"Any auction prides itself on being somewhat of a show. When Charlie Ross is auctioning, he is the show."
Source: Andrew T. Ramer
Past President of Ocean Tomo Auctions, LLC
Charlie Ross ran his own auction house in Woburn for over 25 years and has conducted a wide variety of auctions ranging from antiques, commercial and residential properties, through to vintage cars and Intellectual Property. He has even auctioned chickens! – the very first thing he auctioned.
He is a resident auctioneer for MacDougall’s, Russian art specialists who have set numerous world records and whose annual sales have totalled over £20 million multiple times in recent years. Sales reached £4.5 million in June 2017 and £9.85 million in November 2017; the latter including the sale of Aleksandr Deineka's Heroes of the First Five-Year Plan (1899-1969) for £2.55 million.
Charlie continues to be a guest auctioneer at Bainbridges in Ruislip and Hansons in Derby, both of which he hugely enjoys. A particular highlight was being on the rostrum for the sale of the Kilroy jewels — one of which, a single stone diamond ring, sold for £92,000.
Rare & Vintage Car Auctions
The latest Pebble Beach auction in August 2017 saw sales reach a whopping $92 million, with an incredible 22 cars sold for over $1 million each. Highlights included a 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta (sold for $4.4 million), a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet (sold for $4.85 million), a 1970 Porsche 917K (sold for $14.1 million), and a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C (sold for $14.5 million). The Scottsdale Auction in January 2017 raised over $33 million.
In March 2017, Charlie conducted the Amelia Island Auction in Florida for Gooding and Company, the highlights of which included the sale of a 1925 Bugatti Type 35 GP for $3.3 million, and a 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast for just under $3 million. The auction raised in excess of $31 million.
2017 saw Charlie conduct many charity auctions both in the UK and abroad, of which there have been many highlights. This includes getting in the ring with two-time world heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko, and 'knocking out' the robe he wore at his last professional fight against Anthony Joshua for £150,000. What an enormous (and thoroughly delightful) man he is.
Charlie conducted a charity auction in Monaco for Princess Charlene in the presence of His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II. He also conducted the Amber Lounge charity auction in aid of Jackie Stewart's charity, Race Against Dementia. One of the star lots was the Silverstone Grand Prix weekend with Sir Jackie and Lady Helen, which sold for £160,000.
Over the course of 2017, Charlie helped raise in excess of £500,000 for Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. He also hosted the auction for The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation at The Dorchester, shortly after the great man had passed away.
Other highlights have included fundraising auctions for: Caudwell Children, the National Youth Theatre, The International School of Brussels, the Tim Henman Foundation, the Ubuntu Foundation, Breast Cancer Now, the '71/'17 Lions Dinner, Clic Sargent, and the Shooting Star Chase hospice.
Away from the rostrum, Charlie is also a familiar face on television. He is one of the 4 regular presenters of the BBC's Bargain Hunt with Eric Knowles, Anita Manning and Natasha Raskin, hosting 24 episodes in 2017. He also enjoyed an Antiques Road Trip with James Braxton in the south of England.
Life Without the Gavel
After many years of treading the boards in Oxford, Charlie has recently been elected as President of Oxford Operatic Society – a huge and unexpected honour for him... and, he would say, one obviously not based on any thespian qualities!
2018 is already shaping up to be an amazing year, packed with TV thrills and exciting auctions both in the UK and overseas. Charlie is looking forward to hosting another series of Bargain Hunt, going on another Antiques Road Trip in the autumn, and apppearing on Celebrity Pointless with Bunny Campione.
2018 has already kicked off for Charlie, when he hosted the Scottsdale auction for Gooding and Company in January – and what a cracker it was! Four cars in particular got people's hearts beating, with a 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series 1 reaching over $4.45 million, a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale reaching a whopping $8 million, a 1931 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster reaching over $4 million, and a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS reaching just over $2.5 million.
Charlie will also be hosting many more charity auctions and, hopefully, raising much-needed funds for many worthwhile charities.
Every lot that goes under Charlie's gavel is important to him, from the local charity pot of marmalade to the most exotic Ferrari. This passion, combined with his extensive and diverse experience, is what makes Charlie one of the leading freelance auctioneers in the UK and beyond.
"HAVE GAVEL, WILL TRAVEL!"