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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Ten Most Expensive Classic Cars Ever Sold at Auction
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There’s something for everyone at Boningtons
Boningtons auction showcase a diverse and extensive range of artworks in their forthcoming auction this 27th June, from Old Masters, to 19th Century, to Modern British and Contemporary international works, they really do have it all!
A long way to go for pay equality in UK auction houses…
The three top UK auction houses pay women between 22% and 37% less than men, official data finds.
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.

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Group of Small Cabinet Specimens
Group of Small Cabinet Specimens\nWorldwide Localities\nIncluding an adamite, Mapimi, Mexico, length 4in; a drusy chrysocolla, a red calcite stalactite, an amethyst with quartz, a wulfenite, a vanadanite, five quartz clusters, rainbow obsidian, etc. (19) Bonhams
A Louis XVI silver rattle by Guillaume Paulmyer, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, circa 1780-89 a silver and clear glass example (2)
A Louis XVI silver rattle\nby Guillaume Paulmyer, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, circa 1780-89\nThe whistle finial with club-shaped wind hole on a tapering and panelled hexagonal shaft with six scrolling hangers for bells, tapering circular finial, length 22.5cm, together with a silver and clear glass example with eight bells on scrolling hangers, length 21cm. (2) Bonhams
Swags of apples, a pair
Martin-Jules Chouard (1839-1919)\nSwags of apples, a pair\none signed 'J. Chouard' (lower right) watercolour and pencil, (2)\n48 x 31cm (18 7/8 x 12 3/16in). Bonhams
A small William Moorcroft Macintyre Florian 'Poppy' design vase Circa 1902-04
A small William Moorcroft Macintyre Florian 'Poppy' design vase\nCirca 1902-04\nOf squat from with short everted rim, the body tubeline decorated with several blue glazed poppies on long stems, reserved against a white ground;\nsigned, brown printed Macintyre marks, impressed shape number 63. Bonhams
Seasons Greetings from the Imhofs
Joseph A. Imhof (American, 1871-1955)\nSeasons Greetings from the Imhofs\nsigned 'Imhof' (lower right) and inscribed 'Seasons Greetings from the Imhofs' (upper right)\npencil on paper on board\n13 x 6 1/2in 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
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580 Madison Avenue
New York NY 10022
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Customer Services, Australia
76 Paddington Street
Sydney NSW 2021
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