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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 FS18; Lot: 0756: ADAMS, Dudley (1762-1830) a pair of Regency 12 ins terrestrial and celestial table globes the terrestrial globe inscribed 'This new globe of the Earth correctly laid down according to ye best observations & latest discoveries, Dudley Adams, Fleet Street, London, 1807', the gores hand coloured in outline, marking the tracks of the second and third voyages of James Cook and Anson's voyage; the celestial globe inscribed 'This new celestial globe containing all ye Southern Constellations lately observed at the Cape of Good Hope and all the stars in Flamstead's British Catalogue, Dudley Adams, Fleet Street, London 1809. The gores decorated with constellation figures, named in Latin and English, mounted on mahogany tripod stands, the legs united by an undertier incorporating a compass, 2ft (61cm) high.

Sale: FS18 (24 Apr 2013)
Auction Lot: 0756
Estimate: £7,000-£10,000
Realised: £22,000
ADAMS, Dudley (1762-1830) a pair of Regency 12 ins terrestrial and celestial table globes the terrestrial globe inscribed 'This new globe of the Earth correctly laid down according to ye ...

Sale FS26; Lot: 0215: A diamond and gem-set bracelet with circular links set with rows of diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and rubies, the clasp stamped '18K'.

Sale: FS26 (21 Apr 2015)
Auction Lot: 0215
Estimate: £600-£800
Realised: £1,000
A diamond and gem-set bracelet with circular links set with rows of diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and rubies, the clasp stamped '18K'.

Sale FS26; Lot: 0456: A Chinese porcelain green enamelled yellow ground 'dragon' bowl the exterior incised and painted with a pair of dragons in pursuit of flaming pearls amongst clouds and lightning, six character Kangxi mark in concentric circles, 15cm diameter, [rim chip and cracks].

Sale: FS26 (21 Apr 2015)
Auction Lot: 0456
Estimate: £100-£200
Realised: £4,800
A Chinese porcelain green enamelled yellow ground 'dragon' bowl the exterior incised and painted with a pair of dragons in pursuit of flaming pearls amongst clouds and lightning, six character ...