As you might have guessed by now, I am a fan of auctions. I’ve been attending them for years, and regardless of whether I buy something or not, there’s always something to be learned.
For new collectors, auctions are great. You can pick up the piece, look underneath it, heft it in your hands, check for damages, and thoroughly examine the piece before you bid on it. Most of the better auction houses have catalogues, which you can either purchase or download from their website, and they give you some information about what’s going under the hammer.
One of our local auction houses (Alex Cooper) has an auction about every six to eight weeks, and it’s a lot of fun to attend. I usually attend one of the previews, so I can check things out before the actual auction. I generally have the catalogue in hand, so I can mark off the lots that interest me. It’s also a good social time, as you frequently see the same people time after time.