‘Sold’ shouted at pub auction

EVERYTHING from schooner glasses to antique ashtrays went under the hammer during an auction of items from the iconic Central Hotel last week.

The hotel, on one of the most sought-after real estate sites in Tamworth, closed last month and will be transformed into an upmarket motel.

Building owner Les Atallah raised more than $20,000 from the auction, which had 80 registered bidders and more than 100 other onlookers.

Auctioneer Daniel McCulloch from Davidson Cameron McCulloch and Co said he was surprised at the size of the crowd.

“We only had two weeks to market it but there were a lot of people that wanted to have a look,” Mr McCulloch said.

“It’s an iconic pub in a one-of-a-kind location and it has a lot of history.”

Of the 350 lots, an old wheat bag trolley ($360) and an antique ashtray ($200) were among the top items.

Beer glasses, beer mats, bar stools, lights and cooking utensils were among the other items auctioned off.

“There was even a couple who was about to get married that bought a heap of chairs,” Mr McCulloch said.

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