While nothing quite beats the buzz of a live auction, times are changing. Today, we lead increasingly busy lives, juggling a multitude of priorities and demands.

This means that we now expect everything else to fit in around our 24/7 lifestyle. With demand increasing industry is upping its offer – no longer do you have to physically visit a store, when everything is available online all of the time.

The antiques industry is no exception. The way antiques are being sold is also evolving and timed auctions are a step in that direction. Unlike a live auction, there is no auctioneer calling the sale; each lot listed can be bid on for a defined period of time and at the end of this period the highest bidder wins the lot (as long as it has met or exceeded its reserve).

In a similar way to ‘Ebay-style’ bidding, the bidder will be able to see the current high bid and be able to offer a higher one within the timed bidding period.

The benefit of doing this through a respected auction house means that items will have been checked and authenticated by one of the resident antique experts. Buyers can be assured that the items they are purchasing are genuine and sellers will know they are in trusted hands.

“This not only expands our range of sales”, commented Peter Rixon, Head of the Collector’s Department, “it also allows people to engage with us at their own convenience. They can browse and bid at any time to suit them, wherever they happen to be.”

The next timed sale collated by Peter includes an inviting range of lots, from diecast vehicles, model railways and teddy bears, to comics, chess sets and militaria, with much else besides, all pitched at an affordable price point and offered with the option to pick-up purchases in person or have them packed and posted.

Items can be viewed via www.the-saleroom.com and bids can be registered from 8am on Tuesday, July 11 until 9pm on Tuesday, July 25, when the auction takes place.

If you would like more information on timed bidding or items in the sale, please contact the antique saleroom on: 01823 332525.