Rupert Banner is the Vice President of Business Development at Bonhams in New York. He works closely with the US Motor Car Department, both by developing and supporting auctions throughout the U.S. and internationally.
He has been surrounded by the car hobby since his youth, regularly attending car auctions for more than 30 years. His career has included 17 years at two international auction houses, where, in his latter years, he headed a worldwide car department and handled numerous notable sales including the car collection of Sir Elton John.
In just seven years with Bonhams, Banner has helped develop the calendar of U.S. auctions. He has pioneered new venues at the Simeone Automotive Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in Amelia Island, Florida, and he has handled the successful single owner collection sales of Richard C. Paine Jr. and Dr. Ralph W.E. Cox Jr.
In this time, Banner's consignments have totaled more than $95m, with a diverse range of achievements including breaking the world record for any Alfa Romeo with the 1935 Alfa Romeo 8C-35 Single Seater at $9.4m, discovering a 1928 Mercedes-Benz Typ S Tourer still in its original family's ownership from new which went on to sell for $4.45m, and, for last year's new Mercedes-Benz factory auction, he sourced a rare 1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K Spezial Roadster which was sold to benefit two Swedish charities. Other highlights have included the sale of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's BMW M1 Art Car, the Deemer family 1907 American Underslung 'Honeymoon' Roadster and the 'holy grail' for Vintage Bentley enthusiasts: a 1930 4½ Liter Supercharged 'Blower' at more than $4.6m
An active enthusiast for the hobby, he is an entrant on the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run each November and has regularly competed on road tours such as the Tour Auto, Copperstate Rally and New England 1000.