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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Six pieces of music memorabilia sold at auction including David Bowie's police mugshot

29 July 2022

A selection of standout lots sold recently – also featuring Del Boy's discovery of Peckham Spring Water

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Stockbroker’s Beilby ready to share – at a price

25 July 2022

For reasons of both supply and economics not every collector of English 18th century drinking glasses gets to own a piece from the great Beilby enamelling workshop that operated at Amen Corner in Newcastle in the 1760s-70s.

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New international appointments at Dorotheum and Bonhams

25 July 2022

Austrian auction house Dorotheum will open a new office in Hamburg providing valuations and exhibitions. The office will be run by Dr Catherine, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein, who joins as the new managing director of Dorotheum Germany and new director of Dorotheum Hamburg.

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Glass: Message in a bottle

25 July 2022

Sealed examples with coats of arms, names, dates and places reveal a social history and give an ideal opportunity for genealogical research

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Promotions and appointments – the latest Movers & Shakers across the world of art and antiques

20 July 2022

A new boss for Bonhams’ Knightsbridge saleroom is among the latest updates.

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Rolex Military Submariners with macho provenance command high prices at Bonhams

18 July 2022

Two Rolex tool watches were estimated to bring £80,000-120,000 each at a recent Fine Watches sale at Bonhams’ (27.5/25% buyer’s premium).

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Pick of the week: Vases of true exhibition quality

18 July 2022

Although he initially specialised in small furnishing objects and statuettes, the Parisian bronzier Victor Paillard (1805-86) began exhibiting with more elaborate creations in the 1840s.

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Watches: Sherpas on the rise

18 July 2022

ATG reports on the market for the Enicar series of watches that were taken to Everest

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Sèvres tea service celebrated King George’s regal recovery

11 July 2022

A remarkable Sèvres part tea service made to mark the recovery of George III from illness in 1789 was among the unheralded highlights of this year’s London sales season.

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Old Master big-hitters thin on the ground

11 July 2022

It was rather thin pickings at the latest series of Old Master auctions in London.

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Bonhams closes coins and medals department

11 July 2022

Bonhams has closed its coin and medals department in London and specialist John Millensted will now work as a consultant to the firm.

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Classical Flora statue from Cologne’s botanical garden emerges in Massachusetts auction

11 July 2022

Featured in the European Décor and Design auction at Bonhams Skinner in Massachusetts from July 24-August 3, this classical allegorical marble figure of Flora by the German sculptor Anton Werres (1830-1900) is estimated at $10,000-15,000.

ATG letter: End of medals and coins sales at Bonhams also means end of Glendining’s

11 July 2022

You reported on the front page of the ATG (No 2550) that Bonhams has added another auction house to its expanding stable.

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Gujarat casket holds lots of appeal for buyer

11 July 2022

The third sale from the eclectic collection of Jim Dixon was held online by Bonhams Skinner (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

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Two Tompions coming up in London auction

04 July 2022

Alan Elliot’s professional life – he ran a world-class provider of time management and communication systems for many years – overlapped with his private interest in collecting clocks.

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Cartier’s clock mystery solved

04 July 2022

On June 23 Bonhams Hong Kong sold a version of Cartier’s first-ever mystery clock: the Model A.

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Indian art showcase becomes Bonhams' latest cross-departmental auction

04 July 2022

The latest themed sale at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) was an auction titled India in Art, offering a mix of pictures and objects relating to the subcontinent.

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Unique wooden sculpture sets auction record for Barbara Hepworth at Christie’s

30 June 2022

A series of high sums for works in different media by Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-75) demonstrated the steadily growing appetite and prices for the artist.

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Bonhams steps up European expansion with French auction house purchase

29 June 2022

Bonhams has bought its fourth auction house this year: Cornette de Saint Cyr with salerooms in Paris and Belgium.

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Seal of approval for Asian spring

27 June 2022

Asian art ‘circus’ moves to French capital for dealer shows and auctions in early June

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