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. You may recognise him as the co-presenter of BBC One’s Street Auction, or be familiar with his voice through the many radio stations to which he contributes. Tim is the newest expert to join BBC's Bargain Hunt and has filmed his first episodes to be aired in 2017. Tim used to be a good footballer but blames lifting heavy boxes of vinyls for cutting his career short.

Favourite items at auction – 1980’s toys, football programmes, vinyl, American culture and silver


Twitter - @TimWeeks720

Martin Hughes

Martin Hughes – Director & Auctioneer

A former All Industry National Salesperson Of The Year award winner, Martin was finally persuaded after many years by Tim to join the wonderful world of auctioneering and he hasn’t looked back since. Martin handles business matters for the company and with a background at Director level in sales & marketing, as well as online retail, we believe this gives us a great edge when promoting our vendors items to a worldwide market. As well as 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 guitar department. Martin believes that he has the biggest and best beard in the industry.

Favourite items at auction – guitars, vinyl, music memorabilia and watches


Twitter - @MartinHughes720


Gareth Wasp – Head Valuer, Cataloguer & Auctioneer

Gareth has been working in the antique trade since a young age and has a great pedigree as a valuer. A man who loves the industry in which he works, he often attends the many antiques fairs that take place around the country to keep his knowledge fresh and current. He is also one of our auctioneers and greatly enjoys being on the rostrum. Gareth is currently working as on off-screen valuer on BBC Flog It! and is also a member of the Decorative Arts Society of which he is extremely passionate.

Favourite items at auction – silver, works of Art and in particular Decorative Arts


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


Ben Lockwood – Auction Manager

Ben has been a pivotal part of our team for 5 years now 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 with the wind in his hair riding around Europe & America.

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


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 Tuesday 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!


Trevor Miles – Porter

Trevor is the newest member of our sale day and viewing staff. 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


Jim Brown – Postage & Packaging

Jim has been handling the bulk of the large number of postages 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


Richard Morgan – Head Porter

Richard has been with us for 7 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


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

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