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Best of the Best 2013: Art & Collectibles: Collectibles: Bonhams

  • Marsden Ford

Those in search of a single great source for rare, covetable, and quirky objects will find it through Bonhams. A samurai sword forged by the 14th-century master Naotsuna, a Montblanc Magical Black Widow fountain pen, and a 12-tune musical turntable clock made during the reign of George III all appeared on the auction house’s block last year, accompanied by many more such curious items. Bonhams holds auctions in London, where it was founded in 1793, as well as in other metropolises, including New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. In all, the firm offers more sales per year than any of its competitors and spans more than 60 fields, paying particular attention to a stunningly diverse array of collectibles—from sports and entertainment memorabilia to scientific instruments, toys and dolls, decorative arts, and more.

Bonhams, 212.644.001, www.bonhams.com