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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A present from Isaac Newton at Bonhams

20 September 2021

Presentation copies and private press books were a key feature of a Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) summer sale.

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It’s a dog’s life for Cartier collectors

20 September 2021

By the mid-20th century several design houses were taking a more playful approach to zoomorphic jewellery.

Kimberley and Sam at Koopman

New departments, hires and promotions – a round up of Movers and Shakers

14 September 2021

The latest jobs and expansion updates across the world of art and antiques.

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Irish provincial silver amassed by German collector

13 September 2021

Bonhams’ (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) sale of Silver & Vertu included a number of Irish provincial pieces from the collection of Peter Ticher.

A snuff bottle from 1925

Star of a snuff bottle collection

13 September 2021

Bonhams offers two private collections of Chinese snuff bottles on September 21.

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Roger Fry stirs up Bloomsbury passions

13 September 2021

Works by Bloomsbury artists once again caused a stir at a recent Modern British art sale at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5%) in London.

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Gun used to kill Billy the Kid sets auction record for any firearm

06 September 2021

The gun Pat Garrett used to kill Billy the Kid has been sold for a world auction record for any firearm at Bonhams in Los Angeles.

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From boy wizard to cat in a hat

30 August 2021

New York sale maintains run of high JK Rowling prices while Dr Seuss surfaces also in UK

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Clocks: the six factors that determine value in the clock market

30 August 2021

Maker, movement, case decoration, provenance, rarity and original condition are the factors that combine to create value in the clock market. Here Richard Fox discusses some of the best examples recently sold at auction with the views of specialists at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonhams

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High-quality carriage clocks continue to be popular at auction

30 August 2021

A mid-19th century English giant carriage chronometer timepiece proved to be highly sought after at a recent Bonhams’ Fine Clocks sale.

Robert Brooks, the former chairman of Bonhams

Bonhams' former owner and chairman Robert Brooks dies

24 August 2021

Former chairman of Bonhams Robert Brooks has died aged 64. ATG understands he passed away after a two-year battle with cancer.

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Go native the modern way at Bonhams

23 August 2021

Bonhams is holding a sale of Modern Native American Art in Los Angeles on August 30 that includes the collection of Canadian Inuit sculpture assembled by Wendy and Dr Les Fisher of Chicago.

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Canadian topographical pictures come to the fore at Bonhams

12 August 2021

Topographical works from the early 19th century Canada will form a prominent part of Bonhams’ next Travel & Exploration sale.

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Portrait of a Grand Tourist turns heads at Bonhams

09 August 2021

A Grand Tour portrait that came to auction directly from the family of the sitter was among the most contested lots at Bonhams’ (27.5%/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) Old Master Paintings sale on July 7.

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Pistol trio pack the punch of Keith Neal provenance

19 July 2021

Three pistol lots came to the fore at a recent sale at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) in London.

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CERAMICS AND GLASS: Remarkable survivors in the same family since the 18th century

12 July 2021

A set of remarkable wine glasses that had remained in the same family since the 18th century was one of the highlights among quality items in two sales.

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News In Brief – including a new Grinling Gibbons exhibition

12 July 2021

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including news of Bonhams' exhibition on Grinling Gibbons.

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Collectors wise to owl rarity

12 July 2021

Back in 1990, following a famous and much-repeated Henry Sandon valuation on BBC Antiques Roadshow, a late 17th century slipware owl jug and cover was acquired by the Potteries Museum in Stoke-on-Trent for £22,000.

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Exceptional Lowestoft boosts London sale

12 July 2021

Some exceptional pieces of Lowestoft featured in Bonhams’ (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) sale on June 23 – many of them from a single vendor.

Roseberys

New faces and updates across auction houses in the UK and US

07 July 2021

This week’s Movers & Shakers includes a new specialist for Roseberys’ Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples department.

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