When we filmed Cash In The Celebrity Attic, there was always competition between experts to get paired with the biggest celebs
On one occasion I was bitterly disappointed to learn my friend and fellow expert Jonty Hearnden would be working with England goalkeeping legend Peter Shilton.
One of the items he was selling for his charity was a rare porcelain copy of the World Cup, commissioned by FIFA and made by the Spanish manufacturer Lladro.
When Brazil won the World Cup for a third time in 1970, they got to keep the Jules Rimet cup, the one Bobby Moore was pictured with in 1966, and a competition was staged to design a new one.
Italian sculptor Sylvio Gazzaniga’s design beat 52 other entrants .
When Spain held the tournament in 1982 it was fitting its world-famous porcelain factory would be commissioned by FIFA to produce a limited number of copies of the trophy to be given to the players and FIFA officials.
As luck would have it, and due to the financial and logistical sense of filming several episodes at the same auction, I was there when Peter Shilton’s items were coming under the hammer.
I was filming with former Blue Peter presenter Simon Groom and we all rendezvoused at an auction house in Derby.
I knew two had sold for £5,000 and £2,500, yet neither had the provenance of being owned by England’s most-capped player.
But bidding stalled around £800 and before I realised what I was doing my hand went up, the hammer came down and I was the new owner with change from £1,000. - and Shilts even signed my receipt.
I may not live long enough to see England win the World Cup again, but now I’ve got my own!