Founded in 1947

Eldred’s has been owned and operated by the Eldred family for three generations. Founded in 1947 by Robert C. Eldred, Sr., Eldred’s is the oldest continuously operating auction house in New England.

Headquartered on Cape Cod’s historic Route 6A in East Dennis, Massachusetts, and with a satellite gallery in Mystic, Connecticut, Eldred’s is both a New England tradition and a destination for collectors from across the United States and around the globe.

Throughout the years we’ve handled many impressive consignments, have routinely broken records for the highest prices ever realized at auction in a variety of consignment areas, and have been at the forefront of online auction technology. While auctions have changed dramatically since our inception, Eldred’s remains true to its commitment of personalized, expert service.

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about eldred's history

Bob Eldred, Jr. with a Charles Wilson Peale portrait sold at Eldred’s

About Eldred's - our story

Bob Eldred, Jr. and a young Josh Eldred

World-Record Scrimshaw sold for $456,000

The Nation's Leading Marine Art Auction House

World-Record Prices for Scrimshaw

We have had the immense privilege over the last several years to handle some of the finest private collections of maritime and whaling art to come to market, including the landmark sales of the Brenninkmeyer, Mittler, Kobacker, Vardeman and McDowell collections. Pieces from these and other collections have achieved record prices, including the circa 1831 whale tooth engraved by Edward Burdett of Nantucket seen here, which sold for a world-record $456,000 at The Marine Sale, July 20, 2017.

Eldred’s pioneered marine art auctions in the United States starting in the 1960s, and we continue to be a world-wide leader in the field as the only auction house in America with a dedicated Marine Art department. Our marine specialists have a combined 100 years of experience and a deep passion for the material, volunteering their expertise to museums, symposiums and other scholarly endeavors.

"The Chase, Shamrock V" by John Mecray, sold for $66,000

Personalized, Expert Service

At Eldred’s you will find the individualized attention often lacking in a larger auction house.

Whether you have a single item to consign, an estate to liquidate or are in need of appraisal services, we are here to help.

Never experienced the thrill of bidding in an auction? From a museum-quality painting to a simple pair of candlesticks, no matter your budget, auctions can be a great place to find almost anything you’d want to buy. We hope you’ll join us at a future sale, either in person in the saleroom or online.

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Areas of Specialty

Eldred’s conducts approximately 25 auctions per year, encompassing

  • Americana
  • Asian Art
  • Collectibles
  • Decorative Arts & Furniture
  • European Antiques
  • Fine Art
  • Historic Documents & Ephemera
  • Marine Art & Scrimshaw
  • Oriental Rugs
  • Sporting Art, Firearms & Militaria
  • And more

Our specialists are considered industry leaders in their fields of expertise, but all have a comprehensive knowledge of all areas of antiques and fine art.

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"Haying at Sunset" by Martin Johnson Heade, sold for $1,060,000