Charles Miller

Charles Miller are 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.


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.


All aboard for bone ship models

20 May 2019

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


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.


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.


Five lots to watch at auction this week including coronation coronets, a George III tripod table and boat race memorabilia

29 April 2019

With estimates from £400-18,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.


Snaring the Scharnhorst

08 April 2019

Once the Tirpitz had been damaged by midget submarines (see main story this section), the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst was left to tackle British convoys to Russia alone. A trap was set by the Royal Navy in December 1943.

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The 25 Blythe Road auctions collective is relaunching under the brand of Olympia Auctions

29 January 2019

The London auctions ‘hub’ of 25 Blythe Road will now operate under a single banner of Olympia Auctions.


Naval chairs capable of being folded away for battle stations are exceptional survivors

03 December 2018

In a specialist maritime and scientific instruments auction there were only three furniture lots at Charles Miller (24% buyer’s premium), but one of them led the day.

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Five unusual militaria lots coming up at auction

25 October 2018

Focus on five militaria items ranging from a ship's bell marking a pioneering aircraft launch to a grasshopper brooch left as a memento for loved ones.


Miller duo displays strong Hamburg link

14 May 2018

An early German whaling scene took top honours at marine specialist Charles Miller’s (20% buyer’s premium) May Day sale in West Kensington.


Exceptional ways to travel in style

07 May 2018

The travelling compendium reached its apogee in the late Victorian and Edwardian era. Two exceptional examples appeared on the market in quick succession in recent days.

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Magnificent travelling case for the gentleman who needs everything is up at auction

18 April 2018

Nowadays a ‘gentleman’ travelling is probably more concerned about a mobile phone charger than the delights contained in an extraordinary case coming up at auction on May 1.


For U the bell tolls

11 December 2017

Marine and scientific specialist Charles Miller (20% buyer’s premium) featured several U-boat-related lots from various owners in his November 7 sale at the west London auction hub of 25 Blythe Road.


Pick of the Week: Vancouver sextant discovery

13 November 2017

The name on the frame was the name of the game at Charles Miller’s November 7 auction in west London where a “rather tired and dirty” sextant sold for £28,000.

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Union Flag flown by British officer who led Canadians ashore on D-Day up at auction

02 November 2017

As noted often recently in Antiques Trade Gazette, successive waves of original American D-Day flags have stormed into salerooms despite their fragile nature, with consignors tempted by the high prices they fetch at auction.

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Ship figureheads lead the way to auction discoveries

26 April 2017

Poor old Christopher Columbus. Fair enough, he ended up with a country, part of a US state name and an Ohio state capital named after him, but it is the United States of America, not to mention South and North America, that endured.

Lord Nelson portrait at Charles Miller

Rare Nelson miniature portrait surfaces and sells at auction for £14,000

29 November 2016

A small and previously unrecorded portrait of Lord Nelson sold for £14,000 at Charles Miller’s latest Maritime and Scientific sale in West Kensington.

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Nelson portrait with Emma Hamilton connection at Charles Miller auction

01 November 2016

An antique’s appearance in an exhibition in a gallery or museum can help boost auction value in several ways. One factor after the show is adding to the provenance: this item was so important it was selected for a landmark display on the artist or designer.

Decorated nautilus shell at Charles Miller

“A jaw dropping result” – nautilus shell outstrips estimate and sells at £8500

20 May 2016

A large scrimshaw-decorated nautilus shell by Charles B Wood sold for an unexpected £8500 at Charles Miller’s latest sale of maritime antiques in London. It sold to a UK private collector.

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Ship model speeds to £135,000 record at Charles Miller auction

20 May 2015

For a huge model of what was once the world’s largest ship, a whopping price is a suitable result at auction.