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.


Vincent van Gogh Montmartre painting

Sotheby’s to offer a van Gogh as Bonhams unveil a Picasso

27 February 2021

Two major consignments of Impressionist and Modern art have been announced in the last week.

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Pick of the week: ‘Greatest enemy of the East African slave trade’

22 February 2021

The handwritten journal of Colonel Christopher Rigby, recording his success in securing freedom for thousands of slaves in east Africa, was the highlight of a collection of his papers sold in London.

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‘Bible that Charles I carried to the block’

22 February 2021

Bible sold for £160,000 at auction is reputed to be that taken by Charles I to his execution in 1649

Caroline Shepherd

New hires at Forum Auctions and across salerooms in the Americas

16 February 2021

An update on the latest appointments within the art and antiques industry in the UK and overseas.

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Coins & medals: Virtual trade leads to 'renaissance' in lockdown

15 February 2021

In the absence of face-to-face contact, 2020 was a difficult year for the numismatics market as a whole... but the auction business found a way to thrive.

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Decorative fair teams up with Bonhams for 350-lot auction

08 February 2021

These 19th century carved stone lions form part of a 350-lot auction put together in a joint collaboration between Bonhams and The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair (DATF).

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No public view? No worries…

08 February 2021

Despite lockdown restrictions Bonhams' traditional Oak Interior offerings performed very well

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‘Textbook’ vernacular furniture

08 February 2021

Two of the choice pieces of furniture in Bonhams’ Oak Interiors sale on January 20-21 were published examples.

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Colt icons become big money-earners

01 February 2021

Two iconic Colt pistols were the big money-earners from both sides of the Atlantic in the pre-Christmas arms and armour sales.

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Gunsmiths who produced the highest quality

01 February 2021

Nicolas-Noel Boutet and Anton Vincent Lebeda pistols star at two London auctions.

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Purdey used by the hot-shot Singhs

01 February 2021

At Bonhams in London this single-barrelled 28-bore made in 1877 for one of the sons of Prince Duleep Singh reached £20,000.

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Man City owner was buyer of oldest FA Cup

18 January 2021

The oldest surviving FA Cup was bought by Manchester City FC owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed when it sold at auction last year, it has now been revealed.

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Silver selection: Magna Carta sculptural group shines at Hansons

18 January 2021

‘Exceptional’ Victorian piece that made £56,000 leads a look at recent notable sale results.

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Toasting a toby jug auction record as Admiral Rodney jug brings buoyant demand

11 January 2021

Bonhams has set a new record for a toby jug with this c.1785 Admiral Lord Rodney jug.

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Ceramics and glassware: taking the market for toby jugs at face value

11 January 2021

A London auction offering ceramics fans a treat thanks to single-owner collections and a mixed array leads a look at the market as a whole

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Alchin and Kenber collections of Worcester porcelain up to Scratch Cross

11 January 2021

Bonhams has a long tradition of single-owner sales devoted to noted collections of early English porcelain.

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Polito’s Menagerie doubles up at Edinburgh auction

11 January 2021

A recent sale at Franklin Browns (18% buyer’s premium) in Edinburgh on included one of the most ambitious and most desirable of all early 19th century Staffordshire figure groups: the 'Polito’s Menagerie of the wonderful burds and beasts from most parts of the world'.

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Marine scene at Bonhams was ‘owned by a Christie’

11 January 2021

A marine battle scene believed to have once been owned by auctioneer James Christie (1730-1803) topped Bonhams’ (27.5%/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) latest Old Master sale in London.

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Meissen porcelain goes into battle

11 January 2021

The rules of kriegsspiel (war game), popular at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries, were partly based on the much older game of chess. Typically, kriegsspiel was played across three boards, with players only knowing the position of their own pieces and an umpire officiating.

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Pick of the week: Gilbert’s St George figure sells at a £1m high

04 January 2021

Closing the year in some style, a patinated and parcel gilt bronze ‘double size’ figure of St George set a new auction record for Sir Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934) at Bonhams.

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