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Pridham’s Auctions & Appraisals celebrates a decade of fine art expertise in the capital

The national capital’s hub for valuable fine art and antiques


2021 marks a significant milestone for Pridham’s Auctions & Appraisals, as the company celebrates its tenth year as a well-established and thriving business in Ottawa. 

Robin Pridham, president of the auction house, has been an industry leader for the last thirty-five years. He is a graduate of the oldest auctioneer’s school in North America, Reppert’s Auction School (Indiana, U.S.), and a member of the National Auctioneers Association. Pridham’s specializes in selling valuables such as fine and decorative arts, Canadiana, silver, jewelry, as well as militaria. 


Pridham says he is proud of the work his company has achieved in the last ten years, particularly the high level of trust he and his team establish with their clients. Surrounded by leading department experts, Pridham and his team consistently conduct thorough research, follow a rigorous appraisal process, and record market trends to ensure fair pricing. The high standards Pridham’s holds assures clients that they will receive a fair appraisal and positive experience when visiting the local auctioneer. 

Operating from its four thousand square-foot gallery on Lancaster Road, Pridham’s sources rare works of art and fine objects from estates and individuals who wish to sell their pieces to the international art market.


“We are a fine art auction house with an international reach. We pride ourselves on that. We have clients in all major cities in the world,” says Pridham.

The company’s increasing international reach has also allowed the local team to continuously expand over the past decade. Even throughout the last 18 months, Pridham’s hired new employees to keep up with the growing demand.

The local auctioneer and appraiser has handled several notable sales over the years, including the sale of a Jean Paul Riopelle painting for $80,000, a Louis XV Small Québec pine armoire to an Ottawa Museum for $106,000 and a Picasso drawing which sold for $60,000. Recalling these successes Robin mentioned, “our track record is an important part of our business model. It comes from trust, and by doing exactly what we say we’re going to do.” 


When asked what 10 years of business in Ottawa meant to him, Pridham expressed that it was a reminder of his team’s evolution and development. More personally, it was a symbol of personal perseverance and his resolve to create real relationships with clients that are built on a foundation of mutual trust. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, especially during an unprecedented period of economic uncertainty, feels like a serious graduation and a reminder that Pridham’s is well positioned to be Ottawa’s top fine art auction house.  

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