In 2016 Andy Spicer was appointed saleroom manager at DAH Auctions in Driffield East Yorkshire. With over 40 years as an auctioneer and valuer at the internationally renowned auction houses Phillips and Bonhams. Andy took on his new role with great enthusiasm and experience, he then put his heart and soul into building up the business and eventually rebranding under his ownership as Spicer's Auctioneers.
By early 2017 the number of auctions had increased as had the average price per lot. Buyers were keen to attend auctions and vendors were starting to see great results. Our analytics through Google and other platform tools demonstrate that this is continuing to be the case. 2017 also saw the start of the classic car and motorcycle auctions at Sledmere House. Still being held three times a year, though now at our fabulous new premises we can show and sell on site, we have added more viewing days enabling a pleasant experience for business and social networking. The classic car, motorcycle and automobilia auctions are a regular feature, awareness and success being more widely shared. They have added another dimension to our auction calendar locally, drawn together a range of enthusiasts, owners and collectors, the thrills of the live auction experience, smell of oil, engines being fired up and the hope perhaps, of going home with a dream machine or some funds to spend on a new project!
Andy's knowledge and passion for raising the profile of the business was driving the saleroom forward so, when presented with the chance to buy the the auction house he realised it was an opportunity not to be missed, he could build his own company and settle in Yorkshire as the owner of Spicer's Auctioneers. Still focussed on growth and quality Andy realised he needed to improve the overall service to meet his clients expectations and business efficiency, he needed new technology. The office management procedures had to be overhauled, new IT systems and software, building the website, online platform presence and communication tools to engage with more clients locally as well as globally. Spicer's was making a name for itself but also outgrowing the premises in Driffield, it was time for a move but where to?
In the summer of 2020 Andy and wife Barbara, found the perfect location for Spicer's Auctioneers Ltd at the old Waterways Museum in Goole. Though still located in the East Riding of Yorkshire, the new premises at Dutch River Side in the docklands area of the town, were an hour's car journey from Driffield saleroom. The road networks links were better as the site is very close to the M62, A1, M18 and M1 as well as within easy reach of major cities like Sheffield, Doncaster, Leeds, Hull, York and Manchester by road or rail.
The Waterways Salerooms are perfect for Spicer's growing business. They are bright, spacious rooms and reception area, along with improved security, communications and fabulous surroundings. The building has biomass and solar powered heating, accessible toilets, car parking and great storage, all mod cons! Now, with a growing team of enthusiastic and talented staff, trained and developed by Andy, Barbara, Ian and associates in the auction business, national and international buyers from Guernsey to Germany, Aberdeen to Australia, Manchester to Mexico. Vendors consigning arcadia, antiques, Bentley's, bronzes, vintage vinyl and Vespers our slogan couldn't be more true: Variety is the Spicer's life!
It's taken time to settle in what with Coronavirus, new staff and premises. Auctions are back to being well attended and our online audience grows weekly, click and collect, online bidding, payment and courier collections have become the norm. Viewing day visitors are achieving increasing numbers as are condition requests, though great improvements in our photography and cataloguing has inevitably helped the business grow.
Our small business welcomes visitors, whether dropping in for valuations and consignments, collecting won lots or just to see auctions develop, so instead of us being squirrelled away sorting, listing and selling in seclusion, our doors may be flung open so we can all enjoy the lovely surroundings, chat to owners of boats on the moorings or just to feed the ducks.
On auction days, the once empty Saleroom is a lively room with a great atmosphere.
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All of the auctions are hosted online and selling across three platforms with over 80% of the lots offered being bought by internet buyers. The internet produces very strong bidders and underbidders which has resulted in a significant lift in the average price per lot achieved and less unsold lots. In 2016 the average lot value in a Home Furnishing auction was £25, today it is in the region of £120/150 and the selling rate is regularly now over 90%.
The Classic and Vintage Car & Motorcycle auctions generate interesting entries coming from across England, Wales and Scotland. We have become the largest Classic Motorcycle auctioneer in the North of England and have the record, at £48,500, for the most expensive motorcycle sold at auction in the region.
Meet the Saleroom Team
Andy Spicer ASFAV
Director, Valuer and Auctioneer
Ian Almond Barbara Spicer Mark Knowles
Alex Alec-Smith - Book Consultant
New to auctioneering, I have been in the second hand antiquarian book trade for thirty plus years.
I look forward to working further with Spicer's!
Robbie Cumming from Narrowboat Diaries visited Spicer's before he set off on a new adventure and filming for the 2022 tv series.