Auction house virus updates


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17 March 2020
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Auction houses are starting to make announcements about how the Coronavirus is impacting their businesses. We will round them all up in this story and update as we go along.

Humber & Ellis statement:

‘Humbert & Ellis Auctioneers Ltd wish to reassure all our buyers and sellers that we are taking all reasonable precautions at our Towcester Salerooms to minimise the potential spread or cross-contamination of Coronavirus (Covid-19) with frequent cleaning and sanitising of shared surfaces etc.
Online bidding is available for all our auctions for buyers as is P&P.
Free local collection for small items is offered for all our local self-isolating vendors over 70 where ‘doorstep collection’ is offered in return for a generic receipt of goods. A detailed list will then follow by post or email. We are very happy for sellers to drop items to our premises where we will book them in with minimal contact outside our front door.’

Cowans statement:
‘Together with the rest of the world, Cowan's and Hindman Auctions are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and our top priority is the health and safety of our customers and staff. We are complying with the recommendations of governmental bodies and the Centers for Disease Control, and will continue to make the best decisions in the interest of all. Cowan's remains open and available to our clients, and remains committed to providing the highest level of service. We will continue to monitor this rapidly changing landscape and will keep our clients apprised of any developments.
We invite you to visit us online at and encourage you to take advantage of remote bidding options which will continue to be available for our upcoming sales via phone, absentee, Cowan's Live, Live Auctioneers and Invaluable.
For now, previews and in-person consultations will be conducted by appointment only. If you would like to visit the office or preview property, please reach out directly to our offices to schedule an appointment.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at Cowan's. Our Specialists are available to answer questions, provide condition reports, and assist with placing bids. Our schedule of auctions and online catalogues are available on our website.’

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