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Flog It! comes to Longleat

This entry was posted on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 at 10:32 am.

THE popular BBC One antiques programme Flog It! presented by Paul Martin, is coming to Wiltshire on Thursday 18th July.

Flog It! – the major BBC antiques show is now on its 12th series and regularly achieves an audience of over two million viewers in its weekday afternoon slot.

Longleat House and gardens will be hosting the Flog It! valuation day.  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 included in a sale a few weeks later – hopefully when the auctioneers hammer falls its owners make 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.

Last year the show made a significant find when a rare Aboriginal Broad Shield that had been kept hidden away in a Flog It! viewer’s wardrobe was brought along to a valuation day in North Lincolnshire and went on to sell at auction for £30,000! The series also uncovered an unusual Royal Doulton Spook figurine in Blackpool which had been bought at a car boot sale for £2; it went on to sell at auction for £5,000.

Louise Hibbins, series producer said, “Paul Martin and the entire Flog It! team are really pleased to be bringing the show to Wiltshire. Longleat will provide the perfect setting for our valuation day event and our experts are all looking forward to welcoming people along for their free valuations.  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.”

Longleat media manager, Steve Mytton said, “It’s fantastic to have Flog It! come to Longleat. The house and gardens will provide the perfect backdrop for the programme as well as a place for people to discover what their antiques are really worth. With over 450 years of history within the house and estate, in addition to all the antiques expected to be brought here I’m sure Flog It! will feel right at home!”

Paul Martin, who lives in the village of Seend near Melksham, will be joined on the valuation day by Flog It! on screen experts David Fletcher, Mark Stacey and Michael Baggott.

Flog It! will be at Longleat House, (BA12 7NW) on Thursday 18th July between 9.30am and 4.00pm. The items selected at the valuation day will go under the hammer at Henry Aldridge & Son Auctioneers, Unit 1 Bath Road Business Centre, Bath Road, Devizes (SN10 1XA) on Saturday 10th August.

Contact: flog.it@bbc. co.uk or visit  www.bbc.co.uk/flogit