Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood was formed in January 2009 when Bearnes and Hampton & Littlewood merged to bring together their complementary expertise in the fine art auction and valuation market to form the largest fine art auction house in the South West of England.
The firm covers Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. It regularly attracts buyers from around the World who are able to bid online at all of the firm's major sales.
The firm's history stretches back to 1945 when Arthur Bearne established auction rooms in Torquay, which were expanded by his son Brian. The firm realised its first auction record in 1963 when it sold a Spode dinner service from Saltram House on behalf of The National Trust for £3,400.