The popular BBC One antiques programme ‘Flog It’ presented by Paul Martin, is set to visit Highcliffe Castle, in Dorset on Wednesday 17 June 2015.
‘Flog It’ – the major BBC antiques show is now on its 14th series and regularly achieves an audience of over two million viewers in its weekday afternoon slot.
Highcliffe Castle near Christchurch 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 object 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.
The show recently made a significant find when a rare Aboriginal Broad Shield that had been kept hidden away in a Flog It viewers 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 £5000.
Alex Habgood, Location Manager says “Paul Martin and the entire Flog It team are really pleased to be bringing the show to Dorset. We always receive a warm welcome when we come to the county. Highcliffe Castle is a stunning venue steeped in history, I’m sure the castle and grounds will provide the perfect setting for our valuation day; 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.
Paul Martin, the shows presenter said “I’m delighted to be bringing ‘Flog It’ back to Dorset; it’s a beautiful county. I’m looking forward to exploring Highcliffe Castle and revealing some of its fascinating history to our viewers. I hope as many people as possible will come along to see us with their items for valuation.”
David Hopkins, Highcliffe Castle Manager, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming ‘Flog It’ to the Castle. As well as giving local people the chance to have their antiques valued for free; it will give us the opportunity to showcase the Castle to the wider public throughout the country. And you never know – someone might unearth something which is of real value!”
The BBC plan to transmit the four editions of ‘Flog It’ featuring Highcliffe Castle within a year of recording.
‘Flog It’ will be at Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, Dorset, BH23 4LE on Wednesday 17 June 2015 between 9.30am and 4pm. The items selected at the valuation day will go under the hammer at Cottees Auctions, The Market, East Street, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4NR on Tuesday 7 July.