The Bargain Hunt presenter will hold a live auction of his father’s artwork at a hotel in Lanarkshire


A pop-up auction hosted by Bargain Hunt presenter Natasha Raskin Sharp is taking place in Lanarkshire tonight featuring original paintings by her father.

Works by contemporary Strathaven artist Philip Raskin will go under the hammer in the Overton Suite at the Strathaven Hotel at 7 p.m.

As well as being open to in-room bidders, the “affordable” auction – hosted by Natasha’s Exhibit Auctions company – will also be simulcast online for contemporary art lovers and fans of the amazing Philip’s abstract work can get involved.

Natasha told Lanarkshire Live that this style of pop-up auction is the perfect opportunity for early bidders to get an art auction experience without an intimidating frame.



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And the Antiques Road Trip presenter said it was a “privilege” to work alongside her beloved father again.

Natasha said: “It’s well documented that my dad was the one who suggested I pursue a career in the auction world and from there I moved on to TV shows which were all about being in the right place at the right – I have a lot to thank him for.

“We are very close so it is a privilege to work alongside him again and to put his work ‘under the hammer’.

“My dad opened me up to the world of selling contemporary art and now I’ve come full circle selling his work at auction – it’s a beautiful synchronicity.”



A hint of pink by Philip Raskin

She added: “What we offer is the ability to buy original works of art at really affordable prices. With a starting bid of £100-500, there really is something for everyone. .

“And unlike regular auctions, a zero percent buyer’s premium is added to the hammer price, so what you bid is what you’ll pay.

“It’s a chance to buy original paintings in a non-intimidating setting and it’s also a really nice and fun thing to do in the evening!”

Famous auctioneer Natasha’s boutique auction service was founded during a time of lockdown when large gatherings of people were no longer allowed.

As the pandemic forced buyers to bid with the click of a mouse instead of raising their hand at an auction house, Natasha jumped at the chance to host virtual sales right from the artist’s studio .

This first auction was broadcast live from none other than his father’s Strathaven studio in March 2021.

“With little more than a strong Wi-Fi connection, a camera and a laptop, auctioneers can conduct their auctions from virtually anywhere, however they choose,” Natasha said.



Clouds of Scotland by Philip Raskin

“While online auctions are not a new concept, the technology continues to improve and evolve and recent developments have proven to be particularly exciting.

“Exhibit Auctions was founded during the lockdown and my father was a very willing guinea pig for the “proof of concept”! I sold some of his work exclusively online and it was such a hit.

“It’s really nice to be able to do an auction with him again – selling his amazing work is always a breeze.”

A student at the Glasgow School of Art in the 1960s, Philip postponed his artistic career to take over the family business and became a well-known restaurateur and owner of The Inn on the Green in Glasgow.

Two decades later he moved his family from south Glasgow to rural Strathaven where he resumed his brushes, launching a hugely successful career in the arts.

Recognized worldwide for his signature style, the seascapes of western Scotland that Philip distills into painting from memory in his home studio are sold, exhibited and collected around the world.

Natasha has presented Bargain Hunt since 2015 after joining the expert pool in 2013 and hosts a weekly music show on Radio Scotland (Thursdays 10pm-midnight).



Flog It experts Aubery Dawson and Natasha Raskin Sharp take a closer look at John Divall’s painting of Bracknell during the filming of the BBC TV show Flog It at the Watts Gallery in Compton

She appears regularly on Antiques Road Trip, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip and has just been seen on a new Channel 5 show alongside Susan Calman: ‘Susan Calman’s Antiques Adventure’.

This will be Exhibit Auctions’ sixth auction – the latest being a Glasgow Art Club fundraiser which raised over £25,500 and was donated to the Association of Ukrainians in Britain.

Natasha joked: “Strathaven is full of farmers so it will be something a little different from the usual cattle auction.

“People can relax and bid at home, or if you’re local, you can go to the Strathaven Hotel and get the full in-house auction experience.

“It will be very accessible for early bidders and those who know me from TV will have the opportunity to see if I can get it on the stand – anyone can be an auctioneer if they can count!”

The full catalog of tomorrow’s auction can be viewed here.

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