Gloucestershire, UK - Despite an unexpected main road closure and the auctioneer suffering a wasp sting in the mouth ten minutes before the off, Cox's Relocation Sale went ahead on September 10th.
Glen Snelgar and the Wellers Auction's crew achieved an eighty four percent sold rate in a marathon non stop nine hour sale at the well known North Cotswold reclamation
Prices were generally on the low side and demand for items such as cast iron roll top baths, chimney canopies, cast iron and wooden fire surrounds and routine sanitaryware were distinctly lacklustre. Conversely garden stoneware, ornaments, troughs and flag stones sold well at middle range prices. Floorboards were strong with batches of antique oak and reclaimed pine fetching near retail levels.
Many well known faces from the trade were to be seen bidding as well as socialising over bacon sandwiches and coffee in the blustery sunshine.
M.D. Peter Watson commented " We achieved the financial target I wanted albeit by a round about route. The larger ticket items did not sell and this perhaps illustrates the state of the market at present. But I'm well pleased. The object was to clear sufficient stock to allow us to vacate our largest warehouse when the lease expires end of November and this we have done."
"Wellers addition of internet bidding widened the market place considerably and was fascinating to watch. On some lots they had bids from the room, on commission, on the phone and live on the internet. My compliments to them on a very proffessional job well done."
Wellers stay in the Cotswolds for the Masco retirement auction on September 24th . "I'll be there" said Watson "but I think I'll keep my hands in my pockets!"