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December 22, 2009 - Filed under: Antiques on TV — Harriet

Jonty Hearnden now referred to the antiques world’s answer to Hugh Grant is selling his antiques business because celebrity means he is never there. Reported in the Daily Mail recently, Jonty has decided to sell the business that he runs with his mother because he is never there due to increasing television commitments.

Jonty first came into people’s living rooms primarily through being one of the resident antiques expert on Cash in the Attic with Lorne Spicer. Lorne would chirpily introduce the contestants and then proceed to go round their house to see what treasures were lurking. One of the treasures of course, was Jonty Hearnden who viewers would usually bump into under the stairs, in the garage or of course, up in the attic and he had always picked out some little treasure which he would show to viewers then ask contestants a bit about its history. It would then follow that these pieces would then go to auction to realise cash for a particular project that the contestants were interested in.

Jonty has also been in other TV shows such as the Antiques Roadshow, Sun, Sea and Bargain Spotting, and is about to appear in the third series of Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, where he competes with Kate Bliss, another celebrity antiques expert to see who will make the most money out of buying and selling antiques.

Britain’s interest in both antiques and celebrity has catapulted many antiques experts like Jonty Hearnden into the public domain. Programmes like Cash in the Attic sell contestants, ceramics, silver, objet d’art, and antique furniture in Lancashire , Derbyshire and anywhere where there is a local auction houses and in so doing, bring the faces of local auctioneers and experts like Jonty to the masses.

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