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African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian Art

Bonhams African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art department offers a wide range of unique, high-quality works of art from Sub-Saharan Africa, Polynesia, Micronesia, Melanesia, Australia, Indonesia and from Central and South America. Our auctions include ceremonial and prestigious works of art created for the elite as well as utilitarian and specialised items for daily use within the local culture.

Our public exhibitions and auctions take place twice a year in the spring and fall in New York. A fully-illustrated catalogue with scholarly notes, available both in print and online, accompanies each sale and is distributed to our network of international buyers, ranging from beginners to seasoned private collectors, dealers and museums. We welcome and encourage new collectors to inquire and ask questions at any time.

Buying and selling African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian art at Bonhams
With offices and representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams gives buyers and sellers access to a global network of collectors and unparalleled marketing resources to achieve the highest price and level of client satisfaction possible. Contact a specialist directly for more information or submit your item online for a free auction estimate.

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Fredric Backlar


Fredric Backlar joined Bonhams in 2009 and is the Director of the African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian Art Department. Starting out at Sotheby's in 1991, Fred has over 30 years of auction experience. Sinc…

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Michael Evans

American Indian & Ethnographic Art

Michael R. Evans is Director of American Indian & Ethnographic Art at Bonhams Skinner. He brings global experience to one of Bonhams Skinner's most international departments, which offers a rich varie…

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Francesca Cavazzini


Francesca Cavazzini is an Aboriginal Art Specialist at Bonhams Sydney. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Art History and following five years as a spe…

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