About The Exchange Saleroom
The Exchange Saleroom first opened its doors in 1964 and was the brainchild of Chris Dee, a former senior partner in the firm. He had a lifelong interest for antiques that was developed further during his early working years when he was training to be a land agent with a large firm in Retford. That firm also had a Fine Art saleroom so when Chris returned to Driffield to join the family firm he persuaded his father Eric Dee and his partner Peter Atkinson to purchase a former garage that stood on land adjoining the Exchange Street office. A few years later planning was granted to build what is now the main showroom and in December 1964 the first sale was held.
Over fifty years on and the Exchange Saleroom is still going strong. It is the leading Fine Art saleroom in East Yorkshire with around twenty-six auctions held every year. Things have moved on considerably since those early days and the advent of the internet has played a large part in the marketing of every item that comes through the door.
In 2016 we started using the online live bidding platform thesaleroom.com to offer all lots to the national and global marketplace. That decision has proved to be the right one, with almost 40% of lots now selling to buyers on the internet. We have also seen a significant lift in the prices achieved and a drop in the number of unsold lots. This is particularly relevant to the ceramics sector where strong interest and highly competitive bidding comes on items that originate from China.
Meet the Saleroom Team
Andrew has thirty years’ experience, having previously worked for Phillips and Bonhams. His specialities are jewellery, watches, silver, coins, medals, Art Deco bronzes, motor cars and motorbikes.
Graham has over forty years’ experience, he has worked for DAH for eight years and previously ran an auction house in Lincolnshire. His specialities are the collectors market, ceramics and furniture.
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 general porter but progressed on to be the head porter when Phil semi-retired in 2015. In addition to his general porter duties he is also responsible for cataloging the general sales and operating the live bidding system during our auctions.
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.
Kris has been involved in antiques for many years and has a passion for history and books. Since we started taking photographs of every lot sold Kris has been behind the camera and on his computer more and more.