Fortnum & Mason to auction rare artifacts

Wednesday, 30 May 2007
Fortum & Mason, arguably London's most luxurious department store, in association with Bonhams, is to auction some of its store's treasures in September as part of its 300 th anniversary celebrations. The sale will auction exquisite pieces from The Fountain Restaurant, where collectors can find historical gems such as chandeliers, fixtures, paintings and other one-off items. Bonhams will further host a series of celebratory exhibitions featuring highlights from Fortnum & Mason's prestigious art collection this autumn.

The exhibition will travel to five Bonhams locations across the UK,
commencing in Edinburgh on 31 August 2006, followed by dates in Leeds, Knowle, Chester, and Bath, before transferring to Bonhams' Manhattan salerooms in New York on 13 November 2006. The Fortnum & Mason Collection is normally housed in the famous store at 181 Piccadilly, London, but due to extensive refurbishment of the building, the safety of the paintings became paramount.

Proceeds of the auction will go towards the store's ongoing