Going for a song? Our expert guide to buying at an auction

Inside Croydon

If you love watching Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip on television, you may have seen local auctioneer CATHERINE SOUTHON, right, finding some great bargains. Ahead of her next auction – at the Farleigh Golf Club next Wednesday, on March 7 – she offers you some tips on how to snare a valuable and beautiful bargain for yourself

You can watch a live auction, but you can have a go yourself. Auctions may look a little intimidating on television because of their fast pace, but you will quickly get a feel for it. There’s no need to worry about bidding by mistake because you scratched your ear; that’s not enough to become the sudden owner of a tea service you don’t have space for.

So what do you need to do to be able to bid in an auction?

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