Actor William McInnes will host ABC1’s upcoming factual series Auction Room.
The half hour series sees McInnes follow ordinary Australians around the country, as they prepare to sell memorabilia, designer furniture, comics, vintage jewellery and other cherished items at auction.
The Tasmanian-produced show is the series that Director of Television Kim Dalton said would replace Collectors, however the first commission is for 10 episodes.
Jennifer Collins, Head of ABC TV Factual said “This new series promises to share the thrill of an auction day – the nerves, agony and ecstasy of the seller, the theatre the auctioneer creates as he works the crowd – and stokes the excitement in the room.
“Auction Room is produced by the Hobart-based team behind the long-running series Collectors. This team has spent years developing relationships with Australia’s top auction houses and thereby gaining unique access to some of the country’s most fascinating treasures as they come up for auction.”
William McInnes said, “Almost everybody loves an auction bargain. But the real fun and fascination is not only finding that bargain or longed for item, but also discovering the story behind why it is has come up for sale. It’s an irresistible opportunity to be part of a great team that gets to roam the auction rooms of Australia.”
It will air on ABC1 in 2012.