The final auction of 2013 held by Gildings Auctioneers saw one piece bought for much more than its estimate – a Swiss music box dating back to the 1800s that sold for £23,000.
The Antiques & Collectors auction was held at The Mill in Market Harborough, near Leicester. Many of the lots were successfully sold; there were 600 on offer at the event, and the music box attracted attention from bidders all over the country.
People had the opportunity of attending the auction in person, or bidding on the internet or by phone. However, a buyer’s premium of 15 per cent was added to the final sale price of any item, in addition to VAT. An extra three per cent was charged for those bidding online.
Antique furniture was popular on the day, with Victorian antique dining chairs being sold for £340. A Victorian display cabinet attracted attention from bidders and sold for £440. Ceramics and art were other popular items at the auction, with vases, tea sets and tea pots on offer. To finish off the auction with a festive vibe, a case of Bordeaux wine was sold for £300.
Collectors of 19th century furniture can generally discover items like antique dining chairs in Blackburn at a lower price at reputable dealers than at auction houses. A reputable antiques dealer will let you spend time browsing an item before making a decision to purchase, and there won’t be any extra costs added on, such as a buyer’s premium.
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