Weekly online auctions a triumph

WHAT a month! We have now hosted four weekly sales on consecutive Mondays at The Lichfield Auction Centre, all online-only and behind closed doors.

Incredibly, 2,692 lots have been offered with 2,483 lots sold, equating to a 92.2 per cent selling rate with an average of £108.68 per lot.

Online bidders have totalled 4,137 with lots ranging from fountain pens to a 1973 Triumph Stag!

“We are delighted that our new way of working is working so well,” said Richard Winterton, pictured at the wheel of the Triumph, which sold for £5,600.

“Pre-lockdown we were averaging £75 per lot and now we’re at £108.68 per lot. Coming off the back of our online-only Fine Arts sale – which attracted more than 3,000 internet bidders – and subsequent record-breaking auctions, it is so encouraging.

“These new figures include everything which passes through here at The Lichfield Auction Centre, from house clearances to consignments from valuations.

“Everything from boxes of mixed lots and ceramics to specialist militaria, coins, stamps, comics – you name it!

“There’s now a lot more detail with extra photos for every lot so people can buy in confidence and they are doing so from all over the world.”

Richard added: “We have received some fab comments about our packing service too and clients have been very positive about the many measures we have implemented with regard to coronavirus.

“I would like to say a big thanks to all my staff for all their hard work and ongoing efforts.

“We are now having a short break and we’ll start weekly again from July 20.”

Recent sales have included some notable collections including the David Bryant WW1 militaria archive (£2,230), a collection of fountain pens (£5,915) and an array of clocks from a single house clearance (£3,595).

On June 22, a collection of Omega wristwatches made £2,300 and a special records section totalled £4,425.

Two stamp collections fetched £1,900 and £1,700 on June 29 while that day’s specialist wine and whisky section totalled £3,315.

Other highlights included a Sheree Valentine Daines oil painting selling (£4,000), a pair of pearl and diamond earrings (£2,600), an opulent walnut and oak cased continental canteen of cutlery for 12 settings (£2,200), a flintlock muzzle loading musket (£1,450), Marvel comics (£1,000) and a group of jardiniere stands (£1,170).

A George III mahogany chest sold for £900 and two oak Globe-Wernicke bookcases realised £1,200.

Our next sale starts at 10am on Monday, July 20. Detailed information on upcoming sales is available on our dedicated Auction Dates page.

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