A leading auction house has caused a stir by uploading a telephone kiosk to Rightmove that sold under the hammer for £45,000.
The single kiosk, which is located in the City of London, caused several national newspapers to gasp at the extraordinary selling price for the box, which is designed – just – for a single person to stand in.
But the auction house behind the sale, fast-expanding Ireland-based online auction platform Bidx1, in-situ telephone boxes are one of its speciality property sub-categories at its regular UK auctions.
It currently has 12 for sale at its upcoming 26th May online auction ranging from a guide price of £7,500 in Devon and Merseyside to £45,000 in Waterloo, (pictured above) London.
BidX1 says the phenomenon kicked off in March when a small property firm approached to sell a single kiosk in Ashford, Kent, which sold for £5,400.
Bidx1 says the client was delighted with the speed of the process and price achieved, which also prompted nine more kiosks to be listed at subsequent auctions including one in Edinburgh that sold for £20,200 and a Yorkshire kiosk for £28,200.
Mat Harris, a director at BidX1, says: “We’re delighted to have sold twelve of these much-loved red kiosks on our digital platform.
“The purchasers have acquired an iconic piece of British heritage – via a very modern sales method.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how the new owners put their own stamp on these distinctive red boxes – whether that’s a coffee shop, bakery, defibrillator or miniature art gallery.”