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Provinces prosper in spring

Three bumper sales are fine examples of how regional auctions can attract great interest

The sort of large-scale, widely varied provincial auction which had Cheffins auctioneer Luke Macdonald enthusing “it was like selling used to be 15 years ago” after his March 7-8 sale at Cambridge (ATG No 2335) is rarer than it used to be, but plainly alive and well and prospering.

Three such events in March with about 4000 lots between them brought worldwide bidding fuelled by increased online action.

In the Lake District, Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) stretched the usual two-day sale to three days to accommodate its largest-ever entry at 2180 lots, which attracted a record number of 1450 registered online buyers from round the world.

Across the Pennines in Leyburn, Tennants’ (20% buyer’s premium) 918-lot spring sale, encompassing everything from dog dollars to Ming vases, took a hammer £1.48m.

And in Herefordshire, Brightwells (17.5% buyer’s premium) recorded its highest total to date, a shade over £600,000 at the Leominster auction house’s equally wide-ranging spring sale on March 20-21.

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