Art auc­tion house launches un­cat­a­logued ‘ba­sics’ sales

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OMNI Fine Art Auc­tion­eers has taken the com­ing of spring as a cue for the third com­po­nent of its auc­tion di­vi­sions. Its lat­est con­cept, Omni Ba­sics, will in­tro­duce no-frills, un­cat­a­logued auc­tions where ev­ery­thing must be sold and there will be no re­serve prices.

War­ren Scheuer of Omni says the goods on of­fer at these auc­tions will be a mix of fur­nish­ings, art and col­lecta­bles, with a fo­cus on do­mes­tic and con­tem­po­rary items.

“While the sales will be un­fussy and un­com­pli­cated, mak­ing auc­tion items ac­ces­si­ble to all, the dis­plays of goods on the auc­tion floor will be un­de­ni­ably at­trac­tive,” he says.

The auc­tions, which will be held in the base­ment of Omni’s New­lands premises, will ini­tially be held monthly but are ex­pected to de­velop into fort­nightly events.

Omni Ba­sics was launched as a con­trast to Omni’s Pre­mium auc­tion – a quar­terly cat­a­logued auc­tion that fo­cuses on high-end items and of­fers a long pre-auc­tion view­ing pe­riod – and the monthly Se­lect auc­tion, which is also a cat­a­logued auc­tion, but with a step down in the price and rar­ity of items of­fered.

“We recog­nised the de­mand for sim­ple goods, to be sold sim­ply, and have re­sponded to the Cape mar­ket’s wants and needs,” says Scheuer.

“As our name sug­gests, our aim is to pro­vide items of in­ter­est and ap­peal that cater to all at our auc­tions.”

Scheuer be­lieves the Omni Ba­sics auc­tions will de­velop into “a won­der­ful des­ti­na­tion for deal­ers, dec­o­ra­tors, col­lec­tors and first­time buy­ers”.

The in­au­gu­ral sale will in­clude an ar­ray of col­lecta­bles, such as cut­lery and crock­ery, or­na­ments and glass­ware. “Medals, coins, stamps and vin­tage pa­per cur­rency will also be avail­able, as will a vast quan­tity of paint­ings and prints. The home fur­nish­ings will in­clude col­lec­tions of mir­rors and lamps.” Scheuer says items will need to be con­signed a week in ad­vance of the auc­tion, and there will only be a sin­gle day of view­ing prior to each sale. Un­like the Pre­mium and Se­lect auc­tion events, there will be no on­line or tele­phone bid­ding at the Ba­sics sales. “How­ever, all three types of Omni auc­tions will take place on Tues­days, mak­ing Tues­day an Omni day on the auc­tion cal­en­dar,” he says. The in­au­gu­ral Omni Ba­sics sale will be held at the auc­tion house at 9 Hem­lock Street, New­lands, at 10.30am on Tues­day. The auc­tion items may be viewed from 10am to 6pm at the same venue on Mon­day. For de­tails call Omni Fine Art Auc­tion­eers on 021 671 4497 or email or www.

Part of the col­lec­tion of Ro­man to 20th cen­tury coins and medals, both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional, which will be sold with­out re­serve in Omni’s no-frills, un­cat­a­logued Ba­sics auc­tion.

A sam­ple of the 20th cen­tury pa­per monies of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional ori­gin which will be avail­able at the in­au­gu­ral Omni Ba­sics sale, as will the this Royal Doul­ton ‘Bun­nykins’ Child’s Bowl, far left.

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