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After a successful year, Bonhams ends 2012 with over 30 new world auction records
The Motor Car team has had an incredibly successful year with the highlight being the sale of the ex-Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin, Brooklands Outer Circuit lap-record-breaking 1929-31 Bentley 4½-Litre Supercharged 'Blower' Single-Seater at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 29th June for £5,041,500. Photo: Bonhams.
LONDON.- Following a successful year Bonhams has finished 2012 with over 30 new world auction records. From vintage cars to contemporary African art Bonhams’ areas of expertise are ever expanding.

The South African and Contemporary African art department have maintained their stronghold as global leaders. Ghanaian-born, Nigeria based El Anatsui’s ‘New World Map’ fetched £541,250, setting a world auction record for the artist at New Bond Street on 23rd May. World records were also set on 17th October at the South African Sale for Jacob Hendrik Pierneef’s ‘Cape farmlands’ fetching £289,250 and breaking its pre-sale estimate of £70,000-£100,000. Vladimir Tretchikoff’s ‘Portrait of Lenka (Red Jacket)’ also smashed its pre-sale estimate of £50,000- £80,000 to achieve £337,250.

The Motor Car team has had an incredibly successful year with the highlight being the sale of the ex-Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin, Brooklands Outer Circuit lap-record-breaking 1929-31 Bentley 4½-Litre Supercharged 'Blower' Single-Seater at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 29th June for £5,041,500. This set a new auction record for a Bentley and became the most valuable British car sold at auction. At the same sale 'The Corgi' 1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp 'Silver Ghost' Double Pullman Limousine set a record price for a Rolls-Royce at auction, breaking Bonhams’ own record set in December 2007. It sold for £4,705,500.

In the 19th Century Paintings Drawings and Watercolours sale at New Bond Street on 11th July, a new world record was set for Philip Hermogenes Calderon, RA (1833-1898). Calderon’s painting 'Captain of the Eleven', a popular Victorian sporting image, sold for £289,250 exceeding its estimate of £100,000-£150,000.

Further afield Hong Kong has ended the year with a bang. On 23rd November the record for the most expensive Sri Lankan sapphire sold at auction was set at US$36,000 per carat and totalling HK$12,084,000 (£979,000). Another record was set for the most expensive Leica Luxus I camera sold at auction for HK$7,460,000 (£603,837) at the Leica sale, also on the 23rd November.

The strength of Asian art has been one of the key trends in 2012. In September the New York sale room established a world record price for a Mon Dvaravati bronze sculpture when the Eilenberg Buddha, circa 8th century, sold for US$674,500 (£418,290) at Bonhams' Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art sale. On 6th November another record was broken at New Bond Street when a fine large wood netsuke of a tiger by Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856) sold for £103,250, surpassing its pre-sale estimate of £35,000-£40,000.

Bonhams has broken records, smashed estimates and exceeded expectations this year. Looking to 2013 Bonhams will kick off the year with a motorcycle sale in Las Vegas on 10th January and will start the London sales with 19th Century Paintings, Drawings and Watercolours at New Bond Street on 23rd January.



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December 26, 2012

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Estorick Collection launches its first virtual exhibition: Futurism and the Past

Van Abbemuseum is given collection of 20th century book art and reference works on modern Russian art

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New York Public Library unveils renovation plan by British architect Norman Foster

Manchester Art Gallery presenting major exhibition of works by artists who work with paper in revolutionary ways

First extensive overview of 17 years of fashion photography by Viviane Sassen on view at Huis Marseille

"Better Books: Art, Anarchy and Apostasy" exhibition at ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art

Powerhouse Museum publishes The Oopsatoreum, Inventions of Henry A. Mintox

Kentaro Kobuke's first solo show in Hong Kong opens at Identity Art Gallery

First large solo show of Adrian Paci in Kosovo opens at the National Gallery in Pristina

Antiquorum Auctioneers to sponsor Geneva Time Exhibition

Everson receives major grants to support revitalization of Gustav Stickley House

Wisconsin man's Little Free Library copied worldwide

Lake Placid's Mirror Lake Inn, an Adirondack jewel

December 25, 2012

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam: One of the most important museums reopening in 2013

Cindy Sherman at the Walker Art Center is a comprehensive survey of the acclaimed artist's many guises

Dialogue between two masters of color, Johannes Itten and Paul Klee, at the Kunstmuseum Bern

Only known work in Canada by the great Venetian artist Titian, featured at the National Gallery of Canada

Treasures of the Alfred Stieglitz Center: Photographs from the permanent collection opens

Exhibition looks at the V&A's engagement with and changing view of art and design from Africa

Exhibition documents American artists' continuing fascination with the American landscape

Canadian Pioneers: Masterworks from the Sobey Collections on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Design Museum in Ghent exhibits works by revolutionary Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata

Fifth year of Artist Rooms On Tour announced: 16 venues will display Artist Rooms in 2013

Diana Venet's collection of jewelry made by artists on view at Valencian Institute for Modern Art

Robert Frost's Christmas cards collected by Dartmouth College in New Hampshire

A huge collection comprising 10,000 of ames Comisar's TV memorabilia items needs a home

Ben Ali's ill-gotten gains draw crowds of Tunisians

Tale of lost military jacket prompts curiosity

Belvedere opens a new exhibition floor space to feature young contemporary artists

The Story of the 47 Ronin at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Pssst: An Exhibition for Kids at the MMK in Frankfurt

Grateful Dead exhibit extended in Cleveland

December 24, 2012

Exhibition of large paintings by Neo Rauch opens at Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz

Seven hundred years of French painting on view at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia presents the first major exhibition in Australia of artist Anish Kapoor

The Museum of Modern Art explores development of one of Modernism's greatest inventions: Abstraction

Review of the auction year 2012: Koller extends its position as the leading Swiss auction house

Kimbell Art Museum announces first ever loan of 20th century works from the Art Institute of Chicago

Gallery reinstallation project enters exciting new phase with 'Empire of Things'

The San Diego Museum of Art hosts interactive art exhibition from the Centre Pompidou

Charles Ginnever's Rashomon and Amy Kaufman's drawings on view at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Centre d'Art Contemporain in Geneva organizes biggest in-depth Edy Ferguson solo exhibition to date

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Let it snow! Exhibition of children's book art opens at Bruce Museum in Greenwich

Pearl Lam Galleries presents its first design art exhibition at its Hong Kong Pedder Building gallery space

The American Museum in Britain hosts Superstars 2012

'Places of Memory-Fields of Vision' opens at the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki

"Beatrice Gibson: The Tiger's Mind, featuring Jesse Ash" at Index-Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation

Builder of California 'Phonehenge' sentenced to jail

Survey comprising works by Lara Favaretto from the past 15 years on view at Sharjah Art Foundation

Mali Islamists destroying more Timbuktu mausoleums

December 23, 2012

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library opens new exhibits after multi million dollar renovation

The Whitney Museum of American Art presents American Legends: From Calder to O'Keeffe

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov organize exhibition of their work with that of El Lissitzky at Van Abbemuseum

New exhibition 'Princesses' of the Mediterranean in the dawn of History opens at the Museum of Cycladic Art

Comprehensive overview exhibition of Ernst Wilhelm Nay's work on view at Kunstmuseum Bonn

Form Color Space: Aurel Scheibler opens new space with exhibition focusing on four German artists

Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn installs an incredible number of objects reminiscent of an airport

Angela at 80: Exhibition at Flowers Gallery celebrates Angela's 80th birthday

Christie's in Paris announces charity sale to benefit "Villages and People" NGO

Career overview of the work by visionary artist Sturtevant on view at Kunsthalle Zurich

Exhibition at La Malmaison Arts Centre in Cannes presents works by French photographer André Villers

Pour une grammaire du hasard: Works by five artists in exhibition at Kunsthalle Fribourg

Race to the Remix challenges public to create exhibition at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

Cynthia-Reeves announces Soo Sunny Park installation at Cranbrook Art Museum

Low-water rivers offering up glimpse of history

Thea Djordjadze's sculptures, organisms and indeterminable landscapes on view at Malmo Konsthall

RM Group of companies enjoys significant growth and record $360 million in auction sales during 2012

Artist Michael Najjar completes first phase of cosmonaut training

Exhibition focuses not on physical location but on our connection with other places

Mount Rushmore to be featured on new quarter

December 22, 2012

Exhibition at Ariana Museum in Geneva reflects on agriculture and nutrition as art

Christie's announces a sale devoted to the artistic traditions that flourished in Europe from 1300 to 1600

Recently discovered 15th century masterwork to be offered at Sotheby's New York

Mexico's Maya heartland greets dawn of new era; Calendar cycle might not really end until Sunday

Two Greeks jailed for life over illegal antiquities, two more men for 20 and 16 years

Marilyn Monroe subway grate photo by Sam Shaw on view at 42nd Street in New York City

The Collection de l'Art Brut opens first European solo show devoted to Morton Bartlett

Rossi & Rossi announces spectacular Tibetan work from acclaimed Bronze exhibition at TEFAF Maastricht

Six artists from the border triangle of Germany, Switzerland and France exhibit at Kunsthalle Basel

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British Prince Andrew's ex-partner actress Koo Stark denies 'painting theft'

Simon de Pury steps down as Chairman of Phillips de Pury & Company; The Mercury Group acquires company

Akron Art Museum's 90th anniversary year crescendos with a pledge of a major gift

Daniel & Florence Guerlain Foundation announces winners of Contemporary Drawing Prize

Hamburger Kunsthalle exhibits the work of Artist and author Annette Wehrmann

Paddington bares all in new station artwork

Kaminski Auctions announces 20th Century Decorative Art and Design Sale

Puerto Rican team wins Haitian cathedral contest

Georgia rebuilds Stalin monuments

December 21, 2012

Mexican archaeologists find another 1,200 year-old grave at Atzompa in Oaxaca

RISD museum opens an exhibition of beautiful and rarely seen prints and books

Louvre cements spot as world's most-visited museum; website seen more than 11 million visitors

Guggenheim Museum in New York acquires sculpture by artist Mark Grotjahn

Collection of paintings recording life behind the German trenches during World War I to go on sale

MoMA presents Christian Marclay's groundbreaking video installation "The Clock"

The Playmate as fine art: Seven contemporary artists interpret Playboy's iconic centerfold

Vancouver Art Gallery announces major donation of photographs by Robert Frank and Charles Gagnon

Christie's New York announces it will offer over 400 lots during Americana Week in January 2013

Bonhams in London appoints Matthew Haley as Head of Books, Maps and Manuscripts

Anonymous benefactor buys Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 1950s home in Phoenix

$66 million Thomas Kinkade estate dispute secretly settled by wife and girlfriend of artist

Rare watch by George Daniels sets new world auction record at £1.7 million Bonhams sale

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Greenpeace protest at Louvre targets French airport project

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian launches new website for students

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