The business is headed by Gavin Gardiner, who has over 40 years experience in this field. Coming from a traditional background, he was brought up with guns and shooting and has been involved with the Gun Trade from an early age. He first worked for Sotheby’s in 1982 helping with weekend viewing of a Sporting Gun auction, while still at School. From that moment he was hooked and has been involved in almost every Sotheby’s Sporting Gun auction since. His passion became a full time job in 1987 when he joined Sotheby’s initially as a porter on a one day a week assignment to the Gun Department, this soon became five days and he never looked back.
He has been involved with many memorable auctions over the years, including Sotheby’s sales in New York and Geneva as well as the renowned Gleneagles auction that has remained the market leader in this sector for over twenty years. He has also worked for one of the leading London Gunmakers which gives him a unique perspective in this field. Returning to Head Sotheby’s Sporting Gun Department Worldwide in 2001 he doubled turnover in his first year, and has continued to develop and refine the auctions since. He left Sotheby’s at the beginning of 2006 to establish his own company to take responsibility for the London sales, and to further develop the auctions under his own name.
Assisting Gavin is Alexis Newson-Smith, who again has a wealth of experience in the Fine Art Auction world. Bringing her administrative and business expertise to Gavin Gardiner Limited she is responsible for the day to day running of the company.
Gordon Gardiner 1943-2022, Retired Consultant who will be known to many of you and not just as the father of Gavin!!. He brings with him over forty years experience both as a dealer and auctioneer, twenty five of them as a consultant to Sotheby’s Arms, Armour and Militaria Department.
We all look forward to welcoming you to one of our forthcoming auctions.