Bonhams in New Bond Street
Following changes at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips, Bonhams has adjusted the price thresholds for its buyers’ premium.

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Bonhams’ new fees schedule applies from November 1. The last time the company amended its buyer’s premium was in September 2016. Global CEO of Bonhams Matthew Girling said: “This change reflects the current market and is an important part of maintaining our global competitiveness.”

The new thresholds are:

  • 25% – up to £175,000
  • 20% – from £175,000 up to £3m                                                                                       
  • 12.5% - thereafter

Sotheby’s new rates which are also effective from November are:

  • 25% – up to £180,000
  • 20% – from £180,000 up to £2m
  • 12.9% – thereafter

The buyer’s premium thresholds applied at Bonhams’ overseas salerooms are also changing as follows:

US

  • 25% – up to $250,000
  • 20% – from $250,000 to $4m
  • 12.5% – thereafter

Europe

  • 25% – up to €150,000 
  • 20% – from €150,000 to €2m
  • 12.5% – thereafter

Hong Kong

  • 25% – up to HK$2m
  • 20% – from HK$2m to HK$3m
  • 12.5% – thereafter

Bonhams’ premium applied to wine sales will become 19.5% in the UK and 22.5% in the USA and Hong Kong.

None of the changes apply to sales of motor cars, coins and medals which have different premium levels.