Woolley and Wallis Salisbury Salerooms were again the highest grossing regional saleroom in the UK for the 5thconsecutive year, with a turnover of £17.4 million in 2013.
Chairman Paul Viney commented ‘It has been another excellent year with a healthy 18.5% increase over 2012. The fact that we are once again the leading regional auction house is tribute not only to all our staff but also to our clients who entrust us with their chattels.
During the year we sold 14 lots over £100,000 varying from a Chinese jade incense burner which made £230,000 to a 1796 American Half-Cent coin which sold for £185,000. We also negotiated the sale of an 18th century English portrait by private treaty for £500,000.
The most buoyant areas of the market remain Asian Art and jewellery, and after several years in the doldrums we are perhaps finally seeing the first shoots of recovery in the furniture market. We remain confident about the future and will endeavour to continue to offer a first rate professional and courteous service.’