A private funeral for bloodstock agent Joss Collins will be held Feb. 18, followed by a public service at St. Mary's Church in Newmarket, England at 2:30 p.m. the same day.
Collins, for many years with the British Bloodstock Agency (BBA) and then his own Blandford Bloodstock, died in England Feb. 8. The 56-year-old English native had been diagnosed with liver cancer just a few weeks earlier.
A moment of silence was held in his memory at this week's Goffs' February sale. "Joss was perhaps the iconic agent of the world's bloodstock sales," auctioneer Nick Nugent said. "On both sides of the Atlantic, and in both hemispheres, he earned the respect of clients, the sale vendors, and auction houses for the professionalism and integrity that he represented."
Collins, who lived at Kirtling outside Newmarket, is survived by his wife, Charlotte--the sister of Newmarket vet James Crowhurst--and two daughters, Harriet, a university student, and Miranda, who is still at school.
Collins, through the BBA representing Robert Sangster and partners, did the bidding for Seattle Dancer, at $13.1 million the most expensive horse ever sold at public auction.