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Classic Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia coming to the Mendip Auction Rooms

17th June 2022

Killens are delighted to be starting a series of Classic Car auctions at the Mendip Auction Rooms with the next sale being staged on Saturday 30th July. Tom Killen stated “We are fortunate to have expertise within our team to be able to provide advice and conduct these sales. The auction rooms provide a grea...

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Office Administrator/Receptionist Required

31st May 2022

We are seeking a full time office administrator/receptionist at the auction rooms. The full job description is: JOB TITLE Office Administrator/Receptionist JOB OVERVIEW The Office Administrator/Receptionist will be jointly responsible for the day to day management of the reception and undertakin...

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Netsuke in Saturday's Fine Art auction

5th April 2022

The Japanese small toggle carvings known as netsuke were originally designed as a simple fastener for the cords of an inro (small storage box) which hung from the obi. With time, however, they came to reflect Japanese society, illustrating all levels of the human psyche from the mundane, almost banal everyday o...

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Double auction week over, many more to come

13th February 2022

This week's auctions sold a wide variety of items from jewellery, ceramics, furniture and a pretty collection of T. Stevens silk woven bookmarks in Tuesday's 'interiors and Collectables', to paintings, glass and enamel in Saturday's 'Fine Art, Antiques & Militaria. Thomas Stevens first introduced his woven sil...

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A busy double auction week

16th January 2022

At the end of another busy double auction week, we can look back on a number of highlights. Tuesday’s Interiors and Collectables sale featured over 900 lots from the 18th to 20th centuries and went on to sell over 90%. Top lots included a pair of child’s riding boots (£650), an extensive collection of vintage ...

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Auctions at Killens Mendip Auction Rooms

12th January 2022

The auctions at Killens Mendip Auction Rooms have been refined this year - with a slight name change to some. The fortnightly auction is now titled 'Interiors and Collectables' interspersed with ‘Modern Design, Interiors and Collectables’ to better suit the variety we offer as well as the continued interest in...

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A SNEAK PREVIEW - ENDURING CLASSICS IN THE DECEMBER 11TH ANTIQUES AUCTION

23rd November 2021

A design classic is seen as a standard of its kind with enduring, instantly recognisable aesthetic appeal which retains these qualities far beyond its time. It is these items which never lose their appeal on the market, selling for solid prices, and which tend to remain treasured items for generations. Robert...

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Double auction week sparkled with highlights

8th November 2021

Last week’s two auctions sparkled with highlights. The Victorian and Later Effects sale on Tuesday saw interest in the room but also a great number of sales online. With over 90% sold, there were good results from the 19th and 20th centuries. Highlights included a group of collectables and jewellery featuring...

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The British Sovereign

2nd November 2021

The British Sovereign was struck in its first form in 1489 during Henry VIII’s reign when he ordered the Royal Mint to produce ‘a new money of gold’, the largest and most valuable gold coin at that time. Originally larger in size than today's variant, it continued until 1604, when the coin started to shrink in ...

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Two day Victorian and Later Effects Sale planned for December

25th October 2021

The scheduled Victorian and Later Effects Sale for December has been turned into a two day affair and will now take place on Monday 6th December and Tuesday 7th December. It will be possible to view the sales on Friday 3rd December [10 - 7] and Saturday 4th December [10 - 5]. This two day sale will then be c...

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A successful double-sale week with porcelain stars

10th October 2021

With percentage sales steadily increasing over the past few months, Tuesday’s Victorian and Later Effects sale continued this pleasing trend with an almost 90% sales quota – great news for sellers. From the wide variety on offer, top lots included a group of wristwatches featuring a Rotary Automatic Aquaplunge ...

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Bottle of Macallan-Glenlivet tops sale at £6200

2nd October 2021

There was strong interest at the sale of Sporting Items, Fine WInes and Spirits held on 30th September. An excellent offering of whiskeys, in particular, achieved superb prices with two bottles of 1961 Macallan-Glenliver making £6200 and £5800 respectively. There was strong bidding for a 1959 bottle of Talis...

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Last week's sales

13th September 2021

Last week’s sales of Victorian and Later Effects on Tuesday and Antiques and Collectables on Saturday proved that the interest in auctions is getting back to pre-Covid levels. The Saturday auction in particular saw many familiar faces as well as some new ones in the room, and, accompanied by a great number of t...

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Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson

4th September 2021

Add a piece of traditional British furniture history to your home with an 8-foot oak refectory table, eight oak dining chairs and a sideboard from the Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson workshop - three highlights from our Antiques and Collectables auction on 11th September, lots 424, 425 and 425A. Robert Thompson w...

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Operating in the national lockdown

5th January 2021

The national lockdown has come into force and antiques shops, centres, art galleries, auction houses and fairs and markets will have to close their premises to the public. However, operating online and by phone, and having staff on premises for collection and deliveries will be allowed. The Department fo...

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Silver in demand at busy Antiques Sale

17th October 2020

Over 800 lots went under the hammer at the sale of Antiques and Collectables held on 10th October with over 500 registered online bidders as well as a good attendance of face covered bidders in the room. An excellent selection of silver attracted keen interest leading to prices that were described as one sea...

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Hands rise for watches at Mendip Auction Rooms

19th September 2020

During August, Killens allowed buyers back into their auction rooms at Rookery Farm for their sales and many were pleased to be able to return. All sales are continuing to be staged online however ensuring maximum coverage. At their September Antiques sale, Killens saw strong interest interest for the 700 lo...

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Senior Valuer/Auctioneer required

8th September 2020

We require an experienced and hard working Senior Valuer/Auctioneer to head up our valuation team. The Mendip Auction Rooms is a young, dynamic and expanding auction house with great facilities staging three auctions monthly. The successful applicant will be self-motivated and enthusiastic with a strong work...

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New delivery service launched

15th August 2020

Killens in partnership with ARK Solutions have launched a delivery/collection service at a competitive rate. Items can now be collected/delivered at a cost of as low as £3 per item subject to a minimum total cost. Click on the image below to see the delivery zones and costs. Contact ARK for more detail...

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Strong online bidding returns to Antiques Sale

16th June 2020

Killens staged their first online sale after lockdown on 26th May and competitive bidding for the 500 lots of Victorian and Later Effects on offer was seen. This was followed by a sale of Antiques and Collectables on 13th June with almost 650 lots going under the hammer. With over 600 registered buyers, the...

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Many seek to grab snake

16th February 2020

At their Antiques and Collectables sale at the Mendip Auction Rooms on 8th February, Killens experienced a real buzz in the room with a huge level of interest for all of the 700 lots on offer with an additional 500 bidders following the sale online. Another excellent entry of jewellery attracted strong inter...

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Garage find generates huge interest

19th January 2020

A rare Expressionist painting found languishing in a Somerset garage generated a huge level of interest when it was offered at the December sale of Antiques and Collectables at the Mendip Auction Rooms. The painting by Carlos Nadal (1917 – 1998) was found hidden in a garage amongst a collection of paintings bel...

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Rocking horse canters in

23rd November 2019

The November sale of Antiques and Collectables at the Mendip Auction Rooms saw a fabulous entry of over 650 lots including a special entry of items from Harptree Court, East Harptree following its sale having been agreed. There was some quality furniture on offer and bidding was particularly robust for a 19t...

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Rare picture to go under the hammer

23rd November 2019

Mendip Auction Rooms are delighted to announce that in their sale on 13th and 14th December 2019 we are auctioning a rare re-discovered painting by Carlos Nadal (1917-1998). The attached painting was found hidden in a garage amongst a collection of the vendors grandfather's paintings. From the estate of th...

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Regal portrait turns heads

13th October 2019

Killens saw another healthy entry of almost 600 lots in their sale of Antiques and Collectables held on 5th October. It was a day when it was confirmed that quality attracts keen interest. The Mendip Auction Room attract buyers seeking quality watches and clocks and there was strong bidding for those on offe...

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Keener interest for jewellery

15th September 2019

With some local auction houses struggling for entries, Killens saw a healthy entry of over 650 lots in their sale of Antiques and Collectables held on 7th September. Once again, a wide variety of items was entered with particularly strong entries of jewellery, silver and paintings. Keen interest was seen for...

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Concertina plays a happy tune

18th August 2019

The sale of Antiques and Collectables held on 10th August attracted an excellent entry of some 750 lots with some exceptional lots on offer generating very strong interest. The room was packed with potential buyers with many commenting that they had never seen so many in attendance in spite of being in the midd...

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Saleroom Assistant required at the Mendip Auction Rooms

18th August 2019

We are seeking a saleroom assistant at the auction rooms and this presents a great opportunity to get involved in a fun industry. The position is full time with a requirement to work one Saturday each month. Based upon experience, the salary range is £15,000 - £23,000. Email tom@killens.org.uk for a full ...

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New homes found for church pews

19th January 2019

Times are changing and, across the country, churches are being adapted to offer flexible and adaptable space that can help strengthen communities and St John's Church in Glastonbury is undergoing such a change. The Mendip Auction Rooms were pleased to receive instructions to offer the existing church pews for s...

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£9500 for Radstock valuation day find!

5th January 2019

Back in October, the team from Killens held an antiques valuation day in aid of the Radstock Museum and Nicky Houston, senior valuer, got very excited when a Chinese medal was brought in by a local resident. Dismissed by the Antiques Roadshow a few years ago as being of little interest, Nicky immediately recogn...

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Many sit up for sofa

9th November 2018

The sale of Antiques and Collectables held on 3rd November attracted an excellent entry of some 750 lots with some exceptional lots on offer generating very strong interest. A fantastic selection of quality jewellery once again led to many viewing the sale and a large number of bidders in the room as well as...

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Silhouettes come out of the dark

13th October 2018

An impressive five stone carved half hoop ring with rose cut diamond pointers sold for £3200 whilst a rose gold Albert chain with T-bar made £900. A very attractive William and Mary style laburnum cabinet with oyster veneered doors and oval marquetry panels generated plenty of interest and sold for £1800 whilst...

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Phenomenal interest for a wee dram!

30th September 2018

The autumn Sporting, Fine Wines and Spirits sale held on 27th September generated a phenomenal level of interest from across the UK and Europe. A personal collection of whisky from a local seller led to plenty of enquiries prior to the sale and very strong internet bidding at the sale. All whisky sold to adv...

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Strong interest in Jewellery at the August Antique Sale

18th August 2018

In spite of being held at the height of summer, the recent sale of Antiques and Collectables held on 11th August saw excellent numbers of attendees viewing and attending the sale. With over 600 lots entered, it was a sale with something for everyone. There was an excellent entry of quality jewellery and the ...

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Demand for Jade Still Strong

16th June 2018

The Chinese have long been fascinated by jade and they often relate the semi-precious stone to a beautiful woman, prosperity and success and attribute it to healing and wisdom. For them, jade is a precious stone of great beauty. They say when you wear a piece of jade, you are wearing a beautiful stone that i...

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Oriental box leads to Chinese battle

12th May 2018

A very good entry of some 800 Antiques & Collectables went under the hammer at the Mendip Auction Rooms on 5th May and, in spite of the warmer weather, there was a good attendance of buyers with particularly strong interest over the internet. Oriental items were in demand and a Chinese cinnabar lacquer lobed...

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Heat turns on wine cooler

13th April 2018

The Auction Rooms team certainly had a busy Easter being open for Good Friday and Easter Monday so that the two sales held on 3rd and 4th April could be viewed and the crowds flocked in. The Monday was the busiest viewing day ever seen with both car parks full and a queue for the catalogues. The Tuesday sale...

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Antiques Road Trip have great day on Mendip

13th April 2018

The team from the popular TV show, Antiques Road Trip, recently filmed an episode on Mendip attending the Mendip Auction Rooms. Celebrity valuers Timothy Medhurst and Christina Trevanion had spent the previous week shopping in the South of England prior to sending the items to the Killens team at Binegar to be ...

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Well connected naval uniforms saluted

17th March 2018

The latest monthly sale of Antiques & Collectables staged by Killens at the Mendip Auction Rooms was dominated by items generously entered by the Somerville family formerly of Dinder House. Items ranged from quality furniture to collectables such as tennis racquets once used by the family. Sir James Somervil...

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Brave Pigeon flies to great heights

16th February 2018

The latest monthly sale of Antiques & Collectables staged by Killens at the Mendip Auction Rooms attracted the largest crowd ever seen for such a sale and came only four days after a sale of Victorian & Later Effects that also saw a huge crowd of potential buyers in attendance with fierce bidding seen at both. ...

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Maori Spoon Serves a Surprise

15th January 2018

With many auction houses not staging sales in January, the team at the Mendip Auction Rooms carried on regardless and there was a busy start to the New Year. On 9th January, the first Victorian and Later Effects sale of the year saw an excellent seasonal entry of almost 500 lots go under the hammer with a go...

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