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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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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Asian Art in London East Asian award winners revealed

28 October 2021

With its annual festival of exhibitions and sales in full swing, Asian Art in London has announced the winners of its East Asian art awards.

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Crawforth collection shows its metal

27 October 2021

Aided by strong American bidding action, the collection of Andrew Crawforth, the late Portobello Road trader and leading authority on early metalware, turned base metal into gold when all 431 lots – offered wihtout reserve – sold at Bonhams’ (27.5% buyer’s premium) Edinburgh sale.

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Thorburn and Munnings country pursuits come together at auctions

27 October 2021

It has been a busy season for ornithological favourite Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935) with a number of quality pictures previously sold by leading dealers reappearing at auction and attracting keen interest.

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Pocket watch and chain mentioned in James Joyce’s Ulysses comes to Bonhams

26 October 2021

A 18ct gold hunter case pocket watch and chain referred to in James Joyce’s masterpiece as the action takes place across a single day is up for sale at Bonhams in Paris on November 4.

Dame Lucie Rie 'Sale of a Lifetime' auction at Bonhams

Plea for help to trace missing Lucie Rie ceramics

21 October 2021

A group of Lucie Rie (1902-95) ceramics bought at auction in 1997 has been stolen from a home in north London.

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Wiseman joins Bonhams

18 October 2021

Oliver Wiseman has joined Bonhams as a senior wine specialist in Paris.

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Provenance to Parry collection

18 October 2021

The highlight of Bonhams’ Asian offering is the November 2 sale of Parry collection of Chinese art.

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Eastern promise: Asian Art in London award nominees announced

18 October 2021

The awards shortlist for Asian Art in London’s East Asian art season have been announced.

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Sex education: female artist focus at London auction

18 October 2021

Bonhams becomes latest saleroom to hold auctions dedicated to works by women.

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Lectern took musical inspiration

18 October 2021

The November 4 Japanese sale at Bonhams includes, estimated at £7000-8000, this Meiji (1868-1912) or Taisho (1912-26) era lacquer kendai (lectern) fashioned in the form of traditional court music and dance implements.

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Body of work – large-scale anatomical atlas

11 October 2021

Printed in Amsterdam in 1685, Anatomia humani corporis, centum & quinque tabulis, per artificiossis by Godard Bidloo (1649-1713) was the first large-scale anatomical atlas since Vesalius’ De humani corporis fabrica in 1543.

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Napoleon tries his English skills

11 October 2021

According to the memoir Le Mémorial de Sainte- Hélène by Count Emmanuel de Las Cases published in 1823, Napoleon first expressed an interest to learn the English language during the two-month voyage from Europe to the island in 1815 aboard the Northumberland.

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Latest international auction house appointments

11 October 2021

A look at recent new roles across salerooms.

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Cocteau ram butts into Bonhams

04 October 2021

On October 21 Bonhams will be holding a sale in its newly opened Paris saleroom devoted to works by the poet, writer, filmmaker and artist Jean Cocteau (1889- 1963) featuring graphic works, sculpture and ceramics.

Charles II period pocket globe

Pick of the week: How to get the whole world in your hands

27 September 2021

Fascinated both by their elegance of design and sophisticated cartography, Stephen Edell began collecting globes 50 years ago.

Alice Strang

New joiners and returning faces in the art and antiques sector

23 September 2021

A round-up of Movers and Shakers across auction houses in the UK, Europe and US.

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Bonhams to open saleroom in Paris as Sotheby’s expands wine sales in France

22 September 2021

Auction house Bonhams is to open its first dedicated saleroom in Europe this month.

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‘America’s finest gemstones’ make an appearance at Bonhams Los Angeles

20 September 2021

Sapphire mining at the Yogo Gulch in Montana began in 1895 after a cigar box of pale blue gems picked from a creek by a local rancher found its way to Tiffany’s in New York, where an appraiser pronounced them “the finest precious gemstones ever found in the United States”.

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