Whether you’re an art collector or an art seller, you’ll be sure to find the perfect piece or the ideal price at one of the many art auctions in Barcelona. Auctions, an event where bidders put forward their price to purchase goods and then await with anticipation for the hammer to bang ‘SOLD!’, are an exhilarating and rewarding experience for art enthusiasts, whether long-time collectors or simply starting out. In Barcelona, there are several different auction houses that run monthly auctions as well as auctions online. So if you’re looking for the place to purchase your next 19th century painting or perhaps an on-trend lamp from the 60s, then be sure to check out these art auctions in Barcelona.
Since it began operations in 1979, Balclis has auctioned over 200,000 pieces of art. A self-described provider for the international market, Balclis prides itself on enabling the distribution and promotion of Spanish art across a global audience in addition to its pieces entering collections in Spain, including the Museo Reina Sofía, the Museo del Prado and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. Balclis’ collections include antiques, graphic art, jewellery, photography, paintings and sculptures. Auctions are held every few months, with a showroom at Carrer de Rosselló, 227, open ten days before the event. Details of upcoming auctions are provided when you subscribe to the Balclis newsletter.
Setdart, which has been running since 2004, is an online auction house in Barcelona with more than 50,000 subscribers. Each month sees around 4,000 pieces listed for people to bid online with items ranging from contemporary art; books and engravings; furniture and lamps; carpets, rugs and tapestries; as well as musical instruments. To take part in the online auctions managed by Setdart, you need to register online. If you’re a first-timer at auctions and perhaps find the intense atmosphere of the live events a little daunting, then online auctions are a great way to start building your art and antique collection.
The monthly auctions run by Arce Subastas feature a wide range of art and antiques including lamps, mirrors, porcelain items as well as textiles. The company prides itself on being in close contact with specialists across its different collections, ensuring market prices are set. For sellers, they also offer free in-home valuations as well as restoration services. Each month, auctions by Arce Subastas are held at Carrer de Santaló, 9, with an exhibition of items available for viewing ten days prior.
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