Michael Hogben

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Michael Hogben
Born (1952-11-06) 6 November 1952 (age 64)
Folkestone, Kent, England
Occupation Auctioneer
Antiques Dealer
Spouse(s) Lesley (2000–present)
Children 5

Michael Hogben (born 6 November 1952) is an English auctioneer and antiques dealer, who has appeared in the BBC series Bargain Hunt and his own series "Auction Man."

Early life[edit]

Born in Ford Road in Folkestone, Kent, Hogben's mother died when he was five leaving him and his brother with their father. Hogben purposefully failed his Eleven plus examination to attend the same school as his brother.[citation needed]

After both brothers graduated from school, Hogben's father emigrated to Australia leaving the two boys to fend for themselves. Hogben left school at 15 and two years later came into a small inheritance, which he invested in opening a fashion boutique called "Mickey Finn". Over the next ten years he expanded with outlets throughout Kent.[citation needed]

Hogben then sold the fashion chain, and invested in Kent's first wine bar – McCartney's – in Dover. Having studied art, in 1988 he opened his own auction house in Folkestone, which then traded until he sold it in 2004.[citation needed]In 2013 Michael and his wife Lesley opened Westenhanger Auction Galleries an auction house offering 8 specialist auction per year


Hogben became a "Bargain Hunt" expert when four of the earliest shows visited his auction rooms to sell contestant's items. The producer liked Hogben's style and he was offered a position. Hogben said yes, but in his first show declared a pair of Art Deco vases Art Nouveau. Hogben holds the record for the largest profit on a single item on "Bargain Hunt", when a team he led purchased a Royal Worcester box at Ardingly Fair for £140, then made £800 in a live auction shown on BBC One.[citation needed]

After screen testing for "Flog It!" for the BBC, Hogben decided against presenting in favour of his business. His style made him a choice for his own show, which was created with the BBC series "Auction Man". Focusing on his auction rooms, the show demonstrates how the auction room works, focusing mainly on Michael and his family, and staff . The show also includes viewers' tips on spotting auction bargains, as well as celebrities, sharp customers and the unscrupulous dealers. The show ran for two series.[citation needed]

Hogben currently appears on his friend David Dickinson's ITV 1 show "Dickinson's Real Deal."

Personal life[edit]

Hogben and his long term partner Lesley married in 2000 after living together for a long time; Vic Reeves was best man.[citation needed] Michael has had three books published .A-Z of Antiques and Auctions 2006.101 Antiques of the Future 2007.and Collecting Under the Radar only published in America 2009,


  • "Michael Hogben: A-Z of Antiques and Auction" -
  • "101 Antiques for the future" -
  • "Collecting Under the Radar: Tomorrow's Antiques"(Red Rock Press)American only-April 2009


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