Colin Sheaf Bonhams
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Colin Sheaf has been Group Head of Asian Art at Bonhams since 2001, and Group Deputy Chairman since 2005. An Exhibitioner in Modern History at Worcester College, Oxford, he has enjoyed a distinguished 40-year auction-world career as an authority on Chinese Art, based variously in London, New York and Hong Kong.

Currently he oversees Asian Art specialist teams on four continents, with departments holding sales in London, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sydney. Under his leadership, Bonhams has held many record-breaking auctions, including selling an 18th-century Chinese vase in London (£9 million), and a collection of archaic Chinese jade in Hong Kong (£17 million). In Autumn 2011, he successfully auctioned Europe's two biggest-ever sales of Asian art, respectively Chinese art totalling £25 million, and Japanese art totalling £4.5 million.

Since 2005, as Chairman of Bonhams Asia he spearheaded Bonhams' drive into Asia, opening Bonhams auction business in Hong Kong in January 2007, with satellite offices in Beijing, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo.

His pro-bono activities outside Bonhams include chairing the Trustees of The Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, the world's pre-eminent private collection of Chinese ceramics; chairing the Board of London's gold-medal-winning Grade 2-listed private garden, Warwick Square; and lecturing and writing in Europe and Asia about Asian art and the China Trade.

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