Behind scenes at auction house
Hanbury and Draycott WI
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.