Buying guides to art, antiques, vintage and more

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Diamond necklace

Necklaces

Necklaces come in an array of styles and materials, with a huge variety of designs available.

George II sterling silver salver

The differences between silver and silver plate

Silver and silver plate may look similar but there are important differences between them which greatly affect their values at auction.

Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson English oak table

Mouseman

If you’re looking for a piece of furniture that combines function and character, plus something that will stand the test of time, Mouseman is a great option.

‘Golf sale’ by Banksy

Banksy prints

The elusive Banksy has become one of the world’s most recognisable artists.

Football programmes

Football programmes

Among the memorabilia you can find at auction, football programmes are an inexpensive and fun way to enhance your enjoyment of the national game. And given what’s in them, they are probably the most informative too.

George III 18ct pocket watch

Pocket watches

Pocket watches, pendant watches and fob watches were the precursors of the wristwatch.

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

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

Glass

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

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.