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It takes two salerooms

Bonhams Knightsbridge is keen to assert its place in London’s evolving auction scene, managing director Jon Baddeley tells Laura Chesters and Noelle McElhatton

It’s the height of the London summer season and top-tier auctions are jostling with major fairs for buyers’ attention. As thermometers in the city hit 30-plus degrees centigrade, a Bonhams’ executive is keeping his cool amid a busy schedule of sales.

The venue is Bonhams Knightsbridge in Montpelier Street and ATG has been invited by its managing director and BBC Antiques Roadshow specialist, Jon Baddeley, to discuss the firm’s position in a fast-changing London auction scene.

Knightsbridge is the more youthful offshoot of Bonhams’ New Bond Street mothership, hosting its first sale in June 1956 under the stewardship of Leonard Bonham.

Today it is nothing if not eclectic – a reflection perhaps of Baddeley’s love for the quirkier elements of the market (see CV, above right). As he shows ATG around the lots amassed for a June 28 Entertainment Memorabilia sale – a Dalek from a recent Doctor Who series and a jacket once owned by Brian Jones stand out – his passion for the subject shines through.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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