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Welcome to Plymouth Auction Rooms

Plymouth Auction Rooms is a family run business established in 1992. The team have a wealth of experience enabling them to provide a professional, friendly and efficient auctioneering and valuation service.

Auctioneer and valuer Paul has some 30 years’ experience in the auction business and has appeared on BBC television, local and national radio. He is also regularly featured in the Westcountry media – with regular newspaper columns and editorial features.

The auction rooms hold regular sales featuring art, jewellery, watches, antiques and collectors’ items.

Enthusiasm for promotion and marketing has yielded many exceptional results including a record price for a pair of Chinese Export pottery parrots at £170,000; the auction of English gold pattern coins, selling worldwide for £330,000; and the sale of a cricket ball from the famous 1933 ‘bodyline’ series for £10,000.

Plymouth Auction Rooms is widely respected and recognised as the leading saleroom for works by iconic painter Robert Lenkiewicz with many paintings regularly selling from £10,000 to £20,000.

A high profile internet presence and an on-line bidding facility has seen Plymouth Auction Rooms evolve into one of the Westcountry’s leading auctioneers and valuers.

Auction 13th December 2017, a marine chronometer by Thomas Earnshaw

Auction 13th December 2017, a marine chronometer by Thomas Earnshaw

SOLD 54,000

SOLD 54,000

LOT 369 10th May 2017 SOLD 8,400.

LOT 369 10th May 2017 SOLD 8,400.


Known as the ‘Creator of the Modern Marine Chronometer 1749-1829) Thomas Earnshaw is revered as a legend and pioneer in the field of Horology. Born in Manchester, England in 1749, he was celebrated for his work in refining, and improving upon the Marine Chronometers of the era. It was those Marine Chronometers, crucial to the journeys taken by the boats in the Royal Navy as they circled the globe during a golden era in English history of science and exploration. His Chronometer no. 506, was carried by HMS Beagle on which Charles Darwin travelled the world.

Discovered in a local property is an example of Earnshaw’s work, lot 137, a chronometer No 4973, which is expected to sell for £2,500 to £3,000 on 13th December.

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