In 2018, Keys Fine Art Auctioneers celebrated its 65th anniversary, making us one of the longest-established regional auctioneers in East Anglia.
Founded by Geoffrey Key in 1953 on the site that Keys still occupies today in the North Norfolk market town of Aylsham, the business started as a small livestock market selling mainly poultry. By the end of the 1950s, these sales had become some of the largest of their type in the country.
In 1955, Geoffrey Key was joined by John Lines, who developed the sales to include a weekly general furniture sale and periodic antique sales during the 1960s.
Other fine art sales were later added, including pictures, books and collectables.
In the intervening years, Keys has developed into a major auction company, with a reputation which stretches far beyond its East Anglian origins.
Nowadays Keys holds over 80 Fine Art, Antique, Country, Commercial and Specialist sales covering the whole auction spectrum. Still operating from the same five acre saleground in Aylsham, Keys now has a wide-ranging team of experts in many areas, offering a complete auction service which rivals many national concerns.
The firm has been in the vanguard of embracing new ideas and technology. In particular, the advent of the internet, and live online bidding, has opened up its sales to a much wider, worldwide audience, with buyers bidding from their computers and mobile devices right across the globe.