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Auction News - Linking Bidders to Auctions for over 60 years

Company Overview

Auction News is the UK's best known auction trade magazine and website with comprehensive coverage of live and online industrial, commercial and consumer auctions. With a company history dating back to the late 1950's, Auction News is an established, well known and trusted name within the auction industry. The Auction News team embraces the qualities of a family oriented business and believes in providing a personalised service to customers. Over the years, we have built on our history and tradition with an enthusiasm to apply new concepts in information technology for the benefit of our customers. When you call our office you will be answered by a real person, not placed in a switchboard queue or passed round different departments to get your queries answered. 

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The company employs a dedicated and knowledgeable team of staff whose number one goal is to always deliver an outstanding service. Whether you are an auctioneer looking to advertise a sale or a buyer looking for equipment or stock, you will find our team accessible, helpful and forward thinking. Auction News is a growing business with a long term vision. With a fresh new image and a brand new ".com" website launched in the spring of 2015, the company is set to capitalise on its long standing reputation with a host of new initiatives aimed at adding further value to the service. In the last three years we have listed details of over 10,000 auction sales (that’s auctions not individual lots) and our current distribution list consists of approximately 30,000 subscribers.


"Auction Guide and Auction News Services" was first set up in 1958 by entrepreneur Ronald Whitehurst who came up with the brilliant idea of researching the major regional newspapers such as The Yorkshire Post, Manchester Evening News and Glasgow Herald and compiling a list of auctions throughout the country. Ron would contact the auctioneers and ask if he could include their sales in the weekly bulletin for which he charged an annual subscription. The trading name might have been a mouthful, but the auctioneers were delighted with the concept of free advertising, and were soon sending all their auction details to "P.O. Box 64, Derby", a prestigious post office mailbox we still use to this day.Image titleImage title

Ron, in turn, was printing off his weekly news sheet - a full side of foolscap paper! - on his state-of-the-art Gestetner duplicator before posting it out to hundreds of subscribers scattered around the country. Sadly, Ron succumbed to cancer in early 1984 and the business was taken over by his nephew, the current MD Steve Payne and his father in law Wally Windsor. Steve came from an engineering computing background with Rolls Royce and was keen to bring the company into the “modern” computer age. The business invested in its first computer, an "Amstrad CPC 64" in early 1986, but when the limitations of the tape drive became apparent, this was soon upgraded to a lightningly quick 128K machine with floppy disc drive. No more waiting ten minutes for a text file to load!

From its humble beginnings, the business continued to flourish during the late 80's and 90's expanding its core subscriber base, introducing paid-for "display" advertising and launching its first website before the new millennium set in.

The company became incorporated as "Auction News Ltd" in 2001 and introduced full colour advertising to the magazine in 2006. In 2008 it moved into its current purpose-built premises bordering the Kedleston Hall Estate on the outskirts of the Derby.


Auction News prides itself on creating long-term relationships with its customers. Many of our advertisers have appeared regularly in the magazine for well over a decade and include many of the leading UK, and increasingly international auctioneers specialising in asset disposal.

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