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There’s No Better Time to Sell at Online Auction Than Right Now

Debbie Porter

The star of our last Fine Art sale in September was definitely this 5ct certified diamond single stone Solitaire and platinum ring that sold for an astronomical £11,200 at auction!

During the ongoing Covid-19 situation this year, at Potteries Auctions we’ve been fortunate enough to find continued success with our already popular online auctions. Despite already hosting online auctions pre-Covid, as well as providing email valuations, we’re happy to now also offer virtual viewings and valuations during this time, enabling interested buyers and sellers to stay safe by getting involved from the comfort of their own home.

Despite these uncertain times, we’ve been pleasantly surprised to find that our online auctions have been popular with both new and existing audiences all over the globe and, as a result, we have seen some really high sale prices being achieved online in recent months. People seem to be interested in bidding and buying more than ever in the current climate, so if you’ve been considering selling your collections and pieces at auction then now is a great time to take advantage and potentially achieve a nice, high price.

A Martin Brothers stoneware vase, and Martin Brothers stoneware smiling musician imp figure

This beautiful Martin Brothers stoneware vase (left) sold for a spectacular £3700, while this Martin Brothers stoneware smiling musician imp figure (right) surpassed its £750-£1500 estimated hammer price and sold for an outstanding £2500

Our last Fine Art sale back in September proved to be an incredibly successful auction, with many items selling for a very good price. Check out just a few examples of the lots that achieved some outstanding hammer prices last month throughout this article. Perhaps they may provide some inspiration for finally seeking a valuation on those items that are sat collecting dust or spark some interest in what lots to bid on next!

Our next Fine Art sale is coming up on 13th-14th November which is set to include some spectacular rare pottery pieces, vintage comics, gold jewellery and more. Unfortunately the time has now passed to submit your items for sale at this auction, but be sure to watch this space for more information on the full catalogue, the details of which will be released soon on our Upcoming Auctions page. If you’re interested in getting involved as a buyer, we also have more information on how to view items and submit a bid at online auctionwith us.

An 18th century Chinese Pomegranate Flambe vase, and a rare Royal Doulton Lambeth stoneware model entitled ''Failure of Pears Soap'' by George Tinworth

The 18th century Chinese Pomegranate Flambe vase sold for an astounding £4700 at our September auction, while this rare Royal Doulton Lambeth stoneware model entitled ”Failure of Pears Soap” by George Tinworth sold for a remarkable £2700

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust gentleman's wristwatch

This Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust gentleman’s wristwatch proved to be very popular at our Fine Art sale. Originally estimated to sell for £1000-£2000, in the end it sold for a staggering hammer price of £3100

Two large, rare Royal Doulton prototype witch and wizard character jugs

These large, rare Royal Doulton prototype witch and wizard character jugs, both modelled in the 1980s by William K Harper, sold for a wonderful £3100 and £3000 respectively at our September online auction

How do I arrange to have my items valued for auction?

If this article has piqued your interest in selling at auction during this time, there are several ways in which you can have your items appraised and valued by one of our experts:

  • Visit our Saleroom: Our Silverdale saleroom is open every Tuesday, 9am-4pm, for valuations, however to protect both our customers and staff this is strictly by appointment only, so please give us a call on 01782 638100 to arrange yours. All the appropriate safety and social distancing measures will be in place, and please note that masks are also compulsory on our premises. You can find more information on the safety measures we currently have in place here.
  • Get an Email Valuation: You can send an email to with details and a photograph (e.g. make, model, model number, measurements, condition) and one of our experts will be able to provide more information and auction estimates.
  • Arrange a Video Valuation: We offer virtual valuations via Zoom, WhatsApp and FaceTime, where you can have a live video call with a valuer who will be able to discuss and evaluate your items and answer any questions you may have. Again, please get in touch via email or phone call to arrange an appointment. We can also provide probate valuations and house clearance quotes from video content, either using footage submitted to us or via live video call.
  • Arrange a House Call: We also have the capacity to conduct safe house calls for auction and probate valuations. A pre-visit consultation will be carried out via telephone by the valuer prior to their visit to reduce any unnecessary face-to-face time. They will gather as much information as possible and discuss the details of conducting a safe visit with you. Our valuers will adhere to social distancing and be wearing the appropriate PPE.