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Travel & Exploration

Bonhams is the only international auction house holding regular Travel & Exploration sales. Our auctions in London combine artefacts, paintings, drawings, books, maps, manuscripts and photographs that give insights into the people and places of the world - often as documented during notable feats of travel and exploration.

Highlights range from polar artefacts such as a sledge used on an Ernest Shackleton expedition to works by Michel Jean Cazabon, Peter Rindisbacher, Daniel Thomas Egerton, Frank Hurley, John Claude White and David Roberts.

In addition, Bonhams US Books & Manuscripts department holds regular sales focusing on travel, exploration and Americana in books, maps and manuscripts.

Buying and selling Travel & Exploration material at Bonhams
Bonhams Travel & Exploration department has specialists covering the UK, Europe, the Americas, South Africa and Asia-Pacific.

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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Rhyanon Demery

Head of Sale

Rhyanon Demery is a Senior Specialist and Head of Sale of marine and topographical pictures at Bonhams Knightsbridge in London. She oversees the saleroom's two Marine auctions and two Travel & Explora…

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Matthew Haley

Managing Director

Matthew Haley is Managing Director of Bonhams Knightsbridge and has been Head of Bonhams UK Books & Manuscripts Department since 2013. In 2004, he joined Bonhams in London as a specialist in the Books…

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Veronique Scorer

Head of Department

Veronique Scorer was appointed Head of Pictures, Knightsbridge, in 2009 and loves the diversity of this busy, vibrant saleroom. Sales of Modern British & Irish Art, Prints & Multiples, British & Europ…

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Luke Batterham

Senior Valuer

Luke Batterham is a Specialist in Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs, based at Bonhams Knightsbridge. The son of an antiquarian bookseller, Luke joined Bonhams as a senior valuer with…

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Simon Roberts

Senior Specialist, Head of Sale

Simon Roberts is Senior Specialist, Head of Sale in the Fine Books and Manuscripts Department, and a senior valuer with over 30 years' experience in the business. He joined Bonhams in 2002 following t…

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Sarah Lindberg

Senior Specialist

Sarah Lindberg is a manuscript specialist in the Fine Book Department, which she joined in 2015. A history graduate from Exeter University, Sarah has a background in publishing, fine and decorative ar…

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Adam Stackhouse


Adam Stackhouse is a Specialist in the Fine Books and Manuscripts Department at Bonhams in San Francisco. He joined the department in 1997 and was promoted to Specialist in 2001. His areas of expertis…

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Thomas Seaman


Thomas Seaman is a Specialist for 19th Century Paintings at Bonhams New Bond Street in London, working on the twice yearly 19th Century Paintings sale and the annual Orientalist Art sale. After studyi…

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Aurore Vesin

Associate Specialist

Aurore Vesin is Associate Specialist for the Pictures department at Bonhams Knightsbridge in London. She works on the British and European Art sales, focusing on 19th and 20th century European art. Au…

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Polly Cornthwaite

Cataloguer, Marine and Topographical Pictures

Polly Cornthwaite is Administrator for Bonhams Marine Pictures and Travel & Exploration departments in London.

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