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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