Charlie Ross (antiques expert)
Charlie started his career in 1968 after leaving school joining a local firm of estate agents and found himself auctioning chickens and turkeys. He progressed from these to antique furniture, and later established his own auction house in Woburn near Milton Keynes. He stood down in February 2008.
Charlie appears on television as an antiques expert on the BBC programmes Bargain Hunt, Flog It!, Antiques Road Trip and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is. He is now one of the four regular presenters on Bargain Hunt.
For many years, Ross has conducted the Pebble Beach Vintage Car Auction in California, and the Scottsdale Auction in Arizona for Gooding and Company. He is often seen in this role in episodes of the TV show Chasing Classic Cars. He held the record for the highest price ever achieved for a car sold by auction in the US. The car, a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype, sold for over $16 million in 2011. The price was exceeded in 2013, and again in 2014 for a Ferrari 250 GTO sold at Carmel, California for over $38 million. In 2018 he sold a 1935 Duesenberg for $22 million - the most expensive car ever to sell at auction in the US.
Ross is the chief auctioneer for the specialist Russian art auction house MacDougall's. In recent years, he has also raised large sums of money at various charity auctions in Britain, including CLIC Sargent, The Elton John AIDS Foundation, The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, Caldwell Children and The Lord's Taverners.
Ross held the record for the largest profit on a single item on the Antiques Road Trip when in 2012 he bought a chipped Staffordshire elephant clock for £8 which was sold for £2,700 at auction. This was surpassed in 2016, when Anita Manning's Buddha statue that she had purchased for £50 sold for £3,800, a 7,500% profit, and again in 2017 when Paul Laidlaw bought a Chambre Automatique De Bertsch sub-miniature camera for £60 and sold it at auction for £20,000.
In 2017 Ross, with fellow BBC Antique Experts Charles Hanson, Philip Serrell and James Braxton recorded a rock version of 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.
In 2018 he re-joined Philip Serrell, James Braxton and a group of celebrities to record a second Christmas single called Rock With Rudolph, to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. The song was released on 30 November 2018, on independent record label Saga Entertainment. The music video debuted exclusively with The Sun on 29 November 2018 and had its first TV showing on Good Morning Britain on 30 November 2018. The song peaked at number two on the iTunes pop chart.
Charlie is married to Sally and they have two children and four grandchildren. He has lived near Bicester outside Oxford since 1981.
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- Barker, Faye (30 November 2018). "TV stars sing for Great Ormond Street Christmas charity single". ITV. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
- "Charlie's dreams of cricket heaven". www.miltonkeynes.co.uk.