Asset Valuations – Just about Everything under the Sun

What do wedding dresses, tyre recycling machinery and three barns in a farmer’s field have in common? Not immediately obvious but they are all items Biddle & Webb’s asset valuation team have been asked to value. We supply specialist asset valuations and inventories to predominantly landlords and their advisors usually solicitors or accountants, so they…

What will we find next?

As part of my role within the probate team at Biddle and Webb, I prepare inventories and valuations for deceased estates, and also assist with court of protection valuations. We have recently undertaken clearance of the sellable items from a deceased estate in Henley-In-Arden. In the process we have retrieved a vintage Fordson tractor, uncovered…

Jewellery Highlights from 2018

The past year has been an exciting and busy one for Biddle & Webb throughout the business and I would say personally I have felt it quite keenly as our jewellery offering has increased month on month. So, I’ve decided what better way to start 2019 than by rounding up the highlights from 2018. There…

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…

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…

Why use a High Street Agent?

If you sold your property at £200,000 with an online agent, you would pay around £1,000. But a traditional estate agent charging 1 per cent or 1.25per cent commission would cost £2,000 or £2,500 respectively plus VAT. However, it pays to look beyond the headline figures, because some sellers using online firms do not ‘save’…

My Childhood Memories

I was born in 1962 four years after Biddle and Webb was started by my Dad Ernie Biddle and his business partner the mysterious Mr Webb. Mum used to say I was their lucky charm. Up until 1962 life was tough but following the thaw of that biblical winter the business started to leap forward….

Amber Alert!

Amber has been causing quite a stir in auction salerooms for the last few years and currently certain amber is selling for roughly the same price as 22ct gold. Formed from fossilised resin of ancient trees, at the grand old age of between 15 and 300 million years, it is mind-boggling to think that even…