Bonhams Auction of Select SCI Art and Artifacts

May 3, 2011

For over 177 years, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) has grown with the maritime industry, witnessing two world wars, the birth of containerization, and the advent of satellite communication. SCI’s collection of art and artifacts reflects the Institute’s history of service to seafarers as well as historic developments in the maritime industry. On May 25 at 10:00 am, SCI makes available select items from its collection to the public at auction with Bonhams, one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. SCI invites history buffs and art connoisseurs alike to attend and personally enjoy part of the Institute’s celebrated collection.

With this auction, SCI shares some unique pieces of maritime history extracted from its rich collection. Items include maps, paintings, ship models, and other items of maritime antiquity. View a preview of the auction online here.

SCI’s collection reflects the Institute’s impressive impact on the maritime world. Over SCI’s long history, many have donated artwork and artifacts to the Institute as tokens of thanks for SCI’s service. SCI features two such items in the upcoming auction: a painting by noted maritime artist James Guy Evans and the “Mystery Maiden” ship’s figurehead, dating to the 19th century.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the continued development of SCI’s service to mariners. The Institute carries out its ministry to mariners from a headquarters in New York and centers in Port Newark, NJ; Paducah, KY; Houston, TX; and Oakland, CA.

Bonhams hosts the public auction at 580 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022. Attendees can register in advance online or at the door to bid in the saleroom during the live auction.