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.


Jacobite drinking glasses toast Old and Young Pretenders to the throne

09 October 2023

Hot on the heels of just over 20 lots of 18th century Jacobite drinking glasses offered at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on August 16 (see ATG No 2607), more of these desirable items appeared at two other salerooms.


Collector’s home comforts

09 October 2023

Around 30 Dutch, French and English clocks and barometers feature in the sale of a collection of furniture, silver, ceramics, clocks, and an extensive library belonging to the late Dutch connoisseur-collector Cornelis Paulus van Pauwvliet.


‘Forgotten’ or not, a market that is good for profit

09 October 2023

Rediscovery of overlooked female artists is a welcome reappraisal – and driving ever-higher prices

Hunger strike medal

Museum buys Suffragette hunger strike medal after successful fundraising campaign

04 October 2023

Glasgow Women’s Library has bought a hunger strike medal at auction at Bonhams after more than 500 people donated to help secure the piece of suffragette history.

Maud Joachim medal

Glasgow museum makes fundraising plea to buy Suffragette hunger strike medal

28 September 2023

Glasgow Women’s Library is fundraising to bid at auction for a medal marking the first Suffragette hunger strike in Scotland.

Suffragette money box

Significant Suffragette collection comes to auction

18 September 2023

One of the largest private collections of material on the Suffragette movement will be sold next month.


Quality counts in clocks world

04 September 2023

Collectors with refined taste are happy to take their time even when it comes to the most important makers.


Rare 18th century clocks: Chinese copies of European creations in demand

04 September 2023

Both Christie’s and Bonhams brought impressive Chinese clocks to market in July.

Pierre Cornette de Saint Cyr

Bonhams leads tributes to Pierre Cornette de Saint Cyr

22 August 2023

Auctioneer Pierre Cornette de Saint Cyr has died at the age of 84.


Bidders home in on a top tea caddy

21 August 2023

A superior tea caddy proved to be the toast of a Bonhams’ (28/27/21/14.5% buyer’s premium) sale of fine decorative arts in London.


Plaquette pays tribute to – or mocks – speaker Lenthall

14 August 2023

William Lenthall (1591-1662) was chosen as Speaker of the Houses of Commons at the beginning of the Long Parliament in 1640.


Cypriot ‘plank’ figure sets a mystery

14 August 2023

Most terracotta plank figures from Bronze Age Cyprus have been found in Lapithos, a once important coastal centre on the north of the island.


Alain Delon: actor and art and antiques collector

14 August 2023

Famous Frenchman has amassed an impressive wide-ranging array of acquisitions over six decades


Cat conveys a sense of calm and domestic comfort

14 August 2023

The presence of a cat added commercial appeal to a 17th century portrait of a young girl offered at Bonhams’ latest Old Master sale in London.

Japanese style ship picture

Bonhams’ specialists offer their own artworks at auction

26 July 2023

Bonhams is hosting an online sale featuring artworks by staff at the auction house.


Science works from big hitters attract new fans

24 July 2023

Collecting genre is being boosted by fresh bidders with deep pockets who work in the technology sector


Egyptian relic ‘from Akhenaten’s tomb’ is full of life in London auction

17 July 2023

A fragmentary shabti with a cartouche for the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten proved a highlight of Bonhams’ latest Antiquities sale.


Bonhams reports best ever first-half results after buying spree in 2022

12 July 2023

Auction house Bonhams has reported turnover for the first half of 2023 grew 32%, the best result in its history.

Sir Roger Moore

For Your Eyes Only: Roger Moore memorabilia comes to auction

11 July 2023

Items from the collection of the late actor Sir Roger Moore are coming to auction at Bonhams this autumn.

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Old Master auction series posts best total since 2017

10 July 2023

The latest Old Master auctions in London posted the highest total for a series in this category in the capital since 2017.