McTear’s Auctioneers and Valuers



2015-06-26 10:39:28

McTear’s is a Scottish auction house based in Glasgow, with a world famous reputation for specializing in fine and rare whisky. They also deal in a wide variety of other areas such as antiques, fine art, decorative objects and collectables.

About the company

170 years ago McTear's opened its doors in central Glasgow. Since then, buyers from all around the world have furnished their homes with the millions of objects that have passed through the auction room doors. Famous and celebrity collectors and enthusiasts, including a young William Burrell, have bid at McTear's, and the company has developed into one of the largest independent auction houses in the UK.

Whether you’re interested in buying, selling or simply enjoying the buzz of the auction, McTear's has a sale for you. With dedicated auctions and specialist departments in Asian Works of Art, Jewellery and Pictures to name but a few, we offer a style of service seen in only a handful of auction houses outside of London.

McTear's Head Office and Auction Galleries are situated just south of the Clyde Tunnel adjacent to the M8 motorway. The Galleries are open every weekday from 8.30am until 5pm and on Saturday mornings. The facilities at McTear’s Galleries boast a private car park and café.


McTear’s hold regular weekly Interiors sale: five weekly Fine Auctions of Pictures, Whisky, Jewellery, British & Continental Ceramics, Glass & Silver, Asian Works of Art, Furniture, Clocks & Collectables.

The company also holds monthly Saturday Antiques & Fine Art sales comprised of around 600-700 lots including antique & decorative furniture, paintings from around the world, fine and affordable jewels, along with bronzes, works of art, rare collectables and silver.

Their world famous Rare Whisky & Wine auctions are held four times every year, once every three months, and consist generally of 500-600 lots of fine & rare malts, drinking whisky, port and fine wine.

Auction catalogues




Asian Works of Art

Specialist: Magda Ketterer

The Asian Works of Art department deals with a wide range of ceramics and works of art from around Asia.

Ceramics & Glass

Specialists: Brian Clements, Hamish Wilson

The Ceramics & Glass department deals with a wide range of glass and ceramics from Scotland, England and around Europe.

Coins, Medals and Militaria

Specialist: Hamish Wilson

This department sells all types of coins from Ancient Greek and Roman right up to modern versions, along with banknotes, military and sporting medals. Auctions of coins, medals & militaria are held throughout the year.

Collectors Items

Specialist: Brian Clements

The department handles everything from musical instruments, Dinky toys, model railways, stamps or cigarette cards to books or prints, clocks or ivories.

Decorative Arts

Specialists: Brian Clements, Sarah Cotter

Sales by the department frequently feature work by designers from the Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts and Art Deco periods such as Lorenzl and Priess, along with famous ceramics and glass by the likes of Clarice Cliff and Lalique, and silver and pewter by Liberty and Georg Jensen.

Furniture and Clocks

Specialists: Hamish Wilson

The department sells around 200 lots of furniture are sold every week including both modern and antique examples such as bookcases, cabinets, bedroom and dining suites, sideboards, chairs and a wide range of occasional furniture.


Specialist: Christina Hirukawa

McTear’s holds a dedicated paintings auction six times a year. The Fine & Scottish Pictures auction comprises of paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints by artists of any nationality or era but generally 19th and 20th century.


Specialist: Sarah Cotter

The department handles the sale of all jewellery and silver, from fine and valuable gems to costume jewellery, Georgian to contemporary.


Specialist: Victoria Irvine
Items of silver include tea services, cakebaskets, flatware and objects of art. The finest, rarest and earliest examples of silver usually appear in the Art & Antiques or Silver & Jewellery auctions.

Sports Memorabilia

Specialist: Brian Clements

Sports memorabilia such as medals and autographed objects relating to football, boxing, cricket, golf and tennis appear at McTear’s auctions regularly. The rarer and more valuable examples appear in regular specialist sales.


Specialists: Stephen McGinty, Johnny Walker

McTear's is world famous for their auctions of fine & rare Whisky, and holds several world records in the area. Auctions of rare whisky also include Port, Cognac, Vintage Wine and, occasionally, cigars.

Notable sales


  • A bottle of W & J Mutter's Bowmore Single Malt, circa 1850, sold in September 2007 for a world record price of £29,400
  • A bottle of Dalmore 62-year-old Malt Whisky sold on 4th December 2002 for a world record price of £25,877.50.


  • An Art Deco diamond and platinum brooch and matching necklace set with baguette and cushion diamonds sold for £10,500.


  • A fine Victorian mahogany telescopic dining table sold for £8,900.


  • A rare and important Royal Worcester reticulated vase by George Owen, circa 1900, sold for £14,000.


  • A Chinese 19th century enamelled and gilt wall plaque sold for £14,000.
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