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Auctions and Sales

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are the largest independent fine art auctioneers and valuers in the Westcountry (comprising Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset).

We hold a range of auctions in the South West of England covering the whole spectrum of fine art, ranging from our quarterly fine art auctions through our specialist sales (such as those covering maritime, sporting and collectors' artefacts) to our weekly regular sales that cover affordable antiques and collectables.

Antiquarian Book Sales

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The Antiquarian Book Sale features rare books and antiquarian titles, first editions, antique maps, ephemera, historic letters and papers as well as manuscripts such as indentures and charters.

Antiques and Interiors Sales

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The Antiques and Interiors Sales are held regularly in Exeter throughout the year. The auctions feature affordable ceramics, glass, oriental, works of art, books, collectables, pictures and furniture.

Collectors Sales

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Our occasional Collectors Sales include advertising posters, coins, edged weapons, medals and militaria, musical intruments, postcards, cigarette cards, stamps, diecast models, dolls and teddy bears, and railway items of various gauges.

Fine Sales

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The quarterly Fine Sales offer quality fine art ranging from Oriental and European ceramics and glass through silver, clocks, watches, jewellery, pictures and works of art to clocks and furniture.

Maritime Sales

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Our well-established Maritime Sales cover maritime silverware, pictures and books; ships' fixtures and fittings; marine models; nautical instruments and navigation aids; scrimshaw and sailors' art; scientific instruments; maritime ceramics and glass as well as exploration and expedition related artefacts.

Special Fine Sales

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Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood conduct Special Fine Sales to disperse studio collections, the contents of country homes and other special or fine collections. They are occasional by their nature but are often very high profile auctions.

Special Sales

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Our occasional Special Sales cover a wide range of one-off auctions of antiques, vintage and contemporary items that are themed around a particular genre of collectables or represent the sale of specialist collections.

Sporting and Collectors Sales

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The Sporting and Collectors Sales offer a huge range of sporting-related and collectable artefacts. Sporting items include antique firearms, guns, shooting, fishing and hunting equipment, sporting memorabilia, taxidermy, transport and motoring artefacts as well as any sports-related art. Collectors items are equally diverse and include stamps, coins, medals and militaria, film memorabilia, dolls and teddy bears, toys, diecast models, model railways as well as advertising posters, postcards, cigarette cards and musical instruments.

Sporting Sales

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Our occasional Sporting Sales include antique firearms, guns, shooting, fishing and hunting equipment, sporting memorabilia, taxidermy, transport and motoring artefacts as well as sporting-related art such as pictures, glassware, ceramics, silverware and other metalware.

Sale FS11; Lot: 0709: An imposing Victorian burr walnut veneered library bookcase. A gift from HM Queen Mary to the Officers Association.

Sale: FS11 (13 Jul 2011)
Auction Lot: 0709
Estimate: £5,000-£7,000
Realised: £5,700
An imposing Victorian burr walnut veneered library bookcase. A gift from HM Queen Mary to the Officers Association.

Sale FS28; Lot: 0409: John Constable RA [Suffolk 1776-1837 London] - Landscape with horses - oil sketch on canvas 24 x 36cm.

Sale: FS28 (06 Oct 2015)
Auction Lot: 0409
Estimate: £40,000-£60,000
Realised: £252,000
John Constable RA [Suffolk 1776-1837 London] - Landscape with horses - oil sketch on canvas 24 x 36cm.

Sale FS18; Lot: 0856: By Shapland & Petter, Barnstaple a late Victorian/Edwardian oak wardrobe in the Art Nouveau taste, applied throughout with beaten patinated metal strap hinges and knobs, the raised pediment above an arched mirrored door, flanked by two panelled doors each inset with a tile picture depicting a peacock, an arrangement of six drawers below and on bracket feet, 180cm (5ft 11in) wide, 216cm (7ft 1in) high, the brass locks all impressed S & P B, the tiles marked Flaxman on the reverse.

Sale: FS18 (24 Apr 2013)
Auction Lot: 0856
Estimate: £1,500-£2,000
Realised: £4,900
By Shapland & Petter, Barnstaple a late Victorian/Edwardian oak wardrobe in the Art Nouveau taste, applied throughout with beaten patinated metal strap hinges and knobs, the raised pediment above an ...