Ross's Auctioneers and Valuers: A History in Belfast

Ross's Auctioneers and Valuers: A History in Belfast

Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland, is a place rich in history and culture. Among the many venerable institutions that have shaped the city’s identity, Ross’s Auctioneers and Valuers stands as a testament to tradition and expertise in the world of auctions. With a history spanning over a century, this esteemed establishment has become a cornerstone of Belfast’s art and antiques scene.

One hundred years on, Ross’s offers unparalleled expertise in valuation and auctioneering across several specialist departments. Whether it be antiques, painting, jewellery or general house contents, Ross’s has been for decades the place to go.

Established in 1923 the company first opened its doors in nearby Chichester Street. By 1934 the auction house expanded its facilities across three floors to its current premises on the corner of May Street and Montgomery Street in Belfast City Centre. The company expanded its offerings to include a wide range of goods, from fine art and antique furniture to collectibles and jewellery. With a growing clientele, they moved to larger premises to accommodate the burgeoning interest in their auctions. The business occupies a landmark Grade B listed building equidistant from the Royal Courts of Justice & Belfast City Hall.

One of the key factors behind Ross’s success was their willingness to adapt to the times. As technology advanced, the auction house embraced it. They were among the first in the region to establish an online bidding platform, allowing buyers and sellers from all over the world to participate in their auctions. This move not only broadened their customer base but also elevated their status as a modern and progressive auction house.

Beyond their auctions, Ross’s has played an integral role in Belfast’s cultural landscape. They’ve been involved in charity auctions, helping to support local causes and organizations. Additionally, their exhibitions and events have brought art and history enthusiasts together, fostering a sense of community in the city.

Since the 1980’s Ross’s has been headed by Chartered Surveyor Daniel Clarke, an associate of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He is joined on the board by his son Angus Clarke who is an estate management graduate.

As Belfast continues to evolve as a vibrant cultural hub, Ross’s Auctioneers and Valuers remains at the forefront of the art and antiques world. Their dedication to innovation, tradition, and their unwavering commitment to the people of Belfast ensures that they will be a prominent fixture in the city for many more years to come.

Ross’s Auctioneers and Valuers in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is a testament to the enduring power of tradition and adaptability. With their strong commitment to authenticity, a legacy of trust, and a firm connection to the local community, Ross’s looks set to continue its storied history well into the future.

To officially mark its new business chapter, Ross's will be having three 100 Lot Centenary Auctions consisting of handpicked, special pieces.

Reflecting on 100 years of passion, expertise, and unparalleled moments in the world of auctions. Thank you for being a part of our extraordinary journey, and here’s to a future filled with even more treasures and memories.

The Ross's Team


Ross's Auctioneers and Valuers: A History in Belfast