Batemans Auctioneers and Valuers will be celebrating their 15th year trading in Stamford on Tuesday.
From their first sales, held in the old Corn Exchange Hall on Broad Street, in 2001, Batemans subsequently moved to their current, larger premises on Ryhall Road in November 2007 and have continued to expand and flourish.
Director and owner Kate Bateman said: “Over the past 15 years we have held over 300 auction sales and sold over 150,000 lots.
“The past few years have seen a great deal of changes in the auction world and Batemans are proud to have been at the forefront of embracing those changes to make auctions accessible to a much wider audience than before.
“Batemans was one of the very first provincial auction rooms in the country to embrace modern technology and adopt online bidding and live real-time bidding. It was a great decision. Now bidders from around the world see our sales and purchase items, which rarely happened before the advent of online bidding.”
Founding father-daughter team of valuers Ron and Kate Bateman have, in recent years, been joined by brother Greg Bateman, who now acts as a valuer himself and is the managing director, together with a dedicated team of specialist valuers and administration staff.
Kate added: “Our sales are as popular as ever, and I’m glad more and more people are discovering what fun can be had buying at auction. As a valuer, I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it. Every day is so different - you never know what might be about to come in through the door.
“Our most recent sale here resulted in a house record for a print when a signed print by L S Lowry exceeded expectation, and fetched a hammer price of £4,000!”
Batemans hold monthly auctions on the first Saturday of each month. For more information call 01780 766466.