Bonhams is one of the world’s oldest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Founded in 1793, it specialises in areas such as fine art, jewellery, cars and private collections. Bonhams was merged with Brooks, a specialist auctioneer in 2000, and Phillips Son & Neale not long after. US auctioneers Butterfields joined the group in 2002.

Bonhams is privately owned with offices around the world and major salerooms in the US, Europe and Asia.


Franklin crackles in saleroom

22 October 2018

Private Collections, an October 3 sale at Bonhams (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium), offered works of art from a number of sources and among lots from the estate of the late Victor, 3rd Viscount Churchill – a cousin of Winston – there were a few books.

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Five choice objects up for auction in Islamic Week

19 October 2018

The biannual series of Islamic and Indian art auctions held in April and October offers a wide range of art and artefacts celebrating the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the Middle East and the subcontinent. This year’s ‘Islamic Week’, running from October 22-26, includes sales from five auction houses, highlights of which are pictured below.

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Five musical options in tune at auctions in the UK and US

15 October 2018

Five auctions coming up featuring lots on a musical theme.


Foujita record brings many happy returns for Bonhams

13 October 2018

'La fête d’anniversaire' by the Japanese-French artist Léonard Foujita (1886-1968) sold for a hammer price of £6.1m (plus buyer's premium) to one of eight phone bidders at Bonhams’ Impressionist and Modern Art sale on October 11.


First book printed in Antarctica offered in New York as part of the Joe Fitzsimmons library

08 October 2018

The first book printed and published in Antarctica was 'Aurora Australis', a work produced during the 1908-09 Nimrod expedition led by Ernest Shackleton.


Sekoto’s sensitivity rewarded at selective South Africa sale

01 October 2018

Gerard Sekoto (1913-93) is cementing his place as one of the most bankable names in the field of South African art.


Swan’s first bulb sheds light on Bonhams science and technology auction

24 September 2018

One of the earliest surviving incandescent light bulbs, made by the English physicist Sir Joseph Wilson Swan (1828-1914) in the 1870s, sold for £7500 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at Bonhams’ sale titled Instruments of Science and Technology.

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Indo-Portuguese furniture exports shine at auction in the UK

24 September 2018

Two early examples of Indo- Portuguese furniture sold for five-figure sums at auction this month.

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Shedding light on the first incandescent bulbs

20 September 2018

One of the earliest surviving incandescent light bulbs, made by the English physicist Sir Joseph Wilson Swan (1828-1914) in the 1870s, was snapped up at auction at Bonhams.

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Movers and shakers: new faces at Anderson & Garland and Chiswick Auctions among the latest arts and antiques appointments

18 September 2018

Our latest look at new roles across the art and antiques trade as the new season begins.


Spanish ‘Belle Époque’ royal tiara comes to auction at Bonhams

17 September 2018

A Belle Époque diamond tiara, designed by Spanish royal jeweller Ansorena and owned by a Spanish noblewoman, is to be auctioned at Bonhams later this month.


Copies of Ernest Shackleton’s 'Aurora Australis' emerge in New York and Chicago

17 September 2018

Bonhams’ September 25 Exploration and Travel sale in New York opens with the 80-lot Joe Fitzsimmons library devoted to works on Antarctic Exploration.


Several sales of the centuries as printed rarities set records

17 September 2018

Real rarities and record breakers are among items that feature in this first of a couple of reviews of more literary lots from the wealth of summer sales. Here the focus is principally on works of the last 200 years or so – and includes such diverse characters as Hugh the Heron and the Invisible Man.


Previews: £30,000 plus

17 September 2018

A painting by the Victorian Neo-classicist painter John Godward (1861-1922) not seen on the market since 1925 is going under the hammer at Bonhams in New Bond Street on September 26.

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Robert Brooks bows out as Bonhams sold to Epiris

10 September 2018

Bonhams’ chairman Robert Brooks is retiring from the auction house after selling the company to private equity group Epiris.


Previews: £30,000 plus

10 September 2018

An unpublished letter written by Nelson Mandela from his prison cell on Robben Island is to be offered at Bonhams’ South African sale in New Bond Street on September 14.


Buyers become silver surfers

10 September 2018

UK dealers buying foreign silver, overseas bidders taking British work and generally solid interest for traditional pieces of mid-ranking silver brightened up the normally quieter late summer sales across the country.

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Bonhams business sold to private equity firm Epiris

04 September 2018

Auction house Bonhams has been acquired by the private equity group Epiris.

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Bonhams times exhibition to celebrate golden age of English watches and clocks

29 August 2018

Two private collectors have teamed up to unveil an exhibition of early English watches and clocks at auction house Bonhams.

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Movers and shakers: new faces at Roseberys and Bristol Auction Rooms among the latest arts and antiques appointments

22 August 2018

Our latest look at new roles across the art and antiques trade reveals Roseberys, Bristol Auction Rooms and Bonhams have all made new hires this summer.