Bugatti archive of original photography

and experimental graphic design to be auctioned in London

London - An important Bugatti archive of photographs by Rene Jacques and others, artwork, typographical and layout designs illustrating various models of the Bugatti Type 57 touring car and the Autorail railcar for the promotional campaign at the 1937 Exposition Internationale de Paris will be auctioned at Bloomsbury Auctions' Photographs & Photobooks sale on Friday 21st November 2014.

The avant-garde streamlined design of Jean Bugatti's 1934 Type 57 perfectly represents the marriage of aesthetic sensibility and engineering skill for which the company was famous. The Autorail railcar, the brainchild of Jean's father Ettore, was equally revolutionary. Powered by four Bugatti petrol engines each producing 200 hp, it was capable of 200km per hour on standard gauge track. The first prototype dates from 1933 and they went into service with the French State Railways the following year.

Sarah Wheeler, Head of Photography at Bloomsbury Auctions said; "This extensive archive will immerse its future owner in the 1930s style and the beauty of Bugatti's design."

The Photographs & Photobooks sale will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions saleroom in London's Mayfair on Friday 21st November. The full catalogue is available to view and download at


Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Stanley Gibbons we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin's, and Frasers Autograph's. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London's Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.

London - 14th November 2014