A new competition is seeking entries from novice auctioneers to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and presence with the gravel.

As part of the competition, each entrant will have a number of lots to auction across various categories including property, chattels, livestock, machinery and fine art.

It has been organised by the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV) and will be held on 25 January in Tattersals in Ratoath, Co Meath.

Knowledge test

Niamh Giffney, chair of IPAV’s young professional network said: “The idea is to demonstrate likely situations in the salesroom and to test the competitor’s skill, knowledge and presence on the rostrum.”

She said it would allow novices to get a feel for conducting an auction and would open new doors in their careers. The winner will receive a week at the America’s Auction Academy.

The closing date for entries is 14 December and entrants must hold a PSRA licence.

They must also not have undertaken any more than five auctions. There is no age limit for the competition.

Forms can be downloaded from IPAV’s website.

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