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Black and white photo of Kivells livestock market in Holsworthy square

Kivells can be traced back to 1885 when William Thomas Kivell set himself up in business as an auctioneer and land agent, first in Pyworthy and then in Holsworthy. Kivells is organised around five divisions, Agricultural sales and auctions (including the 3 livestock markets at Holsworthy, Hallworthy and Exeter and on farm sales throughout the Westcountry). Farm, Residential and Commercial Property (covering sales and lettings). Professional and Valuation work (including surveys, property management, rent reviews and full project management).

Triumph Trophy roars away

Kivells held a collectors auction at Holsworthy on 20th March being instructed by the Executors of the late Derek ‘Derry’ Jones of Sutcombe to offer his Triumph motorbike, two Ventriloquist dummies and other stage related items.

First up was his Triumph Trophy TR25W 250cc motorbike which was his pride & joy, having rallied and ridden all over the West Country on VMCC runs. Many prizes were awarded including the Dorset Steam Fair. Great interest prior to the Auction and a room full of enthusiasts saw the bike sell at the magnificent sum of £3,000.

New Members of The Kivells Team

Kivells auctioneers are delighted to announce the recruitment of Andrew Varney as auctioneer and fieldsman.  Andrew joins the company after over 40 years’ experience selling at livestock markets across the South West of England.  Andrew is based at the newly built Holsworthy Livestock Market and will actively be involved in Furniture, Machinery & Livestock Sales on a weekly basis.  Speaking after he was appointed Andrew said, “I am looking forward to working at Kivells and hope to continue to work with so many loyal customers who have supported me over many years.”

Glimmer of a revival in furniture values

Kivells 20th February Antiques & Collectors Auction held at Holsworthy Auction Room & On Line at, saw a glimmer of hope that furniture values are on the up. An Irish leather button back wing armchair with superb carved legs easily outstripped the pre sale guide to sell at the magnificent sum of £1400. A stylish in-vogue Danish teak dining table and 6 chairs which despite needing attention sold well beyond expectations at £620.

Large Collectors Auction kick starts 2018

Concertina sold at £300
Dinky Spratts lorry sold at £130
Hasselblad camera sold at £600
Victorian sketch books sold at £1385
Enamel sign sold at £140

Kivells first online Collectors Auction of 2018 on 23rd January attracted a huge entry of 1,040 lots which were offered to a packed Auction room and nearly 300 bidders registered online.

A large entry of 60 musical instruments included 14 Saxophones with top price of £205 paid for a Yamaha YAS25, 2 Boosey & Hawkes Clarinets at £225, 2 Concertinas at £95 & £300, 8 Mandolins to £120, Sitar at £92, Guzheng at £50, Amati Violin at £290, Chet Atkins guitar at £155, Trumpet at £95 and a one string Stroviols at £50.

NEW fortnightly sales @ Kivells Holsworthy

Kivells auctioneers are delighted to announce that due to public demand, they are now holding fortnightly sales of household furniture and effects at the Holsworthy auction centre situated on the edge of the town.  Since moving to the new auction site the sales of furniture and effects have become really busy with between 1000 – 1200 lots becoming the norm.  One example of this was last week when over 1400 lots went under the hammer with 150+ buyers present in the auction yard, and many more on line from as far afield as Italy, Norway, Sweden & USA.  Along with these sales we are set to

Walnut chest excites the bidders

Kivells Select Antiques & Collectors Auction on 5th December at Holsworthy Auction Room finished the Year on a high.

Great interest was shown prior to the Auction with over 250 bidders registered On Line from across the Globe.

An early 17th Century walnut chest with carved figures of a Knight, Prince & a Knights Templar started the Sale in fine style. Despite having woodworm and badly damaged by damp the chest did not disappoint and from a Guide of £500-600 soon sold for the excellent price of £940.

Auction full of surprises

Eager bidders in the room, on the telephones and live On Line were the order of the day at Kivells Holsworthy Auction Room on 15th August.

Top price of the day was paid for a Breitling Navitimer wristwatch, the sellers’ brother having purchased it in the 1960’s. Bidding took off and the final bid of £2300 secured the watch for a bidder On Line in Austria.