Lab Equipment up for Auction

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Forensic analysis and laboratory equipment up for auction as the UK’s Forensic Science Service liquidates assets

Forensic Science Service, Hamilton Robotic DNA Fluid Handler, Troostwijk Auctions
A Hamilton Robotic DNA Fluid Handler is one of thousands of lots from the FSS up for auction. (Photo: Troostwijk Auctions)

Equipment utilized by the government-owned Forensic Science Service (FSS) in the United Kingdom will be up for auction in February. In December 2010, it was announced that the FSS would be closed by March 2012, and most of its operations would be transferred or sold. The auction is a result of that decision.

Troostwijk Auctions conducted a huge auction sale on behalf of the FSS in March 2011, and have been appointed to manage the final phase of asset disposal. The first auction sale is scheduled for February 29. A further sale is anticipated in the spring.

Items from all over the UK will be consolidated to a single location to enable prospective purchasers to view the forensic analysis and laboratory equipment prior to bidding.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire excellent quality equipment, particularly for those setting up forensic science laboratories or universities providing forensic science degree courses,” said Troostwijk’s UK managing director James Hague.

Included in the 2,500 lots available are five scanning electron microscopes, nine high-pressure liquid chromatographs, five Agilent gas chromatographs with mass spectrometer detectors, two refrigerated automatic sample stores, 29 robotic fluids handlers, 20 DNA sequencers/analyzers, more than 350 high- and low-power microscopes with light sources, and 20 Millipore water purification systems. In addition, there will be a range of forensic science equipment including fingerprint and document analysis equipment and GRIMs, more than 100 cameras, plus several lots of various photographic equipment, laboratory furniture, and garage equipment.

The decision to close the FSS drew a large amount of local and international criticism. Owned by the UK government since April 2005, the FSS is known for pioneering a number of advances in forensic science—including the development of the first DNA database. The organization is also credited for developing low copy number DNA profiling.

Full details of the auction, as well as information on bidding can be found at the Troostwijk Auctions website.

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