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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Shelley’s inscription to Clara who made his heart quiver

18 April 2022

The inscription “To dearest Clare from her affectionate P.B.S….” proved key to the price achieved by an 1812, two-volume Venetian edition of the Poesie toscane of the lyric poet Vincenzo da Filicaja (1642-1707).

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New hires and promotions including at Lyon & Turnbull and Duke’s

14 April 2022

The latest Movers & Shakers updates across the world of art and antiques.

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Album reveals hidden Tibet and letter unveils polar expedition

04 April 2022

Polar material in a travel and exploration themed sale held on March 2 by Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) produced a bid of £24,000 for a letter that Robert Falcon Scott wrote to a friend, Lady Goodrich, about his planned British Antarctic Expedition of 1910.

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New appointments at international auction houses including Bonhams new managing director in Asia

04 April 2022

A round up of the latest announcements of new roles and moves.

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Einstein doctorate certificate on offer at Bonhams

28 March 2022

The original doctorate certificate awarded to Albert Einstein by the University of Zurich in 1905 will be a highlight offering at Bonhams in New York.

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Mocked at first, miniature books made a Glasgow publisher’s reputation and fortune

28 March 2022

“It’s not often we offer for sale a library of nearly 200 volumes by the same publisher as a single lot – and certainly not one that fits in a small suitcase.”

Bruun Rasmussen Copenhagen

Bonhams buys Danish auction house Bruun Rasmussen

22 March 2022

Bonhams’ run of acquiring other auction businesses continues.

Sotheby's

Russia Week axed after new sanctions

21 March 2022

In the wake of new sanctions on Russia, auction houses Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams have cancelled sales of Russian art in London scheduled for June.

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Bonhams buys Boston saleroom Skinner

16 March 2022

Bonhams has acquired US auction house Skinner in a purchase that comes only two months after it bought Swedish saleroom Bukowskis.

Ewbank's

New hires and promotions across auction houses and dealerships in the UK and overseas

16 March 2022

The latest jobs news in the art and antiques sector.

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Recognition for the ‘quartz crisis’ casualties

07 March 2022

Although Roamer fell victim to the ‘quartz crisis’ – the introduction of quartz watches in the 1970s and early 1980s that largely replaced mechanical watches – in the 1950s-60s the firm enjoyed a good reputation as the maker of good-quality, affordable automatic mechanical watches.

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New appointments in US salerooms including Eleanor Walper joining Christie's

07 March 2022

Christie’s Jewels has appointed Eleanor Walper as associate vice president and specialist at Christie’s in Los Angeles.

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Mirror result at Bonhams reflects Ralph Edwards link

07 March 2022

The George I period giltwood and gilt gesso girandole or mirror shown here belonged to art historian, connoisseur and collector Ralph Edwards (1894-1977).

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Goalie shirt saved since 1879 single appearance

28 February 2022

One of the earliest items of football memorabilia to appear at auction emerged at Bonhams in Knightsbridge: an England international goalkeeper shirt from 1879.

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Know one’s snuff: Chinese snuff bottles are among the highlights of Asia Week New York

28 February 2022

A collection of Chinese snuff bottles offered in two sessions stands out among an intriguing selection of Asia Week New York auctions and dealer shows.

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Franklin gives peace a chance

21 February 2022

Two letters in the hand of Benjamin Franklin, dating from 1782 and 1784 and both relating to the terms of the peace agreement between the newly independent USA and Britain that were being worked out during negotiations in Paris, provided the highest bids at Bonhams New York (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) on December 15.

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Neolithic canoe rescued from a fiery fate brings demand at Bonhams

14 February 2022

This Irish bog oak canoe or trough was among the quirkier – and best-performing – lots in Bonhams’ (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) ‘without reserve’ sale of the Jim Lennon collection in Edinburgh on January 26.

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Bill of Rights amendment makes over a million at Sotheby’s

14 February 2022

The record-shattering sum of $41m paid for an extremely rare, 1787 first printing of the US Constitution at Sotheby’s New York last November was covered in ATG No 2520, but a sale held by the same auction house a few days later, on November 23, also contained rare items of American historical interest.

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Reduced returns for Duleep marble

07 February 2022

One of the highlights of the April 2007 London Islamic sale series had been this 2ft 4in (74cm) high white marble bust of Maharajah Duleep Singh by neoclassical sculptor John Gibson.

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