Posted on 13th June 2018

Children’s TV presenters Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes finished their Celebrity Antiques Road Trip at our Antiques and Collectables Sale on 12 June when they competed to sell the items that they had collected during their three-day journey.

The pair, who began their showbiz career after appearing on Pop Idol in 2003, travelled from Bridlington to Darlington as part of the popular BBC2 show to see who could make the biggest profit by buying antiques en route and then selling them at auction.

They were accompanied by antiques experts Charles Hanson and Natasha Raskin Sharp and travelled as two competing teams in a vintage 1968 Jaguar MkII and a 1960 Morris Minor.

Starting with a budget of £400 each, the teams picked up a variety of items on their trip ranging from an unusual late Victorian silver-plated strawberry dish to two box sets of 1960’s Subbuteo Sunderland Football figures and a 1971-72 Subbuteo catalogue. They each had five lots to sell.

 “I chose my items using gut instinct and because I found them interesting,” said Mark Rhodes who was buddied up with Charles Hanson and attending his first ever auction. “The whole experience has been brilliant fun and I found the sale itself very exciting.”

“I loved it!” added Sam Nixon “Everyone has been really welcoming and there has been a great atmosphere today. We’re not actually sure who has won at this stage but we do know it’s going to be very, very close.”

All the money raised from the sale will be donated to the Children in Need charity and the final result will be declared when the show is aired at the end of the year.

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