Bargain Hunts Charlie Ross has had an unusual mix of job titles

Bargain Hunts Charlie Ross has had an unusual mix of job titles

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Bargain Hunt’s Charlie Ross has an interesting career history as he began work at an estate agents before auctioning off chickens and turkeys.

The BBC star branched off into antique furniture, before opening his own auction house near Milton Keynes. He left the business in 2008.

Although he is best recognised for his TV appearances on Antiques Road Trip and Flog It!, he is also known for conducting the Pebble Beach Vintage Car Auction in California.

His passion for cars has also been explored during his appearances on the TV series Chasing Classic Cars.

Charlie once held the record for the highest price ever achieved for an auctioned-off car in the US, when a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype sold for over $16 million in 2011.

Away from his day job, the antiques expert is also known for his charity work and has raised money for the likes of CLIC Sargent and The Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Viewers may also be interested to hear he has a passion for music and in 2017 he joined forces with his fellow antique experts to record a charity song for Children in Need.

The group recorded a rock version of Sleigh Ride, with Charlie returning the following year to record a second festive track called Rock with Rudolph, which raised funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

In 2020 he took part in recording a third song for the Alzheimer’s Society and Action for Children – a new rendition of Merry Christmas Everyone.

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As for Charlie’s personal life, he is married to his wife Sally and they have two children, Charlotte Macdonald and Olly Ross.

The auctioneer is also a doting grandfather, having at least four grandchildren – Finn and Max Macdonald and Ana and Zac Ross.

He has lived near Bicester outside Oxford with his family since 1981.

On why he chose a career in antiques, he said: “By chance, and then really being taken in by the history of the objects, particularly the furniture.”

The Bargain Hunt star previously spoke to about his future on the show and whether he plans to retire any time soon.

The 72-year-old said: “I think as long as I enjoy it I will carry on doing it, and as long as I am wanted to do it.

“As long as no one says ‘Who is that boring bugger? We don’t want him anymore’.”

Bargain Hunt airs on BBC One on weekdays from 12.15pm

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