The firm, founded by Clive Emson in 1989, has grown into a multi-centre operation employing 50 people.
In 2019 the firm catalogued 1,071 lots with sales worth £150 million from eight rounds of regional sales, with a sales rate of 80 per cent.
To top it all, founder Clive was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.
Clive’s son, MD James Emson said, “There is no doubt it has been a challenging year for the industry. That said, we have done particularly well across the board and we are delighted to be entering our fourth decade of trading in good spirits and with great enthusiasm.
“Our longevity is down to my father’s foresight in setting up a unique business 30 years ago as well as our continued ethos of complete transparency, superb customer service and partnership working with industry specialists.”
Clive Emson Auctioneers reported sales of £14.5 million as the December auction produced Christmas crackers achieving a sale rate of 80 per cent of 109 lots.
December auction highlights included The Whitfield United Reformed Church in Dover, (pictured) with residential conversion potential, which sold for £116,000, dates from 1867 and includes a burial ground.