At 1818 Auctioneers we hold three specialist photograph auctions each year, which include antique, vintage and modern collectable and useable cameras, lenses, photographic equipment and prints, plates and other photography.

Bill Nelson expertly catalogues each auction and is always happy to advise you on this wide-ranging and increasingly collectable area of antiques. We are seeing a renewed interest in old forms of photography and, as we continue to respond to this, our photography auctions perform strongly.

Expect to see cameras and equipment from the earliest periods of wet plate up to items from the present day. Names that typically appear include the greats of the camera world like Hasselblad, Leica, Rollei, Zeiss, Nikon, Canon and Pentax as well as lenses from famous makers like P. Angenieux, Cooke, Dallmeyer, Kinoptik, Som Berthiot and Ross.

We are also delighted to be involved in selling works by well-known photographers, including significant collections of images by renowned Lakeland life photographer Joseph Hardman. A prolific photographer, he recorded many fast-disappearing aspects of rural life. Having never learnt to drive, Hardman would travel up to 200 miles a week by taxi working on commissions. His collection included glass negative plates, black and white prints, his work diary, and some of the equipment he used. Buyers ranged from local museums to collectors and Hardman fans.

Please do join us for one of our photography auctions if you can, they are a good place to start or expand a collection, or find quality second hand equipment to support what can be an expensive hobby.


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Meet the expert

Bill Nelson

Saleroom Manager. FLAA, FIA (Scot), FNAVA

Bill joined 1818 Auctioneers in late 2016 and took up the role of Salesroom Manager around that time. An experienced auctioneer, he says he’s still enjoying learning something new every day. Known as Grandad throughout the building, he and his team are working hard to implement his development plan for the 200-year old business.

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Recent Highlights

A Magic Lantern behind a hand cranked projector (lot 301) piqued the interest of lantern and projector collectors and reached a final hammer price of £130.
A Pentacon Six TL camera topped the prices on November 27th, making £150. This specialist auction saw clearance of almost 100%.
A large collection of several hundred glass lantern slides mainly of the Lake District including riding, hounds, climbing, curling and snow scenes by Joseph Hardman. £550
A large collection of several hundred glass lantern slides including Morecambe interest by Joseph Hardman. £500
A large collection of several hundred glass lantern slides of mainly Lake District interest including snow scenes and curling by Joseph Hardman. £440
A large collection of black and white photos of the Lake District by Joseph Hardman including landscapes, rural life, farming, hunts in Joseph Hardmans leather suitcase. £700

Latest News

Photography auction results

Over the last couple of years we have been developing our specialist department of photography with auctions three times each year and regular lots of photographic interest in our weekly and bimonthly auctions. Our Specialist Auction of Photography on May 29th saw some exceptional results, with a box of lenses and spares making a whopping … Continued