Peter Young

Peter Young
Rural Antiques Auctioneer

Peter Young has been a distinguished auctioneer for over fifty years. Specialising in antiques and chattels for the majority of his illustrious career, he was initiated into the profession when he was articled as a pupil to the leading and well-respected auctioneer Rupert Spencer. Although his main passion now lies with antiques, Peter gained his early experience through farm and livestock auctioneering. It was at these weekly cattle markets and auction sales that Peter discovered his enthusiasm for all things antique. Through daily interactions with the rich tapestry of characters that he met during this period, Peter realised that a combination of auctions and antiques would provide the ingredients for an interesting and rewarding career. It was with this in mind that upon qualifying as a Chartered Auctioneer, Peter took a partnership with a leading firm of auctioneers before setting up his own business, specialising in antiques. Thanks to Peter’s wide ranging field of expertise, he has had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people, including media personalities and even members of the aristocracy. During the early days of his career, he regularly worked with the renowned antiques expert Arthur Negus, and was involved with the production of ‘Going For A Song’ alongside Sir Mortimer Wheeler and Max Robertson, a leading antiques roadshow shown on the BBC in the 1960s. Peter’s media experience also extends to regular appearances on both local and national television and radio. Recently, he hosted a guest spot on the BBC roadshow bus, identifying and valuing antiques. He has also appeared on Look North and Calendar as well as on numerous radio stations, both local and national. Since retiring from the hectic world of auction sales seven years ago, Peter retains a full diary having turned his talents to lecturing and after-dinner speaking. He currently lectures on the history of antiques, escorting his students on at least one overseas excursion annually. He began lecturing on cruise ships in 2007, and is now a regular guest speaker for Saga and Fred Olsen on many of their voyages. Beyond this, he is a popular raconteur, giving light hearted and fascinating insights into the world of antiques and auction sales, always delivering his humorous tales to full audiences. His second book, ‘That’s My Lot!’ was published in 2012, which has sold beyond expectation. Until recently Peter held a private pilots licence and was a flying instructor for the British Gliding Association. Nowadays his love of country life finds him beekeeping, attending traction engine rallies and ploughing matches. The family love theatre and particularly the music of Gilbert & Sullivan. He is married to Sandra and has two sons, a daughter and five grandchildren.

Light hearted, humorous talks and lectures include:

'That's My Lot!' - An entertaining introductory presentation

'Discoveries in the Antiques Saleroom' -

Some unusual finds 'Country House Sales' - Of the 1950s and 60s

'Where There's Muck There's Money!' - Discoveries in the farmyard.

'It Shouldn't Happen To An Auctioneer...But It Did!' - Anecdotes from the rostrum

Sugar and Spice -The Caribbean and its influence on our Antiques.

The Antiquities of North America.

North American Indian and Inuit collectables

Chippendale and Colonial American furniture.

The Cuban mahogany story and its effect upon the furniture of Europe.

Gaelic Influences on our collectables.

Scandinavian and Gustavian Antiques.

Nautical Antiques

Regional Antiques of the British Isles

Georgian Antiques

Victorian Antiques

English Painters of the Victorian Era

Collectables of the 20th Century

The Grand Tour

British Pottery and Porcelain

Meissen Porcelain

Sevres and French porcelain.

Facets of Glass

The Tobacco trail - History of smoking and its accessories

The Joy of Silver

The fascinations of Automata and Mechanical Antiques

Time to Eat - a History of the Table.


Farmyard Collectables

Art Nouveau

Art Deco

Lectures with an antiques theme can be tailored to suit cruise destinations.

ExpertiseAfter Dinner Speaking Antiques & Collectibles History - Art & Culture
Cruise ExperienceCruise ship speaker on over 20 voyages since retirement as an Auctioneer in 2007. Peter is a lively high scoring popular speaker with the cruise lines, presenting humorous full of fun tales of the eventful items andhappenings during his career from articled pupil to being senior partner of his own Antiques sale room.


Author / Writer
History - Art & Culture
Unusual & Interesting - Check them Out!
History - Social
Antiques & Collectibles