Richard Fattorini

  • Senior Director | Senior Specialist


Richard Fattorini joined Sotheby’s Book department in 1999, and was later appointed Director.

Mr Fattorini specialises in exploration & travel, colour-plate books, historical photographs, and maps. He catalogues the regular sales of Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History.

Notable single-owner collections and libraries he has worked on include:

-    Franklin Brooke-Hitching: Exploration & Discovery 1576-1939 (2014-15), £7.5m (to date)

-    Photographs of Imperial India: The Sven Gahlin Collection (2014), £160,000

-    Fine Travel and Plate Books (2013), £2.5m

-    Greece and the Levant (2008), £1.3m

-    The Earls of Macclesfield: Part 9, Voyages, Travel, and Atlases (2007), £4m

-    The Wardington Library: Important Atlases & Geographies (2005-2006), £14.5m

-    Robert and Maria Travis: India and the Far East (2005), £1m

-    Humphrey Winterton: East Africa (2003), £698,000

-    The Ottoman World, including the library of Sefik Atabey (2002), £5.6m

-    Magnificent Plate Books from the Library of the Earl of Bradford (2000), £2.5m

Other career highlights include:

-    The discovery of an unrecorded Julia Margaret Cameron album of photographs presented to her godson Val Prinsep in 1869. Sold in December 2013 for £242,000

-    The sale of the Gibsons of Scilly archive of shipwreck photographs in November 2013 for £122,000 to the National Maritime Museum

-    The discovery of an important group of early photographs of Burma and India by Captain Linneaus Tripe; sold in 2011 for a total of £830,000

-    Achieving an auction world record of £350,000 for John Thomson’s photobook Foochow and the River Min (1873) in November 2012

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a committee member of The Royal Photographic Society’s Historical Group and a member of the editorial board of The Photo Historian. He read English Literature and Language at Oxford University.

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