Barnes Davison Thomas

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Barnes Davison Thomas
Born (1985-12-01) 1 December 1985 (age 36)
Penzance, Cornwall, England
🏳️ NationalityBritish
💼 Occupation
Art Dealer, financier, television personality
Modern British art collection, Bear Grylls The Island

Barnes Davison Thomas (born 1 December 1985) is a British entrepreneur, a specialist in modern British art as well as a collector of the modern British art.[1][not in citation given][2][not in citation given]


Educated in Cornwall Thomas founded one of the county's mainstream auction houses in 2006.[3] In 2007, the company sold £1.3 million of pantings sculptures. The auction house currently holds 4 auctions a year specialising in estate sales. Thomas also founded Barnes Thomas County Auctioneers in 2006[4][not in citation given] and cofounded County Equine in 2014.[5][not in citation given]

In 2009, Thomas formed G & T London, an art dealing partnership with leading fiction publisher Yvette Goulden.[3][6]

In 2011, it was reported that Thomas was given 500,000 to purchase a work by Barbara Hepworth.[7][8]

In October 2017, Thomas took part in the television program The Island with Bear Grylls with Channel 4.[9][10][11][12]

Thomas was engaged to Lady Rose Cecil until coming out as gay in 2017.[13][not in citation given]


  1. "Mein Canvas: Crude watercolours painted by a young Adolf Hitler sell for £1,600 at auction". Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  2. "The Island viewers unimpressed over "elephant" comment". 16 April 2018. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Why The Island with Bear Grylls was the worst experience of my entire life". 8 April 2018. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  4. Auctioneers, Barnes Thomas County. "Barnes Thomas County Auctioneers & Valuers". Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  5. "Home - County Equine". County Equine. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
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  7. "Banksy 'bomb hugger' girl artwork to go on auction". 29 May 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  8. "The Island with Bear Grylls 2018: Star hits back at class criticism". Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  9. "The Island with Bear Grylls - All 4". Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  10. "The Island with Bear Grylls: Contestant's £80k Range Rover vandalised by yobs". 9 April 2018. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  11. "The Island with Bear Grylls, review – it's toffs versus toughs as no class-war cliché is left unturned". Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  12. "The Island fans claim guinea fowl were 'drugged' as Barnes kills THREE in five minutes". 16 April 2018. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  13. "Person Page". Retrieved 5 November 2018.

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