Antique & Fine Art Auctions

"Every item has a story."

Leading auctioneers

of antiques, fine art and collectibles


As seen on popular TV antiques programmes such as Bargain Hunt, Flogit! And The Antiques Road Trip, Tamlyns Auction Rooms offer a complete service.

From giving advice on selling a wide range of antiques and collectibles to providing written valuations for probate and insurance purposes, we can also arrange total house clearances if required.

Valuations and advice

Tamlyns is a long established Auction House located in the South West of England. Our Antiques and Collectibles Auction Rooms hold monthly auctions which always generate high levels of interest.

Open to the public every Monday for miliatria/collectibles/furniture/fine art/general items & Thursday for jewellery/silver/watches/books/vinyl (from 9:30am until 1pm) for our free, drop in valuations; our team of experts welcome your visit and are on hand to offer advice and guidance not only on valuing your items, but also best method of sale.

(Please note that no drop in valuations are held on auction week. Refer to our Calendar Events page for dates)

If you cannot make one of our valuation mornings, our team welcome the opportunity to give advice and valuations from images of your items sent by email.

Whilst we have a wide range of expertise in-house, we also have the ability to call on specific experts if needed. Our monthly sales typically incorporate a wide range of items, from furniture and ceramics, to pictures, art and items of interest as well as jewellery, silver, clocks and watches.

Tamlyns Auction Rooms also offer more formalised valuation services for Probate, Insurance or Family Division purposes. Just give one of our team a call to discuss. We can also arrange and advise on house clearance services.

Our friendly and professional team at Tamlyns Auction Rooms appreciate that often circumstances surrounding putting items to auction can be challenging, which is why we try to make things as easy and straightforward as we possibly can for vendors and buyers alike.

Kim Mcinally

The sales team at Tamlyns couldn’t have been more helpful and conscientious always in communication with us which was essential as we were selling from a distance!! Many thanks!!

Cassamin Fruitbat

Tamlyns always have an interesting and eclectic range of items in their sales and there's always a bargain to be had. They also have a new auctioneer who did an ace job when I attended recently.

Advice for buyers and sellers


For specialist sales, commission bids can be left via our catalogue page; we also offer telephone bidding (subject to availability) and are pleased to offer live bidding via on selected sales.


All purchases are subject to an 18% buyer’s premium (plus VAT at the standard rate) on the hammer price.

Payment methods accepted include debit cards, bank transfer and cash (up to £3,000).

For general sales, we ask for items to be cleared on the day where possible, otherwise by the close of Friday on the week of sale.

Purchasers may be subjected to a daily storage charge after this date.


The charge for selling lots at auction is 15% of the hammer price (plus VAT at the standard rate). All lots are insured while awaiting sale on the premises, for which a charge of 1% (plus VAT) of the hammer price is charged.

There is a lotting fee of £1 (plus VAT) per lot on all sales. Notification of all lots entered into sales plus confirmation of agreed reserve prices will be either emailed or posted the week before the sale.

Sale proceeds (less our charges) will be transferred direct into vendor’s bank account seven working days after the sale.

Vendors will also receive a detailed statement via email or post.


From online appraisals to advice on buying and selling items at auction, our saleroom team can help with any enquiry. Call us on 01278 445251 or email

Carole Lawrence

Auction Room Assistant

Phone: 01278 458241

Fiona Jackson

Auction Room Assistant

Phone: 01278 458241

Helen Preece

Jewellery Specialist

Phone: 01278 458241

Martyn Taylor

Militaria Specialist

Phone: 01278 458241

Looking for our Auction Events?

Head over to our calendar for further information on our Monthly Auction Events

Contact our auction team today

From online appraisals to advice on buying and selling items at auction, our saleroom team can help with any enquiry. Call us on 01278 445251 or email