Catherine Southon

Catherine Southon Auctioneers and Valuers is based in Chislehurst, Kent and holds regular auctions at Farleigh Court Golf Club, Selsdon in Surrey as well as in Chislehurst itself.

The firm was launched in 2012 by former Sotheby's specialist Catherine Southon who also appears regularly as an expert on BBC antiques programmes including Bargain Hunt, Flog it!, Antiques Road Trip, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and Trade Secrets


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Curtis botanical works blossom at auction

06 February 2023

A group of watercolours from the collection of the renowned botanist, entomologist William Curtis (1746-99), drew attention in a Surrey sale.

Commemorative glove

Remarkable archive of Quaker whaling family comes to Surrey auction

23 January 2023

The visit of ‘Revolutionary Wars’ hero Gilbert du Motler, the Marquis of Lafayette, to the US in 1824 spawned a large number of commemoratives.

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Acrimonious royal family split detailed in letters now up at auction

18 January 2023

Not THAT split, but the 1936 abdication of Edward VIII which also caused recriminations, as letters at Catherine Southon's sale show - plus other auctions offer many unpublished photos of Princess Di and paintings said to be by Queen Victoria.

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‘Past master’ Dresser still admired today as claret jug makes 10 times estimate at Catherine Southon

05 December 2022

The Birmingham silversmithing firm of Hukin & Heath received the approval of the progressive (if slightly pompous) writers of The Furniture Gazette when it signed a big name to produce some of its designs in 1878.

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Learning made easy as ABC

12 September 2022

An early 19th century child’s mosaic alphabet, c.1820, is estimated at £100- 200 at Catherine Southon’s auction at Farleigh Court on November 16.

New hires

New faces including at Catherine Southon Auctioneers, Olympia Auctions and LAPADA

18 August 2022

The latest appointments and moves across auction houses, dealers and associations.

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Victorian diamond necklace sets house record at Catherine Southon

04 July 2022

Catherine Southon’s (24% buyer’s premium) 10th anniversary auction included a new house record of £47,000 for an early Victorian diamond rivière.

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‘Victoria’s gift’ to faithful retainer

30 May 2022

By repute this 15oz silver chamber stick and snuffer with glass hurricane shade was a gift from Queen Victoria to her personal attendant and favourite John Brown (1826-83).

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Thinking caps on for works of Confucius at Catherine Southon auction

21 March 2022

Sold online at £5500 in a February 2 sale held by Catherine Southon (24% buyer’s premium) at Farleigh Court Golf Club in Surrey was a copy in full mottled calf gilt of the first European edition of the works of Confucius (551-479BC).

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Best of 'cut and paste' jewellery at Catherine Southon

07 March 2022

Aided by the skills of the Alsatian jeweller Georges-Frédéric Strass (1701-77), the boundaries of what could be achieved with paste jewellery were pushed back in the 18th century.

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Catherine Southon tees off to a fine start in 2022

21 February 2022

Egyptian antiquities and Rolex are a hit in first sale of the year held at Surrey golf club

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Gouyn given his place in history

13 December 2021

Research shed light on the ‘Chelsea toys’ made by the mysterious ‘Girl on a Swing’ factory.

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Cycling gears up at auction

08 November 2021

A group of “rare and interesting” 20th century cycling ephemera relating primarily to the Olympic Games offered by Catherine Southon (20% buyer’s premium) came from the collection of cycling journalist David Taylor (1937-2020).

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London calling at Catherine Southon's Surrey saleroom

27 October 2021

Underground or overground, London travel memorabilia amounted to a £95,000 hammer total at Catherine Southon (24% buyer’s premium).

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Rebrands and new hires – an update on the latest moves across the art and antiques sector

05 October 2021

The latest Movers & Shakers news across the UK including a new president at BADA and a new board member at LAPADA.

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Catherine Southon sells telegraph message saying 'we sank the Bismarck'

09 August 2021

This first-hand document recording one of the most significant naval events of the Second World War was offered at Catherine Southon (20% buyer’s premium) in Surrey this summer.

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Entertainment memorabilia: Cover stories

05 April 2021

The name Abbey Road has gone far beyond its significance as a smart street in north London thanks to renowned music studios and a seminal album

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Chance to buy Westminster street signs at auction as London council upgrades its portfolio

19 January 2021

Westminster City Council is upgrading its portfolio of enamel street signs and is selling off more than 200 examples at Catherine Southon next month.

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An Italian Renaissance plaquette and a paperback first edition of The Hobbit are among the four lots to watch at auction this week

02 November 2020

With estimates from £300-60,000 here are four previews of upcoming items this week.

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Silver: Examples from across the world lead to choice selection at auctions

06 July 2020

Silver made in both Britain and the Continent provides a wide variety for buyers via auctions and dealers across the globe. Here ATG picks out a selection of 13 recent sales and upcoming lots.

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