The American public is becoming increasingly aware of the beauty and value of Victorian antique dining chairs , cabinets and bookcases. Now, driven by the success of UK shows like Cash in the Attic and Antiques Road Show, the US has made some antique-inspired TV shows of its own, giving British viewers a chance to see how antique desks are viewed on the other side of the pond.
Auction Kings, being aired on Discovery, delves into the world of the Atlanta auction house Gallery 63, which deals in objects a little more eccentric than antique Victorian dining chairs and Bakelite telephones. Like shrunken heads and Nazi memorabilia, for instance. Meanwhile, TLC’s Auctioneer$ takes a different approach, interviewing genuine bidders at a Phoenix auction house to see the story behind some of their purchases. Antique Warriors, currently in production, is hoping to be the world’s first 3D antiques program.
Auction Hunters, currently being shown on America’s Spike TV channel, features real-life LA antique dealers Clinton Jones and Allen Haff. The show utilises the fact that people often arrange for belongings to be placed in long-term storage units, which are then abandoned at a later date. These units are then auctioned off, often for ridiculously small amounts, with bidders allowed just a few seconds to see the contents. Okay, so your $200 may well buy you five units of Christmas decorations and back issues of National Enquirer – but there might be a set of Gustav Stickley Victorian antique dining chairs hiding somewhere too.
Remember that many Americans settled in the UK over the years, bringing their furniture with them. If you fancy seeing American Arts and Crafts antique dining chairs in your home, a Lancashire antiques dealer may well be able to help.
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