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Lindsay Burns & Company

Our Team

Nick Burns, Director

Auctioneer & Valuer

Nick has an Honours degree in Fine Art Valuation and has worked for International Auction Houses in London and Edinburgh before returning to run the family business in Perth. Nick has an excellent general knowledge and expertise in Asian Art and The Decorative Arts. Nick has undertaken charity auctions, specialist talks & events and has featured on popular television antiques programmes.

Nick has overseen many notable sales to include; a Chinese blue & white mark and period porcelain vase from the reign of Emperor Daoguang (1821-1850) which sold for £55,000, an Important collection of ten Indian Company School watercolours (circa 1800) which sold for in excess of £100,000 and a collection of six oil paintings by John Maclauchlan Milne RSA (1886-1957) which sold for £90,000. 

Nick has organised Important Country House sale contents from; 
Kinpurnie Castle, Newtyle 
Thriepley House, Lundie
Kinmonth, Bridge of Earn
Drumfork, Bridge of Cally 
Cunnoquhie, Fife
Torosay Castle, Isle of Mull

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Claire Burns, Director


Claire manages the office and accounts as well as co-ordinating the saleroom calendar, press, advertising and marketing. Claire has experience of working for International Auction Houses and Galleries in London and Edinburgh and holds an MA in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art. She joined the family business in 2007.

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Lindsay Burns, Founder

Consultant Valuer

Lindsay founded Lindsay Burns & Company with his wife Elspeth Burns in 1982. He has over 45 years of experience in the auction world and is well respected for his professional approach to valuing client’s property. He has a comprehensive knowledge in all disciplines with a specialist knowledge and interest in Scottish Pictures, Furniture, Silver & Jewellery.

Lindsay has overseen many notable sales to include; an important pair of 18th century Carrara marble lions, originally from Palazzo Grimani, Venice, purchased on The Grand Tour and brought to Fonab Castle, Pitlochry in 1899, which went on to sell for £74,000 and remain the most expensive lot sold by Lindsay Burns & Company. Another highlight from the earlier part of his career was a fine early 19th century mahogany library table by Gillows of Lancaster, circa 1835, which sold for £58,000.

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Jill Lambert, Office Manager

Office Manager

Jill co-ordinates the auction house administration, sale accounts and manages the day to day running of the office.

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Katie Shipp, Auction House Assistant

Auction House Assistant

Katie’s role is split between the office and the saleroom. Katie works alongside Jill looking after pre and post-sale administration, valuations, assisting with client enquiries and organising the office. Katie also undertakes photography for the general and antique sales.

Keith Ballantine, Saleroom Manager

Saleroom Manager

Keith is the Saleroom manager and is responsible for managing client’s property, auctions and the general running of the saleroom. He also co-ordinates the saleroom removals and manages our saleroom assistants.

Glen McClellan, Saleroom Assistant/ Van Driver

Saleroom Assistant/ Van Driver

Glen assists with all aspects of the day to day saleroom operations as well as operating the van.

Jordan Currie, Saleroom Assistant/ Van Driver

Saleroom Assistant / Van Driver

Jordan assists with all aspects of the day to day saleroom operations as well as operating the van.

Lindsay Burns & Company is the trading name of N Burns & C Burns Ltd., a limited company registered in Scotland. Registration number SC412672. The registered office is at 6 King Street, Perth, PH2 8JA VAT Reg. 177947251 - © 2021 All rights reserved.