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.


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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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