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Staffordshire auction house celebrates bumper ‘lockdown auction’

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Wednesday, 18th November saw Penkridge-based auction house Cuttlestones host its biggest Antiques & Interiors auction in almost 10 years. Boasting a catalogue of over 1,000 lots, the November edition of this fortnightly sale took place entirely online as part of the auction room’s COVID-safe policy, with socially-distanced collection appointments, postal or courier delivery available for successful bidders.

Sections in the sale offered something for everyone; from pictures and mirrors through collectables, jewellery, ceramics, books, silver, tools, electricals and garden items to furniture, rugs and lighting. With a good range of modern furniture and interior items rubbing shoulders with more ‘traditional’ auction lots, the sale attracted over 650 bidders – the majority bidding live online with others leaving commission and telephone bids.

Highlight lots included Lot 620, a military-style metal cased black dial travel clock marked D.A.C which sold for £1,400; Lot 244 – quality stereo stacking components including NAIM integrated amplifier; Kenwood synthesizer and a REGA planet example which fetched £420 and Lot 1052, a 19th C inlaid set of draws – which would normally fetch around £50 – sold to a bidder from the US for £95, proving ‘brown’ furniture can still perform well!

Both periods of lockdown have helped bring auctions to the attention of a whole new audience, as MD and Head Auctioneer, Ben Gamble, explains:

“During the first lockdown, as restrictions eased and we were able to host sales online, we found a lot of people used the opportunity to declutter and give their interiors a facelift. This saw us gain new customers both in terms of those selling on items and those looking for something a bit different for furnishing their homes.

“The fact we’ve got established online bidding platforms – which we’ve been using for the best part of a decade – was a real bonus, as it meant we can run sales in a COVID-safe format. Working from home, those who may not normally be able to bid due to being in the office have maybe had the chance to discover just how diverse the range of lots on sale at auction can be. It’s definitely not just old-fashioned furniture; we regularly get modern three piece suites, dining room sets and bedroom furniture coming through from show home settings and also well-known High Street names, but there’s also often the chance for those who like a retro look to pick up period pieces or items that are ideal to upcycle into unique pieces.”

Cuttlestones’ next bumper Antiques & Interiors sales will take place on the 15th and 16th December; based at the firm’s Penkridge and Wolverhampton sale rooms respectively.

Consignments of lots for auction are still open – if you’re interested send photos via WhatsApp to 07949 603872 or email [email protected] for a for a free, no obligation valuation. Fully illustrated catalogues for both sales will be available at from Friday, 11th December – to register as an online bidder head to or


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