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Over the festive period, the region's oldest auctioneers and valuers completed the move across the city from Shalesmoor to the former site of the South Yorkshire Police building at Windsor Road, Heeley, close to the Derbyshire border. It marked the end of a period of more than 12 years of continued business growth and development by ELR since their separation from Eadon Lockwood and Riddle Estate Agents.

Director Elizabeth Dashper said: "We had outgrown our previous saleroom and advances in technology over the last few years, such as the new live internet auctions, meant that we needed to radically overhaul our facilities.

"We were unable to do that at Shalesmoor and after looking at other locations the decision was made that the way forward was to build a new facility to our specification, right down to the coffee shop."

The company is now trading as the Sheffield Auction Gallery with the inaugural event at the Heeley premises, a quarterly antiques and fine art sale, on January 21. It includes a consignment of paintings, prints and furniture offered on behalf of Museums Sheffield.

The auctioneers' range of specialist auction sales will also be expanding in 2011, along with a number of valuation days planned for locations throughout the Derbyshire region. They can be contacted on 0114 281 6161 or via the redesigned website www.sheffieldauctiongallery.com