Last year’s visit to Crewkerne by celebrities Mariella Frostup and Pearl Lowe with antiques experts James Braxton and Raj Bisram was broadcast on BBC 2 on Thursday evening. The episode of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip which began in Watchet, visited Sampford Brett, Carhampton for the springtime Hobby Horse procession, Axminster, Ferne Animal Sanctuary at Wambrook and the Antiques Bazaar at the Old Textile Mill in South Street.
Proprietor of the Antiques Bazaar, Anthony Bucke was filmed talking to the teams and helping them to negotiate the best price with the dealers. Fashion and textile designer Pearl Lowe and Raj Bisram visited the home of the owner of a Barge-ware style box, to clinch the deal at £40, with programme commentator, Tim Wonnacott remarking, “what a nice lady.” Mr Bucke contacted the owner of an African stone sculpture with broadcaster Mariella and James Braxton agreeing a price of £50.
The celebrities and their experts, travelling in classic cars, 1971 E Type Jaguar and 1967 Triumph Spitfire, sold the lots at auction in Southgate, London. Profits and losses were experienced by both teams as the hammer came down. A £5 profit was made on the decorative box bought in Crewkerne while the sculpture, named ‘eternal love’ made a loss of £15. The teams had begun with £400 each. Mariella and James had bought five lots, spending £185 and ending up with £411.80 while Pearl and Raj had spent £215.00 on five lots and were declared the winners ending up with £476.10. Final profits from the auction go to BBC’s Children In Need.