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“You do this so well David!”

Gyles Brandreth


“Rapt audience and a humorous talk. As an entertaining speaker David Harper is truly noble.”

Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club


“David’s charm, humour, storytelling and interaction with the audience made for a wonderful and hugely successful evening”

Funny Way To Be Comedy


“Phenomenal! £240,000 raised and highly entertaining”

Shine Trust

"Raised the roof off at the theatre.”

Quilter Cheviot Investment Management

“What a fantastic afternoon – We could of listened and watched David all day long. Future speakers, from now on, have a lot to live up too”

Lesley Carter. U3A


"One of the best after dinner talks and display of expertise we have ever experienced.”Media Messages Ltd“Fantastic results and very funny, you had the room buzzing!”

Tessa Sanderson CBE

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This book is packed with stories from the Georgian period 1714-1830 including...

Strange pets, binge drinking, cosmetic surgery, smugglers, money launderers, moving to Australia, dodgy politicians, dating tips and instructions on how to sell your wife in auction...amongst many other things!

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About me...

David Harper is a BBC TV Art & Antiques presenter on programmes like

‘Antiques Roadtrip’ ‘Flog It’ and ‘Bargain Hunt’. 


All highly popular programmes, which are shown in over 50 countries around the world - See Youtube videos page 


David fell in love with antiques and history at the age of 5 and he’s been collecting, studying, buying, selling and writing about wonderful objects from the past ever since! 


A published writer on the subjects of both antiques and history 

His broadcasting career began in 1999 on BBC local radio with his ‘live antiques valuation phone-ins’ and since 2005 he’s been a regular face on BBC Television


David has appeared on numerous celebrity TV shows and after his disastrous attempt at cooking on ‘Celebrity Masterchef’ (he doesn’t cook and never has done) he was described as the worst ever contestant in the history of the programme! 

He really shouldn’t have agreed to go on the show, but he did it for the experience (plus the money) and he was very pleased to be the first ejected! The ‘Masterchef’ story is one of many anecdotes he tells from the world of TV in his one-man show / after dinner speach ‘Unexpected Tales’ 


David is a writer - his fun history for adults book ‘A Romp With The Georgians’ which takes a funny look at British life between 1714 and 1830 has now been turned into another of his one-man theatre stand up shows


His follow up book ‘A Jolly Good Bash With The British Empire’ will be published in 2023


David Harper is also a modernist painter and sculptor - his work is in private and corporate collections around the world, as well as museums, including The Haynes International Motor Museum and The James Herriot Museum. His art has been exhibited and sold alongside work by Damien Hirst, Sir Peter Blake, Henry Moore, Ai Weiwei and Darren Baker. Paintings and sculptures are available to purchase or commission here.


Alongside David Harper’s theatre shows, you can book him as an after dinner speaker, for lunch talks and hosting private events. He’s also one of the best and most sought after charity auctioneers in the world. In fact, he holds the world record for the highest price ever achieved in auction for Sir Alex Ferguson…he sold him for £170,000 at the Natural History Museum!

The Sir Alex story is another you might hear at one of his speaking engagements

Quote from Gyles Brandreth..."He's him"!

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