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Travis Elborough charts the rise and fall of the antique, examining how, ultimately, the present always dictates which bits of yesteryear we deem worthy of collecting.

Travis Elborough charts the rise and fall of the antique, examining how, ultimately, the present always dictates which bits of yesteryear we deem worthy of collecting.
In the second episode, he continues his survey of the history of the antiques business, charting the brisk trade in artefacts between Britain and America in the 1920s and 1930s. He singles out the newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst, as an extreme example of an avid collector of all things antique, including whole buildings.
Interviewees include antiques expert, John Bly, historian Dr Eleanor Quince, of the University of Southampton, and Victoria Kastner, author of Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House and State Historian for the San Luis Obispo Coast District, California State Parks.
Producer: Sheila Cook.

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10 top tips for getting yourself an antique bargain

10 top tips for getting yourself an antique bargain

From bid limits to checking the dimensions, here are some very important tips.