Bonhams is a privately owned international auction house. Founded in 1793, it is one of the world's largest and most respected auction houses for fine art and antiques, classic cars and jewelry. Bonhams has a world-renowned heritage and reputation for connoisseurship and personal service, and is the only remaining privately owned international auction house in the United Kingdom. They hold over 400 specialist sales a year in 60 different categories, so collectors will do well to keep a close eye on their schedule to see what is coming up each day.
It is possible to browse through a number of different departments on Bonhams' online platform. Not every department will have an upcoming auction listed, but there is information on how many auctions are held in each category each year, and it is always possible to check their detailed calendar of upcoming auctions. Most of the auctions are held on-site, although some are online-only, and all can accept online bids. Examples of departments listed include Impressionist and Modern Art, Native American Art, Old Master Paintings, Photographs, Automobilia, Watches and Jewelry, Scientific Instruments, European Ceramics, and much more.
The first step in selling an item through Bonhams Auctions is to have it appraised free of charge. If it is deemed suitable for sale, a preliminary estimate will be provided. Any item accepted by this online auction house is then marketed to a vast global network of collectors to ensure it sells for the best possible price. With specialists in over 60 different categories of collectibles, there is almost nothing they cannot sell! The money a seller receives is based on the hammer price less the agreed upon seller's commission and any agreed upon expenses. These fees vary depending on the country in which the seller is located.
Those looking to add to their collection by bidding at a Bonhams auction will find the process intuitive. It is possible to narrow your search by adding filters to the platform, or you can simply go to your calendar and see everything current and upcoming. To bid on their auctions, you must be registered on their site, a process that includes providing a government-issued ID.
The experience of bidding on an item at a Bonhams auction is the same whether you are in the room or participating remotely. The extremely high quality and authenticity of the item is guaranteed, allowing buyers to bid with confidence, with the only worry being the presence of higher bidders at the auction!
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