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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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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Railwayana, memorabilia from the Snowman film and a ‘James Bond’ watch are among four lots to watch at auction this week

16 December 2019

With estimates from £400-3200 here are four previews of upcoming sales this week.

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New faces at Bonhams and West Dean College – the latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques trade

12 December 2019

An update on recent job changes including the retirement of Edward Baldwin at Baldwin’s.

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A model First World War tank, rare 'soldier' teddy bears and Indian mutiny medal – five lots to watch at auction this week

09 December 2019

With estimates from £200-20,000, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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Suprematism tops solid ‘Londongrad’ sales

02 December 2019

London’s Russian week of auctions put in a consistent performance last week with the sales at four salerooms generating a combined £37.5m with fees. This compared to £39.2m for the equivalent series last year and the £35.8m raised at the June series.

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Twentieth century portraits of notable sitters are all the rage among eager buyers

02 December 2019

A spate of early to mid-20th century portraits of society figures and important personalities generated stiff competition at UK sales in London and the regions.

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Charlton Heston’s 1673 copy of Macbeth returns to the market at Bonhams’ New York sale

27 November 2019

A 17th century copy of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ formerly owned by Charlton Heston (1923-2008) is reappearing at auction only three years after it sold from the actor’s collection.

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Pick of the week: Star role for George Woodall cameo appearance at Bonhams

25 November 2019

A vase by the great cameo glass artist George Woodall (1850-1925) was offered at auction for the first time at Bonhams’ sale of Fine Glass and British Ceramics last week.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a taxidermy display, ancient Roman pottery and a Sèvres cup and saucer

25 November 2019

With estimates from £180-4000, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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Indian bird life lost but now found

25 November 2019

Original watercolours intended for pioneering, unpublished work are now highly valued

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New York and Houston outlined

25 November 2019

A selection of maps of US cities from recent auctions stateside.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a rediscovered Paul Nash painting, a tripod table and a rare sampler

18 November 2019

With estimates from £600-70,000, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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Marine sale that stays buoyant

18 November 2019

Appetite remains for biannual specialist auction which is still a stalwart of the calendar.

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