Francesca Hickin made the move to Bonhams in 2017 to head up its antiquities department, after a four-year stint at Christie’s.
Geographically, the range of artefacts on offer spans Egypt, the Near East and Europe, with objects in a variety of materials including marble, bronze, glass, gold, pottery and stone.
‘I think almost everyone has some level of interest in the ancient world,’ says Hickin.
‘Most people recall having their imaginations captured by ancient Egyptian mummies or Greek myths when they were younger.’
A career highlight was the sale of an Egyptian granite head piece for double its low estimate at £137,000 – not bad for Hickin’s first auction as department head.