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Fame and Fortune

In this archive edition, Paul Martin presents an illustrious collection of his favourite celebrity mementos and memorabilia.


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Hello. Welcome to Syon House in west London,

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the traditional home of the Duke of Northumberland

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whose family have lived here for over 400 years.

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Favoured and visited by many a high-ranking royal

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including Charles I, Queen Victoria and our very own monarch, Queen Elizabeth.

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The grand scale and splendour of this magnificent house

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for me resembles the Imperial Rome of a Hollywood epic.

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So it comes as no surprise that this house is in constant demand

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as a filming location.

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It's provided the eye-catching backdrop for blockbusters such as Gosford Park

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and The Madness of King George.

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Over the years, we've seen our fair share of famous items grace the valuation tables

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and where there's fame, there's often a small fortune attached as I found out.

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I hope you enjoy looking at these clips of illustrious items from the Flog It archives.

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We start today's journey through the archives

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back in 2009, where Anita Manning was star-struck

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when she met Rita and her Fab Four dolls in Weston-super-Mare.

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-I love them!

-I do, too.

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# Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah! #

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-These are wonderful. I'm a great Beatles fan.

-You are?

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-Yes.

-Good. Glad to hear it.

-I believe you must be as well.

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Yes, as long as I can remember.

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Far more years than I care to remember.

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-So you listened to them?

-I did, all the time.

-You diced?

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I did. I drove my parents mad with the record player.

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-Did you fall in love to the music?

-Absolutely.

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And with them, yes. Especially George.

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-He was your favourite?

-He was, yes.

-Tell me,

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-where did you get them?

-I bought them in Bristol about 11 years ago.

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-£80 for the four.

-You had to have them?

-I did, yes.

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I did, yes.

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-Have they been on display in your house?

-For a little while.

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But ten of the 11 years, they've been in a box under my bed.

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Right. Let's have a close look at them. We have the four of them.

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-They really are soft toys.

-They are.

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-They're made by an American company called Applause.

-Right.

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We have John, Paul,

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-George and Ringo with his drumsticks.

-Yes.

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Now, these date from the 1980s.

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-1987, I think.

-1987.

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-We have a little booklet.

-Oh, yes.

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Each with their own little details in.

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"Beatles forever. The Fab Four."

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-Absolutely.

-Absolutely lovely.

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-Now, you paid £80 for them.

-Yes.

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-For all of them.

-I would like to put them into auction

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-with an estimate of 50 to £80.

-Yeah, that's fine.

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-Fine.

-Would you be happy?

-Yes, fine. Absolutely fine.

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I've had a lot of pleasure with them.

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-Fine. That's fine.

-We'll put a reserve of, say, £50.

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-If we don't make that, you can take them back home again.

-Fine.

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If they sell, what are you going to do with the money?

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I think I'll have a weekend away somewhere. Might be Liverpool!

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Or it might be London, where I come from.

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-Well, I think that would be a nice thing to do.

-OK.

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-I'll be at the auction.

-Good.

-We'll hope they'll do well.

-Yep.

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-And we'll have some fun!

-I look forward to that.

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We'll see a bit later if Rita got her ticket to ride!

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Now, it's over to Corby where in 2006

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I was bowled over when I met Sue.

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-Are you the cricket fan?

-No, it was my dad's. It belonged to him.

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He won it in 1987

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at our local cricket club.

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I guess local meaning Northants.

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-Because it's signed by the Northants squad here.

-It is.

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-As opposed to Yorkshire. You've got to support the locals.

-Yes.

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It is signed by the whole squad in '87. It's in fantastic condition.

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-Is this something you'd like to sell?

-Not really, it's just an object of interest.

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-The memory.

-We'll keep it in our family.

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Value, something like this in auction is going to realise around £150.

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-Hopefully the top end, £200, if you get it in the right sporting sale.

-OK.

-So hang on to it.

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Meanwhile, across the room, David Barby had some politics to deal with

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when Mary brought in an unwanted heirloom.

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-Mary, are you a Liberal supporter?

-Definitely not. I'm a true blue.

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Oh, good. So am I! Why have you got this in your house, then?

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Well, about 1960, an aunt died, a great-aunt.

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And we had to clear her house out. I found him under the stairs!

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I decided I would take him home, but I didn't like the look of him.

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He's such a grumpy-looking old man.

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So he hung in the woodshed for years and years!

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With his face to the wall!

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Oh, dear! He wasn't such a bad old stick, was he, really?

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He was very philanthropic, certainly towards the ladies of the night!

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-Really?

-He tried to encourage them to go onto the straight road.

-Oh.

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This is quite an interesting piece.

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It's a tile. It's a ceramic picture. The technique of it is quite clever.

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-Think in terms of black and white in reverse.

-Yes.

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So those areas which are slightly darker have a deeper groove or moulding

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in the actual ceramic mould.

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When they poured glaze over it, it would receive more glaze and appear darker.

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-I see.

-So it's done in reverse.

-Something like a negative?

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Yes, absolutely. But the likeness is very good. It was taken from a photograph.

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All the details are here. By a person calling himself Mr Mendelssohn.

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It's dated here 1898.

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At auction, I think the value of this is in the region of 40 to £60.

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You're joking!

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Did you expect more?

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No!

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-How much would you have paid for it?

-Nothing - I'd have given it away!

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Well, the gentleman has a very good history

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and from the potting point of view, it's an excellent experimental piece of work.

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So this is quite good. And there are so many of these produced towards the end of the 19th century

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-that people do collect them.

-You dear old man, you're not so bad after all!

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Not at all. Give him a pat on the head!

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We'll come back to Corby later

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to see if grumpy Gladstone cracked a smile in the sale room.

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Next it's Southend, where in 2009,

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Ruth caught Thomas Plant's eye with her autograph book

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stuffed full of famous signatures.

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I used to be a film extra in the '70s and '80s and I collected signatures for my son.

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-I've got some interesting names in there.

-You have.

-Yes.

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I've got it open at a page which is lovely.

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-It's Christopher Reeve.

-Yes.

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-He's done a little Superman there!

-He has, yes.

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-I've heard that he was a very, very nice man.

-He was.

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I worked with him on two Superman films and he was a fantastic person.

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-Really friendly.

-And I turn the page and there's Sean!

-Yes.

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-What was he like?

-He was lovely.

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-Yes?

-A really nice man.

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-A bit flirty, but he was lovely.

-Was he?

-Yes!

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I worked with him on a film called Outlands. An outer space type thing.

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He just knew everybody and he was very friendly.

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So it's nice, really.

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And for me especially, I've put my eye-glass chain here so I can turn it over.

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-Talk about this one here.

-Yes.

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"Follow the FORCE! Mark Hamill." I think that's a very rare signature.

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-Right. OK.

-My understanding is Mark Hamill is not somebody who likes the limelight now.

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-Yes.

-He did the three Star Wars films. And nothing else after that, really.

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There must have been a few roles for him. Where did you meet him?

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I worked on Return of the Jedi, one of the Star Wars, 1985 I think it was.

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And he was also very, very friendly. He was lovely to work with.

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I just went up, "Can I have your autograph?" and he obliged.

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-He put, "Follow the force", which I thought was great.

-Great, isn't it?

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-In this book, you have plenty of other signatures.

-Yes.

-Burt Reynolds.

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-Burt Reynolds, yes.

-What was he like? Was he a big man? A big bear?

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-Just lovely.

-Really?

-Really nice man.

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-You must have had such a good time.

-I did. It was a wonderful time.

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-And I did collect some great names in there.

-Why are you selling it?

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Well, I used to collect them for my son. He doesn't really want it.

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So it's a shame. I think somebody who would appreciate those names

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could maybe keep it in their collection.

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The auctioneers will have to go through it

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-and they'll make a list of who's in there.

-Right.

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-Signatures are not worth huge amounts of money, but Mark Hamill may be worth £40 on its own.

-Yes.

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-Sean Connery, 20 to 30. Christopher Reeve, 40 to 60.

-Yes.

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-We're already at £80.

-Yes.

-All the others on there,

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-I think we've got some quite good signatures here.

-Good.

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I think it could make 120 to £180.

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That would be wonderful.

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-I'd like to fix the reserve at 80, and we've got a good chance of making some money.

-Good.

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We'll find out later if the signatures in Ruth's book were worth the paper they were written on!

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I'm heading over to Nottingham now, back to 2006,

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where Philip Serrell and Mark were reliving their halcyon days!

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Let me guess. You are 47 years old?

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-Slightly older.

-Really?

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-Tell me.

-51.

-You're making me feel better!

-Thank you!

-I'm 52

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-and these are toys of our childhood.

-They are.

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-Absolutely fabulous.

-I love them to bits.

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You've got some great cars here. That is a Ferrari 250 LM.

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Le Mans is the LM.

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-The back lifts up, look.

-Beautiful.

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That would be worth about £3 million, if it was the real thing.

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I know. But it's a dream world.

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Absolutely. Then you've got a Lotus Elan.

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-It's the old Esso - tiger in my tank.

-That's right.

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-It's one of my favourites.

-The tiger in the tank on the back.

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And they're all boxed.

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And we've got the Wall's ice cream van here.

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These are all Corgi.

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So they all date from, probably 1960s, aren't they?

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About '67, eight, nine, '70.

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-Late '60s, most of these.

-They started to produce different things to make the cars quirkier.

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-So some of them had suspension. The Mini was the first to have suspension.

-Yes.

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Then others would have lights. The engine lifted up.

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This is a great one. Look at that. Steering.

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You turn the thing on the roof and off it goes!

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It's a driving school car, with the L plates on the front.

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Brilliant. Look at that.

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So you are now going to sell your childhood?

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-I am.

-Yep. I think they're going to show you a healthy return.

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This little group here. What would that have been, about 4/6?

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-Six and thruppence.

-Hold on.

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Six shillings is 30 pence. So that's 31 pence, isn't it?

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So you've probably got under £10-worth of cars here.

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I think this little lot is going to make 200 to £300

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and we'll put a reserve on this little lot of £150 for you.

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I've pulled one out separately because it's a James Bond Aston Martin D.B.5.

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It was that car that when Bond flicked over the gear lever,

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-and pressed the button on the top, he shot Mr Goldfinger's assistant straight out through the roof!

-Yes.

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-That's the one in the film.

-The thing is, when Corgi made these, they knew what we were like.

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They knew we'd lose the one guy in the blue overall!

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-So they put two guys in, didn't they?

-Correct.

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-Have you still got the two guys?

-Yes.

-Let's have a look. This is sad.

-Awful, isn't it?

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-So you press that there.

-Yep.

-Ooh, there's the man.

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-And then we press the...

-Press...

-Press the exhaust, don't you?

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-It brings the screen up.

-The screen comes up. This is exciting!

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Do you press another one at the front? That one there?

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Then the machine guns at the front.

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The bullet-proof screen.

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We've catapulted the little guy in the blue overalls into kingdom come.

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-Yeah. Still with the car is the spare man.

-The spare man.

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And the top secret instructions!

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-Doesn't get any better than this, does it? Goodness me.

-That's authentic.

-Why sell that?

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-It's been in the collection a long time. It's sitting there.

-I can't believe it.

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That is going to make 50 to £80. Reserve £40.

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-But I think that's a top car. Are you happy to sell them?

-I am, yes.

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-You're bonkers!

-Probably am!

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We'll find out later!

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Here's a recap of the first part of my collection of favourite star items.

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Lovely Rita had Anita singing the praises for her iconic Beatles dolls.

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Thomas Plant thought Ruth's book of autographs was a sign of success.

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But did it do the business in the sale room?

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It was fame in the fast lane for Philip when Mark brought in his James Bond Corgi car.

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But was his collection licensed to thrill?

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Finally, will anyone rescue poor Gladstone from the depths of Mary's shed?

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Let's find out.

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-Not only has it been in the shed, but facing the wall in the shed!

-In the wood shed.

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-You wouldn't give it house space?

-I'd rather have you or David looking at me!

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That's a nice compliment!

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-Yeah!

-This is quite an interesting tile, actually.

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When it was first made, they couldn't decide if it was done by photographic process

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or if it was hand-modelled. To this day, we don't know how it was produced.

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Probably modelled by a Tory who wanted to make him look "Grr!"

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-"Let's hit him with the ugly stick!"

-Absolutely!

-You're too political!

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It's going under the hammer now. Good luck, Mary.

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He's almost breaking into a smile, there!

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£40 bid and you're all out. £40 I'm bid.

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£40. Five.

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£50 on commission. At 55. 60.

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Five. 70.

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You're both out. £70 with the lady.

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Five.

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£75.

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All sold and away at £75. Are we done?

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-Don't believe it!

-Yes!

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-Fantastic! £75!

-I can't believe that!

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I can't believe that!

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-Somebody loved it.

-They did. What will you put that towards?

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A fortnight ago I bought a four-legged friend.

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-What, a dog?

-No.

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-A cat?

-No.

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-A badger? Fox?

-No!

-What, then?

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-A horse?

-A heifer.

-Did you?

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She needs a new halter.

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That's the heifer you bought? Have you given her a name? Look!

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How much did she cost?

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I daren't tell you!

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Gladstone found one avid supporter, at least!

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Now to Somerset to see if Rita's Beatles dolls found new fans.

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-Will we need any help? Help me if you can!

-I might!

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Guess what it is - those Beatles dolls.

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-I hope we get £50 for these.

-I hope so.

-Or a little bit more.

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-Yes.

-Found in Bristol.

-Yes.

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Why have you decided to sell them now? I know you're a fan.

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I've got a lot of Beatles memorabilia anyway.

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I've got all the records and books. These are dust collectors.

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-I thought I'd let them go.

-Bring them along to Anita!

-I know!

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The collectables market is vibrant.

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-People love The Beatles.

-Yeah.

-Yeah, yeah, yeah!

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Let's find out if everybody here in Clevedon likes them, shall we?

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Here we go.

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We have a set of four dressed dolls, depicting The Beatles.

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I've got £35 on the book. Give me 40.

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Four of them. 40, 40, 40?

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£40 widow. £40 widow?

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-40 I'm bid. Take five.

-Fresh legs.

-And 50?

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And five.

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And 60?

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60 near the door now.

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£55, your bid, sir. Waving the catalogue at 55.

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60, anyone else?

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All done, then, at £55.

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£55!

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-Is the money going towards more Beatles memorabilia?

-Maybe a trip to Liverpool.

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-To The Cavern?

-I think so, yes.

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-Enjoy it, won't you?

-I will do.

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-Maybe a trip on The Mersey, as well!

-Yes, I've been on The Mersey.

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A nice result for Rita!

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Over to Southend, now.

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Did the famous names in Ruth's book turn heads in the sale room?

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-Which was the favourite?

-I think probably Sean Connery.

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Very suave. Very sexy man.

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-Good value for money, Thomas.

-Really good value for money.

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Some wonderful signatures there.

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It's kind of like an end of an era for you, isn't it? All these memories.

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Yes, but they're all up here, still!

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-That's the main thing. Treasure those. You can't sell those!

-No!

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A bit of interest. Commission bids, two of them.

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I'm clearing the book at £100. Bid's here at £100. All done? Here with me

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at 100 - and ten. 120.

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-130. 140.

-Good.

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-150. 160.

-Very good.

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In the room at £170. Against you on the phone at 170.

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Are we all done, then, at £170?

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Last time. Hammer up and down.

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At £170.

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Well done, auctioneer! 170! Good valuation, Thomas!

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-I'm very happy.

-I've spent half of it already today!

-Oh? On what?

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-Here?

-I bought a lovely locket for myself.

-Today?

-Yes.

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That's what we like to see.

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Putting the money back in the trade!

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Thomas was right on the money there.

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Now, Nottingham, where I caught up with auctioneer Stuart West

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for a chat about Mark's Corgi cars.

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I had one of these. I've still got the car, but not the box. There's a lot of value in the box.

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We've got a value here of 50 to £80 and it is Aston Martin D.B.5.

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Not the real one, but the next best thing!

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I think that's quite cheap.

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I agree. It should really outstrip that estimate quite easily.

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-Lots of other toys in the sale.

-So there'll be interest.

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The toys and juvenalia buyers will be there. Fingers crossed, we'll do well.

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-It's a cracking little car.

-Good condition, with the box.

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-It's a shame the box isn't 100%, or we'd have been talking...

-£200.

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-Easily.

-Yeah.

-Easily.

-It's all in the packaging, now.

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They don't just want the car, they want the whole thing.

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Let's see whether they raced out of the sale room.

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-Why are you flogging?

-The time's come to move on.

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Let's hope we get the top end of Philip's estimate.

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-I reckon we'll get 80, possibly 120.

-I hope so. We're all boys, aren't we?

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Disappointed to hear you're a naughty boy.

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Nah. That's the nearest thing to an Aston Martin D.B.5 I'm ever going to get!

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The Corgi toys model 261.

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Special Agent 007.

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Being shown with its original box.

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And I'm bid on commission £40.

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Any advance on 40? Two.

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Five. Eight, sir.

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With you at £48. 50. Five.

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-Come on, steady climb!

-It's got to go.

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With you at 75. Do I see 80? 80's bid.

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Seated at £80. Any advance on 80?

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Gentleman seated at £80.

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All done at £80.

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-80 quid.

-Very good.

-That's good.

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The Bond car drove up a nice result.

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So let's see how the rest of Mark's collection performed.

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Various models and nicely boxed as well.

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Lots of bids with me on commission.

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And I have to start it at £190.

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Looking for 200. With me at 190. 200.

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210. 220.

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Your bid of 220. 30. 40.

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50. 60. 70.

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And 80. 90.

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300. 320, sir?

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-No, he didn't want to...

-You're out.

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With you at £300. And 20 bid.

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40. 360.

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380. 400.

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420. 440.

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All done at 420. Do I see 40?

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Any advance on 420?

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All done, then. 40. He's back in.

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460. You're out. With you at 440.

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All done, then, at £440.

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-Yes! What a result!

-Absolutely!

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What will you put all that towards? 440 quid, less commission.

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I'll probably add to my cigarette card collection.

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-How long have you been collecting?

-About 15 years.

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15 years. OK. How many hundreds or thousands have you got?

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About 100,000.

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Do you know exactly what each one is?

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No!

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Those cars really revved up the auction room in Nottingham.

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But what happens if toy cars no longer get your motor running?

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And you want one of these?

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The real thing. That's exactly what Peter Nelson decided to collect.

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He searched far and wide to assemble the world's biggest collection

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of cars of the stars.

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And they're right here in Edinburgh.

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Peter, where did it all start?

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I was driving my old MG TC and somebody jumped in front of me and asked to borrow it for a TV series.

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That set me off thinking, "What happens to all the cars from TV and film?"

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I travelled around the world to track them down.

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Hop out. This is from Back To The Future.

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Tell me all about them, Doc!

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Mr Bean's mini! What a bit of fun. Is this the first car you bought?

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The first car I ever had was a Mini, so I had to get a Mini from TV or film.

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You wanted one. How much did you pay for this?

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It's worth £50, really, but I paid 100 times that amount.

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-Why? What's special about it?

-Well, nothing.

-Nothing!

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What's the first film car you ever bought?

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The first major car was the Trotters' van.

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I saw it in a magazine. It was £995.

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I bought it, sent it up to the museum. But then

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the BBC rang up and said, "Somebody sold the van. Can we hire it back?"

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-It was a big mistake and they wanted it back!

-I hired it back for £995!

-Good for you!

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-Oh, my word! Look!

-#

-Da-na-na-na-na Batman!

-#

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How did you come across this?

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This is my favourite car of all time.

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I pestered Warner Brothers life out. 50 phone calls I had to make!

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In the end, they said it should go to a museum.

0:24:330:24:36

"Leave me alone! You can have it!" It's huge!

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What's underneath it? Is there a real car and does it drive?

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There is. It was based on a Chevrolet Impala chassis.

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Then they built this fabulous body on it.

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-It's all fibreglass.

-Yep.

-And where was it built?

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It was originally built in London. A firm called Protoco built it.

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-What a great job they did of it.

-It's incredible!

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-Value-wise, are you allowed to talk about that?

-No, I'm contracted not to say how much I paid for it.

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But a car recently, without an engine or an interior

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was sold for 380,000.

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What's the most expensive film car sold to date?

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Well, the most expensive film car wasn't exactly sold.

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But one was stolen and the insurance company had to pay 4.2 million for it!

0:25:180:25:24

-What car was that?

-It was James Bond's original Aston Martin D.B.5.

0:25:240:25:28

It was stolen in America and has gone forever.

0:25:280:25:31

-That's the one with the toys, the rocket launcher, the visor at the back, machine guns!

-Yes.

0:25:310:25:37

-You haven't driven this down the high street?

-Yes, I have.

0:25:370:25:40

It's an absolutely incredible car. You start it up and it sounds unbelievable.

0:25:400:25:45

-The whole town wakes up!

-I bet it does!

0:25:450:25:47

Let me have a look at the front end. What does it look like? Cos it's so long!

0:25:470:25:52

A fabulously designed vehicle. Couldn't be better for a film.

0:25:520:25:56

How long is that? How many feet?

0:25:560:25:57

-It's about 24 feet.

-Parking must be a nightmare!

0:25:570:26:01

Absolutely!

0:26:010:26:02

This brings back lots of memories for me.

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The first movie my parents took me to see was The Love Bug.

0:26:100:26:14

It's got Herbie in it - and here she is!

0:26:140:26:16

-How did you come across her?

-A phone call one night from Florida.

0:26:160:26:20

This chap said he had two of the original Herbie cars from the film and was I interested?

0:26:200:26:25

Of course I was, because Herbie was the star. It's great collecting cars that were the stars of the film.

0:26:250:26:31

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or Herbie or Kit from Knight Rider.

0:26:310:26:34

What about provenance, originality? How can you tell that this was the car in the film?

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It's quite easy with this one cos it was titled to Walt Disney Productions.

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Most of the cars often are titled or the log books are in the name of the film company.

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-So you can get an idea from that.

-That's good provenance, then.

0:26:510:26:54

Or the registration number is the one used in the film

0:26:540:26:59

in British cars.

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But you've got to be very careful cos there's so many replicas

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and people try and pass off things which are not real.

0:27:040:27:07

So I do a lot of detective work and research to find out if they are the actually things.

0:27:070:27:13

If we wanted to start to collect cars of the stars, where can we get hold of them?

0:27:130:27:17

-Apart from buying them from you.

-Well, that's it.

0:27:170:27:20

I've cornered the market in them! I've got them all, really.

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But there's so many things connected with TV and film that you can collect.

0:27:240:27:28

You can collect props, film posters, or autographs of film stars.

0:27:280:27:34

It's brought back lots of memories for me. Thanks, Herbie!

0:27:340:27:38

Toot-toot!

0:27:380:27:39

If I could go home with any car in Peter's collection,

0:27:430:27:46

it would be this one, the Volvo P1800 driven by Simon Templar, The Saint.

0:27:460:27:51

A practical every day classic.

0:27:530:27:56

Now for more of my favourite A-list items from the archives.

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Off to Swindon next, where, in 2008,

0:28:100:28:13

David Barby was waxing lyrical

0:28:130:28:15

when he came across Diane's stunning silver visitor's card case.

0:28:150:28:20

This is absolutely devastating! Do you know what it is?

0:28:200:28:25

We've always thought it was a visitor's card case.

0:28:250:28:28

Perfectly correct. Have you seen one like this before?

0:28:280:28:31

-Not so much decoration on it.

-This is beautiful!

0:28:310:28:36

It's not just bright-cut, so you get the shiny elements in the decoration,

0:28:360:28:41

but it's also raised work as well.

0:28:410:28:43

When you look at all these flower heads and scrolls,

0:28:430:28:46

it's all raised.

0:28:460:28:48

Possibly cast originally, then chased away.

0:28:480:28:53

You have all this lovely open work here on a matt ground.

0:28:530:28:56

But what is such a feature

0:28:560:28:58

is the decoration in the centre panel here,

0:28:580:29:01

which is of a house. Do you know what the house is?

0:29:010:29:04

No. We would like to know.

0:29:040:29:07

That house is important and the one on the other side is important.

0:29:070:29:11

-Because it commemorates two major writers of the day.

-Oh.

0:29:110:29:16

This one is Abbotsford.

0:29:160:29:19

-Where's that?

-Who lived at Abbotsford?

0:29:190:29:21

Sir Walter Scott.

0:29:210:29:23

Oh!

0:29:230:29:24

On the other side, we have Newstead Abbey.

0:29:240:29:28

Who lived at Newstead Abbey?

0:29:290:29:31

Byron, the poet!

0:29:310:29:33

Oh!

0:29:330:29:34

So this commemorates two major literary figures of the early 19th century.

0:29:340:29:41

When I say early 19th century,

0:29:410:29:44

this little box dates from 1836.

0:29:440:29:48

1836?

0:29:480:29:50

-1836.

-Gosh!

0:29:500:29:52

-Earlier than we thought.

-Yes.

0:29:520:29:54

This was made in Birmingham by a company called Taylor and Perry.

0:29:540:30:00

-Right.

-It's lovely!

0:30:000:30:03

Does this belong to you?

0:30:030:30:05

No, it's my father's.

0:30:050:30:06

-How much do you think it's worth yourself?

-He did think about 200 to 300.

0:30:060:30:13

200 to 300. Well, I think he's got a sensible head on his shoulders.

0:30:130:30:17

-Where is he now, that you had to come along?

-He's on a half-world cruise!

0:30:170:30:21

Oh! He doesn't really need the money, does he?

0:30:210:30:24

-He's working, though, on it.

-Oh? What does he do?

0:30:240:30:27

-He's a dance host for Saga.

-Really?

0:30:270:30:30

-Yes.

-What a fascinating way to see the world!

-Yes!

0:30:300:30:33

He left last week from Southampton to Sydney.

0:30:330:30:37

-Brilliant.

-Australia.

-Brilliant.

0:30:370:30:39

I reckon if it goes up for auction we should get something in the region of 400 to £600.

0:30:390:30:46

-Excellent.

-That sort of price range.

0:30:460:30:49

But the factors are the decoration and the subject matter.

0:30:490:30:54

-Right.

-Newstead Abbey. Abbotsford.

0:30:540:30:56

Locally made, Birmingham.

0:30:560:30:58

You've got all the ingredients. And the condition is so important.

0:30:580:31:02

-That's in perfect condition.

-Yep.

0:31:020:31:04

I think it's a collectors' piece and I've seen wonderful collections of card cases.

0:31:040:31:09

But not as beautiful as this.

0:31:100:31:12

I think it's going to make the top end of the price.

0:31:120:31:14

I'll reveal whether that literary gem became a best-seller a bit later.

0:31:160:31:21

But first, let me show you three superstar items

0:31:210:31:26

that I think deserve another chance to shine in the limelight.

0:31:260:31:30

First up, this rather auspicious item. A slice of Andrew and Fergie's wedding cake

0:31:300:31:36

that John brought in to our valuation room in 2008 in Torquay.

0:31:360:31:40

My horses and I were on the procession and all the staff got a piece of wedding cake.

0:31:400:31:45

-Must have been a big old cake!

-It was, yeah!

0:31:450:31:48

It was another fine result in Skegness in 2008

0:31:490:31:52

when Kathleen's collection of famous shots snapped up a cool £170 at auction.

0:31:520:31:59

But it was clear from Colleen's Rolling Stones photos in 2009

0:32:010:32:05

that gave Philip Serrell some serious satisfaction.

0:32:050:32:08

Do you know, you've made my day?

0:32:080:32:11

-Are you a Stones fan?

-I'm a huge Stones fan.

0:32:110:32:15

Wild Horses couldn't stop it from reaching £520 in the sale room.

0:32:150:32:21

But I can't resist giving you another quick blast of The Beatles

0:32:210:32:25

as I take you back to Dunstable where in 2009

0:32:250:32:28

I got to flick through the pages of Derek's rather special book.

0:32:280:32:32

John Lennon has got to be one of my all-time heroes.

0:32:320:32:36

How did you come by this little book?

0:32:360:32:38

It was left to me by my grandmother who passed away when I was in my early teens.

0:32:380:32:43

-It was left to me and I've had it ever since.

-How did your grandmother get hold of this?

0:32:430:32:48

-She worked at Jonathan Cape, the publishers.

-OK.

0:32:480:32:51

That's where she met him and got his autograph.

0:32:510:32:53

I don't doubt the signature at all. It's so hard.

0:32:530:32:56

-Yes.

-Because there are so many fakes.

0:32:560:32:59

To tell whether or not it's genuine. I've seen enough in my time

0:32:590:33:03

-to be pretty sure.

-Yeah.

0:33:030:33:05

-Obviously the auctioneer will want to do more research.

-Obviously.

0:33:050:33:09

-It's the first publication, so that will carry weight to the value as well.

-Good.

0:33:090:33:15

-But it is quite interesting to read it.

-Yeah.

0:33:150:33:21

-It's almost madness, in a way.

-It is.

0:33:210:33:23

It's hard to make sense of.

0:33:230:33:25

He drew the illustrations as well. "The Wrestling Dog".

0:33:250:33:29

Incredible.

0:33:300:33:32

All credit to you, because at the age of 13,

0:33:320:33:34

I would have got my felt tip pen out!

0:33:340:33:37

I'm not joking, Derek!

0:33:370:33:39

-I would have coloured them all in. Very neatly, mind you! Accurately!

-Of course!

0:33:390:33:45

-But I would have devalued this.

-I think with the signature, I was more keen to look after it.

-Exactly.

0:33:450:33:52

Any idea of the value?

0:33:540:33:56

Have you done any research?

0:33:560:33:58

Slightly. Around the £1,000 mark.

0:33:580:34:02

It depends if he's signed to somebody, that can devalue the signature.

0:34:040:34:08

That devalues them. Because it's not personalised, it's worth a bit more.

0:34:080:34:13

-Right.

-Also, funnily enough, signatures in pencil last longer.

0:34:130:34:18

Pencil lead won't fade so much.

0:34:180:34:20

-Whereas ink will gradually fade over time.

-Right.

0:34:200:34:23

I would like to get this into auction with a value of 800 to £1,200.

0:34:230:34:28

That's where I feel it's going to find its own level.

0:34:280:34:32

Yeah.

0:34:320:34:33

So we could be looking hopefully in the middle at £1,000.

0:34:330:34:38

-Which is what you want, isn't it?

-Yes.

0:34:380:34:42

-Could I get that reserve a little lower?

-Um...

0:34:420:34:45

-No, I'd really like...

-You want £1,000.

-£1,000, please, yes.

0:34:450:34:50

Do you mind if we set the reserve at 1,000?

0:34:500:34:53

-No. No, I don't mind.

-OK.

0:34:530:34:56

-All right, I'll go with you on this one.

-OK.

0:34:560:34:58

Let's call the valuation 1,000 to £1,200.

0:34:580:35:03

Lovely.

0:35:030:35:04

-I think it will just get away.

-Yeah.

0:35:040:35:07

Only just!

0:35:070:35:09

-It's right on the borderline.

-Yeah.

0:35:090:35:12

Great.

0:35:120:35:14

From a '60s superstar to a modern-day legend.

0:35:150:35:17

All the way back to 2002 to Swindon where Kate Bliss discovered

0:35:170:35:23

that little Chris Hawkins had some big boots to fill!

0:35:230:35:26

Chris, you've got a really exciting lot for us today.

0:35:290:35:32

-We've got David Beckham's boots!

-Yep.

0:35:320:35:36

Tell me how did you come by these?

0:35:360:35:38

It was on the internet, a competition to win them.

0:35:380:35:42

It was a quiz where you had to fill out the answers about football.

0:35:420:35:45

You had to get four out of five answers to go through and they put your name in a hat.

0:35:450:35:49

They were bought at auction by the company who owned the website

0:35:490:35:54

-for about 14,000, I think.

-Is that right?

-Yeah.

0:35:540:35:58

So after the competition, a few weeks later,

0:35:580:36:01

we got a message saying, "You've won the boots and you'll get them soon."

0:36:010:36:08

Wow! So are you a big fan of Manchester United?

0:36:080:36:12

I can't exactly say they're my favourite. Mine's Newcastle United.

0:36:120:36:16

They're best. Shearer. All the way.

0:36:160:36:19

So are you looking to sell them?

0:36:190:36:22

I'd be very pleased if I could sell them.

0:36:220:36:24

Have you had them valued since?

0:36:240:36:27

Yeah, I went on a website

0:36:270:36:29

-and they think about 2,500 to £3,000.

-Right.

0:36:290:36:34

-I'd be happy to get that.

-Right.

0:36:340:36:37

Well, David Beckham's loved the world over, isn't he?

0:36:370:36:41

Even I knew that and I know nothing about football.

0:36:410:36:44

Anything connected with him is very popular and very saleable at auction.

0:36:440:36:49

Sport memorabilia is actually quite a different market.

0:36:490:36:54

Something associated with such a personality,

0:36:540:36:56

having said that, will be worth a lot to sport enthusiasts.

0:36:560:37:02

So value, you thought about 2,500, £3,000.

0:37:020:37:06

To do them justice, they ought to go into a specialist sport memorabilia sale.

0:37:060:37:13

Where people can pick up on them there.

0:37:130:37:16

But you found them on the internet and that may be the best place to market them.

0:37:160:37:20

There's a lot of interest from Japan in this sort of thing, particularly Beckham.

0:37:200:37:24

If the auction house markets them in the correct way, and gets the right buyer, they have potential.

0:37:240:37:30

Let me do a bit more research for you and see how we can market them.

0:37:300:37:35

And we can set a reserve figure so it wouldn't go below a certain amount.

0:37:350:37:39

If the bidding didn't come up to that, you could have them back.

0:37:390:37:43

But we'll do our best and see what we can do.

0:37:430:37:46

How exciting. Something completely different!

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So let me refresh your memory before I reveal

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which of my last famous three items scored the biggest hit.

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Was it instant Karma for Derek's autographed first edition John Lennon memoir?

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Diane's silver visitor's card case brought a sparkle to David Barby's eye,

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but did it shine through in the Cheltenham sale room?

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Chris's David Beckham boots kicked us all into a football frenzy

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so keep watching to see how high they scored at a sporting sale.

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It's over to Cheltenham first

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to see what kind of interest Diane's silver card case drummed up.

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It's the best thing in the sale!

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-Unbelievably good.

-Yeah.

-Really is good.

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What will you do with the money?

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Actually, it's my dad's, so it will all go to him.

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-Hopefully he'll give me a bit of commission!

-Let's hope we get that top end.

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I'd like 600.

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Victorian silver castle-topped card case. Repousse decorated.

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300 to start.

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£300. Bid at 300. At 300.

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320. 350.

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380. 400.

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-Diane, we're selling.

-420.

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450. 480.

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500. 520. 550.

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At 550.

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At 550. Are we all done? At 550 near me.

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-I feel greedy. Come on!

-At 550.

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£550, Diane!

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-Excellent!

-You must be happy. David's very happy.

-I'm delighted.

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-Dad will be over the moon!

-Yes, when he gets back.

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-He's on a cruise at the moment.

-Is he?

-On his way to Australia.

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-Sounds like he doesn't need the money!

-No, he doesn't!

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Diane's dad could certainly carry on cruising after that result!

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Now to Tring, to find out if Derek's John Lennon book did the business.

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There is a bit more Beatles memorabilia around, so fingers crossed.

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Fingers crossed the Beatles fans will find this.

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-I'm nervous, really.

-Are you?

-I'm wondering if it'll go or not.

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-Fingers crossed.

-Let's not end up being jealous guys, shall we?

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Here we go.

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There it is. Shall we start at 500. Thank you very much. 500 we're bid.

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520 we have now. 550.

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580. 600.

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Let's move on. 650. 700.

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And 750.

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800.

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850. 900 bid.

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At 900 I'm bid. £900. Madam, 950, thank you.

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At £950. At £950.

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So 1,000 we've got. Thank you. 1,000 is bid for it now.

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At 1,000. 1,050. 1,050.

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Are you going to meet 11? 1,050.

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You'll never get another chance.

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1,100. That's the way. At £1,100, then.

0:40:470:40:50

OK. I shall sell it, then.

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That hammer went down quickly. Well done, auctioneer. Good man.

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-£1,100.

-Yep. Not bad!

-Not bad, was it?

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-Not bad. Happy?

-Yes.

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I am. I'm certainly very happy! What will you put the money towards?

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Some of it will be to help the cost of my son's driving lessons.

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The rest, I don't know yet. Haven't made plans.

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-Enjoy it, won't you?

-I will do! Thank you very much.

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Quality always sells. And what a name, as well.

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A smash hit, and my estimate was right on the money.

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Finally, when I took Chris and his mum to a specialist auction in 2002,

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the young lad almost became as big a star as David Beckham!

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-How are you feeling?

-Very nervous.

-Are you?

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-Butterflies. Very shaky.

-How's Mum?

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Not very well!

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-Extremely nervous!

-I bet you are.

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-You said it was like standing in the queue for?

-The Big Dipper.

-Big dipper!

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-I think it might be as well!

-Yeah!

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These are going to sell, Kate?

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Chris has his lucky tee-shirt on, I've got my lucky... I'd better not tell you!

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-There they are.

-Here we go.

-Come on!

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We can open here at 550. 600. 650.

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Any advance on £650?

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At 650. 700. 750.

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800. 850. 900. 950.

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-£1,000 on the telephone. Any advance on 1,000? 1,100 in the room.

-Great!

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1,200.

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-Going on, sir? Back on the telephone at 1,300.

-That's good!

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1,400.

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1,500.

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At £1,500. In the room at 1,500. Any advance at £1,500?

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I can feel you shaking!

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-Are you pleased with that?

-Yeah, I am.

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I was hoping to get a lot more, but that will definitely do!

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-That'll do you, won't it?

-Yeah!

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-How are you feeling?

-I'm glad it's over!

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Those football boots of David Beckham's certainly hit the back of the net! What a result.

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It goes to show how lucrative the market is for celebrity memorabilia.

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That brings us to the end of the show.

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I hope you've enjoyed our trip through the archives and do join me again soon.

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But for now, from Syon House, it's goodbye.

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In this archive edition, Paul Martin presents an illustrious collection of his favourite celebrity mementos and memorabilia.

A pair of David Beckham boots hit the back of the net at a specialist sale and a signed John Lennon book flies high in the saleroom in Tring.

Paul also gets to sample a slice of fame in the fast lane when he visits a collection of cars of the stars in Edinburgh.