Thursday, 30 May 2013

The Antiques Road Trip Arrives at Cottees Auction House

Yesterday was just a normal day. Up early and off to an auction, but as soon as we arrived at Cottees Auction House and Saleroom in Wareham, Dorset, we realised something was afoot. The packed car park should have given us a hint, but it took the sight of several young men hefting large cameras for the penny to drop. The Antiques Road trip was about to roll into town!
For anyone who’s not seen the show, the idea is quite simple. Two competing antique experts set off on a road trip around the UK searching for treasures to sell at auction.  Each week-long episode features different experts, yesterday was the turn of Philip Serrell and Tom Scott.  
Turning up in an open-top car is a nice touch, unless, as was the case yesterday, it's pouring with rain. The two presenters looked as if they were in need of a warming cup of tea, but first there was the business of putting the roof on the car...
not once, but three times!


Philip Serrell and Tom Scott staying dry between takes.
Filming continued throughout the early part of the auction, and I rather wish I’d paid attention as I don’t know who won. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before the programme airs.
I was lucky enough to be the high bidder on all the lots I wanted so a very satisfactory day. I don’t suppose the losing presenter will feel quite the same way. 

Update January 2014; this show aired on BBC Two today and is available to view here until the 17th January 2014.  If you look very closely you can see Terry and I at the back of the auction room! 

33 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, Barbara - Antiques Road Trip is one of my favourite shows! You're so lucky to have been at one of the auctions! Who are your favourite experts? Mine are Charles Hanson and Charlie Ross - they never fail to put a smile on my face.

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    1. Hi Sophie, you just picked my two favourites. Charles Hanson is bumbling but adorable & the other Charles makes me laugh. Tom Scott is new, but he may well become another of my favourites before too long! It really pays to keep a camera or phone handy at all times! The auction was a lot of fun.

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  2. Can't wait to see Tom Scott in action...handsome newcomer to the screen.

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    1. Hi Jan, I could not agree more! I'm not sure when it will be on TV, but I for one can't wait!!

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  4. Lucky you, winning your bids, well done! x

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    1. Thanks Suzy, it was a fun day. Winning the lots was the icing on the cake!

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  5. Good morning Barbara! HOW EXCITING IS THIS! My husband and I are avid viewers of The Antiques Road SHOW, as it's called out here! We are fascinated by the various objects people show and especially the prices some of these items can fetch! What a lovely outing for you!

    Enjoy the day shopping, looking, dreaming, reading. Anita

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    1. Good afternoon, Anita! It was very, very exciting and a lot of fun. Thank you for your good wishes, no shopping today, but lots of reading and dreaming. xx

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  6. As if the thought of this auction isn't exciting enough to find The Antiques Road Trip filming is just amazing.

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    1. Hi Tracy, It was pretty amazing and interesting to watch. I wish it had been possible to hear what the presenters were saying but will have to wait for the programme to find out!

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  7. Barbara, I've missed so many posts! I will catch up on them soon. So glad you're high bidder on all the lots you want. Also, I got your message on 'The Music of Dolphins' and am thrilled you love it. You make me want to read it again! {I recently discovered the author's website, and she said 'Shay' was actually raised by humans but was so neglected that she didn't behave like a normal child at all. How sad! But how real, too.}

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    1. Hello Claudine, you should read it again…I’m going to! Thanks so much for telling me about it, it’s my new favourite book. I must look at the website; I would love to read more of the background. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this post and the previous one, I really appreciate it. Now it's time to call into your lovely blog and see what new delights are on offer!

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  8. What an interesting day you had! Looks like you got a great stash of books too!

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    1. Hi Diane, yes I was very lucky to get such a nice assortment. I’m going to have a lot of fun over the next few weeks! Thanks for calling in.

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  9. How fun that you got to watch the "behind the scenes" of the making of a tv show. I think we get that one on the BBC America channel. It's been a while since I've seen it, though. Looks like you had a really good book buying day!!

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    1. Hi Gayle, it was a lot of fun, and yes I did buy some nice things. Thanks for calling in. Barbara.

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  10. If that Lancia had been for sale I'd have had a go.
    and that Dandy annual. I loved Dandy.

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    1. Hi Roger, It’s a Lancia is it? I had no idea. Competition huh – I’m not telling you where the next auction is! :)

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  11. Such a nice day, very exciting being part of the show and winning the books too.
    Auction...old things...old books...fantastic day (yes, healthy envy!).
    Besos!

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    1. Hello Silvina, I have lots of that healthy envy when I look at all the lovely things on your blog!

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  12. Sounds like a lovely day. I wonder if they ever got a spot of tea?

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    1. Hi Eve, I do hope so it was a freezing cold and very wet day! We managed a cup or two between bids.

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  13. Congrats on acquiring all the lovely books!

    I love the Antique Road Show- and how awesome that you got to witness part of it. :) It will be so exciting when it airs.

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    1. It certainly will. I can't wait to find out who won. I just hope I’m not in any of the images they show on TV - my sister has seen me on Bargain Hunt a couple of times (in the background – not on the show!) but I’ve yet to catch a glimpse of myself. Thank goodness! Thanks for calling in Stephanie it's always a pleasure to have a visit from you.

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  14. How exciting! Antiques Road Show and a nice haul of special books!

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    1. Hi Brandy, it certainly added a little excitement to the room. It doesn't make it easy to view the lots when cameras are around but the general 'buzz' more than makes up for it. I must come over and see you in the next couple of days. It's been a while since I last visited.

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  15. ~ You did wonderfully well, Barbara, acquiring those lovely books..~ and also getting a sneaky peek at the behind the scenes of this great show! ~ I loved hearing of your tale from your wedding and your lovely 'OH' surprising you with 'Lily of the Valley' for your bouquet! What a beautiful gesture ....~ and by the sounds a wonderful husband you have! ~ with kindest thoughts...Maria x

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    1. Hello Maria, thank you for your lovely comment! The Lily of the valley really was a wonderful surprise and yes my OH can be very thoughtful. Barbara xx

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  16. How fun. I would have loved to see that.

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    1. Hi Donna, it was a lot of fun! You often see people at auctions reading newspapers or books (trying to while away the hours between ‘their’ lots) but not so at this sale - everyone was far too interested in what was going on!

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  17. What a day! I'm glad you came away with what you wanted :) It's a great programme to watch.

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    1. Thanks Nikki-ann! I love to watch it so to be there when part of it was filmed was an extra special treat. Thanks for calling in. Barbara

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