BELLMANS Auctioneers held a summer soiree to celebrate two years at The Red House in Winchester.

More than 140 people attended the evening event at the Hyde Street HQ, including the Mayor of Winchester, Frank Pearson, local dignitaries, friends and clients.

Drinks and canapes were enjoyed, as well as live music from three talented local musicians; Joy Surrender, Henry Newbury and Joanna Thorn, who entertained with a varied programme, including classical, rock and pop.

Iain Rushbrook, senior director, said: “It was wonderful to have been able to celebrate two years of Bellmans at The Red House on a beautiful summer evening with so many friends and clients.

“I have worked in Winchester for almost 40 years with over 30 years at The Red House.

“On behalf of Julian, myself and the team here I would like to thank you for your tremendous support in making this most successful saleroom very much part of the life of Winchester and I look forward to working with you in the future.

“We were very privileged to have had three very talented local musicians to entertain us with such a diverse programme.”

The business has grown significantly since Bellmans’ first auction in Winchester in September 2016 and the sale calendar is now comprises five two-day sales, each containing some 1,500 lots and being made up of specialist sections for all the major disciplines: jewellery and watches, pictures and prints, silver, coins and medals, furniture, art, clocks, ceramics, Asian, rugs, textiles and luxury goods.