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.


William Prinsep watercolour

Macau scenes set record for William Prinsep at Bonhams

19 June 2024

Two watercolours of the Portuguese colony of Macao by the British colonial artist William Prinsep (1794-1874) sold for record sums in Bonhams’ latest Travel & Exploration sale.

Willy Wonka golden ticket

Lucky bidder gets Willy Wonka golden ticket

19 June 2024

The production-made ticket is among other television and film auction highlights at Bonhams

Robert Falcon Scott watch

Watch used in ill-fated Antarctica expedition appears at Bonhams

18 June 2024

A deck watch used in Robert Scott’s Terra Nova expedition found with the bodies of the crew has been sold by Bonhams

Eric Clapton guitar

Guitars used for 1970s classics a hit at auction

14 June 2024

Eric Clapton’s 'Wonderful Tonight' and Ian Bairnson’s 'Wuthering Heights' guitars sell at separate sales

Rembrandt Bugatti bronze

Prowling panthers set Rembrandt Bugatti record in Paris

13 June 2024

An exceptional bronze by the Italian animalia sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916) sold for a record €3m (£2.53m) at Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr in Paris.

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News in brief including a Charlie Chaplin archive at Bonhams

10 June 2024

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including an archive being sold by Charlie Chaplin's goddaughter.

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Jobs to be cut across the big London auction firms

10 June 2024

Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams are all undertaking rounds of redundancies.

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Bloomsbury Group attracts fresh buyers

03 June 2024

Result of select offering in London shows a healthy market which now even includes Asian bidders

2. CHAPLIN (CHARLIE) Publisher's Archive. Estimate £30,000 50,000

Charlie Chaplin archive revealing 'perfectionism' goes under the hammer at Bonhams

01 June 2024

An extensive archive relating to Charlie Chaplin goes under the hammer at Bonhams next month.

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Chinese wine warmers proved hot stuff to sell at nearly 33 times the top estimate

27 May 2024

Roseberys and Dreweatts both posted two six-figure prices during the spring round of UK regional Asian art sales.

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Merkle and his Meissen collecting mission

20 May 2024

Focus on first part of a series of porcelain sales offering businessman’s collection

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Messi napkin contract sells for £600,000

17 May 2024

The napkin responsible for the signing of the teenaged Lionel Messi to FC Barcelona was sold by the player’s former agent at Bonhams

Eric Clapton guitar

Eric Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight guitar set to rock auction

16 May 2024

The guitar on which Clapton wrote 'Wonderful Tonight' carries an estimate of £300,000-400,000

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Single-owner Nelson obsession

13 May 2024

A collection of Nelson commemoratives amassed over 30 years includes pieces once owned by the man himself

April 25 Nelson Horatia Service

Nelson's Worcester teapot brings £42,000

26 April 2024

The so-called Horatia service – named after the daughter of Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton – is among the best documented commissions from the Chamberlain’s factory.

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Merkle's Meissen figures show strength in Paris

18 April 2024

The first part of one of the finest assemblages of 18th century Meissen porcelain figures still in private hands generated a premium-inclusive €948,450 at Bonhams in Paris on April 17.

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Painting taken from Jewish family’s Berlin home restituted with help of The Art Loss Register

16 April 2024

A painting belonging to a Jewish family who were forced to flea Germany under the Nazi’s has been returned to the family’s remaining heir with the help of The Art Loss Register.

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Previews: issue 2639

15 April 2024

Our selection of lots from 13 upcoming auctions

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Medieval astrolabe finds its way to a London saleroom

15 April 2024

The astrolabe was used for not only telling the time, but mapping one’s location, tracking the stars, and even as an astrological tool for decision-making.

Bonhams Nelson Horatia Teapot

Bonhams expects as best of Nelson-themed ceramics come to auction

12 April 2024

A single-owner collection of Nelson-themed ceramics and glass will be offered at Bonhams later this month.

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