About Us

Thornton Auctions has been in Auckland since the mid-1970s, started by Terry Thornton and has grown to become Auckland's busiest and leading auction house.

Based at 50 Fairfax Avenue, Penrose, with a 2 story facility housing our Auction floor & warehousing we present a wide range of items for public auction.

We are the leaders of LIVE STREAM general goods auctions with two auctions held every week and other online options too including MAKE AN OFFER, BUY NOW, and TIMED AUCTIONS.

Our well-experienced team can help you with a full and complete one-stop solution to your auction needs including Surplus stock, Deceased estates, Liquidation, Company Close down, Buyouts, and Valuations for everything from fine jewelry to heavy machinery we do it all

We look forward to continuing the work done before us and invite people to come in for a chat, to see what we have on offer, buy at a price you like and to walk away with a great bargain. We look forward to seeing you soon

Meet our Team

Customer Services
Our Vendors & Buyers
The most important part of our team - without you we are nothing
Property Auctions
Greer Tulp
Scott Walker
General Manager
Robert Tulp
Company Director / Auctioneer

Our Location

Found in Penrose, not far from the Mt Smart Stadium (Home of the mighty Warriors!) on Fairfax Avenue, between Prestige Doors and Gates and Penrose Motors.


We do not know everything and you may have a question not listed here. Call us and discuss and other questions you have

There are many different options for you to bid. Live in house, live online, leave an absentee bid with our staff, leave an absentee bid online, phone bid

Yes this is a requirement for us and by law. You can do it in house or ONLINE, you can also use your online bidding number in house – if you remember what it is. Every auction issues new numbers. This needs to say that our friendly staff can look this up for you as Webtron doesn’t give you a number when you register.

Buyers Premium is a form of guarantee that the item YOU purchase is yours and gives you clear title to that item. If there is a dispute, we will help you through it.

No we do not. We can assist with arranging a courier or you may use Post Hastes Pass The Parcel – see our partners.

A notification will be sent to you via email. You may pay in house or through internet banking. Once the items have been paid for in full they may be collected or a courier can be arranged for collection.

A general rule of thumb for auctions is Buyer Beware and there is no warranty expressed or implied. Contact us first let’s see what we can work out, we do not like selling items that unknowingly do not work. If we know a fault we will let you know, otherwise it is a case by case basis, contact us ASAP

As soon as the items have been paid for in full, they may be collected. We do allow 2 working days for carriers / transport to be arranged. If you need a little longer let us know. We do have a fork hoist onsite to assist.

This is done directly into your bank account – this gives you & us very clear transparency of transaction. On very rare occasions we will pay by cheque but NEVER in cash. We pay you once we have been paid, there is a 14 working day wait period. If the items have not been paid by then the transaction is cancelled and represented.

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May also need to clear Google Chrome cache on computer:

  1. Click the three dots in the top right corner of the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Click 'History'.
  3. Click 'Clear browsing data' on the left.
  4. Set the time range to 'All time', ensure the 'Browsing history', 'Download history', 'Cookies and other site data' and 'cached images and files' are ticked.
  5. Click 'Clear data'.

For Safari on iPhone, clear cache by:

  1. Go to the Settings app
  2. Scroll down to 'Safari'.
  3. Scroll down to the blue text that says 'Clear History and Website Data' and click that.

For Google Chrome App on Android/iPhone:

  1. Click three dots in bottom right of app.
  2. Click history
  3. Click clear browsing data, set the time range to 'All time' and click 'Clear Browsing Data'.

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