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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A Suffolk watercolour, grape shears and Chinese tea caddies are among six lots to watch at auction

10 February 2020

With estimates from £120-3000 here are six previews of upcoming items in the next fortnight.

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Ardizzone is a top draw at auction

10 February 2020

The complete original artworks for two of Edward Ardizzone’s much-loved children’s books were sold for £30,000 apiece at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium).

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Bonhams sell medal marking lifesaving bravery

10 February 2020

This bronze Albert Medal, awarded to Lieutenant John Edward Gibbons (1905-71) for saving life at sea, sold for £8000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) at Bonhams Knightsbridge.

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Movers and Shakers: Bonhams’ new west coast shows plus new faces at Rogers Jones and Sterling Vault

03 February 2020

An update from across the world of art and antiques in the US and UK.

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Grotesque figures on 16th century engraving delight a buyer

03 February 2020

Populated with grotesque figures, this 16th century engraving after the early Flemish painter Hieronymus Bosch (c.1450-1516) sold for £16,000 at auction in London.

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Early printed copies of Shakespeare’s plays impress as part of a celebrated collection

03 February 2020

‘Masterpieces’ from the celebrated collections of Dr Martin Schøyen offered at a recent Christie’s (25/20/13.5% buyer’s premium) sale in London included some real rarities.

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Rare copy of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s first book sells at Bonhams

27 January 2020

Published anonymously in Boston in 1828, a copy of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s youthful first book, 'Fanshawe', sold for $38,000 (£28,790) at Bonhams New York (27.5/25/20/13.9%).

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Cartier desk clock collection at Bonhams shows evolution of design

27 January 2020

John Benjamin reviews the sale of an exceptional collection of desk clocks and Cartier jewels at Bonhams.

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New faces at Sotheby's, Bonhams and Ketterer Kunst - the latest Movers and Shakers

23 January 2020

An update from across the world of art and antiques including a new sale format at Roseberys.

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Acting class – Impressive collection sold at Bonhams

20 January 2020

The impressive arms offered in London from a collection which supplied weapons for many films were far from being theatrical props

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Sèvres flower vase offered at Bonhams Los Angeles

20 January 2020

The Homes & Interiors sale at Bonhams Los Angeles on February 3 includes this Sèvres flower vase or Cuvette à Fleurs Courteille, measuring 10¼in (26cm) wide, estimated at $4000-6000.

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The Man on the Moon lives in a pumpkin

20 January 2020

Among the more inspired catalogue cover illustrations featured in the end-of-year book auctions was one produced by Bonhams (27.5/25/20/13.9%) for a December 4 sale.

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Bonhams opens its handbag department

13 January 2020

Bonhams has bolstered its luxury division by launching a dedicated handbag and fashion department.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £3000 including an Eric Ravilious print

13 January 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including an Eric Ravilious print.

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Old Masters – it’s a world of finite resources

13 January 2020

Dearth of fresh works coming to the market is a challenge for Old Master auction series.

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New faces, locations and auction schedules - the latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques market

08 January 2020

An update from across the world of art and antiques including a new joiner at Duke’s and a new saleroom for Elstob & Elstob.

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Bonhams launches fashion and handbags auctions in Knightsbridge

07 January 2020

A handbag and fashion department has been created within Bonhams’ luxury division in its Knightsbridge saleroom.

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Asian art in Los Angeles: late Qing vase draws bids at Bonhams

06 January 2020

This 12in (30cm) cong form vase with elephant-head handles is decorated in qianjiangcai enamels by Cheng Men (1833-1908) – one of the best known of the late Qing period porcelain painters.

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Bid Barometer

23 December 2019

Online buying: realised prices at auctions on thesaleroom.com

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Cocteau ceramics price pushes the goat out

23 December 2019

In the 130th anniversary year of the birth of Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), a collection of ceramics by the leading figure of the French avant-garde was a sell-out at Bonhams’ Prints and Multiples sale on December 11-12.

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