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Roadshow-Style Antiques Event At The Station
Monday - October 24, 2016
Experts from one of the region’s leading auction houses will be offering free valuations and advice at Richmond’s historic tourist attraction The Station, on Monday 31 October between 10.00am and 3.00pm.

Hosted by Thomas Watson’s of Darlington, this drop-in event provides an informal opportunity to find out more about a whole range of contemporary or antique objects, including silver, ceramics, glass, pictures, sculpture or other collectables.

“Many people have things tucked away at home that are actually worth quite a lot of money and it is surprising what actually does turn up at these events,” said auctioneer and valuer David Elstob. “For instance, at the last valuation event we held at The Station someone brought along a 1920’s sapphire and diamond ring that later sold at auction for £1,600.

“We will be able to give a current market value of the object and hopefully bits of added information, especially if people have things that have either been handed down through the generations or picked up in a shop or sale. It’s always fun to know a bit more about an item that you own,” he added.

While the valuations are free with no obligation, anyone wishing to sell an object will be given the option to have it included in the next relevant auction at the Darlington saleroom. 

“Estimates given at a valuation event are used as a guide price at auction,” said David Elstob. “If the piece doesn’t reach its desired price then it doesn’t have to be sold so there is no risk to the seller. Up-to-date valuations are also useful for insurance purposes, and items listed in policies should always be kept under review. Market trends do vary and an item that wasn’t worth much ten years ago may have rocketed in value today.”

The market for jewellery is particularly buoyant at the moment and anything from the Art Deco era sells very well. Modelled ceramic figures also have a huge following and anything from the Far East continues to command high prices. 

For more information about Thomas Watson’s valuation services or the event at The Station, please call 01325 462 559 or email:

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