Bruun Rasmussen

Danish saleroom Bruun Rasmussen was established in Copenhagen in 1948 by Arne Bruun Rasmussen and remained a family-owned business for over seven decades, with his son Jesper becoming chairman in 1985.

In March 2022 it was announced that it had been acquired by Bonhams.

Bruun Rasmussen's headquarters is in Copenhagen’s Nordhavn district, but it also runs live auctions and previews from a separate premises in the city’s Bredgade, and has a further space for online auctions in Jutland.

Silver denarius

Brutus Eid Mar denarius sets record for any coin sold in Scandinavia

26 June 2023

A Brutus Eid Mar-type silver denarius, struck shortly after the murder of Julius Caesar, has become the most expensive numismatic object ever sold at auction in Scandinavia.

Bruun Rasmussen Copenhagen

Bonhams buys Danish auction house Bruun Rasmussen

22 March 2022

Bonhams’ run of acquiring other auction businesses continues.

Gerda Wegener portrait of Lili Elbe

Pick of the week: Record bidding for The Danish Girl

21 March 2022

“At a time when gender, sexuality, identity and roles are being negotiated like never before, the story of Gerda and Einar Wegener has only become more topical despite the almost 100 years that have passed since the artwork was created.”


Ming dish sets house record in Copenhagen auction

07 June 2021

Copenhagen auction house Bruun Rasmussen achieved a house record with the sale of an early Ming porcelain dish.

‘Interior, Strandgade 30’ by Vilhelm Hammershoi

Vilhelm Hammershøi interior scene sets record for a painting sold in Denmark

28 November 2019

Copenhagen auction house Bruun Rasmussen has set an auction record for any painting sold in Denmark.


King of Siam's golden gifts to an enterprising Dane

20 May 2019

Two impressive golden bowls presented by the king of Siam to an enterprising Danish admiral, businessman and politician star in Bruun Rasmussen’s May 28 auction in Copenhagen.


Bruun Rasmussen pulls Chinese flask from auction over uncertain dating

03 December 2018

Danish auctioneer Bruun Rasmussen has withdrawn a Chinese flask from sale for the second time following disagreements over its age.


Asian Art in London to overhaul awards after authenticity of 'best object' winner questioned

19 November 2018

The organisers of Asian Art in London are to abandon the event’s ‘best objects’ award after doubt was cast on the authenticity of one of this year’s winners. The Danish auctioneer which won the award however is standing by the Yuan attribution for the flask after conducting a scientific test.


Tiara with Danish royal provenance emerges in Copenhagen auction

12 November 2018

This diamond and sapphire tiara, which is to be offered for sale by Bruun Rasmussen on November 30 in Copenhagen, has a long and distinguished Danish royal provenance.


Spotlight falls on Jacob Hermann as limited supply brings high prices for furniture designer's works

18 June 2018

Most high-flying ‘design’ is made in multiples. These can be limited editions in short runs but, as some of the most iconic pieces have been produced in their millions, their commercial value is typically vested in early examples or prototypes.


Boxer Rebellion link backs soapstone sale

11 December 2017

Two Qing soapstone seals sold to a Chinese bidder for Dkr1.1m (£130,640), around 100 times their estimate, at Bruun Rasmussen (24 % buyer’s premium) in Copenhagen on November 29.


Chinese hair ornaments are among Norie collection lots in Copenhagen sale

13 November 2017

This collection of late Qing dynasty Chinese hair ornaments fashioned as bats, flowers and foliage and set with kingfisher feathers, coral, jade and pearls is part of a group of 30 lots from the collection of Evelyn Williams Medows Norie (1862-1915) which is on offer at Bruun Rasmussen on November 29.

Finn Juhl furniture

Finn Juhl furniture grabs the attention at Nordic Masters auction

29 September 2017

Works by the highly-regarded Danish designer Finn Juhl (1912-1989) secured the three top slots in Bruun Rasmussen’s Nordic Masters design sale held in Copenhagen this week.


Finn Juhl furniture are among highlights at Copenhagen auction

18 September 2017

Two rare early pieces of furniture by the famous architect and designer Finn Juhl are among the highlights in Bruun Rasmussen’s Design sale to be held in Copenhagen on September 27-28.

Hans Christian Andersen picture book

Unique picture book made by Hans Christian Andersen bid to £270,000

02 June 2017

The only picture book made by Hans Christian Andersen that remains in private hands was sold at auction this week in Copenhagen.


Russian works of art in Copenhagen

30 May 2017

Bruun Rasmussen is holding a sale of Russian works of art in Copenhagen on June 9 featuring material from various private collections, including that of Norwegian commercial attaché Richard Zeiner- Henriksen (1878-1965).

Hans Christian Andersen picture book

Hans Christian Andersen’s unpublished picture book comes to auction

26 May 2017

Not content with writing all those those much-loved children’s stories that are his principal and lasting legacy, Hans Christian Andersen wrote plays, novels, travelogues and, just to fill up his spare time, turned his talents to drawing, creating collages and producing paper-cuts.


Danish Art Deco daybed on offer in Copenhagen auction

08 May 2017

A relatively unfamiliar name in Nordic works is under the spotlight at Bruun Rasmussen in Copenhagen in its Nordic Design auction on Thursday, June 8.


Famous fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen's jester amuses at auction

10 April 2017

Hans Christian Andersen did not confine himself to the fairy tales that are his principal and lasting legacy.

Peder Severin Kroyer's scene of Skagen Beach

Peder Severin Kroyer’s summer view at Skagen takes €580,000 at Bruun Rasmussen

07 March 2017

An oil study by the Danish artist Peder Severin Kroyer for one of his best known and final masterworks has sold for €580,000 (£495,725) at Bruun Rasmussen in Copenhagen.