A Carmarthen Auction House is again celebrating after one of its team of qualified auctioneers won the prestigious National Association of Valuers & Auctioneers Auction Competition in Stratford on Avon last week. Aimed at novice Auctioneers who have been selling for less than 12 months, the competition attracted young auctioneers from across the UK and took the form of a short auction of 4 lots representing different disciplines. The contestants were marked on various aspects of their selling including opening remarks, pace, fielding bids, voice projection and clarity and dealing with certain questions from the floor. A difficult issue was raised on the day concerning TB and a lot of Highland Cattle entered in the sale.
This years contest was won by Ian Taylor from Carmarthen Antiques & Fine Art Auctioneers Peter Francis. Ian is a former teacher who made a brave career change 3 years ago when he joined the firm as a porter. He started on the rostrum earlier this year and has made good progress as is illustrated by his victory in a national competition. This is the second win by a Peter Francis trainee in 3 years as Charles Hampshire, now Saleroom Manager, won in 2010. Both are qualified members of NAVA, Ian Taylor having passed his examinations only this year. Managing Director and lead Auctioneer is quoted as saying how proud he was that a second member of the firm had done so well and that the inhouse training at Peter Francis was working to such good effect.