Mid-Year Update

What a year so far. Its difficult to know where to start. I could talk about our commercial success and about the steady increase in our weekly sales. I could also talk about the success of our property sales and the rise in jewellery and watches from our new valuation office in the Jewellery Quarter. However…

Authenticity of a Painting

“It is the triumph of the individual over art – the zenith of an original voice”. Miles Patrick Yohnke Authenticity in art is the different ways in which a work of art or an artistic performance may be considered authentic: the correct identification of the author of a work of art or to how closely…

Probate Training

Throughout my training in probate valuations I have gained a breadth of experience working in a professional environment, I have been surprised by the sheer variety of contents belonging to estates from war medals and Royal Mint Jubilee coins to tractors and rotavators. I started my training through shadowing Jeremy and Ellie, both enhancing and…

TO THE FUTURE!

James Quarterman I’m in my third and final year of undergraduate study, where I have specialised in the history of artworks produced in fifteenth and sixteenth-century Italy and Northern Europe, and nineteenth-century European capitals (with a bit of twentieth/twenty-first century British and American modern art on the side). These periods of art history have always…

Acorns Children’s Hospice Great Gatsby Ball Auction

We support a fantastic charity Acorns Children’s Hospice who provides, support, fun and laughter for children with life limiting or life threatening conditions and their families. Acorns Children’s Hospice are celebrating their 30 Years Anniversary and we are excited to be part of this celebration. We will be hosting the Charity Auction at the Acorns…

The REP’s Grand Costume Sale

Birmingham Repertory Theatre is one of the most important and influential theatres in the history of the English stage. In 2017, The REP embarked on an ambitious fundraising campaign called REP First, which aims to raise £1million. Funds raised will go towards staging new productions, offering more training opportunities and welcoming more participants and audiences…

Celebrating our 30th anniversary, Gatsby style!

The start of our 30th anniversary year has provided everyone at Acorns Children’s Hospice with the perfect opportunity to thank our dedicated supporters and volunteers.  Since 1988, we’ve been providing short breaks and end of life care to local life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people and today we have three hospices…

My New Role

This story starts in November of last year. I had just completed my MA in Art History and Curating from the University of Birmingham. I had been looking at a job application for a part time receptionist position at a firm of Auctioneers in Birmingham. I really wanted to work in Birmingham, as in the…

Marketing Unusual Items

At Biddle & Webb, you never know what will enter the auction doors, at any time! I have come across many unusual items that I have never heard of, let alone seen. During December a variety of stationary engines and a JB Type Morris Postal Van entered our salerooms. My first initial thought was, who…

Here’s to 2018!

It’s always worrying to tempt fate, but this is the most excited the team and I have been about Biddle and Webb’s future since my dad died twenty years ago. We have always been a very diverse operation and sometimes we’ve found it difficult to juggle all the moving parts. However now our ability to sell anything…