How did you become involved with auctioneering and
In 1982, I was 17 and looking for a summer job. Auctioneers
Thos. Mawer and Son of Lincoln had an opening for a saleroom
On my first day, I was taken to help at a country house sale at
Rauceby Hall, Sleaford. I can still remember driving through the
gates towards this grand country house, exploring all the rooms and
the stables to find antiques and collectables. It was an amazing
At that stage, I was not sure I wanted to be an auctioneer but I
was hard working and enthusiastic and was soon given more
responsibility in organizing and cataloguing the sales. I joined
the Incorporated Society of Auctioneers and Valuers to gain
When did you specialize in Private Client &
By 1999, I was fully qualified and looking for a new challenge
so I left Thos. Mawer and Son to work for another auction house,
Capes Dunn, in Manchester.
Here I started working with clients with specialist collections,
solicitors and accountants dealing with deceased estates, and
helped organize and set up specialist auctions. It was whilst
working on these specialist auctions that I began advising private
and corporate clients on their art and antiques collections in
respect of insurance, acquisition and disposal.
When did you return to Lincoln?
In 2010, Grantham auctioneers Golding Young took over the sale
room. Managing director Colin Young was in the process of merging
Golding Young and Thos. Mawer & Son together and asked me to
run the private client services department. Colin and I
already knew each other from our formative years in the
What is the most interesting part of your work
Working in the art scene at Cape Dunn in Manchester, I met some
very successful artists, critics, gallery owners and art lovers and
enjoyed organizing Specialist Fine Art auctions. On joining Golding
Young & Mawer, I now organize three art auctions a year and I
am always fascinated by the process of successfully selling
paintings or art objects.
Golding Young & Mawer now sponsor events at the National
Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford, and the Sam Scorer Gallery,
Lincoln in order to support the arts in Lincolnshire and the East
What's the best piece of advice you could give to
someone wanting a career in auctioneering?
To be as thorough as possible because, practicing as an
auctioneer, you are the link between the seller and buyer.
Which artist living or dead would you most like to
Damien Hirst because I'd like to congratulate him on his £111
million pound auction sale.
Do you collect any fine art or antiques?
No, I've always wanted to be completely impartial so I never
What is the most unusual item you have
I sold a painting and after the sale, the buyer phoned the
artist who promptly denied painting it. So I rang the artist and
told him the vendor's story of how they had acquired the painting.
He then remembered he had actually painted the artwork and
apologized. So the most unusual item I have sold is a painting the
artist denied painting!