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Is this the strangest lot to ever be offered for sale at auction?

A single room that cannot be accessed from the outside and has never been seen by the auction house offering it up for bids, could go for just £100.

Nigel Lewis


An auction house in Norwich has begun marketing one of the strangest lots to ever be offered for sale in the UK… with an opening bid price of just £100.

William H Brown, part of the Sequence family of estate agencies and auctioneers, has included a ‘single room’ for sale on Nene Quay in Wisbech, Norfolk, within its latest catalogue.

Lot 25 is offered as a flying freehold and is a derelict room over a vehicular access road between two historic buildings in the riverside market town, which is known as the ‘Capital of the Fens’.

Victoria Reek, auction manager for William H Brown’s East Anglian auction centre, told local media that it was one of the most unusual lots she had ever come across.

Major catch

But the bargain property comes with a major catch. Not only does Reek admit that she has very little information about the boarded-up space, but the auctioneer also says that William H Brown staff have yet to find out how to gain access to the property.

The firm’s catalogue says the inaccessible room covers approximately 12 sq metres and would be ideal as a store room for local traders… or maybe a very modest pied-à-terre.

“There is no way in or out from the outside, [but] we have been instructed to sell it and we’re starting the price off at £100,” she said.

The auction house is selling the property on behalf of Fenland District Council. The auction takes place on February 20 at Dunston Hall Hotel in Norwich at 11.30am.

January 30, 2020

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