Humbert & Ellis Auctioneers

About Us

J.P.Humbert Auctioneers Ltd is one of the UK's leading auction houses, specialising in regional, national and international sales of Fine Art, Antiques and Specialist Collectables.

Our history and heritage is important to who we are today. The name Humbert has been synonymous with auctions since 1842. Today, five generations later, this renowned family firm serves clients all over the world with auction and valuation services under the stewardship of Principal Auctioneer and Managing Director Jonathan Humbert.

It was founder Charles Francis Humbert, from Switzerland, who originally started the family's auctioneering business in the UK in the mid 1800's in Watford and St.Albans. This would eventually grow to form the foundation of "Humberts", the UK's leading nationwide prestige property agents, land estate managers and auctioneers; headed up until the 1980's by his great-grandson, Col.Robert Humbert OBE, TD, DL, FRICS, FIA - Jonathan's grandfather.

While Humberts subsequently saw many structural changes and eventually merged with Chestertons, it was Jonathan Humbert (with over a decade's experience as an antiques dealer) who took over the gavel and continued the family's business involvement in auctioneering.

Today, J.P. Humbert Auctioneers Ltd provide a full international auction service with a highly experienced team delivering true customer service. We offer a comprehensive range of specialist and general sales throughout the year along with valuation services for probate, insurance and family division.

With satellite offices in London and New York and substantial sale rooms in Northamptonshire, we are well positioned to offer clients a global reach for the best opportunities, whether buying or selling. We are also perfectly positioned in the Midlands to serve the national UK market as well as our main local markets, such as the Cotswolds and Home Counties.

Above all, we ensure customers get best price from buyers in the room, phone bidders and through our hi-tech live worldwide internet bidding - all supported by a very pro-active PR and Marketing department that frequently achieves mainstream press coverage.

In summary J.P.Humbert Auctioneers Ltd has the heritage and the infrasturcurture to meet any auctioneering and valuation needs. From high net worth clients and art investors to first time collectors, from country estate sales to local house clearances, we deliver the premium service - but without London premium prices.