Written by rosalind renshaw

Fancy yourself with a gavel?

The National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA) has launched its Auctioneer of the Year Competition for 2013, where novices’ skills will be put to the test in a simulated auction room complete with bidders.
This year’s event at the Stratford Manor, Warwickshire, on September 25 will welcome entries from across the UK where they will gain valuable experience at the rostrum.

Applicants must be members, or work for members, of NAVA, NAEA, ARLA or ICBA.
Gary Harper, president of NAVA, said: “Challenging novice auctioneers from across the country to compete for the title of Auctioneer of the Year brings a lot of laughs and some invaluable experience.

“Bidders aren’t always on their best behaviour and it’s important that the auctioneer holding the gavel can command and control the room. I encourage all qualifying auctioneers to apply for this year’s event.”
Competition entrants are each given 12 minutes to sell four lots at mock auction. The rules state that participants must be novices, having never sold at auction or conducted a first sale in 12 months prior to the competition.

The winner will receive the Clive Emson Auction Trophy Rosebowl and a cash prize.

 Last year the title was won by Andrew Parker of Graham Penny Auctions in Derby.
To enter, contact NAVA on 01926 417634 or email