James Lewis


James Lewis is without doubt one of the most recognisable faces in the antiques world.

He is the founder of Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers and senior director of Richardson and Linnell and Neales. As an auctioneer James has a reputation for amusing the crowds whilst achieving great results; in doing so won UK top auctioneer 2 years in a row, holds the world record for the longest ever solo auction (26 hours) and as such is in high demand at home and abroad taking sales at the London Savoy, Paris Ritz, The Dorchester, Kensington Palace, The Palace in Monaco, Los Angeles, Nairobi and Johannesburg.

James is a Consultant to the British Government on ivory legislation and has advised on the antiques at 10 Downing Street.

His long-running television career started with the hit BBC show Flog It in 2002. He has since become a regular face on Bargain Hunt, Cash in the Attic, Trade Secrets, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and the BAFTA winning Antiques Road Trip. His most recent role sees him taking a more serious path in broadcasting with the excellent documentary Treasures of the Sikh Nation.

James is well known for his love of animals and passion for Africa and as patron of The Born Free Foundation he has driven vans across Europe to collect lions, orangutans and bears and transported them on mammoth journeys to sanctuary; to Shamwari in South Africa and Malawi. Even his daughter Arabella was named after Bella the lioness who James was rescuing when his wife went into labour. He has since done lion tracking in Botswana, worked with the Maasai building bomas in Kenya and accompanied William Foulds working with Rhino.

To book James Lewis as the auctioneer for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, James is known to cover the following topics:

  • Fake or fortune
  • The addiction of antiques (antiques relating to tea and coffee drinking, smoking, snuff etc.)
  • Burial antiques: You can take it with you
  • Tales and anecdotes of an auctioneer
  • All that glitters is not gold
  • Antiques for investment
  • How to bargain hunt (an ideal topic before docking near a market)
  • A conflict of conscience (animals and antiques)