When watching programmes like Cash in the Attic and Flog It!, when an item doesn’t reach its reserve, how often have we heard Paul Martin or the expert of the day say, ‘perhaps it should go into a specialist sale’?
Most auction rooms will have weekly general sales and perhaps monthly or bi monthly antiques and fine art sales, the latter catering for the higher end of the antiques market. So if the local expert feels that your item is worthy of more specialist attention, he will suggest that it be entered into one of their specialist sales. However, caution here. If the item does not reach its reserve and therefore does not sell, the charge of a lotting fee may be higher than if the item had been put into the general sale.
Opportunities for other specialist sales also exist where the concentration may be fine indeed. Examples of these could be anything from antique drawing room furniture, vintage toys, portrait miniatures, 20th century Arts and Crafts furniture , early English silver, aviation posters, folk art, vintage Lalique, or coins and medals. Your local saleroom should have information as to where and when these specialist auctions take place. Failing that, online antique and collectibles news pages and journals will list forthcoming sales, shows and events.
As far as the return on your item is concerned, financially it may be worth the journey and the inconvenience. Other benefits include meeting people of a like mind, finding out more about the items you collect and exploring new potential markets for both buying and selling.
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