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.


Horse whispers and festive song at Hansons

13 November 2017

Not many new faces at salerooms can include among their experience “a trained horse whisperer”.

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Jimi Hendrix memorabilia strikes the right chord at auction

27 October 2017

50 years on and Hendrix still rocks – Hansons Auctioneers has sold a note, written on the back of a packet of guitar strings in 1967, for £5700.


Owen once, Owen twice... Owen once, Owen twice... reticulated wares roll into two sales

23 October 2017

Dominated by two lots of Chinese porcelain, the September 28-30 sale at Hansons (17.5% buyer’s premium) also included eight Royal Worcester pieces by George Owen (1845-1917) who was inspired by the Orient to produce his trademark reticulated wares.


Where’s Wally? In the Etwall saleroom

16 October 2017

Among the most coveted of all Martinware is the ‘Wally’ bird. These quirky and grotesque jars (really caricatures of people in Victorian London), were produced from the early 1880s onwards and were named after their maker Robert Wallace Martin, one of four brothers who ran the famous British pottery.


Pick of the Week: Yongzheng dish serves £230,000

09 October 2017

Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire sold a Yongzheng (1723-35) mark and period dish for £230,000 (plus premium) on September 29.

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Charles Hanson sells Chinese dish for seven times estimate at Derbyshire auction

29 September 2017

A Chinese dish, once valued on the BBC’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’, has sold at Hansons Auctioneers for £230,000.


London coin company snaps up Roman hoard from Lincolnshire at Hansons

29 August 2017

A world coin specialist vied with other bidders over a Roman coin hoard last week at Hansons Auctioneers.


Medieval brooch is much loved by bidders at Hansons auction

28 August 2017

Seven phone bidders competed for this 15th century gold heart-shaped brooch, a medieval gift of love from the time of the Wars of the Roses, at Hansons in Derbyshire.


Matthews contracts score at auction

28 August 2017

Sir Stanley Matthews’ first football contract showing the legend was paid a princely £5 a week has sold at Derbyshire saleroom Hansons.


How the country house sale lives to fight another day

21 August 2017

Recent country house contents sales at Chorley's, Halls and Hansons show that evolving the model is breathing new life into a traditional format.


Heavyweight bids for a weight saving brooch

21 August 2017

Medals and orders can be heavy things. So what better way to carry around your various hard-earned gongs than a one-size-fits-all miniature version of them all?


Mysterious Iron Age find unearthed in the Peak District offered at Hansons

18 August 2017

A mysterious 2000-year-old relic found in the Derbyshire Peak District by a local metal detectorist goes under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers next week.

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Chinese dish once valued at Antiques Roadshow heads to auction in Derbyshire

16 August 2017

Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire will offer a Yongzheng (1723-35) mark and period dish as part of its Fine Arts and Asian auction on September 29.

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Original contracts up at auction reveal Stanley Matthews £5 a week pay

04 August 2017

The eye-watering sums that footballer Neymar is set to earn as part of his £200m record transfer from Barcelona to Paris St Germain are put into perspective by another contract from a different era (in so many senses).


Stirrup cup shows horse sense

24 July 2017

Despite their function, stirrup cups in the form of equine heads are a little harder to find than those of dogs and foxes.

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Police 'truncheon' from 1804 coming up at auction is the short arm of the law

18 July 2017

A very early police ‘truncheon’ up at auction on July 25 was more about the short arm of the law than long.

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Rare early photographs at auction reveal a snapshot of the Second Boer War

05 July 2017

Militaria archive material such as documents, letters and log books has been delivering strong results at auction recently, aided by cross-over appeal to photography enthusiasts.


Jewellery auction previews

03 July 2017

A selection of stand-out jewellery lots from regional auctions.


Banjolele once owned by music hall star George Formby comes to auction in Derbyshire

24 June 2017

An auction of a banjolele at Hansons Auctioneers will be music to the ears of George Formby fans later this month.

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Austin pedal cars power to thousands at auctions

09 May 2017

For classic car collectors, a genuine ‘barn find’ to restore is the holy grail: a cobwebbed, dust-covered vehicle which has lain undisturbed for many, many years and is calling out for a restoration project.