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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Old Masters bidders display appetite for works unattributed or with condition issues

15 June 2020

The lockdown may have reduced the number of UK auctions taking place but buyers have been looking more eagerly for opportunities at those events that have been staged.

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Desirable Dutch and English delft lead ceramics attractions in Derby and Newbury

08 June 2020

This 8½in (21cm) Delft blue and white tulip vase below is typical in style and form of the De Metale Pot (The Metal Pot) factory.

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Restoring pride in Rockingham

16 December 2019

Preview held in imposing stately home helps to boost interest ahead of first sale section.

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The draw of Devonshire

16 December 2019

The sale at flood-hit Bamfords (21% buyer’s premium) on October 30 included chattels from the estate of Lady Elizabeth Georgiana Alice Cavendish (1926-2018), daughter of the 10th Duke of Devonshire of nearby Chatsworth House.

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Bamfords reopens following flood at Derby saleroom

13 November 2019

Bamfords’ Derby saleroom closed temporarily after flooding in the area and its auctions this week have been postponed.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including Norman Parkinson photos, Royal Crown Derby porcelain and a 19th century jewelled Latin cross

16 September 2019

With estimates from £5-6000, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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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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