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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Bonhams’ expands management team with new hire

14 October 2020

Bonhams has hired Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, a luxury and consumer goods specialist, to become non-executive chairman of the auction house.

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Christie’s takes third way on premium structure

12 October 2020

Christie’s has changed its buyer’s premium levels this autumn – creating clear air between its fee structure and those used at Sotheby’s and Bonhams.

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Islamic & Indian art: a selection of hammer highlights including a painting of Mehmed II

12 October 2020

A selection of stand-out Islamic & Indian auction results.

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Wildlife sculptures burst into sale life

12 October 2020

A number of wildlife sculptures, a niche sub-set of the Mod Brit art market, have performed well recently – perhaps as a result of the increased love of the natural world experienced by many during the lockdown crossing over into the art market.

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Bow red squirrel is a rarity

12 October 2020

Estimated at £7000-10,000, this very rare Bow model of a red squirrel, c.1760-65, sold for £20,000 at Bonhams’ (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) Fine Ceramics and Glass sale in Knightsbridge on September 29.

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Islamic & Indian art: 11 auction previews for October 2020

12 October 2020

A wealth of Indian and Islamic art and artefacts are available to view and buy in late October from both participants at Asian Art in London and auction houses whose sales are timed to coincide with the festival.

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Cookery is a recipe for success

12 October 2020

Collection of hotelier, broadcaster and food writer includes many early works.

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Modern British Art: a market benefitting from changing tastes

12 October 2020

The Modern British art sector is now one of the most vibrant in the market and represent a good slice of business for both auction houses and dealers

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Moorcroft bidders make 1912 overtures

05 October 2020

Two pieces of Moorcroft Pomegranate pattern made exceptional sums within a matter of 24 hours at the end of September. Both were early versions of the popular pattern and dated 1912 – the year William Moorcroft left his studio at James Macintyre to run his own factory in Cobridge.

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Court Glasshouse rarity tops unseen Oxfordshire collection

05 October 2020

Estimated at £20,000- 30,000, a façon de Venise gilded, enamel led and engraved vase and cover sold for £70,000 (plus 27.5/25% buyer’s premium) last week.

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Head turners

05 October 2020

Two eye-catching but very different armours, one suited to royal palace style and the other more to purist taste, captured bidders’ attention at a London sale.

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New hires across the art and antiques sector including at Dreweatts and Bonhams

03 October 2020

The latest Movers and Shakers at auction houses and dealers.

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Bow model of red squirrel stars in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

02 October 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare Bow model of a red squirrel from c.1760-65 that doubled estimate at Bonhams.

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New faces at auction houses Sotheby's, Bonhams, Kingham and Orme, Bamfords and Morphy – the latest Movers & Shakers

24 September 2020

New and returning faces across the auction world in the UK, Hong Kong and US.

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Vintage Seiko watches make waves at auction

14 September 2020

The Japanese battery-powered watches once viewed as cheap and lacking soul are now being taken seriously at auction despite collector snobbery

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Oldest surviving FA Cup to be offered at auction at Bonhams

10 September 2020

The oldest surviving FA Cup, presented to the winning teams between 1896 and 1910 including Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, is to be offered with an estimate of £700,000-900,000 at Bonhams this month.

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New York's Asian art auction series aims to keep the show on the road in wake of Covid and tariffs

07 September 2020

Although hampered by Covid-19 and the ongoing issues surrounding imports of Chinese works of art, the September series of Asian art auctions in New York appears – like most sales in the US – to be remarkably unscathed by recent geopolitical events.

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The £12,000 chance to walk in Charles I’s shoes

31 August 2020

An unexpected but welcome entry to Bonhams’ latest sale of Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts & Historical Photographs was a pair of 17th century linen, leather and black silk shoes.

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Pick of the week: Archive of Alec Forbes – the man who made Victoria Crosses – brings bidding at Bonhams

31 August 2020

It is not unusual to see Victoria Crosses making huge sums at auction, but last week the man who made these medals of gallantry was the one in the spotlight.

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Bonhams scales down Scots sales

24 August 2020

Bonhams is closing its Glasgow office and has restructured its sales schedule and specialists in Scotland.

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