Talks and Road Shows

If you are responsible for finding speakers, or would like to arrange an event for a group, please call me on: 01926 641548 or 07778 595952. I should be delighted to see how we can make your event – be it daytime or evening – memorable for everyone attending. 

Every week across The Midlands – and often further afield – I give a talk to between 15 and 200 people at a WI, U3A or other type of group or society. 

Buying & Selling at Auction - with Stories from the Auction Room

This is an entertaining hour’s talk about the business with many humorous tales and anecdotes about the characters involved, whom to trust and why – and who and what to avoid. I examine the costs of buying and selling at auction, how to choose the best auction house - and how to get the best bargains at auction. I also relate some of the humorous experiences I’ve had during my 50 years as an auctioneer and valuer working across the UK.

 

I illustrate this talk with items that I have sold or am going to sell and provide an insight to what is selling currently – e.g. silver, coins, pictures etc.

Behind the Screens

During an entertaining hour’s talk, I explain the reality behind the many TV programmes that feature buying and selling antiques and collectables. This is a humorous talk which imparts detailed information about some of the television programmes that feature antiques and valuations. I talk about my experience of the business and relate anecdotes about some of the characters who appear in the programmes. I bring a selection of items that I am selling or have sold recently.

Other Topics

Other topics include:

  • Browsing Antiques Shops

  • Collecting as an Investment

  • Coin Collecting

Note: My talks often conclude with the popular Road Show concept when I select and discuss some of the items that members of the audience have been invited to bring along with them to be valued.

About Steven B Bruce ...

Having worked as an Auctioneer & Valuer for several well-known auction houses throughout the UK, notably as founder and Managing Director of a well-known Midlands Fine Art Auctioneer, I went on to run my own busy Saleroom in Warwickshire. For 14 years I held monthly Fine Art, Antiques and Collective Sales of between 800 – 1,500 lots in addition to undertaking a full schedule of professional work selling approx. 18,000 lots per year. In 2008, I took a year off to become an antiques dealer. Consequently, my talks and road shows include many amusing anecdotes from my time as an Auctioneer and Valuer and in The Trade. I now act as a Fine Art Agent & Consultant while also undertaking valuations for Probate and Insurance.

 
The Hoarder Next Door

This is a humorous – if sometimes dark – hour’s talk about the business with an informative presentation about my experiences of dealing with deceased estates and clearances from initial instruction to final sale. I bring some of the fascinating items I’ve come across during 50 years in the business. I explain why it’s so important to use a professional Auctioneer and Valuer who will ensure that the process from initial instruction to sale and payment of the proceeds, is dealt with sensitively, correctly and professionally – regardless of whether we handle the sale of an entire Estate or a single item.

For example, we recently cleared out a large Victorian mansion near Henley in Arden. After having spent some considerable time at the property – mostly alone in the Attic examining items, thick with dust, that had lain undisturbed for more than 50 years, I found a small Italian gilt metal black slate pietra dura agate inset table casket which the owner consigned to auction and which realised £9,500. It was only then that I learned that a month or so before my visit, the family had been forced to call in an expert to exorcise a very disruptive poltergeist !

 

125 TALKS BOOKED FOR 2020 throughout The Midlands, Staffs, Derbyshire, Oxfordshire, Bucks, Herefordshire, Surrey - and further afield.

 

To discuss or book a talk, please call me on:

01926 641402 or 07778 595952 .

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My Road Show

Members of the audience are invited to bring an item or two to be valued. From these, I select the most interesting to discuss at the end of my talk.