Robert Ansell is a highly experienced and well respected consultant for our Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Photography department. Robert joined Sotheby's Sussex in 1984, working initially as a gallery porter. The following year was he transferred to the Book Department, serving an apprenticeship under Simon Heneage and spent the next seven years developing his knowledge of antiquarian and modern books, sourcing material for quarterly sales from across Sotheby's regional network. In 1991 he began working as an independent consultant, providing expertise for Hamptons Fine Art (Godalming), Sotheby's (Sussex and London) and John Bellman Auctioneers (Wisborough Green) where he established a series of regular and successful book sales. He joined Sotheby's London full-time in 1994 as Head of the General Book Department, becoming a Deputy Director in 1998. Since 2001 Robert has lived and worked in Somerset, where he is Managing Director of a specialist publishing company.
Areas of specialism:Books, Maps & Manuscripts