John Cameron: ‘I noticed a wine bottle I’d sold on the show’

John Cameron with Nina Basset
John Cameron with Nina Basset
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Filming BBC’s Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is show often takes me around the country, where I meet some very interesting people.

Regrettably, I don’t usually get chance to go back and see the items I have sold. But last weekend, for our anniversary, my wife and I visited Hotel TerraVina, owned by Gerrard and Nina Basset, in the New Forest, where I filmed a sales sequence two years ago when up against Jonty Hearndon.

Gerrard Basset has the unique distinction of holding the titles Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, Wine MBA and World’s Best Sommelier and he and Nina were also co-founders of Hotel du Vin in Winchester, where Saturday Kitchen’s James Martin was head chef.

Jonty and I had been filming in Paris where I had purchased a mid-18th century wine bottle that had been found in a Dutch canal. A friend had suggested I contact Nina Basset, who was looking for some wine-related antiques to decorate their glass-fronted wine cellar that can be seen from the restaurant.

Whilst eating dinner last Saturday evening I noticed my bottle behind the glass and, as Nina was on duty, I asked if we could have a photograph.

I’d sold the bottle to Nina for £250 and my profit was donated to Wave 105’s Cash For Kids charity appeal.

· In his column written exclusively for Weekend, TV presenter John Cameron shares his knowledge of antiques and also gives a fascinating insight into his life on the BBC and the celebrities he meets during filming and at charity functions. John, who appears on TV shows including Cash In The Attic and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, recently took over Nesbits auction house in Southsea. E-mail or call (023) 9229 5568.