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Phillips’ Design sale on June 19 includes this c.1954 Gio Ponti Distex armchair model No 807 estimated at £12,000-18,000.

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Bonhams will return to live auctions in its two London salerooms this month.

It will reopen its premises in New Bond Street and Knightsbridge on June 22 and expects to hold its first auction with bidders in the room on June 23 for the Modern and Contemporary sale in New Bond Street. Viewings will be by appointment only.

The Edinburgh saleroom is subject to Scottish regulations so the auction house anticipates that the Jewels and Whisky sales scheduled for June will be run from London. However, plans are subject to change depending on government guidance.

Phillips return

Phillips has announced it has created a purpose-built saleroom in its Berkeley Square premises in London to host its first live online auction since the lockdown.

The 175-lot Design sale on June 19 will be taken by an auctioneer on the rostrum with clients bidding online, via video call and phone, but not in the room.

The pre-sale public viewing will be held on June 15-19.

Earlier this month Christie’s said its first live sale with bidders in the room in London since lockdown will be its Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds auction on June 25 (although it anticipates the “majority of activity in our auctions will be remote”).

Sotheby’s cross-category evening sale comprising its best offerings in Old Masters, Impressionist & Modern, Modern British and Contemporary Art will be held in London on July 28. However, the auction house has yet to confirm access details regarding live auctions and exhibitions at Bond Street.