Duke’s is recognised as one of the leading auction houses in the United Kingdom, with an enviable reputation for outstanding customer service and achieving record prices.
We conduct specialist auctions across all categories, so whether you wish to sell a diamond necklace, a Picasso, a Chinese jade or a classic car, our dedicated team of specialists are on hand to help. Our regular Avenue Auctions enable us to sell lower value collectibles, meaning that, unlike many of our competitors, we have the capacity to deal with complete house contents. This comprehensive and inclusive service is particularly helpful for solicitors and those dealing with Estates.
In addition to our in-house team of specialists, we have access to an impressive array of external consultants. We are fortunate that many of these specialists are recognised as leading experts in their respective fields.
Our illustrious history stretches back over 200 years. We held our first auction when George IV was on the throne in 1823 and since then we have conducted a number of landmark sales - the Estate of Thomas Hardy OM and the contents of a number of Stately Homes including Melplash Court, Milton Abbey, and Athelhampton House, are notable examples.
Our £2 million sale of two panels from a Fra Angelico altarpiece, made headlines around the world. They were discovered by our specialist behind a bedroom door in a modest house in Oxford. They have now returned to their rightful home in the Church of San Marco, Florence.
With our state of the art premises and an outstanding team of specialists, we offer the ultimate auction experience. Our network of global partnerships in Asia and the USA ensures we have unrivalled access to the international Art Market. This, combined with our innovative marketing and internet presence, means we are an auction house for the 21st century.
We embrace the future but we have not forgotten the importance of good old fashioned service.
At Duke's we value one thing above everything else - our clients.