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    David Lay’s Monday Auctions

    Every Monday morning at 11am, David brings his knowledge and experience to the Falmouth Hotel and holds an hour long, free, drop-in valuation session where you can bring along your treasures for appraisal. This is a relaxed, no obligation meeting, where you can enjoy a coffee in the pleasant surroundings of the Hotel’s bar, whilst benefiting from the knowledge of one of the most experienced auctioneers and valuers in the country.

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    Auctions with David Lay

    Should you decide to sell your items with David Lay you can be sure that with sales broadcast to an international audience, we routinely achieve record prices for significant works and collections. No matter what you intend to sell with us, we will always treat your lots with the utmost care, and will do our best to achieve the highest possible price for your consignment.

    If you have items that are too large to bring to the hotel, contact David’s offices to arrange a home visit: Please call 01736 361414


    Egyptian Cat

    The Egyptian cat was an item that made headline news a couple of years ago. David discovered it doing a routine valuation appointment in Penzance. The owners had no idea it was valuable and had been about to throw it in a skip they had outside. It was 2500 years old and sold for £52,000.


    Little History

    Founded by David Lay as a small enterprise in 1979, David Lay Auctions has grown to be the most prestigious auctioneering institution in Cornwall and ranks among the most highly regarded provincial auction houses in the country.  Housed in the Grade II listed Penzance Auction House, David Lay Auctions provides an established and competitive environment in which to sell Fine Art and Antiques to a global client base.  As a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, David is also fully qualified to conduct insurance and probate valuations, working alongside your solicitor to provide official estimations of works of art and selected items.



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