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Shakespeare’s Birthplace Remains in Safe Hands!

Shakespeares Birthplace Auction

Shakespeares Birthplace AuctionThe recent ‘auction’ of Shakespeare’s Birthplace caused quite a stir as Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust re-enacted the original auction that took place in 1847 when the building at that time was sold for £3,000 to secure it for the nation.  

SBK and Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust launched a spoof promotional video prior to the auction providing viewers with a virtual tour of the building and the ‘particulars for sale’. The video had thousands of views from Shakespeare fans all over the world and generated dozens of comments on social media.

Shakespeares Birthplace AuctionActors in authentic Shakespearean dress staged the auction in Henley Street to the delight of onlookers but we are pleased to say that the auction was purely for show and the Birthplace is still safely in the hands of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

James Walton, Director of SBK said “All at Sheldon Bosley Knight were delighted to be able to play our part in the ‘special’ auction of Shakespeare’s Birthplace. 

I was amazed to learn that the building had been purchased at auction 170 years ago for £3,000, a great deal of money then. We have a long association with the Shakespeare Birthplace​ Trust and have been their property management agents for many years.”Shakespeares Birthplace Auction

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Shakespeare’s Birthplace “For Sale” by Special Public Auction

Shakespeares Birthplace

Shakespeares BirthplaceSBK are delighted to offer ‘for sale by auction’ a very special property in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace, known to millions throughout the world, will be ‘auctioned’ live in Henley Street on 16th September 2017 at 12pm and 2pm as part of the celebrations marking the 170th anniversary of the original auction that took place in 1847 when the Birthplace was purchased for £3,000 to secure it for the nation.

In this short video SBK Auctioneer James Walton provides us with a sneak preview of the amazing accommodation this property has to offer:

Click here to download the ‘auction’ brochure for full particulars of the property.

The live ‘auctions’ are free to attend and no booking is required.

They will kick start a brand new exhibition at the Birthplace called Saving Shakespeare’s Birthplace which will run from 16th September until 29th December at the Birthplace itself.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover how John Payne Collier, Charles Knight, W C Macready, Charles Dickens, Robert Peel and the Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon all campaigned to save Shakespeare’s Birthplace, raising the necessary funds to bid for it at auction back in 1847.

Please note:

Shakespeares Birthplace-kitchenServices are limited and mostly not connected, and there is no adequate heating system. For this reason it is anticipated that potential purchasers would need to forego some of the usual modern comforts but might occupy the house in the literary and historical tradition of the Shakespeare family.

Shakespeares Birthplace interiorFixtures and Fittings: All items mentioned in these particulars are included in the sale price, all others are expressly excluded. However, we the agent have not tested any of these items so any interested party should satisfy themselves as to their working order.

Viewings: As the house is open to the public 7 days a week (9am-5pm), interested parties may inspect the property at their convenience subject to the usual entry fees (see www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/ for further information.)

Shakespeares Birthplace garden

Disclaimer:  Shakespeare’s Birthplace is not actually for sale but will be the subject of dramatic special auctions to be performed in Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon outside Shakespeare’s Birthplace.  

Sheldon Bosley Knight for themselves and for the current owners of the property, whose agents they are, give notice that these particulars do not constitute any part of a contract or any indication that the house will ever actually be sold at auction; they are set out as a general guide to support the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s celebrations of the 170th anniversary of the purchase of the property as a permanent national memorial of the playwright and poet William Shakespeare.