UK Antique Auctions Houses

Antique auctions, auction houses & auctioneers are by far the best source for antiques.

Local UK antique auctions and auction houses are probably the best place in the world to search for and to buy antiques because of the country’s rich history of invasion, conquest, trade and invention.

UK Antique auctioneers probably stock and sell more genuine antiques per square mile than any other country.

Almost every British town and village has an antiques shop and almost all UK cities hold reputable local antique auctions.

Local auction houses are were you find the best quality antiques at the most reasonable prices.

Below are listed some of the finest national, international and local auctions where you can always be sure of finding quality antique pieces.

UK Antique Auctions & Auction Houses holding Local Auctions; sorted by area …


  • Midlands
  • London
  • North East England
  • North West England
  • Scotland
  • Wales

Tab 1

Antique Auction Houses & Local Auctions in the East Midlands

The East Midlands encompasses Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire and most of Lincolnshire. The largest cities and towns in the area are Nottingham, Leicester, Derby, Chesterfield, Kettering, Lincoln, Loughborough, Mansfield and Northampton. Leicester is the largest city in the region, whilst the Nottingham Urban Area is its largest urban conurbation. ( Learn More about the East Midlands Region of England)

Gildings Antique Auctions – 01858 410414

Gildings Antique Auctions

64 Roman Way, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7PQ

Based in the historic town of Market Harborough Gilding’s have, over the last twenty-five years, established themselves as one of the regions leading salerooms, serving the Midlands and Eastern Counties. Catalogues available – Buyers premium 12.5% plus VAT

Brown & Co. Auctioneers – 01652 650172

Brown & Co. Auctioneers

The Auction House, Old Courts Road, Brigg, North Lincolnshire, DN20 8JD

Brown & Co took over a busy saleroom earlier this year, which is one of the largest auction complexes in East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire situated in the centre of Brigg. With a history stretching back over 200 years, Brown & Co are no newcomers to auctions holding property and farm machinery auctions throughout Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and East Anglia. Catalogues available – Buyers premium 20% plus VAT

Bamfords Auctioneers – 01332 210000

Bamfords Auctioneers

The Derby Auction House, Chequers Road, off Pentagon Island, Derby, DE21 6EN

Bamfords are Derbyshire’s leading Auctioneers and Valuers specialising in the sale of Fine Art and antiques. They offer expert advice in the valuation of all areas of fine art, antiques and collectibles. They have a regular auction sales programme at both their Derby and Matlock salerooms for antiques and general household effects, and can provide a complete house clearance service

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 15% (+VAT)

Leicester Antiques Warehouse – 0116 2881315

Leicester Antiques Warehouse

Clarkes Road, Wigston, Leicester, United Kingdom, LE18 2BG

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 10% (+VAT)

Mellors and Kirk Auction House – 0115 979 0000

Mellors and Kirk Auction House

The Auction House, Gregory Street, Nottingham. NG7 2NL. UK

A light and spacious auction house in Nottingham, and one of the largest regional sale rooms. Attractively situated in three acres fringed by mature trees. Free parking for 300 vehicles on site, with good access. Good facilities for people with disabilities.

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 17.5% (+VAT)

Golding Young & Mawer Auctioneers – 01476 565118

Golding Young & Co

The Grantham Auction Rooms, Old Wharf Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 7AA

Lincolnshire Chartered Auctioneers and Valuers of Fine Arts & Antiques

We pride ourselves in providing the same flexible and friendly service that has been the Goldings hallmark for over 100 years. A service that is tailor-made for each client’s requirement.

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 12.5% – 15%

Armstrongs Antique Auctions – 01283 217772

Armstrongs Antique Auctions

Midland Road, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, United Kingdom, DE11 0AJ

Catalogues available

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Antique Auction Houses & Auctioneers in East Anglia

East Anglia mainly consists of the English counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. Major cities and towns in the region include Norwich, Cambridge, Peterborough and Ipswich. Smaller towns and cities include Bury St Edmunds, Ely, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth. (Learn More about East Anglia)

Abbotts Auction Rooms – 01728 746323

Abbotts Auction Rooms

Campsea Ashe, Nr Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 0PS

Our Fine Arts & Antiques auctions take place 6 times a year and cover every facet of the fine art world including Furniture, Porcelain and Pottery, Silver, Silver Plate, Jewellery, Glass, Metalware, Objets d’Art, Pictures, Collectables etc

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 12% plus VAT

Lacy Scott & Knight – 01284 748600

Lacy Scott & Knight

The Auction Centre, 10 Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3AA

All our sales are open to view prior to auction and our auction centre offers two large heated sale rooms under one roof.

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 12.5% plus VAT

Cheffins Fine Art Auctioneers – 01223 213343

Cheffins Fine Art Auctioneers

Cambridge Saleroom, 2 Clifton Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 4BW

Catalogues available – Buyers premium

Batemans Auctioneers – 01780 766466

Batemans Auctioneers

The Saleroom, Ryhall Road, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 1XF

Batemans provide a friendly and professional fine art, antiques and collectables auction service. Whether you have a whole house to clear or just a few treasured items, we can advise on selling at auction.

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 15% to £1000 and 10% thereafter

Tab 2

Antique Auction Houses & Local Auctions in London

London is the capital city of England. It is the most populous region in the United Kingdom. London holds four World Heritage Sites, which include the Tower of London; Kew Gardens; the Palace of Westminster and the historic settlement of Greenwich. Other well known landmarks include Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, and Trafalgar Square. London is also home to numerous museums, galleries, libraries, sporting events and other cultural institutions, including the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, British Library and 40 West End theatres. (Learn More about the Greater London Area)

Lloyds International – 0208 788 7777

Lloyds International

Lloyds House, 9 Lydden Road, Earlsfield, London, SW18 4LT

A policy of a relaxed and friendly approach with clients has resulted in Lloyds being one of London’s most popular auction venues. With acknowledged, qualified specialists readily available to offer straightforward advice and guidance on buying and selling. We are open for the delivery or collection of auction goods and the assessment of individual items between the hours of 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 17.5%

Bonhams (London) and other UK cities)

Bonhams London

One of London’s prestigious auction houses. Bonhams leads the field in Contemporary Ceramics and has pioneered many new areas of collecting such as Frames, Vintage Fountain Pens, Modern Decorative Arts, 20th Century Furniture and Design, Marine Pictures, Dogs in Art, Lalique, Hollywood Photography and the work of copyist Miguel Canals. Coins and Medals, Portrait Miniatures and Russian Realism have recently been added to the regular sales diary.

Christies (International auction house)


The world’s oldest fine arts auctioneers.

Criterion Riverside Auctions – 0207 228 5563

Criterion Riverside Auctions

47 Chatfield Road, London, SW11 3SE

Weekly sales on Mondays at 5pm.

Catalogues available / Buyers premium 20% plus VAT

Lots Road Auctions – 020 7376 6800

Lots Road Auctions

71-73 Lots Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 0RN

Each Sunday we hold a contemporary and reproduction furniture and effects sale at 2pm and selected antiques, rugs, pictures, objets d’art and furniture at 4pm. In addition we hold a fine antiques sale on the 1st Sunday of the month and Continental, decorative and Lighting sales on the 3rd Sunday of the month

Catalogues available / Buyers premium 20% including VAT

Sotheby’s (international auction house)

Sotheby's Auction Houses
meissen biddulph plate

In 2000, Sotheby’s became the first international art auction house to hold auctions on the Internet. Sothebys was the venue for some dramatic and unprecedented successes, such as the sale of a first printing of the Declaration of Independence for more than $8 million, 21 panels of the historic Boston Garden floor, and a masterwork by Frederick, Lord Leighton.

In addition, Sotheby’s opened its traditional salesroom auctions to Internet bidding through the eBay Live Auctions service. Although no longer an auction venue, Sotheby’s website remains a vital tool for the dissemination of information and news about the auction house worldwide, and select sales are open for bids via the Internet.

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Antique Auction Houses & Auctioneers in the North East of England

The North East of England includes Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne & Wear and Teeside. Cities and major towns in the North East include Durham, Newcastle upon Tyne and Sunderland. Sunderland is the largest city in the region and the 16th largest in the UK. Newcastle is the 18th largest city in the UK. Other towns include Darlington; Gateshead; Hartlepool; Middlesbrough; Redcar; South Shields and Stockton-on-Tees. (Learn More About the North East of England)

Anderson & Garland Auctioneers – 0191 430 3000

Anderson & Garland Auctioneers

Anderson House, Crispin Court, Newbiggin Lane, Westerhope, Tyne and Wear, NE5 1BF

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 17.5% plus VAT

Tennants Auctioneers – 01969 623780

Tennants Auctioneers

The Auction Centre, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5SG

A third generation family business, Tennants is a firm of auctioneers and valuers based in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, with offices in Harrogate, Oakham and Rutland and regional representatives throughout the UK.

Buyer’s Premium – 15% up to £50,000 and 10% on the balance over £50,000

Dale Wood & Co. Auctioneers – 01924 479439

Dale Wood & Co Auctioneers

20 Station Road, Union Mills, Batley, West Yorkshire WF17 5SU

Antiques & General. 24 sales a year (350-500 lots). Dale Wood have been in business for 14 years.

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 15% plus VAT

Andrew Hartley Fine Arts – 01943 816363

Andrew Hartley Fine Arts

Victoria Hall Salerooms, Little Lane, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8EA

HARTLEYS, based at Ilkley in West Yorkshire, is one of the leading auction houses for antiques and fine art sales outside London. Since its foundation in 1906, the company has built up an enviable reputation for reliability, integrity and unquestionable professionalism.

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 15% plus VAT

Paul Beighton Auctioneers – 01924 479439

Paul Beighton Auctioneers

Woodhouse Green, Thurcroft, Nr Rotherham, South Yorkshire S66 9AQ

We hold fortnightly Antique & Collectable sales and quarterly Antique Furniture and Fine Art sales. All sales are very well attended being advertised widely on the internet, national and local press, Antiques Trade Gazette and in the Antiques magazine.

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 15% plus VAT

Addisons Auctioneers – 01652 650172

Addisons Auctioneers

The Auction Rooms, Staindrop Road, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8TD

Addisons was founded nearly a century ago operating a successful auction business selling everything from antiques to livestock. We host general sales and eight specialist sales each year.

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 15% plus VAT

Tab 4

Antique Auction Houses & Local Auctions in the North West

The North West of England includes Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. The North West has a population of over 7 million and is the third most populated region of England after Greater London and the South East of England. Liverpool and Manchester account for the main population with other main towns and cities including Blackpool, Cheshire, Warrington, Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Preston, Lancaster and Burnley. (Learn More about the North West of England)

Ansdell Auctions Ltd – 01253 731600

Ansdell Auctions Ltd

Lot 3 Auction Hall, Kingsway, LYTHAM ST ANNES, Lancs FY8 1AB

Sales are held every 3 weeks on a Wednesday throughout the year and include all aspects of home contents. From antique furniture and collectables including silver, platedware, porcelain, china, pottery, jewellery and militaria through to antique, reproduction and modern furniture, white ware and household contents

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 12.5% plus VAT

Byrne’s Fine Art Auctioneers – 01244 681311

Byrne's Fine Art Auctioneers

Pullman House, The Sidings, Chester Street, Saltney, Chester, CH4 8RD

Byrne’s…. the North West’s leading Auctioneers and Valuers specialising in Fine Art and Antiques. Our regular Fine Art / Antique and Collectors sales are augmented by a fortnightly general sale with evening viewing.

Catalogues available – Buyers premium plus VAT

Cumbria Auction Rooms – 01228 25259

Cumbria Auction Rooms

The Saleroom, 12 Lowther Street, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8DA

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 15% plus VAT

James Thompson Auctioneers – 01524 271555

James Thompson AuctioneersJ

64 Main Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancs, LA6 2AJ

James Thompson is a family firm of auctioneers, established in the ancient North-western market town of Kirkby Lonsdale in 1945, now run by the second & third generations. We also have a bi-monthly picture sale, with a particular leaning towards the Lakeland artists.

Catalogues available – Buyers premium plus VAT

Tab 5

Antique Auction Houses & Local Auctions in Scotland

Scotland is the northern third of Great Britain. It’s main cities are Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee. Central Scotland is home to the majority of the population and other main towns and cities include Perth, Inverness, Ayr, Paisley, Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline and Falkirk. Scotland has a rich history and is a great source of antiques. (Learn More About Scotland and Scottish History)

Taylors Auction Rooms – 01674 672775

Taylors Auction Rooms

Panmure Row, Montrose, Angus, Scotland, DD10 8HH

Specialist Auction Categories Include: Furniture, Ceramics, Glass & Silver, Jewellery, Modern & Antique, Garden Statues, Clocks & Watches, Works of Art, 19th & 20th Century Collectables, Pictures

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 17.5% plus VAT

Ansdell Auctions Ltd – 01253 731600

Ansdell Auctions Ltd

33 Broughton Place, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3RR

Established in Edinburgh in 1826, Lyon & Turnbull are Scotland’s oldest firm of auctioneers. If you have an item that you would like to have valued for sale at auction, we would be delighted to give you an initial opinion

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 17.5% plus VAT

McTears Autioneers – 01698 282007

McTears Autioneers

Meiklewood Gate, 31 Meiklewood Road, Glasgow, Scotland G51 4EU

The general public, dealers and the merely curious, follow the path regularly to the Meiklewood Gate Auction Galleries to experience, once again, the excitement of The Auction. McTear’s Salerooms have witnessed art and antiques changing hands for the past one hundred and sixty years. It was here that young William Burrell is said to have bought his first painting – only to resell it immediately because he was unable to pay for it.

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 15% plus VAT

Thomas R Callan – 01292 267681

Thomas R Callan

22 Smith Street, Ayr, Scotland KA1 1TF

Established in 1933, Thomas R Callan is a family auction business with a reputation built on providing a professional and customer focused service at competitive rates.

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 15% plus VAT

Auction Rooms Falkirk – 01324 623000

Auction Rooms Falkirk

Castle Laurie, Bankside, Falkirk, Scotland FK2 7XF

Weekly sales Wednesdays at 6pm. Auction Rooms is a well established family run business with that personal touch, situated within easy reach of Glasgow and Edinburgh

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 15% plus VAT

L.S. Smellie & Sons Ltd – 01698 282007

L.S. Smellie & Sons Auction Houses

Lower Auchingramont Road, Hamilton, Lanarkshire ML3 6HW

Sales every Monday, Quarterly specialist sales.

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 15% plus VAT

Curr & Dewar Auctioneers – 01382 833974

Curr & Dewar Auctioneers

Unit 6, North Isla Street, Dundee, Scotland DD3 7JQ

We conduct regular sales on Tuesdays, commencing at 10am that include Antiques, Quality Furnishings, Collectables and Household Effects; viewing is prior to each sale – Sunday 10am-1pm and Monday 9am-7pm. A catalogue for each sale is available for free

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 10% plus VAT

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Antique Auction Houses & Auctioneers in Wales

Wales is part of Great Britain and is bordered by England to the East and the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea to the West. It’s principal cities are Cardiff, Swansea and Newport with other large towns and cities including Bangor, St Asaph and St Davids. The majority of the Welsh population live in South Wales around the main areas of Cardiff and Swansea. Wales like Scotland has a rich history and is another great source for the antiques collector. (Learn More About Wales & Welsh History)

Wingetts Auction House – 01978 353553

Wingetts Auction House

29 Holt Street, Wrexham, North Wales LL13 8DH

Regular Fine Art, Antique and Specialist Sales.(Wednesdays). Weekly Auctions (Mondays) of Victorian, Edwardian and modern furnishings and effects

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 15% plus VAT

Anthemion Auctions House – 029 2047 2444

Anthemion Auctions House

15 Norwich Road, Cardiff, CF23 9AB

Offering a comprehensive antiques auctions service including sales of fine antiques, silver, ceramics, jewellery, pictures and other works of art.

Catalogues available – Buyers premium 10 to 15% plus VAT

Dodds Auctions House – 01352 755705

Dodds Auctions House

27 Chester Street, Victoria Auction Galleries, Mold, Flintshire, Wales CH7 1EG

Dodds provide a friendly and professional fine art, antiques and collectables auction service. Whether you have a whole house to clear or just a few treasured items, we can advise on selling at auction.

Catalogues available – Buyers premium plus VAT

Morgan Evans Auctioneers – 01248 421582

Morgan Evans Auctioneers

Gaerwen Auction Centre, Lon Groes, Gaerwen, Isle of Anglesey, LL60 6DF

North wales and Anglesey’s most respected local auctioneers. Our purpose- built salerooms at Gaerwen have developed into the premier location in North Wales for the sale of Antiques and Fine Art, Household Goods and Collectables. Our auctioneers will carry out a full Valuation Service and can arrange for the collection and delivery of items.

Cooper Barrington – 01691 774567

Cooper Barrington Auctioneers

Auctioneers and Valuers Cooper Barrington LLP, The Old Methodist Chapel, Holyhead Road, Froncysyllte, Nr Llangollen, Wrexham, LL20 7RA.

We specialise in offering at auction, Antique & Reproduction Furniture, Antique Porcelain, Glassware, Fine Art, Oil Paintings, Water-colours & Prints, Silver, Gold, Brass & Plated items, Jewellery, Books, Clocks, Watches & Barometers, Collectables, Stamps & Coins. Covering Cheshire, Wirral and beyond.



Collecting Buying and Selling Antiques in the UK

Antiques in the UK are usually defined as objects over 100yrs old and can range in diversity from a vase or a porcelain figure to furniture or early vehicles.

Antiques can be bought from antique shops, estate sales, auction houses, online auctions or car boot sales. They can also be inherited.

Local antique auctions are your best source for quality antiques at reasonable prices and are usually held at local antique auction houses in the areas, cities and towns listed above.

Various popular TV programs tend to devalue antiques by focusing on buying antiques from dealers at fairs to later sell at auction, which is completely the wrong way round.

Antique collectors and sellers should source antiques from local auction houses and then sell online or at fairs and antiques markets.

About 25% of the UK population collect some form of antique or collectible and according to the British Antique Dealers Association there are around 20,000 antique dealers operating in the UK.

None of whom are buying from other dealers to sell at auction.

Visit Antique Auctions … buy antiques at rock bottom prices and either appreciate them or sell them where you’re sure to make a profit.