Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers vaulted into its 30th anniversary year with the sale of a historic former bank.
The old NatWest premises in Chard, Somerset – said to have stored the Crown Jewels during the Second World War – was a sale highlight. Huge pre-sale interest in the lot was generated which took it to go under the gavel for £211,000.
Clive Emson raised £18 million from 116 lots catalogued for the February auction, which took place across five days in five venues, achieving a sale rate in excess of 70 per cent.
Managing Director James Emson said, “The sale of the former bank is just one example of the incredible range of lots we offer on a regular basis across the south of England.
“This variety has given us an excellent start to the year and we now look forward to March when our service to clients will be further augmented by new technological innovation.”
Other highlights of the February auction included the former Kings Head pub in Ore, Hastings – offered with planning permission for 12 flats – selling for £410,000 freehold.