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Wednesday 19 June 2019

Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers is celebrating a double success – reporting sales of £16 million at the June auction in a week when the firm’s founder was honoured by the Queen.

The independent regional land and property auctioneer achieved a sale rate of 80 per cent at the sale after cataloguing 136 lots.

Clive Emson, who founded the Kent-based firm in 1989 and remains its Chairman, was awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours for services to vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.

He is President, and a former Chairman, of The Young Lives Foundation (YLF), an independent children’s charity which helps thousands of youngsters every year.

Modest Clive, who says he is just a figurehead for the organisation, has been carrying out charity work for 20 years, using his vast experience, support and guidance to make a positive impact on the lives of young people in Kent.

The YLF delivers tailored services to vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people for effective outcomes and around 200 volunteers work with 3,500 children a year.

Veteran auctioneer Clive, now 72, also conducts many charity sales at business events and conferences throughout the year.

His son James, Managing Director of Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers said: “We are immensely proud of Dad – without his vision all those years ago we would not be the successful business we are today.

“We have not wavered from his original ethos – that the auction process must be honest and utterly transparent – during the past 30 years and that has stood us in good stead as we continue to innovate to provide the best possible service.

“Our June auction is a perfect example of what we stand for – packed salerooms, an excellent range of lots right across the board and great deals for both vendors and purchasers.”

Highlights of the June auction included:

  • After a bidding war The Dog & Gun pub, a traditional community hostelry, sold for £385,000.
  • The Cliff Hotel in Penzance, base of the exiled Norwegian Prime Minister during the Second World War, came to the market for the first time in 90 years.
  • The ground floor of the landmark Luxor building – dating back to the 1940s and formerly known as The Luxor Cinema –in Sussex, sold for £355,000 on a 999-year lease.
  • Two half-finished semi-detached houses didn’t deter developers in Essex with the sale going for £300,000.