Fine Wines, Port & Whisky Sale

Friday November 21st 7pm
On view Friday 20th Nov 5pm - 7pm

Antique & Fine Art Sale

Wednesday 3rd December 10am
On view Sat 29th Nov 9am-12.30pm & Mon & Tues 1st & 2nd Dec 9am-4pm

Toy & Collectors Sale

Saturday 25th April 2015

We are currently accepting items for this auction
Final date for entries 28th March 2015


Fine Wines & Spirit Sale Friday 21st November

21 Nov

HARTLEYS auctioneers and valuers based at Ilkley in West Yorkshire, is one of the leading auction houses for antiques and fine art sales outside London. Since its foundation in 1906, the company has built up an enviable reputation for reliability, integrity and unquestionable professionalism.

  • Several catalogued Fine Art and Antique Auctions each year
  • Weekly Victoriana and General Auctions including approximately 900 lots per week
  • Specialist Toy/Collectors sales and Wine sales
  • Written professional valuations for Probate, Insurance, Family division etc, on single items or complete house contents
  • Free verbal appraisals on items consigned for sale
  • House Clearances


Over £71,000 was the total of Hartleys Ilkley Toys, Dolls & Collectors Sale on Saturday September 27th.  There were 613 lots on offer with 18% bought in, although this marked considerable differences across the commodities.  Similarly the figure of 155 lots (or 31% of sold lots) was bought live on the internet with some categories percentages climbing much higher.  Indeed the presence of the live net is particularly strong with this type of sale, but in deference to those buyers good enough to turn up in the room, it was a relief to keep up a bidding rate of 150 lots per hour

Ilkley Autumn Sale Report

The Autumn sale of Hartleys at Ilkley on September 10th produced a varied cross section of results across the different commodities which were represented on the day.  The 813 lots on offer produced a buy-in rate of 23 ½ % across the board which disguised some very different results as the day progressed.

Brian Shields Braaq World Record

Brian Shields Braaq.  Once again the pendulum has swung in the direction of Ilkley for the World Record auction price for an oil painting by Brian Shields, or Braaq.

At Hartleys sale on March 26th, the hammer fell at £56,000 for a view of a racecourse (possibly Doncaster) entitled “Does the mean there’s no dinner now?”

Another sporting picture entered by the same owner, this time with a cricket match in progress, and called “I bloody hate cricket” went to the same buyer for £42,000.  Three other “Braaqs” all his more usual semi-industrial and townscape views achieved between £12,000 and £14,000 each.

Since the start of 2012 when these paintings have really taken off in price, Hartleys have sold a total of thirty six Braaq oils, all from throughout the United Kingdom except for one from Sweden.  The database of sellers many of whom still hold several examples and buyers who often specialise in particular subjects, is now growing into a significant marketing tool for future sales.

Amongst the other categories in this fine arts sale such as jewellery, ceramics, silver and furniture was a special section of 110 lots devoted to militaria and sporting items including a wide variety of items.  A rare 19th century Saxon heavy cavalry sword reached £1,550, a late 18th century cavalry officers sword £1350, a pair of German U-boat binoculars £700, a 19thcentury full suit of armour £950, and a Beretta shotgun £640.  The section was rounded off with a selection of taxidermy and trophies including a preserved perch in case by J. Cooper London 1873 selling for £1000, and a preserved barbel in case “caught at Harwood 1921” at £980.  It is hoped a further section of this kind will be added to a regular fine sale in the next few months.

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