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Scientific Instruments

The Bonhams Scientific Instruments department holds dedicated auctions in London twice a year in, as well as offering property within the Gentleman's Library sale, and one a year in New York in the History of Science & Technology sale.
We offer instruments and apparatus from the earliest known historical artefacts to items from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Our sales contain microscopes, telescopes, surveying and navigational instruments, globes, sundials, astrolabes, calculators, drawing instruments, barometers and barographs, medical and dental instruments.

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Jon Baddeley

Managing Director, Knightsbridge

In 2003, Jon joined Bonhams as Global Director of Collectors' sales and he has since been responsible for many landmark auctions and world record prices. Highlights include: the British Airways Concor…

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Claire Tole-Moir

Head of Department

Claire Tole-Moir is Head of the Collectors' and Popular Culture departments. Based in London, she manages specialist sales for Pop Culture, Instruments of Science, Technology and other items with impo…

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Joseph Robson


Joseph Robson is Cataloguer for the Collectors' and Popular Culture departments in London, having joined in May 2021. He collaborates with the team on the biannual Film, Rock & Pop auctions and the an…

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