Gor­don takes the gavel

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TELEVISION - TIM MARTAIN

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.

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