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Breaking the gloom - Report: Barons, Feb 10

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Despite awful weather and a downbeat market, the crowds turned up to bid at Barons

Barons’ first sale of 2009 kept winter chills at bay, with 73% of the lots on offer at Sandown Park on February 10 finding new homes.These included the rare 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom One, which sold for a healthy £41,226, and - proving that the ice outside was no deterrent to thoughts of top-down motoring - the immaculate 1984 Citroen 2CV6 Dolly Special, which sold for £5140, exceeding the estimate of £3000-4000.Barons’ MD, Laurence Sayers-Gillan, commented: 'Despite blizzards, freezing fog, black ice, record breaking rain storms, floods and doom merchants trying to depress the nation every day, we had an excellent result. This continues the trend we experienced in 2008, as the December sale ended the year on a particularly high note.'There was standing room only and a terrific atmosphere in the hall, plus over 30 telephone and commission bids arranged by viewers the day before. Entry numbers were somewhat down on our usual 50+, but  that was more than counteracted by the quality of the entry.  Even under normal conditions this would have been a great sale - and in the prevailing conditions it was outstanding.'With the announcement that BCA have dropped Classic and Historic sales from its calendar, Barons is now the only real alternative in the South of England. With the magnificent venue at Sandown Park plus a highly professional and competitively priced service, the company looks set for another ten years of steady growth.Barons’ next sale at Sandown Park is on March 24th

[Link: www.barons-auctions.com]

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