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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Pickwick parts add up to £40,000

24 January 2022

Superb set of the Dickens classic was painstakingly assembled as originally issued

Sloane Street Auctions

Industry updates: New auction house launched by art dealer and Bonhams continues European expansion

20 January 2022

The latest Movers and Shakers news across the world of art and antiques.

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David Hockney’s reality check as unrecorded copy of etching emerges at Bonhams

17 January 2022

There are only three other known examples of this early David Hockney (b.1937) etching titled 'Self-Portrait (not in S.A.C. or Tokyo)'.

Bukowskis Stockholm headquarters

Bonhams aims for a European and online boost with Bukowskis purchase

13 January 2022

Auction house Bonhams has bought Scandinavian firm Bukowskis.

Sir Michael Caine and Lady Shakira Caine.

Not a Lot of People Know That: Sir Michael Caine auction comes to Bonhams

12 January 2022

A Rolex wristwatch, spectacles, a director’s chair, film posters and artwork owned by Sir Michael Caine are among the items to be offered at Bonhams.

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Studio ceramics show post-Driscoll sale positivity

10 January 2022

The full fall-out from the record-breaking Dr John P Driscoll sale of British studio ceramics is yet to be understood.

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William Roberts work rings tubular bells

03 January 2022

Trademark colourful picture features people depicted with a distinctive style of limbs.

Jobs letter is only one in his hand

03 January 2022

A single-page letter sent on the day before Steve Jobs’ 19th birthday to a close school friend, Tim Brown, sold for $400,000 (£292,825) in New York.

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Fine example of René Magritte's Surrealism comes from Swiss collector who moved to the US

20 December 2021

A select 13-lot auction of works from the collection of Amalia de Schulthess at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) in New York on December 7 was led at $8.4m (£6.36m) by a classic René Magritte (1896-1967) Surrealist painting.

Matthew Rubinger

Promotions, appointments and new sales – a round-up of Movers and Shakers in the UK, US and Europe

15 December 2021

The latest jobs news across dealers and auction houses.

Bernard Leach ‘Tree of Life’ charger

Bernard Leach charger stars in our pick of five auction highlights

10 December 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare ‘Tree of Life’ charger by Bernard Leach that made over seven-times estimate at Bonhams.

Mark Wilkinson

Promotions and new roles – a round up of Movers and Shakers in the UK, US and Europe

01 December 2021

The latest jobs news across the world of art and antiques.

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Ceramics: Twinight Collection shines bright at Bonhams auction

15 November 2021

British porcelain element of renowned US collection amassed in European salerooms comes to auction in London

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Napoleonic porcelain now commands serious levels of auction power

15 November 2021

While the kilns at Sèvres languished during the Revolution, Napoleon recognised the value of a national porcelain factory and used it as an extension of his power.

Qianlong period teapot

White gloves for Parry as teapot brings £1.7m

08 November 2021

The highlight of Bonhams’ Chinese art series conducted in London last week was the sale of the Parry collection of Chinese art.

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Gilbert Ledward sculpture awakened at Bonhams

08 November 2021

Among Gilbert Ledward’s (1880-1960) most admired works is the sensuous nude, 'Awakening' or 'The Awakening', that today stands in Ropers Garden on the Chelsea Embankment.

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Man of many talents Cocteau shines in Paris sale

08 November 2021

One of the first sales held by Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) in its new Paris rooms was devoted to works by Jean Cocteau (1889- 1963).

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Sporting memorabilia: Dealer keeps boxing clever to add to collection

08 November 2021

A painting of a pugilist will now be researched by the dealer who bought it at auction thanks to his collecting fascination with the early days of the sport

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Hunter catches the eye in a Colourist selection

01 November 2021

Works by the Scottish Colourists led the day as expected at Bonhams’ (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) latest Scottish art sale in Edinburgh but the slightly muted demand that emerged meant it was not always plain sailing.

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Alan Turing’s letter on the likelihood of success in a casino strikes big win at Bonhams

01 November 2021

Letter from cryptology expert describes his analysis of a Monte Carlo betting system

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