Hermann Historica

German auction house Hermann Historica specialises in arms, armour, militaria, historical objects and antiquities. It is based in Munich but has representatives operating in other European countries as well as in the US.

The business dates back to the mid-20th century but branched out after it was taken over by Wolfgang Hermann and Ernst-Ludwig Wagner in 1982. In 2017, Forum Arte GmbH took a majority stake in the company.


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Head of a saint in Munich sale

28 October 2019

The extensive autumn sale at Hermann Historica in Munich runs from November 11-20 and is accompanied by five catalogues for the ‘bricks and mortar’ sale and a further six for the subsequent online auctions.

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Munich auction house makes move

12 August 2019

After more than 20 years in the heart of Munich arms and armour specialist auction house Hermann Historica has moved to bigger premises in the suburbs.

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Well-preserved example of the improved Second World War coding machine is up for sale

20 May 2019

Codes are there to be broken, as the Second World War British team at Bletchley Park proved by cracking the German Enigma machines.

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Flintlock pistols marked London hail from the Balkans

29 April 2019

The inscription London on the barrels of this pair of 19th century, silver-mounted flintlock pistols is entirely spurious.

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Continental call to arms

28 January 2019

Two suits of armour that emerged in recent auctions at Continental salerooms.

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Imperial helmets and Archduke’s sword impress in Munich

07 January 2019

Two pieces with imperial connections took the top honours during the November 5-23 sale at Hermann Historica (25% buyer’s premium) in Munich.

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Pistols display their finery

06 August 2018

It took a bid of €60,000 (£53,100) to secure a pair of flintlock pistols of c.1730 from the armoury of the Princes of Lobkowitz at Hermann Historica (25% buyer’s premium) in Munich in May.

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Opulent but deadly from Turkestan

06 August 2018

Among the thousands of lots in Hermann Historica’s (25% buyer’s premium) May sales series in Munich, one of the highlights was this gold inlaid karud from Turkestan which sold at €29,000 (£25,665).

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Auctions in Germany that explode into life

25 June 2018

Germany’s most expensive painting sold at auction, an unusual early firearm and a fin de siècle snake charmer are among the highlights featured here from recent auctions in Munich, Berlin and Cologne.

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Mammoth Munich auctions motor onward

29 January 2018

Hermann Historica (23% buyer’s premium) of Munich mounted its customary assault on the arms and armour market with no fewer than seven catalogues covering more than 6000 objects, ranging from ancient Greek helmets to military and other vehicles.

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Italian armour from very different eras

28 January 2017

IN ATG No 2271 we covered a set of Japanese armour from the Rudolf Ott collection sold at Hermann Historica (23% buyer’s premium) on October 24-November 5.

Munich alliance for Dreweatts and Bloomsbury

01 February 2010

BLOOMSBURY Auctions and Dreweatts have announced an alliance with Hermann Historica, the German specialist auctioneers in arms, armour and militaria.

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Fangtastic price as fetish figure sells for €520,000

29 May 2007

Munich auctioneers Hermann Historica are known internationally as experts for arms and armour, medals and historical collectibles rather than tribal art, so they were on unfamiliar territory with lot 3324 in their latest blockbuster sale held from May 2 to 11.

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