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Bonhams Joins Brooks

An announcement on September 12, 2000, revealed that venerable auctioneers Bonhams and the much younger company Brooks"two British family enterprises"were merging. The new, multiinterest international company will now be known as Bonhams & Brooks and will retain headquarters in Knightsbridge, London (Bonham's established home). The merger combines the traditions of Bonhams, which was established in 1793, with the powerful sales developed by Brooks since its creation in 1989. Bonhams & Brooks declares that there was very little overlap in the companies' business, and that the merger will not affect future sale schedules.

Early Autumn Sales

Phillips held a sale in London on September 11, 2000. The top seller was a violin labeled Johannes Franciscus Pressenda (but thought by Phillips to be circa 1890, School of Italy); it sold for 45,000 ($63,526). Also of note, a violin circa 1880, School of Naples, brought 66,200 ($8,750).

A Bonhams & Brooks auction took place in London on September 27, shortly after the merger announcement (see above). Highlights from the sale include an unlabeled "interesting" violin, circa 1890, bearing the W.E. Hill & Son logo on the fingerboard, which brought 2,600 ($3,770, including premium); a cello by Mathias Neuner of Mittenwald, which garnered 2,400 ($3,480); and a good silver-mounted viola bow by WE. Hill & Sons that brought 1,800 ($2,610).

Sotheby's held its first U.S. instrument sale since 1986 in Chicago, on October 6, 2000. The auction went very well, bringing nine record sales. Says Director of Musical Instruments Tim Ingles, "Chicago has been very much at the forefront of the growth in the market for fine violins and bows over the last 20 years, and I am delighted that Sotheby's Musical Instruments [department] will now have a presence there. …

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