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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Knox clock combines Celtic tradition and Victorian innovation

03 October 2022

Archibald Knox’s work for Liberty & Co often drew on the rich cultural heritage of his native Isle of Man.

Calotype photograph

Photos reveal a face from 1840s Scotland

03 October 2022

An exceptionally early album of calotype photographs sold for £68,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at Lyon & Turnbull on September 28.

Emma Ward

A new art dealer, auction house and a book – updates from across the world of art and antiques

27 September 2022

New faces at Lyon & Turnbull, Hansons plus a newly launched art dealership and a new auction house are among the latest Movers & Shakers news.

Simon Hucker

Modern and Contemporary specialist to head Lyon & Turnbull sale

26 September 2022

Auction house Lyon & Turnbull is to add a new sale to its London calendar led by newly appointed Modern & Contemporary art specialist Simon Hucker.

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Wirth-Miller proves his worth in the saleroom

26 September 2022

Two abstract landscapes by Denis Wirth-Miller (1915-2010) were among the works in demand at the latest Post-War and Contemporary art sale held at Lyon & Turnbull (26% buyer’s premium) in Edinburgh.

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Go ape about a mustard pot

26 September 2022

Novelty condiment sets inspired by the far reaches of the British Empire are a feature of Victorian silver.

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Selective chiming for French clocks

19 September 2022

Not quite in step with contemporary interiors, French decorative clocks have had a lower profile at auction in recent times.

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Sorrows of slavery lamented

12 September 2022

On offer at the Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps & Photographs sale held by Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on September 28 is an anti-slavery broadside: 'The Sorrows of Yamba, or, the Negro Woman’s Lamentation. To the Tune of Hosier’s Ghost'.

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Silver: The growing fame of the Highlands ‘hammermen’

05 September 2022

Edinburgh auction highlights work of the Highlands silversmiths who operated far from the control of the assay office in the Scottish capital

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Victorian kettle modelled as a curling stone doubles estimate in Edinburgh

05 September 2022

Nineteenth and early 20th century novelty silver continues to be one of the strengths of the collecting category.

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Rare Jacobite goblet receives an £8000 toast in Edinburgh auction

22 August 2022

The sale of Scottish Works of Art & Whisky at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on August 17 included this remarkable mid-18th century Jacobite goblet.

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Rare appearance of financial work by author who ended up dying in poverty

15 August 2022

It is close on 50 years since a 1705 first of John Law’s 'Money and Trade Considered…' was seen at auction, said Lyon & Turnbull (20% buyer’s premium) of the copy in re-backed contemporary calf that it sold for £22,000 in a summer sale held in Edinburgh.

Walter Raleigh document

Rawley or Raleigh, it’s worth £22,000

18 July 2022

The sale of Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps & Photographs at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on July 13 included a document signed by the adventurer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh (1554-1618).

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Mary Ireland ‘fabric mosaics’ emerge from collection of dealer Paul Reeves

18 July 2022

Eighteen works by the Birmingham School artist Mary Ireland (1891-1980) were offered at a recent Lyon & Turnbull’s (25/20% buyer’s premium) sale.

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Cadell took a strong shine to Iona’s beauty

11 July 2022

For collectors on a budget, works on paper can provide a more accessible route to acquiring works by key artists.

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Peploes available at a more affordable level

11 July 2022

Compared to oil paintings and watercolours, drawings by the Scottish Colourists seem to appear less often at auction.

Paul Reeves

Hints on Household Taste: Interior designer and antiques dealer to sell collection at auction

22 June 2022

Collector, interior designer and antiques dealer Paul Reeves is selling more than 300 items from his stock and collection at auction this month.

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Still a demand for coal after all

06 June 2022

Simple white Wiener Werkstätte boxes epitomise fine design offered at trio of sales

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Collingwood wall-hanging work on the up at auction

06 June 2022

Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) Design sale on May 18 included a record for a wall-hanging by the weaver Peter Collingwood (1922-2008).

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John Bratby, the pretty and the gritty

06 June 2022

Bright sunflowers and urban scene demonstrate different sides of the Mod Brit artist

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