Charles Miller

Charles Miller is an auction specialists in maritime and scientific models, fine art and instruments.

The company was founded in 2008 by Charles Miller who was a former head of department at Christie’s South Kensington. Auctions take place at premises in Kensington, London, while valuations are done throughout the year at offices in Imperial Road.


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Acrimonious royal family split detailed in letters now up at auction

18 January 2023

Not THAT split, but the 1936 abdication of Edward VIII which also caused recriminations, as letters at Catherine Southon's sale show - plus other auctions offer many unpublished photos of Princess Di and paintings said to be by Queen Victoria.

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Splash out on a boating trophy

14 November 2022

The sale of maritime antiques at Charles Miller (24% buyer’s premium) in London on November 1 included a number of silver boating trophies from the Royal Naval Club & Royal Albert Yacht Club, Portsmouth – most of them well received by the collecting audience.

André Romain Guilmet torpedo clock

Guilmet’s torpedo clock boat shoots away at auction

07 November 2022

André Romain Guilmet’s industrial themed clocks, the epitome of Victorian ‘progress’, are an ever-popular series.

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Focus on microscope taken on Captain Cook’s first Voyage of Discovery

24 October 2022

A microscope used by Joseph Banks (1743-1820) on Captain Cook’s first Voyage of Discovery (1768-71) is going under the hammer estimated at £30,000-50,000 on November 1.

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New faces including at Catherine Southon Auctioneers, Olympia Auctions and LAPADA

18 August 2022

The latest appointments and moves across auction houses, dealers and associations.

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Throwing light on proceedings at west London auction

16 May 2022

London auctioneer overcomes power cut to complete sale including a mighty Fresnel lens

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Battered copy of Encyclopedia Britannia 'damaged at Trafalgar' sells at Charles Miller

09 August 2021

An intriguing condition report that mentions ‘water and smoke damage’ gives a clue as to what happened to this battered copy of the Encyclopedia Britannia sold in a Charles Miller (24% buyer’s premium) auction.

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Art market: The bidding battle of Cape St Vincent

24 May 2021

Trio of family paintings depicting Jervis’ finest hour bring £90,000 result for marine specialist Charles Miller

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Titanic sums for the best in White Star memorabilia

20 July 2020

A section of maritime antiques offered at Adam Partridge (20% buyer’s premium) in Liverpool included an otherwise pedestrian Spode cup and saucer made c.1910.

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Pick of the week: Exhibition quality lugger models sail into Charles Miller’s auction

13 July 2020

Whoever H Twyman was, his talents as a craftsman are beyond doubt.

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Painting of Battle of the Nile veteran’s fundraiser emerges at Charles Miller

22 June 2020

Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of the Nile was the 'Vanguard'. An oil on canvas coming up at Charles Miller’s July 7 auction in west London features a very unusual portrayal of this vessel.

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18th century shipbuilding manual emerges at Charles Miller

02 December 2019

Containing numerous diagrams, a manuscript manual on 18th century shipbuilding techniques and practices sold for £3600 in a recent sale.

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Royal yacht which sailed into obsolescence

18 November 2019

This oil below depicts the Victoria & Albert II, the largest royal yacht of the Victorian era which remained in service until the end of Queen Victoria’s life.

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Pick of the Week: Rediscovered Nelson portrait surfaces at sale

11 November 2019

A hitherto unknown portrait of Nelson sold for three times the top estimate at the Charles Miller (24% buyer’s premium) auction on November 5.

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Fan adulation for naval hero Nelson

28 October 2019

Nelson’s naval heroics earned him many fans – and among the many souvenirs they bought to mark his greatness were fans of the cooling variety.

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Unknown portrait of British naval hero Nelson is discovered by auctioneer Charles Miller

21 October 2019

A hitherto unknown portrait of Nelson has been discovered and will be offered at auction on November 5.

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Timed to perfection

24 June 2019

The success of timed online auctions for London’s big auction houses is putting the format on the map for other salerooms too.

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All aboard for bone ship models

20 May 2019

Intricate representation labelled as a Royal Navy vessel has French prisoner-of-war origin.

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John Thomas Serres oil painting showing Plymouth was ‘early sat nav’ for sailors

20 May 2019

An oil in gilt frame by John Thomas Serres (1759-1825) of 'The Entrance to Plymouth Sound' offered at Charles Miller’s (24% buyer’s premium) April 30 auction represented a primitive but effective early sat nav for ships.

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Pick of the week: Figurehead full of canine quality points way to £52,000 result at Charles Miller auction

13 May 2019

A carving of a deerhound which once adorned a 19th century yacht more than doubled the house record for a figurehead at a Charles Miller auction in west London. The item sold for £52,000 had a royal connection but it was the quality and condition which secured the high price, said Miller.

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