Bonhams specialists head to Co.Derry-Londonderry to search for hidden art treasures and offer free valuations

Art specialists from Bonhams, the leading international fine art auction house, will host a two day valuation event in Co. Derry-Londonderry this month (17th and 18th September) in a bid to unearth hidden art gems in the Ulster area.

Visiting specialists Charles O'Brien (19th Century Painting) and Matthew Bradbury (Modern British & Irish Art) will be available for two days offering expert advice and free valuations for paintings dating from 1800 to works by living British and Irish artists. They welcome local people to bring paintings and art works to the Beech Hill Country House Hotel between 10am and 4.30pm, on the days mentioned.

The event has already attracted significant interest and Bonhams ask the public to book an appointment in advance to avoid disappointment.

Bonhams has had great success sourcing art in Ireland to date, such as Old-Age Pensioners by Belfast born artist Paul Henry (1876-1958), which was sold last year in London for £109,250 at Bonhams Modern British and Irish Art sale. Local artist Paul Henry lived for many years on Achill Island and is most well known for his depictions of the Irish West Coast.

The sculpture Bird by Dame Elizabeth Frink was found in a private Irish collection and sold for £86,400. Acquired directly from the artist by the owner's family, the work had never before been offered for sale.

Another impressive painting from an Irish source turned out to be a 19th century Eugenio Cecconi painting worth £68,450. The picture, inherited by its owner, had been misattributed and kept in storage for many years. Bonhams specialists were able to inform the owner of the correct Italian artist and true value of the work. The painting was included in an exhibition of paintings at Bonhams Rome Office, and subsequently, made three times the top estimate at sale in London.

Bonhams is one of the leading auction houses in the world with over 57 specialist departments and a team of world-renowned experts. Our specialists offer confidential advice on all aspects of buying and selling art at auction.

For more information or to make an appointment please contact the Irish office at or +353 (0)1 6020990


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's 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. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to

Related auctions