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A FAMOUS face has rejoined a Portsmouth auction house where he began his career.

John Cameron, known for his appearances on the BBC auction shows Cash in the Attic and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, has taken over the fine art and antique side of Nesbits Auctioneers.

His first auction for the firm will be on Wednesday next week, but as it’s a return to his roots he already knows the ropes.

John said: ‘I was doing my degree in fine art valuation at Southampton Institute – now Southampton Solent – and I wanted some experience to go with my degree, and my local auction house was Nesbits in Clarendon Road.

‘I did about two years there alongside my studies, just helping out.’

After graduating, John went to work at prestigious auctioneers Woolley and Wallace and a year after that David Nesbit offered John a full-time paid job.

However, television beckoned and John left to concentrate on that, and to set up his own valuation company, John Cameron Associates, which is based next door to Nesbits in Southsea.

‘I’ve always stayed in touch with David,’ said John.

‘I mentioned to him that if there was ever an opportunity to acquire the business, I would be interested. He approached me in October and I’ve acquired the fine art valuation business, which is separate from the estate agency business.’

The world of auctions has changed since John has had less of a hands-on involvement in it, with auctions happening online at the-saleroom.com at the same time as they take place in auction houses.

Every lot also has to be photographed, rather than a selection for a glossy brochure. As a result, John says he will be looking to get an assistant fairly soon.

‘I’m looking for someone to be like I was when I first started out,’ he said. ‘John Cameron Associates will continue for the time being, and I may well look to manage the two down the line.’

He will also be continuing with his television work.