Miranda Leslie was managing director of Bonhams Scotland for 10 years and previously worked for Christie’s jewellery. She has joined with Henry Baggott, a Bonhams specialist of six years and previously the owner of an antiquarian bookshop in Stow on the Wold for 10 years.
The new shop, Leslie & Baggott, opens on December 2. It is in a 16th century house, Isle Tower, and will be fully furnished with all items for sale. Each piece is to feature a detailed tag with price, condition and history. As well as offering pieces at a range of price points, they offer clients an advisory service on buying and selling.
All stock is pitched at ‘auction prices’ which the owners define as the equivalent of hammer price plus buyer’s premium.
Also joining the team is Alex Leslie, a journalist of more than 10 years, who will be responsible for the company’s communications and website.