Operating since 1826, Lyon & Turnbull are one of the longest established fine art and antiques auction houses in the United Kingdom. In the 21st century, we combine dedicated personal advice and attention with innovative, thoughtful marketing and a deep understanding of the world of art and antiques to offer an unparalleled auctioneer service.
We hold approximately 35 auctions per annum, including specialist categories such as Scottish paintings, British & European paintings, Asian works of art, jewellery, silver, antiques, books, furniture and contemporary art and design.
In addition to our specialist auctions, our raison d’etre are single-owner collection sales. Each one carefully crafted to accentuate the quality and uniqueness of the particular collection, generating un-missable events for collectors, and high (often record) prices for our clients.
Lyon & Turnbull operates internationally, providing valuation and auction services worldwide, and ensuring our client’s works of art and antiques are seen, desired, and purchased by the world’s largest art markets in Europe, America and Asia.
We maintain offices and galleries in London and Glasgow, and our neoclassical headquarters and saleroom in Edinburgh is, we believe, the most beautiful in the UK. We also maintain an alliance with the oldest auction house in the USA, Freeman’s, to take advantage of their Philadelphia salerooms and well developed client contacts.
However, our international reach and commercial success are only part of our appeal. The real reason why our clients choose us over our competitors is the knowledge and approachability of our experts, and the efforts we make to understand and fulfil our clients’ tastes and needs.
Gavin Strang, Managing Director
John Mackie, Director