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.


Charles de Temple ring

Charles de Temple ‘Bond’ ring stars in our latest pick of five auction highlights

30 September 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a modernist ring linked to a Bond film that made over twice its estimate in London.

The Last Sight of Fiammetta

‘Unknown’ Stillman is now an artist on the rise after auction success

26 September 2022

Although largely still an unknown outside the Victorian art world, the second-generation Pre-Raphaelite painter Marie Spartali Stillman (1844-1927) was a cherished member of the circle as model, muse, student and ultimately colleague.

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Second slice of de Marteau collection comes up in Paris

26 September 2022

Following on from its first dispersal of works from the collection of dealer and collector Claude de Marteau held by Bonhams in Paris this June, the second sale takes place in the French capital on October 4, held by Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr.

Sir Terence Conran

Collection from Sir Terence Conran’s home comes to auction

22 September 2022

A collection of items from Barton Court, the home of the late Sir Terence Conran (1931-2020), is coming to auction at Bonhams in December.

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Rare English masters come up for sale

19 September 2022

The autumn season will bring a number of English Golden Age clocks by top makers to auction.

Cromwell Place

Auction house Bellmans opens in Kensington's Cromwell Place

14 September 2022

News of Bellmans opening a London office in South Kensington is among the latest moves and hires across the world of art and antiques.

Turner's armchair

Bonhams brings oak and folk sale to Scotland

12 September 2022

Bonhams has relaunched its oak and folk art sales – this time in Edinburgh.

Beyond the wizard: Baum’s Oz makes a record

12 September 2022

Sold online for a record $20,000 (£16,340) at the former Butterfields, now Bonhams Los Angeles (27.5/26/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) salerooms as part of the David Lloyd collection of modern literature was a 1909 first edition of Frank L Baum’s 'The Road to Oz'.

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London sale offers accounts of Polar exploration

12 September 2022

Books related to Polar explorers are among the highlights of Bonhams’ Travel & Exploration sale on September 20.

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Get your teeth into T-Rex

05 September 2022

Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr is holding a sale in Paris on September 21 of a cabinet of curiosities given over to natural history, entomology and minerals.

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Roman inspiration supersedes Rococo

29 August 2022

When Domenico Venuti became director of the Naples porcelain factory in 1779, he broke radically with any lingering Rococo sentiments and embraced the new neoclassical style sweeping Europe.

Kinsham Court in Herefordshire

Contents from Arkwright family home consigned to Bonhams

23 August 2022

The contents of Kinsham Court, the Herefordshire home of the Arkwright family, will be offered at Bonhams in October.

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Life is grand with a string of contents sales

22 August 2022

A raft of contents sales from grand English estates is coming up this autumn.

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Mysterious master’s work last seen in 1934 brings strongest contest at Old Master series

22 August 2022

Arguably the most eyecatching bidding battle at the latest London Old Master series was for a painting of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli self portrait

UK buyer sought for £2m Lombardy portrait blocked from export

17 August 2022

A 17th century example of Lombard art has been blocked from leaving the UK in the hope an institution can raise the £2m to keep it here.

Welsh treen

‘Finest’ Welsh treen collection consigned to Bonhams

15 August 2022

Bonhams is to offer what it calls ‘the finest collection of Welsh treen ever presented’ for auction next month.

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Art Market: Shepherd and Mod Brits are flying high

15 August 2022

This summer was something of a feast when it came to the Modern British art auctions in London.

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Lamb views life with a self-focus

15 August 2022

A small group of highly personal works by Henry Lamb (1883-1960) provided an intriguing insight into his life and work at the Modern British art sales at Bonhams this summer.

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Meet the son of an emperor

15 August 2022

Only two examples of this 11in (28cm) Sèvres biscuit porcelain bust of Napoleon’s son, Napoléon-François-Charles-Joseph Bonaparte (1811-32), are known.

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Tumbler to be taken on the last campaigns

15 August 2022

This glass tumbler, pictured below, engraved with a crowned 'N' over a band of diamond cutting, contained in a tooled leather cylindrical travelling case, is of a type that accompanied Napoleon on campaign.

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