Join us at John Lewis & Partners Tamworth

SPECIALISTS from the world of jewellery, antiques and auctions have teamed up with John Lewis & Partners Tamworth for an exclusive pre-Christmas event.

The Ventura Park store will be welcoming Richard Winterton Auctioneers for a special valuation evening on Friday, December 6, from 5-7pm.

Mr Winterton, who appears regularly on BBC Bargain Hunt and Dickinson’s Real Deal, said: “Imagine finding thousands of pounds in the back of your wardrobe or stowed away in the loft – a life-changing moment and a big surprise, too.

“Well it may not immediately present itself in the form of hard cash but such a revelation might be closer to home than you dare dream!

“Our team of specialists can cast a professional eye over anything from jewellery and watches to all kind of antiques and curiosities, pictures, wines, whisky and port.

“We can’t wait to see what treasures turn up from Tamworth.”

Entry to the special event costs just £5, which includes a glass of prosecco and a £5 John Lewis voucher to redeem instore on the evening.

To reserve your place, ask instore at John Lewis & Partners Tamworth or email

Rob Holder, partner and branch manager at the store, said: “We are really excited to be hosting this event in John Lewis Tamworth to offer something different to our customers.”

Pictured from left are Ben Winterton, Lucy Hughes from John Lewis & Partners Tamworth and auctioneer Richard Winterton.

Richard Winterton Auctioneers is based at The Lichfield Auction Centre, Wood End Lane, Fradley Park – the Winterton family has been Staffordshire’s trusted auctioneers for seven generations since 1864.

The auction market for jewellery remains buoyant, especially for diamonds – recently, a late-Victorian diamond cluster necklet sold for £10,500 and a mid-20th century large diamond single stone ring went under the hammer for £7,000.

Watch specialist Ben Winterton said now is also a prime time to sell vintage and pre-loved timepieces at auction.

“Waiting lists on specific new models can stretch to a decade – creating a large desire for vintage, pre-loved luxury timepieces,” he said.

“Recent sales at The Lichfield Auction Centre have included a 1960s Rolex GMT-Master on an original jubilee bracelet fetching £12,000, an 18ct Cartier from 1975 which sold for £7,400 to a buyer in Italy, a 1970s Tudor Submariner making £4,600 and a 1968 Omega Speedmaster fetching £9,000.”

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Valuer Robert French, who specialises in wine, whisky and port, has previously made some jaw-dropping discoveries in Tamworth, such as a bottle of 1968 Chateau Petrus Pomerol, which sold at The Lichfield Auction Centre last December for £1,200.

A subsequent cellarful of wine, port and whisky also from Tamworth sold at auction for £10,000.

Another notable Tamworth find was a rare alternate poster for the 1964 James Bond classic Goldfinger, which sold for £6,700 – understood to be the highest price ever paid at auction for an example of this poster.

Other record hammer prices from The Lichfield Auction Centre this year included two pictures consigned from a lock-up in Burntwood.

An abstract oil painting titled ‘Artist and Curtain’ by Roy Oxlade (British 1929-2014) fetched £9,000 at auction in September. 

Specialist pictures valuer David Fergus said: “It’s a record price by some distance – the previous highest price for an Oxlade was £2,000 in 2007.”

In June, Richard Winterton sold 'Guyana X' by Aubrey Williams for £3,200 on behalf of the same client – again a record price for that artist.

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