Punters flock to Boldon for TV’s Flog It! show

BBC Flog It presenter Paul Martin at Boldon Auction Galleries
BBC Flog It presenter Paul Martin at Boldon Auction Galleries
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POPULAR TV show Flog It! visited an auction house to film items going under the hammer.

 The BBC 2 programme, hosted by Paul Martin, made a return to Boldon Auction Galleries in Front Street, East Boldon.

 Auctioner Giles Hodges said: “The day went fantastically. It’s always great to have the show here and we always manage to sell the things they bring along.

 “Whatever job you do it’s always great to do something different once in a while, and having the show along is always an entertaining day.”

 He added: “I went to college with a few people on the show and we’ve got to know everyone over the years so we always look forward to them coming.

 “They’re always welcome.”

 More than 400 items were auctioned on the day, including a Chinese incised Celadon vase, which sold for £8,800, despite originally being valued between £3,000 and £5,000.

 A concertina musical instrument also sold above its expected value for £680.

 The auction house has previously sold items for ITV1’s Dickinson’s Real Deal, with David Dickinson, and BBC Two’s Antiques Roadtrip.

 Mr Hodges said: “Knowing about the TV shows might get a few extra people along on the day, but we’re always full to capacity anyway.

 “Antiques are popular at the minute and being on the TV is really helping to give our gallery a bit of publicity.

 “Antiques are really interesting and they’re a great investment in the future.

 “I think people are better off investing in antiques than putting their money in the bank at the moment.”

 He added: “I’m not saying it’s 100 per cent safe but in the long-term antiques are a good investment.

 “You get a lot of different people coming along to auctions. You have people who come along to buy things because they like buying things, and you have people who come along to find good investments.”

 The show is to be aired early next year.