August 2019


The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction

The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction

Date: Sunday, 18th August 2019 13:00

Over 200 pictures including some outstanding examples by some of Scotland's most collected artists including Alberto Morrocco, John Bellany, Alasdair Gray, Gordon Hope Wyllie, Gordon K Mitchell, Marion Drummond, Graham McKean, Peter Howson, Mary Armour, Ryan Mutter, Robert Kelsey, James Fullarton, Brenda Lenaghan, Pam Carter,  James McNaught, Huw Williams, Michael Scott and many others.


Entries are invited for the next auction, taking place Sunday 29th September. For further information please contact pictures@mctears.co.uk. 



The Rare & Fine Whisky Auction

The Rare & Fine Whisky Auction

Date: Friday, 16th August 2019 10:30

The Rare and Fine Whisky auction has over 300 lots of desirable and collectable whisky, comprising of a plethora of old style Cadenhead’s dumpy bottlings, in excess of twenty Rare Malts including the much hunted Brora 1972 aged 22 years, and the customary haul of majestic Macallans.

Also included in this auction are a series of cognacs from the Courvoisier Erte collection, the Hine Antique cognac presented in a crystal carafe, and the Hennessey Paradis, as well as some Alfred Lamb rum distilled in 1939.

Consignments for the following Rare and Fine Whisky sale on Friday 27 September will be accepted until Wednesday 4 September 2019.For more information please click 'Consign Now', or email whisky specialist Graeme Maxwell - whisky@mctears.co.uk.


The Bagpipes Auction

The Bagpipes Auction

Date: Thursday, 15th August 2019 14:30

The first-ever auction dedicated to Highland bagpipes and related instruments. This sale will co-incide with the World Pipe Band Championships and the Piping Live Festival held in Glasgow in August 2019. Over 100 lots featuring makers such as Sinclair, Henderson, MacLeod, Grainger and Campbell, Lawrie, Kilberry, Warmac, Warnock and more. Also bellows-blown and European pipes and reeds, there really is something for everyone! 


The Coins & Banknotes Auction

The Coins & Banknotes Auction

Date: Tuesday, 13th August 2019 10:30

There is no better place in Scotland to buy and sell coins and banknotes than McTear's. These dedicated auctions are held six weeks. In this packed auction, there are over 70 sovereign lots, from Victorian half sovereigns, to proof full sovereigns and more. Do you have coins or banknotes to sell? Email images to sarah@mctears.co.uk for no-obligation valuations, free of charge. 


The Watches Auction

The Watches Auction

Date: Tuesday, 13th August 2019 12:00

McTear's dedicated watch auctions are the only of their kind in Scotland. The sale on 13 August features a variety of watches including lot 752, a rare TAG Heuer McLaren wrist watch (£1000-1500) and lot 761, an impressive art deco diamond cocktail watch (£3000-5000.) McTear's specialise in rare and vintage Rolex watches, do you have one lying unworn? Consign to The Rolex Auction taking place on 24 September. Contact sarah@mctears.co.uk for a free, no-obligation auction valuation.



The Jewellery Auction

The Jewellery Auction

Date: Sunday, 11th August 2019 13:00

McTear's is the home of the jewellery auction, the only house in Scotland to hold dedicated auctions every three weeks. This auction includes a fine old cut diamond three stone ring (lot 3, £1500-2000) and an impressive aquamarine and diamond ring (lot 14, £300-500.) Do you have jewellery that would fit into one of these exciting auctions? Email images to auction@mctears.co.uk or come to the galleries anytime Mon-Fri, 9-5pm. 





July 2019








The Clocks, Scientific & Musical Instruments Auction

The Clocks, Scientific & Musical Instruments Auction

Date: Friday, 19th July 2019 10:30

Join us for this international auction with highlights including a Russian chronometer, lever wind music box, Dunlop guitar and Jaegar le Coultre clocks. Entries are invited for the next Clocks, Scientific & Musical Instruments Auction, taking place 11 October 2019. 


The Works of Art, Medals, Militaria & Furniture Auction

The Works of Art, Medals, Militaria & Furniture Auction

Date: Friday, 19th July 2019 11:30

The second section of this auction (lots 1748-1899) comprises works of art, pictures and furniture from the personal collection of Vera Weisfeld, with proceeds from the fashion tycoon's collection being donated to Kilbryde Hospice in East Kilbride.

Collector of war medals? This auction features war medals including WWI and WWII medals, a South Africa Medal, India Medal and a George V Distinguished Service Medal. 

Budding historian? Impressive books included in this auction provide an interesting insight into the history of the Scottish capital, with titles including 'Old Edinburgh', 'Old Houses in Edinburgh' and 'Edinburgh in the Olden Time 1717'.

Just looking for something a little special? An Art Deco table lighter in the form of a cocktail bar, an Austrian cold painted bronze figure group, an Arts & Crafts sideboard and an Art Nouveau bookcase are just a few of the highlights of this auction.


The Sporting Medals & Trophies Auction

The Sporting Medals & Trophies Auction

Date: Friday, 19th July 2019 14:45

No matter which of Scotland's biggest teams you support, The Sporting Auction at McTear's has you covered this month. 

If you're a Glasgow football fan, there is sure to be something to interest you this July. Celtic fan? A number of significant tokens from Celtics historic 1967 European Cup campaign feature in this auction. Rangers fan? An important collection of medals are amongst the lots which might appeal to you.  

Of course, football isn't the only sport represented in the upcoming Sporting Auction. Comprising over 130 lots, this auction also includes important facets of racing, horseracing and athletics history. 


The Silver Auction

The Silver Auction

Date: Thursday, 18th July 2019 10:30

From English novelty mustard pots to Austro-Hungarian enamel boxes, this auction brings together the best silversmiths and objets d'art as well as silver tea services, salvers, candelabra and flat ware. Entries are invited for the next Silver Auction, taking place 10 October 2019. 


The Asian Works of Art Auction

The Asian Works of Art Auction

Date: Thursday, 18th July 2019 12:00

Highlights in this Asian Works of Art Auction will include an impressive Chinese ancestor painting, a collection of Chinese works in bronze, as well as Japanese satsuma and silver objets d'art. Entries are invited for the next Asian Works of Art Auction, taking place 10 October 2019. 


The British & Continental Ceramics & Glass Auction

The British & Continental Ceramics & Glass Auction

Date: Thursday, 18th July 2019 14:30

Join the ranks of Goldscheider, Lalique, Clarice Cliff, Moorcroft, Spode, Royal Dux, Wemyss and Royal Crown Derby in this specialist auction. Entries are invited for the next British & Continental Ceramics & Glass Auction, taking place 10 October 2019. 



The Jewellery Auction

The Jewellery Auction

Date: Wednesday, 17th July 2019 10:30

This auction consists of over 180 items with estimates ranging from £30 - £8000. With unusual lots such as lot 84, an archaeological revival bangle (£1200-1800) to modern engagement rings such as lot 189, an oval diamond solitaire ring (£800-12000.) Why not come along and try on some of our items in person? Viewing commences at our Glasgow premises on the 15th of July at 12pm. With free on-site parking, why not stop for a spot of lunch in our licensed cafe too?




The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction

The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction

Date: Sunday, 7th July 2019 13:00

The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction this July offers a fantastic array of works from some of Scotland's acclaimed and highly sought after artists. Beautiful pieces by Kirsty Wither, Catriona Millar, Gordon Hope Wyllie, and Bet Low sit alongside excellent examples of printmaking from the likes of John Byrne, Elizabeth Blackadder, John Bellany. Other interesting lots include sculptures by George Wyllie and Soctt Irvine, and we have the local favourites such as Gerard Burns, Graham McKean, and Peter Howson also making their appearance on the gallery walls.




The Coins & Banknotes Auction

The Coins & Banknotes Auction

Date: Tuesday, 2nd July 2019 10:30

Did you know that McTear's is the only auction house in Scotland to host dedicated coins and banknotes auctions? Highlights of this auction included lot 562, an early Scottish £1 note that made ten times estimate (£2200) and 1966 Rhodesia gold coin set that sold for £1700 hammer. Silver proved popular too as ever with lot 602 selling for £650, a group of various silver coins. Do you have coins or banknotes to sell? You are welcome to come to our galleries anytime Monday to Friday 8.30-5pm or email images to sarah@mctears.co.uk 


The Watches Auction

The Watches Auction

Date: Tuesday, 2nd July 2019 12:30

McTear's 6 weekly dedicated watches auctions are a vibrant and exciting event. Highlights of this auction included lot 756, a very rare to auction Rolex Daytona. This sold to a telephone bidder for £18,500 including fees. Another rare Rolex, lot 751, sold for £12800, this was a special edition James Cameron example. If you have a watch you wish you wish to sell, contact sarah@mctears.co.uk with images for a free, no-obligation auction estimate.

June 2019
The Jewellery Auction

The Jewellery Auction

Date: Sunday, 30th June 2019 13:00

In The Jewellery Auction on 30 June 2019, heart shaped jewellery really was the belle of the ball. Lots 25A and 46 were both diamond set heart shaped rings and sold for £700 and £950 respectively, including fees. Lot 152, a pair of heart shaped drop earrings set with pearls made £380. Diamonds in their more usual form- the very popular solitaire ring- also performed well. Lot 32 sold for £2300 including fees. Do you have jewellery to sell? Come along to our galleries anytime Mon-Fri8.30-5pm, alternatively email images to auction@mctears.co.uk










The Works of Art, Medals, Militaria & Furniture Auction

The Works of Art, Medals, Militaria & Furniture Auction

Date: Friday, 7th June 2019 10:30

This auction features an impressive collection of military lots, including several stellar military archives, a number relating to one family. If you're interested in medals and militaria, this auction certainly won't dissapoint, with lots comprising further military medals alongside swords, muskets, shotguns, pistols and even an inert mill bomb.

Of course, militaria is just one category represented in The Works of Art, Medals, Militaria & Furniture Auction this June. Some other noteable highlights are a series of impressive model ships, a fine collection of camera equipment, attractive antique furniture and a statement zebra skin lounge stool. Hermes, the Greek god of travel amongst other accolades, is well represented! This auction features an impressive bronze figure of Hermes, and a collection of stunning Hermès scarves. 



The Jewellery Auction

The Jewellery Auction

Date: Wednesday, 5th June 2019 10:30

 This auction is dedicated to jewellery and features over 220 very varied lots. Highlights include lot 209 (£2000-3000) an art deco style diamond ring, lot 83 (£3000-5000) a GIA certificated diamond ring and lot 97 (£2000-4000) a diamond and green gem set three stone ring. Estimates range from £30 to £6000, come along to one of the open veiwings and see the items in person. Have something to sell? Just email images to auction@mctears.co.uk for a free auction estimate. 


May 2019








The Rare & Fine Whisky Auction

The Rare & Fine Whisky Auction

Date: Friday, 24th May 2019 10:30

This auction is set to feature some fantastic whiskies from some of Scotland's most well known distilleries, such as Macallan, Springbank, Glenfiddich and Laphroaig, as well as some hidden gems.
Consignments will be accepted until Wednesday 1 May 2019. For more infomation please click 'Consign Now', or email whisky specialist Graeme Maxwell - whisky@mctears.co.uk.


The Coins & Banknotes Auction

The Coins & Banknotes Auction

Date: Tuesday, 21st May 2019 10:30

This dedicated 6 weekly auction will features over 130 lots including rare banknotes, gold and silver as well as collectible coins. Lot 613 is particularly interesting- an archive of early Scottish banknotes from The Leith Banking Company. With 35 sovereign lots (some with two included) there are plenty to look at. If it is silver you are after then 26 lots include items worth checking out.


The Watches Auction

The Watches Auction

Date: Tuesday, 21st May 2019 12:30

This specialist auction is the only one of its kind in Scotland and takes place every 6 weeks. The sale includes over 150 watches, estimates range from £30 to £8000. Several rare and important watches are included such as lot 752, a Rolex 'Batman' watch (£8000-12000) and lot 751, rare Doxa divers watch (£2000-3000.) For gold lovers, lot 815 fits the bill, an eighteen carat Baume & Mercier watch (£2500-3000) but if it is vintage you are interested in then there are tens of watches to suit. 



The Jewellery Auction

The Jewellery Auction

Date: Sunday, 19th May 2019 13:00

This auction features a wealth of jewellery- over 300 lots with estimates ranging from £30 to £30,000. Lot 48 is the star of the show, a very impressive diamond solitaire ring set with a radiant cut diamond of over 6.00 carats (£25,000-35,000.) Lot 3, a stunning and quite rare Belle Epoque diamond brooch is estimated at £10,000-15,000. Lot 271 is a vivid green tourmaline ring also set with diamonds (£500-800) and is only one of many dress rings included in this sale. 





Paintings, Drawings & Prints Online

Paintings, Drawings & Prints Online

Starts: Thursday, 18th April 2019 09:00
Ends: Sunday, 12th May 2019 20:00

This online only auction includes remarkable works from prominent British printmakers such as Henry Rushbury, Stanley Anderson, William Lionel Wylie and William Armour, as well as a number of pictures spanning three centuries ranging from oils to watercolours.



April 2019


Paintings, Drawings & Prints Online

Paintings, Drawings & Prints Online

Starts: Thursday, 18th April 2019 09:00
Ends: Sunday, 12th May 2019 20:00

This online only auction includes remarkable works from prominent British printmakers such as Henry Rushbury, Stanley Anderson, William Lionel Wylie and William Armour, as well as a number of pictures spanning three centuries ranging from oils to watercolours.




The Clocks, Scientific & Musical Instruments Auction

The Clocks, Scientific & Musical Instruments Auction

Date: Friday, 26th April 2019 10:30

This auction features a collection of musical instruments, from a selection of violins to a rare Grafton plastic alto saxophone, along with an array of clocks including two brass lantern clocks of 17th century design and two clocks by Jaeger le Coultre, as well as plentiful offerings of scientific instruments. 


The Works of Art, Medals, Militaria & Furniture Auction

The Works of Art, Medals, Militaria & Furniture Auction

Date: Friday, 26th April 2019 11:30

From a rare Japanese Daiya Spaceman to an Art Deco figure by Sosson… a stellar range of figures are amongst the auction highlights of The Works of Art, Medals, Militaria and Furniture Auction this April. 

Maybe you're in the market for an impressive military medal collection? This auction has it covered, with an extensive range of medals covering WWII, WWI and earlier. Amongst these interesting lots, a rare Edward Medal might be the thing to catch your eye. 

With a little something for everyone, this auction catalogue comprises over 100 lots, including Liberty & Co pewter, pistols and postcards, a model submarine and a Sailors Valentine. 


The Sporting Medals & Trophies Auction

The Sporting Medals & Trophies Auction

Date: Friday, 26th April 2019 12:30

An auction dedicated to medals and trophies, from the 19th and 20th centuries, awarded for football, golf, tennis, rugby, cricket, curling and other sports.

The impressive auction line-up features over 100 lots relating to Scottish, British and international football, including medals awarded to some of the best known – and loved – teams in the great game. Medals won by players for Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United F.C., Aberdeen, Kilmarnock, Motherwell, St Mirren and of course lots relating to two of Glasgow’s biggest teams, Celtic and Rangers, are amongst over 100 lots which will go under the hammer next Friday. Of course, medals aren’t the only feature of this auction, with match worn jerseys, autographs, commemorative football whisky and small footballing archives coming under the hammer this month.  


The Silver Auction

The Silver Auction

Date: Thursday, 25th April 2019 10:30

This auction features a collection of silver snuff boxes, including two by Nathaniel Mills, along with Georgian, Victorian and Art Deco tea services, as well an array of silver items including a selection of Scottish silver. 


The Asian Works of Art Auction

The Asian Works of Art Auction

Date: Thursday, 25th April 2019 12:00

This auction features a collection of Japanese swords and tsuba, along with a selection of Japanese iron kettles and of woodblock prints, as well as Chinese, Japanese and Indian silver works of art, with plentiful offerings in ceramic, bronze and ivory. 


The British & Continental Ceramics & Glass Auction

The British & Continental Ceramics & Glass Auction

Date: Thursday, 25th April 2019 15:00

This auction features a collection of Wemyss Ware, along with a selection of Moorcroft and of Border Fine Arts figure groups, as well as Georgian, Victorian and later glass including Sabino, Lalique and Caithness. 


Jewellery Online

Jewellery Online

Starts: Tuesday, 9th April 2019 15:00
Ends: Thursday, 25th April 2019 20:00

This varied auction includes 115 lots of jewellery, watches and coins. Three certificated diamonds lead the sale including an impressively graded art deco style example at lot 5 (£2000-4000.) Lot 115 is a dainty diamond set chain bracelet with a heart motif, perfect for everyday wear (£70-100.) Lot 143, a rare yellow sapphire and diamond ring, is available with an estimate of £2000-4000. If you are seeking a watch, take a look at lot 772, a Rolex Cellini (£4000-6000) or lot 823, a Hamilton example in at £80-120. To consign to a sale, email images of items to sarah@mctears.co.uk 


The Jewellery Auction

The Jewellery Auction

Date: Wednesday, 24th April 2019 10:30

This dedicated jewellery auction has 170 very varied lots. Items featured include those set with many gems such as sapphire, tanzanite and pearls. Particular items of note are lot 4, an impressive tanzanite and diamond cluster ring (£200-400), 31, a tanzanite, sapphire and diamond ring (£700-1000) and 61, a striking pearl and diamond ring (£450-650.)

Inspired to sell a few pieces? Consign to our following jewellery auction on 19 May, open to entries now. Email sarah@mctears.co.uk for auction estimates.




Whisky Blends Online

Whisky Blends Online

Starts: Friday, 29th March 2019 15:30
Ends: Monday, 15th April 2019 20:00

This auction features over 60 lots of blended whiskies, including numerous Chivas Regal Royal Salute 21 years old, Dewar’s White label 3 1/3 pint sized bottle, and Johnnie Walker Blue Label. There are also examples of American & Irish whiskeys, as well as various Scotch Whisky liqueurs.


The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction

The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction

Date: Sunday, 14th April 2019 13:00

An eclectic mix of over 300 artworks from Scotland's best known contemporary artists, including Jack Vettriano, Gerard Burns, Peter Howson and John Bellany. Also for sale are a number of stunning works by Joe Hargan, Robert Henderson Blyth, Jack Morrocco, Donald McIntyre, Nael Hanna, Charles MacQueen and Barbara Rae.


Whisky Malts Online

Whisky Malts Online

Starts: Friday, 29th March 2019 15:30
Ends: Sunday, 14th April 2019 20:00

This online only auction has over 70 lots of lower value malt whiskies with the drinker, as well as more thrifty investors and collectors in mind. Some of the gems included in this sale are the Highland Park Dark Origins, a Springbank bottling to commemorate the centenary of the Campbeltown Bowling Club, and the Classic Malts miniature set with a VHS featuring tasting notes by the highly respected whisky writer, the late Michael Jackson.


The Rare & Fine Whisky Auction

The Rare & Fine Whisky Auction

Date: Friday, 12th April 2019 10:30

Over 200 lots of whisky which includes the Macallan Genesis, Bowmore 1955 Vistor Centre decanter and the full range of 26 Flora & Fauna bottlings, along with some rare, early edition releases from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
Closed distillery bottlings also feature heavily with one of the highlights being the heavily sherried, single cask Rosebank 1965 aged 28 years, bottled by Signatory Vintage.



The Watches Auction

The Watches Auction

Date: Tuesday, 9th April 2019 13:00

This dedicated auction features over 160 varied timepieces. Notable lots include a Patek Philippe IOS watch (756, £4000-6000), lot 762 an exciting Tudor watch (£5000-8000) and lot 755, a Rolex Daytona (£15,000-20,000) all of which are very rare to auction.



March 2019

Whisky Malts Online

Whisky Malts Online

Starts: Friday, 29th March 2019 15:30
Ends: Sunday, 14th April 2019 20:00

This online only auction has over 70 lots of lower value malt whiskies with the drinker, as well as more thrifty investors and collectors in mind. Some of the gems included in this sale are the Highland Park Dark Origins, a Springbank bottling to commemorate the centenary of the Campbeltown Bowling Club, and the Classic Malts miniature set with a VHS featuring tasting notes by the highly respected whisky writer, the late Michael Jackson.


Whisky Blends Online

Whisky Blends Online

Starts: Friday, 29th March 2019 15:30
Ends: Monday, 15th April 2019 20:00

This auction features over 60 lots of blended whiskies, including numerous Chivas Regal Royal Salute 21 years old, Dewar’s White label 3 1/3 pint sized bottle, and Johnnie Walker Blue Label. There are also examples of American & Irish whiskeys, as well as various Scotch Whisky liqueurs.














February 2019















January 2019