Batemans is the leading and highest rated Auction House and Valuers in Stamford, Lincolnshire, and is run by the second generation of the local Bateman family.
Established in 2001 and members of The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers (SOFAA) we provide auction sales, probate and insurance valuations, house clearance, and private sale services.
We hold regular Antiques, Collectables, Jewellery, Watches, Silver, Gold, Coins, Objects d'Art, Clocks, Fine Art, Furniture, and Specialist Auctions across a wide variety of collecting areas throughout the year, including Specialist quarterly evening sales. We have sold over £15 million worth of antiques, across more than 300 auctions, during the 20+ years of serving our local and national community.
We pride ourselves in offering a professional, friendly and reliable service to all our customers, and help clients across Lincolnshire, Rutland, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, and beyond.
Our strong client base locally, nationally and internationally, built up over decades of trading, contributes to Batemans standing as a trusted and highly reputable regional Auctioneers and Valuers, and helps us consistently perform above and beyond any local competition.
Using the latest technology in our modern Saleroom on Ryhall Road in Stamford, with decades of experience in our highly skilled and hard working team, and by promoting each and every lot to maximum effect we can offer vendors an outstanding selling service and provide buyers an exciting array of carefully selected items across a vast range of collecting areas.
Run by Greg Bateman at the head of a passionate, vastly knowledgeable and committed team, Batemans of Stamford can offer vendors and buyers an unrivalled service - please get in touch to see how we can help.
Founded by fine artist and antiques dealer Ron Bateman with his daughter Kate Bateman in the centre of Stamford on Broad Street, auctions in the early days took place in the Corn Exchange theatre. David Palmer joined as a new principal Auctioneer in 2005 and with his appropriately theatrical selling style bidders crowded to be part of the action and excitement that exemplifies auction days at Batemans.
In 2006 a landmark single owner sale for Lucille Van Geest from the finest house on Tinwell Road in Stamford turned Batemans into a regional auctioneering force and set the stage for continued growth. Autumn 2008 saw an overdue move to permanent premises on Ryhall Road in Stamford which Batemans still occupies today. With a hard working and very friendly staff, well established experience, and coinciding with the boom in the Chinese market the business has flourished.
Notable sales include the 22ct gold Cadbury's Conundrum egg sold TWICE, most recently for £37,200 (inc B.P.); the outstanding collection of Chinese ivories and porcelain from the collection of Hugh Winckworth Winstanley which included a Chinese carved ivory half-tusk which sold for £15,500 (inc B.P.); the collection of Major-General Arthur Hay DSO OBE which included a pair of Cartier Art Deco diamond earclips which sold for £32,400 (inc B.P.) and a Chinese jade dish which sold for £13,200 (inc B.P.); a £40,000 collection of fine Russian silver and cloisonne enamel wares from which a tankard by Pavel Ovchinnikov of Moscow sold for £18,880 (inc B.P.).
Batemans were also appointed to sell the contents from Sacrewell Farmhouse, erstwhile home of William Scott Abbott, Fulbeck Hall, Clipsham Hall, and items from the Estate of the Late Carlo Curley - concert organist and self-proclaimed 'Pavarotti of the organ'... and have received memorable consignments from London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Bath, Bristol, Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool, Leeds, Derby, Nottingham, and Stoke-on-Trent, as well as internationally - France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Denmark, America, Australia, and China!
Greg Bateman - ASFAV, BEng (Hons)
Managing Director and Senior Valuer
Specialties: Jewellery, Watches, Silver, Coins
Asian Art, Ceramics, Fine Art, Furniture, Clocks, Sculpture
Private & High Value Consignments
Greg took over Batemans in 2011 managing every aspect of the business as well as working as our Senior & Specialist Valuer. Many will have seen him before as helping in a variety of different roles ever since Batemans held their first auction in the Broad Street saleroom over twenty years ago.
Greg is particularly fond of Regency and French 18th century furniture, clocks, watches, jewellery, Asian Art, and vintage wine, in fact it will often be Greg you speak to regarding the sale of any jewellery, watches, furniture, wine and spirits, and for any larger or high value private consignments.
He carries out many of the client visits and so is often out and about in Rutland, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, and the surrounding counties. He is always an excellent first point of contact for anyone wishing to use any of Batemans' services.
Rupert Pink - ASFAV, MA (Hons)
Sales Manager and Valuer
Specialties: Silver, Coins, Jewellery, Medals & Tokens, Musical Instruments, Antique Collectables, Glassware, Militaria, Toys & Models, Ephemera
Rupert joined the Batemans Valuations Team in mid 2019 having started his auction house career at Cheffins. Most recently a role at Willingham Auctions furthered his overall knowledge and skills built up over the last ten years. He brings an real collectors eye to the valuations side of the business as well as helping to bring in items of value and interest to Batemans from further afield.
With fantastic specialist knowledge and huge amounts of experience, he also continues to develop his rostrum skills and will occasionally be seen wielding the auction gavel on Sale days as well as his more usual roles in the Valuations Office and managing day to day activities in Stamford. In 2021 Rupert was promoted to manage the monthly Antiques Sales schedule and take on many of the day to day Office and Valuation activities Batemans undertakes.
David Palmer - Auctioneer
Renowned for his colourful waistcoats, David is our Principle auctioneer and, we believe, one of the best auctioneers in the whole country! His witty auctioneering style makes auction days a true spectacle and great fun for all involved. Having auctioned for Batemans for well over ten years, he is a long standing and greatly experienced part of the team.
David has also featured as an expert on Flog It! and is available as a freelance auctioneer for charity events. He can be often seen auctioning a wide variety of items at other auction houses and events throughout the south of England and will always be happy to talk to excited fans or seasoned auction enthusiasts about his many years of selling the weird and wonderful!
Melanie Anderson - Office Manager & Junior Valuer
Melanie has previously worked at Batemans in several part and full time jobs, but accepted a full time position as Office Manager & Junior Valuer in 2021 as a new exciting career!
Day to day she now handles most of the client enquiries by telephone and email, as well as our Office Appointments, and as an accomplished photographer and cataloguer she works to consign and handle many of the items Batemans sells. With her fully immersed in the day to day running of Batemans she is building up the vast knowledge required to become an accomplished General Valuer. She helps many customers with collections and appointments, as well as organising much of the in house packing and shipping. She is also an experienced ceramics restorer and has even carried out restoration work in Buckingham Palace!
Kate Bateman - ASFAV, BA (Hons) - Director and Consultant Valuer
A founding member with Ron in the company, Valuer and Director, Kate is probably the most widely recognised at Batemans due to her regular appearances as an on-screen expert for the popular BBC TV antiques programmes Flog it! and Bargain Hunt. Kate specialises in all things small: pottery and porcelain, jewellery, silver, objects d'art, militaria, stamps and coins, etc. etc. Kate is currently living in America but occasionally flies back to the UK and comes into Batemans to help in the Valuations Office. Early in 2016 she has had her first e-book published, titled 'To Steal a Heart', the first in a series of three. We are sure enthusiasts will enjoy reading this historical romantic novel, combining Kate's love of history and antiques with a captivating plot.
Ron Bateman - ASFAV, MFA, SATC - Director and Consultant Valuer
With a masters degree in Fine Art and over 40 years in the antiques trade, Ron Bateman is our Senior Valuer and Director at Batemans. His vision in launching our auction house and his charisma, generosity and work ethic has helped Batemans become one of the leading auction houses in the region, selling over 10,000 lots per year. His passions include fine paintings and drawings, books, clocks, objects d'art and pre-18th century furniture as well as portrait miniatures and items of unusual architectural interest. With an impressively broad knowledge, and combined with various specialist areas of interest, his is a hugely experience eye that our clients appreciate and trust.
Ellie Culpin - Office Administrator
Ellie joined Batemans in May 2023 to run our busy Office; she organises Valuations and Appointments, helps buyers with collections, packing and shipping, and any other questions they might have, and fields many of the telephone and email enquiries that we receive. With a keen interest in vintage collectables, and with vast experience in various administrative roles previously, Ellie is a fantastic addition to our team.
Spencer Sampson - Saleroom Porter
Spencer has been an invaluable help in a general portering role during his holiday periods whilst he has been studying at university. Since 2021 he has been welcomed back to Batemans for a few weeks or a few months at a time and works incredibly hard every day helping the team move, sort, unpack, catalogue, photograph, and layout the huge variety of items that we auction every month. He has incredibly useful knowledge of various collectables, especially stamps, that has helped enormously as we sift through large collections to identify any particular items of interest. We will miss him greatly when he graduates and goes on to his chosen career, but may well see him from time to time when he pops back in to visit us!