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Hansons takes over Norfolk saleroom

It will be the seventh saleroom to be operated by the firm following its expansion from Derbyshire to Staffordshire, London, Kent, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire.

This new incarnation of The Rostrum will be headed by Mike Winspear and led by Amanda Butler, with the first auction scheduled for July 20.

Owner of Hansons, Charles Hanson, said: “The opportunity to invest in The Old Bakery saleroom is one I couldn’t miss. The business has energy and we will invigorate it further thanks to 20 years of experience in the industry.

“From north Norfolk, south to Southwold, east to Beccles and west to King’s Lynn, this new expansion will serve thousands of clients and further enhance Hansons’ UK operations.”

As well as in-house consignment and valuations, The Rostrum team will host valuation events throughout the area including weekly events in Norwich. The Rostrum auction house started in 2021.

Bonhams shakes up Asian art teams

Bonhams has made a series of appointments in its global Chinese art department.

Lazarus Halstead has been promoted to head of Chinese and Asian art in London, working across both New Bond Street and Knightsbridge salerooms. He will report to Asaph Hyman, Bonhams’ global head of Chinese ceramics and works of art, while all of the UK-based Chinese and Asian art team will report to him.


Lazarus Halstead, Bonhams’ new head of Chinese and Asian art in London.

Halstead joined Bonhams in 2022 as head of the Asian art department in Knightsbridge, previously having been head of Asian art at Chiswick Auctions.

Separately, Olivia Xu has been appointed as associate specialist for Asian art at Bonhams Knightsbridge, while in Paris Jing Wen has been appointed as Chinese art cataloguer.

In Sydney, Bonhams has promoted Yvett Klein to director of the Asian art department.

Jewellery expert joins L&T


Sarah Duncan has joined Lyon & Turnbull.

Lyon & Turnbull has appointed Sarah Duncan as its head of jewellery in London. She brings more than a decade of experience as a fine and antique jewellery specialist in the London auction world, having previously worked at Bonhams and later at Chiswick Auctions.

She has spent the last year developing her private client base in the luxury sector. Duncan replaces Charlotte Peel who is now working at Dreweatts.

Codex comes into new ownership

The Crosby-Schoyen Codex, the oldest known book in private hands, sold within estimate for £2.4m (£3.065m) including premium) at Christie’s in London on June 11.

Written on papyrus in the Coptic language by one scribe at a monastery in Roman Egypt in c.250-300AD, its 1054 pages include the oldest complete versions of both the First Epistle of Peter and the Book of Jonah.


A page from the Crosby-Schoyen Codex, the oldest known book in private hands, sold for £2.4m (£3.065m) including premium) at Christie’s.

As Christianity spread across the Mediterranean in the years before the Council of Nicaea in 325, papyrus scrolls were slowly being replaced by the codex or book form.

Discovered buried in a jar in the sand in Egypt in 1952, it was acquired at Sotheby’s in 1988 by the Norwegian manuscript collector Martin Schoyen for a family collection that now comprises 20,000 manuscripts.

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