The auction house was founded in 1990 in West Berlin, having its headquarter in the Schöneberg Winterfeldstraße for many years. Initially, the offered range included primarily valuable books and decorative prints. There are additionally regular auctions of art and graphic art since 1994. After 7 years in Berlin-Mitte the auction house moved to the historic premises of the former Royal Prussian Corps Fashion Factory.
With Hans van Vliet joining the firm in 2004 a representative office in Paris could be opened, which attends mainly to French and Italian clients, and which benefited the international orientation of the house.