The Moor Pool Estate

The Moor Pool Estate is a lesser known garden suburb located in Harborne and  has been described as “Possibly the most charming enclave of 20th Century social housing in Birmingham and, arguably, one of the city’s best kept architectural secrets” (Steve Beauchamp & Simon Inglis, Played in Birmingham, May 2006.) It was built between 1907 and…

Why use a High Street Agent?

If you sold your property at £200,000 with an online agent, you would pay around £1,000. But a traditional estate agent charging 1 per cent or 1.25per cent commission would cost £2,000 or £2,500 respectively plus VAT. However, it pays to look beyond the headline figures, because some sellers using online firms do not ‘save’…

Here’s to 2018!

It’s always worrying to tempt fate, but this is the most excited the team and I have been about Biddle and Webb’s future since my dad died twenty years ago. We have always been a very diverse operation and sometimes we’ve found it difficult to juggle all the moving parts. However now our ability to sell anything…

Christmas Picks

Stuck for gift ideas, or feel like treating yourself? Biddle & Webb’s 9th December Interiors auction has a fantastic array of jewellery, fine art, antiques and collectibles that would make the perfect gift to yourself or a loved one this festive season. Here are our top ten prezzie ideas: Lot: 1 How about this elegant…

ARE YOU A PRIVATE EXECUTOR?

It is a fact of life the we are all going to die eventually and while not a pleasant topic of conversation it is my experience that those that talk and then plan for this inevitable moment reduce the difficulties that their surviving family will have to face. Arguably, a will is the most important…

Jaw dropping Jewels

Gemstones, jewels and diamond rings, pearls and all manner of shiny things – Biddle & Webb Auctioneers has seen its fair share of stunning pieces of Jewellery. As the year marches on we thought we would reflect on some of the more impressive pieces of Jewellery that have graced our salerooms in 2017. Whilst we…

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…