A new auction house for records and music memorabilia is being established in the town of Newton-le-Willows, midway between Liverpool and Manchester in England. The small town (23,000 pop.) apparently sees an opportunity in the current economic climate to ferret out collectible music in the region and promote themselves as “enablers” between buyers and sellers. Certainly both major cities have significant music history producing artifacts ranging from Beatles-era rarities to classic rock concert posters. This regionalism may be a smart move, leveraging a local scene’s productivity for collectible material. Someone knowledgeable “on the ground” is more likely to uncover desirable material than someone at a major international auction house who simply waits for something to come in the door.
The headline above has the link to the original feature in the St Helens Star newspaper.