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Book auctions to return to Diss as expert turns new page

PUBLISHED: 15:21 09 January 2019 | UPDATED: 15:22 09 January 2019

Robert Henshilwood, formerly head of books at Keys in Aylsham, has been appointed a book specialist at Diss Auction Rooms. Picture: Andy Newman

Robert Henshilwood, formerly head of books at Keys in Aylsham, has been appointed a book specialist at Diss Auction Rooms. Picture: Andy Newman

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Auctioneers TW Gaze have appointed a book expert which will help see the return of specialist book sales to Diss.

Book auctions could return to Diss after the appointment of expert Robert Henshilwood. Picture: TW GazeBook auctions could return to Diss after the appointment of expert Robert Henshilwood. Picture: TW Gaze

Robert Henshilwood, who is known as a trusted and successful book specialist far beyond East Anglia, has joined as book specialist at Diss Auction Rooms.

TW Gaze director Elizabeth Talbot said: “Robert’s arrival will enable us to reintroduce dedicated book auctions as required plus bespoke sections in other specialist sales.

“Book auctions used to be regular features at Diss Auction Rooms and they have been greatly missed by many people. Robert will provide the professional insight and knowledge necessary for those requiring help with books, including identification, valuation and marketing and we are delighted he has joined our team.”

Mr Henshilwood began his career in the auction world in 2008 as saleroom assistant at Keys Auctioneers in North Norfolk, going on to work in their book department as a valuer before heading up the department.

During the last decade he has built up a reputation amongst private vendors, the book trade and prominent collectors.

He is passionate about books and has honed his skills handling the sales of a wide range of libraries and collections including that of John Herbert Spottiswoode which contained 15th century and later rare and valuable volumes.

He is also experienced in research and valuation relating to books, and the associated fields of ephemera, maps and postcards.

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