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SDL Auctions to go ahead behind closed doors

SDL Auctions said March dates will go ahead behind closed doors, though property viewings will continue as normal.

Three March auctions scheduled to take place in Birmingham, Derby and Leicester will go ahead with remote bidding.

Andrew Parker, managing director and auctioneer, said: “We have not taken this decision lightly but the safety and health of our customers, partners and staff are our primary focus and we felt this was the most appropriate course of action in these unprecedented times.”

Buyers can submit a telephone, proxy or internet bid request, or watch and listen to Parker conducting the auction in real time by clicking the “watch auction live” link on the website.

Parker added: “We are very fortunate that we already use all of this technology for each and every auction and our remote bidding service is already used by many of our regular buyers.

“Our auctions are already filmed for our live video feed and we take multiple remote bids each auction day, in fact last year we sold in excess of £80m of property online.”

He said: “Our entire team is able to work remotely so can continue to provide all our customers and partners with the level of service they expect from our business.

“The only difference is that our usual auction venues will be closed to visitors and all bids will be taken remotely. As we have been taking remote bids from buyers for many years, we are confident that the auctions will run smoothly, albeit a little more quietly.”