Probates: Where do you Start?

Organising the deceased estate of a loved one is often a stressful and distressing time. The probate process can seem quite a daunting prospect; where do you start, how do you effectively administer an estate and its contents? As a probate and asset valuer I am used to visiting households across the midlands, assisting executors…

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…

First Growth Claret

Rolls-Royce cars, Patek Philippe watches and Steinway pianos are all names that the connoisseur will recognise as the best of the best in their particular field. Of course some will dispute this and may indeed prefer a different brand of car, watch or musical instrument. What is difficult to argue however is that each of…

Why We Love Birmingham

I’m Sybilla Rose one of the Directors of Arkade Property. Arkade Property originally set up its business in Solihull but transferred to the Jewellery Quarter in 2005 when the founders Andrew Kay and Beatriz Rose fell in love with the charming peculiarities of the area, and what an interesting place it is. The Jewellery Quarter…

Transparent & Fair Property Auctions

Here’s a thought. If you consign a property to Biddle & Webb we will charge you a fee. You might think this is hardly the most earth shattering statement and therefore this blog is going to a rather short read. However the more I have looked at the property auction world, the more I see…

Auction Intrigue at Biddle & Webb

Biddle and Webb’s Interiors auction is nothing short of eclectic. As auctioneers we are used to seeing and selling a vast array of desirable items ranging from Moorcroft jugs to mahogany cheese coasters, witches’ balls to Rolex watches. Unusual, unconventional and at times – frankly bizarre, the ever expanding antiques industry never fails to surprise…

Personal Accountability at Ruxton

Many properties in the Solihull area are as unique and distinctive as the people who buy them. So when selling yours, it is most important that your estate agent has a thorough understanding not only of your property, but also of the needs and preferences of every buyer who views it. It is simply not…

ERNIE BIDDLE (1919-1996)

I was born in 1919 in back to back house in Winson Green half way between the prison and Dudley Rd Hospital. One of my earliest memories is the euphoria of the community when water was piped into the house having previously used communal stand pipe in the yard.  There was a wonderful community spirit…

DEEDS NOT WORDS

Biddle & Webb’s May Interiors Auction has a variety of interesting and unusual finds – topping the list is Lot 335: An early 20th Century Suffragettes movement tricolour fabric sash with the slogan ‘votes for women.’ The sash, passed down through generations of the vendor’s family, belonged to Ms Dora Webster of Birmingham. Ms Webster,…

A Glider in a Garden?

Here at Biddle & Webb, we often come across the most remarkable stories in the most unassuming places. However, Mr Bob Arnold’s MK 2 Goevier is an exceptional example. It is not every day that we are called to an original Schemp-Hirth WW2 glider in the back garden of a house in a cul-de-sac. Mr…