Andrew Stowe Biography – Andrew Stowe Wiki
Andrew Stowe is an auctioneer and valuer at Auctioneum Bristol & Bath, formerly East Bristol Auctions. He is the head of the Specialist Military, History & Transportation auctions department at Auctioneum Auctioneers. He has appeared on BBC One’s Bargain Hunt.
In 2020, Andrew sold a pair of Mahatma Gandhi’s gold-plated glasses for a record £260,000. The glasses are said to have been in the family of the unnamed elderly gentleman vendor in England. The sale price of Gandhi’s spectacles smashed the original estimate of around £15,000.
“We found them just four weeks ago in our letterbox, left there by a gentleman whose uncle had been given them by Gandhi himself,” East Bristol Auctions wrote on Instagram. “An incredible result for an incredible item! Thanks to all those who bid.”
Auctioneer and valuer Andrew Stowe is a “complete nerd, comedy lover, sitcom watcher and collector of junk.” The TV nerd studied Creative Studies in English at Bath Spa University. He attended John Cabot Academy, formerly John Cabot CTC, in Bristol, England.
Andrew Stowe Bargain Hunt
Andrew Stowe is an auctioneer on the BBC’s Bargain Hunt, presented by Eric Knowles.
In 2023, a bottle of ‘Peckham Spring’ water from British sitcom Only Fools & Horses sold for £2,600 after it was saved from the recycling bin. The prop was auctioned off after being used in the 1992 Christmas special of the BBC show entitled Mother Nature’s Son. The bottle featured as part of a special British Comedy Auction which was held by Auctioneum Ltd of Bristol on Friday, December 8.
The auction house’s spokesman Andrew Stowe told The Mirror the bottle very nearly ended up in a bottle recycling bin as the owner originally thought it to be of no value. It was estimated to sell between £3-5K but was eventually bought by a private collector online for £2,600.
Andrew said: ”A couple of hundred bottles were made for filming, and when it concluded any extras were given away to the cast or crew as souvenirs. Less than twenty are thought to survive, most being lost or thrown away over the years. But Only Fools and Horses is such a well-loved show that they are now worth thousands of pounds to collectors.
“When it came in to our saleroom, our client told me this incredible story that at one stage he was going to put it in a bottle recycling bin. He was more than surprised with the pre-auction estimate.”
Andrew added: “It’s an incredible piece of television history. To be able to hold an actual bottle of Peckham Spring is a surreal experience. It’s such an iconic piece – it might seem expensive for an empty glass bottle, but for fans of the show it’s priceless.