PARIS – The opening of Bonhams’ newly renovated Paris headquarters on Rue de la Paix will take place on Thursday, September 23, marking the launch of the international auction house’s first dedicated saleroom in Europe, which is a further step in its global expansion. The inaugural sale Antiquities: A Voyage of Passion from Luxor to Rome (Antiquities de Louxor a Rome, voyage d’un passionne) will be held on Thursday October 7.
Housed in a classic 19th-century hotel particulier which surrounds a courtyard, Bonhams headquarters also has gallery spaces which will display highlights of major forthcoming sales taking place in Bonhams global salerooms. The first exhibition will preview selected works from the autumn season from September 20-24 .
Post-War and Contemporary Art (October 14, London)
Le parcours d’un collectionneur: d’Alain Jacquet aa Robert Combas (October 28, Paris)
Jean Cocteau: l’Orphee modern (October 21, Paris)
Modern and Contemporary African Art – in Partnership with AKAA (November 13, Paris)
Mashreq Maghred: Middle Eastern Art Single Owner Sale (October 18, Paris)
Impressionist and Modern Art (October 13, London)
Highlights on display will include Intersection (Copperhead) by Robert Rauschenberg, estimated at £300,000-£500,000 (€350,000-€590,000); Belier aux deux faces by Jean Cocteau, estimated at €15,000-€25,000, J’aime la couleur by Cheri Samba, estimated at €20,000-€30,000, and Age d’Airain by Auguste Rodin, estimated at £150,000-£200,000 (€180,000-€230,000).
Catherine Yaiche, Director of Bonhams Paris, said: “We are very excited to unveil our newly renovated Paris headquarters which will enable us to hold sales in our new dedicated saleroom to which we welcome members of the public. Our launch will showcase the best of Bonhams in the expanded gallery space, with highlights from across our global salerooms, and from the Paris sales calendar.”
Patrick Masson, Bonhams Managing Director, UK and Europe, commented: “Bonhams already has a strong presence in Paris with the flagship annual Les Grandes Marques du Monde sale. The newly renovated French HQ in the heart of Paris’ luxury district will further establish Bonhams’ name in Europe, allowing us to reach an even wider audience.”
Bruno Vinciguerra, Bonhams CEO, said: “The expansion of the Paris office and saleroom is an exciting milestone for Bonhams. As a global auction house, we want to be accessible and approachable for consignors worldwide. The enhanced Paris office will provide a key location to best serve clients in Europe and across Francophone countries.”