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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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This signed historical document from 1974 has never been published to date.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 rare tixi lacquer rectangular box and cover 14th/15th century
A rare tixi lacquer rectangular box and cover\n14th/15th century\nThe box of rounded, canted rectangular shape, the cover crisply carved through alternating layers of black and red lacquer with concentric rows of ruyi-head scrolls, surrounded by bands of formal scrolls, the interior and recessed base lacquered black with collectors mark in red. 18.5cm (7 1/4in) long (2).\nThe Property of a Gentleman ???? Bonhams
Alex Nwokolo (Nigerian, born 1963) Herd
Alex Nwokolo (Nigerian, born 1963)\nHerd\nsigned and dated 'Nwokolo Alex / 2006' (lower right)\noil on canvas\n90 x 90cm (35 7/16 x 35 7/16in). Bonhams
A group of five Spanish earthenware talavera jars and pitcher
A group of five Spanish earthenware talavera jars and pitcher\nheight of tallest 9 3/4in Bonhams
ARGONAUT PRESS. [Group of books published by the Argonaut Press.] London: Argonaut Press, 1926-38.
ARGONAUT PRESS.\n[Group of books published by the Argonaut Press.] London: Argonaut Press, 1926-38.\n18 volumes. Tall 8vo. Vellum backed buckram boards, medallion inlay to upper boards. Light overall wear, some toning to spines.\n\n16 ARGONAUT PRESS TITLES. Complete list of titles available on request. Bonhams
A late 19th century walnut and fruitwood chest of drawers
A late 19th century walnut and fruitwood chest of drawers\nwith three frieze drawers, on square tapering legs, 30cm wide x 14.5cm deep x 25.5cm high, (11.5" wide x 5.5" deep x 10" high) Bonhams

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