Charles Hanson: Charity auctioneer, event host, public speaker
Charles is one of the UK’s leading auctioneers and is known for his enthusiastic and entertaining appearances on shows such as BBC’s Bargain Hunt, Antiques Road Trip and Flog It!
Charles became the youngest expert on Bargain Hunt when he joined the show in 2002 at the tender age of 25. His quirky personality, entertaining style and impressive knowledge have contributed to him becoming one of the best loved antiques experts on TV.
Charles began his career at Christies in London and established his own auction house, Hansons, in 2005. Along with sales of items from historic houses, including Kedleston Hall, Bishton Hall and Sudbury Hall, Hansons have been privileged to see a wide range of exciting objects go ‘under the hammer’, including a rare and fine Chinese Qianlong vase selling for a wonderful £650,000.
Charles launched Hansons London in 2018 building on the success of his Derbyshire auction centre. Charles opened the doors to his salesroom in the beautiful setting of the Normansfield Theatre in Teddington in January 2018. Driven by a passion for history, Charles’s unwavering enthusiasm and passion has contributed to the ongoing success of his business.
Charles is a keen supporter of local and national charities, supporting good causes through Hansons valuation days as well as giving talks to local associations and groups.
Charles has presided over many charity auctions, exceeding fundraising targets whilst captivating audiences with his charismatic personality and amusing stories.
Recent high profile events include:
- Raising over £133,000 for the Nottinghamshire Hospice, auctioning robin sculptures created by local artists
- Generating more than £1m auctioning Manchester’s Bee in the city sculptures
Away from the world of antiques, Charles is a devoted husband to wife Rebecca and father to Matilda and Fred. He is also an avid Derby County fan!