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Monday 02 April 2018

Britain’s largest independent regional land and property auctioneer, Clive Emson Auctioneers, has just celebrated its landmark 200th auction.

The Kent-based firm holds eight rounds of auctions at five locations from Essex to Cornwall on consecutive days every six weeks.

The milestone 200th auction which took place in March, had 150 lots on offer and as the final gavel went down, the company had sold £22 million worth of property.

Managing Director, James Emson (pictured left) said: “We celebrated our 200th auction with another outstanding outcome and now we look forward to our Spring sale which, as usual, is absolutely full of variety.

“Among our 150 lots were a hotel with panoramic sea views, a former Ministry of Defence munitions store, a metal water tower, a toll house dating from 1758, an old Baptist chapel, an historic former mint house, cottages with river fishing rights, former pubs, woodland, development sites with planning permission and a host of lock-up garages.”

One of the pioneers
Chairman Clive Emson FRICS (pictured right), one of Britain’s most colourful property auctioneers and a philanthropist, left Prudential Property Services (PPS) in October 1989 to set up the business.

Clive is a Fellow of NAVA Propertymark, and he still remembers one of the first lots he sold, which was the Chatham office of Prudential Property Services put in by a former partner of Ward and Partners, who sold the business to PPS. It sold for the princely sum of £85,000.

Clive was the first auctioneer in the country to break away from ties with estate agency chains.

James Emson, managing director, said: “This was a celebratory auction for the hard-working team here at Clive Emson and for the hundreds of estate agencies which have supported us as joint auctioneers over nearly 30 years.

“Since the business was founded by my father in 1989, with quality and service at the heart of everything we do, we have sold thousands of lots across southern England.

“From mid-terrace houses, sea defence forts and lock-up garages, to pubs, hotels, clubs and nuclear bunkers, the range and diversity of lots, coupled with value and potential, has been incredible.”

Meanwhile, the Hampshire office is marking its century auction at the Ageas Bowl near Southampton, which is home to Hampshire Cricket.

The firm which is still independent, covers southern England from Essex to Cornwall, works with 850 estate agents and also stages an online auction to complement live auctions.

Last year Clive Emson catalogued 1,168 lots and achieved sales of £160 million, with a success rate of 80%. 

The company also paid a record £750,000 to joint auctioneers during 2017, with the money going straight back into the industry through the link with estate agents needing auction facilities.

James said: “We have made a blistering start to the year, carrying on from our great performance of 2017.”

March auction highlights included a landmark property including a coach house and 18 flats in Hove’s iconic Brunswick Square was on offer with a freehold guide of £2 million, and an iconic former water tower more than a century old in Whitfield, Dover, which had a guide price of £80,000 freehold and had the potential to become a home with the necessary consents.