Posts made in March, 2017

U3A Antiques Group Learning about Auctions and Antiques

We were delighted to spend a pleasant morning with the Antiques group from the Windsor U3A group. All were keen to learn about the goings on at a Provincial Auction House, what amazing finds we have had over the years the most expensive item found and the weirdest. Then we discussed how best to go about buying at Auction and although the use of bidding online has grown it was very much the popular opinion that attending viewing days and seeing the items up close was by far the best way to proceed. We discussed bidding and buyers commission and how it is often a good idea when starting out to have a chart to hand of what you are actually bidding, which is the bid price plus commission, whilst starting out to avoid surprises and confusion. Then it was on to valuations and appraisals with all sorts of things coming out of assorted bags around the room, from a hugely valuable medal collection to very collectable costume jewellery and all sorts of bits. A great group of very welcoming individuals and many thanks for having us. Sometimes it is a great way to spend time spreading the word about the joys and fun to be had at buying and selling at Auction. If you have a community group or association who might be interested in a short talk followed by appraisals give us a call on 01753...

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Batman Supports Naomi House Children’s Hospice

Our February 25th Auction had a special guest lot raising much needed funds for the fantastic charity Naomi House Children’s Hospice. Having been approached by a member of the Vodafone graduate scheme who are in the middle of a store wars charity raising campaign we were delighted to offer our services in selling this outstanding figure that had been donated to the charity.  He attracted lots of attention from both on line bidders and those in the room but finally was sold to a local man who has been a Batman fanatic since early childhood. His mother embarrassed him by regaling the room with stories of him marching about in Batman pyjamas. The £800 he paid showed not only his determination to own a bit of Batman history but also to support this very worthy cause. We were delighted to support the charity and there will be another unusual lot in our March 25th sale supporting the same charity. If you want a desk with a difference watch this...

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