Christie’s | “A performance art”: The secrets of a Christie’s auctioneer

Hugh Edmeades is responsible for over £2.2 billion in sales at the world’s biggest auction house.

Here, he presents his expert advice for would-be auctioneers 

‘It’s showtime,’ declares Hugh Edmeades, Christie’s International Director of Auctioneering, who has conducted over 2,300 auctions since making his debut in August 1984 — selling over 300,000 lots for more than £2.2 billion.

‘Auctioneering is a performance art,’ Edmeades continues. ‘Our stage is our rostrum, and our only prop is our gavel.’ With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Edmeades is an expert performer, and now manages a select group of 65 men and women responsible for taking Christie’s sales across the globe. Many are graduates of his highly competitive ‘Auctioneering School,’ run every two years for Christie’s staff.

| Auctioneers must enjoy themselves, and the bidders will too |

In this video, Edmeades gives an exclusive insight into the rigorous training his potentials undertake. ‘If an actor doesn’t know his or her lines, then they cannot truly perform their part. And with auctioneers, if we don’t know our numbers and our increments then we cannot truly sell,’ he insists. 

His other nuggets of wisdom are more subtle, though no less important — from encouraging auctioneers to adopt bright accessories, to using hand gestures. Perhaps the most vital is a sense of enthusiasm. To succeed as an auctioneer, Edmeades says, requires speed and energy: ‘Auctioneers must enjoy themselves, and the bidders will too.’ 

As Edmeades approaches the 22nd anniversary of his first sale, that sense of enjoyment remains palpable — shining through a now expertly-polished performance.

Bonhams | The Robert White Collection

Rare motorcycles, motor cars, watches and cameras 
to be sold for a charitable cause
  • Containing a treasure trove of mechanical rarities, the Robert White Collection will be sold at Bonhams on 19 September 2016
  • Close friend Jay Leno described Robert White as a man who “Took more pleasure from his possessions than any man I have ever met.”
  • The sale is expected to raise more than £2 million, with all proceeds set to fund advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment in Robert White’s home county of Dorset

Bonhams is delighted to announce the single-owner collection of entrepreneur and businessman, Robert White.

The collection contains a vast treasure trove of collectible mechanical delights worth more than £2 million, including motorcycles, motor cars, vintage Leica cameras, motoring mascots, Lalique, and several rare wristwatches.
Proceeds from the sale of this incredible collection will be used to build new cancer facilities at Poole and Dorset County hospitals, benefiting patients across the whole of the country.
“Robert White was a great man and an enthusiast of all things mechanical. The sale is a showcase of his life’s passion, with more than 500 lots set to raise more than £2 million for charity,” said Malcolm Barber, Bonhams Co-Chairman. “The collection is the result of a life’s passion for photography – Robert was the founder of one of the UK’s leading photographic retailers – and his adoration for motorcycles. We’re delighted to be able to offer this for sale, and for such a great charitable cause.”
It was his love of motorcycles that first connected Robert White his close friend and confidant, the comedian and TV host, Jay Leno.
“They say that you should never be possessed by your possessions; but Robert took more pleasure from his possessions than any man I have ever met,” said Leno. “The evening ritual of winding his George Daniels watch, for example, was an active delight to him as an opportunity to take pleasure in its mechanism.”
Robert White riding his Gilera 500cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle recreation at the 2006 Southern 100.
The model is now offered at an estimate of £50,000-60,000
The friends bonded over a love of Brough Superior motorcycles, and before Robert died in 2015, he sold his Brough Superiors to Leno. The funds from the Brough Superiors have been used to support the creation of a brand new cancer treatment centre at Dorset County Hospital and new diagnostic facilities at Poole Hospital, both overseen by the latter’s Dorset Cancer Centre.
Leno said: “We spent time together in England before he died. He didn’t feel sorry for himself or ‘woe-is-me’. He realistically faced up to his position and decided he wanted to give something back to the people in Poole Hospital who had helped him with his illness.”
Robert White (1953-2015) was the founder of one of the UK’s leading photographic retailers, having started in business with a small camera shop in Poole, where he was born.Robert White
An astute and dedicated businessman, Robert White’s success enabled him to indulge a passion for collecting machines and objects that embodied the finest design and engineering. He loved to ride motorcycles and drive fast cars. He learned to fly and bought a vintage Boeing-Stearman bi-plane to travel round Britain.
He was described by a close friend as: “A modest person who liked the best of what he liked, but was never one for designer clothes and frippery, leaves a legacy that will outlast all of us. The life of Robert will help countless people he has never met. Robert’s illness taught him what is important, and he was in a self-made position to make a life-changing difference.”
Robert White died of cancer in 2015. His consultant oncologist, Dr. Mike Bayne, said: “The impact that Mr. White’s incredible generosity will have to patients facing cancer in Dorset cannot be overstated.
“This lasting legacy will continue to benefit patients and their families for years to come, enabling the people of Dorset to receive the very latest and most effective diagnoses and treatments for a range of cancers, and supporting our skilled clinicians and nursing teams to be among the most advanced in the country.
“Robert White will forever be associated with advances in cancer care in the county, and on behalf of our patients I would like to express our heartfelt thanks.”
The money raised from the Robert White Collection will help to fund essential improvements in cancer diagnosis and treatment in Dorset, including:
  • New cancer treatment radiotherapy facilities at Dorset County Hospital to benefit patients in the west of the county, meaning shorter travel times
  • New computerised tomography (CT) scanner for Poole Hospital, accurately identifying cancer site to enable targeted treatment
  • Permanent positron emission tomography (PET) scanner at Poole Hospital – a sophisticated imaging technique widely used for cancer, providing highly detailed imagery showing tumours and its response to treatment.
  • Education and training bursaries to enable staff working in cancer care and associated medical and diagnostic specialties to remain at the cutting edge of best practice.
Dr. George Daniels C.B.E (1926–2011) is regarded by many as having been the greatest watchmaker of the last 250 years. In the 1990s, he relinquished some custodianship of his brand to Roger Smith, the man who would continue Daniels’ legacy long after he’d gone.
Smith was the only watchmaker Daniels ever collaborated with, and, working together, they produced a number of watches, including the very last piece to bear the ‘Daniels’ name, the
George Daniels 35th Anniversary wristwatch. It is of no surprise then, that Robert White, an enthusiast of mechanics and engineering, possessed one of these rare, beautiful wristwatches. The watch is now offered at an estimate of £70,000-100,000.
“Robert White loved his motorcycles, and this is no more evident than when we look at the incredible machines he had in his collection,” said Ben Walker, Bonhams Head of Motorcycles. “Robert had his own personal motoring museum and workshop where he took great pleasure in showing people his carefully curated items. He was a true enthusiast who appreciated each and every part of these exhilarating machines.
Motorcycles featured in the collection include:
  • c.1929 Megola 640cc Touring Model, estimated at £120,000-140,000
  • MV Agusta 500cc 3-Cylinder Grand Prix recreation, estimate £80,000-100,000
  • MV Agusta 500cc 4-Cylinder Grand Prix recreation, estimate £70,000-90,0000
  • 1974 Ducati 750SS, estimated at £60,000-70,000
  • 1951 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow, estimated at £50,000-70,000
The collection features four lovingly maintained motor cars, including a superb 1930 Bentley 4½-Litre Tourer.
Just 670 4½ Litre Bentleys were built between 1927 and 1931, with this particular model offered carrying the popular Le Mans-style Tourer coachwork, made famous from the Le Mans 24-Hour victory in 1928.
Motor cars featured in the collection include:
  • 1930 Bentley 4½-Litre Le Mans-style Tourer, estimated at £450,000-550,000
  • 1959 AC Ace-Bristol Roadster, estimated at £180,000-220,000
  • 1958 AC Ace Roadster, estimated at £120,000-140,000
  • Pur Sang ‘Type 51’ Sports Two Seater, estimated at £90,000-110,000

More info on Bonhams

Gooding & Company: The Scottsdale Auctions – January 29 & 30, 2016

The Scottsdale Auctions

January 29 & 30, 2016

Arizona is long-known as an ideal winter destination, and each January Scottsdale hosts a thriving automotive marketplace adjacent to the Fashion Square Mall and charming Old Town Scottsdale. Gooding & Company has brought a refined approach to this lively and well-established event, offering stunning vehicles across marques and eras. When our viewing showcase opens on Wednesday of Arizona Auction Week, enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the high-quality assortment of vehicles up for auction and connect with Gooding & Company’s top-notch staff and fellow collectors. Over the past eight years in Scottsdale, Gooding & Company has consistently raised the bar for the collector car year, with records that reset the market. Our exceptional collection often becomes the talk of the town – and beyond.

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For sale on the shop: this wonderful Rolex Tank Ref. 912

FullSizeRender-3Fin dall’inizio le linee Rolex si sono contraddistinte per la loro eleganza e raffinatezza, mai fuori posto sempre concettualmente coerenti ai canoni d’eleganza del periodo. Canoni che spesso hanno forgiato leggi scritte sulla pietra, regole cui ancora aggi ci si attiene quando si parla di alta arte orologiera.

L’esemplare che oggi è sul nostro shop riassume in se un pò tutte queste caratteristiche. Si tratta di un Rolex Tank referenza 912 in oro bianco 18k. Questo magnifico timepiece prende la sua forma ereditandola dai Rolex Prince rettangolari e la trasforma in questa che rappresenta tipicamente i Tank: una cassa square dai profili cushion.FullSizeRender-5

Quello che stupisce sono le condizioni eccezionali in cui si trova, fantastiche per un orologio che sta per compiere i suoi primi cent’anni. Frugando in rete sono veramente pochi gli esemplari rimasti ma in ogni caso è difficilissimo trovarne uno in condizioni simili. Infatti oggi, questo orologio splende ancora come negli anni ruggenti che trascorrevano al battito del suo tempo.

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For sale on the shop: Panerai – Luminor Marina Ref. PAM001 Full Set

IMG_0311Panerai Luminor Marina, anno 1998, full set come nuovo, quadrante al trizio tiratura limitata 1500 pezzi referenza PAM001, completamente originale.IMG_0396

The iconic Omega Racing family

IMG_2881La configurazione Omega Speedmaster con quadrante speciale è stata lanciata in pochi esemplari nel 1963 ed ora è molto ambita dai collezionisti.

Nel dettaglio abbiamo tutta la famiglia di Racing o esotici come dir si voglia, tutti contraddistinti da diversi calibri e casse.

Il primo uscì sul mercato nel 1963 con la classica grafica 2915 con la “O” slight e senza la scritta “professional” referenza 105-003 calibro 321 con anse dritte.FullSizeRender-15

Il secondo uscì nel 1967 con la scritta “professional” e porta referenza 145-012, calibro 321 con la nuova tipologia di cassa ad anse elicoidali.FullSizeRender-13

L’ultimo Racing uscì sul mercato nel 1969 con il calibro 861, referenza 145-022. Questo raffigurato è forse l’unico esemplare esistente con quadrante personalizzato MEISTER (un concessionario con sede in Svizzera).FullSizeRender-14

Omega ha riprodotto una versione moderna dell referenza 145-022, con tiratura limitata di soli 2004 pezzi per il mercato giapponese per l’anno 2004.

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The configuration Omega Speedmaster with special dial was launched in small numbers in 1963 and is now highly coveted by collectors.

In detail we have the whole family of Racing or exotic as you prefer, all characterized by different sizes and speakers.

The first came on the market in 1963 with the classic graphics 2915 with the “O” slight and without the word “professional”, reference 105-003, caliber 321 with straight lugs.

The second came in 1967 with the words “professional” with reference 145-012, caliber 321.
The last Racing came out on the market in 1969 with the caliber 861, 145-022 reference. This one is perhaps the only example with custom dial MEISTER (a dealer based in Switzerland).
Omega has played a modern version of the reference 145-022, with a limited edition of only 2,004 pieces for the Japanese market for the year 2004.
About the Modern we can see instead the so-called tin tin and the Apollo 15 produced in a limited edition for the fortieth anniversary of NASA mission in only 1971 examples.


An outstanding Patek Philippe Ref. 1491 for sale on


La Ref 1491, prodotta tra il 1940 e il 1965, si distingue per un design sobrio accoppiato ad una forte influenza Decò visibile nelle caratteristiche anse a riccio. Le dimensioni di 34 mm per 9 mm di spessore della cassa in oro giallo 18 k, rispecchiano i classici canoni della maison che non ama i fuori misura.

Il Patek Philippe in vendita su presenta inoltre una personalizzazione molto particolare per casa Welsh Lima ed è corredato da fibbia oroginale dell’epoca ed estratto d’archivio Patek.


The legendary Heuer Carrera 1158 18k for sale on

FullSizeRenderChiunque chieda a Jack Heuer quale sia il suo orologio preferito, riceverà sempre la stessa risposta: il Carrera oro 18K referenza 1158.

L’orologio, sul mercato per tutti gli anni ’70, fu donato da Jack Heuer a tutti i piloti e dirigenti dei Team Ferrari F1 e Endurance di quel periodo. Piloti del calibro di Niki Lauda, Clay Regazzoni e Ronnie Peterson, l’ingegner Mauro Forghieri, furono straordinari testimonial per Heuer che proprio a quell’epoca aurea deve la sua fama. Ogni pilota inoltre portava il logo Heuer sulla tutta all’altezza della spalla e la scuderia Ferrari lo appose sulla parte anteriore delle auto da corsa in Formula Uno ed Endurance.

Jack Heuer stesso dichiarò quanto fosse legato alla referenza 1158: “Questi orologi hanno un significato profondo per me, anche perché alcuni di coloro cui ne feci dono hanno perso la vita in terribili incidenti durante le corse”.

L’orologio, sostanzialmente un Carrera automatico ma con cassa in oro 18K, impreziosito da una pietra preziosa alle ore 12 è oggi rarissimo e molto ricercato dai collezionisti.

L’oggetto nelle foto è in vendita su con prezzo su richiesta. La scatola autografa “Arturo Merzario” non è in vendita.

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The “one of a kind” Maserati Boomerang offered at Bonhams Chantilly Sale

maserati-boomerang-concept-front-three-quarterConcept car degli anni 1970, la Maserati Boomerang era un prototipo diverso da qualsiasi cosa vista prima. Utilizzando forme geometriche e linee rette, il suo stile si impose fortemente al Salone di Torino del 1971. Ora la Boomerang è pronta ancora una volta a far parlare di sé alla Bonhams Chantilly Sale del 5 settembre prossimo.

maserati-boomerang_3La Boomerang fu esposta anche al Salone di Ginevra del 1972, questa volta trasformata in un veicolo completamente operativo. Sviluppata sul telaio della Maserati Bora, la Boomerang era dotata di un motore da 300 cavalli che la lanciava ad una velocità di 300 chilometri orari. Con il suo motore V8, prese il meglio della meccanica Maserati combinata con la genialità di Giorgetto Giugiaro. Questi elementi hanno creato un capolavoro unico nel suo genere.

Giugiaro fu scoperto dal Direttore Tecnico Fiat, Dante Giacosta, che, colpito dal lavoro dell’artista alla scuola d’arte, gli offrì la possibilità di unirsi allo staff dei designer Fiat. Nel 1959, quattro anni più tardi, all’età di 21 anni, al talentuoso Giugiaro fu offerto un posto da direttore del Design Centre Bertone, dove affinò la sua arte con la creazione di progetti per Aston Martin, Jaguar, Ferrari e Maserati.

Perfettamente funzionante, la Maserati Boomerang è in asta alla Bonhams Chantilly Sale, che si terrà il 5 settembre a Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille, in Francia. Per ulteriori informazioni, visita il sito Bonhams:

A signature concept car of the 1970s, the Maserati Boomerang was a one-off prototype unlike anything seen before. Using geometric shapes and ruler straight lines, its angular style made a strong statement at the 1971 Turin Motor Show. Now the Boomerang is set to cause a stir once again as a highlight lot of Bonhams 5 September Chantilly Sale.

Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring, said: “The Boomerang was the first car of its time to create such a strong, angular style statement. It’s considered by many to be one of the most remarkable designs of the 20th century and the ‘grandfather’ to the Volkswagen Golf Mk 1. The Boomerang has been shown at many world-class events including exhibitions and concours d’élégance such as Villa d’Este and Pebble Beach, and is now offered at Bonhams first ever sale in Chantilly.”

First unveiled at the 1971 Turin Motor show, the Boomerang was also exhibited at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show, this time transformed to a fully operational vehicle. Developed over the chassis of the Maserati Bora, the Boomerang boasted an impressive 300bhp, and a top speed of 300km/h. With the V8 engine, the Boomerang took the best of Maserati mechanics and combined it with the imagination of Giorgetto Giugiaro. These elements created a fully functional, one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Giugiaro was discovered by Fiat Technical Director, Dante Giacosta, who, impressed by the artist’s work at art school, offered him a chance to join Fiat’s Styling Office. In 1959, four years later and at the age of 21, the talented Giugiaro was offered a position as manager of the Bertone Design Centre, where he honed his craft by creating designs for the likes of Aston Martin, Jaguar, Ferrari, and Maserati – this grounding later lead to the innovative design of the Maserati Boomerang.

Still in working order and fully road registered, the Maserati Boomerang is offered at Bonhams Chantilly Sale, taking place on 5 September at Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille, held in Chantilly, France. For further information, visit Bonhams website:

Omega 2777-1: the British military watches aura


C’è una certa aura che circonda gli orologi militari britannici. Ad essere onesti, c’è un’aura che circonda la maggior parte degli orologi militari, ma quelli inglesi sembrano attirare più attenzione e ciò, spesso, si riflette nel prezzo. Mentre i MilSubs Rolex cambiano regolarmente mani per somme a sei cifre, si possono trovare orologi militari molto interessanti a prezzi estremamente ragionevoli. E’ il caso di questo Omega. L’Omega 2777-1 è stato prodotto nel 1953 sotto le specifiche della Royal Air Force britannica.


La produzione è durata un solo anno per un totale di 5900 pezzi. E’ amagnetico e animato dal calibro 283 alloggiato in una robusta cassa da 37 millimetri. Questi orologi come la totalità dei militari dell’epoca hanno originariamente luminescenze al radio. Il Ministero della Difesa britannico procedette alla sostituzione dei quadranti con dei nuovi con indici al Trizio e per differenziare questa serie dalla precedente, venne stampata la “T” sul quadrante sotto il logo Omega.


Questa serie si contraddistingue inoltre per avere la classica freccia un po’ più “grassa” infatti sono detti anche “fat-arrow”. Sul fondello come di consueto si trovano i punzoni relativi all’assegnazione, riferimento velivolo e codici NATO.

IMG_6878 – Andrea Foffi & Manuel Galvez

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There is a certain aura surrounding military British watches. To be honest, there is an aura that surrounds most of the military watches, but those English seem to attract more attention and that, often, is reflected in their price. While MilSubs Rolex regularly change hands for six-figure sums, you can find very interesting military watches at extremely reasonable prices. And that’s the case of this Omega example.

The Omega 2777-1 was produced in 1953 under the specifications of the British Royal Air Force. The production lasted only one year for a total of 5900 pieces. It’s non-magnetic and powered by the caliber 283 housed in a sturdy 37mm case. These watches, as many of the military era, were originally made with Radium on dial. The UK Ministry of Defence proceeded to the replacement of those dials with a new one with Tritium and to differentiate this model from the previous, it was printed the typical “T” on the dial under the Omega logo. This series is also characterized by a “fat-arrow”.

On the back, as usual, NATO reference – Foffi Andrea & Manuel Galvez Purchase, questions or evaluations @: lasted only one year for a total of 5900 pieces. It’s non-magnetic and powered by the caliber 283 housed in a sturdy 37mm case. These watches, as many of the military era, were originally made with Radium on dial.

The UK Ministry of Defence proceeded to the replacement of those dials with a new one with Tritium and to differentiate this model from the previous, it was printed the typical “T” on the dial under the Omega logo. This series is also characterized by a “fat-arrow”. On the back, as usual, NATO reference codes. – Andrea Foffi & Manuel Galvez

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