Rupert Neelands began working in books as a postgraduate student in English at Queen Mary University of London. Having spent two years living and working as an English teacher in Portugal, he joined the Book and Manuscript Department at Christie’s South Kensington in 1983, intending to stay no more than six months. However, the book field proved such a fascinating one that he continued working for Christie’s until 2016, becoming Head of Department at South Kensington, auctioneer and King Street Director, whilst still continuing as a consultant for the firm.

The valuation of large, long-untouched country house libraries has always been of strong appeal and he has first-hand knowledge of many of the country’s great collections

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