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Five Great Reasons to Sell at Auction


Have you every thought about selling at auction?  Ronan Brown, from local auction house Browns ASR, explains why selling at auction can be a lot easier than you think.


“The valuation process isn’t as scary as you think.” 

It is a simple process, even in the present restrictions.  A virtual appointment can be arranged, especially useful if you have multiple items or are not sure which ones might be of value.  That way the valuer can ask to see what looks interesting and any marks or features of interest.  Alternatively, a form can be sent in with a brief description and images and the valuer can take a look. 

Once restrictions allow, valuation appointments can be arranged at the sale room in Jedburgh, by home visit or at valuation days, held in different locations throughout the year.  The no obligation valuation service for prospective sellers is free of charge.  


Expert Advice

⁠The benefit of selling at auction is the specialist knowledge valuers have about a wide range of items and how to market them effectively.  Browns’ has a programme of sales that allows more valuable items to be sold in international specialist sales, more general items in monthly auctions and affordable items in timed auctions.  All auctions are available online.


“Attic treasures can be worth more than you think.”

An item could be worth a lot more than clients think and searching the attic could unveil a hidden gem that had been long forgotten.  Browns’ have seen items sell for a lot more than predicted.

“A Famille Rose Charger, that had been imported from China at the beginning of the last century and then passed to the vendor’s Grandfather in a game of cards, attracted a lot of interest.  The Chinese market has been strong for quite some time at auction and this piece depicted two polychrome Imperial five claw dragons, synonymous with the Emperor, symbolising his imperial power.  During the Qing dynasty the 5 claw dragon was strictly reserved for the Emperor’s use.  Six online bidders took the bid up to £23,000 and eight telephone bidders pushed the final bid up to £27,000 and gave the vendor a lovely surprise when they returned home from holiday.”


“It generally only takes a few bidders to push the price up.”

Auctions are exciting and it only takes a few bidders to push the price of an item up.  Live online and timed auctions have proved popular on the Browns’ website with record numbers of registered bidders.  Bidders have a whole host of other ways to bid; by phone (with no minimum bid required), absentee bids, bidding via auction platforms or in the room (when restrictions allow), ensuring a lively atmosphere – and with more buyers, it’s more likely clients will achieve great prices for their items.


Wider Reach

As people have become more comfortable browsing and spending online, online auctions have seen a surge in interest.  Browns use auction platforms where people from around the world can search for desired items, exposing every lot to a large and engaged audience.  Items are photographed under lights, given a detailed description and then promoted online via catalogues, social media, printed media and search engines.  The removal side of Browns is on hand to both collect and deliver items nationally making the process simple for both buyers and sellers in these turbulent times.


Entries Now Invited


Our team continue to offer realistic and professional sales advice for prospective sellers via virtual appointments and our online auction estimate forms.  This confidential service is provided with no obligation, and is free of charge.    ⁠

Our programme of sales ensures an appropriate auction for every item; more valuable items will be publicised in our international specialist sales and more general items in our monthly and affordable auctions.⁠  For items you would like to consign, Browns’ experienced removal porters are on hand for your collection or removal needs.⁠

We look forward to resuming our auction programme as soon as circumstances and restrictions allow, and it is prudent to do so.  In the meantime, please feel free to get in touch regarding valuation advice on items to be sold or for estate and insurance purposes.

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Auctions Postponed


Following the First Minister’s announcement, regarding additional measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, our saleroom will close to the public from 5pm on Friday 15 January.  It is no longer possible, practical or right to continue with our online auctions in January, therefore we will postpone the Antiques, Fine Art & Jewellery Auction on 30 January and the Affordable Timed Auction from 25 – 31 January until 27 February and 23 – 28 February respectively, restrictions allowing.

Our removal side of the business will remain open, for essential moves, and we will continue to offer virtual valuations and surveys.  Our office will be manned remotely by calling 01835 863445 or by emailing info@brownsasr.co.uk.   

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you up to date with any further adjustments, if deemed necessary, to our auction calendar.


Covid 19 Update


Unfortunately, we find ourselves in increasingly difficult and challenging times.  We would like to reassure all our clients our auctions will continue online, as has been very popular in 2020.   We continue to accept items for valuation, consignment and collection by contactless appointment.

Following the latest government guidelines, our removal teams continue to offer removals, collections, deliveries and house clearances.

For estate and insurance valuations please get in touch to discuss your requirements.


Welcome to Browns


We are delighted to announce that StorageXpress and Brown and Turner will now be trading under the Browns ASR umbrella.  Offering one professional, experienced team to assist with all your auction, storage, removal and valuation requirements.

We will continue to provide a seamless service managing the sale of your goods, from valuation through to collecting, processing, presenting & advertising, alongside offering storage, household removals, clearances, collections and deliveries.

Now you can have items valued and auctioned, moved to new premises and stored all from one point of contact.  Our team are on hand to guide you through the process and ensure your items are always cared for and sold to the best of our ability.


Merry Christmas


Thank you to all our buyers, sellers and clients over this challenging year.  As we return to further restrictions, we will continue to serve you online and accept items for valuation and consignment by appointment.

All the team would like to wish you a Merry and safe Christmas and prosperous New Year.

Christmas Opening Hours
21 – 23 DECEMBER | 10am – 2pm
24 – 28 DECEMBER | CLOSED
29 – 30 DECEMBER | 10am – 2pm 
31 – 4 JANUARY | CLOSED

FORTHCOMING AUCTIONS 2021

UPCOMING AUCTIONS

Emeralds and Diamonds Glitter this Christmas


An elegant Art Deco Emerald & Diamond Ladies Ring attracted several online bidders, realising over £3,000 when the hammer dropped.  As did a stunning Victorian Ray Star Diamond Brooch, selling to the internet for over £1,900.  A classical Emerald and Diamond Crescent Brooch and an Art Deco Emerald and Diamond Clasp / Clip sold to a London buyer for £1,300 and £1,500 respectively.


Emerald Diamond Ring


A pair of impressive, floor standing Cast Bronze Figures of Stags, drew interest online and in the room for £1,200, with a smaller version of the “Monarch of the Glen” realising over £480.  Other popular pieces with competitive bidding included an Antique Shell Collage, estimated at £40 – £60 and sold for £380 and a Georgian Style Mahogany Overmantel Mirror, formerly housed in Floors Castle, sold for twice its estimate, realising over £300.

Chinese pieces continued to prove popular with Chinese bidders. A Pair of Chinese Kangxi Style Blue and White Pottery Vases with Covers had a market estimate of £50 – £70, however several online bidders brought the final price to over £500.  A Chinese Famille Verte Oviform Vase with Cover sold for 3 times its estimate for £380.

A Second Chance Timed Auction will now be running from 14th – 20th December, with the first lot closing at 8pm.  To browse and bid visit: https://brownandturner.co.uk/auctions/

Consignments are now invited for the Antiques, Fine Art & Jewellery Auction on 30th January.  Valuations continue to be offered at the Brown & Turner saleroom in Jedburgh, or by home visit.  Alternatively, images and details can be emailed to info@brownandturner.co.uk and video appointments arranged by calling 01835 863445.

The experienced team offer valuations for insurance, inheritance tax purposes and settlements.  The in-house removal teams make house clearances and moves much simpler – as part of a move different items can be valued and transferred to store, the Brown and Turner auction house and to new premises.


Upcoming Auctions

Saturday 30th January – Antiques, Fine Art & Jewellery
Consignments close 20th January

Saturday 27th February – Antiques, Fine Art & Jewellery
Consignments close 17th February

Saturday 27th March – Antiques, Fine Art & Jewellery
Consignments close 17th March

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Jewellery Auction Hopes to Make it a Sparkling Christmas


Borders auction house, Brown & Turner is set to run a Christmas Jewellery Auction live online on 12 December alongside an Antiques and Collectables Auction on the same day. 

Coronavirus restrictions have meant people have had fewer opportunities to browse in shops on the run up to Christmas and it is hoped this auction of jewels will offer a fantastic selection of gems to make the perfect Christmas gift or treat. 

Sixty pieces of jewellery will be auctioned, with watches featuring strongly including a Rolex Art Deco 9ct White Gold and Diamond Ladies Cocktail Wristwatch and a 18ct Gold Full Hunter Pocket Watch.  Vintage watches with a reputable name are eagerly been bought back by watch buyers and the style and quality of Art Deco pieces are proving popular with the modern-day buyer.  Other notable pieces include a stunning Art Deco Emerald and Diamond Ladies Ring and an elegant Diamond Tennis Bracelet in Art Deco style.



Brooches feature strongly and include a beautiful Sapphire & Diamond Spray Brooch, a stylish Diamond and Emerald Crescent Brooch, an Art Deco Diamond Brooch in a scrolling ribbon form and a Victorian Ray Star Diamond Brooch.

Individual estimates for the pieces to be sold at the Christmas Jewellery auction range from £40 to £1,500, offering something for everyone.

Ronan Brown from Brown & Turner said: “We have a fantastic range of pieces on offer in our Christmas Jewellery Auction. While it has been difficult for people to shop in person we hope the opportunity to buy beautiful, vintage pieces from their home will make lives easier to buy the perfect gift for loved ones, or as a Christmas treat.”

An online catalogue detailing each of the pieces for sale will be available from the Brown & Turner website on Friday 4th December and more information on the work can be obtained by calling 01835 863445 or emailing info@brownandturner.co.uk. Viewings will be available from 8th – 12th December by appointment.


November Hammer Highlights


November’s Contemporary Art, Antiques & Interiors Auction again showed a buoyant market for jewellery.  Lot 3, 9ct White Gold and Diamond Ladies Ring, went significantly overestimate realising over £290 (estimate £130-£150).

Lot 15, Nine Assorted Corgi Die Cast Models, attracted several collectors and sold for double the market estimate realising over £250 and Lot 31, Antique Violin circa late 19th / early 20th century, realised £330 (estimate £150 – £250).  

Lot 63, Pair of Victorian Mahogany Hall Chairs gained a lot of interest online and in the room, realising over £280 (estimate £60 – £80), and Lot 62 George III Mahogany Chest of Drawers, realised over £280 (estimate £150 – £200).  Lot 111, Late Victorian Mahogany Kneehole Desk, realised £200 from an estimate of £50 – £70.

Within the Contemporary Art Section Lot 337, an oil on canvas of Elephant’s bathing by Sophie Harden realised over £1,100.  Martin Irish’s mixed media pieces all proved very popular with Lot 355, You Disappeared with the Morning Light, realising over £900.


A Second Chance Timed Auction will now be running from 16th – 22nd November, with the first lot closing at 8pm.  A new Affordable Auction will be running alongside, with a starting bid on £10.  To browse and bid visit: https://brownandturner.co.uk/auctions/

Consignments are now invited for the Christmas Jewellery Auction and the Antiques & Fine Art Auction on 12th December.  Valuations continue to be offered at the Brown & Turner saleroom in Jedburgh, or by home visit.  Alternatively, images and details can be emailed to info@brownandturner.co.uk and video appointments arranged by calling 01835 863445.

The experienced team offer valuations for insurance, inheritance tax purposes and settlements.  The in-house removal teams make house clearances and moves much simpler – as part of a move different items can be valued and transferred to store, the Brown and Turner auction house and to new premises.


Upcoming Auctions

Saturday 12th December – Christmas Jewellery Auction
Saturday 12th December – Christmas Auction
Consignments invited until 2nd December

Upcoming Valuation Day

25th November – Auction valuations offered over video or in the sale room

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November Auction Highlights


Brown and Turner’s Contemporary Art, Antiques and Interiors Auction starts at 10am on Saturday 14th November with a limited number of attendees in the room.  The auction includes a selection of antiques, furniture, collectables and jewellery as well as over 70 lots of Contemporary Art from artists across Scotland and further afield.  The Contemporary Art will not commence before 11.30am.

Some of the notable furniture lots include Lot 89 Barker & Stonehouse Hardwood Dining Room Suite, estimate £350 – £450. Lot 69, a Rosewood Inlaid Window Table, estimated between £150 – £200 and Lot 63, Pair of Victorian Mahogany Hall Chairs estimated between £60 – £80.  For those looking for some home entertainment there is Lot 98, W Folkes & Sons Billiard Table Builders, The Challenge 6ft Billiard Table with an estimate of £100 – £200.


Lot 86, Two Contemporary Floor Standing Metal Figures of Giraffes are a popular piece with an estimate of £100 – £150. Other pieces by prominent artists are Lot 35 Mabel Allington Royds (1874-1941) “Indian Bazaar and Temple”, (Est £300 – £500), Lot 43 Tom Scott RSA RSW (Scottish 1854-1927) “Ettrick Carterhaugh” (Est £250 – £350) and Lots 50 – 56 all by Robert T.H. Smith.

The Contemporary Art Auction starts at 11.30am with over 70 lots from artists across Scotland and beyond taking part including Sophie Harden, Julie Barnes, Georgina Bown SSA and Gill Walton to name a few. Prices start from £150 to £3,000 with an array of mediums on show.

To register to attend the auction please fill out the form on www.brownandturner.co.uk/register-attendance.  The auction will be available live online at www.brownandturner.co.uk with viewings on Wednesday and Thursday (9am – 5pm) Friday (9am – 7pm).  To register to bid via phone or leave an absentee bid call 01835 863445 or email info@brownandturner.co.uk