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.


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Silver selection: Magna Carta sculptural group shines at Hansons

18 January 2021

‘Exceptional’ Victorian piece that made £56,000 leads a look at recent notable sale results.

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Toasting a toby jug auction record as Admiral Rodney jug brings buoyant demand

11 January 2021

Bonhams has set a new record for a toby jug with this c.1785 Admiral Lord Rodney jug.

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Ceramics and glassware: taking the market for toby jugs at face value

11 January 2021

A London auction offering ceramics fans a treat thanks to single-owner collections and a mixed array leads a look at the market as a whole

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Alchin and Kenber collections of Worcester porcelain up to Scratch Cross

11 January 2021

Bonhams has a long tradition of single-owner sales devoted to noted collections of early English porcelain.

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Polito’s Menagerie doubles up at Edinburgh auction

11 January 2021

A recent sale at Franklin Browns (18% buyer’s premium) in Edinburgh on included one of the most ambitious and most desirable of all early 19th century Staffordshire figure groups: the 'Polito’s Menagerie of the wonderful burds and beasts from most parts of the world'.

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Marine scene at Bonhams was ‘owned by a Christie’

11 January 2021

A marine battle scene believed to have once been owned by auctioneer James Christie (1730-1803) topped Bonhams’ (27.5%/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) latest Old Master sale in London.

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Meissen porcelain goes into battle

11 January 2021

The rules of kriegsspiel (war game), popular at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries, were partly based on the much older game of chess. Typically, kriegsspiel was played across three boards, with players only knowing the position of their own pieces and an umpire officiating.

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Pick of the week: Gilbert’s St George figure sells at a £1m high

04 January 2021

Closing the year in some style, a patinated and parcel gilt bronze ‘double size’ figure of St George set a new auction record for Sir Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934) at Bonhams.

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John Chard’s handwritten account of the battle of Rorke’s Drift sells for £140,000

04 January 2021

A handwritten account of the battle of Rorke’s Drift by Lt John Chard of the Royal Engineers, who led the renowned stand against the Zulu attack, sold for a hammer price of £140,000.

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‘Greatest logician since Leibniz or Aristotle’

04 January 2021

Among the successful lots in a History of Science & Technology sale held by Bonhams Los Angeles (27.5/25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) was a group of five signed and inscribed offprints from periodical publications of papers and other work by the logician, mathematician and analytic philosopher, Kurt Gödel.

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Supply hits Old Masters auction series

21 December 2020

The traditional pre-Christmas Old Masters auctions in London were something of a mixed bag this year.

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Nimrod expedition sledge and flag head to UK institutions

21 December 2020

A sledge and flag from the first expedition to the Antarctic led by Ernest Shackleton have been saved for the nation.

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Naturally appealing in NY

21 December 2020

Americana, travel and natural history were billed as the main attractions of a sale at Bonhams New York (27.5/25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium).

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Pick of the week: Jumbo price from Rothberger collection

14 December 2020

The Anschluss of 1938 between Nazi Germany and Austria had a devastating effect on Vienna’s Jewish population.

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Bonhams' Mod Brit sale bids welcome to the latest trends

14 December 2020

Something of a recurring theme at auctions this year has been the increasing volume of bidders registering for sales during the pandemic.

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Two works by William Roberts underline commercial values at Bonhams

14 December 2020

The market for William Roberts (1895- 1980) has expanded significantly in the last two decades and the performance of two small watercolours at Bonhams suggested demand is still healthy.

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Dealers at auction: Battersea decorative fair teams up with Bonhams while Apter Fredericks sells through Christie's

09 December 2020

Two pairs of London art market institutions are joining forces in sales events early next year.

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Auction previews: issue 2471

07 December 2020

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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Qi Baishi catches shrimps

07 December 2020

Bonhams’ December 14 Chinese and Japanese works of Art sale in Los Angeles will include works from the Collection of Rosalind Ching Pastor.

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Previews

07 December 2020

A special focus on stand-out lots in decorative art & design auctions coming up this month.

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