The Auction House (Season 1 Episode 1) | History Documentary | Reel Truth History



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The daily workings of the Lots Road Auction House in Chelsea. Irritable owner Roger decides that the auction house needs a face-lift. Regular customers Sam and Lili search for furniture for their 7-bedroom mansion.

Nestled in the heart of Chelsea, London is Lots Road Auctions, an Aladdins cave of magnificent artefacts both old and new.

The Auction House is a documentary series that provides a unique glimpse into this extraordinary institution and reveals why its a magnet for eccentric home-owners, antiques buffs, and obsessive collectors alike. Upstairs at Lots
Road is the antiques section and whereas the prices for Victorian furniture are in freefall, the Modern auction downstairs (considered to be a little less elegant) 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. Over the course of the series, cameras will follow dynamic boss Roger and his loyal staff as they strive to meet the sophisticated tastes of the super-rich. Not only will viewers get to see the highly skilled team in action as they deduce what items are worth more than mere sentiment and sort the privileged from the timewasters, but also meet the obsessive collectors in pursuit of the perfect deal.

As the closed doors of Londons most lavish homes are thrown open, the bidding starts now for your front row seat to the ultimate fly on the wall experience.

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41 comments

  1. What's the use of having a staff meeting to hear their opinion, and then not let them talk.

    Secondly, that Lily American woman needs to not spend money on furniture, but on new hair extensions. Her hair looks awful.

  2. When I lived in England yrs ago, I was employed by someone very much like Roger. They are a dying breed, absolutely born to what they do, brilliant, far sighted, money hungry and tireless workaholics.
    I admired and respected him immensely, but it was a stressful roller coaster ride to work for him. I am now retired and Texas is my home,but I never ever forgot him and the many lessons I learned.

  3. Sometimes you have to spend money to make money. I might try and upholster some of the brown soft goods in some contemporary fabrics and put them in the modern section so people could see how they could change some of the pieces from the brown room to fit their more modern rooms. The auctioneer could point out what they had done when the lots come up to get people thinking they could do it as well.

  4. Can’t have resentful people working for you, but they have to work for a person who even say that he’s resentful.

  5. Simon walking up the stairs is cute.

    I wonder what Roger house looks like inside.

    Retails can run in Rogers blood, but I don’t think taste in retail does.

  6. i would have knocked him out the minuet he spoke to me like he does his staff if i spoke to my staff the way he does no one would work for us there is a time and place for it but do it with respect multi millionaire mmmm no respect for no one rather have respect then money his an idiot

  7. Maybe this series isn't appealing to some, but as someone who loves *stuff*, even when I shouldn't, this show is fantastic. It's filled with stuff, obviously, but is also filled with a whole bunch of other people who also love stuff.
    I understand, for example, that some people look at Craig & Michael & are appalled, but to me that's a pair of gentlemen with quite refined taste. They need a clean-up, but to me that's not what's interesting about them. Their aesthetic, their passion for collecting, their sensibilities, their relationship together–all extremely interesting to me.

  8. Michael & Craig are possibly the dirtiest people I have seen on tv. Homeless people are cleaned & smarter then they are

  9. It's very funny, it is the same in the States with furniture ,massive drop, I have been a collector for 25 years and have seen 600 dollar marble tops diminish to 50 dollars and art is impossible to move unless you are on a extreme high end house, same with reverse painted lamps , I was offered 1200 for a 2300 Jefferson I declined, very sad, Dave at 53.

  10. One totally agrees with the comment on brown furniture now being completely out of fashion , but a lot of people are buying it up dog cheap and chalk painting it instead to give it a more modern face lift !. Well I guess that it is better than putting it on a bonfire , which is what they used to do in the 1950s so my grandmother told me , and like they say everything comes back around ?.

  11. What a rude ignorant pig! Maybe if he was nicer to his staff they would be happy to work as hard as possible to sort and sell things!!

  12. I think for the antique room lighting is important. I love Brown. I love leather. I think that's the problem with the antique room it's so dull up there. There's nothing like natural light hitting an oak desk. Just anything brown and beige. That's the problem.

  13. All of the brain, creativity, and experience of the staff is shut down instead of quality leadership capable of allowing the best solutions. Rogerh's leadership style shoots himself in the foot.

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