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TV auctioneer Charles Hanson valuing items at Keston

PUBLISHED: 14:30 13 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:30 13 April 2018

Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons London. Picture: Hansons

Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons London. Picture: Hansons

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If you’ve ever wondered if that ancient vase, pretty brooch, old painting or quirky object gathering dust is worth anything you can find out for free – courtesy of TV celebrity Charles Hanson.

Three Chinese bowls bought at junk shops in the 1960s or 50s sold for �62,000. Picture: Hansons Three Chinese bowls bought at junk shops in the 1960s or 50s sold for �62,000. Picture: Hansons

He will be visiting The Greyhound, Commonside, Keston, on Thursday, April 19, from 11am-2pm, to value items on behalf of Hansons London, which he launched earlier this year.

Charles, who is famous for his appearances on TV’s Bargain Hunt, Flog It! and Antiques Road Trip, said: “You might be sitting on a windfall.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting the people of Keston and Bromley and uncovering treasures.

“I will be valuing antiques, jewellery, watches, gold, silver, ceramics, paintings and all types of collectables.”

If the price is right, items can be entered into a forthcoming sale at Hansons London, a sister saleroom to Hansons Auctioneers in Derbyshire, which Charles launched in 2005.

The London expansion was a long-held dream.

He added: “We have had some amazing finds at free valuation days like this and produced life-changing results for vendors.

“For example, one seller said she could retire after three Chinese bowls she sold with us fetched £62,000 at auction.

“They had been sitting in a cabinet for years after her father paid no more than £1 each for them at junk shops in the 1950s and 60s.

“On another occasion we took in a pair of Amphora vases entwined with dragons that were smashed and broken. Because of the damage, the estimate was £20-£30 and the owner joked that they’d nearly chucked them in the river.

“They were snapped up by an American buyer for £1,500.”

Charles also mentioned tat a glass designed in 1900 by Austrian artist Koloman Moser, which was bought for 99p at a charity shop, fetched £170 at auction, and a copy of the Quran had sold for £6,500 from an estimate of £100-£200.

He said: “Many people have items gathering dust at home that are valuable and they have no idea.

“Do bring them to us for valuation, even if you think they may be worthless.”

To find out more, call Sally Summers on 07791 562750.

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