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Roadshow format: go back to basics

MADAM – It was interesting to read Bruce Parker’s Antiques Roadshow memories (‘All areas of the trade have done well’ out of Roadshow, says first presenter’, Letters, ATG No 2310). I had appeared for several years on Going for a Song with Arthur Negus, so I was a shoo-in for the new programme, on which I appeared for 32 years. Naturally, the BBC, not knowing the antiques trade, recruited most of its ‘experts’ from the salerooms, and I soon got tired of hearing ‘at auction this would fetch….’, so I successfully recruited a few dealers in the hope of hearing ‘a good dealer might give you…’. However, this caused confusion, because some gave an insurance valuation figure, and some gave what approximated to an auction price, so that the BBC eventually had to explain the wildly differing values.

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Published every week since 1971, Antiques Trade Gazette is affectionately known as ‘the Bible of the antiques trade’. A long tradition of authority, integrity and accuracy, makes it the essential read for everyone who loves antiques. With a subscription to Antiques Trade Gazette, you’ll stay ahead of all the developments in the art and antiques market, plus you’ll enjoy • A comprehensive auction calendar – see when and where every sale will be happening • Exclusive interviews with dealers, giving you the inside track on the trade • Breaking news on key industry developments • Secrets, stories and tips from leading specialists and collectors • Top lots advertised by auctioneers • Previews of the best art and antiques fairs and markets • Special supplements focusing on specific collecting areas

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