Halls’ new purpose-built fine art saleroom has now officially opened.
After 50 years in their historic but
inconvenient rooms at the Welsh Bridge in the centre of Shrewsbury,
Hall's now occupy the newest auction facility in the country,
incorporating two large salerooms, offices, storage and a café.
Just as importantly, they can now offer more
than 100 parking spaces on an out-of-town site next to a motel and
The new premises were opened on March 15 by
Tim Wonnacott in front of an audience of more than 400 guests who
were invited to raise their glasses to wish Halls' director of fine
art Jeremy Lamond and his team every success in their new
Mr Wonnacott praised the work that they had
done to bring the project to a successful conclusion, but he also
remembered his former Sotheby's colleague, the late Richard Allen,
who joined Halls in 1992 and reinvigorated the fine art
Above: toasting the success of the new HQ,
from left to right, are: chairman Peter Willcock, fine art director
Jeremy Lamond, Tim Wonnacott and director David Giles, who managed
the building project.
"Richard was totally professional in
everything he did," said Mr Wonnacott. "He cared passionately about
all the things that matter in an auction business. His successors
have carried on that tradition and you cannot look at this business
and fail to be impressed by what Jeremy and his team have been able
The inaugural sale at the new rooms on March
20 saw an original painting by Beryl Cook, depicting Plymouth
Argyle footballers celebrating, take £24,500 against an estimate of
The sale as whole totalled £300,000.