Out with the old and in with the new - New Year's Day sales

January 1 has long been deemed the perfect time to make a change and start afresh in life - and holding an auction on New Year’s Day is part of a long tradition.

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A Regency period mahogany bracket clock with double fusee movement - £300-500 at Clarks Auction Rooms, Liskeard on January 1.

In truth, it began in the grimmest of circumstances. In the 18th and 19th centuries, January 1 was the day when many slave auctions were held. But it did later grow to represent something more wholesome.

For many communities it was the moment to let some items go and perhaps acquire something new.

At its peak, local New Year’s Day sales of furniture and chattels could be counted in the dozens.

And while in the digital age the hammer has begun to fall on many traditional auction house practices, this is one that continues to appeal.

So if by December 31, the withdrawal symptoms are kicking in and you are looking for an auction fix, there are a few places where paddles can be waved.

Five New Year’s Day sales will be taking place across the-saleroom.com. Here are a few highlights.

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A carved oak Robert "Mouseman" Thompson fruit bowl - £300-500 at Clarks Auction Rooms, Liskeard on January 1.

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A 1920s Charles Catteau vase for LaRoche Belge - £200-300 at Clarks Auction Rooms, Liskeard on January 1.

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A pair of late Victorian embossed silver vases- £40-60 at Unique Auctions, Lincoln on January 1.

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A silver Edward VIII Coronation pin cushion - £100-150 at Unique Auctions, Lincoln on January 1.

View Unique Auctions' New Years Day sale.

View Clarks Auction Rooms' Antiques and Collectables sale.

Read more on how to bid and buy at auction here.

 

 

 

 

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