Antiques programmes have become a staple part of the daytime TV lineup. From Flog It! and Bargain Hunt to Antiques Roadshow and Antiques Road Trip, there is enough content to keep you entertained all year round.
And while the subject matter makes for one of the most leisurely and pleasant watches around, oftentimes it is the presenters who steal the show with their larger than life personalities.
One of the presenters who always entertains is none other than Catherine Southon.
But just who is Catherine? Find out about the antiques presenter and auctioneer here!
Meet Catherine Southon
Catherine is an auctioneer and valuer originally from Bromley, England.
After graduating with a Masters degree in curation, Catherine switched paths and moved from museums to antiques. First she started out in working in auction houses and then her love for antique objects bloomed.
Catherine got her start in the industry working at the iconic auction house and dealers, Sotheby’s on Bond Street. At Sotheby’s, she was responsible for cataloguing sales in the Collectors Department. Next, Catherine was placed in charge of the Scientific Instruments and Maritime Works of Art.
She worked at Sotheby’s for eight years before embarking as a freelance valuer.
In 2012, Catherine founded her own auction house, Catherine Southon Auctioneers and Valuers. The office is based in Bromley, so it’s highly likely that Catherine still lives in the area. The auction house they use is in Surrey.
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Catherine’s love for antiques
Antiques are now Catherine’s total passion – she’s dedicated her life to them!
When Catherine was asked by the BBC what her favourite item she had sold was, she revealed it was a pair of Victorian silver salts in the shape of kangaroos which sold for a mega £18,000 at her own auction house.
Catherine told the BBC about her best Bargain Hunt find:
A curta calculator which the stall holder didn’t really know the value of, I spotted it, persuaded the team to buy which they really didn’t want to then we watched it fly at auction – I can’t remember what it made!
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Catherine Southon: TV career
In 2003, Catherine embarked on her television career. She first joined Flog It! and has been a presenter on the show since.
Three years after joining the Flog It! team, Catherine was asked to join Bargain Hunt.
She has starred as the expert auctioneer in a number of BBC antiques shows since and is one of the most beloved presenters they have roped in!
Nowadays, Catherine works on a majority of the antiques programming, including Antiques Road Trip and the celebrity spinoff.
— stuart taylor (@who2stu) April 19, 2013
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