for us, it’s all about the charity
Our clients take a professional, committed and enthusiastic
approach to fund raising and our objective is to offer expert
auctioneering with the same level of dedication.
We aim to ensure that the charity benefits from the event as fully
as possible and that the guests leave feeling that they have had a
In order to achieve this objective, we firmly believe that
comprehensive preparation, skilled execution and meticulous
follow up to the auction is essential in ensuring the very best feel
and outcome for an event.
Preparing for a successful auction involves
more than selecting some items that have
been promised and finding someone who
may feel capable of performing in front of
an audience. We have knowledge and
experience on how to design your auction
so that the order of items builds interest
and momentum and the event runs
smoothly and profitably.
Successful execution of an auction is born
from experience, expertise and the ability
to manage the dynamics of the room. We
ensure we know the items up for auction,
create the right atmosphere and work the
energy to optimise the potential value
from each lot. Using professional
techniques to unlock more value can make
During and after the auction the
successful bids need to be recorded,
followed through and administered. Too
often the administration can be overlooked
and ends up being managed hastily and
without proper process. We ensure you
have the right mechanisms to follow up on
the successful bidders and complete the
allocation of funds quickly and efficiently
after your event.
Caroline Court, (formerly Blyth), became Christie’s first female auctioneer in London in
1987 and worked with the company at their head office in King Street for over ten years.
Specialising in Islamic and Indian Art sales, she travelled extensively around the world and
was instrumental in organizing Christie’s first sale of Indian Art in New York. As well as
taking many different auctions in London, she was also involved in conducting sales in
Caroline has been involved with charity auctions throughout her career both in the UK
and overseas. This has included an auction sponsored by The Taj Group of Hotels in
Bombay to sell works by Contemporary Indian artists; one of the first to be held of their
work in India.
Caroline's professional background, the first lady auctioneer at one of the world’s greatest art auction houses, gives her a unique insight into what’s needed to turn your fundraiser into a really memorable highlight. I have watched her taking complicated and high-profile auctions on many occasions, and I respect her skill and enthusiasm. It’s not just her proven ability to encourage bidders to support your cause, by teasing that extra bid which they were hesitating about. It’s her assistance with careful preparation before the event...
- COLIN SHEAF, LONG-STANDING PROFESSIONAL
AUCTIONEER AND ART EXPERT
...as an expert professional auctioneer, Caroline is as
comfortable with 1,200 guests at a fundraiser in Grosvenor
House’s Great Room as she is with 120 in a saleroom...
- RICHARD BIRTCHNELL, PAST PRESIDENT OF THE
SOCIETY OF LONDON TOASTMASTERS