Our Story

Clars Auction Gallery has hosted Bay Area auctions of Fine Art, Decorative Objects, and Jewelry for almost fifty years and has built a strong reputation for knowledge and experience in handling quality fine art, antiques, jewelry, and decorative objects.

Since 1972, the gallery has worked with buyers and sellers throughout the world. In mid-2004, the gallery began offering simultaneous internet bidding. Recently, the auction house added online-only, timed auctions.

Clars Auction Gallery conducts monthly two-day auctions of roughly 2000 lots at its North Oakland location. The auctions and previews are attended by 2000–4000 people, and the online catalog is viewed by 50,000–100,000 dealers and collectors worldwide. In the last ten years, Clars Auction Gallery has sold over $150,000,000 of Fine Art, Jewelry, Vehicles, and Collectibles.

Our Services

Estates & Trusts

Clars Auction Gallery can prepare Fair Market, Insurance, and Donation Appraisals.

For over four decades, Clars Auction Gallery, the Western United States leading full service auction gallery, has had great success working with fiduciaries, professional advisors, executors, and beneficiaries, for the valuation and disposition of personal property assets. Clars has worked with many of the nation’s leading institutional trusts and private banks across the country, including Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, Mellon, and Mechanics Bank, just to name a few.

Whether it is a single item or an entire estate, Clars provides a seamless auction and appraisal experience from the initial appraisal through final settlement, including the logistics. Our strong reputation for expert appraisers, excellent exposure, and outstanding prices realized has brought us many exciting opportunities to assist both professionals and families with the often arduous task of handling trusts and estates. Through Clars’ worldwide internet presence, among the largest in the industry, we continue to expose your property to the widest possible market, helping to realize the highest prices at auction.

Museums & Institutions

Clars has had great success working with many of the nation’s institutions and corporations. Some of the institutions we have represented include the Oakland Museum of California, SFMOMA, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum, Chicago Institute of Art, Denver Museum of Art, Honolulu Museum of Art, Nevada Art Museum, California Academy of Sciences, Santa Barbara Museum, Crocker Museum, Montclair Art Museum, University of the Pacific, University of Oregon, Triton Museum, and the Haggin Museum.

Corporate collections we have handled include Bank of the West (San Francisco and Denver), Shell Canada Corporate art collection, Wells Fargo Bank collection, and Carnelian Room, San Francisco. Whether it is a single item or an entire collection, Clars provides a seamless auction experience from the logistics phase through final settlement. Our strong reputation for our expert appraisers, wide exposure and outstanding prices realized has brought us many exciting opportunities to assist corporations and institutions with the task of deaccession, creating strong working capital to invest in future goals for the institution or corporation.