Monday 27 April 2009 10.30am
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.