Auctioneer and industry champion, Rory Daly, passes away

Rory Daly, Auctioneer and one of the founders of SDL Property Auctions, sadly passed away on Friday 20th May, after a long and brave battle with illness.

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Rory had more than 30 years’ experience as an auctioneer in the property sector and was CEO of CPBigwood prior to its acquisition by the SDL Group in 2015. SDL Group then acquired Graham Penny Auctions the following year and created SDL Property Auctions.


During this time, Rory was known to be a champion of all things, and all people auctions – in his own words: “Auctions and I suit each other. We’re both very similar – straightforward, no time wasting, just honest and transparent.” His knowledge and passion for the sector will be greatly missed.


During his career, Rory raised over £1.5 million for various causes via regular charity auctions and once conducted an auction in the presence of royalty. His other great passion was West Bromwich Albion FC where he was a season ticket holder. Rory was a true family man, and everyone at SDL Property Auctions sends their deepest condolences and love to his family and friends.