The National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA) are calling for entries for the 2014 NAVA Auctioneer of the Year competition, which will take place on September 24 at the Stratford Manor Hotel, Warwickshire.
Entrants, who will take it in turn to
display their rostrum skills on the night, must be members of or
work for members of NAVA, NAEA, ARLA or ICBA, and they must be
novice auctioneers, either having never sold at auction before or
having conducted their first sale in the 12 months leading up to
The winner will be named NAVA
Auctioneer of the Year and will be presented with the Clive Emson
Auction Trophy Rosebowl, a £250 cash prize and £250 to go to a
charity of their choice.
All entrants will receive
complimentary accommodation and a free place at the NAVA Autumn
Forum the following day, as well as overnight accommodation at the
Stratford Manor, provided by the event sponsors.
The competition is free to enter, but
numbers are limited and are appointed on a 'first come, first
To enter contact NAVA on 01926 417 774 or
Last year's winner, Ian Taylor of
Carmarthen auction house Peter Francis, said: "I only entered the
competition through Charles (the Saleroom Manager) who said I
should if only for experience. At the time I felt I would probably
let myself down by entering as I didn't have the confidence at that
"It was one of the best nights of my
life and I'm still in shock at the result. I am now auctioneering
on a regular basis and have an area in Carmarthenshire where I
visit potential clients who are looking to place chattels into our
fine art or collectables sales.
"It hasn't changed my life
financially, but I am enjoying the new career change and looking to
progress as I am very ambitious in this field.
"If you are uncertain about applying
to enter this competition, my advice is go for it - it's great
experience and lots of fun."
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