TV celebrity antique expert and auctioneer Colin Young will be heading a line-up of experts at an antiques discovery event at The Lincoln Auction Rooms.
Local people are being invited to bring their antiques, art and collectable items to be valued at the Antiques and Art event which will be held at Golding Young & Mawer on Sunday, February 2 between 2pm and 5pm.
There will also be a chance to view lots which will be sold in the forthcoming Fine Art sale on Wednesday, February 5 at 7pm.
Mr Young, who is the owner of Lincolnshire auctioneers Golding Young & Mawer, is a regular expert on TV's Bargain Hunt and an auctioneer on Flog it!, Dickinson's Real Deal and Antiques Road Trip. He said: "We will be bringing together a team of highly qualified and experienced professionals to give their expert opinion on value for sale, or advice on insurance valuations.
"As we are combining this event with viewings for our Fine Art auction, we are particularly keen to see items of art come into the saleroom."
The event will be attended by some of the top names in the auction house including Fine Art and Antiques Specialist and Lincoln Saleroom Manager John Leatt, Head of Client and Professional Services and Art Specialist William Gregory, Lincoln Assistant Manager Kirsty Young on jewellery and Bourne Saleroom Manager Alastair McPhie-Meiklejon on watches and militaria.
Local people are invited to bring their antiques and collectables along on the day for a free valuation with the possibility of entering the items into the next available sale at the Lincoln auction rooms.
Auctioneers recently discovered a pair of Russian Bisque porcelain figures during a routine house visit in the Scunthorpe area. Although the vendors had no idea of their value, experts at Golding Young & Mawer quickly identified the figures of a fisherman and his wife by the Gardner factory as being rare and valuable. On sale day, the figures sold for £6,500 to a bidder from Moscow who was bidding over the telephone from Russia.
Mr Young added: "People often don't realise the value of items they see every day in their homes. Maybe an item has been sat on a shelf gathering dust for years, passed down through the family or tucked away in the attic.
"We are always intrigued to see what people will bring along and there is a great sense of excitement in the auction house when we discover a valuable or rare item for our vendors at one of our valuation events.
"We would encourage people to bring along their items to this special event; after all you never know what we might find!"