Understanding jewellery auctions and expert tips for first-time bidders

Auctions are undoubtedly one of the most thrilling parts of pre-loved jewellery hunting. The variety of jewels, cascade of precious gems, and curation of designer pieces with exceptional provenance beats anything you’ll find at retail stores. You can bid on everything from exquisite vintage bijoux and rare jewellery antiques to everyday trinkets and contemporary masterpieces, sometimes pre-owned by celebrities or even royalty. Who can forget Liz Taylor’s exquisite auctioned collections that have broken records over the years? Or even the more recently auctioned jewels of actress Hind Rostom (nicknamed the Egyptian Brigitte Bardot) that sold out at Sotheby’s last year?

Here’s everything you need to know before raising your paddle and some personal tips to help you find — and win — pieces you’ll love.

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