Deb's Digest
Debbie Atkinson’s family life column, as featured in the Southport Visiter.

Friday, 31 October 2008


A friend said she'd been to an auction house in Liverpool where they were filming Cash in the Attic. Not one to be outdone, I went along today with my husband in tow. Again they were filming Cash in the Attic and I was chatting (as you do) to Angela Rippon. The saleroom was cold and there wasn't much that was worth a second glance - apart from an old 70-piece Royal Copenhagen dinner service, which was very lovely. Ms Rippon said she'd seen me looking at the dinner service and said she also thought it was a beautiful set. It was number 43 on the list so we decided to wait for that lot and then go. I know Royal Copenhagen and have a small collection and I expected the dinner service to be well out of my range. And it appeared that that was going to be the case when the auctioneer announced that he'd got lots of interest on the phones. He started the bidding at £120. I showed my hand at £160. He said the bid was with him at £170 and asked if I wanted to go to £180. I said no because I felt that the bidding was just going to get silly. "Will you do £175 then?" he asked so to be polite and because he seemed to be helping me I said yes. I honestly could not believe it when the hammer came down. Angela Rippon said she thought it was the best lot of the day and I am still feeling thrilled. All 70 pieces are now spread out on the dining room table and I just keep looking at them. And, I might add, that I have looked on the internet and my £175 has bought me £9,000 worth of Royal Copenhagen - jammy or what!


  1. Wow! Can I come with you next time please since you seem to have the luck of the Irish.

  2. wow...what a steal...congrats. :)

  3. Seems like you have found the next big thing at last - buying and selling antiques. But will someone really pay £9,ooo for it?

  4. I doubt it! Since then, I've found other websites where it's cheaper, but still over £2,000. I think I'll hang onto it anyway and it can be an heirloom - although we don't have a very good record in this household when it comes to china.

  5. Hi

    Plan to place a bid on an item at the Cash in the Attic Liverpool AuctionHouse

    One question tho, having google'd Liverpool Auction houses - which is the name of it, no-one seems to mention it's name.

    Any reply would be appreciated


  6. Hi Alan
    The name is Cato Crane, it's near the Albert Docks in Liverpool - if you Google the name you'll find it.