It’s pretty obvious just how crowded the auction calendar has become this year, but I heard something amusing recently from one of my friends in the business. Let’s just say he announced his sale dates last year. But a few weeks back he receives a call from another auctioneer (who announced their dates later) asking if the first would change his dates as the second auctioneer had created a date clash. Now I’m not being funny, but surely the second auctioneer would have noted the dates of the first and compiled their calendar accordingly to eliminate any dateclash risk – you’d certainly like to think so, especially if they looking to draw in plenty of punters. Arrogance, however, can be found everywhere it seems. Perhaps I’m expecting too much from some elements of the auction business, but for once I don’t think I am.