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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The Man with the golden collection: World-renowned 007 expert's memorabilia hits auction market this autumn
This autumn, the collection of the late Adrian Cowdry, the world-renowned 007 and film memorabilia expert, will be coming to auction in Surrey.
Christie's to hold their first Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern art auction in London
This October, Christie's will have their first Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern art auction in October. The auction is the first in London since the auction house decided to move the sale from Dubai.
Shine bright like a Moon Flask
Moon Flask; Pilgrim Flask; Baoyueping; Bianhu or 抱月瓶, however you chose to say it, these ceramic pieces are always a hit with collectors.
Winston Churchill commemorative coin up for auction
With the recent political upheaval surrounding the prime minister, it seems most fitting to explore a piece coming up for auction which commemorates Sir Winston Churchill.
Chorley's shakes things up this spring with a Modern & Contemporary Art & Design
Chorley's this spring will host their Modern & Contemporary Art & Design sale, a change from their usual fare.

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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