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All you need to know about Celebrity Antiques Road Trip presenter David Harper

The antiques expert has had quite the career…

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Francesca Shillcock
Francesca ShillcockSenior TV & Film Writer
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We love settling down to watch some famous faces do their best to auction off some fascinating items on Celebrity Antiques Road Trip. 

MORE: David Harper announces next TV project after quitting Bargain Hunt

The celebrity version of the TV show, which has run since 2012, sees a couple of well-known stars from the world of showbiz team up with experts such as David Harper and James Braxton, with the aim of buying and auctioneering antiques for profit to give to their chosen charity.

But while we love watching the celebrities on the show, but who are the experts? Here's all you need to know about David Harper...

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David fronts Celebrity Antiques Road Trip

David Harper antiques career

David's passion for antiques and historical items since a young age and, according to his BBC profile, bought his first antique item aged nine. In his adolescence, he then started buying and dealing items and then began working internationally for antique companies in the Middle East and America, exhibiting and selling at some of the most prestigious antiques fairs in the world. 

As a keen artist, David has also worked with museums and had his work displayed for private collections worldwide. He's also worked on Radio as an antiques expert and written over 100 published articles on art and classic items. 

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The presenter has many years of experience working in antiques

David Harper TV career 

In 2005, David moved over to the TV industry, first appearing on Channel 4's Natural Born Dealers. Soon after, he had regular appearances on shows such as Through the Keyhole, Ready Steady Cook and The One Show. In the same year, David began appearing regularly on Bargain Hunt and was a staple part of the show for 15 years. 

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David's been a regular face on our TV screens

However, the presenter recently announced that he would be departing from the BBC show. He tweeted in October: "Bargain Hunt Announcement: After 15 happy years on @BBCBargainHunt I've decided, now is the time to move on and hang up my golden gavels (I do have a few, I promise!) Thanks for the fun and memories. Cheers and keep watching! David." 

David Harper family

David is married to wife, Wendy, and together they have a daughter, Henrietta, aged 24. The husband and wife live together in Durham near Barnard Castle, and often displays his art and antiques in his own store in the town.  

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