‘A whirlwind 10 years’ for Towcester auction house

Jonathan Humbert from JP Humbert Auctioneers with Royal Doulton figurines.
Jonathan Humbert from JP Humbert Auctioneers with Royal Doulton figurines.
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A south Northants auction house which has offered items such as Dr Crippen’s last letter and Margaret Thatcher’s ‘battle bus’ is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month.

Birthday celebrations at JP Humbert Auctioneers will include a drinks reception at their Towcester salerooms on the evening of Tuesday, October 22, with a private preview of the three-day October sale of sporting and country pursuits, fine art, antiques and jewellery. Managing director and principal auctioneer, Jonathan Humbert, said: “It has been a whirlwind 10 years with something approaching a quarter of a million lots offered and some memorable items to boot including Winston Churchill’s settee, the last letter written by Dr Crippen, Adolf Hitler’s drinking glasses and Margaret Thatcher’s 28 tonne ‘battle bus’ to name but a few.

“Against a difficult economic backdrop and a changing market, it has been imperative to move with trends in buying and selling and we have embraced cutting-edge technology to ensure maximum exposure for sales for the benefit of our clients. Coming from a lineage of six generations of auctioneers, I wonder what my forbears would make of ‘real-time online bidding’ from around the world?”

Swiss emigrant Charles Francis Humbert founded the family’s auctioneering business in the UK in the mid-1800s in Watford and St Albans.

Mr Humbert brought more than a decade’s worth of experience as an antiques dealer when he took over the gavel in October 2003.

For further details of the October sale, contact staff on 01327 359595.

Alternatively, visit www.jphumbert.com.