What makes a painting worth more than $100m?

May 24, 2017

Following the sale of a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat for $110.5m at auction, Ian Welsh discusses the growing trend of art pieces selling for nine figure sums, and what factors can drive this kind of sale.   When Jean-Michel Basquiat’s untitled painting of a skull sold for $110.5m at Sotheby’s in Manhattan, the art world…

A brief history of Chinese art from the Qin and Han dynasties

May 10, 2017

Ian Welsh, the head of the art department at premium pawn shop New Bond Street Pawnbrokers, discusses the history of the Qin and Han dynasties, and why they became so influential on art. Ask a student of Chinese history about the most influential of the country’s famous dynasties, it would likely be a toss-up between…

The rise and rise of mid-century modern design

April 28, 2017

Ian Welsh, the resident art and design expert at New Bond Street Pawnbrokers, explains the growing appeal of mid-century modern designs. In 2005, a Carlo Mollino table designed in 1948 went on sale at Christie’s in New York. The piece, a mid-century modern design, was subject to a lot of attention by those in attendance….

Multi million pound Aston Martin sale to take place at Bonhams

April 13, 2017

Aston Martin fans, circle the 13th of May on your calendars, because that’s when Bonhams hold their Aston Martin sale in Newport Pagnell. The sale, taking place in the town just outside Milton Keynes, will see twelve classic post-war Aston Martins up for grabs, built between 1953 and 1990. Founded in 1913, Aston Martin’s early…

4 things we learned at BaselWorld 2017

March 30, 2017

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of luxury watches here at New Bond Street Pawnbrokers. Just like all other watch enthusiasts, we make sure that the dates for BaselWorld are circled on our calendars as soon as they’re announced. The event is a pretty good way of getting a handle on where the watch…

Trump’s Cadillac limo up for sale at Bonhams

March 13, 2017

If you’ve ever wanted to own a Cadillac that was commissioned by a US President, now is your chance. Bonhams have included a 1988 Cadillac Trump Golden Series Limousine in their March car sale taking place in Chichester. How the vehicle found its way to Britain is unclear, but the way it was created is…

Bonhams make history with world-first online whisky sale

February 28, 2017

Bonhams Hong Kong branch has made history with the world’s first online-only whisky auction. With lots comprised entirely of bottles from The Macallan distillery, in the Scottish Highlands, the sale started on 17th February, and is due to run until 10th March. The Macallan distillery has a sterling reputation among whisky aficionados; your average bottle…

The unbreakable link between protest and art

February 7, 2017

Our resident art expert Ian Welsh explores the link between political activism and art, in a number of countries across the world. Throughout much of modern history, art has been a key medium of protest against injustice and oppression. Because of the aims of protest art; to connect with the public and drive societal change,…

Five sculptures tapped for prestigious Fourth Plinth spot

January 23, 2017

Five sculptures have been announced as the finalists for one of Britain’s most prestigious public art displays, the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Two of the five finalists will be selected in March 2017, and their creations will be installed in 2018 and 2020, to be seen by many of the tourists and locals who…

£20m wine collection used as collateral for a loan

January 16, 2017

At New Bond Street Pawnbrokers, we’ve carved out a reputation as the top pawnbrokers in the UK for people looking to pawn art, watches or jewellery. However, we also take on more niche luxury good such as fine wine, and are able to provide capital assets against wine as collateral. We have been supplying loans…

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