From the mythical artefacts of the ancient world to saucy seaside postcards, The Antiques Magpie explores the wonderful world of antiques and collectables. With Antiques Roadshow regular Marc Allum as your guide, go in search of stolen masterpieces, explore the first museums, learn the secrets of the forgers and brush up on your auction technique. Meet the garden gnome insured for GBP1 million, track down Napoleon's toothbrush, find out how to spot a corpse in a Victorian photograph - and much more. This book is for anyone who's ever been fascinated by what relics of the past tell us about history - and what they are worth today.
Marc Allum is a freelance art and antiques writer, broadcaster, consultant and lecturer based in Wiltshire. He has been a miscellaneous specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow since 1998 and has appeared on several other television and radio programmes. Marc spent 16 years as a London-based auctioneer and has written and contributed to numerous books. He writes regularly for magazines and has monthly columns in Period Living Magazine, BBC Antiques Roadshow Magazine and Wiltshire Life. He also has a passion for playing the bass guitar and tinkering with large engines.
'The Antiques Magpie' will shortly be available in Japanese!
Marc's new book, 'Allum's Antiques Almanac' is nearing completion and is due to be published on November 1st. Marc will be travelling the country doing a series of lectures and talks about his new 'time sensitive' alamanac-style offering, which will continue to draw on his personal and eclectic experiences in the world of art, antiques and television.