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 important association.
Since joining Bonhams in 2014, Claire has worked on numerous high-profile sales of both collections and one-of-a-kind collectables, including The Gary Moore Collection of Guitars, The Bicentenary Waterloo Sale, The John Mollo Star Wars Archive, The Ian Macmillan Abbey Road Archive, The K.K. Downing/Judas Priest Collection, The BAFTA at Bonhams sale, and Rowland Emett's 'Cloud Cuckoo Valley' masterpiece - which she sold privately to the National Railway Museum for a six-figure sum.
Specialising in Pop Culture, Claire enjoys working on special projects with museums, musicians, film studios, major charities and other notable personalities. Recently she has worked with Kate Moss, Chris Levine, Robert Smith of The Cure, Coldplay, Annie Lennox, Status Quo, Captain Sensible of The Damned, and Paul McCartney - to name a few. She has also handled some important guitars such as George Harrison's Bartell guitar for £237,000, Francis Rossi's Fender Telecaster for £118,000, Ian Curtis' Vox guitar for £162,000, and George Harrison's Futurama guitar, sold privately for a six-figure sum.
Since 2017, Claire has worked closely with the Pop Culture teams in both New York and Los Angeles, supporting their TCM Presents... and Music Memorabilia sales, which have included the sale of the Abbey Road Studios/Pink Floyd recording console which sold for $1.8 million, and the highly successful sale of Robby the Robot from MGM's Forbidden Planet, sold for $5.3 million - the current world record for a piece of film memorabilia at auction.
Before joining Bonhams, Claire worked for an important collector, the late Lord Ballyedmond. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Art History from the University of Nottingham in 2012.