A full service auction company

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers is a full service auction company located in Ottawa, Illinois. Our services include:

Items sold at our auctions cover a broad range. Examples include: 

  • antiques
  • high end collectibles
  • coins
  • fine jewelry and costume jewelry
  • firearms
  • military, hunting and fishing
  • vintage postcards and photographs
  • vintage toys
  • art pottery
  • advertising memorabilia
  • Civil War, Nazi, WW1 and WW2 items
  • local advertising
  • sterling silver
  • vintage sports cards and memorabilia


90% of an auction is done before the first bid is called. Our marketing department is second to none. Vigorous promotion campaigns that utilize direct mail, emails, internet websites, contacting collector clubs, illustrated ads in antique publications, printed catalogs, photo & detailed online catalogs of every lot in the auction, press releases and more to reach the appropriate market for your antiques, coins, and collectibles. A properly advertised and promoted auction or estate sale insures that fair market value is reached for their clients through competitive bidding.

Cataloged Auctions

Every item in our quarterly auctions will be assigned a lot number, photographed, and will have a detailed description. Auction catalog will be posted on our website,, and available in printed form prior to the sale and on the sale date.

Multiple Bidding Options

Collectors who cannot attend our auction can bid conveniently from anywhere in the world via e-mail, telephone, through our website, or with “real time” bidding via Our shipping department can ship anything anywhere in the world.


We offer confidential and prompt appraisals for insurance, estate planning and settlement, family division, taxes and charitable donations.

Estate Sales

In some cases an estate sale may be the most efficient and profitable option. We are affiliated with Main Street Estate Sales and can assist you with an estate sale. We can discuss estate sales as an option during a consultation.


Whether it's one item, a large collection, or an entire estate, we have the staff and knowledge to handle any situation. We can help devise a plan that is right for you. We are equipped to handle all your needs, including on site inventory, photographing, packing, moving, storing, insuring, advertising, and auctioning. We take great care in the acquisition, cataloging, and sale of all consigned items. We pride ourselves on handling our clients and their possessions with the utmost integrity. Honesty is a core value for our company.

Most items sold at our auctions are consignments. Each and every consignment is different and our commission rate will vary from one consigner to another. Our commission is based on sales price of each lot sold. There are no cataloging fees, no storage fees, or other hidden fees.

Thank you

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers is honored that you are considering entrusting your items to us. Please feel free to contact us via phone or e-mail so we can discuss our terms with you. We offer free, no obligation consultations at your place or ours.

We believe strongly that charitable contributions are a vital part of running a business, which is why 10% of the buyers’ premium at each auction will be donated to a different charity.

Mobile Bidding

Can’t make it to our auction? Download our mobile bidding app to your smartphone, and bid from wherever you need to be. Works for both Apple and Android.

Upcoming Auctions