Sydney’s Auction House Goldmine


By Jacqui Thompson Posted in | Prime Finds | 29 January 2014 7:20AM


Sydney’s auction house scene has a healthy and long-standing history; from furniture, art, bric-a-brac and former estate collections, to jewellery, vintage clothing and design objects—there is an auction to suit your taste and whims.


Of course some auction establishments are better suited to the high-end of town, but don’t despair, there are great auction houses that cater to people just like you and me, with a little cash in the pocket looking for something unique.


Here is our pick of Sydney’s most interesting auction houses.


Shapiro Auctioneers and Gallery

Located in Woollahra on the corner of Queen Street and Alton Street, Shapiro Auctioneers and Gallery specialise in art, fine jewellery, vintage clothing and design objects. At the higher end of the market, expect quality and a focus on contemporary design.


The catalogue for each upcoming auction is available online two weeks prior to the event on the Shapiro website. Estimated values are published in the catalogue, items can start from around $100 and make their way well up from there.


To give you an idea of styles, previous auctions have included: 20th and 21st Century Art and Design; Fine Jewellery; Vintage Couture From The Victoria and Albert Boutique; Modern and Contemporary Art; Artworks From The Collection Of Peter Fay; and Claire Dan Estate, The Contents Of 23 Victoria Road Bellevue Hill.


Absentee and phone bid forms can be downloaded from the website if you are unable to attend the actual day. A 20% premium goes to the auction house on top of the hammer price.