RM SOTHEBY’S GETS PRIME­TIME TV SLOT

Pre­sen­ter Ant An­stead to host new Chan­nel 4 show

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Mur­ray Scul­lion

Anew TV se­ries about the world of high-end auc­tions will be screened next year. Ant An­stead, of For The Love of Cars fame, will host Mil­lion

Dol­lar Car Hunters – which fol­lows auc­tion house RM Sotheby’s on a world tour, in­ter­view­ing own­ers, con­sign­ing cars, and of­fer­ing up in­sights into the auc­tion do­main.

The show will have 10 one-hour episodes on Chan­nel 4. It was com­mis­sioned by BBC World­wide, but Chan­nel 4 has rights to air it in the UK. Glob­ally though, it may still ap­pear on BBC chan­nels.

‘It’s likely to be ready in about April and it’s penned in for prime­time watch­ing on Sun­day, prob­a­bly around 8pm,’ says An­stead. ‘My favourite place we filmed was Peb­ble Beach for the Mon­terey Speed week. When you get there you re­alise it’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent world. I was re­ally lucky to ex­pe­ri­ence that.’

RM Sotheby’s Peter Haynes says the con­cept started with a con­ver­sa­tion at Villa D’Este. ‘It was said to me that ev­ery­thing at the auc­tion would make such a great TV show…and it ba­si­cally went from there,’ he says. ‘Some months later a pro­duc­tion com­pany went to the BBC and it was com­mis­sioned.’

Each episode fo­cuses on con­signed cars at RM Sotheby’s auc­tions.

‘ We talk to own­ers, bid­ders, and auc­tion­eers. It’s a proper fly on the wall pro­gramme,’ Haynes adds. ‘It’s not all about ex­pen­sive cars ei­ther. They range from Fi­ats to Fer­raris. Part of the rea­son be­hind that is to keep in­ter­est broad – we didn’t’ want to alien­ate thou­sands of view­ers.’

Although pro­duc­ers are so far re­main­ing tight-lipped on ex­actly what me­tal we can ex­pect to see in the show, Haynes did re­veal one car that will star.

He says: ‘I took a Fer­rari 268SP racer we were sell­ing to Cad­well Park in Lin­colnshire. We hired the cir­cuit to do a pho­to­shoot, and the BBC came with us.’

The team at RM Sotheby’s with (in­set) Ant An­stead, who will front the new show.

A Jaguar D-type in a barn? This could be a strong con­tent clue for one of the shows.

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