Past Presents

Published 8th December 2023

By Lissy Tsigarides View profile


As the festive season approaches, the pursuit of the perfect Christmas gift takes centre stage. While the quest for meaningful presents can be a joyful one, there exists an enchanting alternative to the usual shopping frenzy. For those seeking gifts that truly captivate, the world of auctions beckons, promising unique finds that go beyond the ordinary.

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, recently hosted their Silver, Jewellery & Luxury auction, introducing luxury and designer items to their well-established array of auctions. Here, you can bid on treasures like silk Hermes and Liberty scarves, vintage whiskeys, Louis Vuitton purses, handbags from renowned fashion houses, designer shoes, boxed Cartier pens, beautifully crafted lighters, Tiffany and Co. silver bangles, even designer dog collars, and Rolex watches—gifts that effortlessly blend style and practicality.

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When you buy at auction, you can be confident in the authenticity of your purchase, offering a thoughtful and unique gift that may appreciate in value over time. Some of these items are rare, with limited quantities, making them unavailable as new purchases.

Speaking of unique finds, imagine stumbling upon a whiskey bottle labelled '1924, Glen Elgin Glenlivet, Pure Malt Scotch Whisky… matured in oak casks for 38 years'—over a century old, this would undoubtedly make for an extraordinary gift and a captivating conversation piece during Christmas gatherings. There's something truly remarkable about molecules aged for over a century.

Jewellery always makes for a popular gift choice. These auctions feature a wide range of items, from classic diamond rings radiating timeless elegance to Rolex watches, sentimental lockets, and contemporary or designer pieces that redefine luxury. Whether you envision presenting your loved one with a stunning Art Deco diamond cluster ring or gifting a pair of vintage pearl earrings that evoke the glamour of a bygone era, the possibilities are as endless as the sparkle of the gemstones themselves.

The silver section offered not only great gift options but also antique tableware that can be reimagined in a contemporary setting. Picture candlesticks casting a warm glow over holiday gatherings, a unique set of napkin rings, an espresso martini set, or meticulously crafted serving trays that transform Christmas dinners into culinary showcases. The beauty of choosing silver as a gift lies not only in its aesthetic appeal but also in the lasting value it holds, becoming a cherished heirloom passed down through generations.

Bidding at an auction may seem intimidating, but Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood make it accessible to all. Potential buyers can attend auctions in person or participate online, providing the flexibility to browse and bid from the comfort of your own home. The auction house offers expert guidance, ensuring that both newcomers and seasoned collectors can navigate the world of luxury gifts with confidence.

Their upcoming auctions offer more opportunities for a one-of-a-kind gift. Consider their Sporting & Collectors auction in November, where unique toys, Steiff bears, old rocking horses, boxed Corgi die-cast toy vehicles, vintage records, and train sets are sure to evoke nostalgia. In December at their Antiquarian Book auction, you can uncover literary treasures that make for timeless and cherished Christmas gifts. Christmas is a time when people yearn for a connection to the past, and vintage collectables provide just that.

This Christmas, elevate your gift-giving to a new level of luxury and sophistication by exploring the auctions at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood. Unwrapping a carefully chosen silver masterpiece, a dazzling piece of jewellery, or a designer gem is not just a moment of joy—it's the creation of a cherished memory that will be treasured for years to come.

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