James Lewis of Bamfords goes for an auction world record
If you think you’re having a long day at work, spare a thought for James Lewis of Bamfords in Derbyshire. This Thursday and Friday (November 28-29), he is trying to set a world record for the longest auction ever taken by a single auctioneer…
His target is 24 hours for the marathon sale taking place at the Westfield Derby shopping centre but also with online bidding available through the-saleroom.com. The ‘fun’ for him starts at 6.30pm on the Thursday and he has about 2200 lots to get through.
If all goes to plan, the final lot is highly appropriate: lot 2586 is the gavel he is using, which may be in rather ‘used’ condition after his fundraising attempt which will benefit 11 charities.
James got a bit of a shock when he signed up for it and instead of the 12 or maybe 16 hours he was hoping for, he then found out it was 24. However, he is raring to go. Lots include 50 items from Royal Crown Derby, some of which is very rare. Highlights include a signed Brian May guitar from the Born Free Tour, signed by Brian May, Kerry Ellis and Virginia McKenna, complete with case.
Bamfords say the first 25 lots of the sale are “all very special and they have each been given a time so that anyone interested in the items can bid at a given time”.