We don’t go to the actual auctions but do look through the art displayed. If there is something we like, we buy it on the spot. Once my husband saw something he liked, handed his credit card to the art person, told him to wrap it up as we were going in to dinner and we would see them when we came out! We have 3 Anatole Krasnyansky’s hanging in the conference room at the office. My husband bought a Coyote and Road Runner cel for his office. And I discovered my favorite living artist on board a ship and bought two of his pieces, one for my living room and one for my office. And since I’ve befriended him and his lovely wife. I’ve purchased other items of his when not on a ship. Check out Rob Kaz. Totally self taught. His art may not be for everyone but it always makes me smile. FWIW - my favorite deceased artist is Claude Monet!