Cuttlestones’ Wolverhampton Auction Rooms is set to increase the number of Specialist Collectors’ Auctions it hosts in 2013 following a successful first year in business. The Clarence Street auctioneers & valuers opened its doors in September 2011 as an extension to the company’s successful Penkridge auction room, rapidly generating a global client base.
To celebrate this success, Wolverhampton Auction Rooms will play host to a special Valuation & Viewing Day on Saturday, 26th January; allowing members of the public to bring along their treasured heirlooms for a free valuation whilst viewing the lots set to sell in the following Wednesday’s Home & Antiques Auction.
In addition to the fact that the firm is providing a much-needed service to the Wolverhampton conurbation through its House Clearance and auction offerings, Cuttlestones’ success is also down to the fact that it is committed to remaining at the forefront of auction technology; as Saleroom Manager, Tom Waldron, explains:
“It’s been a really exciting period since we launched, but Wolverhampton has been in need of a city centre auction house for some time. Based on the same values that have helped make our Penkridge operation such a success, we are gaining a very strong reputation for providing quality, discreet house clearance services to the local community whilst also offering them a platform from which they can sell art, antiques and collectables to a potentially global audience. Our sale catalogue includes Home & Antique auctions, where bidders can pick up interesting and vintage home furnishings, alongside Specialist Collectors’ Sales, which sell everything from medals and militatria through to coins, toys, stamps, sporting memorabilia and more – basically anything that is of interest to serious collectors.
“Our Specialist Collectors Auctions have proved a real success. Not only do we regularly have several hundred online bidders from across the world registered in addition to a packed saleroom, but we have had some exceptional results – two examples are a collection of autographs by important figures of the late 19th & early 20th Century, which sold for over £10,000 last September, and a whalebone scrimshaw which achieved over £7,000 earlier in the year.”
To capitalise on this success, Wolverhampton Auction Rooms will now host six as opposed to four Specialist Collectors’ Sales a year. They will take place on a bi-monthly basis, alternating with Home & Antique auctions during other months, and the sale room will open five days a week – from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday – rather than the original three days. This year, the saleroom’s Home and Antiques Auctions will now also feature live internet bidding via the-saleroom.com, such is the success of the online bidding for the Specialist Collectors’ Auctions, as Tom explains:
“Adding live internet bidding to all of our auctions is another way of helping ensure we remain at the forefront of auction technology. This is a free service to all of our vendors, and means that we are able to reach as broad a market as possible when selling their items. The proof is in the pudding as we regularly send items off to successful bidders from all over the world!”
The Valuation & Viewings Day will take place from 10am – 1pm on Saturday, 26th January at Cuttlestones’ Wolverhampton Auction Rooms, which are located on Clarence Street just off Waterloo Road.