The Edinburgh Auction Centre
We moved into our current out of town premises at Rosewell, an old Gothenburg tavern with oak ships' panelling throughout, back in 2008 but we have been serving the Edinburgh and Lothians area since the latter years of the 20th century. Prior to our move to the Rosewell Auction Centre premises we could be found conducting auctions at Hardengreen, Eskbank, Oxenfoord Castle, Pathhead and Surgeons' Hall in Edinburgh. You may remember us from visiting our office in Edinburgh City centre in Moray Place in the early 2000’s.
Perhaps you have seen a member of the team on one of the auction television programs that we appear on which include Bargain Hunt, Antiques Road Trip, Dickinson’s Real Deal, Cash in the Attic or the much missed Flog It!
Click here to delve further into the Thomson family’s 140-year history in the world of auctioneering.
The Edinburgh branch conducts around 50 auctions annually with those auctions typically being split into three distinct categories; The Antique Auction; The Collectors Auction and The Home Furnishing & Interiors Auction. All auctions at this branch are held on a Thursday with only occasional exceptions including our online only coin auctions (a spin off from the Collectors auctions) which conclude over a weekend.
Antique auctions are held bi-monthly, with typically 400 to 600 lots on offer and bring together the most sought after and higher value items identified by the following specialist departments in the previous two-month period. These include Oriental & Asian, African & Tribal, Silver, Jewellery, Clocks & Watches, Paintings, Porcelain, 20th Century Design and Furniture.
Collectors auctions are held every eight to twelve weeks and include items from private collections and clearances identified by the following specialist departments in the previous two to three month period: Toys & Model Railways, Whisky & Wine, Postcards & Stamps, Coins & Banknotes and Medals & Militaria.
These Antique and Collectors auctions are held in the auction room but also broadcast online on our website and on major auction portal websites so that a global audience is reached. Click the individual departments above to find out more.
The remaining 40 or so auctions held annually are the Home Furnishings & Interiors auctions (in the past, colloquially known as “general sales”). These auctions are populated with items from house clearances, deceased estates and consignments by private clients. Here you will find decorative ceramics, jewellery, gold and silver, books, vintage trunks and cases, 20th century design, vintage and retro items, furniture, rugs, collectables, glassware, lamps, pictures and a broad and eclectic mix of other chattels, with something for everyone.
These Home Furnishings & Interiors sales are broadcast online, and online bidding can be accessed by registering an account with ThomsonRoddick.com or EasyLiveAuction.com. You can attend the viewing days by appointment, auction attendance is also by appointment only at present, in light of Covid19 restrictions. If you are looking for something in particular then give our staff a call or email and we will endeavour to assist.
If you have never bid with us before then see our "How To Bid" page.
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The valuation team based at the Edinburgh branch is headed by Jocelyne La Manna (Fife & Perthshire) and supported by auctioneers & valuers Sybelle Thomson (Midlothian), Gavin Lindsay (East Lothian), Gavin Durward Tavendale (Edinburgh & West Lothian), our independent valuer Frank Forrest (Scottish Borders), and are further supported by our in-house auctioneering staff.
We can provide valuations or advice for auction purposes over email and telephone, by home visit or by appointment at the auction room. Drop-in valuation mornings are held in the auction room each Wednesday between 9am and 12noon (currently operating by appointment only due to the Covid19 situation).
Valuations for Inheritance Tax or Insurance purposes are conducted throughout Scotland, we have even travelled as far north as Shetland to carry out a valuation in the past.
If you are looking for a valuation for any of these purposes, or just some general advice on selling or buying at auction, then contact the Edinburgh branch on 0131 440 2448 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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16 Specialist Departments
Thomson Roddick Auctioneers & Valuers
The Auction Centre
118 Carnethie Street
Tel: 0131 440 2448
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Senior Auctioneer & Valuer
Gavin Durward Tavendale BSc (Hons)
Auctioneer & Valuer
Jocelyne La Manna BA (Hons)
Head of Valuations
Auctioneer & Valuer
Administration & Finance Manager