About Us

About Omega Auctions

Omega Auctions are proud to be one of the top auction houses worldwide for music memorabilia and vinyl records. We are passionate about what we do and whether you are looking to buy or sell, we are always happy to advise.

We are a family run auction house with buyers and sellers worldwide. We have a keen interest in all the types of goods that we auction and our knowledge, together with our personable and professional service will ensure that whether buying or selling, you will not be disappointed.

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Omega Auctions was born in 2010, with Karen & Paul Fairweather at the helm.  Paul was previously an ACA qualified Chartered Accountant and Karen a consultant Project Manager but following a nasty accident whilst travelling in Africa in 2007, they were reminded of how short life can be.  That experience led them to the decision to put their knowledge and skills together to turn a hobby into a business and do something they are both passionate about.  Since then there has been no turning back, with the business going from strength to strength year on year.  We have had the privilege of selling some truly unique and historical artifacts, achieving record breaking prices and working with some incredible musicians/artists on the sale of their collections. 

With a shared ethos of a strong work ethic, and a consistently personable and professional service, every team member has been carefully selected to ensure that they also share these core values, so whilst maybe not by name, every team member is a key part part of the Omega family.

Meet the Team

Paul Fairweather

Director

Paul has been collecting vinyl and memorabilia since he was a teenager and in 2010, decided to give up his career as an ACA Chartered Accountant, to turn his passion into his job.  With his knowledge and enthusiasm combined with his down to earth, personable approach, Paul has developed the business to rapidly become a well known name worldwide for the sale of memorabilia and vinyl.  Over that period, his enthusiasm has never waivered.  In a role where every day is different and one never knows what is going to come through the door, he still gets excited when a big collection comes in and can be found sifting through boxes well into the night to discover the rarities.  Paul is often on the road to appraise collections from all over the UK and Europe (or occasionally on an aeroplane to the USA).  He manages the team of experts who work on the sorting, cataloging and photography of lots and is the chief auctioneer on auction days.

Outside of work, he loves the great outdoors and can regularly be found cycling, running, hiking, climbing or abseiling amongst the mountains of Snowdonia.

Karen Fairweather

Director

Karen heads up client services and manages all of the office and administration team, putting all wrongs to right and ensuring that the whole operation runs as a well oiled machine, from back office systems, pre-auction, auction day and post-auction processes, website development/management and business development.  With responsibility for marketing, Karen works hard to ensure that we gain maximum exposure in order to maximise prices for sellers.  Take a look at our press page to see some of the national and international press coverage obtained...

Outside of work, Karen dreams of having the time to enjoy hobbies, which include walking, cycling, playing tennis, snowboarding and travelling.

 

Adnan Beswick

Head of Vinyl

Adnan has been part of the Omega crew since the beginning of 2015, and has been roaming the corridors ever since! Music is his entire life, and after training as a classical guitarist he has been lucky enough to live and breathe his hobby. A connoisseur of vinyl, Adnan heads up the team who sort through and catalogue the tens of thousand records which are consigned every year.  On auction day, you may also see him up on the rostrum, operating online bidding or carting around Really Useful Boxes loaded with goodies.  If you’re exceptionally lucky, he can also be found spinning a few of his own records in Manchester's Northern Quarter.

Dan Hampson

Assistant Auction Manager

Dan is the newest member, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the team.  He has worked in music for most of his career, from concert promoting to venue management and music journalism. He’s a keen cyclist and intrepid traveller outside of the auction room.  Dan is quickly developing his specialism in the memorabilia side of the business to include appraisals, cataloguing and photography.  On auction day, he can be found on the rostrum, operating the online bidding system or managing the team of porters behind the scenes.



Pat Duckworth

Auction Administrator & Photographer

Administration specialist Pat Duckworth is one of our longest serving employees. Pat is the friendly voice on the end of our phone and first on the scene post auctions to handle payments and shipping enquiries. Alongside her admin role, Pat’s the chief photographer of our vinyl sales - making sure even the dustiest of matrix numbers are snapped in perfect clarity. Outside of work, Pat enjoys socialising with friends, and will take any opportunity to get on the dancefloor.

Rebecca Birchall

Auction Assistant

Becky is the newest member of the team and has made a great start. Like the rest of the team, she uses her passion for music as a launchpad, springing confidently between cataloguing memorabilia, appraising and grading records, assisting on auction days, lifting and shifting around the warehouse, managing back office systems and (only very rarely) making brews. A keen musician, when she’s not in the office, she’s playing keys or drums with any number of hotly tipped groups between here and Liverpool, listening to Jefferson Airplane, Cocteau Twins and pretty much anything from 1967. 

Jonathan 'Goff' Wild

Auction Assistant

Jonathan ‘Goff’ Wild has been with Omega since the very early days. His serene presence and hugely impressive knowledge of the whole gamut of musical genres has guided us through consignments of hundreds of thousands of records;  picking, sifting and sorting consignemnts in into the well thought out and sellable lots that end up leaving our door post-auction. Goff’s the man that you’ll see working as hard behind the scenes on auction day, heading up the picking team to ensure that everyone ends up with their lots as soon as possible after each sale. He’s a ubiquitous presence around the Manchester music scene, DJing regularly from his enviable personal collection and is well known to collectors and buyers of records, memorabilia, antiques and collectibles all over the North West. Famously unable to resist mid-century Italian glassware!

Carole Fairweather

Auction Administrator

Carole has been with Omega since day one and whilst she has now largely retired, we are still incredibly lucky that she comes to work on auction days and the days following.  She is the happy, smiley face on reception on auction days, and works with Pat to take payments and organise shipping after sales. Outside of work, when not looking after grandchildren, she likes to spend time with friends and family and is the definitely the artistic one in the family, making the most incredible hand made cards, which some of our long time customers have been delighted to receive.

 

Archie

Our newest employee, and by far the cutest member of our team.  Questionable work ethic and toilet training. Yet to prove himself adept at cataloguing or grading rare records. Sleeps more than Adnan.

Auction Highlights

The Record that Launched the Beatles

Sold For

£77,500

Elvis Presley Bible Complete with Handwritten Notes

Sold For

£59,000

Unpublished Photographs of John Lennon

Sold For

£54,000

The Mike Mitchell Beatles Archive

Sold For

£253,000

Rare Beatles Shea Stadium Photo Archive

Sold For

£30,000

Elvis Presley - Russian Tsar Ring

Sold For

£23,500