About Us

We pride ourselves on being one of the premier antique auction house in Oregon and offer full customer service in the greater Portland, Vancouver and Salem areas specializing in:

  • Estate Liquidations
  • Consulting for Transitional Moves
  • Marketing Strategies for Specialty Items
  • Benefit Auctions

Our full range of services include the option of buying estates or select personal property, conducting on-site auctions, as well as,  auctions of antique and collectible merchandise every third Thursday at our location in historic Aurora, Oregon.  Please check out our calendar for upcoming auction events.

Click here to download our full contract to consign something with us.

Auctioneer Services

Gary also does several benefit auctions a year.  His services for a benefit auction include consultations with the auction committee in order to ensure the success of your event.  His many years of experience will help your organization achieve a new level of performance.

Please contact us for more information on hiring Gary for a benefit or fundraising auction.

Gary McLaren, Owner

Gary McLaren, Owner & Professional Auctioneer

Growing up in Aurora, Oregon which is considered the antique capital of Oregon, Gary was surrounded by the world of antiques his whole life.  With a keen interest in history, he developed a specialized interest in antiques while still in high school.  In pursuing that interest, he opened his first retail antique store in downtown Aurora at the age of 23.  Then in 1990, while attending an antique auction, he was working with an auctioneer who decided to take a break and handed him the mike.  While in high school he had also been interested in broadcasting, and it hit him that the combination of broadcasting and antiques lived in the world of auctioneering.  He continued to run his retail stores until 1996 when he decided to pursue auctioneering.  It was a somewhat convoluted road, but in 2003 he purchased the Historic Aurora Colony Auction House and opened McLaren Auction Services.  Our services include the appraisal, marketing strategies, and sale of antiques and collectibles as well as estate liquidation and transitional moves. We conduct antique auctions every three weeks (on Thursday nights) at The Aurora Colony Auction House.  Gary is also an active member of The Oregon Auctioneers Association (OAA) and The National Auctioneers Association. (NAA) for the last eight years.  In addition, he auctioneers for 15-20 benefit auctions a year ranging from small schools that raise $20,000 to large organizations that raise as much as $300,000.00

While he doesn’t claim to be an expert in any one particular area, he prides himself in knowing a little bit about many different things with a particular enthusiasm for antique furniture, art, advertising, glassware and Western Americana.  He likes to keep abreast of the market by attending many antique shows, flea markets, estate sales and other auctions.

On a personal side, he is the proud father of four grown children, with one son serving in the United States Military. He also owns the worlds greatest dog!! Elvis, who is a 17 year old Jack Russell Terrier.

Proud member of The Oregon Auctioneers Association and The National Auctioneers Association.

Charitable Outreach

McLaren Auction Services believes strongly in giving back to our community and helping kids whenever we can.  Every auction starts with just that attitude.  The proceeds from the first four lots sold at each auction go directly to these charities:

We’ve donated thousands of dollars so far and we hope to continue reaching a helping hand!