Buyers flock to Nicky Haslam sale at Bonhams

The collection of one of the world’s most celebrated interior designers, Nicky Haslam, achieved a total of £383,087 at auction house Bonhams New Bond Street in London yesterday (Wednesday November 20).

The collection came from his home: The Hunting Lodge in Hampshire. The top lot, Portrait of Coco Chanel by Cecil Beaton, made £50,063 after an intense bidding war. It had an estimate of £4,000-£6,000.

Other highlights in the sale included:

-Self-portrait of Cecil Beaton sold for £11,938. Estimate: £2,000-£3,000.

-The Ecstasy of Saint Joseph of Cupertino, 18th Century Italian School sold for £8,813. Estimate: £2,000-£3,000

Costume designs for Stephen Tennant as Percy Bysshe Shelley by Rex Whistler sold for £8,813. Estimate: £2,000-£3,000.

-Portrait of a lady traditionally identified as Camilla Romca Morichi with her dog, Venetian School, 18th Century sold for £8,813. Estimate: £1,500-£2,000.

Bonhams director of house sales and private collections Charlie Thomas said, “This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snap up some of Nicky Haslam’s most-loved possessions. It is no surprise that interest was so high and we are thrilled that so many pieces found keen new owners.”


Top left: Portrait of Coco Chanel by Cecil Beaton sold for £50,063.

Top right: Nicky Haslam at his home: The Hunting Lodge in Hampshire

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