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Presenter Paul Martin is joined by antiques experts Adam Partridge and James Lewis in the North Yorkshire town of Richmond. A gold pocket watch catches James's eye.


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Today Flog It is from Richmond in North Yorkshire,

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situated right on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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Welcome to the show!

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Richmond is a town of unique character and beauty

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which has changed little through the centuries.

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It lies on the banks of the River Swale, and the breathtaking Richmond Castle presides over it.

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The town has 450 listed buildings and has been called the most beautiful market town in England.

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Flog It is the main attraction in town.

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We're in the heart of Richmond

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and already there's a healthy queue gathering outside the Market Hall, today's venue.

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Our two experts are Mr Adam Partridge and James Lewis, already hard at work

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delving through all the bags and boxes.

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Somebody here has a wonderful treasure

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and they're going to go home later on in the show with a lot of money.

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Who's it going to be? Well, stay tuned and you'll find out.

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It's 9.30am, it's time to get the doors open.

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Are you ready to go inside?

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Yes! Let's get the show on the road.

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-Look what I've spotted. Is this yours?

-No, it's my son's.

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-Where is he?

-He's hiding.

-He doesn't want to be on TV, does he?

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-No.

-Look at this. Can I sit on it?

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-Yeah.

-Will it take my weight?

-Yeah.

-How about that?

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Shall I give it a go?

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Yeah, if you want.

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Let's Flog It!

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Coming up, find out what's got me nervous.

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Mark, I'm very worried.

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I am.

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I've not been looking forward to this moment!

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No?

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And I learn all about...

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Cheese!

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Well, we made it and, as you can see, it's a full house inside.

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Everybody's safely seated. Here's the young chap, here's his bike.

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He didn't want to be on TV. Well, he is now!

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I'll tell you who loves being on TV - James and Adam, our experts.

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-Sorry, Bargain Hunt's coming out!

-Yeah!

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Adam Partridge's day job is as an auctioneer in Cheshire, so he should be used to the climate up North.

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I've got my van over there, full of blankets. I'm tempted to go in...

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And James Lewis runs a saleroom in Derbyshire and is used to plain talking.

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Is this to go back in the car, is it?

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Honest answer?

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Yes!

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But it's Adam first up with David and his metal vase.

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And you've brought along, well, a very interesting looking object.

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-Is it out on view or shoved away in a cupboard?

-Shoved away.

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-And that's why you've brought it in today.

-That's why I brought it.

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-To find a new home for it.

-Well, yes.

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Well, it's certainly very decorative.

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There's this ornate pierced border and then you've got these figures in relief all the way around.

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-The more you look at it, the more you see.

-Yes.

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And as we always do in this business, we'll have a look on the bottom

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for the marks, and there you see, you've got a windmill

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and a couple of pipes.

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-Right.

-Well, Holland, the Netherlands, is famous for windmills,

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so it doesn't take the best detective to get that it is almost definitely a Dutch piece.

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-Yes.

-And I think it dates from the late 19th century, the end of the 19th century.

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-That's interesting.

-So, a little bit over 100 years old.

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There are a couple of issues with condition and the main one is this big split, which you can't see.

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-You can see fresh air.

-Ah, yeah.

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And that's going to hurt its value.

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-Can you see?

-Yes, I can.

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I think, if that was in good order, it would be three figures.

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£100, £200, maybe a bit more, but because of the damage I think we're going to have to try it a bit lower.

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I don't know what your expectations are.

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Did you have any thoughts on the value?

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None, really. It's only now because I'm getting a little elderly,

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that I thought, well, we'll tie it up a little bit, you know?

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-So you're thinking of what am I going to do with this now?

-That's right.

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It's a horrible practicality that a lot of people have to do,

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-isn't it?

-It comes to us all eventually.

-Yeah.

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-I would suggest an estimate of £50 to £80.

-Right.

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-Sound all right with you?

-It sounds all right with me.

-Good.

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I've got a flashy silver pen now and it shows up on my photograph.

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-Thank you.

-Thank you.

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Next up, James is having a chat with Bruce, a collector with the foresight to save his toy boxes.

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Bruce, these are just so many memories for me.

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It's not just toys, I remember having one of those, I remember having one of those.

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I keep thinking, the last time I saw that was in the sandpit at home!

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And that's the sort of thing that toy collectors are passionate about.

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-Which is your favourite?

-I like that one.

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That's mine. That's mine.

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I love the Beetles. Well, I've got a VW camper now, an old 1969 one.

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All my friends say I'm never looking happier than when I'm driving it.

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-These have been a great investment. Some of them have still got the price tag on.

-Yeah.

-What's that?

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Catterick, 16p.

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There used to be a local shop there and they sold them.

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-And you bought them all from the same shop.

-Yeah.

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So, back as a boy, what did you do, wheel them around

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in the sandpit like me, or did you have a proper track?

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-I had a proper track, which I've got on the floor down here with me.

-Oh, let's have a look.

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OK.

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-There we go.

-Fantastic.

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-Well, at least you've got the box.

-Yeah.

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It's seen better days. Oh, gosh, it's pretty good inside, though.

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You've got all the bits, all the ramps.

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Fantastic.

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The track doesn't have a massive value,

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so I think the track should go with the other bits

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and sell them altogether, OK?

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There we go.

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Well, when it comes to value,

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the more interesting ones like that and the brighter colours,

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£5, £6.

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Some of the more common ones and less interesting,

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like the truck in yellow and red, maybe £3 or £4.

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So if we take an average of, say, £3 each,

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we've got 50 of them here, so £150.

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-Yeah.

-I think we ought to use that as the lower end estimate.

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-£150 to £250 and if a couple of the specialists get involved they might make a bit more.

-Yeah.

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Let's take them along and see how much we can raise for you.

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That valuation sounds like it's got the chance to speed away at auction.

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But, for me, time is of the essence as I compare watches with owner Mark.

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-I've got nearly 20 to.

-Well, you're running a bit slow then, aren't you?

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-Well, it is an old watch.

-That is a nice watch, isn't it? Is it a military watch?

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It's a military Air Force watch.

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My ex mother-in-law's second husband used to fly in the Air Force, so it was handed down.

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-It's a family heirloom, isn't it?

-Of course it is.

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Have you had that looked at by our experts?

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I've had one over and value it and have a look at it and she said it's a very, very sought after, rare watch.

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It's stamped on the back and everything and it's 17 jewels.

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And you really want to sell it?

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-I think anything from £1,000 upwards would be...

-OK.

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-Are you happy to do that?

-I am, yeah.

-This is literally off the cuff,

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-because you hadn't thought about selling it, had you?

-Not really. I brought another item in.

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This is most unusual because we haven't rehearsed this, this gentlemen brought in something else

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which he's had valued and now he's decided to sell his wristwatch!

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We'll stick that in with a reserve at £1,000. Hopefully, we'll get £1,500.

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This whole little chat, according to my watch, took four minutes.

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Three on mine because I'm slow!

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Raymond and Nancy have brought in a rather large number of pipes

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they've rescued from the rubbish to show Adam.

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-Who's the pipe smoker?

-Her granddad.

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They were from my granddad, passed down to my uncle.

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-OK.

-And then my uncle passed away two years ago, so we were left to clear the house.

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-So you had to clear Uncle's house. Horrible job, isn't it?

-Especially with how much he had.

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-Was there are a lot there?

-Oh, there's a lot.

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And you rescued these, basically.

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-We did. They were heading for the skip.

-Were they?

-They were.

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They took my eye, so I asked him if I could have them.

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Oh, Raymond's trying to take the credit now! Ray, they took my eye!

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It is a good collection.

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You've got all sorts here. You've got some 19th century clay pipes.

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You've got various Bavarian and Black Forest and porcelain and all sorts of pipes.

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Have you got a favourite amongst them?

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-I like that one up front with the duck on.

-The one with the duck on it.

-Yeah.

-What about you, Ray?

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My favourite's that one, nice picture.

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Yeah, continental porter, it's a nice picture, isn't it?

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Well, I'm afraid I'm going to have to go for that one.

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I think that's a great one, isn't it?

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-It's funny, isn't it?

-Yeah, it is funny, isn't it?

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I think that's European walnut from the Black Forest region, as a number of the carved ones are.

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She's a looker, isn't she?

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What do you think they're worth? What would you ask for them at a car boot?

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£1 each I'd ask for them.

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-Yeah, £1 each.

-If you got that.

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Yeah, I think, you know, you may get £100 for the lot.

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Really?

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Yeah, yeah. I think you may.

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I think we should put an estimate of £60 to £100 and a reserve of £50

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because whatever happens, 50 quid, they must be worth 50 quid.

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-Fantastic.

-And even then at £1 each, you can...

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You know, some of these are £5 or £10 each, I would have thought.

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-I wouldn't have thought that.

-That's really surprised me.

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-It's nice to see a good reaction like that.

-It really has.

-Very nice.

-Excellent.

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-We weren't going to bring them until last night.

-Weren't you? Then you thought...

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-She said, Ray, what about them pipes?

-Well, thanks very much for coming along today.

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-Thank you.

-Thank you.

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Well, sounds like it was worth Raymond and Nancy bringing them in.

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Well, we've been working flat out. It's now time for our first visit to the auction room.

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Let's up the tempo and put the valuations to the test.

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Now, our experts are normally on the money, aren't they?

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They're pretty good. I know it's not an exact science.

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-Who's your favourite, Adam or James?

-James.

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-Oh, James. James, yes. How about this side?

-Adam.

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-Adam!

-Oh, there you go, look, a nation divided.

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You've heard what our experts said about the items.

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You've probably made up your own minds, but let's see what the bidders think. Let's get over there.

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340.

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And now for the moment we've all been waiting for,

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where we put our valuations to the test

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and today we're the guest of Thomas Watson Auctioneers in Darlington.

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It's a packed room. Hopefully, all these people will be putting their hands up

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and bidding on our owners' lots.

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Now I'm going to catch up with them because I know they're feeling nervous and we'll leave you

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with a run-down of all the items we're putting under the hammer.

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David's Dutch vase has a crack, but it's an unusual design.

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Mark's military watch is on the slow side, but will it catch up in time to meet its estimate?

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Adam thinks Nancy and Raymond's collection of pipes are a good lot.

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And what will auctioneer Peter Robinson think of the number of cars in Bruce's collection?

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Well, take a look at this, Peter. There's a lot of lot,

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60 or 61 Matchbox cars.

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They belong to Bruce. He's been collecting them since the mid 1970s.

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-But the condition is brilliant! And also we've got some track, as well.

-And some track, yeah.

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I had lots of these.

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Well, it's a confession that I'm not going to allude to.

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Oh, come on, what? What were you going to say?

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I played with mine in the garden, they all got dirty and rusty

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and of course now, when you see them like this in the original boxes,

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you kind of wonder how much pleasure was had as toys,

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but of course they're now great collectors' pieces.

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I ran mine into the ground, the wheels came off.

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As soon as I got them I took them out of the box and threw the box.

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-Yeah.

-Did you do the same?

-I did the same, yeah.

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But, this is a nice collection.

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I think we've got a reserve of £150 on this lot.

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-That's about £2.50 a car.

-You know, we've got interest in the lot.

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-We've got one phone line I think booked at the moment, one or two commission bids.

-Sounds good.

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Interest in the room, so I think we'll exceed the reserve.

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By how much, who knows?

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You're cautious, aren't you?

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I'm a cautious chappie!

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'Well, let's hope the bidders throw caution to the wind. But first up are the pipes.'

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Nancy and Raymond, it's good to see you.

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This is the thing I love about Flog It, we find so many things in skips our owners bring along.

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Classic recycling. It doesn't get any greener than the antiques trade, really.

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So, why have you decided to sell? It hasn't cost you anything.

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-You don't really like them?

-They're in her way.

-What?

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-They're in her away.

-You're going away?

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-They're in her way.

-Oh, IN the way.

-They're in my way, but we've got three grandchildren

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-and another one on the way, so they're getting the money.

-Excellent.

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Can you drive past a skip without stopping to have a look?

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Well, you kind of go like that, don't you?

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-I kind of do a little bit still!

-I wouldn't like to be seen diving in.

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No, I know! Come back under darkness. I think it's probably theft if it's not your own skip.

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Yeah, it could well be.

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Anyway, good luck, they're going under the hammer right now.

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Let's hope we get the top end.

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A lot of pieces here, the collection of

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the Austrian and Black Forest pipes there.

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A lot of items in the lot.

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Over 40 pipes in total.

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Commission bids again here, so we can start at £80.

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-Smoking! 80, straight in.

-Straight in.

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At £90. 100 can I have?

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100 with me, then.

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110. 120. 130.

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-140. 150.

-Gosh.

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150 on my left for the collection. At £150.

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-Excellent.

-Are we all finished now at £150 for the collection?

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-£150!

-Pipes sell well.

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I told you, didn't I?

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Straight in and straight out that was, virtually.

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-You wouldn't leave 150 pound notes in a skip would you, eh?

-No.

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Over estimate, those pipes were in demand.

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David's vase is also looking for a new home.

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Let's find out what the bidders think, shall we, David?

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It's a packed room. Have you been here before?

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-No, never.

-It's a cracking saleroom, isn't it?

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Purpose built saleroom, lots of history here.

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We're looking for £50 to £80 for this white metal Dutch...

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It's a beautiful little thing.

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-It's lovely. There's a lot of work in it, isn't there?

-Yes.

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For 50 quid, but a bit of damage.

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Right, let's see what the bidders think.

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The Dutch ornate vase, could do with a polish, but there we go.

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At £30 bid on this lot.

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At £30. 40 bid. 50. 60 with me, sir.

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70 yours. 70 at the back now.

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-This is good.

-80. 90. 100.

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And ten.

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£100 on my right, then, the bid.

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-That's very good.

-It's on my right at £100.

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Selling now on my right at £100.

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All finished at £100?

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Yes, £100.

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-That's a good result, isn't it?

-It was a good result.

-Happy with that?

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Happy all round.

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'Double the reserve, no wonder we're all smiling!

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'However, I do have reserves of my own when it comes to the military watch.'

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Mark, I'm very worried.

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-I know.

-I am.

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I've not been looking forward to this moment.

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Oh, dear! Do you know, normally, when we get to the auction room,

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the auctioneer has a chat to me and says, Paul, that one might struggle, but this will do well

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and we normally have an auctioneer chat.

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But he hasn't said anything. He said nothing today about the watch.

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Well, he's not said nothing, it's something.

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Yes, exactly, which means he agrees with the valuation.

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We're talking about that wonderful RAF watch

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which, hopefully, hopefully, won't be yours after today.

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-It might fly away.

-Anyway, this is it.

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I'm a bit scared.

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The pilot chronograph this time, nice lot.

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Lot 255, the watch.

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I have £600, lot 255. At £600.

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£600. And 50 bid. At 650 bid.

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At 650 bid. Is it 700 I have?

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750. 800. 850.

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-900? At 850 the bid's with me.

-It's not going to sell.

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At £850. 900.

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Bidding on the phone.

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At £850. Short on the reserve here.

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It will be unsold at this point.

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At £850.

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No?

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-No. I had butterflies in my stomach about this one.

-Yeah.

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This morning when I arrived, I just thought...

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I just had a feeling this was going to struggle.

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-Think so?

-Yeah.

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Yeah. Well, there you go, he was calling for 850, so...

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That gives an indication of where it could be actually valued at, then.

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-Yes, yes.

-So, wait until next time.

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What will you do?

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Well, you're obviously going to take it home.

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Well, sit on it for a while and try again.

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Will you lower the valuation to £800 to £1,200 as opposed to £1,000 to £1,500?

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No, because they are really sought after, so I might still stick with it.

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-OK.

-You just never know.

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Stick by your guns.

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Well, Mark's got nothing to lose by biding his time with the watch.

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Now we're going from timepieces to toy cars.

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And coming up in the next lot, there is a lot of lots. 61 in total.

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You know what I'm talking about, it's those Matchbox and Corgi cars belonging to Bruce.

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I've been joined by our expert James who put the valuation on.

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I had a chat to the auctioneer just before the sale started and we both thought,

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wow, what condition, and you've managed to hang on to the boxes as well.

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-What will you put the money towards?

-Taking the girl to see Status Quo in November.

-Status Quo!

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Oh, brilliant!

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-Oh, what a fun night out!

-I wasn't going to tell her, we've got tickets, so she's going.

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-Does she know?

-I'm afraid so, yes, somebody told her. Yeah.

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Well, it's about time we got down to business.

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It's going under the hammer now.

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Matchbox this time, the track in its box

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and a collection of 61 vehicles in total in that box.

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And £50 to start for the lot.

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-That's low, isn't it?

-60. 70. 80.

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90. 100. At £100 bid for the collection.

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At £100. And ten. 120. 130.

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140. 150.

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-This is more like it!

-150 on my left.

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At £150. 160. 170.

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180. 190. 200. 210.

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210 on my left.

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At 220 on my right. 230. 240.

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250. 260.

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270.

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280. 290.

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I've got to say, they're racing away now!

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320. 330.

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340.

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360. 370?

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No?

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360. In the back of the room, at £360 for the lot. Are we all done?

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-300...

-Oh, he's come back.

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380. 390.

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400? 400. 410, sir? At £400, then.

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In the back of the room at £400. Being sold now at 400 bid.

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-Bang, the hammer's gone down! What do you think of that?

-Brilliant.

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What a great result!

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-I didn't expect that, no.

-No, nor did I.

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The toy market has blossomed over the last few years.

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Lots of auctioneers are trying to get into the toy market and that is why.

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-And, interestingly enough, the bidding was all going on in the room.

-Yeah.

-Wow!

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-Happy?

-I'm fine with that.

-It's put a smile on my face!

-Oh, it certainly has, yeah.

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Well, those cars were a real sterling lot.

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I love it when things just fly away.

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Wow, just look at that stunning view!

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Isn't that incredible? We are so lucky here in this country

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to have backdrops like this.

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I'm in the stunning Yorkshire Dales and I've come here to find out

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about one of the oldest industries in the area.

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It dates back around 1,000 years, and it's the art of cheesemaking,

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but they don't just make any old cheese here in this region.

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Won't you come in? We were just about to have some cheese.

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Oh, no, not cheese.

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I can't stand the stuff.

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Not even Wensleydale?

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Yes, that's right, I've come to the town of Hawes in Wensleydale

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to find out more about Wensleydale cheese,

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the favourite variety from two of the country's best loved characters, Wallace and Gromit.

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Wensleydale is actually an area within the Yorkshire Dales

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and the history of cheesemaking in this region dates back to the industrious monks,

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at the time of the Norman conquest. But after Henry VIII abolished the monasteries,

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the art of cheesemaking passed on to local farmers' wives who made cheese from their farmhouses.

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Then, in 1897, right here in Hawes,

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a local merchant called Edward Chapman began collecting milk from the local farmhouses

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to use for the commercial production of Wensleydale cheese,

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and it's been made here ever since.

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Before I go off to the creamery to find out how cheese is made,

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I'm going to take a closer look at the source of the raw ingredient.

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And here it is, milk! Well, it will be a bit later when the farmer gets his hands on this lot!

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But the cows here in the Wensleydale region get to graze on limestone pastures,

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which is incredibly rich in wild flowers and herbs

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and it's only milk from these cows that's used at the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes.

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That's it, it's so simple, isn't it?

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That's what gives Wensleydale cheese its wonderful Dales flavour.

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And right now I'm off to the creamery.

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50 local farmers in the Wensleydale area provide milk for this creamery

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and tankers arrive every morning.

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They pull right up here and this is where the milk is pumped in.

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Now, the first process is it has to be pasteurised.

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This is quite simple, really.

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The milk gets heated to 72 degrees for around 15 seconds

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and that will kill off any bad bacteria.

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Right, let's have a look at the cheesemaking process!

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Once the milk has been pasteurised, 1,000 gallons are pumped into each metal vat.

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One vat will end up being 500kg of Wensleydale cheese.

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Rennet addition is then stirred into the milk.

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The mixture then cools until it sets into what is known as

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a semi-solid junket, which has a consistency a bit like blancmange.

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Next, the mixture is cut into small pieces by rotating knives and stirrers.

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This releases the curds and whey.

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Now, the equipment may look hi-tech down there,

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but the basic way Wensleydale cheese has been made

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hasn't changed for centuries.

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Really, that is just a full-scale larger version of what would have been going on in there.

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And it's still very much largely a handmade process.

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Once the moisture's drained and the correct level of acidity has been reached, it's time to pitch the vat.

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The curds are moved to one end in order to allow the whey to run off.

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Salt is then added to the curd. This serves as a preservative

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and, of course, enhances the flavour.

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It's then put through the cheese mill and shredded into small pieces,

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which are then packed into stainless steel moulds ready for the press.

0:24:050:24:09

Well, it looks like back-breaking work in there.

0:24:090:24:12

I'm pleased I'm in the viewing gallery just watching!

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Wensleydale cheese is only pressed lightly compared to other varieties

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which gives it that distinctive crumbly texture.

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The cheeses are bandaged in muslin as soon as they are removed from their moulds.

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They are put into the drying room where they are turned over daily.

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From here the Wensleydale cheese may be sent to the maturing room

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where it'll be stored for four to six months.

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And it will be checked regularly by the cheese grader.

0:24:450:24:49

Right, I think it's time I got myself a piece of Wensleydale cheese.

0:24:510:24:56

Trevor, you work here as a cheesemaker.

0:24:560:24:58

-So how long have you been here?

-Oh, 14 years.

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Crikey! Man and boy, really, all your working life, I know you're a young chap.

0:25:010:25:05

I'm going to try some.

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-Which shall I go for first?

-The Blue Jervaulx is going to be a big seller.

0:25:070:25:11

-I never knew there were so many variations.

-Oh, yeah.

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We do, like, through the samples, if it's a seller, we do more.

0:25:150:25:19

Oh, blimey, that is really good!

0:25:190:25:21

Cor! Hey, I'm not surprised you haven't put on weight!

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All the work we do! THEY LAUGH

0:25:260:25:28

I'm going to have another bit of that.

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Cor, that is delicious!

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So, in your opinion, what sets this apart from other cheese, why is Wensleydale so good?

0:25:310:25:36

Well, we use the milk from cows from Wensleydale, basically,

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and it's been a seller for years.

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It's the way we make it. People come from all over the country and the world.

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This is the best advert for local produce.

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-Yeah.

-It doesn't travel far and food shouldn't travel.

-No.

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Who would think that eating grass turns into something as delicious as this?

0:25:530:25:59

That's incredible, absolutely incredible, isn't it?

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Mmmm!

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Get off me cheese! Get off!

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It's not just Wallace and Gromit that are our friends.

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People of all ages come to see us.

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-Is that Mum's or yours?

-It's my great uncle's.

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It's your great uncle's. Oh, how wonderful!

0:26:220:26:25

Look at that lovely blue enamel.

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And, inside, what a surprise when you open up.

0:26:280:26:31

-Are you into antiques?

-Er...

0:26:310:26:33

Oh, look, look! Your nail varnish nearly matches the enamel, look!

0:26:330:26:37

-Gosh, so many people! Good luck, ladies.

-Thank you.

0:26:400:26:45

Welcome back to our valuation day in the heart of Richmond.

0:26:450:26:48

I can't believe there's so many people.

0:26:480:26:50

Looks like the whole of North Yorkshire has turned out!

0:26:500:26:53

Let's catch up with our experts and find out what they've been up to.

0:26:530:26:57

Coming up, Barbara gets some fashion advice from James.

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Watches, popular. Necklaces, popular. Brooches, not so good.

0:27:000:27:04

Adam's drumming up interest for Andrew's loving cup.

0:27:040:27:07

-We've got five prospective bidders already.

-We want bidders!

0:27:070:27:11

And James has found a bit of quality.

0:27:110:27:13

That's 62.5% gold.

0:27:130:27:16

But, first, there's a buzz in the air as James talks to Barbara about her insect brooch.

0:27:160:27:22

I have to say, whenever somebody says to me "I've got a brooch,"

0:27:220:27:25

unless it's diamonds, sapphires, something fantastic quality,

0:27:250:27:30

generally I say, they're just so unfashionable today. I mean, if we look around,

0:27:300:27:34

no brooch, no brooch, no brooch, no brooch.

0:27:340:27:38

You're covering yours!

0:27:380:27:39

You're a little bit out of fashion wearing a brooch, but everybody's wearing necklaces.

0:27:390:27:44

Rings, popular. Watches, popular.

0:27:440:27:46

Necklaces, popular. Brooches, not so good.

0:27:460:27:50

But with this, it's different because they have a collectors' field of their own right.

0:27:500:27:55

Around 1870, 1880, the Victorians started making

0:27:550:27:59

these wonderful brooches made in the form of insects.

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Sometimes you get them set with sapphires, moonstones,

0:28:020:28:06

emeralds, diamonds.

0:28:060:28:08

The bigger and more flash, the better.

0:28:080:28:10

With this little one we've got garnets, and the wings are set with facet-cut garnets.

0:28:100:28:16

The head, again, with facet-cut garnets.

0:28:160:28:19

The thorax is a garnet cabochon.

0:28:190:28:22

And the abdomen, again, uncut, a cabochon garnet.

0:28:220:28:25

Now, where did it come from?

0:28:250:28:28

-My mother.

-Oh, really, so it's a family thing?

-Mmm.

0:28:280:28:31

So do you remember your mother wearing this?

0:28:310:28:33

I do, yes. My mother liked to get dressed up.

0:28:330:28:36

-Did she?

-So, she liked to wear, you know, a nice piece of jewellery.

0:28:360:28:40

And before that, can you trace it back?

0:28:400:28:42

I think it was her mother-in-law, who was my grandmother, who was German.

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Ah! Now, if it's German, that might indicate why there's no hallmarks.

0:28:480:28:53

-Right.

-So, it could be gold.

-My grandparents on my father's side were German.

0:28:530:28:58

OK. It might be worth having that tested,

0:28:580:29:01

-hopefully the auction house will do that before selling it.

-Right.

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Assuming, and we've got to assume that it's not,

0:29:050:29:07

otherwise you just get very excited for no good reason!

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Assuming it's not gold,

0:29:130:29:15

I think it's worth 60 to 100. If it is gold...

0:29:150:29:20

Shall we say if it is gold?

0:29:200:29:21

-Yeah.

-300 to 500.

-That would be better.

0:29:210:29:24

It would, wouldn't it?

0:29:240:29:26

Sad to see it go?

0:29:260:29:30

Well, yes, but if it's stuck in a drawer in a box, you know?

0:29:300:29:33

I think we ought to put an auction estimate of £60 to £100 on it.

0:29:330:29:38

It might make 120 on the day.

0:29:380:29:40

-Are you happy with that?

-Yes, I think so.

-I think it would do well.

0:29:400:29:43

Somebody will love it,

0:29:430:29:45

and if it's just been sitting in the jewellery box,

0:29:450:29:47

maybe you can buy something that you'd use.

0:29:470:29:50

But it's a nice thing. I like it.

0:29:500:29:51

I don't generally like brooches, but I like that.

0:29:510:29:54

But is the moth brooch actually gold? We'll find out later.

0:29:540:29:58

Meanwhile...

0:29:580:30:00

# Crocodile shoes... #

0:30:000:30:02

It's not crocodile shoes I've been faced with, it's alligator handbags!

0:30:020:30:06

Sheila, are these yours?

0:30:060:30:09

-Yes.

-Did you ever use them?

0:30:090:30:11

Oh, no.

0:30:110:30:13

They've been in the cupboard for years, about 30 years.

0:30:130:30:16

That was some alligator, wasn't it?!

0:30:160:30:18

They still look modern, don't they?

0:30:180:30:20

Yeah. Well, I guess they've not been used, have they?

0:30:200:30:23

And it's still got the things inside, as well.

0:30:230:30:27

So, how did you come across these?

0:30:270:30:29

My brother was working on an old pub,

0:30:290:30:32

and the lady gave 'em him about 35 years ago, and he gave 'em me.

0:30:320:30:36

-It's not the kind of thing you want to carry around, really, is it?

-No.

0:30:360:30:40

What do you do with things like this? It's always a mystery.

0:30:400:30:43

we're all frightened to talk about it or to show it or own it

0:30:430:30:46

because it's not PC. Rather rare, but...

0:30:460:30:51

hard to put a value on this.

0:30:510:30:53

Is it something you're hoping to sell?

0:30:530:30:55

Yeah, get rid of them.

0:30:550:30:57

-Get rid of it and make it snappy! Hmm?

-Yeah.

0:30:570:31:00

On a more serious note, vintage animal products can be hard to value and sell,

0:31:000:31:05

so without knowing more about the provenance, we're not taking them.

0:31:050:31:08

Next up, Adam's getting all polite about Andrew's item.

0:31:080:31:12

It's a lovely cup. It's a loving cup! Two handles, known as a loving cup.

0:31:120:31:16

-You knew that already.

-Yes.

0:31:160:31:18

-What else do you know about it?

-Very little, really.

-Right.

0:31:180:31:22

It just took my fancy, and... It was about £30 when I bought it.

0:31:220:31:26

£30 wasn't bad. It's in lovely condition, isn't it?

0:31:260:31:29

-Yeah.

-Beautiful condition.

0:31:290:31:31

What we've got is sort of lustre printed colours

0:31:310:31:34

on the front there, with a classical design

0:31:340:31:37

and initials on the back there of...

0:31:370:31:40

Is that PMB?

0:31:400:31:43

-Yeah, something like that.

-Yeah, is your surname a B?

0:31:430:31:46

-No, no.

-No, shame.

0:31:460:31:47

And underneath, of course, where we always look to see the marks,

0:31:470:31:52

we've got George slaying the dragon, haven't we?

0:31:520:31:55

We've got six valuers here today and we've all looked at that,

0:31:550:31:59

we've all looked through the books and none of us can find this mark.

0:31:590:32:04

Don't get your hopes up, it doesn't mean it's valuable!

0:32:040:32:07

It probably means it's quite an obscure factory.

0:32:070:32:10

What's made you decide to sell it now?

0:32:100:32:12

Well, I've just got a lot of things in boxes and there's just no room for it.

0:32:120:32:16

-Are you a bit of a collector?

-A little bit.

0:32:160:32:18

Stash it all away in boxes.

0:32:180:32:19

My grandmother's house was to clear out two or three years ago and so just accumulated a lot of things.

0:32:190:32:25

It's quite nice. What do we think about it behind?

0:32:250:32:27

-Very attractive.

-General positive comments.

-Good.

0:32:270:32:31

-We've got five prospective bidders already!

-Yeah, we want some bidders!

0:32:310:32:35

-50 to 80 is what I think it's likely to make.

-Right.

0:32:350:32:38

So there's a bit of a profit there and I think that's quite cheap,

0:32:380:32:43

really, for a mid 19th century piece, but that's the way it is these days.

0:32:430:32:47

So, we'll see how it goes at the auction.

0:32:470:32:49

So, with a valuation of £50 to £80,

0:32:490:32:51

Andrew's ready to send the loving cup to a new owner.

0:32:510:32:55

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Next up, Paul's pocket watch has caught James' eye.

0:33:140:33:18

Paul, I have to say, as an auctioneer,

0:33:180:33:20

pocket watches are something you see day after day after day.

0:33:200:33:24

There are certain things that every family seem to pass down.

0:33:240:33:28

Family Bibles, tea services,

0:33:280:33:30

maybe a sewing machine and a typewriter, and a pocket watch.

0:33:300:33:34

It seems to be the archetypal thing that passes down generation to generation.

0:33:340:33:38

So, is this something that you've had passed down?

0:33:380:33:41

-No, it isn't.

-Foiled!

0:33:410:33:44

After all that, as well!

0:33:440:33:46

-No, it isn't.

-How did you come to have this?

0:33:460:33:48

-When I was in the Army I needed a pocket watch for my mess dress.

-Really?

0:33:480:33:52

So, I went to an antique shop in York and found this one.

0:33:520:33:55

-£200.

-For the watch and chain?

-All in, yeah.

0:33:550:33:59

OK. All right, well, we'll move and see what that's going to end up being worth now.

0:33:590:34:04

Well, we've got a 14 carat case, which is good news.

0:34:040:34:08

The standard cases that we see are nine carat.

0:34:080:34:12

Sometimes we see English cases as 18 carat.

0:34:120:34:15

Sometimes, if they're fantastic quality, 22 carat gold,

0:34:150:34:18

but here we've got an American Watch Company watch

0:34:180:34:23

and that is actually put into an American case, as well.

0:34:230:34:26

The chain is hallmarked.

0:34:260:34:29

15 carat.

0:34:330:34:34

-OK.

-The chain is 15 carat gold, which is lovely.

0:34:340:34:37

Again, much better than nine.

0:34:370:34:39

And it's marked .625, which means that's 62.5% gold.

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Lovely. You paid?

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-£200 for it.

-What do you think it's worth?

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-I have no idea.

-Oh, you do! You do!

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I'd like to say 600, but I doubt it.

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I think, retail, I think 600 is about there.

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-I think you're right.

-That's just guesswork.

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I think we ought to put £400 to £600 as an estimate.

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-OK.

-I'm hoping it'll make over four.

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If it doesn't make 400, hang onto it and keep it.

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-So put a reserve on it?

-A reserve of 400.

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-Happy with that?

-I am, yeah.

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It will take my girlfriend on holiday, so, yeah, that's fine.

0:35:170:35:20

-Fantastic. Where are you going?

-Hopefully, Amsterdam.

-Oh, lovely.

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The finest antiques fairs are in Amsterdam, so, you never know,

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you might find something interesting to buy for her.

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By keeping it to a fixed reserve, will it be

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a nice holiday for Paul and his girlfriend, or will it be a big disappointment?

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You've heard our experts.

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You've probably made your own minds up,

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but now let's find out what the bidders think.

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We're selling our lots at Thomas Watson Auctioneers in Darlington

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and here is what's coming up next.

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Barbara's buzzy brooch hoping to fetch £70 to £100.

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Paul's quality gold pocket watch,

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and Andrew's loving cup, which has caught the attention of auctioneer Peter Robinson.

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Here's an interesting one.

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19th century loving cup, possibly Staffordshire. It belongs to Andrew.

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-He got this ten years ago, paid £30 for it, which I think was quite a lot of money.

-Yeah.

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Adam has put £50 to £80 on the auction valuation,

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but not quite sure about the maker's label.

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It's George and the Dragon,

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-George slaying the dragon.

-George and the Dragon printed mark on the base

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and no other information, but a bit of painstaking research...

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-Oh, you've done some, have you?

-I was able to find the factory

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called Baker & Co, so not too special. Staffordshire factory.

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But it's in nice condition and it's got this lustre finish to it.

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Now you've got the history of the makers, does it affect the value?

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Does it go up more than £80?

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I think it gives a little bit of confidence to people buying it,

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so it'll probably help us secure a sale

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-rather than a non sale, put it that way.

-Oh, it was that close, was it?

-I think so, yeah.

0:36:570:37:03

Well, we don't want any no sales,

0:37:030:37:05

Peter, so thank you so much for doing your homework on the loving cup. Beautiful glaze.

0:37:050:37:10

-The condition is so good.

-Yeah.

0:37:100:37:11

I think that was a very good buy. You've got a keen eye.

0:37:110:37:15

-Hopefully, we'll get the top end, around the £80 mark.

-You think so?

0:37:150:37:18

Yes, I do. Yeah. It's a nice piece.

0:37:180:37:21

It is, isn't it? It's a pleasing object, isn't it?

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Loving cup this time, showing on this side,

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the Staffordshire Baker & Co loving cup in nice condition.

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And opening at £50, this lot.

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At £50. Nice piece of Staffordshire, Victorian. At £50. 60 can I say?

0:37:350:37:39

At £50.

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60, thank you. 70 with me. 80 bid.

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90 bid. 100 bid.

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At £100 bid.

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Are you all finished at £100?

0:37:530:37:55

-Selling at £100. All finished.

-Lovely, nice round figure.

0:37:550:37:59

There's the face of a Yorkshireman that's made a profit!

0:37:590:38:02

And you paid £30 for that, I gather?

0:38:020:38:04

-Yeah, just over ten years ago, so, yeah.

-That was a good investment.

0:38:040:38:07

-Yeah.

-Trust the eye!

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He's obviously got a good eye. He'll be back out there now with that 100!

0:38:090:38:12

The auctioneer's research certainly did the job.

0:38:120:38:16

Let's hope his advice works for Barbara's brooch, too.

0:38:160:38:19

But is it actually made of gold?

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Now, will this one fly away?

0:38:200:38:23

I hope so! It belongs to Barbara.

0:38:230:38:25

I'm not a brooch fan, but I do like that, purely because

0:38:250:38:28

it's in the shape of a moth and it looks quite interesting.

0:38:280:38:31

We've got a value of £70 to £100 on this,

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and it's been in her family for three generations.

0:38:340:38:37

She can remember her mother and her grandmother wearing that.

0:38:370:38:41

Yeah. Well, it's a very nice late Victorian brooch, 1860s, 1870s.

0:38:410:38:48

I also like it, but I like it because of the garnets.

0:38:480:38:51

I just really like garnets,

0:38:510:38:53

-especially the cabochon for the abdomen.

-That's nice, isn't it?

0:38:530:38:57

-It's rich-looking.

-It's really nice.

-It's not mounted in gold, is it?

0:38:570:39:02

It's not mounted in gold, unfortunately.

0:39:020:39:05

We have tested it and it's not mounted in gold,

0:39:050:39:07

but it's still a lovely piece of jewellery.

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To make that today would cost a fortune.

0:39:100:39:12

The estimate is very reasonable. It's got to sell.

0:39:120:39:16

It's got to sell, I like that!

0:39:160:39:18

-That's positive, it's got to fly away.

-I hope so.

0:39:180:39:21

Well, let's hope that confident vibe spreads through the auction room

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as Barbara's joined me for the sale of her brooch.

0:39:250:39:29

-Hello, there.

-Hello.

0:39:290:39:30

This is fabulous, isn't it?

0:39:300:39:32

-Nice, yeah.

-I had a chat to the auctioneer and he fell in love with it.

-Did he?

0:39:320:39:36

It's real quality. Real quality.

0:39:360:39:38

-You just don't see them like that any more.

-No, you don't.

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And the other thing is, with those cabochon stones

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it's so difficult to know what the stones are,

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and on a valuation day like at Flog it,

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without all those different refractors and looking under lenses and things,

0:39:490:39:53

it's difficult, but I think it's a lovely thing.

0:39:530:39:56

Let's hope somebody else does!

0:39:560:39:58

Let's find out what the bidders think.

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The garnet insect brooch there, the moth.

0:40:020:40:08

And starting the bidding at £50.

0:40:080:40:12

At £50 for the garnet brooch.

0:40:120:40:14

At £50. At £50. At 60 bid. £70. £80.

0:40:140:40:20

-£90.

-More, more.

0:40:220:40:24

£100. At £100 bid. At £100.

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Are we all finished now at £100?

0:40:270:40:29

Selling now at £100 for the garnet brooch.

0:40:290:40:33

-Well, it's gone at the top end of the estimate, that's OK.

-Yes.

0:40:330:40:36

-You can remember as a girl your mother wearing this, can't you?

-Yes.

0:40:360:40:40

Did you have fun wearing it?

0:40:400:40:42

-I didn't wear it a lot.

-You didn't?

-No. I was frightened I'd lose it.

0:40:420:40:46

Well, I'm glad I kept it!

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So are we! Because, honestly, it did brighten up our day.

0:40:500:40:53

It's a lovely-looking thing.

0:40:530:40:54

-Really nice. Good quality.

-Well done, great result.

-Good!

0:40:540:40:58

That was a great result for Barbara, but will Paul be as lucky

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with his watch and make enough money for a holiday?

0:41:010:41:04

Girlfriend Tina has come to join in with the watch sale.

0:41:040:41:07

Time is definitely up. It's not the end of the show!

0:41:070:41:10

It's time we put Paul and Tina's gold pocket watch under the hammer, with chain.

0:41:100:41:15

I've got to say, there's a lot of gold here.

0:41:150:41:17

-We're looking at around £400 to £600.

-I hope so.

-That caught my eye.

0:41:170:41:21

That caught my eye. Why are you selling it, though?

0:41:210:41:24

It's been sat in a drawer since I left the Army.

0:41:240:41:26

I've left the Army and it's just been sat there and I thought, well, it's just wasted, so...

0:41:260:41:32

-No-one to pass it on to soon coming along?

-No, no.

-Hmmm...

0:41:320:41:36

I think the chain's got a lot of value in it.

0:41:360:41:38

Yeah, I mean, it's picking the right time to sell,

0:41:380:41:41

and this is the best time in history to sell gold.

0:41:410:41:44

Gold prices are really high, very strong.

0:41:440:41:46

Let's find out what this lot in the room think. It's under the hammer.

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14 carat gold hunter, with the 15 carat gold Albert.

0:41:510:41:57

Nice condition, as well. Little old box as well to go with it.

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And interest.

0:42:020:42:04

Starting the bidding at £400.

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-Straight in!

-At 420. 450. 480. 500. 520.

0:42:060:42:11

550?

0:42:110:42:12

550. 600. 620.

0:42:120:42:18

640. 660. 675.

0:42:180:42:23

680?

0:42:230:42:25

680 bid. At 680 bid. 690 I'll take.

0:42:250:42:30

690. 700.

0:42:300:42:32

710. 720.

0:42:320:42:34

-I like him!

-730. 740.

0:42:340:42:37

750.

0:42:370:42:39

760. 770.

0:42:390:42:41

No?

0:42:410:42:44

760 downstairs.

0:42:440:42:46

Back on my left at £760.

0:42:460:42:47

-All finished now at £760.

-Brilliant!

0:42:470:42:51

Yes, £760. Brilliant. Good result.

0:42:510:42:54

-It's not being melted down at that!

-No! Someone's keeping that.

-Yeah.

0:42:540:42:58

-Happy?

-Very happy.

-What will you spend the money on?

-We're going on holiday.

0:42:580:43:02

-Are you? Somewhere nice?

-We're going to Corfu.

0:43:020:43:04

It was originally Amsterdam, but we changed our minds, so...

0:43:040:43:07

-A nice long week away.

-Some spending money, that's it.

0:43:070:43:10

-Enjoy it.

-We will. We will, absolutely.

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Well, that's it. It's all over for our owners.

0:43:130:43:15

That concludes the end of another Flog It auction,

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and what a wonderful day we've had here.

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A few highs and a few lows, but that's what auctions are all about,

0:43:200:43:24

a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

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I hope you've enjoyed the show.

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Join us again soon for many more, but for now, it's cheerio.

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