The Auction House, coming soon to Channel 4, will offer a unique glimpse into an extraordinary institution – Chelsea’s Lots Road Auctions – revealing why it’s a magnet for eccentric home-owners, antiques buffs, and obsessive collectors alike.
The series follows dynamic boss Roger and his loyal staff at what Channel 4 describe as an ‘Aladdin’s cave of magnificent artefacts both old and new’. Cameras follow the team as they strive to meet the sophisticated tastes and financial fortunes of the super-rich. The hour long episodes will air in the summer with three episodes commissioned.
Where other than Lots Road Auction House could you go shopping for products made from the likes of polar bear tooth or whale scrotum? This is rare chance to take a glimpse into an extraordinary world, meet an array of kooky collectors and watch as an eclectic mix of items go under the hammer – Channel 4 Head of Documentaries Nick Mirsky
Upstairs at Lots Road is the antiques section and the prices fetched by brown Victorian furniture are in freefall, whereas the ‘Modern’ downstairs auction is considered to be a little less elegant perhaps and is decidedly more lucrative. The auction house faces a daily struggle to embrace change and exploit new markets whilst trying to turn a profit at the same time.
Throughout the series, viewers will get to meet the obsessive collectors in pursuit of the perfect deal such as the family of self-professed bargain addicts who love the thrill of the hunt. They’ll also get to go behind the closed doors of London’s most lavish homes including a mansion owned by a millionaire in search of decorative items to create the interior of his dreams – creating the ultimate fly on the wall experience.
With socialite shopping sprees, corporate culture clashes, and high-risk hunches, no two days are the same at Lots Road as we delve into the fascinating world of auction. And as we all know, timing is everything as without an eager buyer, yesterday’s treasure could be today’s trash
At Lots Road, every piece tells a story. As well as experiencing the thrill of the auctions, this series will give viewers privileged access to some of London’s most extraordinary homes. – Simon Dickson Managing Director of Dragonfly Film and Television Productions