Verkykerskop to go under the hammer

    Verkykerskop to go under the hammer

    Not in his wildest dreams could Christiaan Scholtz have known whilst he was standing on the rugby field as a Springbok player in the 90s, that 25 years on, he would be such a success in the auctioneering industry.

    His love for antiques started at a young age which resulted in the successful antiques business, Die Ossewa in Melville.

    When Scholtz decided to venture into auctioneering in 2014, he did not fathom the rate at which his new-found company, Old Johannesburg Warehouse Auctioneers would grow.

    Five years down the line, the company hosts an auction a month and is one of only a handful of companies that host off-site auctions successfully – from a whole antique shop in White River to the Sylviavale Heritage museum’s closing down sale!

    They are upping their game and selling a whole town on June 7 and 8. The one-horse town better known as Verkykerskop will go under the hammer.

    Husband and wife Matt Hoffmann and Beth Hillary have established it as a tourist destination in the last 14 years, hosting weddings, functions and festivals. But after 25 years in the entertainment industry they feel the need a quieter life.

    On Friday June 7 at 11am all the catering equipment and household goods go under the hammer.

    At 10am on Saturday, June 8, 750 lots of antiques, automobilia, signs and collectables will be sold.

    An hour later 16.4 hectare of commercial, residential, development and farmland goes on auction, hosted by VleisSentraal Auctioneers.

    Included is the old general dealer which has been trading for over 100 years, commercial buildings, houses, sheds and cottages.

    When and where

    • Viewing for this auction is open to the public on Thursday June 6 from 8am until 6pm and Friday June 7 from 8am until 11am.
    • Catalogues are online at and you can call 011-836-1650 for more information.

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