Bonhams

Bonhams is a privately owned British auction house and one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. This brought together two of the four surviving Georgian auction houses in London, Bonhams having been founded in 1793, and Phillips in 1796 by Harry Phillips, formerly a senior clerk to James Christie. Today the amalgamated business handles fine art and antiques in more than 60 specialist collecting areas. The firm has continued to grow and change since the merger in 2001. The last ten years have been among the most dramatic and fast-growing in its history.

In August 2002 the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America, which had been founded in 1865 during the California gold rush.
Bonhams & Butterfields conducted their first East Coast sale in 2003, in the Art Deco Fuller Building erected in 1926. Bonhams is now established in 25 countries across five continents.

It is a remarkable story of rapid expansion which owes much to the energy and drive of Robert Brooks, formerly a director and department head at Christies, whose father had worked at Bonhams in the 1950s and 60s. Brooks set up his own firm (Robert Brooks Auctioneers) in 1989 to sell classic and vintage motorcars. In 2000 he and his business partner, Dutch entrepreneur Evert Louwman, acquired the family-owned firm of Bonhams, creating 'Bonhams & Brooks'. This was the start of the major program of acquisition and expansion which has continued since. When the European auction business of Phillips was merged with Bonhams the following year, the name was simplified to Bonhams. By the end of 2003 Bonhams was conducting 700 annual sales and had over 600 employees. Robert Brooks became and has remained the Chairman of the 'New Bonhams'.

In 2009 Bonhams announced that it had taken market leadership in 10 key areas of the UK art market for the first time including Antiquities, Arms and Armor, Watches and Clocks, European Ceramics and Japanese art. It is now a worldwide auction house, which handles fine art and antiques in more than 60 specialist collecting areas.

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  • United Kingdom
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A Letter from Nelson Mandela to Go Under the Hammer for £100,000
This signed historical document from 1974 has never been published to date. In it, Nelson Mandela, the legendary anti-apartheid leader, tenderly expresses the loss of his close friend and companion, Michael Harmel.
Going, Going, Gone – Bonhams has been sold
Big things are happening – British auction house Bonhams has been sold to private equity group Epiris.
Ten Most Expensive Classic Cars Ever Sold at Auction
Six Ferraris, a Mercedes Benz, an Alfa Romeo, an Aston Martin and a Jaguar. The number of classic cars sold at auction every year keeps on rising, so if you are looking for something classic, auction houses are a good place to start.
''Big Eyes'' Keane and Matthew Modine's Full Metal Jacket Diary honored at The LA Art Show
The LA Art Show will open this week and will pay tribute to two important figures in 20th century culture: Margaret Keane and Matthew Modine.
Large Picasso lithograph, $125,000, Swann Auction

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A jade snuff bottle 1800-1900
A jade snuff bottle\n1800-1900\nWell hollowed, of flattened circular form with cylindrical neck, flat lip, the matrix of grayish celadon tone exhibiting russet vines (minor chips to the mouth rim).\n2 1/8in (5.5cm) high\nProperty from the Estate of Gardner Udell, Santa Barbara, California Bonhams
A lady, called Lady Frances Whitmore, standing before dark green drapery and a landscape vista, wearing burnt umber robe over white lace chemise, pear
Circle of Matthew Snelling (British, 1621-1678)\nA lady, called Lady Frances Whitmore, standing before dark green drapery and a landscape vista, wearing burnt umber robe over white lace chemise, pearl necklace and teardrop pearl earring, her dark hair partially upswept and dressed with strands of pearls and an ivory veil.\nWatercolour on vellum, painted within a gilded vignette, gilt-wood frame with original bevelled glass.\nRectangular, 184mm (7 1/4in) high Bonhams
An early 18th century style stucco relief depicting an allegory of Peace
An early 18th century style stucco relief depicting an allegory of Peace\nthe female figure of Peace seated on a bank of clouds, holding aloft laurel leaves and holding a lyre, with two winged putti beside her and flanked by a pair of doves, mounted in a Rococo style giltwood frame modelled with acanthus leaves and C scrolls, 113cm wide x 91cm high Bonhams
Six souvenir totem poles in the Northwest Coast style
Six souvenir totem poles in the Northwest Coast style\nheight 16 1/4 - 9in Bonhams
Property from a Luxury Hotel
Property from a Luxury Hotel\nA groom with his hack holding his master's horse\noil on canvas\n30 x 38 3/4in Bonhams

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Customer Services & Bids, Los Angeles
7601 W. Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90046
T: +1 323 850 7500
info.us@bonhams.com
Customer Services & Bids, San Francisco
220 San Bruno Avenue
San Francisco CA 94103
T: +1 415 503 3550
info.us@bonhams.com
Customer Services, UK
101 New Bond Street
London
W1S 1SR
T: +44 20 7447 7447
info@bonhams.com
Customer Services & Bids, New York
580 Madison Avenue
New York NY 10022
T: +1 212 644 9001
info.us@bonhams.com
Customer Services, Australia
76 Paddington Street
Paddington
Sydney NSW 2021
T: +61 2 8412 2222
info.aus@bonhams.com
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