John Pye Auctions Weekly Story – ‘Auctioneer is like being an actor’

He bought Carlton Antiques Gallery and hosted lots of celebrities when they were on stage locally. He was also clearing countless houses during a period he describes as ‘a glorious time.’

Significantly, he was able to rent the Corn Exchange in Nottingham at £10 a week. Auctions were held every Saturday and there were countless moments of sheer comedy, many of them related here in this book.

John’s enthusiasm for the profession is evidenced by the letters he carries after his name, FNAVA, Founder of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers.

As John says: ‘The buzz of being an auctioneer is like being an actor. When you step up on stage at first you get the nerves and that fluttering feeling. But after the first few items are gone, you are in your element, enjoying yourself, in the flow.

‘But what also keeps you going are the excitements and laughs. I have had so many exciting finds and purchases. But I can safely say I have had laughs all my lifetime.


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