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Robinson Mitchell pioneered the auctioning system which is widely used today, as he realised taking bids from buyers was more efficient than the haggling between individuals which went on before. At Cockermouth in 1865, he set up what is believed to be the first purpose-built livestock auction market in the country. The business he founded moved their livestock operation out of town in 2002 54827. Sainsbury's acquired the vacated site and paid for this statue, by sculptor Liz Gwyther, to be erected outside the supermarket 1064027. It has suffered persistent and expensive vandalism - a hand with a pointing finger has been lopped off the right arm, and a gavel prized away from the left. A photo of how the statue used to look can be seen on the Cockermouth website.
- "A brief history of Mitchell's Auction Company, Cockermouth". Cockermouth.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-06.