Bonhams is one of the world’s oldest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Founded in 1793, it specialises in areas such as fine art, jewellery, cars and private collections. Bonhams was merged with Brooks, a specialist auctioneer in 2000, and Phillips Son & Neale not long after. US auctioneers Butterfields joined the group in 2002.

Bonhams is privately owned with offices around the world and major salerooms in the US, Europe and Asia.

Hendrix guitar

Hendrix guitar leads Bonhams London memorabilia auction

04 January 2017

Guitars owned by music legends Jimi Hendrix and Prince were the stars of Bonhams December 15 Entertainment Memorabilia auction in London.

Australian gold rush era bracelet

Review of the Year 2016 - Picks of the Year

29 December 2016

Here are five of ATG's ‘best of the best’ picks of the week from 2016 – all remarkable both for their price and the stories they tell.


No mystery: M4 Enigma machine sets record price of $380,000 at Bonhams auction

14 December 2016

An Enigma cipher machine made a world-record price last week when it was hammered down for $380,000 (£301,379).

John Constable’s Flatford Lock

Bonhams sells John Constable’s Flatford Lock sketch at £720,000

08 December 2016

A preparatory sketch by John Constable was knocked down for £720,000 at Bonhams earlier today.

Canda Vajrapani figure at Bonhams

Bonhams sets record for Tibetan sculpture after nine minutes of bidding

07 December 2016

An imposing brass alloy figure of Canda Vajrapani set an auction record for a Tibetan sculpture when it was knocked down at HK$42.5m (£4.34m) at Bonhams Hong Kong.

Vincennes porcelain jug

Vincennes porcelain jug with royal connection emerges at Bonhams

01 December 2016

This French porcelain hot water jug, or ‘pot à eau’ was made at the Vincennes factory in 1754, probably for the Dauphine Maria Josepha. The mother of King Louis XVI, who was guillotined during the French Revolution, she was an important patron of Vincennes.

Ancient Egyptian model boat

London antiquities sales set sail with Bonhams offering ancient Egyptian model boat

24 November 2016

Specialist sales of antiquities in London kick off at Bonhams later this month with a 192-lot auction in New Bond Street on November 30.


Constable sketch rediscovered after more than 70 years offered at Bonhams auction

17 November 2016

A sketch for one of John Constable celebrated paintings has been rediscovered after more than 70 years and is estimated to take £200,000-300,000 in Bonhams Old Master auction next month.

Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown

Medal Group at auction from “the greatest British aviator”

15 November 2016

It is easy to understand the appeal of a Victoria Cross to medal collectors. Likewise, any honours connected with the name ‘Dambusters’ or those awarded to flying ‘aces’ have a high value.

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Lord Harlech to sell family collection at Bonhams

14 November 2016

The new Lord Harlech, music video-maker Jasset Ormsby Gore, is offering 400 items at auction from his family estate.

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World record price achieved for first Harry Potter book at Bonhams auction

10 November 2016

A first edition of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ reached a world record price of £35,000 at the Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale last night.

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“The Phantom of Love” - Art-filled Rolls-Royce comes up for auction at Bonhams

22 October 2016

An ornately decorated Rolls-Royce, which includes Rococo-style panels, a French ormolu clock and Elkington gilt bronze mounts, is one of the starring lots at Bonhams' upcoming Bond Street sale.

Coalport vase

Bonhams to offer largest Coalport vase ever produced

19 October 2016

Coalport porcelain, like that produced at Derby, is renowned for its quality and decoration, drawing inspiration from work produced at the celebrated Sèvres factory.

Livery cupboard at Bonhams auction

Hidden attractions help cupboard to £60,000

07 October 2016

Livery cupboards are a pretty rare species in the oak lexicon but what makes the example shown here particularly unusual is its early date combined with the presence of drawers.

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The Colony Room on show at auction house Bonhams

15 September 2016

Auction house Bonhams are to host an exhibition titled The Colony Room: Masterpieces from Pallant House Gallery, celebrating the fabled London drinking den beloved of artists.

Bonhams increase buyer’s premium thresholds

09 September 2016

Bonhams have followed Christie’s in increasing their buyer’s fees by adjusting their premium thresholds.

Still life 'Roses' by Henri Fantin-Latour

Still life painting once owned by Chelsea Flower Show founding father up for auction

08 September 2016

A painting once owned by Sir Harry Veitch, founder of the Chelsea Flower Show, will be offered for sale at Bonhams’ in London later this month.

First printing of Harry Potter

False friends: some early copies of Harry Potter may not be all that they appear

25 August 2016

Not all copies of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone that bear a tell-tale typo sometimes signifying the first edition, first run of the book are the real deal.

Rene Lalique car mascot Victoire

René Lalique motoring mascots head single-owner sale at Bonhams

17 August 2016

A collection of motoring mascots formed by Robert White, a leading UK camera retailer, will be offered at Bonhams next month. Offered in single-owner sale in London on September 19, the consignments include 37 examples by René Lalique.

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Golden Age of Polar exploration inspires at Bonhams exhibition and DNW auction

02 August 2016

The Golden Age of Polar exploration is a constant source of fascination. Essentially, this period is the first three decades of the 20th century, when names such as Shackleton, Scott, Amundsen and Peary came to fame.