Colin Sheaf has been Head of Asian Art at Bonhams since 2001. He has had a distinguished 37-year career in the auction industry after reading Modern History at Worcester College Oxford.
A world authority on Asian ceramics and Chinese Art he directs Asian Art specialist teams on four continents, holding sales in London, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
One of his many career highlights remains the unequalled sale he organised in 1986, the 'Nanking Cargo'. Salvaged from the 'Geldermalsen', a homeward-bound Dutch East India merchant ship sunk in 1752, the unique cargo of some 150,000 pieces of 'new' Chinese Export porcelain and gold was 100% sold, during five days of auction, for a world record total in excess of £10 million.
Since 2005, as Chairman of Bonham's Asia he has led Bonham's drive into the Asian art market, culminating in opening this new auction business in Hong Kong in January 2007.