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Bearnes and Hampton & Littlewood Merge

The logo for the new firm of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

The logo for the new firm of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

I am delighted to announce that Bearne's and Hampton & Littlewood formally merged on Friday, 2nd January 2009 to form the largest auction house and valuation business in the West Country. The new firm will be known as Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

The merger brings together a formidable team of fine art experts and valuers, which will enable us to compete directly with the London auction houses, while remaining firmly based in the South West of England.

The new firm will cover Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.

Christopher Hampton becomes the Managing Director of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood. We are joined on the new board by the directors from the merging companies; namely: Daniel Goddard, Rachel Littlewood and Nic Saintey.

The staff of the largest auction house and valuation business in the West Country.

The staff of the largest auction house and
valuation business in the West Country.

Both Bearne's and Hampton & Littlewood bring their own distinctive expertise to the new firm, which will employee 18 full-time staff, as well as a range of specialist consultants and part-time valuers.

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood will continue to operate from both our Okehampton Street and Alphinbrook Road salerooms. We will be offering weekly fine art auctions, alternating between the two sites. We will also be holding specialist sales at both sites periodically.

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About the Author

Richard BearneRichard Bearne

Richard Bearne is the Chairman of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood. He is also Head of the Books and Manuscripts Department.

Richard Bearne's involvement with Bearne's (one of the two predecessor firms of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood) founded by his grandparents and developed by his father, started in childhood with a fascination for clocks and mechanical musical instruments. After a brief flirtation with the theatre and an honours degree in Theatre Studies, he joined Bearne's in 1987 and worked in most of the specialist departments before concentrating on books, furniture and general valuation work.

He joined the board of directors of Bearne's in 1994 and became chairman of the company in 2002. He is now the chairman of Bearnes Hampton Littlewood, which was formed after the merger of Bearne's with Hampton & Littlewood in 2009.

The example of client service, thorough research and attention to detail set by his forbears remains an important inspiration for his work with Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

Richard is still occasionally lured to the amateur stage in an acting or directing capacity.