Robert Brooks bows out as Bonhams sold to Epiris

Bonhams’ chairman Robert Brooks is retiring from the auction house after selling the company to private equity group Epiris.

The new owner described Bonhams as “a strong business with a clearly defined strategy” and says its plan is “to bring in extra talent”. The sale of a 225-year-old firm marks the end of an eventful personal chapter for Brooks. The founder of classic car and automobilia auction house Brooks in 1989, he took control of Bonhams in 2000 with backing from Dutch car importer Evert Louwman. With another merger following a year later with Phillips Son & Neale, Bonhams became the ...