I have no special knowledge of this subject, but looked it up in a
miniature tome given to me by my sister's first boyfriend: Everybody's Home
Lawyer (anonymous, Odhams Press Ltd; date unspecified). Under
"Auctioneers", it says:
"Auctioneers are persons who conduct auctions. No special qualifications
"The auctioneer's licence can be obtained by written application at
Somerset House or at the applicant's local Inland Revenue office. £10 duty
is payable. The licence is annual from July 5th and should be renewed at
least ten days before that date each year. With the exception of persons
auctioning fish at its first landing-place, persons auctioning under a
distress warrant for non-payment of rent or tithes under £2 and officers of
the Court, every person who acts as an auctioneer must take out an
auctioneer's licence for himself. For conducting a sale without a licence
the fine is £100. . ."
Whitaker's Almanack for 1900 (my earliest copy) quotes the fee at £10 a
year, as does that for 1943. Those for 1944 to 1950 omit details of stamp
duties, and when the table returned in the edition for 1951 there was no
reference to auctioneers' licences. Incidentally, it seems that the
possessor of such a licence could act as an appraiser and house agent
without paying a further fee.
As it seems to have been in the nature of a stamp duty, I should not be
surprised if no records of individual licences were preserved.