New Zealand auction house Webb’s has bought Auckland’s contemporary and modern art gallery and auction house Bowerbank Ninow.
Webb’s was bought in early 2018 by Ewen Mackenzie-Bowie and Bruce Qin and held its first auction under new ownership in June that year.
Under Webb’s management Bowerbank Ninow, which was founded by Simon Bowerbank and Charles Ninow in 2015, will continue its regular operations.
The acquisition of Bowerbank Ninow will mean Webb’s can introduce a full-time gallery programme of exhibitions by leading New Zealand and international artists under the Bowerbank Ninow name.
Bowerbank Ninow will move to new premises with larger exhibition space.
The first auctions to take place at Bowerbank Ninow under Webb’s management were photography sales on April 3.
Bonhams has hired Giles Moon as director of music and entertainment memorabilia in the auction house’s San Francisco office.
He has been in the auction business for more than 30 years, working for Christie's in London, Sotheby's in New York, Bonhams & Goodman and Leonard Joel in Australia and, most recently, Heritage in San Francisco. His expertise is in rock and roll memorabilia.
Bonhams has also appointed Yao Yao as its director for private clients in Greater China. She is currently senior specialist in the modern and contemporary art department in London and will now combine the two roles.
Bonhams global director of post-war and contemporary art, Ralph Taylor said: “Yao’s strong understanding of the cultures of Asia and the West – she was born in Beijing but studied and works in London – will be invaluable in providing our private clients in Greater China with the world class service they expect.”
Potter & Potter Auctions
Potter & Potter Auctions has launched a toys and pop culture department and has hired dealer Tom Miano to lead it. Miano and his wife Patti ran Serious Toyz for more than 20 years. Potter & Potter, founded in 2007 in Chicago, specialises in Americana, vintage and collectables.
Palm Beach Show Group
Jaime Kantor has been promoted to chief operating officer of Palm Beach Show Group. Originally from New Jersey, Kantor moved to south Florida and started at the company as a sales assistant in 2008 and was quickly promoted to executive exhibitor development manager. The previous COO, Dale Chlumsky, will continue to be involved as a company consultant and adviser.