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)
ENTRIES ARE INVITED FOR ALL SECTIONS !
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 30th April & Wednesday 1st May. and will include Clocks, Scientific Instruments & Militaria.
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.
East Anglian Part I will be held on Friday 26th April. the catalogue is available here
Ornithology and Natural History to include Taxidermy, Pictures and Books – Friday 20th September.
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 4th & Wednesday 5th June.
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 Summer Fine Sale on Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th & Friday 26th July
All Sales are currently open for entries – please contact us for details
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 email@example.com
For our full 2019 Sales Diary please see HERE
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.
One of Keys Poultry Auctions in the early 1950s
Keys first Furniture Auction
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.
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.