Bonhams hold two major auctions each year of the very best of Modern British painting, sculpture and drawing. These carefully curated sales take place at our New Bond Street premises, London, in spring and autumn.
From Edwardian Art to the Neo-Romantics, The Bloomsbury Group, Post-War, Constructivists, The London School, Kitchen Sink, St Ives and Camden Town, we offer a wide range of artists and movements through these dedicated sales.
The department is proud to hold a number of world auction records for works on paper and dominate this market for Laurence Stephen Lowry and Paul Nash in particular. Bonhams have the top two prices for celebrated painter Walter Richard Sickert and the top six for Algernon Newton. Other records include those for Helen Bradley, Sheila Fell, Gillian Ayres, Winifred Nicholson, Tristram Hillier, John Nash and John Minton among others. The department consistently performs well with sculpture too by artists such as Lynn Chadwick and Dame Elisabeth Frink.
Previously sold highlights include Henry Moore's marble Mother & Child which commanded £1,069,600, Looking Toward Mornington Crescent Station by Frank Auerbach (£1,059,082) and Sir Stanley Spencer's seminal Garden Path Cookham Rise fetched £769,250. We are delighted to also offer Modern British & Irish Art through four dedicated sales a year at our Knightsbridge saleroom.
Our team of specialists are based in London and primarily supported by our operations in New York, California, Canada and Dublin as well as our network of regional offices. They travel regularly and have extensive experience advising private collectors as well as corporate and public institutions on all aspects of their collections.