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Founded in 1793, Bonhams is one of the world’s largest auctioneers of antiques and fine art. It has seen a phenomenal expansion with two key sales rooms in London; Knightsbridge and New Bond Street with three more spread across the UK and Scotland. It even holds sales in America, Australia, Germany, France, Hong Kong and Monaco. Its extensive network and international connections holds a total of 25 countries all offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. It is the third largest international fine art auction house and played host to the events called ‘Masterpieces of American Watchmaking: Rare Watches from a Private Collection’ and ‘Fine Watches and Wristwatches’ that was held in New York.
The first collection made a phenomenal $1.46 million whilst the second lot made a grand $570,000. It featured a remarkable Cartier rock crystal, mother of pearl, onyx, diamond and coral boudoir clock that sold for a whopping $68,750 when it was estimated to go for $15,000-$25,000! This unique item originated from the Estate of Norma Shearer a well-known actress from the mid1920s-1930s who was nominated for six Academy Awards and won Best Actress for her role in ‘The Divorcee.’