A TV star returned to the region as part of a hit programme which values antiques up for sale.
David Dickinson, from popular ITV show Dickinson’s Real Deal, visited Hartlepool last month as part of the filming for the new series set to be aired next year.
The presenter met with the public at Hartlepool’s Borough Hall on the Headland during the valuation day on October 8 where he discussed their prized antiques and collectables ahead of their auction.
During the filming, fellow experts Simon Schneider, Corrie Jeffrey, Henry Nicholls and Tracey Thackray-Howitt were also on hand to discuss the value of objects including jewellery and artworks.
The hit show invites the public to bring in their antiques to have them valued.
Dealers will then try and purchase them for cash which can be accepted or declined. If the offer is refused the item goes to auction.
Yesterday the presenter was at Boldon Auction Galleries for the auction which featured some of the Hartlepool items including a large collection of footballer’s autographs and a silver three bottle inkwell.
More than 186 autographs from players who took their place in teams during the 1950s, went under the hammer and were sold to an online buyer for an impressive sum of £750.
The set was accompanied with pencil caricature drawings of the footballers - some of whom played for Sunderland and Newcastle - as well as the Busby Babes.
The autographs also featured players and managers including Stanley Matthews, Bert Trautmann and Alf Ramsey.
A spokeswoman for the auction house said: “The autograph collection went for a total of £750 to an online buyer.
“They were estimated at a value of £500 to £800.”