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].
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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.