The popular BBC2 antiques programme Flog It! presented by Paul Martin, is returning to Hampshire.
Flog It! – the major BBC2 antiques series – regularly gets an audience of two million viewers each weekday.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will once again be hosting a Flog It! Valuation Day, the TV programmes first visit to the dockyard ten years ago was so successful the BBC are bringing the show back to the city.
Rather like a treasure hunt, members of the public are invited to bring along up to three antiques and collectables they might be interested in selling. Once valued, the owner and a team of experts decide whether an item should go forward for auction. If the item is chosen it is sold a few weeks later – often with the owner making a tidy sum. Everyone who goes along to the Valuation Day will receive a free valuation – even if their antiques are not chosen to go forward for auction.
Previous programmes have seen a small cream jug sold at auction for £1,300; a ceramic bowl, bought for £4 at a car boot sale, achieving £1,500; and a lady in Aberdeen sold a Shelley tea set for a huge £3,400! More recently we surprised a gentleman who brought in a ceremonial cup; it later sold for £44,000!
Heidi Ellert, Series Producer says “Paul Martin and the entire Flog It! team are really looking forward to bringing the show back to Portsmouth. The historic dockyard is a fantastic location and is home to so many fascinating historical treasures. It really is the perfect setting for our event and we all hope you will join us for a free valuation, if you’ve ever wondered how much your boot sale bargains or clutter in the loft might be worth, now is your chance to find out.”
Flog It! will be at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on Friday 25th May from 9.30am until 4:00pm. The auction will take place at Andrew Smith and Son at Itchen Stoke near Winchester on Tuesday 12th June. The editions of Flog It! recorded at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will be broadcast as part of the eleventh series.
Paul Martin will be joined on the day by antiques experts Will Axon and Michael Baggott.