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, it bought US auction house Skinner and Swedish saleroom Bukowskis.


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Indian art showcase becomes Bonhams' latest cross-departmental auction

04 July 2022

The latest themed sale at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) was an auction titled India in Art, offering a mix of pictures and objects relating to the subcontinent.

Hollow Form with White Interior by Barbara Hepworth

Unique wooden sculpture sets auction record for Barbara Hepworth at Christie’s

30 June 2022

A series of high sums for works in different media by Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-75) demonstrated the steadily growing appetite and prices for the artist.

Bruno Vinciguerra and Arnaud Cornette

Bonhams steps up European expansion with French auction house purchase

29 June 2022

Bonhams has bought its fourth auction house this year: Cornette de Saint Cyr with salerooms in Paris and Belgium.

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Seal of approval for Asian spring

27 June 2022

Asian art ‘circus’ moves to French capital for dealer shows and auctions in early June

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Classic cars: Why the pre-war era is seen as the golden years of motoring

20 June 2022

The thirties became a period when mass production and Art Deco style combined to power cars to new heights of usage and popularity before war intervened

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Mr Derbyshire, a sword and an Armenian mystery

13 June 2022

Whatever Mr Derbyshire, The Worthy Representative of Freedom Loving Great Britain was doing in the Caucasus in 1920, the Armenians of Karabach were obviously pretty pleased about it.

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Qing art: on a mission to learn new tech

30 May 2022

Chinese emperors certainly got the message when it came to artistic advances

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Four sales for Marteau collection

30 May 2022

On June 14 in Paris Bonhams will hold the first of four sales from the collection of Claude de Marteau which will be on view during the Printemps Asiatique Paris event.

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Dickens work inscribed for Carlyle

23 May 2022

More than 60 Dickens lots appeared in an April 26 sale of the library of Jeremy and Penny Martin, several of them bearing presentation inscriptions.

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International hammer highlights: Manuscript strikes gold in New York

16 May 2022

Alchemical work is best-seller as Vishniac lots create a valuable mix in the saleroom

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Nelson mourning ring by ‘special request’

16 May 2022

The Marine Sale at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) included a very rare gold and enamel ring marking the death of Admiral Lord Nelson in 1805.

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Collecting classics: The market for books on political thought from Leviathan to Animal Farm

16 May 2022

If social media makes you feel like Big Brother is watching you, and if truth occasionally feels stranger than fiction, then like many bibliophiles you might be exploring books that suggest models for society and the role of the individual.

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Market-fresh Tusquets masterpiece emerges

09 May 2022

A Spanish picture that had been in the same family for at least the past 120 years was among the works bringing demand at Bonhams’ (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) latest sale of 19th Century and British Impressionist Art.

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Heuer helps rally timing

02 May 2022

Described by Bonhams (15% buyer’s premium) as “the ultimate in rally equipment from the 1960s”, a pair of stopwatches mounted on an original Heuer plate intended to be attached to the dashboard of a racing or rally car received a suitably enthusiastic response.

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Marks of a Jesuit

02 May 2022

European subject matter adorns this rare 18th century painted enamel ‘Jesuit’ bowl.

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Polish and Poise

02 May 2022

Bonhams holds a sale titled Polish and Poise: Japanese Art Through the Centuries sale at New Bond Street on May 12.

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Lacquer discovery at Bonhams

02 May 2022

This 14th century cinnabar lacquer dish measuring almost 14in (35cm) across was acquired in Shanghai by the father of the present owner in the 1930s.

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Africa art on the rise

25 April 2022

Investors are targeting the Post-war and Contemporary market for high returns as inflation soars and uncertainty reigns

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Indian pieces including jewellery owned by the mother of the Maharajah Duleep Singh attract bids at Bonhams

25 April 2022

The Islamic and Indian Art sale at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) on March 29 was topped by a diamond and emerald set gold pendant from the collection of Maharani Jindan Kaur (1817-63).

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New appointments at Bonhams US branches

18 April 2022

Skinner of Boston – now part of Bonhams – has appointed Benjamin Mini as director of the rugs and carpets department. He will also serve as the regional director of the auction house for Maine and northern New England.

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