Malcolm Barber is renowned for his professional capabilities, both on the rostrum and in the boardroom. With a career spanning more than 30-years, during which time he had risen from being a sales clerk to conducting some of the most important auctions of fine art and classic motorcars, his expertise is unparalleled.
Mr. Barber's career began when he joined Sotheby's in 1969. He progressed rapidly through all levels of administration and finance before being appointed Manager of the Sales Office at the new Sotheby's Belgravia saleroom, which opened in 1972. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed to run Sotheby's Bond Street Sales Office, reporting directly to the Chairman.
Mr. Barber was able to indulge his passion for classic motorcars by joining Sotheby's Car Department in 1975, becoming its Director in 1980. During the 1980s, Malcolm was a member of the management team responsible for establishing a new saleroom in Chester, in the North West of England. He also directed Sotheby's new Conduit Street saleroom and managed onsite country house contents sales throughout the United Kingdom.
In 1986, he became the first auctioneer to organize a car sale in Monaco, a tradition that Bonhams maintains today, and two years later; he assumed the dual role of Head of the International Car Department and Managing Director of Operations at Sotheby's saleroom in Amsterdam.
From being rivals with Robert Brooks in the mid-1980s, the two became colleagues in 1995 when Malcolm left Sotheby's to join Brooks Auctioneers as Group Managing Director. He is also a devoted member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
Malcolm is Co-Chairman of Bonhams Group.