Life as an Auctioneer

I have always counted myself as being lucky. Having worked as an auctioneer and valuer for the past 35 years I have seen my fair share of lovely lots.

Like many business owners I am now working from home. Following Government advice we closed the doors to the Long Street Salerooms to clients on Monday 23rd March to be help safeguard the lives of our staff, clients and to help save the NHS. In doing this we postponed our two day 2nd & 3rd April country  house auction and our 6th April classic and vintage car auctions – these will go ahead as soon as is viable once the lockdown is lifted.

Since being at home, I have resisted the urge to clean my car and spend time in the garden. I have been busy on social media – Twitter and Instagram are my favoured social media places for business, and these platforms are starting to produce some interesting enquiries.

Clearly we are unable to visit clients in their homes, but we are still able to provide a free valuation service for them via email. I can only assume that with so many other people sitting around at home with not much else to do, they are finally getting around to finding out what their antiques and collectibles are worth.

Although I have not made any discoveries of major international importance I have been emailed some interesting lots. There has been plenty of silver, medals, ceramics, pictures and furniture photographs being sent as attachments on emails coming through from clients hopeful they will be sitting on a tidy little sum, and I have also received an enquiry about providing a probate valuation.

You can email Richard Bromell at Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne on with images of items you would like to know the value of. Alternatively you are able to send them an enquiry through their web site on


Some of the lots discovered by Richard Bromell and sold successfully at Charterhouse:

Trio of Tibetan bronze Buddha’s sold for £7,800

Chinese porcelain censer and cover sold for £125,000

Manner of Peter Monamy sold for £9,500

Japanese Momoyama chest sold for £55,000

Italian Pietre Dure box sold for £18,000

Mortimer flintlock pistol sold for £7,500