About Us

Gildings Auctions – where old meets new

Based in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, Gildings is one of the Midlands’ leading auctioneers and valuers. Established by John Gilding with the first auction sales held in 1980 the company has developed a strong client base nationally and internationally as a highly reputable auction house.

A dynamic business, responsive to fashions and changing markets. 

Contrary to the traditional image of the auction house, we at Gildings are placed at the forefront of the fast-expanding global market for high quality antiques and works of art. As well as inviting bids in our modern saleroom, we employ the latest online technology to extend our regular auction sales to real-time bidders worldwide across multiple platforms.

Our expertise lies partly in recognising trends in our specialist markets for antiques, collectables, decorative art,  jewellery & silver, fine art & pictures. We are continually seeking out desirable lots, and revising and evaluating the contents and themes of our auctions to meet the ever-changing demands of collectors, connoisseurs and investors.

In recent years there has been an explosion of public interest in vintage items and antiques, fueled by popular TV programmes. But far from being left behind by the phenomenal rise of ebay and other online auctions, Gildings has expertly ridden the wave of interest, focusing on premium markets.

Whether you are a potential buyer or seller, the services of a trusted, specialist auctioneer provide clear benefits. Our reputation is first rate for offering sought-after lots that are fresh to market, and of significant interest to both traders and collectors alike. Meanwhile, for probate sales, house clearances and individual high-value items we offer the widest possible market reach, attracting buyers internationally – and so maximising your potential returns.

Gildings auctioneers and valuers – at your service.

With John now joined at the company’s helm by sons Mark and Will, Gildings expert team has never been stronger. Together with our highly skilled, efficient and friendly staff, we look forward to offering you our guidance.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your requirements.

The entrance to Gildings auction salerooms in Market Harborough, Leicestershire.
Market Harborough Landmarks St Dionysius Church and The Old Grammar School
There is always more to discover at Gildings Auctions including:

20th Century decorative Arts

Aero Engines

Engines and kits

Asian Art

Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Islamic items

Books, Maps and Manuscripts

Cars and Motorbikes

Carpets and Rugs

Carpets, Rugs, Textiles and Wall hangings

Ceramics and Glass

All Ceramics and Glassware

Clocks and Barometers

Coins and Stamps

Coinage, Bank notes, Stamps/ First Day Covers

Furniture and Furnishings

Furniture and Lighting


Medals and Militaria

Medals, Arms and Armour, Weapons, Guns

Musical Instruments

Objects and Works of Art

Wooden items, Brass, copper and metal ware, Works of Art, Sculpture, Taxidermy, Postcards/ Cigarette cards

Outdoor Effects

Garden furniture and sculpture


Oils, Watercolours, Prints, Other media

Scientific Instruments

Microscopes, Telescopes, Sextants, Cameras, Medical equipment

Silver and Silver Plate

Toys, Memorabilia and Vinyl

Toys, Trains, Film and Entertainment memorabilia, Dolls, Vinyls and CDs

Vintage and Clothing

Clothing, Shoes, Luggage

Pocket and Wrist Watches

Wine, Whiskey and Spirits

Regular Auction Sales

Usually two per calendar month.

Specialist Auctions

With a focus on a single category, for example: Toys and Memorabilia, Jewellery or Aero Engines.

Valuation and Appraisal for Auction

Free and with no obligation to sell.

Collection Management

Collection management, planning and restoration.

Probate and Personal Property Services for Solicitors

Probate and inheritance tax planning valuations, inheritance planning, identification and valuation of personal property, advice for sale by auction and private treaty, comprehensive house clearance service.