Three Day Winter Fine Sale

As the weather starts to turn autumnal and summer is fading away we look towards our own preparations for the final Fine Sale of 2019.


Spread across three days this selected sale holds a wide range of specialities showcasing some of the best examples in their respective disciplines such as Lowestoft Porcelain and Fine Art.


The Winter Fine Sale is currently inviting entries.


If you would like to consign for this auction please speak to a member of our specialist team today for more information and advice on 01263 733195 or


Day One – Wednesday 27th November

Ceramics, Glass & Oriental Items


Day Two – Thursday 28th November

Silver, Jewellery, Clocks, Watches, Militaria & Furniture


Day Three – Friday 29th November

Wines, Spirits & Fine Art


Sold in the July Summer Fine Sale:


A Third quarter of the 20th century stainless steel two-button chronograph wrist watch, Heuer “Autavia” GMT Cal 724. Achieved £31,000





A Fine and rare early 18th century French formerly verge gilt brass mantel timepiece, Henry Sully A Versailles, Invenit AO 1721 et Fecit AO 1724. Achieved £17,000





An interesting Victorian gold and silver brooch in the form of “The Coburg Eagle”. Achieved £12,000

The East Anglian Sale

Painting by Edward Seago

Our second East Anglian Sale of 2019 is fast approaching and it’s no secret this is one of our favourite auctions of the year being so close to our hearts. It is such a privilege to be surrounded by some amazing works by local artists and scenes of our unique and beautiful region.

Some artists of interest for this sale include the following:

Gerald Ackermann, John Alfred Arnesby-Brown, Stephen J Batchelder, Edward Bawden, Harry Becker, Henry Bright, Colin W Burns, Prunella Clough, Samuel D Colkett, J J Cotman, J S Cotman, Jack Cox, John Crome, William H Crome, Mary Fedden, Rowland Fisher, Roland Green, John Cyril Harrison, David Hodgson, Ian Houston, John B Ladbrooke, Thomas Lound, Campbell Archibald Mellon, John Middleton, Alfred J Munnings, John Nash, Mary Newcomb, Tessa Newcomb, Henry Ninham, Claughton Pellew, John Piper, Edward Seago, Colin Self, Peggy Somerville, Stuart Somerville, Frank Southgate, Leonard R Squirrell, Alfred Stannard, Eloise H Stannard, Joseph Stannard, James Stark, George Vincent, Charles M Wigg.

The Sale will be held on Friday 25th October and entries are now closed for this auction and the catalogue will be available shortly.

For more information regarding this popular auction or if you would like a catalogue sent to you please contact Kate Banks or Kevin Lines on 01263 733195 or

General (Country) Sale

Auction markets have been held in the market town of Aylsham for centuries. For over 65 years Keys have held their traditional Auction Market on the same site on Mondays (Tuesdays avoiding Bank Holidays), and it is one of the few remaining – and thriving – traditional country auction markets in the area, attracting buyers and spectators from all parts of Norfolk and further afield.


From January 2019 these sales return to being held EVERY WEEK throughout the year (breaking only for Christmas).


Sale Start Times:

9.45      Produce, Plants & Nursery Stock (Saleroom No 9 and outside)
10.15 Tools, Garden Equipment, Timber & Deadstock (Saleroom No 4 and outside)
10.30     Victorian & 20th Century Furniture and Effects (Saleroom No 5)
12.30     Motor Vehicle Sale
13.30     Cottage Furniture and Effects with Books (Saleroom No 6)


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

Forthcoming Auctions in 2019.

Entries are continually accepted for all sales – please contact us for details


Weekly General Sales

From Monday 7th January 2019 our popular Country Sales will once again be held every week on a Monday (Tuesdays avoiding Bank Holidays) from 10am. The weekly auction market usually includes two rooms of Antique and modern Furniture, Garden Effects, Plants & Nursery Stock, and much more.


Monthly Antiques and Interiors Sales.

Our Antiques and Interiors Sales have returned for 2019 to their traditional Tuesdays (Wednesdays if a Bank Holiday week!)

The next Antiques and Interiors Sale of 2019 will be held on Tuesday 29th October.

Entries are closed for this auction but open for our November Antiques and Interiors Sale!


East Anglian and Ornithological & Natural History Sales.

Growing in strength and following the same path as our popular East Anglian Art Sales, we will now also hold two (yes two!) Ornithological & Natural History Sales each year.

Entries have already been consigned for both sales and they are set to be as exciting as ever. Please speak to our team today if you would like to consign items to either of these auctions.


The East Anglian Sale Part II will be held on Friday 25th October and entries are currently invited.
The Ornithological and Natural History Sale to include Taxidermy and Pictures will be held on Friday 20th September. Entries are now closed for the auction and the catalogue will be available shortly.

Silver, Jewellery & Watch Sales.

Our Silver, Jewellery and Watches sales have also grown so much over the past year we will now spread this sale over two days, to be held in February, June and October.

The next sale will be held on Tuesday 1st & Wednesday 2nd October.


Three Day Fine Sales.

We will continue to hold three Fine Sales per year with a range of fine and specialist items to be auctioned across three days in March, July and November.

These will include but are not limited to…

  • Ceramics, Glass, Oriental Items.
  • Silver, Jewellery, Watches, Clocks, Furniture and Militaria.
  • Paintings, Wine and Spirits.


The next three day fine sale is our Winter Fine Sale on Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th & Friday 29th November.



If you would like to book an appointment for consignment to any of our sales or have any queries please call 01263 733195

Alternatively you can email us at

For our full 2019 Sales Diary please see HERE

Keys celebrates Independence Day !

Keys, Norfolk’s leading auction house, is delighted to announce that it has celebrated the end of its 65th year in business by regaining its independence from its former estate agency parent company.

The business is now in the hands of members of the senior management team, after a management buy-out led by fine art director Kevin Lines and antiques specialist David Broom, with assistance from the Key family which owns the firm’s five-acre site at Aylsham, to the North of Norwich.

Mr Lines said “We are excited to take the helm at a successful time for Keys, with the continuing development of our flagship fine sales focusing on high value antiques as well as our traditional business. The relationship with the family of the firm’s founder means that we can continue to expand on the same site for many years to come.”.

Since its foundation in 1953 by Geoffrey Key, as a poultry market, it has grown over the years to become one of the leading regional firms of auctioneers in the country, with its weekly sales becoming a Norfolk institution. Modern advances in online technology mean that their specialist sales are now truly international.

As part of the deal, a substantial programme of investment has been secured for the salerooms site at Aylsham by the site’s owners to ensure that the firm has a secure long-term future in the centre of the market town.

Keys first auction of the New Year will be a ‘country sale’ of furniture, books, garden produce and other items on January 7, followed by a 20th century design and modern art sale on January 12th – we look forward to seeing all of our customers and friends in the New Year.

Keys Poultry Auction in the 1950s
One of Keys Poultry Auctions in the early 1950s

Keys first Furniture Auction
Keys first Furniture Auction

Garden Produce & Nursery Stock Sales

Each week we hold an extremely popular Garden Produce and Nursery Stock Sale alongside our Antique & Interiors & Country auctions which consists of Plants, Seasonal fruit and vegetables, trees and much more!

The sale starts at 9.45am each Monday (Tuesdays after bank holidays).

Artist’s Resale Rights (Droit de Suite)

Artist’s resale rights (Droit de Suite) in addition to our normal Buyer’s Premium of 20% (unless otherwise stated) + 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 by 1pm Friday 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.

Keys Fine Art Auctioneers 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.