Suffolk auctioneers Bishop & Miller has reported strong selling rates at recent online auctions with an average 90% of lots selling.
Oliver Miller, managing director of Bishop & Miller, said: “Put simply now is the best time to sell at auction. There’s such a strong demand for collectible items and a substantial buyers audience – it’s the perfect storm really. Whether it’s furniture, jewellery, watches, posters, adverts, music memorabilia, pottery, ceramics- the list goes on – it’s a great time to get your items valued.”
Upon reopening its doors Bishop & Miller announced a new streamlined auction calendar which Oliver believes has helped create stronger sales and demand. “Our new two tier auction format means it’s easier for serious collectors as well as hobbyist buyers to find what they are looking for and bid accordingly. We have a new series of specialist auctions including silver which takes place on July 30 and our Fine Art & Gentleman’s Library sale on July 31. Alongside these specialist auctions we have bolstered our Mr Bishop Sales, making these refined and better suited for different budgets, including this month’s Mr Bishop jewellery auction. We’re confident our new-look auctions are better than ever and have something special for everyone.”
The auctioneers believe that this will be a busy month with a busy calendar, with highlights including a 1960 MG MGA roadster, in British racing green bodywork. The iconic car has an estimate of £15,000-£20,000 and in the Fine Art & Gentleman’s Library sale.
Another lot that looks set to be centre stage in their upcoming Music & Memorabilia auction on July 30 is a first pressing of the Led Zeppelin III vinyl LP, which has an estimate of £40-£60.
Elsewhere, one of the highlights of the Medals & Military auction on July 29 is a cased Colt percussion revolver, which has an estimate of £600-£900. Also included in the same auction is a First World War military cross and bar grouping, George V Military Cross. These medals were awarded to John Rankin McIlroy who was wounded three times and then captured in 1918 at the Somme before later escaping. The collection has an estimate of £800-£1,200.