'We were able to be more flexible by filming the auction with bids arriving online, by telephone and also by proxy'
Since lockdown began in March, Symonds & Sampson have successfully used an online platform to sell properties by auction. Their sale on 25 September however broke new ground.
Auctioneer Mark Lewis was very pleased with the results “I must firstly thank my colleagues, Marlise Jolliffe and Meredith Holmes, who have been extremely nimble and quick witted to ensure our auctions have continued to run smoothly. Since March we have auctioned 65 lots, initially via an ‘eBay’ type of online auction, which worked extremely well. Many people however were keen to bid by telephone, something that was impossible with a timed auction, so on 25 September we moved to a type of sale called Salesvision. We were able to be more flexible by filming the auction with bids arriving online, by telephone and also by proxy. It took an immense amount of work but the results were very strong and, until we can get back into the sales room, this will be the format for all future sales.
20 lots were offered throughout Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire and Wiltshire and the highlights were:
Two lots sold prior to auction and two lots sold post.