James Lewis is a familiar face on TV in England. After all, he offers all kinds of treasures ‘from the past’ to interested collectors across the world, for displaying in their homes, albeit at a price. Yes, you guessed right! James is a popular auctioneer!
Early Life : Family & Personal Details
- Born in the 1970s, James is now in his mid-forties (as of 2019).
- He grew up in Bridgford.
- While vacationing with his family as a five-year-old, James purchased an English Pocket Watch, signifying his growing love for ‘things from the past’.
- He also often helped his parents at jumble sales and charity events.
- He is married to Annabelle Lewis.
- James rarely focuses on siblings or family life in his interviews, preferring to stick with auctions and auctioneering.
- James attended Toot Hill Comprehensive School, a secondary school located at Bingham, Nottinghamshire. It was here that he developed a lifelong passion for antiques.
- Thereafter, he went in for a degree in Fine Arts, graduating in 1992.
- Later on, he obtained his qualification from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors at Southampton.
Net Worth, Salary & Career: :
- At the beginning of his career, Neales Auctioneers and Valuers at Mansfield Road, Nottingham, offered James a trial placement as a junior cataloguer and valuer.
- Thereafter, he handled auctioneering jobs at Christie’s and another auction house in East Midlands, until 1993.
- However, he returned to his ‘first’ company in 1997, which put him in charge of all operations at Derbyshire.
- Unfortunately, in 2002, James Lewis was declared redundant.
- Two weeks after his redundancy, BBC channel approached James.
- His screen test was successful, prompting BBC to use his expertise on antiques in eight shows! These included The Antiques Road Trip, Put Money Where your Mouth is, Flog It, Cash in the Attic, Bargain Hunt, etc.
- He is also a familiar voice on BBC radio shows.
- James’ hard work has fetched him an apt reward in the form of his own show on BBC.
- Titled Treasures of the Nation, it is akin to a documentary, which explores Britain’s recovery of Indian artefacts during the 1840s’ Anglo-Sikh Wars.
- James Lewis was voted “Auctioneer of the Year” for three subsequent years.
- Today, his family owns its own auction house named Bamfords, in Derbyshire.
Trivia, Height & Fun Facts :
- Besides work, James is also a philanthropist, as evinced by his donations of over £7000 to the Royal Derby Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
- He volunteers as a campaigner for several local and national charities across England. The proceeds go towards the Born Free Foundation.
- James adores animals, frequently campaigning for their charities.
- He is also extremely fond of rugby.
For over 25 years now, James has been cataloguing sculptures, furniture, objects and boxes, as well as participating in on-site auctions at large estates and country houses. He deserves his success, thanks to his intelligent diligence.
However, the best reward that he has granted himself is to take the family-run Bamfords from a company ranking 493rd nationally, to within the top ten!