May
Antiques & Interiors

Antiques & Interiors

Date: Fri, 20th May 2022 09:30

Highlights of this auction included coins, banknotes and model vehicles.  With buyers competing from across the globe including Australia, Germany, Italy, and America to name a few, the competition was firece.

To consign to the next auction, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form. 

Auction advice is free and without obligation. Home appointments are also available. To arrange a home appointment, please contact Michelle Henderson on 0141 810 2880, email michelle@mctears.co.uk


Gold Coins & Sets: Two private Scottish collections

Gold Coins & Sets: Two private Scottish collections

Date: Thu, 19th May 2022 10:30

A variety of marvellous coins benefited from this specialist auction and its international reach, with rare examples such as a 1937 George VI complete coronation year proof gold and silver coin set (hammer £9500), a William and Mary gold five guinea (hammer £6000), and the 2017 Ultra Cameo First Strike set (hammer £7000). 

Entries are invited for our next dedicated coins and banknotes auction taking place on 30th June. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form, or call us on 0141 810 2880. 


Impressive Jewellery: From Scotland & the world

Impressive Jewellery: From Scotland & the world

Date: Thu, 19th May 2022 13:00

Scottish, English, Indian and Continental jewellery brought bidders from across the globe to our saleroom for this dedicated auction. 

Entries are invited for our next jewellery auction taking place on 30th June. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form, or call us on 0141 810 2880.  


Classic Timepieces: A watch for every occasion

Classic Timepieces: A watch for every occasion

Date: Thu, 19th May 2022 14:30

As Scotland's most regular dedicated auction of watches, this sale places timepieces in front of a global audience of enthusiasts and collectors. 

Entries are invited for our next watches auction taking place on 30th June. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form, or call us on 0141 810 2880. 


Antiques & Interiors

Antiques & Interiors

Date: Fri, 6th May 2022 09:30

To consign to the next auction, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form. 

Auction advice is free and without obligation. Home appointments are also available. To arrange a home appointment, please contact Michelle Henderson on 0141 810 2880, email michelle@mctears.co.uk

April
Decadent Jewels: Perfect for Spring

Decadent Jewels: Perfect for Spring

Date: Fri, 29th Apr 2022 10:30

Diamond solitaires and multi stone rings are starting their new chapters, being donned by delighted bidders the world-over. A striking pair of pearl and emerald earrings topped by birds in flight brought a flutter of bids in the room, on the phone and online, eventually selling at ten times estimate. Gold continues to perform extremely well in this dedicated auction, and antique jewellery is in demand with our bidders across the globe. 

Entries are invited for our next Jewellery auction taking place on 19th May.

For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form, or call us on 0141 810 2880.  


Moments of Glory: Sporting Medals & Trophies

Moments of Glory: Sporting Medals & Trophies

Date: Fri, 29th Apr 2022 12:30

Moments of sporting glory dating from the 19th to the 21st century were on offer in this auction. 

A Celtic match issue jersey from the Lisbon Lions period proved popular, while a Rangers 1925 medal enjoyed equally strong bidding.

Entries are invited for our next Sporting Medals & Trophies auction taking place on 22nd July.  For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form. 


Changing Times: Clocks & Instruments from the 18th Century to Present Day

Changing Times: Clocks & Instruments from the 18th Century to Present Day

Date: Thu, 28th Apr 2022 09:30

This auction featured an impressive Victorian 'Westminster Abbey' skeleton clock, selling for an equally impressive £7000 hammer. An unusal longcase regulator clock was  brought down at £3000, while chronomenters, carriage clocks and violins sold above estimate.

Entries are invited for our next Clocks & Instruments auction taking place on 21st July.

For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form, or call us on 0141 810 2880.  


Style & Taste: Fine Furniture & Works of Art

Style & Taste: Fine Furniture & Works of Art

Date: Thu, 28th Apr 2022 11:00

Highlights of this auction included a Walter MacFarlane & Co cast iron royal warrant coat of arms, originally owned by the Pirie family, proprietors of the Stoneywood Paper Mills in Aberdeenshire. Two Joseph Lorenzl Art Deco ladies proved it's not all about size, while a mid-18th century Jacobite glass appeared modest though mighty. An Orkney crofters chair sat perfectly beside the two French vitrines, while the set of Chinese Chippendale style cockpen chairs proved popular amongst bidders.   

Entries are invited for our next Fine Furniture & Works of Art auction taking place on 21st July.

For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form, or call us on 0141 810 2880.  


Golden Age of Steam & Screen: Railwayana, Toys & Pop Culture

Golden Age of Steam & Screen: Railwayana, Toys & Pop Culture

Date: Thu, 28th Apr 2022 14:00

From Meccano to Marvel, Dinky to DC, Hornby to vintage railway signs, this auction brought together the best of every generation. April's auction featured a private collection of Scottish railwayana including a rare Clydebank Central station totem, model railway including a Bassett-Lowke ‘Prince Charles’ locomotive and tender and an extensive collection of Japanese animation ephemera including hand-drawn cels. An extensive collection of Marvel comics also proved very popular, while LOTR trading cards enjoyed much competition. 

Entries are invited for our next Toys, Models & Pop Culture auction taking place on 21st July.

For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form, or call us on 0141 810 2880.  


The British Regiments: Militaria, Including a Private Collection of Cap Badges

The British Regiments: Militaria, Including a Private Collection of Cap Badges

Date: Wed, 27th Apr 2022 11:30

This Militaria auction spanned storied international conflicts and British regiments, ranging from medals and cap badges to flags, arms and period equipment catering to all manner of collectors. Scotland was well represented and further interest came from far and wide for pieces of note including a Boer War shell fragment, Palestinian Police Officer’s saddle and German WWII weapons, awards and accessories.

Entries are invited for our next Militaria auction taking place on 20th July.

For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form, or call us on 0141 810 2880.  


A Small & Impressive Collection: Fine Scottish Pictures

A Small & Impressive Collection: Fine Scottish Pictures

Date: Wed, 27th Apr 2022 13:00

This spring’s Scottish Pictures Auction brought together 31 spectacular lots of Scottish art, which led to fierce bidding and extraordinary hammer prices. There was constant excitement in the saleroom, with oils by George Houston preforming well, alongside an oil and a watercolour by John MacLauchlan Milne. The peak of the saleroom excitement was in the 30 minute bidding war for lot 212, The Geisha & the Orange Tree, and exceptional oil by Edward Atkinson Hornel; originally estimated at £6,000-9,000, it was finally knocked down at £24,000, after tense and savvy bidding online and in the room.

For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form, or call us on 0141 810 2880.  



Antiques & Interiors

Antiques & Interiors

Date: Fri, 22nd Apr 2022 09:30

To consign to the next auction, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form. 

Auction advice is free and without obligation. Home appointments are also available. To arrange a home appointment, please contact Michelle Henderson on 0141 810 2880, email michelle@mctears.co.uk


The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction

The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction

Date: Sun, 17th Apr 2022 12:00

This April’s Scottish Contemporary Art Auction saw plenty of excitement, with bidders online, on the phone and in the saleroom. The first lot attracted much interest pre-auction and a bidding flurry brought the hammer down at six times low estimate. Other notable successes were to be found among the John Bellany oils and watercolour, including a large still life oil achieving £7,750. A stellar oil by Lilian Neilsen proved popular, with a hammer price of £5,000, and a pair of oils by Sally Anne Fitter with a combined hammer of £1,300.

Entries are invited for our next Scottish Contemporary Art Auction taking place on 29 May.

For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form, or call us on 0141 810 2880. 


Whisky: Silent Stills & Tiny Treasures

Whisky: Silent Stills & Tiny Treasures

Date: Fri, 15th Apr 2022 10:30

With the fantastic selection of whiskies available there was no doubt that the April whisky auction would attract plenty of attention. We were pleasantly stunned by the two Macallan 1970 Fine & Rare miniatures that achieved hammer prices of £1900 and £1600, more than twice their estimated value. Another star of the show was a 1972 22-Year-Old Brora from the Rare Malts range that sold for £4800 proving that, despite the distillery re-opening in 2021, demand for these older vintages hasn’t diminished.

With plenty of strong showings from Bowmore, Macallan, Springbank and Port Ellen, we are eagerly anticipating many more excellent results in the next whisky auction, taking place on 27 May.

For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form.


Antiques & Interiors

Antiques & Interiors

Date: Fri, 8th Apr 2022 09:30

To consign to the next auction, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form. 

Auction advice is free and without obligation. Home appointments are also available. To arrange a home appointment, please contact Michelle Henderson on 0141 810 2880, email michelle@mctears.co.uk


Collections: Gold Coins & Sets

Collections: Gold Coins & Sets

Date: Thu, 7th Apr 2022 10:30

A Private Scottish Collection of coin sets and individual coins headlined this auction, with impressive results. One of note was the rare 2002 red gold jubilee set, achieving £7,000 on the hammer. Bidders across the world continue to join us for this specialist, six-weekly numismatic sale.  

Entries are invited for the next auction of coins, taking place 19 May. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form. 


Timeless: Jewellery to Last a Lifetime

Timeless: Jewellery to Last a Lifetime

Date: Thu, 7th Apr 2022 12:00

An impressive pair of diamond stud earrings exceeded their estimate to achieve a hammer price of £7,200. Also enjoying success were an Italian eighteen carat gold necklace by Carli of Lucca, the oldest jewellers in the world, and an impressive gold locket containing not only a photograph but also a posy of dried flowers. Diamond jewellery continues to perform very well in this dedicated, international sale. 

Entries are invited for the next auction of jewellery, taking place 29 April. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form. 


Watch Collector: Luxury, Prestige & Military

Watch Collector: Luxury, Prestige & Military

Date: Thu, 7th Apr 2022 13:30

This auction did not fail to attract competition from across the globe. The holy grail of military timepieces, the Grana, was fiercely fought with the hammer coming down at £10,000. Rolex, Cartier, Omega and more military watches from the coveted 'Dirty Dozen' also enjoyed much success. 

Entries are invited for the next auction of watches, taking place 19 May. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form

 

March
Antiques & Interiors

Antiques & Interiors

Date: Fri, 25th Mar 2022 09:30

To consign to the next auction, taking place 8 April, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form. 

Auction advice is free and without obligation. Home appointments are also available. To arrange a home appointment, please contact Michelle Henderson on 0141 810 2880, email michelle@mctears.co.uk


Victorian & Contemporary Jewellery

Victorian & Contemporary Jewellery

Date: Fri, 18th Mar 2022 09:30

Highlights of this international sale included an impressive natural sapphire and diamond ring, with tanzanite also proving popular. A stunning diamond brooch, an impressive Scottish agate buckle bracelet and a Tiffany & Co 'Open Heart' pendant also brought the bidders in their droves to the auction room, the phones and online. 

Entries are invited for the next auction, taking place 10 April. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form, or call us on 0141 810 2880.  


Dragon Flies, Phoenix Dances | Asian Art in Glasgow

Dragon Flies, Phoenix Dances | Asian Art in Glasgow

Date: Fri, 18th Mar 2022 11:30

Chinese and Burmese silver caught the eyes of bidders the world-over in this sale. Qajar tiles too proved popular, as did Eastern carpets. Chinese blue and white ceramics did not fail to impress, while Japanese satsuma performed very well.  

Entries are invited for the next auction, taking place 10 June. Advice on selling Asian Art is free and without obligation. To discuss consigning to a McTear's auction, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact a specialist by clicking this link and completing the short form. 


Stamps: Estates & Private Collections

Stamps: Estates & Private Collections

Date: Fri, 18th Mar 2022 15:00

Stamps have a very specific place in the collecting world and, as a leading auctioneer, McTear’s has handled major stamp collections in the past. We are pleased that the time has now come for a dedicated department and auction. This inaugural auction brought to the market stamps from GB, European, US, Commonwealth and much more. 

Face value

Where a 'face value' is stated, it means a lot includes stamps that can be used to send mail for many years to come, although small stamps after 31 January 2023 will have to be exchanged  for more secure stamps.  Commemorative stamps are unaffected by the Royal Mail rule change (more detailed explanation available on request).

 

Catalogue Price

Where, for example, Cat at £100 is stated, this means that this is the latest catalogue price in the Stanley Gibbons stamp catalogue.

 

Entries are invited for the next auction, taking place 10 June. Whether it’s a single album tucked away in the loft, or a specialised collection, our specialists hope to hear from you. To discuss consigning to a McTear's auction, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact a specialist by clicking this link and completing the short form. 


The Finer Things: Silver & Luxury Accessories

The Finer Things: Silver & Luxury Accessories

Date: Thu, 17th Mar 2022 10:30

Caviar dishes to adorn the grandest table sat perfectly alongside an impressive Aesthetic Period parcel gilt silver ewer by Elkington & Co and a sumptuous set of four comports in this luxurious auction. A striking Arts & Crafts goblet, a luxurious compact by the celebrated Tiffany & Co of New York and an intricate William IV card case turned heads, while an elegant gentleman's travelling vanity set will soon set sail to new continents.  

Entries of antique, 20th century and contemporary silver, certified designer fashion and prestige accessories including fountain pens are invited for the next auction, taking place 9 June. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form, or call us on 0141 810 2880.  


lifeSTYLE: 19th & 20th Century Design

lifeSTYLE: 19th & 20th Century Design

Date: Thu, 17th Mar 2022 13:30

A new auction for 2022, this sale brought together the very best of International design from the 19th and 20th centuries. Furniture from Beithcraft, Liberty & Co, Ecol and G-Plan performed well, as did Danish and mid century teak offerings. Eric Ravilious caused a storm in a tea cup, while pieces by Karl Hagenauer, Troika, Scott Irvine, Moorcroft and many more are destined for their new homes around the world. 

Entries of ceramics, silver, glass, furniture and works of art are invited for the next auction, taking place 9 June, including though not limited to Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Arts & Crafts, Modernist movements, Liberty & Co, Troika, Shelley, Lalique, as well as British, Scandinavian and international furniture. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form, or call us on 0141 810 2880. 


Antiques & Interiors

Antiques & Interiors

Date: Fri, 11th Mar 2022 09:30

To consign to the next auction, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form. 

Auction advice is free and without obligation. Home appointments are also available. To arrange a home appointment, please contact Michelle Henderson on 0141 810 2880, email michelle@mctears.co.uk


The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction

The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction

Date: Sun, 6th Mar 2022 12:00

This March’s Scottish Contemporary Art Auction saw plenty of excitement in the saleroom with bidders in the room, on the telephone, and international bidders. High prices were achieved for lot by John Bellany, Peter Howson and David Shrigley, as well as Enid Foote Watts, Georgina McMaster and Marion Harvey. The stars of the Sunday sale were two original oils by Welsh artist Kerry Darlington, each getting knocked down for a hammer price of £6,500 and £9,500. The excitement continued right up until the last moments of the sale, with an artist’s proof print by Billy Connolly selling for £1,500. 

McTear's is the only auction house to hold an auction dedicated to Scottish Contemporary Art. Entries are currently invited for the next Auction, taking place 17 April. 

Advice on selling Scottish contemporary art is free and without obligation. To discuss consigning to a McTear's auction, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact a specialist by clicking this link and completing the short form, or call us on 0141 810 2880. 


Whisky: Decadent Drams & Fine Wines

Whisky: Decadent Drams & Fine Wines

Date: Fri, 4th Mar 2022 10:30

Macallan, Highland Park, Ardbeg, Johnnie Walker, Laphroaig and more enjoyed international bidding in this sale, alongside wine, port and cognac.

Entries are currently invited for the next auction of whisky, taking place 15 April. Advice on selling whisky is free and without obligation. To discuss consigning to a McTear's auction, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact a specialist by clicking this link and completing the short form, or call us on 0141 810 2880.

February
Jewellery For Every Occasion

Jewellery For Every Occasion

Date: Sun, 27th Feb 2022 12:00

Diamonds continue to out-perform pre auction expectations in this international auction. Be it rings, earrings, pendants or bracelets, the appetite for antique and contemporary jewellery remains strong at McTear's. Gold jewellery, too, is much in demand and benefits from this dedicated audience of jewellery enthusiasts.  

Entries are invited for the next jewellery auction on 18 March. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form, or call us on 0141 810 2880.  


Watch Collector: Rolex, Cartier, Chanel & More

Watch Collector: Rolex, Cartier, Chanel & More

Date: Sun, 27th Feb 2022 14:00

Classic timepieces by Chanel, Rolex, Audemars Piguet and Tudor took the spotlight in this auction. It was a lady's watch that attracted most attention in this sale, with a gold and diamond Rolex achieving £5,500. This was closely followed by a gent's Audemars Piguet which is off to its new owner at £5,000. 

Entries are invited for the next watches auction on 10 April. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form. 


Antiques & Interiors

Antiques & Interiors

Date: Fri, 25th Feb 2022 09:30

The next Antiques & Interiors Auction will take place on 11 March and entries are now invited. To consign to this auction, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form. 

 Auction advice is free and without obligation. Home appointments are also available. To arrange a home appointment, please contact Michelle Henderson on 0141 810 2880, email michelle@mctears.co.uk


Private Collections: Early Banknotes & Gold Coins

Private Collections: Early Banknotes & Gold Coins

Date: Thu, 24th Feb 2022 10:30

This auction saw some impressive hammer prices for beautiful banknotes and some interesting coin sets. One star lot of the day, lot 37, a National Bank of Scotland one hundred pound note, attracted much competition before the hammer fell at £1,600. Another impressive lot, a collection of One Hundred Great Inventions of Mankind, comprising sterling silver medallions by John Pinches went to its new home at £825. With gold coins continuing to prove popular, there was fierce competition in the room and online for krugerrands and sovereigns alike.

Entries are now invited for the next auction on 7 April. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form. 


Antiques & Interiors

Antiques & Interiors

Date: Fri, 11th Feb 2022 09:30

Highlights of this auction included Stamps, Jewellery and mid-century furniture.  With buyers competing from across the globe including America, Germany, Italy, Denmark, and China to name a few, the competition was firece. A collection of vintage glamour photographs also generated much interest and went under the hammer for an impressive £260.

The next Antiques & Interiors Auction will take place on 25 February and entries are now invited. To consign to this auction, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form. 

Auction advice is free and without obligation. Home appointments are also available. To arrange a home appointment, please contact Michelle Henderson on 0141 810 2880, email michelle@mctears.co.uk


Contemporary Pictures

Contemporary Pictures

Starts: Mon, 24th Jan 2022 11:15
Ends: Sun, 6th Feb 2022 19:00

If you feel as though you have missed out on the excitement of bidding on 23 January’s Scottish Contemporary Art Auction, do not fret; there are plenty of lots to choose from in the Contemporary Pictures Timed Auction! Among our lots you will find pictures by spectacular artists like Pat Douthwaite, Graham McKean and Hannah Frank.

McTear's is the only auction house to hold an auction dedicated to Scottish Contemporary Art. Entries are currently invited for the next Auction, taking place 6 March. 

Advice on selling Scottish contemporary art is free and without obligation. To discuss consigning to a McTear's auction, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact a specialist by clicking this link and completing the short form. 


Forever in Fashion: 19th & 20th Century Jewellery

Forever in Fashion: 19th & 20th Century Jewellery

Date: Fri, 4th Feb 2022 10:30

Entries are currently invited for the next auction of jewellery, taking place 27 February. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form. 


Legends Past & Present | Sporting Medals & Trophies

Legends Past & Present | Sporting Medals & Trophies

Date: Fri, 4th Feb 2022 12:30

Scot Symon’s war time trophy fetched an outstanding £3,600, whilst a medal and share certificate relating to the ill-fated Third Lanark Football Club sold for £650 and £170 respectively.

Entries are currently invited for the next auction taking place 29 April. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form. 


Style & Precision: Clocks, Scientific & Musical Instruments including LeCoultre, Longines & Zeiss

Style & Precision: Clocks, Scientific & Musical Instruments including LeCoultre, Longines & Zeiss

Date: Thu, 3rd Feb 2022 10:30

Strong results in our first Clock, Musical & Scientific Instrument auction of the year included an early ‘Jones Most Improved’ microscope at £1,700, a collection of prosthetic glass eyes at £1,000, and Victorian drumhead clock at £900.

Entries are invited for the next auction taking place 28 April. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form. 


The Scottish Country House: Fine Furniture & Works of Art

The Scottish Country House: Fine Furniture & Works of Art

Date: Thu, 3rd Feb 2022 12:00

The Scottish Country House auction certainly lived up to its name with strong results for period furniture and decorative arts.

An interesting an early oak child’s chair impressed at £600 while a large proportioned lounge stool won many admirers while racing to a £1,500 hammer price after a bidding battle.

An imposing stag’s head from the Glencalvie Estate went for £240 before the standout lot of the day took its star turn with the Orientalist bronze attributed to Franz Xavier Bergman bringing a notable £1,500.

Entries are invited for the next auction taking place 28 April. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form. 


From Meccano to Marvel: Toys, Models & Pop Culture

From Meccano to Marvel: Toys, Models & Pop Culture

Date: Thu, 3rd Feb 2022 14:00

The inaugural Toys, Models & Pop Culture auction here at McTear’s certainly lived up to the billing.

A private collection of die-cast models made well over £4,000 with offerings of Matchbox keenly contested among collectors.

A Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire signed by J. K. Rowling and accompanied by the Golden Ticket from the signing was always going to attract interest and it duly exceeded expectations selling for an impressive £1,200 while a desirable set of Deluxe First Editions went to a new home for £650.

Comics proved particularly popular with both the older and newer generations: an early complete run of Silver Surfer went for £1,400 while a Deadpool first appearance in The New Mutants #98 made £280.

Finally a rare Space Conqueror Man of Tomorrow figure by Japanese firm Daiya provided a fitting finale going for £600 after online competition.

Entries are invited for the next auction, taking place 28 April. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form. 


Gallantry in the Field: Medals & Militaria

Gallantry in the Field: Medals & Militaria

Date: Wed, 2nd Feb 2022 12:00

A stellar WWI Military Cross medal group was the first and foremost lot in our dedicated Militaria Auction, selling for a noteworthy £3,600.

Eastern weaponry also performed strongly, with a bone handled sword and an Indian Ram Dao achieving £500 and £95 respectively.

Further to this, gun cases permeated the sale, with the top selling piece being a shotgun case by esteemed maker James Purdey & Sons, hammered down at £220.

Entries are invited for the next auction taking place 27 April. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form. 


Houston to Whistler | Art From Britain & Abroad

Houston to Whistler | Art From Britain & Abroad

Date: Wed, 2nd Feb 2022 14:00

Houston to Whistler | Art From Britain & Abroad saw lots of fierce competition over the phones, online and in the saleroom. The sale started off strong with an etching by James Abbott McNeill Whistler selling for a hammer price £420 against estimate £200-300. An oil by George Houston, the other titular artist in February’s sale sold for £1800 against an estimate of £800-1,200. The competition continued throughout the sale, and high prices were fetched for works by J D Fergusson, George Melvin Rennie, Flora Lion and others.

Entries are invited for the next British & International Pictures Auction, taking place 27 April. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form. 

January
Contemporary Pictures

Contemporary Pictures

Starts: Mon, 24th Jan 2022 11:15
Ends: Sun, 6th Feb 2022 19:00

If you feel as though you have missed out on the excitement of bidding on 23 January’s Scottish Contemporary Art Auction, do not fret; there are plenty of lots to choose from in the Contemporary Pictures Timed Auction! Among our lots you will find pictures by spectacular artists like Pat Douthwaite, Graham McKean and Hannah Frank.

McTear's is the only auction house to hold an auction dedicated to Scottish Contemporary Art. Entries are currently invited for the next Auction, taking place 6 March. 

Advice on selling Scottish contemporary art is free and without obligation. To discuss consigning to a McTear's auction, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact a specialist by clicking this link and completing the short form. 


Antiques & Interiors

Antiques & Interiors

Date: Fri, 28th Jan 2022 09:30

McTear’s offer free auction advice and home appointments are also available. To arrange a home appointment, please contact Michelle Henderson on 0141 810 2880, email michelle@mctears.co.uk

The next Antiques & Interiors Auction will take place on 11 February and entries are now invited. To consign to this auction, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form.


The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction

The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction

Date: Sun, 23rd Jan 2022 12:00

2022’s maiden Scottish Contemporary Art Auction went off with a bang. Animated bidding began right away with the first lot, an oil by Gordon K Mitchell, bringing strong competition from the saleroom, the phones and online. The excitement continued throughout the afternoon, with artists including John Bellany, Peter Howson, Gerard Burns and Nael Hanna fetching fierce competition, often soaring above pre-auction estimates. Pictures were not the only stand out lots, with sculptures big and small inviting a flurry of bids. The electric energy in the saleroom continued right up until the last lots, which included a print by Bob Dylan and watercolours by Bryan Evans.

McTear's is the only auction house to hold an auction dedicated to Scottish Contemporary Art. Entries are currently invited for the next Auction, taking place 6 March. 

Advice on selling Scottish contemporary art is free and without obligation. To discuss consigning to a McTear's auction, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact a specialist by clicking this link and completing the short form. 


Whisky: Fine & Rare

Whisky: Fine & Rare

Date: Fri, 21st Jan 2022 10:30

Over 300 lots of fine whiskies, wines and other spirits, perfect to toast the Bard this Burns night. Leading the way was the instantly recognisable Black Bowmore 1964 First release. Making a rare appearance at auction was the Glenglassaugh 1966 aged 45 years. Macallan showed its class with the 1980 Exceptional Cask. A rare and highly desirable 21 year old single sherry cask matured spirit, a real gem that excited collectors and drinkers alike. Following on from the success of the Rare Malts bottlings in the December Whisky Auction, nine more went under the hammer, including examples from Millburn, Mannochmore, Hillside, and Linkwood.

 

Advice on selling whisky is free and without obligation. To discuss consigning to a McTear's auction, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact a specialist by clicking this link and completing the short form. 


Jewellery: Vintage & Modern

Jewellery: Vintage & Modern

Date: Sun, 16th Jan 2022 12:00

One highlight of this auction was a GIA certificated yellow heart shaped diamond ring which captured the hearts of the national and international bidding audience. With fierce competition in the room and online, the hammer came down at £11,000 to a Scotland-based buyer. A certificated trilogy ring proved as popular as ever, fetching £4,400.

Entries are currently invited for the next auction of jewellery, taking place 4 February. 

Advice on selling jewellery is free and without obligation. To discuss consigning to a McTear's auction, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact a specialist by clicking this link and completing the short form. 


Master of Time: Watches & Timepieces

Master of Time: Watches & Timepieces

Date: Sun, 16th Jan 2022 14:00

The Watches Auction caused a buzz around Glasgow - and the world - with buyers flocking to the saleroom to bid on some beautiful watches.

The highlight of the auction was the maiden lot, a white gold Audemars Piguet which, after fierce competition in the room, on the phone and online, sold for a hammer price of £7,000.

Another popular example, much admired during viewing, was the Mont Blanc Star. This classy dress watch sold to a local buyer for £1,200.

Entries are currently invited for the next auction of watches, taking place 27 February. 

Advice on selling watches is free and without obligation. To discuss consigning to a McTear's auction, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact a specialist by clicking this link and completing the short form. 


Antiques & Interiors

Antiques & Interiors

Date: Fri, 14th Jan 2022 09:30

The first Antiques & Interiors Auction of 2022 was fast paced and exciting. 

A collection of German WWI, WWII and other military steel helmets started a bidding war, with the overall hammer price exceeding £800. 

Entries are currently invited for the next auction, taking place 28 January. 

Advice on selling is free and without obligation. To discuss consigning to a McTear's auction, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, contact a specialist by clicking this link and completing the short form or email michelle@mctears.co.uk to discuss a house visit. 


Collections: Krugerrands, Sovereigns & Antique Coins

Collections: Krugerrands, Sovereigns & Antique Coins

Date: Thu, 13th Jan 2022 10:30

Gold coins once again proved popular at this maiden auction of 2022, with sovereigns and krugerrands joining collections across the globe, while a selection of coin sets underwent some fierce competition in the saleroom too.

An Edward VII 1902 specimen set achieved a hammer price of £4,200, whilst an attractive 1980 Cayman Islands Gold Kings collection achieved £3,000, closely followed by the 1995 Britannia gold proof collection.

Entries are currently invited for the next auction of coins and banknotes, taking place 24 February. 

Advice on selling coins and banknotes is free and without obligation. To discuss consigning to a McTear's auction, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact a specialist by clicking this link and completing the short form.