An antiques expert who is a regular contributor to the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow will be the guest auctioneer at a fundraising event near Burnham-On-Sea later this month.

Philip Taubenheim (pictured) will be auctioning theatre tickets, photographs and holidays at Sanders Garden World in aid of the Animals Asia Foundation (AAF) on Saturday June 14th.

Peter Burks, General Manager at the Brent Knoll garden centre, said: “We are delighted that Philip Taubenheim will be able to attend the evening in aid of the AAF.”

AAF’s Moon Bear Rescue project involves rescuing suffering and endangered Asiatic Black Bears from bile farms and bringing them to its sanctuary in Chengdu, China. The bears, known as Moon Bears because of the golden crescents on their chests, can spend up to 20 years in coffin-sized cages where they are milked daily for their bile. The bile is then used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Peter added: “All the profits from the evening will be donated to the AAF to help with its work rescuing and treating Moon Bears.”

Tickets, priced £20 each, are available by calling 01579 347 148 or by emailing for more information.