Although a forward-thinking business, and constantly striving to be at the forefront of developments in the auction world, we are proud of our Norfolk roots.
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.
During the mid-1950s, the markets grew to include a weekly general furniture sale – which still takes place every Monday (Tuesdays in Bank Holiday week). Regular selected antique sales were added during the 1960s, closely followed in later years by other fine art sales including pictures, books and collectables.
Today, Keys is a proudly independent family business, and one of the leading regional Auction Houses in the UK, selling thousands of lots every year to an international clientele.