Charles Hanson, the television antique expert, recently held an auction from his garden shed in aid of the NHS.
The Golden Gravel NHS Charity Auction raised money for five hospitals in the Derbyshire and Staffordshire area. Hanson, like all antique dealers, has to remain at home during the coronavirus lockdown. He has an antique auction business and wanted to put his auctioneering skills to good use. The charity auction was held at the beginning of April from his ‘man cave’ garden shed and bidders could bid online.
Unable to source antiques for the sale, Charles enlisted the help of celebrities who donated memorabilia. Robbie Williams gave signed Millennium song lyrics. An autograph book containing signatures from David Cameron, Ed Balls and Fiona Bruce the broadcaster and Antiques Road presenter also went in the auction. Charles donated two BBC Bargain Hunt auction gravels that were presented to him as well as his own auction gravel. Hanson said:
“I wanted to do something to help and decided to stick with what I’m best at, auctioneering.”
He said that he wanted the money to buy protective clothing for NHS workers, but some of the money will purchase tea and biscuits to refresh staff who are working long days.
Antique showrooms are closed during the coronavirus crisis, but antique dealers continue to sell antique desks, sofas, chests and more online. These can be viewed on dealers’ websites and they can be contacted to discuss any items that customers are interested in. Some dealers offer “no contact” delivery.
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