In the last series of Four Rooms, a dealer paid £2,000 for a battered Victorian oak pedestal desk with missing drawers – because it was the same desk Bram Stoker used to write his famous gothic horror novel, Dracula.
Now, Channel 4 is once more looking for people with rare and unusual items who are willing to pit their wits on screen against some of the country’s top antique dealers and – possibly – get a small fortune for their belongings.
It is fair to say that the average householder in the Ribble Valley with an antique dining table they’ve inherited probably wouldn’t qualify – unless the table was of a particularly unique design, or had famous connections. The whole aim of Four Rooms is to flush out items that are curious, bizarre or truly special – which doesn’t always equate to antique. A dining chair sat on by JK Rowling in the early part of her writing career looked like a fairly unremarkable piece of 20th century Arts & Crafts furniture , but its cast iron provenance – which included the Harry Potter authoress’ hand-painted signature – pushed it into the £53,500 bracket.
Channel 4 is now casting for the third series of Four Rooms, which will go out in 2013 as 30 one hour episodes. Practically anything that is unique could qualify, so a Victorian oak pedestal desk has as much chance as a modern design icon – provided it has a story to tell. Antique dealers in Lancashire have antique desks for all budgets – although none will be as shabby as the one a hot young blood called Bram Stoker once used.
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