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Art on the Vine Gala to Feature World-Renowned Auctioneer Malcolm Barber

March 24, 2017

Malcolm Barber, a Bonhams auctioneer with decades of international experience in the art world, will be the emcee at this year's Art on the Vine Gala Auction at the Portland Art Museum on April 8.

From the Bonhams website:

Malcolm Barber is renowned for his professional capabilities, both on the rostrum and in the boardroom, with a career spanning more than 40 years, during which time he has risen from being a sales clerk, working through all aspects of the auction business, to conducting some of the most important auctions of fine art and classic motorcars – his expertise is unparalleled.

Mr. Barber's career began when he joined Sotheby's in 1970. He progressed rapidly through all levels of administration and finance before being appointed Manager of the Sales Office at the new Sotheby's Belgravia saleroom, which opened in 1972. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed to run Sotheby's Bond Street Sales Office, reporting directly to the Chairman.

Mr. Barber was able to indulge his passion for classic motorcars by joining Sotheby's Car Department in 1975, becoming its Director in 1980. In 1986, he became the first auctioneer to organize a car sale in Monaco, and two years later, he assumed the roles of Head of the International Car Department, Managing Director of Operations at Sotheby's saleroom in Amsterdam, and Director of Sales on location.

From being rivals with Robert Brooks in the mid-1980s, the two became colleagues in January 1995 when Malcolm left Sotheby's to join Brooks Auctioneers as Group Managing Director, followed by Managing Director of The Bonhams Group and Group CEO.

Malcolm has handled auctions across the globe, taking to the rostrum in Europe, the US and Asia, selling many collections with record breaking success.

Malcolm is a Freeman of the City of London, a member of the Worshipful Company of Carmen, and a member of the Automobile Club of Monaco, the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain, the Vintage Sportscar Club and the Goodwood Aeroclub. He is a licensed auctioneer and member of the NAA in the USA, and has a collection of veteran vintage and classic cars which he enjoys regularly.

Malcolm is Co-Chairman of Bonhams Group and CEO Bonhams Asia.

2017 marks the 22nd annual occurance of the Art on the Vine event, which raises critical funds for OCAC student scholarships. To learn more about the event and see a sneak peek of the items being offered at this year's auction, click here.