Going, Going, Gone - it’s auction time at Stedham

Former auctioneer, Eddie Lintott has brought his gavel out of retirement, and is practicing his pitch for the sale of donated items in aid of Stedham church.  PICTURE BY DAVE HILL
Former auctioneer, Eddie Lintott has brought his gavel out of retirement, and is practicing his pitch for the sale of donated items in aid of Stedham church. PICTURE BY DAVE HILL

Not quite the ‘Titanic’ one sold for £900,000 – but at least it is a violin, in need of refurbishment and for sale by auction.

Having retired almost eight years ago, chartered surveyor and auctioneer Eddie Lintott will be wielding the gavel again this afternoon Saturday, November 2, as he conducts an auction on behalf of St James’s Church at Stedham.

More than 100 lots will be going under the hammer and as well as the violin, there will be a wide selection of good-quality antique furniture, a gold bracelet, watches, china, glass, paintings and prints and toolkits.

There are also a number of ‘promises’ on offer which include offers to cook supper, Christmas cakes and puddings, a Christmas tree, piano lessons, babysitting and spa sessions.

Eddie ran the King and Chasemore saleroom in Midhurst for more than 40 years and admits he particularly misses that part of his former occupation.

“However, I still keep my gavel warm by conducting charity auctions from time to time.”

The auction will be held in the Stedham Memorial Hall.

Viewing will be during this afternoon from 2pm-4pm and then from 6pm at which time a complimentary glass of wine will be available.

The sale starts at 7pm and will be followed by a bowl of soup and French bread for those attending.

All proceeds are in aid of St James’s Church, Stedham.