Going. Going. Gone.
It was a classy night out in London for Yelpers. We donned our
finest evening wear and came to Bonhams, one of the largest and oldest auction houses in
London. We sipped on wine and beer, listened to live music and were given a private
viewing of their latest auction.
Doesn’t sound like your scene? Well, what if I told you that
the auction was their Entertainment Memrobeials Sale! Over 400 items from
films, TV and music, including David Bowie handwritten lyrics, Kryptonite from
Superman III and the actual idol from Raiders of the Lost Ark!
It was That’s Yelpertainment and it was fantastic.
Yelpers came to Bonhams to learn about the auction house and
see the items displayed. As with all auctions, unless these items are going to a
museum, no one may ever see them again after being sold, so it was truly a once-in-a-life time expereince.
“Things I didn't think I'd
do last night: Touch Thom Yorke's piano, see the original Rigby and Evans
plaque that inspired McCartney and look Margaret Thatcher's Spitting Image doll
in the eye,” Jenni D told us.
Erin H adds a little more: “Nothing beats sipping some wine while learning Bowie dots an
"I" with bubbles.”
To make the night more enjoyable, we did wine from Bonhams
and beer from the amazing Fordham and Dominion craft breweries, which Ray C loved: “Drinking delicious Fordham's Beer, of which I
am a great fan, and red wine, also helped the conversation and everyone looked
fantastic in their dresses and suits.”
“Having only been to
smaller auction houses I had never considered how rich an experience visiting a
larger auction house could be. I have always assumed that auctions were all
full of stern faced buyers, you had to stand incredibly still, and it was all
about Faberge eggs, dusty old paintings or obscure antiques,” said Ray C. “I am
happy to say that my impressions of what an auction house was have been firmly
Sounds like a winner of an evening. But don’t just take our word for it. You can read all the reviews as well as check out all the pics by Yelp photographer Natalya Spicker on the Official Yelp Flickr Page.
Until next time,
Alex S, Yelp London Community Director