It’s hammer time as duo resurrect auction

SALE TIME: Robin Stone, left, and Frank Harris are behind Clare Auction.
SALE TIME: Robin Stone, left, and Frank Harris are behind Clare Auction.

The sound of an auction hammer will once again be heard in Clare as two businessmen have resurrected the antiques sale.

Frank Harris, who runs the Clare High Street bookshop Harris and Harris, and antique shop owner Robin Stone, from Market Hill Antiques, are the driving force behind a new business called Clare Auction, which returns auctions to the town in May.

The last sale was held at the Dyson & Sons premises on Market Hill – until the firm’s site was sold for housing in 2012.

Mr Harris said the business community had missed not having auctions in Clare, which used to bring a lot of people into the town on a regular basis.

“The business community is right behind us,” he said.

“The town and the wider area is well-known for its high density of antique dealers, and Clare has three dedicated antiques shops and an antique centre among a variety of independent shops, pubs and cafes.”

He said the fact that Mander’s auctions had moved from Glemsford was not the reason for the auction making a comeback.

“The community missed the auctions in Clare,” he said.

He added: “We have four dates fixed for the year and we are holding the auctions in the town hall, which is where auctions used to be held.

“Our first one is on May 24, entries are now being accepted and the catalogue is filling up fast. We are limiting the auction to 500 lots.”

The men have set a one-off fee so that the seller gets 100 per cent of the hammer price.

Mr Harris added: “In order to stimulate bidding and ensure a fair deal for everyone, the buyer’s premium has been set at just 10 per cent on the hammer price, making it one of the lowest in the industry.”

Future auctions are being held on July 26, September 20 and October 25.

For registration forms, contact Clare Auction on 0845 6899 365.