The next auction is the 7th December at Itchen Abbas Village Hall. In the comments below there are photos and descriptions of the lots sellers have told us they will be bringing.
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Visitors to this page please note the auctioneers have not seen the lots, only their photographs. The descriptions and photos are provided by the sellers. There is no guarantee they will be for sale until they are delivered on the morning of the auction. This is not the catalogue. We normally sell between 400 and 500 lots on the day.
The summer break is over. We are back for our 10th anniversary auction. Were you there, upstairs in the Alresford Community Centre in 2003? I was wandering up West Street vaguely aware my brother in law’s friend and occasionally fellow cricketer John, Clare and their friends were running an auction. The queue to get into view was pouring out of the building and down towards the Swan. Hmm! I thought perhaps they need some help. I jostled my way to the top of stairs and said “Would you like some help?” They had no alternative but to say “Yes”.
Lord Luke of Salisbury Cattle Market was auctioneer for many years as we operated as Alresford Auctions. On the first night although I only worked as the lowest of the low, the sheet runner (subsequenty performed only by children feed on cake and coke), I had aspirations to be the auctioneer. Luke did a grand job entertaining us and selling the impossible. Then one day, we changed the day of the auction to Saturdays. His continued participation would have precluded him from getting the full value for his Chelsea season ticket.
Following Luke’s free transfer, we took over the auctioneer’s role and went on a nomadic auction about in nearby Hampshire towns. We set up our room in Alton, Petersfield and the town centre of Winchester. The first floor auction room, no real parking outside and the kebab van, made you, make it clear to us, that the Alresford Community Centre although vintage, was not a great spot. Itchen Abbas Village Hall and Badger Farm Community Centre became the favoured places.
Over the years many lots went for a pound. There were specialists in these lots! Nothing for less than a fiver now. We had some little surprises: a paperweight, a mosaic, a group of swords, a beret. But mostly we have enjoyed interacting with you, having a great day away from the day job, buying and selling, eating cake and thinking auction setting up and knocking down has an equal calorific value, losing: lots, people, lot numbers, sheets, etc. What can you remember?
We are ready for the next auction (must print out the lot numbers). We already have many bookings and we look forward to seeing you again. Please share your memories of our auction over the decade in the comments below.
Tips for the next auction. Questions not to ask us:
What happened about the visas?
How was the mushroom?
Did you score any?
How has the value in the vintage china market grown in the last year?
How will you deal with friends and partners bidding together (almost) simultaneously?
On a sunny afternoon at the village hall, 412 lots were photographed and mostly sold. We had our highest total sales in our nearly 10 years of auctions. One seller approached a £1,000 worth of sales. They also had the highest value item in the sale at £200 for the World War One and Two medals and the bronze Art Deco statue of a dancing (Salome perhaps) at £180.
The kitchen also reported bumper sales of their home made cakes. Mmmm!
Our next auction is at Badger Farm Community Center on the 8th June. We look forward to seeing you again.
Here are a few items from the auction. Please click the image to see a larger version in a new window.
Lot 7Art Deco Bronze Statuette of Dancing Ladysigned J Philippsold for £200
Lot 35Large carved wooden statue of4 “Black Forest” Bearssold for £100
Lot 42A collection of World War I and II medalssold for £200
Lot 101A old bedraggled teddy bearsold for £45
Lot 242A framed print ofTitian’s “Portrait of a Young Man”sold for £45
Lot 26019th Century Work Boxand Contentssold for £47
Lot 266Square Cut Diamond Ringin White Goldsold for £80
Lot 407Boxed Doll “Sparking Seduction” fromAshton Drake Galleriesold for £50
The auction room soon filled with lots and we had to turn some unbooked sellers away. We are comfortable with 400 lots but we lotted 460 plus today.
Thank you to those that arrived early or on time for the viewing session at 12:30 and sat quietly while we completed the lotting and photography. Just a few mistakes in that process to keep you amused and give us a few frantic moments. Photographing all the lots enables us to speed up the auction.
Bob started the auction at 2pm and rattled through 240 lots in 75 minutes! Andrew completed the remaining 220 lots at a slightly more relaxed pace and the auction finished at 4:30pm. There were almost no lots left behind by buyers or sellers, thank you. Eveything was cleared out of the village hall and we were in the Trout by 5:45pm, a record!
Great to see Pat back selling and buying.
We raised the minimum bid to £5 at this auction. It makes it easier at the cash desk to do the sums! We will have to be more ruthless next time rejecting lots, we know won’t sell for £5. As auctioneers, we don’t enjoy trying to sell lots which you won’t buy. We would prefer to spend more time selling the lots which you do value.
As always the cake provided the stable high quality element for the day.
Here are some of those star lots that sold for £100 plus.