The next sale will be Tuesday 8 December at 10am. This will be an online-only sale (commission bids also accepted) with live internet bidding through Viewing, strictly by appointment: Saturday 5 December 9am – 1pm and Monday 7 December 9am – 7pm. We remind customers that all visits to the sale room (for whatever reason, including payment and collection) must be by prior appointment, please. Our Covid-19 page sets out our new way of working and holding sales.

We aim to hold our next General and Collectable Sale on Tuesday 8 December, subject to the current lockdown being lifted from 3 December, and subject to Government regulations. Please check this website and our social media for updates.

We will not be holding auctions during the national lockdown which commenced on 5 November 2020, and our doors are now temporarily closed. Answerphone messages and emails will not be monitored until we re-open. If your enquiry is urgent, please telephone 01395 515555. Vendors who have items waiting to be sold in the next auction will of course be contacted in the usual way before the sale goes ahead.

If you would like to book a house clearance or collection, please contact please contact Potburys Removals.

We look forward to welcoming back vendors and buyers as soon as we can.

We have a vacancy for a full-time assistant to join us at our auction rooms.

The hours of work are Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm with 1 hour for lunch. Some Saturday working (on a rota basis) will also be required along with occasional overtime (e.g. 8am starts) to prepare for an auction day.

The job will involve:

  • Unpacking boxes, lifting furniture and setting out items for sale.
  • Responding to customer enquiries over the phone and face-to-face.
  • Receiving goods in from customers.
  • Office administration.
  • Using PACTS auction software (training will be provided). 

Applicants must have a good telephone manner and be confident in talking to people face-to-face.

Good timekeeping and the ability to work to deadlines are essential requirements alongside an enthusiasm for and interest in antiques and collectables. Familiarity with using Microsoft Word and Excel is desirable.

To apply:

If you would like to apply, please send your CV with covering letter to Michael Lee, Potburys, High Street, Sidmouth, EX10 8LN or email

For further details, please call 01395 517300.

Please note, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Potburys Auctions will be hosting valuation mornings between 10am and 1pm on Tuesday 14 May and Tuesday 11 June. These events will take place at Potburys furniture shop in Sidmouth High Street, where a room will be set aside for the purpose.

To bring along articles to be valued is free of charge and entirely without obligation to consign to a sale, however it is necessary to book an appointment in advance. Please telephone (01395) 517300 to make an appointment.

Our next Antiques and Decorative Sale is on Tuesday 16 July 2019.

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Our last Antiques and Decorative Sale of 2016 took place on Tuesday 22 November. And it was an exceptional day!

Brinley, the Auction Manager, says, ‘It was a great finish to the year with good results across a wide range of Lots. But 2016 is not over for us yet, because there are two more General and Collectable Sales to come, on 6 December and 20 December.’

The star item on Tuesday was Lot 251, a solitaire diamond ring of approximately 3 carats. This attracted a huge amount of interest before the sale, and seven telephone bids were booked. Team members were drafted in from various Potburys departments to man the phones! After lengthy and exciting bidding, the ring was eventually knocked down to a telephone bidder at £20,000.


Once again, the interesting and unusual attracted interest and strong bidding. A collection of stamps and covers relating to Epsom’s Pirate Postal Service which operated during the 1971 National postal strike sold for £700. This sold to a buyer who was bidding live through


The 528-Lot  sale opened with a Norton SS motorbike with the distinctive registration number BOO 37. This 650cc motorbike, first registered in 1961, brought back memories for many visitors to the auction room! It sold to a delighted buyer for £6,200.

 The other motorcycle in the sale, a restoration project Norton SS (part converted to a cafe racer) sold for £3,600.

Another Lot causing much temptation in the saleroom was a three-quarter size snooker table, knocked down at £850.


More traditional antiques also attracted strong bidding. A pair of early Victorian silver wine coasters fetched £2,000. And a George II oak provincial chest on chest, a grand-looking piece of furniture and dominating the main saleroom, sold for £1,450. Prospective buyers viewing this lot would have had fun looking for its secret drawer!


In the ceramic section, which contained over forty lots, the stand-out lot was a pair of early English porcelain blue and white sauce boats which saw the hammer come down at £460 to a bidder in the room

Brinley, Philip and the Team are already looking forward to the next Antiques and Decorative Sale which is on 21 March 2017!

Here are some other noteworthy lots from this Tuesday’s sale –

An Epee type sword with engraved and pierced white metal hilt and metal ropework handle sold for £500

 A fine hand painted oval miniature portrait of a Victorian gentleman (5.9cm x 4.8cm) sold for £440.


 A Meccano Ltd Hornby series O gauge No. E220 tank locomotive special Southern 2091 with original box sold for £340.


 A large Waring & Gillow oak compactum sold for £460

 A watercolour landscape by Henry John Kinnaird depicting a harvesting scene and titled ‘View near Littleworth Suffolk’ sold for £320.




The two motorcycles, which are Lots One and Two in the auction which starts at 10am, are the stand-out lots in the motoring section of the Antiques and Decorative Sale.


Lot One: Norton SS motorbike, registration number BOO 37, date of first registration (more…)

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The Antiques and Decorative Sale on Tuesday 19 July might have taken place on the hottest day of the year, but the fine weather certainly didn’t seem to be deterring bidders! Brinley, Philip and Dave were joined on the rostrum by an electric fan which kept them cool throughout the sale that started at 10.00am, and finished at a little after 2.00pm.

The cool light of the moon might have been the furthest thought from those in the saleroom, but not for buyer of Lot 100 which was a charming Sampson & Mordan silver book mark with a ‘man in the moon’ figure. It sold for £90.

The auction on Tuesday saw 431 lots go under the hammer and offered live internet bidding through and One of the Lots which attracted most enquiries was a (more…)


We will be paying a visit to Otterton Mill on Tuesday 14 June to hold a free antiques valuation event.

Auction Manager Brinley Roberts says, ‘We were delighted to receive the invitation from Chris Wright, the Mill business owner, to hold this event. We are expecting a large number of visitors, and they can of course look round the facilities at the Mill as well as having their antiques appraised.’ (more…)

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There is a spring in the step of the Auction team today following the very successful general sale yesterday!

Almost 90% of the lots sold. The saleroom was packed with bidders – a pleasing mixture of regular buyers and new faces.

Of course, there were enquiries to deal with before the sale, and photographs to be taken and emailed to potential buyers. In addition to the full catalogue being published on the website, it’s also sent to, a website which sends email alerts to members when something they want appears in the catalogue!

The seventeen lots of modern light oak furniture together sold for just over £2,800.

The Royal Doulton figure ‘Flower Sellers Children’ made £100, and a selection of Tiffany style lamps and shades fetched £190.

But the star of the show was (more…)

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If there’s such a thing as a ‘textbook’ General Auction, then our sale on Tuesday 10 May might just be it!

There are 640 lots with a mixture of the traditional and the modern.

And there is something of most things – furniture, household goods, garden ornaments, dining ware, decorative china, jewellery, coins and collectable items.

If you collect Royal Doulton figurines, then on Tuesday you may have opportunity to buy some more, there are eight in the sale.

One of our more unusual lots is lot number 590 – (more…)