Bamfords

Bamfords, established in 2002, is a family-run firm of auctioneers and valuers in Derby.

It has three salerooms under one roof at its headquarters. Its specialist departments include books, ceramics, toys, jewellery and watches, pictures and prints.

It also has a saleroom at the Peak Village Retail Park in the village of Rowsley.


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Summer sale quest for first Harry Potter editions

12 August 2019

Copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone impressed in several summer sales.

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Marathon man: James Lewis on rostrum for 24hrs 6mins record sale

15 July 2019

Bamfords’ James Lewis has set a new Guinness World Record for the 'Longest Auction by One Single Auctioneer'.

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Bamfords' James Lewis aims for Guinness Book of Records with marathon charity auction

20 March 2019

James Lewis, founder and director of Bamfords auctioneers in Derbyshire, will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest continuous auction taken by a single auctioneer, in aid of wildlife charities.

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Unrecorded archive of well-connected Victorian gay rights activist Edward Carpenter makes eight times estimate at auction

15 March 2019

A previously undocumented archive of writings by Edward Carpenter, the well-connected socialist poet and gay rights pioneer, sold for a hammer price of £4200, more than eight times its upper estimate, at Bamfords in Derby this month.

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Hit and hiss: Triqueti Cleopatra in ivory takes £22,000

04 March 2019

Following the fall of Louis-Philippe in the 1848 revolution, the French royal sculptor Henri Joseph Francois, Baron de Triqueti (1804-74) was obliged to cast his net further afield for new patrons.

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Pick of the week: The floral shell shock

04 February 2019

Lovely bunch of blooms? A closer look reveals Irish Quaker’s conchological talent...

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Engineer works out how to keep a torpedo straight

19 November 2018

It was a British engineer, Robert Whitehead (1823-1905) – working in Austria at the instigation of the Austrian Navy – who developed the first self-propelled torpedo in the 1850s.

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Five unusual militaria lots coming up at auction

25 October 2018

Focus on five militaria items ranging from a ship's bell marking a pioneering aircraft launch to a grasshopper brooch left as a memento for loved ones.

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Picasso’s lithography love shown at Bamfords sale in Derby

03 September 2018

Just a month after the Second World War, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was in Paris working at the lithography workshop of Fernand Mourlot (1895-1988). It was the beginning of a collaboration that would last almost three decades and produce more than 400 different graphic images and editions.

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Saleroom selection: three artworks under £800 including a work by Punch illustrator Arthur George Watts

18 June 2018

Three modestly valued works in regional sales, including a watercolour by Punch illustrator Arthur George Watts (1883-1935).

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Polarised market for English ceramics highlighted by single-owner sales in Exeter and Derby

19 March 2018

Collecting traditional English ceramics is still a popular pursuit on both sides of the Atlantic – but one where purchases are always tailored to fit the purse strings of the core collecting audience.

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Call the doctor for single owner entertainment memorabilia

22 January 2018

Dr Who fans can start collecting early this year with a series of lots from the cult science-fiction show going under the hammer in January.

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Donkey work pays off for £17,000 Golden Asse

11 December 2017

Employing a translation made in the 16th century by William Adlington, the 1924 Ashendene edition of The Golden Asse of Lucius Apuleius was printed in the press’ proprietary Subiaco type in an edition of just 124 copies, of which 16 were printed on vellum but only 13 offered for sale.

Soapbox: Should auctioneers apply storage charges when an item is not collected in time?

25 September 2017

We asked two auctioneers about a universally thorny issue: whether it's good business to charge buyers for leaving items they've bought beyond the stipulated deadline for collection.

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BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’ team discover lost work by Australian artist Tom Roberts

04 September 2017

An early painting by UK-born Australian artist Thomas William Roberts (1856-1931), was authenticated on the BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’ after being lost for more than 130 years.

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Lalique bowl is a rooster booster at Bamfords

04 September 2017

Not quite perfect but always likely to exceed the £300-350 estimate, a Lalique powder bowl was one of the top sellers at Bamfords’ (19.5% buyer’s premium) August 2 sale at Derby.

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Auctioneers Bamfords introduce ban on solid ivory

08 November 2016

Derbyshire-based Bamfords Auctioneers & Valuers has announced it will no longer sell solid ivory objects.

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Golden age pieces make their mark

23 July 2014

A recent sale at Bamfords of Derby included two outstanding pieces of Chippendale period rococo furniture, both consigned by a local lady who had inherited them from her father.

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A new view of Scott at the Pole

18 May 2010

• Stoker's great granddaughter puts unique cache up for sale • Collection includes, letters, photos and even table waresA remarkable collection of documents and artefacts relating to the ill-fated British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-13 will be sold by Bamfords of Derby on May 26. The cache of largely unseen material has been entered for sale by the great granddaughter of Edward Archibald McKenzie, a crewman on the expedition supply ship Terra Nova.

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A rare Derbyshire signpost to £19,000

29 April 2010

THIS previously unrecorded George II mahogany ‘sign post’ angle barometer was made by the gifted mechanician and scientist John Whitehurst (1713-1788) of Derby.

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