16th October Auction to feature an art exhibition of local printmaking icon, Ian Colverson’s (1940-2022) works and screenprints..

Hi Everyone – so as we’re getting into the process of cataloguing and sorting for this next sale a week on Sunday, I wanted to let you know a little about what should be an interesting part of the catalogue for next time.

We were fortunate enough to have had an instruction and consignment from the family of a local artist and collector a few months ago, by the name of Ian Colverson – he sadly passed away earlier in the year, but left behind him an array of amazing collectables and art in his Huddersfield home. As some of you might have noted from our last sale and from my verbal introduction to the antiquities/artefacts part of the 04/09 auction, all of those Roman, Greek, Chinese and Egyptian pieces came from Ian’s gallery of treasures. What we didn’t get into in September, was Ian’s own artworks, of which there were and are lots!

So, as a part of this next auction on Sunday 16th October, we will be auctioning off a number of his pieces and allowing our middle floor of the building here in Halifax, to double as somewhat of a gallery space for a few days. Viewing for this next sale will accordingly commence from the Thursday at 10am, giving an extra day for people to just come and view the art if they wish. The catalogue in its initial format, as the BBC’s Antiques Road Trip are dropping additional consignments to us next week too, will be released online over the weekend.

There are plenty of references online as to Ian’s work and legacy, but to start you off, Jon has kindly put together the below part biog to whet your appetites – we will start to post into Facebook and Instagram with photos and more detail over the coming days.

Artist Ian Colverson, born in London, was a 1962 graduate from the highly regarded Slade School of Fine Art, focusing his talents within the world of printmaking. Following graduation, he taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, at a time when the city was a key focus of ‘60s art movements, developing a reputation as one of the leading exponents of printmaking from photographic collage in the late 1960’s. A number of the works offered for auction with us, (all directly from Ian’s estate), demonstrate his influence and the significant link he and other international printmakers forged between ‘60s art movements (eg Pop Art) and the cut-up styles of punk in the late 70s and beyond.

Ian returned to the UK and as a result of contributions to the Bradford Biennale, in 1969 Ian was invited to take up the position of founding director of the printmaking department (known as the Department of Two Dimensional Studies) at the Regional College of Art at Bradford College, a position he held until his retirement in 2005. 

Ian Colverson’s prints are held by galleries worldwide, including at the National Gallery of Canada, Spencer Museum of Art in Kansas, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York, The Art Institute in Chicago, and The Tate Modern in London.


  • Young Contemporaries (London, 1960, 1961, 1962)
  • Rome (1963, solo show)
  • Cologne (1964, solo show)
  • Lisbon (1969, solo show)
  • Paris (1970, deuxieme Biennale de l’Estampe)
  • [various worldwide locations] (1971-3, British Print Biennale travelling exhibitions)

Rolex Watches, First Edition Books, Vinyl Records, Barbies, Steiff Bears, Clocks, Gold Jewellery, Art, Doulton/Royal Albert/Shelley/Beswick.. lots to look forward to for 3rd April!

Although we’ve not got an auction tomorrow on Sunday 13th, there is an awful lot to look forward to in our April catalogue, here are a few of the highlights so far:

  • A Rolex Daytona 6263/0 Gents Wristwatch w/service guarantee card (photo inc)
  • A Rolex Oyster Perpetual 18ct Gold Ladies Wristwatch w/box & paperwork + guarantee & service receipts (photo inc)
  • Good Collection of First Edition Books inc Raymond Chandler, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, John Lennon, Dylan Thomas, Joseph Conrad etc..
  • A Good Variety of Gold Jewellery inc a mayor/mayoress set, sovereigns, gold pocketwatches, chains, rings etc..
  • Various German and French Mantel Clocks + a lovely Smiths wall-clock
  • Two Extensive Royal Albert Old Country Roses Tea & Dinner Services
  • A Large Array of Vintage and Gold-Nibbed Mentmore/Platignum Fountain Pens
  • Some great vintage toys include boxed and near-mint Barbie Dolls & Steiff Bears

We’re still accepting goods all the way up to Thursday 24th March for this next sale, so if you are keen to add to what is currently looking like a great catalogue, then please do not hesitate to get in touch, either on the phone to 01422 649669/07712 566791, or via email to info@halifaxmillauctioneers.com.

Rolex Gents Daytona Wristwatch
Rolex Ladies Oyster Perpetual 18ct Gold Wristwatch

Top Results from Last Sunday’s sale, and looking forward to our next Auction on 20th February!

Good afternoon everyone, I hope you’re all doing well and having a decent start to 2020?

So last weekend’s sale was interesting, some highs, some lows, but all-in-all a good day for our vendors/sellers with some fierce bidder battles and above average hammer prices..

So don’t forget, our next auction is two weeks today and if you’re keen to want to sell with us and enter your goods into our February catalogue, then you’ve got until next Monday 14th, Valentines day, to get in touch.

Below is a list of our top ten hammer prices from Saturday 30th:

  • Lot 168 – Smiths Imperial 9ct Gold Watch w/18ct Strap – £1,500
  • Lot 153 – 18ct Gold Bracelet – £650
  • Lot 157 – 14ct Gold Bracelet – £520
  • Lot 159 – Gold & Diamond Engagement – £440
  • Lot 150 – 9ct Gold Padlock Bracelet – £420
  • Lot 169 – Cased Longines Gents Wristwatch – £320
  • Lot 116 – Arts & Crafts Trapezoid Bespoke Cabinet – £320
  • Lot 171 – Pair of Omega Ladies & Gents Watches – £300
  • Lots 204 & 206 – Sets of United Cutlers of Sheffield Sterling Silver Cutlery Sets – £300 each
  • Lot 14 – AA Circular Enamel Advertising Sign – £280

Onwards and upwards to our next sale on Sunday 30th January + Top 10 results from yesterday’s sale!

Good evening everyone, hope you’re all well – so yesterday’s sale was quite interesting and it was nice to see so many new faces in the sale-room.. Thank you to our customers for making the day what it was 🙂

So first off the next sale for us is on Sunday 30th January, and we’re open for taking in of goods this week, as well as collecting sold items, if you’d like to drop in. Our top ten results, financially, from yesterday’s sale are as follows:

  • Lot 210 – 18ct Diamond Cluster Ring – £800
  • Lot 112 – Pair of Bronze Storks – £650
  • Lot 200 – 9ct 21g Gold Chain – £320
  • Lot 110 – Pair of Antique Legal Document Boxes – £200
  • Lot 26 – Double Sided Watsons Soap Enamel Sign – £180
  • Lot 143 – Large Dark Red Persian Rug – £180
  • Lot 92g – Royal Dux Setter Dog Figure – £170
  • Lot 205 – 1912 Half Sovereign Gold Coin – £170
  • Lot 10 – Pair of Kingfisherman Yorkshire Oak Stools – £160
  • Lot 149b – Large Dark Red Persian Rug – £160

Speak soon, stay safe and take care everyone..


Our Initial Saturday 15th January Catalogue Now Uploaded!

Good evening everyone, so here’s the uploaded catalogue link via Easylive Auctions, for this coming Saturday’s sale – with viewing in-person here in Halifax on Thursday and Friday 10am-5pm, plus the Saturday morning. To be clear, our sale days are 99% normally the Sundays, but we’ve had to make this one off change on this occasion.

Just under 300 lots at present, so a small first auction of the year for us, with a few more pieces for me to add in tomorrow, with more jewellery, rugs, toys, ceramics and collectables in particular.

Thank you for everyone’s interest and do drop us a line if you’ve got any questions..

PS Hello to all of our new blog followers off the back of the business’ Antiques Road Trip debut earlier this week (we’re on again this Tuesday afternoon btw!)



Happy New Year to Everyone and thank you all for a great Year-One and a great 2021!

Good evening to all of our blog followers and web supporters – thank you to everyone who have bought and sold with us this year, who’s commented and endorsed, who’ve spread the good word and passed on goodwill, basically to all the good people who have helped us on our journey since the start of the year, thank you so, so much!

Our top ten of the year includes the amazing 19th Century French serpentine desk at just under a £6,000 hammer price, the miniature Norris plane at £3,700, the Franck Muller watch at £2,000, the French Gold Coin Bracelet at £1,800, the incredible Wainhouse Tower Model at £1,600, the Indian 22ct Gold Necklace Set at £1,450, a rare set of British War Medals at £1,100, the Burmese Ruby & Diamond 18ct Gold Ring at £1,000, the 18ct Diamond Cluster Ring at £950, and finally the great locally acquired Moreau bronze classical figure, back in May, at £900…

The auction diary for 2022, starts on January 9th and follows on very third Sunday, to:

  • January 30th, February 20th, March 13th
  • April 3rd, April 24th, May 15th
  • June 5th, June 26th, July 17th
  • Aug 7th, Aug 28th, Sep 18th
  • Oct 9th, Oct 30th, Nov 20th, Dec 11th

Here’s hoping for a brilliant 2022 and thank you again for everyone’s support across the last twelve months 🙂

Update on our 7th November Auction – Top 20

Good afternoon everyone, hope you’ve all had a lovely week and that you enjoyed Sunday’s sale, some ups and downs, but a good day all-in-all, happy vendors and happy buyers!

The highlight was how the Barbie dolls performed, my most unexpected hammer of day was £130 for the Victorian Gypsy Mirror, and my heart-warming chuckle of the day was seeing Sally (Office Manager) bringing in some throws from our house for buyers to wrap around them in-case they got too cold 🙂

So our Top 20 results from Sunday are as follows – we’re taking in and accepting goods as we speak for the next sale, so please do get in touch if you’re interested:

  • 19th Century French Gold Coin Bracelet – sold for £1,800
  • Pokemon First Generation Card Set – sold for £850
  • Gents Gold Sovereign Ring – sold for £500
  • Gold Topaz Ring & Necklace – sold for £380
  • Joblot of Various 9ct Gold – sold for £360
  • Triple-Entente Belgian Pocketwatch & Gold Parts Pocketwatch – sold for £320
  • Collection of Hornby Train/Railway Sets – sold for £280
  • Mens’ 9ct Gold Cufflinks – sold for £280
  • Gold Charm Bracelet – sold for £260
  • 1990’s Lego Train Set – sold for £240
  • Illuminated Land Rover Sign – sold for £190
  • Triang Train Set w/Buildings etc – sold for £180
  • Mattel 1960’s Barbie Doll – sold for £180
  • Mattel 1960’s Barbie Doll – sold for £170
  • Mattel 1960’s Barbie Doll – sold for £160
  • Gold Topaz Ring & Necklace – sold for £150
  • Palm Beach Barbie Doll – sold for £150
  • Philip Heath Ulla Lost Mid-size Doll – sold for £140
  • Royal Yacht Britannia Naval Uniform – sold for £135
  • 19th Century Windsor Chair – sold for £130

Just A Week and a Day to Go till Our Next Sale! England 1966, Barbie Doll, Lego, Train Set, Jewellery Collections!

Good afternoon everyone, I hope you’re having a good end to October and are happy halloweening or planning Fireworks nights etc… We’re cataloguing right now, and I just wanted to preview a few of the selections from our forthcoming Sunday 7th November sale, firstly here’s the link to our article in the Halifax Courier this week, about one vendor’s England World Cup 1966 collection:


Here’s a rundown of some of the main specialism areas for this time:

  • An England 1966 World Cup Memorabilia collection, around 40 lots with signed shirts, programmes and framed photographs
  • A Large collection of Barbie, Gotz and mid-size Philip Heath Dolls
  • A Range of Train Sets including Trix, Hornby & Triang
  • A Range of 80’s & 1990’s Lego and Technics Lego Sets
  • Another Good selection of Jewellery pieces including some lovely Polish Amber Necklaces and a mid-19th Century French Gold Coin Bracelet.
  • Some nice Chinese 19th Century Plates, plus a range of early French Quimper pottery pieces..

The catalogue should be up and running by Monday PM – at it as we speak, keep an eye on our Facebook page too for any preview snapshots.. Thank you.. James

Some of the Top Results from Sunday 17th October!

Hope you’re all having a good weekend and keeping warm brrrrr… So just to recap on the last sale, I thought we’d just drop out a rundown of the top sellers from Sunday – the TV filming was the highlight of course, but below are a few of the top earners, many thanks!

  • Lot 140 – 9ct Gold Charm Bracelet – £520
  • Lot 146 – 9ct Gold Ladies Bracelet – £400
  • Lot 255 – G-Plan Teak Sierra Sideboard – £300
  • Lot 41 – Art-Deco Silver Birmingham Tea Service – £250
  • Lot 250 – Steel Frame Sling Back Designer Danish Leather Chair – £220
  • Lot 251 – Sling Back Designer Danish Chair & Pouffe – £220
  • Lot 160 – 9ct Gold Chain – £200
  • Lot 152 – Two Pairs of Gold & Diamond Set Earrings – £200
  • Lot 161 – 9ct Gold Chain – £190
  • Lot 77b – Thomas the Tank Engine Boxed Set – £180
  • Lot 38 – Gnomeman Yorkshire Oak Stool – £180
  • Lot 122 – 18ct & White Gold Diamond Ring – £180
  • Lot 266 – Large Antique Skep/Mill Basket – £170
  • Lot 185 – Trawlerman Portrait by Bernard Hailstone – £160
  • Lot 49 – Oil-on-Board of a Shipwreck, possibly Claude-Joseph Vernet – £160

See you all for our 7th November sale – so far we’ve got a specialist 1966 World Cup memorabilia collection, Hornby and others train sets, lots of boxed Lego, some very nice gold jewellery w/Polish amber bead necklaces, a number of boxed Barbie and other original dolls, all-sorts really – if you’re keen to consign anything for the 7th, then please do get in touch 🙂

Psssstt.. PS – if you can keep a secret, we’ve still got one of the cheapest ‘standard’ like-for-like seller commission rates in Yorkshire, just 10%+vat… I don’t think its out there yet as I hear a rumour that people are paying 15-20% or more elsewhere, plus various charges like lotting fees etc… Just thought it would be worth a reminder 😉