This article is going to be an interesting one as you must have heard about different players, different teams, their umpires, former cricketers in the IPL season 2022. But today we are talking about someone whom you have rarely seen or heard about.
We are talking about the one and only Hugh Edmeades. He is an auctioneer who has sold items worth over £2.7 billion and recently, has taken part in the first auction taken place at Princeps in Mumbai.
For this year’s IPL season, Hugh Edmeades is the person who has been assigned to run the show as an auctioneer in Bengaluru this weekend. He was appointed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India in 2018 to replace Richard Madley. Since then, he has been a well-known face in the players’ auctions.
Some interesting highlights about Hugh, and his achievements:
- As an auctioneer, Hugh Edmeades has a total of 36 years of experience in auctioning items worth millions.
- Being an international auctioneer, Hugh Edmeades has sold billions of items including fine arts, cars and charities, Impressionist & Contemporary paintings, Chinese ceramics and Old Master
- One of most notable memories the auctioneer has about the Charity auction at Nelson Mandela‘s 90th birthday party in London when he sold seven lots for a total of GBP 4.2 million.
- In 2004, he auctioned off 88 guitars belonging to Eric Clapton, raising a total of $7,438,624.
- In 2016, he auctioned off the famous Daniel Craig‘s Aston Martin DB10 from James Bond’s Specter for £2,434,500.
- Hugh Edmeades got privilege to auction the things related to Princess Margaret and former Queen Elizabeth Taylor, which is considered a big deal in Britain.
- He is also the International Director of Christie’s South Kensington (oldest organization to auction art- related goods) under which he not only used to auction all over the world but also used to train new auctioneers. Richard Madley, who conducted IPL auctions before Hughes, also worked with him in this institution and the two had a friendship here.
- Being a veteran and senior in the field of auctioning, he even trains young professionals looking to pursue their career as an Auctioneer.
- Other interesting and unusual highlights include Audrey Hepburn ‘little black dress’ from Breakfast at Tiffany’s which was sold at £467,000 in December 2006.
- In 2016, Hugh stepped down as the international director of Christie’s International Director of Auctioneering to become an Independent Auctioneer
In an interesting interview with StirWorld, he was asked, what does it take to be a successful auctioneer?
In his reply, Hugh Edmeades:
“An auctioneer needs to be a multi-tasker, marshaling bids from the clients in the room, on the telephone, online, and executing absentee bids from clients who are unable to attend the sales. He or she needs energy, clarity, and humanity. Anyone can stand there calling the numbers, but a successful auctioneer needs to be a salesperson extracting additional bids from a client who is attempting to stop bidding. Humour and empathy are also a useful addition to an auctioneer’s performance”
Hugh is a much sought-after auctioneer for national and international charity fundraisers and has held over 850 sales to help raise over £97 million for several charitable causes.
In a humorous manner while talking with stir World’s team in 2019 he said, he was very happy to be associated Board of Control for Cricket in India and the first time to auction humans.