Bonhams

Bonhams is an auction house with headquarters in the UK. It operates two London salerooms as well as others in Edinburgh, New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong.

In 2000, Bonhams was merged with Brooks, a specialist Classic Car auctioneer, and Phillips Son & Neale not long after. US auctioneers Butterfields joined the group in 2002.

In September 2018, chairman Robert Brooks stepped down after selling the company to private equity group Epiris.


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Lord Mackintosh’s viola player is toast of Toby jug collection at Bonhams

12 June 2019

Late Spring or early summer is a traditional slot in the London auction schedule for Bonhams’ ceramics and glass sales. The latest, devoted to glass and British ceramics, took place in the firm’s Knightsbridge rooms last week.

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Swansea ice pail takes a cool £38,000 result

10 June 2019

An impressive 8in (20cm) high ice pail, cover and liner made what is thought to be a record auction result for Swansea porcelain when it sold for £38,000 hammer at Bonhams in Knightsbridge on June 5.

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Selective Russian auction series maintains capacity to wow

10 June 2019

The latest week of Russian art auctions in London generated £35.8m including premium, the highest total for a June series in this category since 2014.

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Joseph Knibb: Best in black

10 June 2019

Undoubtedly the most evocative account of the workshop of the celebrated clockmaker Joseph Knibb comes from a letter written by the Restoration-era politician Richard Legh (1635-87) of Lyme Hall in Cheshire to his young wife, Elizabeth.

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Bonhams expects record bid for Tompion’s miniature ‘Q Clock’

27 May 2019

Bonhams will offer the most valuable English Golden Age clock ever to appear at auction as part of next month’s sale of the Clive collection.

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Illustrious former owners boost modern value at New York tribal art auctions

27 May 2019

Spring is a traditional point in the saleroom calendar for New York to mount its tribal art auctions.

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Salvaged ‘Whisky Galore’ bottles from the 1940s go under the hammer at Bonhams in Edinburgh

24 May 2019

When the 8000-ton cargo ship SS Politician left Liverpool for Jamaica and New Orleans in 1941 it was carrying 28,000 cases of malt whisky. Two days later it sank in the Outer Hebrides.

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Original artwork for James Bond You Only Live Twice 1967 film poster makes double top estimate at auction

22 May 2019

The name’s McGinnis. Robert McGinnis. A name which may not be as immediately familiar as James Bond, but if you love all things 007 you will have admired his work at some point.

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In her own write: The way the market is changing for rare books by women authors

21 May 2019

After more than two centuries of collecting history, the market is once again changing how it evaluates – and values – rare books by women. Bonhams’ head of books Matthew Haley reports...

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Qianlong throne tops Asian series as ‘Chenghua’ dragon dish takes flight

20 May 2019

A Qianlong (1736-95) three-colour lacquer throne provided the London series of Asian art sales with its headline moment.

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Montague Dawson depicts a mystery race

20 May 2019

A classic oil on canvas of yacht racing by renowned British painter Montague Dawson (1890-1973) was top-seller of The Marine Sale at Bonhams Knightsbridge (27.5/25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) on May 1.

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Bonhams Aston Martin auction offers James Bond-style drives and vintage classics: five highlights

18 May 2019

Bonham’s annual sale devoted to Aston Martin features old and new models of the classic British car – including some James Bond favourites – as well as a wide array of automobilia.

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Golf’s oldest scorecard drives bidders at Bonhams

14 May 2019

The world’s oldest existing golf scorecard survived adverse weather conditions and a dissatisfied player before going under the hammer at Bonhams earlier this month.

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John Sandon stands down at Bonhams after 44 years in pots

06 May 2019

After 44 years working as an auction house specialist, John Sandon has chosen to retire from his post as international director of glass and British ceramics at Bonhams.

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Traditional ceramics head to London auctions in the latest formats

06 May 2019

While Sotheby’s and Christie’s no longer hold regular dedicated auctions of European ceramics, they still cater for elements of this market in their main centres worldwide via series of mixed-discipline traditional decorative arts auctions.

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Huthart collection of netsuke offered at Bonhams

06 May 2019

Robert S Huthart, the Newcastle-born manager of the Hong Kong department store conglomerate Lane Crawford, was first introduced to netsuke on a visit to Tokyo when he was given of a copy of 'The Wonderful World of Netsuke' by Raymond Bushell.

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Bonhams glass and ceramics specialist John Sandon looks back at his life in auctions

06 May 2019

In today’s world when employment fluidity is the norm, it is rare to find someone who had been in the same job and place all their working life. But when he hung up his hat last week from his role as international director of glass and British ceramics at Bonhams, John Sandon had clocked up almost 44 years, man and boy, in the same saddle.

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Peach of a pair of Melba vases offered at Bonhams in Australia

06 May 2019

The famous Australian soprano Dame Nellie Melba once owned this pair of ‘Dragon and Phoenix’ bottle vases which were sold at auction from her estate in 2015.

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Farnham’s fragrant bloom points to late 19th century Tiffany

19 April 2019

Although unmarked, this gold, enamel and diamond brooch offered by Bonhams Knightsbridge (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) was almost certainly made by Tiffany in New York c.1890.

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New faces at Bonhams, Phillips and Aguttes among the latest 'Movers and Shakers' across the art and antiques market

16 April 2019

An update on recent appointments at auction houses across the world.

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