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The new department aims to complement their established Modern and Contemporary prints and Impressionist and Modern paintings sales. Although primarily book specialists, it means the now have an art team spanning painting, sculpture and prints from the 19th century to the present day at their Mayfair premises.

Heading the new department is Britt Harrison, who has previously worked in the commercial gallery and corporate art sectors in Canada and Europe.

"At Bloomsbury my aim is to attract young collectors who are not afraid to branch out and experiment, and possibly 'discover' new talent and set new trends," she said. "I want not only to nurture established collectors but also to introduce new people to the exciting world of Contemporary art."

The auctioneers are planning to initially stage two sales a year, one in the summer and one in the winter. The first is planned for this November.
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