Auc­tion Room

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 6pm, ABC1 This new se­ries con­tin­ues this week, hosted by af­fa­ble an­tiques dealer Gor­don Brown, for­merly of ABC’s pop­u­lar Col­lec­tors. Like that show, it’s set in the bur­geon­ing auc­tion room genre as Brown in­ves­ti­gates the prove­nance of ob­jects and col­lec­tions and fol­lows them to the com­pet­i­tive event it­self. The quirky se­ries cel­e­brates those who col­lect things — once re­garded as lonely, some­times patho­log­i­cal ec­centrics — for ex­press­ing a pow­er­ful com­mu­nal drive in an in­creas­ingly soli­tary age. To judge from those ap­pear­ing on the show, se­ri­ous col­lect­ing is a re­ward­ing way of un­der­stand­ing a be­wil­der­ing world and find­ing one’s place in it. This week it’s all about cars: mus­cle cars, mod­i­fied cars, re­stored cars and orig­i­nal cars.

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