W&H Peacock

W&H Peacock was founded by two brothers in 1901. They now hold weekly auctions in Bedford as well as regular sales in both St. Neots and Leamington Spa.

The also stage bimonthly specialist auctions of fine art and antique alongside Lock & England who have been based in Leamington Spa since 1834.


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An Augustus John portrait, a Fijian war weapon and an early golf putter – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

14 June 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a portrait by Augustus John (1878-1961) of his artist daughter Gwyneth Johnstone.

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What lots caught bidders’ eyes in the last week? Five auction highlights including a Beatles poster and a bronze of Hercules

11 January 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week include ancient coins and sentimental needlework from around the regional auction houses.

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London and the world in focus at auction including an 18th century map of the capital

03 December 2018

Large-scale 18th century map of the capital joins a wider global outlook at auction...

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Saleroom selection: three works under £900 in regional sales

16 July 2018

Three modestly valued works in regional sales including a local artists who painted mainly south Wales coal miners.

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With a little help from our friends in the north

15 January 2018

Auctioneering is a fiercely competitive business, on the face of it. Behind the scenes, however, there are many examples of salerooms helping each other – from sharing business experiences to providing specialist counsel on objects.

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Peacock puts on a fine display

16 October 2017

Huge new auction centre ready to launch on the edge of Bedford includes five salerooms...

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Silver linings: hammer highlights

18 March 2017

Two silver hammer highlights which sold for well above estimate

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Childhood toy rides to £14,400

22 October 2012

A local 90-year-old gentleman and his wife were in the room to watch his childhood toy sell for a small fortune at W. & H. Peacock’s recent ‘Memories of Childhood’ sale in Bedford.

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The bowl that proves it can pack a punch at £28,000

24 April 2006

A Bedford woman who was downsizing homes decided to enter this piece of family silver into her local auction house. It proved to be the stellar entry in W&H Peacock’s April 7 antiques sale when, after generating considerable pre-sale attention from the London silver trade, it far outstripped the saleroom’s unpublished expectations of around £3000-5000, selling to one of their number for £28,000 (plus 12.5% premium).

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