Bloomsbury Auctions

Bloomsbury Auctions is a specialist saleroom for antiquarian books, prints and maps. The business was founded as Bloomsbury Book Auctions in 1983 by Lord John Kerr, Frank Herrmann and David Stagg who ran the firm independently for 17 years.

The firm has gone through a number of changes in ownership since 2000.

Art advisers Gurr Johns purchased Dreweatts and Bloomsbury in 2017 and resumed auctions under the Bloomsbury brand the following year.


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Six of the best – Caricatures from specialist sale at Bloomsbury Auctions

25 July 2017

Bloomsbury Auctions have held specialist sales of caricatures since 2015 and the most recent took place earlier this month. The sale offered a mixture of around 30 lots of modern cartoons and 100 or so lots of much earlier material.

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Erotic art sale at Bloomsbury Auctions offers 150 racy lots

19 June 2017

“All art is erotic,” remarked the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, one of art’s great womanisers.

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Stanley Gibbons up for sale amid launch of strategic review

12 June 2017

Stamps and coin dealership Stanley Gibbons Group, parent of book auctioneers Bloomsbury, has put the company up for sale following discussions with a private equity firm.

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Hubert Dingwall: Quixotic fancies and English fairies

22 May 2017

The late Hubert Dingwall began a lifetime of book collecting in 1935 with the purchase of a vellum bound copy of the second part only of a 1697 Antwerp edition of Don Quixote for one shilling and sixpence.

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Christopher Lee’s collection of pens to be auctioned at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury

03 April 2017

A consignment of 16 pens from the collection of Christopher Lee, the distinguished British actor who played Dracula in nine films, is to go under the hammer at Dreweatts and Bloomsbury.

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Rome deal for Dreweatts & Bloomsbury

05 November 2013

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury auctions have joined forces with Philobiblon, a leading Italian antiquarian books and manuscripts specialist, to offer monthly valuation events, auctions and fine art exhibitions in Rome.

Dreweatts and Bloomsbury sell to Baldwin’s owners

02 January 2013

Noble Investments, owners of coin specialists Baldwin’s, have acquired The Fine Art Auction Group, owners of provincial auctioneers Dreweatts and rare books, manuscripts and contemporary works on paper specialists Bloomsbury Auctions.

Dreweatts finalise deal to acquire Bloomsbury Auctions

12 July 2011

LEADING regional auctioneers Dreweatts have formally acquired London-based antiquarian book specialists Bloomsbury Auctions.

Bloomsbury cut charges for book sale

04 October 2010

BLOOMSBURY Auctions are to reduce their buyer’s premium when offering the Richard Harris collection in two forthcoming sales.

Dreweatts and Bloomsbury strike alliance

14 September 2009

Leading regional auctioneers Dreweatts have formed a strategic alliance with London antiquarian book specialists Bloomsbury Auctions.

Bloomsbury Book Auctions change their name and move to Mayfair

09 March 2004

Bloomsbury Book Auctions are changing their name to Bloomsbury Auctions and moving to new premises at Bloomsbury House, a substantial refurbished building in Maddox Street, Mayfair.

Chairman points the way ahead for Bloomsbury

02 October 2000

UK: TOMMASO Zanzotto, chairman of Stocklight, which owns the Bernard J. Shapero Rare Books recently acquired Bloomsbury Book Auctions, has vowed to keep the two companies totally separate.

Bloomsbury sold to top bidder

14 August 2000

UK: BLOOMSBURY Book Auctions, London has been sold to Stocklight Limited, owners of Bernard J. Shapero Rare Books and the Shapero Gallery.

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