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Staffordshire & West Midlands auctioneer celebrates bumper year

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2014 proved a year of mixed fortune for auction houses in the midlands, with several firms closing their doors for good. Bucking the trend, however, was Cuttlestones Auctioneers and Valuers which – with sale rooms in both Penkridge and Wolverhampton – is celebrating the end of its busiest year to date.

 
The year started with the auction house almost doubling the number of sales held throughout at its Wolverhampton Auction Rooms, with its Home and Garden auctions now taking place on a fortnightly rather than a monthly basis to cope with the sheer volume of lots being consigned for sale. The firm also consolidated its calendar of Fine Art and Antiques auctions and Specialist Collectors’ sales; both formats offering platforms for selling items of high market value. 
 
Highlights included the sale of a collection of some 2,000 comics and pulp fiction works – which sold for a total in excess of £49,000 at the May Specialist Collectors’ Sale – whilst the final two Fine Art Auctions of the year, which took place in September and December respectively, generated the highest lot totals the company has seen for four years. MD and Head Auctioneer, Ben Gamble, says:
 
All the hard work of the past few years is really beginning to pay off. We’re proof that a provincial auction house, with the advent of online bidding, can really punch above its weight and compete with the ‘big boys’. I am now conducting valuations all over the country – even some abroad – and lots from our sales regularly sell to global bidders. 
“It’s hard to believe it’s now four years since we opened our Wolverhampton branch and seven since I took over the reins at the Penkridge auction rooms – and a huge amount has changed in that time. We’ve really worked hard to raise the profile of Cuttlestones and invested heavily to ensure that we are at the forefront of auction room technology. In terms of the next twelve months, it’s a case of ‘onwards and upwards’ as we aim to continue attracting vendors to consign high value antiques, artworks and collectable items to our sales.” 
 
With additional building improvements set to take place at Wolverhampton Auction Rooms early in the New Year and the catalogues filling up fast for its first Specialist Collectors’ and Fine Art and Antiques Auctions of 2015 – set to take place on Friday 13th February and Friday 13th March respectively – 2015 looks set to be just as bright for this progressive firm. 
 
For Cuttlestones’ full list of auction dates for 2015 and information on how to organise a valuation or consign items for sale, visit www.cuttlestones.co.uk or call 01785 714905.
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