Australian & English Auctioneers Form Alliance

A friendly lunch meeting at Brown’s Hotel in London between Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Stephan Ludwig (CEO) and George Bailey (Chairman) with John Albrecht of Leonard Joel (Australia), about the world of auctions has yielded a new alliance between the two firms.

London buildingLeonard Joel and Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are pleased to announce an alliance between the two firms.

The two auction houses will assist each other with the marketing and sale of select auctions in categories that will benefit from exposure to their respective markets. For Leonard Joel this provides clients with a meaningful extension in to the London market place and for Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions an opportunity to extend their marketing of select auctions in to the Australasian region.

With origins dating back to 1759 Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions is a “Top 5” UK auctioneer and parent company, Stanley Gibbons PLC, is the only UK stock-exchange listed auctioneer and dealer in collectables. Leonard Joel, established in 1919, is Melbourne’s oldest auctioneer and Australia’s only full-service auction house.

Stephan LudwigStephan Ludwig for Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions:

“We have long believed in carefully selected alliances with firms that share our service ethos and quality standards.

The advancement of technology continues to shrink the collecting world and our global client base will benefit from enhanced access to local knowledge.

This alliance with Leonard Joel will provide Australasian stamp and coin collectors with direct access to our world class numismatic and philatelic expertise.”

John AlbrechtJohn Albrecht for Leonard Joel:

“I immediately liked Stephan and George and I think we connected over many issues associated with our industry in the 21st century. I was particularly taken by the firms’ commitment to online growth and their similar view to mine, that bricks and mortar auction rooms are still vitally important to the development of successful long-term online strategy.

This alliance will provide Leonard Joel sellers better access to UK/European buyers, Leonard Joel buyers better and more secure access to UK/European auctions and equally, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury seller’s better access to Australasian buyers and Dreweatts & Bloomsbury buyers better and more secure access to Australasian auctions. I think it is an elegant and interesting win-win”