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Breitling Navitimer

Breitling watches

Léon Breitling was a skilled watchmaker who began crafting timepieces and measuring tools from his workshop in St-Imier in Switzerland in the 19th century.

Ercol light elm sideboard


Ercol became one of the best-known British furniture brands in the 1950-60s and is still in production today.

Lalique 'Spirit of the Wind' car mascot


A wide variety of glass across different styles and periods is available to buy at auctions on

Items from a Fine Interiors auction at Sworders

Types of auction – a quick guide

Every auction house gives each of its sales a specific title. Once you know what to look out for, it becomes very simple to browse a list of upcoming auctions to find what you want. Here is a quick guide.

IWC Mark 11 RAF watch

IWC watches

Swiss luxury watchmaker IWC has a reputation for technical innovation and has a long history of producing watches for pilots and the military.

Stone garden urn

Garden ornaments and furniture

Plenty of items that will enhance your garden are available to buy at auctions on

maang tikka

Indian Jewellery

Colourful and ornate examples of Indian jewellery are available to buy at regular auctions on

Carriage clock

Carriage Clocks

Carriage clocks are portable timepieces originally designed for travel. First developed in France in the early 19th century, the basic design of these spring-driven clocks has remained largely unchanged over the years.

Cartier Tank Cintrée

Cartier Tank watches

It is now more than a century old but Cartier’s most famous watch – the Tank – appears to be everywhere today.

Engagement ring

Engagement Rings

An increasing number of couples are choosing to buy an engagement ring at auction rather than on the high street.