TV personality offers collection of items for sale at auction house

PUBLISHED: 14:30 23 November 2018 | UPDATED: 14:30 23 November 2018

Tim Wonnacott with Sworders chairman Guy Schooling

Tim Wonnacott with Sworders chairman Guy Schooling

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Television antiques expert Tim Wonnacott, the much loved television antiques expert and former Chairman of Sotheby’s, is sending some of his own treasures to be auctioned.

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Television antiques expert Tim Wonnacott, the much loved television antiques expert and former Chairman of Sotheby’s, is sending some of his own treasures to be auctioned.

More than 250 items will be up for sale in Sworders’ Fine Interiors sale in Stansted on December 4 and 5 and the rest next year.

He said: “It has been really difficult deciding what to sell and what to keep.”

Tim presented BBC’s Bargain Hunt for 13 years, featuring in 1,300 episodes, patrolling markets, auctions and antique centres, He said: “Collecting is an infectious drug, one that stays with you all your life.”

The Rheinish carving showing Herod and SalomeThe Rheinish carving showing Herod and Salome

One of the pieces is a late 16th century carving showing Herod and Salome. This is estimated for sale at £5,000-£7,000. There is also a 1905 silver and nephrite heart shaped box containing a bean from the Caribbean. The bean, swept by the Gulf Stream and deposited on a Scottish beach, was so treasured by the finder that they had the box made. It’s expected to fetch £300-500.

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