Alice Bailey was formerly Head of Islamic and Indian Works of Art, Manuscripts and Paintings at the second saleroom of a leading London auction house, where she spent four years, moving from Specialist to Head of Department.
She studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London for a Masters on the History of Islamic Art and Archeology, with a thesis on enameled metalwork from the medieval Islamic period. She also studied at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey and the University of Victoria, Canada where she completed at BA Fine Arts Art History degree. She is a linguist speaking five languages, English, French, Turkish, German and Italian.
Prior to her career in auction houses, Ms Bailey was formerly curator of a private collection of Islamic and Christian books and manuscripts; lecturer on the Art and Architecture of the Mamluks at Birbeck College, and assistant curator at the British Museum, Department of Oriental Antiquities. She also assisted in cataloging the Lennox-Boyd Collection of European prints and engravings.
Ms Bailey joined Bonhams as Head of Department in 2010, and in April 2011, the Islamic and Indian Department sold a rare portrait of the 17th century Mughal ruler Jahangir for an impressive £1.5 million, setting a world auction record for the largest known Mughal portrait. In October 2012, Ms Bailey oversaw the extremely successful sale of a private collection of works by modern Turkish artist Fahrelnissa Zeid which were 100% sold, establishing a world record for works on paper by this artist.