Wednesday 30 May 2018


Local artist Mr Kenneth John William Watts was born in 1932 in Forest Hill, New Addington, London. He spent his national service in Kenya staying in the army until the late 1950's when he made his move to the North East. 

After moving to Jarrow Kenneth Watts started capturing the street scenes of the local area and created minutely detailed paintings of nearby streets.  His love of drawing developed at a very young age; he briefly attended drawing classes at night school in his teens but was mostly self-taught.  

He started to paint the fast-changing townscapes of Jarrow and surrounding areas in the early 1960's developing his technique & skills as he worked.  In the late 60’s and early 70’Kenneth Watts had a deep involvement in the Jarrow Art Group and was instrumental in organising exhibitions.  

He then went on to set up the Bede Gallery with Vince Rea and painted a huge mural in Sunderland; as well as having many major exhibitions, including London’s Prestigious Serpentine Gallery. 

In later years he attended Sunderland University fulfilling his dream of obtaining first-class Fine Arts degree which he saw as recognition by the establishment.  

Some of Kenneth Watts paintings which will be auctioned on the 6th June, have their roots in sixties pop art and gradually become more complex and technical through the years, include a study of the old Jarrow railway station and a striking painting on the former mineral line signal box between Jarrow and Hebburn.  In 2014 in the middle of his Master’s degree he became unwell, sadly passing away before it was finished 

Boldon Auction Galleries are thrilled to be selling this wonderful collection of Kenneth Watts art works  upon instruction from his family and which will be offered for auction in our Antique and Interiors Sale on Wednesday 6th June.

Viewing is on Saturday 2nd June 10am-1pm, Tuesday 5th June 2pm - 6pm and on the morning of the Auction from 9am.

A set of unusual Continental card playing Gnomes complete

with toadstool card table to be sold in the Antique and Interiors 

Auction on Wednesday 6th June from 10am

Viewing on Saturday 2nd June 10am-1pm, Tuesday 5th June 

2pm-6pm and morning of Auction from 9am.

Monday 21 May 2018

There is still plenty of time to consign items for the Antique and Interiors Auction on Wednesday 6th June, ITV'S Dickinson's Real Deal will be here filming so its guaranteed to be a very busy day.

We have FREE drop in valuation days on Friday 25th May 10am-12 noon and 2pm - 4pm and Saturday 26th May 10am - 1pm  (6 items or less please) or you can have a fixed time slot for a FREE valuation Tuesday 29th May, Wednesday 30th May, Thursday 31st May 9am - 5pm (bring as much as you like)
More Mining artwork to go under the Hammer in the General Sale on Wednesday 23rd May from 10am.

For further information please call 0191 537 2630

After the Country came to a stand still on Saturday 
we are open as normal on Tuesday 22nd May for viewing 
between 2pm - 6pm 
and on Auction morning Wednesday 23rd May from 9am.  

The Auction starts at 10am prompt.

If you are unable to come along in person our catalogue can be viewed here : Catalogue

Thursday 3 May 2018

Boldon Auction Galleries next Antique and Interiors Auction to be held on Wednesday 9th May is packed full of fascinating items of local history from the North East area.

Some highlights include:

·       Tyne Mosaic, 1941 36 black and white vertical photographs, issued by No. 4 Squadron ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’

·        A collection of six Victorian half block boats built on the river Wear

·       A Victorian etched glass ‘The Victoria Hall Disaster 1883’

·        A large collection of National Union of Mineworkers items relating to Durham Gala Day, the Miner’s Strike, 1981, pit lamps and local mining artists artwork including Robert Olley and Tom McGuinness

·        A rare ‘Sunderland Bridge Lottery Ticket’, number 2732

Come along and view the items in person on Saturday 5th May 10am-1pm and Tuesday 8th May 2pm-6pm.

For more information about these lots please contact or telephone
0191 537 2630.

A collection of six Victorian half block boats built on the river Wear
Estimate £400 - £600 each

To be sold Antique and Interior Sale 9th May