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 recognised internationally throughout all sectors of fine art, jewellery, 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 Armour, 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).