Hansons is a UK auction house that holds regular auctions at its Derbyshire showroom in Etwall as well as at Bishton Hall in Staffordshire and Normansfield Theatre in Teddington, London. In August 2020, Hansons purchased the assets of two further UK salerooms: Charles Ross Auctioneers in Woburn and Holloway’s in Banbury.

The firm was set up in 2005 by proprietor Charles Hanson who appears on a number of antiques television shows.

Tikkunei Shabbat

Big bidding for a small prayer book: Hebrew manuscript takes five times estimate

11 September 2023

An 18th century copy of Tikkunei Shabbat (an amalgam of Hebrew prayers and devotions for the Sabbath) sold for £57,000 to an international phone bidder at Hansons on September 5.


Harry Potter: the children’s book series that became a phenomenon

11 September 2023

“I get loads and loads of emails and calls all the time from people whose eyes have lit up when they see those words ‘first edition’…”


Metal detectorist discoveries continue to appeal at auction

04 September 2023

Metal detectorists continue to be the best supply of ancient and medieval jewels onto the market.

Smallest penknife

Is this the world’s smallest penknife?

30 August 2023

This tiny opening pocketknife is about the size of a 1p coin.


Wine bottle pays tribute to a Wedgwood

28 August 2023

An 18th century wine bottle honouring Thomas Wedgwood, a key figure in the history of the Wedgwood factory, comes for sale in Derbyshire this autumn.

Marble sculpture by Joseph Towne

Pick of the week: Renowned wax modeller tests his marble skills

21 August 2023

Joseph Towne (1806-79) is best known for pioneering the creation of anatomical wax models, many of which are now displayed at a medical museum at Guy’s Hospital in London.

A drawng in The Illustrated Autobiography

Pick of the week: Family collection of manuscripts and pictures tell story of an artist lost in sadness

24 July 2023

A poignant description of life as an artist studying at the Royal Academy in the mid-19th century emerged at auction and more than doubled its estimate.

ATG letter: Charlie Ross is not connected with Hanson Ross saleroom

24 July 2023

Antiques Trade Gazette reported (No 2600) on the recent opening of my new saleroom at Royston in the name of Hanson Ross.


The world in your pocket: almanacs in focus

10 July 2023

Almanacs became hugely popular as printing made them widely accessible

Parker Fine Art Auctions party

Hansons in Herts: its sixth saleroom opens

03 July 2023

Auction house Hansons has opened its sixth saleroom, this time in Hertfordshire.


Sasha dolls in demand at separate UK auctions

26 June 2023

Sasha dolls are named after their Swiss designer, artist Sasha Morgenthaler and were made in the UK and Germany from the mid to late 1960s.

Sir John Hunt’s mittens and ephemera

Everest 1953 expedition leader’s mittens reunited after auction

05 June 2023

Mittens worn by British Everest expedition leader Sir John Hunt in 1953 have been reunited 70 years later following a successful auction bid, it has been revealed.


Well done, driver Doug - here's a 1970 Heuer Autavia Chronograph

05 June 2023

This 1970 Heuer Autavia Chronograph was awarded to rally driver Doug Harris for finishing the 16,000-mile London to Mexico World Cup Rally in 1970.


Mitten worn on 1953 Everest expedition sold at Hansons

15 May 2023

A left-hand cotton mitten owned by John Hunt (1910-98), leader of the successful British Expedition to the summit of Mount Everest, sold for £3200 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at Hansons in Bishton Hall, Staffordshire, on May 10.


Oils by Queen Victoria sell in London auction

01 May 2023

Two oil paintings by Queen Victoria believed to date to the second half of the 19th century were found among family heirlooms in a Surrey cottage.


Lots of love from the future king

10 April 2023

Letter sent from a very young Charles to his grandma with doodles and kisses emerges at auction


Poster from era with Sex Pistols on the cusp of success

27 March 2023

On November 26, 1976, the Sex Pistols released their first single, Anarchy in the UK.

Charles Hanson and Robin Fletcher

Hansons Auctioneers expands into Kent with latest saleroom opening at The Pantiles Arcade

16 February 2023

A Kent saleroom for Hansons and a new face at Noonans are among the latest recruitment and expansion news across the art and antiques sector.


‘Queen Victoria post box’ at £14,500 is something to write home about

13 February 2023

The sale at Hansons (25% buyer’s premium) in Teddington on January 28 included what was marketed as ‘Queen Victoria’s post box’.