

-But restored very well.

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I think there are two or three people there that haven't spotted the restoration.

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-I told you there'd be a surprise. I hope you've enjoyed it.

-Glad it was us!

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We've enjoyed being here. Thanks for bringing it in.

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Join us again for more surprises on Flog It!

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It's time to say goodbye until the next time.

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The team visit Balbirnie House in Fife. Experts Anita Manning and James Lewis are on hand to value a whole range of antiques and collectibles brought along. Among the items they pick out are a Moorcroft pin dish and a Troika vase, both bought by their owners for only a few pounds. But will the items do better when they are sold at auction in Edinburgh? Paul Martin visits stunning Falkland Palace, known as a place where kings and queens have gone to rest and relax.