Bainbridges is a company formed formed 36 years ago as a partnership between Peter Bainbridge, who had previously run West London Auctions in Ealing, and Jane, his wife, who had for 11 years been an expert cataloguer for Sothebys.
Bainbridges conducts business anywhere. Historic instructions include a valuation of the contents of a German Schloss, the valuation and clearance of a villa on the banks of Lake Como, and a valuation of the contents of Up Down Court in Surrey, a property currently on the market for over £50,000,000.
Other aspects of the business have included house sales (where it has been economically beneficial for the client to auction the contents in situ), on-site auctions of boats, motorcycles and, on behalf of British Telecom, red telephone kiosks.
A Canadian firm, RM Auctions, the largest auctioneers of classic motor cars in the world, selected Peter Bainbridge to conduct their catalogue sales (their major auctions throughout the United States and Europe). During a sale at the headquarters of Ferrari in Maranello, Peter sold a famous Ferrari for $12 million to Chris Evans, the radio DJ. It’s the only black one in his collection.