“Sold to the internet bidder” is fast becoming a regular feature at auctions.
The internet now plays an important role in the sale of art, antiques and collectables. Auctioneers are not only able to place their catalogues online but can also offer prospective buyers the opportunity to bid in real time at the auction.
The two main platforms are to be found at the-saleroom.com and ukauctioneers.com. Registration is free but there is an additional charge typically 2.5% of the hammer price. These sites host hundreds of live auctions including those of Golding Young and Thos Mawer. Colin Young, principle Auctioneer, is proud of offering live auctions in Lincolnshire and whilst he acknowledges its growing importance he sees it as an extension of traditional professional practices.
Vendors may still require good experienced advice and buyers an exciting day out but the combination of well catalogued and illustrated auctions along with modern technology is proving very successful. The-saleroom.com reported £20 million in online sales for 2010 – an increase of over 130% from the previous year. The illustrations show items sold by Golding Young Thos Mawer to internet buyers.
A medal group to D M A Smythe, DFC, 223 Sqn, no 79196 comprising Distinguished Flying Cross, 1939-45 Star with Battle of Britain Bar, Aircrew Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and dress medals with extra Defence medal as worn. Also included is Observers and Air Gunners Flying Log Book for Flt Lt Smythe start date 27.7.40, last entry 3/2/46, a copy of Get That Fighter, restricted, Army Airforce 1 November 1943, a 1950/51 Ration Book for D.M.A.Smythe, a cased and boxed Eisernes Kreuz 1 Klasse 1939, a leather flying helmet, a pair of enamelled RAF cufflinks, a service watch, chrome, inscribed AM 68/243, 15918/40, a brass badge, central R with crown above inscribed Commander in Chiefs Bodyguard, sf and af 1900, a cloth Air Gunners brevet and a cloth badge for 264 Squadron RAF, the original case for the DFC and associated photographs and ephemera and a print of a Defiant. £2000-3000 Sold £3800