What is a “Discovery Sale”?

Most auctions focus on a specific category like “Silver” or “20th century Art”. A  “Discovery Sale” is a great opportunity to view, bid on, and win auction items from a wide and varied range of auction categories. 

Like the name suggests, it is all about discovering! These sales are usually affordable, approachable, diverse, fun and they offer something for buyers, sellers, and new collectors alike. They are also the perfect opportunity to find great and unique pieces to help you spruce up your home. Below are some of our favorite, unique ideas. 


Vintage Bone Jewelry Necklace and Bangles Set
Emmanuel Villanis (French, 1858-1914) Bronze Sculpture Nubian Slave Market of a Nude Woman with Removable Skirt. Signed on the side of the base. Issued: Circa 1890s Dimensions: 10"H x 7"L x 4.5"W Country of Origin: France

When you happen upon a Discovery Sale,  the auction catalogue is a treasure trove of styles and opportunity for you to explore: Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical, French Louis style furniture, English sterling silver, Continental silver, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Post War, Contemporary, Modern and Post-Modern. You will see some of the great creators such as Tiffany, Waterford, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Chanel, Royal Doulton, Wedgwood, Daum, Versace, Baker, Roche BoBois, Jaeger LeCoultre, Christofle, Knoll, Lalique, Baccarat, Harry Winston, Picasso, Dali, Hockney, Koons and Warhol gracing the auction pages and inspire your imagination.

One may wonder how to make this all work inside of their home? In magazines like Modern Home and Architectural Digest, you will find designers pointing to scale, space and proportion of how to use such desirable gems. Antiques and vintage items can bring a touch of your personal aesthetic and family history into your home and lifestyle. After all, your home should help tell the story of “you.”

At Whitley’s, our specialists will take the time to help you better understand the auction market, give personal consultations, and can help you find those special pieces to make your house a true home.

The first Discovery Sale of 2019 happens February 23rd at 10 EST and you can get a head start by bidding now through auction day on Invaluable or LiveAuctioneers.

Also, make sure to visit our Fort Lauderdale, FL area showroom in Dania Beach and get an advanced preview of this exciting auction now through auction day. Call us at 954.866.8044  or email us at info@whitleysauctioneers.com for more details and schedule an appointment.