Selling a collection at auction?

Selling a collection at auction is an good way of disposing of complete collections of items as well as single items.

At auction the prices achieved can differ greatly from sale to sale.  However, in the majority of selling circumstances the best way to achieve optimum financial gain is by selling a whole or part collection.

Collections always create a buzz at auction and sell particularly well as a whole, so if you have a number of items you wish to sell it makes sense to sell them at the same time through the sale.

Whether your collection comprises of rare items, the more run of the mill, or a mixture of both, selling a number of items by the same manufacturer, artist or subject generates a lot more interest amongst buyers.

Here at Potteries Auctions we have dealt with many varied collections from deceased estates or private collections compiled over many years.

A few examples of which are highlighted below:

  • Dinner and teaware sells exceptionally well in larger quantities such as Lot 369 in the March 2019 auction.  A Royal Crown Derby dinner and tea set in the Royal Antoinette design comprising 2 large tureen & covers, large platter, gravy boat & stand, 8x 26cm dinner plates, 8x20cm plates,8 x16cm plates, large teapot, various cups and saucers, smaller teapot etc (4 trays,61 items) made £2500 at auction.
  • A Royal Crown Derby dinner and tea set in the Royal Antoinette design comprising 2 large tureen & covers, large platter, gravy boat & stand, 8x 26cm dinner plates, 8x20cm plates,8 x16cm plates, large teapot, various cups and saucers, smaller teapot etc (4 trays,61 items) fetched a £1700 auction price.
  • A large collection of late 19th and early 20th Century horse brasses and similar items reached £550 in our auction.
  • A large collection of 58 approx Albums from 1960's - 70's, including some more obscure and unusual bands and albums.  Among the artists are Yes, Roy Harper, Joplin, Motorhead, Soft Machine, Groundhogs, Caravan, Zappa, Bowie & Ziggy Stardust, Hendrix, Mayall, Kind Crimson, Tull, Rory Gallagher, Yes, Allman Bros., Ten Years After, Zepplin, Monkeys and many more.  Some artists have multiple albums present. (58 appx) made £400 in our saleroom.
  • A collection of Royal Doulton Brambly Hedge: Brambly Hedge calendar plates & cups sold for £750
  • A group of gold coloured metal jewellery: Quantity of mainly un-hallmarked gold coloured metal jewellery, mostly at fault. Weight 36.7g, including stones etc. Tested for 9ct made £380
  • 9 x 22ct gold proof £25 coins from the Royal Mint 'History of the Royal Navy' Collection. This is the complete collection consisting of nine Sovereign size & weight coins, with box and certificate details, together with a 2006 half sovereign coin. The box has spaces for 10 coins, but only 9 were ever issued in this set, the 10th space is occupied by the half sovereign. Each of the 9 x £25 coins weighs 7.98 grams, measures 22.05 mm, and were only produced in a limited edition of 1000 sets. Also included, a boxed set of 12 Crown size medallions, 24k gold plated on bronze, by John Pinches. No COA. £1700
  • A collection of various 19th Century fireplace tiles including a pair of Minton Chinese style tiles, Minton Moyer Smith tiles, Maw & Co Geisha girl tiles by Owen Gibbons (17) £880
  • A collection of French wines and spirits to include: 2 x Chateau Clerc Milon 2009 75cl, 2 x Chateau Palmer 2008 75cl, 2 x Chateau Sigognac, 2 x Beaune Greves Premier Cru 2014 75cl. (8) fetched £380
If you are thinking of selling a collection at auction, then get in touch with our team of experts who will be able to guide you through listing prices and how much you are likely to fetch at auction. They will also be able to provide you with a valuation.

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