At any other sale the circumstances could have proved disastrous, but when the boat tent in the stewards’ enclosure in Henley-on-Thames flooded during The Henley Sale at Bonhams on July 21, things went swimmingly.
The 788-lot sale of everything from rowing medals to runabouts
is held annually on the banks of the Thames, but this year the
tents were inundated with water following torrential rain.
Undeterred, during the viewing Bonhams staff donned galoshes and
moved all the lots to the 'shower room', a raised area used by
rowers during the Henley Royal Regatta.
With 80 per cent of the marquee underwater and waves lapping at
the rostrum, buyers proved they were true water-babies by turning
out in force and spending £480,000, the highest-ever total in the
21-year history of the Henley sale.
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