Antiques experts go head-for-head for TV show

Eric Knowles

Eric Knowles

Cameras will be rolling at Cirencester auctioneers Moore Allen & Innocent next week as stars from popular TV show Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is go head-to-head to make the largest profit from antiques they’ve bought at car boot sales and antique fairs.

Eric Knowles and Katherine Higgins of the Antiques Roadshow, Cash in the Attic’s John Cameron, and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is regular Charlie Ross have each entered four antiques into the sale, which will be held on Friday, February 17, and will be crossing their fingers that their lots make a larger profit than their competitors’.

Moore Allen & Innocent’s principle auctioneer Philip Allwood – himself no stranger to TV cameras – says his fellow antiques experts have found some real gems.

And without wishing to give away the identify of the star behind the lot, or what was originally paid for the item, Philip’s favourite pieces, in no particular order, are a Wadeheath for Walt Disney Three Little Pigs jug, circa 1930, a Steiff Jocko monkey from the 1950s, a silver Concord brooch produced in 1979 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Concord’s maiden flight, and an Edwardian mahogany Sheraton revival cabinet.

Philip said: “My colleagues have entered some excellent lots on which the public will be invited to bid. Of particular local interest will be the Concord brooch. The first UK flight of the Concord was made between Bristol and RAF Fairford – about eight miles from our saleroom – by Brian Trubshaw, who lived in the Cotswolds.”

Filming at the saleroom will contribute to two episodes of Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, which is now in its fifth series. All profits from the sale of antiques on the BBC show are donated to the competitors’ chosen charities.

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