Gardiner Houlgate

UK auctioneers Gardiner Houlgate hold more than 40 specialist sales a year in areas such as musical instruments and guitars, vintage and general furnishings and modern and decorative arts. The auctions are held at Corsham in the purpose built saleroom, near Bath.

Gardiner Houlgate is presided over by Jamie South and David Hare.


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Turret clock tops it off at Bath auction

09 November 2020

The latest Clocks & Watches sale at Gardiner Houlgate (20% buyer’s premium) in Corsham, near Bath, was topped at £16,000 by this large iron two-train turret clock movement by Thomas Cooke (1807-68) of York. The estimate was £1000-2000.

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‘Pussy Galore’ Rolex watch bought in Singapore brings demand in Wiltshire

02 November 2020

The Rolex GMT-Master Ref 6542 is known to collectors as the ‘Pussy Galore’ as it was worn by Honor Blackman in Goldfinger. Made from 1954-59, it was replaced by the more commonly encountered GMT-Master Ref 1675.

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Deep pockets required for rare Submariner

26 October 2020

A Rolex Submariner 5512, bought for around £70 by its original owner in 1964, has sold for £175,000 at auction in Wiltshire.

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A feline vesta case and a Stuart embroidered panel are among six lots to watch at auction this week

18 May 2020

With estimates from £60-6000 here are six previews of upcoming items.

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Pick of the week: Rare The Who poster – once in a Blue Moon chance for collectors

23 March 2020

The Blue Moon, a club above Burton’s on Cheltenham High Street, existed for less than two years from July 1965 to May 1967, but in that time the compact 250-capacity venue with a tiny stage hosted Elton John, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, The Yardbirds and (on February 11, 1967) Jimi Hendrix.

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Rare and early The Who poster headlines Somerset auction

18 March 2020

A poster for a gig by The Who at The Blue Moon Club in Cheltenham attracted fans at a recent Gardiner Houlgate sale.

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Early lantern clock shines through the dust to spark saleroom excitement

09 March 2020

Battered and dust-engrained when found in a basement during a Lake District house clearance, an early unsigned brass lantern clock generated great excitement at Penrith Farmers’ & Kidd’s (18% buyer’s premium).

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Eclectic clocks chime with bidders

11 November 2019

Array of styles from traditional and electrical to atmospheric attracts Continental interest,

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Affordable art: Three works sold for £700 or under including Harold Dearden's slice of social history

19 August 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales at £700 or under, including social history scenes.

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Thin Man spotted in sizeable lot

19 August 2019

In this group of predominantly Victorian ceramics beloware two 18th century pieces: a typical polychrome delft plate of modest value and a far more commercial early English toby jug.

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Complex clocks make sharp auction sellers

10 June 2019

The complex precision electromechanical pendulum clocks made by William Hamilton-Shortt, engineer for the London & South Western Railway, and Frank Hope Jones, horologist of the Synchronome Company, were the most accurate pendulum clocks ever commercially produced.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including Arts & Crafts furniture, a pendulum clock and Teddy from Andy Pandy

20 May 2019

With estimates from £1000-20,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Hardwood bitong emerges at Bath auction

06 May 2019

A Chinese ‘sleeper’ emerged in a Vintage and General Sale at Gardiner Houlgate (20% buyer’s premium), Corsham, near Bath on April 25 courtesy of a textbook ‘scholar’s’ object.

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18th century harpsichord is the key lot at Bath auction

15 April 2019

With a documented provenance and inscribed by the maker Sébastien Garnier, Paris, 1747, a two-manual harpsichord was the top performer at the latest musical instruments sale held by Corsham, Bath, specialist Gardiner Houlgate (20% buyer’s premium).

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Bluesman Booker White's legendary Hard Rock guitar emerges at Gardiner Houlgate auction

22 January 2019

While Booker White is usually not the first bluesman who comes to mind, the musicians he inspired are instantly recognisable: the likes of Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and The Rolling Stones.

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What lots caught bidders’ eyes this week? Five auction highlights including a dated slipware jug from the time of Charles I and a Beswick huntsman figure

21 December 2018

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week include a portrait of a red bonnet-wearing lady, a Beswick huntsman figure and slipware jug from the time of Charles I.

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Shout, shout, clear it all out! Tears for Fears sell tour gear to make room

29 November 2018

Specialist musical instrument auction house Gardiner Houlgate is to sell a cache of touring equipment from '80s band Tears for Fears.

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Electric and eclectic lots tick the auction boxes

19 November 2018

Although ubiquitous for much of the 20th century, electrical masterclocks regulating other timepieces in schools, hospitals, government buildings and factories are as yet among the least researched aspects of horology.

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Pleasant Georgian surprises in regional auctions

22 October 2018

Modestly estimated staples of the once-booming Georgian furniture market can still bring pleasant surprises.

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