Bonhams have announced the location of two major new salerooms – in Edinburgh and New York.
After 176 years at 65 George Street, Edinburgh (first as
Dowells, then Phillips and now Bonhams), the company are moving
their Scottish headquarters to 21-22 Queen Street.
The new premises, formerly used by the Chartered Society of
Physiotherapy and NHS Education for Scotland, means the auction
house will stay in the centre of the Scottish capital and will
permit a full schedule of auctions from affordable art and antiques
sales to specialist fine sales and The Scottish Sale in
Miranda Grant, Bonhams' managing director in Scotland, said it
would take some months to complete work on the building required by
Bonhams, but she threw down the gauntlet by adding: "When
[modifications are] completed I believe that we will have the most
impressive saleroom in Scotland." The investment in a "Bond Street
standard" saleroom in the city centre certainly shows an ongoing
commitment to Scotland in the wake of the sale of the flagship
George Street premises for redevelopment and the final sale there
in early January.
The first sales at 21-22 Queen Street are not expected until June,
although Bonhams plan to hold their Scottish spring sales over one
week at a prestigious alternative venue.
Plans in New York centre on the IBM building on the corner of 57th
Street and Madison Avenue, where Bonhams are planning a new
Manhattan saleroom. Significantly increasing the auctioneer's Big
Apple presence - currently sales are conducted from the sixth floor
of the nearby Fuller Building - they now have a venue at which to
conduct what CEO Malcolm Barber called "a full programme of sales
throughout the year".
The move expands Bonhams' presence in New York fivefold. The three
ground floors of the building, that includes extensive street
frontage, were formerly the home of the Dahesh Museum, whose
speciality is European artists of the 19th and early 20th
centuries. Bonhams say they hope to be holding their first sales at
the new venue in the spring.
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