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. In 2022, the firm went on a buying spree purchasing US auction house Skinner, Swedish saleroom Bukowskis, Danish saleroom Bruun Rasmussen and then French outfit Cornette de Saint Cyr.


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Dazzling results for de Beaumont library at Bonhams

26 February 2024

Impressive library of renowned collector and expert includes sought-after designs by women binders

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Monumental trophy races to £19,000

26 February 2024

Silverware was a major component of Bonhams’ (28/27/21/14.5% buyer’s premium) Knightsbridge auction titled The Connoisseur’s Library on February 13-14.

State coach replica

A Jaguar car and life-size Coronation carriage replica lead auction of Netflix’s The Crown props

08 February 2024

Bonhams' sale of 473 props from Netflix’s The Crown raises a hammer total of more than £1m in a white glove sale.

Mahogany bureau cabinet

Props from Netflix’s The Crown are among five lots to watch

05 February 2024

With estimates from £3000, here are five previews of upcoming items.

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A taste of rare colour combinations at Bonhams

05 February 2024

The Durrington Collection of Glass, a select 60-lot auction which Bonhams (28/27/21/14.4% buyer’s premium) offered for sale last year, featured some of the best examples of 18th century British glassmaking across a number of collectable categories.

New recruits

New faces at auction houses in the UK and overseas

25 January 2024

A new director at a West Sussex firm and expansion in Sheffield are among the latest Movers & Shakers across the world of art and antiques.

Edward Hopper's etching Night Shadows

Edward Hopper etching tops Bonhams’ print sale in Los Angeles

25 January 2024

American artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967) is known for his moody views of his native New York with his paintings often imbued with garish light and contrasting bright and muted colours.

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Single owner collection of football pictures pitch up in the saleroom

15 January 2024

The magic of the cup helped to sell a sizeable scene showing a Corinthians v Manchester City game offered as part of an extensive selection of works on a football theme which featured at Bonhams (28% buyer’s premium).

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Grotesque proves attractive when it comes to Martinware

08 January 2024

Latest ceramics sales demonstrate how Martinware demand has moved on beyond Wally Birds

Christie's auction

Auction sales totals for top auction houses sum up a year of fluctuation

02 January 2024

Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonhams revealed mixed annual sales figures indicating the ups and downs of the art market in 2023.

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Romney screen stands out as an unusual offering

02 January 2024

Bonhams’ (28/27% buyer’s premium) latest Old Master sale at its New Bond Street rooms was hard going, with almost half the lots unsold and two-thirds of those that did get away either going on or below their low estimate.

Sotheby's and Bonhams 

Bonhams posts best ever annual results after global expansion and Sotheby’s is on track for total sales of $8bn for 2023

20 December 2023

Bonhams revealed its sales totals for this year as Sotheby’s released a provisional figure.

Lucie Rie flaring footed porcelain bowl

‘True masterpiece’ bowl brings a new auction high for studio potter Lucie Rie

18 December 2023

The market for Lucie Rie ceramics continues to reach new heights.

Linocut by Cyril Power

Bring me sunshine: Rare Cyril Power linocut in demand at Bonhams

18 December 2023

Many of Cyril Edward Power’s (1872-1951) most sought-after subjects for his futurist-style linocuts involve different methods of public transport.

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Turing and Bayley in tandem as scientific archive comes to the saleroom

18 December 2023

Newly discovered papers show how renowned mathematician and his collaborator worked hand in hand

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Smoking causes healthy results: tobacco related items

18 December 2023

Corporate collection of British American Tobacco includes choice antique items related to the habit

WEB Harry Potter 1 Hansons

Boy wizard Harry Potter casts his spell on book collectors

12 December 2023

Harry Potter continues to bring big bids at auction especially for the earliest hardback editions

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Bugatti’s Breguet clock races away to take £170,000

04 December 2023

An exceptional silver Breguet hump-backed carriage clock commissioned by car maker Ettore Bugatti topped Bonhams’ latest Fine Clock Sale.

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Jade catalogue owned by the last tsar

04 December 2023

Among the many highlights of the Alan and Simone Hartman collection at Bonhams New York is a copy of the monumental catalogue of the famed Bishop collection of Chinese jades. The deluxe volume, once owned by the last tsar of Russia, carries expectations of $100,000-150,000 as part of the 114-lot dispersal on December 14.

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Collection furnished a house sited a stone’s throw from the Rijksmuseum

04 December 2023

Although originally trained as a goldsmith, Dirck Van Rijswijck (1596-1679) developed his own characteristic style using less rarefied material.

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