15 Apr 2021
November 14, 2012 - Filed under: Antiques on TV — Harriet

Country and pop music legend Taylor Swift is a real old-fashioned girl at heart, loving nothing more than to root among the open bookcases of her favourite antique dealers; she also has a soft spot for Lancashire’s favourite antiques TV presenter, David Dickinson.

Taylor Swift revealed her affection for the permatanned star of Bargain Hunt and Dickinson’s Real Deal to Alan Carr on his Channel 4 show, Chatty Man. However, it isn’t just David’s antique desk expertise that the girl from Nashville finds so attractive; it seems she finds his dress sense dashing too. She explained:

“We love a bit of pinstripe in America.”

It was David’s trademark suits that netted him his first TV job, after a TV executive remarked that he was a dead ringer for rogue antique trader Lovejoy. In fact, David started off in the cloth trade, and even acted as agent to his wife, the cabaret singer Lorne Lesley. During this time, he began visiting antique shops, learning the tricks of the trade before establishing his own business.

On Bargain Hunt, contestants are given £300 to pick up bargains for sale at auction, but Taylor Swift had a considerably larger budget than this when she went on an antiques shopping spree in London. In just five minutes she had spent £50,000 – not on antique cabinets and Victorian dining chairs , but old medicine bottles, a pinball machine and a shark painting.

Perhaps the Duke should have told her that antique dealers in Lancashire generally have antique mahogany partners desks and other fine furniture at prices well below those of London.

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