Mark Rasmussen is a Specialist / Head of Sale in Indian, Himalayan, & Southeast Asian art at Bonhams New York. Since joining the company in 2013, he has executed the department's most successful sales. Among others, Rasmussen is responsible for the outstanding results of an 8th/9th-century Swat figure of Avalokiteshvara sold for $365,000 and a 14th-century gilt copper alloy figure of Virupa sold for $581,000 in 2015.
Prior to joining Bonhams, Rasmussen contributed to various organisations, including a well-known art advisory, private gallery, international auction house and the Rubin Museum of Art, where he pursued his particular passion for Hindu and Buddhist sculpture.
Rasmussen was raised learning Sanskrit and Vedic philosophy in London before earning honours as an undergraduate at Trinity College of Connecticut in the study of Asian religions. After teaching, a certificate in Art Business, and independent research in Southeast Asia, he received scholarships for postgraduate certificates in Indian and Chinese art from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Rasmussen continues to conduct specialist research throughout Asia.