TCM Classic Film Festival and Bonhams Present Passholder Exclusive Appraisal Sessions

Turner Classic Movies and Bonhams, auctioneers and appraisers, have teamed up to present passholder exclusive events at the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival. Bonhams' roster of experts in classic Hollywood memorabilia will be present at the film festival to provide festival passholders free appraisals of their classic movie memorabilia. Through these clinics, Bonhams' experts have discovered many important items that have gone on to bring record prices at auction.

The Bonhams event will take place on Sunday, April 15, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appraisal slots, with a two item maximum, are limited and appointments are required. Passholders interested in having their memorabilia appraised can get more details at www.bonhams.com/usa/appraisal/265807/, by emailing appraisal.us@bonhams.com or by calling (415) 503-3287.

In addition to complimentary appraisals, Bonhams will also be hosting an early preview of highlights from its Entertainment Memorabilia auction in June. Works on view at Club TCM for event passholders will include select pieces from The Gaston Collection of original movie poster and lobby art. Created by three brothers, who ran a commercial art business out of a studio located in the basement of the Fox Theater in Long Beach, CA, this collection is comprised of approximately 80 original works of art and portrays such timeless stars as Fred Astaire, Charlie Chaplin, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Errol Flynn, Katharine Hepburn, William Powell, Ginger Rogers, Spencer Tracy and Mae West, among others. For further details please visit www.bonhams.com/us.

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Press Contact: Jannelle Grigsby, jannelle.grigsby@bonhams.com, (310) 567-7990


NOTES FOR EDITORS

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and appraisal services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com