There's nothing quite like a day at the antiques auction rooms!
You search the catalogues and browse the lots, and finally select the pieces that you fancy - and what happens you invariably get outbid and go home empty handed, but there's always next time. Or there's the one where you have bought a "bargain" piece or done a marvellous restoration job, put it up for auction and it doesn't reach the reserve price! Yes, auctions can be extremely frustrating, as well as pleasurable and fulfilling.
I will be detailing some of my own auction room experiences from both the buying and selling aspect over the coming weeks, and would love to hear and publish some of your experiences too. I will also be compiling a list of auction rooms around the UK and USA, so please submit details of any quality auction rooms you know of or run and I will gladly display the details on the website.
As well as the traditional auction rooms, a few auction websites have been set up allowing you to bid on or sell items from the comfort of your own home. For most antiques, especially furniture the downside of this is that you can't physically inspect the goods, and at best may only see a photo of the item. However, a lot of quality pieces are available at excellent prices, with commission rates often nil. The great benefit for both buyer and seller is that the market place becomes effectively, global. This of course, means pieces become available that you may never see in your local auction room, and if you are selling of course your potential buyer could be on the otherside of the world - your market place is not restricted to those in the auction room or telephone bidders.
The Antiques Trade Gazette
Established over thirty years ago, the Gazette provides the authoritative view of the fine art and antiques market, and is a reliable and timely resource for those in the industry. It is a weekly paper owned by DMG World Media, who also publish Antique Week in America, and is distributed to 54 countries. In-depth coverage of the latest UK and international news, giving readers an insight into what is happening across the market. Regular columns on everything from books to furniture and wine. Comprehensive listing of forthcoming auctions and fairs. Detailed coverage of auctions and illustrated prices of selected lots.
Click here to visit The Antiques Trade Gazette.www.antiquetradesgazette.com
FIND AN ANTIQUE AUCTION IN YOUR AREA
Search AskArt for 279 Fine Art Auction Houses Worldwide
Click here for a Directory of World Wide Auction Houses.www.auctionguide.com/
Click here to go to Sotheby'swww.sothebys.com
Click here to go to Christies.
Click here to go to Bonhamswww.bonhams.com
Valuations of the highest standard and greatest professionalism guaranteed. All this in three simple clicks!
Bid There Without Being There
Bid on lots and buy online from anywhere in the world at the click of a mouse with Live Auctions.
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Auction Catalogues by CATMAKER
This site is your gateway to the on-line catalogues from many of the best of Britain's regional auction houses.
Simply choose your catalogue and click on its link. You will be transferred to that auctioneer's website.
Sale results are available by clicking the "Auction Results" button.
DMG Antiques Fairs organisers of the UK's premier antiques & collectors fairs
4 venues. 21 fairs. 47 selling days. 120,000 public buyers. 50,000 trade buyers.70 overseas buying groups. 1,200 on-site staff.
Bourne End, Nr Cookham, Berkshire, Auction Rooms established in 1992 and is a friendly provincial sale room offering a professional service.
Weekly Auctions of general household furniture and effects. Monthly Antique and specialized sales.
The Fine Art Auction Group, parent company of Dreweatt Neate Fine Art and Neales, is the UK's leading regional auctioneers and valuers, with salerooms in Donnington, Bristol, Wells, Tunbridge Wells, Eastbourne, Honiton, Nottingham, Godalming and Marlborough.
Monthly Antiques & Collectibles Sales. Wokingham, Berkshire.
Jones and Jacob.com
Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers. Watcombe Manor Saleroom,
Ingham Lane, Watlington, Oxon,
Sunbury Antiques Market, Kempton Race Course
The largest & longest running Bi-monthly market in the country.
This market has been at Kempton Park for over 20 years and due to the enthusiasm of Sue Cruttenden who started here in 1979 it has gone from strength to strength. It attracts well over 700 stallholders, 350 stalls inside & over 350 outside stalls ( all outside stalls are hard-standing ), offering a wide variety of Furniture, Silverware, Jewellery, Pottery, Porcelain, Kitchenallia, Garden ephemera, Clocks, Paintings, Cameras, Books and all collectors items etc.
SIMON CHORLEY ART & ANTIQUES
Simon Chorley Art & Antiques, Prinknash Abbey Park, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, GL4 8EX. Tel: 01452 344499.
The National Auction List is the largest live auction database on the Internet. Hundreds of auctioneers list their auctions regularly. Many of the Auctioneers are members of the National Auctioneers Association and state auction associations from coast to coast.
UniqueAuction.com large online auction portal. An ebay
alternative offering Buy or sell in thousands of Internet auction
categories like electronics, cars, clothing, apparel, collectibles,
sporting goods, digital cameras, and everything else on eBay. Start
Kittelty's Auction Rooms
Old Sunnyside Mill
830 Humffray St Sth
Online auction for POSTCARDS, postal history, and stamps - thousands of postcards at auction!
Lee the Flea invites you to "shop buy" our house where crazed collector & chic recycler meet for ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES!