Bristol Auction Rooms is moving home and expanding with new hires and plans for a calendar of specialist sales.
Alongside sister company BCVA Commercial Auctions, the firm will move from Ashton to Hungerford Road, Brislington, in the south-east of the city by September. Owner Tony Grodecki said the new space, which is in a residential area and “very accessible for customers”, will be 20% larger.
The firm, which employs around 12 people across the two auction businesses, is now working with auctioneer Richard Madley, previously at Dreweatts, who joined earlier this year as a consultant and ambassador for the firm.
Madley, who conducts its monthly auctions, told ATG: “I have spent 30 years on and off in the West Country. Bristol is one of the UK’s largest cities and I believe it is underserved as far as auctions are concerned.”
The firm will retain its monthly general sale while developing sales in areas such as books, stamps and militaria. It also plans to hire a book consultant.
Second in the Potteries
Staffordshire’s Potteries Auctions is opening a second saleroom to allow for two sales a month.
The auction house, founded in 1991, will continue to hold sales in Silverdale near Newcastle- under-Lyme as well as returning to its former home in Hanley which has been refurbished.
Auction manager Kathy Plaskitt said the new space, which will hold its first auction on July 29, will enable the firm to grow beyond its focus on British pottery to embrace other collecting disciplines such as militaria, Asian art, furniture and jewellery.
TW Gaze has expanded its site in Diss and has already held one auction in its new saleroom – The Waveney Room – on Roydon Road. It plans to move its office and café in due course and launch the building officially later this year.