The company was founded more than fifty years ago in Nuremberg by Count Erich Klenau von Klenova, Baron of Janowitz and quickly achieved renown and the recognition of international collectors and museums. The early auctions of coins and medals were soon supplemented in the foundation years with auctions of ”Orders and Decorations” together with “Collectibles from History and Military History”.
When Wolfgang Hermann joined Graf Klenau oHG in the early 1970’s the existing portfolio was augmented by auctions of “Arms and Armour” and “Antiquities”. A strong client base and dedicated client service, combined with thoroughly researched and elaborately designed special catalogues soon allowed the company to assume an important role in the international market.
Wolfgang Hermann and Ernst-Ludwig Wagner jointly took over the company in 1982, re-named it “Hermann Historica oHG” and had a decisive influence on the development of the ever expanding business. In subsequent years Franz Hermann and Thomas Rief also became partners and cemented the dynamic leadership of the company. By the end of 2017, Forum Arte GmbH, Germany, acquired a majority share in the company from the previous owners.
Today, the auction house with its approximately 40 staff members has cooperations and representatives in many European countries as well as in the United States. For its more than 40,000 clients worldwide, Hermann Historica GmbH ran two auctions a year until 2018, and is now accelerating this to six auctions annually as of 2019. 2019 also saw the introduction of a new type of auction, the online-only sale, where all bidding is done exclusively on the internet. Some 14 to 16 thousand collectors’ items are auctioned off, generating an average annual turnover of over 15 million Euros.