The Great Auction Showdown

The Great Auction Showdown

Yexue Li Takes on Paul Martin in an Epic Battle of the Gavels

Our upcoming 30 May Homes & Interiors sale will contain an exciting twist. Our Asian Art specialist, Yexue Li will battle Paul Martin in Channel 5's, The Great Auction Showdown.

17 May 2023

The Homes & Interiors Department is excited to present Channel 5’s The Great Auction Showdown.

The programme will see Sworder’s own Asian Art Specialist, Yexue Li, go head-to-head with antiques show veteran Paul Martin. Through a series of fun challenges, the two auctioneers compete to test their knowledge and deal-making skills. Among the challenges for Yexue was a buying trip to Cambridge and a valuation day at the Duxford War Museum.



A total of 57 lots were acquired by both contestants, which will kick off our 30 May Homes & Interiors sale at 9.30am. Paul Martin’s star lots include a Rolex ‘Oyster Perpetual Submariner’ at £6,000-8,000, and large collection of early Marvel comic books, including an original Issue 1 Daredevil with an estimate of £3,000-5,000. Yexue on the other hand has selected from what she knows, including a Chinese famille rose moon flask, estimated at £200-300, and items a little outside her comfort zone, including three albums of signed Star Wars photographs.



With Sworders buyers deciding the outcome of the auction - can our Yexue beat Paul in the ultimate battle of the gavels?

To view the collection featured in our 30 May Homes & Interiors sale, click here


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