Sparkling August is a record-breaker!

CELEBRATIONS are in order as August has been a record-breaking month at The Lichfield Auction Centre!

Our new weekly Antiques & Home Sales and a special Single Owner Collection Fine Arts Sale have seen 2,842 lots go under the hammer contested by 3,451 online bidders.

The selling rate across the month was 88.2 per cent and average price per lot of £99.76 was achieved.

Two of the one-day auctions exceeded 900 lots – the largest at 964 lots saw seven hours of solid selling, hitting an incredible speed of 164 lots per hour (LPH)!

August sale highlights included a Māori adze making £4,000 and a 2.58ct diamond solitaire selling for £5,000, pictured above.

‘The Pink Dress’, an original oil by the perennially popular Sherree Valentine Daines, sold for £3,000 and a mid-20th century 9ct gold Rolex Royal Tudor was hotly contested by bidders to a hammer price of £1,500.

An early 20th century mahogany longcase clock fetched £1,250.

Auctioneer Richard Winterton said: “Through the hard times of covid we pulled out all the stops to adapt and evolve and I am delighted to say that we have continued to succeed and defy the odds, with record sales and a record number of house clearances too.

“We are quick and efficient selling but a huge amount of painstaking work goes on behind the scenes putting each and every sale together meticulously, whether it’s a single lot from a jewellery valuation or an entire house clearance of items of all shapes and sizes.

“It has been another record-breaking month – and stay tuned as next week we have a big announcement…”

Our next sale is Monday, September 7, starting at 9.30am and in the meantime our specialist Heather Callaway will be back at The Hub at St Mary’s in Lichfield city centre for free valuations of jewellery and watches – 10am-4pm every Thursday from September 3.

Above: This Māori adze sold for £4,000.

Above: ‘The Pink Dress’, an original oil by the perennially popular Sherree Valentine Daines, sold for £3,000. Below: This mid-20th century 9ct gold Rolex Royal Tudor was hotly contested by bidders to a hammer price of £1,500.

Above: A detail from the early 20th century mahogany longcase clock which fetched £1,250.

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