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If you like auctions you'll love Government Auction News! – Discover how to find thousands of Luxury items at bargain prices

New iPhones, tablets, cameras, clothing, fashion and beauty products, vehicles, wines, beers and spirits - it might surprise you what turns up at auction, it'll astound you how little you'll have to pay!

Whatever your interest in auctions might be, from earning an extra income to establishing a successful business, or from seeking out collectibles to picking up incredible bargains, discover how Government Auction News can help you find what you're looking for.

What are "Government Auctions"?

Established 25 years ago, Government Auction News is the UK's premier auction information service

From our offices in Fleet Street, central London, we publish a whole range of newsletters, specialist courses, books and insider reports. Since 1990 our regular readers have been cashing in on some incredible bargains, and you can do the same.

You'll get all the latest news, clear and concise advice, special features, and investment advice on what to buy and what to pay. Learn how maximize value, turn a profit, avoid common auction mistakes and much more besides.

With over 250,000 satisfied customers over the years, Government Auction News has been recommended by BBC and ITV, national and local radio, The Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, FHM Magazine among others,. Our publications are also referred to by official bodies such as the Department for Business Innovation & Skills, the Department of Environment and Her Majesty's Stationery Office.

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For pleasure and for profit

Providing details of over 1,200 auctions taking place each month throughout the whole of the UK, Government Auction News shows you where the bargains are to be found in your region and online.

You really can buy goods at prices that will make you think you are dreaming - up to 95% off the normal price week in, week out..

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GAN Editor Stuart Maclaren explains how Government Auction News will lead you to bargain after bargain after bargain:

Imagine if every month you were alerted to thousands of unbelievable bargains that not only could save you hundreds of pounds but also had the potential to make you profits in the region of 500%. What would you do with that information?

Would you use it to improve your lifestyle buying luxury items you've long wanted for yourself, or would you be tempted to turn your knowledge into a quick profit with little or no effort?

Our regular readers are already cashing in on some fabulous bargains, and you can do the same. It's hassle free and fun, and I'd like to show you the easiest way you can get in on this simple strategy.

Why are the prices of these luxury items so low? Well, each month thousands of organisations sell goods at auction and they want to get rid of them fast. It doesn't take a genius to work out that the speediest way to sell something is to accept a very low price.

That's why most of these auctions are NO-RESERVE PRICE sales, that is to say the goods must be sold there and then with no lower price limit. The 'best bid' wins irrespective of realistic values or market prices - you could literally pay just a few pounds for something that's worth hundreds!

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Take the police, for example. They use these auctions to unload vast quantities of lost and unclaimed property, everything from computers and mobile phones to video cameras and iPods, cars, boats and even caravans!

Company receivers and insolvency practitioners dispose of bankruptcy stock by the same means, while HM Customs & Excise are interested in selling off confiscated and impounded items. In every case, the vendor is interested in a quick and easy sale - so there are always thousands of bargains to be had.

So, if you're willing to attend a few of these auctions each month it will be possible for you to pick up bargain after bargain after bargain. You can buy goods at prices that will make you think you are dreaming - up to 95% off the normal price week in, week out.

But if you look in the mainstream press for these sales, you'll be lucky to find them. Often these sales aren't publicised and that can make it difficult for beginners. But don't worry, that's where Government Auction News comes in.

Government Auction News provides details of over 1,200 auctions taking place each month throughout the whole of the UK and the Republic of Ireland, and shows you where the bargains are to be found in your region, the type of auction and when it will take place.

Whether you are interested in bankrupts stocks, police lost and found, airport lost property, ex-catalogue stocks, trade stocks, Government surplus, antiques and collectibles, property, plant and machinery, cars, boats or bicycles... Government Auction News will steer you to the very best bargains.

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Another slice of luck

A piece of the Queen and Prince Philip's wedding cake has been sold for £500 (its reserve) at auction nearly 68 years after the couple were married.
The small slice of fruitcake, still housed in its original baking paper and souvenir box, had been entered into Gorringes' sale by an unnamed woman from Hove in East Sussex. The cake had been passed down to her by her father, who had been a guest at the great occasion.

Sensibly, neither the wedding guest nor his daughter had yielded to temptation and wolfed the royal confection in the intervening years. They could easily have done so since it is - even now, almost 70 years after it was baked - still edible thanks to the high alcohol content of the original mixture.

Key to the healthy price was the fact that the cake's ivory-coloured box was in good condition. It was inscribed with the initials E and P picked out in silver and bore the additional inscription: "Buckingham Palace 20th November 1947". The crucial accompanying card which reads "With the best wishes of their Royal Highnesses Princess Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh" was also present.

Gold or...?

Gold! Always believe in your soul. Well... not always.

A decade ago, it was generally believed that the emerging middle class in China would be major consumers of gold and that the Chinese Government was quietly stockpiling the stuff. The former has turned out not to be true and nor has the latter. Last summer Chinese Government purchases between 2009 and 2015 turned out to be just 604 tonnes, about a third of what many people believed it had acquired.

The gold price has, more or less, been falling for several years. It hit a record high in 2011 ($1,920 a troy ounce), whereas at the time of writing it stands at just $1,127. Put another way, half the gains it accrued between 1999 when it stood at $250 an ounce and its peak have now been wiped out. Moreover, although there have been all sorts of news events, such as the collapse of the Greek economy and international refugee crisis, the sort of concerns that in the past would boost the value of gold, there has been little interest recently in what is supposed to be the ultimate haven investment. This year gold has dropped down to as low as $1,077, leading traders to wonder whether gold could now fall back into triple digits for the first time this decade.

So gold appears, at the moment, to be in the doldrums.

Should we buy? Should we wait to buy? Or should we never touch the stuff at all? When evaluating the performance of gold as an investment over the long term, much depends on the period one considers. For example, since 1970 gold has outperformed stocks and bonds. However, if you only look back as far as 1985 you will find that stocks and bonds have outperformed gold. Consider a much shorter period, just back to the new millennium, and gold has outperformed stocks and bonds.

My conclusion is that it is sensible to hold some gold, but I for one would never allow it to play too important a role in my portfolio. As Nicholas Pine has told us on many occasions, the best investment is land: they aren't making it any more.

If you are tempted to go for gold then remember that pretty Victorian brooches, earrings, cufflinks and cigarette cases will wax and wane in fashion and so command greater or lesser sums at auction but the troy weight is ultimately what counts. You will pay a premium to buy a beautiful piece but that is never factored in when it comes to the melt value, so don't be seduced by an attractive setting or designer name.
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