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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Sword ‘linked to the Lion of the Punjab’ takes a £44,000 slice of the action in huge four-day sale

24 June 2024

A number of strong performers stood out in a variety of individual pieces offered in Bamfords’ (24.75% buyer’s premium) large four-day auction

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Bild-Lilli: the sexy and sassy character that inspired Barbie

27 November 2023

The Barbie movie might not have been such a hit if it was called Bild-Lilli instead.

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Pocock carved out a great reputation at Fabergé

23 October 2023

Carvings of animals by a former Fabergé carver are to be auctioned at Bamfords next month.

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Condition proves crucial to Hulk No 1

16 October 2023

Grey rather than green for his debut, the Incredible Hulk made his first appearance in 1962 and continues to enthral comic collectors.

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Biscuit tins provide far more than crumbs of comfort

26 June 2023

Novelty biscuit tin toys delivered a number of tasty sale successes for South Yorkshire auction house BBR (15% buyer’s premium).

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New auction premises in Derbyshire and Gloucestershire and new hires - a round-up of the latest art and antiques moves

20 June 2023

Harper Field and Bamfords’ new salerooms are among the recent updates.

Bamfords’ James Lewis

Bigger and better at Bamfords' new Derby saleroom

19 June 2023

Bamfords celebrated its move into its new premises in Spondon, Derbyshire, earlier this month with a party ahead of a busy week of auctions.

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Chandelier shone in Pugin’s Gem

06 February 2023

This brass and iron ecclesiastic chandelier or corona lucis is by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52), the most famous name in the Gothic Revival.

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‘The last ever Richardson & Linnell auction’

12 September 2022

The collection of former Richardson & Linnell auctioneer Ian Aitken will be offered at Bamfords on September 26-27.

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Pair of ‘Bakewell decorated’ Wedgwood plates bid to over 30 times estimate

18 July 2022

Estimated at £40-60, a pair of puce decorated creamware plates sold for a surprise £2000 at Bamfords (21% buyer’s premium) in Derbyshire.

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Pick of the week: Bidders take rare chance to dine with Pugin and Minton

27 June 2022

Two plates from a Minton dinner service designed by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52) for his personal use appeared for sale in Derbyshire last week.

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If we’re not burning coal any more, what about furniture use?

07 February 2022

Among the more unusual recent lots at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) was an early Victorian table carved from parrot coal.

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Arundel Lion ready to roar again in a new home

24 January 2022

The so-called Arundel Lions were once a well-known landmark in Sheffield.

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Newlyweds buying Victorian table create a positive feeling for the future

22 November 2021

Most angles on the collecting spectrum were covered in Bamfords’ (24.75% buyer’s premium) three-day autumnal catalogue.

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Chelsea figure with two unusual features turns heads in Derby auction

15 November 2021

A Bamfords (20% buyer’s premium) sale included this 3¼in (34cm) tall Chelsea figure from the Red Anchor Senses set created by the Low Countries sculptor Joseph Willems (1710-66), in c.1755.

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Medal reflects a royal heartfelt emotion

21 June 2021

The 1702 Accession of Queen Anne medal is not uncommon in copper and silver but very rare in gold.

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Pick of the week: Window into 18th century gentry life

16 November 2020

An item of local interest to bidders at Bamfords in Derby was this 18th century account book for Radbourne Hall, the seat of the Chandos-Pole family.

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Islamic & Indian art: a selection of hammer highlights including a painting of Mehmed II

12 October 2020

A selection of stand-out Islamic & Indian auction results.

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New faces at auction houses Sotheby's, Bonhams, Kingham and Orme, Bamfords and Morphy – the latest Movers & Shakers

24 September 2020

New and returning faces across the auction world in the UK, Hong Kong and US.

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Pick of the week: The Stobwasser box that was up to snuff

21 September 2020

Economic stimulus packages are not a new phenomenon. Georg Siegmund Stobwasser (1717-76) was among the many craftsmen attracted to the Brunswick by the special privileges granted them in the city by Duke Karl I (1713-80) in the wake of the Seven Years’ War.

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