Thomas Watson

Thomas Watson is a longstanding auction house based in Darlington, County Durham. 

Founded in 1840, they now host fortnightly general sales alternating with more specialist sales. Boasting historic premises at The Gallery Saleroom, they offer items across different fields including antiques, fine art, jewellery, collectables and furnishings.


David and Beth Elstob

Former Thomas Watson director launches new auction house

07 January 2019

Former Thomas Watson Auctioneers director David Elstob is to launch his own auction house with wife Beth Elstob.

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Pick of the Week: Rare birds sighted in County Durham

21 May 2018

Catalogued simply as ‘a pair of English soft-paste porcelain models of parrots’, these rare 18th century figures by Bow sold at Thomas Watson in Darlington, County Durham, for £16,000 (plus 24% buyer’s premium) on May 15.

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Grinning bid brings in Buddha

12 March 2018

A small soapstone figure of a grinning, reclining Buddha stole the show at Thomas Watson (24% buyer’s premium) of Darlington when it smashed its estimate of £80-120 to sell for £16,500.

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The name’s Submariner – Rolex Submariner

20 November 2017

The first Rolex Submariner was introduced to the public in 1954 at the Basel Watch Fair but it was Ian Fleming’s fictional spy, James Bond, who in 1962 transformed a reliable and rugged dive watch to a status symbol embodying suave masculinity and a sense of adventure.

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Darlington brush with sale success

28 August 2017

Made in various materials across the centuries, brush pots used by Chinese scholars are steady favourites at UK auctions and the blue and white porcelain example shown here was no exception when offered at Thomas Watson’s (17.5% buyer’s premium) sale at Darlington on June 20.

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Pop goes the easel for Eduardo Paolozzi lots

05 June 2017

A selection of vibrant prints, artist’s proofs and portrait studies by the 20th century artist Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) is up for sale in County Durham.

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Giuliano revival at auction in London and Darlington

18 April 2017

A textbook Renaissance style jewel by Carlo Giuliano (1831-95) led a strong jewellery offering at Thomas Watson (24% buyer’s premium) in Darlington on March 21.

singing bird box

Bird box to soar at County Durham autumn auction

15 September 2016

A 19th century singing bird box is a starring lot at an upcoming County Durham auction that features several animal-themed lots.

Linthorpe pre-Columbian-style pottery vessel by Dresser

03 April 2000

UK: THIS Linthorpe pre-Columbian-style pottery vessel, designed by Dr Christopher Dresser during his time as Art Superintendent at John Harrison's Middlesborough factory c.1879-81, was sold to London's New Century by Darlington auctioneer Thomas Watson & Son for £1500 (plus 15 per cent premium) on March 21.

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