Specialist Research

David Lay Auctions often conducts scholarly, highly in-depth research.

We are frequently asked to sell items of great historical import and we pride ourselves on being able to dedicate time to serious investigative cataloguing. This not only helps to maximise the financial potential of your valuables but when items have an extraordinary history or a unique story to tell it enables us to publicise them widely in the national and international press.

Some times these artefacts are fabulously valuable, like the ancient Egyptian bronze cat and sometimes not, but their story deserves to be told nonetheless.

Below are a selection of fascinating items from previous sales that required specialist research.