Bonhams are the only international auction house to hold sales devoted purely to clocks. Our unique, highly specialised approach offers many benefits to our buyers and sellers. Horology sales are held in New York and London, and these auctions attract buyers and collectors from all over the world, eager to compete for the best lots that we have to offer. Our focussed approach to marketing each clock means that we have achieved some exceptional results for our sellers, including world record prices for clocks of the 17th and 18th centuries. Complex musical clocks or those with high precision movements are also highly sought after in the current market. Each lot is thoroughly researched, described and illustrated, and our catalogues are a valuable reference point for anyone interested in the fascinating world of clocks and watches.
Bonhams is the only International auction house holding regular Entertainment Memorabilia sales in both the United Kingdom and United States of America. Our newly expanded global team has a combined Specialist knowledge of over 100 years in this expanding field.
These dedicated sales include an array of vintage film and concert posters, autographs, unseen photograph archives, animation artwork, props, musical instruments, costume and other memorabilia relating to some of the most prominent actors, musicians and entertainers of the Twentieth Century. The Film and Television aspect of the sales includes important movie posters, memorabilia associated with major stars and iconic productions including Marilyn Monroe, James Bond, Star Wars and Doctor Who. The Popular Music Memorabilia section of our sale offers collectors the opportunity to acquire pieces relating to legends such as The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton, Queen and Michael Jackson.
Bonhams has established the reputation as a pre-eminent source for Native American works of art, attracting competitive international bidding and achieving strong prices across all categories. Bonhams is a leader in the auctions of American Indian art, including Southwest weavings and jewelry, baskets, beadwork, pottery, Northwest Coast and Eskimo art and artifacts. Record prices obtained at auction include $480,250 for a Pueblo manta (woman's shoulder blanket), $337,250 for an Acoma pottery storage jar, and $482,000 paid for a Tsimshian dagger from the Northwest Coast.
The department head has been in the position since 1983 and has built an international network of collectors, dealers and museum professionals during that time. The semiannual major auctions are complimented by a once-a-year Art and Artifacts of the Americas sale that includes both Native American and pre-Columbian material.
The Fine European Furniture department specialises in French and Continental furniture from the Renaissance to the late 19th century. Past sale highlights have included stamped pieces by 18th century makers, such as Beneman, Birclet, Boulle, Criaerd, Sageot, Migeon and Beurdeley, Dasson, Sormani and Linke from the 19th century. The Fine European Furniture, Sculpture and Works of Art auctions also feature decorative objects such as sculpture, clocks, gilt bronzes, ormolu-mounted porcelain, ceramics, enamel, pietre dure, micro-mosaics, glass and tapestries. These auctions are held up to ten times a year globally, in London New Bond Street, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco
Held both in London at our Knightsbridge saleroom and the West Coast of America at our Los Angeles and San Francisco salerooms; Period Design and Period Art and Design is a regular sale which includes a wonderful selection of 18th, 19th and early 20th century English and Continental furniture, works of art, sculpture, mirrors, carpets, rugs as well as a selection of clocks and pictures, with estimates range between £400 and £10,000. Each issue includes an interview with a top interior designer who discusses current design trends.
Bonhams International Jewelry department is a highly regarded and respected force in the global market place achieving top selling results for pieces of fine and rare jewelry from estates and collections. The department sells all types of antique, period and modern jewelry specializing in diamond Art Deco items, large single diamond solitaires and famous luxury designed and signed pieces by Cartier, Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels and Andrew Grima as well as diamonds, rubies, sapphires, precious stones and natural pearls.
Our dynamic and well-established team of highly regarded specialists will offer you confidential and professional advice on all aspects of buying and selling at auction.
The 19th Century Paintings department at Bonhams sells a wide variety of paintings, drawings and watercolours by the foremost artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The department holds four sales per annum; two in London in January and July and two in New York in April and late October.
Our extensively researched and carefully curated catalogues feature works from the full spectrum of Victorian and European painting. From traditional English landscapes and works from the Pre-Raphaelite movement, through to the glory of Edwardian portraiture and the modern masters of British Impressionism. The catalogues also reflect the major movements in Continental Europe, with works from the Dutch Romantic school and Orientalist pictures, Scandinavian painters, French and German painting and works by the diverse Spanish and Italian masters of the nineteenth century.
Our experienced specialists and knowledge of the market and collectors ensures that Bonhams has a proven track record of outstanding prices. With specialists in New York and London and more salerooms and sales than any of our major competitors, we are able to market our auctions to the widest possible international audience.
Bonhams holds multiple auctions of Fine Antique Oriental Carpets and Rugs per year. The department offers a vast selection from the finest Mohtasham Kashan carpets of central Persia to bold Turkish Oushak carpets and the avidly sought after tribal weavings of the Caucasus. With over 150 carpets and rugs to fit all sizes, colours, tastes and budgets, the auctions appeal to interior designers, rug enthusiasts and private buyers from around the globe. Bonhams carpet department has vast experience in handling a wide variety of woven treasures. Dealing in Middle Eastern, Oriental and European carpets, rugs and tapestries our specialist department conducts auctions worldwide and continues to go from strength to strength.
Bonhams Silver department holds Silver & Objects of Vertu auctions throughout the year, which include Early Spoons, Antique, Modern and Post-War silver. Most auctions include silver hollow- and flat-ware, gold boxes and a wide variety of collectible Objects of Vertu. Also among the traditional offerings are American, English and Continental tea and coffee sets, candelabra, trays, tureens and other table articles - both antique and modern - as well as smaller items such as walking sticks, nutmeg graters, card cases, vinaigrettes and other collectors' boxes.
Our dedicated team of specialists are delighted to offer a personal and discreet service in both the acquisition and disposal of collections or individual items, and we are able to offer our global salerooms to be sure to obtain the best results.
The Bonhams Watch department has well-respected and experienced specialists based in the United Kingdom, United States and the Far East. There are several fine watch auctions held in our global salerooms each year. If you are considering buying or selling at auction our experts can give you confidential professional advice on all aspects of the watch market and offer a complimentary auction valuation service. We are prominent in the auction of watches by Patek Philippe, Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, Cartier, Audemars Piguet, Heuer, IWC and other prestigious names.
The department devotes its auctions to a broad range of European and British sculpture and works of art spanning in date from the 12th to the 19th century. Our sales encompass early works of art and Old Master sculpture from the Gothic, Mediaeval and Renaissance period, through to the 19th century and sometimes beyond. This wide spectrum of stylistic influences also features items of Baroque, Rococo, Empire and Neo-Classical origins, as well as works from the New Sculpture movement.
Our expertise extends to handling sculpture and objects in a variety of mediums including ivory, marble, alabaster, stone, wood, terracotta, bronze and plaster. The decorative objects such as urns and tazze worked in materials such as ormolu, enamel and pietre dure. The department also focuses on more functional objects such as candelabra and other lighting, chimneypieces, fire-grates, desk sets, boxes and tea caddies.