Duke's

Duke’s Auctioneers, established in 1823, is one of Dorset’s oldest businesses. From the premises it moved into in July 2015 in Dorchester, the firm holds a number of auctions every month.

Duke’s sales specialise in fields such as ceramics, glass, Asian art, furniture, jewellery, silver, militaria and coins.


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Five-figure sums for sculpture, furniture and bronze politicians across early autumn sales

24 September 2018

What still feels to many like the opening month of a new season got off to an excellent start with some serious, if occasionally unexpected, five-figure bids at four major provincial salerooms.

Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill bronze maquette among collection of Sir Edward du Cann to be auctioned at Dorset saleroom

03 September 2018

The art and antiques collection of the late Tory MP who helped to bring Margaret Thatcher to power is coming to auction in Dorchester.

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Saleroom selection: Three works under £1000 in regional sales, including Samuel John 'Lamorna' Birch watercolour

27 August 2018

A selection of three works from UK regional salerooms sold for £1000 or under.

William Morris pen

William Morris’ pen and paint brush sell for £2200 at Dorset auction

23 July 2018

A quill and paint brush belonging to William Morris drew significant interest at Duke’s latest Art and Design sale in Dorchester.

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Top quality counts in Dorchester auction

23 July 2018

While good-quality but familiar Georgian silver such as entrée dishes, tureens and sauceboats estimated in the £6000-12,000 range met stiff resistance at Dorchester auction house Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) on June 28, two top-quality pieces made their money.

Vintage car

Vintage car auction takes flight in Dorchester

12 June 2018

A 1908 vintage car made by the Thomas Motor Company of New York was the highlight of a sale at Duke’s Auctioneers in Dorset.

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Mughal emperor rides high to make a jumbo auction price

04 June 2018

Among several runaway lots at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) Asian Art sale in Dorchester was a 19th century Indian watercolour depicting the Mughal Emperor Akbar II on an elephant.

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The Chinese market seen in monochrome

28 May 2018

Well-provenanced Chinese monochromes dominated bidding at recent Asian art sales across the UK regions.

Canoe bailer

South Pacific ula and canoe bailer from the family of 19th century murdered missionary hammered down at auction in Dorset

14 April 2018

A South Pacific ula throwing club and a Maori canoe bailer that once belonged to an English reverend killed by cannibals in Vanuatu in the 19th century has sold at an auction at Duke's Auctioneers in Dorchester.

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Encouraging prices of ‘old-school’ furniture variety

05 March 2018

“We were particularly encouraged by the performance of the furniture with many pieces selling to trade and private buyers for ‘old school’ prices.”

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Dorchester firm adds to ‘DNA’ as Young unveils expansion plans

12 February 2018

Duke’s of Dorchester has hired a trio of specialists to grow its auction calendar and attract consignments from outside its immediate catchment area.

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Ring recalls Nelson Band of Brothers

18 December 2017

A gold memorial ring made for one of Nelson’s ‘Band of Brothers’ – and containing a lock of the Admiral’s hair – sold for £20,000 (plus premium) at Duke’s of Dorchester on December 7.

Wine

Auction house Duke’s feels festive with wine tasting and cellar auction

04 December 2017

The festive season is upon us and many will be sampling their favourite tipples. Auction houses typically take advantage of this time of year to offer special sales of wines and spirits; and Duke’s in Dorchester is doing just that later this week.

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Lee Young takes on MD role at Duke’s

27 November 2017

Lee Young, Asian art specialist and international director at Lyon & Turnbull, is joining Duke’s of Dorchester in December. He will assume the role of managing director.

Nelson ring

Gold memorial ring made for one of Nelson’s Band of Brothers’ goes to auction

24 November 2017

A gold memorial ring made for one of Nelson’s ‘Band of Brothers’ - and containing a lock of the Admiral’s hair - is to be sold at Duke’s of Dorchester on December 7.

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Auction house Duke’s fined for offering fake Alfred Wallis works

01 November 2017

Dorchester auction firm Duke’s has been ordered to pay £18,275 after advertising fake works it claimed were by Cornish artist Alfred Wallis (1855-1942).

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Eric Gill work from a great admirer's collection

09 October 2017

Modern sculpture, including a small rediscovered marine ivory piece by Eric Gill (1882-1940), took centre stage at Duke’s (22% buyer’s premium) in Dorset.

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Manor contents up for sale at Duke’s in Dorset

09 October 2017

West Hall, located on the outskirts of Long Burton a few miles south of Sherborne, is an imposing stone-built manor house. The ancient iron-studded front door still bears the axe marks made by Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads in the English Civil War as they tried to beat down the door. They suspected Charles I may have been hiding inside.

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Dunkirk 1940 evacuation in movie form and now original photos up at auction

21 July 2017

With Christopher Nolan’s epic new film Dunkirk released today in the UK, it is a perfect time to focus on still rather than moving images which reveal the original picture of the 1940 evacuation.

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The £13m Asian art boon for London as Silk Road begins to run dry

05 June 2017

“It was one of those eureka moments,” said Rosemary Scott, Chinese ceramics specialist at Christie’s. “My colleague Jeremy Morgan was on a perfectly normal valuation visit when he walked into the drawing room and there, on the mantelpiece, he saw these vases. He couldn’t believe his eyes.”

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