Full steam ahead for Tamworth’s first live auction in decades

THE stage is all set for Tamworth’s first live public auctions in decades.

Richard Winterton Auctioneers’ new auction house at 34-35 Church Street opened last week and valuers have already helped Tammies discover hidden treasures ranging from jewellery and watches to cameras and coins.

The Collectors Sale from 10am on Tuesday, October 26, will see stamps, ephemera, militaria, records, audio equipment, cameras, toys and model trains go under the hammer.

It features as Lot 43 the ‘exceptional’ World War One double gallantry group of medals to Midlands soldier Percy Pearson, estimated to fetch £4,000-£6,000.

The auction also includes a huge single owner collection of 312 modern and vintage cameras and accessories – effectively a history of the evolution of cameras over the past 70 years – plus around 1,500 LP records, DJ equipment and an impressive Technics hi-fi system.

The October 26 auction includes a single owner collection of hundreds of modern and vintage cameras and accessories. Lot 170 is this boxed Canon EOS6D digital full frame SLR.
The October 26 auction includes a single owner collection of hundreds of modern and vintage cameras and accessories. Lot 170 is this boxed Canon EOS6D digital full frame SLR.

There is also a large collection of modern Great Britain stamps ranging from 1975 to 2011 of high face value and including presentation packs, musical instruments and live steam model engines and other toys.

Viewing takes place on Monday, October 25 from 9.30am-4.30pm.

As with the firm’s current sales from The Lichfield Auction Centre at Fradley Park, auctions at Tamworth will be broadcast online with a live video feed allowing thousands of bidders to join in from all over the world.

The auction catalogue is online here.

Lot 128: A large collection of worldwide stamps.
Lot 128: A large collection of worldwide stamps.

Auctioneer Richard Winterton said: “We’ve had a fab first fortnight in Tamworth with lots of interest and kind words from people who are over the moon to see this important historic town centre building full of life once more.

“Our first live auction here in Tamworth is a cracker with a diverse selection of great lots which really show what the auction world is all about.

“So if you’ve not experienced the thrill of a live auction before, come and join us – and don’t worry, if you suddenly scratch your nose I won’t think you’re bidding!”

Another Tamworth auction is scheduled to start at 10am on Tuesday, November 23 with viewing on Monday, November 22 from 9.30am-4.30pm.

Lot 62, a 36cm-long live steam locomotive, is estimated to fetch between £300-£500. Below: Lot 53, a Tri-Ang OO gauge AL1 Class 81 electric locomotive.
Lot 62, a 36cm-long live steam locomotive, is estimated to fetch between £300-£500. Below: Lot 53, a Tri-Ang OO gauge AL1 Class 81 electric locomotive.

Consignments of items to go straight under the hammer are welcomed from 9am-4pm Monday to Friday at the Lower Gungate auction rooms.

Appointments for free valuations for all items are also available throughout the week, with various specialists on different days, and staff can also assist with enquiries on house clearances and downsizing solutions.

Whisky, wine, cigars, postcards, ephemera and books specialist Robert French will be there on Monday, November 1, and Thursday, November 18.

And stamps specialist Phil Ives will be offering valuations on Thursday, November 4, and Thursday, December 2.

To schedule a valuation appointment, email tamworth@richardwinterton.co.uk or telephone 01827 217746.

Follow the Tamworth saleroom on Twitter: @AuctionwintTam.

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