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…


Top 10 fine art sales of 2016

December 20, 2016

At New Bond Street Pawnbrokers, a large part of what we do relates to the world of fine art. Since we set up the art department in 2006, we’ve had the works of various artists come through our doors, from Banksy to Warhol. Because of this, we like to keep an eye on goings on…


Dress and watch worn by Marilyn Monroe sell for combined $5m

November 24, 2016

The dress and wristwatch worn by Marilyn Monroe during her famous performance of ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ for then-President John F. Kennedy in 1962 have been sold at auction for a combined $5m. Monroe’s Madison Square Garden performance has become iconic in popular culture in the decades since it occurred, thanks in part to incessant…


Valuable, or just a load of hot air? The debate around Trump art

November 7, 2016

  With a long, bitter election cycle almost behind us, we’ll soon find out who the people of the United States have chosen as their next president; former First Lady, New York Senator, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, or loud-mouthed businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump. Trump has been an endless source of fascination to the watching…


Going, going, gone: The potential pitfalls of selling at auction

November 1, 2016

The benefits of selling at auction are well reported and numerous, but what are the potential downsides? Our Senior Consultant Ian Welsh explains. In the contemporary luxury market, auctions are one of the most popular ways for people to sell valuable commodities. It’s easy to see why, as the benefits are numerous. However, the world of…


A case study in provenance: Huanghuali Drum Stools

October 10, 2016

In the luxury goods market, it’s not uncommon for a lot of money to exchange hands in the sale of just one item. If you’re buying in the secondary market, that is, buying something second hand, you need to be confident that the item you’re buying is legitimate. Because of this, it’s absolutely vital that…


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