MONA's Mark Fraser returns to the auction world - Art Collector

Mark Fraser.

16 May 2011 | Bonhams has appointed Mark Fraser chairman of its Australian operations.

The London-born Fraser worked for Sotheby’s for almost 20 years, holding senior roles including director of valuations, head of paintings and managing director.

In 2007, he left Sotheby’s to work with David Walsh as museum director for the Museum of Old and New Art, which opened in Hobart in January. Fraser has now relocated to Melbourne to take up the post with Bonhams.

He now has his sights firmly set on his old employer. “My goal is to help make Bonhams Australia the number one choice in this part of the world,” Fraser says.

Lately the auction house has been steadily strengthening its Australian team. It recently launched a dedicated Aboriginal art department with the support of Tim Klingender as a senior consultant. Other key hires include Litsa Veldekis, the head of the Australian and international art department, Yvett Klein, an Asian art specialist, and Dalia Stanley, a senior specialist.

Jane O'Sullivan

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