TV antiques expert Michael Hogben turns up regularly on Bargain Hunt and Dickinson’s Real Deal, where he casts his expert eye over the antique chests and other collectibles brought for his appraisal.
In Real Deal, Hogben and other antiques dealers try to persuade members of the public to sell their antiques and heirlooms to them, rather than send them to auction. However, Michael himself will soon be bringing the gavel down on the Victorian mahogany pedestal desks , as Lancashire viewers have learned he is now in charge of a new auction house at Westenhanger railway station, Kent.
This marks a return to the rostrum for Hogben, who had his own auction house for 15 years before selling it in 2004. He then concentrated on his TV and antiques valuation career, but picked up his gavel again in December when he was offered the post of head valuer and auctioneer at the newly refurbished Westenhanger premises. The sale room opened in January. He explained:
“We are trying to breathe new life into an old train station building that has been empty for more than 40 years.
“It really lends itself to the interior auction sales we will be holding.”
While Hogben’s choice is to deal from the other side of the rostrum, there are disadvantages in relying on auctions when buying furniture like a Victorian oak pedestal desk . Ribble Valley Real Deal fans will have seen how easy it is to be out of pocket when choosing the auction room over the antique dealer. The same is true when buying – if not more so.
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