Bonhams is a privately owned international auction house. Founded in 1793, it is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers of fine art and antiques, classic cars, and jewelry. Bonhams has a heritage and reputation for connoisseurship and bespoke service known throughout the world and they are the sole remaining international auction house that is privately owned and in British hands. They hold more than 400 specialist sales a year in 60 different categories, so collectors will do well to keep a keen eye on their schedule to see what is coming up each day.
It is possible to browse through a range of different departments with Bonhams online platform. Not every department will have an upcoming auction listed, though there is information as to how many auctions a year are held in each category, and it is always possible to check out their detailed calendar of upcoming auctions. Most of the auctions are held on location, though some are online-only, and all can accept online bidding. Examples of the departments listed are Impressionist and Modern Art, Native American, Old Master Paintings, Photographs, Automobilia, Watches and Jewelry, Scientific Instruments, European Ceramics, and so much more.
The first step to selling an item with Bonhams auctions is to submit it to a free auction estimate. If it is deemed suitable for sale, they will provide a preliminary auction estimate. Any item that is accepted by this online auction house will then be marketed to a huge, global network of collectors to ensure it is sold for the best possible price. With specialists in over 60 different categories of collectibles, there is almost nothing that they can not sell! The money that a seller receives will be based on the hammer price less the agreed seller’s commission and any agreed-upon expenses. These fees vary according to the country in which the seller is based.
Those looking to add to their collection by bidding at a Bonhams auction will find the process intuitive. It is possible to narrow down the search by adding filters to the platform, or one can simply go to their calendar and see everything that is current and upcoming. To bid on their auctions, you must be registered on their website, a process that includes the provision of a government-issued ID.
The experience of bidding on an item in one of Bonhams’ auctions is equally exciting whether you are in the room or joining remotely. Extremely high quality and authenticity of the item are guaranteed, letting buyers bid with confidence, with the only worry being the presence of higher bidders at the auction!