Arthur Negus

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Arthur Negus (29 March 1903 – 5 April 1985) was an antiques expert and broadcaster. On the death of his father he took over the family business making and restoring furniture, building up the business as an antique dealer. In 1946 he joined Bruton Knowles & Co fine art auctioneers in Gloucester, in charge of the furniture section. In his sixties he was asked to become an expert appraiser in the series Going for a Song which ran from 1965 to 1977 and made Negus a household name, able to talk about a range of antiques in an interesting and authoritative way. From 1979 to 1983 he appeared in the even more popular Antiques Roadshow. It was largely through his enthusiasm and affable manner that antiques became so popular in Britain.

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