Auction Move Update

 

This is a quick update about our forthcoming move. Things are progressing well and I am lotting in for the next sale on Saturday January 9th which will be held at Escot village Hall, however due to being in Tier 3 with government restrictions it will be an online viewing sale only. The current website is now mobile friendly and I am assured the telephone number will be the same. Pick ups will be on a strict appointment basis as before and will be at:

Riverside Cottage

Gosford Lane

Ottery St Mary

Ex11 1nf

Some of the larger furniture items will be available to pick up at the auction house old address until the lease runs out in mid-January. So, think of me over your christmas dinner I will be wielding a paint brush getting the rooms ship shape and Bristol fashion.

 

So have a very merry christmas and thank you for your continued support in the future.

Regards

David Sumner

David’s new Ottery Auction Rooms post

In a facetime conversation with a fellow auctioneer the other day we talked about the trials and tribulations of our strange auction world in the current climate. His work revolves around bankrupt stock and matters of insolvency whereas my world is that of solicitors and deceased estates. He moaned that with the internet over the last few years as a buying platform he did not recognize most of his clients and now as all his sales are timed auctions he has very little to do with the buyers at all. He remarked that he did not miss the cut and thrust of a busy saleroom, sitting on the rostrum for hours selling to people he did not know. For me it was slightly different prior to COVID-19, the room would be packed with fifty to a hundred customers, most of them regulars, waving homemade paddles and filling up on bacon sandwiches. We have always had the internet as a strong buying presence, but the room commanded the sale. I miss the people and the buzz of the auction, being in my lofty pulpit, looking down on the congregation. I miss the nerves prior to the sale, wearing the suit and wielding the gavel, the master of ceremonies, taking abuse from porters and customers alike. I was surprised when he said that he did not miss any of that, he enjoyed the time sales with no audience participation, he had not picked up a gavel since March. However, he had never been busier because of the nature of the financial impact of Covid 19 bankruptcies had gone through the roof and were set to get busier when we hit the end of the furlough system. In our auction not a lot has changed except the lack of audience and having no viewing days. The clearances keep coming in as the estates get cleared and items are catalogued and sold albeit only via the internet. What the future holds for all of our differing auction houses who knows, except businesses will keep going to the wall and people will keep on dying. Luckily, we have not seen a sharp rise in deceased estates due to Covid, however our workload has gone up because furloughed people are busy at home clearing out lofts and garages. Also, people have been using auctions to buy from to create secondary businesses on Ebay and Facebook selling pages to bolster their incomes while stuck at home. I am looking forward to getting back in my pulpit along with the majority of auctioneers who miss the theatre or pantomime of the sales.

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    Great sales at Ottery Auction Rooms

    Our clients have been seeing some great sale prices for their items recently and below are some examples of the items and final sale prices:

    Rare Maori Hei Tiki
    realised £1800 plus premium

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    Lalique car mascot (with damage)
    realised £680 plus premium

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    Unusual Grover & Baker Sewing machine
    realised £900

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    Vintage Massey Ferguson tractor
    made £1300 plus premium

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    Shelley Phlox pattern tea set
    realised £190

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    An unusual Patented self righting chess set
    made £550

    118

    French Majolica Cockerel by Hautin & Boulanger (with damages)
    realised £650

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    March 3rd Bargain Hunt at Ottery Auctions

    BBC  Back at Ottery Auction Rooms

    Ottery Auction Rooms on the Finnimore Industrial Estate in the heart of Ottery St Mary will once again roll out the red carpet for the BBC as Bargain Hunt will be filming at the auction house on the viewing day on Wednesday March 2nd and on the sale day itself on Thursday March 3rd .Auctioneer David Sumner was very excited to have them back again albeit with a different show. “I think it was the cream cakes, copious cups of tea and the warm welcome is what drew them back rather than my face” he joked, “ I never got the call from Hollywood after the last time!”.
     It is shaping up to be an interesting auction with three famous familiar BBC experts bringing their charm and wit to the local auction room. David has not been told yet who they are so you will all have to wait and see, better still come down to the sale on the view day or sale day and you may even get on the television. The auction rooms will accepting vintage and antique items up until mid-February so it could be possible to have you items in shot on the television and if they are exceptional they may even do a piece just on your item so bring your weird and wonderful collectables and antiques down to the saleroom to have them valued and potentially filmed.
    Please note that the sale is on a Thursday not the usual Saturday so make a date in your diary.

    BBC at Ottery Auction Rooms

    Ottery Auction Rooms will be on BBC 1 on Monday January 12th at 4.30 p.m. on Antiques Road Trip

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    About Ottery Auction Rooms

    Ottery Auction Rooms was established in 2013 in Ottery St Mary, East Devon, by David Sumner and his partner Sue Telfer as a family run independent auction rooms rooted in traditional values of a friendly and reliable service.

    David Sumner, the principal valuer has had over 15 years directly in the antiques trade, both as an auctioneer and valuer and as an antique dealer but also comes from a family of antique dealers, auctioneers and antique collectors so he has been steeped in the trade from an early age.

    The business not only serves the South West of the UK but also attracts worldwide interest from customers that are able to bid online.

    Ottery Auction Rooms has a number of specialist consultants on hand in order to cover all areas of the world of antiques and collectables.

    Valuation Services

    At Ottery Auction Rooms we undertake Written Valuations and Inventories for Probate, Insurance, Family Division, Private Treaty Sale and Taxation purposes. We carry out this work for Private Clients, Solicitors and Commercial Organisations.

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    We also give free verbal auction valuations, these can be arranged at the auction room or on site. If you would like to know more about our free valuation service please contact us.

    House & Estate clearances

    At Ottery Auction Rooms we offer a sensitive and flexible House Clearance service to Executors of Estates and people who are down-sizing.

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