We often get called up by Radio or local TV stations when there is anything in the news regarding autographs, but last year we were approached by a TV production company asking about rare or unusual items for an upcoming quiz show they were working on.

At first we were not told the name or who would be presenting this new show as it was still in the early stages, but after a few emails and telephone conversations we were told that the programme was a quiz based series and to be presented by Alan Titchmarsh and would be called "Masterpiece" 

The basic idea was to show small teams of people items for which they had to guess the value of and where possible give some idea as to what it was. So we got together with one of our long time customers Tim Terry at Superstars to see what we could put together for them. are a major supplier to the charity auction industry and have a vast range of items, and Tim has some wonderful items secreted away at his warehouse in Henley on Thames.

Together we put together a list of rare or unusual items all of which were either signed or celebrity related, and after more emails and phone calls we finally got the list down to about a dozen items which were to be featured in the shows. You can see all the items and more about the show here

Here are a few of the items we took along....

  • A ring once worn on stage by Jimi Hendrix.
  • An Apollo replica jacket signed by Alan Bean (can be seen on our home page).
  • A Tuxedo signed by James Bond George Lazenby. (also to be seen on our home page).
  • A Hofner violin bass signed by Paul McCartney. 
  • A screen used Roman shield from the film Gladiator.
  • An England cap awarded to Bobby Moore during the 1966 World Cup.

You will have to wait and see what value and what they said about each item, some were correct (well almost) and some so wide of the mark it was hard to see exactly where they were coming from!  but the exercise certainly proved very interesting!

Tim and myself were able to go along to a days filming at on elf the venues, where we were able to watch a number of editions being filmed. It was a long day but it was very interesting to see how a programme like this is put together, and see just how the presenter Alan Titchmarsh manages to keep the whole thing together without a script and with only a few bit of advice over his earpiece from the director. The number of people involved in such a show is truly amazing, and from our position we could see eight cameras and no end of floor staff doing all kinds of jobs, each reliant on each other to get their bit right, and rarely did they get it wrong.