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.


Great Scots: dealer exhibitions and auctions in Scotland this summer

19 June 2023

The art world in the Scottish capital and beyond is gearing up for a busy summer season

Microphotography ring

View jewellery with a new perspective: microphotography ring dazzles at auction

05 June 2023

This 18ct gold ring demonstrating French portrait photographer René Dagron’s (1819-1900) invention of microphotography quadrupled its estimate at Bonhams in Paris.


Silverware takes to the Los Angeles saleroom stage

05 June 2023

Pictured here are examples of Georgian silverware coming up in two different auctions that are being staged in Los Angeles in June.


Pocket watches that pack a punch

05 June 2023

Portable timekeepers full of collectable appeal need not be just those worn on the wrist

Tipu Sultan’s bedchamber sword

Auction record for Tipu Sultan’s sword

29 May 2023

A sword taken from the Indian Muslim ruler Tipu Sultan when he was defeated and killed during the fourth Anglo-Mysore War was hammered down at £12m.


Naval artist and shipbuilder go into battle together

29 May 2023

Bonhams’ (27.5/26/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) latest Marine sale was led by an elegant depiction of a famous naval battle between British and French ships that took place towards the end of the American War of Independence.


Chinese teapot with Dutch touch

29 May 2023

This rare Chinese export teapot, cover and stand is painted with the arms and motto of the Dutch Republic and the cypher of the Verenigde Oost Indische Compagnie – better known as the Dutch East India Company.

Bedchamber sword of Tipu Sultan

Auction record for both Indian and Islamic object smashed by Tipu Sultan’s bedchamber sword

25 May 2023

A sword taken from the Indian Muslim ruler Tipu Sultan when he was defeated and killed during the fourth Anglo-Mysore War was hammered down at £12m.


Alma-Tadema’s friends put on a panel show at his house

15 May 2023

Six of the 45 distinctive designs from the artist’s spectacular London villa emerge at auction


Family car and automobilia collection flies away to a white-glove result

15 May 2023

Two Generations Collection was the title of an auction of automobilia and collectors’ cars amassed by a single family.


Pocket watch expert’s exceptional collection catches the eye at Bonhams

15 May 2023

Some exceptional pocket watches were offered for sale at Bonhams in Knightsbridge on May 11.


Funny felines stand up and deliver Louis Wain record

15 May 2023

Has the film 'The Electrical Life of Louis Wain' raised demand for the artist?


Recreational maths: Handwritten Alan Turing document sold at Bonhams

08 May 2023

When the Bletchley Park boffins were taking a break from code-breaking in the Second World War, complicated puzzles were one of the diversions.


The polar market explored

08 May 2023

Now hugely popular, this collecting field actually took many years to get going


Big price for miniature work at Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr

08 May 2023

The first 90 or so lots in Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr’s (27.5/26/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) sale of Islamic and Indian Art held in Paris on April 6 were the property of a Royal collection.


Bannermen set to fly high at auction

01 May 2023

Bonhams’ flagship sale of Fine Chinese Art in Bond Street on May 18 includes a rare Qianlong period ink on silk court painting.


Japanese desk and box could be the write stuff to buy

01 May 2023

Bonhams is conducting a sale on May 18 titled Samurai Beauties and Townsmen: Japanese Art in Peace and War.


Transitional vase decorated with scene from literary epic

01 May 2023

This 16in (41cm) blue and white sleeve vase from the Transitional period is on offer at the Bonhams Knightsbridge sale titled Asian Art on May 15.


European Art: Freshness and pitch combine to create market bright spots

24 April 2023

While demand for 19th century European art remains selective, recent sales have enjoyed good bidding on the ‘right’ material with appealing estimates


Millet drawing part of Alain Delon sale

24 April 2023

This charcoal drawing of a Normandy milkmaid is one of four works by Jean-François Millet (1814-75) to be included in Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr’s Paris sale of the collection of Alain Delon