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, the firm went on a buying spree purchasing US auction house Skinner, Swedish saleroom Bukowskis, Danish saleroom Bruun Rasmussen and then French outfit Cornette de Saint Cyr.


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Bugatti’s Breguet clock races away to take £170,000

04 December 2023

An exceptional silver Breguet hump-backed carriage clock commissioned by car maker Ettore Bugatti topped Bonhams’ latest Fine Clock Sale.

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Jade catalogue owned by the last tsar

04 December 2023

Among the many highlights of the Alan and Simone Hartman collection at Bonhams New York is a copy of the monumental catalogue of the famed Bishop collection of Chinese jades. The deluxe volume, once owned by the last tsar of Russia, carries expectations of $100,000-150,000 as part of the 114-lot dispersal on December 14.

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Collection furnished a house sited a stone’s throw from the Rijksmuseum

04 December 2023

Although originally trained as a goldsmith, Dirck Van Rijswijck (1596-1679) developed his own characteristic style using less rarefied material.

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Of mice and men and a pesky pup

04 December 2023

Scrap of paper came as result of half a manuscript book being chewed into ‘confetti’ by Steinbeck’s dog

Glass goblet

Pick of the week: Icon of British glass brings £140,000 at auction

20 November 2023

A royal armorial goblet by William Beilby – among the most celebrated pieces of glass ever produced in Britain – sold for a record £140,000 at Bonhams.

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Chaumet’s ‘floating laurel leaves’ bring £240,000

20 November 2023

Bonhams’ London Jewels sale on September 21 was topped by this Chaumet diamond necklace.

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New scholarship pays off for teapots

20 November 2023

Chiswick Auctions’ most successful silver sale to date on October 11 included a George II teapot of American colonial interest.

Peacock vase

Massive prices for Massier majolica

13 November 2023

Top prices set for majolica by the French Massier factory at auction in Belgium

Guqin

Pick of the week: Chinese instruments belonging to a Dutchman who was in tune with China

13 November 2023

The Dutch diplomat, musician, writer and sinologist Robert Hans van Gulik (1910-67), also known as Gao Luopei, was a great admirer of traditional Chinese literati culture.

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Farmer’s interest in militaria grew rapidly

13 November 2023

A childhood in Wiltshire partly spent picking up ammunition lying around as a result of the Allied preparations for D-Day helped to spark Alexander Jeremy Peckover Penrose’s (known as Jerry) interest in firearms.

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Bonhams plans auction in Ireland

07 November 2023

A collection of Irish-related items will go on show in Dublin ahead of an online auction described by Bonhams as its “first on the island of Ireland”.

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The sound of eighties classics

06 November 2023

On September 21 Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr (28/27/21/14.5% buyer’s premium) held a sale in Paris celebrating the decade of the 1980s.

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Lismann definitely not forgotten by collectors

06 November 2023

The most contested lot in Bonhams’ October 19 Expressionism: Germany, Austria and Beyond sale was a self-portrait by the German painter Hermann Lismann (1878-1943).

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Shi Lu picked out at $430,000

06 November 2023

Estimated at $30,000-50,000, an ink and colour on paper hanging scroll by Shi Lu (1919-82) took a mighty $430,000 (£354,500) at the latest Bonhams (28/27/21% buyer’s premium) auction of Fine Chinese Paintings in New York.

Safavid Islamic Mecca-centred world map

The map where Mecca is centre of attention

30 October 2023

A rare Islamic Mecca-centred world map, considered a masterpiece from Safavid Persia, will star in the Islamic and Indian Art sale at Bonhams.

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Bone model Victory and striking oil painting sail to success

30 October 2023

Originally Roman, Portchester Castle near Portsmouth was first used to house captured enemy soldiers in 1665, when England was at war with the Netherlands.

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Feuchere’s Satanic majesty attracts bids at Bonhams Los Angeles auction

30 October 2023

A highlight of Bonhams’ (28/27/21% buyer’s premium) Home & Interiors sale on September 26 was this clock surmounted by a bronze cast of the Jean-Jacques Feuchere (1807-52) sculpture Mephistopheles or Satan.

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Seized jade now for sale

23 October 2023

Bonhams’ Fine Chinese Art sale on November 2 includes this Qing jade carving of a mythical beast that formed part of the seminal Chinesische Kunst exhibition of 1929 in Berlin.

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Elephants at the Qing court

23 October 2023

Bonhams’ general Asian art sale in Knightsbridge on October 30 includes this late 18th century hardstone, mother-of-pearl and lacquer table screen.

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More art for the literati from Marsh

23 October 2023

This 18in (45cm) high Chongzhen (1627-44) blue and white sleeve vase dated to the Wuyin year corresponding to 1638 is decorated with a scene from a popular 17th century drama based on a Tang poem.

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