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Let Charles Wickins, The English Auctioneer, turn your next charity auction into a fun, memorable, and profitable event!

A professional auto auctioneer for over 20 years, Charles now only auctions for charity and online. The auctioneer needs to make the auction fast, fun and exciting, without overwhelming the guests. Charles has the right balance of timing, pace, and that impeccable English wit.

The right auctioneer DOES make a difference. Tension and anticipation are essential to an auction, and the pace must be set by the auctioneer, not the crowd. At cattle and car auctions the tempo and tone reach a pitch that is inappropriate for charity auctions, and it would intimidate the audience.

If you are planning a charity auction, remember that a “free,” or volunteer auctioneer is very seldom free.  The right auctioneer doesn’t cost you Money, he makes you Money!! 

“I am more than just a ‘bid taker.’ I set the pace and turn the auction into a fun and memorable event. This is especially important to the majority of the crowd who, let’s be honest, are not there for the auction.

When you hire me, you get more than just an auctioneer, you get an active participant who has years of experience on auction committees. Many things have changed over the last few years, electronic bidding and the optimal number of live auction items as two examples. The timeline and order of events should often also be looked at as well as the structure of your dedicated ask.

Every event has its own dynamics and your auctioneer should be able to advise you as to the best way to maximize your goals. Allow me to offer a free consultation.”


Biography

Charles Wickins was born in London and educated at St. Andrews and Harrow. After a short stint in Australia, Charles returned to England at 21 and started a career as a car auctioneer.

Over the next 10 years he auctioned on average three times a week, but also ran two different auctions, before moving to the USA to help the company expand.

For several years, Charles managed the auction business and conducted the occasional charity auction. Recently he saw a need for quality auctioneers at charity events. So he honed his skills and worked with several committees to help the charities, and also to understand how to make their events the best, most memorable, and profitable they could be.

Now Charles is a well-known, frequently requested auctioneer for many large and small organizations throughout Southeast Michigan. He even offers a satisfaction guarantee – although no one has taken him up on it yet!

Memberships – Affiliations – Awards

  • Michigan Association of Auctioneers
  • Troy Chamber of Commerce
  • The Birmingham Rotary Club
  • Toastmasters
  • St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit
  • Distinguished Clown Corp
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