The international auction house Bonhams has announced the appointment of Brett O’Connor as senior international jewellery director and senior VP US.
O’Connor will also join the US executive team. US-born O’Connor takes up his new position at the start of November based in Bonhams New York office.
O’Connor is an auctioneer and leading senior specialist in the jewellery sector with more than 24 years’ auction experience. Having worked extensively in Asia, North America, Europe and the Middle East, he joins Bonhams from Sotheby’s Geneva where he was based for the last 16 years. He was one of the lead auctioneers for the company’s major jewellery sales in Geneva, Hong Kong, London and New York and was responsible for sourcing jewellery globally, liaising with the company’s top clients and advising on their collections. Prior to moving to Geneva, O’Connor was head of Jewels in Hong Kong for Sotheby’s.
During his tenure in Geneva, O’Connor was closely involved in the sale of the collections of Maria Callas, Gina Lollobrigida, Henckle von Donnersmarck and the forthcoming Jewels of Marie Antoinette. O’Connor was also involved in bringing to market some of the most valuable and important diamonds and gemstones ever to appear at auction including the Beau Sancy diamond, the Sunrise ruby and the Apollo and Artemis coloured diamond earrings.
Bonhams global head of Jewellery Jean Ghika said: “I am delighted to welcome Brett to the team. He has an excellent track record and is extremely well regarded within the industry. I am particularly looking forward to working with him to further build our presence in the US and Asia, which are some of the most important and fastest growing markets for jewellery.”
O’Connor added: “I am pleased to be joining Bonhams at an important point in the company’s long history and excited to be returning to the US with a view to expanding the jewellery department’s global presence.”