Fredric Backlar Joins Bonhams & Butterfields

Bonhams & Butterfields is pleased to welcome Fredric Backlar as Consultant in African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art. An auction professional credited with several discoveries in the field, Backlar joins a firm with a longstanding reputation of handling high quality works and collections in these fields.

Backlar has more than twenty years of academic and professional experience in the Tribal Arts with a special expertise in appraising and selling African and Oceanic dating from the 19th and early 20th Century and ancient Pre-Columbian Art. He brings with him an in-depth knowledge of the overall art market developed through years of academic research and work experience.

Over the course of his career, Backlar has been privileged to participate in the sale of many private and well-known collections internationally. His professional highlights include property from Kirk and Anne Douglas, George and Ruth Kennedy and the seminal auction of the Saul and Marsha Stanoff Collection which brought over $10-million for a total of 60-lots offered.

Backlar’s primary responsibilities as Bonhams new African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art Consultant will include business getting, appraisals and the day-to-day management of the African and Oceanic Art department. In addition to the daily activities, he is also responsible for cultivating and managing relationships with collectors, dealers and institutions.

Recognizing the strong interest in African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art on both the East and the West Coasts, auctions are planned for both New York and San Francisco. The New York sale will feature a diverse selection of premier items while the San Francisco sale will showcase more affordable works of art. The first auction is slated for February of 2010 in San Francisco, followed by New York in May.