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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 356 ART FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Out West with Bonhams & Butterfield’s

FROM THE JAILHOUSE TO THE AUCTION HOUSE

 

The quirky beginnings of the properly British auctioneering house of Bonhams & Butterfield’s may surprise you. Former sheriff William Butterfield traded his badge and gun for a gavel in 1865 to found Marble Head Auctioneers on the current site of San Francisco’s iconic TransAmerica Pyramid. Butterfield cashed in on the pioneers and adventuresome spirits who traveled west to seek their fortunes during the mid-19th-century Gold Rush. He catered to the newly emerging middle class’s tastes for the finer things in life, including ...

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