ATLANTA – Antique show and fair promoters looking to boost attendance at their next event may want to consider booking Paul Brown, the star of The Discovery Channel’s hit TV show “Auction Kings.” Brown finds the experiences exhilarating after making several appearances at such shows since the Auction Kings debut in May of 2010.
“I never thought of myself as a celebrity, but the show has elevated my profile and I was approached by some show promoters to appear and meet the public, have photos taken, give informal analysis and appraisal of items and just mix it up with folks in an industry that I love and they love, too,” Brown said. “I’d like to do more of them. They were thoroughly enjoyable.”
Brown, the owner of Gallery 63 in Atlanta, where Auction Kings is filmed, was little known outside the greater Atlanta area prior to the show. But no more. He’s recognized now all the time, and not just in his home town.
“The power of television is incredible,” he said. “My business has tripled since ‘Auction Kings’ came on the air. It’s been a real roller coaster ride.”
On its website, The Discovery Channel says the show “delves into the world of unique items – from vampire-killing kits to meteorites to jewel-encrusted pencils – and the emotional process of their acquisition and loss.” It’s made TV stars and celebrities out of Brown and his staff.
Remarkably, it’s a gig that almost didn’t happen. When Discovery first called him, to see if he’d be interested in the project, he thought it was a crank call. “People come at me all the time, with all kinds of pitches,” he said. “I cut them short and told them I wasn’t interested.” Luckily for him, Discovery wasn’t so easily spurned.
A week later, the network phoned again, this time convincing Brown they were serious about featuring him and Gallery 63 in a reality show. Auction Kings follows Brown and his staff as they interact with consignors and customers and explore the wondrous treasures that turn up at the gallery. It has been one of the more popular of the many antiques-related reality TV shows.
Anyone interested in having Paul Brown appear at their upcoming auction, show or fair may contact him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.