Lyon & Turnbull

Edinburgh auction house Lyon & Turnbull has been operating since 1826 in Scotland. The company specialises in fine art, jewellery and antiques.

They hold about 30 auctions a year including dedicated sales such as Scottish paintings, European and British paintings, furniture, silver, books and furniture.

In 2000 the business formed a marketing alliance with US auctioneers Freeman's of Philadelphia.


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John Duncan Fergusson anniversary marked with 17 works at Lyon & Turnbull

28 May 2024

The 150th anniversary of the birth of the Colourist painter John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961) is being marked at Lyon & Turnbull on June 6.

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Modern design: Why Pesce preferred the far from perfect

27 May 2024

Designer Gaetano Pesce liked ‘beauty full of mistakes’, an approach reflected in his playful creations

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Prince of Speed Georges Hamel designed nifty posters now sought after by collectors

20 May 2024

Original printings of two of the most familiar automotive posters sold for £15,000 each at Lyon & Turnbull (26% buyer’s premium).

Geo Ham Monaco GP Poster 1934

Geo Ham's Monaco Grand Prix designs lead Travel & Vintage posters auction

09 April 2024

Original printings of two of the most reproduced of all automotive posters come for sale at Lyon & Turnbull this month.

Giltwood tables

Scottish country house giltwood side tables spark international bidding battle

02 April 2024

A pair of 18th century giltwood side tables from a Scottish country house made £220,000 at Lyon & Turnbull.

New hires

New joiners at Lyon & Turnbull and Chiswick Auctions and an expanding trainee scheme at Woolley & Wallis

28 March 2024

A round up of movers and shakers across the art and antiques sector

Roman Over Lifesize Trajanic Marble Bust Of Pompeia Plotina

“Three monumental sculptures with monumental prices to boot”

21 March 2024

Three over life-size Roman portrait busts with an 18th century provenance to Cobham Hall in Kent have sold for a combined £1.26m at Lyon & Turnbull.

Faustina the Elder sculpture

Roman portrait busts highlight Lyon & Turnbull’s first ancient art auction

12 March 2024

Three over life-size Roman portrait busts with an 18th century provenance linked to Cobham Hall in Kent come for sale at Lyon & Turnbull this month.

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Stand-out silver to look out for in upcoming auctions

26 February 2024

A selection of previews from three British sales and another in Germany

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First edition of early feminist text makes over 30 times estimate

19 February 2024

Actress cheated by the Prince of Wales turned to a campaign based on ‘injustice of mental subordination’

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Wemyss collected over decades comes to auction in Edinburgh

12 February 2024

Extensive array offered by Lyon & Turnbull concentrates on the first Scottish period of production

Wemyss tabby cat

Auction buyers get claws into Wemyss cats

29 January 2024

This smiling tabby cat formed part of an extensive collection of Scottish Wemyss Ware sold at Lyon & Turnbull.

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Art Market: Cadell captures the Cassis light

29 January 2024

Scottish Colourist likened the French port to Iona – but with more time to paint given the weather

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Allan Ramsay the royal favourite

29 January 2024

The precise and sensitive portraiture of Allan Ramsay (1713-84) earned him widespread acclaim, aided by his prodigious intellect and social flair.

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Two rare Bessie MacNicol works appear at auction in a week

29 January 2024

Works by Glasgow Girl Bessie MacNicol (1869-1904) – who died in childbirth aged 34 – are represented in many public collections, especially in Scotland.

Alasdair Gray's Glasgow Triumph of Death

Major record for Alasdair Gray as apocalyptic canvas turns heads in Edinburgh auction

24 January 2024

A shot in the arm for the picture market of Alasdair Gray (1934-2019) came at the start of the year when one of his most momentous paintings emerged at auction and set a major record for the Scottish artist and writer.

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Rachel Ruysch attribution bears fruit

02 January 2024

One of the Old Masters attracting significant interest at Lyon & Turnbull’s (25/20% buyer’s premium) latest Five Centuries sale in Edinburgh was a small still-life that drew strong competition against a £5000-8000 estimate.

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Reminder of Rennie Mackintosh’s Suffolk sojourn

18 December 2023

A group of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) watercolours and drawings were sold on behalf of the Glasgow Art Club at Lyon & Turnbull’s (26% buyer’s premium) Design since 1860 sale in Edinburgh.

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Specialist supports brain tumour research charity

18 December 2023

Lyon & Turnbull specialist and BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Theo Burrell has become a formal patron of the Brain Tumour Research (BTR) charity.

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Leaving you Hungary for more

11 December 2023

A wide range of eastern European works is increasingly attracting strong demand at auction

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