Be­hind scenes at auc­tion house

Han­bury and Dray­cott WI

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - CLUBS & SOCIETIES -

FOL­LOW­ING a talk Richard Win­ter­ton had given to the WI last year, we were in­vited to visit the Lich­field Auc­tion Cen­tre sale­rooms on Oc­to­ber 11.

Richard wel­comed us as he handed out cat­a­logues for House and In­te­rior sales, with pic­tures, jewellery, watches and sil­ver.

He took us into the Auc­tion Cen­tre with its ros­trum and two large TV screens and ex­plained how stock came in, was pho­tographed, recorded, sorted, num­bered and pre­pared for sale, sold and dis­persed to dis­tant parts of the world.

Most stock came from house clear­ances which Win­ter­tons car­ried out over a wide area of the Mid­lands. We were taken into the first sale­room where hun­dreds of items of fur­ni­ture were stacked al­most floor to ceil­ing height, mostly ‘brown’ fur­ni­ture, but some ‘white’ goods, and were told that ev­ery­thing would go on sale day.

But who bought it all? Richard had some reg­u­lar cus­tomers who come with their large ve­hi­cles to buy for the over­seas mar­ket, some even go­ing as far as Korea.

As one sale was pre­pared and com­pleted an­other was be­ing made ready in an ad­ja­cent room.

We next saw where china, pic­tures and sil­ver­ware were stored for a spe­cial sale, many china or­na­ments no longer fash­ion­able in this coun­try but find­ing a mar­ket abroad.

A spe­cial room was be­ing pre­pared for tech­nol­ogy; this had been the sale ring for cat­tle and still bore chalk in­for­ma­tion about bulls on the wall.

Richard planned to have large pho­to­graphs on the walls of Win­ter­ton’s ear­lier days and was now tak­ing in TV sets, com­put­ers, cam­eras etc.

After re­fresh­ments we re­turned to the auc­tion room for a demon­stra­tion auc­tion and ques­tion time.

Richard ex­plained that Bar­gain Hunt was to be filmed there – so watch out for the pro­gramme in com­ing weeks. A re­ally in­ter­est­ing evening had been en­joyed.

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