SOUTH Northants auctioneer Jonathan Humbert has achieved another publicity coup after being asked to hold the gavel during sales organised by Chris Evans in aid of Children in Need.
Today, Friday, March 30, Mr Evans officially launched the build-up to the August Bank Holiday Car Fest on his BBC Radio Two programme.
The family event will include galleries of classic cars, ancient and modern, a hill climb, live music from bands like Razorlight, The Feeling and the Bootleg Beatles, and a two-day auction.
The auction will be an American style auction with celebrity grinders, bought on to help both seller and buyer reach the best deal for the charity.
As well as running his own auction house near Whittlebury, Mr Humbert is principal auctioneer for Silverstone Auctions, based on the circuit, which will run the sale.
Mr Humbert said Mr Evans is already personally familiar with his sale technique, having sold a Ferrari through him, and having bought a red Mini Clubman.
JP Humbert Auctioneers has gathered a great deal of attention over the last few years with the sale of notable items such as spectacles and sofas used by Winston Churchill, a previously unseen portrait of Emily Bronte, and a rare marriage edition of Mein Kampf.
The two day Car Fest will feature two auctions; on the Saturday there will a ‘Pride and Joy’ auction limited to cars worth between £5,000 and £25,000, then the next day the ‘Sunday Best’ auction will feature cars worth over £25,000.
Mr Humbert said: “It is coup for Silverstone Auctions to be invited to conduct this sale in conjunction with Chris Evans, Children in Need and the BBC, and I am very proud to be the auctioneer presiding over the sale.”
Mr Humbert said Silverstone Auctions was a relative newcomer but was already among the top five automotive auction houses in the country, partly thanks to its prestigious location.
Mr Humbert added: “Chris is such a car nut, he buys and sells cars at auction all over the world. At one stage he broke the record for the most expensive car bought at auction. I think he’s kept himself abreast with who’s doing what, and now you can listen to auctions over the internet, I think he liked my style and the way Silverstone Auctions handles things, very professionally.”