The season of attic and thrift sales is ideal for auction beginners

New housebuyers will find value at most auctions and fairs if they hold their nerve, writes Des O’Sullivan.

Tim Goulding, Michael Coleman, Tom Nisbet, Alexander Williams and Liam Treacy are among the artists featured in the opening 100 lots of the James Adam attic sale in Dublin on Monday .

Estimates for the engravings, etchings, watercolours, mixed media works, prints and oil paintings on offer range from just €30 to €1,000.

An attic sale is a good place to start a collection for beginners, or an interest in collecting. Even if you go wrong, you are unlikely to break the bank.

More and more auction houses are resorting to this sort of sale and canny buyers can snap up a bargain.

There will be a spring Thrift Sale at Mealy’s in Castlecomer next Saturday, February 13, at 1pm.

A total of 500 lots of antiques, art and collectibles are to be sold at no reserve.

At Adam’s, the estimates for the art works by well established Irish artists, living and dead, are extremely reasonable.

Now that the property market is on the move again, the expectation of those in the antique trade is that their end of the business will pick up as well.

Strapped for cash, new house buyers will find value at most auctions and fairs, especially if they keep their wits about them.

Elsewhere in the Adam’s sale, a late 19th century gilt framed salon suite is estimated at just €400-€600, (seen above), an Edwardian inlaid chiffonier at €300-€400; a 19th century brass framed rectangular hall lantern at €100-€200, and eight Hepplewhite style dining chairs at €300-€500.

There is furniture, ceramics, glass, historical books, postcards, militaria, and old maps among more than 400 lots on offer.

The auction takes place on Monday at 11.30am, and it is on view at Adam’s, St Stephen’s Green from 12 noon to 5pm today and 2pm to 5pm tomorrow.


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