Bill Lacey

Picture Consultant

Bill believes his love of art was inherited from his parents both of whom were art students in the 1950s - much of his childhood was spent on the back seat of a Renault 4 heading to art galleries, museums and stately homes up and down the country. Bill recalls "It took a while but I eventually began to share my parents' passion for painting and wanted to take my interest further".

In the mid 1970s Bill studied a degree in Fine Art at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. Then in 1979 he joined Phillips Auctioneers in London as a porter, sweeping up and moving furniture before gravitating to the picture department where he was taken on as a junior cataloguer. After eight happy years in London he was appointed as Head of the Picture Department for Phillips in Chester and returned home to Cheshire.

In the early 1990s Bill joined Halls Auctioneers in Shrewsbury where he ran the Picture Department for sixteen years. Seeking new challenges Bill left Halls in 2013 to work as a freelance picture specialist. "Fieldings is a company which I had long admired for their innovative approach and creative ideas in an industry that is traditionally very set in its ways. I am delighted to be part of the Fieldings team and am steadily building the picture department."

Bill’s interests outside work include photography, fly fishing, cooking and he has recently returned to motorcycling after many years. "I have a sticker on my motorbike stating ‘Adventure before Dementia’ - it always makes me smile and it’s a philosophy I aspire to!"

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My favourite lot

Lot 494 - An gentleman's 18ct Rolex Oyster perpetual cosmograph Daytona wrist watch
estimate £10,000 - 12,000 to be sold in our Christmas auction 7th December SOLD £16,000

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Video highlights from our January 2020 Auction

The January Auction   Watch the video highlights from our 11th January auction.  Director Will Farmer sells an amazing Royal Worcester...

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A sneak peek at our January Sale, Saturday...

If you can't get to our auction, take a look at our video of the saleroom. You may spot something you like ! VIEW OUR VIDEO HERE   Still...

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From North Yorkshire to the West Midlands -...

A collection of 10 orginal work by one of the UK's favourite artists come to the market this Saturday.  These never before seen works, have...

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Fieldings Christmas Advert 2019

Don't forget our Christmas auction, 9.30am Saturday 7th December! Why not come down and see us? We are open for viewing: Thursday 5th December...

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A day out at Moorcroft Pottery, Stoke on Trent

On Saturday 16th November our very own pot-a-holic Will got to take a day away from the saleroom and head up to Stoke on Trent for a magical day...

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Just in the Nick of time for Christmas

Nick Davies (Director and jewellery, silver and watch specialist) talks us through the upcoming Christmas auction, that will take place on...

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We are not just a pretty face !

Many of our specialist valuers and auctioneers you will recognise from your screens. Would you like us to come and see you? We are happy to come...

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Brown paper packages tied up with string... are a few of our favourite things  Auctioneers and valuers pick their favourite lots in Saturday's (16th November)...

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Simply weird & wonderful

On Saturday 26th October, Fieldings are to offer the most wonderful collection of items that could only be described as eclectic!  The...

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Auction Life magazine Autumn 2019

Twice a year we produce our company magazine 'Auction Life' which tells our clients and potential clients about the exciting lots we have sold and...

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Fieldings to offer collection of Mackenzie...

Fieldings are delighted to be offering for auction on Saturday 7th September a collection of six original Mackenzie Thorpe originals.   For...

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Birmingham TV : West Midlands Treasures ad 6

Andy Mayall, Bill Lacey and Judith Woolger show you behind the scenes at Fieldings Auctioneers, with the help from Birmingham TV presenter Emer...

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Birmingham TV : West Midlands Treasures ad 5

Andy Mayall, Bill Lacey and Judith Woolger show you behind the scenes at Fieldings Auctioneers with the help from Birmingham TV presenter Emer...

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Print collecting

By Bill Lacey    It may sound like a paradox but my advice to would-be collectors is never collect anything that is sold as...

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Collecting children's books

We are all children at heart and at this time of year what better way to give in to the child inside than dust off those books that gave us...

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