The only professional body exclusively representing fine art auctioneers and valuers in the UK.
The Society was formed in 1973 to provide a professional body for specialist firms throughout the United Kingdom. The membership includes a significant number of the leading provincial specialist auctioneers.
The members seek to provide a comprehensive and specialist service as auctioneers and valuers of antiques, fine art, jewellery and other chattels.
The Society aims to provide guidance to its members to ensure the highest possible standards of practice in all regards, and encouragement and reassurance to clients that their best interests will be served at all times.
The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers seeks to promote and encourage the highest standards of probity and ethics within the profession and to improve knowledge, with its members supporting the principles of service to all clients and transparency in all activities.
Experience and Expertise
Between them, the members of SOFAA have an unrivalled breadth of knowledge and experience. One of the basic tenents of membership of the Society is that proper research is undertaken when required. Such research and subsequent recommendations to clients may include a referral to another specialist. The declared aim of member firms is to achieve the best possible result for a client at all times.
Here you will find copies of the Society's 'Requirements for Membership,' 'Constitution,' and 'Guidance Notes for Good Practice.'
Buying & Selling at Auction
A general introduction to auctions. Specific points can be answered by your local auctioneer.
Auctioneer & Valuer List
Here you will find a full list of our Members which provides address details and a link to their own websites where you can access current catalogues for the auctioneer Members. Alternatively, your nearest SOFAA Member can be found via the postcode search facility.