Mark Fraser, who joined Bonhams in 2011 as Chairman of its Australian operation, has 30 years' experience in the field.
After graduating with a degree in History from Cambridge he joined Christie's in London as a numismatics specialist in 1984. Three years later he moved to Australia where he re-joined Christie's before moving to Sotheby's decorative arts department in 1988. In 1990 he joined the Australian art department, was appointed Director in 1993 and Managing Director in 2003.
In 2007, after 19 years with Sotheby's, Mark left to become the inaugural Director of the privately funded Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Australia's largest private museum.
Mark has handled more record-breaking auctions than any other auctioneer working today in Australia. Highlights in recent years include the sale of the following:
The Grundy Collection, 2013, a record for an Australian single-owner art auction
The Laverty Collection, 2013, a record for an Australian contemporary art auction
John Brack's The Bar, 2006, the first Australian painting to make more than A$3m at auction
The Foster's Collection of Australian Art, 2005, a record for an Australian corporate art collection