Pictured here are delegates on the steps of the Ashmolean Museum during the Oxford Conference, a two-day event for auctioneers organised by Rupert Toovey of Toovey’s and Jeremy Lamond of Halls.
The weekend event held on September 21-22,
which was designed to fill the gap left by the RICS autumn
conferences which have not been run for some years, began with a
reception and black tie dinner at Corpus Christi College. At the
Ashmolean, sessions were organised in the conservation studio, the
prints and drawings room and the Japanese galleries.
Among the topics discussed in the open forum
which closed the conference were the implications of the Valuers'
Registration Scheme which is being formulated by the RICS, the
problems of guaranteeing payment from Chinese and other absentee
bidders and the legal implications of sharing information on
Delegates also explored the possibility of
working together to standardise auctioneers' terms, conditions and
practices to make them less confusing for buyers and there was also
a warning that fake gold is being regularly offered to
With more than 50 in attendance, it seems
likely that more events of this type will follow.