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Monday 27 April 2009 9.00am
Has any one here had experience of auction rooms? In particular Christies, how does it work..I have a brooch of my mums.
Monday 27 April 2009 9.30am
I believe auction rooms usually take a high seller's commission like 15% or 20% and on top you have to pay fees to enter the auction, even if your lot does not sell. You have to have a really high quality or important piece to enter auction rooms like Christie's or Sotheby's. Other auctions like Lots Road Auctions and Criterions will take lower value pieces though. If I were you, I would first get a quote from an antique jewellery dealer. There are a couple in Hatton Gardens but you could also talk to some of the traders at the Bermondsey Square market on Friday mornings. I always buy my jewellery there, there are good deals to be made if you buy...Although diamonds and gold are trading at higher prices these days, I was told that the jewellery market is slow so now may not be the right time to sell your brooch.
Monday 27 April 2009 9.53am
I think Connie it may sell well as a smaller version of it is for sale on ebay.

it's taken me twenty years to look closely at the name on the back...mario buccellati 18ct.weighs about 26 gr. about 3" long, like a branch with a flower. it's very similar to other works he has carried out. I never realised that you have to pay even if it does not sell though..:-)
Monday 27 April 2009 11.42am
Jan

I think Connie is right you should get a quote from a couple of dealers to find out how much it is worth. Buccellati is quite a well know designer so i would think it would sell well (though fashion can be a fickle thing!)

sometimes auction houses have specialist days and may have jewellery as one of these which would be better as at least you would know that the right people to buy your broach will be there.
Monday 27 April 2009 1.55pm
Just for the gold value, you could get 300. However, if it is a nice signed piece in good condition you may get much much more, especially if it has diamonds or nice stones. You could also wait until the Antique Roadshow comes to London (in October in Greenwich) and you could have it valued there. It is quite fun to go actually. Once you know more about its value you may want to keep it and wear it...Myself I have quite a few things I don't wear but I just can't part with them.
Monday 27 April 2009 1.59pm
No Connie it's all gold no stones, the trouble is what do you do with a valuable piece of jewellery...stick it in a drawer for safe keeping then forget where you put it as I have done several times..lol
Tuesday 28 April 2009 7.55am
Wear it? Unless ofcourse you don't like wearing brooches in which case I would probably sell it too.
Tuesday 28 April 2009 8.29am
I like brooches but this particular one is very large and spikey with the flower on it, and several leaves, in fact I would wear it on a cloak holding up fabric and it would look great...memo to self must find cloak size 28 in sales!

Plus I am so very hard up and would buy a new stair carpet instead of polishing it because it is threadbare! so it's sale time....:-)
Tuesday 28 April 2009 12.22pm
Maybe you could post a picture on here and someone may show some interest...
Tuesday 28 April 2009 12.26pm
Connie , must show ignorance of all things modern and new fangled...have taken photo on my phone, i could send it to someone if they have the technology to show you what i am waffling on about..:-)

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