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September 5th Ornithological Sale

entries now invited

In only its second year, the 2014 Ornithological Sale is looking to build on the success of last years outing, with submissions taken over the last few weeks including works by Archibald Thorburn, J. C. Harrison and Sir Peter Scott. We are pleased to say that there should be something here for all avian enthusiasts, ranging from a stunning trio of Colin Burns to a selection of the small, delicate watercolours of Roland Green.

Along with the oils, watercolours and prints, we will also be displaying and selling a large selection of avian taxidermy – including African Parrots, Birds of Paradise and a striking Capercaillie. In a region famed for this particular practice, we are pleased to announce that we already have pieces by the famous Victorian taxidermists T. E. Gunn, Walter Lowne and H. N. Pashley.

With this already exciting foundation, we are glad towelcome anything and everything ornithological, be it artwork, books, taxidermy or sculpture. All valuations for this sale will be free of charge, and appointments can be made by contacting either Kevin Lines or Joseph McCarthy.


Close of submissions will be 7th August.

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Commercial & Deadstock – Monday 28th July


Our monthly Commercial and Deadstock Sale is now accepting entries of Vintage and Modern Tools, Garden and Outdoor effects, Catering equipment, Office and Shop clearance items

Viewing:  Saturday 26th July 9am – 12pm and Morning of Sale from 8.30am

For further information please contact Martyn Fox

Antiques with Clocks & Watches – Tuesday 22nd & Wednesday 23rd July

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting entries of Antiques including Oriental, English and Continental Ceramics, Silver, Jewellery, Clocks, Watches, Scientific Instruments, Table Furniture and Antique/early 20th Century Furniture. 

For further details or free advice regarding any items you may wish to sell please contact Roy Murphy, Paul Goodley or Nigel Ducker.

Gold Pocket Watch

An 18ct Gold Pocket Watch by Barraud & Lunds, Cornhill, London

Estimate:  £800 – £1,200

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Country Sale – Every Monday

For over half a Century this traditional Country Sale has been held on the same site each Monday (Tuesdays after a Bank Holiday)

10.00     Garden Produce & Nursery Stock
10.30     Victorian & 20th Century Furniture and Effects
12.30     Motor Vehicle Sale
13.30     Cottage Furniture and Effects with Books

For further information please contact David Gould or visit our website page


Moving House or Clearing the Attic?

If you need to dispose of a single item or a collection of Fine Art or Antiques, Pictures or Jewellery, Books & Ephemera, Toys & Collectables, Clocks & Watches, Silver or Silver-plate etc

If you need a complete house clearance service, consult the professionals.  We can offer you a fast, reliable and  service and dispose of those unwanted items by auction

Our Aylsham Saleroom Complex with large onsite car parking facilities enjoys an excellent national and international reputation and we hold monthly sales of antiques and pictures, bi-monthly book sales, as well as our famous weekly “Country Sale” of everyday household effects

We have a team of expert valuers who will be pleased to help and offer advice. Valuations are also undertaken for probate and insurance purposes

For an initial free Valuation Appointment or further details please contact Wendy Goodyear

July Portrait Miniatures


As part of our 4th July Sale of Pictures and Prints, Keys are pleased to announce the inclusion of a small selection of Portrait Miniatures.

Also included in the Sale will be a fine selection of the works of Gorleston artist Rowland Fisher (British, 1885-1969) – showcasing his talents across a broad range of subjects.

Entries are closed for this sale and we are now accepting entries for future sales.

For any enquiries, please email the picture department here - or make your way to our Aylsham Salerooms.



Keys’ Picture Department would like to announce our Important Summer Sale of Fine Paintings to take place on Friday 8th August. This will replace our current general Picture & Print sale, which will instead be held on the 4th July.

The sale will be on display from the 4th, including pieces from the 16th Century right up until the modern day.

If you have any questions or queries about the sale or have a piece you would like to submit, please do not hesitate to contact us via email.

Artist’s Resale Rights (Droit de Suite)

Artist’s resale rights (Droit de Suite) in addition to our normal Buyer’s Premium of 17.5% + VAT, a commission of 4% (No VAT) will be payable on resale works of qualifying artists, for a period of up to 70 years after their death, on pictures making over one thousand Euros (payable in Sterling at the rate applicable on the day of the sale); such Lots are marked with an “*”, this will be payable by the purchaser of the picture.

Please refer to Item 8 of our Terms & Conditions for terms and expressions attributed to artists and their works.

Condition Report Service

Keys Fine Art Auctioneers offer a Condition Report Service in advance of our Fine Art Sales and respectfully ask that requests are made at least 48 hours prior to the commencement of the Sale. Although we do our best to reply we regret that late requests are not guaranteed to be met due to the constraints of the sale.

We take great care to ensure that any statements as to attribution, age, date, origin, provenance and condition are reliable and accurate but it should be noted that all such statements are skilled opinions prepared with due care, if provenance (written or historical fact) cannot be produced. However, Keys Fine Art Auctioneers do not guarantee that condition reports, whether included in the catalogue, or given at a later time; cover all aspects of an item(s) condition. All clocks, watches and mechanical items are sold on behalf of vendors by Keys Fine Art Auctioneers strictly on an “As Found” basis.

No guarantee or warranty is issued or given in anyway, either written or verbal and therefore refunds will not be issued on the basis of the Lot not being “in working order”, “incomplete”, or “not in original condition”.

Keys Fine Art Auctioneers would respectfully ask that prospective buyers view Lots in person, wherever issues regarding condition are seen as important to them, satisfying themselves as to the condition, completeness and originality of any Lot on which they intend to bid.