CONFIRMING their intentions in the Australian market, Bonhams have launched an Aboriginal art department in Sydney.
Specialists Francesca Cavazzini and Greer Adams will run the department under the aegis of Tim Klingender, who will act as a senior consultant.
That all three department members previously worked in this niche area for Sotheby’s is symptomatic of the fluctuations across Australia’s auction houses since former chairman Tim Goodman severed ties with Bonhams late last year. Goodman bought the rights to trade as Sotheby’s in Australia.
Bonhams themselves relaunched their brand in the Southern hemisphere in June with the headline sale of the AUS$13.1m Owston collection putting them firmly back on the map.