Covid – 19 Relaxation, and 21st Century Technology Works For Auctioneers.

Covid – 19 Relaxation, and 21st Century Technology Works For Auctioneers.


Our most recent Auction Sale, held on 17th June, was our first post lockdown event. Using the appropriate social distancing rules, we held the auction using an online bidding platform  The only human presence was the Auctioneer, Alan White, and his team of socially distancing staff, who were administrating the sale, and carrying out telephone and commission bids.

Alan, a Partner at Ibbett Mosely said ” It was a strange feeling to start with, carrying out an auction without bidders in the room, and I was a little apprehensive to begin with, but that soon disappeared”. Potential buyers were able to view images and descriptions of the various lots on offer through the online bidding platform, and a small number were able to view the sale, on a strictly limited appointment basis, two days before the auction.

With bidders registering from the U.S., China, and Israel, as well as all over the U.K., the prices achieved were very healthy indeed.

The price of gold is at a high, currently, and one of the early lots was a 9ct gold cigarette case, which sold for £1,250, followed by various gold coins, such as sovereigns, realising between £260 and £340.

The market for Longcase, or Grandfather clocks has been a difficult one for some time now, but good examples do still reach good prices. Here at the Ibbett Mosely Auction Rooms, a 19th century longcase, by Brockbanks of London, sold for £1,900, to a buyer from the North of England.

Silver is another area of the antiques market that is seeing healthy prices paid for the right quality items. A pair of George III sauce boats, dated for London 1809, sold for £340. These were then followed, a little later, by a Victorian Silver Gilt Freedom Casket, presented to a former mayor of Longton, Staffordshire. It was bought for £2,500, by a new private bidder, who bought several other items in the sale.

The surprise lot of the day, came in the form of five boxes of Meccano Dinky Toy die-cast vehicles. They were unboxed, and badly scratched, but reached a staggering £2,800, because there were some rare pre-war models included in the lot.

The auction ended with two pieces of Antique Furniture, which both went beyond expectations. The first was a Late Regency Dwarf Bookcase, which made £660, and a William IV Rosewood Writing Table, which despite needing some restoration, still sold privately for £1,000.

Our next Auction Sale is due to be held on Wednesday 22nd July, 2020, and will also be an online only event. Further information can be obtained from us by telephoning our office on (01732) 456731, or through our website