About David Harper
To hire David for auctioneering, fund raising events, valuations or talks, please call 01833 631500
David Harper is a well known TV antiques expert on both BBC television and radio - He is also an internationally published author on antique related subjects
From as early as David can remember he's had a burning fascination and interest in antiques - The collecting began at the age of five with scraps of broken 18th century blue and white pottery which of course nobody else wanted! Worn out coins, old letters, post cards and broken clay pipes (the kind 18th and 19th century farmers would smoke while working in the fields and throw away when they snapped) You can still find these fascinating pieces of history in freshly ploughed fields and David still has his old treasured biscuit tin bursting with them...worth nothing of course, but that's not the point!
David bought his first antique at the age of ten from a local antique market - a gift for his mother's birthday (a Victorian silver plated dish) David still remembers the thrill of making that first purchase and then the excitement he felt researching the piece when he got home - it's a feeling that he still gets today with every fresh buy, no matter what it's worth!
The beginning of TV work (taken from an interview with David Harper)
I loved the radio experience so much that I rang all the northern BBC radio stations asking if they'd have me on! they agreed and after several years of regular antique spots on BBC radio (all unpaid!) I started approaching TV companies - a couple of years worth of phone calling, letter writing, emailing, door knocking, free behind the camera valuing and general begging later I was asked to do a screen test for a new Channel 4 show - the director came up from London stuck a camera in my face, started firing questions at me and left after half an hour - the next day his producer called me and said he'd viewed the tape, thought I'd done well but before he put it to C4 he wanted to film another one the following week - however, he requested that I made some changes before the next screen test. The list included: shave my hair off, pluck my eyebrows, put some glasses on, shave my beard off, put some false tan on and wear a jacket! This was not a confidence building conversation, but I did as he asked - two days after the second screen test showing the newly modeled me, I got another phone call from the producer with the fantastic news that C4 would like me to present the show. However, he requested one or two extra changes before we started filming... 'Grow the beard back and lose some weight'... You can't be too thin skinned in this business! P.S I've shaved the beard off since!
Soon after in 2005 I started working on BBC antiques shows and I've been working in TV ever since...this, alongside my antiques business keeps me very busy doing what I absolutely love doing...the antiques business is not just my job, it's my hobby and it's my life ... and I never have a day off from it - that might sound sad to some people, but I'm only doing exactly what I want to do and that can't be a bad thing!'
For buying or selling antiques and works of art, please get in touch - thank you, David Harper
Time and location permitting, David is happy to help with charity events when he can. Auctioneering, valueing etc
24 The Bank, Barnard Castle, Co Durham
Mon to Sat 11am to 5pm