The Field

A good time to buy?

IT’S August and the starting gun has fired – we hope and pray – for game shooting. And for gun auctions. First out of the trap on 31 August is Gavin Gardiner’s Fine Modern and Vintage Guns extravaganza up at the Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, COVID-19 and the Blessed Nicola Sturgeon permitting. If either type of irritant tells Gardiner he isn’t welcome north of the Border he’ll hold it as an online auction from his premises in Sussex. He’s really hoping it’s the former, however, as he loves his annual foray to Scotland.

Gardiner has been having a funny old time during the lockdown. As reported last month, his 22 April ‘virtual’ sale of guns went very well indeed, especially for the less costly items, with bored bidders only too happy to spend the day hunkered down, avoiding their other halves, whilst hitting their ‘Buy Now’ buttons. His problem then became one of gathering

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