The Porl Thompson (The Cure) Auction
"It was not an easy decision to part with 30 years of memories, but I would like to thank Karen and Paul from Omega Auctions for making this event such a success; with their sympathetic attitude, expert knowledge and hard work, they made auctioning my collection more enjoyable and a whole lot easier than I imagined. Thank you for the friendly advice and careful handling of everything.
I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone who is looking to do something similar and would definitely return to them if I have anything further to sell in the future.
"WOW, What a sale! So exciting, I signed out and followed as a guest for the Elvis section, in case I got caught up in the moment and made a reckless bid for the Elvis handcuffs ! At the record shop this morning, I was amazed at the number of customers who followed the auction on the internet."
COLLECTED - The Alan Wilder / Depeche Mode Collection
A Historic Equipment, Vinyl and Memorabilia Auction
"One of my new year’s resolutions for 2011 was to streamline my studio set-up. Passing on some vintage
gear and historical items seemed like a good way to start and the concept quickly expanded into a full
scale auction including all kinds of rare items and memorabilia. Many were very collectable and held
special value having been used extensively in the recording sessions for classic Depeche Mode & Recoil
albums, as well as live performances on the 'Black Celebration', 'Music For The Masses', 'World Violation'
and 'Devotional' tours. The additional memorabilia such as Gold & Platinum award discs, leather clothing,
rare acetates & test pressings, artwork, posters, tour merchandise and much more covered my entire
musical career, focusing mainly on the years between 1982 & 1995. It was the first time ever that a
Depeche Mode memorabilia sale on this scale had appeared.
When I realised the size of the consignment I wished to sell, it quickly became clear that the only way to
achieve a good result would be to go with a professional, organised company who would be empathic
with the nature of my collection and what it would mean to the Depeche Mode fans in particular. It would
require some deep knowledge of the fan-base as well as some comprehensive research to find out
exactly how potential investors would wish to take part in such a grand sale.
Finding the right company to work with was not as easy as I imagined which is why, when I made contact
with Omega Auctions and received an immediate and enthusiastic response, my worries were instantly
relieved and we could finally get on with the systematic and logistical process of bringing the whole
auction to its ultimate conclusion.
Using a professional company meant that difficult issues regarding payments & shipping methods
(required to facilitate a smooth process) could be controlled much more efficiently whilst being able to put
together a special live occasion, and also implement the on-line part of the sale which we knew would
attract the vast majority of those wishing to take part. Following discussions from all parties, the auction
concept was expanded to create an exciting and unique global event including film presentations, audio
demonstrations, a live concert, Q&A sessions and much more.
I can categorically say that Karen & Paul Fairweather from Omega approached the whole event with utter
professionalism and total enthusiasm. They were attentive, responsive, flexible, knowledgable and
brimming with inventive marketing & promotional ideas. Most of all, all the Omega staff were
unbelievably hard working enabling us to sell an incredible 98% of 422 lots whilst achieving financial
results well above & beyond everybody's expectations. There were around 150 people in the room for our
live auction, and 600 took part online from countries across the globe (while treated to a full audio/visual
Everybody that followed the 'Collected' AW/DM sale agreed that it was a fantastic and highly successful
happening - I would not hesitate to work with Omega again and wholeheartedly recommend this friendly
and efficient family-run firm to anybody looking to do something similar."
Alan Wilder (ex Depeche Mode and Recoil)
RECOIL c/o Mute, 1 Albion Place, Hammersmith,London, W6 0QT, U.K.