TV Flog It! team returns to Eastbourne Auction Rooms

Presenter Paul Martin with Eastbourne Auction Rooms' Nicolette Achilleous
Presenter Paul Martin with Eastbourne Auction Rooms' Nicolette Achilleous

ANTIQUES television show Flog It! filmed at an Eastbourne auction house last week.

Eastbourne Auction Rooms in Finmere Road welcomed BBC presenter Paul Martin for three days of filming.

In August, people flocked to Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion with their interesting unwanted items and then last week they were filmed going under the hammer.

Military rifles, a Liberty dish, jewellery and a musical box were all sold in the auction for the popular television show.

Jeannette May, senior valuer at Eastbourne Auction Rooms, explained Flog It! had been to Eastbourne Auction Rooms five years ago and said last week’s visit was just as successful as the last.

She said, “It was really great. It took up a lot of time but the guys who did it were really lovely and Paul Martin was charming and just got on with it.

“It really went without a hitch and most of the items did over and above their estimates.”

Eastbourne Auction Rooms has online and telephone bidders at its auctions and at this latest sale there were a record number of online bidders.

The Flog It! items also attracted lots of telephone bidders.

Jeannette added, “It was a really, really buoyant sale and we are now packing up parcels to send all over the world.”

Bids were coming in from Australia, Canada, China, America and Russia. Jeanette says oriental items are particularly sought after at the moment, and gold and silver are also at a record high.

She and the team at Eastbourne Auction Rooms encourage people to visit them when they are clearing out houses or before they throw out items.

She said, “We are here to give free advice and we would rather you brought all the items in for us to look at because you never know what could be valuable.”

And it wasn’t just buying and selling items that put smiles on the visitors faces, as Paul Martin signed autographs and chatted to the people who dropped in to watch the filming.

The Flog It! programmes featuring Eastbourne Auction Rooms are expected to appear on television in three to six months time.