Bainbridges Auction House
Bainbridges is a British auctioneer specialising in probate work, primarily valuation and clearance of the contents of houses.
Bainbridges was founded (circa 1980) by Peter and Jane Bainbridge. Peter had previously run an auction business in London, while Jane had worked as an expert cataloguer at Sotheby’s.
Expertise and services
According to its website, the company undertakes the clearance of deceased estates as part of the probate process. Its service includes the valuation of all items in a property, the clearance of rubbish and non-economic items, and the auction of saleable items.
The company will deal with disposal of any size home and will value all items in a property, from the very important and expensive to the very humble.
Bainbridges conducts its business across the globe; notable locations have included a German schloss and an Italian villa. The company also arranges delivery of items to any country in the world.
They also conduct some house sales, as well as miscellaneous auctions – for example, the sale of red telephone boxes on behalf of British Telecom.
Peter Bainbridge was selected by RM Auctions (one of the largest auctioneers of classic cars in the world) to conduct their major American and European catalogue auctions.
Bainbridges hold regular auctions covering a variety of antique items and general effects. These have included pictures, silver, jewellery, art objects, collectibles, porcelain, pottery, glass, cars, furniture and carpets.
In 2008, Peter Bainbridge led an RM Auctions sale of Ferraris in Modena, Italy. The top lot sold was a black 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder, which realised £5,089,280. It was purchased by British disc jockey and TV presenter, Chris Evans.
Bainbridges sold the famous Pinner Qing Dynasty Vase for £53.1m in 2010 – a world record for a piece of Chinese art. However, it was announced in March 2011 that the vase had not been paid for and could be re-auctioned.