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American Art

Bonhams American Art department offers exceptional paintings, sculptures and works on paper in our biannual marquee sales at our flagship New York office in Midtown Manhattan, as well as online and private sales.

Our curated single and various-owner auctions feature top examples of the category, including works of Colonial Portraiture, Hudson River School, 19th Century Genre Scenes, American Impressionism, the Ashcan School, American Modernism, Social Realism, Regionalism, and Precisionism, among many others.

Buying and selling American Art at Bonhams
Bonhams is the only auction house to hold eight live sales annually dedicated to the category, with American, California and Western Art auctions at our New York and Los Angeles salesrooms, providing clients with optimal selling and buying opportunities throughout the year. With specialists on both coasts and representatives throughout the United States, Bonhams is also the most accessible auction house in North America. Our department specialists have over 100 years of combined experience, bringing professionalism, discretion and passion to best assist our clients in achieving their goals.

We advise private, corporate, and institutional clients on auction and private sale strategies for deaccession, as well as acquisition. We provide a bespoke approach to selling a single item or collection, utilising our extensive global network and comprehensive marketing reach to achieve the best possible results for our clients.

Whether you are considering selling a single-item or entire collection, we encourage you to contact us to discuss how we can be of service to you, or visit our online sell hub for a free auction estimate.

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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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Morgan Martin

Head of Department

Morgan Martin is Head of Department for American Art at Bonhams in New York. Joining Bonhams in 2021, Morgan has over a decade of auction experience, with an emphasis in 19th and 20th century American…

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Kathleen Leland

American & European Works of Art | Modern & Contemporary

Kathleen M. Leland is a Specialist for American & European Works of Art at Bonhams Skinner, specializing in Modern & Contemporary Art. Prior to joining Bonhams Skinner in 2017, Kate served in curatori…

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Robin Starr

Vice President | American & European Works of Art

Robin S.R. Starr is Vice President and Director of American & European Works of Art at Bonhams Skinner, one of the company's most important departments. She manages a staff of specialists who appraise…

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Aaron Anderson

Associate Specialist

Aaron Anderson is an Associate Specialist of American Art based in New York, where he is responsible for administration, cataloging, valuing, and selling works in the biannual marquee sales for the Am…

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Kathy Wong

Director, US Business Development, Fine Art

Kathy Wong is Director of Business Development, Fine Arts based in Los Angeles. She provides sales advisory and develops consignment opportunities for the Fine Arts departments on the West Coast. She …

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Scot Levitt

VP/Director - Cal/West & Contemp Art

Scot M. Levitt is Vice President and Director of Fine Arts at Bonhams in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Joining Bonhams in 1984, Scot is a seasoned art world professional with four decades of experien…

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Katherine Halligan

Head of Department, Western Art

Katherine Halligan is Specialist for Western Art at Bonhams in Los Angeles. Katherine brings over 20 years of experience in historic and contemporary Western fine art sales. Before joining Bonhams, sh…

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Aaron Bastian


Aaron Bastian is a Director of Fine Arts at Bonhams San Francisco. He joined the company in 1998. His department holds three sales annually of California and Western Paintings in Los Angeles and San F…

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