Bonhams Unveils Exciting New Plans in Scotland

. January 30, 2008

Bonhams announced today (25.1.08) that it is moving its Scottish headquarters from 65 George St to 21-22 Queen Street Edinburgh, to provide an improved service to clients.

Miranda Grant, Bonhams Managing Director in Scotland comments: “I am really delighted that Bonhams has secured these very exciting new premises from which to continue growing our business in Scotland. The buildings, right in the centre of our capital city are tailor-made for providing an efficient and comfortable experience for our clients. It will take some months to complete work on the building required by Bonhams, but when completed I believe that we will have the most impressive salerooms in Scotland. Bonhams have always been committed to Edinburgh but this massive new investment in the city centre certainly shows our ongoing commitment to Scotland.”

After 176 years at 65 George Street (first as Dowells, then Phillips and now Bonhams), the company needed smarter and better laid out premises to house staff as well as an increasing number of works of art and antiques. The move will not only allow for improved service for existing clients but will also help to attract many more new clients because of improved accessibility. Bonhams new home at 21-22 Queen Street was formerly used by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the NHS Education for Scotland.

The Edinburgh Evening News said recently: “The move has been welcomed by business leaders, who said they were happy the famous auction house would be staying in the centre of the Capital. Graham Birse, deputy chief executive of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, said: “It will be a significant reflection of the prestigious reputation of Edinburgh’s city centre. Flagship locations such as George Street, Princes Street and Queen Street are proving popular among big, world-renowned brands and Bonhams is certainly one of those quality companies.”

Robert Bleasdale, UK Group Managing Director of Bonhams says: “George Street has served us well but its configuration and location presented growing problems. So we are excited about the move because it will allow us to be much more client focussed. The new premises will accommodate our client service needs – including some free parking.”

Bonhams will maintain the full schedule of auctions in Scotland ranging from affordable art and antiques sales to specialist fine sales and the annual highpoint of the Bonhams calendar, The Scottish Sale in August.

Unlike any of the other auction firms in Scotland, Bonhams is the only international fine art auction house to have a regional network across the UK with nine salerooms outside London (where the company maintains two salerooms in Mayfair and Knightsbridge). This regional strength is allied to international salerooms in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Paris, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. The company maintains a presence in 25 countries on all five continents and offers 57 separate specialist divisions.

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