More than £4 million raised at our latest auction

An incredible £4.2 million was raised at Sheldon Bosley Knight’s (SBK) latest auction.
A total of 18 lots from across Coventry and Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire featured in our sale which took place at Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall on Wednesday, May 24.
It was our biggest auction so far with the average sale price 156.5% of guide price from the 14 lots sold. With more than 150 people in the room and online, it was led by SBK’s head of auctions, Matt Burrows.
By far the standout lot was the land at Marraway Junction in Black Hill. With a guide price of £675,000, it offered 60 acres of arable farmland on the outskirts of Stratford-upon-Avon but far exceeded all expectations and went under the hammer for £1.3 million. Bidding was fierce with two separate bidders fighting it out. We understand the new owner is going to continue farming the site.
Other notable lots included Badham Motors at 96 Stratford Road in Honeybourne, near Evesham which achieved £525,000.
This had several buyers keen to acquire the versatile site. Options for the site included re-establishing a car garage, converting into another commercial unit, or seeking to redevelop for housing. We understand the new owner is going to use the site as a garage for his business.
A number of lots were sold pre-auction. Among them were the now vacant, 16th century Grade II* listed buildings, 19 and 20 High Street, Stratford-upon-Avon which were home to the infamous Hathaway Tea Rooms from 1931 to 2023.
The properties had a guide price of £600,000 but there were several offers presented to the vendor before the sale and they opted to sell pre-auction for £660,000.
SBK auctioneer Matt Burrows said: “This was our first auction to be held at our new home at Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall.
“The room was very busy from the start and was full of hungry bidders who created a great atmosphere. More than 75% of the lots sold on the night, representing a whopping £4.2m worth of land and property, a truly memorable night!
“Buyers and sellers choose auctions due to the speed and security the route of sale offers. All lots that sold exchanged contracts on the night, and completion has been set for June 22. This means there are no delays in buyers getting hold of their new parcel of land or property, and sellers aren’t worried if the deal will complete or not, as the route offers a 99.99% success rate after the hammer falls.
“I would like to thank all the team at the Town Hall for making us so welcome and helping us put on the superb event. It was a stunning venue and fitting for a fantastic event.
“If you are interested in finding out how we can help sell your land or property at our next auction please call our team or visit our website for more details.”
Future sales will take place both online and in person with the next one due on Wednesday, September 13, 2023. For further information please contact Matt Burrows, head of auctions, on 07546 689560.