Special Auction Services
Sell your Antiques and Collectables through the specialist auctioneers with the best Track record.
Special Auction Services was established in 1991 and became famous for its auctions of Staffordshire Pot Lids, Prattware, and Commemoratives. In April 2002 the first Toys for the Collector auction was held, and the company became a leading auction house in these two specialities.
On 1st September 2006 Special Auction Services was acquired by Specialist Auctions Ltd and the first Jewellery, Antiques and Fine Art auction took place overseen by the new directors Thomas Plant and Neil Shuttleworth.
Special Auction Services (SAS) has since expanded and now holds over 40 specialist auctions and up to 12 monthly auctions each year. In 2012 we were invited to become a member of Society Of Fine Art Auctioneers (SOFAA).
Our team prides itself on combining a high level of honesty, expertise and professionalism. Our friendly attitude and personal service sees buyers and sellers returning regularly time after time.
We opened our second auction in October 2012 for Monthly Antiques & Collectables Auctions here at Greenham Business Park in Newbury, Berkshire
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Here is a great photo of the SAS team at the Ron McCrindell Auction from April 2012:
Thomas Plant BA Hons ASFAV
Director and Specialist for Jewellery, Watches, Silver, Antiques and Fine Art
Thomas commenced his career at Phillips as a porter, and progressed during his seven years employment there to become Head of the Ceramic, Works of Art and Decorative Department. Following his move to Gorringes, he spent three years leading the Jewellery and Silver Department at their Kent Office and the Bexhill Saleroom.
He joined Special Auction Services in November 2005, and in September 2006 he and business partner Neil Shuttleworth took over the running of the firm.
Thomas is one of the main auctioneers and is never happier, than when up on the rostrum, conducting one of our auctions. You may recognise Thomas from the popular BBC television shows Bargain Hunt, Flog it! and The Antiques Roadtrip where he appears as one of the experts. An expert in his own fields, Thomas has also recently appeared in and beaten ‘the Eggheads’.
Neil Shuttleworth BA Hons ASFAV
Director, and the Company Secretary of Specialist Auctions Ltd.
Specialist for Jewellery, Watches, Silver, Antiques and Fine Art
After obtaining a degree in Fine Art Valuation, Neil spent four years working for Sothebys in Amsterdam, followed by several years as a Business Planning and Strategy Development Specialist.
Neil is the other main auctioneer and you will regularly hear his dolcite tones on auction day, either at one of our salerooms in Newbury, Berkshire or Live on the internet. He is also Thomas’ business partner, and Specialist for Jewellery, Watches, Silver, Antiques and Fine Art, Neil is also responsible for the running SAS.
Director, Specialist for Scientific Instruments and Photographica, Toys and Trains
Before joining Special Auction Services in June 2009 as a Director, Hugo worked at Phillips and later became a Director at Christies, where he ran the Toy and Train Department from 1989 to 2007.
Hugo has handled many of the finest collections sold over the last twenty-five years and is looking forward to selling many more in the future. He brings great expertise in his specialised subjects and shares a business practice with the flexibility afforded by a growing business.
Hugo's customer liaison is second to none!
Specialist for Toys and Trains
Bob joined the Specialist Auction team in January 2011, he works closely with Hugo, meeting clients and undertaking valuations for the Toy and Train Department. He is the lead cataloguer for these sales.
Whether you have a single Toy or a whole collection of Dinky, Corgi, Diecast, Railways, or other toys he is always pleased to have a look for you. One of his big passions in 00 and H0...
Bob is also a keen Charity worker.
Marc Anderson BA Hons
Antiques & Collectables
After obtaining his degree in Fine Art Valuation, Marc worked for several auction houses before becoming a valuable member of the SAS Team.
Marc is responsible for assisting with Specialist auctions such as Silver, Antiques and Jewellery. He is also a well versed auctioneer and valuer and can assist with probate, insurance and auctions valuations.
Adam joined Special Auction Services in 2010. Since starting as a part-time porter, he became a full time cataloguer for the Monthly Antiques & Collectables, then promoted to a Specialist with the Militaria department. Adam assists with cataloguing and the administration of the auctions and is currently developing his knowledge.
Music and Entertainment Specialist
Alan started his career in antiques in the 1980s, retailing and selling in both Oxford and London. Initially dealing in furniture and object d’art, he progressed to specialise in Entertainment Memorabilia and Collectables.
Alan joined Special Auction Services (SAS) to develop the already established Music & Entertainment Memorabilia Department and take it to the next level as part of the SAS business strategy. He has already got the staff in a spin and has become a valued member of the team.
Alan has a personal interest in The Beatles and their memorabilia and has been involved with some unique Beatles memorabilia gaining worldwide recognition.
Accounts and Post-Sale Administration
Laura has been employed part-time by Special Auctions Services since its inception, dealing with the preparation of the invoices on Auction Days. In 2006, Laura became the Accounts Clerk for the company. Following a long career in Accounts for a local Government establishment, she joined SAS as a full time member of staff in September 2011. Laura continues keep the company accounts, and has now taken the responsibility of all post-sale administration, and administration relating to the smooth running of the business.
Doll & Teddy Bear Specialist Consultant
Daniel Agnew joined the SAS team in March 2013, and is a World-renowned expert in Dolls, Dolls’ Houses, Teddy Bears and Traditional Toys. Following on from the success of his Christie’s, previous auctions, and combined with his buying and selling, he joins SAS as a consultant to organise these standalone sales by pushing them to next level.
His auctions starting in July 2013, will include a good mixture of antique and vintage dolls, dolls’ houses and their chattels, antique, vintage and collectable Teddy Bears and soft toys, puppets, rocking horses, Noah’s Arks, wood, composition and paper traditional toys and games, automata and much more.
Clocks, Coins Furniture & Ephemera
Harry came on board as a part time porter in March 2013. His background in auctions and in the MOD police means he knows the business and also keeps us all in check. He has now taken on the role of assisting with the cataloguing of Clocks, Coins Furniture & Ephemera. Harry is a keen Austin A30 / A35 enthusiast and also has a strong interest in clocks and militaria.
Now recognised as one of the principle camera auctioneers in the UK, Special Auction Services (SAS) recruited camera specialist Jonathan Brown in February 2013 to work with the in-house team headed up by Hugo Marsh.
Jonathan, became fascinated by used cameras at the tender age of 16 when he worked part-time at Jessops. He went on to study photography at Queen Mary’s College and was then drawn towards collecting and dealing in photographic equipment. SAS holds regular auctions of cameras, photographs and scientific instruments typically including cameras and lenses by Hasselblad, Leica, Rollei, Zeiss, Nikon, Canon, Pentax, mahogany and brass plate cameras, 19th century images, microscopes, telescopes, navigational and surveying instruments.
Toy Specialist Consultant
From an early age Dave has been fascinated by toys and figures. He has been buying and selling for several years now and joined the SAS Team to use his in-depth toy knowledge and assist with sorting, lotting and cataloguing collections of vintage and modern toys for auction.
The Admin Team
Julie Pullen & Lynne Butcher
No doubt you will be meeted and greeted by one of our great front of house and admin team.
Whether you are buying or selling between them they put the "Special" in Auction Services...
Alexander Devine Children's Hopsice
Special Auction Services' chosen charity is The Alexander Devince Children's Hospice Service who were established in 2007 with the aim of providing a dedicated children's hospice service for all children with life limiting and life threatening illnesses in Berkshire and beyond. Both Thomas and Neil are Ambassadors for this great cause and we support them with charity auctions and events along with client donations in the form of items and money. Click the image below to learn more:
Special Auction Services are a member of SOFAA (Socity Of Fine Art Auctioneers)