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Japanese Art

Bonhams have been market leaders in Japanese Art since the department's first auction in 2007, highlighted by the sale of the Szechenyi Collection, the most successful auction of Japanese art ever held in Europe. Every year, Bonhams has achieved impressive results in the category and often world record prices, particularly for netsuke and inro, ceramics as well as Meiji Period metalwork, lacquer and cloisonné enamel.

The London auctions at Bonhams draw collectors, curators and dealers from all around the world, featuring objects assembled, catalogued and researched by internationally-renowned specialists who offer over 100 years of combined expertise in the field.


You can buy and sell through auction at Bonhams. Auctions are held multiple times a year in London, Paris, New York and Marlborough, Massachusetts, often coinciding with Asian Art Week. You can contact us directly to consign an artwork or visit our digital Selling Hub for valuations on consignments to future sales.

You can also buy and sell through Private Sale. Bonhams Private Sales provide clients with a bespoke approach to buying and selling, outside of the auction calendar. Whether you are looking for a specific artwork or to sell an object, our global team is on hand to help research, source or sell on your behalf. Contact a specialist below for more information.

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Thinking of selling? Get a free auction estimate by submitting your item online or contacting your local Bonhams. With specialists based in towns and cities worldwide, we are your local auction house.

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Jeff Olson


Jeffrey Olson has been Director of the Japanese Department at Bonhams New York since 2009, and holds more than 20 years of auction experience. He is one of Bonhams auctioneers and regularly handles th…

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Suzannah Yip

Department Director

Suzannah Yip joined Bonhams in August 2007 to create and head the Japanese Department, and to make Bonhams the leading auction house for Japanese art in Europe. Under her leadership, the department in…

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Suhyung Kim

Director, Asian Works of Art

Suhyung Kim is Director of Asian Works of Art at Bonhams Skinner. Her areas of expertise include Korean art, Japanese prints and Asian ceramics and paintings. Joining Bonhams Skinner in 2012, Suhyung …

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