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A country house career highlight

Sworders chairman hails North Mymms Park auction as the best in 40 years at the rostrum

“When I come to look back at my career, I think this sale will have been the highlight,” said auctioneer Guy Schooling, 40 years at the rostrum, after selling the contents of Hertfordshire country house North Mymms Park.

As he said of the £1.75m record sale at Sworders (22% buyer’s premium) in Stansted Mounfitchet on April 17-18: “The total was achieved from about 575 lots at an average in excess of £5000 per lot – figures we may well not see again for some time.”

The Hertfordshire house, dating back to the 16th century, had been used by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline as a corporate training centre. Security and other concerns made it more practical to sell the contents in the saleroom.

“A sale on the premises would have made for bigger view days but in the end, I don’t think it would have made much difference,” said Schooling. “As at all such sales, the general theme was best pieces making their money and dragging up prices of lesser items, sometimes by as much as four times what we could have expected.”

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