Rebrand for Elstob Auctioneers


One of the North of England’s leading auction houses has taken a new name and will be introducing a more streamlined sales structure to reflect customer demand and improve efficiency.

Elstob & Elstob based in the Cathedral city of Ripon, North Yorkshire, has re-branded as Elstob Auctioneers following a change in direction that positions David Elstob as the sole director of the company.

The team at Elstob Auctioneers

Established in 2019 by David and Beth Elstob, the auction house has seen huge growth, which prompted a move to Ripon from the nearby town of Bedale after just one year of trading. Since then, the firm has trebled its staff and is supported by a growing team of top-level specialists who have worked with some of the biggest names in the industry.

The name change has been reflected in the creation of a new company logo and refreshed signage to mark this latest chapter for the business.

The company has taken this opportunity to restructure its auction calendar. Until now, it has been running a programme of general antiques sales interspersed with specialist sales but moving forward it will host a four-weekly Fine Art and Antiques Sale. The first sale in the new schedule will take place over three days from My 18 to 20, starting each day at 9.30am.

“We like to have a close dialogue with our customers and always listen carefully to any feedback they might have,” said David Elstob. “A common theme from buyers was that they would prefer to have sales containing a mixture of items which makes browsing though the catalogues more engaging with a greater opportunity of spotting pieces of interest. Moving our sales to the end of the week and including a Saturday will also enable more people to take part and the regularity of a monthly auction will mean that people can anticipate the timing of the sales.”

The auction house is hoping that the new structure will also be more efficient to administer with an even faster turn around for processing payment and the shipment of items.

The Fine Art and Antiques Sales will include regular categories – including ceramics, silver, jewellery, fine art, clocks and watches, furniture, militaria and fine wine and spirits – that will showcase some of the best examples of their type not just in the region but worldwide.

“The company was set up to provide top level auction and valuation services to clients in the north of the country (with its more rural populations) without having to travel further afield. It used to be that the highest quality lots were only found in the bigger city auction houses but this is no longer the case. Internet bidding means that it is now possible to engage with large global audiences, ensuring maximum exposure and excellent results,” said David Elstob.

In recent months, the auction house has achieved some headline sales across its departments with record numbers of lots being consigned for sales, including some large individual collections.