Bonhams Appoints Leslie Wright as Chairman North America
Bonhams has appointed Leslie Wright as Chairman, North America, overseeing Fine Arts, Luxury Lifestyle and Collectibles.
Leslie joined the company in 1994. She single-handedly built the US Trust and Estates team from ground up and has been a key factor for establishing its high reputation among the estate planning community both in the US and internationally. She has been involved in the consignment of many of the major estates Bonhams has sold, including the Silverman Museum Collection and the Estate of Onnalee Doheny. In November 2020, another of Wright's consignments, Einige Spitzen (Several Points) by the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky sold for $3,270,313 at Bonhams Impressionist and Modern Art Sale in New York.
In 2008, Wright assumed responsibility for Bonhams West Coast team where the region has developed exponentially. She has also added new sale categories, most recently Western Art and during the past year successfully led the company's response to the challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic by transforming the traditional auction sales model to hybrid sales and by growing sales online.
Bonhams CEO Bruno Vinciguerra said: "Leslie has played a crucial leadership role in Bonhams in the US for many years, bonding together the company's east and west coast operations and helping to extend its footprint and reputation across the whole country. Her new position recognizes her pivotal place in Bonhams' future development."
Leslie Wright commented: "It is a great privilege to lead Bonhams to the next step in the US. Bonhams is the most wonderful company. It has a fantastic team of specialists whose expertise constantly astounds me and which will enable us to go from strength to strength."
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