Portraits of the Past: Leonard Parker Gamgee

For the past few months, Biddle & Webb have been delighted to store a fascinating collection of portraits, courtesy of the University Hospitals Birmingham Charity. Painted by various artists between the 19th century and mid-20th century, the portraits depict prolific surgeons working in Birmingham hospitals during this period. Before the collection is put to auction,…

Portraits of the Past: John Hall-Edwards

For the past few months, Biddle & Webb have been delighted to store a fascinating collection of portraits, courtesy of the University Hospitals Birmingham Charity. Painted by various artists between the 19th century and mid-20th century, the portraits depict prolific surgeons working in Birmingham hospitals during this period. Before the collection is put to auction, we would…

Diamonds in the Rough – Two Surprising Finds

Biddle & Webb valuers always have plenty of work on their hands – from handling probate clearances to evaluating items for our Interiors auctions, there is always something going on. Though each job is unique, some items make for especially interesting finds, and in the wake of our February auction, it’s safe to say that…

Age Matters!

Does the age of a wine matter as much now as it did fifty years ago? Certainly the modern winemaker has infinitely more control over the final product than his or her predecessors would ever have thought possible. A poor vintage may never be completely redeemed, but it is now rarely the potential disaster of…

Biddle & Webb Property

In our ever-evolving digitised modern world it is easy to equate the traditional with the outmoded. But here at Biddle & Webb, we take a stand for traditional, public auctioneering. Our open market, data driven approach to selling combines the best of both worlds when selling property at auction. Biddle & Webb provide a coherent…

Our Brass Band Heritage

Of all the musical instruments that appear in our various auctions, the ones with the closest affinity to our industrial heartland are undoubtedly the brass instruments. The brass band movement began in northern England in the 19th century and many of these bands were attached to heavy industry such as coal mining and shipbuilding. The…

Where it all began…

Occasionally as I am sat outside a client’s house, in my van (well Biddle & Webb’s but it feels like mine and I do wash it) I do think back to the time when I started at BW. The day is still clear in my mind and I can even remember the date 12th Feb…

ALAN: Q’s & A’s

Q1. When did you start working at Biddle & Webb and what was your job role? Ans. ”I started working at Biddle & Webb 47 years ago (1969) on an Easter Tuesday. When walked through the door I was given a pen, pad and chalk and started cataloguing! The first thing I catalogued was a…

My New Role

I first started at Biddle and Webb just over two years ago, as a timid fresher in my first year of university. As a novice to the auction world, I tentatively applied for work experience – so when offered the position of Saturday receptionist, I jumped at the chance. What began as a part-time job…

Managing Probates & Solicitors

Probates have to be dealt with sensitivity, accuracy, organisation and trust. Over the years we at Biddle & Webb have built a strong, trusting good relationship with Solicitors across the Midlands. A probate is for a person an individual, but the requirements are the same. When valuing the chattels a deceased has collected over a…