Auction Action

Yesterday I attended an auction at Christies outside of Paris, featuring items from the neoclassic Palais Abbatial de Royaumont.  This small palace houses a remarkable collection of Old Master and 19th century drawings, European furniture and works of art, sculpture, ceramics, silver and Asian art.

I saw wonderful pieces of furniture, all from far-flung places and bid on two items (in the thousand to few thousand dollar range) but didn’t end up with anything.  In general, prices were over the top, with dealers bidding hundreds of thousands of dollars for items like small side tables.  I had a lovely time, nevertheless, and am enjoying my holiday in France!

Do you enjoy going to auctions? Have you ever come away with a beautiful piece that you love?

3 comments


  • Denise

    I’ve never been to an auction for one simple reason. I’d be heartbroken if I found something I loved but couldn’t get it because the bidding went too high!

    September 20, 2011
  • I was at an antique auction years ago. The auctioneer held up a box of dishes, took out a broken cup, said other pieces had cracks. I got the box for $5. It was filled with beautiful white Wedgewood plates. Some did have cracks and chips but most were in perfect shape. What really tickled me..the name of the pattern was “Patrician”, quite appropriate for someone named Patricia!

    September 20, 2011
  • Love auctions! They can be very exciting. The best one I attended was the Bill Blass auction many years ago at Sothebys. A truly exquisite collection. But I found myself a little sad thinking of all of the years it took to collect such amazing things and then to have it all scattered to the wind. I would have loved to have attended the Royaumont auction but will check out the auction results.

    September 21, 2011

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