Buying unique art or exceptional antiques is exciting--doubly so when the loot is acquired at a great price. That's the jolt we get from auctions.
Bonhams 1793 hosts day-long Sunset Estates auctions where everything from contemporary furniture to 19th-century tableware is on the block. While some estimates climb to the thousands of dollars, many items are just a few hundred. We noticed that even after the 22 percent commission, prices are usually much less expensive than from stores or decorators--and all items have been vetted by Bonhams's discriminating appraisers.
Bidding is simple: Pre-sale, review items online or at Bonhams. On auction day, show up around 8:30 a.m., register, then wave your numbered paddle clearly enough to be seen among the 100 or so attendees.
This Sunday, we're poised for lots which will include European and Asian art, silver, and furniture design from Baroque to Art Deco. Standouts include books from Glenn Goldman, the late owner of West Hollywood's famed Book Soup (from $150), a modern Murano glass chandelier ($600 to $800) and a Danish Modern, teak desk and chair ($500 to $800).
Think of it all as this week's bid for greatness.
Bonhams 1793, 7601 W. Sunset Blvd.; 323-850-7500 or bonhams.com