George Kidner

George Kidner is an auction house based in Lymington, Hampshire. The business was founded by George Kidner, who previously worked at Phillips, Sotheby’s and Bonhams in London, before setting up his own saleroom in 1991.

The firm conducts a regular calendar of sales and also carries out probate and insurance valuations.


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Sickert strikes a Venetian portrait pose

27 August 2018

The setting for this near-monochrome self-portrait, below, by Walter Sickert (1860-1942) is the Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo in Venice and shows the equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni and the Scuola Grande di San Marco.

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Watch touched by the hand of Frod

26 March 2018

While many a hopeful vendor has to be told gently that great-great-grandpa’s pocket watch is worth little more than the melt price of the metal, a complication or major name – such as the signature Ch. Frodsham, London to the movement of this example, below – makes all the difference.

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Previews: £2001 - £5000

02 January 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Chinese lots sit comfortably in two sales

30 October 2017

More evidence that Chinese lots can leave auctioneers sitting pretty came in sales north and south.

Rich seams for dealers and auctioneers from Portuguese ‘golden period’

18 April 2017

From noble jewels to semi-precious gems, a show in May will celebrate a ‘golden period’ of Portuguese jewellery in the 18th century. Here we preview the exhibition and then present other recent and forthcoming sale highlights.

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A £2600 unfinished tour of the British Empire

01 April 2017

An oil of HMS Ophir moored off Halifax in Canada sold for a multi-estimate sum at George Kidner’s (19% buyer’s premium) sale in Lymington on March 2.

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French Art Deco brooch takes £22,000 in Lymington

06 January 2014

The annual Christmas Present sale held by George Kidner at their saleroom in Lymington included this French Art Deco ruby and diamond-set brooch or jabot pin.

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Fabergé fans clock on in Lymington

13 August 2013

Estimated at £10,000-15,000, this silver-gilt and ivory guilloché enamel desk clock by Carl Fabergé sold for £65,000 at George Kidner in Lymington, Hampshire.

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Smart medals of a distinguished Victorian surgeon

01 March 2013

This group of orders and medals were awarded to Sir William Smart KCB, a Naval Surgeon and latterly Honorary Physician to Queen Victoria.

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Swiss musical bird box in Hampshire

21 December 2012

Included in George Kidner’s sale in Lymington, Hampshire on January 10, is this 19th century Swiss enamelled musical bird box decorated with landscape scenes.

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Off the rails and into history at £1800

09 January 2008

In 1963, the daring actions of a 15-strong band of small-time London criminals captivated the world’s media. In 2007, it seems the Great Train Robbery still has the capacity to seize headlines.

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Burke in the chamber with the dagger

04 December 2006

ON December 28, 1792 Anglo-Irish statesman, orator and philosopher Edmund Burke (1729-97) enacted the melodrama in Parliament that became known as the Dagger Scene.

£4800 pocket globes top specialist bids

19 August 2003

SPECIALIST items took three of the top-selling lots at this George Kidner Hampshire sale on 9 July. One was a 1731 pocket globe by Richard Cushee, a land surveyor, map and globe maker known to have been apprenticed to John Sellers Sr, a leading figure in the London map trade at the time.

What was it that took this piece of furniture to £22,000?

21 May 2003

AUCTIONEER George Kidner admitted after this April 16 sale (15% buyer's premium) that he wished he’d been able to offer more of that currently under-regarded commodity, brown furniture, because while routine silver remains pretty dormant and there was little good jewellery to be found, good quality furniture, along with ceramics, was selling well, sometimes spectacularly so.

The Japanese, the Irish and the Australians

22 February 2002

TWO LOTS were bid to £800 in the 150-lot book and map portion of this Hampshire sale on 6 February at George Kidner, which put them some way ahead of most others on the day.

Jewels of the 1920s that transform a routine day

14 February 2002

A privately sourced collection of jewellery boosted this first dispersal of the year in these Hampshire rooms at George Kidner on 9 January – “the bulk of the rest of the material was just good stock pieces”, said auctioneer Andrew Reeves.

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