Wiltshire antiques expert and tv presenter Paul Martin has joined family business Henry Aldridge & Son at the Devizes Auction House as their Head of Valuations.
The presenter is a regular on TV with programmes such as Flog It!, the Antiques Road Trip, Britain’s Hidden Heritage, The Curiosity Shop and many other long-standing BBC TV series. Paul also has a new antiques show coming out on Channel 5 in 2024 ‘Paul Martin’s Auction Showdown’.
Henry Aldridge & Son has a worldwide reputation particularly around Titanic and iconic memorabilia, fine art and antiques. Current custodian of the business Andrew Aldridge is a fourth generation auctioneer and runs the business with his wife Chrissie. Andrew particularly loves helping people with items which are quirky or unusual and has auctioned Elvis’s pyjamas, the original sheet music for Jingle Bells and the world’s first Christmas card.
Paul, said, “I’m delighted to be joining the team at Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes as the new Head of Valuations. It’s an exciting time to join Andrew and Chrissie Aldridge to support the ongoing success and growth of this family business that has an incredible long standing global reputation.
“The new opportunity to join the team fits perfectly with my portfolio and will allow the ongoing growth of TV projects and my antiques shop in Corsham, The Table Gallery.
“I am looking forward to working with clients across the county and country to ensure they receive the right advice around selling their items, whether they are individual pieces, private collections or complete estates.
“I am very much looking forward to developing a new area of business, with regular valuation day opportunities to ensure clients benefit from the expertise and experience of the Aldridge team.”
For Andrew and Chrissie, Paul is a perfect addition to their team of staff.
Andrew, said, “Paul brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the antiques industry, which he is looking forward to sharing with our clients. Paul is a valuable asset to our team and we know clients will value working with him.”
Paul will be hosting a series of 2024 valuation days in landmark locations all over Wiltshire and the South West as well as regular inhouse days in the saleroom every Friday. His first valuation days are:
- Monday 11th December – The Little Lunch Box Café, High Street, Pewsey between 10am and 3pm.
- Monday 8th January – The George Inn, The Square, Mere, between 10am and 3pm.
- Tuesday 16th January – Trowbridge Civic Centre, St Stephen’s Place, Trowbridge between 10am and 3pm.
- Tuesday 23rd January – The historic Castle & Ball Hotel, High Street, Marlborough between 11am and 3pm.
- Monday 29th January – Marsh Farm Hotel, Royal Wootton Bassett between 10am and 3pm.
For more information about Paul’s valuation days visit https://bit.ly/3Nd4OAK