Auctions & Fairs
Auctioneer (Financial Times)
An auction is where goods or services are offered for sale, with the auctioneer taking bids from the audience and then selling the item to the highest bidder. Participants usually bid openly against one another, with each subsequent bid required to be higher than the previous bid. The seller may identify a reserve price and if that is not obtained then the item is removed from sale. Many modern auction houses are now connected to the internet so bidders can participate from all over the world.
It has been recorded that the ancient Greeks held auctions where slaves were sold and even women were sold off as wives. In ancient Rome, auctions were common to sell off family estates or war plunder. In 193 AD, the Praetorian Guard even put the entire Roman Empire on the auction block.
The word Auction derives from the Latin word “auctus,” which means “increasing.” Originally, auctions were held in the open air or perhaps a public house. The first purpose-built auction house in the world was in Stockholm, founded by Baron Claes Rålamb in 1674. Sotherby’s, the world's second-largest auction house, was founded in London in 1744. Christie's, the world's largest auction house, was founded in 1766.
Gazetteer of Auctions
A5 Auctions - Montford
Bank Top Auctions - Rhosymedre
Barbers Livestock Auctions – Market Drayton
Bowen Son & Watson - Oswestry
Brettells - Newport
Cooper Barrington - Froncysyllte
Halls - Shrewsbury
Hendersons - Minsterley
Mullock's – Wall under Heywood
Hadley - Hadley
Nock Deighton - Bridgnorth
Malcolm Harrison – Market Drayton
McCartney’s - Ludlow
Perry & Phillips - Bridgnorth
Prees Heath Vehicle Auction – Prees Heath
Recycled Goods Auction - Ruyton-XI-Towns
Stuart Davies - Wellington
Trevanion and Dean - Whitchurch