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Speculators flock to TV's Flog it!; ANTIQUES & AUCTIONS.

FLOG IT! is a major new BBC TV antiques series from the same stable as the Antiques Roadshow, which boasts eight or nine million viewers every Sunday, and Bargain Hunt, which has 2.2 million viewers each weekday.

Hundreds of people come to the Flog it! public valuation days, and one will be held in Cardiff in The Lower Hall Room of Cardiff City Hall on Sunday, from 9.30am to 4pm.

The associated auction date will be on Wednesday, February 6, at Anthemion Auctions, Llandough Trading Park, Penarth Road, Cardiff.

Flog it! is an hour-long programme which combines the traditional appeal of the Antiques Roadshow with the knockabout excitement of Bargain Hunt. The added twist is that the show's own contributors can win or lose their own money by selling their possessions at auction.

The first part of the show is the valuation day, in which the public bring objects they want to sell. Everyone receives a valuation of their items.

Admission to the day is free and filming takes place throughout the day from 9.30 am to 4pm. Members of the public are asked to limit their items to a maximum of three, unless they are bringing a collection.

The show's contributors will decide which of their antiques they want to sell at auction based on the valuation given by the experts. All the experts are auctioneers and many have appeared on Bargain Hunt.

They will persuade the contributors to take a chance on the lottery of selling at the auction and put their reputations on the line with the valuations they give. The auction and contributors are filmed as the items go under the hammer.

The winners are the contributors who make the most money and the experts whose valuations are closest to the actual sale prices.

The series begins on BBC2 on weekday afternoons in April.

As with Bargain Hunt, viewers will be able to play along at home by logging on to the BBC antiques website www. bbc. co. uk/antiques For more information contact Isabelle Corr on 0117 974 7848.

MARKET VALUE: This blue and white meat plate was valued at pounds 25 to pounds 30 by Flog it! expert Kate Alcock and later sold at auction in Leeds for pounds 55. Kate and fellow expert Philip Serrell will be on hand at the Cardiff public valuation day at City Hall tomorrow

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PRICING IT RIGHT: At a Flog it! valuation in Leeds these three Cosi teapots were valued at pounds 120 to pounds 200 by expert David Barby and later sold at auction for pounds 140 MARKET VALUE: This blue and white meat plate was valued at pounds 25 to pounds 30 by Flog it! expert Kate Alcock and later sold at auction in Leeds for pounds 55. Kate and fellow expert Philip Serrell will be on hand at the Cardiff public valuation day at City Hall tomorrow
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Date:Jan 12, 2002
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