Downham Market | Auction Rooms

The Hawkins name is synonymous with auctions, Charles Hawkins having held his first auction in Downham Market, Norfolk over 170 year ago. Marcus, now the sixth generation auctioneer and surveyor, continues with the family business holding regular auctions throughout the year at our historic Downham Market Auction Rooms based in West Norfolk selling live on-line via 


We are also specialist auctioneers of farm machinery, plant assets and equipment conducting sales either on the farm, business premises or remove items to one of our regular collective sales with the ability to sell live online via & 

Important Notice: COVID-19

Please note due to COVID-19 the sales now will be held online only, any consignments or collections are strictly by appointment only.  

To make a valuation appointment or to arrange entry of goods, please contact us on 01366 387180 or 

We are continuing to operate behind the scenes and within government guidelines to provide clients with property &  professional advice plus we can provide valuation services that can be dealt with remotely.  

  • Auctions held live online only - We will be conducting the auction online only via please link to the sale.  Sorry but, as much as we love seeing you, no bidders will be allowed to enter the auction rooms.

  • Commission Bids - you can place commission bids prior to the date of the sale via email please note that none will be taken on the sale day. Commission Bids will be executed free of charge but only upon receipt of written instructions. All commission bids are accepted only at senders risk and no refunds or allowances shall be made to senders in respect of any error in description, lot number or maximum bid made by the sender

  • Viewing Remotely -  Items for sale may now only be viewed remotely, we are increasing the number of photos per lot and, upon request we are able to provide remote viewing via video calls (Facetime or Zoom) as a replacement for physical viewings time. Please email the office to arrange a suitable time prior to the sale.

  • Payment - we are accepting payment via bank transfer or card payment over the telephone only.

  • Contactless delivery -  We are able to offer a packaging and postal service (at cost) on the small unbreakable items but we recommend you consider using our preferred couriers. Hark Solutions, Jentel Packaging or Mailbox etc (Cambridge). Please refer to our website for their contact details. Please note that any collection are by appointment only 

  • Storage - We will provide free storage for purchased and paid for items ONLY until movement restrictions are relaxed. Storage charges will apply for all unpaid items in the normal way. We can also provide an in-house shipping service for small and unbreakable items.

Upcoming Auctions


This sale includes: Antiques; collectables; artworks; pictures; good quality modern furniture; watches; jewelry; gold and silver; vehicles & more

Antiques & Collectables

(Timed Auction)

Timed Auction

Closes 10 August 12.00 

Viewing: by online catalogue only
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Antiques & Collectables Sale

Wednesday 26 August| 10 am

Viewing: by online catalogue only 

This includes: farm machinery; equipment; combines; bailers; trailers; implements and workshop tools.


Scratby Collective Farm Machinery Sale

(live bidding online)

26 September | 10am 

Viewing: TBC

Hilgay Collective Farm Machinery Sale

(live bidding online)

10 October | 10am 

Viewing: TBC

 Vintage Tools Sale

(Timed  online only)
Sale Ends 22 October (midnight)

Commencing 10 October  

Viewing: by appointment only