BBC Antique Series Flog It! comes to St Albans Cathedral

Wed, 21 October 2015

Paul Martin, presenter of Flog It!

The popular BBC One antiques programme Flog It presented by Paul Martin, is set to visit St Albans on Thursday 12th November 2015. 

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

St Albans Cathedral 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 at the art gallery 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, Series Location Manager says “Paul Martin and the entire Flog It team are really pleased to be bringing the show back to St Albans. I’m sure the Cathedral will provide the perfect setting for our valuation day; our experts are all looking forward to welcoming people along for their free valuations in such important and magnificent surroundings. 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 St Albans; it’s a great city which the series first visited in 2008 when we filmed at the Town Hall. I’m looking forward to exploring the Cathedral 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.”

Sub Dean of St Albans Cathedral, the Reverend Richard Watson, said, "Cathedrals have always been marketplaces of one kind or another so it's great to be welcoming the Flog It! team to St Albans.  I can't think of a better place to uncover the priceless, the beautiful and the quirky!"

The BBC plan to transmit the four editions of Flog It featuring St Albans Cathedral within a year of recording. Paul Martin will be joined at the valuation day by on screen experts Claire Rawle and Jonathan Pratt.

Flog It will be at St Albans Cathedral, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1BY on Thursday 12th November 2015 between 09.30 am and 4.00 pm. The items selected at the valuation day will go under the hammer at Tring Market Auctions, in Tring, on Saturday 5th December. 

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