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Paul Martin is joined by experts Catherine Southon and Adam Partridge in Yorkshire. Amongst the treasures brought in is an amazing collection of pristine Dinky toys.


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We're in an area which can lay claim to one of the world's most famous literary families.

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Today, "Flog It!" is in Bronte country.

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'We're holding our valuation day here in Todmorden, which lies at the foot of the Pennines,

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'just a few miles away from the Brontes' hometown of Haworth.'

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Over the years, hundreds of thousands of people

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have visited this area to get a little insight

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into this incredible family and later on in the show,

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I get the opportunity to explore the Brontes' home.

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'But right now, the main attraction is "Flog It!"'

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What a magnificent turnout today! Hundreds of people queuing up outside the town hall.

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The queue stretches all around the corner. Into the building and we've got hundreds of people in here,

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-all wanting to know the answer to that very important question which is...

-ALL: What's it worth?

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'And helping them find out is our team of experts,

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'headed up by our very own Cathy, Catherine Southon.'

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THEY LAUGH

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'And Heathcliff, Adam Partridge.'

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-It's something you want to sell?

-Yes, I want to get rid of it.

-OK.

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Brilliant! Give us a kiss! You're first in the queue.

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Walk up the aisle with me! Come on.

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-HE LAUGHS

-Let's get down to business.

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'Coming up, the locals gang up on Adam.'

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-I would like you to be embarrassed.

-Yes, I'm sure everybody...

-Everybody in Todmorden would!

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'And Catherine gets nervous.'

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-Do you think your grandmother would mind?

-No.

-You hope!

-I hope!

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THEY LAUGH

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'And I love Tod!'

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As you can see, everybody is now safely seated inside, except for young Daniel here,

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who's looking for his mum, who I think is over here.

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Here you go. I've got to be on top form today because I think he's after my job. Aren't you?

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-Give him a round of applause, everybody.

-APPLAUSE

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It looks like Catherine Southon is our first expert to the tables. Let's take a closer look.

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'Anne's got a collection that would make many a grownup child's heart flutter.'

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Anne, this is an amazing collection of Dinky Toys.

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Thank you for bringing them along to "Flog It!" and really making my day,

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certainly brightening up my day. It's a wonderful collection. Where did you get these from?

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Well, my parents used to have some shops

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and when they sold the businesses, all the old stock went up our attic

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and it's been there ever since.

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So, this was the surplus stock that was never sold.

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-No, that's right.

-And it's just been in your loft.

-Yes.

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Obviously very well protected in bags and boxes, because it's in absolute mint condition.

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And this is a Dinky Toy collector's dream!

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I mean, every single one is just totally mint and boxed!

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And the boxes themselves are just superb.

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They're really in lovely condition.

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-So, are you a collector yourself?

-Oh, no.

-Not really interested in them.

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I mean, I've kept them all these years cos, really, they're sort of sentimental,

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-because I can remember, as a child, seeing them in the shops.

-Did you used to play with them?

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I played with some of the toys, on the quiet.

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We used to ride the bicycles round in the attic.

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THEY LAUGH

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This is particularly interesting for me, because my dad used to have a toy shop.

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-Oh, right.

-And used to sell Dinky and Corgi toys.

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But, stupidly, never kept hold of any of them

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which, now, would be worth a fortune. But these are just fascinating to me.

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So colourful and in lovely condition.

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Just pick out one of them, for example, this one here,

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number 157,

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and this one is actually a lovely Jaguar

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and these two different colour ways of the grey and yellow.

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Dinky made these in lots of other different colour ways

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and some are more collectable than others. This one just by itself is worth around £150.

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Gosh!

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There are others that aren't so collectable. Some of them are only worth £50, £60.

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Something like this, for example. But the racing cars,

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these ones here, they're more desirable and more collectable.

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Some of my favourites, though, are really these lovely vans, the Royal Mail van here

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and also the lovely Nestle van here, which I just think are real icons of their period.

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I mean, these date from the 50s. Do you have any one that's your favourite?

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-The Royal Mail van.

-You like that one, too. It is nice, isn't it? A nice little thing.

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Now, my feeling would be, when it comes to valuation,

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to separate them into two separate lots,

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so that you've got a nice selection in each lot of different items,

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each with a pre-sale estimate of £500 to £700.

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-Right.

-And a reserve of £400.

-OK.

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However, I think we should also leave it to the auctioneer's discretion,

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so if he wants to pick out some lots which he thinks he may be able to get more for,

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-we should leave it up to him to do.

-Yes.

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And I hope that they make big money, because they really deserve it.

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-They're a lovely selection in fantastic condition.

-OK.

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-Thank you so much, Anne. It's been a pleasure.

-Thank you.

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'Adam is looking at an unusual pair of slippers brought in by Susan.'

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-How are you today?

-I'm fine, thank you.

-Good.

-How are you?

-I'm enjoying being in Todmorden.

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So how have you come to own these very pretty little Chinese embroidered silk slippers?

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My mum sadly passed away a few months ago

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and it was amongst her possessions that I inherited from her.

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Right. And do you know how your mother got them?

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I think it might have been at a jumble sale.

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But she loved anything Chinese that was silk embroidered. She loved things like that.

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Well, a lot of people watching, I think, are going to think, "What a pretty little pair of slippers."

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-Don't you think?

-They're not really, no.

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-You don't like them, do you?

-No. Because they're actually Chinese lotus shoes

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and they're for little girls that had their feet bound at about three years old.

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That used to be the custom in China.

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-To restrict growth.

-To restrict growth. The foot was bandaged and the toes pulled back towards the heel,

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so it made a very tight bundle on the end of their foot.

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So these shoes were made specifically for that.

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So, very pretty things, but hide a bit of a barbaric past, I suppose.

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-Yes.

-Which is possibly the reason you're not that keen on them.

-No, I'm not.

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Well, you've certainly done your research on them. I'm very impressed.

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Not bad condition considering they're made from silk, which is easily damaged.

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-We've got a bit of fraying on here.

-It deteriorates.

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-But, overall, they're pretty good.

-Yes.

-And a pretty pair of shoes.

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-I mean, they're not incredibly valuable.

-No.

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-But very interesting.

-Yes.

-And it's not all about value on this show,

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it's all about the objects and the people that own them and what you can tell us about them.

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-I would typically estimate those at £20 to £40.

-Mm-hm.

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Which is pretty cheap, but I think it's quite accurate.

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We'll see what the market does.

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-I believe your mother was a fan of the show, as well.

-Oh, she really was, yeah.

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She used to watch "Flog It!" all the time. She would be pleased that her possessions are on the show.

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-Excellent. Thanks.

-Thank you.

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I thought I'd have a quick chat to Ken here about his advertising poster in the balcony,

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-far away from the madding crowd. It looks good down there, doesn't it?

-Excellent.

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Everybody is working their socks off, including me.

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Now, I very much like this. How did you come by it?

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-I salvaged it. It was going to be thrown on a bonfire.

-You're joking?

-No, promise.

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It cost me a couple of quid to give them to get some fireworks.

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Unbelievable! This is the great thing about "Flog It!" and antiques. Classic recycling!

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It doesn't get any greener than this show.

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-And what a lovely thing it is, as well!

-It is fabulous.

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-What have you done with it since then?

-I've had it stuck in the loft for about 15 years

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and I didn't know what to do with it, so I seen "Flog It!" and I thought, "Why not?"

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Why not? I think, with a little bit of gentle TLC, if someone had a small sponge

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and just gently rubbed off

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some of this dirt and grit,

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it would start to glow. It really would.

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And he's a handsome fella, isn't he, Sir Christopher Wren? Look at that!

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Nice hair. Mind you, that was a wig, wasn't it? But isn't that lovely?

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Wren gave us St Paul's. Give me Oxo to build myself.

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Oxo is an iconic brand and it's going to be highly sought-after.

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I think we put this into auction with a value of £100 to £200

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-and hopefully get the top end.

-Yeah, great!

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-Happy with that?

-Yes, great.

-Thank you.

-Thank you very much, Paul.

-That's all right.

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'Charlotte has a collection Catherine was keen to take a closer look at.'

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Charlotte, thank you so much for coming along and bringing your mini collection of opera glasses.

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-Tell me a little bit about them. Where did they come from?

-They came from my grandma.

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She gave them to me because she was downsizing, so she wanted to get rid of some things.

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-Not that they take up a lot of room!

-But they were in a cabinet,

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so she just felt it was more dusting, I think, so she gave them to me.

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-And you're not interested in them?

-No.

-Did you used to play with them as a child?

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No, they were always kept in a locked cabinet,

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-so they obviously meant a lot to her at the time.

-Precious.

-Yeah, very precious.

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But, for me, they were in my cellar not doing a great deal.

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-Do you know anything about these opera glasses?

-No, not really, only that they were used in olden times

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-for women to watch the opera, but that's about it.

-Right.

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Well, these actually date from the 1870s, 1880s,

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and they're French, made in Paris. This one, I don't know if you can see there,

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-but it has got the name on it here.

-Yeah.

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-And it actually says Paris.

-Yep.

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Now, what interested me about them are these lovely mother-of-pearl sections.

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They do seem to be in rather nice condition, as well.

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But the one I particularly like is this one here

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with this wonderful telescopic handle. So if you lift this up,

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-you can pull this down like that.

-Yeah.

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So lady would turn that round.

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Oops, hold on. There we are. And peer through like that.

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I just think it's really grand and really quite smart.

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I love this design here, because quite often with the telescopic handles,

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they are quite plain and you would just have the mother of pearl.

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I think that's really quite attractive.

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-Not something that you're interested in keeping?

-No.

-You don't ever go to the opera?

-No.

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It's just such a shame now. It's something that we never use.

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If you took something like this to the opera, people would probably look at you.

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-Yeah, I think so.

-Now, value-wise, they do always seem to sell at auction and they seem to go well.

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-As a collection, I think we should put £100 to £150 on them.

-Right. OK.

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-And an £80 reserve. How does that sound?

-Brilliant.

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-Be happy to see them go?

-Yes, of course. They were sat in our cellar, so they weren't doing anything.

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-Time to move on.

-Yes.

-Do you think your grandmother would mind?

-No.

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-You hope!

-I hope! When she sees this, she might!

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-Thank you, Charlotte. And I hope they do well at the auction.

-Thanks.

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-This is my father-in-law's.

-OK.

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I got this going for him before I married his daughter.

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-That was the test of skill, was it?

-That was it, you see?

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-If you can get this going, you can marry my daughter.

-You're a decent chap.

-We are chugging along nicely.

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SHE RINGS BELL

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We are now halfway through our day, which means it's time to put our valuations to the test.

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We'll make our way over to the Calder Valley and leave you with a quick rundown

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-of all the items that are going under the hammer before we...

-Flog it.

-Well done.

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'And the items we're taking with us are those Chinese silk slippers, which Susan's keen to get rid of.

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'That amazing collection of pristine Dinky Toys, complete with their equally pristine boxes.

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'And the Oxo advertising sign, dating from the 1920s.

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'After discussing it with her family, Charlotte decided not to sell her opera glasses.

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'So we have just three lots up for grabs.'

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This is where we're putting our owners' antiques under the hammer, the Calder Valley Auction Rooms.

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On the rostrum, the man with all the local knowledge, Ian Peace.

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Hopefully it's a full house and we get great results. Fingers crossed.

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'Before the auction got underway, I had a chat with auctioneer Ian Peace

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'as it seems one of our lots has shrunk in size.'

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What fabulous condition. I mean, these are in mint condition.

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There were 16. It seems a few are missing.

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When I came to do the cataloguing, I rang the vendor and asked

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how she would like them dividing, she said she had made up her mind,

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-she wanted to keep ten back.

-Oh, right.

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So her instructions were that she now wanted six to go through.

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-We've got an estimate of £500 to £700.

-Just the six of them hopefully will get £500 to £700?

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-I hope so. I don't think I've ever seen them in such fine condition.

-Make you smile.

-Yeah.

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'We'll find out how they do in just a moment, but first up,

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'Susan's hoping to get rid of her slippers.'

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Susan, good luck. That's all I can say.

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There's not many other textiles. It's those wonderful Chinese slippers.

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They're about to go under the hammer. £20 to £40. Not a lot of money, but real quality.

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-Yeah. And Chinese.

-Why do you want to sell them?

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-I don't like them. They give me the creeps.

-Do they?

-Yes.

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-Really interesting, weren't they?

-And we don't have many pairs on the show.

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-We've only had one other pair of slippers before.

-Right.

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Fingers crossed. Here we go.

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A pair of early 20th century Chinese silk embroidered slippers.

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There we are. Look at the tiny size.

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What am I bid? 30?

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20? Open me at 15? 15 I'm bid.

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15. 17.50.

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20. 2.50.

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25. 7.50.

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£30 bid there. At £30.

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All done at £30, then, on my right?

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At 30.

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Spot on, mid-estimate! He's good, isn't he? Knows his slippers!

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THEY LAUGH

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'Good result. Now, how will those cars go down?'

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Next up, something for all the toy collectors. It's those marvellous Dinky Toys belonging to Anne here.

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You look absolutely gorgeous! Look at that. Don't you look smart?

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-And who's this?

-This is Derek, my husband.

-Pleased to meet you.

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-What do you think about these cars, then?

-Oh, fantastic.

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-We've had them there a long time and...

-Boys and their toys!

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You obviously didn't let him play with them, they're in mint condition.

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-The boxes have hardly even been opened. Absolutely fascinating. But you've since taken ten away.

-Yeah.

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-Because you only wanted six to go to auction.

-Yes.

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-I just want to test the market.

-OK.

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-Which is a good thing.

-Very wise.

-Just drip-feed the market bit by bit.

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-If you flood the market, the prices go down.

-Mm.

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-I don't have to tell you that, do I?

-She's done her homework.

-She has.

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Marvellous things! Ever so pleased with them. The best Dinky cars I have ever seen on "Flog It!"

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in nine years of filming. The best. And they're going under the hammer right now.

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We've now got the Dinky Toy collection in lovely condition.

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Superb condition for their age. They obviously haven't been played with.

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There's six in total. So what will we bid on this one?

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£300 to open? 250?

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200 anywhere? £200 for the six. £200?

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150. 175 do I see? 150. 175. At 175. Do I see 200?

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At 175. At 175.

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200. Are there any further bids? At £200.

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At £200. We're off the mark at £200.

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Are we all done for the six Dinky Toys?

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£200.

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Didn't sell. Well, I'm so pleased they didn't sell at £200.

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-They had a fixed reserve.

-Yes.

-Gosh.

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Nobody here today wanted Dinky Toys.

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They'll be there for my grandson to play with. HE GASPS

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You can't say that!

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-He wasn't allowed to play with them, were you?

-No.

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-No, you'll devalue them.

-The money was going to go to him, anyway,

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so he might as well just have the cars.

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-I don't know about that.

-Maybe not.

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'Well, I'm amazed by that. Our bidders today obviously weren't in the mood to play.

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'Right, will Ken leave with a smile on his face?'

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Well, one of the things I discovered back at the valuation day was the most wonderful Oxo advertising sign.

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And I've just been joined by its owner, but hopefully not for long,

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-because here we are in the auction room, ready to sell it. Hi, Ken.

-Hi.

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-You salvaged this from...

-A bonfire.

-Going on the bonfire, literally!

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Sending it up in smoke. I just hope there's somebody here

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that wants a massive Oxo sign, that's all.

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The large advertising Oxo sign here.

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What am I bid for this lot?

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I've got a phone bid. Are we connected?

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Phone bid! That means it's going to sell.

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-£100.

-It's gone.

-Nice one.

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105. 110. 115.

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115. 115. 120 if you like. 115 in the room.

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-120 here. 125.

-Back on the phone.

-130.

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135. 140. 140. 140.

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-Ooh, they're keen.

-145. 150.

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£150 I'm bid. At 150 in the room. We're going at £150.

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£150, then.

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£150. The Oxo had the X factor, didn't it? It really did.

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'Thank goodness Ken rescued that poster from the flames.

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'Now someone else can enjoy it.'

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That is a stunning backdrop, isn't it?

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The secluded hills and moorlands of Yorkshire are absolutely beguiling

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and it's no wonder that that has been a source of inspiration

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for many great works of literature over the years.

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But, of course, there's one exceptional family with whom this landscape

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will forever be associated. The Brontes.

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'When you come to the pretty town of Haworth,

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'everywhere you look, you're reminded that it was once home

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'to this incredible family.'

0:20:250:20:27

It's a place of pilgrimage for literature fans from all over the world

0:20:320:20:36

who flock here, desperate to get a little insight into the private lives of these incredible writers.

0:20:360:20:42

And it's been like that for a long time, ever since the 1850s

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when the success of the novels shot the Brontes into the limelight.

0:20:450:20:50

'Things were very different when the family first came here in 1820.

0:20:530:20:58

'It was the height of the industrial revolution

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'and the town was a very unhealthy place to live.

0:21:000:21:04

'The Reverend Patrick Bronte brought his wife, Maria,

0:21:050:21:08

'and the six children to live here in the town's parsonage.

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'Yet barely a year later, Maria Bronte died,

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'and within four years, she was followed by the two eldest children.'

0:21:170:21:22

'For the remaining family, this would be their home for the rest of their lives.'

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This house provided the family with a simple but comfortable safe haven

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in which their imaginations could simply flourish

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to produce some of the most progressive and important works in English literature.

0:21:380:21:42

This is the very first time that I've ever set eyes on the Parsonage Museum,

0:21:420:21:46

so it's going to be a real thrill to cross that threshold and step back in time. Here goes.

0:21:460:21:51

'The Reverend Bronte was a self-educated man

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'from very working-class roots in Ireland

0:22:100:22:12

'who managed to make his way to Cambridge University.'

0:22:120:22:15

Now, like every father, he wanted the best for his children

0:22:170:22:20

and he encouraged them to educate themselves, which they did to a very high standard.

0:22:200:22:25

But what's not known is how aware he was of his daughters' literary ambitions.

0:22:250:22:29

Every night at nine o'clock, he would walk up these stairs and wind up this old longcase clock

0:22:290:22:34

and then suggest to his three girls that they not stay up too late.

0:22:340:22:39

But after their father retired upstairs, it's said that the girls, Charlotte, Emily and Anne,

0:22:440:22:48

would walk around and around this table reading their prose out loud to gauge each other's opinion.

0:22:480:22:54

So it's quite safe to say that their masterpieces were created right here in this very dining room.

0:22:540:22:59

It certainly makes your heart beat faster.

0:22:590:23:02

'In 1847, all three sisters had works published,

0:23:180:23:22

'Charlotte's Jane Eyre, Emily's Wuthering Heights

0:23:220:23:26

'and Anne's Agnes Grey.'

0:23:260:23:28

But, sadly, within two years, Charlotte would lose both her sisters to TB,

0:23:310:23:35

and soon her identity would become widely known.

0:23:350:23:38

People would come from far and wide just to try and catch a glimpse of her.

0:23:380:23:42

The Bronte phenomenon had just begun.

0:23:420:23:45

Things started to gather momentum after Charlotte's own passing and the death of her father.

0:23:510:23:56

Their objects became the desire of fortune-hunters,

0:23:560:23:58

including one of the most infamous Victorian forgers of all time.

0:23:580:24:02

I've come here to talk to Anne, who's the head of collections here at the Parsonage.

0:24:020:24:06

So, what happened to all of their personal belongings?

0:24:060:24:09

After the deaths of all the Brontes,

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their personal items, mainly the manuscripts and letters, were taken by Charlotte's widower

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back to Northern Ireland, where he'd come from.

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And Ellen Nussey, who was Charlotte's oldest friend,

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she had a large collection, about 500 letters.

0:24:250:24:29

She was constantly being sought out by biographers and scholars,

0:24:320:24:37

all wanting access to her hoard of letters.

0:24:370:24:40

-Was she duped into selling them?

-She was. She was.

0:24:400:24:44

Thomas J Wise was a very well-respected book collector.

0:24:440:24:48

He persuaded both Nicholls and Ellen Nussey to part with their collections

0:24:480:24:53

on the understanding that they would be deposited in a national collection,

0:24:530:24:58

but he sold them to the highest bidder.

0:24:580:25:00

-He was a master forger, wasn't he?

-He was a master forger.

0:25:000:25:04

Old rogue. Let's have a look at some of the items you've shown me today. This little book.

0:25:040:25:08

This is a tiny little book by Charlotte Bronte.

0:25:080:25:11

-Written in 1829.

-Why did they make them so small?

0:25:140:25:17

Because, originally, they were intended for toy soldiers.

0:25:170:25:21

Oh. So the toy soldiers had to read them, they had to be to scale.

0:25:210:25:24

Yeah. It all just sparked their imaginary world.

0:25:240:25:29

-I presume that's written with a quill.

-It would've been, yeah.

0:25:290:25:33

-I think...

-Can you make that out?

-Erm...

0:25:330:25:36

-No, I can't.

-Let's have a go.

0:25:360:25:38

On the great something... the glass town...

0:25:390:25:44

-The glass town's their imaginary kingdom.

-Oh, was it?

0:25:440:25:48

They were actually in their early teens when they started producing these

0:25:480:25:52

-and I think a lot of the things they were writing about were probably unsuitable.

-Oh, right.

0:25:520:25:56

-If their father came across...

-They could hide them.

-He couldn't read them.

0:25:560:26:00

-What's here?

-This is an example

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of what collectors, Wise in particular, did when they acquired manuscripts.

0:26:040:26:08

-They had these handsome bindings produced.

-Leather-bound.

0:26:080:26:12

-Leather-bound, gilt-tooled and you've got...

-Look at that filigree work.

-..one of the little books.

0:26:120:26:18

This is a poem by Charlotte Bronte.

0:26:180:26:21

Look at that. Incredible.

0:26:220:26:27

When you think of the thousands of pounds that have changed hands for these manuscripts

0:26:280:26:34

and how little the Brontes ever made from their writing...

0:26:340:26:38

Now, these are a collection of Charlotte's letters.

0:26:390:26:43

This is the very first letter that she wrote to Ellen Nussey in 1831.

0:26:430:26:48

Very formal and schoolgirlish.

0:26:480:26:52

-These are quite faint.

-These are actually the very last letters that Charlotte ever wrote to Ellen Nussey.

0:26:520:26:58

At this point in her life, she was actually dying. In fact, there's actually a note on the back here

0:26:580:27:03

in Ellen Nussey's handwriting. "Dear CB's pencilled letters from her bed of death."

0:27:030:27:08

-Very important document.

-Yep.

0:27:090:27:12

Because virtually nothing was known of them during their lifetime.

0:27:120:27:16

-They didn't really make any money at all, did they?

-That's right.

0:27:160:27:19

-You must be a real expert on the Brontes.

-I'm very privileged.

-You are, aren't you?

0:27:200:27:25

Well, that was a real thrill for me,

0:27:280:27:31

to have the opportunity to see the house where the Brontes wrote their incredible novels

0:27:310:27:36

and to see some of the original writing and lovely personal items, as well. Very tasteful ones.

0:27:360:27:42

We are so lucky in this country that organisations exist, like the Bronte Society,

0:27:420:27:47

which help protect our literary heritage, so it's not just tucked away in private collections,

0:27:470:27:52

so that we can all see it and enjoy it.

0:27:520:27:55

'Back at our valuation day at the town hall in the heart of Todmorden,

0:28:090:28:13

'the crowds are still pouring through the door,

0:28:130:28:16

'bringing along a huge variety of weird and wonderful things.'

0:28:160:28:20

Looks like Rusty's falling asleep. Wake up, Rusty! You can go home soon!

0:28:200:28:24

We get all sorts of things turning up at a "Flog It!" valuation day but I've never seen a couple of donkeys.

0:28:240:28:29

Time to go back inside and catch up with our experts.

0:28:290:28:32

Hopefully Adam Partridge isn't making an ass of himself.

0:28:320:28:35

'Adam is surprised to have come across his second Chinese item of the day.'

0:28:380:28:43

-Well, it's Barbara, isn't it?

-Yes.

-Good morning.

-Good morning.

0:28:430:28:46

So, how does a jade pendant from China end up in Todmorden?

0:28:460:28:50

About 30 years ago, I was sent it.

0:28:500:28:55

Some people I knew moved out to Hong Kong

0:28:550:28:57

and they sent it to me as a thank you.

0:28:570:29:00

I didn't think I'd done anything particularly for them, but they sent it to me

0:29:000:29:04

-and they put the paperwork in it, saying that it was...

-Let's see paperwork!

0:29:040:29:10

It was to come through customs, of course, and it just said that it was over 100 years old.

0:29:100:29:15

So our receipt here says it's "old jade pandent".

0:29:150:29:21

Pendent. They spelt it wrong. Their English wasn't so good.

0:29:210:29:24

Over 100 years old. Well, I think it's about 100 years old, a touch more,

0:29:240:29:29

but I don't think it's an ancient piece of jade. When was the last time you wore it?

0:29:290:29:33

Oh, 1979, 1980.

0:29:330:29:37

So soon after you got it.

0:29:370:29:39

-I had a Chinese dress, you see?

-Oh!

-So I wore it.

0:29:390:29:43

When I went to parties, I put the Chinese dress on and the pendant.

0:29:430:29:47

-You've got to marvel at the skill involved in carving jade, which is very hard stone to carve.

-Yes.

0:29:470:29:55

-And it's been done rather nicely.

-It has.

0:29:550:29:58

You do see jade pendants out there quite often.

0:29:580:30:01

And they vary in terms of age and quality and intricacy of carving.

0:30:010:30:05

-And this is sort of middling, without wishing to be rude.

-No, no.

0:30:050:30:09

You get them a lot better and cruder, too.

0:30:090:30:12

-Have you got any idea what you think it might be worth?

-Nothing at all.

0:30:120:30:17

-The Chinese market is a little bit scary at the moment, because it's very, very strong.

-Right.

0:30:170:30:22

And anything Chinese tends to get people quite excited.

0:30:220:30:26

A lot of the Chinese buyers from abroad now,

0:30:260:30:28

-from China and all over the world, wherever they've settled, are buying things back.

-Right.

0:30:280:30:34

And some early jade can make frightening sums of money.

0:30:340:30:38

But I'm pretty sure this is quite a later one,

0:30:380:30:41

so I'm going to be cautious with the estimate.

0:30:410:30:44

-My view is it's worth £50 to £80.

-Ah, right. Not very much at all.

0:30:440:30:48

-Hopefully, a bit more.

-Right.

-You look a bit disappointed.

0:30:480:30:51

-Well, it would've been nice to be more.

-It would be!

0:30:510:30:54

Sometimes, jades can make fortunes.

0:30:540:30:57

So I could be really embarrassed here.

0:30:570:31:00

-I'd like you to be embarrassed. That'd be wonderful.

-I'm sure everybody here would.

0:31:000:31:04

-Everybody in Todmorden would.

-Thank you, Todmorden.

0:31:040:31:07

-We might have all the flights coming in from Hong Kong to buy it.

-You never know.

0:31:070:31:11

-Leeds Airport could be as busy as ever.

-It could.

0:31:110:31:14

-Hello there!

-Hi!

0:31:180:31:21

There's Walter Langleys here! Newlyn School!

0:31:210:31:24

-Everybody enjoying themselves?

-HE LAUGHS

0:31:240:31:27

Hello! That's really nice. That's a little pepperette.

0:31:270:31:31

-And that was the man that bought it?

-Yeah. He's my grandfather. Isn't he nice?

0:31:310:31:36

Oh, he's got your eyes. Yes, I can see!

0:31:360:31:39

He'd gone all through the war. He lost his right arm.

0:31:390:31:44

-You're not selling this?

-Oh, no!

-That's a treasure for life!

-I'd never sell.

0:31:440:31:48

Hopefully, we've made your day today. You made mine, anyway.

0:31:480:31:52

-Do you say that to everyone?

-Yeah.

-THEY LAUGH

0:31:530:31:57

'Gloria had a vase by a famous designer,

0:32:030:32:05

'but can you guess who it is?'

0:32:050:32:07

Before we even come close to this, we can see from a distance

0:32:120:32:16

that it screams Charlotte Rhead.

0:32:160:32:18

Have you had it in your family for a long time?

0:32:180:32:21

I've had it a long time and I used to have a plant in it

0:32:210:32:24

and then one day, a niece came and said, "Nice piece of Charlotte Rhead"

0:32:240:32:30

so the plant came out and in a cabinet it went and that's where it's sat.

0:32:300:32:33

SHE LAUGHS

0:32:330:32:35

-No sentimental value whatsoever.

-So, as soon as you knew it was by somebody in particular,

0:32:350:32:40

you chucked out the plant and preserved it in the cabinet.

0:32:400:32:43

-Yes.

-I like that. Great story.

0:32:430:32:46

But it's interesting that your niece picked up on it straight away,

0:32:460:32:49

because this is so characteristic of her in every way

0:32:490:32:54

and you can spot it from a distance, you can see that it is Charlotte Rhead.

0:32:540:32:58

It's the colour ways, first of all. That sort of murky brown on the top.

0:32:580:33:02

You don't mind me calling it murky brown? But that's what it is.

0:33:020:33:06

And then the greens here and the bright oranges.

0:33:060:33:12

And just the whole pattern, which is know as Tudor Rose.

0:33:120:33:15

We know that she did quite a lot of this, what we call the tube lining,

0:33:150:33:19

which is where the decoration here is individually outlined,

0:33:190:33:24

almost as if it's squeezed through the icing tubes,

0:33:240:33:28

it's got that slightly raised relief feel to it.

0:33:280:33:31

Let's just have a closer look, and we can turn it over and we can see there her signature.

0:33:310:33:37

Charlotte Rhead. And this, to me, is definitely a 1930s piece.

0:33:370:33:42

Charlotte Rhead's designs are very popular at auction,

0:33:420:33:45

but often it's the big chargers or the large vases that really command the high prices.

0:33:450:33:51

Something like this I would be happy to value at £60 to £80,

0:33:510:33:54

-with a reserve of £40. How does that grab you?

-That's fine.

0:33:540:33:57

-Are you happy to sell at that?

-Yes.

-Not bad for something you just had your plant in.

0:33:570:34:02

-That's right, yeah.

-OK, I shall put it in the auction in a couple of weeks

0:34:020:34:06

-and we'll get together and hopefully it'll make a bit more than that.

-OK.

0:34:060:34:10

-Thanks, Gloria. Good to meet you.

-Thanks.

0:34:100:34:12

'Kate has brought along another 1930s classic for Adam to have a look at.'

0:34:150:34:21

-Kate, are you from Todmorden?

-No, I'm not.

-How far have you come?

0:34:210:34:24

I've come from Halifax, but I actually live in Norwich, but I'm visiting a friend in Halifax.

0:34:240:34:30

-And you knew it was on?

-I did.

-You just happen to have your Clarice Cliff?

-I had it about my person.

0:34:300:34:35

I'm quite interested to find out more about it, because it's quite an unusual pattern

0:34:350:34:40

-and we've been searching for the pattern and can't find it.

-Yes.

0:34:400:34:43

-And I just thought it was a nice shape.

-It is.

0:34:430:34:47

-So I was quite interested to know...

-It's a classic deco shape.

0:34:470:34:51

It's the Bonjour shape from the Clarice Cliff range and I'm sure this is the biscuit box,

0:34:510:34:56

what they refer to as a biscuit container.

0:34:560:34:58

I thought it was a vegetable dish, cos I've got it as part of a dinner service.

0:34:580:35:02

Well, the last one I had of these was certainly referred to as a biscuit box.

0:35:020:35:06

-I don't know if you could get that many vegetables in here.

-Probably not. More biscuits, really.

0:35:060:35:12

Well, this is a slightly later piece of Clarice Cliff,

0:35:130:35:15

as we can tell from the bottom, because it's the Biarritz range, the Royal Staffordshire range,

0:35:150:35:21

which was a later revival of the good shapes from the high years.

0:35:210:35:27

With regards to the pattern, we've had a good searching ourselves

0:35:270:35:31

-and so far, we haven't come up with it.

-No.

0:35:310:35:34

If you were optimistic, you'd think, "Isn't that great? A rare pattern!"

0:35:340:35:38

-but I think it's probably not the case, it's just a pattern that isn't instantly recognisable.

-Yeah.

0:35:380:35:45

-I would expect that to make about £100.

-OK.

0:35:450:35:48

-That's fine.

-Is it?

-Yeah. Absolutely.

-I was waiting for that reaction.

0:35:480:35:52

-No, no, no. That's kind of what I was expecting.

-Happy with that?

-Very happy.

0:35:520:35:56

So the classic 80-120 estimate and see what it makes on the day. Hopefully we can find the pattern.

0:35:560:36:01

-That would be good.

-Thanks for coming to "Flog It!" today.

0:36:010:36:05

-BELL RINGS

-Does anyone fancy a biscuit?

0:36:050:36:07

Yay!

0:36:070:36:09

Give us one of your mean stares.

0:36:090:36:12

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

-Certainly are.

0:36:120:36:15

-Who's your favourite?

-Er... Adam.

-Ohh! And Catherine on this side.

0:36:150:36:21

You see, it's a nation divided. Let's see what happens right now, shall we?

0:36:210:36:25

Here's a rundown of all the items before they go under the hammer.

0:36:250:36:28

'And our remaining lots are Barbara's Chinese jade pendant

0:36:300:36:34

'that she's hoping will sell for rather more than Adam's estimate.

0:36:340:36:38

'The lovely Charlotte Rhead vase that Gloria used as a plant pot.

0:36:380:36:42

'And lastly, the Clarice Cliff biscuit barrel with the unusual pattern.'

0:36:430:36:50

This is where all the action starts, the Calder Valley Auction Rooms,

0:36:500:36:53

and everybody is in good spirits, the sun is shining, optimism is in the air.

0:36:530:36:58

But for our owners, it's a rollercoaster ride.

0:36:580:37:00

For you at home, it's an armchair visit.

0:37:000:37:02

Sit back and enjoy this. Someone's going home with a lot of money.

0:37:020:37:06

'First up, it's the Clarice Cliff,

0:37:060:37:09

'and further research has revealed the pattern.'

0:37:090:37:13

-It's called Grill.

-It is.

-Which is a boring name.

0:37:130:37:16

-I've never heard of that.

-No.

-Grill.

0:37:160:37:18

-So I've been looking for 20 years for that.

-Does that change the valuation?

0:37:180:37:23

-Does it make it anything special?

-No, it's not a significant design.

0:37:230:37:27

-It's nice.

-Well, let's put it to the test, shall we?

0:37:270:37:30

-It'll make its money.

-Let's see if the Clarice buyers are here as it goes under the hammer.

0:37:300:37:34

The Art Deco Clarice Cliff lidded terrine

0:37:360:37:40

decorated with a Grill pattern.

0:37:400:37:43

Good-looking piece there.

0:37:430:37:46

What am I bid for this lot here? 100? 80?

0:37:460:37:50

£50, thank you. £50. At £50. At 50.

0:37:500:37:53

And 5. 60. At 60.

0:37:530:37:57

And 5. 70.

0:37:570:37:59

£70. And 5. At £75.

0:37:590:38:03

Are we all finished at 75? The Clarice Cliff at £75.

0:38:030:38:08

One further bid will do. At £75. Are we all done?

0:38:080:38:12

-There's always a first.

-I can't believe that.

0:38:140:38:17

-I can't believe that.

-Would you have let it go at £75?

0:38:170:38:20

-No.

-No.

-No, not really.

0:38:200:38:22

-It's worth £80. It's worth 80 to 120, surely.

-Exactly.

0:38:220:38:27

-I trust my expert.

-Thank you, Kate.

0:38:270:38:30

'What a shame. Just £5 off. Still, Kate seems quite relieved.

0:38:300:38:35

'Finger crossed we get a better result for Barbara.'

0:38:350:38:38

Right now, something from the Orient has come to the Calder Valley. Can you remember what it is?

0:38:380:38:43

It's that lovely bit of Chinese jade belonging to Barbara.

0:38:430:38:46

Not a lot of money, but hopefully, we'll get the top end of Adam's estimate.

0:38:460:38:51

And I know what the money's going towards, because you want some underground heating,

0:38:510:38:56

not under-floor heating, we're talking real eco-friendly here.

0:38:560:38:59

-Yes.

-You're the greenest person I've ever met in my life.

-We have our own wind turbine for electricity,

0:38:590:39:05

our own water supply and our own sewage system.

0:39:050:39:08

-It puts us to shame. I try to be as environmental as possible, don't you?

-Yes.

0:39:080:39:12

And we have little smallholdings and things, but we're nowhere near up to Barbara's level.

0:39:120:39:16

It's just recycling and feeding the chickens with the leftovers!

0:39:160:39:20

THEY LAUGH We have all those going on, as well.

0:39:200:39:24

Well, this is a little part towards it. Fingers crossed we can get the top end, around £60.

0:39:240:39:29

Chinese circular jade pendant.

0:39:320:39:34

14-carat gold mount.

0:39:340:39:37

Right, we have a phone connected.

0:39:370:39:40

-And I'm going to open this at £100.

-Yes!

-£100 bid. 120.

0:39:400:39:46

-That's a great start.

-120. 140. At £140.

0:39:460:39:50

Any advance on 140? 160 if you like. 140. 160.

0:39:500:39:54

-180. At £180.

-This is excellent!

0:39:540:39:56

Against £180. 180. 200 if you like. At £180.

0:39:560:40:02

£200 on the phone. £200. 220 on the commission bid. 220 against you.

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220.

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-240. I have 260.

-This is incredible. They are falling in love with this.

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-£280 on the phone.

-£280!

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-That is a surprise.

-At £300.

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-Are we all done? 320.

-320!

-Yours at 320.

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Any further bids? At £320 then on the phone.

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How exciting was that? Chinese artefacts are so sought after

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because their economy is so strong right now,

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-they're buying everything back, aren't they?

-And it's so unpredictable.

-Yes, it is.

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Another jade will make 20 quid and the difference between them is very hard to distinguish.

0:40:430:40:48

-There was something about it.

-You've got to be so happy!

-I am.

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It's a start towards the bore hole.

0:40:510:40:53

I hope you get it, I really do.

0:40:530:40:56

-Thank you.

-It's all right.

0:40:560:40:58

I told you it was going to be a surprise, didn't I?

0:40:580:41:01

-It's better than the 60 quid.

-Yes.

0:41:010:41:03

'Great result! Well over the estimate and it just goes to show how unpredictable auctions can be.

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'Now it's time for our last lot to go under the hammer.'

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-Good luck with your Charlotte Rhead vase, Gloria.

-Thank you.

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I wonder if it would make any more money than the £60 to £80 that we're looking at

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-if you'd kept the plant in it.

-THEY LAUGH

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-That was so funny at the valuation day!

-Brilliant story, wasn't it?

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But I guess you use things like that. They're practical.

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If there's no sentimental value and you don't really like the thing, why not use it as a planter?

0:41:310:41:36

-That's what I thought it was for.

-Well, it is. It is a vase.

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Charlotte Rhead signed vase.

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It's the orange and beige Tudor Rose pattern.

0:41:460:41:49

-Am I bid £40 to open? 30? 20, thank you.

-We're in.

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At 20. And 5.

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30. And 5. 40.

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And 5. 50. And 5.

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60. And 5.

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At £65 bid.

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At 65 at the back of the room.

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70, fresh bid. £70.

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75. 80.

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£80. 85.

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Lady's bid at £85. Are you all done at £85?

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It's going for £85.

0:42:220:42:24

-Yes! £85! Spot on.

-I'm pleased about that.

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And I'm pleased for you, as well. Somebody else is going to enjoy it

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but you can enjoy the £85. Don't forget, there's commission to pay, 15 percent plus VAT.

0:42:330:42:38

So you've got to factor that into what you receive in the post,

0:42:380:42:42

-but this was your first auction experience, wasn't it?

-Yeah.

0:42:420:42:45

Sum it up, first auction.

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-Exciting?

-Brilliant, yeah.

-Going to come back?

-Yes.

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-Going to sell some more things, or coming back to buy things?

-To buy.

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-Ooh.

-It's that buzz, isn't it?

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Don't get carried away, though!

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'What a fantastic rollercoaster ride it's been today.'

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That's it. It's all over for our owners and, sadly, it's the end of another show.

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We've had a fabulous time here in the Calder Valley, and I can't wait to come back to Yorkshire.

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But for now, it's goodbye.

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This edition of the antiques series comes from the impressive surroundings of Todmorden Town Hall in Yorkshire where presenter Paul Martin is joined by experts Catherine Southon and Adam Partridge. Amongst the treasures brought in are an amazing collection of pristine Dinky toys, a superb quality Chinese jade pendant and a 1920s advertising sign rescued from a bonfire. Paul is delighted to be able to visit the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Howarth and see some of the famous family's personal papers.