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Mar 23

Leslie Gillham

Clacton & North East Essex Arts & Literary Society

25th February 2013 Leslie Gillham – Under the Hammer

After a brief spell posing as an articled clerk in the offices of a chartered accountant, Leslie Gillham began his career in the world of fine art auctioneering in Sussex in the late 1960’s.

Leslie Gillham East Sussex


 Leslie Gillham - auctioneer and fine arts expert

After a brief spell posing as an articled clerk in the offices of a chartered accountant, Leslie Gillham began his career in the world of fine art auctioneering in Sussex in the late 1960’s.

Fortunately it was a more gentle age than the present one to be plunged into the hectic world that was totally foreign to him. Older dealers, many of whom began ‘in trade’ during the years between the wars, had both the time and the inclination to pass on their knowledge to the next generation, and these generous benefactors helped him unravel the many mysterious terms and practices of his new environment. He made his way up the professional ladder encountering all aspects of society on the way, from eccentric members of the county set to the seedier representatives of the local dealing fraternity, he met them all.

In 1976, after a spell running an auction rooms on the south coast he accepted a post with Bonhams in London where he went on to become a director and head of their national valuations department.

After four years in London he was invited to become vice-president of Phillips in New York, and he spent two years there in charge of their appraisals department at one of their two salerooms in the city.

After returning to the UK he went into business as a fine art valuations consultant. He became a regular contributor of articles to specialist magazines as well as consultant to many Miller’s Guides. In addition, under his nom de plume, Richard Harton, he is author of a series of books including Under the hammer, An Auctioneers Lot and Without Reserve. Website

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