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Cape Town auctioneers prove their mettle

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The contest to find the country’s finest next-generation industry talent was held under the auspices of the South African Institute of Auctioneers.

Cape Town auctioneers came out tops at the inaugural SA National Auction Championships held in Joburg.

The contest to find the country’s finest next-generation industry talent was held under the auspices of the South African Institute of Auctioneers and was the gala highlight of the organisation’s 2018 annual general meeting.

Cape Town auctioneers Stef Olivier and Joey Burke claimed first and third places respectively. Gift Ngwenya from Joburg was the runner-up.

Olivier is owner and auctioneer at Bidway Auction House in Cape Town, Ngwenya is auctioneer and director of Auction Nation in Joburg and Burke is a charity auction specialist also based in the Mother City.

The institute’s public relations director, Joff van Reenen, says these top spots were hard won in a challenging event that left no room for error or nerves.

“The 11 contestants had to complete a gruelling two-part challenge comprising an interview with the judging panel and the auctioning off of two lots at the gala event, with the added pressure of their sale floor for the most part consisting of auction industry veterans,” he said.

“Ultimately, the winner was the auctioneer who not only engaged the room and was able to sell the items at a fair price, but also used more subtle skills required to really master the art, including being able to read the temperament of a sale room, adjust the pace of bids accordingly and know when to speed up or slow their ‘chant’ to secure a successful sale.”

The proceeds of R26 915 will be donated to Reach for a Dream.

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