A thriving, commercially minded and well-respected firm of auctioneers

Gateway Auctions was founded in 2002 by director David Sunderland, from a portable building within a livestock auction. David had several years of experience working for a national auction firm in Manchester before leaving to set up his own business at the age of 24.

Auctions were live, in person, for the first ten years until all sales moved to our timed online platform, enabling us to give bidders a fair chance at securing their desired item wherever they are in the world.

Gateway Auctions is now a thriving, commercially minded and well-respected firm of auctioneers attracting 15,000 buyers every year. Many of our customers return time and again because of the trusted reputation we have earned and the quality service we provide.

People who come to us, whether buyer or seller, know they can expect a service delivered with honesty and integrity. We are passionate about the sectors we operate in and that enthusiasm and willingness to deliver shows through from that very first contact we make with a customer.

For the first 15 years, our business was based in Gisburn, Lancashire, before we moved to our own purpose-built site in Whalley in 2017.

Our base offers us to take delivery of a wide range of items and ample space to devote to displaying them properly. Our team includes many long-serving members of staff who have developed an expert knowledge across a range of sectors and take pride in our established brand and the professional service we offer.
We always encourage buyers to pay us a visit so that they can inspect a particular item, browse what we have on offer or just so they can see what we are all about. Fresh coffee is always on the go and we’d love you to come and share a cup.

At Gateway Auctions, we are proud of what we have achieved and we look forward to giving you a warm welcome, whether online or in person.

Founded by David Sunderland
buyers each year



All of our auctions are timed online, enabling buyers to bid on lots wherever they are in the world.



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We have sales across the UK and buyers from all over the globe. Contact us to find out more.


“Sunbelt Rentals have been working with Gateway Auctions since 2003. During this time, they have assisted us with many challenges that can arise with the disposal of large volumes of fleet and machinery. David and the team at Gateway always go above and beyond to get the job done, leaving us confident that we and our assets are in safe hands. We have always found their prompt service, honesty, integrity and, importantly, the values attained for assets of the highest standards.”

Wayne Edwards, Remarketing Manager Sunbelt Rentals UK (formerly A-Plant)

“Gateway’s commercial-minded approach to values, and to realising those values, is a breath of fresh air in what can sometimes be a very old-fashioned and depressed view of asset values. We use the business extensively as our valuation and auctioneering agents and I have known David Sunderland for a number of years. We have built up a level of trust and confidence in the way they work, which is paramount in this industry. More recently Gateway has been buying and underwriting assets for remarketing themselves, which shows the confidence they have in their ability to achieve quality values.”

Charles, Insolvency Practitioner

“One of the best things about Gateway is its eight-acre site where assets can be stored free of charge. Add to this their ability to collect assets from across the UK at a moment’s notice, and then realise the best values – why would I use anyone else?”

James Miller, Collections Manager, Bibby Leasing


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