Sale of the Century host Tony Barber looks unrecognisable as he returns to TV


You’ll never guess what Tony Barber looks like now! Sale of the Century host, 81, looks unrecognisable as he returns to TV – four decades after first presenting the iconic game show


Tony Barber is arguably one of Australia’s most iconic game show presenters.  

And the former Sale of the Century host made a surprise return to television over the weekend, appearing briefly on Channel Nine’s A Current Affair. 

Tony, now 81, looked almost unrecognisable as he spoke of the huge popularity of the genre on Australian TV. 

There he is! Former Sale of the Century host Tony Barber returned to Australian TV over the weekend during an interview with A Current Affair. Here on Sale of the Century

Pictured: Tony, 81, on A Current Affair over the weekend

Where is Australia’s first game show king? Former Sale of the Century host Tony Barber, now 81, returned to Australian TV on Friday during an interview with A Current Affair to TV

‘Nothing was as successful as Sale of the Century,’ Tony said, who was host on the show from 1980 to 1991.

The legend was seen rocking a lengthy grey hairstyle for the appearance, yet still maintained his iconic game show grin as he spoke to the camera. 

Tony had a meteoric rise on Australian TV with him first ‘discovered’ while doing some cigarette commercials. 

It only took him three years to win the coveted Gold Logie for the game show, The Great Temptation. 

Rise to fame: Tony had a meteoric rise on Australian TV with him first 'discovered' while doing some cigarette commercials. Pictured on Today Extra in 2019

Rise to fame: Tony had a meteoric rise on Australian TV with him first ‘discovered’ while doing some cigarette commercials. Pictured on Today Extra in 2019

Perk of the job: Tony fondly reflected on his years as host of Sale of the Century during the TV interview

Perk of the job: Tony fondly reflected on his years as host of Sale of the Century during the TV interview

Tony fondly reflected on his years as host of Sale of the Century during the interview. 

‘I think the best thing was getting to work with so many of those beautiful hostesses,’ he said, before adding: ‘joking of course.’ 

‘That’s probably not politically correct anymore,’ he quickly added.   

Stars: 'I think the best thing was getting to work with so many of those beautiful hostesses,' he said, before adding: 'joking of course.' Pictured with Alyce Pratt (R) in 2007

Stars: ‘I think the best thing was getting to work with so many of those beautiful hostesses,’ he said, before adding: ‘joking of course.’ Pictured with Alyce Pratt (R) in 2007

Eye-watering figure: In its 22 years on TV, Sale of the Century gave away $60 million

Eye-watering figure: In its 22 years on TV, Sale of the Century gave away $60 million

In its 22 years on TV, Sale of the Century gave away $60 million.  

‘When we came out with a Mercedes, a Mercedes was the car,’ he said. ‘Then of course beamers (BMWs),’ he added. 

‘That puts it on a different level.’   

Rise to fame: It only took Tony three years to win the coveted Gold Logie for the game show, The Great Temptation

Rise to fame: It only took Tony three years to win the coveted Gold Logie for the game show, The Great Temptation

In total, 227 different gameshows have aired in Australia. 

The segment went on to explain the show ‘Pick A Box’ was TV’s biggest winner when it made its debut from 1957 to 1971. 

Also appearing on the segment was John Burgess, often referred to a ‘Burgo’. He hosted Wheel of Fortune. 

‘[The show] inspires them they keep thinking ”oh gee, I can do that!”’ he said. ‘Why can’t I go on that show,’ he added.    

Game show king: John Burgess also appeared on the segment with him serving as a host for Wheel of Fortune. He also hosted 'Burgo's catch phrase'

Game show king: John Burgess also appeared on the segment with him serving as a host for Wheel of Fortune. He also hosted ‘Burgo’s catch phrase’

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