James Lewis, an auctioneer and antique expert has achieved a world record by holding the world’s longest continuous solo auction in Matlock, Derbyshire.
Over 1,000 lots were donated for the auction, which lasted just over 24 hours from June 21 to June 22, and raised money for the wildlife charity ‘The Born Free Foundation’. The money will help prevent poaching and protect endangered species.
According to the Guinness World Record rules, at least ten people had to be present at all times during the mammoth 24-hour auction. Sleeping bags were allowed for people too tired to stay awake during the early hours of the morning. Food retailer Iceland fed everyone who attended. Pupils from St Anselm’s School in Bakewell volunteered as porters and helpers for the event.
Antiques auctioned included ceramics made by Wedgwood, Royal Crown Derby and Aynsley. There were also vintage toys, books and pictures. In addition, James sold holidays and other experiences donated by celebrities including actor Martin Clunes. People who could not afford expensive items can bid on lots that sold for as little as £2. Bids were made by telephone, online and in-person.
Like James Lewis, many antique dealers are generous in their support of charities. As well as donating to charities, dealers help by valuing and purchasing vintage and antique items that have been donated to charity shops. When you purchase an antique sofa, chair or cabinet from a Lancashire dealer, you may be indirectly helping a local charity.
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