By David

The Bidding Room is a new BBC afternoon television show that claims to redefine what antiques are.

According to the show’s presenter Nigel Havers, antiques are anything dating back to the Thatcher era (1979 to 1990) or earlier. The generally accepted definition is that an object has to be at least 100 years old to be an antique. Later items are classed as vintage or collectable.

The age of vintage or collectable items does not necessarily make them less valuable than an antique. A rare item can fetch huge prices. The last LP John Lennon signed before his death sold for over half a million dollars, whereas a rare Honus Wagner baseball card sold for more than one million dollars.

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