Hermann Historica in new alliance, taps Nick McCullough for key post

Nicholas McCullough, newly appointed international consultant for Munich auction house Hermann Historica. Image courtesy Hermann Historica.

Nicholas McCullough, newly appointed international consultant for Munich auction house Hermann Historica. Image courtesy Hermann Historica.

MUNICH, GERMANY – Hermann Historica oHG, Munich, has forged a strategic alliance with Bloomsbury Auctions and Dreweatts, London, New York and Rome. Additionally, the firm has enlisted Nick McCullough, former head of Arms & Armour sales at Christie’s, as international consultant.

A respected specialist auction house known for its sales of arms, armor and militaria, Hermann Historica now partners with Bloomsbury Auctions, long known for its expertise in rare books and manuscripts, and Dreweatts, founded  in 1759. The alliance will see Hermann Historica establishing a permanent presence in Bloomsbury’s Maddox Street [Mayfair, London] premises as well as a representative office in both New York and Rome. In turn, Dreweatts will establish a branch in Hermann Historica’s Munich gallery with a view to developing a meaningful presence in the German market.

“We have been looking to expand internationally for some time now and this opportunity to grow with the expanding activities of the new Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions alliance is a perfect fit for us, said Hermann Historica’s founder and owner, Wolfgang Hermann. “Like Bloomsbury, we deal with clients at the very pinnacle of our area of specialization, and the quality and location of their London, New York and Rome premises generously expands our options for future sale locations.”

Stephan Ludwig, Dreweatts’ executive chairman, stated: “Hermann Historica are a well respected business trading at the top of their field. It has been our stated goal to expand our alliances to incorporate further complementary fields to our in-house departments, and I look forward to exploring the many potential business opportunities that a presence in the German-speaking European area will afford both Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions.”

Both companies are clear in their message that this is only a strategic commercial trading alliance and that there are no plans to merge the businesses, now or in the future.

News of the new marketing partnership coincides with Hermann Historica’s appointment of Nicholas McCullough as an international consultant. McCullough departed Christie’s last year after many years running the company’s Antique Arms & Armour department internationally. When not traveling, McCullough will be based at the Maddox Street offices.

McCullough has 32 years of professional experience as a specialist valuer and cataloger in the fields of antique arms and armour; militaria and British modern sporting firearms. He bought his first collectible item at the age of 11 and, following service in the British army, this early interest developed into a career path.

Nicholas McCullough joined Bonhams auctioneers in London in 1978 and held his first arms auction in that year. In 1981, Nicholas headed the Arms department at Phillips auctioneers. The following year he left to begin the first of two periods of employment at Christie’s, where he continued in Antique Arms & Armour at Christie’s for a total of eleven years, both in London and New York. Most recently McCullough was Christie’s international senior specialist and head of Arms & Armour sales from 2005 to 2009.

In 1987 McCullough joined Sotheby’s in New York, where he held responsibility for their Antique Arms & Armor auctions until 1998. Within that period Nicholas was also appointed as a consultant specialist to Sotheby’s Arms department in London and additionally headed Sotheby’s Arms sales in Zurich. Subsequently Nicholas McCullough moved with the London department to Sotheby’s offices in West Sussex. From there he was involved in many of the most significant valuations and sales of noble and ancestral armouries from within the German cultural sphere to be conducted in the postwar years. These included the gunroom and armoury of the Princes Thurn und Taxis, the armoury of the Grand-Dukes of Baden, and that of the Royal House of Hanover.

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