Bonhams Appoint Sarah Valelly as Boston and New England Representative

. August 29, 2009

Bonhams, one of the three largest international auction houses, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Valelly as Boston and New England Regional Representative. Operating from Beacon Hill, Bonhams Boston provides a local liaison to the firm’s international resources, including specialists versed in all areas of collectibles – from furniture, decorative arts, paintings and jewelry to motorcars, watches and wine.

Coming from the financial sector, Ms. Valelly was President of Compagnie Financiere Tradition, Buenos Aires, and later Director of Sales and Marketing at Institutional Investors Research Products Group in Manhattan.

Ms. Valelly was raised in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, living with her family in Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Tunisia, and later, Iran. Sarah developed a love of languages- she is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian.

“We can offer New Englanders a world-wide network to handle their wonderful antiques, historic and artistic collectibles,” Ms. Valelly said. “I’m proud to represent a firm with such reach, reputation and tradition.”

Bonhams has long-recognized the importance of the Boston area and Eastern New England as an area steeped in collecting tradition. Since 2002, Bonhams has conducted a number of memorable and historic auctions at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum located in Brookline, MA. Categories featured have included such diverse fields as Motor Cars, Maritime Artifacts, Golf Memorabilia, and European and American Furniture and Decorative Arts.

Bonhams has also worked closely with the New England area’s Trusts and Estates community, presenting such memorable auctions as the Estate of Edwin C. Jameson, Jr. of Connecticut, featuring motor cars, furniture, silver, and maps; the Estate of Francois Hermann of Falmouth, MA, which, among other things, contained a collection of important jewelry selling in excess of $6M. Additional sales have included property from the Estates of Rose Adams, Marguerite Singer Smith, Michael and Betty Steflik and Lucia Gould. Bonhams has also featured property from such notable private collectors as Madeleine Taradash, John Morin and Cynthia Forbes Lyman.

“We are delighted to have Sarah Valelly join our team,” states Bonhams CEO Malcolm Barber, “this appointment marks an important step in providing outstanding service to both collectors and the Trusts and Estates community throughout the Northeast.”

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