Humbert & Ellis

Originally called JP Humbert but renamed Humbert & Ellis in 2017, this Northamptonshire auction firm operates from its saleroom in Whittlebury, Northampton. It was founded in 1842 and five generations later, principal auctioneer and managing director Jonathan Humbert still runs the firm.

In 2017, Humbert was joined by Francesca Ellis as co-director.


‘Lost Bonnet Portrait of Emily Brontë’ for sale

03 May 2021

A portrait argued to be of author Emily Brontë is coming to auction this month.


Award for a voyage of non-discovery

20 April 2020

In May 1875 the British Arctic Expedition under the command of George Nares (1831-1915) set off on a mission to reach the North Pole via the unchartered ‘open polar sea’.


German violin instrumental in bid for overlooked box lot

18 November 2019

A good-quality violin linked to the German maker Jacobus Stainer (1619-83) led a group of previously overlooked musical instruments in a Towcester auction.


Five sales to watch at auction this week including vast collections of pedal cars, hole punches and Ysart glass

02 September 2019

With estimates from £200-15,000, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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Who will pick Concorde’s nose? Nose cone from supersonic plane comes to auction

14 June 2019

A nose cone from the supersonic Concorde plane is coming to auction in Northamptonshire.

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Antiques Roadshow values Dam Busters blueprints – six items relating to the famous raid sold at auction

19 May 2019

Among the items that viewers of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow will see valued on this weekend’s programme are the original blueprints for the bouncing bomb depicted in the film ‘The Dam Busters’.


Sofa where Edward Prince of Wales met Wallis Simpson comes to auction in Northamptonshire

08 May 2019

The 'love seat' said to have played a part in the abdication crisis of 1936 is to be offered at auction this week at Humbert & Ellis.


Brunel technical drawing instruments are sharp seller at auction

28 February 2018

Brunel stories are like buses. Or maybe horse buses, considering the era. None for ages then all at once.

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Concorde nose cone set to soar at auction

20 February 2018

A saleroom that sold a selection of items related to the Dambusters has moved on about 30 years for its latest aviation lot: a nose cone from Concorde.

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Collage bought at auction stars in Islington Museum exhibition to mark anniversary of death of infamous gay couple Orton and Halliwell

15 July 2017

Islington Museum is to show off the Kenneth Halliwell screen collage that it bought at auction as part of a new exhibition to mark two important anniversaries.

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Dambusters bouncing bomb release button on offer at auction for the first time

28 June 2017

The bomb release button from the Lancaster bomber of 617 Squadron that released the ‘bouncing bomb’ which destroyed the Möhne Dam on May 17, 1943 is being offered at auction for the first time.

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Northamptonshire auctioneer appoints new co-director

15 March 2017

Whittlebury saleroom JP Humbert have appointed Francesca Ellis as co-director.

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Islington Museum buys collage by Joe Orton's lover at auction

23 September 2016

Islington Museum has paid £8000 for a screen collage by Joe Orton's lover and killer Kenneth Halliwell at a JP Humbert auction this week.

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Islington issues £20,000 plea to buy collage by Joe Orton's lover

07 September 2016

Islington Museum has issued a public plea to help it raise £20,000 to buy a screen collage by Joe Orton's lover and killer Kenneth Halliwell at auction later this month.

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Screen collage by Joe Orton's lover and killer Kenneth Halliwell at auction

04 August 2016

August 9, 1967. That was the day when Kenneth Halliwell killed his lover Joe Orton using a hammer. Nine blows to the head. Halliwell then committed suicide.

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Huge interest expected for Dambuster pieces

14 January 2015

Five truly remarkable items of British wartime history are being offered for sale at J.P. Humbert Auctioneers of Towcester.


The key to Malaysian bridge

14 September 2012

A unique ceremonial key for opening Victoria Bridge in Kuala Kangsor, Malaysia, is one of the more unusual items coming up at JP Humbert of Towcester’s September 26-27 sale.


Churchill through the lens

21 March 2011

CHURCHILL impersonator Derek Herbert was in Towcester on March 16 to aid Northamptonshire auctioneer Jonathan Humbert in the sale of a pair of acetate tortoiseshell-effect reading glasses that belonged to Sir Winston.


£7500 bid for Churchill’s seat of power

21 August 2009

FOR an item almost destined for a landfill site, this delapidated red leather chesterfield, found in the outhouse of a Northamptonshire rectory, wouldn’t be the first thing you would expect to generate international bidding.

J.P. Humbert bring their two salerooms under one roof

23 March 2009

J.P. Humbert Auctioneers are to combine their two salerooms and focus their business in Towcester.