New auction house opens with a nod to the military

By Ben Carey on 18 January, 2024

A new auction house has opened on Royal Wootton Bassett High Street with a celebration of the town’s military links.

RAF Group Captain Mike Neville and Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Corps Captain Jason Phillips attended the official opening of RWB Auctions, revealing the names of the two salerooms at the £3 million auction house.

The rooms have been named Hercules and Centurion, to honour the town’s association with RAF Lyneham and in a nod to the armoured tank respectively.

RWB Auctions has been in the pipeline for several years, and the first two-day sale with more than 1,000 lots takes place next week. It includes a rare World War I scrapbook detailing the experience of a British woman on the frontline in France. 

At the opening, Founder Jon White said, “This is a momentous day for us all and has been the result of a lot of hard work. I’d like to thank the Local Enterprise Partnership for their support and my team without which none of this could have happened. 

“I’d also like to say that this is an example of something positive on the High Street and we are all proud of that. We often see and believe that the High Street is dying – it is not, it is simply changing and businesses do have great opportunities to grow, succeed and support their communities.” 

RWB Auctions has been a passion project for Jon who first opened Old Bank Antiques in the adjacent unit five years ago. Jon now has a team of 30 people running his businesses – RWB Auctions, Old Bank Antiques and Britannia Coin Company – under the umbrella of Gold Traders UK. 

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