My Childhood Memories

I was born in 1962 four years after Biddle and Webb was started by my Dad Ernie Biddle and his business partner the mysterious Mr Webb. Mum used to say I was their lucky charm. Up until 1962 life was tough but following the thaw of that biblical winter the business started to leap forward….

A History of Harborne

Biddle & Webb Auctioneers are proud of our Brummie heritage; based in the heart of the city for the past 60 years, we are keen advocates of the area – as well as the accent. We regularly enjoy hosting a number of free valuation events across the West Midlands – meeting local people, valuing local…

First Growth Claret

Rolls-Royce cars, Patek Philippe watches and Steinway pianos are all names that the connoisseur will recognise as the best of the best in their particular field. Of course some will dispute this and may indeed prefer a different brand of car, watch or musical instrument. What is difficult to argue however is that each of…

Do we need The History of Art?

As a History of Art graduate I have always had an interest in art’s relationship with social history. It is easy to mistake the History of Art as a discipline which favours the academic study of painting above and beyond other modes of artistic output, but this is simply not the case. The knick-knacks in…

Charity Auction at Martineau Gardens

Last month, Biddle and Webb threw their support behind an outdoor auction, for charity, which, to the backdrop of hedgerow, trees and bird song, saw Jeremy Thornton, announcing the auction lots from the deck of a pirate shipwreck. This is the fourth year running that Jeremy has stepped up to support Martineau Gardens, a community…

Amber Alert!

Amber has been causing quite a stir in auction salerooms for the last few years and currently certain amber is selling for roughly the same price as 22ct gold. Formed from fossilised resin of ancient trees, at the grand old age of between 15 and 300 million years, it is mind-boggling to think that even…

I’ve lived ‘ere all me loif and I day know yow was ‘ere!

Biddle & Webb are teaming up with Sandwell Museums to offer summer valuation events Sandwell; if you know where it is in the first place (it’s the part of the Black Country made up of West Bromwich, Wednesbury, Smethwick, Oldbury, Rowley Regis and Tipton by the way) for many is a really unlikely place to…

Why We Love Birmingham

I’m Sybilla Rose one of the Directors of Arkade Property. Arkade Property originally set up its business in Solihull but transferred to the Jewellery Quarter in 2005 when the founders Andrew Kay and Beatriz Rose fell in love with the charming peculiarities of the area, and what an interesting place it is. The Jewellery Quarter…

Transparent & Fair Property Auctions

Here’s a thought. If you consign a property to Biddle & Webb we will charge you a fee. You might think this is hardly the most earth shattering statement and therefore this blog is going to a rather short read. However the more I have looked at the property auction world, the more I see…

Auction Intrigue at Biddle & Webb

Biddle and Webb’s Interiors auction is nothing short of eclectic. As auctioneers we are used to seeing and selling a vast array of desirable items ranging from Moorcroft jugs to mahogany cheese coasters, witches’ balls to Rolex watches. Unusual, unconventional and at times – frankly bizarre, the ever expanding antiques industry never fails to surprise…

Personal Accountability at Ruxton

Many properties in the Solihull area are as unique and distinctive as the people who buy them. So when selling yours, it is most important that your estate agent has a thorough understanding not only of your property, but also of the needs and preferences of every buyer who views it. It is simply not…

ERNIE BIDDLE (1919-1996)

I was born in 1919 in back to back house in Winson Green half way between the prison and Dudley Rd Hospital. One of my earliest memories is the euphoria of the community when water was piped into the house having previously used communal stand pipe in the yard.  There was a wonderful community spirit…