David Williams joined Bonhams in 1997 following 15 years working in the auction world as a specialist in antique arms and armor, with a working knowledge of modern sporting guns. Leading a strong team, David has transformed the department into a market leader, and has achieved several European and international auction records.
David and the department have worked on a number of outstanding properties and are proud to have been entrusted with the following famous collections:
Items from the W. Keith Neal Collection sold for £1.67 million
Items from the Henk L. Visser Collection sold for £1.74 million
The Per T. Norheim Collection sold for £424,000
The D.H.L. Back Collection sold for £222,000
The Dr. Peter Parsons Collection sold for £786,000
The Norman H. Dixon Collection sold for £512,000
The E.A. Christensen Collection sold for £482,200
The Dr. Ernst-Joachim Rogahn collection sold for £205,000
Particular sale highlights include a Lloyds Patriotic Fund sword of £100 value, which fetched £179,200 and an exceptionally rare deluxe cased Colt Paterson No. 2 Belt Model percussion revolver, which made a European auction record of £222,250.
David is a Liveryman of the Gunmakers' Company and sits on the vetting committees of a number of major arts fairs including Masterpiece and Olympia. David is a member of the Meyrick Society, the Arms and Armor Society, and the Gesellschaft fur Historiche Waffen und Kostumkunde, and holds the position of Honorary Secretary of the Rowland Club.