Gordon takes the gavel
ABC series Auction Room returns with a taste of Tassie for its second season, with Hobart antiques dealer Gordon Brown as host.
Formerly one of the hosts of the defunct ABC series The Collectors, Brown ( pictured) replaces series one host William McInnes and is thrilled to be back in front of the cameras.
‘‘ It’s fantastic, it’s a job that is second nature to me now,’’ he says.
‘‘ I’ve been going to auctions since I was 19, they’re very dramatic and always unpredictable and I’m looking forward to sharing that with our viewers.’’
Auction Room follows Brown as he meets intriguing personalities who have fascinating stories to tell about the possessions they’re selling at auction and why they are parting with them.
Brown says the focus is often more about the characters than the items they are selling.
‘‘ Auctions are always full of eccentrics and fascinating characters,’’ he says.
‘‘ I met a guy selling this beautiful vintage bicycle, he had these long dreads and when the auctioneer turned up, he had dreads as well. It was quite a funny coincidence.
‘‘ The guy selling the bike didn’t need to sell it, he just wanted to pass it on, he thought it was time to let someone else have it.
‘‘ Sometimes people are quite generous like that, they’ll say ‘ I’ve had it long enough, so I’m passing it on to someone else who appreciates it’.’’
Brown says auction rooms are hotbeds of drama and tension and even for an antique dealer such as himself, with more than 40 years of experience, he is still regularly surprised by the outcomes for certain items.
‘‘ Sometimes the things you think will be in huge demand and sell for a hell of a lot will just flop and then the other stuff you didn’t spot will absolutely soar as people start competing for it, you never really know how it will go,’’ he says.
Brown says while the show is produced in Hobart, there is no studio filming because he spends most of his time visiting auction houses all around Australia. But says he enjoys going to auctions he might otherwise not be able to visit, and even manages to pick up a couple of bargains for himself.