Interview with Sherborne auctioneer Richard Bromell

PUBLISHED: 10:10 28 July 2014 | UPDATED: 10:10 28 July 2014

Richard Bromell

Richard Bromell


A man posing like this for the camera could only be one of two things: a stand-up comic or an auctioneer.

And while Richard Bromell – head of Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne - is the latter, he boasts the former’s patter. “You’ve got to have a theatrical personality to do this job,” he says. “If you’re too monotone, all your bidders hear is ‘blah, blah, blah.’ And it can be very like stand-up. But since live internet bidding, I’ve had to rein it in. I was selling an item for a London client recently and merrily telling my audience what an attractive lady she was when I realised she was listening online.” Richard’s classic car auction last month saw a collector fly from Australia for a £30,000 1936 Alvis Silver Eagle. This month Richard has a 1968 Riley Elf, with just 32,000 miles on the clock, under his hammer for £4,000. His best find yet was a 16th Century, Italian pottery plaque that went for £560,000. “I still have a picture of it as my screensaver but that’s as close as I’ll ever get to owning something like that – I’ve got a wife, three mortgages, two kids and Biggles, the dog.”

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