About us

Half A Century of New England Auctions & Appraisals

In the spring of 1962 Bill Smith and his wife Merilyn, Hillsboro, New Hampshire, natives, held their first auction: the Estate of Silas Row. The auction was held on the grounds of the estate, and was a great success. The business grew over the years and in 1971 Bill held what was proclaimed as the “auction of the century”: The Estate of James Cambell Lewis. That auction set records and gave the William Smith firm national recognition.

a proud tradition

Country Auctions

Today we conduct an average of 45 auctions per year. We hold five major annual auctions: Labor Day, Memorial Day, a Thanksgiving holiday sale, a New Years holiday sale, and a mid winter sale. These classic country auctions events draw huge crowds from across New England.

auctions on the road

On-site & Estate Sales

Our other auctions consist of "on site" estate auctions. These auctions are conducted from May to October, and have proven to be very successful.Learn more about our approach to estate sales here.

regular auctions

Evening & Specialty Sales

Last but not least, we conduct evening estate auctions and specialty sales at our gallery in Plainfield, NH. We have several experts on staff to assist those looking to consign specialized items such as jewelry, stamps, coins, artwork, books and ephemera, and toy trains.


Major Sales & Results

Smith's Auction Gallery has a long history of exceptional estate sales, commanding excellent prices for oustanding items. We have the experience and expertise to successfully manage your estate sale, and we'd welcome the opportunity to discuss your needs in person. Please contact us to learn more.


Kaptain Kangaroo Estate Items from the estate of Robert Keeshan, better known as Captain Kangaroo, were sold at Smith's Auction Gallery to a packed house with buyer's representing 40 US States. Record prices were set, and many buyers were looking for keepsakes.


Charles Bronson Estate Smith's Gallery sells the personal property from the estate of Charles Bronson in Brownsville, VT. Famed actor Charles Bronson -- best known for his role in movies like “Death Wish” -- passed away at his Brownsville, VT country estate. The contents included a federal tiger maple carved cupboard and an oxbow chippendale slanted desk. The estate was auctioned off at Smith's Gallery to a standing rooom only crowd


Richard W. Withington Collection The estate of auctioneer legend Richard W. Withington was sold at Smith's Auction gallery, featuring copious amounts of high quality country Americana


million dollar elephant

Fine and rare Japanese elephant, silvered and other metals with gold highlights and jeweled diamond and pearls, signed. Sold for $671,000