Flog It! – the major BBC antiques show is now on its twelfth series and regularly achieves an audience of over two million viewers in its weekday afternoon slot.
De Montfort Hall 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 item should go forward for auction. If the item is chosen it is sold a few weeks later – often with the owner making a tidy sum. Everyone who goes along to the Valuation Day will receive a free valuation – even if their antiques are not chosen to go forward for auction.
Last year the show 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 a rare 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.
Louise Hibbins, Series Producer says “Paul Martin and the entire Flog It! team are really pleased to be bringing the show to De Montfort Hall in its centenary year. The Hall will provide the perfect setting for our valuation day event; our experts are all looking forward to offering people the chance to have their items valued in such historic and impressive surroundings. We all hope you will join us for a free valuation, 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 will be joined on the valuation day by regular Flog It! on screen experts Thomas Plant, Catherine Southon and Claire Rawle.
Flog It! will be at De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, Leicester, LE1 7RU on Saturday 18th May between 09:30am and 4pm. The items selected at the valuation day will go under the hammer at Gildings Auctioneers, The Mill, Great Bowden Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7DE on Tuesday 4th June.