‘If I had devoted as much time to academia as I did to cricket and rugby I would surely have been, at the very least, a double Oxbridge first” he says. However, life “as a sports teacher was not for him and he took up the post of trainee auctioneer in Worcester, working in the local livestock market – much of the time spent cleaning out the sheep pens…”a task, some would maintain, I was suitably qualified for, as by then I was completely unemployable.’
From there Philip Serrell re-qualified as a Chartered Surveyor, specialising as a Fine Art and antique valuer, which in turn resulted in him running his own auctioneering business from his saleroom in Malvern and office in Worcester. Philip recorded a regular antique slot on his local BBC radio station, and from there he went on to become a resident ‘expert’ on several BBC television programmes – namely Bargain Hunt and Flog It! More recently he has also appeared on the 20th Century Roadshow, presenting their classic car feature – a role which he embraced as it allowed him to indulge his other passion for motor cars.
In 2005, Philip Serrell had his first book, AN AUCTIONEER’S LOT published by Hodder & Stoughton. In it, he writes about many of the wonderful characters and situations that he has met along the way whilst in the auctioneering business. He admits to having a never-ending supply of stories about valuable antiques appearing in the most unlikely of places – accompanied by surprising and fascinating people – from a priceless 18th Century dining table hidden away in a decaying potting shed, to that of a tattooed gypsy with a penchant for Worcester Porcelain.
His second book, SOLD TO THE MAN WITH THE TIN LEG, was published in June of 2006, again by Hodder & Stoughton, and continues with more hilarious and heart-warming anecdotal stories.