LAST week saw the official opening of ELR Auctions’ new purpose-built auction saleroom and launch of the newly re-branded company, Sheffield Auction Gallery.
On the official opening night, after the first full day’s viewing for the inaugural Antique and Fine Art auction last Friday, chairman John Dashper said 2011 would see further expansion of auctions and valuation services. Sheffield Assay Master Ashley Carson officially opened the new saleroom.
The saleroom incorporates many new features including live internet auctions and large TV screens in the saleroom and reception area during auctions, showing the current lot. Sales are broadcast in real time on the internet with audio and visual footage of the sale. A CCTV system provides enhanced security during viewing and sale days.
The first auction included two consignments of particular note – firstly 100 lots on behalf of Museums Sheffield of paintings and limited edition prints, formerly part of the picture loan schemes which operated prior to 1998. Proceeds from the sale will directly benefit Sheffield’s visual arts collection.
The second notable collection was offered on behalf of South Yorkshire Police, sold under the Proceeds of Crime Act – 130 lots of antiques amassed by a man from the profits from drug crimes. Some of the money raised will be used to benefit local people and causes through the South Yorkshire Community Foundation.
The announcement of this collection in the auction prompted great press interest and on the morning of the auction TV crews from the BBC, ITV and Sky News arrived to film interviews with the auction gallery’s director Elizabeth Dashper and head of South Yorkshire Police’s Economic Crime Unit, Graham Wragg.
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