About Us

McTear’s is one of the largest independent auction houses in the UK, with a market leading position in the sale of fine art, whisky and jewellery.

Founded in 1842, the Glasgow based company has welcomed a host of high profile names over the years with legendary Scottish philanthropist, William Burrell, a frequent visitor to the auction house in earlier days.

In more recent times McTear’s has extended its reach, building an impressive database of buyers and sellers in over a hundred countries across the globe. Whatever the item, sellers can be assured that their precious lot will be placed in front of those most likely to purchase, no matter where in the world they are.

Whether buying or selling, McTear’s advanced bidding system puts the customer at the heart of the process. The auction house has embraced digital technology and offers an advanced online bidding system through mctears.co.uk/live to complement the company’s telephone and on site services.

Under the guidance of an experienced team of specialists, McTear’s three key departments have grown significantly over the years. The regular whisky auctions are now amongst the biggest in the world and include some of the rarest single malts on the planet. Recent high profile sales have included a 50 year old Macallan for over £20,000 and a record £6,000 for a bottle of GlenDronach signed by President Donald Trump.

In addition, the auction house’s contemporary and fine art sales are now a highlight for buyers and sellers everywhere, with many internationally recognised Scottish artists such as Peter Howson, John Bellany, Graham McKean and Gerard Burns regularly featuring in the monthly auctions.

The jewellery department has also seen considerable expansion, with a host of stunning contemporary and historical pieces drawing the attention of collectors at home and overseas every month.

Add to this specialist auctions in Asian works of art, silver, ceramics & glass, wine, coins & banknotes, watches, clocks, scientific & musical instruments, militaria, furniture, works of art and sports memorabilia, it is clear that McTear’s has a home for every item.

McTear’s takes its role within the community extremely seriously and over the years has supported a number of good causes including Marie Curie Cancer Care, Glasgow Women's Aid and the Ardgowan Hospice, amongst others. Everything sold by the auction house on behalf of a registered charity is sold without commission.

McTear's Head Office and Auction Galleries are situated just south of the Clyde Tunnel adjacent to the M8 motorway. The Galleries are open every weekday from 8.30am until 5pm and on Saturday mornings. The facilities at McTear’s Galleries boast a private car park and café.

For more information please call 0141 810 2880. 


Upcoming Auctions



The Coins & Banknotes Auction
27 June 2017
McTear's has experienced Coin Specialists who will advise you and value your items. Appointments can...


The Watches Auction
27 June 2017
McTear’s is the only auction house in Scotland to host an auction dedicated to Watches every s...


The Rare & Collectable Whisky Auction
30 June 2017
No other auction house in the world auctions Whisky as frequently as McTear’s. With a dedicate...


The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction
2 July 2017
An enormous collection of over 400 paintings including exceptional examples by John Bellany,Peter Ho...


The Jewellery Auction
12 July 2017
The Jewellery Auction is a six weekly event to the calendar and features 200 items with a variety of...


The Silver Auction
13 July 2017
The Silver Auction at McTear’s, a six weekly live auction, has become a destination for silver...


The Asian Works Of Art Auction
13 July 2017
An auction of Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern as well as Indian, African and other artworks, to in...


The British & Continental Ceramics & Glass Auction
13 July 2017
McTear’s hold an unrivalled international auction of Ceramics & Glass every month, punctua...


The Clocks, Scientific & Musical Instruments Auction
14 July 2017
This ever-expanding dedicated auction brings together a selection of clocks and instruments of all t...


The Works Of Art, Medals, Militaria & Furniture Auction
14 July 2017
McTear’s furniture and works of art auction brings together a range of furniture, toys, collec...


The British & International Pictures Auction
19 July 2017
A dynamic and diverse collection of high quality paintings from home and abroad. If you have high...


The Scottish Pictures Auction
19 July 2017
We are inviting entries for The Scottish Pictures Auction if you have high quality Scottish painting...


The Works Of Art & Furniture Auction
25 August 2017
McTear’s furniture and works of art auction brings together a range of furniture, toys, collec...

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G51 4EU
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