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.

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.