Young in­ven­tor has global suc­cess with syn­chro auc­tion web device

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A 11-YEAR-OLD in­ven­tor has solved a prob­lem that has dogged the an­tiques in­dus­try for 20 years.

Ri­d­ley Par­tridge, son of TV an­tiques ex­pert and Mac­cles­field auc­tion house owner Adam Par­tridge, has de­vel­oped an elec­tronic auc­tion­eer’s block that syn­chro­nises the on­line and auc­tion room bid­ding process.

The con­cept has now been de­vel­oped by ATG Me­dia, a pi­o­neer in live and timed we­b­cast auc­tions, and will be used in hun­dreds of auc­tion houses in the UK and over­seas.

Ri­d­ley, a stu­dent at King’s School in Mac­cles­field, said he had the ‘light bulb’ mo­ment when he was help­ing his dad run an auc­tion.

He said: “I was run­ning an auc­tion for my dad and brought the gavel down on the block to sell the ob­ject in the room only to find that it had been sold to an on­line bid­der in­stead.

“I thought I had done some­thing wrong and was a bit wor­ried about ask­ing my dad. But he ex­plained it hap­pened quite a lot be­cause it was hard to syn­chro­nise the tim­ing out of the on­line auc­tion with the gavel com­ing down in the room.

“I im­me­di­ately thought that this wasn’t such a prob­lem and you just needed an elec­tronic device to syn­chro­nise the on­line and auc­tion room process.”

With the help of his school’s de­sign and tech­nol­ogy depart­ment, Ri­d­ley de­vised a pro­to­type which his dad passed on to ATG for de­vel­op­ment.

Dad Adam said: “The first thing I thought was ‘bril­liant, that’ll take off, great idea son’.

“The sec­ond thing I thought was, why on earth didn’t I think of that. I mean it’s so sim­ple and come to think of it, ob­vi­ous.”

ATG paid Ri­d­ley £250 for his idea, but Ri­d­ley said the re­ward was greater than the money.

He said: “It’s not the money, it’s the sat­is­fac­tion to think that some­thing I dreamed up and worked on in school will be used all over the world.”

Jeremy Ni­cholls, head of de­sign tech­nol­ogy at King’s, said: “It is fan­tas­tic to see [Ri­d­ley’s] ideas be­ing taken for­ward into a func­tional prod­uct which can ben­e­fit auc­tion­eers through­out the coun­try.”

●● Ri­d­ley with his dad, auc­tion house owner Adam Par­tridge

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