- Bonhams auction provides platform to raise voice of Dubai based START charity –sale proceeds will and raise funds for children all over the globe –

Dubai, October 1st 2009 – Bonhams, one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques, is scheduling its next Modern & Contemporary Middle Eastern & South Asian Art auction on Monday 12th October 2009 at the Royal Ballroom at the One & Only Royal Mirage, Dubai. An important aspect of this sale will be the collaboration with the charity START, whose founders are Art Dubai and the UK based Al Madad Foundation, which uses art education to empower the younger generation in disadvantaged areas in the Middle East.

START activities are geared toward giving children a voice through the universal expression of art by engaging them with their communities, their peers and by teaching them a sense of self-worth. Specifically START’s aim is to use the international language of art to heal, educate and enrich the skills and opportunities for children and young adults in devastated areas of the world. A key part of its approach is directed to developing children through the creative process, providing opportunities for building skills and enhancing life-choices as well as building networks for inter-cultural communication, awareness and understanding.

“Bonhams is dedicated to building platforms to facilitate cultural exchange of works of art between the Middle East and the rest of the world and START essentially links arts education to social development. We are excited about providing the platform of our next sale to help raise the voice of the START charity to the art world of the Middle East, and raise funds for the projects START implements for children all over the globe,” said Elizabeth Johnston, Client Manager, Dubai, Bonhams.

Bonhams has been increasing its influence in the Middle East Art scene since its landmark auction in Dubai in March 2008. Since then the company’s horizons have broadened to included working with local charities and staging events at which its international specialists have advised clients on how to establish and nurture collections ranging from contemporary art to classic cars. The next Dubai sale on October 12th will include works by important Dubai-based artists Halim Al-Karim and Nadine Kanso.

This will be the second time Bonhams has worked with START, following the collaboration in London in June (where the sale of several works of art by Middle Eastern artists generated $45,000 for the charity). “We are delighted to be in a position to assist the START charity again. This is especially important to us at this time of year in keeping with the spirit of giving during the holy month of Ramadan,” added Johntson.

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Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son and Neale UK. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America and in August 2003, Goodmans, a leading Australian fine art and antiques auctioneer with salerooms in Sydney, joined the Bonhams Group of Companies. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street, and Knightsbridge, and a further seven throughout the UK. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Boston in the USA; and Switzerland, France, Monaco, Australia, Hong Kong and Dubai. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 50 specialist areas.

For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, go to

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