Ralph Taylor
Ralph Taylor Bonhams
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Global Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art

Having joined Bonhams in early 2014 as Senior Specialist and a Director of the UK Board, Ralph Taylor has overseen exponential growth in London sales since he arrived to lead the Post-War & Contemporary Art department in UK and Europe. During this period, the average sell-through rate for lots in the sale has been consistently more than 90% and the average price achieved significantly the highest on the market for similar sales anywhere in the world.

Taylor has also overseen all seven of the company's highest results for Post-War & Contemporary Art in London and increased Bonhams market share by over 900%, whilst also halving the number of lots offered, resulting in more tightly curated sales. Highlights include £1,565,000 for Mark Bradford's Dream Deferral, £2,042,500 for an exceptional early work by Frank Auerbach, £1,070,500 for one of Andy Warhol's iconic Mao paintings, £1,586,200 for Kazuo Shiraga's Untitled (Red Fan), a world record for Gutai sculpture and £867,300 for Peju's Robe by El Anatsui - the highest price ever achieved for the artist at auction in London.

In addition to redefining the department in UK and Europe, Taylor has been instrumental in initiating an exhibition programme at Bonhams that has included ZERO Gutai Kusama, The Colony Room and Structure and Form.

Ralph, a French speaker, has a Masters in European Modernism from the Courtauld Institute in London and a First Class degree in History of Art and English Literature from the University of Leeds. Prior to joining Bonhams in 2014, Ralph was Managing Director, Sales and Acquisitions at Lazarides Gallery in London for six years, during which time he oversaw a comprehensive programme across three galleries and staged over 100 exhibitions in London, New York and Los Angeles. Ralph was instrumental in shaping the careers of artists such as JR, Banksy and Jonathan Yeo, as well as building a private sales profile at the gallery to service the secondary market. While at Lazarides, he also oversaw collection advisory for several of the world's most active collectors.

Prior to his time at Lazarides, Ralph worked as a specialist in Sotheby's Contemporary Art department for three years, acting as co-head of the Day Sales in late 2007, and initiating and managing a new concept auction to cater for younger artists and new collectors in December of that year. He began his career with two years in the paintings department of another major international auction house.