Equipped with a track record of excellence built over the course of 220 years, a global network across 25 countries, and state-of-the-art salerooms on London's New Bond Street, New York's Madison Avenue, Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles and Hong Kong's Pacific Place, Bonhams' Post-War & Contemporary Art Department has carved out a distinct identity within the global marketplace. This is defined by connoisseurship, a long-term approach with our clients and a reputation for offering Evening Sale treatment for every lot consigned.

Over the past five years the department has grown over 1,000%, whilst simultaneously halving the number of lots offered. This has resulted in more tightly curated sales, ensuring that each and every work is carefully selected for its quality, price and importance. This allows us to draw closer attention to the top works in our auctions, employing highly personalised marketing campaigns to target only the best and most discerning collectors in the field.

This period has seen the average sell-through rate grow from 65% to 95%, illustrating how consignments to our sales have benefitted from the highest possible level of presentation and attention.

It has also witnessed all of the company's highest results for Post-War & Contemporary Art, with international highlights including:

· £2,042,500 (US $2,621,007): Frank Auerbach, E.O.W. on her Blue Eiderdown V, 1963 - an exceptional early work
· £1,565,000 (US $ 2,008,262): Mark Bradford, Dream Deferral, 2009
· £1,586,200 (US $1,974,257): Kazuo Shiraga, Untitled (Red Fan), 1965 - a world record for Gutai sculpture
· £1,074,787 (US $1,387,500): Hans Hofmann, A Certain Mood, 1959 - an exceptional example
· £1,070,500 (US $1,373,703): Andy Warhol, Mao, 1973 - an iconic painting from the series

There has never been a better time to consign to Bonhams. By choosing to offer a work with the Post-War & Contemporary Art department you have the best possible chance not only of selling, but of achieving the highest possible result. The personal attention, dedication, time and placement we can offer is unrivalled.
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