Among those at the auction in central Belfast on Thursday where an historic 17th century Battle of the Boyne gun was sold was Bargain Hunt presenter Tim Wonnacott, who was filming at the venue.
Asked what the secret to the BBC show’s enduring popularity was, he joked it is “probably because it has such a brilliant and dynamic presenter, who’s done it 1,280 times”.
He said the Belfast edition of the show itself was likely to be broadcast in about two to two-and-a-half months’ time.
Fellow star of the show David Harper said Belfast is his top place to film in the UK.
Two of those taking part in the show were cousins Anne McDaid and Mary Hegarty from Co Londonderry.
Recently retired senior social worker Miss McDaid said: “I’ve the luxury of watching every day. In fact, I’m a great antiques fan: I watch the Antiques Roadshow, Flog It, Bargain Hunt, you name it!”
“And I’m just a great shopper,” said Mrs Hegarty.