I have seen reference to a tax on sale by auction in England in the
mid-eighteenth century - but have no details on its operation or longevity.
Hope this helps a little.
Walton on Thames, Surrey, UK.
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From: "Hector Davie" <hector(a)dplanet.ch>
Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2004 9:58 PM
Subject: [SoG] Auctioneers
Browsing through the "Armagh Guardian" for 29 June 1846, I
advertisement saying that Mr M R Bell had "taken out a LICENSE as an
auctioneer". There was an Auction Duty at this time, payable (by
negotiation) either by the vendor or the purchaser, and presumably, the
licensing system ensured that the duty got paid. Was this purely an Irish
tax, or was it throughout the United Kingdom? I've never seen "My Ancestor
was an Auctioneer" - is there scope for writing such a work? Can anyone
point me towards any sources for licensed auctioneers in the 19th century?