AUCTION DAY documentary short

Bert Shapiro, Director

"Do you know the art of auctioneering?

"Auction Day" captures a precious national asset that may soon disappear. Filmed in Wales in the UK the film shows a community of farmers, sheep dealers and auctioneers on 'market day'.

In the film, the relationship between farmer and wily auctioneer, part of a long heritage of symbiotic friendships, is delightfully revealed in humorous cameos. The gentle auctioneer, Meirion Morris, tells his "sheep tales" with delightful charm.

Farmers with storybook faces nod, wink and send secret signals to the auctioneer. They are 21st century shepherds with a heritage rooted in biblical times. Dealers with canny eyes shake hands and heads, looking for bargain lots.