David Harper is a BBC TV presenter, antiques broker, writer, artist, speaker and event auctioneer.
TV Presenting: Since 2005 David has been a presenter on BBC TV programmes including Bargain Hunt, The Antiques Road Trip, Flog It!, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, For What It’s Worth and Cash In The Attic. He has also appeared on a wide variety of other shows from Through The Keyhole to Celebrity Masterchef, Countryfile to The One Show
Speaker: David Harper is a well known after dinner speaker, host and charity auctioneer. He holds the world record of £170,000 for selling dinner with Sir Alex Ferguson at The Natural History Museum and is known as ‘The man who brought the house down at The Savoy!’ …in March 2019, David Harper was in full flow auctioneering his final lot for the evening, at The Savoy in London, when, as he bellowed, ‘who will start me at £3000’…the roof collapsed and 300 guests were evacuated!
David Harper gives lively and informal talks around the UK to private and corporate groups on subjects from antiques, classic cars, behind the scenes making TV shows to confidence buiding!
The Artist: After spending years studying art and artists from all periods (and thinking, dreaming and planning on becoming a painter) he planned an exhibition of his work in 2008, but it didn’t materialise. In 2012 he began painting in earnest, created a studio and in 2014, an art dealer spotted his work, asked if she could buy some pieces and today David’s art is in homes and private collections (including museums) around the world. For the full story, examples of work see www.davidharperartist.co.uk
Early life and career: David Harper has been fascinated by art and antiques all his life. From a family of antiques and classic car collectors, as early as he can remember he has been collecting and studying all things old and ancient…and he hasn’t stopped!
As a child he would search for broken pieces of pottery in freshly ploughed farmers fields and by the age of seven he had amassed a huge collection of worn out coins and faded stamps! He bought his first antique at the age of 9 and turned his passion into a business, when he began working full-time within the art, antiques and classic car world at 18.
At the age 25 David was already making a name for himself in the world of antiques, he was asked to became one of the youngest directors of a UK PLC company, importing reproduction antique furniture from the Far East.
David has shipped antiques to and from America, owned antiques restoration businesses, designed and manufactured his own range of upholstered furniture, exhibited at top international art and antiques fairs, written over 40 published articles on antiques for magazines and newspapers and brokered the sales of some hugely valuable collections. David still handles the sales of antiques and classic cars