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.


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Traditional ceramics head to London auctions in the latest formats

06 May 2019

While Sotheby’s and Christie’s no longer hold regular dedicated auctions of European ceramics, they still cater for elements of this market in their main centres worldwide via series of mixed-discipline traditional decorative arts auctions.

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Bonhams glass and ceramics specialist John Sandon looks back at his life in auctions

06 May 2019

In today’s world when employment fluidity is the norm, it is rare to find someone who had been in the same job and place all their working life. But when he hung up his hat last week from his role as international director of glass and British ceramics at Bonhams, John Sandon had clocked up almost 44 years, man and boy, in the same saddle.

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Farnham’s fragrant bloom points to late 19th century Tiffany

19 April 2019

Although unmarked, this gold, enamel and diamond brooch offered by Bonhams Knightsbridge (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) was almost certainly made by Tiffany in New York c.1890.

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New faces at Bonhams, Phillips and Aguttes among the latest 'Movers and Shakers' across the art and antiques market

16 April 2019

An update on recent appointments at auction houses across the world.

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Developments in focus at the latest photograph auctions in New York

15 April 2019

A look at the latest photograph auction highlights, potential sale stars to come, fairs coming up and a camera and equipment spotlight.

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Books keep Bonhams busy in New York

15 April 2019

The early weeks of March proved a particularly busy time for one saleroom in the US. As well as sales featuring the medical and scientific collections of W Bruce Fye, reported in ATG No 2386, Bonhams New York (27.5/25/20/13.9%) also sold the seventh instalment of Eric Caren’s How History Unfolds on Paper collection online, and in itsMadison Avenue rooms offered Extraordinary Books & Manuscripts.

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Early views of China prove major attraction at Bonhams Knightsbridge

15 April 2019

Early views of China are often best-sellers in the realm of topographical photography. An album of 83 albumen prints from the 1860s-70s proved to be a major attraction at Bonhams’ latest book sale held in Knightsbridge.

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Wigan Pier on the road to saleroom courtesy of a Wigan consigner

15 April 2019

Two first-edition versions of George Orwell’s 'The Road to Wigan Pier', the first part of which is an investigation into the working-class living conditions in Lancashire, Yorkshire and the industrial north, were published in 1937.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

15 April 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Binding made of wood from Roman bridge

08 April 2019

A most unusual book binding brought a bid of £5500 in a recent Bonhams sale.

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Medieval marriage contract that launched a queen’s bid for power tops Bonhams’ book auction

05 April 2019

A medieval marriage contract representing Isabella of France’s political machinations was knocked down for £120,000 at Bonhams last week.

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Impressive body of work on sale

01 April 2019

Medical and scientific library includes landmark Vesalius study on human anatomy.

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Antiques Roadshow garage sale find brings $1.7m during New York Asia Week auctions

25 March 2019

A 9th century gilt bronze figure bought at a Missouri garage sale and later appraised on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow was the toast of the New York Asia Week auctions.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

25 March 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Former Christie’s marketing boss joins Bonhams

22 March 2019

Bonhams has hired Christie’s former marketing supremo Marc Sands.

1927 Christmas card from Bentley Motors

Motoring memorabilia originally owned by Bentley’s founder to be exhibited at Bonhams in London

21 March 2019

For just one day in April, Bonhams New Bond Street saleroom will host an exhibition in celebration of the centenary of the legendary car marque Bentley.

ATG letter: Fee rises need to be much clearer

18 March 2019

MADAM – I believe auction houses should make it clear to bidders that buyer’s premium has gone up and the fee does not include VAT.

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Bonhams introduces 27.5% premium threshold to "reflect the cost of bringing objects to global auctions”

11 March 2019

Auction house Bonhams has raised its buyer’s premium levels, adding a new threshold of 27.5% on the first £2500/$3000 of the hammer price.

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Asia Week New York auction highlights including the Chenn Family collection of Chinese paintings at Heritage Auctions

11 March 2019

A selection of highlights from auctions being held either as part of or timed to coincide with Asia Week New York.

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Bonhams becomes latest auction house to raise buyer’s premium

04 March 2019

Auction house Bonhams has raised its buyer’s premium levels effective from today.

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