Tales from a Country Auctioneer
With a career that has taken him from PE teaching to become a successful auctioneer of fine arts, Philip has seen it all – from priceless eighteenth century dining tables hidden away in decaying farm sheds to tattooed travellers with a penchant for Worcester porcelain.
A regular expert on BBC’s Bargain Hunt
and Flog It!
He is a regular contributor to regional magazine publications, has featured on the Times Online Website with future ‘Antique’ collectables and is a very familiar face on several BBC antiques programmes.
Philip brings to life a world in which the most valuable antiques frequently turn up in the most unlikely places – and accompanied by the most unlikely people!
‘Marvellous....forget about car boot sales & eBay, this is the real thing’ - Independent on Sunday
‘A natural raconteur and an evening spent in his company was very entertaining’
About Philip Serrell
Philip Serrell was born and brought up in Worcestershire where he is now established as a professional auctioneer. Well known for his television appearances on various antiques programmes, Philip is also an accomplished after dinner speaker and a welcome attraction with his new show 'An Auctioneer's Lot' in which he recounts enthralling stories drawn from his life experiences in sport, antiques, auctioneering, broadcasting and writing books. He is hugely entertaining and a tremendous raconteur…
He graduated from Loughborough College of Physical Education as sport was, and is, an enduring passion... “If I had devoted as much time to academia as I did to cricket and rugby I would surely have been, at the very least, a double Oxbridge first,” he says. However, life as a sports teacher was not for him and he took up the post of trainee auctioneer in Worcester, working in the local livestock market – much of the time spent cleaning out the sheep pens… “a task, some would maintain, I was suitably qualified for, as by then I was completely unemployable.”
From there Philip re-qualified as a Chartered Surveyor, specialising as a Fine Art and Antiques valuer, which in turn resulted in him running his own auctioneering business from his saleroom in Malvern and office in Worcester.
A regular on BBC antiques programmes
Philip recorded a regular antiques slot on his local BBC radio station, and from there he went on to become a resident ‘expert’ on several BBC television antiques programmes – namely Bargain Hunt and Flog It! More recently he has also appeared on the 20th Century Roadshow, presenting their classic car feature – a role which he embraced as it allowed him to indulge his other passion for motor cars.
During the course of the past twenty years he has uncovered a huge range of priceless (and worthless) antiques, and along the way, met, done business with and befriended folk from some odd corners of English Life. In his first book, "An Auctioneer’s Lot", he brings to life a world in which the most valuable antiques frequently turn up in the most unlikely places – and accompanied by the most colourful characters - from a priceless 18th Century dining table hidden away in a decaying potting shed, to that of a tattooed gypsy with a penchant for Worcester Porcelain.
More hilarious and heart-warming anecdotal stories are soon to follow with the publication of his second book in June 2006, “Sold To the Man with the Tin Leg”.