About The Exchange Saleroom

The Exchange Saleroom first opened its doors in 1964 and was the brainchild of Chris Dee, a senior partner in the old established firm Dee Atkinson & Harrison. Over fifty years on and the Exchange Saleroom is still going strong, holding some twenty-six auctions held every year. In 2016 Andy Spicer, formally of the international auctioneers, Bonhams, was appointed saleroom manager and the firm began to embrace the digital age. In March 2019 Andy completed the purchase of the Saleroom and rebranded the firm Spicers Auctioneers. New working procedures have been introduced, new IT, back office computer package with dedicated links between the website, online platforms and clients, as well as dual selling platforms, thesaleroom.com and easylive.com enable the firm to reach a truly global market place. 

All of the auctions are hosted online, with over 60% of lots offered bought by internet buyers whether they be in Australia or at home in Driffield, with the Collectors auction this can rise to 75%, the internet bidders are also very strong underbidders and this has resulted in a significant lift in the average prices achieved and a drop in the number of unsold lots. In 2016 the average lot value in a Home Furnishing auction was £25, today it is in the region of £120/150 and the selling rate is often over 90%. 

The thrice yearly Classic Car & Motorcycle auctions held at Sledmere House has become an institution in the region, with interesting entries coming from Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Northumberland and Scotland. We have become the largest Classic Motorcycle auctioneer in the North of England and have the record, at £48,500, for the most expensive motorcycle sold at auction in the North.

Meet the Saleroom Team

  • Andy Spicer ASFAV

    Director, Valuer & Auctioneer

    Andy Spicer ASFAV

    Director, Valuer & Auctioneer

    Andy has thirty years’ experience in the Fine Art & Antiques business, having previously worked for the International companies Phillips and Bonhams. His specialities are jewellery, watches, silver, coins, medals, Art Deco bronzes, motor cars and motorcycles.

  • Ian Almond

    Saleroom Manager and auctioneer.

    Ian Almond

    Saleroom Manager and auctioneer.

    Ian has worked in the saleroom since 2007 having previously been the store manager at Wm Jackson’s supermarket in the town. He started as a porter but progressed to be the head porter  in 2015 and has been promoted to be the Saleroom Manager with Spicers. In addition to his management duties he is also responsible for cataloguing the Home Furnishing sales and operating the live bidding system during our auctions.

  • Kris Dunham

    Coins, medals consultant

    Kris Dunham

    Coins, medals consultant

    Kris has been involved in antiques for many years and has a passion for history and books. He also catalogues the coins and medals section of the Collectors auction and advises on matters maritime.

  • Phil Ellerington

    Porter

    Phil Ellerington

    Porter
    Phil used to be the Head Porter but did retire only to miss the business so much he now works part time. over the years he has acquired an excellent knowledge of auctions and the wide range of chattels that pass through our saleroom.
  • Ethan Parkinson

    Collectors Auction

    Ethan Parkinson

    Collectors Auction

    Ethan joined the firm in 2017 as an apprentice under the Government back scheme, has successfully passed his level 3 City & Guilds extended diploma. He has taken over responsibility for the toy section of the Collectors Auction and is now cataloguing ceramics as well as back up in the saleroom office.

  • Liam Hamlet

    Photography and trainee cataloguer.

    Liam Hamlet

    Photography and trainee cataloguer.

    Liam has recently completed the Government backed City & Guilds diploma. He is responsible for the photography of our auctions and is learning how the to catalogue.

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