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Edward Wilkinson

Edward Wilkinson is Executive Director of Bonhams Asia, and is global head of the Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art department. Recognised as a leading specialist in the field, Wilkinson has organised and presided over prominent and record-breaking sales over past 20 years in Sydney, London, New York, and more recently in Hong Kong.

Recent sales of note include; The Sartin Collection in September 2011; Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art: Including selections from the Paul F. Walter Collection in March 2012; The Estate of Natasha Eielenberg in September 2012; Himalayan Art from a private American Collection, March, 2014; Masterworks by V.S. Gaitonde from the George Gund Estate in September 2014; These sales have established world records for the 19th century Rajasthani court artists Bagta ($302,000) and Tara ($172,000), The Eilenberg Buddha, Mon-Dvaravati, Thailand ($674,500), A Thirty-Two-Deity Guhyasamaja Mandala, Tibet, circa 1520-1533 ($929,000), and V.S. Gaitonde, untitled, 1963 ($1,685,000) and helped to establish Bonhams' Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art department in New York as a market leader in the field.

In his former position with Sotheby's, Wilkinson coordinated and conducted a broad range of sales including a single-owner sale of Contemporary Indian Painting from the Davida and Chester Herwitz Collection, establishing a world record sale total for the category. Two other world record sale totals were established consecutively for traditional Indian paintings (prior to 1900) from the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection, March 2003 and the Paul F. Walter Collection in November 2003. Several record-prices were established for various schools of painting in each sale. The discovery and subsequent sale of a Gandharan Buddha for $669,000, from the Charterhouse School, England, established a world record price for Gandharan art in September 2002. Another discovery resulted in the identification and sale an extremely rare 12th century Dali Kingdom gilt copper alloy figure of Avalokitesvara.

Wilkinson also worked as a Consultant and Department Specialist of Oceanic Art for the African and Oceanic Art Department at Sotheby's and was Executive Head of Lawson's Asian and Tribal Art department. He has served as Vice President of the Oceanic Art Society, Sydney, and committee member of the Oriental Rug Society of NSW, Sydney. From 2009 -2015, he served as Chair of the Southern Asian Arts Council at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).