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How often have you strolled into a friend's house, or even a hotel or restaurant, and noticed at least three pieces of furniture you already own? As the world becomes smaller, trends get more consolidated, and soon every shop window sells variants of the same item.
What if that's not what you're looking for? Perhaps you're seeking a certain kind of mirror or a large oak sideboard, or you want to possess a genuine piece of design history rather than a knock-off. It appears that knowing what you want is becoming simpler; yet, knowing where to get it is not always as straightforward.
Purchasing vintage and antiques is an excellent method to locate one-of-a-kind items. However, you are not alone if the notion of cosy antique stores and loud auction rooms makes you break out in a cold sweat. It may be an intimidating idea, yet there are lots of fantastic deals to be obtained. We spoke with Dawsons' Harrison Goldman following the most recent Fine Art & Antiques sale to get some tips on how to get started with buying one-off pieces at auction.
It's not the boisterous, frightening environment you may expect. People come from all walks of life, including collectors, interior designers, architects, and those looking for that one unique piece for their house. An item is only worth what the highest bidder is willing to pay for it at auction, making the auction room a particularly democratic environment.
Look through the internet catalogues of auction houses to see if anything catches your eye. If you want further information or photos, the auctioneer will gladly provide them, and you may ask them as many questions as you wish. The more information you have, the more confident you will be in the procedure.
This point was said previously but is massively relevant again. You should always first go through the auction house catalogue online to determine whether the things on exhibit pique your interest; that's the best way to find the right piece for you. If you want further information or photographs of the item on the exhibit, you can contact the auctioneer. Ask as many questions as possible to get crucial information that will help you make informed purchasing selections.
When looking at an item at auction, we recommend aiming for items of good condition. Of course, this may not be possible due to the condition of some antiques naturally deteriorating over many years; however, it is a good rule of thumb.
Are you interested in attending an auction held by our partner Dawsons Auctioneers? Whether you have something to buy or sell, you can book a call with the specialist team to discuss your requirements to make sure you are confident when bidding for that unique piece that's caught your eye.
The item is sealed in its original packaging. Note: "New" does not necessarily mean that the item is the most current model.
Virtually unused or unblemished.
Moderate wear and/or moderate blemishes.
Significant wear and/or significant blemishes
Serious wear and/or serious damage. May be non-functional.
Functionality has not been tested. All items with this condition are sold "As Is".
I recommend verifying your insurance coverage. Whatever you buy at auction to add to your furniture, it's a good idea to check how much coverage you have on your house insurance for your belongings. If you're purchasing antiques or other valuables at auction, this is very crucial. You could have purchased something precious, so be sure you have it correctly appraised.
People frequently discover that the worth of their possessions has grown over time without them recognising it, resulting in underinsurance.
If you're unsure, contact your insurer or agent to review your existing claim limitations and compare them to your most recent property value.
Yes. I have a few. Here are some top tips:
We sell a wide range of furniture, ranging from old Georgian and earlier pieces to modern design items from the 1960s. Dawsons continues to have excellent outcomes for items of extraordinary quality, uniqueness, and age, even in a challenging period for typical antique furniture.
Buyer preferences and views about interior design have shifted, implying that the perfect piece will always find a buyer. Please do not hesitate to contact us for a complimentary valuation or discuss auction items in further depth with one of our professionals whether you want to sell at auction or purchase to collect.
There you have it, everything you need to know about discovering your next unique furniture piece at auction.