"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 is a resident auctioneer for MacDougall’s, art specialists who have set numerous world records and whose annual sales have totalled over £20 million for each of the last 5 years. In November 2016's auction, two paintings - Ivan Shishkin's Pine Forest and Yuri Pimenov's Kyoko the Japanese Girl - both sold for well over £400,000.
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.
2016 saw Charlie conduct over 80 auctions across the UK, United States and Europe, raising millions of pounds over the past few years. He has supported numerous charities and other organisations in the last year, including Ace Africa, Africa Now, Breast Cancer Now, Caudwell Children, Champions, Clic Sargent, The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, The Dragon School, Great Ormond Street Hospital, The ISB, The Lord Mayor's Appeal, The Lord's Taverners, The Matt Hampson Foundation, The NSPCC, Shooting Star Chase Hospice, Sparks and The Ubuntu Foundation.
For many years, Charlie has conducted the official Pebble Beach Vintage Car Auction in California, and the Scottsdale Auction in Arizona, Texas for Gooding and Company. The latest Pebble Beach auction in August 2016 saw a record four cars selling for over $10 million each, with highlights including a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione (sold for $18.15 million), a 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza (sold for $11.99 million), and a 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster (sold for $10.4 million).
In March 2016, Charlie conducted the Amelia Island Auction in Florida for Gooding and Company, the highlights of which included the sale of a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider for $17.16 million, and a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder for just over $5.3 million. The 30 most expensive cars sold at the event sold for a combined total of over $82 million, nearly £58 million.
Away from the rostrum, Charlie is also a familiar face on stage and television alike. He is now one of the 4 regular presenters of the BBC's Bargain Hunt with Eric Knowles, Anita Manning and Natasha Raskin. He particularly enjoyed filming the Christmas Special... playing Scrooge in his nightshirt!
After many years of treading the boards in Oxford, Charlie has also 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!
2017 is already shaping up to be an amazing year, packed with Bargain Hunt thrills and exciting auctions both in the UK and overseas.
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!"