A Truro-based chartered surveyor and auctioneer agency is launching its first virtual machinery auction.

Edward Buckland has had to postpone auctions due to the coronavirus outbreak but now the team are welcoming entries and bids in their first online timed auction.

Edward said: “We’re excited to be launching Edward Buckland Auctions Online, which can be viewed on any device. Sellers can enter their items for sale online and upload images and buyers can quickly and easily browse the lots and place their bids.

“It’s the perfect way for us to continue to offer a service to sellers and buyers who still wish to dispose of and purchase items, despite the current situation putting the brakes on our busy live sales.”

The progressive firm’s inaugural online sale will be the Cornwall collective machinery auction with bidding closing on lots on Friday June 26 from 12 noon.

Buyers will be able to collect the item they have won, observing current social distancing guidelines, following the auction.

The system will also enable the company to conduct end of business auctions and not just within the rural and agricultural world, as Edward explained: “We can conduct successful sales for businesses in any sector wishing to quickly and easily dispose of their assets.

"Our new online auction platform provides us with even more scope to maximise sale prices for our clients and we can do this safely at present, rather than businesses having to wait for the situation to change.

“When we are able to conduct auctions in person again, we have the option to utilise this technology to run alongside the traditional format, enabling even more potential buyers to get involved which is excellent news for both buyers and sellers.”

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