Lacy Scott & Knight have a long history of carrying out specialist on-site sales for Country Houses and Businesses and of arranging sales by tender, should this be more appropriate.
We are also able to hold Single Owner Collection sale at the Auction Centre such as the much publicised John Clibbon sale of Gauge 1 Trains and a rare barn-find collection of modern classic cars which sold for over £200,000 in March 2010 and secured a page in the Daily Telegraph. 2011 saw the sale of a Suffolk collection of over 40,000 postcards and a single owner collection of Medals & Militaria.
We are also extremely proud to have twice been the auctioneers for Sir Bobby Robson's Breakthrough Auction & Ball in memory of former England football manager Sir Bobby Robson and breast cancer campaigner Sally Balch. The first sale in 2011 raised a fantastic £250,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
In 2012 we had a Vintage Costume sale which was a great success - and a lot of fun for all involved. We also held the second part of the legendary John Clibbon Tinplate Collection which included a model of Holborn Station which sold for £41,000.
2013 included The Angus McBean Collection in April; a stand-alone auction of a collection of works by, and property belonging to, the late celebrated society and theatre photographer Angus McBean. We also hosted three auctions for local charities - East Anglian Children's Homes (EACH), West Suffolk Hospital Charity and the second Sit Bobby Robson fundraiser.
In March 2014 we held an auction of virtually every Elvis Presley UK release, which inadvertently caused manager Edward Crichton to sing on the local news, while 2015 included the Rodney Count Toy collection and the Bury St Edmunds wolf trail exhibits.
Possibly one of the most fascinating auction catalogues we have ever compiled is the October 2018 Alfred Swaine Taylor family collection. Alfred Swaine Taylor is known as the 'Father of Forensic Medicine' and was also an early pioneer in the world of photography. Amongst the collection were first editions of Taylor’s works on Medical Jurisprudence and Photogenia, as well as copious notes, manuscripts, photographs, awards (including the Swiney Cup), correspondence, and items relating to the countless criminal cases in which Taylor’s expertise was sought. Taylor was involved in many of the most infamous poisoning and other murder cases of the Victorian era including the Richmond Poisoner, ‘sweet’ Fanny Adams, the first railway murder, William Palmer ‘The Rugeley Poisoner’ and many more. The collection has come to us from Taylor’s descendants, resident at Thorne Court where Taylor’s daughter Edith lived after her marriage to Frederick Methold.
Many specialist auctions have followed since, and we are always happy to discuss the option of single-owner auctions and collections.
Our first triple auction weekend of 2021 couldn’t have been more different to last year’s event, which saw us on the brink of lockdown and at the start of a terrifying pandemic we are only gradually emerging from a full year later. However, now the sun is shining and the vaccination programme continues apace, and despite still being closed to the public, there is a much more confident atmosphere – and the prices achieved certainly bore this out.
Our 11th June Medals, Militaria & Country Pursuits auction includes a large single-owner collection of 19th and 20th century commemorative and prize medals awarded to the most advanced scientific, technological and industrial innovations of the time.