Fall Of The Hammer
by Ruth Lawrence
Sold! At Wallis and Wallis Auctions you will find a plethora of antique Arms, Militaria and Toys and Models at their distinctive establishment in Lewes.
There is nothing quite like the excitement of bidding at live auction. Unlike eBay, the real thing offers you the chance to see your prize and the people you’re bidding against.
Established in 1928, Wallis and Wallis Auctions of Lewes are specialist auctioneers, dealing in Antique Arms, Militaria and Toys and Models. Roy Butler of BBC Antiques Roadshow fame, has been involved since the 1950s and is still a regular face in-house today.
Partner Glenn Butler explained, “We examine all potential items and if we decide to sell, we sort them into lots with a minimum value of £60,” adding that the seller gets a lot number, catalogue entry and an estimate, including a reserve if required on items over £100. The article’s condition is graded and an honest, impartial description tells bidders exactly what they need to know.
A glance through the current Toy and Model catalogue reveals mint condition trains, model soldiers, tanks and a vast selection of cars, trucks and buses, many in their original boxes. The Military catalogue displays swords, pistols, rifles, medals, coins and some stunning 17th century armour. This is clearly an auction house dedicated to collectors; whether buying or selling, it pays to place or bid for cherished items in a specialist environment where true worth is established and held.
Although bidders travel to the auction room on sale day, many people now choose to live bid online, by post or on the phone. The auctioneer begins with bids in the room then offers to clients online, represented by a person who calls their bids out loud. The sale is video linked so people anywhere in the world can watch and listen as it happens; this ensures as ‘live’ an experience as possible without physically being there. The sales happen every six weeks with toys on Monday and militaria on Tuesday; there are eight auctions a year and online bidders can register at www.the-saleroom.com to enter the auction live. Commission for sellers is negotiable dependent on volume but has a 20% maximum and buyers pay a premium of 20% plus VAT on the commission.
If you own or have inherited suitable items and would like them to go to a new home, a specialist auction is the perfect way to obtain the best price for minimum hassle. Glenn and his team will provide an honest appraisal and a realistic guide price so that your cherished items will achieve their true value. Buyers know that they can trust catalogue descriptions if they cannot attend in person while those who come to the room can bid face-to- face after viewing the items personally beforehand. In a market driven by collectors, it pays both buyer and seller to engage in an arena where honesty and transparency make for a pleasurable experience.
Wallis and Wallis, West Street Auction Galleries, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2NJ
Telephone: 01273 480208
Auction descriptions and live bidding www.the-saleroom.com