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– Annual Event Features Unique Opportunity for Dog Owners and Art Lovers –

In celebration of dogs in art, the American Kennel Club® and Bonhams Auction House are once again hosting a charity brunch, Barkfest at Bonhams, on Sunday, February 10, 2008 from 10 a.m. to noon. Dog lovers, art aficionados and their canine companions are invited to attend the exclusive preview of highly prized dog art and collectibles at Bonhams, located at 595 Madison Avenue (Entrance on 57th Street) on the sixth floor.

Highlights from the preview brunch encompass an extensive collection of dog collars from the 16th to the mid-20th century, including examples of entirely functional pieces such as a 16th Century German iron collar with protective spikes, to an intricately designed early 20th Century metal studded French Bulldog collar with badger hair trim. Also featured are a group lot of five leather Pug collars and a leather leash which belonged to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

“We look forward to a very successful Barkfest this year,” said AKC President and CEO Dennis Sprung. “We are thrilled to be involved once again with Bonhams in support of the AKC Humane Fund. This is a great event for dog art lovers and dog lovers to enjoy while supporting a wonderful charity.”

All proceeds from Barkfest at Bonhams benefit The American Kennel Club Humane Fund Inc., a not-for-profit organization which promotes the joy and value of responsible pet ownership through education, outreach and grant making.

Admission is a $50 donation to The AKC Humane Fund at the door. To reserve a spot on our RSVP list, please call AKC at 212-696-8277.

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