Mark Rasmussen
Mark Rasmussen Bonhams
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Mark Rasmussen is a Specialist and the Head of Sales for Indian, Himalayan, & Southeast Asian art in Bonhams New York and Hong Kong salerooms.

Since joining the company in 2013, he has executed the department's most successful sales. Among others, Rasmussen is responsible for the outstanding results of an 11th-century Kurkihar Crowned Buddha from Northeast India, the sale of which holds the record achieved at auction for a Pala-period bronze at HK$21,900,000 (US$2,799,055). He also brought a bronze figure of Mahakala from the 12th-century Dali Kingdom to auction, achieving HK$10,620,000 (US$1,357,350), and was instrumental in offering The Portraits of the Masters Collection of a 108 Buddhist bronzes of Tibetan Buddhist lineage masters that resulted in more than US$7million for its owner.

Prior to joining Bonhams, Rasmussen contributed to various organisations, including a well-known art advisory, private gallery, international auction house, and the Rubin Museum of Art, where he pursued his particular passion for Hindu and Buddhist art.

Rasmussen was raised learning Sanskrit and Vedic philosophy in London before earning honours as an undergraduate at Trinity College of Connecticut in the study of Asian religions. After teaching, a certificate in Art Business, and independent research in Southeast Asia, he received scholarships for postgraduate certificates in Indian and Chinese art from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. While at Bonhams, Rasmussen continues to conduct specialist research throughout Asia, which has thus far furthered his expertise with study in China, Sri Lanka, and India.