Exceptional Georgian Miniature

Sold for £1,950

Ancient Egyptian Cat

Sold for £52,000

Chinese Huali Wood Chairs

Sold for £7,800

Charles Walter Simpson

Sold for £9,200

Welcome to the Penzance Auction House

David Lay FRICS is one of the foremost auctioneers in the country and the Penzance Auction House is the largest and most prestigious auction house in Cornwall. Our sales are well attended by local bidders, but also reach international audiences via out global bidding platform.

Since 1979 our auctions have become an established and successful way of selling all types of antiques, paintings, fine art and collectors’ items, and of maximising the potential return on your property.


from our May Antiques sale

Inviting entries

for our July Jewellery sale


Something Quite Spectacular

News and Views

What’s coming soon

May 19th General Sale

Viewing Monday 18th 9:00-17:00

Next take in day May 21st

Next Antiques Sale

July Thursday 9th – Friday 10th

Inviting entries until June 12th

May Antiques Sale

The May Antiques sale was one of our most successful auctions in the past five years with more than 20 lots selling for over £1,000, with a hammer price total exceeding even our February sale which included the legendary Egyptian cat.  Friday morning’s silver section was a particular triumph, with over 85% of lots reaching their reserves, and in the case of numerous lots, for example a pair of Channel Island silver mugs which sold for £2,300, soaring over their estimates. The 500 lot jewellery section was very well received, with the highest prices being reached by diamond encrusted brooches and necklaces, along with a set of three exceptionally fine miniatures from Bath Hampton house.  A superbly carved pale Chinese jade sculpture saw the most dramatic bidding, the numerous telephone bidders including a direct line to China, facilitated by our Mandarin speaking friend Ning Ning – it eventually sold for £4,100.  A pair of Louis Vuitton trunks used to transport jewellery for the pleasure of George V were also very popular, selling for a combined total of over £4,000 including premium against £500-800 estimates, and were symptomatic of large prices throughout the sale.  We have high hopes July’s will be even better!

Falmouth and Truro

Monday Valuations

Inviting Entries

for our June Wine Sale

House Clearances

We’ll take care of everything

Oriental Extravaganza

Huge prices in our December Antiques sale

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