Anthony Barne MW

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Anthony Barne MW from Bonhams in London took up the hammer for the first time at the 36th Nederburg Auction in 2010.  He is only the third auctioneer in the history of the Nederburg Auction to play this vital role, following in the footsteps of Patrick Grubb and Stephen Welz.

Anthony joined the wine trade from the Army in 1978, having developed the interest during his posting at Gibraltar.

His wine trade career started in a wine shop, followed by a brief spell working at Domaine Thenard in Burgundy and Seppelts in South Australia. His career until 1992 was in mail order and wine buying, first with Hicks & Don, where he passed the Master of Wine exam in 1985 and for whom he still acts as buying consultant, and then Harveys of Bristol.

Since then he has been a wine auctioneer, currently working for Bonhams in London as UK Head of Wine. As an auctioneer, Anthony’s main focus is on the classic wine regions of France and Italy as well as Vintage Port and Madeira, but he has many other interests including Germany and South Africa.

Of the Nederburg Auction, Anthony says that ‘visiting wineries in the Cape each year and discussing wine-making with the growers makes me realize how far things have come in the time that I have had the privilege of taking the Nederburg Auction. Each year’s sale is eagerly anticipated, especially as talking to the buyers and taking their bids in such a dynamic and professionally-run sale is such a fantastic experience!”