Tim Weeks

Tim Weeks – Director, Auctioneer, Valuer & Cataloguer

Tim is never happier than when he has a gavel in his hand or while cataloguing one of the many fantastic collections that we receive. A passionate man in all that he does, Tim has been a key figure in the growth of our specialist auctions over the last few years helping to establish Wessex Auction Rooms as one of the market leaders in numerous fields. Tim is an experienced auctioneer who is often asked to hold talks about his role within the industry as well as hosting charity auctions. Tim is one of the regular experts on BBC Bargain Hunt and you may also recognise him from co-presenting the first series of BBC One’s Street Auction in 2016. Tim throws all of his energy into his work whether at the saleroom or on the screen and he clearly loves every minute of it. Tim also contributes to many Radio shows and publications - a man in demand!

Favourite items at auction – 1980’s toys, football programmes, vinyl, 20th Century Decorative Arts and silver


Twitter - @TimWeeks720

Martin Hughes

Martin Hughes – Director & Auctioneer

In 2015 Martin was finally persuaded after many years by Tim to join the wonderful world of auctioneering and he hasn’t looked back since. With a background at Director level in sales & marketing, as well as online retail, Martin handles all matters relating to advertising and PR for Wessex. After spending over a decade as a touring musician, Martin also spent five years working for some of Europe's biggest selling guitar and drum magazines, and now heads up our specialist vinyl records & guitar department. Martin can often been heard on the Radio discussing vinyl and has contributed to BBC TV as a vinyl expert along with writing numerous articles for print publications. Martin believes that he has the biggest and best beard in the industry.

Favourite items at auction – Vinyl, music memorabilia and watches


Twitter - @MartinHughes720


Isabel Balmer FGA DGA – Head Valuer

Widely regarded as one of the UK’s most exciting young auctioneers, Izzie heads up our team of valuers at Wessex. As well as having a great knowledge of antiques and collectables, Izzie’s main love is of all things sparkly and this has naturally led to her specialising in jewellery. Holding two Diplomas from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain Izzie knows her paste from her diamonds! You might recognise Izzie as co-presenter of the second series of BBC One’s Street Auction which aired for 15 episodes in December 2017. As well as her television appearances you can see and hear Izzie as she travels the country to hold talks, valuation days, radio interviews, and of course when she takes to the rostrum here at Wessex Auction Rooms.

Favourite items at auction – Georgian furniture, Arts and Crafts silver, Scandinavian jewellery, Art Deco textiles, Lalique glass


Twitter - @izziebalmer720


Ben Lockwood – Auction Manager

Ben has been a pivotal part of our team for 7 years and his enthusiasm and professionalism is as strong as ever. Always happy to help, he is often the first person that you will meet when visiting our saleroom and a warm welcome is guaranteed. In his spare time, Ben is likely to be found on a motorbike riding around Europe.

Favourite items at auction – Scandinavian design, cameras and retro lighting


Peter Weeks – Auctioneer & Ambassador

An auctioneer with over 30 years of experience on the rostrum and a familiar face around the auction room. Peter takes great pride in every item that he puts under the hammer and his personality makes our Antiques & Collectable auctions a great day for all. Peter can often be seen hosting our valuation days at locations across the country where he can help you get your items appraised by our experts. A life-long Arsenal supporter which he is sure to make clear every time he appears on the rostrum.

Favourite items at auction – 60’s football memorabilia, TV related diecast and novelty silver


Phil Regan – Valuer & Cataloguer

After leaving school Phil gained a job as a game keeper which is where his love of country pursuits began. An experienced valuer who is also a trained actor, Phil has swapped treading the boards for treading the auction room. A real character that the staff love having as part of the team, although this is mainly because he brings his dog, Marley, to work with him. Phil has a keen eye for 20th Century decorative arts, paintings and all things rural.

Favourite items at auctions – art and country pursuits


Steve Laws – Silver, Gold, Jewellery, Watches, Coins and Postcard Valuer

Nothing gets past Steve! A great eye for quality and a wonderful knowledge within his specialist fields. Steve works with us every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday where he is always happy to value your items.

Favourite items at auction – watches and silver


Ivan Purnell – Stamp Valuer

Ivan has been with us as our philatelist for 8 years and can also be seen on auction and viewing days. In a past life Ivan has been privy to studio performance by The Who, The Rolling Stones, Blondie, Pink Floyd and more.

Favourite items at auction – Stamps, of course!


Richard Morgan – Head Porter

Richard has been with us for 8 years and will always be on hand to help you collect any items from auction. He is often behind the wheel of the Wessex van driving throughout the UK collecting items for auction and despite his slender build is a man of great strength.

Favourite items at auction – clocks, guns and advertising


Trevor Miles – Porter

A Reading FC fan that has been to almost every league club ground in the country, Trevor has proven to be a great signing for the Wessex team.

Favourite items at auction – football programmes and vinyl


Tim Pratt – Porter

Tim works all sale days and viewing days for us and is a vital member of the team. He is also a keen collector of Disney pin badges and likes to spend his spare time working on his Ford Pop. If you have a spare hour or so ask him to tell you all about it!

Favourite items at auction – die-cast model cars


Jim Brown – Postage & Packaging

Jim has been handling the bulk of the large number of postage requests that we receive and boy does he work hard. A great person to have around the saleroom with his ‘can do’ attitude. Jim is a keen race-goer but his promise of taking the whole team to Bath races is still yet to be followed through.

Favourite items at auction - die-cast fire engines and gold

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