Bonhams is a privately owned British auction house. Founded in 1793, it is one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Now, the Bonhams name is recognized internationally throughout all sectors of fine art, jewelry, motorcars and collectors’ markets.
Today, operating out of its major salerooms in London, New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Los Angeles, Bonhams conducts some 400 annual sales through its sixty specialist departments. The same guiding principles have ensured Bonhams’ success over the past two centuries.
With specialists in every major area of art and collectables, the depth of collective knowledge of Bonhams auctioneers has enabled the company to challenge the market positions of Sotheby’s and Christie’s. In 2009 Bonhams announced that it had taken market leadership in ten key areas of the UK art market for the first time including Antiquities, Arms and Armor, Watches and Clocks, Motor Cars, European Ceramics and Japanese art.
In fine art, Bonhams has achieved record sums for a painting in a Russian sale (Roerich, £7.9m) and for a South African painting (Irma Stern, £3.0m) as well as presiding over the sale of the most valuable Old Master sold at auction in 2013 (Fragonard, £17.1m).
Asian art continues to be a particular strength of the company and in London and San Francisco it regularly vies for market leadership in this category. The power of Bonhams’ influence and relationships in the Asian art market has been demonstrated by such sales as that of the ‘Bainbridge Vase’ for a record price and a Qianlong vase for £9.0m.
Bonhams has established itself as the foremost auction house in the sale of jewelry in London, having achieved record prices in all categories, ranging from diamonds and colored stones to Art Deco and antique pieces. In early 2013, the world record price was set when a fancy deep-blue diamond was sold for £6.2m.
In motoring, Bonhams continues to be unrivaled as the European number one auction house, achieving world record prices for Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Aston Martin.
Bonhams’ impressive portfolio of salerooms in prime locations across the globe is a key component of current and future success as they provide the necessary foundation to participate in the art market at the highest levels. The New Bond Street headquarters, recently reopened after a £30m renovation program, are a testament to Bonhams’ position as a driving force and major player in the rapidly growing world of fine art and antiques auctioneering.
@cbsthismorning stopped by our Madison Avenue galleries to talk with Director of Entertainment Memorabilia, Catherine Williamson. She highlights Prince’s handwritten notes on “Purple Rain”. Estimated at $12,000-15,000, these notes are among the fascinating objects included in March 27’s TCM Presents… Rock & Roll Through The Lens sale. Come check out the fascinating music memorabilia up for auction 10 am-5 pm today, noon-5 pm Sat & Sun, or 10 am-1 pm Mon leading up to the auction.
#bonhams #bonhamsnewyork #TCM #prince #purplerain #musichistory
Making plans for the weekend? Make sure to drop by our #NewBondStreet galleries on Sunday from 11am to see the remarkable pieces from the #Harlech collection before the sale on Wednesday 29 March.
Heartfelt personal letters from Jackie #Kennedy to David Ormsby Gore (the 5th Lord Harlech) will be among the fascinating lots on display.
#bonhams #bonhamslondon @harveycammell @charlieflthomas #glyncywarch #housesale #jfk #jackie #davidormsbygore #lordharlech #oakinterior
One of the world's finest private collections of early golf clubs is to be offered by Bonhams in Los Angeles on 29 March. The Roberto Family Trust Golf Collection, comprising more than 130 clubs that span the history of clubmaking from spur irons of the 17th century to spoons and playclubs of the late 19th century. The collection is estimated at US$700,000-1,000,000.
Previews open this Saturday, March 25. Explore the full catalog at: http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24348/
#golf #golfmemorabilia #RobertoFamilyTrust #BonhamsLA
A collection of 12 classic motor cars has been unearthed in a Swiss schloss and will be offered, all without reserve, at The Spa Classic sale on 21 May at the legendary #Francorchammps circuit in #Belgium.
Amongst the 12-strong collection is this iconic 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300Sl Roadster (£600,000-800,000). The model celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2017, and remains arguably one of the most influential post-war sports cars ever created!
#bonhams @bonhamsmotoring #motorcars #classiccars #mercedesbenz #spaclassic2017
Pictured here is one of Glyn Cywarch's historic interiors with an Elizabeth I coffer dating from 1590. It is one of several rare and important oak lots in the extraordinary #Harlech sale on 29 March in #London.
Regram from @harveycammell #bonhams #bonhamslondon @charlieflthomas #privatecollection #oakfurniture #oakinterior #welsh #countyhouse