Antiques notebook - success in the saleroom

Reeman Dansie

Reeman Dansie - Credit: Archant

A beginner’s guide to auctions with Reeman Dansie

Keys Fine Art Auction

Keys Fine Art Auction - Credit: Archant

With rock bottom interest rates there has never been a worse time to be leaving money lying idle in the bank, say Reeman Dansie.

Reeman Dansie is noting an increasing number of new customers who are purchasing art and antiques as investments, and believe people are looking at numbers on a balance sheet and realising they’re not getting good value.

Customers now see the potential new investment opportunities such as classic cars, art and jewellery.

Top tips for new auction customers from Reeman Dansie

Buy what you like - fashions change for better or worse. If you like it, buy it and enjoy it.

Visit the sale in person - a picture may say a thousand words but you can’t beat holding the item in front of you.

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Have a price in mind - think about the price you are willing to pay but consider that someone may always want it more than you do so don’t be disheartened if you are outbid. The diversity of antiques means there will always be something else.

Reeman Dansie Auctioneers

8 Wyncolls Road, Colchester CO4 9HU

Tel:01206 754754,


The picture department at Keys, the fine art auctioneer, with its experience and knowledge, aims to ensure its clients receive the best possible hammer price for their pieces.

This year’s important summer sale of fine paintings will be held at its Aylsham saleroom, just outside of Norwich, on August 7 at 10.30am.

The sale will focus on fine paintings from the local region and beyond and the company’s valuers are keen to welcome all with an invitation to consign. Entries for this sale will close by July 1.

For more information contact Kevin Lines or Kate Banks on 01263 733195 or email

Twitter: @KeysArtDept

Sale Ground, Palmers Lane, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6JA

Yoxford Antiques Centre and Gardens

Yoxford Antiques Centre and Gardens provides an outlet for 75 dealers in antiques, collectables and vintage.

It stocks quality furniture from the 17th century to the 1970s, longcase and mantle clocks, silver, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, vintage clothing, fireplaces, tools, pictures and books can be found inside, while outside, there is an extensive display of garden and architectural items.

There is also a terrace of brightly painted beach huts stock arts, crafts and modern items. Yoxford Antiques Centre also holds a wide range of original art work and prints in its newly landscaped courtyard houses The Gallery.

Guests can visit The Flying Goose Café for snacks and light lunches, with an emphasis on local and home-made produce.

The café offers teas and freshly ground coffee, home-made soups, cakes and scones, filled baguettes, bacon baps, daily specials and its famous sausage rolls.

There are also mature gardens and meadows free for guests to explore, making a visit to the centre an outing rather than just a shopping expedition.

And Larry, Humphrey and Charlie Brown, the centre’s three alpacas, provide a great attraction for children and adults alike.

Yoxford Antiques Centre and Gardens

Askers Hill,


Suffolk IP17 3JW

01728 668844 n

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