‘It’s just not the same as being there is it?’
If anyone thought the classic auction sector was slowing down, a quick look at Brightwells’ car park on sale day quickly and effectively put paid to that notion. It’s as clear as daylight that more and more enthusiasts are looking to buy at auction and that means busier on-site car parks or a longer walk if you’ve parked in a nearby street some way away.
But if you don’t fancy that walk to the saleroom – or simply cannot make it – there’s always internet bidding, which more and more auctioneers are embracing. As this week’s Big Story shows, internet bidding is clearly playing an increasingly important role when it comes to bidding, an there’s no denying the infinitely large – global – audience it potentially can create.
But – and it’s a big but – there really is no getting away from the excitement of being at a sale. The sounds, the atmosphere, the smells… they are all part of seeing the hammer drop on a car that caught your fancy. Watching an auction on the ’net is like watching Saturday afternoon racing on the television: It’s just fine, but it’s just not the same as actually being there yourself, is it?