Holt's

Holt's are a UK specialist auction house for fine and antique firearms as well as militaria and sporting collectables. The firm holds regular auctions in London.


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Pick of the pistol hammer highs

12 August 2019

Fine sets of pistols, preferably nicely cased, have long been the mainstay of London arms and armour sales. This season’s crop were not as plentiful nor so eagerly contested as we sometimes see, but there were some gems on offer and a selection of them are illustrated here.

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Ammo ad sign under hammer

28 January 2019

Once breech-loading guns became the norm, the gun itself was only one part of the equation. Ammunition was the great variable, as demonstrated by the advertising display boards produced in large numbers for the gun shops and ironmongers of the United Kingdom.

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God is great but mere mortals influence flag and gun sales

29 October 2018

While it was probably pleasing for a buyer at Holts (25% buyer’s premium) to know a pair of Purdey shotguns had previously been owned by ‘God’, or Eric Clapton as less passionate fans of the great guitarist know him, it did not materially affect the £160,000 winning bid.

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Success for slim and sleek styling at Holts

06 August 2018

The classic English sporting gun is a sidelock, but for many the ‘round-action’ shotguns perfected by John Dickson of Edinburgh in the 1870s are the most elegant of all.

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Holts reloads its London auction base

12 February 2018

After more than a decade of holding auctions in west London, Holts Auctioneers is relocating to a new saleroom to the south-east of the capital this March.

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Royal Armouries buys rare British rifle from Holts Auctioneers

05 February 2018

A rare British rifle made for colonial use has been bought by the Royal Armouries in Leeds from Holts Auctioneers.

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Sporting guns impress at auctions

29 January 2018

A trio of shotgun sales in the spotlight.

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Keep your eye on the brawl…

29 January 2018

Holt’s (25/20% buyer’s premium) sale in London on December 14 included two prime examples of weapons designed to get their owners out of a tight corner.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

11 September 2017

ATG’s weekly selection of items on sale at auctions and dealerships.

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Sporting guns catch the imagination of bidders

07 August 2017

Sporting guns are a little different from other areas of the arms and armour market in that many that are well over 100 years old are still in use today.

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Royal rifle made for George IV offered at Holt's

12 June 2017

Guns made for the hands of an illustrious owner have added allure for collectors of antique firearms – particularly if those hands are royal.

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'Trafalgar' flag probably flown by Royal Yacht

20 January 2016

Information has come to light proving that a newly-discovered flag due to sell at auction in March was not that flown from HMS Leviathan at the Battle of Trafalgar. It has since been withdrawn from sale.

Roland Elworthy of Holt’s

A third Union flag flown at Trafalgar?

17 December 2015

A Union flag, by repute flown by one of Nelson’s warships at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, carries an estimate of £30,000-50,000 at sporting gun specialists Holt’s on March 17.

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Tiger Moth flies into London auction

12 March 2014

A de Havilland Tiger Moth II will star in Holt’s next sale in London.

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Guns with a right royal heritage

11 October 2012

Fine and unusual English guns made for Indian princes formed the most lucrative sub-section of Holt’s latest London sale.

Holt’s strike Land Rover brand deal

08 June 2009

THE Norfolk-based auctioneers of fine modern and antique guns, Holt’s, have signed a promotional deal with Land Rover that sees them become ambassadors for the all-terrain vehicles.

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Khyber rarity takes £38,000

06 October 2008

THIS extremely rare 18th Century Khyber knife was the highlight of the London sale conducted by Norfolk-based sporting gun specialist Holts, where it sold for a surprise £38,000.

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Hardy reels see robust demand

12 April 2008

THREE bespoke Hardy reels were offered by Holts as part of their shooting sale at Princess Louise House, Hammersmith on March 20.

Sharpe’s the word: TV exposure and changes in rules raise sights of arms buyers

31 March 2004

NOT every auctioneer, and certainly not every dealer, is happy with the coverage given to the antiques trade on television, but Norfolk auctioneers Holts (15% buyer's premium), who hold their specialist sales of antique and sporting guns in the suitably militaristic Duke of York’s Headquarters in Chelsea, have cause to be grateful for one TV series.

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