Bonhams appoint Sarah Shirley-Priest as new manager in Knowle office

Bonhams has announced the appointment of Sarah Shirley-Priest as their new Manager in Knowle from January 1st 2012.

Bonhams Knowle is now tasked with the key role of sourcing items for specialist auctions throughout the company's international network.

Sarah has an MA in History of Art from the University of St Andrews and is qualified as a valuer through the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. She has spent almost 20 years in the fine art auction industry, first as a general valuer and auctioneer with Phillips from 1993 to 1998. She then became an independent general valuer, and from 2006 has worked as a ceramics and glass specialist at Knowle.

Sarah says: "I am delighted with my new brief for Bonhams. The team here is now fully focused on sourcing furniture, pictures, ceramics, silver, jewellery and textiles for inclusion within specialist auctions and we are looking forward to a very successful year."

Free valuation days are held at Bonhams Knowle every Friday by appointment and are interspersed with specialist days staffed by specialists within the Bonhams International group. External valuation days are also held at venues in the Midlands, please refer to the Valuation Days link for a full listing of valuation days.

The office is staffed by a dedicated team of experienced valuers with specialist areas of interest and wide knowledge of the local area. Our specialists regularly travel throughout the Midlands region, including Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Leicestershire. All valuations for sale are verbal, free of charge, without obligation and in complete confidence. In addition to auction advice we undertake formal valuations for insurance, probate and family division on behalf of private clients, solicitors and major institutions. We also have experts who can advise on tax and inheritance matters.

Sarah Shirley-Priest (Office Manager and Ceramics, Glass & Asian Art) + 44 1564 732962
Fiona Knox (Administration) +44 1564 776151
Robin Bate (Admin and photography) + 44 1564 732 978
Gerry Berwyn-Jones (Senior Valuer) + 44 1564 732966
Tarn Harrison (Silver and Jewellery) + 44 1564 732963
Helen Bolus (Silver and Jewellery) + 44 1564 732965
Adam Wahby (Pictures) + 44 1564 732959
Claire Browne (Costume & Textiles) + 44 1564 732969
Joanna Ward (Ceramics, Glass & Asian Art) + 44 1564 732964


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 valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to

  1. Sarah Shirley-Priest
    The Old House
    Solihull, United Kingdom B93 0HT
    Work +44 1564 732 962
    FaxFax: +44 1564 778 069

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