About Murrays

Murrays Auctioneers & Valuers is a new, innovative, full-service auction house servicing the Greater Toronto area, providing attentive, thoughtful and targeted marketing for the sales of estates, collections and single items.  Drawing on the expertise of its specialists and personalized service , Murrays works with individuals, institutions and estate settlement professionals to attract quality consignments from Toronto, Southern Ontario and Canada.

With focused specialty auctions that attract passionate, motivated, and educated buyers, Murrays achieves internationally competitive prices for our consignors.  Murrays experience and proven sales platform will add value to your consignments.

Murrays was started by auction industry veterans to provide auction services built on a foundation of transparency, trust and customer service excellence. Murrays is Canada's Trusted Auctioneer.

 

Murrays Principals

Matthew Vail

Auctioneer, Senior Appraiser

Having a career spanning over 25 years in the Canadian auction industry with three leading firms Matthew has amassed a special knowledge for auctions and the items offered in them.  Years spent in specialist departments, appraisal offices and overseeing every conceivable catagory of collectable auction have given Matthew a wealth of experience in running successful auctions.  Matthew has worked with private individuals, lawyers, bank trustees, estate executors and other estate settlement professionals clearing out estates, selling collections or just bringing a single treasured item to market for decades.

In 2016 Matthew returned home to the Greater Toronto Area to establish a service based estate auction buisness with his long time partner Victoria Murray.  Matthew hopes people will find value in his expertise and commitment to customer service. To inquire about a valuation or discuss the auction process Matthew can be reached at 416-886-4167 or by email at info@murraysauctioneers.ca.

Victoria Murray

Auctioneer, Appraiser

For the past twenty years Victoria has worked in and with the auction industry in Canada and the United States.  In an old Toronto auction house in the 1990's Victoria got her start as a General Estate Specialist and worked to become head of the jewelry department.  During this time she was thrilled to develop a new sales department and launch the first ever Vintage Fashion & Accessory auction in Toronto!

After developing a strong appreciation for the fine and costume jewelry she was handling through local Toronto estates it was only natural for Victoria to start travelling to New York to further her studies at the Gemological Institute of America.  Victoria has been a trusted 'go to' appraiser of fine jewelry, vintage fashion and designer accessories since the late 1990's providing appraisal estimates and valuation reports for financial institutions and private individuals.

Quick to feel the change in the auction industry Victoria has been conducting online auctions of jewelry, designer fashion and estate goods for over 15 years.  Continuously evolving with the online auction industry and being ready to change with it are attributes towards Victoria's success and longevity.

Estate Clearance & Downsizing

Murrays understands that downsizing or dealing with an estate can be a difficult and distressing time.  A full written valuation can prove to be an asset for estate tax purposes and also a great tool when distributing select objects from the estate.  We have a caring and sympathetic approach and aim to make this step as simple as possible. 

We will spend as much time as required at the house and produce a full inventory of all the items within, from furniture to jewelry and everything in between.  The values are based on a low and realistic market price.  This is important as it is the figure used to calculate any estate tax liability.  A quick and efficient service is important and we can usually attend the property within a few days, no matter the location.

Once you choose to consign items to us,  we can arrange collection of single items or clear whole properties from small appartments to large homes.

With our clearance partners we are able to provide a full house clearance service from top to bottom, no matter how big or small the property.  We will initially visit the property to identify all saleable items which can be collected and sold at auction, then our clearance team will remove the remaining unsalable contents.  We have a green approach to property clearance, so where appropriate, unsalable items will be recycled of given to charity to minimise the impact on the enviroment.  We will leave the property clean and tidy ready to go on the market.

Please contact us to discuss our Estate Clearance & Downsizing services in more detail, we will be happy to discuss and answer any and all questions you have no matter how long it takes.  For professional and confidential advise, please contact  Matthew Vail at 416-886-4167.

Areas of Expertise

Murrays has cultivated a large network of appraisers and experts around the world which allows us to research and sell nearly any type of consignment. Our principal areas of expertise include:

  • Estates
  • Household / Content Sales
  • Antiques
  • Jewelry
  • Designer Fashion & Accessories
  • Collectibles (stamps, toys, coins, etc)
  • 20th Century Design
  • Carpets & Rugs
  • Furniture
  • Decorative Art (ceramics, glass, silver, etc)
  • Canadian & International Art
  • Automobiles

Upcoming Auctions

Estate Auction of Antiques & Collectables

Saturday, November 2 - 11 AM
Auction 1031 - #21 - 282 Monarch Ave, Ajax, Ontario, L1S 2G6

 

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