Ian Ehling is Director of Fine Books and Manuscripts at Bonhams in New York. He has appraised and cataloged thousands of the rarest and most exquisite books to come to market during his 37 years in the field and has advised prestigious collectors, libraries and institutions during that time. His career began in Germany where he worked in the antiquarian book trade from 1982-1993.
In 1993, Ian was awarded a Bertelsmann Foundation fellowship and moved to New York. Later that same year he joined the staff at Christie's, where he rose through the ranks to become a Senior Specialist in 2000. He was with Christie's for 23 years before leaving to assume the directorship of the Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts Department, New York in 2017.
In his long career, Ehling has worked on more than 170 auctions. He is responsible for many record-breaking sales including works by Vitruvius ($881,000, 2007); Newton ($2.5 million, 2013); a Columbus Letter (2017 at $751,500) and an Albert Einstein violin (2018 $516,500).
Since 1998 Ehling has appeared on the popular PBS television series The Antiques Roadshow. He has lectured for New York University and the Appraiser's Association of America. He has been a member of the Grolier Club, the oldest existing bibliophilic club in North America, since 1999. Ian Ehling is one of Bonhams principal auctioneers.