Issue 5, January - July 2012

Like all great collectors, George Daniels invested more than just money in assembling his remarkable collection of vintage motor cars and bikes. Passion, imagination, persistence, not to mention patience,
all went into the creation of such an historically important group of cars. These were, of course, the very qualities which George applied to the craft that made him famous – the painstaking creation
of some of the world's most desirable watches. The global interest in the sale of the Daniels Collection at Goodwood in June and the world record prices achieved were a true testament to his exquisite
and flawless taste.

Nothing demonstrates the great potential of selling at auction more than a specially marketed single-owner sale. Since the turn of the year, Bonhams has overseen four such sales producing world records and hammer prices far exceeding pre-sale estimates. The Daniels sale at Goodwood, the Wrangham Collection of Japanese netsuke and inros in London, and the 'white glove' sale in Hong Kong of a fabulous collection of Contemporary Chinese Art - all very different – highlighted Bonham's depth of specialist insight. The sale in Edinburgh of the contents of Stobhall House, with items ranging from Jacobite medals to ceramics, from glass to broad swords demonstrated the breadth of knowledge available across the company's 60 specialist departments.

  1. A well-carved spinach jade double-gourd seal 18th/19th century

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    An Important Imperial green jade

    "We are delighted to have brought to light this important and long lost Imperial seal. Until this moment only the impression of the seal was recorded in the Imperial archives, but now academics and distinguished collectors can study and cherish the actual work of art. It was almost certainly commissioned and personally handled by the Qianlong Emperor himself, and provides ...

  2. An Imperial fine and rare cloisonné enamel and gilt-bronze tripod two-handled bowl and tiered stand Cast Qianlong four-character mark and of the period

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    Asian Art

    "The continuing high quality of objects coming to auction and the response of collectors confirms that enthusiasm for the best has not diminished. In the first six months of the year we were able to offer and sell astonishing items across the whole range of Asian Art, in the key markets of London, New York and Hong Kong."

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    Stobhall

    "This was a wonderful opportunity for collectors to acquire a slice of history from one of Scotland's most fascinating ancestral homes and I am delighted that it has been such a great success. It was a great honor for Bonhams to be involved and to be given the chance to show our experience in country house sales with such ...

  4. Rudolf Ernst (Austrian, 1854-1932) After Prayers

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    Paintings & Prints

    "Calderon's painting of a young boy, in his cricket whites, with clear complexion and cherubic face, was the perfect image to represent the Victorian view of children as models of truth and honesty. We are thrilled with the reception of the painting at the sale and particularly pleased that the price realized will help improve resources and facilities at ...

  5. Claude Flight (British, 1881-1955) Speed Linocut, 1922, printed in cobalt blue, yellow ochre, vermilion and Prussian blue, on buff oriental laid paper, signed and numbered 43/50 in pencil,

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    The Grosvenor School sale

    "The work of The Grosvenor School artists has a very modern esthetic which is one reason for their increasing popularity among collectors and the high prices they now command. This sale saw several new records for individual artists as well as the most expensive Avant-garde print ever sold."

  6. Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010) Houses in the Mountains, 1987

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    Contemporary Chinese Art

    "We were excited to be able to offer works on paper by two of the most important living Chinese artists in our Hong Kong Contemporary sale, and it was not surprising that collectors responded to this opportunity so enthusiastically."

  7. 1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Double Pullman Limousine - 'The Corgi'  Chassis no. 1907

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    Motor Cars

    "The prices achieved for George Daniels's cars are a fitting tribute to one of the truly great artist-engineers of the 20th Century and we always believed that the Goodwood Festival of Speed was the perfect place to sell this special collection.

    "George was not only a fantastic craftsman who hand-made some of the world's most desirable watches, he ...

  8. 1929 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Supercharged Single-Seat Racer

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    World record for a British car sold at auction

  9. BLACKER (WILLIAM) Catechism of Fly Making, Angling and Dyeing, Comprising Most Essential Information, WITH OVER 70 SPECIMENS, 1843

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    Books, Musical Instruments & Furniture

    "Scott's final letters written as he realized the last hopes of survival had gone epitomize for many the concept of heroic failure. This
    first letter to Sir Edgar Speyer is certainly full of memorable and moving phrases but also shows a man keenly aware of the need to safeguard his reputation and to provide for the future of his ...

  10. A sapphire and diamond 'Fuschia' brooch, by Van Cleef & Arpels,

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    Jewelry & Fine Wine

    "Results from our recent series of spring sales in London, New York and Hong Kong clearly demonstrates the continued interest in top quality diamonds, natural pearls and signed jewelry. Collectors and connoisseurs are seeking the very best in each category resulting in fierce competition for the rare, unusual and unique."