Message from Richard Edmonds Auctions Ltd.
We hope this email finds you well. This Saturday we will be holding our first live, 'in-the-room' motorcycle sale since last autumn. The date, as you can imagine, was set for the first weekend out of lockdown, post 'hug day', however, that has been postponed so once again we find ourselves setting out the Covid-secure plans. We'll go into that detail below but let's put that to one side, as one can in an email, and focus on the positives - a fantastic collection of bikes on offer - 70 in all and 160 spares.
The highlight of the sale is probably the Manx Norton (pictured below) with racing history in the 1970s and '80s. There's 12 classic Triumphs including several Bonnevilles, Tiger 100s etc. Also a collection of pre-war bikes ripe for restoration including Douglas, BSA and AJS as well as at the other end of the scale a 2000 MV Agusta F4, a Honda Goldring and a 1972 Harley Davidson Electraglide.
Amongst the spares are approximately 30 lots of Douglas parts and projects and a large quantity of Norton spares from a single owner collection.
As desperate as we all are to return to bidding 'in-the-room', we're mindful of the risks still there and have sought advice. We are able to confirm that we can offer in-the-room bidding but this is limited. To invite a select number of customers would of course be an impossible quest for us. We will not make our sales exclusive and so here is our offering. There are to be no reserved seats, it will not be a first come first served on the day either. What we suggest is a fair turn-around and so we can have a set number of people in the room (the number has not yet been fixed and will depend of measurements taken once the bikes have all arrived and are in place). This will work fairly if customers come in for the lots they are interested in and exit temporarily afterwards. The barn doors will be open and we will take bids from outside in the carpark with a porter mediating when necessary. To be fair to all, no-one will be able to reside in the saleroom for the duration of the sale regardless of the number of lots that hold interest unless the number attending is below the number we can accommodate. The situation is far from ideal but we ask you to be patient with us and fellow bidders, this is a trial for us all and will only work if we're all mindful of one-another. We desperately want this to work and will do our utmost to smooth the process for you and we are of course pleased we can return to seeing our bidders and offering the opportunity to view the bikes in person. To manage numbers we ask please that you email or call the office to notify us of your intent to attend. Please supply your name and contact number. If numbers are looking to get out of hand we'll need to limit numbers but we're not anticipating that at this stage.
If you are able to view before the day then we advise that you do, as with the limited numbers able to view at one time, viewing may be difficult for Saturday's viewers.
Viewing: Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday from 8.30am, Sale starting at 10am for spares and approximately 11.15am for bikes.
In addition to in the room bidding, bids can be left with us, live bidding over the telephone available as well as through the-saleroom.com Refreshments will be available.
We look forward to seeing you again soon.
from all the R.E.A.L team