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As bargain hunting becomes a national sport, what better time to go to an auction? Whether you're after fine art and antiques or sold-as-seen cars and items recovered by the police, there's an auction in London that covers it. Here's our guide

  • Auctions in London

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    General auctions


    Bumblebee Auctions

    Dealing in the sale of property seized by the police, Bumblebee lots feature everything from jewellery to luggage to militaria.
    www.bumblebeeauctions.co.uk

    Criterion
    Weekly sales feature thousands of items of antiques, jewellery and contemporary furnishing, meaning the auctioneers’ two locations in Islington and Wandsworth are always packed with great finds.
    Criterion Auctioneers, 53 Essex Road, Islington, N1 (7359 5707/www.criterionauctions.co.uk). Angel tube or Essex Road rail. Viewing times 2-7pm Fri, 10am-6pm Sat & Sun, 10am onwards Mon. Auctions 5pm Mon.

    Frank Bowen Auctions
    Lost property to police stock disposal.
    Frank Bowen Auctions, 73 Sceptre Rd, E2 0JU (7790 7272/www.frankgbowen.co.uk). Stepney Green tube.

    General Auctions
    Anything from delicate cut glass and crystal to powerful diesel-powered road diggers. It reserves a weekly slot for vehicle lots.
    General Auctions, Garratt Mills, Trewint St, SW18 4HA (8870 3909/www.auction.u-net.com). Earlsfield rail. Viewings 10am-3pm Sat. Auctions 11am (general) & 2pm (vehicle) Mon.

    Greasby’s
    Unclaimed luggage, repossessions, office clearances and more.
    Greasby’s, 211 Longley Rd, SW17 9LG (8672 2972/www.greasbys.com). Tooting Broadway tube.

    Luckner’s
    The first internet-based auction house, Luckner's frequently sees antiques, collectibles, fine art and modern design pieces featuring in its lots. Low commission rates make this a popular choice for buyers and sellers alike.
    Luckner’s, 128 Druid Street, SE1 (7252 3507/www.luckners.com). London Bridge tube. 10am-6pm Mon-Fri, noon-5pm Sat.

    North London Auctions
    Weekly auctions tend to include furniture, rugs, clocks, ceramics and other homewares as well as cameras and jewellery. North London Auctions, 9-17 Lodge Lane, North Finchley, N12 (8445 9000/www.northlondonauctions.com). Woodside Park tube. Viewing times 9am-1pm Sun, all day Mon. Auctions 4pm Mon.

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    Art and antiques auctions


    Bonhams
    The world’s oldest British-owned auction house provides an eclectic mix of auctions from decorative art to antiquities and vintage cars.
    Bonhams, 101 New Bond St, W1 (7447 7447/www.bonhams.com). Bond St tube.

    Chiswick Auctions
    Art and antiques with a bi-monthly ‘fine’ sale for higher value stock.
    Chiswick Auctions, 1 Colville Rd, W3 8BL (8992 4442/www.chiswickauctions.co.uk). Acton Town or Chiswick Park tube.

    Christie's
    Founded in London in 1766, Christie’s is a leader in art auctions worldwide.
    Christie's, 8 King St, SW1 (7839 9060/www.christies.com). Green Park tube.

    Criterion
    Weekly sales feature thousands of items of antiques, jewellery and contemporary furnishing, meaning the auctioneers’ two locations in Islington and Wandsworth are always packed with great finds.
    Criterion Auctioneers, 53 Essex Road, Islington, N1 (7359 5707/www.criterionauctions.co.uk). Angel tube or Essex Road rail. Viewing times 2-7pm Fri, 10am-6pm Sat & Sun, 10am onwards Mon. Auctions 5pm Mon.

    Rosebery’s
    A wide range of decorative arts, ceramics, glass, jewellery, paintings, maps and rugs go under the hammer, plus a monthly picture auction.
    Rosebery’s, 74-76 Knights Hill,  SE27 0JD (8761 2522/www.roseberys.co.uk). West Norwood rail.

    Sotheby’s
    A wide-ranging collection of art and antiques is sold by this 260-year-old auction house.
    Sotheby's, 34-35 New Bond St, W1 (7293 5000/www.sothebys.com). Bond St tube.

    Southgate Auction Rooms
    A good range of antique furniture and household goods.
    Southgate Auction Rooms,  55 High St, N14 6LD (8876 7888/www.southgateauctionrooms.co.uk). Southgate tube.

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    Property auctions


    Allsop & Co
    Buying property at auction is definitely one way of avoiding the hassle of estate agents, and in the case of Allsop, it’s not just the auction house that sells, but also independent property consultants who know a bit about it. Auction dates vary.
    Allsop & Co, 27 Soho Square, W1 (7437 6977/www.allsop.co.uk). Tottenham Court Road tube.

    Barnard Marcus Auctions
    Selling a range of properties, not just in London but also across the rest of the country; worth checking out. Auction dates vary.
    Barnard Marcus Auctions, held at The Café Royal, 68 Regent Street, W1 (8741 9990/www.barnardmarcusauctions.co.uk). Oxford Circus tube.

    Strettons
    Pssst! Wanna buy a house? Do so at Strettons, which hosts several property sales a year from its Holborn base.
    Strettons, New Connaught Rooms, Great Queen St, WC2B 5DA (8520 9911). Holborn or Covent Garden tube.

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    Car auctions


    British Car Auctions
    With auctions three times a week, there’s always a wide range of cars, vans, caravans and more to bid on.
    British Car Auctions, 620-640 Great Cambridge Road, Enfield (8366 1144/www.british-car-auctions.co.uk). Viewings on the day of the auction from 9-10am. Auctions 10am-2.30pm Tue, Thur & Sat.

    Manheim Auctions
    Specialising in cars, vans, HGVs and motorbikes, Manheim holds three auctions a week at its Waterside Way location.
    Manheim Auctions, Waterside Way, Plough Lane, SW17 (0870 252 0415/www.manheim.co.uk) Haydons Road rail. Auctions 10.30am & 6.30pm Wed, 10am Fri.

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Buying property at auction is definitely one way of avoiding the hassle of estate agents, and in the case of Allsop, it’s not just the auction house that sells, but also independent property consultants who know a bit about it. Auction dates vary. Selling a range of properties, not just in London but also across the rest of the country; worth checking out. Auction dates vary. Pssst! Wanna buy a house? Do so at Strettons, which hosts several property sales a year from its Holborn base. General | Art and antiques | Property | Cars

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