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Since 1901, Thimbleby and Shorland have been hosting auctions in the heart of Reading.
We hold regular monthly auctions of good quality Antiques and later items, for which catalogues are available on-line via and at which bidding is both on-line and live.  We also have sections for general Household Goods; Garden Equipment, Tools and Bicycles; and Vehicles
Our Saleroom is open on weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm to receive items for sale and for free valuations.

Selling at our auctions is simple.

The first step is to get a free, no obligation valuation on your items. You can either email a photograph of your item, including as many relevant details as possible to, or arrange to come and see us in our Saleroom. Larger or bulky items can be appraised at a home visit by one of our specialist valuers. We’re happy to make house visits too, so please give us a call on 0118 950 8611.

If you’re happy to go ahead with selling your items, then just bring them in to us, or we can collect them. We will agree reserves with you, give you a receipt and enter them into the next sale.

Buying at auction is a very popular method of making a purchase, and at Thimbleby and Shorland we are extremely proud of the wide range of goods on offer in our sales, each with its own unique story to tell.
Every month we welcome buyers to our Antique and General Auction comprising antique, later decorative and household goods, with each sale also featuring jewellery, silver, furniture, china, fine art and books.

Ways to Bid:

In Person
We are always delighted to welcome people to our saleroom, and you simply need to register in our office to get a paddle number, and then you’re ready to start bidding.

Commission Bids
If you can’t attend the sale and are also unable to bid live online, you are welcome to leave us with absentee commission bids to execute on your behalf. You can leave bids with us in the office prior to sale, or you can email or telephone bids through to us.

Telephone Bids
If you would like to bid via telephone, please contact a member of staff in the office who will be happy to arrange this for you. Telephone lines are reserved on a ‘first come, first served’ basis so early booking is always advantageous.

Online Bidding
Live bidding is available online and we are proud to attract a truly global audience to our auctions. To bid on any of our Lots, please follow the link to and register you details.

Getting a valuation for your antiques, jewellery or collectables could not be easier, and is completely free!

The simplest way is to email us photographs, together with any details of your items to and one of our specialists will get back to you as soon as possible.

Alternatively items can be brought to our office for valuation on weekdays between 9am and 4pm, 1st Saturday every month – 9am – 12pm or otherwise by appointment, so please just give us a call on 0118 950 8611.

We’re also happy to make house visits, so larger or bulky items can be appraised in your home by one of our specialist valuers.

Together with trusted clearance partners we are able to provide a full house clearance service
from top to bottom, no matter how big or small the property.
We will initially visit the property to identify all saleable items which we will collect and sell at
auction, then our clearance team will remove the remaining unsaleable contents. Where
possible unsaleable items will be given to charity or recycled.
We will always leave the property clean, tidy and ready to go on the market.

We offer:
● Extremely competitive quotes
● All saleable items sold in our salerooms
● A prompt and efficient service
● Fully licensed, legal waste disposal
● Items donated to charity where possible

If you would like to discuss our House Clearance Services or have any questions, please call Chris or Robert on 0118 950 8611.

We are now accepting entries for our November sale.
Items can be dropped off at our Saleroom in Great Knollys Street, or we are more than happy to pick up any larger items.

Rare Louis Vuitton zinc trunk

Available at the November 23rd Antiques & General Auction 


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