Norfolk, UK - Carl Willows will oversee his final sale at a Diss auction house on Saturday, ending a 20-year association with the firm of TW Gaze, from which he is retiring to spend time writing drama - something he used to do in the 1970s while working as a road-sweeper in London, usually for plays for the Third Programme, now Radio 3.
Carl has been credited with growing two of the Gaze's flagship specialities, architectural salvage and rural bygones. Mr. Willows joined the Roydon Road-based sale rooms in 1994, with extensive experience already under his belt, and helped to expand sales departments that were still in their infancy, harbouring the interest of specialist buyers and promoting his auctions as platforms for very particular interests. He has also overseen the marketing of many important private dedicated single-owner collections, including those belonging to the likes of Jack Landymore and Glyn Evans, and he is recognised for serving a major role in building TW Gaze's reputation among buyers and collectors across the UK, western Europe and America.
Elizabeth Talbot, auction rooms director at TW Gaze, said: "Carl has never stopped learning and never will. Whilst Carl and his major contributions to life at Diss Auction Rooms will surely be missed, he is wished much happiness for a long and interesting retirement, with grateful thanks from directors, colleagues and a myriad of customers."
Mr Willows' successor will be valuer and auctioneer Robert Kinsella, who has worked alongside him for several years and is already said to be very familiar to many people in the fields of rural bygones and architectural salvage.
The final auction to be presided over by Mr Willows will be the Rural and Domestic Bygones sale, which is set to take place on Saturday, March 28. Among the 1200 lots are 250 from the hunting shooting fishing and taxidermy collection of Clifford Lewis, as well as a bow top traveller's wagon, a shepherd's hut and two shop handcarts - all of which would make perfect exhibits at the forthcoming Salvo Fair themed on Tiny Salvaged Spaces.
One poignant lot 5451, four shooting sticks, one with a plaque of an award to Mr Carl Willows in 1967 by Mays Chemical Manure for pig judging.