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David Lay

The Penzance Auction House


Penzance , Cornwall

United Kingdom   TR18 4RE

Telephone : +44 (0)1736 361414

Fax : +44 (0)1736 360035

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    History & Business

      The Penznance Auction House

    David Lay entered into the auction business after leaving school. Twenty one years ago, after becoming qualified he established his own auction and valuation business in Penzance.
    Eighteen years ago he purchased his present premises, a former engineering works built in the 1960's, and The Penzance Auction House was established.

    Since that time The Penzance Auction House has run a full, regular calendar of auctions covering all types of antiques, paintings and fine art, books and collectors items and general household effects.

    The Penzance Auction House also offers a free valuation service at the salerooms or by home appointment, valuations for probate and insurance and a complete house clearance service.

    The Penzance Auction House is now the largest, independent RICS qualified auctioneers and valuers in Cornwall holding twenty eight auctions each year

    Auctions of Antiques & Selected Items
    Six auctions a year.

    Two day catalogued auctions of over 2,000 lots.
    Day one: Miscellaneous items, ceramics and glass.
    Day two: Silver, plated ware, jewellery, bijouterie and furniture

    Auctions of Paintings, prints & Other Art.
    Three Auctions a year.

    One day catalogued auctions of approximately 500 lots of oil paintings, watercolours, sculpture, prints, and art related items.

    Auctions of Books & Collectors Items.
    Two auctions a year

    One day catalogue auctions of two sections. A section of antiquarian to modern books, manuscripts, documents, maps etc. and a collectors section of coins, stamps, medals and militaria, toys, cigarette and postcards.

    Auctions of Victorian to Modern Furniture & Effects.

    One day catalogue auctions of over 1,000 lots per auction approximately every three weeks consisting of a wide range of general effects from house clearances, deceased estates and private consignments.

    Also occasional specialist and on site auctions.



    Please note that we do not offer a postage & packing service.  Special arrangements apply. Contact our offices for further details.


    David Lay FRICS
    The Penzance Auction House,
    Alverton, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4RE.
    Telephone 01736 361414.
    Fax 01736 360035.


    Principal & proprietor
    David Lay FRICS

    Valuers and Auctioneers
    David Lay FRICS
    Barbara Kirk MRICS

    Anton Barnes (Head porter)
    David Coleman
    Phillip Waller (General saleroom manager)

    Katrina Lee (Office manager)
    Lesley Gruzelier
    Ruby Martin

    Ann Jones

    Consulting Specialists
    John Floyd (Books)
    David Taylor (Collectors Items)
    Douglas Wright (Oriental Works of Art)

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