Jaynes (Jim) Friedman is the Toys Specialist for Bonhams in San Francisco. Since he joined the company in 1985, Friedman has been responsible for client services, representing Bonhams at toy events, conducting toy presentations and workshops for Bonhams throughout the US.
For more than three decades, Friedman has appraised, consigned and sold toys, period board games, steam-powered scale trains, dolls and bears. His leadership has brought strong prices on property offered and sold within Bonhams monthly estate auctions.
His sales of Buddy L. toys, robots, William Britains Soldiers, baby boomer collectibles, the William Harrison Toy Car Collection, the David Crismon Model Car Collection, the Harriet Morgan Game & Toy collection and the Steiff toy and bear auction have garnered in excess of three quarters of a million dollars.
Prior to working at Bonhams, Friedman was a Consultant to insurance companies, maintained his own antique business and was a presenter at toy exhibits and various events within the U.S. Friedman was first interested in the appraisal part of the auction business while completing his business degree in college. He also pursued an interest in toys during college. He had his own book and illustrated children's art business and was offered many collections of books, but was often "forced" into purchasing toys and games associated with those collections. He discovered that most of his sales resulted in wholesaling out toys and games to other dealers, so he decided to learn about the toy business.
Friedman was educated at the University of San Francisco and earned an MS in Psychology and Education at California State University San Jose and San Francisco State University.
Outside of the auction business, Friedman has collaborated with others to update three varied toy guides published in the US and he has presented workshops on toy collecting to various museums and groups in the San Francisco Bay Area.