The Library holds the following sets of archival auction sale catalogues which have been annotated by the auctioneers at the time of sale. There is a good bibliography by R Folter, 'An annotated checklist of catalogue literature', in , vol. (Sale catalogues in the Bibliothèque municipale de Toulouse). Special collections of art sale catalogues at the British Library include:, 4 vols.
David Pearson's , by M Vaulbert de Chantilly (London, 2002) [copy shelved at RAR381.45]. Esprit des livres: catalogues de vente de bibliothèques conservés dans les bibliothèques parisiennes. (The Hague, 1938-64; Paris, 1987) gives locations, but is patchy for British Library holdings.
More than 250,000 individual auction sales records for paintings, sculptures, and drawings have been obtained from these catalogs, each of which is searchable according to a range of parameters in the Sale Contents section of the database.
Each record in the Provenance Index is also linked to the full PDF of its corresponding catalog residing at the website of the Heidelberg University Library.
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The collaborative workflow for processing German sales catalogs is currently being extended to include the years 1901–1929.
Information about this project is also available on
Dozens of libraries in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland were systematically searched to locate catalogs, to digitize at least one copy of each sale, and to convert the machine-generated texts into edited Provenance Index records.Hunt tweeted that the Mate1 data breach included “deeply sensitive” information such as drug use, income levels and sexual fetishes.Databases now provide online access to German Sales Catalogs from 1930 to 1945.It cannot thus be assumed that for companies other than the big auction houses mentioned below there is anything in the Library's collections at all. The collection seems to have been begun by transferring catalogues from other parts of the British Museum Library in around 1906. In the Rare Books and Music Reading Room at material of this kind can be found at shelfmark: RAR002.0922.It should also be borne in mind that, apart from the auctioneers' archival copies, the Library's sets are often incomplete. You can find catalogue records for all these items in Explore the British Library. Dates and names of auctioneers for many major sales can be found in , by S de Ricci (Oxford, 1930) [copies on the open shelves at: RAR002.0922, HLR002.0922, and MSS002.0922].