The Exchange Saleroom first opened its doors in 1964 and was the brainchild of Chris Dee, a senior partner in the old established firm Dee Atkinson & Harrison. Over fifty years on and the Exchange Saleroom is still going strong, holding some twenty-six auctions held every year.
In 2016 Andy Spicer, formerly of the international auctioneers, Bonhams, was appointed saleroom manager and the firm began to embrace the digital age. In March 2019, Andy completed the purchase of the Saleroom and rebranded the firm Spicers Auctioneers. New working procedures have been introduced, new IT, back office computer package with dedicated links between the website, online platforms and clients, as well as dual selling platforms, thesaleroom.com and easylive.com enable the firm to reach a truly global market place.
All of the auctions are hosted online, with over 60% of lots offered bought by internet buyers whether they be in Australia or at home in Driffield, with the Collectors auction this can rise to 75%, the internet bidders are also very strong underbidders and this has resulted in a significant lift in the average prices achieved and a drop in the number of 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 often over 90%.
The thrice yearly Classic Car & Motorcycle auctions held at Sledmere House has become an institution in the region, with interesting entries coming from Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Northumberland 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 North.
Meet the Saleroom Team
Andy Spicer ASFAV
Director, Valuer and Auctioneer01377 593593
Andy has thirty years’ experience in the Fine Art & Antiques business, having previously worked for the International companies Phillips and Bonhams. His specialities are jewellery, watches, silver, coins, medals, Art Deco bronzes, motor cars and motorcycles.
Saleroom Manager and Auctioneer01377 593593
Ian has worked in our saleroom since 2007, previously being store manager in the town's Wm Jackson's supermarket. Joining as a porter before progressing to head porter in 2015, Ian is now our Saleroom Manager. He also catalogues our Home Furnishing sales and operates the live bidding systems.
Coins and Medals Consultant01377 593593
Kris has been involved in antiques for many years and has a passion for history and books. He also catalogues the coins and medals section of the Collectors auction and advises on matters maritime.
Phil used to be the Head Porter, but retired - only to miss the business so much he now works part time. Over the years he has acquired an excellent knowledge of auctions and the wide range of chattels that pass through our saleroom.
Saleroom Administration and Finance01377 593593
Becky has been with us since 2019 and is in charge of the administration department, handling all inquiries and passing them onto the relevant specialist. She is the jack of all trades in the firm and can put her hand to anything within the company. Her forte is customer relations and problem solving.
Saleroom Administration01377 593593
Teresa is in charge our separate and ring fenced client account, making sure that vendors receive their payments when due and balancing all auctions. A valued member of the team, she has been an auction bookkeeper from pre computer days and loves to be involved on sale days.
Photography and trainee cataloguer01377 593593
Liam joined in 2018 as an apprentice, completing the City & Guilds business diploma whilst learning how the saleroom operates. He heads up our photography department, with expert knowledge of our IT system. He'll soon be a Junior Cataloguer, cataloguing our Home Furnishing auctions.
Ethan joined in 2016 as an apprentice and completed the City & Guilds business diploma whilst getting an understanding of how the saleroom operates. He is a cataloguer and responsible for both the Collectors department and the ceramics section of our Fine Art & Antiques auctions.