Friday, March 18, 2011

BBC Bargain Hunt - Charles Hanson biography

Charles Hanson has been on BBC's Bargain Hunt for 9 years, he has also been on two series of the Antiques Road Trip and appearances on Flog it!

He was born in Derby and has a younger brother and Sister John and Caroline.

His interest in antiques began quite young, firstly with general history and later with archaeology.

Charles enjoyed visiting National Trust properties in his teens and this was when his interest in antiques began to take hold.

When he was ten he went to a local jumble sale in aid of his primary school and bought a porcelain figure for 50 pence. Charles sold it at an auction where its sale price was £180!

During his school holidays and throughout his mid teens Charles became a tour guide at Kedleston Hall a neo-classical mansion near Quarndon in Derby.

Charles Hanson then went on to gain his MRICS and began his career at Christies the London auctioneers. During this period he worked in the European Ceramics and Glass Department.

He has since worked in fine art auction houses in Cheshire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire as a general valuer and gaining valuable experience in his chosen field.  He is now the Director of Hansons Auctioneers in Derby.

Charles recently got married this year to Rebecca Ludlam in Mackworth, Derbyshire.

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