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.
A collection of Chinese silver assembled by a family who lived in Shanghai in the early 20th century comes for sale at Sworders in November. The group of typical ‘export’ wares owned by the vendor’s grandparents who lived in ‘the Paris of the East’ had been stored in a trunk since the end of The Second World War.
19 October 2021
Next week's auction of Design offers two archetypal side chairs from a truly unique Italian designer - Carlo Bugatti - whose life was filled with talent and tragedy.
14 October 2021
An autograph book with a story so evocative of the British music scene in the early 1960s comes for sale in our Design auction this month. The notebook includes the signatures of three of The Beatles, together with those of Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Dave Clark Five, Cliff Richard, and Helen Shapiro.
5 October 2021