Heartwarming tales of a life in antiques from the star of BBC TV's Bargain Hunt
From priceless eighteenth-century dining tables hidden away in decaying farm sheds to tattooed travellers with a penchant for Wedgewood china, professional auctioneer Philip Serrell has seen it all. In An Auctioneer's Lot he brings to life a world in which the most valuable antiques frequently turn up in the most unlikely places - and accompanied by the most unlikely people. For over twenty years he has uncovered a huge range of priceless (and occasionally worthless) antiques, and he has met, done business with and befriended people from some odd corners of English life.
Funny, startling and sometimes poignant, these stories of ordinary people with extraordinary possessions are also the perfect inspiration for anyone who's ever wondered whether they might just be sitting on a fortune . . .
Marvellous . . . forget about car boot sales and eBay: this is the real thing. - Independent
Philip has now been an auctioneer for over 30 years. His first job saw him cleaning out the cattle pens at a local livestock market. After a few years Philip was able to set up business on his own, establishing 'Philip Serrell Auctioneers and Valuers' in 1995.
Through his work he has met some interesting and wonderful people and he has written two books based on his life as a country auctioneer. He is also a regular face on many antiques television programmes such as Bargain Hunt and The Antiques Road Trip, as well as being a winning competitor on Celebrity Mastermind.
He is an energetic fund raiser for local charities, in particular for St Richard's Hospice in Worcester of which he is a Patron. He is also a Trustee of the Museum of Royal Worcester.