Tim Wonnacott is an auctioneer, antiques expert, and television presenter. Tim’s career at Sotheby’s spanned some 25 years, firstly in the furniture department in London and later embraced most of the decorative arts, including clocks, barometers, 19th century sculpture and works of art, ceramics and silver. He has conducted auction sales throughout the UK, North America and such far flung places as India! Tim concluded his 25 years at Sotheby’s in 2003, having worked as Chairman of Sotheby’s saleroom at Olympia in London.
Tim is best known as presenter of Bargain Hunt, hosting nearly 1,200 programmes between 2003 and 2016. The show became the highest rated TV programme on any channel in the UK, with the exception of the news. Bargain Hunt is shown every day outside the UK in 30 countries including the USA on BBC America, and Australia on Foxtel. Its appeal in Australia is such that Tim travelled to Australia to make five special Bargain Hunt Down Under programmes which were shown in Britain to much acclaim in 2012.
Tim currently narrates Antiques Road Trip - now in its 15th series, and Celebrity Antiques Roadtrip. He also presented The Great Antiques Map of Britain, which saw him travelling the length and breadth of Great Britain visiting the places where antiques and collectables originally came from, meeting Curators and valuing for Collectors, in the comfort of a vintage American silver Airstream trailer towed by a Land Rover!