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Paul Hayes

Paul Hayes is an antiques expert who was discovered by the BBC and is now a resident on 'Cash in the Attic'. He’s very entertaining and a good communicator. As well as giving talks on antiques, especially collectables, antiques of the 20th Century, and collectables of the future, he can also present an antiques based interactive entertainment where the audience can bring along items and take part in an antiques quiz.


About Paul Hayes

Paul Hayes was born into the antiques business. His father was a dealer and ran a business specialising in portable antiques. By the age of six, Paul was buying and selling Dinky Toys and at 19 he set up in business with his father. For the past ten years, Paul has operated as a trade dealer, travelling around the country buying items from the public and selling them to his contacts within the antiques trade.  In February 2000 Paul was discovered by chance by BBC1’s ‘Bargain Hunt’ programme and they were so impressed, that he appeared as one of the regular experts. Then in January 2001, he was asked to appear as the antiques specialist on BBC1’s popular daytime show ‘Housecall’, sharing his considerable knowledge about different categories of antiques and collectables.

He has been co-presenter of ‘Cash in the Attic’ since Autumn 2002 and was the expert presenter on BBC1’s ‘Star Sale’ in 2004. Paul is also the expert contributor to ‘Crimewatch UK’ and regularly appears on the programme talking about stolen antiques. Paul is currently presenting ‘Car Booty’ on BBC 1. He is very keen to demystify the antiques business – his mission is to encourage people from all walks of life to become knowledgeable collectors and a book titled ‘Cash in the Attic’ written by Paul has recently been published by BBC Books.

As well as his television work since 2003, Paul has been hosting antiques and collectables valuation sessions for Tesco Supermarkets around the country. Paul lives in Morecambe (where he was born and raised) with his wife and three children.

To book Paul Hayes, call The Speakers Agency on +44(0)1332 810481 or email 

Speech Topics

After Dinner Speech or An Evening with Paul Hayes
Guests will be invited to bring along an individual item for valuation/appraisal. Those guests who have brought along an item will place their item on a table behind the speaker at the start of the evening, to ensure confidentiality when valuations were given. The audience is split into ‘teams’ and issued with a sheet of paper with numbers listed.

Styles/periods from the 18th century to date. Collectables of the future. Key points to be highlighted with laminate pictures shown on an overhead projector.
‘Have you been listening!?’ – Approximately 5 questions linked directly with the talk just given and ‘teams’ enter answers onto the sheet.

Guess the Value – 3 Items shown on the projector, which vary in value/rarity etc. Paul offers a brief description of the item and the audience place their estimate on the score sheet. Duration: 15 mins

Valuations – Paul to go through all the items brought along by the audience giving histories/values etc.
Duration: 40 mins

Answers/prizes – Teams ‘swap’ answer sheets for marking – Paul gives answers to the first 5 questions with a brief description and a prize to the winner. Duration 20 mins

Questions & Answers
Guests will be invited to ask questions. Finish with one-to-one questions/autographs/pictures etc. Duration: 30 mins

For Charity events, guests could be charged for their valuation or the charity fundraisers could organise for items to be donated and auctioned off for their charity.

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