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John Nicholson

Managing Director and Senior Valuer

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Responsible for probate valuations and house inspections.

From the age of 15, John was gripped by the world of auctions, working in a local firm. By the time he started John Nicholson’s Auction House in 1980, he had already been managing director of another auction firm. In his time he has valued anything and everything, from plant and machinery to cast-iron boats and even the contents of a museum which included a live alligator. Recently, he has overseen a raft of successful sales in the booming area of Chinese and Asian art.

If John doesn’t know the answer, he knows someone who does.

Alex Chalcraft

General Sale and Antique Furniture

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With more than 15 years running General’ and ‘Specialist’ auctions, Alex has uncovered many a minor treasure that has sold for far in excess of their owners’ expectations. For instance, among a recent consignment of walking sticks to be sold without reserve, he identified one of the sticks as being worth thousands. It subsequently sold for around £10,000.

Alex has now been promoted to Saleroom Manager and is our main operative in the saleroom.

Buffy Parker

Paintings and Watercolours

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Buffy Parker has spent decades uncovering hidden masterpieces across the land.

His unrivalled eye for a winner once saw him turn £180 he bid for a grimy portrait into £380,000 when he went on to sell it at auction in London. Need we say more…

Mark Grant

Oriental Art and Collectables

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Mark Grant first developed an interest in Oriental art and antiques whilst at university and headed up the Oriental department at Sotheby’s Sussex for seven years immediately after graduating, followed by a similar role at Bonhams.

He later became a pioneer in antiques trading over the internet, setting up his online trading arm in 1999 before returning to the auction world with John Nicholson’s in April 2014.

A highly experienced specialist, Mark has a real passion and keen eye for Oriental art and antiques.

Luke Price

Senior Valuer

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Formerly at Dreweatt’s and Rosebery’s, Luke joined John Nicholson’s as a general valuer and specialist to cover London and the South region.

Luke holds valuation days at our Chelsea office in London one day a week and works from the Fernhurst offices the rest of the time.

David Ford

Senior Insurance Valuer

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As seen on Dickinson’s Real Deal and Secret Dealers.

David has been involved in the antiques business since the mid ’60s, at one stage owning seven shops. For the past 20 years he has specialised in antique and art valuations for probate, insurance and division. Over the last seven years, he has featured as one of the original dealers in ITV’s ‘Dickinson’s Real Deal’ and has also become one of the featured presenters/dealers on ITV’s ‘Secret Dealers’.

The highlight of David’s 15 years with John Nicholson’s as a Senior Valuer was his discovery of two paintings – valued for insurance at £12,000 – which Nicholson’s went on to sell for the record sum of £750,000.

Ian Marr

Books and Antique Manuscripts

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Ian Marr founded the international Book Department at global auctioneers Bonhams in the late 1980s before moving on to become a specialist and director at Marlborough Rare Books, one of the most respected dealerships in the market, for more than a decade.

He has been a consultant with John Nicholson’s since 1994, setting up a Books and Manuscripts department that now runs three successful auctions a year. Over the years he has undertaken valuations, and sometimes dispersals, for many major UK private and institutional libraries.

Dr Eldon Worrall

Northern Specialist

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Eldon will be available for house visits and valuations in Cheshire, North Wales, Merseyside, Lancashire and the Lake District.

When Eldon was 8 years old, he persuaded his mother’s friend to run an antique shop on his behalf, supplying all the items for the shop. Much later, he was involved in setting up the Dorothy Worrall collection in the World Museum Liverpool. In addition he headed up the Chinese department at Frank Marshalls & Co in Knutsford and was responsible for setting up 6 Chinese departments in various UK auction houses, as well as running his own auction house for 25 years. He was instrumental in the identification and renovation of a Yuan Dynasty Bronze Avalokiteshvara in the Liverpool Museum, which is one of the most important Yuan Dynasty bronzes still in existence.

Eldon has written several books.

You can contact Eldon via John Nicholson’s on 01428 653727 or Eldon directly on 07448-894782.

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