Antony Bennett worked throughout school and university holidays in an antique shop specialising in oak and early English furniture and joined an auction house in Chester as a Junior Furniture Specialist after graduating in 1986.
He introduced specialist sales of oak and early furniture to Chester's calendar in 1987, the same year he took to the rostrum. During the last two decades this department has gone from strength to strength and today Bonhams holds a market-leading position in this field. Antony has been privileged to value and sell some of the finest and most rare pieces of furniture of this kind.
Antony was appointed an Associate Director of the company in 1989, and in 1995 became Director for Bonhams in the North West. During this time Antony has played a key role in advising on the opening of offices in Hale, South Manchester, and in Southport, both of which continue to play important roles within Bonhams' regional network. Bonhams Chester has undergone considerable change and continues to act as a key gathering place for items sold in London and beyond.
Career highlights for Antony include the sale of a very important collection of Manchester United football memorabilia with the Manchester United stadium which totalled £250,000 and achieved a world record for the most expensive football programme, which was recorded in the Guiness Book of Records.
Antony lives in North Wales with his wife and three children. He continues to cultivate a great interest in early English and Welsh furniture and the regional carvings associated with it.