Charles Hanson (auctioneer)

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Charles Hanson (born May 1978) is an auctioneer, chartered surveyor and television personality. He is best known for his appearances as an antiques expert on the television programmes Bargain Hunt, Flog It! and the Antiques Road Trip.



After gaining his MRICS qualification, Hanson started his career in 1999 at Christie's as a valuer in the European Ceramics and Glass Department.[1][2][3][4] Subsequently, he worked for antique houses in Cheshire and Staffordshire before founding Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers in Etwall, Derbyshire in August 2005.[3][4][5] In 2016 his company opened a department specialising in coins and antiquities, named Historica.[6]

The most expensive lot Hanson has sold was a Qianlong period Chinese porcelain vase which was used by the seller as a doorstop for 36 years, finishing at £650,000.[7][8][9] Other significant sales include the medals of Rowland Hill, 1st Viscount Hill, a commander at the Battle of Waterloo and a brooch which had belonged to Katherine Neville, Baroness Hastings.[10][11][12][13]

Hanson has also taken part in charity auctions for organisations including the Herd of Sheffield and Careline. [14][15]


Since 2002 Hanson has appeared on BBC television programme Bargain Hunt where he acts as an adviser to one of two teams of contestants who buy and sell antiques and attempt to gain a profit.[16][17]

Hanson makes regular appearances on Flog It!.[18][19] From 2010 he has also taken part in Antiques Road Trip in which he travels between antique shops in the United Kingdom and competes with a fellow antiques expert to make the most profit.[3][20] In 2016 he appeared on For What It's Worth.[21]

Music Career[edit]

In 2017 Hanson embarked on a music career with fellow BBC Antique Experts Philip Serrell, Charlie Ross and James Braxton by recording a a Rock version of the classic Sleigh Ride in aid of BBC Children In Need. It was released digitally on independent record label Saga Entertainment and peaked at number 1 on the Amazon Rock Charts.[22][23][24]

Personal life[edit]

Hanson was born in Holbrook, Derbyshire in May 1978 .[3][25]

In 2010, Hanson married Rebecca.[2][25] In August 2012, Hanson was diagnosed with testicular cancer.[26][27][28] Hanson raised £39,000 for the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society by completing the Great North Run in September 2013.[26][27][29]

Hanson lives in Derbyshire with his wife and two children.[30][31][32]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "TV's Charles in town to value your antiques". Rotherham Advertiser. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Charles Hanson interview". Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Charles Hanson: the Bargain Hunter". Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b "About Us". Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers Limited – Overview". Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Hansons Auctioneers launches new coins and antiquities department". Antiques Trade Gazette. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Vase that was used as a doorstop auctioned for £650,000". Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Rare Chinese vase used as doorstop for 36 years sells for £650,000". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Charles Hanson selling Qianlong vase for £650,000 at Derbyshire auction". Antiques Trade Gazette. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  10. ^ "General Hill's medals: Waterloo veteran's badge to be auctioned". BBC News. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Medieval brooch expected to fetch thousands at auction after being found 500 years on". Daily Express. Express. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Waterloo general's 'astonishing' medals smash estimate at auction". Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Metal detector finds medieval brooch worth thousands". Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  14. ^ "Herd of Sheffield charity auction raises £410,600 for Sheffield Children's Hospital". Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  15. ^ "Charity auction with the BBC's Charles Hanson". Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  16. ^ "BBC's Bargain Hunt heading to Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall". Burton Mail. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  17. ^ "BBC One – Bargain Hunt – Charles Hanson". BBC News. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  18. ^ "Flog It expert Charles Hanson to go hands-on". Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  19. ^ "Charles Hanson and Kate Bliss, regular experts of Bargain Hunt, Flog It and Antiques Road Trip to provide advice to visitors". Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  20. ^ "Antiques Road Trip presenter accidentally breaks pricey vase". Digital Spy. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  21. ^ "BBC One – For What It's Worth". BBC News. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
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  25. ^ a b "BBC Bargain Hunt – Charles Hanson biography". Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  26. ^ a b "Charles Hanson and the Great North Run – Raising money for SANDS". Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  27. ^ a b "BBC antiques star Charles Hanson on battling cancer and coping with loss of stillborn baby". The Mirror. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  28. ^ "Personal Experiences". Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  29. ^ "Jonathan Pratt & Antiques Road Trip Celebrities Run The Great North Run in Aid of SANDS". Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  30. ^ "Baby joy for Derbyshire TV star Charles Hanson and wife Rebecca after two years of anguish". Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  31. ^ "Etwall auctioneer and TV celebrity Charles Hanson in baby joy". Burton Mail. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  32. ^ "TV celebrity Charles Hanson baby joy after intensive care scare". Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 5 September 2017.