Diss auctioneer retiring after 20 years with TW Gaze

Carl Willows, TW Gaze valuer and auctioneer who is retiring
Carl Willows, TW Gaze valuer and auctioneer who is retiring

A long-serving valuer and auctioneer will oversee his final sale at a Diss auction house next Saturday, ending a 20-year association with the firm.

Carl Willows, a key figure at TW Gaze who has been credited with growing two of the company’s flagship specialities, has announced he will retire at the end of the month after a long, successful career.

Widely known for his expertise in architectural salvage and rural bygones, Mr Willows joined the Roydon Road-based sale rooms in 1994, with extensive experience already under his belt, and helped to expand sales departments that were still in their infancy, harbouring the interest of specialist buyers and promoting his auctions as platforms for very particular interests. He has also overseen the marketing of many important private dedicated single-owner collections, including those belonging to the likes of Jack Landymore and Glyn Evans, and he is recognised for serving a major role in building TW Gaze’s reputation among buyers and collectors across the UK, western Europe and America.

Elizabeth Talbot, auction rooms director at TW Gaze, said: “Carl has never stopped learning and never will.

“Whilst Carl and his major contributions to life at Diss Auction Rooms will surely be missed, he is wished much happiness for a long and interesting retirement, with grateful thanks from directors, colleagues and a myriad of customers.”

Mr Willows’ successor will be valuer and auctioneer Robert Kinsella, who has worked alongside him for several years and is already said to be very familiar to many people in the fields of rural bygones and architectural salvage. The final auction to be presided over by Mr Willows will be the Rural and Domestic Bygones sale, which is set to take place on Saturday, March 28. Submissions for the sale are currently being accepted, although TW Gaze has stated space will be limited as a result of high demand due to the significance of the Mr Willows’ last auction.