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special advertising section If you're a novice auction-goer, think about your budget – don't get caught up in the excitement and bid more than you should. Talk to the auction staff and the preview staff, and ask about the condition of the object. Has it been re- stored? Does it have all its original parts? Do some reconnaissance before you actually bid – you can go online and research the price point so you're not pay- ing more than an object is worth. — Karen Keane, Skinner Take time and examine each item you are interested in carefully. Measure it if necessary to make sure it fits your space. Sign up to telephone bid or live in- ternet bid several days before the sale if you cannot attend. You can even follow the sale on your phone and bid with many apps, such as Set a price in your mind that you are willing to pay and perhaps establish a rule that you will go over the amount by only one bid. Be sure to calculate tax and buyer's premium into your amount. It is so exciting to buy or sell live at an auction that I would highly recommend attending the sale if at all possible. If the item you are interested in is passed at the auction, it is frequently be- cause the consigner has set a reserve for the item. You can call after the auction and make an offer on the item, and the auction house will contact the consigner with your offer. If you have the time and patience, there are always bargains at the end of the auction. —Diane Riva, Kaminski Auctions visit our new arrivals gallery at Large Doulton Lambeth faience floor vase, auctioned for $20,145 on July 9, 2011 Standing nearly six feet four inches in height, this Doulton faience baluster vase, with its painted dahlias among bamboo and exotic foliage, is certainly an eye stopper. It's unusual to see an antique vase so massive in structure, and although the particular history of this vase is unclear, a very similar vase was exhibited by Doulton & Co. at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. It was considered to be the crowning glory of the Doulton stand at the Fair and is now at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Since 1938 SALEM MA • 978.744.5909 • BOSTON • 617.399.6500 —Stuart Slavid, director of European Furniture & Decorative Arts

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