An Alternative To The Highstreet

The interest in buying at auction is growing at an increasingly fast rate. Here we discuss the many advantages of buying at auction, including environmental sustainability, extensive categories and departments and varied yet affordable prices


 

 

Frustrated by the lack of real choice on the high street – and conscious of the need to end the throwaway society - more and more members of the public are discovering the world of auctions. Buying at auction is a great way to find unique and environmentally sustainable items at a great price.

Fine art auctions can be the place to purchase important works for large sums but they are also the source of more affordable antiques and vintage furnishings. You’ll find everything for your home and garden, from furniture and objects d’art to garden benches, branded handbags and wristwatches.

 

 

 

 

Most will provide great style and value for money. Whether you have set your sights on Georgian elegance, mid-century Scandinavian chic or a diamond ring for someone special, prices at auction are typically well below those at retail. Remember too that buying second hand has the advantage of sustainability. In addition to quality craftsmanship and a sense of history, research has proved that the carbon footprint of antique furniture is a tiny fraction of its flat pack equivalent. 

 

Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers, based in Essex, Hertfordshire, London and Kent, offer a varied sales calendar from regular ‘interiors' sales to those catering to a range of specialist collecting areas from 20th century design to jewellery. No longer is it necessary to turn up to bid in person. Sworders offer remote bidding via their website, giving buyers the chance to participate from home, ensuring they can enjoy the auction experience safely during this Covid time.

 

Remember to register well in advance of the sale, check terms of buying, and don’t forget to ask for more detailed images and a condition report to help you make an informed purchase. 

 

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Cherished Memories | Princess Diana’s Letters to a Lifelong Friend

More than a dozen letters and cards from Diana, Princess of Wales, to her family’s former housekeeper feature in our Out of the Ordinary sale on Tuesday 30 July. This remarkable collection offers a glimpse into the enduring bond between Diana and Violet Collison, spanning from Diana's early years to her time as Princess of Wales.

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The Journey of a Dame Lucie Rie Bowl | From Discovery to Record Sale

When conducting the valuation of the late John and Collette Lewington's ceramics, we discovered a remarkable Dame Lucie Rie bowl hidden behind assorted cups. Initially estimated at £8,000-12,000, it sold for £32,500. This piece exemplifies Rie's iconic style, reflecting her journey from Austria to becoming a renowned figure in studio ceramics.

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Inside Christine Keeler's World

A remarkable collection of Christine Keeler's personal letters and photographs is set to captivate bidders at our annual Out of The Ordinary sale on Tuesday 30 July. Offered by her friend James Birch, this archive provides an intimate glimpse into the life of the woman at the heart of the Profumo Affair, revealing her thoughts and experiences during one of the most scandalous periods in British history.

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