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.
By now, Hermann Historica GmbH can look back on a number of remarkable auctions: High international attention continues to be attracted in particular by the numerous objects from former estates of royal and noble houses and the liquidation of world-famous collections such as the auction sale of the hunting treasures of Castle Fuschl near Salzburg, the much-noticed sale – in cooperation with the famous auction house Pierre Bergé, Paris and Brussels – of the unique collection of ”Arms and Armour” of the Berlin construction mogul, artist and collector Karsten Klingbeil and the “Collection of Antique Greek and Roman Arms” of the real estate entrepreneur Axel Guttmann, likewise from Berlin, the liquidation of the Nümbrecht Museum of Historical Technology as well as those of various collections of the Centre of Extraordinary Museums in Munich.