Top 5 blogs about luxury London

September 24, 2017

London is brimming with vibrancy and luxury. If you enjoy the finer things in life, London has a lot to offer. To keep up with luxury goings-on in the capital, take a look at these five blogs. SilverSpoon London SilverSpoon is a London lifestyle, food and travel blog. It’s run by Angie Silver and she…

How does pawnbroking work?

September 21, 2017

Pawnbroking can be an excellent way to raise some much-needed capital, without having to sell your belongings outright. There are a lot of misconceptions about pawnbrokers and exactly how the process works, but it’s very simple. In essence, you give an item of value to the pawnbroker who lends you money in return. Once your…

Classic Film Poster Auction at Sotheby’s this Summer

August 24, 2017

This summer, Sotheby’s Mayfair will be hosting an inaugural online auction of Original Film Posters Online. With titles spanning throughout the 20th century, this is the perfect opportunity for film fans and poster collectors to pick up some truly standout and unique cinematic pieces. The exhibition is currently on view in Sotheby’s New Bond Street…

Jean-Michel Basquiat: a career retrospective

July 31, 2017

Introducing Jean Michel Basquiat   The late street artist turned expressionist painter Jean-Michel Basquiat may have met a tragic and untimely death in the late 1980s, but his work is still making a stir in the art world. Recently becoming the most expensive artist of his generation, Basquiat has firmly rooted himself as one of…

Damien Hirst: a career retrospective

July 25, 2017

On 7th June 1965, painter and sculptor Damien Hirst was born in Bristol, England. Little did his Catholic parents know at the time that he would go on to become one of the richest living artists of all time before he had even reached his fifties. This piece looks back on his rich and storied…

The best luxury diving watches to buy in 2017

June 30, 2017

One of the best things about collecting luxury watches is picking out different watches with different features, to suit different aspects of your lifestyle. Whether you’re a keen driver, sailor, globetrotter, or diver, there’s a luxury watch out there that can suit your needs. One feature that is incredibly popular is water resistance to a…

How we made our radical and innovative business idea a reality

June 15, 2017

    David Sonnenthal, director and founder of New Bond Street Pawnbrokers, speaks about how his idea for a top-end pawnbrokers went from being a radical idea, to one that has changed the way that the luxury goods industry operates in West London.   In the 1990s, I had an idea; a pawn shop operating…

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….

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