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Thursday 05 October 2017

Last night NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year 2017 was awarded to Georgina Hilton, a novice auctioneer at Christie’s in London with just four sales under her belt.

The competition, sponsored by Clive Emson and Antiques Trade Gazette, was held at the Oxford Belfry and involved a bidding sequence organised to demonstrate possible occurrences in the saleroom and to test the entrant’s skill, knowledge and presence on the rostrum. The room was planted with experienced auction and property professionals with pre-arranged bidding briefs.

The premise makes for a highly anticipated and exciting event. Nine budding auctioneers took part in the qualifying round before three competitors were selected to compete for the Clive Emson Rosebowl in the after dinner final. The competition was judged by Hugh Edmeads, a regular on the national and international charity auction circuit, David Sandeman Managing Director of the Essential Information Group and former NAVA Propertymark President Phillip Arnold. Lots were highly diverse including a timber-framed, seafront stilt cottage, a diesel generator, a residential property with structural damage, a Chinese vase and a former public toilet block.

Georgina said: “It was a fantastic day, partly because it gave me the opportunity to meet and speak to so many young passionate auctioneers who are learning their trade. There was a real sense of camaraderie through the day with lots of support from others in the competition and my confidence grew, culminating in my performance in the final.

“NAVA Auctioneer of the Year has given me the opportunity to display what I have been working so hard to learn at Christie's, to a really impressive panel of experts. I’m looking forward to staying in touch with those I have met at the competition and growing the network, the title is a great feather to my bow and I think it will support my development at Christie’s.”

Mark Hayward, NAEA Propertymark Chief Executive said: “Auctioneering continues to play a key role in property and chattels transactions. The novice title is renowned within the industry, partly because the expertise of the judging panel endows it with real credibility. We are delighted that three years in a row the novice title has gone to a woman, proving that auctioneering is not a professional dominated by men.”

Runners-up for the title were Alex Froggatt of Fieldings Auctioneers (pictured left) and Thomas Keane of family run business The Swan at Tetsworth (pictured).