McTear's

Founded in Glasgow in 1842, McTear’s hold a wide range of specialist sales including Asian works of art, pictures, jewellery, clocks, watches, coins, silver, ceramics and glass, wine and whisky and Scottish Modern and Contemporary art.

Their current owner, auctioneer and managing director is Brian Clements who joined the company in 1987.


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Timed to perfection

24 June 2019

The success of timed online auctions for London’s big auction houses is putting the format on the map for other salerooms too.

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Manchester United winner's medal for their first ever league title sells at Glasgow auction

30 April 2019

Manchester United fans distraught at the prospect of their arch-rivals City or… shudder… even Liverpool winning the title this season can perhaps take solace from earlier Red Devils successes.

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Liquid gold ‘the smartest place to put your money’

25 March 2019

In the wake of record auction prices – the first £1m bottle of whisky and a $500,000 bottle of wine – four auction specialists discuss the lively market for fine and rare wines and whisky. Here, two whisky specialists outline the market trends: Graeme Maxwell of McTear's and Mark Littler, independent antiques and whisky broker.

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Beans means bucks at auction – Heinz forks out on 18ct gold baked bean

18 March 2019

Beans manufacturer Heinz has paid a hammer price of £750 at auction for a special issue 18ct gold baked bean.

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Auction houses launch new sales categories across the regions

27 February 2019

Bloomsbury, Bellmans and McTear’s among firms with new sales scheduled.

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George IV carriage clock made by James Murray sells over 10-times estimate McTear’s

18 February 2019

Given a surprising £200-300 estimate, a George IV brass and glass carriage clock was one of the stars of McTear’s (23% buyer’s premium) Glasgow sale on February 1.

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Seven fabulous fans going under the hammer this month

11 February 2019

With many fans going under the hammer in the coming weeks it is an ideal time to get more familiar with this market where examples can range in price from a few pounds to the high five figures.

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Scottish Cup medal from 1923 gives reminder of Celtic celebration at Glasgow sale

03 December 2018

A Glasgow bidder in the room secured a Scottish Cup medal won in 1923 by a player from the green and white half of the Old Firm.

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Five places to find art and antiques in Scotland next week including a pair of gold pencils and a fairground scene by a British violinist-turned-painter

30 November 2018

Over the next week, dive into the Scottish art and antiques scene first-hand, or go online to snap up treasures such as a Highland light infantry shako.

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Saleroom selection: three artworks under £800 including a work by Punch illustrator Arthur George Watts

18 June 2018

Three modestly valued works in regional sales, including a watercolour by Punch illustrator Arthur George Watts (1883-1935).

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Saleroom selection: Three pictures under £1000

07 May 2018

Three modestly valued works at regional sales.

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Mirror, mirror (and 14 more mirrors) on the wall - which is the best-seller of them all?

15 November 2017

If you are into interior design and are looking for a theatrical flourish then a sale coming up at a Glasgow auction house this Friday (November 17) could be worth a moment of reflection.

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McTear’s holds dedicated military watch auction

11 September 2017

Glasgow saleroom McTear’s holds a dedicated military watch auction on September 19. Most entries are from a private collection and include watches from the so-called ‘Dirty Dozen’ – the 12 Swiss manufacturers commissioned to supply the British Ministry of Defence during the Second World War.

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Pick of the Week: Doulton figure is big sale catch

04 September 2017

It is well-known that the market for Royal Doulton HN series figures is at something of a low ebb. However, the exception to the general rule of bargain-basement prices comes for the small number of very rare figures that appeal to a core collecting base. Many end up in North America.

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Frost is hot in a volatile climate

28 August 2017

A raft of contemporary and post-war art featured in the busy August schedule in Scotland. Such art remains a picky and tempestuous market north of the border. The latest results were scattered with a mix of bullish and more subdued results.

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Works from a tortured genius come to auction in Glasgow

07 August 2017

Like many modern artists, John Bellany’s (1942-2013) canvases reflect his personal story – and his was a turbulent one.

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Doomed female pilot's Leica camera appears at McTear's auction

10 March 2017

A camera belonging to ill-fated US aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart is among the lots going under the hammer at McTear’s in Glasgow this month.

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Medal from Celtic’s first-ever cup victory to be offered at Glasgow auction

21 July 2016

Fighting valiantly through the Champions League qualifying rounds after overcoming the mighty Lincoln Red Imps last night, Celtic are well on the way to emulating their 1967 Lisbon Lions European Cup glory.

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Remarkable gift that was customised by Constable rediscovered

16 September 2014

On March 29, 1833, John Constable gave his daughter Emily a copy of Isaac Watts’s book ‘Songs, Divine and Moral’.

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