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What Am I Bid? by Philip Serrell

What Am I Bid?: How one of television's favourite auctioneers went from counting sheep to selling silver

Philip Serrell

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Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 4 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9781529396461

The well-known TV auctioneer's entertaining and informative memoir of a life under the hammer.

4 stars out of 5
Roger Lewis
25 Feb 2021

"Philip Serrell reveals in a sparkling memoir, his is a cut-throat business"

Serrell is laugh-out-loud funny about human greed and eccentricity: there's the man who amassed a huge collection of Kilner Jars, the total value of which came to £20. And the dealer who turned up for a bankruptcy sale expecting cheap vats of sweets, only to discover what was on offer were 850 three-piece suites. I winced to learn about the occasional accident — somebody once paid a mint for a pair of Regency glass candlesticks, placed them in the boot of his car, slammed the lid down, snapping them clean in half: 'The symmetry of the break was almost perfect.'